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  • 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."
  • President Bush's Misstatements on Amnesty

    10/17/2006 12:48:28 AM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 55 replies · 1,741+ views
    Congressional Website ^ | Oct. '06 | Tom Tancredo
    Like a breath of fresh air Tom brushes away all the double-talk of the amnesty spin-doctors. It's refreshing to hear someone who understands what plain English means! But maybe bilingualism has confused them!
  • Breaking: Senate overwhelmingly approves House Border Wall (per KFI radio)

    09/29/2006 7:40:28 PM PDT · by The Spirit Of Allegiance · 462 replies · 12,420+ views
    KFI radio broadcast ^ | 9/29/06 | self
    <p>The House version of the bill approving and funding the building of a U.S./Mexico border wall has overwhelmingly passed the Senate, according to KFI News.</p>
  • Immigration Reform? Waiting for Speaker Hastert (CALL NOW 202-225-2976)

    09/05/2006 10:11:51 AM PDT · by davidosborne · 61 replies · 1,850+ views
    CALL NOW !! 202-225-2976
  • Mohawk Industries v Shirley Williams [USSC Remands to 11th Circuit]

    08/25/2006 10:13:11 AM PDT · by davidosborne · 31 replies · 1,792+ views
    Just heard about this case on FOX... Very interesting case to discuss. In essence Mohawk Industries, a carpet manufacturer is being sued under RICO as a result of thier efforts to hire illegals. for more background visit http://www.scotusblog.com/movabletype/archives/2006/04/todays_argument_9.html
  • Hundreds protest N.J. immigration rules

    08/20/2006 8:09:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies · 2,150+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | August 20, 2006 | DAVE PORTER
    ASSOCIATED PRESS RIVERSIDE, N.J. -- Hundreds of protesters and counter-protesters assembled in this small Philadelphia suburb Sunday in response to the community's new attempt to crack down on illegal immigration. About 200 protesters argued against a township ordinance adopted last month that bans the hiring and housing of people who cannot verify they are legal residents. A larger group massed across the street to support the new law. People on both sides of the street waved American flags, but traded hostile remarks. "This can only lead to more separation, more hostility, more hatred, more anger," Marlene Lao-Collins, associate director of...
  • Buchanan Declares: Third World Conquest of America

    08/20/2006 4:57:47 PM PDT · by VU4G10 · 442 replies · 11,278+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | August 20, 2006 | Matt Drudge
    “As Rome passed away, so, the West is passing away, from the same causes and in much the same way. What the Danube and Rhine were to Rome, the Rio Grande and Mediterranean are to America and Europe, the frontiers of a civilization no longer defended.” So begins a new work of warning from Pat Buchanan. And this time Buchanan goes all the way. STATE OF EMERGENCY: THIRD WORLD INVASION AND CONQUEST OF AMERICA hit the streets this week and it's designed to jolt readers with stats and analysis of illegal immigration gone dangerously wild. Buchanan warns: “The children born...
  • CA: Business reps: Labor force will suffer if House bill passes

    08/15/2006 10:22:17 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 1,414+ views
    North County Times ^ | 8/15/06 | Patricia Wright
    SAN DIEGO ---- Americans need to think of illegal immigrants as economic contributors and not law breakers, said five advocates for immigration reform Monday. The five advocates, including a farming advocate and a U.S. Chamber of Commerce director, spoke during a press conference in response to a hearing held by the U.S. House Government Reform Committee. The Republican-led committee met Monday in San Diego to discuss the costs of illegal immigration to San Diego County's educational, health and legal systems. Viewed in an economic sense, the advocates said, the loss of a labor force made up largely of illegal immigrants...
  • Report: Illegal Immigration Could Cost Taxpayers Trillions

    08/02/2006 7:42:11 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 73 replies · 3,194+ views
    10news.com ^ | August 2, 2006
    Future costs for illegal immigrants in the United States will reach a half a trillion dollars, a Heritage Foundation researcher said Wednesday at congressional hearing in San Diego. The influx of illegal immigrants has effectively "imported about 10 million high school dropouts into the United States," said Robert Rector, a senior research fellow in welfare and family issues for the Washington, D.C.-based think tank. Rector testified before the House Judiciary Committee, which convened at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot for one in a series of hearings on illegal immigration this month. The hearings are a rebuttal to a Senate bill...
  • WWW.politiciansMostWanted.com UProoting amnesty fanatics.

