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  • The Donors Who Gave Big, Often: $100,000-Plus Backers Were Able to Contribute to Several Entities

    01/18/2009 7:11:23 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 9 replies · 1,194+ views
    Wash Post ^ | January 18, 2009 | Kimberly Kindy and Sarah Cohen
    Nearly 100 wealthy families and power couples contributed at least $100,000 each to help Barack Obama over the past two years, creating an elite set of donors to whom the president-elect repeatedly turned in financing his campaign, transition and inauguration, a Washington Post analysis shows. As inaugural donations become public, a list of Obama's most loyal backers has emerged...The families gave to as many as five committees, records show, and 27 of the 94 families also bundled money from others, collecting millions of dollars on top of their personal donations. Among the supporters were well-known families such as the Rockefellers,...
  • Mexican Gangsters Converting America’s National Parks Into Gigantic Marijuana Patches

    11/14/2008 12:06:01 PM PST · by 3AngelaD · 83 replies · 3,215+ views
    The Two Macontents ^ | 14 Nov 2008 | Brenda Walker
    Vast tracts of our most treasured public lands, supposedly set aside in perpetuity for Americans, are no longer controlled by the United States government. Instead, they have been invaded and taken over by Mexico’s violent criminal drug organizations to grow marijuana. Even more shocking: Mexican cartels have been growing marijuana for at least 10 years in Sequoia National Park, one of the crown jewels of the system. Nature-loving hikers are compelled to accept that parts of Sequoia are "no go zones" during the growing season. These Mexican marijuana messes are an ecological disaster. They are not innocent little plots that...
  • Scheme to smuggle guns, visas uncovered

    11/12/2008 2:45:31 PM PST · by 3AngelaD · 17 replies · 1,958+ views
    DC Examiner ^ | 11/12/08 | reeman Klopott
    An FBI informant helped agents uncover a visa fraud and gun smuggling scheme run by two Annandale men, one of whom told the informant he could sell him a missile that “can reach the Pentagon,” according to a sworn statement unsealed Monday. The investigation started when the informant met with Amjad Hamed, a Jordanian native and legal U.S. resident since 1978, in Hamed’s Annandale home in April 2006, the affidavit said. Hamed reportedly asked the informant to obtain visas for six associates who wanted to immigrate to the U.S. from Jordan and the West Bank. Hamed reportedly told the informant...
  • Sheriff: Attempted carjacker gets shot

    11/12/2008 9:06:27 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 52 replies · 3,069+ views
    McAllen Monitor ^ | November 10, 2008 | Jared Taylor
    EDINBURG -- The clerk warned Alejandro Salinas about the suspicious men who had been hanging out in front of the convenience store for the past hour. He told Salinas to be careful as he went back out to his Chevrolet Z-71 pickup truck, that he had just filled at the Aziz Convenience Store about 11 a.m. Saturday. Salinas walked out to his truck and hopped in. But before he could close the door, 18-year-old Hector Severo Ramos was holding a .25-caliber pistol at Salinas' neck, said Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño. "He says ‘Get out of the truck. I'm going...
  • Austin prosecutors probe slaying on Kino Flores' ranch (State rep and illegal immigrant)

    11/12/2008 7:20:57 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 3 replies · 736+ views
    McAllen Monitor ^ | November 11, 2008 | Jeremy Roebuck
    The Travis County district attorney's office is reviewing more than just travel records in its ongoing criminal investigation into state Rep. Ismael "Kino" Flores. Prosecutors have requested documents connected to the September slaying of a ranch hand on Flores' Mission property and federal agents have also taken an interest in the representative's past, authorities said Monday. "(They) asked us if we would supply them all the reports and affidavits on the murder case," Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño said. "We sent them what we had...." Flores, D-Palmview, was not suspected of any involvement in the slaying of Mexican national Adin...
  • Mexico hopes to convince President-Elect Obama to embrace open migration

    11/11/2008 3:08:50 PM PST · by 3AngelaD · 33 replies · 750+ views
    Border Fire Report ^ | 11 November 2008
    Mexican Secretary of Exterior Relations, Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, said that when Barak Obama becomes president, Mexico will reassert its contention that his agenda include an immigration agreement as a priority...In a press conference, she assured that President Felipe Calderon is confident that with Obama’s presidency a migration agreement will finally be reached that permits both nations a flow of migration that is legal, safe and orderly. Espinosa also said that the Mexican government hopes the US president-elect changes his position on the construction of the border fence. She pointed out that Calderon’s government will continue to raise the issue, respectfully...
  • Judge Bans Use Of “Illegal” and “Aliens”

