SP Times

In the two years since immigration reform legislation stalled in Congress, many states have passed their own laws targeting illegal immigrants.

And soon Florida could join them.

Legislators have filed six bills that would, among other things, penalize farms and government contractors that hire undocumented immigrants or require local officials to report their arrests to federal authorities.

Come spring, legislators could debate whether to make it harder for an estimated 850,000 undocumented immigrants to live and work in Florida.

“Our federal government, in my opinion, has failed our citizens in dealing with the crisis of illegal immigration,” said state Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, who filed two bills. “I went to an event today, and when I asked for questions, it was about taxes, but it was also about illegal immigration.”

The Florida bills follow a trend of cities and states proposing local laws related to immigration.

The National Conference of State Legislatures reported last week that so far this year, more than 1,500 pieces of legislation were introduced in state legislatures. Of those, 244 became laws in 46 states, triple the number passed in 2006.

Nationally, the proposals touch predominantly on employment, law enforcement, drivers licenses and public benefits.

In Florida, Fasano and Republican Rep. Don Brown, R-DeFuniak Springs, have filed three of the most comprehensive bills.

Fasano’s proposals - Senate Bills 124 and 388 - would target agribusinesses and government contractors that employ undocumented workers. One also would require local governments and police to determine immigrants’ status and enforce immigration laws.

Brown said he modeled his proposal House Bill 73 after a comprehensive and tough law that went into effect in Oklahoma in November.

If passed, it would force local officials to share information with the federal government about the legal status of immigrants. It also would ban so-called sanctuary policies, which some cities have used to stop the sharing of that information.

“I’m concerned about the sovereignty of the nation and the state,” Brown said. “This country has an incredibly rich heritage of immigration. … In recent years, we have allowed untold millions … to come into the country” illegally.

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Many people have been shocked that Jim Gilchrist, the co-founder of the Minutemen, would endorse Mike Huckabee for President. Mike Huckabee is a long time advocate for open borders, amnesty, illegal alien voting, and subsidized education for illegal aliens.

I?ve put together a thirteen minute video that may shed some light on the thinking behind Jim Gilchrist?s endorsement, the alleged embezzlement of the Minuteman bank account, and the horrific immigration record of Mike Huckabee.

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Actually, there’s no split, we are all united against Jim Gilchrist, Mike Huckabee, and the open border globalists in our government.

WorldNetDaily
by Jerome Corsi

Controversy is escalating among border security organization leaders and various Minuteman activists upset over an endorsement by Jim Gilchrist, founder of The Minuteman Project, of former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.

After confirming Monday he had questions about his endorsement of Huckabee, Gilchrist yesterday went on a series of radio interviews, announcing to listeners he had decided to stick with his endorsement, even though Huckabee’s immigration plan was less than perfect.

But his refusal to withdraw his endorsement of Huckabee hardened the resolve of many former Gilchrist supporters to renounce his endorsement and defeat Huckabee.

William Gheen, president of ALIPAC, said Huckabee must be defeated because the open borders lobby will just use Gilchrist’s endorsement to “deceive voters on their way to victory.”

“Mike Huckabee went on Larry King Live last night,” Gheen said, “and Huckabee’s message was the head of the Minutemen supports me, so my immigration record in Arkansas must be okay. We don’t think Huckabee’s record on illegal immigration merits our support and we reject Gilchrist for abandoning the principles we thought we were fighting together to uphold.”

The Americans for Legal Immigration, or ALIPAC, has published on the group’s website a letter signed by more than 80 border security organizations and various Minutemen activists denouncing Gilchrist.

“We denounce Jim Gilchrist’s solo endorsement of a pro-amnesty and open borders candidate for president,” the ALIPAC letter reads. “Mr Gilchrist does not speak for us!”

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Sheriff Arpaio Tackles Illegal Immigration In Arizona

Fears of violence at immigration on march
12 News
December 18, 2007

The Valley?s heated immigration debate is once again playing out on a national stage. Protesters, counter demonstrators and law enforcement will converge on a Phoenix furniture store tomorrow morning. Just how many people show up remains a mystery.

