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  • Latin America deserves better than a border wall (Barf Alert)

    08/19/2008 11:38:38 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 36 replies · 161+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Aug. 18, 2008 | OSCAR ARIAS SANCHEZ
    The designation this summer of $465 million in U.S. aid to combat drug trafficking in Mexico and Central America — along with the valuable cross-border dialogue that helped bring about this Merida Initiative — is a step in the right direction....But given the urgency of the problems we face, this step is disappointingly small...The Merida Initiative is stingy by any standard but especially by U.S. standardsFighting drug traffickers is not only a Latin American responsibility, it is also an American responsibility...Like all developed nations, the U.S. must confront the fact that no country can be safe while poverty, illiteracy, violence,...
  • Border Patrol Event Attracts Immigrant Protest

    08/18/2008 7:56:26 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 15 replies · 172+ views
    Rochester News ^ | Aug 16, 2008 | Jen Markham
    A U.S. Customs and Border Protection recruitment event in downtown Rochester Saturday was the target of an immigrant rights demonstration. More than two dozen protesters lined the sidewalk outside the Clarion Hotel on Main Street, where inside, the U.S. Border Patrol was trying to attract applicants to be a part of the federal agency that’s slated to add more than 6,000 employees this year. The demonstrators outside held signs promoting equal rights and denouncing racism, which are ideas they say the Border Patrol doesn't embrace. "We are here to let the recruits know and the public in general know what...
  • Mexico criticizes shooting at border

    08/14/2008 10:00:43 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 28 replies · 98+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | August 14, 2008 | Debbi Baker, Kristina Davis and Sandra Dibble
    SAN YSIDRO – The shooting of a Mexican man by a U.S. Border Patrol agent during a rock-throwing incident west of the San Ysidro border crossing drew a rebuke yesterday from the Mexican Consulate in San Diego and a demand that U.S. authorities conduct a “thorough investigation.” “Any kind of shooting toward Mexican territory is rejected by the Mexican government,” Consul General Remedios Gómez Arnau said. “They should have waited for response of the Mexican authorities.” The Border Patrol agent shot at two people in Mexico on Tuesday night, wounding one, after a group suspected of trying to illegally enter...
  • The Front-Runner’s Fall

    08/12/2008 9:02:21 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 17 replies · 84+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | September, 2008 | Joshua Green
    For all that has been written and said about Hillary Clinton’s epic collapse in the Democratic primaries, one issue still nags. Everybody knows what happened. But we still don’t have a clear picture of how it happened, or why. The after-battle assessments in the major newspapers and newsweeklies generally agreed on the big picture: the campaign was not prepared for a lengthy fight; it had an insufficient delegate operation; it squandered vast sums of money; and the candidate herself evinced a paralyzing schizophrenia—one day a shots-’n’-beers brawler, the next a Hallmark Channel mom. Through it all, her staff feuded and...
  • Citgo gives $1.5 million to Casa (of Maryland)

    08/05/2008 3:09:48 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 41 replies · 151+ views
    Washington Times ^ | August 5, 2008
    <p>SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Immigrant-advocacy group Casa de Maryland on Monday received a $1.5 million donation from Citgo Petroleum Corp., a subsidiary of Venezuela's national oil company that is controlled by President Hugo Chavez.</p> <p>The funds will be used to strengthen Casa's $4.4 million social-service, small-business and vocational-training programs... Kim Propeack, advocacy director for the Montgomery County-based organization, said it's the largest corporate gift Casa has received. "Like many nonprofits, Casa has been trying to grow its corporate investment," she said. "Citgo is very committed to ensuring that the profits they earn through their business are shared by low-income people...." A Monday news conference to announce the donation was postponed because of a personal emergency of Citgo President Alejandro Granado, who was to attend with the Venezuelan ambassador. Ms. Propeack said the contribution would still be finalized Monday.</p>
  • Colombia to Ortega's offer: No thanks

    08/05/2008 7:38:07 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 2 replies · 108+ views
    Washington Times ^ | August 5, 2008 | Martin Arostegui
    Nicaragua's leftist president, Daniel Ortega, who led Latin America's last successful armed Marxist revolution, is billing himself as peacemaker between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the government of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe. Colombia says Ortega's help is not needed, nor is it welcome. "I tell our brothers in FARC that I am willing to offer my support for a serious peace initiative in Colombia," Ortega told a political rally last month Ortega made the offer despite strong objections from Uribe's government, which has scored a string of victories against the Marxist-inspired FARC. Nicaragua's main newspaper reported ......
  • Construction of UTB border fence stopped

