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  • Specter of immigration enforcement continues to haunt Mexico; Arizona law scolded

    05/11/2010 8:40:23 AM PDT · by AuntB · 39 replies · 838+ views
    National Assn of Former Border Patrol Officers ^ | May 10, 2010 | NAFBPO- Foreign News Report
    El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City) 5/7/10 Mexican Congress at work Mexico City – Mexican Senators and Deputies [Representatives] of all parties placed pins on their lapels with the message “NO SB 1070; in protest to the enactment of the “anti-immigrant” law in Arizona. They wore the lapel buttons during a session of congress to demonstrate their solidarity against the Arizona law. One of the legislators made it clear that it wasn’t because the state of Arizona passed the law, which he said was certainly their right to do, but because of the evident violation of human rights of the...
  • Immigration protesters block Los Angeles street

    05/08/2010 10:29:50 AM PDT · by AuntB · 51 replies · 1,085+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | May 7, 2010 | Kansas city star
    Unidentified immigrant rights activists and community leaders engage in non-violent civil disobedience, by chaining themselves together with lockdown PVC devices, in protest of Arizona's recently enacted SB1070 immigration enforcement law, outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Federal Processing and Detention Center, on Thursday, May 6, 2010, in Los Angeles.
  • Metcalfe's Bill To Require Pa. Agencies Verify "Lawful Presence"

    05/07/2010 7:26:21 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 10 replies · 307+ views
    State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-12) submitted a bill, May 5, that would give state and local in Pennsylvania powers akin to those held by Arizona authorities under that state's recently passed law, and require that "every agency or political subdivision of this Commonwealth shall verify the lawful presence in the United States of any natural person 18 years of age or older who has applied for Federal public benefits, State public benefits or local public benefits . . that are administered by an agency or a political subdivision of this Commonwealth" with some exceptions such as treatment of an emergency...
  • Immigration Echo Chamber

    05/02/2010 9:35:35 AM PDT · by Shout Bits · 2 replies · 154+ views
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 05/01/2010 | Shout Bits
    Immigration Echo Chamber In the wake of Arizona’s new immigration enforcement law, people of all parties are up in arms. The law has been called fascist, racist, misguided, and so on. Democrats are making political hay over the law despite the fact that based on its high approval in Arizona, many Democrats must be in favor of it. Republicans are being forced by their base to hammer this issue, drawing attention away from Pres. Obama’s socialist agenda. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of the US to protest the law. So what is all the fuss? ....
  • Praising Arizona

    04/30/2010 4:22:50 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 12 replies · 376+ views
    City Journal ^ | Heather Mac Donald
    Supporters of Arizona’s new law strengthening immigration enforcement in the state should take heart from today’s New York Times editorial blasting it. “Stopping Arizona” contains so many blatant falsehoods that a reader can be fully confident that the law as actually written is a reasonable, lawful response to a pressing problem. Only by distorting the law’s provisions can the Times and the law’s many other critics make it out to be a racist assault on fundamental American rights. The law, SB 1070, empowers local police officers to check the immigration status of individuals whom they have encountered during a “lawful...
  • Congressional Candidate Becomes First In Nation To Propose National Mirror of Arizona Law

    04/29/2010 1:30:52 PM PDT · by Leah at A Better Florida · 11 replies · 527+ views
    Topix ^ | 04/29/10 | Yomin Postelnik
    Congressional candidate Tom Garcia, a former Commander and aviator in the United States Navy running in Florida's 24th congressional district, has become the first congressional candidate to propose federal legislation that would implement the recently passed Arizona immigration laws nationwide. In a press release today, Commander Garcia stated the following: As a proud American of Hispanic Heritage, it is clear to me that citizenship is a national treasure and one that should not be given out freely to those who trespass on our national sovereignty. I am particularly offended by those who are calling Arizona's Immigration bill SB 1070 a...
  • Report: Justice Department Moving to Challenge Arizona Law

