Thursday, February 16, 2012
Obama Saves $: Three Branches of Govt. Cut to Two
DHS Secretary eliminates need for Congress
|San Antonio Express-News -- February 16
Napolitano grilled on immigration enforcement
Washington -- Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano's invitation to tout her $59 billion spending request to Congress on Wednesday morphed instead into fodder for the nation's irascible debate over undocumented immigrants, a snapshot of fevered quarrels to come in this presidential election year.
Led by a group of conservative Texans, House Republicans told Napolitano they viewed President Barack Obama's policy of selective deportation of unlawful immigrants with criminal records as a program effectively granting amnesty to millions of other undocumented immigrants allowed to remain in the U.S.
Napolitano, the former governor and attorney general of Arizona, fought back by emphasizing her department is making tough enforcement choices with increasingly scarce resources.
The Obama administration deported more unlawful immigrants last year than anytime in the six-year history of the department, Napolitano said. A record 55 percent of the 396,906 individuals returned to their homelands had been convicted of felonies or misdemeanors, including 1,119 murderers and 5,848 convicted of sexual offenses.
"It does sound like the administration has implemented de facto amnesty for a large segment of those who are here illegally," said Rep. John Culberson, R-Houston. [...]
Culberson challenged Napolitano for largely overlooking unlawful immigrants who abide by the law once in the U.S. She conceded U.S. authorities would not seek to deport illegal immigrants such as a young mother with a nursing child born in the United States, or young adults who arrived with parents, attended school, got good grades and even served in the armed forces.
But that doorway to admission effectively implements provisions of the so-called Dream Act that failed to clear Congress, Culberson said.
"It is not the law but you're making it the law," he added.
|Long Beach (Calif.) Press-Telegram
ICE agent reportedly shoots two other agents dead
Two Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are dead after one opened fire on two fellow agents this afternoon, according to unofficial reports. -- A source at the Long Beach [Calif.] Fire Department said the shooter and one of the victims died in the incident at the Glenn M. Anderson Federal Building, located at the northwest corner of Magnolia Avenue and Ocean Boulevard...
|Associated Press sc
Brewer wants to merge suits over immigration law
Attorneys for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer have asked a federal judge to consolidate two of the three remaining challenges to the state's 2010 immigration enforcement law. -- The governor's lawyers tell U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton that combining a lawsuit by [LULAC] and another challenge by Friendly House would help avoid unnecessary legal costs and prevent a duplication of evidence...
America's discretionary spending well has run dry
The more we dig into the bones of President Obama's new budget plan, the more it becomes clear that, as JP Morgan's Michael Cembalest notes, the battles of the future (among our peak-polarized political class) will be between raising taxes and cutting entitlements as the discretionary spending well is empty. As the Budget Control Act cuts this discretionary spend to a 50-year low...
|The Hill -- Washington
Big Sis denies monitoring social media
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said agency officials do not weed through the tweets of incoming foreign travelers in an attempt to spot potential terrorists. -- "We aren't sitting there monitoring social media looking for stuff, that's not what we do," said Napolitano at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Wednesday...
|Brenham (Texas) Banner-Press
Napolitano testifies in 'Fast and Furious' scheme
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano did not rule out the possibility that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms misled her department about the intent of Operation Fast & Furious to put guns in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. -- Napolitano testified Wednesday at a U.S. House subcommittee hearing. -- "I hope they did not," Napolitano responded to Congressman Michael McCaul...
|Jerry Kammer -- Center for Immigration Studies
Four films demand repeal of Alabama law
As I attended the discussion of Alabama's law against illegal immigration yesterday at the Center for American Progress, it occurred to me that the opposing sides of the national immigration debate have answered President Truman's forlorn yearning for a one-armed economist who would abolish ambiguity. -- The discussion introduced a series of four short films that make impassioned statements...
Federal illegal immigration program expands in Maryland
Federal immigration officials next week are set to start an illegal immigration enforcement program for Montgomery County and the city of Baltimore, making the "Secure Communities" initiative complete across Maryland. The program --- which helps track fingerprints of arrestees who may be in the country illegally --- has spread to about 71 percent of jurisdictions nationwide...
|Victor Davis Hanson -- National Review
Please, a little honesty about illegal immigration
President Barack Obama recently assured El Salvador that the United States would not deport the more than 200,000 Salvadorans residing illegally in the United States. As the election nears, and the president looks to court Hispanic voters, he has also created a new position of "public advocate" for illegal [aliens] , whose duties would appear to be advocating that millions circumvent, rather than follow, current federal law...
|Alex Pappas & David Martosko -- Daily Caller
More Media Matters chicanery
The liberal Media Matters for America organization once accepted a $50,000 grant to monitor and attack religious news outlets, according to tax returns examined by The Daily Caller. -- The grant came in 2006 from the ARCA Foundation, a 60-year-old philanthropy that funds Democratic causes. The foundation gave Media Matters the $50,000 "to support a Religious Broadcasting Project to expand the monitoring..." [Related video]
|John Hayward -- Human Events
Fast and Furious: Obama's 2013 budget removes ban on gun-walking
Emily Miller of the Washington Times, who is still healing from the psychological scars inflicted by her journey through Washington, D.C.'s gun control maze, noticed that a little something was missing from President Obama's 2013 budget proposal: President Obama is using his budget to advance an anti-gun agenda just before the election...
|Latin American Herald Tribune -- Caracas, VZ
Gingrich calls for "immigration reform in U.S.
