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  • Wall Street is getting tired of funding socially conservative Republicans running for president

    06/13/2015 8:50:27 AM PDT · by Jess Kitting · 77 replies
    Business Insider / Yahoo ^ | June 13, 2015 | Linette Lopez
    For years, when it came to presidential candidates, Wall Street made huge compromises in order to support the Republican Party. The money men in New York City set aside their socially liberal views in order to support fiscally conservative candidates because that was the only way to get on the same page as the GOP base. The result has been a series of candidates Wall Street's big donors didn't really want. It seems those donors are getting tired of that outcome.
  • If Jeff Sessions' Anti-Immigration & Free Trade Stances Are the Future of the GOP, It Has No Future.

    05/17/2015 8:06:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Reason ^ | 05/16/2015 | Nick Gillespie
    In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions said the United States needs to curb legal immigration along with illegal immigration, and fast. We need a timeout, don't you know, and the only folks who favor letting more foreigners in are monocle-wearing, cigar-smoking elitists: High immigration rates help the financial elite (and the political elite who receive their contributions) by keeping wages down and profits up. For them, what’s not to like? That is why they have tried to enforce silence in the face of public desire for immigration reductions. They have sought to intimidate good and...
  • Jeb Bush: ‘It’s Not An American Value To Allow People To Stay In The Shadows’

    04/11/2014 5:57:59 AM PDT · by maggief · 143 replies
    AP ^ | April 11, 2014
    With a single phrase of compassion for immigrants in the U.S. illegally, Jeb Bush has prompted questions about his viability as a potential presidential contender and underscored how divisive the immigration issue remains for the Republican Party. The former Florida governor sparked a conservative furor this week when he described illegal immigration in an interview as an “act of love” by people trying to provide for their families. Backing Bush are some of the GOP’s most powerful insiders and financiers, who are hoping the party can woo Hispanic voters and rebound from Mitt Romney’s damaging “self-deportation” rhetoric in 2012. “The...
  • Haley Barbour: Jeb Bush stance like Reagan’s

    04/09/2014 8:04:40 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 55 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/8/14 | UCY MCCALMONT
    Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour defended Jeb Bush’s recent comments that some illegal immigration is an “act of love,” saying it’s very similar to what former President Ronald Reagan thought. “What people want you to do: Tell the truth,” Barbour said Tuesday at the LBJ Presidential Library’s Civil Rights Summit. “And if Jeb feels that way about it — it sort of reminds me of my boss, Ronald Reagan.” Barbour, who was an aide in Reagan’s administration described what the president used to call the “gates test” during a panel Tuesday with Democratic San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. “Ronald Reagan...
  • US to soon allow spouse of H-1B visa holder to work in America

    04/08/2014 5:02:52 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    Times of India ^ | 4/8/14 | Times of India
    Aimed at attracting the world's best and brightest, the US will soon come out with a series of policy initiatives and changes in the existing rules including allowing the spouses of H-1B visas to work in America. In a statement, the White House said that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will soon publish several proposed rules that will make the US more attractive to talented foreign entrepreneurs and other high-skill immigrants who will contribute substantially to the US economy, create jobs, and enhance American innovative competitiveness. "These proposed regulations include rules authorizing employment for spouses of certain high-skill workers...

    04/03/2014 12:01:16 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 34 replies
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 2 Apr 2014 | Ann Coulter
    Last Sunday, The New York Times published a front-page article about the heartfelt need of California farmers for more illegal aliens. The first tip-off that heinous public policy ideas were coming was that the Times introduced farmer Chuck Herrin, owner of a farm-labor contracting company, as a "lifelong Republican." That's Times-speak for "liberal." Herrin admitted that he employs a lot of illegal aliens and bitterly complained that they lived in fear of "Border Patrol and deportations." (But, apparently, he doesn't live in fear of admitting he's violating our immigration laws.) Sorry that running a country inconveniences you, Chuck. He said...
  • Rand Paul: GOP must get ‘beyond deportation’

