Immigration Articles

De Blasio Inserts Himself Into Foreign Policy Debate

4:55 PM, Apr 20, 2015

Bill de Blasio is trying to insert himself into the foreign policy arena. The New York City mayor, more specifically, has commented on the deaths of refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

"Drowning deaths off Libya are a man-made tragedy. EU must get serious about tackling the problem at the root and caring for those at home," de Blasio says on Twitter.


Drowning deaths off Libya are a man-made tragedy. EU must get serious about tackling the problem at the root and caring for those at home.

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Rubio on Immigration: Americans Want Security First

6:49 PM, Apr 18, 2015

Manchester, N.H.
There’s a palpable eagerness among Republicans here to like Marco Rubio, but questions about his views on immigration remain, even among those voters who come out to see the Florida senator on a weekday afternoon.

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Jeff Sessions’s Strong Stance on Immigration

10:20 AM, Apr 17, 2015

If there is anything that liberals and Big Business can seemingly agree upon, it’s that we don’t need an approach to immigration that benefits Main Street.  It remains to be seen whether anyone running for president will seize this opening and buck the liberal-corporate consensus, but in the meantime Sen. Jeff Sessions has been ably holding down the fort against Democrats and Republicans alike.  As his partial reward, he just received the wrath of the New York Times editorial board.

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Chart: U.S. Will Have More New Immigrants in 10 Years Than Population of Half-Dozen Major Cities Combined

7:10 AM, Apr 13, 2015

A new chart from the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest has produced this chart showing that, "U.S. To Admit More New Immigrants Over Next Decade Than The Population Of A Half-Dozen Major American Cities Combined."

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Walker: Legal Immigration Should Protect American Workers and Wages

6:01 AM, Apr 10, 2015

Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, a possible Republican presidential candidate, made the case that immigration policy should "protect"American workers and wages. Walker made the comments in an interview with Fox News's Sean Hannity:

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Rand: 'We Need Immigration Reform'

'I think having no immigration reform is a non-starter.'
9:28 PM, Apr 07, 2015

Rand Paul argued for immigration reform in an interview tonigth with Fox News's Sean Hannity:

"Immigration is a huge issue," said Hannity. "You said that it's impossible to get comprehensive immigration reform. So your position now is?"

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Irish Prime Minister Uses WH Podium to Tell Congress to Pass Immigration

And to thank Obama for executive amnesty.
7:01 AM, Mar 18, 2015

Barack Obama did not like when Israeli prime minister Benjmain Netanyahu used a joint congressional meeting to criticize his Iran plan. But yesterday the president let the Irish prime minister, Enda Kenny, use his podium to attack Congress on immigration at a St. Patrick's Day reception at the White House. 

Kenny also thanked Obama for his executive amnesty.

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Senator Introduces Law to Eliminate Amnesty Bonuses

8:24 AM, Mar 17, 2015

Senator Ben Sasse has introduced a law to eliminate the amnesty tax bonuses, according to a press release from his office.

“Presidents should enforce the laws—not unilaterally rewrite them—and it’s time for Congress to hold this Administration accountable,” Sasse says in a statement. “By preventing this Administration from issuing new Social Security Numbers to illegal aliens, the ABE Act would help restore the rule of law and save taxpayers billions of dollars.”

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CPAC Warms to Jeb, But Immigration Questions Remain

5:20 PM, Feb 27, 2015

By most accounts, former Florida governor Jeb Bush performed well (to some observers, “very, very” well) in his Friday appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington. The likely presidential candidate succeeded in defying expectations by receiving a warm reception at the right-wing confab, even as his unorthodoxies on a few important issues for conservatives were highlighted in the appearance.

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HHS Terminates Obamacare Coverage for 90,000 for Lack of Citizenship, Immigration Documents

7:12 AM, Feb 26, 2015

The Obama administration in recent weeks has been trumpeting the number of signups for health insurance through the Obamacare marketplaces for 2015, but at least 90,000 consumers who had coverage last year are losing it.

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Obama Tells Jeb to Lobby Fellow Republicans to Support Immigration

7:59 PM, Feb 25, 2015

In a town hall in Miami, President Obama encouraged probable Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush to lobby folks in his party to support immigration reform:

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Obama: 'Consequences' for ICE Officials Who Don't Follow Executive Amnesty

7:42 PM, Feb 25, 2015

President Obama warned workers at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: implement executive amnesty, or else. He made the comments in a town hall event on immigration on MSNBC.

According to the White House pool report, President Obama was asked for reassurance that people wouldn't be deported as the legal battle over the executive amnesty plays out in the courts.

