+ Missoula, MT Children’s Theater Calls for Beheading of Sarah Palin
Report claims growing terror threat along Canada border
Congress: Alarming, says Sen. Lieberman; overdone, says state’s Rep. Larsen
ROB HOTAKAINEN; Staff writer | • Published February 02, 2011
WASHINGTON - Americans face a high risk of terrorist activity along the U.S.-Canada border, where less than 1 percent of the 4,000-mile stretch is adequately protected, according to a government report released Tuesday.
“To me, this report is absolutely alarming,” said Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut independent and the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, which released the report.
At a news conference on Capitol Hill, Lieberman said the northern border, which extends from Washington state to Maine, is providing “easy passage into America by extremists, terrorists and criminals whose purpose clearly is to harm the American people.”
The report said the northern border, a quarter of which adjoins federal or tribal lands, poses a higher risk to public safety now than the U.S.-Mexico border. Lieberman said the northern border is nearly twice as long and is lined with large population centers that make it harder to detect criminal activity. In addition, he said, Canada now has more Islamist extremist groups than Mexico does.
“It is not too much to ask that our government be able to at least detect all illegal entries along the border, so we can get this information into the hands of law enforcement agencies that can then make the arrests,” Lieberman said.
He added that the report by the Government Accountability Office, the watchdog arm of Congress, should be “an urgent call for action.”
However, Rep. Rick Larsen, a Washington state Democrat whose district includes about 100 miles of the northern border, said it’s wrong to imply that the border “is just being left open for people to walk across with impunity – that’s just not the case.”
“I think Senator Lieberman needs to get out more,” Larsen said. “To imply either that our border with Canada is undefended or unsafe does not at all recognize the cooperation that occurs every day between local, state and federal law enforcement and their partners in Canada.”
The report found that only 32 miles of the 4,000-mile border “had reached an acceptable level of security.”
It said that federal officials had the capability to detect illegal border crossings along only 1,007 miles of the border.
The report criticized federal agencies for not doing enough to cooperate with each other and to share intelligence information.
Illegal-immigrant numbers in state jump 35% in 3 years
An estimated 230,000 illegal immigrants were living in Washington state in 2010 — 35 percent more than three years earlier. They represented one of every 20 workers in the state and nearly 5 percent of all residents — the seventh highest rate in the country.
By Lornet Turnbull
Seattle Times staff reporter
They clean the floors of swanky office towers downtown, pick wine grapes in Wenatchee and wash dishes in Belltown restaurants.
An estimated 230,000 illegal immigrants were living in Washington state last year — 35 percent more than three years earlier, according to a new report by the Pew Hispanic Center.
The total represents one of every 20 workers in the state and nearly 5 percent of all residents — giving Washington the seventh-highest rate of illegal immigrants in the country. (Nevada has the highest rate.) Three years ago, Washington wasn't in the top 10.
Researchers at Pew Hispanic, a project of the nonpartisan Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., used the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey data as a basis for the report.
They found that nationwide, illegal immigrants numbered 11.2 million, virtually unchanged from 2009 and down from a peak 12 million in 2007. Many have attributed the slide to more immigration enforcement and a weaker economy.
While 57 percent are from Mexico, the illegal immigrants hail from across the world, including Canada. They include people who sneaked across the country's borders, as well as those who came legally but overstayed employment, student or visitor visas.
Continued failure by the federal government to address the nation's immigration problems has led states to find fixes of their own.
All but Washington, New Mexico and Utah now deny driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, and some believe that has made Washington a magnet.
This year, state lawmakers here have introduced an unprecedented number of bills aimed at immigrants — legal and illegal — and several proposed cuts to the state budget would hit them hard.
There are measures that would make it difficult, if not impossible, for illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, make English the state's official language and require the Department of Employment Security to verify the legal status of those it refers for employment.
In addition, a group of residents, for the sixth straight year, will circulate petitions for an initiative to severely restrict benefits and services to illegal immigrants in the state.
Uriel Iñiguez, director of the state's Commission on Hispanic Affairs, said the fact that the illegal immigrant population nationally hasn't declined shows people aren't going anywhere.
"It's one of the arguments I make all the time — passing laws won't prevent people from being here undocumented," Iñiguez said.
Even with the restrictions on driver's licenses, he said, "we've not seen an entire outflow of people to wherever they are from. What these laws do, however, is drive this population further underground."
State Sen. Val Stevens, R-Arlington, sponsor of several of the bills, said the state needs to act, since the federal government hasn't.
She said the illegal-immigrant cost to the state is $272 million a biennium for such functions as social services, health and corrections. "The illegal-immigration problem really came to the forefront after what happened in Arizona," Stevens said. "It's the lack of a secure border. If we can't keep them out of our country what's the point?"
Nevada – Most Illegals, Highest Jobless
From the ‘Mi Casa Es Su Casa’ crowd at the Associated Press:
Nevada home to largest share of illegal workers
Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011
Nevada has the largest share of illegal workers in the nation, with roughly 10 percent of its work force not authorized by the federal government, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, a nonpartisan research group.
And, given the source, the real numbers are probably far higher.
The report published Tuesday shows a slight jump in illegal workers as Nevada’s job market has shrunk amid record unemployment. Nevada’s population of illegal workers was 9.4 percent in 2009. The Silver State’s unemployment rate has since climbed to 14.5 percent, the highest in the nation.
Nevada also has the largest share of illegal immigrants at 7.2 percent. Only 3.7 percent of people in the United States are illegal immigrants.
Which is surely just coincidence and not causation. How could illegal aliens cause unemployment?
We have been assured by our political and media masters that illegal aliens stimulate the economy almost as much as unemployment.
The Pew Hispanic Center report comes as Nevada lawmakers from both political parties call for legislation that would require employers to verify the immigration status of all job applicants…
But not voters. And judging from Mr. Reid’s re-election, it would seem that Nevada’s illegal aliens are very conscientious voters.
Assemblyman Pat Hickey, a Reno Republican, said businesses who hire illegal immigrants should be fined. He said his proposed legislation would help replenish the state’s diminished coffers and put Nevadans back to work.
"I challenge the notion that those are jobs Nevadans wouldn’t do anyway," he said. "I think that doesn’t necessarily apply anymore." …
What a xenophobic Neanderthal. He needs to talk to Mr. Reid and get his head right. As Mr. Reid says, ‘illegal workers are not a problem in Nevada.’
So shut up.
Missoula Children’s Theater Calls for Beheading of Sarah Palin
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It looks like the "civility" piously demanded by elitist moonbats in the wake of the Tucson Massacre has made it to Montana, where a citizen reacts to what he saw onstage at the Missoula Children's Theater:
Now, I realize you play to a mostly liberal audience in Missoula and so, I am sure, felt comfortable in your calling for the beheading of Sarah Palin. I am painfully aware that most in the audience tittered with laughter and clapped because "no one would miss her" but there were some in your audience who took great offense to this "uncivil tone" about another human being.
We are in the midst of a crisis that took place in Tucson where many started pointing fingers at that horrible right wing with all their hatred and targeting and standing for the second amendment and on and on and on. So, here we are in a lovely play with beautiful voices serenading us and we have to hear that it is okay to call for the killing of Sarah Palin because we don't like her and no one would miss her. Unbelievable.
As the Wall Street Journal points out, Missoula is hardly the only place the infantile yet condescending artsy-fartsy community indulges in inappropriate attacks on its perceived enemies in the culture war. The lectures we've been receiving from moonbats about civility in political discourse are like having to listen to a sty full of pigs grunt through dripping mouthfuls of slop about the need for better table manners.
hang sarah palin
On tips from J and Lyle. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.
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