    04/01/2014 8:34:13 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 84 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/14 | Katie Glueck
    en. Rand Paul on Tuesday argued that the Republican Party needs to get “beyond deportation” in order to break through to Hispanic voters. The Kentucky Republican and likely 2016 contender argued that before the GOP can make its case to the Latino community, which voted overwhelmingly for Democrats in 2012, the party needs to make clear it is open to a more welcoming approach to immigration. Read more:
  • Immigration Reform Is a Moral Imperative

    03/31/2014 10:12:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 30, 2014 | Ralph Reed and Russell Moore
    Republicans in the House of Representatives—sensing the political winds at their backs heading into the midterm election and distrustful of President Obama's willingness to enforce the law—have opted to do nothing about immigration. Their strategy is shortsighted. Reform will require moral courage and leadership, but it is necessary. Because of the federal government's failure to secure the border, antiquated policies and a patchwork of conflicting regulations, there are now millions of people who have overstayed visas or crossed our borders illegally. The current system is inadequate for the country's needs, and it is inequitable as well.
  • House Republicans to Offer Broad Immigration Plan

    01/25/2014 5:55:22 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 121 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/25/14 | ASHLEY PARKER and JONATHAN WEISMAN
    House Republicans are preparing to unveil their own broad template for overhauling the nation’s immigration system this week, potentially offering a small opening for President Obama and congressional Democrats to pass bipartisan legislation before the end of the year. Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and other Republican leaders are expected to release a one-page statement of immigration principles this week at their annual retreat in Cambridge, Md., according to aides with knowledge of the plan. The document is expected to call for border security and enforcement measures, as well as providing a path to legal status — but not...
  • Zuckerberg Launches New Ad Campaign to Push for Amnesty

    11/18/2013 5:20:22 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/18/13 | M Boyle
    Facebook’s billionaire founder Mark Zuckerberg has launched a series of new television ads pushing for Congress to pass amnesty now, Politico reports. The new ad quotes President Barack Obama, House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and House Speaker John Boehner and strikes, as Politico’s Maggie Haberman wrote, a new “tone” for Zuckerberg. “The ads, obtained by Politico, mark a shift in course for the group,” Haberman wrote. “Its earlier ads — aired through and its partisan-leaning affiliates — sought to persuade with a gentler tone, or by offering cover to Senate...
  • Conservative groups press for immigration reform

    10/29/2013 1:31:22 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/29/13 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    More than 600 conservative-friendly officials and activists are descending on Capitol Hill Tuesday for a lobbying blitz targeting a wide range of House lawmakers, primarily Republicans, on immigration reform. The effort spans lawmakers from about 120 congressional districts in about 40 states, said Josh Breisblatt, the advocacy and policy associate for the National Immigration Forum. It’s meant to make the conservative case for immigration reform to lawmakers by bringing business experts, religious leaders and law enforcement officials to the Hill. -snip- “Failure to come up now with a solution to immigration reform is a sign of weakness, not of strength,”...
  • Companies lay off thousands, then demand immigration reform for new labor

    09/11/2013 11:35:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 58 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/11/2013 | Byron York
    On Tuesday, the chief human resources officers of more than 100 large corporations sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urging quick passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill.The officials represent companies with a vast array of business interests: General Electric, The Walt Disney Company, Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, McDonald's Corporation, The Wendy's Company, Coca-Cola, The Cheesecake Factory, Johnson & Johnson, Verizon Communications, Hewlett-Packard, General Mills, and many more. All want to see increases in immigration levels for low-skill as well as high-skill workers, in addition to a path to citizenship...
  • Undocumented Immigrant Federal Contract Workers Say They Are Victims Of Labor Violations

    07/26/2013 7:01:14 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 15 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | July 26, 2013 | Elizabeth Llorente
    The Guatemalan immigrant was paid below minimum wage, in cash, by an employer who made him work more than 70 hours a week, he says.
  • Silicon Valley prepares to push House toward immigration reform

    06/30/2013 9:02:17 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sunday June 30, 2013
    The tech industry scored two major victories on immigration this week, but its toughest legislative battle on the issue lies ahead in the House The passage of the Senate’s immigration bill is the closest the tech industry has come in recent years to its primary goals of raising the H-1B visa cap and securing more green cards for highly skilled foreign workers. But tech companies, like other stakeholders pushing for immigration reform, are only at the 50-yard line. “We want to see the process move forward and this week it did, in a big way,” said Andy Halataei, director of...
  • Pregnant worker at Nike factory in Cambodia loses baby after police stunned her with CATTLE PRODS…