    07/25/2006 1:47:58 PM PDT · by Patriotica · 14 replies · 990+ views
    07-25-2006 | Patriotica
    Can someone create a site www.politiciansMostWanted.com? On the site to add all politicians who have promoted, thought about promoted, voted for amnesty. They are on our most wanted lists. Most of them in Washington have been there far too long and they have to go. All their comments for promoting amnesty. Amnesty is a nasty...Put all their records on amnesty on the site.... Any ideas???
  • Immigration concerns lead Hastert to El Paso

    07/23/2006 7:40:16 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 928+ views
    Laredo Morning Times/AP ^ | 07/23/2006 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    EL PASO — House Speaker Dennis Hastert finished a two-day visit to the U.S. border Saturday with a tour of a port of entry in El Paso and repeated calls for security reforms to protect the border. Hastert, R-Ill., said he made the trip to determine what resources were needed to secure the border and stop illegal immigration. On Friday, he and several other members of Congress made three stops in Arizona, a hotspot for illegal immigration, and saw National Guard troops building fences near the border as part of President Bush’s Operation Jump Start. Speaking for the group, which...
  • Immigration Hearings Draw Complaints [Guess Who The Complainers Are...LOL!]

    07/18/2006 4:11:51 PM PDT · by conservativecorner · 16 replies · 1,287+ views
    NewsMax ^ | July 18, 2006 | NewsMax Wire
    WASHINGTON -- After more than 50 congressional hearings on immigration, lawmakers complained Tuesday about the prospect of even more hearings in a House-Senate standoff over how to deter illegal immigrants. House Republicans have called for six more hearings this month - and possibly more in August. The hearings began after the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration bill offering a chance at citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants. The latest round of hearings has been criticized as a political maneuver to delay immigration legislation and to help Republican candidates in an election year. After more than 50 immigration hearings since the...
  • GOP schedules more immigration hearings

    07/12/2006 3:43:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 1,488+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/12/06 | Suzanne Gamboa - ap
    WASHINGTON - House Republican leaders are scheduling a new round of immigration hearings, saying three already held have strengthened their case for enforcement-heavy legislation. Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Wednesday the hearings have made clear that a Senate bill that opens an avenue toward citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants would undermine border security. He contended that members of both parties are moving toward the House position that the nation's estimated 12 million illegal immigrants should be offered no guarantees against being deported. "The hearings have been an absolute success and they've put us in a stronger position to...
  • Rove tells Latino leaders US facing critical moment

    07/11/2006 5:48:47 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 76 replies · 3,363+ views
    Reuters Newswire ^ | 07/10/2006 | Yahoo News
    ANGELES (Reuters) - Karl Rove, U.S. President George W. Bush's senior political advisor, on Tuesday took the administration's message on immigration reform to Latino leaders, saying the country was approaching a "critical moment" in the debate. >br> Speaking at the annual convention of leading Latino civic group the National Council of La Raza, Rove said Bush would work with Republicans and Democrats in coming weeks to push through reform legislation that has bitterly divided Congress, the Republican Party and the nation. "We face a critical moment in our immigration debate, a moment when our nation will make an important decision...
  • What Karl Rove Should Tell La Raza

    07/10/2006 5:42:12 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 742 replies · 8,343+ views
    Human Events ^ | 07/10/06 | The Human Events View
    White House adviser Karl Rove is scheduled to speak tomorrow at the annual conference of the federally funded, left-wing, open-borders-advocacy group, the National Council of La Raza. If he does not want his speech to look like an act of appeasement, he should confront La Raza on its opposition to commonsense policies designed to secure both U.S. borders and U.S. pocketbooks. La Raza, which means “The Race” in Spanish, has denounced as “horrendous” and “appalling” the House immigration bill passed in December, which was sponsored by Judiciary Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R.-Wis.) and supported by the overwhelming majority of House Republicans....
  • Sen. Frist is Ready to Appoint Conferees - Waiting for Speaker Hasteret (CALL NOW 202-225-2976)

    07/10/2006 11:49:21 AM PDT · by davidosborne · 44 replies · 2,129+ views
    I just spoke with Speaker Hasteret's Office. I am told that he is waiting for "more hearings" one in Mid-July and another in Mid-August before appointing conferee's on the Immigration Bill..... I told him that the AMERICAN PEOPLE want the HOUSE bill not the SENATE bill !!! NOW IS THE TIME TO CALL SPEAKER HASTERET's OFFICE and tell him to APPOINT CONFEREE's NOW !!! David Click here to read MY OPEN LETTER TO CONGERSS
  • Clinton praises Bush on immigration reform

