Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Border Fence Issue Looms Large for Perry
"A Preposterous Idea"?
|The Hill -- Washington -- September 20
Lawmakers: Perry must deal better with his weaknesses to win
[...] The Republican front-runner is under attack for a variety of issues, most notably on immigration, Social Security, allegations of cronyism and his 2007 decision to mandate that schoolgirls be vaccinated against the virus that causes cervical cancer. [...]
|As fencing went in at El Paso, apprehensions of illegal aliens plummeted.
Yet it is his record on immigration that political analysts and GOP lawmakers say should cause the most concern for Perry. [...]
Perry has repeatedly lambasted the Secure Fence Act , which was passed by the GOP-led Congress and signed into law by then-President George W. Bush.
The measure, which called for a 700-mile-long fence to be built along the U.S.-Mexico border, was "a preposterous idea," Perry said.
Most Democrats voted against the legislation, but then-Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Joe Biden (D-Del.) backed it, attracting criticism from immigration reform activists. Other Democrats who supported the bill included Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and Rep. Barney Frank (Mass.).
Perry told Time magazine this month that the border fence is a "cop-out," making the case for "boots on the ground."
Earlier this month in New Hampshire, Perry said, "If you build a 30-foot wall from El Paso to Brownsville, the 35-foot-ladder business gets real good."
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), a strong proponent of the border fence, said Perry should brace himself for more attacks from other White House hopefuls.
With a smile, King said, "I think the presidential candidates who are trying to win the nomination will want to talk about immigration."
|Associated Press sc
Cops: Mexican illegal alien entered US on NM school bus
Deming, NM -- A Mexican national is facing multiple immigration violations after authorities say he hitched a ride from the U.S. port of entry on a New Mexico public school bus. -- The Deming Headlight reports that U.S. Border Patrol-El Paso Sector spokesman Doug Mosier confirmed Tuesday that the 18-year-old used a Deming Public Schools bus from the Columbus Port of Entry to Deming to illegally enter the country...
Bodies of 35 people dumped in Mexican port city
The bodies of 35 people with suspected links to organized crime were dumped on a road in eastern Mexico on Tuesday in a major escalation of violence in the once-quiet port city of Veracruz. -- The bodies were piled into two trucks abandoned under a highway bridge in Boca del Rio, about 3 miles from the city center, horrifying passers-by on the busy thoroughfare...
|Katie Pavlich -- Townhall.com
Panic Mode: Holder's name mentioned in New Fast and Furious recordings
New secret recordings obtained by CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson show ATF agent Hope MacAllister, who we have not yet heard from throughout this investigation, speaking with Lone Wolf Trading Company owner Andre Howard and expressing concern about ATF whistleblower John Dodson, the ATF agent who exposed the scandal...
|Dave Gibson -- The Examiner
Bill introduced to end child tax credit credits to illegal aliens
Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) has just introduced legislation (The Refundable Child Tax Credit Eligibility Verification Reform Act (HR 1956) which would block illegal aliens from receiving any further child tax credits from the [IRS]. -- Rep. Johnson told reporters: "Last year illegal [aliens] bilked $4.2 billion from U.S. taxpayers due to a loophole with the refundable child tax credit... That's just wrong."
Gallup: Majority now blame Obama for state of U.S. economy
For the first time in his term, a majority of Americans say that President Obama bears responsibility for the state of the U.S. economy, a new Gallup poll finds. -- More Americans say former President George W. Bush is to blame, but that number is slowly dropping as Obama's is ticking upward...
|Rick Oltman of The Immigration Tea Party -- The Examiner
Amendment to remove the state preemption from HR 2885 has FAILED
The vote to remove the state preemption from HR 2885 in the House Judiciary Committee has failed. Also, HR 2885 has passed out of Judiciary and will be voted on by the full House in the near future. -- If this legislation becomes law with the state preemption it will be the worst setback to immigration enforcement since the 1986 IRCA amnesty... [More from Rick Oltman]
|Dallas Morning News
Tea party activists at home chide Perry on immigration
Austin -- While Rick Perry woos tea party supporters in the early primary states, some of their confederates back home have a message from Texas: They're not happy with the governor on immigration. -- Texas tea party advocates chided Perry on Monday over lawmakers' failure to enact a so-called sanctuary city bill that would prevent municipal policies that keep police from asking people they stop about their immigration status...
|Accuracy in Media
Casa de Maryland: The illegals' ACORN
Sept. 20 -- Accuracy in Media's Center for Investigative Journalism today released a special report, exposing the organized violation of federal immigration laws by members of labor unions and government officials. -- "CASA de Maryland is a case study in the corrupting effects of illegal immigration and a reflection of our degenerating political class," special report author James Simpson said...
|Fox News Latino
Latino support for Obama below 50% a year before election
President Barack Obama's approval rating among Hispanics has fallen below 50 percent just 14 months before the 2012 elections -- when the votes of the country's largest minority will be decisive. -- While 68 percent of Latinos in 2008 supported Obama due to his promises to bring "hope" and "change," three years later just 48 percent approve of his job performance, according to the latest surveys...
|Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould -- Veterans Today
America's financial Armageddon and Afghanistan
As the U.S. economy grinds down to a finish, it becomes increasingly difficult to measure whether Washington understands the importance of how to deal realistically with the worsening crisis in Afghanistan. Left off the front pages during the recent obsession with the debt crisis, Afghanistan has lurched back onto the scene in ways that are reminiscent of the Soviet collapse of two decades ago...