    05/28/2013 12:13:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 01:45 EST, 28 May 2013 | (Daily Mail Reporter)
    Cambodian police used cattle prods to stun workers protesting over pay at a factory that makes clothing for U.S. sportswear company Nike—injuring at least 23 women and causing one to miscarry her baby. Police dressed in riot gear were deployed to move around 3,000 predominantly female workers who had blocked a road outside their factory owned by Sabrina (Cambodia) Garment Manufacturing in Kampong Speu province, west of the capital, Phnom Penh, in Cambodia today. Among the 23 women injured in the incident was a two-months pregnant worker who lost her child after military police pushed her to the ground, Sun...
  • Tech Workers Wary, Industry Hopeful on H-1B Proposal

    04/18/2013 8:47:54 PM PDT · by null and void · 16 replies
    Dice ^ | Apr 17, 2013 | Susan Hall
    Tech industry groups are cautiously optimistic and tech workers are wary of the immigration reform bill introduced in the U.S. Senate this week, which was released by its sponsoring “Gang of Eight” early Wednesday in all its 844-page glory. On Tuesday, Neil Ruiz, associate fellow and senior policy analyst at the Brookings Institution, told us prospects for the bill’s passage looked promising, though at that point he had seen only a 19-page summary of the legislation. Among the wide-ranging bill’s provisions: • Raising the cap on the number of H-1B visas from 65,000 to 110,000 annually, with as many as...
  • Immigration Bill Would Spark Surge of Legal Arrivals [Massive New Arrivals Depress Citizen Wages!]

    04/13/2013 11:26:04 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    LATimes ^ | April 12, 2013 | Brian Bennett and Lisa Mascaro
    Immigration Bill Would Spark Surge of Legal Arrivals The immigration debate often focuses on people in the U.S. illegally, but a reform bill's biggest initial effect could be a sharp rise in legal immigration. By Brian Bennett and Lisa Mascaro April 13, 2013 WASHINGTON — While much of the debate over immigration has focused on the fate of the estimated 11 million people in the U.S. without legal authorization, one of the biggest immediate impacts of the reform bill being prepared in the Senate would be a sudden, large surge in legal migration. The U.S. admits about 1 million legal...
  • Accord Reached On Farmworkers For Immigration Bill [New "Blue" Card]

    04/13/2013 10:10:42 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    LATimes ^ | April 12, 2013 | Brian Bennett and Lisa Mascaro
    Accord Reached On Farmworkers For Immigration Bill The deal would establish a new 'blue card' for workers already in the U.S. It concludes one of the last major components of sweeping legislation being drafted in the Senate. By Brian Bennett and Lisa Mascaro April 12, 2013 WASHINGTON — Agreement was reached late Friday between farm labor unions and growers on one of the last major components of a sweeping immigration bill being drafted in the Senate — a deal that would set the terms of wages, visas and working conditions for migrant agriculture workers. The accord, struck after weeks of...
  • Immigration reform: Can Mark Zuckerberg and friends deliver?

    04/12/2013 8:14:41 AM PDT · by AuntB · 9 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 11, 2013 | Gloria Goodale
    Washington’s bipartisan Gang of Eight senators are in what many hope is the endgame in the debate over immigration reform. But just in case, on Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg brought in a slew of major players to bring it all home. He and an impressive roster of Silicon Valley luminaries have teamed up with political strategists from across the spectrum to launch a political action group on the issue. Since by most accounts some kind of reform package is likely, the move has some asking, why now? It’s all about the game, says David Mark, editor-in-chief of the online...
  • The Cost of Cheap Labor (Welfare use by less educated immigrants is high)

