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Republicans Go On an Immigration Reform Bender
VDH's Private Papers

Rather than twisting the political knife in the gaping wound that is Obamacare, House Republicans are off on a “comprehensive immigration reform” toot. The latest news has the Speaker putting off any action for now, and waiting until after the midterm elections in order not to anger the anti-amnesty base, and “to goose Latino turnout or to swing purple districts” in 2016, as political blogger Allahpundit put it. In other words, electoral timing rather than principle is determining what happens.

But principle, not to mention common sense, is what’s at stake here. Anyone proposing...

Swiss voters approve limitations on immigration
Posted on NumbersUSA - The New York Times

Swiss voters approved a ballot initiative on Sunday that limits the number of foreign citizens from European Union countries that are allowed to live and work in the country and gives preference to Swiss nationals for open jobs. Although not a member of the EU, Switzerland agreed to the free flow of labor with other EU nations in 2000.

Currently, Switzerland has immigration quotas in place, but EU nationals were exempt from those quotas. This weekend's vote will remove that exemption. The country has the highest immigrant population in Europe with 27 percent of the country's...

"Generation Jobless" Could Become "Generation Hopeless" Under Pending Immigration Legislation
FAIR

A new report by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) finds that younger American workers, also known as the Millennial Generation, are being disproportionally harmed by mass immigration. Generation Jobless: The Unemployment Crisis of Millennials finds that excessively high levels of immigration have become a significant impediment to younger workers gaining a foothold in the labor market. The phenomenon has adversely affecting both lesser skilled youth as well as those with college educations or higher.

The crisis facing the Millennial Generation may be...

How the Tea Party Cornered John Boehner on Immigration
Breitbart

Wednesday morning at a small meeting of conservative House members called the Conservative Opportunity Society, the topic was immigration—specifically, John Boehner. Despite the loud protestations of his rank-and-file, the House Speaker had come back from the the GOP's retreat in Cambridge, Maryland seemingly determined as ever to get amnesty legislation to the floor in 2014.

Pollster Scott Rasmussen laid it out in blunt terms. “I can’t think of a stupider thing for the Republicans to do,” Rasmussen told the assembled lawmakers (he thinks the GOP should tackle immigration reform...

Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, convicted in Forest Grove fatal crash, taken to Tacoma immigration detention center
OregonLive.com

...The 19-year-old woman convicted of felony hit and run in the Oct. 20 crash that killed two young stepsisters in Forest Grove will be held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., while she waits for a bond hearing in immigration court...

If she is released, a Washington County judge ordered her to return to the county and begin her sentence of three years of probation and 250 hours of community service...

At her sentencing hearing in Circuit Court last week, immigration attorney Courtney Carter said: “She is in grave danger of being deported.”

 

Republicans’ Comprehensive Immigration Folly
The GOP is handing Democrats a lifeline with its immigration-reform campaign.
National Review

...Republicans may once again come to the rescue of the Democrats, by discrediting themselves and snatching defeat from the very jaws of victory.

The latest bright idea among Republicans inside the Beltway is a new version of amnesty that is virtually certain to lose votes among the Republican base and is unlikely to gain many votes among the Hispanics that the Republican leadership is courting...

Immigration laws are the only laws that are discussed in terms of how to help people who break them...

...why do the American people not have a right to the protection...

Boehner, Undeterred, Moves Forward on Immigration
Speaker John Boehner isn't ready to let the dream die
Breitbart

On Tuesday, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell told reporters immigration is just not in the cards in 2014. Last Thursday, rank-and-file House members sent a loud message that President Obama is not the partner for legislation, spooking even top proponent Paul Ryan...

However, since the GOP retreat last week, Boehner has just kept marching along...

“I wouldn't be surprised” if immigration legislation came to the House floor as early as this spring, one well-connected GOP member said....

"What has surprised me is how few people in House Republican caucus have...

Obama: "We don't want two classes of people in America"
cnsnews.com

Although president Obama wants a "pathway to citizenship" as part of overall immigration reform, he says he won't "prejudge" what kind of bill might reach his desk -- as long as "folks aren't being deported."

"Well, I think the principle that we don't want two classes of people in America is a principle that a lot of people agree with, not just me and not just Democrats," Obama told Jake Tapper in a taped interview that aired Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

Obama said if House Republicans produce a bill saying that "folks aren't being deported, families aren't...

U.S. immigration bill 'in doubt' this year, Republican Ryan says
Reuters

Republicans will be unlikely to compromise on immigration reform unless U.S. borders are first secured, and the possibility of a broad immigration bill reaching President Barack Obama's desk this year is "clearly in doubt," Representative Paul Ryan said on Sunday.

"Security first, no amnesty, then we might be able to get somewhere," Ryan said on ABC's "This Week."...

Last June, the Senate passed a comprehensive bill that would provide a path to citizenship for the approximately 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally and tighten border security....

Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, 19, sentenced to probation in Forest Grove fatal crash
OregonLive.com

A Washington County judge sentenced Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, 19, to three years of probation in the Forest Grove fatal hit-and-run crash that killed two young stepsisters playing in a leaf pile...

Garcia-Cisneros learned of the crash minutes after it happened, but did not contact police to identify herself as the driver. Prosecutor Bracken McKey told Washington County jurors that the wreck itself was an accident, but Garcia-Cisneros' decision not to come forward was criminal...

Under state sentencing guidelines, Circuit Judge Rick Knapp had the option of imposing only...

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