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Immigration Update: Obama’s Permit Plan Draws Fire

by Newsteam Staff
August 8, 2012

A U.S. Border Patrol agent opens a gate as he searches for illegal immigrants in the dessert of Pima County, Arizona August 17, 2009 (Joshua Lott/Courtesy Reuters). A U.S. Border Patrol agent opens a gate as he searches for illegal immigrants in the dessert of Pima County, Arizona August 17, 2009 (Joshua Lott/Courtesy Reuters).


Under the Obama administration’s new policy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will begin accepting applications (Reuters)  starting August 15 for work permits from young undocumented immigrants so they will legally be able to stay in the United States and work, which is causing election-year stir.

Republicans — who opposed legislation with similar provisions in Congress — say the expected surge in paperwork could hold up proceedings for immigrants trying to enter the United States legally (LAT), which they say could prompt even more illegal immigration.

Hotly debated on the campaign trail, particularly in the 2012 Republican primary, immigration has already proven a divisive issue in the presidential race. After 2008 campaign promises of immigration reform, President Obama was unable to push legislation through Congress, leaving a possible sore spot with Latino voters, and there is debate on how much this new policy might help him at the polls.

But Republicans also continue to struggle to attract Latino voters. Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney looks to be moving toward a more moderate immigration position for the general election, but still has advisers and major supporters considered to hold hard-line anti-immigration views (TPM).

For more on the candidates’ stances, check out CFR’s Issue Tracker on The Candidates and Immigration.

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Individual states — many of which were taking immigration law into their own hands after saying the federal government had dropped the ball — are backing off on immigration policy in light of the U.S. Supreme Court taking up Arizona’s immigration law, according to a new a new report by the National Conference of State Legislatures. State legislatures passed 20 percent fewer immigration laws in the first half of this year than at the same time last year.

Migration Policy Institute President Demetrios G. Papademetriou wrote at CNN last month that immigration policy is key to maintaining U.S. global competitiveness and a permanent, non-partisan commission to advise the president and Congress immigration matters from an economic vantage point should be created.

— Gayle S. Putrich, Contributing Editor

1 Comment

  • Posted by David Francis


    Both political parties are strictly Quid Pro Quo (something for something), with the Democrats seeking votes—legal citizens or non citizens, with a similar plan from the right to bring into the country legal immigrants, but not the professionals and highly skilled people you would expect. America is in such a predicament with poorly skilled workers and illegal aliens, the TEA PARTY are the only easement from the GOP who will enforce immigration laws. As we approach the general election we must look hard at the voting laws, which are in a state of flux, as we have seen more and more major irregularities. Unknown numbers of individuals who are non-citizens are voting, whether illegal aliens, felons and even dead people. WHAT IS INEXCUSABLE BY THIS ADMINISTRATION IS TRYING TO DERAIL OUR MILITARY FROM CASTING A VOTE, BUT THEY ARE NOT ADDING ANY RESTRICTIONS IN STOPPING NON-CITIZENS FROM VOTING?

    One by one THE TEA PARTY will replace the political hacks—the liars, cheats and frauds in Washington that have been destroying America—and we will continue to do so with your help of the voters in this Republic.

    If immigration policies had been carried out to the letter, after the blanket amnesty of 1986, then the current horrendous chaos would be insignificant. Communities as Farmers Branch would not be in pitch battles with the court, over ordinances to stop the proliferation of illegal aliens procuring taxpayers money or being able to settle there. The threat of intimidation in Arizona, Texas or other states by the Socialists and Marxists in the Obama administration, has been a financial cross to bear, but has shown the length that these instigators will go to—to get there way. Instead now have 20 million plus illegal aliens scattered across America, either working under the table for dishonest employers or using stolen ID to gain employment. Since the Simpson/Mazzoli bill immigration has got completely uncontrollable with Sanctuary Cities springing up, huge importations of people under Chain Migration adding to ultimately to extra uncompensated programs for the ethnic poor from South of our border, from those who overstayed visas from around the globe. In a second term Obama will press for another mass amnesty, so he can eliminate any chance of the other side from overriding his executive orders.

    If you don’t want to be paying out the money you have earned, for both the illegal aliens who have never paid a cent into anything and the parasites (freeloaders) that were born here, the best hope we have is voting more TEA PARTY members. Whatever happened to President Obama, who was going to be a world changer? All he has done is divided the country, which he not only has his people churned the U.S. Constitution into the dirt, but intimidated numerous states over their stand on illegal immigration. This issue carries enormous costs, which will be even add more vulnerability as more people escaping poverty, will abscond to America that is already under financial peril.

    Obama’s agenda is almost limitless; to kill any permits for drilling any of our massive deposits of oil, gas that makes us ever dependent on foreign nations. Even now we have spiraling gas prices that will never end, until we open up more wells, and dig for more coal for energy to run our homes and industry. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been wasted on alternative methods, but the Socialists in Washington are adamant that they will undermine fossil fuels in this time of urgent need. The Rules and Regulations have become so predominant, that businesses large and small cannot function properly; Obama’s czars are standing in the way of progressing out of this sterile environment and dragging America down.

