Immigration Update

31 October 2007 at 12:12 PM EST

Clinton on Illegal Aliens Driver's Licenses in NY

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In case you missed it, Hillary Clinton tried to shy away from her support for illegal aliens getting driver's licenses last night in the MSNBC debate. 

You can see her try to take a tough national security stance to prepare for the general election.  It's a pretty smart strategy, take her lumps from her Democratic colleagues now in order to appear strong in a general election against a credible Republican. 

She is also trying to shy away from her weak stance on immigration because, once again, she would get hammered by a Republican counterpart such as Tom Tancredo who has worked his entire career to protect this countrywith immigration reform.

There will be two ways to defeat her if she is the nominee: through national security and immigration.

Take a look at the transcript and corresponding video:

Sen. Clinton: I just want to add, I did not say that it should be done, but I certainly recognize why Gov. Spitzer is trying to do it. And we have failed....

Sen. Dodd: “Wait a minute, no, no, no. You said yes, you thought it made sense to do it.

Sen. Clinton: “No, I didn't, Chris, but the point is, what are we going to do with all these illegal immigrants who are (driving )?''

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30 October 2007 at 11:56 AM EST

BP will begin punishing illegal crossers

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Saying the U.S. Border Patrol is ready to send a message to people who use the Laredo area as a gateway for illegal activity, Laredo Sector Chief Patrol Agent Carlos X. Carrillo officially announced the agency's zero-tolerance policy against undocumented immigrants."On October 30, the U.S. Border Patrol Laredo Sector will launch an initiative we call Streamline-Laredo," Carrillo said Friday morning. "Under this program, any alien who illegally enters the United States in the Laredo Sector at locations designated for zero-tolerance will be prosecuted in federal court."

The penalty for illegal entry, according to a fact sheet from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, is a misdemeanor for the first offense, which carries a maximum sentence of 180 days. Any subsequent offense is a felony, the statement reads.

The program is patterned after initiatives in Del Rio and Yuma, Ariz., which have been credited with decreasing illegal entries while increasing illegal drug seizures along the border.

"It's not a Republican issue, it's not a Democrat issue," said U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo. "We're talking about implementing the law. … It pretty much eliminates the catch-and-release policy."

Cuellar added that he acknowledges that at first there will be a spike in the number of apprehensions, but said the judicial process will be accelerated and that the U.S. Marshals will be given all the resources they need to assist in the initiative. After word spreads, he added, the illegal traffic will decrease.

U.S. Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, said securing the border was vital to national security, and added that the law has been in the books since 1952. Culberson also referred to Muslim extremists groups that may look to the southern border as a possible path to enter the United States. He said the result of a terrorist attack by a person who sneaked in through Mexico would be disastrous.

"The affect would be catastrophic," Culberson said. "The reaction would be so strong that the border would become militarized."

Carrillo and Cuellar said, however, that there has been no evidence of terrorist activity along the Laredo border, though Cuellar said the possibility exists.

The officials added the issue of bed space in jails has been addressed, and that U.S. Marshals have contacted regional detention facilities regarding that matter.

Cuellar however, did not divulge which regional facilities had been contacted.

"We're not going to give you the names of what specific ones," Cuellar said. The congressman added that local or regional facilities with overcrowding issues would obviously not be considered.

"We're going to use the facilities that are already in place," Deputy U.S. Marshal Mark McPherson said. "We've (identified) other resources outside of (the) direct Laredo area. … Some are county facilities, some are private. If a facility is full, we're not going to force the facilities to take extra (detainees.)"

Cuellar added that by the beginning of 2009, when the federal government may again consider building a border wall in Laredo, the results of the streamline operation may be successful enough that a wall will no longer be considered.

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23 October 2007 at 8:16 PM EST


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Tomorrow Senator Durbin will try to push the DREAM Act through AGAIN.  For those who don't know, this act will give amnesty to a few million illegal aliens.

According to, we only have 25 anti-amnesty votes right now, with the rest committed to amnesty or on the fence.  They need 60 votes to prevent a filibuster and pass this act. 

