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Questions for Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform - 03/10/14

"Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform" ("BBB") describes itself as "a national network of faith, law enforcement and business leaders working together to educate and support members of Congress as they consider reforms to our immigration system". It's run by the National Immigration Forum and it's associated with their board member and former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff....

Human Rights Watch: let criminals stay and come back for amnesty (Grace Meng, immigration) - 06/05/13

Just how uninterested in immigration enforcement is the far-left? For a data point, over to "Don't deport all criminal immigrants" by Grace Meng of Human Rights Watch (bolding added) [1]: ...[The Gang Of Eight amnesty] falls short in at least one significant respect: it continues a "one-size-fits-all" policy that would deny a second chance to many non-citizens with criminal convictions. And...

Jerry Brown vetoes pro-illegal immigration Trust Act (AB1081, Tom Ammiano) - 10/01/12

It's not as good as it sounds, as you'll see below. From [1]: (Yesterday, California governor Jerry Brown) vetoed AB1081 (from Tom Ammiano), which could have protected illegal immigrants from deportation if they committed minor infractions. The bill has been dubbed "anti-Arizona" legislation, a reference to that state's immigrant identification law. The so-called Trust Act would have let...

GOP 2012 Platform on immigration - 08/29/12

The following are all of the excerpts in the GOP 2012 platform that mention immigration. The entire text is available here: scribd.com/doc/104097929/Final-Language-GOP-Platform-2012 See GOP platform supports Arizona-style laws, but includes guest worker program for preliminary comments made before the full text was available. Those comments still apply, but more may be added later. While not...

Michael Bloomberg's horribly bad immigration ideas (crime, spending, family separation, Zakaria, CNN) - 06/07/12

On the Fareed Zakaria CNN special on immigration, New York City mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg promotes his very bad immigration policy. From this: [In the Zakaria interview, Bloomberg says:] "Undocumented have very low crime rate. Why? Because they’re scared to death they’re going to get arrested and deported"... ...[in the interview, he] also said about 75 percent of undocumented...

Chris Gregoire works to keep foreign criminals *in* Washington (SSB 5168, Prentice, Kline, Regala, Chase, Kohl-Welles) - 06/13/11

In April, Washington governor Chris Gregoire signed SSB 5168, a law that uses a cute trick to keep foreign criminals in her state rather than having them deported. Most honest politicians who support proper public policy would work to reduce the number of criminals in their state, but Gregoire and the five state legislators [1] who sponsored the bill - all of them Democrats - obviously have...

Supreme Court orders California to release >30,000 prisoners; how much overcrowding due to illegal immigration? (ACLU) - 05/23/11

The US Supreme Court has ordered the state of California to release at least 30,000 state prisoners in order to reduce overcrowding (link, excerpt at [1]). What you probably won't hear from many others is the role that massive immigration - especially of the illegal variety - has played in this matter. According to a Public Policy Institute of California study, "[i]n 2005, there were 28,279...

Lax DHS policies resulted in illegal alien drunk driver killing a nun - 03/04/11

Due to lax policies on the part of the Department of Homeland Security, an illegal alien who had been convicted of drunk driving and had a series of other run-ins with police was not deported immediately. Instead, he was put into DHS' "Alternatives to Detention" program and in August 2010 he drove drunk and killed a nun and seriously injured two other nuns. Read about it here, including the...

Are the U.S. judicial districts on the border the highest crime in the nation? - 08/05/10

... down along the border; see the immigration crime page. They've been quite successful at that, with their claims receiving little direct pushback. As a possible counter to their claims, see "The Five Most Crime-Ridden U.S. Judicial Districts Are All on the Mexican Border" (cnsnews.com/news/article/70489). I'm not sure of whether that's an accurate claim or not because it doesn't look like it's...

Dana Milbank misleads about Arizona and immigration crime (for the most part) - 07/09/10

... misleads about some aspects of immigration crime in that state, even if he gets some things right. He also helps reveal problems that supporters of Arizona's new immigration law have; more on that below. And, of course, he illustrates again just how much disdain the Beltway establishment has for the concerns of those in border states. I'll stipulate that Milbank is probably correct about Jan...

Arizona sheriff says doesn't have complete control of his county (border-related crime) - 06/15/10

... tried to downplay worries about immigration crime in Arizona. Now, see this: Pinal County investigators say an area known as the smuggling corridor now stretches from Mexico's border to metro Phoenix. The area , once an area for family hiking and off road vehicles has government signs warning residents of the drug and human smugglers. Night vision cameras have photographed military armed...

Martha Mendoza of AP misleads over crime on U.S.-Mexico border - 06/03/10

The latest establishment attempt to support illegal immigration and undercut those who want stronger border enforcement comes from Martha Mendoza of the Associated Press. The original AP title is "AP Impact: US-Mexico border isn't so dangerous" [1] and it's based on statistics contained in a new FBI report [2] and on data they received via a FOIA request from Customs and Border Protection (CBP):...

