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“Globally, remittances ? the cash that immigrants send home ? totaled nearly $276 billion in 2006, the World Bank says. Remittances have more than doubled since 2000, and with globalization increasing the numbers of people on the move, there’s no end in sight.

If these guest workers incorporated as a company, their migrant multinational would rank No. 3 on the Fortune 500 list, trailing only Wal-Mart and Exxon Mobil in annual revenue.”

Migrants’ cash fueling underground economy
Times Argus
August 19, 2007

TIRANA, Albania ? Josif Poro pats his new sofa, points with pride to his carpets and runs a wrinkled hand over a gleaming white refrigerator.

He and his wife barely scrape by on their $220 monthly pension. They’d have to do without many of the items in their cramped apartment if their son, a factory worker in Greece, didn’t faithfully send home part of his earnings.

“We call him our golden boy,” said Poro, 83, a retired textile mill worker.

Around the world, millions of immigrants are sending billions of dollars back home.

One sweaty wad of bills or $200 Western Union moneygram at a time, they form what could be called Immigration, Inc. ? one of the biggest businesses on the planet.

Experts tracking the phenomenon told The Associated Press they have gotten a much clearer picture since the 9/11 attacks, when authorities trying to cut the flow of cash to jihadists began taking a harder look at how immigrants move their money around.

Mass migration, they say, has spawned an underground economy of staggering proportions.

Globally, remittances ? the cash that immigrants send home ? totaled nearly $276 billion in 2006, the World Bank says. Remittances have more than doubled since 2000, and with globalization increasing the numbers of people on the move, there’s no end in sight.

If these guest workers incorporated as a company, their migrant multinational would rank No. 3 on the Fortune 500 list, trailing only Wal-Mart and Exxon Mobil in annual revenue.

Remittances “are larger than direct foreign investment in Mexico, tea exports in Sri Lanka, tourism revenue in Morocco, and revenue from the Suez Canal in Egypt,” World Bank economist Dilip Ratha said in a recent report.

And unlike the conventional economy, more cash tends to change hands in an economic downturn, political crisis, natural disaster, famine or war.

Counterterrorism officials say al-Qaida and other groups are financed in part through informal money transfer networks called hawalas. Governments and the International Monetary Fund have been working to regulate those.

There are other downsides: fears of brain drains and a vast permanent army of economic exiles, and the untaxed earnings flowing out of host nations.

The U.S. lost $41.1 billion in 2005, according to the World Bank, while Switzerland watched $13.2 billion trickle out of the country that year.

But Giuseppina Iampietro, a Swiss Economics Ministry spokeswoman, says little can be done: “Immigrants have no obligation to invest their money in Switzerland.”

Meanwhile, from Poland to the Philippines, remittances are throwing lifelines to families combating poverty and helping to keep some national economies afloat:

# Across Latin America, remittances hit $62 billion last year and are projected to top $100 billion by 2010, the Inter-American Development Bank says. Mexicans wire home the most cash ? nearly $22 billion ? most of it earned in the U.S.

# India is the world leader in remittances, taking in $23.7 billion in 2005 and an estimated $26.9 billion last year, the World Bank says. Western Union, traditionally one of the most frequently tapped money transfer companies, says its share of Indian transactions has grown at least 90 percent over each of the past six quarters.

# Immigrants from Albania, one of Europe’s poorest countries, will send more than $1.3 billion back to their homeland this year. That’s 13 percent of Albania’s GDP and enough to finance half the trade deficit.

“Without the money we get from our son, who lives and works in Austria, my family and I would simply starve to death,” said Jovana Acimovic, a housewife struggling to make ends meet in Belgrade, Serbia.

In impoverished Tajikistan, the National Bank says migrant laborers sent home $1.1 billion last year ? more than the country’s GDP. Filipinos working overseas sent home a record $13.6 billion in 2005.

So much cash is flowing that mobile phone operators make it possible to transfer money over a cell phone.

