Golden Beach FL Police Searching for Migrants, Including Jamaicans, Who Fled Boat

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Golden Beach police said they are searching for 20 to 30 Caribbean nationals, including Jamaicans, who ran ashore from a Go-Fast boat in Florida Sunday night.

Reports are that the illegal immigrants were dropped off by the boat and started running from the police at about 8:25 p.m. One person was rescued from the water after jumping from a bridge while trying to elude the authorities.

According to Channel 10, the migrants are from Haiti, Trinidad and Jamaica and, that Golden Beach police have 6 adults and 2 children in protective custody. Miami police said one man was pulled out of Intracoastal Waterway and was taken to Aventura Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition with a head injury, Channel 10 reports.

Golden Beach Police are being aided in the search by Hallandale Beach Police and the Miami-Dade County Police Department. The U.S. Border Patrol is heading the investigation. These migrants will be returned to their respective countries once they have all been found. Developing story. Stay tuned for updates.

 Golden Beach FL Police Searching for Migrants, Including Jamaicans, Who Fled Boat

Heritage Foundation’s Jason Richwine Resigns Amid Fallout from Immigration Report

BREAKING NEWS:  The Heritage Foundation announced the resignation of senior policy analyst Jason Richwine, co-author of controversial immigration report that was very critical of the Senate’s immigration reform plan, saying it would cost trillions.

Jason Richwine came under fire after it was discovered he argued in his Harvard dissertation that there was a “long-standing difference between the IQ of white Americans and immigrants,” Politico reports.

The Heritage Foundation said: “Jason Richwine let us know he’s decided to resign from his position. He’s no longer employed by Heritage. It is our long-standing policy not to discuss internal personnel matters.”

On a personal note, as a legal immigrant to this country, I am insulted by Jason Richwine’s comments. I would venture to say, thanks to people like him, the Republican Party will continue to have a huge problem with black and Hispanic voters.

GOP Immigration Nightmare Could Recur, Giving Democrats White House in 2016

GOP IMMIGRATION NIGHTMARE:  As we inch closer and closer to the 2014 elections, the Republican Party is faced with a dilemma — immigration. This will also play out in the 2016 presidential elections, where demographics won’t be on their side, once again. The immigration reform put forward by Republicans is troubling and the rumblings of a schism in the party are getting louder and louder. The outcome will be far worst politically, even if the bill is defeated. The mother of all right wing backlashes will result that will take the more friendly Republicans with the party.

“We are really balanced here on a little precipice and if this, pardon the pun, goes south, we could be in very serious trouble,” said Republican media strategist Paul Wilson, citing the increasingly intense attacks on the immigration bill coming from the right. “If [the legislation] stalls or is killed off by conservatives, we could take the Hispanic community and turn them into the African-American community, where we get four percent on a good day… We could be a lost party for generations.”

Establishment Republicans don’t have to reach too far back in recent history to find precedent for this political nightmare scenario: It would look a lot like the last time Congress pursued comprehensive immigration legislation. Source

The Republicans should also take a look at the last presidential election, in which all the voter suppression tactics employed in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania backfired. The massive black voter turnout was clearly not what they hoped for, but it helped President Obama win a second term. Hispanics, Asians, women and gays also helped Obama’s reelection.

The conservative backlash provoked a new militancy among immigrants, as well: advocates for the undocumented began holding massive counter-protests in Los Angeles, Dallas, and other cities with large Latino populations.

But the conservative campaign to kill the immigration bill in Washington ultimately succeeded — at a high electoral cost. Whereas exit polls in 2004 showed Bush receiving upwards of 40% of the Latino vote, that figure plummeted to about 31% for John McCain in 2008, and 27% for Mitt Romney last year. The reasons for the Hispanic exodus are complex and varied, but few Republican strategists these days will argue with the notion that the 2007 culture war on immigration reform stained the party’s brand.

Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Rick Perry truly believe Texas won’t go blue. If immigration reform fails, think again. That could be a very real possibility. The Republicans should realize, President Obama won’t be blamed for the demise of immigration reform — they will. The GOP immigration nightmare is taking shape already….

inSPIRE STEM USA’s Maria Cardona On a Mission to Help Hispanic & Black Communities Embrace STEM Education

ATLANTA, GA — As a bipartisan group of U. S. senators, “the Gang of 8, unveiled their immigration plan Thursday. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold its first hearing on Friday and another one on Monday. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said the bill won’t go through the markup process until May, which will give the public more time to read the more than 800 pages  of the proposed legislation. Inspire STEM USA is hard at work to address the crisis we see today with a severe shortage of qualified workers in STEM fields and is pushing for lawmakers to address immigration and workforce development needs. inSPIRE STEM USA’s plan seeks to reduce the number of open STEM jobs and ensure that America maintains its competitiveness relative to other countries by producing more college graduates with engineering and computer science degrees.

inSPIRE STEM USA is encouraged by the bipartisan effort for immigration reform, acknowledging that “reform legislation should include long-term solution to improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics education (STEM).” I had the pleasure of speaking with Maria Cardona, one of the co-chairs of inSPIRE STEM USA, about the organization and the current immigration overhaul plan that was unveiled by the Senate. The overriding theme of the interview was that meaningful immigration reform will help America attract and keep qualified workers for high-skilled jobs, inside of watching those workers go elsewhere.

