Wednesday, January 31, 2007

CNN Lou Dobbs - video:Proposal to Tax Billions in Remittances About $45 billion was sent to Latin American from this country last year. Much of it originating from the hands of illegal aliens. And some border states have decided to propose taxes on those so-called remittances. They're planning to use the additional money to help secure their borders with Mexico. Immigrants in Texas send more than $5 billion home to Latin America each year. Most of that is money earned by illegal aliens. Now Texas lawmakers are proposing a 10 percent tax on those remittances. They want to use the proceeds, an estimated $500 million annually, primarily for border security. Remittances to Latin America are growing at an alarming rate. The Inter-American Development Bank estimates immigrants in America sent $45 billion home last year. An increase of 51 percent since 2004. More than half of the money goes to Mexico. Twenty-five billion dollars that helps prop up Mexico's shaky economy and drains capital from border states like Arizona, the nation's most popular illegal alien entry point. Some lawmakers there want to require immigrants to prove they have legal status and have paid taxes before they can wire money home. The ACLU opposes efforts to restrict illegal alien remittances, saying it would cause people to favor informal ways of moving money instead of using mainstream financial institutions.

CNN Lou Dobbs - video:Immigration Enforcement Added to Senate Minimum Wage Bill by Unamimous Vote Two senators are pushing to include immigration enforcement in the minimum wage bill because they say wages can only truly be raised in the use of illegal alien labor is stopped in this country. Contractors caught hiring illegal aliens would lose government contract work for up to 10 years under one provision in the Senate's minimum wage bill. Sponsored by Senators Jeff Sessions and Charles Grassley, the amendment passed unanimously last week. According to Grassley (R-IA), "The idea is that the contractors ought to meet the same high standards that the federal government meets, or they should never be doing work for the federal government. The idea is to make sure that illegal aliens are not on the taxpayer payroll." Employers would be exempt from sanctions if they voluntarily verify their workers with the government's basic pilot program. A coalition of 18 business groups criticize the amendment. Among them, the American Meat Institute, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the National Retail Federation and the Nation Restaurant Association, the National Association of Home Builders, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In a letter to senators, they asked instead for "comprehensive immigration reform legislation."

Lou Dobbs Tonight - CNN - January 29, 2007Pilgrim: And joining me now is Warde Nichols, Arizona's homeland security chairman. And thanks for being with us.... What did we establish at today's hearing on what happened? Nichols: Well, unfortunately, what we established today is that the National Guard are there on the border as basically window dressing. They can't do anything. They -- all they do is radio in positions of illegals when they're coming across the border. They can't engage. They can't, you know, apprehend, detain. I mean they're there basically to just radio in -- radio in positions. Watch Transcript

Monday, January 29, 2007

January 29, 2007

In this update:
President Bush's State of the Union Offers the Same Old Amnesty Plan
Senators Use Minimum Wage Bill to Promote True Immigration Reform
Farmers Branch Amends Ban on Renting to Illegal Aliens, Initiative to Up for Vote in May
Illegal Aliens Cost New Jersey More Than $2.1 Billion Annually!
Press Release
President Bush's State of the Union Offers the Same Old Amnesty Plan
In his State of the Union address Tuesday evening, President Bush once again proposed a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal aliens, despite public opposition. President Bush called on Congress to pass "comprehensive immigration reform," which includes a new guest worker program with a path to citizenship for illegal aliens, driven by big business looking for cheap labor. While claiming that his proposal is not amnesty, illegal aliens working in the U.S. would be put on a path to citizenship if they meet certain basic requirements, such as passing a background check, paying certain taxes, learning English, and paying a fee.

Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus Chairman and presidential hopeful Tom Tancredo (R-CO) responded to the President's State of the Union remarks at press conference Wednesday morning. He and other Caucus members slammed the White House for ignoring overwhelming public opposition to his unpopular plan. "The President certainly got his wish when he campaigned this past cycle, and did everything he could to guarantee a Congress sympathetic to his 'amnesty for all' plan," said Tancredo. "I am disappointed but not surprised that the President has once again chosen to trot out this same old pig - albeit one with a slightly new shade of lipstick. If there is one thing this President seems intent on demonstrating to the American public again and again, it is that he is utterly tone deaf." Read Tancredo's press release for more on his reaction.

FAIR and many in Congress believe the President's proposal puts the cart before the horse. That is, the President proposed a long list of immigration enforcement measures that may never be implemented, but the amnesty and guest worker program would provide immediate and irrevocable rewards for illegal aliens and employers who want easy access to cheap foreign labor. Read our press release for more on FAIR's reaction.

Meanwhile, illegal alien advocacy groups like the National Council of La Raza believe any immigration plan falls short if it does not legalize all illegal aliens currently residing in the U.S. Some estimate that number to include 12 million, others say it could be as many as 20-30 million. Michele Waslin, director of immigration policy for the National Council of La Raza, told, "We will oppose any program that doesn't legalize these people since this is an important matter."

An outline on the President's immigration initiative is available on-line at

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Senators Use Minimum Wage Bill to Promote True Immigration Reform
During the debate over the minimum wage bill (H.R. 2) last week, at least two Senators offered amendments on the floor of the Senate to further true immigration reform. Senator Allard offered an amendment requiring the Social Security Administration to notify Homeland Security when it discovers a Social Security account number being used with multiple names, or when an individual has more than one person reporting earnings for him or her during a single tax year. Speaking in support of the amendment, Senator Allard stressed how illegal immigration has led to wide-spread identity theft as illegal aliens steal Social Security numbers to obtain work. Employers may check social security numbers through the Basic Pilot Program, but the Program does not alert the Department of Homeland Security when the Social Security Number is being submitted by more than one employer. By simply sharing this information, he argued, cases of identity theft could be discovered much sooner. The Senate has not yet voted on the Allard amendment.

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) also offered an amendment to the Minimum Wage bill that would impose new sanctions for federal contractors who use illegal alien labor. Under the Sessions amendment, federal contractors employing illegal aliens could be barred from contracts for up to 10 years. Companies that use the Basic Pilot Program to verify legal work authorization would be exempt from the sanctions. The ban would not be subject to judicial appeal, but could be waived on national security grounds.

According to The Washington Post, a variety of business groups oppose Senator Sessions' amendment, including the American Meat Institute (whose meat packing members have been frequent targets of immigration raids), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Homebuilders, and the Associated Builders and Contractors are opposed to the measure. The amendment was adopted, 94-0, but before becoming law would have to survive a House-Senate conference committee. Debate on the minimum wage bill is on-going this week.

