Today’s Daily Rattle feels more like an episode of “I can’t believe they really said that!” But say it they did and serpents bite when their hisses and rattles go unheeded:
• Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, testified before the Senate today. Ms. Napolitano’s department, which in charge of enfocing immigration law, has come under fire lately for internal memos discussing ways to allow more illegal immigrants to stay and work in this country. John McCain, the Republican Senator from Ms. Napolitano’s home state of Arizona, had a testy exchange with her regarding Immigration Control and Enforcement’s handling of illegal immigration.
• Paris Hilton was denied entry into Japan by the immigration officials of that country. While Japanese officials refused to cite specific reasons for denying her entrance, numerous news agencies are citing her recent conviction for cocaine possession as the reason. Japan has strict immigration control and bars entry to convicted drug offenders. Maybe that sort of attitude is what leads people like Barack Obama’s aunt to leech off the United States taxpayer rather than trying the same thing in Japan.
• Every developped country has its own unique immigration problems. America draws in mostly Hispanic illegal immigrants. Australia’s immigrants come from Southeast Asia. A group of immigrants awaiting deportation have taken to protesting on the roof of their detention center and refusing to come down. In Australia, unlike America, immigrants found to be in the country illegally are regularly held in custody until their status can be resolved. These detention centers have become overcrowded and the conditions and costs has caused controversy within Australia.
• President Barack Obama says he will not use administrative measures to allow more illegal immigrants to gain residency. In an interview with Telemundo, the President admitted that any change in immigration policy must be done through Congress to be effective. The interview was conducted in English.
• Mexicans are hard workers, according to the New York Times. Employers love them because they are easily exploited. Mexican workers, most of whom are in the country illegally, work for less than minimum wage and don’t report dangerous work conditions. Mexicans in New York tend to be men with families elsewhere, The workers live in illegally crowded housing that proves a deadly fire hazard. But death by immolation is a small price to pay so that the Mayor of New York can play golf less expensively.