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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

NUMBERS USA GRADES 2012 PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS

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Remember, the worse the grade, the more we love 'em. And where's Jeb Bush? He'd definitely get a D-. Thanks NUSA for making it easy for the pro-immigration folks as well.

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  1. USC's Avatar
    Greg, the link appears to be wrong, it points here:

    http://www.act.org/news/data/07/states-text.html

  2. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Thanks for the catch USC. Fixed now.
  3. gg's Avatar
    Pro immigrant lobby has poured more than 350 million dollars into immigration reform while numbersusa sends faxes and grades lawmakers. I don't believe immigration will be an issue in the 2012 elections.
  4. Another Voice's Avatar
    "Pro immigrant lobby has poured more than 350 million dollars into immigration reform" If so they got very little to show for their money. Immigration will be an issue in 2012, the hispanic vote will support yet again the chance for Immigration reform and issues like birthright citizenship will get these folks to the polls.
  5. gg's Avatar



    WILLIAMS: Bipartisan deal could address immigration
    By Juan Williams - 02/14/11 06:27 AM ET
    Congress is going through a spell of pre-Lenten repentance.

    The failure to pass the DREAM Act in the lame-duck session has opened the door to several confessionals about Congress's sinful failure to deal with the nation's crying need for immigration reform.


    Last week Sen. Lindsey Graham, the conservative South Carolina Republican, told me he is talking with Sen. Charles Schumer, the New York Democrat, about the road to a new immigration plan. That follows news that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who abandoned support for any immigration proposals during a turn to the hard right in his 2010 re-election campaign, now thinks there is a "shot" at getting an immigration bill passed this year.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has long said immigration reform is a priority, and last week a spokesman for Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Democrats now plan to reintroduce the DREAM Act in this session.

    And President Obama keeps preaching to the congressional conscience on immigration. After the lame-duck session he said the legislative failure to pass the DREAM Act was his biggest disappointment. He also met with the Hispanic Caucus to admit his own failing at not doing more on immigration before the lame-duck session. And he kept his word in the State of the Union by lambasting those who "prevented the Senate from doing what most Americans understand is best for the country."

    The president is not exaggerating. At the time of the Dream Act's defeat in December, 54 percent of Americans said they favored its passage. Overall, a January Gallup poll found 64 percent of Americans saying the problem of illegal immigration is extremely or very important for Congress to deal with right now.

    The spark for the current spurt of cloakroom conversations on immigration is neither the polls nor the president's inspiring words. It is the Republican realization that they are on the verge of going from political winners to political losers on immigration.

    Anger at illegal immigrants has been a reliable stick to stir the right-wing base and whip up ratings for talk radio since the last immigration bill was defeated. But in the 2010 elections the stick changed hands. The rising political clout of Latino voters kept the Republicans from winning the Senate with strong turnout in California, Colorado, Nevada and Washington.

    Recent estimates on population growth from the 2010 Census indicate the situation is getting worse for the Republicans. One report indicates that racial minorities, overwhelmingly Hispanics, made up more than 85 percent of U.S. population growth in the last decade. And the largest increases are taking place in key 2012 presidential battleground states such as Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico. Hispanic newcomers across the red-state South are threatening the GOP's hold on several congressional districts.

    As Sen. Graham puts it: "How in the world can the Republican Party sustain itself nationally without reform?" So the answer, beginning with Republicans including Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, Jon Kyl of Arizona, McCain and Graham, is to offer the Democrats a deal. They want the president and Reid to agree to allow a border security bill to come up for a vote. The McCain-Kyl bill will formally acknowledge steps the administration has already taken to secure the border and note the record number of illegal immigrants being deported by President Obama.

    The Democrats will agree to minimal spending to finish sections of the border wall in current hot spots for illegal crossings into the United States. The Republicans also want some money to pay for some added federal agents on the border and mandatory jail sentences for anyone caught entering the country illegally.

    In exchange, McCain, Kyl and Cornyn, all from border states, say they will take the lead in producing GOP votes for comprehensive immigration reform.

    "Pass this bill pronto," said Graham, "and then it is on to immigration reform. We can get 80 votes in the Senate if we first get a vote on the McCain-Kyl bill. And then it will sail through the House because it lays the immigration reform issue in our [Republican] lap. Then the question will be for Republicans, 'Are you interested in fixing the immigration problem or not?' "

    It is possible Democrats will not turn the other cheek. Republicans have played politics with the immigration issue. Democrats are being asked to trust Republicans to follow through on immigration reform once the border security bill is law.

