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Ag capitalism starting to work without amnesty

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At first blush, I'm sure some will find the news of big California ag firms expanding operations in Mexico to be a negative reaction to increased enforcement against illegal immigration.

Look deeper, however, and this is yet more proof that a constant and escalating enforcement will create an attrition in the illegal population in the U.S.  -- and will allow agricultural capitalism to begin to work properly without the distortion of an amnesty.

Attrition Through Enforcement works!

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South Carolina On Verge Of Strict Bill Against Illegal Aliens

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"After months of political wrangling, South Carolina's legislative leaders said Tuesday they have reached a compromise on an illegal immigration proposal that would require all businesses to verify their employees are legally here...." http://www.wbt.com/news/details.cfm?article_id=37260

AP, 27 May 2008

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In L.A., coping with the threat of deportation

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"Work-site arrests of illegal immigrants have increased tenfold nationwide to nearly 5,000 last year, according to the federal government. Images of the raids have been splashed on television news reports and on the front pages of Spanish-language newspapers around the country...." http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-letters27-2008may27,0,7438900.story

Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2008

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Gov. Beebe: Law bans in-state college, university tuition for illegal immigrants

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"Denying illegal immigrants the chance to pay only in-state tuition at Arkansas colleges and universities is a matter of law, not of personal choice or opinion, Gov. Mike Beebe said Monday...." http://news.aol.com/story/_a/beebe-law-bans-in-state-tuition-for/n20080526141809990006

Jon Gambrell, AP, 26 May 2008

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Hundreds Arrested in Largest U.S. Immigration Raid

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At least 100 immigration agents raided the Agriprocessing plant in Postville, Iowa, at around 10 am (cst) on Monday, May 12. Immigration officials told local authorities that 600-700 arrests were expected at the plant -- a facility that employees around 1,000 individuals.

The ICE raid was executed to look for evidence of suspected identity theft and fraudulent use of Social Security numbers, among other crimes. Immigration agents were also granted permission to investigate individuals suspected of being in the United States illegally.

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Hundreds Arrested in Iowa Immigration Raid

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At least 100 immigration agents raided the Agriprocessing plant in Postville, Iowa, at around 10 am (cst) on Monday, May 12. Immigration officials told local authorities that 600-700 arrests were expected at the plant -- a facility that employees around 1,000 individuals.

The ICE raid was executed to look for evidence of suspected identity theft and fraudlent use of Social Security numbers, among other crimes. Immigration agents were also granted permission to investigate individuals suspected of being in the United States illegally.

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Pro-amnesty marches indicate crumbling of inevitability

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I just returned from an interview at CNN for their report on today's marches across the nation in favor of an amnesty. Reporters told me the turnout is very small -- with only a couple of dozen showing up for the Washington D.C. rally. The marches help put America's choices this year in stark relief: Either legalize the illegal aliens so they can STAY (what the marchers want) or pass the SAVE Act to take away nearly all legitimate jobs so the illegal aliens will LEAVE (what most Americans want).

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Rally for immigrant rights: Attendance lower, but marchers push for reform

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A supporter of stricter enforcement, Rosemary Jenks of NumbersUSA in Washington, D.C., said she believes the marches have backfired and bolstered those who favor more enforcement among the country's estimated 12 million illegal immigrantshttp://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=746212

By Georgia Pabst, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Crackdown on Illegal Immigration Quiets Soccer Fields in Pr. William

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"Officials have said the policy is not meant to intimidate but to remove illegal immigrants, particularly those who commit crimes. The imperiled leagues draw little sympathy from backers of the county's enforcement program..." http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/11/AR2008031103288.html?hpid=moreheadlines

Washington Post; March 12, 2008

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The Frustration of Being Illegal

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"Celia Llanes came to the United States 4 1/2 years ago with typical immigrant aspirations. She hoped to provide for her family, earn enough to buy a patch of land back home and perhaps take her girls to Disney World. Today, her wish is far simpler: that when she is deported her girls will be deported with her..." http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/10/AR2008021002376.html

Washington Post; February 11, 2008

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Where have the illegal immigrants gone?

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"'The state of Oklahoma ought not be in the business of subsidizing the presence of people who are here illegally,' said Republican state Rep. Randy Terrill, sponsor of the Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act of 2007, also known as House Bill 1804. 'HB 1804 proves that attrition through enforcement works,' Terrill added..." http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-immigrant_bdfeb10,0,4213105.story

Chicago Tribune; February 10, 2008

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Immigration raids keep firms busy

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"A federal crackdown on illegal immigrants in the workplace has triggered a tsunami of work for immigration lawyers, who say fears of getting hit with an immigration raid or audit are at an all-time high among employers..." http://www.dailyreportonline.com/Editorial/News/singleEdit.asp?individual_SQL=2/8/2008@21162

Daily Report; February 8, 2008

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Authorities raid Southern California printer supply company

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"More than 100 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided a printer supply manufacturer in the San Fernando Valley on Thursday, taking into custody about 120 employees for being in the country illegally and arresting eight on federal criminal charges, authorities said." http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/state/20080207-2159-ca-immigrationraid.html

Associated Press; February 7, 2008

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Break the law. Get sent home.

