Thursday, November 4, 2010
Mr. Smith is Already in Washington*
And he knows where the bodies are buried
|San Antonio Express-News -- November 4
Smith to push enforcement of immigrant laws
Washington -- Immigration reform will be shelved for streamlined enforcement of current laws in the legislative priorities under a new Republican-controlled House, Rep. Lamar Smith said Tuesday.
"The enforcement of our immigration laws is critical to both our national security and economic prosperity. We need to know who is entering our country, and why," the San Antonio Republican said.
Smith is expected to become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee in the next Congress. He laid out his potential priorities for the panel Tuesday.
He said the committee under his leadership would "enact policies that will better secure our border and discourage illegal immigration, human smuggling and drug trafficking."
House Republicans are expected to select leaders and committee chiefs by mid-December.
Smith and other GOP leaders support Arizona in its crackdown on illegal immigration, and they oppose birthright citizenship and earned-citizenship proposals.
*Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
American Patrol Report
Lamar Smith is the open borders advocate's worst nightmare. He knows how they subverted our laws to keep our borders open and he knows where the bodies are buried.
|Washington Independent sc
GOP aims to bolster immigration enforcement, but little change is likely
During his campaign for the presidency in 2008, Barack Obama made the now-broken promise to Latino supporters that he would pass comprehensive immigration reform [aka amnesty] in his first year as president. But in remarks to the press on Wednesday, after Republicans took control of the House and won back several seats in the Senate, talk of immigration reform was noticeably absent...
|Jim Kouri, CPP -- The Examiner
Obama's lavish India trip to cost taxpayers nearly $1 billion
Following a political tsunami that gave control of the House of Representatives, increased GOP members of the U.S. Senate, and increased the number of Republican governors nationwide, President Barack Obama will be leaving the U.S. behind to schmooze with officials in a country that actually likes him...
DEA: 45 Mexican drug cartel suspects arrested in Atlanta
Federal agents arrested 45 people in Georgia believed to be members of a top Mexican drug cartel and confiscated nearly $2.4 million in cash, authorities said Thursday. -- The arrests were made by members of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the Clayton County District Attorney's Office and other law enforcement agencies, the DEA said... [See Crime Watch]
|Grand Island (Neb.) Independent
Six Central Nebraska counties now using ICE enhanced identification system
U.S. ICE has added six Central Nebraska counties to a federal information sharing system to help officials use fingerprints to identify both legal and illegal [aliens] who have been arrested for a crime. -- This is part of "Secure Communities" -- ICE's comprehensive strategy to improve and modernize the identification and removal of immigrants convicted of a crime from the United States...
|National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers
Latest NAFBPO update from south of the border
Shortly after 3 a.m., Tijuana police got a report about a cadaver hanging from a bridge in town. When they arrived at the spot the body had fallen from the bridge and into the path of vehicles. The victim's hands had been tied behind his back. A number of shell casings were on the bridge from which the body had been hung...
|Laura Armstrong -- Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal
Student calls emphasis KSU puts on 'multiculturism' and 'diversity' sickening
There's much more to the KSU immigration "conference" that was in the news last week, and I'm fairly sure we'll be hearing more about the speakers, the funding and the implications for the school. -- KSU students have been mailing me and sending me Facebook messages this week, indicating the one-sided conference dominated by pro-open borders activists from around the country...
|Paul Rosenzweig -- Right Side News -- Kennesaw, Ga.
Congress should not hurry on cybersecurity
As Congress gets ready to return from its election break for a short lame duck session it faces many pressing issues (taxes and the budget to name just two). Some on Capitol Hill are hoping to include comprehensive cybersecurity legislation on the list of things to do. Others think that the chances of legislation this year are slim...
|San Diego Union-Tribune
Trio behind anti-illegal-immigration law may return
Tuesday's election of Sam Abed as mayor of Escondido, the re-election of Councilwoman Marie Waldron and the apparent win by former Councilman Ed Gallo bring back to power the same trio that voted for a nationally known anti-illegal-immigration ordinance in 2006. -- Gallo's return to the City Council isn't certain yet. He leads Lori Holt Pfeiler by 47 votes out of more than 39,000 cast...
|Cliff Kinkaid -- Right Side News -- Kennesaw, Ga.
Progressives increase their power over Obama
While the Democratic Party suffered a bloodbath on November 2, the progressives who basically run the party and control President Obama came out of the elections stronger than ever. They will keep the political pressure on Obama to pursue a far-left agenda, with the implied threat that if he doesn't comply, he will have a 2012 presidential primary election challenger...
||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]
|Arizona Capitol Times -- Phoenix
Immigration hawk Pearce elected president of Arizona Senate
Sen. Russell Pearce will lead the Arizona Senate next year after colleagues elected him to be president of the chamber during a closed-door meeting Nov. 3. -- Pearce defeated Sen. Steve Pierce and Senators-elect Steve Yarbrough and John McComish. All four had been rounding up votes for months in anticipation of the leadership elections... [Related item]
||Ted Nugent -- Washington Times
The great Tea Party massacre
To borrow a 1984 phrase from the Gipper, it's morning in America. -- With the GOP sweeping the Fedzillacrats from the political battlefield last night, there is real hope once again for the shining city on a hill...
