The Mexican Mess
Will Drug War Stop at Border?
||Los Angeles Times -- April 26
Gang shootout in Tijuana leaves 13 dead
Rival bands suspected of drug trafficking open fire with rifles and automatic weapons on a major thoroughfare. Several others are injured in the border city's latest episode of violence.
....The prospect of infighting among the cartels and within law enforcement has some observers worried about the unintended consequences of the recent crackdown and whether the violence it has unleashed can now be contained.
"We deserve this. The police are terrible. All of them are corrupt. No one escapes it. We don't want it but have to accept it as the truth." Jose Belaza, owner of Señor Maguey's.
|WTVQ-TV -- Lexington, Kentucky sc
What happens in Lexington doesn't stay in Lexington, at least not anymore. More and more illegal immigrants who get arrested here are being detained by federal immigration officials and then being deported because of two new policies...
Chinese-run job agencies face illegal immigration scrutiny
The advertisements in the Chinese newspapers get to the point quickly. -- "We Provide Quality Hispanics," employment agencies say in Mandarin. -- Chinese labor contractors in Chamblee tell Chinese restaurant owners throughout the Southeast they have a big supply of laborers at their fingertips to cut vegetables, cook and wash dishes. ..
|The Denver Channel
Colorado State Patrol: 800 illegals detained in 10 months
The Colorado State Patrol is reporting its immigration unit has detained nearly 800 suspected illegal immigrants and investigated 33 human smuggling cases since it became operational last year. -- "I think the number of we've actually arrested is in the 180 range," said Col. Mark Trostel from the Colorado State Patrol.
Woman sentenced for selling driver's licenses to illegal aliens
A Robbinsville, N.J., woman yesterday was sentenced to 75 months in federal prison for scheming to obtain Pennsylvania driver's licenses for illegal aliens who paid up to $4,000 for the credentials. -- Altagracia "Grace" Rosario also was ordered by U.S. District Judge Joseph E. Irenas to serve three years of supervised release following her incarceration.
Forum seeks options for illegal alien students
Javier Soto’s family moved to California from Mexico when he was just 7 years old. Now 24, he lives in Los Osos and takes courses from Cuesta College with the goal of becoming a teacher or counselor. -- Soto makes his life as a student whose family brought him here illegally sound easy, but he knows it’s tough for many.
Illegal alien's plea offer for killing officer rejected
An illegal [alien] accused of killing a Houston police officer may still face the death penalty after prosecutors rejected his offer to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence without parole. -- Juan Leonardo Quintero-Perez, 34, is set to begin his capital murder trial Monday in the death of Officer Rodney Johnson during a traffic stop in 2006...
|Arizona Republic -- Phoenix
Arpaio talks about feuds, policies and reputation
He doesn't use a computer, only a Smith-Corona typewriter. He saves all the thousands of letters he gets and answers each one personally - no "signature stamp" needed. -- He boasts of having zero hobbies, proud of the fact he doesn't play golf. An unabashed self-promoter, he is a lightning rod for both criticism and praise...
Reno immigration march, rally might be more sparse
A rally and march is scheduled Thursday in Reno as part of the annual "A Day Without Immigrants" event, but some past participants said they won't be marching this year. -- Organizers said the demonstration is aimed at protesting federal immigration policies, including the ICE agency's raids on businesses and the deportations of [illegal aliens].
|Report and Deport
Bush's so-called "crackdown" on illegal hiring
Did you know that the Bush Administration is finalizing rules on the cracking down of employers of illegal aliens? I did NOT. -- Do you BELIEVE Bush is intending to crack down on employers of illegal aliens? I DON'T. This puke has had 7 years and 3 months to do it. Is he going to suddenly start enforcing the law...
Immigration debate erupts in R.I., fueled by budget crisis
Rhode Island's closest international border is the Canadian one, about 200 miles to the north. About 11 percent of the 1 million people who live here were born in another country, and estimates say that a third or fewer of those people are in the country illegally...
|New York Daily News
Anchor babies rally for law to "protect their parents"
American-born children whose illegal-[alien] parents face deportation urged lawmakers Saturday to support legislation that would protect their families. -- Youngsters and advocates from Families for Freedom held signs reading "Don't Take Away My Mommy" outside of Sen. Chuck Schumer's Manhattan office...
|PEJ.com -- Victoria, BC
SPP Soiree: Misrepresentation in SPP Joint Statement
Bush, Calderon and Harper, in their April 22, 2008 statement emanating from New Orleans Summit on the Security and Prosperity Partnership Agreement made spurious claims. They claim that "they are committed to democratic government, the rule of law and respect for individual freedoms."
|National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers
A violent pre-dawn in Tijuana and other news from Mexico
Around three a.m. (Saturday, 4/26/08) in Tijuana, two rival criminal groups began an armed confrontation which escalated, moved to other points of the city, then engaged police action and resulted in "at least" fifteen dead, six wounded and six others arrested. Each confrontation left either dead bodies on the street or in vehicles...
Joey Vento takes on the cowards
You know Joey Vento. One of my favorite Philly figures who tells it like it is. -- The proud American son of Italian immigrants who stood up for assimilation at his famous cheesesteak restaurant, Geno’s, Vento successfully staved off a city “human rights” panel’s attempt to squelch his free speech.
|Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Border fence target: 300 miles in 8 months
At a cost of up to $4 million a mile, the concrete and steel fence rising along the Southwest border constitutes one of the most ambitious public works projects in years, encompassing legions of federal bureaucrats and a lineup of blue-ribbon contractors...
Interest in immigration tantrums wanes
It's been slow going for Armando Pena as he hits up Waukegan's Latino-owned businesses to drum up donations for next week's Immigration march in Chicago. He leaves a Mexican restaurant with $20. He gets another $10 from a beauty parlor. The Azteca bakery ponies up $620, but rejections are more common...
|Dallas Morning News
Mexican "immigrant" leaders end conference with clear goals
A three-day conference of Mexican immigrant leaders in Dallas illustrated both the depth of Mexican migration to the U.S. and the counterpunch of a crackdown against illegal immigrants. And unlike immigration conferences larded with statistics on demographics, or loaded with how-to sessions by attorneys...
|Grand Junction (Colorado) Free Press
Meddling Mexican visits Grand Junction, whines about Doug Bruce
Mexico would prefer its citizens stay in their home country, contribute to the economy there and earn money there, rather than leave for the United States, said Eduardo Arnal, consul general of Mexico. -- A lawyer and former congressman in Mexico, Arnal stopped briefly in Grand Junction Thursday... [More Mexican meddling]