    04/28/2010 5:47:17 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 27 replies · 904+ views
    JonathanTurley.org ^ | 04/24/10 | Jonathan Turley
    The Justice Department is reportedly moving toward challenging the Arizona law. If true, it would be a rare case where the United States directly challenges a state law as opposed to waiting to intervene as an amicus. Given the increasing number of cities and citizens planning to challenge the law, there is no paucity of plaintiffs requiring such a challenge. I will be discussing this issue tonight on Countdown. An early challenge by the Justice Department would indicate that it is not going to wait to create an “as applied” challenge based on actual enforcement. That would make it more...
  • Man Deported Several Times Faces New Illegal Immigrant Count

    04/27/2010 8:11:20 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 21 replies · 882+ views
    chattanoogan.com ^ | 04/27/10 | chattanoogan.com
    A man who authorities say has been deported several times is facing new illegal immigrant charges in Chattanooga Federal Court. Salvador Rojas-Garcia was in a van along with seven other people that was stopped for speeding by a state trooper and Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents on I-24 near Manchester last Wednesday. Authorities said Rojas-Garcia was found to be "a prior deport with an aggravated felony conviction." After a fingerprint check at the ICE Office of Investigations in Chattanooga, it was found that he had been arrested and convicted in March 1994 in Salt Lake City for possession of...
  • Mexico's Immigration Law: Let's Try It Here at Home

    04/27/2010 9:56:10 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 12 replies · 1,243+ views
    Human Events ^ | 05/08/2006 | J. Michael Waller
    Mexico has a radical idea for a rational immigration policy that most Americans would love. However, Mexican officials haven’t been sharing that idea with us as they press for our Congress to adopt the McCain-Kennedy immigration reform bill. That's too bad, because Mexico, which annually deports more illegal aliens than the United States does, has much to teach us about how it handles the immigration issue. Under Mexican law, it is a felony to be an illegal alien in Mexico. At a time when the Supreme Court and many politicians seek to bring American law in line with foreign legal...
  • Nationally, 60% Favor Letting Local Police Stop and Verify Immigration Status

    04/26/2010 11:05:19 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 170 replies · 3,462+ views
    Rasmussen ^ | 1/26/10 | Staff
    Advertisement Quantcast Arizona Governor Jan Brewer last week signed a new law into effect that authorizes local police to stop and verify the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 60% of voters nationwide favor such a law, while 31% are opposed. Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Republicans support the law along with 62% of voters not affiliated with either major party. Democratic voters are evenly divided on the measure. At the same time, however, 58% of all voters are at least somewhat concerned that “efforts to identify and...
  • 400 protest at rally; voices of support at McCain forum [pass the popcorn]

    04/25/2010 8:21:47 AM PDT · by SandRat · 24 replies · 845+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Rhonda Bodfield
    Immigration continued to dominate the political conversation Saturday at a rally with U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, in a town hall with U.S. Sen. John McCain - and in a Twitter posting from President Obama. As many as 400 people - some carrying signs with slogans like "Deport the Arizona Legislature. They are the Real Danger to Our Community," and "This is what happens when we don't vote" - showed up at Grijalva's campaign headquarters on South Stone Avenue to protest Arizona's new immigration law, which authorizes police during any lawful contact to determine a person's legal status if reasonable suspicion...
  • Obama slams Arizona immigration bill

    04/23/2010 9:46:13 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 40 replies · 1,104+ views
    CNN ^ | 4/23/10
    President Obama on Friday criticized a controversial new immigration bill in Arizona, calling it "misguided." "Our failure to act responsible at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by others. That includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona, which threaten to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe," the president said at a naturalization ceremony for 24 members of the military.
  • Poll: Do You Support The Proposed Immigration Bill (AZ)?

