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Illegal Kills Married Couple On Motorcycle. DUI One Week Earlier.


Illegal immigrants take time to identify
Illegal immigrant issue hard to solve
Sun Herald
July 1, 2007

Local and state law enforcement have no authority to enforce immigration laws. That falls in the hands of federal authorities, namely agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Border Patrol.

ICE spokesman Temple Black said his agency relies on local authorities to call ICE to report their suspicions and use their own technology, including information from their Law Enforcement Support Center, to try to identify illegal immigrants.

“When we find out the information,” Black said, “we enforce the law.”

But there are problems there as well, namely in the small number of immigration enforcement officers to investigate such suspicions. In the 17-county southern region, for example, an immigration source said there are only 10 agents to investigate the foreign nationals.

Black, however, said ICE is able to provide support to local authorities quickly.

That’s not always the case.

For example, the same week Garcia was arrested in the fatal accident, another man was arrested on an aggravated assault charge(see “Another incident,” page A-14); Gulfport police suspected him of being illegal. Weatherford said police asked local ICE officials to confirm his status and didn’t get confirmation until eight days later.

That would’ve been one day too many in the Garcia case. He was out of jail after his first arrest for seven days before the fatal accident.

“It certainly wouldn’t have helped in the Garcia case,” Weatherford said. “You tell me. What is the answer?”

Another incident
GULFPORT - William Arevalo was in the Harrison County jail on an aggravated assault charge the morning of June 22, but it wasn’t until Friday that agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement determined he was an illegal immigrant.

Gulfport Police Chief Alan Weatherford said police first asked ICE agents to check on Arevalo’s immigration status shortly after his arrest around 10:30 a.m. June 22 on a charge of aggravated assault. He’s accused of stabbing another man.

Arevalo told a Gulfport detective he’d gone through back country to enter the U.S. illegally.

Weatherford said it wasn’t until after 3 p.m. Friday, however, that a translator was sent to the county jail to confirm Arevalo was not a legal resident of the United States. Even then, ICE officials relied on Arevalo’s own admission to determine his status.

“That’s very unusual,” Temple Black with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Friday. “It’s pretty quick when it works. Who knows? I can’t answer that.”

ICE, however, has limited resources, Black said, and agents track illegal immigrants with their alien immigration numbers.

He said they are able to track illegal immigrants once they’re arrested, fingerprinted and photographed. Still, he said ICE has limited resources.

“We prioritize our resources,” he said Friday. “We target the aggravated felons. We target the people who are going to hurt the citizens of the United States.”

Local ICE Agent Pam Mixon could not be reached for comment Friday. She did return a phone call but couldn’t be reached later in the day to discuss the Arevalo case. ICE, however, placed a hold on Arevalo late Friday, meaning he will face deportation once he’s answered to the felony charge pending in the United States.

In addition to the ICE hold, Arevalo is also being held on a $250,000 bond.


Raymundo Rojas Garcia caused Sunday’s accident that killed Wayne and Michelle Hughes, who were riding a motorcycle. He fled the scene because he was an illegal immigrant facing almost certain deportation once he was captured. One week earlier he was arrested for a DUI and let go after paying fines.

Illegal immigrant fled fatal wreck for fear of deportation, police say
Clarion Ledger
June 28, 2007

GULFPORT ? The man police say is responsible for a traffic accident that killed a Saucier couple allegedly fled the scene because he is an illegal immigrant who feared being deported.

Police say Raymundo Rojas Garcia caused Sunday’s accident that killed Wayne and Michelle Hughes, who were riding a motorcycle. He fled the scene because he was an illegal immigrant facing almost certain deportation once he was captured, authorities said.

Garcia was attempting to make a left turn in front of northbound traffic on U.S. 49 when he pulled in front of Wayne Hughes’ northbound Suzuki motorcycle, a witness said. Hughes tried to get out of the way but it was too late.

The couple’s son, who had joined his parents for dinner at a restaurant that night, was in a vehicle behind them and saw the deadly accident.

After the collision, a witness said, Garcia took off running with his wife and 1-year-old son, only to be captured a block and a half away.

He was charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident, driving without a license, driving without insurance, driving with an expired tag and failure to yield. His total bond was set at $51,351.

It is not Garcia’s first run-in with the law. Garcia, 27, was charged June 17 by Gulfport police with misdemeanor drunk driving and other traffic violations. He was detained overnight and later fined.

