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Friday, September 2, 2011

Illegal Immigration – The Litmus Test
Now will we be told the truth?
Washington Post -- September 2   
Illegal immigration is flash point for Republican White House hopefuls
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    Keene, NH -- Mitt Romney opened his town hall meeting here talking about the economy --- his thoughts on growing business, getting government out of the way --- just as he does nearly every other campaign event. But when he opened last week's forum for questions, the first voter he called on didn't seem concerned about any of that. He wanted to know the Republican presidential candidate's stance on border security.
    A similar scene played out in South Carolina a few days later, when Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) attended a town hall meeting she assumed would center on the economy, jobs and the federal deficit --- only to see the assembled voters react most passionately to her comments on illegal immigration.
    Republican primary voters keep bringing immigration up as the candidates campaign in back yards, opera houses and recreation halls across Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. To a sizable chunk of those who will pick the GOP's presidential nominee, immigration is an urgent issue, even a litmus test.
    "Immigration is not even close to the top issue for most Republicans today, but it is an issue that is heavy with symbolic importance to Republican voters," said GOP pollster Jon Lerner, who advised Tim Pawlenty until he dropped out of the race last month. "If a candidate is squishy on immigration, that symbolically suggests that he's probably unreliable on a whole host of other conservative issues."
Red DotAmerican Patrol Report Comment
Has the mainstream media told us the truth about the border? No. Will they tell us the truth about the positions of the candidates and what they mean? No.

Associated Press  sc    
7 named to Georgia immigration review board    
Atlanta -- Seven people have been appointed to a newly created board to look into complaints about state and local officials failing to comply with state laws related to immigration. -- The Immigration Enforcement Review Board was created by the state's tough new law targeting illegal immigration. The Associated Press obtained the names of appointees Friday...

One News Now       
Perry stepping up on illegal immigration?   
The head of an immigration reduction advocacy organization is encouraged that Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) is making an effort to demonstrate his concern about the cost of illegal immigration to the taxpayers of his state. --August 10, just three days before he formally entered the presidential race, Perry sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano asking for nearly $350 million...

National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers   Warning! Disturbing photos 
Latest NAFBPO update from south of the border   
Saltillo, Coah., Mex. On Tuesday there was a chase and intense shootout. The result was six bad guys dead, four people injured including a young couple traveling with their 2 yr. old daughter. Five bad guys were arrested and seized was an AK-47, another nine guns, five handguns, a shotgun, cartridges, magazines, two bulletproof vests and eight vehicles...

Palm Beach Post      
FEMA'S use of term 'federal family' for government expands under Obama
Don't think of it as the federal government but as your "federal family." -- In a Category 4 torrent of official communications during the approach and aftermath of Hurricane Irene, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has repeatedly used the phrase "federal family" when describing the Obama administration's response to the storm...

Californians for Population Stabilization    
Tell Calif. Gov. Brown to veto AB 131!   
AB 131, part of Assembly Member Gil Cedillo's notorious California Dream Act was passed by the state Senate's Appropriations Committee and could receive a floor vote this week....   

Dallas Morning News       
Unlicensed Mexican arrested following fatal crash   
A Waxahachie woman was killed Thursday evening in a crash with an unlicensed driver in Grand Prairie, police said. -- Modena Dollison, 43, was riding her Harley-Davidson motorcycle south about 6:30 p.m. on State Highway 161 near Interstate 20 when a Dodge pickup turned left in front of her and they collided...

Dave Gibson -- The Examiner       
Border Patrol Chief Aguilar gets called out on support of amnesty
The Liberty News Network has just released a video which shows U.S. Border Patrol Chief David Aguilar being taken to task by one of his own agents on the chief's stated support for 'Comprehensive Immigration Reform' (amnesty for illegal aliens). -- Chief Aguilar is visibly agitated as he stands before a gathered group of agents in what was billed as a sort of 'town hall meeting'...

Associated Press     
Pinal deputies chase SUV with 25 suspected illegals inside    
A high-speed chase through rural Pinal County ends when the speeding driver of an SUV carrying about 25 suspected illegal [aliens] gets stuck in a river bottom. -- The Pinal County Sheriff's Office says a deputy tried to pull the SUV over Wednesday south of Eloy for a traffic violation. --When the SUV eventually stopped the passengers got out and fled into the desert...

