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Monday, February 28, 2011

CBP Caught with Pants Down
Hearing Exposes Definition Game Playing
House Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security -- February 15   
Subcommittee Hearing: "Securing our Borders -- Operational Control and the Path Forward"
Mike Rogers (R-AL): I don't understand where you come up with the belief that you have a different operational control standard than that set out by the law. Can you tell me how the CBP came up with a different definition than the one that was set out by the 2006 statute that Mr. Duncan read to you?
Michael Fisher, Chief, U.S. Border Patrol: I don't -- and if I mischaracterized this let me be clear -- we're not differentiating from what the law states. I was just explaining earlier that we've developed a strategy we came up with on the manner by which we were going to assess operational control. It wasn't in conflict with the legislation. I was explaining that the tactical use by which our field command as we report those lines of operational control. One is how we differentiate between the definitions. Two, that all the definitions, even though they were written, are predicated on resources.
Rogers: But you read a definition to this committee of operational control and it was not attached (?) to our definition.
Fisher: Well, I'm just – I'm giving you our definition of operation - at uhh - definition that we train our leadership to make those...
Rogers: And that's my problem. You're a law enforcement officer. The law says you will prevent all illegals from coming in. And it's just as Mr. Duncan read. And my question is – why would the CBP develop a functioning definition that is different from that that is stated in the law?
Fisher: Well, I don't know if I'm understanding your qualification on that, sir.
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Related: Defining Operational Control -- How CBP changed it -- American Patrol Report -- May 5, 2010

Illegal alien flees DWI crash with son, 5  Edilser Lenus 
Bridgeton, NJ -- Police discovered a man had been driving while intoxicated when he crashed into a parked car and then fled the scene with his 5-year-old son in tow. -- Officers responded to the scene of the crash on Nichols Street after receiving a report that a vehicle had crashed into another car that was parked.... [See Crime Watch]

Dave Gibson -- The Examiner     
Illegal alien pleads guilty to million dollar food stamp fraud   
On Friday, Apolinare Collado, 43, pleaded guilty to food stamp fraud in a scam that cheated taxpayers out of about $1.6 million. -- The previously deported illegal alien from the Dominican Republic used so-called 'straw' owners to operate several small grocery stores in Hartford, Connecticut... [See Crime Watch]

KSAZ-TV -- Phoenix    
14 killed in Mexico bar attacks   
At least 14 people were killed in three separate attacks in bars in northern Mexico, authorities said Sunday. -- In Coahuila state, across the border from Texas, nine men died late Saturday when gunmen opened fire inside two bars in separate attacks, state prosecutors said in a statement. Eleven others were wounded...

Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times-Free Press     
Deportation program plays out in Whitfield   
Dalton, Ga. -- The number of immigration violators processed for deportation in Whitfield County through a federal program increased more than 30 percent in 2010, figures show. -- Meanwhile, a study by the Washington, D.C.-based Migration Policy Institute shows 79 percent of people detained nationally for immigration violations were arrested for minor offenses or traffic violations...

National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers         
Latest NAFBPO update from south of the border   
Tijuana, BC, Mex. -- A citizen reported the presence of armed men in a food business in Ensenada, and on investigation, state police arrested 13 Sinaloa cartel members. They also seized drugs, weapons and cash. The initial ones arrested identified other cartel members by the car they were driving in Rosarito...

Mark Krikorian -- National Review     
Friendly fire   
I wrote last week about Georgia's new governor, Nathan Deal, who was an immigration hawk in Congress and on the campaign trail, seeming to go wobbly once in office. But I missed Deal's spokesman calling immigration hawks Nazis...

KLIV-AM -- San Jose     
More than 1,000 illegals arrested in county   
Santa Clara County has had the second highest number of [illegal aliens] arrested among Bay Area Counties. There were 1,027 arrests reported since the County became a part of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Secure Communities program last May...

Northwest Indiana Times -- Munster     
Controversial legislation reignites immigration debate in Illinois    
Springfield, Ill. -- Whether the burden should be on state officials and local police to enforce immigration law is again being hotly argued in the Illinois General Assembly. -- The pro forces in the General Assembly say the federal government has fallen down on the job of enforcing immigration laws...

Dave Gibson -- The Examiner     
Seattle going easy on criminal illegals... so they won't be deported  
In June 2010, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes enacted a new policy which protects foreign nationals -- including illegal aliens convicted of misdemeanors from deportation. -- In the past, when anyone was convicted of a gross misdemeanor, prosecutors requested used a 365-day sentence...

Mexican drug boss detained in murder of U.S. agent 
Mexican authorities have arrested two alleged leaders of the Zetas drug gang in connection with the murder of a US immigration official. -- The suspected local head of the Zetas drugs gang in the northern state of Coahuila, Sergio "El Toto" Mora, was arrested by marines in Saltillo...

Journal Review Online -- Crawfordvsille, Ind.     
Protesters greet legislative breakfast attendees   
Protesters met members of the community Saturday as they arrived at Detchon Hall to attend the Legislative Breakfast. -- The protesters carried signs proclaiming human rights and wanted more discussion about immigration and the same sex marriage constitutional amendment before the Indiana General Assembly...

