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Mexico (News/Activism)

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  • Congress on the border. Delegation meets with ranchers and learns of security challenges

    01/25/2015 12:33:43 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Shar Porier
    PALOMINAS — After a day of round table talks with ranchers and a tour of the U.S./Mexico border in Cochise County on Saturday, a group of 21 congressional representatives have a broader view of border problems. Initiated by newly-elected U.S. Rep. Martha McSally (R-Arizona) and U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas,) the largest group to ever come to the local border saw for themselves just what Border Patrol agents and Americans living in this area have to deal with on a daily basis. “To hear from the ranchers first hand about the threats that come from across the border, shows the...
  • Former Mexican President Says Most Undocumented Immigrants Don't Want To Become US Citizens

    01/25/2015 7:22:13 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    International Business Times ^ | January 25, 2015 | By David Sirota
    DAVOS -- The crackdown on illegal immigration combined with intensified border security has prompted large numbers of undocumented Mexican laborers to remain in the U.S. permanently -- even as many prefer to go home -- out of fear they will never be able to return, former Mexican President Felipe Calderon told International Business Times. “Many of them are currently trapped,” Calderon told IBTimes. “There are a lot of these people [who] want to be in Mexico eight months every year, but they are unable to go there, because if they cross the border, they will never be able to cross...
  • NAFTA Encourages Violence in Mexico, MLA Panel Alleges

    01/23/2015 6:59:48 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 22, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada, U.S. and Mexico, signed by President Clinton encourages graphic posts of murders of Mexicans by cartels and corrupt officials, panelists on a panel at the Modern Language Association (MLA) meeting in Vancouver, Canada claimed. Professor Hilda Chacon, Nazareth College of Rochester, said the graphic images of executed Mexican students and other civilians were due to the emergence of the Internet and cyberspace. This creation of “a complex, mirage of images of violence” has created “an exoticized good for violent consumption…[in]…post-NAFTA Mexico.” Ignacio Corona of Ohio State University, said, “There is no...
  • Border opens to Mexican trucks

    01/22/2015 5:11:00 PM PST · by dila813 · 39 replies
    utsandiego ^ | 8:43 P.M.JAN. 12, 2015 | Sandra Dibble
    The United States is preparing to open the border to Mexican long-haul truckers, allowing those who qualify for permits to make direct deliveries from Mexico to U.S. destinations — a measure stipulated more than two decades ago under the North American Free Trade Agreement. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is expected to publish a formal announcement this week inviting Mexican companies to apply. Supporters in United States and Mexico are praising the move as an important step toward the economic integration of the two countries and Canada that was envisioned at NAFTA’s signing in 1994.
  • Jeff Sessions to take over Senate panel overseeing immigration (with Vitter)

    01/21/2015 2:46:26 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | Seung Min Kim
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), one of the most relentless critics of the Obama administration’s immigration directives, is taking over the Senate’s panel that oversees immigration, according to three sources familiar with the decision. Sessions is set to assume the chairmanship of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security, according to the sources — giving the conservative a key platform to advance his immigration policies. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), a new member of the Judiciary Committee, is going to be the panel’s vice chair, the sources said. Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/jeff-sessions-senate-panel-immigration-114455.html#ixzz3PUytKfXy
  • Jeff Sessions' appointment to lead Senate panel shows GOP ready to rumble on immigration

    01/22/2015 1:46:36 PM PST · by Red Steel · 25 replies
    Al ^ | updated January 21, 2015 at 4:55 PM | Leada Gore
    When Sen. Jeff Sessions stepped aside to make way for Wyoming's Mike Enzi to lead the Budget Committee, many wondered if there were bigger plans ahead for Alabama's junior senator. It appears there is Sen. Sessions is set to take over the Senate panel that oversees immigration, reports indicate. The move was first reported in Politico and while the senator's office can't confirm the move ahead of the official announcement, the change is a perfect fit for Sessions who has emerged as the leading opponent of the White House's immigration plans. Sessions is set to take over chairmanship of the...
  • Drone Carrying Meth Crashes Near San Ysidro Port of Entry

