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Immigration and More in Chad’s Steaming Pile

Here are just a few things in Chad’s Pile that you will hear on Lubbock’s First News this morning. Give Chad your feedback on the steaming topics.

1. Obama to slash National Guard (link)

Add another argument against President Obama to the list. The administration is planning on slashing the number of National Guard troops on the U.S.-Mexico border next year. According to the Washington Times, at least half of the troops will be cut.

The National Guard said an announcement will be made by the White House “in the near future,” but Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican who has learned of the plans, said slashing the deployment in half is the minimum number, and he said it will mean reshuffling the remaining troops along the nearly 2,000-mile border.

In California, that will mean going from 264 Guard troops down to just 14, he said.

Mr. Hunter said the pending cuts are another reason Congress and President Obama should revisit the automatic defense spending reductions that kicked in with the failure last month of the deficit super-committee to reach a broader spending deal.

The Obama administration is wrong yet again on an issue. We need more bodies patrolling the border, not less. This is a national security issue that must be dealt with.

2. Supreme Court (link)

On Monday the Supreme Court announced that they would hear arguments over Arizona’s immigration law that’s been going back and forth in the courts.

The justices — minus Justice Elena Kagan, who did not participate in consideration of the petition — said they will review a federal appeals court ruling that blocked several provisions in the Arizona law, including one that requires police, while enforcing other laws, to question a person’s immigration status if officers suspect he is in the country illegally.

Like the health care debate, the case adds another politically charged dispute between a Republican-dominated state and the Democratic administration to the court’s election-year lineup. On Friday, the justices also intervened in a partisan fight over redistricting in Texas. That case will be heard in January.

The Justice Department sued last year, arguing that Arizona’s law goes beyond what the federal government allows in terms of enforcing illegal immigration laws.

Arizona counters that the federal government isn’t doing enough to address illegal immigration and that border states are suffering disproportionately.

In urging the court to hear the immigration case, Arizona argued that the administration’s contention that states “are powerless to use their own resources to enforce federal immigration standards without the express blessing of the federal executive goes to the heart of our nation’s system of dual sovereignty and cooperative federalism.”

I look forward to the Supreme Court taking this case. This case and the Obama health care law will will put the rights of the States and what power they may or may not have in the spotlight.

3. A lap dance for Christmas (link)

Well, this is certainly a way of getting your toy drive some attention.

Beginning Monday and continuing through Saturday, the Admiral is offering a free lap dance to anyone who donates an unused, unwrapped toy.

But you won’t get extra attention if you clear off the shelves at the toy store and come to the Admiral with a big sack on your back. The limit is one lap dance per customer.

Ho, ho, ho!

These and many more topics coming up on Tuesday’s edition of Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty. Tune in mornings 6-9am on News/Talk 790 KFYO, streaming online at kfyo.com, and now on your iPhone and Android device with the radioPup App.

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