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Friday, August 29, 2008

When Success Means Failure
Why Border Patrol Agent Is Dead-End Job

San Francisco Chronicle -- August 29  
Agent stares at border monument in middle of desert.

High turnover rate hurts Border Patrol
   ... The Border Patrol's struggle to keep new hires has become more evident as the agency comes close to meeting President Bush's target of 18,000 agents by the end of the year, up from 12,000 two years ago and double the number from eight years ago. The hiring surge means 42 percent of agents have less than three years on the job. [...]
    Boredom is another job hazard. Agents in Imperial Beach wait alone in parked Jeeps and pickups, waiting for migrants to jump the border fence and make a run for the nearest patch of stores and homes.
    Darin Bowdin of Sacramento, who joined the station in October 2006, wants to be promoted to a special unit - like all-terrain vehicles, horseback, boat patrol or SWAT-style teams - but those jobs are off-limits until he finishes two years.
For now, the 27-year-old says: "I've just got to sit my time on the line watching the fence."
 Red DotAmerican Patrol Observation: Real success means fewer than 20,000 apprehensions per year.
     If we had 20,000 agents, this would mean each would apprehend one illegal alien a year. If one agent catches 15, another might go fifteen years without an apprehension. This is insane. No one would stay on the job. The entire system should be designed to work with 5,000 agents, or fewer. That means a double fence and high technology – at least.
 

Reno Journal-Gazette                sc   
Nevada Hispanic Services announces immigrant policy   
The new Nevada Hispanic Services immigration policy statement pledges the organization will advocate for immigrants in legal proceedings, lobby for immigration law reform and offer advocacy and educational services to immigrants. -- Jesse Guiterrez, executive director of the group, said the policy was written in response to inquires...

Daily Tar Heel -- University of North Carolina  
Students aim to fight anti-illegal alien policy   
Instead of merely regrouping after a three-month vacation, a student group found itself planning a summit on college access for undocumented immigrants at its first meeting of the year. -- When the Coalition for College Access members left in May, their strategy for fighting anti-illegal [alien] education policy had some loose ends. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

American Patrol Report   
McCain scores big time with Palin   
Glenn Spencer says Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, McCain's pick for VP, has no record on illegal immigration. -- "McCain has scored a home run," Spencer added. [Palin was also a member of the Buchanan Brigade]

Editorial -- Newsday -- New York  
Long Island rag urges surrender to flood of illegals   
...Illegal immigration has roiled the nation and tied Washington in knots. Deaths in detention and aggressive workplace raids - hundreds of people were detained Monday at a factory in Laurel, Miss. - have kept the issue bubbling. And it's of particular interest to Hispanics, a key voting bloc up for grabs in November. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Dallas Morning News   
Crime fears drive Mexicans' increase of extreme security measures   
Mexico City -- Fearful Mexicans are injecting rice-sized security chips under their skin, strapping on $400 bulletproof vests under work shirts, and installing satellite trackers in their cars as an unchecked crime wave sweeps the nation... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Californians for Population Stabilization   
California's AB2076 fails   
I was just informed by Fuentes office that they are not "moving the bill" for AB2076 which would prohibit E-verify for CA governments. That means the bill is dead for this session.... AP Internal Use Only

East Valley Tribune -- Phoenix  
Chandler delays awarding contract to raided firm   
The Chandler City Council delayed awarding a $75,000 contract Thursday to a landscape company that was raided Wednesday on allegations of hiring illegal [aliens]. -- The council was preparing to rubber-stamp the contract with Artistic Land Management, who already had five contracts with the city...

