Archive for November, 2005

Associated Press

The labels inside the U.S. Border Patrol uniforms have been making many federal agents feel uneasy. It’s not the fit or feel of the olive-green shirts and pants, but what their labels read: “Made in Mexico.”

“It’s embarrassing to be protecting the U.S.-Mexico border and be wearing a uniform made in Mexico,” says T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, a 6,500-member union.

Agents and lawmakers are concerned about the consequences if the uniforms for agents charged with combating illegal immigration fall into the hands of criminals or terrorists.

“If we’re manufacturing uniforms in Mexico, what’s to stop someone from walking across the border in a Border Patrol uniform?” asked Rep. John Carter, a Republican from Round Rock. “How do you know who are our guys and who are their guys?”

For more than a year, the shirts and pants worn by agents and inspectors with U.S. Customs and Border Protection have been made in Mexico. The uniforms are supplied by VF Solutions of Nashville, Tenn., which subcontracts its work to plants in the United States, Mexico, Canada and the Dominican Republican.

“The principle of it seems almost like an oxymoron,” said James Stack, the National Border Patrol Council’s vice president for the region that includes Texas and New Mexico. “Most agents don’t like it.

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On Saturday Nov. 26th the Minutemen held a protest outside NBC studio’s in Burbank. We were upset over a recent episode of “Law and Order” which depicted a Minuteman-like civilian border watch group murdering illegal aliens. I didn’t see the episode myself but from what I’ve read it sounded pretty bad.

Here are a few video clips from the protest.

Video #1 Quick Time or Windows
Video #2 Windows

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The Arizona Republic

TUCSON - U.S. Border Patrol Agent Louis Chavez watched the white “FedEx” van go by in the opposite direction on a road north of Nogales and couldn’t help but feel a little insulted.

The van’s windshield was cracked. The FedEx decal was lopsided. The driver, an undocumented immigrant, wasn’t even wearing a uniform.

“Do you think I’m a dummy or what?” Chavez thought to himself as he put on his lights and pulled out behind the suspected smuggler’s van. (read more)

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FAIR

President Bush spoke this afternoon in Arizona, trying, once again, to sell the idea of a massive illegal alien amnesty and the admission of millions of additional foreign â??guestâ? workers as â??immigration reform.â? While the presidentâ??s address includes tougher-than-usual talk on border security and immigration enforcement, the administrationâ??s continuing actions over the past several months reveal he has no intention of carrying through on his promises to the American public. (read more)

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Seattle PI

Tijuana residents ignored calls to boycott U.S. stores in protest over American volunteer patrols along the California-Mexico border and poured into San Diego to take advantage of Friday’s Thanksgiving Day sales.

“We don’t cross the border or buy in the United States because of our disgust at the Minutemen and racism,” said a Zapatista Front member, Carmen Valadez, who stood at the international bridge protesting with about a dozen others.

Most people paid the demonstrators little attention.

Here is one of their stupid flyers.

Their web page.

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Arizona Republic

Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) - “Germany and Switzerland are coping with problems caused by guest-worker programs from decades ago. Saudi Arabia’s guest workers live under conditions that have been called “modern-day slavery.” America’s bracero programs were ended because they lowered wages for American workers and increased illegal immigration.

The riots in France offer an object lesson in the folly of temporary-worker programs. The parents of those torching cars were invited to France decades ago to do jobs the French wouldn’t (sound familiar?) and were supposed to eventually leave.

Only they never did.

It would be no different here. When guest workers refuse to leave.”

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VDARE

A new report by the DHS inspector generalâ??s office showed that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has failed miserably to crack down on the estimated 4 to 8 million foreigners who have overstayed their visas, ­a supposed priority in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, which highlighted how lax enforcement against visa overstayers has enabled many al Qaeda operatives to stay in the country.

Of the 301,046 leads the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency received in 2004 on possible visa violators, the inspector general found, only 4,164 were formally pursued, resulting in just 671 apprehensions­-few of which will actually result in deportation

Kinda makes you wonder how Bush’s “guest worker” amnesty plan would work doesn’t it? How could they screen 20 million illegals and then ensure that they leave the country when their time is up? How could it not create an even larger stampede across our porous border?