    01/22/2015 12:26:19 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 53 replies
    nbcsandiego.com ^ | 1/22/2015 | Laura McVicker
    A drone carrying methamphetamine crashed in Mexico near the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Tuesday night. The unmanned aircraft hauling more than 6 pounds of crystal meth in six packages fell from the sky into the parking lot of a supermarket in Tijuana just before 10 p.m., according to Vicente Calderon, a Tijuana-based freelance journalist for NBC 7.
  • Mexico among 3 'friends of court' in Border Patrol shooting

    01/21/2015 9:08:24 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 21, 2015 | By JANET McCONNAUGHEY
    The Mexican government is asking a U.S. appeals court to let a Mexican teenager's parents sue the U.S. Border Patrol agent who shot and killed their 15-year-old son from across the border. The arguments are in one of three "friend of the court" briefs filed this month with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is considering the lawsuit filed by Sergio Hernandez's parents for the second time Wednesday. The full 16-judge court heard arguments. All three briefs ask the court to overturn U.S. District Judge David Briones' ruling that the family cannot sue agent Jesus Mesa Jr. over...
  • HOUSE IMMIGRATION BILL FALLS FAR SHORT (GOPe Snow Job)

    01/20/2015 9:24:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Powerline ^ | January 20, 2015 | John Hinderaker
    Tomorrow the House Homeland Security Committee will take up H.R.399, the Secure Our Border First Act of 2015, which I take it has the support of House GOP leadership. Sadly, the bill will do little to solve our illegal immigration crisis. The Center for Immigration Studies points out some of the bill’s many defects. Here are a few of the highlights: * The bill mandates just 27 miles of fencing, which may or may not ever be funded. If you think a fence is important, this is a risibly small effort.
  • Pope: Catholics Don't Have to Breed 'Like Rabbits' (would've loved to enter U.S. via Mexico border)

    01/19/2015 3:55:33 PM PST · by Yossarian · 36 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 1/19/2015
    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis is denouncing what he calls the "ideological colonization" of families and the developing world, where he says progressive, Western ideas about birth control and gay rights are increasingly being imposed by groups, institutions or individual nations — often as a condition for development aid. No, he said, Catholics don't have to "be like rabbits" and have more children than is safe or responsible. The Pope said there are plenty of church-approved ways to regulate births. But he said most importantly, no outside institution should impose its views on families. Speaking to reporters en...
  • Mexico suffers gasoline shortages because of pipeline thefts

    01/18/2015 6:52:36 PM PST · by thackney · 39 replies
    Bakken.com ^ | January 13, 2015 | Associated Press
    Mexico’s state-owned oil company acknowledges that pipeline thefts have gotten so bad they’re causing gasoline shortages in some states. The Pemex oil company says thieves repeatedly drilled illegal taps into pipelines carrying gasoline from refineries to distribution centers in north-central Mexico.... Thieves drilled around 2,500 illegal taps in the first nine months of 2104, and stole more than $1 billion in fuel.
  • (Lindsey) Graham sets up committee to consider 2016 bid

    01/18/2015 10:59:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 18, 2015 1:34 PM EST | Ken Thomas
    Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has set up a committee he says will help him look beyond his home state to determine if he might have a “viable path” to the Republican presidential nomination. […] Graham said in December he was thinking about seeking the GOP nomination. He has been a close ally of Sen. John McCain of Arizona, Republicans’ presidential nominee in 2008. …
  • Lawyer: Mexico border city blocks gay marriage a 4th time

    01/16/2015 8:05:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Prensa Asociado ^ | Jan 16, 2015 9:41 PM EST | Miguel Cervantes
    This city on the border with California has for a fourth time blocked a gay couple from marrying in defiance of an order from Mexico’s Supreme Court, the men’s lawyer said Friday. Attorney José Luis Márquez Saavedra said he has filed a complaint against Mexicali’s mayor and other officials seeking to force them to let Victor Fernando Urias Amparo and Victor Manuel Aguirre Espinoza wed. He accused the city of using procedural technicalities to keep them from tying the knot. Mayor Jaime Rafael Díaz Ochoa, a member of the conservative National Action Party, which has historic ties to the Roman...
  • Courthouse packed as Texas judge reviews immigration lawsuit

