Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday challenged President Barack Obama´s central goal for immigration reform that would put 11 million undocumented residents on a path to citizenship, adding fresh doubts on whether legislation can be passed this year. During a kick-off hearing, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte explored a possible "middle ground" between the current U.S. policy of deporting those who have come to the United States illegally and of placing them on a path to citizenship, as Obama has demanded. The hearing was the panel´s first since last November´s elections when Hispanic-Americans
First the Republicans should never go along with any sort of amnesty for illegal aliens until new and effective enforcement measures are in place and working. If the Republicans allow the Democrats to push amnesty to the forefront like happened in 1986, the Democrats, after they get their amnesty, will oppose and sabotage all the enforcement efforts politically in Congress, in the courts, and administratively.
The most important of all the enforcement elements is an enhanced e-verify system based upon a modernized social security card to keep future illegal aliens out of US employment. If that is not done, illegal aliens will continue to come here, and before every future election the Democrats will demand another amnesty.
The Republicans should never go along with a Democrat written "path to citizenship" amnesty. If the Republicans do that, before they know what happened the Democrats will have registered 10 million new voters as a result.
Longtime illegal aliens should only be granted an indefinite conditional immigration status for as long as they abide by US law. That status should allow them to stay here, work, and to travel internationally.
To go further through the US immigration system, if they wish, all the aliens with conditional status should first have to qualify for an immigrant visa just like all legal immigrants must do. Once qualified for an immigrant visa they can then apply for permanent residence (a green card). Then five years after attaining permanent residence those aliens, if they wish, could then apply for naturalization and become US citizens.
If the Republicans allow the Democrats to naturalize 11-20 million legalized aliens en-mass after a time certain, through a "path to citizenship" amnesty, they will be handing the Democrats 10 million or more new voters and will have committed long-term political suicide.
A top Obamacare executive behind the flawed roll-out of the health insurance website has stepped down. Tony Trenkle, the chief information officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has resigned and will move into the private sector. CMS spokeswoman Julie Bataille sidestepped questions about the reasons for his departure or whether he was asked to resign.She said he ´oversees all of our IT functions,´ but declined to describe his role in the website or say whether he had been asked to leave. He is believed to have been part of the decision to issue a security
A former DMV clerk, Maria Cavallaro, and her accomplice, Jose Calderon, pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to helping roughly 300 individuals "most of them illegal immigrants" to obtain Virginia-issued "driver´s licenses, learner´s permits and identification cards for those... [who] were not eligible for them," Washington Post staffer Matt Zapotosky reported in the November 7 paper. Suffice it to say, such a pervasive criminal conspiracy merits prime real estate in a major metropolitan newspaper, but Post editors seem to disagree, placing the 14-paragraph story on page B8 of Thursday´s paper, the very back page of the Metro section: Calderon told
GENEVA — After years of fruitless negotiations, Western and Iranian diplomats are on the verge of an agreement that would freeze Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for an easing of some economic sanctions. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to travel here on Friday at the invitation of Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, in an effort “to help narrow differences,” a senior State Department official said. If that goes well, the pact could be announced later in the day, Iranian officials said. But even as the two sides tried to finalize the agreement on Thursday,
Falling from one’s high horse can really hurt. Liberals have publicly decried the use of “dark money” by conservative activist groups in campaigns, the most notable of which is perhaps FreedomWorks, the Tea Party spark plug. But maybe what they really want isn´t to remove dark money from campaigns, but to figure out how to get more of it to Democrats than Republicans. And so far in the 2014 campaign cycle, they have. Dark money refers to spending by 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits that are not required to disclose their donors. At this point in the 2014 election cycle, liberal
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that a possible international deal of easing sanctions on Iran “would be a mistake of historic proportions.” As Iran officials met in Geneva with negotiators representing the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, Mr. Netanyahu said any deal that doesn’t completely dismantle Iran’s nuclear research program is unacceptable, the Associated Press reported. “This proposal will allow Iran to preserve its ability to build a nuclear weapon. Israel is completely opposed to these proposals,” he said in Jerusalem on Thursday.
