|San Diego Union-Tribune sc
Lawmaker to pursue employer penalties
Carson City, Nev. A Nevada lawmaker who pushed for a bill to penalize Nevada employers for knowingly hiring illegal immigrants said she'll try again next year now that the attorney general's office said key provisions of the 2007 measure are unenforceable...
|Des Moines Register
Swift plant manager draws year's probation
A Marshalltown meatpacking plant manager has been put on probation for one year and will help federal authorities prosecute others who harbored illegal workers rounded up in a 2006 immigration raid. -- Swift & Co. human resources manager Christopher Todd Lamb, 37, must also pay $300 in fines and court costs...
In Northern Virginia, a Latino community unravels
A vibrant Latino subculture built in Prince William County over more than a decade is starting to come undone in a matter of months. -- With Latinos fleeing the combined effects of the construction downturn, the mortgage crisis and new local laws aimed at catching illegal immigrants, Latino shops are on the brink of bankruptcy...
Groups consider challenging anti-affirmative action initiative
Denver -- A Colorado group promoting diversity is considering its options now that a measure to ban affirmative action in state government and education has been certified to appear on the November ballot. -- Secretary of State Mike Coffman said this week the Colorado Civil Rights Initiative...
|KTAR -- Phoenix
Arpaio challenger Saban plays race card
Phoenix -- The man who wants to unseat Joe Arpaio as Maricopa County sheriff is criticizing Arpaio's illegal [alien] roundup near 25th Street and Bell Road. -- Sheriff candidate Dan Saban says with 40,000 felony warrants on the books, the roundups are a waste of taxpayer money...
Deporting some alien inmates a big break for states
Programs in New York and Arizona aimed at cutting the prison sentences of certain immigrant inmates so they can be deported faster have federal officials urging other states to adopt similar policies. -- Officials in the two states say they have saved millions by turning over for early deportation some non-violent...
|Gwinnett Daily Post -- Lawrenceville, Georgia
Commissioner seeks 18 deputies for 287 (g) program
A decision on entering Gwinnett's sheriff's department into a federal immigration enforcement program could come next week. -- Commissioner Lorraine Green said she plans to ask commissioners to allow Sheriff Butch Conway to hire 18 staffers for the 287(g) program, which trains deputies to begin deportation proceedings...
|Gaston Times -- Gastonia, North Carolina sc
Gaston County expanding its illegal alien program
Deputies at the Gaston County Jail have been identifying illegal [aliens] left and right since a federal program began there last June. -- But the Immigration and Customs Enforcement initiative has been so successful, it's overloading deputies with work, said Gaston County Sheriff Alan Cloninger.
CIS director fights pressure to fast-track voters
The outgoing head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says his agency won't give in to political pressure and cut corners on citizenship applications in order to mint new voters for this year's elections. -- "I can't allow citizenship to be politicized. It was allowed once before in the '90s..."
Unlicensed drivers' bill passes Georgia Senate
Atlanta -- Governor Sonny Perdue will have another chance to sign legislation that stiffens penalties for unlicensed drivers. -- Under legislation that received final passage in the state Senate on Friday, a driver who is stopped for a fourth time in five years without a valid license would be prosecuted as a felon punishable by at least a year in prison.
|Sierra Vista (Arizona) Herald / Review
Illegal alien apprehensions in Bisbee area increase
U.S. Border Patrol agents, with the assistance of Bisbee police, are continuing to apprehend significant numbers of illegal immigrants in the area. -- Bisbee police who catch individuals contact Border Patrol to take custody of them. As a result, apprehension figures for Bisbee police are reflected in Border Patrol’s numbers.
|Rockford (Illinois) Register Star
Hundreds of Mexicans come to get Mickey Mouse ID cards
...(Maria) Peinado was among hundreds of Mexican nationals who went Thursday to La Voz Latina to obtain passports and a Mexican ID card called a “matricula consular.” The documents are issued by the Mexican Consulate in Chicago. The agency set up a mobile office Wednesday at La Voz Latina...
|El Paso Times
Mexican soldiers stream into Juárez to quell violence
More than 2,000 Mexican soldiers are arriving to Juárez and Palomas to fight drug traffickers waging a war in the streets of those cities, Mexican officials said. -- General Guillermo Galavan Galavan, Mexico's defense secretary, said at a news conference in Juárez Thursday that 2086 solders and 425 federal police officers would patrol the streets...
Homeland Security delays border crossing rules
American citizens won't need a passport to cross the land borders until the middle of next year, delaying that requirement by more than a year. -- New identification document requirements, the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State announced Thursday, will take effect June 1, 2009...
|Rapid City (South Dakota) Journal
Little-known Senate candidate vows to fight illegal immigration
In a campaign of unfamiliar names, South Dakota voters probably know the least about Republican U.S. Senate candidate Charles Lyonel Gonyo of Trent. -- That's saying something, too, since the "big names" in the Republican Senate primary are Joel Dykstra, Sam Kephart and Bert Tollefson.
|Hartford (Connecticut) Courant
Waterbury driving school owner arrested
The owner of a driving school on Fairfield Avenue was charged Thursday with forging documents to help illegal immigrants obtain drivers' license a week after a similar arrest in Stratford, state police said. -- Fernando Diaz, 57, faces one count of racketeering and nine counts of second-degree forgery...
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...
House guts, then passes immigration bill
The House listened to business interests and approved immigration legislation Thursday that differed so greatly from its original form that its sponsor didn't support it. -- At one point, Rep. Lance Kinzer, R-Olathe, described the bill as "eviscerated."
Houston businesses protest no-match rule of Homeland Security
Business owners and labor leaders in Houston warned that the DHS's revised version of its no-match rule may result to a shortage of workers and consequently slow down the region's economy. In the Houston Metropolitan Statistical Area alone, the 250,000 [illegal aliens] contribute $27 billion to the regional economy.
|Kansas City Star
Graves faults ‘virtual fence’ proposal for Mexican border
As a farmer, Rep. Sam Graves knows a thing or two about fences. -- And the Missouri Republican says he knows this for sure: It makes no sense to try to keep out illegal immigrants by building a “virtual fence” on the U.S.-Mexico border...
Popular immigration lawyer gets 2 year jail sentence
Los Angeles -- An immigration lawyer, who once run one of the biggest immigration law firms on the West Coast, was sentenced early this week to two years in federal prison for filing fraudulent visa applications, some of which were for their own employees, according to a news release from the United States Attorney’s Office said...
Delay sought in retrial of Border Patrol agent's murder case
Bisbee, Az. -- A delay is sought in the retrial of an Arizona Border Patrol agent charged with murder in the fatal shooting of an illegal [alien]. -- Lead defense attorney Sean Chapman filed a motion dated Tuesday asking that the April 22 federal court trial of Nicholas Corbett be reset for Sept. 9, citing trial conflicts.
|Arizona Republic -- Phoenix Video Included
Sheriff's immigration operation moves north
It was a tense evening Thursday night in north Phoenix as Sheriff Arpaio continued his intensive patrol operation aimed at locating illegal [aliens]. -- The sheriff said 200 deputies and armed posse volunteers fanned out in a new area for the program. They established a command post near Cave Creek and Bell Roads...
|KPHO-TV -- Phoenix
15 illegals found in burning drop house
Glendale [Arizona] firefighters found 15 illegal immigrants in a burning drop house Thursday morning. -- A neighbor called 911 shortly after 6 a.m. to report the fire, which firefighters said started in the attic and appeared to have been caused by an electrical problem.