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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

BBC To Spencer: You Were Right
How to show real class
Glenn Spencer – American Border Patrol -- February 5   
    As I reported on Feb. 3, I had a bone to pick with the BBC about how they misrepresented Barack Obama's stand on border security and amnesty.
    Well, wonder-of-wonders, at 1:34 this morning I got an email from them saying I was right about everything I said – even the way they cut out from the podcast the part where I disagreed with the host of the show, Owen Bennett-Jones. This shows real class.
Red DotFrom BBC Response
    Your point is that our correspondent misrepresented the content of President Obama's speech because you think that he gave the impression that the President called for increased border security as a pre-condition to other measures and, in particular, to an amnesty for undocumented migrants.
    The White House also released a fact sheet. This also mentions border security as the top point, but does not explicitly suggest that border security is a pre-condition for the rest... It speaks of "continuing to strengthen border security".
    You are also right to say that President Obama's proposal is not the same as the senators' proposal, especially since it's lacking any suggestion of a commission of governors, attorneys general etc to monitor the progress of securing the border. But our correspondent Paul Adams points out in his interview that this element was missing from the President's speech.
    Listening back to the programmes carefully I think that you are right that we gave an inaccurate impression that the President has said that enhanced border security was a pre-condition for other policies, which you were able to correct on air. Your first answer, which made this clear, was unfortunately dropped in the second edition of the programme. Having spoken to the producer of the segment it was clear that this was done for timing reasons, not with the intention of changing the editorial focus of the item. It should not have been edited that way and the producer accepts this. You were able to clarify this in the remainder of the interview.

Edwin S. Rubenstein -- VDare.com     
January Jobs: Immigrants displace natives at a record clip   
It's a sick labor market, with immigrants are already displacing Americans, into which our bipartisan political elite is inexplicably planning to amnesty 12-20 million illegal aliens and increase legal immigration, the January jobs report revealed last Friday. -- The unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9 percent in January. It has made no progress since September 2012 and is still about where it was when President Obama was inaugurated...

NAFBPO   Disturbing photos      
Latest NAFBPO update from south of the border   
Mexico, DF -- There are indications the PEMEX blast may be connected to the Zetas, and that C-4 explosive was found in the rubble, which did not detonate. Experts reported finding traces of C-4 and unexploded explosive, which would have caused a higher casualty toll if it had exploded. Another report from the Mexico City police also reports 2 bombs.

CNS News     
Boehner dodges question on 'path to citizenship' for invaders   
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday dodged a question about whether he favors a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens. -- At a Capitol Hill press conference, a reporter asked Boehner, "Do you personally believe there should be a path to citizenship like [Senator Marco] Rubio (R-Fl.) described in his bill?" -- Boehner responded, "I think this is very difficult part of any of these bills...."

El Paso Times     
Big Sis descending on El Paso tomorrow   
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is in San Diego to trumpet what she calls dramatic improvements in border security. -- Napolitano told reporters after touring the border Monday that the difference from 20 years ago is like comparing a rocket ship to a horse and buggy. She urged Congress to embrace a broad overhaul of immigration laws...

Ron Hart -- Christian Post     
Amnesty and a Wink: Another bad idea whose time has come 
Washington has decided it is time to put pandering to illegal [aliens] into legislative form. It wants to provide a "pathway to citizenship" (other than the historic one, the break in the border fence between Tijuana and California) for the 12 million illegal [aliens] already here. -- The Republicans, whipped and bullied since the election, want to be seen as kinder to Latinos..

Aaron Blake -- Washington Post     
How immigration reform could hurt Republicans   
Republicans are anxious to get something done on immigration reform in light of their growing electoral slippage among Latino voters. -- But even if doing comprehensive reform helps repair the GOP's image with the Hispanic community and increases its share of the Hispanic vote, one thing has gotten lost in all of this: The GOP would potentially be helping to give millions more Democratic-leaning Latinos the right to vote...

VOXXI.com    
Poll: Border first, legalize second could block immigration reform  
A majority of Latino voters perceive the border-security-first-legalization-second approach as a way to halt progress on immigration reform, according to poll findings. -- A Latino Decisions poll found that 62 percent of Latino voters believe politicians who call for secure borders as a prerequisite to other immigration policy changes --- such as paving a path to citizenship for [illegal aliens]...

SECOND CALL TO ACTION
Hands Off Our Guns!
Rally at the Arizona State Capitol
February 16 -- High Noon -- Read more...

