Thursday, January 17, 2013

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Is Paul Getting an Early Start on 2016 White House Race? : Roll Call News

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China re-draws map; PH digs in

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Missouri Bill Proposes Jail Time for Feds Violating the 2nd Amendment – Tenth Amendment Center Blog

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Hollande Enjoying Boost in Support Thanks to Intervention in Mali

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UK parents reject abortion after seeing their disabled son smile on ultrasound | LifeSiteNews.com

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Republican leader calls on Obama to honor French request for aid in Mali - The Hill's Global Affairs

Republican leader calls on Obama to honor French request for aid in Mali - The Hill's Global Affairs

Rand Paul gears up for 2016

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On first day in office, Gov. Pence imposes regulatory moratorium in Indiana - The Hill's RegWatch

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Business Insider: France May Find It A Lot Harder To Get Out Of Mali


Obama crushes Death Star dreams | Defense Tech

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Gun Owners of America: Biden Proposals Include Framework for Gun Registry & Confiscation

Gun Owners of America

Biden Proposals Include Framework for Gun Registry and Confiscation
Up to 50-80% of all guns in circulation could be covered
Press reports now make it clear what Vice President Joe Biden’s gun control package will look like. Biden wants to impose:
* A Feinstein-like semi-auto ban which, according to experts who have done the counting, could ban up to 50% of all long guns currently in circulation and up to 80% of all handguns. Incidentally, if you wanted to keep the AR-15 you currently have, you would have to have a 6-month FBI background check, be fingerprinted, and get a machine gun-type license.
* The framework for national gun registration and confiscation by requiring every gun transaction to have a Brady Check.
* Supposed “toughening” of anti-gun trafficking measures, but without doing anything about the man responsible for allowing more gun trafficking than any other American -- Attorney General Eric Holder (with his Fast and Furious program).
Let us backtrack and explain a couple of things: Increasingly ATF is going into gun dealers and xeroxing all of the 4473’s. This is illegal under McClure-Volkmer, but, in case you hadn’t noticed, Obama is increasingly ignoring the law when it inconveniences him.
Thus, if every gun transaction in America must have a Brady Check, every gun in America could presumably be fed into a national registration system by ATF by simply copying the 4473’s.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo -– a man who gives you a pretty good idea of where gun control is going -– said, on the front page of the New York Times, that “confiscation” of firearms is an option. Obviously, having a registration list makes such a task much easier.
But what about so-called large-capacity magazines? Well, Republicans like Georgia’s Phil Gingrey have talked about the possibility of banning them. However, there are many problems with this.
First of all, millions of gun owners own these magazines for defensive purposes. To take away a homeowner’s right to choose these devices will simply make honest citizens less safe -- especially, when they are facing multiple attackers.
Moreover, police have sometimes had to fire 20-30 rounds to finally stop just one drug-crazed individual from shooting. This just underscores why, quite often, good guys will need more than just six-shooters.
Second, there are tens of millions of high-capacity magazines in circulation. What are you going to do about them?
Third, changing magazines (or switching guns) is not a big deal for people like Adam Lanza.
Fourth -- and perhaps most important –- this is a game the anti-gun zealots have played before: They threaten to kill the Second Amendment, and then negotiate their way back to “merely” eviscerating it.
Or put another way, they threaten to shoot us in the head to get us to agree to cutting off our fingers.
The only way that America’s gun owners are going to have peace over the next decade is to stop ALL gun control -– as we did after Columbine –- and then defeat compromising legislators running for reelection in 2014.
ACTION: Click here to contact your Senators and Congressmen. Demand that they oppose ALL gun control -- including magazine limitations and universal background (registration) checks -- being proposed by the Biden commission.

Wal-Mart Reveals Biggest Veterans Job Offer

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Way Up North: Firearms Freedom Act: Has Your State Passed It?

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Release: Coast Guard rescues 2 fishermen near South Padre Island

News Release

Coast Guard rescues 2 fishermen near South Padre Island

***VIDEO AVAILABLE

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew saved two fisherman that were aground near South Padre Island just north of Port Isabel, Sunday.

The two fisherman contacted watchstanders at Sector Corpus Christi after their 17-foot fishing boat ran aground north of Port Isabel at 9:15 p.m., Saturday. Watchstanders launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and rescue crew from Air Station Corpus Christi at 3:10 a.m., after losing communications with the two fishermen.

“We knew that a cold front was coming, so the weather was only going to get worse,” said Cmdr. Edward Gaynor, air operations officer at Sector Corpus Christi. “There was no way to determine how the fishermen were fairing because their cell phone had died, so we wanted to be conservative to ensure their safety and get them off the water before the storm came through.”