    08/01/2008 5:01:07 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 4 replies · 106+ views
    Daily Texan ^ | Construction of UTB border fence stopped
    University of Texas-Brownsville and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security reached an agreement in a Brownsville federal court Thursday that will end plans for the construction of a border fence that would have severed the university golf course from the rest of campus. District Judge Andrew Hanen ordered the two sides to reappear in court on Tuesday with a written agreement to the dispute. As part of the agreement, the university will enhance an existing fence on the campus.... UT-Brownsville President Juliet Garcia said at a press conference following the hearing that the UT System has volunteered to pay the...
  • After Crackdown, Number of Illegal Immigrants Declines

    07/30/2008 12:39:27 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 9 replies · 84+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 30, 2008 | N.C. Aizenman
    The flow of illegal immigrants into the country appears to have declined over the last year, at least partly due to the chilling effect of stepped-up enforcement, according to a report released today by a Washington think tank that advocates stricter limits on immigration. The study by the Center for Immigration Studies based its findings on Census data indicating that the number of less-educated, working-aged Hispanic immigrants--defined as 18- to 40-year-olds with a high school diploma or less--has dropped by more than 10 percent, or about 830,000 people since last August. Previous research suggests that a large share of less-educated...
  • Mexico sees decline in migrant remittances

    07/30/2008 6:56:34 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 13 replies · 43+ views
    McAllen Monitor ^ | July 30, 2008
    <p>MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Half-year figures are expected to show the first sustained decline on record in remittances sent home by Mexicans working abroad, officials said. The downturn in U.S. housing construction and stepped-up immigration raids have made it tougher for migrants to find jobs, and less able to send money home. Mexico's Central Bank is scheduled to release figures on the remittance flow on Wednesday.</p>
  • Tanker truck smuggling 49 people stopped by alert agent

    07/25/2008 5:24:19 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 3 replies · 4+ views
    UNION-TRIBUNE ^ | July 25, 2008 | Tom Mallory
    SAN DIEGO – Forty-nine people being smuggled into the United States were found Friday morning packed inside the metal tank of a water truck a Border Patrol agent noticed near the notorious Smuggler's Gulch. The truck was coming out of a construction area, its driver apparently trying to blend in, when the agent saw it didn't have a license plate, said Border Patrol Agent Jason Rodgers.. Rodgers said the agent followed the truck from Monument Road and Hollister Road in an under-the-speed-limit pursuit that ended not far away with the arrest of the driver and a passenger and the discovery...
  • Welcome Home (illegal immigrant) Raymundo Pacheco

    07/25/2008 12:51:10 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 5 replies · 111+ views
    La Prensa San Diego ^ | July 25, 2008 | Tom Barry
    It’s time for the Mexican government to take some responsibility for the immigration crisis. Now that more Mexicans are failing to make it across the northern border, or find themselves back in Mexico after being deported from the United States, it’s time for the Mexican government to demonstrate that it — and not the U.S. government — is primarily responsible for the welfare of its citizens. Raymundo Pacheco, 28, is a Mexican citizen deserving of government help. In June Pacheco, originally from Santa Cruz Nexila, a small indigenous village in central Oaxaca, was deported from California to Tijuana....he had no...
  • Mexican Middle Class Fuels Ascendance of ‘Greater Mexico’

    07/25/2008 12:28:55 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 19 replies · 481+ views
    La Prensa San Diego ^ | July 25, 2008 | Louis E.V. Nevaer
    For a generation, Mexican intellectuals have pondered the possibility of a “Greater Mexico” – the idea that Mexican immigration to the United States was so persistent and sustainable, that Mexican culture could “re-settle” lands lost to the United States at the conclusion of the Mexican American War. Americans, clinging to the belief of a “melting pot,” dismissed that notion, arguing that Mexican immigrants would follow historical norms and assimilate into mainstream American life, as previous generations of newcomers did before them. A new study by the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME), part of Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Relations, offers insight...
  • Fuel-toting border crossers draw ire in Juarez

