Operation Virtual Vigilance
Citizens Can Watch the Border
|American Border Patrol -- March 14
With the motto "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty," American Border Patrol has launched "Operation Virtual Vigilance," a new border camera system that allows Americans to stand vigil on its borders. "After more than three years of work, ABP has perfected an Internet camera system that allows Americans to play an active role in protecting their nation," said Glenn Spencer of ABP. Virtual volunteers can sign up to watch a camera from their homes, Spencer said. ABP has five cameras that cover nine miles of the border. (More). (Press report.)
|Jerome R. Corsi -- WorldNetDaily.com
Mexican truck drivers take English exam in Spanish
Mexican truck drivers allowed to travel throughout the U.S. under a Bush administration demonstration project may not be proficient in English, despite Department of Transportation assurances to the contrary. -- A brochure on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's website instructs Mexican truck drivers...
|Delmarva Daily Times -- Salisbury, Maryland
Campaign would promote "immigrant", police relationship
Some new messages may be showing up in the coming months geared toward quelling some of the fears of Georgetown's large Hispanic population. -- Members of the Hispanic community met with local government leaders in Georgetown on Thursday to outline the latest concept of a campaign to urge immigrants to...
|Cliff Kinkaid -- Family Security Matters
McCain, Soros and the new “global order”
It’s not the kind of endorsement that a Republican presidential candidate should welcome. But former Clinton State Department official and alleged Russian dupe Strobe Talbott says that Senator John McCain and Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are all “moderate pragmatists” in...
|Washington Times Editorial
Save the SAVE Act
Thanks to the energetic work of Republicans and some sober-minded Democrats, the House may indeed get to vote on immigration reform legislation worthy of the name sometime soon. The bill is the SAVE Act (H.R. 4088), introduced by Rep. Heath Shuler, North Carolina Democrat...
|Arizona Republic -- Phoenix
Drophouse raids show Valley still hub for smuggling operations
A series of drophouses discovered this month by police shows that the Phoenix area remains a major hub for smuggling illegal immigrants into the U.S. despite stepped-up immigration enforcement and tighter border security. -- Local law-enforcement officials have found at least eight drophouses, one nearly every day since March 3...
|Deseret Morning News
Bishop, Cannon back immigration bill
Utah's two GOP congressmen have joined in an effort to force a vote on a federal immigration bill that has raised the concern of the LDS Church over potential impacts on its missionary program. -- The Secure America through Verification and Enforcement Act, HR4088, would bolster border security and interior enforcement...
|KARE-TV -- Minneapolis
Tempers flare on House floor over illegal alien sanctuary cities
An effort to force a hearing on a controversial immigration bill led to an outburst of emotion Thursday on the floor of the Minnesota House. At one point Minority Leader Marty Seifert, a Marshall Republican, called the mayors of Minneapolis and Saint Paul "political hacks."
|Salt Lake Tribune
Governor signs bill cracking down on illegal immigration
Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. signed a comprehensive anti-illegal immigration bill into law on Thursday. -- The new law will allow local law enforcement agencies to enforce immigration laws and forces some employers to verify the U.S. documentation status of their workers. It goes into effect July 2009.
|Randall Burns -- VDare.com
Immigration tanks California real estate
...What happened in a nutshell: California prices were propped up because of migration from the rest of the US -- and immigration from other parts of the world. Now, Americans are leaving California faster than they are coming -- and the productivity of the newcomers isn’t enough to support the insane values of California real estate.
|Hartselle (Alabama) Enquirer
City joins in crack down on hiring illegal aliens
The city of Hartselle is joining in a statewide effort targeted at discouraging companies from hiring illegal aliens. -- The council unanimously passed a resolution in support of the state bill requiring employers verify their employee’s immigration status. The resolution comes on the heels of a letter sent from the city of Montgomery urging county commissions...
|AM New York
Putting an Irish face on "immigration reform"
Say the words "illegal alien," and most New Yorkers think of a cleaning woman from Mexico or a cab driver from Mali. Generally, they don't think of a nanny from Mayo or a bartender from Monaghan. -- But illegal immigration from Ireland continues though much diminished from the 1970s and '80s, when thousands arrived...
|San Diego Union-Tribune
Smuggling suspect held after 100 mph pursuit
A smuggling suspect in a stolen car with illegal [aliens] led Chula Vista officers on a 100 mph pursuit Thursday night before crashing in Otay Mesa, Chula Vista police said. Four men were arrested. -- A Chula Vista officer saw a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix speeding along Olympic Parkway and tried to stop the driver...