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Farmers Branch Amends Ban on Renting to Illegal Aliens, Initiative to Up for Vote in May
Farmers Branch, a Dallas suburb, is on the frontline of the illegal immigration issue as it moves ahead with its proposed ban on renting property to illegal aliens. Last week, by a 5-0 vote, the city council revised the existing ban in a way that would allow landlords to rent to families with mixed citizenship and residency status. The revised ordinance, which requires the approval of voters in May before it can take effect, will allow landlords to rent to families with a head of household or spouse who has legal residency or citizenship, while exempting minors from mandatory document checks.

Councilman Tim O'Hare, who introduced the ban, told The New York Times that he proposed the idea because residents had told him that illegal immigration was causing "a huge problem" in the city. "People are upset that the law is not being upheld," said O'Hare.

The proposal is a target of the open borders lobby and is being challenged in both federal and state court. FAIR's legal affiliate, the Immigration Reform Law Institute, is intervening in those lawsuits on behalf of FAIR members in Farmers Branch.

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Illegal Aliens Cost New Jersey More Than $2.1 Billion Annually!
This month, FAIR released a new report called "The Costs of Illegal Immigration to New Jerseyites". This report analyzes the public expenditures made on behalf of the estimated 372,000 illegal aliens residing within the New Jersey. The report concludes that New Jersey's illegal alien population is costing the state's taxpayers nearly $2.1 billion per year for education, medical care and incarceration. This annual tax burden amounts to about $800 per New Jersey household headed by a native-born resident. This may explain why the state is suffering, as Governor Jon Corzine admitted, "one of the worst tax burdens in the United States." Read the full report here.

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Immigrant groups plan local activities

Richmond Times-Dispatch Jan 29, 2007

Several pro-immigrant organizations in Virginia are planning activities this week in Richmond to protest legislation dealing with illegal immigration currently being considered at the General Assembly.

The four days of activities, beginning Friday, include news conferences, fasting, rallies and a march. The organizations have been mobilizing the Hispanic communities across the state through word-of-mouth and nonprofit and faith-based organizations to take part in the activities.

The end of these activities will coincide with the annual Latino Lobbying Day at the General Assembly, which will be Feb. 5.

"Many local communities in the past year have attempted to pass ordinances and impose policies to separate families and violate people's civil rights," said Ricardo Juarez, coordinator of Mexicanos Sin Fronteras (Mexicans Without Borders), one of the planning organizations.

"We are going to show that working families are going to be affected severely by these initiatives," said Coco Gutierrez-Magallanes, spokeswoman for Mexicanos Sin Fronteras.

The activities will start Friday with a news conference at the assembly, followed by activities at Capitol Square Park at 9th and Grace streets at 11 a.m. to begin a fasting until Monday by members of the community.

On Saturday, a rally is planned at Monroe Park at Main and Belvidere Streets at 10 a.m., followed by a march down Franklin Street to Capitol Square at 1 p.m., and a second rally there an hour later.

Activities continue Sunday with religious leaders having an ecumenical event on Capitol Square at 1 p.m.

At 9 a.m. Monday, the activities will end with a rally and news conference. -- Juan Antonio Lizama

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Lou Dobbs Tonight -- CNN -- January 26Tucker: The number of H1B visas an existing guest worker program for skilled workers is capped by Congress at 65,000. Another 20,000 foreign students ...are also eligible for the visa. That's 85,000 visas a year. But the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service approved 116,927 applications in 2005. It approved 130,497 in 2004. Ron Hira, RIT: There's been a pattern by the administration to -- to keep...this data that they don't particularly want out bottled up, and we've seen this with the Commerce Department [Gutierrez] offshoring report...Dobbs: And this Congress...has an absolute responsibility to ask, why aren't immigration laws being enforced? Why aren't the laws passed by this Congress being enforced? And the American people need to ask why does neither Congress nor the executive branch fulfill their duties, their constitutional duties? -- It is remarkable what is happening in this country. It is on the verge of tragic. Watch Transcript

Friday, January 26, 2007

Lou Dobbs Tonight -- CNN -- January 25Casey Wian: Saying they're empowered by the Democrats' control of Congress, a coalition of illegal alien advocacy groups is, in effect, demanding an end to immigration law enforcement in the United States.Saucedo, Hermandad Mexicana: We come here to request the president to stop the deportation in the race because it's not good for the country.Wian: The National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities is in Washington, D.C., lobbying lawmakers to support its so-called new course on immigration reform. Among its demands, unlimited amnesty for illegal aliens. Watch Transcript
See Spencer's testimony at 1997 Dornan / Sanchez vote fraud hearing.
Demands! Demands! Demands!!!!

CNN Lou Dobbs - video:House Republicans Prepare to Fight Bush on Illegal Immigration In his State of the Union Address, President Bush reiterated a plan to give millions of illegal aliens citizenship and to create a guest worker program. The applause came from the Democratic side. Republicans say no matter how the White House dresses it up, giving green cards to illegal aliens is amnesty and unfair to those who waited in line. Congressmen who believe in strong action to strengthen our borders and to stop illegal immigration are facing a tough fight, and they're offering one as well. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) said: "Once again, we see that the president is pushing amnesty, and he's doing it without any thoughts about how we're going to fix the current system." Republican Congressman Sam Johnson called the White House ideas "empty and implausible." Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) said: "They're suckers. That's the message you send when you give people who are here illegally amnesty. Even when you say you have to pay a fine and learn English. Because frankly, if that's the case, if that's the way we do it, why don't we just say, 'Wherever you are in the world, send us a check, we'll send you your card'"? Steve Camorotaof the Center for Immigration Studies said: "In the House, assuming that 80 percent of Republicans continue to oppose the president's amnesty, if they get about 40 or 50 Democrats, and they might, to oppose it as well, then it'll stop." Most Republican lawmakers feel the president is just completely tone deaf on this issues because he's pandering to special interests -- corporate America looking for cheap labor, and Hispanic activist groups pursuing ethnic interests, while both Democrats and Republicans seek Hispanic votes.

CNN Lou Dobbs - video:Only Illegal Aliens Qualify for In-State Tuition, A Benefit Denied to Out-of-State U.S. CitizensTen states currently subsidize illegal aliens with in-state tuition to their public colleges and universities, but that may be about to change in at least one state. Efforts are under way in Utah to repeal that in-state tuition benefit because it appears to be an outright violation of federal law. The idea of taxpayer dollars subsidizing college for illegal aliens is not popular in Utah. A poll done for "The Salt Lake Tribune" found only 35 percent of those asked support for providing in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens wanting to attend college. It's a benefit that's currently offered in California, Texas, New York, Utah, Illinois, Washington, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Nebraska. But that benefit is conditiontrary to federal law. Title 8 of Section 1623 of the Immigration Reform Act of 1996 states plainly that the benefit is outlawed unless the state providing the benefit makes it available to all citizens and legal residents, regardless of which state they live in. In Utah, there's now a bill in the legislature to repeal the benefit. In Texas, similar legislation is being readied for introduction there. The bill's sponsor says it's just a matter of fairness. Kris Kobach of the Immigration Reform Institute said, "If you have a lawful visa to attend school here, or to live here legally, you do not qualify for in-state tuition. Only aliens who break the law get this benefit.