Police chiefs who opposed Arizona immigration law in progressive PERF group (Eric Holder) - 05/27/10

Yesterday, a group of police chiefs met with Attorney General Eric Holder and indicated their opposition to the new Arizona immigration law. What you've probably not heard in any of the news reports is that the meeting was arranged by the Police Executive Research Forum, which in their words is a "national membership organization of progressive police executives" (policeforum.org/perf/overview....

Barbara Kiviat of Time misleads about immigration and crime - 05/27/10

Barbara Kiviat of Time Magazine offers the misleading "Does more immigration mean less crime?" [1] about a recent study from Tim Wadsworth of the University of Colorado which purports to show a reduction in the crime rate due in part to immigration. Kiviat misleads by giving the impression that the study is about the number of crimes; the rate and the number of crimes obviously aren't the same...

Derechos Humanos *complains* about illegal alien smuggling ring being busted in Arizona - 04/16/10

Yesterday an illegal immigration smuggling ring was busted in Arizona (link): About 800 federal agents, local police and deputies swarmed the streets today targeting shuttle van operators that specialize in moving people from Mexico... They are accused of using the vans to transport illegal border crossers in an elaborate human smuggling system. Over to Derechos Humanos, a group linked to the...

LSU researchers: Hispanic immigration led to rise in black violence - 04/12/10

From this: Two LSU researchers have published a study they said shows that Latino immigration and U.S. immigration policies have displaced blacks from low-skill labor markets, which in turn led to more violence in urban black communities. The study by LSU Sociology Professor Edward Shihadeh and Ph.D. candidate Raymond Barranco, titled “Latino Employment and Black Violence: The Unintended...

Schwarzenegger: build prisons in Mexico for illegal aliens - 01/26/10

From this month's candidate for a Rube Goldberg award (link): Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger floated a different approach to trimming down California's bloated prison budget on Monday: pay Mexico to build new prisons and ship off California’s incarcerated illegal immigrants south of the border. ..."We can do so much better in the prison system alone if we can go and take inmates, for instance the 20,...

DHS worksite enforcement against illegal aliens plummeted under Obama, Napolitano - 11/19/09

Per this: Criminal arrests, administrative arrests, indictments and convictions of illegal immigrants at work sites all fell by more than 50 percent from fiscal 2008 to fiscal 2009... Fiscal 2008 ran from Oct. 1, 2007, through Sept. 30, 2008. Fiscal 2009 began Oct. 1, 2008, and ran through Sept. 30 of this year. The exact figures are: * Criminal arrests: down 60% * Criminal indictments: down 58...

Some police chiefs support "reform", oppose 287g; Damien Cave/NYT misleads about immigration law - 07/02/09

Damien Cave of the New York Times offers "Big-City Police Chiefs Urge Overhaul of Immigration Policy" (link). Several police chiefs of major cities have reiterated their support for comprehensive immigration reform and their opposition to the 287g program [1]. Their supposed solution would only solve the situation temporarily, if that. The "reform" they support would lead to more illegal...

Kamala Harris program "trained illegal immigrants for jobs they couldn't legally hold" - 06/22/09

San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris is a contender for California state Attorney General. She's bad enough that some liberals in her city think she's incompetent and soft on crime. Not only that, but even the Los Angeles Times offers "San Francisco D.A.'s program trained illegal immigrants for jobs they couldn't legally hold/As she runs for state attorney general, prosecutor Kamala...

Does Janet Murguia of NCLR oppose apprehending criminal illegal aliens? (calls those raids "un-American") - 06/04/09

That's the impression I'm getting from this: "For far too long, we have allowed a can’t-do minority to block progress and manipulate this issue to tear our country apart, but the urgency for reform is clear: economically, practically, and morally,” said NCLR president Janet Murguia. "Policies that call for SWAT-like teams to pluck people out of their beds in the middle of the night, lead to...

Obama budget ends SCAAP, just like Bush did (reimburses states for illegal alien incarceration) - 05/08/09

Barack Obama's budget has no funding for SCAAP, the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program. That reimburses states for their cost of incarcerating illegal aliens, and it will supposedly save $400 million. And, not funding that program is something that Bush tried to do in each year of his presidency; Congress rebuffed the previous illegal immigration-supporting president's attempts. That "tango...

Obama immigration budget: does a McCain: border security, then amnesty; fulfills promise to Mexican government; worried about *southbound* flows - 05/06/09

Remember how when John McCain used the cheap, misleading tactic of talking about how he wanted to "secure the border first" and then use that to push for amnesty, and Obama supporters lied and said he didn't support comprehensive immigration reform anymore? Well, now Barack Obama wants to secure the border first and then use that to push for amnesty. Somehow it's different this time. From "Obama...

"The Myth of 90 Percent: Only a Small Fraction of Guns in Mexico Come From U.S." - 04/04/09

William La Jeunesse and Maxim Lott of Fox News offer this (video report here):

Obama 3/24/09 press conference: border initiative seeks stop flow of illegal guns and money - 03/24/09

The transcript of Barack Obama's 3/24/09 press conference is here. In addition to several of the to-be-expected useless questions from the English-language media, he took one from a Univision reporter: Today your administration presented a plan to help curb the violence in Mexico and also to control any or prevent any spillover of the violence into the United States. Do you consider the situation...