    01/16/2015 5:05:20 AM PST · by Hostage · 14 replies
    San Antonio Express - News ^ | January 15, 2015 | Aaron Nelsen
    BROWNSVILLE — Saying South Texas is where the “rubber meets the road” on immigration issues, a federal judge used a folksy reference Thursday to note his court is the right place to decide whether to block President Barack Obama’s recent order protecting millions of immigrants from deportation. “Talking to anyone in Brownsville about immigration is like talking to Noah about the flood,” U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen quipped in the first of what could be many hearings before a lawsuit is settled over Obama’s action. Hanan, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, questioned both sides but gave no...
  • Mexico Issuing Birth Certificates at U.S. Consulates

    01/16/2015 5:08:12 AM PST · by TADSLOS · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jan 15, 2015 | FNC Staff
    Mexico is now issuing birth certificates at its United States consulates so illegal immigrants can avoid deportation. Until now, Mexico has required its citizens to get birth certificates at government offices in Mexico. Many of those living in the U.S. ask friends and relatives back home to retrieve the paperwork, but the delay can hold up their applications for various benefits.
  • Immigrants [sic] Can Now Get Mexican Birth Certificates In U.S.

    01/15/2015 10:05:44 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    Mexico is trying to help them apply for programs that would allow them to remain temporarily in the country and continue sending money back to relatives across the border. “It is a huge help. It helps individuals really begin to formulate their formal identity in this country,” said Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.
  • Carlos Slim Just Became The New York Times’ Largest Investor

    01/14/2015 10:49:30 PM PST · by Bratch · 24 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | January 14, 2015 | David Lieberman
    Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu now owns more of the New York Times Company than does the Sulzberger family, which has controlled the venerable news provider since 1896. Slim became the dominant investor today after paying $101.1 million to exercise warrants that boosted his ownership of Class A shares by 11.9 million to 27.8 million, equal to 16.8% of the voting stock, the company says. The billionaire acquired the warrants in 2009 when he bought $250 million of the Times’ notes. The investment helped see the company through a dark period as print ads fell, and it had to invest in its digital platform. The terms guaranteed Slim...
  • Mexican Government To Issue Birth Certificates In The US, A Boon To Obama’s Executive Amnesty

    01/15/2015 10:33:54 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 26 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/15/15 | Chuck Ross
    On Thursday, the Mexican government began issuing birth certificates to its citizens at its 50 U.S.-based consulates, a move that will make it easier for illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses and work permits and to stay in the U.S. under President Obama’s executive amnesty decision. In the past, Mexican citizens had to obtain their birth certificates from offices in Mexico. Individuals would often have relatives and friends obtain the documents and send them into the U.S. But with the Mexican government’s help, its U.S.-based citizens will receive documents more quickly, which will help them apply for amnesty under Obama’s...
  • Cruz: GOP ‘will get walloped’ without action on Obamacare

    01/12/2015 4:17:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 12, 2015 6:47 PM EST | Philip Elliott
    Republicans “will get walloped” in 2016 if they do not deliver on campaign promises, such as working to scrap the controversial national health care law and blocking President Barack Obama’s immigration proposals, Sen. Ted Cruz said Monday. The freshman Texas lawmaker said fellow Republican candidates promised during last year’s elections to scrap the health care law, which they call Obamacare, and to deny Obama’s executive actions, which they call “amnesty.” Cruz, a tea party favorite considering a White House campaign in 2016, said voters will punish Republicans in two years unless lawmakers have something to show for their new majority...
  • US to allow Mexican trucks in with screening