Gulfport Deputy Chief Alfred Sexton said Monday that a hold has been placed on Garcia pending confirmation of his immigration status.

However, Sexton said Garcia admitted to police he was an illegal immigrant. Sexton said Garcia likely would face criminal charges here before deportation.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said autopsy results Monday showed Wayne Hughes died of injuries to the head, chest and extremities; Michelle Hughes was thrown from the bike and died of head and neck injuries.

Georgia Gets Tough on Illegal Immigration Starting Today

Georgia starts tough law on illegals
Savannah Now
June 30, 2007

ATLANTA - On the heels of another defeat for national reform of illegal immigration policies, Georgia’s own response goes into effect today.

Senate Bill 529, adopted with much debate and fanfare a year ago, is designed to slowly start adding new requirements for verifying workers’ citizenship status and cracking down on those who prey on illegal immigrants.

Although Georgia received national attention for being the first state to move ahead on its own while Congress remained deadlocked on illegal immigration, SB 529 actually makes few sweeping changes initially.

Starting Monday, large companies wanting to do business with local or state government agencies will have to show they have registered to use the federal Employment Eligibility Verification Program, an online database run by the federal Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Also known as the Basic Pilot Program, the consult is free for employers who will be required to check the status of any new workers hired after today and determine whether their Social Security numbers are valid.

During the first year SB 529 is in effect, only companies with 500 employees or more will be required to participate if they want to bid on government contracts in Georgia.

As it gets phased in, all contractors and subcontractors working with the state or local governments will be required to enroll after July 2009.

The Georgia Department of Labor recently outlined how it will implement the verification rules, but Commissioner Michael Thurmond said there has been little response from the contracting and building communities that have been preparing for the new law.

“Many have already participated voluntarily, especially the larger employers, which will be this first group,” Thurmond said. More than 500 Georgia companies already are participating in the verification system, based on a recent check.

“We have been requiring growers to join the program,” said Dawson Morton, an attorney for the Migrant Project of Georgia Legal Services Program. He represents farm workers with legitimate visas fighting against farmers wanting to pay lower wages to undocumented workers and said the verification issue often comes up.

“We were just in court two weeks ago for a contempt proceeding with a grower who refused to join it,” Morton said.

Thurmond said some questions still remain about the new law’s verification requirements, including whether major companies based outside the state will have to comply if they have fewer than 500 workers in Georgia now. Thurmond said he would not be surprised if legislators revisit it to add more measures on the enforcement end of the law.

“The legislation did not speak to that particular aspect of it,” he said. “We proposed a system of random audits, but that was not funded. Hopefully, in the future, that will be.”

Municipalities affected

Local governments also will be expected to verify new employees through the federal system. The level of awareness about that rule, however, varies around the state.

Chatham County Administrator Russ Abolt said he had not been notified about the requirement and was unaware of it. However, county administrators in both Richmond and Clarke counties said last week they are preparing to enroll.

Access to health care also could change for illegal immigrants in Georgia, but only for some services.

SB 529 makes people prove they are in the country legally before they can receive state-funded benefits.

But no one can be turned away from hospital emergency rooms for care, under federal law, and Georgia legislators included several exemptions in the bill for children and pregnant women.

Communicable diseases also can be treated because of public health concerns. And those who pay the full amount for services without receiving subsidized care do not have to show their legal status……

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Spanish Radio Won’t Like The “Fairness Doctrine” Either

How Do You Say “Equal Time” In Spanish?
News Blaze
June 30, 2007

Leftist politicians keen on reinstating a “Fairness Doctrine” clearly have their sights set on Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Sean Hannity and other right-wing luminaries.

But once liberals open that particular can of worms, they may be less than thrilled at what comes crawling out.

For instance, Mexican DJ and former illegal alien Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo, native of Mexico, broadcasts from a Spanish language radio station in Los Angeles and is a strong advocate for illegal aliens.

Not satisfied with merely invading America himself, Piolin apparently believes that any Latino who wants to should be able to come to America, at will, without regard to U.S. borders or immigration laws.

Piolin’s disdain for the rule of law even motivated him to travel from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., in order to deliver what were alleged to be one million letters from amnesty supporters. Unfortunately for the politically naive DJ, the letters were all signed by illegal aliens and were in Spanish.

Even more embarrassing for Piolin many of the boxes containing the “one million letters” he boasted so proudly of turned out to be empty.

