Archive for October, 2011

Scaling The Ivory Tower

Scaling The Ivory Tower

In my previous post, I described two presentations by post-graduate students invited to (New) Debates On Belonging, a workshop by the CUNY Graduate Center-seen above-devoted to exploring original research into the subjects of illegal immigration and the lives of illegal aliens within the United States. There were three other presentations that day, beginning with...
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English, First and Foremost

One of the things that unites us as Americans is a common, shared language. In order to ensure that English continues to be the lingua franca of the United States, Representative Peter King has introduced H.R. 1307, which would repeal an executive order issued by the Clinton administration that discourages immersion in the English language while turning our nation’s federal...
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Immigration Issues in Academe

Immigration Issues in Academe

The image you see above is a flow chart describing the process by which the bodies of illegal aliens, or in the parlance of the presenter, “undocumented border crossers,” found in the United States are identified and returned to their families. Or, in the case of those whose identities can not be verified, disposed...
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The Fight Continues

The Fight Continues

Yesterday afternoon I attended a fascinating conference on immigration organized by the CUNY Graduate Center, which I will explore further in  future posts. However, I’d be remiss in not reporting a decision by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to enjoin parts of Alabama’s landmark immigration enforcement law. While the court blocked some parts...
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South Park Does Mexico

South Park Does Mexico

South Park is an absurd and profane comedy series, but it has a knack for exposing the underlying truths behind social issues.  The latest episode of South Park,  “The Last of the Meheecans“, tackles the problem of illegal immigration, and gets a lot of it right .   Liberals claiming to care for the well-being...
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Iranian Terror Plot

Iranian Terror Plot

I suppose I should have prefaced the title of this post with the qualifier “allegedly,” although for the sake of argument I’ll assume that the allegations contained in the Justice Department indictment are true.  There are a number of angles from which this story can be approached, and many of them have already been...
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Happy Columbus Day!

Happy Columbus Day!

Or, as our friends to the north call it, Thanksgiving. Since American Rattlesnake is a celebration of the values and individuals that make this country the great nation that it is, I felt it only fitting that we express our gratitude to one of the great European explorers who helped to map out the...
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Blast from the Past

Blast from the Past

That is a copy of the U.S. Customs form filled out by the astronauts on board the Apollo 11 mission after they returned to the planet on July 24, 1969. Which just goes to show you that our federal bureaucracy took things a little bit more seriously in the Age of Aquarius than they do...
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Supporting Agent Jesus Diaz

One of the most infuriating aspects of our nation’s open borders policy is the harassment and persecution experienced by the men and women who are ostensibly entrusted with protecting America’s borders. A perfect illustration of this is the case of  Border Patrol Agent Jesus Diaz, whose suffering we’ve chronicled in the past. Well, Joanna Marzullo-the president...
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California Dreaming

California Dreaming

It looks like the bill that would increase California’s already calamitous financial and economic woes has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. One legislative analysis predicted the bill will cost an additional $40 million to help students who qualify by graduating from a California high school after having attended school in the state for at...
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