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Mitt Romney NALEO speech: ever weaker on immigration (chain green cards, comprehensive reform, guest workers) - 06/21/12

Mitt Romney spoke to NALEO - the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials - earlier today and went even weaker on immigration. Excerpts of his remarks, a discussion, and video are below. But, first, let me point out something you'll hear from very few other sources: NALEO has a direct, albeit fairly minor, link to the Mexican government as described at their name's link...

Kelly Evans' weak immigration question for Rick Perry backfires (WSJ) - 01/17/12

Kelly Evans of the Wall Street Journal asked Rick Perry a low-wattage immigration question at last night's GOP debate. Her question was presumably designed to promote the WSJ's policy of loose borders (see their name's link), but it backfired. Because of her question, some people will have a lower opinion of the WSJ and at the same time some people might think Perry is strong on border...

Rick Perry: no to full border fence; re-uses "ladder business" line like Janet Napolitano and Bill Richardson - 09/04/11

... government than U.S. politicians. A border fence would be to an extent just a bandaid on a deeper problem. That deeper problem has to be dealt with, and the most effective way to do it is by discrediting politicians who support illegal immigration on video by really pressing them on what they support. ADDED: I added "full" to the title to make it clear that Perry does support some fencing, just...

Immigration and Texas governor Rick Perry: a summary - 08/11/11

Tom Tancredo has a summary of Texas governor Rick Perry and immigration (link). All sixteen paragraphs point out ways in which Perry supports or enables illegal immigration, here are just the first five: When I ran for president in 2008, I tried to pressure the Republican candidates to take a hard line against illegal immigration. For this, Perry called me a racist. When he first took office as...

Is Marie Diamond clueless, deceptive, or what? (ThinkProgress, Herman Cain, border fence, alligators, moat, Andy Kroll) - 06/08/11

... that Cain is correct about the border fence: we only need it in strategic locations and in other locations other types of protection might be more suitable. The way to solve this issue is to go after the politicians and others who allow illegal immigration to continue; a fence would be to some extent just a bandaid on a much deeper problem. See the links to the right for more effective ways to...

Sam Stein of HuffPost, lacking information, lets speculation run wild (Rand Paul, border fence) - 06/25/10

... "Rand Paul's Underground Electric Border Fence Baffles Cornyn, Libertarians" (huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/24/rand-pauls-underground-el_n_624535.html). It's one small step up from something you'd see on "Rock Bottom" (peekURL.com/vt2fh5z).

Virtual border fence: DHS doesn't know when or if it will be completed - 03/01/10

From this: A multibillion-dollar "virtual fence" along the southwestern border promised for completion in 2009 to protect the U.S. from terrorists, violent drug smugglers and a flood of illegal immigrants is a long way from becoming a reality, with government officials unable to say when, how or whether it will ever be completed. More than three years after launching a major border security...

Border fence provisions in DHS bill struck down - 10/07/09

... installation of 700 miles of the border fence by the end of next year. The fence requirement was inserted in July as an amendment sponsored by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.). It was adopted with the support of most GOP senators and 21 Democrats. But the conference report went with the House's position, which didn't include any requirements on the fence's construction. To be frank, a fence would not be...

DHS budget: no additional miles for border fence; concentrating on "virtual fence" (+287g?) - 05/08/09

Peggy Sherry, Acting Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Homeland Security, recently conducted a conference call about Barack Obama's budget for the DHS and a transcript is here:

Janet Napolitano falsely says "crossing the border is not a crime" (+border fence, Arpaio) - 04/20/09

... Poverty Law Center. Regarding the border fence: And so we will complete the amount of fencing that the Congress has appropriated money for. We're only a few miles short right now. And all of the contracts have been let, the construction basically either has been begun or is just about to begin. It's just a couple of miles left. Those following that saga will probably correctly point out how she'...

John King/CNN: border fence works (but, maybe "reform" would be better) - 02/15/09

John King of CNN offers "Border fence is a dividing line in immigration debate", a report from his "State of the Union" show (link). It provides anecdotal evidence that the border fence works where it's deployed, but he also closes on a note that might have been designed to promote comprehensive immigration reform, aka amnesty.

Did Bob Barr swipe his immigration policy from Barack Obama (or Bush, McCain, Clinton,...)? - 04/11/08

... employers and was asked about the border fence. He said he wouldn't build it: First of all, I think it would be terribly costly. And whatever border fence you build, people are going to find a way to get around it, go under it, go over it, somehow... I think it would look absolutely awful. And even though it`s a fence to keep people from coming in, as opposed to the Berlin wall, it gives the...

Bennie Thompson, Dingell, Conyers, Reyes, Ortiz, other Democrats support Sierra Club lawsuit over border fence (DHS, environmental waiver) - 04/08/08

... order to build sections of the border fence. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee attempts to portray this as a Constitutional matter: this waiver by the Secretary of Homeland Security is a direct challenge to Congress’s Constitutional role. The American people entrust Congress to ensure that the laws of this land are faithfully executed not excused by the Executive...

