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Immigration:

Are Conservatives 'Underreacting' on Immigration Decree?

Nov 24, 2014 12:34 PM PT

A little less than two weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to the 20th anniversary of the David Horowitz Freedom Center's Restoration Weekend in Palm Beach, FL.  Seriously, you can't beat the view.  There were some familiar faces and topics, but it was also a good opportunity to talk to politicians outside of D.C. since many of them hang around for the entire weekend.  (One highlight was talking to Rep. Michelle Bachmann about my book and the dating scene in D.C.)

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NYC Schools Brace For Thousands of New Illegal Immigrants, 'Large Numbers' Still To Come

Nov 23, 2014 12:32 PM PT

The word has gone out to New York schools, "Expect more illegal immigrants".

Principals are being told to prepare for "2,350 migrant children from Central America who crossed into the United States unaccompanied — with many more to come." The emphasis on "more to come," suggests they have no illusions about Obama's recent executive action doing anything but encouraging more illegal immigration through an already porous border.


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House GOP Announce Dec 3 Hearing To Probe Obama's Immigration Edict

Nov 21, 2014 12:21 PM PT

House Republicans are vowing to take every step they can to fight the president's unlawful executive edict on immigration. One of their first shots will come in the form of a House Homeland Security hearing on December 3 when the committee will ask Homeland Security Chief Jeh Johnson how the reduction in deportations will affect border security.

Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas promised to use "every tool" at his disposal to fight the president's unconstitutional actions from being implemented. 

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5 Truths About Immigration Reform

Nov 21, 2014 8:27 AM PT

In declaring his executive amnesty on Thursday evening, President Barack Obama made the case for seizing what he once described as imperial powers. He said he had been compelled to do so because of the "broken" state of the country's immigration system. In so doing, Obama obscured five truths about immigration reform.

1. The country wants border security first. In ten years of debate about immigration reform, and three decades of experience, two limits have been identified. One is that Americans will not tolerate the deportation of families. The other is that Americans want border security before new benefits are given to illegal aliens. Putting reform and security in one "comprehensive" bill does not work. Security first; reform separately, and later.

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Child Apprehensions at the Border Went Up Nearly 5% Last Month

Nov 17, 2014 12:06 PM PT

You won't find it spelled on the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol website but apprehensions of unaccompanied children on the southwest border went up nearly 5% between September and October.

Friday the Border Patrol website added the childhood and family apprehension numbers for October, the first month FY15. Rather than present the data for consecutive months, the site presents the October figures beside data from the previous October. The result is a dramatic decline in so-called UAC apprehensions of 40%.

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Reporter Asks Obama What Limits Him From Acting Like an Emperor or King on Immigration (Video)

Nov 17, 2014 10:36 AM PT

At the G-20 summit press conference in Brisbane Australia, Sunday, President Obama took some tough questions from the media. While Obama's "Gruber who?" moment got the most play, there was another striking moment at the press conference when a reporter asked him about his impending executive action on immigration, reminding the president that he has on several occasions rebuked the idea of passing immigration reform on his own.

ABC's Jim Avila wondered how Obama squared those past statements condemning executive action, with his current plans to pass immigration reform through executive action.  

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Why Vox Should Be Illegal

Nov 17, 2014 1:26 AM PT

While basically a First Amendment absolutist, there may be an argument for making Vox.com - the seemingly brainless brain child of Leftist Ezra Klein - illegal as an act of education, if not compassion, as the crew at Vox doesn't appear to know what the definition of illegal is, or perhaps that it even exists as a concept.

il·le·gal / contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law.

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House Dems To Obama, Go Big On Immigration Reform

Nov 13, 2014 6:08 PM PT

With news that the White House would use executive action to protect up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation, House Democrats showed their solidarity with Barack Obama in his willful disregard of American voters and how they expressed themselves in this year's mid-terms.

There is no way anyone with any respect for the electorate could make the type of noise House Democrats did today in demonstrating their support for the White House announcement.

As for Republicans, Mitch McConnell appeared to have absolutely nothing to say about anything, short of turning tail and running away from a confrontation with an unpopular president.

