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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Erasing the Border
DHS Opens Door From Mexico
Fox and Friends -- December 22   
     Brian Kilmeade, Fox News: This story is not good for us. Director of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has agreed to set up a trusted traveler program between the U.S. and Mexico. It's allowing Mexicans who are considered low security risks to skip customs check points when they fly into the U.S. But critics say it puts out the welcome mat for drug cartels trying to get into the U.S.
    Joining us right now is Pinal County Sheriff in Arizona Paul Babeu.
    Sheriff, first off, they pass a Mexican background check and that's supposed to be good enough for us?
    Sheriff Babeu: No it's not -- no good enough for me. And at a time when we should be heightening our vigilance we are actually opening the door wide open saying come on in.
Related: Stricter rules for entry are ignored at border

Politico            sc       
Facing long odds, Obama vows amnesty push   
President Barack Obama told Congressional Hispanic Caucus members Tuesday that he'll renew his push for comprehensive immigration reform [aka amnesty] in 2011 — even though such an effort would face even longer odds in a Congress where Republicans control the House...

KARE-TV -- Minneapolis / St. Paul     
Prosecutions continue in illegal immigration case   
Court action continued Tuesday in Minneapolis in federal cases involving five foreign nationals who entered the United States illegally after having been deported as criminals. -- Two of those men pleaded guilty to entering the United States illegally, while a third was sentenced to federal prison on the same charge... [See Crime Watch]

Brett Arends -- Market Watch    
Here's Your "Change": The great bank heist of 2010   
This was the year America finally took on the power and greed of the Wall Street banks. -- And the banks won. -- They dodged the bullet of real reform, probably for all time. They bounced back to post huge profits, helped by legal theft from the middle class. -- They completed their takeover of both political parties...

The Daily Bail    
Study finds California pension system underfunded by $500 billion
An independent analysis of California's three big pension funds has found a hidden shortfall of more than half a trillion dollars, several times the amount reported by the funds and more than six times the value of the state's outstanding bonds... [See Cal Meltdown Watch]

CBS News     
Obama bemoans failure of DREAM Act amnesty scheme   
...At a press conference today, Mr. Obama said "maybe my biggest disappointment" was not passing the DREAM Act, an immigration measure to give upstanding [illegal aliens] who were brought to America as children a pathway to citizenship. -- Even though advocates of the measure suspect it has virtually no chance of revival under a Republican-controlled House, Mr. Obama insisted he's not ready to give up on it...

Numbers USA    
Obama, usual suspects discuss ways to shut down enforcement legislation 
President Barack Obama and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus met at the White House yesterday to discuss the bleak future of immigration reform in Congress. Both sides agreed that amnesty is likely dead for the next two years, but Obama that he would veto any immigration enforcement legislation...

Dave Gibson -- The Examiner     
New York's top cop objects to arresting lawbreakers   
New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is upset over the implementation of the Secure Communities program, which identifies criminal aliens through a federal fingerprint-matching system. On Monday, Commissioner Kelly told reporters: "We want people to feel free to contact the police, to walk into police stations; communicate with the police..."

KGUN-TV -- Tucson     
Sheriff Babeu authorizes lethal force against cartels, bandits   
The Pinal county sheriff's office has been recently in the spotlight for sniffing out smugglers and their drug loads. Sheriff Paul Babeu tells KGUN9 News he's about to go on the offensive with a massive show of force to stop smugglers and bandits. -- "We're sending out three different teams of eight to 15 deputies..." [See Obama Watch and Big Sis Watch]

Arizona Daily Star -- Tucson     
Bandit aggressiveness increasing along Arizona border    
Bandits such as the ones Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was trying to apprehend last week when he was shot and killed have been around for decades but have become more brazen in recent years, law enforcement officials say. -- And it has become the Border Patrol's job to police these groups...

Fox News -- Detroit     
Illegal alien charged with his third DUI in Michigan   
On Monday night, Utica Police stopped Juan Carlos Banoschavez, 35, after receiving several reports of a man driving eastbound in the westbound lane of Hall Road. -- Police dash cam video shows Banoschavez, a Salvadoran national, driving the wrong way down a one-way street... [Related item] [Video Report] [See Crime Watch]

Portland Oregonian     
Hit and run suspect detained on immigration hold   
Oregon State Police troopers and Umatilla-area law enforcement arrested a 25-year-old man last night they said was the driver involved in a hit and run fatal accident near Hermiston Sunday. -- Police said Luis Lopez Morales, no known address, was the driver of one of two cars involved in a fatal crash on U.S. 395 north of Hermiston... [See Crime Watch]

Providence (RI) Journal     
Chafee snubs E-verify supporter    
The executive director of Rhode Islanders for Immigration Law Enforcement said he is 'astonished' that Governor-elect Lincoln D. Chafee has declined to meet with him before Chafee rescinds outgoing Governor Carcieri's 2008 executive order on illegal immigration...