    11/07/2008 9:39:45 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 67 replies · 2,871+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | 11/06/2008
    Arizona’s Supreme Court Justice has agreed to enforce the Hispanic Bar Association’s demands of banning the terms “illegal” and “aliens” in all of the state’s courtrooms. Claiming that the terms are inflammatory, the president of Arizona’s Hispanic Bar Association, (known as Los Abogados) has asked state Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor to stop using them at trials or hearings because they create perceptions of judicial bias. In a strongly worded letter to the chief justice, Los Abogados’ president says attaching an illegal status to a person establishes a brand of contemptibility, creates the appearance of anti-immigrant prejudice and tarnishes...
  • “The U.S.-Mexican Border: Good Neighbors Make Fences”"

    11/07/2008 8:00:30 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 5 replies · 488+ views
    Council on Hemispheric Affairs ^ | November 6th, 2008 | Federico Fagà
    The October 2nd issue of The Economist ran an article with the strongly-worded title: “The U.S.-Mexican Border: Good Neighbours Make Fences.” Over the past year, the United States has been intent on expanding its security against unregulated immigration along the Mexican border as fast as possible by increasing the number of border patrol officers from about 6,000 to 18,000. At this point, both U.S. political parties - supported by U.S. public opinion - have become avid supporters of an impregnable border, and are prepared to freely expend even greater resources in building protective barriers instead of solving what could be...
  • MEXICO-US: Reaching Out to Obama

    11/07/2008 7:40:06 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 13 replies · 542+ views
    Inter Press Service ^ | Nov. 6, 2008 | Diego Cevallos
    MEXICO CITY Following President-elect Barack Obama’s triumph in the U.S. elections, the Mexican government hopes to enter a new stage in the country’s relations with its northern neighbour. But it will be no easy task, especially considering that Obama has said he is interested in renegotiating NAFTA in order to improve its labour and environmental standards. He also voted for the 2006 Secure Fence Act...although since then he has softened his support for the barrier. As soon as Obama’s victory was confirmed, Mexican President Felipe Calderón invited him to visit the country in the near future....the conservative Calderón also expressed...
  • Illegal Immigrants Walk Dangerous Path to Freedom

    11/07/2008 7:29:34 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 11 replies · 923+ views
    News Channel 5 ^ | Illegal Immigrants Walk Dangerous Path to Freedom | Alex Trevino
    WESLACO, TEXAS - People are taking deadly risks to cross the border into the U.S. illegally. Their goal is to get just north of the Falfurrias checkpoint. That's where people scatter to places across the U.S.... ...but it wasn't until our NEWSCHANNEL 5 crew encountered a group of illegals moving north in the middle of the night that we realized it's not a single person or a dozen crossing, it's a thundering herd of people. Hundreds of illegals are crossing in groups. Their footsteps are so consistent they create a drumbeat. A group of 20 and their smuggler caught our...
  • Obama picks transition team

    11/06/2008 9:18:03 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 26 replies · 1,491+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | November 6, 2008 | Peter Baker and Jeff Zeleny
    President-elect Barack Obama has turned to Representative Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, the fourth-ranking House Democrat and a close friend from Chicago, for a chief of staff, and John Podesta, the former Clinton White House chief of staff, to lead his transition team. In turning to Emanuel and Podesta, Obama sought out two veterans of President Bill Clinton's administration, known for their deep Washington experience, savvy and no-holds-barred approach to politics. Neither is considered a practitioner of the "new politics" that Obama promised on the campaign trail to bring Republicans and Democrats together, suggesting that the cool and conciliatory new president...
  • Chertoff's Challenge to Obama

