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Tara Copp -- Washington Examiner -- May 5, 2015  
Lindsey Graham: 'New phase in the war' if ISIS directed Texas attack
    If the shooting at a Garland, Texas, art contest this weekend where contestants drew the Prophet Muhammad are found to be linked to the Islamic State, it marks "a new phase in the war" against terrorism, Republican Senate leaders said Tuesday.
    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said they had not seen evidence that links the two shooters to the Islamic State directly, but the shooting "is certainly [Islamic State]-inspired," McCain said, by actors either indoctrinated directly or through the Internet.
    Graham said it is possible the Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for the attack Tuesday, may be "taking credit after the fact." But "if they were in fact in a command and control relationship with these guys, that's a new phase of the war that's on us."
    "That's different than a lone wolf attack," Graham said. If so, "that's ominous."

Related: Judicial Watch Exposes ISIS Threat on Border 
Once again, Judicial Watch has highlighted the consequences of the Obama administration's failure to secure the southern border with Mexico.

May 6, 2015

Breitbart         
Jeb Bush Poll Disaster in Iowa 
A new poll shows that former Florida governor Jeb Bush is losing steam in Iowa as he continues to travel early primary states to tout his presidential bid. -- The latest Quinnipiac poll in Iowa shows that Bush has fallen five points since a February survey showed him at ten percent. -- Bush now comes in at 5 percent, putting him in seventh place in the likely field of Republican primary candidates.....

Hot Air       
Hillary: I'll give legal status to any illegal immigrant who wants it, so long as they bring a child with them 
That's Conn Carroll's formulation of what she said yesterday, which reads like it must be an exaggeration for effect. It really isn't. Obama's mega-amnesty last November gave legal status to illegals who are parents of U.S. citizens. Hillary's now promising to expand that by giving legal status to parents of DREAMers --- who are themselves illegal immigrants.... [Related]

The Blaze         
DHS proposes new gov't body to 'promote citizenship' among aliens 
The Department of Homeland Security is asking Congress to create a new government entity called the United States Citizenship Foundation, which would “promote citizenship, immigrant civic integration, and instruction in the English language.” -- DHS put the idea forward on Wednesday in a formal legislative proposal for Congress to pass. According to a Senate aide, DHS said the proposal was “related” to President Barack Obama's 2016 budget request......

Breitbart         
An Immigration Policy For Hard-Working Americans 
I once asked my father whether he resented being separated from his dad for the first seven years of his life, while he waited to legally immigrate to America. My dad said absolutely not. “America was worth the wait. -- A common refrain I hear is that immigrants, like my father and grandfather, have a great work ethic or that it would be cruel to separate families. And as a Catholic, I am taught the virtues of love, charity, and compassion. But America's immigration policy must first be about compassion for hard-working Americans......

We Get E-Mail         
Letters From Around the Country  
What limits on immigration serve the nation best, particularly the interest of working Americans? For several years the question of limits on both legal and illegal immigration have been batted back and forth between labor, business, church, state and the working public. Each team has their own personal interest to defend, and the game seems to have no rules. The law of supply and demand, however, will win in the end. All sides seem to fall in only two camps......

Breitbart         
Center For Immigration Studies Unveils Interactive Map Of Immigrant Removals By County 
An interactive map from the Center for Immigration Studies details the locations and concentrations of immigrants removed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement from October 2008 through February 2015 as part of the Secure Communities program. -- In that time frame ICE removed 406,441 people after they were identified through the Secure Communities program, according to CIS. The program was discontinued and replaced with the Priority Enforcement Program as part of President Obama's November 20, 2014 executive amnesty......

MSNBC        
GOP won't budge on illegals, military service 
As controversial as immigration policy has become as Republican politics shifts further and further to the right, the one area where compromise has appeared possible relates to military service. -- Almost exactly a year ago, there was rare, bipartisan support for a proposal to allow undocumented immigrants to serve in the American military. As we discussed at the time, the plan was pretty straightforward: young, undocumented immigrants who entered the United States before they turned 15 would be welcome to enlist......

KSAZ-TV -- Phoenix        
Judge rules Obama's illegals can pay in-state tuition rates 
For so many "Dreamers" it's a dream come true. A judge ruled that young illegal immigrants granted deferred deportation status by the Obama administration can pay in-state tuition rates. -- The difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition for students is huge, so the ruling will save the students thousands of dollars......

Breitbart         
Arizona POLL: McCain in Serious Trouble --- Only 37% Would Vote to Re-Elect
Five-term incumbent Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has good reason to fear a primary challenge. Newly released data from liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling shows half of Arizona's Republican primary voters disapprove of McCain's job performance, and more than half would prefer a more conservative Senate candidate in 2016......

Daily Caller      
Proposed Medicaid For Illegals Could Cost California $740 Million Annually 
California is considering dropping nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars every year to provide health insurance for illegal immigrants in the state. -- A new Senate fiscal analysis found the proposal to extend subsidized health insurance to illegal immigrants in the state and to allow others to purchase coverage, could cost as much as $740 million annually, reported the Los Angeles Times......

Fox News      
California regulators approve unprecedented water cutbacks to combat drought
California regulators approved sweeping, unprecedented restrictions Tuesday on how people, governments and businesses can use water amid the state’s ongoing drought in the hope of enticing residents to conserve more water. -- The State Water Resources Control Board approved rules forcing cities to limit watering on public property, encouraging homeowners to let their lawns die and imposing mandatory water-savings targets for hundreds of local agencies and cities that supply water to California customers......

