An “Exceptional” Immigration Policy

Given how the immigration system is currently broken, it would be “exceptional” to believe that an adjustable immigration quota would ever be adjusted down. All of the entrenched interests that benefit from mass immigration only want more. In reality, we already have an “exceptional” immigration policy – people here illegally get many exceptions and second chances as shown by the latest news of Obama’s Uncle.

George W. Bush Says GOP Should Embrace Amnesty

“President George W. Bush’s first postelection speech was a call for immigration reform—and an implicit rebuke of the failed GOP nominee Mitt Romney,” the Daily Beast reports.

“On Tuesday morning, the Bush Center held a conference on immigration and economic growth at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. It was only the second major policy speech the former president has delivered since leaving office, and Bush let himself wax poetic on the subject of immigration: ‘Not only do immigrants help build our economy, they invigorate our soul.’”

An “Exceptional” Immigration Policy

“As we have so many times in the past, our nation is going through a transformational phase. I find that to be a healthy and needed experience. We are renewing ourselves, as only America can. That concept is fundamental to the reality that is American Exceptionalism,” says Robert Gittelson in The Hill.

“A truly free market mechanism would be able to adjust our immigration levels to meet demand – no more, and no less. Likewise, should we find ourselves poised for future economic growth, our immigration levels should accurately reflect that market reality. That would be the exceptional solution.”

Illinois GOP Endorses Licenses for Illegal Aliens

“Illinois Republican leaders endorsed a proposal to grant temporary drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants on Tuesday, weeks after Hispanics voted heavily for Democrats in national elections,” the Chicago Tribune reports.

“If approved by the Democratic-controlled Legislature, Illinois would be the most populous state to offer drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants. Washington and New Mexico are the only states that allow illegal immigrants to obtain licenses. In Utah, they can get driving permits.”

Obama Uncle Gets Another Deportation Reprieve

“President Barack Obama’s uncle is getting a new deportation hearing after an appeals board ordered the agency running the U.S. immigration court system to review his case,” the AP reports.

“Onyango Obama, the half brother of the president’s late father, is from Kenya but has lived in the United States for decades. He was ordered by an immigration judge to leave the U.S. in 1992, when he failed to renew an application to remain. He later sought to reverse the deportation order.”

California, Chicago Resist Detainer Orders That Are the Key to Enforcement

“California’s attorney general said on Tuesday that state and local law enforcement agencies were not required to honor federal immigration detention requests, a declaration welcomed by immigrant rights activists. Attorney General Kamala Harris, the state’s top law enforcement official, said complying with the federal program that helped deport a record 400,000 illegal immigrants last year is voluntary,” Reuters reports.

In other detainer news, “A federal judge in Chicago ruled Tuesday that a lawsuit filed by the Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center against the government’s use of immigration detainers may proceed.

“U.S. District Judge John Z. Lee ruled that the plaintiffs, including U.S. citizen Jose Jimenez Moreno, may sue the government, the NIJC said in a statement,” Fox News Latino says.

Growers See Chance for Unfettered Guest Worker Program

“Farmers are as close to seeing meaningful immigration reform as they’ve been in the past decade, said Jon Wyss, who handles labor issues for Gebbers Farms, a large grower in north-central Washington that fired hundreds of workers after it was subject to a federal immigration audit three years ago,” the Oregonian reports.

“Wyss said national farm groups have joined together to propose a new reform package that would reduce the requirements for growers to recruit workers before turning to a guest-worker program, and would move that program from the purview of the Labor Department to the more farm-friendly Agriculture Department.”

About Author


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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    They’re playing a little fast and loose with the truth at Huffington Post. They are claiming that whites use more than their share of entitlement programs, but they don’t specify what those are. By that they probably mean SS, which I doubt most people see as a welfare program since they paid into it.

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    Texans are done with the Bush family. Bush is wrong to not promote upholding all laws. Where will the lawlessness take us? Not with regard to immigration; once we proves are simply suggestions that can/will not be upheld..what becomes of society?

