Sunday, December 19, 2010
Going On the Offense
|New York Times -- December 19
Immigration Vote Leaves Obama's Policy in Disarray
The vote by the Senate on Saturday to block a bill to grant legal status to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrant students was a painful setback to an emerging movement of immigrants and also appeared to leave the immigration policy of the Obama administration, which has supported the bill and the movement, in disarray. [...]
Part of the administration's strategy has been to ramp up border and workplace enforcement to attract Republican votes for the overhaul. The vote on Saturday made it clear that strategy has not succeeded so far. [...]
The Republicans in the new Congress are especially keen on tough enforcement. The presumed incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on immigration is Representative Steve King of Iowa, a vigorous opponent of legalization measures, which he rejects as amnesty for lawbreakers. Representative Lamar Smith of Texas, who will be chairman of the Judiciary Committee, is also an outspoken and well-versed opponent of such proposals.
Groups favoring reduced immigration cheered Saturday's vote as a watershed victory marking the end of a period when they have been on the defensive. Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, which lobbied hard against the bill, said the new Congress "has the strongest pro-enforcement membership" in at least 15 years.
"Now, we look forward to moving aggressively to offense," Mr. Beck said.
|KNSD-TV -- San Diego sc
Undercover cops nab 34 suspected car thieves
...Members of the Regional Auto Theft Task Force (RATT) and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) sprang into action on Wednesday arresting 34 suspected car thieves. -- A dozen guns, illegal drugs, and 38 stolen vehicles, valued at more than $304,000, were seized during the operation...
|NECN / Comcast
Mass. State Police to check immigration status
Massachusetts State Police are joining a controversial federal crime-fighting program, one critics say unfairly targets immigrants. -- Fear of anti-immigrant backlash or a way to make communities safer? -- That's the debate of this controversial decision...
Report: California city on brink of insolvency
The scandal-ravaged city of Bell is teetering on the brink of insolvency and drastic cuts in city services likely will be necessary to repair its finances, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. -- The report by the Los Angeles County auditor-controller paints the most dire financial picture yet of the blue-collar suburb... [See Cal Meltdown Watch]
Big Sis now dabbling in 'climate change' as homeland security issue
At an all-day White House conference on "environmental justice," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that her department is creating a new task force to battle the effects of climate change on domestic security operations. -- Speaking at the first White House Forum on Environmental Justice on Thursday, Napolitano discussed the initial findings...
Arizona's Next Immigration Debate: Anchor babies
Fresh off of passing a law to combat illegal immigration that was so controversial the federal government sued to block it, Arizona's Republican-controlled Legislature is poised to push the limits of immigration policy yet again, this time by challenging the basic rules that decide who is an American...
|Foster Folly News -- Chipley, Florida
Sheriff McKeithen announces arrest of 21 illegal aliens
Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen has announced the arrest of 21 illegal aliens as a result of a week long investigation into the use of stolen social security card numbers by illegals to gain employment. -- On December 13th, 2010, as a result of a traffic stop, investigators from the BCSO encountered several individuals in possession of stolen Social Security numbers...
|American Patrol Report
Major accident in Cochise County may involve illegal aliens
11:40 AM PT -- Glenn Spencer reports he just passed a major vehicle accident on Highway 92 near Ash Canyon south of Sierra Vista, Arizona. There were numerous Border Patrol vehicles present suggesting the involvement of illegal aliens and/or smuggling activity. More on this later...
2 Iowa cities could be illegal alien sanctuaries
Officials in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City are considering policies that would make their cities sanctuaries for illegal [aliens]. -- The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that the policies will likely be discussed at council meetings in January. -- If approved, the policies would prohibit city employees, including police, from notifying federal authorities of illegal [aliens]...
Payrolls drop in 28 U.S. states, joblessness rises in 21 in labor setback
Payrolls decreased in 28 U.S. states and the unemployment rate climbed in 21, showing most parts of the world's largest economy took part in the November labor- market setback. -- North Carolina led the nation with 12,500 job cuts last month, followed by Massachusetts with 8,600 dismissals...
|Salt Lake Tribune
Feds save millions after invaders lose benefits
Revising food-stamp rules affecting [illegal aliens] in Utah may have saved the federal government more than $2 million, an analysis by the state Department of Workforce Services (DWS) shows. -- Between July and October, 2,724 households with [illegal aliens] lost benefits; 788 of those households saw a decline in financial assistance...
|Thomas Lifson -- American Thinker -- Bellevue, Wash.
DREAM Act nightmare fades -- for now
The Dream Act, which would have rewarded young illegal [aliens] with permanent residence and access to to citizenship, failed to receive the requisite 60 votes in the Senate today, postponing if not ending a potential nightmare. In addition to incentivizing more potential border crossers, the act would have made fools of those who patiently followed legal immigration procedures...
|KTLA-TV -- Los Angeles
Paint bucket smuggling attempt leads to arrest
San Diego -- A 31-year-old Los Angeles man has been arrested for trying to smuggle an illegal immigrant into the country by hiding him under a bunch of buckets filled with tools in the back of a pickup truck. -- A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer spotted the truck around 5:45 a.m. Wednesday at the San Ysidro port of entry... [See Crime Watch]
Ga. lawmakers clash over immigration as study panel meets for third time
Democratic and Republican state lawmakers staked out different positions in the debate over illegal immigration Thursday, as a special committee studying ways to crackdown on the problem met for the third and perhaps final time before the Legislature convenes...
|The Hill -- Washington
Graham: DREAM Act push damaged wider immigration reform effort
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Saturday that the failed Democratic effort to pass the DREAM Act in the lame duck session dealt a blow to future talks on a wider immigration bill. -- "It was an exercise to try and taint Republicans with Hispanic voters, knowing that the DREAM Act under these circumstances could never pass," Graham told reporters...
|Jim Kouri, CPP -- The Examiner
Obama, Gates ignore national security failure
While patting himself and his warfighting team on the back over successes in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama -- as well as Defense Secretary Robert Gates -- is ignoring the recent defense failure on Wednesday. -- A long-range interceptor missile fired by the U.S. military failed to hit and neutralize its target in a test over the Pacific Ocean...
|D.A. King -- Gwinnett Daily Post -- Lawrenceville, Ga.
Enforce, verify our immigration laws
The Georgia legislature is conducting joint committee hearings on legislative solutions to illegal immigration in Georgia. And is being constantly reminded of the fact that we are cursed with more illegal aliens than Arizona. -- The solution is obvious: Enforcement. It works, just like with any other crime...
Preview of Coming Attractions: Next up is the currency collapse
One of the biggest misconceptions about inflation is that the US Dollar needs to collapse in order for inflation to occur. While a currency collapse often accompanies periods of heightened inflation, this is not necessarily true. -- Case in point, the US Dollar actually rallied this year despite commodity prices exploding higher...