    07/25/2008 5:47:13 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 17 replies · 83+ views
    KVIA-TV El Paso ^ | July 23, 2008 | Martin Bartlett
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Chihuahua -- While consumers just across the Rio Grande in El Paso are paying about $4 a gallon for gas -- more for diesel -- government subsidies here have kept fuel prices well below the $3 per gallon mark. Those low prices have kept El Pasoans hopping the border to stay ahead of sky-rocketing fuel prices at home in the United States, many of them filling up portable tanks with diesel which sell for between $300 and $1,000 in El Paso. "Over the past three months with the price of diesel up where it is, we've seen an...
  • Fortuneteller suing to overturn Montgomery (County, MD) ban on forecasting

    07/22/2008 10:46:53 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 20 replies · 334+ views
    The DC Examinerf ^ | 2008-07-22 | Kathleen Miller
    A fortuneteller is suing Montgomery County after he learned he would not be allowed to open a shop in Bethesda because the county bans the business of forecasting the future. Attorneys for Nick Nefedro, previously of Key West, Fla., say county officials violated his First Amendment rights to free speech and discriminated against his “Roma,” or Gypsy, culture when they refused to give him a business license. Montgomery code dating back to the early 1950s prohibits collecting cash for predicting the future. “The underlying purpose is to prevent people from being taken advantage of, because it’s a scam,” Clifford Royalty,...
  • ‘Stuck in a free country' (anchor baby)

    07/22/2008 5:26:26 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 36 replies · 228+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | July 20, 2008 | Kevin Sieff
    When Lupita Sanchez applied for a passport, she didn't expect her U.S. citizenship would be called into question. But three months after completing her application - 38 years after she was born in Brownsville - Sanchez received a shocking letter from the U.S. State Department...explaining that her application had been closed, "Once you obtain U.S. citizenship, you may execute another application for a U.S. passport." Sanchez...has been voting and paying taxes in the U.S. for 20 years. But along with hundreds of other South Texans delivered by midwives, the validity of Sanchez's birth certificate, and her citizenship, is being called...
  • Mexico can't revel in drug submarine's capture

    07/18/2008 5:45:49 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 17 replies · 378+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | July 18, 2008 | Ken Ellingwood
    MEXICO CITY — The capture was worthy of an action thriller: elite Mexican troops rappelling from a helicopter onto the deck of a mysterious submarine. The 33-foot vessel turned out to be crammed with parcels believed to contain cocaine, possibly tons. Its disheveled crew of four emerged in stocking feet and baggy shorts, saying they had shipped out from Colombia a week earlier under threat of death. Mexico's military confirmed Thursday that the men are Colombian but offered little new information...Capt. Jose Luis Vergara, a spokesman for the Mexican navy, said authorities were hauling the "very well-constructed" vessel to shore...
  • June housing starts up 9.1 pct; NY code cited

    07/17/2008 7:05:21 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 4 replies · 42+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 17, 2008 | Patrick Rucker
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Home building projects started in June surprisingly rose 9.1 percent due chiefly to a change in New York City building codes that, if it were ignored, would have seen starts decrease by 4.0 percent, a government report said on Thursday. The Commerce Department said housing starts set an annual pace of 1.066 million units in June, the highest since February. Economists polled ahead of the report were expecting a 960,000 unit rate. New York City enacted a new set of construction codes effective July 1, that largely explained an 11.6 percent increase in building permits and the...
  • Foreign Courts Take Aim at Our Free Speech

    07/15/2008 6:59:11 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 75 replies · 489+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 14, 2008 | ARLEN SPECTER and JOE LIEBERMAN
    Our Constitution is one of our greatest assets in the fight against terrorism. A free-flowing marketplace of ideas, protected by the First Amendment, enables the ideals of democracy to defeat the totalitarian vision of al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. That free marketplace faces a threat. Individuals with alleged connections to terrorist activity are filing libel suits and winning judgments in foreign courts against American researchers who publish on these matters. These suits intimidate and even silence writers and publishers. Under American law, a libel plaintiff must prove that defamatory material is false. In England, the burden is reversed....Consequently, English...
  • Teeing Off on Purple Line -- Country Club Behind Opposition Web Site

