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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Arizona Arson
Smugglers Suspected in Vehicle Fires

American Patrol Report -- July 3  
Top: Sheriff inspects ATV
Bottom: Severe damage to ATV

    A preliminary investigation into suspicious fires on American Border Patrol's Arizona border ranch points to arson. Two ABP ATVs caught fire, one Monday and one Tuesday only about ninety seconds after each had been started. The quads had been parked alongside one another on Sunday evening. Fortunately the fires did not have a chance to ignite the fuel tanks.
    Yesterday Cochise County Sheriffs inspected the vehicles and agreed that the fires were suspicious. After an inspection of one of the vehicles by the Yamaha dealer in Sierra Vista, the service manager said he had never seen a fire in a Kodiak – ever – much less two within 24 hours.
    The suspected arson occurred after a series of events that raised the level of conflict between ABP and drug smugglers. On June 6 ABP's Mike Christie had an encounter with a smuggler that almost ended in gunplay.
    The next day smugglers offered ABP money to allow them to cross its ranch. They were turned down. The smugglers said they were aware of what ABP did on the border.
    On June 25 the Border Patrol installed vehicle barriers where the Christie smuggler encounter happened.
    All the while ABP's Operation Virtual Vigilance has been helping stop smugglers in the San Pedro River corridor.
    "There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Mexican drug smugglers sabotaged these vehicles to send ABP a message and that is – get out," said Glenn Spencer, head of ABP. "Well my message to them is; we are not going anywhere."
    Spencer said ABP will be beefing up its security systems and appealed to the public for help. Tax-deductible donations may be made here.    
 

Xinhua -- Beijing, China   
Spain says new EU immigration law "necessary"   
Madrid -- Spain believes the newly-approved EU law on the repatriation of undocumented immigrants is "necessary" at a time when unemployment is on the rise in the country, a top official said Wednesday. -- Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vegatold the press that...

Evan Brown -- PolitickerAZ.com -- Phoenix             sc     
Saban claims 'intimidation' partly to blame for low fundraising total   
In the contest to see who can raise more money in the Maricopa County sheriff faceoff, it’s no contest. Joe Arpaio wins hands down. If the money hunt was an actual race, Arpaio would have lapped opponent Dan Saban close to nine times by now.. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

The Examiner  
Study: Northern Virginia hub for "immigrants"   
One in five residents of Northern Virginia is now foreign-born, according to a study by the University of Virginia. -- For the first time in commonwealth history, one in 10 Virginia residents was born outside the U.S. The overall percentage of foreign-born Virginians has doubled since 1990...

Jackson (Mississippi) Sun-Herald   
New state law protects legal workers   
The Mississippi Employment Protection Act became law on March 17 and went into effect on Tuesday. -- SB 2988 passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. African-American, white, Republican, and Democrat legislators voted for this measure. It passed the Senate 52-0 and the House 112-8.. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Lynn Woolley -- Dallas Morning News  
Winners and losers in the illegal alien debate   
There are so many crises affecting the besieged American farmer that it's hard to tell which is worse. The flooding in the Midwest? The possibility that the latest farm bill might get vetoed? New enforcement procedures that threaten to stem the never-ending flow of cheap labor? ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

American Border Patrol       
Trouble brewing on the border
    
While placing American flags on the border fence this afternoon, ABP personnel were visited by a Border Patrol agent. He said to be on the lookout for Mexican military as they are operating in the area. He also said our neighbor to the east was fired on last night. 4:05 PM -- Click here to see the photos.

Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise   
Officials upset about other counties sending convicts to area group homes   
Local officials and residents are bristling over news that San Francisco recently sent eight youths from Honduras -- all convicted of narcotics offenses in that city -- to group homes in Yucaipa, where they subsequently escaped... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

KOAM-TV -- Pittsburg, Kansas  
ICE: 22 gangsters arrested in Wichita   
Wichita -- U.S. immigration officials say 22 Mexican gang members were arrested in a roundup in Wichita. -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement says the suspects were targeted because of their membership or association with four violent street gangs - Vato Loco Boys, Sureno 13, Players for Life and North Side Gangsters. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

American Border Patrol    
Photo of the day
These two Army bears will parachute onto American Border Patrol's ranch tomorrow morning, after jumping out of ABP's Border Hawk M...

Fox News   
Critics: 'MEChA-Boy' Villaraigosa contradicts himself on immigration policy   
...Rick Oltman, spokesman for the immigration advocacy group Californians for Population Stabilization, said the mayor [reconquista fanatic Villaraigosa] can't have it both ways. -- "The mayor wants his police not to be involved in immigration enforcement, yet he wants to harangue the federal government for coming after the criminal aliens in his town which he has virtually set up as a sanctuary city..." ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Midland (Texas) Reporter-Times   
5 at rag factory charged in immigration raid   
Houston -- The owner and four supervisors of a rag factory raided last week by immigration officials have been charged with knowingly hiring and employing undocumented workers. -- U.S. Attorney Don DeGabrielle said in a news release Wednesday that the five were involved in a pattern and practice of hiring [illegal aliens] and knowingly accepting false documents as proof of citizenship. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Associated Press   
McCain to meet Mexican president at end of tour   
John McCain has insisted that his trip through Mexico and Colombia was not supposed to be campaign-related. But there have been plenty of political overtones throughout. -- The Republican presidential hopeful planned an early morning visit Thursday to Mexico City's famed Basilica de Guadalupe... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

