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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Drug War Tied to Fence
Cartels Fighting Over Access?

American Patrol Report -- January 14
Chart shows as border fencing was installed (left axis) so did drug-related deaths in Mexico (right axis) -- See larger image

The Light at the End of the Tunnel
    Stunning evidence has emerged that the on-going drug war in Mexico may be related to the construction of fencing and barriers along the border. According to American Border Patrol, new fences have interdicted drug smuggling routes possibly causing Mexican cartels to fight over remaining routes "When we began our aerial surveys of the border we saw thousands of two-tracks running north and south across the border, and there is little doubt that some of these were caused by drug-laden vehicles," said Glenn Spencer, head of ABP and pilot of the survey aircraft. Spencer said ABP's aerial surveys show that many of the north-south routes are being cut off as new fences and vehicle barriers are built.
    This theory is supported by evidence that prices of drugs rose as the fences were built, as did efforts by cartels to grow marijuana north of the border. "They are so desperate, they are trying to use ultra-lights to fly pot over the border" Spencer said. Spencer said if his theory is correct there is a "light at the end of the tunnel." "If we are right and construction of the border fence is having a significant impact on drug smuggling, then finishing the job may go far in helping to solve the problem and may even lessen the influence drug money has on the Mexican culture," Spencer added.
    Tomorrow, ABP will present detailed evidence of the tie between the border fence and the Mexican drug war at a news conference at the National Press Club.

Idaho Statesman       sc       
Boise TV station launches 'Mexicanal'   
Spanish-speaking Treasure Valley residents who enjoy watching television about daily life in Mexico now have a new source. -- KIVI- Channel 6, which is ABC's Boise affiliate, has launched a new Spanish-language channel at digital 6.2. -- The channel is Mexicanal, which features news, information and programs from central and southern Mexico...

American Border Patrol    
Does the border fence work?    
The U.S.-Mexico border has been under private aerial surveillance for the past two years. Every sixty days a specially equipped aircraft has flown along the border from Texas to the Pacific Ocean, documenting the construction of the border fence...

Chicago Breaking News   
Illegal alien gets 9 years for fatal DUI crash   
A Northlake man was sentenced to 9 years in prison today after he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol when he crashed into a postal truck, killing the driver. -- The postal worker, Ronald Greene, 45, of Chicago, was driving north on Mannheim Road in Leyden Township at 11:05 p.m. June 1 when a car driven by Benjamin Martinez-Gonzalez, 23, ran a stop sign...

Denver Post       
Bush says he leaves with 'good, solid record'       
Gathering his Cabinet together one last time, President George W. Bush declared his administration had achieved "a good, solid" record and gave thanks to both his closest aides and Americans across the country...

Center for Immigration Studies   
Educational Video Series: Why we need secure driver's licenses   
For the past two years DHS has shown ramped up commitment to helping states diminish fraud and increase security by enhancing driver license issuance across the board. Using the monies Congress has provided to date, alongside final regulation guidance and contracts with individual states to move secure ID issuance forward...

Tom DeWeese -- American Daily   
TxDot plays 'possum over Trans Texas Corridor   
On January 6, 2009, The Dallas Morning News carried a headline which read "Trans Texas Corridor is dead, TxDot says." The article went on to report, "The Texas Department of Transportation announced this morning that it has officially killed the Trans Texas Corridor, saying that despite the project's visionary aspects, it is clearly not the choice of Texans."

Californians for Population Stabilization       
Harry Reid starts new push for amnesty!     
In spite of the recession and soaring unemployment, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has introduced S 9, the Stronger Economy, Stronger Borders Act, as a placeholder bill for amnesty legislation... 

Salt Lake Tribune   
SLC top cop: Immigration enforcement may go to court   
The Salt Lake City police chief said someone might sue him to enforce federal immigration laws, even if the department doesn't want to. -- Chief Chris Burbank pointed to a provision in Utah's new immigration law, SB81, allowing citizens to go to court to if they feel government agencies are not following the bill...

The Hill -- Washington   
Raids to become the focus of immigration policy push   
Hispanic Democrats are changing their strategy to get a sweeping rewrite of immigration laws passed, focusing attention on controversial workplace raids that have increased in the absence of a legislative fix. -- A handful of House and Senate leaders are set to meet this week to lay out a new course...

The Economist -- London      sc      
World's 8th-biggest economy nears fiscal oblivion   
Arnold Schwarzenegger was skiing in Idaho when his office released a detailed outline of California's 2009-10 budget. It would be unfair to suggest that the governor is unconcerned about the state's dire fiscal situation. -- On the contrary, he has tried to focus minds on it for months... [See Cal Meltdown Watch]

News & Observer -- Raleigh, North Carolina   
Chatham rejects participation in 287 (g) program   
Chatham County officials say they oppose participating in a federal program that would allow local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws. -- Chatham commissioners last week approved a resolution expressing "strong opposition" to any local agency contracting with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement under the program...

Associated Press  
Democrats seek criminal probe of Bush 'abuses'   
The incoming Obama administration should launch a criminal investigation of Bush administration officials to see whether they broke the law in the name of national security, a House Democratic report said Tuesday. President-elect Barack Obama has been more cautious on the issue and has not endorsed such a recommendation....

The Hill -- Washington   
Raids to become the focus of immigration policy push    
Hispanic Democrats are changing their strategy to get a sweeping rewrite of immigration laws passed, focusing attention on controversial workplace raids that have increased in the absence of a legislative fix. -- A handful of House and Senate leaders are set to meet this week to lay out a new course...

