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...
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
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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
|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...
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.
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...
||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...
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...
|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...
|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]
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...
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...
|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...
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...
|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...
|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....
|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...
|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....
|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...
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...