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  • Homeland Security’s morale is at code red (Morale low at Janet's kingdom)

    03/26/2012 5:09:47 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 22 replies · 9+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 3-22-12 | Joe Davidson
    If the homeland’s security were dependent on employee morale, we’d be in big trouble. Fortunately, the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security are committed to the agency’s mission, even as the agency fails to inspire them. You know things are bad for workers when a bipartisan congressional hearing is called to examine a department’s drooping spirit. It ranks 31 among 33 large agencies in The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government survey published by the Partnership for Public Service. (The Partnership has a content-sharing relationship with The Washington Post.)
  • Texas Burning (Obama's War Against Texas)

    05/10/2011 4:24:08 PM PDT · by mojito · 44 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 5/10/2011 | Kevin D. Williamson
    In case you’ve missed it, Texas has seen about 3,400 square miles of land — an area about the size of Puerto Rico — destroyed by wildfires. Pres. Barack Obama hit Texas to do some political fund-raising and give some speeches about immigration; Gov. Rick Perry suggested that he take a gubernatorially guided tour of some of the damage. The president couldn’t be bothered, but asked the governor to come to El Paso to act as a prop at a political event. Governor Perry declined. Governor Perry often complains that the federal government simultaneously fails to do its real work...
  • Border mission 'not unique' for Guardsmen

    09/04/2010 1:44:57 PM PDT · by AuntB · 7 replies · 1+ views
    National Guard Bureau/by way of NAFBPO ^ | Sept. 3, 2010 | By Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke
    Arlington, Va., (9/3/10) -- Almost 1,100 National Guard members are on duty on the Southwest border performing a mission that is very familiar to many of them, a Guard official said today. "This (mission) is not really unique," said Jack Harrison, the director of communications for the National Guard Bureau. "The National Guard has been involved at the Southwest border for two decades." During that time, National Guard members have worked in the counterdrug program in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. "Above and beyond the 1,200 authorized for this mission, there are over 350 counterdrug personnel (in these states)...
  • Obama Courts Latinos by Suing Arizona

    06/26/2010 5:18:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 26, 2010 | Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
    Why is President Obama suing to invalidate the Arizona law on illegal immigration? Why is he incurring the enmity of even his own Democratic congressmen from the Phoenix and Tucson areas by trying to kill a law that two-thirds of Arizona and a similar proportion of America as a whole supports? The answer: It is a desperate, last-ditch attempt to rebuild his sagging popularity with America's Hispanic voters. Furious at Obama for failing to keep his election-year promise to promote comprehensive immigration reform when he had a super-majority at his disposal, they are deserting the president and his party in...
  • Border Security Isn't Just a Border State Problem, It's a United States Problem

    06/11/2010 8:26:04 AM PDT · by AuntB · 27 replies · 343+ views
    Cross Timbers Gazette ^ | June 9, 2010 | U.S. Senator John Cornyn
    Just last year, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testified before a Senate panel that Mexican drug cartels were operating in as many as 230 American cities. During her testimony, she claimed that cartels are the greatest organized crime threat to the United States. The federal government’s refusal to secure the border has enabled Mexican cartels to operate across America. In April, a North Carolina DEA special agent reported that Mexican drug organizations have taken over most of the Charlotte heroin market. At the same time in Oregon, about a dozen armed marijuana growers were caught working for a Mexican drug...
  • Johnny-Come Lately-McCain: The Sickly Smell Of Desperation

    05/13/2010 9:31:53 AM PDT · by jdfromny · 52 replies · 1,329+ views
    michellemalkin.com ^ | 5/13/10 | Michelle Malkin
    John McCain is everywhere now preaching the gospel of secure borders. He’s inescapable. And shameless. And desperate. Yesterday, readers forwarded his latest spam e-mail: Where do you stand on border security? My Friend, One of the fundamental responsibilities of our government is to secure our borders so that our citizens, no matter where they live in our country, can be safe and secure. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration and Democrats in Congress have not lived up to the federal government’s constitutional responsibility to secure our borders. So my Arizona colleague, Senator Jon Kyl and I introduced a 10-Point Border Security Plan...
  • US senators: 3,000 more troops needed on US-Mexico border