After S 1639 was defeated in the U.S. Senate on June 28, Piolin’s distress was palpable, leading the DJ to shed alligator tears from behind his live microphone while on the air.

The impact of Piolin’s on-air histrionics with his base audience (mostly illegal aliens) is unclear.

However, it is obvious that he did provide scores of millions of patriotic, English speaking American citizens with a round of belly laughs and material for party toasts that are still being enjoyed in more sophisticated circles.

But back to the issue: How would a liberal “Fairness Doctrine” impact Spanish language stations like the one on which Piolin spews his pro-illegal alien, anti-American propaganda and race baiting?

Would that radio station be forced to provide equal time to a commentator who would remind his audience that illegal aliens do not belong in America and should, by law, be deported?

Would the inflammatory rhetoric used by Piolin to drive illegal aliens to the streets in order to demand non-existent “rights” be offset by a voice(s) of reason that would encourage young Latinos to stay in school?

In other words, before acting hastily, liberals need to answer a crucial question: How do you say “equal time” in Spanish?

Shocking Undercover Report: British Mosque’s Teaching Intolerance, Bigotry, Jihad

Coming to a US mosque near you? This is shocking stuff folks. Death to gay people, the inequality of women, marriage to children, conversion of Christians, isolationism, and jihad are some of the beliefs being taught in British Mosques by these extremists. GuardDog

A video I obtained from the UK. It’s a study of Islam and the way it ‘may’ have been interpreted by some (not all) followers in that country.

The intention of this video is to open up communication between understanding what is happening on the ground so we can all get by.

The views expressed by the people in this program are not necessarily representative of others, including Muslims as a whole.

Peace to all Christians and Muslims, and nonbelievers (in no particular order).

Under Cover Mosque
Part 1

Under Cover Mosque (part 2)

Under Cover Mosque (part 3)

Under Cover Mosque (part 4)

Under Cover Mosque (part 5)

Collier County, Fl. Becoming A ?one stop ? one drop? Headache For Criminal Illegal Aliens

Collier County, Fl.

“Within the past six months, the Collier Sheriff?s Office has been establishing a new partnership with the U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) that officials believe will make it easier to identify criminal aliens, develop cases against them and ultimately remove them from the jail and from the country altogether.

The new programs are designed to make Collier jails a ?one stop ? one drop? program for identifying and deporting the worst of the worst criminal aliens, Salley said.”

SPECIAL REPORT: Collier sheriff, feds try to curb immigrant jail population
Naples News
June 30, 2007

They?re in there, but nobody knows for sure who they are.

A snapshot of the Collier County jail population taken in January showed that as many as a quarter of the jail?s 1,150 inmates are self-admitted illegal immigrants. Some staff members believe the actual number could be closer to 33 to 35 percent.

?Obviously it makes it easier if they say ?I?m here illegally,?? said Capt. Christopher Freeman, who works in the jail. ?I guarantee there are people who are not telling us they?re illegal. I don?t know what the number is.?

Through the years, the Collier County Sheriff?s Office has done its best to identify and remove criminal aliens from its jails, officials said. For instance, from the beginning of January to the beginning of May, 74 criminal aliens have been transported out of Collier jails to federal detention lockups for deportation, Chief of Corrections Scott Salley said.

But even that is not enough to adequately free up space in the jails.

?We can?t keep up with demand,? Salley said. ?The supply is so huge that we need additional resources.?

Those additional resources are on the way, officials now say.

Within the past six months, the Collier Sheriff?s Office has been establishing a new partnership with the U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) that officials believe will make it easier to identify criminal aliens, develop cases against them and ultimately remove them from the jail and from the country altogether.

The new programs are designed to make Collier jails a ?one stop ? one drop? program for identifying and deporting the worst of the worst criminal aliens, Salley said.

?The most dangerous and high risk will be the priorities,? Salley said. ?The murderers, the gang members.?

Collier Sheriff Don Hunter briefly discussed the new programs with the Collier County Public Safety Coordinating Council on June 18.

The first, the Criminal Alien Program ? or CAP ? is a federal program under the Detention Removal Office designed to identify criminal aliens who are booked into the jail and ensuring they aren?t released into the community by securing a final order of removal before the end of their sentence.

About two months ago, ICE agents based in Fort Myers began working out of the Collier County jail and performing CAP functions as part of the agency partnership.