    The TEA PARTY leadership will vote for to strict immigration policies though the Senate and House of Representatives. But more TEA PARTY politicians must achieve more seats in Congress, which seems to be actually happening? Plenty of these moderate conservatives and true advocate of our U.S. Constitution are ready to influence the other lawmaker’s to enact policies that assist out of work Americans. It will open up jobs for millions of low income Blacks, Hispanics, and Latino’s, Whites, Asians and all other ethnic groups lawfully here. It is passed time we enacted the ‘Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 2885) and the Birthright citizenship Act (H.R.140)? It is time that the state of Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Utah and other 50 states should be able to protect their state borders? Each law is essential in structuring our policies, then once again projecting a zero forbearance on our immigration policies. The Birthright Citizenship law has been manipulated, as it didn’t extend that just anybody who reached into America could be credited with citizenship, as it was only an opportunity for the emancipation of slaves. THESE LAWS MUST BE PASSED SO THE AMERICAN WORKER CAN GAIN A FOOTHOLD AGAIN, ESPECIALLY WHEN 8 PERCENT OF OUR POPULATION IS JOBLESS, OR JUST GIVEN UP BEING HIRED?

    Interesting enough President Obama’s socialized health care is the ‘Catch 22’ situation which will surface when the ‘Obamacare’ plan is fully operational. Illegal aliens will be very vulnerable to detection, as these people will not be able to join the health care program, but the children of illegal aliens will. The children of 11 million illegal aliens (if you believe the government estimates), whereas more thoroughly research surveys estimate the real number in our populace is over 20 million plus or in fact even higher?; children recognized as citizens through a carefully engineered law, with the aim of stating the offspring are citizens, once the Mother has smuggled the unborn baby through the arrival gate at an airport or through the hundreds of open miles along our border. Once here the pregnant mothers are on welfare and are then guaranteed all sorts of care, that the majority of American expectant mother cannot collect. Citizens and legal residents are tracked by their Social Security number for hospital fees, while the illegal alien female pays zero. The American people are on the hook and expected to pay not only for the ‘freeloaders’ but the new baby citizen. An amendment to Rep. Steve Kings (R-IA) ‘BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP ACT will end this taxpayer rip-off, by insuring that one parent must be a U.S. citizen, a legal permanent resident, or an undocumented immigrant serving in the military would be considered citizens—saving hundreds of billions of dollars a year in schooling, health care and many public assistance programs.

    THE DREAM ACT like any other assessment waiver will just attract more pregnant females to the U.S., so they can plant their unborn baby here as public charges? Customs and Immigration Inspectors at any entry port cannot detect a fetus in the womb of any female visitor, so they only deterrent we have are altering the requirements for instant citizenship for babies? The Dream Act will inevitably discover hundreds of thousand, even millions of the physical residences of ‘Dream Act’ kids, which could open a new Pandora’s box’ and reveal the presence parents by ICE for deportation punishment? In furtherance American taxpayers are fully aware now of the scam not addressed by the IRS. While Americans are have a hard time feeding their families, illegal aliens are accessing the child tax credit on a huge scale, ripping of the taxpayer for $4.6 billion dollars with Senator Harry Reid, a diehard Liberal stopping the Senate from passing a law to stop this conspiracy. The records show illegal aliens have been defrauding the public for decades; paying nothing in the way of taxes, yet collecting money through IRS stupidity, even to sending treasury checks to children not present in the good old U.S.A.

    The oddest part of our immigration laws, is that ICE (as Yet) cannot track visa over stays like many other nations? My thinking is that this is intentional, which we should include any entry—which as a serious deterrent should be a Felony—not a civil infraction? California, the well known sanctuary state for millions of illegal aliens and a heavy duty liberal Governor and his progressives is out to push drivers licenses for these people. Only the true voters can halt this and be aware, that illegal alien will be voting in the upcoming elections and the TEA PARTY people will be watching for criminal acts, especially with absentee ballots and with no boundaries on voting the outcome could be well directed fraud by the liberals and the Democrat underlings.

    IF YOU ARE A TAXPAYER AND AN ELIGIBLE VOTER YOU CAN ADD YOUR ANGRY VOICE TO THE CHORUS OF MILLIONS OF OTHER PEOPLE AND THE TEA PARTY WHO ARE NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS TRAVESTY OF OUR LAWS ANYMORE? CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND DEMAND THE VOTE FOR A SIMPLE AMENDMENT TO THE ‘Birthright Citizenship Act’. If we can pass this law as many other countries have done, we can discourage the daily onslaught of thousands illegal aliens trying to reach the United States.

    Both political sides in other major problems are responsible for this financial wreck, from the banks not making loans and instead depositing the money in other investments. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been approved by Obama’s people in questionable loans in the solar ‘Sylindra’s and other combinations of ‘Green ventures” that have otherwise faded away from the public eye. Hundreds of thousands of homes lay empty because of incompetence of banking regulators, allowing politicians and high pressure ethnic organization to approve loans for people who could were low income and had no way to pay the loans back. If you look at the statistics this was very visible in states as Arizona, California and Nevada with high concentrations of illegal residents.

    Go to the website of TEA PARTY DOT ORG and read about the new revelation on Obama’s past history? Numerous facts are appearing regarding his right to U.S Citizenship. From the evidence of his academic background, to the fact as a being a citizen of another country, you would be denied an education in Indonesia. Yet Obama was able to gain admittance to a schooling there, which is significant amongst the many other irregularities? This is a time for the American population to judge for themselves, the evidentiary records that are available. I can only speak for myself, but to be honest I just don’t know what to think about it anymore? Questions to ask– was birth certificate produced by the White House proven a computer-generated forgery? Is it true that all of his records were sealed—birth records, college records, passport records? Was the Selective service records altered? A reason why he surrendered his license to practice law—but why? Did he ever really have one? They say that he hide his true birth place? Why was he listed as a “foreign student” in a Harvard Law School Review pamphlet? Is it true he Held MULTIPLE social security numbers. Is he associating with KNOWN communists and subversives, with many allowed into the White House? There is much more detailed information about this crisis, asking does this man really have American citizenship?