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Thursday, February 21, 2008

MALDEF Loses One
Reconquista Law Firm Fails in Bid to Overwhelm Arizona

Mario Obledo - MALDEF co-founder
Jurist 2/19/08
Federal judge denies injunction against Arizona immigration law
Civil rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund [advocacy web sites], filed an application for a temporary restraining order.
Lou Dobbs Tonight -- CNN -- February 20
Wian: Time is running out for employers of illegal aliens in Arizona. Enforcement of a new state law that would revoke the business licenses of companies caught with illegal workers is set to begin immediately, that after a federal judge, Neil Wake (ph), rejected a motion by Arizona businesses to block the law because they claim it's an unfair burden.
Barnett Lotstein, Asst. Maricopa County Attorney: In every single court hearing we've been successful in upholding this law. Judge Wake is a respected federal judge and he clearly stated that he did not believe that there is a likelihood of success on appeal. In denying the injunction he has voiced his opinion very strongly.
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Los Angeles Times Editorial   
Too tough on illegal immigration   
It's getting ugly out there for illegal [aliens]. States and cities are cracking down with harsh new ordinances, and the courts are upholding them. Not only are deportations at record highs, but [illegal aliens] are being detained at places previously understood to be off-limits, such as schools... AP Internal Use Only

Steven Malanga -- City Journal -- New York   
Dark underbelly   
One day Linda Vickers returned home to her ranch in Falfurrias, Texas, just north of the Mexican border, to find two of her dogs playing with what appeared to be a ball. Looking more closely, Linda discovered that it was a human skull. Her husband, Michael, went in search of the rest of the body... AP Internal Use Only

Washington Times   
Texas cities oppose border fence   
Eagle Pass, Texas -- Chad Foster, mayor of this Texas border city whose motto is "Where Yee-Hah meets Ole," isn't itching for a fight with the federal government over the construction of a 15-foot border fence along the Rio Grande. But if one comes, he's ready... AP Internal Use Only

Carolyn Hileman -- NewsByUs.com      sc
Yes they can   
...The borders are not secure, as a matter of fact I am willing to bet that a bunch of those people holding signs saying yes we can in Spanish are here illegally and just waiting for him to win so they can have the amnesty that the American people fought so hard to stop. This is a man who has said that he has a problem... AP Internal Use Only

Gary Wood -- Nolan Chart   
Superhighways threaten sovereignty   
There are people who insist the idea of a North American Union (NAU) is simply a conspiracy theory. There are those who insist the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is simply a think tank of concerned leaders attempting to make the economic lives more vital for all. Then there are the facts. AP Internal Use Only

Baltimore Sun 
Lawmakers renew illegal alien tuition debate   
Maryland lawmakers renewed debate today over one of the sharpest topics to come up in recent years -- whether to allow residents who are illegal [aliens] to receive in-state tuition. -- A Senate committee heard testimony on three bills on whether Maryland high school graduates who aren't legally in this country... AP Internal Use Only

Terry Graham -- VDare.com  
California’s Republican Party to adopt open borders platform?   
With California’s Republican Party broke, battered and beleaguered, next week’s statewide convention in San Francisco will set the stage for its future. -- Years ago, RINOs took control of the GOP, assuring others that a “Big Tent” GOP was the key to success. But that circus tent was actually an open canopy... AP Internal Use Only

Sam Clegg -- Badger Herald -- University of Wisconsin   
Keep on turning in illegal aliens   
With an estimated 12 million illegal [aliens] residing in this country, local police and federal authorities have a massive stake in finding new ways to deport a great many of them — this is commonly known as upholding the law. Fortunately for the taxpayer of Wisconsin, that is exactly what the Dane County Sheriff’s Office... AP Internal Use Only

Dallas Morning News    
Illegal alien rental-ban opponent to run for mayor in Farmers Branch   
The treasurer of a group that opposed Farmers Branch's efforts to ban apartment rentals to illegal immigrants last year has decided to challenge City Council member Tim O'Hare for mayor. -- Gene Bledsoe, who owns a residential real estate business, said he's running in the May election because... AP Internal Use Only

KPHO-TV -- Phoenix   
Illegal alien found with stolen IDs   
Prescott, Az. -- An illegal [alien] has been arrested in northern Arizona after stealing the identity of a woman who lives in Toltec. -- Deputies found a Social Security card that did not belong to the [alien] after they made a traffic stop near Seligman, said Dwight D'Evelyn with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office. AP Internal Use Only

The Economist -- UK   
Straight outta Compton   
...A big reason is immigration. New arrivals from Latin America and Asia have pushed up rents in the metropolis. Until recently they pushed up house prices, too, benefiting the roughly 40% of black householders in south-central Los Angeles who own property. They could afford to move on. Immigrants have also blurred racial lines, producing a kind of confused tolerance. AP Internal Use Only

KCPW -- Salt Lake City   
Huntsman vows to veto two anti-illegal alien bills   
It appears Republican Representative Glenn Donnelson may have wasted his time pushing two bills that would restrict the privileges of illegal [aliens] this session, because Governor Jon Huntsman plans to veto them if they pass the Senate. In a press conference today, the governor said he wants to keep in-state tuition for the children of illegal [aliens], and he wants to keep the driver privilege card. AP Internal Use Only

