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Riverside, NJ Rescinds Controversial Immigration Law

Riverside Rescinds Controversial Immigration Law
August 23, 2007

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RIVERSIDE, N.J. The national controversy over illegal immigration took center stage in a small South Jersey town on Thursday evening.

Authorities in Riverside backed away from a controversial immigration law; a law that triggered both protests and lawsuits.

An emotional rally held last summer against Riverside’s then new Illegal Immigration Relief Act sparked much heated debates within the small town.

On Thursday night, the fight all but ended.

“It’s a federal law, we’re out of our jurisdiction, we’re one square mile town fighting the whole United States,” Riverside Mayor George Conard said during a meeting Thursday evening.

Conard said the town simply can not afford the thousands of dollars in legal fees to fight two lawsuits that challenge their immigration law. So the township voted to rescind the law.

At a population of around 8,000, local officials reportedly estimated that at its peak, more than 3,000 illegal immigrants, mostly from Brazil, lived in Riverside.

By threatening to fine landlords who rent to illegal immigrants and punish businesses that hire them, some felt the law was creating the desired effect.

“We have a much better town now than we had six months ago when all this started,” one resident said.

A legal immigrant in Riverside, through an interpreter, said the law promoted discrimination.

“Some of the people look at us in a different way, in a discriminatory way,” the resident said.

It is possible that the two lawsuits will be withdrawn as long as the vote to rescind the law is made official, which is expected to happen in a couple of weeks.

Cat Fight In Virginia Over Opposing Illegal Immigration Policies

City Splits With Its Neighbors On Immigration Crackdown
Council Denounces ‘Vigilante Agenda’ of Community Groups
Washington Post
August 23, 2007

The Manassas Park City Council criticized “a small faction of citizens” this week for what it called “irresponsible and offensive” statements about local immigration policies, approving an official position that sets the small suburb apart from neighbors seeking to step up enforcement against illegal immigration.

The position statement, unanimously approved Tuesday night, declared: “The City believes most residents in Manassas Park are legally present and moved to this area to create a better life for their respective families.” It added that the city of 11,600, bordered by Manassas and Prince William County, “will continue to work aggressively with federal and state agencies to address all criminal activity.”

With the vote and in their public comments, Manassas Park council members made clear that they would not follow in the footsteps of Manassas City Council members and supervisors in Prince William and Loudoun counties. Those jurisdictions have approved resolutions that direct local officials to take steps to address illegal immigration.

“Last I checked, I don’t think Manassas Park specifically was responsible for closing the borders,” council member Keith Miller (R) said. Mayor Frank Jones (I) said Manassas Park can’t afford to take on a federal issue, citing potential legal expense. And Vice Mayor Bryan E. Polk (R) said the city will use “legal, effective methods to combat the problem” of illegal immigration and not “subject the community to trial-and-error lawmaking that will only serve to breed confusion and discontent.”

In response, Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart (R-Occoquan) said Manassas Park might find itself “becoming a sanctuary for illegal immigrants.” He added, “It would have been better, clearly, if they had voted to join the team and crack down on illegal immigration.”

The Manassas Park council’s action appeared to be a reply to criticism from Help Save Manassas and other local groups opposed to illegal immigration. The council’s position statement accused such groups of having “a vigilante agenda.”

“They are free to mischaracterize what we are doing and what I’m saying all day long and . . . label us racists and say that we are causing a problem to whatever end that they want,” said Greg Letiecq, president of Help Save Manassas. “We are merely pointing out there are serious problems they are refusing to address, and this attitude of keeping their head in the sand is going to result in chaos for the residents.”

The Hispanic population of Manassas Park increased 130 percent from 2000 to 2006, making the city majority-minority, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. However, council members said there is no proof that the influx stems from illegal immigration.

Some people lump legal and illegal immigrants together, said council member Fran Kassinger (I), and they are “saying basically, ‘We need ethnic cleansing in the area.’ And I think that is unjust.” Kassinger urged residents to contact state and federal lawmakers to address the issue.

