Illegals take jobs -- from the poorest Americans
|NumbersUSA -- March 1
House Subcommittee Discusses Impacts of Immigration on Minorities
Leaders against the poorest Americans
...Notwithstanding the other great opening statements by the committee leaders and Witnesses, Chairman Lamar Smith provided a great testimonial to frame the committee discussion when he mentioned the current unemployment rate for minority Americans and the Administration's lack of worksite enforcement. Here is an excerpt from his testimony:
"According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in January the unemployment rate for blacks was 16% and for Hispanics was 12%. These unemployment rates are well above the national average. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, seven million people are working in the U.S. illegally. These jobs should go to legal workers, many of whom would be minorities. Virtually all credible studies show that competition from cheap foreign labor displaces American workers, including legal immigrants, or depresses their wages...
"But research is not the only proof. After illegal workers are arrested and detained during Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) worksite enforcement actions, many businesses replace them with American minorities.
Each time ICE arrests, detains or deports an illegal worker, it creates a job opportunity for an American worker. Each time the Department of Justice brings a criminal action against an employer who knowingly hired illegal workers, it sends a powerful message that their illegal employment will not be tolerated. Unfortunately, worksite enforcement has plummeted under the Obama Administration. Administrative arrests have fallen 77% from 2008 to 2010. Criminal arrests have fallen 60%. Criminal indictments have fallen 57% and criminal convictions have fallen 66%. With millions of Americans unemployed, it is hard to imagine a worse time to cut worksite enforcement efforts by more than half." [Related item]
|Dave Gibson -- The Examiner sc
17 bodies found near Acapulco
On Tuesday, Mexican soldiers discovered 17 bodies buried in two mass graves in the state of Guerrero and according to reports, they expect to find more. -- The gruesome find was the third of its kind in than a year in the Mexican coastal state, which is the scene of an ongoing battle between rival sects of the Beltran Leyva Cartel...
Texas immigration bill has big exception
Amid a number of bills filed in Texas that address the issue of illegal immigration, one, proposed by Republican state Rep. Debbie Riddle, stands out. -- As proposed, House Bill 2012 would create tough state punishments for those who "intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly" hire an [illegal alien]...
|Daily Sundial -- Cal State Northridge
Arizona lawmakers challenge 14th Amendment
Republican lawmakers in Arizona have introduced legislation on a state level to end what they refer to as birthright citizenship. -- CNN reported that in addition to Arizona, legislators in 40 states are considering similar laws. -- They want to bring this issue before the Supreme Court forcing federal authorities to re-examine what the 14th Amendment's citizenship clause was intended to mean...
|Center for Immigration Studies
How a noble vision lost its way
A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies shows that the Carnegie Corporation, a grant-making foundation whose mandate is to "promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding," has veered sharply away from that mission with dogmatic and intolerant efforts to influence U.S. immigration policy...
Latino Tea Party leader rips Conyers for racial politics
At a House hearing on immigration on Tuesday, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) said the debate about the estimated 14 million illegal aliens in the United States is dividing the black and Latino communities. But one witness at the hearing said Mexican-Americans have nothing in common with people who have broken the law by being in the country illegally...
|National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers
Latest NAFBPO update from south of the border
The drug cartels in Mexico are seeking to operate freely and represent a huge challenge for the government of the country, but it is a situation that can not be equated with that which existed in Colombia years ago, said a senior American official on Tuesday...
|Paul B. Farrell -- Market Watch
Four time bombs that will blow up Wall Street
Put Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein in jail for six months, and all this will stop, all over Wall Street and America, a former congressional aide tells Matt Taibbi in his latest Rolling Stone attack, "Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail? Financial crooks brought down the world's economy -- but the feds are doing are doing more to protect them than to prosecute them." [See "Hope & Change" Watch]
|Associated Press sc
GOP: Illegal aliens taking minorities' jobs
Black lawmakers accused Republicans on Tuesday of trying to "manufacture tension" between African-Americans and [illegal aliens] as GOP House members argued in a hearing that more minorities would be working were it not for illegal immigration...