Whistleblowers: Drug cartels throw fundraisers for U.S. officials
Two former law enforcement officials who worked with the [FBI] as confidential informants on probes into police corruption have come forward with allegations of drug cartel ties to top cops, judges and elected officials. -- Greg Gonzales, a retired sheriff's deputy, and Wesley Dutton, a former New Mexico livestock investigator, told The El Paso Times that... [Related item]
|Laura Donovan -- The Daily Caller
Singer Pat Boone insists Obama was born in Kenya
President Barack Obama may have released his birth certificate this spring to debunk rumors that he was born outside the United States, but old-school crooner Pat Boone maintains that our nation's leader was born in Africa and has shown the world "a Photoshopped fraud." -- Speaking to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Beverly Hills tea-party member said...
|AWR Hawkins -- Big Government
Does the gunwalking of 'Fast and Furious' have a drugwalking equivalent?
Fast and Furious is a mess. It's bigger than we were first told, it involved a greater variety of weapons than we were led to believe, and it's deadlier than the Obama administration let on. (In addition to U.S. Border Agent Brian Terry's death, there have been hundreds of deaths in Mexico with Fast and Furious weapons, many of which continue to show up at crime scenes in both Mexico and the U.S.)...
Our Sputtering Economy by the Numbers: Poverty edition
Last month, we detailed the dismal state of the nation's economy. Now that the Census Bureau has released new poverty figures, we wanted to give you another snapshot of how Americans are faring more than two years after the recession. -- Americans below the poverty line in 2010: 46.2 million; Official U.S. poverty rate in 2007, before the recession: 12.5 percent --Poverty rate in 2009: 14.3 percent...
|James Simpson -- The Examiner
AIM Special Report on CASA de Maryland published today
Many of you may wonder where I have been for the past six months or so. Obviously I have not been writing much publicly. One of the major efforts I have been involved in is a report being issued today at Accuracy in Media. This report documents the abusive and corrupt nature of a very influential illegal immigrant advocacy organization known as CASA de Maryland...
|Sky-Hi News -- Granby, Colo.
ICE sued over arrest of previously deported gang-bangers
A lawsuit has been filed in federal court on behalf of the family of one of the men arrested and detained on immigration charges during what law enforcement officials said was a "gang enforcement operation" over Strawberry Days weekend this summer. -- The lawsuit was filed Sept. 1 in U.S. District Court by Glenwood Springs attorney Ted Hess for plaintiffs Julio Alvarez-Cortez... [Related item]
Americans say federal gov't wastes over half of every dollar
Americans estimate that the federal government wastes 51 cents of every dollar it spends, a new high in a Gallup trend question first asked in 1979. -- The current estimate of 51 cents wasted on the dollar is similar to what Gallup measured in 2009, but marks the first time Americans believe more than half of federal spending is wasted. The low point in the trend is 38 cents wasted on the dollar, in 1986...
|All Media New York
RINO Rick Perry panders in New York, supports illegals
Republican Presidential hopeful Rick Perry visited the Inwood neighborhood of New York City on Monday. He met with Latino leaders in an effort to convince the population to support his nomination in the Grand Old Party. -- Stockbroker and business owner Fernando Mateo hosted Perry at Papasito Mexican Grill and Agave Bar...
|Dave Workman -- The Examiner
Grassley says F&F 'bigger than when we first got into it'
Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley told this column late Monday that he "never had the slightest idea" when he began looking into Operation Fast and Furious that it would become a huge scandal that has generated three investigations and hearings before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. -- "It keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger," Grassley said...
|American Patrol Report sc
Spencer says watch this
Glenn Spencer suggests that anyone who doubted the veracity of his eleven-year-old documentary "Conquest of Aztlan," should watch this video interview of Ray Torres, AZ Latino Republican Assn. "Torres is saying exactly the same thing I said in 2000," Spencer said.
|Pinal County (Az.) Sheriff's Office via InMaricopa.com sc
More than 4,300 pounds of drugs seized in 3-day operation
A three-day, multi-agency effort to combat human and drug smuggling in the Vekol Valley southwest of Maricopa has led to dozens of arrests and thousands of pounds of marijuana seized. -- This latest tactical operation was from Sept. 14-16, participating law enforcement agencies accomplished the below activity: * 4,370 pounds of marijuana seized --* 40 [illegal] aliens apprehended...
Poll finds Obama losing ground to Republicans
Look out President Barack Obama. Even Sarah Palin's gaining on you. -- A new McClatchy-Marist poll finds that Obama looks increasingly vulnerable in next year's election, with a majority of voters believing he'll lose to any Republican, a solid plurality saying they'll definitely vote against him and most potential Republican challengers gaining on him...
|National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers Warning! Disturbing photos
Latest NAFBPO update from south of the border
Six members of the Zetas were captured by Federal Police, with one identified as participating in the casino attack. Luis Adan Gomez Vazquez, alias El Gordo, who is an ex member of the Mexican Army, participating during the years 1993 to 1999. He is also an ex officer of the Monterrey Metropolitan Police, participating from 2002 to 2008. El Gordo was head of the Zetas in the municipality of Santa Catarina, Nuevo Leon...