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Saturday, April 5, 2008

Survey Shows Little Fence Progress
Six Miles in 18 Months

Border Monument in El Paso Sector shows traffic across boundary. -- See larger photo
American Border Patrol -- April 5
El Paso Results Differ from CSM
    A survey of the Border Patrol El Paso Sector showed little progress in building a fence along the U.S. Mexico border. According to American Border Patrol fewer than seven miles of new pedestrian fencing has been completed in the sector since November, 2006.
    ABP challenges the report by the Christian Science Monitor that 27 miles of pedestrian fence are in place in the El Paso Sector, saying the true figure is 19.35 miles, including 13 miles of chain link fence that has been in place for more than ten years.
    "I have inquired as to where CSM got its data but they haven't responded," said Glenn Spencer of ABP. "The media blackout of ABP has deprived the American People of accurate information on the border fence," Spencer added.
    The survey was conducted in a Cessna TU-206 equipped with video and still cameras. ABP uses GPS to identify where each photo is taken.

KTHV-TV -- Little Rock, Arkansas        sc       
Ballot initiative filed over illegal immigration in Arkansas   
A ballot initiative before the attorney general's office would require those seeking public benefits from the state to prove their citizenship. -- The measure by Secure Arkansas, a group chaired by Jeannie Burlsworth of Bryant, would make individuals sign an affidavit under the penalty of perjury that... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Business Journal of Phoenix   
Legislators want Arpaio to include East Valley in illegal alien sweeps   
A group of Arizona lawmakers, including leading immigration hawk Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, wants Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to include the East Valley in his controversial roundups of illegal [aliens]. -- Eight Republican legislators -- including Pearce, Sen. Karen Johnson of Mesa and...~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Des Moines Register   
Judge puts English only on voter forms   
A Polk County judge has ordered Iowa Secretary of State Michael Mauro to stop using languages other than English in the state's official voter registration forms. -- District Judge Douglas Staskal ruled in favor of U.S. Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican who sued state officials last year, contending they were violating the state's English-language law. He brought the suit against Gov. Chet Culver...

KTAR -- Phoenix   
Guadalupe mayor faces off against Sheriff Joe    
Guadalupe Mayor Rebecca Jimenez says she wants nothing to do with Sheriff Joe Arpaio after his round-up of illegal aliens in her town last night in her comments to News/Talk 92.3 KTAR's Darrell Ankarlo. -- On one of the new channels last night they captured the disagreement between Guadalupe's mayor and Sheriff Joe... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Los Angeles Times        sc        
Absolut vodka ad stirs a U.S.-Mexico debate   
The latest advertising campaign in Mexico from Swedish vodka maker Absolut seemed to push all the right buttons south of the U.S. border, but it ruffled a few feathers in El Norte. -- As word of the campaign spread across the border, primarily via the Internet, some in the United States began giving the campaign a much more hostile reception. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

KGW-TV -- Portland, Oregon   
2 illegals sentenced in Oregon on heroin charges   
The U.S. attorney's office for Oregon says two illegal immigrants from Mexico have been sentenced to 10 years in prison on heroin possession and trafficking charges. -- Federal prosecutors describe the two as accomplices of the leader of a ring of drug dealers headquartered in Lane County... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

NBC17-TV -- Raleigh  
Poll: State voters concerned about economy and illegal immigration   
Raleigh, NC -- A North Carolina telephone poll conducted for NBC17, The News & Observer, The Charlotte Observer and WCNC of Charlotte shows that those polled view the economy and illegal immigration as two of the most important issues facing both the state and the nation in the next election... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

