Oct
23
2014
2

White House pretends that not trusting them on immigration is crazy-talk.

There are times when I don’t really get this administration’s messaging strategy.

The White House said Wednesday it was “crazy” to attempt to divine the president’s post-election plans for an immigration executive order based on a procurement request issued by the Department of Homeland Security.

“I mean, this is crazy,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said, adding he would caution reporters against “making assumptions” based on the “procurement of green paper.”

The proposal, unveiled earlier this week by Breitbart News, asks potential contractors to prepare for the possibility of producing up to 34 million green cards and work permits over the next five years.

I mean, let’s game this out. (more…)

Sep
16
2014
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Pro-illegal immigration activists go after… Hillary Clinton.

Well. That is certainly a thing.

Immigration activists disrupted a speech by Hillary Clinton on Tuesday evening at an event in New York City to benefit groups advocating on behalf of programs and legislation to support first responders and workers affected by the September 11th attacks.

After Clinton’s speech, the group of at least six young activists began chanting, “Undocumented! Unafraid!” Several of them wore t-shirts that said: “Will You Deport My Family.”

Honestly? She probably would. At least, these people’s specific families.  The woman knows how to hold a grudge.

Sep
08
2014
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Quote of the Day, Wasn’t Immigration Supposed to Require REPUBLICAN Damage Control edition?

I mean, I could have sworn

Democrats are in damage-control mode in the wake of the White House decision to postpone executive action on immigration until after November’s elections.

Immigrant rights advocates on and off Capitol Hill are up in arms over the delay, leading to Democratic concerns that the decision will alienate Hispanic and other immigrant voters — who tend to side with the Democrats — at the polls in November.

Well, now the Democrats know what happens when you let Barack Obama drive your strategy.  Which is to say, Chaos and Old Night.  I especially enjoyed watching Democratic politicians blame Barack Obama’s inability to keep his promise to act unilaterally (and quite imperially) with regard to immigration on… the Republican party, which is more or less simply a bemused spectator at this point. I don’t think it’s going to work this time, fellows.

Sep
06
2014
2

Barack Obama chooses the worst possible partisan action on immigration issue.

I say this as a RiNO pro-amnesty squish: this decision is senseless.

Abandoning his pledge to act by the end of summer, President Barack Obama has decided to delay any executive action on immigration until after the November congressional elections, White House officials said.

The move instantly infuriated immigration advocates while offering relief to some vulnerable Democrats in tough Senate re-election contests.

…in no small part because it will not, in fact, give any relief to vulnerable Democrats (all of whom I want to see defeated at the polls, by the way).  The President has picked the worst possible solution, even if you assume that Barack Obama basic motivating principle is rank partisanship (which it is).  And here’s why: doing something out of rank partisanship implies that you expect to get something back.  But there’s nothing to get back, here. (more…)

Jul
13
2014
6

Massachusetts sheriff squawks over Bristol County being used as illegal immigrant dumping ground

(H/T Instapundit) I honestly do not get what the administration thinks that it is doing, here.

Illegal immigrants are being secretly flown to Massachusetts and kept in local lockups in an under-the-radar operation that has alarmed lawmen who are raising health and security concerns amid recent spikes in detainees coming up from Texas during the latest border crisis.

“We’re all becoming border sheriffs now with these people being carted all over the country,” said Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson.

“The blame goes all the way up. It’s a travesty and people ought to be upset,” Hodgson said. “This is un-American and has raised the stakes to the public health and public safety threat.”

(more…)

Jul
10
2014
27

Opinions on immigration should not be pertinent to emergency mercy and charity.

I’m very much with Erick Erickson on this one:

Charity and mercy are Christian values. I look at the deep and hostile reaction to Glenn Beck’s effort of late to provide charity to the illegal immigrants at the border and I am shaking my head at some of my fellow Christians and fellow conservatives.

I do not think the government should be helping these people stay here. I do not think the government should be bussing them to other places. I do not think we should let these people stay here. But I think while here we should, in private charity, show mercy and give comfort where we can.

(more…)

Mar
06
2014
6

Democrats yelling at each other over immigration. :flatly: Such a shame. Really.