CBS said Thursday that it is “reviewing” a report that prompted Republicans to double down on their accusations that the Obama administration was hiding the truth about the Benghazi attack. In a curt statement, the network said its flagship news magazine 60 Minutes was “looking into” new information that “undercuts” its reporting. The statement comes as The New York Times reported that the main source for the CBS report had lied about his actions the night terrorists attacked the U.S. mission. “60 Minutes has learned of new information that undercuts the account told to us by
I´m sorry, too, Mr. President. I´m sorry you couldn´t finesse a single Republican vote for health insurance reform in 2010. I´m sorry Republicans decided to re-litigate the law rather than help implement it, offering no serious alternative of their own for the nearly 50 million uninsured Americans. I´m sorry you campaigned for reelection on the famous false promise: "If you like your health care plan, you´ll be able to keep your health care plan. Period." I´m sorry your aides debated whether to tell the full truth (that people could keep their insurance only if it hadn´t changed and if it
In July of last year, senators gathered in a wood-paneled hearing room and saw something they had likely never seen before: a black man at the witness table who, 20 years previously, had been a woman. He testified about how, before his sex-change surgery, he had been escorted by police out of women´s bathrooms and stripped to "prove" he could be there. He talked of how he was fired from one of his first jobs (in finance) six months after he announced that he was transitioning from woman to man. But the most important part of Kaylar Broadus´s appearance before
There has been much speculation about what the results of Tuesday’s gubernatorial race in Virginia mean for the future of American politics, but one thing we do know for sure is that Democrat Terry McAuliffe emerged victorious. Or did he? As the National Review’s Jonah Goldberg put it in on Fox News Thursday afternoon, McAuliffe’s narrow win amounted to a loss for Democrats and a repudiation of the Affordable Care Act. Goldberg joined Gretchen Carlson on The Real Story to discuss the current state of the Obamacare website. “Look, at the end of the day, the only way this works out
It may be 47 days away, but online shopping giants Amazon are already getting ready for Christmas by employing thousands of seasonal workers in their enormous warehouses. The temporary recruits have been brought in to prepare for Cyber Monday, the day where millions of British shoppers are expected to flock online and purchase hundreds of products every minute in time for the festive season. One enormous storage facility in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, will process a huge number of yuletide gifts in the next month while another in Swansea, South Wales, will package and ship hundreds of presents ranging from dog biscuits
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — At 95 and in frail health, Billy Graham often resists family entreaties to make excursions from his mountaintop home. But the nation´s most famous evangelist is expected to attend a birthday celebration Thursday night that will feature hundreds of well-wishers and what is being characterized as his final sermon. In a video that was recorded over the past year, Graham delivers his familiar message about the saving power of Jesus Christ and expresses concern about the nation´s direction. "Our country´s in great need of a spiritual awakening," he declares. "There have been times that I´ve wept as
The Senate passed historic gay rights legislation Thursday to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the workplace, another victory for the gay rights movement that has been gaining favor in the courts and electoral politics. Senators voted 64 to 32 to approve the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The vote marked the first time lawmakers had approved legislation to advance gay rights since repealing the military’s ban on gay men and lesbians in uniform in late 2010 and came two days after Illinois became the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Just four months ago the U.S. Supreme
It was, I think, the most brazenly mendacious claim an American president has told since Bill Clinton’s finger-wagging insistence that “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” I have in mind Barack Obama’s statement, made earlier this week, in which he said this: “Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law passed.” (Emphasis added.) That is not, in fact, what the president said. Not by a country
President Obama said Thursday that he is "sorry" that some Americans are losing their current health insurance plans as a result of the Affordable Care Act, despite his promise that no one would have to give up a health plan they liked. "I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me," he told NBC News in an exclusive interview at the White House. "We've got to work hard to make sure that they know we hear them, and we are going to do everything we can to deal with folks who find themselves in a tough position as a consequence of this," he added.
How the heck did that happen? Most public polls leading up to Election Day had Democrat Terry McAuliffe coasting to victory, some by double digits, in the Virginia governor’s race. Instead he squeaked by, beating Republican Ken Cuccinelli by less than 3 percentage points. The much-closer-than-expected outcome blunts the narrative that this was a clean win for Democrats going into 2014 and guarantees an intense blame game among Republicans about what might have put Cuccinelli over the top.
