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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

When Is A Fence Not A Fence?
Playing Word Games With America's Security

American Patrol Report  
This is not a fence.

    In Wednesday's New York Times report on the border, says DHS Secretary Chertoff has acknowledged that " as of last month, about 309 miles of fence had been built." This differs greatly from a recent report from the American Border Patrol that says DHS has built only 95 miles of border fence, and very little of it is of the double fence specified by the Secure Fence Act of 2006.
    One difference is that much of the fencing for which Chertoff is taking credit has been in existence for more than ten years, long before the Secure Fence Act of 2006. Adding the old and new fencing gives a total of 183 miles along the Mexican border, not 309 miles as claimed by DHS.
    Why the big difference? ABP and DHS figures differ because ABP includes in its fence survey only those structures that are designed to keep people out whereas DHS says a fence can let people in, but keep vehicles out. "Ask the average person who sees a bollard-style vehicle barrier outside a federal building if that is a fence and he will say, no," said Glenn Spencer of ABP. It is clear that the DHS is playing word games with national security.
    Adding fencing and vehicle barriers ABP reports there is total of 312 miles. This agrees well with DHS's figure of 309 miles. .. Click here to read more

WOAI -- San Antonio   
Driver claims he didn't know illegals were in his truck   
Officers thought they were about to watch a drug deal go down, but ended up making a human smuggling bust instead. -- Seven illegal immigrants were found in the back cab of an 18-wheeler Tuesday night at a truck stop off IH-35 South... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Des Moines Register      sc
Advocates ask why owners aren't facing any charges   
...At a congressional hearing, they also strongly questioned why the owners of the Agriprocessors Inc. have not yet been charged by federal authorities. -- "The ones that are encouraging people to break the law walk away," said Rep. Donald Payne, D-N.J....~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Nashville Tennessean   
Border Patrol looks to Tennessee to meet quota   
U.S. Border Patrol recruiters are in Tennessee, looking to the state and the Southeast as a recruiting hotbed for two typically unusual partners: outdoorsmen and African-Americans. -- Agents will launch a four-day, statewide recruiting pitch in Nashville today to help hire 2,900 agents by the end of the year... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Sierra Vista (Arizona) Herald / Review   
More border fence to be constructed   
Federal officials plan to build more than 200 miles of fencing in Arizona along the U.S.-Mexico border, including a significant portion in the region. -- The fencing is intended to assist U.S. Border Patrol agents in reducing illegal cross-border activities... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

East Valley Tribune -- Phoenix  
Guadalupe to weigh dropping pact with sheriff   
Guadalupe [Az.] leaders will discuss whether to end the town's contract with Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office during a special meeting tonight. -- The meeting comes days after the sheriff's office touted the arrests of 11 suspected illegal [aliens] in Guadalupe...~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Kansas City Star  
Myers calls on companies to help stop illegal immigration   
The government cannot stop illegal immigration on its own, Julie Myers, the head of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, said today in Kansas City. -- It needs businesspeople to keep their eyes open for possible undocumented immigrants working for them, she told hundreds of human relations executives...  ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Federation for American Immigration Reform H2B    
Three down, one to go! Keep the calls coming!   
Last night, Democratic Leadership partially capitulated and agreed to strip three of the four immigration amendments from the Iraq War Funding Bill that is on the Senate floor this week. The move came when Senator Robert Menendez...

Topeka (Kansas) Capital-Journal   
Catholic school sued over ‘English only’ policy   
Four Hispanic families are suing St. Anne’s Catholic School over a policy that requires students to speak English at all times while at school. -- The lawsuit, filed Monday, calls for an end to the policy and asks for an order barring similar policies at other diocese schools. It seeks the return of one student to the school who was allegedly kicked out... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

My Fox Houston   
Cop-killing invader killer spared death penalty, victim's family upset   
Houston -- The family of a police officer killed in the line of duty says they are "heartbroken" by a jury's decision to spare the killer's life. -- Some are calling the jury's decision nothing short of amazing after the illegal immigrant, who confessed to killing a Houston police officer, was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Mohave Daily News -- Bullhead City, Arizona  
Illegal alien arrested on child molestation charge   
Mohave County sheriff's detectives arrested Rodrigo Ramirez Cadena, 32, of Fort Mojave Friday night on suspicion for felony molestation of a child and child abuse. Cadena was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. Cadena, an illegal immigrant, was arrested at a residence... [More of Bush's pet fiends]~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Arizona Daily Star -- Phoenix  
Governor balks at assuming border burden   
Gov. Janet Napolitano is balking at putting Arizona National Guard units along the international border at state expense to replace troops from across the nation who are being withdrawn. -- Napolitano said Tuesday that U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has ignored her request to delay the planned end... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Triangle Business Journal (North Carolina)   
Poll: Most support community colleges' ban on illegals   
Illegal [aliens] have no place in the state's community colleges, Triangle Business Journal readers overwhelmingly said in our most recent online poll. -- From May 14 to May 20, visitors to TBJ's Web site were asked, "Was the N.C. Community College System right to bar illegal immigrants from degree programs?" ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Houston Chronicle  
Shifts in cartel alliances fuel shootouts in Mexico   
At least eight men were killed in related shootouts Tuesday as shifting alliances feed the already vicious rivalries among Mexico's criminal empires. -- Initial press reports quoting town officials in western Durango state said the clashes between rival drug cartel gunmen killed as many as 19. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Walter Moore for Mayor of Los Angeles
"LA is the safest it has been since the 1950s...."     
That is a direct quotation from Mayor Villaraigosa's State of the City address, which he delivered on April 14, 2008, while surrounded by police officers. -- Compare Villaraigosa's assertion to the following quotation from this morning's Daily News... AP Internal Use Only

