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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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CBS News -- February 20  
McCain gets an earful on immigration in Arizona
    During a heated town hall gathering in the Phoenix suburb of Sun Lakes, McCain said the border near Yuma is largely secure, but he said smugglers are using the border near Tucson to pump drugs into Phoenix. He said immigration reform should be contingent on better border security that must rely largely on technology able to detect border crossings.*
    McCain said a tamper-proof Social Security card would help combat identity fraud, and noted any path to citizenship must require immigrants to learn English, cover back taxes and pay fines for breaking immigration laws.
    "There are 11 million people living here illegally," he said. "We are not going to get enough buses to deport them."
    Some audience members shouted out their disapproval.
    One man yelled that only guns would discourage illegal immigration. Another man complained that illegal immigrants should never be able to become citizens or vote. A third man said illegal immigrants were illiterate invaders who wanted free government benefits.
* American Patrol Report
    McCain says: "immigration reform must rely largely on technology to detect border crossings." Is he aware that DHS just scuttled its program for new sensors on the border?

Mark Krikorian -- National Review     
Borking immigration hawks   
...The high-immigration Right has borrowed not only its immigration-policy views from Ted Kennedy, but now his political tactics as well. Grover Norquist, Linda Chavez, American Conservative Union president Al Cardenas --- and Senator Marco Rubio --- have launched a campaign to bork those on the right who disagree with President Obama's immigration plans...

Gailann Jarocki -- The Examiner     
Texas Border agents seize $850,000 in marijuana   
Overall, marijuana seizures throughout Del Rio Sector dropped by nearly 16 percent during FY12, compared to the previous year. A total of 63,484 pounds of marijuana was seized by Del Rio agents during FY12, compared to 75,325 pounds the previous year. In terms of drug value, Del Rio Sector agents seized $53 million worth of drugs in FY12 compared to $74.5 million in FY11...

KGBT-TV -- Harlingen, Texas     
Chase ends with illegals bailing out in grapefruit orchard    
One person is being held for questioning after an illegal [alien] chase that ended with a crash at an orchard where workers were picking grapefruit. -- The chase started in Peñitas and ended at an orchard off Mile 3 and Minnesota Road north of Palmview around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday...

James Simpson -- The Examiner    
Breaking: Obama campaign caught in major vote fraud scheme   
North Carolina's Civitas Institute has revealed that the North Carolina State Board of Elections and the Obama campaign conspired to register at least 11,000 people via the internet in violation of state law. This has been confirmed through records requests filed with all of North Carolina's 100 counties. The counting is not yet complete. -- North Carolina does not allow online voting, but according to Civitas, SBE staff authorized...

U.S. News & World Report   Roy Beck 
Anti-amnesty groups prepare for immigration battle   
As the Republican Party redefines its boundaries on immigration reform, conservative immigration groups are working overtime to remind members that a path to citizenship for illegal [aliens] is bad politics. -- NumbersUSA Action, the country's largest grassroots restrictive immigration group, is just one of the organizations gearing up for a bitter battle over how to reform the country's immigration system...

The Dustin Inman Society -- Marietta, Ga.  
Bumper sticker to fight RubiObamAmnesty! REMEMBER 1986!   
Free bumper sticker with a $15 donation to help us fight amnesty-again. -- We need funding help to stop amnesty. Again. Get several! Send them to your U.S. Senators and your U.S. House Representatives! - I did! -- We just got shipment in and have plenty of stickers. They are high-quality, 7" X 3-3/4" and made of quality all-weather vinyl. A real eye-catcher...

Christopher Collins -- The Examiner     
New generation surveillance drone ARGUS-IS raises serious concerns  
Conservative Videos today compiled and sent out the latest political videos and one video in particular, revealed a new generation of spy drones (UAV) that appeared on a PBS' Nova program in late January has caused considerable concerns of security and privacy. -- The advanced technology of these surveillance drones allows them to observe an object as small as a bird from 17,000 feet or more...

The Hill     
SEIU launches Spanish-language pro-amnesty radio campaign   
The Service Employees International Union is launching a national Spanish-language radio campaign to push for immigration reform, leading off with an ad warning that some want to derail the bipartisan efforts to reform the system. -- The ad has $250,000 behind it and will run through Sunday nationally, and calls for a pathway to citizenship for [aliens] who entered the country illegally...

David Olen Cross -- Albany (Oregon) Democrat-Herald     
Who will pay up?   
Oregonians looking at the future cost of attending, and the funding of, Oregon's public four-year colleges and universities should be concerned about state Rep. Sara Gelser's support of House Bill 2787 that would grant in-state tuition for international students illegally in the country. -- Crunching some numbers from Oregon State University for years 2012-2013, the estimated undergraduate tuition and fees (15 credits per term)....

