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  • Border Patrol Says Arizona Border Is More Secure Than Texas Border, Sees Fewer Crossings

    07/24/2014 10:54:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    Latin Post ^ | July 23, 2014 | By Scharon Harding
    According to the Border Patrol, the Arizona-Mexico border is the United States' most secure border. Last year marked the first time in 22 years that more undocumented immigrants were detained at the Texas border than the Arizona border despite the influx of unaccompanied Central American children attempting to cross. "Crossing in this area has diminished quite a lot in the past 10 years," Alejandro Martinez, Border Patrol chief in Douglas, Arizona, said.
  • On the Front Lines With Border Patrol in South Texas

    07/24/2014 10:48:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth ^ | July 24, 2014 | By Ray Villeda
    The stretch of land between Texas and Mexico is a long, bumpy ride for Border Patrol agents. The Rio Grande Valley Sector covers land as big as the state of South Carolina and is monitored by more than 3,000 agents, along with Texas Game Wardens and Parks and Wildlife officials. Together, they're working to prevent the flow of illegal migrants coming from Central America. The Rio Grande serves as a natural divider, and from the American side you can see clear paths to the water. On the other side, beaten down brush shows where the illegal trek picks up again....
  • Obama weighs sending National Guard to border

    07/24/2014 10:43:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | July 24, 2014 | By Halimah Abdullah, CNN
    The Obama administration, after initially resisting the idea, is weighing whether to deploy National Guard troops to the southern border to help address a surge of migrant youth from Central America, many of them unaccompanied, a White House official told CNN. The Pentagon and the Department of Health and Human Services sent a team earlier this week to assess Border Patrol efforts in the Rio Grande Valley, the official said, where tens of thousands of children have poured into the United States this year. The administration's latest efforts in what most agree is a humanitarian crisis come as Washington struggles...
  • In Texas, a Surge of Migrants Also Means a Surge of Dead Bodies

    07/24/2014 10:34:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Newsweek ^ | July 24, 2014 | By Karla Zabludovsky
    It had become a routine call. On June 21, Brooks County Deputy Elias Pompa was called to the Wagenschein Ranch in southern Texas. A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor escorted Pompa and a justice of the peace onto the property. The three walked a fifth of a mile and arrived at GPS coordinates N.27.05702-W.98.14811. There, the remains of a migrant lay on the dry, grassy ground. “The skeletal remains appeared to be from a small frame female. She was wearing a black shirt, blue bra, black pants and some black Puma shoes with some pink and purple lines on the side....
  • Lynn protesters denounce mayor’s immigration comments

    07/24/2014 6:42:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | July 22, 2014 | By Oliver Ortega
    LYNN — The passion and polarization of the immigration debate was on full display here Tuesday afternoon, when more than a hundred protesters stood on the steps of City Hall to denounce Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy for saying that an influx of child immigrants from Central America is draining the city’s resources. Holding signs and chanting at times, the demonstrators stood behind a round of speakers from local community groups who criticized the mayor and the superintendent of the Lynn public schools, Catherine Latham, for comments they made to about the costs incurred by immigrant children. “The mayor’s comments provoke...
  • In Los Angeles, Obama gives his die-hard supporters a tough-love talk

    07/24/2014 5:24:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 23, 2014 | By SEEMA MEHTA, KATHLEEN HENNESSEY
    President Obama delivered a tough-love talk to his biggest boosters Wednesday, telling Democratic donors gathered in Los Angeles that they need to step it up before November if he’s going to get much done in his last two years in office. "You thought, 'OK, we elect Barack and that's it,’” Obama told a crowd big-dollar donors gathered in the lush Hancock Park backyard of TV producer Shonda Rhimes. “I have got to have a Congress that has some sense and is willing to work and is willing to compromise and is focused on the American people. And we don’t have...
  • Hagel Offers To House Additional Undocumented Children, Extend Base Leases

    07/23/2014 8:31:07 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Talk Radio News ^ | July 23, 2014
    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has offered to house an additional 5,000 undocumented children coming across the border into the U.S. and to extend the leases of three bases while the federal government seeks to determine their status.
  • Gov demands details on 139 undocumented immigrant kids

