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Today on ImmigrationReform.com - Obama Gets No Love On Immigration
Today on ImmigrationReform.com we feature two new blogs: in the first Ira Mehlman takes a look at why pushing administrative amnesty may have not worked out too well for President Obama from more than one side; we also take a look at how E-Verify would help put Americans back to work in the farming industry. Check these stories out at www.immigrationreform.com.
"President Obama's administration has been tweaking U.S. immigration policy and making small changes where it can to try to encourage the type of immigrant it wants. But Obama on Tuesday said that real changes to high-skill immigration policy will require action from Congress," Computerworld reports.
"The leading Democratic reform effort so far is by U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.). Her bill would give a green card to any foreign student who graduates with an advanced degree in science, technology, engineering or math, but her bill is not getting Republican support. In the Senate, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has been promising an immigration reform bill, but he has yet to produce one."
NY Fraud Mill Run by Attorney Who Helped Previous Fraud
"In January 2004, Earl S. David's fate rested with a panel of judges from the appellate division of the New York State Supreme Court [...]What the panel did not know was that, far from learning from his mistakes, David was already heading up a far larger scheme, a massive immigration fraud "mill" that netted millions of dollars in profits and produced nearly 25,000 phony applications, according to federal prosecutors who unsealed an indictment against him Tuesday," says Reuters in a story about the massive fraud operation run by a New York attorney who was caught in Canada this week.
"Amid impassioned demands from Latinos to revamp immigration policy, President Barack Obama found a way to act alone, without relying on an unwilling Congress. His administration's solution -- scaling back deportations of illegal immigrants who appear to pose little criminal threat -- could pay huge political dividends for the president with a key voting bloc in the 2012 election. It also could backfire," says Politico.
"'What happens when aliens in these removal proceedings, their cases are dropped and they then go on to commit very serious crimes or kill someone in a traffic accident?' said Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State who has advised legislators in states seeking to toughen treatment of illegal immigrants."
Tom Tancredo: Al-Awlaki Case Shows Perils of Birthright Citizenship
"[al Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki] was born in New Mexico in 1971. Both of his parents were Yemeni citizens in the United States on student visas. As a child, he moved to Yemen along with his parents. He returned to the U.S. as an adult on a foreign student visa," says former Rep. Tom Tancredo at the Daily Caller.
"This isn't the first time birthright citizenship has been an issue in a national security-related case. In 2001, Yaser Hamdi was caught fighting with the Taliban and tried as an enemy combatant. Hamdi was born in Louisiana in 1980 to Saudi Arabian parents on temporary work visas. He returned to Saudi Arabia as an infant, but claimed U.S. citizenship and said he could not be held in front of a military tribunal."
"[Immigration] is likely to continue dogging the Republican presidential candidate, political scientists say, because of Mr. Perry's apparent efforts to court Anglo conservative primary voters without alienating Hispanic voters in the general election," the Wall Street Journal writes.
"But as Mr. Perry pursues the Republican nod for president, his political appeal among Hispanic voters nationally may be tested--especially if, as some political experts predict, he shifts closer to his opponents' hard-line immigration policies to solidify the conservative base that turns out for the party's primaries."