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Thursday, April 28, 2011

California Collapse Imminent?
L.A. furloughs thousands as Brown tax faces voters
American Patrol Report -- April 28
L.A. Mayor not a happy camper (L.A. Times)
    The long anticipated collapse of California's public finance system could finally be at hand as billions in Obama stimulus bucks dry up in the face of a Republican-led House of Representatives.
    Looking at a $457-million shortfall, the mayor of Los Angeles said he would begin furloughing more than 6,000 city employees who refused to go along with a cost-cutting arrangement. (L.A. Times)
    At the state level, voters may well reject Gov. Brown's plan to raise taxes – forcing the state to issue IOUs to vendors within a couple of months. (San Jose Mercury News)
    As Leslie Schneider wrote in today's Beaufort County Now: "Illegal immigration largely affects the quality, human capital, and the prosperity of the United States, particularly in California. When immigrants come in and already have a learned skill and some education, naturally it would have a positive impact on the societies that they move to. When people come into any country or new area and have little skill and/ or education, then of course the society will be impacted negatively."

Real Clear Politics     sc   
Obama job rating hits new low in Pennsylvania   
As President Obama gears up for his 2012 re-election bid, a new poll of voters in Pennsylvania presents some ominous warning signs for the president. A Quinnipiac University poll of 1,366 registered Pennsylvania voters conducted last week shows Obama's job approval rating slipping to just 42 percent, an all time low...

David North -- Center for Immigration Studies    
State Department regs guarantee loss of 120,00 American jobs   
I suppose it is progress when one of the State Department's alien worker programs decides that foreign college students can no longer be used as rickshaw operators, or in their words: "as pedicab or rolling chair drivers." -- It certainly is a refreshing bit of transparency when the department admits that its Summer Work Travel program...

Bay Buchanan -- Townhall.com   
Activist judges stifling immigration enforcement a year after SB1070    
One year after the passage of SB 1070, it is clear that the momentum and the people are still with Arizona. While most political observers gloated that they did not expect another state to pass the bill just a few months ago, Arizona modeled legislation passed the Georgia and Alabama legislature with the two governors of the two states indicating they will sign the legislation...

U.S. Customs and Border Protection         
U.S. Border Patrol weekly blotter   
Border Patrol agents seized 3,082 pounds of marijuana, a tractor-trailer, and arrested two nationals of Cuba at the traffic checkpoint in Falfurrias, Texas. The subjects presented themselves for inspection and a Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle...

KTLA-TV -- Los Angeles   
Dozens busted after massive gang sweep in L.A.'s harbor area   
Los Angeles police and federal agents arrested dozens of suspected gang members in a massive sweep in the Harbor area of Los Angeles. -- An estimated 1,300 officers fanned out across the area in the predawn hours searching for members of the "Rancho San Pedro" gang culminating a two and a half year investigation, according to officials...

Mark Krikorian -- Center for Immigration Studies     sc     
SB1070 as bogeyman   
After the passage of Arizona's SB1070 and Republican gains in many state legislatures, there was a lot of talk of similar immigration measures sweeping other states. There has been some real progress, most notably in Georgia, but not as much as you would have thought from the hype. Some of that is because it was hype, and most bills in any legislature never get anywhere...

Jerry Kammer -- Center for Immigration Studies   
Superman Meets His Match: Los Hermanos Ortiz   
The blogosphere is abuzz with the news that the latest edition of the Superman comics series has the superhero renouncing his American citizenship, declaring he is "tired of having my actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy." -- But in the world of Spanish-language corridos, the ballads that give voice to the experience of illegal immigrants, Superman's citizenship has long been in doubt...

Arizona Daily Star -- Tucson   
U.S. weighs option of extending Guard's deployment to border    
The Obama administration is having second thoughts about withdrawing all National Guard troops from the border by the end of June. -- The National Guard Bureau in Virginia is asking Arizona officials for input on "different courses of action" for what to do about the 560 soldiers now assigned to border-security duty in Arizona, part of 1,200 troops placed along the entire Mexican border...

Fox News   
Obama: States cannot have their own immigration laws
President Obama says it would be chaotic for states to create their own immigration policies, and said his administration has been forceful in enforcing immigration laws. -- In an interview with WSB-TV, which is based in Georgia, Obama assailed that state's new immigration law...

King World News    
James Turk - The waterfall decline in the U.S. dollar has begun   
With gold and silver taking off after the Fed statement, today King World News interviewed James Turk out of Spain. When asked about the action Turk stated, "I've just finished reading the Federal Reserve's announcement of its meeting concluded earlier today. I've also scanned some of the excerpts from Bernanke's press conference and..."

Dave Gibson -- The Examiner    
Illegal alien, convicted felon has made a living filing hundreds of lawsuits
On Wednesday, Alfredo Garcia, 41, was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. At the time of his arrest, the Mexican national was in the midst of suing yet another business under the auspices of the Americans with Disabilities Act...

Fox News   
Obama to meet with Latino celebrities on immigration   
President Obama is meeting at the White House today with Latino celebrities to stress his commitment to immigration reform [read: amnesty]. -- The meeting is taking place amid mounting frustration among many Latinos – long a crucial voting bloc for Democrats – over what they see as Obama's hollow promises to reform immigration policy...

