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Earth Day 2014: Massive destruction of U.S. open space from immigration policies continues

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  by  Roy Beck

Our latest study on sprawl -- "VANISHING OPEN SPACES: How an Exploding U.S. Population Is Devouring the Land that Feeds and Nourishes Us" -- tells a sad tale of woe for the nation's farmland and natural habitat. In just the eight years from 2002 to 2010, over 8.3 million acres (approximately 13,000 square miles) of farmland and natural habitat succumbed to the bulldozer's blade. That is an area larger than the entire state of Maryland -- cleared, scraped, filled, paved and built over -- in less than a decade.

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As the media's deportation narrative shifts, even holdouts agree Obama's 'record' isn't what it once seemed

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  by  Jeremy Beck

USA Today's April 15th story, "Obama deporter in chief? Not quite." by Alan Gomez is the most straightforward and succinct attempt to clarify President Obama's deportation record to date.

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Pres. Obama aggressively pushes for policies that have opposing impacts

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  by  Chris Chmielenski

On Wednesday, Pres. Obama sent mixed messages to the American people. In the first half of the day, he once again expressed his support for the Senate-approved amnesty bill, S.744, that would issue more than 30 million lifetime work permits in the first decade. In the afternoon, he told a group of working-class Americans that he'd like to spend $600 million more to expand programs that train low-skilled American workers for high-tech jobs that pay more money.

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Report: Boehner 'Hell-Bent' on Finishing Immigration Reform This Year

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According to a Wall Street Journal report, Speaker John Boehner and certain key House Republicans recently told donors and special interest groups they still want to pass immigration legislation this year. President Obama continues his push for comprehensive amnesty today in a meeting he hopes will persuade the American Legion to drop their opposition to inclusion of the ENLIST Act in the defense authorization bill.

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Obama, Cantor Discuss Legislative Amnesty as DHS Plots Related Administrative Options

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Pres. Obama called House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Wednesday shortly after issuing a public statement that included harsh criticism for House Republicans who he says are blocking the Senate's comprehensive amnesty bill. After the call, and in light of a tough primary challenge, Cantor took a hardline position against the Senate bill and said the President has no desire to work with House Republicans on a solution to the issue.

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With bills to increase H-1Bs stalled in Congress, administration moves to increase foreign workers

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  by  Jeremy Beck

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich opposes increasing the H-1B cap (see below). I wonder if he is aware that the Obama Administration's proposed rule change to give work permits to the spouses of H-1B holders is an attempt to work around the cap.

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American Legion shoots down idea to tie immigration to military service

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The American Legion says it is opposed to trying to tie immigration into the annual defense policy debate, calling it an unacceptable “amnesty” and dealing a serious blow to Republicans desperate to pass some sort of legalization of illegal immigrants ahead of November’s elections. ...

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Resolution urges Obama to suspend deportations

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The Obama administration has averaged about 400,000 deportations annually – a number that includes people who are stopped crossing the border illegally.

Immigration rights activists complain that Obama has the highest number of deportations of any administration. Opponents of illegal immigration, like the NumbersUSA organization, say those numbers are high and misleading because who gets tallied as a deportation case has changed and now includes people attempting to cross into the country.

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30 House Republicans Targeted in Last-Ditch Comprehensive Amnesty Push

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House Democrats are urging 30 Republicans who've said they support some form of amnesty to sign a discharge petition and force a floor vote on H.R. 15, their comprehensive amnesty bill. "We're calling out the members of the House…who have said they support immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship," said Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo. "We're saying, 'Do something about your support…(P)ut their pen where their mouth is."

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