I am sure that everyone remembers Elvira Arellano, the illegal Immigrant who took refuge in a Chicago church to avoid being deported. Well now she has started a Hunger Strike.

A Hunger Strike is not all she started either… Sanctuary Churches are surfacing all over the country, Oklahoma, Salem Oregon, &  Twin Falls Idaho for example.  Now I do respect that the various churches are attempting to protect members of their congregation, but they have to realize that they are enabling Drug smugglers, Human Smugglers, and violent gang members to continue their trade.

Speaking of Human Smugglers, this article in the Houston Chronicle is interesting.

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — U.S. Border Patrol agents have arrested about 100 people in the Magic Valley as part of a sting to round up illegal immigrants, officials said Tuesday.

The city was targeted after commercial bus employees told law-enforcement officials that they suspected illegal immigrants were buying large numbers of bus tickets, U.S. Border Patrol spokesman Alex Harrington said.

The region appeared to be a hub for human smuggling, Harrington said, with legal residents buying as many as 10 bus tickets at a time to be used by illegal immigrants.

“About 20 percent of the people we apprehended actually were from two vans — both with Oregon plates —

Maybe they were in Twin Falls from Salem on a church outing….

Des Moins to become a sancturary city?

According to this article in the Des Moins Register it is certainly a Possibility

A proposal to prohibit local law enforcement officials from conducting raids on illegal immigrants in Des Moines was presented to at least one City Council member recently.

Councilwoman Christine Hensley said Sunday that she spoke about six weeks ago with representatives of two immigration-rights groups that presented a plan that would block local city departments – including the police – from conducting raids on immigrants or inquiring about a person’s immigration status.

Aspects of the proposal, brought up Sunday at an immigration forum, are similar to a national trend of “sanctuary cities.”

It might be interesting to see how many different positions Hillary Clinton takes on this proposal. But then again will any Journalist or Debate moderator have the courage to ask the question? God knows it is not among the questions she is going to plant.

In Arizona However a different type of law is soon to take effect, and it is already having an impact.

From The Arizona Republic

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of undocumented workers have been fired as a result of Arizona businesses reviewing the work-eligibility forms of their employees as the state’s new employer-sanctions law draws near.

The fired workers couldn’t provide missing information uncovered during the reviews or confessed to being in the country illegally, say attorneys involved in the reviews.

The number of firings could grow significantly once the law goes into effect Jan. 1 as employers scramble to make sure they are in compliance. Under the law, repeat violators will lose their business licenses.

Trillion Dollar Tax Hikes Followed by Economic Recession…

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Although Structure Magazine claims that you don’t need to melt steel to take down a structure.  All you have to do is weaken the metal.

 The Article which appears in this month’s magazine puts together a logical, sequenced explanation of exactly how Towers 1, 2 caused the collapse of Tower 7 on September 11th.

For those conspiracy theory loonies – PAY ATTENTION, there are even little diagrams for you to follow!

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Pearls or Diamonds?

Hat tip to Amy Proctor

So what is worthless here the Senator or the Poll…. My Guess it is the Senator…  

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Isn’t it amazing how Democrats like to cite polls when they are in thier favor yet when they aren’t the Dems claim the polls are worthless….

Illegal Immigration is one of the most important issues in the 2008 campaign cycle. How we address this one issue has implications on nearly every other issue including Crime, Health Care, the Economy, Education, Taxes, and National Security. Because of its broad implications voters need to know exactly where their candidates stand and what their record is in addressing it.

My intention with this weekly series of posts is to take a look at each of the top candidates, what they say now and what their record indicates they have done in the past. The candidates I intend to do this post on are Mike Huckabee, Fred Thompson, and Rudy Giuliani on the Republican side and Hillary Clinton, Barak Obama, and John Edwards on the Democrats side. Chances are the list of Candidates I intend to cover on this issue will change, If I do change them it will be based on national polls or on state polls in one of the key states. I have no intention of wasting my time on looking at the fringe candidates like Dennis Kucinich or Ron Paul, unless those campaigns can demonstrate that they will have an impact on the primaries or are able to drive the discussion on the issue.

First up is former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee

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In this age of terror, immigration is not only an economic issue, but also a national security issue. We must know who is coming into our country, where they are going, and why they are here. All those who are caught trying to enter illegally must be detained, processed, and deported. As Governor, he ordered his state troopers to work with the Department of Homeland Security to arrest illegals and enforce federal immigration law.

The Governor opposes and will never allow amnesty. He passionately rejected the amnesty bill that President Bush and Sen. McCain tried to ram through Congress this summer after secret meetings of an under-the-radar cabal of amnesty-loving senators.

The Governor also opposes the “Sanctuary Cities” that harbor illegal immigrants and proposes that the Federal Government crack down on on rogue cities that willfully undermine our economy and national security.

All these statements sound well and good, but there are a few things in my opinion that are missing.  

