Illegal Immigrant/Immigration News Roundup — June 24, 2010

Posted on June 25, 2010

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A sampling of news stories and commentary related to illegal immigrants and illegal immigration:

  • Well, it’s been almost 3 weeks since Jan Brewer met with President Obama at the White House to discuss illegal immigration.  Nothing was accomplished, but President Obama promised to have his staff out in two weeks to meet with Brewer’s staff  to hear ideas they may have to address the illegal immigration situation.   Obama also promised to send 1,200 National Guard troops to the southwest border (not Arizona specifically) and called for an additional funds for supporting the border effort.  As of today, it looks like Arizona Governor Jan Brewer “can’t get no satisfaction” from the White House.  Not only has the day come and gone (now being scheduled for June 28), but she has received no substantial details about the troop deployment and other administration plans for border enforcement.  So, she’s sent a letter to the White House requesting some details. 
  • In one of the more amazing exhibits of ignorance, a Democrat county supervisor, when trying to state her reasons for wanting to boycott Arizona, says she could understand Arizona’s position if it was like Texas which is directly on the border with Mexico, but Arizona is “a ways removed from the border.”
  • It seems the federal government deciding to sue Arizona over its new anti-illegal immigration law, SB-1070, may be putting the political careers of Democrats in the state at risk.    So much so that they are begging the Obama administration to change its mind.
  • A federal database which started operating in the last months of the Bush administration has helped identify 31,000 convicted “non-citizen” criminals and led to their removal from the United States. The database has identified over 25,000 Levels 1 and 2 criminals in just under 2 years.  Amazingly, cities like Chicago and San Francisco don’t want to use the database for fear it might identify “minor criminals” as illegals and lead to their deportation.  Of course, this really isn’t amazing since these cities are sanctuary cities and prefer to flout federal law instead of comply to it.  So, the lesson is if you’re here in the U.S. illegally, make sure you reside in one of these two cities in case you should happen to break another law.  Chances for your deportation are less there.  
  • Unmanned drone aircraft have been approved to patrol the Texas-Mexico border in order to help catch drug smugglers and illegal immigrants.
  • A truck driver who had been given multiple life sentences had those sentences overturned today.  Seven years ago the driver was involved in trying to smuggling 70 illegals in the back of his tractor-trailer from south Texas to Houston.  During the trip he never turned on the air-conditioning which resulted in temperatures rising and the deaths of 19 people due to dehydration, overheating and suffocation.