    With regard to ‘Bush’ and a heads-up to all – Texans do not want George P. (Jeb’s son) making decisions for Texans.

    Americans need to:
    – get off welfare and
    – off of the unemployment lines and get to work. There is no shortage of workers.

    US needs to re-allocate the billions of dollars spent for:
    – entitlements and
    – aid to foreign countries – by the way, we should ask THEM for aid! –
    in re-training/training Americans to supply various industries with workers.

    CONTROL OUR BORDERS. we can send a man to the moon and clone sheep but can’t shut the doors! Really!?
    Uphold The Constitution
    :REMOVE public servants who do NOT abide by their oaths to follow The Constitution – the law of the land.
    Uphold all local, state and federal laws.
    :REMOVE public servants who do not abide by their oaths to abide by these laws.

    Term limits, for sure!

    Is it that difficult!

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    Rose Wiener Ive begged for years to give Americans the kind of breaks the illegals get. Of course the Bush who won the Florida state who is married to an illegal, had his brother give him the state based on states instead of proplr count. The politicians no longer care for us jerks; they have the numbers in illegals who will win their state for them.We all have to look for an area with lots of room and move out of US. There is nothing here for us.If you think you
    have had it just wait for the change of religion we will have to conform to, and the politicians can count on their
    tax $.We have been put in the garbage can and the US can do nothing for us unless we are in the high % of money they can rely on.
    Cry on my shoulder Im tired of crying alone. Reply

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    Former President George Bush doesn’t reside in the real world, or do most of the hierarchy of elected politicians who govern us. George Bush is stating that we should approach immigration “With a benevolent Spirit”. But he lives in his own Shangri La and is not menaced by illegal alien drunk drivers, criminals, drug peddlers and a reciprocating cost of supporting these people? A large majority of presidents, elected legislators, and judges are isolated from the illegal alien invasion as they live in gated communities and are never have to look for a job. Many of the illegal alien hordes don’t come here to begin a new business or new ideas… they come here with their hand open saying “Gimme” or demanding the same rights as citizens? Building contractors, who once earned a good living, must contend with companies who use cheap labor and outbid the honest businesses. This is especially so where immigration regulations are broken every day, because these building entities must compete against each other, using an illegal workforce and making huge profits for owner? It is the same with unions who are also benefiting from a wide array of unauthorized labor and being illegal ask no questions about the subscription dues.

    It’s not the new law associated with the “Dreamers Act” but the chain migration that will follow its progress. Chain Migration points to the young people originally illegally coming to America with their parents, and then sponsoring their relatives. The issue with that is that the sponsor must sign an affidavit that they will financially support the family members that come into the country. So if it’s anything like the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) finding passage, those who gained a path to citizenship in the millions and then sponsored Mom and Pop and others, dropped their promise and financial cost laid on the taxpayers once again in supporting their elderly family members. Do you realize if some states issue Dream kids driver’s licenses; they will be able to chauffer illegal family members around their community and even take them to deceitful places of work. The 1986 the law was sterilized from the beginning anyway and millions more free welfare treat hunters gained entrance and the whole thing was a Carnival of errors. The politicians involved in this charade never funded properly a secure fence, or interior enforcement as special interest groups had already declared the ultimatum, which was in fact do next to nothing? Underfunded, the back door remained open and the unconcerned employers got cheap labor and to hell with the working American stiff. Since then we have had a poorly guarded border and the brave undermanned U.S. border Patrol men and women, threatened by drug cartels had to deal with the mess. I knew from the very inception of immigration law, that there was no intention to hold back the hordes of illegal foreigners, when the crime of entry didn’t add up to a class one felony. NOT ONLY ARE BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES IN SOME WAY OR OTHER PANDERING TO THE ILLEGAL ALIENS, BUT NOW THEY WANT TO RE-ACCESS OUR CITIZENS PRIVILEGES, BY STATES LIKE ILLINOIS GIVING OUT DRIVERS LICENSES? What George Bush talks about is LEGAL immigrants, not illegal alien paupers that benefit from our welfare state? Many cities need a bailout like Detroit, with millions of Americans living on the poverty line, but both political groups are still catering to illegal aliens have a precedence over citizens and LEGAL IMMIGRANTS?

