Is it Wise to Make Public Alerts about Illegals’ Activities?

State & Local Update:
Arizona Range News: Some say Rep. Judd’s Bill May Hurt Border Communities Border town officials say proposed legislation that would require public alerts about notable illegal immigration activities as far north as Tucson is unnecessary and potentially harmful.  Some call the effort "ludicrous," and say the focus should be turned to larger cities. The legislation, introduced by state Rep. Peggy Judd, R-Willcox, was approved Friday by a voice vote in the House, and a roll-call vote, scheduled for Monday, was expected before heading to the Senate. Results were not available.
San Jose Mercury News: Court Blocks Parts of Law on Migrants in AlabamaA federal appeals court has blocked two parts of a tough new Alabama immigration law. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit issued an order Thursday prohibiting enforcement of sections of the 2011 law that restricted commercial and government transactions for illegal immigrants. One of the provisions states that courts cannot enforce contracts that involve illegal immigrants; the other prohibits those in the country illegally from doing business with the state.
Salt Lake Tribune: Legislature Hands-off on Immigration The Utah Legislature passed on immigration this session, smothering several bills aimed at reversing what lawmakers did in 2011 but also likely setting up the issue as a lightning rod when lawmakers convene in 2013.
Border Security:
Congressman Ben Quayle: Quayle Pushes Border Security Bill to Committee Passage Congressman Ben Quayle released the following statement after legislation he cosponsored, the Border Tunnel Prevention Act of 2012 (H.R. 4119), was reported out of committee by a unanimous vote.
My Fox Phoenix: Border Agents Find Mexican Woman Hidden in wall of Van A plot to smuggle a woman across the California-Mexico border in the wall of a van was foiled by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, officials said.
Nonprofit Quarterly: A Privately Funded DREAM Technology companies have previously backed raising the number of visas the government issues for skilled immigrants such as software engineers. Now, they have expanded their interest in immigration by helping to fund an organization which supports young people in their attempt to stay in the country as they complete high school.
Washington Times: E-Verify Group to Pressure Boehner with Ads Fed up with Republican congressional leaders, a group advocating a crackdown on immigration will begin running ads Thursday demanding that House Speaker John A. Boehner allow a vote on legislation requiring businesses to use E-Verify, the government database to check workers’ legal status.
Bloomberg Government: Group Seeks Database Checks on Immigrants (Bloomberg Government subscription required, article pasted below) A group accuses Republican leaders in the U.S. House of blocking a bill to require employers to use a government database to check workers' legal status.  NumbersUSA, which seeks limits on immigration, is sponsoring radio and TV ads, scheduled to begin airing Thursday, calling for House Speaker John A. Boehner to allow a vote on legislation that would require businesses to use the E- Verify database, The Washington Times reported.
Interior Enforcement: Written testimony of ICE Director John Morton on President Obama’s FY 2013 ICE budget Request Chairman Aderholt, Ranking Member Price, and distinguished Members of the Subcommittee:  I appear before you today to present the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 budget request for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). I look forward to discussing our priorities for the upcoming fiscal year and our efforts to ensure the most efficient and effective use of those resources during this time of fiscal austerity.
Federal Computer Week: Border Patrol and ICE data systems not working together, IG says At the southern border, U.S. Border Patrol agents use a data system owned by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. But ICE investigators at the border use a data system owned by Customs and Border Protection.
News 14 Carolina: Scott Gardner Act Reintroduced in Congress The tragic story of a Gaston County teacher killed by a drunk driver nearly seven years ago once again is front and center of a national controversy on illegal immigration.  Representatives Sue Myrick and Mike McIntyre re-introduced the Scott Gardner Act. The Act is named after a Mount Holly resident who was killed by a three-time convicted drunk driver who was in the country illegally in Brunswick County in 2005.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia Could Bear More of the Costs of Jailing Illegal Immigrants Georgia taxpayers would have to bear more of the costs of jailing illegal immigrants under President Barack Obama’s proposal to sharply cut a federal program that partially reimburses states and counties for those expenses.
The Baltimore Sun: Illegal Immigrants Who Commit Crimes Should Be Reported to Federal Authorities The federal Secure Communities Program requires state and local law enforcement to inform the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency when they make an arrest so that ICE can determine whether the prints of the person in custody match those in a federal database indicating that person is in the country illegally ("Mayor seeks to allay fears of immigrants about police," March 2).
Government Security News: U.S. Border Patrol Agents Receive Highest CBP Awards for Bravery Seven Border Patrol agents from Maine were given the agency’s highest honors in early March for exhibiting extraordinary bravery in their everyday duties.

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