Obama immigration interview: he'd make situation far worse (Kevin Johnson/UC Davis) - 09/25/07

Professors Kevin Johnson (lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration), Jennifer Chacon, and Bill Hing of UC Davis have scored a true coup for the blogosphere: an interview about immigration with Barack Obama! Of course, it probably helped that all three of them "have served as members of an Immigration Policy Group for the Obama campaign". Another help was that the questions are complete puffballs and...

Texas governor Rick Perry opposes border fence, in Mexico - 08/28/07

Texas governor Rick Perry - supporter of the Trans-Texas Corridor - said lots of things on a trip to Mexico today: ..."I don't think [immigration "reform"] is that difficult of an issue if Congress would have the maturity to sit down and really discuss it and cut out all of the mean rhetoric and really talk about what is a solution to this issue," Perry told a news conference. Regarding...

Would a 42 foot ladder industry be such a bad thing? (border fence, Napolitano, Richardson, Perry) - 08/28/07

One of the more idiotic, childlike things you'll hear supporters of massive immigration say goes like the following recent quote from Texas governor Rick Perry: "But the idea that you're going to build a 1,200-mile wall ... is idiocy. It absolutely would not work. If you build a 40-foot wall, then the 42-foot ladder industry takes off." Did Frank Luntz come up with this "joke"? It's been made by...

Raul Grijalva wants to secure border ecologically soundly (Defenders of Wildlife) - 06/13/07

From a Defenders of Wildlife press release (link): Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) yesterday introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would secure America's border with Mexico while reducing the negative impact on local communities and resources, including national parks, wildlife refuges and monuments that are home to several critically endangered species. H.R.2593, the...

Bush '08 budget only covers half of border fence - 02/05/07

... the 700 miles of U.S.-Mexico border fence he and Congress four months ago promised to build. With Mr. Bush trying to prove to Republicans he is serious about immigration law enforcement, his budget makes good on his promise to fund 3,000 new U.S. Border Patrol agents, putting him near his goal of doubling the agency's size. He also included funding for 22 new Immigration and Customs...

Gabrielle Giffords' first immigration speech - 01/13/07

I've been told that one of the big blogging stories of 2006 was all the hacks, er, bloggers who were hired by campaigns. Well, guess what! This blog has just been hired by a politician you've probably heard of, and you'd never guess I'd be working for her, but I am. Finally today I can announce: I've been hired to give the plain English, BS-free version of Gabrielle Giffords' speeches. The plucky...

Texas gov Rick Perry: no full fence, yes to anchor babies, guest workers - 12/09/06

From this: ...Republican Gov. Rick Perry earned applause from the crowd [at a meeting of the Texas Border Coalition] when he said strategic fencing along the border makes sense but the idea of a complete wall or fence is "preposterous." Instead, he wants the federal government to establish a guest-worker program that will allow the government to track workers, he said. ...Perry was asked...

Amnesty proponents can't be trusted (Democrats waver on border fence) - 11/11/06

... "Democrats to 'revisit' law creating border fence": Democrats will look again at the legislation mandating 698 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border and might seek to scrap the plan altogether when they take control of Congress next year. Rep. Bennie Thompson, Mississippi Democrat, told reporters this week that he expected to "revisit" the issue when he becomes chairman of the House...

Mexico, 27 OAS nations declare opposition to border fence - 10/26/06

From our who cares department: Mexico, supported by 27 other nations, made a declaration at the Organization of American States slamming U.S. plans to build hundreds of miles (kilometers) of fence on its southern border. The declaration, read aloud Wednesday at the OAS headquarters in Washington, said the barriers would not solve the immigration problem and urged the U.S. government to...

Jorge Castaneda, Fifth Columnists, and the Los Angeles Times - 10/05/06

Yesterday former Mexican foreign minister Jorge Castaneda spoke as part of the Los Angeles Public Library-associated Zocalo program. I attended (after first going to the library where I thought it would be and then rushing over to the Music Center where it actually was) and was able to ask him whether Mexico had a "Fifth Column" inside the U.S. His answer was somewhat in line with what you'd...

Vicente Fox to visit colonies, meet with Alta California legislators - 05/23/06

Vicente Fox of Mexico is starting a whirlwind tour of the U.S. today which will conclude on Friday. The apparent goal of the tour is to help immigration "reform". However, as with the illegal alien marches, he will end up helping the American side. He'll be in Utah for three days, then he goes to California. While in Utah he'll meet with Gov. John Huntsman, a supporter of Bush's amnesty scheme...

Dick Morris offers thoughts on Bush and immigration - 11/11/05

Dick Morris to president Bush: "Get serious about immigration reform" (link). Unfortunately, the reform he has in mind is the kind with quotes around it. In the hawk category, he supports the idea of a fence, an idea that does have its downside. Perhaps big fences in some areas and DMZ zones in others would be the better approach. However, in the "reform" category, he supports Bush's Temporary...