Ridge on Amnesty
Amnesty Plan is a "Bad, Bad, Idea"
Charities: Funding decline hurts center for immigrants
A Roman Catholic charity in No. Virginia
is cutting services at two of its best known outreach centers,
citing a "precipitous decline" in funding from the
United Way... -- Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington
announced that, effective yesterday, it had closed temporarily
its homeless shelter at Christ House in Alexandria and had suspended
emergency services at Hogar Hispano, a center in Falls Church
that assists immigrants.
Patrol Continues to Fight Flux of Illegal Immigrants
Border agents will voluntarily move from
their southwestern border assignments up to the Canadian border
to help prevent terrorist weapons, drugs and illegal immigrants
from entering the United States, the Bureau of Customs and Border
Protection announced Wednesday. -- The 375 additional agents
will increase the number of those currently watching Canada's
borders by more than half....
|Sierra Vista (Arizona) Herald Review [Short-lived link]
help 3 illegals, find others dead
Hereford, Arizona -- U.S. Border Patrol
agents from the Naco Station apprehended 39 illegal immigrants
from Mexico Monday morning not far from Hereford Road, and three
of them required medical treatment, Tucson Sector spokesman Frank
Amarillas said Tuesday. -- Agents also came upon the body of
suspected illegal immigrant around 6 p.m. Monday south of Highway
90 on the east side of the San Pedro River, he said.
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between obnoxious day laborers and city likely
Day laborers in Albany Park remained
in their temporary work site past a Tuesday deadline, setting
up a likely run-in with city officials who plan to evict them
and use the space for park projects. -- Workers now vow to fight
for the patch of land in the 5100 block of North Pulaski Road
that has become an alternative to soliciting work on street corners.
Organizers say they are considering civil disobedience.
and Rove Hispandering -- Calls to White House needed!
The Rumor Mill has learned that President Bush
is using Homeland Defense Secretary Tom Ridge as a front man
on amnesty. Amnesty will be disguised as a guest worker program.
It will be "amnesty by stealth." Illegals would turn
themselves in as a guest worker then have the opportunity to
apply for citizenship...
case of selective enforcement
Many politicians in Washington, D.C.,
embrace the myth that they can allow masses of illegal aliens
to sneak in from Mexico without increasing the risk of another
Sept. 11. -- Last week, I debunked that myth with the story of
Salim Boughader, the Tijuana restaurateur who specialized in
running illegal aliens from the Middle East into San Diego. When
one of Boughader's Lebanese clients, 21-year-old Youseff Balaghi,
died at a San Diego-area hospital...
for Patriot Acts
To civil-liberties alarmists, Viet Dinh
is a traitor. To me, he is an American hero. -- Dinh, 35, is
widely known and reviled as the primary architect
of the Patriot Act. Until May, he was an assistant attorney general
for the Office of Legal Policy in John Ashcroft's Justice Department.
(He stepped down to return to his law school post at Georgetown
University.) Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Dinh told
the Christian Science Monitor....
|Arizona Daily Star Update [Very short-lived link]
of two more suspected border intruders found
Border Patrol agents on Tuesday found
the bodies of two illegal border-crossers in separate incidents,
bringing the tally of border-crossers known to have died in Southern
Arizona since Oct. 1 to 63. -- Agents from the Ajo station found
the first body about two miles southwest of Ajo. The man, 50,
is believed to be from the Mexican sate of Durango. His death
is believed to have been heat-related.
|The Brownsville (Texas) Herald
leaders told maquiladoras face challenges
Mexican maquiladoras must grow in clusters
that produce electronic and automotive parts in order to help
fend off stiff competition from China and other Asian countries,
Mexico's former maquiladora chief said Tuesday. -- Rolando Gonzalez
Barron presented preliminary findings and economic models of
the maquiladora industry to business leaders from Brownsville
and Matamoros during a presentation at the Brownsville Events
In making their case for a free-for-all
immigration policy, open-border libertarians usually confine
themselves to insipid sentimental arguments. This manipulative
fare is easy to dismiss. After all, saying that immigrants are
only seeking "a better way of life" in our country
or that immigration is an American tradition...
laws will hurt U.S. tourism, industry group warns
A travel industry trade group is campaigning
against new federal rules aimed at preventing foreign terrorists
from entering the country, warning that the measures, as planned,
will hurt tourism and do little to enhance security. -- The Travel
Industry Association of America on Tuesday urged airline, hotel
and cruise line representatives to write letters to members of
|Arizona Daily Star Border Edition
allegedly helps save 3 gate-crashing foreigners
A group of illegal
border crossers in desperate need of water and medical attention
activated a U.S. Border Patrol rescue beacon within hours of
its installation Sunday in the desert west of Ajo. --- After
their rescue, the three men were taken to the Border Patrol station
in Ajo. They were given food and water and their condition was
monitored until their deportation to Mexico.
fueling California growth
At a time when California's budget is
busting the bank, a new study has revealed nearly all of the
state's population growth between 1990 and 2000 was due to immigration
legal and otherwise. -- "Virtually 100 percent of
California's population explosion between 1990 and 2000 (and
continuing through 2002) was the result of a massive inflow of
immigrants and births to immigrants, not from internal growth,
according to two separate studies.."
(Well, Over Half) Come Bearing False ID
Something called the National Migration
Conference 2003 is about to open in Washington D.C. The theme:
"All Come Bearing Gifts." -- One of the gifts that
"migrants" admitted to the U.S. as "refugees"
often come bearing: a false identity. -- Under current law, the
United States can admit up to 70,000 refugees annually....
picks outspoken bishop for local post
Pope John Paul II has appointed a forceful
and nationally known voice for immigrants, refugees and the poor
to lead the Diocese of Orlando's 400,000 Catholics (Bishop Thomas
Wenski)... -- "Immigrants are not a threat to our nation,"
he said at a news conference in downtown Orlando. "They
are a benefit to our nation."
to wall not seen as victory, says reconquista Garcia
The U.S. Border Patrol has backed off
a plan to build a wall that would block off three-quarters of
Arizona's border, but an immigration rights activist isn't celebrating.
-- "We cannot look at this as a victory, because if we turn
away, they'll do it incrementally, in small steps, so we don't
notice," said Isabel
Garcia, a Tucson immigration attorney and human rights activist.
-- "Our economy depends on migrant workers," said Garcia. [Is that why California is doing
|San Diego Union-Tribune
pleads not guilty in crash that killed 3 illegals
A Mexican man pleaded not guilty to three
counts of murder yesterday in the deaths of three passengers
killed when he lost control of his car while fleeing police near
Borrego Springs. -- Antonio Sánchez Díaz, of San
Jose, Jalisco, Mexico, entered the plea from his bed at Palomar
Medical Center, where he is being treated for injuries sustained
in Thursday's crash.
|KPOM -- Ft. Smith, Arkansas
Hispanics Arraigned on Illegal Immigration Charges
Nine Hispanics pleaded not guilty to
immigration charges in Fayetteville's Western District of Arkansas
Federal Court on Monday. -- The nine separate cases include various
charges. -- Five men have been charged with fraudulent use of
social security cards. They face five years in prison and a $250,000
Can't Help Mexico -- It's at home where Mexicans need jobs
Mexican president Vicente Fox has been
pushing President Bush to formally open the American border to
Mexican workers for two and a half years now. A post-9/11 Bush
won't sign off on the migration scheme. But Fox soldiers on,
for pursuing an open-border policy is easier than fixing problems
at home. Mexico is losing its NAFTA-created jobs by the hour
to cheaper labor markets...