There are three ICE agents now working in Collier County, but by this time next year Salley said he expects to have seven ICE agents regularly working out of the jail.

Their role is to use their skills, as well as federal computer systems and databases, to identify illegal aliens in the jail, review their information and develop cases against them.

Instead of relying on names, which can be confusing and easily falsified, officials now are relying more and more on advanced fingerprint systems and biometrics, Salley said.

?Biometrics is improving every day,? Salley said. ?Everything from iris scans to capillary action in the palm of your hand or DNA.?…..

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Caption This Photo

This New York Times photo was taken in the Senate Thursday (caption: “Day laborers from the Washington area gathered in the Senate to wait for the results of the immigration cloture vote”). Kathryn asks: “Do idiots run Washington?” I believe that the distinguished gentleman looking down from the portrait is none other than the original Grand Bargaineer himself: Henry Clay. Clay earned the sobriquet “Great Compromiser” by crafting three major legislative compromises over the course of 30 years. If that’s Clay in the photo, it’s a classic in more ways than one. :)

Senator Reid’s staff wait patiently for their leader to return from the Senate Floor with the bad news.

There’s a caption contest for the photo going on at the Power Line News Forum, here.

The Power Line

It’s Make Or Break Time For Gov. Naplitano For Immigration Promises


Is Napolitano all talk on migrant reform?
AZ Republic
June 30, 2007

Eighteen months ago, Gov. Janet Napolitano stood before the Arizona Legislature and vowed to get tough on illegal immigration.

“We are going to get real about one of the root causes of this problem,” she said. “People come here because they want to work and employers here are willing to hire them. If we want to stop illegal immigration, we’ve got to stop the demand.”

And so the governor, having consulted her mood ring, made an election-year vow to do what eight out of 10 Arizonans had long said they wanted done. To wit: “Those who continue to intentionally hire illegal immigrants should face substantial fines and penalties.”

On Monday, we’ll find out if she meant it.

Napolitano has until then to veto a raft of bills passed by the Legislature in its final hours, including one that would put the hurt on employers who knowingly hire undocumented immigrants and another that would make it more difficult for the courts to ignore the no-bail requirement of Proposition 100.

Given her comments of last year, one would think that she would have signed House Bill 2779, the Fair and Legal Employment Act, before the ink was dry on the thing. Instead, she’s decided to wait until the last possible minute - the beginning of a holiday week, no less - to announce what she’s going to do, fueling suspicions that there may be a weasel factor afoot.

Advocates for the 500,000 or so immigrants who are in Arizona illegally aren’t happy about the bill. Neither are the people who line their pockets with the fruits of the immigrants’ labor. For the past week, the business community has been on a mission to get Napolitano to veto the bill, claiming it will put them at a “competitive disadvantage” with other states.

Somehow, I suspect they’ll survive. I’d feel their pain more keenly had they not for years been using the same old arguments to head off any attempt to make them obey the law: Wait for the feds to act. Even after Thursday’s collapse of immigration reform, they were singing the same old song.

“We’re encouraged by the substantial advances made during the Senate debate,” said Sheridan Bailey, head of Arizona Employers for Immigration Reform. “As a result, the nation is closer to a bipartisan solution to the immigration crisis.”

Yeah, in 2009 . . . maybe.

The bill on Napolitano’s desk would go after the lure that leads people to sneak across the border now: jobs. And though business owners may be gasping into paper bags over the prospect of having to follow the law, all it requires is that they make an effort to find out if the people they’re hiring are here legally.

That shouldn’t be so horrifying. Unless, of course, they really don’t want to know.

Sen. Ken Cheuvront doesn’t see a problem. The Phoenix Democrat voted for the bill and he owns a restaurant. “Democrats have been saying for a long time you can’t continually blame the immigrant, that you also have to hold employers accountable,” he said. “This bill does that.”

Which is why Napolitano will sign it.

That and because last year, she chastised the Republican Legislature for sending her a bill that was a joke. “Weak and ineffective,” I think she called it, while noting her own repeated calls for “meaningful employer sanctions.”

And because in the wake of this week’s Senate vote, it would be political suicide to veto it and Napolitano isn’t the suicidal type.

She’ll sign it and hope that in the ensuing high fives and celebration, nobody will notice what she does about Prop. 100.