KGO-TV -- San Francisco      Video Included   
Newsom 'gets tough' on city sanctuary laws   
San Francisco's mayor has had a change of heart over the city's sanctuary law. After the latest embarrassing incident involving eight juvenile drug dealers who escaped from a group home, Mayor Newsom now says, if young illegal [aliens] are convicted of felonies, the city will turn them over to federal authorities... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Pocono Record -- Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania   
Police find vanload of illegal aliens on I-80   
For the second time in less than seven weeks, a traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Monroe County has led to police discovering [illegal aliens], including previously deported fugitives, according to reports. -- Shortly after noon Tuesday, police arrested 11 Mexican men, none of whom could provide valid proof of U.S. citizenship, in a van on Interstate 80 East in Stroudsburg... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

David R. Francis -- Flathead Beacon -- Kalispell, Montana   
Immigration crackdown may boost U. S. job prospects   
What's needed to discourage illegal immigration into the United States has been known for years: Enforce existing law. -- Amazingly, that is happening now – to some degree. This trend may already be shrinking the flood across the Mexican border and have a modest positive impact on job prospects... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Miami Herald   
After building boom, work eludes day laborers   
...Day laborers such as Javier once powered South Florida's building boom. For almost three years, he worked six days a week, making about $100 a day on construction sites from Miami-Dade to Palm Beach. The work helped him rent an apartment, feed his family and send money back to his southern Mexican village... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Fox News  
Residents angered by group's distribution of Korans   
Some Houston residents are upset after Korans were left on the doorsteps of hundreds of homes in their neighborhood as part of a campaign to educate people about Islam. -- Residents of Braes Timbers in southwest Houston began finding the holy books two weeks ago, MyFOXHouston.com reported... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Associated Press   
Bushmen denied visas to build mud-huts in Virginia   
Staunton, Va. -- Three West African bushmen recruited to build a mud-hut village at the Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia have been denied visas because officials say the men were poor, didn't speak English and failed to convince them that their visit only would be temporary. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Californians for Population Stabilization       
Ask the Schwarzenegger to investigate SF's policies on illegals  
You may have heard the story. Rather than turn over juvenile Honduran drug dealers to federal authorities for deportation, the City of San Francisco escorted them out of the country. When then was found to be illegal, San Francisco housed them in a low-security facility in San Bernardino County... 

Reuters  
Four men found decapitated as Mexico drug war rages   
The severed heads of four men were found dumped on a Mexican street on Wednesday with a message accusing a drug gang kingpin of treachery, police said. -- Neighbors in the northern city of Culiacan found the men's bodies wrapped in plastic sheets and a blanket, with their heads stuffed into white plastic bags. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

ABC News   
Jeb Bush to Join McCain in Mexico City   
ABC News' Bret Hovell Reports: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will join presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain in Mexico City Thursday morning on the last day of McCain's three-day visit to Latin America. -- Gov. Bush's name has been floated in Republican veepstakes chatter. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Tucson Citizen   
Agents make 500 lb. pot bust near Benson   
Border Patrol agents seized more than 500 pounds of marijuana at a traffic stop on Interstate 10 near Benson on Tuesday. -- Agents from the Willcox station stopped a 2001 Ford F-150 truck with a camper shell after a dog alerted them to the drugs, Mike Scioli, a Border Patrol spokesman said. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Las Vegas Review-Journal   
Day laborer sought in death of homeowner   
The woman found dead Friday at her east Las Vegas home has been identified as Otilia A. Soares. -- Soares and her husband were having work done on their house, on Stewart Avenue near Lamb Boulevard. -- The husband left to get supplies from a hardware store. When he returned about 10:30 a.m.... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers         
Latest news from south of the border   
The European Union (EU) is seeking to cooperate with Mexico and the US in combatting narcotraffic. This was indicated when the French ambassador to Mexico, Daniel Parfait, speaking (presumably) for the EU, welcomed the approval of the bilateral Mexico-US Mérida Initiative to combat organized crime...

Chattanooga Times   
Dalton: Need for court interpreters grows with Hispanic population   
Dalton, Ga. -- A son of missionary parents, Kevin Williams returned to the United States from Colombia almost 10 years ago to follow his family’s other vocational path as an interpreter. -- “My family has always worked in the area of interpreting or teaching English. I grew up in that environment,” said Mr. Williams... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Bay Buchanan -- Human Events   
As McCain panders, our borders crumble   
One year ago the American people soundly rejected amnesty for illegal [aliens]. Across the nation, there was heavy sentiment against one if its principal supporters, John McCain. Last November Senator McCain shifted positions -- not abandoning amnesty but putting it instead on the back burner to a secure border... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Atlanta Journal-Constitution   
What should be done with all the illegal aliens?   
In the weeks leading up to the July 15 primary election, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will pose questions to candidates for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Saxby Chambliss. Candidates are given 150 words to answer. The winner of the Democratic primary will face Chambliss and Libertarian Allen Buckley in November... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Michelle Malkin   
Swell: San Diego plans to declare "National Council of La Raza Day"   
The San Diego City Council will vote next Tuesday to declare July 8 "National Council of La Raza Day." -- Well, they already gave their blessing to “Happy ACLU Day” despite the litigious group’s long-standing efforts to take down the Mount Soledad cross. -- The La Raza Twins, Obama and McCain, approve.

KGO-TV -- San Francisco      Video Included   
Newsom 'gets tough' on city sanctuary laws   
San Francisco's mayor has had a change of heart over the city's sanctuary law. After the latest embarrassing incident involving eight juvenile drug dealers who escaped from a group home, Mayor Newsom now says, if young illegal [aliens] are convicted of felonies, the city will turn them over to federal authorities... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Associated Press   
McCain to meet Mexican president at end of tour   
John McCain has insisted that his trip through Mexico and Colombia was not supposed to be campaign-related. But there have been plenty of political overtones throughout. -- The Republican presidential hopeful planned an early morning visit Thursday to Mexico City's famed Basilica de Guadalupe... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

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