NJ.com        
Illegals sentenced for 'brutal' slayings of Freehold siblings 
The heartbroken cries of family members poured out of a Monmouth County courtroom Tuesday after two New York men were sentenced for the grisly murders of a Freehold brother and sister. -- Dong Biao Lin, 28, and Zeng Liang Chen, 25, both of Manhattan, were each sentenced to life in prison by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Anthony J. Mellaci Jr. on Tuesday for the June 16, 2010 murders of Yao Chen, 39, and his 28-year-old sister, Yun Juan Chen, both of Freehold Borough......

The Dave Levine Show        
Hillary Continues To Spout Lies, This Time About Husband-Former President Bill
In today's Washington Times, Stephen Dinan posted a story titled "Hillary Clinton Rejects Bill's Immigration Crackdown, Vows Lenient Approach". -- At the beginning of his piece, Dinan states the following: "Bill Clinton was the strictest President in modern political times when it comes to Immigration." -- I almost barfed when I read this. "Immigration crackdown", my ass! I did some research and found the following sites on just what President Bill Clinton did during his tenure on Immigration...
GLENN SPENCER CHIMES IN
The worst thing that Bill Clinton did was to name Doris Meissner to head the INS. Just take one look at this link and you will understand that she is at the root of all of our problems TODAY!

May 5, 2015

Politico       
Trade pact foes: Deal could cause flood of immigrants 
Opponents of giving the Obama administration broad authority to negotiate a trans-Pacific trade deal, including Republican senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, are pushing a new argument: It could trigger a flood of immigrants into the country. -- Sessions' argument --- essentially, that the administration could use the authority to expand immigration --- was dismissed as an “urban legend” by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, whose panel oversees trade......

Washington Times     
Mike Huckabee declares bid for 2016 GOP presidential nomination 
...On immigration, he said the nation must secure its borders, and that he opposes “amnesty” for illegal immigrants. On foreign policy, Mr. Huckabee promised to confront “radical jihadists” and take a tougher stand against Iran. -- “As president, I promise you, we will no longer merely try to contain jihadism. We will conquer it,” Mr. Huckabee said......

CIS.org        
"Truthiness" about the Central American Minors Program  
The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing late last month entitled "Eroding the Law and Diverting Taxpayer Resources: An Examination of the Administration's Central American Minors Refugee/Parole Program". -- The Central American Minors (CAM) program is another one of those whole-cloth creations established by the Obama administration in pursuit of its goal of unfettered borders and de minimis deportations......

Judicial Watch        
DHS Records Detail Mexican Government Helicopter Crossing Border and Firing on Border Patrol  
Judicial Watch announced today that it obtained documents from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) that confirm a June 26, 2014, attack by a Mexican government helicopter on U.S. Border Patrol agents. The Mexican helicopter crossed into U.S. airspace before firing on U.S. Border Patrol personnel. The Mexican government initially denied that the attack near Arizona's San Miguel Gate occurred, but later admitted to the armed incursion......

Breitbart         
Judge Who Freed The Jihadist Texas Shooter, Named As Potential Supreme Court Nominee, Linked To La Raza 
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judge who previously dismissed terror charges against one of the Garland, Texas shooters has a connection to the controversial activist group, National Council of La Raza. -- Judge Mary Murguia, appointed by President Clinton and considered a potential nominee to the Supreme Court by President Obama, was the judge who dismissed government charges against Elton Simpson for suspected terrorism in 2011. On Sunday, Simpson attacked a free speech event in Garland, Texas depicting the Prophet Muhammad in cartoons.....

Fox 2 -- St. Louis        
Clinton to call for a 'full and equal' path to citizenship in Nevada 
In what will be her most comprehensive comments on immigration reform as a presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton will use a roundtable on Tuesday in Nevada to argue that the only “true solution” for reform is “nothing less than a full and equal path to citizenship.” -- Clinton will cast immigration reform as a family issue, an aide said Tuesday, and will focus on the need to find a legislative fix, strengthen the United States border and bring “millions of hard-working people out of the shadows and into the formal economy so they can pay taxes and contribute to our nation's prosperity.”.....

VOX.com        
What immigration activists want to hear from Hillary Clinton 
Cear Vargas --- a leading immigration activist --- has a message for Hillary Clinton: it's great that she's devoting one of the first speeches of her campaign to immigration, but "that doesn't mean we're going to be starstruck." -- "We're going to look past that," Vargas, the director of DRM Action Coalition, said. "Because we learned from President Obama.".....

Latin Times       
Hillary Clinton To Illegals: I've Got Your Back, This Time 
As Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential bid gathers steam she's clarifying her positions on key topics including immigration. Vague on some issues as a candidate in 2007 and silent on others as Secretary of State, she's now offering specific promise on immigration. In the past weeks and months, Clinton embraced state laws that give driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants.....

Breitbart         
Carly Fiorina: The 'Privilege Of Citizenship' Belongs To People Who 'Did It The Right Way' 
Former Hewlett Packard CEO and now 2016 GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina remains consistent in her position on immigration. -- The New York Times reported Fiorina switched her position on immigration, but what she told reporters during a conference call on Monday morning is the same thing she told voters in Iowa last week......

Breitbart         
Obama Administration Apologizes For Misleading Judge On Executive Amnesty
The Obama administration is expressing regret to U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen — the man presiding over 26 states' court challenge to executive amnesty — for not being entirely forthcoming about the implementation dates associated with the programs, according to reports.....

American Border Patrol          
Spencer on the Border 
This morning, Glenn Spencer of American Border Patrol flew along the border in Texas near where adolescents are crossing from Central America. -- This image of a US Border Patrol boat was taken this morning south of McAllen, Texas. -- Glenn is studying the GoPro video. He says the answer to the border problem has two words: Levees and IDENTISEIS......

