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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Our Future: High School Dropouts
The World Will Pass Us By

Lou Dobbs Tonight -- CNN -- August 19  

    Lou Dobbs: Well this nation's public school system is failing an entire generation of students. Tonight, there's more disturbing news about the number of students who are dropping out of high school each year.
    More than a million students drop out of high school nationwide and in the Los Angeles unified school district, the nation's second largest school district, one out of three students drops out. Jefferson High School, in fact, in that district has the worst dropout rate in the entire district. Nearly 6 out of 10 students quit high school there before graduating. The deputy for the school district says the dropout rate at Jefferson High School is, quote, are you ready? Unacceptable. He says the school has a year to lower the rate or the staff and administration will be replaced.
    Now, why in the world, if I may offer my opinion, would you give people who are conducting themselves and performing their duties a year to fix that? What about those 6 out of 10 students who didn't make it?

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From the Associated Press
...Located in South Los Angeles, where new immigrants mostly from Mexico and Central America settle, the area has a large minority population and high poverty. Of its 1,977 students last school year, 45 percent qualified as English learners. More than 90 percent qualified for free or reduced-price lunches...

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Associated Press        sc     
Killer of train passengers gets 11 life sentences    
Los Angeles -- A judge sentenced a man convicted of causing a deadly commuter rail crash to 11 consecutive life terms on Wednesday after denouncing him as a remorseless killer. -- Superior Court Judge William Pounders said he would have imposed a sentence of “forever” on Juan Alvarez, if it was possible...

KPHO-TV -- Phoenix   
Border Patrol officers find pot in furniture    
Naco -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers foiled a creative smuggling attempt at the Naco Port of Entry on Tuesday when they discovered 1,595 packages of marijuana hidden inside wooden entertainment centers coming from Mexico, authorities said... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Washington Post   
Citizens' U.S. border crossings tracked   
The federal government has been using its system of border checkpoints to greatly expand a database on travelers entering the country by collecting information on all U.S. citizens crossing by land, compiling data that will be stored for 15 years and may be used in criminal and intelligence investigations... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Des Moines Register         sc           
Postville plant staff sought 8,000 miles away   
Pacific islanders who live nearly 8,000 miles away from Iowa are preparing to become the next wave of immigrants seeking jobs at the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant in Postville. -- A job recruiter in the tiny nation of Palau said hundreds of his countrymen want to fly to Iowa to work at the embattled plant... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Asbury Park (New Jersey) Press   
Status check plan fuels immigration debate   
Monmouth County Sheriff Kim Guadagno wants the county to take part in a controversial federal program known as 287(g), which deputizes local law enforcement officers as federal immigration agents. -- Guadagno, who had promised to begin the program when she ran for sheriff last year, said she would limit it to checking prisoners' immigration status.. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

KIRO-TV -- Seattle   
Illegal alien guilty in baby's fire pit death   
Kent, Wash. -- A Federal Way father admitted his drunkenness caused the death of his baby boy, when he allowed the infant to fall into a fire pit and burn to death, reported KIRO 7 Eyewitness News. -- Alberto Rios pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in court Tuesday. In doing so, Rios has been advised that he will go to prison and will then be deported, as he is in the U.S. illegally. [More "family values"]

My Fox Atlanta   
Illegal alien arrested in I-85 racing crash   
Police made an arrest Tuesday night in the drag racing accident that shut down part of Interstate 85 during the morning rush hour. -- Police said the crash sent an innocent victim to the hospital with serious injuries. -- Police have confirmed the arrest of a 24-year-old man who they said was the behind the wheel of a car... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Austin American-Statesman  
Illegal alien 'sanctuary city' idea under scrutiny   
Signaling a revival of the illegal immigration debate in the 2009 legislative session, two Republican state lawmakers have asked Attorney General Greg Abbott to weigh in on a thorny subject: "sanctuary cities." -- The term has been used to describe Austin, Houston and dozens of other cities across the United States... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Associated Press   
DPS officer injured trying to stop fleeing truck east of Tucson   
An officer was injured Tuesday morning while deploying a spike strip in an effort to stop a truck that was fleeing from police on Interstate 10 near Benson. -- At 9:09 a.m., an Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer attempted to stop a Chevrolet pickup truck on westbound I-10 at milepost 295 for speeding and a tint violation... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

East Valley Tribune -- Phoenix   
Usual suspects bemoan Arpaio at Phoenix soiree   
...Speakers said Sheriff Joe Arpaio's emphasis on arresting suspected illegal [aliens] is cutting into his agency's ability to respond quickly to emergency calls and investigate serious crimes such as rapes. Furthermore, they said, deputies are routinely infringing on residents' civil rights... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Californians for Population Stabilization     
California Senate poised to ban E-Verify in state!   
The most important action we can take to stop the deluge of illegal immigration is to eliminate the jobs that attract and support illegal aliens. The expansion of the federal E-Verify system is a valuable tool in this effort...

