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What Barbara Jordan stood for

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By Michelle Malkin  •  February 22, 2008 03:31 PM

Last night, both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton invoked the late Texas congresswoman Barbara Jordan as a hero and mentor (transcript).

Jordan, a black Democrat who was a staunch advocate of immigration enforcement and border control, was a true maverick.

She didn’t just pay lip service to border security as all of today’s presidential candidates do. She meant what she said. If Clinton and Obama bothered to pay attention to what Jordan stood for, I highly doubt they would be so eager to wrap themselves in her legacy.

She stood for ending chain migration, ending the idiotic Diversity Visa Lottery program, and enforcing strict deportation policies not just for illegal aliens convicted of aggravated felonies and other crimes, but for all border/visa violators. She opposed welfare programs for illegal aliens. She pushed for real employer sanctions. She summed up what comprehensive immigration enforcement reform really looks like:

Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave.

Go read her full testimony to the House immigration committee in February 1995.

No way in hell she’d support Clinton or Obama (or McCain, for that matter) based on their open-borders records.

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Meanwhile in Texas: Driver in fatal wreck is illegal immigrant, feds say

The driver of the truck that was involved in an accident that killed a Harris County sheriff’s deputy is an illegal immigrant from Mexico, federal authorities confirmed today.

Officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Houston said they have placed an immigration hold on Jose Jesus Vieyra, who was charged with criminally negligent homicide this morning.

“There is an immigration detainer on him, and when the county turns him over to ICE when they’re done with the adjudication of their case, then we’ll put him in removal proceedings,” said John Gaudioso, deputy special agent in charge of the ICE office.

Vieyra, 56, is charged in connection with a collision that killed Deputy Craig Miller on Thursday night on a Katy Freeway access road. He is being held in the County Jail in lieu of $35,000 bail, said Capt. John Martin, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.

Miller, 43, was working undercover when the crash occurred shortly before 8 p.m., Martin said. He was a 20-year veteran of the department.

Authorities said Miller was traveling east on the access road along Interstate 10 West near Mason Road when Vieyra drove his truck out of a driveway at the Don McGill Toyota dealership.

Vieyra drove across three lanes into the path of the sport utility vehicle Miller was driving, Martin said. The SUV ran into the truck, became airborne and landed on a raised concrete embankment separating the feeder road from the Katy Freeway, Martin said.

Firefighters had to cut through the wreckage to get the deputy out. He died at the scene.

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