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Franco Ordonez, a reporter for the Charolette Observer, has made a shameful attempt at damage control for his precious illegals. He wants sympathy for the drunk driving illegal that killed an 18 year old student! This is the same illegal that was deported 17 times! This is the same drunken illegal that was driving more than 100 mph headed in the wrong direction on the freeway! This is the same illegal that has two prior DWI convictions! Oh, and the SUV this illegal was driving appears to be stolen!

Franco Odonez wants you to know that this illegal is a hard worker and that he misses his family back in Mexico.

Hey Franco, AN EIGHTEEN YEAR OLD KID IS DEAD!

Please email or call Franco Ordonez and let him know he’s an assbag.
fordonez@charlotteobserver.com
(704) 358-6180

Charlotte Observer

by Franco Ordonez

LAKE CITY, S.C. - Members of the Latino community here characterized Jorge Hernandez Soto on Tuesday as a hard-working man who made a terrible mistake and now needs help.

Oscar Correa, a Salvadoran construction worker, said he ran into Hernandez Soto last month at a party. Correa said Hernandez Soto asked about Correa’s family in El Salvador and spoke of his own in Mexico and a desire to see them.

Correa told the Observer he’s known Hernandez Soto casually for about three years and called him “a good person.”

“This is a terrible tragedy,” he said. “He should not have been driving, but we can’t undo what’s happened. He is a human being; now he needs help.”

Hernandez Soto faces charges that include driving while impaired and second-degree murder. He is accused of driving a Ford Expedition against traffic on Interstate 485 at speeds topping 100 mph before smashing into a Nissan 350Z driven by a UNC Charlotte freshman, Min Chang, who was killed in the crash.

About 6,500 people live in Lake City, about 130 miles southeast of Charlotte, nestled in tobacco country. Estimates of the local Latino population range from several hundred to a couple of thousand, according to staff at Marianita’s Tienda Hispana, a business that serves as a restaurant, convenience store, movie rental shop and clothing store.

Most are Mexican seasonal workers, who pick tobacco, cucumbers and sweet potatoes.

News of the tragedy came as a shock to the Hispanic community.

Santos Hernandez-Mendez, who is unrelated but has some mutual friends with Hernandez Soto, said too many Latinos end up behind the wheel after drinking.

“People need to think more,” said the 28-year-old Mexican-born box maker. “Think how much his (the victim’s) mother is hurting now.”

Here are some more facts in the case taken from this article.

  • Hernandez Soto has been charged at least three times with impaired driving and convicted at least twice of Driving While Impaired. The DWI convictions were in Colorado and Jackson County, Tenn.
  • Immigration officials told the Observer on Tuesday he’s been caught entering the country up to three times in the same month.
  • Once, authorities caught him in the U.S. on two consecutive days, a U.S. Border Patrol spokesman said.
  • Hernandez Soto uses several different names, which has made it difficult to obtain his criminal records.
  • Between 1996 and 2000, Hernandez Soto entered the country 17 times, said Salvador Zamora, spokesman for the U.S. Border Patrol.
  • Hernandez Soto crossed from Douglas, Ariz., at least eight times, but was caught and sent back to Mexico repeatedly, Zamora said.
  • First Sgt. Joe Melone said the SUV that Hernandez Soto was driving was registered in three different states, most recently Virginia. Troopers had not figured out who owned it or whether it was insured.
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said seven people called 911 to report a wrong-way driver.
  • Five troopers — all of whom worked on the case — sat together on a front bench during Tuesday’s hearing. “We wanted to give the impression to the court that we are behind the charges we filed 1,000 percent. We wanted (Hernandez Soto) to see us to let him fully understand what he is up against,” Huffstickler said. “The young man that was killed should be graduating from college in three years. He should not have been killed. If it were not for Mr. Hernandez, he would have been in school today.”

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    We need a wall so badly. We need to deport criminals and keep them out.

    Charlotte Observer

    A man charged with killing an 18-year-old UNC Charlotte student in a wreck on Interstate 485 has been sent back to Mexico 17 times, officials said Monday.

