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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Border Scandal Grows
Virtual Failure -- Fence Costs Seven Times More

American Patrol Report -- September 11  

    On the heels of a report by American Border Patrol that DHS would fail to build the border fence on time , the General Accountability Office released reports criticizing the entire border security development process.
    The Arizona Republic reports: "In the past six months, the government has built 38 miles of fence and vehicle barriers along the border. It needs to build 329 more miles with less than four months to go to meet its goal." This is in general agreement with ABP's findings.
    Most disturbingly, the AR reports says, "When new construction began in early 2007, the fence cost an average of $1 million a mile. It has now climbed to an average of $7.5 million a mile." "The idea that the flimsy fencing and vehicle barriers being constructed along the border cost $7.5 million per mile is a scandal," said Glenn Spencer of the American Patrol Report (APR).
    Addressing SBInet, the virtual fence system, "GAO said SBInet requirements have not been effectively defined and managed."
  On July 5, 2006 , the APR predicted this would happen before the project started. "If you know how they think, you can pretty well guess how they are going to go about implementing a project," said Glenn Spencer of APR. Spencer said the DHS is full of bureaucrats who do not want to control the border. "They design everything to fail," he added.

WSB -- Atlanta                  sc     
Panel: Illegal alien crime up   
Illegal [aliens] are costing Gwinnett County a lot of money. Not in handouts, but in hold-ups. -- A grand jury panel says illegals appear to be committing "a disproportionate number" of crimes in the county, and county commissioners need to address it. -- In a presentments to be published today, the panel says...

L. A. Weekly  
How Mexican Reconquista Villaraigosa spends his workdays   
L. A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa logged roughly 900 hours of work during a 10-week period from May 21 to August 1, a time during which he repeatedly touted his 16-to-18-hour, seven- day-a- week workload. -- L.A. Weekly found that his days actually average about 13 hours, and we sorted the approximately 900 total hours into five categories....

Straten: Laws prohibiting checking legal status of students are wrong   
Laws preventing school districts from asking about students' immigration status are wrong and do not reflect public opinion, according to Roland Straten, Republican candidate for Congress in New Jersey's 8th District. -- "I was surprised to learn that it is against the law to ask if students are illegal aliens," says Straten... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Fox News   
Smuggler admits to running illegals through live bombing range   
San Diego -- A Mexican pleaded guilty Thursday to running an organization that smuggled illegal [aliens] through a live bombing range in southeastern California. -- Javier Sanchez Perfino, 30, acknowledged running a group that smuggled people from Mexico through the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Bombing and Gunnery Range~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Associated Press   
Border fence could be new president's problem   
The head of the agency that oversees the Border Patrol said Wednesday he cannot promise to meet President Bush's goal of completing a Southwest border fence when he leaves office in January. -- The plan calls for finishing building 670 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border by year's end; so far, 344 miles are complete... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Glenn Spencer -- Right Side News -- Kennesaw, Georgia 
The fence will fall far short   
A survey data report release by American Border Patrol shows that the federal government has added only 23 miles of new fencing since April, or about five miles per month. Based on this progress it appears very unlikely that the Department of Homeland Security will meet the legal requirement... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Detroit News                sc     
Meddling Mexican tells Michigan residents to get over job losses    
Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico, isn't a shy man. He calls President Bush the "cockiest" politician he's ever met; he talks glowingly of John McCain and less so of Barack Obama. And, he has a message for Michigan factory workers who have lost their jobs. -- Get over it... [More Mexican meddling] ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Devil's Lake (North Dakota) Daily Journal  
Illegal aliens arrested at Ramsey County hog Farm operation   
In the early hours of Sept. 11, 2008 the Ramsey County Sheriff’s office received a call of a domestic disturbance at the Viking Feeders pig farm located outside Edmore, N.D. -- The person calling spoke broken English, so a translator who knows Spanish was picked up to lend assistance... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Kentucky Post - Lexington   
Sheriff Jones warns about the scourge of illegal immigration   
The violence along America's southern border is on its way to the Tri-state, according to a Texas sheriff invited to Butler County (Ohio) to talk about the problems his county faces. -- Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones brought Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez from Zapata County – a county on the US/ Mexico border – to talk about what his Texas county is dealing with...

