Our Illegal Residents–What To Do About Them

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It’s no secret that illegal aliens have been with us for quite some time. There are so many in fact that chances are pretty good that most of us know at least one and probably more. Needless to say, if you want to see some of them live, just go to a fast food location, check out a lawn service crew, or witness temporary hand harvesters of farm crops.

Although there are certainly some bad ones, most of them are nice folks who work hard and have “one father” families. When they can, they do take the option and advantage of gaming the system as many U.S. citizens do. All this thanks to the gross incompetence of a government that likes to keep people obligated to whoever gives them stuff and allows advocates to teach them system gaming techniques.

Why should they go though the rigors of legal documentation that takes a long time for clearance when crossing over is fairly easy, with advocates waiting to teach them how to get benefits? Then there is always the hope of eventual amnesty. Since there is not enough I.C.E. personnel to go around checking identification papers, once the illegals are in, residency is pretty much all downhill from there.

Then there is the other bonus of birthright, a major perk of sneaking in. The Citizenship clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution says, among other things, that all persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof is a U.S. citizen. The Supreme Court said in 1898 that the immigration status of the parents makes no difference. A reinterpretation of that decision would be beneficial to taxpayers. IIlegals have had lots of babies here (at our expense), some made in the USA, some made elsewhere and born here. These are sometimes called “anchor babies” and help the heartstring tuggers delay any deportation proceedings.

The problems involved with illegal immigration can be resolved for the most part if we acknowledge some facts.

Fact number one: we have been hearing a figure of twelve million illegals for years, but this number is pure fiction. A more realistic number is twenty million or more, and to find and round up that many people for deportation isn’t going to happen. They are spread out all over the country and are well embedded. We would need the entire United States Army full time to assist I.C.E. in such a task. It is highly probable that we would continue to need major military assistance for decades as the logistics of moving these captured masses to the porous border would be complex and, in all likelihood, fruitless.

Fact number two: our border security continues to be a standing joke, on us. Even if we did have some control in the southern border, the illegals could disembark from boats via the Oregon or Washington coastline (which have large unwatched areas.)

Fact number three: some illegals have been here most of their lives and have large American families; they are simply here to stay.

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Megyn Kelly Blasts Ebola Physician As Irresponsible

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The Manhattan doctor diagnosed with Ebola who recently traveled to the country of Guinea is under quarantine at Bellevue Hospital.

Dr. Craig Spencer arrived in New York on October 17 and took a walk on the elevated High Line, visited the Meatball Shop, jogged for three miles, and rode a subway to a Brooklyn bowling alley. He was rushed by ambulance to the hospital isolation unit when he reported a low-grade fever of 100.3.

It is not clear how Dr. Spencer contracted the virus. He had used protective equipment while working with Ebola patients in Guinea.

Megyn Kelly was speaking to Dr. Marc Siegel on The Kelly File when she criticized Dr. Spencer for not isolating himself when his symptoms began.

“This sounds irresponsible. You tell me if I am wrong, which very well may be the case. But you are over there, as this doctor, treating Ebola patients; you’re well aware of the contagiousness of this disease. He comes back into New York City. He knows he’s been handling Ebola patients, and he’s here for a week? He doesn’t tell anybody, and if he starts to feel symptomatic before his 103 fever, he’s still out there bowling and taking taxis and not self-quarantining.”

Dr. Siegel agreed with Kelly’s outrage, remarking that it didn’t seem like Dr. Spencer “took personal responsibility at all.”

Siegel suggested that a stronger law needs to be implemented to enforce self-quarantine periods for health workers returning from countries like Guinea that have a high number of Ebola patients.

 

h/t The Blaze

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Why Republicans Won’t Lose The House

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You probably haven’t read much commentary about this year’s elections to the House of Representatives. There’s a good reason for that: The majority in the Senate is up for grabs, but it’s clear to everyone who follows these things that Republicans will continue to control the House. But there are lessons to be learned from this year’s House races, some of them relevant beyond this election cycle.

The House math is fairly simple. Republicans won 234 House seats in 2012 and Democrats 201. There are three vacant seats now, but neither party has gained a seat in a special election or by a party switch.

Put that together with the fact that we’ve become a straight-ticket voting nation now, no matter how many voters swear they’re Independents. In 2012, 409 of the 435 congressional districts voted for the presidential candidate and House candidate of the same party. Only 26 voted split tickets. That’s the lowest number since the election of 1920.

Also in 2012, 226 House districts voted for Mitt Romney and only 209 for President Obama. That’s when Obama’s national job approval was 50 percent. Now it’s 41 percent. House Democrats have a competent campaign committee and chairman, but they have been facing an uphill slog.

As I’ve noted before, Republicans have an edge in House districts, partly due to partisan redistricting, but mostly because of demographic clustering. Heavily Democratic groups — blacks, Hispanics, gentry liberals — are heavily clustered in relatively few heavily Democratic districts. Republican voters are more evenly spread around the rest of the country.

