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Holder's Hypocrisy - Show Your ID to Hear Me Bash Voter ID
"Eric Holder gave a talk today at the annual NAACP conference in Houston. The far left Attorney General slammed the recent state voter ID laws. In order to cover the event as a journalist you had to show a photo ID," notes Gateway Pundit.
"The bottom line is that liberals require identification to get access to anything they think is important. Where they part company with us is that they don't think preventing voter fraud is important. On the contrary, they are in favor of it. In that sense, their conduct is perfectly consistent," notes John Hinderaker at Power Line.
"After eviscerating most of Arizona's strict immigration law in court last month, the Obama administration is now considering going after the other side by suing sanctuary cities to force them to cooperate with federal deportation efforts, an agency chief told Congress on Monday," the Washington Times says.
"John Morton, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said he's asked Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to take legal action against Cook County, President Obama's home county in Illinois, to force it to turn over illegal immigrants for removal. He said he's now awaiting a final answer from the Justice Department."
"In the wake of the Supreme Court decision to uphold Arizona's law allowing police to check the immigration status of those they detain, an overwhelming majority of Americans say they want to see their own states enact the same kinds of laws," the Washington Times writes. "The latest Washington Times/JZ Analytics survey, released Monday night, found about two-thirds of all likely voters would like to see their own police be able to check immigration status during routine traffic stops. Support was high across most demographics, including self-identified Republicans and independents, and even Hispanics favored the policy by a 55 percent to 41 percent margin."
"In December, Hector Villalobos traveled from Colorado to his native Mexico for an interview, part of his application for U.S. permanent residency. Mr. Villalobos expected to be gone a couple of months to complete the process. Seven months later, U.S. consular officers haven't allowed the 37-year-old handyman to return home to his wife and three children. The problem: tattoos--some associated with violent Mexican gangs--on Mr. Villalobos's body," the Wall Street Journal reported.
"If you are sporting a gang tattoo, it is reasonable for a consular officer to investigate if you have gang affiliations," said Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a group that favors curbing immigration to the U.S., adding, "Our government is competent to make these decisions."
New FAIR Report Documents Problems of Growth, Sprawl Associated With Immigration
"Though business lobby groups spend billions of dollars every year promoting policies that drive U.S. immigration and population growth, such policies fail to deliver more economic prosperity to the vast majority of Americans, finds a new report by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). In most cases, rapid, immigration-fueled population growth results in increased unemployment and decreases in per capita income, concludes A Change of Plans: Rethinking Rapid Growth in a Finite World," says FAIR.
Controversy Over Midwife Births And Border Documents Continues
"Vasquez is not included in the administrative filing but hers is a familiar story to immigration lawyer Jaime Diez, who has represented cases on the ACLU's list and is Vasquez's attorney. Though she no longer has the paperwork to prove it, she says that she and a twin brother were born with a midwife in Weslaco, Texas, in July 1982. Her life remained mostly in Mexico. She attended a Mexican university and works as a teacher at a Matamoros primary school. She knew of the requirement to get a passport, passport card, or another approved document to cross the border, but said Customs officers always let her through," the Houston Chronicle writes about cases involving people who claim U.S. citizenship but had midwife or home births.
"It seems that obviously if she was born in the U.S. that under the interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment she is a U.S. citizen entitled to be in the United States," FAIR spokesman Ira Mehlman said. "But even U.S. citizens have to have passports or some other border-crossing authorization to enter the United States. It's perfectly legitimate for the government to enforce laws for entering without the proper documentation... It is up to the discretion of border enforcement personnel."