    04/19/2010 2:28:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 59 replies · 872+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/19/10 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Two Republican senators proposed Monday sending 3,000 more US National Guard soldiers to quell violence spilling over the border between their home state of Arizona and Mexico. In a 10-point plan for beefing up security in the area, Senators John McCain and John Kyl also called for permanently adding 3,000 US Custom and Border Protection Agents to the Arizona/Mexico border by 2015. They also called for completing construction of 700 miles of fencing along the border and beefing up unmanned aerial vehicle patrols so that they could be run 24 hours a day. "Violence has dramatically increased...
  • Immigration agents arrest 280 with criminal convictions in massive sweep

    12/11/2009 12:54:19 PM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies · 741+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 12/11/9 | Ken McLaughlin
    In the largest such operation in U.S. history, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 286 foreign nationals in California with criminal records in a three-day enforcement surge that ended Thursday night. Of those taken into custody, 119 were from Northern California and 24 were from the San Jose area. ICE reported that about 80 percent of the immigrants taken into custody had prior convictions for serious or violent crimes such as rape, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. Also arrested were 30 convicted sex offenders, many of whom had been convicted of sexual assaults on children. At...
  • Murder Suspect Detained at Border (From Kosovo)

    08/14/2009 3:36:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 402+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Aug. 12, 2009
    A man from Kosovo wanted in a New York City slaying awaits extradition from South Texas. The Border Patrol said Wednesday that Arber Mustafaj, 35, was detained with two other men from the former Yugoslavia, including his brother, just before midnight Monday. The three were stopped on a rural road northwest of the Border Patrol’s inland Falfurrias checkpoint. The Border Patrol says Mustafaj became a legal permanent resident after coming to the U.S. as a refugee. His brother, whose name was not released, was found to be under a deportation order and was held for deportation proceedings, said Border Patrol...
  • Los Zetas called Mexico's most dangerous drug cartel

    08/07/2009 1:58:11 PM PDT · by AuntB · 8 replies · 2,134+ views
    Cnn ^ | Aug. 6, 2009 | Michael Ware
    The dead always tell a story. .... in Mexico that story is ...... a war becoming more violent and ruthless, mostly because of one group. .... Los Zetas. Imagine a band of U.S. Green Berets going rogue and offering their services and firepower to drug cartels..... Commandos from the Mexican army deserted and set up a cartel, Los Zetas. The U.S. government .... "the most technologically advanced, sophisticated and dangerous cartel operating in Mexico." "The Zetas .....No. 1 organization responsible for the majority of homicides, the beheadings, the kidnappings, the extortions that take place in Mexico" "They train new recruits...
  • ATF worries about cartel grenades coming into US

    08/03/2009 1:13:20 PM PDT · by AuntB · 31 replies · 2,491+ views
    AP ^ | Aug. 3, 2009 | JACQUES BILLEAUD (AP)
    It was a scenario U.S. law enforcement had long feared: A fragmentation grenade from Mexico's bloody drug war tossed into a public place. Only the grenade thrower's bumbling prevented bloodshed in a south Texas bar.....But the act was proof that one of the deadliest weapons in Mexico's drug battle is a real threat to the U.S..... While Mexican drug violence has been spilling across the border in the form of kidnappings and killings, grenades are a particular worry because they can kill large numbers of people indiscriminately, and a weapon of choice among Mexican cartel members. In Mexico, .... three...
  • American Swine Flu Cases Climb To 40

    04/27/2009 11:55:13 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 43 replies · 1,551+ views
    AP Report ^ | April 27, 2009
    American swine flu cases climb to 40 U.S. plans to issue travel advisory to Mexico; 2,000 there have fallen ill April 27: Richard Besser, M.D., Acting Director for the CDC, says the swine flu outbreak in the U.S. is evolving and changing rapidly, and that the CDC will be releasing an advisory for travel to Mexico. There are growing worries that the swine flu strain has “pandemic potential.” Learn about the virus found in pigs and why it is causing concern among health officials. The number of confirmed cases of swine flu around the world has climbed to 73, with...
  • Close the Southern Border NOW