    02/27/2013 7:25:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/27/2013 | Steven Camarota
    A new study by the Cato Institute attempts to make the case that the use of welfare by immigrants is not really so high or costly. The report’s lead author, Leighton Ku, was for many years a researcher at two liberal D.C. think tanks, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Urban Institute. That the libertarian Cato Institute would employ Ku is a reminder that immigration is not an issue that neatly conforms to the liberal–conservative divide. Ku’s central argument is that immigrant welfare use is not worrisome because low-income non-citizens use some programs (the ones he...
  • Bloom Energy paid workers in pesos

    02/07/2013 9:51:07 AM PST · by AuntB · 9 replies
    The Swarm ^ | Feb. 7, 2013 | The Swarm
    An old friend Bloom Energy is making news, and not in a good way. The San Jose Mercury News reported today that Bloom Energy, a political heavyweight, paid workers brought in from Mexico in pesos: "Authorities said Bloom Energy paid the Mexican workers in pesos by wiring funds back to bank accounts in Chihuahua. Bloom also paid for the men to stay in a Sunnyvale motel and provided each with a meal stipend of $50 a day." If true, that's stunning for a company with a board of directors that includes former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Silicon Valley...
  • U.S. AG’s Brother Appears To Employ Illegal Immigrants

    10/04/2012 1:59:36 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 9 replies
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s brother, William Holder, apparently employs illegal foreign workers at one or more of the four McDonald’s restaurants he and his wife Deborah purchased last year in Wake County, a Carolina Journal investigation has found.
  • Driver, others flee scene of morning crash in York Township [illegals, of course]

    05/04/2012 11:40:58 AM PDT · by kevcol · 29 replies
    WPMT (PA) ^ | May 2, 2012 | Paul Smith
    YORK TOWNSHIP— The driver of a Strathmeyer Forests Inc., van and possibly others riding in the van that struck a car at the intersection of Cape Horn Road and Starlight Drive this morning and fled the scene on foot, according to responders. It happened just before 8am. The female driver of the car was taken to York Hospital after being extricated from her vehicle. UPDATE: York Area Regional Police issued a release that a hit and run accident occurred on Cape Horn Road at Starlight Drive and 6 Hispanic males ran west from scene. Two have been apprehended, and...
  • Whistleblower calls out IT giant over U.S. jobs (the usual H1-B visa scam)

    04/14/2012 8:14:05 AM PDT · by jiggyboy · 131 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 12, 2012 | John Miller
    It's called outsourcing. American firms do it because foreign labor can be cheaper. But now, one company is being accused of bringing those lower-paid workers to the U.S. illegally and that may be costing Americans jobs. -- snip -- Palmer says Infosys, the global high-tech giant, engaged in a systematic practice of visa fraud, a charge the company denies. Palmer said the first thing to catch his attention was an employee that had been in the U.S. from India several times before. "He came up to me and he was literally in tears," Palmer said. "He told me he was...
  • Immigration Report Card: Obama, F-; Paul, D-; Gingrich, D; Romney, C+, Santorum, A-.

    02/14/2012 9:51:26 AM PST · by dangus · 39 replies
    NumberUSA ^ | NumbersUSA
    Barrack Obama: F- Ron Paul : D- Newt Gingrich: D Mitt Romney: C+ Rick Santorum: A-Excerpts about Rick's grades STOPPING AMNESTIES Sen. Santorum earned an A+ on stopping amnesties while in Congress. And he has challenged his own Catholic Church leaders as well as other candidates for supporting the legalization of millions of people who have broken immigration laws. MANDATE E-VERIFY. In 1996, Sen. Santorum voted against creating the program that became E-Verify. But on the campaign trail 15 years later, he has promised to push mandatory verification. He misses an EXCELLENT rating because he continues to talk about there...
  • Illegal-hiring bill spurs jest and jeers (prof opposed to capitalism - calls for transformation)

    03/04/2011 1:03:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 3, 2011 | Jennifer Radcliffe and Peggy Fikac
    A proposed immigration law being cast in jest across the country as a way for Texans to rid the work force of illegal immigrants while protecting their low-paid nannies and gardeners drew serious concern Thursday from advocates who fear the bill could have a chilling effect across the state. Rep. Debbie Riddle's House Bill 1202 calls for two years in jail and up to $10,000 fines for people who "intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly" hire unauthorized immigrants. Specifically exempted: Laborers relegated to "work to be performed exclusively or primarily at a single-family residence." "House Bill 1202 has just really created an...
  • U.S. fast food caught in immigration crosshairs