WOAI -- San Antonio   
Ramos and Compean lose another round in court   
Former U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean lost their final appeal before a federal appeals court today, which rejected a request by the pair to reconsider their conviction and lengthy sentences for shooting a drug dealer and then attempting to cover it up, 1200 WOAI news reports... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

WVIR-TV -- Charlottesville, Virginia   
Goode and Perriello debates most heated over illegal immigration   
In their two debates, incumbent Republican 5th District Congressman Virgil Goode and Democratic challenger Tom Perriello sparred on a whole host of topics. Their most heated exchanges came on the topic of illegal immigration... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

San Diego Union-Tribune   
House votes to halt year-old program   
The House overwhelmingly voted to end the disputed cross-border trucking pilot project yesterday, raising the possibility that Congress could shut down the program before year's end. -- In a 395-18 vote, the House approved legislation to bar the U.S. DOT from granting authority to Mexican carriers... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Agence France-Presse   
US Catholic bishops bemoaning immigration raids... again   
US Roman Catholic bishops on Wednesday charged that immigration raids on US workplaces break up families and disrupt communities, without addressing the flawed US immigration system. -- "The humanitarian costs of these raids are immeasurable and unacceptable in a civilized society," Bishop John Wester... said in a statement. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Denver Post  
Swift fires 100 Muslim workers   
More than 100 Muslim workers were fired from a Greeley slaughterhouse today after refusing to report for work a day earlier in protest of the company's refusal to allow a prayer break during the work shift. -- Another 120 workers -- most of them Somalis -- broke ranks with the protesters, went back to work Tuesday and kept their jobs...

Freedom Folks -- Chicago     
Derechos Humanos protests Sheriff Arpaio in Chicago   
Derechos Humanos held a demonstration against Sheriff Joe Arpaio in downtown Chicago yesterday afternoon. The basic gist was that they would like there to be no border and that they really don’t like Sheriff Joe deporting Democratic voters, ahem, I of course meant to say brown people. Well, actually they say brown people...

Federation for American Immigration Reform    
House Judiciary Committee may be up to no good   
FAIR has learned from Congressional staffers that the full House Judiciary Committee will meet this week to consider four immigration-related bills, all of which are a gift to big business special interests seeking to expand the number of employment-based visas...

The Denver Channel  
Mexican gets off easy in human smuggling case   
An illegal [alien.... criminal] from Mexico who admitted smuggling five people into the United States has been sentenced 90 days, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette. -- The newspaper reported Rogelio Contreras-Acevedo, 30, pleaded guilty to a felony of attempted smuggling of humans as part of a plea deal... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Denver Post   
Charges filed against illegal alien in triple fatal crash   
Centennial -- Charges were formally filed this morning against the man accused in a hit-and-run crash that killed three people Sept. 4 in Aurora. -- Francis Hernandez, 23, was charged in Arapahoe County Court with three counts of vehicular homicide and three counts of leaving the scene of a deadly accident, among other charges... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Californians for Population Stabilization     
CAPS launches new television ad campaign   
CAPS launched a new television campaign highlighting the effects of Sanctuary Cities. The TV spots ask Californians to express their opinions about Sanctuary City policies in force, formally or informally, in many cities across the state... AP Internal Use Only

Miami Herald   
Florida will require I.D. match for all would-be voters    
State elections officials will resume enforcement of a controversial state law that requires Floridians to have their identification match up with a state or federal database in order to register to vote. Secretary of State Kurt Browning sent notice to the state's 67 supervisors of elections on Friday that the 2006 law... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Times-News -- Burlington, North Carolina  
Illegal alien poses as border patrol agent   
Raleigh, NC -- A Fuquay-Varina man has been accused of posing as a Border Patrol agent and promising would-be immigrants false papers to come to the United States, in exchange for thousands of dollars. -- Roberto Diosdado-Star, 35, a Mexican citizen illegally in the United States, was picked up by federal agents last week... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

