New Year – New Obama Executive Action

SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is proposing to amend its regulations related to certain employment – based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa program. The proposed amendments would provide various benefits to participants in those programs, including: improved processes for U.S. employers seeking to sponsor and retain immigrant and nonimmigrant workers, greater stability and job flexibility for such workers, and increased transparency and consistency in the application of agency policy related to affected classifications. Read the Proposed Rule: Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers here.

indexWhat explains this overt discrimination against Americans?  This administration has done more to ensure the employment of more foreign workers in subordinated status at the expense of American workers than any in the history of the nation!  They are undermining one of the few remaining avenues bright, young millennials have to advance to a good middle class income.  The big question is motivation: why now in an election year?  Why this overt preference for foreign workers? They won’t vote, so who can be held responsible – who are they doing this for?  Answer: their political allies in Silicon Valley and in the university structure.  Money and (over time) votes.  Any executive who ran on this record, where the vast majority of jobs created since 2008 have gone to immigrants, nonimmigrants and illegal workers over native born, should be run out on a rail.

Texas’ Other Border Surge

Welcome_to_Texas_sign,_2008The immigration issue in 2015 was largely dominated by a never-ending surge of unaccompanied minors and families from Central America, followed by concerns about how to handle thousands of Syrian refugees whom our government has admitted it cannot adequately vet. Less talked about, however, was another alarming increase in individuals entering the U.S., this time, from Cuba.

The number of Cubans coming to the U.S. unlawfully has nearly doubled this last year. In fiscal year 2015, which ended September 30, 43,159 Cubans entered the U.S., representing a 78% increase over fiscal year 2014 entries. (See Pew Research Center Study, Dec. 10, 2015) In that year, only 24,278 Cubans entered the country. (Id.) In fact, the latest numbers show the highest levels of mass Cuban unlawful migration to the U.S. in more than 20 years. (NPR, Dec. 29, 2015)

Even more surprising to many, a majority entered not through Florida, but Texas. Indeed, in fiscal year 2015, two-thirds (28,371) of all Cubans came through the Laredo Sector of the U.S. border, an 82% increase from the previous fiscal year. (See Pew Research Center Study, Dec. 10, 2015). When one factors in Texas’s illegal alien population, refugee, and unaccompanied minor admissions, Texas quickly becomes one of the states most impacted by our nation’s unchecked immigration system. In addition to Texas’ estimated 1.7-1.8 million illegal aliens, it took in more refugees than any other state (7,214) in fiscal year 2014. (See Office of Refugee Resettlement Refugee Data, Feb. 11, 2015)

Read more on FAIR’s website under the STATE AND LOCAL rotator here.

Defining a Public Interest Objective is at the Heart of Real Immigration Reform

59898047_072077d3bb_oOne of the most perplexing questions for people on all sides of the immigration issue is why, after decades of debate, countless millions of words written, enough cost/benefit analyses to fill a library, and billions of dollars spent (mostly by those who want amnesty and much more immigration) are we seemingly incapable of “reforming” our policy?

Perhaps the answer lies in the fact that we, as a nation, have not defined a public interest objective for immigration policy. In order to “reform” a policy, you first have to identify what the goal of the policy is. Immigration policy in the United States hasn’t had an identifiable national interest objective in recent memory and none of the recent legislative efforts to “reform” immigration has come close to defining one.

This gigantic flaw in the process has been duly noted by FAIR and a small coalition of like-minded organizations, but has largely been ignored by the media, pundits, not to mention Congress and successive presidents.

Refreshingly, that may be beginning to change. In a provocatively titled piece, “Is America a Third World Country?” that appears in the respected journal, Commentary, Michael Rubin notes that “few politicians address head on the question about what citizenship should mean.”  He continues, “[I]n an era where some school districts consider the American flag a symbol of hate and historical revisionism becomes the canon, where American exceptionalism is treated with disdain, and moral equivalency pervades into the Oval Office, then what should be the meaning of being an American? Is it simply a geographic concept—anyone who manages to live within the borders of the United States should be considered an American—or are their common values? If so, what are those values?

These questions lie at the heart of true immigration reform. The American people intuitively understand the answers. But until the political and economic elite address them, immigration will continue to be one of the most perplexing issues facing our nation.

Anti-Sanctuary City Bill Back on Wisconsin Agenda

d8c4da6b85fa8c4470d42328d1b543d5True immigration reformers in Wisconsin will take another stab at getting anti-sanctuary city legislation through the Assembly next month when lawmakers hold a hearing on Assembly Bill 450 (AB 450)

AB 450 prohibits jurisdictions in the State of Wisconsin from enacting an ordinance or policy that prevents employees from inquiring about the immigration status of a lawfully detained or arrested individual, or otherwise cooperating with federal immigration officials.   If a jurisdiction violates AB 450, a court may not only require it to comply, the Department of Revenue is required to revoke $500-$5,000 per day from the jurisdiction’s shared revenue fund (depending on the population of the jurisdiction).

The bill will be heard before the Assembly Committee on Urban and Local Affairs on January 20, 2016 at 10 AM in Room 412E of the State Capitol.  It was initially to be heard on December 15, but was pulled allegedly due to opposition to the bill from the pro-amnesty lobby.

Rep. John Spiros (R-Marshfield), the bill’s sponsor, contends that it was pulled from the calendar not because of complaints by the pro-amnesty lobby, but because they simply needed a larger committee room.  He also states that the opposition is mischaracterizing the bill.  “What people are saying this bill does, it doesn’t do,” Spiros said. “It’s not there to get rid of illegal aliens.  It’s really those who commit a crime.”

The Milwaukee-based pro-amnesty group, Voces de la Frontera, however, has been lobbying hard against it.  Implying litigation against AB 450 is inevitable if it passes, Christine Neumann-Ortiz, the executive director of Voces de la Frontera said, “[AB 450] opens up this can of worms — you’ll have local municipalities dealing with lawsuits when they have more important work to do.”

Regardless of the true reason AB 450 was pulled and put back on the Committee on Urban and Local Affairs’ calendar, the entire song and dance underscores the need for true immigration reformers to remain ever-vigilant.  Generally, bills cannot pass a legislative chamber without first going through the committee process by receiving a hearing.  Staying informed and making sure that state lawmakers hear your praise or concerns about a piece of legislation – even if it’s only in such early stages – is critical to this process.

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