Someone dragged Newt Gingrich from behind the woodwork to give his opinion on immigration issues. This time, there might even be a modicum of truth to what he’s saying…
During an appearance on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) admitted that Republicans are likely to oppose any immigration reform proposal introduced by President Obama because they personally dislike the Commander-in-Chief.
“An Obama plan led and driven by Obama in this atmosphere with the level of hostility towards the president and the way he goads the hostility I think is very hard to imagine that bill, that his bill is going to pass the House,” Gingrich said. “I think that negotiated with a Senate immigration bill that has to have bipartisan support could actually get to the president’s desk.”
The Senate-backed framework for immigration reform, which enhances security on the border and includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, shares many similarities with Obama’s own proposal, though the president has repeatedly said that if Congress fails to make progress, he will introduce his own reform legislation.
That plan, obtained by USA Today, “mirrors many provisions of the bipartisan 2007 bill” spearheaded by Ted Kennedy and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and would allow unauthorized immigrants “to become legal permanent residents within eight years.” “The plan also would provide for more security funding and require business owners to check the immigration status of new hires within four years,” the paper reports.
Despite its bipartisan nature, the draft proposal was immediately panned by Republicans. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) — a member of the Senate group working towards producing comprehensive legislation — called it “dead on arrival,” while Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said it demonstrated that Obama is “looking for a partisan advantage and not a bipartisan solution.”
Which is it? Does Arizona’s Governor Brewer hate Obama immensely or is it a hate for “undocumented workers”? By the way, in my mind, no human being is “illegal”…
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) has signed an executive order that attempts to thwart President Obama’s directive extending temporary work permits to more than a million undocumented immigrants. The Obama administration’s policy — which would grant two-year work authorizations to undocumented youth between 15 and 30 years of age who have lived in the U.S. continuously for at least five years — was announced in June and went into effect on Wednesday.
Brewer’s order directs “state agencies to deny driver’s licenses and other public benefits to young illegal immigrants who obtain work authorizations” and “directs state agencies to start emergency rulemaking processes as necessary to implement her order.” From the document:
CNN’s John King interviewed Arizona Governor Jan Brewer just hours after the Supreme Court ruled on Arizona’s SB1070 law which targeted “illegal” immigrants in that state.
Brewer takes a page from Mitt Romney’s book and blames President Obama for just about everything except the decision. John King has to burst her bubble a couple of times to bring her back to reality, but she doesn’t take the bait. She concludes the interview as loony as when she started.
Humorous comment from the DU site:
Poor thing, what a horrid woman.
How miserable her life must be.
Persecution/abandonment, whenever she talks.
This reminds me of a scene in The Day After Tomorrow in which Americans were crashing the Mexican Border to get away from the devastating effects of a chain of global climate change disasters.
In this case, Mexicans are rushing back home to escape the economic disasters of the United States.
In our economic climate, things just keep getting curioser and curioser.
Are you kidding me? I’m going to have to go to Mexico to find work? I’ve been stuck in Mexico before. The only thing I had to declare at customs was “Don’t go to Mexico!” Well it turns out that Mexican’s are leaving SoCal in droves to find work. The US apparently sucks so much right now that they are running back into a drug war! It’s either that or Charlie Sheen needs them to bring his drugs back in bulk.
An estimated 300,000 undocumented immigrants have left California since 2008, though the remaining 2.6 million still make up 7 percent of the population and 9 percent of the labor force, according to the Public Policy Institute of California.
“It’s now easier to buy homes on credit, find a job and access higher education in Mexico,” Sacramento’s Mexican consul general, Carlos González Gutiérrez, said Wednesday. “We have become a middle-class country.”
Mexico’s unemployment rate is now 4.9 percent, compared with 9.4 percent joblessness in the United States.
During a Kansas state House Appropriations Committee hearing on state spending for controlling feral swine, GOP state Rep. Virgil Peck suggested that hunters could shoot undocumented immigrants like they do with pigs in order to control illegal immigration:
A legislator said Monday it might be a good idea to control illegal immigration the way the feral hog population has been controlled — with hunters shooting from helicopters.
State Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, said he was just joking, but that his comment did reflect frustration with the problem of illegal immigration. [...]
After one of the committee members talked about a program that uses hunters in helicopters to shoot wild swine, Peck suggested that may be a way to control illegal immigration.
The Lawrence Journal World reports that Peck refused to apologize for the remark. “I was just speaking like a southeast Kansas person,” he said. The Kansas blog Dome on the Range has the audio clip and direct quote of Peck’s remarks. “It looks like to me if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works maybe we have found a [solution] to our illegal immigration problem,” he said
It seems disgusting racist rhetoric is quite prevalent among right-wingers. This GOPer appears to be following his right-wing colleagues….
Tennessee State Rep. Curry Todd took his dissatisfaction with the birthright citizenship clause in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to a strange level this week, when he suggested that pregnant immigrants will “multiply” like “rats” if they are not asked about their citizenship status.
During a discussion about procedures for approving patients for health care access, Todd asked a panel of prenatal health care officials if they require potential patients to show proof of citizenship in order to be accepted for treatment.
