Monday, November 15, 2004
Terror From Below
Time Magazine Acknowledges Nukes from Mexico Threat
New accounts from al-Qaeda to attack the U.S.
with weapons of mass destruction
A key al-Qaeda operative seized in
Pakistan recently offered an alarming account of the group's
potential plans to target the U.S. with weapons of mass destruction,
senior U.S. security officials tell TIME. Sharif al-Masri, an
Egyptian who was captured in late August near Pakistan's border
with Iran and Afghanistan, has told his interrogators of "al-Qaeda's
interest in moving nuclear materials from Europe to either the
U.S. or Mexico," according to a report circulating among
U.S. government officials.
invaders pose real threat to Social Security
Democrats are trying to make a campaign
issue out of President Bush's alleged plan to "privatize"
Social Security, scaring seniors into thinking their checks will
be cut off. That is a phony issue; all the president suggests
is to offer younger workers the option (not the compulsion) of
transferring a very small part of their Social Security benefit
into private investments.
-- Barnard R. Thompson
immigration pact could include Mexico policing its own
Once again an immigration pact between
Mexico and the U.S. could come to the negotiating table, with
hoped for cooperative efforts to resolve as many of the interrelated
issues and problems as possible. Yet official interest in anticipated
talks is coming in tandem with a rising tsunami of ire in the
U.S., where more and more citizens are expressing displeasure
with undocumented migrants who enter this country illegally.
and Border Protection - Press Release
seize over 2600 pounds of marijuana
Tucson, AZ -- This past weekend, Border Patrol
Agents assigned to the Casa Grande and Sonoita Stations seized
over 2,600 pounds of marijuana, in three failed drive through
attempts. -- Saturday, at approximately 12:30 a.m., agents from
the Casa Grand Station encountered a white Dodge pick-up truck
headed north from the International Boundary, towards Cowlic,
Shortly after the September 11 attacks,
President Bush put aside his illegal alien guest-worker proposal
to focus his energies on counterterrorism and homeland security.
He brought the proposal back in January, but Congress killed
it. Last Tuesday, the president indicated he would jump-start
it yet again...
foes learn ways to advance cause
Organizers who favor decreased immigration
gathered over the weekend in Rosemont to mobilize a grass-roots
campaign against what they called a broken immigration system.
-- Complaining that politicians and the news media often ignore
their perspective, immigration foes said they took a page of
strategy from the other side Saturday by holding a daylong conference
on local organizing.
open-borders / free trade scheme stalled
President Bush's goal for a free-trade
zone encompassing the entire Western Hemisphere faces growing
opposition in the U.S. and abroad. -- The Free Trade Area of
the Americas would lower tariffs and open up borders separating
34 nations and 800 million people, creating the world's largest
free-trade zone. --- "It's going nowhere fast," Susan
Aaronson, director of globalization studies...
invaders hunted for prompt deportation
...One by one, agents for U.S. Immigration
and Customs Enforcement are hunting down the estimated 400,000
fugitive immigrants in the United States, including 3,818 in
Arizona. -- Critics say the new effort is costly to taxpayers
and tears families apart. They say the strategy targets undocumented
immigrants [criminals] with otherwise upstanding backgrounds.
may be next in line for invader benefit ban
Arizona voters approved a wide-ranging
ballot initiative on Nov. 2 that essentially prohibits illegal
immigrants from receiving most state and local government services,
and sympathizers in Colorado believe they will have similar success
here. -- "We're going to give the Legislature a chance to
enact this on its own, and if it doesn't, we will be ready with
a ballot initiative in 2006," said William Herron...
pleads guilty in deadly smuggling operation
Houston (AP) -- A woman pleaded guilty
Monday to her role in a human smuggling operation in which 19
illegal immigrants died after boarding a sweltering trailer.
-- Norma Gonzalez Sanchez was set to go to trial on Nov. 29 with
three other defendants who prosecutors say were involved in the
smuggling operation, the nation's deadliest.
in Crackdown on Muslim Immigration
The country said to be the most tolerant
in the world is reassessing its open-borders policy after the
broad-daylight murder of filmmaker Theo Van Gogh by an Islamic
terrorist two weeks ago.-- "Now the country is changing
its open-door immigration policy," reports Fox News Channel's
Heather Nauert, "kicking out tens of thousands of people
awaiting political asylum."
spark worry in valley
Harrisonburg, Va. - ...Violent street
gangs were gaining a presence in the Shenandoah Valley, and members
were scrawling signature graffiti on buildings and bridges. But
esoteric markings of letters and symbols meant little to local
police beyond vandalism. -- Then, last year, authorities discovered
in Shenandoah County the body of a young woman with ties to a
violent Central American gang.
Can't get a handle on why President
Bush is leaving our borders open and why he wants to legalize
millions of illegal aliens and why he's allowing in more and
more people from all over the Third World? Here's a just-right-porridge
theory on this. Maybe you'll think this has some merit. Maybe
you won't. See what you think...
betrayal on illegals
It didn't take long for President
Bush to betray those who returned him to office for another
four years. -- The first big insult to his base came this week
when he moved to resurrect his ugly plan to relax rules against
illegal immigration as if they weren't relaxed enough.
-- Bush reportedly met privately in the Oval Office with Sen.
John McCain to discuss re-igniting his badly misguided initiative
to grant legal status to millions...
-- Washington Post
clowns try to spin Prop. 200's win
Jacoby] was deeply disappointed in the outcome: I'd been
working for months to help defeat Proposition 200, both in-state
and out. But having spent a good part of the fall listening to
Arizonans talk about immigration, I worry that the message they
sent is being misinterpreted. Far from a simple anti-immigrant
backlash, their vote for the proposition seemed more like a cry
numbers, needs grow
Steamboat Springs -- More than 30 people
gathered in the library of Hayden High School last week to discuss
the growing number of immigrants in Routt and Moffat counties.
Among them were people from Mexico and South America, and longtime
members of the nonprofit social service, law enforcement and
education communities from both counties...
scheme would virtually eliminate national borders
North American national borders would
be virtually eliminated under plans being considered by senior
business and political leaders from Canada, the United States
and Mexico for a "NAFTA-plus," continent-wide, customs-free
zone with a common approach to trade, energy, immigration, law
enforcement and security...
Ruelas -- Arizona Republic
200 could keep some 'migrants' from working
Aurelino Dominguez should be on the side of those
pushing for a tough interpretation of Proposition 200. He's a
legal resident who works in an immigrant-dominated industry:
selling tacos out of a mobile truck. But the soon-to-be-minted
citizen hasn't yet adopted the ruthless capitalistic mind-set.
[Legal residents can get legal IDs]
measure awaits a new Congress
Immigration reform sank in President
Bush's first term, weighted down by post-Sept. 11 fears and sharp
divisions among congressional Republicans. -- Now, Bush is signaling
renewed attention to immigration. That's heartening advocates
of reform, dismaying skeptics and raising questions of both strategy
Powell to Resign
6:48 AM PDT -- Secretary of State Colin
Powell announced his resignation to his staff during their Monday
morning meeting, a State Department source told FOX News. --
Bush is expected to make the official announcement. The source
suggested that Powell is likely to stay in place until a replacement
Is Facing Tough Choices on Immigration
One of the most contentious policies
of President Bush's first term was a proposal to grant the estimated
8 million to 12 million undocumented immigrant workers in America
a path to legal status. Rejecting a general amnesty, the president
called his proposal a temporary-worker program. Last week he
indicated he would act on his words...