  1. Nothing on reducing and streamlining the bureaucratic nightmare that is our immigration system. Many of the folks who are trying to come here legally find themselves waiting for several years (some close to a decade) for final approval of citizenship.  While I feel we should be aggressively cracking down on those who are fragrantly breaking our laws, we also have to reward those who are following the rules and assimilating into society.
  2. The Governor does say he wants to aggressively go after employers who hire illegals and make the fines and penalties so large that they will see it is not worth the risk. But he offers nothing that I could find that allows employers to efficiently check the immigration status of current or potential employees. It is tough to hold someone accountable for something they do not have the means to comply with.
  3. Finally Governor Huckabee mentions nothing I could find on how he would attempt to convince the government Mexico to enact economic reforms that would enable the Mexican economy to support their population.  Afterall, if the Mexican people had the oppertunities to provide for thier families a prosperous future there would be no need to cross deserts and work in a foreign country for a paltry wage. 

There have been a few reports that Governor Huckabee provided tuition breaks for illegal immigrants, based on the Governor’s 2005 State of the State address and other news articles.  Those reports are misleading and a bit inaccurate. What the Governor did was to allow children, illegal or not, who graduate from Arkansas high schools to apply for scholarships.  My opinion on this is that while you can not hold a child accountable for the parents illegal status, before that child is rewarded with a publicly funded scholarship he/she must have at least began the citizenship process.

Another issue that Governor Huckabee has been chalenged on is his denouncing of efforts to deny state benefits to illegal immigrants, calling one such effort proposed in Arkansas in 2005 as un-Christian, un-American, and irresponsible.  I honestly do not know how that legislation compares with the recent Oklahoma legislation that recently took effect, I would like to see Governor Huckabee’s comments or opinion it however.

Conclusion: The Governor has a charismatic personality and is very likable, on many issues I agree with him whole heartedly. On the Immigration issue however, his campaign rhetoric and record as Governor fall far short of what I would be looking for in a President.

Comments & or Suggestions are welcome.

Cross Posted at Hang Right Politics

Several popular TV Shows have very few new programs left, not that any of them are any good anyway.  

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My Name Is Earl (NBC)
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The Key to ending the strike though is how many scripted campaign events Hillary Clinton has left… When she runs out you know someone is gonna get pressured to make a deal….

This is probably why John Edwards joined the picket line… He wants the strike to continue at least until the Iowa Caucus

The Washington Post Headline reads.. Senate GOP Blocks $50B War Funding Package… The way the headline reads you would think that Republicans blocked critical funding for our troops denying them much needed bullets and other logistic support.  

What was rejected, and rightly so was the placing of artificial goals and expectations as well as operational limitations to get all troops out of Iraq by December 2008.  Now while getting our troops out of Iraq is an admirable and worthwhile goal, we must approach that goal in a responsible manner. The Senate Bill that did not get the necessary votes for cloture did not do that.  At the moment the situation on the ground in Iraq is very fluid, American forces have been able to quell the violence and destroy much of terror support network.  Removing those forces now or establishing a date in which they will be removed will seriously undermine all the progress we had made since the Surge Strategy was implemented.  We need to leave Iraq when the mission there is done. Not a day sooner nor a day later.  Leaving too soon places all we have accomplished and sacrificed for at great risk and will allow the terrorists to once again call the shots. Leaving too late will have consequences nearly as bad.  Deciding when we have reached that point is the tricky part. The people who are in the best position to advise when we have met our objectives there and can begin an orderly withdrawal is General Petraeus and the other commanders on the ground, it certainly is not Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. 

The Washington Post appears to have run its Headline and Article through the DNC Spin Cycle. Which is pretty much par for the course. What the Senate and Hose did was attempt to gain some percieved short term political advantage at the expense of those who are putting their lives on the line. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have both stated that they will not submit another funding bill this year.  So next month while Harry & Nancy are enjoying their Christmas vacation, and while Hillary and Obama are out campaigning they should be reminded daily that they left work undone in Washington.  They failed to support the troops by providing the resources needed to carry out their mission without strings attached.  I can only hope and pray that those daily reminders do not come in the form of increased casualty reports.  

Here is the Roll Call Vote

Others Blogging: Wake Up America, Stop The ACLU, Michelle Malkin, Gateway Pundit

The real solution in solving America’s Illegal Immigration problem is not going to be found in building fences, high tech ID’s, the Various Shamnesty provisions or in worker programs.  The real solution is not even America’s to solve, but one for the Mexican government to accomplish. When the Mexican economy can offer its citizens the oppertunity to earn a decent wage and provide a better future for their children, we won’t have thousands attempting to cross deserts to work in a foreign country for a paltry wage.  Mexico is never going to offer that kind of opportunity however, as long as the rampant corruption at all levels of Mexican politics is present, and as long as they maintain the failed socialist economic policies that given us this problem to begin with.

Bridget Johnson has an excellent article on Pajama’s Media that I highly recommend. Below is an excerpt from that article.

Between treating Central American migrants like dirt and then blaming the U.S. for violating illegal immigrants rights, Mexico’s leaders need to summon enough introspection to realize what their country can be, and then summon enough courage to take the painful steps needed to get there.

Related Post: Mexican President injecting himself into U.S. politics

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