KTAR -- Phoenix  
Agents: Illegals nabbed, fraudulent IDs plant closed   
Detectives have arrested two men in connection with the manufacture and sale of fraudulent government documents, said the Arizona Fraudulent Identification Task Force Squad. -- Juan Jose Santos, 28, and Alejandro Soliz-Reyes, 34, were apprehended on Friday and booked on 14 counts of forgery... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Denver Post  
Suthers: Illegal immigrants cost state $39.8M   
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has told the state's Congressional delegation in a letter that he wants the state to be reimbursed for the cost of incarcerating illegal [aliens]. -- It cost Colorado approximately $39.8 million last fiscal year to house imprisoned illegal immigrants, according to an estimate...

KNVX-TV -- Phoenix   
12 illegals arrested in North Valley   
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office conducted another controversial fight against undocumented immigration Tuesday. -- Sheriff Joe Arpaio deployed a team of 15 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents into the town of Cave Creek...

Orange County Register -- Santa Ana, Calif.   
ACLU / Day Laborer Shakedown: Tentative settlement reached   
Lake Forest, Calif. -- Day laborers reached a tentative settlement in a federal lawsuit against the Orange County Sheriff's Department over soliciting work on public property. -- The deal was reached before a trial that was to have begun Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana.... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Los Angeles Daily News  
Argentine man pleads not guilty to Valley rapes, other charges   
An Argentine man suspected of posing as a photographer and assaulting three victims, including a 14-year-old girl, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to rape and other charges, while police asked other women who may have been victimized to come forward... [More 'family values' that should have stopped at the Rio Bravo]~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers         
Latest news from south of the border   
A group of 28 undocumented Central Americans were “kidnapped” in central Veracruz state by Los Zetas, the armed branch of the Gulf Cartel. They demanded pay to allow them to pass en route to the US. After being held three days in a safe house, the Mexican Army rescued them and turned them over to the immigration...

Charlotte (North Carolina) Observer  
Poultry supervisors plead guilty in South Carolina case   
Seven former House of Raeford Farms poultry plant workers acknowledged they used fake IDs to work at the company's poultry plant here. -- The men pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft in federal court Tuesday, and each faces up to two years in prison before being deported back to Mexico, their home country...

We Get E-Mail      
40 killed in 48 hours in Juarez   
So, the mayhem continues. -- What I found most interesting about this issue, was the opinion of the "expert," professor Payan. -- According to the good professor, there is no cause for alarm, this are TARGETED murders, all the good people of Juarez have to do is STAY OUT OF THE CROSSFIRE!

Associated Press   
More charges filed in Iowa plant immigration raid   
A supervisor arrested after a large immigration raid at an Iowa meatpacking plant was hit with new charges Tuesday including conspiring to hire illegal [aliens]. -- Juan Carlos Guerrero-Espinoza is expected to plead guilty to that charge, as well as aiding and abetting the hiring of illegal [aliens].... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

El Paso Times   
Texas lawmakers consider new immigration laws   
A couple of lawmakers want to know whether Texas can punish employers who hire [illegal aliens] and prohibit cities from adopting so-called sanctuary policies. -- "We need to make sure that we uphold our laws," said state Rep. Frank Corte Jr., R-San Antonio...

D. A. King -- Marietta (Georgia) Daily Journal   
'Mickey Mouse' Mexican IDs pose danger to U.S.   
"Federal officials have arrested alien smugglers who have had as many as seven different Matricula Consular cards in their possession. ... These criminal threats are significant, but it is the terrorist threat presented by the Matricula Consular that is most worrisome." ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Yuma Sun  
Border Patrol agents arrest MS-13 gang member   
A member of the violent Mara Salvatrucha street gang, who previously was arrested as a murder suspect, is back in custody after being arrested near Yuma by U.S. Border Patrol agents. -- The unidentified gang member, a citizen of El Salvador, was arrested Monday night after he illegally entered the country, the patrol said... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

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