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

San Bernardino County SunMarch planned to protest roundup of 'innocent' invadersAs the president asked lawmakers to compromise on immigration reform during his State of the Union address, a number of local activists started planning a large protest over what they see as dangerous raids on innocent immigrants. -- Last week, 761 illegal [aliens... criminals] from 14 countries - including Mexico...

Presence of invaders forces school lockdownWalker, La. -- The Livingston Sheriff's Office is beefing up patrols after reports of illegal [aliens... criminals] in and around South Walker Elementary. -- The school is on Milton Lane near I-12, where border patrol agents normally make arrests. -- South Walker Elementary was locked down for a second day in a row...

Let Down by the State of the Union Address?

Dear Friend of This Campaign,

Thanks to your early financial support, my campaign for the Republican nomination is really gearing up.

Please know that I really am very grateful!

And as a result of my campaign, the causes we deeply believe in are being heard nationally.

In the last week, I've appeared on Fox and Friends, Neil Cavuto (twice), Wolf Blitzer, Bill O'Reilly, and, just this evening, Paula Zahn, plus just about every radio talk show you can think of.

I'm traveling weekly to Iowa and New Hampshire to meet with voters in those all-important early states. In fact, we're looking for office locations in Iowa now.

Wherever I go, the message I bring is the same. I stand for Border Security, Immigration Sanity, and a return to basic Law and Order along our porous borders.

Last night, as I was listening to the the President's State of the Union Address, I felt very sad, let-down, and very, very angy. The White House seems determined to work with Pelosi and McCain to ram through an illegal alien amnesty. He seems almost glad to have a Democratic Congress!

Both the President and the Democrats like to call what they want "comprehensive immigration reform," but we aren't buying it!

Truth is, they're trotting out the same old pig . . .

. . . with a slightly different shade of lipstick.

When I was first elected to Congress, there was no organized effort to fight the open-borders crowd who ran Capitol Hill. Things looked very bleak.

So I formed the House Immigration Reform Caucus, which now boasts over 100 members. And since I formed the caucus, NOT A SINGLE ILLEGAL ALIEN AMNESTY HAS PASSED in Congress!

Now I'm taking this fight national, with my exploratory committee for a Presidential run. And thanks to you, people are listening.

Perhaps you are one of the unbelievably generous friends who have already said, "Make my donation monthly!" If so, thank you. You've definitely done all you can already.

I also realize that the rest of you have given during past week. I dare not press you for more donations either!

But I can point out the need. And I can tell you of the urgent need for me to move fast to get this campaign momentum.

We need offices in various primary states. We need campaign workers. There are telephone and postage costs to cover. Frankly, it's a lot!

If you feel led to make another donation, it would be GREATLY appreciated and, I trust, wisely used.

Another thing—would you please FORWARD this email to everyone on your list? We really need to get the word out!

Please let me hear from you.

Tom Tancredo

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Des Moines RegisterState of the Union: More amnesty hogwash out of BushPresident Bush... vowed that the government will "enforce our immigration laws at the worksite," a month after mass arrests at a Swift & Co. raid in Marshalltown and at five other sites around the country. -- Bush, however, in naming immigration as a top domestic priority also said he continues to support a temporary worker program.

Lou Dobbs Tonight -- CNN -- January 22Ramos and Compean are VictimsBonner: ...It seem it's you know, I'm not one of these black helicopter conspiracy people. But one can only wonder.Dobbs: And how many people would know about what is in this sealed evidence?Bonner: I would imagine that there is a fair number of people because it was a fairly large bust. So you had DEA agents involved. You had other co-conspirators. [...] it's a very sad reality for every American that there are forces at play that want our borders wide open. Watch Tuition / Sanctuary / MexDrugs / Relief Fund / AgentsTranscript
KGBT-TV -- January 22"Senator John Cornyn of Texas says he can't think of a [immigration enforcement] system

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

American Patrol American Patrol is calling for the impeachment of President George W. Bush. He invaded Iraq knowing that it was no direct threat to the United States of America and he is permitting the continuing hostile invasion of our land by Mexico, by failure to enforce our laws. "President Bush signed the Secure Fence Act of 2006, and now refuses to enforce it. In fact, he is directing Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff to subvert the law," said Glenn Spencer of American Patrol. "President Bush is attempting to subvert the Constitution and should be removed from office," he added.Also See: Only Impeachment Can Prevent More War by Paul Craig Roberts

January 22, 2007
In this update:
Rep. Zoe Lofgren to Chair Immigration Subcommittee
Congressman Flake Removed from House Judiciary Committee
Schwarzenegger Releases Another Plan to Subsidize Illegal Immigration
Experience at Georgia Poultry Plant Shows How Illegal Immigration Impacts U.S. Workers
Recent Floor Statements
Press Release
Rep. Zoe Lofgren to Chair Immigration Subcommittee
Congress Daily last week confirmed reports that Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) will be the new chairwoman of House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims. An immigration lawyer from San Jose, CA, Lofgren handled immigration issues in the 1970s as a staff assistant to Rep. Don Edwards, her predecessor, and specialized in immigration law. She also taught immigration law at the University of Santa Clara School of Law.
Rep. Lofgren supports comprehensive immigration reform and, according to her own words, "helped to lead the fight against H.R. 4437," the enforcement-only immigration bill when it passed the House of Representatives in December 2005. Lofgren also opposed other enforcement legislation such as the Secure Fence Act of 2006 (H.R. 6061), the Community Protection Act of 2006 (H.R. 6094), and the Immigration Law Enforcement Act of 2006 (H.R. 6095).
According to The ContraCosta Times, Lofgren says she will use the House version of the McCain-Kennedy bill as the starting point to build consensus. "But that's not the ending point," she stressed. "That's just the beginning." Sponsored by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Edward Kennedy (D-MA), the McCain-Kennedy bill would grant amnesty to illegal aliens and create a guest-worker program to import up to 400,000 foreign workers into the United States each year.

Congressman Flake Removed from House Judiciary Committee
Last week, Congressional Quarterly reported that Congressman Jeff Flake (R-AZ) had lost his seat on the House Judiciary Committee. The ouster, according to Flake, was the result of GOP leadership's decision to punish him for his position on immigration. As a member of the House Judiciary Committee's Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee, Congressman Flake was a vocal opponent of the GOP's get-tough approach on immigration reform and instead was a House co-sponsor of the McCain-Kennedy bill, the basis for the Senate guest worker amnesty bill passed last spring. In addition, Flake expressed disappointment last year in House Leadership's decision to schedule more immigration hearings during the summer before appointing members to a conference committee.
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) denied Flake's claim that the loss of his Judiciary seat was retaliation, saying that the reason for the Congressman's departure was strictly due to downsizing necessary after the Republicans lost seats in the November elections. But commenting to KVOA television in Arizona, Flake said Boehner conceded to him that "the party did not want to reward bad behavior - and 'bad behavior' is having a different opinion on immigration, for one." Flake also noted that six GOP committee members with less seniority were allowed to keep their seats.

