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  • Texas Border Volunteers still going strong

    07/10/2014 7:50:28 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 6 replies
    KENS5 San Antonio ^ | 7-10-14 | Barry Davis
    SAN ANTONIO -- The Texas Border Volunteers set up patrols on ranches in Brooks County throughout the year. Linda Vickers and her husband, Mike, organized the group after constantly encountering immigrants crossing their ranch. During one watch last year, they reported two groups with more than 100 immigrants. These people are crossing very rough, brushy south Texas ranchland, mostly in the middle of the night. Over the past 7 years, the group has reported literally thousands of immigrants to Border Patrol, which actually works with the group. Jim Gibson, the spokesman for Texas Border Volunteers said on their most recent...
  • Judges tell California to cut prisoner count by 10,000

    06/20/2013 3:45:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 20, 2013 | by Alex Dobuzinskis
    A panel of federal judges ordered California on Thursday to ease overcrowding in state prisons by reducing the number of inmates by about 10,000 this year, and criticized what they described as foot-dragging in dealing with the matter. California has been under court orders to reduce the population in its 33-prison system since 2009. "Failure to take such steps or to report on such steps every two weeks shall constitute an act of contempt," the judges said in their ruling. Don Specter, an attorney for the plaintiffs in the case, said the ruling would mean cutting the prison population to...
  • Volunteer force of Mexico border watchers disbands

    03/30/2010 7:15:15 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 1,207+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 30, 2010 | Ben Conery and Jerry Seper
    The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, which posted hundreds of civilian volunteers along the U.S.-Mexico border over the past five years, has disbanded, citing what it called "rising aggression" in the country and decisions by lawmakers in Washington who have "pushed amnesty down our throats." "The mental attitude of many Americans is turning meaner … and we are concerned that this could cause problems," MCDC President Carmen Mercer told The Washington Times on Monday. "You see aggression surfacing even at the tea party marches. We just did not want to deal with the liability anymore. "We have to protect the ranchers...
  • ICE encourages voluntary deportation

    08/03/2008 6:50:08 PM PDT · by TheDon · 12 replies · 74+ views ^ | August 3, 2008 | Leslie Berestein
    Would illegal immigrants voluntarily surrender to immigration authorities at the federal building in downtown San Diego? It may seem unlikely, but this is what federal immigration officials hope will happen starting Tuesday. That's when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will roll out “Operation Scheduled Departure,” a pilot program created to encourage people who have outstanding deportation orders to turn themselves in. San Diego and four other U.S. cities will participate in the program, which is set to end Aug. 22. The other locations are Santa Ana; Chicago; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Charlotte, N.C. ... Mack said the program was born after...
  • Border Watch is watching you - but you can't see them

    01/15/2008 6:09:42 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 12 replies · 118+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 14, 2008 | Susan Carroll
    Immigrant advocates declared victory this week in a long-standing battle over a day labor site in Spring, saying anti-illegal immigrant protestors failed to turn up on Saturday for the first time in weeks. Franklin Moore, director of the Cypress Creek Interfaith Coalition for Economic Development, which has led the push for the day labor site, issued a statement saying U.S. Border Watch leader Curtis Collier and his supporters were "forced off of the streets of Spring." "We'll be out there as long as it takes to ensure that Border Watch doesn't return," Moore said in the statement. "The day laborers...
  • [South Texas: Mexican]Human Rights Group Watching Minutemen

    04/11/2007 2:09:43 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 46 replies · 844+ views
    KRGV-5 ^ | April 10, 2007
    People reporting group handcuffed them REYNOSA - A human rights group in Mexico is taking a stand against the Minutemen. Fortino Lopez Balcazar says, "They're dangerous and their entire group is dangerous for people who want to cross illegally." Balcazar is the president of Reynosa's human rights organization. He tells us he doesn't advise people to cross illegally, but he does tell them how to do it safely if they're going to do it. The organization says it's out to warn people what they're up against when they cross the border. Balcazar says people who cross and have been deported...
  • No red carpet: Texas town takes serious steps against illegal aliens

    11/13/2006 7:10:07 AM PST · by WestTexasWend · 35 replies · 1,244+ views
    FARMERS BRANCH - This Dallas suburb could become the first city in Texas to adopt a sweeping ordinance intended to keep out illegal immigrants, a cause for concern among its large minority population. More than 50 municipalities nationwide have considered, passed or rejected laws banning landlords from leasing to illegal immigrants, penalizing businesses that employ undocumented workers and making English the local official language. But until now, that trend hasn't been matched in the Lone Star State. "This is the first town in Texas that had the guts to do what's right," Susie Hart, who grew up in Farmers Branch,...
  • Comprehensive Immigration Reform Statement of Most Reverend William Skylstad

