Obama on Illegals: ‘Yes, They Broke the Rules … But These 11 Million Men and Women Are Now Here

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What a brillant statement…..”but they are here now” ….never mind they are here “illegally” and have broke the law. Amazing…..Obama sees them as “undocumented Democrats” and he wants them to be able to stay.

President Obama delivered a speech today on immigration reform and conceded that while some immigrants had broken the rules by crossing the border illegally; they are here now and are contributing members of the community.

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oldoldtimer
oldoldtimer 4 hours ago

So Obama decide which laws it is ok to break and which ones to ignore. So tell me what is the difference between him and any dictator? he is now telling Congress that they must act quickly or he will. Why the rush? Before people have had a chance for the emotions to subside and logical thought to take over. If you notice Obama likes to operate as though every thing was an immediate crisis. That is how bills get passed that would otherwise not stand a chance not even with Dems.

nolefan3
nolefan3 4 hours ago

@oldoldtimer He is not interested in a bipartisan bill, so he’s planning to rush his bill down the throats of the American people. Then, he’ll turn around and accuse Republicans of not cooperating.

calmvoice
calmvoice 4 hours ago

Some immigrants?  In the first place, they aren’t immigrants, they’re illegal aliens.  In the second place, it’s the duty of the President, through ICE, to ship them back across the border.

getheridge
getheridge 5 hours ago

Let me get this straight. If 11 people break into my home or just enter without permission, sure they have broken the law, oh excuse me I mean, the rules. then they are already inn so I mustn’t worry about the law, oops, rules. I should adopt them and support them. Are you kidding me. If we are a nation of laws then enforce the laws we have. If not then throw it all away and enforce none. Our whole system is broken and needs an injection of the Constitution.

ret_top_sgt
ret_top_sgt 7 hours ago

No, Mr. President, they didn’t “break the rules”…they broke the law but then upholding the laws of this country doesn’t seem to have a real high priority with you or your administration, does it?

 

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Army drill scares residents on Houston’s south side

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The sight of Army helicopters and the sound of gunfire created a lot of concern Monday afternoon in one Houston neighborhood.

We received a lot of phones calls, Tweets and Facebook posts from worried neighbors, wondering what was going on.

SkyEye 13 HD was over the south side where at first look, it appeared there was a massive SWAT scene happening.

With military helicopters flying above her southeast Houston neighborhood, Frances Jerrals didn’t know what to think.

“When you see this, you think the worst. When you hear this, you think the worst,” Jerrals said.

And so, she passed along her concern.

“She told me ‘don’t come home it sounds like we’re in a war zone. Guns, shooting, helicopters flying around the house,'” Isaac Robertson Jr. said.

The U.S. Army along with other agencies took over the old Carnegie Vanguard High School near Scott and Airport. There were armed men in fatigues, plenty of weapons and what many thought were real live rounds

“I felt like I was in a warzone.” Jerrals said. “It was nonstop. I was terrified.”

Turns out, it was a multi-agency training drill that Jerrals wished would have come with warning.

“They could have done a better job in notifying the neighborhood,” Jerrals said.

The Army did not give any details of what the training is for. Some people we spoke to needed no explanation.

“If it’s to protect our kids, I’m all for it,” neighbor Glenn DeWitt said. (That’s right just forget about the Posse Comitatus Act that prohibits military from doing law enforcement in the States)

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U.S. approves sale of A123 to Chinese firm

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The Obama administration approved the sale of most of bankrupt battery maker A123 Systems’ assets to Chinese firm Wanxiang Group Corp.

The company’s U.S. subsidiary, Chicago-based Wanxiang America, said it has received approval from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. to complete its acquisition of substantially all of the non-government business assets of A123 Systems, Inc. The sale officially closed late Tuesday, the company said.

