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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy


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President Obama seems to be playing defense on immigration reform as he tries to blame the Republican Congress for failure to move an immigration bill. Perhaps he's starting to realize that his inaction on immigration has been starting to seriously damage his standings with Latino voters. The most recent Gallup Poll is shows only a 54% approval rating with Latino voters compared to 82% two years ago. In a close election, that could doom the President's prospects for re-election.

So is it really a surprise that at least one Republican candidate for President smells opportunity. Newt Gingrich had a reasonably good record on immigration when he was in Congress. He seemed to be abandoning those views last year when the Tea Party started to rise. But now he seems to be back in his groove. He's supporting legalization, studying Spanish, attending every Latino political forum he can and has even launched a bilingual web site for Latino conservatives called The Americano.

It's way too early to say that the Hispanic vote is in serious play, but President Obama certainly would be wise not to take the vote for granted.


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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    "But mounting a successful presidential bid means winning over GOP primary activists -- many of whom favor a hard-line immigration crackdown -- and that means Gingrich's moderate positions could spell big trouble for him in the early-voting states, strategists say."

    But as the report in politico clearly indicates will he get the nomination or even have a crack at it, with primary voters full of white skin worshipping pagans masquerading as Christians...and in MS 46% of them think that interracial marriages should be made criminal...I really dont think so! Sorry, I disagree with you...Obama needs unemployment at less than 8% to have a chance of winning the re-election and that is all matters. Oil prices do matter to the extent that it can bring down the economy...but as of now, leading indicators dont indicate an economic slowdown in the next six months. After that it is anyone's guess. Immigration ranks among the least of concerns for most Americans according to the polls.

  2. Frank W.'s Avatar
    Another evidence that categorically proves how broken US immigration system is...

    Officials: Popular cop in Alaska Illegal immigrant

    By Rachel D'Oro
    Associated Press / April 23, 2011

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska--For years, the man known as Rafael Espinoza was widely respected as an exemplary police officer who was popular among his peers in Alaska's largest city.

    All that ended this week when authorities discovered he was really Mexican national Rafael Mora-Lopez, who was in the U.S. illegally and stole another man's identity, officials charged.

    "His reputation here is one of a hard-working officer, one who was very professional," Anchorage Police Chief Mark Mew said Friday at a news conference announcing Mora-Lopez's arrest. "The problem, obviously, is he is not Rafael Espinoza."

    Soon after the announcement, Mora-Lopez appeared in U.S. District Court in Anchorage and pleaded not guilty to a charge of passport fraud, which carries a maximum 10-year sentence. At his arraignment, Mora-Lopez told a federal magistrate he is 47, even though officials listed his age as 51.

    His attorney, Alan Dayan, declined to comment to The Associated Press.

    Federal agents processing a renewal request for his passport discovered the alleged fraud. He was arrested Thursday after authorities searched his home and found documents confirming his true identity, officials said.

    Mora-Lopez had been employed as an Anchorage police officer since 2005 under the assumed name. Police and federal prosecutors said he doesn't have a criminal record.

    "We have no evidence that this individual had at the time been anything other than a good police officer," Karen Loeffler, U.S. Attorney in Alaska said.

    The real Rafael Espinoza is a U.S. citizen who lives outside Alaska.

    Officials said it's too soon to gauge implications of the case, such as any fallout over Mora-Lopez's court testimony in past criminal trials. Authorities released limited details, saying the case was still unfolding.

    Mew said the department conducted a pre-employment criminal background check on Mora-Lopez and he also passed a polygraph test. A national fingerprint check also turned up empty.

    The arrest was a "bitter pill to swallow" for many in the police department, Mew said.

    There are no immediate plans to file state charges, said John Skidmore, a state attorney. He and other officials stressed that the case was still under investigation.

    "At this time, we have no reason to believe, from what we know so far, that this gentleman or this officer's good work for APD has in any way been compromised or questioned," Skidmore said.

    U.S. Magistrate John D. Roberts set bond at $50,000, and ordered Mora-Lopez to home-confinement and electronic monitoring. His defense attorney told the magistrate that Mora-Lopez has a wife and child in Alaska and has close ties to Anchorage, where he has lived since the late 1980s.

    "He's not going anywhere," Dayan said.

    The wife could not be reached by phone for comment Friday.

    The passport fraud case is similar to one involving a Mexican national who took the identity of a dead cousin who was a U.S. citizen in order to become a Milwaukee police officer. Oscar Ayala-Cornejo was deported to Mexico in 2007.

