Borders are secure now! El Paso is safest city in US!
By Jason Stanford, Regular Contributor Austin Daily News Posted: 12:00 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013
The umpteen members of congress who represent Austin are not burning up my phone to ask me how I’d solve immigration. But if they did, I’d tell them to call my friend Pete Gallego. (Full disclosure: Pete was a client in 2004 and in 2012 but is not currently a client.)
A former state representative, Pete now represents a congressional district that sprawls from San Antonio across 800 miles of our border with Mexico all the way to El Paso. If there’s one person in Congress both parties should be listening to, it’s the guy who represents a swing district where half of the residents speak a language other than English at home.
To hear Pete tell it, his district is what Washington politicians don’t get about immigration.
“Here’s the thing about Texas — and the thing about the border. We all know undocumented immigrants. They sit in our churches, are friends with our children and work all around us. They are just like us,” says Gallego. “This issue affects people close to me. My grandmother was not a U.S. citizen. Growing up along the border, you see the real human side of immigration — not the picture often drawn by politicians far removed from the border. Read more
Alan Gomez, USA TODAY7:37p.m. EST February 16, 2013
WASHINGTON — A draft of a White House immigration proposal obtained by USA TODAY would allow illegal immigrants to become legal permanent residents within eight years.
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 draft bill being written by the White House.
If approved, they could then apply for the same provisional legal status for their spouse or children living outside the country, according to the draft.
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. Read more