THE MONITOR | McALLEN — Illegal immigrants have started surrendering to local Border Patrol agents after crossing the Rio Grande, convinced they’ll be released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which recently turned hundreds of immigrants loose to save money.
In preparation for the sequester — federal spending cuts forced by Congress’ inability to reach a budget deal — ICE released several hundred low-risk illegal immigrants from detention centers last month and placed them on supervised released instead. The news reached illegal immigrants preparing to cross the border.
“These are people that are just voluntarily turning themselves in to our agents with the expectation they’ll be released,” said Border Patrol Agent Paul Perez, president of the Rio Grande Valley union of the National Border Patrol Council. “When you cross with the expectation that you’ll be released, there’s no need to hide, there’s no need to run. You just look for a uniformed agent and turn yourself in.”
ICE stopped releasing immigrants after the cost-cutting move sparked public outcry.
DAILY CALLER | WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano promised to release more illegal immigrants into the United States, saying the budget sequester has left her no choice.
Several hundred detainees have already released because of the sequester, she insisted. They were released on bail, or because their legal status had changed, she said.
“We’re going to continue to do that … for the foreseeable future,” Napolitano said at a March 4 breakfast meeting hosted by Politico. “We are going to manage our way through this by identifying the lowest risk detainees, and putting them into some kind of alternative to release.”
However, Napolitano’s statement clashed with a March 1 report by The Associated Press, which said that internal agency documents show that her managers had already released 2,000 detainees, and planned to release 3,000 more detainees.
Napolitano’s threat reflects the White House’s determination to ramp up public distress until the GOP agrees to another tax increase.
FRONTPAGE | Black conservative leaders warn that new gun control proposals threaten Americans’ most fundamental civil rights.
Star Parker, founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), recalled the racist pedigree of gun control laws and the grave dangers they create, not just for blacks, but for all Americans.
“I believe that it is our duty to stand together and challenge the proposals currently on the table in the Senate, which invoke painful memories of Jim Crow laws and black codes,” said Parker.
“Black history is rife with government demands for background checks in order to qualify for constitutional rights,” she said at a Washington, D.C. press conference. “All Americans should be concerned.”
The effort to stem further gun control measures comes as left-wing legislators lead a crackdown on the Second Amendment.
WASHINGTON TIMES | ANNAPOLIS | Some House Democrats are pushing for changes to Gov. Martin O’Malley’s gun control bill and Republicans are warning that even if the legislation passes, voters and the courts might get the final say.
Another crowd of hundreds of Second Amendment activists gathered Tuesday in Annapolis to testify on several gun bills and to rally against the governor’s proposal, which would ban assault weapons and require residents to obtain a permit and provide their fingerprints before purchasing a handgun.
The proposal passed the Senate last week and is being considered by two House committees.
Opposing lawmakers say they still hope for major changes to the bill but are prepared to collect petitions for a referendum or to sue the state if they don’t get their way.
“We’re going to fight it here, we’re going to fight it in the courts, we’re going to fight it every step of the way,” said Delegate Michael D. Smigiel Sr., Cecil Republican. “There is no legislature, there is no executive and there is no court that can do anything to interfere with the Second Amendment.”
NBC NEWS | A bipartisan group of senators has reached a deal on a bill that would make it a federal crime to buy a gun for someone who isn’t legally allowed to own one.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy announced the agreement on the Senate floor Monday evening.
Illegal gun “straw” purchases, made by a buyer on behalf of someone who cannot pass a background check, are often not prosecuted under current law, usually because conducting such a sale yields such a weak penalty.
NEWMAX | Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said the federal government’s decision to release illegal immigrants detained in four states was President Barack Obama’s way of getting back at Arizona “because of the actions we have taken here,” according to 3TV in Phoenix.
The Department of Homeland Security has released more than 2,000 inmates in Arizona, California, Georgia, and Texas, allegedly in an attempt to reduce costs in the face of automatic spending cuts.
However, the Republican governor disagrees with the explanation given by the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“They’re releasing what we believe to be criminals, illegal aliens out of jail and into our society, not knowing who they are or what they are doing,” she said. “So yeah, I do believe this is payback.”
REUTERS | A U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday on the side of day laborers seeking work in Arizona, upholding an injunction that bars the state from enforcing part of its immigration law that prohibits motorists from stopping traffic to pick up workers.
In the ruling, a three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a February 2012 decision by a district judge who granted a preliminary injunction against the provision of the 2010 state law.
“Laws that limit commercial speech must not be more extensive than necessary to serve a substantial government interest,” Ninth Circuit Judge Raymond Fisher wrote in his opinion upholding the injunction.
POLITICO | A new poll found that Asian-Americans lean Democratic, but that they are not strongly committed to either the GOP or the Democratic Party.
Fifty-seven percent of Asian-Americans lean Democratic, compared with 28 percent who lean Republican and 13 percent who are independent, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. The remaining are undecided or did not respond.
FOX NEWS | Large majorities of American voters favor strengthening border security to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the country, and creating a path to citizenship for those already here.
A Fox News national poll released Monday finds 84 percent of voters favor stricter border security, while fewer than one in seven oppose it (13 percent).
Support is also strong for creating a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, as long as they meet certain requirements such as paying back taxes, learning English and passing a background check. Some 72 percent of voters favor that, while 25 percent are opposed.
PJ MEDIA | Every year hundreds of thousands of Americans use firearms to defend themselves from attackers of one kind or another. Despite the state’s reputation as a frontier state, Colorado’s Democrats are hell-bent on disarming law-abiding citizens and, in particular, women, from being able to defend themselves with a firearm. The latest is state Sen. Evie Hudak who, at a hearing on banning concealed carry on college campuses, told rape survivor Amanda Collins that having a gun would not have done her any good. Collins had just shared her story of survival. Democrat Hudak berated her in response.
I just want to say, statistics are not on your side, even if you had had a gun. You said that you were a martial arts student, I mean person, experience in taekwondo, and yet because this individual was so large and was able to overcome you even with your skills, and chances are that if you had had a gun, then he would have been able to get than from you and possibly use it against you …
Or she could have shot him, or cornered him and called 911 to get the police to come pick him up. A pistol can be a great equalizer in the face of a threat.
| A DeLand man was granted a $35,000 bail on DUI manslaughter and other charges despite an arrest report’s warning, in all capital letters, that he might flee — and that’s exactly what he did, an attorney said.
William David Lopez, 27, posted bail and fled within 24 hours, according to an emergency motion seeking a nationwide arrest warrant. A hearing is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday before Circuit Judge Randell H. Rowe III in DeLand on attorney David Damore’s motion, which also seeks to revoke bail.
The second page of the charging affidavit against Lopez warns in all capitals: “LOPEZ IS NOT A US CITIZEN AND IS A POTENTIAL FLIGHT RISK.”
WEEKLY STANDARD | Stephen D. Abney, the chief public affairs official for the Army’s Joint Munitions Command, recently sent a message to all 6,000 employees he speaks for: Don’t criticize President Barack Obama or any political party to members of the press. The message was received by civilian contractors as well.
“It’s not meant for contractors… It wasn’t intended for contractors,” said Abney of the email, which details how folks should deal with the press because of sequestration (mandatory spending cuts). But, Abney conceded, he “can’t swear” that contractors—that is, civilians—did not receive the message either. In fact, at least some of the 6,000 contractors that work with JMC received the message. Here’s the full text of the email, which was written by Abney: