... Committee on the Judiciary about "Comprehensive Immigration Reform II". As their recent actions show, they weren't paying attention:
Lobbyists for business will disagree of course, but their claims of doom and gloom are nothing new. Forty years ago, for instance, California tomato farmers said that their industry would cease to exist if the foreign-labor program of the time a
Chris Hawley of the AZ Republic offers the somewhat surprising article "Wire firm a force in debate over immigration".
It's surprising because in a rare move for the AZ Republic it comes close to reporting the actual truth. They come close to implying that Western Union and their parent company First Data are profiting off illegal immigration, are encouraging illegal immigration, and are...
Bill Frist might introduce an "enforcement-only" bill in the Senate, which might then overshadow Arlen Specter's - dare I say it - un-American massive amnesty scheme:
Judiciary members on both sides, however, cautioned Mr. Frist not to bypass them.
"The majority leader is wrong," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat. "It's impossible to build a political consensus in that time. We...
A lot of people in the chattering classes are afraid to discuss illegal immigration because of the racial component. However, even the most Victorian "liberal" should feel free to discuss illegal immigration by the Irish, right?
On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Teddy Kennedy, and Charles Schumer welcomed a delegation of Irish illegal aliens to Washington. They were from the "Irish...
... Tuesday called on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform including a temporary guest worker program.
The group that represents 18 western states passed the policy resolution unanimously while meeting at the National Governors Association annual conference...
UPDATE: As you might expect, it's even worse than the blurb suggests. Utah's "Republican" governor Jon Huntsman is working...
[Colorado] Democrats are wading into traditionally Republican territory - the issue of illegal immigration. House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, D-Denver, said Democrats are drafting six bills that will be introduced next week.
Lead by Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles City Council has approved a resolution opposing "anti-migrant vigilantes" and supporting "immigration reform", i.e., a massive amnesty:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, with the concurrence of the Mayor, that by the adoption of this Resolution, the City of Los Angeles hereby includes in its 2005-2006 State and Federal Legislative Program support for any...
... Congress, signaling their support for comprehensive immigration reform... [the groups were:]
*Business: American Health Care Association; American Hotel and Lodging Association; American Nursery and Landscape Association; International Franchise Association; National Council of Chain Restaurants; National Restaurant Association; and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
*Labor: American Federation...
Don't believe everything you read about DHS head Michael Chertoff's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee today.
First, from Drudge, come these headlines in red:
HOMELAND SECURITY CHIEF: EXPEL ALL ILLEGALS... 'Our goal is to return every single illegal entrant, no exceptions'...
Those headlines and the first two paragraphs of the AFP article Drudge references are wrong.
The following religious leaders will be in Nogales on Monday, August 29 to push for immigration "reform":
- Dr. David Elcott, U.S. Director of Interreligious Affairs of the American Jewish Committee;
- Dr. Bob Edgar, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches;
- Elder Rick Ufford-Chase, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church, USA;
- Gideon Aronoff, Vice President of the Hebrew Immigrant...
The article "Democrats gain edge on border security" directs our attention to this recent poll:
One national tracking survey by the nonpartisan Public Agenda Confidence in U.S. Foreign Policy Index ranks stemming the flow of illegal immigration as a top international relations concern for the American public.
Asked by the survey to rank proposals to improve U.S.
The bill that would have created a California Border Patrol didn't make it out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
Apparently the members of that committee simply ignored the arguments that the federal government would allow California to create such a force, instead relying on outdated laws and cases.
From "Curbs on illegal immigration fail":
Opponents said both measures raised...
In a move he will probably long regret, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) challenged FAIR to a debate on immigration. FAIR immediately accepted. No date has been scheduled, but at least one debate will occur this summer.
McCain also said that immigration is the most important issue facing America today.
Somehow I don't expect this to go very well for the Kennedy-McCain camp. In fact, if it receives any...
Tamar Jacoby has issued the following statement:
We the undersigned applaud the introduction today of Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act... [etc. etc...]
The signatories include:
Lee Culpepper (last mentioned here; works for the National Restaurant Association and is Chairman of the National Immigration Forum)
And then there's the...
Kathleen Moccio (a trustee of the American Immigration Law Foundation, associated with the American Immigration Lawyers Association) and Prof. Katherine Fennelly of the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs have a screed supporting immigration "reform" in the Minneapolis Star Tribune entitled "Facts, not fear, should guide U.S. immigration":
We were appalled to learn...
From "Kerry promises Hispanics immigration plan":
John Kerry promised Hispanics on Saturday that he would send Congress an immigration overhaul plan to make it easier for illegal immigrants to become citizens.
"Today, our immigration system is broken," [courtesy Ted Kennedy and others --LW] [he told] the League of United Latin American Citizens.
This news release from Kerry's campaign explains how:
The Kerry Campaign today released the following fact sheet on immigration reform:
Today at the National Council of La Raza's annual conference, John Kerry will continue to talk about his plans to open the doors of opportunity and expand access to the American Dream, including reforming America's immigration laws...
He will offer a reform bill...
From the San Diego Union Tribune (link):
The four candidates seeking the GOP nomination to run for the U.S. Senate [generally agree with Bush except] on one issue - President Bush's plan to allow millions of illegal immigrants to have temporary legal status - the candidates have been willing to openly criticize the president.
...As a group, they've taken a tougher stance on immigrants than...