The Pilgrims Would Be Proud
ICE Stands for Law and Order
"Identity theft is a horrible problem that can ruin a person's good name," said Julie Myers, homeland security assistant secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
|Associated Press -- April 16
Mt. Pleasant, Texas -- Federal agents say their case for a series of workplace raids in five states was strengthened by identity theft victims who recounted stories of plummeting credit scores and medical benefits denied.
Federal authorities carried out the sweeps
Wednesday, arresting hundreds of workers at Pilgrim's Pride chicken plants on charges of identity theft, document fraud and immigration violations.
Authorities also arrested dozens of workers at a doughnut factory in Houston, and the operators of a chain of Mexican restaurants in upstate New York.
Authorities said agents investigating a scheme to provide documents for illegal immigrant workers had tracked down several of the identity theft victims.
|New York Times sc
Mexico drug war causes wild west blood bath
Cd. Juarez, Chih., Mex. -- One sign of the desperation to end organized crime in this border town is that the good guy on the police recruitment posters is not a clean-cut youth in a smart police cap, but a menacing soldier in a black mask and helmet carrying a heavy machine gun...
|WJLA-TV -- Washington
Massage parlor busted, illegals arrested
The massage salon inside Springfield mall was boarded up after it was raided by immigration and customs enforcement agents Tuesday. Ten people were arrested and face federal immigration charges. -- Ten people from inside the Healthwise store on the second floor of the mall were charged with immigration violations...
|Asbury Park (New Jersey) Press
Hundreds line up for Mexican documents
More than 380 Mexican nationals lined up in Asbury Park this morning to obtain documents issued by their government. -- The passports and consular ID cards, called matricula consular, were being issued at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in the city through the Mexican Consulate on Wheels program.
|Arizona Republic -- Phoenix
Arpaio says he's bringing crime sweep to Mesa
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's next illegal immigration enforcement effort will be in Mesa. -- "As our deputies fight crime in the cities, towns and desert areas within the County, we are hitting the illegal immigration problem from every angle," Arpaio said in a press release Wednesday afternoon. "Next, I will direct our operations to Mesa."
State of the pimp (MEChA-boy Villaraigosa)
America’s chief illegal alien pimp, Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, gave his State of the City address this week. In it, he unveiled his Big Mouth/ No Balls approach to gang violence. -- While recounting some of the more heartbreaking deaths due to gang violence, the little pimp did manage to mention Jamiel Shaw...
|WPRI-TV -- Providence, Rhode Island sc
Arrested illegal alien identified
A suspected illegal [aliens] could be forced to leave the country after presenting a fake ID at the state contractor's office. -- Police identify the suspect as Mario Chirinos They arrested him Tuesday after a worker in the state contractor's office was prompted to call them after she noticed the license Chirinos presented did not have a state seal and became suspicious.
|Prescott (Arizona) News
Yavapai County detention officers graduate 287(g) program
On April, 4 2008, six Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Detention Officers, who had successfully completed the 4 week U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement 287(g) Training Academy, participated in a graduation ceremony at the Radisson Hotel in Phoenix City Center. Section 287(g) is part of the...
|Walter Moore for Mayor of Los Angeles
Jamiel's Law: LAPD Chief Bill Bratton's arrogance
Police Chief Bratton just set a new low for callous arrogance among public officials. -- The L.A. Times today quotes Bratton as saying the following about those of us discussing the need to amend Special Order 40: "There is a misrepresentation, misinterpretation, misunderstanding on the part of all the concerned parties here -- whether it is immigrant advocates, immigrant haters, the talk shows..." [Audio on this topic from Doug McIntyre, KABC Radio - 4/17/08]
'Tan Klan' Leader: Nation reaching a “turning point” on immigration
Janet Murguia, president of the National Council of La Raza (aka the Tan Klan) said Wednesday that the nation is “fast approaching a turning point” when it comes to immigration. -- “What started out as a public policy debate last spring is on the verge of becoming one of the largest civil rights issues of our generation,” she said.
|New Richmond (Wisconsin) News
Illegal alien arrested for trying to smuggle himself, others
An illegal immigrant has been arrested in Kenosha County for allegedly trying to smuggle himself and seven others into the country. -- A sheriff’s deputy stopped Alfonso Moran-Torrez, 26, after seeing his pick-up going a slow 40 mph on Interstate 94 Sunday morning.
|KNXV-TV -- Phoenix
3 traffic stops near Camp Verde net 35 illegals
Within a one-hour period, three traffic stops along Interstate 17 near Camp Verde led Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies to arrest 35 [illegal aliens]. -- At about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, a deputy stopped a van traveling north on I-17 that they said was obviously heavily loaded...
|National Public Radio Audio Report
Overcrowded jails follow immigration crackdown
The stepped up immigration enforcement policy of Prince William County, Va., allows local police officers to detain illegal immigrants However, that has resulted in overcrowded jails and a strain on resources. Corey Steward, chairman of the Prince William County Supervisors...
|Chattanooga Times Free Press
"Hispanic community" (aka illegals) rocked by plant raid
...Tension and fear burned through Chattanooga’s immigrant community Wednesday after federal agents arrested more than 100 people at the downtown Pilgrim’s Pride plants. One second- shift worker at the company, worried that his aunt was caught in the raid, called about his three young cousins...
|Buffalo (New York) News
Mexican restaurant owner, managers and employees arrested
Immigration agents and local law enforcement in five states today arrested the Depew owner of seven Mexican restaurants, 11 restaurant managers and 45 illegal aliens in a scheme that authorities said involved smuggling workers from Mexico to work for low wages in the restaurants...
|Bobby Tall Horse -- Associated Content
Should convicted criminal immigrants be deported?
