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  • How McCain blew it with Hispanics [Juan Hernandez alert]

    12/07/2008 12:22:15 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 43 replies · 1,648+ views
    The Press-Telegram, Long Beach, Calif. ^ | 2008-12-07 | Ruben Navarette
    Members of the cultural right have called Juan Hernandez a "border obliteration activist," an "American traitor," and an "agent of the Mexican government." John McCain's presidential campaign called him something different: director of Hispanic outreach. For 14 months leading up to the election, the Fort Worth, Texas, native was a high-level volunteer at McCain '08 headquarters, where he attended daily senior staff meetings and advised the Arizona senator and his top lieutenants about how to appeal to Hispanic voters. Part of that strategy was highlighting McCain's record of championing comprehensive immigration reform. Meanwhile, down the hall, another portion of the...
  • Bush defends his immigration proposals

    07/19/2007 5:27:42 PM PDT · by backtothestreets · 355 replies · 3,832+ views
    Yahoo ^ | July 19, 2007 | DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - President Bush sharply challenged critics of his stalled immigration-overhaul efforts on Thursday, suggesting that failure to pass a guest-worker program could trigger a labor shortage in the United States. At a town-hall style meeting, Bush also rebuffed a question about whether he would consider pardoning two Border Patrol agents in prison for the cover-up of the shooting of a drug trafficker in Texas. "No, I won't make you that promise," Bush told a woman who asked about a possible pardon. Many Republicans in Congress have said the men should not have been convicted and have criticized the...
  • Immigration Bill -- Shut Down

    07/02/2007 6:21:06 AM PDT · by drellberg · 131 replies · 2,183+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 02, 2007 | Michael Barone
    "Here the Bush administration has a case to make. Border enforcement has dramatically improved. The catch and release program of OTMs (other than Mexicans) was ended last summer, a month ahead of schedule. Substantial miles of the border fence, voted by Congress last September, are being built. Technology provides us with means to seal the border in thinly populated areas in ways impossible in the 1980s and 1990s. Rhetoric aimed at showing a willingness to accept immigrants has concealed these achievements. Rhetoric emphasizing the increasing toughness and shrewdness at protecting the borders could create another impression." For all of the...
  • Bush Urges Hispanics To Speak Up (New Info and Quotes)

    06/15/2007 10:05:16 PM PDT · by truthkeeper · 273 replies · 5,018+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 16, 2007 | Steven Dinan
    President Bush yesterday told Hispanics to step into the middle of the immigration debate and make sure senators who have been bombarded with calls from opponents also hear from those who support the bill. "There's a lot of emotion on this issue, and it makes sense to have people from around the country come and sit down with members of Congress to talk rationally about the issue," he told those attending the Hispanic Prayer Breakfast in Washington yesterday. He was speaking a day after the bill, which collapsed last week, was revived by the top Democrat and Republican in the...
  • Bush, Senators to Meet on Immigration - President Making Rare Trip to Hill

    06/11/2007 6:02:50 PM PDT · by Shermy · 52 replies · 1,790+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 12, 2007 | Jonathan Weisman and Mike Abramowitz
    For the first time in five years, President Bush will attend the Senate Republicans' weekly policy lunch today as he pushes to revive his moribund overhaul of the nation's immigration laws. But even before he set foot in the Capitol, several Republican senators issued a terse warning yesterday: Don't expect much. In the days after the sweeping compromise on immigration collapsed on Thursday, opposition, if anything, appears to have hardened among some senators who had once been willing to consider the deal. The bill's vociferous critics have also had a long weekend to throw dirt on its grave. .... Republicans...
  • Immigration Bill Suffers Stunning Defeat

    06/07/2007 9:10:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 114 replies · 3,168+ views
    NewsMax ^ | June 8, 2007
    A broad immigration bill to legalize millions of people in the U.S. unlawfully failed a crucial test vote in the Senate Thursday, a stunning setback that could spell its defeat for the year. The vote was 45-50 against limiting debate on the bill, 15 short of the 60 that the bill's supporters needed to prevail. Most Republicans voted to block Democrats' efforts to bring the bill to a final vote. The legislation, which had been endorsed by President Bush, would tighten borders, institute a new system to prevent employers from hiring undocumented workers in addition to giving up to 12...
  • GOP base: Time to lock and load

