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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

When a Fence is Not a Fence
Smugglers Use Ramps Over Border "Fence"

Arizona Republic -- Phoenix -- December 24
Short vehicle barriers A and B are used all along the border -- See Sasabe / See Lukeville -- Taller fencing now being installed (C) is more effective

Pot-smuggling ring sophisticated, authorities say
     The drug dealers had the standard hallmarks of their trade — hundreds of bales of marijuana, fleets of stolen cars, bundles of cash and a small arsenal of weapons.
    But these Mexico-to-Arizona drug runners were different: They had radio towers set up in the desert to communicate with each other, as many as 50 scouts scattered through the rugged border country to direct the operation, and a mobile ramp to help vehicles hop the border fence
    "The ramp trucks are new," said John Stonehouse, an airborne officer with Customs and Border Patrol in Tucson. "The creation of the border fence resulted in the creation of the ramp truck. I'm sure the design was a copy off military ramping systems."
American Patrol Report Comment
    The smugglers crossed at the Tohono O'odham Reservation using ramps to get over the "fence." Most of the so-called fence on the Reservation and all along the border for miles in either direction is not a fence at all, but a short "vehicle barrier," easily handled by a ramp. (In fact, smugglers used a ramp to scale a 10-foot fence.)
    Newer 18-foot fencing would be nearly impossible to ramp over. "The government should stop calling these things fences when they are not," said Glenn Spencer of APR. Spencer said all vehicle barriers and short fencing should be replaced with double-layered 18-foot fencing.

Associated Press   sc
New jobless claims jump more than expected   
New claims for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, the government said Wednesday, while consumers cut back on their spending for the fifth straight month amid a deepening recession. -- The Labor Department reported that initial requests for jobless benefits rose to a seasonally adjusted 586,000 in the week ending Dec. 20...

McAllen (Texas) Monitor  
Ex-Border Patrol agent sentenced to seven years for smuggling    
A former U.S. Border Patrol agent was sentenced in federal court Monday to serve more than seven years in prison for his role in a cocaine smuggling conspiracy. -- Reynaldo Zuniga, 34, of Harlingen, pleaded guilty in September to using his official vehicle to drive drug traffickers past areas where they were most likely to be caught...

Marietta (Georgia) Daily Journal   
Police, ICE bust meth lab    
The Marietta/Cobb/Smyrna (MCS) Narcotics Unit arrested three men and broke up a methamphetamine lab in southern Cobb County early this month, law enforcement sources say. -- The unit, working with local Immigration and Customs and Enforcement (ICE) agents and the FBI Gang Task Force, seized 51 pounds of methamphetamine, eight pounds of cocaine and assorted laboratory items...

Walter Moore, Candidate For Mayor of Los Angeles   
Walter Moore's online L. A. budget survey   
You may have heard how Mayor Villaraigosa has set up an on-line survey, ostensibly to let L.A.'s citizens -- along with anyone else on the internet -- tell City Hall where to make budget cuts. -- Villaragosa's "survey" however, is not a survey at all. Instead, it is a classic "push poll," right out of Spinology 101.... AP Internal Use Only

American Border Patrol  
New images posted on the Border Invasion Pics Web site
American Border Patrol has announced that the Web site BorderInvasionPics.com will be part of its service to bring the truth about the border to the American people. "Border Invasion Pics has done an excellent job and we are pleased that we will now have a close working relationship," said Glenn Spencer head of ABP. 

Arizona Republic -- Phoenix   
Mesa: Affidavit to justify sheriff's raid flawed   
A sheriff's search warrant affidavit used to justify a nighttime immigration raid on Mesa's City Hall and two other public buildings two months ago contains flawed information, Mesa Police Chief George Gascón said Tuesday....

Associated Press   
'Cass 23' case wraps up in North Dakota   
Fargo -- The last of 23 workers from India accused of being in the country illegally have been sentenced in North Dakota federal court, but not without objection from one of their lawyers. -- The men all pleaded guilty to use of a counterfeit social security card and were sentenced to time already served...

Houston Chronicle   
Smuggling of Chinese into Texas is on the rise   
A recent bust of a scheme to fly Chinese illegal [aliens] into the region is the latest in what a top immigration agent described as an upswing in attempts to smuggle Chinese citizens into Houston. -- ICE agents are deporting five Chinese citizens after the interception of a private plane that flew this month...

