National Issues and News

Republican base 'animated by racism,' Dem rep says
The Associated Press

...Rep. Steve Israel of New York said Sunday that not all Republicans are motivated by racism but many in the GOP oppose a bipartisan immigration bill on those grounds...

...Nancy Pelosi blamed racial issues for the GOP's failure to act on comprehensive immigration legislation.

Oregon's Rep. Greg Walden, who heads Republicans' efforts to elect House members, said Pelosi's comment was "both wrong and unfortunate."

Israel and Walden spoke on CNN's "State of the Union."


On Jeb’s 'Act Of Love': Republicans Should Keep Looking For A Presidential Candidate
Fox News Latino

Call it the Jeb Bush, establishment-Republican variation on “they are just looking for a better life” cliché. And let’s just call him “Jeb.”

Apparently American families – of all descriptions – are not a priority for Jeb when it comes to the politics of dutifully providing the business bosses with “cheap” labor. (D.A. King)

In what should be the last words of a viable presidential campaign probe, Jeb defends the victims of borders who illegally enter the remnants of the Republic and take American jobs with the unforgettable words "yes, they broke the law, but it's not a...

Public advocacy, victims, and skewed moral compasses
U.S. government refuses to give U.S. citizen maimed by illegal alien information requested under FOIA
Center for Immigration Studies
The House of Representatives has taken up a bill, the Immigration Compliance Enforcement Act, that would, among other things, once again require de-funding of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency's alien ombudsman position.    I say "again" because the position, occupied by Andrew Lorenzen Strait, a crony of former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Napolitano who was hand-picked for the job, was already de-funded once by a measure that took effect a year ago. The administration's typically cheeky response was to keep employing the man and simply rename the...
Harsh immigration realities set in for many 'dreamers'
Deferred deportations and work permits granted under an Obama program don't always result in better jobs or higher pay. Lack of education or work experience is
Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — Working as a Jack in the Box cashier, Marissa Cruz Santos breathed a sigh of relief last year when she qualified for an Obama administration program that defers deportation of young immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children.

With high expectations and a freshly minted work permit, Santos, 27, hit the job market, hoping to leverage her new status and a Cal State Fullerton degree into an entry-level office position. But after applying for several jobs near her Riverside home, Santos got only two interviews and no offers...

The (deferred action) program...

Obama preparing to stop ICE from targeting immigration offenders
Center for Immigration Studies
On Friday, a DHS official leaked to the Los Angeles Times hints of two policy changes in the works to further reduce deportations. If implemented, we can expect deportations to drop by tens of thousands per year, and the communities where they are released can expect them to renew the criminal activity that caused them to be referred to ICE in the first place.    The first change apparently being considered would be to stop deporting illegal aliens whose "only" convictions have been for immigration offenses.    Some immigration violations are quite serious, although anti-enforcement...
Illinois issues 14,000 drivers licenses to undocumented foreigners in 2 mo.
FoxNews Latino

The state of Illinois issued 14,000 temporary drivers licenses to undocumented foreigners in two months, which, if that rate of demand is maintained, could double the number of licenses expected to be handed out during the first year of the law that allowed it...

"The numbers are impressive. We've attended to 24,000 people and granted 14,000 licenses, most of them at the 23 offices operating in Chicago and its metropolitan area," he said...

...authorities are concerned with the high percentage of rejections due to lack of documentation, of people who have unresolved cases...

Still no evidence of a labor shortage
New report casts doubt on need for increased immigration
Center for Immigration Studies
News release   WASHINGTON, DC (March 13, 2014) — Congress is currently considering immigration reform packages that include work permits for those in the country illegally, as well as substantial increases in future legal immigration. Many in Congress argue that the country needs more workers. Yet a new analysis of government employment data by the Center for Immigration Studies shows an enormous number of working-age Americans not employed, particularly those with modest levels of education who are among the poorest Americans.   “There is a profound disconnect between what...
DHS tells American border guards to run away from illegal immigrants hurling rocks at them, fleeing in vehicles
The Daily Caller

Top administration officials have directed 21,000 border patrol officers to retreat whenever illegal immigrants throw rocks at them, and to avoid getting in front of foreign drug-smugglers’ vehicles as they head north with their drug shipments.

“Agents shall not discharge firearms in response to thrown or hurled projectiles… agents should obtain a tactical advantage in these situations, such as seeking cover or distancing themselves,” said the instructions, issued Mar. 7, under the signature of Michael Fisher, chief of U.S. Border Patrol.

Agents were also directed to...

Activist says hundreds of federal Northwest Detention Center detainees on hunger strike
The Register Guard

TACOMA, Wash. — An immigrant activist says hundreds of detainees in the federal Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., have begun a hunger strike to protest deportations as well as center conditions.

Activist Maru Mora says an immigrant rights lawyer was inside the center on Friday, spoke with some of the strike organizers and was handed a list of their demands.

Mora says the inmates are seeking better food and treatment as well as better pay for detention center jobs. She says the strike started Friday.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Andrew...

Oregon immigrants, allies head to California border supporting undocumented group attempting to cross
The Oregonian

Eight Oregon immigrants and allies left Thursday for San Diego, where they will join hundreds more from around the United States to support at least 150 undocumented deportees attempting to cross back into the country from Mexico...

The undocumented immigrants (illegal aliens), whose families live in cities across the U.S., will attempt to cross the border at the Otay Mesa point of entry on March 10. One of those immigrants was deported from Portland....

Wearing a T-shirt that read "UNDOCUMENTED; UNAFRAID; UNAPOLOGETIC," Luna explained the effort Thursday afternoon in front...