Census: Nebraska Latino population surges 77 percent
Omaha -- Nebraska's Latino population surged 77 percent between 2000 and 2010 while the state grew 6.7 percent, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. -- In 2010, Latinos accounted for more than 9 percent of the state's population, up from nearly 6 percent in 2000. About 86 percent of the state's population was white in 2010, down from 90 percent in 2000...
|Dave Gibson -- The Examiner
Did Bush make it easier for drug smugglers to enter the U.S.? (Part I)
I n July 2008, the government watchdog group known as Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against the U.S. State Department, for that agency's failure to turn over certain documents related to former U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton's prosecution of Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean...
|Kimberly Dvorak -- The Examiner
Muslim Sharia law for America? White House rally March 3rd
Only in America could a radical Muslim group be granted permits to rally at the White House and call for Sharia law to be implemented in the United States. -- "Preparations are now underway for the 'Shariah4America' project that will inshaa'allah (God willing) become an unanticipated wild card for the West..."
|Matt Maggio -- The Examiner
Local Tea Party activists under attack by "traditional" Republican Party?
Monday morning, the Greensboro [NC] News & Record reported that "traditional" Republican Party activists locally were threatening prominent local Tea Party activists as part of a fratricidal battle within local Republican circles. Specifically, the paper reported that prominent local Tea Party activist Jeff Hyde...
|Lahore (Pakistan) Daily Times
U.S. looks to Mexico to tighten Afghan border
Sharana, Pak. -- US commanders in Afghanistan are looking to their own country's heavily monitored border with Mexico as part of efforts to stem the flow of Taliban fighters crossing from Pakistan to wage a growing insurgency. -- US forces say they are considering employing sensors and radar systems of the kind used on the US-Mexico border...
|9&10 News -- Cadillac, Mich.
Bill sparks new debate on illegal immigration in Michigan
A new state bill designed to fight illegal immigration has sparked a new debate on immigration in Michigan. -- The bill was introduced last week, and already there's been rallies and press conferences against the idea, including on in Traverse City on Tuesday. -- Clergy and community leaders spoke out against the proposal...
|Dave Gibson -- The Examiner
Virginia has become stronghold for MS-13
MS-13 (or Mara Salvatrucha) was formed by Salvadoran, mostly illegal immigrants in the 1980's, during El Salvador's civil war. While the gang was originally made up exclusively of Salvadorans, they now accept all Central Americans as well as Mexicans. MS stands for Mara (slang for mob), Salva (El Salvador), Trucha (slang for on-guard)...
|Daniel Sayani -- The New American
Rep. Ron Paul tops Tea Party straw poll
Sunday, February 27, was the conclusion of the three-day Tea Party American Policy Summit in Phoenix, Arizona -- a gathering of top Tea Party activists for the purpose of fostering greater unity and cohesion among its various disjointed groups across the country. The event focused on addressing sustainable and long-term strategies for dealing with matters such as the national deficit...
Sheriff Arpaio irked over reading event
Phoenix -- America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff is miffed at elementary school administrators after he said he was invited to read to a group of Phoenix sixth-graders - and then uninvited for being considered too controversial. -- But administrators paint a different picture, saying there was simply a scheduling conflict...
Curry signs petition leaving immigration law enforcement to feckless Feds
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced today that he signed a petition that encourages Indiana lawmakers to leave immigration reform to the federal government. -- Several groups organized the 'Indiana Compact' because of concerns regarding Senate Bill 590, which would impose wide-ranging immigration reforms that some consider to be unnecessary and potentially unconstitutional...
|D.A. King -- Macon Telegraph
Governor's campaign promises deserve attention
Georgians may be interested to see the latest United States Border Patrol apprehension figures. -- Those brave American heroes captured 463,382 people from all over the world coming across our borders illegally and uninspected in fiscal year 2010, which ended Sept. 30. Official and very optimistic estimates are that they are able to catch about one of every four or five illegals crossing our borders...
|San Diego Union-Tribune
45 arrested locally in nationwide gang crackdown
A three-month nationwide sweep of gang members with ties to drug-trafficking organizations culminated in 678 arrests, including 45 in San Diego County, federal authorities announced Tuesday. -- The effort, dubbed "Project Southern Tempest," was described by [ICE] Director John Morton as the largest of its kind ever headed by the agency... [Related item]
Tom Ridge tells critics of invader amnesty to "get over it"
The nation's first homeland security secretary said Tuesday that critics of immigration reform need to "get over it," and warned that Americans shouldn't be so "arrogant" as to believe that "everybody that comes across the border wants to be an American citizen."
|North County Times -- Escondido, Calif.
Two Mexicans arrested, pot seized at Dog Beach
U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested two men traveling on a panga boat and seized 26 bundles of marijuana early Tuesday morning in Del Mar. -- The panga boat was spotted on the water near La Jolla at 3 a.m., according to the Border Patrol. Agents tracked the boat and searched it when it came ashore at Dog Beach in Del Mar...
