Rep. Mimi Walters Comes Out in Support of DACA | Sep 07, 2017

DACA’s end may hurt OC GOP Congress members’ reelection bids

|| OC Register

“President Donald Trump’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival policy is expected to spur Latino — and possibly Asian — voter turnout next year, which would make reelection more difficult for Southern California’s six Republican Congress members already targeted by Democrats.

Two of the targeted members — Fullerton’s Ed Royce and Laguna Beach’s Mimi Walters — have spoken favorably of proposed legislation that would allow many of those brought to the country illegally as children to remain after DACA’s scheduled end next March. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, indicated he might also support such legislation.

But even that might not protect those House members from the election repercussions of Trump’s decision.

“It will boost turnout for sure,” said Karthick Ramakrishnan, a UC Riverside political scientist specializing in immigration policy. Latinos, who traditionally lag well behind other ethnicities in mid-term election participation, overwhelmingly favor Democrats when they do vote.

“The question is not how they’ll vote, but whether they’ll vote,” Ramakrishnan said. “I think we’ll see a lot of marches in the year ahead. I think we’ll see higher than usual mid-term turnout not just from Latinos but from all young voters, many of whom have grown up with the Dreamers who will be subject to deportation.”

He noted that one in eight Asian immigrants in this California is here without proper documentation, which has contributed to Asian American voters also being particularly sensitive to the issue.

Trump has called on Congress to address immigration during the six months before DACA expires. Already, there are proposals being discussed that would continue to provide legal protections for DACA recipients. Passage of such a measure could dilute the ballot-box damage to vulnerable Republicans, but Ramakrishnan and other experts doubt such a bill will win approval.

In 2013, a measure that would have provided a path to citizenship for many of those in the country illegally passed the Senate with bipartisan support. But House Republicans balked. While there were enough House Republicans to join with Democrats to pass the measure, Republican House Speaker John Boehner declined to bring the matter to a vote because a majority of Republicans opposed it.

Current House Speaker Paul Ryan, also a Republican, has spoken in favor of passing a measure to protect DACA recipients. But Ramakrishnan and UC Irvine political scientist Louis DeSipio are among those who don’t see Ryan allowing a vote on the measure without the support of a majority of Republicans.

“In the past, (Ryan) indicated he would not do this with immigration legislation,” said DeSipio, who specializes in ethnic politics. “I would say that it would be wise to do so, to put this issue behind Republicans for a while and to protect Republicans in 2018 swing districts. But he would certainly pay a price with his caucus.”

That price, according to Ramakrishnan, could likely be his leadership post.

“A lot of Congress members live in very Republican districts and they are most worried about being challenged in the primary by conservatives who are very strong on the immigration issue, including being opposed to DACA,” Ramakrishnan said.

Where they stand

The six targeted Republican districts are key to Democrats’ drive to capture the 24 seats needed to gain control of the House in next year’s election. In terms of ethnic voters, Royce’s district — which straddles the Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino county lines — is particularly vulnerable. Republicans have less than a 2-percentage point advantage in voter registration while 25 percent of registered voters are Latino and 21 percent are Asian.

But Royce was relatively quick to indicate his support for allowing DACA recipients to remain in the country legally.

“We should not deny residence to children who have only known America as their home, positively contributed to this great country and passed a background check,” Royce said in a Monday statement.

Walters, whose Orange County district’s voters are 12-percent Latino and 14-percent Asian, expressed a similar sentiment Tuesday.

“Congress should work to ensure their residency so that they can continue to contribute to our community and strengthen our nation,” she said.

A statement from Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, indicated he may support such a measure as well, calling for “a sense of compassion for those who were brought here in their childhood years ago and wish to stay as productive members of our communities.”

But another targeted Republican, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa, endorsed Trump’s decision to end DACA, created by then-President Barack Obama via executive order. He also sounded less supportive than Royce and Walters when it comes to passing legislation to legalize DACA recipients.

“Legalizing their status sent a message throughout the world that our doors were open to share all the benefits accorded American citizens,” he said in a statement. “As the president suggested, it is now up to Congress, and we must face the issue squarely and fearlessly.”

The other two targeted Republicans — Rep. Steve Knight of Palmdale and Rep. Duncan Hunter of Lakeside — also supported Trump’s decision and agreed that Congress is the proper place to address the issue. However, statements from their offices did not clearly indicate whether they would support legislation allowing DACA recipients to remain in the country legally.

