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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Norman Rockwell Moment
Town Hall meeting in 2011 led to action
Sierra Vista (Arizona) Herald / Review -- January 30  
From left: Acting Tucson Sector Chief Salazar, Rep. Barber, GAO author Gambler. Photo by Cynthia for American Border Patrol
 Large crowd gathers to hear Barber's border assessment
    Douglas -- It was standing room only on Monday, but the people in the audience weren't attending a theater performance.
    It was to hear from Democratic. U.S. Ron Barber, representatives from the Government Accountability Office, the head of the Tucson Sector of the Border Patrol and a rancher veterinarian about security along the international boundary separating the United States and Mexico.
    Noting it was more than two years ago, when promises were "started in this very room," Barber said "We still have more work to do. ...Still a fair way to go."
Red DotGlenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol
    Rep. Barber, with whom I spoke, made it clear that the GAO report was ordered by Rep. Bennie Thompson, then Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, after a meeting in Douglas in July of 2011. I wonder what he could be talking about? (See this report of the meeting.)
    Could it be that a politician listened to a citizen and took action? Yup.
    I must congratulate Rep. Barber. He is a straight shooter and let all the dirty laundry hang out! For example, it became clear during the meeting that the figure of 61% used by the GAO of all illegal aliens are apprehended is not accurate.
    ABP's estimate is closer to 30%.

Daily Caller     
Expert: Amnesty scheme will cost $ trillions   
Robert Rector, a senior research fellow with the Heritage Foundation, expects the bipartisan immigration reform proposal, which includes a path to citizenship, will end up costing taxpayers more overtime than the trillion-dollar calculations he testified to during debate over the 2007 immigration reform bill. -- "[The proposal] seems to be virtually identical to the 2007 bill and would be extremely costly to the U.S. taxpayers..."

David North -- CIS.org     
The "must pay their taxes" provision in the Obama amnesty    
You might have gotten the impression that the White House is proposing that the newly amnestied millions will have to pay their taxes in order to secure legal status. -- You would be wrong. -- The Obama administration is proposing a three-step legalization program; in the first, the alien gets a provisional legal status that prevents deportation and allows legal work. That is the all-important part of the program for the illegals...

Ann Coulter: Rubio 'folds' to Democrats on amnesty 
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has joined a few other Republicans in criticizing Sen. Marco Rubio's immigration reform proposals, writing that his effort is apparently aimed at creating "more Democratic voters." -- "Some Republicans seem determined to create more Democratic voters. That will be the primary result of Sen. Marco Rubio's amnesty plan...

Associated Press      
Immigration authorities target illegal hiring   
Atlanta -- Records show that federal immigration authorities based in Atlanta audited 105 businesses for illegal hiring practices during the last fiscal year. -- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's analysis of records associated with the audits also shows that authorities arrested several workers and issued nearly $900,000 in fines to employers -- the third-highest total in the nation.

Hispanics will soon surpass white population in California 
State demographers say California's Hispanic population will equal that of whites within six months and exceed it early next year --- a milestone in the country's racial and ethnic shifts. -- Population projections released Thursday by the state Department of Finance show that Hispanics will become the dominant ethnic group in California for the first time...

Stephen Dinan -- Washington Times     
Arrest numbers signal 9 percent jump in illegal immigration in 2012   
Even as President Obama travels to Las Vegas Tuesday to call for legalizing illegal immigrants, the latest numbers from the U.S. Border Patrol suggest that the flow across the nation's southwest border jumped by 9 percent last year. -- The Border Patrol made 356,873 arrests along the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal year 2012, up from 327,577 in 2011, according to figures obtained by the Associated Press,,,

Spencer Davenport -- VDare.com    
One Small Victory For America: Carroll County adopts official English! 
American patriots are currently deluged with bad news but here's one bit of good news you almost certainly didn't hear: The all-Republican Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday in Westminster to adopt an ordinance making English the official language of the county government. -- The struggle for official English in Carroll County MD is a microcosm of the US generally, in terms of the issue itself...

Washington Examiner     
Secret government study exposes infiltration attempts by Mexican drug cartels 
An internal study for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security describes 15 incidents in which known associates of Mexican drug cartels tried to inflitrate the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting. -- The same study detailed "turf battles, internal dysfunction and other troubles" that have hobbled the agency in its efforts "to get a handle on corruption..."