    Jorge Hernandez — who also goes by Jorge Soto — has been deported from Tucson, Ariz., twice and from El Paso, Texas, once. The 35-year-old has been voluntarily returned to Mexico 14 times after being caught within miles of the border, said Jeff Jordan, assistant special agent in charge of North Carolina for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

    “We have no idea how he’s getting back in” the country, Jordan said. [such a mystery]

    The man gave his name as Jorge Hernandez and told the Observer he was from Pamplico, S.C. He said he had drunk six beers before the accident, which occurred about 12:40 a.m. Friday.

    He was headed north in the southbound lanes of I-485, going faster than 100 miles an hour when he crashed into a blue Nissan 350z driven by Min Chang, troopers said. Chang’s funeral was Monday morning.

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    What a fucked up story this is. None of these people should be here in the first place and each and every one of them need to be deported.

    Arizona Daily Star

    Tensions are rising in a neighborhood where border crossers who gather on a street corner south of Downtown to be hired for the day mix with dope dealers, alcoholics and thieves. Neighbors - including Southside Presbyterian Church, home base of the No More Deaths border activists - have complained to police about the day laborers.

    Those complaints culminated in the arrest of 20 illegal border crossers by U.S. Border Patrol agents at South Ninth Avenue and East 23rd Street on Monday. Such operations by the Border Patrol are rare in the area.

    This South Side neighborhood is a popular pickup spot for employers who want cheap manual labor. Carlos Cervantes, who crossed illegally from Empalme, Sonora, six months ago, says the street corner was his first destination when he arrived.

    He earns $8 an hour working for landscaping companies that pick up workers every morning starting at 5:30 a.m.

    Cervantes says he doesn’t deal in drugs, doesn’t urinate on the street corner - he just wants a job.

    ‘Why is wanting to work a crime?’ he asked, standing on the corner, his hands bunched in his pockets in the cold morning air.

    Cornelio Lopez has lived at the corner of Ninth Avenue and 23rd Street for 13 years.

    He paused from pitchforking a pile of mesquite branches off his driveway to watch a group of six day laborers run up to an approaching car. The car slowed when they neared, then drove away. The men returned to the street corner.

    ‘The ones that come at 6 and leave at 7 aren’t a problem. It’s the ones that stay later, whistling at women, leaving garbage, sleeping in the alleys. They’re a nuisance,’ Lopez said.

    Tucson police received several calls last month about the day laborers and vagrants, said Capt. Tom McNally. In turn, police alerted the Border Patrol to an illegal-migrant problem.

    McNally said police decided to call the Border Patrol for help because the people who complained, including church officials, told them the problems were caused by illegal border crossers.

    ‘It always seems that for political reasons, we always back away from that. In this particular instance, we had to do something,” McNally said.

    But the call from police is being criticized.

    Tucson police will not stop and interview someone based only on a suspicion that the person is here illegally, said Sgt. Mark Robinson.

    But Tucson-based Derechos Humanos argues that by calling the Border Patrol to alert them to the day laborers, police did exactly that.

    ‘This could happen to anybody. Does that mean that anybody can make an assessment that you’re undocumented and the police are going to act on it?’ said Derechos Humanos organizer Kat Rodriguez.

    Part of the problem is simply identifying who’s who. Rodriguez said a day labor center would at least keep prospective workers separate from the vagrants.

    ‘You don’t know which one is looking for work and which one is going to cause problems,’ said Al Sarmiento, who runs a shower program for the homeless at Southside Presbyterian.

    The courtyard of the church was crowded with homeless, some to use the showers, others sipping coffee and eating honeydew melon. In the parking lot, still more mixed with illegal border crossers, some of whom were looking for work.

    To ease tensions in the community, the church has been working with day labor center organizers in Phoenix to open a center on its property. But that project, which was supposed to break ground in October, is now scheduled to open in January and may not open at all.

    Sarmiento said he was angry, and that ‘Sometimes I have second thoughts about opening the center.’

    Thursday, someone stole boxes of food that Samaritan Patrol volunteers had left at the church after returning from distributing boxes to illegal border crossers in the desert, Sarmiento said.

    Illegal border crossers have even used the church’s flat roof as a camping spot, he said.

    ‘We have people looking for jobs but we also have people that are drinking and dealing drugs around here,’ Sarmiento said.