But in hallway interviews, Republican senators had nothing particularly new to add to theories of how must-pass bills could be amended to end the executive amnesty, or how the president would "poison the well" by acting. At his post-leadership vote press conference, incoming Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got a direct question about whether the "executive amnesty" would lead to a shutdown.

"We'll not be shutting the government down, threatening to default on the national debt," said McConnell.

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Unaccompanied Children Apprehended at the Border Up 77% in FY14

Nov 10, 2014 4:49 PM PT

The number of unaccompanied minors at the southwest border was up 77% in FY 2014 while family apprehensions were up 361% overall compared to the previous year.

The full data set for the 2014 fiscal year is not yet available yet, but some data on the surge of children and families from Central America is posted on the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol's website. The data available shows FY13 and FY14 compared by sectors of the border. So, for instance, apprehensions of unaccompanied children (UAC's) in the Tucson sector were down 9% in FY14, but this drop was more than outweighed by a surge in the Rio Grande sector where apprehensions were up 132%. The total number of UAC apprehensions went from 38,759 in FY13 to 68,541 in FY14, a 77% jump.

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Obama: If The GOP Passes An Immigration Bill, The Executive Actions That I Take Go Away

Nov 5, 2014 8:51 PM PT

NBC political analyst Chuck Todd predicted Tuesday night that the president would have to back away from his threat to act unilaterally on immigration because of the Republican sweep.

“I think politically, tonight, it put an end to it. It would be a provocative act, politically,” Todd said. “The president is going to know that if he does this, he is starting a political war in Washington between the White House and the Republican Congress. He’d be stuck.”

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Jeb Bush Promises GOP Immigration Reform To Spanish-Speaking Media

Oct 30, 2014 9:07 AM PT

A great many Republican House and Senate candidates may be staying away from talking immigration,  or immigration reform this cycle, but not Jeb Bush. A funny thing happened on Jeb's recent visit to Colorado to stump for Republican Cory Gardner in his race against Democrat Mark Udall.

Or, maybe it was three funny things. Bush didn't seem to know, or at least have much to say about Colorado at an event in Castle Rock.

In his five-minute address, Bush talked mostly about the country and not the state, and said Republicans could create "high sustained economic growth."

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The skewed priorities of border security

Oct 4, 2014 8:07 AM PT

As the story unfolded of how Ebola carrier Thomas Duncan waltzed right through every layer of protection the U.S. government has erected against contagion - the very same barriers Barack Obama was touting as nigh-infallible just a few weeks ago, which should have been all the warning we needed that disaster was afoot - I found myself thinking of an anecdote Mark Steyn told recently of U.S. border security cracking down on bagpipe players inbound from Canada.  Steyn, naturally, made the same association in his latest post:

What is the priority of America's deranged border regime right now? As I wrote two months ago:

This weekend [Campbell Webster] was returning to New Hampshire from a competition in Canada, which is how a newspaper story comes to open with a sentence never before written in the history of the English language:

'BAGPIPERS have expressed their fear over a new law which led to two US teenagers having their pipes seized by border control staff at the weekend.'

They can chisel that on the tombstone of the republic. On the northern border, bagpipers are "expressing their fear", while on the southern border gangbangers have no fear and stroll through the express check-in.

As do Ebola-bearing Liberians at Dulles. US border security devotes more time and resources to Campbell Webster of Concord bringing in a bagpipe than to Thomas Duncan of Monrovia bringing in Ebola.

Come to that, US border security devotes more time and resources to my kid bringing in a Kinder chocolate egg from Canada than to Thomas Duncan bringing in Ebola.

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"Bipartisan" Immigration Bill In House Is One Big Hoax

Oct 2, 2014 9:07 AM PT

With President Obama pushing back the immigration reform issue until after the 2014 mid term elections, members of Congress pressing for a comprehensive approach to fixing the immigration problem are upset that their message is being set on the President’s back burner.

Florida Congressman Joe Garcia (D) is one of those members of Congress who is not too happy about the move, considering that he sponsored a “bipartisan” immigration reform bill in the House earlier this year.

