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May 30, 2012

Sen. David Vitter - End Handouts for Illegal Aliens

"The federal government is handing out $4.2 billion a year to illegal aliens. This isn't some service benefit that illegal aliens are receiving, like taxpayer-subsidized health care or education. And it's not a tax deduction or a non-refundable tax credit, which would require recipients to actually pay taxes in order to receive the benefit. It's a refundable tax credit, a taxpayer-funded check from the federal government. And the government requires no proof that the recipient is actually eligible under the law, which illegals are not," Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) writes.

"Abuse of this tax benefit is one of the most ridiculous examples of fraud adding to our federal deficit today. Equally harmful, it is acting as a powerful incentive for more illegal aliens to come to America."

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Loophole Exploited by Illegal Aliens Seeking Work

"With thousands of young adults who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children now holding college degrees, Sanchez and others are finding creative ways to get around the legal roadblocks and find a career. They are getting work experience, opening businesses and seeking professional licenses in their fields," USA Today writes. "Although federal law prohibits employers from knowingly hiring illegal immigrants, it does not require those who hire independent contractors to ask for proof of immigration status. As a result, the client who pays for services is not necessarily breaking the law even if the contractor isn't authorized to work in the United States, said Stephen Yale-Loehr, a law professor at Cornell Law School."

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Chinese Programmer for Federal Reserve Pleads Guilty to Immigration Fraud

"A computer programmer who worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York pleaded guilty to stealing proprietary software code from the reserve bank as well as immigration fraud, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York said. The programmer, Bo Zhang, a 32-year-old from Queens, was a contract employee for the bank, and was accused of stealing proprietary government software valued at about $9.5 million," the Wall Street Journal writes.

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The Myth of the Monolithic Latino Vote

"There is not one Latino Vote; there is a multitude of Latino votes and candidates, society, and the media need to fully understand this if they are ever going to connect with the different parts of the Hispanic community," said Juan Guillermo Tornoe, owner of Hispanic Trending Inc., a marketing and advertising firm in Austin, Texas.

"Population does not equal electoral influence -- not yet anyway. As a Houston Chronicle headline noted in April -- 'Idea of Hispanic voter surge fading this year' -- Hispanic voter registration and turnout might fall below estimates."

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