WPRI-TV -- Providence, Rhode Island   
No bail for illegal alien accused of rape   
A man who police say was living in the country illegally will remain behind bars on charges he carjacked and raped a woman in June. -- Marco Riz pleaded not guilty during the court proceedings at Kent County Superior Court. The judge ordered Riz held without bail... [More of Bush's 'family values' that should have stopped at the Rio Bravo]~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Agence France-Presse         sc    
Twelve decapitated bodies found in Mexico   
Mérida, Yuc., Mex. -- Twelve decapitated bodies bearing signs of torture were found Thursday in eastern Mexico, authorities said, adding that they were still looking for the heads. -- Eleven headless male bodies were found piled on top of each other and covered with blankets in a suburb of the city of Merida... [Related item] ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Wichita (Kansas) Eagle  
Oklahoma wants block on immigration law lifted   
Oklahoma is asking the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to throw out a judge's order blocking enforcement of parts of the state's tough anti-illegal immigration law affecting employers and contractors. -- The office of Attorney General Drew Edmondson, in a brief filed this week, asks the Denver court to reverse a ruling by U.S. District Judge Robin J. Cauthron... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Jackson (Mississippi) Clarion Ledger Editorial   
Immigration: Raid of this size raises questions   
Mississippi lawmakers who approved a huge incentives package in 2002 for Howard Industries to expand production must be looking in stunned disbelief at the news of a raid at the plant by immigration officials. -- The largest single-workplace immigration raid in U.S. history at the Laurel transformer plant on Monday had agents rounding up nearly 600 plant workers...

Washington Times  
Bush urged to block Mexican military   
The U.S. Border Patrol's largest union local has asked President Bush to put an end to the scores of Mexican military incursions into the United States that have put Border Patrol agents at risk of being injured or killed. -- "It is disgraceful that Border Patrol agents are put in harm's way and our government doesn't do everything reasonably within its power to protect us from marauding Mexican soldiers and others..." ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Walter Moore, Candidate For Mayor of Los Angeles   
Dump the Mexican Reconquista L. A. mayor
Los Angeles can and should be the envy of the world. Instead, our city is a mess, and it gets worse each month. We can't afford four more years of a mayor who spends all his time running for the next office, staging photo-ops and going on out- of- town trips. We need a competent, full-time working mayor... AP Internal Use Only

U. S. Rep. Tom Tancredo -- Washington Times  
Speak English   
The LPGA Tour has announced that beginning in 2009 all tour players must speak English. Veteran players will have two years to pass an oral exam but new players must pass the oral exam to join the tour. There are currently 121 international players from 26 countries on the LPGA Tour. Tour players who can't pass the oral exam will be suspended.... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers         
Latest news from south of the border   
...The Salvadoran government is also worried by the constant operations which the United States immigration officials carry out in search of [illegal aliens] in factories and other establishments. -- Escobar said "The risk of being detained and deported continues to be felt due to the policy of that country and of the application of its present law about immigration."

Daily Tar Heel -- University of North Carolina  
Students aim to fight anti-illegal alien policy   
Instead of merely regrouping after a three-month vacation, a student group found itself planning a summit on college access for undocumented immigrants at its first meeting of the year. -- When the Coalition for College Access members left in May, their strategy for fighting anti-illegal [alien] education policy had some loose ends. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Salt Lake Tribune  
Likely illegal alien arrested after infant's death   
The Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a 2-year-old West Valley City boy who died Sunday after suffering internal injuries. -- Alejandro G. Lucero was in cardiac arrest when he was flown to Primary Children's Medical Center from a house near 5000 West and Louis Clark Drive in Kearns...

MSNBC   
McCain source tells NBC that Alaska's Gov. Sarah Palin is his VP pick   
7:37 AM PT -- No details available yet. Check MSNBC, CNN, or Fox News later for the story. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Houston Chronicle   
Shipley Do-Nut chief pleads guilty in immigration case   
The Shipley Do-Nut Co. president pleaded guilty today — and three current and former managers are expected to follow suit next week — to charges stemming from an April immigration raid, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Charlotte Observer   
3 more S.C. poultry workers are arraigned on ID charges   
Three more House of Raeford Farms workers were arraigned today on charges of using fake IDs to work for the company's Greenville plant, which continues to be at the center of an illegal immigration investigation. -- Victor Cruz-Soto, Daniel Badillo-Baca, and Nain Zarate-Camarero were indicted on charges of using counterfeit IDs to gain employment... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Associated Press   
Record pot bust in St. George, Utah (Mexicans involved)   
Law enforcement agencies are plucking up thousands of marijuana plants growing in southwestern Utah. -- Washington County officials are calling it the biggest bust the state of Utah has ever had. -- Marijuana plots around the area are being plucked from the ground and confiscated... [Related item] ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

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