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Supreme Court Turns Down In-State Tuition Case

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On June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari to Day v. Bond, a case challenging a Kansas law that gives in-state tuition discounts to illegal aliens. The 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act allows a state to provide the subsidized, lower in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens but only if the state also provides the same low rate to U.S. citizens who are residents of other states.

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House Panel Guts Spending on Effective Enforcement Activities

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During today’s markup of the FY09 Department of Homeland Security spending bill (no bill number yet), the House Appropriations Committee voted to cut and remove funding for proven enforcement measures such as the 287(g) program, which enables local police and sheriffs to enforce immigration laws, and workplace enforcement activities. The measure will, among other things, require ICE to spend $800 million to identify and deport illegal aliens who have committed serious crimes.

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Pro-Amnesty Rep. Chris Cannon Ousted in Primary

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Rep. Chris Cannon (R - Utah) was defeated in the Republican primary in Utah's 3rd district. While considered a staunch conservative on many issues, Rep. Cannon is known for being pro-immigration and has sponsored many bills to allow more foreign workers to enter the United States. Americans for Better Immigration gives Rep. Cannon a C grade based on his immigration voting record.

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Rep. Cannon Finally Fails To Hide Amnesty Record

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  by  Roy Beck

Rep. Chris Cannon -- who lost in a 60%-40% Primary election landslide yesterday -- had survived several previous Primary challenges by fooling enough people into believing that he was not really an amnesty champion.

His loss should strike some fear into the 362 Members of Congress (68%) who have Amnesty grades of D+ or worse but who nearly all claim to voters that they do NOT support amnesties for illegal aliens. 

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Supreme Court Denies Fence Lawsuit

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The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday refused to hear a lawsuit brought by environmental groups challenging the Bush administration's ability to expedite construction of a section of border fence near Naco, Arizona. Defenders of Wildlife and the Sierra Club claimed the Administration’s waiver of 19 environmental laws was an unconstitutional repeal of federal laws.

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Border-eye view points finger at who really is killing & degrading illegals crossing desert

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  by  Roy Beck

ARIZONA/MEXICO BORDER -- "We're seeing a lot more babies crossing through here now," Barbara Barnett told me, as we sat on her patio looking out over her and her husband Roger's geologically dramatic, sprawling desert cattle ranch.

One thing that feels much clearer from this vantage point is that the increasingly risky and irresponsible behavior of illegal-alien crossers is being spurred by the politicians back in Washington who continue to undercut  immigration enforcement and who  promise huge rewards for those who violate immigration laws.

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Backroom discussions continue on whether to de-fund effective efforts that deter illegal immigration

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  by  Roy Beck

U.S. House appropriators are deep in internal discussions over whether to praise (and fund) current enforcement efforts that are proving most effective in arresting illegal aliens and deterring future illegal immigration. Postponement of markup today on a DHS spending bill is probably a good sign.

The House Appropriations Committee has postponed its Wednesday afternoon (June 18) consideration of the DHS spending bill that will determine funding levels for immigration enforcement next year.

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Supreme Court Ruling Lets Voluntary-Departure Aliens Back Out of their Deal

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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that deportable illegal aliens can back out of their agreement to voluntarily depart the country and get another opportunity to make the case to immigration officials that they should be allowed to adjust their status.

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