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  • Mayor de Blasio hosting immigration summit next month with 20 other mayors

    11/21/2014 1:34:10 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Jennifer Fermino
    Mayor de Blasio is hosting an immigration summit at Gracie Mansion with at least 20 mayors from cities like San Francisco, Seattle and Atlanta, City Hall announced Thursday. The Dec. 8 summit will address changes and reforms in line with President Obama's soon-to-be-announced immigration orders, de Blasio said. "This summit will offer a unique opportunity for mayors of many of our nation’s progressive cities to restate our leadership and responsibility on this decisive issue and to come out with an unbeatable master plan that truly prepares our localities for swift implementation of changes and also advocates for further reforms from...
  • Maine's largest city cuts spending in dispute over immigrant aid

    11/13/2014 5:42:53 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 38 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 14 Nov 2014 | Reuters By Dave Sherwood
    PORTLAND Maine (Reuters) - Maine's largest city has begun clamping down on spending as newly re-elected Republican Governor Paul LePage makes good on a campaign promise to cut funding to cities and towns that give aid to undocumented immigrants. In an internal memo released on Wednesday, Portland city officials said they had frozen hiring and cut travel and overtime spending after their requests for reimbursement from the state for assistance provided to families with children in emergencies had gone unanswered since July. The budget shortfall could grow to as much as $3 million this year, city officials said, a hefty...
  • ‘Sanctuary Cities’ or ‘Safe Havens’ for Terrorists?

    09/24/2014 7:56:04 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 24, 2014 | Michael Cutler
    ‘Sanctuary Cities’ or ‘Safe Havens’ for Terrorists?Posted By Michael Cutler On September 24, 2014 @ 12:54 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments Since the deadly terror attacks of 1993 at the CIA and the World Trade Center, there have been a series of terror attacks attempted inside the United States by radical Islamists.On September 11, 2001 our nation suffered the worst terror attacks ever carried out within the borders of our country.Every one of these attacks had something in common: The perpetrators were all aliens who had managed to gain entry into the United States and managed to hide...
  • Ex-Border Patrol Agents Warn: Politicians Helping Cartels in U.S.

    08/07/2013 7:51:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 7 Aug 2013 | Matthew Boyle
    In an open letter to the public in late July, several retired Border Patrol agents wrote on behalf of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers to warn that Mexican drug cartels are actively operating inside the United States spending millions every year to try to build their networks here. They argued that American politicians are protecting their activities as well. “Transnational criminal enterprises have annually invested millions of dollars to create and staff international drug and human smuggling networks inside the United States; thus it is no surprise that they continue to accelerate their efforts to get trusted...
  • Baltimore puts out welcome mat for immigrants [illegal aliens], hoping to stop population decline

    07/25/2012 9:37:11 AM PDT · by kevcol · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2012 | Carol Morello and Luz Lazo
    The fate of Baltimore may rest with immigrants like Alexandra Gonzalez. A native of Puebla, Mexico, Gonzalez feels more at home in Baltimore with every passing year. She attends city-run nutrition and exercise classes in Spanish and takes her two young children to a Spanish-language storytelling hour at her neighborhood library. She plans to earn a GED and become a teacher. “I like living here,” said Gonzalez, 24, as she pushed a stroller holding her sleeping 1-year-old daughter and bags of purchases from a dollar store . . Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D) has told Latinos, in particular, that she is...
  • Vidalia Denies Harboring of Illegal Immigrants [fed up citizen sues sanctuary city]

    07/06/2012 7:11:19 AM PDT · by kevcol · 6 replies
    Southeast Georgia Today ^ | July 6, 2012 | news
    July 6-- The city of Vidalia denies charges that it gives illegal immigrants safe harbor by allowing them to live, travel and work in the city. A Twin City resident with a history of filing complaints about illegal immigrants filed the charges with the state's new Immigration Enforcement Review Board. Michael Dale Smith accuses Vidalia Mayor Ronnie Dixon and Lark Builder's owner Bob Moore of having an unwritten policy that allows Lark's immigrant employees who are arrested to be released and allowed to return to work. "I tell you what. Have Mr. Moore show you that identification and see how...
  • Two experts say [drunk illegal alien] driver in Denice crash case is not competent to stand trial

