Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Immigration Bill - #4476 - Top 5 Problems with the "Comprehensive" Immigration Bill - Heritage Foundation (2) Immigration Reform Could be Bonanza for Democrats - Politico (3) Homeschoolers' Request for Asylum Questioned by Judges (4) Key 'Obamacare' Architect Calls It Quits: Max Baucus Won't Seek Re-Election in 2014 - The Blaze

Top 5 Problems with the "Comprehensive" Immigration bill - Heritage Foundation -The good news is Congress cares about trying to fix our flawed immigration system and broken borders. The bad news is they want to do it with a solution that looks a lot like Obamacare—the “Gang of Eight” 844-page-plus “comprehensive” bill. The sad news is that such an “easy button” solution will not improve our immigration system. History shows that big bills designed to solve everything wind up creating as many problems as they address. They become loaded with payoffs for special interests and often introduce measures that work at cross purposes. The “comprehensive” bill fails at the start. Here are the top five reasons it cannot be fixed. 1. Amnesty. This bill grants amnesty. It creates a framework for legalization for the estimated 11 million people unlawfully present in the United States. Anyone who was present in the U.S. before 2012 qualifies, but there is too much opportunity for fraud—since there is no proof required that applicants have been here for several years. Read more........

(2) Immigration Reform Could Be Bonanza for Democrats - Politico -The immigration proposal pending in Congress would transform the nation’s political landscape for a generation or more — pumping as many as 11 million new Hispanic voters into the electorate a decade from now in ways that, if current trends hold, would produce an electoral bonanza for Democrats and cripple Republican prospects in many states they now win easily. Beneath the philosophical debates about amnesty and border security, there are brass-tacks partisan calculations driving the thinking of lawmakers in both parties over comprehensive immigration reform, which in its current form offers a pathway to citizenship — and full voting rights — for a group of undocumented residents that roughly equals the population of Ohio, the nation’s seventh-largest state. Read more......

(3) Homeschooler's Request for Asylum questioned by Judges -Baptist Press - A German family should be granted asylum in the U.S. because their s native government is denying a fundamental human right by preventing them from homeschooling their children, attorney Michael Farris told a three-judge panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday (April 23) in Cincinnati. "It's the parents' right to direct the education of their children." -- Michael Farris. But the judges suggested that they may not grant asylum, arguing that mistreatment by the German government is not tantamount to persecution and not necessarily a ground for allowing the family to remain in America. The family, devout Christians Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their five children, fled Germany in 2008 after facing heavy fines and the threat of losing custody of the children unless they attended school. The Romeikes have since had a sixth child and expect a seventh in June. They were granted asylum by an immigration judge in 2010, but the Obama administration appealed the decision to the Board of Immigration Appeals and won.  Read more........

(4) Key 'Omamacare Architect Calls It Quits: Max Baucus Won't Seek Re-Election in 2014 - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), one of the chief architects of the Affordable Care Act (i.e. “Obamacare), won’t seek re-election in 2014, according to two Democrat sources familiar with the senator’s decision. This brings to an end his 36-year run in the U.S. Senate. The Democrat senator made headlines last week when he voted against the supposedly bipartisan Toomey-Manchin expanded background check amendment. He also caused a stir during a hearing last Wednesday when he referred to “Obamacare,” a bill he helped pass, as a “train wreck.” “I just see a huge train wreck coming down,” he said, referring to the large number of people who do not understand how the health care law will work. “You and I have discussed this many times, and I don’t see any results yet,” he added during the hearing with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Sen. Baucus and Sebelius discussed ways in which the public could be educated on the many details of the new law. “I’m very concerned that not enough is being done so far — very concerned.” Read more.........

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