FOXnews

WASHINGTON ? Law enforcement, emergency response and border control agencies have won greater access to the nation’s spy satellites and other sensors to monitor U.S. territory.

The sharing of imagery and data will be especially useful in policing land and sea borders and in disaster planning, Charles Allen, the Department of Homeland Security’s chief intelligence officer, said in a phone interview Wednesday.

The effort may eventually support domestic law enforcement activities as well, he said, but the legal guidelines for that are still being worked out.

The CIA and Pentagon are generally prohibited from spying on American citizens, and Allen stressed that the new data-sharing effort doesn’t violate that ban. “This is not a system for tracking Americans,” Allen said.

A new office within the Department of Homeland Security, called the National Applications Office, will now be the conduit for all domestic requests for spy satellite information.

It will be up to the intelligence agencies themselves ? the Pentagon’s National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, for example ? to determine which requests they can honor.

Using spy satellites to capture data about the United States also raises privacy concerns.

“What could go wrong? There’s the possibility of a recurrence of past abuses ? surveillance used against political opponents as in the Civil Rights era, the McCarthy era,” said Steven Aftergood, director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists.

“There’s also an incidental erosion of personal privacy in which one now has to assume that anywhere you are, you are subject to overhead surveillance by the government. And that is a change in what it means to be an American,” Aftergood said.

Allen said the office’s operations will be monitored closely by oversight committees, inspectors general, and DHS’ privacy office.

“This is going be a very controlled process and I can’t conceive of Americans having any serious concern,” Allen said. “No American should be at all concerned.”

Still, Aftergood advised caution, citing Congress’ recent embrace of new wiretapping powers for the government.

“What these ordinances do is add tension to the communities,” he said. “So a woman in the grocery is talking to her daughter in Spanish. It emboldens the person standing in line behind her to say, ‘Hey, speak English.’”

No Sir! Let’s be clear. What has added “tension to the communities” is 20 million illegal aliens forcing their way into our society without our permission. That is where the tension began and where it lies.

Of course in a discussion that could just talk about the positive steps in our movement, the old race card accusations, mention of “hate groups”, and xenophobia has to bleed into the conversation. Where would a talk about illegal immigration be without The southern Poverty Law Center, MALDEF, and the Klu Klux Klan? Puke! GuardDog


American backlash gaining strength
Discrimination growing against Hispanics as issue heats up
Centre Daily
August 19, 2007

WASHINGTON — Seven weeks after the collapse of legislation in Congress, the outcry against illegal immigration is louder than ever, manifested by proposed clampdowns at the state and local level and an uproar over the arrest of an undocumented immigrant in the execution-style slayings of three New Jersey college students.

Scores of organizations, ranging from mainstream to fringe groups, are marshaling forces in what former House Speaker Newt Gingrich calls “a war here at home” against illegal immigration, which he says is as important as America’s conflicts being fought overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan.

While most of the groups register legitimate, widespread concerns about the impact of illegal immigration on jobs, social services and national security, the intense rhetoric is generating fears of an emerging dark side, evident in growing discrimination against Hispanics and a surge of xenophobia unseen since the last big wave of immigration in the early 20th century.

“I don’t think there’s been a time like this in our lifetime,” said Doris Meissner, a senior fellow with the Migration Policy Institute and former commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. “Even though immigration is always unsettling and somewhat controversial, we haven’t had this kind of intensity and widespread, deep-seated anger for almost 100 years.”

The Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups, said the number of “nativist extremist” organizations advocating against illegal immigration has grown from virtually zero just over five years ago to 144, including nine classified as hate groups, such as the Ku Klux Klan and Aryan supremacists.

Some senators who participated in the midsummer debate over President Bush’s failed immigration bill said they were barraged with some of the most venomous mail of their congressional careers. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who supported the bill legalizing undocumented immigrants, said he has received death threats because of his position.

“It is unbelievable how this has inflamed the American people,” McCain said in a speech Thursday at the Aspen Institute in Colorado.