May 4, 2015

Dr. Jerome R. Corsi, Ph. D. -- WND.com       
Hispanic evangelicals dangle 'amnesty' carrot for 2016 
The one thousand Hispanic evangelical leaders meeting at the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference in Houston last week offered the Republican Party a deal: Hispanic votes in exchange for a promise of “amnesty” from the Republican presidential nominee in 2016......[Related]

Everything Lubbock       
Illegal Alien Kidnaps, Brutally Beats Woman in Crockett 
A Crockett [Texas] woman was brutally beaten by an illegal immigrant during an apparent kidnapping in Houston County over the weekend. -- According to the Crockett Police Department, at 10:34 a.m. on Friday, officers and other emergency responders were were called to the 1000 block of South Fifth Street on reports of a woman in distress......

Natural News    
Catastrophic California drought causing infestation wave of rodents looking for water 
As California's climate fades to desert, rats are coming out of their hiding places in search of water. They are coming out to parks to steal water from dog bowls and attacking horse troughs in desperate need of something to drink. They are finding new ways into homes and becoming a menace like never before. Pest control specialists are seeing a new wave of rodents this year, and it's not just because it's their normal breeding season......

Breitbart         
Texas Attorney General: DOJ Brazenly Disregarded Judge's Order in Executive Amnesty Case 
The Texas Attorney General has accused Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyers of committing a “brazen disregard for a legal order” in the case filed against President Obama's executive amnesty plan. This comes after a judge issued government lawyers a scathing written rebuke and ordered the Federal Government to produce documents showing who was responsible for making misrepresentations to the Court during the litigation......

Latin Post         
May Day Protests: Demonstrators in Southern California Demand Immigration Rights and Higher Wages 
Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Southern California, demanding higher wages and immigration rights on May Day. -- A number of rallies were held across the region and in downtown Los Angeles on Friday in light of the annual May Day holiday or International Workers' Day, which celebrates workers' rights. -- Many demonstrators held signs calling for a $15 minimum wage and the implementation of President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration, which would protect up to 5 million [illegal aliens] from deportation, reports NBC Los Angeles......

Arizona Republic     
McCain toughens tone on immigration 
U.S. Sen. John McCain on Wednesday sparred with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson over border security in the latest sign of the Arizona Republican's toughening attitude on immigration in advance of a potentially competitive primary......

May 3, 2015

American Border Patrol        
Photo of the Day: Spring Chicks Are In -- And George is Guarding Them  
Almost every year American Border Patrol buys spring chickens --- and when we do, our German Shepherd George is there to guard them. -- Here he is again --- making sure no one harms these little folks. He sleeps with them at night. -- The vet said he should have a raw egg with his canned dog food meal to help him swallow. Does George know this?....

Western Journalism       
Don't Trust Northern Command 
..."For the first time in U.S. history, we have U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), a full active military division (3rd Infantry Division), assigned to the Continental United States. We have the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which has turned our local and State police agencies into miniature military units, and has armed them with all sorts of military weaponry and equipment --- including some of the most sophisticated intelligence-gathering equipment in the world.”....
Glenn Spencer -- American Patrol Report -- June 30, 2011
Remember Northern Command!
On May 25 I attended a conference on border management, at a cost of $1,200. It was worth it. By being there, I was able to hear first-hand, a U.S Army General tell us that the best way to secure our southern border was to erase it.....

May 2, 2015

Breitbart         
Establishment GOP Wants to Provide Illegal Immigrants with Driver's Licenses
Establishment Republicans are now championing getting illegal immigrants driver's licenses. At the Eastern Indoor Swapmeet Las Vegas, the LIBRE Initiative, a group funded by the Koch brothers, was attempting to help 250 Latinos, some of whom were illegal immigrants, to pass the Nevada driver's test......

Wall Street Journal         
China Passes Mexico as the Top Source of New U.S. Immigrants 
Move over, Mexico. When it comes to sending immigrants to the U.S., China and India have taken over. -- China was the country of origin for 147,000 recent U.S. immigrants in 2013, while Mexico sent just 125,000, according to a Census Bureau study by researcher Eric Jensen and others presented Friday. India, with 129,000 immigrants, also beat Mexico, though the two countries' results weren't statistically different from each other......

The Hill         
Jindal: US immigration system 'backwards' 
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) on Friday said U.S. immigration policies must totally reverse course, calling for changes to attract skilled legal immigrants and ensure border security. -- “Our immigration system is exactly backwards,” said Jindal, a possible 2016 GOP contender, during the National Review's NRI Ideas Summit in Washington, D.C. -- “We have an immigration system with a low wall and a narrow gate,” he continued. “We need one with a high wall and a broad gate.”.....

May 1, 2015

Joel Gehrke -- National Review       
Rubio: 'There Is No Right to Illegally Immigrate' 
Senator Marco Rubio is “increasingly optimistic” that he'll win the 2016 presidential election, but he understands that he'll have to overcome the conservative frustration with his work on the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill to do so. “You don't have a right to illegally immigrate here,” the Florida Republican said during a discussion with NR's Jim Geraghty at the National Review Institute's Ideas Summit in Washington, D.C. this morning. Rubio made the statement while discussing changes that he would make to the Gang of Eight bill if he were to take on immigration as president......

Joe Guzzardi -- CAPS         
White House Ignores Congressional Research Service Report Linking High Immigration to Lower American Wages 
Although Americans are constantly lectured on the supposed fiscal advantages of evermore immigration, an important new Congressional Research Service report exposed the fallacies in that argument. -- According to the CRS findings presented to the Senate Judiciary Committee, before the foreign-born population surged in the 1970s and beyond, the median earnings for middle-class Americans rose steadily. After 1970, wages flattened until they plummeted dramatically in 2000......