The Hispanic community has been holding demonstrations in front of Pruitt?s furniture store for months. Tomorrow morning, just after rush hour, the immigration debate will hit the streets again.

March organizer, Salvador Reza, and his followers plan to march to City Hall to attend the final council meeting of the year. They accuse deputies of racial profiling, civil rights abuse and intimidation against Hispanics.

Phoenix police will monitor the march with motor officers. Sheriff?s deputies will also be there with a bigger force than normal, and a swat team on standby. Reza says he expects about 100 marchers tomorrow. Police says Reza did not get a permit and anticipate around 25 people, but they say they?ll be ready for more.

?I?m disappointed with the whole political system here. Not only did they let us down, they?re letting the business community down too,? Reza says.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio says, ?They?ve come up with all their garbage, all their insinuation, all their intimidation to try to drive me out from enforcing the law, but it?s not going to work. The more they go after me, the more I?m going to enforce the law.?

Pruitt’s, now the epicenter of a national immigration debate, which is playing out on television and on the streets.

?There?s going to be a civil rights movement and human rights movement that we haven?t seen since the sixties,? Reza says.

Sheriff Arpaio says otherwise. ?They?re not going to get anything done except agitate the public. You can?t get it done this way. It never works.?

The march is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. at 35th Street and Thomas.

As tensions build, the community conversation shifts slightly from choosing sides, to fears that fights and riots could erupt on city streets during the march.

One online poster writes, “Consider this a warning for us all. Watch to see happens during the march on December 19th. It may be a preview of the mob violence that is certainly coming our way…’a perfect storm.’”

Another online poster’s comment reads, “If you want to fight for something, fight the government in Mexico for a better life.”

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Marin Independent Journal

A San Rafael man was arrested on allegations he doused a stolen American flag in cognac and set it ablaze on an 8-foot cross at St. Raphael Church, police said.

“He saw the five-pointed stars on the flag and thought it was the sign of the devil,” said San Rafael police Sgt. Jonathan Bean.

Roger Jesus Estrella-Suarez, 29, was arrested Tuesday afternoon after a passerby reported a man setting a fire outside the historic Fifth Avenue mission. Police quickly arrived to find Estrella-Suarez burning the flag on the cross, which sits on a lawn in front of the mission and the St. Raphael School.

Bean said Estrella-Suarez stole the flag from a residence, bought a bottle of Hennessy cognac at a liquor store, soaked the flag and lit it, perhaps hoping to exorcise the demons.

“(He) had a fixation on the five-pointed star,” Bean said.

Estrella-Suarez was booked into the county jail on suspicion of arson and vandalizing a place of worship. No charges were filed Wednesday pending further review by the district attorney’s office.

Estrella-Suarez, whose occupation is listed as bus boy in jail records, was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. He was also being detained on a no-bail federal immigration hold pending review of his citizenship status.

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OC register

TIJUANA, Mexico ? The two men are led out from cells deep inside the basement of “La Comandancia,” the city’s aging police headquarters.

They have shaven heads and a shaken look. Police officers order them to lift their shirts and show off their gang tattoos, which indicate they’re from San Jose, Calif. Both had just been deported from the United States, dropped off a few weeks earlier at the public gates of Tijuana.

On an old wooden table in front of them is a display of their loot, the result of a string of petty thefts victimizing Tijuana street vendors: a backpack, two makeshift knives, some coins along with a few packets of mints, gum and a bottle of perfume.

Law enforcement officials on both sides of the border are seeing a crime wave fueled by U.S. deportation policies, which dump busloads of criminal immigrants in large groups at border cities like Tijuana.

“Nobody saw this coming,” said Tijuana’s Mayor Kurt Honald, who has protested the dumping of criminals at the Tijuana gates. He says deportees have triggered a 300 percent rise in petty crime during the last year, as criminals raise money for a return to the U.S. Others join narcotics cartels and smuggling organizations to pay for their return.