    06/02/2007 7:10:36 AM PDT · by Travis McGee · 316 replies · 6,788+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | June 2, 2007 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    "I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical." So said Jefferson. It would appear to be time again for a little rebellion in the Grand Old Party – this time against George II. For President Bush has attacked his own loyalists for a lack of patriotism. "If you don't want to do what's right for America," he said of opponents of the Bush-Kennedy immigration bill, "if you want to scare the American people, what you say is the bill's an amnesty bill....
  • Live Thread: Senate Immigration/Amnesty Debate, 5/24/07 (Coleman-Bond Amendment, etc.)

    05/24/2007 7:46:22 AM PDT · by truthkeeper · 35 replies · 1,178+ views
    The United States Senate (and Free Republic input) via C-Span 2 | truthkeeper
    Today's debate is just beginning. President Bush is also speaking in the Rose Garden today at 11:00 EST on this issue and war funding. (A Live Thread is up on that one too.) I have to leave today so I can only check in periodically. Thus far Menendez (D of New Jersey) is slamming the Coleman-Bond amendment, which will REQUIRE that states and municipalities permanently END "Sanctuary Cities." Of course, his reasoning is tortured; he's pulled out the old crying towel, and is already playing the the Nazi card ("Your papers, please.") Another amendment will be debated today as well...
  • Bush Removes Provision Requiring Back taxes From Illegal Immigrants

    05/19/2007 3:54:46 AM PDT · by Jim Noble · 169 replies · 5,877+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | May 19, 2007 | Michael Kranish
    The Bush administration insisted on a little-noticed change in the bipartisan Senate immigration bill that would enable 12 million undocumented residents to avoid paying back taxes or associated fines to the Internal Revenue Service, officials said. An independent analyst estimated the decision could cost the IRS tens of billions of dollars. A provision requiring payment of back taxes had been in the initial version of a bill proposed by Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat. But the administration called for the provision to be removed due to concern that it would be too difficult to figure out which illegal...
  • Deal struck on immigration bill (in the Senate, now over to the House for action)

    05/17/2007 10:16:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1,577 replies · 38,248+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/17/07 | Julie Hirschfeld Davis - ap
    WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators reached agreement with the White House Thursday on an immigration overhaul to grant quick legal status to millions of illegal immigrants already in the U.S. and fortify the border against new ones. One of the key negotiators, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., said he expects President Bush to endorse it. The deal came after weeks of painstaking closed-door negotiations that brought the most liberal Democrats and the most conservative Republicans together with Bush's Cabinet officers to produce a highly complex measure that carries heavy political consequences. It set the stage for what promises...
  • US Congress in illegal immigrants deal (Too strict for Pelosi and Reid!)

    05/18/2007 1:28:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies · 1,841+ views
    Breitbart ^ | May 17, 2007
    Senators and the White House clinched a deal Thursday on bringing 12 million illegal immigrants out of the shadows and securing US borders, which could enhance President George W. Bush's legacy. The pact would provide a path to permanent residency and citizenship for illegal workers, establish a merit-based points system for future immigrants and also establish a temporary worker program. The bill, which emerged from exhaustive round-the-clock talks, and will be debated in the Senate next week, will provide 18,000 more border patrol agents, and scores of radar and camera towers on the US border with Mexico. It is aimed...
  • Bipartisan Immigration Deal Reached(Amnesty Details)

    05/18/2007 4:25:52 AM PDT · by kellynla · 87 replies · 1,654+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | May 17, 2007 | DENA BUNIS
    WASHINGTON The Senate is poised to begin debate on the most sweeping immigration overhaul in decades after a bipartisan group of lawmakers announced they have agreed on a deal. Their draft would provide a way for millions of undocumented immigrants to come forward and live and work legally in the United Sates. "Politics is the art of the possible, and the agreement we just reached is the best possible chance we will have in years to secure our borders, bring millions of people out of the shadows and into the sunshine of America,'' Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., said Thursay. Kennedy,...
  • GOP Sellout- A senseless giveaway on immigration.