    04/27/2009 6:13:21 AM PDT · by myaccount2009 · 12 replies · 488+ views
    Jumping in Pools blog ^ | 4/27/2009 | Tim K.
    Most Americans, no matter what the political affiliation, are for a strong southern border - or should I say, building a wall, stopping illegal immigration, and deporting 12+ million illegals back to where they came from. Its not being bigoted as some would lead you to believe, its called being Americans, apart of an American nation with borders and laws, and we want both protected and enforced, period. Conservatives have pleaded for a tough approach when our borders were crossed illegally, we begged after 9/11 (in relations to tougher border security), we yelled for it, for economic reasons, we wrote...
  • Senators say border crime fight needs more money [Lieberman, Graham]

    03/25/2009 10:25:48 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies · 471+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-03-25
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's beefed-up efforts to fight violence on the Southwest border is not the last word, the head of the Homeland Security Department told the Senate on Wednesday. Several senators questioned whether the administration's plan can be successful without more money and people. The administration announced Tuesday that it was sending hundreds of federal agents, along with high-tech surveillance gear and drug-sniffing dogs to the Southwest border. It was largely relying on existing funds and resources at the departments of Homeland Security and Justice for the increased effort. It also includes $700 million that Congress has...
  • Audit says millions for border spent elsewhere

    03/21/2009 8:48:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 20 replies · 822+ views
    AP ^ | March 20, 2009
    McALLEN, Texas — Millions of state tax dollars tagged for increased border security were spent on law enforcement equipment and positions away from border areas, according to a state audit. The Office of Emergency Management spent most of more than $79 million between September 2005 and November 2008 to combat crime in border regions, but the report from the State Auditor's Office cited several examples of squad cars, helicopters and new positions that landed elsewhere in Texas. The Department of Public Safety, Parks and Wildlife Department and the Governor's Division of Emergency Management received about $142.3 million in state and...
  • Border fence is a dividing line in immigration debate

    02/14/2009 4:11:06 PM PST · by AuntB · 25 replies · 2,449+ views
    CNN ^ | Feb. 13, 2009 | John King
    Just this past week, eight Democrats in Congress wrote President Obama urging him to halt any further construction of the fence, one of the many border- and immigration-related political debates that have carried over from the Bush administration. To the Border Patrol agents stationed in Yuma Sector, there is no debate. To them, the fence is a success story. The fence has three layers in areas where there is an urban neighborhood on the Mexican side. Smith is among those who say their flights are less hectic now because while you can still clearly see the trails in the sand...
  • Watch group questions latest border fence tally

    12/28/2008 9:22:46 AM PST · by HollyButler · 16 replies · 688+ views
    Sierra Vista ^ | Sunday, Dec 28, 2008 | Jonathon Shacat
    BISBEE — Officials with Customs and Border Protection in Washington, D.C., announced last week that fence construction along the southern border of the U.S. has surpassed the 500-mile mark, with about 280 miles built in Arizona. The Secure Fence Act of 2006 authorized the construction of 670 miles of fencing in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. CBP’s Secure Border Initiative program was established by the Department of Homeland Security in early 2007 to carry out the Congressional mandate.“As the result of a comprehensive operational analysis, the U.S. Border Patrol determined the need for tactical infrastructure — including fencing, patrol...
  • Build the Border Fence as Promised!

    08/21/2008 3:06:18 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 12 replies · 135+ views
    GrassFire.org via Lou Dobbs ^ | Aug. 21, '08 | staff
    In a backroom deal just prior to the Christmas break, Congress passed the omnibus Appropriations bill which included the Hutchison Amendment that gutted the Secure Fence Act. Her amendment essentially guaranteed that the DHS didn't have to build the fence! After Grassfire broke the "Secure Fence Hoax," key members of Congress took action in an effort to undo what the Hutchison amendment did, by restoring deadlines and double fence mandate for the entire 854 miles of border. Two bills have been introduced which Grassfire is supporting. Each of these bills demands Congress make good on their original promise to build...

