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After Sandy, Mexican government helps illegal aliens get U.S. benefits (food stamps, FEMA) - 11/26/12

Claudia Torrens of the Associated Press offers "Immigrants struggle to cope in Sandy's aftermath" ( peekURL.com/zENYejG ). It starts with an acknowledgment that the "immigrants" in the title are in fact actually illegal aliens [1], then - merely as an aside - mentions this: Officials from the Mexican government have visited shelters in New York and New Jersey looking for immigrants to help,...

USDA: millions fewer illegal aliens wouldn't devastate agriculture (farm labor supply economic models, guest workers) - 06/12/12

The table at [1] is from a Department of Agriculture study (link) showing the impacts of two different immigration scenarios: * One with an increased guest workers program. The increase would be due to changes to the H2A program as mandated by the AgJOBS bill. * One in which the "unauthorized" labor supply has fallen by 5.8 million people. That would be due to the use of eVerify as mandated by...

Tom Vilsack promotes illegal activity, uses bogus "crops rotting" line - 02/24/12

At the Department of Agriculture's 2012 Agricultural Outlook Forum, Ag secretary Tom Vilsack once again promoted illegal activity now and an amnesty or guest workers program for illegal aliens in the future. From this: [Vilsack said:] "The sad reality is that crops will be raised in this country this year that may not be harvested because there simply is not the workforce... All of America, but...

With millions unemployed, Ag Secy Tom Vilsack demeans American workers, promotes amnesty, opposes enforcement, uses bogus talking points, opposes eVerify - 05/27/11

Secretary of the Department of Agriculture Tom Vilsack held a press conference on Wednesday in which he demeaned American workers, promoted immigration "reform", opposed immigration enforcement, and used a series of bogus immigration talking points. An account of his remarks is here, with more excerpts at [1]. 1. Vilsack ran down American workers, saying: "While some American citizens step up and...

Jake Sherman shows again why The Politico isn't a legitimate source (Newt Gingrich, Tiffany's) UPDATED - 05/17/11

[See 5/25/11 UPDATE below] Jake Sherman provides yet more evidence that The Politico isn't a legitimate news source in "Newt Gingrich owed six figures to Tiffany's (link), which starts with this: Newt Gingrich, a fiscal conservative? Not when it comes to Tiffany’s. In 2005 and 2006, the former House speaker turned presidential candidate carried as much as $500,000 in debt to the premier jewelry...

Tom Vilsack promotes, misleads about anti-American DREAM Act - 12/16/10

Current Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack, writing at the official blog of the USDA, offers "The DREAM Act for Our Rural Communities and Our Nation". Not only is the DREAM Act anti-American - it would let the illegal aliens covered by the bill take college educations away from U.S. citizens - but he misleads about the details of the bill. I left the...

GOP "Pledge to America" on immigration: OK, but much missing - 09/22/10

... Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture are hopeful and more than I would have expected. See this for the backstory. The second paragraph certainly sounds better than what Janet Napolitano does, but whether they'd go as far as allowing Joe Arpaio and others to conduct immigration sweeps isn't clear. And, the third is, of course, what we should have been doing but apparently...

Napolitano, Vilsack: call it the "H1N1 virus", not "swine flu". More concerned about pork industry than public safety - 04/28/09

... Security and Tom Vilsack of the Department of Agriculture want us to call swine flu the "H1N1 virus" instead (link). They have somewhat of a point: if you really can't get it from eating pork then perhaps we should grit our teeth and not wish for the demise of the pork industry. The problem is that while they're rushing to the aid of pork producers, they're keeping the borders as open as ever....

Your Monsanto, Tom Vilsack, GMO food assignment - 03/07/09

... and our new Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack. * "The Multiple Ways Monsanto is Putting Normal Seeds Out of Reach" (link) * "Six Reasons Why Obama Appointing Monsanto's Buddy, Former Iowa Governor Vilsack, for USDA Head Would be a Terrible Idea" (link) * S.425 from Sherrod Brown: "A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide for the establishment of a...

Obama names Tom Vilsack Agriculture Secretary - 12/17/08

... Vilsack to be his Secretary of the Department of Agriculture. Vilsack is a strong supporter of illegal immigration, who went as far as joining with the Mexican government-linked Peter Schey to speak out against the Swift Packing raid in order to reduce employer enforcement and push for comprehensive immigration reform. In his new position, expect him to make sure that growers and others have a...

Jon Vessey, crops rotting in the fields, and pro-illegal immigration propaganda - 12/05/05

Jon Vessey is a California grower who's been quoted in a few recent articles about how crops will rot in the fields unless growers get more cheap labor to pick it. (UPDATE: see crops rotting in the fields). On 11/21, the WaPo featured him in "Shortage of Immigrant Workers Alarms Growers in West" (link), and today the Los Angeles Times features him in "Picking a Battle Over Shortage of...