    01/09/2015 5:55:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 9, 2015 7:37 PM EST
    The U.S. Department of Transportation says it will soon allow Mexican trucking firms to apply for authorization to make long-haul cross-border runs, potentially ending a longstanding dispute. It says it expects the move to permanently end Mexico’s on-again, off-again retaliatory tariffs on $2 billion in U.S. imports. […] The opening is a long-delayed provision of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement. …
  • Contract Cancellations Lead To Thousands Of Job Cuts In Mexico Oil Services & More To Come

    01/09/2015 6:49:35 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 1/9/2015 | Jeff Reed
    Over 10,000 workers at Mexican oil services companies were laid off this week as state-run Pemex cut contracts in response to the global decline in oil prices- and more job cuts are expected. Most of the oil services companies affected are headquartered in Ciudad del Carmen, on the Bay of Campeche coast in the GOM, and were informed this week that their contracts with Pemex would not be renewed. Bloomberg quoted Gonzalo Hernandez, secretary at the Ciudad del Carmen Economic Development Chamber, as saying that job losses could increase to 50,000. Meanwhile, Managing director of Xperto Offshore, Stuart Hill, told...
  • Mexico’s Pemex Files Request to Import Light U.S. Crude

    01/09/2015 5:28:21 AM PST · by thackney · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 8, 2015 | AMY GUTHRIE
    Mexican state-run oil giant Petroleos Mexicanos said Thursday it has requested permission from the U.S. Commerce Department to import light crude to Mexico from the U.S., with the aim of improving output at its Mexican refineries. The significant increase of light crude production in the U.S. presents an opportunity to mix that oil with Mexican heavy crude, and thus boost refining efficiency in Mexico, the company known as Pemex said. Pemex anticipates that it could import up to 100,000 barrels a day of light crude and condensates under the proposal, which it calls a “swap.” America has a long-standing ban...
  • California newspaper office vandalized over use of ‘illegal’ immigrant label

    01/09/2015 12:56:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 09, 2015
    A California newspaper will continue to use the term “illegals” to describe people who enter the U.S. without permission, despite an attack on its building by vandals believed to object to the term. The Santa Barbara News-Press’s front entrance was sprayed with the message “The border is illegal, not the people who cross it” in red paint, sometime either Wednesday night or early Thursday, according to the newspaper’s director of operations, Donald Katich. The attack came amid wider objections to a News-Press headline that used the word “illegals” alongside a story on California granting driver’s licenses to people in the...
  • Obama Heckled During Arizona High School Speech [VIDEO]

    01/08/2015 11:32:42 AM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    During a speech on the middle class and housing at a Phoenix, Arizona high school, President Obama was heckled by a member of the audience. (VIDEO: Christie Shouts Down Heckler: ‘Sit Down and Shut Up!’) Halfway through Obama’s speech at Central High School, considered part of a pre-State of the Union tour to sell his policies, the heckler began yelling. “Is this about housing?” Obama asked, before the shouting stops. WATCH: (starting at 58:21) It’s difficult to make out what the heckler was yelling about in the official White House video, but local media indicate that she was shouting something...
  • Mexican President Offers Obama Help With Executive Amnesty

    01/07/2015 4:35:36 PM PST · by raptor22 · 38 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 7, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Hypocrisy: Mexico's president tells ours that his country will supply any documents needed for illegal aliens to qualify under Barack Obama's executive amnesty. At the same time, Mexico deports more illegals than we do. In an Oval Office meeting with President Obama on Tuesday, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said that his administration "is ready to give (support) to the Mexican population living in the United States so that they can show the documentation that is necessary to prove that they have been in the United States prior to 2010" to meet the five-year requirement of Obama's amnesty plan and...
  • Obama to discuss immigration with Mexico’s president at White House

