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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Blowing Border Bucks
How DHS Wasted Billions

American Patrol Report-- September 13  
What costs more? Top – expand highway from two to four lanes. -- Bottom: Build a vehicle barrier along the border with National Guard help. -- Answer: Bottom.

    The U.S. taxpayer ponied up $2.73 billion over two years to build a border fence. Most of what it got was a bunch of bureaucrats determined to keep the border open and contractors lining their pockets.
    According to the Government Accountability Office, the Department of Homeland Security awarded the Boeing Company contracts totaling $933 million dollars for the SBInet system, of which $122 million was spent building a fence (Page 8). The fence, 32 miles of fairly simple post and mesh design, runs along the desert south and east of Yuma, Arizona cost $3.8 million per mile – and that was last year.
    The rest, $817 million was totally wasted on a stupid virtual fence and useless bureaucrats.
Outrageous Costs
    The GOA reports that, vehicle barriers alone now cost $4 million per mile. (By comparison, an Arizona Highway was expanded from two-lanes to four lanes for $3.1 million per mile.)
-- More Here....

Dallas Morning News               sc      
First U.S.-Mexico border fence sees fewer "migrants," more violence   
Tijuana, BCN, Mex. -- There is a moment each evening, as the sun melts into the Pacific, when Colonia Libertad is at peace. -- The dimming light blurs the hilltop slum's rough edges, camouflaging piles of trash in long shadows and making it difficult to tell that some of the tightly packed homes clinging to vertical canyonsides... [Depend on American Border Patrol to tell you what's really going on with the fence]~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

White Plains (New York) Journal News  
Cop who ran 100-mile race nabs thieving Jamaican illegal easily   
West Nyack, NY -- A man suspected of identity theft at the Palisades Center mall picked the wrong cop to try to run away from yesterday morning, Clarkstown police said [Wednesday] night. -- The arresting officer, Andrew Kelly, had recently run a 100-mile race through Vermont's Green Mountains...~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers         
Latest news from south of the border   
“Society and the country of Mexico are facing a criminal onslaught expressed in the intensification of crime, impunity and corruption,” stated the Attorney General of the Republic, Eduardo Medina Mora. The AG made this observation at a national law conference in Monterrey, Nuevo León...

Palm Springs Desert Sun   
Illegal aliens released on electronic monitoring   
Nearly a dozen of the [illegal aliens] picked up in a business raid earlier this week were released Thursday on electronic monitoring, officials said. -- On Wednesday, federal agents raided Palm Springs Baking Co. on 1196 Montalvo Way near the airport arresting 51 [illegal aliens]...

Congressman Duncan Hunter   
Budget shortfall won't impact San Diego border fence   
U.S. Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) today commended the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) proposal to reprogram available border infrastructure and technology funding for the completion of physical fencing on the U.S.-Mexico border. Congressman Hunter also received confirmation from DHS that such action... [Depend on American Border Patrol to tell you what's really going on with the fence]~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Michelle Malkin     
George Putnam, R.I.P.   
Just heard sad news. Los Angeles TV newsman and talk radio legend George Putnam has died. He was 94. George showed me great kindness, championing my book Invasion and inviting me on his show frequently to talk about immigration enforcement and national security when few outside the border states cared...

Heather Mac Donald -- National Review   
Homework, por favor   
...Participation in "diversity functions," it turns out, torpedoes the grades of Hispanic science majors. Hispanic science students who spend time hanging out at Aztlan-empowerment clubs and the like have significantly lower grades than Hispanic science students who stay away from the multicultural ghetto. What improves Hispanic college students’ science GPAs? ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Tulsa Beacon      sc      
Utah studies Oklahoma’s HB1804   
State Rep. Randy Terrill, author of Oklahoma’s omnibus immigration reform law, recently testified on the law’s positive impact at a legislative hearing in Utah. -- Utah lawmakers have used Terrill’s law as a model for their own immigration reform efforts... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Mark Andrew Dwyer  
Who is the Pontius Pilate here? -- Charlie Gibson is...   
ABC’s anchor, Charlie Gibson, showed us how sensitive, tolerant, and respectful a true Liberal is. Well, except when he has a chance to grill a Conservative. -- Gibson, to his all reputation as a courteous and mild-mannered journalist, couldn't have been more hostile and demeaning to Sarah Palin, the elected Governor of Alaska... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Australian Broadcasting Company -- Sydney, New South Wales  
Mexican police find 24 bodies dumped near capital   
Mexican police have found 24 bodies dumped near a small town close to the capital in one of the worst incidents yet amid a recent increase in drug gang killings, the local public prosecutor said. -- The victims, dumped near the town of Atlapulco in the state of Mexico, had been tied up and shot in the head, according to local Mexican media... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

