Briefly: Ecuador Comes to Phoenix; GOP Drafting Immigration Bill; and U.N. Aid Does More Harm Than Good?

By Susan Jones | March 31, 2011 | 8:58 AM EDT

( – does a daily “newspaper roundup,” gathering news of interest to conservatives from dozens of U.S. media outlets.  Here’s a sampling of today’s harvest:

Ecuador to Open Consulate in Phoenix, Arizona
From The Arizona Republic: Ecuador is opening a consulate in Phoenix because Arizona is the main route for illegal immigration from Ecuador into the United States, said Maria Gabriela Troya, who will oversee the new consulate. "They cross the desert, but they don't stay here," she said. "They go to the East, mainly." The consulate will mainly assist Ecuadorans who have been detained by U.S. immigration. "Our main goal is to protect the rights of migrants," Troya said.
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Eritrea Rebuffs U.N. Anti-Poverty Efforts, Saying Aid Does More Harm Than Good
From Fox News: In a stinging rebuff to the United Nations and its anti-poverty efforts, Eritrea, one of the poorest countries in Africa, has told the world body that it wants out of its long-term development agreement because the U.N. makes the problem worse, not better. The reason, given in a January 26 notification letter obtained by Fox News, is that “aid only postpones the basic solutions to crucial development problems by tentatively ameliorating their manifestations without tackling their root causes. The structural, political, economic, etc. damage that it inflicts upon recipient countries is also enormous.”
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GOP Drafting Bill on Illegal Immigration
From The Los Angeles Times: Congressional Republicans are drafting legislation that would require the federal government to add more fencing, sensors, agents and even drones to stop every illegal entry into the United States. It’s another example of how a more conservative Congress has steered the immigration debate away from the Obama administration's two-pronged push for reforms and improved border security, and toward strict enforcement of immigration laws. With a Democratic majority in the Senate, the Republican bill is unlikely to pass.
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