Jim Kouri, CPP -- The Examiner     
Zapata payback? U.S. cops smash Mexican drug operation    
Almost two weeks after the shooting death of Immigration & Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata, and the wounding of Zapata's partner, agent Victor Avila, in an ambush in Mexico, U.S. law enforcement officers are cracking down on Mexican-based drug operations across the United States...

Logan's Warning     
Muslims plan march on D.C. to support a united Shariah of America    
As expected, Muslims across the world have started to lock arms in their quest to impose Shariah Law (Islamic Law) on all. For the most part, Muslims in America had confined this call to their barracks...,errr, I mean Mosques and Islamic conferences. Now, in a brazen display of united force, Muslims calling for the adoption of Shariah in this country...

L.A. Weekly     
'MEChA Boy' Villaraigosa's Fence: Whatever happened to 'bridges not walls'?   
News of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's application for a six-foot security fence around his Windsor Square mansion took off quicker than a border coyote on the desert hustle last Friday, riling outrage from most and a "Who cares?" from few. -- In the LA Weekly's comment thread, there were the obvious jokes about Villaraigosa trying to hide his "booty calls" from reporters...

My Fox Boston    
Convicted and illegal, but free   
After 16-year-old Ashton Cline-McMurray was brutally murdered, his mother took some comfort in hearing that at least some of her son's killers would never walk American streets again. -- It's the reason why Sandra Hutchinson agreed with letting the purported gang members, several of them illegal [aliens], plead guilty to lesser charges... [See Crime Watch]

Providence (RI) Journal Editorial     
Providence should enforce law   
Credit Atty. Gen. Peter Kilmartin with putting the safety of all Rhode Islanders ahead of politics, in pledging that the state will help the Feds identify illegal aliens, including potential terrorists, who pose a serious threat to the public. -- Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case in Providence...

Ben Terris -- National Journal     
Boehner speaks out against FCC Internet regulation   
Speaking to a group of religious broadcasters on Sunday, House Speaker John Boehner said that the Federal Communications Commission's December network neutrality decision is proof that the FCC "is creeping further into the free market" and could impede the freedom of speech, the Washington Times reports... [Related item] [See Big Brother Watch -- Obama Watch -- NWO Treason Watch]

Jim Kouri, CPP -- The Examiner     
Honor Violence: Islamic man sentenced for terrorizing female cousin 
An Islamic man living in London was sentenced to prison on Wednesday for threatening to kill his cousin and her father after she refused to wear a hijab as required by Sharia law. -- Munir Al-Hakim, 30, at the Isleworth Crown Court, received a six month prison sentence -- suspended for two years...

The Economic Collapse Blog     
Globalism pushing middle class standard of living down to third world levels 
From now on, whenever you hear the term "the global economy" you should immediately equate it with the destruction of the U.S. middle class. Over the past several decades, the American economy has been slowly but surely merged into the emerging one world economic system...

Dave Gibson -- The Examiner   
Child labor... a result of greedy employers, illegal immigration   
In 2010, the U.S. Labor Department fined 18 blueberry farmers in Michigan for violating child labor laws and migrant housing law violations. Nine labor contractors were also cited for the same charges. Make no mistake... because of unchecked illegal and even legal immigration, children are being forced into labor in this country.

Hartford (Conn.) Courant    
Illegal alien pleads guilty to food stamp fraud worth $1.6 million   
A Dominican citizen, convicted and deported from Hartford about a decade ago for food stamp fraud, sneaked back into the city and set up a new network of bodegas that he used to swindle an additional $1.6 million from the food stamp program, authorities said... [See Crime Watch]

Daily News Pulse     
Mexican border violence bleeding into U.S. counties    
A little more than a week after a United States law-enforcement agent was shot dead by gunmen suspected of being drug traffickers in Mexico, American federal authorities have struck back with raids and arrests across the US, rounding up more than 450 people believed to have ties to criminal organisations south of the border...

Arizona Capitol Times -- Phoenix     
Raucous week for Arizona immigration law hearing   
Six people have been arrested at the state Senate and at least two people barred from returning during a raucous week surrounding illegal-immigration legislation. -- Senate President Russell Pearce vows tighter scrutiny of visitors, but the clashes raise questions about security procedures at the Capitol and who enforces them...

The State Column     
Battle over illegals begins with Arizona-style immigration law in Utah   
Arizona is coming to Utah. -- The debate over immigration reform is taking off in the state of Utah, where Republican state lawmakers are quickly pushing forward with a proposal implementing an Arizona-style immigration law. -- A Utah senator has unveiled an immigration reform bill he says balances enforcement provisions with economic realities...

Dave Gibson -- The Examiner     
Assassination attempt on mayor of embattled Monterrey   
On Friday, Monterrey Mayor Jaime Rodriguez survived an attempt on his life when a group of gunmen opened fire on the mayor's SUV. His bodyguards retaliated and the resulting gunfight left three of the attackers dead. Two others were taken into custody...

Hugh Holub & Ed Ashurst -- Tucson Citizen     
The truth about Roger Barnett... another side of the story   
Roger Barnett is the Cochise County rancher who was hit with a damage judgment for holding [illegal] aliens at gunpoint on his ranch. -- The media has portrayed Barnett as an evil person violating the civil rights of [illegal] aliens. -- But as with all stories... there is another side....

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