    05/17/2007 2:41:56 PM PDT · by SE Mom · 226 replies · 5,219+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 05/17/07 | Brian Darling
    “Sellout.” It may be harsh, but it’s the most accurate and succinct way to sum up how conservatives feel right now about President Bush and Senate Republicans, who have cut a deal that would grant amnesty to the estimated 12 million illegal aliens living in the U.S. — not to mention the parents, spouses, and children of these illegals. Title VI of a draft copy of the bill breaks down amnesty visas into three categories: Z-1 — Illegal aliens present and working in the United States up to Jan. 1, 2007. Z-2 — Parents and spouses of illegal aliens qualifying...
  • Duncan Hunter, author of last year's border fence bill, reacts to this year's Senate compromise

    05/18/2007 7:30:54 AM PDT · by rob21 · 25 replies · 910+ views
    HH: Now, I’m joined by Congressman Duncan Hunter of the Armed Services Committee. Congressman Hunter, what do you make of the Senate deal? DH: Well, from what we’ve seen of the deal, it’s a bad thing. I would, if I was president, I would veto it. And specifically, I wrote the law that mandates the 854 mile border fence, It’s been advertised as 700 plus miles, but if you add up the actual mileages that were mandated, these smugglers’ routes, it’s 854 miles. HH: Is that double fencing, Congressman Hunter? DH: That’s double fencing. 854 miles of double fencing, and...
  • Z Visa = Z End of the Line

    05/18/2007 7:03:50 AM PDT · by yoe · 83 replies · 1,920+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | May 18, 2007 | Bobby Eberle
    Around much “celebration,” the U.S. Senate announced on Thursday that a “deal” had been reached on “comprehensive” immigration reform. As I heard the details of the bill, I could feel the collective groans of the conservative movement, just as if we were all punched in the stomach. Why did we work so hard to build Republican majorities? Why did we spend so many hours at phone banks or going door to door? The past six years have seen an erosion of everything we’ve worked for, and now our “leaders” give us immigration “reform.” Following announcement of the deal, President Bush...
  • Triggers in Amnesty Bill Bogus: Grants Illegal Aliens Legal Status Before Triggers are Considered

    05/18/2007 7:43:10 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 18 replies · 720+ views
    Grassfire.org President Steve Elliott released the following statement regarding the new Bush-Senate amnesty plan: "The Bush-Senate Z-Amnesty plan is 100-percent amnesty. It immediately offers legal status to every illegal alien in this country, which by definition is amnesty. It creates a clear path to citizenship and illegals do not even have to "touch back" to their home countries to stay in the U.S. indefinitely. "In addition, the so-called 'triggers' are bogus and offensive to American citizens. In fact, illegals are granted legal status before triggers are even considered. We know that once the 'camel's nose is in the tent,' there...
  • Immigration deal earns right's scorn, left's support

    05/17/2007 10:42:42 PM PDT · by freedomdefender · 21 replies · 1,028+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | May 18 2007 | Caroline Lochhead
    The bipartisan "grand bargain" on immigration announced Thursday -- promising the most sweeping changes to U.S. immigration law in more than two decades -- met a swift onslaught from the no-amnesty right and a warm, if qualified, embrace from leading pro-immigrant groups on the left. No wonder. The pact offers quick legalization of the estimated 12 million people living illegally in the United States as of Jan. 1. Within eight years, it also would provide permanent residence -- the coveted green card -- to 4 million new immigrants, mostly family members of those already here, who have been waiting a...
  • Fox News: Armed Mexicans Forced National Guard To Retreat

    01/29/2007 12:23:05 PM PST · by pabianice · 47 replies · 2,141+ views
    Fox News | 1/29/07
    Just caught a piece of this. There was a confrontation on the Mexican-Arizona border between the National Guard and "Mexicans dressed in combat/tactical gear and carrying rifles." Apparently the Guard had to retreat because it is not allowed to fire even when threatened on US soil. Perhaps other Freepers have more details. If this is true, WTF are we doing about border security?
  • U.S.-Mexico Pact Revealed: Billions to Non-citizens

