4:57 PM, Apr 22, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
This ought to be an easy one for the White House which has been petitioned to take action in a matter of national importance that ought to be a political slam dunk. The people on one side are all too young to vote and those on the other are full of passionate intensity (to borrow a phrase) in support of …
the deportation of Justin Bieber.
But as the Hill reports, Bieber is:
… not going anywhere. The White House is refusing to weigh in on a petition that gained the support of more than 273,000 people to deport the Canadian-born pop star. In an official response titled "Believing in Immigration Reform" and posted on the We the People site, the White House wrote, “Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one.”
But in its customary schoolmarm tone, the White House did use the opportunity to lecture petitioners on immigration reform, writing with that:
… we'll leave it to others to comment on Mr. Bieber’s case, but we’re glad you care about immigration issues. Because our current system is broken. Too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers, and 11 million people are living in the shadows.
Yeah, yeah. But upon considering this silly affair one think, Well, if they can’t deport that punk, then how can we ever trust them to control the borders?
In theory . . .12:00 AM, Apr 12, 2014 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
Employers’ requests for the limited number of H1-B visas that allow foreign skilled workers to work and live here has wildly exceeded the supply. After all, the visas allow employers to hire foreigners, rather than bid up wage rates to attract American citizens, or incur the cost of training Americans to do the job. And the visas are free.
Government agencies largely avoided sequestration furloughs in 2013.7:36 AM, Mar 13, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
As sequestration bore down in February 2013, the threat of furloughs for thousands of government workers was a common refrain from those warning of the dire effects of the across the board budget cuts.
Admits "prosecutorial discretion" on immigration has already stretched his "administrative capacity very far." 12:34 PM, Mar 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a joint town hall with Telemundo and Univision, President Obama made a pledge that his administration will not use Obamacare sign up data to deport illegal aliens:
"Will we hear from you a pledge, a personal promise, that the information provided in the registration process will not be used for deportation purposes in this country?"
"Absolutely," Obama said, putting his hand down for emphasis.
7:34 AM, Feb 14, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue says in an op-ed that the U.S. needs more low-skill immigration because Americans are not "qualified" or "willing" to do such work.
11:13 AM, Feb 10, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
New York Democratic senator Chuck Schumer, an author of the Senate immigration bill, may have succeeded in helping Republicans kill his own bill.
Feb 17, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 22 • By JAY COST
Last month, the House Republican leadership released its guiding principles on immigration reform. While mostly boilerplate, the document suggests that the House GOP envisions a bill similar to last year’s Senate compromise spearheaded by Marco Rubio: enhanced border security in exchange for legalization of the illegal immigrant population; more visas for the highly skilled and permits for temporary guest workers; and a rationalization of the immigration process.
Hosted by Michael Graham5:30 PM, Jan 31, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with editor William Kristol on why the Republicans shouldn't move aggressively on immigration reform this year.
8:53 AM, Jan 31, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The boss took on Haley Barbour and Larry Kudlow in an immigration debate last night on CNBC:
7:10 PM, Jan 30, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senator Jeff Sessions says that House Republicans should "expose" President Obama's immigration plan, and not join it.
3:45 PM, Jan 30, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
National Republican Congressional Committee chair Rep. Greg Walden told reporters at the House Republican retreat that immigration votes are "probably months out" and will be after the congressional primaries are mostly over.
3:06 PM, Jan 30, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Included in the political news of the morning (flash, bulletin: Hillary Clinton is still the front runner for the Democratic nomination) is an interesting item suggesting that Democratic party insiders, fat cats, and such have all but decided that reinstalling Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House has become a forlorn hope and that it is time to deploy all available resources and energies into keeping the Senate.
2:00 PM, Jan 30, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Ted Cruz says that anyone in favor of the so-called immigration reform bill "should go ahead and put a 'Harry Reid for Majority Leader' bumper sticker on their car."