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New life for an old idea
Megan McArdle calls for real border metrics
Glenn Spencer, American Border Patrol -- November 25, 2014   
    Writing in the Chicago Tribune yesterday, Megan McArdle said: "Republicans should be smart about fighting Obama on immigration."
    Of particular interest to me was this: "Alternatively, pass the existing Senate bill with one small amendment: double the Border Patrol and specify that the measures to regularize the status of illegals in the country don't take effect until border apprehensions have dropped below 50,000, or some other number you like, for three years running."
    Six years ago American Border Patrol developed a plan whereby border security would be achieved when "illegal immigration across the border be reduced to less than 20,000 per year and that rate be maintained for at least 20 months." See Operation 20-20 video
    Since 2008 ABP has been testing the technical means to implement Operation 20-20.
    Megan McArdle suggests we use apprehensions as a border metric. Our plan says "gotaways" should be the gold standard.
    They may have to be dragged kicking and screaming to accept the idea of using a real border metric as a "trigger mechanism," but drag the Republican leadership we must.

November 25, 2014

Fox News     
Report: Border Crossings Surge with Obama's Legalization Announcement
Last week President Obama announced his plan to legalize at least five million people living illegally in the United States during a primetime address to the nation from the White House. He detailed the plan again last Friday at a Las Vegas high school. -- Just before his announcement, law enforcement officers working in and people living along the Texas border with Mexico were already seeing a surge in illegal immigration as a result.......

Guy Benson -- Townhall.com      
Four Pinocchios: WaPo Fact-Checker Shreds WH on Executive Amnesty 'Precedent' 
If you've been following our coverage of President Obama's executive action on immigration, you already know that a key pillar of the White House's defense is that plenty of precedent exists for this type of move. Nothing to see here, except a bunch of anti-Obama overreaction from the usual suspectsNothing to see here, except a bunch of anti-Obama overreaction from the usual suspects (if the "usual suspects" include multiple Congressional Democrats and Independents). We've repeatedly linked to a pair of columns that take apart the Obama administration's dishonest justification; they point out that Obama's move is much, much broader in scope and implication than anything executed by his predecessors......

Washington Post        
Obama's immigration plan opposed by half of American voters   
Fifty percent of voters in the country oppose President Obama's recently-announced executive actions to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, and a majority thinks the president's plan will actually attract more illegal immigrants into the country. -- Forty percent of likely U.S. voters approve of Mr. Obama's plan to allow nearly 5 million illegal immigrants in the country to apply for legal status and work permits...... [ABP Note: 40% approve of Obama's plan. How many of those think the sun goes around the earth? (25% of American do).]

Glenn Spencer -- American Patrol Report        
National Suicide - Then and Now   
Nine years ago the Arizona Daily Star ran guest column wherein I warned that encouraging illegal immigration would hasten the end of the U.S. I said, "We are already on the road to national suicide." -- On July 14, 2008, I wrote: "Barack Obama is the most dangerous person ever to have appeared on the American political stage. His election to the presidency would mean national suicide." -- Let me add to my predictions. Unless the Republican Congress stops Obama's illegal amnesty and secures the border once and for all, by the end of 2015 national suicide will be irreversible. It will be only a matter of time before we are no longer the United States of America......

Andy Pudzer -- Real Clear Politics      
Obama Does Not Want Immigration Reform   
...Immigration reform requires legislative action, not an executive mandate. On that point, last week, numerous business executives, political leaders and I sent a letter to the Republican members of Congress imploring them to reform our broken immigration system. The letter encourages Congress to pass legislation that "discourages the rising tide of illegal immigration while fixing the unnecessary obstacles that send talented individuals elsewhere and make it harder for American companies to compete, grow and create jobs for American workers."......

Robert Rector: Amnestied Illegal Immigrants to Cost Taxpayers $2 Trillion Over Their Lifetime
The undocumented immigrants granted amnesty by President Barack Obama's executive orders will likely cost taxpayers $2 trillion, according to Heritage Foundation poverty expert Robert Rector. -- “The net cost --- which is total benefits minus total benefits paid in --- of the amnesty recipients I estimate will be around $2 trillion over the course of their lifetime,” Rector explained in an interview with Breitbart News Monday.......