    07/08/2006 4:37:07 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 258 replies · 6,253+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 07/08/06 | By ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press Writer
    LOS ANGELES - Former President Bill Clinton praised President Bush on Saturday for supporting reforms that would allow millions of illegal immigrants to seek citizenship but said the debate in Congress is being fomented by Republicans who want to divide America. "I'm proud of him for doing it and I thanked him for doing it," he said of Bush during a "Cafe con Clinton" breakfast speech to the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza, the nation's largest Hispanic civil rights advocacy group. Clinton said Bush's roots in Texas — which has one of the nation's largest Hispanic...
  • Mexico decides

    07/06/2006 3:33:57 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 29 replies · 3,916+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 07/06/06 | Linda Chavez
    While the U.S. Congress dithers over how best to stop illegal immigration, the Mexican people may have already decided the issue this past weekend. Mexicans went to the polls Sunday to pick a new president, only the second presidential election in the last 75 years that could be characterized as a truly free and democratic contest. The more conservative, free-trade-oriented candidate, Felipe Calderon of the National Action Party (PAN), appears to have eked out a slim victory with a few hundred thousand more votes than the leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Although Lopez Obrador, the former mayor of Mexico City...
  • 2006 NCLR Annual Conference - Achieving the American Dream in a New Century (Bubba & Rove to attend)

    07/06/2006 10:08:59 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 1,206+ views
    NCLR ^ | 7/6/06 | National Council of La Raza
    Welcome, we invite you to join us at the 2006 NCLR Annual Conference! The NCLR Annual Conference serves as a catalyst for new thought and progress for over 23,000 community organization leaders and activists, elected officials, members of the corporate and academic communities, senior citizens, and youth. The Conference will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall at 1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, 90015. We can't wait to see you there!
  • Smuggling, drug-running, violence defines Mexican border: testimony

    07/06/2006 9:55:21 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 1,630+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 7/6/06 | Sara A. Carter
    SAN DIEGO - Narcotics syndicates operating along the southern border are a threat to the security of the United States, and not enough is being done to close the nation's borders to would-be terrorists, government witnesses told U.S. congressional leaders Wednesday. The House Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Non-proliferation held the first of several field hearings on border security and terrorism at the Imperial Beach Border Patrol Station in San Diego. During testimony, law enforcement agents, researchers and federal officials said they lack the funding, manpower and technology to fully secure the nation's northern and southern borders. "Drug cartels, smuggling...
  • Illegal Aliens: A Few Myths to Keep in Mind . . .

    07/05/2006 6:32:06 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 41 replies · 2,516+ views
    Virginia Times Dispatch ^ | Aug 20, 2005 | Charles Grayson
    Illegal Aliens: A Few Myths to Keep in Mind . . . Mexico City. Last Tuesday the Pew Hispanic Center announced that 41 percent of Mexicans surveyed in February and 46 percent questioned in May stated they would live in the United States if given "the means and opportunity." Indeed, two out of 10 people interviewed said they were prepared to enter the U.S. illegally. These figures could have amazing consequences because our Spanish- speaking neighbor has a population of nearly 106 million inhabitants.
  • Bilbray pushes for tougher immigration enforcement (Local LEOs say it can't be their job)

    07/05/2006 4:46:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 1,657+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 7/5/06 | Greg Gross and Angelica Martinez
    SAN DIEGO – Rep. Brian Bilbray called Wednesday for increased immigration enforcement well beyond the border, but local law enforcement leaders said they could not take on a federal mandate to arrest suspected illegal immigrants. Bilbray, R-Carlsbad, made his comments during a hearing held at the Border Patrol station here within site of the U.S.-Mexico border, one of several such sessions Republican leaders in the House of Representatives plan to hold around the country to focus more attention on the immigration issue. Bilbray said the recent debates on illegal immigration show that not enough has been done to find and...
  • Top 10 Actions Mike Pence's Immigration Bill will Accomplish

