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Monday, September 15, 2008

Phantom Fence
$600 Million of Protection is Missing

American Patrol Report-- September 15  

    A dispute has arisen over the amount of border fence that the Department of Homeland Security has constructed. In yesterday's Sierra Vista Herald, Angela de Rocha of the office of public affairs for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Washington, D.C. claimed that, as of Aug. 29, a total 190 miles of border pedestrian fence had been constructed under the Secure Border Initiative. There is a serious dispute over this number and the difference amounts to more than $600 million dollars of construction costs.
    According to a recent report by the Governmental Accountability Office (GAO), as of Aug. 22, the Secure Border Initiative had constructed 109 miles of pedestrian fence (Page 15  ). More here.....

Denver Post          sc         
More charges filed against driver in triple-fatal accident   
Prosecutors have added child abuse and other charges to the list faced by Francis Hernandez, the driver accused in a triple-fatal accident in Aurora. -- Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers today announced nine new charges on top of those filed last week, saying the case warranted them... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Arizona Daily Star -- Tucson   
Mexican gets 15 months for attempting to smuggle baby   
A man who attempted to smuggle a 1-year-old boy into the country by claiming they were brothers was sentenced to 15 months in prison, an official said Monday. -- Jose Alfredo Ramos-Pineda, 21, told authorities that he was to be paid $150 to take the boy to a store in downtown Nogales, Ariz., where a woman in a red vehicle would take the boy from him... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Numbers USA   
Massive foreign worker increase back alive in Senate backroom negotiations
Just as we had seemed to push back attempts for massive increases in foreign workers by the U.S. House last week, we now learn the danger has risen to Orange Alert level in the Senate...

Associated Press   
Advocates urge illegals to get affairs in order   
Fear rippled through a group of Latino parents in suburban Atlanta when a friend was deported to Mexico and temporarily separated from her two young U.S.-born children. The kids weren't able to immediately join her because she and her husband hadn't gotten passports for them... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Carla Axtman -- Blue Oregon   
Gordon Smith's blatant disregard for the law   
Gordon Smith's problems with the [illegal alien] issue took an interesting turn last week that seemed to go largely unnoticed. -- Smith gave an interview to KATU TV last week in a scrambling, panic-button response to the Willamette Week piece making note of some pretty fishy goings on with hiring practices at Smith's frozen food and processing plants... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Coming Up
September 16
United Patriots of America 
The Great American Phone-In -- NO to the NAU!

Arizona Daily Star -- Tucson   
Nogales is the prize in drug cartels' war   
Nogales, Son., Mex. -- Officer Lamberto Ruiz climbs into his police truck and looks through a spiderweb of cracks fanning out from a bullet hole in his windshield. -- There's another bullet hole in the plastic lining of the driver-side door. -- "They shot at an officer sitting right here and nearly killed him," says Ruiz... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

NBC10-TV -- Cranston, Rhode Island   
Judge: Carcieri can enforce immigration order   
A state judge on Monday permitted Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri to force private employers who do business with the state to electronically check their workers' immigration status. -- But Superior Court Judge Mark Pfeiffer ruled that Carcieri cannot end existing contracts until the state takes public comment on the new rules,,. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Freedom Folks -- Chicago      
Latest V-burst from Blogs 4 Borders   
Our weekly vlog — podcast on illegal immigration and border security issues. In this weeks edition… -- Taxpayer funded Latino only healthcare? We take a look. -- Taxpayer funded Latino only healthcare? We take a look...

Arizona Daily Star -- Tucson   
Hospitals fear loss of illegal alien-care funds   
Arizona hospitals spend millions every year on emergency care for illegal [aliens], and the federal government only reimburses a fraction of that cost. -- But even that money is at risk of drying up, though there should be enough to stretch into next year... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

McClatchy Newspapers
Organized crime takes control in parts of Mexico    
Morelia, Mich., Mex. -- As helicopters circled overhead, trucks carrying Mexican army troops lurched through the colonial streets of this provincial capital to a central plaza, where a grenade had been discovered near the cathedral...

Associated Press  
MALDEF, ACLU sue Farmers Branch over rental ordinance   
Latino advocates and a civil liberties group have filed a federal lawsuit against a Dallas suburb whose officials are trying to drive out illegal [aliens.... criminals]. -- The groups say the plan by the city of Farmers Branch to ask house and apartment renters to obtain a license is unconstitutional... [ See lawsuit] [Info on MALDEF and other ethnic hustlers]

Associated Press  
"Free trade" Nightmares: Few safeguards for Mexican produce heading north    
At the end of a dirt road in northern Mexico, the conveyer belts processing hundreds of tons of vegetables a year for U.S. and Mexican markets are open to the elements, protected only by a corrugated metal roof. -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suspects this packing plant, its warehouse in McAllen, Texas, and a farm in Mexico... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

CJ Graham -- NewsWithViews.com   
Lies of omission -- our southern border   
As a veteran, I have sworn an oath to protect and defend the constitution of the United States of America from all enemies both foreign and domestic. Though I no longer serve my nation, in her defense militarily, that oath still rings true in my heart... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Jan Herron -- Federal Observer  
We love you George Putnam   
We so rarely pay tribute to those who have given our lives special meaning. We often take for granted the good deeds of those regal men in our country who stand up for our freedom and our sovereignty. I've had the honor to know such a man; his name is George Putnam... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Associated Press  
Hearing set for ex-Howard Industries workers   
Hattiesburg, Miss. -- Eight former workers at Howard Industries will be asked to enter a plea on felony identity theft charges during an arraignment hearing Monday in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg. -- The eight were among 595 suspected undocumented workers who were caught in an August 25 sweep by ICE agents at Howard Industries in Laurel. ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

KCBS-AM -- San Francisco   Audio Report Included  
ICE raid in San Francisco evokes griping   
A number of San Francisco city leaders are up in arms following a recent immigration raid in which a teenage girl was allegedly left home alone. However, immigration officials are disputing that account. -- One thing that is for certain is that last Thursday night, Agents with ICE , arrived at a home on Hahn Street... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Walter Moore, Candidate For Mayor of Los Angeles     
Villaraigosa's crazy calendar    
I hope that by now you've read "The All-About-Me Mayor: Antonio Villaraigosa's Frenetic Self-Promotion" by Patrick Range McDonald, in the L.A. Weekly, about how little time Villaraigosa actually spends doing his job...

Dallas Morning News    
Immigration issue expected to resurface when debates start   
Immigration reform was once Sen. John McCain's signature issue – and a key ingredient in his maverick image. Democrats have largely avoided the subject, but there are signs they'll be using the issue this fall to challenge the Republican presidential nominee's maverick claim... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Phil Valentine -- Nashville Tennessean   
Crackdown on hiring illegals is working   
I just completed a two-day broadcast from the "Hold Their Feet to the Fire" event in Washington, D.C. -- This is an annual event of which I've been a part since its inception that brings attention back to the problem of illegal immigration. This year, more than 40 talk show hosts from across the country participated... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

Editorial -- Nashville Tennessean   
Nashville rag bemoans 287(g) program   
Seventeen months have passed since the Davidson County Sheriff's Department launched its immigration-enforcement program. To describe the program's record as mixed would be an understatement. -- Begun amid an outcry over high-profile cases of violent crimes committed by illegal [aliens], the 287(g) program allows police to check on the immigration status of arrestees... ~Visit AmericanPatrol.com~

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