A Texas Federal Judge Keeps The Temporary Hold On Obama’s Immigration Policy


Obama wants the 5 million illegal immigrants in America to stay in America, but millions of people say “not so fast, Mr. President.” Immigration is a hot topic these days, and it’s getting hotter thanks to a federal judge in Houston. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville evidently has reason to put a hold on the administration’s policy to keep illegals in the country. The Justice Department has an appeal in place with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to lift the injunction. That decision will come sometime in April.

Hanen said there was no reason to implement Obama’s plan right away. Facebook suggests that’s known as legal stalling. The judge evidently believes the immigrants should be sent home based on the legal research he’s done on the subject, but that research was never mentioned in his ruling.

There is a coalition of 26 states that want to send these people home, and that group is led by the state of Texas so there is some doubt about the judge’s position on the subject. The legal battle will continue, but the physical outcome is already in progress. The immigrants will be hard to catch and send back, and the government knows that.

Laurene Powell Jobs: Philanthropic Inspiration and Political Activist


Born in New Jersey in 1963, Laurene Powell Jobs attended the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Economics. She later attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she earned an M.B.A. in 1991. That same year, she married one of the founders and a former CEO of Apple Inc, Steve Jobs. While Powell Jobs had spent many years in the private sector as a financial analyst for firms such as Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, after her marriage her interests turned to the founding of an organic food company called Terravera and to serving as a member of the board of directors of the Achieva company.

Philanthropical Causes

Along with businessman Carlos Watson, Powell Jobs helped to found College Track in 1997, an initiative with six locations around the country that encourages and assists low income children in attending college. With a success rate of over 90% of the 1,400 College Track-trained students who enter higher learning and a rate of 70% who graduate, College Track is a stunning success and there are plans to open a further five centers in cities across America.

As many of the students in College Track are from families of undocumented migrants who entered and remain in the country illegally, Powell Jobs supported a documentary filmmaker in the production of “The Dream Is Now,” a short film highlighting the lives of the children of immigrants and their struggles to obtain legitimate citizenship and further their education. This vital issue has made Powell Jobs a passionate advocate of the Dream Act, a cause whose success she continues to pursue.

While both her late husband and she were adverse to making very public monetary donations to charitable causes, they did give money and gifts anonymously, a practice that Powell Jobs continues in the wake of her husband’s death.

Powell Jobs is also a passionate advocate for issues across the continent of Africa as well, joining actor Ben Affleck in Congo to support his Eastern Congo Initiative. In 2012, in her capacity as board member of Conservation International, she traveled to Botswana for a gathering of African leaders and has played a part in several other charitable ventures across the continent.

Political Involvement

An enthusiastic donor to the Democratic Party and passionate advocate of education, immigration and health care reform, Powell Jobs has increased her political profile in recent years, meeting with key lawmakers in Washington, D.C. to bring awareness to issues she finds worthy. Her Emerson Collective, an organization that gives support to both groups and individuals who work to further immigration and education reform, was founded in 2002.

Content to avoid the limelight before her husband Steve’s death, Powell Jobs has since actively sought to use her stature to champion various political causes and bring attention to the plight of underprivileged or immigrant students, causes that go hand in glove with her philanthropic work. Her visibility and passion both serve to bring attention to her personal causes and the future may well reveal a place for Powell Jobs on the national political stage.

Obama’s Amnesty Plan May Create 160,000 New Jobs and Generate Billions in Tax Revenue


Critics of the Obama amnesty plan charge that businesses favor it because they are looking to take advantage of cheap labor at the expense of paying Americans better wages. Critics also charge that the rush of illegals with newly minted green cards will exacerbate the high unemployment among low-skilled Americans. This seems to be the case with African-Americans whose inner-city unemployment rates are more than twice the national average. Still, proponents are saying that the opposite will occur. In fact, economists are saying the Obama amnesty plan will create 160,000 new jobs and generate $2.5 billion in new tax revenue.

Economists acknowledge that the benefits of the president’s plan will be modest. It will really take working with the GOP congress to improve the nation’s immigration system. That may prove much harder to do with Obama circumventing the GOP and talking smack with them instead of making concessions, from what Terry Richardson has been saying.