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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Dumbing Down Success
Napolitano rejects congressional definition of border security
Houston Chronicle -- May 5

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Obama administration plans an "index" of southwest border security
    The Obama administration is taking a new tack in an effort to blunt GOP criticism of security along the southwestern border and lay the groundwork for yet another bid for comprehensive immigration reform in time for the 2012 election.
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano unveiled plans to develop an objective yardstick to "comprehensively and systematically" measure enforcement progress along the U.S. border with Mexico during testimony Wednesday before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security.
    The planned "border security index" would help combat "false and unsupported claims" that the southwest border is "wracked by violence" and inundated by waves of so-called "spill over violence" from Mexico's drug wars, said Napolitano, a former governor of the border state of Arizona.
    "Individual crimes do not tell the whole story," Napolitano insisted. "With the reliable and trusted measures of border security that we are developing and validating with third-party experts, we can provide an accurate picture of the state of the southwest border, prevent misperceptions about these communities and more precisely guide future border security investments."
    Napolitano said describing "operational control" of the border is "an archaic term" and a "limited term of art" that "makes for a sound bite, but it doesn't actually reflect the reality of what's happening at the border.
Red DotAmerican Patrol Report Comment
    Congress defined Operational Control in an unambiguous way and DHS has been trying to change it ever since. The people should support the congressional definition!

Mark Krikorian -- Center for Immigration Studies  
Republicans and immigration   
The standard line among the high-immigration right (earnestly, if insincerely, seconded by their fellow-travelers on the left) is that Republican opposition to open immigration is driving otherwise-conservative immigrant (and / or Hispanic) voters into the arms of the Democratic Party. Some new research suggests it's actually the other way around...

Matthew Kolken Esq. -- Ground Report   
Holder stops deportation of gay partner in same-sex civil union    
Today, Attorney General Eric Holder has vacated a deportation order of an individual that is in a same-sex civil union with a United States citizen. General Holder has specifically ordered the case to be remanded to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) for the purpose of determining the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)...

Jack Ryan -- Post-Chronicle   
Situation Room photo staged? Facts, controversy   
It's an iconic moment that will go down in history - an image of President Barack Obama and his top advisors looking on as the secret Navy Seals Team Six raided Usama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan - the mission that led to the death of the most wanted terrorist in the world. But is it fake? [Note that all the laptops in the shot appear to be off]

Wall Street Journal   
Agents expand Chipotle immigration probe   
U.S. federal immigration agents questioned workers at about two dozen outlets of Chipotle Mexican Grill in several states as part of an expanding investigation into the company's employment practices, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. -- Robert Luskin, an outside counsel for Chipotle, confirmed that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials visited "20 to 25 restaurants" Tuesday...

U.S. Customs and Border Protection         
U.S. Border Patrol weekly blotter   
Border Patrol agents seized 377 pounds of marijuana near Chula Vista, California. Agents received a report of a suspected ultralight aircraft (ULA) incursion and observed the ULA dropping cargo before returning to Mexico. Agents responded to the drop zone and recovered the cargo which contained marijuana...

ABC News       sc    
McCain hits Big Sis over illegal alien 'spotters' in Arizona    
Arizona Sen. John McCain has never been a bashful critic of the Obama administration's border security policy. But today he unleashed an unusually spirited attack on Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, whom he accused of deliberately failing to root out dozens of mountaintop 'spotters' that help Mexican smugglers sneak into his state... [American Patrol Comment: Don't be fooled. McCain is just changing the subject from defining border security to a boogey man in the form of "spotters." He doesn't want to define border security.]

