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Friday, March 7, 2008

Chertoff Nailed on Fence
Despite What He Says, Double Fence Works

Dobbs and Rep. Lamar Smith ( a good guy)
(Note: Congress suggested a DHS Web site showing fence progress - one already exists)
Lou Dobbs Tonight -- CNN -- March 6
(Dobbs, as we love him, is back!)
Chertoff: I can tell you. People go through the fencing. They go over the fencing. They go under the fencing. It doesn't mean the fencing doesn't have value. It slows people up.
Dobbs: Is he being a wise guy?
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tx): First of all, slowing people is still progress. But of course, very few people actually go over or through the fence. There are very few instances of that. There's no other kind of device or fence or obstacle that we could have that would be as good as double fencing and certainly it is better than the small pedestrian fencing or the vehicle barriers as the double fencing. We need to have a real fence if we're really serious about reducing illegal immigration.
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Omaha World-Herald     sc   
Penalties for hiring illegals advance in Legislature   
A bill that would deny tax incentives to Nebraska businesses that knowingly hire [aliens] has been sent out to the full Legislature. -- The 5-2 vote from the Revenue Committee came on the same day another committee officially reported its decision to kill Gov. Dave Heineman's proposal that would have required... AP Internal Use Only

Heritage Foundation  
Illegal immigration costs demonstrated again   
Slowly but surely Washington is acknowledging the high cost illegal immigration inflicts on local governments. Today the New York Times reports on a study by the University of Arizona and San Diego State University showing counties along the Mexican border spent $1.23 billion processing illegal immigrants through their justice systems between 1999 and 2006. AP Internal Use Only

Tulsa World   
Group to aim at 1804 effects   
A top official with Chesapeake Energy Corp. on Thursday confirmed that an effort is being organized to address the “unintended consequences” of a controversial state immigration law passed last session. -- Tom Price, Chesapeake Energy senior vice president of corporate development, said the group... AP Internal Use Only

MSNBC   
'Immigrant' prostitutes: victims or criminals?   
The business cards handed to men at a North Woodbridge grocery store didn't say much. Just a first name, a cellphone number and the phrase Casa de Carne, or House of Meat. -- But their simplicity made clear the illicit purpose: sex. AP Internal Use Only

Tulsa World  
Catholic bishop to file brief in illegal-immigration lawsuit   
Roman Catholic Bishop Edward J. Slattery has received judicial approval to file a "friend-of-the-court" brief in a case that asks a Tulsa County judge to declare Oklahoma's new immigration law unconstitutional. -- Slattery and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Tulsa applied Thursday to submit a brief in support of the position of plaintiff Michael C. Thomas. AP Internal Use Only

Arizona Daily Star -- Tucson   
Judge declares mistrial in border agent's murder trial   
A federal court judge in Tucson declared a mistrial Friday afternoon in the high-profile murder trial of U.S. Border Patrol agent Nicholas Corbett. -- Jurors sent a note to U.S. District Judge David C. Bury shortly before 3 p.m., saying they were still deadlocked after more than 20 hours of deliberations. AP Internal Use Only

El Paso Times   
Illegal alien hideout raided   
Five undocumented immigrants on Thursday were found hiding in a Lower Valley house that neighbors suspect might have been used for illegal activity for a while. -- The immigrants were four men and a woman, all in their 20s, from the Mexican states of Zacatecas and Michoacan, said ICE officials. AP Internal Use Only

Arizona Republic -- Phoenix  
Proposals for guest workers protested   
Randy Parraz likened a proposed guest-worker program for Arizona to handcuffing employees to their boss. Jon Garrido sees the idea as a return to the bad old days of the bracero program. -- In the first organized response to state legislation introduced last month, some Hispanic leaders on Thursday gathered... AP Internal Use Only

Yale Daily News   
State agency to come to aid of city ID program   
New Haven got a boost Tuesday in its battle to keep private the personal information of Elm City Resident Card holders. -- Following a decision Tuesday by the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission that paved the way for them to intervene, the state Department of Emergency Management and... AP Internal Use Only

KRGV-TV -- Harlingen, Texas     Video Included  
Smugglers hiding in construction zones   
Human smugglers are using construction zones to avoid detection. -- Police say they're using work trucks, like a Ford F-250, to blend in with the construction crews along Highway 83 in La Joya. -- "This vehicle blends in easily with the construction work out there," says Joe Cantu with the La Joya Police Department. AP Internal Use Only

Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader   Poll on Page 
Rentals prompt federal charges   
A father and son who own two large Lexington apartment complexes have been ordered to appear in U.S. District Court Friday to answer charges that they rented to at least 60 illegal immigrants and hired two without documentation to work for them... AP Internal Use Only

Hanover (Pennsylvania) Evening Sun   
Illegal aliens found in vans   
Eight illegal [aliens] were discovered in two vans during a series of traffic stops conducted by state and local police Wednesday. -- Police observed the two vans with North Carolina tags traveling together on Route 15 in Cumberland Township around 1 p.m., according to Cpl. Kenneth Hassinger of Troop-H Vice... AP Internal Use Only

Yale Daily News  
Dearth of Latino faculty mirrors national trends   
Even as the University continues aggressive efforts to increase diversity in its faculty ranks, Latino professors remain a visible minority on campus — and not just at Yale, but in the rest of the higher education community as well... AP Internal Use Only

George Putnam -- NewsMax.com     
Obama: Charismatic and dangerous   
...The Senate is about to unveil tough new immigration bills. Senate Republicans are set to announce the hardest-hitting package of immigration enforcement measures we have seen thus far...