“They just go right back to the United States. It’s a vicious cycle,” Honald warns.

U.S. Border Patrol agents don’t disagree. They say that apprehensions along the canyons that dot San Diego’s border backcountry are increasingly turning into confrontations, since criminals know their fingerprints will be run through a U.S. database.

“The criminals are the most determined to get back in,” said Border Patrol spokesman James Jacques, who works in the San Diego sector. “And once they realize that the cuffs are going on, then the fight’s on.”

An Orange County investigation has found that:

? Deporting criminals to Tijuana encourages their speedy return because they are dropped off close to the border, in a strange city that is closer to their adopted home than their birthplace.

? There is virtually no communication between U.S. officials deporting criminals and local law enforcement in Tijuana, who receive them. Mexican police say they seldom know whether the deportees ushered through the border gate were arrested for driving while intoxicated or served a prison term for rape or murder.

? Dumping criminals back into cities unable to absorb so many homeless, jobless new residents fuels a crime wave on both sides of the border, provides soldiers for criminal gangs and internationalizes criminal syndicates. Some deportees with no history of violent crime turn to it out of desperation.

Criminal deportees represent about one-third ? 84,652 in the year ended Sept. 30 ? of ICE formal deportations across the United States. And they are quickly becoming the leading category of deportee being processed by ICE. Under pressure from Congress to step up immigration enforcement, the Bush administration has expanded funding for a series of programs that seek to deport illegal immigrants out of a myriad of federal, state and local jails.

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They interview anti-American worker Mark Gould, the same jackass that appeared in Tom Brokaw’s pro-illegal alien Dateline NBC special a while back. Tom Brokaw is for open borders. He’s an influential member of the Council on Foreign Relations which is pushing us towards a North American Union.

Here are a more posts on the anti-American worker Mark Gould.

Contractors Say They?re Caught Between A Rock And A Illegal Alien
Illegal immigrant fired after NBC program airs

BusinessWeek

Mark Gould has been a lifelong Republican. The self-described libertarian and president of Gould Construction in Glenwood Springs, Colo., has been a registered Republican for 30 years, and he served a six-year stint as the chairman of his county’s Republican Party.

But Gould is a Republican no longer. Exasperated over the GOP’s increasingly harsh rhetoric about restricting immigration, Gould switched his registration to Independent two weeks ago. “Extremists have hijacked the Republican Party,” says Gould, who says he employs a staff of 125, including legal immigrants. “If I had to pick today, I’d go with [Senator Barack] Obama [for President]. He’s the most outspoken and realistic about reform.”
Switching Sides

Gould isn’t the only employer growing disenchanted with Republican candidates’ stances on immigration. A number of business owners in the U.S.?many of them longtime Republicans?say that talk of severe crackdowns on illegal immigration and restrictions on legal immigration are pushing them away from the party. Some are even switching to actively support Democrats, including Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.).

“The Republican candidates just don’t get it,” says Maureen Torrey, owner of Torrey Farms in Elba, N.Y. “They need to understand that immigration helps drive economic growth, and that without it a lot of industries are in trouble.” Torrey, a lifelong Republican, is now backing Clinton.

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WorldNetDaily

A Minnesota community college has “a Muslim place of worship” featuring “a schedule for Islam’s five daily prayers,” according to a local newspaper columnist who visited the campus.

Tax-supported Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn., also has a “sign requesting that shoes be removed” and a barrier that divides men’s and women’s “prayer spaces,” writes Katherine Kersten of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

College officials denied it was anything more than a “meditation” room available for “all faiths.”

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Too late little Jimbo. You lost any shred of credibility that you had left. And besides you previously stated that “My endorsement of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was not decided over night. It was six weeks in the making.”

Yesterday on the Roger Hedgecock radio show, Gilchrist compared William Gheen of ALIPAC to the brown supremacist Enrique Morones!