    06/16/2006 12:30:44 AM PDT · by garbageseeker · 20 replies · 1,251+ views
    United States Conference of Catholic Bishops ^ | June 15, 2006 | Most Reverend William Skystad
    In the spirit of Liberation Theology, the USCCB released a news press release yesterday, stating they will continue their drive for passage of CIRA. This means they support of unrestricted illegal immigration to the United States despite the costs to taxpayers.The bishops are continuing their drive even though CIRA is vastly unpopular with the American people and a vast majority of Catholics. This news release has not been widely disseminated and everyone here gets a first look.
  • The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops policy paper on its support of illegal immigration

    06/14/2006 4:52:10 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 293 replies · 3,777+ views
    I am posting this article because very few people know that the Catholic Church is going out of their way to make sure CIRA is the law of the land. The church has supported illegal immigration for many years and they have been active in getting CIRA passed. I also publishing this article in the hopes that the many Catholics who support the House of Representatives would know what their church is doing on the illegal immigration issue in the United States. I really do not think that Roman Catholics know the churches position on this matter.I know that there...
  • U.S. Firms Say Mexican 'Nothing Gringo' Boycott Could Backfire

    04/26/2006 3:59:40 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 113 replies · 3,849+ views ^ | April 26, 2006
    MEXICO CITY — U.S. lobbyists lashed out Wednesday at the Mexican "Nothing Gringo" campaign timed for May 1 to coincide with the "Day Without Immigrants" boycott in the United States. The American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico said organizers are risking a backlash and foolishly targeting some of their best allies, since U.S. corporations have actively lobbied the U.S. Congress for immigration reform including legalization for many of the estimated 11 million undocumented migrants. CountryWatch: Mexico Mexicans' refusal to "buy American" on May 1 could further polarize the debate and make reform supporters seem anti-American at the very moment that...
  • They call them "illegal immigrants" for a reason [Letter to Editor]

    01/30/2006 4:02:12 PM PST · by Gondring · 35 replies · 975+ views
    North County Times (online) ^ | Friday, January 27, 2006 11:20 AM PST | Steve
    What is it about "illegal" that the so called journalists (aka editorial staff) of the North County Times cannot grasp? If any of this staff would accurately report the truth, they would mention that groups like the Minutemen and Border Watch are all, without exception, not "anti-immigration" as the NCT falsely portrays them. These groups and tens of thousands of other concerned citizens and legal immigrants are indeed anti ILLEGAL immigration. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting the laws of our country strictly enforced. We are a nation of immigrants. Our great nation was built to what it has...
  • Gov't favors plan by U.S. senators(Mexico Gov't favors McCain/Kennedy Bill)

    10/28/2005 1:34:55 PM PDT · by SC33 · 17 replies · 474+ views
    El Universal Online ^ | October 28, 2005
    The Mexican government favors immigration legislation proposed by U.S. senators Edward Kennedy and John McCain that would allow currently undocumented migrants to work in the United States for up to six years, a spokesman for President Vicente Fox said Thursday. Presidential spokesman Rubén Aguilar said the bipartisan proposal "is the one that comes closest to what Mexico wants."
  • The Botany of Illegal Immigration

    08/26/2005 8:06:25 PM PDT · by garybob · 22 replies · 7,871+ views
    Alabama Minuteman Support Team ^ | 8/9/2005 | Mike Vanderboegh
    There is a new kind of tree growing out west. Botanists have yet to decide how to classify it. Politicians and the major media seem to want to ignore it. The sight of one is enough to make weathered old cowboys who thought they'd seen everything in life break down and cry. Not many people have seen these trees, for they grow in out of the way places in the southwest desert along the border with Mexico. But those who have seen them are haunted by the memory. In an era of free trade agreements and politically correct euphemisms for...
  • Anti-Illegal Immigration Group Creates Controversy In Dallas

    08/25/2005 5:41:39 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 28 replies · 809+ views ^ | August 25, 2005
    'Border Watch' Confronts Latino Day Laborers A group that claims to help the U.S. Border Patrol is bringing controversy to Dallas after launching "an operation" targeting day laborers. The group called "Border Watch" picked a spot on Park Lane, near Greenville, early Thursday morning because it is popular with Latino day laborers hoping to get picked up for work. The workers were angry with group members for passing out fliers warning employers that hiring illegal immigrants is a federal crime. Border Watch members also carried video cameras, which were used to record license plates and people, according to the fliers....
  • Minutemen hope effort sends message to government [Midland, Texas meeting & photos]