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"Starting next week, members of Hall County's sizable population of illegal immigrants will face the very real prospect of deportation if arrested on any charge that lands them in the Hall County jail. That's because Cronic's office has reached an agreement with federal immigration officials that will allow certain deputies to identify and begin deportation proceedings for anyone in the country illegally..."

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For varying reasons, many leaving U.S.

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"So far in 2007, 5,000 Brazilians have returned home because of the climate of fear that immigration officials have instilled within the communities," said Fausto da Rocha, executive director for the Brazilian Immigrant Center. http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070910/COLUMNISTS46/209100374/-1/opinion

Nashua Telegraph (N.H.); September 10, 2007

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Lack of skilled workers will lead to fiscal crisis, experts say

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"Absolutely we would favor educating and training the labor force of legal immigrants over bringing in more foreign workers," said Roy Beck, president of the Virginia-based NumbersUSA. "Let's invest in people we have here."http://www.latimes.com/classified/jobs/news/la-me-immiglabor21apr21,0,2582730,full.story

By Teresa Watanabe, in the L.A. Times

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SAVE-ing Immigration Reform

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Something unorthodox occurred on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. The House Republican leadership began pushing a “discharge petition” — a procedural maneuver designed to force a floor vote — on a piece of Democratic legislation. The bill in question is the SAVE Act, authored by freshmen Congressman Heath Shuler (D., N.C.).

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Forging immigration reform

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... we joined together to craft the Secure America with Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act. The SAVE Act provides a three-pronged approach to curb illegal immigration: enhanced border security, employment verification and dramatically increased enforcement of our nation's existing laws...http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/mar/14/forging-immigration-reform/

By Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC) and Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-CA), in the Washtington Times, March 14, 2008

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House GOP wants immigration vote

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... Rep. Thelma Drake (R-Va.), backed by her leaders, filed the discharge petition calling for a vote on the Shuler bill, which would add 8,000 border guards to the federal payroll, expedite the deportation of illegal immigrants and expand an existing database for employers to check the eligibility of a potential worker. ...http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0308/8977.html

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House Republicans Seek to Force Floor Vote on Immigration Enforcement Bill

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Minority Whip Roy Blunt , R-Mo., said he expects about 100 Republicans to sign the petition by Rep. Thelma Drake , R-Va., which seeks to bring to the House floor border enforcement legislation introduced by Rep. Heath Shuler , D-N.C. Shuler’s bill has 141 cosponsors — 93 Republicans and 48 Democrats. But it is not clear how many Democrats will sign the discharge petition.

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Senate GOP Introduces New Immigration Package and Caucus

Sen. Sessions (R-Ala.) presents his new immigration bills

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Senate Republicans on Wednesday held a press conference to showcase a package of 15 bills designed to make critical improvements to America’s immigration system. The coalition, led by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), called for full Senate consideration on each of the bills as amendments to any legislative vehicle deemed appropriate by Senate Republicans this year.

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Five-year Amnesty Bill Under Discussion

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Some House Democrats are having behind-the-scenes discussions about creating a special visa for illegal aliens they believe will enjoy considerable Republican support. Under the plan, illegal aliens who can prove they have jobs and pass a criminal background check will receive the gift of legal status for 5 years. The plan is designed to attract pro-business Republicans and those who backed the McCain-Kennedy amnesty bill by also increasing the number of visas issued for technical, temporary and agricultural workers.

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More Members Sign SAVE Act

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(Updated on Feb. 29, 2008) Rep. Heath Shuler’s (D-N.C.) SAVE Act (Secure America with Verification Enforcement [H.R. 4088]) now has 148 bipartisan signers. The SAVE Act will require all employers to use the electronic verification system to keep illegal aliens out of U.S. jobs. NumbersUSA believes that this legislation originating on the Democratic side of the House is just the vehicle to give us a chance to actually pass immigration legislation through a Democratic-controlled Congress that would significantly improve the lives of most Americans.

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The "false dichotomy," tool of demagogues (Amnesty or deportation is a false choice)

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Few things in politics are more destructive and dangerous than the false dichotomy-an "either/or" situation which limits solutions to a given problem to two or three exclusive, usually extreme, options. In countless newspaper articles and television news shows, the debate about what to do about the millions of foreign nationals living illegally in the United States is presented as a choice between the radical extremes of mass amnesty and mass deportation.