Schwarzenegger Releases Another Plan to Subsidize Illegal Immigration
California news outlets reported last week that thousands of fruit-pickers, packers, truckers and other agricultural workers are facing months of unemployment because of the recent cold snap that damaged much of California's citrus crop. While estimates vary, The Mercury News reported that as many as 12,000 workers may be affected. It is unclear how many of these workers are undocumented.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger made a tour of weather-damaged farms last week and while visiting one Fresno-area citrus farm, pledged that the state would provide aid to ``not only help the farmers but also the workers, because they're also suffering.'' When asked if undocumented workers would get assistance, Schwarzenegger said, ``Absolutely. Everyone will get help.'' He added, ``We are not here collecting immigration statuses.''
State officials later clarified that state assistance to workers would not necessarily include unemployment insurance benefits, because by law unemployment benefits can only be paid to those who show proof that they are eligible to work in the United States. Unemployment benefits can provide up to $450 a week for 26 weeks. However, California officials said the state Department of Social Services and other agencies will work with counties and non-profit groups to assist workers, regardless of their immigration status, by providing emergency food, shelter, job training and help with their utility bills. Food stamps also will be available to eligible families with children, including those of undocumented workers.
Officials said the full impact of the freeze won't be known for several weeks.

Experience at Georgia Poultry Plant Shows How Illegal Immigration Impacts U.S. Workers
A recent immigration raid at a Georgia poultry processing plant has demonstrated the deep impact illegal immigration has on American workers. Last fall, federal immigration agents raided the Crider Inc. chicken-processing company in Stillmore, Georgia. As a result of the raids, the plant lost about 75 percent of its mostly Hispanic, 900-member work force. While at first it appeared that this raid would ruin Crider, The Wall Street Journal reports that not only did the company survive, but the raid actually ended up helping U.S. workers.
After the raid, Crider took proactive steps to find workers for its plant. First, the company raised pay by more than a dollar an hour above what the company had paid the illegal aliens. Then Crider began offering free transportation from nearby towns and free rooms in a company-owned dormitory near to the plant. And, for the first time in years, "Crider aggressively sought workers from the area's state-funded employment office - a key avenue for low-skilled workers to find jobs." As a result, the Wall Street Journal reports, Crider hired about 200 U.S. workers, most of them African-American.
Thus, for first time since significant numbers of Latinos began arriving in Stillmore in the late 1990s, the plant's processing lines were made up predominantly of African-Americans. While these new practices signal a change for the better, it appears the thirst for cheap labor may undermine them yet. "The allure of compliant illegal aliens willing to accept grueling conditions despite rock-bottom pay has proved a difficult habit for Crider to shake, particularly because the U.S. workers who replaced them are more likely to complain about working conditions and aggressively assert what they believe to be legal pay and workplace rights," writes the Wall Street Journal. Some workers describe long, arduous schedules, alleged health and safety hazards, and unrelenting supervisors. In an attempt to deflect the criticism, a Crider spokeswoman said the allegations are the sentiment of "people who are not intent on working."
According to The Wall Street Journal, Crider is currently making efforts to recruit cheap immigrant labor from other parts of the U.S.
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Recent Floor Statements
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) commented on Illegal Immigration Crisis In Arizona (January 18, 2007)
Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) commented on Amnesty Needed For Border Patrol Agents Ramos And Compean (January 17, 2007)
Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) commented on A Sad Day In America (January 17, 2007)
Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) commented on No Justice For Border Patrol (January 17, 2007)
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Press Release
Hoyer, Democrats Backtrack on Fence (January 17, 2007)
President's State of the Union Remarks Show Why America Doesn't Trust His Immigration Policy (January 19, 2007)

Today’s Letter: A Hispanic Reader Says We’re Getting More Hispanics Whether We Need Them Or Not

Re: Do We Need More Hispanics? By Jared Taylor

From: J R [Send him mail]

First off, I believe Mr Taylor means that the US Census did not have a category for "Hispanics" until 1970...not 1980
In 1970, the US Census coined the artificial term, "Hispanic". Before that, "Hispanics" were counted as WHITE on the assumption most of us were of Spanish in southern European Spanish..."Hispanics" were tallied at 5% of the USA population by the 1970 US Census...

That said...

It doesn't matter if White America "needs" or WANTS more "Hispanics"...we are here and our numbers will only rise rapidly in decades to come...mostly due to the birth rate DIFFERENTIAL with other’s NOT as if Europeans concerned themselves much with the sensitivities of NATIVE Americans when they began arriving ILLEGALLY in large numbers as NY Times writer...William Hogeland recently eloquently pointed out ...

Ultimately, the reason for the demographic replacement of whites in the USA will be LOW BIRTH rates coupled with the psychological and neo-natal effects of 2 fratricidal wars among the whites themselves...known as WW1 and WW2...I mean…is it MEXICAN’S fault that Germany’s population is now in decline because of low birth rates?

"Hispanics" are now 22% of the under 5 age population in the USA per the Washington Post, look at the charts and graphs at the bottom of the page...[Of U.S. Children Under 5, Nearly Half Are Minorities Hispanic Growth Fuels Rise, Census Says By D'Vera Cohn and Tara

Bahrampour, May 10, 2006]

Given that 2/3 of USA "Hispanics" are of Mexican ancestry, it’s safe to assume about 13-14% of ALL under 5 age youngsters in the USA are now of MEXICAN origin...a number that will SURELY rise in decades to come...

Society at large can perhaps afford to discard despised minorities, such as blacks, when they are a small percentage of the population...but THIS society will NOT be able to write off 1/4 of its youth...and that's JUST the "Hispanic" portion…over 50% in the southwestern states...can California afford to write off over 50% of its youth???

What happens when "Hispanic" youth represent 65%+ of southwestern states youth??? Can these states AFFORD to write off 2/3 of their youth???
By 2025, us MEXICAN-Americans will be the majority of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Nevada and Colorado will not be far behind...

More importantly, the foreign born % of our population will drop precipitously....most estimates I see say about 15%...down from the current 40%-50%....depending on the survey...

This means that the 100+ Congressional representatives of the 7 southwestern states, plus their 14 US Senators, will have to be responsive to an electorate that is at least half "Hispanic"...and rising...

By 2025, "Hispanics", 80% of whom are of MEXICAN ancestry in California, will be about 25% of the University of California system, still "under-represented" to be sure, but at 25% , a strong presence on campus...I arrive at this number by extrapolating from the fact that about 25% of California "gifted" students are now "Hispanic"...under-represented to be sure...I mean..."Hispanics" are 38% of California's people and a 40% of the K-12 student population...