    07/14/2008 6:44:11 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 13 replies · 128+ views
    Washington Times ^ | July 13, 2008 | Katherine Shaver
    On its Web site, the Alliance for Smart Transportation bills itself as a "coalition of concerned citizens advocating for smart transportation solutions for Montgomery and Prince George's Counties." But read on. The new group criticizes Maryland's plan to build a 16-mile Purple Line transit link between Bethesda and New Carrollton but offers no ideas for how to relieve traffic...Nor does the site identify the "concerned citizens." The site's...founder is a board member at Columbia Country Club in Montgomery, whose 100-year-old golf course would be bisected by the transit line. Purple Line supporters say the Chevy Chase club is merely disguising...
  • U.S. ties Caracas to Hezbollah aid - Freezes assets of envoy, businessman

    07/08/2008 10:43:04 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 6 replies · 52+ views
    Washington Times ^ | July 7, 2008 | Martin Arostegui
    SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia | The Bush administration is accusing the government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez of providing cash and refuge to the militant Islamist group Hezbollah of southern Lebanon. An investigation by the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) names Venezuelan diplomat Ghazi Nasr al Din and Venezuelan-Arab businessman Fawzi Kanan as key links between the two. Treasury made the accusations in a June 18 statement, which summarized an investigation of Venezuelan-registered businesses that are thought to be laundering money for Hezbollah. The department also froze assets of al Din and Kanan and banned them from...
  • ICE Role Questioned in Release of Relative to Rep. Silvestre Reyes

    07/08/2008 9:35:07 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 14 replies · 116+ views
    american chronical ^ | 7/8/2008 | Michael Webster, Investigative Reporter
    ....U.S. law enforcement authorities helped facilitate a $32,000 ransom payment in Mexico for a relative of a U.S. congressman who was kidnapped by gunmen in Ciudad Juarez, a border city across from El Paso Texas with rampant drug smuggling, gunfights and corruption. According to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) in a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff asked for an investigation into Immigration and Custom Enforcement´s (ICE) recent efforts in procuring the release of a Mexican woman kidnapped in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The family raised the money, according to the memo. On June 21,...
  • Drivers Feeling Shunned by D.C. - City Less Welcoming to Suburban Cars

    07/07/2008 5:52:30 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 15 replies · 25+ views
    Washington Post | July 6, 2008 | Eric M. Weiss
    The District is escalating what some suburban commuters are calling its war against workers who drive into the city. The city has changed parts of Constitution Avenue NE from a reversible commuter artery back to a quiet side street and is considering removing the reversible lane on 16th Street NW, a key commuting route from Montgomery County... The District is moving toward becoming "the most anti-car city in the country," said John Townsend, a spokesman for AAA Mid-Atlantic. "They see commuters as the enemy..." "This is not about being anti-car, but increasing vehicles into the District is not a sustainable...
  • Where the Car Is King, Tysons (VA) Faces a Dilemma Urban Planners Take Aim at Free Parking

    07/07/2008 5:34:04 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 39 replies · 570+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 5, 2008 | Amy Gardner
    Think there's no such thing as too much parking? Take a look at Tysons Corner, where there's more parking than jobs, more parking than office space, more parking than in downtown Washington. That must change, said advocates and politicians seeking to transform Virginia's largest business hub from suburb to city. Reducing parking, charging for parking and finding new uses for the acres of parking that separate Tysons' buildings and the people inside is at the heart of plans to remake the area.... "Who wants parking spaces to be the hallmark of a development?" said Clark Tyler, chairman of a Fairfax...
  • Al-Arian Arraigned On Contempt Charges

    07/01/2008 11:55:27 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 24 replies · 441+ views
    Tampa Bay Online ^ | July 1, 2008 | ELAINE SILVESTRINI
    Former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian was arraigned Monday on two charges of criminal contempt for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury in Virginia. U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema in Alexandria, Va., ordered Al-Arian transferred out of the custody of immigration authorities and into the custody of U.S. Marshals. Al-Arian's attorney, Jonathan Turley, wrote on his blog that the court where Al-Arian is being prosecuted "is called the 'Rocket Docket' because it prides itself on moving these cases at a breakneck pace..." At the arraignment, Al-Arian did not enter a plea, but the judge entered a...
  • House Appropriators Restrict Immigration Enforcement Funding