New York Daily News         
With Obama's immigration plans blocked, de Blasio's Office of Immigrant Affairs screens hundreds --- and uncovers new options 
Even as President Obama's latest immigration programs are held up in a court battle, New Yorkers are getting screened to see if they can apply for them --- and large numbers are learning they might already qualify for visas and other benefits. -- b“That by itself is game-changing, regardless of the lawsuit,” city Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Nisha Agarwal said Thursday, as she visited the 13th annual Daily News/CUNY Citizenship NOW! call-in......

Fox News Latino       
RINO Jeb says 11 million illegals in U.S. deserve chance to stay 
Houston -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush declared Wednesday that 11 million immigrants in the country illegally should have an opportunity to stay, wading yet again into his party's contentious immigrant debate. -- In tone and substance, Bush stands out among the many Republicans lining up for the GOP's next presidential primary, where conservatives who oppose an immigration overhaul often hold outsized influence......

Investors.com Editorial       
California Rings The Mission Bell For Voter Fraud 
A bill to automatically register all drivers is speeding through the California legislature. In a state that already offers driver's licenses to millions of illegals, this is an invitation to massive fraud. -- Advanced by Democrats, Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, AB 1461 automatically registers anyone applying for a California driver's license as a voter in local, state and federal elections. It's all in the interest of supposedly increasing voter participation......

The Hill       
RINO Jeb defiant on illegals: 'I'm right about this' 
A feisty Jeb Bush gave a full-throated defense of his immigration stance in front of a Washington audience on Thursday, laying out the economic case that reforms he champions could return the nation to prosperity. -- Bush took a swipe at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a likely opponent against Bush for the Republican presidential nomination next year, for saying that he favors limiting legal immigration to the U.S. as a means of preserving jobs in the nation for current citizens......

Paris (Texas) Post-Intelligencer        
Birthright citizen policy challenged 
The inscribed legend on the Statue of Liberty in New York City's harbor is under attack in Congress. -- “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore” is no longer the theme song of American immigration policy. -- Congress talked seriously Wednesday about eliminating the constitution's provision that any person born in the United States is automatically a citizen......

Washington Times        
Obama rejects request to investigate guest-worker program abuse 
The Obama administration this week rejected a request from Congress to investigate potential abuses in the country's key guest-worker program for tech workers, insisting it would “be premature” to look into Southern California Edison's use of the controversial H-1B visa to outsource jobs. -- A bipartisan group of senators, led by Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions and Democratic Sen. Richard J. Durbin, had asked for a probe after SCE employees testified they were booted from jobs and replaced with guest-workers......

NumbersUSA       
Expert: Up to 400K children born to illegals in U.S, annually, one in 10 births
Approximately 350,000 to 400,000 children are born to illegal immigrants in the U.S. each year. Due to current policy, all automatically become U.S. citizens, Center for Immigration Studies legal policy analyst Jon Feere testified before a House panel Wednesday. -- “To put this in perspective this means that one out of 10 births in the U.S. is to an illegal immigrant mother,” Freere said at a House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security hearing titled “Birthright Citizenship: Is It The Right Policy For America?”.....

Breitbart         
RINO Jeb Doubles Down on Open Borders to National Review 
If National Review editor Rich Lowry was looking for compromise on immigration from Republican Jeb Bush, he's still looking. According to NR, Bush “and Lowry tussled over immigration policy and tax pledges.” -- Jeb wasn't even willing to take the seemingly easy out of opting to secure the border first. One is left to wonder what the unemployed, “younger, more dynamic people” of Baltimore and other areas might think of Jeb's reasoning......

My News LA       
Thousand to march in L.A. for "immigrant rights" on May Day Friday 
Thousands of people will take to the streets of downtown Los Angeles Friday for annual May Day marches supporting rights for workers and immigrants, with an emphasis on pushing for a $15 minimum wage and implementation of President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration. -- The rallies and marches are expected to make life difficult for afternoon commuters in downtown Los Angeles, with street closures planned throughout the area to accommodate what are expected to be massive crowds...... [Related]

We Get E-Mail       
Letters From Around the Country 
Rebekah Rodriguez-Lynn's commentary should have been titled: “Failure to comply with immigration laws tore my family apart.” -- Perhaps the author's husband should have resolved his immigration issues before the couple married and had a child --- then the family would not have been torn apart. -- I am aware of the onerous process involved in allowing the foreign spouse of an American citizen to live and work in the United States......

Mark Krikorian -- CIS.org       
Walker vs. Cruz on Immigration: The Debate We Need  
There's been a lot of commentary about the politics of Scott Walker's observation that the well-being of American workers must be considered when making immigration policy. John Fonte's fine piece on National Review's home page today puts it in the context of a growing conservative populist movement. -- One of the benefits of such a movement is that we may finally have the kind of immigration debate our country needs......

April 30, 2015

Portland Oregonian         
3rd man sentenced in fatal overdose of Keizer woman, apologizes to her family
A 35-year-old man described by prosecutors as a lieutenant in a four-state heroin trafficking organization was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for helping supply the drug that killed a 21-year-old Keizer woman. -- Sergio Quezada Lopez, dressed in a blue and pink Multnomah County jail uniform, apologized to the family of Laurin Putnam for her 2012 overdose death and to his children and their mother in Mexico for not being able to provide for them.... [Related]

Daily Caller      
Cruz Stands By 2013 Immigration Push, Drawing Contrast With Walker 
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is standing by a push he made to increase legal immigration in 2013, highlighting an apparent divide between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the rest of the GOP presidential field on immigration. -- Walker, a likely contender with Cruz for the 2016 GOP nomination, ignited a media frenzy last week when he said legal immigration policy should revolve around the needs of American workers......

