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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

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Will Chertoff Fence Fall Short?
Construction Slows to Snails Pace

American Border Patrol -- August 26  
"The American public has been loud and clear in their call for secure borders." – Michael Chertoff

    An aerial survey of the border conducted in late July 2008 found little progress in building the fence along the U.S./Mexico border. American Border Patrol found that only eight miles of new fencing and four miles of new vehicle barriers had been completed since its last survey in April.
Most of the new fencing, 4.4 miles, was added at Lukeville, Arizona (see video), with the rest, 3.6 miles, being split among El Paso, Texas (video), Columbus, New Mexico (video), Yuma, Arizona (video) and Calexico, California (video). Construction had begun on the final three miles of double fencing at the Pacific Ocean south of San Diego.
    According to its press release of December 7, 2007 the Department of Homeland Security said it would complete 670 miles of pedestrian fencing and vehicle barriers this year. "At the rate of a little more than1 mile of fencing per month for the last three months, and more than 350 miles of fence and barriers to go, I don't see how DHS is going to come close to meeting its promise," said Glenn Spencer, head of ABP and pilot of the aerial survey airplane.
    Spencer said ABP will conduct another aerial survey at the end of September to check on progress of the border fence. ABP is the only non-governmental organization that performs eyes-on surveys of border fence progress. (To help them do it, click here.)   
Red DotRelated item: SBInet faces construction delays

Fox News               sc        
RNC: Sparks fly on the issue of illegal immigration   
Minneapolis -- All eyes may be on Denver this week, but the RNC began their meetings to draft an election platform today ahead of next week’s convention. Sparks flew when delegates got into debate over illegal immigration, which reflected where John McCain originally stood on the issue, but has now taken a more conservative stance... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

San Diego Union-Tribune   
Border Patrol chase ends with crash    Oceanside, Calif. -- Two men who led a border patrol agent on a brief chase early Tuesday morning have been arrested and will be deported, officials
said. -- The pursuit started when the suspected illegal immigrants were spotted driving an older model Chevrolet pickup truck on Mission Avenue... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

San Francisco Examiner   
I-409 aims at illegal aliens in Washington   
Olympia, Wash. -- Supporters of an illegal [alien] initiative have until December to collect about 225,000 signatures to send it to the Legislature. -- I-409 would deny public benefits and driver's licenses to illegal [aliens]. And, employers would have to verify that workers are in the country legally. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Associated Press  
Update: Nearly 600 detained in Mississippi plant raid   
Federal officials say nearly 600 suspected illegal immigrants were detained in a raid on a manufacturing plant in southern Mississippi, making it the largest such sweep in the country. -- A spokeswoman says more than 100 of those caught up in Monday's raid on Howard Industries were released based on humanitarian concerns...

US Human Rights Network   
"Human rights" fanatics up in arms over Mississippi ICE raid   
On Monday August 25, U.S. ICE conducted a raid at Howard Industries in Laurel, Mississippi that resulted in the arrest of more than 350 [illegal aliens.... scofflaws]. Among the many arrested workers were heads of households and pregnant women. While Catholic Social Services and other community organizations... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

NBC Sports   
Report: LPGA to force players to learn English   
Orlando, Fla. -- The LPGA Tour boasts players from all over the world, and it wants all of them to be able to speak English. -- Golfweek magazine reported on its Web site Monday that speaking English will be a requirement starting in 2009, with players who have been LPGA members for two years facing suspension... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Trailblazers Blog   
Meddling Mexicans, others keep tabs at Democratic convention   
Conventions attract party activists, fat cats, media types, protesters - and most of the diplomatic corps posted to Washington. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright hosted a party for 100 or so diplomats in Denver to schmooze the folks who might be running this country in a few months... [More Mexican meddling] ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