House Republicans Plan To Cave To Obama On Immigration Executive Orders
House Republicans have come up with a plan that caves to President Obama. Republicans plan on funding the government through September 2015, but only renewing funding for the immigration executive orders on a short term basis.......

Louisiana Senator Elbert Guillory accuses Barack Obama of hurting the black community
Louisiana Sen. Elbert Guillory, R-Opelousas, is accusing President Barack Obama of putting immigrants without legal status ahead of the black community in the state elected official's latest political video. -- Obama signed an executive order last week to lift the threat of deportation from millions of immigrants who don't have the proper legal status. People who have been in the country for more than five years and pass a criminal background check will be exempted from deportation for three years and eligible for work permits. ......

ABC News    
Obama Heads to Chicago to Pitch Immigration Steps    
President Barack Obama, the onetime community organizer, is returning Tuesday to the city where he says he first forged his ties to the Latino community to pitch his new executive actions on immigration. -- Obama is trying to seize the advantage in the heated dispute over the contentious issue while Congress is on a Thanksgiving recess and Republicans scramble to coalesce behind a unified opposition strategy.....

Tom Fitton -- Breitbart         
Obama's Lawless Amnesty Tests Our Republic    
Honest Americans are still gasping from President Obama's speech last week announcing his own amnesty program, based on no legal authority, for at least five million illegal aliens. I recently warned you about Obama's amnesty assault on our nation....

DREAMers Solicit Donations After Executive Amnesty: 'Victory is Incomplete!'   
DREAMers upset that President Barack Obama's executive amnesty didn't cover their illegal immigrant parents are soliciting donations to push Obama and Congress to grant their parents amnesty. -- As soon as Obama, in a move constitutional scholars have said was an "unprecedented" overreach of power, granted nearly five million illegal immigrants temporary amnesty and work permits last week, DREAMers immediately declared that Obama's executive amnesty was "not big enough."......

Katie Pavlich -- Townhall.com     
Surprise: Border Crossings Surge With Obama's Legalization Announcement 
Last week President Obama announced his plan to legalize at least five million people living illegally in the United States during a primetime address to the nation from the White House. He detailed the plan again last Friday at a Las Vegas high school.......

KVUE-TV -- Austin         
Mexican Consulate to guide immigrants under new policy 
President Barack Obama has laid out his new policy on immigration, and those who support it are eager to help those who qualify begin the process to avoid deportation. -- In Austin, leaders at the Mexican Consulate said they have the answers the immigrants are looking for.......

Executive Amnesty Poised to Give Millions of Illegal Aliens Driver's Licenses 
In addition to shielding illegal aliens from deportation and rewarding them with work authorization, President Obama's executive amnesty will make illegal aliens eligible for driver's licenses in up to 48 states. Specifically, by ordering the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") to expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ("DACA") Program, create a new deferred action program for illegal alien parents of citizens and green card holders.....

Jenny Beth Martin -- Daily Caller       
Obama's Amnesty Decree Follows The Gruber Model
While no one is surprised that President Obama followed through on his threat to unilaterally change the country's immigration laws, many held out faint hope that he might pull the country back from the brink. His amnesty speech on Thursday, however, was a retrenchment; the words of a man determined to reshape the country in his own vainglorious image, the will of the people be damned.......

November 24, 2014

Glenn Kessler -- Washington Post        
Did George HW Bush really shield 1.5 million illegal immigrants? Nope.
President George H.W. Bush "expanded the family fairness program to cover more than 1.5 million unauthorized spouses and children. This represented about 40 percent of the undocumented population at the time." --- White House press secretary Josh Earnest, news briefing, Nov. 19, 2014......

