1. Pandering by the ADL

Excerpt: Whatever expletives others have used to characterize its action, what the ADL has done isn’t an aberration. It flows from deeply rooted predilections: unconditional commitment to open-borders immigration and its mission as a professional ‘tolerance promoter’ to promote tolerance even for the least tolerant (with some exceptions, of course). When this American Jew was being defamed by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) using inaccurate, scurrilous, politically motivated ‘research’ provided by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) claiming I’m a ‘white supremacist’ seeking to ‘penetrate’ the Jewish community (they smeared me because they disagree with me on immigration policy), I didn’t find an ally in the ADL. Rather, having done no research of its own and having made no effort to contact me to ascertain my views, the ADL backed my accusers. Interviewed in the JTA article about HIAS’s McCarthyism, Deborah Lauter, ADL’s civil rights director, said ‘the community should be ‘wary’ of Steinlight.’ The revealing little drama summarizes the ADL in 2009: be wary of opponents on immigration policy but protective of Islam! Commonsensical American Jews should pay close attention.

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2. Secure Fences Work at White House

Excerpt: Open-border advocates often claim that fences don’t work. Why, then, does the White House have a secure, dual perimeter fence (both metal and ‘virtual’) and limited points of entry—with officials doing quick background checks at each?

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3. ‘Secure’?: Another New Definition from Secretary Napolitano

Excerpt: On Wednesday, the House Homeland Security Committee conducted a hearing on the 2010 budget priorities of the Department of Homeland Security. The budget was submitted to Congress on May 7, 2009 as part of the President’s $3.5 trillion Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Proposal. The ranking Republican on the subcommittee with jurisdiction over U.S. borders and counterterrorism, Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), yesterday during the hearing specifically asked DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano whether she still supported repeal of the REAL ID Act. This was the exchange:

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4. Sauce for the Goose

‘India Sends the Foreign Pilots Back Home’ — but at the same time their government has temerity to insist that we keep taking more of their entry-level computer programmers? I’m not even arguing the merits of the case (for more on that, see here and here) — but the hypocrisy is interesting.

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5. On E.J. Dionne’s ‘Buying Time on Immigration’

Excerpt: Before giving E.J. Dionne two cheers for the quotient of candor in his Washington Post column ‘Buying Time on Immigration,’ plus three cheers for calling for greater decency in the immigration debate, and a well deserved rap on the knuckles for playing fast and loose with data, it is worth noting a broad rhetorical shift in the media reflected in his column. This change has been introduced into writing and speaking about immigration policy so quietly and ubiquitously it’s easy to miss. ‘Immigration reform’ has become the standard euphemism and current newspeak for evidently passé ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’ For those of us that oppose the policy – whatever it’s called – there’s reason for a modicum of satisfaction given this reflects the other side having figured out it’s pushing a highly unpopular policy.

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6. The Change They Seek

Excerpt: In what has become an annual exercise, activists came together on May 1, International Workers’ Day 2009 to demand a pardon for all those residing illegally in the country. And although last week’s rallies lacked the magnitude and intensity of recent years—when a sweeping legislative amnesty appeared imminent—they were replete with the same conspicuous contempt for the American mainstream that illegal aliens ostensibly seek to join.

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7. Farm Labor & Food Cost Video

Excerpt: The video below explains the relationship between farm worker wages and food costs. If you are interested in a more detailed explanation, please visit ‘Food Costs and Labor Costs: 2007’ at the Migration Dialogue website.

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8. Presentation: State & Local Enforcement

Excerpt: The presentation provides an overview of U.S. immigration policy and issues, including crime associated with illegal immigration, describes immigration law enforcement tools that can assist state and local law enforcement programs, and provides the elements of a sound local strategy for dealing with criminal aliens.

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9. Amnesty Without Congress

Excerpt: I’ve mentioned before (most recently here) the use of Temporary Protected Status as a way for the president to unilaterally give what amounts to permanent amnesty to illegal aliens, granting them work authorization and Social Security numbers. I’d never seen any group demand TPS for all illegals, though, until I saw this, which lists the many ways the president could amnesty some or all illegal aliens on his own authority. TPS is for illegals who can’t be deported because of emergency conditions — a hurricane destroyed their country’s airport or a volcano buried their island in ash. But a spokesman for the group making the demand, the Southern California Immigration Coalition

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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