Skip to main content

Illegal Immigration Reform on the News

It seems there is a lot of attention on illegal immigration coming from D.C. had a couple interesting stories.

The first comes from the Bush White House, who is reportedly mounting an immigration offensive. You can read the whole story from here.
The Washington Post reports the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing today on "comprehensive immigration reform."

According to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao will testify at the hearing and are expected to outline the Administration's latest plans for an immigration reform. The Star Telegram also reported White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan suggested that President Bush may now be advocating a more comprehensive approach to immigration reform that includes a temporary worker program as well as "steps to strengthen our border and improve the interior enforcement of our immigration laws."

This comes after Karl Rove held numerous meetings with congressional leaders.

The administration has assembled a coalition of business interests to help advance its immigration reform proposals. Business Week suggests that the administration may find itself in the middle of another fight between business groups and conservatives over immigration reform. According to Business Week, one of the administration's allies in the immigration reform battle, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will be highlighting the McCain-Kennedy legislation today at an event co-sponsored by American Immigration Lawyers Association, League of United Latin American Citizens, Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods, the National Association of Home Builders, and other fans of the administration's guest-worker idea.

I'm concerned about some of the statistics and pol results reported. I don't know how accurate it is, but this long-going problem of illegal immigration is creating a strong backlash towards immigration in general. Let's see what the Administration can come up with.

The AP is also reporting statements by the Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff in regards to illegal immigrants. This is strong wording coming from this high in the administration.

"Our goal at DHS (Homeland Security) is to completely eliminate the 'catch and release' enforcement problem, and return every single illegal entrant, no exceptions.

"It should be possible to achieve significant and measurable progress to this end in less than a year," Chertoff told a Senate hearing.

Thousands of "Mexicans who are caught entering the United States illegally are returned immediately to Mexico. But other parts of the system have nearly collapsed under the weight of numbers. The problem is especially severe for non-Mexicans apprehended at the southwest border," Chertoff explained.

"Today, a non-Mexican illegal immigrant caught trying to enter the United States across the southwest border has an 80 percent chance of being released immediately because we lack the holding facilities," he added.

"Through a comprehensive approach, we are moving to end this 'catch and release' style of border enforcement by reengineering our detention and removal process."

The AP could not resist lumping illegal economic immigrants, with the political and religious refugees risking their lives and coming from Cuba. It is one thing to allow Mexicans, Central and South American's come into the US as they seek a better economic life, as a result of the corruption of their governments. Cuba, on the other hand, suffers from a violent, criminal, and inhumane regime that murders its citizens for their religious, political, and philosophical views. I will say, there are now nations going in the same direction, and political refugees should be processed according to their circumstance--Venezuela for example.

Some additional comments from Streiff over at
This clear and unambiguous policy is long overdue. The out of control nature of our southern border has mutated from an suppurating sore to a threat to national security as Mexico, slowly and inexorably, loses control of much of its territory.

This is a huge marker to lay down unless it is done so in a spirit of seriousness. The sheer volume of illegals apprehended combine the Augean Stables with the Rock of Sisyphus.
I agree with Streiff that I hope that the Bush administration actually follows through and starts doing something about illegal immigration. This is not to say I will be in complete agreement with all aspects of their strategy, but some action is better than no action, regardless of how imperfect it may be.


Popular posts from this blog

Hispanic Trending: Leave your name at the border

Most people miss the fact that Hispanics do not consist of a single ethnic group. Besides that, the heritage that each one of the many nationalities represented in our immigrant population is diverse in itself. As I read Manuel Muñoz's post on his assimilation experience, I can tell you mine was nothing like his. But I can relate to this paragraph. My niece's name is Katie Belle (Sierra). It's intriguing to watch "American" names begin to dominate among my nieces and nephews and second cousins, as well as with the children of my hometown friends. I am not surprised to meet 5-year-old Brandon or Kaitlyn. Hardly anyone questions the incongruity of matching these names with last names like Trujillo or Zepeda. The English-only way of life partly explains the quiet erasure of cultural difference that assimilation has attempted to accomplish. A name like Kaitlyn Zepeda doesn't completely obscure her ethnicity, but the half-step of her nam…

Communism: Good Money for the "El Viejo"

I guess Fidel Castro is doing ok. Forbes lists Castro as one of the richest in the world, right up there with the Queen of England. I bet he didn't like the attention. It was hard to figure it out, but it seems they managed to throw some numbers together.
In the past, we have relied on a percentage of Cuba's gross domestic product to estimate Fidel Castro's fortune. This year we have used more traditional valuation methods, comparing state-owned assets Castro is assumed to control with comparable publicly traded companies. A reasonable discount was then applied to compensate for the obvious disclosure issues.

RealClearPolitics: The Democrats Dither on Trade

The backtracking on free trade in South America has been among the frustrating news for me coming out of the beltway. Considering how the economic downturns in Latin America affect us through the increase in illegal immigration, I would think more Americans would be fighting for this one as loudly as they fought for the failed Immigration legislation. Democratic presidential candidates like to talk about "turning a page" in America's relations with the rest of the world. But what does that mean, in practical terms, on bread-and-butter issues such as trade? Are today's Democrats a party of open markets and economic development, or of market restrictions and job protection?The answer is that leading Democrats seem to want both -- they favor economic development overseas but not at the cost of U.S. jobs. That sounds like a coherent position until you begin to look carefully at the political choices in Latin America, a part of the world where …