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October 19, 2010
Dan Rodricks wrote an excellent article about immigrants in the U.S., both legal and illegal, and their contribution to the U.S. economy ("Pro-immigrant is pro-business," Oct. 16). What has been overlooked is the fact that our southern border is now more secure than it has been for the last 10 years. We have far more border patrols enforcing the law at our borders, far fewer illegal immigrants are coming through and many more are being deported every day. Now all we need is a sane and compassionate reform of our immigration and naturalization laws.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | August 17, 2014
Time for a brutal assessment regarding the state of immigration reform in America. Extreme partisans on both sides of the aisle - you will not like what you read over the next two minutes. Hopefully, the rest of you will chew on it for a bit. First, the GOP. The upside here is that a majority of Republicans seem to have at least some appreciation for the rule of law. In the context of immigration reform, this instinct plays out in a desire to enforce the law - just like every other civilized country in the world, especially Mexico.
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July 10, 2013
In an otherwise unexceptional column on immigration reform, commentator Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. just can't restrain himself from reinforcing a totally false canard about Democrats and border security ("Immigration reform in sight," July 7). Mr. Ehrlich claims that "most Republicans have been screaming about increased border security since 9/11," then implies that Democrats are "weak" on border security. In fact, Republican President George W. Bush's administration did little about border security.
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By Jonah Goldberg | July 14, 2014
All you need to do is look at the headlines out of Central America to see why tens of thousands of children are ending up at our border. "In Columbia (sic), Rising Violence Breeds New Doubts" (N.Y. Times); "Guatemala Seen Slipping Into a Haven For Drugs" (LA Times); "Democracy Jeopardized as New Wave of Violence Sweeps Guatemala" (AP); "The Volcano That is Guatemala" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch); "A New Dark Age for Latin America?" (Miami Herald); "Murder Soars in El Salvador" (Washington Post)
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By Jonah Goldberg | July 14, 2014
All you need to do is look at the headlines out of Central America to see why tens of thousands of children are ending up at our border. "In Columbia (sic), Rising Violence Breeds New Doubts" (N.Y. Times); "Guatemala Seen Slipping Into a Haven For Drugs" (LA Times); "Democracy Jeopardized as New Wave of Violence Sweeps Guatemala" (AP); "The Volcano That is Guatemala" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch); "A New Dark Age for Latin America?" (Miami Herald); "Murder Soars in El Salvador" (Washington Post)
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By Siobhan Gorman and Siobhan Gorman,Sun reporter | November 5, 2007
WASHINGTON -- A new report from the Government Accountability Office reveals a critical U.S. border security gap: the security checkpoints themselves. Six years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and five months after the Department of Homeland Security tightened inspection procedures, some border officers fail "to recognize the threat associated with dangerous people and goods entering the country," concluded the GAO report, which is due to be released today . The report - with the most sensitive details omitted for security reasons - is the latest in a series of recent audits that also found gaping holes between border checkpoints and criticized the department's tests of new nuclear detection equipment designed for border crossings.
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By MCCLATCHY NEWS SERVICE | March 27, 2006
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's long journey to immigration reform comes to a crucial test today. When he entered the White House in January 2001, Bush declared his intention to forge a tighter relationship with the rest of the Americas. As Texas governor, he had privately repudiated the anti-illegal-immigrant politics of fellow Republican Gov. Pete Wilson of California. He joined with his friend, Mexican President Vicente Fox, in promoting plans for providing visas to Mexican laborers.
NEWS
June 23, 2013
So that's how you get reluctant Republican senators on board with immigration reform. You do it the old-fashioned way: You pay for it. By committing a stunning $30 billion to secure the nation's Southern border, hiring thousands of federal agents, committing to the construction of 700 miles of fencing and taking other measures normally associated with securing a combat zone in a time of war, the Senate may have just bought itself a veto-proof majority....
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By Jason Song and Jason Song,SUN STAFF | May 14, 2003
CARLSBAD, Calif. - This city's old secrets live in the canyons. The Latino migrant workers who pick fruit and vegetables in this oceanside city used to reside quietly in temporary, ramshackle huts during the warm months, and many would disappear south of the border during the winter. In either case, few people paid attention to them. But the city tore down the huts this year because, officials say, waste from the workers' encampment was washing into a lagoon and polluting it. The men were forced to find other housing, and many settled in hastily built tents in roadside canyons, setting off a racially tinged argument about workers' rights.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | July 5, 2006
WASHINGTON -- On the eve of nationwide hearings that could determine the fate of his immigration bill, President Bush is signaling a new willingness to negotiate with House Republicans in an effort to revise the stalled legislation before Election Day. Republicans inside and outside the White House say Bush, who has long insisted on comprehensive reform, is now open to a so-called "enforcement-first" approach that would put new border security programs in...