Fyi,”only" 2/3 of "Hispanics" in Los Angeles County are of MEXICAN ancestry...

The following counties are ones to keep an eye on;

*San Diego County, California...will be majority "Hispanic" in 20 years...meaning the under-25 age population will be at least 65% "Hispanic"...

*Orange County, California...will be 45%-50% "Hispanic" by 2025....meaning the under-25 aged population will be at least 65% "Hispanic"...

*Maricopa County, Arizona...will be at least 50% "Hispanic" in 20 years...meaning racist Sheriffs like Joe Arpaio will be a thing of the past...

*Pima County, of Tucson...will be 50%+ "Hispanic" by 2025....

*Clark County, Nevada will be over 40%+ "Hispanic" by of Las Vegas....meaning the under-25 aged population will be 50%+ "Hispanic"

*Denver County , Colorado...will be over 50% "Hispanic" by 2025...meaning the under-25 aged population will be 65%+ "Hispanic"

*Harris County, Texas... will be over 50% "Hispanic" by 2025...meaning the under-25 aged population will be 65%+ "Hispanic"

*Travis County, Texas...will be over 50% "Hispanic" by 2025...meaning the under-25 aged population will be 65%+ "Hispanic"

*Dallas County, Texas...will be over 50% "Hispanic" by 2025...meaning the under-25 aged population will be 65%+ "Hispanic"

In short, these counties will resemble the demographic profile of Los Angeles County, California or Bexar County, Texas TODAY...only the overwhelming majority of the "Hispanics" will be USA born and bred...

This means we will be the Sheriffs, Police, Mayors, County Supervisors, etc...will be FORCED to respond to "Hispanic" electorates and communities....DEMOCRACY, remember???

"Hispanic" PURCHASING POWER will surpass 1 TRILLION (with a T) dollars by 2010....consider the cultural implications of this as companies vie to market to this community...

By 2025...the income, wealth, educational, etc disparities between "Hispanics" and the general population will NARROW...though obviously not be SHEER FORCE OF NUMBERS...we will have a STRONG (25%+) presence on most southwestern states college campuses...

In short, whoever has a problem with this should consider going back to Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East or whatever the case may be ...Cuba perhaps???


P.S. Sure hope I get to read Joe "The Wop" Guzzardi’s obituary SOON
...maybe we can send his corpse back to the land of his mama’s birth???

As a 28 year old man, I also look forward to reading Peter "The IMMIGRANT" Brimelow obituary as well...and GOD willing...I will also get to read the obituaries of Steve Sailer (who I have seen in person at the Beverly Center ...I felt like confronting him...I was in a large the end of day...EVERYONE has a right to their opinion...even ME ), Pat Buchanan and Jared Taylor as well....the one thing you ALL have in common in that you are a bunch of OLD men...WE are the YOUTH...WE ARE THE FUTURE!!!

Mr Brimelow...if that bothers you....GO BACK TO ENGLAND where you belong!!!
By the time you are ALL dead...surely by the mid 2020s...OUR political muscle will be so strong...we will swat your replacements down like flies....

Monday, January 22, 2007

American Patrol American Patrol is calling for the impeachment of President George W. Bush. He invaded Iraq knowing that it was no direct threat to the United States of America and he is permitting the continuing hostile invasion of our land by Mexico, by failure to enforce our laws. "President Bush signed the Secure Fence Act of 2006, and now refuses to enforce it. In fact, he is directing Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff to subvert the law," said Glenn Spencer of American Patrol. "President Bush is attempting to subvert the Constitution and should be removed from office," he added.Also See: Only Impeachment Can Prevent More War by Paul Craig Roberts

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Potomac News -- Woodbridge, VirginiaPro-invasion zealots protest raidsLocal [illegal alien... criminal] rights groups say they have been working for at least three years to build a working relationship between the immigrant community and police. -- But after this week, that relationship has been destroyed due to recent illegal immigration raids, said Nancy Lyall, legal coordinator for the Woodbridge Workers Committee.

Los Angeles TimesRacial attacks by gangs rising, L.A. officials fearThe headlines are among the most stark documenting gang violence. A Latino gang member, without saying a word, guns down a 14- year- old black girl standing on a sidewalk. A black gang member shoots a Latino toddler point- blank in the chest...

Orange County Register -- Santa Ana2 day-laborer nuisances arrestedLake Forest, Calif. -- Two day laborers were arrested on suspicion of trespassing Saturday during a protest on Jeronimo Road by about 40 day workers and activists in support of their right to stand on the sidewalk in Lake Forest to solicit work. -- The dispute arose after a city ordinance took effect in October...

Lou Dobbs Tonight -- CNN -- January 19, 2007Tucker, CNN: The Texas Border Coalition came to Washington. The group of mayors and county judges in town at the invitation of Texas senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn. The coalition concerned about the border fence as authorized by the president last fall. They shared those concerns with the senators and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who attended the meeting. El Paso Mayor John Cook: .... It should be the Department of Homeland Security, and that's not what you see right now. Watch Transcript
Secure Fence Act of 2006: House - 67% Yes: Senate - 81% Yes. Chertoff - NO.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Pretending to Enforce the BorderU.S. "Not Quite Trying" World Bank Official Says

C-Span -- January 8, 2007"The most explosive part of this, I guess, is the question about that we all understand that we have all of these illegal immigrants - this is the most sophisticated country in the world. Why can't we or why don't we stop them? And the analysis which Gordon is offering is I think exactly correct, because we are, in a sense, not quite trying." Watch Transcript
"This system is designed to fail..." Glenn Spencer, 2004

Dallas ObserverPaper Chase...In a nationwide raid last April, agents arrested 1,187 workers and seven managers of Houston-based IFCO Systems North America. The managers were charged with conspiracy to harbor illegal [aliens... criminals] and encourage illegal immigration. In December came the sweeping raids at Swift & Co. meatpacking plants...

Friday, January 19, 2007

Bill to Eliminate In-State Tuition for Children of Illegal Immigrants Passes Committee.