Ms. Cardona said at this juncture, America doesn’t produce enough workers educated in STEM fields to fill the jobs that are expected to take our economy to the next level and keep the U.S. on the cutting edge on all fronts. The coalition believes that the inclusion of the STEM fund and raising the H-1B visa cap in this new piece of legislation will have a tremendous and positive effect in putting the country on the right path to accomplish long-term goals.

Maria Cardona has championed immigration for a long time in her career, particularly in the Latino community. Along with immigration, one of the issues important to the Latino community is education. The black community is in sync with the Latino community on the “understanding at a gut level that when we have a good solid, quality education, that is the best path for a better future for our children.” She migrated from Colombia with her parents when she was two years old. She said her parents realized that a good education was paramount, adding that a “good education is the way forward for the Latino community.” It doesn’t matter what your ethnic background is, a good education is paramount for a good economic outlook.

Ms. Cardona said inSPIRE STEM USA focuses on education and immigration, both issues are dear to her. The coalition believes that whatever comes out of Congress from an immigration standpoint, there needs to be a key focus on the issue of education from a STEM perspective. “For the careers of now, the focus needs to be on our kids being trained in the STEM fields,” Cardona said. “A person with a degree in a STEM field can expect to make  $1.5 million more than a person with a non-STEM degree. In the next 10 years, there will be 17 percent more job opportunities in the STEM fields than other fields,” she added. “We are graduating no more than 40,000 kids with a computer science degree. The jobs that we need yearly in the field is 120,000 and these are workers coming from other countries to fill those jobs. We want to keep those jobs here for the growth of this country.”

As someone in the minority community, Maria Cardona, she “knows that a lot of kids when they are little, teachers don’t have a high expectation of our kids excelling in Science. If we can change that, our kids will live up to those expectations. We need to have teachers and programs that understand the importance of helping our kids get into those fields,” she said.

It is imperative that what ever legislation comes out of the Senate, that it includes the I-Squared bill.  If that is achieved then the two over-arching pieces of the coalition is pushing is much better situated to become a reality. The first one is to make sure that we are able to fill the high tech slots that right now we can’t fill right now and the second part of this is the one we have to make sure is included to make sure these companies pay a fee that will go to the long-term STEM fund in the United States, so we don’t have to go overseas or outside of our borders to fill those jobs that are a part of our future. Mobilizing your elected official is imperative in helping inSPIRE STEM USA meet its goals.

I encourage you to listen to this riveting interview (below) and call your elected official to get on the ball with comprehensive immigration reform and a push for improved STEM education. We can be stronger and more competitive as a country if we all work together to change our communities for the better, starting with helping our children gain an appreciation for Science. Maria Cardona is encouraged that also within the  comprehensive immigration overhaul is improving STEM education in communities across the U.S. and reducing the disparities in education and the work place.

Associated Press Drops ‘Illegal Immigrant’ from Stylebook

The Associated Press will no longer use the term “illegal immigrant,” ABC News reports. Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll made the announcement in a blog entry, explaining that the decision is part of the company’s on-going campaign to remove their Stylebook of labels. The right wing is freaking out about this.

Homeland Security Official Resigns After Illegal Immigrants Released, Blamed on Budget Cuts

BREAKING:  Homeland Security official resigns after ICE’s release of illegal immigrants blamed on budget cuts, the AP reports. KIRO-TV identified the official as Gary Mead, who sent an email telling co-workers he was leaving the ICE at the end of April. His resignation was reportedly sent hours after U.S. officials confirmed a few hundred illegal immigrants facing deportation had been released from immigration jails due to budget cuts.

The White House is running like Usain Bolt heading to the finish line away from this controversy. Politico reports, that the White House and the Department of Homeland Security were unaware of Immigration Customs and Enforcement’s decision to release detainees until the agency announced it, administration officials said Wednesday. Um, really? Is that why a Homeland Security official reportedly resigned?

White House press secretary Jay Carney  described those released as “low-risk, non-criminal detainees,” Politico reports. We are talking about as many as 30,000 illegal immigrants who were incarcerated being set free. Seems to me like Big Sis, Janet Napolitano, has no clue what is going on in the DHS.

