Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Border Patrol No-Accounts
Sheriff Dever's Claim Supported
|Fox News -- April 18
Arizona Sheriff Cites Flood of Border Agents Confirming Feds' No-Apprehension Policy
Sheriff Larry Dever
An Arizona sheriff says he has been flooded with calls and emails of support from local and federal agents who back his claims that the U.S. Border Patrol has effectively ordered them to stop apprehending illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexican border.
"Upper management has advised supervisors to have agents 'turn back South' (TBS) the illegal aliens (aka bodies) they detect attempting to unlawfully enter the country... at times you even hear supervisors order the agents over the radio to 'TBS' the aliens instead of catching them," one San Diego border agent wrote in an email to Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever.
"This only causes more problems as the aliens, as you know, don't just go back to Mexico and give up. They keep trying, sometimes without 10 minutes in-between attempts, to cross illegally," continued the email, which was among a number of communications to Dever reviewed by FoxNews.com. "This makes the job for agents more dangerous. Not only are the aliens more defiant, they also begin to feel like they can get away with breaking our federal laws." [...]
"This is nothing new, during my career with the border patrol, this was done regularly," said another email to Dever reviewed by FoxNews.com. "By assigning agents to different tasks, locations, etc., the apprehensions can be increased or decreased dramatically," wrote Dan McCaskill Jr., a retired Border Patrol agent who worked in the Anti-Smuggling Unit. [...]
Babeu told FoxNews.com he's been told by Border Patrol officials that for every person apprehended at the border, an average of 2.7 succeed in crossing into the U.S. With those numbers, he said he was concerned paramilitary or terror cells equipped with more sophisticated support and training could easily get through.
Related: Nothing New Retired Tucson Sector Chief said so
|Associated Press sc
Arizona: Border Patrol seizes nearly 3K pounds of pot
Nogales, Az. -- Border Patrol agents assigned to the Nogales Station say they've seized almost 3,000 pounds of marijuana in two separate incidents in southern Arizona. -- Authorities say the 2,958 pounds of marijuana has an estimated value of $1.4 million...
Americans favor King's proposal to end birthright citizenship
A new national poll contends that a vast majority of likely American voters support a plan by U.S. Rep. Steve King to end the practice of automatically endowing U.S. citizenship on an infant born in the country by a woman who entered illegally. -- The Rasmussen Reports telephone survey released Tuesday indicates that 61 percent of likely voters believe...
Police search cell phones without warrants during traffic stops
The Michigan State Police have a high-tech mobile forensics device that can be used to extract information from cell phones belonging to motorists stopped for minor traffic violations. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan last Wednesday demanded that state officials stop stonewalling freedom of information requests for information on the program... [See Police State Watch]
Owners of Chuy's restaurants indicted
Federal agents arrested the owners of a restaurant chain with outlets in Arizona and California on Wednesday on an indictment charging them with hiring illegal [aliens] and evading taxes. -- Agents raided 15 Chuy's Mesquite Broiler restaurants in both states and served 20 search warrants. They detained about 40 suspected illegal [aliens] who were working at the restaurants when the raids took place... [See Press Release]
|WMAL-AM -- Washington
DHS sued over drunk illegal alien who killed nun
A public interest group is suing the Department of Homeland Security over suspicions that the department is covering up a practice of releasing criminal illegal [aliens] back into society. -- Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton says they have filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in connection with the death of a nun in Prince William County, Virginia, in August 2010. She was killed by Carlos Martinelly-Montano...
||National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers
Latest NAFBPO update from south of the border
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano's recent description of a U.S.-Mexico border that's "as secure as it has ever been" appears to be in direct opposition to a Pentagon assessment. -- For months the nation's Homeland Security Secretary has repeatedly insisted that everything is safe and secure...
|Arkansas News Bureau sc
NRA chief says Obama re-election threatens guns rights
The chief executive officer of the National Rifle Association said in a talk here today he worries about the future of gun rights if President Obama is re-elected and makes more nominations to the U.S. Supreme Court. -- "believe that the Second Amendment hangs by one vote, and this 2012 election could break the back of it one way or the other," said Wayne LaPierre... [See Gun Grabbers & AG Watch]
|Arizona Daily Star -- Tucson
Arizona House endorses bill to combat 'drop houses'
The Arizona House gave preliminary approval to a proposal that would make it a felony to use forgery to rent or buy a home to be used as an [aliens]-smuggling "drop house." -- A violation would be a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison. -- The bill cleared the Senate in February and awaits a formal vote by the full House after Tuesday's action...
|Peter Ferrara -- The American Spectator
Obama's taxes and America's jobs
Between President Obama's political campaign speech on the budget last week, and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's thorough 2012 budget proposal, which the Republican House has already begun enacting, federal tax and spending issues have been fatefully framed for 2012...
|Palladium Item -- Richmond, Ind.
Fishing leads to 2 arrests
Liberty, Ind. -- Going fishing last week might not have been a good decision for two Richmond men who are alleged to be in the United States illegally. -- U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents from Chicago are expected to take the men into custody at the Union County Jail today, Matron Lynn Browning said...