    The Republicans are banking on pressure coming from GOP governors and state legislatures. They are working on Arizona-style bills to give local authorities more power to detain, jail and deport illegal immigrants. Virginia and Georgia have bills in committee to keep illegal immigrants out of public colleges. Four more states are looking to force anyone without papers to pay out-of-state tuition rates. Big business is also urging the White House to make a deal because they can't get the workers they want from overseas, for high end as well as manual labor.

    So now the sinners, Republicans and Democrats, have a chance at redemption. Maybe now they understand how the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants have felt for some time.

    Juan Williams is an author and political analyst for Fox News Channel.


    Source:
    http://thehill.com/opinion/columnists/juan-williams/143763-williams-bipartisan-deal-could-address-immigration
  6. George Chell's Avatar
    "If so they got very little to show for their money. Immigration will be an issue in 2012, the hispanic vote will support yet again the chance for Immigration reform and issues like birthright citizenship will get these folks to the polls."

    It has prevented UK style curbs in skilled and other migration and kept the economy moving unlike the UK where the economy is expected to be flat at best!

    They dont need any CIR. Republicans will commit suicide by trying to repeal birthright citizenship!
  7. George Chell's Avatar
    It will help the US if the antis such as Numbers USA, Roy Beck, FAIR and CIS focus on sharp budget cuts in education which shortchanges American students instead of using them as a fodder and using foreigners as a scapegoat. I dont see any of them fighting education budget cuts anywhere. I dont see them in front of the White House here in DC protesting cuts to pell grants. However, when the economy does recover and we do not have too many American students who are qualified to take jobs requiring advanced degrees look for the antis to protest loudly telling us we need to train Americans...at that time we need to ask them where they were in 2011 when congress and state legislatures were decimating education budgets...I hope Greg and others ask this question two years from now.
  8. Another Voice's Avatar
    It sounds tempting republicans offering to produce republican votes.... The Chamber of commerce needs to work in concert with them and specially in the house. The thing for the dems is that if they trust them and then they come out empty handed they would suffer a huge defeat with Hispanics on another big disappointing failure on Immigration. That could affect the turn out for Obama in 2012, then again if Immigration is done then both parties can compete for this voting block based on other issues. But when they are talking about the McCain-Kyle deal it does not inspire a lot bipartisan trust.
  9. gg's Avatar
    he Strengthening our Commitment to Legal Immigration and America's Security Act bill to be introduced this week.

    http://heritage.org/Events/2011/02/Orrin-Hatch

    SENATORS McCAIN AND KYL ANNOUNCE BORDER SECURITY PLAN
    (Obama agreed to partly in the border security bill passed 2010)

    10-Point Plan To Better Secure The U.S.-Mexico Border In Arizona

    Immediately deploy 3,000 National Guard Troops along the Arizona/Mexico border, along with appropriate surveillance platforms, which shall remain in place until the Governor of Arizona certifies, after consulting with state, local and tribal law enforcement, that the Federal Government has achieved operational control of the border. Permanently add 3,000 Custom and Border Protection Agents to the Arizona/Mexico border by 2015.

    Fully fund and support Operation Streamline in Arizona's two Border Patrol Sectors to, at a minimum, ensure that repeat illegal border crossers go to jail for 15 to 60 days. Where Operation Streamline has been implemented, the number of illegal crossings has decreased significantly. Require the Obama Administration to complete a required report detailing the justice and enforcement resources needed to fully fund this program. Fully reimburse localities for any related detention costs.

    Provide $100M, an increase of $40M, for Operation Stonegarden, a program that provides grants and reimbursement to Arizona's border law enforcement for additional personnel, overtime, travel and other related costs related to illegal immigration and drug smuggling along the border.

    Offer Hardship Duty Pay to Border Patrol Agents assigned to rural, high-trafficked areas, such as the CBP Willcox and Douglas Stations in the Tucson Sector.

    Complete the 700 miles of fencing along the border with Mexico and construct double- and triple- layer fencing at appropriate locations along the Arizona-Mexico border.