    02/08/2011 12:52:15 PM PST · by wbill · 31 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Mon Feb 7, 5:25 pm ET | By Lisa Baertlein, Mary Milliken and Ed Stoddard Lisa Baertlein, Mary Milliken And Ed Stoddard
    LOS ANGELES/DALLAS (Reuters) – Chipotle Mexican Grill has a lot going for it -- an upscale burrito concept, a hip and eco-friendly image, expansion plans galore and a 500 percent-plus stock price gain in just over two years. And then it has something not going its way -- a federal crackdown on its immigrant labor force that has so far forced Chipotle to fire hundreds of allegedly illegal workers in the state of Minnesota, perhaps more than half its staff there. The probe is widening. Co-Chief Executive Monty Moran told Reuters on Friday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)...
  • Illegal-immigrant numbers in state jump 35% in 3 years

    02/07/2011 8:20:27 AM PST · by La Lydia · 11 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | February 7, 2011 | Lornet Turnbull
    ....An estimated 230,000 illegal immigrants were living in Washington state last year — 35 percent more than three years earlier, according to a new report by the Pew Hispanic Center. The total represents one of every 20 workers in the state. ... They found that nationwide, illegal immigrants numbered 11.2 million, virtually unchanged from 2009 and down from a peak 12 million in 2007...While 57 percent are from Mexico, the illegal immigrants hail from across the world...They include people who sneaked across the borders, as well as those who came legally but overstayed employment, student or visitor visas. Continued failure...
  • Congressman Hinojosa files for bankruptcy (Texas RAT serves on House Financial Services Committee)

    02/04/2011 5:25:25 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Congressman Hinojosa files for bankruptcyby Action 4 News Staff Posted: 02.03.2011 at 6:46 PM WASHINGTON (AP) -- An eight-term Texas congressman who serves on the House Financial Services Committee has filed for personal bankruptcy and is blaming his family meat company for his problems. According to federal bankruptcy court documents, Democratic Rep. Ruben Hinojosa has $2.9 million in liabilities, though he also has nearly $1.5 million in assets. **SNIP** The Financial Services panel has jurisdiction over legislation affecting banks. House aides and outside experts say the House has no rules forbidding a lawmaker who owes large sums to a bank...
  • Worker decapitated in chicken factory after being sucked into machine

    12/05/2010 4:31:02 PM PST · by mandaladon · 73 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 5 Dec 2010 | Richard Shears
    A man has been decapitated in a horrific accident at a chicken processing factory in Melbourne, Australia. Mr Sarel Singh, 34, was killed instantly when he was sucked into a machine and decapitated in an incident that has now placed the entire poultry processing industry under review. The factory was already under investigation over claims of unlawful and unethical treatment of its majority migrant workforce, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Lateline programme reported. Mr Singh's brother, Harry, said that Sarel had migrated from India four years ago 'in the hope of finding a better life in Australia'. But Sarel had told...
  • Meg Whitman's former maid gets $5,500 in back wages

    11/17/2010 12:54:14 PM PST · by SmithL · 43 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 11/17/10 | Joe Rodriguez
    Meg Whitman's former maid today was awarded $5,500 in back wages she claimed was owed to her from the former candidate for governor. Nicky Diaz Santillan and her celebrity attorney, Gloria Allred, met this morning at the California Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement in San Jose, seeking more than $10,000. She said she was owed the money for work she did beyond the 15 hours a week for which she was paid during the nine years she worked for Whitman. Santillan said she was asked to perform jobs, including running errands and grocery shopping, that fell outside of her...
  • Cameraman Claims Video Shows Day Laborers Holding Pro-Boxer Banners

    10/14/2010 9:06:07 AM PDT · by Sopater · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 13, 2010
    An amateur cameraman claims he's got video proof that California Sen. Barbara Boxer's supporters enlisted day laborers to hold signs protesting her Republican opponent. Derek Broes, a supporter of GOP Senate nominee Carly Fiorina, has released a video he shot outside a Pasadena debate that showed two Spanish-speaking men holding a slapdash white sign accusing "corporate cash" of loving the Republican candidate. Though the audio is hard to hear, one of the men clearly says he did not make the sign -- another appears to say a "lady" was paying them to hold it.
  • Our undefended border keeps Mexican unemployment low...while our own rises to Depression levels