    01/05/2007 10:42:16 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 76 replies · 2,415+ views
    Newsmax ^ | January 5, 2007 | Dave Eberhart
    WASHINGTON -- As a result of lawsuits, the U.S. government released this week the actual U.S.-Mexico Social Security Totalization Agreement, an understanding signed between the Bush administration and the Mexican government in 2004 that would funnel billions of U.S. Social Security funds to Mexican citizens. TREA Senior Citizens League, a Washington-based nonpartisan seniors group, announced this week that after Freedom of Information Act lawsuits it filed against the government, it had received the secret agreement document. Brad Phillips, a spokesperson for TREA, told NewsMax that the language in the agreement "raises more questions than it answers — such as what...
  • Social Security Agreement With Mexico Released After 3 1/2 Year Freedom of Information Act Battle

    01/01/2007 8:04:50 AM PST · by WatchingInAmazement · 304 replies · 7,345+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 12/29/06 | Yahoo
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After numerous refusals over three and a half years, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has released the first known public copy of the U.S.-Mexico Social Security Totalization Agreement. The government was forced to make the disclosure in response to lawsuits filed under the Freedom of Information Act by TREA Senior Citizens League, a 1.2 million-member nonpartisan seniors advocacy group. The Totalization Agreement could allow millions of illegal Mexican workers to draw billions of dollars from the U.S. Social Security Trust Fund. The agreement between the U.S. and Mexico was signed in June 2004, and is...
  • Sat Nav for Mexicans illegally entering US

    01/01/2007 11:54:13 AM PST · by calcowgirl · 140 replies · 3,341+ views
    Sunday Telegraph ^ | December 31, 2006 | Justin Stares
    Illegal immigrants planning to cross the desert and enter the US on foot are to be given hand-held satellite devices by the Mexican authorities to ensure they arrive safely. Those who get lost or fall sick during the dangerous four-day crossing will be able to activate the device, to alert frontier police on both sides of the border. The satellite tracking service will require would-be illegals to register their intentions before setting off — a paradoxical move, given that secrecy is necessary for success — but Mexican authorities are predicting that about 200,000 devices will be handed out when the...
  • Border Agents Plead for 'Christmas Pardon.'

    12/29/2006 3:13:42 AM PST · by T.L.Sink · 12 replies · 807+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Dec.20 | Art Moore
    Jose Alonso Compean and Ignacio Ramos, were sentenced to 12 years and 11 years, respectively, in October by U.S. District Court Judge Kathleen Cardone in El Paso, Texas. The drug smuggler was granted immunity for his testimony.
  • Links between illegal immigration, terrorism, drug trade worry U.S officials

    12/29/2006 5:34:24 AM PST · by radar101 · 46 replies · 1,541+ views
    Inland Daily Bulletin ^ | 29 DEC 2006 | Sara A. Carter
    COLUMBUS, N.M. - On Sept. 5, a man calling himself Miguel Alfonso Salinas was apprehended off a deserted highway near the U.S.-Mexico border. The tinted windows on Alfonso Salinas' vehicle aroused the suspicion of Border Patrol agents patrolling a dark and desolate stretch of Highway 9, which runs parallel to the border and is the site of large numbers of illegal crossings. The agents discovered three Mexican migrants in the vehicle with Alfonso Salinas. But what they discovered several days later made a far greater impression. Alfonso Salinas was not who he seemed, according to U.S. Department of Justice and...
  • REP. KING ZINGS ALIEN 'AMNESTY'

    12/27/2006 8:58:23 AM PST · by presidio9 · 52 replies · 1,485+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 27, 2006 | GEOFF EARLE
    Retooled immigration legislation that could get a vote in Congress by spring amounts to "amnesty" for millions of undocumented workers, Rep. Peter King (R-L.I.) fumed yesterday. "I just have no support for this at all," King told The Post. "This is clearly amnesty." King was responding to word that a bipartisan bill is being prepared for consideration by the new incoming Congress. According to a Senate Democratic aide, Sens. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) have already opened "preliminary" discussions with two House members over the revised legislation. Negotiators are considering scrapping a complicated proposal that would require an...
  • Bipartisan Effort to Draft Immigration Bill

