Feinstein on Fast Furious probe: In a Congressional hearing Senator Diane Feinstein came out strongly against the United States lax drug laws as a key contributor to the current Fast and Furious probe:”Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said at the session that the main thing she’s taken away from Fast & Furious was that ATF was struggling with weak gun laws that forced the agency to use unusual techniques to stem the flow of guns to Mexico.
“There’s been a lot said about Fast and Furious and perhaps mistakes were made but I think this hunt for blame doesn’t really speak about the problem,” Feinstein said. “People can walk in and buy anything” from gun dealers, she added. “I’ve watched ATF get beaten up at every turn in the road. Candidly, it’s just not right,” Feinstein added.”
Alabama in the spotlight: The Department of Justice has begun investigating the effects of Alabamans immigration law on attendance of Hispanic children in local schools. DOJ is pressuring the state school superintendents to compy with a federal mandate that ” states cannot deny children equal access to public education based on immigration status.” The Alabama attorney general, has since denied the DOJ’s request to review the attendance records of local school districts. Meanwhile House Democrats are planning a trip to Alabama to protest these laws.
Republicans subpoena DHS on Immigration files: “The House Judiciary subcommittee Wednesday granted a subpoena against the Homeland Security Department for information regarding undocumented immigrants who have been identified but not deported. The authorization cleared the House Judiciary subcommittee on immigration policy and enforcement by a 7-4, party line vote. Democrats voted against the measure, saying it was premature to issue a subpoena because Homeland Security, which oversees Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is cooperating with the committee. “We have every reason to believe that the administration is working diligently,” on the request, said Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich. Conyers said Democratic and Republican members of the committee’s staff had spoken to Homeland Security officials two hours before the hearing and the department was cooperating. He cited the request’s breadth as a hold-up.”