Rep. King Says He’s Ready to Stop Amnesty in the House
“There’s no telling when an immigration bill will come to the House floor, what it will say, or who will support it. Only one thing’s for sure: Steve King will vote no.
And he’s not alone. The Iowa Republican has organized a small but growing number of conservatives who are committed to voting against any House immigration bill – no matter what it says – because they fear that the Senate will inevitably find a way to add “amnesty” to the equation,” National Journal reports.
“Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, says there are a ‘significant number of members who are really concerned that anything that they come out with would be hijacked as a vehicle to push amnesty.'”
House Democrats Ready to Introduce Amnesty Bill Today
“House Democrats, frustrated by the lack of action by House leadership and fearing all hope of a bi-partisan comprehensive immigration reform bill is lost, are expected to introduce an immigration bill of their own today,” ABC News reports.
“House sources tell ABC News the Democratic bill will mirror the bipartisan legislation passed by the Senate in late June — including both increased border security and a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants.”
Shutdown Affects Immigration Courts
“For tens of thousands of immigrants across the United States with pending immigration cases or legal procedures, the federal government shutdown will put some urgent matters on hold and allow others of less importance to move ahead,” the Washington Post writes.
“Petitions for political asylum and non-emergency deportation cases are among the matters that could be delayed for months if the shutdown lasts more than a few days, according to immigration lawyers and advocates.”
San Francisco Moves to Prohibit Cooperation on Immigration Detainers
“San Francisco officials on Tuesday moved to curb their partnership with U.S. immigration authorities, by ending a practice that facilitates deportations by extending the detention of illegal immigrants arrested for crimes,” Reuters reported.
“The San Francisco Board of Supervisors action, which would exclude certain violent offenders, represents the latest pushback by state and local officials in California against the federal government over immigration enforcement.”
It’s Good News That Illegal Immigration is Rising?
“New estimates from the Pew Research Center suggest that the number of unauthorized immigrants is once again rising in the U.S. Although this turnaround from the sharp decline in the unauthorized population during the Great Recession is likely to be condemned by many, it’s actually good news,” says Madeline Zavodny.
“Unauthorized immigration is a bellwether of the strength of the economy. Unlike legal immigrants who may have waited years or even decades for a visa, illegal immigrants respond quickly to changes in economic conditions. Inflows rise faster when the economy, especially the construction sector, is growing, and slow down when the economy is shrinking.”