White House Immigration Plan: Illegal Immigrants Could Get Legal Permanent Status in 8 Years

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White House Immigration Plan:  President Obama’s immigration proposal would include allowing “illegal immigrants to become legal permanent residents within eight years,” USA Today reports.

“The plan also would provide for more security funding and require business owners to check the immigration status of new hires within four years. In addition, the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants could apply for a newly created “Lawful Prospective Immigrant” visa, under the bill being written by the White House. The draft was obtained from an Obama administration official who said it was being distributed to various agencies. The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to release the proposal publicly.”

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“The draft also expands the E-Verify program that checks the immigration status of people seeking new jobs. Businesses with more than 1,000 employees must begin using the system within two years, businesses with more than 250 employees within three years and all businesses within four years. The draft also requires the Government Accountability Office to study the program every year.”

 White House Immigration Plan:  Illegal Immigrants Could Get Legal Permanent Status in 8 Years

Bipartisan Senate Group Reach Deal on Immigration Reform, Includes Path to Citizenship & DREAM Act

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A group of bipartisan senators have unveiled an immigration overhaul bill that comes a day before President Obama unveils his bill tomorrow in Las Vegas. It is clear that the House Republicans, who are beholden to the Tea Party, will most likely object, but this will only work in President Obama’s favor.

According to a five-page draft of the plan obtained by The New York Times on Sunday, the eight senators — including Mr. McCain; Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York; and Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina — have agreed to address the failings of the immigration system in one comprehensive measure, rather than in smaller pieces, and to offer a “tough, fair and practical road map” that would eventually lead to a chance at citizenship for nearly all of the immigrants here illegally.

“We on the Democratic side have said that we are flexible and we want to get a bill,” Mr. Schumer told reporters in New York on Sunday. “But there’s a bottom line, and that’s a path to citizenship for the 11 or so million people who qualify. We’ve made great, great progress with our Republican colleagues.”

Under the senators’ plan, most illegal immigrants would be able to apply to become permanent residents — a crucial first step toward citizenship — but only after certain border enforcement measures had been accomplished.

Among the plan’s new proposals is the creation of a commission of governors, law enforcement officials and community leaders from border states that would assess when border security measures had been completed. A proposal would also require that an exit system be in place for tracking departures of foreigners who entered the country through airports or seaports, before any illegal immigrants could start on a path to citizenship. Source

While I am for immigration reform, I would urge lawmakers to ensure that people who are going through the process legally be given the first shot and not pushed to the back of the line. Of course, people like Michelle Malkin, who is a Filippino-American, is having a heart-attack over the proposed legislation, branding it “shamnesty redux.”

I would venture to say that throwing “amnesty” at immigrants, specifically the Hispanic community, won’t have them running back into their arms come 2016. The base of the Republican Party has insulted immigrants for years — self-deportation, compared to dogs, etc. One election cycle isn’t enough to erase the ugly rhetoric of people on the right such as Michelle Malkin.

 Bipartisan Senate Group Reach Deal on Immigration Reform, Includes Path to Citizenship & DREAM Act

Sen. John McCain Backs Dream Act & Path to Citizenship in Immigration Reform (VIDEO)

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Sen. John McCain Backs Dream Act & Path to Citizenship in Immigration Reform (VIDEO). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sen. John McCain backs the Dream Act and path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Sen. McCain said on ABC’s “This Week,” ”We can’t go on forever with 11 million people living in this country in the shadows in an illegal status. We cannot forever have children who were born here — who were brought here by their parents when they were small children to live in the shadows, as well.” This is a stark departure from the hardline stance many in the Republican Party have taken on immigration reform, including former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who suggested that self-deportation was an option.



 Sen. John McCain Backs Dream Act & Path to Citizenship in Immigration Reform (VIDEO)

President Obama to Push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform After Fiscal Cliff Fight

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President Barack Obama to push for comprehensive immigration reform after the fiscal cliff matter is dealt with. That’s another key campaign issue he ran on, in stark contrast to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s position that illegal immigrants should engage in “self-deportation.”

Los Angeles Times: “As soon as the confrontation over fiscal policy winds down, the Obama administration will begin an all-out drive for comprehensive immigration reform, including seeking a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants… Obama wants a catch-all bill that would also bolster border security measures, ratchet up penalties for employers who hire illegal immigrants, and make it easier to bring in foreign workers under special visas.”

“Democratic strategists believe there is only a narrow window at the beginning of the year to get an initiative launched in Congress, before lawmakers begin to turn their attention to the next election cycle and are less likely to take a risky vote on a controversial bill.”

“White House officials have said the president would be ‘all in’ on the issue and would want to push for a broad bill… One of the key strategic moves still being decided is whether or not the White House sends Congress a piece of legislation or lets lawmakers take the lead.”

 President Obama to Push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform After Fiscal Cliff Fight