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The nation's capital will continue to be a sanctuary for illegal aliens. Washington, D.C.'s mayor has ordered police to ignore the immigration status of those they stop or arrest.

The executive order of D.C. Mayor William Gray (left) bucks a nationwide trend. Many states, most notably and recently Alabama, are defending immigration laws that permit police to check the status of suspected illegals.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deported nearly 397,000 illegal aliens thus far in fiscal 2011, an increase in last year’s numbers but still 3,000 short of its goal of 400,000.

A substantial numbers of Hispanics in Alabama are apparently staging a strike, closing businesses, including restaurants, to protest the state’s tough new law that seeks to stem the tide of illegal immigration.

The Associated Press has reported that everything from poultry plants to schools are missing what used to be a familiar presence: Hispanic workers.

U.S. Border Patrol chief David Aguilar (left) is under fire from all directions as scandals surrounding his statements and actions continue to grow. And in a report for the Liberty News Network, national correspondent and border-security expert Andy Ramirez took him to task yet again.

Alabama’s tough new immigration law, most of which was upheld by a federal judge last week, is having its intended effect: Illegal aliens are leaving the state, and their children are disappearing from schools.

Two news reports show that illegal aliens, who cost Alabama taxpayers some $300 million annually, have read the handwriting on the wall: No more hiding; the free ride is over.

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