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Garcia wary of border policing plan
Justice Department efforts
to enlist local police in enforcing U.S. immigration laws
threatens civil liberties on the border and could damage community
policing efforts in Hispanic communities, according to local
activists and some law enforcement officers. -- The
rules, published July 24 in the federal register and scheduled
to take effect Aug. 23, authorize the U.S. Attorney General to
enter into contingency agreements with state and local authorities
for the use of local police in the event the Attorney General
declares a "mass influx of aliens," or other immigration
emergency. -- Critics, like Isabel
Garcia of Derechos Humanos, a Tucson-based human rights group,
say the rules are vaguely worded and place too much authority
in the hands of the Attorney General. [Also see "Police
chief not doing job"]
SPLC's lunatic attack on immigration reformers
As Robert Locke shows in
a long article at Front Page Magazine, the Southern Poverty
Law Center headed by Morris
Dees has brought PC demonization to new heights of lunacy.
A recent document by SPLC, an organization that specializes in
the ferreting out of "hate groups," purports to show
the "white supremacist" character of the immigration
reform movement. Short on facts, long on lies, and containing
little more than the same three or four well-known adjectives
and nouns used over and over, the article makes such extreme
and ridiculous assertions as to cause bursts of therapeutic laughter.
Thus Glenn Spencer's grass-roots anti-illegal immigration organization
in California, American Patrol, is baldly characterized as a
"racist hate group".....
Fraud and National Security
Much has been made recently of some high
profile incidents, or at least accidents, on the part of the
INS. With calls for restructuring coming from virtually every
corner of Capitol Hill, I was somewhat encouraged by the vote
in the U.S. House of Representatives to restructure the INS.
-- However, it seems that in all the debate and controversy over
INS policies and procedures, we may be missing a bigger, more
fundamental point, one that poses a most serious threat to our
national security, as well as global commerce.
leaving Border Patrol in droves
Low pay, low morale and confusion over
who will ultimately be the boss of the U.S. Border Patrol have
prompted hundreds of agents to quit. -- Many other agents are
pondering career changes if these issues continue to plague the
agency, union leaders say. -- "In the southern border, we
are trying to hang on to the people we have," said T.J.
Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council. The
union represents some 9,000 U.S. Border Patrol agents and employees.
The U.S. Department of Justice has ordered
Harris County to begin providing Vietnamese- language ballots
and voting material, starting in November. -- Citing the county's
growing Vietnamese population and requirements in the federal
Voting Rights Act, the Justice Department ordered County Clerk
Beverly Kaufman to print ballots in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
[How did these people
become citizens if they can't speak enough English to read a
in alleged rape attempt jumps bail, may be in Mexico
Authorities are looking for an Oceanside
man who they say jumped bail on charges of attempted rape in
a Solana Beach public restroom. He is facing possible life in
prison. -- Ubel Torrez Espinoza failed to show up for a court
hearing last week after bailing out July 21 on $75,000 bond,
court records indicate. An arrest warrant with $500,000 bail
was issued yesterday. -- "He's from Chiapas, and that's
where he's fled, according to his relatives," sheriff's
detective Dan Laibach said yesterday. "He could still be
hiding out here in San Diego." [Mexico
won't extradite many suspects]
voted while noncitizen
Rafael Velasquez, a candidate for the
Florida House of Representatives, voted twice in the 1990s, even
though he didn't become a U.S. citizen until last year. -- A
simple mistake by a new immigrant, Velasquez says. -- A felony,
says Florida election law. -- Velasquez, a Democrat, is challenging
the Republican incumbent Gustavo Barreiro in House District 107,
which includes parts of Miami Beach and Little Havana. -- Velasquez,
born in Germany and raised in Peru, says he became a U.S. citizen
in May 2001.
may get amnesty, teacher booted
...Does this make sense to anyone? --
A woman who came here legally and followed the legal process
completely is deported, but criminals should be allowed to stay.
