Saturday, February 23, 2008
Begging the Question
How Good is It?
||Lou Dobbs Tonight --
Pilgrim: The Homeland Security Department today officially took control of a 28-mile section of virtual fence designed to protect our border with Mexico. DHS says it will have 670 miles of physical and virtual fencing completed this year. The Secure Fence Act of 2006 called for 700 miles of physical fencing along our 2,000-mile-long border with Mexico.
Reuters -- February 22
U.S. says "virtual fence" on border ready for use
"I have personally witnessed the value of this system, and I have spoken directly to the Border Patrol agents ... who have seen it produce actual results, in terms of identifying and allowing the apprehension of people who were illegally smuggling across the border," Chertoff said.
|One News Now sc
Judicial Watch files brief in favor of town's immigration ordinances
A public-interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption has filed an amicus brief in support of an appeal to a ruling by a federal judge that threw out two city ordinances of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, aimed at curbing illegal immigration...
|American Border Patrol
Glenn Spencer to N. Y. Times on border fence story
You report that the Bush Administration said that they had completed 302 miles of physical fence on the border. Would you be surprised to learn that a person can walk through or step over much of this fence? How could this be? Because DHS includes vehicle barriers in its definition of a fence...
|Sharon (Pennsylvania) Herald
Feds charge 2 Mexicans with illegally re-entering U. S.
U.S. officials filed complaints Wednesday against two men who were arrested in Mercer County for immigration violations. -- Santiago Fortozo-Melendez and Gustavo Miranda-Cabrera, both of Mexico, were encountered on different days by state police. They were charged with re-entry of a deported alien.
|El Paso Times
Illegal aliens will get 'No Pass' on border
Starting Monday, every undocumented immigrant caught crossing the border between Mount Cristo Rey and the Paso del Norte Bridge will be prosecuted, Border Patrol officials said Friday. -- Captured migrants are now fingerprinted, and if they have no criminal history, can be returned to Mexico within hours...
|Los Angeles Times Video Included
A gang's staying power
The young men who rule Drew Street have survived countless convictions, injunctions, evictions and deportations. -- Over the years, they have called themselves the Cypress Assassins, the Pee Wee Gangsters, the Brown Crowd Youngsters. They are as much clan as gang, deeply interconnected by family...
|Idaho Press-Tribune -- Nampa
Mexican consulate may open in Boise
Boise will be home to a new Mexican Consulate soon, local organizers who have been working to bring the office to Idaho said Friday. -- The proposed office, which would offer a variety of services to Mexican-born residents, such as passport processing, has drawn criticism from Idaho Republican...
|New York Times
New tactics to control illegal entry unveiled
Bush administration officials said Friday that they would begin using new technology to create a virtual fence along sections of the border with Mexico, and that construction had been completed on 302 miles of physical fence. -- Further intensifying the crackdown on illegal immigration, the administration will unveil...
|Joe Guzzardi -- VDare.com
Joe's immigration reform fantasy comes true... almost
In my recurring fantasy, I’m on national television debating patriotic immigration reform with a well-known reconquista like Maria Hinojosa, or possibly the Senate’s most outspoken pro-open borders advocate, Teddy Kennedy. -- That day has yet to come. But in the meantime, something almost as good has happened...
American Border Patrol news blackout?
American Border Patrol reports that two news crews from Europe will by riding along in its Cessna TU-206 as it patrols the border this week, but no one from the U.S. media. "Foreigners, including al Jezeera, recognize ABP as the authority on the U.S. border, but we can't interest anyone from the American media," said Glenn Spencer of ABP. Spencer said ABP's recent expose of DHS brought some attention in Arizona but the story was rejected by an otherwise conservative cable news program and a well-known Washington newspaper.
|Hartford (Connecticut) Courant
Illegal alien tuition debate, round 2
The heated debate over whether to allow [illegal aliens] to attend public colleges and universities at the same tuition rate other Connecticut residents pay could soon reignite at the state legislature. -- Under a bill introduced by state Rep. Felipe Reinoso, students living in the country illegally would...
|El Paso Times
Border Patrol plans zero-tolerance zone in West El Paso
Every single undocumented immigrant caught crossing the border between Mt. Cristo Rey and the Paso Del Norte Bridge in El Paso will be prosecuted starting Monday, Border Patrol officials said. -- Currently, migrants are fingerprinted after their capture, and if they don't have a criminal history...
|Arizona Daily Star -- Tucson
Illegal alien aide cited for littering desert
An [illegal alien]-aid volunteer is facing a $175 fine for leaving water jugs in the desert for illegal [aliens]. -- Daniel Millis was cited for littering Friday by a Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge law enforcement officer. -- He said he'd left 22 water jugs in the desert and told a refuge officer where they were located.
|Allan Wall -- VDare.com
Citizens to vote on installation of border fence.... in Mexico!
This Sunday, a referendum is scheduled, allowing citizens to vote yes or no on the installation of a border fence. -- This referendum isn’t being held in the U.S., but in Mexico, in the Monterrey suburb of San Nicolas, whose mayor wants to put up a fence on San Nicolas’ border with its neighbor Guadalupe...
Sanctions tougher for companies that hire illegal aliens
The government says it will raise by 25 percent the fines it will levy against employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants. -- Attorney General Michael Mukasey and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced the increase, which is the first boost in fines in nearly a decade...
|North County Times -- Escondido, Calif.
Escondido criminal illegal alien sweep the first of its kind
In an inaugural three-day sweep that ended Friday, Escondido police took into custody 15 criminal illegal [aliens], people who have been formally deported from the country only to return. The sweep was empowered by a new department policy that allows officers to check the immigration status of...
|Sandra Miller -- Ahwatukee Foothills News -- Phoenix
We want more action, not more B.S.
Four political hack lawyers appointed by a pro-illegal alien mayor took three months to devise a stronger illegal alien sanctuary policy that reduces police ability to prevent crime. -- That they have the audacity to call it an improvement insults both citizens and police officers...
|Salt Lake Tribune
Cannon switch: 'Did I really say that?'
Rep. Chris Cannon has a firm stance on immigration. -- But it seems to shift depending on his audience. -- Wednesday, he took a moderate stance on immigration during a meeting with the editorial board of The Salt Lake Tribune. He complained about uneven enforcement while talking up the importance of undocumented workers to the economy...
|Tyler (Texas) Paper
Skipping school gets two sisters deported
Skipping school is usually met with fines and the threat of jail time; but, for two sisters, the punishment was much worse - they were deported. -- Smith County Justice of the Peace Mitch Shamburger said he presided over truancy court last month when Brisa and Lluva Amante snickered in his courtroom.
Arizona federal courts unable to handle new load of immigration cases
Federal courts in the busiest sector for illegal immigration are overwhelmed, only able to handle a fraction of the immigration cases sent their way. -- The Arizona Republic reports that while federal prosecutors in the Tucson sector want to dispose of 100 illegal immigration cases a day, they're only taking care of...