“We’re pleased the government has completed its review and provided us with the go-ahead to finalize this transaction,” said Pin Ni, president of Wanxiang America. “The future is bright for A123. It is a company with exceptional talent and potential, and Wanxiang America is committed to its long-term success and the continuance of its U.S. operations. Wanxiang America looks forward to closing the transaction and to continuing to foster the technologies A123 has worked so hard to develop.”

In December, Wanxiang won a bankruptcy court auction to acquire most of A123 for $256.6 million, including its grid and commercial business assets and its U.S. facilities in Michigan, Massachusetts and Missouri.

A123 had vowed to create 3,000 jobs by the end of 2012, but only has 1,300. It won $249.1 million in grants from the Obama administration in 2009 to build battery plants in Romulus and Livonia, but has only spent $132 million. It also received more than $125 million in tax credits and funding from the state of Michigan.

The Energy Department said it worked during A123’s bankruptcy to keep jobs in Michigan.

“The Energy Department’s Recovery Act grant to A123 was used for the construction of brick and mortar advanced battery manufacturing facilities at two Michigan locations,” said Energy Department spokesman Bill Gibbons. “Consistent with the intent of that investment, the purchase of these assets includes the Energy Department’s requirement that the plants and equipment partially paid for by the Recovery Act stay in Michigan and continue to operate, generating job opportunities for American workers and helping to establish a domestic manufacturing base for this growing global market.”

Navitas Systems, a Woodridge, Ill.-based company, has agreed to buy A123’s Ann Arbor-based government business, including all U.S. military contracts, for $2.25 million.

The committee, which is headed by the Treasury Department and includes other government agencies, makes no public announcement of decisions and releases no written findings.

“It doesn’t surprise me that they approved it,” said Josh Zive, a Washington lawyer who represents companies before the committee, noting that Wanxiang agreed not to buy the military and government contract assets.

President Barack Obama hailed A123 and even invited the company’s CEO to the Rose Garden in April 2010.

Keystone XL decision may loom large for red state Democrats in 2014 midterms

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A handful of vulnerable Democratic senators running for reelection in red states are seeking to insulate themselves from political fallout if the Obama administration rejects the Keystone XL oilsands pipeline from Canada.

 

Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), joined 44 of their Republican colleagues in signing a letter last week urging Obama to expedite the pipeline’s approval.

Although Democrats say the controversial pipeline may not linger as an issue at the ballot box in 2014, the senators’ full-throated support for the controversial project could shield them from GOP attacks over the economic impact if construction is denied.

All five of the Democratic senators who signed the Keystone letter face difficult reelection battles in red states that Obama lost in 2012, most by double-digit margins.

“In the end, I think it’s going to be overlooked by other issues. But it’s certainly something that they’re going to have to deal with. They all represent major energy-producing areas of the county,” said James Manley, a Democratic strategist who formerly worked for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

“This has proven to be a political football that Republicans are going to continue to press forward.”

Supporters and opponents of the Keystone XL project are awaiting a decision from the State Department on whether to grant TransCanada Corp. a presidential permit to build the pipeline.

Obama initially rejected a permit for the pipeline last year, citing concerns it traversed the ecologically-sensitive Sandhills of Nebraska.

Last week, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R ) informed Obama and the State Department that he had approved a revised route for the pipeline that avoids the Sandhills.

Republicans say the Obama administration’s decision to deny the pipeline on its original route has cost the U.S. thousands of construction and energy jobs, and that the pipeline’s construction could bring down gas prices.

The GOP is already seeking to make political hay out ongoing delays in a Keystone XL decision.

The National Republican Congressional Committee this week targeted 39 House Democrats this week with a release that charges that Obama and the House Democrats in question “have run out of excuses” on Keystone.

“If they are serious about creating jobs, they need to stand up to their radical environmentalist friends and support the Keystone XL pipeline,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek.

US debt headed toward 200 percent of GDP even after ‘fiscal cliff’ deal

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The nation’s long-term fiscal outlook hasn’t significantly improved following the recent agreement between Congress and the White House over tax and spending issues, according to a new analysis.