    06/28/2012 8:03:45 PM PDT · by kevcol · 2 replies
    Milford Daily News ^ | Jun 28, 2012 | Derek McLean
    Two mental health clinicians have determined that Nicolas Dutan Guaman, charged with killing a Milford man with his truck last year, is not competent to stand trial, Guaman’s lawyer told a Worcester Superior Court judge yesterday. Guaman was evaluated Friday by neuropsychologist Paul Spiers who was hired by the defense; and yesterday by court-appointed psychologist Alan Schonberger, said attorney Peter Ettenberg. While neither doctor has filed a report, both claim that he is incompetent, the attorney told Judge Daniel Wrenn. Ettenberg said that his client does not understand the charges against him or how the court and U.S. legal...
  • Levin: SCOTUS immigration decision clears way to sue sanctuary cities, states with in-state tuition

    06/27/2012 4:25:18 AM PDT · by kevcol · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 26, 2012 | Jeff Poor
    “I must tell you that the decision is bizarre,” he said. “It’s not incomprehensible, but it is largely incoherent. I’m extremely disappointed in the chief justice for signing on with this. There is no deal, no reason for him to jump on that side. It was 8-0 on the issue of stopping and checking for documentation in the course of an investigation for possible criminal activity.” However, Levin said, if states can no longer set policies dealing with someone’s immigration status, then sanctuary cities or states may find themselves in hot water. “If this case stands for the point that...
  • City of Berkeley will not hold illegal immigrants for minor offenses

    06/24/2012 7:01:43 AM PDT · by kevcol · 24 replies
    The Daily Californian ^ | June 23, 2012 | Karran Moorer
    The Berkeley Police Department announced Tuesday that it will not honor its agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold illegal immigrants who are being detained for minor offenses. At a special meeting of the Berkeley City Council, Police Chief Michael Meehan clarified that a person would have to be determined suspicious — being involved in activities like item intrusion, manipulating or defacing part of an infrastructure, theft, vandalism, or cyber attack — to be detained. The specific terms have yet to be determined. The council decided to send the policy to the city manager to review what qualifies...
  • Immigrant Jail Costs [$70 million/yr in L.A. County to incarcerate illegals]

    06/13/2012 8:12:29 AM PDT · by kevcol · 12 replies
    KFI 640 (L.A.) ^ | June 12, 2012 | KFI NEWS Team
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Board of Supervisors today agreed to oppose a federal policy that ends reimbursements to local governments for the costs of jailing individuals whose immigration status is unknown. . . The federal government has partially reimbursed the cost of jailing foreign-born inmates whose immigration status is unknown since 1996. But the Department of Justice now says it will reimburse costs only for inmates verified as illegal immigrants by the Department of Homeland Security. . .Last year, Los Angeles County accounted for more than 8 percent of jailed and undocumented illegal immigrants nationwide and 4 percent of...
  • Suspect in Seattle fatal hit and run of bicyclist is illegal alien

    06/10/2012 7:37:35 AM PDT · by kevcol · 24 replies
    KIRO - Seattle ^ | June 8, 2012 | Brandi Kruse
    Immigration and Customs Enforcement has requested a retainer on the man arrested in the July 2011 fatal hit and run of a bicyclist in Seattle. Erlin Garcia Reyes, 28, of Normandy Park, was arrested for felony hit and run on Wednesday. ICE officials have confirmed to 97.3 KIRO-FM that Garcia-Reyes is in the country illegally. Police believe Reyes was the driver of an SUV that fatally struck and killed 44-year-old Michael Wang on July 28, 2011. The SUV hit Wang as the driver made a left turn on Dexter Ave. North in South Lake Union. The suspect fled the scene....
  • Illegal immigrant sex offender [child molester] sentenced for third return to U.S.

