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|Sierra Vista (Ariz.) Herald / Review -- October 16
New border watch effort will focus on cameras
Hereford, Az. -- American Border Patrol, a nonprofit organization, launched a plan Thursday to demonstrate how easy it would be for federal officials to count illegal immigrants entering the United States.
The group, with help from designated contractors, is setting up a system of cameras and sensors along a 30-mile segment of the U.S.-Mexico border in Cochise County, said president Glenn Spencer. [...]
The program came about as a result of the Sept. 9 Government Accountability Office report on the Secure Border Initiative, according to Spencer.
The GAO's recommendation was "to improve the quality of information available to allocate resources and determine tactical infrastructure's contribution to effective control of the border, the Commissioner of [Customs and Border Protection] should conduct a cost-effective evaluation of the impact of tactical infrastructure on effective control of the border."
Spencer said the Department of Homeland Security could measure its effectiveness by counting the number of illegal crossers with a similar system and then subtracting those individuals who get apprehended by Border Patrol agents.
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|Center for Immigration Studies
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Phoenix Alhambra boys cross country coach Carlos Borja lost his position this week in a conflict with the school over his assistant and long-time friend, an illegal [alien] whose status was not discovered until this summer. -- In protest, the team's runners... decided to forfeit the rest of the season...
|Connie Hair -- Human Events
Next step as Obamacare goes nuclear
The House of Representatives yesterday set into motion the nuclear option for H.R. 3200 that would make it possible for the Senate to pass government-run health care with only 51 votes. -- House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) held the mandatory hearing yesterday... [See Obama Watch]
|U.S.. Customs and Border Protection
Latest news releases from CBP
Douglas, Az. -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped an apparent drug-smuggling attempt Wednesday when they seized an ice chest that contained approximately 20 pounds of marijuana. -- CBP officers were screening travelers at about 8 p.m. when they became suspicious of a 17-year-old male driving a 2001 Crown Victoria...
|National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers
Latest NAFBPO update from south of the border
The "special report about cases of migrant kidnappings," produced by the National Commission on Human Rights [of Mexico], consists of testimony from 25 victims. The reported deeds, more than just a nightmare, are "an implacable, painful, shameful reality, and nothing is gained from denying it or minimizing it."
Here's Your 'Change': Strategist predicts "full-blown depression"
This global recession will turn into a "full-blown depression," Nicu Harajchi, CEO of N1 Asset Management, said Friday, adding that global stimulus hasn't come down to Main Street -- Wall Street is making money, while consumers aren't, Harajchi told CNBC...
|Los Angeles Times
Border Patrol agents seize pot-packed SUV, arrest Mexican
U.S. Border Patrol agents seized more than $500,000 in marijuana stuffed into a sport utility vehicle on Interstate 5 near San Clemente, authorities said today. -- An agent patrolling the area Wednesday afternoon spotted the 2002 Toyota Sequoia with what appeared to be excessive weight in its cargo area... [See Crime Watch]
|Fontana (Calif.) Herald-News
Illegals forced to face the music, sniveling and baby-waving ensues
What began as a daily routine turned as a nightmare for Jennifer Serrano, who said that on Oct. 6 she was allegedly stopped by four unmarked federal vehicles, arrested and pressured to leave the country within 60 days, together with her husband, due to their immigration status...
|Colorado Independent -- Denver
Denver groups seek to bury illegal alien impound initiative
A phone bank jammed with more than 30 volunteers was ringing phones off the hook earlier this week, asking residents to vote no on "impound" Initiative 300. -- "This would force police to do something that will cost us roughly $6 million to implement and they already have the ability to use their discretion and impound cars in a circumstance when someone does not have a valid driver’s license..."
|Connie Hair -- Human Events
Dems go nuclear on Obamacare
House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) held a hearing this morning to certify that H.R. 3200 -- the main House Obamacare bill which was the subject of all the town hall rage in August -- has met all requirements to pass as a "budget reconciliation" measure... [See Obama Watch]
|Oliver North -- Human Events
Protecting Obama's image
The U.S. dollar isn't the only currency headed to new lows. After months of drifting along in "the winds of change," America's diplomatic credibility is sinking alongside the greenback. The Obama White House and the so-called mainstream media -- preoccupied with hoopla over "health care reform," meaningless drivel about the 2016 Olympics and the vacuous award of a Nobel Peace Prize...
|Paul Craig Roberts -- VDare.com
The rich have stolen the economy
Bloomberg reports that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's closest aides earned millions of dollars a year working for Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and other Wall Street firms. Bloomberg reports that none of these aides faced Senate confirmation. Yet, they are overseeing the handout of hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayer funds to their former employers.... [See Obama Watch and Audit the Fed ]
The 'Transparency' Lie: Obama administration denies Judicial Watch FOIA request
Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that the U.S. Secret Service (under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security) has denied Judicial Watch's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for access to Obama White House visitor logs from January 20, 2009 to present... [See Obama Watch]
|KTAR -- Phoenix
Arpaio, Sharpton clash over crime sweep
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Rev. Al Sharpton squared off Friday over another crime suppression sweep planned by the sheriff. -- Arpaio planned to conduct his first sweep since the federal government said he could not make street arrests for violations of federal immigration laws...