Richard Piatt Reporting
A bill that would eliminate in-state tuition for the children of illegal immigrants passed a house committee this morning.
Rep. Glenn Donnelson (R), North Ogden: "What we're doing here is encouraging law breaking. We can't continue to do that."
It is another contentious round of debate at the Capitol. The issue is education. But it is also immigration.
Testimony on this hot button issue was not nearly as emotional as last year, when it died. But those emotions are bound to surface as the bill progresses.
Once again it's the 'rule of law' versus people who believe that the current law is doing the right thing for the children of illegal immigrants who are getting a tuition break, in-state tuition, when they do go to college.
These arguments dominated the two sides of the issue today. It happened up in the capitol in one of the largest hearing rooms. In the end, the house committee did pass the bill, though five legislators did vote no on it.
This is another in a series of battles over undocumented immigrants in this state. Currently there are about 182 students in this so-called "Dream Act Program." That costs the state about $650,000 per year. But keep in mind that's less than a tenth of one percent of the overall education budget. So a lot of people say a relatively small portion of the Higher Ed budget is applying to a question that is really emotional and that not everyone in Utah gets.
Ed Cawley, supports the bill: "Hey, we're in the trenches. It's a case of us versus them in my view. It's the people who want to monger compassion at the expense of the rule of law and equality under the law. I am not a believer that you can interminably tell people that you're sorry and you're going to do whatever you can to help them even though it's against the law."
Theresa Martinez, opposes the bill: "I'm very disappointed. I still hold out hope that we can defeat this in the House, that we can defeat it in the Senate. I'm also pretty disgusted with some of the testimony that was made today that sounded very racist, very xenophobic."
That's how strongly some people feel about this.
Those opposing the bill were some West High School students who carried some signs. They say that they have friends who are affected by the law.
This now goes to the full House for debate there. The fate of it in the full House and of course in the Senate is unknown. The governor says that he supports the Dream Act as it currently exists, however his spokespeople say that he is not taking a position on this current bill.

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Fox & Friends -- Fox News -- January 16Brian Kilmeade (F&F): What about Mel Martinez, the Senator running the GOP, why are the people in the GOP upset by this and how does it link to immigration?Tancredo: Because I believe that it is an indication on part of the President that we are going to try to maintain the status quo in terms of the Republican Party's position on this whole issue and that is to pander and not do what is common sense, not go ahead and protect the borders, go ahead and open up the borders, give amnesty to people who are here illegally present in this country... people want... a safe secure America with secure borders. Watch Letter from Tancredo
#1 TOM TANCREDO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Associated PressL. A. officials crack down on vicious Latino gangAuthorities announced Thursday an offensive against the Hispanic gang allegedly behind the racially charged shooting death of a 14- year- old black girl, the first part of what they said will be a major crackdown on street gangs this year. -- "We have a message to the gang leaders," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said...

Thursday, January 18, 2007

'Dog' Chapman may hear of Mexico fate tomorrow

Advertiser Staff

A Mexican court may rule as early as tomorrow on the validity of the the arrests of Duane "Dog" Chapman, son Leland Chapman and associate Tim Chapman in Mexico after they caught cosmetics heir Andrew Luster, Duane Chapman's spokeswoman said yesterday.

If the Mexican court throws out the arrests, Duane Chapman and the two others would not have to return to Mexico and the federal extradition proceedings against the three would be dropped, spokeswoman Mona Woods said.

The Federal District Court in Guadalajara, Mexico, heard two days of hearings.

The defendants were charged by Mexican authorities with illegal detention after they caught Luster in 2003, who was wanted in California on charges of drugging and raping three women.

CNN Lou Dobbs - video:Congressmen Speak Out on Shameful Conduct of Bush AdministrationCongressman Ted Poe (R-TX), a former prosecutor and judge, has called this one of the most egregious miscarriages of justice he's ever seen. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) said: "I don't remember where there was ever a time when the president of the United States was so out of sync with the national security interests of the American people. And his policies are so wrongheaded that we end up putting the border patrol agents in such a horrible situation that now, what we find is these two border patrol agents who are heroes, putting their lives on the line for us, end up being charged with a crime while the drug dealer goes free." Rohrabacher also said: "The White House now is vilifying these two border patrol agents. The message coming out of the White House now is Ramos and Compean are really terrible human beings. These are heroic individuals." Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-CA) said: "All I say is that Mr. President, if you're going consider Mr. Kennedy's amnesty for 12 million illegal aliens, couldn't you just add two more border patrol agents onto that list?"

Congressmen Speak Out on Shameful Conduct of Bush AdministrationCongressman Ted Poe (R-TX), a former prosecutor and judge, has called this one of the most egregious miscarriages of justice he's ever seen. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) said: "I don't remember where there was ever a time when the president of the United States was so out of sync with the national security interests of the American people. And his policies are so wrongheaded that we end up putting the border patrol agents in such a horrible situation that now, what we find is these two border patrol agents who are heroes, putting their lives on the line for us, end up being charged with a crime while the drug dealer goes free." Rohrabacher also said: "The White House now is vilifying these two border patrol agents. The message coming out of the White House now is Ramos and Compean are really terrible human beings. These are heroic individuals." Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-CA) said: "All I say is that Mr. President, if you're going consider Mr. Kennedy's amnesty for 12 million illegal aliens, couldn't you just add two more border patrol agents onto that list?"