    10/09/2010 10:06:11 AM PDT · by AuntB · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Examiner ^ | Oct. 4, 2010 | Dave Gibson
    For several years, Mexico has been solving their own unemployment problem by sending their jobless citizens to the United States. The result has been a low, steady rate of unemployment in Mexico since 2000. Of course, the unimpeded flow of cheap labor headed north, has had a disastrous effect on U.S. workers. Consider the following facts: -Between 1991-1999, Mexico had an average unemployment rate of 3.7 percent. Now, as economies around the world are falling apart and experiencing record joblessness, Mexico still has a relatively low unemployment rate of 5.5 percent (July 2010). -While the U.S. currently has an anemic...
  • U.S. jobs continue to flow overseas (Lure of cheaper labor more irresistible than ever)

    10/06/2010 10:42:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/06/2010 | Don Lee
    Though some American firms are bringing overseas work back home, evidence is growing that companies are moving more jobs than ever to China and other countries — a trend that could exacerbate efforts to bring down the nation's stubbornly high unemployment rate. One sign of increased offshoring is the rising number of applications for federal Trade Adjustment Assistance, which usually goes to factory workers who lost their jobs because their work was sent overseas or was undercut by cheaper imports. For the six months that ended Sept. 30, workers at about 1,200 offices and plants nationwide were approved for federal...
  • Meg Whitman's Housekeeper -- 'Explosive' Allegations (Let October surprises begin)

    09/29/2010 5:34:25 AM PDT · by diverteach · 238 replies ^ | 09/29/2010 | TMZ
    The former housekeeper for Meg Whitman -- the Republican candidate for Governor of California -- is about to make "controversial and explosive allegations about her former employer," TMZ has learned. 092710_meg_whitman_getty We're told the housekeeper has lawyered up with none other than Gloria Allred. The housekeeper and Allred will hold a news conference today in Gloria's office at 11 AM PT, "to tell how she suffered as a long-time, Latina household employee in Meg Whitman's home. We're told the housekeeper will be filing a legal claim against Ms. Whitman. From what we're hearing, the disclosures could have a significant impact...
  • Powell says illegal immigrants do his home repairs(How would he know that?)

    09/19/2010 11:31:44 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 78 replies
    Google ^ | 9/19/10 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says illegal immigrants do essential work in the U.S. and that he has firsthand knowledge of that — because they fix his house.A moderate Republican, Powell urged his party on Sunday to support immigration generally because those who come from abroad are, in his words, "what's keeping this country's lifeblood moving forward."Powell said a path to legal status should be offered to illegal immigrants because they do work that needs to get done.
  • Owner of Riviera Beach company sentenced to 16 months in prison for hiring illegal workers

    09/18/2010 10:36:34 AM PDT · by Inappropriate Laughter · 15 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 | Jane Musgrave
    WEST PALM BEACH — The national battle over the government's inability to stem the tide of illegal immigrants got personal Friday in a federal courtroom. U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Marra bristled at the suggestion that the government's time would be better spent keeping illegal immigrants from entering the country than prosecuting a suburban West Palm Beach man for hiring them. Business people such as Mark David, Marra said, are a big part of the problem. "One of the reason they come is because people hire them," Marra said. "If people wouldn't hire them they wouldn't be coming in droves."...
  • Undocumented Workers At Oil Spill Arrested In Texas

    09/02/2010 8:01:47 AM PDT · by TribalPrincess2U · 25 replies
    wtvbam ^ | Sept 2, 2010 | wtvb
    WINNIE, TEXAS (WKZO) – Forty-two undocumented aliens, who had been working the oil spill clean up in Michigan, have been arrested after they were found inside a couple of buses parked behind a bank in Winnie Texas. The Buses had been chartered by Phillip Hallmark, the owner of Hallmark Industrial. About 40 others ran off and were not captured. Immigration agents took the 42 to holding cells for eventual deportation.
  • Official: immigration law could hurt poultry biz