    08/14/2008 9:39:32 AM PDT · by pissant · 29 replies · 437+ views
    House.gov ^ | 8/7/08 | Duncan Hunter
    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) responded to reports that a Border Patrol agent was held at gunpoint by members of the Mexican military in Arizona by reaffirming the necessity for border fencing and other infrastructure. According to a State Department Spokesman, the encounter “stemmed from a momentary misunderstanding as to the exact location of the U.S.-Mexican border.” "I disagree with the State Department’s characterization of this incident," said Congressman Hunter. "The fact that members of the Mexican military are routinely operating in such close proximity to the border, with no identifiable purpose, raises serious questions about their...
  • National security = border security

    06/12/2008 10:36:27 PM PDT · by pissant · 33 replies · 115+ views
    House.gov ^ | 6/12/08 | Duncan Hunter
    The open borders of the United States amount to a national security exposure. This is a fact that cannot be debated. One has only to look at the number of foreign nationals attempting to illegally enter the U.S. through Mexico over the last several years. Since 2005, the Department of Homeland Security reports that more than 331,000 people from countries other than Mexico have been apprehended trying to cross the Southern land border. These individuals came from virtually every country in the world, including some with whom we have an adversarial relationship, such as Communist China, Iran and North Korea....
  • Juan Hernandez alert: Speaking tonight at Baylor U. (McCain's Point Man for Shamnesty)

    04/10/2008 2:05:14 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 37 replies · 191+ views
    Michelle Malkin.com ^ | 04/10/2008 | Michelle Malkin
    For those of you in the Baylor University area, tonight is your chance to ask Juan Hernandez about his radical, open-borders agenda and his role in the McCain campaign. The event is free and open to the public. Bring your video camera: Dr. Juan Hernandez, author of The New American Pioneers, will speak at 6 p.m. Thursday in Kayser Auditorium on Mexican immigration. His lecture will be based on his notes, “Why are We Afraid of Mexican Immigrants?”Hernandez, a member of former Mexican President Vicente Fox’s cabinet, will be the final speaker for The Academy for Leader Development and Civic...
  • Exposing DHS's Border Fence Myth: How 302 Miles Is Actually Less Than 10

    03/27/2008 4:19:31 PM PDT · by Man50D · 6 replies · 552+ views
    firesociety.com ^ | Marc Demshock
    Secretary Chertoff is riding into the sunset—dragging the fence behind him. As mentioned in yesterday’s immigration blog by Steve Elliott the Sun Sets on the Border Fence On 12/31/08. This sunset provision of the Omnibus bill H.R. 2764 declares that the Secretary of Homeland Security loses all authority to build the fence—even if he wants to. However, even with the authority to build the fence, the Secretary has been lazy in using it. In a February 22, press release he claims that the Department of Homeland Security has built 302.4 miles of combination pedestrian and vehicle fencing and well on...
  • Help clean up trash left in the Huachuca Mountains[by illegal aliens]

    03/25/2008 4:21:21 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 18 replies · 552+ views
    Herald/Review ^ | March 25, 2008 | Jonathon Shacat
    BISBEE — A local man is organizing an effort to clean up trash left behind by illegal immigrants in the Huachuca Mountains on April 5. The cleanup will focus on Bear Saddle and areas west along the Crest Trail. This section of Crest Trail is part of the Arizona Trail that extends from the Mexico border to the Utah border. The event’s organizer, Steve Roark of Hereford, competes in 100-mile long-distance races and he trains in the Huachucas. “I have been running around here for about 1 1/2 years and right away I noticed there are some areas that are...
  • U.S. jaguars threatened by Mexico border fence

    03/25/2008 12:01:18 PM PDT · by kingattax · 76 replies · 1,385+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3-24-08 | Tim Gaynor
    SANTA RITA MOUNTAINS, Arizona (Reuters) - Jaguar biologist Emil McCain stoops over a remote-sensing camera attached to a tree in these rugged mountains a few miles to the north of the Arizona-Mexico border. The researcher is checking for images of a handful of extremely rare jaguars that prowl up from Mexico over mountain trails in some of the wildest country in the southwest, although they are now under threat. Scrolling through images of bobcats and deer snapped by the camera, he explains how the habitat for one of the United States' most elusive predators is being pressured by illegal immigration...
  • Katrina Nation