    04/22/2010 12:27:15 PM PDT · by exbrit · 55 replies · 1,498+ views
    KVOA TUCSON ^ | 4/22/10 | Unspecified
    A sweeping new immigration bill sits on Governor Brewer's desk awaiting her signature or veto. Supporters of the bill say that it will curb illegal immigration, while opponents state that it will result in wide-spread racial profiling. What do you think about the bill? Is it racist? Is it a good idea? Will it curb illegal immigration? Does it give law enforcement the right to stop a person on suspicion of being an illegal immigration? Is it a step in the right direction? Vote in the poll and let us know your thoughts and interpretations of the bill. Key passages...
  • House Hispanic leaders ask Obama to block Arizona bill

    04/20/2010 3:58:47 PM PDT · by pissant · 113 replies · 1,735+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 4/20/10 | Abby Sewell
    WASHINGTON — Hispanic leaders in the House of Representatives called Tuesday for President Barack Obama Tuesday to act against Arizona's anti-illegal immigration legislation and to throw his weight behind a comprehensive immigration overhaul. Reps. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., and Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., demanded a halt to the bill that passed Arizona's Senate Monday. The state's House of Representatives passed it last week. If Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signs it into law, the bill would require immigrants to carry alien registration cards with them at all times and police to check people's immigration status whenever there's "reasonable suspicion" that they are in...
  • Obama Health Team Turns to Carrying Out Law

    04/19/2010 12:53:26 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies · 573+ views
    New York Times ^ | 18 April 2010 | Robert Pear
    The success of the new health care law depends to a large degree on a handful of Obama administration officials, who are scrambling to make the transition from waging political war on Capitol Hill to managing one of the most profound changes in social policy in generations. For these officials, the task of carrying out the law may be as much of a challenge as getting it enacted. Jay Angoff, a longtime consumer advocate and nemesis of the insurance industry, will lead efforts to regulate insurers and insurance markets. Jeanne M. Lambrew, an idealistic veteran of the Clinton White House,...
  • Congress members move to boost Border Patrol's power

    04/15/2010 2:11:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies · 272+ views
    ap ^ | 04/15/2010 | MATTHEW DALY
    Some House Republicans introduced a bill they said would improve border security on federal lands. It would transfer operational control of lands along the national border to the Department of Homeland Security, instead of the Interior Department or Forest Service. Rep. Rob Bishop...and other lawmakers accused federal land managers of “hiding behind the law” to place wilderness or endangered species ahead of border safety. In one instance, a tower used by Border Patrol agents was removed because of concerns about endangered species... Bishop said federal border lands have become a dangerous, “unpatrolled highway” open to drug smugglers and other criminals...
  • Fact check: 16,500 new IRS agents probably not on the way -Fader, is at it again-

    04/11/2010 7:26:58 AM PDT · by CherylMc · 26 replies · 1,235+ views
    The Florida Times Union ^ | April 11, 2010 | Carole Fader
    This e-mail claims that because of the new health care law, the IRS will have to hire 16,500 agents to audit Americans and enforce penalties for people who don't want to buy health insurance. Is this true? This has to do with the new taxes, subsidies and tax credits that will be generated by the new health care law and how they will be administered and collected. FactCheck.org and PolitiFact.com looked at the claim and found that the math used to arrive at the figure is - at best - fuzzy.
  • SEC. 5210. ESTABLISHING A READY RESERVE CORPS

    04/02/2010 1:39:55 PM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 25 replies · 1,383+ views
    H.R. 3590 now Public Law 111-148 ^ | March 2010 | Congress, Obama
    SEC. 5210. ESTABLISHING A READY RESERVE CORPS. Section 203 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 204) is amended to read as follows: ‘‘SEC. 203. COMMISSIONED CORPS AND READY RESERVE CORPS. ‘‘(a) ESTABLISHMENT.— ‘‘(1) IN GENERAL.—There shall be in the Service a commissioned Regular Corps and a Ready Reserve Corps for service in time of national emergency. ‘‘(2) REQUIREMENT.—All commissioned officers shall be citizens of the United States and shall be appointed without regard to the civil-service laws and compensated without regard to the Classification Act of 1923, as amended. ‘‘(3) APPOINTMENT.—Commissioned officers of the Ready Reserve Corps shall...
  • The Wrong Prescription: Democrats' Health Overhaul Dangerously Expands IRS Authority

