Here Come Da Judge
The Illegal Immigration State Faces Court Takeover
|Summary of Dan Walters Sacramento Bee Piece August 23
If Californians are unhappy, they have reason to be
• Unemployment has spiked to 7.3 percent as a recession that began with a meltdown in the housing industry spreads to other sectors, especially retail.
• Although tens of thousands of Californians have undergone foreclosure on their homes, many thousands more still face that prospect. Home values continue to tumble.
• The economic slump has worsened a seemingly perpetual state budget crisis
• The deficit estimate doesn't include the $8 billion that J. Clark Kelso, a receiver appointed by a federal judge, is demanding from the state to improve health care in the state's 170,000-inmate prison system.
• Meanwhile, still another federal judge has, in essence, seized control of the state's water system, ruling that continued exports from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are illegally damaging fish populations.
|Fayetteville (Arkansas) Morning News sc
Secure Arkansas continues push
Springdale -- Jeannie Burlsworth is not giving up her effort to get illegal [aliens] banned from receiving certain state services. -- The founder of Secure Arkansas was in Northwest Arkansas last week to assure supporters she remains committed even though her group failed to gather enough signatures to place an initiated act on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.
|KTVK-TV -- Phoenix
Rescue mission involving large group of illegals underway
Gila Bend, Az. -- A search and rescue effort is underway in the Gila Bend-area. -- MCSO deputies, U.S. Border Protection officers and the Department of Public Safety are participating in this mission involving a large group of suspected illegal immigrants, two of which are confirmed dead...
||American Border Patrol
Photo of the day
Line of people getting ready to cross border. Screen grab from ABP's Virtual Vigilance Camera system last evening. Video later.
|NBC5-TV -- Dallas
Reconquistas call off boycott of car dealership
Irving, Texas -- "Hispanic leaders" called off a boycott of a popular North Texas car dealership on Saturday. -- Activists called for the boycott after Oscar Urbina, an illegal immigrant, was arrested after a broken car deal. Both sides now say it was a big misunderstanding...
|Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch
Illegal alien arrests multiply at Fort Lee
The construction boom at Fort Lee is causing a significant increase in the number of illegal immigrants being arrested on the base compared with arrests at other military installations. And the number of arrests is likely to increase as the number of workers grows over the next year...
Report: Postville raid missed many illegals
Des Moines, Iowa -- Almost 70 percent of people targeted for arrest in a May raid at a meatpacking plant in Postville escaped prosecution. -- That's according to a story in today's Des Moines Register that also finds that [illegal aliens] prosecuted after the raid used Social Security numbers stolen from people in at least 25 states...
|National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers
Latest news from south of the border
An initial review of Mexican media sites today revealed the ever present, widespread and even growing accounts of blood, gore, beheadings, assaults and other criminal activities. In tune with that, the attachment to this report is an editorial section cartoon titled “Vast Reign of Terror” in today’s “El Universal”, a major Mexico City newspaper...
|Yeh Ling-Ling and Fred Elbel -- Denver Post
What do voters really want?
According to many recent polls, most Americans believe the nation is "headed on the wrong track." What should presidential candidates do to effectively address voters' concerns? -- High energy and health care costs are on the minds of most Americans. They are also concerned about their jobs, the future of their children, and our swelling national debt....
Homeland Security comes to Vermont
Derby Line -- The changes started coming slowly to this small town where the U.S. border with Canada runs across sleepy streets, through houses and families, and smack down the middle of the shared local library. -- First was the white, painted lettering on the pavement on three little side streets -- "Canada" on one side, "U.S.A." on the other...
||American Border Patrol
Naco BP station overwhelmed
American Border Patrol reports that agents working out of the Naco Border Patrol station were overwhelmed with illegal alien invaders last evening....
|Los Angeles Times
Immigration lawyers' misconduct targeted in federal proposal
The Bush administration has quietly proposed to overhaul the disciplinary process for lawyers practicing in the nation's immigration courts, aiming to weed out abusive and incompetent ones. -- The proposed changes would set new minimum standards of conduct for the attorneys and give judges greater power to punish them...