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70% of Illegal Immigrants Realeased in U.S. Fail to Show Up for Hearings

Sep 26, 2014 11:33 AM PT

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesman has revealed that 70% of illegal immigrants released into the United States this year have failed to subsequently appear at immigration hearings.

The AP repeatedly asked for figures about the number of immigrants released into the United States but each time they asked ICE refused to offer any details. However, ICE held a private meeting with immigration advocates in Washington D.C. Wednesday during which a representative revealed the figures during a discussion. An audio tape of the gathering was then leaked to the AP.

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NRSC Hits Democrats ... and Rubio On Amnesty

Sep 10, 2014 8:06 AM PT

Unable to continue to deny the force of anti-amnesty arguments in this year's mid-term elections, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is out hitting Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn for supporting "amnesty." 

"It's a pretty interesting ad -- especially given Republicans appear to be starting to use immigration as a wedge issue," writes Aaron Blake at The Fix.

It's most interesting, though, because the "amnesty" cited in the ad appears to be the Senate immigration bill -- the very same Senate immigration bill spearheaded by potential GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and supported by 13 other GOP senators.

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Obama Needs His Media Ducks in a Row to Roll Out New Executive Action on Immigration

Sep 8, 2014 12:14 PM PT

In an interview with Chuck Todd of NBC's Meet the Press, President Obama admitted the surge of unaccompanied minors at the border had forced him to delay his executive action on immigration. After the election he'll try to take credit for cleaning up a problem his previous executive actions helped create.

Chuck Todd attributed the latest delay to the President's "hopes of saving a democratic Senate," Obama responded, "that's not the reason." "In terms of these unaccompanied children, we've actually systematically worked through the problem, so that the surge in June dropped in July, dropped further in August," the President explained. He added, "It's now below what it was last year. But that's not the impression on people's minds."

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AP Goes Along with the WH's Big Lie on Immigration Timing

Sep 6, 2014 9:08 PM PT

The AP may not have trumpeted the political ramifications of Obama delaying executive action on immigration until after the mid-terms, but they were unable to completely ignore it, leading to these two incomprehensible, if not incoherent paragraphs within the AP copy.

By delaying, the White House weighed the benefits of acting now and running the risk of immigration getting blamed for any Democratic losses, especially in the Senate where Democratic control hangs in the balance. Among those considered most at risk were Democratic Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina.

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Obama delays amnesty for illegal aliens until after election

Sep 6, 2014 8:05 AM PT

"Comprehensive immigration reform": an idea so popular that the American people must never, ever be given a chance to vote against it.

After months of listening to Big Media pundits explain how Barack Obama's impending executive order to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens had Republicans checkmated, a craven White House chose Saturday morning to drop the news that the President would be delaying those orders until after the midterm elections.  No mystery about why: as I said above, the American people must never be given a chance to vote on this, and contrary to all that blather about how amnesty is an inevitable winning issue for Democrats, a terrified Democrat Party has been hissing at Obama that he'll doom them to oblivion in the midterm elections by passing out those amnesty party favors before actual American citizens go to the polls.

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The Obama Administration is Sidestepping DACA's Education Requirements

Sep 2, 2014 10:56 AM PT

When the Obama administration rolled out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2012 one of the guidelines required applicants to either be working toward or already have a high school diploma. Even as the President mulls an expansion of DACA to millions more people, his administration is already quietly downplaying the education requirement.

The purpose of DACA was to grant 2 years of deferred status to a group of people, mostly from Mexico, who were brought to the U.S. as children. Deferred status is not permanent legal status but it does grant the right to work and insure deportation won't happen during the 2 years at which time the status must be renewed.

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Romney Faults Obama for Immigration Crisis

Aug 31, 2014 11:10 AM PT

Mitt Romney appeared on WNYM's "The Cats Round Table" with John Catsimatidis today and took on Barack Obama over domestic issues, including immigration. 

The President should have enforced our immigration laws from the very beginning. His announcement of a form of amnesty only encouraged people to continue to flood over the border. So the right answer, of course, is to secure our border and hopefully to put in a series of immigration policy reforms so that we can finally get our handle on this immigration mess. We can stop illegal immigration and also make the legal process more transparent and have one that meets the needs of America as opposed to simply is [sic] overwhelmed by individuals either storming the border or overstaying their visas.