Miami -- Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich on Wednesday called for creating an immigration reform plan so that undocumented foreigners who have links with this country can remain here legally and he expressed his interest in closer ties with Latin America. -- "We have to make a plan to legalize undocumented people," said the politician in Miami at an event organized by Univision, the Hispanic television channel..."
|Michelle Malkin -- Paramus (NJ) Post
A Tea Party senate takeover
The tea party isn't dead. It's just looking down ballot. While fiscal conservatives remain split over the GOP presidential candidates, grassroots activists are coalescing around a stellar slate of limited-government candidates looking to reinforce and reenergize the right in Washington. -- And in the spirit of the modern-day tea party movement, no entrenched incumbent --- Democrat or Republican --- is safe...
|Kurt Nimmo -- Prison Planet -- Austin, Texas sc
Big Sis admits U.S. does not face terror threat from Iran or Hezbollah
Despite all the hype drummed up by the establishment media about a scary Iranian or Hezbollah attack on "soft targets" in the United States, the DHS has admitted there is no specific threat facing the country. -- House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Pete King fretted over a Hezbollah attack on the fatherland --- specifically synagogues --- but DHS boss Napolitano was obliged to admit...
|Ann Coulter -- Daily Caller
Communism by insurance mandate
One theory for why Barack Obama pushed the contraception mandate right now is that it helps Rick Santorum. Others theorize it's because Obama is an anti-religious bigot with a left-wing agenda. Reasonable minds can disagree on this. -- But it may end up helping Mitt Romney by reminding people that the “individual mandate” is the least of the problems with Obamacare...
|San Francisco Chronicle
Friend: Alleged triple-killer was active in gang
An acquaintance of the man accused of gunning down a father and his two sons in San Francisco testified Wednesday that the defendant had been an active member of the MS-13 gang, countering defense arguments that he had been trying to leave the gang life to spend more time with his wife and baby. -- Marvin Medina, 25, testified in the triple-murder trial of Edwin Ramos that the alleged killer had been one of the gang members...
|Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Big Sis set to troll border with Aguilar
McAllen, Texas -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will visit South Texas next week to review Customs and Border Protection operations. -- Homeland Security spokesman Matt Chandler says Napolitano will be in McAllen on Monday and Tuesday. She will receive briefings and observe efforts to secure the border. -- ...Acting CBP Commissioner David Aguilar will join Napolitano...
|WLBT-TV -- Jackson, Miss.
Bill seeking immigration reform modeled after Alabama
The spotlight of controversy shinning on Alabama last year over immigration laws is now shifting it's focus across state lines. -- This after a piece of legislation is looking to put Alabama's law into effect in Mississippi. -- "It is something that Mississippi needs to look at," said Republican Representative Becky Currie of Brookhaven who introduced the bill...
|Emily Miller -- Washington Times
Obama's fast and furious spin
President Obama is using his budget to advance an anti-gun agenda just before the election. One particularly sneaky provision buried deep within his submission to Congress Monday would, if enacted, allow the mistakes of the "Fast and Furious" gun-walking scandal to be repeated. -- In November, the president signed the Justice Department appropriations bill, which included language from Sen. John Cornyn...
|Efe -- Madrid
Usual suspects protest Romney's visit to Arizona
A group of young Hispanics protested the visit of Republican president hopeful Mitt Romney to Arizona because of his stance on immigration reform and the DREAM Act, a bill that would provide a path to legalization for [illegal aliens]. -- 'We're here because we're not going to let Romney attack the [illegal alien] youth. We're very bothered and disappointed by his promise to veto the DREAM Act...'
|Rapid City (SD) Journal
South Dakota joins in support of Arizona's immigration law
South Dakota has joined other states in an amicus brief supporting state sovereignty and public safety concerning immigration enforcement, according to Attorney General Marty Jackley. -- South Dakota joins other states to support Arizona's position that states have preexisting authority to make an arrest based on violations of federal law. The United States Supreme Court has agreed...
|Steven A. Camarota -- Center for Immigration Studies
Illegal population stops declining under Obama
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will soon release its new estimate of the illegal immigrant population in the United States as of January 1, 2011. (All DHS estimates are for January 1.) Based on a preliminary analysis of some of the same data DHS uses, the Center for Immigration Studies estimates that 10.9 million (± 200,000) illegal immigrants lived in the United States on January 1, 2011...
|Dave Gibson -- The Examiner
Though rarely mentioned, border is also open to terrorists
While those on both sides of the illegal immigration debate often refer to those who come to this country to work illegally and occasionally mention the fact that drug smugglers also exploit our largely undefended border, politicians, activists and the media alike rarely ever mention the threat posed to this nation by terrorists entering this country from Mexico...
Arpaio seeks reversal of recently imposed immigration enforcement limits
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's lawyers urged an appeals court to reverse a ruling that barred his deputies who are enforcing Arizona's [illegal alien] smuggling law from detaining people based solely on the suspicion that they're in the country illegally. -- Attorneys for the sheriff told the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that a lower-court's Dec. 23 ruling that limited the sheriff's immigration powers was deeply flawed...