Boehner Says House Will Produce Its Own Bill
“House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has been saying for months it’s up to the Senate to get the ball rolling on a major overhaul of the nation’s immigration system. When that happens, he said, the House will take a look,” PBS reports.
“But as Senate Majority Harry Reid, D-Nev., laid out the path forward for next month’s Senate debate on a comprehensive bill that seems to have wide support, Boehner cautioned that his chamber won’t just accept that measure, no matter how bipartisan.”
Libertarian Objections to Amnesty Bill Grow
“Does anyone else feel like the Obamcare model of government control is being adapted, with little improvement, to immigration policy?” says Ross Kaminsky at the American Spectator.
“The legislation would be anti-capitalist enough if its quotas were sufficiently high to allow most of the likely demand for foreign labor by American employers. But this is a bill that limits visas for construction workers to 15,000 per year and those for ‘qualified immigrants seeking to enter the United States for the purpose of creating new businesses’ to 10,000 per year. These are just two of the measure’s various ‘not to exceed’ limitations, which fly in the face of economic liberty and historical commonsense.”
3 Plead Guilty to Murdering Immigration Agent
“Three men have pleaded guilty in US federal court for the 2011 killing of a US immigration and customs agent and the attempted murder of a second agent, the Justice Department said. Julian Zapata Espinoza, 32, known as ‘Piolin,’ a commander in Los Zetas cartel, entered his plea on Thursday, according to a Justice Department statement that also announced previous guilty pleas from two other suspects,” Rawstory.com reports.
“The three admitted to being members of a hit squad for the drug cartel and to participating in the attack on the US agents.”
Flake Says Police Death Shows Need for Senate Bill
“Sen. John McCain joined other politicians and activists raising concerns about the immigration status of the owner of the SUV that investigators believe killed a Phoenix police officer last weekend. McCain sent an open letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Thursday asking detailed questions about the criminal history of the SUV’s owner, Jesus Cabrera Molina, and his interactions with the immigration system,” the Arizona Republic says.
“Earlier this week, Flake said the suspect’s immigration status only strengthens the case for the comprehensive immigration-reform legislation now under consideration in the Senate. ‘It makes the point that we’ve been making: We’ve got to have a better handle on who’s here and have an entry/exit system that works,’ Flake told The Arizona Republic.”