Eighty-three percent of immigrants from Mexico and 79 percent of immigrants from Central America think there is growing discrimination against Latin American immigrants in the United States, according to a poll conducted by the Miami-based Bendixen & Associates.

Instead of taking a downturn after the collapse of Bush’s immigration overhaul in June, the debate over illegal immigration has continued and seemingly escalated. As prospects for congressional action appeared increasingly in doubt this year, all 50 states and more than 75 towns and cities considered — and in many cases enacted — immigration restrictions, even though initial court rulings have declared such actions unconstitutional intrusions on federal responsibilities.

Two counties in northern Virginia’s Washington, D.C., suburbs are among the latest to consider restrictions on immigration. Nationwide, many of the proposed ordinances strike a similar theme, penalizing employers who hire illegal immigrants, barring undocumented immigrants from certain municipal services or prohibiting landlords from renting to illegal immigrants.

The slayings of three college students in Newark — and the wounding of a fourth — reignited calls for a clampdown on illegal immigration after disclosures that one of the suspects, Jose Lachira Carranza, was an illegal immigrant from Peru who was out on bail awaiting trial on assault and child rape charges.

The case revitalized an argument made during the congressional debate that the flow of illegal immigrants, though predominated by job-seekers lured by the prospect of higher wages and better conditions, includes a menacing criminal element.

A coalition of 15 anti-illegal immigration groups denounced Newark’s and New Jersey’s governments of “negligent complicity” in the deaths through inadequate law enforcement. The protest was organized by Dallas attorney David Marlett, who founded ProAmerica Cos., composed of more than 400 companies that refuse to knowingly hire illegal immigrants.

The Bush administration, in the absence of the sweeping immigration overhaul sought by the president, moved earlier this month to toughen enforcement of existing laws, threatening steeper penalties against employers and more vigorous worksite inspections. Pro-immigrant groups fear the new rules could result in wholesale firings as over-reactive employers seek to avoid possible violations.

Demographers and immigration experts say the passions over illegal immigration in the opening decade of the 21st century are comparable to those that swept through American cities with the surge of immigrants who descended on U.S. shores from the 1900s to the 1920s.

The latest wave of immigrants — both legal and illegal — is predominated by Mexicans and other Latin Americans who are venturing deep into the U.S. interior to follow the job market, often settling in towns and cities that, just a few years earlier, were unaccustomed to Hispanics.

In South Carolina, for example, almost 50 percent of the state’s foreign-born population comes from Latin America, according to the Migration Policy Institute. The pattern is similar in Georgia, where Latin Americans make up 55 percent of the foreign-born population.

The resulting demographic impact on local communities can often lead to social tensions that help explain the intensity of feelings over illegal immigration, said Meissner and other experts.

“Immigration is now affecting the entire country,” Meissner said. “A larger share of the immigrants are going to these newer areas. The rate of change is dramatic.”

The growing presence has resulted in a proliferation of predominately conservative advocacy groups, many of whom weighed into the congressional debate, to demand the government halt the flow of illegal aliens.

Many, bowing to America’s legacy as a land of immigrants, stress that they support legal immigration — though possibly in reduced numbers — but view illegal immigrants as lawbreakers who take jobs that should go to U.S. citizens.

“It’s real important that we keep the word ‘illegal’ in front when we talk about what these groups stand for,” said Marlett, the ProAmerica Cos. founder. He said groups in his coalition have no tolerance for extremists who “try to glom on” to the immigration issue.

But John Trasvina, president of the Los Angeles-based Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, said the backlash over illegal immigrants is clearly generating widening anti-Hispanic sentiments, often exemplified in hate rhetoric on talk shows and over the Internet.

MALDEF has thus far prevailed in legally defeating municipal immigration ordinances, but Trasvina said that “a poisonous atmosphere” remains.

“What these ordinances do is add tension to the communities,” he said. “So a woman in the grocery is talking to her daughter in Spanish. It emboldens the person standing in line behind her to say, ‘Hey, speak English.’”