Wall Street Journal      
Grassley, Issa expand 'Fast and Furious' investigation   
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) said they were expanding their probe into a troubled anti-gun-trafficking program, two days after the Justice Department announced a shake-up of officials who oversaw the program. -- In a letter Thursday to Ann Scheel, the acting U.S. Attorney in Phoenix, Messrs. Grassley and Issa essentially put the Arizona district office on notice, saying its role... [See AG Watch & Obama Watch]

Rasmussen Reports        
Obama full-month approval in August falls to lowest of presidency 
When tracking President Obama's job approval on a daily basis, people sometimes get so caught up in the day-to-day fluctuations that they miss the bigger picture. To look at the longer-term trends, Rasmussen Reports compiles the numbers on a full-month basis, and the results can be seen in the graphics [in the article]. -- In August, the number who Strongly Approve of Obama's job performance was at 21%....

Fast and Furious -- AntiWar.com       
Fast and Furious -- Blowback from Mexico   
While the US military is being sent overseas in search of monsters to destroy, ignoring the good advice of the Founders, closer to home another war is brewing – right on the US-Mexican border. Border Patrol agent Brian A. Terry, killed on Dec. 21 near Rio Rico, Arizona, was murdered by drug cartel gunmen – using weapons smuggled across the US-Mexican border under the auspices of the [BATF]....

Rick Oltman -- The Examiner    
UPDATED: And the sellout of America continues   
The Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced "partnership" agreements with Central American Countries on Monday that protect illegal alien workers in our country. I knew when she was picked for Labor Secretary that this day would come, and Monday's the day. -- "Our goal is to help workers and employers understand that labor laws are enforced and enforceable..."

National Journal           
Democrats distancing themselves from Obama   
It's been a tough summer for swing-district Democrats seeking reelection in 2012 with a president at the top of the ticket whose approval ratings are in the weeds. -- As these members begin to focus on their reelection bids after Labor Day, they are increasingly calculating how close is too close to an unpopular President Obama...

Jim Kouri, CPP -- The Examiner       
Georgia's immigration law challenged in Appellate Court   
A public-interest group that investigates and fights government corruption, announced yesterday that on August 22, 2011, it filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit defending the State of Georgia's immigration law, known as the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011 (IIREA)...

Ed Farnan -- Irish Central -- New York -- September 2, 2011        
Is Obama's illegal alien uncle a registered voter in the U.S.?   
The arrest last week of President Obama's "undocumented" aka: illegal alien uncle, Onyango Obama from Kenya, has brought some surprising details to light. -- Obama's uncle was stopped for drunk driving in Massachusetts after he ran through a stop sign and almost had a collision. While Uncle Onyango has been held in jail ever since on an ICE hold, details are being released...

Fresno (Calif.) Bee        
Student activist to fight discipline by Fresno State 
Neil O'Brien arrived at Fresno State in fall 2010, and before the semester was over he had spearheaded a conservative movement aimed at driving out illegal-immigrant students and challenging what he calls radical ideas espoused by Fresno State administrators. -- Now he has gone a step further. After Fresno State took disciplinary action against him for allegedly threatening two faculty members...

Arizona Republic -- Phoenix        
Cross-border trucking will happen, backer says   
An attorney for Mexican trucking interests had a message this week for opponents of a deal to gradually open the U.S.-Mexico border to long-distance freight trucking. -- "It's going to take place," Carlos Sesma said. "There is no way you can stop it." -- Sesma was speaking Wednesday to a subcommittee of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration charged with overseeing the pilot program...

East Valley Tribune -- Phoenix       
DPS Official to Border Panel: Elite unit curbing smuggling, other crime   
An elite team of Arizona Department of Public Safety officers made over 100 arrests last year of those smuggling drugs, people and currency or committing other major crimes, an official said Wednesday to a legislative panel on border issues. -- "We don't advertise that program a lot for various reasons," Lt. Col. Jack Hegarty told the Joint Border Security Advisory Committee...