Juan, The Invader Is Holed Up In a North Holywood Church


It has been three and a half months since Juan ?Santuario? stopped using his real last name and moved from the home he owns, the young daughters he loves and the business he runs to live in a cramped room on the second floor of a Lutheran church in North Hollywood, a suburban neighborhood in Los Angeles. Some weeks pass slowly?the 38-year-old illegal immigrant from Guatemala tries to keep busy reading the Bible, cleaning and doing odd jobs within the church?s gates. Other weeks, a steady stream of camera crews and reporters show up, eager to find out how he?s holding up in his self-imposed exile.

This has been one of the busy weeks. On Sunday, Elvira Arellano, an illegal immigrant who for the last year has been holed up in a Chicago church, was arrested and subsequently deported to her native Mexico after she traveled to Los Angeles to attend several speaking engagements. Like Arellano, Juan is one of 22 carefully chosen illegal immigrants living on the grounds of various churches as part of what?s being called the New Sanctuary Movement.

The movement?s leaders view Arellano?s arrest as her taking one for the team. Having lived on church grounds for a year, the 32-year-old single mother feared that immigration reform, all the rage last spring, had dropped off the country?s political agenda. The failure in June of a bill in the U.S. Senate that would have given undocumented immigrants provisional visas put the issue on ice, likely until 2009. By getting the issue back in the headlines, the arrest ?is a good thing for us,? says Cesar Arroyo, pastor of San Pablo?s Lutheran Church, where Juan now lives. Father Richard Zanotti, of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, a neighboring church that has been working with Juan to facilitate his time in sanctuary, is less sanguine. ?All of us are kind of sad. We thought that ICE was not going to go after [Arellano] because she was so much in the public eye,? Zanotti says. ?And Juan, of course, is concerned. He loves his two daughters and doesn?t want to be taken away from them. We don?t know if ICE has been emboldened. If they are going to come into churches now. Nobody wants to be in sanctuary. It?s not a good situation.?

But neither is the alternative, Juan says. When he crossed the border on Oct. 25, 1993, ?it was out of desperation,? he says. ?In my country I had no future.? The meager income he earned farming bananas in his small village had all but dried up. There was no other work, and like his mother a decade earlier, the potential costs of crossing the border illegally seemed to pale against the potential benefits. Before long, Juan started his own landscaping business, paying income tax each year. He fell in love, bought a house, had kids. His business grew and soon he managed a crew of workers. Eventually, he saved enough money to hire an immigration lawyer in hopes applying for a green card. He got a court date but missed it, he says, when it was changed and his lawyer was not notified in time. As a no-show, the court issued an order for immediate deportation.

That was three years ago?stressful years always wondering if the next knock on the door would come from immigration officials. When Juan learned about the sanctuary movement last spring, he prayed about it, and then raised his hand. ?He?s an entrepreneur, like so many people in this country,? says Zanotti, who, like others involved in the sanctuary movement, is calling for a moratorium on deportation until immigration laws are adopted. Sanctuary, meanwhile, has put a strain on Juan?s business and family life. Since Juan is the only member of his landscaping crew with a driver?s license, Zanotti has to drive the employees to their work sites. Family members visit Juan frequently; he has not been home since May. His world now is a small spare office on the second floor of the church?s modest administrative building. There is a bed and an old television. Pictures of his family adorn the bulletin board on one wall. On the opposite wall a blackboard displays his 6-year-old daughter?s chalk drawings. ?What else am I going to do?? he says, nodding to the scribbles. ?Leave my children alone??

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Invader Charged With Kidnapping, Trying To Sexually Assault 5 and 6 Year Old Girls



GASTONIA, N.C. — Police in Gaston County say an illegal immigrant kidnapped and tried to sexually assault two little girls Saturday.

They say Ramon Zamora-Solano, 41, told the girls to come into his apartment in Gastonia. The 6- and 5-year-old girls were playing outside at a birthday party on Duhart Avenue. Police say the girls said no, and Zamora-Solano hit them and dragged them into the apartment by their hair before locking the door.

The girls? parents went looking for them, and found them in the apartment. They say Zamora-Solano?s pants were open, and one of the girls’ dresses was pulled up. The girls? fathers attacked Ramon Zamora Solano, leaving him bruised.

Zamora-Solano told a judge Monday he wanted to explain his side of the story. But the judge told him to talk to his lawyer first.

Iraqi Terrorists Caught Along Mexico Border


President Bush’s top intelligence aide has confirmed that Iraqi terrorists have been captured coming into the United States from Mexico.