    08/08/2010 10:28:07 AM PDT · by Principled · 56 replies
    Access North Georgia ^ | 8/8/10 | Katie Highsmith
    More than a week after a judge blocks parts of Arizona's immigration law, the executive director of a Georgia Latino group said if that law is passed in the peach state, the poultry industry would feel the fallout. Jerry Gonzalez with the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials said anywhere between 40 and 50 percent of the workforce in the poultry industry is illegal. "If we were to remove 40 to 50 percent of the workforce, would our economy suffer," Gonzalez asked during WDUN's The Local Hour Friday morning. "The answer to that is yes." He said lawmakers need to...
  • Woman's private pictures exposed by [Dell] tech support

    07/29/2010 2:55:08 PM PDT · by topher · 60 replies · 6+ views
    ABC News ^ | July 28, 2010 | By George Warren
    SACRAMENTO, CA (KGO) -- A Sacramento woman says a tech support engineer in India managed to expose her secrets and make charges to her credit card after she called him with a desperate request. ... Shortly thereafter, 16 nude photographs appeared on a vulgar website created for the sole purpose of displaying her pictures. ... In conversations that became increasingly personal, the support technician offered to help Fitzgerald remove the offensive website and somehow convinced her to ship him a brand new Dell laptop so he could work on her case from his home in Mumbai.
  • Authorities raid Sizzler restaurants in Phoenix

    06/12/2010 7:50:14 PM PDT · by PROCON · 30 replies · 966+ views
    AP ^ | June 12, 2010
    PHOENIX (AP) - Sheriff's deputies raided two Sizzler steak house restaurants in Phoenix, arresting nine employees who are suspected of being illegal immigrants and using fraudulent documents to get jobs. The Saturday raids were part of an investigation into whether the operators of the two Sizzler locations broke a civil law by knowingly hiring illegal immigrants.
  • Dale Peterson writes about his viewpoints on illegal immigration… (no BS alert)

    05/18/2010 12:44:17 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 16 replies · 1,028+ views ^ | 05/18/10 | jeff j
    You have two families: “Joe Legal” and “Jose Illegal.” Both families have two parents, two children, and live in California. Joe Legal works in construction, has a Social Security Number and makes $25 per hour with taxes deducted. Jose Illegal also works in construction, has NO Social Security Number, and gets paid $15 cash “under the table.” Ready? Now pay attention…
  • Does a kosher butcher’s fraud mandate a life sentence?

    04/21/2010 5:40:54 AM PDT · by SJackson · 74 replies · 1,308+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4-21-10 | SHMULEY BOTEACH
    Yes, we Jews unfortunately have our criminals. Yes, we Orthodox Jews unfortunately have our felons. We’re human, too. At middle age I have come to accept my limitations. Although I like to have an opinion on almost everything, I am conscious of the fact that I am not a legal scholar and do not understand all the complexities of the criminal case against Sholom Rubashkin, former CEO of America’s largest kosher meat plant, Agriprocessors of Postville, Iowa. But I am not a stupid man either. And I and a heck of a lot of other fairly intelligent and educated people...
  • SEIU blasts Obama immigration enforcement

    04/10/2010 10:15:55 AM PDT · by AuntB · 23 replies · 802+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 8, 2010 | Spencer S. Hsu
    One of the nation's biggest labor unions, a major backer of President Obama, is condemning his Department of Homeland Security's immigration enforcement practices, protesting the use of deportation quotas for agents and expanded workplace audits. Eliseo Medina, international executive vice president of Service Employees International Union, said SEIU members want DHS "to stop these crazy, irrational policies," while seeking to turn up pressure on Congress to take up overhaul legislation. SEIU is holding vigils and demonstrations Thursday in Oakland and Sacramento, Calif., and then in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Boston, New York City and Minneapolis Friday. Combined with...
  • 19 Terrorists vs Millions of Illegal Aliens

