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Old 05-17-2007, 08:51 PM   #1
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AP - In a striking reach across party lines, the White House and key lawmakers agreed Thursday on a sweeping immigration plan to grant legal status to millions of people in the country unlawfully.



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Activist Judges Stymie Local Immigration Enforcement, Critics Charge
October 24, 2007 - The so-called "comprehensive approach" to immigration reform that combines stepped-up border security with legal and financial benefits for illegal aliens is untenable, some policy analysts suspect, because federal judges are likely to strike down enforcement measures while leaving "amnesty" provisions intact.
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With public opinion heavily weighted against the distribution of social services and government benefits to illegal aliens, the proponents of lax immigration policies have made adept use of the judicial branch to advance their agenda, Steve Camarota, director of research for the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), told Cybercast News Service. The lobbying effort pushing "comprehensive reform" is in many respects a ruse set up to entice law enforcement advocates with reforms that would ultimately be short circuited, he said. This unsettling reality was demonstrated most recently when a work-site enforcement rule fell prey to U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer in California, said Camarota.

A directive from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requiring employers to follow up on Social Security discrepancies was discontinued as a result of the preliminary injunction by the judge. (See Related Story) Camarota views Breyer's ruling as part of a larger judicial juggernaut that has derailed attempts to rein in illegal immigration on the local, state and federal level. Citizen activists like Marianne Davies of Pennsylvania are equally mindful of the judiciary's apparently permissive posture toward illegal immigration.

Although the public strongly supports local ordinances, such as Hazelton, Pa.'s Illegal Immigration Relief Act, well-financed ethnic lobbying groups and legal defense funds still have a leg up thanks to the courts, said Davies. The law inspired similar moves across the country in places like Riverside, N.J., and Farmers Branch, Texas. Without exception, the ordinances ran into legal obstruction.

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House overwhelmingly OKs farm bill
WASHINGTON, May 14,`08 -- The U.S. House Wednesday approved a $300 billion farm bill by a margin well over the number of votes required to override a promised presidential veto.
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The House voted 318 to 106 to approve and send to the Senate a bill President George Bush said Tuesday he would veto. Support for the bill in the Senate appears to be strong enough to make it unlikely Congress would sustain a veto, The New York Times reported Wednesday. The Wednesday vote in the House saw 100 Republicans join 218 Democrats in voting in favor of the bill.

The vote may be a sign that lawmakers are averse to bucking popular opinion in an election year and may also be an indication that Republicans are putting some distance between themselves and Bush as his term in office nears an end, the newspaper said. The White House Wednesday called the farm bill "fit for the compost heap" because, among other things, it provides too much federal aid to well off farmers.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., defended the bill, saying it would benefit "urban, suburban and rural areas." Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., the committee's ranking Republican said much of the funding would go toward nutrition, alternate-energy and conservation programs, the Times said.

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National Guard Will Be Withdrawn From Unsecured Border
June 13, 2008 - Members of Congress are split on whether the National Guard should end its deployment along the U.S.-Mexico border in July, as planned.
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On Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff predicted the border would not be secured until 2011. At its peak, Operation Jump Start -- which began in June 2006 -- involved 6,000 members of the Guard on a two-year mission to provide military assistance and equipment to the Border Patrol in states bordering Mexico. Prior to Operation Jump Start, only a few hundred Guard troops were posted at the border. Since the operation began, the U.S. Border Patrol has boosted its own presence there.

Randal Noller, a public affairs officer for the National Guard Bureau, told Cybercast News Service that as of June 4, the Guard had helped Customs and Border Protection apprehend 176,000 illegal aliens, seize 1,116 vehicles, intercept 315,744 pounds of marijuana and seize 5,225 pounds of cocaine. (The Guard does not make actual arrests of illegal border crossers, but only aids Border Patrol personnel.) The Guard also built 38.1 miles of new fencing, 18.5 miles of new roads, 94.5 miles of vehicle barriers and repaired 717 miles of road.

The final withdrawal of Guard troops assigned to Operation Jump Start is planned for July 15. The National Guard's Noller said that Operation Jump Start is winding down, in line with a presidential directive. He said about 150 guardsmen will remain for administrative duties after the mission ends. As of June 11, 2,284 Guard members were on active duty at the border. Meanwhile, members of Congress are split on whether the Bush administration should continue Operation Jump Start.

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Mexico Honors Kennedy for Defending Immigrants
Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - Mexico will soon bestow its highest honor upon liberal Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) for his work in “defending the rights of immigrants.”
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The Mexican government announced last Friday that it intends to present Kennedy with the Order of the Aztec Eagle. Ricardo Alday, a spokesman for the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C., told Cybercast News Service that the award, the highest that Mexico gives to foreigners, will be presented “at a time that is convenient to the senator.”

The presentation will laud Kennedy for his work on immigration, and “for (promoting) full political participation and increased access to health and education services for the Mexican-American community." Groups on both sides of the immigration issue are – not surprisingly – split over the award.

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Appeals court rejects city immigration law
Sept. 10,`10 (UPI) -- The mayor of Hazleton, Pa., says the city will appeal a decision dismissing its law aimed at curbing illegal immigration.
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The ordinance, adopted in 2006, bans employers and landlords from knowingly hiring or renting to illegal immigrants. It was the first local law of its kind in the country and inspired many similar ones, the Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader said.

A U.S. appeals panel in Philadelphia upheld a lower court ruling that the local ordinance, dubbed the Illegal Immigrants Relief Act, violates the U.S. Constitution's supremacy clause, the newspaper said. Within hours, Mayor Lou Barletta held a news conference Thursday, vowing to continue the legal fight.

"Our fight is not yet over," Barletta said. "The city of Hazleton fully intends to appeal this incorrect decision and take the case all the way to the United States Supreme Court, if necessary."

The Hazleton law has never been enforced because of the legal challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union. Witold "Vic" Walczak, Pennsylvania legal director for the ACLU, said the appellate ruling ought to "serve as a warning to other communities considering similar misguided legislation."

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Hazelton Mayor Who Cracked Down in Illegal Immigrants Takes U.S. House Seat
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 ) - A mayor whose get-tough policies on illegal immigrants attracted national attention years before the immigration debate shifted to Arizona resigned Tuesday to take a job in Congress.
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Lou Barletta, who was elected to the U.S. House last month, left the Hazleton mayor's office at noon. He had led the northeastern Pennsylvania city for more than a decade. "This is a bittersweet moment for me," said Barletta, 54, addressing a City Council chambers packed with family, friends and city workers. "No matter where I go, whether it's Washington or beyond, I will never forget where I came from."

Barletta did not address his stalled four-year effort to drive illegal immigrants from Hazleton, but he told The Associated Press afterward that he is proud of the effort. "I never dreamt that it would strike the nerve that it struck in America," he said. "I'm very proud that City Council had the courage to stand with me, and I believe we brought this issue to the forefront way back in 2006." Barletta's successor is expected to be City Council President Joseph Yanuzzi, who said Tuesday that illegal immigration continues to be a problem in the city of more than 30,000. Yanuzzi said he will pick up where Barletta left off. "Our budget is for people who pay their taxes," he said. "The illegals are not paying their taxes, their fair share."

Barletta argued that illegal immigrants brought drugs, crime and gangs to the city and overwhelmed police, schools and hospitals. The Republican mayor pushed a pair of immigration measures after two illegal immigrants were charged in a fatal shooting. The city's Illegal Immigration Relief Act, which spurred copycat measures around the country, would fine landlords who rent to illegal immigrants and deny business permits to companies that give them jobs. A companion measure would require prospective tenants to register with City Hall and pay for a rental permit.

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