Thursday, November 13, 2008
Nonsense About the Fence
Arizona Republic Paints False Picture
|American Patrol Report -- November 13
In today's Arizona Republic, reporter Sean Holsteage relies on anecdotal evidence to suggest that the border fence can be easily defeated. Let's look at the evidence.
After the Department of Homeland Security built fifty miles of fence near Yuma, apprehensions of illegal aliens dropped 78%. At Columbus New Mexico even a fairly short fence cut apprehensions by 44%. At San Diego the ten-mile-wide double-layered fence cut apprehensions by 95%.
Holsteage opens his report by describing how illegal aliens climbed over a fence near Naco: "They met up with the tallest obstacle the U.S. government has ever erected along the Mexican border: an 18-foot, mesh-metal fence west of here, with poles sunk deeply into concrete." The fact is that the fence near Naco is not 18-feet tall, it is 13-feet high, and, as reported by this Web page, it is "designed to climb." Click here for more.....
|The Denver Channel sc
Trane sending 270 Colorado jobs to Mexico
Pueblo -- The manufacturer of commercial air conditioning systems says it will cut 270 jobs in the next three years and transfer the workload to its plant in Monterrey, Mexico. -- The Trane company says the job cuts will happen through attrition, leaving about 450 workers at its Pueblo plant...
|Investor's Business Daily
Mexico's War: The Iraq next door
The Hemisphere: The accelerating drug war in Mexico cries out for more attention. The horrific violence signals something already too big for Mexico to fight alone. It will spread north. The U.S. can't afford to wait. -- As Americans went to the polls last week, Juan Camilo Mourino, Mexico's interior secretary, was falling to Earth over the capital in a fiery crash...
||American Border Patrol
American Border Patrol has issued an emergency plea for help to repair its thermal border camera. The camera was struck by lighting this fall and repair will be very expensive. Without it, ABP is very vulnerable to migrants and smugglers...
|Fox News sc
Terror Next Door: Veteran crime reporter shot dead in Juarez
Cd. Juarez, Chih., Mex. -- A crime reporter in the violent Mexican border city of Juarez was killed Thursday, adding to dozens of journalist deaths in a country where newspapers are so fearful, many refuse to cover drug violence. -- Armando Rodriguez had covered crime for 10 years in Juarez...
|Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette
Postville becoming 'almost a ghost town'
The flame under this ethnic melting pot is flickering. -- As production falls at the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant, the immigrants who came to work there are hitting the road. -- The plant has not processed beef in about two weeks, and shifts in the chicken and turkey departments have been cut back to eight hours a day...
|Redwood Times -- Garberville, Calif.
Agents arrest two suspected illegal alien meth dealers
Drug enforcement officials reportedly arrested two suspected methamphetamine dealers -- both alleged illegal immigrants -- Thursday, concluding an investigation that spanned several months. -- Investigators with the Humboldt County Drug Task Force reportedly received information that Juan Mendoza Valdovinos...
|Chattanooga Times Free Press
Slowdown in economy taking a toll on Hispanic-owned businesses
...With thousands of jobs lost in the area, small businesses, especially immigrant-owned mom-and-pops are struggling to survive, local experts and business owners say. -- "When the economy slows down and people have either lost their job or are concerned about losing their job ... people start cutting back on spending..."
|Anchorage Daily News
Armed and nervous in Alaska
On the neatly stacked ammunition shelves at the Alaska Shooters Supply is a sign: "There is no such thing as too much ammo." -- But in recent days, there has been concern about too little. -- Over the past week, ammunition has been selling by the pallet-load at the shop. Guns, particularly military-style weapons, are a hot ticket...
U.S. interest in Shariah finance opens dangerous doors, critics say
Shariah-compliant banking, sometimes called Islamic banking, is growing in popularity in the Western and Islamic worlds. But critics say American interest in the system at a time of economic crisis is opening the door to increased Islamic influence in the American banking system...
|Raleigh (North Carolina) News & Observer
Wake jail widens immigration checks
Now everyone booked into the Wake County jail will have their immigration history and citizenship checked. -- Wake County jailers will have access to a fingerprint-based database that includes data about visa applications, previous deportations and residency applications -- part of a pilot program starting today by ICE.
||Californians for Population Stabilization
Tell Obama that Americans want enforcement, not amnesty!
The new Congressional session will include a major push to pass an amnesty, so it is especially important for President-elect Barack Obama to hear that that is exactly what voters do not want....
|Devvy Kidd -- NewsWithViews.com
Unprecedented rape of the American people underway in D. C.