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A Unilateral Immigration Move By Obama Helps Marco Rubio [Video]

Aug 29, 2014 5:55 AM PT

Appearing on Newsmax TV’s America’s Forum, I squared off with Ellis Henican, from Newsday to discuss Senator Rubio’s recent letter to President Obama regarding immigration.

In that letter, Marco asked the president not to take unilateral action through executive order and instead allow for the legislature to be able to make progress on this issue.

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Democrats at Odds with Obama over Executive Amnesty

Aug 26, 2014 8:20 AM PT

If you want to know where a Democrat stands on the issue of immigration, all you need ask is if they have to face the voters in less than a deep blue state in November.

With Obama contemplating what would amount to an "executive amnesty," the rhetoric between threatened Democrats and the White House is heating up.

"This is an issue that I believe should be addressed legislatively, and not through executive order," said Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina.

"I, too, am frustrated with the partisanship in Washington," Sen. Mark Pryor (D., Ark.) said in a statement. "But that doesn't give the president carte blanche authority to sidestep Congress when he doesn't get his way."

Sen. Mark Begich (D., Alaska), another endangered incumbent, has expressed similar concerns directly to senior White House officials, an aide said. "To me, securing our borders has to be the priority, and that should be the president's focus," Mr. Begich said in a statement.

In Kentucky, Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat hoping to unseat Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, also has said Mr. Obama would be wrong to use executive orders to set immigration policy. Like the other Democrats, she blames the GOP for blocking legislation.

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Coyote thanks Obama for big profits from illegal alien smuggling operation

Aug 21, 2014 12:55 PM PT

At long last, after six years of dismal failure, there is clear evidence that Barack Obama's policies finally managed to stimulate an industry.  The Washington Examiner tells us that "coyote" smugglers are doing great business across the porous southern border of the United States, expanding rapidly into a corporate empire that includes a professional "sales force," competitive pricing, first-class hotels, and even VIP bus service for those who can afford a platinum-level illegal immigration experience:

Coyotes credit President Obama for giving them a new “business model” that allows them to transport unaccompanied minors to the U.S. border with Mexico, then safely turn around and pocket big profits.

Those are the surprising assertions of “Juan,” a coyote chieftain who consented to an interview with the Washington Examiner earlier this month in the rough-and-tumble western Guatemalan district of Huehuetenango.

In the shadowy world of human smuggling, verifying such claims is extremely difficult. His credentials were validated for the Examiner by a Guatemalan Ministry of Justice employee and a former Guatemalan judicial official. Both spoke on condition of anonymity.

Based on a two-and-a-half-hour interview with Juan, dozens of present and former government officials and parents who have used coyotes, it is clear that the human smuggling business resembles, in some respects, legal enterprises like McDonald’s and Mazda.

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Vulnerable Democrats Turn on Obama over Immigration

Aug 17, 2014 11:09 AM PT

Vulnerable Democrats who have to face the American people, as well as Republicans in this Fall's elections, are warning Obama to go slow when it comes to taking executive action on illegal immigration.

"This is an issue that I believe should be addressed legislatively and not through executive order," said Sen. Kay Hagan. The North Carolina Democrat is just one of an increasing number of Democrats worried about defending their party and president's views on immigration in November. She's also seen as key in the GOP's efforts to take control of the Senate.

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Immigration Now Driving Michigan Senate Race

Aug 14, 2014 7:32 AM PT

In state after state, the immigration issue is emerging as the defining issue in the 2014 mid-terms. Now, Michigan is no exception thanks to a video of Democrat Gary Peters that surfaced two weeks ago.

Contrasted with other video, Peters is clearly caught talking out of both side sof his mouth on the contentious issue and Terry Land's campaign is making the most of it.

With national focus on the recent surge of illegal immigrants across the border, Michigan’s Senate race has pivoted to immigration in the past week. Two weeks ago, a video surfaced of Democratic nominee, Gary Peters, speaking to a group in Mexicantown in Detroit. In the clip, Peters tells the audience, “Immigration reform is not about enforcement.” 

