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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bad Border Faith
Schumer claims border progress where none exists
Glenn Spencer, American Border Patrol -- April 25 
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   Yesterday, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) held a committee hearing on Arizona's SB 1070 – the law that is aimed at assisting the federal government in enforcing immigration laws. (See Politico report)
    Any fair observer would agree that Russell Pearce, author of SB 1070, cleaned Schumer's clock. He was terrific.
    Of particular interest to me, however, was Schumer's statement about the border. (Four minutes into the hearing - see CSPAN video)
    Sen. Schumer: "In 2010 many of my Democratic colleagues on this committee release a white paper which outlines our proposal for immigration reform. Then, as a good faith down payment to encourage negotiation with those who say fix the border first, we passed a six hundred million dollar border security act that added fifteen hundred troops of the border, deployed more unmanned aerial drones, and increased border fencing and technology.
    The border bill was hailed by my Arizona colleagues as a significant accomplishment."
    As has been reported here before, the troops on the border were badly deployed, and are now gone.
    The highly touted unmanned aerial drones are a horrific waste of money and do little to secure the border.
    And, finally, the new technology planned for the border appears again to be a big waste of taxpayer money.
    American Border Patrol has been testing a system that would take the nonsense out of the border debate. It should be deployed immediately.

Christian Broadcasting Network       sc   
Lawmakers seek contempt charge against Holder   
A growing number of lawmakers say Attorney General Eric Holder should be charged with contempt of Congress for his responsibility in the "Fast and Furious" gun scandal. -- Critics claim Holder and other officials in the federal government tried to cover up the major gun smuggling investigation that went awry. -- For more than a year, both House and Senate committees have tried to find out how...

Jim Kouri, CPP -- The Examiner   
Gov't border enforcement study assesses use of military resources
A section of the National Defense Authorization Act requires the Government Accountability Office examine the costs and benefits of an increased Department of Defense role in helping law enforcement officers secure the southwest land border. The mandate directed the GAO to submit a report to the U.S. Congress, which was released on April 18. -- The GAO report examined, among other things, the potential deployment of...

New York Times    
Justices seem sympathetic to central part of Arizona law   
Justices across the ideological spectrum appeared inclined to uphold a controversial part of Arizona's aggressive 2010 immigration law, based on their questions on Wednesday at a Supreme Court argument. -- "You can see it's not selling very well," Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a liberal-leaning justice and the first Hispanic appointed to the court, told Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. Mr. Verrilli...

KNXV-TV -- Phoenix    
Gov. Brewer says she's encouraged by justices questions 
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she is "very, very encouraged" by questions by U.S. Supreme Court justices as they heard arguments over the controversial state law requiring police officers to check the immigration status of people they think are in the country illegally. -- Gov. Jan Brewer signed the law two years ago. She was on hand in Washington Wednesday for the final argument of the court's term...

London Daily Mail    
'The public is fed-up': Former TSA chief again criticizes airport security 
The former head of the Transportation Security Administration has once again lambasted the country's airport security system. -- Kip Haw ley, who was head of the TSA from 2005-2009, says he understands why the public is 'fed-up' with the agency, because lengthy security checks and a laundry list of banned items do little to stop terrorists and need to be streamlined...

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

KSAZ-TV -- Phoenix    
High-speed chase suspect in the country illegally   
An illegal [alien] from Mexico has been arrested after a high speed chase in Pinal County Monday evening. -- A deputy tried to pull over the speeding vehicle near Meadow View and Green Road. The suspect wouldn't stop. After about 4 miles, the suspect stopped the vehicle and ran into the desert. --The deputy found a loaded AK-47 next to the truck. There was also a female adult passenger and a 4-year-old child...

Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal    
Tough laws, tough economy causing illegals to self-deport 
Just-released numbers from one of the country's best-known "think tanks" --- and a left-leaning one at that --- buttress the arguments made by immigration reformers that stricter enforcement of our laws will ultimately cause many who are in this country illegally to "self-deport" themselves back to their country of origin. -- Moreover, those new numbers come on the eve of arguments...

Bloomberg    
Arizona illegal-alien crackdown gets support at top court 
Arizona drew support at the U.S. Supreme Court for the core of the state's trailblazing crackdown on illegal immigrants, as the justices aimed skeptical questions at an Obama administration lawyer opposing the law. -- Hearing arguments today in Washington, members of the court from across the ideological spectrum suggested they might support at least a provision requiring police to check the status...

POLL
Arizona Republic -- Phoenix
Do You Support Arizona's SB-1070?

WGN -- Chicago    
Arizona immigration law protested outside Supreme Court   
Imitating the biblical battle of Jericho, a small group marched around the United States Supreme Court to protest Arizona's restrictive immigration law, which was being debated inside. -- With a clutch of white-robed clergy at their head, the 75 marchers moved in silence around the court building, their arrival at each corner announced by blasts from a trumpet. Organizers had hoped for a bigger crowd, but...

American Border Patrol    
Don't Blame CNN
American Border Patrol was scheduled to do a live interview this morning on CNN but it was cut way short by technical difficulties. -- Glenn Spencer says that it was not CNN's fault. He said they tested the Skype link with the producers at Atlanta, but as soon as they tried to go on the network problems popped up. "We moved the camera inside to try to solve the problem, but it didn't help," Spencer said. "CNN wanted to do this interview," he added.

Fox News    
Supreme Court signals support for Arizona immigration law provision   
The Supreme Court signaled Wednesday that it might uphold a key element of Arizona's immigration law, as justices across the board suggested the state has a serious problem on its hands and should have some level of sovereignty to address illegal immigration. -- The justices appeared to ready to allow a provision requiring police officers to check the immigration status of people they think are in the U.S. illegally...

Fox News    
ICE to suspend over 16,000 deportations, usual suspects say not enough 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has offered to temporarily suspend the deportation cases of roughly 16,500 people as part of a review of the immigration system pushed by President Barack Obama's administration which promised to review roughly 300,000 deportation cases. -- Immigration officials have offered to shelve 7.5 percent of deportation cases under a massive review of the backlogged U.S. system...

WSB-TV -- Atlanta    
Police release DUI suspect over diplomatic immunity   
Roswell, Ga. -- The son of a Mexican Navy admiral won't spend any time in jail after Roswell police pulled him over on suspicion of drunken driving and excessive speeding. -- According to a police report obtained by Channel 2's Mike Petchenik, Mariano Saynez-Ruiz-Duran was spotted speeding on Georgia 400 near Holcomb Bridge Road early Friday morning...

American Border Patrol    
Spencer on CNN: "Importing poverty"   
Yesterday's Situation Room on CNN included an interview with Glenn Spencer, head of American Border Patrol. (Watch) Although CNN paired a two-hour interview and a one-hour flight down to 2 minutes, Spencer said it was fair. "I was pleased they used the quote -- we are importing poverty," Spencer said. He coined that phrase 20 years ago. -- Spencer will be interviewed live on CNN today at 9:07 a.m. Pacific.

Jerome R. Corsi -- WND.com   
Sheriff Joe releasing more on Obama   
Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio finds himself under increasing attack as he prepares to release new findings in his investigation of President Obama's eligibility for the state's 2012 election ballot. -- "I have no intention of resigning," said Arpaio, who is running for his sixth term as sheriff of Maricopa County. "They forget I have a four-decades long career in federal law enforcement that includes having been a special agent for the FBI..."

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