Archive for December 10th, 2007

This is a preview of a NOW on PBS program airing December 14, 2007 (check local listings). In it, NOW talks to Congressman Ron Paul and his supporters across the country about Paul’s surprisingly popular run for the Republican nomination, led in large part by people acting on their own without help from Ron Paul or his campaign.

NOW | The Ron Paul Phenomenon | PBS
December 14, 2007

For a higher quality video preview go here: http://www.pbs.org/now And click on the link to the Ron Paul preview.

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Public Citizen

In a stealthy maneuver, the Bush administration has boosted the threat to the public by increasing the number of Mexico-based trucking firms allowed access to all U.S. roads as part of the reckless North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) trucking ?pilot program.? The Department of Transportation recently revealed an increase in the number of NAFTA trucks permitted to all U.S. highways ? now 10 carriers, sending as many as 55 trucks throughout the country.

The last time the Bush administration made a public announcement about the number of Mexico-based carriers allowed to participate in the NAFTA trucks pilot program, there were only three carriers.

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Washington Post

It never made sense to Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger: Immigrants who have green cards can join the U.S. military and fight America’s wars but, like other noncitizens, are ineligible to work as police officers in Maryland and most other states.

Since 2004, Manger has championed the concept of lifting the citizenship requirement under certain circumstances. At his urging, the Maryland Police Training Commission, which oversees training and hiring standards for law enforcement agencies across the state, began studying the issue this year. A vote could come next month.

“They can fight in Iraq, and yet they’re not able to serve as police officers in the communities they were risking their lives for,” Manger said.

The subject is fraught with political risk, particularly for elected officials, because illegal immigration has become a more divisive issue in recent years. Also, those opposed to employing noncitizens as police officers point to the difficulty of conducting thorough background checks on noncitizens, and some say they fear that the move could even allow terrorists to infiltrate police departments.

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White House hopefuls trying to rebuild bridges to Latinos
Sarasota Herald Tribune
December 10, 2007

CORAL GABLES — Addressing one of their largest immigrant audiences since the campaign started, Republican presidential candidates at Sunday’s Spanish-language forum underscored their promises to stop illegal immigration, but also spoke more than usual about the importance of having compassion.

The softer tone comes as Republicans’ popularity with Latino voters is dropping, with at least one major survey showing the candidates’ hard-line approach to illegal immigration is to blame. The poll showed 57 percent of Latino voters supporting the Democrats.

With just four weeks until the Iowa caucus, the Republican race has grown even more unpredictable. Longshot former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee surged to the top tier and is lead- ing in Iowa. He is expected to open his first campaign headquarters in Florida this week.

At Sunday’s gathering — the second GOP debate in less than two weeks in Florida — the candidates spent the first 20 minutes trying to demonstrate common ground between Republican Party values and the concerns of Latino voters.

They highlighted the Republican Party’s position on education, the economy, family values — particularly abortion — and the military as reasons Latino voters should support them and the issues with which the party can woo them back.

“I think some of the rhetoric that many Hispanics hear about illegal immigration makes some of them believe that we are not in favor nor seek the support of Hispanic citizens in this country,” said Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Nearly every candidate referred to the importance of enforcing immigration law and securing the border against illegal immigration, but they also stressed the value of legal Latino immigration.

“Hispanic-Americans have already reached great heights in America. I saw that in my city. They pushed us to be better,” said former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. “They’re coming here to be Americans and they’re making us better by being here in America.”

Still, Giuliani, Huckabee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney made it clear they would not favor a special path toward citizenship for the estimated 12 million Latinos in the U.S. illegally.

Huckabee said, “There can’t be an amnesty policy, because that’s an insult to all the people who waited, sometimes, ridiculously, for years, just to be able to make the transition here.”

Said Romney: “Those who have come illegally, in my view, should be given the opportunity to get in line with everybody else, but there should be no special pathway for those that have come here illegally to jump ahead of the line or to be come permanent residents or citizens.”

The forum, held at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, was hosted jointly by Univision, the Spanish-language television channel, and the University of Miami. Candidates answered questions in English and their responses were translated into Spanish.

Democrats debated in a similar forum in September……

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HIGHLIGHTS

Ron Paul gets booed

Texas Rep. Ron Paul blamed the policies of the United States government for the rise to power of leaders like Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Fidel Castro of Cuba. It did not go over well among Sunday’s audience.

“We create the Chavezes of the world. We create the Castros of the world,” Paul said of the two leaders who are friendly with each other and have snubbed the United States. The audience booed Paul then and booed him again when former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani mentioned his name to say that his handling of Chavez is “far better than what Congressman Paul wants to do.”

Huckabee on Moore

In proclaiming his stance against socialized medicine, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said there is one U.S. resident he would not mind sending to Cuba for health services: documentary filmmaker Michael Moore. Moore’s most recent film, “Sicko,” criticized the United States for its health care system and compared it, unfavorably, to the system in Cuba.

No fear for the base

Republicans said their participation in the debate they had shunned a couple months ago did not put them at the risk of losing support among conservatives. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said the Republican party is the party of opportunity and Latino voters came here for opportunity. “So, of course, Republicans are going to come and speak to Hispanic-Americans in the language they understand best so they can get their votes,” Romney said.

Giuliani laughed at the question, as if to say it was unthinkable that addressing Latino voters would upset a key part of the party’s base. He also added that as New York City’s mayor he represented what he thought was the largest Latino city.

