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Friday, February 24, 2012

"Threats to our community" in the millions?
Barbara Gonzalez (ICE) thinks so
Los Angeles Times -- February 24  
Number of deportation cases drops by nearly a third, report says
Lots of illegal aliens are not so nice
    The number of deportation cases filed by federal immigration officials dropped by nearly a third in the first three months of the fiscal year, according to a report by the Syracuse University Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.
    The drop recorded in the last three months of 2011 may reflect the Obama administration's plan to focus its deportation efforts by weighing a variety of discretionary factors, including whether the person is a veteran, came to the U.S. as a child or is a college student, according to the report. But experts said it's too soon to say if deportations overall will decline.
    From October through December, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement initiated 39,331 deportation cases in immigration court, down from 58,639 the previous quarter, the report says. Filings are typically lower during the holiday months, but even adjusted for the seasonal drop-off the numbers are significantly lower, according to the authors. [...]
    "We're being smart about how we enforce the law. We're doing it in a way that makes sense and in a way that uses tax dollars effectively," said ICE spokeswoman Barbara Gonzalez. "Law enforcement has to have set priorities because the American public doesn't want us to just arrest the first 400,000 people we can remove. Why arrest the first 400,000 people when you can arrest those who are threats to the community?" [...]
    The number of convicted criminals deported by the agency nearly doubled last year. So far, 52% of those removed this fiscal year are convicted criminals, Christensen said.
Red DotAmerican Patrol Report Comment: ICE is admitting that there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people in the country illegally who are "threats to our community." How did they get here in the first place? The U.S. Border Patrol let them in.

Alan Caruba -- Family Security Matters    sc
"Fakegate" blows up in warmist faces 
On February 16, I published "Anatomy of a Global Warming Hoax" concerning the theft of the private records of The Heartland Institute's board meeting and the creation of an alleged forged document intended to harm its reputation as a long time advocate of the real, not fake, science that has been the basis of the global warming --- now called "climate change" --- hoax.

Weekly Standard   
Chart: 'America's per capita government debt worse than Greece'
The office of Senator Jeff Sessions, ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee, sends along this chart, showing that 'America's Per Capita Government Debt Worse Than Greece,' as well as Ireland, Italy, France, Portugal, and Spain...

Daily Caller   
Federal judge severely limits Second Amendment rights
Over the last few years, the Second Amendment has experienced somewhat of a rebirth, thanks largely to a pair of Supreme Court decisions: District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago. -- In these seminal decisions, the Supreme Court affirmed the understanding of the Founding Fathers that there is indeed an individual right to keep and bear arms, a God-given right to protect oneself that is guaranteed to us...

Jackson (Miss.) Clarion Ledger   
Mississippi House committee passes immigration crackdown bill 
Efforts to step up enforcement against illegal [aliens] moved forward Friday in the Mississippi House with a bill modeled on Alabama's crackdown, though its sponsor says his bill doesn't include the parts that have been tied up in federal court challenges. -- The House Judiciary B Committee voted 15-6 to pass House Bill 488, which now goes to the House Education Committee. It would then go to the full chamber...

Daily Caller  
Obama campaign co-chair tied to subprime mortgage crisis   
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, the Democrat who was named a national co-chair of President Obama's re-election campaign on Wednesday, served on the board of a company that is widely blamed for helping start the subprime mortgage crisis in 2007. -- Beginning in 2004, Patrick served two years on the five-member board of ACC Capital Holdings, the parent company of Ameriquest Mortgage...

Texas GOP Vote   
Obama Hypocrisy: I have five more years to do immigration reform 
President Barack Obama has a long history of hypocrisy when it comes to Hispanics. He has made many promises to Hispanics and delivered on none of them. He continues to dangle the carrot of promises, but so far, the promises have left an empty plate of unfulfilled dreams. But not to worry Hispanics... According to Obama, he has five more years to get something done for you! Don't you feel better now?

Paul Joseph Watson -- Infowars -- Austin, Texas     sc 
Obama plays race card, calls on churches to support campaign  
Imagine if Ron Paul announced a national campaign called 'Whites for Ron Paul' --- he'd be vilified as a racist. And yet Barack Obama has done the equivalent of precisely that with his launch of 'African Americans for Obama'. -- The program urges black Americans to volunteer their time by making calls, organizing events and going door to door in their neighborhoods encouraging other African Americans to vote for Obama...

Washington Post   
Frederick County makes English its official language   
Frederick County, where massive growth in the past decade has been driven by Asians and Hispanics, passed an ordinance yesterday making English the official language of the county. The county commission vote was 4 to 1. -- 'It sets the tone,' Commissioners President Blaine Young said, according to the Frederick News-Post. 'I do not see what the big deal is.' -- Others speaking at the meeting last night did see a big deal...

