Today's Illegal Immigration News
Thursday, January 26, 2012
OBAMA, BREWER HAVE TENSE EXCHANGE IN AZ
Barack Obama and AZ Gov. Jan Brewer had an intense encounter on the tarmac as the campaigner-in-chief stepped off Air Force One. Brewer greeted the president as he deplaned, as governors often do, handing him a “welcome” note to the state, and an invitation to talk about a comeback in AZ. However, Obama was still nursing a wounded ego and in no mood for pleasantries with Gov. Brewer after she wrote in her book, ‘Scorpions for Breakfast’ that the president was patronizing in a one-on-one meeting about border security. In media interviews following the 2011 meeting described in her book, Brewer said that the two had simply agreed to disagree.
The White House says the president is willing to meet with her again and looks forward to discussion about improving Arizona’s economy. Whether or not Obama was willing to meet with Brewer again to discuss securing the U.S.-Mexico border was not mentioned by White House officials.
GINGRICH OPENS DOOR FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
In the run-up to the Florida primary, Newt Gingrich is fighting for the large pool of the state’s Hispanic voters – he’s even calling for a guest-worker program for most illegal immigrants though his campaign refused to say whether those individuals would then be on a path to citizenship. The former House Speaker did say during an interview with Univision’s political host, Jorge Ramos, he would grant quick citizenship rights to illegal immigrants who join the military or to those who have been in the U.S. between 20 and 25 years. He also said that the rest of the 11 million should be given access to a guest-worker program.