MooreIsBetter.com
Dump the Mexican Reconquista L. A. mayor
Los Angeles can and should be the envy of the world. Instead, our city is a mess, and it gets worse each month. We can't afford four more years of a mayor who spends all his time running for the next office, staging photo-ops and going on out- of- town trips. We need a competent, full-time working mayor... AP Internal Use Only

Radio Iowa   
Debate over illegal immigration flares at statehouse   
Democrats and Republicans at the statehouse are feuding over a bill that would penalize Iowa business owners who're caught hiring illegal immigrants. The penalty -- perjury -- carries a five-year prison sentence and a $7,500 fine. Senate Republican Leader Ron Wieck of Sioux City says once a valid I.D. system is set up... AP Internal Use Only

Treasure Coast Palm -- Ft. Pierce, Florida   
Employees of illegal alien transport service facing charges   
Two people who work for a van service that transports illegal immigrants across the country are facing federal charges after being arrested early Wednesday, according to court records released Thursday. -- A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent received a tip around 12:40 a.m. Wednesday that a van was... AP Internal Use Only

Jerome R. Corsi -- WorldNetDaily.com   
Leaders push PR campaign for North American alliance   
The controversial Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, or SPP, continues closed-door meetings with business leaders while the heads of state of the U.S., Mexico and Canada now openly urge them to launch a public relations campaign to counter growing criticism of the trilateral cooperative some fear is a step toward a North American Union. AP Internal Use Only

MSNBC   
5 years on, DHS strains as goals go unmet   
Stumping for President Bush's ill-fated immigration overhaul in 2006, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff vowed that his department would wrest "operational control" of the nation's borders away from human and drug traffickers within five years... AP Internal Use Only

Denver Post  
2 plead guilty in Jeffco to human smuggling   
Two men accused of transporting 15 undocumented foreign nationals into the United States through Colorado have pleaded guilty to human smuggling. -- Exal Sanchez-Figueroa and Luis Contreras-Ferreira entered the pleas this week in Jefferson County District Court. AP Internal Use Only

South Florida Sun-Sentinel   
Miami students protest deportation of college-age illegals   
Covering their mouths with tape, student activists marched Thursday to support a colleague who charges immigration agents targeted her Ecuadorean family because of her campaign to legalize [illegal aliens] who go to college. AP Internal Use Only

Arizona Daily Star -- Tucson  
Agents seize a ton of marijuana, 60 pounds of coke   
Federal agents seized nearly 60 pounds of cocaine and 2,100 pounds of marijuana in separate incidents Tuesday at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 19 south of Tucson. -- The first seizure happened about 10 a.m. at the I-19 traffic checkpoint near Amado, about 45 miles south of Tucson... AP Internal Use Only

D.A. King, Terrence McNulty, Sandy Briggs, David Clarke -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution   
Immigration: Both parties cave on this vital issue   
The gleeful open-borders/amnesty coalition of big business, big religion and the radical far left ethnic lobby is virtually assured of another legalization proposal for illegal aliens —- and their employers —- from Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Teddy Kennedy and Barack Obama. We have only to wait until November to...AP Internal Use Only

Senator Robert Wicker   
Wicker helps form border security and enforcement caucus   
As part of his commitment to ensuring that U.S. borders are secured, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) today joined a group of his Senate colleagues in forming the Border Security and Enforcement First Caucus. In addition to Wicker, the caucus, chaired by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), is comprised of... AP Internal Use Only

Utah Daily Chronicle   
Immigration reform not sustainable, professor says   
As state lawmakers passed a much-discussed immigration bill on Wednesday night, Peter Schuck, one of the world's leading experts on immigration law and policy, spoke to a local crowd about the challenges of immigration reform, calling it "the key to our destiny." AP Internal Use Only

Reuters   
U.S. says may not meet timeline for border control   
The United States may be unable to meet its timetable for essentially stopping illegal immigration across its border with Mexico by 2011, a Bush administration official told Congress on Thursday. -- Ralph Basham, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said the government was working to meet the target...

Trac Reports   
Immigration raises crime rate   
A new TRAC study, based on our analysis of 6.8 million Justice Department records spanning the last twenty years, shows that when immigration matters are put aside, referrals for prosecution from other federal investigative agencies in relation to population have declined. (In other words, had it not been for immigration, the crime rate would have fallen.) AP Internal Use Only

Arizona Daily Star -- Tucson   
Administration set to take part of 'virtual fence' live   
The Bush administration outlined plans Thursday to begin operating portions of a high-tech "virtual fence" along the Southwest border later this year and strongly disputed news reports that a 28-mile pilot project to test the technology was largely a failure. AP Internal Use Only

Austin American- Statesman   
Chertoff defends immigration raids, detentions   
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Wednesday defended the federal government's treatment of legal and illegal immigrants during workplace raids and at detention facilities. -- At a sometimes-contentious House hearing, Chertoff also said that the initial stage of a "virtual fence" along the U.S border...

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