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2008 News

Friday, January 11, 2008

Surge in Border War
Mexicans Killing Mexicans - Will It Spill Over?

Lou Dobbs Tonight -- CNN -- January 10
Dobbs: Startling evidence tonight that former armed Mexican military personnel are crossing the border with the United States into this country while working for Mexican drug smugglers. At the same time, the war between the Mexican military and those drug cartels is escalating just south of the border. Casey Wian now reports on the vicious battles raging along our border with Mexico.
Wian: Another wave of deadly shootouts involving Mexican federal troops and alleged drug cartel members just across the Texas/Mexico border. Wednesday in the town of Reynoso, two Mexican federal soldiers were killed, the latest victims of President Felipe Calderon's war on drug traffickers.
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Red DotFearful of Baja Beaches
Red DotEmergency Texas Border Meeting
Red DotHidalgo Swat Team Guarding Bridge


Arizona Daily Star - Tucson   
Nogales border crossing reopened after car chase, crash causes closure   
A vehicle pursuit of suspected drug smugglers through downtown Nogales forced the closure of southbound lanes at the Dennis DeConcini port of entry for about an hour Friday morning. -- At about 10:30 a.m. in Nogales, officers with the Santa Cruz Metro Task Force attempted to stop two vehicles... AP Internal Use Only

ARS Technica   
Chertoff on final Real ID rules: "Reconfiguring our society"  
Secretary Michael Chertoff, head of the Department of Homeland Security, announced a set of final revisions to the controversial Real ID Act in a press conference this morning. It's not clear at this point how extensive those revisions truly are, but it is clear that DHS feels that the rules are now in their final form... AP Internal Use Only

Los Angeles Times   
Mexican education comes to U.S.    
...The Mexican government opened its latest Plaza Comunitaria, or Community Plaza, Thursday at San Fernando Middle School, minutes from Vidal's house. There are 13 such centers throughout Los Angeles County, aimed at helping Mexican nationals complete their basic education... AP Internal Use Only

Dallas Morning News   
Skilled immigrants push for visa reform   
... Raising the number of high-skilled worker permits, known as H1B visas, has bipartisan support in Washington. But many members of Congress, alternately skittish and brash about the hot-potato subject of immigration, disavow any bill that doesn't tackle illegal immigration and border security... AP Internal Use Only

Dallas Morning News  
Skilled immigrants push for visa reform   
... Raising the number of high-skilled worker permits, known as H1B visas, has bipartisan support in Washington. But many members of Congress, alternately skittish and brash about the hot-potato subject of immigration, disavow any bill that doesn't tackle illegal immigration and border security... AP Internal Use Only

James Atticus Bowden -- National Ledger
Why evangelicals need to stop Mike Huckabee
...He is a big government, Nanny State, tax and spend politician – who supports amnesty for illegal immigrants. Huckabee could be right, sometimes, for Social Conservatives. But, he is wrong and weak as a Defense Conservative. He fundamentally doesn’t understand the nature of the World War we are fighting... AP Internal Use Only

Belleville News Democrat   
Illegal alien sentenced in crash that killed UMSL student
Clayton, Mo. -- An illegal [alien.... criminal] from Mexico is sentenced to 10 years in prison for a drunk-driving accident that killed a college student and seriously injured two of her friends. -- The sentence for Pedro Santos was handed down Thursday in St. Louis County Circuit Court. AP Internal Use Only

KUOW -- Portland    Audio Report Included
Driver's license debate hits Oregon statehouse
Oregon lawmakers are about to take on the contentious issue of whether illegal immigrants should be allowed to have drivers' licenses. A panel today (Friday) will review possible legislation for the upcoming special session in February. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman has more.... AP Internal Use Only

Chicago Daily Herald   
Lake County vows to only deport worst criminals
Lake County Homeland Security Director Wayne Hunter met with the county board today to clear up misconceptions about the sheriff's plan to give some jail officers deportation powers. -- The controversial proposal would only allow corrections officers to start deportation paperwork for illegal [aliens.... criminals]...AP Internal Use Only

KTAR -- Phoenix    
Arizona in midst of fight over new driver's licenses
Residents of Arizona and at least 16 other states are stuck in the middle of a brewing fight between the Bush administration and state governments over post-Sept. 11 security rules for driver's licenses -- a dispute that in just a few months could leave millions of people unable to use their licenses to board planes... AP Internal Use Only