    11/06/2008 8:01:11 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 13 replies · 700+ views
    Americas Program ^ | November 4, 2008 | Tom Barry
    Immigration reform has a less than comprehensive look at the end of the Bush administration, as Homeland Security Secretary (DHS) Michael Chertoff made clear in his wrap-up speech on the "State of Immigration." Over the past three years Chertoff has intensified the post-Sept. 11 immigrant crackdown with the aim of simplifying immigration reform...Chertoff argued in his Oct. 23 speech that immigration reform can be a simple matter of hunting down illegal immigrants and contracting out foreign workers. Pointing to the recent DHS record of arrests, deportations, and an increasingly fortified southern border, Chertoff made the case that he has successfully...
  • Bush should note call for change, start considering Obama's ideas

    11/06/2008 6:02:27 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 46 replies · 1,678+ views
    Brownsville Herald ^ | November 5, 2008
    President Bush has extended an invitation to his successor, Barack Obama, to go to the White House and begin discussing the transition from one administration to the other. For his part, Obama already has begun building his transition team, which apparently will include Dr. Juliet V. Garcia, president of the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College.... ... the president should pay attention to the clear message voters gave on Tuesday - that they want something different - and at least consider Obama's ideas and proposals in whatever decisions he makes for the remainder of his term. Bush...
  • Advocate changes the view on U.S. border policies

    11/06/2008 5:57:54 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 24 replies · 1,297+ views
    Twin Cities.com ^ | 11/02/2008 | Rubén Rosario
    Tamar Jacoby thought it could finally pass this time. She believed months of lobbying by her and other supporters — from businesses to labor unions to faith-based groups — had paid off. A high-profile author and researcher on immigration, Jacoby believed in her heart that the majority of the legislators from both houses finally "got it'' — that passing the controversial comprehensive immigration reform bill, the one President Bush endorsed, was good for America as well as for American business and the nation's economy in general. Then the tsunami hit. An estimated 2 million calls and faxes poured into legislative...
  • Free Trade with a Human Face

    11/05/2008 2:00:08 PM PST · by 3AngelaD · 4 replies · 353+ views
    Turkish Weelkly ^ | Nov. 4, 2008 | Jorge G. Castañeda
    Although many Americans believe immigration is a domestic issue that should be excluded from talks with other governments, this is not a view held by other nations – or by the United States. Indeed, the US negotiated its first immigration deal in 1907, maintained for more than two decades a controversial treaty with Mexico covering immigration, and has kept up immigration talks and deals even with Fidel Castro since the early 1960’s. For many Latin American nations, not just Mexico, immigration is the single most important issue in their relations with the US. The Caribbean islands all have a similarly...
  • Obama win sparks global conversation on Iraq and Afghanistan

    11/05/2008 1:41:55 PM PST · by 3AngelaD · 9 replies · 836+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | November 05, 2008 | Huma Yusuf
    News that Barack Obama is the president-elect of the United States has already sparked a global conversation about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and how American foreign policy will shift in the coming months...US troops will be pulled out of Iraq in the next 16 months, while the American force in Afghanistan will be substantially reinforced, reversing what is widely seen as one of the fundamental strategic blunders of the Bush era. The US military effort is to be focused once more on al-Qaida and its allies. Obama has vowed that if necessary, American forces would, as under the...
  • United States could learn from Mexico's health system

    11/05/2008 1:26:55 PM PST · by 3AngelaD · 23 replies · 1,285+ views
    Mlive.com ^ | November 04, 2008 | Dr. Howard Brody
    Julio Frenk, who served as Minister of Health of Mexico between 2000 and 2006, spoke at University of California-Davis in April about Mexico's efforts to reform and expand its health care system...Mexico apparently has decided to do something about the 50 million of its citizens, most of them poor, who lack insurance and access to decent health care. The nation figures this will be an expensive, long-haul task and proposes to tackle the problem one piece at a time, starting with providing basic services to the poorest citizens... Frenk called it the "democratization of health." By this he meant all...
  • New President Faces a Daunting Task, With Few Detailed Plans Ready

    11/05/2008 5:55:32 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 15 replies · 756+ views
    CQ ^ | Nov. 4, 2008 | Matt Korad
    They will hunt down and destroy al Qaeda, secure all of the world’s loose nuclear materials in four years, and make vital medicines faster than ever before. Sound too good to be true? That’s President-elect Barack Obama ’s homeland security agenda. If two years of campaigning didn’t produce many specifics of either candidate’s homeland security plans, that may not change in the next several months.....Obama would “defeat terrorism worldwide” — his top national-security priority — by ending the war in Iraq; moving resources to Afghanistan; strengthening international partnerships in military, intelligence, law enforcement and financial transaction monitoring to eliminate shared...
  • Why We Shut ICE Down For A Day

