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  • Immigration plan envisions 'incentives' to illegal aliens

    08/09/2004 10:23:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 95 replies · 1,278+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 10, 2004 | Jerry Seper
    The Washington Times www.washingtontimes.com Immigration plan envisions 'incentives' to illegal aliensBy Jerry SeperTHE WASHINGTON TIMESPublished August 10, 2004 Millions of illegal aliens in the United States would be free from arrest and deportation, have access to tax-deferred savings accounts and Social Security credits, and get unrestricted travel to and from their home countries under President Bush's guest-worker program.     According to previously undisclosed details of the president's plan, which some critics have described as a limited amnesty, the proposal offers numerous "incentives" for the 8 million to 12 million illegal aliens to come "out of the shadows," Homeland Security Undersecretary...
  • CA FREEPERS: Border Security Townhall Meeting with Homeland Sec's Asa Hutchinson

    08/10/2004 2:06:20 AM PDT · by newzjunkey · 28 replies · 883+ views
    Office of Congressman Darrel Issa, press release ^ | August 9, 2004 | Congressman Darrel Issa's Office
    This Friday!VISTA, CA -- Congressman Darrell Issa will host a town meeting featuring Asa Hutchinson, Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security on Friday, August 13 for a discussion focusing on immigration enforcement efforts. The meeting will take place at 10:30 a.m., PT in the all-purpose room of Margarita Middle School in Temecula.Congressman Issa strongly supports operations conducted by the Border Patrol Mobile Patrol Group, which during the first half of June resulted in 422 apprehensions of illegal aliens by twelve Border Patrol Agents. Congressman Issa and Under Secretary Hutchinson will discuss issues surrounding immigration enforcement and answer questions from...
  • Vernon Robinson: Bad for Bush and Wrong for North Carolina

    08/09/2004 11:19:43 PM PDT · by Conservative Firster · 35 replies · 1,300+ views
    With U.S. Rep. Richard Burr retiring from the House to run for U.S. Senate, the conservative 5th district of North Carolina sports an open seat. Political legacies, millionaire businessmen, and incumbent politicians all declared their intention to run for the Republican nomination. The race quickly became one of the most contested in the nation. Many candidates distinguished themselves. Businessmen Jay Helvey and Nathan Tabor both drew considerable attention and are likely to seek high office again. However, most pundits narrowed the field to three likely contenders. For some time, the campaigns of businessman Ed Broyhill (son of former U.S. Sen....
  • Illegals acted on rumors of amnesty

    08/02/2004 12:14:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 36 replies · 887+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | August 2, 2004 | Jerry Seper
    The Washington Times www.washingtontimes.com Illegals acted on rumors of amnestyBy Jerry SeperTHE WASHINGTON TIMESPublished August 2, 2004 Nearly 35 percent of the illegal aliens captured trying to enter the United States in the 19 days after President Bush proposed a still-pending guest-worker program say they were trying to take advantage of what many saw as amnesty.     According to a confidential Border Patrol report to a Senate committee, 1,000 of 2,881 foreign nationals interviewed by agents after their capture at the U.S.-Mexico border between Jan. 7 and Jan. 26 acknowledged that rumors of an amnesty program -- outlined in Mexican...
  • A Bitter Goodbye For Border Patrol [Stockton, CA]

    07/25/2004 1:40:47 PM PDT · by DumpsterDiver · 23 replies · 1,084+ views
    The Record ^ | July 25, 2004 | Emil Guillermo
    Agents, families upset over closing The Diaz family appeared to have it all: the big-screen TV, the boat, the new 3,000-square-foot home. But last week, Lora Diaz, 39, sat in her darkened family room in dread, seated across from her husband, Raul, a U.S. Border Patrol agent. The wood blinds of the couple's Lathrop home were shut, and she was dressed in black, as if someone or something had died. Raul Diaz, a 20-year veteran of the agency commonly referred to as "La Migra," is one of five agents who work the interior of the state and part of Nevada....
  • Oppose Massive Amnesty for Illegal Aliens Working in Agriculture

