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October 25, 2010

Should Non-Citizens Vote?

"Portland residents will vote Nov. 2 on a proposal to give legal residents who are not U.S. citizens the right to vote in local elections, joining places like San Francisco and Chicago that have already loosened the rules or are considering it," says Fox News. "People who are legal immigrants to the United States after a five-year waiting period can become citizens and become enfranchised," FAIR spokesman Ira Mehlman said. "But until then, being here as a legal immigrant is a conditional agreement, sort of like a trial period. You have to demonstrate you are the type of person we would want to have as a citizen, then you can become a citizen and vote."

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GAO Report Finds Interior, Other Agencies Hamstring Border Patrol

"Several White House agencies charged with enforcing environmental laws are preventing thousands of Border Patrol agents along the U.S.-Mexico border from disrupting illicit trafficking operations, according to a study by the investigative arm of Congress," The Hill newspaper reports. "The report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that about 15 percent of the 26 Border Patrol stations in the southwestern region say the Interior Department and the Agriculture Department have prevented them from catching illegal aliens coming over the border."

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Another Meaningless Inspector General Report on 287(g)

The DHS Inspector General has issued another report on the 287(g) program. "Federal immigration police cannot say for certain that a program to extend federal authority to arrest and detain illegal aliens to state and local law enforcement agencies is meeting their priorities because they do not collect and analyze enough data to make that determination," says a write-up at Homeland Security Today.

"In December 2009, ICE sent a memo to its regional directors and special agents to remind them that law enforcement agencies participating in the 287(g) program should follow the terms of the MOA. To do so, ICE collects monthly data from each law enforcement agency listing its encounters with illegal aliens in each of the priority levels."

[FAIR comment: Here's what this means in practicality. As FAIR has noted before, the overall level of removals didn't increase substantively year over year. What has changed is ICE's policy of removing illegal aliens convicted of other crimes first. ICE created a priority system for removing these criminal aliens. What ICE's Inspector General's report is stating that 287(g)- a program that was designed to be a broad-based tool for removing illegal aliens regardless of their criminal status - is not generating the right data so that ICE can put together happy power-points touting their "success" at following the Obama administration policy of ignoring illegal aliens until they rob, assault, etc.]

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