Last time you shut down the switchboards calling your Senators, please do it again!  Call the Senate switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

For the latest on the DREAM Act:

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22 October 2007 at 1:23 PM EST

McCain Says Supporting Immigration Legislation Hurt Campaign

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By Nicholas Johnston

Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Republican presidential candidate John McCain said his support of legislation to give illegal immigrants a way to gain legal status has hurt his campaign.

McCain, a U.S. senator from Arizona, was a major supporter of immigration legislation that died in the Senate in June because of opposition from other Republicans.

The senator said he is now committed to making sure the borders are secure before implementing broader changes to U.S. immigration law. ``I got the message,'' he said in an interview on ``Fox News Sunday.''

McCain's presidential campaign has suffered from low poll ratings in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire, and poor fundraising. He trails former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani in money and public support.

McCain, 71, said he hasn't decided whether he will accept public financing for his campaign and said borrowing money ``is not something I would prefer to do'' though he is ``not going to rule anything out.''

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17 October 2007 at 1:38 PM EST

Prince William approves laws denying illegals

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This is the County where my home town is located, so this literally hits home for me.

Prince William County, Va., early this morning gave final approval to some of the nation's most stringent immigration laws after yesterday's Board of County Supervisors meeting.
At 2:30 a.m., after more than 12 hours of testimony from hundreds of residents and others, the eight-member board unanimously approved measures to deny county services to illegal aliens and authorize police to check the immigration status in all arrests if there is probable cause to think that a suspect has violated federal immigration law.

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19 September 2007 at 10:48 AM EST

Dream Act back in Senate! Help Stop Amnesty!

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For those who have not heard, the Senate is once again sttempting to pass the Dream Act, which stands for "Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2007".

If this is successfully attached to a Department of Defense authorization bill (HR 1585) illegal aliens will receive amnesty and be able to receive IN-STATE TUITION!

These amendments will most likely be voted on either today or tomorrow.

Read the floor speech by sponsor Sen. Durbin here.

We need you to do your part, contact your Senator!

Send a free fax to your Senator

Capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121

For more info on the Dream Act click here.

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26 July 2007 at 3:16 PM EST

Immigration Update: No Amnesty Until 2013?

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From yesterday's Washington Times:

Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, an architect of the Democratic campaign that regained control of the House last year, says his party will not attempt comprehensive immigration reform until at least the second term of a prospective Democratic president.

So no amnesty until 2013? Immigration Chronicles (a blog by the Houston Chronicle) rightly questions "why would Emanuel want to wait until the lame duck term of a Democratic president? Is he too worried about backlash at the ballots from voters if his party ushers in amnesty for illegal immigrants?" An accurate answer is yes, based on how a few of the Democrats up for re-election in 2008 switched their amnesty vote last month.

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25 July 2007 at 6:21 PM EST

Immigration Update: YEP! The First Domino is Down

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New York City: The next New Haven.

Not that it matters anyway, NYC is a sanctuary city.

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24 July 2007 at 11:26 PM EST

Immigration Update: The New Illegal Alien Safe Haven

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It goes like this: New Haven, Conn., is first U.S. city to offer ID cards to illegal immigrants.

Bob Luciani, a teacher from Woodbridge, said he is concerned that that other cities may do what New Haven has done.

"It's going to metastasize across all over the country. I think this is totally illegal,'' he said. "If we don't go by laws, then we're going to have anarchy.''


The ID cards stand in contrast to new laws or proposals in more than 90 cities or counties around the nation prohibiting landlords from leasing to illegal immigrants, penalizing businesses that employ them or training police to enforce immigration laws.

In defiance of the law. I hear the dominos begin to fall.

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20 July 2007 at 4:50 PM EST

Immigration Update: Continental Divide

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Could our nation increasingly look like a medieval landscape of towns that enforce federal immigration laws and those that ignore it?

New Haven is now handing out ID cards to illegal aliens, in hopes of integrating them into the community.

The idea: integrate illegal immigrants into the community, protect them from crime that can happen because of a lack of documentation, and encourage them to be more willing to report crimes to police. Reaction to the first-of-a-kind program has been swift and sharp, illustrating the wide divide in US public opinion over the issue.

Different from New Haven are Virginia's Prince William and Loudoun Counties and Waukegan, Illinois.

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