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Sunday, October 27, 2002

ABP Hawkeyes Catch
Many Illegals This Weekend

Red DotPast Features 

The Scourge of MEChA
Daily Star
Mechistas hope UA plans don't lock them out
The University of Arizona wants to nearly double its percentage of Hispanic students within the next decade. -- But some students and alumni worry that UA's intent to also raise admission standards and tuition rates will shut the door on too many minority and working- class families. -- Veronica Martinez is a leader of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, or MEChA, which is just one of the groups hoping to catch UA President Peter Likins' ear before Wednesday...

A Message from Hal Netkin and Bruce Boyer
Candidates for office in the new [possibly] San Fernando Valley City
Steve Eichler -- Anaheim City Council Candidate

News Note 
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Hiring hall proposals gain, lose momentum
Interest is growing in providing a hiring hall for migrant workers in Fulton. But the oft-discussed proposal to bring a hiring hall with homeless services to Graton is running into opposition. -- The two small towns are talking about hiring halls because in each, more than 100 men -- many of them undocumented immigrants from Mexico -- stand for hours every day on street corners, waiting for work. -- [Also see: Aiding and abetting illegals is a crime]

Associated Press
U.S.-Mexico industry border meltdown in progress
The signs of crisis are everywhere. Homeless people sleep in abandoned factories where workers once assembled irons, toasters, shirts and other goods. Border migrant groups air radio announcements in the countryside, telling job seekers to stay away. -- Mexico's northern border industry, hit hard by a year-long downturn, is finally starting to recover, but with some of its biggest factories shuttered, no one expects the region to return to the thriving export economy it enjoyed for a decade. -- Mexico recently complained to the World Trade Organization about China's luring away its factories, but Asia is not the border's only competition.

Christian Science Monitor
Mexico prods US on illegals
..."It's hard to see where [immigration reform] fits in right now," says Daniel Griswold, associate director of the Cato Institute Center for Trade Policy Studies. "It is being viewed more through a national-security lens than an economic lens, and that has become paramount." -- Lobbyists with the National Restaurant Association recently pleaded with Bush to deal with the immigration issue at the Mexico conference, pointing out that the industry estimates it will create 1.4 million new jobs by 2010.
Daily Camera
Criminal coddling urged
Boulder's Human Rights Commission is urging the city government to be more welcoming and accessible for the city's Spanish- speaking population. -- But others, theorizing that many Spanish-speakers in the West are illegal immigrants, oppose the commission's ideas. -- The commission this week formally recommended that the city get more people fluent in Spanish working in city offices that deal directly with the public, and have more Spanish translation available in City Council meetings and in Municipal Court sessions.

News Note 
L.A. Times via DeepikaGlobal.com
Bush and Fox: They've Been Closer
After four meetings in 20 months, the once-promising courtship between Presidents George Bush and Vicente Fox is falling into a familiar pattern. -- Again on Saturday, the Mexican leader stressed the urgency of easing the flow of Mexican migrants to the United States. Again, Bush replied that he wants to deal with the issue -- "in a way that recognizes reality and in a way that treats the Mexican citizens who are in the United States with respect."

Reader Submitted Photo
Grand Old Panderers
Spanish-language Republican Party sign - Santa Barbara, California

Associated Press
Foreign scofflaws portrayed as victims
The problem may be increasing as the number of undocumented immigrants grows - The scams plaguing immigrant communities across the nation have similar story lines. -- Advocates say the cases begin with a consultant offering an immigrant help getting a work permit or a green card. The consultant, often pretending to be a lawyer, collects hundreds or even thousands of dollars from the anxious client. -- But the immigrant gets nothing in return. Sometimes the consultant steals the money outright. Other times, that person applies for programs the client has little or no hope of qualifying for, a move that can lead to the immigrant's deportation.

Fox News
Sniper witness' status questionable
Nathaniel O. Osbourne, the man who co-owned the blue Chevrolet Caprice believed to have been used in the Washington-area sniper attacks, appeared in court Sunday and is fully cooperating with federal authorities, his attorney said. -- Osbourne entered the United States in 1996 and had been living in New Jersey, though officials said Sunday that they were unsure of his visa status. -- Why Osbourne was in Michigan, how long he had been there...
Agence France-Presse
Mexicans rant about 'racist' film
Mexican activists staged a rowdy protest in Los Angeles on Friday against a new Hollywood film about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo that they say perpetuates colonialism and racism. -- Around 20 angry activists gathered outside one of the cinemas where Mexican-born film star Salma Hayek's new movie "Frida" was due to debut, decrying the picture and its stars. -- Los Angeles is a major center for Mexicans living in the U.S., who number around seven million.

News Note 
The Daily Citizen
Increase of inmates drives jail budget up
The population at the Whitfield County jail has almost doubled in the past three years and - while possible explanations abound - nobody's exactly sure why the explosion is occurring. -- One thing county officials do know is that the increase in population will require the sheriff's office budget to increase by approximately $2.77 million for 2003... -- A growing illegal immigrant problem adds to the jail population as well, District Attorney Kermit McManus said.