    07/07/2004 6:43:48 AM PDT · by yoe · 5 replies · 949+ views
    Numbers U.S.A. ^ | July 7, 2004 | Numbers U.S. A Staff
    Oppose Massive Amnesty for Illegal Aliens Working in Agriculture S. 1645 and H.R. 3142, the Agricultural Job Opportunity, Benefits, and Security Act of 2003, introduced by Sens. Larry Craig (R-ID) and Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Reps. Chris Cannon (R-UT) and Howard Berman (D-CA), is a massive agricultural guestworker-amnesty bill. Amnesty for estimated 3 million Of the 1.2 million illegal aliens currently working in agriculture, an estimated 860,000 plus their spouses and children could qualify for this amnesty, so the total could reach three million or more. Past amnesty for agricultural workers failed The 1986 Special Agriculuture Worker (SAW) amnesty showed...
  • Illegal Immigrants Should Get Chance to Become Citizens, McCain Tells Hispanic Conference

    06/26/2004 4:46:08 PM PDT · by Brian Mosely · 78 replies · 1,616+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 26, 2004 | Amanda Lee Myers
    PHOENIX (AP) - The "human tragedy" of illegal immigrants dying and being abused as they attempt to enter the United States will continue until the federal government acknowledges the important economic role undocumented workers play, Sen. John McCain told Hispanic leaders Saturday. "It is in our national interest to bring the 8 to 12 million undocumented immigrants out of the shadows and allow them an opportunity to become citizens of this great nation," McCain said at the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza, a civil rights group and political think tank dedicated to promoting Hispanic issues. The...
  • CANNON URGES ILLEGALS TO DONATE ILLEGALLY (Rep. Chris Cannon, Republican-Utah)

    06/15/2004 8:50:45 AM PDT · by Cedar · 42 replies · 566+ views
    Right March ^ | Chuck Muth
    CANNON URGES ILLEGALS TO DONATE ILLEGALLY Rep. Chris Cannon (R-Utah) was interviewed by Jose' Elibardo Rivera on Spanish-language radio station KBJA (1640 AM) on Saturday morning, May 22nd. Also on the air with the congressman was Cannon aide Marco Diaz. An English translation of the transcript from the show reveals the Cannonites explaining how they think illegal aliens could legally contribute to Cannon's congressional re-election campaign and get around the FEC laws. "You, you, you... are illegal, as, as I was a long time ago," says host Rivera to his audience during the interview. "Let's say you are illegal. Does...
  • Ariz. conservatives upset with hospital illegal aliens vote

    05/24/2004 3:59:22 PM PDT · by take · 13 replies · 181+ views
    Ariz. conservatives upset with hospital immigration vote Immigration hawks are upset with four Arizona Republicans for voting against a federal measure that would have required hospitals to report illegal aliens to federal authorities. Conservative illegal immigration opponents such as the Protect Arizona Now coalition are blasting votes against the hospital bill by Arizona Congressmen John Shadegg, Jeff Flake, Jim Kolbe and Rick Renzi. The legislation was supported by those who want to see stricter border and immigration controls but opposed by hospitals who do not want to get caught up in law enforcement and federal issues. Illegal immigration is a...
  • Bush 'amnesty' blamed for rise in illegals

    04/16/2004 5:27:43 PM PDT · by rs79bm · 200 replies · 296+ views
    The number of illegal aliens being apprehended on the southwestern border has jumped 25 percent in the first three months of 2004 compared with last year, and some are blaming President Bush's immigration proposal in January for enticing immigrants across the border. "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to tell you the president's speech was the catalyst for lots of folks to make their way north and try to get into this country in order to get what they accurately believe to be amnesty," said Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican and chairman of the House Immigration Reform Caucus. The increase...
  • Utah Lawmaker Pushes for Illegal Alien Amnesty

    04/01/2004 8:08:57 AM PST · by looscnnn · 20 replies · 187+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 01, 2004 | Matt Hayes
    <p>On March 24, the House Judiciary Committee held an oversight hearing called “How Would Millions of Guest Workers Impact Working Americans and Americans Seeking Employment?”</p> <p>The hearing took place in connection with various “guest worker” bills pending before Congress. Rep. Chris Cannon (search), R-Utah, a committee member, has spent extraordinary resources trying to convince voters that the bill he co-sponsors is not an amnesty, though it would not prosecute the millions of illegal aliens (search) who have committed a crime by entering or remaining in the U.S. without a current visa. Instead, it would give them a work permit.</p>
  • Demonstrators Swarm Around Rove's Home