Border violence spills into Southwest
Drug cartels extend their reach into Texas and Arizona. Citizens and immigrants alike are victimized.
La Times
August 17, 2007

PHOENIX — Violent crime along the U.S.-Mexico border, which has long plagued the scrubby, often desolate stretch, is increasingly spilling northward into the cities of the American Southwest.

In Phoenix, deputies are working the unsolved case of 13 border crossers who were kidnapped and executed in the desert. In Dallas, nearly two dozen high school students have died in the last two years from overdoses of a $2-a-hit Mexican fad drug called “cheese heroin.”

The crime surge, most acute in Texas and Arizona, is fueled by a gritty drug war in Mexico that includes hostages being held in stash houses, daylight gun battles claiming innocent lives, and teenage hit men for the Mexican cartels. Shipments of narcotics and vans carrying illegal workers on U.S. highways are being hijacked by rival cartels fighting over the lucrative smuggling routes. Fires are being set in national forests to divert police.

In Laredo, Texas, a teenager who had been driving around the United States in a $70,000 luxury sedan confessed to becoming a Mexican cartel hitman when he was just 13. In Nogales, Ariz., an 82-year-old man was caught with 79 kilograms of cocaine in his Chevrolet Impala. The youth was sentenced to 40 years in prison in one slaying case and is awaiting trial in another; the old man received 10 years.

In Southern California, Border Patrol agents routinely encounter smugglers driving immigrant-laden cars who try to escape by driving the wrong way on busy freeways. And stash houses packed with dozens of illegal immigrants have been discovered in Los Angeles.

But a huge U.S. law enforcement buildup along the border that started a decade ago has helped stabilize border-related crime rates on the California side; a recent wave of kidnappings in Tijuana has been largely contained south of the border.

The sprawling border has been crisscrossed for years by the poor seeking work and by drug dealers in the hunt for U.S. dollars. For decades neither the United States nor Mexico has managed to halt the immigrants and narcotics pushing north. But with the Mexican government’s newly pledged war on the cartels, and an explosion of violence among rival networks, a new crime dynamic is emerging: The violence that has hit Mexican border towns is spreading deeper into the United States.

U.S. officials are promising more Border Patrol and federal firearms officers, more fences and more surveillance towers along the desert stretches where the two nations meet.

But law enforcement officials are wary of how this new burst in violence will play out, especially because the enemy is better armed and more sophisticated than ever. Among their concerns are budget cutbacks in some agencies — including a hiring freeze in the Drug Enforcement Administration — and community opposition to the surveillance towers.

Johnny Sutton, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas, said he would need at least 20,000 new Border Patrol agents in El Paso alone to hold back the tide. But that is the total number of agents that Washington hopes to have along the whole border by the end of 2009.

In six years, Sutton’s office has tried 33,000 defendants, about 90% of them on drug and immigration violations. “We’re body-slamming them the best we can,” he said.

In Phoenix, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said there were 10,000 inmates in his jail and overflow tents; 2,000 of them are “criminal aliens” from the border, he said. His deputies are investigating the deaths of 13 people executed in the desert.

Jennifer Allen, director of Border Action Network, a Tucson nonprofit that supports immigrants’ rights, said Washington and Mexico City need fresh approaches. “The smugglers are no longer mom-and-pop organizations. Now it’s an industry,” she said. “So the violence increases. That’s incredibly predictable.”

Raul Benitez, an international relations professor in Mexico City who also taught at American University in Washington, blames both countries for the crime wave. As long as Americans crave drugs and the cartels want money, Benitez said, “security in both directions is jeopardized.”

Nestor Rodriguez, a University of Houston sociologist, said people on both sides of the Rio Grande viewed themselves as one community.

“People say, ‘The river doesn’t divide us,; it unites us,’ ” he said. “When you’re at ground zero at the border, you see yourselves as one community — for good or bad.”

Rodriguez knows. His first cousin, Juan Garza, born in the United States but trained by criminals in Mexico, ran his own murder-and-drug enterprise out of Brownsville, Texas. He was executed in 2001 by the United States.

