8:01 AM, Jun 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House is now using the phrase "unlawful migration" instead of the more commonly heard phrase "illegal immigration." The new term is used in a readout of a phone call President Obama had yesterday with President Peña Nieto of Mexico.
"This afternoon President Obama spoke by phone with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to discuss a regional strategy to address the influx of unaccompanied children coming from Central America, through Mexico, to the U.S.-Mexico border. The President noted that Vice President Biden will attend a regional meeting in Guatemala on Friday, June 20, to discuss the urgent humanitarian issue, and welcomed the opportunity to work in close cooperation with Mexico to develop concrete proposals to address the root causes of unlawful migration from Central America. He also discussed the United States and Mexico’s shared responsibility for promoting security in both countries and in the region," the readout states.
"The President noted that the United States and Mexico can collaborate on a number of areas related to the issue, including by working together to return the children safely to their families and to build Central American capacity to receive returned individuals. The President also noted that these unaccompanied children are vulnerable to crime and abuse, and welcomed Mexico’s efforts to help target the criminals that lure families to send children on the dangerous journey and to alert potential migrants to the perils of the journey and the likelihood that they will be returned to Central America. The President also reiterated that arriving migrants will not qualify for legalization under proposed immigration reform legislation or deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA)."
It appears the White House has only used the phrase one other time, in a joint statement between the United States and China. "The United States and China will strengthen cooperation on criminal investigations and deepen collaboration in combating embezzlement as well as in counter-narcotics and pre-cursor chemical control and in combating unlawful migration," part of that 2009 statement reads.
7:17 AM, Apr 24, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, A.B. Stoddard and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
And here's the Internet-only aftershow:
7:03 AM, Mar 14, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The Obama administration has been under heavy criticism from foes and even some friends for selective enforcement of laws. Executive orders and executive actions have contradicted, delayed, or otherwise modified laws regarding same-sex marriage, immigration, and, most controversial in the last several months, the Affordable Care Act.
3:13 PM, Feb 7, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
As Beth Reinhard of National Journal reports, people for whom support of Obamacare is instinctive and unquestioning are not inclined to campaign in support of it.
9:17 AM, Aug 27, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with Mara Liasson and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
10:31 AM, Jul 31, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
As implementation of Obamacare draws closer, nerves among a certain constituency are increasingly frayed. As Robert Pear of the New York Times writes:
House bill would leave in place among the most liberal abortion laws in Western world.11:36 AM, Jul 10, 2013 • By JON A. SHIELDS
The American left loves Western European democracies for their cultural sensibilities and for their policies on everything from crime to health care. One policy area where you won’t hear American liberals cite the European example, though, is abortion.
10:18 AM, Jun 22, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama uses his weekly address to tout the immigration bill that's currently being debated in the Senate. "It’s a bill that would continue to strengthen security at our borders, and hold employers more accountable if they knowingly hire undocumented workers, so they won’t have an unfair advantage over businesses that follow the law," Obama contends.
4:10 PM, Jan 17, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Yesterday, Congress passed a series of bills to promote gun control and mental health. Among other things, the bills aim to remove “unnecessary legal barriers…that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system,” to “give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun,” and to decide what things shall count as “essential health benefits” (including potential mental-health benefits) “within [Obamacare’s] exchanges.”
Of course, it wasn’t actually Congress that passed any of these things through the constitutionally prescribed legislative process.
12:47 PM, Dec 25, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
A petition on the White House's website calls for charges to be filed against David Gregory for breaking Washington, D.C.'s gun laws. "Press charges against David Gregory for possession of a 30-round, high capacity assault rifle magazine in Washington D.C," reads the title of the petition:
"Majoritarian power-grab."11:18 AM, Nov 28, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Republican senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, is accusing Democrat Harry Reid, the majority leader, of wanting to "break the rules to change the rules." This is part a "systematic effort to marginalize the minority," according to McConnell.
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