    07/23/2014 8:20:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Carroll Times-Herald ^ | July 23, 2014
    Gov. Terry Branstad told The Carroll Daily Times Herald his counterpart in Nebraska is on the right track with a demand to the federal government for identifying details on the unaccompanied, undocumented children who crossed the nation's borders, most from Central America, in the last year and ended up in Nebraska. Branstad said he is outraged by what he described as a lack of communication from the White House on the situation. "I find out through the Omaha World-Herald," Branstad said. "There's no transparency, there's no openness, they never told us. This is not the way the government of the...
  • Many undocumented N. TX kids miss first immigration hearing

    07/23/2014 8:13:32 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    FOX News Dallas Ft. Worth ^ | July 23, 2014 | By: Natalie Solis
    President Obama has said most of the undocumented children in the U.S. from Central America will not be allowed to stay. The process of deciding which ones will stay and which ones will go is often decided in court, but Tuesday, 18 of 20 undocumented children failed to show up to their first immigration hearing in Dallas federal court. The judge could have issued immediate deportation orders as far as Tuesday’s no-shows are concerned, but he chose not to, and reset the hearing for next month instead.
  • Don't Put Undocumented Immigrants in Idaho, Otter Tells Feds

    07/23/2014 5:06:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Twin Falls Times-News ^ | July 23, 2014 | By Nathan Brown
    Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter sent a letter to federal officials Wednesday voicing his opposition to using the state as "a destination or a staging area for the influx of unaccompanied and illegal immigrants entering the United States through our southern border." In the letter to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Leon Rodriguez, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Otter blames the federal government for creating the current crisis at the border, and says Congress needs to take action to enforce the law. "Idaho will not open itself to the unwelcome challenges...
  • Brazoria County angry over Washington’s silence about undocumented children

    07/23/2014 4:44:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    KHOU 11 News ^ | July 23, 2014 | by Marcelino Benito
    MANVEL, Texas -- It's a small rural town stuck in a county that just made it clear undocumented children aren't welcome here, but the possibility they could be moving in to the Shiloh Treatment Center, an older facility along Bahler Avenue in Manvel is very real. "They're trying to squeeze them in anywhere they can," said Manvel resident Brian Priest. We searched federal records and found Shiloh’s received a little over $5 million in grant money. That money is coming from the US Office of Refugee Resettlement. That's the same group in charge of placing thousands of undocumented children crossing...
  • In Oakland, Hillary Clinton touts talking to children

    07/23/2014 4:21:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 23, 2014 | by John Wildermuth
    OAKLAND -- Wednesday was a day off from politics for former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who spent the morning in Oakland with babies, small children and their parents, talking about talking. It was the local kickoff for the "Too Small to Fail" campaign, an early childhood education effort designed to let parents know that talking is teaching when it comes to the youngest children.
  • ‘Don’t kill the Internet,’ protesters urge Obama in Los Altos

    07/23/2014 4:16:22 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 23, 2014 | By Joe Garofoli
    While President Obama was raising hundreds of thousands of dollars at two Bay Area fundraisers Wednesdays, protesters urged him to keep a promise he made to ensure that the Internet remains a level playing field. Back in 2007, then-candidate Obama said during a campaign stop at Google that as president he would “take a backseat to no one” in terms of his commitment to preserving net neutrality. But Obama’s appointments to the Federal Communications Commission don’t back up that commitment. In May, three Democrats he appointed to the agency voted to allow broadband carriers to provide an online “fast lane”...
  • Senator Says He Had PTSD When He Wrote Thesis

    07/23/2014 4:12:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 64 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 23, 2014
    Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers. The Democrat said Wednesday he was on medication and being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder from his service in Iraq when he wrote the paper. He said he also was dealing with the stress of a fellow veteran's recent suicide. Walsh said he made an unintentional mistake and did not intend to plagiarize. "I don't want to blame my mistake on PTSD, but I do want to say it may have been a factor,"...
  • Fox News Poll: 58 percent say Obama administration incompetent at managing gov't

    07/23/2014 3:00:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    FOX News ^ | July 23, 2014
    Has the Obama administration competently and effectively managed the government? A Fox News poll released Wednesday finds a majority of American voters says no -- including about a third of Democrats. A 58-percent majority says the White House has not been competent at managing the federal government. Some 32 percent of Democrats join 67 percent of independents and 84 percent of Republicans in holding that view.
  • Undocumented immigrants at FLETC being tested for tuberculosis