“Of course there is a spillover of violence into this country,” Rodriguez said.

“It’s pouring across our border, and anybody can get caught up in it.”

The small town of Sierra Vista, Ariz., learned firsthand of the rising violence in 2004, when police chased a pickup carrying 24 illegal immigrants on the border town’s main drag, Buffalo Soldier Trail. Speeds reached up to 100 mph. The truck went airborne, hit half a dozen cars and killed a recently married elderly couple waiting at a stoplight……

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Moonbat Gerardo Sandoval Wants No US Military

He wants to get rid of Michael Savage and the US military, and have taxpayers pay for green cards and citizenship.


Canada Free Press

San Francisco Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval, latest, self-appointed, hitman in strategy aimed to silence America?s talk show radio, is the same Sandoval mired in election corruption.

In some corners, election corruption earned the supervisor the nickname of Gerardo `Scandoval?.

Sandoval?s payment of at least $10,000 to his wife, Amy Harrington for work on his re-election campaign in 2004, continued to dog him into his unsuccessful race for city assessor-recorder.

Eric Jaye, the campaign manager for incumbent city Assessor Phil Ting, whom Sandoval was trying to unseat, called the payment ?highly unusual?.

?Campaign reporting documents filed after last November?s supervisorial election show Sandoval paid Harrington for unspecified campaign work. There is no anti-nepotism provision in local campaign finance law. Sandoval is one of two people challenging Ting in the Nov. 8 election. The other candidate is Ron Chun, a tax lawyer who once worked in the assessor?s office.? (San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 25, 2005). ?The campaign finance reporting statement in which the $10,000 salary owed Harrington showed up was for the Oct. 17-Dec. 31, 2004 reporting and wasn?t available for public review until after the November election. A later report, filed this year, showed that Harrington had gotten paid.?

San Francisco Pooh-Bahs like Sandoval are trying to force taxpayers to pay for immigrants? green cards and citizenship and in trying to hoodwink their own constituents have introduced a resolution condemning national radio talk-show host Michael Savage for what they brand as his ?defamatory language?against immigrants.?

Sandoval?s resolution is ostensibly in response to Savage?s July 5 Savage Nation broadcast, when a talker commented on a group of student activists who had announced they were fasting in support of changes in immigration policy.

?I would say, let them fast until they starve to death,? quipped Savage, ?then that solves the problem.?

Why Sandoval waited to strike until well over one month later is nobody?s guess, least of all the millions of listeners now rushing to the radio giant?s side.

A practicing attorney, Sandoval?s parents emigrated to the U.S. from Mexico in 1951.

This is the same Sandoval who said on Wednesday that ?many media outlets are using this as an opportunity to slander the Muslim community and, unfortunately, even black African-Americans as a whole? when the Black Muslim bakery in Oakland was raided by police after some of its people were implicated in the recent murder of a reporter that was investigating them.

This is also the same Sandoval who told Fox News that the United States should not have a military, an insult unprecedented to America?s courageous troops in harm?s way and fighting words to the millions of patriots who see Michael Savage as their leader.

Savage supporters inundated the San Francisco Examiner website in a story siding with Savage.

?Hey Sandoval, we are not outraged at Michael Savage because we agree with him?check the polls on immigration, lame-o,? one Savage supporter posted.

?If we had more Michael Savages and less milk toast leaders we wouldn?t be in this situation,? leveled another. ?They are taking over and bringing our country down to a 3rd world level. Thank God for the Michael Savages and the other true AMERICANS.?

In typical democratic fashion, Sandoval told the Examiner that he intends to hold a press conference on the steps of City Hall Tuesday just before the entire Board of Supervisors votes on his resolution against Savage.

Tar and feather pots will be ready to greet Sandoval when he arrives on city hall steps.

NYJournalNews

A 32-year-old Brewster man who police say is in the country illegally from Guatemala faces felony charges after sexually abusing two girls, ages 10 and 11, police said today.