Westword -- Denver   
Denver P.D. memo doesn't mean this is a sanctuary city, spokesman says   
KHOW's Peter Boyles has obtained an April 25 memo from Denver Police Chief Gerald Whitman that reads in part, "EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, DENVER POLICE OFFICERS SHALL NO LONGER ADD A CHARGE OF OR WRITE 'REFER TO IMMIGRATION' ON ARREST OR CHARGING DOCUMENTS." [See Sanctuary Watch]

Washington Post  
Obama renews effort to reform immigration laws despite detractors    
The Obama administration is beginning another effort to change the nation's immigration laws, despite little enthusiasm from Republicans in Congress. -- President Obama met for more than an hour Tuesday with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, his third session on the issue at the White House in the past three weeks. White House aides promised a renewed push to try to persuade Congress and the American public to back Obama's proposals... [See Amnesty Watch]

Jim Kouri, CPP -- The Examiner   
Attorney General Holder blasted for "creating public safety hazard"
At a House Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa confronted Attorney General Eric Holder on the DOJ's Operation Fast and Furious, a highly controversial operation where federal authorities facilitated the purchase of assault weapons for drug cartels and chose not to interdict them before being transported to Mexico...

Orange County Register -- Santa Ana, Calif.  
Santa Ana faces calls to stop impounding invaders' cars   
The question of how Latino this city's identity is, or should be, keeps cropping up, creating a bit of a minefield for the all-Latino City Council. -- One area of contention has been the city's downtown shopping district, on East Fourth Street, where some Latino merchants have complained they feel they are being pushed out in a gentrification move...

Scott Kersgaard -- American Independent   
Tancredo calls out Ron Paul, Trump on immigration   
If Donald Trump and his nascent presidential campaign didn't have enough to worry about, what with a certain birth certificate being produced and a certain terrorist being brought low, now he has Colorado's own Tom Tancredo to tangle with. -- Not only is Trump soft on immigration, but he's a flip-flopping fool to boot, to hear Tancredo tell it...

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith -- Human Events   
Obama must challenge Utah immigration law   
Last year, the Obama administration sued Arizona over its law that was designed merely to assist the federal government in the enforcement of immigration laws. To date, however, the administration has been silent on a new Utah law, even though it blatantly undermines federal immigration law...

Gerald Celente -- Daily Reckoning 
Bigger than Bin Laden – America's new public enemy No.1   
From the fans at Citi Field in Flushing to the mobs at the White House gates, "USA, USA," was the chant heard across the nation. Jubilant Americans celebrated the breaking news that Public Enemy No.1, terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden was dead. -- Ten years have passed since the Twin Towers toppled and the Pentagon was whacked...

Wall Street Journal   
EU considers new border checks    
Brussels, Belgium -- The European Union opened the door to allowing countries to reintroduce national border controls in order to police illegal immigration, in response to growing fears about whether it can handle an influx of North African migrants. -- Bringing back border checks would be allowed only under exceptional circumstances...

KTAR News -- Phoenix   
Donations for defending Arizona's SB1070 top $3.7M   
Arizona continues to receive donations to pay for defending the state's SB1070 illegal immigration law, but no longer at a gushing flow. -- Gov. Jan Brewer's office reports the state has received just under 44,000 contributions adding up to more than $3.7 million as of late Wednesday...

Chicago News Cooperative  
Illinois pulls out of Secure Communities program   
Governor Pat Quinn is ending Illinois's participation in a controversial federal immigration program meant to deport [illegal aliens] guilty of serious crimes, which has resulted in the detention of mostly immigrants convicted of no crimes or minor offenses. -- Illinois is the first state in the nation to agree to participate and then withdraw from the Secure Communities program...

Coming Up
California's Crusader -- Victorville, Calif. -- 10 AM PT
American Flag Rally at Victor Valley College

Immigration bill cracks down on sanctuary cities   
A bill unveiled today by Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Penn.) would slash federal funding for cities whose local law enforcement don't enforce immigration laws. -- The legislation, the "Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Act," would crack down on more than a hundred American cities, Barletta said during a press conference today... [Related item] [See Sanctuary Watch]

Jim Kouri, CPP -- The Examiner  
Bin Laden Raid: Obama plagued by more exposure   
A dramatic photograph showing Obama and his team watching special forces soldiers attack Osama bin Laden's Pakistani hideout on a TV monitor may be just another political photo op to prop up a failing president, according to White House critics. The TV screen was blank during the entire operation, according to Panetta...

