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Proposed Budget Forces Governors to Choose Between Safer Borders or Safer Skies

In the president's new proposed budget, funding has been zeroed out for the one tool on the books that can help secure domestic aviation by assuring that people are who they say they are. While the president accuses those who work for him of not "connecting the dots" to stop a terrorist attack, he and his Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, seem to continually fail to do so themselves. This is the case even though Secretary Napolitano seems sincere in her desire to strengthen aviation security.

Topics: Nevada

'Temporary' Status Means Never Having to Say Goodbye

If you think the Haitian illegal aliens and legal visitors to whom the administration has granted "Temporary" Protected Status (TPS) are ever going back, look at the experience of the Liberians.About 3,000 or so of them were granted this status (which allows them to live and work here legally) in 1991 because civil strife back in Liberia supposedly made the normal enforcement of our immigration laws impossible. The civil war there ended in 2003. After repeated renewals, their TPS was finally allowed to expire in 2007.

Immigration Lawyers Don't Always Win Their Cases: A List of 374 Losers

While some restrictionists may think that immigration lawyers always win their cases, this is not so.The highest immigration judicial authority in the land, the Executive Office of Immigration Review, an arm of the U.S. Department of Justice, publishes a little list, available to all, of 374 immigration lawyers (at the time of this writing) who have been disciplined by EOIR.

Topics: Marriage Fraud

La Raza's Murguia and C-SPAN Callers from Ill. and N.J.

Janet Muguia, the National Council of La Raza's President and CEO, appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal yesterday, making a sales pitch for "comprehensive" immigration reform that would legalize illegal immigrants and provide channels for future flows of low-wage workers into the U.S. job market. She said her organization is "disappointed and frustrated" that President Obama skipped past immigration in his State of the Union Address.

Topics: UnidosUS

Gutierrez Calls for D.C. Protest to Pressure Obama on Immigration

Rep. Luis Gutierrez is calling for a massive demonstration next month in Washington to demand that President Obama push Congress to move on immigration reform.In a Monday visit to Los Angeles, where he made an appearance on a nationwide Spanish-language radio program and met with local leaders and AFL-CIO Executive Secretary-Treasurer Maria Elena Durazo, Gutierrez expressed frustration that President Obama gave scant attention to immigration last week in his State of the Union Address.

Environmentalists Who Get It

The Green Party has called for reducing future immigration to a more sustainable level. Unfortunately, it's the Australian Greens, not the U.S. ones.In response to a new government plan to dramatically increase Australia's population, the Greens' leader, Senator Bob Brown, said the following:

Mass. Immigrant Health Proposal Shows Bigger Problems

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has proposed $75 million in the state budget to fund health insurance for thousands of legal immigrants. This represents a 25 percent spending increase, amidst a crippling economic recession. The Democratic governor's proposal illustrates some of the problems in larger issues of government health care and coverage of legal immigrants.

Topics: Health Care

Labor Secretary and Union Chief Still Pushing for Reform Bill This Year

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Eliseo Medina of the Service Employees International Union say the are still hopeful for an immigration reform bill this year and are calling for public efforts to push Congress to move ahead with that effort. In interviews broadcast on Sunday's Al Punto program on the Spanish-language Univision network, they told newsman Jorge Ramos that they are convinced that President Obama remains committed to the reform, even though he gave scant attention to the issue in last week's State of the Union Address.

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