SCOTUS: Citizenship no longer matters when voting

June 29, 2015

In deciding to deny the petition for certiorari in the key election case Kobach, et al. v. Election Assistance Commission, (background here) the United States Supreme Court has summarily decided that citizenship is of no consequence in voting in U.S. elections.

At issue was the question of whether Arizona and Kansas could require voters to prove their citizenship when registering to vote with what has become known as the “federal form.” The form pertains to state and federal elections. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach led the suit against the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), on an appeal of the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court decision.


SCOTUS rules in two cases affecting Arizona

June 29, 2015

Liberals on SCOTUS thwarted in abolishing death penalty, rule against AZ legislature

Arizona’s application of lethal injection holds, based on today’s Supreme Court ruling in Glossip v. Gross, an Oklahoma case brought by inmates challenging the drug protocol. Lethal injection opponents cited an execution they referred to as “botched.”

The 5-4 decision, was supported by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito, who wrote the opinion.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor a death penalty opponent, theatrically stated that the use of the drug midazolam leaves the prisoners “exposed to what may well be the chemical equivalent of being burned at the stake.”  Sotomayor neglected to call attention to the victims of the criminals whose crimes were heinous enough to be worthy of the death penalty.

The Arizona Legislature was dealt an unfortunate blow in the case Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission . At issue was whether an unelected “Independent” Commission should infringe on the Arizona Legislature’s ability to draw redistricting boundaries. The Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision sided with the appointed commission‘s authority. 

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg wrote the opinion for the majority, in which Justice Anthony Kennedy joined with the liberals. Chief Justice John Roberts dissented, as did Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

In his dissent, Roberts said that majority’s position “has no basis in the text, structure, or history of the Constitution, and it contradicts precedents from both Congress and this Court.”


Explosion of illegals: Nations fight crime, costs, loss of values, culture

June 20, 2015

5,000 illegals with criminal records released from custody in Arizona

Boosted by rising concerns over the cost of illegal immigration on Denmark’s welfare programs and erosion of “Danish values,” the Danish People’s Party celebrated victory with demands for a border crackdown. The Prime Minster conceded defeat and resigned.

Greece is inundated with thousands of Syrians and Iraqis fleeing Turkey, overwhelming authorities as the nation teeters on the brink of financial collapse. The Greek island of Lesbos with a native population of about 80,000 inhabitants is struggling to deal with 25,000 arrivals since the start of the year -— nearly half of the 55,000 who have reached Greece by sea from Turkey -— described as a “staggering 620 percent increase.”

Within the 28-member European Union, debate has grown over how to deal with the growing influx of Muslim “migrants” from the Middle East and Africa. Many countries have demanded that any acceptance system should be voluntary. France and other central European nations oppose imposition of quotas. Hungary has announced plans to build a 13-foot-high fence along its border with non-EU member Serbia, a move that triggered a rebuke from the United Nations Refugee Agency.

In Berlin, Muslim imams are conducting funerals for those who drowned in the Mediterranean, trying to get to Germany. More than 100,000 have arrived in Europe this year, 60,000 through Italy alone, according to the EU’s border agency Frontex —- which uses the descriptive term “irregular migration.”

In the Caribbean, hundreds of thousands of impoverished Haitians have invaded the neighboring Dominican Republic. Dominican officials have warned that people should start carrying documents to prove they are legal residents, to avoid deportation if they are stopped by authorities.

Here at home, despite astronomical rates of criminal activity by illegal aliens, the Obama administration provides tips on obtaining work permits to the invaders. Mark Krikorian has written a fact-filled report for National Review.

Townhall editor Katie Pavlich reports that Sarah Saldana, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) acknowledged that no one was fired for releasing more than 65,000 criminal aliens onto American streets. They are protected from deportation and authorized to work in the U.S. by Barack Obama’s 2014 executive actions, which allowed illegal aliens to apply for deferred action status.