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June 12, 2014
I can't believe it! With all the problems Baltimore has, are we also expected to house indigent, Central American children who don't speak English and have broken the law ( "Immigrant children's center eyed for city," June 10)? What are they smoking in Washington? The solution for thousands of unaccompanied children "surging" over our borders is to return them to their own countries. Apparently, it's so easy to sneak into the United States even kids can do it. So much for the Department of Homeland Security, the "war on terror," border security or immigration reform.
NEWS
June 12, 2014
Once again, new problems arise at our southern border simply because our federal legislators both past and present have failed to protect this vast border so businesses would have access to cheap labor ( "Shelter plan raises concern," June 11). The biggest losers are young black Americans, often due to poor educational opportunities and broken families. This whole dilemma was caused by our elected representatives who ignored the possibility of the calamity we now face. We have a plague that may be incurable, and it was caused by greed.
NEWS
July 11, 2013
Considering how far former President George W. Bush has stayed from politics since he left office in 2009, it's worth taking note of his decision this week to speak out in favor of comprehensive immigration reform. The issue is certainly not new for Mr. Bush - he has long been an advocate on the issue and counts his failure to enact a bill in 2007 as one of the great disappointments of his presidency. But what is particularly notable is the way he framed his remarks at a naturalization ceremony held Wednesday at his presidential center in Dallas.
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July 10, 2013
In an otherwise unexceptional column on immigration reform, commentator Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. just can't restrain himself from reinforcing a totally false canard about Democrats and border security ("Immigration reform in sight," July 7). Mr. Ehrlich claims that "most Republicans have been screaming about increased border security since 9/11," then implies that Democrats are "weak" on border security. In fact, Republican President George W. Bush's administration did little about border security.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2013
The Senate approved a sweeping overhaul of the nation's immigration laws on Thursday that would spend billions more on border security while granting millions of undocumented immigrants a shot at U.S. citizenship. But as supporters celebrated the rare bipartisan vote on what would be the first major revamping of immigration policy in a generation, many acknowledged that the proposal faces a difficult path in the House of Representatives, where some conservatives predict that the bill has a slim chance at final passage.
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June 23, 2013
So that's how you get reluctant Republican senators on board with immigration reform. You do it the old-fashioned way: You pay for it. By committing a stunning $30 billion to secure the nation's Southern border, hiring thousands of federal agents, committing to the construction of 700 miles of fencing and taking other measures normally associated with securing a combat zone in a time of war, the Senate may have just bought itself a veto-proof majority....
NEWS
May 30, 2006
The bipartisan immigration bill approved in the Senate last week will strengthen border security, create a guest-worker program allowing 200,000 immigrants a year to work legally in the U.S., and establish a path for most of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living here to gain legal resident status and - eventually - citizenship. It addresses the concerns of proponents of border security and supporters of liberalized immigration. Passage of the proposal, which hews closely to measures sought by the White House, marks the beginning of what is sure to be a long and contentious process.
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July 17, 2011
The scandal revealed by news reports of "Operation Fast and Furious," during which the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms allowed more than 2,000 automatic weapons and other guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartel members, is a disgrace to the department and a gross violation of our border security. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder should resign his post as head of theJustice Department. What needs to be investigated now is what did President Obama know about this operation and when did he know it?
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2013
A coalition of civil liberties and immigrant-rights advocates led by Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland wants to strengthen a provision in the Senate's sweeping immigration bill that would prohibit law enforcement agencies from racial profiling. The 867-page, bipartisan immigration bill, which is expected to dominate the agenda in Congress this summer , would impose a first-ever federal prohibition on profiling. But advocates are concerned that broad exemptions contained in the proposal — including one for "national security" — would undermine its impact.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2013
Immigration reform advocates, including a leading voice from Maryland, pressed President Obama on Tuesday for a pathway to citizenship for the nation's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants, calling a bipartisan proposal under consideration in the U.S. Senate "unfair and not acceptable. " A group of eight senators -- including four Republicans and four Democrats -- unveiled the broad outlines of a plan last month that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain permanent residency and eventual citizenship only after tougher border restrictions are in place, a requirement for many Republicans.
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