The confirmation comes from National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell, who talked about the situation in an interview with the El Paso Times recently.

“Coming up through the Mexican border is a path,” McConnell said. “Now, are they doing it in great numbers? No, because we’re finding them and we’re identifying them and we’ve got watch lists and we’re keeping them at bay.”

But, he said, “There are numerous situations where people are alive today because we caught them (terrorists).”

Intelligence officials say the numbers and details of such situations are classified, but McConnell pointed as an example to Mahmoud Youssef Kourani, who entered the United States through Tijuana, Mexico, in 2001, and later pleaded guilty to helping raise money for Hezbollah, which has been designated by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization.

McConnell’s office did reveal some numbers, during fiscal 2006, there were 14 Iraqi nationals caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally, while so far in 2007, that number is 16.

“Now some we caught, some we didn’t,” McConnell told the newspaper. “The ones that get in ? what are they going to do? They’re going to write home. So it’s not rocket science; word will move around.”

Also revealed was that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection intercepted 60 Iraqis crossing the nation’s southwestern border in 2006 who were seeking asylum in the U.S., while that number so far in 2007 is 178.

60 Mexican Gang Members Busted In San Diego Area


SAN DIEGO ? A sweep by federal immigration agents and local authorities has netted 60 Mexican immigrants in North County with ties to violent street gangs, federal officials said Wednesday.

The two-week-long sweep is part of Operation Community Shield, an ongoing nationwide effort by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, to dismantle transnational gangs.

?In general, it seems that gangs in San Diego are composed of about 20 percent foreign nationals, and the rest U.S. citizens,? said Serge Duarte, deputy ICE special agent-in-charge in San Diego.

?We think it’s important to the gangs to maintain those (international) links to have access to narcotics, to weapons trafficking.?

All of the 60 gang members are expected to leave the country, either voluntarily or through deportation, which carries added penalties if they’re caught in the United States again.

Of those 60, 11 of them first will be prosecuted on state and federal charges, including weapons charges.

?There’s one who’s being prosecuted for receiving stolen property, three counts of spousal battery and violating a court order,? Duarte said. Furthermore, most of the 11 who are being prosecuted were in the United States after having already been formally expelled from the country, he said.

In addition to the 60 gang members, law enforcement officers picked up another 68 Mexican nationals believed to be illegally in U.S. territory.

?They weren’t gang members or associates, to our knowledge. They were just in the wrong place,? Duarte said.

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Invader Arrested On Cockfighting Charges


ALPINE, Ore. — Corvallis Police have arrested a man who is accused of running a cockfighting operation.

Officers searched the Van Beek Dairy near Alpine and found more than 35 birds, according to officers.

Police said they seized two roosters as evidence and that the roosters show signs of having been used for the illegal fights. The rest of the birds were left at the dairy.

Martin Ramos-Reyes, 39, is in custody at the Benton County Jail in connection with the investigation.

Ramos-Reyes, who worked and lived at the farm and also owned the roosters, used them as fighting birds, according to authorities.

A farmer at Van Beek Dairy said 12 officers and immigration agents arrested Ramos-Reyes on Tuesday morning.

Immigration agents also took six other workers into custody Tuesday.

Police Lieutenant Tim Brewer said the investigation revealed Ramos-Reyes had claimed to be making as much as $30,000 a night from people gambling on the fights.

Police said the dairy’s owners cooperated with the investigation and are not involved in the alleged cockfighting organization.

Elvira Arellano Says “U.S. Broke The Law First”

Elvira Arellano speaks to the Mexican Congress about her deportation from the United States. Elvira claims the U.S. broke that law first by ‘allowing’ illegal immigrants to enter the country without documents and pay taxes.

Living La Vida Loophole

Creative Loafing

Being an illegal alien can have its advantages — if you’re a criminal.

In our court system, it can lead to the dismissal of criminal charges against you, charges that would result in a penalty for the average American citizen.

Mecklenburg County Assistant District Attorney Stephen Ward says he regularly wastes time preparing cases only to show up to court and find out that the defendant he was prosecuting was an illegal alien and has been deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“They swoop them up without so much as a ‘Do you folks mind?’” Ward says. “They take them and never tell us about it while I keep preparing for court.”