    11/04/2008 7:17:49 PM PST · by 3AngelaD · 4 replies · 550+ views
    NCM Online ^ | 11/04/2008 | Sagnicthe Salazar
    SAN FRANCISCO – Ahead of the Nov. 4 election, with all eyes on the presidential race, hundreds of young people amassed in front of the Homeland Security offices in downtown San Francisco in what some say is the first in a series of civil disobedience style protests to stop ICE raids against immigrants. Last week hundreds of youth, families and organizers from over 10 different cities in the Bay Area gathered at the Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) building in San Francisco to demand an end to ICE raids, to demand that all detention centers be shut down and to demand...
  • Terrorism Financing Blacklists At Risk

    11/02/2008 4:20:40 PM PST · by 3AngelaD · 1 replies · 193+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 2, 2008 | Craig Whitlock
    BRUSSELS -- The global blacklisting system for financiers of al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups is at risk of collapse, undermined by legal challenges and waning political support in many countries, according to counterterrorism officials in Europe and the United States. In September, the European Court of Justice threw the future of the United Nations' sanctions program against al-Qaeda and the Taliban into doubt when it declared the blacklist violated the "fundamental rights" of those targeted... The U.N. blacklist is the backbone of an international effort to prevent al-Qaeda supporters from raising or transferring money...
  • Call center for immigrants

    10/30/2008 9:49:32 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 18 replies · 462+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 10.30.2008 | Mariana Alvarado
    The Mexican government, citing concern about a growing anti-migrant climate in Arizona, is creating a telephone call center to take complaints and assist its citizens when they run into problems. The call center, expected to open next week, will be in Tucson. It is the first of several that will eventually be set up in cities near the U.S.-Mexico border...the effort grew out of a directive issued earlier this year by Mexico's president, Felipe Calderón, that all the Mexican consulates in the United States use their protection programs to develop a response to new laws aimed at illegal immigrants, like...
  • Citizenship case raises questions

    10/29/2008 9:16:07 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 26 replies · 870+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | October 28, 2008 | Kevin Sieff
    Maria Teresa Payan de Castillo's citizenship has been in limbo since mid-September when agents at the Brownsville-Matamoros border said her passport was the product of fraud. She had used the document - issued in her name by the federal government - to cross the border 89 times before she was apprehended. The case now raises questions about the tenuousness of citizenship - and the possibility one's legal status could be substantiated by documents that are later called into question. Magistrate Judge John Froeschner denied Payan de Castillo's request to reduce bond from $25,000 to $5,000 on Tuesday, calling her a...
  • FBI: Zetas arming for confrontation with U.S.

    10/29/2008 8:58:44 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 72 replies · 2,352+ views
    McAllen Monitor ^ | October 29, 2008 | Jeremy Roebuck
    <p>McALLEN -- Recent U.S. efforts to disrupt drug smuggling routes through the Rio Grande Valley have prompted threats of retaliation against authorities on this side of the river, according to an FBI intelligence report. Vowing to maintain control over valuable trafficking corridors such as those in Reynosa, Matamoros and Miguel Alemán, the Gulf Cartel and its paramilitary enforcement wing, Los Zetas, have begun stockpiling weapons, reaching out to Texas gangs and issuing orders to "confront U.S. law enforcement agencies to zealously protect their criminal interests," the report states.</p>
  • Woman makes trip from San Luis de Potosi to cast vote for Obama

    10/29/2008 8:46:41 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 34 replies · 1,027+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | October 28, 2008 | Laura Tillman
    After her 1990 retirement from Brach's candy factory in Chicago, Amparo Rico Quintero has been making pilgrammages back to the United States from San Luis de Potosi every four years to cast her vote in presidential elections. This year's trip wasn't easy. At 80 years old, Quintero needs the help of a walker. Nevertheless, she boarded an overnight bus Sunday and made it to Brownsville in time for early voting. "This year, I'm voting for (Barack) Obama," Quintero said. "He's going to help the Mexican people, to make imigration fair.' After spending 18 years as a member of the United...
  • L.A. Times lays off another 75