San Antonio Express-News
Hutchison's border fence move raising a stink
Some conservatives are labeling U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison a traitor after she slipped an amendment into the federal budget bill passed last month that some say effectively kills the border fence. -- The conservative radio world and blogosphere has been buzzing with outcry that the amendment... [See this American Patrol feature]AP Internal Use Only

Arkansas Times Blog
Dumond duel
I think Mike Huckabee has made another misjudgment. He's personally criticized the mother of the woman slain by Wayne Dumond -- set free from prison with the help of Mike Huckabee -- by saying she was being "exploited" for political purposes. That suggests Lois Davidson has been duped... AP Internal Use Only

San Antonio Express-News
NISD custodian deported for criminal past
An undocumented immigrant with a criminal past managed to find work as a custodian in the Northside Independent School District, hiding his secret. -- Now, the convicted human smuggler is back in Mexico. -- ICE agents issued an administrative warrant of removal for Joaquin Lopez... AP Internal Use Only

Orange County Register -- Santa Ana, Calif.
Rally planned tonight to protest South County gang injunctions
Protestors will hold a candlelight vigil and rally tonight against preliminary injunctions targeting 239 suspected gang members in San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente, organizers said. -- SJC Against the Gang Injunctions leader Sergio Farias said the rally will take place at 5:30 p.m. at El Camino Real Park... AP Internal Use Only

Ericka Andersen - Human Events
Thompson's slam dunk
Fred Thompson knew he had to hit it out of the park last night -- so he did. His campaign is struggling after a fifth place finish in New Hampshire but in pure Thompson style, he did what he had to in last night’s Fox News GOP debate in South Carolina. That included bringing assurance on immigration issues... AP Internal Use Only

El Paso Times
5 arrested on organized crime charges
Five El Paso members of the Barrio Azteca prison and street gang, including one of its lieutenants, were arrested Thursday and charged with committing various crimes, including murder, assault, extortion, drug trafficking and money laundering, federal, state and local officials said. AP Internal Use Only

Business Wire
Kucinich asks for recount of New Hampshire primary votes
Democratic Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, the most outspoken advocate in the Presidential field and in Congress for election integrity, paper-ballot elections, and campaign finance reform, has sent a letter to the New Hampshire Secretary of State asking for a recount of Tuesday’s election because of... AP Internal Use Only

Rocky Mountain News -- Denver
Man indicted in fake-document ring makes court appearance
A man who authorities say ran one of the nation's largest and most sophisticated fake-document rings appeared in federal court in Denver on Thursday, more than two years after he was indicted and a year after he was arrested in Mexico. -- Pedro Castorena-Ibarra was extradited to Denver on Monday, said Ken Deal... AP Internal Use Only

Richard Baehr
Immigration: A modest proposal
No issue seems to excite the GOP base more than immigration and the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants already here. Politically correct Democrats maintain there are no illegals, only undocumented workers. Democrats, for all practical purposes, do not want to talk about immigration... AP Internal Use Only

Devvy Kidd -- NewsWithViews.com
Will Ron Paul authorize an audit of the New Hampshire primary?
While the political pundits chatter on about the shocking "upset" in the New Hampshire primary between Marxist Hillary Clinton and 'No Change' Barack Obama, there is a storm brewing regarding the vote count for Congressman Ron Paul. AP Internal Use Only

January 11

Richard Baehr -- The American Thinker
Immigration: A modest proposal
No issue seems to excite the GOP base more than immigration and the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants already here. Politically correct Democrats maintain there are no illegals, only undocumented workers. Democrats, for all practical purposes, do not want to talk about immigration... AP Internal Use Only

Las Vegas Review-Journal
'Shrillary' trolls Vegas neighborhood chumming for votes
...A man shouted through an opening in the wall that his wife was illegal. -- "No woman is illegal," [open-borders buffoon Hillary] Clinton said, to cheers. --- Clinton said Nevada, which stands to break the current tie between her and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama in terms of how many victories they've chalked up... AP Internal Use Only

January 19

Jim Kouri, CPP -- NewsWithViews.com
RINO McCain accused of selling out law enforcement
The news media and Republican Party bigwigs may be happy with a John McCain candidacy for President of the United States come this November, but a lot of law enforcement officers will probably sit out election day if McCain is the GOP presidential candidate.AP Internal Use Only

Arizona Daily Star -- Tucson
Pima County gets its first complaints over state's employer sanctions law
Two formal complaints of companies violating the state’s new employer sanctions law have been filed at the Pima County Attorney’s Office. -- A person came into the office Thursday, and submitted a pair of complaints against separate businesses, said Daniel Jurkowitz, Pima deputy county attorney... AP Internal Use Only

