Thursday, August 16, 2012

AZ no benefits for young illegals
Arizona governor: no public benefits for young immigrants
By David Schwartz | Reuters – 12 hrs ago..
PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer, in yet another clash with the White House, issued an order on Wednesday barring illegal immigrants who qualify for temporary legal status in the United States from receiving any state or local public benefits.

The action was a response to relaxed deportation rules issued by the Obama administration on Wednesday.

Brewer, whose state has been at the center of the country's immigration debate, issued an executive order denying state or local benefits to immigrants applying under the new federal immigration rules. The order would bar them from obtaining an Arizona driver's license or a state-issued identification card.

As many as 1.7 million people could qualify for the temporary federal program, which enables certain illegal immigrants to apply for work permits, Social Security cards and driver's licenses, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.

Applying for "deferred action for child arrivals" permits will shield some young illegal immigrants from being ousted from the United States for at least two years. In Arizona, officials said an estimated 80,000 illegal immigrants were eligible to apply.

To qualify, recipients must have been younger than 16 years old upon arrival; currently not older than 30; have lived in the country since June 15, 2007; and have no felony convictions.

Thousands of eager, young undocumented students swamped immigration offices in states with large immigrant populations like California and Texas on Wednesday.

Brewer wrote in the order that the new program "does not confer upon them any lawful or authorized status and does not entitle them to any additional public benefits."

She said she was reaffirming the intent of current Arizona laws, and preventing "significant and lasting impacts on the Arizona budget, its health care system and additional public benefits that Arizona taxpayers fund."

Arizona passed a tough immigration crackdown in 2010 to try to drive illegal immigrants from the state. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld its most controversial provision requiring police to check the immigration status of people they stop if they suspect they are in the country illegally. The law has yet to be implemented.

Carlos Garcia, director of the grassroots community group Puente in Phoenix, called the governor's move on Wednesday a "mean-spirited attack" on a well-meaning program.

"Brewer has once again put Arizona's name on the map as the epicenter of anti-immigrant racism and hate," Garcia said in a statement. "However, like we have continuously showed throughout her time as governor, the community will stand united against Brewer's latest assault."

(Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Stacey Joyce)

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Sen Cornyn does not understand 2 Amendment.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject:  Thank You For Contacting My Office
Date:  Fri, 3 Aug 2012 11:43:11 -0400

Dear Mr.

Thank you for contacting me regarding a proposed treaty
 on international arms trade.  I appreciate having the benefit
 of your comments on this matter.

In October 2009, the Obama Administration announced
that it would reverse current U.S. policy by supporting the
 launch of United Nations (UN) talks on the formation of
 a treaty to regulate international arms sales.  Secretary of
 State Hillary Clinton stated that U.S. support of these
 talks is predicated on the negotiations operating under
 the rules of consensus decision-making, which afford
 each nation veto authority.  I share your concerns
 regarding the implications of such a treaty.

The negotiating forum for these talks, the UN Conference
 on the Arms Trade Treaty, seeks to propose a legally
binding treaty to increase regulation of, and set
 international standards for, the import, export, and
transfer of conventional weapons.  A conference to
negotiate a treaty text began in New York on July 12,
 2012.  Furthermore, it is important to note that, should
 a U.S. President choose to sign the resulting treaty text
 in the future, it would subsequently require ratification
 by two-thirds of the U.S. Senate in order to enter into

Therefore, I have joined with my colleagues in signing
 a letter to President Obama and Secretary Clinton
 expressing grave concern about the dangers posed by
 this treaty to our Second Amendment rights, and
encouraging President Obama and Secretary Clinton
to uphold our country’s constitutional protections of
civilian firearm ownership as the treaty process continues.
  It is essential to safeguard the law-abiding citizens’
constitutional right to own and use firearms designed
for legitimate purposes such as hunting, target shooting,
collecting, and self-protection.
   Restricting this right
 runs counter to the intent of our Founding Fathers,
 who expressly guaranteed in the Second Amendment
 that citizens would retain the right to keep and bear

The United States must carefully evaluate actions
 taken by international organizations to determine
 whether they are consistent with our national interests.
  As Americans, we take pride in our nation and its
 hard-fought independence, and you may be certain
 that I will vigorously oppose any legislation or action
 that infringes upon that sovereignty. 

I appreciate the opportunity to represent Texans
 in the United States Senate, and you may be certain
 that I will continue working with my colleagues to
 protect our sovereignty and defend our Second
Amendment rights.  Thank you for taking the

 time to contact me.

United States Senator

517 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Tel: (202) 224-2934
Fax: (202) 228-2856

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