Maryland moves to give ID cards to released inmates, including illegal aliens - 02/24/09

The Maryland Senate has passed SB 186, which would give identification cards to those released from state prisons (link). That's not necessarily such a bad thing, but what is bad is that those prisons don't check the immigration status of their prisoners and an amendment to require that was quashed. In other words, the state of Maryland will be giving an ID card to illegal aliens who were already...

Pew: Latinos comprise 33% of federal prison inmates - 02/18/09

... 48 percent, were convicted of immigration crimes, while drug offenses were the second-most prevalent charge, according to the report... You can download the full report at pewhispanic.org/reports/report.php?ReportID=104 They include the note that federal prisoners only represent about 6% of those sentenced for a felony. And, the offenses of the Hispanic prisoners was mostly a function of...

10% of entire prison population are immigrants eligible for deportation - 03/29/08

According to Julie Myers, head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE"), around 10% of the total U.S. prison population are immigrants who could be deported (link). In order to avoid confusion (see the David Leonhardt/New York Times smear of Lou Dobbs), it's important to note that that doesn't just include federal prisons but all prisons and jails at the federal, state and local level. And...

The ADL's definition of "hate" and "anti-immigrant" can't be trusted. (ALIPAC, others) - 10/31/07

The Anti-Defamation League - which apparently at one time did some good, but which is now a far-left Gramscian enforcer and defender of illegal activity - has released a new report entitled "Immigrants Targeted: Extremist Rhetoric Moves into the Mainstream" [1]: A closer look at the public record reveals that many ostensibly mainstream anti-illegal immigration organizations – including those who...

Waukegan: "immigrant rights groups" protest arrests of gang members - 08/31/07

From this we see the latest example of just how far "immigrant rights groups" are willing to go: Immigrant rights groups are holding a 24-hour prayer vigil to protest the arrests of 58 Mexican nationals. A crowd gathered outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office Thursday night in Waukegan. Some at the vigil are questioning why people who have already been through the...

David Leonhardt/New York Times: illegal immigration supporting hack - 05/30/07

David Leonhardt of the New York Times offers the much-linked "Truth, Fiction and Lou Dobbs". It discusses a few facts that Dobbs has gotten wrong, and to that extent it's worthwhile: everybody needs a fact-checker to keep them honest. However, one wonders about this bit: He is the heir to the nativist tradition that has long used fiction and conspiracy theories as a weapon against the Irish, the...

Durham illegal aliens victims of black on Hispanic robberies; Wells Fargo? - 01/08/07

The article "Nearly half of robbery victims in Durham [North Carolina] are Hispanic" (heraldsun.com/durham/4-806625.cfm) says that others say that Hispanics are a lucrative, vulnerable and growing target for armed robbers. Of course, they aren't really refering to "Hispanics" in general, but to illegal aliens, many of whom don't have bank accounts and carry large amounts of cash with them. And:...

"[Washington] State winks at illegal immigration" - 08/16/06

Dan Stein of FAIR writes in the Seattle PI (link): Gov. Chris Gregoire recently made some headlines by sending the federal government a $50 million bill for the cost of incarcerating criminal illegal immigrants. We wish her and the taxpayers of Washington luck. For all the chance the state of Washington has of getting a check from the federal government, Gregoire might just as well have saved...

Flashback to 1993, when Harry Reid was an American - 04/05/06

Nowadays, Harry Reid supports illegal immigration, even when he ends up greatly harming American citizens and assisting Bush, connected contractors, and the government of Mexico in the process. (See also this, this, this and this about an Abramoff connection). However, Drudge reminds us that it wasn't always so. A 1993 press release from the Senator is in the extended entry. FLASHBACK: Dem...

Iowans get exotic treat: Central American gangs - 09/07/05

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (link) The Midwest seems an unlikely hideout for Osama bin Laden's hired hands. But an ongoing federal crackdown shows an increasing presence of a violent gang with suspected links to al-Qaida. The gang, M-S-13, was founded in El Salvador and is known for smuggling drugs and immigrants into the U-S. [...and there's a possible terrorism connection...] Iowa was part of...

"Boosting For Billions" - 07/13/04

[This post is originally from 7/10/04; see the next post for an explanation] After its Kerry-Edwards-Stahl kissyfest, 60 Minutes ran a segment called "Boosting For Billions": "Boosting" is organized shoplifting, and if you think it's a petty crime, think again. As Correspondent Steve Kroft first reported in February, approximately $10 billion in merchandise is stolen from stores every year --...

Beware of the Mexican government bearing gifts - 05/31/04

An L.A. Daily News editorial discusses the Mexican government's latest scheme: Although it's poor form to criticize a gift, it's hard not to second-guess the Mexican government's choice of presents for the people of Los Angeles County. The country's local consulate has donated some 27,000 textbooks, novels and other literature to 40 school districts throughout the county. It's a nice gesture -- a...