Arizona Daily Star Border Edition 
Illegal alien has anchor baby, newspaper boasts
   Marvin Hernandez, whose illegal journey through Arizona was chronicled by the Star in October 2000, is now determined to stay no matter what - for the sake of a little girl named Genesis.
  ...
"Anchor babies" such as Genesis have grown up in all walks of American life. -- Critics of legal and illegal immigration say an estimated 1.5 million legal immigrants and an unknown number of illegal immigrants were added to the U.S. population last year - a rate they find unsustainable and unhealthy. -- Groups such as NumbersUSA argue that the births of more than 300,000 anchor babies - to foreign tourists, legal temporary workers and more than 9 million illegal entrants - are driving that figure higher under the guise of family reunification.

EFE
Meddling Mexicans whine to Davis
Mexico's national ombudsman has asked California Gov. Gray Davis to intercede for a Mexican-American child threatened with expulsion from a Los Angeles area school as a "potential terrorist" after drawing pictures of planes and guns. -- Jose Luis Soberanes sent a letter to Davis asking the governor to ensure that Jesus Corono, who was born in the United States, be allowed to continue attending an elementary school in Fillmore, California. -- Soberanes said that fundamental human rights transcend borders, especially in the case of a child.
EFE
Mexicans complain about truck rules
Transportation and Communications Secretary Pedro Creosol says restrictions imposed on Mexican trucks entering the United States is a major trade obstacle and urged Washington to improve the situation. -- Creosol expressed his concerns over the long-standing dispute to his U.S. counterpart, Norman [Mineta], at one of several ministerial meetings held this week in the run up to the weekend's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the Los Cabos Mexican resort. -- "It's more than just a transportation problem...."

Reader Submitted Photo
Phoenix radio station billboard glorifies Mexican invasion
Billboard headline: "Cruzando Fronteras" ("Crossing Borders") - Image depicts an invading criminal crawling over the border fence. Station logo is the same colors as the Mexican flag.

News Note 
Salt Lake Tribune
Disputes Over Pay Costing Illegal Workers
The move to liberalize U.S. immigration laws stopped cold the day of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., allowing problems to continue to fester for the underground labor force in Utah. -- The Mexican consulate in Salt Lake City is receiving about eight calls a day with complaints that employers involved in pay disputes are threatening to report undocumented workers to the INS. The threats of deportation center on undocumented workers getting less pay and even no pay when jobs are completed, said Consul Martin Torres.

Arizona Daily Star Border Edition 
Mexicans learn there won't be any immigration deals anytime soon
Saying it is important to treat Mexican citizens "with respect, and to recognize reality," President Bush signaled Saturday that he wants a comprehensive migration accord with Mexico. But his remarks were tempered by American admonishments that talks on such an accord would not come anytime soon. -- Bush and Mexican President Vicente Fox met amid a round of private talks between leaders of the 21 nations that make up the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation group. -- Mexicans have been moving back and forth across the border for generations, but as the country's economy has worsened in the last 25 years, illegal migration has accelerated.

News Note 
The New American
The Border War Continues
After listening to radical activists in Tucson, a group of Mexican senators demanded U.S. action "to help reduce the record death toll at the Arizona border," reported the October 4th Tucson Citizen. Of course, the admittedly tragic death toll among illegal Mexican immigrants crossing the Sonoran Desert would be radically reduced if the Mexican government took action to secure its side of the border - but this isn't what Mexico has in mind. -- While Mexican officials were in Tucson to demand amnesty for illegal immigrants and bribes for the Mexican regime, Mexican immigrant smugglers and drug traffickers were literally firing on U.S. Border Patrol agents.

Kansas.com
Miami INS detained sniper suspect
John Allen Muhammad, the U.S. Army veteran charged with murder in the Washington, D.C.-area sniper slayings, was detained for hours at Miami International Airport in April 2001 because immigration inspectors suspected he was trying to smuggle two undocumented Jamaican women into the country, a U.S. government official said Saturday. -- Muhammad was fleeing authorities in Antigua, where police suspected he might be involved in human smuggling and making fraudulent documents.
Reuters
Bush Vows to Face 'Reality'
President Bush told Vicente Fox on Saturday that he wanted to deal with the issue of migration from Mexico "in a way that recognizes reality," with about 3.5 million Mexicans living and working illegally in the U.S.. -- But Bush offered no specific solutions aside from suggesting that job creation in Mexico could keep Mexicans from crossing the border in search of work. -- Mexican officials have expressed concern about the conditions faced by some of these illegals in the U.S., and supports access to certain social services.

Bloomberg
An obsessed Fox pushes for "rights" for his illegals in our homeland
President Vicente Fox, seeking to improve rights for undocumented workers in the U.S., said he wants more than the fight against terrorism on the agenda when he meets with President George W. Bush today. -- Fox took office two years ago promising to win the legalization of 3 million undocumented Mexicans living in the U.S., increase the number of work visas granted and improve safety for Mexicans crossing the border illegally. These initiatives were derailed amid heightened security concerns after the September 2001 attacks in the U.S. -- "My message to him is: Let's get back to work," Fox said in an interview this week in Los Cabos, Mexico.


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