News today from NAFBPO
Ex-Border Patrol agent receives 15-year sentence
A former Border Patrol agent convicted of helping drug traffickers safely smuggle marijuana has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Raquel Esquivel was sentenced Monday in a Del Rio federal court, seven months after a jury found the 25-year-old guilty of conspiracy with intent to distribute more than a ton of pot.
Prosecutors say Esquivel tipped drug traffickers in 2007 about authorities stationed along the Pecos River, and provided guidance about how to avoid getting caught...
Esquivel had served in the Border Patrol less than a year.[snip]
I’ll add this to tomorrow’s ping list.
Another news item today....recall under the Bush admin. that his justice dept went after the Salvation army because they wanted their employees to speak English. I suppose Obama will come after them for this one (unfortunately)...
Charities check immigration status for toy drives
[snip]Happy holidays now where’s that immigration paperwork?
Several programs providing Christmas gifts for needy children are checking immigration status first, requiring at least one member of the household to be a U.S. citizen before handing over toys. The Salvation Army and a charity affiliated with the Houston Fire Department are asking for children’s birth certificates or Social Security cards.
The point isn’t to punish children but to ensure parents are citizens, legal immigrants or working to become legal residents, said Lorugene Young, whose Outreach Program Inc. is one of three groups that distribute toys collected by firefighters.
Other groups don’t require specific documentation. Those that check immigration status or other qualifications say they are trying to make good decisions.
“We want to be good stewards, so the people that are donating to us trust we’re going to do the right thing,” said Sonya Scott, manager of care ministries at West Houston Assistance Ministries. The group does not check immigration but requires identification, including birth certificates for children and proof of income.
Technically speaking, we do not have a border with Mexico. It is a 150-mile wide "Zona de Tolerancia," marking passage into Aztlan.