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Thursday, November 16, 2000

Department of Justice Memo Exposed

DOJ labels loyal Americans terrorists

An official safety bulletin issued to U.S. immigration and border agents last month has Cochise County residents and the Ranch Rescue group fuming over being characterized as racists capable of terrorism. The bulletin, issued Oct. 25 by the Intelligence Analysis Branch at U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service headquarters in Washington, D.C., is also being criticized by the top Border Patrol official in Tucson. The bulletin warned that on the weekend of Oct. 27-29, 20 to 30 members of "anti-immigration hate crime organizations" planned to meet in Douglas, and that their presence "may be a threat to illegal aliens and U.S. Border Patrol agents." Alternate link

Washington

National Review: Republicans must rethink Immigration

The "pro-immigration" side of the Republican party - that has been wooing minority voters continues to be spurned overwhelmingly - in favor of Democrats. Again, they voted overwhelmingly Democrat. This voting bloc, which is fueled mostly by mass immigration, may put and keep Democrats in power for the foreseeable future. "Since the beginning of the Republican party, voting for it has been a mark of assimilation to the national culture. Continuing mass immigration impedes that process, and Republicans ought to rethink it - if not for their nation's interest, then for their own political survival."

Washington

FAIR: If Every Vote Makes A Difference, Why Are We So Indifferent to Who Is Voting?

The only thing certain in the aftermath of this historically close election, says the Federation for American Immigration Reform, is that there will be a reassessment of vote counting procedures and an effort to guard against counting irregularities in the future. But that's not enough, says FAIR. Along with the steps that must be taken to ensure clarity on ballots and proper tabulation of votes, FAIR is calling on federal and state election officials to ensure the integrity of the electoral process by making sure that only legally eligible citizens of the United States are able to cast votes in federal elections.

Washington

Catholic Bishops renew call for illegal alien amnesty

The National Conference of Catholic Bishops, meeting this week in Washington, D.C., has have declared immigration and immigrants' rights one of their primary focuses for the coming year. In a lengthy paper detailing the Church's position on immigration entitled, "Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity," the leadership of the American Catholic Church urged a sweeping amnesty for illegal immigrants and the extension of the full range of social benefits to all immigrants. In their statement, the bishops "join with others of good will in a call for legalization opportunities for the maximum number of undocumented persons"

Santa Ana, Calif.

Rabid reconquista claims election victory

Nativo Lopez, the controversial leader of Hermandad Mexicana Nacional whose tight race for the school board surprised many in this mostly Latino city, declared victory Wednesday on preliminary returns of absentee ballots. Lopez moved 205 votes ahead of board veteran Audrey Yamagata-Noji late Tuesday, a week after polls showed him trailing in fourth place. About 28,000 ballots are still pending countywide, and final results for this and other races are expected later in the month. In a rare news conference, Lopez, 48, blamed his slim margin on the Republican Party and the media for allegedly trying to "demonize" him during his first term. Hermandad, the immigrant- services organization he runs in Santa Ana, was investigated by federal and state officials for alleged voter fraud, etc.

Incompetence On Parade

Meissner recaps her years as INS Commissioner

The U.S. INS has reduced the waiting period for U.S. citizenship from roughly two years to between six and nine months and has processed some 2.5 million citizenship applications in two years, INS Commissioner Doris Meissner said during a Wednesday news conference at which she recapped the policies implemented during her tenure. Meissner, who will retire on Nov. 20, said she is satisfied with her performance since she became the head of the INS, adding that over the years she has forged a trust between Mexico and the United States, which are cooperating to curb illegal immigration and crime along their common border. (This story comes from EFE, a biased Latin America- based news service)

