Tuesday, June 11, 2013

2013 Katz Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Immigration

Reporter exposed IRS for allowing illegal aliens to recieve billions

The Center for Immigration Studies has presented its annual Eugene Katz Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Immigration to Bob Segall, a senior investigative reporter at WTHR TV in Indianapolis. The award, inaugurated in 1997, is intended to promote informed and fair reporting on this contentious and complicated issue.

In 2012, Mr. Segall exposed fraud and mismanagement within the Internal Revenue Service that allowed illegal aliens to receive billions of dollars in improper tax credits and refunds. For a decade, managers within the agency encouraged tax examiners to ignore this fraud. Mr. Segall’s eleven-part series drew more than 9 million viewers and resulted in congressional action to reform the system.

The honoree’s work spans a variety of issues and is widely recognized. He has been honored with a national Emmy, more than two dozen regional Emmys, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and the DuPont-Columbia Award (considered one of the highest honors in broadcast journalism). He is also a two-time recipient of the Peabody Award and several other honors.

The keynote speaker at the luncheon was journalist Mickey Kaus, author of Kausfiles, one of the first political blogs, started in 1999. Mr. Kaus has written for Newsweek, the New Republic, and Washington Monthly, and now blogs regularly at the Daily Caller. Mr. Kaus highlighted the many flaws of mass amnesty and outlined reasons why the political left should be calling for the enforcement of immigration law, rather than supporting the Gang of Eight immigration bill.

The above is a press release from from Center for Immigration Studies. 1522 K St. NW, Suite 820,  Washington, DC 20005, (202) 466-8185 fax: (202) 466-8076.  Email: center@cis.org. Contact: Marguerite Telford, 202-466-8185, mrt@cis.org.  The Center for Immigration Studies is an independent research institution which examines the impact of immigration on the United States.  The Center for Immigration Studies is not affiliated with any other organization

Australia: The do-gooder Left kills some more people

Illegal immigrants in boats had stopped coming to Australia under the previous conservative government but the welcome flags waved by the Labor Party restarted the (very risky) flow

More than 40 people are missing and feared dead after an asylum seeker boat sank off Christmas Island and questions are asked about the speed of Australia's search and rescue response.

Thirteen bodies were spotted in the water on Saturday and Australian authorities, two merchant vessels and a chartered aircraft spent Sunday searching for survivors, 74 nautical miles west of the island.

A three-day search for survivors was called off late on Sunday night with not a single person recovered from the water.

Customs and Border Protection was deciding on Monday morning if an operation would be mounted to recover the bodies.

Questions have been raised about the time taken to mount the rescue operation, as an air force plane first identified the boat when it was only 28 nautical miles north-west of Christmas Island at about 5.45pm Sydney time on Wednesday.

The boat was carrying about 55 people on deck, mostly men but also a small number of women and children. Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said it was "too early to tell" where the group was coming from.

When the boat was spotted, it was stationary but did not seem in distress, he said. It is understood Australian authorities did not receive a distress call from the vessel.

HMAS Warramunga arrived in the area at 1.30am on Thursday, but could not find the boat. After searches on Thursday, a plane spotted the submerged hull about 3pm on Friday. When the Warramunga arrived at the location, it could see only pieces of wood and life-jackets.

"This is another terrible tragedy, another terrible reminder of how dangerous these journeys are," Mr Clare said on Sunday.

Mr Clare said the search would be subject to a full review by Customs and Border Protection, "as is standard practice". But the Greens believe there should be a more thorough inquiry, beyond the standard internal review.

Indonesia's ambassador to Australia, Nadjib Riphat Kesoema, recently ruled out collaboration to send asylum seekers back to Indonesia. But opposition border protection spokesman Michael Keenan said Australia did not need a formal arrangement with its neighbour to turn boats back.

BPC Commander Rear Admiral David Johnston said there would be risks involved with the Coalition's tow-back plans.

HMAS Warramunga located a boat on Sunday about 110 nautical miles north of Christmas Island they believed made a distress call the day before. The boat has about 70 people on board, who are now being transferred to Christmas Island.


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