A spelling mistake in the words ´not recommended´ on the Obamacare website led to the site going down, it was revealed today in internal notes from ´war room´ meetings of experts scrabbling to breathe life into the shambolic operation. The error limited the choices Obamacare shoppers were offered in October and often presented them with overpriced options. Ultimately, at least some of the website´s many outages were brought about by this simple typo, as technicians struggled to give the public an experience that mirrored President Obama´s promises. ´In states where the federal government helps run these marketplaces, the average American will have more
They said he was “unelectable.” The RNC put only $3 million into this race. Ken was outspent by a margin of something between 4:1 and 10:1, if you believe the Associated Press. The Democrats poured everything into trying to lie to voters and portray Cuccinelli as an extremist — and they barely pulled this one out. Would another $3 million have swung 50,000 votes? The Republicans, starting with Bill Bolling, who undercut Cuccinelli as unelectable have egg all over their faces. This was a winnable election. How did we give this away to Terry McAuliffe? Some serious soul-searching should be
Yesterday’s exit polls from New Jersey won’t easily be forgotten. They will be cited and repeated endlessly by pundits and Governor Chris Christie’s supporters to bolster his case for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Any Republican who can get 60 percent of the vote in a blue state is bound to become the subject of presidential speculation. But when a Republican who is pro-life and has fought a running battle with labor unions and Democrats over taxes and budgets does so, he parachutes into the first tier of any discussion of future candidates. That Christie did this while winning
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will meet with President Obama at the White House Thursday afternoon to plot strategy for passing comprehensive immigration reform. McCain said Obama requested the meeting, which comes at a time political momentum for immigration reform is flagging. “I’m going over to the White House this afternoon to meet with him [on] immigration reform and others,” he said. “I actually have a respectful and cordial relationship with him.” McCain and Obama need to shore up the support of wavering allies such as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who has backed off the push to overhaul the nation´s immigration laws in a
President Barack Obama heard an earful at the White House Wednesday from Senate Democrats running for re-election next year who are fuming about the Affordable Care Act’s rocky rollout.During a two-hour meeting that was not on the president’s public schedule, the president met with 15 Senate Democrats facing the voters next year, as well as Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Michael Bennet, D-Colo. Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska issued a release after the meeting torching the administration. “It is simply unacceptable for Alaskans to bear the brunt of the Administration’s mismanagement of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and
On ESPN’s Around the Horn, frequent guest Kevin Blackistone of the Dallas Morning News said that football games should not include the singing of the national anthem beforehand, as that added to the “military symbolism.” He actually called the Star-Spangled Banner a “war anthem.” Blackistone was addressing controversy over Northwestern University’s American flag-themed football uniforms, designed to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project. In a show segment titled “Buy or Sell,” Blackistone said that he would “sell” the uniforms: I´m going to sell it for the same reasons. If you sell this along with me, you should also be selling the
Bill de Blasio’s liberal policies aren’t the only thing on display as he moves onto the national stage as New York’s mayor-elect. His family’s hair is also front and center. For those just tuning in: Wife Chirlane McCray’s long dreadlocks are often pulled into a smart, flowing ponytail. Son Dante’s famously large Afro stands triumphant. His daughter, Chiara, wears her loose, kinky locks framed with a band of roses. For a rare instant in the nation’s electoral history, the African American hair politic is on full display. The hair aesthetic of de Blasio’s family speaks to the political moment and
New U.S. ambassador to the UN Samantha Power didn´t waste her diplomatic skills on Vietnam veterans at a New York speech, praising actress Jane Fonda for "being outspoken on behalf" of her convictions. Power, 43, was speaking at the United Nations Association of the USA 2013 Global Leadership Awards in New York Wednesday, where honorees included Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who survived being shot in the head by Taliban thugs and is now an education advocate for girls. “Hi everybody,” Power said, according to a transcript. “You know life has changed when you’re hanging out with Jane Fonda backstage. There is
The media’s election-night advice to the GOP is worthless. Arnold Schwarzenegger won re-election handily in 2006, defeating his hapless opponent Phil Angelides by a 56% to 38.9% margin. Yet this sizable win was a meaningless victory for the GOP. Similarly, Chris Christie’s thumping victory on Tuesday night over an equally forgettable candidate contains almost no national meaning, save that Chris Christie is good for Chris Christie. Like Schwarzenegger, Christie cruised to re-election not as a real Republican but as a preening non-partisan moderate. Like Schwarzenegger, Christie’s popularity hasn’t translated into any support for Republicans in his own legislature. Which raises the question: