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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Cover Up Coming?
Will Obama Bailout Illegal Alien States?

Lou Dobbs Tonight -- CNN -- December 22

Lisa Sylvester, CNN: ...States across the country are struggling to cover budget shortfalls while paying to effectively bail out millions of illegal aliens. One state on the front lines of our illegal immigration crisis just released a report showing the high cost of illegal immigration. Bill Tucker reports.
Tucker (CNN): Illegal immigration has a nearly $700 million price tag in Texas. That's according to the state's Health and Human Services Commission. In fiscal year 2007, an estimated $80 million was spent on emergency Medicaid payments to illegal aliens, 1.2 million on sheltering illegal aliens in the Texas Family Violence Programs. The agency reports that hospitals in the state provided nearly $600 million in uncompensated medical care in fiscal year 2006 and they were not all border hospitals.
Rep. Culberson, TX: Male: No state can continue to afford a burden like this. The cost to our health care system is out of control. The cost to our prisons, our public schools, is a burden that we can no longer continue to bear.
Tucker: ...FAIR has done cost studies in 11 states and the author of the reports says there is one theme throughout all of the states.
FAIR Rep. Jack Martin: There is a consistent pattern that the fiscal costs of illegal immigration vastly outweigh any taxes that are collected from those -- from those workers.
Tucker: It's a fiscal fact that becomes harder and harder for states to ignore as they struggle with growing budget gaps. Gaps that force deep budget cuts. Frequently in areas like education and health care.
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Kari D'Ottavio -- The Examiner -- Denver       sc   
Is the Immigration and Reform Control Act of 1986 enforceable?    
While there is no doubt that many illegals work long hours at dirty and dangerous jobs, it is low wages, not the type of job, that American workers reject. For many American businesses, employing illegal aliens at wages so low citizens could not afford to take the job is great for profits and shareholders...

Fort Mill (South Carolina) Times   
Concerned Black Clergy protests plan for illegals   
Atlanta -- Concerned Black Clergy plans is protesting an application by the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department to deputize members of the department to implement portions of a federal immigration law. -- The group of primarily black ministers from predominantly black congregations in metro Atlanta plans to hold a news conference at 11: 30 a.m. Monday...

Congressional Quarterly - Washington  
Marriage fraud the latest front in the immigration battle   
With illegal immigration moving off the public policy front burner for the time being, advocacy groups have found a new subset of immigrants to argue about: those who marry Americans. -- Aspiring immigrants are increasingly using sham marriages to circumvent immigration rules, according to a recent report from the Center for Immigration Studies...

Tampa Tribune   
Sweep results in arrests of 110 on immigration charges   
A five-day effort by law enforcement to target fugitive aliens has resulted in 110 arrests, including 11 in Tampa. -- The operation was organized by ICE and was aimed at illegal [aliens] who ignored orders to leave the country. -- Of the 110 arrested, 81 fell under that category; the remaining 29 had other immigration violations...

Government Executive  
Border security will loom large for Obama administration   
Two years ago, some Republican lawmakers floated a proposal to require all undocumented workers wishing to become Americans to first return to their countries of origin and apply for U.S. citizenship. -- Here's how Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano characterized that proposal in a February 2007 speech at the National Press Club: "What a joke."

El Paso Times   
Juárez slayings persist with 20 over weekend, 3 Monday   
An unidentified man was found slain on a soccer field Monday morning as deaths in the Juárez area continued to mount following a violent weekend with 20 homicides. -- Also Monday, an unidentified man was fatally shot in Anapra and a man identified as...

Allentown (Pennsylvania) Morning Call   
Dent backs pardon for two border agents   
U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, R-15th District, has added his voice to those calling on President Bush to pardon two border agents convicted of shooting an unarmed drug smuggler and trying to cover it up. -- Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean are serving sentences of more than 10 years for shooting Osvaldo Aldrete Davila in the buttocks...

Obama & Biden to protect Bush Administration criminals    
It’s par for the course for Obama and Biden, the men who promised “change” but in every step of their preparations for assuming office have pursued nothing but continuity, to acknowledge that they will protect criminals in the Bush administration from prosecution for authorizing torture...