Little Jimbo is scared shitless

WorldNetDaily

Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist says he will have to reconsider his endorsement of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee after learning the Republican presidential candidate favors allowing illegal aliens to wait only days to receive documents allowing re-entry into the U.S.

In a Dec. 9 Fox News interview, just two days before Gilchrist’s endorsement, Huckabee was questioned by host Chris Wallace about an apparent contradiction between statements last year that he preferred a pathway to citizenship and his current plan. On his campaign website, Huckabee outlines a proposal that would require illegal aliens to repatriate and get on the back of the line, which could mean years for re-entry into the United States.

Huckabee insisted there is no discrepancy, specifying that “the pathway to get back here legally doesn’t take years. It would take days, maybe weeks, and then people could come back in the workforce.”

Asked by WND to respond, Gilchrist backtracked, admitting he may have been mistaken in his initial assumptions about the repatriation provisions of Huckabee’s “Secure America Plan.”

“I’m going to have to follow up on this,” Gilchrist said. “I had not seen before anything in Governor Huckabee’s plan where repatriation and touch-back could involve only days, not years.

“I personally need to talk to Governor Huckabee about this,” he added. “This issue needs to be between Governor Huckabee and me.”

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Washington Times

Congress last night passed a giant new spending bill that undermines current plans for a U.S.-Mexico border fence, allowing the Homeland Security Department to build a single-tier barrier rather than the two-tier version that has worked in California.

The spending bill, written by Democrats and passed 253-154 with mostly their votes, surrenders to President Bush’s budget demands, meeting his spending limit with a $515 billion bill to fund most of the federal government and setting up votes to pay for the Iraq war. But Democrats reached his goal in part by slashing his defense and foreign-aid priorities to pay for added domestic spending.

But the measures did not pass before House Republicans blasted the changes to the border fence.

“The fact that this was buried in a bloated, 3,500-page omnibus speaks volumes about the Democrats’ unserious approach on border security and illegal immigration,” said House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican. “Gutting the Secure Fence Act will make our borders less secure, but it’s consistent with the pattern of behavior we’ve seen all year from this majority.”

The 2006 Secure Fence Act specifically called for “two layers of reinforced fencing” and listed five specific sections of border where it should be installed. The new spending bill removes the two-tier requirement and the list of locations.

House Democrats said they were just adopting the Senate version, which was backed by a bipartisan group of border-state senators and passed the Senate several times this year.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, the Texas Republican who has led the charge to change the 2006 law, said she wants to give Homeland Security more flexibility and wants local officials and landowners to be consulted.

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ST. LOUIS ? Gov. Matt Blunt is taking action where Washington has failed as he announced additional steps in his plan to fight illegal immigration. The governor?s plan would ban the creation of sanctuary cities in Missouri, require all public employers to use a legal worker verification system, impose new monetary sanctions against contractors who hire illegal immigrants and criminalize the transportation of illegals.

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This is the second 15 minutes of a 30-minute TV special that will be broadcast throughout Iowa the weekend of Dec. 22-23. The toll-free number shown rings the Ron Paul office in Des Moines.

Here’s part 1.

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What A Total Dick!

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The Mayor allows Home Depot to hire off duty police officers to chase the invaders off the property but he refuses to allow Pruitt’s Furniture to hire them.

East Valley Tribune

A furniture store owner has accused Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon of allowing a day labor advocate to use tax dollars to help fund weekly immigration rallies near the store.

Roger Sensing, owner of Pruitt?s furniture store at Thomas Road and 34th Street, made the accusation in a letter to the mayor Thursday.

Read Roger Sensing?s letter to Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon

Gordon had asked Sensing and the operator of the day labor center, Salvador Reza, to come to his office this week to attempt to resolve their differences. He asked the men to send ?talking points? to his office in advance of that meeting.

But reconciliation didn?t look hopeful Saturday, when the weekly protests outside the furniture store continued for their eighth straight week, and one woman was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor assault.

The debate hinges on whether the store should hire off-duty Maricopa County sheriff?s deputies to patrol its property. Pruitt?s management believes the daily gathering of day laborers near its property has hurt business. Immigration activists view the store?s decision as racist against Hispanics and a violation of people?s rights to public assembly.

Mike Sensing characterized the recent controversy as a repeat of last year?s events.

He said about 250 day laborers began collecting on their property almost two years ago when the workers were chased away from a nearby Home Depot at 3609 E. Thomas Road. Home Depot?s assistant manager, Bruce Delvillar, said the store began hiring off-duty Phoenix police officers to keep day laborers off the property, a practice that continues today.

?We definitely haven?t had any problems or issues in the last year,? Delvillar said.

Pruitt?s followed suit, hiring off-duty Phoenix police officers for about six months in 2006. They would hire two or three officers for $30 to $40 per hour, four hours per day, seven days a week. Mike Sensing said the number of day laborers in the area dropped from 250 to about 25.

Then, around Thanksgiving last year, the first round of protests began. Demonstrators didn?t like that Pruitt?s had hired off-duty officers. The Sensings agreed to meet with the mayor and Reza, and they brokered a deal: Reza would establish a temporary work center at a nearby church, then a permanent work center, and Pruitt?s would stop hiring off-duty officers.

The plan worked for a while. The protests stopped.

But Reza never established the permanent work center, Mike Sensing said. By early February, the number of day laborers gathering in the area had crept back up to 150.

?We came to the realization that they weren?t going to establish a work center,? Mike Sensing said.

Pruitt?s tried to hire off-duty Phoenix police officers again, but the mayor refused the request. Mike Sensing said Gordon thought the situation at Pruitt?s had become ?too political.?

After trying out private security guards, which didn?t help, the Sensings met with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in October.

?I can only stress ? we weren?t trying to arrest anybody or questioning immigration status,? Mike Sensing said. ?We never once asked that this be treated as an immigration issue. We were just trying to solve a commerce problem.?

He said female customers had become uncomfortable coming to the store alone, and trash was building up on the property.

Roger Sensing?s letter to the mayor asked that Reza receive a financial audit regarding any public funding he receives.

?We have reason to be concerned that citizen taxpayer dollars committed to subsidize Reza?s various operations and activities may have been used to fund his protest activities outside Pruitts,? the letter states.

The letter accuses Gordon of establishing a ?de facto? day labor center near Pruitt?s.

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SignOnSanDiego

A California appeals court Monday declined to overturn a judge’s decision that bars the public from knowing who hires migrant day-laborers in Vista.

Three news organizations, including The San Diego Union-Tribune, had appealed Superior Court Judge Michael Orfield’s decision barring Vista officials from making public the identities of employers registered under the city’s day-laborer law. The 4th District Court of Appeal in San Diego rejected the petition Monday without giving a reason.

The appeal had its roots in a day-laborer law that the city of Vista enacted in July 2006. It required people and companies that hire day-laborers off the street to register with the city.

After the law took effect, organizations including the Union-Tribune; the Vista Citizens Brigade, an anti-immigration group; and the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial counties, obtained the employers’ information through public records requests.

None of the employers had complained about being harassed because their names were disclosed.

In July, the ACLU petitioned the Superior Court for an injunction to stop the release of the employers’ information, citing privacy rights. Two months later, Judge Orfield issued a preliminary injunction ordering Vista to stop releasing the information, saying that the employers’ right to privacy superseded the public’s right to know in this case.

In October, the Union-Tribune’s parent company, The Copley Press Inc., the Los Angeles Times and the California Newspaper Publishers Association petitioned the state appeals court to overturn Orfield’s decision. The organizations argued that the courts should not allow the ACLU to bypass the Public Records Act by filing a pre-emptive lawsuit.

Scott Wahrenbrock, attorney for The Copley Press Inc., said the appeals court decision was a setback to the public’s ability to access information held by public agencies.

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