    07/01/2008 5:35:15 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 16 replies · 124+ views
    Right Side News ^ | June 30, 2008
    The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved a bill that provides the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) $39.9 billion in discretionary spending for fiscal year 2009. This represents $2.3 billion more than President Bush's request and about a six percent increase over the $37.67 billion enacted for fiscal year 2008. Specifically, the House bill provides $9.7 billion for Customs and Border Protection, about $272 million more than enacted in fiscal year 2008 and $207 million more than the President's request. It also provides Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) $4.8 billion, roughly $72.8 million more than in fiscal year 2008 and...
  • Pr. William officials say crackdown on illegals reason for crime decline

    06/30/2008 1:44:38 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 11 replies · 90+ views
    The Examiner (D.C.) ^ | Jun 30, 2008 | David Sherfinski
    Prince William County (VA) officials Friday attributed a 19.3 percent decline in crimes against people from 2006 to 2007 to last year’s crackdown on illegal immigrants. Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart said the major difference between Prince William and other counties where crime is on the rise is the county’s “very aggressive crackdown on illegal immigration...” But Nancy Lyall of Mexicans Without Borders, an immigrant advocacy group, said that the declining crime rates are misleading....Prince William’s homicides declined by 43.8 percent, from 16 to nine, the incidence of rape increased by 33.3 percent, from 21 to 28, robberies declined...
  • Fenty Expresses Dismay at Ruling on Guns

    06/26/2008 11:44:12 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 43 replies · 61+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 26, 2008 | David Nakamura and Paul Duggan
    D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty expressed disappointment today with the Supreme Court's decision striking down the city's gun law, warning that, "More handguns will lead to more handgun violence." At a news conference two hours after the court overturned the city's ban on handguns, Fenty (D) said he viewed today's ruling as narrowly tailored to guns in the home and not on the street, emphasizing that the city can still bar handguns from being carried outside of the home. The District now must create new regulations detailing the process for registering handguns, which the Supreme Court said can be kept...
  • 11-day prayer for Obama’s success

    06/25/2008 1:10:53 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 10 replies · 91+ views
    NEW DELHI: Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama can now expect help from an unexpected quarter — Lord Hanuman. All-India Congress Committee member Brij Mohan Bhama has organised a 11-day religious ceremony at Karol Bagh here for his success in the U.S. elections. The idea of sending an idol of Hanuman dawned on him after friends in the United States mentioned a “prominent American politician who carried a miniature Hanuman idol in his pocket for luck,” Mr. Bhama said speaking on the first day of the ceremony on Tuesday. “After hearing that, I decided to gift Mr. Obama a larger, gold-plated...
  • Border congressmen strategize on how to stop border wall

    06/25/2008 10:52:34 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 23 replies · 118+ views
    Rio Grande Guardian ^ | June 25, 2008 | Steve Taylor
    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND - Border congressmen and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are looking into ways of de-funding the Department of Homeland Security so it cannot continue constructing a border wall. Opponents of the border wall in Congress are not sure if they can succeed with this strategy but they have not given up hope of putting sufficient congressional hurdles in place so that the project is delayed until after the November presidential election. Border congressmen say that because Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff waived more than 30 laws and regulations in order to speed up construction of the border wall,...
  • Financial Crisis at la Clinica del Pueblo

    06/24/2008 11:53:59 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 13 replies · 111+ views
    Washington City Paper ^ | 6/23/08 | Angela Valdez
    One of D.C.’s main health care providers for the Latino community is facing a financial crisis. According to......El Tiempo Latino, la Clinical del Pueblo has a deficit of $500,000 and may have to cut services soon without a bailout. The clinic serves more than 7,000 clients, most of whom are recent immigrants. Manuela Sifuentes, a project manager at the clinic, says the cash-flow problems stem from the facility’s recent growth. Last summer, the federal government awarded the center certification as a federally qualified health center, which meant they could bill Medicaid at a higher rate and get access to additional...
  • The Border Fence Isn’t Walling Us Off, It’s Protecting Us Against an Invasion

