Amnesty Debate Propels New Illegal Immigration
“In Texas, just the debate itself is drawing new immigrants over the border. Juan Mercado lives on border property his family has owned since the 1850s. Immigrants often sneak across there. But since January, the number has tripled,” CBS News reports.
“‘I’m being invaded by people who have no permission to be on my property,’ Mercado said. ‘By smugglers, by illegals.’ This surveillance video recorded last month near McAllen, Texas, shows some 40 men, women and children crossing into the United States.”
Rubio Says Amnesty Bill Needs Changes to Pass House
“The bill written by four Republican and four Democratic senators is a delicately crafted compromise meant to balance liberal with conservative goals, and the authors have promised to stick together to oppose any amendments that significantly alter the legislation. And the legislation already is seen as too permissive by many in the conservative-controlled House, which also will have its say,” Time.com says.
“Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who helped write the bill, told radio host Mike Gallagher on Tuesday: ‘The bill that’s in place right now probably can’t pass the House. It will have to be adjusted.'”
Why Boston Hasn’t Changed Amnesty Advocates Minds
“The aftermath of the Boston marathon bombings has revealed a rift in the Republican Party. Not for the first time, Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham are on opposite sides. Confusion about his drone stance aside, Paul has opposed designating Dzhokhar Tsarnaev an enemy combatant or militarizing law enforcement in response to the Boston attacks. But he has advised the Senate to slow down on the immigration bill in the wake of what happened in Massachusetts,” says W. James Antle III.
“It is an odd conceit of “comprehensive immigration reform” that there is a legislative solution that will allow the United States to import large numbers of Chechens—to cite just one example—without importing the area’s political instability.”
“Two teenagers can pose a big enough national security threat to bring martial law to one of the country’s greatest cities. But reformers say millions of immigrants pose no national security threat at all.”
STEM Shortage Doesn’t Add Up
“Figures from the National Institutes of Health, the National Academies, the National Science Foundation, and other sources indicate that hundreds of thousands of STEM workers in the US are unemployed or underemployed. But they are not organized, and their story is being largely ignored in the debate over immigration reform,” notes Columbia Journalism Review.
“Allowing more stem immigrants, the story goes, is key to adding jobs to the beleaguered US economy. It is a narrative that has been skillfully packaged and promoted by well-funded advocacy groups as essential to the national interest, but in reality it reflects the economic interests of tech companies and universities.”
Victor Davis Hanson – The Deportation Taboo
“Deportation has become a near-taboo word. Yet the recent Boston bombings inevitably rekindle old questions about the way the US admits, or at times deports, foreign nationals. Despite the Obama administration’s politically driven and cyclical claims of deporting either a lot more or a lot fewer non-citizens, no one knows how many are really being sent home — for a variety of reasons,” says Victor Davis Hanson.
“Unless the government can assure the public that it is now enforcing immigration laws already on the books, that foreign nationals must at least avoid arrest and public assistance, and that it is disinclined to grant asylum to “refugees” from war-torn Islamic regions and then allow them periodically to go back and forth from their supposedly hostile homelands, there will be little support for the current immigration bill.”