    03/31/2010 11:00:52 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 49 replies · 2,611+ views
    House of Representatives ^ | March 18, 2010 | Ways & Means
    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ***Highlights of New IRS Authority***  IRS agents verify if you have “acceptable” health care coverage  IRS has the authority to fine you up to $2,250 or 2 percent of your income (whichever is greater) for failure to prove that you have purchased “minimum essential coverage”  IRS can confiscate your tax refund  IRS audits are likely to increase  IRS will need up to $10 billion to administer the new health care program this decade  IRS may need to hire as many as 16,500 additional auditors, agents and other employees to investigate and collect...
  • Video-Special With Neil Cavuto,Mark Levin,Final Diagnosis (says they slipped up)

    03/27/2010 4:55:57 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 16 replies · 2,731+ views
    Fox/YouTube ^ | 3-27-10
    Special With Neil Cavuto, Mark Levin, Final Diagnosis - Today VIDEO - Mark Levin with Cavuto
  • Joint Committee...Obamacare Does Not Enforce Individual Mandate

    03/26/2010 3:59:07 PM PDT · by Frantzie · 8 replies · 709+ views
    Andrew Breitbart Big Government ^ | 3-26-2010 | Morgan Richmond
    One of the more controversial elements of ObamaCare is the mandate for most individuals to purchase insurance beginning in 2014. There is really no precedent for a federal mandate of this scale requiring individuals to purchase a product or service. So not surprisingly a number of state Attorney Generals have indicated they will be filing suit questioning the constitutionality of this provision.
  • Pentagon Changes ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Enforcement

    03/25/2010 4:59:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 585+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden, USA
    WASHINGTON, March 25, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today announced changes to the Pentagon’s regulation on homosexuals serving in the military that he said make the Defense Department’s enforcement of the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law “fairer and more appropriate.” On Feb. 2, Gates announced he’d ordered a review to understand the implications of a possible repeal of the 17-year-old law that bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. President Barack Obama has called on Congress to repeal the law. The initial 45 days of that review, he said, produced findings that “would enforce...
  • The bad guys win again

    03/01/2010 9:01:49 AM PST · by AuntB · 11 replies · 699+ views
    WND ^ | Mar. 1, 2010 | Barbara Simpson
    .....Last week, I wrote that being in California can drive people crazy – political correctness, diversity, multiculturalism and all that. This time it deals with the law, the courts, local government, public safety, a vicious triple murder and illegal-alien gang members protected by the misguided concept of a "sanctuary city." Illegals become almost untouchable – police can't consider immigration status, schools can't ask and neither can medical providers, social services and more. It allows churches to provide "sanctuary" for people breaking a basic law of a sovereign nation – that borders have meaning and should only be crossed with legal...
  • Defying Feds, Arpaio Says He'll Step Up Immigration Enforcement

    02/10/2010 1:06:47 PM PST · by pissant · 59 replies · 1,535+ views
    TPM ^ | 2/10/10 | Zach Roth
    Sheriff Joe Arpaio is doubling down on his defiance of the Feds. In November, the Department of Homeland Security stripped 100 Maricopa County deputies of their ability to make immigration arrests, amid a slew of complaints that the controversial sheriff was using racial profiling techniques to round up suspected illegal immigrants. But now, in what can only be described as a giant F.U. to the U.S. government, Sheriff Joe has announced that he'll train all 881 of his deputies to enforce federal immigration law, reports the AP. Arpaio said that, per federal law, his office doesn't need sign-off from Washington...
  • Spotty enforcement for new US air screening rules

    01/04/2010 4:14:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies · 321+ views
    My Way News ^ | 1/4/10 | ERIN McCLAM
    On the first day of what was supposed to be tighter screening ordered by the U.S. for airline passengers from certain countries, some airports around the world conceded Monday they had not cracked down. The United States demanded more careful screening for people who are citizens of, or are flying from, 14 nations deemed security risks. But enforcement of the U.S. rules appeared spotty. "Everything is the same. There is no extra security," said an aviation official in Lebanon, one of the countries on the list. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak...
  • Immigration Enforcement — A Jobs Program

