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By Frank Del Olmo

"For better or worse, the city has changed and is going to keep changing, no matter how much older residents may rail--or vote--against it...... The old Los Angeles can only hope that when political change comes, it will come in the form of an inclusive and flexible candidate like Villaraigosa. The alternatives to him are a lot more nationalistic about their Latino identity and will be a whole lot tougher to deal with when the time comes. As it will."

It may destroy the city, but Mexicans are going to continue to flood into Los Angeles no matter the law. This is a takeover and you will not stop it. You think Villaraigosa is bad? You ain't seen nothin' yet. The next wave of Mexican politicians will wave the Mexican flag in your face, Gringo.
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Mechista Update
Antonio Villaraigosa

L.A. Mayoral Candidate Won't Deny Support of New Nation Carved Out of Southwestern U.S.

When Antonio Villaraigosa, a former speaker of the California Assembly and candidate for mayor of Los Angeles, was asked point blank by Los Angeles Radio KNX reporter Frank Mottek if he favored a separate Latino republic in the Southwest, Villaraigosa refused to answer the question. Instead he gave a rambling reply having nothing to do with the subject of Aztlán, a nation radical Chicanos want to create out of parts of several Southwestern U.S. states. [LISTEN]

Naco, AZ

Drug seizure records set at Naco port

More than $7 million in illegal drugs were seized at the Naco Port of Entry during May, according to Port Director William Moloski. Customs inspectors confiscated 4,637 pounds of marijuana valued at $5,564,400 and 111 pounds of cocaine with a street value of $1.6 million. During the previous six quarters there were 14 seizures of marijuana that totaled 580 pounds. "Our inspectors are doing a fantastic job, and I don't know if it's the culmination of all their hard work or if it's because the drug dealers chose this month to try to smuggle their drugs into the country through the Naco port," Moloski said.


Companies turning their backs on laid-off H-1B visa holders

A few years ago when technology workers were a precious commodity, industry pushed hard for a particular fix to the labor shortage: Allow more foreign engineers and software programmers to come to America under the H-1B visa program for professionals. "Immigration has to be part of the solution," testified Harris Miller, president of the Information Technology Association of America, at a 1998 Senate hearing. Backed by Microsoft, Sun Microsystems and other tech heavyweights, the ITAA denounced limits on H-1B visas as a drag on prosperity.

Los Angeles

Mayor's race turns negative in final days

During a final fast-paced weekend of campaigning before Tuesday's mayoral election, an emotional Antonio Villaraigosa kept up his attacks on front-runner James Hahn for what he called Hahn's "campaign of fear and smear." Hahn continued to defend an ad that uses an image of a crack pipe held to a flame to slam Villaraigosa for writing a letter on behalf of a convicted cocaine trafficker whose sentence was later commuted by President Clinton. "It dramatizes an event that took place and that should not have taken place, and it's factual,'' said Kam Kuwata, a Hahn consultant.

Houston Observations

In L.A., mayor's race all about race

In this city prone to disquieting temblors, the racial fault lines in this year's mayor's race run deep. For the first time in eight years, voters in the nation's second-largest city on Tuesday will pick a new mayor, in a runoff between longtime City Attorney James Hahn and Antonio Villaraigosa, former speaker of the state Assembly, who could become the city's first Latino mayor in 129 years. Much has changed in those eight years. For Los Angeles, as well as other big cities such as Houston and New York, this election marks a major shift in urban politics, as changing demographics force the traditional Anglo establishment and civil- rights- forged black leadership to make way for the burgeoning political clout of Hispanics and, to a lesser degree, Asians.

Franklin Co., OH

TB: Coming to America?

Mass immigration not only adds costs to the health-care system, it also exposes Americans to diseases that, until recently, were virtually eradicated in this country. Some of those diseases, such as tuberculosis, are highly contagious. Immigration law makes being infected with certain diseases grounds for exclusion on the basis of threatening public health. However, the screening process in the home country and at points of entry is not foolproof, and illegal migration across a land border makes it easier for a disease carrier to bypass health inspection. And it doesn't help any that some diseases, such as TB, may be carried in the body for years before becoming highly contagious. Immigration law makes being infected with certain diseases grounds for exclusion on the basis of threatening public health.

