An unfolding scandal in Denver has both the District Attorney's office and the Sheriff's Office struggling to explain why an illegal alien, Ricardo Daniel Lopez-Vera, who was sought by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for placement in deportation proceedings, was allowed to go free last week on a mere $1000 bail after killing a U.S. citizen in the Denver jail.
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Tom Tancredo represented Colorado's 6th Congressional District from 1999 until 2009. While in Congress, he chaired the bipartisan Immigration Reform Caucus. He currently is seeking the Republican nomination for Governor of Colorado.
Steve King has provoked the wrath of both the Democratic and Republican establishments over his statements about a proposed GOP bill that hasn’t even been formally introduced yet, the “KIDS Act.” The firestorm over King’s comments illustrates why honest talk about the consequences of another amnesty bill is so rare.
Ever since the November 6 election, we’ve heard a chorus of Republicans insisting that Romney's loss was due to his “tough immigration stance,” which supposedly hurt him among Hispanics. The same chorus insists that the GOP should address this problem by embracing amnesty.
Let’s face it. In the most optimistic scenario conservatives can imagine for November 6, Mitt Romney defeats Barack Obama by a whopping five points, carrying Ohio, Virginia and Florida by narrow margins. Wow. What a resounding victory for conservatism!
When Arizona first passed SB 1070 in 2010, I was asked by a local TV station what I thought of the law. I told the reporter that I fully supported it. The reporter asked whether the bill would necessitate racial profiling. In admittedly inelegant terms, I said, "I do not want the police, here, there, pulling people over because you look like you should be pulled over.” However, I explicitly stated that SB 1070 would do no such thing, which is why I supported it.
Last year, the Obama administration tried to block the execution of Humberto Leal Garcia. In 1994, at age 21, Leal kidnapped, murdered and raped a 16-year-old girl named Adria Sauceda. There was never much doubt as to Leal’s guilt, and the administration did not oppose the execution on the grounds that Leal was innocent or even that he did not receive a fair trial. Rather, administration officials were worried that executing him would "seriously jeopardize" relations with Mexico. According to the administration’s brief, since Leal was a “Mexican national,” he should have been offered assistance from the Mexican consulate when first arrested. The Supreme Court rejected this argument, and Leal met his maker on July 7, 2011.
Senator Marco Rubio is planning to introduce a Republican version of the DREAM Act, a bill that grants legal status to young illegal immigrants. While the DREAM Act has received some support from RINOs like Lindsey Graham and Richard Lugar in the past, Republicans have largely opposed it. When the lame-duck Democrats tried to pass it in December 2010, only three Republican senators and eight Republican representatives went along.
In Tom Wolfe’s bestselling novel “Bonfire of the Vanities,” a liberal New York prosecutor who yearned for a “Great White Defendant” got his wish when a wealthy stockbroker named Sherman McCoy ran over a black teenager in a case of questionable self-defense. The prosecutor, left-wing racial activists and a sensationalist media fed off each other, leading to a state of pure hysteria where the facts were all swept aside.
MSNBC’s decision to dismiss Pat Buchanan shows the depths to which the mainstream media has caved to far-left pressure groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center, the National Council of La Raza, Color of Change and Media Matters.
Now that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is the odds-on favorite to win the Republican presidential nomination, the liberal media is trying to paint him as a right-wing extremist. Last week, The New York Times editorial page used the occasion of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s endorsement of Governor Romney to charge that he has “lurched toward the extremist right.”
In the wake of the killing of al Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, pundits, politicians, and law professors are arguing over whether it’s constitutional for the American government to target an American citizen. Some, such as Ron Paul, have gone as far as calling the killing a potentially impeachable offense.
At last week’s presidential debate in Florida, Rick Perry said something that made the audience gasp in disbelief. He said critics of in-state college tuition for illegal aliens “have no heart.” Welcome to Compassionate Conservatism 2.0.