    10/28/2008 9:52:26 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 15 replies · 408+ views
    Variety ^ | October 27, 2008 | CYNTHIA LITTLETON
    Another 75 editorial staffers were let go at the Los Angeles Times on Monday, including numerous reporters and editors involved in arts and entertainment coverage. The cuts included film critic Carina Chocano, whose departure leaves Hollywood’s hometown newspaper with one full-time film critic, Kenneth Turan. Chocano had been with the Times since 2004. Times editor Russ Stanton cited the growing economic downturn as the reason for the latest round of layoffs in a memo to the staff. The Times eliminated about 130 editorial positions in July as part of a companywide downsizing effort at its beleaguered parent company, Tribune Co....
  • Arellano Félix brother is captured in Tijuana

    10/27/2008 6:19:03 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 3 replies · 262+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | October 27, 2008 | Sandra Dibble
    TIJUANA – Mexican authorities say they have dealt a severe blow to the Arellano Félix drug cartel with the weekend detention of Eduardo Arellano Félix, a suspected trafficker and the last in a band of five brothers to be captured or killed... Arellano, 52, opened fire on soldiers and federal agents shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday as they raided a residence in a quiet, well-to-do enclave known as Fraccionamiento Pedregal on a hillside overlooking Tijuana. Arellano's daughter, described by military officials as being about 11 years old, was with him. Authorities quickly flew Arellano to Mexico City for questioning by...
  • The Military’s Role in Border Security

    10/27/2008 6:12:12 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 1 replies · 180+ views
    Homeland Security Affairs ^ | October, 2008 | Bert Tussing
    Threats along America’s borders have taken on a new and ominous character. In the past, United States customs and border officials were focused on relatively benign matters of enforcing laws surrounding trade and immigration, protecting agriculture and economic interests from pest and disease, and processing people, vehicles and cargo.In the last three decades, however, these issues have been joined, and eclipsed, by growing apprehension surrounding matters of far greater concern than illegal immigrants in search of economic opportunities. The migration of gangs across the nation’s borders and into our cities, organized criminal elements trafficking drugs and human beings into the...
  • The AP Is Breaking More Than News

    10/26/2008 7:33:16 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 19 replies · 1,247+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 26, 2008 | Jay Newton-Small
    Any young journalist covering a presidential campaign is likely to have read Timothy Crouse's classic book on the 1972 election, "The Boys on the Bus." In the first chapter, the author describes the pecking order of print journalists. At the top of the food chain are the wire-service reporters, particularly the reporters from the Associated Press, the oldest of news organizations -- those hard-bitten, vigilant correspondents who set the agenda for everybody else. "Wire stories are usually bland, dry and overly cautious," Crouse wrote. "There is always an inverse proportion between the number of persons a reporter reaches and the...
  • Group Swamps Swing States With Movie on Radical Islam

    10/26/2008 7:24:56 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 38 replies · 793+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 26, 2008 | Kimberly Kindy
    A New York-based organization has sent copies of a movie about Islamist extremism to more than 28 million houses and religious institutions in presidential election battleground states over the past several weeks... Members of several Muslim groups have condemned the film, saying that it is inflammatory and that it could incite violence against them. "It's a mind-boggling massive campaign. When you send material like this almost exclusively to presidential swing states that sends a message that you are trying to influence the election," said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations. "It's inappropriate as a nonprofit...
  • The Battle over Immigration Has Unleashed a Tsunami of New Voters

    10/25/2008 5:24:03 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 22 replies · 698+ views
    La Prensa San Diego ^ | October 24, 2008
    A new report suggests that “2008 will be the year of the immigrant and Latino voter,” as “unprecedented numbers of immigrants are becoming citizens and registering to vote.” The stakes, according to the report by America’s Voice, an immigrants’ rights group, “could not be higher.” Pro-immigrant groups are registering hundreds of thousands of new citizens to vote. They, along with earlier generations of immigrants, are being mobilized in large part by the passions surrounding the often heated debate over immigration. The report calls members of these communities a “sleeping giant,” awoken by the rhetoric of the anti-immigration hardliners who have...
  • Chertoff to propose changes in hiring rules