Sergio Antonio Martinez-Garza is being held today at the Putnam County jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.

However, even if he does post bond, he can’t be released because federal immigration officials put a detainer warrant on him, ordering the jail to hold him pending possible deportation proceedings, police said.

Martinez-Garza, of 550 N. Main St., touched the girls’ private parts at a residence in Brewster, police said.

Martinez-Garza was arraigned Sunday before Village Justice Richard O’Rourke and is due back in court on Sept. 10.

That is the same date that two other village men in the country illegally are due to appear in Village Court to answer statutory rape charges. Police allege that Pedro Sagastume, 21, and Jeremias Perez, 22, had sex with two girls, 13 and 15, in the men’s apartment at 167 Main St. The two men have been held on $50,000 bail since their July 15 arrests.

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Clock is Ticking on Las Vegas’ Water Supply

The news coming from the Southern Nevada Water Authority Thursday about the valley’s future water supply is worrisome. Unless we act quickly, there will be no water for hundreds of thousands of Las Vegas Valley residents in just three years.

Startling Water Predictions For Las Vegas

Startling new predictions about running out of water in Southern Nevada has sparked a flood of feedback from across the nation. There has been an overwhelming response from people living here as well as watching online.

It’s disturbing to see the Water Authority’s data, which shows a significant water shortage of drinking water from the Colorado River, even if all of the construction projects are completed on schedule.

Plans to pipe in groundwater from the Spring Valley are moving forward. But once operational in 2012, the pipeline will still not cover the water deficit. Las Vegas comes up short starting in 2010.

The pro amnesty, open borders, globalist Senator from South Carolina is desperate to stay in office. There’s a very good chance this creep will get voted out after his push for amnesty. To elitists like Lindsey Graham the United States isn’t a place or a sovereign country. “America is an idea,” he says. “Nobody owns this.” Sorry Senator, but we the American people own it! “We’re going to tell the bigots to shut up,” he says. Sorry you globalist POS, but our laws are not racist and demanding them to be enforced doesn’t make us bigots!

Lindsey Graham pandering to the National Council of La Raza

TheTandD

COLUMBIA, S.C. - U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday he will introduce legislation to replace all paper Social Security cards with plastic biometric cards that can’t be duplicated, so employers can be certain of the legal status of their workers.

The South Carolina Republican said Congress must address the out-of-control illegal immigration problem, and last month’s defeat of comprehensive immigration reform in the Senate means the problem must be tackled piecemeal.

“The root cause, the basic problem with immigration is employment,” Graham said. “The reason people come here in such large numbers is to get the jobs in America that pay more in one day they can make maybe in six months where they come from.”

America needs a legal guest worker program to fill jobs citizens don’t want, but the U.S. must control who enters the country for national security, he said.

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MySanAntonio

The summer months are especially deadly for undocumented immigrants who cut through the desert to cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

So far this year, 319 people have died, and many more have been rescued by specially trained teams of Border Patrol agents.

Border Patrol agents on all-terrain vehicles scour the desert in the heat of the day.

“I’ve seen guys walk 10 miles in this kind of weather ? agents ? and you’re pretty exhausted after this kind of heat,” Border Patrol agent Harold Loomus said.

The agents can cover more ground, more quickly on ATVs.

“We’re here to save lives and try to find as many people as possible. That’s our mission here,” Border Patrol agent Jose Bajarano said.

These agents are with the Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue team, BORSTAR for short. They’re specially trained to track lost immigrants and provide lifesaving medical treatment.

BORSTAR K-9 agent Gary Gualducci carries a heavy water pack when walking with his dog, Rudi, who is trained to both rescue people and recover bodies.

The border near Tucson, Ariz., remains the most treacherous area, keeping BORSTAR teams busy. Deaths of undocumented immigrants crossing the border are up in Arizona, but down in West Texas and New Mexico, since fewer people are crossing through this desert borderland.

It’s easy to see how someone could get lost. After awhile everything starts to look the same, and it doesn’t help if you’re dehydrated and disoriented.

Some immigrants are so afraid they’ll die in the desert, they pull out the cell phones they’re carrying and dial 911 for help ? and that help comes from the border patrol the immigrants risked their lives to elude.


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SignOnSanDiego

WASHINGTON ? A federal transportation agency yesterday defended President Bush’s plan to open the border to long-haul Mexican truck traffic in a response to overwhelmingly negative public views of the proposal.

The 27-page defense appearing in the Federal Register advances the controversial cross-border trucking pilot program one step closer to implementation.

Bush has sought to conduct the program as part of his effort to comply with a provision of the North American Free Trade Agreement requiring the United States and Mexico to open their borders to each other’s commercial trucks.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which would conduct the program, acknowledged that the vast majority of the more than 2,300 public comments it received were opposed to the proposed one-year experiment.

But the agency argued that it is committed to making sure Mexican truck drivers obey all U.S. rules and regulations during the trial. The program would allow up to 100 Mexican carriers to send trucks into the United States.

Opponents ? including the Teamsters union, other trucking and safety organizations and dozens of lawmakers ? contend that Mexican drivers would pose a hazard on U.S. highways and would displace American truck drivers because they work for lower wages.

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Elvira On Her Way To LA For “Immigrant Rights” March


Rev. Marco Cardenas leads Elvira Arellano, her son Saúl, and other activists in prayer Wednesday before giving a news conference commemorating her year of taking refuge in Adalberto United Methodist Church, on the West Side.

Source says immigrant activist leaves church, is en route to L.A.
La Times
August 17, 1007

Elvira Arellano has slipped out of Chicago and apparently is headed toward Los Angeles, where an immigration march is being planned for Saturday, a West Coast march organizer said today.

She had announced plans this week to travel to Washington next month.

Arellano, an illegal Mexican immigrant, became a lightning rod in the country’s immigration debate after taking refuge inside a Humboldt Park church last summer. Just two days ago, she announced she was leaving the church and was heading to Washington, D.C., to participate in a Sept. 12 prayer and fast vigil on the National Mall.

If all goes according to plan, she will be joined in Los Angeles by her U.S. citizen son, Saul, 8, who flew ahead with a family friend, a West Coast organizer said Friday.

“That is a courageous, courageous woman, absolutely,” said Javier Rodriguez, whose group, the March 25 Coalition, is coordinating the planned downtown Los Angeles march.

Arellano, 32, apparently left the Adalberto United Methodist Church on Thursday night, shortly after the church locked its doors and stopped receiving visitors, announcing a period of meditation and prayer. A source privy to the plans for Arellano’s departure who requested anonymity said she left in a car sometime after 8 p.m.

Emma Lozano, one of Arellano’s closest advisers, wouldn’t confirm Arellano was en route to Los Angeles.

“As far as I know, she is still . . . she is in sanctuary,” Lozano said.

Innocent Father Killed By Illegal Gang Banger In Senseless Revenge Murder

“Cops described Cinto as a illegal alien and gang member. ?He [Cinto] should have been deported a long time ago. He had a prior record,? said an outraged Palma who said that Senisi could ?always put a smile on your face.? ?He was a great guy,? Palma said of Senisi. ?I can?t say enough about how great he was.?


Cops from the 68th Precinct acted as pallbearers during the rain-swept day


Murdered father is laid to rest - Mourners gather for Anthony Senisi funeral
Brooklyn Graphic
August 17, 2007

The rain-swept morning did little to hide the rivers of tears that flowed openly Friday as mourners paid their final respects to Brighton Beach murder victim Anthony Senisi.

Dozens of people flocked to Guardian Angel Church, 2987 Ocean Parkway, on August 10 for the moving funeral mass. Those in attendance included Borough President Marty Markowitz and a host of cops from the 68th Precinct in Bay Ridge, who acted as pall bearers.

Senisi?s brother is a cop from the 68th Precinct, mourners said.

But, as the service continued, news that detectives from the 60th Precinct had apprehended Senisi?s killer did little to console mourners.