One woman then explained that such a process is not necessary — and is in fact prohibited — because unborn children will become United States citizens upon birth.
“There’s a technical guidance letter that states that, for covering the unborn child, we are not permitted to determine citizenship because the child, once born, is a U.S. citizen,” the woman explained.
“They can go out there like rats and multiply, then,” Todd responded.
According to the Associated Press, Rep. Todd later agreed that he had used harsh wording.
“I was actually wrong, and I admit when I’m wrong,” Todd said, before clarifying that he should have used the term “anchor babies” instead — presumably in an entirely different sentence.
He then qualified that statement, however, by saying that the issue is actually a serious concern that needed to be addressed.
Many in the GOP, like Rep. Todd, have voiced strong concern over the 14th Amendment. ThinkProgress reported in October that 130 congressional Republicans favored ending birthright citizenship, not including a swath of newly elected GOPers.
TUCSON, Ariz. — The Tucson office of U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., was evacuated Thursday after an envelope containing a white powder was discovered in the office’s mail.
The congressman, who is seeking a fifth term, wasn’t at the office when a staffer discovered the envelope, Grijalva spokesman Adam Sarvana said. The envelope had swastikas either written or stamped on the front.
Tucson police responded and evacuated about a dozen people from the office. An FBI spokesman said the substance has been taken to Phoenix for further testing.
Authorities said it’s not immediately known who sent the envelope to Grijalva, who has been threatened previously.
Sarvana said Grijalva was at another Tucson office Thursday – his campaign office – and was made aware of the envelope’s discovery.
A Phoenix man was indicted in June for allegedly threatening to assault, kidnap and murder Grijalva and his aides. In July, a bullet was fired into Grijalva’s Yuma district office shortly after he reversed his call for a convention boycott because of Arizona’s new immigration law.
It seems like some folks didn’t get the memo…
It’s not just Arizona.
In states far from the Mexico border – from liberal Massachusetts to moderate Iowa – Democrats and Republicans in gubernatorial races are running on strict anti-immigrant platforms, pledging to sign an array of tough enforcement measures into law come January
Of the 37 gubernatorial races this year, candidates in more than 20 states have endorsed adopting a strict Arizona-style immigration law, passing legislation that makes it harder for illegal immigrants to live, work and access basic public benefits in their states, according to a POLITICO analysis.
The prevalence of the issue means the Obama administration could find itself battling Arizona-style flare-ups in statehouses across the country, raising pressure on the White House and Congress to break the deadlock in Washington over comprehensive immigration reform.
The Justice Department sued Arizona in hopes of discouraging other states from following its lead, and won a ruling blocking provisions of the law that immigration advocates found most objectionable. But that hasn’t stopped some gubernatorial candidates from trying to one-up each other on the issue.
Georgia Democratic nominee Roy Barnes endorses an Arizona-style law for the state, saying he would sign similar legislation if elected. So does Georgia’s Republican nominee, former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, a staunch critic of comprehensive immigration reform who used the first ad of his primary campaign to endorse the crackdown.
“If President Obama sued us too, we’re going to defend ourselves,” said Brian Robinson, communications director for Deal. “We’ve got to protect Georgia taxpayers if President Obama won’t.”
Alabama Republican Robert Bentley, who holds a double-digit lead over his Democratic challenger, vows to create “an environment that is unwelcoming to illegal immigrants.” He drafted a 10-point plan for what he describes as one of the most pressing problems facing the state, where the Pew Center found the immigrant population has at least doubled since 2005.
And in Massachusetts, Republican Charles Baker and independent Thomas Cahill battle for the toughest-on-immigration title, while Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick takes hits from immigration advocates for not being “proactive” enough.
The flood of get-tough statements could be just that – campaign talk that fades against the hard realities of governing and legal threats by the Justice Department. The outcome of an U.S. appeals court hearing set for early November on the Arizona law is most likely to determine whether the state-level push stalls out or gains momentum.
But polls show voters want the government to stop the flow of illegal immigrants. And with Congress unlikely to act any time soon, gubernatorial candidates are arguing that, as chief executives, they will try to do the job that they say the federal government has neglected.
The political pull can be fierce. At least three Republicans who initially expressed concern with the Arizona law walked back their opposition after taking heat from their party. Continue reading…
Evangelical groups in recent weeks have become key players in the Obama administration’s efforts to get immigration reform moving in Congress. And while they have largely couched their arguments in moral terms or with references to biblical teachings, top leaders acknowledge another important reason:
Latino immigrants, legal and illegal, represent fertile prospects for proselytizing.
“First and foremost, it’s a kingdom issue, and, second, it’s a moral issue,” Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, told POLITICO. “We have hundreds of thousands of Hispanic Southern Baptists and many of them are undocumented. … It’s no secret that we practice aggressive evangelism. Many of these people were converted after they got here.”
Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, puts it another way. “When people migrate, they’re open to all kinds of change, including religious change. Evangelical denominations have historically drawn immigrants. … The growing edge of many of our denominations is through immigration from all over the world.”
Anderson insisted, however, that his organization was urging the government to act because of broader moral and social concerns — and not to help churches fill their pews. Continue reading…