    12/25/2006 6:36:59 PM PST · by Chesner · 223 replies · 3,352+ views
    NY Times ^ | 12/26/2006 | By RACHEL L. SWARNS
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 25 — Counting on the support of the new Democratic majority in Congress, Democratic lawmakers and their Republican allies are working on measures that could place millions of illegal immigrants on a more direct path to citizenship than would a bill that the Senate passed in the spring. The lawmakers are considering abandoning a requirement in the Senate bill that would compel several million illegal immigrants to leave the United States before becoming eligible to apply for citizenship. The lawmakers are also considering denying financing for 700 miles of fencing along the border with Mexico, a law championed...
  • Bipartisan Effort to Draft Immigration Bill

    12/26/2006 1:29:56 PM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 25 replies · 763+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 26, 2006 | RACHEL L. SWARNS
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 25 — Counting on the support of the new Democratic majority in Congress, Democratic lawmakers and their Republican allies are working on measures that could place millions of illegal immigrants on a more direct path to citizenship than would a bill that the Senate passed in the spring. The lawmakers are considering abandoning a requirement in the Senate bill that would compel several million illegal immigrants to leave the United States before becoming eligible to apply for citizenship. The lawmakers are also considering denying financing for 700 miles of fencing along the border with Mexico, a law championed...
  • New Federal Reserve Program Helps Illegals Send Money to Mexico

    12/15/2006 7:23:44 AM PST · by hedgetrimmer · 25 replies · 1,425+ views
    National Ledger ^ | Dec 14, 2006 | Tom Fitton
    If there is one thing this country needs, it’s a new government program designed to help illegal aliens send money to Mexico, don’t you think This week, JW released Federal Reserve marketing materials created for “Directo a México” [Direct to Mexico], a new government program designed to help immigrant workers in the U.S. – regardless of their legal status – send the money they earn here to their relatives in Mexico. We obtained the marketing materials, prepared for presentations to financial institutions in California in early November 2006, from the Retail Payments Office of the Federal Reserve in Atlanta, Georgia....
  • Congress Open to Passing Bill on Immigration (Citizenship for 20 million illegals!)

    12/04/2006 6:58:29 AM PST · by kellynla · 643 replies · 7,537+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 4, 2006 | Charles Hurt
    Congress will approve an immigration bill that will grant citizenship rights to most of the 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens in the U.S. after Democrats take control next month, predict both sides on Capitol Hill. While Republicans have been largely splintered on the issue of immigration reform, Democrats have been fairly unified behind the principle that the illegals currently in the country should get citizenship rights without having to first leave the country.
  • 45,000 terror-threat illegals released into U.S. population

    11/29/2006 4:11:40 AM PST · by Man50D · 37 replies · 922+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | November 29, 2006
    WASHINGTON – Half of the 91,516 illegal aliens from terror-sponsoring countries and those of "special interest" apprehended at the border between 2001 and 2005 were released into the U.S. population, according to a report by the inspector general's office of the Department of Homeland Security. The report, "Detention and Removal of Illegal Aliens," released earlier this year with little fanfare or attention, suggests about 85 percent of those aliens – potentially the most dangerous – would abscond and likely never be seen by authorities again. Acknowledging the danger such aliens pose to the national security, the report cites a DHS...
  • Republicans gird for fight over amnesty for illegals [Kyl might filibuster Bush's amnesty bill]

    11/27/2006 9:59:10 PM PST · by freedomdefender · 85 replies · 2,065+ views
    Washington Times ^ | November 13, 2006
    Sen. Jon Kyl said yesterday that a Republican-led filibuster would be on the table to block immigration legislation supported by congressional Democrats and President Bush that grants citizenship rights to illegal aliens. "It would be in order," the Arizona Republican told radio host Laura Ingraham yesterday. "My only question is whether we've got the votes to do it." The comments highlight the deep divide between most congressional Republicans and the White House over an explosive political issue. And, coming from the No. 4 Republican in the chamber, the tough talk suggests the final two years of Mr. Bush's presidency could...
  • Bush Asked to Help Illegal Immigrant