Michelle Malkin -- Columbia Daily Tribune         
Obama rewards identity thieves en masse    
President Barack Obama is showing his “compassion” by granting work cards to an estimated 5 million illegal immigrants through an imperial executive order. As for the vast, untold number of law-abiding citizens whose identities have been stolen by foreign lawbreakers, two words: Tough luck. -- Social Security card fraudsters have made out like bandits thanks to the White House. Their victims are about to get kicked in the teeth again.....

Salt Lake Tribune       
New voice praising Obama: Mexican consul to Utah    
The Mexican government is joining Utah Latinos in praising President Barack Obama's executive orders to protect more undocumented immigrants from deportation. -- Eduardo Arnal, Mexico's consul to Utah, hailed the orders Monday and staged a news conference at the Mexican consulate, where activists called for even more reform.......

Washington Examiner        
New DHS Immigration Rules: Drunk Drivers, Sex Abusers, Drug Dealers, Gun Offenders Not Top Deportation Priorities 
The Department of Homeland Security has just released new "Policies for the Apprehension, Detention, and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants." Designed to fill in the details after President Obama's announcement that at least four million currently illegal immigrants will be given work permits, Social Security numbers and protection from deportation, the DHS guidelines are instructions for the nation's immigration and border security officers as they administer the president's directive.......

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review    
Obama's amnesty: Abuse of power   
Whether America's immigration system is in need of "dire reform" remains debatable. After all, had the federal government enforced existing laws, the nation wouldn't be in the pickle it finds itself today. But what isn't debatable is whose role it is to make immigration law -- Congress' -- and the hypocrisy of a president who once understood that.......

Jessica Vaughan -- National Review    
No Illegal Alien Left Behind    
It starts now. Immigration-enforcement officers around the country were ordered to open up their case files this weekend to begin identifying those illegal aliens in their custody who qualify to be exempt from deportation under President Obama's executive action announced Thursday night. This action effectively covers all illegal aliens who arrived before January 1, 2014 and are not convicted of crimes that the administration considers to be serious. The immigration-enforcement agencies will begin releasing hundreds of these illegal aliens (the majority of whom are convicted criminals, according to ICE records) as early as next week.......

MA Sheriff: Exec. Amnesty Will 'Make It Impossible' For Us to Notify ICE 
Bristol County, MA Sheriff Thomas Hodgson (R) reported that President Obama's executive action on immigration will "make it impossible for us to be able to notify ICE when we have people that ought to be detained and deported" on Saturday's "Justice with Judge Jeanine" on the Fox News Channel.....

The ICE Guide To Avoiding Deportation In Five Easy Steps 
President Obama's executive amnesty for an estimated five million illegal aliens is, from the perspective of Republicans, an unconstitutional power grab that threatens the republic. In Obama's telling, over soft piano music in a campaign-style YouTube video, it “just comes down to people.” -- Another version is the one agents of U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) experience in trying to enforce U.S. immigration laws --- specifically a five point checklist they were provided Friday evening and obtained by Breitbart News. ......

Nick Adams -- Townhall.com       
Amnesty Will Change The American Character   
President Obama has finally delivered on one promise. -- Change. -- In granting five million illegal immigrants amnesty, President Obama changed the country. To use his words, he has “fundamentally transformed” America. -- The president's decision will lead to more illegal immigration, not less.......

Conn Carroll -- Townhall.com        
Washington Post Fact Check Shows Obama's Amnesty Built On Lies
Defending his executive action giving work permits to some 4 million illegal immigrants, President Obama told ABC News's George Stephanopoulos Friday, "If you look, every president --- Democrat and Republican --- over decades has done the same thing as I mentioned in my remarks today. George H. W. Bush, about 40% of the undocumented persons, at the time, were provided a similar kind of relief as a consequence of executive action." -- Problem is, as The Washington Post reports today, that claim is just plain false.......

Fox News       
Cruz calls on Congress to block presidential nominees over executive action 
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said Sunday that President Obama refuses to accept that only Congress has the authority to establish federal immigration laws and that members should block the president's nominees and some funding until he rescinds his executive action on the issue. -- “This is a stunning and sad display by the president,” Cruz, a Republican, told “Fox News Sunday.” “We need to impose real consequence.”......

