Vallejo Leads the Way, Other Cities and Entire State may Follow
|London Telegraph -- May 24
Californian city of Vallejo declared bankrupt
An entire Californian city in the once-booming Bay Area has become the latest victim of America's property crash when its elected leaders declared bankruptcy.
The fate of Vallejo - official motto: "City of Opportunity" - has sent shock waves across the country as scores of other local authorities also struggle to balance the books in the face of slumping incomes.
Councillors took the drastic step because falling property tax revenues mean they can no longer pay the generous salaries negotiated for firefighters and police officers during the flush years. [...]
...."Chapter 9 bankruptcy is very uncommon," said Lisa Fenning, a former bankruptcy judge in Los Angeles. "Many municipalities are facing heavy salary and pension commitments which they might not have revenues to support. This could be precedent-setting."
|Chicago Daily Herald sc
Illegal alien mystery health tab
Springfield, Ill. -- As the state's unpaid medical bills continue to climb, Illinois has enrolled thousands of undocumented immigrant children into Gov. Rod Blagojevich's All Kids insurance program, yet officials don't know how much taxpayers are spending on their care....
|Dallas Morning News
Feds bust Asian drug ring in Tarrant County; 15 arrested
Federal authorities on Thursday broke up a Tarrant County-based Asian drug ring that imported thousands of pounds of high-potency marijuana into North Texas from Canada in the last three years, according to U.S. Attorney Richard Roper's office...
|Boulder (Colorado) Daily Camera
Carlisle backs cheap tuition for illegal aliens
Democratic state Senate candidate Cindy Carlisle announced this week that, if elected, she will sponsor legislation to grant in-state tuition to [illegal alien] college students who meet three criteria. -- According to Carlisle, who is currently serving as a University of Colorado regent, students seeking to qualify would...
|Keene (New Hampshire) Sentinel sc
Traffic stop nets several Brazilian illegals
A routine traffic stop Wednesday morning ended with the arrests of seven illegal [aliens] living at two homes in Keene, police said. -- Keene Police Officer Robert S. Collinsworth stopped a vehicle around 8 a.m. for failing to yield to traffic entering the Main-Marlboro-Winchester streets roundabout...
|Jacksonville (Texas) Daily Progress
Illegal alien held in shocking rape case
A 48-year-old disabled woman was allegedly raped Saturday morning just hours after being released from the Intensive Care Unit of a local hospital. Juventino M. Pizano, a 25-year-old illegal [alien], was arrested for the crime. -- The victim underwent surgery May 19 to insert a catheter into her heart... [More of Bush's pet fiends]
UCLA performed liver transplants on Japanese gang figures
UCLA Medical Center provided liver transplants to four Japanese gang figures, including one of Japan's most powerful gang bosses, over a period when several hundred Los Angeles-area patients died while awaiting transplants, according to a published report...
Schwarzenegger to hold 'Hollywood' meeting on drugs
Mexico City -- Visiting California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said he will hold a Hollywood meeting on drugs and immigration between Mexican and US officials. -- "We'll hold the meeting in Hollywood. It will be full of action, in true Hollywood style, and I really hope all the border governors will come to Hollywood for the meeting," he said...
8 tons of cocaine, 3 machine guns, 25 years
A man was sentenced in Tucson on Thursday to 25 years in prison in the funneling of more than 17,000 pounds of cocaine through a drug tunnel on the Arizona-Mexico border, officials said. -- Francisco Valle-Hurtado, 38, of Naco, Son., guarded cocaine loads with a machine gun after they passed through the tunnel...
Illegals seek refuge in California churches
Simi Valley, Calif. -- One of the most dramatic stories in America's immigration saga occurs here every Sunday morning on Royal Avenue outside Simi Valley United Church of Christ. -- In this affluent, well-scrubbed community... a handful of people, bearing American flags and signs, parade up and down the sidewalk.
|Glenwood Springs (Colorado) Post-Independent
Cops nab van of illegals near Avon
An illegal [alien] accused of transporting 11 other illegal [aliens] on Interstate 70 through Avon was arrested Thursday morning. -- Esqaiel Casares Montiel, 22, of Mexico, was heading east to Chicago with eight men and three women in a Chevrolet minivan when he was pulled over by Avon Police about 9:30 a.m...
|Carl F. Horowitz -- National Review
Union of the Snake, en Español
Unfortunately, corruption is a way of life in Mexico. And labor unions, as much as any institution, demonstrate that fact. The National Union of Education Workers or SNTE (Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educacion), is a case in point: for decades, the 1.4 million-member labor organization has represented...
|KRGV-TV -- Weslaco, Texas Video Included
Start date set for construction of border wall
Construction of the border fence in the Valley is scheduled to begin on July 25. That date was just made public. -- The border wall will be constructed from Rio Grande City to Brownsville. A total of 22 miles of a cement border wall will be cut into the levees in Hidalgo County...
|National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers
Latest news from south of the border
Some 40% of Juarez' 1,659 police officers have gone through a multi phase security screening process including polygraph and toxicological exams as well as personal background checks. Juarez police are now not allowed to take their issue firearms with them when they head home after work...
|Center for Research on Globalization -- Montreal, Quebec Video Report
Security and Prosperity Partnership: Origins, structures and impacts
In this interview Janet Eaton provides an overview of the origins, structures and impacts of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP), a NAFTA - plus initiative within a 'security' fortress America framework which is being executed, beneath the radar screen of public....
|Glenn Beck -- CNN
Slavery alive and well in U.S.
