Americas & Beyond
|GOP Pushes Anti-Migrant Policies|
go to original
December 28, 2010
The US Republican majority in Congress plans to block attempts to implement the Dream Act in January, the Los Angeles Times said Monday.
The newspaper stated that the GOP would encourage proposals to increase the number of raids and documentation revisions at job sites.
Moreover, New York Representative Peter King, a Republican, said that passing the Dream Act is not a priority for the conservative majority in the United States.
Legislation to test interpretations of the 14th Amendment as granting citizenship to children of illegal immigrants are expected to emerge early next session.
That is likely to be followed by attempts to force employers to use a still-developing web system, dubbed E-Verify, to check that all of their employees are in the U.S. legally.
Republican Congressman Lamar Smith, who in 1996 oversaw the establishment of stricter laws for illegal aliens in the United States, said that official government figures on the number of undocumented migrants in the country are questionable.
Smith plans to attack Obama’s enforcement strategy. His staff is preparing to hold hearings to encourage more workplace raids and to investigate allegations that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials manipulated numbers to inflate the department’s criminal deportation statistics.
The Los Angeles Times pointed out that although President Barack Obama’s administration has managed to curtail the number of arrests of illegal immigrants in the country, the GOP is planning to implement these initiatives as soon as possible.
However, the newspaper stated that the GOP’s anti-immigrant policies were the decisive factor in Democrat Senator Harry Reid election to office.