    01/05/2015 11:40:47 AM PST · by PROCON · 27 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Jan. 5 2015 | Dave Boyer
    Immigration will be on the agenda when President Obama hosts Mexican President Enrique Peńa Nieto Tuesday at the White House, Mr. Obama’s first meeting with a foreign leader in the new year. Mexican officials say Mr. Peńa Nieto will thank Mr. Obama for taking executive action in November to grant deportation amnesty to nearly five million illegal immigrants in the U.S., many of whom are Mexican.The administration also has been urging Mexican officials to help stem the flow of illegal immigrants from central American countries via a network of smugglers operating in Mexico. The two leaders are also likely to...
  • Sen. Tom Coburn: Dept. of Homeland Security Failing Five Main Missions

    01/04/2015 6:56:04 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson ^ | January 3, 2015 | Sharyl Attkisson
    On his way out of the door, his final day as a U.S. Senator, Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) released a blistering oversight report that finds the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) isn’t “successfully executing any of its five main missions.” Coburn’s criticisms include, but also predate, the Obama administration. Among the key findings: · DHS spent $50 billion over the past eleven years on counterterrorism programs but cannot demonstrate if the nation is more secure as a result. · 700 miles of the Southern border remain unsecured. · DHS is not effectively administering or enforcing the nation’s immigration laws. Only...
  • 700 miles of U.S.-Mexico border still insecure, congressional investigators say

    01/04/2015 3:08:06 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/03/15 | Stephen Dinan
    Less than 3 percent of illegal immigrants will ever be deported, and more than 700 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border remained unsecured as of 2014, according to Sen. Tom Coburn’s final oversight report released Saturday morning, which found the Homeland Security Department failing in several of its top missions. The report also said corruption is a serious problem in the Border Patrol, but said agency officials actually told internal affairs investigators to cut down on the number of cases they were pursuing, according to the former division head. In another finding Mr. Coburn’s staff on the Senate Homeland Security Committee...
  • Anti-brutality activists aim to ‘evict’ St. Louis police from headquarters

    01/01/2015 1:26:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | December 31, 2014 | Massoud Hayoun
    Scores of protesters at the helm of the ongoing nationwide movement against police violence stormed the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Wednesday, aiming to “evict” officers they accused of “perpetrating police brutality on our citizenry.” Five of the roughly 25 demonstrators who linked arms in the lobby of the police department were arrested in the headquarters, the St. Louis Police Department told Al Jazeera. Police pepper-sprayed and forced other protesters off the premises. The detainees — four women and one man — were charged with “trespassing and peace disturbance,” said Leah K. Freeman, the department's spokeswoman. The man was charged...
  • U.S. border apprehensions of Mexicans fall to historic lows

    12/30/2014 1:56:15 PM PST · by iowamark · 9 replies
    Pew Research ^ | 12/30/2014 | Jens Manuel Krogstad and Jeffrey S. Passel
    For the first time on record, more non-Mexicans than Mexicans were apprehended at U.S. borders in 2014 by the Border Patrol, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of more than 60 years of Border Patrol data. This shift is another sign that unauthorized immigrants from Mexico are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border significantly less often than they did before the Great Recession. About 229,000 Mexicans were apprehended by the Border Patrol in fiscal year 2014 compared with 257,000 non-Mexicans during the previous year, according to recently published Border Patrol data. Taken together, total apprehensions of Mexican and non-Mexican unauthorized immigrants...
  • (Illegal) Immigrants get warning on driver's licenses

    12/28/2014 9:23:01 AM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/26/14 | AMY TAXIN
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — While tens of thousands of immigrants living in the United States illegally are preparing to apply for a long-sought driver's license in California starting Jan. 2, others are being urged to think twice. Immigrant advocates say the vast majority should be able to get licenses without trouble, but they want anyone who previously obtained a driver's license under a false name or someone else's Social Security number to speak first with a lawyer, fearing a new application could trigger a fraud investigation. The same applies to immigrants with a prior deportation order or criminal record because...
  • Mexico crisis engulfs major institutions but hits the left hardest

