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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

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CNS News -- May 3

Cochise County Arizona Sheriff Larry Dever (CNSNews.com / Penny Starr)
Feds Allow Illegal Aliens to Cross Border 14 Times Before Charging Them With Felony, Sheriff Tells Congress
    Sheriff Larry Dever of Cochise County, Ariz., told a House subcommittee today that in one U.S. attorney's district in Texas illegal aliens are allowed to be caught crossing the border 7 times before they are charged with a misdemeanor and 14 times before they are charged with a felony.
    Dever further said the policies call for considering federal human smuggling charges only if at least 6 illegal aliens are being transported.
    "There are policies in place that establish thresholds for quantities of drugs and numbers of illegal aliens before consideration for prosecution can be entertained," Dever said in his written testimony before the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security. "In at least one Federal District in Texas, if you are caught smuggling less than 750 kilos (1,653 pounds) of marijuana, you will not be subjected to prosecution."
    "If you are caught smuggling fewer than 6 illegal aliens, you will not be subject to prosecution," Dever said. "And if you are a lone illegal border crosser, you get at least seven chances before you are even charged with a misdemeanor."
    "And after that, you get seven more chances before you are eligible for prosecution of a second offense felony," Dever said.
Red DotAmerican Patrol Report Comment
    If the U.S. Border Patrol apprehends one three, on average an alien can cross the border 42 times before being charged with a felony. In other words, most can spend a lifetime illegally entering the U.S. without serious repercussions.

Jim Kouri, CPP -- The Examiner              sc            
Operation Gunrunner cover up: ATF threatened with contempt charge 
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, in a biting letter to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Acting Director Kenneth E. Melson, criticized the Director for failing to produce any documents in response to a subpoena issued more almost a month ago on March 31 regarding "Operation Gunrunner." [See AG Watch]

The Daily Caller -- Washington   
Obama blames Congress for lack of illegal alien amnesty   
Pro-immigration groups are pushing the White House to further loosen enforcement of immigration rules for more than 300,000 illegal [aliens], but reelection-minded administration officials are instead trying to redirect the advocates' energy and frustration towards the GOP-controlled House of Representatives...

Wall Street Journal  
Here's Your "Change": About 1 in 7 in U.S. receive food stamps   
Growth in the food stamp program appeared to reach a plateau in February — with 14.3% of the population relying on the safety net program. -- The number of food stamp recipients was essentially flat in February, the most recent month available, with 44.2 million Americans receiving benefits, according a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture...

WGCL-TV -- Atlanta      
Usual suspects upset over Georgia anti-illegal immigration measure   
..."I have stood and watched over the years as anti-enforcement nut balls attack our law enforcement and assume they will be racially profiling. I for one am sick and tired of the race baiting. I want to thank Governor Deal for his repeated promises to sign House Bill 87," said D.A. King...

Dave Gibson -- The Examiner              sc               
Maryland county reluctantly agrees to cooperate with Secure Communities 
On Tuesday, the Montgomery County Council passed a resolution stating that county officials will comply with a federal program which identifies illegal aliens in local jails for deportation. -- The move represents an about-face for the council which, just last week, approved a resolution which would have urged police to continue only reporting "individuals who have been charged with a violent crime..."

Anthony Martin -- The Examiner   
Obama refuses to release bin Laden photos; story keeps changing   
Fox News announced minutes ago following a White House press conference that Barack Obama refuses to release the photos of a dead Usama bin Laden. The news comes after the Administration had led the media to believe that such photos would be released. It is also notable that the story of the operation that took place on Sunday in Pakistan continues to change with each passing day...

Washington Times   
Holder eyes Utah guest-worker law   
A year after suing Arizona over its tough immigration law, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. told Congress on Tuesday that his department is prepared to sue Utah for going the other way and creating its own guest-worker program - though he is giving the state some time to change its law...

ABC News   
Napolitano hails U.S. border security in post-9/11 world  
Nearly a decade after five of Osama bin Laden's followers infiltrated the U.S. and carried out the terrorist attacks of 9/11, top lawmakers and Homeland Security officials today hailed improvements in border security but warned of the threat still posed by those who enter the country legally and overstay their visas... [See Big Sis Watch & Obama Watch]

Steuben Courier -- Bath, NY              sc         
Sheriffs adopt ID program   
A federal program that identifies illegal aliens in U.S. Prisons and jails is being used in Steuben, Yates and Livingston counties. -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement began its Secure Communities program this week in eight New York counties -- Steuben, Yates, Livingston, Chautauqua, Niagara, Livingston, Ontario and Otsego...

Lauri B. Ragan -- American Spectator  
How Obama bungled the aftermath of the OBL mission   
Bret Stephens writing in the Wall Street Journal Tuesday labeled me and people like me who write "right-wing commentary" as "unbecoming" inhalers of "a whiff of sour grapes" during "Obama's Finest Hour" -- the hour that the President gave the green light to kill Osama bin Laden. I am labeled as such because I recognize that notwithstanding the wave of vengeful jubilation that has overtaken America...