William La Jeunesse & Laura Prabucki -- Fox News       
Evidence suggests cover-up in ATF scandal   
Just hours after the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, federal officials tried to cover up evidence that the gun that killed Terry was one the government intentionally helped sell to the Mexican cartels in a weapons trafficking program known as Operation Fast and Furious. -- The revelation comes just days after a huge shake-up of government officials... [See AG Watch & Obama Watch]

Mac Slavo -- LewRockwell.com        
John Williams Forecasts: 'Catastrophe ahead'   
In his article Are Pessimistic Consumers' Fears of High Inflation Exaggerated?, Daniel Gross writes: ...this alarmism over inflation on the part of consumers is nothing new, and it may not be warranted. We've given a lot of grief to professional forecasters, who never seem to know when a recession is about to begin or end. But when it comes to projecting inflation, the amateurs don't do very well, either.

Irish Times -- Dublin      
Obama's uncle joins long line of wayward relatives   
The news that a Kenyan uncle of President Barack Obama's has been living in the United States illegally has brought new attention to a perennial fact in the White House: wayward relatives can cause trouble. -- Onyango Obama, who is known as the president's "Uncle Omar," has been living in the country for several decades and a deportation order was issued in 1992, according to news reports...

WCBV-TV -- Boston        
No Special Treatment For Obama's Uncle, White House claims  
The White House says it expects the arrest of President Barack Obama's illegal [alien] uncle to be handled like any other immigration case. -- Press Secretary Jay Carney also said Thursday that Obama didn't know about the case involving his relative until being informed about it by staff...

East Valley Tribune -- Phoenix     
Bersin claims border violence situation is "overblown"   
The nation's border czar told city officials Thursday that their concerns about security and violence are overblown. -- Alan Bersin, commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, acknowledged that the number of illegal [aliens] being captured in Arizona each year is still in the six-figure range. And he said that is likely to remain the case when the final figures for the federal fiscal year are released...

Aaron Dykes -- Infowars -- Austin, Texas        
Rick Perry loves HillaryCare   
Not only was Rick Perry a campaigner manager for Al Gore back in '88, but, now it emerges, a proponent of Hillarycare in 1993 as well. -- So how can the supposed leader for the 2012 GOP nomination have been so closely aligned with some of the biggest names in liberal leadership? The answer is simple: he's a big government bankster's stooge like the rest...

Terence P. Jeffrey -- CNS News        
Here's Your "Change": Unemployment up... again  
The U.S. unemployment rate increased in August, according to the Gallup polling company, which surveys approximately 30,000 people each month about their employment status. -- By Gallup's calculation, unemployment was 8.8 percent at the end of July and rose to 9.1 percent by the end of August. At the end of June, it was 8.7 percent... [See "Hope & Change" Watch]

Altoona (Pa.) Mirror      
Illegal immigration could affect jobs   
The economic impact of Pennsylvania's illegal [alien] community is at the center of proposed legislation by some Republicans who want the state to join Arizona and others, which recently have cracked down on illegal immigration. -- Proponents of the bills say illegal immigration directly affects the three largest chunks of the state's discretionary spending: public education, public welfare and corrections...

Fox News        
Bad jobs report adds more baggage to Obama speech  
In the worst monthly jobs report in nearly a year, the U.S. economy failed to add any new jobs in the month of August, further raising the stakes for President Obama's long-promised jobs plan next week. -- The overall unemployment rate held steady at 9.1 percent as many of the long-term unemployed gave up looking for work and dropped from the rolls, but the trend for the economy looks increasingly negative... [AFP Item]

Dave Gibson -- The Examiner        
Illegals received $ billions in federal tax credits last year   
On Thursday, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration released a report revealing that the Internal Revenue Service doled out $4.2 billion in refundable tax credits to illegal alien in 2010. -- The refunds were given in the form of the so-called "earned income child tax credits," which are designed to alleviate the tax burden on low income wage earners with children...

Geoffrey A. Hoffman -- Houston Chronicle        
RINO Perry in position to "lead on immigration policy"   
Imagination is the key tool missing in the political arena. -- Immigration policy, especially, suffers from a lack of creative solutions and imagined possibilities for a better future, not just for [illegal aliens] but for all of us. The [illegal alien] population recently was estimated at approximately 12 million. However, no one knows for sure how many there are in the United States... [See Perry Watch]

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