    06/01/2012 11:27:27 AM PDT · by kevcol · 7 replies
    The Examiner (Washington) ^ | May 31, 2012 | Scott McCabe
    An illegal immigrant who was deported on two occasions after he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl in Montgomery County, only to return to the area, was sentenced to more than four years in prison as a dangerous criminal alien after being busted for drunk driving. Dagoberto Tiznado, 33, will be deported for a third time once he finishes his time behind bars, officials said. Tiznado was sentenced in federal court in Maryland to 50 months in prison on a charge of illegally re-entering the United States as a convicted criminal alien.
  • Judicial Watch Files Taxpayer Lawsuit against City of LA over Illegal Alien Sanctuary Policies

    05/18/2012 10:58:12 AM PDT · by kevcol · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 17, 2012 | Tom Fitton
    On Wednesday we filed a taxpayer lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department, Police Chief Charlie Beck and members of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners over Special Order 7. Under this policy police officers will no longer immediately impound the vehicles of unlicensed drivers for 30 days, as long as they meet certain conditions. It's no secret that this policy change was made to specifically accommodate illegal aliens. The problem is that Special Order 7 is unlawful. And, for this reason, Judicial Watch's lawsuit on behalf of Harold P. Sturgeon, filed May 8, 2012, in the Superior Court...
  • Man [Illegal Alien] pleads guilty in hit-and-run death of Santa Rosa 4-year-old

    05/14/2012 1:21:21 PM PDT · by kevcol · 6 replies
    KTVU ^ | KTVU And Wires
    SANTA ROSA, Calif. — A Santa Rosa man pleaded guilty Thursday morning in Sonoma County Superior Court to hit-and-run and other charges stemming from the death of a 4-year-old boy he struck and killed in a crosswalk in August. Marcos Lopez-Garcia, 23, pleaded guilty to felony hit-and-run causing injury or death, and to misdemeanor charges of gross vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence and driving without a license, defense attorney Walter Rubenstein said. Garcia faces five and a half years in prison when he is sentenced on June 29, Rubenstein said. "He wanted to resolve the case because he feels bad...
  • 2 Illegal Aliens Protected By Sanctuary Policies Convicted Of Murder

    05/11/2012 1:36:49 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 11, 2012
    In unrelated cases that illustrate the high price communities pay for sanctuary policies, two illegal immigrants—both with extensive criminal records—were convicted of first-degree murder this week in different parts of a border state that has longed protected the undocumented. In San Francisco a jury found Edwin Ramos, a renowned gang banger, guilty of three first-degree murder counts for the 2008 killings of a 48-year-old man and his two sons. Ramos had a lengthy criminal record when he murdered the family, but San Francisco sanctuary laws shielded him from deportation. Judicial Watch obtained public records that show police knew Ramos was...
  • Police let suspect go 4 days before a deadly hijacking

    01/16/2012 8:17:16 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 16 replies
    chron.com ^ | 15 Jan 2012 | Dane Schiller
    <p>Four days before his Houston crew allegedly killed a federal informant and tried to hijack a load of pot, Eric De Luna was stopped by police as he a left a stash house, where officers found assault rifles and bulk narcotics.</p>
  • New Haven to propose allowing non-citizen immigrants to vote in municipal elections (Illegals too)

    12/13/2011 7:02:17 PM PST · by raybbr · 24 replies
    NewHaven Register.com ^ | December 13, 2011 | Mary E. O’Leary
    NEW HAVEN — New Haven is taking its immigrant-friendly approach one step further and has proposed allowing non-citizen residents, including those who are undocumented, to vote in municipal elections. The proposal is part of a package it will submit to state lawmakers for the session that starts in February. Mayor John DeStefano Jr. Tuesday said the impetus behind the proposal is “to build a more engaged participatory community” and it follows the example of other cities that have already done this. Related: DeStefano says federal program detaining illegal immigrants would undermine community trust Legal immigrants and undocumented immigrants who currently...
  • New Haven Asks State to Allow Non-Citizens to Vote

    12/14/2011 5:52:21 AM PST · by Puppage · 44 replies
    NBC Connecticut ^ | 12/14/2011
    New Haven Mayor John DeStefano plans to ask the state Legislature to allow illegal immigrants who live in the city to be able vote in municipal elections. DeStefano said on Tuesday that the proposal would build a more engaged community and follows the lead of other cities, the New Haven Register reports. The Register reports that 10,000 to 12,000 undocumented residents are believed to live in New Haven. Immigrants who are in the U.S. legally or illegally and cannot vote now would still be unable to vote in state or federal elections. DeStefano, a Democrat, said illegal immigrants pay taxes...
  • Sanctuary Insanity: New Haven, CT Asks State to Allow Illegal Aliens to VOTE

