Border Fence Nonsense
Chertoff Ignores Will of Congress
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||American Patrol Report -- May 8
A recent survey of the border by American Border Patrol reveals that most of the newly constructed 'fencing' along the border with Mexico falls far short of what Congress mandated in 2006. According to the Secure Fence Act of 2006, the Department of Homeland Security was to build at least 700 miles of double layered fence along the border with Mexico. However, based on aerial surveys conducted by the non-profit organization, DHS has constructed fewer than 120 miles of fence. Most of what DHS is calling a fence is not a fence at all, but a vehicle barrier. For example, since October of 2006, DHS has constructed one 70-mile section of vehicle barrier in Arizona that seems easily overcome by well-financed drug smugglers. According to ABP since mid-January of 2008, only six miles of new pedestrian barrier has been constructed.
ABP is working to complete the analysis of its most recent survey data by this weekend.
|The Express-Times -- Elizabeth, New Jersey sc
Illegal alien gets prison for fraud
Mario Leonel Flores-Cabrera said he came to America from Guatemala for a better life and never wanted to hurt anyone. -- For the past 10 years, Flores-Cabrera held a steady job, paid taxes, bought a home and raised a family, but he did it all with a stolen identity...
|KSAT-TV -- San Antonio Video Included
Plane carrying illegal alien crashes in Texas
Pleasanton, Texas -- A plane that skidded off the runway was just the start of what police said was the end of a bi-national trek for an illegal [alien]. -- Law enforcement officials stopped a car carrying a woman, two men and a child about the same time state troopers received a call for a plane crash at the Pleasanton airport...
"Immigrants" wary; officials deny bias
Immigrant enclaves across the region say they are feeling a local backlash as federal authorities conduct large-scale raids nationwide, tracking down and deporting [illegal aliens]. Yet elected and appointed officials say immigrants are not being singled out, and that leaders have been working hard to...
33 suspected illegals arrested at site of new U. S. courthouse
Federal immigration agents raided the construction site of a new federal courthouse in Richmond on Monday, arresting 33 workers on charges of violating federal immigration laws and being in the United States illegally, officials said yesterday....
|Fox News Houston
Illegal alien guilty of killing Houston policeman
Less than six hours after jurors began deliberating the fate of an illegal [alien] accused of murdering a Houston police officer on Thursday, the jury said they have reached a verdict. -- Jurors convicted Juan Leonardo Quintero-Perez of capital murder shortly before 6 p.m. [central time].
|KMSB-TV -- Tucson sc
Governor signs bill targeting drop house providers
Phoenix -- Gov. Janet Napolitano has signed into law a bill making it a crime in Arizona to help provide locations for use as drop houses for smugglers to temporarily house illegal [aliens]. -- The bill makes it a mid-tier felony for people to lease or sell homes that the owner or agent knows will be used as drop houses...
|Mesa Mayor Keno Hawker -- East Valley Tribune -- Phoenix
Local governments must be willing to take on immigration
There has been a lot of discussion lately concerning whether Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio should notify Mesa Police Chief George Gascón prior to conducting immigration sweeps in Mesa. -- Of course he should. It’s not only a matter of professional courtesy but, more importantly, safety...
10 smuggling suspects arrested off Key West coast
U.S. authorities detained 10 suspected alien smugglers piloting boats off the South Florida coast in a period of 24 hours, the Coast Guard announced Wednesday. -- The Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection air and marine crews intercepted the suspected smugglers between Miami and Key West, the Coast Guard said.
|San Diego Union-Tribune
Construction of fence across Smuggler's Gulch to start in June
More than two years after a precedent-setting move by the federal government cleared a path around environmental laws and legal challenges, the construction of a stretch of border fence across a deep canyon known as Smuggler's Gulch is set to begin next month.
|Los Angeles Times
Fired Los Angeles carwash employee joins in calling for a boycott
A former Los Angeles carwash employee who alleges that he was fired for publicly speaking out about being illegally underpaid joined others Wednesday in calling for a boycott of local carwashes. -- "This is a fight," Jose Torres said in Spanish during a news conference outside his former workplace, Vermont Hand Wash.
|Gaithersburg (Maryland) Gazette
Sheriff: Checking legal status not pricey
Sheriff Chuck Jenkins is disputing a report released Tuesday that places an annual price tag of $3.2 million on a program that allows his deputies to check the immigration status of everyone arrested in Frederick County. -- "Much of it is not factual information," said Jenkins (R) on Wednesday...
|East Valley Tribune -- Phoenix
Maricopa County OKs $1M for illegal alien sweeps
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to give the sheriff’s office nearly $1 million to capture illegal immigrants, despite strong objections from small-business owners. -- Members of the Arizona Small Business Association asked the board to hold onto the money until it was sure...
|Laguna Journal -- Laguna Beach, Calif.