    03/28/2004 9:05:22 PM PST · by kenth · 150 replies · 1,980+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 29, 2004 | Steven Ginsberg
    Several hundred people stormed the small yard of President Bush's chief political strategist, Karl Rove, yesterday afternoon, pounding on his windows, shoving signs at others and challenging Rove to talk to them about a bill that deals with educational opportunities for immigrants. Protesters poured out of one school bus after another, piercing an otherwise quiet, peaceful Sunday in Rove's Palisades neighborhood in Northwest, chanting, "Karl, Karl, come on out! See what the DREAM Act is all about!" Rove obliged their first request and opened his door long enough to say, "Get off my property."
  • (Orrin) Hatch bill to allow illegal immigrants in-state tuition has $90M federal cost

    03/21/2004 12:03:01 PM PST · by 4.1O dana super trac pak · 36 replies · 407+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | #/16/2004 | Christopher Smith
    WASHINGTON -- Allowing some illegal immigrants to attend college at in-state tuition prices and eventually become lawful U.S. residents would cost federal taxpayers $90 million over the next decade and benefit 46,000 immigrants, congressional budget analyst say.Federal spending would increase from higher participation in Food Stamp and Medicaid programs, according to the congressional Budget Office.Utah Republicans Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Chris Cannon are primary sponsers of Senate and House versions of legislation to repeal a 1996 federal law and give states direction over whether to offer public education benefits to people who enter the country illegally.The bills also would...
  • Bush, Fox, promote plan to ease immigration laws

    03/06/2004 6:55:37 PM PST · by JackelopeBreeder · 403 replies · 1,435+ views
    Knight Ridder Newspapers ^ | 6 March 2004 | Ron Hutcheson
    Crawford, Texas - President Bush and Mexican President Vicente Fox joined forces Saturday to promote Bush's plan for easing immigration laws, as Bush acknowledged that the proposal faces a tough time in Congress. Standing side-by-side in bright sunshine at Bush's Texas ranch, the two leaders said Bush's plan for a new temporary worker program would help both countries by eliminating the underground market for Mexican workers. The proposal would let an estimated 8 million workers who are in the United States illegally gain legal status as guest workers. "The people who come to this country make a significant contribution to...
  • An immigrant president? Constitutional ban is an anachronism

    02/16/2004 11:27:57 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 100 replies · 531+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 2/16/04 | Op/Ed
    <p>Among other things, the election of Austrian-born Arnold Schwarzenegger as California's governor revived interest in a question too long ignored: Why should Americans born abroad be barred from this country's top job?</p> <p>The U.S. Constitution (Article II, Section I) says: "No person except a natural born citizen ... shall be eligible to the office of president." Maybe that made sense in 1787, so soon after the American colonies had won their freedom and the fear of European meddling in the new country lingered. But 217 years later, in a country with more than 30 million foreign-born residents, a large percentage of them naturalized citizens, the ban is an anachronism that discriminates against far too many Americans.</p>
  • Senate to hold talks about guest workers - Bush’s reform plan does little for amnesty, citizenship

    02/04/2004 12:09:23 PM PST · by VU4G10 · 22 replies · 216+ views
    themonitor.com/ ^ | February 03,2004 | Ryan Gabrielson
    McALLEN — Administration officials and lawmakers are expected to "flesh out" President Bush’s immigration reform proposal during a Senate hearing this week, amid mounting attacks from both political parties.The hearing on Thursday is the first step in months in either branch of Congress to move forward any reform legislation. It is to focus on creating a new guest worker program and establish a legal flow of immigrant workers from Mexico and Central America.Several immigration reform bills have been introduced in Congress since last July, but none has been given a hearing."I think the main thing is to allow the White...
  • Bush Immigration Proposal Angering Conservatives; Contributions witheld (Drudge developing)