Ruben Navarrette -- CNN     
Guest worker issue may kill amnesty scheme   
All those who are hoping that comprehensive immigration reform is going to happen this year -- Latinos, businesses, churches, agriculture industry, law enforcement and others -- are in for a rude awakening. -- The trick for politicians will be to look as if they're doing something, when really they're doing nothing. But, regardless of how it looks, it's a long shot that Congress will pass immigration reform this year.

WTNH-TV -- New Haven, Conn.     
Some miffed over Secure Communities program   
Using local police to help find and deport [illegal aliens] caught committing crimes: The Secure Communities program run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement or "ICE" sparked controversy from the moment it was announced last year. -- When Sergio Bizuela got arrested for an incident in a bar, his wife came to bail him out, but couldn't because Bizuela is an [illegal alien], and he was being held under something called...

Saipan Tribune -- Garapan, Saipan , MP     
Lewis: Go and help yourselves   
A former lawyer of U.S. [INS] described a proposal to grant a CNMI-only status to long-term nonresident workers in the Northern Marianas as "not fair" and called for the inclusion of these workers in the comprehensive immigration reform plan of the Obama administration. -- New York-based attorney Loida Nicolas Lewis, at the same time, advised legal foreign workers in the CNMI to "stand their ground"...

Rasmussen Reports  
48% think citizenship for illegals will encourage more to come  
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress last week that the U.S.-Mexico border is more secure than ever and that immigration reform legislation should focus its attention elsewhere. But most voters think more border security is needed, and half believe offering citizenship to illegal [aliens] already here will just encourage more to come. -- The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 25% of Likely U.S. Voters agree with Napolitano that the U.S. border is now more secure...

Joseph Cotto -- Washington Times     
Likely voters oppose immigration amnesty; want to see laws enforced 
Now that the frenzy to pass an immigration bill --- which is amnesty by any other name --- seems to have stalled, it would be wise to consider some much needed, but often ignored, facts on the matter. -- What better source than a recent poll conducted by Pulse Opinion Research? -- Steven A. Camarota, who is the research director at the Center for Immigration Studies, points out that the poll of likely voters...

Neil Munro -- Daily Caller    
Obama's bill offers amnesty to criminal aliens, money for lawyers
President Barack Obama's draft immigration plan would provide work permits and a 'path to citizenship' to illegal [aliens] who have fled police and or who await deportation in jail. It would also provide a pathway for immigrants whose convictions are subsequently vacated, and for those who have been jailed for fewer than five years, according to the drafts' supporters...

Bureau of Land Management    
BLM serious incident report   
On February 13, 2013, at 0945 hours, a BLM Phoenix District ranger detailed to Operation "Reclaim our Arizona Monuments" (ROAM) saw a sport utility vehicle (SUV) driving off-road at a high rate of speed in the Sonoran Desert National Monument. The SUV came out of the desert, at the same speed, onto Interstate Highway 8. The SUV then illegally crossed over the emergency median...

Michael Volpe -- FrontPageMag.com     
Immigration 'reform' lies   
A recent study, which claimed that immigration resources are at their historical height and constitute a substantial portion of the federal budget, became the flashpoint for a contentious hearing in the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. -- In January 2013, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) released a study that concluded, among other things, that federal immigration enforcement accounted for more of the budget...

WND Radio      
Virginia AG blasts Obama's 'willingness to break law and trample Constitution'  
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli led the fight against Obamacare in federal court, and he says he is bringing the same fidelity to the Constitution in his bid to become the next governor of the Commonwealth. --Cuccinelli is also author of the new book "The Last Line of Defense: The New Fight for American Liberty." He told WND a presidential administration striving for more power is typical in both parties, but he believes the Obama team has a special thirst for control....

Phyllis Schlafly -- GOPUSA.com    
The hypocrisy of amnesty advocates   
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. The Ronald Reagan amnesty of 1986 was a conspicuous failure, and a virtually identical plan failed in 2007 when it was pushed by John McCain, Ted Kennedy and George W. Bush. -- Now the establishment has lined up eight senators plus a media chorus to resurrect the Reagan amnesty. That may make sense if you are...

Michigan Radio  
Illegal aliens to get Michigan state IDs   
"Illegal [aliens] brought to the country as children can start applying for Michigan driver's licenses and state IDs this week. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson's office will begin accepting applications Tuesday," the Associated Press reports. ..

Fox Nation    
McCain stunned by border rage at town hall   
On Tuesday night, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) faced a frustrated crowd when defending his immigration plan during a town hall meeting. Responding to concerns about border security, McCain received a less-than-pleased reaction from residents. -- "There are 11 million people living here illegally," he said. "We are not going to get enough buses to deport them."... [Related]

The Hill    
La Raza, SPLC, others push citizenship as part of amnesty scheme   
A new coalition composed of prominent labor and human rights groups is urging Congress to include a "meaningful" pathway to citizenship as part of any immigration reform deal. -- The Alliance for Citizenship --- which is composed of such groups as the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the National Council of La Raza and the Southern Poverty Law Center --- is warning that lawmakers opposed to...

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