Political Briefing for the Week of July 23, 2012
Women Cannot Afford Another Four Years of Obama
Under President Obama, the number of women in poverty has skyrocketed.
Women have been hit hardest in every poverty-related category.
17 million women are now in poverty, 800,000 more than when Obama took office.
7.5 million women are in the extreme poverty category.
4 out of 10 female-headed families are stuck in poverty.
The poverty rate for Hispanic women is growing faster than any other group.
2.5 million women over 65 are impoverished.
In the job market in Obama's economy, women are not faring as well as other groups.
Men are gaining 4 times as many jobs as women.
Over three-fourths of a million more women than men are unemployed.
Poverty, unemployment, fading hope. That's not the change Americans voted for.
Obama's Immigration Plans
On July 3, the Washington Times' front page headlines underscored the fact that Obama's "federal immigration authorities have begun granting tentative legal status to illegal immigrants under President Obama's deportation halt."
U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) revealed that he has learned illegal immigrants who have been in the U.S. for less than five years have had their deportations canceled even though Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano had reported the five-year mark as one of the criteria for canceling deportation. Rep. Smith claimed to have documents laying out how immigration enforcement officers "should actively search for illegal immigrants who are 'apparently eligible' to have their cases dropped." Those immigrants would then be "granted tentative status."
Obama and Secretary Napolitano announced that they will unilaterally halt deportations for illegal immigrants who would have qualified for the Dream Act – legislation that never passed Congress. Since the legislation never passed, Obama is relying on eligibility rules that his administration has put into place.
The Washington Times, which has obtained the documents referred to by Rep. Smith, explained that, under Obama's plan, those granted a stay of deportation are given permission to work in the U.S., which could lead to hundreds of thousands newly-legal workers entering the economy.