In a meeting September 11 with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough promised the congressmen that President Obama will act on immigration “reform” before the end of 2014.
The massive influx of children unaccompanied by parents or relatives who have illegally crossed our borders this year is placing a heavy burden on the American schools that have been given the responsibility of educating them.
Though the Obama administration has been vocal about moving forward on immigration reform without Congress, Obama’s latest plan is to wait to enact immigration reform until after the midterm elections. However, according to Judge Andrew Napolitano, a Fox News contributor, Obama’s plans could be permanently halted if the Republicans gain control of the United States Senate.
The severe respiratory virus currently sweeping the Midwest might have been spread by illegal-alien minors. Not only that, it may just be the tip of the iceberg, with the federal government allowing other diseases — such as drug-resistant tuberculosis and even Ebola — to enter the United States.
The White House issued an e-mail statement to major news organization on September 6 stating that President Obama “believes it would be harmful” to his immigration policy to announce any administrative action on immigration before this November’s elections. However, noted the statement, “The President will take action on immigration before the end of the year.”
During an address to labor union leaders and supporters at Milwaukee’s Laborfest on September 1, President Obama added another category to the long list of special interests that demand their own rights — "immigration rights.”
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) stated in a press release on August 29 that it had signed a national Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States. The memorandum, states the release, “is designed to further strengthen their collaborative efforts to provide immigrant, migrant and otherwise vulnerable Mexican workers and their employers with guidance and information and access to education about their rights and responsibilities under the laws enforced by the EEOC.”
The U.S. Department of Justice announced in a press release on September 2 that it had “reached an agreement” with Culinaire International, a Houston, Texas-based catering and restaurant management company, resolving a claim that Culinaire had engaged in “citizenship discrimination” during the work eligibility verification process. DOJ said that the company’s policies were in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
In a settlement reached with plaintiffs represented by the ACLU on August 20, the federal government agreed to allow some illegal immigrants who returned to Mexico under the government’s “Voluntary Return” program to return to the United States.
According to an estimate from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the cost of educating the thousands of illegal immigrant children who have recently crossed the border is $761 million this school year.
In an August 15 letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Thomas Winkowski, principal deputy assistant secretary of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), acknowledged that in Fiscal Year 2013, ICE released 36,007 criminal aliens from ICE custody. The letter admitted that 169 of these had a “homicide-related conviction,” and that 131 have been “issued a final order of removal.” Furthermore, noted the letter, 154 of the 169 were released pursuant to court order or due to [the court case known as] Zadvydas.”