Buck Sexton -- The Blaze     
Obama's Amnesty Order Lights the Fuse on an Immigration Time Bomb 
Yes, Obama acted like a monarch last week with his unilateral amnesty for illegals. He aggressively violated the limits of presidential authority he himself had repeatedly recognized in the past and issued an executive order legalizing millions. As many have said, the President has indeed acted like a progressive Caesar, a leftist tyrant, an American authoritarian. -- That's all true- but I'm sorry to tell you, it gets worse.......

Wall Street Journal        
Obama's Immigration Move   
Stuart Vuarney -- Fox News -- Well, he did it. Despite warnings from Republicans and even some Democrats, President Obama announced Thursday that he'll sidestep Congress and go it alone on immigration, using executive action to shield millions of people in the U.S. illegally from deportation. Republicans on Capitol Hill are promising to fight the move, and some GOP governors are also even eyeing lawsuits. But are the president's actions really reversible?......

Andrew C. McCarthy -- National Review       
Alinsky Does Amnesty 
President Obama is an Alinskyite.​ -- That assertion is not an epithet --- well, not primarily. True, I would not describe someone I admired as an “Alinskyite.” Saul Alinsky was a loathsome figure --- a radical statist who whose toxic brew of thoroughgoing deceit and brass-knuckles extortion (“direct action”) has become a part of mainstream politics. But in tying the president to the seminal community organizer whose theories and tactics so influenced him, my purpose is more to decode than to insult him.......

Legal Immigrant Sounds Off On Obama's Immigration Order With Some Tough Words For the President 
President Obama's executive order on immigration has gathered mixed reactions from Republicans and Democrats alike. -- It's also, surprisingly to some, gotten mixed reactions from American immigrants. Take Twitter user SuperAndrea, for example. According to Young Conservatives, she's......

Rich Lowry -- Portland Oregonian   
Obama shows 'blatant contempt' for oath in issuing immigration executive orders
To think that President Barack Obama has taken the oath of office four times (through accidents of circumstance, twice each time he was elected). Taking the oath must have become such old hat that he stopped paying attention. -- The president is issuing an executive amnesty for illegal immigrants based on blatant contempt for the constitutional order that he is sworn to uphold. Where does Abraham Lincoln go to get his Bible back?.......

Daily Signal    
Cruz: Obama Action Same as 'Counterfeiting Immigration Papers'
Sen. Ted Cruz today described President Obama's move to shield 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation as essentially the same as counterfeiting. -- Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” the Texas Republican said: For 4 to 5 million people here illegally, he's promising to print out and give out work authorizations --- essentially, he's gotten in the job of counterfeiting immigration papers, because there's no legal authority to do what he's doing.......

Allan Wall -- VDare.com     
Obamnesty Not Approved by Congress? No Problem, It's Been Approved by Mexico and Central America!
The hapless Republican Congress may not know what to do about Barack Obama's unilateral Amnesty, but the governments of Mexico and Central America are already moving to take advantage. -- Only a few minutes after Obama's speech, the Mexican Foreign Ministry had already released a statement on its website entitled: México Da La Bienvenida A Medidas Administrativas Que Beneficiarán A Mexicanos En Estados Unidos [Mexico Welcomes the Administrative Measures That Will Benefit Mexicans in the United States, SRE Comunicado 532, November 20, 2014].......

Steve King: Obama Exec Action Turns 'Anchor Babies' into 'Human Shields' for Illegal Parents
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) believes President Barack Obama's executive amnesty turns the children of illegal immigrants who are legal residents or U.S.-born citizens into "human shields" for their illegal immigrant parents. -- King, who went down to the border with Rep. Michelle Bachman (R-MN) this weekend to again see the devastating impact of illegal immigration and open borders, recalled a video he saw months ago in the same area in which smugglers were rafting a pregnant illegal immigrant across the border.......

DHS Secretary: 'Our Borders Are Not Open to Illegal Migration'
The Secretary of Homeland Security said that America's borders were not open to illegal “migration” and that those wanting to make the journey illegally would be met with swift deportation. --Secretary Jeh Johnson traveled to the border city of McAllen to discuss the effects of the executive action on immigration announced by President Barack Obama and to announce an extension of the surge of federal agents in the area.......