    11/17/2006 1:00:35 PM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 72 replies · 1,464+ views
    AP ^ | 11/17/06 | BARRY MASSEY
    Gov. Bill Richardson has asked President Bush to come to the aid of an illegal immigrant who has taken refuge in a Chicago church to avoid being deported to Mexico. Richardson has followed Elvira Arellano's case in news reports and considers her family's plight a "perfect example" of why immigration reform is necessary, his spokesman Jon Goldstein said. Arellano, a former cleaning woman at O'Hare International Airport convicted of using a false Social Security number, has been in the church since August. Her 7-year-old, U.S.-born son, Saul, this week traveled to Mexico and successfully lobbied its Chamber of Deputies to...
  • Are Middle Eastern terrorists posing as Mexican immigrants?

    11/15/2006 6:15:59 PM PST · by Velveeta · 113 replies · 2,175+ views
    KHOU ^ | 11/15/2006 | Dave Fehling
    Are Middle Eastern terrorists posing as Mexican immigrants? Click to watch video A warning from some Texas congressmen: Middle Eastern terrorists may be trying to pose as Mexican immigrants. But is it a warning based on fact or politics? Some people in Houston are worried about the message. You couldn’t miss it during the election. Texas politicians saying the border needed protection, not just to stop undocumented workers, but terrorists. A month before the election, Mike McCaul, a congressman from a district northwest of Houston, released a report (snip) The FBI director has confirmed that there’s Middle Easterners with known...
  • Things Just Got Worse From champs to chumps [The GOP Debacle Alert]

    11/14/2006 5:27:27 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 86 replies · 1,881+ views
    NRO ^ | Nov. 14, 2006 | Thomas Sowell
    In just two short years, Republicans have gone from being champs to being chumps. In 2004, the Republicans were voted control of all three branches of the federal government and most state governorships. Today, they are left wondering what hit them. Now that Democrats are in control on Capitol Hill, President Bush has expressed hopes of getting a bipartisan immigration bill. The only bipartisan bill that can get past a Democratic Congress is an amnesty bill, which can be a down payment on another Republican defeat in 2008. If the people in the White House do not understand how outraged...
  • Support for Immigration Enforcement was a Key Factor in Many Democratic Victories

    11/10/2006 5:06:54 PM PST · by Mini-14 · 183 replies · 2,036+ views
    Federation for American Immigration Reform ^ | November 8, 2006 | Federation for American Immigration Reform
    Washington, DC—The Democratic Party was swept to victory in yesterday’s election by voters who were fed up with President Bush’s inability to address issues of greatest concern to the mainstream of the American public: the progress in the war in Iraq, the steady erosion of the middle class, and the failure to implement meaningful policies to control illegal immigration.In countless races across the country Democrats pointed to Congress’ failure to control illegal immigration. The administration’s refusal to back House Republicans on critical legislation undermined the party’s standing with the public. Many victorious Democrats ran on a platform of support for...
  • Michael Chertoff: U.S. businesses need a guest worker program

    11/12/2006 2:41:26 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 94 replies · 1,611+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 12 Nov 2006 | Editorial Board
    Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff visited with the editorial board on a recent stop in Dallas. Here are excerpts from the discussion, beginning with the secretary laying out immigration enforcement plans for his agency: We are going to go after systematic, willful violators with heavy criminal cases, where people face real jail time, losing businesses, paying millions and millions of dollars in fines. Because that is the only way you will start to change the behavior that has driven a lot of this activity in. Now, we're going to get a lot of squawking from business, whose basic argument will...
  • Hagel expects an OK on immigration bill

    11/10/2006 4:23:47 PM PST · by jamesrichards · 150 replies · 2,244+ views
    Omaha World Herald. ^ | November 10, 2006
    Hagel expects an OK on immigration bill Sen. Chuck Hagel predicted Wednesday that the new Congress will pass a comprehensive immigration overhaul bill in the next session. The Nebraska Republican had strongly criticized his fellow GOP lawmakers in September for failing to update immigration law. He said then that it would cost them in the midterm elections.
  • DRUG CARTELS TAKE OVER LOCAL POLITICS