Eligibility attorney asks to join case before Supremes
A prominent lawyer who has argued several legal challenges to Barack Obama's eligibility to be president, including cases pending at the appeals level in both state and federal courts in California, is asking to join in a case already pending before the U.S. Supreme Court...
|Mark Krikorian -- Center for Immigration Studies
Lies, damn lies, and statistics
The amnesty crowd is hawking a new fable -- that a massive margin among Hispanics saved Harry Reid: Longtime immigration advocate Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) credited Hispanics Wednesday for keeping Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in the Senate. -- "Latino citizens responded to Majority Leader Harry Reid's aggressive pursuit of immigration reform..."
Mom upset over son's assignment to recite Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish
Melissa Taggart says she was delighted that her son was learning a foreign language in the eighth grade -- until she learned he was expected to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish. -- And that he'd receive a zero if he didn't. -- Taggart, of Edmond, Okla., said the Pledge should be recited in English -- and English only...
|Sara A. Carter -- Washington Examiner
Obama, GOP's King talk homeland security
Ranking member of Homeland Security Committee Committee Peter King, who is expected to take the chairmanship come January, got an unexpected phone call from President Obama late Wednesday night. -- King, who criticized some of the administration's policies on national security in a column in The Washington Examiner on Tuesday, was extended an olive branch...
|WFAA-TV -- Dallas
A&M senate approves bill against in-state tuition for illegal aliens
College Station, Texas -- A vote at Texas A&M University has pitted students against each other. -- Thursday night, student senators approved a bill officially opposing in-state tuition for illegal [aliens]. -- Prior to the vote, students in opposition took to the campus with protest signs...
|Arizona Republic -- Phoenix
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu Babeu, supervisors reach deal
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu isn't getting what he asked for in a dedicated drug- and human-smuggling-enforcement task force. -- But Babeu says a compromise reached Wednesday with county supervisors will meet the same objective: to disrupt cartel activity in western Pinal...
|Dave Gibson -- The Examiner
Did Reid actually win the election?
How does a man who is one of the most unpopular legislators in the nation, representing a state with both the highest unemployment and foreclosure rates in the country, manage to hold onto his seat while his own party is decimated? -- Perhaps, the truly old fashioned way...
|Washington Watcher -- VDare.com
Election 2010: A step forward, but still a long way to go
So the Republicans took control of the House, gained a few seats in the Senate, and now control the majority of the governorships in the Country. Hurrah. -- But as 12 years with a Republican Congress from 1995 to 2007 show, that doesn't mean much unless we have the right Republicans (or in some cases Democrats) elected...
18 dead found in Mexico mass grave shown in video
Acapulco, Gro., Mex. -- In another grisly turn in Mexico's drug war, police have recovered 18 bodies from a mass grave announced in a YouTube posting -- a video saying the victims were from a tourist group kidnapped in Acapulco a month ago. -- Authorities said they would resume their search Thursday for more remains at the burial site in Tres Palos, a town just south of the Pacific resort city...
|St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times
Sheriff's Office reports illegal alien molested girl in Dade City
A 39-year-old man is accused of molesting a 10-year-old girl. -- Lazaro G. Ceballos was arrested Tuesday and is charged with lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim aged 12 or younger. -- The incident happened Sept. 6 in Dade City, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Ceballos, who lived on Bull Road in Dade City, is a Mexican citizen who is in the United States illegally, authorities said... [More of Obama's "willing workers"]
|Shelby County (Ala.) Reporter
Examining immigration: Should Alabama mimic new Arizona regulations?
Shelby County Sheriff Chris Curry's hands -- and those of his deputies -- are tied. --- So are those of Alabaster police officers and every other local law enforcement officer when it comes to enforcing immigration laws. -- "If you are in this country illegally, that is not a criminal act," Curry said. "If you are here illegally, that's a civil issue," and outside the scope of authority of state and local law enforcement...
|Brenda Walker -- VDare.com
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...
|Paul Craig Roberts -- Infowars -- Austin, Texas
The impotence of elections
In his historical novel, The Leopard, Giuseppe di Lampedusa writes that things have to change in order to remain the same. That is what happened in the US congressional elections on November 2. -- Jobs offshoring, which began on a large scale with the collapse of the Soviet Union, has merged the Democrats and Republicans into one party with two names...
Muslim group to sue Oklahoma over Shariah Law amendment
Which is greater, man's law or God's law? -- The answer to that question depends in part on whom you ask and on which religion is being considered. On Tuesday, for instance, voters in Oklahoma passed State Question 755, aka the "Shariah law amendment," which changed the state constitution so that Oklahoma courts are now forbidden from "considering or using" both international law and Shariah law when making their decisions...
|Kelly Holt -- The New American
As border violence intensifies, Jan Brewer defends new law
Seven bodies were found October 31 in a mass grave in Nogales, Arizona's largest border city. According to a Fox News report, the city's mayor, José Angel Hernandez, related that officers recovered six bodies and a severed head in a riverbed; a seventh headless body was found nearby...
Immigration Reform: 25 states Considering Arizona style laws
Certain parts of the Arizona law designed to combat illegal immigration may have been deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge, but that is not stopping other states from putting similar measures on the ballot. Even as voters elect in a new congress today, many states are likely to go work on legislation...
|Joseph Farah -- WorldNetDaily.com
Dump Dick Armey from Tea Party
The danger to the tea-party movement has always been that Washington insiders would attempt to hijack it for their own purposes and political agenda. -- One man who has clearly attempted to do that is former House majority leader Dick Armey with his well-funded organization FreedomWorks...