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SAVE Act Introduced in the Senate

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Last week two versions of Rep. Heath Shuler’s (D-N.C.) SAVE Act (Secure America with Verification Enforcement [H.R. 4088]) were introduced in the Senate by Senators Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and David Vitter (R-La.). The Pryor/Landrieu bill is S. 2368 and Sen. Vitter's bill is S. 2366. Both bills are identical and have been endorsed by NumbersUSA.

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For employers, cost to be high for illegal hires

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"'If they're trying to make another effort at amnesty in the fall, then this is a pretty smart thing they're doing,' said Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, a Virginia-based organization that helped engineer a fierce grass-roots campaign in June to defeat a bipartisan Senate bill that would have offered legalization to undocumented immigrants..."

Chicago Tribune

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Mexican consul's biggest challenge is immigration

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"'Obviously, the Mexican government's intention is exactly what is happening – American businesses and banks would begin to accept these documents as secure and, therefore, sort of normalize illegal immigrants,' says Rosemary Jenks, government relations director for Numbers USA, a group favoring immigration restrictions."http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/071607dntexhubbard.3b4a01d.html

By Diane Solis, in the Dallas Morning News

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Fear Seizes Pr. William Immigrants -- Legal and Not

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"Although the anti-illegal-immigrant measures approved last week in Prince William County were less severe than proposed originally, Hispanic residents there say a clasp of fear has gripped their community in recent days, as anxiety and confusion over the policies ripple through supermarkets, job sites, hair salons and living rooms..." http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/14/AR2007071401104.html

The Washington Post; July 15, 2007

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Little-Known Group Claims a Win on Immigration

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"When a comprehensive immigration bill collapsed last month on the Senate floor, it was a victory for a small group that had been lobbying Congress for a decade to reduce the number of immigrants — legal and illegal — in the United States. The group, Numbers USA, tracked every twist and turn of the bill. Its members flooded the Senate with more than a million faxes, sent through the organization’s Web site. It supplied arguments and information to senators opposing the bill. 'It was a David-and-Goliath struggle,' said Roy H.

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Ga. Companies Contracting with State Must Verify Employees

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"'Many Hispanic contractors are packing up to leave the state,' said Luisa Moreno, programs coordinator and membership services director of the contractors association. 'We are just waiting for federal immigration reform...'" http://www.galeo.org/story.php?story_id=0000003268

GlobalAtlanta.com; July 2, 2007

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The People Killed Amnesty

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"Much of the credit should also go to the bipartisan lobbying organization NumbersUSA, a powerful advocate for strengthening border security, which made it clear to members of Congress that they weren't buying the phony games some lawmakers wanted to play: proposing tough-sounding amendments that stood little chance of becoming law, while voting for cloture — and in effect for amnesty."http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2007/jun/29/the-people-killed-amnesty/

Wahington Times Editorial

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NumbersUSA TV ad criticizes McConnell for immigration-bill effort

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"Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, who helped revive an immigration bill this week, is drawing criticism back home in a sharply worded television ad being run by a national group. NumbersUSA, which favors restricting immigration, accuses McConnell of joining liberal icon Ted Kennedy in "strong-arming" senators to support "amnesty" for millions of illegal immigrants..."

The Associated Press (AP)

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Immigration bill ignites grass-roots fire

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"Conservative anger at the Senate immigration bill is at such a pitch that even Republican lawmakers are feeling the heat. Groups like NumbersUSA have been channeling that grass-roots fury and, in doing so, have leaped in size and are playing a larger role in the immigration debate than ever before..."

The Los Angeles Times

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Arrests of 31 in U.S. Sweep Bring Fear in New Haven

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"[S]tarting at 6 a.m. Wednesday, two days after the Board of Aldermen overwhelmingly approved the identity card plan, federal agents swept into the largely Hispanic Fair Haven community and arrested some 31 people suspected of being illegal immigrants, many in their homes. Within hours, any sense of sanctuary that the city and advocates for immigrants advocates had developed over the years was turned upside down, replaced with fear..." http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/08/nyregion/08haven.html

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Groups Lobby for Immigration Reform

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"Caroline Espinosa, a spokesperson for Numbers USA, an organization that advocates for immigration reduction, said that the number of members registered on the group's Web site swelled after the president and senators reached a compromise. The organization is drawing from these grassroots supporters to 'ramp up its efforts' this week...

United Press International

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Senate to open debate on immigration bill

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""Already by Friday afternoon, we had some of the Republican offices calling us and saying: 'Would you tell your members we're definitely going to vote no, and will you call off the phone calls?' said Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, which has deemed the bill an amnesty for illegal aliens and whose members already have sent 185,000 faxes to Senate offices."

The Washington Times

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