    On Monday, the Border Patrol used plainclothes agents to pick up the day laborers, said Jose Garza, a spokesman for the agency’s Tucson Sector.

    Twenty people were picked up, he said. Three Tucson police officers backed up the federal agents.

    Jesus Alvarado Flores says he was among those picked up but was released after he showed his border crossing card [a permisso?] to the agents.

    Flores gave this account:

    At about 6 a.m., a pair of agents pulled up in an un-marked truck pretending to look for workers. Five men took their offer for work, Flores among them. They were deposited in a parking lot and detained by a uniformed agent. A second truck brought five more men, then two loads more for a total of 20 men.

    ‘They pushed us to the ground and had their guns drawn,’ said Flores, who feels the agency overreacted to what was essentially just illegal border crossers.

    The Mexican Consulate in Tucson received complaints that the apprehension was a ’setup,’ said spokesman Oscar Angulo. ‘But we are not sure about that.’

    Garza refused requests for details about how the arrest was handled.

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    The Washington Times

    JACUMBA, Calif. — Among the thousands of women who will illegally cross into the United States this year from Mexico, some will be raped by the same men who demanded $1,500 to $2,000 for safe passage — their underpants often hung on a border fence as a trophy.

    “I thought the wailings we heard at night were the coyotes barking at the moon,” said Tim Donnelly, who headed the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps border vigil here. “I didn’t know until later that those sounds were the cries of women being raped in the Mexican desert, some less than a hundred yards away from the border.

    “There was absolutely nothing anyone could do about it,” said Mr. Donnelly, grimacing as he turned away to hide his emotions. “It’s something you never forget.”

    The women, according to U.S. law-enforcement authorities, have no realistic recourse, because they are foreigners seeking to enter the United States illegally. Separated from other illegals just south of the border, the smugglers take them into the desert where they are raped or sodomized.

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    Rep. John Culberson is interviewed on the Rick Roberts morning show. (listen)

    NewsMax

    An al-Qaida operative who was on the FBI’s terrorist watch list was recently captured near the Mexican border, housed in a Texas jail and turned over to federal agents, Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, said on Friday.

    “A confirmed al-Qaida terrorist, an Iraqi national, was held in the Brewster County jail,” Rep. Culberson told ABC Radio host Sean Hannity. “He was captured in Mexico. This was within the last six weeks. He was turned over to the FBI.”

    The Texas Republican said he obtained the stunning information about the terrorist’s capture “from the sheriffs who were directly involved.

    “In fact, one was the sheriff who incarcerated him in the Brewster County jail [and who] confirmed this as well,” he explained. The same sheriff also confirmed “that this guy is on the FBI’s al-Qaida list,” he added.

    The al-Qaida operative “had been in Mexico, living just about 60 miles east of El Paso,” Rep. Culberson said. “He was captured in a little town called El Porvenir, right across from Fort Hancock.”

    Rep. Culberson said the detainee had been living in Mexico for up to a year, where the terrorist “was taking careful notes on the movement of people, police officers, wildlife, etc.”

    The Iraqi national “had apparently aggravated a neighbor in Mexico, who turned him in to Mexican authorities,” he explained. Mexican officials then turned him over to the U.S. officials, who temporarily housed him in the Brewster County jail.

    Asked why this news hadn’t been reported earlier, Culberson told Hannity, “That’s a very good question and one that I intend to get to the bottom of in my subcommittee.”

    Rep. Culberson sits on the appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over the FBI and the Department of Justice. “I guarantee that we’re going to get to the bottom of this,” he pledged.

    He said FBI Director Robert Mueller had previously “confirmed” in testimony before his committee “that there are individuals from countries with known al-Qaida connections who are changing their Islamic surnames to Hispanic-sounding names and obtaining false Hispanic identities, learning to speak Spanish and pretending to be Hispanic immigrants.”

    “And these are clearly Arab terrorists,” Rep. Culberson added, “from countries like Yemen, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. They’re crossing the border, pretending to be Hispanic immigrants, and then disappearing.”

    Rep. Culberson said news of al-Qaida’s penetration of the U.S.’s southern border has him worried that the next terrorist plot could involve setting off simultaneous truck bombs in major urban centers.

