Thursday, September 25, 2008
Bailing Out the B*st*rds
Big Banks Stuck It to America
|Michelle Malkin -- New York Post -- September 24
Illegal aliens and the mortgage mess
For the last five years, I've reported on the rapidly expanding illegal-alien home-loan racket. The top banks clamoring for their handouts as their profits plummet, led by Wachovia and Bank of America, launched aggressive campaigns to woo illegal-alien homebuyers. The quasi-governmental Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority guaranteed home loans to illegal immigrants.
The Washington Post noted in 2005: "Hispanics, the nation's fastest-growing major ethnic or racial group, have been courted aggressively by real-estate agents, mortgage brokers and programs for first-time buyers that offer help with closing costs. Ads proclaim: "Sin verification de ingresos! Sin verificacion de documento!" - which loosely translates as, 'Income tax forms are not required, nor are immigration papers.' " [...]
In an interview about rampant illegal-alien home-loan fraud, a spokeswoman for the US General Accounting Office told me five years ago: "Considering the size of Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Houston and other large cities throughout the United States known to be inundated with illegal aliens, I don't think the federal government is willing to expose this problem for financial reasons as well as for fear of political repercussions."
|Brenda Walker -- VDare.com sc
Tancredo's line in the sand against creeping Sharia
We Americans like to think we're tougher opponents of jihadist Islam than the cheese-eating surrender monkeys of Europe. -- That may be so in our heartland, but not so much in the our appeasement-inclined capital. -- One indicator of wobbly Washington: the behavior of America's defender-in-chief President Bush...
|San Fernando Valley (Calif.) Sun [Warning!: Shameless Baby Waving]
Immigration makes house raid in Sylmar, deports couple
A recent Pew Hispanic Center study found that a majority of [illegal aliens] worry now more than ever about deportation. The poll, conducted among 2,015 respondents 18 and over in June and July, found that 53% of immigrants, a 10% increase over a year ago...
One of Bush's "willing workers" accused of threatening US Attorney
Phoenix -- A [previously deported] Mexican [illegal alien] has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Phoenix for allegedly threatening to assault or kill the U.S. Attorney for Arizona and an assistant prosecutor, an official said Thursday. -- Julian Javier Salazar-Martinez faces four charges, including threatening a public official and obstruction of justice...
|U. S. Rep. Ron Paul
My answer to the President
...The very people who have spent the past several years assuring us that the economy is fundamentally sound, and who themselves foolishly cheered the extension of all these novel kinds of mortgages, are the ones who now claim to be the experts who will restore prosperity! Just how spectacularly wrong, how utterly without a clue, does someone have to be before his expert status is called into question?
|Arizona Republic -- Phoenix
Mexican smuggler gets 7 years in death of illegal alien
Tucson -- A Mexican man has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison in the vehicle rollover death of an illegal [alien] near Tucson. -- The U.S. Attorney's Office says Jesus Espinoza Martinez of Sinaloa was driving a van loaded with 31 illegal [aliens] in April...
|Yuma Sun sc
Business groups fund campaign to legalize illegals
Phoenix -- Local and national business groups are funding a media campaign launched Wednesday in Arizona to convince voters that this country has done enough to secure the border and now needs to legalize the 12 million or more undocumented immigrants and consider allowing more foreigners into this country... [Related hogwash]
|Yakima (Washington) Herald-Republic
Immigration issue heats up Hispanic chamber forum
The issue of immigration made things a little hot Wednesday for the two non-Hispanic candidates at a forum sponsored by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Yakima. -- State Rep. Charles Ross, R-Naches, was drawn into an exchange about whether [illegal aliens] and their children should receive public benefits...
|Arizona Republic -- Phoenix
Chandler business raided for illegal aliens
For the second time in two weeks, the Sheriff's Office raided a Chandler business using the state's employer sanctions law to search for [illegal aliens] and investigate whether the company knowingly hired them. -- Deputies on Wednesday morning descended on Legacy Custom Doors and Western Lock...
||Federation for American Immigration Reform
Call your senators now! Save E-Verify!
E-Verify is in true jeopardy right now and unless your Senators act now we are in jeopardy of losing the basic tool that helps companies determine worker's eligibility and weed out illegal aliens!...
|Spengler -- Federal Observer
E pluribus hokum or... When the gamblers bail out the casino
Why should American taxpayers give US Treasury Secretary "Hank" Paulson a blank check to bail out the shareholders of busted banks? Why should the Treasury turn itself into a toxic waste dump for their bad loans? Why not let other banks join the unlamented Brothers Lehman in bankruptcy court, and start a new bank with taxpayers' money?
||American Patrol Report
Tell Arnold to veto the illegal alien driver's license bill
Again, only in California. This Cedillo clown refuses to give up. If we don’t keep him in our sights, sooner or later he’s going to ram this down our throats. -- It’s urgent: The Governor only has until next Sunday (9/28) to sign or veto the bill, so please call right away. It will take you 60 seconds, max. Call NOW.
|Mark Krikorian -- Washington Times
Where does she stand?
