February 2013

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Our nation’s immigration process is long, complex and difficult to navigate.

Two Grand Rapids attorneys specializing in immigration issues are set to take questions from MLive readers about the process and potential reforms during a live chat at noon on Friday.

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Re: the administration’s release of detained illegal aliens as a sequester scare tactic — a source in ICE tells us that they were told last week to cut the number of people in detention by 26 percent (far more than any sequester cuts would suggest), and this week’s releases were the culmination of months of pressure on field offices by political appointees. And remember, this administration has maintained that it doesn’t detain or deport illegal aliens unless they’ve already violated some other “real” law, which is probably why the best sob-story the New York Times could come up with for one of the released illegals was a wife-beating child-abuser who violated his probation.

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Maxine Waters Profile

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta is comparing the federal government’s release of illegal immigrants in advance of sequestration to measures taken by communist Cuba.

“This reminds me of Fidel Castro’s release of criminals in the Mariel Boatlift in 1980,” Barletta said.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and former NBA star Dennis Rodman watch North Korean and U.S. players in an exhibition basketball game at an arena in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman hung out Thursday with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un on the third day of his improbable journey with VICE to Pyongyang, watching the Harlem Globetrotters with the leader and later dining on sushi and drinking with him at his palace.

“You have a friend for life,” Rodman told Kim before a crowd of thousands at a gymnasium where they sat side by side, chatting as they watched players from North Korea and the U.S. play, Alex Detrick, a spokesman for the New York-based VICE media company, told The Associated Press.

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Field & Stream interviews Joe Biden


F&S: What about the other uses, for self-defense and target practice?

V.P. BIDEN: Well, the way in which we measure it is—I think most scholars would say—is that as long as you have a weapon sufficient to be able to provide your self-defense. I did one of these town-hall meetings on the Internet and one guy said, “Well, what happens when the end days come? What happens when there’s the earthquake? I live in California, and I have to protect myself.”

I said, “Well, you know, my shotgun will do better for you than your AR-15, because you want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door.” Most people can handle a shotgun a hell of a lot better than they can a semiautomatic weapon in terms of both their aim and in terms of their ability to deter people coming. We can argue whether that’s true or not, but it is no argument that, for example, a shotgun could do the same job of protecting you. Now, granted, you can come back and say, “Well, a machine gun could do a better job of protecting me.” No one’s arguing we should make machine guns legal.

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Heads_UP The Washington Free Beacon

The twisted Bronx man who allegedly killed his mother and chopped up her body reveled in the slaying by snapping a picture of himself holding her severed head, sources told The Post yesterday.

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NY Daily News Has Much More

The American Action Network is poised to launch a major advocacy campaign aimed at winning support for immigration reform on the right – the first significant effort within the Republican coalition to create an atmosphere in which it is safe for GOP lawmakers to support an immigration bill.

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The Thursday edition of the Morning Jolt features Arne Duncan getting caught lying, what the Right should expect from Chris Christie, and then these dramatic developments:

Will the White House Regret Telling Woodward & Others They’ll Regret Public Disagreement?

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As Arizona Republican leaders on Wednesday intensified their criticism of the release of hundreds of immigrant detainees, Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced it had stopped the releases, which began Saturday as a budget-cutting move.

And amid rising political furor Wednesday, a top Homeland Security Department official in charge of detention and removal operations for ICE abruptly announced he was quitting, and a key congressional committee chairman sent a letter to ICE Director John Morton demanding details of the immigrant releases.

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And of course, we believe anything ICE, the Obama administration claims.

Our nation is controlled by corrupt Keystone cops (farcical Chicago thuggery on a national scale).

Also: At least 30 illegal aliens released from Boone County Jail

“They were released by the immigration service into the community,” Boone County Jailer Ed Prindle said Wednesday. “This isn’t something that I like any more than anybody else.”

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