    07/05/2006 11:04:52 AM PDT · by theworkersarefew · 86 replies · 2,929+ views
    1. Pass HR 4437 HR 4437 is the House Border security bill that was passed last December. It secures our border and issues tough new fines and sanctions against employers hiring illegal aliens. HR 4437 must be passed. The Pence plan is the only way to do that. The Senate simply will not vote on HR 4437 as it stands. Pence’s plan would force them to vote on it totally intact. Sadly, politics, particularly in the Senate, dictates that Pence’s plan is the only viable option. Politically, this is the only play for conservatives who want to solve the problem....
  • On Immigration, Cannon vs. Bilbray

    07/04/2006 10:42:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 1,076+ views
    Real Clear politics ^ | 7/5/06 | Ruben Navarette - San Diego U-T
    SAN DIEGO -- Folks say this border city has been brazenly invaded by an unsavory and disruptive element that opportunistically puts its own interests before the greater good. I never believed it -- until lately. But what can I say now that America's Finest City is crawling with Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives, who have come here to hold hearings on immigration reform? San Diego plays host this week to the first of a series of public hearings on this combustible issue. The first hearing -- "Border Vulnerabilities and International Terrorism'' -- will be led by Rep....
  • Immigration debate spurs new bills from House, Senate

    07/04/2006 11:48:04 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 54 replies · 2,749+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 07/05/06 | Yahoo News
    Bringing San Diego to the forefront of the immigration debate, House Republicans will hold field hearings on the issue Wednesday at an Imperial Beach border patrol station. Two opposing immigration bills from the House and Senate will head for negotiations after the hearings senators and representatives are holding across the country this summer. San Diego area representatives have been heavily involved in the debate, some authoring sections of the House bill. Measures proposed in the House bill, H.R. 4437, include: making illegal presence in the country a felony, building 698 miles of fencing along the border, requiring employers to use...
  • Dueling hearings to air border-security issues

    07/04/2006 10:55:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 725+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 7/3/06 | Sharon McNary
    Dueling immigration hearings Wednesday in San Diego will present opposite portrayals of illegal border-crossers: Congressional testimony will center on terrorists and criminals, while immigrant testimonials will beg compassion for illegal immigrants. Border-area law enforcement officials are likely to testify in the congressional hearing Wednesday that terrorists, drug cartels and gangsters are crossing the porous southern border in increasing numbers to harm Americans. Most witnesses have given similar statements to Congress before. A later counter-hearing by human-rights activists at a San Diego public park will offer testimonials about how immigration enforcement policy is costing the lives of people who are determined...
  • Feathering Their Casas

    07/03/2006 3:16:04 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 17 replies · 1,275+ views
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | April,2006 | By George W. Grayson
    Mexican politicians continuously demand more visas for their citizens, an expanded guest-worker program, and "regularization" of illegal aliens living north of the Rio Grande. While neglecting to mention that the United States admits nearly one million legal newcomers each year, they also fail to publicize: (1) the extremely high salaries they receive, often—in the case of federal and state legislators—more than their counterparts in developed nations that have substantially longer annual sessions, (2) the generous stipends that they grant themselves, including year-end aguinaldos and end-of-term bonuses of tens of thousands of dollars known as bonos de marcha, and (3) the...
  • Illegal status hinders Mexican voting bloc

    07/02/2006 9:45:17 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 44 replies · 2,210+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo ^ | 7/02/2006 | By Peter Pregaman, Associated Press Writer
    LOS ANGELES - A potentially powerful expatriate voting bloc likely will have little effect on Mexico's presidential race because of the illegal status of many who live in the United States. Thousands of Mexican expatriates streamed into border towns Sunday to vote in their homeland's elections and others were allowed to cast absentee ballots for the first time. Still, many more were disenfranchised by their fear of crossing the border as undocumented residents. "I really wanted to vote, but I don't have papers so I couldn't go to Mexico" to get a voter card, said Adriana Lopez, 27, a housewife...
  • Mexicans choose between right and left

    07/02/2006 5:45:55 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 162 replies · 3,402+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo ^ | 07/02/06 | By Traci Karl,, Associated Press Writer
    MEXICO CITY - Mexicans voted Sunday in a tight presidential race to decide whether their country becomes the latest Latin American nation to move to the left, choosing between a shopkeeper's son promising to save the poor and a conservative calling his rival's free-spending populism dangerous. The campaign, which exposed Mexico's painful class divisions, was the first since Vicente Fox's stunning victory six years ago ended 71 years of rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI. Polls predicted a close race between conservative Felipe Calderon, 43, of Fox's National Action Party, and leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, 52, a...
  • Mexican leader faces chilly U.S. relations