Associated Press         
DACA illegals in Arizona demand cheap tuition 
Tucson -- Young immigrants who are protected from deportation under a federal program say they deserve to pay in-state tuition rates at Arizona universities. -- The Arizona Board of Regents will consider a proposal to reduce tuition to 150 percent of in-state tuition for people in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. .....

Katie Pavlich -- Townhall.com     
DHS Secretary: We Caught a Bunch of Violent Criminal Aliens But Haven't Deported Them, Hundreds Given Amnesty 
Testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson explained that although the Department has a number of violent criminal aliens in custody, they haven't been deported. -- Criminal illegal alien and gang member Jesus Rangel-Hernandez, who was scheduled for deportation but saved at the last minute by President Obama's DACA program,.....

The Blaze       
DHS: No regrets for bypassing Congress on immigration 
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told the Senate Tuesday that he has no regrets at all for going around Congress to implement President Barack Obama's several immigration-related executive actions. -- “Do you regret the actions that you and the administration have taken that have gotten us to this point?” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) asked Johnson at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing......

Mike Gonzalez -- Daily Caller        
What Are The Real Goals Of The White House's Task Force On New Americans?
When it comes to assimilating immigrants, the Obama administration appears to have drawn a line under the day the president first took office and forgotten much that came before it. That's a pity, as the country had learned a thing or two about acculturating immigrants since the first German Mennonites and Pietists settled in colonial Pennsylvania in the 1680s and '90s......

Washington Times        
RINO Bush: U.S. 'does not do well when people lurk in the shadows' 
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Wednesday that America should be proud of its status as a “nation of immigrants” and that the United States does not do well when people “lurk in the shadows,” as he called for “earned legal status” for illegal immigrants in the country. -- “We're a nation of immigrants --- this is not the time to abandon something that makes us special and unique,” he said at the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) in Houston. .....

April 29, 2015

Portland Tribune     
Message to Congress (from Gutierrez): Fix immigration now 
“Stay engaged” and “Don't give up” were big parts of the message brought to Woodburn Sunday, when the city hosted U.S. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, considered by some to be the nation's top advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. -- The Democratic congressman from Chicago was the guest of honor at a community forum on immigration reform and deferred action at Woodburn High School, organized by the immigrant rights group Causa Oregon......

Times Record-Herald  -- Middletown, NY     
Suspect in fatal beating pleads not guilty 
A City of Newburgh man was arraigned Tuesday in Orange County Court on a murder indictment in the April 3 beating death of Armando Soriano-Martel. -- Soriano-Martel, 40, was a Honduran immigrant who worked as a welder. He had been out the night of April 2 into April 3 for dinner, drinks and to shoot pool with his brother at El Rey del Pollo IV on Washington Street in Newburgh. His brother went home first......

WND.com        
Luis Gutierrez: Jeb Bush needs me 
If the Republican Party retakes the White House in 2016, Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez hopes the GOP's choice is Jeb Bush. -- At a national meeting of some 1,000 Hispanic evangelical Christian leaders Tuesday night, Gutierrez emphasized that any candidate who wants to win the White House will need the Hispanic vote......

Associated Press         
Sinkhole Near U.S. Border Fence Leads To Discovery Of Illegal Border Tunnel
U.S. Border Patrol agents have found a suspected drug tunnel with lighting and a rail-car system that connected to a home across the border in Tijuana, Mexico. -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Lauren Mack said agents patrolling west of the San Ysidro port of entry Tuesday morning found a sinkhole close to the U.S. border fence that opened up into the tunnel......

Joe Guzzardi -- CAPS      
Immigration-Fueled Population Growth a Run-Away Train 
Evidence of immigrants' increased presence in the United States is everywhere. Whether in California and its open southern border with Mexico or in Maine where the Department of Labor has opened a service center for migrant blueberry pickers, years of liberalized immigration laws, especially those that govern visa issuance, diminished enforcement in the interior and at the border, plus 1 million legal permanent residents added annually have pushed the U.S. immigration population to a record 41.3 million through 2013. That's more than double the 1990 total, triple the 1980 number and quadruple 1970's figure......

Heritage Foundation         
The Task Force on New Americans: Congress Must Examine the Federal Strategic Action Plan 
President Barack Obama's belief that immigrants are creating a “hodgepodge” nation --- and that this will make it more difficult for conservatives to promote their policies --- is well documented. The continuation of the American form of self-government depends, however, on successive surges of immigrants absorbing America's civic culture, national identity, and sense of patriotic allegiance. .....

Courthouse News      
Senators Question U.S. Aid for Child Migrants 
A program to process the steady stream of young refugees from Central America divided the Senate Judiciary Committee about the so-called erosion of immigration law.-- CAM, short for the Central American Migrant Refugee and Parole Program, is just one sympathetic avenues the Obama administration has pursued to handle the unprecedented influx of Central American immigrants, particularly children, that began entering the U.S. illegally in 2012 and reached record levels in the summer of 2014......

Nogales International        
Border Patrol touts efforts to rescue migrants 
Trailed by a gaggle of reporters, government officials and protesters, a small squad of Border Patrol search-and-rescue agents hiked through the dense scrub and steep arroyos west of Amado Friday morning in search of a pair of missing migrants. -- With the aid of a tracking dog and Blackhawk helicopter, the agents found the injured couple and transported one of them to a hospital for medical care......