    07/23/2014 2:45:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    The Alamogordo Daily News | July 23, 2014 | By Zack Ponce
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  • Tale of the Tapes: IRS head confirms investigators have found backup tapes in Lerner probe

    07/23/2014 2:08:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    FOX News ^ | July 21, 2014
    The head of the IRS confirmed Wednesday that investigators looking into missing emails from ex-agency official Lois Lerner have found and are reviewing "backup tapes" -- despite earlier IRS claims that the tapes had been recycled. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, testifying before a House oversight subcommittee, stressed that he does not know "how they found them" or "whether there's anything on them or not." But he said the inspector general's office advised him the investigators are reviewing tapes to see if they contain any "recoverable" material. The revelation is significant because the IRS claimed, when the agency first told Congress...
  • Univision decides to help children who illegally crossed the border with the U.S.

    07/23/2014 1:59:03 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    LaPrensa - Honduras ^ | July 21, 2014
    GOOGLE TRANSLATE: Univision decided to fulfill a single information function, commit and take a stand to defend the children of the border, those who come looking for a dream or reecontrarse with his parents in the United States and were arrested. Within the framework of the Annual Conference of the Council of La Raza (NCLR, for its acronym in English), Vice President of Univision, Bob Llamas, announced that the company would allocate resources to protect children from the border: "We can not let circumstances or the political and economic distract us from helping children. I guarantee that none of these...
  • Research Suggests Students Adjusting to New School Lunches

    07/23/2014 6:48:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 21, 2014 | By KJ DELL'ANTONIA
    The updated standards released by the United States Department of Agriculture, which most schools put in effect over the 2012-13 school year, meant larger, faster changes to lunches nearly across the board. With the changes came news media reports of student complaints and food waste. A USA Today article in September 2012 described protests and boycotts from Kansas to Massachusetts. Those objections to the phase-in of the new standards are supported by the findings of two recent studies. Researchers asked school administrators and food-service providers whether students complained “at first” about the new lunches. Many did (56 percent of elementary...
  • President’s Secret to Handling Criticism? Focus, and No TV

    07/23/2014 6:24:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 21, 2014 | By PETER BAKER
    WASHINGTON — President Obama had to laugh. He had just been asked how he deals with criticism, and something about the question just struck him as funny. Maybe it is because criticism is one thing he sees no shortage of these days. Addressing an audience largely made up of African-American boys and young men, Mr. Obama turned serious and gave a long, thoughtful answer about how, over the years, he has learned to focus on what is important to him and keep fixed on “the north star that steers you” no matter what others may say. “And then I just...
  • The Democrats’ Obama problem, in perspective

    07/23/2014 6:15:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 23, 2014 | By Aaron Blake
    President Obama is unpopular. In the 12 states that will decide control of the Senate this November, though, he's even more unpopular. A new poll from Democratic pollster Democracy Corps shows 60 percent of people in these states say they disapprove of Obama, compared to just 37 percent who approve. Perhaps more striking: 50 percent of voters in these states say they not only disapprove of Obama, but they "strongly" disapprove of him. To the extent the 2014 election is about Obama and his job performance -- as midterm elections are generally theorized to be -- half of voters in...
  • Crises Cascade and Converge, Testing Obama

    07/23/2014 6:10:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 22, 2014 | By PETER BAKER
    Rarely has a president been confronted with so many seemingly disparate foreign policy crises all at once — in Ukraine, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere — but making the current upheaval more complicated for Mr. Obama is the seemingly interlocking nature of them all. Developments in one area, like Ukraine, shape his views and choices in a crisis in another area, like the Middle East. “It’s a very tangled mess,” said Gary Samore, a former national security aide to Mr. Obama and now president of United Against Nuclear Iran, an advocacy group. “You name it, the world is aflame....
  • Undocumented children already arriving in state

    07/23/2014 5:14:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Johnstown Tribune-Democrat (PA) ^ | July 22, 2014 | by John Finnerty
    HARRISBURG — An influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. border is spilling over into Pennsylvania, as state officials received word Monday that more than 500 are being housed in the commonwealth. Those include 120 children staying at two temporary centers and 386 others who have been placed in the care of relatives or religious groups that have agreed to house them, said Kathaleen Gillis, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Welfare. The federal government manages the care of the unaccompanied immigrant children. State officials received information about the children in Pennsylvania from the federal Department of Health...
  • Mexican foreign minister says Central American children no threat to Texas security