Fox News Latino   
Prosecutors: Mexican cartel dissolved San Diego victims in acid   
Prosecutors said that two members of a breakaway Mexican drug gang dissolved their victims in vats of acid on a ranch in San Diego. -- The defendants held two kidnap victims in the master bedroom of an average San Diego home as ransom payments were negotiated, said Mark Amador, a San Diego County deputy district attorney. After being dragged downstairs and strangled to death in June 2007...

Jim Kouri, CPP -- Family Security Matters   
Obama to Law Enforcement: Stop linking Muslims to terrorism  
In yet another curtsy to the politically correct orthodoxy, President Barack Obama's White House plans to tinker with federal police curriculums for counterterrorism training classes. The first bit of "revamping" is the removal of all material that groups, such as the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR, find offensive or containing a "negative" image of Muslims...

Texas Tribune -- Austin   
Poll: Economy, border top Texans' concerns    
The economy tops Texas voters' list of the most important problems facing the country, and immigration and border security remain their top concerns at home, according to the latest University of Texas / Texas Tribune poll. -- The economy ranked as the top national problem for 30 percent of the respondents, with federal spending / national debt at 17 percent...

The Hill -- Washington  
Democrats slam Romney on immigration in new ad
Democrats are calling Mitt Romney the most extreme GOP candidate for president in a new web ad that attacks him on immigration. -- The ad from the Democratic National Committee seizes on Romney's support during Wednesday's debate for a tough anti-immigration law in Arizona and attempts to make a play for Latino voters. -- 'Before last night's debate, Mitt Romney was already on the extreme right on immigration...'

Efe -- Madrid  
Obama pushes Congress to make DREAM Act priority in 2012
President Barack Obama said Congress should take one step toward overhauling the country's immigration system by passing the DREAM Act, a bill that would provide a path to citizenship for some children of undocumented migrants. -- In an interview with Oakland, California-based Radio Bilingue that was rebroadcast Wednesday via Internet, Obama said his administration prioritizes the deportation..

Patrick J. Buchanan -- VDare.com   
Did 'The Great Society' ruin society?   
"I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs a repair, I'll fix it." -- Thus did Mitt Romney supposedly commit the gaffe of the month --- for we are not to speak of the poor without unctuous empathy. -- Yet, as Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation reports in "Understanding Poverty in the United States: Surprising Facts About America's Poor," Mitt was more right about...

Lone Star Watchdog   
RINOS sold out the Second Amendment again   
Last week, we alerted you to a radical anti-gun nominee President Obama named to the federal bench, Jesse Furman. -- To no one's surprise, Furman is cut from the same judicial cloth as other Obama nominees such as Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. -- For instance, in an article published a number of years ago --- but from which Furman has not distanced himself --- he writes that...

Michelle Malkin -- VDare.com   
The $4 billion Obamacare slush fund for progressives   
If you like how the Obama administration's multibillion-dollar "investments" in bankrupt solar companies have turned out, you'll love the latest federal loan program to nowhere. It's the Obamacare loyalty rewards program for progressives. -- To appease liberal Democrats pushing for the so-called "public option" (the full frontal government takeover of our health care system), the White House settled for the creation of...

Associated Press   
Feds: Mexican found in state despite 5 deportations   
Harrisburg, Pa. -- Immigration officials say a 24-year-old Mexican citizen who has already been deported five times from the U.S. was found again in central Pennsylvania. -- Pedro Millan-Montero was charged by a federal grand jury on Wednesday with illegally re-entering the United States. -- The indictment indicates authorities found Millan-Montero in the York County Prison on Jan. 10...

Fox News Latino   
Usual suspects claim Border Patrol is 'staking out hospitals'   
..."They're constantly at the hospital and that deters undocumented immigrants from coming in," Kat Rodríguez, the program director for Arizona's Coalición de Derechos Humanos, told Fox News Latino. "We've seen Border Patrol agents coming into the emergency rooms." -- Rodríguez added that besides being inside the hospital, the agents also are in local hospital parking lots and on the streets outside....

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith -- Washington Times   
Obama budget's backdoor amnesty   
President Obama's fiscal 2013 budget came out this month and again includes the same spending, borrowing and taxing policies that have come to define his presidency. No surprise, this spending blueprint cuts several worthwhile immigration-enforcement and border-security programs. -- The president's budget continues his administration's policies of ignoring laws requiring the removal of illegal immigrants...

KRGV-TV -- Weslaco, Texas      
129 illegals busted in Alamo area in less than a week   
Federal agents busted a total of 129 illegal [aliens] in a couple of stash houses in the Alamo area in less than one week. Eight alleged smugglers are also in federal custody. -- Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino says human stash houses have always been a major problem. Now he's seeing changes in the way smugglers operate. -- "The only difference we've seen lately, when I say lately I mean three or four years..."

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