Ira joined FAIR as media director in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.
If ever there was an important political battle the Republican leadership couldnt possibly lose, it is the one over defunding President Obamas actions granting roughly 5 million illegal aliens de facto amnesty and work authorization.
A showdown is shaping up in Washington over must-pass legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the remainder of this fiscal year.
Five million is the widely reported estimate of the number of illegal aliens who will benefit from President Obamas executive amnesty policy announced on November 20. These 5 million illegal aliens will be eligible for temporary legal status and work authorization if Congress does not act to prevent the administration from implementing its plan.
Immigration was on voters minds when they went to the polls last Tuesday. But immigration was on the ballot in only one state in the 2014 elections.
It is no secret that John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the House Republican leadership want to cut an immigration deal that includes amnesty for illegal aliens. It’s right there in the "Standards for Immigration Reform” they unveiled in late January.
“Follow the money.” It’s still the surest way to trace the roots of a political disaster: Watergate, the S&L crisis, the mortgage meltdown, Obamacare, and just about every other avoidable mess that has shaken this nation over the past half century.
Barack Obama put on his statesman’s hat as he strode into the East Room of the White House last week to implore House Republicans to enact amnesty for millions of illegal aliens and massively increase the flow of new immigrants and guest workers into the United States.
If Americans have the impression that there is an alternate reality that exists within the confines of the Washington Beltway, the latest figures on illegal immigration will do nothing to change their minds.
Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and Charlie Rangel are all very concerned. They are all losing sleep about the potential demise of the Republican Party if an illegal alien amnesty bill is not approved by the House
Some of the interests that stand to gain the most from the Senate Gang of Eight immigration bill, S. 744, are obvious.
Republicans are standing out on the ledge contemplating their next move. They have an air of desperation, having lost an election they believe they should have won.
Now that President Obama and congressional Republicans have managed to talk themselves and the nation off the fiscal cliff, one of their top legislative priorities for 2013 will be to tackle the ever thorny issue of immigration reform.
The unlegislated Obama amnesty for illegal aliens under 30 begins August 15 as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) begins accepting applications for “deferred action” and work authorization. Initially, the White House estimated that about 800,000 illegal aliens would be covered under this amnesty, when the policy was first announced in June.
On June 15, President Obama stepped into the Rose Garden to announce that his administration would halt deportations of illegal aliens under the age of 30 who can plausibly show they arrived in the United States before their 16th birthdays.
On the evening of June 22, 2008, Tony Bologna and his two sons, 20-year-old Michael and 16-year-old Matthew were gunned down while sitting in their car on the streets of San Francisco. Their alleged murderer was Edwin Ramos, a Salvadoran illegal alien with known gang affiliations and a criminal history as a juvenile.
The Obama administration does not want most immigration laws enforced.
Last week, President Obama laid out for Congress and the American public his plan to address the nation’s unemployment crisis. The proposal calls for $447 billion in government stimulus spending, which the president estimates will result in 1.3 million new U.S. jobs by the end of 2012.
It’s back. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is once again pushing the DREAM Act amnesty. Before a packed room (mostly of illegal aliens), the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing earlier this week stacked with witnesses who favor granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.
As a result of a deal cut by President Obama to secure the votes of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus for his health care legislation, amnesty for illegal aliens is back on the agenda for 2010. There is no actual legislative vehicle for amnesty just yet, but Senators Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have rolled out an outline for what they are calling “comprehensive immigration reform.”
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