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

January 17, 2007
In this update:
AgJobs Debuts as First Guest Worker Amnesty Legislation of 110th Congress
Proposal by Governor Schwarzenegger Would Provide Health Care Coverage to Illegal Aliens
Members of Congress Speak Out on the Ramos-Compean Case; Judge Rules Border Patrol Agents Must Report to Prison
Recent Floor Statements
Press Release
AgJobs Debuts as First Guest Worker Amnesty Legislation of 110th Congress
Last Wednesday, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Larry Craig (R-ID), Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Mel Martinez (R-FL), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and George Voinovich (R-OH) introduced the first guest worker amnesty legislation of the 110th Congress. Entitled the Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits and Security Act of 2007, or known by most as the "AgJobs" bill, this legislation would allow illegal aliens who have worked in the agriculture sector for a portion of the past three to five years to apply for temporary legal status and then permanent resident status, putting them on a path to citizenship. Families of the 1.5 million illegal aliens receiving guest worker status would also be eligible for legalization (and eventual citizenship) if they are already living in the country.
In addition to providing amnesty to agricultural guest workers, the AgJobs bill would speed up the approval process for workers who come to the U.S. under the H-2A program. The H-2A program is an existing guest worker program that allows an unlimited number of agricultural workers to work in the U.S. on a temporary basis. Employers and farmers, however, argue that this program is too cumbersome and that the process needs to be "streamlined" to better serve the businesses that depend on guest workers.
AgJobs was part of S.2611, the massive guest worker amnesty legislation that passed the Senate last spring. Over 400 business and special interest groups support Senator Feinstein's AgJobs legislation.
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Proposal by Governor Schwarzenegger Would Provide Health Care Coverage to Illegal Aliens
Last week, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger released a $12 billion proposal for universal health care insurance, extending coverage to all of the state's 36 million residents. Approximately 6.5 million Californians are uninsured, significantly more than in any other state. Officials estimate that at least one million of the uninsured are illegal aliens.
Like the Massachusetts health care plan, Governor Schwarzenegger's plan will require that every Californian, regardless of his or her immigration status, obtain health care insurance. For those who cannot afford it, the state will subsidize the cost. Those who go without health insurance will be subject to tax penalties.
The plan will also require businesses with 10 or more employees to offer insurance to their workers or pay 4 percent of their payroll into a state fund. Insurers would no longer be allowed to deny coverage to people because of their medical problems. All children, regardless of their immigration status, would be covered through an expansion of the state and federal Healthy Families program.
Much of the immediate opposition, according to The Washington Post, is expected to come from fellow Republicans, who object that the plan will be costly for small businesses. In addition, Schwarzenegger is expected to face opposition for the extension of health coverage to illegal aliens. Indeed, Assembly Republican Leader Michael Villines has already criticized the plan, arguing it would "create a worldwide incentive to come to California for healthcare. The magnet would be enormous."
Californians statewide seem to agree. The Los Angeles Times reports that a new San Jose State University poll shows that Californians generally oppose the idea of the state providing health insurance to illegal aliens. The statewide poll of 985 Californians, conducted just before Schwarzenegger unveiled his plan, proposed generic questions. When asked whether the state should guarantee health insurance for illegal immigrants, 37% answered yes, 52% no. The negative reaction was even stronger among registered voters: 32% yes, 58% no. The strongest support for the plan was in Los Angeles.
Public opposition may be due to heightened awareness of the impact illegal immigration has on the state coffers. For example, The North County Times reports that last spring, the State of California issued a report concluding that a significant number of Medi-Cal paid deliveries were for illegal aliens. Specifically, the report showed that in 2004, providers delivered 248,086 babies statewide at taxpayers' expense. Of those, 42.6 percent were to illegal aliens. Los Angeles County, Orange County, and San Diego County were the top three counties registering births to illegal aliens. State officials estimate that in 2004, the total cost to California taxpayers ran more than $400 million.
Governor Schwarzenegger's proposal will require legislative action to go into effect. If passed, California would become the fifth and by far the largest state to attempt near universal health coverage for its residents. The other four states are Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont and Hawaii.Back to top
Members of Congress Speak Out on the Ramos-Compean Case; Judge Rules Border Patrol Agents Must Report to Prison
Last week, more than 20 members of Congress from both parties sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, expressing their concern over the prosecution and conviction of Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean. These members asked Attorney General Gonzales not to oppose a motion filed in court requesting that the two men remain free on bond pending the appeal of their conviction. Agents Ramos and Compean were scheduled to report to prison this month after being convicted of criminal assault for firing shots at Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila, an illegal alien who was smuggling 743 pounds of marijuana in to the U.S. For doing their job to secure our borders and protect our nation, Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean were sentenced to 11 and 12 years in federal prison respectively.
In a Capitol Hill press conference, Congressmen Walter Jones, (R-NC), Ted Poe, (R-TX), Tom Tancredo, (R-CO), Dana Rohrabacher, (R-CA), and Duncan Hunter, (R-CA), among others, voiced their dismay at how the agents had been treated by the U.S. criminal justice system. Border Patrol Agent Jose Compean and his wife, Patty Compean, thanked the members and all of their supporters for working so hard on their behalf. Also there in support of the agents were: Andy Ramirez, President of Friends of the Border Patrol; T.J. Bonner, President of the National Border Patrol Council; and Rich Pierce, Executive Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council.
Despite these efforts to keep Agents Ramos and Compean free pending appeal, the judge in the Ramos-Compean case ruled against the agents yesterday, denying bond pending appeal and denying an extension of time to report to prison. Agents Ramos and Compean are therefore expected to report to prison today.
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Recent Floor Statements
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) commented on Tough, Practical, Effective Comprehensive Immigration Reform Package Needed (January 12, 2007)
Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) commented on Social Security For Illegals? (January 11, 2007)
Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) commented on AgJobs (January 11, 2007)
Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) commented on Border Agents Ramos and Compean (January 10, 2007)
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) commented on the Fair Minimum Wage Act Of 2007 (January 10, 2007)
Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) commented on Deputy Gilmer Hernandez--Border Lawman (January 10, 2007)
Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) commented on Mexico Goes High-Tech On Illegal Entry (January 9, 2007)
Rep. John P. Murtha (D-PA) commented on Implementing The 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act Of 2007 (January 9, 2007)
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Press Release
New Study by FAIR Shows Illegal Immigration Costs New Jersey More Than $2.1 Billion A Year (January 10, 2007)
FAIR's Reform Agenda for the 110th Congress (January 10, 2007)
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Fox News -- January 17Gretchen Carlson, Fox: ...number four was John McCain, in his own state. What does that say to you? Hunter: .....I think border security is huge, not only in Arizona but I think across the country now . People know that we passed this law, which I wrote that says you've got to build the border fence across Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. They want to build that fence. I think they expressed that in this vote. WatchNew York Times -- January 17Longshot Hunter Touts Win in Arizona Straw Poll, as McCain Runs FourthNote: The open-borders L.A. Times refused to report this story.

The Brownsville Herald:Matamoros to Open Second Facility for Migrants A second Casa Del Migrante will open its doors to migrants, where they will be able to spend some time before they decide whether to continue the journey north in search of the American dream. A handful of organizers, residents, religious clergy and politicians were on hand to inaugurate Matamoros’ second house for migrants. “La Casa Del Migrante is a place where migrants can reflect, and those that don’t want to continue on, the Mexican consul will do everything we can to transport those people back to their homes,” said Victor Manuel TreviƱo, the Mexican consul in Brownsville. Construction on the facility, which can house 40 people, began in September and was completed in December. The home includes bathrooms, a kitchen, a recreation area, a reception area and a patio for migrants to socialize and relax, said the Rev. Francisco Gallardo Lopez, coordinator of a migrant support network for the Catholic Diocese of Matamoros. Women and men will sleep in different rooms. The home will accept entire families. Migrants seeking refuge can stay up to three days at the home before they decide whether to continue on to the United States or return home, Gallardo said.

CNN Lou Dobbs - video:Local Communities Challenged Every Step of the Way as They Try to Deal with Illegal Immigration In towns and cities across the country, officials are considering or have passed ordinances to penalize landlords who rent to illegals, and slap fines on employers who hire illegal aliens. Covington, Kentucky, is one such community. The reason given is the same as in all of the communities: It's a drain on resources for cities across the country facing tough financial times. But these laws are easier passed than enforced, as the communities in Escondido, California; Cherokee County, Georgia; Valley Park, Missouri; Hazleton, Pennsylvania; and Farmers Branch, Texas, know. All of those ordinances have been challenged by groups serving as advocates for illegal aliens. And, in Escondido, they forced the town to abandon its ordinances. The courts, so far, have granted restraining orders while the arguments are considered on their merits. Kris Kobach of the Immigration Reform Law Institute said: "People shouldn't interpret that as a surrender or as a backing down. In virtually all of those cities, they're continuing to litigate and continuing to press their case."