William Lajeunesse -- Fox News   
Friction grows between lawmakers and DOJ over 'Project Gunrunner' probe 
It started with one whistleblower, but now involves dozens of investigators, has created a standoff between the Department of Justice and lawmakers and threatens Mexico's diplomatic relationship with the United States. -- Friction is growing over the probe into the failed "Project Gunrunner" program -- run by the Justice Department's Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms... [See Obama Watch - Big Sis Watch - AG Watch]

The Daily Caller -- Washington    
Holder on gun smuggling scandal: 'I frankly don't know' what really happened  
Did the Justice Department knowingly allow assault weapons and military-grade sniper rifles to cross the U.S.-Mexico border headed for drug cartels, with the goal of tracking the weapons electronically? -- Documents released by top GOP oversight officials and investigative reports by news media say yes... [See AG Watch]

The Dustin Inman Society -- Marietta, Ga.      
Today's anti-enforcement Hail Mary smearfest from the local crazies   
Video from My Fox Atlanta, link to story at the Marietta Daily Journal... [Related item]

KNXV-TV -- Phoenix   
Weapons, drugs seized by Tucson border agents   
Tucson, Az. -- A weekend of busts by the Tucson Border Patrol netted six firearms, 350 rounds of ammunition and 25 pounds of marijuana. -- On Friday, April 29th, agents from the Casa Grande Station found a vehicle camouflaged by desert brush. -- The agents found a .45 caliber handgun, two AK-47s and a Saiga assault rifle...

Washington Times Editorial   
May Day Malaise: Job-seeking Americans aren't buying amnesty for illegals
May 1 brought marches and rallies to commemorate International Workers' Day to nearly every corner of the globe. Yet even the left was unable to muster much enthusiasm for a socialist holiday that in the United States has morphed into an excuse to demand amnesty for those living and working in the country illegally. That's a message that few are buying when jobs are already in short supply...

Matthew Boyle -- The Daily Caller -- Washington    
Issa to Holder on Gunrunner: We're looking at you and your key people  
Rep. Darrell Issa, the California Republican who chairs the House Oversight Committee, was able to question Attorney General Eric Holder for the first time over the Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious scandal during a Tuesday morning hearing of the House Judiciary Committee. The scandal involves a sting operation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives...

Hazleton (Pa.) Standard Speaker    
Feckless Feds refuse to pick up detained illegal alien   
Beaver Meadows police apprehended a man who has been living in the United States illegally for the past six years during a traffic stop. -- However, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not grant a detainer to Chief Michael Morresi and ordered that 30-year-old Oswaldo Tlalmis-Perez be released... [See Obama Watch - Big Sis Watch - Morton Watch - AG Watch]

Orange County Register -- Santa Ana, Calif.    
Mexico trade pact costs U.S. nearly 700,000 jobs  #nafta 
Business with Mexico since adoption of the North American Free Trade Agreement has cost the U.S. 682,900 jobs over 16 years, according to a report released Tuesday by the Economic Policy Institute. An estimated 10,700 were in Orange County. -- The institute, which advocates on behalf of low- and moderate-income workers, says California had the most jobs lost to trade with Mexico...

Jim Kouri, CPP -- The Examiner    
Mexican military, police brutalize illegal aliens from Central America   
If the news media were truly unbiased in their reportage of Mexican illegal immigration and told the whole story, Americans would be shocked at the extraordinary hypocrisy of Mexico's President Felipe Calderon. -- For instance, Calderon's government is filing a lawsuit against the U.S over alleged gun shipments smuggled into Mexico...

WorldNetDaily.com    
Congressmen accuse White House of cover-up   
Des Moines -- A pair of Republicans in Congress have fired off a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, accusing the administration of lying to cover up a government program that allegedly allowed American firearms to pass into Mexico. -- Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., had sharp words for the Department of Justice after Holder sent a recent letter denying that...

Fox News    
Sheriff tells Congress that Border Patrol agents ordered to reduce arrests   
The Border Patrol's practice of detecting but not apprehending illegal immigrants -- known as 'Turn Back South' -- is in effect far north of the U.S.-Mexico border, Arizona Sheriff Larry Dever claimed in congressional testimony Tuesday morning. -- "It appears, according to numerous reports from current and former border agents, that this practice has gravitated many miles north of the border..." [Related Feature]

Associated Press    
ICE lets illegal alien stay in Georgia one more year   
Atlanta -- Federal authorities on Tuesday agreed to allow an illegal [alien] college student whose case fueled a broader debate on illegal immigration in Georgia to remain in the country for another year. -- Jessica Colotl, now 22, was arrested on charges of driving without a license following a traffic stop last spring. She was turned over to immigration authorities and nearly deported... [See Obama Watch & Morton Watch]

Alex Newman -- The New American    
WikiLeaks exposes North American integration plot   
As early as January of 2005, high-ranking officials were discussing the best way to sell the idea of North American 'integration' to the public and policymakers while getting around national constitutions. The prospect of creating a monetary unit to replace national currencies was a hot topic as well... [See NWO Treason Watch & Obama Watch]

Dave Workman -- The Examiner    
Grassley may confront Holder on 'Gunrunner' Wednesday   
When Attorney General Eric Holder appears Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a "regular oversight hearing," he could face a grilling by Sen. Charles Grassley on Project Gunrunner and what the Iowa Republican has contended is stonewalling by the Justice Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives...

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