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Status Report on the Immigration Amnesty Bill

Status Report on the Immigration Amnesty Bill
Many reasons why gun owners should be concerned

As you probably know, the immigration amnesty bill is on the Senate floor.

This is a status report on where we are, and we will attempt to give you regular follow-ups over the next two weeks.

For starters, why should gun owners care about immigration amnesty?

First: It will add up to a net 8.4 million anti-gun voters in the next 13 years or so. This could make comprehensive gun control and confiscation inevitable within our lifetimes.

SCOTUS SHOOTS DOWN ARIZONA VOTING RULES

State Had Required Proof of Citizenship
By Harold Hutchison

Arizona’s law requiring proof of citizenship before being able to register to vote under the 1993 “Motor-Voter Law” was struck down by the Supreme Court on a 7-2 vote. The court rules that the federal law pre-empted state level provisions.

Only two justices, Clarence Thomas and Samual Alito, voted to uphold the law. Last year, another Arizona law seeking to combat illegal immigration was struck down by the Supreme Court.

Is there anyone in Washington willing to secure the border?

BORDER SECURITY AMENDMENT SHOT DOWN

43 Senators Vote for Grassley Amendment
By Harold Hutchison

A border-security amendment by Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) was defeated by the Senate. A total of 57 Senators voted for a motion to table his amendment, which would have required that the White House would certify “effective control” over the southwestern border before any of the 11 million illegal immigrants could be legalized.

SENATE BEGINS DEBATE ON AMNESTY

Gang of Eight Bill Passes First Hurdle
By Harold Hutchison

The Senate began debate on the “immigration reform” legislation after blowing past a filibuster against the motion to proceed on the legislation. The debate starting has included numerous amendments as well. Senator John Cornyn introduced a 134-page amendment that prohibits starting any pathway to citizenship or a green card for the approximately 11 million illegal immigrants believed to be in the country.

WHAT DO SKI INSTRUCTORS HAVE TO DO WITH BORDER SECURITY?

Provision in Massive Bill Raises Questions
By Harold Hutchison

The Senate’s “Gang of Eight” introduced their immigration reform bill – which weighed in at 844 pages – three weeks ago. Six days ago, a substitute was introduced, and it came in even longer, totaling 867 pages. But what is in the bill may surprise a lot of people.

FIVE KILLED IN BORDER CHASE

17 Injured When Van Crashes
By Harold Hutchison

Five people were killed when a van carrying 22 people crashed, ending a vehicle chase being carried out by United States Customs and Border Patrol. The crash occurred in Arizona, a state where illegal immigration has become a controversial issue.

In addition to the fatalities, the other 17 people were injured when the van rolled over. Of the five people killed, one was from Mexico, four were from Guatemala. One of those killed was a young boy. Seven of the injured were transported via helicopter.

DEATH OF A TEXAS PROSECUTOR

D.A. May Have Been Killed by Mexican Cartels
By Harold Hutchison

A Texas prosecutor who was gunned down at home with his wife may have been the intended target of the attack, the mayor of Forney, Texas, said. Mike McLelland was found Saturday.

Darren Rovell told the Associated Press that the attack is seen as a double-shock to the community, which was reeling from the 31 January death of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse.

OBAMA LETS `EM LOOSE

Illegal Immigrants Set Loose Due to Sequester
By Harold Hutchison

Illegal immigrants were turned loose by the Obama Administration ahead of the looming sequester.

"Over the last week, ICE has reviewed several hundred cases and placed these individuals on methods of supervision less costly than detention,” ICE spokesperson Gillian Christensen said. “All of these individuals remain in removal proceedings. Priority for detention remains on serious criminal offenders and other individuals who pose a significant threat to public safety.”

Operation Dark Night

Video by Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Otay Mesa Drug Tunnel One

Video by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Crack 99

Immigration Enforcement Top Crime Priority for US

A new report casts immigration enforcement as the U.S. government's top anti-crime priority, marked by a two-decade shift in funding that has put more staff, equipment and screening capabilities to work protecting the country's borders.

The report by the non-partisan Migration Policy Institute, based in Washington, comes amid recent reforms by the White House easing policies for some illegal immigrants and criticism by Republican lawmakers who want a greater focus on enforcement efforts.

Operation BEAR

Video by Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Coast Guard nabs $1 million in cocaine off Galveston

Coast Guard personnel were joined by other federal agencies Christmas Eve to remove more than 85 pounds of cocaine from a ship off the Galveston coast.

The crew of the 900-foot oil tanker Godavari Spirit notified Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston that they located a suspicious package hidden aboard their ship and suspected it to contain narcotics.

Coast Guard finds 5 miles of illegal gill net filled with shark

A Coast Guard crew found an illegal gill net with hundreds of dead sharks Monday, four miles off the Texas coast.

The crew of a Coast Guard Station South Padre Island response boat spotted the gill net approximately 17 miles north of the U.S – Mexican maritime border. The gill net was five miles long and was loaded with 345 dead sharks.

The species of shark seized included 225 black tip, 109 bonnet, and 11 bull sharks.