Ending illegal immigration must be a top priority

September 26, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Congressman Bradly Byrne (AL-1)

One of President Donald Trump’s most popular positions on the campaign trail last year was a commitment to securing our nation’s borders. Since taking office, this has been a shared top priority between President Trump and the House of Representatives.

President Trump first demonstrated his commitment to restoring the rule of law and tackling illegal immigration when he appointed Jeff Sessions as his attorney general. Jeff Sessions was the leader on immigration issues in the Senate, and he understands how allowing illegal immigration to go unchecked makes our country less safe and hurts the overall economy.

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What can we learn on the Plains of Weehawken?

August 9, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

“If we had an Attorney General, there’d be a Grand Jury,” said a retired judge referring to revelations in APR’s exit interview with Ethics Commissioner, Dr. Stewart Tankersley.

Examples of collusion, questionable opinions, and other suspect activity, he said, “should be before a Grand Jury, and we should ask them: ‘What do you want us to do with this?'”

Speaking truth to power or shining a light on a brood of vipers undoubtedly has consequences both negative and positive. At the moment, Tankersley is feeling the wrath of those he has criticized.

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Rogers Looking to Protect the Homeland

September 27, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, US Representative Mike Rogers (R-Saks) emailed residents of the Third District with his thoughts about the growing threat from ISIS-inspired terror attacks in our country.

Congressman Rogers wrote, “Here in the United States, this past weekend, the Chelsea neighborhood in New York City was rattled by a bomb that sent 29 people to the hospital and undetonated bombs were found by a train stop in New Jersey.”
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Roby Says that Homeland Security Dropped the Ball

September 22, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, September 20, 2016, US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) in an email to constituents commented on reporting that 850 immigrants who were supposed to be deported instead were granted US citizenship.

Congresswoman Roby said, “Amid the attacks around the country and the growing tension, there was some unnerving news from the Department of Homeland Security: more than 850 immigrants awaiting deportation back to “countries of concern” were mistakenly granted citizenship instead. Yes, you read that correctly.”
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Sessions Says that Obama Administration Refuses to Attend Hearing on Refugee Program

September 21, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) criticized the State Department for their refusal to attend a Congressional hearing on the Refugee Admissions Program.

Senator Sessions said in a statement, “Despite having sufficient notice of a statutorily required hearing regarding its plans for the Refugee Admissions Program in Fiscal Year 2017, the Obama Administration has once again elected to subordinate both its relationship with Congress and the legitimate concerns of the American people to advance the agenda of the United Nations. The Department of State claims that not one official is available to appear at tomorrow’s scheduled hearing due to this week’s United Nations General Assembly and Summit for Refugees and Migrants.”
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Alabama Not Affected By Court Ruling in Proof of Citizenship

September 13, 2016

By Brandon Moseley and Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

You have to be a US citizen in order to participate in the election process (either by birth or by completing the naturalization process). Everyone knows and understands this; but no one has been required to provide proof that they are actual citizens in order to participate.

That was about to change after the Executive Director Brian Newby of the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) had granted the requests of Alabama, Georgia, and Kansas to include documentary proof of citizenship requirements in the state-specific instructions to the federal voter registration form, used for mail-in registration. On Friday, September 9, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit narrowly reversed (2-1) a lower court ruling and issued an injunction against imposing the requirement.
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Pro-Immigration Reform Groups Rally in Montgomery

August 5, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, August 3, 2016, local leaders from Birmingham, Troy, Livingston, and Montgomery came together for a Day of Action to rally and showcase new research on immigration contributions in Alabama and highlight what they claim is a critical need for immigration reform. The event was sponsored by the Partnership for a New American Economy (NAE).

The Executive Director of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, Isabel Rubio said, “We cannot ignore the value that immigrant entrepreneurs make in Alabama’s economy, we must continue to work towards comprehensive immigration reform to fix our broken immigration system.”
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Pro-Immigration Reform Groups Rally in State Capital

August 3, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, August 3, 2016, a coalition of business and community leaders from across Alabama will come together in Montgomery to launch the Reason for Reform campaign.

The event is hosted by the Partnership for a New American Economy (NAE) and a coalition of Alabama higher education, business and community leaders who will highlight the need for immigration reform and present new Alabama-specific data on the contributions of immigrants.
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Trump is a bigot. If you support him, own it.

March 2, 2016

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

I’m getting some crap on Facebook because I made the following post:

“Anybody who puts a Trump sign in their yard is saying: “I’m a bigot.” That’s what they’re saying. They’re welcome to do that, but they must understand that if they have a Trump sign in their yard, they’re bigots. Live with it.”

OK. I knew that post would bring on a storm. People don’t like to think of themselves as bigots. But that doesn’t make it false.
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Republicans Appear to be Racists

December 2, 2015

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

What’s up with these Republicans? Really, what’s up? They’re downright scary.

So we have Donald Trump, leading the polls for the Republican nomination. This guy is xenophobic, racist, a bully, ugly.

But he doesn’t remember, or says he does, that New Jersey folks were celebrating the 9/11 attacks. Never happened. He just remembers something he didn’t ever know.

How can people support these Republicans? They’re mean. They’re bullies. They’re ugly. They’re out of this world. They are horrible. If you support a Republican in this year’s presidential primary, you have to evaluate your own soul.
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