    06/24/2008 11:31:13 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 23 replies · 72+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 23, 2008 | Cal Thomas
    The Supreme Court’s decision to allow the Bush Administration to proceed with a 670-mile fence along our Southwestern border is a welcome step that should have been taken years ago. The environmentalists and other left-wingers who opposed the fence were more concerned about interrupting the mating habits of two types of wildcats rather than protecting the nature and character (not to mention laws) of their own country. This debate has never been about...the environment. It has been about importing votes. Liberal Democrats have not been able to win consistently with native-born Americans and legal immigrants and so are importing votes...
  • Latin America outraged at EU plan (on illegal immigrants)

    06/24/2008 11:15:37 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 15 replies · 49+ views
    BBC News ^ | 23.06.2008 | Daniel Schweimler
    Leaders across Latin America have reacted angrily to a new EU law that could jail illegal immigrants for up to 18 months before they are deported. One president called it a hate initiative. Another said it was an attack on people's rights and lives. Hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans live and work in Europe, many of them without permission. Many do jobs that Europeans do not want to do, providing a vital source of income for poor families back home. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez led the reaction, threatening to cut oil exports to Europe unless the EU retracted the...
  • Landowners meet as fence construction nears

    06/23/2008 9:21:58 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 13 replies · 118+ views
    Brownsville Herald ^ | June 21, 2008 | Kevin Sieff
    After a year of border fence protests in Brownsville, a meeting Saturday at a home that will soon be bisected by the barrier might be among the last opposition efforts before construction starts. Approximately 15 people gathered in the Pamela Taylor's front yard in rural Southmost, including several area residents who spoke publicly for the first time about the fence and its impact on their properties. "It's unfortunate that we even have to have a gathering like this," Diana Lucio said. "Because we're listening to each other, but I don't know if the government is listening to its own citizens."...
  • Court rejects case on fast track for border fence

    06/23/2008 9:00:56 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 9 replies · 2+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 06/23/2008 | AP
    The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a plea by environmental groups to rein in the Bush administration's power to waive laws and regulations to speed construction of a fence along the U.S.-Mexican border. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has used authority given to him by Congress in 2005 to ignore environmental and other laws and regulations to move forward with hundreds of miles of fencing... The case rejected by the court involved a two-mile section of fence in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area near Naco, Ariz. The section has since been built. "I am extremely disappointed in...
  • Immigrants facing criminal charges -- Prosecutions set record in March

    06/18/2008 8:47:29 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 10 replies · 54+ views
    News Observer ^ | Julia Preston
    Criminal prosecutions of immigrants by U.S. authorities surged to a record high in March, according to a report published by a nonpartisan research group. Immigration cases accounted for the majority -- 57 percent -- of all new federal criminal cases brought nationwide that month, the report said. Immigration cases also made up more than half of new federal prosecutions in February, reflecting a major emphasis on immigration by the Bush administration and a policy shift to expand the use of criminal, rather than civil, charges in its efforts to curb illegal immigration. In March...narcotics cases, the next-largest category, were 13...
  • BP implements zero-tolerance policy for illegals - Some fear ‘Streamline’ could overburden courts

    06/15/2008 10:32:47 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 12 replies · 57+ views
    McAllen Monitor ^ | June 10, 2008 - | Jeremy Roebuck
    EDINBURG -- The Rio Grande Valley will be the next place to implement a zero-tolerance policy credited with slashing illegal immigration rates by almost 70 percent in other parts of the state. Dubbed "Operation Streamline," the plan calls for the criminal prosecution of every migrant caught crossing the border without proper documentation, Border Patrol officials said...while the program has had dramatic results in rural parts of Texas and Arizona, it remains untested in more populous regions where the number of immigrants apprehended each year is higher. Skeptics fear prosecution of every illegal immigrant could overwhelm local federal courts, which already...
  • Armed men snatch 34 Cuban migrants from custody of Mexican immigration agents

    06/13/2008 5:32:32 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 8 replies · 107+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | June 13, 2008 | AP
    MEXICO CITY: Armed men hijacked a bus carrying 34 detained Cuban migrants in southern Mexico after forcing immigration agents away at gunpoint, officials said on Thursday. Eight assailants blocked a road in southern Chiapas state late Wednesday, stopping the bus carrying the Cubans and forcing the unarmed immigration agents to get off, said an official of Mexico's National Immigration Institute. None of the agents were harmed. The official, who was not authorized to be quoted by name, said the assailants "were carrying heavy caliber weapons, and threatened the agents" with the guns. The bus was later found empty near the...
  • Zaffirini announces details of Operation Lone Star 2008 {Free medical care for illegals}