    DUE TO NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERNS AND CONGRESS' INABILITY TO PASS AN IMMIGRATION REFORM, President Obama will issue pretty soon an Executive Order granting some sort of legal protection to millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States based on certain prerequisites and requirements: most likely a renewable work permit while mandating these individuals to register in DHS database and the Selective Service System as well. Moreover, this presidential decree will facilitate other immigrant groups to expedite and upgrade their current legal status.
  3. Jack's Avatar
    "evidence that categorically proves how broken US immigration system is"

    How does this guy prove the system is broken? Are you saying that any limitation on immigration makes it broken? I agree that something is wrong with the system when unauthorized aliens can live here for decades and even join law enforcement agencies. Problem is, the "immigrant rights" people are against every measure, however modest, which would prevent and deter illegal immigration. Conversely, they are contemptuous of immigration law and favor measures designed to make it EASIER to illegally reside in the U.S. without being bothered.
  4. Jack's Avatar
    Fuller context of "Residency is very different than citizenship":

    Hutchison isn't the only politician who has apparently never read the DREAM Act. Newt Gingrich (R) and Howard Dean (D) recently debated the merits of the legislation based on the mistaken presumption that the DREAM Act conferred citizenship. "You can not give citizenship to people who -- you can not jump past millions of people around the planet who are obeying the law, waiting their turn to come here," declared Gingrich. "I would support finding a way for residency...if you have come here under certain circumstances and you were clearly a minor," he confirmed. "Residency is very different than citizenship."

    So is he opposing a pathway to citizenship for those granted legal residency either permanent or informal? It's not clear although his support for citizenship for serving in the military can be construed that he is against citizenship for other illegal aliens.

    Video of Newt's comments (Howard Dean's demagoguing is something to behold):

    Further indication of non-support for citizenship:

    "Newt has never laid a pathway to citizenship and he has not offered a definitive policy on legality either," said his spokesman Rick Tyler

    The Americano has at least two interviews with Gingrich but requires registration so I have not read them:
  5. Jack's Avatar

    "The cynic would say it's all politics, but I would also offer that it's good policy as well because Hispanics are the fastest-growing population," said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum.

    Hispanics being the fastest growing population is the politics. Why is not enforcing our immigration law good POLICY simply because of that fact? That's what the expediency argument ignores--is it good policy (as opposed to politics)?
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  6. gg's Avatar
    Calif. congresswoman: Immigration officials lied

    Lofgren said she wants the probe to include Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and ICE director John Morton.
  7. George Chell's Avatar
    "Why is not enforcing our immigration law good POLICY simply because of that fact?"

    Not good economics. Are you willing to pay more for food with the prices already rising sharply due to gasoline prices? Or are you able? May be you are rich but most of us common folks cannot afford to pay more for food. Hence when it comes down to pure economic survival and the law, you either change the law or to hell with the law! Obama knows this well..and more illegal farm laborer he deports, higher the food prices and less his chances of winning in 2012!
  8. Another Voice's Avatar
    The republican brand is damaged goods for Hispanics!!! They will never vote republican unless they are offered blank amnesty which Gingrich can't do!!! Hispanics will do either one of these two things, throw a hail marry pass and support Obama again or to their own detriment(not really because what has changed for them) will stay home and leave Obama hanging just as he left them eye for an eye and that is the best card for the republicans, make Obama look like a liar on Immigration to force the Hispanic vote to stay home in 2012.
  9. gg's Avatar
    IMF bombshell: Age of America nears end

    Commentary: China's economy will surpass the U.S. in 2016

  10. Another Voice's Avatar
    "Hispanics being the fastest growing population is the politics. Why is not enforcing our immigration law good POLICY simply because of that fact? That's what the expediency argument ignores--is it good policy (as opposed to politics)?"

    Because policy is set and dictated by politicians. Second because there VAST evidence that despite the current laws the system is broken on many levels and just " enforcing existing laws" would equate to ignoring that reality and just sticking our heads in the sand hoping that eventually it will pass or as it is called in republican circles people will self deport or we will deport them all.....Let me let you in on a secret Jack look around for the past 25 years IT AIN'T HAPPENING!!!!! Doing the same thing and expecting a different result is the book definition of crazy.
  11. George Chell's Avatar
    "IMF bombshell: Age of America nears end..."

    They could not even manage their financial house in the past thirty years and they are very concerned about the minority status in some states...

    They are finished not because of minorities but poor management, corruption worse than South Africa (at least in the case of Texas) and just plain arrogance! May be they need to get their butt kicked and should be taught some humility!

  12. Another Voice's Avatar
    "Problem is, the "immigrant rights" people are against every measure, however modest, which would prevent and deter illegal immigration. Conversely, they are contemptuous of immigration law and favor measures designed to make it EASIER to illegally reside in the U.S. without being bothered."

    This is untrue Jack for the past 25 years the only Immigration measures that have passed the congress have been enforcement only measures. Nothing else, and that has proven to be a failed really is time for a different approach!!! Do we want the border secure take pressure off the border by allowing people to come here legally through the regular pass points. Then securing the border would become about stopping drug dealers and gun runners. Curb Americans appetite for illegal drugs that would reduce the violence on both sides of the border. Reform the system in other for low skill and high skill workers and businesses to be able to work together and work with each other and get America what we need in terms of labor force. Where is the evidence Jack that we have tried any of these things.... All we have is fences that are never finished and are a waste of tax payer money, the states acting crazy on their own and National guard people been deployed once in a while to apiece people like you and make politicians like McCain look tough in an election year.
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