KTAR News reports that nearly 5,000 illegals —- repeat offenders with criminal records detained in Arizona —-  were released from custody, including 121 illegals now facing murder charges. They were previously released by federal officials from 2010 to 2014, despite Barack Obama’s assurances that his administration would deport violent criminals.

The criminal tentacles are far-reaching. In Wisconsin. Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Kansas and Missouri, 280 convicted criminal aliens from 22 countries have been arrested. Convictions include aggravated battery, armed robbery, drug possession, burglary, aggravated drunken driving, illegal possession of a weapon by a felon, battery, hit-and-run and drug trafficking. ICE officers arrested 34 men in Wisconsin during a month-long initiative, including 33 Mexican nationals and one Ecuadorian.


SCOTUS’ unanimous decision against Gilbert (AZ)

June 19, 2015

Decisive victory for free speech

In an unusual unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court decisively affirmed Thursday that the government cannot play favorites when it comes to free speech. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys represented an Arizona church in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, a case involving restrictions on temporary signs that provided the vehicle for the justices to reaffirm and clarify that the government cannot single out one form of speech over another based on how worthy the government thinks it is. Read more here.

Scottsdale-based Alliance Defending Freedom won a decisive U.S. Supreme Court victory on behalf of 82-year-old Pastor Clyde Reed, his wife Ann —- and all Americans. We owe them a debt of gratitude.

The case was argued January 12, 2015 and decided June 18, 2015. Justice Clarence Thomas delivered the opinion of the Court.


Do you believe your lyin’ eyes or the AZ Republic?

June 10, 2015

ISSUE: Characterization of Mexican gov’t helicopter crossing border, firing at U.S. Border Patrol

In this May 5, 2015 press release, Judicial Watch announced it obtained documents from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) that confirm a June 26, 2014 attack by a Mexican government helicopter on U.S. Border Patrol agents. The Mexican helicopter crossed into U.S. airspace before firing on U.S. Border Patrol personnel. The Mexican government initially denied that the attack near Arizona’s San Miguel Gate occurred, but later admitted to the armed incursion.

The CBP documents were eventually released in response to a July 9, 2014 Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to CBP. The fact filled report, including important links, can be read here.

The day following the attack, the amnesty-promoting, south-of-the-border apologists at the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) headlined an article, “Mexican official says chopper didn’t cross border, fire at U.S. agents.”  It opens with these words, “A top Mexican official Friday denied a report by Customs and Border Protection that a Mexican helicopter crossed the border into Arizona and fired shots near U.S. agents Thursday.”

A search turned up no admission of the attack from the Mexican government reported in the Arizona newspaper.

In Repúblicaspeak, the U.S. agents are wrong. The Mexican official is right.  That’s it. End of story.


Sen. Kelli Ward: Conservative leadership AZ needs in DC

May 21, 2015

Appearing on ‘Fox and Friends” (video) Wednesday, state Sen. Kelli Ward discusses with host Steve Doocy Arizona’s push for more jobs and fewer handouts for the majority of Arizona’s welfare recipients.

Sen. Ward, a physician, is serving her second term in the state senate. Her impressive bio can be read here.

She says, “While career politicians in Washington, D.C. fight to fund welfare for illegal immigrants, we are working in Arizona to scale back entitlement programs and get people back to work with good jobs.”

If you are tired of the status quo and want to see real reform, it’s time to replace a smug, career politician and elect a true conservative pragmatist who will fight against — not for — welfare for illegal immigrants and extended entitlements that discourage capable people from finding decent jobs.

The encouraging news is Sen. Kelli Ward, a Lake Havasu Republican, has opened an exploratory campaign for the U.S. Senate.

If you share her belief that capable workers should be hunting for jobs instead of hunting for handouts, and if you want your elected representatives to fight for conservative values, Sen. Kelli Ward is the obvious choice.

