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Sunday, September 23, 2001

San Jose Mercury-News
Oracle boss urges national ID cards, offers free software
Broaching a controversial subject that has gained visibility since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Oracle Chairman and CEO Larry Ellison is calling for the United States to create a national identification card system -- and offering to donate the software to make it possible. -- Under Ellison's proposal, millions of Americans would be fingerprinted and the information would be placed on a database used by airport security officials to verify identities of travelers at airplane gates.

Toronto Star
A clear role for Canada as Bush gets it just right
When Jean Chrétien meets George W. Bush in Washington tomorrow, he should set aside not only the usual Canadian apprehensions over our involvement in an American-initiated war but also the current concerns over American demands for harmonizing our immigration and refugee policies with theirs. If the Prime Minister treads carefully, Canada can deliver on both fronts without compromising our traditions or sovereignty. -- Notwithstanding the reservations of Canada's peace constituency......
Lodi News - Joe Guzzardi
Don't wave the flag in my face, close the border
If you are one of the tens of thousands of Americans who bought a flag this week, my column is dedicated to you. -- Or if you're among the millions who linked hands in church to sing "God Bless America" then pay special attention to what you are about to read. -- The unhappy message that I have to deliver to almost of you who are now bursting with patriotism is that you have helped - through your passivity - make this horrible moment possible. [Free Republic item] [Source URL]

North County Times
Strict border inspections making an impact
Tightening security at San Diego County's international ports of entry in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is changing the way people on both sides of the border live, work and shop. -- And the fear of more attacks, coupled with the likelihood of war, may lead to tougher immigration laws, derailing efforts by the United States and Mexico to ease border restrictions between the two countries.
Denver Post
Lamm speaks against importing workers
Former Gov. Richard Lamm told a hostile audience Friday that immigration is fueling runaway population growth, draining public resources and undermining the U.S. labor force. "You get the cheap labor. The community gets incredible costs. . . . Cheap labor really isn't. Cheap labor is subsidized labor," Lamm said at a conference on immigration issues before the Rural Resort Region, a consortium of five mountain counties.

We Get
Re: The embarrassment on the Bay
It is shooting fish in a barrel to object to recent silliness in Berkeley about flags not being displayed and Rep. Barbara Lee's negative vote. But these actions -- while regrettable to many in this community -- are symbolic in nature and do not affect anti- terrorist policies. -- Residents of Los Angeles might more constructively consider Special Order 40 which remains in place as a protection to illegal aliens in the city.

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4 SEIU Leaders Get Grant From Ford Foundation
The four leaders led a successful campaign to unionize fellow building-service workers in Los Angeles County. That effort -- supported by other workers, religious institutions and community residents -- spurred a nationwide campaign called Justice for Janitors.

Alamance Independent
Even after attacks, Washington still "amnestying" illegal aliens
As incredible as it sounds, Washington continues to give illegal aliens "temporary" amnesty - even after the massive terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. -- In fact, the day after the terrorist attacks killed at least 7,300 people in Manhattan and at the Pentagon, the INS extended by another year "temporary" amnesty given to some illegal aliens from Somalia - and gave it to even more illegals from Somalia.

The News - Mexico City
High number of Mideast guests at resorts vexes officials
Investigators are tracing the activities of an "unusually high" number of guests of Middle Eastern heritage who stayed at Mexican resorts in the weeks leading up to the terrorist attacks in the United States, officials said late last week.Sixteen of these visitors were at hotels in the region of Ixtapa between July and five days before the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon....
Orlando Sentinel
Foreigners easily cross U.S. border, hide
When Shariq Hasan applied for a student visa at the American Embassy in Saudi Arabia, he was surprised by some of the questions. -- "When you get there, you're really nervous because what you say is going to determine whether you study in the United States or not," said Hasan, now a student at Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach and president of the Muslim Students Association there.

L.A. Daily News - Opinion
The embarrassment on the Bay
Lest anyone doubt American tolerance, just pay a visit up north to Berkeley. -- While the rest of the country stands together, Berkeley stands aside -- as the loudest, silliest and most irritating critic of common sense.

Winston-Salem Journal
Number of INS prisoners increases up
The county jail that is also the detention center in Eastern North Carolina for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service has been busier than normal in the past week. -- Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the INS has increased the number of detainees brought to and from the Franklin County jail, Sheriff Robert Redmond said. The detainees are federal prisoners, and Redmond said he has no details about their names or nationalities. At least one man is being held on charges of suspected immigration fraud.
L.A. Times
Tightening Immigration Raises Civil Liberties Flag
Amid an outpouring of national unity, some members of Congress have quietly begun to resist the administration's tough new security measures aimed at noncitizens, voicing particular concerns about jailing even permanent legal immigrants without charge for indefinite periods. --- "Porous borders cause enormous problems and completely prevent our ability to maintain any kind of security," said Rep. Thomas G. Tancredo (R-Colo.)...

L.A. Daily News
Immigration amnesty plan fades
Amnesty for some undocumented immigrants has become a casualty of last week's catastrophe, with the Bush administration focused on tightening security at home and waging war on terrorism abroad. -- "This is a wake-up call," said Dan Stein, director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a Washington- based group that has long advocated tighter border controls and tougher penalties for undocumented aliens and their U.S. employers.
Bergen Record
Arab-Americans upset by profiling
At the height of the war on drugs, federal authorities classified the enemy as Mexican, Colombian, and Jamaican drug couriers traveling the nation's highways. -- In this new war on terrorism, the enemy, federal authorities say, is a cadre of Islamic extremists who feel it's their religious obligation to kill Americans. -- While the wars are vastly different, they pose the same law enforcement dilemma: how to recognize the enemy among America's ethnically and racially diverse faces.

Seattle Times
Few resources spent guarding Canada border
While thousands of U.S. soldiers are being shipped halfway across the globe to fight terrorism, little manpower has been focused on a problem much closer to home: Canada. Experts on both sides of the 4,000-mile border say the nation to the north is a haven for terrorists, and that the U.S.- Canada line is little more barrier than ink on a map. -- Most of the world's prominent terrorist organizations have cells within Canada's borders.
The News - Mexico City
More illegals non-Mexicans, Arizona officials say
The illegal entrants being caught by the Border Patrol along the Arizona sector of the boundary increasingly are from nations other than Mexico, officials say. -- "We don't know what it means," spokesman Rene Noriega said Friday. -- Most of the non-Mexican migrants are from El Salvador and other parts of Central America, but agents have picked up people from all over the world, including the former Soviet Union, Asia, and the Middle East.

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