Grass-Roots Lobby Says It Won’t Stop With Vote

Jason Mrochek, co-founder of the FIRE Coalition, a network of groups opposed to illegal immigration, said the vote marked a shift from “defense” to “offense” in its push for greater enforcement of immigration laws such as employer sanctions.

Grass-roots lobby says it won’t stop with vote
OC Register
June 29, 2007

After the Senate failed to pass an immigration overhaul, Orange County activists on both sides of the debate say they will keep the heat on elected officials.

ANAHEIM ? For the past five months, Steve Loya called his senator’s office twice a week and e-mailed three times as often to demand she vote against an immigration overhaul.

On Thursday, the 47-year-old Costa Mesa resident said he felt his effort to stop the bill ? along with those of thousands of others ? had an effect after the U.S. Senate failed to muster enough votes to push through a legalization plan for immigrants.

“I’m as grass-roots as its gets,” said Loya, an engineering project manager who said he feared the proposal would burden his children with the cost of providing health care and education for newcomers. “I’m going to keep giving money, and I am going to keep calling, and I am going to keep sending letters. This is my kids. I live here.”

As the Senate toggled back and forth this week on the latest proposal for an immigration overhaul, Orange County residents for and against the bill called representatives, sent e-mails and faxed letters to Washington.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office was contacted 200,000 times about the bill through e-mails, calls, letters and postcards, spokesman Scott Gerber said. He said about 55 percent or 60 percent of the communication to date ? the letters keep arriving ? was against the proposal.

While not the only factor, the opposition didn’t help the outlook for a proposal that tried to “give everybody a little bit of something and completely satisfy nobody,” said Louis DeSipio, a UC Irvine political science professor.

“Every couple of years you get one of these bills that just sort of reaches into the public psyche,” DeSipio said. “It is the exception when it gets beyond the activists and people on e-mail networks. ? This was genuinely more grass-roots.”

At her job as a receptionist, Dee Wallace took sneak peeks at online news to keep up on the latest word from the Senate. Wallace, 69, had been writing elected officials and meeting with Catholic groups to urge support for a bill she hoped would help bring a more humane treatment for the country’s 12 million illegal immigrants.

On Thursday, she had hoped to get up early to watch the vote on C-Span but missed it because of the time difference. Now, she said, she’ll work on reaching out to people locally and keep communicating with Washington so politicians know she hasn’t given up.

“This kind of thing doesn’t stop the momentum; in fact, it sometimes helps,” said Wallace, a Huntington Beach resident. “There’s work to be done, and the thing is, this is a democracy, thank God, and we can speak out, and we can vote and change the system as best we can.”

After the vote, activist groups on both sides of the debate vowed to keep fighting……

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Poll: California Has Immigration Jitters

Poll: California has immigration jitters
Central Valley Business Times
June 29, 2007

When it comes to Californians? public policy priorities, immigration is leaving other issues in the proverbial dust, according to a survey by the Public Policy Institute of California, a nonpartisan research organization.

Although California residents support some of the federal proposals for immigration reform, they have little faith that the Republican president and Democratic-led Congress can work together effectively in the coming year, the survey says.

And they feel the same way about the ?post-partisan? circumstances in Sacramento.

Immigration tops just about everyone?s list of the most important issues facing California today, the poll says. This holds true across regions, political parties, racial and ethnic groups, and gender.

One-quarter (25 percent) of all residents name immigration/illegal immigration as the state?s most pressing issue. The economy (11 percent) and health care (8 percent) lag behind, a distant second and third. Results are almost identical for likely voters (27 percent immigration, 11 percent health care, 9 percent economy).

Although Republicans (39 percent) are far more likely than Democrats (15 percent) and much more likely than independents (25 percent) to call immigration the state?s most important issue, it still holds first place across parties. It is also the most important issue among Latinos (23 percent), whites (28 percent), men (26 percent), and women (24 percent).

?Considering how much more leeway the state has to address the state?s pressing health care, education, and budget problems, this pervasive fixation on immigration is troubling,? says PPIC president and statewide survey director Mark Baldassare. ?State leaders cannot make immigration policy, but they will continue to feel the fallout of voter discontent over its effects.?

And, as he notes, Californians have identified immigration as their most important issue in every PPIC survey since April of 2006.

There are also partisan differences in support for another proposed reform?temporary guest worker programs. Seven in 10 Republicans (71 percent) support the idea of allowing foreigners to be employed as guest workers in the United States, and then requiring them to return home, compared to 64 percent of Democrats and 59 percent of independents. About two-thirds of all adults (63 percent) and likely voters (67 percent) favor this kind of guest worker program.