    12/27/2014 7:21:48 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 2 replies
    La La Times ^ | Dec 27, 2014 | Tracy Wilkinson
    When a president is in crisis, it is usually a propitious time for political opponents to pounce. But in Mexico, the controversies, failings and crisis of confidence engulfing President Enrique Peńa Nieto have tarred not just his 2-year-old administration but the entire political establishment.
  • Nevermind U.S. shale, Saudi Arabia’s oil power play targets Iran’s economy

    12/27/2014 6:40:43 PM PST · by Red Steel · 26 replies
    Financial Post ^ | Updated: Dec 27 7:00 AM ET | Diane Francis
    All politics are local, except for oil politics. The Russians think these low oil prices are an American-Saudi conspiracy. American commentators believe that the Saudis have driven down prices to punish North Dakota’s shale oil revolution and drive its high-cost producers out of the game. In Canada, the paranoia in Calgary is that the Saudis and other Gulf oil producers want to drive the oil sands out of business. But what are the Saudis up to and are they powerful enough to control prices? This week the Saudi minister blamed low prices on oversupply from North America. But that is...
  • Sharyl Attkisson: Docs indicate ATF was using Fast and Furious to justify new gun regs

    12/27/2014 11:23:57 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 92 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | Dec 26, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Just as Second Amendment civil rights activists feared, federal government bureaucrats were supplying illegal firearms to Mexican drug cartels in the expectation that it would led to pressure for more regulation. Analyzing a 60 page document release in response to a FOIA action by Judicial Watch Attkisson writes:
  • Call for border fence exposes lack of knowledge

    10/18/2011 12:04:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 292 replies
    Beaumont Enterprise ^ | October 18, 2011 | staff
    Minnesota Congresswomen and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has become the latest politician to call for an impenetrable fence along the entire length of the border with Mexico. "President Obama has failed the American people by failing to secure the southern border," said Bachmann. "I will secure that border and that will be Job One." Statements like that may get some attention, but they are not practical. Don't take our word for it; take Rick Perry's. The Texas governor has been called a lot of things, but he's hardly a mushy liberal. Yet even this tough Texan sneers at calls for...
  • Third Priest Killed In Dangerous Southern Mexico [A Corrupt And Deadly Crime-Ridden Nation?]

    12/26/2014 10:47:05 AM PST · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    YahooNews ^ | December 26, 2014 | MARK STEVENSON
    Third Priest Killed In Dangerous Southern Mexico By MARK STEVENSON A priest was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head, his diocese said Friday, marking the latest in series of abductions, attacks and highway robberies against Roman Catholic clerics in an area of southern Guerrero state dominated by drug cartels. Rev. Gregorio Lopez Gorostieta is the third Catholic priest to have been killed in the region this year, and the first to die since the federal government launched a special, stepped-up security operation in the area following the disappearance of 43 teachers' college students three months ago. The...
  • Illegal Alien Church Choir Leader Accused of Molesting Girl in Texas

    12/23/2014 10:43:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | December 23, 2014 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    MCALLEN, Texas – An illegal alien from Mexico who was working as a choir teacher for a Texas border church has been arrested for allegedly trying to seduce an 11-year-old girl. Authorities believe other girls may have been victimized. Police in the rural border city of Palmview arrested Jesus Bustos earlier this week on the charge of indecency with a child, court documents obtained by Breitbart Texas show. Bustos, 48, had been a singing teacher at a local Christian church where he also gave individual lessons to choir members. The case began weeks ago when Palmview police were contacted by...
  • The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World

    12/20/2014 4:04:53 AM PST · by iowamark · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 10, 2014 | Amanda Macias, Jeremy Bender and Skye Gould
    There's only one real way to compare military strength, and thankfully the world hasn't had many opportunities lately. Despite the potential powder keg in the South China Sea, standoffs in Ukraine, and proxy wars throughout the Middle East, inter-state warfare between the world's military powers has been all but banished from the global scene (for the time being, at least). For a simpler evaluation of military power, we turned to the Global Firepower Index, a ranking of 106 nations based on more than 50 factors including overall military budget, available manpower, and the amount of equipment each country has in...
  • Fewer US-Born Americans Have Jobs Now Than In 2007