Seattle Post-Intelligencer     
Three sentenced for selling illegal documents    
Two employees of the state Department of Licensing and a Kirkland man were sentenced Friday for their organization of a scheme to sell fake identification documents out of the Bellevue DOL office. -- Rodrigo Moura, 33, a Brazilian immigrant was sentenced to two years in prison. After serving his term, Moura will likely be deported... [See Crime Watch]

Government liabilities rose $2 trillion in FY 2010: Treasury   
The U.S. government fell deeper into the red in fiscal 2010 with net liabilities swelling more than $2 trillion as commitments on government debt and federal benefits rose, a U.S. Treasury report showed on Tuesday. -- The Financial Report of the United States, which applies corporate-style accrual accounting methods... [How's all this 'hope and change' working out for you?]

Gailann Jarocki -- The Examiner     
Border agents seize $7.2 million worth of marijuana   
U.S. Border Patrol agents of the Rio Grande Valley Sector seized more than $7.2 million worth of marijuana in a four day weekend. One of the seizures occurred Thursday morning when an agent assigned to the Rio Grande City Station approached a man who was sitting in a Ford F-250 that was parked in a wooded area... [See Crime Watch]

Gailann Jarocki -- The Examiner    
Indictment for 13 Raza Unida gang members    
The Raza Unida is a Hispanic prison gang was formed in 1988 in the southern Texas prison system; it operates inside and outside jail and prison facilities with a membership of 700. They operate in Corpus Christi, Houston, Dallas and have small chapters across the United States... [See Crime Watch]

Kansas City Star       sc         
Sedgwick County first in Kansas to biometrically ID jailed immigrants 
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says Sedgwick County is the first jurisdiction in Kansas to use biometrics to identify immigrants who are in custody for suspected crimes. -- ICE says it began using a biometric information sharing capability known as Secure Communities on Tuesday in Sedgwick County...

William F. Jasper -- The New American    
Obama's deportation deception exposed   
In a new video commentary, Liberty News Network immigration and border security analyst Andy Ramirez takes apart the recent claims by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano that the Obama administration is doing a bang-up job of guarding the border and deporting illegal aliens... [Also see Morton Watch]

USA Today    
Agent's death a reminder of U.S.-Mexican border violence   
A U.S. Border Patrol agent was shot and killed along the Southwestern border last week, marking the second time in as many years that an agent was gunned down along the border with Mexico. -- The shooting prompted politicians from both parties, including Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano...

Associated Press    
Family's triple tragedy highlights Mexico impunity   
Cd. Juarez, Chih., Mex. -- A daughter is found dismembered. Her mother is shot dead trying to bring the killer to justice. Two days later, a brother-in-law's body is dumped on the street after his lumber business is torched. -- No one is under arrest for any of the crimes, and there is little hope the cases will be solved...

Fox News    
Illegals factor Into 2010 census results, congressional makeup   
Census data released Tuesday reflects how illegal immigration could shape the makeup of Congress, with border states and other immigration magnets registering big gains over the past decade. -- Though the latest Census Bureau information does not include breakouts on race or ethnicity, Western and Southern states...

Michelle Malkin -- Family Security Matters     
Internet access is not a "civil right"   
When bureaucrats talk about increasing our "access" to x, y or z, what they're really talking about is increasing exponentially their control over our lives. As it is with the government health care takeover, so it is with the newly approved government plan to "increase" Internet "access." Call it Webcare... [See Free Speech Watch - Obama Watch - Big Brother Watch]

Thomas Segel -- GOPUSA.com     
Education is not king along the Texas-Mexico border  
Americans have just received a report from the U.S. Census Bureau that those of us living along the border feel are decades late in being released. The majority of Texas counties along the border with Mexico have the least educated population in the nation...

Joseph Klein -- NewsReal Blog     
Obama and the United Nations will be watching the Internet for you   
All Internet users beware! An Internet free of the heavy hand of government regulation may become a thing of the past. First, we have the Obama administration seeking to place controls on the Internet. -- Second, the United Nations establishment is trying to establish mechanisms for global governance of the Internet... [See Free Speech Watch and Big Brother Watch]

Green Valley (Arizona) News & Sun    
Frustration grows among ranchers   
Southern Arizona ranchers are expressing frustration toward the federal government after last week's death of a Border Patrol agent near Rio Rico. --- Roger Barnett, a rancher near Douglas, was reminded of the slaying of Robert Krentz, 58, who was was fatally shot in March as he was checking his ranch northeast of Douglas... [See Big Sis Watch and Obama Watch]

KVOA-TV -- Tucson     
Agent Terry's funeral today   
Detroit -- Services are scheduled at a Detroit church for a border patrol agent killed during a gun battle with bandits near the Arizona border with Mexico. -- Greater Grace Temple will host Wednesday morning's funeral for 40-year-old Brian A. Terry... [See Big Sis Watch and Obama Watch]

Infowars -- Austin, Texas    
Al Sharpton calls for FCC hearings on talk radio   
Democrat talk radio host and Baptist minister Al Sharpton called for Rush Limbaugh and other radio talk show hosts to be dragged before the FCC to answer questions. Sharpton told the Ed Show last Thursday he supports McCarthy-like hearings. He wants the agency to squelch the First Amendment of political opponents... [See Free Speech Watch]

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