    07/22/2014 8:41:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 22, 2014 | By Carla Marinucci
    Mexico Foreign Minister José Antonio Meade Kuribreña on Tuesday challenged Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s characterization of the flow of Central American children into the U.S. as an “assault” on Americans and their security. “There’s a need to respond to the upsurge in minors, but I don’t see how the upsurge of minors threatens the security of the U.S. — and I certainly don’t see how it threatens the security of Texas,” Meade said in an appearance at The Chronicle’s editorial board. “There’s a need for a response. … That response should have a high level of humanitarian concerns within it....
  • Former NY mayor flying to Israel in protest of FAA flight ban

    07/22/2014 8:24:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | July 23, 2014 | Staff
    Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg flew to Israel on Tuesday in protest of the Federation Aviation Administration's decision to halt American flights to and from the country. On his twitter account, Bloomberg wrote "This evening I will be flying on El Al to Tel Aviv to demonstrate that it is safe to fly in and out of Israel." In a statement on his website, Bloomberg also said that " The flight restrictions are a mistake that hands Hamas an undeserved victory and should be lifted immediately." It is unknown when Bloomberg is expected to land in Israel and...
  • Delta suspends flights to and from Tel Aviv

    07/22/2014 8:19:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Market Watch ^ | July 22, 2014 | By Steve Goldstein
    Delta Air Lines said it's suspending flights to and from Tel Aviv, citing security reasons. The airline noted that Delta flight 468, a Boeing 747 from JFK with 273 passengers and 17 crew, diverted to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Tuesday after reports of a rocket or associated debris near the airport in Tel Aviv.
  • Do Blacks Need Favors?

    07/22/2014 7:40:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    Capitalism Magazine ^ | July 22, 2014 | By Walter Williams
    Earlier this month, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act was celebrated. During the act’s legislative debate, then-Sen. Hubert Humphrey, responding to predictions, promised, “I’ll eat my hat if this leads to racial quotas.” I don’t know whether Humphrey got around to keeping his promise, but here’s my question: Is it within the capacity of black Americans to make it in this society without the special favors variously called racial preferences, quotas, affirmative action and race-sensitive policies? What might a “yes” answer to that question assume and imply about blacks? Likewise, what would a “no” answer assume and imply?...
  • Coyotes are behind millionaire Migrants (Google Translate)

    07/22/2014 6:43:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Tecum Uman, SAN MARCOS -.   Dressed in shorts and sandals seemed himself a migrant, but the man spoke as a businessman described how while sending tens of thousands of dollars in human cargo from the slums of Honduras and the mountains of Guatemala to cities around the United States."It's business," said the man with a mustache not very populated and some gray in his black hair, who spoke to a reporter on the condition of keeping their identity anonymous. "Sometimes it goes well."Given the dramatic increase in the number of juveniles detained in the U.S. in recent months, it appears that the...
  • Workers receive wage hikes of up to 37% (Argentina)

    07/22/2014 5:32:29 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Buenos Aires Herald ^ | July 22, 2014
    The national government yesterday unveiled the results of collective wage bargaining for the first half of the year, stressing the fact that salaries have risen by up to 37 percent “amid a difficult context marred by economic troubles.” The Labour Ministry considered not only hikes in basic salaries but also extra sums agreed to between workers and employers. Meanwhile, private estimates say inflation for the last 12 months has clocked in at around 37 to39 percent.
  • New California law limits schools' full-contact football practice

    07/21/2014 4:58:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 21, 2014 | By Carolyn Jones
    Sacramento -- Schools in California that have football programs will be forced to limit the number of days and hours young athletes can practice tackling and other full-contact collisions as a way to prevent head injuries, according to a bill signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The new law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, restricts full-contact practices to two 90-minute sessions per week during the regular and pre- season, and prohibits tackling during the off-season. "Football is a great sport, but parents want to know if their kids are going to be safe," said Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova),...
  • Child immigrants will not go to Fort Knox