    07/02/2006 3:07:55 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 43 replies · 2,498+ views
    Associated Press Writer via Yahoo ^ | 7/2/2006 | By Lisa Adams
    The reason why Mexico is having chilly relations with the United States because we are importing Mexico's poor and the American tapayer is paying for them. Mexico refused to do nothing about the corruption that is pervasive in all levels of government. There is a massive crime wave being committed more and more by Mexican nationals against American citizens. Could this also be another reason why there is a chill between Mexico and the United States?The author of the piece does not touch this.
  • Republicans Slate New Immigrations Hearings

    07/01/2006 8:12:11 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 50 replies · 2,529+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo News ^ | 7/1/2006 | Suzanne Gamboa
    Story on the House of Representatives start on hearings on immigrants. The fur will fly on this one.
  • Hispanics against Immigration Hearings

    07/01/2006 7:13:50 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 49 replies · 2,678+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/1/2006 | Emily Fredrix
    What are Hispanic groups and the Democratic Party have to fear about the upcoming immigration hearings by the GOP?What are they hiding?I thought that they would be glad that they are finally to air their views in the public.
  • Immigration Deadlock Revisited

    06/30/2006 7:36:05 PM PDT · by Sharks · 23 replies · 1,240+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 30, 2006 | Shailagh Murray and Charles Babington
    Republican Senate leaders are considering how to revive immigration legislation and cut a deal with the more hard-line House, a sign of increasing GOP concern that inaction on the emotionally charged issue could hurt the party with voters in November. For months, House and Senate Republicans have steadfastly defended their respective positions. The House has insisted on tougher border and deportation provisions only. The Senate, allied with President Bush, has demanded that a crackdown be coupled with an overhaul of immigration laws, including a broader guest worker program and a pathway to legal status for the estimated 12 million people...
  • Hispanics Against Immigration Hearings

    06/30/2006 7:23:04 PM PDT · by Sharks · 32 replies · 1,611+ views
    Forbes & AP ^ | 06.30.2006, 08:28 PM | EMILY FREDRIX
    Hispanic leaders said Friday that Republican plans to hold national hearings on an immigration bill are a stall tactic aimed at delaying immigration reform and attracting more votes for the GOP this fall. Latinos do not pose a threat to the government and should be valued for their economic contributions, said Dolores Huerta, who co-founded the United Farm Workers of America with labor leader Cesar Chavez. "We have to let people know what the truth is. This is a distraction," Huerta said. House Republican leaders scheduled the hearings to get feedback on a Senate-passed bill that would offer legal status...
  • Immigration Deadlock Revisited

    06/30/2006 1:22:46 PM PDT · by AppleButter · 23 replies · 1,228+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 30, 2006 | shailagh Murray and Charles Babingont
    Republican Senate leaders are considering how to revive immigration legislation and cut a deal with the more hard-line House, a sign of increasing GOP concern that inaction on the emotionally charged issue could hurt the party with voters in November. For months, House and Senate Republicans have steadfastly defended their respective positions. The House has insisted on tougher border and deportation provisions only. The Senate, allied with President Bush, has demanded that a crackdown be coupled with an overhaul of immigration laws, including a broader guest worker program and a pathway to legal status for the estimated 12 million people...
  • Blacks Applaud House Leadership for Stopping Senate Immigration Bill

    06/27/2006 6:22:25 AM PDT · by conservativecorner · 33 replies · 1,677+ views
    Men's News Daily ^ | June 25, 2006 | Jim Kouri
    While most civil-rights leaders, including Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, support illegal aliens and amnesty, many African-Americans believe they do so as partisan Democrats and not in the best interests of blacks in America. A national coalition of American blacks who support enforcement of US immigration laws, commended the decision by the leadership of the House of Representatives to hold field hearings later this summer. While the White House and the Senate are backing legislation that would grant amnesty to more than 12 million illegal aliens and flood America’s labor market with millions more new foreign workers, opposition to...
  • Tom Tancredo's new book – just $4.95 Take a stand! Make a statement! Push this book to No. 1!