The “fiscal cliff” deal, combined with the debt-limit agreement of August 2011, only slightly delays the United States reaching debt-to-gross domestic product levels that would damage the economy and risk another fiscal crisis, according to a report from the Peter G. Peterson Foundation released on Tuesday.

 

The agreement “may have prevented the immediate threats that the fiscal cliff posed to our fragile economic recovery, but we haven’t remotely fixed the nation’s debt problem,” said Michael A. Peterson, president and COO of the Peterson Foundation.

“The primary goal of any sustainable fiscal policy is to stabilize the debt as a share of the economy and put it on a downward path, and yet our nation is still heading toward debt levels of 200 percent of GDP and beyond,” he said.

The report concludes that the recent round of deficit-reduction measures won’t make major improvements because they fail to address most of the major contributors to the debt and deficit, including rapidly rising healthcare costs.

The analysis suggests that lawmakers take action quickly to ensure that the nation is on a sustainable fiscal path.

At a House Ways and Means Committee hearing last week, lawmakers and budget experts agreed that rising healthcare costs, such as Medicare, must be addressed this year as part of efforts to overhaul the tax code and entitlement programs.

“Until spending in those areas is reduced, tax revenues are increased, or policymakers implement a combination of both, the United States will continue to have a severe long-term debt problem,” the report said.

“Reforms should be implemented gradually, and fiscal improvements must be achieved before our debt level and interest payments are so high that sudden or more draconian reforms are required to avert a fiscal crisis.”

The latest deal that stopped income tax increases for those making $400,000 a year or less may have only improved the burgeoning debt situation by a year.

Obama: No Border Security Before Path to Citizenship

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President Barack Obama is set to reject the key compromise at the heart of a bipartisan deal on immigration reform announced by eight Senators yesterday. The president, who will deliver an address later today in Las Vegas, NV outlining his own immigration ideas, is reported to oppose linking a “path to citizenship” for illegal immigrants, a Democrat demand, to stronger law enforcement and better border security, a Republican demand.

The president will apparently argue that the administration has met reasonable goals on enforcing current immigration legislation, and that additional security will merely create new obstacles to legalizing the roughly 12 million illegal immigrants thought to be living in the United States. The federal government accelerated deportations in the first years of the Obama presidency, and sent new personnel to patrol the southwestern border.

However, starting last year, the Obama administration declined to enforce existing law regarding the so-called “Dreamers”–immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children. The election-year move drew praise from Hispanic groups but preempted congressional legislation, and brought criticism from proponents of immigration reform, including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who objected to the president’s clear circumvention of Congress.

The essence of the deal struck by Rubio with Senate colleagues in the “Gang of Eight” or “immigration eight” is that a path to citizenship would be contingent upon meeting law enforcement criteria. Republican critics of the Senate deal–including some who are otherwise supportive of immigration reform–argued that the deal would cause “instant legalization” of illegal immigrants, while the border security provisions would take time.

Rubio has proposed dealing with that problem by suggesting that the reform package be broken up into several pieces of legislation rather than one bill that would pass the citizenship and law enforcement provisions simultaneously. A previous reform law, the Simpson-Mazzoli Act of 1986, was ineffective precisely because it made legalization and border security simultaneous, rather than making the latter prior to the former.

The president is said to share Democrats’ objections to a series of legislation that would formally put law enforcement first, and prefers one comprehensive bill. But he will also go even further today, and reject the compromise outright.

By rejecting the citizenship-for-security compromise, the president may hope to focus media criticism on Republicans in Congress, who largely oppose a new amnesty for illegal immigrants. If the past is any indication, Obama will use that opposition to label Republicans as racist.

Once again, politics will trump progress–and Republicans, who were split on the Senate deal, may well thank Obama for sparing them a difficult choice.

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ATF Agent Seizes 30 Toy Guns! Says They can be Converted!

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