The rescue crew arrived on scene at 4:45 a.m., after working through cloud layers as low as 150 feet and quarter-mile visibility. Both fishermen were hoisted using a rescue basket. The helicopter crew had to fly an instrument approach into Harlingen Regional airport, due to the worsening weather, where the two men were released to their awaiting family.

“Our pilots and crews train for these types of scenarios regularly, so our crew just did what we stand ready to do every day,” said Lt. Cmdr. Brendan Evans, the aircraft commander. “The weather we encountered was worse than expected, but we have excellent tools in the aircraft like night vision goggles, onboard radar, and a forward looking infrared sensor that make navigation and searching possible on nights like this.”
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Date: Jan 14, 2013
Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi

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Sen. Paul on Gun Control Order: Obama is Not 'King' - Politics - CBN News - Christian News 24-7 - CBN.com

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EXCLUSIVE: New Poll Shows Support for Walker, School Reforms - 620 WTMJ - Milwaukee's Source for Local News and Weather

EXCLUSIVE: New Poll Shows Support for Walker, School Reforms - 620 WTMJ - Milwaukee's Source for Local News and Weather

Press Release: Mursau Releases Survey Results District Supports Iron Mining, Education, Act 10 Reforms


January 4, 2012

CONTACT: Rep. Jeff Mursau (888) 534-0036 http://Mursau.Assembly.Wisconsin.Gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


District Supports Iron Mining, Education, Act 10 Reforms

 
Madison … Representative Jeff Mursau (R–Crivitz) released the results of his 2012 survey of 36th Assembly District residents this week. Over 900 residents of the recently redrawn 36th Assembly District responded to the survey covering health, education, tax, social and natural resource issues.

“After eight years representing the 36th Assembly district in Madison, I need to ensure what I hear from individuals contacting me reflects the entire district,” Mursau said. “This survey is all the more important now that district boundaries shifted to include new towns and villages.”

Among the highlights of the survey, Mursau asked for opinions on: iron mining reforms; disabled child-education funding reforms; stem cell research; concealed carry; and 2011 reforms made to government employee collective bargaining laws.

“The results of the survey are posted on my legislative website,” Mursau said. “Since I rely on their input to complete this survey, I hope residents and citizens will read the survey results as we begin working to ensure Wisconsin reflects our shared values over the next legislative session.”

Residents without access to email or the Internet who wish to read the results are encouraged to call Mursau’s office for a copy to be mailed to them.

Highlights include:

· 68% support reforming Wisconsin’s iron mining laws

· 73% oppose raising the gas tax regardless of fuel efficient vehicles reducing funds for road improvement projects

· 81% support voter photo ID laws

· 77% support 2011 reforms to collective bargaining for government employees

· 90% support 2011 reforms to require health and pension contributions by government employees

 
On taxes:

· 60% think the sales tax is just right

· 69% think the gasoline tax is too high

· 58% think property taxes are too high

· 48% think the income tax is too high

 
Mursau was first elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2004. His legislative website address is http://Mursau.Assembly.Wisconsin.Gov and he can be contacted at (888) 534-0036 or by email at Rep.Mursau@legis.wi.gov

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Release: Coast Guard announces WWII Coast Guard Grumman Duck crash site located after 70 years

News Release

Coast Guard announces WWII Coast Guard Grumman Duck crash site located after 70 years

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http://www.uscg.mil/history/webaircraft/USCGAviationHistoricPhotoGallery1942.asp
 
Original caption: "THE TAKE OFF: The Coast Guard amphibian plane (J2F) has been put over the side, and Lieutenant John A. Pritchard, Jr. and Radioman Benjamin A. Bottoms, ready for the take-off, scan the Greenland icebergs over which they have spent so many hours of hazardous flying in their single-engine plane. They successfully rescued two of the U.S. Army fliers and met their death in an attempt to rescue the [sic] third flier."; no date; Photo No. (Rel. No.) 06-19-43 (03); photographer not listed.


NEW YORK – The Defense Department's Joint POW/MIA Personnel Accounting Command said an exhaustive search by an expedition team of U.S. Coast Guard service members and North South Polar, Inc. Scientists and explorers has produced sufficient evidence that the crash site of a WWII Coast Guard Grumman Duck rescue aircraft missing for 70 years with three men aboard, beneath the ice near Koge Bay, Greenland, has been found, Coast Guard officials announced Monday.