    07/21/2014 4:34:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    WKYT-CBS Local News ^ | July 21, 2014
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Sen. Rand Paul said Monday Fort Knox was being considered as a possible place to temporarily house some of the immigrant children pouring across the country's southern border. The senator's office was notified that the Army post in central Kentucky has been under review as a place to take in an undetermined number of unaccompanied Central America minors. The Kentucky Republican spoke out against transporting the children to Fort Knox. He says they should be treated humanely until being returned to their home countries. Late Monday afternoon, Congressman John Yarmuth's office confirmed the Department of Defense submitted...
  • New Program Helps Elderly Deal With Climate Change

    07/21/2014 4:12:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Rhode Island Public Radio ^ | July 21, 2014 | By AMBAR ESPINOZA
    A program designed to help Rhode Island's older adult population prepare for climate change threats is one of several projects that will receive federal money as part of the state's disaster recovery action plan. This program will receive $150,000 over the next two years. Julia Gold, the health department's climate change program manager, said the agency and its partners will develop these plans during a pilot project to kick off this fall in Washington County. The grant to support this program comes from federal money designed to help long-term recovery efforts related to Hurricane Sandy.
  • Kidney Stone Risk Creeps North as Climate Changes

    07/21/2014 4:01:17 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Scientific American ^ | July 21, 2014 | By Umair Irfan-Wanker
    ... In a study published earlier this month in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, Tasian and his collaborators reported that higher average daily temperatures increased the relative risk of forming kidney stones. The results indicate that the changing climate can directly affect human physiology. "We were looking at what is the risk of a patient presenting with stones after daily temperatures rose," he said. The researchers in this case looked at a database of insurance claims from 60,433 patients from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Philadelphia between 2005 and 2011. They assessed the relative risk of kidney stone formation...
  • A Reassuring American Presence Joins Talks on Climate Change With China

    07/21/2014 3:51:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 21, 2014 | By JANE PERLEZ
    The presence of John D. Podesta, former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and now counselor to President Obama, at the recent United States-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing was a surprise. He is not a China expert. But the Chinese like old hands, aides with proximity to the Oval Office, and Mr. Podesta fills that bill. In addition, Mr. Podesta is passionate about climate change. He returned to the White House this year to help Mr. Obama fulfill his ambitious agenda to reduce coal consumption in the United States, and to shape a new global climate treaty...
  • IRS agrees to monitor churches for electioneering

    07/21/2014 3:43:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 21, 2014 | By Kimberly Winston
    The Internal Revenue Service said it will monitor churches and other houses of worship for electioneering in a settlement reached with an atheist group. The settlement was reached Friday (July 18) in federal court in Madison, Wis., where the initial lawsuit was filed in 2012 by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based atheist advocacy group that claims 20,000 members nationwide. The suit alleged the IRS routinely ignored complaints by the FFRF and others about churches promoting political candidates, issues or proposed legislation. As part of their tax-exempt status, churches and other religious groups are prohibited from engaging in partisan...
  • Government needs to act now to help migrant children at the border

    07/21/2014 3:24:59 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | July 20, 2014 | by Mary Ann McGivern
    I'm home from a week of lobbying in Washington, D.C., on behalf of the refugee children on our southern border. There were 13 of us, 11 from Loretto and two from our Guatemalan sister community, Sagrada Familia. We had appointments with 25 senators and representatives, plus other drop-in visits. We crossed the Capitol between the House and Senate office buildings three or four times each day.NETWORK, LCWR and the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission lent staff to help us refine our message. Maruca and Yolanda from Guatemala told and retold tough accounts of children leaving home to escape gangs, to buy medicine, to...
  • Editorial: Perry's plan to add troops to border won't ease this crisis

    07/21/2014 2:45:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | July 21, 2014 | Editorial
    Gov. Rick Perry’s plan to activate 1,000 Texas National Guard troops for duty near the border with Mexico will do little to ease the crisis caused by the arrival of 57,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America. More significant to addressing the problem is enlisting the governments of Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala to better enforce their own borders and discourage adults and children from attempting the dangerous trip northward. No show of force can stop them from crossing. Once they’re here, U.S. law requires that they enter a legal process intended to ensure they’re protected from predators in their...
  • FEMA Wants to House Migrant Children in Empty Big Box Stores