An ACORN-friendly, big labor-backing, tax-and-spend radical in GOP clothing
Yes, it's time for the upside-down elephant. The Stupid Party is at it again. The subject of today's column: An abomination in the NY23 special congressional race to replace former GOP Rep. John McHugh, who accepted President Obama's Army Secretary position. Way to go, Beltway GOP establishment...
|A.W.R. Hawkins -- Human Events
Fox News locked out
On September 20, 2009, Obama appeared on five Sunday morning news shows in one day -- Fox News Sunday was not included. Two weeks later, following what the New York Times referred to as a "Fox Summit" between Roger Ailes, chairman of Fox News, and David Axelrod, senior adviser to President Obama, Fox News was told they wouldn't get to conduct any Obama interviews...
|Wall Street Journal
Obama spending program creates 30k jobs at a cost of $526,610 per job
About 30,000 jobs have been directly created or saved by contractors who received money from the federal stimulus program, according to new reports today. -- The reports cover only a small portion of the $787 billion package: spending on infrastructure and social programs being carried out by contractors... [See Obama Watch]
Mexican policeman denied asylum in Canada
Ottawa, Ont. -- Canada has refused a respected Mexican policeman's bid for political asylum despite his claims he faces death threats at home from drug cartels and corrupt officials, media reports said Wednesday. -- Gustavo Gutierrez Masareno, 38, fled his border town of Ciudad Juarez because Mexican authorities could not guarantee his safety...
DHS reshapes its immigration enforcement program
A controversial federal program that deputizes state and local law enforcement agents to catch illegal [aliens] is expanding under the Obama administration, despite changes announced this summer intended to curb alleged racial profiling and other police abuses...
|Michelle Malkin sc
Nobel Peace Prize winner now increases tension in Louisiana
It's been quite a week on the homefront for the world's noblest Nobel Peace laureate. -- The world may have "less tension" as a result of Obama's accomplishments -- er, rather, his aspirations. But here in the good old USA, tensions are rising...
|Michael Barone -- Human Events
The trouble with health care is paying for it
The legislative process can also be a learning process, and as Congress considers health care legislation -- the latest act being the Senate Finance Committee's vote in favor of Chairman Max Baucus' bill, or "conceptual language" -- we have been learning something useful...
|Phyllis Schlafly -- Eagle Forum
If Obama had told us before his election
If Barack Obama had campaigned on what he has actually done in his first 300 days in office, would he have been elected? That's the question so many are asking today. -- If Obama had told us he would appoint 34 Czars, reporting only to himself and not vetted or confirmed in the constitutional way...
|Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren -- Marietta Daily Journal -- Marietta, Ga.
Atlanta should copy Cobb's aggressive law enforcement
It was with no small degree of interest that I read Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington's comments in the Atlanta newspaper regarding the implementation of the Immigration & Customs Enforcement 287(g) program in Cobb County. Of particular note was his concern that Cobb's participation in the program...
|Gun Owners of America -- Springfield, Va.
Anti-gun ObamaCare now moves to the Senate floor
Well, there's good news and bad news. -- If you've been listening to the media, you know the bad news. Senators voted the Baucus version of the ObamaCare bill out the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, and the legislation now moves to the Senate floor... [See Obama Watch]
|Lou Dobbs Tonight -- CNN
Luis Gutierrez pushing another destructive amnesty
Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) is once again pushing amnesty for illegal aliens. In this interview with Lou Dobbs he tries to play like he actually wants immigration laws enforced and the border secured, but anyone who knows him knows that he wants neither of these things to occur. This show aired 10/14/09. [Transcript]
Obama picks U.S. Attorney who worked for sanctuary city
President Obama has picked Stephanie Villafuerte as the next U.S. Attorney for Colorado. But as Michelle Malkin notes, Villafuerte worked for Bill Ritter, the district attorney for Denver who gave sweetheart plea agreements to illegal aliens so they could remain in the U.S. to commit more crimes...
Magazine industry rewards Obama cult worship
Every year, the Magazine Publishers of America rewards the creative talents who design covers for leading publications. -- There are awards for sports covers, lifestyle covers, celebrity covers, science covers, and news covers. -- This year, the MPA created a special new category... [See Obama Watch]