    12/14/2011 10:01:04 AM PST · by montag813 · 25 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 12-14-2011 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With Arizona Just one day after announcing his intent to try and block the Federal "Secure Communities" program, the mayor of "Sanctuary City" New Haven, CT announced he would be asking the state legislature to grant illegal aliens in New Haven the right to vote in municipal elections. Mayor John DeStefano argues that illegal aliens who live in New Haven pay local taxes and their kids go to school in the city, and deserve the right to vote: DeStefano said he plans to lobby the state for a “resident voting rights” bill that would allow any...
  • Tough Guy on Immigration? (from 2007 - Romney's four sanctuary cities)

    11/26/2011 9:02:35 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Factcheck.org ^ | November 9th, 2007 | Factcheck.org
    Gimme Shelter Romney shifts to promise-making mode as he continues: Romney: As President, I'll oppose amnesty, cut funding for sanctuary cities and secure our borders Romney might well get tough on sanctuary cities in the future, but he didn't when he was governor. During his tenure, at least four Massachusetts cities enacted or renewed legislation declaring themselves sanctuaries for illegal immigrants. (1)Brookline and (2)Cambridge reaffirmed their longtime status as sanctuary cities in so many words. (3)Somerville and (4)Orleans didn't officially deem themselves "sanctuaries," but Somerville affirmed its "long-standing policies in support of all immigrants," while Orleans forbade city officials from...
  • Proposal Would Declare San Antonio to be a Proud "Sanctuary City"

    10/06/2011 9:25:39 AM PDT · by Afisra · 34 replies
    WOAI Radio ^ | 06 Oct 2011 | Jim Forsyth
    At a time when crackdowns on illegal immigration are gaining ground all across the country, two San Antonio Democratic groups are circulating a petition demanding that San Antonio declare itself to be a ‘Sanctuary City,’ 1200 WOAI news reports.
  • Appellate Court Rules Lawsuit Challenging Houston’s Illegal Alien Sanctuary Policy Will Continue

    09/13/2011 10:48:30 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 13, 2011
    Appellate Court Reverses Decision by District Court Dismissing Judicial Watch Lawsuit Filed by Houston Police Sgt. Joslyn Johnson, Widow of Police Officer Murdered by Illegal Alien Washington, DC -- September 13, 2011 Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ruled in favor of Judicial Watch client Houston police sergeant Joslyn M. Johnson, the widow of a fellow police officer murdered by an illegal alien. The three-judge panel reversed a decision by the district court. Sgt. Johnson’s lawsuit against the City of...
  • Rick Perry 's Prospects Look Good

    08/03/2011 6:54:15 PM PDT · by Clairity · 75 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 2, 2011 | Cal Thomas
    Perry's job creation record is formidable. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 32,000 new jobs were created in Texas in June, more than in any other state. Proving his policies were not a one-off, between June 2010 and June 2011 Texas added 220,000 new jobs, again more than the other "57 states," as President Obama might say. Perry is no "let's all get along" conservative. He wants to make a political difference, mentioning the revival of the 10th Amendment, which guarantees states' rights, as the way to reduce encroaching federal power: "America is not going to move forward until...
  • Can Obama Win Texas? A New Public Policy Poll Says Yes He Can.

    07/01/2011 10:48:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/01/2011 | Katrina Trinko
    Could President Obama beat Rick Perry in Texas in a general-election showdown? According to a new poll by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, Obama would beat Perry 47 percent to 45 percent. That’s within the poll’s 3.5-point margin of error. But in that same poll, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul beat Obama by 8 and 5 points respectively, while Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty would also win the state (albeit within the margin of error) in the general election. Dave Carney, a top political adviser to Perry, dismisses the PPP poll, telling National Review Online in an e-mail, “PPP has...
  • The Phony Right-Wing - Part 5: James Richard 'Rick' Perry

    06/30/2011 4:18:01 PM PDT · by unspun · 191 replies · 1+ views
    Gulag Bound ^ | June 30, 2011 | Kelleigh Nelson
    A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.- Bertrand de Jouvenel des Ursins, usually known only as Bertrand de Jouvenel (31 October 1903, Paris – 1 March 1987) was a French philosopher, political economist, and futurist. G u l a g B o u n d Video, "Gov. Rick Perry’s amazing speech to RLC 2011" at TheRightScoop.com James Richard "Rick" Perry assumed the governorship of Texas in 2000 when he took over from George W. Bush, who resigned to take the oath of office of President. He holds all records for Texas gubernatorial tenure. Perry has...
  • Top business leaders try to derail Texas ‘sanctuary cities’ bill (Perry campaign/donors)