Gov. Sarah Palin wowed Republicans with her convention speech. In addition to her life story, she expressed strong conservative views on lower taxes, national defense, and energy independence. -- But what does she think about immigration? She said nothing about it, no doubt at the behest of the McCain campaign...
|Paul Craig Roberts -- VDare.com
Has deregulation sired Fascism?
Remember the good old days when the economic threat was mere recession? The Federal Reserve would encourage the economy with low interest rates until the economy overheated. Prices would rise, and unions would strike for higher benefits. Then the Fed would put on the brakes by raising interest rates...
|Paul Streitz -- CT Citizens for Immigration Control
His lips are moving so he's lying
The technique of the Big Lie is being used once again. Remember, "Jobs Americans Don't Want" and "Weapons of Mass Destruction." -- As George Bush has relentlessly attacked middle-class Americans with his refusal to enforce immigration laws, importation of hundreds of thousands of legal immigrants...
|Bethany Stotts -- Campus Report Online
California's illegal nanny-state
The debate over illegal immigration -- a culture war fought on the dual fronts of terminology and selective media coverage -- reached another milestone this September, when the California state appeals court decided that a class-action lawsuit represented by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) was improperly dismissed by the Yolo County superior court...
|View from the Right
Bringing the crisis into perspective
According to University of Texas economics professor Stan Liebowitz writing in yesterday's New York Post, the reason the financial institutions pursued these wildly irresponsible financial practices was not that they were greedy and unregulated, but that they were forced by intrusive government regulators to behave...
|KTUL-TV -- Tulsa, Oklahoma
Usual suspects bemoan opening of immigration enforcement office
Illegal immigration is a hot-button issue that has touched off criticism against a local congressman. -- Leaders in the Hispanic community are upset over the opening of a fugitive office, designed to capture criminal undocumented immigrants. Some feel the implications go beyond catching criminals...
|Craig Nelsen -- VDare.com
ACLU going after E-Verify
The federal E-Verify program is a free, easy to use on-line system that provides US employers with a way to verify the employment eligibility of all new hires. It has the potential to end the illicit US jobs magnet, making it the America's best hope for solving the problem of illegal immigration...
|WNEP-TV -- Moosic, Pennsylvania
Suspected illegals busted at bakery
A bakery in Lackawanna County was raided Wednesday morning as federal agents look for illegal [aliens]. -- The bust happened at B.C. Bundt, Incorporated inside Stauffer Industrial Park in Taylor. Nearly two dozen suspected illegal immigrants found themselves hauled out of work in handcuffs...
|National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers
Latest news from south of the border
Mexican President Felipe Calderón, speaking before the full General Assembly of the United Nations, asked for new forms of cooperation against the threat of insecurity that affects the world. Although his speech covered matters of migration, the rising cost of food and the interest of his country in participating in the Security Council...
|Montgomery (Alabama) Advertiser
School board to vote on illegal alien policy
Pell City, Ala. -- Members of the state board of education are scheduled to vote on a policy Thursday that would keep illegal [aliens] from being admitted to Alabama’s two-year colleges. -- The policy would require all applicants to prove their U.S. citizenship or that they are in the country legally...
Plan to secure U.S. borders still 'ambiguous'
A multiyear, multibillion-dollar Homeland Security plan to better secure the nation's borders by giving front-line agents updated surveillance systems, enhanced communications and improved intelligence technologies remains "ambiguous and in a continued state of flux," a government report said...
|U. S. Rep. Tom Tancredo
Tancredo demands 'bailout' provisions that bar handouts to illegals
U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Littleton) asked Congressional leadership to include safeguards in the bailout plan to verify the legal residency and identity of potential homebuyers to ensure that illegal aliens are not obtaining federally backed home loans and that taxpayers are not absorbing the debts of illegal aliens, or bad loans made by banks to illegal aliens...
Homeland Security replaces head of troubled border program
After coming under heavy congressional fire for technical problems and cost overruns surrounding efforts to build virtual fencing along the nation's borders, the Homeland Security Department has replaced the official in charge of the multibillion-dollar program, CongressDaily has learned...
|Maui News -- Wailuku, Hawai'i
Some caught in immigration raid are back on the job
Some of the 21 workers arrested in an immigration raid Monday at Honua Kai at North Beach reportedly were back at work Tuesday, but Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Honolulu could not be reached to determine whether any of those collared had been able to show a valid immigration status...