    08/17/2005 5:15:00 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies · 433+ views
    Midland Reporter-Telegram ^ | 08/17/2005 | Ryan Myers
    About 25 volunteers from the Permian Basin met on a ranch southeast of Midland Tuesday for an orientation in monitoring the southern Texas border for those attempting illegal entry to the United States. The volunteers sat under a storage eve on the ranch while Chris Simcox, founder and national president of the Tombstone, Ariz.-based Minutemen Civil Defense Corp, outlined methods and technology the group will use when they converge on the Texas-Mexico border in October. Simcox said several hundred volunteers will monitor the southern state border then, acting as extra eyes and ears for the Border Patrol in an effort...
  • Friends of the Border Patrol - Border Watch Operation

    08/08/2005 9:33:59 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies · 573+ views
    Simi Valley-Moorpark Republican Assembly ^ | Sunday, August 7, 2005 | Freeman Sawyer
    Join Us Saturday, August 20, 2005 To Hear: Andy Ramirez Chairman, Friends of the Border Patrol As he discusses America's State of the Borders, what role our government is taking to protect our borders and how you can get involved. Andy will also talk about Friends of the Border Patrol's Border Watch operation to monitor the California border this September 16th! This is Andy's lone "Valley" appearance prior to Border Watch. Saturday, August 20, 2005, 1:00pm Moorpark City Hall, Citrus Room - 799 Moorpark Road, Moorpark, CA 93021 This event is sponsored by the Simi Valley/Moorpark Republican Assembly For questions,...
  • Minutemen on the Line Now!

    07/19/2005 11:40:12 AM PDT · by texson66 · 152 replies · 3,776+ views
    Border Watch ^ | 19 July 05 | James Gilchrist
    Info link From James Gilchrist -- PLEASE FORWARD -- Sent: Monday, July 18, 2005 2:26 PM Subject: BULLETIN! Reinforcements needed in Campo, Ca. Dear Americans, Reinforcements are needed in Campo, Ca. immediately to support Jim Chase's California Minutemen, who have deployed for border observation and reporting activities from July 16 through at least August 7 (and beyond). I visited Jim Chase's group, accompanied with a California state senator and his aides, last Saturday. We witnessed the literal seige of VFW Post #2080 by about 60 belligerant, death-threatening anti-Americans twice during that day. The hate-spewing members of the racist, American-hating...
  • CA: Group launches civilian patrol of U.S-Mexico border (California Border Watch)

    07/16/2005 3:54:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 899+ views
    CAMPO, Calif. (AP) - Volunteers patrolled remote mountains outside San Diego for human traffickers and drug smugglers Saturday, launching a campaign modeled after an effort in the Arizona desert to draw attention to the nation's porous border with Mexico. Jim Chase, a former Arizona Minuteman volunteer who cut ties with that group's leadership, is leading California Border Watch, which mobilized Saturday to patrol a 26-mile rural stretch of rolling hills from Jacumba to Tecate through Aug. 7. Chase, a retired postal worker from Oceanside, said he and others will carry guns for self-defense but will not initiate attacks. "The guns...
  • Minuteman Northern Border Watch Will Be International

    06/21/2005 7:24:27 AM PDT · by KevinNuPac · 9 replies · 778+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | June 21, 2005 | Kevin Fobbs
    Minuteman Northern Border Watch Will Be International By Kevin Fobbs When the American-Canadian Conservative Coalition (AC3) announced last week it was joining Chris Simcox and the Minuteman Project to develop an internationally supported citizens border watch project patterned after the successful Minuteman Project of Arizona, American and Canadian media and political observers wondered how this historic effort would work. It was clear from the onset that with both nations sharing a mutual border of over 4,000 miles which are largely unprotected coupled with the release last week of the Canadian Senate Committee on National Security and Defense report which candidly...
  • CA: Volunteers to Patrol Border Near San Diego

    05/04/2005 9:46:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 541+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/4/05 | Anna Gorman
    Invigorated by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's praise for the Minuteman Project in Arizona, a Chino group says that it has enlisted hundreds of volunteers to patrol the Mexican border near San Diego this summer. Organizers are hoping that Border Watch will keep the national spotlight on what they see as a failure of the Bush administration to secure the country's borders from illegal immigrants and terrorists. "This is not about race," said Andy Ramirez, 37, chairman of Friends of the Border Patrol. "It's about protecting America's borders." Ramirez, whose grandfather was a Mexican immigrant, said he had collected more than 300...