Arizona Republic -- Phoenix   
Sophisticated Mexico-to-Arizona pot ring broken up   
...[T]hese Mexico-to-Arizona drug runners were different: They had radio towers set up in the desert to communicate with each other, as many as 50 scouts scattered through the rugged border country to direct the operation, and a mobile ramp to help vehicles hop the border fence...

The Chronicle-Telegram -- Elyria, Ohio   
Oberlin, Ohio may amend sanctuary proposal   
A controversial proposal to make Oberlin Ohio’s first sanctuary city for illegal [alien] could be amended to allow police the ability to inquire about immigration status, according to City Manager Eric Norenberg. -- Simply banning police from discussing the matter “removed any flexibility for officers in the field,” Norenberg said...

San Jose Mercury News 
Mexican national pleads guilty to hitting Border Patrol agent   
San Diego -- A Mexican citizen pleaded guilty to hitting a Border Patrol agent with his car at an immigration checkpoint. -- Prosecutors say Fernando Mejia-Baron of Tijuana pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to assaulting a federal officer...

Houston Chronicle   
Bush pardons rancher who hired illegals (but not Ramos and Compean)   
A South Texas rancher got a good-news phone call Tuesday about a presidential pardon that wipes away a felony conviction for hiring undocumented workers to harvest his watermelons 16 years ago. -- "I really don't know why or anything," said John Allen Aregood, of Riviera, a ranching town about 11 miles south of Kingsville...

Illegals reshape post-disaster New Orleans   
On Friday nights, day laborers form two lines at a bustling liquor store in the French Quarter: one is to dutifully wire money to their homelands, the other is to buy $2.17 beers that medicate their lives in New Orleans. -- "Life is hard here, harder than any place I've been in the U.S.," said Jose Campos, 37, who came here from El Salvador, by way of Florida.

Atlanta Journal Constitution  
Illegal Mexican alien awaits sentence in sex trafficking   
A Norcross man is awaiting federal sentencing — at least 15 years in prison — for his participation in a sex trafficking ring involving young Mexican women. -- Francisco Cortes-Meza, 25, an illegal [alien] from Mexico, pleaded guilty last week to sex trafficking after forcing a 22-year-old woman, also an illegal [alien], to work as a prostitutee...[More "family values"]

Fox News  
Cops: Mexican beauty queen arrested in truck filled with gangsters, guns   
Guadalajara, Jal., Mex. -- A reigning Mexican beauty queen from the drug-plagued state of Sinaloa was arrested with suspected gang members in a truck filled guns and ammunition, police said Tuesday. -- Miss Sinaloa 2008 Laura Zuniga stared at the ground, with her flowing dark hair concealing her face, as she stood squeezed between seven alleged gunmen...

Phyllis Schlafly -- WorldNetDaily.com  
Obama's globalist wish list   
When candidate Barack Obama declared himself a "citizen of the world" before thousands of cheering German socialists, and later pledged to "rejoin the world community," those weren't just his usual platitudes about "change." Those words sounded the trumpet for his specific and far-reaching globalist agenda...

Sierra Vista (Arizona) Herald / Review  
Another sentenced for illegal hirings   
Another person who employed unauthorized workers at Sun Drywall and Stucco Inc. in Sierra Vista was recently sentenced to time in prison and home detention. -- Jose Gutierrez Tapia was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court in Tucson to a term of 12 months, with two months in prison and 10 months in home detention...

National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers         
Today's NAFBPO update from south of the border   
The economic crisis in Illinois has delivered Hispanics residing in the state a hard blow. More than 220,000 of them are encountering problems, even including meeting daily food needs. The Hispanics, especially those who are [illegal aliens] — employed in manufacturing and construction industries — are the ones mainly affected by unemployment.

Corruption Chronicles -- Judicial Watch  
Obama's government Web site illegally approved   
Barack Obama’s transition website was illegally authorized to register as an official U.S. government domain and Judicial Watch has exclusively obtained documents to prove it, including evidence that the authorization was initially denied...

Lone Star Times   
Bush Pardons 19: Libby, Ramos, Compean missing from list   
...Before leaving for the holidays, President Bush commuted one prison sentence and granted 19 pardons, including one to a man who helped the Jewish resistance in the 1940s. -- With this latest batch, Bush has granted a total of 191 pardons and nine commutations. That’s fewer than half as many as Presidents Clinton or Reagan issued during their two terms...

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