CIS | A Senate hearing this week featured a confrontation between two Arizonans known for strong wills and large egos.
They were Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who as governor of Arizona in 2005 declared a state of emergency on the state’s southern border and now insists that the border is secure; and Sen. John McCain, who as a member of the House of Representatives in 1986 voted for the notorious Immigration Reform and Control Act and now vows that its failure will not be repeated.
McCain read an excerpt from an Arizona Republic editorial critical of Napolitano’s protracted failure to produce a metric of Border Patrol effectiveness, a more empirical measure than the remarkably ambiguous and evasive Napolitano measure of “secure as it has ever been”.
The Republic complained that Napolitano’s DHS “has failed to produce a simple standard for measuring border security, a project the Department of Homeland Security started in 2010 but apparently hasn’t worked up much of a sweat to finish.”
POLITICO | The Boston Marathon bombing suspect captured Friday night will not be immediately read his Miranda rights, a Justice Department official said.
The announcement came as a debate broke out among lawmakers, lawyers and political activists over whether the suspect, Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, should be prosecuted in a civilian criminal court or subjected to military interrogation — and over when and whether Tsarnaev should be told about his right to an attorney.
“No Miranda warning to be given” now, the Justice official said. “The government will be invoking the public safety exception.” Beginning several hours before Tsarnaev’s capture, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wrote on Twitter that the suspect ought to be placed in military custody.
“If captured, I hope Administration will at least consider holding the Boston suspect as enemy combatant for intelligence gathering purposes,” Graham wrote Friday afternoon. “The last thing we may want to do is read Boston suspect Miranda Rights telling him to ‘remain silent.’”
“The Law of War allows us to hold individual in this scenario as potential enemy combatant w/o Miranda warnings or appointment of counsel,” the senator added later in the evening. “I hope the Obama Administration will seriously consider this option….The goal is to gather intelligence and protect our nation which is under threat from radical Islam.”
WASHINGTON TIMES | Former Florida Rep. Allen West issued a scathing statement on his Facebook page Friday, in response to the ongoing manhunt for one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings.
“Let me be very clear. The terrorist attack in Boston and evolving events indicate we have a domestic radical Islamic terror problem in America,” he wrote. “No more excuses. No more apologies. We are in a war of ideological wills and we shall prevail.”
He also recounted previous congressional attempts to hold hearings on radical Islamism. “When Rep. Peter King attempted to have hearings on domestic terrorism, he was attacked for being racist,” Mr. West wrote.
THE HILL | Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) called for “increased surveillance” of Muslims on Friday, saying the Boston Marathon bombing suspects’ links to Chechnya represented a “new front” in the war on terror.
“Police have to be in the community, they have to build up as many sources as they can, and they have to realize that the threat is coming from the Muslim community and increase surveillance there,” the chairman of the House subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence told National Review. “We can’t be bound by political correctness. I think we need more police and more surveillance in the communities where the threat is coming from.”
• Boston Bombers May Complicate Matters for the Gang of Eight – CIS
• Boston chaos wrecks first immigration hearing – The Daily Caller
• Boston terror case reframes immigration debate – USA Today
• Boston terror fears raised at Senate immigration hearing – CNN.com
• Chechnya “Gang of two” hijack “Gang of eight” immigration reform – Bayoubuzz
• Conservative talk radio takes up immigration fight again – 8KPCC
• DeMint pans immigration reform bill as expensive amnesty – Daily Caller
• DeMint Says “Gang of Eight” Immigration Plan “Amnesty” – ConservativeHQ.com
• Democrats find much to like in immigration bill – Carrie Budoff Brown – Politico
• Filipino World War II Veterans Hopeful For Place In Immigration Bll – Honolulu Civil Beat
• Gang confident immigration bill can break Senate gridlock – CNN
• Gang of Eight plan fails to excite Colorado’s House Republicans – The Denver Post
• Grassley ties immigrant Boston suspects to immigration bill – The Daily Caller
• Illegal Immigrants ‘Ought To Be In The Shadows’ – Real Clear Politics
• Immigration Bill is a Disaster for American Workers – The Economic Populist
• Immigration bill should be blocked – San Antonio Express
• Immigration bill summary – More than amnesty and border security Slate
• Immigration Bill’s Fate May Hinge on Farm Districts – NYTimes.com
• Immigration reform bill would triple border-crossing prosecutions – GVN
• Immigration Reform’s First Big Test- The Boston Bombing – Time
• Immigration Rewrite Would Enhance Security, Durbin Says – Bloomberg
• In Washington, Boston Manhunt Shifts Immigration Debate – ABC News
• Indian IT studying impact of US immigration bill – NY Daily News
• It’s About Trust, Not Amnesty – Townhall
• Judiciary Committee takes up immigration bill – Newsday
• Kerry and Mexican counterpart talk immigration reform – Washington Times
• Key chairman in House offers chilly response to Senate immigration bill – The Hill
• King wants apology after critics hit him for connecting bombings, immigration – DC
