Mexican Heroes: Drug Smugglers
Traffickers are Heroes in Sinaloa
|TIME Magazine -- May 30
Mexico's Drug War Goes 'Behind Enemy Lines'
...Many Sinaloans hail the traffickers as heroes, saying they have fought hard to bring wealth to the hardscrabble region, and crediting them with helping the poor by rebuilding houses, buying medicine and handing out extravagant Christmas gifts. Their exploits are celebrated in song in narco corridos or drug ballads, which are banned on radio and television but are immensely popular on the street, where the gunslingers are often referred to valientes, or brave ones and stores with names like "Mafia Clothes" sell gold chains of Kalashnikov rifles to heavily armed men in alligator-skin boots who drive huge, gleaming pickups. "These guys are scared of nothing," says Mercurio Sanchez, 50, a record store owner. "They have no fear of the police, the army or even the DEA."
|San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News
Beach flats tantrum denounces illegal alien raids
The sounds of protesters -- not tourists at the Boardwalk -- echoed through the streets in Beach Flats late Friday afternoon. -- The rally denounced the immigration raids earlier this month that led to the detainment of hundreds of people statewide. In the Bay Area, federal ICE agents arrested 25 illegal [aliens] May 20-21.
Dump the Mexican Reconquista L. A. mayor
Los Angeles can and should be the envy of the world. Instead, our city is a mess, and it gets worse each month. We can't afford four more years of a mayor who spends all his time running for the next office, staging photo-ops and going on out- of- town trips. We need a competent, full-time working mayor...
|Mobile (Alabama) Press-Register sc
Alleged phony ID ring nets charges
A federal grand jury in Mobile on Friday indicted four men who investigators say conspired to produce fake identification documents for people in four states. -- The investigation centered on two men whom Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents initially knew only as El Padrino and Charlie...
|Nevada Appeal -- Carson City
Illegal alien suspected of harassing boys
A 27-year-old South Lake Tahoe man was jailed Thursday on $25,000 cash bail after two young boys said he repeatedly asked them to leave the Lakeside Inn with him. -- Nery Mejia-Miranda was booked for two counts of unlawful contact with children, a gross misdemeanor...
|Daily News-Sun -- Phoenix
Mexican gets 20 years in illegal alien hostage case
A 45-year-old man from Mexico has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for his role in holding 76 illegal [aliens] hostage in a Peoria home, according to the U.S. attorney for Arizona. -- A jury found Rufino Valdez-Lopez guilty in October on five counts related to the April 2007 kidnapping.
|Eugene (Oregon) Register Guard sc
Two illegal aliens sentenced for shooting
Two illegal immigrants who were involved in shooting a man outside a Springfield apartment in April, during an ambush that was motivated by the shooter’s jealousy over a woman, were sentenced to prison terms Friday in Lane County Circuit Court...
|KNSD-TV -- San Diego, Calif.
Police sweep North County for illegal aliens
Officers have a list of more than 100 people who have criminal records and have already been formally deported. They believe these people are dangerous, and they want to move them out of Escondido for good. -- "We're not about just taking people because they are illegal," said Escondido police Officer Russ Whitaker.
Agents find 16 illegals, marijuana
Sixteen illegal immigrants, two with criminal records; 2,600 pounds of marijuana; and human skeletal remains were found by Border Patrol on Thursday, authorities said. -- Agents with the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector found an abandoned Chevrolet truck on the Tohono O'odham Nation Thursday morning...
|Media Matters for America
"Media Matters" kooks now complaining about Neal Boortz
While discussing reports that six Muslim women were fired from a Minnesota tortilla factory because of dress code violations, Neal Boortz asked: "Muslims, making tortillas? You know, this world is really screwed up when Muslims are making our tortillas, folks." He added: "I mean, with all of the illegal Mexicans in this country, we can't find some Mexicans to make those tortillas?"
|New York Times sc
Drug massacre leaves a Mexican town terrorized
Villa Ahumada, Chih., Mex. -- A massacre here two weeks ago has turned this once sleepy town into a ghostly emblem of the drug violence that has swept Mexico over the last year and a half, gutting local police forces, terrifying citizens and making it almost impossible for the authorities to assert themselves...
|The Triton - Megayacht News
The cost of hiring 126 illegal aliens: $6.8 million
A family owned commercial fishing business in Virginia and two of its owners paid $6.8 million in fines and forfeitures after pleading guilty to hiring 126 illegal aliens to work on their boats. -- The charge is a misdemeanor and federal prosecutors had recommended home confinement in addition to the monetary penalties...
|Pat Buchanan -- Yahoo News
Is Bush becoming irrelevant?
After losing both houses of Congress in the 1994 election, Bill Clinton expostulated: The president of the United States is not irrelevant! -- On learning his trusted aide from Texas Scott McClellan has denounced as an "unnecessary war" the same Iraq war McClellan defended from the White House podium, George Bush must feel as Clinton did...
|National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers
Latest news from south of the border
In an editorial titled "United States, like an ostrich," the newspaper stated that, "The United States had the opportunity to demonstrate real commitment in the fight against narcotraffic with the Mérida Initiative. They wasted it." The editorial quoted Calderón as saying, "The border violence basically obeys one clear fact: the United States drug market is the largest in the world..."
|Lou Dobbs Tonight -- CNN Video Report
Obama guarantees 'comprehensive immigration reform'
Senator Barack Obama guaranteed a new comprehensive immigration reform plan within his first year in office during a lengthy interview this week with Spanish language TV network, Univision. [Transcript here] -- Our thanks to Lone Wolf for the video clip.
|Phyllis Schlafly -- WorldNetDaily.com
The deadly cost of 'free' trade
"Chinese Counterfeits and American Failures," the title of a congressional hearing on April 29, laid bare a shocking problem: A counterfeit ingredient in a blood-thinner widely used in surgery, combined with the Food and Drug Administration's failure to inspect Chinese imports, appears to be responsible for at least 81 deaths in the United States...
State checking collegians’ Social Security numbers
The Arkansas Department of Higher Education has begun checking students’ Social Security numbers and alerting colleges and universities if they appear invalid. -- Jim Purcell, the department director, said Thursday that the goal is to ensure that illegal aliens aren’t allowed to pay instate tuition rates...
|Salem (Oregon) Statesman Journal
Mexican caught with methamphetamine gets 16 months
A motorist caught with a pound of cocaine and more than four pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop in southwest Oregon last month has been sentenced to 16 months in prison. -- Prosecutors said 31-year-old Luis Antonio Goribay Luna will likely be deported to Mexico after he completes the sentence for unlawful delivery of meth.
Traffic stop nets arrests of illegals
A Siloam Springs police officer made a traffic stop Sunday that resulted in the arrest of several illegal [aliens]. -- At 2: 49 a. m., the officer observed a vehicle with only one working headlight traveling east on U. S. Highway 412, according to Brenda Balk, administrative services manager for the Siloam Springs Police Department...
|Los Angeles Times
Marijuana 'grow houses' are creating problems in Arcata, Calif.
LaVina Collenberg thought she had ideal tenants for her tidy ranch-style home on the outskirts of this university town nestled in the redwoods of the North Coast. Then the 74-year-old widow received an urgent call last September from a neighbor, who said firefighters had descended on the house she had rented to a pleasant young man from Wisconsin...
|Oklahoma City Oklahoman
Illegal alien arrests in Oklahoma on the rise
The number of illegal [aliens] removed from the Dallas area and Oklahoma increased dramatically in recent months, according to the Department of Homeland Security. -- If the pace of the first five months of this fiscal year continues, the federal agency could see about a 40 percent increase in the number of...