    “The day they blow us up,” he predicted, “the border will be sealed tighter than the Berlin Wall and you’ll have armed United States military forces” enforcing immigration laws.

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    CBS 4 News - Denver

    The CBS4 investigative team watched a major illegal immigrant smuggling ring for months and was able to penetrate the ring.

    Immigrations officials told CBS4 they probably won’t go after Pepe and the individual smugglers CBS4 .

    They said it is more efficient to spend their time trying to go deeper and take down an entire smuggling organization.

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    Japan Today

    LOS ANGELES â?? Luis has never heard about riots that shook Los Angeles in the past. Nor is he aware of the violence that rocked cities in France for three weeks.

    He has been a member of a gang since age 13 because even then he believed that illegal Mexican immigrants don’t have a future here, and that “made people angry.”

    “I arrived in Los Angeles when I was only 10 because my mother had decided to follow the American Dream,” he said.

    “She left my father back in Mexico, in Chihuahua state, and brought me here because she thought I would have here a better future,” recalls Luis, who is now 30.

    But in Los Angeles, he found himself in a Hispanic barrio in an eastern part of the city, which is home to the worst city gangs. Children made fun of him at school because he spoke no English.

    To be accepted, he began selling drugs. He also joined The Mafia Crew (TMC), one of the most violent gangs in the second largest US city, which prides itself on being one of the most multiethnic and multicultural in the world.

    Since then, he has been in prison four times for drugs and arms possession and conspiracy to commit murder. He now says he wants to change his life, but without proper documents and with a rap sheet like his, he realizes that his chances of getting a job are not very good.

    “It is difficult to break up with a gang because nobody accepts you and nobody wants to give you a job,” says Luis. “Police don’t believe you and in many cases you just return to the gang.”

    He says he has discussed this impasse with other gang members on many occasions.

    “We all have the same rage,” he admitted. “Particularly those who have come from Mexico and don’t have immigration papers.”

    Diego Vigil, a sociologist at the University of California at Los Angeles, believes the city could have the same kind of riots that shook France for three weeks. He insists they could be even worse.

    “This already happened in 1992,” he recalls. “The parallel already exists. And the ethnic and racial gap has since widened rather than narrowed.”

    The 1992 riots erupted here after an all-white jury acquitted four white police officers, who brutally beat black motorist Rodney King, a scene that was caught on videotape.

    The riots, which went down in history as one of the worst episodes of violence on U.S. soil since the Civil War, left 54 dead and more than 2,000 injured.

    But as the size of metropolitan Los Angeles grows and reaches 9.9 million people, half of them Latino, unemployment, poverty and the housing crisis have also grown. Government services have shrunk and schools have gotten worse.

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the poverty index in Los Angeles County has reached 16%, the highest in California. Unemployment stands at 4.5%.

    “Can Los Angeles become a hotbed of violence similar to France?” asks Ernesto Cienfuegos, a member of the separatist group “The Voice of Aztlan,” which wants to create an independent Hispanic state in the US southwest called “the Northern Republic.”

    His answer is “yes.”

    “Here in Los Angeles,” wrote Cienfuegos on the group’s web site, “we see ominous signs of a possible social explosion that will eclipse even riots in France.”

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    Suburban Chicago News

    Republican gubernatorial candidate and local dairy owner Jim Oberweis has ended his company’s relationship with a suburban janitorial firm that entangled Oberweis in criticism earlier this month.

    A team of Chicago-based immigrant-rights groups revealed Nov. 8 that two illegal Mexican immigrants were paid at less than the minimum wage to clean several suburban Oberweis dairy stores.

    The situation appears to be one individual taking advantage of two undocumented workers without the knowledge of Oberweis Dairy or the janitorial firm, according to Oberweis.

    The charges took on special significance because Oberweis made his opposition to illegal immigration the centerpiece of his ill-fated bid for the U.S. Senate a year ago.

    But an internal investigation conducted earlier this week by employees of Oberweis Dairy concluded that the complaints were “totally baseless” and that the workers in question were never employees of the dairy.

    Rather, they were paid out of pocket by an employee of Patmar Janitorial Services without the knowledge of that company or Oberweis.

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