Kimberly Dvorak -- The Examiner    
DHS's Napolitano says border remains secure, GAO says not really   
In what's expected to be a rubber stamp tour, Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, told a group of reporters in San Diego that the border is secure. "I just finished a helicopter tour of the border, followed by a roundtable with local law enforcement... We are committed to making sure that this sector as well as the entire southwest border remains secure."... [Related]

WND.com     
Secret INS report: Shocking details on amnesty 
A report suppressed by the INS provides highly embarrassing and potentially politically explosive reading for current immigration reform advocates, concluding the 1986 amnesty actually caused an increase in illegal immigration. -- The law failed, the report explains, because it offered an incentive for more illegal aliens to come and take advantage of a future amnesty...

Fox News    
Talks over amnesty, guest worker scheme ramp up in Washington 
Several factions in the immigration reform debate are converging on Washington Tuesday for high-stakes negotiations, as proponents of a comprehensive package push to bring a bill to the floor in the coming months. -- Business leaders and labor union officials will participate Tuesday in talks over the possibility of a guest worker program to ensure future immigrants come here legally...

KRGV-TV -- Weslaco, Texas        
CBP Officers discover meth in car battery, Mexican arrested   
Hidalgo, Texas -- Customs and Border Protection Officers seized nearly 10 pound of methamphetamine at the Hidalgo International Bridge on Friday. -- Officers found the drugs stashed inside a car battery of a Dodge pick up truck. -- The drugs have a street value of $150,000. -- A Mexican national was arrested. He was handed over to Homeland Security Investigators.

Dave Gibson -- The Examiner     
Tax foreign workers, illegal aliens, not Americans   
Last week, the Washington Times reported that during 2012, "immigrants working in the U.S. sent $120 billion back to their home countries." -- The report read: More than $23 billion went to Mexico, $13.45 billion to China, $10.84 billion to India and $10 billion to the Philippines, among other recipients, The Daily Mail reported Thursday. -- Only $5.1 billion was sent back to the U.S. by the 2.4 million American citizens working abroad.

ImmigrationReform.com     
Reid: I don't know what operational control of the border means   
In an interview airing on the Sunday morning talk show, ABC's "This Week," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) confessed his ignorance of U.S. immigration law and was outright dismissive of the importance of border security. -- When asked specifically about Senator Marco Rubio's (R-FL) statement that the government must achieve "operational control" of the borders before considering amnesty for illegal aliens... [See this feature]

Fox News Latino     
Obama, labor and business leaders to meet on amnesty scheme 
Barack Obama is moving forward in his attempt to tackle immigration reform just days after he announced his plans on the issue. -- Obama on Tuesday is meeting with labor and business leaders at the White House to "discuss his commitment to getting a bipartisan bill passed in 2013, and how immigration reform fits within his broader agenda for economic growth and competitiveness," read a White House statement...

Landon Mills -- The Reveille -- Louisiana State University     
New amnesty scheme will fail, we need a fence first   
The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, signed by President Ronald Reagan, promised border enforcement first, then amnesty of illegal [aliens] living within the U.S. -- The result: 2.7 million illegal [aliens] granted citizenship. The border control never came. -- The current bipartisan immigration deal decided by the Gang of Eight released Jan. 28, may decide the future and "comprehensive approach..."

MSNBC     
Reid claims GOP 'can no longer stop' disastrous amnesty scheme  
The top Democrat in the Senate expects Congress to pass a sweeping immigration reform bill, despite any hold-outs in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. -- "Well, it's certainly going to pass the Senate," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., predicted during an interview with ABC News' This Week that aired on Sunday. "And it would be a bad day for our country and a bad day for the Republican Party..."

David North -- CIS.org     
Obama to DACA's: You can have dessert without eating your spinach  
When I was growing up, the rule at the dinner table was that you had to eat your spinach (or worse, boiled Brussels sprouts) before you could have your dessert. -- That's a good precedent, but one that the Obama administration has not applied to either the proposed mass amnesty program as I noted in an earlier blog, nor to the rules set forth for those who are currently applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals...

Western Center for Journalism     
Obama Failed E-Verify: Linda Jordan fined for challenging Obama's ID fraud  
Here is the story of how a mother and homemaker in Washington State stood up to challenge the identity fraud of Barack Obama. Learn how she paid a price for her courage to run the president through E-Verify.

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