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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

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Lou Dobbs Tonight -- CNN -- December 30
Yuma fence stops illegals // See larger image

    Kitty Pilgrim (CNN): New developments tonight in the number of people trying to enter this country illegally. Now the border patrol says it caught fewer illegal aliens trying to cross into the United States in 2008, fewer than during any year in more than three decades. The Bush administration credits improved border security but others say it's actually because of the economy. Casey Wian reports.
    Casey Wian, (CNN): The border patrol says it caught 723,825 people trying to enter the United States illegally in 2008. The agency says that's the fewest apprehensions since 1976. It's also less than half the 1.8 million caught during 2000, the busiest year ever for illegal alien apprehensions. The most widely used gauge of illegal crossings. Since then, the border patrol has more than doubled in size to 18,000 agents. Customs and Border Protection has built more than 500 miles of border fencing.
    ...Another concern the Department of Homeland Security will miss a congressional deadline for 670 miles of border fencing before the end of this year. The border patrol says 90 percent has been built and it believes the remainder will be complete by the end of January and then new fence construction will stop.
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American Patrol Report: Let's get the facts straight. CBP has actually built 202 miles of new fencing, not 500 miles.
    When real fencing is built, however, border apprehensions fall dramatically.
    But, we won't solve the problem if the American people aren't given the facts about what works and what doesn't and what the government is really doing on the border!

Jamestown (New York) Post-Journal   
Police nab suspected illegal aliens   
Lakewood, NY -- Lakewood-Busti Police processed three suspected illegal [aliens] in the village Monday after a traffic stop on East Fairmount Avenue. -- Police say around 4:45 p.m., they pulled over a Dodge Caravan after it allegedly changed lanes unsafely, almost hitting another vehicle...

Christian Science Monitor Editorial   
Enforcement before any "legalization"   
If Janet Napolitano had her way, the nominee to head Homeland Security would take a two-track approach to solving America's illegal immigration problem. Enforcement, yes, says the Arizona governor, and also immigration "reform." She's unlikely to get her way – but she can turn that into a plus...

Burlington (North Carolina) Times News  
Illegal alien grouses over interrogation tactics   
A man who was placed under a federal detainer earlier this month says he was coerced into answering questions about his immigration status by being left in a cold room for hours. --Marcelo Pimentel Bornios, 25, was arrested by the Burlington police at 2:42 a.m. on Dec. 14 and placed in the Alamance County jail on a charge of driving while impaired...

Federal Times   
Contractor groups sue to abolish new immigration checks    
Five trade groups are suing the Homeland Security Department to block a new requirement that federal contractors check the immigration status of their employees using the department’s E-Verify system. -- In documents filed in the U.S. District Court for Maryland on Dec. 23, the groups ask the court to halt the Jan. 15 implementation of the rule and to declare the rule invalid...

Central Florida News -- Orlando   
ICE nabs 110 on immigration charges   
Miami -- Over 100 people were arrested, accused of being in the country illegally. -- The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office (ICE) announced the arrests Tuesday. -- It was all part of a five day operation in Orlando, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Miami and Broward County...

Associated Press   
Border agents in Nogales find pot load hidden in squash shipment   
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found nearly 3,000 pounds of marijuana hidden in a shipment of squash at the U.S. port of entry in Nogales. -- Agency spokesman Christopher Larkins said Wednesday that the driver of the tractor-trailer carrying the shipment tried to flee when officers at the port targeted the load for examination...

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office   
Another successful year for Sheriff Arpaio’s posse mall patrol  
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio concluded the 16th annual posse mall patrol with over 2,400 man hours provided by Posse volunteers at no cost to tax payers. The Posse accounted for fourteen criminal arrests, three recovered stolen vehicles, and $3,580.00 worth of stolen property recovered...

Latin American Herald Tribune -- Caracas,Venezuela   
Illegal aliens in North Carolina face deportation   
Charlotte -- More than 50,000 [illegal aliens] in North Carolina will not be able to renew their driver's licenses in 2009 and could face deportation thanks to the state's eight separate programs aimed at detecting [illegal aliens]...

Bangor (Maine) Daily News   sc   
2 men arrested in border smuggling case    
Two men arrested Saturday in the Houlton area have been charged in U.S. District Court in Bangor with violating immigration laws. -- One man is charged with being in the country after deportation. The other man is charged with trying to help smuggle the illegal alien across the border...