By using historical information, ground penetrating radar, a magnetometer and metal detection equipment, the expedition team isolated the location where the aircrew crashed on Nov. 29, 1942. The team then melted five six-inch-wide holes deep into the ice and lowered a specially designed camera scope. At approximately 38 feet below the ice surface in the second hole, the team observed black cables consistent with wiring used in WWII-era J2F-4 amphibious Grumman aircraft.

Further analysis of video from the camera scope and photographs captured by a member of the expedition team revealed additional aircraft components similar to those found in the engine area of the J2F-4 Grumman Duck.

“Locating the J2F-4 Grumman Duck was a monumental success,” said Cmdr. Jim Blow, from the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Aviation Forces. “Collectively, the Coast Guard and NSP accomplished what the Coast Guard set out to achieve in 2008 when efforts began to locate the Duck.”

For nearly three years, Coast Guard and NSP have been working together on this project researching historical documentation about the last flight of U.S. Coast Guard Lt. John Pritchard, Petty Officer 1st Class Benjamin Bottoms and U.S. Army Air Force Cpl. Loren Howarth aboard the Duck.

“The three men aboard this aircraft were heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country,” Blow added. “The story of the Grumman Duck reflects the history and the mission of the Coast Guard, and by finding the aircraft we have begun to repay our country’s debt to them.”

Information was obtained, analyzed and cross-referenced to formulate the primary points of interest to search during the course of the Coast Guard-sponsored expedition.

Once at the remote location on Greenland’s southeast coast, the joint 17-member Coast Guard/NSP teams, consisting of safety personnel and scientific analysts, searched 10 POIs, nine with negative results.

It wasn’t until the end of the seven-day expedition that the team, utilizing the ground penetrating radar, swept an additional historical position and made the strongest radar contact. This ultimately led to the location of the Duck.

“It was an incredible experience to hear the team announce over the hand-held radio that they located aircraft components within the second bore-hole,” said Lou Sapienza, CEO of North South Polar, Inc.

“We’ve spent nearly three years of research planning for this moment. There is nothing more meaningful than to have the family members of the lost aircrew know we’ve located the site of the Duck.”

The Duck’s last flight, with Pritchard at the controls and Bottoms serving as radioman, was an attempt to rescue seven members of a U.S. Army Air Force B-17 Air Transport Command crew that had crashed during a search mission on Nov. 9, 1942. On Nov. 28, 1942, Pritchard and Bottoms had successfully flown the Duck to rescue two members of the B-17 crew during an unprecedented landing on the Greenland Ice Cap. When the two Coast Guardsmen returned the following day, they picked up Howarth, the B-17’s radioman. They were attempting to reach the Coast Guard Cutter Northland when they encountered whiteout conditions and crashed. The wrecked Duck was first spotted a week later by a U.S. Army aircrew, which reported no signs of life. The remaining B-17 crewmen were sustained with air drops until they were rescued approximately six months later.

The Coast Guard is coordinating efforts with the Joint POW/MIA Personnel Accounting Command on future actions for this site.


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KOGE BAY, Greenland - Possible wreckage of the WWII Coast Guard J2F-4 Grumman Duck rescue aircraft missing for 70 years with three men aboard, beneath the ice near Koge Bay, Greenland, Aug. 29, 2012. An expedition team of Coast Guard servicemembers and North South Polar, Inc. Scientists and explorers located the crash site. U.S. Coast Guard video. (Video does not contain audio)
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Bil Thuma, from left, and Luciano Sapienza of North South Polar Inc., Cmdr. Jim Blow and Nancy Pritchard Morgan go over charts and images of the crash site of a WWII era Coast Guard J2F-4 Grumman Duck aircraft and crew are reportedly located in Greenland, during a mission brief in Trenton, N.J., Aug. 21, 2012. Morgan is the sister of the deceased, Lt. John A. Pritchard, pilot of the missing aircraft. The Coast Guard is working with a team to locate the aircraft and crew that went missing when their aircraft crashed Nov. 29, 1942. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.

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A team from North South Polar Inc. consisting of two safety personnel from North South Polar Inc. and a scientist walk across the glacier near Koge Bay, Greenland, in search of the crash site of a WWII era Coast Guard J2F-4 Grumman Duck aircraft and crew, which are reportedly located in Greenland, Aug. 26, 2012. The team is using a magnetometer to gather data of the reported crash site of a WWII Coast Guard J2F-4 Grumman Duck aircraft and crew, which are reportedly located in Greenland. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.

