L.A. City Council
to Discuss Bogus Mexican ID Acceptance
Should be coming up Tuesday, May 14.
plan for scofflaws
Federal officials are proposing to crack
down on immigrants who have defied their final orders to be removed
from the country by denying them certain avenues to become legal
residents of the United States for at least 10 years. -- Under
a proposed rule published yesterday in the Federal Register,
the Immigration and Naturalization Service will require people
with final removal orders to surrender themselves within 30 days.
People who do not do so face the possibility that requests such
as for political asylum or permanent residency will be denied
for at least a decade after they have left the United States.
seeking to close doors
Copenhagen -- In a country where spanking
your children is against the law and even a hint of sun brings
out throngs of topless sunbathers, Dina Zuni thinks Denmark's
famous openness has finally gone too far. -- "At this point,
there can't be a rational debate about immigration in Europe
anymore," said Jan Niessen, an economist with the Migration
Policy Group, a Brussels think tank. It is now just "an
emotional reaction of people saying "enough of them.' "
News - Mexico City
Remittances set to rise
Late last year, in the wake of the Sept.
11 terrorist attacks, many Mexicans living north of the border
lost their jobs and began making the journey home as a result
of the U.S. economic slowdown. For a while, it seemed likely
Mexico would lose part of one of its major sources of foreign-currency
income: the remittances from immigrant workers. [Goes into Mexican
sham IDs, etc.]
plea in license fraud case
One of the three people accused of charging
hefty fees to help Latinos illegally obtain Colorado driver's
licenses entered a plea of guilty May 2 in Ninth District Court.
-- Virginia J. Escalante agreed to plead guilty to the Class
III felony count of bribery, in return for the district attorney
dropping all other charges. -- The plea could net Escalante four
to 12 years in state prison.
day laborer guilty in murder case
A former day laborer today was convicted
of the 1998 kidnapping, rape and murder of Hillsborough grandmother
Sharon Leuenberger, who was asphyxiated with duct tape after
being brutally assaulted in her own home. -- The eight-woman,
four-man jury found Ciriaco Cuaro Valencia guilty of first- degree
murder shortly before 11 a.m. today. -- They also found that
the murder was committed in the course of a burglary, robbery,
kidnapping for ransom, rape and sodomy, and that Valencia personally
inflicted great bodily injury -- findings that under state law
will ensure a sentence of life without parole for the Mexican
Fears Use of Belt Bombs
The sheer number of suicide belt-bombers
attacking Israel this spring, and the diversity of their backgrounds,
has increased fear among terrorism experts that the tactic will
be exported to the United States. -- But the belt bomb is a maddeningly
difficult weapon to counter. Concrete barriers might deter truck
bombers. Heightened airport security can challenge hijackers.
By comparison, however, stopping human bombs is "an incredibly
difficult business," said Christopher Langton, an analyst
of terrorist threats...
say 25 Islamic extremists entered U.S. as stowaways
Twenty-five Islamic extremists have illegally
entered the U.S. since March as stowaways on cargo ships, federal
officials told Fox News Monday. -- The U.S. Coast Guard has notified
federal, state, and local officials that it has received intelligence
information that the extremists have entered the U.S. on "prominent
commercial cargo vessels," according to federal officials
who read a Coast Guard document to Fox News.
shredding: INS probes trash routine
Thousands of asylum claims, citizenship
applications or job-visa requests may have to be resubmitted
pending an investigation into shredding practices at the INS's
regional center. -- In April, two INS employees at the California
Service Center reported seeing improper shredding of documents.
-- Since then, the federal Office of Internal Audit launched
an investigation at the Laguna Niguel facility, where more than
60,000 pieces of mail per week are handled by about 1,500 employees.
vote scheduled for tomorrow
Representative Jose Serrano is expected
to offer an amendment tomorrow at a full House Appropriations
markup that would permanently extend the Section 245(i) provision.
The committee will reconvene at 5 p.m. to continue debate on
the Supplemental Appropriations bill. Please
visit our Action Alert for further information.
teaching in Texas
...The old way of teaching the Texas
Revolution the freedom-loving Americans against the tyrannical
Mexicans, or good versus evil is falling by the way as
fast as the myths surrounding the Alamo. -- With an increasingly
Hispanic population, Texas school teachers are feeling pressure
to bring more perspective to state history, which students must
study in the 4th and 7th grade.
and the Cato Institute
On May 9, 2002, President Bush sent
a note of congratulations to the Cato Institute on the occasion
of its 25th anniversary. The note was read on C-SPAN. Cato is
well-known as a libertarian think tank that believes strongly
in individual freedom and self-reliance and liberal immigration
policies. It hates the welfare state. -- Four days later, Bush
signed the Farm
Bill which restored food stamps for legal immigrants, thus
violating all of the principals upon which the Cato Institute
is based. -- Glenn Spencer
looms as major hurdle for Bush
With unemployment climbing to an eight-year
high, President Bush faces a daunting political challenge not
unlike the one that helped doom his father's re-election a decade
ago. -- Still popular with voters, the current president has
no immediate cause to worry about his re-election. That moment
is still more than two years away an eternity in politics.
[We need an extension of 245(i) and guest workers?]
at DMV breeds abuse
...A 10-month investigation by The Record
has already uncovered a thriving black market in NJ licenses
that depends on bribing DMV workers or fooling them with fake
ID. -- In the last 16 months, at least 13 employees from eight
DMV offices have been quietly arrested for crimes involving driver's
license fraud. -- But state officials concede they simply don't
know how pervasive corruption is.
scam preys on illegals
When an undercover police officer tried
to buy a fake driver's license recently in Waukegan, he ran into
an unusual obstacle. He had to wait in line. -- About 45 people,
mostly illegal immigrants, had lined up to pay $150 or more for
an "international driver's license," a slickly produced
document that has appeared by the thousands on Chicago- area
streets over the last year, police say.
..."When people come to the United States,
they carry with them cultural baggage," she said. "They
do not stop thinking or being Mexican when they cross the border."
-- It is a message Nelly Salgado, a director of Mexico's National
Institute of Public Health, delivered last week during a two-day
traveling tour presented by the Mexican Consulate as a crash
course on Mexican culture.
soldiers in border crossings
Heavily armed Mexican soldiers and police
are crossing the U.S. border repeatedly, provoking charges from
Capitol Hill that they are providing cover for drug smugglers
and illegal immigrants. -- Last year, there were 23 incursions
documented by the U.S. Border Patrol, prompting Rep.
Tom Tancredo to contact Mexican President Vicente Fox last
week, asking for an end to these incidents.