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HHS does not verify the immigration status of sponsors for UAC’s

This is absolutely shameful, and it should be criminal. That is, people like Mark Greenburg, HHS Acting Asst. Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families, should be facing prosecution for their actions. Any reasonable person who sees this video should be asking why it takes over four minutes for Mr. Greenburg to plainly state that HHS refuses to check the immigration status of sponsors for the flood of unaccompanied alien children that are crossing our borders right now.

Sen. Coburn’s repeated questions and statements that placing a UAC with an illegal alien sponsor “markedly diminishes” the likelihood that this child will ever be seen by an immigration judge are completely justified. The simple, straightforward fact of the matter – something which Mr. Greenburg skates and dances around for more than four minutes – is that an illegal alien sponsor will not bring a child to an immigration hearing, because doing so would inevitably expose them to a potential deportation hearing themselves.

It is increasingly clear that there is a deliberate, systemic federal policy of ignoring and contravening federal immigration law at every step. So why are there so many people on both sides of the aisle who simply ignore the problem and hope that it will go away?

Obama on immigration-related executive orders

In March 2011, Obama clearly stated that he could not just go around Congress on the issue of immigration-related executive orders. He took great pains to explain the roles and responsibilities of each branch of government to the people listening to this speech. But last week, he just ignored those sentiments and did the very thing he said was illegal, just 15 months ago.

So … I’m left wondering what changed over the past year?

Of course it appears that the electoral ‘love’ he might have gained from ignoring his own words with his Dream Act-related executive order, has been effectively quashed with this little number.

¡Cuidado! No Forks Allowed at Obama’s Latino Luncheon

Judging from Obama’s actions at this years National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) luncheon, Obama’s newest fear is Latinos with forks. Obama had the Secret Service confiscate all the dinner forks from the participants at the June 22 event held in Orlando, Florida.

Several participants Tweeted that butter knives were banned outright and forks were confiscated as soon as the diners finished eating and before the President entered the room to speak.

The attendees were elected officials and their staffs, not just the average Jose off the street. Nevertheless, Obama took away their forks as if they were inmates at a prison. Many of these elected officials are probably wondering why the president was concerned for his safety.

ICE’s Catch-&-Release program isn’t working

Michelle Malkin has an update on how badly the Obama admin’s immigration policies are failing the citizens of this country.

The Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors is furious with the federal government after learning that Carlos Montano – the man responsible for a car accident that killed one nun and injured two others Sunday morning – was an illegal immigrant in the early stages of being deported.

Amazingly, ICE released Montano on his own recognizance pending deportation. We can see how well that worked.

One can also expect that since Montano was in the country illegally, he will not have had insurance, and will be unable to pay any sort of restitution to these ladies or their families, or to cover any portion of their medical bills or interment costs. So once again the fedgov’s hands-off/just ignore it and hope it will go away policy of dealing with illegal immigration sticks it to the average American citizen.

Rasmussen: 59% of voters want immigration law like AZ SB 1070

Rasmussen just released new polling numbers that show 59% of voters across the nation want a law like Arizona’s SB 1070. These responses were given after the large protest rallies that were held in the wake of Governor Brewer signing the bill.

Also discussed in this news release was the fact that,

  • 55% of Colorado’s voters want a law similar to AZ SB 1070 passed in Colorado
  • 50% of voters have an unfavorable opinion of the pro-illegal immigration protestors

Not surprisingly, however, the people surveyed did not fit the misguided media and special-interest narrative that those who want illegal immigration controlled and the border secured are racist, hateful, and anti-immigrant. The Rasmussen numbers showed that,

  • 55% of voters were at least somewhat concerned of the potential for the violation of rights with increased border security
  • 59% of voters want to see immigration policy become “more welcoming” to potential immigrants, while only excluding “national security threats, criminals and those who would come here to live off our welfare system.”

Obama jokes around while crime rate grows

Phoenix is suffering under an onslaught of drug-related kidnappings and murders. Most of these crimes are committed by illegal aliens, who are involved in the drug trade.

While Phoenix, Tucson, and surrounding communities deal with this crime on a daily basis, the federal government has abdicated its legal and moral duty to address the issues of protecting the border, controlling immigration, or protecting American citizens. So Arizona was finally forced to do something and what is our President’s response? He makes jokes at our expense.