Allan J. Favish -- American Thinker    
Rubio's folly   
The "Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform" released on January 28, 2013 by Senators Charles Schumer, John McCain, Dick Durbin, Lindsey, Robert Menendez, Marco Rubio, Michael Bennet, and Jeff Flake, gives legal status to illegal aliens before controlling the border. After describing limited "security measures" the Framework states: While these security measures are being put into place, we will simultaneously require those who came or remained in the United States without our permission...

Los Angeles Times    
Students struggling with English not getting help, report says   
More than 20,000 California students struggling with English are not receiving any legally required services to help them, setting them up for academic failure, according to a recent report by two civil rights organizations. -- The study compiled 2010-2011 state data showing that students of all ages in 261 state school districts were receiving no specialized support to help them acquire English, as required under both state and federal law...

John Derbyshire -- VDare.com     
Today's Forgotten Men: The American white working class   
The other day I mentioned former Wall Street Journal editorial-page editor Amity Shlaes in connection with her 1994 piece "Black Mischief" in the London Spectator. Ms. Shlaes has a new book coming out a week next Tuesday, a biography of Calvin Coolidge. I'll be reviewing it here on VDARE.com. -- Ms. Shlaes is probably best known for her 2009 libertarian-contrarian account of the Great Depression, The Forgotten Man...

Associated Press     
Illegal immigration foes despair over GOP moves   
Marty Lich is ready to bolt. -- It's been a couple of years since the self-described conservative considered herself a Republican, but she still often votes for GOP candidates. That's partly because of their tough stands against illegal immigration, which the retired teacher's aide blames for ruining her Southern California hometown and fears could threaten the Colorado mountain community where she now lives...

Kimberly Dvorak -- The Examiner    
Amnesty Push: Immigration reform or political pandering?   
Monday, "the Gang of Eight," four Republican and four Democrat Senators outflanked President Obama and released a five-page outline opening the conversation for bipartisan immigration reform. Tuesday, President Obama flew to Las Vegas, Nevada to announce his version of immigration reform and warned lawmakers they have a few months to negotiate a deal and the plan must recognize gay rights...

Charles C. Johnson -- Daily Caller     
Surprising details about Sonia Sotomayor's college past... 
...As a sophomore, Sotomayor, then co-chairman of the Puerto Rican student group Accion Puertorriquena, filed an April 1974 complaint with the New York office of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) demanding that Princeton do a better job recruiting Latino administrators, faculty, and students. She delivered not one, but two letters to the president of the university calling for explicit quotas...

American Border Patrol     
Video of the day   
This morning while on one of my thrice daily circuit of my ranch, with three of my German Shepherds, I spotted a US Border Patrol vehicle passing in front of me --- left to right --- as I approached the border fence. He was moving fairly fast, as if going somewhere. -- As I turned right onto border road, as I do every morning at this time, I watched the USBP turning onto my property – using the very road I use every day...

Jim Kouri, CPP -- The Examiner     
'Gang of Eight' immigration plan ignores flawed visa system   
Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), as well as six other senators (Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) swarmed television and radio news and talk shows on Tuesday to continue selling what they believe is a comprehensive immigration plan. But critics of the bipartisan plan are concerned over...

Jerry Kammer -- CIS.org     
Awards for commentary on amnesty proposal    
Most Sweeping Statement. Univision anchorman Jorge Ramos: "It's the most important immigration news since the amnesty 27 years ago." -- Best Indication of Potential Republican Identity Crisis. Candy Crowley on CNN's State of the Nation :"Senator Rand Paul talked to the Cincinnati Inquirer recently and he said this: 'We're going to have to be a little hands off on some of these issues.' He's talking about the social issues."

Associated Press     
Birthing hotels spark crackdown in Los Angeles County   
Los Angeles County is planning a crackdown on makeshift maternity wards where mothers from other countries stay while giving birth so their children will be U.S. citizens. -- The county has received 60 complaints about such facilities in the past month, according to a report by the Planning Department submitted to the Board of Supervisors, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.

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