Excerpt: President Obama criticized Arizona’s new immigration law, saying it was caused by inaction in Washington—specifically, the unwillingness of Congress to pass an amnesty law. He’s right about the geographic location of the problem, but not about how to start fixing it.
The chief culprit right now is the President himself, not Congress. While there are numerous changes to the law that should be made, the most urgent task before us is to enforce the laws already on the books.
Excerpt: For those of us who support the principle that American citizenship should have value and that American workers should not be replaced by foreign workers in their own country, good news came on Saturday: Sen. Bob Bennett has lost his re-nomination fight in Utah.
As expected, the utterly clueless the Washington Establishment is lamenting Bennett’s defeat. The failure of an incumbent to secure the nomination of his party is being blamed on a poisonous atmosphere.
Excerpt: The Department of Homeland Security has some interesting rules about what is private and what is public in its record-keeping systems. Let’s look at three imagined scenarios:
#1. You are an illegal alien actively engaged in human smuggling. One of your coyote colleagues was picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and is in jail somewhere. You want to keep him sweet, so that he does not reveal your name. You want to find where he is and you want to make sure he has plenty of money to buy stuff at the facility commissary and to use the phone.
Excerpt: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, not a good friend of immigration controls, actually has cracked the door slightly to keeping out foreign extremists.
On NPR’s“All Things Considered” radio program May 5, Secretary Napolitano was asked by host Robert Siegel about Times Square would-be bomber Faisal Shahzad and his apprehension. The interesting part of the interview, from an immigration policy standpoint, was this:
Excerpt: A review of the information that has been released on Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad’s immigration history reveals a familiar pattern of a terrorist easily taking advantage of weak spots in America’s immigration system. Shahzad was admitted long before 9/11, but the openings he exploited are still in place today. Until policymakers move to shrink them, they offer a sobering guarantee of job security for counter-terrorism and security personnel for the foreseeable future.
Excerpt: Once upon a time – back in 1998 – there was a big wind, a really big wind, in Central America. It was called Hurricane Mitch, a category five storm.
People in the U.S. from Honduras, and to a lesser extent, Nicaragua, who were in the U.S. at the time, legally or illegally, who did not want to return to their storm-damaged countries were granted the right to stay legally in the U.S., and to work here on the grounds that those two countries, at least temporarily, were prevented from ‘adequately handling the return of [their] nationals.’ The government’s term is Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
Excerpt: It has been revealed that the Times Square bomber was once an H-1B nonimmigrant worker at one point in his immigration history, and it is likely that the main schemer in the Goldman Sachs mortgage scandal was one, too.
These are just two more blows to a once-mighty foreign worker program that has fallen on multiple hard times. Applications for the program – presumably depressed by the recession – have dropped to all-time lows and it appears that USCIS has started to run an ad on its website to drum up more business.
Excerpt: Well, knock me over with a feather! The ‘Temporary’ Protected Status for a total of about 70,000 Honduran and Nicaraguan illegal aliens, which was set to expire in July, has been extended til January of 2012. You know when they were first given this ‘temporary’ amnesty? Almost 11 years ago. Only in Washington, where $1 billion is chump change and terrorism is a ‘man-caused disaster,’ would 11 years be considered temporary.
Excerpt: Despite (or maybe because of) the sustained elite attack on the Arizona law, public support is holding steady. A new poll from Investors Business Daily finds 2 to 1 support for the bill nationwide, about the same as the NYT/CBS poll (combining the 51 percent who said it was about right and the 9 percent who said it didn’t go far enough) and Rasmussen.
Excerpt: How often does a nefarious immigration lobbyist get featured in a movie?
Not often, but the exception, Jack Abramoff, plays the lead role in an about-to-be released documentary, ‘Casino Jack and the United States of Money,’ shown in a preview last night on the campus of George Washington University, here in the District of Columbia.
Excerpt: While I was working on legislation designed to address the problems associated with illegal alien driven, child identity theft in Utah, a supporter of the ‘Tea Party’ movement asked me why I was so concerned about illegal immigration. ‘After all, aren’t illegal immigrants just good, hard working people who are trying to make a better life for themselves and their families,’ he asked.
I responded that illegal immigration is a direct to threat to constitutionally limited government, the rule of law, free markets, private property, individual freedom, and fiscal responsibility.
The above is a press release from from Center for Immigration Studies. 1522 K St. NW, Suite 820, Washington, DC 20005, (202) 466-8185 fax: (202) 466-8076. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Center for Immigration Studies is an independent research institution which examines the impact of immigration on the United States.