Skip to comments.Immigration Effort Draws GOP Backer
Posted on 08/07/2009 11:00:00 AM PDT by Mount Athos
Senate Democrats have found a Republican in Sen. Lindsey Graham to help them push for passage of a comprehensive immigration overhaul this year.
Democrats and Republicans say Mr. Graham of South Carolina is working behind the scenes with Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) to gain support from other GOP members.
The bill is still taking shape, but it is expected to include key features of unsuccessful 2006 and 2007 immigration proposals, including a path to legal status for many of the illegal immigrants already inside the U.S. and measures to strengthen border security.
A new Gallup poll this week showed Americans less favorable to immigration than they were a year ago, which could make the climate for legislation even tougher. Now 50% of those surveyed say immigration should be decreased, which is up significantly from the 39% who said the same a year ago.
Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.), who led those earlier drives along with Sen. Edward Kennedy (D., Mass.), isn't expected to play a prominent role this year. He faces a primary challenge next year in the state he has represented for more than two decades. One of his opponents is a founder of a controversial group that conducts civilian patrols along the border in search of illegal immigrants.
Lawmakers from both parties, but especially Republicans, have faced intense criticism from populist corners of their constituencies, where there is support for a zero-tolerance, enforcement-only approach to immigration.
Pulling in the other direction for Republicans is strong support from business groups for guest-worker programs, including for high-tech workers, and a way to legalize many of the high- and low-skill foreign laborers already inside the U.S.
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This evil idiot. Go to www.numbersusa.com to send free faxes to stop amnesty.
Can the people of SC get rid of Pansey Graham, please!
Lindsey Graham... again.
What again is the value-added of retaining him in the Senate?????
“comprehensive immigration overhaul this year”
Any time a politican uses the term “comprehensive” you can rest assured it will be incomprehensible.
What the heck is the problem with the South?
Lindsey and Sanford elected in SC. Fred “Senate Centrist Coalition - let’s shut down free speech in the name or bipartisanship” Thomson was from TN.
I could accept that sort of GOP candidates from NY or CA, but at least in the South you would have thought that there are some actual GOP conservatives.
McCain threw himself on that rock. Worked for him. Step right up Lindsey.
Enough of this coddling of criminals at taxpayer expense!
They are nuts. The natives are already restless because of the health care government takeover plan. We have 10 percent unemployment in this country. And now they think it’s a good idea to bring up amnesty?
Linseed is a worthless POS. He needs to join the other party.
Talk about a dog bites man story.
There must some way to kick that queer bastard out of the Republican party!
The people of SC re-elected this clown last year, so we have 5+ more years of him.
We can send a man to the moon but they can’t built a fence/wall that we have been promised since 2005. When the borders are secure THEN we can talk about reforming the laws not until.
Lindsey fast becoming as despicable as Juan McCain, but with no need to acknowledge any past contributions to the nation.
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Drug killings soar as Obama heads to Mexico summit
[snip]Severed heads, burned bodies, daylight shootouts and dead children are daily fare from Mexico’s Caribbean to its desert border with the United States.......
Last month was the deadliest month of President Felipe Calderon’s nearly three-year army assault on powerful cartels across Mexico with 850 deaths”
SMUGGLERS OUT OF CONTROL IN TECATE, B.C.
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El Universal Mexico, D.F. 08/05/09
Gangs kidnap the Tecate Border
They operate with impunity, protected by the police, controlling the migratory routes into the U.S. The assaults and sexual molestations experienced by the migrants are minor compared to the ever-increasing kidnappings and homicides.
The Gangs have become more dangerous by virtue of the lack of control by the police, the Secretary of Public Security confirmed. He said the problem could worsen if not dealt with quickly. Over the years the traffic of persons evolved to traffic with assault; then traffic with assault, murder, and rape; and later to traffic with assault, murder, rape and kidnapping.
Kidnapping is a new modality:
In order to extort more money they lock the migrants into houses and call the families to demand more money on top of what already paid for the smuggling north.
