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Begging the Question
What Does Border Security Mean?

CNN -- June 21  

Analysis: McCain's uphill battle on illegal immigration
    In 2007, McCain's sponsorship of comprehensive immigration reform angered conservatives and very nearly derailed his presidential campaign.
    At a Republican debate at the Reagan Library in January, McCain was asked whether he would still vote for his original measure.
    "No, I would not ... because we know what the situation is today ... that people want the borders secured first," he said.
    McCain's critics were reassured.
    "The original proposal, I opposed. Sen. McCain's new proposal, I support, which is to ensure you have border security before you have any other type of reform," L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich said. [...]
    CNN asked the McCain campaign for a response to (Obama campaign's communications director, Robert) Gibbs' comments. A spokesman said, "Despite the wildly misinformed opinions of Barack Obama's spokesman, John McCain fundamentally believes that we need to secure our border, and then move forward to address the need for immigration reform in a respectful and compassionate manner that recognizes that we are all God's children. That's his position yesterday, today and every other day -- before all the groups he meets with.''
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Warner Todd Huston -- Publius Forum     sc   
McCain promises he'll revive disastrous amnesty schemes   
Last year, the so-called Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 (Senate bill 1348) went down to a resounding defeat thanks to the vigilance of talk-radio and the blogs. John McCain was a leading voice in favor of passage in the Senate... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Dave Gibson -- NewsByUs.com  
The Catholic Church encourages illegal immigration   
As countless child sex abuse scandals have rocked the Catholic Church over the last several years, American families have been leaving the church in droves. As American men and women whisk away their children from the potential risk of molestation in the Catholic church, they also take their much needed money... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Arizona Daily Star -- Tucson 
California illegal alien-smuggler gets 5-year term   
A California man will spend five years in federal prison for trying to smuggle eight illegal immigrants into the United States last year, a U.S. district judge decided Thursday in Tucson. -- Kenneth George Claunch Jr., was found guilty in February of multiple illegal entrant smuggling charges... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

New Orleans Times-Picayune   
Illegal immigration bills may return in next year's session   
The sponsor of legislation designed to crack down on illegal [aliens] and those who help them said Friday his package of bills is dead for this session but he may bring them back next year after meeting with all sides on the hot-button issue.... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Rosanna Pulido -- Immigration Watchdog   
Juan McCain and Illinois Hispanics   
I was one of the 150 people at the Drake Hotel in Downtown Chicago Wednesday night who came to hear John McCain speak to Illinois Hispanics. -- Personally, as an Original Minuteman who attended the Historic Minuteman Border Watch in 2005 on the Arizona/ Mexico border, and returning 2 more times... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Madras (Oregon) Pioneer   
Illegal alien gunman sentenced in robbery   
The gunman in two separate robberies at Ahern's Grocery and Deli, Jos‚ Armando Garcia-Toscano, 28, of Madras, was sentenced June 13 to nearly six years in prison. -- Garcia-Toscano pleaded guilty to two robberies at Ahern's -- in December 2007 and again in January. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Brownsville Herald   
Breaks in border fence have residents suspicious of DHS's plans   
When the border fence is constructed along the Rio Grande, Fermin Leal will watch as the barrier slices through the backyards of his neighbors, bypassing his 500-acre farm in San Pedro. -- The fence's trajectory, incontiguous and largely unexplained, has left many border residents suspicious of the federal government's plans... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

American Border Patrol    
July 4th border banners     
American Border Patrol announced that it will place personalized border banners on its ranch border this 4th of July. Anyone who would like to “stand up and be counted” for border enforcement can now do so from the comfort of their home, said Glenn Spencer, head of ABP... Click here for complete event information if you plan to attend in person.

