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Republicans on Immigration Reform: A Time for Choosing

Debating and passing immigration reform in the House after the new Congress is seated in January 2015 would by a seismic event for Republicans and their standing with the public.

But first they will have to choose which public they wish to represent.

Choosing correctly is absolutely central to the Republicans' future. In order to do so, however, Republicans will have to understand that they will be addressing several different audiences in any efforts they take toward any real immigration reform efforts:

Rust Belt Salvation through Immigrant Entrepreneurs?

Once again a correspondent has emailed to me the link to an article that he suggested I might find interesting. I did, although I didn't agree with much in the article.

What I found even more interesting was the fact that the correspondent who sent the link was the author of the article, Daniel McGraw. It can be found in Belt magazine, which is described in the email as "a new media enterprise targeting the literate middle class"; the web site says it has a "distinctly Rust Belt sensibility".

A Question about Those 172,500 H-1B Petitions

USCIS has announced that 172,500 petitions have been filed for 85,000 H-1B slots in this hiring season. That's a major increase from the 124,000 filed last year, and the new number is sure to be used by the H-1B employers as they seek still higher ceilings from Congress.

But the news also raises what may be a new question: "To what extent is the number of petitions artificially increased – at little cost to the industry – to game the system?"

Bill O'Reilly Needs to Know the Law Before Reforming It

Fox's Bill O'Reilly is positioning himself as a Great Compromiser on immigration policy. But if the influential Papa Bear is going to have credibility in the debate, he needs a better understanding of immigration law than he displayed last night in a conversation with immigration hawk Laura Ingraham.

Said O'Reilly: "You know as well as I do that it's not a criminal offense to overstay your visa or sneak across the border. It's a civil offense."

Needed: A New Immigration Debate Narrative

House Republicans should step forward immediately after the new Congress is seated to debate and pass real immigration reform. In doing so they not only stand a real chance of having their reforms enacted, especially if the Republicans gain a majority in the Senate, but of also changing the terms of debate.

That new immigration debate is coming, unless Republicans do nothing and allow the old immigration debate to have a new, undeserved lease on life.

How Many Illegal Aliens Would Jeb Bush Amnesty?

Like Senator Marco Rubio, Governor Chris Christie, Senator Chuck Schumer, and other amnesty advocates, Jeb Bush seems to believe that if you don't acknowledge that the vast majority of illegal aliens commit multiple, job-related felonies then the felonies don't exist.

And like the other amnesty advocates, he appears to believe that if he throws enough gorilla dust in the air that he will be able to put one over on the American people.

If USCIS Can't Count H1Bs, How Is It Going to Run an Amnesty?

In the Third World it takes days, maybe weeks, to count ballots – witness the Afghan elections – something advanced democracies can do in a matter of hours for nationwide contests.

This is not to put down Afghan election officials who, after all, have not had much practice.

But it does remind me that sometimes U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) seems like a Third World institution.

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