    10/23/2008 1:11:53 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 2 replies · 289+ views
    Google AP ^ | 10/23/2008 | SUZANNE GAMBOA
    WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff plans to announce changes to rules designed to stop businesses from hiring people working in the country illegally. The rules proposed to force employers to fire workers whose names don't match their Social Security numbers....
  • Texas group opposing border fence in Washington

    10/21/2008 5:02:01 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 10 replies · 293+ views
    Houston Chronicla ^ | Oct. 21, 2008 | ANABELLE GARA
    DALLAS — A fence along the U.S.-Mexico border would trample on human rights and its construction should be halted, a group from the University of Texas will contend during the first international hearing on the issue Wednesday. Several students and faculty will present their concerns during the hearing in Washington before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which is part of the Organization of American States. The university group wants the commission to recommend stopping the construction of 670 miles of barriers that were approved by Congress in an effort to stem illegal immigration and drug smuggling. "I think this...
  • University cancels speech by Ayers

    10/18/2008 9:58:40 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 18 replies · 1,002+ views
    OMAHA WORLD-HERALD ^ | October 18, 2008 | KHRISTOPHER J. BROOKS AND ANDREW NELSON
    As criticism mounted hour-by-hour, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln canceled a planned lecture by Bill Ayers, a noted education scholar and controversial 1960s radical. Just 11 days after next month’s election, the University of Illinois-Chicago professor, William Ayers, is scheduled to speak at a student research conference held by the UNL College of Education and Human Science... UNL education professor David Moshman, who said Ayers should have been allowed to speak, said he feels the university caved under political pressure from Gov. Dave Heineman, Bruning and others. Moshman said the cancellation will hurt UNL's academic reputation within higher education circles...
  • (Illegal) Md. Man Charged In Home Invasions (Electrician Also Faces Murder Count)

    10/18/2008 7:41:11 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 6 replies · 533+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 18, 2008 | Dan Morse
    Montgomery County police have charged a Hyattsville electrician with first-degree murder and five counts of robbery in connection with a rash of home invasions going back 13 months that terrified many older residents. Jose Juan Garcia-Perlera, 33, of the 5800 block of 32nd Avenue was being held without bond yesterday in the county jail. Police say he broke into five Montgomery homes, from Potomac to Chevy Chase, and tied up occupants ages 63 to 92. He is also a suspect in a home invasion in the Foxhall area of the District, police said. Garcia-Perlera is charged with killing the 63-year-old,...
  • UTWorking Group to Testify on Human Rights Impacts of the Texas/Mexico Border Wall

    10/17/2008 3:55:33 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 14 replies · 443+ views
    AUSTIN, Texas– In response to its claim that the Texas-Mexico border wall violates human rights law, the University of Texas Working Group on Human Rights and the Border Wall was granted a general hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (the “Commission”). The Commission, comprised of seven independent jurists from across the Americas and the Caribbean, is the body of the inter- governmental Organization of American States (“OAS”) responsible for monitoring and ensuring respect for human rights in the Americas, including in the United States. The public hearing will be held October 22, 2008 in the Commission’s Washington, D.C....
  • Number of People Crossing into Texas Illegally Down Sharply

    10/08/2008 6:51:27 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 11 replies · 776+ views
    WOAI radio ^ | October 8, 2008 | Jim Forsyth
    Figures released today by the Texas Border Coalition, a group of south Texas officials who oppose the proposed construction of that border fence, indicate that the number of people crossing into Texas illegally has fallen by more than fifty percent in the past four years, 1200 WOAI news reports. The largest drop in illegal border crossings has been in the El Paso and Marfa Border Patrol sectors, where the number of people arrested for illegal entry has fallen by more than 70% since 2005.... Texas officials credit expanded Border Patrol surveillance, backed up by the Texas National Guard and Operation...
  • US eases visa rules for HIV-positive visitors

    09/30/2008 7:57:08 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 27 replies · 555+ views
    AFP ^ | September 29, 2008
    WASHINGTON — US immigration officials on Monday announced moves to ease and speed up visa-processing for HIV-positive visitors to the United States, months after a 21-year entry ban on people with the virus was lifted. Under the new rules, US consular offices overseas will have the authority to grant temporary, non-immigrant visas to HIV-positive applicants who meet "all of the other normal criteria for the granting of a US visa," the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a statement. Previously, people with HIV were banned from entering the United States unless they obtained a special waiver.The ban on HIV-positive...
  • Border visits no longer will be day at beach