    03/13/2008 3:42:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 821+ views
    Townhall ^ | February 29, 2008 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    When Woodrow Wilson went to Congress to ask for a declaration of war in 1917, the U.S. Army was ranked 17th in the world, behind Portugal. On Armistice Day, 19 months later, there were 2 million doughboys in France, where they had helped to break the back of Gen. Ludendorff's theretofore invincible army in its final offensive, and 2 million more in the United States ready to march on Berlin. No other nation could have done that. After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, FDR demanded that a disarmed America "build 50,000 planes" -- a seemingly impossible number, but one...
  • Mexican president decries anti-immigrant perceptions in US, says migrants help economy

    02/11/2008 9:07:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies · 289+ views
    The Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | February 11, 2008 | Steve LeBlanc
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Monday decried anti-immigrant perceptions in the United States and argued that Mexican immigrants complement American workers. On his first trip to the U.S. as Mexico's president, Calderon said he is working to combat anti-Americanism in Mexico and to improve job prospects there to reduce migration. He said he hopes that Americans resist anti-Mexican sentiments. "The worst thing that happened in this country is this anti-Mexican or anti-immigrant perception of people. We need to contain this," Calderon said after a speech at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. "I need to change...
  • In his own words: Dr. Juan Hernandez, McCain’s radical Hispanic outreach director

    02/10/2008 1:24:31 PM PST · by VU4G10 · 54 replies · 853+ views
    michellemalkin.com ^ | 021008 | Michelle Malkin
    Digger’s Realm did a terrific job compiling this clip reel of open borders zealot/McCain Hispanic outreach director Juan Hernandez’s greatest hits. He considers Canada, the U.S., and Mexico “a bloc, not one nation.” He puts “Mexico first.” He doesn’t believe there are any criminals among the 12-20 million illegal aliens he thinks should be legalized. He’s been saying all of this for a long time. The McCain campaign knew what it was getting. So should Republican voters: VIDEO at michellemalkin.com
  • Amnesty Will Cost US Taxpayers some $2.6 Trillion (What John McCain Supports)

    02/01/2008 1:35:06 PM PST · by Liz · 54 replies · 20,559+ views
    McCain's love of amnesty will be a key issue. He supported amnesty in 2003 by name, proposed it in 2006 and 2007 without calling it amnesty, and says that anyone who says that he ever supported amnesty is a liar. He has insulted Americans who advocate border security and has cursed at the thought of building a border fence. The presence of Juan Hernandez in the background of the McCain campaign tells us that John McCain is as weak on border security now as he ever was. Dr. Juan Hernandez, a dual citizen of the US and Mexico, and past...
  • Texas town ordered to give up land for border fence

    01/21/2008 6:49:30 PM PST · by Lorianne · 30 replies · 48+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 17, 2008
    Leaders in a small Texas border city said Wednesday that they felt blindsided after learning that a judge had ordered public land turned over temporarily to the federal government as it works on a fence along the border with Mexico. U.S. District Judge Alia Moses Ludlum ordered Eagle Pass to surrender 233 acres of city-owned land. The Justice Department had sued for access to the land Monday. Ludlum's ruling came the same day, before the city could muster a challenge. The Homeland Security Department is trying to build 370 miles of border fence by the end of the year. A...
  • Mexican trucks defy Congress, still roll

    01/05/2008 4:44:15 AM PST · by Man50D · 125 replies · 228+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | January 5, 2008 | Jerome R. Corsi
    A constitutional crisis is developing between Congress and the Department of Transportation over the federal government's decision to continue its project allowing Mexican trucks on U.S. roads, in defiance of new legislation. "The DOT response is both arrogant and wrong!" Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., wrote in a letter yesterday to Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials told the San Diego Union Tribune the cross-border Mexican truck demonstration project would continue because the program was established in September and the amendment allows programs that have already begun to continue. But Dorgan insisted a provision in the...
  • U.S. Senate Turns Back On Border Fence

    01/02/2008 7:34:33 AM PST · by pissant · 110 replies · 185+ views
    Evening Bulletin ^ | 1/2/08 | Joe Murray
    In a quiet act of defiance, the Senate approved a $555 billion omnibus spending bill that removed legal requirements mandating the federal government fund 854 miles of a double layer border fence spanning America's southwestern border. The funding requirement was codified into law when Congress passed, and President George W. Bush signed, the Secure Fence Act (SFA) in 2006. When the spending bill, which combines appropriations for a number of federal agencies, reached the Senate, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) attached S.Amdt. 2466 to the measure in order to silently gut the SFA's spending requirement. The Hutchison amendment reads, "Nothing...
  • Self-Deportation Begins (Illegal Aliens going home-Fred was right! Yahoo!)