Associated Press     sc   
Border Patrol agent shoots, kills man in Yuma   
An agent with the U.S. Border Patrol shot at two robbery suspects who tried to run him over in their car early Tuesday morning, killing one. -- The agent happened upon a robbery in progress at a Circle K convenience store in Yuma at about 1 a.m., Border Patrol spokesman Ben Vik said...

Ramos-Compean treatment has border agents quivering    
A team of Mexican drug smugglers unloaded $1 million worth of drugs across the U.S. border, spraying bullets at U.S. Border Patrol agents with automatic weapons, but the agents dared not return fire – as one official said they fear losing their jobs or ending up behind bars like agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean....

National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers         
Today's NAFBPO update from south of the border   
El Salvador’s General Bureau of Migration and Aliens has sanctioned more than 80 firms all around the country for hiring alien personnel who are in illegal status or who lack the proper work authorization issued by the Government...

Christmas greetings sought for jailed border agents   
An organization working in support of jailed U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean is suggesting Christmas meetings for the former officers who are serving prison sentences of more than a decade for shooting at an drug smuggler who dumped a load of marijuana and was fleeing back into Mexico...

Walter Moore, Candidate For Mayor of Los Angeles   
Walter Moore's online L. A. budget survey   
You may have heard how Mayor Villaraigosa has set up an on-line survey, ostensibly to let L.A.'s citizens -- along with anyone else on the internet -- tell City Hall where to make budget cuts. -- Villaragosa's "survey" however, is not a survey at all. Instead, it is a classic "push poll," right out of Spinology 101.... AP Internal Use Only

Mark Krikorian -- Center for Immigration Studies   
Where's the fence?   
A new map shows progress on the fence along the southern border. You need to blow it up a little to get a better look, but the fence is finished or under construction along almost all the border from the Pacific to El Paso, though in some places it's a vehicle barrier... [Depend on American Border Patrol to tell you what's really going on with the fence]

Hector Tobar -- Los Angeles Times   
Ties to power win Nuñez's son special treatment   
He strikes me as the most politically connected "gang member" in the history of "gang members." Earlier this month, young Master Nuñez, whose father, Fabian, happens to be a former speaker of the state Assembly, was the beneficiary of the kind of overflow of official love politicos usually reserve for big-time contributors...

Joel Stein -- Los Angeles Times  
How Jewish is Hollywood?   
I have never been so upset by a poll in my life. Only 22% of Americans now believe "the movie and television industries are pretty much run by Jews," down from nearly 50% in 1964. The Anti-Defamation League, which released the poll results last month, sees in these numbers a victory against stereotyping. Actually, it just shows how dumb America has gotten. Jews totally run Hollywood... [Related item]

Economy stirring illegal immigration tempest?    
News reports around the country tell of illegal aliens struggling to find work in a slumping economy and some workers thinking about returning home; but at least one analyst is warning that "hostility" between unemployed citizens and out-of-work immigrants is more likely to strike first...

Lynn Stuter -- NewsWithViews.com    sc   
The mentality of the Obama voter   
...The probability that Barack Hussein Obama is not eligible to the office of president as he is not a natural-born citizen as required by Article II, Section 1, United States Constitution, grows with each passing day that he refuses to produce his vault copy Hawaii birth certificate...

Glenn Spencer -- American Patrol Report   
Speaking the unspeakable   
Yesterday I commented on Harrison Ford’s new movie Crossing Over. In the piece I said I once had dinners with Ford, in a long ago past life. -- I grew up in Hollywood and, through marriage, spent years surrounded by left-wing intellectuals such as Sam Rosenwein...

Sacramento Bee  
California Controller issues harsh warning on cash crunch   
Controller John Chiang laid out a nightmare scenario today of the state's resorting to IOUs or costly and uncertain emergency loans if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislators agree on steps to close the state budget deficit very quickly because the state will run out of cash in about two months. [Related item] [See Cal Meltdown Watch]

Ann Coulter -- Human Events   
Sarah Palin: Conservative of the year   
Sarah Palin wins Human Events’ prestigious “Conservative of the Year” Award for 2008 for her genius at annoying all the right people. The last woman to get liberals this hot under the collar would have been … let's see now … oh, yeah: Me!

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