I would have loved to have heard this conversation:

The White House is finding itself increasingly on defense over deportations of undocumented immigrants, as key Democrats and a top immigration reform group have gone public this week with their desire for President Barack Obama to act.

National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguía called Obama the “deporter-in-chief” in a major speech Tuesday, leading to angry phone calls from senior White House officials — including adviser Valerie Jarrett — according to three people familiar with the calls.

Jarrett told Murguía that Obama was “very disappointed” with the statement, the sources said.

(more…)

Feb
25
2014
4

Well, at least Alex Sink (D CAND, Florida-13) wasn’t talking about “hewers of wood…”

…or “bearers of water:”

Florida Democratic congressional candidate Alex Sink said immigration reform was important at a Tuesday debate because, without it, it would be difficult for employers to find people to clean hotel rooms and do landscaping.

“Immigration reform is important in our country,” she said. “We have a lot of employers over on the beaches that rely upon workers and especially in this high-growth environment, where are you going to get people to work to clean our hotel rooms or do our landscaping? We don’t need to put those employers in a position of hiring undocumented and illegal workers.”

(more…)

Jul
29
2013
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Democratic Hubris Watch, 07/29/2013.

Let me demonstrate why this is a dumb statement:

For Republicans to build a massive Internet presence, [Former Obama digital strategist Joe Rospars ] said, they would have to abandon opposition to issues with popular support like expanding background checks on gun buyers and allowing illegal immigrants to earn citizenship.

Or, rather, let me Mad-Lib why this is a dumb statement:

For [Democrats] to [keep] a massive Internet presence, [RedState digital activist Moe Lane] said, they would have to abandon opposition to issues with popular support like [banning abortion after the 25th week] and [getting rid of Obamacare].

(more…)

Apr
19
2013
11

The question immigration hard-liners should be asking in the near future.

And I’m gonna give them this one for free, largely because I’m quite keen to hear the answer myself:  Why is it that we have a legal immigration system that favors Chechen terrorists over Mexican dishwashers?

That’s it.  But it’s a doozy of a question, no?

Moe Lane

PS: If Buzzfeed is correct – big if – then the bombers were registered to vote in Massachusetts.  But, hey, there’s no voter fraud in this country.

Apr
11
2013
4

Terry McAuliffe’s GreenTech involved in pay-for-play visa shenanigans?

Jim Geraghty over at NRO has an absolutely must-read story about a really problematic – for Terry McAuliffe, current* Democratic nominee for governor in Virginia – story about GreenTech Automotive.  For those who don’t remember, GreenTech is the electric glorified golf cart car company that McAuliffe loudly trumpeted as being part of his job-creation record… and quietly divested from, without telling anybody thad he had.  This was a bit interesting, given that McAuliffe’s candidacy is based around his business experience; so there was an expectation that another shoe was due to drop.

And it has.  Let me introduce all y’all to a phrase with connotations: “visa for sale.”  Although I personally would call it “pay-for-play visas.”  Rolls off of the tongue better. (more…)

Feb
22
2013
7

Charlie Cook can’t understand why Barack Obama is mucking up immigration reform.

Usually Charlie Cook’s smarter than this (bolding mine).

Every time Obama takes a public stand on immigration, he makes it that much more difficult for Republican members of Congress to support it. Keep in mind that 94 percent of House Republicans are in districts Mitt Romney carried and that 34 of 45 GOP senators represent states Obama lost. As a result, most congressional Republicans are far more afraid of losing a primary to a more conservative challenger than a general election to a Democrat. It is a lot easier for them to support an immigration bill that has broad-based support in the business and farming communities (and that also happens to be supported by Obama and the Democratic leadership) than to back a bill so popularly identified with the other side. If the president really cares about enacting immigration reform, he will get off the campaign trail, depoliticize it, and keep as quiet about it as he can.

Via Ramesh Ponnuru, who is just aware as  I am that the President doesn’t really care about enacting immigration reform.  Particularly since nobody at the moment can argue with a straight face that the GOP isn’t having an, ah, open and frank internal exchange of opinions on the entire issue.

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