    06/08/2008 3:43:34 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 11 replies · 356+ views
    Rio Grande Guardian ^ | 2 June 2008 | Unknown
    LAREDO -- State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, has announced details for Operation Lone Star 2008. Each summer the project offers free medical care to the uninsured and the underinsured of South Texas, thanks to the combined efforts of Texas military forces, a multitude of state and local agencies, and private organizations. “It is my pleasure to welcome the outstanding partnership of state health service officials and Texas military service personnel that brings Operation Lone Star to South Texas annually,” Zaffirini said. “For the last nine years, Operation Lone Star has saved lives by providing free health services, including basic medical...
  • Some border wall protestors planning a campaign of civil disobedience

    06/08/2008 3:36:26 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 25 replies · 212+ views
    Rio Grande Guardian ^ | 6 June 2008 | Joey Gomez and Steve Taylor
    EDINBURG TX - Some opponents of the border fence are preparing civil disobedience when the bulldozers move into the Rio Grande Valley late next month. Speaking in an individual capacity, members of the No Border Wall coalition told the Guardian that a number of protests are planned, both locally and nationally. Members of the group made the comments after speaking out against the levee-wall plan at this week’s Hidalgo County Commissioner’s Court meeting. “There are people ready to do civil disobedience, people who have experience in doing civil disobedience, who are not afraid to do that,” said No Border Wall...
  • Chertoff urges speed in building fence Opposition puts border agents at risk, he says

    06/07/2008 12:38:29 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 27 replies · 225+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 7, 2008 | STEWART M. POWELL and SUSAN CARROLL
    Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Friday he had attended the funerals of too many Border Patrol agents killed in the line of duty to permit environmentalists to block construction of barriers and all-weather road along the Texas... Chertoff pitted the safety of Border Patrol agents against the efforts of environmentalists to stymie Bush administration plans to complete a border fence before leaving office in January. Some 670 miles of pedestrian fencing or vehicle barriers are planned along the 1,947-mile U.S.-Mexico boundary.Chertoff, who has set aside some environmental restrictions to speed fence construction, said he didn't want to "get enmeshed...
  • Biologist on the other life-forms the border fence would keep out

    06/06/2008 7:26:54 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 21 replies · 101+ views
    SF Gate ^ | June 6, 2008 | Healy Hamilton
    "I grew up in San Rafael, in a household where we competed to see how many dishes we could fit in a dishwasher, to not be wasteful of water and energy. My mother was a relatively celebrated local environmentalist in Marin County in the 1970s, before it was hip. She was on the board of Save the Whales.... My colleagues at the Academy of Sciences are incredible experts at identifying and describing new species. My job is to map the knowledge they have provided about life on earth into patterns.... If we don't have a place for species to go,...
  • Destination America Immigration, the Environment and Big Population Numbers

    06/06/2008 7:13:07 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 9 replies · 119+ views
    E The Environmental Magazine ^ | June 1, 2008 | Jim Motavalli
    In 2006, USA Today ran a lengthy story entitled “How Will the USA Cope with Unprecedented Growth?” The country’s population had just crossed the 300 million mark, up from 200 million in just 39 years. Writer Haya El Nasser listed the many environmental problems made worse by rapid population growth, from traffic congestion to dwindling open space. But El Nasser’s story left one question unanswered: Why is the U.S. virtually the only industrialized country with a rapidly growing population? The key word is “immigration,” but El Nasser never uses it. It’s a pretty big target to miss. More than a...
  • South Texas environmental groups sue DHS over Chertoff waivers

    05/30/2008 6:01:40 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 4 replies · 32+ views
    Rio Grande Guardian ^ | 29 May 2008 | Steve Taylor and Joey Gomez
    WESLACO -- Three South Texas environmental groups are to sue the Department of Homeland Security in a bid to restore environmental laws along the Texas-Mexico border. In a statement, the Frontera Audubon Society, the Friends of the Wildlife Corridor, and the Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge said they are suing Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff for waiving 36 federal laws in order to speed up construction of border fencing. The three South Texas groups are joining El Paso County, the El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1, the Hudspeth County Conservation and Reclamation District No. 1, the...
  • Moving Forward to Secure the Border