Michael Cutler -- NewsWithViews.com
Why isn't globalist Bush protecting America?
An excellent article appears in today's edition of the Houston Chronicle and focuses on two criminals. One criminal, a man identified as Juan Leonardo Quintero, an illegal alien from Mexico committed a series of crimes including what is described as "indecency with a child and unlawful re-entry after deportation. AP Internal Use Only

Fredricksburg (Virginia) Free Lance-Star
Stafford immigration hearings begin
Fewer than a dozen people attended and only three people spoke last night as Stafford County officials held their first public hearing on illegal immigration. -- The Illegal Immigration Task Force includes representatives from Social Services, schools, the Health Department, law enforcement and other county agencies. AP Internal Use Only

Washington Times
Virginia legislature to target illegals
More than 100 bills proposing reforms in the way that the state handles illegal aliens have been introduced in the first two days of the General Assembly — ending any speculation on how important the issue is to Democratic and Republican lawmakers.AP Internal Use Only

George Weissinger, Ph.D. -- Family Security Foundation
Skating on Thin ICE: Illegal immigration problems continue to snowball
Some argue it’s impossible to locate and remove all the illegal aliens that are now residing so comfortably in the U.S. Others argue that DHS-ICE simply does not have sufficient manpower and resources to fulfill this task. These are the arguments of those who do not seek solutions to difficult problems... AP Internal Use Only

Arizona Republic -- Phoenix
Day-labor protests rile group
Members of a northeast Phoenix group of business leaders and residents say their neighborhood is suffering from intimidation tactics from those protesting an area day-labor center. -- "They are bringing terror to the neighborhood," Keenan Strand, president of the Northeast Phoenix Neighborhood Action Alliance...AP Internal Use Only

Topeka Capital-Journal
Trade deals boost illegal immigration
In one of its last acts of 2007, Congress approved a Peru trade deal that would expand the failed NAFTA trade deregulation model further into Latin America. -- Perhaps paying closer attention to NAFTA's track record would help Democrats and Republicans alike... AP Internal Use Only

Houston Chronicle
Worksite enforcement debate flares
The high-profile harboring case against a landscaping company owner who employed an illegal [alien.... criminal] charged with murder in the slaying of a Houston police officer has heated up the debate over worksite enforcement. AP Internal Use Only

Ilana Mercer -- WorldNetDaily.com
Embrace your immigration ad, Dr. Paul
In the kind of obfuscation we've come to expect from the establishment media, the Washington Times reported – and then retracted – that Mike Huckabee intended to repeal birthright citizenship. This, the Washington Times characterized as ''a radical step no other major presidential candidate has embraced.'' AP Internal Use Only

Chicago Tribune
Probes of legal status a no-no?
Evanston is poised to approve an ordinance that may make it the first suburban "sanctuary city" in the Chicago area by barring city employees and police from asking about a person's immigration status in most cases. -- The City Council's Human Services Committee unanimously approved a draft resolution...AP Internal Use Only

San Francisco Examiner
Illegal-immigration measure flares tempers in Taneytown, Maryland
A resolution proclaiming Taneytown’s intolerance of illegal [aliens.... criminals] has put the tiny city squarely in the center of a national debate and embroiled residents from far and near in a battle over illegals. --- The resolution, stating town officials and residents would do everything legally possible to keep [invaders] out... AP Internal Use Only

Associated Press
New security rules for driver's licenses
Americans born after Dec. 1, 1964, will have to get more secure driver's licenses in the next six years under ambitious post-9/11 security rules to be unveiled Friday by federal officials. -- The Homeland Security Department has spent years crafting the final regulations for the REAL ID Act... AP Internal Use Only

Captain's Quarters Blog
Enforcement works, and leaves questions
Oklahoma passed one of the toughest laws on immigration enforcement in the nation, arguable tougher than an Arizona bill that has convinced illegal aliens to leave the state. Oklahoma's "1804" has had the same dramatic impact as its employment enforcement provisions have yet to take effect. AP Internal Use Only

Birmingham News
Citizens demand crackdown on invaders in Alabama town
A state commission formed last year to study immigration heard calls for crackdowns on illegal immigration that drew cheers and loud applause tonight in The Library Theatre at the Hoover Public Library. -- About 220 people packed the theater for a public hearing before the Joint Interim Patriotic Immigration Commission... AP Internal Use Only

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