Hillary Clinton won five of the six targeted Southern California GOP districts last year, with Hunter’s being the exception.

Democrats — including most in Congress and most if not all of the more than three dozen Democratic challengers to the six Republicans — largely oppose Trump’s action and support legislation legalizing DACA recipients.

“Ending DACA is cruel, immoral and incredibly short-sighted,” said UC Irvine law professor Dave Min, the son of Korean immigrants and one of seven Democrats challenging Walters.

Jack Pitney, a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College, noted that there are other factors particular to each district likely to play key roles in next year’s races. While Royce’s district is more competitive on paper than Issa’s, Royce has repeatedly cruised to reelection by more than 10-percentage points. Issa is more controversial because of his reputation as an Obama attack dog and last year won reelection by just 0.6 percentage points.

Hunter is considered vulnerable in large measure because of reports that he is under federal investigation for the misuse of campaign funds. And Rohrabacher has drawn scrutiny because of his meetings with Russians and with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

“It is unlikely that any California Republican will lose because of DACA alone,” said Pitney.

But Pitney agreed the issue could cost Republicans votes. And in terms of issues with the potential to affect all competitive races, DACA is likely to be in the mix, according to Ramakrishnan.

“Health care and immigration — those will be the two big issues in the election,” Pitney said. “Unless there’s a war.”

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DACA Illegals Reject Compromise: Demand Amnesty and More Immigration

|| Breitbart

“Young illegal immigrants interviewed by Breitbart News outside the White House said they did not want Congress to curb future immigration — even in a compromise to win congressional amnesty and citizenship for themselves and their parents.

“Building a wall can’t stop people coming into different countries … it is a better opportunity for their families,” said Jessica A. who was part of a group from Trinity Washington University in Washington D.C. “I can’t say that needs to stop.”

When asked how many legal immigrants should be annually accepted, she responded: “I can’t give you an answer because it is my people.”

Each year, four million young Americans enter the labor market. But the federal government annually provides green cards to 1 million new legal immigrants and provides temporary work-permit and visas to roughly 2 million foreign workers. Democrats and business groups want to further increase the inflow, but in 2014, GOP voters defeated the “Gang of Eight” amnesty bill that would have doubled the immigration numbers and also provided Green Cards to an unlimited number of foreign technology graduates who pay tuition to American universities.

In 2012, former President Barack Obama created a new category of illegal immigrants by granting work permits to illegals who arrived as children. This “DACA” group now include 800,000 beneficiaries, but may grow to 2 million as additional young illegals turn 16.

Multiple youths interviewed by Breitbart News at the White House rejected any suggestion of a political compromise to help create an amnesty for the 800,000. “Why should we make a deal?” asked Nayeli L, from the City University of New York.  “We need to be on a path to citizenship … [because] we do the dirty work,” said the university student about the majority of younger illegal immigrants who are not enrolled in college.

The students were part of several groups that arrived at the White House Tuesday afternoon, in an effort coordinated by older organizers from groups such as the union-managed United We Dream organization.

The youths’ sense of entitlement “is being taught [to them] by the media, by the Democratic political establishment. and by some of the Republican establishment,” said Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies. Some DACA illegals are willing to support compromise deals, Krikorian said, but they are shoved out of the limelight by progressives who use the youths to win their unpopular push for wide-open borders. He continued:

If the goal was to just fix that status of this unique subgroup of illegal immigrants, a special case, then [Democrats] would be willing to deal — say, trade a ‘Dreamer’ amnesty for mandatory use of E-Verify [by employers]. But they’re not considering it because … the advocacy groups pushing it see the [youths] as a stepping stone to a broad amnesty.

While Breitbart News interviewed young illegals outside the White House, others youths chanted “No KKK, no racist USA, no Trump“ and “Help the kids: Deport the racists.”

Some of the students also mobbed a nearby pro-Trump protestor, calling him a racist. Their target, Eugene Delgaudio, who served 16 years on the school board in Loudoun County, Va., was at the White House to protest the Department of Education’s promotion of pro-transgender policies.

“I’m a Trump defender and I had a sign, ‘Defend Trump,’ but they assumed I was there for them,” Delgaudio told Breitbart News, adding:

I asked them if they believed in the First Amendment [but] they wanted to make it so that I can’t speak, so that I don’t have a voice. It is kind of ironic that they are claiming rights … but they have no respect for our constitution. They have no respect for the First Amendment, they have no respect for our way of life, which is to have free speech for everyone.