    09/24/2008 4:47:50 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 9 replies · 687+ views
    San Diego UNION-TRIBUNE ^ | September 24, 2008 | Leslie Berestein
    New barrier to limit families' socializing: It was like any seaside picnic, with family members sitting on folding chairs, colorful umbrellas and a cooler full of sodas. The only unusual thing was the steel mesh fence running through the middle of it. On a recent Sunday, the Sotomayor family rose early, packed a lunch and drove south to Border Field State Park, where the fence that separates the United States from Mexico meets the ocean.As many Mexican-American families have done for years, they were there to spend the day with relatives unable to legally cross north to hug them and...
  • U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith's list of most egregious media bias

    09/22/2008 5:55:06 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 9 replies · 208+ views
    The Congressional Record ^ | September 18, 2008 | U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith
    Mr. SMITH of Texas: "Madam Speaker, by a 5-to-1 ratio, Americans believe the media are trying to help Senator Obama win the Presidency. The following partial list of the 'Best of the Worst'' examples of media bias shows why Americans are right to be concerned. "One, Senator Obama has led Senator McCain in news coverage for 12 consecutive weeks, according to the Nonpartisan Project For Excellence in Journalism. "Two, journalists who gave money to Senator Obama outnumber those who contributed to Senator McCain by a 20-1 margin, according to Investors Business Daily. "Three, while the media often label Governor Palin...
  • GOP senator: A ’stretch’ to say Palin is qualified

    09/18/2008 10:49:08 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 73 replies · 327+ views
    WASHINGTON — Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel said his party’s vice presidential nominee, Sarah Palin, lacks foreign policy experience and called it a “stretch” to say she’s qualified to be president. “She doesn’t have any foreign policy credentials,” Hagel said in an interview published Thursday by the Omaha World-Herald....
  • Rutledge: McCain and Cornyn will put past differences over immigration reform aside

    09/16/2008 8:15:53 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 14 replies · 189+ views
    Rio Grande Guardian ^ | 15 September 2008 | Steve Taylor
    MISSION - Hidalgo County Republican Party Chairman Hollis Rutledge says he is confident that John McCain and John Cornyn will patch up any differences they still have over immigration policy, should McCain be elected president. In May 2007, the two U.S. senators famously got into a shouting match over the finer points of a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill. The Washington Post reported at the time that McCain swore at Cornyn, accusing the Texas Republican of trying to “blow up” a pact between Republicans and Democrats. Cornyn countered that the Arizona Republican was trying to “parachute” in on delicate Senate...
  • First US-Mex fence: fewer migrants, more violence

    09/13/2008 1:06:16 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 42 replies · 417+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | September 13, 2008 | Traci Carl
    <p>TIJUANA, Mexico -- There is a moment each evening, as the sun melts into the Pacific, when Colonia Libertad is at peace....but it is only a moment. The floodlights click on, bathing the neighborhood in a blinding light. The helicopters return, clattering past. And the smugglers arrive with their ladders and blow torches and groups of people desperate to escape a fate similar to the one residents of Colonia Libertad long ago accepted.</p>
  • More money needed for border fence

    09/10/2008 9:06:57 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 9 replies · 160+ views
    LA Times ^ | September 10, 2008
    The Bush administration needs an extra $400 million to complete its fence along the country's Southwestern border, and government investigators say that may not be enough to finish construction by the end of this year. To complete the 670-mile fence -- already half-built -- the administration has asked Congress to approve the use of $400 million set aside for other programs, said Jayson Ahern, the deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection. Higher costs of fuel, steel and labor have led to the shortfall, he said. Ahern is scheduled to testify on Capitol Hill today....the Government Accountability Office will tell...
  • CRACKDOWN TURNS BORDER TOWN INTO GHOST TOWN