    12/20/2014 8:28:02 AM PST · by RicocheT · 32 replies
    Daily Caller blog ^ | 12/20/2014 | NEIL MUNRO
    Fewer Americans born in the U.S. have jobs now than were employed to November 2007, despite a working-age population growth of 11 million. The amazing drop in employment highlights President Barack Obama’s slow recovery from the deep 2008 shock, but also spotlights many companies’ growing reliance on foreign migrant labor. Almost one in every two jobs added since 2009 have gone to foreign-born workers. In November 2014, one in every five U.S. jobs was held by a foreign-born worker, up from one-in-six jobs in January 2010, according to federal data highlighted by the Center for Immigration Studies. Since November 2007,...
  • Illegal immigration up, deportations down in 2014: DHS

    12/19/2014 2:19:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 19, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    The number of illegal immigrants crossing the border rose in 2014, while deportations dropped, according to new statistics Homeland Security released Friday in a pre-holiday data dump that signaled potential problems on both sides of the immigration enforcement equation. Apprehensions on the border, which Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says is a yardstick for overall illegal immigration, rose 16 percent in fiscal year 2014, while deportations from within the interior of the U.S. — the measure of how much the administration is going after long-time illegal immigrants — fell 24 percent. Those numbers, which cover from Oct. 1, 2013, through...
  • ANSWER's Steering Committee: Traitors, and Commies, and Jew-haters - oh my!

    03/12/2003 12:09:14 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 29 replies · 30,466+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | Wednesday, March 12, 2003 | By Ryan Anderson O’Donnell
    ANSWER's Steering CommitteeBy Ryan Anderson O’DonnellFrontPageMagazine.com | March 12, 2003 The group at the forefront of the recent anti-war rallies, International A.N.S.W.E.R (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) is in reality a front organization designed to further the radical agenda of several extremist movements from the political Left. Despite the media’s assertions to the contrary, present incarnation of the peace movement, led by ANSWER, is anything but representative of mainstream America. ANSWER’s steering committee reads like a "Who’s Who" of radical political organizations. The most influential member of ANSWER’s steering committee, Ramsey Clark’s pet project known as the...
  • Young immigrants allowed to get driver’s licenses

    12/18/2014 4:32:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2014 5:19 PM EST | Jacques Billeaud
    A judge cleared the way Thursday for thousands of young immigrants in Arizona who are protected from deportation under an Obama administration policy to get driver’s licenses. The preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge David Campbell bars the state from enforcing Gov. Jan Brewer’s policy of denying the licenses to about 20,000 immigrants. The injunction that takes effect on Monday was a formality that carries out instructions issued in July by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. …
  • Obama’s Amnesty Plan Also Ends Program for Enforcing Immigration Laws

    12/16/2014 9:58:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 16, 2014 - 4:08 PM | Penny Starr
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson issued a series of memorandums on the same day the President Barack Obama announced he would take executive action to protect millions of illegal aliens from being deported, including ending Secure Communities, the partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement to facilitate the enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws. “The Secure Communities program, as we know it, will be discontinued,” the first line of Johnson’s Nov. 20 memo reads. […] “The goal of Secure Communities was to more effectively identify and facilitate the removal of criminal aliens in the custody of state a local...
  • When 'Justice' Trumps Accuracy, Journalism Loses

    12/15/2014 7:53:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2014 | Jeff Jacoby
    JOURNALISTS, SAYS Jorge Ramos, shouldn't make a fetish of accuracy and impartiality. Speaking last month at the International Press Freedom Awards, Univision's influential news anchor told his audience that while he has "nothing against objectivity," journalism is meant to be wielded as "a weapon for a higher purpose: justice." To be sure, he said, it is important to get the facts right — five deaths should be reported as five, not six or seven. But "the best of journalism happens when we, purposely, stop pretending that we are neutral and recognize that we have a moral obligation to tell truth...
  • Two Mystery Illnesses Linked to 12 Child Deaths; 94 Paralysis Cases Since August

