1. Man-Averted Disaster

The five Muslim immigrants who’d plotted to kill American soldiers at Ft. Dix in New Jersey have been sentenced, four to life and one to 33 years. I wrote a while back on how the many weaknesses in our immigration system contributed to this conspiracy.

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2. Trends in Immigrant and Native Employment

Excerpt: This report finds that immigrants have been hit somewhat harder by the current recession than have native-born Americans. Immigrants (legal and illegal) now have significantly higher unemployment than natives. This represents a change from the recent past, when native-born Americans typically had higher unemployment rates. The picture is complex, with the least and most educated immigrants experiencing the largest increases in unemployment relative to natives. However, the least educated immigrants still have a lower unemployment rate than their native-born counter parts. (All figures in this report are seasonally unadjusted).

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3. No 9/11 Hijackers Came Through Canada, But That Doesn’t Mean Canada Is Terrorist-Free

Excerpt: Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano’s April 20, 2009, comment agreeing with a reporter that the 9/11 hijackers entered the U.S. from Canada was more than a minor gaffe. It was a serious blunder. Whether or not the Canadian press was baiting the DHS Secretary is irrelevant; what is relevant is that any DHS Secretary who fails to have sufficient grounding in the facts surrounding 9/11 – the most serious breach of our homeland security in history – to refute the press upfront is raising serious questions about this administration’s interest in actual homeland security, versus some other agenda.

Ignorance, Ms. Secretary, is definitely not bliss. Magnifying the blunder is that Secretary Napolitano has made clear through her statements and actions up to this point that she has little interest in 9/11 or in the 9/11 Commission’s findings and recommendations. Review her comments and there is no reference anywhere. Offensive, perhaps, to 9/11 victims and lessons learned? Counterproductive, perhaps, to U.S. national and economic security?

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4. I Wonder Why This Didn’t Get Any Press?

Excerpt: The threat was a handwritten letter in Spanish threatening judicial and law enforcement officers with the bombs with the ‘intent to kill the most number of Americans,’ according to a press release.

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5. Heckuva Job, Alan!

Excerpt: Alan Greenspan, whose unswerving opposition to financial regulation as Fed Chairman steered the national economy steadily toward the abyss, has been invited to share his thoughts about immigration with the Senate. Greenspan heads the witness list for Thursday’s immigration subcommittee hearing titled ‘Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2009; Can We Do It and How?’

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6. Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems

Excerpt: A newly released consultant‘s report on the admission of illegal aliens to the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) stresses small scale financial gains for the system and debatable benefits of ‘access’, as opposed to the rule of law and the interests of citizens and legal residents of the state.

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7. It’s Always a Great Time to Have an Amnesty!

Excerpt: Well, that’s what I thought of when I read the recent Wall Street Journal column, ‘We Need an Immigration Stimulus’ an economic downturn is the right time to move on immigration, one of the few policy tools that could clearly boost growth.’ Spoken like the thankless real-estate agent trying to sell this house in Detroit.

The above is a press release from from Center for Immigration Studies. 1522 K St. NW, Suite 820, Washington, DC 20005, (202) 466-8185 fax: (202) 466-8076. Email: center@cis.org http://www.cis.org

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