    01/15/2004 7:00:01 PM PST · by Beck_isright · 1,014 replies · 1,047+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 01.15.04 | Drudge
    WASH TIMES: President Bush’s immigration initiative has angered conservative Republicans so much that some are refusing to donate to his reelection campaign, according to a Bush fundraiser in Georgia...DEVELOPING....
  • Immigration Reform Considered After Ridge Hints at Amnesty

    12/26/2003 8:26:36 PM PST · by JustPiper · 308 replies · 2,714+ views
    Fox ^ | 12-26-04 | Peter Brownfeld
    <p>WASHINGTON — President Bush is meeting next month with Mexican President Vicente Fox at the Summit of the Americas (search) in Monterrey, Mexico, where immigration reforms stymied after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks are sure to be on the agenda.</p>
  • Immigration and Security

    12/24/2003 7:50:09 AM PST · by presidio9 · 189 replies · 354+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Wednesday, December 24, 2003
    <p>Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge recently committed the political sin of telling the truth. His helpful candor has reopened a much-needed debate over immigration and exposed some of the specious arguments used by those who want to close U.S. borders.</p>
  • Bush to Propose Broad AmnestyTell Congress to Say No!

    12/24/2003 10:32:04 AM PST · by Klickitat · 274 replies · 1,020+ views
    FAIR ^ | 12-24-03 | Fair staff
    Bush to Propose Broad Amnesty Tell Congress to Say No! We regret having to interrupt your holiday season with bad news on the immigration reform front, but the Washington Post reports this morning that President Bush and Karl Rove-in order to appeal to Hispanic voters-are poised to announce a sweeping amnesty plan during the second week of January. If you like amnesty, mass legal immigration, and the continued unprecedented decline in the American economic standard of living, you'll love President Bush's proposal. While the details of the plan remain unclear, President Bush is expected to propose an outline modeled after...
  • Immigration Reform on Bush Agenda

    12/24/2003 5:18:27 AM PST · by ch53gunner · 70 replies · 215+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, December 24, 2003 | Mike Allen
    <p>President Bush plans to kick off his reelection year by proposing a program that would make it easier for immigrants to work legally in the United States, in what would constitute the most significant changes to immigration law in 18 years, Republican officials said yesterday. Lobbyists working with the White House said Bush is developing a plan that would allow immigrants to cross the border legally if jobs are waiting for them. The sources said the administration also wants to provide a way for some undocumented workers in the United States to move toward legal status. Bush will try to make the plan more palatable to conservatives by including stricter entry controls, including increased use of technology at the border and steps toward better enforcement of current visa restrictions and reporting requirements, sources said.</p>
  • Bush bringing Immigration Reform in 2004 (12/23/03)

    12/23/2003 6:10:11 PM PST · by LandofLincoln · 136 replies · 787+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 12/23/03 | me
    Bush Set to Propose Sweeping Immigration Reform in 2004... program would 'make it easier for immigrants to work legally in the United States'... most significant changes to immigration law in 18 years
  • Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants? (4 Letters)

    12/22/2003 1:51:44 AM PST · by sarcasm · 24 replies · 281+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 22, 2003
    o the Editor:Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge's ambitious plan to grant the estimated 8 million to 10 million undocumented immigrants some sort of legal status ("New Hope on Immigration," editorial, Dec. 15) is a necessary step forward in preserving our national security and a new hope for undocumented immigrants who live, work and pay taxes but suffer the humiliation of being the scapegoat every time our nation finds itself in a political and economic crisis.Let's hope that this plan becomes a bipartisan effort between members of Congress and immigrant rights activists to develop a good immigration policy that will safeguard...
  • Texas Senator Cornyn's Focus Set on the Border

    12/21/2003 1:02:39 PM PST · by Theodore R. · 8 replies · 266+ views
    Laredo, TX, Morning Times ^ | 12-21-03 | Cortez, Tricia
    Cornyn's focus set on the border By Tricia Cortez Times staff writer In his first year as a U.S. Senator, John Cornyn has taken a key interest in the border, a fast-growing and often misunderstood region that is vital to the state of Texas and the rest of the country. Cornyn, the former Texas attorney general, has focused much of his time and energy on identifying the problems and interests of the Tex-Mex border. While he brings a new perspective and understanding of these pressing but long-neglected issues to Congress, Cornyn said it is a constant struggle educating his colleagues...
  • 'Multispeak' Obscures Debate Over Migrants

