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Reid Staffer Involved in Marriage Fraud, Terrorism Investigation
"An aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid repeatedly lied to federal immigration and FBI agents and submitted false federal documents to the Department of Homeland Security to cover up her illegal seven-year marriage to a Lebanese national who was the subject of an Oklahoma City Joint Terror Task Force investigation, FoxNews.com has learned," Fox News reported.
"Diana Tejada, Reid's Hispanic Press Secretary, admitted to receiving payment for 'some of her expenses' in exchange for fraudulently marrying Bassam Mahmoud Tarhini in 2003, strictly so he could obtain permanent U.S. residency, according to court documents."
"Of the state's eight House members, five are Democrats. That may change next Tuesday, with four of the five in varying degrees of trouble. Democrats, Republicans and independents are about evenly split in Arizona, but Republicans could soon have a virtual lock on the upper reaches of power in the state," says the New York Times in a story about Arizona.
"[Republican House Candidate McClung] knocks [Rep.] Grijalva for supporting the economic boycott of Arizona that was put in place after the state passed its tough anti-immigration law. Mr. Grijalva subsequently backtracked on the boycott . . . in a district where the unemployment rate is among the nation's highest and with many families facing foreclosure on their homes, the idea that a congressman would support sticking it to his own state has won Ms. McClung support."
The American Spectator has an article that argues for increasing the number of H-1B visas, presumably without limit. "Today, about 1 in 8 Americans are foreign-born, but 1 in 4 American Nobel laureates since 1901 are foreign-born. Immigrants, it seems, are chronic overachievers. America would benefit by letting more in," say Ryan Young and Alex Nowrasteh.
"A third of Silicon Valley's scientists and engineers are immigrants. Forty percent of Ph.D. scientists working in the U.S. are foreign-born. They are sources of innovation, progress, and -- not to be ignored -- jobs . . . Fortunately for America, some of these high achievers are willing to break the law to be here. According to the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Immigration Statistics, there are almost 300,000 illegal Indian immigrants in the U.S."
Obama Campaigns for Hispanic Votes, Says GOP Stopped Amnesty
"In the final week leading up to the midterm elections, President Barack Obama is encouraging Hispanic voters to turn their frustration over stalled immigration reform against Republicans on Election Day," the New York Times reports.
"Hispanics make up a crucial voting bloc in several battleground states and Democrats are hoping to pick up voters turned off by anti-immigrant discourse. In a radio interview that aired on Univision on Monday, Mr. Obama sought to assure Hispanics that he would push an immigration overhaul after the midterm elections, even though he has not been able to attract Republican support."
The Council on Foreign Relations has published an analysis of how immigration impacted the 2010 election and the prospects for immigration legislation after the election.
"In the House, individual races have centered on immigration, particularly in border states like Arizona. Democrat Gabrielle Giffords, who represents a district in the southeastern part of Arizona, was an immigration moderate, but in this year's race against Tea Party candidate Jesse Kelly, she's touting her border security credentials (NPR)," says Aimee Rawlins with CFR.
"Democrats initially hoped that furor over Arizona's law and the anti-immigration rhetoric it inspired would work in their favor in the midterm elections, driving more Hispanics to the polls. However, the Pew Hispanic Center found that registered Hispanic voters rank immigration fifth among their voting priorities, with education, jobs, and healthcare taking precedence."