However, Californians are more divided over another element in the Senate bill?who should be given priority in being admitted to the country. About half of residents (49 percent) think priority should be given to immigrants with job skills and education, while 35 percent choose family ties in the United States as the most important criterion (9 percent say it depends and 7 percent don?t know). Among likely voters, preference for skills and education reaches a majority (56 percent), while fewer (30 percent) favor family status.

Findings are based on a telephone survey of 2,003 California adult residents interviewed June 12-19. Interviews were conducted in English or Spanish. The sampling error for the total sample is +/- 2 percent.

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Does this sound familiar folks? But there is a twist. So India takes millions of our jobs threw outsourcing and H 1-B visa programs and they encounter little resistance building a 2050 mile double wide fence to keep out illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. The best of both worlds for India. GuardDog

India has become enamored with fences in recent years.

First it started closing off much of its border with Pakistan, trying to stop incursions by Muslim extremists. Then it turned to its other Muslim neighbor, Bangladesh, and has been building the fence intermittently ever since.

India taking on huge task of building a fence on Bangladesh border
The Albuquerque Tribune
June 29, 2007

SUJATPUR, Bangladesh ? Everyone knew it was out there somewhere, an invisible line that cut through a cow pasture and, at least in theory, divided one nation from another.

But no one saw it as a border. It was just a lumpy field of grass, uneven from the hooves of generations of cattle, and villagers crossed back and forth without even thinking about it.

Today, no one can ignore the line.

In a construction project that will eventually reach across 2,050 miles, hundreds of rivers and long stretches of forests and fields, India has been quietly sealing itself off from Bangladesh, its much poorer neighbor. Sections totaling about 1,550 miles have been built the past seven years.

Vigil on the border continues as laborers raise the barbed-wire fence along the 2050 mile Indo-Bangladesh border with Tripura on Sunday.

In Sujatpur, a poor farming village, the frontier is now defined by two rows of 10-foot-high barbed wire barriers, the posts studded with ugly spikes. A smaller fence, and miles of barbed wire coils, fill the space in between. The expanse of steel, set into concrete, spills off toward the horizon in both directions.

“Before, it was like we were one country,” said Mohammed Iqbal, a Bangladeshi farmer walking near the border on a windy afternoon. “I used to go over there just to pass the time.”

As he spoke, a cow wandered past, brass bells jangling around its neck. “But now that’s over,” he said.

In the United States, the decision to fence 700 miles of the Mexican border triggered months of political debate ranging across issues from immigration reform to the environmental impact. When Israel announced it would build a 425-mile barrier around the West Bank, an international outcry erupted.

But there has been barely a ripple over India’s far larger project, launched in earnest in 2000 amid growing fears in New Delhi about illegal immigration and cross-border terrorism………

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Pelosi: ?Hate Radio? Hijacked Political Discourse With ?Xenophobic, Anti-Immigrant? Rhetoric

These fascist liberals and globalists in Washington are mad as hell that the American people dared to challenge them. They know they would’ve gotten away with it if the American public was uninformed and in the dark. For the most part, the MSM on television stuck to the scripted talking points given to them by the creators of the shamnesty.

For example, they would state that the bill required background checks. Only if you listened to talk radio would you learn that the background checks would have to be completed within 24 hours. Impossible!

They are going to do everything they can to institute the so-called “Fairness Doctrine” to control the airwaves, silence their critics, and keep the public in the dark.

They are going to introduce a new “Fairness Doctrine” soon, and I’m certain they will seek to control our communication on the Internet with it.

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Mexican President Calls Shamnesty Failure “Grave Mistake”

Mexican president says U.S. Senate made ‘grave mistake’ killing migration bill
Times Record News
June 29, 2007

MEXICO CITY (AP) ? President Felipe Calderon said Thursday the U.S. Senate made a “grave error” by killing legislation that would have led to the legalization of millions of unlawful immigrants, most of them from Mexico.

Calderon said the Senate’s failure to pass the bill will close the door to legal immigration, permit continued illegal immigration and human rights violations, and decrease security on both sides of the border.

He added that the bill would have been a “sensible, rational, legal solution to the immigration problem,” and that the Senate’s decision will negatively affect the competitiveness of both the United States and Mexico.