    Substantially increase the 25 mobile surveillance systems and three Predator B Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in place today along the Arizona/Mexico border and ensure the border patrol has the resources necessary to operate the UAVs 24 hours a day seven days a week. Send additional fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters to the Arizona-Mexico Border.

    Increase funding for vital radio communications and interoperability between CBP and state, local, and tribal law enforcement to assist in apprehensions along the border.

    Provide funding for additional Border Patrol stations in the Tucson Sector and explore the possibility of an additional Border Patrol sector for Arizona. Create six additional permanent Border Patrol Forward Operating Bases, and provide funding to upgrade the existing bases to include modular buildings, electricity and potable water. Complete construction of the planned permanent checkpoint in Arizona. Deploy additional temporary roving checkpoints and increase horse patrols throughout the Tucson Sector.

    Require the Federal government to fully reimburse state and local governments for the costs of incarcerating criminal aliens. Start by at least funding the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) at its authorized level of $950 million.

    Place one full-time Federal Magistrate in Cochise County and provide full funding for and authorization of the Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative to reimburse state, county, tribal, and municipal governments for costs associated with the prosecution and pre-trial detention of federally-initiated criminal cases declined by local offices of the United States Attorneys
  10. George Chell's Avatar
    "Complete the 700 miles of fencing along the border with Mexico and construct double- and triple- layer fencing at appropriate locations along the Arizona-Mexico border."

    No money to implement this or any others introduced by McCain and Kyl. The House has made sure of that....

    http://articles.latimes.com/2011/feb/11/nation/la-na-gop-budget-20110212

    "In addition, Republicans proposed a 43% cut in border security fencing and a 53% reduction in an account used to fund cleanup of the Great Lakes."



  11. gg's Avatar
    gc, some of that is meant for public consumption (double-triple layer fencing) not to be taken seriously .. just like when you buy a car the salesman shows you one with all bells and whistles but when you order one its not the same .. sales pitch and timing is key ..
  12. F's Avatar
    "No money to implement this or any others introduced by McCain and Kyl. The House has made sure of that...."

    Mr Schumer will make H1B companies pay that as well... Trust me these guys will do that...
  13. gg's Avatar
    According to a report, fencing the 2000 mile southern border is going to cost in the ball park of 80-100 billion dollars and that is why they are concentrating on hot spots.

    here is a picture of the old border reinforced with a new one

    this is what they call double layer fencing

    http://media.oregonlive.com/news_impact/photo/borderfencejpg-49e0b6a663a5917a.jpg
  14. JC's Avatar
    Agree with @F.
    Some more increase in H1B fees.
  15. Another Voice's Avatar
    I thought these guys were the spending cutters, 70-80 billion to finish the fence....
  16. George Chell's Avatar
    "Mr Schumer will make H1B companies pay that as well... Trust me these guys will do that..."

    Which will send more jobs across the border to Canada and he will fall well short of revenue!

  17. gg's Avatar
    US DEBT EQUALS TOTAL ECONOMY - US AT BREAKING POINT

    I HOPE THE ANTI IMMIGRATION FOLKS ARE LISTENING - KICKING OUT IMMIGRANTS IS ONLY GOING TO ACCELERATE THIS PROCESS

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/feb/14/debt-now-equals-total-us-economy/
  18. George Chell's Avatar
    "US DEBT EQUALS TOTAL ECONOMY - US AT BREAKING POINT

    I HOPE THE ANTI IMMIGRATION FOLKS ARE LISTENING - KICKING OUT IMMIGRANTS IS ONLY GOING TO ACCELERATE THIS PROCESS."

    The antis say they want their sovereignty back. I say that a country nose deep in debt has no sovereignty and no right to sovereignty until they pay back the debt..at least to manageable levels. BEGGARS (INCLUDING THE ANTIS) CANNOT BE CHOOSERS...END OF STORY!

  19. George Chell's Avatar
    These are the people whom the antis back...people who kill US citizens just because they look different....

    http://current.com/news/92946813_shawna-forde-trial-victims-mom-says-9yo-brisenia-flores-pleaded-for-her-life.htm
  20. gg's Avatar
    O U T R A G E

    Arizona bill to deny emergency healthcare to undocumented

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-15/ariz-may-require-hospitals-to-check-citizenship.html
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