8:03 AM, Nov 25, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A New York luxury hotel says it does not knowingly employ illegal immigrants, despite a suggestion by Hillary Clinton that it does.
The former secretary of state spoke at a gala for the New York Historical Society at the Mandarin Oriental hotel on November 21. During a Q&A session, Clinton, who received an honor from the organization, praised President Obama’s recently announced executive order on immigration that will give around 5 million illegal immigrants legal status. Calling the executive order “historic,” she urged the black-tie crowd to remember that “this is about peoples’ lives.”
“This is about, I would venture to guess, the people who served us tonight, who prepared our food tonight,” Clinton said, according to MSNBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald.
But a spokesperson for the Mandarin Oriental disputes Clinton’s suggestion that the executive order would be extended to any of the hotel’s employees.
“Mandarin Oriental, New York does not knowingly employ illegal and/or undocumented immigrants. We require all employees to provide proof of their eligibility to legally work in the U.S.,” said Tammy Peters, a spokesperson for the hotel, in an email to THE WEEKLY STANDARD. “All wait staff and catering staff are employed through our hotel and we do not use outside contractors for such services.”
It is not clear why Clinton was under the impression illegal immigrants were serving or preparing food for the fete. The Sheraton in New York hosts the annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting, but a request to that hotel for a comment on the legal status of its employees was not returned.
Congress ponders how to stop Obama’s unilateral immigration moves. Nov 24, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 11 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Move over, Barack Obama. The Republicans are now the party of hope—at least when it comes to Obama’s expected executive order on immigration.
“We hope the president isn’t going to do that,” Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell, the soon-to-be Senate majority leader, said November 13, in his first postelection press conference at the Capitol.
Young Latin Americans pay the price for America’s policy blunders. Aug 18, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 46 • By PETER SKERRY
For over a generation now, America’s elites have willfully ignored a substantial segment of the public that has misgivings about ever-increasing levels of immigration. Whenever possible these elites—in the academy, religious institutions, the media, politics, and business—have responded to such misgivings with platitudes about our status as “a nation of immigrants,” conveniently overlooking the four decades of the 20th century when the gates were substantially closed.
8:41 AM, Aug 7, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Tennessee senator Lamar Alexander is making his final pitch to primary voters with a radio ad in which the two-term Republican claims he has voted to "end amnesty" for illegal immigrants. Alexander has been hit hard on the issue of immigration by his chief GOP challenger, state representative Joe Carr, ahead of Thursday's primary.
"In the last few days of a campaign, don't believe anything new that you hear," Alexander says in the ad. "Last year, I voted to end amnesty. Last week I voted against President Obama's immigration bill." Listen to the ad below:
7:39 AM, Aug 6, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich told radio host Laura Ingraham Tuesday that if President Barack Obama proceeds to amnesty thousands of illegal immigrants through executive order, Republicans should make the case against such a move the party's "number one" campaign issue for the 2014 midterm elections.
Pryor: "We have a much more secure border today than we did ten years ago."1:56 PM, Aug 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
For the most part, Republican candidates for Congress have been quiet about the immigration crisis on the border, with a few exceptions. But Rep. Tom Cotton, the GOP Senate candidate in Arkansas, has put his Democratic opponent's support for amnesty for illegal immigrants at the center of his new TV ad.
11:49 AM, Jul 28, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Lamar Alexander, the two-term Republican senator from Tennessee, is in a strong position to win reelection this November. But only if he can get through his August 7 primary.
10:25 AM, Jul 28, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown has a new ad targeting what the Republican calls the Democrats' "pro-amnesty policies." The 30-second spot, among the first in the 2014 cycle to address the illegal immigration crisis on the border, features the former Massachusetts senator juxtaposing the security lines at airports and public events with the lack of security at the Mexican border.
"We have an immigration crisis on our hands. We respond with compassion, but it's time for us to secure the border once and for all," Brown says. Watch the ad below:
Jul 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 42 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Last week, Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Texas Democrat, lashed out at President Obama over the border crisis. Since last fall, more than 40,000 unaccompanied minors, mostly from Central America, have been caught illegally trying to enter the country. Cuellar called Obama’s response “aloof,” “bizarre,” and “detached.” He might have added “predictable.”
7:51 PM, Jun 24, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senator Jeff Sessions argues that "lax enforcement" of border security is driving the illegal immigration "surge." Sessions, a Republican senator from Alabama, made the comments today on the Senate floor.
"Colleagues," Sessions began, "today there is an unprecedented crisis unfolding on our border. This crisis threatens the very integrity of our national borders, our laws, and our system of justice. It is a crisis of the Administration’s own making, and a crisis that the Administration continues to encourage."
And Address 'Misperceptions About U.S. Immigration Policy.'7:06 AM, Jun 16, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Biden departs today for Latin America, where he'll visit Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and Guatemala. In Brazil, he'll head to the World Cup to watch a soccer game. In Guatemala, he'll address "misperceptions about U.S. immigration policy," according to a White House official.
4:32 PM, Jun 2, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Dave Brat, a college professor challenging House majority leader Eric Cantor in next week's Republican primary in Virginia, has a 60-second ad touting his conservative credentials.
"I will fight to defund and repeal Obamacare. I will fight to stop the reckless spending in Washington. I will fight to stop amnesty for illegal immigrants," says Brat, matter-of-factly. "Eric Cantor voted to fund Obamcare. He voted to give President Obama a clean debt ceiling increase in this past January, and he is pushing for amnesty for illegal immigrants." Watch the ad below: