Australia is proving to be one of the most popular immigration destinations in the world. With a total annual intake of nearly 200,000, the country evokes the interest of visa-seekers from all over the globe.
Apart from the Skilled Independent visa that allows visa-holders to settle anywhere in Australia, different Australian states and territories have their own immigration programs which are run in accordance with their particular skills and economic requirements, under which the states nominate eligible applicants for skilled migration.
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Tasmania, an island state off Australia’s south coast has introduced a new visa category for overseas applicants which will allow them to live and work in the state for four years and also offers a pathway to permanent residency in Australia.
Tasmania, an island state off Australia’s south coast has introduced a new visa category for overseas applicants which will allow them to live and work in the state for four years and also offers a pathway to permanent residency in Australia.
A state nomination from Tasmania adds 10 points to a skilled visa applicant’s overall score required to qualify for a visa under Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection point test.
After having lived in the state for at least two years and worked full-time (35 hours per week) for at least one year during their stay, visa holders become eligible to apply for permanent residency in Australia.
In order to apply for this visa, an applicant is required to nominate an occupation from Tasmania’s Skilled Occupation List and provide sufficient proof of employment opportunities in the state. Applicants can also secure a genuine offer of employment from employers.
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This thread at No More Invasion has more information.

The police questioned the attackers and let them go!

The United Church of Christ in Simi Valley, CA is harboring an illegal alien fugitive named Lilliana. Save Our State and No More Invasion have held protests every Sunday for months.

This past weekend three members of No More Invasion were viciously attacked by four Hispanic vigilantes that live directly across the street from the United Church of Christ. The Americans were simply standing on the sidewalk in front of the church holding signs and American flags when they were attacked.

Two young Hispanic women (one in her 20’s, the other 17) and two Hispanic men in their 20’s walked across the street to the American protesters and assaulted them. The vigilantes attacked the elderly man without warning, scratching, and punching until he was bloody. Then they attacked the American women. The Hispanics vigilantes pulled their hair and scratched them while the male Hispanics hit them with fists

Thanks to Sonar put this video together.

Church officials witnessed the assault and refused to call the police. They responded by saying “We’re not here to protect you.”

The American citizens fended off the attackers with pepper spray and called the police after the attackers fled back to their home.

There was American blood and busted fingernails from one of the female attackers on the sidewalk. Despite the evidence at the scene, the Simi Valley police refused to make any arrests.

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Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) is launching an effort in Iowa today to warn GOP voters about the pro Amnesty stances of McCain, Giuliani, and especially Mike Huckabee who is trying to deceive voters with a tough immigration stance on his website that excludes his comments to Fox News on December 9 where he says illegal aliens can return within days!

“Our team will expose the Huckster and the endorsement of lone Minuteman Jim Gilchrist which will not save him from the truth,” says William Gheen of ALIPAC. “Eighty four leaders have signed a letter rebuking Gilchrist and Huckabee for their support of a touchback Amnesty plan modeled after the Pence plan. Within a few days, most GOP voters will know about this trick.”

ALIPAC’s William Gheen, Peter Gadiel of 9/11 Families for a Secure America, and Daniel Smerglio of Voice of the People USA (Hazleton, PA) will be setting up a command center tonight, conducting media interviews, and calling into 42,000 Republican households to warn them about the Huckabee touchback Amnesty plan.

Leaders of other organizations that have signed the letter will be joining them as will volunteers. Mike Huckabee’s poll numbers have started to fall after the public hears the news and scrutinizes his record.

“Mike Huckabee has one of the worst records on immigration enforcement of any of the candidates,” says Gheen. “We just hope the public can be adequately warned before they vote!”

Americans for Legal Immigration PAC is a multi racial, multi party, national organization dedicated to the enforcement of our existing immigration laws and secure borders. For more information and to view the video of Huckabee’s “illegals back in a day” plan, please visit

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Email from Jeff Schwilk of the San Diego Minutemen

Fernando Guardado of Fallbrook was convicted Dec. 11th in Vista court of Bodily Harm and Vandalism stemming from his unprovoked attack on San Diego Minuteman Kiani Garcia at a SDMM protest at St. Peter’s Church on July 14th.

Guardado was sentenced to 3 years probation, 4 months of community service and a $397 fine. Guardado never showed up for the pre-trial hearings or even the trial, raising the possibility that Guardado may be an illegal alien in hiding. Instead his attorney Victor Torres, long time La Raza lawyer in San Diego and often used by alien activists Claudia Smith and Enrique Morones, represented him at the trial and even got beligerent with the judge by offering Garcia a bottle of water as restitution for his client’s violent attack on a peaceful American activist. These third-world activists and their attorneys never cease to amaze. They always act like this is already Mexico and they can just do whatever they want!

Another hearing has been set for mid-January to determine damages to be paid by Guardado to Garcia for medical bills and the destruction of the $800 Sony video camera.

Hate mongering Hispanic activist, Claudia Smith
was seen frantically arguing with attorneys on the day of the trial trying to find a way to avoid a conviction for another of her supporters, but Guardado had already decided to plead guilty through his attorney. Claudia Smith has been mostly in hiding herself due to several ongoing civil/criminal investigations by various state agencies.

Of note on the day of the attack, Guardado’s wife was seen talking to Claudia Smith just minutes before the attack in the church parking lot. The video was provided to the Sheriffs and DA. They were pointing in the direction of the Garcia family whom they despise since they help prove that Americans of ALL colors and ethnic backgrounds are fed up with the illegal invasion from Mexico and the Catholic Church’s activism in aiding and abetting illegal aliens in San Diego County. We are also exploring a civil suit against Rev. Bud Kaicher and St. Peter’s church for allowing known radical and violent activists such as Tina Jillings on their property prior to the attack.

This is the second conviction of a pro-alien activist this year. In February, Nathalie Taylor, reporter for the Fallbrook Village News, was convicted of battery against one of our ralliers when she approached and shoved a camera into the face of a 14 year old girl. The pro-alien and violent activists will continue to be prosecuted and convicted for their crimes against Americans. We will continue to demand police investigations and charges against our attackers.

The video attached shows the latest attack on pro-America ralliers Saturday in Simi Valley. Looks like another Latino Vigilante will be facing charges for her vicious attack on an 80 year old Minuteman!

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Elizalde’s murder is not an isolated incident. Singers have not just been chanting about the bloody drug violence ravaging their country; they have also been among its most prominent victims. At least 13 musicians have been killed — gunned down, burned or suffocated to death — since June 2006. The violence gained international attention earlier this month when three entertainers were killed in a week: a male singer was kidnapped, throttled and dumped on a road; a trumpeter was found with a bag on his head; and a female singer was shot dead in her hospital bed. (She was being treated for bullet wounds from an earlier shooting.)

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NY Times

LOS ANGELES — Two gangs that originated on the streets here have grown so large in El Salvador that there are two prisons in that country devoted exclusively to their members, one for each gang, according to officials who traveled there recently to meet with the local authorities.

That is just one measure of the way gangs in this city with the worst gang problem in the United States have bolstered their presence in Mexico and Central America, where they attract new members eager to come here. The growth in their transnational networks has made these criminal organizations all the more worrisome, officials say.

“These gangs are the new and emerging organized crime in America,” said Bruce Riordan, director of anti-gang operations for the Los Angeles city attorney’s office.

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Larry Craig is the creepy Senator that solicits sex with anonymous men in public restrooms. This is no doubt an endorsement the Romney campaign can do without.

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Washington Post

In its announced clampdown on companies that hire illegal workers, the federal government has arrested nearly four times as many people in the past year as it did two years ago, but only a tiny fraction of those arrests involved criminal charges against those who hired the workers, according to a year-end tally prepared by the Department of Homeland Security.

Fewer than 100 owners, supervisors or hiring officials were arrested in fiscal 2007, compared with nearly 4,900 arrests that involved illegal workers, providers of fake documents and others, the figures show. Immigration experts say the data illustrate the Bush administration’s limited success at delivering on its rhetoric about stopping illegal hiring by corporate employers.

“I know what it takes to get a criminal case,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), a former state prosecutor and member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. “. . . Why is it that hundreds of bar owners can be sanctioned in Missouri every year for letting somebody with a fake ID have a beer, but we can’t manage to sanction hundreds of employers for letting people use fake identities to obtain a job?”

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Chicago Tribune

Chicago’s immigrant rights movement was on the verge of making history, and Nicole Perez was ready to lend her voice when she was told, with an angry sneer, that she was not welcome.

That was March 10, 2006. Perez and her lesbian partner, Xiomara Santana, had joined more than 100,000 demonstrators in the Loop for a march that kicked off a nationwide struggle for immigrant rights. Holding hands, the U.S.-born women looked at the Latino faces around them and were reminded of their own families.

Then an elderly man 2 feet away cursed at the couple, spitting out: “Why are you here?”

“I was like: ‘We’re all here for the same reason. This is as much my issue as it is yours,’” Perez, 25, said, recalling her tears of anger as others at the march laughingly trotted away from a gay and lesbian banner nearby for fear of being associated with the group.

Almost two years later, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is pushing for more recognition in an immigration movement that includes the Catholic Church and others with conservative views about sexual orientation.

Local activists launched a Global Gays Initiative this month to highlight immigration concerns specific to their community and to provide legal aid and other assistance to gays, lesbians and others who have felt ostracized by mainstream immigrant groups.

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CINCINNATI - He doesn’t speak Spanish and has no idea what America should do about illegal immigration, but Rev. Larry Kreps knows he’s now on a list somewhere of people willing to help illegal immigrants in a time of crisis.

It started out small enough. Months ago, a member of Kreps’ suburban Ohio congregation was looking for a place where local Hispanics could meet, and Kreps offered some space at John Wesley United Methodist Church. A Sunday school lesson on immigration followed in August.

Days later, with just a phone call for warning, dozens of desperate immigrants fleeing a massive raid on a nearby poultry plant turned up on the church’s doorstep, seeking sanctuary.

Kreps let them in, and members of his overwhelmingly white congregation sprang into action. Some brought food, some set up space in the gym and a choir room for the immigrants to sleep.

“Someone slipped me $100 to buy stuff,” Kreps recalled as he stood in the now-quiet church kitchen where the meals were prepared. It was a tense night as scared families and Kreps himself worried police or federal agents might come knocking.

“I wasn’t real clear legally whether authorities could come into a place of worship,” he said. “But we saw it as ‘What would Jesus do?’ in the simplest way — that you help first and you ask questions later.”

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Victor Cruz


Las Vegas police arrested a man Friday afternoon in connection with a bloody machete attack the night before that left a woman dead and her two children maimed.

Police booked Victor Cruz, 29, on murder and attempted murder charges after catching him in an apartment complex near Tropicana Avenue and Mountain Vista Street.

Investigators believe Cruz, also known as Victor Orlando Cruz-Garcia, attacked a 46-year-old woman and her two children after she told him to leave their apartment because he was drunk, homicide Lt. Lew Roberts said.

Cruz and his girlfriend shared the apartment with the family, he said.

Alex Martinez, 22, who lives in the unit above at the Cabana Park apartments near Bonanza Road and Eastern Avenue, said he was in bed when he heard the thumping sounds of a fight.

When Martinez peered out a window, he saw a woman bleeding on the ground and a bleeding girl running around the building.

Not far away, Martinez saw a man on the ground covering his head with his hands as the attacker whaled on him seven or eight times with a foot-and-a-half long machete.

The attacker didn’t say anything. He just kept hitting, Martinez said.

After taking the blows, the man on the ground grabbed his dangling arm, which was nearly severed below the elbow, and ran while the blood poured like water, Martinez said.

“It was very ugly,” he said.

Roberts said the blood trail led across the parking lot and around some cars, as if the victim were running from the machete-wielding man.

Cruz disappeared before police arrived, but investigators learned he had an acquaintance near Tropicana and Mountain Vista and flooded the area with patrol officers Friday. One of the officers spotted Cruz in an apartment complex about 1:30 p.m. and arrested him.

Meanwhile, the woman died at University Medical Center. Her 12-year-old daughter was in critical condition with severe cuts and trauma to her head and face, though she had been talking Friday, Roberts said.

The woman’s 27-year-old son was also in critical condition after doctors reattached his partially severed arm and a severed finger found at the scene, he said.

“It’s one of the worst I’ve seen,” Roberts said of the crime.

By Friday afternoon, most of the blood had been cleaned in the complex on Aster Lane, but a few dried blood patches on the light gray gravel served as reminders of the attack.

A handful of children on their way home from Lunt Elementary stopped to gawk at the stained concrete outside the apartment with Bill Richardson campaign stickers on the window.

In the window next door, someone had hanged Christmas lights and wrote the words “Feliz Navidad.”


PHOENIX (Reuters) - Mexican illegal immigrant Lindi sat down with her husband Marco Antonio in the weeks before Christmas to decide when to go back to Mexico.

She has spent three years working as a hairdresser in and around Phoenix, but now she figures it is time to go back to her hometown of Aguascalientes in central Mexico.

“The situation has got so tough that there don’t seem to be many options left for us,” Lindi, who asked for her last name not to be used, told Reuters.

The couple are among a growing number of illegal immigrants across the United States who are starting to pack their bags and move on as a crackdown on undocumented immigrants widens and the U.S. economy slows, turning a traditional Christmas trek home into a one-way trip.

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GUATEMALA CITY, Dec 21 (Reuters) - A newly elected opposition lawmaker was shot and killed outside a popular Guatemalan tourist resort on Friday, the latest politician to be gunned down in an election year marred by violence.

Gunmen shot Marco Antonio Xicay, who was elected in September to Congress from the right-wing Patriotic Party, in the chest and stomach outside a hot springs resort some 125 miles (200 km) west of Guatemala City.

“I think this crime is part of the overwhelming violence that all Guatemalans live with today,” said Patriotic Party leader Gen. Otto Perez Molina, who narrowly lost the presidential run-off in November to center-left politician Alvaro Colom.

Xicay was due to take office on Jan. 14, when Colom is sworn in. The president-elect has vowed to use the military to reduce Guatemala’s endemic violence.

More than 50 people were killed during Guatemala’s presidential campaign, as drug gangs seek political power to dominate Central American drug smuggling routes.

Drug cartels have grown in influence since Guatemala’s 36-year civil war ended a decade ago. They now control swathes of the country.

Guatemala also is plagued by violent youth street gangs. Last year, some 6,000 people were murdered in a country with a population of 13 million.


MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Suspected drug smugglers have dumped the beheaded or mutilated bodies of five people around the Mexican capital in recent days in what appear to be revenge killings for a cocaine seizure at the airport.

The severed heads of two men who worked for a private customs firm were found near Mexico City airport on Saturday while their bodies appeared just outside the city.

One of the heads had an index finger stuffed in its mouth and the other had a finger in its ear.

Mexico’s attorney general said over the weekend agents had seized half a ton of cocaine found at the airport on a flight from Colombia.

Three other bodies, two of them headless and without an index finger, were found this week in Tlalnepantla on the edge of the city. The hands of the third body were chopped off. These three bodies have not been identified.

“By the way they were killed, it leads us to believe they were informants or that (drug dealers) were trying to send a message,” Elena Cardenas, a spokeswoman for Tlalnepantla municipality, said on Wednesday. “‘Listen, see, don’t talk,’ that’s their motto,” she said.

Mexico has been blighted by beheadings and other gory killings in a 3-year-old war between drug gangs for control of smuggling routes to the United States.