Sen. Schumer Tries for Delayed Amnesty
“Sen. Chuck Schumer suggested that Congress should pass an immigration overhaul now that won’t take effect until 2017,” MSNBC reports.
“‘Let’s enact the law this year, but simply not let it actually start ‘til 2017, after President Obama’s term is over,’ Schumer said on NBC’s Meet the Press. ‘I think the rap against him that he actually won’t enforce the law is false—he’s deported more people than any other president. But you could actually have the law start in 2017 without doing much violence to it.’”
Rep. Lamar Smith – The Bad Impacts of Amnesty
“The president and some members of Congress are promoting immigration legislation that legalizes most of the 11 million illegal immigrants now in the country. But what’s the rush?” says Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX).
“A Gallup poll last month found that less than 3 percent of Republicans, independents and Democrats consider immigration reform to be a top issue. And in a recent Pew poll, Hispanics ranked immigration next to last among five subjects. Jobs and the economy, health care and education were more important. Congress should focus on what the American people — not politicians — care about.”
“On the subject of jobs, legalization would give illegal immigrants work permits, which hurts American workers who would have to compete with them for scarce jobs. Those hurt the worst are minorities. The unemployment rate for Hispanics is more than 8 percent and for black Americans almost 12 percent. Unbiased studies, including from the Congressional Budget Office, show that Americans’ wages are depressed when the labor market is flooded with legalized workers.”
Swiss Reject Mass Immigration in Vote
“Swiss voters on Sunday narrowly backed proposals to reintroduce immigration quotas with the European Union, Swiss television reported – a result that calls into question bilateral accords with the EU and could irk multinational companies,” Reuters reports.
“While neutral Switzerland is not a member of the EU, its immigration policy is based on free movement of citizens to and from the EU, with some exceptions, as well as allowing in a restricted number of non-EU citizens.”
“It reflects growing concern among the Swiss population that immigrants are eroding the nation’s distinctive Alpine culture and contributing to rising rents, crowded transport and more crime.”
“Net immigration runs at around 70,000 people per year on average. Foreigners make up 23 percent of the population of 8 million, second in Europe only to Luxembourg.”