Illegal immigrants are being secretly flown to Massachusetts and kept in local lockups in an under-the-radar operation that has alarmed lawmen who are raising health and security concerns amid recent spikes in detainees coming up from Texas during the latest border crisis.
“We’re all becoming border sheriffs now with these people being carted all over the country,” said Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson.
“The blame goes all the way up. It’s a travesty and people ought to be upset,” Hodgson said. “This is un-American and has raised the stakes to the public health and public safety threat.”
I’m very much with Erick Erickson on this one:
Charity and mercy are Christian values. I look at the deep and hostile reaction to Glenn Beck’s effort of late to provide charity to the illegal immigrants at the border and I am shaking my head at some of my fellow Christians and fellow conservatives.
I do not think the government should be helping these people stay here. I do not think the government should be bussing them to other places. I do not think we should let these people stay here. But I think while here we should, in private charity, show mercy and give comfort where we can.
I would have loved to have heard this conversation:
The White House is finding itself increasingly on defense over deportations of undocumented immigrants, as key Democrats and a top immigration reform group have gone public this week with their desire for President Barack Obama to act.
National Council of La Raza President Janet Murguía called Obama the “deporter-in-chief” in a major speech Tuesday, leading to angry phone calls from senior White House officials — including adviser Valerie Jarrett — according to three people familiar with the calls.
Jarrett told Murguía that Obama was “very disappointed” with the statement, the sources said.
…or “bearers of water:”
Florida Democratic congressional candidate Alex Sink said immigration reform was important at a Tuesday debate because, without it, it would be difficult for employers to find people to clean hotel rooms and do landscaping.
“Immigration reform is important in our country,” she said. “We have a lot of employers over on the beaches that rely upon workers and especially in this high-growth environment, where are you going to get people to work to clean our hotel rooms or do our landscaping? We don’t need to put those employers in a position of hiring undocumented and illegal workers.”
Let me demonstrate why this is a dumb statement:
For Republicans to build a massive Internet presence, [Former Obama digital strategist Joe Rospars ] said, they would have to abandon opposition to issues with popular support like expanding background checks on gun buyers and allowing illegal immigrants to earn citizenship.
Or, rather, let me Mad-Lib why this is a dumb statement:
For [Democrats] to [keep] a massive Internet presence, [RedState digital activist Moe Lane] said, they would have to abandon opposition to issues with popular support like [banning abortion after the 25th week] and [getting rid of Obamacare].
And I’m gonna give them this one for free, largely because I’m quite keen to hear the answer myself: Why is it that we have a legal immigration system that favors Chechen terrorists over Mexican dishwashers?
That’s it. But it’s a doozy of a question, no?
PS: If Buzzfeed is correct – big if – then the bombers were registered to vote in Massachusetts. But, hey, there’s no voter fraud in this country.
Jim Geraghty over at NRO has an absolutely must-read story about a really problematic – for Terry McAuliffe, current* Democratic nominee for governor in Virginia – story about GreenTech Automotive. For those who don’t remember, GreenTech is the electric
glorified golf cart car company that McAuliffe loudly trumpeted as being part of his job-creation record… and quietly divested from, without telling anybody thad he had. This was a bit interesting, given that McAuliffe’s candidacy is based around his business experience; so there was an expectation that another shoe was due to drop.
And it has. Let me introduce all y’all to a phrase with connotations: “visa for sale.” Although I personally would call it “pay-for-play visas.” Rolls off of the tongue better. (more…)
Usually Charlie Cook’s smarter than this (bolding mine).
Every time Obama takes a public stand on immigration, he makes it that much more difficult for Republican members of Congress to support it. Keep in mind that 94 percent of House Republicans are in districts Mitt Romney carried and that 34 of 45 GOP senators represent states Obama lost. As a result, most congressional Republicans are far more afraid of losing a primary to a more conservative challenger than a general election to a Democrat. It is a lot easier for them to support an immigration bill that has broad-based support in the business and farming communities (and that also happens to be supported by Obama and the Democratic leadership) than to back a bill so popularly identified with the other side. If the president really cares about enacting immigration reform, he will get off the campaign trail, depoliticize it, and keep as quiet about it as he can.
Via Ramesh Ponnuru, who is just aware as I am that the President doesn’t really care about enacting immigration reform. Particularly since nobody at the moment can argue with a straight face that the GOP isn’t having an, ah, open and frank internal exchange of opinions on the entire issue.
Have at it, folks. I personally am in full ‘plague on both their houses’ mode at this moment – but don’t mind me. Just don’t insult each other and everything will be fine.
I could live with this. More importantly: so could probably 50+% of the electorate, which I suspect is getting thoroughly tired of this issue.
[Marco Rubio's] wholesale fix tries to square—triangulate, if you will—the liberal fringe that seeks broad amnesty for illegal immigrants and the hard right’s obsession with closing the door. Mr. Rubio would ease the way for skilled engineers and seasonal farm workers while strengthening border enforcement and immigration laws. As for the undocumented migrants in America today—eight to 12 million or so—he proposes to let them “earn” a working permit and, one day, citizenship.
Those proposals amount to a collection of third rails for any number of lobbies. Organized labor has torpedoed guest-worker programs before. Anything that hints of leniency for illegals may offend the talk-radio wing of the GOP.
I am a Republican, and one that is much less hard-nosed on the subject of immigration than Mickey Kaus is. We’re going to have the conversation about what to do next, and if Mickey wants to join in then he needs to join up.
PS: Fair warning: Charles Krauthammer’s plan (which I can sum up as “Let us close the border, and you can have your green cards”) works for me on a basic level; it’s a plan and it can be implemented. And there’s a lot more people in the GOP that will get behind it than Mickey thinks that there are. Some of them are even Tea Partiers.