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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Combat Too Close to Home 
Mexican Border a War Zone 

Mexican army on border less than a mile from American Border Patrol's ranch in Arizona.
Lou Dobbs Tonight -- CNN -- April 15
Dobbs: A stark warning from the U.S. State Department for American planning to travel to Mexico or already traveling there. Americans and local residents have been the victims of kidnappings and homicide carried out by warring drug cartels as we have been reporting here for some time. But the U.S. State Department is not now imposing a travel ban to Mexico.
Wian: The State Department's latest travel alert from Mexico warns much of Mexican territory along the U.S. border is a war zone. It says, "Recent Mexican army and police force conflicts with heavily-armed narcotics cartels have escalated to levels equivalent to military small-unit combat and have included use of machine guns and fragmentation grenades."

Treasure Coast Newspapers -- Stuart, Florida          sc      
Leader of 'Mexican Snow' drug ring gets 10 years in prison   
One of the leaders of the multimillion-dollar cocaine trafficking ring known as “Mexican Snow” has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. -- In March, 28-year-old Ismael Giles pleaded no contest to 24 drug-related charges... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Fayetteville (North Carolina) Observer        
‘Showgram’ stunt angers Mexicans   
One day after members of the morning show on Raleigh radio station WDCG made derogatory remarks about American Indians, the “Bob and the Showgram” crew took aim at Hispanics and the area’s Mexican consulate. -- For a segment on the April 2 “Showgram” program, crew member John Clark wore a T-shirt with “INS” taped to it... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

KTAR -- Phoenix        
Gordon attacks Sheriff Joe, says his priorities are wrong   
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon used his State of the City address on Wednesday to criticize Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's crime suppression roundups that target [illegal aliens.... criminals]. -- Gordon accused Arpaio of creating a sanctuary county for felons by ignoring 40,000 felony warrants on his desk...  

Plainsboro traffic stop halts Mexican trek   
Plainsboro, NJ -- For a group of 11 Mexican nationals, a journey of more than 2,000 miles ended with a routine traffic stop -- just one hour from their destination. -- They had been on the road for three days stuffed into a small sport-utility vehicle when a township police officer stopped them Sunday morning because of the tinting on the vehicle's windows, officials said. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Associated Press        
Immigration agents raid poultry plant in north Arkansas   
A sheriff in northern Arkansas says federal agents have raided a poultry plant over suspected immigration violations. -- Independence County Sheriff Keith Bowers tells The Associated Press the raid at the Pilgrim’s Pride poultry plant in Batesville began at 6 a.m. Wednesday. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

State Rep. Randy Terrill -- USA Today        
Oklahoma is doing its job   
By now, no one credibly disputes that illegal immigration is a serious and growing problem. -- Given Washington's inability or unwillingness to address the issue, no one should be surprised that states such as Oklahoma, Arizona and Georgia are taking the lead... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Chattanooga Times-Free Press        
ICE agents interviewing workers at Pilgrim’s Pride plant   
Immigration agents are interviewing workers at Pilgrim’s Pride chicken processing plant in downtown Chattanooga as part of a year-long criminal investigation, a spokeswoman for the federal agency said. -- ICE spokeswoman Leticia Zamarripa said she doesn’t know how many people ICE agents are interviewing, but... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

KPHO-TV -- Phoenix        
10 illegals found in van   
Camp Verde, Az. -- Ten illegal [aliens] were found near Camp Verde on Sunday in a minivan en route to Kansas, deputies said. -- A Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputy said he pulled over a speeding minivan heading northbound on Interstate 17... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Chattanooga Times-Free Press         
Homeland security training spawns rumors of immigration raids   
Dalton, Ga. -- On Sunday, about 85 Hispanic residents called the Coalition of Latino Leaders’ office, asking its president, America Gruner, if they should stay at home from work this week to avoid immigration raids. -- Hispanic residents began calling again at 6 a.m. on Monday. -- “It was out of control,” Ms. Gruner of the spreading rumors...~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Bobby Eberle -- GOPUSA.com       
Achieving the American dream means learning English   
Georgia Rep. Paul Broun has introduced legislation to make English the official language of the United States. As Broun notes in a "dear colleague" letter, "America's genius has always been assimilation, taking legal immigrants and turning them into American citizens. The key to assimilation, of course, is a shared language. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

InsideNoVa.com  -- Prince William, Virginia      
Activists to cross U.S.-Mexican borders   
A group of four Virginia activists will travel to Mexico this week and cross back into the United States on Saturday without carrying government identification. -- The action by The People United is designed to draw attention to what its organizers see as the base cause for illegal immigration. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

New York Sun        
Illegals called an "army of evil" by Berlusconi   
Rome -- Silvio Berlusconi branded illegal immigrants an "army of evil" on yesterday in his first day in office after winning Italy's general election. -- Mr. Berlusconi said that he would "step up neighborhood police, who can be an army of good, placing themselves between the Italian people and the army of evil." ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

New Haven (Connecticut) Advocate        
ID rather not   
Dustin Gold and Chris Powell want the names of people who've signed up for New Haven's illegal [alien]-friendly ID cards so they can hand them over to the feds. -- But what would immigration enforcement do with the names once it had them? Not much, a former federal agent testified last week... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Centre Daily Times -- State College, Pennsylvania        
19 illegals detained after I-80 traffic stops   
Two vehicles stopped by state police on Interstate 80 in Snow Shoe Township Monday led to the detention of 19 illegal aliens and the arrest of one man on a felony kidnapping warrant issued in Georgia, state police reported... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Conor Friedersdorf -- The Atlantic        
Check please   
Outsiders can be forgiven for imagining that LA's touchiest racial controversies follow the black versus white narrative of the Watts riots, the Rodney King beating or the O.J. Simpson trial. But locals know better -- ask the Korean grocers whose stores were torched in 1992 (a year after Ice Cube’s racist harangues against them)... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

American Border Patrol    
Border fence aerial survey delayed    
American Border Patrol reports that winds blowing up to 50 mph have delayed the launch of its border fence survey, possibly into next week. "These spring winds can blow for a week or more," said Glenn Spencer pilot of the Cessna TU-206 used to perform the surveys.