Laurel (Montana) Outlook   
Vehicle registration crackdown continues   
Yellowstone County Sheriff's deputies and Montana Highway Patrol troopers continued the out-of-state vehicle registration enforcement at the Laurel CHS Refinery through Thursday of last week that resulted in nine suspected illegal alien Mexican nationals being sent to sites in Arizona and Utah for possible deportation back to Mexico. AP Internal Use Only

The Capital -- Annapolis, Maryland   
Arsonist to be deported after 6 months in jail   
An illegal [alien] was sentenced yesterday to about six months - time he already served - for trying to burn down an Annapolis home this summer while his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter was inside. -- Prosecutors said yesterday they offered the plea agreement to Alex Edguardo Garcia... AP Internal Use Only

Duane Lester -- All American Blogger   
Out of the shadows, into the morgue   
If an illegal [alien] manages to live through the trip across the border without dying from exposure, drowning or being gang raped, they are then free to move about the country. -- While a majority of illegal [aliens] can count the actual border crossing as their only crime here, there are far too many who cannot.AP Internal Use Only

Wall Street Journal   
Health questions for the candidates   
...The recent rise in the uninsured is due primarily to new arrivals and their U.S.-born children, and it is happening mostly in the five border states, according to the Center for Immigration Studies and U.S. Census data. In Texas, the cost of caring for these newcomers and children has been paid by local and state taxes... AP Internal Use Only

Atlanta Journal-Constitution   
Five men in jail after Duluth drug raid   
Five men are at the Gwinnett County jail awaiting possible deportation after police raided a Duluth home and seized drugs, cash and an assault rifle. -- Acting on a tip about possible illegal activity, federal immigration agents and Gwinnett police officers went Feb. 5 to the Brighton Springs apartment complex...   AP Internal Use Only

Andrew Riley -- All American Blogger   
Your tax pesos at work   
...We can’t finish our own border fence, properly supply our immigration agents and border patrol with all the equipment and resources they need, or get our house in order. Yet, the Bush administration wants to fork over $1.4 billion to Mexico and Central America with much of it going into the hands of corrupt law enforcement officials and government bureaucrats... AP Internal Use Only

Sierra Vista (Arizona) Herald / Review   
Hauling away trash left by illegal aliens   
Palominas, Arizona -- Some of the garbage was located in thick brush. Other pieces of litter were embedded in the frozen ground. -- But a tireless group of 25 people still managed to collect nearly every item of trash along a steep trail in Ash Canyon on Monday... AP Internal Use Only

California exodus turns to stampede   
California, which once lured Americans from near and far, is now driving out millions of the most productive residents – including high percentages of the most affluent. -- "When California faced a Mount Everest-sized $14 billion deficit in 2003, one of the major causes for the red ink was the stampede of millionaire households from the state..." AP Internal Use Only

Brenda Walker -- VDare.com  
Why does the ADL Want Jews (and America) to commit suicide?   
The recent death and well-attended memorial service of San Francisco Congressman Tom Lantos was a sad reminder that even people who ought to know better sometimes don't get it: a man who escaped from a Nazi concentration camp should understand that your tribe's enemies will kill you if they can. AP Internal Use Only

Erik Rush -- Men's News Daily -- Guerneville, Calif.   
A castrated nation   
If there was ever an election cycle in which the issues (at this juncture, really weighty ones) took a back seat to pomp and circumstance – or, if you prefer, hype and flatulence – this one is definitely it. -- With the exception of half a handful of worthwhile individuals who were destined to be ignored by the public... AP Internal Use Only

The State -- Columbia, South Carolina   
Court clears roofer who protested illegal aliens   
A Lugoff roofer who gained national attention for getting arrested while protesting illegal immigration was found not guilty of disorderly-conduct charges Wednesday in Columbia Municipal Court. -- Terry Funderburk, 52, who calls himself The Lone Protester and was featured on a national TV news program....AP Internal Use Only

Freedom Folks -- Chicago   
Blogs 4 Borders weekly video report   
The Merida Initiative: heard of it? -- A “wave of hate?” Sure, but it’s not who you think it is! -- 100% Preventable! Two illegal alien criminals — 39 crimes! When will the madness end! [Host also goes into the Tan Klan's recent attack on free speech and their unholy alliance with the SPLC smear artists] AP Internal Use Only

Glenn Spencer   
Is American Border Patrol about to be ripped off?   
American Border Patrol has been doing aerial surveys of the border for more than a year. Last week Colin Hanna called me with the idea of doing a joint flight. Without agreeing to such a joint effort, I sent him our most recent border survey. (He got it on Saturday.) He said he would call me on Monday. He didn't... AP Internal Use Only

South Florida Sun-Sentinel   
Haitian president wants TPS for Haitians in US   
Haitian President René Préval has finally asked the U.S. government to extend temporary protective status to Haitians. The designation is long overdue, and President Bush would do well to grant Préval's request. -- Haiti, already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, was further devastated by last year's Tropical Storm Noel...AP Internal Use Only

John F. McManus -- The New American  
The battle against illegal immigration   
What you have just read seems as though it were written yesterday. But it wasn’t. It appeared as part of a comprehensive study about our nation’s immigration crisis published in the May 1982 issue of American Opinion, a predecessor of THE NEW AMERICAN... AP Internal Use Only

Socialist Worker   
LA labor steps up to defend illegal aliens   
The labor movement here, in cooperation with [illegal aliens'] advocacy groups, has stepped up the effort to defend unorganized workers from workplace raids. -- On February 7, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents burst into the Micro Solutions printer-cartridge factory in Van Nuys, Calif... AP Internal Use Only

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