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Jaana Gustafsson, a Geophysicist for North South Polar Inc. explains to members of NSP and the U.S. Coast Guard, radar data gathered from ground penetrating radar equipment used on a glacier in Koge Bay, Greenland, Aug. 26, 2012. Gustafsson is working with NSP in search of the crash site of a WWII Coast Guard J2F-4 Grumman Duck aircraft and crew, which are reportedly located in Greenland. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.

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An expedition team of U.S. Coast Guard service members and North South Polar, Inc. scientists and explorers transport an ice melting machine over a crevasse near Koge Bay, Greenland, Aug. 29, 2012. The team used the machine to melt through the ice to locate the possible crash site of a WWII Coast Guard Grumman Duck rescue aircraft missing for 70 years with three men aboard, beneath the surface of a glacier. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.

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Robert "WeeGee" Smith, left, of North South Polar, Inc. melts ice at the wreckage of the WWII Coast Guard J2F-4 Grumman Duck rescue aircraft missing for 70 years with three men aboard, beneath the ice near Koge Bay, Greenland, Aug. 29, 2012. An expedition team of Coast Guard servicemembers and North South Polar, Inc. Scientists and explorers located the crash site. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.

http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php?g2_itemId=1868517

Possible wreckage of the WWII Coast Guard J2F-4 Grumman Duck rescue aircraft missing for 70 years with three men aboard, beneath the ice near Koge Bay, Greenland, Aug. 29, 2012. An expedition team of Coast Guard servicemembers and North South Polar, Inc. Scientists and explorers located the crash site. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Mitchell Zuckoff.

http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php?g2_itemId=1765473

An expedition team of U.S. Coast Guard service members and North South Polar, Inc. scientists and explorers display the POW/MIA flag in honor of the expedition to find the crash site of a WWII Coast Guard Grumman Duck rescue aircraft missing for 70 years with three men aboard, beneath the surface of a glacier near Koge Bay, Greenland, Aug. 28, 2012. The POW/MIA flag is a recognized symbol for military personnel who were taken as prisoners of war or missing in action. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.
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Date: Jan 14, 2013
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Obama supports French intervention in Mali - The Hill's Global Affairs

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

E-update From the Desk of Governor Scott Walker

E-update From the Desk of Governor Scott Walker
 
One of the most important duties I have serving as your Governor is to provide you directly with updates related to the operation of our state government. I also frequently provide updates on Facebook (Governor Scott Walker) and Twitter (@govwalker). Please feel free to share this update with your family, friends, and others who may be interested in state government operations.

101st Session of the Wisconsin Legislature

Earlier this week, the 101st session of the Wisconsin Legislature began with the inauguration of the State Senate and State Assembly. I look forward to working with all four legislative caucuses to help improve our state for the next generation.
 
Congratulations are in order for incoming Speaker Robin Vos, Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, and Minority Leader Chris Larson. Their leadership positions come with the responsibility to leave any lingering disagreements in the past and look for innovative ways to move Wisconsin forward.
Working together with both Republicans and Democrats, we will focus on policies that help the private sector create jobs, transform education, reform government, develop our workforce, and improve our infrastructure.

Third Year in Office

Two years ago, Wisconsin was facing a $3.6 billion budget deficit and the state had an unemployment rate of 7.5 percent. Today, Wisconsin has a $341 million surplus and we set money aside in the rainy day fund for the first time in two consecutive years. The unemployment rate is 6.7 percent.
 
In 2010, a mere 10 percent of employers surveyed said the state was headed in the right direction. Chief Executive Magazine ranked Wisconsin as the 41st state for business ranking.
 
In 2012, 94 percent said Wisconsin was headed in the right direction. Chief Executive Magazine moved our ranking up to 20th, while CNBC listed us at 17th and Site Selection Magazine as 13th.
 
New business formations are up 11.1 percent from this time two years ago.
 
 
In the second half of my term, I look forward to working with the people of Wisconsin, from workers to educators and job creators to legislators, to continue moving our state forward.

Mining for Jobs

Along with the new legislative session, Legislature Leadership in both the State Assembly and State Senate made encouraging statements about moving forward with mining legislation. I applaud the Legislature for focusing on this vital issue, which could lead to the creation of thousands of private sector jobs.

Recently, I joined with legislators at events discussing the potential positive effects of meaningful mining reform in Green Bay, Wausau, and Milwaukee.

Reforming current law to allow for a predictable and practical method to obtain a mining permit will help move our state forward. We will continue to work with the Legislature to get a bill that reforms the permitting process, while keeping intact the environmental safeguards that protect our air, land, and water resources.

2013 State of the State

On Tuesday, January 15, I will deliver the 2013 State of the State Speech at 7:00 p.m.
 
