Cruz Says “Era of Lawlessness” is Ended
“Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Tuesday night declared that the “era of Obama lawlessness is over” as Republicans seized control of the Senate,” The Hill reported.
“‘The American people have risen up and frankly, at the national level, they have given Republicans another chance,’ he said during a speech in Austin. ‘If and when we retake the majority nationally, it will be incumbent on Republicans to lead. To stand up with a bold positive, optimistic agenda to turn this country around, to bring back jobs and growth and opportunity.’”
How the Washington Post Missed the Point on Immigration
“Last week, The Washington Post’s editorial board criticized the GOP for trying to “frighten” voters about a wide-open border. The Post points to substantial increases in border security in the past decade as an indicator that the U.S. is already doing a great deal to stop illegal immigration. Yet, the article misses the real issues underlying the U.S.’s immigration problems: the Obama administration’s failure to enforce U.S. immigration laws, especially in the interior of the U.S. Once people illegally enter the U.S. interior, removing them has become increasingly difficult and rare,” the Daily Signal writes.
How do Hispanic Voters View Immigration?
“Despite yesterday’s election results, President Obama is reportedly still planning to move forward with an executive order to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. I spoke to Heritage Foundation senior fellow Mike Gonzalez about the issue, and specifically how it’s viewed by Hispanics,” says Genevieve Wood at the Daily Signal.
HUD Chair Castro Says We Need Immigration to Help Housing Market
“My hope is that the overall housing market will continue to get stronger. The Hispanic community is an important component because it is the fastest-growing segment of the population. Having sound immigration policy is important because it gives more certainty to the 11 million or so folks who are here, who are undocumented. And if the president and/or Congress are able to provide more certainty, you will see more folks who now are in limbo deciding in the future to actually purchase a home,” says Julian Castro in a Washington Post interview.
Immigration Wasn’t A Winning Issue for Democrats
“Immigration was a losing issue in the 2014 election, with Republicans who announced their opposition to President Obama’s legalization plans earning victories across the country and voters in Oregon swatting down a referendum that would have granted driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants,” the Washington Times reports.
“Republicans said the results should serve as a warning to President Obama, who has said he plans to take unilateral action to grant legal status to illegal immigrants some time this year.”
Immigration Among Upcoming Fights
“With Republicans fully in control of Congress for President Obama’s last two years in office, the partisan fighting and gridlock will only worsen as battles loom over immigration reform, Obamacare and judicial nominations — including a potential U.S. Supreme Court vacancy,” the Boston Globe says.
“There is going to be pressure from the right not to confirm a single nominee,” said Makan Delrahim, who served as chief of staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee under Republican control.
Al Hunt: Immigration Could Make A Comeback in 2015
“Even before the votes are counted today, there is a broad consensus that immigration reform will be a casualty of the midterm elections. Republicans killed it in this Congress and there will be more Republicans next year. Moreover, the controversies over children crossing the Mexican border this year may have shifted the politics to the anti-immigration side,” says Al Hunt in a new column.
“Yet a few professionals in both parties say that reports of reform’s demise may be premature. A compelling case can be made that it would be in the interest of both the Republicans and President Barack Obama to get something done.”
Immigration May Force Britain Out of E.U.
“Since it joined the European Union in 1973, Britain’s relationship with it has never been easy. But until recently, the possibility that the United Kingdom might leave has always been remote,” The Atlantic reports.
“Not anymore. According to a report in Der Spiegel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned British Prime Minister David Cameron that efforts to impose immigration quotas in the U.K. would be a ‘point of no return’ after which Berlin would no longer oppose London’s withdrawal from the union.”
Immigration Harms Workers
“Immigration is an emotionally charged subject. The debate has been politicised, and so-called immigration ‘reform’, a misnomer, actually means amnesty initiatives for undocumented aliens. Although the topic is sometimes characterised as a right-wing/left-wing division, it more accurately expresses a rich/poor divide,” says Vanessa Drucker with FundWeb.
“Basically, the suppression of wage competition for the least skilled workers undermines the indigent,’those with less education, lower cognitive abilities, the uninsured, recovering addicts, or anyone marginal to the labour market,’ notes Mark Krikorian, executive director at the Center for Immigration Studies.”