Jason Richwine’s comments and general world view are a mark against the conservative community and against all fruitful discussions that would lead to comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform.Rep. Ruben Hinojosa • Responding to a new Heritage Foundation study on the supposed costs of granting amnesty to illegal immigrants, which was co-authored by Robert Rector and Jason Richwine. The study is catching quite a bit of flack this week, thanks to WonkBlog’s unearthing of Richwine’s doctoral dissertation, which included the claim that “no one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites.” The Heritage Foundation has defended the accuracy of their latest study, telling The Hill that the dissertation was not commissioned by the Heritage Fondation, and that Richwine’s dissertation “in no way [reflects] the positions of The Heritage Foundation.” source
Leaders in the technology community have every right to talk about how immigration reform will benefit their businesses. But instead, FWD.us has chosen a strategy that’s condescending to voters and counterproductive to the cause of reform.Former Sen. Russ Feingold • In a statement given to Politico, offering an explanation for why Progressives United, MoveOn.org, and other left-leaning organizations have decided to stop advertising on Facebook for at least two weeks. The advertising boycott is in response to several televised ads from FWD.us, the Mark Zuckerberg-founded advocacy organization which is supposedly focused on immigration reform, that support construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and attack “Obamacare.” source
How can we beef up security checks on those who wish to enter the United States? How do we ensure that people who wish to do us harm are not eligible for benefits under the immigration laws, including this new bill before us?Senator Chuck Grassley • Linking myriad security issues associated with surviving alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to the U.S. immigration system — Dzhokhar and his older brother Tamerian began living in the United States at ages 9 and 15 respectively. To read Grassley’s remarks you’d think that the Tsarnaev brothers had passed through the traditional immigration protocols chiefly debated in today’s politics, but there’s a complicating wrinkle in their case — they became citizens not through regular immigration channels, but via an asylum request. This already entails security checks for fraudulent applications, and after a year of living here in asylum their family could apply for green cards (Dzhokhar got a green card in 2007, and was naturalized in 2012, while elder brother Tamerian was not granted citizenship, reportedly due to a domestic violence incident). Rep. Bruce Braley, of Sen. Grassley’s home state of Iowa, called the latter’s linking of the bombings to immigration “misguided,” insisting they are separate issues which ought to stay as such. source
One group that advocates against illegal immigration said it will begin using the term “illegal invaders” after the Associated Press announced it would no longer use the term “illegal” or “illegal immigrant.
Group to use ‘illegal invaders’ term in response to AP ban [Los Angeles Times]
I have another I-Word for describing people who want to incorporate the terms “invaders” or “infiltrator” into this discussion, the word is idiots.
It’s worth noting that the difference here is that one runs a wire service that everyone relies on, and the other is just some advocacy group that you didn’t know existed until the LA Times did this story. So once this story fades, nobody will notice.
Will the new guidance make it harder for writers? Perhaps just a bit at first. But while labels may be more facile, they are not accurate.The Associated Press’ reasoning (in a nutshell) for officially dropping the term “illegal immigrant” from the AP Stylebook on Tuesday. Official AP style now calls for writers to specifically state that a person(s) is living in a given location illegally, rather than referring to the person(s) themselves as being illegal. source
Right now, leaders from business, law enforcement, faith communities, all agree. Now is the time for comprehensive immigration reform. Now is the time. Time to get it done.President Obama, calling for comprehensive immigration reform, subsequently citing his administration’s increase of “boots on the ground” along the Mexican border. He did seek to strike a balance between liberal and conservative dialogues on immigration, however, stating that undocumented immigrants would go “to the back of the line.”