    09/09/2008 11:25:11 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 14 replies · 129+ views
    Financial Times ^ | September 9, 2008 | Adam Thomson
    Maribel Navarro remembers a time, not so long ago, when afternoons at La Perla restaurant in the remote border settlement of Sásabe, on the Arizona-Mexico border, meant crowded tables and queues stretching out of the door...Mexican and Central American migrants who descended on Sásabe en route to the US provided enough business not only for Ms Navarro but for the whole community. Some estimates suggest that more than 1,000 migrants...passed through Sásabe every day. This lunchtime, however, Ms Navarro is struggling to find things to do...“It’s dead here,” she says. “Sásabe is turning into a ghost town.” The sharp changes...
  • Al-Arian Is Freed, but More Charges Await

    09/03/2008 10:50:49 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 141+ views
    New York Sun ^ | September 3, 2008 | JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN,
    For the first time in more than five years, a prominent Palestinian Arab activist, Sami Al-Arian, is free from jail. His respite from jail may not last long: The former college professor faces a second round of criminal charges in his lengthy legal battle with federal prosecutors. Al-Arian had been in government custody since he was charged with being the leader in America of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad more than five years ago. He was not convicted at trial, although he subsequently pleaded guilty to lending aid to that group and received a sentence of 57 months. Al-Arian's incarceration has...
  • Group asks residents to document border wall 'abuse'

    09/02/2008 11:45:45 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 10 replies · 184+ views
    Rio Grande Guardian ^ | 2 September 2008 | Steve Taylor
    GRANJENO - Border residents are being asked to act as witnesses to any “abuses” perpetrated by the Department of Homeland Security or its agents during construction of the border wall. Documented evidence of “abuse” is being sought by the No Border Wall group in the hope that it can be used as testimony at congressional hearings held to review the border wall project... Although the No Border Wall group originated in the Rio Grande Valley, No Border Wall spokeswoman Stefanie Herweck said....."The feeling is that we have until now and January, when the new Congress meets and the new administration...
  • If he wins, Obama will revisit NAFTA

    08/28/2008 9:10:59 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 19 replies · 314+ views
    Milenio ^ | August 27, 2008 | Unknown, my translation
    Denver -- Barack Obama’s foreign policy advisor for the Western Hemisphere, Frank Sanchez, said Wednesday it is natural that a new government would want to review an agreement that has been in operation several years. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will review the NAFTA free trade agreement with Mexico and Canada to improve it, once he is elected, Sanchez said. “We need to take a close look at NAFTA and see how to improve it...” The subject of NAFTA arose here in the Democratic National Convention within the framework of the Political Platform approved unanimously this past Monday. It authorizes...
  • Border Patrol struggles to keep newly hired agents

    08/27/2008 6:09:10 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 19 replies · 177+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | August 27, 2008 | Elliot Spagat
    IMPERIAL BEACH – Law enforcement officers wanted: must work graveyard shifts alone in remote towns along the Mexican border, put in long hours and perform well in triple-digit temperatures. That message is never touted in U.S. Border Patrol recruitment brochures, but the sobering reality of working on the border has created an environment in which about 30 percent of agents leave their jobs in less than 18 months... The Border Patrol's struggle to keep new hires has become more evident as the agency comes close to meeting President Bush's target of 18,000 agents by the end of the year, up...
  • Obama prepares to sit down with Chávez and the Cubans, his advisors affirm

    08/26/2008 8:59:12 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 16 replies · 193+ views
    La Jornada (Mexico) ^ | August 25, 2008 | David Brooks (my translation)
    The presumptive Democratic candidate aspires to end U.S. foreign policy “unilateralism:” Democrat Barack Obama represents a “new type of leader” who hopes to use multilateralism, dialogue and the cooperation on the international scene, his campaign advisors said today. “The new element that Obama brings in working with the rest of the world is that… he will listen and will work with our allies, and thus move away from the unilateralism” that has been the mark of the government of Republican President George W. Bush, declared Greg Craig, one of Obama’s main foreign policy advisers, at a press conference. Craig described...
  • Conservationists warn of border fence's impact

    08/22/2008 1:01:33 PM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 37 replies · 153+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Aug. 22, 2008 | CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN
    <p>MISSION, TX -- The Bush administration's recently proposed changes to rules involving endangered species could lead to projects like the fence being built along the U.S.-Mexico border that could threaten endangered wildlife, the Sierra Club warned Friday.</p> <p>"We're talking about animals already pushed to the brink of extinction," Liz Walsh, chairwoman of the group's endangered species committee, said at a news conference near a border fence construction site.</p>