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Friday, November 16, 2001

H. Millard
We're going to protect your freedom by taking away your freedom
On October 26, President Bush signed the USA Patriot Act (USAPA), to help fight terrorism. Given the events of 9/11, an anti-terrorism bill sounds good. Unfortunately, USAPA can too easily be misused as a weapon against citizens who may be on some sort of personal or political enemies list of those in power. Think of President Nixon and his enemies list to get the picture.

Dallas Morning News
UT-LULAC program promoting interest among Latino students
LULAC and the University of Texas System say they want to see more Hispanic students in Texas colleges and universities. -- On Monday, the two announced a joint effort to reach out to Latino high school students. -- According to U.S. Census data, the national dropout rate for Hispanics between the ages of 18 and 24 is 34%. A recent study by San Antonio- based Intercultural Development Research Association says the rate is 56% in Texas.
L.A. Times
New Weapon in Defense: Foreign Consulates
After Marco Barrera was charged with beating to death his two young children, a lawyer for the Mexican government made a personal appeal to prosecutors to forgo the death penalty. -- When that didn't work, Mexican officials tried to save Barrera's life another way: They assisted his lawyer in preparing a defense. -- In a growing number of criminal cases, foreign consulates are playing a supporting role in defending their citizens, particularly those facing death.

Re: Civil Rights Commission Threatens American Patrol
John F. Dulles, Regional Director of the US Commission on Civil Rights, threatens Glenn Spencer of American Patrol for handing out flyers? -- Is this an oxymoron, or is Dulles just a moron? What civil rights can this man be for if he opposes the right guaranteed in the 1st Amendment? Send this cretin a copy of the constitution. Jeez. -- RO

Civil Rights in Utah
Civil Rights Commission Threatens American Patrol
St. George, Utah (AmericanPatrol.org) -- A meeting of the Utah Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights was disrupted today when John F. Dulles, Regional Director of the Commission, threatened Glenn Spencer of American Patrol for handing out flyers advertising a meeting in the same hotel. Alerted by Dulles, hotel management told Spencer that if any more flyers were handed out to the public the police would escort him from the hotel.

Investors Business Daily
U.S. open-border policies - still good idea after Sept. 11?
Mark Reed remembers the first day he did his job a little too well. He was rounding up illegal aliens in San Francisco for the Immigration and Naturalization Service. One day he rounded up too many. -- "My partner told me to pick one out and release him," Reed said. "He told me it was a common practice known as 'leaving one for seed.'" Reed refused and was quickly branded as one who didn't get it. Now he thinks he does. ---- The option on open borders expired Sept. 11.
Stein Report
AILA admits to opposing patriot act provisions
In a meeting of AILA today, executive director Jeanne Butterfield related AILA's efforts to remove provisions of the Patriot Act that they opposed. Butterfield said that they recruited Georgetown Univ. Law Center lawyer David Cole to work with Sen. Kennedy's staff during a conference committee to remove some of the provisions that would allow prosecution or deportation of persons in this country who support al Qaeda and other international terrorist organizations.

Dallas Morning News
UT-LULAC program promoting interest among Latino students
The League of United Latin American Citizens and the University of Texas System say they want to see more Hispanic students in Texas colleges and universities. -- On Monday, the two announced a joint effort to reach out to Latino high school students. -- According to U.S. Census data, the national dropout rate for Hispanics between the ages of 18 and 24 percent is 34 percent.
Detroit Free Press
Sen. Levin defends whistle-blowing agents
Sen. Carl Levin wrote the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service on Thursday to protest the punishment of two U.S. Border Patrol agents who talked to the media about their security concerns. -- The agents, Mark Hall and Robert Lindemann, were each suspended for 90 days for speaking with Detroit Free Press reporters. Each was then given a one-year demotion after an interview appeared on NBC's "Today" show.

Detroit Free Press
Sen. Levin defends whistle-blowing agents
Sen. Carl Levin wrote the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service on Thursday to protest the punishment of two U.S. Border Patrol agents who talked to the media about their security concerns. -- The agents, Mark Hall and Robert Lindemann, were each suspended for 90 days for speaking with Detroit Free Press reporters. Each was then given a one-year demotion after an interview appeared on NBC's "Today" show.

Michelle Malkin - Townhall.com
Flight 587 kin want amnesty
...This is truly a heartbreaking predicament. But these family members are illegal immigrants who chose to break the law -- to cut in line in front of the millions of other people around the world who aspire to be Americans. They should accept the consequences of their actions. They are not entitled to be here. Their "ability to stay in their adopted country" without proper screening and legal authorization is not a divine right.
Human Events
INS Says Lack of Resources Prevents Action
The U.S. immigration court in Arlington, Va., which handles deportation cases in the Washington, D.C., area, should be called The Big No Show. -- On three recent trips to that court, this reporter saw judges order the deportation of only four aliens, and each of these was ordered deported in absentia because he had failed to show up for his hearing. -- No one who actually showed up was deported.

Re: Illegals not safe in small farm town
What a laugh. So the Arizona Republic says illegals aren't 'safe' in Bowie and then makes a thinly veiled accusation that it's the 'residents' who might be responsible for their un-safety. The real problem in Bowie, Rodeo and the Eastern Chiricahua slope is the safety of the residents themselves from illegals.