    12/18/2003 8:41:05 AM PST · by boris · 21 replies · 222+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12-18-2003 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    'Multispeak' Obscures Debate Over Migrants Ridge and Bush have a disagreement on policy for undocumented immigrants, or do they? By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer WASHINGTON — In less than a week, the Bush administration has sent out what at first appear to be conflicting signals over how to deal with an estimated 8 million to 11 million illegal immigrants, mainly Latinos. Answering questions at a south Florida town hall meeting last week, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said granting undocumented immigrants some form of legal status would make sense. But at his news conference Monday, President Bush asked to...
  • 36 U.S. Representatives call DHS Sec. Ridge on the carpet for his pro-amnesty comments

    12/17/2003 9:36:29 PM PST · by GrandMoM · 27 replies · 203+ views
    EMAIL TO GRANDMOM
    -----36 U.S. Representatives call DHS Sec. Ridge on the carpet for his pro-amnesty comments ====================================================== Congratulations to all of you on your faxes and phone calls to Members of Congress to sign the letter of protest against Department of Homeland Security Sec. Ridge for his pro-amnesty statements last week.{ATTACHED BELOW}The first version of the letter went out today with 36 signatures! That is really impressive -- especially with nearly all Members of Congress out of town. Hats off to the staff of Rep. Kind (R-IA) for pulling this together in a short time. As more Members contact King's office to...
  • Bush rules out 'blanket amnesty'

    12/15/2003 9:45:11 PM PST · by kattracks · 88 replies · 745+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/16/03 | Joseph Curl
    <p>President Bush yesterday ruled out granting "blanket amnesty" to as many as 12 million immigrants illegally in the United States, but said he supports a policy that benefits American business owners and immigrant job seekers.</p> <p>"We need to have an immigration policy that helps match any willing employer with any willing employee," Mr. Bush said in a news conference yesterday.</p>
  • Matricula consular ID cards make sense

    12/15/2003 12:53:36 PM PST · by yonif · 19 replies · 351+ views
    The Morning Call ^ | December 15, 2003
    The Bush administration nearly reached agreement with the Vicente Fox government to give legal status to millions of Mexicans illegally in America, but Sept. 11 brought it to a halt. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Tuesday it's time for a legal status short of citizenship for 8 to 12 million illegal immigrants from various countries. The government would legalize the status of those already in the country on a one-time basis, he said. ''Then, as a country, you make a decision that from this day forward, this is the process of entry, and if you violate that process of...
  • Playing political games with illegal immigration: Buying votes affects us all

    12/15/2003 4:03:25 PM PST · by yonif · 15 replies · 275+ views
    JewishWorldReview ^ | Dec. 15, 2003 | Joe Scarborough
    George Bush, the Republican Congress and Democratic politicians are playing political games with illegal immigration. And it could cost you and your family your lives. By now, you know how craven politicians are when it comes up to grabbing Hispanic votes. They cynically believe that minority voters in border states are going to like them a lot more if they reward Mexicans for breaking American laws. We have told you about how California, and maybe even your state, wants to give illegal immigrants their own driver's licenses. And even that crass move makes us all less safe in those post-9/11...
  • New Hope on Immigration (New York Times Editorial)

    12/15/2003 3:54:08 PM PST · by sarcasm · 18 replies · 205+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 15, 2003
    ithout more detail, it was hard to determine, exactly, what Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge meant when he called for an ambitious plan to give millions of illegal immigrants some kind of legal status. But his candid comments in Miami last Tuesday, which apparently caught the White House off guard, offer the first hopeful sign since the World Trade Center attack that the Bush Administration is returning to immigration reform.For over two years now, the White House has been virtually silent about how to relieve an immigration mess that has been building for nearly 20 years. Because the 9/11 terrorists...
  • Reggie Rivers: Ridge at last redeems himself