    06/27/2011 1:39:55 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 56 replies
    dallasnews.com ^ | 6/23/2011 | ROBERT T. GARRETT
    AUSTIN — Two of Texas’ most powerful business leaders have mounted a late-hour push to derail an anti-illegal-immigration bill in the Legislature’s special session. Houston homebuilder Bob Perry (no relation) and HEB/Central Market grocery chieftain Charles Butt applied pressure Thursday to members of a House panel to block the “sanctuary cities” measure
  • ID measure passed quietly, while sanctuary cities bill died noisily (Texas)

    06/30/2011 12:34:55 PM PDT · by wolfcreek · 17 replies
    AAS ^ | 6.29.2011 | Tin Eaton
    An immigration-related provision tucked into a must-pass budget bill could have more of an effect on Texans than the high-profile sanctuary cities legislation that the Legislature did not pass. Throughout the regular and special sessions, lawmakers spent dozens of hours debating and hearing testimony on so-called sanctuary cities legislation, which would prohibit governments from adopting policies that prevent law enforcement from asking about detainees' immigration status. The bill, which was labeled an emergency item by Gov. Rick Perry, never got out of the Legislature. But a less examined — and arguably more wide-reaching — piece of immigration-related legislation will soon...
  • Richmond (CA) To Issue City ID Cards (to illegal aliens)

    07/06/2011 9:22:21 AM PDT · by fifedom · 24 replies
    NBCBayArea ^ | Jun 14, 2011 | Chris Roberts
    The East Bay city will begin issuing its own ID cards this summer, ... Nearly 40 percent of Richmond residents are Latino, and about 1/3 of the city's people are immigrants of all backgrounds, ... Supporters say the cards show the Bay Area is serious about including its many undocumented immigrants into the fabric of the community. Critics, ... say the cards encourage illegal immigration.
  • Perry's red-meat Texas agenda boosts a possible race for president

    07/03/2011 10:16:16 AM PDT · by Clairity · 30 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 2, 2011 | Miami Herald Editorial
    The just-concluded Texas legislative session has armed Gov. Rick Perry with a host of red-meat issues that could entice conservative Republican voters if he jumps into the wide-open presidential primary race. But analysts say some of those issues could carry consequences in reaching broader constituencies in the general election match-up against President Barack Obama. Texas' longest-serving governor burnished his conservative profile with legislative victories that included a no-tax budget with $15 billion in cuts, property rights protections, voter ID legislation and a bill requiring sonograms before abortions. Two other Perry-backed issues - an immigration measure to ban so-called sanctuary cities...
  • Statement by Gov. Rick Perry Regarding Sanctuary City Legislation [Failure]

    07/01/2011 9:11:46 PM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 30 replies
    Office of the Govenor Rick Perry [TX] ^ | June 28, 2011 | Gov. Rick Perry Staff
    Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding sanctuary city legislation: "As the special session appears to be winding down, I am disappointed the Legislature did not address sanctuary cities. Working with legislative leaders last weekend, we worked to include sanctuary city legislation in Senate Bill 1. Unfortunately, SB1 Conference Committee [Republican] Chairman Robert Duncan ultimately refused to allow language related to the ban of sanctuary cities into the final version of Senate Bill 1. Because of this action, the special session will not provide our peace officers with the discretion they need to adequately keep Texans safe from...
  • [Texas:]Hispanic lawmakers rejoice at demise of sanctuary cities legislation

    06/29/2011 1:24:42 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 20 replies
    Rio Grande Guardian ^ | June 29, 2011 | Steve Taylor
    State Rep. Sergio Muñoz said the defeat of the sanctuary cities bill was a 'great victory' for Hispanics. AUSTIN, June 29 - While state Republican leaders were blaming themselves for the demise of the so-called sanctuary cities bill, Hispanic legislators were rejoicing. “Latino citizens who faced racial profiling and discrimination under this bill can breathe a sigh of relief,” said state Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio. “This bill would have done little to curb undocumented immigration, but it would have forced a sizeable portion of the Texas population to prove their citizenship, perhaps time and again, just because of the...
  • 'Sanctuary cities' bill losing momentum