Kevin Derby -- Sunshine State News        
On Illegal Immigrants, American Majority Opposes Obama's Actions  
Americans oppose President Barack Obama's executive action allowing 5 million illegal immigrants to stay in the nation without fear of being deported, a new poll shows. -- Rasmussen Reports released a poll of likely voters across the nation on Tuesday which shows a majority of those surveyed --- 56 percent --- are against Obama's actions. Barely a third of those surveyed --- 35 percent --- back Obama's executive actions......

April 28, 2015

WND.com       
The real reason for Obama's executive amnesty 
...Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh jumped on the issue Monday. -- “You know the objective is to get them to vote,” he said. -- Immigration expert Glenn Spencer says an invasion of America already is under way. See his arguments in “Conquest of Aztlan.” -- “The objective all along here has been the registration of illegal aliens as Democrats......

Sierra Vista Herald / Review         
National Sheriffs' group hears concerns of local ranchers 
Desperate for decisive action to stop the ever-present incursions across their lands by smugglers and illegal immigrants coming north, more than a dozen ranchers and residents from along Cochise County's border with Mexico spoke to representatives of a national sheriff's group on Saturday......

Suffolk Times         
Local 7-Eleven owner gets seven years in federal prison 
The former owner of 7-Eleven stores in Cutchogue and Greenport will serve 87 months in a federal prison for harboring illegal aliens and stealing their wages, according to the U.S. Attorney General's office. -- U.S. District Court Judge Sandra Feuerstein sentenced Farrukh Baig, 59, of Head of the Harbor to 87 months in federal prison in a Central Islip courtroom Monday......

Jay Partin -- American Thinker       
U.S. Immigration Policy: What We Have Wrought Is Unsustainable 
There is little doubt that immigration will be a major campaign issue in the 2016 presidential election. Sadly, opinions on immigration are too often based on very limited knowledge and understanding of the effects immigration has on our country. -- Ted Kennedy was mistaken when he spoke in defense of the game-changing Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. .....

Press Release         
Rep. Gosar Calls on Obama Administration to Immediately Terminate Central American Amnesty Flight Program 
Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after leading an effort supported by 37 of his House colleagues calling on President Obama to immediately terminate the Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee/Parole Program: “Congress has made no new authorizations or appropriations to send planes to Central America for the purposes of flying illegal immigrants back to the U.S......

Elizabeth Van Staaveren -- Portland Tribune       
HB 2043 will help citizen jobseekers 
A bill that would help Oregon's unemployed and underemployed citizens directly and at little cost to the state is languishing because House leadership will not allow a hearing on it. -- Sponsored by Rep. Greg Smith (R-Heppner) and Rep. Jodi Hack (R-Salem), it is HB 2043, calling for employers to verify the legal status of new hires, by using the federal E-Verify program prior to deducting expenses related to the worker's employment from Oregon taxable income. .....

KPHO-TV -- Phoenix       
MCSO: 2 dead, 2 wounded in mountain gun battle 
Gila Bend -- Two people were shot and killed and two others wounded in a mountain gun battle Monday between two groups of people, likely drug smugglers, a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman said. -- The shootout happened about six miles east of Gila Bend in an area that is considered a high-traffic corridor for human and drug smuggling......

Sierra Vista Herald / Review        
Differing views on border security 
It is ironic that the definition of success for the federal government's efforts to secure the Southwest border is measured by accomplishing fewer apprehensions. -- Jeh Johnson, head of Homeland Security, said last week that America's border with Mexico is more secure than it has been, but that he wasn't prepared to proclaim “mission accomplished.” The nation's top security official said that compared to 2014, apprehensions are down 28 percent along the Southwest border.....

April 27, 2015

Breitbart         
Mexico Attacks US Border Patrol Over Boat Wreck, Agents Fight Back 
McAllen -- Tensions have sparked after the Mexican consulate issued a harsh statement blaming the U.S. Border Patrol for a boat crash that left a child and two agents injured. -- In response to the harshly worded statement, the local chapter of the National Border Patrol Council rushed to defend the name of the agency pointing out the hypocrisy of the Mexican government and stating that the agents were not at fault in the crash......

Brenda Walker -- VDare.com       
Obama: Importing the Third World and Giving Them Deluxe Refugee Benefits
The Senate Immigration Committee held a hearing on Thursday titled, Eroding the Law and Diverting Taxpayer Resources: An Examination of the Administration's Central American Minors Refugee/Parole Program. Chair Jeff Sessions used the forum to sort through the radical changes made unilaterally by the administration regarding thousands of illegal aliens flooding north from Central America......

John W. Lillpop        
ObamaCare on the Ropes in California? Will Voter Stupidity and Political Corruption Save the Day?  
Although Barack Obama continues to proliferate gross misinformation about ObamaCare as part of his legacy-building campaign, the truth is not nearly so flattering. -- As reported at reference 1: After two previous extensions, the open enrollment period for Covered California ends April 30. That deadline just might prove to be the tipping point for the state's two-year-old health insurance exchange......

Breitbart         
After Son Murdered by Alien, Man Says 'Federal Government not Very Invested in Securing Border' 
Dan Golvach told the Texas Senate Border Security Subcommittee last week that what he has learned from his son's murder by an illegal alien is it is “glaringly evident, that the federal government does not seem to be very invested in securing the border.” His testimony came during National Crime Victim's Rights Week which was observed April 19th --- 25th. .....

Washington Times            
Obama amnesty greater threat to blacks than police brutality, experts say 
Economic and civil rights experts say increased immigration spurred by President Obama's executive orders poses a bigger threat to the black community than police brutality or racial profiling, which have sparked protests in black communities across the country. -- “It's a bigger threat to black livelihood,” Peter Kirsanow, a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, said.....