Because the deportations are triggered by bond proceedings and occur before conviction, many illegal alien criminals are being deported from the country without being tried on the criminal charges that led to their arrests or serving time for their crimes.

That might be okay if they couldn’t easily return to the country, but they often do. By then, the charges against them have often been dismissed and they return with a clean — or cleaner — criminal record.

It’s what was in the process of happening in the case of Jose C. Rivera, an illegal immigrant who is accused of raping three Charlotte women. Rivera was charged with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny and resisting a public official in June. By July, with the charges still pending, he was in a federal deportation facility in Atlanta, on his way out of the country, when authorities discovered an apparent DNA match in the Charlotte rape cases.

Ward says he’s “horribly frustrated” with the situation. While the district attorney’s office doesn’t keep statistics on how often it happens, Ward says it’s “often.”

“There are so many illegal immigrants,” Ward says. “We see it with DWIs and all sorts of crimes.”

Geraldo Rivera Vs. Tom Tancredo on Hannity & Colmes

Geraldo Rivera is the official spokesman for drunk driving, murdering, and raping illegal aliens!

N.J. Police Ordered To Report Illegal Immigrant Arrests To Feds

“Some have questioned whether a policy such as Milgram’s could have prevented the schoolyard slayings, and suggested that a tougher approach could discourage illegal immigrants from reporting crimes.

The directive, however, prohibits officers from checking the immigration status of crime victims or witnesses.”

As stated above, the officers will not check the immigration status of crime victims or witnesses. This has been the excuse all along by our opponents for not checking immigration status of criminal illegal aliens. Now they have no excuses for not allowing our law enforcement officers to do their job. This is great news. GuardDog

Police ordered to report illegal immigrant arrests to feds
August 22, 2007

TRENTON, New Jersey (AP) — New Jersey law enforcement was ordered Wednesday to notify federal immigration officials whenever someone arrested for an indictable offense or drunken driving is determined to be an illegal immigrant.

That mandate, issued by the state attorney general on Wednesday, follows a review prompted by the brutal slayings of three Newark college students.

One of the six suspects in the crime was an illegal immigrant who had been granted bail on child rape and aggravated assault charges without immigration officials being alerted to his existence.

Attorney General Anne Milgram reviewed the state’s policy in light of the execution-style killings August 4.

A fourth young person was wounded.

U.S. immigration officials have said they would have moved toward getting Jose Carranza, 28, deported had they known about him.

The killings highlighted the need “to have a uniform state policy on notification to immigration,” Milgram said.

Before the directive, “all police departments in our state had complete discretion as to if, when and how to notify immigration authorities.”

The policy applies to all state and local law enforcement and to prosecutors. It also specifies that police notify prosecutors and courts when illegal immigrants are arrested.

The triple homicide rocked Newark, a city already reeling from a 50 percent rise in the murder rate since 1998, and prompted an outcry over the lack of communication between local authorities and immigration officials.

The fact that Carranza, an illegal immigrant from Peru, was out on bail despite being accused of committing serious felonies also enraged some. State Sen. Shirley Turner on Wednesday urged bail restrictions for accused illegal immigrants.

The Democratic legislator proposes that illegal immigrants be required to post a full cash bail if they are charged with committing a crime in New Jersey.

A bail bondsman put up $150,000 for Carranza — the lowest amount recommended for someone accused of sexually assaulting a child — and he walked out of the Essex County jail in May.

Seven months earlier, he had paid $2,000 to get out of the same jail after being charged with assault and weapons possession after a bar fight. He was allowed to put up 10 percent after a judge set bail at $20,000.

Authorities have said they did not know he was undocumented when those bails were set. Those bails have now been revoked, a largely symbolic move because Carranza, a day laborer, is now charged with three counts of murder and is being held on $1 million bail.

“I often see people back on our streets that I believe should not be back on our streets after they’ve committed serious crimes,” Newark Mayor Cory Booker said. “I would be remiss if I wasn’t calling for larger changes and larger reforms in the state of New Jersey and the United States.”

Some have questioned whether a policy such as Milgram’s could have prevented the schoolyard slayings, and suggested that a tougher approach could discourage illegal immigrants from reporting crimes.