    12/12/2003 10:59:31 PM PST · by logician2u · 15 replies · 227+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | December 12, 2003 | Reggie Rivers
    Article Published: Friday, December 12, 2003 reggie riversRidge at last redeems himselfBy Reggie Rivers I never expected to like Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge. Ever since the position was created, I've been suspicious about the organization's mission. The advent of color-coded terror alerts and duct-tape-and-plastic panics just cemented my view that Ridge and his staff were part of a shock-and-awe campaign designed to scare us into surrendering our rights. But this week, I was pleasantly surprised to read that Ridge thought that millions of illegal immigrants in the United States should be granted some form of legal status short...
  • ***CAPTION THIS***Director Tom Ridge at Miami Event to Float Illegal Alien "Trial Balloon"

    12/12/2003 6:59:11 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 37 replies · 345+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 12 December 2003 | AmericanInTokyo
  • RIDGE IS WRONG

    12/12/2003 6:32:45 AM PST · by DoctorMichael · 91 replies · 438+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/12/03 | Editors
    <p>We disagree with Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge's remarks on Wednesday supporting the legalization of millions of illegal immigrants now living in the United States. Speaking at a town hall meeting in Miami Wednesday, Mr. Ridge declared that the government "had to come to grips with the presence of 8 million to 12 million illegals" now in the country, in order "to afford them some kind of legal status some way." While Mr. Ridge said he was not advocating the granting of citizenship to this group, history suggests that legalization is often a first step in that direction. The idea of legalization is not new for the Bush administration; it was seriously considering granting permanent residency for illegals right before the September 11 attacks. Late Wednesday, Asa Hutchinson, undersecretary for border and transportation security, said that Mr. Ridge's remarks simply reflected the congressional debate on immigration, and that the administration had not taken a firm policy stance on the matter. But even a soft policy stance would be unacceptable.</p>
  • White House verifies immigration review

    12/12/2003 12:05:21 AM PST · by yonif · 353 replies · 460+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 12, 2003 | Jerry Seper
    <p>The White House yesterday said a new immigration review is under way that could lead to amnesty for millions of illegal aliens living and working in the United States.</p> <p>Confirmation of the review came during a White House briefing, just two days after Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said during a town hall meeting in Miami that the government had to "afford some kind of legal status" to the 8 million to 12 million illegal aliens in the country.</p>
  • Bizarro GOP, Ridge Offer Pass to Illegal Aliens

    12/11/2003 9:15:42 PM PST · by yonif · 124 replies · 779+ views
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | December 11, 2003
    Tom Ridge, who is charged with securing our borders as the Secretary of Homeland Security, took it upon himself recently to solve our huge illegal alien problem - by suggesting we "legalize" eight-to- twelve million lawbreakers. Did Ridge not take an oath to defend the laws of the United States? Why are immigration laws, the lax enforcement of which was key the 9/11 attacks, somehow meaningless? Then there's this from the Arizona Republic: "U.S. and Mexican officials are discussing an agreement that would allow millions of Mexicans to go home and still collect U.S. Social Security checks." Does this not...
  • Social Security for Mexicans closer to reality (Millions of immigrants to collect benefits)

    12/11/2003 7:55:33 PM PST · by VU4G10 · 193 replies · 2,178+ views
    www.wnd.com ^ | December 11, 2003 | WorldNetDaily
    The prospect of millions of Mexicans receiving United States Social Security checks is moving closer to reality. The Gannett News Service reports U.S. and Mexican officials are discussing a "totalization" agreement that would transfer hundreds of millions of dollars in payments south of the border. The plan would allow documented and undocumented immigrants to return home but still collect U.S. benefits. WorldNetDaily reported the idea to merge both countries' Social Security systems was pushed late last year by Mexican President Vincente Fox as payback from President George W. Bush for failing to secure major new immigration reforms beneficial to Mexico...
  • Ridge rapped for immigration views

    12/10/2003 10:30:42 PM PST · by kattracks · 44 replies · 637+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/11/03 | Jerry Seper
    <p>Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge's suggestion that 8 million to 12 million illegal aliens now in the United States be "legalized" drew harsh criticism yesterday from congressional and other opponents of such legalization.</p> <p>Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican and chairman of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, said Mr. Ridge should resign if he is unable or unwilling to enforce immigration laws enacted by Congress.</p>
  • Tom Ridge's Immigration Remarks Draw Fire