Analysis: U.S. immigration probe fears weigh on Chipotle
An investigation by U.S. immigration officials into illegal unemployment at Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (CMG.N) is making some investors nervous and could have implications for the fast-food industry as a whole. -- Chipotle, based in Denver, is one of the highest-profile employers to come under the scrutiny of ICE in recent years...
|Arizona Republic -- Phoenix
Pearce issues new rules that ban public from Senate news conferences
Senate President Russell Pearce issued a new rule Tuesday prohibiting members of the public from attending news conferences inside the Senate building. -- In a memo to senators and staff, Pearce said safety concerns led to the change. The public is free to attend news conferences held outside on the Senate grounds, he said...
|Kimberly Dvorak -- The Examiner
Amazon to cut California jobs if legislators insist on Internet tax
Looking for ways to drum up extra revenue in the state of California, legislators are seeking to impose a new state sales tax on Amazon.com Internet sales. However the Internet giant says not so fast and if proposed laws are passed they will sever all ties with affiliate businesses in California. Currently the Golden State has more than 10,000 Internet businesses that earn a living with Amazon.com... [See Cal Meltdown Watch]
|Fremont (Neb.) Tribune
Janssen explains Illegal immigration Enforcement Act
State Sen. Charlie Janssen of Fremont said opponents of LB48 are attempting to "blur the issues," and his remarks to the Judiciary Committee Wednesday will be intended to set the record straight what's in his bill. -- The bill, also known as the Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act, is set for a committee hearing at 1:30 p.m...
Feds announce 27 gang arrests in Georgia
Atlanta -- Federal authorities have arrested 27 gang members and affiliates in Georgia during what Immigration and Customs Enforcement calls its biggest gang roundup since 2005. -- ICE Director John Morton says 678 gang members were arrested since December in 168 cities in the latest nationwide effort targeting street gangs with ties to international drug trafficking groups... [See Crime Watch]
|Ed Lasky -- The American Thinker -- Bellevue, Wash.
Washington Post punctures another Obama boast
Barack Obama has mishandled the American response to the revolutions sweeping the Muslim world. He voted present when the Iranian people (the only population, apart from the Israelis who like Americans) protested against the mullahs. He flip-flopped in Egypt - and appeared to support Mubarak, days away from his unceremonious departure...
|The Hill -- Washington
Gingrich's dual courtship of GOP base, Latino voters could pose problem
Newt Gingrich's simultaneous courtship of the base of the Republican Party and Latino voters could pose major problems for his likely bid for the White House. -- Gingrich, who is soon expected to announce the formation of a presidential exploratory committee, frequently stresses the need for the GOP to reach out to Latinos...
|David North -- Center for Immigration Studies
Should employer fines be cut because of the recession?
When jobs for American residents are scarce, should an employer pay smaller fines for ignoring the rules on hiring illegal aliens because there's a recession? -- That's the odd position taken by an administrative law judge (ALJ) who works for the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), an arm of the U.S. Justice Department....
|Dan Baltes -- The Examiner
The Utah Compact: Respect for the rule of law or a push for sanctuary cities?
In November 2010, the Utah Compact came into existence through the combined efforts of some Utah groups who seek to guide or direct discussions and legislation concerning illegal immigration in the State. The Utah Compact website touts wide support by business and political leaders across the State...
|Ross Kaminsky -- The American Spectator
Barack Carter-Obama is back
On Monday's edition of CNN's Situation Room, host Wolf Blitzer and political analyst Gloria Borger discussed President Barack Obama's response to the situation in Libya, bringing unwitting clarity to the issue Barack Obama's projected and real weakness. --First, they wondered aloud how it could have been...
|Salt Lake Tribune
Utah lawmakers working on deal for enforcement-only bill
Rep. Stephen Sandstrom has agreed to a deal with legislative leaders in which he will remove the words "reasonable suspicion" from his legislation to have local police check the legal residency of people arrested or pulled over. In exchange, he has assurances of the likely passage of his enforcement-only bill in the Senate, knowledgeable sources confirmed Monday...
|Gailann Jarocki -- The Examiner
Texas law strikes Mexican drug cartels
In a press release yesterday the Texas U.S. Marshals Office stated that as part of Operation Fallen Hero-Operation Bombardier, Houston area Federal, State, and local law enforcement officials have joined forces in a series of coordinated strikes against Mexican drug cartels and their associates who operate across the United States...