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Friday, March 14, 2008

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.)


KPRC-TV --Houston    sc
Cameras catch illegal alien crackdown far from border   
Local 2 Investigates a smuggling route funneling illegal [aliens] into Houston. We discovered they are repeatedly being caught by the carloads hundreds of miles away from the border. -- Our cameras caught bust after bust happening in Jackson County, just south of Houston. [Also see this feature item]AP Internal Use Only

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... AP Internal Use Only

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... AP Internal Use Only

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... AP Internal Use Only

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... AP Internal Use Only

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... AP Internal Use Only

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." AP Internal Use Only

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. AP Internal Use Only

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. AP Internal Use Only

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... AP Internal Use Only

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... AP Internal Use Only

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... AP Internal Use Only

Fox News  
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." AP Internal Use Only

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... AP Internal Use Only

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... AP Internal Use Only

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. AP Internal Use Only

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... AP Internal Use Only

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... AP Internal Use Only

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... AP Internal Use Only

CNN   
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? AP Internal Use Only

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

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. AP Internal Use Only

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... AP Internal Use Only

Washington Times   
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... AP Internal Use Only

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... AP Internal Use Only

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. AP Internal Use Only

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