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Re: A Hahn Win Would Just Be a Holding Action

Every Sunday morning, I brace myself for the Latino Times: it's always an assault from Greg Rodriguez, Richard Rodriguez (just how inbred IS Mexico?), the late unlamented Agustin Gurza, and good 'ol Frank Del Olmo. But this Sunday, they outdid themselves. The article about Aztlan, with its repetition of all the reconquista propaganda (nowhere did the author mention that the Mexican town of Nayarit is generally assumed to be the "homeland" referred to in the myth), headlined "The Many Masks of Aztlan". And The Del Olmo editorial.

Santa Ana, CA

Hermandad spinoff group in the soup

A nonprofit housing group spun off from troubled Hermandad Mexicana Nacional stands to lose a $50,000 state grant because it failed to file its annual tax return. Citizens in Action Community Development Corp., a group whose founding board members include Hermandad leader Nativo Lopez, had its corporate status suspended in January because board members did not file the group's 1999 tax return, according to the state Franchise Tax Board. The 1999 tax return is nearly eight months overdue. The suspension by the Franchise Tax Board prompted Assemblyman Lou Correa, D-Anaheim, to ask that the $50,000 grant for Citizens in Action be pulled.

Mason City, IA

Festival organizers apologize for "anti- immigration" float

With the final performance of the 63rd annual North Iowa Band Festival complete Sunday night, the event's coordinator made a public apology for a parade entry organizers considered objectionable. "The only drawback for the whole entire weekend was one float entry which carried an anti- immigration message," said festival coordinator Vance Baird Sunday. "We want people to know that we were totally deceived when the float was entered and that we apologize for it being part of the parade." The float, which was pulled by a car, carried the message, "In your 20's? Immigration will double U.S. population in your life time." The parade roster listed the group entering the float as "Project USA."

Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

Border deaths have officials meeting to improve safety

Behind the locked doors of a church- run shelter, dozens of young men lie on worn mattresses and talk about the future. Some want to buy homes. Others just want jobs. The plan is simple: sneak into the United States and find work. But the crossings have become increasingly dangerous and are claiming the lives of more undocumented immigrants in remote areas. The Immigration and Naturalization Service says more than 800 people have died since 1998 while migrating into the United States from Mexico. Most die of dehydration or drowning. -- The Mexican government has called for a more open border to reduce risks to its citizens, and some U.S. politicians have called for more opportunities for foreign workers to legally enter the U.S.


Clueless School Board insults Hispanics in Orange

There are more than 300,000 Hispanics in Central Florida. Some are talking tea party at Lake Eola. Taxation without representation. That's the cry from Hispanics frustrated by a school system's tortoise- paced outreach to Latino kids at risk of falling behind and dropping out of school. "This is not a problem that started yesterday," Evelyn Rivera points out. "It has been happening for 10 years. They aren't really serious," she said of the school board's lack of focus on Hispanic students' performance -- the dropout rate is highest for Latino students, and no one seems to know why.

Letter - Salt Lake Tribune

Over-Running the Earth

We set aside natural ecosystems as "protected" for the sake of improving quality of life for the future. This is nice, and environmentalists really try to protect things. However, protection is pointless unless there are absolutely no possibilities of un-protection. You see, the problem is that we already have 7- plus billion people on the planet all screaming for resources like oil, water and farmable land. No one has the guts to say that the problem is that there are too many of us. There are no policies in place to intelligently control our numbers. We are giving tax incentives for people to have large families, and the good old U.S. still has the floodgates open to immigration.

Roswell, GA

City Council to consider day- labor waiting center

The Roswell City Council could vote tonight to create a waiting center for men who stand outside each morning and wait for someone to drive up and hire them. The council is to consider setting aside $40,000 for a day- labor waiting center. It mainly would serve Hispanic men who wait for work in and around a shopping center near City Hall. The nonprofit Roswell Intercultural Alliance goes before the council at 7:30 p.m. to outline plans for the center. It would match men who want work with people who need help building a deck, painting a garage or trimming a yard. It also would offer Spanish classes for longtime residents and teach immigrants English and about computer skills and American culture. [See similar center in L.A.]