    06/26/2006 6:59:01 PM PDT · by Sharks · 4 replies · 718+ views
    That's right. Your eyes are not deceiving you. You can save $20 off the cover price of what is sure to be the most important book of the year – Tom Tancredo's "In Mortal Danger: The Battle for America's Border and Security." Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo. In his first book ever, the courageous Colorado congressman who has led the national fight against illegal immigration, and for real border control, lays out the specifics of his plan to put America's national security ahead of politics. Officially released this week, this book is destined to become a No. 1 best-seller – perhaps,...
  • Risky Bet on Immigration: House GOP leaders' stall could backfire

    06/22/2006 8:05:20 AM PDT · by sinkspur · 160 replies · 3,374+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 6/22/2006 | Editorial
    The Republicans running the House may not be as smart as they think they are. They may have misread the public mood, which prompted them to press GOP Speaker Dennis Hastert to put off immigration negotiations with the Senate until September. They also may have misread some in their very own party. A poll being released today by the conservative Manhattan Institute and conducted by the Republican Tarrance Group shows most of the 800 likely GOP voters questioned want a solution now, even one that deals with the 12 million illegal immigrants here. Some of those surveyed even will accept...
  • It's about safety [and security]

    06/24/2006 9:20:30 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies · 721+ views
    Corpus Christi Caller-Times ^ | 6-23-06 | Jeanne O'Donnell
    Letters to the Editor: 06.23.06 It's about safety I recently wrote to Congressman Ortiz to let him know I believe that having secure borders is, first and foremost, a national security issue. His answer was interesting. While he agreed that security was a major concern, he ranked it alongside the need for low-wage workers. He also thought that, "unifying families and creating a path to citizenship is (sic) important." He thought that "Having private citizens patrol the border is not a solution, neither is constructing a border wall." But he offered no solution of his own. He did say, "As...
  • GOP Plans Hearings on Issue of Immigrants

    In a move that could bury President Bush's high-profile effort to overhaul immigration law until after the midterm elections, House GOP leaders yesterday announced a series of field hearings during the August recess, pushing off final negotiations on a bill until fall at the earliest. The announcement was the clearest sign yet that House Republicans have largely given up on passing a broad rewrite of the nation's immigration laws this year. They believe that their get-tough approach -- including building a wall along the border with Mexico and deporting millions of illegal immigrants -- is far more popular with voters...
  • The GOP's immigration shame (Triple Chunky Alert)

    06/21/2006 6:37:01 AM PDT · by RKV · 24 replies · 1,219+ views
    LA Times ^ | 21 June 2006 | Unsigned Editorial
    HOW CAN YOU TELL WHEN a governing party is running out of steam? When it controls all branches of government yet abandons even the pretense of addressing an issue most members claim is a "crisis." That's what the GOP-led House did Tuesday in announcing that discussions over reconciling its enforcement-centric immigration bill with the Senate's legalization-focused version will be pushed back to September at the earliest, and only after completing more hearings. Instead of naming negotiators and attempting in good faith to bridge the chasm between the bills, House leaders are busy naming locations for "field meetings" that can deliver...
  • Immigration Fix May Not Pass by Election

    06/20/2006 2:37:34 PM PDT · by kellynla · 58 replies · 2,163+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 20, 2006 | Charles Hurt
    House leaders cast doubt yesterday on the possibility of passing immigration reform legislation this year and said, in an unusual move, that they will hold hearings across the country to gauge voter concern on the topic. "I'm not putting any timeline on this thing, but I think we need to get this thing done right," House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert of Illinois told reporters yesterday. Immigration legislation has been stalled for nearly a month over deep opposition by House Republicans to the Senate's proposal, which provides a path to citizenship for the estimated 12 million illegal aliens now in the...
  • GOP leaders: No immigration bill this year

    06/20/2006 3:56:34 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 107 replies · 3,293+ views
    GOP leaders: No immigration bill this year By DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent 33 minutes ago In a defeat for President Bush, Republican congressional leaders said Tuesday that broad immigration legislation is all but doomed for the year, a victim of election-year concerns in the House and conservatives' implacable opposition to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants. "Our number one priority is to secure the border, and right now I haven't heard a lot of pressure to have a path to citizenship," said Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., announcing plans for an unusual series of hearings to begin in August on...
  • First Things First on Immigration (Open Letter by Prominent Conservatives to Bush & GOP Leaders)