National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers         
Today's NAFBPO update from south of the border   
A unit of Mexican Army troops discovered a clandestine graveyard near Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, containing at least nine bodies. The area is suspected of being a “narco-graveyard, but that has not yet been confirmed. Officials are finding that information from the public in that area is difficult to obtain...

Los Angeles Times   
Mistrust bedevils war on Mexican drug cartels   
The U.S. has begun pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into Mexico to help stanch the expansion of drug-fueled violence and corruption that has claimed more than 5,000 lives south of the border this year. -- The bloodshed has spread to American cities, even to the heartland, and U.S. officials are realizing that their fight...

U. S. Customs and Border Protection   
CBP seizes $5.5 million worth of cocaine at Port of Miami   
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered 373 pounds of cocaine hidden in furniture in a container at the Port of Miami Monday. Estimated street value of the narcotics is $5.5 million. -- CBP officers inspecting containers at the Miami seaport were alerted by a CBP canine to a specific container loaded with furniture...

Nebraska State Paper  
Illegal immigration bill will include a limited E-Verify   
Nebraska State Sen. Brad Ashford already vowed to put forth a bill targeting illegal immigration during a recent hearing. On Tuesday, he began to flesh out what that plan will look like. -- Ashford’s proposal will only require state contractors and subcontractors to use E-Verify, and not all employers in Nebraska..

U. S. Customs and Border Protection   
Over $200K worth of pot seized at Douglas, Arizona POE   
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrest three subjects for attempting to smuggle more than 200 pounds of marijuana into the United States. -- Margaret Baldenegro, assistant port director for tactical operations said, "I am very proud of the hard work and the attention to detail exemplified daily in Douglas..." [Related item]

Tom DeWeese -- NewsWithViews.com  
Barack Obama and the Weathermen   
Since just before the election of Barack Obama in November, it has been interesting and quite shocking that a forty-year old, seemingly forgotten radical group called “Weatherman” is getting so much attention. Of course, Obama denies any connection to old Weathermen...

Des Moines Register   
Report says employers misusing contractors   
Iowa needs to crack down on employers who abuse contract labor laws, a state task force said in a report made public Tuesday. -- Gov. Chet Culver said he supports the conclusions. -- The task force is studying concerns about employers who improperly classify workers as independent contractors to save money...

The Hill -- Washington  
Obama to face critical immigration test early    
President-elect Obama will likely make several tough decisions on immigration policy during his first few months in office, even if he postpones wide-ranging reform until later in his first term. -- Obama will be under pressure from interest groups to review or drop several administrative policies aimed at curbing illegal immigration...

Arlen Williams -- RenewAmerica.us  Caution: Please read carefully - may border on rumor status 
Obama's Kenyan birth evidence to be revealed today, online   
A private investigator in Hawaii has uncovered the divorce decree for Barack Obama's father and mother, which indicates they had "one child under the age of eighteen, born in Kenya." That is the report of Ed Hale of PlainsRadio.com, an Internet radio site which has focused upon the natural born Citizen challenges to Obama's presidential eligibility.

USA Today   
Napolitano backs security tech   
Gov. Janet Napolitano — President-elect Barack Obama's pick to run the Homeland Security Department — has strongly advocated using advanced security technology as a law enforcement tool, drawing praise from police and raising concern among civil liberties groups that warn about privacy invasion...

Seattle Times   
Governor calls for deportation of jailed illegal aliens    
To save money, Gov. Chris Gregoire wants illegal aliens serving time in state jails deported. -- Her proposal estimates that deporting illegal aliens - who are serving or would serve time in state jails for drug or property crime convictions - will save the state more than $9 million in the next two-year budget...

San Diego Union Tribune  
Mexican wanted in sexual-assault cases arrested   
A Mexican national wanted in a series of sexual-assault cases who had been deported from the country 10 times has been arrested, officials said Tuesday. -- Carlos Ceron Salazar, 30, of Escondido, was booked into San Diego Central Jail Monday on charges of assault with intention to commit rape, mayhem and sexual battery...

Corpus Christi Caller-Times   
Police: 18 illegals in pickup that crashed -- 2 killed   
There were 18 people in a pickup that crashed early Monday east of Mathis killing two men from Honduras, officials said Tuesday. All were [illegal aliens] from El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico, said San Patricio County Sheriff Leroy Moody...

El Paso Times   
Texas sheriff-elect resists enforcement policies    
Austin -- Incoming El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles said he plans to join a group of Texas border sheriffs that he has sometimes clashed with in the past over immigration enforcement. -- 'If issues come up relating to enforcing illegal immigration, of course, we wouldn't participate in those kinds of things,' said Wiles...

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