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Investor's Business Daily   
The real cost of immigration   
As some experts tell Congress to fight a possible recession with more immigrants, a respected economist warns that immigration's costs are grossly underestimated -- because the government won't study them. -- Set for release Tuesday is a report published by Social Contract magazine..." ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Associated Press   
U.S. indictment names man in border incident   
El Paso -- U.S. authorities unsealed an indictment against a suspected Mexican drug trafficker identified as one of several men wearing military uniforms in a high-profile border standoff two years ago. -- Jose Rodolfo Escajeda, 31, was charged with conspiracy to import and distribute controlled substances... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Huntsville (Alabama) Times  
Jury selection set for next Friday in Officer Golden murder trial   
Jury selection will begin next Friday in Anniston in the trial of [illegal alien] Benito Albarran, the man accused of shooting Huntsville Police Officer Daniel Golden to death in August 2005. -- Lawyers discussed the logistics of jury selection this morning in a preliminary hearing in Circuit Judge Karen Hall's courtroom... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Ilana Mercer -- WorldNetDaily.com   
In defense of the fence   
Environmental lobbies abhor all by-products of human existence, unless generated by illegal aliens. In that case, the vast latrine and landfill created along the border with Mexico, as millions of illegals defecate and despoil their way to their destinations in the U.S., are just dandy... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Fox News   
Desert drug runners cross a wide-open border   
Imperial Sand Dunes, Calif. -- As the U.S. tries to wall off the border with Mexico to stop illegal immigration, there is a glaring hole where Arizona, California and Mexico intersect, a notorious drug corridor that agents are desperately trying to fix.. [See this American Patrol Report feature from January 20]~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Chico (Calif.) Enterprise-Record   
Drug bust nets thrice-deported illegal alien   
Gridley, Calif. -- Two men were arrested on drug charges as officers with the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force served a search warrant Wednesday. -- One of the men, Jesus Garcia Reyes, was placed on a no-bail immigration hold at the Butte County Jail when officials learned he had been deported three times. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

U.S. ambassador alarmed by Mexico border violence   
The U.S. ambassador to Mexico warned on Friday of an "alarming" surge in violence in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and said he could heighten a travel alert for U.S. citizens traveling there. -- Tony Garza said he was preparing an updated travel advisory after visiting Ciudad Juarez this week... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Fox News   
Cubans Continue to Arrive in Florida Despite Reforms   
Fifteen Cuban immigrants washed ashore in Florida late Wednesday, one of the largest groups to arrive in the United States since Cuban President Raul Castro announced ownership reforms on the Communist island. -- The refugees — 10 men and five women, one of whom is pregnant — had traveled nearly a month... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

East Valley Tribune -- Phoenix  
Scottsdale traffic stop leads to 7 illegals   
A traffic stop by Scottsdale police on Thursday netted the arrests of seven illegal immigrants from Mexico, who all are now in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. -- Scottsdale police noticed a blue Dodge pickup run a red light at Scottsdale and Thomas roads about 8:30 p.m... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

KTAR -- Phoenix   
Crackdown Fallout: Guadalupe mayor seeks help from Gordon   
The sheriff's Guadalupe crackdown continues and worry escalates among residents. -- Hundreds showed up to protest the sheriff's presence last night. -- Sheriff Joe Arpaio moved the jail wagons to Mesa in an effort to stop crowds of protesters. But that action may be too little to late for the small town's mayor. [Listen to KTAR's Darrell Ankarlo interview the sniveling mayor of Guadalupe]~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Los Angeles Times   
Arizona slams the door on illegal aliens   
As it has become the favorite entry point for [illegal aliens] trying to sneak into the United States, Arizona has become a laboratory for whether a state can single-handedly combat illegal immigration. -- In recent years it has barred illegal [aliens] from receiving government services, from winning punitive damages...~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

The Capital -- Annapolis, Maryland   
Leopold targets jailed illegal aliens   
A new county policy that quickly refers arrested immigrants to federal authorities has significantly increased the number of [illegal aliens] facing deportation. -- The policy is the most recent anti-illegal immigration move by County Executive John R. Leopold, who has emerged at the forefront regionally... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Providence (Rhode Island) Journal   
"Hispanic leader" bolts state GOP   
A key Hispanic leader broke ties with the state Republican Party yesterday, protesting Governor Carcieri’s recent efforts to curb illegal immigration. -- David A. Quiroa, chairman of the Rhode Island Hispanic Republican Assembly, said that Carcieri’s moves would promote racial profiling... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

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