    You will not get any true honest news support from the press or airwaves, as it full of propaganda about the true meaning illegal immigration. Americans have been buttered up for years by the lying establishment and have shown no real intentions of enacting mandatory E-Verify, known as the “Legal Workforce Bill” to at least stop the massive influx of illegal aliens looking for work. Another deciding factor that makes literal sense is passing The “Birthright Citizenship Bill”. A quick amendment that would stop pregnant women from conceiving a child to procure automatic citizenship, that once again is unfair to the U.S. taxpayer. Only the babies of a U.S. citizen would have the merit to gain citizenship and not the three or four babies, which alien mothers require us to support. These are bills that are sitting gathering dust and neither Political party has the gut to pass. Not that there is any chance of being read on the House floor or in Sen. Harry Reid’s Senate, as he doesn’t allow them to gain Cloture? If these mostly bunch of old decrepit lawmakers as Reid, cannot pass a reasonable budget in four years, what chance do two rational bills have of passing to discourage the influx of impoverished illegal migrants or immigrants, whether from across the borders or flying into this country masquerading as visitors?

    We, the American people who suffer this costly indignity, not the Politian’s, not the employers, but the taxpayer. It’s inevitable that honest people are going to get skewered by those in power at the time and nothing will ever change while the same incumbents and robots of big business, unions and radical ethnic groups hold the reins of government. Nearly all 50 states are financially suffering because most legislators have ignored the major problems, except for a few that have placed their feet firmly on the ground. As little as 5 states are openly against the Democratic progressives who strongly believe that a path to citizenship for all illegal aliens will materialize as votes in coming years in their form of Socialist behavior. That it’s been seen in Socialist run nations that the more government gives, the more is expected and eventually turns into riots and civil disobedience and obscene deficits. Today I learned that President Obama has borrowed money, then all the previous presidents combined? I do not think Mitt Romney was wrong about fighting illegal immigration, but he should have been more direct by telling the people about the enormous cost. I know the TEA PARTY believes that millions of non citizens voted in the election, proven of the fact that the elections were rigged outside of states committed to the voters showing photo ID, who ran a fair and equitable voting.


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      this is heart breaking to watch and live through you right. we need to stop all forms of tax rebates earned income rebates excedra no tax returns at all and that would stop a lot of bought votes,If I have a child thats my responsability not the tax payers if I buy a new truck for work again my responsability not the tax payers if I have a phone for my buisness guess what its all my responsability not the tax payers…no loop holes none for anyone. and the debt would be gone in a little while,and a surplus would arise if we quite depending on the gove’s titty to get us through and depend on good ol savings and real capital not a loan we would be a lot more sound and stable in a little while we dont need to raise taxes we need to get goverment back to its right place and we ourselves need to get back to a working mans mind frame(i know most do have a good sense of work ethic;s but to many dont)

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    SWE, (June)
    All morning, Fox News has had various people, including former Pres. Bush promoting immigration reform rather than immgration enforcement. I wrote to the station as each show brought these people on. They do not differentiate between legal and illegal, tossing them all into the pot for jobs,jobs, jobs. Each time I wrote and stated that since Fox is the “Fair and Balanced” channel, I hope that they would bring someone on who would speak for the millions of unemployed Americans. Naturally I got no answer, nor do I ever when I write to TV shows. I haven’t gotten answers from my reps the last time I wrote either. I usually do, but I was so rough on them this time, they’re keeping quiet. The insanity goes on. Everything for foreigners, legal and illegals. Nothing for Americans without jobs. Wonder what the government will do when illegals have most of the jobs, but because of the many children they have, will not be paying any taxes and Americans will be on welfare since their jobs have disappeared? Who supports the government then?

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    softwarengineer on

    Does the Folowing Allegation: “A truly free market mechanism would be able to adjust our immigration levels to meet demand – no more, and no less.”

    Mean to hades with the American voters and national sovereignty, the foreign/corporate shills control and determine our immigration laws?