WOAI -- San Antonio   
Illegal aliens found locked in 18-wheeler   
They thought they were going to make a drug bust, but instead police ended up saving the lives of several illegal immigrants. -- Officers found the [aliens] stuffed inside the cab of an 18-wheeler Tuesday night at a truck stop off I-35 South and Somerset. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Christopher S. Bentley -- John Birch Society   
Mexico's border violence and the Security and Prosperity Partnership   
Lou Dobbs reported yesterday on still more gangland-style executions along the border, one of them an American. -- Because of the recent surge in violence, Newsweek interviewed "Roberto" (not his real name), an American living in San Diego, to recount his story while he was visiting family in Tijuana..." ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Cybercast News Service   
Killer's attorney works for the Mexican government   
An illegal alien is facing the death penalty after being convicted May 8 of capital murder in the 2006 death of Houston police officer Rodney Johnson. The attorney who tried and failed to have him found not guilty by reason of insanity was paid by the Mexican government, according to newspaper and television reports. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

OpEdNews.com -- Newton, Pennsylvania   
Oklahoma recalls bill that would have facilitated NAFTA superhighway   
The Oklahoma State Senate voted to recall a bill that would have further facilitated plans for the NAFTA Superhighway to run through the state. There were fears that parts of Bill 1507, which dealt with Foreign Trade Zones, were tied to the superhighway which is to extend from Mexico to Canada... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

ACLU Press Release  
ACLU claims ICE raids are 'reckless and unconstitutional'   
..."ICE's immigration raids have been so sweeping that they have ensnared U.S. citizens, including innocent children, in their dragnet," said Caroline Fredrickson, director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office. "There are no regulations controlling ICE's reckless raids, and ICE routinely violates due process while conducting raids..." ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Michelle Malkin   
Feinstein/Craig illegal alien farmworker measure "jettisoned"…for now   
Last night, I told you about the GOP letter to Harry Reid pressuring the Dems to strip the Feinstein/Craig illegal alien farmworker amnesty from the Iraq emergency supplemental appropriations bill. -- Sometime in the wee hours of the morning, it happened... [Related NY Times item]~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Numbers USA   
AgJOBS Amnesty Scam: Vote possible today   
Today, the full Senate will continue debate on the Iraq war supplemental spending bill (H.R. 2642). A vote on the immigration-related portion of the bill, which include an amnesty for illegal alien agricultural workers and other measures that increase immigration levels, could occur as early as this morning. Please call your Senators now... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers         
Latest news from south of the border   
If someone were to assert that despite all its problems the country is in the process of vanquishing the drug cartels few would believe it. The reality is that according to the numbers and the terrible images of violence which accompany them the country is at least in a situation in which it might be able to reduce narcotraffic significantly....

Pocono Record -- Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania   
Illegal aliens, fugitives arrested on I-80 traffic stop   
State Police at Swiftwater picked up three fugitives and four illegal aliens in a traffic stop at 1:57 a.m. Monday on Interstate 80 in Stroudsburg. -- Police pulled over a van swerving in and out of the lane of travel. The driver could not provide valid identification. The other six occupants of the van also could not provide identification. They said they were from Mexico. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Arizona Republic -- Phoenix   
52 suspected illegal aliens nabbed   
Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies arrested 52 men and women suspected of being in the country illegally in a number of traffic stops and calls for service in outlying areas of the county on Monday night and early Tuesday morning... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

American Patrol Report   
Spencer to be locked up!   
Reliable sources say that American Border Patrol's Glenn Spencer will be locked up in Sierra Vista on May 28. Some say Spencer may be going to behind bars for good. Click here to get the inside scoop on what some are saying is one of the "Most Wanted" in Sierra Vista! ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Fort Worth Star-Telegram   
Hispanic lawmakers upset with Democrats   
Rep. Joe Baca, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, is steamed. Latinos have become a political "punching bag" this year, the California Democrat complained recently, attacked by "the misinformed" and "the misguided." ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

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