Wednesday, November 3, 2010
King of the Border
House to Focus on Border Enforcement
|Washington Independent -- November 3
House Immigration Policy Now in the Hands of GOP and Steve King
|"...a wall, is a practical way to protect our border..." -- U.S. Rep. Steve King
Of all the possible changes to come out of the election, the biggest potential shift in immigration policy will probably come from which party controls the House. Now that change is official: Republicans will lead the House, meaning immigration legislation will be in the hands of likely Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who will chair the immigration subcommittee.
Republican positions on immigration -- and particularly the positions of hardliners like King -- will be a major change from how current Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other leading Democrats handled the issue. House Republicans have said they will focus on border security and immigration enforcement over potential reform to the legal immigration system.
King tends to be on the extreme end of anti-illegal immigration rhetoric: He favors changes to birthright citizenship to keep U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants from receiving citizenship and argues more states should pass immigration crackdowns like Arizona's SB 1070. King has pushed for more border enforcement and an electrified fence along the border to keep illegal immigrants out. "We do that with livestock all the time," he said.
Related: Steve King's positions on immigration
|Dave Gibson -- The Examiner sc
Illegal alien suing state of Mississippi for placing child in foster care
U.S. Magistrate Linda R. Anderson has scheduled a conference next month for a lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on behalf of an illegal alien, against the Mississippi state Department of Human Services, two social workers, Singing River Health System and an interpreter hired by the hospital...
|National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers
Latest NAFBPO update from south of the border
In Arizona, consuls from El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador and Honduras plan to meet on Dec. 16 to "define a strategy" regarding the results of the elections on Nov. 2nd. They aim to be prepared to confront "a racial law" and "attacks to the Hispanic community" promoted by candidates such as Jan Brewer, governor of Arizona... [More meddling by foreigners]
Congressional Hispanic Caucus loses three members (at least)
Three House members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus -- Reps. John Salazar (D-Colo.), Solomon Ortiz (D-Texas) and Ciro Rodriguez (D-Texas) -- lost their bids for re-election yesterday, meaning the pro-immigration reform wing of Congress will shrink next session. Arizona Democratic Reps. Gabrielle Giffords and Raul Grijalva could still lose their seats...
|Clarice Feldman -- American Thinker -- Bellevue, Wash.
Obama India trip to cost taxpayers $200 million a day
The Press Trust of India reports that the Obamas lavish get out of town and mambo in Mumbai trip will lost U.S. taxpayers $200 million a day. -- Mumbai: The US would be spending a whopping $200 million (Rs 900 crore approx.) per day on President Barack Obama's visit to the city...
|Newport Beach / Costa Mesa Daily Pilot
Allan Mansoor wins California Assembly seat
...Costa Mesa will also lose its mayor, Allan Mansoor, to the state Assembly. A Republican best known for his hardline stances against illegal immigration, Mansoor won the 68th District seat with 56.3% of the vote to Little Saigon businessman Phu Nguyen's 43.7% ... [Related item]
Tunnel, 20 tons of pot found at California-Mexico border
San Diego -- U.S. authorities have discovered 20 tons of pot near a tunnel connecting warehouses on either side of California's border with Mexico. -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Lauren Mack says today that the tunnel ran 600 yards under the border near San Diego. It had lighting, ventilation and a rail system...
|Arizona Republic -- Phoenix
Radical 'MEChA Boy" Grijalva declares victory
With one precinct left to report, U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva has declared victory in his bid to keep the Arizona Congressional District 7 seat. -- His challenger, political newcomer and Republican Ruth McClung, has not conceded, however. -- It's been a tight race between the Tucson Democrat Grijalva and McClung to represent the southern Arizona district...
Most voters think House GOP likely to disappoint by 2012
Hold the celebration. Most voters expected Republicans to win control of the House of Representatives on Election Day, but nearly as many expect to be disappointed with how they perform by the time the 2012 elections roll around. -- A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds, in fact, that 59% of Likely U.S. Voters think...
|Fremont (Neb.) Tribune sc
Kobach wins Kansas Secretary of State
Republican Kris Kobach won the Kansas Secretary of State job Tuesday, beating three other candidates with 59 percent of the total vote. -- Democrat Chris Biggs earned 37 percent of the vote. Two other candidates received 2 percent each. -- Kobach is the attorney who wrote Fremont's illegal immigration ordinance and is defending it against lawsuits...
|Arizona Republic -- Phoenix
Jan Brewer rides Arizona's immigration law to victory
Gov. Jan Brewer scored an easy win over her opponents on Tuesday, fueled by her staunch support of Arizona's controversial immigration law and a national mood that favored Republicans. -- Early returns showed Brewer defeating Democrat Terry Goddard by a significant margin...