Last Wednesday, Terri Land’s campaign remained on the offensive by releasing a TV ad titled “Playing Both Sides”. The ad shows back-to-back clips of Peters appearing to flip-flop on his immigration position. In the first, he says, “Certainly enforcement is very important.” The second clip is taken from the video released last week.

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The importance of border security is not universally recognized

Aug 12, 2014 12:38 PM PT

Jim Geraghty of National Review sticks up for Project Veritas filmmaker James O'Keefe against criticism of his border-security stunt, in which he sashayed from Mexico into America while dressed as Osama bin Laden:

Maybe O’Keefe’s video is your cup of tea, maybe it isn’t. It probably does tap into that “get a load of this!” share-able element necessary to take an idea viral, but on the other hand, the obstacle is not really getting Americans to believe the border is not secure. The obstacle isn’t really getting Americans to believe the border ought to be secure, either. The obstacle is getting incumbent politicians, and this administration in particular, to believe that securing the border ought to be a priority – and that any “path to citizenship” scheme can’t be seriously considered until the border and its steady supply of new illegal immigrants is shut off.

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Immigration Now Driving Mid-Term Elections Across the Country

Aug 11, 2014 11:10 AM PT

Republican Scott Brown has launched a new ad targeting U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen for being soft on immigration. From Alaska, to Arkansas, in Maine, New Hampshire and elsewhere, clearly the border crisis has emerged as the key driver of Election 2014.

Scott Brown’s campaign will begin airing its second immigration ad this week, once again linking the problems at the border directly to U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

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GOP on Attack Over "Amnesty" in Key Mid-Term Races

Aug 11, 2014 5:13 AM PT

From the Arkansas to New Hampshire Senate races, to the Maine governor's race, Republicans are attacking Democrats on "amnesty," while suggesting it's the root cause of the current border crisis.

According to the Wall Street Journal, "Republicans cite the arrival of tens of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children in recent months to argue that Democrats are supporting bad immigration policy. A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found 64% disapprove of the U.S. response to the border crossings."

Until recently, immigration had surfaced as an issue only in Republican primaries, and mostly in border states, said Elizabeth Wilner of Kantar Media's Campaign Media Analysis Group, which provides research on political ads.

Two weeks ago, New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown became the first GOP candidate to raise the issue in general-election ads, Ms. Wilner said.

Another GOP Senate candidate, Terri Lynn Land of Michigan, joined in last week, airing grainy images of border crossings and accusing her Democratic rival of "playing Washington politics." And Arkansas Senate candidate Tom Cotton started running a TV spot attacking Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor over immigration. "Chaos and crime. Washington made the mess," declares the ad from Mr. Cotton.

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More Evidence the Obama Administration Sees a Connection Between Border Crisis and DACA

Aug 8, 2014 2:24 PM PT

Contrary to denials by many in the media, the Obama administration had repeatedly connected the current crisis of unaccompanied children on the border to the President's executive actions on immigration, in particular Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Two weeks ago, I noted that Vice President Joe Biden, Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs in the National Security Council Ricardo Zuñiga, and U.S. Customs and Border Protections Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske had all stated that the government's response to the crisis would be focused on convincing people in Central America that DACA would not grant them amnesty.

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Immigration Issue Driving Arkansas Senate Race and Fight for Senate Majority

Aug 7, 2014 5:45 PM PT

If there remained any doubt about the importance of the immigration issue when it comes to November's mid-term elections, a new report out of Arkansas should take care of that.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican challenger Tom Cotton targeted each other's records on border security Thursday in competing television ads, signaling the importance of the immigration issue in a race that could help determine which party controls the chamber.

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Obama Has Failed on Immigration

Aug 7, 2014 8:53 AM PT

In response to Obama Failing on Immigration, Other Fronts:

The irony here is that the immigration issue usually works in favor of the gift-caring Democrats, but this year could be different, as the the media is forced to broadcast what is happening along the U.S. southern border, not to mention that Americans are more knowledgable and engaged on the issue, and what it  really means to them.