The result is that Republicans are likely to gain House seats. A net gain of eight puts them at 242, the number they won in 2010 and their highest number since the election of 1946. A net gain of nine or more would give them their largest House majority in two-thirds of a century.

That wouldn’t mean that support for the Republican Party is at a 70-year high. By other measures, it’s weaker. Republicans won five of six presidential elections between 1968 and 1988, with an average popular vote margin of 10 percent. They’ve lost four of the six between 1992 and 2012, by an average vote margin of 4 percent.

But Americans split their tickets a lot in the past. In the 1968-88 period, white Southerners usually voted Republican for president and Democratic for Congress.

And starting with a few Republican suburban House members in the 1950s, and continuing with many more Democrats in the next three decades, members used the advantages of incumbency — free mail to constituents, constituent services, lobbying for local businesses and nonprofits — to make enough friends to survive elections when their party was getting whomped at the top of the ticket.

So between 1958 and 1992 in every election, Democrats won at least 243 House seats — more than Republicans have since 1946 — and as many as 295. Their low points came in 1972 and 1984, when Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan carried 49 states and more than 300 congressional districts.

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CNN Cut From DISH Network, Loses 14 Million Potential Viewers

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CNN, which has been struggling in the ratings, was dealt a big blow late Monday when the cable news network, along with other Turner Broadcasting channels, was removed from Dish Network after the two companies failed to reach an agreement on programming fees.

Dish moved quickly to replace CNN with MSNBC, and told customers to go online to get Turner’s programming, some of which isn’t available without cable or satellite TV provider verification.

“We are confident that we have offered a deal to Turner that reflects an appropriate value for our customers,” said Warren Schlichting, Dish’s senior vice president-programming, in a statement.

“Despite our best efforts, we were unable to reach an agreement with Dish Network,” Turner said. “Dish is once again operating in a disruptive manner that takes away networks and programming from their customers.”

Disputes over cable programming fees have become more common in recent years as the cable networks seek to squeeze more money from the cable and satellite providers to cover their programming costs. The networks are trying to compensate for falling advertising revenues as viewers abandon cable for Internet streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, which have grown tremendously in the last few years.

For Dish, as well as other cable and satellite providers, they have decided to take a stand against the skyrocketing fee increases demanded by cable networks—Turner has declared that they will seek a double-digit increase in fees in 2016. This has a big effect on subscribers who are tired of increasing subscription fees and have been “cutting the cord” for the last few years in large numbers, which is also crimping revenues.

The longer that Turner holds out for the fees they seek, the more they hurt their channels—particularly CNN, which can ill afford to lose viewers. But that is what will happen the longer they remain off the air. For Dish, it makes their service less valuable to subscribers and will only encourage more “cord cutting.”

I don’t know how the Dish subscribers are going to react to this development, but I know that if my cable provider were to drop the Turner channels, I would barely notice or care.

 

This article originally appeared at AIM.org and is reprinted here with permission.

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Obama Caught Covering Up Emails In Fast And Furious Scandal For Eric Holder And His Family

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A government watchdog group announced Thursday, after receiving information about the Fast and Furious operation, that President Obama asserted executive privilege to block emails sent between Attorney General Eric Holder and family members.

Early during President Obama’s tenure, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) launched “Operation Fast and Furious,” allowing thousands of firearms to be illegally sold in the hopes of tracking Mexican drug cartels. United States Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed with one of those firearms in December of 2010.

Judicial Watch, a right-leaning legal advocacy organization, announced Thursday it received from the Department of Justice (DOJ) a “Vaughn index” — a more than 1,307 page draft document with details about Fast and Furious. Among the information the group received is disclosure of 20 emails between Holder and his wife, Sharon Malone, as well as his mother.

The contents of the emails are being withheld “under an extraordinary claim of executive privilege as well as a dubious claim of deliberative process privilege under the Freedom of Information Act.” Judicial Watch writes that the exemption is ordinarily only used for “public disclosure records that could chill internal government deliberations.”

Other information in the ‘Vaughn index’, according to Judicial Watch, included:

–Numerous emails that detail Attorney General Holder’s direct involvement in crafting talking points, the timing of public disclosures, and handling Congressional inquiries in the Fast and Furious matter.

–DOJ communications (including those of Eric Holder) concerning the White House about Fast and Furious.

–Communications to and from the United States Ambassador to Mexico about Fast and Furious.

The scandal required the attention of virtually every top official of the DOJ and ATF. Many of the records are already publicly available, such as letters from Congress, press clips, and typical agency communications. Ordinarily these records would, in whole or in part, be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. Few of the records seem to even implicate presidential decision-making and advice that might be subject to President Obama’s broad and unprecedented executive privilege claim.

 

H/T Washington Examiner

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