Written By A Teacher?

Undocumented immigrants should be U.S. heroes

In 1994 Gov. Wilson sued the federal government for reimbursement of money California spent on schooling, health care and law enforcement related to undocumented workers. Recently a new study confirmed that counties bordering Mexico incur expenses because of illegal crossings. Interestingly, when we talk about immigration everyone focuses on cost. Benefits rarely come up. But the facts are there if we want to open our eyes. Immigration ­ legal or illegal ­ benefits the U.S. economy and, of course, the American consumer. Interestingly, when we talk about immigration everyone focuses on cost. Benefits rarely come up. But the facts are there if we want to open our eyes. Immigration ­ legal or illegal ­ benefits the U.S. economy and, of course, the American consumer. [Click to e-mail the author]


Latinos query police on migrant's death

As Boston police sought to reach out to Latino residents in East Boston yesterday after a recent fatal police shooting, they disclosed for the first time that the two plainclothes officers who shot a Salvadoran immigrant do not speak Spanish. The revelation, which came after police met with about 200 residents after Mass yesterday at the Most Holy Redeemer Church, seemed to intensify anxiety and anger among East Boston's Latinos. Jose Pineda had been mugged twice in recent months on his way home from work and relatives believe he thought he was being attacked again on May 26 when he knifed Officer Patrick McDonough in the thigh.


Mexico's woes could spur faster immigrant influx

President Vicente Fox has finally admitted that the Mexican economy is a victim of U.S. economic woes. While Mexico's growth was 6.9 percent in 2000, this year's growth is expected to hover around 3 percent. This is not surprising. Remember the saying: When the U.S. sneezes, the rest of the world gets a cold? Well, Mexico definitely has a bad case of the sniffles. Is this a crisis? Not yet. For now, the situation is not as bad as the 1994 Mexican meltdown, when the U.S. made available $20 billion for Mexico to borrow against. There has been no major devaluation, and the peso has regained its value against the dollar.

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Welcome to Amexica

I just picked up the June 11th "Special Issue" of Time Magazine. I was horrified. "Welcome to Amexica - the border is vanishing before our eyes, creating a new world for all of us." Just when did the American people vote for this? I was shocked, disgusted and horrified that the American "sheeple" have allowed this to happen. As a member of a number of immigration reform groups, I have seen this coming for years, yet there has been a news black out. Now it is on the front page of Time Mag and I guess we are all expected to roll over and learn Spanish, get TB vaccines, and barricade our homes. The invasion isn't just at the border, thanks to VCT website, the news of the influx of Mexicans, et al, is all over the country.


Buying their way in

The INS has come up with an interesting way to counter assertions that government bureaucracies are inefficient. If you want good, fast service, the INS says, well then, you can have it - for a fee. Beginning Friday, the INS began offering "premium processing" of temporary work visas. For an extra $1,000, foreign scientists, athletes, performers, corporate executives and other special workers can ensure that their visa applications will be processed within 15 days, rather than the 60 to 90 days the applications normally take to process. -- The Washington Post rightly criticized the policy by pointing out that people shouldn't be able to buy their way to the front of the line.

Washington Post

Antonio Villaraigosa's Rise Took 30 Years - The Trip Back Down Could Come Tomorrow

If Villaraigosa is elected tomorrow, much will be made of the fact that he will become the first Latino mayor here since Cristobal Aguilar ran the pueblo in 1872. But there is more to this race than skin color. Because Villaraigosa has more than one old tattoo up his sleeve. Win or lose, there is nothing vanilla about Villaraigosa, and riding shotgun for a day as he bombs around Los Angeles campaigning the curious tourist gets all sorts of insights into man and town. -- Villaraigosa tells his people that he represents hope for Los Angeles. "It isn't hope about me, well, a little bit, but hope for L.A.," where immigrants come from every corner of the globe, speaking 144 different languages, seeking their dreams.

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