Lamar Smith calls Utah amnesty "illegal"
In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) has branded Utah's guest worker amnesty "illegal" and expressed dismay at Attorney General Holder's apparent refusal to enforce the law in Utah when he has been so quick to oppose Arizona's interior enforcement laws...
|WMAL-AM -- Washington
Maryland delegates petition to overturn illegal alien tuition scheme
Annapolis -- A pair of Maryland delegates are joining forces to petition for a referendum on the 2012 ballot in hopes to overturn a recently passed state bill that will offer in-state tuition to illegal [aliens]. -- The bill was widely passed by the General Assembly and will go to Governor Martin O'Malley, who is expected to sign it into law...
|Committee on Oversight & Government Reform
Issa chastises ATF for refusal to comply with subpoena
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today, in a letter to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Acting Director Kenneth E. Melson, criticized the Director for failing to produce any documents in response to a subpoena issued March 31... [Related item] [See Obama Watch & AG Watch]
|John Ransom -- Townhall.com
O: Let's break immigration a wee bit more
In response to the news that Standard and Poors has downgraded U.S. government debt, President Obama has vowed to tackle... immigration reform. -- Reeling from wars, declared and undeclared, a debt crisis and a public perception that he's out of touch, President O proved at the very least that he means to make up with Hispanic leaders in his bid to get re-elected...
|Jim Kouri, CPP -- The Examiner
Border Patrol report shocks many Americans
For the third time in only a few months, a federal report on Friday exposed how the U.S. government prioritizes environmental preservation over national security by keeping Border Patrol agents out of wildlife refuges that are heavily transited by Mexican drug and human smugglers... [See Obama Watch & Big Sis Watch]
Book to reveal Obama's true identity? Jerome R. Corsi
This year's high stakes publishing project quietly went to press this week, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. -- After years of research and digging by the nation's top private investigators, here it comes: "WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE? The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President."
|Fox News sc
Brewer: We weren't invited to Obama's immigration forum
President Obama held an immigration reform meeting at the White House Tuesday, inviting several officials from other states, but declined to invite a representative from Phoenix -- a city most would argue is at the forefront of the immigration debate. -- Gov. Brewer definitely noticed the omission...
|Matthew Kolken -- Ground Report
Obama's immigration pow-wow reveals he has no intention of doing anything
Obama gathered a bunch of people together yesterday to talk about immigration. Among the invitees was the person who oversaw the deportation of more immigrants over a two-year span than at any other time in the history of the United States, the richest man in New York, an aging movie star, the police, the COO of Facebook ("Like"), and Al Sharpton...
|Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal Editorial
Bill cracking down on illegals deserves signature
The White House and Congress have taken a "do-nothing" approach to curbing illegal immigration for decades, even as the number of illegals pouring into this country surged to tsunami proportions, and even as public opinion now has shifted largely in favor of putting an end to the problem...
Open-borders crowd attacks opponents with TV ads
A group of [pro-invasion] advocates in Miami is turning up the heat on local lawmakers over an illegal immigration crackdown proposed in Tallahassee. -- Starting on Wednesday, three organizations Democracia Inc., SEIU Florida and America's Voice Education Fund will begin airing Spanish-language radio advertisements calling out two Miami Republicans...
GOP promises to kill any attempt at amnesty
President Barack Obama revisited a key campaign promise when he hosted a White House meeting of elected officials and experts on immigration. But if a major overhaul of the nation's immigration policy is his goal, Republicans in Congress say he shouldn't hold his breath...
|Jerry Kammer -- Center for Immigration Studies
White House tries to calm the waters
Politico has provided a concise explanation of yesterday's White House confab in favor of "comprehensive" immigration reform [amnesty], reporting that "The meeting itself has been framed as an effort to show Obama supporters that he is trying to make progress on the issue even if it's doomed to stall in Congress."
|Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald
Lewis rips Georgia immigration law
U.S. Rep. John Lewis slammed Georgia's new anti-immigration law in Athens on Tuesday, saying the act passed by the state legislature smacks of the kind of Jim Crow laws whites used to keep down blacks in places like Georgia and South Africa decades ago...
|Ventura County (Calif.) Star
Elton Gallegly calls Obama's immigration meeting 'summit on amnesty'
Rep. Elton Gallegly said Tuesday that a White House meeting between President Barack Obama and people who want to overhaul the nation's immigration system was really just "a summit on amnesty." -- "The list of people he had there were obviously people who were not concerned about stopping illegal immigration," the Simi Valley Republican said...
U.S. Marshals, ICE agents arrest 2 wanted men in King City
Two laborers are facing deportation following their arrest Monday by local and federal agents at an agricultural ranch south of King City, the Monterey County Sheriff's Office said. -- At 11 a.m., the Sheriff's Office said, detectives from the department's investigation bureau helped agents from the U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in locating Victor Beltran...
|KTVK-TV -- Phoenix
Arizona sheriffs criticize White House immigration summit
Arizona is considered the "Ground Zero" of the immigration debate, but the names most synonymous with the issue were left out of a White House conference on immigration reform. -- Mayors and police chiefs from New York, San Antonio, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia joined former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the CEO of Facebook...
|Imperial Beach (Calif.) Patch
Imperial Beach pier now equipped with Border Patrol camera
Sometime in late March, the U.S. Border Patrol installed a high-powered video surveillance camera on the roof of The Tin Fish restaurant at the end of the IB Pier. -- Michael No, the owner of The Tin Fish, which rents the end of the pier from the San Diego Coastal Commission, said, "They're looking for drug dealers in boats"...
|Dave Gibson -- The Examiner
Feds won't defend border... nor cover costs to jail illegal aliens
The Obama administration is following through on a previous threat to reduce federal funding to the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program which helps states cover the costs of imprisoning illegal aliens. -- As a result, the Nevada state Department of Corrections has asked the state legislature for just under $1 million to get them through the rest of this fiscal year... [Related item]
Atlanta asks for reconsideration of immigration bill
The Atlanta City Council, fearing a serious financial blow to the city's multi-billion-dollar tourism and convention business, is calling on Gov. Nathan Deal to not sign controversial House Bill 87, the Arizona-like legislation that targets illegal [aliens] by allowing police to investigate documentation status of suspects...