    12/03/2009 10:48:00 AM PST · by Delacon · 16 replies · 850+ views
    National Review Online/ The Corner ^ | 12/03/09 | Mark Krikorian
    When I linked to a USA Today story the other day about Americans elbowing illegals out of the way for day-labor jobs, under my headline of "And Yet, We Still Haven't Suspended Immigration," one reader replied, "Yah, because protectionism is clearly the answer for our economic woes." This betrayed a widespread misconception about immigration and trade, one that's important to keep in mind as the president unveils the political theater production called his "Jobs Summit." Restricting immigration is fundamentally different from restricting trade in two ways, one theoretical, one practical. First, people are not things — in addition to being...
  • Goldman (Sachs) exec named first COO of SEC enforcement

    10/16/2009 10:06:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies · 2,825+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/16/09 | Marcy Gordon - ap
    WASHINGTON – A Goldman Sachs executive has been named the first chief operating officer of the Securities and Exchange Commission's enforcement division. The market watchdog says Adam Storch, vice president in Goldman Sachs' Business Intelligence Group, is assuming the new position of managing executive of the SEC division.
  • 'Toughest sheriff' vows face-off with feds over illegals--Street sweep planned as pact expires

    10/14/2009 8:35:24 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 40 replies · 1,790+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 14, 2009 | Rebecca Larsen
    PHOENIX | The man who likes to call himself "America's toughest sheriff," Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., is planning a Friday showdown with the feds. The sheriff has announced he will defy the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by doing a street sweep for illegal immigrants one day after the expiration of the agreement that has permitted him to conduct such operations for the past three years. The sheriff has said he expects the deal not to be extended, though federal officials have remained publicly noncommittal. Deputies, and Sheriff Arpaio, will stake out an intersection somewhere in the Phoenix...
  • Cobb policy: Law enforcement or racial profiling?

    10/12/2009 7:13:21 AM PDT · by Saije · 9 replies · 633+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 10/12/2009 | Andria Simmons
    Over the past two years, Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren has been referred to as a hero, a racist and a few other things unfit to print. That’s because his department’s partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, which allows deputies to detain inmates suspected of being in the country illegally, has stirred the passions of immigration reform advocates as well as citizens who want current immigration laws enforced. **** Since July 2007, 6,386 inmates suspected of being illegal immigrants have been detained for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to records provided by the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office. About of...
  • Obama Attacks CIA to Quell ObamaCare Protests and Establish Secret Police

    08/25/2009 8:44:26 AM PDT · by Sammy67 · 9 replies · 1,316+ views
    CanadaFreePress ^ | 8/25/09 | Sher Zieve
    In December 1917 Bolshevik Russian leaders, including one of the founders of Socialist thuggery Vladimir Lenin, established the Cheka—Russia’s first political secret police. With almost unlimited power, the Cheka implemented “campaigns of terror” against the wealthy, land owners and those who opposed Lenin and Bolshevism. !n 1922, once most of Russia’s opposition to their new absolute rulers had lessened, the Cheka was disbanded. However, under the singularly oppressive Josef Stalin, Cheka was reinstated and ultimately renamed “The People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs” (NKVD) and what would be known as Stalin’s “Great Terror of the 1930s began. The NKVD was used...
  • Talk Radio Hosts from Around the Country Gather in Washington, DC to Discuss Illegal Immigration

    08/14/2009 9:59:07 AM PDT · by FAIRcomm · 22 replies · 1,596+ views
    Federation for American Immigration Reform | August 2009 | Federation for American Immigration Reform
    Radio Talk Hosts Prepare for Historic Two-Day Broadcast Blitz Live from Washington 50 Talk Hosts Gathering to Support Secure Borders and Continued Immigration Enforcement (Washington DC) The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) announces September 15th and 16th as the dates for its annual Hold Their Feet to the Fire radio rally in Washington, D.C. 50 radio hosts, led by Roger Hedgecock of KOGO-AM in San Diego and Lou Dobbs of United Stations Radio Network and CNN, are scheduled to broadcast live from “Radio Row” on Capitol Hill. As in previous events, talk show hosts from around the nation will...
  • 2010 Census Taker Jobs Open to Illegal Aliens