-- A trained specialist who is needed by this community and who
may not be able to be replaced must go, but illegal immigrants
who often pose great costs on society should be allowed to stay.
-- Dylgjeri is gone because she obeyed the laws of the United
States. -- But the illegal immigrants broke our laws and continue
to break them by staying here.
American Border Patrol
Glenn, three years ago a FAIR conference
in LA, I met Roger Barnett, who told me, to paraphrase: That
he'd had it the on-going destruction of his property caused by
hordes of illegal immigrants, as well as by the repeated failures
of the DOJ/INS/Border Patrol, to stem this relentless flood.
Barnett told me that he and his neighbors were fed-up with an
unmerciful stealth migration that knocked-down all fences in
sight, trampled flowers and shrubs, cluttered neighborhoods with
filthy litter, generated mountains of rotting garbage, piles
of discarded diapers...
11 Fake ID Suspect Flees U.S.
A man who authorities said sold fake
identification to two of the Sept. 11 hijackers apparently left
on a flight to Egypt before authorities raided his home and businesses
Wednesday, officials said. -- Mohamad El Atriss, an Egyptian
immigrant, operated businesses in Paterson and Elizabeth where
he sold the IDs, said Passaic County Sheriff Jerry Speziale.
-- Authorities raided his home and business Wednesday afternoon
and were told Atriss had taken a flight from Newark to Egypt,
Speziale said. Authorities were unsure if the flight left Tuesday
Sanders - Star-Telegram -- (Warning:
This one's a doozy]
people are part of us
No, not ''homeland security.'' Let's
talk about the country and its people -- ''all'' its people --
including those who support the nation's economy without getting
credit; those who regularly pay into Social Security with no
hope of ever collecting from it; and those who exist as shadows
in our society. -- We see them. We know them. But we refuse to
acknowledge them, except when they make easy political targets
or can somehow be used as easy political capital. It has become
convenient for most of us to ignore them as we sometimes unconscionably
abuse them. -- Yet many would find it unthinkable to admit that
economy has come to depend on them. [Contact
fights for U.S. funds
Year after year, California lawmakers
battled the White House whether the occupant's name was
Clinton or Bush for more money to help pay for the cost
of jailing criminal immigrants. -- Now, the Bush administration
has fueled more controversy among state politicians. It wants
to eliminate the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, which
could result in the loss of more than $200 million to California
and its counties. -- "I believe it would be a terrible mistake
to eliminate funding," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein...
area a Latino growth hub
The Latino population in Riverside and
San Bernardino counties has been growing at a faster pace than
in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City, according to a study
released today. The two-county area faces special challenges
as one of the "fast-growing Latino hubs" in the United
States, according to the report by two think tanks in Washington,
D.C., the Pew Hispanic Center and the Brookings Institution Center
on Urban and Metropolitan Policy. The report studied Latino population
trends in metropolitan areas.
Bilingual Poll Workers
Activist groups are looking for younger,
fresher and more technologically savvy volunteers, especially
as counties turn in their punch-card machines for new high-tech
voting gadgets. -- Several groups have launched the "Expand
Democracy in America" campaign in an effort to reach out
to minority groups and expand the number of volunteer workers.
-- The groups expect to have 100,000 new workers on board in
time for the November election, and are hoping to join forces
with the National
Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and
Council of La Raza to get those groups to recruit members
to work at the polls.
- Tucson Citizen (Published)
chief not doing job
Tucson Police Chief Richard
Miranda is refusing to assist the Immigration & Naturalization
Service in its mission of locating and deporting all illegal
aliens, even though U.S. Attorney John Ashcroft has urged all
local law enforcement agencies to do just that. Miranda claims
to have two reasons for not wanting to enforce our laws: First,
if the illegals hear that the cops may turn them over to INS,
they will no longer trust them and will stop reporting criminal
activity to them. What nonsense! .......