    06/20/2006 3:20:05 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 80 replies · 2,831+ views
    An Open Letter to President Bush, Senate Majority Leader Frist, and Speaker of the House, Hastert.Recently, columnist Thomas Sowell wrote: "It will take time to see how various new border control methods work out in practice and there is no reason to rush ahead to deal with people already illegally in this country before the facts are in on how well the borders have been secured."We the undersigned agree with this statement. In 1986, Congress passed "comprehensive" immigration reform that included amnesty for around 3 million illegal immigrants, border enforcement, and interior enforcement (employer sanctions). Amnesty came, but enforcement was...
  • Georgia Law Chills Latino Home-Buying Market

    06/19/2006 7:36:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 121 replies · 3,735+ views
    LA Times ^ | June 19, 2006 | Jenny Jarvie
    A measure meant to deny jobs and services to illegal immigrants has even legal residents rethinking their future in the state. ATLANTA — Two months ago, all Alina Arguello had to do to find Latino home buyers was put up a sign and answer her phone. But ever since Georgia passed one of the most stringent and far-reaching immigration laws in the nation, the number of Latino buyers who call the Re/Max agent's home office in suburban Atlanta has dwindled from about 10 to two a day. "We're seeing a drastic drop," she said. "There's just a tremendous amount of...
  • Base to Bush: Stop illegals

    06/19/2006 10:23:58 AM PDT · by kellynla · 154 replies · 4,338+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 19, 2006 | Stephen Dinan
    Top conservative leaders have written President Bush telling him to drop his insistence on a guest-worker program and a path to citizenship for illegal aliens and instead support the 85 percent of congressional Republicans who want to tighten law enforcement first. Signers include William J. Bennett, Robert H. Bork, Ward Connerly, David A. Keene, Phyllis Schlafly and a number of think-tank academics and pundits. The immigration debate is the first major issue on which Mr. Bush finds himself opposing a majority of Republicans in Congress and depending on Democrats to deliver a victory. In their letter, the conservatives tell Mr....
  • Response from Sen Feinstein on immigration

    06/18/2006 1:48:57 PM PDT · by Technoman · 8 replies · 1,254+ views
    Letter response | 05-15-06 | Dianne Feinstein
    Dear (Technoman): Thank you for writing to me about the "Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005" (H.R. 4437). I appreciate hearing your views on this bill and the issue of immigration, and I welcome the opportunity to respond. The House of Representatives passed H.R. 4437 on December 16th and the bill was then referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration. The Judiciary Committee, of which I am a member, may consider immigration reform legislation this year. Chairman Specter has already expressed an interest in crafting a comprehensive immigration reform bill based on pending Senate bills....
  • IMMIGRATION TURNABOUT ("Immigration Bill was all but dead.")

    06/17/2006 10:14:18 AM PDT · by LdSentinal · 37 replies · 2,500+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 6/17/06 | Robert Novak
    Within two days last week, House Majority Leader John Boehner changed from sunny optimism about prospects for passing an immigration bill this summer to a bleak, negative outlook. The reason was that Boehner got the word from House Speaker Dennis Hastert. Boehner on Tuesday was upbeat in addressing a breakfast forum at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which supports a guest worker program. He indicated he would resolve differences between the restrictive House bill and the much more liberal Senate bill by the Fourth of July. But at a closed luncheon Wednesday at Charlie Palmer's restaurant, attended by financial contributors...
  • Public Warms to Bush Immigration Stance

    06/15/2006 7:13:06 AM PDT · by RKV · 172 replies · 3,281+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 15 June 2006 | John Harwood
    Add this to the list of things that have gone right lately for President Bush: Americans appear to be drawing closer to his view on the immigration debate. But that hasn't alleviated the squeeze on Republican candidates in the fall elections. A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows that the party's conservative electoral base remains at odds with broader public opinion on the issue, including sentiment of the nation's swelling Latino population.
  • Comprehensive Immigration Reform Statement of Most Reverend William Skylstad

    06/16/2006 12:30:44 AM PDT · by garbageseeker · 20 replies · 1,251+ views
    United States Conference of Catholic Bishops ^ | June 15, 2006 | Most Reverend William Skystad
    In the spirit of Liberation Theology, the USCCB released a news press release yesterday, stating they will continue their drive for passage of CIRA. This means they support of unrestricted illegal immigration to the United States despite the costs to taxpayers.The bishops are continuing their drive even though CIRA is vastly unpopular with the American people and a vast majority of Catholics. This news release has not been widely disseminated and everyone here gets a first look.