Archive for May 6th, 2010

Arizona-Style Rebellions Over Immigration Spread

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

The people of this country overwhelmingly support secure borders and legal immigration. The federal government has failed to do anything of significance to secure our borders, so the states have every right to do so.

Legislators in nearly a dozen states are considering tough new laws against illegal immigration that mimic the Arizona measure that has triggered a firestorm of controversy nationwide.

The combination of polls showing increasing voter frustration with federal enforcement efforts, plus the growing fiscal pressure on states facing major budget problems, has emboldened conservative legislators to eye state-level reforms similar to those recently signed into law by Arizona GOP Gov. Jan Brewer.

“The intensity is still there. It’s growing,” says Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a group that generally supports stronger border-control efforts.

Mehlman tells Newsmax: “Whatever talk there is of any federal response is unfortunately the kind of response that most people oppose: Amnesty for illegal aliens, coupled with promises that ‘We’ll try to do better next time.’ And I don’t think the American people are going to buy that. They were fooled once in 1986. George Bush tried to fool them again in 2007. And they said no.”

The Arizona measure directs police to question lawful residency only after individuals have been stopped on reasonable suspicion of having violated another law. It directs police to verify residency if suspects are unable to produce documentation, provide a Social Security number, or otherwise establish their legal residency. The law has sparked widespread protests by pro-immigration groups nationwide.

Despite that backlash, conservative lawmakers in North Carolina, Maryland, Colorado, Missouri, Ohio, and several other states are considering following Arizona’s lead via state legislation to stem the tide of illegal immigration. If nothing else, their support for further restrictions on illegal immigration indicates they see it as a winning political issue.

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Graham: ‘Never Retreat’ Despite Day of Prayer Opposition

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6 (New International Version)

WASHINGTON- Evangelist Franklin Graham says he’ll “never retreat,” despite the withdrawal of his invitation to speak today at the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer observance.

In Washington Wednesday, Graham urged Christians to openly proclaim their faith — “even if preaching the Gospel someday becomes against the law.”

An Army spokesman said Graham’s message wasn’t inclusive, Muslims were offended and a federal judge declared the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional. That ruling is being appealed.

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National Day of Prayer

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Today is the National Day of Prayer. Please join me in praying for our nation and anyone you know who needs prayer.

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Our Task Force is a privately funded organization whose purpose is to encourage participation on the National Day of Prayer. It exists to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, to create appropriate materials, and to mobilize the Christian community to intercede for America’s leaders and its families. The Task Force represents a Judeo Christian expression of the national observance, based on our understanding that this country was birthed in prayer and in reverence for the God of the Bible.

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