Morning News (Free Reg.)
found packed into trailer
Another tractor-trailer rig filled with
has turned up - this time on the eastern fringe of San Antonio.
-- San Antonio police went to the Petro truck stop on Interstate
10 about 1 a.m. Wednesday after a witness reported hearing screams
and shouts coming from inside the trailer. -- Police Sgt. Fred
Balmos said hat officers opened the trailer and found from 30
to 70 people inside -- men, women and children. All bolted from
the trailer and scattered except for two men left behind who
suffered from dehydration.
Haitians in Miami rally for equal treatment
A passing cabby pumped his fist and another
motorist honked rhythmically as a sudden burst of music roused
200 protesters denouncing the government's treatment of Haitian
asylum seekers Tuesday evening. -- "Tell them we're still
here and we're advancing!" a Haitian Creole roots recording
blared, spilling across Biscayne Boulevard toward the Immigration
and Naturalization Service headquarters on the other side.
Tax Proposal On Ballot
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors
voted 3-2 Tuesday to put a proposal to hike property taxes on
the Nov. 5 ballot, hoping that an increase will generate $175
million for emergency rooms and other vital health services.
-- Putting the measure on the ballot was "one of the boldest
moves that this board has ever made," Supervisor Gloria
Molina said. "We're just taking a chance that there
are going to be voters out there who are going to understand
and respect these issues."
Times (Free Registration)
Their Own and Uninsured
At a time when the soft economy has forced many
more people to buy health insurance on their own, insurers are
imposing steep premium increases on individual policyholders
and are making it harder for new applicants to qualify for coverage,
according to insurance brokers and consumers. -- The number of
uninsured nationally is rising, by an estimated 2 million in
the last two years, and the rising premiums are putting increasing
financial strain on consumers.
Population Growth Is Widespread, Study Says
The Hispanic population has spread out
across the nation faster and farther than any previous wave of
immigrants, with the movement of Latinos from immigrant gateways
into the heartland and suburbs possibly exceeding that of European
immigrants in the early 20th century and of African-Americans
moving from the Deep South in the period before World War II,
according to a study released today.
on huge fraud case
The Arlington lawyer accused last week
of immigration fraud in Virginia by filing false documents is
being investigated for submitting thousands of similar forms
in other states, a federal prosecutor said yesterday during a
hearing in U.S. District Court in Alexandria. -- "There
are thousands of other applications filed by [Samuel G.] Kooritzky
in other states that we are pursuing," including Pennsylvania,
Assistant U.S. Attorney John Morton told a magistrate.
spread thin on Canada border
Washington --- Vast stretches of the
nation's northern border are guarded just as thinly as before
last year's terrorist attack, a study concludes. -- The U.S.
Border Patrol has added just 22 agents to the 331 already posted
along the 5,525 miles of mostly wilderness that separates the
United States and Canada, according to the INS. -- The result
is that each agent has 16 miles of border to deal with, according
to the study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse
at Syracuse University.
gets invitation to Bush's Texas ranch
President Vicente Fox is the latest world
leader to win an invitation to U.S. President George W. Bush's
Texas ranch. -- The two presidents will meet on Bush's 1,600-acre
spread in Crawford, Texas, on Aug. 26, officials from both countries
said Tuesday. -- Fox will make the visit as part of a three-day
swing through the major hubs - Austin, Dallas, Houston and San
Antonio - of the state that shares a 1,951-mile border with Mexico.
and President Fox have a very close friendship and relationship...."
arrests on Mexican border
A U.S. Marshals Service operation led
to the arrest of 2,127 suspected drug traffickers along the U.S.-Mexico
border since March, the agency announced Tuesday. -- The United
States and Mexico worked together to target "major narcotics
criminals who had substantial resources to fund new identities
and frequent movements," the Marshals Service announced
Tuesday. -- "The sheer number of violent fugitives taken
off the street makes this a successful operation," Ben Reyna,
director of the Marshals Service, said in a written statement.