• Linda Chavez- Gang of Eight’s immigration bill is good enough – Washington Examiner
• McCain- Immigration law wouldn’t negate Ariz. law – AZ Family
• McRINO, Grahamnesty- Delaying Amnesty Because Of Attack Is Wrong – Weasel Zippers
• Menendez- Bipartisan Bill ‘Fixes Our Broken Immigration System’ – CBS New York
• Napolitano skips immigration hearing – Daily Caller
• Navarrette- Hung up on border security – Longview News-Journal
• New data on border crossings could change immigration debate – The Times Herald
• No same-sex marriage provision in Senate immigration bill – KPCC
• Obamacare, Immigration Reform To Give $3K To Hire Former Illegal Immigrants – Inquisitr
• Owens applauds Ag-Worker Inclusion in Senate Immigration Bill – WDN
• Pelosi hopeful immigration reform will pass by August – The Hill
• Proposed immigration bill requires secure border before new visas – National Catholic Reporter
• Rubio Turns To Hard Sell On Immigration – Fox News Latino
• Rush Limbaugh Grills Marco Rubio Over ‘Legalization’ Of Illegal Aliens – Real Clear Politics
• Senate Hearing Puts Immigration Focus on Border Security – Businessweek
• Senate Immigration Fight May Define Leahy’s Legacy – NY Times
• Senators Question Whether Boston Attack Should Enter Immigration Debate – NY Times
• The Gang of Eight bill- Not bad, but terrible for America – Washington Times
• Why Catholics Can Support the New ‘Gang of Eight’ Immigration Bill – Aleteia
BUSINESSWEEK | The Obama administration, trying to advance new gun-control measures amid resistance from Congress, proposed a rule making it easier to submit names of the mentally ill to a U.S. database of people prohibited from buying guns.
Federal law already bans mentally ill individuals from purchasing guns, including those involuntarily committed to psychiatric hospitals or found not guilty by reason of insanity in trials. State authorities that decide whether people should be committed or found insane would gain an exemption to federal health privacy rules under the new regulation, allowing them to report those names to the federal database, according to a notice posted on the Federal Register’s website.
THE CALIFORNIA REPORT | As federal lawmakers begin to haggle over changes to the county’s mammoth immigration system, people on all sides of the issue are wading into the debate.
Others have been noticeably absent: a coalition of activists from Southern California who created a critical mass of opposition to illegal immigration several years ago. They did it through confrontational street protests, armed border patrols and new laws aimed at penalizing undocumented people. But many prominent leaders have moved on, leaving behind a fractured movement with diminishing influence over immigration policy locally and across the nation.
FOX NEWS | The Boston bombing entered the debate over immigration legislation Friday, as a leading Republican said emerging information about the suspects underscores the need to address “gaps and loopholes” in the nation’s immigration system.
Other lawmakers, however, rebuked Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, for making that connection and said it’s too early to draw assumptions about the role the immigration system played.
Grassley cited the Boston terror attack and ongoing manhunt at the start of a Capitol Hill hearing Friday morning on newly unveiled comprehensive immigration legislation. The Boston crisis rapidly overshadowed the hearing, the first held for the major piece of legislation. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano had been scheduled to testify but canceled as federal law enforcement agencies were pulled into the crime scene.
CIS | The United States has naturalized at least a few thousand alleged terrorists in recent years. In fact, four of the 13 most notorious terrorism arrests since 2009 involved naturalized U.S. citizens. Five cases involved native-born U.S. citizens, while eight involved foreign nationals (it appears the Boston Marathon bombing included two foreign-born brothers), all of whom had received multiple U.S. immigration benefits. What follows is not a comprehensive list, but it does reflect the most significant U.S.-based terrorist incidents since 2009.
NRO | President Obama was incredulous at the speed of his gun-control agenda’s demise this week. Seemingly still in campaign mode, he posed in the Rose Garden flanked by gun-crime victims and denounced the Senate for rejecting all three points of his grand gun control plan. The Senate gun-control bill isn’t buried yet, but rigor mortis is setting in. Obama swears he’ll bring the fight again. Harry Reid threatened that with the next mass shooting, he’ll put gun control back before the Senate.
It’s personal for the president now. Secure in his last term, he was sure he could advance the cause of gun prohibition he had so long delayed. He waged a hard, high-profile battle for four months, proving himself to be the president most hostile to the Second Amendment and spending political capital as though it were Other Peoples’ Money. He will likely see nothing to lose by starting the push all over again “when the time is right,” to paraphrase the defeated Senator Dianne Feinstein.
DAILY CALLER | Fairview School, in West Plains, Mo. recently announced its decision to allow and train some teachers to carry concealed weapons throughout the school day. Parents found out about the development when the story broke at the local paper, The West Plains Daily Quill, and most are pleased, school officials told The New York Times.
Fairview is a grammar school that teaches kindergarten through eighth grade. The decision to arm some employees was made at a school board meeting in February after pressure from parents about the school’s security measure increased in the aftermath of the Newtown tragedy.