The New York Sun:Judge Rejects Immigration Lawsuit Brought by La Raza A judge has dismissed a legal challenge to the federal government's alleged practice of enlisting local police officers to arrest immigrants who are here illegally. In dismissing the lawsuit on procedural grounds, Judge Leo Glasser of U.S. District Court in Brooklyn left unanswered the central question posed in the lawsuit: whether federal law enforcement officials, without authorization by Congress, can ask local police to share their immigration enforcement duties? At issue is the type of information that the federal government is allowed to post on the National Crime Information Center database. The database has long provided local police across the country access to information about federal fugitives charged with crimes. Police officers around the country access the database in the course of daily policing and routine traffic stops. In a lawsuit filed in 2003 on behalf of several nonprofit organizations, lawyers allege that federal authorities began adding information regarding immigration violations to the database. That decision unconstitutionally involved local police officers around the country, the plaintiffs argued.

[Our take: The central question of whether federal law enforcement officials, without authorization by Congress, can ask local police to share their immigration enforcement duties, is completely bogus. Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationalization Act of 1996, passed by Congress and signed into law, expressly authorizes federal law enforcement authorities to enter into agreements with local police to share immigration enforcement duties. Case closed.]

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

El Paso TimesD.C. hears Mexican reconquista's ideas about "reforms"Fernando Garcia's office was a mercado, a Downtown warehouse painted with bright fruit and vegetable motifs that once housed a neighborhood market. His small desk, with a laptop, was tucked in the corner of a side room. -- Nothing there said he was a power broker, least of all Garcia himself, a former news reporter in Mexico...

To serve, protect, perhaps deport --------------------

Suburb cops could act as immigration agents

By John Keilman, Tribune staff reporter and George Houde, a freelance

January 15, 2007

The furor over illegal immigration in Carpentersville has now moved to
the Police Department, with village leaders seeking to join an
increasingly popular federal program that lets local officers act as de facto
immigration agents.

Selected officers would be empowered to question people they arrest
about their immigration status, check their documents and, if warranted,
begin the deportation process.

Carpentersville would be the first Illinois community to join the
program, but 10 others around the country have already done so, bringing
hundreds of new deportation cases.

In the last eight months, the jail in Charlotte, N.C., has referred
almost 1,200 people arrested for other crimes for deportation, a policy
some believe has encouraged the undocumented to go elsewhere.

"I'm sure that some [illegal immigrants] have probably left the county
because of the chance they could get stopped ... and, boom, be removed
from the country," said Sgt. Quinn Stansell of the Mecklenburg County
sheriff's office in Charlotte.

Carpentersville Police Chief Dave Neumann said his officers would use
the power only to identify illegal immigrants accused of serious crimes,
but some believe the temptation to cast a wider net could prove too

"Our village with [the federal training] is like putting a gun in the
hands of children," said Carpentersville Trustee Linda Ramirez
Sliwinski, the only official to vote against applying for the program. "I'm
afraid that some of our police officers will use it to do more racial

The federal program has been in place since 1996, when Congress passed
the 287(g) provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act. But it
wasn't until 2002 that local and state police departments across the
country began to seek the training.

Normally, Carpentersville police ask about a person's place of birth
only after an arrest, and they call in an agent with U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement for questioning about legal status.

Officers with the training can shorten that procedure. When something
makes them believe a person they have arrested is in the country
unlawfully, they can run his identification through federal databases.

If the check indicates he is an illegal immigrant, officers can issue a
summons to appear in federal court for a deportation hearing or hold
him until the hearing takes place.

About 40 law-enforcement agencies have applied for the training, and it
could take three months before Carpentersville learns whether its
request has been approved. Hundreds more agencies have sought information on
the program, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.

But others, such as Chicago, have publicly announced that they're not

"Traffic stops are for safety and not for enforcing immigration," said
police spokeswoman Monique Bond.

In Alabama, 60 state troopers--about a tenth of the force--have been
trained under the program since 2003 and have made 218
immigration-related arrests. Some of them have come in the state's driver's license
bureaus, where troopers check for phony documents.

"There are a limited number of [federal immigration] agents in
Alabama," said Dorris Teague, spokeswoman for the state's Department of Public
Safety. "This allows the troopers, rather than having to wait ... to
take immediate action."

But most communities use the authority as a screening tool in their

In Riverside County, Calif., one of four Southern California counties
to receive 287(g) authority, almost 700 inmates have been marked for
deportation hearings since August.

"It's not like our field deputies are going out to look for these
people," said Lt. Joseph McNamara of the Riverside County Sheriff's
Department. "It's part of the booking process."

Stansell, of the Mecklenburg County sheriff's office, said federal
immigration agents have always investigated the backgrounds of people
accused of major crimes, such as rape or murder, but many others were able
to slip out of the net.

"Certainly if you call [federal immigration] in the middle of the night
for a DWI, the chance of them getting out of bed and coming down here
is slim to none," Stansell said.

The county sought the authority after a number of high-profile crimes
were committed by illegal immigrants, including a man with several
drunken-driving arrests who killed a teacher in a car crash.

Deputies there refer about 120 people a month for deportation hearings.
Those with clean records accused of minor offenses are set free with a
summons to appear in an Atlanta immigration court where a federal judge
decides whether to deport them.

But people facing serious charges or who have lengthy rap sheets are
held until their criminal cases are over, then sent to Atlanta.

Nobody knows how many of those marked for deportation under the 287(g)
program have left the country. Federal immigration officials, noting
that immigration hearings can be lengthy and complex, don't track that

Angeles Ortega-Moore, executive director of the Latin American
Coalition in Charlotte, said she supports the idea of deporting criminals but
the program has led undocumented residents to become even more wary
about law enforcement.

"It creates chaos in our community," she said. "People are fearful that
someone may come knocking on our door."

Similar distrust exists in Carpentersville, which recently went through
an emotional debate over illegal immigration. Some trustees wanted the
village to adopt an ordinance sanctioning landlords who rented property
to the undocumented and employers who put them on the payroll.

That measure failed, but last month a majority of trustees voted to
apply to the 287(g) program. Neumann, the police chief, said the two to
four officers he wants to receive the training would be aimed at "violent
criminals and gangbangers who are here illegally and could be

Juan Silva of the Mexican Civic and Cultural Organization of Elgin,
which helped lead a 3,000-person demonstration against the ordinance, said
he feared that bright line would become blurry.

"They say they will only use it against criminals, but if they
eventually get it, it could become an abusive power and they could go after
ordinary people," he said.

Robert Hines, who heads the 287(g) program for Immigration and Customs
Enforcement, said federal supervisors oversee the local officers and
the authority is supposed to be invoked only when people are suspected of
"serious offenses," not minor matters such as traffic violations.

"We're not looking at crime victims or witnesses to crimes," he said.
"It's the people who are committing the crimes--who are causing
disruption in the communities--that we're after."