She needs our help to level the political playing field against Arizona’s very senior senator, who has spent over three decades in Washington, D.C.  During his 2010 senate campaign, he outspent his conservative challenger roughly 10 to 1, using 2008 taxpayer matching funds in addition to the mega cash infusions from the lobbying interests with whom he has spent his career currying favor.

John McCain, who tries to conceal his liberal bent by characterizing himself as simply a “maverick,” actually urged the IRS to target conservatives.  Concerned about his reelection, he was behind the statewide purge of conservative elected precinct committeemen as he colluded with Obama donors in the effort, detailed in FrontPage magazine.

Sen. Kelly Ward is a lawmaker, family physician, a military wife and mom, as well as a small business owner. She is uniquely qualified to represent Arizona’s citizens. 

Read this message titled, “Replace John McCain” by Ken Cuccinelli II, President of the Senate Conservatives Fund. The group includes a petition on its website urging the defeat of John McCain. Arizona Republican elected precinct committeemen who have previously censured him, are ready to replace the unpopular McCain. Join the effort to return principled leadership to our state.

Contribute to Sen. Kelli Ward here. It’s important.


AZ Regents grant illegals in-state university tuition

May 8, 2015

ABOR and Superior Court judge reward illegality in Arizona

With this May 7 announcement, the Arizona Board of Regents reversed previous policy and will now allow illegal alien students to pay lower in-state tuition rates instead of  non-resident rates.

There was not a single voice raised in dissent. The Regents’ vote was unanimous.

This new policy, granting foreign nationals lower tuition than your Arizona-born niece who has grown up in California and wants to attend Arizona State University, is a farce.

On April 21 we posted AZ Board of Regents: Double talk on tuition, noting in-state tuition for illegals provided another costly incentive for the illegal hordes invading the U.S. Just days ago, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Arthur Anderson unilaterally ruled in direct contradiction of Arizona voters* that students in possession of work visas under Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order, are eligible for the lower in-state rate.

“Federal law, not state law, determines who is lawfully present in the U.S. The circumstance under which a person enters the U.S. does not determine that person’s lawful presence here,” Anderson haughtily opined. Judge Anderson’s decision will save the illegals thousands of dollars a year. ASU in-state basic tuition rates are $10,157 this year. Out-of-state students pay $24,503.  (Full cost schedule here).

By executive order in 2012, Barack Obama provided illegal aliens work authorization and other benefits if they qualified for “deferred action” as “childhood arrivals” (DACA) under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012. An additional executive order announced on Nov. 20, 2014, extended deferred action benefits to “childhood arrivals” regardless of age, and to illegal parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent resident children (DAPA). Implementation of the second executive order has been temporarily enjoined by Federal judge Andrew Hanen of the Southern District of Texas.

Obviously, there is no way to substantiate age at entry claims, which is why forged and counterfeit birth certificates constitute a big business.

According to a report in the daily, Regent’s Chairman Mark Killian was quoted as breezily saying, “Let’s move forward and get our kids educated in Arizona.” The “kids” Killian so warmly describes as “our(s)” are actually the responsibility of their foreign national parents. 

This decision comes on the heels of Killian‘s April 10, statement that included a condemnation of the “reality of $100 million in budget cuts that went far beyond expectations has made it considerably harder to balance university budgets. While we will focus on efficiency and realigning our strategic plan for long-term sustainability, these cuts have real impact on our students, and result in $1,000 less per student from the state. We must take into account the harsh reality of the magnitude of these cuts that may result in reductions in positions, programming and services as well as increased costs for students. “

Arizona taxpayers will ultimately be on the hook to ante up those increased costs, while our actual children will be forced to compete for college placement with those Mark Killian has foolishly concluded are also “ours.”

 

*In 2006, Arizona voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 300, 71 to 29 percent. Among its provisions was the prohibition of those without proof of legal residency being classified as in-state students and receiving state and federal financial aid or in-state tuition.


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