    11/12/2006 8:40:14 AM PST · by Nalu · 45 replies · 1,825+ views
    fulldisclosure. ^ | November 12, 2006 | Full Disclosure
    Los Angeles, CA. According to 33 year veteran gang specialist and retired L.A. Sheriff’s Sergeant Richard Valdemar, Mexican drug cartels have infiltrated city councils and political campaigns in many small cities in Los Angeles County.
  • Bush Eyes Democrats for Help on Amnesty

    11/09/2006 5:41:29 PM PST · by T.L.Sink · 232 replies · 2,750+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Nov.9 | Stephen Dinan
    Now that Republicans lost the House the road is wide open to illegal amnesty.
  • Immigration expected to dominate Calderón-Bush talks

    11/08/2006 8:30:27 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 31 replies · 621+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 09 Nov 2006 | Sara Miller Llana
    The nearly 700 miles of fencing President Bush authorized for the US-Mexican border two weeks ago could overshadow other issues when Mexican president-elect Felipe Calderón makes his first visit to the White House on Thursday. Unlike recently elected leftist leaders in Latin America, Mr. Calderón is a pro-business, US-friendly candidate who narrowly won July's presidential election against a leftist leader. Yet, the additional fencing Mr. Bush approved threatens to create a political barrier even before Calderón officially takes office on Dec. 1. On a recent trip to Canada, Mexico's president-elect compared the fence to the "Berlin Wall," the former barrier...
  • You'll Love This! (Tony Snow on Comprehensive Immigration Reform)

    11/07/2006 9:07:06 PM PST · by LS · 366 replies · 9,823+ views
    NRO The Corner ^ | 11/7/06 | Kathryn Lopez
    Everyone had a good stiff drinkie? Here goes: FoxNews reporting from the White House: White House spokesman Tony Snow reacted to the change in House control by allowing they're disappointed, but that it presents some intriguing opportunities, such as passing comprehensive immigration reform which failed in the previous Republican House."
  • Bush may find an ally on immigration

    11/02/2006 10:23:47 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 20 replies · 686+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | November 2, 2006 | Stephen Dinan
    Immigration is the one major issue on which President Bush is likely to fare better next year if Democrats win control of Congress. The issue is unfinished business to which all sides promise to return, after House Republicans this year prevented Mr. Bush from winning both a guest-worker program and citizenship rights for most illegal aliens.
  • Border agent's family waits, worries (RAMOS AND COMPEAN ACTION ALERT!!)

    10/18/2006 7:06:13 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 27 replies · 984+ views
    Daily Bullentin ^ | 10/18/2006 | Sara Carter
    EL PASO, Texas -- Virginia Orwig stood in the kitchen, preparing homemade apple and cherry pies. With each turn of the crust, tears fell from her eyes. Cooking is her therapy. She was baking for her son, Border Patrol Agent Ignacio "Nacho" Ramos, and his family. It might be more than 10 years, even as many as 20, before she bakes for him again, and before the family reunites. Ramos and his co-worker, Jose Alonso Compean, are to be sentenced Thursday for the nonfatal shooting of a Mexican national, Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila, who allegedly was trying to smuggle nearly $1 million...
  • Border Patrol, lawmen outgunned by cartels

    10/17/2006 10:43:04 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 39 replies · 1,400+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Oct. 17, 2006 | MICHELLE MITTELSTADT
    Homeland Security panel also says traffickers are forming ties with U.S.-based gangs The U.S. Border Patrol and other law enforcement agencies at the U.S.-Mexico border are outgunned by increasingly ruthless and well-armed Mexican drug cartels, a new congressional report concludes. "The cartels use automatic assault weapons, bazookas, grenade launchers and improvised explosive devices," the House Homeland Security oversight subcommittee report said. "In contrast, U.S. Border Patrol agents are issued 40-caliber Beretta semiautomatic pistols." The report, scheduled to be released today by U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, said drug cartels are able to break the encryptions on Border Patrol and sheriffs'...
  • McCaul Releases Report on Border Violence (mexican drug cartels threaten border security)

