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NY Times Letter to Editor from Rep. Lamar Smith-- September 1  
Rep. Lamar Smith -- Formerly headed the House Immigration Subcommittee. He knows what he is talking about. He nailed Robert Bach in 1999.

To End Illegal Immigration, Eliminate the Incentives
    ....You claim that neither current enforcement activities nor "mass deportation" can adequately address illegal immigration. But you don't mention another alternative, attrition through enforcement, that is working to put an end to illegal immigration.
    The current practice of birthright citizenship — granting automatic citizenship to children born to illegal immigrants on United States soil — creates a tremendous incentive for people to come here illegally and stay.
    America is the only industrialized nation that doesn't require at least one parent to be in the country legally before a child becomes a citizen. Congress should put an end to this practice.

Joel Himelfarb -- Family Security Matters  sc   
Sarah Palin: A bold choice   
To be quite honest, I find myself somewhat torn about John McCain's selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate. Her lack of a public record (at least through Saturday, when this was written) on the major foreign policy challenges facing the country is troubling... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

El Paso Times 
Border-fence protesters plea for unity   
Sunland Park, NM -- The four-day, 60-mile trek by protesters of the fence being built along the U.S.-Mexico border concluded Sunday afternoon with calls for peace, unity and stronger opposition to the border barrier. -- "For us, the march has not ended," Carlos Marentes, director of Centro de Trabajadores Agricolas Fronterizos... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Associated Press   
US man dies in Mexican jail; officers investigated   
Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mex. -- Six Mexican officers have been placed under house arrest on suspicion of homicide after an American man died while in police custody in the resort city of San Jose del Cabo, a prosecutor said Monday... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Associated Press   
Hospital reports illegal alien job applicant, whining ensues    
Carrollton, Texas -- Maria Martinez' attempt to land a cafeteria job at a suburban Dallas hospital got her arrested, jailed and deported. -- She did use a counterfeit social security on her application to Trinity Medical Center, but her relatives and supporters wonder whether the hospital overreacted by calling the police... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Sacramento Bee   
Feds join Valley gang sweep   
Fresno, Calif. -- Central Valley gang enforcers are using a new weapon: deportation orders. -- Officials say the tactic already is a success. Nearly three dozen gang members who were in the United States illegally have been sent back to their home countries since the program's first arrests in February... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review   
Mexican indicted in immigration case   
A Mexican man is facing up to two years in federal prison after a federal grand jury indicted him on illegal immigration charges, U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan said. -- Vicente Perez-Gomez, 31, was indicted Aug. 19 and charged with violating federal immigration laws, Buchanan said...

Los Angeles Times 
California enters uncharted territory with no budget   
As the Legislature lurched to its close Sunday with no budget in place, California toppled its own record for fiscal dysfunction. -- Never in recent memory has August ended without a spending plan, so the state is now thrust into uncharted territory. [See California Meltdown Watch] ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

James Fulford -- VDare.com   
Job openings for Americans after Mississippi raids   
The recent raid in Mississippi highlighted how American labor -- American working men and women, not the leaders of Big Labor feels about immigrant labor taking their jobs. -- I noted that in the Howard Industries plant the American workers cheered and clapped as the illegals were arrested... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Chattanooga Times Free Press  
More employers use E-Verify despite complaints   
Despite concerns from business groups and [illegal alien.... criminal] advocates about a government Web-based employment verification program, a growing number of local companies are using it. -- Since the voluntary program E-Verify was offered to employers in 2004, almost 4,000 Georgia companies and more than 800 businesses in Tennessee have signed up... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Rick Wolff -- Monthly Review   
U. S. economic slide threatens Mexico   
Deteriorating economic and social conditions in Mexico have generated mounting social problems. Private enterprises in Mexico and the government they control cannot manage, let alone solve them. Huge demonstrations are rocking the country with more to come.... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Los Angeles Times  
California's doldrums sending some "immigrant workers" home   
For more than two years, Otoniel Lopez Cortez arrived at the Westlake day labor center before 6:30 a.m. to wait for jobs painting houses. Some weeks he earned a few hundred dollars, enough to pay his rent and bills and send money home to Guatemala... [See California Meltdown Watch]~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Californians for Population Stabilization     
Licenses for Illegals: 'One Bill Gil' is at it again   
SB 60, Sen. Gil Cedillo's perpetual driver licenses for illegal alien legislation passed the California Senate by a vote of 21-14 at 9:52 AM PDT Sunday morning...

Will Englund -- National Journal   
Tom Tancredo on running for president   
I was never operating under the illusion that I would be president of the United States. The goal was to get everybody that we could to begin to discuss immigration in terms that I think most Republicans would be happy about. So it was about mid-December [2007], I was in a motel in I-Don't-Know-Where, Iowa, and it was very cold... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Mark Andrew Dwyer   
Finally, a real American on the ticket   
When I first read about McCain's choice of the running mate, someone whom I had never heard before, I felt like I was going to be disappointed, again. -- But when I saw a video of Sarah Palin on the podium giving her acceptance speech, in front of her all-American family and cheering audience, my political instinct told me that something inspiring and electrifying was going to happen... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel   
ICE accused of tracking illegal aliens at Head Start   
Immigration enforcement officials are now targeting migrant and seasonal Head Start centers in some states as part of efforts to track down illegal [aliens] the executive director of the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association says... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Los Angeles Times   
Deficit looms for California's unemployment benefit fund   
With joblessness at a 12-year high and expected to head higher, California's fund for paying unemployment benefits is about to go broke. -- The fund, sustained mainly by taxes on employers, is projected to be deeply in the red as soon as March. [See California Meltdown Watch] ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

San Francisco Chronicle  
Honduran drug suspect gamed juvenile system   
When he was caught selling crack in San Francisco's Tenderloin in April, the Honduran "immigrant" who called himself Javier Martinez first told police he was 18. Then he said he was 16. -- Because he insisted he was underage, police were duty-bound to take him to Juvenile Hall, where he would be shielded from deportation... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

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