Washington Times         
Making it safe to cheat 
Sometimes, what appears to be complex is actually rather simple. -- On a host of electoral integrity issues, the liberal position can be summarized in two words: enable cheating. You think that's too harsh? -- How else to explain the race-baiting rhetoric from President Obama on down against something as common-sense as voter photo ID laws, which the public supports by wide margins?.....

Associated Press        
Kansas school district copes increased ethnic diversity from influx of immigrants, refugees 
The Wichita school district, which already has one of the most ethnically diverse student bodies in the state, is trying to respond to the challenges presented by an influx of non-native English speaking children from Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. -- The district has more than 350 students from other countries and 160 from other U.S. states who speak minimal English. Currently, 81 languages are spoken in the district.....

Fox News Latino         
U.S. court rules that Mexico family of teen killed by Border Patrol agent cannot sue him 
A U.S. Border Patrol agent who killed a teenager when he fired across the border from Texas into Mexico cannot be sued in U.S. courts by the Mexican teen's family, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. -- The unanimous ruling was issued by the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, reversing most of an earlier 2-1 ruling by a three-judge panel of the court. The border agent's lawyer said the opinion vindicated his client. -- An attorney for the teen's family said they haven't decided whether to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court......

April 26, 2015

The Blaze        
Disturbing: Republicans back bill letting illegals serve in the U.S. military
More than a dozen House Republicans have reintroduced legislation that would let younger illegal immigrants brought to America by their parents obtain legal status by serving in the U.S. military. -- The bill from Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) split Republicans sharply in the last Congress, when he hoped to get it included in a defense bill. GOP leaders shut down that effort, and didn't pass much of anything dealing with immigration for fear of exposing the party's divide on this issue......

NewsMax       
Report Shows Obama 'Free Fall' in Arrests, Deportations 
Deportations of illegal immigrants have dropped by another 25 percent so far this year, a further sign that President Barack Obama's executive amnesty program has hampered removal efforts, federal statistics show. --The figures for the first six months of fiscal 2015, which began Oct. 1, are "striking," The Washington Times reports, with the government deporting only 117,181 immigrants --- just 75 percent of the 157,365 who were deported during the same period a year earlier......

The Hill         
Democrat introduces 'Restrain Steve King from Legislating Act' 
Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) stepped up his feud against Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) by proposing a bill that would ban him from legislating entirely. -- His office announced the “Restrain Steve King from Legislating Act” in a statement Friday afternoon that bashed King for his own “Restrain the Judges on Marriage Act,” which King revealed on Wednesday. King’s bill aims to take marriage cases out of the jurisdiction of federal courts in favor of states, a move prompted by next week’s Supreme Court oral arguments on gay marriage cases......

John Friend -- American Free Press        
California Inviting Even More Illegal Aliens to Cross Border 
Earlier in April, California state Democratic leaders introduced a series of legislative bills designed to grant protection and provide benefits for the estimated 2.5 million illegal immigrants residing in the state. Arguing that immigration reform has stalled at the federal level, California state Democratic legislators hope to provide the sort of leadership and vision they believe is required to solve the nation's immigration crisis......

Cherokee Tribune        
Coulter: Immigration making U.S. less free 
Best-selling conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter told a crowd of about 350 at Kennesaw State University on Wednesday that the U.S. was in danger of becoming a more socialist nation if lawmakers didn't take aggressive action on its immigration policies. -- The KSU College Republicans invited Coulter to speak at the Bailey Performance Center......

Breitbart         
CBP Contingency Plan Includes $134.5 Million For 'A Future Influx' Of Illegal Immigrant Youths 
Customs and Border Protection has a contingency plan in its 2016 budget request to spend up to $134.5 million “to provide the necessary support activities” in the event of a future influx of unaccompanied illegal immigrant youths. -- In written testimony for a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the CBP budget request, CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske highlighted last year's surge in apprehensions of unaccompanied minors and family units illegally entering the U.S......

KRGV-TV         
49 Illegals "Rescued" in Last 24 Hours 
Falfurrias -- Border Patrol agents rescued 49 illegal immigrants in the last 24 hours. They were hidden in several compartments in different vehicles. -- The biggest rescue happened just after midnight in Falfurrias. Agents found people locked inside a tractor-trailer......

WND.com         
Schlafly warns America 'may be at a breaking point already' 
Only eight short years from now, immigrants will make up a record-high 14.8 percent of the total U.S. population, and longtime conservative leader Phyllis Schlafly views the rising tide of newcomers as a purposeful attack on the country. -- By the nation's own president. -- “It's deliberate,” Schlafly told WND in an interview. “It's not any accident. It's because Obama and his friends are letting all these people in who don't want to be Americans, who don't want to speak English.”.....

April 25, 2015

J. Christian Adams -- PJ Media         
Homeland Security Working Overtime to Add ‘New Americans' by 2016 Election
President Obama's amnesty by edict has always been about adding new Democrats to the voter rolls, and recent action by the Department of Homeland Security provides further proof. Sources at the Department of Homeland Security report to PJ Media that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is reallocating significant resources away from a computer system --- the “Electronic Immigration System” --- to sending letters to all 9,000,000 green card holders urging them to naturalize prior to the 2016 election......

Matt Vespa -- Townhall.com     
Shocker: California's New Immigration Policies Are A Mess 
Earlier this week, California Democrats said they’re preparing to give illegal immigrants a host of new rights and privileges, one of which flies in the face of federal law. It’s a feel good moment with zero foresight --- and it does a disservice to immigrants, according to Ruben Navarrette, Jr’s. article in the Daily Beast. The Golden State has already passed measures, like granting illegals the ability to have driver’s licenses, but this goodie bag seeks to create a new state position–the Office of New Americans within the governor’s office...