    07/21/2014 12:46:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    New Republic ^ | July 20, 2014 | By Lauren Markham
    In recent weeks, FEMA representatives have sent mass emails to advocacy networks throughout the country soliciting potential detention facilities and offering guidelines for acceptable spaces. The guidelines include being “Within 50 miles of major city (Pop ~200K)/airport; available for lease; able to be fenced or have adequate security.” Showers and toilets are preferable, according to the guidelines, but not necessary—so long as there is outdoor space for “staging areas for shower/restroom/laundry/kitchen trailers, etc.” Also preferred but not necessary, according to the email, is a kitchen, a cafeteria, recreational space, and classroom space. Suggestions for potentially workable locations? “Office space, warehouse,...
  • Housing undocumented children at Blossom South Nursing Facility

    07/21/2014 7:51:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    WHEC-TV Rochester NY ^ | July 21, 2014 | By: Rebecca Fath
    A growing issue capturing headlines across the country is now back in the spotlight in Rochester. Monday morning, Mayor Lovely Warren will be briefed on the possibility of the former Blossom South Nursing and Rehabilitation Center housing immigrant children. According to statement from City Hall, members of Warren's staff were contacted by representatives of the owner of the former nursing home. They asked if the City had any interest in getting behind an idea to turn the complex into a home for kids in the U.S. illegally and without their parents. When Mayor Warren was asked about the issue last...
  • China suspends McDonald's and KFC's meat supplier

    07/21/2014 7:42:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | July 21, 2014
    Chinese branches of fast food chains, including McDonald's and KFC, have stopped using meat from a supplier in Shanghai following allegations it sold them out of date meat. According to Xinhua, the state-owned news agency, authorities in Shanghai have ordered the suspension of operations at Shanghai Husi Food Co. Reports by local media said that Husi had re-processed expired meat products. McDonald's and KFC said they had stopped using meat from Husi. In a statement posted on its website, translated from Mandarin, the Shanghai Municipal Food and Drug Administration said it had "decided to investigate claims of the alleged use...
  • What True Immigration Reform Looks Like: End Family Chain Migration

    07/20/2014 8:48:43 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Right Side News ^ | April 14, 2014 | Adrienne Royer
    What is “chain migration”? Chain migration allows one immigrant to sponsor several relatives for admission. Five years after being admitted as a legal permanent resident, that individual only needs to seek naturalization and demonstrate an income level 25% higher than the poverty level to begin sponsoring other relatives who then sponsor other relatives and perpetuate this cycle. In 1965, the Immigration and Naturalization Act was amended to expand the definition of “immediate relatives” to emphasize the reunification of extended family members. Previously, U.S. laws limited this category to the spouses and children under 18 of U.S. citizens and legal immigrants....
  • Obama administration has been warned of rise in child migrants since 2012

    07/20/2014 6:16:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 20, 2014 | By Rebecca Kaplan
    ... But there were warnings as early as 2012, both from the first ladies of Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala who spoke at a conference in Washington on unaccompanied minors, and from Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., told the Post that while Democrats were aware of the urgent problem, they feared that speaking out about the problem too much would make it too politically difficult for Congress to pass an immigration overhaul. "That was always a concern of mine: How to address the issue in a way that did not detract from the need for comprehensive immigration reform,"...
  • Drought hinders California's clean energy goals

    07/20/2014 5:40:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | July 20, 2014
    SAN FRANCISCO — Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said. For years, dams have been one of California's main sources of clean energy, generating power without spewing greenhouse gases into the air. "If there's less hydro, the power has to come from somewhere," said Victor Niemeyer of the Electric Power Research Institute. "You have to burn more gas, and that costs more money." A power plant operator that uses more natural gas, raising its emissions, must make up by buying "allowances" under the...
  • Scammers target families of illegal child immigrants to U.S.: FBI

    07/20/2014 11:01:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 20, 2014 | By Jim Fotsyth
    U.S. officials warned on Sunday that scammers are attempting to prey on the families of some of the tens of thousands of unaccompanied child immigrants crossing the border from Latin America, seeking money for phony travel costs. "One fraud scheme involved individuals who claimed to be representing a charitable or non profit organization, which they claimed assists in processing and reuniting the children with their families," said Special Agent Michelle Lee. Another scheme used what Lee described as "caller I.D. spoofing" to make it appear that the calls were coming from a San Antonio business, which she didn't name, in...
  • Birmingham Protesters Join National Movement to Protest Federal Immigration Policies

