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House Republicans mock immigration detention as ‘holiday’

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday complained that immigrants were basically getting a posh “holiday” after the Obama administration issued new, more humane detention guidelines. At a House Judiciary Committee hearing titled “Holiday on ICE,” chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) charged that “[t]he administration’s new detention manual reads more…

SOPA author’s refusal to hear marijuana bill angers activists

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), author of controversial anti-piracy legislation recently defeated after the Internet’s first mass work stoppage, is embroiled in controversy yet again, this time over his refusal to stage a hearing on a bill that would allow individual states to determine their own policies on marijuana.…

SOPA author demands ISPs keep user data for 18 months

Lawmakers in the U.S. and Canada are considering two different, yet distinctly similar bills that critics say would forever end the concept of online privacy. Both bills promise enhanced protections for children targeted by child pornographers on the Internet by mandating that Internet service providers (ISPs) maintain lengthy records of…

Rep. Lamar Smith vows not to buckle on the Stop Online Piracy Act

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – The lawmaker behind a bill to combat online piracy vowed on Thursday to press ahead in the face of fierce criticism from Internet giants such as Google and Facebook. “It is amazing to me that the opponents apparently don’t want to protect American consumers and businesses,”…

Talks on anti-piracy bill adjourn until 2012

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the Republican behind a controversial piece of legislation that would shut down any website accused of copyright infringement, abruptly adjourned a marathon session of the House Judiciary Committee on Friday as it was considering marking up the bill. After roughly 14 hours of debate spanning two…

GOP Rep: ‘Few things more important than re-affirming ‘In God We Trust’

Before voting on the House resolution to reaffirm the phrase “In God We Trust” as the nation’s motto Tuesday evening, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) expressed his view of how necessary this was for the country. “There are few things Congress could do that would be more important than passing this…

U.S. deported 397,000 immigrants in year

WASHINGTON — US authorities deported 397,000 undocumented immigrants, of which 210,000 had criminal records in the fiscal year just concluded, the top immigration enforcer told lawmakers Wednesday. John Morton, director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), offered the figure at a congressional hearing, which would outpace the records of 390,000…

Farmers oppose GOP’s strict immigration proposals

To conservatives, immigration reform means protecting the borders and taxpayer money. Farmers, however, see a different side of the issue: without the help of immigrant workers, much of the harvest — and, therefore, profits — would be lost for lack of manpower. Farmers are banding together to fight a GOP…

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