Ironically, an older Asian immigrant intervened in the fracas, spoke up for free speech, and kept the DACA protestors away from Delgaudio while he completed his videotaped speech.

When Breitbart News asked the illegals if new immigration limits were a fair trade for amnesty, Yoseline R. said: “I think no.” She added that she declined to set limits on immigration because she is concerned for members of her family outside the United States. Yoseline is a student studying for a communications degree.

An amnesty for the younger migrants is “just justice,” said Natalie H., who said she is a Mexican who was brought into the United States at age 3. Americans’ annual immigration limits should grow because foreign people want to “come here for a better life,” she said.

‘The goal here is  … a better Dream Act,” not a balanced immigration policy, said Ellie S., whose illegal-immigrant Indian parents brought her into the United States. “We want more than just DACA,” said Brenda M. “We want citizenship, inclusion of our parents.”

Sam M. said legal immigration rates should double to 2 million per year, and all illegals should be eligible for amnesty and citizenship. “Everybody eligible,” she said, adding that she has a “Dreamer” scholarship from her university. Four-year “full ride,” she added.

The demonstrators were young college students, marking them as slightly younger than the average 25-year-old age of people covered by Obama’s DACA amnesty. As college students, they are a small minority of the illegals who were brought into the United States as children, because most of the younger illegals are either HS dropouts and graduates.

Obama’s amnesty provided work-permit and Social Security cards to roughly 800,000 illegals, out of a total population of 2 million people who were smuggled into the United States as children by their illegal-alien parents.

Legislators in Congress are debating whether the 800,000 or more illegals should be given a formal legal amnesty and whether any amnesty should be paired with immigration reforms which help Americans raise their living standards amid the inflow of foreign labor.

Each year, the government also hands out almost 3 million short-term work permits to foreign workers. These permits include roughly 330,000 one-year OPT permits for foreign graduates of U.S. colleges, roughly 200,000 three-year H-1B visas for foreign white-collar professionals, and 400,000 two-year permits to DACA illegals.

The current annual flood of foreign labor into the United States spikes profits and Wall Street values by boosting government spending and by cutting salaries for manual and skilled labor offered by blue-collar and white-collar employees. It also drives up real estate prices, widens wealth-gaps, reduces high-tech investment, increases state and local tax burdens, hurts kids’ schools and college education, and sidelines at least 5 million marginalized Americans and their families.”

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Irma wipes out TWO Caribbean islands destroying 95 per cent of Barbuda and St Maartin, killing at least ten

|| Daily Mail UK

“St Maarten’s famous international airport, Princess Juliana, has been destroyed by Hurricane Irma.

The storm ripped through the airport on Wednesday, with 185mph winds blowing over safety fences and battering nearby Maho beach.

Huge rocks smashed into planes, and boarding walkways were slammed to the ground by the downpour of rain and gusts of wind, which also brought mounds of sand on to the runway.

Hurricane Irma howled past Puerto Rico with 185mph winds after reducing the tiny tropical islands of Barbuda and St Martin to rubble and claiming at least ten lives.

The category 5 storm – the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic – left a trail of deadly devastation through the Caribbean when it struck on Wednesday on a potential collision course with south Florida.

Barbuda and St Martin suffered the storm’s full fury with roughly 95 per cent of properties destroyed on both islands. Officials said at least eight people died on the French part of St Martin – a pristine resort known for its vibrant nightlife.

‘It’s an enormous catastrophe. Ninety-five percent of the island is destroyed,’ top local official Daniel Gibbs said. ‘I’m in shock. It’s frightening.’

The island, which is divided between the Netherlands and France, was left without drinking water or electricity and the death toll is expected to rise.

Barbuda, part of the twin island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, also suffered ‘absolute devastation’ and is ‘barely habitable’ with more than 90 per cent of dwellings completely destroyed, a child killed and 60 per cent of the population left homeless.

Meanwhile, residents on the British Overseas Territory of Anguilla said the island was ‘utterly devastated’ and looked as though it had ‘suffered nuclear bomb devastation’.

The core was expected to scrape the northern coast of the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Thursday and track near Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas later. It is likely to be downgraded to a Category 4 storm by the time it makes landfall in Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Thursday.”

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