Where Are the Predators?
Could UAV’s Have Spotted Those Who Died?
|American Patrol Report -- June 27
According to the Arizona Daily Star, five illegal immigrants were found dead Monday through Wednesday along Arizona’s stretch of the U.S.-Mexican border.
Four of the five were found on the Tohono O'odham Reservation. The Daily Star reports that from November 1999 though Mid-November 2007, 229 deaths were recorded in an 18-mile corridor on the eastern part of the reservation.
The Department of Homeland Security claims it is operating 4 Predator B unmanned aerial vehicles for patrolling the Mexican border. They say the Predators are operating out of Sierra Vista, 80 miles east of the Reservation.
Still, reports of successes of the Predator are rare.
Since the crash of CBP’s first Predator B, there has been an on-going discussion over the mixing of unmanned aerial vehicles within civilian airspace. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) told Glenn Spencer (a member of AOPA) that the FAA has issued a ruling that allows the Predator to fly in controlled airspace (above 18,000 feet) along the border. Still, American Patrol can find no evidence that the Predators are in use. “I live on the border and spend evenings listening for any sign of aircraft and have heard nothing that sounds like a Predator,” said Glenn Spencer of American Patrol. -- Read More....
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UAV spotted by ABP
This just in! American Border Patrol reports that a Predator UAV has been spotted over Sierra Vista, Arizona. It was seen flying a "racetrack" pattern just east of Monson Rd. on Canada...
Mexico: US hadn't asked for border-death suspect
Tucson -- A suspect in the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent would not have been released from a Mexican prison had U.S. authorities sought his extradition or even said he was wanted on charges there, a spokesman for the Mexican government said Thursday...
U.S. helps ransom Reyes' kin
U.S. law enforcement authorities helped facilitate a $32,000 ransom payment in Mexico for a relative of a U.S. congressman who was kidnapped last week by gunmen in Ciudad Juarez, a border city with rampant drug smuggling, gunfights and corruption.
|The Spectrum -- St. George, Utah sc
Jason Chaffetz's overwhelming defeat of six-term Rep. Chris Cannon should serve as a warning to incumbents as the 2008 campaign hits full stride. -- People aren't happy, and if they see you as part of the problem, they will vote you out of office...
|KOB-TV -- Albuquerque
ICE attorney arrested for alleged immigrant bribes
Los Angeles -- An attorney for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and his wife were arrested on suspicion of accepting thousands of dollars from both legal and illegal [aliens] in exchange for immigration benefits, authorities said...
Cannon's loss means amnesty is a losing issue
Years of controversy over proposed amnesty for illegal aliens provoked continuous insistence from high-immigration advocates that the issue doesn't hurt them at the voting booth. Case-in-point: Chris Cannon. -- But after serving six two-year terms, the Republican Utah congressman lost to border-enforcement proponent Jason Chaffetz...
|Daily News Transcript -- Norwood, Massachusetts
Governor backs in-state tuition for illegal aliens
Boston -- After backing off his endorsement of in-state tuition for illegal [aliens], Gov. Deval Patrick is again supporting the controversial measure as part of his Readiness Project, the education reform plan unveiled this week. -- "It makes good sense for us economically, and for me it's just a matter of simple justice," Patrick said...
|Dave Gibson -- American Chronicle -- Beverly Hills, Calif.
"United States is stupid"
"United States is stupid...I come back every time." Those words were spoken by Mexican national Rolando Mota-Campos to an immigration agent after his 11th arrest in the United States. Incredibly, Mota-Campos has been deported three times and has vowed to return again after completing his prison term and yet another arguably meaningless deportation to Mexico.
|East Valley Tribune -- Phoenix
Demonstrations over sweeps in Mesa stay peaceful
Divided by a gauntlet of Mesa police officers, protesters on both sides of the immigration debate demonstrated peacefully Thursday in blistering heat. -- By late afternoon, more than 200 protesters - all but about a dozen opposing Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's sweeps for illegal [aliens]...
|William E. Saracino -- Sacramento Union
Blind and blissfully ignorant in Sacramento
Every once in a while, liberalism lets its mask slip, revealing its ugly face. We have such an instance in AB 2076 by Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, D-Arleta. -- For some years now, the federal government has run what is known as the “E-Verify” program... [Also see this CAPS press release and this column by Rick Oltman]
|Monterey (Calif.) Herald
Suspects could face death penalty
Special-circumstance murder charges will likely be filed today against three people suspected of killing a man found bound and shot to death in the trunk of his car outside Gonzales in May. -- Deputy District Attorney Dennis LaBarbera said he would "probably" file special allegations that could make Marisela Zarate, Maria De Andrade and Sergio De La Cruz eligible for the death penalty.
