7:01 AM, Jan 27, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
The White House launched a new campaign this week to build support for President Obama's executive action on immigration. Although the campaign is to feature state-by-state advantages weekly over the new few months, one of the purported nationwide benefits of the president's actions is what amounts to about a sixty-five cents a day wage increase for "U.S.-born workers." This claim appears in an annualized form in the graphic for California, the first state featured in the White House's promotional effort:
While the first two bullet items are specific to California, the final point reads, "A raise in average wages of $170 a year for U.S.-born workers across the country." Based on 260 working days a year, this comes to about sixty-five cents a day, or eight cents an hour.
The claims used in the campaign are based on a November 2014 White House Council of Economic Advisor's (CEA) document entitled "The Economic Effects of Administrative Action on Immigration." The $170 claim itself is based on the theory that encouraging more high-skilled immigration will spur innovation and have "positive spillovers on the productivity of native workers" which will eventually (the year 2024) results in the $170 per year increased touted by the White House campaign. The document acknowledges, however, that these increases will come to high school and college educated U.S. workers and not to the lesser-educated workforce.
The White House promises to deliver more state-by-state benefits over the next few months, saying, "we will profile one state a week to highlight the local economic benefits of the President’s immigration actions and to share what this means for local communities in your state." The White House website currently feature an interactive map where users are invited to "see exactly how the new steps we're taking to fix our broken immigration system will improve the economy in your state." However, at present, clicking on the map brings up only an estimate of increased GDP per state based on the CEA report.
The one state featured so far, California, lists only two rather general benefits in addition to the estimated GDP increase and sixty-five cents a day wage increase:
- An increase in revenue for California's budget.
- An increase in community investment -- in schools, homes, and businesses.
Given that the White House wishes to sell the president's actions to the general public, more specific and significant advantages to individual workers than a possible sixty-five cents a day may be necessary. As the campaign goes forward, it remains to be seen if the White House can deliver.
9:20 AM, Jan 22, 2015 • By REBECCA BURGESS
While many critics skewer President Obama’s recent amnesty-granting executive action, D.C.’s municipal lawmakers have their own plans for the next battle on the immigration-citizenship front. Invoking considerations of fairness and justice against “anti-immigrant hysteria,” D.C.
7:13 AM, Jan 15, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
In April, the Obama administration announced plans for financial aid, advisers, and 'non-lethal' security assistance for Ukraine in its struggle against Russian encroachment on its territory. Eight months later, citing the "urgent and compelling need to establish security and stability," the White
3:25 PM, Jan 14, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House is accusing Republicans intent on stopping President Obama's executive amnesty as "essentially" voting for amnesty. "This vote is bad policy. It is essentially a vote for amnesty. It is also bad politics," the White House spokesman told reporters aboard Air Force One.
2:08 PM, Jan 6, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Mexican president Peña Nieto called President Obama's executive amnesty "very intelligent" and "an act of justice” in comments today in the Oval Office. He made the comments in Spanish.
Via the pool report:
Mexican President Peña Nieto and POTUS spoke at length in the Oval Office to the pool shortly after noon but did not take questions. Nieto’s comments are via an interpreter, as he spoke in Spanish.
8:01 AM, Dec 25, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Just two days before Christmas, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) took the first step to prepare for a possible "surge" of unaccompanied minors in 2015.
9:31 AM, Dec 18, 2014 • By JAIME DAREMBLUM
The fiesta is over. Mexico, a remarkably important nation of some 120 million people—indeed, the world’s fifteenth largest economy—is descending into crisis. Students have been slaughtered en masse with the complicity of a corrupt police force. The country’s young president and his finance minster are embroiled in a corruption scandal. And the recent fall in oil prices—which looks set to continue—only portends further suffering.
10:24 PM, Dec 16, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The New York Times reports the Obama administration relaxed immigration restrictions and did favors for a wealthy Ecuadorian family after some members of the family donated to Democratic campaigns. From the Times:
5:28 PM, Dec 15, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In one final ignominious act of parliamentary genius, outgoing Senate majority leader Harry Reid rolled Republican troublemaker Ted Cruz of Texas over the weekend, robbing the GOP of a chance to stop Democrats in the lame-duck session.
9:42 PM, Dec 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The House of Representatives passed a long-term spending bill Thursday night, just hours before the current continuing budget resolution is set to run out. The vote of 219 to 206, including nearly 60 Democrats, took longer than the alotted 15 minutes as House members from both parties witheld their votes for several minutes.
4:48 PM, Dec 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Conservatives on Capitol Hill are passing around a document titled, "Omnibus Contains $2.5 Billion to Accommodate Illegal Immigrants and Refugees," which claims to new spending bill has dedicated a lot of money to helping people in the U.S. illegally.
8:01 AM, Dec 8, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Martin Short, who starred in the 1986 film ¡Three Amigos!, praised President Obama for executive amnesty at last night's Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C.
"Welcome Mr. President and thank you," Short told the president. "Because of you, the Three Amigos can stay indefinitely."
7:34 AM, Dec 5, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
In Thursday’s lead editorial, the Wall Street Journal argues that congressional “Republicans can’t win by shutting down the government”; thus, they should not attempt to deny President Obama the funding he needs to carry out his unconstitutional executive amnesty for 5 million illegal immigrants. Instead, Republicans’ “goal should be…to form coalitions with as many Democrats as possible to put pro-growth reforms on Mr. Obama’s desk,” while accepting that “they aren’t likely to overturn his immigration decree unless they take the White House.”