July 21, 2015
7/20/15 Washington Times
About 2.5 million illegal immigrants have settled in the U.S. during President Obama’s tenure, according to estimates being released Monday by the Center for Immigration Studies, which said it’s an improvement compared with the Bush administration.
Nearly 800,000 of those illegal immigrants arrived in the past two years, suggesting that the flow has ticked up as the economy has improved and as Mr. Obama has reshaped enforcement policies, focusing on criminals while relaxing actions against rank-and-file illegal immigrants. Still, the total illegal immigrant population has remained steady at an estimated 11 million to 12 million over the past six years, the report concluded, finding that the arrivals are canceled out by the hundreds of thousands who return home, die or earn legal status through existing channels such as marrying an American.
July 21, 2015
7/19/15 New York Times
Donald Trump is entitled to his own opinions, not his own facts, to paraphrase Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
Mr. Trump, a Republican presidential candidate, gets a lot wrong in his comments about immigration and Mexico. There is no evidence that Mexican officials are dispatching criminals across a porous border, and immigrants don’t commit more crimes, studies show.
Yet even some of his critics give him credit for tapping into something real: what they see as the perils of President Obama’s lax approach to immigration, generally, and enforcement along the Mexican border in particular.
“We need to secure the border,” says Carly Fiorina, another presidential contender. This, too, is misleading.
June 22, 2015
06/22/15 Los Angeles Times
Hillary Rodham Clinton was mobbed by fans when she spoke this week before a big crowd of Latino government officials from across the country. When another Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, took the same stage here Friday, the room was about half empty.
” I haven’t hear of him, to be honest,” said Luciana Corrales, a school board member from San Ysidro, Calif. And anyway, she added, “I’m a Hillary supporter.”
Talk of Sanders surge has enlivened the campaign in recent weeks, as bigger-than-expected crowds turned out for his fiery speeches about taking on the “billionaire class” amid promising polling in the early-primary state of New Hampshire. But the enthusiasm gap on display at the nation’s largest gathering of Latino policymakers highlights the reality of the major demographic challenges Sanders faces as he wages his long-shot bid for the presidency.
June 8, 2015
6/6/15 The Dallas Morning News
Texas legislators sent mixed messages this session regarding where they stand on illegal immigration. They made clear with their vote to significantly boost border security funding that they want a crackdown on criminality linked to illegal immigration. Yet they backed away from legislation aimed at restricting higher educational opportunities for unauthorized immigrants.
Some conservative legislators were intent on repealing provisions of a 2001 law signed by Gov. Rick Perry granting in-state college tuition to unauthorized immigrants. The repeal effort put them on a collision course with other Republicans who saw it as mean-spirited and ultimately unhelpful to the goal of boosting the talent pool available to Texas employers.
April 7, 2015
Fox News Latino, 4/6/2015
More than 15,000 Hondurans who entered the United States and Mexico illegally have been deported so far this year, Returned Migrants Assistance Center, or CAMR, director Valdette Willeman said.
U.S. authorities deported 3,824 Hondurans by air in the first quarter of 2015, Willeman said.
Mexico, for its part, has deported about 12,000 Hondurans by land, the CAMR director said.
August 4, 2014
08/03/2014 The Washington Post
A few weeks ago, just about the same time that Mexican officials said they were putting a stop once and for all to the rolling horror show nicknamed “The Beast,” Jhonny Torres left Honduras for Houston. He reached southern Mexico and scrambled onto a boxcar with hundreds of other migrants.
Gang members stopped the train near the Mayan ruins of Palenque and took his last $50. In Orizaba, another dreaded shakedown site farther north, gunmen put a pistol to his temple and accused him of being a smuggling guide who hadn’t paid the gang protection money. They let him go, Torres said, only when they figured out it was his first trip and he had nothing left to steal.
July 31, 2014
07/30/14 Wall Street Journal
California Gov. Jerry Brown ended a three-day visit to Mexico City Wednesday, capping a trip in which he drew attention to Mexico’s economic changes as well as the plight of unaccompanied immigrant children in the U.S.
Mr. Brown’s visit to Mexico, his state’s biggest export market, achieved few concrete accords, but it was long on ceremony, meetings and signings of memorandums of understanding. The governor, meanwhile, spoke with several Mexican officials including President Enrique Peña Nieto, who met privately with the 76-year-old Democrat.