    05/17/2008 12:09:16 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 13 replies · 75+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 04/17/08 | James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. and Diem Nguyen
    Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff has issued two waivers of laws hindering barrier construction and security improvements on the border with Mexico. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has already built 309 miles of border obstacles, and these waivers will facilitate improvements on about 500 miles of border infrastructure. One waiver addresses environmental and land management laws that applied to about 470 miles across four border states; the other addresses a 22-mile levee-border project in Hidalgo, Texas. The waivers were issued on April 1, 2008, and will become effective upon their publication in the Federal Register. These DHS efforts...
  • Border leaders file suit against Homeland Security

    05/17/2008 11:08:28 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 45 replies · 110+ views
    McAllen Monitor ^ | May 16, 2008 | James Osborne
    McALLEN -- Elected officials and business leaders along Texas' border with Mexico sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Friday, claiming DHS failed to follow federal land acquisition rules in preparing to build the border fence. "This was the last resort - we could not get the necessary consultation," said Eagle Pass Mayor Chad Foster.... Foster is chairman of the Texas Border Coalition, a group of border mayors, county judges and local economic development officials that advocates on behalf of communities along the Texas-Mexico border on issues that affect the quality of life in the region. The coalition filed...
  • On the fence, Border Patrol chief explains

    03/25/2008 6:19:21 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 26 replies · 307+ views
    Del Rio News-Herald ^ | March 23, 2008 | Karen Gleason
    Chief Patrol Agent Randy Hill says the planned construction of border fences in Del Rio and Eagle Pass are necessary for the safety of his agents and the security of the communities they help serve and are the logical next steps toward the goal of achieving a secure border. Hill, who heads the U.S. Border Patrol’s Del Rio Sector, in a recent interview also said that the planned fencing in Del Rio and Eagle Pass will not make large areas of the border inaccessible or “give land to Mexico.” “I know that there has been a lot of misinformation out...
  • Immigration issue rerouted to state level as national interest wanes

    03/25/2008 6:09:56 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 11 replies · 392+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 23, 2008 | Howard Witt
    HOUSTON — Illegal Immigration, a hot-button populist issue that many experts had expected to top the nation's political concerns this year, has largely vanished from the presidential campaign amid waning interest from voters and mounting delays in constructing a 670-mile border fence between the United States and Mexico. Moreover, primary results and opinion polls in recent months indicate that the Republican Party's emphasis on a crackdown against illegal immigrants may be driving many Hispanic voters... At the presidential level, the three remaining contenders have little to debate on the topic...all essentially agree on the need for...measures to permit the estimated...
  • Homeland Security like a poor JV squad

    03/15/2008 2:00:02 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 4 replies · 195+ views
    Polke Online ^ | March 12, 2008 | Scott G. Borgerson and David S. Abraham
    NEW YORK - Over the coming months, Congress will continue to debate President Bush's record $3.1 trillion budget request. Although the Democrats and Republicans do not see eye to eye on many issues, they are in total agreement that national security should receive the highest budgetary priority. Regardless of the rhetoric that this spending makes America safer, the proposed budget continues the trend of placing inordinate emphasis on offensive military strength at the expense of homeland security. It is as if the United States plays the A-team for pre-emptive wars abroad, and then fields a poorly equipped junior-varsity squad to...
  • ABC 7 Project Immigration: The Changing Face of Arlandria

    02/28/2008 1:29:16 PM PST · by 3AngelaD · 24 replies · 127+ views
    WJLA-TV Washington, D.C. ^ | Tue February 12, 2008
  • House Speaker Offers To Trade 'Lazy Missourians' For Mexicans

    02/26/2008 8:03:07 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 196 replies · 250+ views
    KMBC ^ | Feb. 22, 2008
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton on Friday stood behind his offer to trade "lazy Missourians" for hardworking Mexican citizens. Jetton, a Republican from Marble Hill, first made the suggestion earlier this month at a Republican Party gathering in Springfield. He repeated it Thursday when asked about it at The Associated Press and Missouri Press Association Day at the Capitol. "I think there are some lazy Missourians in this state who really don't want to work, and I think there's a lot of hardworking Mexicans who would love to come up here and make a little money...