    06/25/2011 2:59:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 61 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | June 25, 2011 | Patricia Kilday Hart
    AUSTIN — A bill to ban “sanctuary cities” lost crucial momentum Friday as two of Texas' most politically involved business leaders emerged as opponents, raising the possibility the measure will be killed or substantially weakened before the special session of the Legislature ends Wednesday. HillCo Partners' lobby team, led by Neal T. “Buddy” Jones, is working on behalf of Houston homebuilder Bob Perry and San Antonio grocery store magnate Charles Butt to alter a proposal that would permit law enforcement officers to inquire about the immigration status of people they detain, Jones' partner Bill Miller confirmed. Miller declined to detail...
  • Texas Senate passes bill on cities aiding illegal immigrants

    06/15/2011 12:56:20 PM PDT · by TLI · 73 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 15, 2011 | Corrie MacLaggan
    (Reuters) - The Texas Senate early on Wednesday passed a measure pushed by Governor Rick Perry aimed at cracking down on cities that provide sanctuary to illegal immigrants. "Drug traffickers and transnational gangs should think twice before they step foot in Texas," Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, who presides over the Senate, said in a statement. "Prohibiting sanctuary city policies will make the apprehension, detention and deportation of dangerous criminals more uniform -- keeping us all safer and Texas more secure." The measure now heads to the House, which passed a similar bill during the regular legislative session that ended May...
  • Sheriff Frees “Low-Level” Illegal Alien Criminals

    06/15/2011 12:27:26 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 12 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 15, 2011
    To honor local sanctuary policies the top law enforcement official in a major U.S. county is releasing jailed illegal immigrants, including those flagged by federal authorities for deportation. San Francisco Sheriff Michael Hennessey began freeing illegal alien prisoners a few weeks ago to protest against a federal program (Secure Communities) that requires local authorities to check the immigration status of arrestees. The idea is to deport dangerous criminals, many of whom have fallen through the cracks over the years. Last month Hennessey, California’s longest-serving sheriff, announced that he would ignore federal detainer orders on illegal immigrants arrested for low-level crimes...
  • States: "Help Us, Criminal Illegals Swamp Budgets, Prisons"

    06/10/2011 6:49:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 10, 2011 | John Ransom
    The General Accounting Office estimates that as of 2009 there were currently about 350,000 criminal aliens in U.S. prisons, “the majority from Mexico.” At $30,000 per year, per inmate, that’s $11 billion annually, with most of the costs born by the states.   While not all of the criminal aliens are here illegally, criminal illegals are putting a strain on budgets, especially in the states with large illegal immigration populations such as Arizona, Colorado, California, Florida, New York, and Texas. Not coincidentally, many of those same states are facing the largest budget shortfalls for fiscal year 2011 and 2012, including New...
  • Sanctuary City Rally (Austin, Texas, Saturday, June 11)

    06/08/2011 4:24:44 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 14 replies
    Fasebook ^ | Charles Paschal
    Time Saturday, June 11 · 3:30pm - 6:30pm Location South steps of the Austin Capitol. Created By Charles Paschal More Info A Sanctuary City Legislation rally has been planned for Saturday, June 11th - 3:30pm - 6:30pm on the south steps of the Capitol in Austin. We are on the verge of getting the sanctuary city legislation our state needs to save lives. Several of our state reps and senators have filed sanctuary city bills and e-verify bills during the special session. It is up to Governor Perry to put them on the agenda and we need to show support...
  • Dems appear to block 'sanctuary city' bill

    05/26/2011 8:11:54 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 15 replies
    chron.com ^ | 26 May 2011 | PATRICIA KILDAY HART
    AUSTIN — Despite Gov. Rick Perry's renewed call for its passage, legislation banning "sanctuary cities" appeared dead in the Senate, where 12 Democrats pledged to block consideration of the bill until past Wednesday's midnight deadline for House bills. The legislation, passed by the House, would have banned local governments from creating "sanctuaries' for illegal immigrants by prohibiting law enforcement officers from inquiring into the immigration status of individuals they detain. Perry, who accused Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill White of turning Houston into a sanctuary city during his tenure as mayor, made passage of the legislation one of his priorities. On...
  • 59% Favor Cutoff of Federal Funds to Sanctuary Cities