    12/11/2003 9:08:56 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 89 replies · 414+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003 | NewsMax.com Wires
    Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge's expression of support for giving legal status to immigrants drew congressional criticism Wednesday but heartened advocates. At a town hall meeting in Miami, Ridge said the country needs to "come to grips" with an estimated 8 million to 12 million illegal immigrants and "determine how you can legalize their presence." He also said during a visit to Florida on Tuesday that the immigrants should not be rewarded citizenship. Asa Hutchinson, undersecretary for border and transportation security, said Wednesday in Miami that Ridge's comments simply reflected the debate in Congress on immigration. "Secretary Ridge addressed it...
  • AMNESTY CRISIS: Fight Tom Ridge's new plan

    12/10/2003 1:28:20 PM PST · by Klickitat · 198 replies · 962+ views
    Numbers USA ^ | 12-10-03 | Roy Beck
    The country needs your faxes and phone calls immediately and steadily over the next few days. Tom Ridge, the head of the new U.S. Department of Homeland Security, yesterday advocated legalizing (giving amnesty) to 8-12 million illegal aliens. Click here to read the story titled: "Homeland security chief endorses legalizing undocumented immigrants." "Click for article" This creates an immediate crisis that must be met with massive outcry -- like the outcry in August of 2001 that stopped Pres. Bush's July proposal for a massive amnesty for some 3.5 million illegal aliens from Mexico. The most important thing is shoot this...
  • Homeland security chief endorses legalizing undocumented immigrants

    12/10/2003 10:33:06 AM PST · by patriotUSA · 50 replies · 296+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel | Posted December 10 2003 | Tanya Weinberg
    Homeland security chief endorses legalizing undocumented immigrantsHomeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge told a Miami audience Tuesday that the country should legalize millions of undocumented immigrants living in the country. "The bottom line is, as a country we have to come to grips with the presence of 8 to 12 million illegals, afford them some kind of legal status some way, but also as a country decide what our immigration policy is and then enforce it," Ridge said at a town hall meeting at Miami-Dade Community College. The forum was the second in a national series organized by the nonprofit Council...
  • Ridge: Give illegal entrants 'status'

    12/10/2003 5:18:44 AM PST · by Klickitat · 106 replies · 330+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | MICHAEL VASQUEZ
    Ridge: Give illegal entrants 'status' A top Bush administration official suggests at a town hall meeting in Miami that illegal immigrants should be granted limited legal status. BY MICHAEL VASQUEZ mrvasquez@herald.com Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Tuesday that he believes the vast majority of illegal immigrants in the United States are not a threat to national security and should be given ``some kind of legal status.'' Ridge's comments came during a town hall meeting at Miami Dade College in response to a question from the audience about whether offering amnesty to illegal immigrants might make them easier...
  • Analysis: Driver's license issue still a test for the governor

    12/04/2003 8:45:06 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 310+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 12/4/03 | Amy Chance
    <p>Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was up early and on the radio Wednesday morning to promote his economic-recovery plan, but the interview wasn't sticking to the script.</p> <p>Radio host Bill Handel, who averages about 1.5 million listeners a week on his top-rated Los Angeles talk show on KFI (640 AM), also wanted to ask about driver's licenses for illegal immigrants.</p>
  • Plan assists Mexican trade

    12/03/2003 10:48:38 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 24 replies · 518+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, December 4, 2003 | By Thom J. Rose
    <p>Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge will announce today a system to allow commercial trucks to clear customs at the Mexican border in as little as 5 seconds by using preregistered ID cards.</p> <p>A similar system has had success regulating trucks from Canada, but the less-secure southern border could pose challenges.</p>
  • Give border parity to Mexican citizens

    12/03/2003 1:13:26 PM PST · by Holly_P · 35 replies · 371+ views
    San Antonio-Express-News ^ | 12/03/03 | Editorial
    Thousands of times a day, Mexicans who legally cross the border into the United States face greater restrictions than Canadians who cross the northern U.S. border. It makes no sense that Canadians can enter the United States, go anywhere they choose and stay six months, while Mexican nationals, even those who own property in the United States, can only stay 72 hours and cannot travel farther than 25 miles from the border. This disparity breeds anger and suspicion and must be eliminated. Toward that end, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and U.S. Reps. Solomon Ortiz, D-Corpus Christi, and Ruben Hinojosa,...
  • Bush, GOP 'Naive' for Pushing Bill to Help Illegal Aliens,(DREAM Act)