    07/30/2009 10:18:35 AM PDT · by pabianice · 20 replies · 1,042+ views
    The Nav Log ^ | 7/30/09 | litton51
    The US Census has released its employment documents and they are an eye-full. US Census Form D-262 of 23 June 2009 indicates who is eligible for employment as a census taker. To be eligible for the job, non-citizens are eligible if they present One Each from Lists A, or B, plus one from C. List A is the toughest: US passport (expired or unexpired) Permanent Resident or Alien Registration Card Unexpired foreign passport Employment Authorization Document Form I-766, I-688, I-688A, I-688B Then there’s List B: Drivers License or state-issued ID ID card issued by local, state, or federal government School...
  • Arpaio: Feds forced release of 13 illegals

    07/27/2009 7:33:04 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 27 replies · 1,577+ views
    YourWestValley.com ^ | July 26, 2009 | Andre Bowser and Gary Grado
    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Saturday he ordered his deputies to tape conversations with federal officials after a dispute over who called for the release of illegal immigrants arrested in a crime sweep. Arpaio said a total of 13 illegal immigrants have been released — three on Thursday and 10 on Friday — after federal officials said their arrests didn’t fit new Department of Homeland Security policies and ordered the deputies to release them. The sheriff’s claim over the releases was initially contradicted by a Homeland Security official. In the recording, multiple tracks detail conversations between deputies and ICE...
  • LA Timies: Obama setting the priorities on immigration

    07/26/2009 5:43:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies · 408+ views
    LA Times ^ | July 26, 2009 | By Anna Gorman
    As Congress moves slowly on immigration reform, President Obama is making numerous policy changes in enforcement and other areas that are designed to shift priorities and boost confidence in the administration as it lays the groundwork for possible legislation. The recent administrative changes include: * New guidelines directing immigration agents to target employers who hire illegal immigrants rather than simply arresting undocumented employees. * A requirement that all local police agencies deputized to check immigration status and turn criminals over for possible deportation sign new agreements pledging to focus on those who pose a risk to public safety. * The...
  • Bond set for man with 28 deportations

    07/25/2009 7:58:56 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 26 replies · 1,202+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 21, 2009
    DOTHAN, Ala. — An Alabama judge set a $20,000 cash bond for a native of Mexico who reportedly has been deported from the United States 28 times. Houston County Sheriff's Sgt. Jackie Smith said he charged Luis Hernandez-Arellano, 38, with felony obstruction of justice...for giving deputies false identification. Smith said deputies stopped a vehicle on Alabama Highway 109 Thursday for running a stop sign. The driver told deputies his name was Caesar Garza. After Garza failed to provide a driver's license or other identification, deputies were able to positively identify him as Carlos Cortez. Investigators later learned through Immigration and...
  • Mayoral race takes up immigration

    07/19/2009 10:03:54 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 18 replies · 586+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 19, 2009 | Bradley Olson
    The city's plans to step up cooperation with federal authorities in efforts to deport illegal immigrants is garnering new debate in the 2009 mayoral contest. Latino advocates have pressed candidates to distance themselves from Mayor Bill White's request that Houston be allowed to participate in two federal programs that, at least within the confines of the city's jails, would put police officers in the immigration enforcement business. While each of the four major candidates generally opposes diverting too many resources to immigration enforcement, they all support the thrust of the city's new effort to screen jail inmates and turn over...
  • New edict on immigration enforcement (DHS & 287(g): police to focus on serious, not minor crimes)

    07/11/2009 12:39:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 502+ views
    LA Times ^ | 7/11/09 | Anna Gorman
    Local police agencies empowered by the federal government to enforce immigration law must focus their efforts on criminals who pose a threat to public safety, with less emphasis on those who commit minor crimes, Department of Homeland Security officials announced Friday. The announcement aims to clarify a controversial program that deputizes police to turn over suspects or criminals to immigration authorities for possible deportation. Normally police do not enforce federal law. The law, known as 287(g), took effect in 1996. Most of the participating police agencies signed up under President George W. Bush, whose administration promoted it as a tool...
  • Agents find 53-foot stretch of cross-border tunnel