News 8 TV -- Austin, Texas   
Police on scene of possible alien smuggling   
Police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are on the scene of a possible [alien] smuggling operation. -- At this point, police are looking for four suspects. -- Austin police chased a truck across Interstate 35 to Oltorf Street at speeds of up to 95 miles per hour. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Houston Chronicle   
Town wonders if it's next to face immigration raid   
Perry, Iowa -- Immigration agents had barely left Postville when word hit Perry, about 200 miles to the southwest, that another raid was coming. -- The rumor, which turned out to be false, spread like prairie fire through this central Iowa city's Hispanic community, reflecting a new reality for many small towns that can't be shaken... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Biloxi-Gulfport (Mississippi) Sun-Herald   
Illegal alien gets eight years, then deportation   
A man who was in the country illegally when he left the scene of a deadly accident faces deportation after serving an eight-year sentence imposed Monday. -- Raymoundo Rojas Garcia told Circuit Judge Lisa Dodson he had been in South Mississippi without proper documentation about a year when his pickup struck a motorcycle... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

KRGV-TV -- Weslaco, Texas                  sc         
Dozens of illegals busted in stash house raid   
Edinburgh -- Dozens of illegal [aliens] are in custody after a stash house raid. -- The bust happened just minutes ago at an apartment complex on Jasper and Jackson. -- ICE and Border Patrol agents found at least 50 illegal [aliens] in the apartment... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Arizona Daily Star -- Tucson  
Illegal alien injured sneaking into the U. S.   
A 35-year-old Mexican woman broke both her ankles early this morning trying to scale the border fence in Douglas. -- At 2 a.m., a Border Patrol agent working near the international line east of the Douglas port of entry on Jefferson Avenue heard faint yelling for help... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Tampa Tribune  
Brown-Waite, sheriff clash over handling of rape cases   
When Hillsborough County deputies arrested Rigoberto Moron Martinez on a domestic violence-related charge on Aug. 5, they knew he was a suspect in another investigation in St. Petersburg. -- They soon suspected he might be in the country illegally as well... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Denver Post  
Amnesty faces new president   
Congress can adopt comprehensive immigration reform in the first year of a new president's administration, U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., said Monday. -- "This has been a mess for decades but it's time to fix it," said Lofgren, chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Orlando Sentinel   
Immigration sweep nabs 49, including 24 in Orange County   
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 49 fugitives and immigration violators in a Florida sweep that included 24 Orange County residents, an agency spokeswoman said Monday. -- The arrests, part of a three-day operation last week, continued a push to apprehend and remove immigrants who had been ordered deported...

American Border Patrol       
Photo of the day   
Wolf, one of Stars pups, goes after dragon fly in ABP's fish pond on Sunday. Screen grab from video....

KNXV-TV -- Phoenix   
20% of Maricopa County inmates are illegals   
After 18 months of intense immigration and human smuggling operations, more than 16,000 inmates in the Maricopa County were determined to be [illegal aliens]. -- According to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, 60 ICE trained detention officers have conducted over 106,000 interviews... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Associated Press   
350 suspected illegals nailed in Mississippi plant raid   
Federal immigration agents arrested some 350 suspected [illegal aliens] workers in a raid on a Mississippi electrical equipment plant Monday, authorities announced, hours after sealing all entrances amid reports their sweep had idled normal operations... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers         
Latest news from south of the border   
A tractor-trailer truck overturned on the Mexico-Cuauhtémoc highway in the state of Chiapas with 37 undocumented Guatemalans inside. Two were injured and all were turned over to federal police. The Guatemalans had been confined to a hidden compartment in the trailer under planks...

Associated Press   
Border Patrol: Expect more checkpoints   
Port Angeles, Wash. -- Watch for more impromptu U.S. Border Patrol immigration checkpoints around the north Olympic Peninsula, an agent says. -- One such checkpoint was set up Friday near the Hood Canal Floating Bridge. Another was used about six months ago near Forks... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

San Francisco Chronicle   
Court sets aside drug case against Honduran juvenile   
A San Francisco court set aside a drug-trafficking case Monday against a 14-year-old Honduran immigrant - a ruling that juvenile justice officials fear will undermine Mayor Gavin Newsom's new policy requiring that such offenders be held for possible deportation... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Associated Press   
Police say cartels give OK to hit targets in US   
El Paso -- Warring Mexican drug cartels have given their hit men permission to cross into the United States to kill their targets, according to warnings received by U.S. authorities. -- Police and federal agents told The Associated Press about the warnings Monday, and officials along the border are beefing up security... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

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