Mexican drug cartels infiltrating colleges and high school campuses in US
In a recent drug bust at the San Diego State University Federal agents and SDSU police culminated a yearlong investigation into drug dealing around campus and found it to be more sophisticated, more pervasive and more dangerous and far reaching than they expected or have seen before...
|Arizona Republic -- Phoenix
Fountain Hills sweep yields similar illegal alien-arrest result
Critics have railed against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for concentrating his "crime-suppression efforts" in neighborhoods with a high percentage of Hispanic and Latino residents. -- So this week, he took the operation to Fountain Hills, where Arpaio lives and few Hispanics do...
|Fort Smith (Arkansas) Times Record
Suit: Spanish driver's license tests illegal
A Fort Smith illegal-immigration opponent has filed suit against the Arkansas State Police because it gives driver’s license instructions and examinations in Spanish... -- “We feel the lawsuit has merit because it violates the English-as-official-language statute,” said Sam "Chip" Sexton III, who represents Joe McCutchen.
|Chris Adamo -- OpinionEditorials.com
John McCain's "Reverend Wright moment"
...In a speech delivered on Friday, May 1, McCain telegraphed his sympathies to illegal immigrant advocacy groups, who demand amnesty as a means of vastly enlarging their political beachhead in this country. It is from that enhanced position of strength that they plan to overwhelm any future efforts to protect and uphold the integrity of America as a sovereign nation.
|KCEN-TV -- Temple, Texas
Additional people test positive for Tuberculosis at local elementary school
The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District says two more people from Provident Heights elementary in Waco have tested positive for Tuberculosis. -- Officials won't say whether they are students or teachers. 33 staff and students were tested last week after the school was notified that a person at the school had tested positive for the illness.
|East Valley Tribune - Phoenix
Deputies detain 13 at suspected Mesa drop house
Maricopa County sheriff's deputies raided what they believed was an illegal [aliens] drop house in north Mesa on Wednesday, arresting 13 people who were possibly also being held there against their wills. -- Authorities did not know whether any of those arrested were kidnappers or "coyotes" - human smugglers...
|Mark W. Lowry -- The Conservative Voice
Marxist New Life "Church" spreads in U.S.
Marxists who want to destroy US sovereignty changed tactics after failed attempts to pass amnesty legislation under the euphemism "comprehensive immigration reform." They now use "Church" fronts to disguise their intent. The national Iglesia Nueva Vida (New Life Church) has been set up to promote Marxist invasion...
|East Valley Tribune - Phoenix
Supervisor: Arpaio has 'gone too far' in sweeps
Joe Arpaio's latest round of high-profile crackdowns on illegal [aliens] is drawing accusations from one prominent county leader that the sheriff is guilty of racial profiling. -- Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox on Tuesday became the first member of the Board of Supervisors to publicly scold Arpaio's...
|Times News -- Burlington, North Carolina
Illegal alien jailed on ID theft charges
A woman who purchased a Texas woman's name and social security number to get a job in Alamance County was charged with identity theft. -- Alamance County Sheriff's Department received a call from Veronica Arias of Combes, Texas last week. Arias reported to authorities that someone was using her name and social security number...
|Mike Cutler -- News With Views
Illegals from 'special interest' countries flocking to New Mexico
Two news articles recently appeared in their respective newspapers. -- Both articles deal with the same news story but the difference in the way that the stories were written is significant. -- The first article makes it clear that the aliens who attempted to procure driver's licenses through fraud were from so-called "special interest countries," that is to say...
Mexican drug cartels recruit Soldiers
Los Zetas, a notorious Gulf cartel hit squad formed by elite Mexican army deserters, is making an audacious pitch for new recruits by appealing to soldiers and other deserters from the Mexican army. -- The bizarre recruiting campaign promises good pay, free food, medical care, cars, and even loans to army soldiers...
|WWMT-TV -- Kalamazoo, Michigan
Illegal alien pinned man between cars
We're learning new information about a man police say tried to crush someone with his car. -- Kalamazoo Township Police say Galdino Raeyes-Morales, an illegal [alien], is now facing a number of charges. -- They believe he got into a fight with his sister and brother in law Sunday and chased them down in his car...
|National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers
Latest news from south of the border
The number of dead in the war against narcotraffic already exceeds three thousand 500 hundred. On average, 205 members of the different factions have died on a monthly basis between Dec. 2006 and April of this year. In contrast, the monthly average of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq is around 100...