    10/17/2003 3:48:56 PM PDT · by thefamous · 16 replies · 526+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | 10/17/03 | CNSNews.com
    Bush, GOP 'Naive' for Pushing Bill to Help Illegal Aliens, Critic Alleges (CNSNews.com) - Illegal immigration opponents Thursday said President Bush and congressional Republicans risk losing their core voter base in national elections next year by embracing measures that would grant amnesty to illegal aliens. The remarks came as the Senate Judiciary Committee held a markup session on a bill that would allow in-state collegiate tuition and residency for illegal immigrants. "The Bush administration wants to push for some form of amnesty but hasn't come to terms with how to do that without offending its political base," David Ray, spokesman...
  • Repeal of Illegal Alien Driver’s License Law Represents a Change in Tactics, Not a Change of Heart

    11/25/2003 2:16:04 PM PST · by VU4G10 · 20 replies · 355+ views
    fairus.org ^ | November 25, 2003 | Press Releases
    Action by the California legislature to repeal the illegal alien driver’s license law it passed last summer is a tactical move designed to thwart a voter initiative to bar illegal aliens from obtaining licenses, charges the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). The repeal of SB 60 by the Senate and the anticipated repeal by the Assembly is a clear effort to stop the voters from having their say, rather than an effort to stop illegal aliens from acquiring California driver’s licenses. Senator Gil Cedillo, the primary sponsor of SB 60, has vowed to reintroduce the legislation with some cosmetic...
  • Net immigration rises by millions

    11/26/2003 7:18:03 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 39 replies · 193+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | 26 Nov 03 | By Jerry Seper
    <p>Net immigration to the United States rose dramatically by 1.4 million in each of the past two years, about half a million of whom were listed as illegal aliens, a report said yesterday.</p> <p>The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) said if the numbers remain unchanged, this decade will mark the most massive wave of immigration in American history, with 45 million immigrants — about 14 percent of the country's total projected population — forecast to be residing in the United States by 2010.</p>
  • Natives in U.S., Britain getting restless on immigration

    11/23/2003 11:55:58 PM PST · by Kepitalizm · 20 replies · 658+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 18 November 2003 | John O'Sullivan
    LONDON -- Immigration in Britain, as in the United States, is a sort of subterranean political issue. Opinion polls regularly show that the great majority of Brits and Americans favor lower levels of immigration and stricter rules on entry, but the elites (Republicans and Democrats, Labor and Tories, Big Business and Big Labor) in both countries support higher levels and laxer rules -- and some even favor "open borders." This produces an unstable hegemony of the elites. Legal immigration is now almost a million new arrivals a year and the many illegal immigrants are deported only if they have committed...
  • U.S. To Abandon Anti-Muslim Visitor Program

    11/22/2003 5:06:28 PM PST · by knak · 22 replies · 187+ views
    islam online ^ | 11/21/03
    WASHINGTON, November 22 (IslamOnline.net) – In a move welcomed by America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, the U.S. administration plans to abandon a visitor-registration program that primarily targets Muslim males from predominantly Muslim countries and drew complaints from civil liberties groups, a leading U.S. newspaper reported Friday, November 21. The decision of the Department of Homeland Security came after thousands had protested the unexpected arrest of law-abiding people, who were ordered later to be deported and after many department officials have deemed the effort ineffective, said The Washington Post. The approach was implemented late last year by Attorney General John...
  • Arizona Amnesty. Rewarding illegal aliens.

    11/21/2003 6:22:03 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 14 replies · 288+ views
    NRO ^ | November 21, 2003, 8:54 a.m. | By Mark Krikorian
    The border state of Arizona recently completed an amnesty that allowed violators to get right with the law. Those who did not take advantage of it will now face extra enforcement officers using new computer systems. But it wasn't for illegal aliens — it was a tax amnesty. It allowed people who hadn't paid their taxes to make arrangements by November 1 to pay up without penalty. The state has collected more than $45 million, with a total of $73 million expected by May, nearly triple what had been predicted. Too bad the state's congressional delegation didn't check with the...