Blame for the problem needs to be evenly distributed among both Democrats and Republicans, with the added emphasis that the issue has gotten alot worse under a Democrat administration.

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Read A Border Agent's Email Rant About Lack Of Border Enforcement

Aug 7, 2014 7:50 AM PT

Immigrations Customs Enforcement agents are circulating an email tirade from an unknown agent in response to Department of Homeland Security Sec. Jeh Johnson's announcement that a border patrol agent was killed while “off duty.”

The email, obtained with its author's name redacted by Breitbart News, complains that while the agent may have technically been off duty, he was allegedly killed by two illegal immigrants who had been previously deported, making the incident close to home for the tight-knit community of officials who work to secure the border.

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Pro-Amnesty Attack on Scott Brown Doesn't Hold Up to Scrutiny

Aug 6, 2014 2:00 PM PT

Democrats, with help from liberal media are attempting to use a solitary procedural vote by New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown to suggest he's attacking Democrat Jeanne Shaheen for something he supported. However, the Democrat's charge does not hold up to scrutiny.

New Hampshire GOP Senate candidate Scott Brown has been making immigration into a key campaign issue, attacking Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) on border security in an ad and criticizing President Barack Obama for falling down on the job in an op-ed. But he has found himself in a bit of a bind, since one of the reforms he's campaigning against is something that he once voted for.

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Rep. Gutierrez: Obama Administration Failed on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Aug 6, 2014 11:27 AM PT

During a townhall event held in 2011, Rep. Luis said the failure of comprehensive immigration reform was the fault of the Democratic Party and the Obama administration.

"We failed, the Democratic Party failed, the administration failed, we failed as a party to get it done," Gutiérrez told a crowd of immigration activists. The focus of the event, which took place at a church on Staten Island on October 1, 2011, was to discuss the Obama administration's first executive action on immigration. Known as "prosecutorial discretion" it de-prioritized the deportation of certain groups of immigrants, i.e. those who arrived as children or had a long history in the country and no criminal record.

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Timeline: Border Surge Began a Few Months After Obama's First Executive Action on Immigration

Aug 5, 2014 3:50 PM PT

President Obama's executive actions on immigration did not begin with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in mid-2012. It began in 2011 with his announcement of "prosecutorial discretion" on deportations. A few months later the border patrol noted the first uptick in unaccompanied children at the border.

There has been an ongoing argument in the public sphere over whether or not President Obama's executive action known as DACA is responsible for the current surge of unaccompanied children at the border. GOP members have claimed it is a contributing factor and some note that the June 15, 2012 announcement seems to coincide with the sharpest uptick in children arriving from Central America.

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Immigration Politics Now Driving 2014 Mid-Terms

Aug 5, 2014 3:17 PM PT

From Michigan, to Arkansas, where even Left-leaning PPP polling has the Democrat Pryor under 40%, immigration politics and something of an anti-amnesty fever appears to be sweeping the country courtesy of the current border crisis.

PPP’s newest Arkansas Senate poll continues to find the race within the margin of error, as all of our polls this entire cycle have found. Tom Cotton is at 41% to 39% for Mark Pryor ....

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Rep. McKeon Criticizes Obama's Response to the Border Crisis

Aug 4, 2014 5:31 PM PT

In an interview with Voice of America, Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon criticized the President's plan to handle the border crisis. Rep. McKeon said the President's plan, while expensive, would not begin to solve the problem.

For weeks the White House has been stressing Central American violence as an explanation for the current crisis. McKeon, who was briefed by the General who has operational command over Central America, confirms that violence stirred up by drug cartels in Central America has created a terrible situation driving many to flee. He says law and order has effectively broken down to the point where even murder has no consequences.

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Texas Rancher Highlights Collateral Damage of Current Border Crisis

Aug 2, 2014 7:15 AM PT

Dr. Michael Vickers is a veterinarian and rancher who lives about 70 miles from the southern border in Falfurrias, Texas. Vickers is also the co-founder of Texas Border Volunteers, a group which monitors private land for illegal immigrants and notifies the border patrol when they encounter them. Unfortunately, not everyone Vickers and his group locates is still alive.

