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Sunday, March 2, 2008

Right on Effect -- Wrong on Cause
Arizona Republic Editorial Misses Mark

Arizona Republic -- March 2
 Fence to nowhere
    The "virtual fence" is a real boondoggle.
    The sophisticated mix of radar, satellites, sensors and computers is supposed to help the U.S. Border Patrol nab illegal immigrants and smugglers. But it's way over budget, way behind schedule - and doesn't work.
    The mess carries two important messages. High-tech government projects require greater analysis and oversight. And the single-minded focus on securing the border is distracting us from an effective answer to illegal immigration.
American Border Patrol -- March 2
Letter to the Editor
by Glenn Spencer
    Your editorial "Fence to nowhere" misses the mark as to cause of failure. Secretary of Homeland Security, Mr. Chertoff, is a fan of amnesty and a North American Union, as is his boss, President Bush. This explains why we are having trouble.
    In July 2006, I predicted the failure of the virtual fence because Boeing would not be given proper requirements. This has been confirmed.
     On December 7, 2007, the DHS issued a press release claiming it had completed 284 miles of fence. (More)

Eagle-Tribune -- North Andover, Massachusetts   sc  
Savvy criminals obliterating fingerprints to avoid identification   
When Edgardo Tirado took off his gloves in the Lawrence police booking room to be fingerprinted after his Feb. 7 drug arrest, police saw rows of thick stitches on the tips of his fingers and thumbs. -- "I thought right away, this guy is hiding from something in his past and is not who he says he is..." AP Internal Use Only

Salt Lake Tribune   
Border Patrol recruiting in Utah   
The United States is breeding a new generation of border enforcers, and Utah natives like Brandon Carson are among the offspring. -- Raised in Lindon, Carson left Utah law enforcement and joined Border Patrol in the midst of agency's expansion. He has worked the international boundary with Mexico... AP Internal Use Only

North County Times -- Escondido, Calif.   
Escondido sweep pushes enforcement edge   
In its attempt to rid itself of illegal immigrants, the city of Escondido recently took another controversial step into federal territory when its police force conducted sweeps aimed at arresting criminal illegal [aliens]. -- Enforcing federal immigration law has been a flash point for local governments across the country. AP Internal Use Only

Alan Stang -- News with Views  
Why vote for 'lesser of two evils' when you have Ron Paul?   
In 1952, the country was on fire (as usual). The Democrats had ruled for twenty years. Swindler, mass murderer and traitor Franklin Roosevelt was safely dead. Harry Truman, who to everyone’s amazement had beaten Republican globalist Thomas Dewey in 1948, was now completing his term... AP Internal Use Only

Arizona Daily Star -- Tucson   
County's goal: Get illegal aliens out of jail, deported faster   
Each year Pima County taxpayers spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to jail illegal entrants accused of misdemeanor crimes. -- But the County Attorney's Office is working on a plan that could get them out of jail and back to Mexico and other foreign ports faster... AP Internal Use Only

WHNT-TV -- Huntsville, Alabama   
House passes illegal immigration bill   
The Alabama legislator is cracking down on illegal immigrants working for the state. -- Thursday, the House passed a bill 92-0 to fine contractors that knowing hire illegals for state projects. -- Contractors who do choose to hire them could face a fine up to three percent of the contract value. AP Internal Use Only

Hazleton (Pennsylvania) Standard-Speaker   
Kanjorski compares Barletta to David Duke   
U.S. Rep. Paul Kanjorski told a political news Web site that Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta is using immigration the way former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke has used civil rights legislation. -- Kanjorski’s comments appeared in a story posted Thursday on Politico.com. Barletta demanded the congressman apologize [which he later did]... AP Internal Use Only

Arizona Republic -- Phoenix         
Restaurant manager fired in flap with lawmen   
Maricopa County sheriff's deputies were warned Friday to watch where they eat when they're in uniform, after an incident at a Fountain Hills restaurant. -- The warning came a little more than a week after four uniformed Sheriff's Office employees stopped to get take-out at a Pei Wei restaurant...

Cal Thomas -- San Antonio Express News   
Hit the road, Jack   
The argument one hears most often for not enforcing illegal immigration laws is that we can't deport the estimated 12 million people already in this country. It just isn't physically, tactically or politically possible, say people who think this way. -- Maybe not, but authorities can start with people who not only broke laws to get here, but are breaking more laws now that they are here... AP Internal Use Only

Randall Burns  
Major Presidential Candidates on H-1b   
Hillary Clinton: “I also want to reaffirm my commitment to the H-1B visa program and to increase the current cap. Foreign skilled workers contribute greatly to our technological development. That is well understood in Silicon Valley.” AP Internal Use Only

Chicago Tribune  
Advocates organize to thwart US immigration agents   
..."When that crashed and burned, I think many communities throughout the country began to focus their attention more on protecting the limited rights that immigrants do have," said Peter Schey, president of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, a non-profit legal foundation for [illegal aliens]. AP Internal Use Only

Palm Beach Post  
Harrell aims to outlaw illegal alien work centers   
Jupiter, Fla. -- State Rep. Gayle Harrell promised to outlaw sanctuaries for [illegal aliens], like the El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center here, during in an anti-illegal immigration rally today. -- Harrell, a Republican candidate seeking to replace Congressman Tim Mahoney, D-Palm Beach Gardens, touted her bill...AP Internal Use Only

Ventura County (Calif.) Star   
22 arrested in county in immigration operation   
Agents from the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 22 people in Ventura County this week as part of a regional operation aimed at criminals in the country illegally and people who have ignored deportation orders, authorities said Friday. AP Internal Use Only

Los Angeles Times  
Smugglers hide in plain sight   
The dirt bikes and dune buggies swarm the sandy slopes by the thousands, turning these giant dunes at California's southeast border into anthills of frenetic activity. -- Smugglers in nearby Mexico can't resist trying to blend into the crowd. [Note: American Border Patrol's aerial surveys were first to expose this nonsense!] AP Internal Use Only

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Mexican reconquista zealot claims invasion isn't just a domestic issue   
On February 6, 2008, the New School in New York held a symposium on the issue of illegal immigration, with distinguished speakers, like Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute, and several others. -- One of the speakers was Jorge Bustamante, sociology professor at the University of Notre Dame...

Dustin W. Gold -- Community Watchdog Project    
The cost of coming here illegally   
This was NHPD Sgt. And Police Union President Lou Cavalier’s quoted assessment of the October 19, 2006, Fair Haven stabbing death of 35-year-old Mexican immigrant Manuel Santiago. Callous, emotionless, cold-hearted, mean-spirited…or just plain accurate? You decide. -- Sgt Cavalier, back in October of 2006...

WOAI -- San Antonio   
New amnesty proposal being prepared   
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus says it is prepared to introduce a new immigration reform bill later this year which will confront Congress with the tricky issue of legal residency for 12 million undocumented workers in the middle of an election season, 1200 WOAI news reports. AP Internal Use Only

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