Like the video said. Mr. President, Arizonans aren’t laughing anymore. We’re sick and tired of having our friends/family/neighbors attacked or murdered. We tired of being threatened. We sick of having our law enforcement officers attacked and murdered. So you keep on making your lame jokes because with SB 10170, we’re doing something about it today. This November, we’ll do even more.

It’s Miller Time

Miller is in fine form here. His discussion about Steve Nash’s comments on SB 1070 were spot on as well.

BTW, he’s right. Obama’s joke to the Jonas brothers was funny.

Threats against police at immigration rally

Wondering where the media is on this one.

Someone imagines that they hear nasty words at a Tea Party protest and the media won’t leave it alone for days. This guy threatens that “we” are going to shoot more police in Arizona until “they” don’t have to pay taxes and are given, “free” houses, health care, jobs, and food and you can hear the crickets chirping.

Where's the real violence?

I guess that this fellow’s sign doesn’t fit the media’s narrative that Arizona voters are the bad guys.

One hopes that the police are focusing on this fellow’s face and take some time to ask him a few questions about his sign and his threats of violence.

Self deporting

You can argue around the ethics of the situation (I know that many will). You can say this is insensitive or mean, or … whatever. However, it appears that in some cases, the arguments that we heard about needing “comprehensive” immigration reform, because “you can’t just deport 20 million people” were unwarranted.

According to this site, the New York Times (12-4-07) and travel agents in New York and New Jersey, Brazillian illegals are self deporting when faced with increasing immigration enforcement measures.

According to this Michelle Malkin post and the Tucson Citizen, some Mexican illegals are heading south to stay as well.

It’s a common scene this time of year: streams of overloaded cars, pickups and vans with U.S. license plates crossing into Mexico for the holidays.

Most are filled with Hispanic families from Arizona and other states on their way to visit relatives south of the border for a few weeks before heading back to the U.S. But this year, the holiday travelers are being joined by scores of families such as Jorge and Liliana Franco, who are driving to Mexico not to visit but to stay – permanently.

Congress’ failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform, immigration crackdowns, Arizona’s new employer-sanctions law and a sluggish economy have combined to create a climate families such as the Francos no longer find hospitable.

The number returning to Mexico is difficult to calculate, but there is no question that many families are leaving, according to Mexican government officials, local community leaders and immigrants themselves.

“The situation in Arizona has become very tough,” Jorge said minutes after driving into a Mexican immigration and customs checkpoint south of the border on Mexico 15.

It would appear that illegals will deal with the situation themselves. Imagine that! And we didn’t need to spend any more billions on driver’s licenses, free health care, and free education. We didn’t need to pass so-called comprehensive reform. We just needed to enforce the current laws.

Heck! We didn’t even have to pay for their plane tickets or gas back; they are purchasing them themselves.

Go figure.

Why I struggle with Huckabee

Robert Novak pulls no punches in this Nov. 26th review of Republican Presidential candidate and former Arkansas governor, Mike Huckabee.

Novak argues strongly that conservatives and libertarians need to be made aware of Huckabee’s past actions when he was in power. While he may claim to have been a tax cutter during his term in Arkansas, his fiscal history is badly marred by an apparent love for traditionally left wing tax-and-spend policies and big government solutions to problems. As Novak notes in his article,

He was regarded by fellow Republican governors as a compulsive tax-and-spender. He increased the Arkansas tax burden 47 percent, boosting the levies on gasoline and cigarettes

Those same tendencies come through in Huckabee’s widely quoted attack on the pro-free-market Club For Growth, calling it the “Club for Greed.” Perhaps his comments were based in their willingness to question Huckabee’s claims to be a strong fiscal conservative.

By the end of his ten-year tenure, Governor Huckabee was responsible for a 37% higher sales tax in Arkansas, 16% higher motor fuel taxes, and 103% higher cigarette taxes according to Americans for Tax Reform, garnering a lifetime grade of D from the free-market Cato Institute. While he is on record supporting making the Bush tax cuts permanent, he joined Democrats in criticizing the Republican Party for tilting its tax policies “toward the people at the top end of the economic scale,” even though objective evidence demonstrates that the Bush tax cuts have actually shifted the tax burden to higher income taxpayers.

The cigarette tax is especially troubling to me, as a libertarian (No I don’t smoke; can’t stand the smell of it, but don’t need the government to “protect” me from it.), because it in part demonstrates how Huckabee has become one of those “reformed” health nuts. In 2003, he was diagnosed with type II diabetes, lost 110 lbs and then went on a crusade to make everyone else healthy. He isn’t afraid to wield the power of the government (and my tax dollars) to support those who agree with him and target those who don’t.

