Esther Cepeda: Amnesty Supporters Again Banking on Whole Enchilada

Esther Cepeda: Amnesty Supporters Again Banking on Whole Enchilada

“At root, compromise is when everyone gets some of what they want and no one gets all of what they wish for. But the Democrats and the immigrant activist groups that support them have consistently gambled on the losing strategy of not being willing to consider anything less than what amounts to a full amnesty,” says Esther Cepeda in her latest column.

“The Achieve Act, the recently announced Republican alternative to the Dream Act, was dead on arrival for most Democrats because it doesn’t automatically lead to citizenship as the Dream Act does. Still, the Republican plan would extend new visas to people younger than 28 who were brought to the United States before age 14 and have no serious criminal records.”

STEM Bill Splits Silicon Valley, Amnesty Lobby

“Immigration is a highly charged political topic, but boosting the number of skilled workers should be a no-brainer. America’s entrepreneurs have disproportionately been immigrants, from Andrew Carnegie and Alexander Graham Bell to Sergei Brin of Google,” says L. Gordon Crowitz in the Wall Street Journal.

“President Obama never delivered on his pledge early in his first term to craft broad immigration reform. He now risks alienating loyal supporters. A headline last week on the CNET technology website: ‘Obama Opposes Silicon Valley Firms on Immigration Reform,’ reporting him at odds with ‘many of the Silicon Valley firms and executives who bankrolled his re-election.'”

Diversity Lottery Elimination Enrages Usual Suspects

“[Rep. Gutierrez’s] statement [about the STEM Bill]reveals the true purpose of the Democrat’s immigration program is not to bring in persons most likely to be productive citizens, rather they are interested in bringing in people who are most likely to become government dependents if not actual wards,” says one poster at

“More important, something that Mr. Gutierrez doesn’t seem to understand, is that there is no right to immigrate. Being allowed to live and work in the United States, and to eventually become a citizen, is a privilege granted to relatively few.”

Should the U.S. Copy Canada’s Immigration System?

“Canada’s provincial-nominee program, while not perfect, avoids the economically meaningless distinctions between skilled and unskilled workers that bedevil the employment-based U.S. immigration laws. It also puts in place incentives to treat foreign workers not as foes but as friends whose labor and skills are vital to the economy,” says Shikha Dalmia, an open-immigration supporter.

“Canada’s provincial-nominee program is the best model for the U.S. Under this system, 13 provincial entities sponsor a total of 75,000 worker-based permanent residencies a year, and the federal government in Ottawa offers 55,000. Each province can pick whomever it wants for whatever reason — in effect, to use its quota, which is based on population, to write its own immigration policy.”

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Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


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    softwarengineer on

    We’re Heading for an “OVERPOPULATION ROOT CAUSED FISCAL CLIFF” in 2013

    And these open border extremists suggest throwing more OVERPOPULATION gasoline on this roaring debt fire to help put it out. They’re simply out of their minds.

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    Anything that gives citizenship except to those who were very young children when they came here should be a nonstarter. And young does not mean 15. Anyone who knowingly violated our laws should not be rewarded for their criminal actions, which usually not only include illegal entry but identity theft or false id. If there’s any “slap in the face” it’s from those who insist the laws of this country come second to your particular ethnic group. When you take an oath of citizenship you are vowing to follow the laws of this country. It should not be qualified with “from now on”.

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    What compromise? The right and moral thing to do is deport every illegal alien in this country. Each illegal, skilled or unskilled, is just one more roadblock to employement for Americans. We have become non-people to this administration as well as previous ones in their effort to replace us with foreign labor and the hope for votes. This is not the country I was born into. Our elected officials have no loyalty or patriotism to this nation. They’ve sold their very souls to be able to remain in Washington and belly up to the public trough. I’m sick of all of them.