MD Couple Kept Immigrant Maid As Slave

“Gloria and Alfred Edwards Jr. admit that they broke the law by bringing a woman from the Philippines to the United States under false pretenses, lying on visa applications and having her stay in their Maryland home for a decade. Alfred, 74, a retired Army doctor, and Gloria, 61, say their intentions were pure: They were trying to help an impoverished, illiterate woman from the Philippines start a new life in the United States,” the Washington Post writes.

“The government, however, contends that the couple effectively enslaved the woman — known in court papers by her initials T.E. — in their Upper Marlboro home, forcing her to work without pay as a maid and threatening her with financial ruin, deportation and personal harm if she ran away.”

Study Refutes STEM Shortage Claims

“A study released Wednesday by the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute reinforces what a number of researchers have come to believe: that the STEM worker shortage is a myth,” the Washington Post says.

“The EPI study found that the United States has “more than a sufficient supply of workers available to work in STEM occupations.” Basic dynamics of supply and demand would dictate that if there were a domestic labor shortage, wages should have risen. Instead, researchers found, they’ve been flat, with many Americans holding STEM degrees unable to enter the field and a sharply higher share of foreign workers taking jobs in the information technology industry.”

Sierra Club Board Votes for Amnesty

“The Sierra Club’s board voted Wednesday to support comprehensive immigration reform, POLITICO has learned. The backing from the nation’s oldest environmental group is a major shift that could help immigration reform supporters gain momentum as they try to push the measure through the Senate. It is another sign that some of the historical opponents to overhauling the country’s immigration laws, like evangelicals, are switching sides in this controversial debate,” Politico reported.

CIA Wanted Boston Bomber on Watch List

“The CIA submitted the name of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects for a terrorist watch list in fall 2011 after an inquiry about Tamerlan Tsarnaev from Russian authorities concerned about his possible ties to extremists, a U.S. intelligence official said Wednesday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss the case publicly,” USA Today reports.

“The FBI had received a nearly identical request from the Russian government six months earlier, prompting a review of Tsarnaev’s activities that turned up nothing improper, a federal law enforcement official said.”

Ann Coulter: Legal Immigration Is A Problem Too

“We have no choice about native-born losers. We ought to be able to do something about the people we chose to bring here,” says Ann Coulter.

“Meanwhile, our government officials just keep singing the praises of ‘diversity,’ while expressly excluding skilled immigrants who might be less inclined to become ‘disaffected’ and lash out by killing Americans.”

“In response to the shooting at Fort Hood, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. said: ‘As horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.'”