August 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Forty protesters, including union leader Eliseo Medina of the Service Employees International Union, were arrested Thursday afternoon for blocking passage outside the U.S. Capitol during a demonstration urging the House to pass comprehensive immigration reform. As they chanted and held up signs saying, “GOP, do you want our vote?” about 200 protesters from pro-immigrant union and community groups called for the House to take up the Senate bill, which passed June 27. The Senate legislation would grant 11 million undocumented immigrants immediate legal status and a pathway to citizenship while adding $30 billion for border security.
July 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A plan to check fingerprints of foreigners leaving the U.S. is popular in Congress - but not at the Homeland Security Department, where officials say the technology would do little to halt illegal immigration. But thanks in part to lobbying by security contractors, the Senate immigration bill that goes to the Republican-led House this week includes a computerized "biometric" exit system that could cost more than $7 billion. The plan is part of the bill's $46-billion border "surge" of security measures, a 10-year spending gusher that would produce a financial bonanza for some of America's largest aerospace, technology and security companies, as well as some border states.
June 28, 2013
Re "Why a border surge?," Opinion, June 26 Robert C. Bonner's suggestions that it would be better and cheaper to boost immigration enforcement by targeting employers is absolutely on target. Most illegal immigrants in the U.S. came here to get a job. If corporate executives knew they would face severe punishments if they employed illegal immigrants, the word would quickly come down to all not to take any chances when hiring. Perhaps this would result in somewhat higher prices for fruits and vegetables, but we would be saving billions on border security, healthcare, public education and more.
June 25, 2013
Re "Immigration bill gains support - at a price," June 23 Add 20,000 more Border Patrol officers to protect us from poor people gambling with their lives and freedom, and several more drones to check it all out, and "we've practically militarized the border," according to a pleased Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Add in the National Security Agency's surveillance of all of us, a "kill list" that our president justifies as the equivalent of a SWAT team responding to a sniper (and that includes American citizens)
June 21, 2013 |
Supporters of a bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill appeared to have cleared a major hurdle this week after senators agreed to pump billions of dollars into border security programs in an effort to win over key Republican votes. The border security amendment calls for doubling the number of border patrol agents from 20,000 to 40,000, expanding drone surveillance and completing 700 miles worth of fencing along the U.S. - Mexico border. The full Senate is expected to vote on the deal next week.
June 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - One is a former farm state governor, one of only two mustachioed men in the Senate. The other is a self-made millionaire whose Southern drawl belies an impatience with the slow-moving Congress. These two senators, an odd couple of sorts, have emerged as unlikely players in the immigration overhaul. Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) quietly orchestrated the "border surge," a bipartisan compromise that may bring enough Republican support next week to pass a sweeping immigration overhaul - and its path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants in this country without legal status.