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Supreme Court upholds 2007 Arizona immigration enforcement law; eVerify; losing: US Chamber, DOJ, Berman, NCLR, ADL, SPLC, AILA, SEIU, LULAC - 05/26/11

... losing side were former senator Arlen Specter and Ron Mazzoli (of the 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli amnesty fame). UPDATE: Thomas Saenz of MALDEF (which doesn't appear to have been involved in the suit) weighs in. He got one thing right: just because the 2007 law was upheld doesn't mean SB 1070 will prevail. In my opinion, states should just simply copy Arizona's 2007 law for now. In any case, here's...

Ask better questions about illegal aliens receiving healthcare at townhalls - 08/14/09

Apparently some of the questions at recent townhalls have been about illegal aliens receiving Obama healthcare. Unfortunately, if the report at [1] is accurate, the questions have been weak and may have actually helped the Democrats rather than revealed what they intend to do. As detailed by Obama himself, the Democrats do intend to give UHC to current illegal aliens by changing their status...

Arlen Specter, Kathleen Sebelius meet tea party/GOP braintrust, massive intellectualism ensues - 08/04/09

... to promote Obama healthcare by Arlen Specter and Kathleen Sebelius, and it might be even dumber because they lost an opportunity to put two nationally-known politicians on the spot (video link). The first thirty seconds features someone going through the long intro to his question, then he spends ten seconds asking a generic question about politicians reading bills. When Sebelius doesn't give...

Arlen Specter: "wise Latina" was commendable, "nothing wrong with a little ethnic pride" - 07/28/09

Earlier today, Arlen Specter said referring to the infamous comments from Sonia Sotomayor: "I didn't find fault with the 'wise Latina' comment, I find it commendable... There's nothing wrong with a little ethnic pride." Of course, what she said wasn't so much "ethnic pride" as chauvinism or worse. Some forms of ethnic pride are certainly inoffensive. Others aren't, such as being a board member of...

White House immigration meeting of amnesty all-stars: Obama, McCain, Graham, Cornyn, Gutierrez - 06/26/09

Yesterday, Barack Obama met with various members of Congress to discuss comprehensive immigration reform. His remarks are at [1], a list of attendees is at [2], and some quotes from attendees is at [3]. Nothing very important appears to have happened or been said. Note also that before the meeting, Rahm Emanuel said, "If the votes were there [for amnesty], you wouldn't need to have the meeting....

Sonia Sotomayor: affirmative action nominee for Supreme Court? Close to far-left Puerto Rico extremists? - 05/26/09

[SEE THE UPDATES] Judge Sonia Sotomayor is Barack Obama's choice to replace David Souter on the US Supreme Court. Weak GOP talking points are here; Peter Baker and Jeff Zeleny (remember him?) have the New York Times' take here. Was she selected only because of her outstanding grasp of legal issues? Or, was at least part of the selection due to the fact that she's a woman and a Hispanic? Were...

John Nichols /The Nation pushes bogus flu pandemic preparedness issue; distraction from Obama admin, Dem failures - 04/27/09

John Nichols of The Nation offers "GOP Know-Nothings Fought Pandemic Preparedness" (link). Sens. Arlen Spector and Susan Collins fought the addition of around $900 million for flu pandemic preparedness to the stimulus plan. Now, Nichols is disreputably trying to tie that into the current possible flu crisis, and he's getting some help from his friends (link). Yet, the issue is bogus for various...

Melanie Morgan "storms" Arlen Specter's office over stimulus bill, does nothing useful - 02/10/09

... JimRob from FreeRepublic) to Arlen Specter's office in regards to the stimulus plan; see this for the background. Take a look at her description of the visit, and then ask yourself: what exactly was accomplished? The answer (aside from a little promotion for Morgan) was: absolutely nothing. Take a look at the video (skip the first three minutes of backlit rants). They were clearly outmatched and...

FreeRepublic delivers to-be-ignored letter to Specter about stimulus - 02/09/09

... ("JimRob") presented a letter to Arlen Specter's office opposing the stimulus plan (link). Apparently Melanie Morgan was also involved in some way. It's a shame they didn't put an RFID tag on the letter or something, otherwise they could have found out how quickly it was thrown in the trash. While the reference to "the several hundred thousand members of FreeRepublic.com" might have briefly...

Senate immigration amnesty bill: the supporters - 05/21/07

... the illegals bill" (link): Sen. Arlen Specter, one of the Republicans who helped craft the deal, said it's the best they could do... "It will treat the 12 million undocumented immigrants in a constructive way. It is not amnesty. They'll have to pay a fine. They'll have to earn their way to citizenship," he said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "It's better than what we have now." ...in Georgia, Sen....

Kennedy-McCain illegal alien amnesty nearing completion; business, racial groups - 02/22/07

From this: Senators and lobbyists are putting the final touches on a comprehensive immigration-reform bill that includes an easier citizenship path for illegal aliens and weaker enforcement provisions than were in the highly criticized legislation that the Senate approved last year. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat who ardently supports citizenship rights for illegals, will...

NRO on Graf/Hayworth election results myth - 11/17/06

... myth has also been spread by Arlen Specter (link) and Michael Barone (link). Then: ...Time for a reality check. This year’s anti-Republican wave was indiscriminate, washing away such immigration hawks as John Hostettler and Charles Taylor, but also such amnesty supporters as Mike DeWine and Lincoln Chafee. In other places, Republicans were able to withstand the wave in part because they opposed...

RFID implants for "guest" workers? - 05/29/06

... Colombia: ...according to Sen. Arlen Specter, (R-Pa.) who said in a speech before Congress (PDF) that "President Uribe said he would consider having Colombian workers have microchips implanted into their bodies before they are permitted to enter the United States to work on a seasonal basis." And if you think that's going to work, consider what Specter thought of the idea. "I doubted whether...