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Wednesday, May 24, 2006


ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: TOP STORIES 

Stay informed: News you can use about illegal immigration in the United States and around the world. One important question... Are there really only 12 million illegal aliens in America?

BBC: Italy considers immigrant amnesty

The new minister in charge of immigration in Italy plans to overhaul tough policies and relax the criteria required for being a legal immigrant. Paolo Ferrero says he intends to normalise the position of immigrants already in Italy, if they have jobs. Mr Ferrero was appointed by Romano Prodi, whose centre-left coalition came to power after winning April elections.

Italy has had several amnesties for illegal immigrants and on each occasion, the number of residency permits available has been far exceeded by the number of people applying.

Two months ago, more than 500,000 people queued for just 180,000 permits. The numbers applying show there are far more illegal immigrants living in Italy than official statistics suggest.


BBC: Spain urged to stem migrant flow

Lawmakers in Spain's Canary Islands have urged the central government in Madrid to do more to stem what they say is an "avalanche" of illegal migrants.
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Madrid wants African nations to take back illegal migrants already in Spain. Last week, Spain launched a three-year diplomatic offensive to try to persuade six nations in West Africa to bring the crisis under control.


MSNBC: Kids could be split from illegal parents

The United States has one of the most liberal citizenship policies in the world, granting citizenship to anyone born on U.S. soil based on an 1868 constitutional amendment. About 3.1 million children are U.S. citizens by birth, even though one or both of their parents are here illegally, according to estimates by the Pew Hispanic Center.


Former Attorney General Edwin Meese III: An Amnesty by Any Other Name ...

There is a practical problem as well: the 1986 act did not solve our illegal immigration problem. From the start, there was widespread document fraud by applicants. Unsurprisingly, the number of people applying for amnesty far exceeded projections. And there proved to be a failure of political will in enforcing new laws against employers.


Washington Post: Senate Advances Sweeping Immigration Bill

The Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to limit debate on election-year immigration legislation, clearing the way for final passage later this week of a bill that calls for tougher border security as well as an eventual chance at citizenship for millions of men and women in the country illegally.


See also: Captains Quarters, Michelle Malkin

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TOP 7 OF THE DAY 

1) Frederick W. Kagan: A Plan for Victory in Iraq: Defeat the insurgents militarily--here's how.

This plan, finally, is consistent with the idea of a small U.S. "footprint." The difference between 130,000 and 160,000-180,000 American soldiers in Iraq is not the difference between the Americans' being seen as liberators and as occupiers. It does, however, make a great deal of difference in what military operations U.S. forces can contemplate.

2) Jonah Goldberg: An Imperfect Storm: Katrina revealed ineptitude—of the press, that is.

In fact, it is difficult to think of a bigger media scandal in my lifetime than the fraudulently inaccurate coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

Where to begin? As I’ve written before, virtually all of the gripping stories from Katrina were untrue. All of those stories about, in Paula Zahn’s words, “bands of rapists, going block to block”? Not true. The tales of snipers firing on medevac helicopters? Bogus. The yarns, peddled on Oprah by New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and the New Orleans police chief, that “little babies” were getting raped in the Superdome and that the bodies of the murdered were piling up? Completely false.


3) NYTimes: Weird, goofy and secular baby names are more popular than ever

In 1999, there were only eight newborn American girls named Nevaeh. Last year, it was the 70th-most-popular name for baby girls, ahead of Sara, Vanessa and Amanda.
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Nevaeh is Heaven spelled backward.


4) Daniel McKivergan: Cheney Rips Democrats, Bravo

Signs of life are stirring in the White House. Here's what the vice president had to say in a speech yesterday at a Bilbray for Congress event in San Diego

5) NYTimes: Seeking United Latin America, Venezuela's Chávez Is a Divider

The mere association with Mr. Chávez has helped reverse the leads of presidential candidates in Mexico and Peru. Officials from Mexico to Nicaragua, Peru and Brazil have expressed rising impatience at what they see as Mr. Chávez's meddling and grandstanding, often at their expense.

6) NYTimes: Free Trade Advocate Felipe Calderón Surges in Mexico

Mr. Calderón, of President Vicente Fox's National Action Party, has outspent Mr. López Obrador two to one on attack ads that, among other things, link the left-leaning candidate to Hugo Chávez, Venezuela's anti-American president.

7) NYC Mayor Bloomberg: On immigration, it's time to get real

In New York City, 500,000 of our more than three million immigrants are here illegally. Although they broke the law by illegally crossing our borders or overstaying their visas, our economy would be a shell of itself had they not, and it would collapse if they were deported. The same holds true for the nation. Yet in a post-9/11 world, the federal government can no longer wink at illegal immigration. To ensure our national security and keep our economy growing, it is essential that immigration reform embody four key principles:

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THAT 70'S GIRL: HILLARY CLINTON SPEECH CALLS FOR 55 MPH SPEED LIMIT AND HIGHER GAS TAXES 



The Raw Story | Hailing Gore a 'committed visionary,' Clinton unveils plan to reduce oil imports by 50%:

QUESTION: During the Carter administration, there was a 55 mile-an-hour speed limit, to which even oil company executives say driving slow would save gas. Would you favor a return to a national speed limit?

CLINTON: Well, there are just some parts of the country where that's just not going to happen, you know, where you've got miles of open, flat road. I would like to call on people to try to exercise as much responsibility as they can, given the temptation and the necessity of those long roads and what it does to you.

But I think there's a different way of looking at this. The 55 mile speed limit really does lower gas usage, and wherever it can be required and that people will accept it, we ought to do it.

But there are other things that we ought to do. At every gas station there ought to be a little sign which says, 'Have you checked to see if your tires are inflated to the right pressure?' If you do that, you also save gas mileage. I mean, there are things that can be done. So maybe the trade-off is, you know, in most of the country, where 55-miles an hour doesn't seem like a burden, we have that; in the rest of the country, inflate your tires before you head off into the sunset. (Laughter.)

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