Our prisons are boiling over capacity with criminals. Convicted criminal immigrants make up a large number of inmates. IF it costs approximately $42,000 per inmate per year to house these illegal immigrants, should they be deported? -- Even small rural towns like mine are having to cough up tax money to build new jails...
|WTRF-TV -- Wheeling, West Virginia
Immigration busts undertaken across Ohio Valley
Early Wednesday, crews from Immigration Custom Enforcement searched Nogales Mexican Restaurant and several other restaurants around the Ohio Valley. -- 7News has learned of a multi-state investigation aimed at cracking down on illegal aliens working at these establishments.
|Los Angeles Times
Researcher: Santa Barbara County economy threatened by gangs
Researchers say rising gang activity and violent crime are threatening Santa Barbara County's economy, which is driven by tourism and retirees. -- UCSB Economic Forecast Project executive director Bill Watkins says crime and gangs could "dramatically impact the quality of life for all Santa Barbara County residents."
|St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Steelman touts stances on illegal immigration
State Treasurer Sarah Steelman touted her anti-illegal immigration bonafides this morning in St. Charles County, where the issue has flared up in recent years during the construction of two apartment projects in O’Fallon...
|EFE -- Madrid, Spain
Survey: Most Latin Americans oppose immigration
Lima, Peru -- Seven of ten Latin-Americans are against, non-citizen people or of different race living in their country, revealed today the survey "Opportunities of Regional Integration" carried out in 18 countries of the continent in 2007...
|McAllen (Texas) Monitor
Coyote chase ends in crash
Mission, Texas -- A police chase Wednesday morning that ended with a mother and her two young children in a canal underscored yet again the danger human smugglers pose to motorists. -- Authorities reported no serious injuries, but the crash near Farm-to-Market Road 495 and North Stewart Road illustrated...
|Sara A. Carter -- Washington Times
Drug suspect in agent-shooting set to plead guilty
A Mexican national (Osvaldo Aldrete Davila) who was shot by two Border Patrol agents (Ramos and Compean) but later charged with smuggling marijuana himself is expected to plead guilty to those charges tomorrow at the Federal Courthouse in El Paso, The Washington Times has learned...
|Aspen (Colorado) Daily News
Killer illegal alien gets 30 years in nephew’s murder
Glenwood Springs -- The man who prosecutors say hunted his nephew across state lines and gunned him down was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Tuesday. -- D. A. Martin Beeson said he was “disappointed” in the sentence for a crime that originally could have resulted in life in prison or a death sentence.
Pilgrim's Pride issues statement regarding ICE raids
...No civil or criminal charges, including charges that Pilgrim's knowingly hired these employees or conspired to hire them, have been filed against the company in any of these cases. Pilgrim's Pride cooperated fully with ICE and the U.S. Attorney's office to help them apprehend these individuals...
Campus locked down after illegal alien chase
Kingsville, Texas -- A truckload of suspected illegal [aliens] fled during a traffic stop near the Texas A&M University at Kingsville campus Wednesday, forcing a lockdown of the school for three hours as police chased them, officials said.
Skyy seizes opportunity to toast US
Caramba! A RARE advertising blunder by Absolut, which perhaps has garnered more praise for its iconic marketing than its vodka, has opened the door for a cheeky Skyy campaign. -- Absolut's ad was intended for customers in Mexico floated North, stirring up negative sentiment from Minutemen, border-state fence proponents, and others...
Illegal alien labor suppliers indicted
Owners of six employment agencies in Chamblee were indicted Tuesday on charges of providing illegal immigrants to work in Chinese restaurants up and down the East Coast. -- Fifteen people were named in five indictments handed down by a grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
|One News Now
Immigration activist: Bush has gotten message on border enforcement
The head of the grassroots immigration organization Numbers USA believes President Bush has finally gotten the message when it comes to the problem of illegal immigration and is allowing federal agents to step up enforcement. Roy Beck shares his pleasure with the increased enforcement in recent months...
|Inland Valley Daily Bulletin -- Ontario, Calif.
Possible illegal alien suspected of molesting girl, 4
A 42-year-old Montclair man has been arrested on suspicion of lewd acts and sexual penetration involving a 4-year-old Ontario girl. -- Hilario Sanchez Velez was arrested about 4:15 p.m. Friday in the 4800 block of Canoga Street, according to a Montclair Police Department news release... [More "family values"]