    05/12/2011 7:00:38 AM PDT · by iowamark · 7 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | May 10, 2011 | Scott Rasmussen
    New legislation being considered by the House would stop all federal funding for cities that give sanctuary to illegal immigrants, and most voters like the idea. But very few believe Congress is likely to pass such a measure. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 59% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a cutoff of federal funds to so-called sanctuary cities. Just 28% are opposed and 13% are not sure. However, only 29% of voters think Congress is even somewhat likely to agree to cut off funds to cities that provide sanctuary for illegal immigrants. Twice as many, 55%...
  • What do sanctuary cities really protect?

    05/11/2011 4:56:02 PM PDT · by cradle of freedom · 14 replies
    Sanctuary cities are supposed to help build police and "immigrant" outreach which is supposed to keep crime down. So why is it that Phoenix, which is a sanctuary city, happens to be the biggest drug distribution center and the capital of kidnapping in the United States? What do sanctuary cities really protect? *peon labor for unscrupulous employers *possible political payoffs for drug trafficking and human trafficking, including sexual trafficking *thousands of workers working under-the-table not paying federal, state or local taxes *many businesses who hire people under-the-table not paying taxes or employee benefits such as unemployment benefits *business that sell...
  • Texas Moves to Crack Down on Cities Protecting Illegal Immigrants

    05/10/2011 3:56:00 PM PDT · by Maximum Scrunch · 32 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | May 10, 2011
    Four months after Gov. Rick Perry put out an urgent request to wrap up a bill cracking down on cities providing sanctuary to illegal immigrants, the Texas House passed it Monday night, advancing it to the state Senate, which is expected to approve it and send it to Perry's desk. Under the bill, police officers in so-called "sanctuary cities" will be able to question detained suspects about their immigration status even if their bosses disapprove. The term "sanctuary cities" is used to describe places where local officials refuse to enforce federal immigration laws and undocumented workers are free to seek...
  • San Francisco to Stop Detaining Arrested Immigrants for Deportation

    05/07/2011 11:17:53 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 7, 2011
    San Francisco, one of the first sanctuary cities in the nation, plans to end its cooperation with federal immigration officials and start releasing illegal immigrants arrested for minor offenses before they can be picked up for deportation. The city's decision is the latest development in a tug of war between several communities and the federal government over its controversial national program that automatically checks the immigration status of arrestees. Officials in jurisdictions including Providence, R.I., and Chicago have also challenged the program, which they say undermines trust that it has taken local law enforcement years to build in immigrant communities....
  • Barletta bill would defund sanctuary cities

    05/04/2011 5:43:15 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 19 replies
    Times Leader ^ | May 4, 2011 | Jonathan Riskind
    WASHINGTON – Focusing his first solo legislative effort on an issue that gained him and Hazleton national attention, Republican Rep. Lou Barletta today said he will introduce a bill seeking to strip all federal funding from “sanctuary” cities that fail to enforce federal immigration laws. The former Hazleton mayor and freshman member of Congress also said he is forming an “Immigration Reform Caucus” that he hopes other freshmen lawmakers will join. Barletta said ... that his bill, which he expects to formally introduce within a few weeks, will be designed to “crack down on cities whose elected officials have willfully...
  • Mitt Romney's Record on Sanctuary Cities

    03/27/2011 10:00:09 AM PDT · by Right Wingnut 2 · 11 replies
    Right Speak ^ | 3/27/2011 | Right Wingnut
    This appears to have been another attempt by Mitt Romney to appeal to Republican primary voters. If he was so concerned about the danger imposed on the residents of sanctuary cities, why did he wait until the final days of his term to address the problem? Moreover, Gov. Elect Patrick was already on record promising to recind the agreement. Romney was well aware that it would never take effect. Would this have been part of his platform had he decided to run for re-election in Massachusetts? Not likely. From Fact Check.org: “Mitt Romney casts himself as tough on illegal immigration...
  • Texas--Solomons files 'sanctuary cities' bill