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Obama Vows to Fight Court's Decision Against Executive Amnesty 'Very Aggressively'

7:05 PM, Feb 25, 2015

In an MSNBC townhall in Miami, President Obama vows to fight the court ruling against the executive amnesty he adopted last year.

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Japan's Robot Babies

Why immigration probably won't save Japan from demographic decline.
2:28 PM, Feb 25, 2015

Over at Reason, Pete Suderman has a great piece about how Japan is looking to robots to help care for its geriatric citizens. It’s funny and creepy and you should totally read it.

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Obama Holds Closed-Door Meeting With 'Immigration Advocacy Leaders'

8:14 AM, Feb 25, 2015

President Obama is holding a closed-door White House meeting with "immigration advocacy leaders" this morning, the White House announced. Later today the president will hold an immigration townhall in Miami, which will be broadcast on MSNBC.

"In the morning, the President will meet with immigration advocacy leaders to provide an update on the Administration’s immigration accountability executive actions. This meeting in the Roosevelt Room is closed press," the White House schedule reads.

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Federal Judge Halts Obama Immigration Executive Action

10:49 AM, Feb 17, 2015

A federal judge in Texas issued an injunction Monday to halt the implementation of a December executive order by President Barack Obama on immigration. The Associated Press reports:

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen's decision late Monday puts on hold Obama's orders that could spare from deportation as many as five million people who are in the U.S. illegally.

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‘Amnesty Bonuses’ in Tax Code: Illegal Immigrants to Receive Earned Income Tax Credit

Could cost ‘more than $24,000 to those who receive deferred action’
7:16 AM, Feb 06, 2015

President Barack Obama has promoted his recent executive action on immigration by arguing that he’s only deferring action – holding off on enforcement of the current immigration laws until an immigration reform he approves of passes Congress.

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Jeb: I Am 'My Own Person'

3:11 PM, Feb 04, 2015

Jeb Bush had fighting words at his Wednesday speech at the Detroit Economic Club. The former Florida governor, who is actively thinking of running for president, said he was down for a rumble—at least, if anyone tried to say a bad word about his father, George H.W. Bush.

"My dad is the greatest man alive, and if anybody disagrees, we'll go outside," Bush said with a smile. "Unless you're, like, six-five and two-fifty and much younger than me. Then we'll negotiate. I'm still not going to change my mind."

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Senate Dems Block Homeland Security Funding Bill

3:29 PM, Feb 03, 2015

On Tuesday, Democrats took advantage of the Senate's filibuster rules to block a bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security through the fiscal year. The bill, which passed the House of Representatives last month, would fund the department at current levels but block funding for implementing President Obama's December 2014 executive order on immigration.

ABC News reports that just 51 senators voted to close debate on the bill, with every Democrat voting against cloture and effectively blocking the Senate's ability to hold a vote on the legislation:

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Podcast: GOP Ready to Fight, but are Immigration, Vaccinations the Right Battles?

Hosted by Michael Graham.
4:15 PM, Feb 02, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Michael Warren on the GOP's strategy going into 2016.

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Obama to Republicans: 'Don’t Jeopardize Our National Security Over' Immigration

12:47 PM, Feb 02, 2015

Barack Obama told Republicans that they should not risk "national security" over their disagreements on the president's executive amnesty.

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WH: Executive Amnesty Raises U.S. Wages 65 Cents a Day

7:01 AM, Jan 27, 2015

The White House launched a new campaign this week to build support for President Obama's executive action on immigration.

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D.C. Considers Allowing Non-Citizens to Vote

9:20 AM, Jan 22, 2015

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.

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Feds Buy 'Cossock' Armored Border Guard Truck … For Ukraine

7:13 AM, Jan 15, 2015

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

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Earnest: Vote to Defund Executive Amnesty Is a 'Vote for Amnesty'

3:25 PM, Jan 14, 2015

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.

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'A Debate Over Executive Power: Obama’s immigration decision'

1:15 PM, Jan 08, 2015

The American Enterprise Institute is hosting an event next week (January 12, at noon), titled, "A debate over executive power: Obama’s immigration decision."

The description and schedule read:

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Mexico's President Calls Obama's Executive Amnesty 'An Act of Justice'

2:08 PM, Jan 06, 2015

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.

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Feds Begin Preparing for Possible 2015 Surge of Unaccompanied Children Across Border

8:01 AM, Dec 25, 2014

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.

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Mexico in Crisis

9:31 AM, Dec 18, 2014

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.

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NYTimes: Obama, Clinton Gave Immigration Favors to Ecuadorian Democratic Donors

10:24 PM, Dec 16, 2014

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:

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