The Daily Review  
10 arrested in immigration sweep in Hayward   
Officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 10 illegal [aliens] — seven men and three women — in raids here Tuesday night, officials confirmed Thursday. -- ICE officers with the Fugitive Operations Teams were spotted in the Fairview area Tuesday evening and refused to comment at the time...

Laredo Morning Times   
Human traffic horrific   
In May 2007, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Laredo were contacted by the concerned family members of three young women from Nuevo Laredo. The family members told agents that the girls, two of whom were younger than 18, had crossed into Texas to work at a restaurant in Pearsall... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Leo W. Banks -- Tucson Weekly 
The Chiricahua Corridor   
...Residents view the ATV incursion, the first of several, as an escalation in an already intense battle with smugglers working the so-called Chiricahua Corridor. Perhaps optimistically, some view this pathway through southeast Arizona as one of the last wide-open border smuggling routes, and they fear the traffickers will grow more desperate as they fight to keep it open... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

CNN  
Marine slaying suspect to be returned from Mexico   
The suspect in the death of a 20-year-old pregnant Marine will be returned to North Carolina to face charges in her slaying, a Mexican judge ruled Thursday, according to North Carolina authorities. -- U.S. Marine Cpl. Cesar Laurean, 21, who was arrested in Mexico in April, could be returned to Onslow County, North Carolina, within a week... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Free Republic Forum   
"Voto Latino" commercials on A&E found to be disturbing, racist   
I have been noticing on cable the last few days, commercials for an organization called "Voto Latino." I saw some of these commercials on A&E [Wednesday] night as I was watching Dog the Bounty Hunter, and also on Discovery channel... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Houston Chronicle   
Soldier gets 2 years for illegal alien smuggling   
Laredo -- A 27-year-old Army national guardsman was sentenced to two years in federal prison Thursday for his role in an [illegal alien] smuggling scheme. -- Pfc. Jose Rodrigo Torres was arrested in June 2007 after driving through a Border Patrol checkpoint in a van loaded with 24 [illegal aliens]... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Athens (Georgia) Banner-Herald   
Drunken illegal Mexican alien allegedly kills Georgia mother   
A Clarke County Juvenile Court judge ruled Friday a 15-year-old Athens boy will be prosecuted as an adult for allegedly running over and killing a woman as she walked along Commerce Road in June. -- Judge James McDonald listened to two days of testimony before he ordered the case of Able Gonzalez-Perez transferred to Clarke County Superior Court... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Dallas Morning News  
Judge halts Farmers Branch's illegal alien rental ban  
So far, the third time is not the charm for Farmers Branch. -- U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle issued a temporary restraining order today barring the city from implementing its latest ordinance aimed at halting property rentals to illegal [aliens]... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Atlanta Business Chronicle   
‘Godfather’ pleads guilty in Atlanta ID fraud case   
An Atlanta resident who dubbed himself "The Godfather," faces up to 12 years in prison for running a ring that provided government-issued ID cards and identification documents to illegal aliens. -- Francisco Santillan Arellano, 36, pleaded guilty on Friday to charges of conspiracy to make and sell fraudulent Social Security cards...

Associated Press  
Arkansas AG says schools can admit illegal aliens    
Arkansas' colleges and universities can admit illegal immigrants, the Arkansas attorney general's office says. -- Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said in an advisory opinion Wednesday that schools don't have a duty to verify the citizenship status of potential students they admit... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

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