Michele Malkin -- Townhall.com   
Obama's recession remedy: Tax the poor!   
...Democrats are rushing this week to impose massive tax hikes of at least 61 cents on every cigarette pack sold in America, in addition to new increases on other tobacco products. The money will fund a long-plotted federal expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)... [SCHIP benefits illegal aliens]

Yakima (Washington) Herald  
Another push to crack down on illegals   
A White Swan man is the latest to file an immigration-crackdown initiative -- an idea that failed for lack of support in 2007 and 2008. -- Wendell Hannigan, who is also behind a guest worker proposal on the Yakima reservation, now wants a state law requiring employers to verify workers' legal status and have police notify federal authorities when they arrest [illegal aliens]...

WorldNetDaily.com  
U.S. veterans attack illegal immigration   
The nation's largest veterans organization released this week a policy bulletin that takes a firm stand against illegal immigration and calls on its members to hold elected officials accountable for implementing and enforcing U.S. immigration law...

Michael Cutler -- NewsWithViews.com  
Officials from both parties unwilling to protect America   
Two news reports point to the clear and present danger the deteriorating situation in Mexico poses to our nation and our citizens. -- The first article, "U.S. Plans Border ‘Surge’ Against Any Drug Wars" appears in today's edition of the New York Times...

WorldNetDaily.com  
Latest eligibility challenge rejected   
Another case challenging Barack Obama's eligibility to be president has been turned back by the U.S. Supreme Court, but the man who brought it, Philip J. Berg, said the issue won't disappear. -- "I am committed to keep our efforts going to continue litigation until the truth of Obama being 'not qualified' for president comes out..."

We Get E-Mail   
Obama plans to "reunite immigrant families"   
From El Universal: The President elect of the United States, Barack Obama, committed himself with the president Felipe Calderón to achieve a comprehensive immigration reform that includes the unification of families. -- Calderón informed that not withstanding the obstacles and difficulties that exist in Congress and in the US public opinion... [Related item]

WCAX-TV -- Burlington, Vermont   
Leahy pushes scheme for illegal farm workers   
We have a follow up to our special report this fall, Foreigners on the Farm, which highlighted illegal farm workers in Vermont. The state estimates there are at least 2000 Mexican farm workers in Vermont -- many are here illegally -- since a visa program does not exist for them.

National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers         
Today's NAFBPO update from south of the border   
The US Department of Defense considers Mexico one of the two governments in the world most likely to suffer a “rapid and sudden collapse” that could require military intervention. A section on “weak and failing countries,” of a report recently released by the US Joint Forces Command says...

Washington Post   
Meddling Mexican offers advice to B. Hussein Obama   
Mexican President Felipe Calderón said yesterday that President-elect Barack Obama should take steps to stem a "worrisome" rise in anti-U.S. sentiment in Latin America. -- In a meeting with Washington Post editors and reporters, Calderón warned that Obama will face threats throughout the region... [More Mexican meddling]

Cherokee Tribune -- Canton, Georgia    
Georgia 2009 legislative session opens    
Legislation that could withhold state funds from local governments not in compliance with the Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act is moving forward this session. -- State Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Hickory Flat) said the legislation was proposed out of a policy committee appointed by the Speaker of the House...

Nogales (Arizona) International   
Border Patrol attempts to break cycle of repeat crossings    
U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector would like to see the day when fewer illegal [aliens] travel north from Mexico to Arizona to seek work. Then agents could concentrate on apprehending dangerous criminals, said Rob Daniels, public affairs officer for the Tucson Sector...

PrisonPlanet.com   
Kissinger again shills Obama and the New World Order    
It’s too bad war criminal and Rockefeller minion Henry Kissinger is not a few decades younger. If he was, he might be turning somersaults and slapping high fives over the current state of the global economy. Instead, Kissinger has penned an ebullient -- for Kissinger -- editorial lauding the coming depression...

WorldNetDaily.com  
Border agent pleads for your help in getting Bush to grant pardons   
Imprisoned Border Patrol agent Jose Compean is finally speaking out from behind bars, asking for America's help in contacting President Bush for an 11th-hour pardon. -- In a letter sent exclusively to WND from the Federal Correctional Institution in Ohio, Compean urged supporters to continue contacting the White House...

Allan Wall -- VDare.com   
Adiós to Presidente Bush -- A retrospective on the pandering president   
With the end of the Bush Era scant days away, and the new Obama regime looming before us, a retrospective is in order. -- Bush’s constant pandering to the Hispanic lobby and his justification of illegal immigration are well known to long-time readers of VDare.com, we’ve run tons of articles criticizing Bush.

Politico -- Washington   
Department of Labor: Hilda L. Solis   
...The relatively unknown congresswoman [Mexican Reconquista Hilda Solis] counts Dolores Huerta, a labor activist who directed a famous Golden State boycott of grapes in the 1970s, as a political role model. Solis credits unions with helping her immigrant parents move into the middle class and send their children to college...

American Border Patrol    
Border Invasion Pics
Border Invasion Pics, a team effort with American Border Patrol, has posted new images and video taken along border trails used by suspected border intruders. Click here to see...

Gwinnett Daily Post -- Lawrenceville, Georgia  
County looks to expand immigration checks   
Gwinnett County officials are applying to expand their authority to check immigration status before giving public benefits, at a time when legislators could yank state funding for those failing to live up to a nearly three-year-old state law....

Salt Lake Tribune   
SLC top cop: Immigration enforcement may go to court   
The Salt Lake City police chief said someone might sue him to enforce federal immigration laws, even if the department doesn't want to. -- Chief Chris Burbank pointed to a provision in Utah's new immigration law, SB81, allowing citizens to go to court to if they feel government agencies are not following the bill...

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