NumbersUSA.com         
Deportations Drop Due to Pres. Obama's Executive Actions 
New figures provided to Congress show that deportation rates have taken a steep dive, another 25%, so far this year. For the first six months of FY 2015, which began Oct. 1, 2014, only 117,181 illegal aliens were removed. Compared to the 157,365 illegal immigrants removed during the same period last year, the statistics suggest that President Obama's executive actions on immigration have significantly reduced total deportations......

Newsmachete -- The American Thinker        
Pro-Amnesty Billionaires start to pick their candidates 
Republican billionaires who support amnesty for illegal aliens are starting to pick their candidates. Sheldon Adelson is supporting Marco Rubio, and it looks like the Koch brothers are supporting Scott Walker. -- First, Sheldon Adelson: Before Iowa and New Hampshire, GOP candidates are competing in the Sheldon Adelson primary, and some will travel to his posh Venetian hotel in Las Vegas this weekend in hopes of winning it....

April 24, 2015

Amarillo Globe-News         
Feds: Armed Mexican illegal alien threatened McLean family 
Federal authorities on Friday charged an undocumented Mexican immigrant with weapons possession after he was arrested Tuesday in McLean with a loaded, cocked revolver. -- Omar Garcia-Vasquez, 44, was charged Friday in Amarillo's U.S. District Court with illegal alien in possession of a firearm......

Breitbart         
Sen. Jeff Sessions: Obama Program 'Establishes A New System Of Immigration'
The Obama administration has created a new immigration path to the U.S. without Congressional approval, Sen. Jeff Sessions says. The Alabama Republican chaired a hearing looking into the Obama administration's new program to fly Central Americans as refugees and asylees to the U.S.......

Daily Caller         
The White House And Soros-Backed Open Borders Group Strategize About Bribing Immigrants To Naturalize Before 2016 
Last week, the White House Task Force on New Americans held a briefing at the Soros-funded, pro-open borders Migration Policy Institute to push its new “Strategic Action Plan on Immigrant & Refugee Integration.” The Task Force, which seeks to ramp up naturalization rates among non-citizens, grew out of one of the dozen bombshell memos dropped on the American public after the midterms last year. Although barely discussed, it may be the most important memo released that day......

KMBC-TV -- Kansas City     
Massive driver's license fraud uncovered at local DMV 
Olathe, Kansas -- A driver's license examiner is accused of taking bribes to make driver's licenses for people who could not legally obtain them. -- Johnson County investigators said Samantha Moore, 28, worked at the license office in Mission. She is accused of taking $2,500 each to make licenses for dozens of people......

NewsMax      
Unlike Romney, 'I Have to Show My Heart' in 2016 Run 
Mitt Romney never let voters know genuinely cared about them during his unspectacular 2012 presidential run – a mistake Jeb Bush says he wouldn't make on the stump. -- "I have to show my heart," the former Florida governor said Thursday during a private Q&A at Ramaz School, an Orthodox Jewish prep school in Manhattan, the Washington Free Beacon reports. .....

Breitbart         
One in Seven People In The U.S. Will Be Immigrants By 2023 
The immigrant population in the United States will hit its highest percentage ever in the next eight years, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data released Wednesday by the Center for Immigration Studies. -- CIS' analysis reveals that by 2023 there will be 51 million immigrants in the U.S. and they will account for more than one in seven U.S. residents, or about 14.8 percent of the population......

WND.com         
How to know when migrant gravy train arrives in your town 
What are the signs that your community has been secretly selected for an infusion of refugees from Muslim nations like Syria or Somalia, or migrant workers from Central America? -- The Obama White House released a report last week on the integration of immigrants and refugees that provides some clues......

Daily Caller       
Walker's Incomplete Immigration Reversal 
Over the last month, Scott Walker's shift on immigration reform has seemingly gone from more rhetorical to substantive, but there's still one significant area where the Wisconsin governor remains vague: Can he envision any pathway to legalization for America's illegal immigrant population, even if not accompanied by a pathway to citizenship?.....

Conservative HQ      
Cruz & Walker vs. Bush & Rubio on Amnesty and Immigration 
The battle lines of the 2016 Republican primaries are being formed more quickly than many of the establishment media pundits seem to realize and one of the first issues to form a fissure in the field and to, surprisingly, put two candidates with different bases in the Party apparently on the same side are immigration and amnesty for illegal aliens. -- That Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio should end up as the leading pro-amnesty and pro-expanding legal immigration is unsurprising......

NJ.com        
Mexican national sentenced to prison for fatal stabbing of father of 5 
Freehold, NJ -- A Long Branch man was sentenced on Wednesday to 14 years in prison for stabbing a city man to death. -- The sentence imposed on Victor Garzon-Alvarez also requires him to serve nearly 12 years of his prison term before becoming eligible for parole under the conditions set by Superior Court Judge Francis Vernoia in Freehold, said Charlie Webster, spokesman for the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office......

Jack Dennis -- The Examiner       
Serious presidential candidates invited to Texas to see illegal border actions
“Our goal is to put the drug cartels out of business, make them lose money in trying to bring people here and their smuggling and trafficking operations, and make them take their business elsewhere,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Thursday. -- “I am trying to get all the presidential candidates to come to Texas – I’ll even give a tour to Hillary Clinton,” Abbott told radio host and commentator Laura Ingraham on her show. “I want every single one of them to know and see firsthand what is going on.”.....



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