Human Events
California GOP Still Shuns Immigration Issue
"If restrictions on illegal immigration were on the California ballot next year, they would win-big. And if Republicans would just get on this issue, as they did in 1994, they would win, too. But they just won't touch it. It's a shame." -- So said former State Sen. Richard Mountjoy of Los Angeles County, now head of the California Republican Assembly, the state's largest conservative activist group.
L.A. Times
Importing Poverty: Activists Battle Marin Charity
By day, 30,000 Latinos work as maids, gardeners and baby- sitters in an area with a median home price of $600,000. Each night, many return to the crowded canal district, where several families often share tiny apartments that command monthly rents of $2,000 or more. -- "It's like one giant human hamburger there, everyone stacked on top of each other," said Ortega, acting director of the Canal Human and Ecological Development Assn.

Re: John Ashcroft and Border Security
When Ashcroft is questioned about our borders it is: "See no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil." It is amazing to hear Ashcroft say that the September 11th terrorists did not enter the U.S. illegally. Is this man so dumb that he thinks people will believe terrorists will not sneak through our borders?

We Need 'Guest Workers'?
Slide in industrial output longest since Depression
WASHINGTON (AP) - Industrial productivity plunged in October for the 13th month in a row, the longest string of declines in manufacturing activity since the Great Depression. -- The Federal Reserve reported today that output at the nation's factories, utilities and mines plummeted by 1.1% last month, on top of a big 1% decline in September. -- The 13- month stretch of declining activity marked the longest period of falling industrial output since....1932.
St. Petersburg Times
Three Florida flight school students ordered out of U.S.
Three Tunisians attending flight schools in Florida, including a student who acknowledged knowing a roommate of terrorist hijacker Mohamed Atta, were ordered deported Thursday. -- None of the students were accused of being connected to the Sept. 11 attacks. -- The FBI noted in a letter, however, that Maryem Bedoui, 21, had attended flight schools in Venice and Punta Gorda about the same time that hijackers Atta and Marwan Al-Shehhi had trained at a nearby flight school.

NewsMax.com
NYC Schools Chancellor in Ramadan Prayer About-Face
After a flood of complaints about the decision by New York City's public school Chancellor Harold Levy to set aside special classrooms where Muslim students could pray during Ramadan, the plan has been abruptly dropped. -- "The Schools Chancellor is making an about-face from yesterday's announcement that Muslim students could go to a special area on school grounds and pray for Ramadan," reported WABC Radio...
N.Y. Times (Free Registration)
Foreign Students Fear Holiday Travel
As the holidays approach, the question of leaving the United States for a visit to their homelands is a deep concern to thousands of foreign students. With the Bush administration announcing stricter scrutiny of foreigners, especially visitors from Muslim nations, they fear the wrong answer could change their lives. -- Some have decided to spend the holidays in America. -- There were 565,000 foreign students at 4,000 American colleges...

For Future Reference
Attorney General John Ashcroft and INS Commissioner Ziglar Announce INS Restructuring Plan (11/14)

Press Telegram
Illegal aliens a worry of jails
Federal and Los Angeles County officials launched a program Thursday that uses state-of-the-art fingerprint and computer technologies to help them find and expel illegal criminal aliens who have re-entered the United States after being deported. -- "We have a very serious problem in L.A. County with a quarter of the inmates in county jails here illegally after having committed crimes," Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said at a news conference...
MyInKy.com
Two detainees not expected to return
It is "safe to say" two of the nine Egyptian-born local men detained by the FBI - reportedly as part of a terrorism investigation - will not be returning to the Tri-State, a spokesman for the Evansville Islamic Center said. -- Fathey Saleh Abdelkhalek, whose American wife sparked the FBI's investigation in October, has returned to jail and will be deported, according to Islamic Center spokesman Hafath Twymon.

AZ Republic (Free Registration)
Illegals not safe in small farm town
Residents in the small farming community of Bowie say undocumented workers aren't safe there. -- Cochise County investigators were working to identify a Mexican farmworker who was found shot to death along with his girlfriend Tuesday in the town about 90 miles east of Tucson. -- Mexican Consul Miguel Escobar Valdez was notified because the victims are Mexican citizens.
The News - Mexico City
Mexico to create more jobs in Colorado
After meeting in Mexico City with President Vicente Fox, Colorado Gov. Bill Owens announced that Mexican firms are planning to invest in the state. -- Mexico is currently Colorado's ninth most important trading partner, but Fox pledged to step up efforts to make Mexico one of the state's top five trade partners, said Owens, who led a U.S. trade delegation to Mexico.

The News - Mexico City
New scholarship program for Mexican students to study in U.S.
U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow said while "terrorism is our biggest worry these days," the United States cannot afford to turn its back on bilateral issues like education, health, migration and the environment. -- He said the program, which will begin in fall of 2002, emerged from President Vicente Fox's October meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush in Washington. (This sham will cost U.S. taxpayers about $30 million).
Salt Lake Tribune
Scam Wedding Planner Sentenced to 11 Months
A woman who arranged a marriage designed to skirt U.S. immigration laws was sentenced to 11 months in prison Thursday, despite her claim that she was unaware the matchmaking efforts were illegal. -- "I was helping these people," insisted wedding planner Daisy Aguilar, who said she received no money for her role as translator for an illegal immigrant from Mexico and a Woods Cross woman. "I never knew I was doing anything wrong."


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