    12/23/2007 8:00:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 1,099+ views
    SoCal Pundit ^ | December 23rd, 2007 | Kevin D. Korenthal
    Power Line hits us to a Reuters report that says illegal immigrants are going back to Mexico. A] growing number of illegal immigrants across the United States … are starting to pack their bags and move on as a crackdown on undocumented immigrants widens and the U.S. economy slows, turning a traditional Christmas trek home into a one-way trip. *** There is no tally of the number of illegal immigrants who have already left the United States, many of whom simply head south over the border with their belongings packed into a car during the annual Christmas exodus, or board...
  • The 'Cheshire Cat' fence

    12/23/2007 8:33:16 AM PST · by AuntB · 27 replies · 216+ views
    Wa Times ^ | Dec. 23, 2007 | Michelle Malkin
    Do you know the story of the Incredible Disappearing Border Fence? It's an object lesson in gesture politics and homeland insecurity. It's a tale of hollow rhetoric, meaningless legislation and bipartisan betrayal. And in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses, it's a helpful learning tool as you assess the promises of immigration enforcement converts now running for president. Last fall, Democrats and Republicans in Washington responded to continued public outrage over border chaos by passing the "Secure Fence Act." Did you question the timing? You should have. It's no coincidence they finally got off their duffs to respond just before...
  • Tancredo's impact: GOP race, country more mean-spirited (Laughable barf alert)

    12/22/2007 7:49:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies · 270+ views
    The Rocky Mountain News ^ | December 22, 2007 | Mike Litwin
    I'll admit it. I underestimated Tom Tancredo. I underestimated the impact he could make as a presidential candidate, particularly as a candidate who was polling, as many of us had predicted, around 2 percent. And yet, I had no idea he could take one issue and, with it, help make the Republican presidential race - and the country itself - an uglier, nastier and more mean-spirited place to be. He didn't do it by himself, of course. He wasn't even the lead player. You have to give that role to Lou Dobbs and the huge audience on his team. Still,...

    12/18/2007 1:34:32 PM PST · by pissant · 185 replies · 218+ views
    GoHunter08.com ^ | 12/18/07 | Duncan Hunter/Staff
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2007 CONTACT: Gary Becks (619) 334-1655, dlhunter08@yahoo.com Washington, D.C.–Presidential candidate Congressman Duncan Hunter returned to Washington this morning to immediately begin his efforts to overturn provisions contained in a Democratic spending bill that eliminates current legal requirements for double-layered border fencing. Congress last year passed legislation authored by Hunter, the Secure Fence Act, mandating double-layered fencing and related infrastructure at strategic entry points along the Southwest border. “Now is the time when those who take the threat to our nation’s borders seriously stand up and be counted,” said Hunter. “Last year, Congress successfully passed legislation...
  • Gomer Pyle and the GOP (Immigration Barf Alert)

    12/09/2007 4:31:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 919+ views
    Las Vegas Review Journal ^ | December 9, 2007 | John Brummett
    There is, in fact, a dime's worth of difference between the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates. Why, on immigration, the difference can get into real money. The Democratic candidates were sitting around a big table in a radio studio the other day participating in an altogether civil and restrained debate on National Public Radio. There were no rallying supporters in the room to rile partisan passions and agitate competitive energy. The long-form format by which only three topics were discussed, those being Iran, China and immigration, served thoughtfulness over rancor. The moderator asked the hopefuls if they believed they should...
  • The Huckabee (Immigration) Plan