KTAR -- Phoenix        
Man sentenced to 31 years in drop house case   
A 34-year-old man was sentenced to 31 years in prison for his participation in a violent drop house, according to Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas. -- Arturo Nevarez-Ugarte was found guilty on March 12 of two counts of armed robbery, two counts of theft by extortion and two counts of kidnapping... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Hazleton (Pennsylvania) Standard-Speaker        
At Hazleton event, Alan Keyes announces bid for president   
...Keyes said he chose Hazleton to formally announce his run for the country’s highest office because of the attention it’s received for immigration. When he opened, he said it "feels good to be in Hazleton," adding "this part of the country is representative of the deep solid roots America has." ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

L. A. Observed  -- Los Angeles       
L. A. County Sheriff Baca: Yes, Latino gangs killing blacks   
Fox 11 reporter John Schwada has posted quotes from a video where Sheriff Lee Baca tells a mostly black audience in Compton that some Latino youths are indeed killing African Americans based solely on their race. From Schwada's blog... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

U. S. Rep. Tom Tancredo        
Tancredo assails Mexico for allowing gang recruitment on U.S. border   
Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colorado) today assailed the Mexican government for allowing a paramilitary group, Los Zetas, to openly recruit along the U.S.-Mexico border. The group, comprised of former military men trained by the Mexican government at U.S. expense, is a violent protective unit for the dangerous Gulf Cartel... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Kat McConnell -- The Conservative Voice        
McCain: Foot soldier in New World Order   
...Neither has McCain shown any commitment to preserve American sovereignty or to protect American taxpayers. Instead, he continues to be a proponent of amnesty for illegal aliens, going so far as to enlist to his campaign Juan Hernandez, former Mexican government cabinet member and amnesty and open borders advocate, for the purpose of carrying McCain's message to the Hispanic population... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Los Angeles Times        
East L.A. taco truck owners say they'll stay put   
Taco truck owners vowed to ignore a law passed by Los Angeles County supervisors Tuesday making it a misdemeanor crime -- punishable by fines and jail -- to stay parked in one place for more than an hour. -- "They can try to move us, but we're not going to go," said Aleida De La Cruz...


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East Valley Tribune - Phoenix        
Gascón speaks out against Arpaio crime sweeps   
Police Chief George Gascón has safely handled demonstrators 500,000-strong during his years working for the Los Angeles Police Department, but with Mesa’s limited resources Gascón is hoping that he can maintain the peace, if and when Sheriff Joe Arpaio brings his illegal immigrant roundups into the city... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Fox News        
Gunmen rob visiting U.S. family of small plane, torch car in Mexico   
Los Cabos, BCS, Mex. -- Gunmen held up a family of U.S. tourists in Mexico on Tuesday and made off with their small plane, police said. -- The robbers attacked the plane as the American couple and their two daughters, ages 6 and 8, were about to take off from a hotel airstrip in the Baja California beach town of Mulege. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

USA Today   
Vatican immigrant aid stirs ire in USA   
Mexico City -- The Vatican donated at least $20,000 to build a shelter for Central American immigrants traveling to the USA, angering immigration control advocates as Pope Benedict XVI begins his first official U.S. visit. -- The Pontifical Commission for Latin America, which reports to the pope, sent the money... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Glenn Spencer        
Propaganda Update -- The Cronkite School of Journalism   
As I read the story about remittances to Mexico in the Yuma Sun, it smacked of what I call a "compassion smart bomb. " By that I mean the story is specifically designed to tell compelling stories about Mexican migrant's plight resulting from the enforcement of our immigration laws so Americans will feel sorry for the illegals and Mexico. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

USA Today    
Vatican immigrant aid stirs ire in USA   
Mexico City -- The Vatican donated at least $20,000 to build a shelter for Central American immigrants traveling to the USA, angering immigration control advocates as Pope Benedict XVI begins his first official U.S. visit. -- The Pontifical Commission for Latin America, which reports to the pope, sent the money... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Marietta (Georgia) Daily Journal       
D. A. King: Perdue should sign bills affecting illegal immigration   
“How can they pass a law like this? Mexico is not prepared for this, for the tremendous problems.” - Mexican Rep. Leticia Amparano Gamez, quoted in Arizona’s Tucson Citizen newspaper on the thousands of Mexicans who are returning home as a result of Arizona legislation directed at illegal employment and illegal immigration. January, 2008. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Yuma Sun       
Worth billions, remittances to Mexico are big business   
...More than $23 billion flowed from the United States to Mexico in 2006, and a little more than that was expected to be transferred in 2007, according to the InterAmerican Development Bank. -- For many Mexicans, the money means the difference between living on a few dollars a day and living on nothing at all... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

American Border Patrol
Operation Virtual Vigilance update  
American Border Patrol reports that Operation Virtual Vigilance is progressing well. The border camera system now has both thermal and color cameras and is being used by volunteers from across the nation to watch the border over the Internet...

Associated Press        
Mexican cartel recruiting hitmen   
Hitmen tied to Mexico's Gulf cartel appear to be boldly seeking recruits by posting help-wanted signs in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, including a giant banner hung across a thoroughfare, a federal anti-drug enforcement official said Monday... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

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