November 23, 2014
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Guy W. Farmer -- Nevada Appeal       
Obama says so much for the Constitution    
President Obama was in Las Vegas on Friday to sign an executive order that grants conditional amnesty to nearly five million illegal immigrants. Not long ago, however, he said that such unilateral executive action would be unconstitutional. So much for the Constitution. -- By taking unilateral action on illegal immigration the president is ruining any chance of reaching a deal with congressional Republicans......

Greg Abbott: Obama's Immigration Order 'the Epitome of Lawlessness'
The governor-elect of Texas, Attorney General Greg Abbott, claimed that President Obama is is "dispensing with the immigration law as it currently exists and is rewriting that law." -- Abbott's comments come on the heel's of the presidents Thursday night speech, during which he announced that he will shield some 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation.......

BizPac Review        
Skewered! 'SNL' uses 'Schoolhouse Rock' parody in damning indictment of amnesty by executive order 
...Saturday night's sketch turned on the series' memorable animated character of “Bill on Capitol Hill” that taught children how bills become laws --- but with the twist of how Obama is shoving the democratic process aside.......

Bureaucratic nightmare?  
President Barack Obama has gone and said it, but can he actually do it? -- The political debate over Obama's unilateral immigration actions is obscuring the more basic question of whether the federal government is actually up to the task of handling a flood of applications from as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants seeking quasi-legal status.....

Obama launches 'green' train plan for Mexico
Funnels money to rail companies instead of border protection   
One day before President Obama announced his independent action allowing illegal aliens to roam the U.S., his administration separately launched a plan to ensure Mexicans who stay in their own country will transport goods in environmentally friendly trains. -- The U.S. Trade & Development Agency, or USTDA --- a White House agency --- unveiled the Green Locomotive Technologies Project in response to a call for help from the Asociación Mexicana de Ferrocarriles, A.C., Mexico's train industry association.......

'We Will Not Engage': Michele Bachmann Reveals GOP Plans to Ignore Executive Amnesty  
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) revealed on Saturday that Republican leadership, led by Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Oh), has no intention of resisting President Obama's executive amnesty that he ordered on Thursday.......

BizPac Review       
Judge Jeanine to Obama: 'Stop with the smug, Tony Soprano-like threats'
Judge Jeanine Pirro ripped into President Obama's breathtaking executive action legalizing millions of illegal immigrants with an “Opening Statement” Saturday night that compared the president to a mobster with contempt for the law.....

AK-47s, Accordions And Angels Of Death: Narcocorridos Hit The Big Screen 
The documentary Narco Cultura paints a sobering picture from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border in a drug war that has claimed more than 60,000 victims in the past seven years. The film cuts back and forth between gruesome murders in Mexico and the culture of narcocorridos --- ballads that revel in the exploits of drug cartels.....

BizPac Review         
'You sold out your nation': A scathing letter to President Obama 
...You sold out your nation for political gain and to provoke Republicans into committing hara-kiri. It was done for all the wrong reasons, and you sold it to the American people as a noble action. Mr. President, you ought to be ashamed of yourself, but, unfortunately, you don't have enough integrity to feel shame.....

Joe Guzzardi -- CAPS         
Picking Apart Obama's Duplicitous Immigration Address 
Watching President Obama's immigration speech last night was a tough slog. Americans who have been following the president's steadfast refusal to enforce immigration laws since his inauguration can be forgiven if they spent most of the evening slack-jawed. Obama's speech defied logic and contradicted fact.......

November 22, 2014

David Seminara -- CIS.org        
'Just Because They Didn't Have the Right Papers' and Other Reasons Why Executive Amnesty Is Foolhardy
OK, I admit it. I didn't make it through President Obama's entire immigration address last night. If you blog about immigration, you probably should sit through these things, no matter how painful they are. But after the president said, "I've seen the heartbreak and anxiety of children whose mothers might be taken away from them just because they didn't have the right papers," I turned off the TV, fearing that if I swallowed any more of what he was peddling, I might vomit all over my favorite couch.......