Mexican police commander killed
A federal police commander has been shot dead in Mexico City, the latest in a long line of law enforcement personnel murdered in recent weeks. -- It is likely that he was targeted by drug cartels who are battling the authorities over a clamp down on their drug smuggling operations.
|Salt Lake Tribune
Jail guards to be trained on identifying illegals
Two county jails on opposite halves of the state will soon take a larger role in finding [illegal aliens]. -- The sheriff's offices in Washington and Weber counties announced today they will train jail guards to identify undocumented immigrants and help remove those people from the country...
|Frontera NorteSur -- Las Cruces, New Mexico
ACLU sues Homeland Security over immigrant deaths
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a freedom of information lawsuit June 25 against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for refusing to turn over public documents related to the deaths of dozens of immigrant detainees. Filed in US District Court in Washington D.C., the lawsuit requests that...
|Border Fire Report -- Euless, Texas
Violent illegal alien sentenced to 7 years for re-entering the US
Greenbelt, Md. -- Miguel Montez-Flores, 36, a Mexican national residing in Silver Spring, Md., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. to seven years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for illegally re-entering the country after being deported. Montez-Flores will be deported....
|John F. McManus -- John Birch Society
The plan that never was has now been canceled
On July 31, 2007, the New York Times published a small article claiming that fears about construction of a massive new highway system connecting Mexico to Canada were "urban legend." The article even included a photo of the planned route that would, in effect, bisect Texas. The photo was a conceptual drawing of where the road would be created...
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Photo of the day
Digital game camera catches person walking along trail in Huachuca Mountains south of Sierra Vista, Arizona. Another frame shows a large bear taking the same path....
|Marcus Epstein -- Human Events sc
Cannon's defeat in Utah marks victory for immigration control
Tuesday’s primary defeat of six term Utah Congressman Chris Cannon at the hands of political neophyte Jason Chaffetz was, without a doubt, the greatest electoral victory of the immigration control movement. The election was about one -- and only one -- issue: Chris Cannon’s long support of amnesty for illegal aliens.
|Dan Walters -- Sacramento Bee
California budget meltdown (This is going to be really big)
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state legislators are searching so far, in vain for a solution to the whopping budget deficit that can pass political muster inside and outside the Capitol. -- Lurking in the shadows, however, is fear that California's troubled economy could become even worse than current forecasts indicate...
|Sound Publishing -- Seattle
More than 30 suspected illegals busted
Arlington, Wash. -- Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies, Inc., saw 32 of its employees arrested by agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement the morning of June 26. -- According to Lorie Dankers, a public affairs specialist with the DHS, agents served AMT with a federal civil search warrant...
Arizona woman guilty in illegal alien hiring case
A Sierra Vista (Arizona) human resources manager has pleaded guilty to federal charges of knowingly hiring illegal immigrants and conspiracy to harbor illegal immigrants for profit. -- Carol Hill was one of eight employees of Sun Dry Wall & Stucco Inc. who were charged with the crimes after federal immigration agents raided the business in March 2007.
|Border Fire Report
ICE fugitive operations teams arrest 43 absconders, illegal aliens
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Fugitive Operations Teams arrested 43 fugitive aliens and immigration violators in the Chicago metropolitan area during a five-day initiative that ended Tuesday night. -- "Fugitive aliens" are illegal aliens who fail to appear for their immigration hearings...
|KTAR -- Phoenix Video Included
Sheriff's operation continues in Mesa today, 28 arrested so far
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said his crackdown on immigration and other criminal violators in Mesa has yielded 15 arrests within its first three hours. -- Arpaio dismissed criticism from about 80 immigrant rights advocates who protested outside his agency's office in Mesa and accused the sheriff office of racially profiling illegal immigrants and Hispanics... [Video and related report here] [Video: Phoenix mayor carps about Arpaio]
|Providence (Rhode Island) Journal
Case of illegal alien fires political feud
Here in the smallest state, one of the nation’s biggest issues drew two top elected leaders into a personal, politically charged debate about illegal immigration this week. -- The exchange, between Republican Governor Carcieri and Democratic Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline, was prompted by the arrest of Marco Riz, an illegal [alien.... criminal] from Guatemala...