Pro-lots of stuff

Its positions as “pro-life, pro-military, pro-less-spending” are reasons Sen. John McCain said Latinos should give the Republican Party their votes. Paul encouraged Latino voters to support the party because it is “pro-peace, pro-liberty and pro-America.” Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson said they should vote Republican because the party is pro-life, strong on national defense and appoints judges who “will obey the law and follow the law.”

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Hawaiian Reporter

Illegal immigration is on the forefront of many Americans? minds lately and with good reason. The Center for Immigration Studies has recently reported that our immigrant population is now 37 million, up from 27 million in 1997. 1 in 3 of these immigrants are here illegally. We have a problem that has exploded in the last 10 years with no appreciable change in border security since Sept. 11 when we were supposed to take a hard look at the problem.

We have security issues at home and our resources are running thin. Our education system is stretched, and immigration accounts for virtually all the national increase in public school enrollment in the last 2 decades. There is a worker present in 78% of immigrant households using at least one major welfare program, according to the same study. It?s no surprise then that often times these immigrants can afford to work for lower wages. They are subsidized by our government to do so.

Right now we are subsidizing a lot of illegal immigration with our robust social programs and it is an outrage that instead of coming to the United States as a land of opportunity, many come for the security guaranteed by government forced transfer payments through our welfare system. I have opposed giving federal assistance to illegal immigrants and have introduced legislation that ends this practice. In the last major House-passed immigration bill I attempted to introduce an amendment that would make illegal immigrants ineligible for any federal assistance. Unfortunately, that amendment was ruled “not relevant” to immigration reform. I believe it is very relevant to taxpayers, however, who are being taken advantage of through the welfare system. Illegal immigrants should never be eligible for public schooling, social security checks, welfare checks, free healthcare, food stamps, or any other form government assistance.

The anchor baby phenomenon has also been very problematic. Simply being born on US soil to illegal immigrant parents should not trigger automatic citizenship. This encourages many dangerous behaviors and there are many unintended consequences as a result of this blanket policy. I am against amnesty and I have introduced an amendment to the Constitution (H.J. Res 46) which will end this form of amnesty.

I have also supported the strengthening our border and increasing the number of border patrol agents. It is an outrage that our best trained border guards are sent to Iraq instead of guarding our borders. For national security, we need to give more attention to our own border which is being illegally breached every day, and yet the government shirks one of its few constitutionally mandated duties, namely to defend this country. Citizens lose twice with our current insecure border situation ? we don?t have the protection we should have, and then taxpayers have to deal with the fallout in the form of overstretched public resources and loss of jobs.

The anger is understandable when it comes to illegal immigration and the problems with our borders. I will continue to fight in Congress for more effective ways to address these issues in keeping with the Constitutional mandate to protect America.

Congressman Ron Paul, R-Texas is a candidate for president in 2008.

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Family Security Matters

Despite the favorable trend, the madness in support of illegal immigration continues to express itself and serves to warn us of the fanaticism of the OBL and the continuing threat. Consider for example a bill which Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has introduced in the Congress. That bill, H.R. 750, includes an amnesty for millions of illegals which is far broader than previous ones. She would allow illegal aliens who have been convicted of crimes of violence and sentenced to up to five years in prison to apply for amnesty (past amnesties have limited eligibility to criminals who have been sentenced ?only? up to one year?s imprisonment). Her bill would specifically allow states to prohibit state and local police from cooperating with federal government enforcement on immigration law. It would also repeal the current provision in federal law (Section 287g) which allows the Attorney General to enter into agreements with states and localities which deputizes their police to enforce immigration law.

Jackson Lee?s bill is nothing less than a ?Violent Illegal Alien Criminal Empowerment Act? and though it is unlikely to get anywhere in the Congress, it does illustrate three facts about illegal alien lobbyists: they do not recognize any moral obligation to safeguard the welfare of our country or its citizens; they are extremists; and they are not giving up.

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Mike Huckabee on Fox News Sunday

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The idea is to keep filing lawsuits until some lame liberal judge agrees with you. UGH! GuardDog

Ariz.: New Immigration Lawsuit Filed
Associated Press
December 10, 2007

Lawyers have filed a second lawsuit challenging Arizona’s new employer-sanctions law in an end-of-the-year rush by business groups to stop it before it goes into effect Jan. 1.

The lawsuit was filed Sunday night, two days after a federal judge said the groups fighting the anti-illegal immigration law sued the wrong government officials.

The groups are now targeting the state’s 15 county attorneys. In addition, their lawyers said Monday they planned to add a request for a temporary restraining order, which would put the law on hold until a judge can determine its constitutionality.

“Our objective is to have the court rule in December _ before the Jan. 1 effective date _ to enter an injunction to block the law because it’s unconstitutional,” said David Selden, one of the lawyers working on the case.

The employer sanctions law is meant to take away economic incentives for people who cross into the U.S. illegally. It punishes business owners who knowingly hire illegal immigrants by suspending their licenses for up to 10 days. Second-time violators would have their business licenses permanently revoked.

The law also requires businesses to verify the employment eligibility of new workers through a federal database.

Business groups have been fighting the law since the Republican-majority Legislature and Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano approved it this summer. They’ve argued that it’s an unconstitutional burden on employers and poisons Arizona’s business climate.

Supporters said state punishments were needed because the federal government hasn’t adequately enforced a federal law that already prohibits employers from knowingly hiring illegal immigrants.

The new lawsuit came after U.S. District Judge Neil Wake ruled on Friday that the first lawsuit against the governor and state attorney general had targeted the wrong authorities. Wake said county prosecutors actually have the power to enforce the restrictions……

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