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"Couch Patrol" Launches Monday
Operation Virtual Vigilance Ready to Go

American Patrol Report-- July 5  

    After a delay to allow correction of technical difficulties having to do with camera scheduling , a system of border cameras controlled over the Internet that Fox News labeled the "couch patrol" last April, will begin full-scale operation this Monday, July 8, according to American Border Patrol.
    Originally conceived by ABP in September of 2005, the border camera system, now called Operation Virtual Vigilance, can be controlled over the Internet, including pan-and-tilt and camera controls (zoom, etc.). At present ABP operates two systems, both on is ranch in Southeastern Arizona. One camera is stationary and the other, with its solar power, can be moved from place to place. More systems are to be added to the system in the near future.
    Color and thermal cameras are used.
Wireless Internet
    The camera systems are linked by a wireless IP system produced by Motorola that allows central control of the cameras from as far away as forty miles from the base station and each camera can be operated from anywhere on the Internet... Read more....

Houston Chronicle         sc    
Cubans using Mexico as springboard to U.S.   
Playa del Carmen, QR, Mex. -- Most of the millions of visitors to Mexico's Caribbean coast can't wait to plunge into the turquoise waters, but a growing number come with exactly the opposite intention. -- The thousands of Cubans illegally sailing here on makeshift rafts or sleek speedboats scramble for dry land... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Joe Guzzardi -- VDare.com  
Congressional Democrats blocking vote on birthright citizenship   
When air travel resumed several months after 9/11, my Guatemalan-born nephew and a group of his classmates traveled to England as part of an exchange program. -- When the young men arrived in Miami, customs officers asked passengers with U.S. passports to form one line...

New York Times Editorial         sc    
False victory at the border   
...The Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California, San Diego, recently did the radical thing of talking to border-crossers about why and how they come. In a survey of undocumented immigrants from four Mexican states, it found that fewer than half are caught by the Border Patrol... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Fox News   
3 decapitated bodies found with dead snake, threatening message in Mexico   
Mexico City -- A report from the state prosecutor's office obtained by The AP says the bodies were found Friday in a car trunk in Culiacan, capital of the Pacific coast state of Sinaloa. They were mutilated and bullet-ridden. The discovery comes just two days after four other decapitated bodies were found in the city... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Minneapolis Star-Tribune  
Two supervisors arrested at Iowa kosher plant   
Two supervisors at a kosher meatpacking plant in Iowa where hundreds of illegal [aliens] were rounded up in May were arrested Thursday on criminal immigration charges. -- Federal prosecutors said they had also issued an arrest warrant for a third man described by workers as one of the plant's managers.~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

El Porvenir -- Mexico City  -- Roughly Translated  
McCain's "enforcement first" message irks Mexicans, carping ensues   
Leaders of the Mexican immigrant community considered offensive pronouncement of the virtual Republican candidate for the presidency of the United States, John McCain, in favor of the wall before an immigration reform. -- Interviewees separately, the leaders said that his visit to Mexico was a mockery against the Mexicans...

Salisbury (North Carolina) Post   
Woman charged with issuing fake I.D. cards to illegal aliens   
A Mount Pleasant woman is facing federal charges for issuing identification cards to illegal [aliens]. -- Authorities had been investigating Susan Honeycutt, 50, a license examiner at the Albermarle DMV, for about 18 months. She has been a license examiner since 1999... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Boston Globe  
McCain gets a good review in Mexico   
Mexico City -- Presidential hopeful John McCain called for a "tamper-proof" temporary worker program, promoted free trade, and praised joint drug-fighting efforts yesterday as he finished a three-day tour of Colombia and Mexico... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Denver Post   
Reconquistas plan tantrum during Democrat convention   
Denver -- An immigrant rights group is planning a march during the Democratic National Convention in Denver next month to make sure the party doesn't forget their cause. -- Nita Gonzales of the We Are America Alliance said Wednesday she expects from 5,000 to 50,000 people at the march on Aug. 26... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Black, Hispanic gangs kill each other over turf   
Latino gang members were hunting for black people in the Harbor Gateway community of Los Angeles. -- Age was not a factor. Neither was gender. -- Cheryl Green, 14, was on her scooter, talking to friends when a hail of bullets killed the 8th-grader and injured several other black youngsters... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Al Día -- Dallas  
More Mexicans leaving U.S. under duress   
Two hours were enough for José Luis Sánchez and his family to pack their most valuable belongings in two vans – items accumulated in 10 years of living in the Dallas area. -- With his wife, children and their suitcases in place, Mr. Sánchez closed the door of his Mesquite apartment for the last time, sat at the wheel...

American Patrol Report  
McCain and the Virgin   
McCain, shown here examining an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, needs a history lesson. As explained to us nearly ten years ago, the Virgin, was once known as Tonatzin, an Aztec earth goddess... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Yeh Ling Ling
Roanoke (Virginia) Times
Immigration panel should hear other side     
...As an immigrant who used to prepare amnesty and other immigration applications, I wish to point out that, according to a study released by Rand Corp. in November 2006, health care provided to illegal adult immigrants costs about $6.4 billion a year nationally....

Dallas Morning News   
McCain vows to boost aid to Mexico police fighting drug war    
... Mr. McCain’s support for comprehensive immigration reform has made him popular among ruling party officials here, along with his support for the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mr. McCain’s Democratic rival, Barack Obama, has called for a renegotiation of the treaty.

Grand Junction (Colorado) Sentinel  
Illegal alien arrested after allegedly raping child   
A 25-year-old Grand Junction man faces charges of first-degree sexual assault and forced sexual assault of a child after he allegedly picked up a 14-year-old girl near Grand Junction High School on Sunday and raped her at his home. -- Armando Aldama-Torres admitted guilt in court Tuesday to Mesa County Court Judge Gretchen Larson, who set Aldama-Torres’ bond at $60,000... [More of Bush's pet fiends] ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Prime Buzz -- Kansas City Star   
Hispanics upset with Democratic Party & Kay Barnes?   
There's been some rumblings lately in political circles and on local blogs that a Democratic mailer critical of U.S. Rep. Sam Graves' record on immigration may backfire on his Democratic challenger, Kay Barnes. -- Earlier this week, Kansas City Councilwoman Beth Gottstein sent a note to Ken Franklin, executive director of... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

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