The directive, however, prohibits officers from checking the immigration status of crime victims or witnesses.

Milgram treaded lightly on a federal law allowing local police to be deputized as immigration agents. She said that the practice will be allowed in New Jersey, but that deputized agents can perform immigration status checks.

“Elvira’s Song” Let The Propaganda Blitz Begin!

Actually it’s a very catchy tune. It’s just the message makes me reach for a stomach distress bag. GuardDog

Elvira’s Song: Tribute to Elvira Arellano and her son Saul

Glenn Beck: Newark Murders

Rather than blame their misguided policies on immigration, which by the way are breaking federal laws, Newark’s mayor and NJ’s governor would rather have tougher gun laws. Unbelievable!

Newark Murders..the politicians say blame the guns

Saul Doesn’t Want To Be With Mother Elvira Arellano

The only reason he was born was to be an anchor baby and a political tool. The kid is tired of being paraded around by his selfish mother. Unfortunately for him, Emma Lozano of Centro Sin Fronteras, the wife of the drunken Pastor Slim Coleman, is his legal guardian in the United States, so he’ll never have a normal childhood.

Mexican Leaders Have Plans For Elvira

Chicago Tribune

Elvira Arellano has become a celebrity, with Mexican TV camera crews and news photographers following her Tuesday as if she were an actress in a hit soap opera instead of one of the thousands of recently deported illegal immigrants here.

After U.S. immigration authorities arrested her in Los Angeles on Sunday and escorted her to the border, she moved into in a dim apartment. But during short walks for food or toothpaste, between a stream of media interviews, her star power shined: “The people approach me and say: `Welcome to Mexico. Here you are in your home,’” she said.

“On the streets, everybody recognizes me,” marveled Arellano, who lived for years in Chicago in obscurity, and spent most of the last year holed up in a Northwest Side church.

Mexican authorities and activists wasted no time in trying to capitalize on Arellano’s new cachet, scrambling to align themselves with Arellano and gently suggesting what the newest chapter in her life should look like.

On Wednesday, Arellano, 32, plans to travel to Mexico City, where on Thursday she plans to stand with a group of Mexican congressmen to denounce the U.S. Congress for not passing more lenient immigration reforms.

Plans are also under way for Arellano to headline a Sept. 12 rally near Tijuana’s border with California, an appearance meant to coincide with a demonstration planned in Washington. Before she was arrested, Arellano had hoped to culminate her cross-country trip with a prayer and fast vigil on that day on the National Mall.

Once those events are finished, Arellano said she intends to keep fighting for immigration reforms in the U.S. But she said she is still unsure whether her 8-year-old son, Saul, a U.S. citizen now back on that side of the border, will rejoin her in Mexico or stay with friends in Chicago to attend school. Saul’s father has been out of the picture since before the child was born.

She seemed a little dazzled by the transition from her year in refuge at Adalberto United Methodist Church in Humboldt Park, to her quick dash to Los Angeles to campaign for “mixed-status” families like hers, to her newfound celebrity in Mexico.

“My thoughts are still a little confused,” Arellano said in a rare quiet moment, as she stared out her window across a smog-choked street at a sign advertising English classes.

Others, however, were formulating an agenda for her.

Rosario Ibarra, a prominent human-rights activist in Mexico City, suggested that Arellano use her celebrity to chastise the Mexican government for not providing enough economic opportunities to keep its people in the country.

Raul Rios, a Mexican congressman from Arellano’s home state of Michoacan, suggested she should push Mexican consulates in the U.S. to do more to help undocumented immigrants. “We should start by fixing our own house,” Rios said, adding he helped to create a nonpartisan coalition on immigration issues to work with Arellano.

“Elvira is an example, not just for those who live in the United States but for immigrants all over the world,” said Jose Jacques, a Mexican congressman from California. “I think she can convert herself into an icon for a struggle that is even more global, that addresses the root causes of migration.”

Arellano said she plans to think things over during an upcoming trip to Michoacan, where she’ll also look for a new school for Saul. While he has said he wants to live in Chicago, she said she’s hoping her son will miss her enough to change his mind.

“I’m trying to respect his wishes,” Arellano said, adding that he may still be traumatized by her arrest. “I don’t want him to think that I’m forcing him to come here.”



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