    07/19/2014 9:06:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    ABC News Local ^ | July 19, 2014 | By Donna Francavilla
    BIRMINGHAM, AL - Birmingham was one of 400 cities to have participated in what the group claims is the largest anti-amnesty nation-wide protest in history. The group calls themselves "Make Them Listen." They took to the streets expressing frustration with the federal government's stance on immigration. Using Facebook to get the word out, they staged a national day of protesting against immigration reform, amnesty and border surge. Car horns blared and beeped in response to the "no amnesty" and "no illegal immigrants period" signs. More than two dozen people rallied on the grassy area on Highway 280 in front of...
  • Obama aides were warned of brewing border crisis

    07/19/2014 8:53:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 19, 2014 | By David Nakamura, Jerry Markon and Manuel Roig-Franzia
    Nearly a year before President Obama declared a humanitarian crisis on the border, a team of experts arrived at the Fort Brown patrol station in Brownsville, Tex., and discovered a makeshift transportation depot for a deluge of foreign children. The researchers’ observations were among the warning signs conveyed to the Obama administration over the past two years as a surge of Central American minors has crossed into south Texas illegally. More than 57,000 have entered the United States this year, swamping federal resources and catching the government unprepared. The administration did too little to heed those warnings, according to interviews...
  • Cartels suspected as high-caliber gunfire sends Border Patrol scrambling on Rio Grande

    07/19/2014 8:47:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    FOX News ^ | July 19, 2014 | By Jana Winter
    EXCLUSIVE: RINCON PENINSULA, Texas -- U.S. Border Patrol agents on the American side of the Rio Grande were forced to take cover Friday night when high-caliber weaponry was fired at them from the Mexican side of the river, sources told FoxNews.com. The weapons were fired at the U.S. side of the riverbank in the area of the Rincon Peninsula across the Rio Grande from Reynosa, Mexico, at about 8:30 p.m., sources said. Bullets ricocheted into an area where Border Patrol agents were positioned, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, told FoxNews.com. Border Patrol sources confirmed Gohmert's account, and said the shots may...
  • Pine Belt residents join national illegal immigration protest

    07/19/2014 6:24:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    WLOX-TV ^ | July 19, 2014 | By Charles Herrington
    JONES COUNTY, MS - About one dozen Pine Belt residents carried signs and American flags and waved at vehicles from an overpass on Interstate-59 Saturday to protest illegal immigration. They were part of a National Day of Protest organized on social media by the "Make Them Listen" movement. Folks from Petal, Pearl River and Jones counties displayed signs such as "Secure the Border" and "No Amnesty" as they stood on the overpass at the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport exit. "The border is not secure and we're being invaded," said Darlene Thomas, one of the organizers of the protest. "It's not a...
  • San Diegans Partake in Immigration Protests

    07/19/2014 6:20:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    NBC-7 San Diego ^ | July 19, 2014 | By Monica Garske
    San Diegans gathered Saturday morning to take part in a nationwide protest against immigration reform amid the border crisis. With American flags and opposition signs in hand, dozens of protestors united along the Interstate 8 overpass in La Mesa near Severin Drive to voice their opinions on illegal immigration. “We think our border needs to be better protected,” said Ocean Beach resident Lucy Ingalls. “Crime is coming in, we have disease coming in, we have mothers sending their kids off by themselves to get sick and die on their own and I think that’s a huge crime. I think we...
  • Demonstrators protest surge of undocumented immigrants crossing Texas border

    07/19/2014 6:12:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    12News Texas ^ | July 19, 2014 | By Adam Wright
    BEAUMONT - Holding Texas state flags and signs reading "Secure the Border", a group of demonstrators stood along Dowlen Road in front of Chick-fil-A in Beaumont Saturday. It was a small group, only about eight people, but their message was big. “Our federal government is not controlling the border," said Roger Evans, a member of the local chapter of the Texas Nationalist Movement. Hundreds of similar protests are scheduled in dozens of states over the weekend. Evan says something needs to be done to stop the recent surge of thousands of undocumented immigrants, mostly children, crossing into the United States...