The fact that he is being openly supported on this issue by extreme left blogs and reporters at the New York Times should make libertarians and conservatives see red flag warnings all over the place.

While almost the whole community would disagree with Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee on just about everything, one thing we would totally agree with him on is that there is a huge obesity crisis here in America. …

Huckabee has done what many other states (sic) have not — actively encourage healthy lifestyles through actions instead of lip service. Actions such as these:

Arkansas has become a national laboratory for using policy levers to try to encourage healthier lifestyles. Other states and the federal government should adopt the same steps — like curbing soft drinks in schools, informing all parents of their children’s body mass index as a step to encouraging fitness, giving exercise breaks as well as smoking breaks, paying for preventive health checks like mammograms and prostate examinations, subsidizing efforts to quit smoking and seeking to give food stamps more purchasing power when they are used to buy fruits or vegetables.

So, if George Bush is really interested in protecting our people, then why is he wasting hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayer money in Iraq when we could be spending it here at home to promote healthy lifestyles?

I ask, where in this policy adventure is the personal responsibility? Why should I pay for your quit smoking program, or your Jenny Craig diet? If you and your kid want to drink Coke instead of water, I may not agree, but I don’t need to call in the Department of Children’s Services to make you learn a “better” way to live your life.

I know the quick and curt answer from Huckabee and his socialists compadres on this issue will be that it will save tax dollars and reduce future spending on health care, which the preventative measure could have caught. That of course begs the question of who should be funding health care expenditures. Huckabee clearly has no issue with that funding coming from the government (read your and my taxes).

When you take all of this and wrap it together with the fact that until recently, Huckabee was an open borders guy, it becomes increasingly difficult to support him. According to this article by another conservative, Baptist pastor (as Huckabee once was) he had actually campaigned for college scholarships for illegals. (Strangely, Huckabee claims that it is his Christian duty to both give deference to illegals and solve the global warming issue.)

Moving back to fiscal matters, Novak sums up Huckabee’s apparent failings quite well in his WaPo editorial,

There is no doubt about Huckabee’s record during a decade in Little Rock. He was regarded by fellow Republican governors as a compulsive tax-and-spender. He increased the Arkansas tax burden 47 percent, boosting the levies on gasoline and cigarettes. When he lost 100 pounds and decided to press his new lifestyle on the American people, he was hardly being a Goldwater-Reagan libertarian.

As a presidential candidate, Huckabee has sought to counteract his reputation as a taxer by pressing for replacement of the income tax with a sales tax. More recently he signed the no-tax-increase pledge of Americans for Tax Reform. But Huckabee simply does not fit within normal boundaries of economic conservatism, such as when he criticized President Bush’s veto of a Democratic expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Calling global warming a “moral issue” mandating “a biblical duty” to prevent climate change, he has endorsed a cap-and-trade system that is anathema to the free market.

Huckabee clearly departs from the mainstream of the conservative movement in his confusion of “growth” with “greed.” Such ad hominem attacks are part of his intuitive response to criticism from the Club for Growth and the libertarian Cato Institute about his record as governor. On “Fox News Sunday” on Nov. 18, he called the “tactics” of the Club for Growth “some of the most despicable in politics today. It’s why I love to call them the Club for Greed, because they won’t tell you who gave their money.” In fact, all contributors to the organization’s political action committee (which produces campaign ads) are publicly revealed, as are most donors financing issue ads.

Perhaps the best way to wrap up this post is by noting that social conservatives may like some of Huckabee’s stands on issues like abortion. Sadly, many on the left and in the MSM appreciate Huckabee’s fondness for forcing his personal views on health into the lives and wallets of Americans. However, it is increasingly clear that conservatives (of any stripe) and libertarians that are looking for the next Barry Goldwater or Ronald Reagan will not find it in the Huckabee camp. What you will find is an affable, socially-conservative, health-conscious guy who wrongly believes that his Bible teaches its OK to break immigration law and that we must kill our economy to stop a natural solar cycle. You will also find a guy who happily acquiesces to the left’s (and the neo-con’s) demands for increased taxes and increased spending and who has no qualms about using his government power to make you believe the same things he does.

Whatever Mike Huckabee might be, it’s clear that he is no Ronald Reagan.