Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
U.S. Government Fails to Protect Its Territory
|Lou Dobbs Tonight -- CNN -- August 8
Casey Wian (CNN): U.S. Congressman Duncan Hunter Friday wrote to the secretaries of Homeland Security and State demanding to know what action is being taken to stop Mexican military incursions. He says the recent Arizona incursion wouldn't have happened if the Bush administration had simply complied with the Secure Fence Act of 2006. It mandated 700 miles of double-layered fencing be built along the border, including the area where the Mexican military crossed last weekend, by May of 2008. Last year, the White House and Congress scaled back the fence construction plans to 370 miles by the end of this year.
Rep. Duncan Hunter: Unless you really build a border, you always leave plausible deniability for the other guys, for the people on the south side of the border including elements of the Mexican military that assist the drug trade to come across and claim that they simply made a mistake.
Wian: The Mexican embassy says in a statement "Law enforcement operations have led, from time to time, to innocent incursions by both U.S. and Mexican law enforcement personnel and military units into the territory of both nations."
A spokesman for the border patrol says its investigation into the incident has determined that there is now no question Mexican troops were, in fact, inside the United States. The border patrol adds that it is still, quote, "working with the Mexican government to ensure that this ceases to occur"
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Drug dealers buy Washington vineyards to hide pot
Wapato, Wash. -- Across central Washington’s fruit bowl, farmers are buying vineyards, hoping to establish roots in the area and capitalize on the booming wine industry. -- Authorities believe some of the buyers are living in Mexico and their vineyards are producing tens of thousands of illegal marijuana plants...
|New York Times
Invaders stir up Bound Brook, again
Four years after the federal government found that Bound Brook was unfairly targeting Hispanic residents for housing violations, the borough found itself once again embroiled in a debate about what municipalities can do to curb illegal immigration....
|Jim Kouri, CPP -- Canada Free Press -- Toronto
Open-borders fanatic Luis Gutierrez calls ICE agents "Gestapo"
Adopting the rhetoric of the radical left, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) explicitly compared the actions of the ICE agency to those of Nazi Germany’s most infamous secret police force, the Gestapo. -- In response to that despicable comparison, the Federation for American Immigration Reform is joining officials of the DHS in condemning Mr. Gutierrez’s statement...
Man deported for fifth time; similar cases on rise
Javier Ixtlapale-Teozo was an old pro at being detained by law enforcement officers when Pittsburgh police stopped him in June. -- He told the officers his name was Gonsalo Hernandes-Rojas, that he was born May 29, 1978, in Acapulco, Mexico, and that he was in the United States illegally. Everything but the name turned out to be true.
|KTAR -- Phoenix
Illegal alien wanted on warrants charged in QC school gun case
The man whose gun ended up in the hands of the 12-year-old Queen Creek boy accused of taking it to school is now himself in trouble with the law. -- The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested Fernando Martinez-Cura for the unlawful possession of a firearm...
Officials work to ID 9 victims of deadly crash
Tucson -- Officials from four countries worked Friday to identify the nine people killed in a crash involving a sport-utility vehicle packed with suspected illegal immigrants. -- The Guatemalan Consul General in Phoenix, Oscar Padilla, said at least five survivors of Thursday's crash are from El Salvador and three are from Mexico....
|The Times-News -- Burlington, North Carolina
ICE: 'We don't participate in checkpoints'
Rumors that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were going to assist law enforcement officers during traffic checkpoints this weekend are unfounded, officials say. -- "ICE does not conduct on traffic and will not be participating in traffic checkpoints," said ICE spokeswoman Barbara Gonzalez on Friday...
|KKTV -- Colorado Springs
Douglas Bruce objects to county training for illegals
State Representative Douglas Bruce is demanding action against El Paso County employees who he says were involved in training that would protect illegal immigrants. -- Bruce says members of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office Victims Advocacy Department attended a training course recently...
|Palm Beach Post
Feds arrest 321 suspected gang members in South Florida
Federal immigration agents announced today they arrested 321 suspected members of street gangs in South Florida many of whom are immigrants. -- According to the U.S. ICE, those arrested operated from Lake Worth to Miami and were associated with gangs including MS-13, SUR-13...
|Jim Kouri, CPP -- The Common Voice
Invasion USA: High-tech security visas sold on Mexican black market
United States immigration and State Department officials fear that their newly developed, high-tech visas are being sold on the Mexican black market. -- The US government hoped the newly designed visas would help in curtailing rampant illegal immigration at the Mexican border, but investigators...
|National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers
Latest news from south of the border
At least 26 Mexican “migrants”, four of them women, were detained by municipal police in the vicinity of El Centinela Hill when a people trafficker was attempting to cross them to the United States border. -- “The presumed “pollero”, identified as Alejandro Quintero Gonzalez, was driving a van through a desert area by the above mentioned hill almost at the point of...
|Los Angeles Times
Mexico anti-drug general is ousted
Ensenada, BC, Mex. -- In Mexico's drug war, Gen. Sergio Aponte Polito racked up crime-fighting credentials worthy of the Dark Knight, making record seizures of drugs and weapons and forcing out top Baja California law enforcement officials he accused of corruption and of having links to organized crime...
|Arizona Daily Star -- Tucson
U.S. will have to tear down tunnel barrier in Nogales
U.S. officials have determined that part of a barrier constructed by the Border Patrol in a storm-water tunnel beneath Nogales is in Mexico and must be torn down. -- Representatives from the U.S. and Mexican sections of the International Boundary and Water Commission conducted a pair of surveys in the past two weeks...
|WMAQ-TV -- Chicago
Consulate Cautions Mexican Nationals At O'Hare
The Mexican Consulate in Chicago issued a warning Friday evening to Mexican nationals to carry proper identification and be cautious when arriving or going to meet relatives at the world's second-busiest airport. -- The consulate has reviewed at least a dozen instances this year in which visitors from Mexico to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport were detained...
Illegal aliens get help from fund
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