As the Republican primary continues on, deep fissures with Hispanics and the GOP are beginning to appear. Speaking in Arizona at a border security conference a Customs and Border Chief highlights the agencies work to minimize risk management. A federal appeals court in Alabama has struck down two more pieces of the states anti immigrant legislation.
GOP Pollster: Republicans Need to Work on Immigration Message As the Republican primary continues on, deep fissures with Hispanics and the GOP are beginning to appear. “A veteran GOP pollster warned that the Republican Party may shut itself out of the White House for the foreseeable future unless it improves its showing among Latinos and puts forward a message that appeals to this fast-growing voting bloc. Whit Ayres, speaking to reporters Thursday morning, said that Republicans wounded themselves in the presidential race in the way they’ve discussed the sensitive issue of immigration. In their bid to win the party’s conservative base, Republican presidential candidates have taken a tough stand on illegal immigration.
Border chief says new strategy focuses on risks Speaking in Arizona at a border security conference a Customs and Border Patrol Chief highlightsthe agencies work to minimize risk management. “U.S. Border Patrol Chief Mike Fisher unveiled parts of his agency’s new strategic four-year plan to tackle border security on Wednesday, saying that agents will focus on better responding to risks.Fisher addressed a crowd of law enforcement and those working in the border-security field at a major border expo in downtown Phoenix. Details of the Border Patrol’s new strategic plan were still being finalized and that the plan won’t be made public for about another two months, he said.But Fisher outlined the basics, saying that the agency’s last strategy, written in 2004, will move from being resource-based to risk-based. `In 2004, quite frankly, our strategy was nothing less than brute force,” he said. “We said, `Get everything we can and get it at the line.”’
Court blocks 2 more parts of Ala. immigration law A federal appeals court in Alabama has struck down two more pieces of the states anti immigrant legislation. A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked two more sections of Alabama’s tough new law targeting illegal immigration pending the outcome of lawsuits seeking to strike the law down entirely. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday issued an order blocking a section that says courts can’t enforce contracts involving illegal immigrants and another that makes it a felony for an illegal immigrant to do business with the state. Alabama’s law was challenged last year by both the federal government and a coalition of activist groups, and the cases have been appealed to the 11th Circuit. A three-judge panel in that court heard arguments in the case last week. But the court said it won’t decide whether to completely overturn the law until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a federal challenge to a similar law in Arizona.