The Evening News & Tribune -- Jeffersonville, Indiana    
Illegal alien busted on child molest warrant   
An illegal [alien] was arrested in Clarksville for allegedly molesting an 11-year-old girl in Scott County. -- Indiana State Police troopers and detectives from the Sellersburg Post arrested Jesus M. Lopez on a traffic stop at 2 p.m. Wednesday after a warrant was issued for him in Scott County Circuit Court... [More of Bush's pet fiends] ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Yuma Sun   
Agencies launch awareness campaign against human trafficking   
If knowledge is power, then federal authorities have just launched an information war against human trafficking. -- Two federal agencies are rolling out a campaign to educate the public about the issues of criminals trafficking fellow humans for sexual servitude or forced labor... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

CBS News   
Fewer seek U.S. citizenship amid fee hike   
Immigrants aren't seeking U.S. citizenship as often these days - not since the American dream became more expensive. -- Following a 69 percent increase last summer in citizenship fees, about 281,000 immigrants have applied to become U.S. citizens in the first half of 2008... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

U. S. Rep. Tom Tancredo  
Tancredo accuses Ritter of shifting blame in fatal crash   
U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Littleton) today accused Governor Bill Ritter (D-CO) of attempting to shift the blame away from his support of sanctuary city policies that contributed to the deaths of 3 innocent people last week. -- "Governor Ritter and his open border cohorts are facing their worst nightmare..."

Jim Kouri, CPP -- Men's News Daily   
7 years after 9/11, a new report on national security and immigration   
Long before the 9/11 attacks, the Federation for American Immigration Reform warned that our unsecured borders and lax enforcement of our immigration laws posed a threat to our national security. We have advocated for specific reforms to minimize the risks to our nation and our citizens... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Obama slams GOP on community organizer comments   
Barack Obama criticized his Republican presidential opponent, Senator John McCain, for not standing firm in his support for immigration reform in the face of opposition from his own party. “I know Senator McCain used to buck his party by fighting for comprehensive reform – and I admired him for it... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

J. Brown -- Politically Drunk  
6.1% inflation & the Democratic bill to add 550,000 "guest workers"   
Politicians talk a good game, blaming each other for the economy, using unemployment figures for political gain and discussing the creation of new jobs. But in reality, a major strain on unemployment in this nation is our broken borders. Expanded guest worker programs accompanied by illegal immigration is a problem that this nation has faced for the past one hundred years... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

El Paso Times   
Border Patrol grabs criminal sneaking into the U. S.   
El Paso -- U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested one man with a criminal record and one man with charges pending trying to enter the United States illegally Tuesday, two days after agents spotted an illegal [alien] aiming a rifle at motorists... -- Agents said at about 6:50 a.m. Tuesday, they arrested 44-year-old Jose Sergio Barraza-Rivas after he crossed illegally into Sunland Park N.M.... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch   
Sending them back   
The caravan of unmarked vans and a sheriff's bus unloaded the human cargo onto the sweltering tarmac of an airport in northwestern Ohio. -- Nearly 100 illegal immigrants shuffled toward the plane, handcuffed and shackled at the waist and ankles... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

D. A. King -- Marietta (Georgia) Daily Journal   
Amnesty advocates active on 9/11 anniversary   
Remember the media focus last year when the U.S. Senate debated another amnesty for illegal aliens and illegal employers - and was dissuaded by hundreds of thousands of phone calls, faxes and e-mails from outraged Americans screaming "NO MORE AMNESTY!"? -- Of course you do. We all do.... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers         
Latest news from south of the border   
Mexican immigration (INM) apprehended three Chinese who had become lost in the town of Chicamuselo, Chiapas on the border with Guatemala. The Chinese, it seems, had paid $30,000 each to travel from their country to the US. According to the three, they had spent several weeks in Guatemala where they found a guide who offered to take them to the border with Mexico...

Portland Oregonian  
Oregon man protests illegal workers -- alone   
Tom Wenning calls himself a liberal and says he disagrees with conservative commentator Lars Larson on just about every issue. -- Except one. -- Several times a week, Wenning stages a one-man protest outside Portland's taxpayer-sponsored day laborer hiring center. He opposes illegal immigration...

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