    02/17/2011 10:50:39 AM PST · by shield · 21 replies
    Chron.com ^ | Feb. 16th, 2011 | Texas Politics
    Rep. Burt Solomons, R-Carrollton, filed the sanctuary cities bill this morning. HB 12 prohibits cities or counties from ignoring federal or state laws regarding immigration. Gov. Rick Perry last month declared the issue an emergency, allow lawmakers to deal with before waiting the required 60 days necessary to consider legislation at the start of a regular legislative session. "We have to have a uniform, consistent policy so that we don't interfere with federal or state laws with federal immigration enforcement," Solomons said. The legislation prohibits local governmental bodies from adopting ordinances or policies that allows them to turn the other...
  • Three more arrests in fatal Denver hit-and-run…all illegal aliens

    01/29/2011 2:13:53 PM PST · by La Lydia · 38 replies
    Examiner ^ | January 29, 2010
    On Thursday, Norma Paola Vera-Nolasco, 31, was arrested at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, as she attempted to flee to Mexico. In fact, her U.S. Airways flight had already pulled away from the gate when police ordered it to return. According to the Denver's District Attorney's office, Vera-Nolasko was driving the truck that hit and killed valet, Jose Medina outside a Denver nightclub on Saturday night. She faces two counts of vehicular homicide, criminal impersonation, and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Prosecutors say that the illegal alien was drunk at the time of the accident. In 2008, Vera-Nolasco...
  • Texas Gov. Perry Moves to Ban 'Sanctuary Cities,' Protect Private Property

    01/11/2011 3:11:30 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 34 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Jan 11, 2011 | Mark Whittington
    The Texas State Legislature, while struggling to close a $15 billion dollar budget deficit without raising taxes, will also deal with the issues of sanctuary cities and protecting private property from being seized under eminent domain. According to the Austin American Statesman, Gov. Rick Perry has declared the two issues as "emergencies" so they can move through the legislature on a fast track. The policy of police departments in certain cities to not inquire as to the immigration status of people who are arrested for other crimes or otherwise come in contact with the police has been termed by opponents...
  • A Quote on the Chicago Elections

    11/24/2010 3:28:59 PM PST · by pinstripes715 · 3 replies
    Chicago Elections 2011 ^ | 11/24/2010 | Michael Volpe
    Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people". That quote encapsulates what this campaign in Chicago should be about and what it will be about. It should be about ideas, but I'm afraid it will be about people and events
  • Force Democrats’ to choose: end “sanctuary cities” or build the fence, then watch them squirm

    11/17/2010 6:48:10 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 24 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | NOVEMBER 17TH, 2010 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    The Election is over. America won and the Democrats lost. Now that conservatives have regained the House, there are many things we have to do immediately. One of them is to step up our efforts to kick illegal aliens out of our country. Shutting off federal support for sanctuary cities is an excellent first step in cleaning up the Obama/Pelosi/Reed immigration mess. The problem of illegal aliens ruining America and sucking the life out of our economy is akin to the problem of a leaking pipe. Any plumber arriving at your home to fix a leak will always take the...
  • Report shows Justice Department gave millions to 'sanctuary cities'

    11/13/2010 10:24:26 AM PST · by Amos McCoy · 16 replies
    Spokane Conservative Examiner ^ | 11/12/10 | Joe newby
    Well it looks like the Obama administration is giving the American people the finger again. This time via the DOJ. That's right, the department that is charged with enforcing the law is rewarding the cities that are in direct violation of the law. Remember the hissy fit Obama and the left threw over Arizona's tough immigration law last year, well it is reason's like this that more and more states are following Arizona's example of enacting stricter state laws on illegals. If the Dept of Justice is not going to defend enforce the law then maybe those of you who...
  • Subsidizing Sanctuary Cities: Feds Reimburse for Illegals When Locals Obstruct Enforcement

    11/09/2010 5:30:27 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 9 replies
    prnewswire ^ | 11/08/10 | The Center for Immigration Studies
    Subsidizing Sanctuary Cities: Federal Government Reimburses for Jailing Illegals, Even When Locals Obstruct Immigration Enforcement WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new Center for Immigration Studies Memorandum finds that the Department of Justice annually awards millions of dollars in grants to local governments to compensate for the cost of jailing illegal aliens, even when those governments have policies obstructing immigration law enforcement or encouraging illegal settlement. The report includes a list of the 27 sanctuary jurisdictions receiving grants in 2010. The grant program, known as the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP), doled out a total of $400 million...