Immigration-rights protest in LA, 2010 (Photo: Al Seib, LA Times)
It’s as bad as the Tea Party thinks it is. It’s worse. In some ways, it’s a pig in a poke: it’s not about immigration as much as it is about changing the way government business is done in the United States.
A couple of points up front.
Legal immigration is good
First, I am a pro-immigration voter. Not only am I pro-immigration, I am happy Continue reading
There is news out of the 7-Eleven chain this morning beyond the unveiling of a low-calorie version of the Slurpee. Long Island Newsday reports that dozens of federal agents swarmed Long Island and Virginia at dawn on Monday, arresting owners and managers of the franchises for harboring and hiring illegal immigrants.
The raids on as many as 15 of the convenience stores were part of a broader nationwide sweep to end the illegal practice. The store owners also stand accused of wire fraud and using fake Social Security numbers to pay their workers.
Something unusually awful happened Thursday in the circus of lies that is comprehensive immigration reform.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) offered an amendment to the bill, making border security a trigger for granting temporary legal status to illegal aliens.
Of course, border security was supposed to be the trigger for legal status all along.
Not building a fence and otherwise securing the border for 25 years, while our inaction in enforcing laws on the books against undocumented entry and visa overstays communicated our collective acquiescence to long-term residents that violated those laws, have economic and moral consequences that wails against “amnesty” don’t address.
This former Democrat was for a border fence before border fences were cool.
Absent the emergence of scores of elected Democrats in Congress with Howard Baker-like character, does any power exist in Washington, D.C. that can hold the lawless Obama Administration accountable?
It’s not as if defiance, if not out-right abrogation, of the Rule of Law by President Barack Obama wasn’t known before his re-election. Despite contempt citations for illegally imposed deepwater oil drilling moratoriums in the Gulf of Mexico, executive orders defying welfare-to-work laws, and Continue reading
Hispanic custodians at a community college in Denver have filed a grievance against the school on the grounds that they are being discriminated against. CBS Denver reports (h/t Weasel Zippers):
12 custodians from the Auraria Campus filed an EEOC [Equal Employment Opportunity Commission] complaint against the Auraria Higher Education Center, which is the organization that maintains the campus for Metro State University of Denver, the Community College of Denver and the University of Colorado Denver.
In his four-plus years in office, Barack Obama has committed a number of gaffes (aka, Bushisms), but on Wednesday The White House twitter account immortalized one of his rare twofers. The tweet is derived from Obama’s tireless (and tiresome) pitch to the public on the rightness of granting amnesty to the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants, in which he has said:
Let us stipulate, for starters, as Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (D-Texas), chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, did, that claiming differences in IQ based on ethnicity is racist. Let us further acknowledge that Jason Richwine of the Heritage Foundation wrote in his 2009 Harvard doctoral dissertation that “the average IQ of immigrants in the United States is substantially lower than that of the white native population, and the difference is likely to persist over several generations.”
Amnesty will cost American taxpayers at least $6.3 trillion in welfare and other public benefits, the Heritage Foundation has just announced.
Former Sen. Jim DeMint, now president of the foundation, made the announcement at a news conference this morning.
The report was authored by Senior Research Fellow Robert Rector, who said if the current reform proposal is adopted, illegal aliens granted amnesty would be eligible for over 80 different welfare programs during the course of their lives.
“I don’t think he should be defined as a Hispanic. He’s a politician from Texas, a conservative state….”
Democrat heavyweight William Blaine “Bill” Richardson III has openly questioned the legitimacy of Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s Latino heritage based solely on the Texas senator’s politics, as reported by Breitbart News.