Carbondale, Colorado

Colorado government, business clash over illegal aliens

The first snow on the Colorado Rocky Mountains comes each year with thousands of Hispanic immigrants [illegal aliens] in search of work at the ski resorts, hotels and restaurants. And the labor demand also reaches desperate levels, with employers openly admitting that they hire immigrants [illegal aliens] even if these lack legal documents. "Hispanics [illegal aliens] have become an important part of the regional labor force," Aid to Latinos director Adriana Chavira told EFE. The arrival of the migrant workers [illegal aliens] has sparked tension among the local authorities, the INS, business and community groups which help Hispanic workers [illegal aliens]. (This story comes from EFE, a biased Latin America- based news service)

Bellevue, Washington

Apartments Searched for Kent Shooting Suspect

At least 15 adults and a baby, living in three apartments at the same complex, were awakened and detained early yesterday morning, when King County and Bellevue SWAT officers served search warrants to further their investigation into a fatal drive-by shooting in Kent last month. After the 4:30 a.m. raid, police turned over eight people found in the apartments to the U.S. Department of Immigration and Naturalization Service because they appeared to be illegal aliens, said sheriff's spokesman John Urquhart. Officers arrested three others for outstanding warrants unrelated to the shooting.

Washington

Bishops welcome 'strangers'

The nation's Roman Catholic bishops are calling on Catholics to remember their own immigrant heritage and welcome new immigrants. On Wednesday, the bishops approved a lengthy "pastoral statement" called "The Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity" and said that treatment of immigrants reflects patterns of "chauvinism, prejudice, and discrimination." Too many Americans, the document says, are suspicious of immigrants and fearful about their impact. The immigration statement was critical of U.S. policy, particularly the 1996 legislation that made it more difficult for immigrants to get social services. The bishops said they would support laws that "respect the human rights of immigrants and preserve the unity of the immigrant family."

Washington

Hispanics Favor Dems To GOP For President, House Races

Democratic strategist Celinda Lake Tuesday said new polling data from the Nov. 7 election suggests the immigrant vote -- including that of Hispanics -- will prove pivotal in the next election cycle nationally -- especially in states such as Florida and California. Lake told a panel hosted by the National Immigration Forum that 62 percent of Hispanic voters cast their votes for Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore in the presidential contest, while GOP presidential nominee George W. Bush garnered just 35 percent of the Hispanic vote. Courtesy  of The Stein Report

Buffalo, New York

Board of Education recognizes Latino task force

"Meetings have taken place with many of the board members to address the poor performance of Latino students in some of the schools with a large number of Latino students," said task force member Lilliam Malave. "I support the concept of the task force, but most of these folks on the task force are employees of the Board of Education," she said. "I see an imminent conflict of interest that can cause all kinds of havoc, and I would urge you to rethink it."

Washington

INS Said To Be "Taming Backlog Beast"

Immigration officials yesterday heralded their achievements in processing naturalization applications nationwide, saying they have slashed the waiting period down to between six and nine months from the earlier length of more than two years. They also reported that the backlog of applications has been cut more than 60 percent, down to about 800,000 from a high two years ago of nearly 2 million. While the New York district of the Immigration and Naturalization Service continues to cut away at its backlog, it still has the greatest number of citizenship applications pending of any office in the country.

Sacramento

'Clinton card' investigation begins

California Secretary of State Bill Jones is investigating an election-weekend mailer that included an unofficial "voter registration card" targeted at newly registered Latinos, signed by President Bill Clinton and mysteriously sent to at least one unregistered non-citizen. The existence of the mass mailing was first brought to light by WorldNetDaily on Nov. 7. Shad Balch, spokesman for the California secretary of state, could not comment on details of the ongoing investigation, but he did make one observation. When asked how the "Clinton card" could live up to its promise to "help your voting go more smoothly," Balch quickly replied, "It couldn't."

Reconquista To Be Codified

Invaders to be represented in Mexican congress

"Another proposal which will [be] analyzed during his administration", he said, "will be the possibility that in Congress, upper and lower houses there will be representatives of the immigrants who live in this country". There is an initiative by Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), supported by Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD), which was presented to Congress so Mexicans who live abroad will have the right to vote in presidential elections. However, the majority of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) rejected the proposal. According to Fox, in the United States reside about 18 million Mexicans. (Translated by American Patrol)


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