    07/03/2009 10:03:00 AM PDT · by thecodont · 11 replies · 751+ views
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Thursday, July 2, 2009 | Associated Press
    (07-02) 22:16 PDT San Diego, CA (AP) -- Authorities say they have found another secret tunnel near a San Diego border crossing. The 53-foot passageway, reinforced with plywood and equipped with battery-powered lights, was discovered Thursday as law enforcement officials were investigating an incomplete cross-border tunnel west of the San Ysidro crossing.
  • Identity Theft, Document Fraud, and Illegal Employment

    07/02/2009 8:51:39 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 40 replies · 1,232+ views
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | June 2009 | Ronald Mortensen
    This Backgrounder examines illegal immigration-related document fraud and identity theft that is committed primarily for the purpose of employment. It debunks three common misconceptions: illegal aliens are “undocumented;” the transgressions committed by illegal aliens to obtain jobs are minor; and illegal-alien document fraud and identity theft are victimless crimes. It discusses how some community leaders rationalize these crimes, contributing to a deterioration of the respect for laws in our nation, and presents a variety of remedies, including more widespread electronic verification of work status (E-Verify and the Social Security Number Verification Service) and immigrant outreach programs to explain the ramifications...
  • Editorial: Jobs that Americans can't find [media outlet says it's time to enforce immigration law?!]

    07/01/2009 12:32:28 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies · 962+ views
    Scripps Howard ^ | 2009-07-01
    Blue-collar workers who voted for Barack Obama may want to reconsider their support in light of current unemployment trends. The president is re-opening a campaign for "comprehensive immigration reform" (some call it amnesty) even as jobless rates keep rising. Legal and illegal immigrants have swelled America's labor force in the recent years. In fiscal 2008, 1.45 million new migrants were granted work permits. Combined with the influx of millions of undocumented workers, this excess supply became the equivalent of the housing bubble -- it was bound to burst. Since 2007, jobless rates have doubled. In the first quarter of this...
  • How an immigration raid changed a town

    06/05/2009 8:31:00 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 37 replies · 1,410+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | May 31, 2009 | Steve Dinnen
    By 2008 Agriprocessors, which was being run in Iowa by Mr. Rubashkin's son Sholom, was processing 60,000 chickens and buying 500 cattle a day from area livestock producers. It was the largest kosher meatpacker in the country, employing about 1,000 people. Agriprocessors hired Jewish rabbis to kill each animal to kosher standards. Further processing was conducted by local hires, and when that pool was tapped out, the company turned to immigrants from Ukraine, Russia, Somalia, Mexico, Israel, and most notably Guatemala. An area first settled by German and other European immigrants (Czech composer Anton Dvorak and his family spent summers...
  • 3 California counties will check immigration status as inmates enter jail

    05/13/2009 8:23:31 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 18 replies · 584+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 5-13-2009 | Anna Gorman
    Los Angeles, Ventura and San Diego will become the first counties in California to begin checking the immigration status of all inmates booked into jail Law enforcement officials will begin running inmates' fingerprints through federal databases this month to see if they have had any contact with the immigration system. Once the inmates have finished serving their sentences, they will be transferred to immigration custody for possible deportation
  • SoCal counties to screen arrestees for immigration

    05/13/2009 7:12:59 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 718+ views
    Los Angeles, CA (AP) -- Law enforcement agencies in three Southern California counties will soon be able to check the immigration status of arrestees when their fingerprints are taken. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Wednesday the so-called "Secure Communities" program is scheduled to begin this month in Los Angeles, San Diego and Ventura counties.
  • Obama Reverses Stance On Immigration

    05/09/2009 8:43:48 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 63 replies · 1,773+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 09th 2009
    Obama reverses stance on immigration Co-opts policy he once mocked By Stephen Dinan May 8, 2009 On the thorniest of political issues, President Obama has embraced the enforcement-first position on immigration that he criticized during last year's presidential campaign, and he now says he can't move forward with the type of comprehensive bill he wants until voters are convinced that the borders can be enforced. Having already backed off his pledge to have an immigration bill this year, Mr. Obama boosted his commitment to enforcement in the budget released Thursday. The spending blueprint calls for extra money to build an...
  • Obama reverses stance on immigration