Rape is an ugly word usually attributed to an attack on a woman. It also means an act of plunder, violent seizure, or abuse; despoliation; violation: the rape of the countryside. -- There is no other word to describe what has been happening in Washington, DC., for the past two and a half months...
|Los Angeles Times Editorial sc
Obama must signal change for Latinos
...Latino voters felt unrepresented, if not betrayed, by the Republican Party. And there's good reason for that. Republicans overwhelmingly supported the Border Protection, Antiterrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005, which launched construction of the 700-mile U.S.-Mexico border fence and made it a crime to aid illegal [aliens]...
|Chattanooga Times Free Press
Tennessee: Illegal aliens returning home
...Victor López, owner of La Michoacana, a Mexican grocery store on Main Street that sells bus and airplane tickets, said he has noticed more people traveling south with no plans to return. -- "Ticket sales have increased between 60 and 70 percent from last year and most people traveling are families, parents and children," he said.
Drug cartels flex muscle in Southwest
It's a phone call few Americans will ever hear: "He's going to lose his finger, don't let him lose his life." -- That's the terrifying sound of a kidnapper demanding money in exchange for the life of a loved one. It's hard to believe but calls like these come in virtually every single day in Phoenix...
|Kearny (Nebraska) Hub
Law students offer free immigration help to apply for diversity visa lottery
Law students will be available at the University of Nebraska College of Law on Sunday, November 16 from 1-5 p.m. to provide free help to eligible foreign nationals who want to take part in the diversity visa lottery. -- The diversity visa lottery is conducted once per year by the U.S. State Department...
Balloon ride has bumpy landing(s)
A hot air balloon carrying a photojournalist from The Sun and a television news crew from KYMA crash landed in a field south of Yuma on Wednesday morning. [Note: And the Arizona Republic wouldn't fly with ABP in a conventional aircraft?]
Rush Limbaugh's Web site hacked?
We have noticed that Limbaugh's website isn't available for some reason. Readers who listen over the internet via RushLimbaugh.com might want to try KFI640.com instead.
|National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers
Latest news from south of the border
A group of heavily armed hit men assassinated the Chief of Public Security of Patzcuaro, Michoacan. The murder took place near the center of town as the chief was leaving his office with another officer and was attacked by at least six gunmen in two vehicles...
|KFOX-TV -- El Paso
Candle light vigil held for former Border Patrol agents
A candlelight vigil on Wednesday night was held for the agents convicted of shooting at a drug smuggler and then not reporting the incident, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. -- The vigil took place in between resentencing hearings at the federal courthouse in El Paso for both former agents...
|In-Forum -- Fargo, North Dakota
Charges posted in India workers case
Formal charges have been posted in the case of 23 workers from India who are suspected of being in the country illegally. -- Court documents say charges against the men include false claims of naturalization, citizenship or alien registry. Authorities say the workers used counterfeit social security cards to get jobs...
Shots reported from across border
Three construction workers reported being fired at across the border from Mexico while building vehicle barriers along the Colorado River on Tuesday. -- According to Agent Michael Lowrie, spokesman for the Yuma Sector, the incident happened at about 3 p.m. in the vicinity of County 11th Street and the Colorado River...
|McAllen (Texas) Monitor
Prosecutors probe slaying of illegal alien on Kino Flores' ranch
The Travis County district attorney's office is reviewing more than just travel records in its ongoing criminal investigation into state Rep. Ismael "Kino" Flores. -- Prosecutors have requested documents connected to the September slaying of a ranch hand on Flores' Mission property and federal agents have also taken an interest in the representative's past...
|Inland Valley Daily Bulletin -- Ontario, Calif.
AIDS cases among day laborers becoming more common
...AIDS-prevention advocates also say cases among migrant Latino day laborers are becoming more common and could have international repercussions. -- A study by Bienestar found that out of 450 day laborers interviewed, 26 percent reported having sex with female prostitutes...
|Stanly News and Press -- Albemarle, North Carolina
Sentencing scheduled for crooked DMV employee
Sentencing for a former local DMV worker is scheduled two weeks from Friday. -- Susan Honeycutt, 50, a Mt. Pleasant resident who worked as a DMV driver’s license examiner since 1991 will appear before a judge on Nov. 28 at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse in New York, NY...
|Republican Herald -- Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Experts debate parameters of Hazleton immigration law
In the latest paperwork filed in Hazleton’s immigration case, attorneys debated whether a city ordinance requires residents to check the immigration status of home-repair workers like "Joe the Plumber." -- Kris Kobach, a law professor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City representing the city, said the ordinance doesn’t apply to "casual" laborers..