The United States Postal Service (USPS) filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) under the cover of a holiday weekend on May 28, requesting rate increases of 6.9 percent on average, with different categories ranging from 5.7 percent to as much 14.6 percent.
New rates would take effect on Aug. 29.
Friday, June 4, 2021
(Washington, D.C., June 4, 2021) EMET congratulates Isaac Herzog on becoming Israel's 11th president. The president-elect won the secret-ballot election in the Knesset by the largest margin in Israeli history.
The father of Isaac Herzog, Haim Hertzog, was Israel's 6th President and his grandfather, Yitzhak HaLevi Hertzog served as the Israeli Chief Rabbi. The President-elect currently serves as the chairman of the Jewish Agency. EMET wishes him continued success in uniting world Jewry and much prosperity during his presidency as he follows in his father's footsteps.
Says EMET founder and president Sarah Stern, "Isaac Herzog is pre-eminently qualified to lead Israel as its 11th President. Mr. Herzog is a talented leader capable of uniting worldwide Jewry with the state of Israel and healing the fractures between them and among Israeli citizenry. He comes from an illustrious family and has been raised among many of the great leaders of the state of Israel. His views are not radical, but are solidly down the middle. The state of Israel needs someone to navigate many challenges right now. Mr. Herzog is the right person for the job and we at EMET want to congratulate him, and wish him much success on the road ahead."
Thursday, June 3, 2021
By John Horvat
By Gary Bauer
- Our public schools that ought to be teaching American children to love their country are teaching our sons and daughters anti-American history along with Marxist-based critical race theory certain to increase racial hatred.
- Our most important intelligence agencies and federal law enforcement, filled with brave men and women whose job it is to protect us, have been compromised by leftist partisans who have "weaponized" those agencies to spy on American citizens and harassed the Trump/Pence Administration for four years.
- Religious liberty is under relentless attack. Churches were forced to close during the pandemic while rioters gathered by the thousands to loot and burn American cities. The full weight of the Biden/Harris Justice Department is being brought down on Christian ministries trying to force them to accept the demands of the LGBTQ fascists.
- Freedom of speech is being attacked daily by a combination of "cancel culture" warriors, big tech oligarchs who do the bidding of the far left and "woke" corporate CEOs.
- The American military is under relentless assault from the progressive left. Men and women who currently serve in the ranks and are conservative, super patriotic, pro-Trump, pro-life, etc. are now facing the prospect of their communications being monitored and their careers ended. The same Marxist "critical race theory" poison foisted on our children is now finding its way into the ranks of our warriors.
- The degree of Chinese communist influence into key American institutions is impossible to accurately estimate. Politicians have been compromised, U.S. corporations parrot the Chinese line and lobby for more trade deals, university campuses have accepted hundreds of millions of dollars of Chinese communist's money, professors at major universities are being indicted for giving China U.S. technology and research. . . the examples go on and on.
(June 3, 2021, Washington, D.C.) – The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has submitted public comments to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), urging the agency to raise the wage rates employers are required to pay foreign workers and implement worker-protection rules that were promulgated under the Trump administration. The January 2021 rule, which was delayed after President Biden took office, would establish more realistic wage scales aimed at discouraging U.S. employers from bypassing American workers in favor of cheap foreign labor.
"To ensure that employment-based visa programs operate in line with Congressional intent and are not administered to the detriment of U.S. workers' interests while exploiting their foreign counterparts, FAIR supports implementation of DOL's final rule to raise wage rate levels," the comment reads. "More must be done, however, to improve the effectiveness of the updated prevailing wage rates. DOL must require that all wage levels conform to the statutory requirement of meeting or exceeding the prevailing wage and should implement additional safeguards to ensure that foreign workers are not exploited while U.S. workers are unfairly stripped of economic opportunity and high- quality labor conditions in their own country."
"Whether DOL requires employers to pay guestworkers market wages or not presents a true test for President Biden and the DOL," said Dan Stein, president of FAIR. "On one hand, the president presents himself as an advocate for American workers, and DOL's explicit purpose is to protect those interests. On the other, his administration has made it clear that they support a virtual open borders immigration policy. Those two interests are at odds as DOL considers the fate of the rule. The decision will make it absolutely clear which is more important to this administration: the jobs and wages of American workers, or unchecked immigration."
As expected, powerful business lobbyists and mass immigration groups have flooded DOL with comments from the other side, with the end goal of more cheap foreign labor for unscrupulous employers.
"FAIR's position is unambiguous. In our comments to DOL, we forcefully urge them to side with American workers by adopting rules that both eliminate incentives for employers to displace and undercut American workers, and ensure that those guestworkers whose services are legitimately needed are compensated fairly," Stein concluded.
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
June 1, 2021
Agreeing with IRLI, High Court throws out Ninth Circuit precedent
WASHINGTON—Today, agreeing with a friend-of-the-court brief filed by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously disallowed the practice in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals of conclusively presuming that an alien's testimony in his removal proceedings was credible and true, unless the immigration judge had explicitly found that it was not.
IRLI showed in its brief that this rule flatly conflicts with a federal statute that provides that no presumption of credibility shall be given to an alien's testimony, except a rebuttable—not conclusive—presumption on appeal if no explicit finding that the alien's testimony was not credible was made below. The Ninth Circuit had argued that it escaped this contradiction with the statute because a petition for review is not an "appeal." IRLI showed that this technical dodge is unavailing; if a petition for review is not an appeal, then the Ninth Circuit's conclusive presumption is not deployed on appeal, and is barred by the statute's bar on any presumption of credibility, whether rebuttable or conclusive, except on appeal. In today's opinion, the Supreme Court agreed with IRLI on this point.
IRLI also showed that the Ninth Circuit's rule has disastrous real-world consequences. In another Ninth Circuit case (consolidated with this one), a thrice-deported criminal alien who had been convicted of severely beating his girlfriend was deemed a danger to the community of the United States by the immigration judge at his removal proceedings, and so denied withholding of removal, despite his claim that he would be abused by police in Mexico if he returned there. But because the immigration judge did not explicitly find that the criminal alien's testimony, which included his testimony downplaying his conviction, was not credible, the Ninth Circuit conclusively presumed that his testimony was credible, and sent the case back down with instructions likely to result in the blocking of the criminal alien's deportation. In its reversal today, in keeping with this showing in the IRLI brief, the Supreme Court dwelled at length on the criminal alien's brutal crimes, and on the flimsiness of his contrary evidence.
"The Ninth Circuit's presumption of credibility is yet another example of how some courts have weakened immigration law by rigging it in favor of aliens, including criminal aliens," said Dale L. Wilcox, executive director and general counsel of IRLI. "Because Americans end up getting hurt by these judge-made rules, it is vital that we point out how they conflict with statutes passed by Congress, and get them struck down. We are pleased that the Court—once again, unanimously—did just that today."
The case is Barr v. Ming Dai, No. 19-1155 (Supreme Court).
For additional information, contact: Brian Lonergan • 202-232-5590 •
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Madison County Republican Women will meet on Tuesday, May 18th, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM at the Fellowship Baptist Church, 725 Gate Road, Madison.
The meeting will feature a delicious Ham dinner with great sides and desserts by members. Dinner is $10. The group will be collecting donations of canned foods to be distributed by MESA to local families in need.
For more information, please call 923-4300 or 923-4109. CDC Advice in place for social distancing.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Tuesday, May 4, 2021