This week Vickers shared images of some of the many dead bodies his group has come across on private land. The photos of immigrants who apparently got lost without enough water are very graphic, so much so that the Daily Mail chose to blur them out. Vickers says his group had located 259 bodies in Brooks County since 2012.

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An Illegal Immigration Question for Every Politician

Aug 2, 2014 5:04 AM PT

Our exalted (by some not all) elected officials are home for 5 weeks looking, cajoling and some lying for your vote. Ask them this. If America was not a nation of laws supporting freedom why would people risk all to come here illegally from their lawless nations with little freedom and opportunity. When we become a lawless nation with less freedom and opportunity, then what? End illegal immigration.

Harry, Come Back: Bachmann Calls Out Reid Over Immigration Fix

Aug 2, 2014 12:05 AM PT

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann released the following statement tonight calling for Harry Reid to get the Senate back to work on what she now believes is a viable immigration fix passed by the House.

"The meltdown of the phones this week got the attention of Congress. The border bill today is completely different than the bill yesterday. Now we have a real border security bill that addresses the current crisis and the root cause of the surge of illegal immigration due to people believing President Obama would provide them amnesty.

"Today, by freezing DACA, the House voted to prevent the Obama administration’s actions to circumvent the law. The House also voted to provide support to law enforcement officials tasked with responding to the border crisis, including combating  transnational gangs and cartels who are engaging in human and drug trafficking and profiting from our open border policies.

 "When President Obama issued a dare to Congress that he could once again bypass the legislative process and unilaterally issue deferred action and work permits to 5 million illegal foreign nationals, the House had no option but to act.

"The House answered the President and said ‘no you won’t,’ by standing up for the rule of law and prohibiting him from issuing millions of work permits and deferred action to those who entered our country illegally. This is the best action we could take to restrain a lawless President.

"I urge Harry Reid and the Senate to return to Washington, D.C. and finish the work the House started to solve the border crisis."

Cruz Hits Shaheen On Amnesty

Aug 1, 2014 9:21 AM PT

In a move that could be construed as wading further into the pond of 2016 presidential politics, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz joined other prominent Republicans in attacking New Hampshire's Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen for supporting what he called Obama's "amnesty" immigration policies.

Cruz says Shaheen, quote, "has voted lock-step with President Obama to prevent any efforts to finally secure our border."

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Every state is a border state now: Cape Cod says no to a shipment of illegal aliens

Jul 27, 2014 9:10 AM PT

As the shock waves from Barack Obama's manufactured border crisis ripple across the country, turning every state into a border state, backlash is emanating from people who didn't have much of a problem with open-borders ideology, back when they thought all the illegal aliens would be staying in the South.  One such vignette comes from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, as reported at the Daily Signal:

Last week, the Democratic governor announced his offer to house up to 1,000 children at Camp Edwards military base on Cape Cod. Concerned for the children’s wellbeing, Patrick declared, “I think we are the kind of country and the kind of Commonwealth who can step up.”

The town of Bourne disagrees.

A wealthy and historic community at the mouth of Cape Cod, Bourne traditionally attracts vacationers and tourists, not refugees. Residents fear the influx of migrant children could change this forever.

On Tuesday, the town’s Board of Selectman voted unanimously to oppose the governor’s plan and draft an open letter of protest. Chairman Peter J. Meier summarized the sentiment of the board saying, “We are here to provide services, and we need to take care of our own first.”

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Obama May Bypass Congress to Grant Refugee Status for Hondurans

Jul 24, 2014 6:29 PM PT
The Obama administration is considering a move that, according to Mark Krikorian, the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, "would increase, not stem, the flood of migrants from Central America trying to get into the United States".

“It’s clearly a bad idea,” Mr. Krikorian said. “Orders of magnitude more people will apply for refugee status if they can just do it from their home countries.” He added that the proposal would allow people to claim to be refugees from their countries with “nothing more than a bus ride to the consulate. We’re talking about, down the road, an enormous additional flow of people from those countries.”

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