Drug wars keep spring breakers from heading south of the border
For college students, March Madness usually means basketball and Spring Break. But on South Padre Island in Texas, March Madness is taking on a whole new meaning. -- Students there say the real madness would be to take the traditional 30-minute trip to the Mexican border for the popular "Two-Nation Vacation."
|Antelope Valley Press -- Palmdale, Calif.
Employers of illegals face loss of license
In the absence of member Jim Jeffra, the City Council on Tuesday directed staff to prepare a report on how much it will cost the city to hire an outside firm to determine whether Lancaster businesses are employing illegal aliens...
|Orange County Register -- Santa Ana, Calif.
Citizenship and "integration," official says
Alfonso Aguilar's official job title is chief of the U.S. Office of Citizenship. But he'd like to add two more words to it "and integration." -- Aguilar is spearheading federal efforts to better integrate immigrants into U.S. society through a revamped citizenship test...
|XETV -- San Diego / Tijuana Video Included
Minutemen lead "Boycott Mexico" campaign
It started as a safety warning to college students headed south for spring break. Now anti-illegal immigration activists are telling all San Diegans to stay away from Mexico. -- "Boycott Mexico" is the name of a new nationwide campaign launched by a coalition of groups fighting illegal immigration.
|Heath Shuler and Brian Bilbray -- Washington Times
Forging immigration reform
For too long, the federal government has let the American people down on the issues of border security and illegal immigration. -- A blind eye has been turned as millions of people have illegally entered the country and gained employment. Our porous borders are also a severe threat to our national security...
|Allan Wall -- VDare.com
Posing as an illegal alien to escape the law
Here’s a recent story that exemplifies the Bizarro World of contemporary U.S. immigration policy. -- Texan Saul Espinoza was born in the city of Brownsville, a natural-born American citizen, who got into trouble with the law, getting arrested for theft and drug charges. But Espinoza figured out a clever way to avoid charges...
|Athens (Georgia) Banner-Herald
Broun: Good border fences will make good neighbors
When will Washington get it? The American public has spoken loudly and clearly. Americans want their borders secured, and they want the problem of illegal immigration handled with swiftness and certainty. Above all, Americans do not support legislative proposals that provide a "pathway to citizenship" for people who...
Reality sets in for the virtual fence
Homeland Security: The "virtual fence" that was supposed to help secure our borders will be delayed for years due to poor planning and technical difficulties. Unfortunately, terrorists and illegal aliens are quite real. -- Remember the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which required the construction of 700 miles of new border fence?
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...
|Provo (Utah) Daily Herald
Sheriffs urge federal action on immigration
As the 2008 session drew to a close, the Utah Legislature passed a comprehensive bill on illegal immigration with several provisions regarding the role of local law enforcement. But Utah County Sheriff Jim Tracy and his counterparts from across the western United States are looking to Congress, not the states, for answers.
|Montgomery (Alabama) Advertiser
Senate passes Sessions' immigration bill
The Senate passed Sen. Jeff Sessions' measure Thursday that would toughen laws on immigration, add funding to complete more fence along the Mexican border, increase the National Guard presence on the border and train more local law enforcement to enforce immigration laws...
9 accused of selling fake IDs to illegals
Nine persons were named yesterday in a 34-count indictment that accuses several car dealerships in Ohio of selling phony identification cards to illegal immigrants to facilitate the sale of vehicles. -- Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones told The Washington Times yesterday his office received information that...
|WCAX-TV -- Burlington, Vermont
Illegal alien sentenced in NYC slaying of actress Adrienne Shelly
A construction worker who admitted strangling an actress and then hanging her body to make it look like a suicide has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. -- Diego Pillco pleaded guilty last month to first-degree manslaughter in exchange for the sentence...
|McAllen (Texas) Monitor
Rio Grande Valley tops list of identity thefts
The Rio Grande Valley is a hub for identity theft and officials say illegal immigration is likely to blame. -- For the second year in a row, the McAllen area ranked 5th for the number of identify theft complaints in the country in 2007, among metro areas with populations of 100,000 or more, according to a report from the FTC.