    09/19/2009 6:08:15 PM PDT · by Bender2 · 20 replies · 839+ views
    The Woodward Report ^ | 9-19-09 | DC Lee
    19 Terrorists vs Millions of Illegal Aliens September 19, 2009 by DC Lee - A Woodward Report Columnist On September 11, 2001, nineteen terrorists murdered nearly three thousand in a quest to bring the United States to its knees. Today, however, million of illegal aliens are bringing American to its knees in a much different way. They are exploding spending in health care, welfare, education and if steps are not taken soon, they will bring the US economy to the brink of collapse. The United States was created with immigrants poured into a melting pot that made us the envy...
  • The Congealing Pot--Today's Immigrants Are Different from Waves Past

    08/08/2009 8:38:50 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 45 replies · 1,431+ views
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | Monday, August 24, 2009 (don't ask me) | Jason Richwine
    They're not just like the Irish--or the Italians or the Poles, for that matter. The large influx of Hispanic immigrants after 1965 represents a unique assimilation challenge for the United States. Many optimistic observers have assumed--incorrectly, it turns out--that Hispanic immigrants will follow the same economic trajectory European immigrants did in the early part of the last century. Many of those Europeans came to America with no money and few skills, but their status steadily improved. Their children outperformed them, and their children's children were often indistinguishable from the "founding stock." The speed of economic assimilation varied somewhat by ethnic...
  • General Motors announces $1 billion plan to build more vehicles in Brazil ( Brazil)

    07/29/2009 2:59:10 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 52 replies · 2,072+ views
    Mlive ^ | 07/16/09 | Aaron Foley
    General Motors is spending more money where it counts: Latin America. The Latin American market has been generous to the struggling automaker despite struggles at home. Today, GM announced a $1 billion plan to expand its vehicle lineup in Brazil. "We believe the Brazilian market will be very strong, will continue to grow at a rate of at least 5 percent a year and we also believe in the prospects for exports of the new models," Jaime Ardila, GM's chief executive for Brazil and the Mercosur region of South America, said in a statement. Ardila added that GM showed record...
  • As Lewisville turns day laborers away from Huffines Plaza, immigrants defend right to seek work

    07/27/2009 9:31:40 AM PDT · by pillut48 · 8 replies · 596+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Sunday, July 26, 2009 | WENDY HUNDLEY
    ('Cry me a river, illegals denied their RIGHTS!' alert!) For decades, Huffines Plaza in Lewisville (TX) has been an unofficial gathering spot for day laborers. The shopping center, along Interstate 35E near State Highway 121, provides quick and easy access for employers who need an extra hand willing to give a day's work for a day's pay. While this informal employment system seems to have worked for years with few problems, day laborers no longer feel welcome at the plaza, where "no trespassing" signs have been posted recently and police have been asked to start enforcing trespassing laws.
  • Immigration Pitfall Why 'Legalization Only' Won't Fly

    07/21/2009 7:59:51 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 11 replies · 579+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 21, 2009 | Jorge G. Castaneda and Tamar Jacoby
    ...unlike in 2006, when Democratic and Republican reformers agreed on what was needed in an immigration law overhaul, this year there's a new fault line. It surfaced when Obama called lawmakers to the White House to discuss immigration...Obama had said little about what he wants in a bill -- in fact, he has been studiously vague. But McCain knew enough about what has (and has not) been said recently by immigration experts close to the White House and those pushing Obama to take up reform that he felt it necessary to launch a preemptive strike. This year, organized labor and...
  • Two Held in Murder of Florida Couple With 16 Kids Due in Court (Day Laborers)

    07/13/2009 5:26:08 AM PDT · by RDTF · 36 replies · 2,175+ views
    Fox ^ | July 13, 2009
    -snip- Day laborer Wayne Coldiron, 41, turned himself in to Escambia County authorities and Leonard P. Gonzalez Jr., 35, was arrested in neighboring Santa Rosa County, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said. Earlier Sunday, authorities charged Gonzalez's father, Leonard P. Gonzalez Sr., with evidence tampering. Police said the 56-year-old tried to paint over and hide damage on a red van that was spotted on surveillance video leaving the home where Byrd and Melanie Billings were shot to death Thursday. Eight of the couple's children were asleep in the house when the shootings took place. -snip-