    12/08/2007 4:20:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies · 1,392+ views
    PoliPundit ^ | December 08th, 2007
    Mike Huckabee’s just-announced plan to stop illegal immigration is about as tough as Fred Thompson’s. It includes the border fence and the employer verification measures that are important to pro-borders voters like me. NumbersUSA now gives Huckabee’s promises scores that are almost as good as the ones it gives Thompson’s. It’s heartening to see Huckabee move so far on this issue; as a governor, he was much more sympathetic to illegal aliens, even supporting special scholarships for them that were not available to US citizens. With Republican presidential candidates endorsing strong pro-borders measures, our prospects of getting the SAVE Act...
  • Huckabee Hedges on Aid for Illegals (Must read)

    12/02/2007 12:10:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 131 replies · 1,311+ views
    ABC News ^ | December 2, 2007 | Teddy Davis
    New Iowa Leader Criticized by for Indecision on Federal Student Aid. Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who backed in-state tuition for the children of illegal immigrants, hedged Sunday on whether illegal immigrants who have gone to school in the United States should become eligible for federal student aid such as Pell grants and subsidized federal student loans. "I'm not sure that I would support that," Huckabee told ABC News, "it was a different program in Arkansas." Huckabee's failure to take a clear position on federal student aid while appearing on ABC News' "This Week with George...
  • Republicans would be wise to tab McCain and Huckabee ("For the children...of illegals")

    12/02/2007 2:38:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies · 779+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | December 2, 2007 | David S. Broder
    If the Republican Party really wanted to hold on to the White House in 2009, it's pretty clear what it would do. It would grit its teeth, swallow its doubts and nominate a ticket of John McCain for president and Mike Huckabee for vice president — and president-in-waiting. Those two are far from front-runners. They trail Mitt Romney in Iowa and New Hampshire and lag behind Rudy Giuliani in national surveys of Republican voters. But, in a series of debates, including last week's CNN/YouTube extravaganza. McCain and Huckabee have been notable for their clarity, character and, yes, simple humanity. From...
  • Fred Thompson’s First Iowa Mailer

    11/20/2007 12:01:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 306+ views
    The American Mind ^ | November 20, 2007 | Sean Hackbarth
    Here’s something for the really hardcore, political geeks. Fred’s first Iowa mailer. http://bp1.blogger.com/_5d_fpdUHmxc/R0MC_gjyK1I/AAAAAAAAAhw/ep7W574fYPc/s1600-h/dont+compromise.jpg Much talk is about campaigns’ tv commercials but in Iowa mailers are very important. Disclaimer: I work for Friends of Fred Thompson, Inc.
  • Latinos have the power (Si Se Puede!)

    11/17/2007 3:55:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies · 240+ views
    RecordNet.com ^ | November 17, 2007 | Ruben Navarrette- San Diego Union-Tribune
    In politics, the surest path to irrelevance and powerlessness is to be taken for granted by one party and written off by another. That's the road Latinos are on, thanks to major blunders by the Republicans campaigning for president. In June, all but California's Duncan Hunter blew off an invitation to address the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. In September, a debate on Spanish-language television had to be postponed after all but Arizona Sen. John McCain refused to commit. After taking criticism for the snub, Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney have committed to taking part...
  • Mexican president decries 'growing harassment' of migrants in U.S.

    11/14/2007 10:25:53 PM PST · by BGHater · 81 replies · 849+ views
    AP ^ | 14 Nov 2007 | Mark Stevenson
    MEXICO CITY President Felipe Calderon decried Wednesday what he called "the growing harassment" of Mexicans in the United States and said his government will work to counter it by funding a media campaign to show migrant success stories. Mexican officials have expressed concern over a recent wave of immigration raids and a U.S. political climate perceived as anti-migrant. Calderon said U.S. presidential candidates were using migrants as "symbolic hostages" on the immigration issue. "I am especially worried about the growing harassment and frank persecution of Mexicans in the United States in recent days," Calderon said at a meeting of the...
  • Fred Thompson Wants 'No Amnesty'

    11/14/2007 4:56:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 135 replies · 139+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 14, 2007 | Ed O'Keefe
    <p>It's a big day for political TV ads, and in the case of Fred Thompson, he's got great timing. On the same day Rudy Giuliani releases his first TV ad, and the day Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D-N.Y.) decides to withdraw his plan to give illegal immigrants access to driver's licenses, the former Tennessee senator releases a 30-second spot called, "No Amnesty." It starts airing across Iowa today.</p>
  • Thompson takes stand on immigration