Paul Craig Roberts -- Centre for Research on Globalization -- Toronto       sc     
Skepticism: The agendas behind the Bin Laden news event   
The U.S. government's bin Laden story was so poorly crafted that it did not last 48 hours before being fundamentally altered. Indeed, the new story put out on Tuesday by White House press secretary Jay Carney bears little resemblance to the original Sunday evening story. The fierce firefight did not occur. Osama bin Laden did not hide behind a woman. Indeed, bin Laden, Carney said, "was not armed." [See Obama Watch]

Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal   
Usual suspects want Deal not to sign immigration bill   
Rich Pellegrino of the Cobb Immigrant Alliance urged Gov. Deal not to sign a controversial new immigration bill during a Glover Park news conference Wednesday morning. -- That Deal hasn't yet signed the bill shows he has doubts about it, Pellegrino said. -- "I think he's definitely having second thoughts and taking a good look at how this is going to make Georgia look," Pellegrino said...

Debra J. Saunders -- Townhall.com  
Insecure Communities   
San Francisco Sheriff Michael Hennessey explained in The San Francisco Chronicle's Sunday Insight his opposition to Secure Communities, the federal program that automatically passes new arrestees' fingerprints to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The program applies to "everyone booked into a county jail," Hennessey complained -- "even (in) a minor matter, such as having no driver's license...

Dave Gibson -- The Examiner   
Drug traffickers have their own patron saint   
In Sinaloa, the drug traffickers and downtrodden visit a shrine devoted to Jesus Malverde, a Mexican bandit supposedly executed over a century ago...

Florida Senate passes Arizona-style immigration bill with no debate   
This morning the Florida senate quietly brought SB 2040, an Arizona-style immigration bill, to the floor with no debate. It passed 23 to 16. Following the vote, immigrant protesters, including several children, stood in the hallways of the capitol chanting songs about freedom...

Free Speech While it Lasts   
Marxist militia in training discovered in Arizona    
The Regime is beginning to crumble. Even the Democrats are starting to realize that you can not hide the Marxist intentions of our government leaders. -- It is encouraging to finally see people waking up... and people on the left side of the aisle at that. Stunning...

Associated Press   
11 bodies found in Mexico pits, total now 121   
Mexico, DF -- Investigators in the northern Mexico state of Durango said they found the remains of 10 men and one woman in mass graves in the state capital Wednesday, bringing the total of bodies recovered there to 121. -- The Durango state prosecutors' office said in a statement that the remains were uncovered by military personnel who have been excavating at about four sites in the city, which is also known as Durango...

American Border Patrol       
Photo of the day   
Members of Arizona Tea Party groups visit American Border Patrol on Saturday, April 30, 2011. In the past year hundreds of Tea Party people have visited ABP's border ranch. -- It is still off-limits for most reporters, however...

Kimberly Dvorak -- The Examiner   
Bipartisan effort to terminate Mexican cross-border trucking program   
Responding to mounting criticism from Americans and the U.S. trucking industry two Congressmen will work together in a bipartisan manner to terminate President Obama's stamp of approval that allows Mexican trucks to operate in the United States. -- A letter addressed to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, from Reps. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) as well as 42 bipartisan lawmakers urged the Secretary to immediately terminate the cross-border trucking program...

Dave Gibson -- The Examiner   
As U.S. economy worsens, illegals send even more money back home   
On Monday, the Central Bank of Mexico reported that remittances or wire transfers to Mexico increased by 5.48 percent between January and March over the same period in 2010. -- In the first quarter of the year, remittances rose to $5.1 billion, from the $4.83 billion in the first three months of 2010...

Hero to Suspect: Project GunRunner discharges in DOJ AG Holder's face 
Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, recently released documents indicating high-level Justice Department involvement in Project Gunrunner. The project began as a sting operation to stop the flow of guns to gang related criminals in Mexico. It was administered by the Department of Justice and the ATF... [See AG Watch]

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