Washington Post   
Plan to fingerprint foreigners exiting U.S. is opposed   
The airline industry and embassies of 34 countries, including the members of the European Union, are urging the U.S. government to withdraw a plan that would require airlines and cruise lines to collect digital fingerprints of all foreigners before they depart the United States, starting in August 2009... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Walter Moore, Candidate For Mayor of Los Angeles   
Villaraigosa's out-of-town "$10,000 chair" fundraisers   
Hey, have you ever seen the invitations that career politicians like Villaraigosa send to developers and other special interests that do business with the City Hall? -- Now you can. I have obtained, for your reading pleasure, copies of the actual invitations for Villaraigosa's recent fundraisers, including the following... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Los Angeles Times      Video Included   
L.A. County jails to expand immigration screening   
...Sheriff's officials, who have been trained by federal authorities to screen for illegal [aliens] at the jail, have interviewed nearly 20,000 inmates since the controversial program began more than two years ago. They have referred 10,840 people to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for possible deportation... [Additional video courtesy of 'Lone Wolf'] ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Los Angeles Times   
Minutemen, others march in L.A. to protest illegal immigration   
Dozens of protesters, including anti-illegal-immigration Minutemen and community activists, march along Broadway in downtown L.A. to decry violence by illegal [aliens] and to demand that the Los Angeles Police Department change its controversial policy limiting when someone can be questioned about their immigration status. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Newsday -- New York   
Tensions over illegal aliens in New Jersey town   
Plainfield, NJ -- A federal lawsuit challenging a landlord's right to rent to illegal [aliens] has stoked tensions over [illegal] immigration that have been rising for years in this diverse city of 50,000 south of Newark. -- A prominent anti-illegal immigration group filed suit against a Plainfield-based property management company earlier this month, seeking to set a legal precedent... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers         
Latest news from south of the border   
Mexican federal officials have ordered a top-to-bottom, in depth investigation of the “INM” (Instituto Nacional de Migracion; the Mex. Immigration gov’t. agency) This has been triggered by the recent “kidnapping” of 37 undocumented aliens, an episode which revealed a network of people traffickers...

EU illegal immigration law faces knife-edge vote   
Strasbourg, Alsace, France -- A law that allows illegal [aliens] to be detained for up to 18 months faced a knife-edge vote in the European Parliament on Wednesday due to left-wing opposition and doubts among other lawmakers, EU officials said... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

WSB -- Atlanta   
Another DUI Mexican charged in hit and run death   
Police have arrested a 15-year-old Mexican national in the hit-and-run death of a 19-year-old woman. -- The Athens Banner-Herald reports an Athens-Clarke County police officer spotted a pickup truck believed to have been involved in last Saturday's incident while on patrol Friday. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Salt Lake Tribune   
Squaring off over immigration   
In 1996, when Chris Cannon was first elected to Congress, the federal government estimated about 5.8 million undocumented immigrants were living in the United States. Today, by most estimates, the number has doubled. -- In each of Cannon's recent re-election campaigns, he has been turned into a human piñata for anti-illegal immigration groups... [Related: A Phony Republican] ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Mexican Rag Snit: Ex-teacher accused of stomping Old Glory   
A former teacher in Idaho has been charged under a state law that bans desecration of the U.S. flag after he allegedly threw Old Glory on the floor of an administrator's office at Minico High School and stomped it, breaking the pole and ripping the flag from its fastenings... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

D. A. King -- Gwinnett Daily Post -- Lawrenceville, Georgia  
Governments fail to follow law, verify their employees   
A December 2005 Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Zogby poll showed that about 80 percent of Georgia citizens were fed up with the illegal immigration and illegal employment crisis and wanted the state government to address the issue... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Leo Banks -- Tucson Weekly   
Let's climb the wall   
One morning recently, rancher John Ladd was awakened by a phone call from a Department of Public Safety dispatcher. It seems that horses had wandered through some fencing that had been trampled by illegal aliens, and the animals were running loose on Highway 92, two miles north of Ladd's San Jose Ranch near Bisbee... [Also See American Patrol Feature 'Designed to Climb']

Arizona Daily Star -- Tucson  
Feds plan 57 towers in AZ to watch for illegals   
The Department of Homeland Security is planning to put up 45 surveillance towers and upgrade 12 existing ones to create a virtual fence targeting 81 miles of Arizona's U.S.-Mexican border. -- Plans revealed in a draft environmental assessment for the "Tucson West" project — the next phase of the Boeing Co.-led SBInet... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Ohio Jobs & Justice PAC   
Victims of illegal aliens memorial   
In honor of Americans killed by illegal aliens. -- Deaths that could have been prevented if Congress and the President would have secured our border and enforced existing U.S. immigration laws. -- Each day a victim's name will be added to the memorial... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

McCain's immigration zigzag   
In a gutsy move, presumptive Republican nominee John McCain dared Democratic rival Barack Obama to a face-to-face meeting next month, at the annual convention of the National Council of La Raza [aka the Tan Klan], a [Mexican reconquista] group... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

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