Media 1. Op-ed: A Political Train Wreck: Long before the first amnesty recipient casts a vote, the Senate bill will be a political disaster for the GOP
Blogs 2. Frank Morris Calls Rep. John Conyers "Blind" to the Negative Effects of Immigration on Workers 3. Never Get Involved in a Land War in Asia, Immigration Edition 4. New Ad Pushes Amnesty via Promises of Enforcement 5. Time for an Illegal Alien Amendment to the Farm Bill 6. Immigration Implications of the Demise of DOMA 7. What's Wrong with Immigration Policy Conventional Wisdom 8. Widening Existing Vulnerabilities 9. Senate Immigration Reform Bill: Winners and Losers 10. Match #3 in Internal H-1B Squabble Goes to the Body Shops: Microsoft et al. Lose
Excerpt: Most of the Republican House members who gathered this week to discuss immigration understand that passing anything like the Obama amnesty bill would be politically harmful to them. Even Jay Leno has gotten knowing laughs with a crack about â€œundocumented Democrats.â€� Ann Coulter has written that â€œif illegals were Republicans, Chuck Schumer would be a â€˜Minuteman,â€™ patrolling the Mexican border 24-7.â€�
The Left knows this too. Eliseo Medina, a top official with both the SEIU and Democratic Socialists of America, noted years before this particular bill was written that â€œimmigration reformâ€� is an important part of the statist project: â€œIf we are to expand this [Hispanic] electorate to win, the progressive community needs to solidly be on the side of immigrants; that will solidify and expand the progressive coalition for the future.â€�
Excerpt: Frank Morris, a CIS board member who will be one of the featured speakers at Monday's March for Jobs in downtown Washington, has sharply criticized Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers's stance on immigration. Morris charges that Conyers, whose immigration positions are especially significant because he is ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, is willfully "blind" to immigration's negative effects on his constituents.
Morris, who made the comments in an interview posted at the CIS website (view the video on the right), has had a long and distinguished career. He has served as a senior Foreign Service officer, executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, president of the Council of Historically Black Graduate Schools, and member of the NAACP National Educational Advisory Board.
Excerpt: Advocates of amnesty and higher levels of immigration have come out with a new advertisement that attempts to sell their agenda by highlighting only the border provisions of the Senate's immigration bill (S.744) â€" provisions that will never see the light of day if the open-border crowd gets its way. The American Action Network's amnesty ad is designed to appeal to conservatives and refers to the amnesty as "conservative immigration reform". It focuses largely on the Corker-Hoeven Amendment, a last-minute addition to the Senate's immigration bill designed to attract a handful of Republican senators to vote for the amnesty.
Dubbed the "border surge" by the ad's creators, the Corker-Hoeven amendment does nothing to change the flawed architecture of the immigration bill: All illegal immigrants are entitled to legal status six months after the bill is signed, well before the enforcement provisions in the Corker-Hoeven amendment take effect sometime in the future (if ever). If fully enacted, the provision would roughly double the Border Patrol by adding 20,000 agents and finish the 700 miles of fencing already mandated once by Congress. It also includes the goal of a 90 percent apprehension rate along the border. But all provisions are "goals" rather than requirements and would thus not have to be met before aliens acquire legal status, green cards, and eventual U.S. citizenship.
Excerpt: The Farm Bill, which also authorizes the food stamp program, is being re-considered by the House of Representatives after that legislation failed to pass recently. Given the power of the farm lobby, the bill is certain to become law later this year.
While the bill is in limbo, the House should add a modest amendment that would see to it that families including illegal aliens (gently termed "undocumented non-citizens" in Department of Agriculture regulations) are not more eligible for food stamps than all-citizen families, which is now the case in most states.
Excerpt: On June 26th, the Supreme Court voided key portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Although most media outlets, such as the Los Angeles Times, focused on the changes to tax, inheritance, health, and Social Security laws and policies the ruling would bring about, it seemed evident to at least some observers that another consequence of the decision would be in the way federal immigration authorities confer benefits to homosexual foreign spouses of American citizens petitioning on their behalf. Previously, such petitions were denied.
Now, according to a blog posting by Margaret Talbot on the New Yorker website, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the federal government's immigration benefits administering agency, has granted the first green card to an alien whose husband petitioned for him.
Excerpt: Many members of the GOP's senior leadership pushing for "comprehensive immigration reform" and their supporters in the Democratic Party agree: Because of America's changing demographic profile and the GOP's troubled relationship with the Hispanic community, it must embrace comprehensive immigration reform, or die as a major political party.
That conventional wisdom certainly does translate to a political existential threat, if it's true; but it's far from clear that it is.
Excerpt: The national security implications of the recently passed Senate immigration bill, S.744 (the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act") are pervasive. The kinds of damage that S.744 would do to national security, if passed, are manifold and are at least as bad as the border security provisions that have received significant attention.
S.744's provisions are aggressive in downgrading national security, displacing well-established immigration legal and policy safeguards. Much of the current law (drafted by President Clinton's Department of Justice) evolved from the clear provisions of the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act. That Act significantly strengthened Immigration and Nationality Act based on the immigration facts and circumstances of the conspirators who committed the February 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, which focused on enabling law enforcement to address immigration violations in the aftermath of a terrorist attack. S.744 also eliminates key immigration measures created in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks primarily to keep terrorists from gaining access to the United States or embedding and procuring legal immigration status if already here.
Excerpt: As with any piece of comprehensive legislation, the Senate immigration bill S.744 has winners and losers. The winners are those who benefit from illegal immigration and from a big, ongoing supply of foreign workers. The losers are those who don't.
Excerpt: The only joy â€" and it is a minor one â€" in the ongoing immigration policy conflict in Congress is to watch two sets of worker-exploiters battle each other over H-1B slots.
The most recent round between the Indian out-placement firms (or body shops) and the IT giants (Microsoft, Intel, IBM, et al.), also called product companies, was won by the former. Had it been a football game, the score would have been:
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