Tijuana has only a few miles of smuggling routes, but Tecate, with almost one half of the 265 kilometers (160 miles) of border, along with Mexicali, is the most problematic.
The area is practically abandoned by the authorities in spite of the fact that the traffic has grown greatly during the past years, said anthropologist Victor Clark Alfaro of the Bi-national Center for Human Rights (CBDH). He added that the traffickers as well as the migrants speak of the complicity of the police, who allow the delinquents to operate for bribes paid.
The Director of the Tecate Municipal Police said that his agents maintain constant patrols, but that the large size of the area does not permit 24 hour coverage.
The Military and Federal Agents have dismantled gangs of kidnappers and rescued victims but, nevertheless, men with long-guns are seen swarming in the area, not bothering to cover their faces nor hide from the police agents. In spite of the extreme temperatures, the risk of falling into a gorge or being bitten by a poisonous snake, the criminal gangs are the greatest danger.
Milenio Mexico, D.F. 08/05/09
U.S. Senator stops anti-drug assistance for Mexico
Senator Patrick Leahy (D) has rejected the publication of a letter which affirms that Mexico respects human rights in its war against drug-traffickers. One hundred million dollars in aid are in play. Leahy said that the letter contradicts reports of human rights violations he has received.
The U.S. State Department had anticipated sending a favorable report of human rights just before the U.S. President attended a meeting of North American leaders in Guadalajara this weekend.
The funds in question are part of the Merida Initiative, initiated by President Bush in 2007. The assistance was to support Mexico in stemming the flow of drugs to the U.S. with training for police and the purchase of helicopters and other enforcement equipment.
In the U.S. Congress, preoccupation regarding the possible violation of human rights has grown. It is believed the State Department will rewrite its report before sending it to Congress in September, after summer vacation.
El Porvenir Monterrey, Nuevo Leon 08/05/09
Mexican Navy burns more than seven tons of cocaine
The drug was seized in two speedboats operated by five men, who were turned over to the Federal Police. The Mexican Navy burned the drug, seized on July 19 in a joint anti-narcotraffic operation which involved planes from the Mexican Navy, Mexican Airforce, U.S. interagency taskforce, as well as Guatemala and Belize.
The five crewmembers, three Mexicans and two Colombians[,] are in federal custody awaiting prosecution.
Critica Hermosillo, Sonora 08/05/09
La Troca and La Cuchara testify
Miguel Angel Beraza Villa, aka La Troca and Rafael Hernandez Harrison, aka La Cuchara appeared before (SIEDO) Special Unit for Investigation of Organized Crime regarding their involvement in drug trafficking and possession of firearms.
The investigations indicate that Beraza was in charge of coordinating the smuggling of synthetic drugs, such as ice and crystal, manufactured in Mexico, into the U.S.
Beraza, under orders from leaders of La Familia Michoacána used the border at Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez to introduce the drugs. According to (DEA) Drug Enforcement Administration sources Beraza was arrested as a result of a joint operation with the Mexican authorities.
The investigations revealed that Hernandez was in charge of extortions, area control and operation of the laboratories, especially in Guerrero. He is also believed involved in recent attacks on the Federal Police in Michoacán.
The (PGR) Federal Prosecutors Office will also resolve the cases against thirty-two persons arrested together with La Troca.
El Imparcial Hermosillo, Sonora 08/05/09
Formal prison for seven members of La Familia
The Fifth District Court in the State of Mexico ordered formal prison for seven members of La Familia Michoacána who were arrested last June. The Federal Prosecutor (PGR) informed that the judges found sufficient evidence to prosecute them for organized crime involvement, commercial drug-trafficking and possession of firearms.
The members are charged with being part of a cell in La Familia which dealt in wholesale and retail sales of drugs in the states of Mexico, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Michoacán, Morelos and Guerrero.
The seven were arrested by the Federal Police on June 17 in the State of Mexico with numerous firearms, ammunition, marijuana, cocaine, five vehicles, eleven cell phones and two radios.