On Immigration, the President Wants an Issue, Not a Solution

On Tuesday, a Federal Court of Appeals ruled against lifting an injunction against President Obama’s executive order to halt deportations. This latest ruling represents a small portion of a much larger problem with the President’s handling of immigration policy. When it comes to immigration, the President clearly wants an issue, not a solution. Sadly, the President chose to play with the hopes and aspirations of millions of undocumented immigrants for political purposes, instead of trying to work with the new Congress to find a real and permanent solution to our immigration problems. This unfortunate circumstance, however, presents Republicans with an extraordinary opportunity

Hillary Clinton’s Giant Immigration Flip-Flop

Over the last few weeks, there has been much attention dedicated to Republican candidates’ “evolution” on the issue of immigration, particularly Scott Walker.  However, Chris Christie and Marco Rubio have also received coverage for comments which suggest they have revised their immigration stances as the 2016 primaries draw closer. By contrast, relatively little attention has been paid to Hillary Clinton’s past views on the issue.  Sure, she received a great deal of press from her announcement of her immigration plan earlier this month, in which she called for a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and expressed support for President

Can Republican Candidates Avoid Romney’s Fatal Error?

It may be hard to believe about a man who won just 28 percent of the Latino vote, but 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney didn’t plan on making immigration a big part of his campaign.  It originally started as a way to oust potential rival Rick Perry, according to the Huffington Post: They found a potential weak spot: immigration. Perry had expressed some views, such as supporting in-state tuition for certain undocumented immigrants and opposing a border fence, that polled poorly with the GOP base. Although Romney hadn’t planned to make immigration a major campaign issue, some aides thought that taking a

Christie Shifts His Stance on Immigration

In an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly earlier this week, Gov. Chris Christie backed away from his previous support for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, calling the position “extreme.”  Christie also said he would repeal President Obama’s executive actions on immigration if given the opportunity: Megyn Kelly: On the subject of immigration, are you for a pathway to citizenship? Gov. Chris Christie: No, I think that is an extreme way to go, and I think that, quite frankly, what Hillary Clinton is doing right now is pandering.  That’s pandering.  We need to have an intelligent conversation about this

Walker Says Immigration Flip-Flop Wasn’t Really a Flip-Flop

Scott Walker was on Fox News’ “Special Report” yesterday, where he faced some pointed questions from host Bret Baier over his stance on immigration. The governor continued to stand by past comments which suggested he might support further restrictions on legal immigration, though he again declined to provide details on exactly what immigration policies would achieve the protection of American workers and American wages which he has advocated for.  I have already covered this ground previously, so I won’t dwell on it here. However, when Walker was asked by Baier how voters could trust him on other issues when he

Driving the Conservative Conversation on Immigration

Immigration policy took center stage this morning at American Principles in Action’s Conservative Immigration Forum, where various conservative leaders gathered to lend their opinions to a growing conversation.  However, in contrast to voices that have in recent days called for a restrictive approach, speakers at APIA’s event focused on the many ways immigration positively impacts the United States and how our nation’s immigration laws can be constructively reformed in order to both solve current problems and ensure that this country continues to be a welcoming place for those seeking freedom and opportunity. One proposal on how to do this was

Which GOP Candidate Makes Sense on Immigration?

Presidential candidates from both sides of the political spectrum have been taking on a very busy agenda these past few weeks, and as expected, the immigration issue is taking over the discussion. It started with Hillary Clinton’s “policy speech” at a school library in Nevada last week in which she said she was for a path to full and equal citizenship for all undocumented immigrants.  Then, Jeb Bush gave a TV interview Monday on Fox News’ “The Kelly File”, in which he clarified he is for an immigration reform proposal that allows for a path to legal status for undocumented

Rand Paul: “We Need to Not Be Anti-Immigrant”

Speaking on an Arizona radio show yesterday, Senator Rand Paul was asked to comment on his approach to immigration policy.  Sen. Paul reiterated the importance of border security but also expressed support for an improved work visa program: I think something has to be done.  If you aren’t for doing any kind of immigration reform, you’re for another 10 or 11 million people coming in unaccounted for.  Milton Friedman once said you can’t have open borders and a welfare state.  We’ve kind of got both right now.  We have a completely open border, and we’ve got this enormous welfare state.