» Are you under 30 years old, an undocumented immigrant who moved to the U.S. before the age of 16, have lived in the United States for more than five years, and a graduate or someone who has served time in the military? The U.S. would like to give you a chance to do it right. However, if you’ve been convicted of a felony or a serious misdemeanor, not so much. A big step, though — although one, with few exceptions, that undocumented immigrants will have to pay for.
It is a simultaneously exciting and exhausting time. There’s a good chance that with healthcare all the chambers are engaged in some way … and at full capacity.Kannon Shanmugam, a former law clerk for Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia • Discussing the June period when the court generally makes its most high-profile decisions. The court has two of those coming up — one on immigration and one on health care — which we imagine are stressing out both the justices and their clerks. Former Chief Justice William Rehnquist particularly disliked the June period, once telling a colleague he joined in a majority ruling basically because he wanted it to be over with. Dude liked his vacations.
» He still has options, though: He could always do what Obama did and issue an executive order, despite Republicans slamming Obama for using his executive powers to enact immigration reform. A little surprising Romney wants to help the families of the oft-decried “anchor babies” of immigrant parents. Unsurprising? Mitt still wants to build a “high-tech fence” across the Mexican-American border.
Some people have asked if I will let stand the president’s executive order. The answer is that I will put in place my own long-term solution that will replace and supersede the president’s temporary measure.Mitt Romney • During a speech at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials conference on Thursday morning. Romney has come under fire from some in his own party for not saying he would overturn President Obama’s recent immigration-reforming executive order. While he would not elaborate on any plan(s) he might have, Romney did offer a few thoughts on our current system. “Our immigration system should help promote strong families, not keep them apart,” he said, adding, “Our nation benefits when moms and dads and their kids are all living together under the same roof. “ source (via • follow)
What about American workers who are unemployed by immigrant farmers?The Daily Caller reporter Neil Munro • Interrupting President Obama while the president was making a speech about his new immigration policy, which allows for work visas for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. at a young age. Because clearly this was a Q&A, not a speech. In related news, The Daily Caller won an Edward R. Murrow award for writing earlier this week, according to Munro’s most recent tweet.
Our nation’s immigration laws … are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case. Nor are they designed to remove productive young people to countries where they may not have lived or even speak the language. Discretion, which is used in so many other areas, is especially justified here.Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano • In a statement explaining the Obama Administration’s new immigration policy, which will be imposed by executive order and focus on granting younger immigrants work permits while prosecuting “individuals who pose a national security or public safety risk.” source (via • follow)