A new poll shows Americans are split on how President Obama is handling immigration, but that Mr. Obama enjoys support on the issue from key Democratic constituencies.
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By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times
Under the president's new amnesty, businesses will have a $3,000-per-employee incentive to hire illegal immigrants over native-born workers because of a quirk of Obamacare. Published November 25, 2014
Having a lawyer is the key to illegal immigrant children being able to stay in the U.S. — but fewer of them are appearing in court with lawyers, thanks to the recent surge of unaccompanied minors that has overwhelmed the system, according to new numbers released Tuesday by the Transactional Records Clearing House.
President Obama on Tuesday told hecklers it no longer makes sense to criticize him for deportations, saying that his executive action last week to grant temporary amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.
Key Democrats are taking the threat of a lawsuit that's plaguing President Obama due to his executive actions and turning it into a subtle money-maker, calling on fellow party members in a mass email to sign a petition or their leader could go to prison.
Sen. Lindsey Graham turned on his own party during a television interview on CNN's "State of the Union," chiding Republicans for failing to pass immigration reform before President Obama issued an executive action granting amnesty to about 5 million illegals.
Fifty percent of voters in the country oppose President Obama's recently-announced executive actions to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, and a majority thinks the president's plan will actually attract more illegal immigrants into the country.
Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, said President Obama's move to shield nearly 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation is "just dangerous" for anyone concerned about liberty.
Republican Gov.-elect Greg Abbott says "odds favor" that Texas will sue the Obama administration over executive actions on immigration but is stopping short of his earlier vow to file a lawsuit.
The conventional wisdom in the Republican Party is changing.
President Obama's move to grant nearly 5 million illegal immigrants amnesty from deportation has united Hispanic voters in an unprecedented fashion, leaving them firmly behind the White House and Democrats and adamant about opposing Republicans' plans to rescind the new policy, a leading pollster said Monday.
The 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls are having to walk a tightrope as they respond to President Obama's executive deportation amnesty, trying to push back against the White House while not offending the increasingly powerful Hispanic voting bloc.
Civil rights groups warned Monday that a possible change to how the Census Bureau asks about race and ethnicity in 2020 would end up clouding the picture more than it helps, and could skew the way the government distributes aid or enforces discrimination laws.
President Obama said on a nationally televised interview that he's tried to accommodate Republicans in Congress and wait patiently for them to make the move on immigration — and that historians will say that he's been "very restrained" with his executive actions.
Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Democrats should be just as angry as Republicans about the president's executive order on immigration because it sets a precedent for future presidents to singlehandedly rewrite the law.
Sen. Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican, said Sunday that he approved of the actions in the president's immigration executive order — it's the way the president issued the changes that could make compromise more difficult in Washington.
The White House says President Obama's new executive action on immigration cleared nearly 5 million illegal immigrants from any danger of deportation, but that still leaves more than half the population currently in the U.S. illegally in at least some fear of being kicked out.
President Obama is selling his unilateral immigration package unveiled last week as, in part, a way to keep millions of families from breaking up. But family-values groups, many of which focus heavily on keeping families together on matters such as refugee and asylum cases for home-schoolers, are rallying around one position: White House usurpation of the issue is wrong.
"Saturday Night Live" took aim at President Obama's action on illegal immigration by spoofing the 1970s kids' favorite "Schoolhouse Rock" and replacing "Bill" with a chain-smoking "Executive Order."
President Obama told Americans Saturday that his action granting legal status and work permits to nearly 5 million illegal immigrants is "certainly not amnesty, no matter how often critics say it."
Upon landing in Las Vegas Friday afternoon, President Obama officially signed two memoranda to carry out his executive actions granting legal status and work permits to nearly 5 million illegal immigrants.
The Justice Department said President Obama's new executive action granting amnesty from deportation to illegal immigrant parents is legal because he limited it to those whose children could eventually petition for them to stay anyway.
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An overwhelming majority of Americans say they have deep worries that illegal immigration will erode the country's culture and economy, revealed a new poll.
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said Wednesday that there's a "general consensus" in his party that something big needs to happen on overhauling the country's immigration laws and that more specifics would be unveiled this week at House Republicans' annual retreat.
Calling it a “pivotal moment,” a band of Latino donors has launched a $20 million campaign to unseat those in the House who stand against President Obama’s immigration proposals and oppose Democratic Party reform bills.
The U.S. illegal immigrant population has begun to tick back up with the improving economy, rising to 11.7 million last year, according to the latest estimates Monday from the Pew Hispanic Center.
The news last week that federal authorities had to release 2,837 convicted sex offenders back onto the streets has renewed focus on a Supreme Court case that requires the government to release immigrants whose home countries won't take them back.
The union that represents the people who would have to decide who gets legalized under any new immigration law said in a letter Tuesday that the Obama administration is not ready to handle the influx of applications.
The American business community weighed in Tuesday on immigration, firing off a letter to House leaders urging them to find the political will to pass an immigration bill this year.