“It worsens the possibility of progress and prosperity not just for the immigrants, but also for the citizens of the United States,” he told a news conference held with visiting Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.

“The North American economy could not prosper and advance without the labor of Mexican and Central American immigrants.”

Calderon has pushed hard for immigration reform while harshly criticizing a 700-foot (200-meter) border-security fence approved by Congress and President George W. Bush.

Salvadoran President Tony Saca also lamented the Senate’s decision to kill the immigration measure, saying, “What a shame. What a shame.”

Gainesville, Ga Natives Feeling Encroached Upon

“Max Crawford, 54, a plant production manager, estimates that 90 percent of the workers he supervises are Latino immigrants. Crawford, who asked that his company not be named because he is not authorized to speak for it, said he admires how hard Latinos work. But he is also unsettled by many of their customs, such as a tendency to throw toilet paper in the trash rather than in the toilet — a common practice in areas of Latin America where commodes do not flush with sufficient force to handle paper.”

Billy Ray Smith and his wife, Uraina, of Gainesville, Ga., said they moved out of their subdivision after it was “taken over” by Mexicans.

Small-Town Resistance Helped to Seal Defeat
Washington Post
June 29, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Stephanie Usrey strode up to her local Wal-Mart store the other morning with the steely look of a boxer about to step into the ring.

A stay-at-home mother of two, Usrey has dreaded shopping at this particular branch ever since a Friday afternoon about five years ago, when she said she suddenly noticed she was the only non-Latino customer.

“That was the first time I looked around and said, ‘Man, I didn’t realize how many Mexicans there were here,’ ” Usrey, 39, recalled. “And they don’t seem to feel any discomfort when they’re, like, six inches from your face and talking to each other in their language, either. I just felt very encroached upon. . . . It was like an instant feeling of ‘I’m in the minority, and if we don’t get control over this, pretty soon all of America will be outnumbered.’ ”

That sense of alarm, echoed in communities across the nation, helped seal defeat for the Senate immigration bill Thursday. Fueled by talk-radio hosts and Web sites, Usrey and tens of thousands of other first-time activists bombarded their senators with phone calls and e-mails decrying the bill as an unacceptable amnesty for the nation’s estimated 12 million illegal immigrants.

Nowhere were the bill’s opponents more influential than here in Georgia, whose two Republican senators, Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, originally helped craft the legislation. Two days after its unveiling in May, Chambliss was booed at his state’s Republican convention. Isakson’s office received more than 21,000 calls from opponents of the bill, compared with 6,000 from supporters.

Thursday, both Georgia senators voted to kill the bill they once supported.

Analysts say the unprecedented passion over immigration is largely the result of the seismic shift in settlement patterns since the mid-1990s — when the expanding economy prompted a surge of immigrants to bypass longtime gateway states such as California, New York and Texas, in favor of suburban and rural regions of the South and Midwest. Within a decade, the foreign-born population of 25 states doubled. In six other states with almost no prior experience of Latino immigration, including Georgia, the Latino population more than tripled.

“I think this new pattern of immigration is what’s really pushing the politics of this,” said William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution. “Before, people outside the seven gateway states didn’t care much one way or the other about immigration. Now, you suddenly have all these people across Middle America seeing immigrants in their neighborhoods.”

Gainesville, an area of about 102,000 set along a lake in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is solid Bush territory. Even now, many locals speak of the president’s support of the Senate bill the way one would of a beloved son who has momentarily strayed but is sure to come to his senses.

This is still a place where men take their sons deer hunting and moms call out to one another in the supermarket in cheerful Southern drawls. And although the highways leading out of the city have been colonized by the usual sprawl of Home Depot, PetSmart and OfficeMax big-box stores, downtown Gainesville retains a tranquil, small-town feel. Colonnaded white mansions line one of the major avenues. Clothing boutiques and cafes ring a landscaped central square with a monument dedicated to “Our Confederate Soldiers.”

A few feet away, in almost as prominent a spot, stands a statue of a rooster — a testament to local pride in the chicken processing plants that have given the region its identity as “poultry capital of the world” since the 1950s.

But those poultry plants are arguably most responsible for the wave of immigration transforming Gainesville. For years the plants, which include Mar-Jac, Pilgrim’s Pride and Tysons, among many others, employed mostly African Americans to do the grueling work at the heart of poultry processing. Then, in the early 1980s, a growth of other industries opened up less-taxing jobs……

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