    10/17/2006 7:35:35 PM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 46 replies · 1,262+ views
    Committee on Homeland Security ^ | Tuesday October 17th, 2006 | US Rep. Michael McCaul
    *** NOTE*** Take your blood pressure medication before viewing this report... McCaul Releases Report on Border Violence (Tuesday, October 17, 2006) Today, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (TX), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Investigations, released a report on border violence in the Southwest. The report examines the alarming rise in the level of criminal cartel activity, including drug and human smuggling, along the Texas-Mexico border and its effects on Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies. The report also looks at what steps are being taken to counter the threat, and the significance of these issues pertaining...
  • Last-minute bill changes funding for border fence

    10/06/2006 6:49:47 AM PDT · by engrpat · 72 replies · 3,002+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Oct 6, 2006 | Spencer S. Hsu
    WASHINGTON - No sooner did Congress authorize construction of a 700-mile fence on the U.S.-Mexico border last week than lawmakers rushed to approve separate legislation that ensures it will never be built, at least not as advertised, according to Republican lawmakers and immigration experts. GOP leaders have singled out the fence as one of the primary accomplishments of the recently completed session. Many lawmakers plan to highlight their $1.2 billion down payment on its construction as they campaign in the weeks before the midterm elections. But shortly before recessing late Friday, the House and Senate gave the Bush administration leeway...
  • President touts alien citizenship

    10/08/2006 10:11:25 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 148 replies · 2,545+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 7, 2006 | Stephen Dinan
    On the heels of signing a bill to boost border security funding, President Bush yesterday said immigration reform requires granting citizenship to current illegal aliens...
  • As Congress stalls on immigration, a backlash brews

    09/09/2006 2:09:41 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 48 replies · 1,223+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 08, 2006 | Amanda Paulson
    Chicago activists marched 50 miles to House Speaker Dennis Hastert's house last weekend to protest congressional inaction over reforming immigration laws and what they say is his anti-immigrant stance. In Phoenix, protesters rallied at the state's Capitol, also to highlight the stalemate in Washington. Bob Johnson is equally exercised. The structural engineer from Buffalo Grove, Ill., argues the other side of 2006's Great Immigration Debate - that the US needs to send home illegal immigrants and gain better control of its borders - but he says he cannot believe Congress is punting on immigration reform. He's been writing letters to...
  • Kinky Border Security

    09/06/2006 6:52:50 PM PDT · by notbuyingit2 · 22 replies · 834+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Sept. 6, 2006 | Newsmax staff
    Kinky Friedman, the proudly politically incorrect entertainer running for Texas governor, said Wednesday he wouldn't put just 1,500 National Guard troops on the Texas-Mexico border, he'd send 10,000. "We've waited 153 years for the feds to help us," Friedman said. "They haven't yet. We have our own army. I want 10,000 Texas National Guard troops on the border and I want them now." It was one of four broad policy issues Friedman outlined Wednesday along with crime in Houston, state spending and taxes.
  • Can the GOP Be Saved? Perhaps

    09/05/2006 9:16:54 AM PDT · by Reagan Man · 100 replies · 1,720+ views
    Human Events ^ | September. 5, 2006 | PATRICK J. BUCHANAN
    Like the famous racehorse Silky Sullivan, Sen. Rick Santorum is known as a great closer. Yet, months ago, he had been virtually given up for dead by pundits in his race against Bob Casey, Jr., son of the popular, pro-life, former Democratic governor of Pennsylvania. One poll early this year had Santorum down 23 points, an almost insurmountable deficit. A Strategic Value poll had Santorum down 16 points. Now the senator who had been written off is finishing fast. An average of all polls monitored by the RealClearPolitics.com website finds him trailing by 6 points. The most recent Strategic Value...
  • Mexico promises corrupt-cop roundup

    08/30/2006 2:20:10 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 26 replies · 968+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 30 August 2006 | Staff
    MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's attorney general said the arrest a group of corrupt cops along the border with California is imminent. Daniel Cabeza de Vaca told a Mexico City news conference today the cops protected a Tijuana cartel, the Arellano Felix gang, which smuggled tons of pot, cocaine and meth into the United States. Two were already arrested Saturday and charged with taking bribes to protect the gang. The attorney general said they worked at the Rosarito police department just over the border from San Diego border. The two are accused of decapitating three of their fellow officers. The news...