    11/13/2007 12:46:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies · 349+ views
    The Sioux City Journal ^ | November 13, 2007 | Charlotte Eby
    INDIANOLA, Iowa -- At a campaign event Monday, Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson rejected the idea of allowing illegal immigrants to earn U.S. citizenship through military service. Anna Castaner, an Indianola resident, posed the question to Thompson during an event inside a coffee shop. Thompson drew applause from the crowd when he said he wouldn't support it. "They need to go back and abide by the law," Thompson said. The former U.S. senator from Tennessee said the country could have "enforcement by attrition." He called for securing the American border and stopping so-called sanctuary cities from blocking the enforcement of...
  • A Gun Ban America Needs

    11/12/2007 8:42:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 151+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | October 4, 2007 | Joseph Myers
    America needs a gun ban. Yes, a ban that denies possession, transfer and ownership of firearms. I say that as a gun owner myself. I say this as a strong defender of the Second Amendment to the Constitution. I say it with the belief the Second Amendment empowers American citizens to defend their sacred honor, their homes and families and to help “defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.” It is the phrase “all enemies foreign and domestic” that leads me to endorse a gun ban. The Second Amendment is clear: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to...
  • Angry migrant underclass might erupt in U.S.

    11/10/2007 5:21:51 AM PST · by stratous · 152 replies · 1,363+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 11/04/07 | Andres Oppenheimer
    <p>The rapid escalation of the U.S. anti-immigration hysteria fueled by ratings-hungry cable-television hotheads and leading Republican presidential hopefuls is a dangerous trend: It may lead to a Hispanic intifada that may rock this nation in the not-so-distant future.</p>
  • Be A Star! Submit Your Fred08 Videos

    11/09/2007 4:11:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 441+ views
    Fred08 ^ | November 9, 2007 | Sean Hackbarth
    Here's your chance to make a cameo appearance in Fred's Presidential campaign. Make a video telling us why you support Fred Thompson for President and upload it using the form below. We'll share these videos with all of our supporters on Fred08.com, and allow you, and them, to pick the best one. Here's your chance to be a star. Submit your video now. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sure, Fred Thompson is an accomplished lawyer, prosecuting criminals in Tennessee before serving as counsel on the Watergate hearings. And yes, he served the people of Tennessee as a common sense, conservative Senator for eight years....
  • Thompson backs Iowa congressman on immigration plan

    11/07/2007 9:51:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 136+ views
    DES MOINES, Iowa - Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson is endorsing a tough immigration measure being pushed by Iowa Congressman Steve King. Under King's measure, businesses would not get a tax deduction for wages paid to an illegal immigrant. King says Thompson's endorsement means he understands that Internal Revenue Service regulations can be as important as Homeland Security procedures in enforcing immigration laws. King, who represents western Iowa's 5th District, has been a vocal critic of the nation's immigration policies. The issue is an important one in the contest for the Republican presidential nomination, and King's call for tougher laws...

    11/07/2007 9:14:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies · 256+ views
    Justice for Immigrants ^ | November 2007 | US Conference of Catholic Bishops
    The USCCB Committee on Migration sent a delegation to the U.S./Mexico border region to study the plight of unaccompanied minors and human trafficking victims. The ever-growing problems with these populations are some of the gravest and many times most overlooked symptoms of the broken and out-dated immigration system currently employed by the United States. The delegation met with a broad cross-section of agencies and individuals involved with or knowledgeable of these populations to gain critical insights and to understand their needs. The delegation also met with Church officials, government officials, community-based organization, and other with important perspectives. Programs established to...
  • Thompson says it's about strength

    11/05/2007 11:37:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 87+ views
    The Manchester Union Leader ^ | November 6, 2007 | Stephen Beale
    Bedford – Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson yesterday said America should not be a global policeman, but it must remain the world's leader. Thompson, a former actor and U.S. senator from Tennessee, said America is facing a global war on terror that transcends the ongoing conflict in Iraq. He said the country must have a foreign policy based on prevention as well as deterrence. He warned that Iran was well on its way toward having nuclear weapons. "Nobody knows exactly when that might be," Thompson said at a Politics and Eggs breakfast at the Bedford Village Inn. "We don't know...