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Feb 3 - Democrats versus Immigrants

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February 3, 2011,0203.shtm


1. Comment: Democrats versus Immigrants -
The continued acquiescence by Democrats to Republican
intransigence on amnesty coupled with record-breaking enforcement
by the Obama administration is causing serious schisms between
the Democratic Party and the immigrant vote. An article in the
Daily Beast (
albeit slightly dated) captures the prevailing zeitgeist, in the
voice of Rep Gutierrez of Illinois:
"...when the lame duck ends, Gutierrez and his movement allies
will ask for a divorce-from the Democratic Party, from the
entire lawmaking process. To hear Gutierrez tell it, Hispanic
leaders are about to stage a full-tilt campaign of direct
action, like the African-American civil-rights movement of the
1960s. There will be protests, marches, sit-ins-what Cesar
Chavez might have called going rogue. The movement will operate
autonomously, no longer beholden to wavering Democrats,
filibustering Republicans, and-perhaps most tantalizingly-no
longer beholden to Barack Obama."
The article goes on to quote Jorge Ramos, an uber-influential
anchor on Univision, the primary Spanish-language TV station in
the country:
"The real story behind everything has to be that we missed a
great opportunity to have immigration reform approved when Barack
Obama and the Democrats had true control of both chambers... "
The fact of the matter is that the Democratic Party in general
(and President Obama in particular) has adopted the "enforcement-
first" strategy of the anti-immigrationists. Several legal
scholars have clearly spelled out the enormous power the
Executive Branch can wield in order to deliver immediate,
mammoth-scale benefits to long-suffering people, but the Obama
administration is hell-bent on continuing with its "enforcement-
first" strategy - absolutely no immigration benefits are in the
Well, the 2012 elections are not all that far away, and the
10,000,000+ immigrant vote cannot be ignored. The only question
is this: will President Obama wield his pen right away, early in
2011, or does he prefer to wait till later, when the election
spotlight will sharply highlight all his actions? We will soon
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2. Article: Unauthorized Immigrant Population:
National and State Trends, 2010  by Jeffrey S. Passel and D'Vera
Cohn for the Pew Hispanic Center,0203-passel.shtm

3. Article: Capacity Building: ICE/HSI Form I-9 Audit Fusion
Center-Open for Business  by Dawn Lurie and Kevin Lashus,0203-lurie.shtm

4. Article: Does Your Firm Have A Language Gap? by Ed Poll,0203-poll.shtm

5. Bloggings: Immigrant Of The Day: Benjamin Millepied - Dancer,
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  1. Roger Algase's Avatar
    With respect to the February 3 ID comment, it is utterly amazing that the Republicans do not try to seize the tremendous opportunity they have as a result of the Obama administration's strenuous efforts to hand them the immigrant vote on a silver platter. If the Republicans were willing, even to a small extent, to moderate their anti-immigrant and anti-Latino hard line positions, they might actually be able to achieve their stated long standing goal of becoming a permanent majority.

    But, just as the Democrats have been seduced by the calls of cynicism, expediency and Realpolitik on immigration, the Republicans have been blinded by hatred and prejudice. It is time for a third party willing to support immigrant rights, in the tradition of the civil rights movement, which initially had little or no welcome inside the Democratic party's establishment and had to operate as an independent force for a long time.
  2. Roger Algase's Avatar
    Just in case anyone should misunderstand, I am using the term "immigrant vote" in its broad sense, namely votes of American citizens who come from or identify with immigrant communities, including but not limited to Americans who were once immigrants themselves. I do not mean to imply that immigrants who are not US citizens should be allowed to vote.
  3. Honza Prchal, Birmingham, AL's Avatar
    Thank you for the lead article in daily/digest/2011,0203.shtm.

    The immigration code, like the tax code and health insurance regulations, is the product of decades of special interest carve outs and Congressional and Executive micro-managing held together from time to time with judicial and bureaucratic jury-rigging. Both could stand a good bit of simplification. We've ceded far too much control over people's lives to a faceless, hapless and harried bureaucracy tasked with the thankless and counter-productive task of picking winners.

    A simpler and more market-based immigration system like one that simply sells the right of entry at a transparent and low rate (and includes simple but robust public-health and security carve-outs) may not sound good as an ideal, but it would be a darn sight better than what we have now and a whole lot easier to administer.

    Our present system is perpetuated by those who have an interest in delaying assimilation of the low skill types (disproportionately semi-literate or even non-Spanish speaking much less English reading and writing Oaxacan peasants) it perversely favors over high skilled high achievers (engineers, PhDs, H1-B candidates, graduates of US institutions of higher learning and their children, wealthy foreigners who want to relocate here) most Americans would likely admit they want here. Those who come illegally do reasonably well if they stay long enough to become undeportable de jure or de facto, but few rational people would claim that shifting the pool towards those most likely to really develop their human capital is a bad deal for the country.

    After a reform that makes our system transparent and widely acceptable as just, we have a better chance of getting acquiescence to plans to allow those who came illegally a path to assimilation. We also have a better chance of enforcing our laws, in no small part because those enforcing them might more often be able to understand them.
  4. Roger Algase's Avatar
    I agree with most of Honza Prchal's comment. It is incredible that a supposedly rational, advanced country like the US would make it so difficult for educated, affluent and skilled people who have the most to contribute to our economy to live and work in America.

    However, our laws concerning educated immigrants and those with valuable skills are not all that severe or irrational, though no one would argue that they are perfect. It is the way that these laws are being enforced that is the main cause of the problem.

    Few people who are familiar with immigration would dispute that the application of these laws has become more draconian and hostile to educated, skilled immigrants in the past two years. The more qualified a foreign professional worker or entrepreneur may be, the more of a threat that person is seen to the job security or salary levels of educated, skilled US workers.

    This narrow and illusory way of thinking, which the Obama administration is obsessed with, is the main obstacle to developing a fair immigration system that will benefit everyone.
  5. Wendy Hess's Avatar

    i just found the format not comfortable to read, the info was good.

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