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Proposition 202 In Arizona Fails

Posted by nebraskaobserver on November 5, 2008

On the plus side, relaxing rules on illegal immigration failed in Arizona.

Now if Nebraskans and their gutless politicians would so the same for Nebraska!

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — By rejecting Proposition 202, Arizonans sent a message that they will not be fooled by special interests into scrapping the state’s best instrument to fight illegal immigration. Arizona ballot initiative Prop 202 has been defeated, thus leaving in place the state’s groundbreaking worksite employment verification laws. Astute voters recognized that Prop 202, deceptively labeled as the Stop Illegal Hiring Act and aggressively promoted by business interests, would have actually increased the hiring of illegal aliens as it dismantled Arizona’s mandatory use of E-Verify.

At the beginning of 2008, Arizona chose to make E-Verify mandatory for all new hires. Managed by the DHS, E-Verify allows employers to use an automated internet-based system to check new hire’s information against more than 500 million records in Social Security and Homeland Security databases. The program is 99.5% accurate and so popular that over 1000 businesses nationwide sign up every week. The defeat of Prop 202 allows Arizona to continue to participate in the nation’s basic worksite employment verification system – a fair, practical and highly effective tool to reduce the incidence of illegal aliens entering the workforce.

“The mandatory use of E-Verify in Arizona is helping break business’s addiction to an illegal-alien, low-wage workforce,” said Dan Stein, President of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). “Their dependence on cheap labor and their fear of losing it led to desperate measures. They fraudulently told the public that Prop 202 would prevent illegal aliens from being hired when it would have done exactly the opposite. These tactics are proof that E-Verify is working as it should and giving Arizona residents the protections they deserve. Arizona voters are to be congratulated for keeping themselves informed.Dand voting responsibly.”

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Fed’s “Operation Streamline” is working… (zero-tolerance for wet & dry backs!)

Posted by nebraskaobserver on June 17, 2008

The Border Patrol’s and Justice Department’s Operation Streamline set a new all-time record in March for illegal alien prosecutions according to data received from the Justice Department. The total of 9,350 prosecutions was up almost 50% from the previous month and 73% from the previous year. Even more astounding is the 193% increase over the last five years, which includes Magistrate Court.

The spike in the illegal alien prosecutions of individuals charged with various immigration crimes is principally due to the result of “Operation Streamline.” which began as a pilot project in December 2005 at Del Rio, Texas within selected districts along the Mexican border.

Even the liberal Texas Civil Rights Review, says “the spurt in the prosecution of individuals charged with various immigration crimes is the result of “Operation Streamline” which is an intensified administration policy where the government has charged a rapidly growing number of undocumented aliens (notice i.e., AP, World-Herald and Lincoln Star-Herald), even Texas liberals don’t say immigrants) with various federal criminal charges, almost all in selected districts along the Mexican border.”

Curious About Operation Streamline?

It began as a pilot project in Del Rio, Texas in December 2005. An article in the Harlingen, Texas Valley Morning Star on June 11 reports that this is a “zero-tolerance” deterrence policy and intends “criminal prosecution of every migrant caught crossing the border without documentation.” The Border Patrol rolled out the policy Monday, June 9 along another four-mile stretch of Cameron County’s border with Mexico from Brownsville to Fort Brown. Formerly, first time offenders were offered the option of voluntary deportation and were processed, put on a bus and sent back to Mexico within hours of their arrest.” However, under Operation Streamline they are “detained, sent to court, jailed for up to 180 days if found guilty, and then deported.

Why should anybody in Nebraska care what is happening in Texas? Well, except for the illegal alien immigration enthusiast/whacko, any illegal alien making it across the border is either going to stay in Texas, for example, or move farther north where the job magnets are. They don’t just continue walking to Nebraska. Most are put in vans by human smugglers and transported to Nebraska or elsewhere. From that point, they start sucking the oxygen out of the air (so to speak) of the Nebraska taxpayers and citizens, given aid and comfort by the churches and then the Omaha based Mexican consulate. Bingo….they just won the lottery!

It seems to the Nebraska Observer that this pilot project in Texas is working very well. According to unnamed sources that brought this to our attention, an all-out effort will be made to bring a similar project to Nebraska.

Full TRAC immigration report

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