My Fox Houston    
Texan missing in Mexico   
A Texas man with ties to the FOX 26 newsroom has vanished in Northern Mexico. -- A representative for the FBI confirmed Wednesday, the agency is looking into the disappearance of Robert "Bob" Tamez. -- Tamez, an American citizen who grew up in Falfurrias, is a childhood classmate of FOX 26 reporter Kristine Galvan...

Anthony Martin -- The Examiner    
It's not about the birth certificate but the Constitution   
In the brief time since Barack Obama released his long form birth certificate on Wednesday, much has been made over the fact that the 'birthers' have been proved wrong and the issue, thus, will now go away. While some who have been labeled as 'birthers' have, indeed, focused exclusively on the birth certificate, the issue has nothing to do with whether or not Obama was born in Hawaii...

Sierra Vista (Arizona) Herald / Review    
Sarkozy Party Chief: France can't afford migrants   
France cannot afford to take in waves of North African migrants looking for jobs, the head of President Nicolas Sarkozy's party argued Wednesday, as European neighbors spar over what to do with thousands of unemployed Tunisians who have arrived illegally on this border-free continent...

Aiken (SC) Standard    
Mexican illegal alien will be deported again   
A 35-year-old Mexican national living in Graniteville pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to illegally re-entering the United States after deportation and will once again face deportation. -- Manuel Garcia-Martinez, who has also used the names Daniel Garcia-Hernandez and Marco Hernandez, of Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to time served...

Minnesota Public Radio     
Lawmakers debate police role in enforcing immigration laws   
Minnesota lawmakers are in the midst of a debate over the role local law enforcement should play in upholding federal immigration laws. -- Currently, Minneapolis and St. Paul have "separation ordinances," meaning police in those two cities do not ask residents they interact with about their immigration status, unless it pertains to a crime. A bill discussed Wednesday would prohibit that practice...

KTVK-TV -- Phoenix           
Suspected human smuggler leads police on chase    
An 18-year-old thought to be a human smuggler triggered a dangerous chase through southwest Phoenix. -- The teen was spotted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents leaving a suspected drop house early Wednesday morning. -- When police tried to pull him over, he allegedly rammed several police vehicles and then tried to get on the I-10 freeway going the wrong way... [See Crime Watch]

Press TV      
L.A. considering end to Arizona boycott   
Protests are rising in Los Angeles over the possibility of city leaders ending a boycott against Arizona. -- The boycott started last year in reaction to Arizona's new immigration law requiring police to check immigration papers. -- L.A. leaders passed a resolution to boycott all Arizona-based companies and suspend all city-funded travel to Arizona...

Anthony Martin -- The Examiner    
House and Senate investigators descend on Arizona in ATF gun smuggling case
According to investigative blogger Mike Vanderboegh, investigators from the House and Senate have descended on Arizona en mass on a mission to discover the evidence and the truth concerning the ATF's gun smuggling scandal. This was also reported by CBS News...

Raven Clabough -- The New American    
Gutierrez demands amnesty by executive order   
America's elected officials are becoming less sheepish about their blatant disregard of the voters and the Constitution. This attitude is evident in the demand of Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) (left) that President Obama decree amnesty for illegal aliens through executive order, circumventing Congress and ignoring the will of the American people...

Dave Gibson -- The Examiner   
Angry 'Raza studies' mob shuts down Tucson school board meeting   
A mob of both students and adults angry over the impending vote by the Tucson school board to make Raza studies or Mexican-American studies an elective, rather than forcing children to take the race-based curriculum rushed into the meeting room, chaining themselves to chairs...

Associated Press   
Senate approves bill to crackdown on illegals amid controversy   
A legislative plan to crack down on illegal immigration in Oklahoma is drawing fire from both sides of the political spectrum. -- Some Democrats say the bill passed Wednesday in the Oklahoma Senate unfairly targets hardworking immigrants. But some conservative Republicans say the bill doesn't do enough to penalize employers and broaden the powers of local law enforcement...

Palm Beach Post   
Arrogant illegals and pals take over Senate president's office   
Division over proposed immigration reform ramped up in the Capitol on Wednesday as [illegal aliens] and other immigrants staged a sit-in in Senate President Mike Haridopolos' office and national advocates pushed for a boycott of Florida. -- [Illegal aliens] chanted, "We are Florida," said the pledge of allegiance and lined the walls outside Haridopolos' office and the entrance to the Senate chambers...

Jan Ting -- Newsworks    
Obama Regime declines to enforce immigration laws   
According to an article in the New York Times on Wednesday, the Obama administration is giving in to demands from Democratic lawmakers and Latino and immigrant groups to slow the deportations of illegal aliens who have not been convicted of crimes. The new policy is described by the Times as an "about-face" by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau...

The Hill -- Washington    
House Dem leader pushes Obama for more border security   
Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) is calling on the Obama administration to toughen surveillance along the Texas-Mexico border in order to fight crime and illegal immigration. -- Cuellar, a Blue Dog member and a new face to Democratic leadership this Congress, is urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to place two additional drone aircraft...

Politico   
Some states undeterred by SB 1070 backlash   
In the year since Republican Gov. Jan Brewer signed the nation's toughest immigration measure into law, Arizona has been besieged by protests, boycotts and a barrage of negative headlines -- not to mention a lawsuit from the Obama administration. -- But that hasn't deterred a handful of other states from following Arizona's lead... [See ACLU Watch]

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