In addition to viewing this speech on television, it will also be streaming live on www.walker.wi.gov.
 
Please join us and watch on air or online for updates on the progress our state has made over the last year and on our positive fiscal and economic outlooks.

Get to Know a Cabinet Member: Richard Chandler

As Governor, one of the most important tasks I have is to appoint and communicate with leaders in each state agency. These leaders, called secretaries, ensure agencies run smoothly and efficiently as they operate state government and implement government reforms. For a few weeks, in lieu of the “Just Ask the Governor” section, I will be highlighting a cabinet secretary and providing a brief overview of the department he or she oversees. I hope these updates will provide you with practical information about state government operations, especially as we head into the next budget cycle.


Richard Chandler is a great fit as the Secretary of the Department of Revenue (DOR). He served as Secretary for the DOR once before, from 2001 to 2003, and was previously the State Budget Director for 14 years. Before entering state service, he practiced law in Milwaukee.
 
Rick's years of tax policy, state budget, and economic development experience make him well suited to oversee DOR. The agency is responsible for collecting state general fund taxes, overseeing the local property tax system, distributing local government aids, researching and analyzing tax legislation and economic trends, and operating the state lottery. Rick's key goals for DOR are to provide excellent customer service, help implement good tax policy with an emphasis on job creation, operate effectively, and maintain a positive work environment.
 
Rick and his team implemented a number of customer service initiatives. DOR launched a new, award-winning web site last year. The agency implemented the Plain Language initiative to improve the readability of its forms, letters, and publications, and the agency has a state-of-the-art customer call center to answer taxpayer questions. DOR worked to provide convenient e-filing services, and Wisconsin's e-filing rate increased to 83 percent, making the state a national leader. E-filing is free on the DOR web site, under WI e-file.
 
DOR also helped develop and implement major initiatives to reduce Wisconsin's tax burden and create jobs. This includes a new manufacturing and agriculture tax credit, which gives us one of the best tax climates in the country for these key economic drivers, new incentives to invest in Wisconsin businesses, and a new state deduction for contributions to Health Savings Accounts, which is particularly helpful to small businesses and self-employed individuals. Information on these programs and many others is easily accessible on DOR's web site.
 
Rick and his wife Heidi live in Madison with their twin daughters, Claire and Allie. When Rick isn't hard at work at DOR, he enjoys sports, bicycling, and traveling.

It has been a pleasure communicating with you. It is an honor to serve as your Governor and represent the residents of Wisconsin.
Sincerely,

Governor Scott Walker

Dempsey: U.S. can’t stop Syrian chemical weapon attack | Defense Tech

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Release: Coast Guard repatriates 46 Cuban migrants

News Release

Coast Guard repatriates 46 Cuban migrants

MIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island repatriated 46 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Sunday.

The Seventh Coast Guard District prosecuted four different Cuban migration cases that resulted in a total of 46 interdicted migrants by the crews of the Coast Guard Cutters Knight Island and Sawfish. The 46 migrants were later transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island for repatriation.

"As the primary federal maritime law enforcement agency, the Coast Guard is tasked with interdicting undocumented migrants attempting to enter the U.S. illegally by sea," said Rear Adm. William Baumgartner, Seventh Coast Guard District commander. "Migrants who travel aboard ill-equipped vessels or smuggled aboard go-fast boats are putting their lives at extreme risk. Our migrant interdiction patrols help save lives by deterring dangerous illegal migrant activity and removing migrants from unsafe environments."

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention.

As one of the primary missions, the Coast Guard has regular patrols by air and sea to combat illegal migration. In 2012, the Coast Guard rescued 1,875 Cuban migrants.

"Regardless of other governments' travel policy, the Coast Guard will continue to enforce federal laws and regulations prohibiting any person from encouraging illegal entry, or bringing, or attempting to bring, undocumented migrants into the U.S.," said Rear Adm. Baumgartner.

The Knight Island, Kodiak Island and other Island-class patrol boats are being replaced by 58 new, Sentinel-class fast response cutters. The FRC will be capable of speeds in excess of 28 knots and operating in seas up to 18-feet. The speed and stability of the FRC delivers tremendous lifesaving, law enforcement and homeland security capabilities in the same package.

The cutter Knight Island is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West, Fla.

The cutter Sawfish is a 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West, Fla.

The cutter Kodiak Island is a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Key West, Fla.

For more information on how to legally immigrate to the United States, call U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at 1-800-375-5283 or visit the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov.
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Date: Jan 13, 2013

Tennessee vs Alabama Men's Basketball Highlights


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