Hot Air      
Despite Highest Poverty Numbers in 50 Years, Obama Okays Illegals to Compete for Jobs in US 
It simply doesn't make sense in any sort of context that says the job of the President of the United States is to look after the welfare of the country's citizens:It simply doesn't make sense in any sort of context that says the job of the President of the United States is to look after the welfare of the country's citizens......

Michael Scherer -- TIME         
President Obama Distorts "Amnesty" to Sell His Executive Actions 
When Presidents abuse words, the nation should notice
President Obama has rolled out his executive action on immigration with a talking point that guts the meaning of a word for political ends. As a general rule, democracies should take notice when their leaders do this. -- “I know critics call this ‘amnesty,'” he said today in a speech in Nevada, describing his decision to give temporary legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants....

Kurt Nimmo -- Infowars.com         
Obama's Executive Action Will Finish Off America   
Obama's unconstitutional executive action “to shield millions of undocumented immigrants,” as The New York Times puts it, is a brazen effort to further impoverish the American middle class and convert the country into a third world wasteland. -- This reality is ignored by the corporate media as it celebrates Obama's “landmark” betrayal of the Constitution.......

L.A. Amnesty Activists Rallied... at Mexican Consulate   
On Thursday in Los Angeles, a rally by amnesty advocates took place at the logical place: the Mexican Consulate. Celebrants voiced their delight at Barack Obama's new immigration policy, although some thought Obama had not gone far enough.......

Tucson News Now        
Ranchers react to president's executive order   
While the undocumented immigrants who qualify decide their next step, some across southern Arizona are saying the president's actions don't go far enough when it comes to securing the border. -- The Chilton Ranch in Arivaca sits right next to the U.S.-Mexico border. The ranch owner remains skeptical of President Obama's immigration executive action, saying the focus must stay on securing our border.......

The Great Burden of Obama's Amnesty on US Taxpayers   
President Obama's unilateral action on immigration, which is expected to give legal status to some 5 million illegal aliens, will likely be a significant burden to American taxpayers. Many illegal immigrants make such a low salary, that they will not pay income taxes. Rather, many these individuals will start collecting government checks, in the form of "Earned Income Tax Credits" (EITC), and could be eligible for other transfer payments such as ObamaCare.......

BizPac Review     
Obama can't get heckler to shut up about amnesty; watch the Emperor learn that it's never enough  
The emperor was none too pleased with the ungrateful masses “who pick our fruit and make our beds.” -- While taking a victory lap Friday in Las Vegas, celebrating his overreaching executive action on immigration, President Obama became highly agitated when he was interrupted by a heckler.......

Amy Ridenour's National Center Blog        
Black Activists Speak Out against Obama Amnesty Agenda 
As the potential harm of the President Obama's amnesty bid for possibly more than 5 million illegal aliens residing in the United States becomes clearer, members of the Project 21 black leadership network are continuing to speak out against his unilateral action to try to remake America.......

Sen. Grassley Fears Obama Exec. Amnesty Will Protect Dangerous Criminals, Terrorists
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is concerned that dangerous criminals and terrorists will not get deported when President Barack Obama enacts his executive amnesty and further weakens the nation's immigration laws and enforcement mechanisms. -- In a Wednesday letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Grassley, the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote that it is "unsettling" that Obama "is intent on condoning contempt for the rule of law and ignoring his Constitutional duty to 'take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.'"......

Sierra Times        
Congressman Tom McClintock's Statement on the President's Immigration Speech Says the Constitution "Explicitly Forbids Him To Make Law By Decree" 
November 21 -- Last night, the President asserted a power to nullify existing immigration law by ordering the executive branch to ignore it. Further, he has ordered 34 million green cards to make possible the employment of illegal immigrants despite federal law that makes their employment a crime. This is a direct violation of his responsibility under Article II to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” and a usurpation of legislative authority which Article I grants solely to Congress.......


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