"Jobs Americans just won't do." -- I can't stand that line, but more importantly, I don't even understand it. -- Americans spend months at a time at sea fishing for crab or drilling for oil; two of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Americans clean bathrooms, subway stations and crime scenes...
|KTVK-TV -- Phoenix
Maricopa deputies arrest 16 illegals, 1 smuggler
Despite Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano taking away $1.2 million dollars given by the Arizona State legislature to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to enforce the state felony human smuggling law, Sheriff's deputies continue to enforce that law with the arrests of 18 more illegal aliens over-night on felony charges.
|Inland Valley Daily Bulletin -- Ontario, Calif. sc Poll on Page
Checkpoint rage lingers in Pomona (catches too many illegals)
Councilwoman Cristina Carrizosa has requested the issue of traffic checkpoints be discussed next week after a heated City Council meeting Tuesday that brought out all sides and viewpoints. -- At issue is the need and operation of checkpoints, which Tuesday spawned broad comments on subjects as wide ranging as racism, illegal immigration and heavy handed police response.
|Dallas Morning News
U.S. conditions threaten Mexico anti-drug package
Mexico will tell the U.S. to keep its money, if the U.S. Congress insists on linking a proposed anti-drug aid package to a series of human rights and legal conditions along with whittling down its dollar value, Mexican politicians, analysts and a top law enforcement official said Wednesday....
|WGAL-TV -- Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Police bust illegal alien suspect in hit-and-run of 69-year-old woman
York County, Pa. -- Police in York County said that they arrested a man who was driving a car that struck and injured a 69-year-old woman in February. -- Alejandro Aleman, 34, was arrested in Laredo, Tex., earlier this month. He was then transported to York County, where he was arraigned Wednesday night...
|KPHO-TV -- Phoenix
2 alleged illegal alien smugglers arrested
Two human smugglers and 16 illegal immigrants were detained on Interstate 17 near Camp Verde this week, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said. -- On Sunday, deputies stopped a white Chevrolet Suburban that was impeding traffic. The unlicensed driver, 26-year-old Martin Custodio-Perez, told deputies he was...
|WFAA-TV -- Dallas
Mexican national charged in stabbing death of infant
McAllen, Texas -- A teenage mother who sparked a frantic citywide search Thursday when she told police her infant daughter was kidnapped in broad daylight is now accused of stabbing the baby girl to death. -- Angelica Gutierrez, 19, was arrested Thursday on a charge of capital murder... [More "family values"]
|Walter Moore, Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles
City hall too busy helping illegals to consider Jamiel's law
Nearly three months have passed since young Jamiel Shaw, II was murdered by an illegal alien gang member. -- Mayor Villaraigosa doesn't care if the same thing happens to your child: he continues to provide "sanctuary city" protection not just to illegal aliens who come here to work, but also to those who come here to kill...
Japanese are loath to rebuild workforce through immigration
Tokyo -- When threatened by soaring oil prices in the 1970s, Japan's response was swift, smart and successful. -- t transformed itself into the most efficient user of energy in the developed world, thanks to government leadership, engineering skill and a public that embraced conservation...
|We Get E-Mail
Meddlesome Mexican Fox chats with Napolitano about illegals
(Translated) -- The former president Vicente Fox Quesada met with the governor of Arizona, Janet Napolitano, where he asked for respect and worthy treatment for the migrants. -- In the Capitol Building of Arizona, Fox Quesada and Napolitano had a "friendly", but "firm" encounter, where the ex-president of the PAN party underlined the need to arrive at an immigration agreement...
|KGBT-TV -- Harlingen, Texas Video Included
Ethnic-hustlers fret local enforcement effort
A recent string of police chases, accidents, arrests and deaths of [illegal aliens] in western Hidalgo County has one Hispanic rights group concerned. -- La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) chapter for the Rio Grande Valley said they are concerned that local police in several Hidalgo County communities are improperly acting as immigration officers.
|Palm Beach Post
Border patrol catches possible smugglers, illegals
Federal officials caught three undocumented Brazilian nationals and two suspected smugglers trying to land a boat near Sandsprit Park over Memorial Day weekend, according to a statement released Thursday evening. -- CBP Air and Marine agents along with Martin County sheriff's officials intercepted a boat named "Keep Walking" as it approached the park...