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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Supreme Court looks at SB1070
Americans Stand With Arizona
Reuters -- April 22 
U.S. Supreme Court immigration case weighs states' powers
    A clash over immigration law will go before the U.S. Supreme Court this week, pitting the state of Arizona against President Barack Obama in a case with election-year political ramifications for him and Republican rival Mitt Romney.
    In its second-biggest case this term, the court - fresh from hearing the Obama healthcare overhaul case - will consider on Wednesday whether a tough Arizona immigration crackdown strayed too far into the federal government's powers.
    A pro-Arizona decision would be a legal and political setback for Obama, who has criticized the state's law and vowed to push for immigration legislation if re-elected on November 6.
    A decision against Arizona would deal a blow to Romney, who has said the government should drop its challenge to the law.
    Americans generally support immigration laws like Arizona's and are ambivalent about the federal and state roles at the core of the case, a new Reuters / Ipsos opinion poll found.
    About 70 percent of those surveyed favored state laws that let police check a person's immigration status and make it a crime for an illegal immigrant to work in the United States; about 30 percent opposed such measures.
Note: Look for CNN American Border Patrol stuff on the Situation Room Monday.

KTAR -- Phoenix  
Report: Southwest border security is at point of 'diminishing returns' 
Washington -- A dramatic buildup of security personnel on the Southwest border has contributed to a decline in illegal immigration, but more efforts will yield "diminishing returns," according to a report released Thursday. -- The report by the Washington Office on Latin America challenges "border hawk" claims that more military forces and higher fences are needed to further reduce illegal immigration and criminal activity...

McAllen (Texas) Monitor    
Public's help sought to battle human smuggling   
Law enforcement officials from the federal, state and local level met Thursday afternoon at the McAllen Border Patrol Station to discuss the number of immigrant stash houses that have been popping up in the area. -- After the meeting, the law enforcement officials spoke with the public, asking for their involvement. The message was clear: Report any suspicious activity to a law enforcement agency...

Dustin Inman Society -- Marietta, Georgia
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal / Co-Governor Chris Riley:
Get illegal aliens out of Georgia's university system!

Washington's Blog    
Senator Church's prophetic warning   
Senator Frank Church --- who chaired the famous "Church Committee" into the unlawful FBI Cointel program, and who chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee --- said in 1975: "The [National Security Agency's] capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams..."

Washington Times Editorial    
Where's the recovery?   
April remains a cruel month. New jobless claims are the highest they've been since late January, with the four-week average stubbornly hovering around the 375,000 mark. Though we're technically in a recovery, nobody believes it. A Rasmussen Reports survey earlier this week shows a majority is under the impression America is still in recession. That's for good reason. -- To dig America out of the hole created by...

Jennifer Abel -- London Guardian    
The TSA's mission creep is making the U.S. a police state 
Ever since 2010, when the Transportation Security Administration started requiring that travelers in American airports submit to sexually intrusive gropings based on the apparent anti-terrorism principle that "If we can't feel your nipples, they must be a bomb", the agency's craven apologists have shouted down all constitutional or human rights objections with the mantra "If you don't like it, don't fly!"

Washington Beacon   
New book claims FBI cover up of third gun in murder of border patrol agent 
The Department of Justice is using the liberal "watchdog" group Media Matters for America to deflect questions about the Fast and Furious scandal, including those regarding a gun that might have been used in the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent. -- A new book raises questions as to whether the FBI hid the existence of a weapon recovered at the scene of murdered U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry... [Related item]

Daily Caller   
USAID training foreign workers for English-speaking jobs  
While the president has been urging "insourcing," the government has been sending money to the Philippines to train foreign workers for jobs in English-speaking call centers. -- According to New York Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop and North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones, this is unacceptable and "shocking." -- The pair are calling on the United States Agency for International Development to immediately suspend...

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