|Hazleton (Pa.) Standard-Speaker
Barletta follows baseball lesson to Congress
Lou Barletta remembered a lesson from baseball the first time he ran for public office. -- It was 1995, and Barletta lost an election for Hazleton City Council. -- "Even Babe Ruth struck out," he said like a ballplayer anticipating his next at-bat. -- In the 15 years between then and now, Barletta has gone 4-for-6... [Related item]
|Talking Points Memo
The GOP Plan to Investigate Obama: The first four potential investigations
Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Lamar Smith (R-TX) have been attacking the Obama administration since pretty much the day Barack Obama took office. Until now, as just the ranking members of two powerful House committees and members of the minority party, their criticisms of administration officials and their decisions have been mostly limited to issuing press releases...
|White Plains (NY) Journal-News
Illegal alien used aliases to dodge rape warrant, police say
Brewster, NY -- An undocumented immigrant who used aliases to avoid arrest on a 10-year-old warrant for a rape on Long Island faces forgery and impersonation charges, state police said today. -- Investigators from the Brewster barracks arrested 34-year-old Fredi Espana of Brewster on Tuesday, charging him with second-degree forgery... [See Crime Watch]
|Stephen Dinan -- Washington Times
Democrats lose centuries of seniority in House
Neither rookies nor seasoned veterans were spared in Tuesday's House Democratic bloodbath, which saw Republicans defeat three major committee chairmen and at least seven lawmakers who claimed 20 years' seniority or more in Congress. -- While the losses of 16 freshmen "Obama babies" -- those elected during the president's 2008 sweep -- were expected.....
||Rick Oltman of CAPS -- The Examiner
The most important election in the country
There's lots to ponder regarding the mid-term elections this year. In the next several days we will be drowning in analysis, smirking at recriminations, scratching our heads at some comments and eventually, sick of it, we will tiredly swing our gaze forward to the next election, in 2012... [More from Rick Oltman] [Examiner items]
ACLU whines to United Nations over Arizona's immigration law
Arizona's harsh immigration law will be a subject of the first Universal Periodic Review the United Nations Human Rights Council has ever directed at the United States. The review will come Friday in Geneva. The ACLU has submitted a 19-page report to the UN, detailing its concerns about U.S. policies that threaten human rights. The executive director of the ACLU of Arizona will be in Geneva as an observer...
|Prison Planet -- Austin, Texas
Did Harry Reid steal Nevada?
A serious investigation into potential vote fraud needs to be launched immediately in Nevada, after incumbent Harry Reid beat Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle by a clear five points, despite pre-election polls showing Angle four points ahead, amidst suspicious evidence of vote flipping and other dirty tricks on behalf of the Reid campaign last week...
|James Delingpole -- Family Security Matters
Only the Tea Party can save us now
Arriving back at Heathrow late on Sunday night I felt -- as you do on returning to Britain these days -- as if I were entering a failed state. It's not just the Third World shabbiness which is so dispiriting. It's the knowledge that from its surveillance cameras to its tax regime, from its (mostly) EU-inspired regulations...
Election results threaten chances of illegal alien amnesty schemes
In a blow to the Obama administration's political strength, the opposition Republicans seized control of the House of Representatives and reduced the Democratic advantage in the Senate. -- Analysts say Obama now faces a challenge just to keep some of the reforms he has already passed, let alone introduce new legislation...
|KVOA-TV -- Tucson
Brewer defeats Goddard in Arizona governor's race
Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer has ridden a wave of support for the state's controversial illegal immigration law to defeat her Democratic challenger. -- Brewer was secretary of state when she became governor in January upon Democrat Janet Napolitano's resignation. Napolitano quit midway through her second term to become a member of President Barack Obama's Cabinet...
|Jim Kouri, CPP -- The Examiner
Pelosi advisor defends Black Panther voter intimidation
An alleged New Black Panther Party member was observed on Election Day standing outside the same Philadelphia polling station where voter intimidation was reported in 2008 during the presidential election. -- Monitors from the city government and other interested agencies said they are maintaining surveillance of the individual dressed in New Black Panther-style uniform...
|Brenda Walker -- LimitsToGrowth.org
Arizona law defended in the courts and on the streets
Your humble correspondent attended the Ninth Circuit Court in San Francisco Monday morning for the federal government's continuing suit against the state of Arizona's tough immigration law. As a non-lawyer, I found the proceedings interesting, although somewhat mysterious, given all the legalistic shorthand referring to previous cases and numbers of sections within the Arizona law in question...
|American Patrol Report
So much for Hispandering
Meg Whitman outspent Jerry Brown 3 to 1 in her loss to be governor of California. She even spent $142 million of her own money, but it did no good. Why? Because she refused to confront one of California's most serious problems illegal immigration. She even went so far as to run billboards opposing California's Proposition 187 and Arizona's SB 1070. Once again, cowardly Republicans lost California but his time they may have lost it to Mexico, not just Jerry Brown. Is Colorado next?