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Obama’s Immigration Agenda

President Obama has released a five-step plan for tackling immigration. On some points, he’ll find plenty of support from the public; Americans overwhelmingly support secured borders and the reduction of incentives to enter illegally (of which there are many). On other agenda items (e.g. mass amnesty), he’ll waste political capital and have nothing to show for it at the end of his term. If Obama starts with the politically-practical items, the new president will find much success. He seems to already know this: during the primary debates, Obama promised that border security and ending illegal employment would be a prerequisite for amnesty.Here is the official plan from whitehouse.gov:

Mexico’s Failings

The fragility of institutions is not a concern for most Americans. Despite our relatively short—and occasionally tumultuous—history, we view our situation with the hubris borne from beginning the world over again. There is a sense we are immune from the internal crises that threaten the civility of other parts of the world.

Wanted: Five Smooth Stones and a Sling

It's always been obvious that immigration lobbying has been lopsided, with the bulk of the money and groups on the expansionist side. But someone's now gone and quantified it, using House and Senate lobbying reports, and it's even worse than I thought. Fully 98 percent of the organizations lobbying on immigration are pushing Congress for some combination of amnesty, loose enforcement, and higher numbers. The fact we have any immigration limits or enforcement at all is a testament to the depth and breadth of public opposition to the open-borders agenda.

SC County’s Innovative Business Auditing Program Curbs Illegal Employment

Beaufort County has made great strides in creating a lawful employment environment in the South Carolina Low Country by implementing a creative and pioneering auditing program to help local businesses achieve compliance with immigration laws while exposing problems with fraudulent documents that enable illegal workers to get jobs. The effectiveness of this effort is further enhanced by strong state laws on illegal hiring and the county’s participation in the 287(g) program. These enable local law enforcement agencies to prosecute violators and have illegal workers removed. Local officials report signs that the illegal alien population in Beaufort County has been noticeably reduced.

Let Them Eat Symbolism

The Dems in the Senate introduced shell legislation yesterday, marked with early bill numbers, to highlight their priorities. Bill number S.1, for instance, is going to be the stimulus package, S.4 health care, S.5 climate change.

GOP Needs a Rethink on Immigration: Shift the tone.

from National Review Online, January 8, 2009As the 111th Congress convenes, Republicans need to rethink their immigration policy.This isn’t because of the supposed lessons of last November’s elections. Despite his herculean efforts at passing Ted Kennedy’s amnesty bill, Sen. McCain’s share of the Hispanic vote was in the usual range for Republicans — though lower than the Republican share in 2004, just like among every other category of voter. He did lose, after all. And if no Hispanics at all had voted, Sen. Obama would still have won.

Homeland Security: USA

Tattooed gang members, drug smugglers, human traffickers, and people emitting radiation from their bodies. These are just a few of the types to cross paths with DHS officials in ABC’s new reality series, “Homeland Security: USA.” In the same way that Fox’s long-running COPS has highlighted the day-to-day drama facing local law enforcement, this series promises to provide Americans a sobering look at the constant assault on our nation’s ports and borders.

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