    05/08/2009 10:40:36 PM PDT · by plsjr · 43 replies · 1,763+ views
    Washington TImes ^ | May 8, 2009 | Stephen Dinan
    On the thorniest of political issues, President Obama has embraced the enforcement-first position on immigration that he criticized during last year's presidential campaign, and he now says he can't move forward with the type of comprehensive bill he wants until voters are convinced that the borders can be enforced. Having already backed off his pledge to have an immigration bill this year, Mr. Obama boosted his commitment to enforcement in the budget released Thursday. The spending blueprint calls for extra money to build an employee-verification system and to pay for more personnel and equipment to patrol the border.
  • ARPAIO TO RECRUIT AND ARM CITIZENS

    05/08/2009 12:46:49 PM PDT · by givemELL · 42 replies · 1,637+ views
    borderfire report ^ | May 7, 2009 | borderfire report staff
    Nineteen new qualified armed posse volunteers will graduate today, Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 at 6:30PM from the Sheriff’s Training Academy, 2627 South 35 Avenue. Arpaio says he plans to step up his recruiting methods to attract more men and women to join his volunteer armed posse through more public outreach. “The public has a desire to help local law enforcement when times are tough. I am banking on their generosity of time and energy to help my deputies keep our communities safe,” Arpaio says. Arpaio is seeking primarily those who wish to be trained and qualified to carry and use...
  • Feds ready to build virtual fence along border with Mexico

    05/07/2009 4:29:07 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 27 replies · 747+ views
    kdbc ^ | May 7, 2009
    Federal officials within weeks plan to start construction on a new "virtual fence" along the U.S.-Mexico border. Plans are expected to be formally announced tomorrow. Supporters say the system could almost completely cover the nearly 2,000-mile frontier within five years. The first permanent towers with sensors, cameras and communications gear to detect drug smugglers and illegal immigrants will be built along 53 miles of Arizona. Customs official Mark Borkowski says more towers will follow on the remaining 320 miles of Arizona's southern border. Borkowski says virtual fencing then will go up in New Mexico, followed by California and most of...
  • Obama to name Clinton-era border czar for repeat

    04/15/2009 10:00:20 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 5 replies · 361+ views
    hotair.com ^ | April 15, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    Barack Obama’s Hope and Change motto got deployed originally in his run against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party presidential nomination as an argument against a return to the Clintonistas. It hasn’t turned out that way; not only did Obama hire Hillary herself as Secretary of State, but 42% of his appointments have come from Bill Clinton’s administration. It should not surprise anyone, then, that when Obama needed a “czar” for the southern border, he opted for Bill’s: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is naming a “border czar” to oversee issues related to drug-cartel violence along the U.S.-Mexico border and...
  • Just say 'no'

    04/12/2009 4:15:35 PM PDT · by Technoman · 5 replies · 520+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 4-12-09 | Staff - Tribune Editorial
    Let feds enforce immigration lawsWhen it comes to forcing local police departments to enforce federal immigration laws, Utah Senate Bill 81 is as porous as our borders. Contrary to what contrarian state Rep. Mike Noel might believe, there's a large enough loophole in the law, which takes effect July 1, to allow every police department in the state to escape the responsibility. And they should.
  • Advocates Want Halt On Immigration Raids To Ensure Accurate Census [If Only The Voters Knew]

    04/06/2009 6:22:23 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies · 1,032+ views
    FoxNews ^ | April 06, 2009
    Advocates Want Halt on Immigration Raids to Ensure Accurate Census U.S. Rep. William Clay says he'll ask the Obama administration to suspend immigration raids over the next year, so illegal immigrants don't worry that sharing accurate information with Census workers could somehow expose them to punishment. FOXNews.com Monday, April 06, 2009 Some lawmakers are calling anew for the U.S. to relax its immigration laws -- not to provide sanctuary to illegal immigrants, but to ensure statistical accuracy. The calls come as the Census Bureau prepares to kick off the 2010 Census. Critics argue that unless the government is willing to...