    12/15/2014 8:21:50 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson ^ | December 14, 2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    In the span of four months, at least 94 children in 33 U.S. states have developed a devastating form of paralysis with symptoms similar to polio. Some require a ventilator to breathe. And some of the greatest government health minds in the country say they have no idea what’s causing it. At the same time, during the past four months, at least 12 children have died after falling ill with a respiratory virus called Enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68). Again, federal health officials are at a loss to explain the origin of the epidemic. Are the mysterious outbreaks linked? The Centers for...
  • Undocumented Immigrants Line Up for Door Opened by Obama [and the GOPe]

    12/14/2014 11:54:31 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 36 replies
    NYT ^ | December 14, 2014 | By JULIA PRESTON
    LOS ANGELES — They pushed strollers, tugged toddlers and streamed into the convention center in the heart of this city on Sunday, thousands of immigrants here illegally and anxious to find out if they could gain protection from deportation under executive actions by President Obama. The crowd, waiting in a long snaking line to check in, was drawn by an information session organized by advocacy groups offering people initial assessments to see if they meet the requirements to apply to stay in the country and work. The day became a kind of coming-out party for about 5,000 unauthorized immigrants, the...
  • Bob Beckel: Get ready for an October surprise, Republicans

    09/21/2014 4:37:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | posted at 11:21 am on September 19, 2014 by Allahpundit
    Via NRO, nothing says “slow news Friday” like a lazy post devoted to half-assed speculation. On the one hand, he’s an old Democrat with friends in the Democratic establishment. He might conceivably have heard something from a friend who’s heard something from someone who’s in a position to know. On the other hand, I haven’t seen a single other liberal in media anywhere say anything about an October surprise. What’s most likely? That Bob Beckel, Fox News liberal, is somehow more tapped in to the White House than MSNBC? That lots of other lefties in media know what he’s talking...
  • Lower Oil and King Dollar Are Unambiguously Good Don’t listen to the naysayers.

    12/13/2014 5:58:18 AM PST · by bestintxas · 12 replies
    nat review ^ | 12/12/14 | l kudlow
    We all know that the American energy revolution, led by the new technologies of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, has created a flood of new shale-oil and natural-gas production that has overwhelmed world markets and driven prices down by roughly 40 percent. End-of-week crude oil closed near $57 a barrel, and the national average gasoline price finished at $2.60. No matter what the naysayers are trying to sell, the new energy reality is unambiguously good for the U.S. and global economies. There may be some dislocations among countries, sectors, or companies, but the overwhelming impact is positive. In fact, the...
  • Illegal Immigrant Sues Border Patrol Over Dog Bites Sustained During Drug Arrest

    12/11/2014 3:25:43 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 30 replies
    Inquisiter ^ | December 11, 2014
    Illegal immigrant Jose Manuel Marino-Najera is suing the Border Patrol over dog bites he sustained after entering America illegally and carrying drugs into the country. Marino-Najera claims his human rights were violated after United States Border Patrol officers unleashed canine agents on him before he was arrested on a “cartel controlled” section of the Mexican border. Jose Manuel Marino-Najera reportedly became an illegal immigrant after choosing to have coyotes – human smugglers, help him get across the U.S. border with Mexico. To garner the help of the coyotes, Marino-Najera allegedly had to agree to tote a large bag full of...
  • Would GOP Conference Chair Vote to Fund Obama’s Amnesty? No Direct Answer

    12/10/2014 1:22:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 10, 2014 - 10:47 AM | Ali Meyer
    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the House Republican Conference Chairman, said today in response to the question of whether she would vote for a CR that funds Obama’s unilateral amnesty for illegal aliens that “we are looking at every option to hold the president accountable.” Yesterday, the Republican leadership of which McMorris Rodgers is a part, released a 1,603-page omnibus spending bill that places no restrictions on Obama’s implementation of his amnesty. The bill would fund most of the government through the end of this fiscal year on Sept. 30 and the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 27. …