?You probably can?t put this in the paper, but that guy is a piece of sh–,? Scott Palma of PR Plumbing and Heating said of 19-year-old Meja Cinto, who has been charged with murdering Senisi on the night of August 4.

Police said that Senisi had just bought some milk from a corner store on Neptune Avenue and was on his way home, to the 2850 block of Brighton 6th Street, when Cinto allegedly attacked him.

Despite being stabbed, Senisi managed to stumble home, where he fell into the arms of his stunned father, 77-year-old Anthony Senisi, Sr., who had just gone outside to see why it had taken his son so long to return.

?Daddy, call the police, someone hit me,? the elder Senisi recalled his son saying, barely containing his grief in front of reporters the day after his son died. ?He didn?t even know he had been stabbed. But he had blood all over him. I had blood over my arms. I just laid him down and hugged him.?

Senisi died in his father?s arms ? right in front of his 11-year-old son — just moments before paramedics arrived to render aid. Friends and family members said that he spent the day with his wife, celebrating their 17th wedding anniversary. Senisi is also remembered by a teenage daughter.

After a brief investigation, investigators set their sights on Cinto, who police allege may have lashed out against the neighborhood plumber because he himself had been beaten and stabbed during an earlier neighborhood scuffle.

Looking for vengeance, police alleged that he attacked Senisi, who may have been wearing the same Yankee jersey as one of Cinto?s attackers.

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Arnold’s “Adult Swim” Immigration Speech :)

Ok, I know it’s making fun of our side a little but you have to laugh and roll with the punches at the same time when you can. GuardDog


Arnold’s “Adult Swim” Immigration Speech

US Census Bureau Asks For Halt To Raids…So They Can Count Illegals

**UPDATE**

Immigration officials say they won’t halt raids during 2010 census
KRISTV Corpus Christi
August 17, 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) - They played coy yesterday. But today, immigration officials have a firm response to the suggestion that they scale back raids during the 2010 census: Plain and simple, they won’t do it.

Census officials had hoped to keep immigration raids at bay during the count so undocumented workers would be more willing to come forward and be counted. The Constitution requires the Census Bureau to count everyone, including illegal immigrants.

Back in 2000, immigration agents informally agreed to cooperate with the Census Bureau by not conducting any large-scale raids during that year’s census. Yesterday, an immigration spokeswoman had said if officials were planning to do something similar in 2010, they wouldn’t talk about it.

But today, with the public spotlight glaring on immigration reform, officials are clearing up any ambiguity. Their answer to the Census Bureau is an emphatic no.

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Census seeks hiatus on immigrant raids
Denver Post
August 17, 2007

Washington - The Census Bureau wants immigration agents to suspend enforcement raids during the 2010 census so the government can better count illegal immigrants.

Raids during the population count would make an already distrustful group even less likely to cooperate with government workers who are supposed to include them, the Census Bureau’s second-ranking official said in an interview.

Deputy director Preston Jay Waite said immigration-enforcement officials did not conduct raids for several months before and after the 2000 census. But today’s political climate is even more volatile on the issue of illegal immigration.

Enforcement agents “have a job to do,” Waite said. “They may not be able to give us as much of a break” in 2010.

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman declined to say whether immigration officials would halt raids.

“If we were, we wouldn’t talk about it,” Pat Reilly said.

The issue arises as the U.S. struggles to resolve the fate of an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants. After Congress failed to pass an immigration overhaul sought by President Bush, the administration last week said it would step up efforts to enforce immigration laws.

One lawmaker said she thinks “it’s nuts” for the Census Bureau to ask for a break in enforcement.

“I don’t know what country the Census Bureau is living in,” Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., said in a telephone interview from her district. “I can tell them the American people have grown sick and tired of their immigration laws not being enforced. They are not going to tolerate enforcement being suspended for any amount of time.”

The Constitution requires the Census Bureau to count everyone, including illegal immigrants, in the census. The once- a-decade population count is then used to apportion seats in Congress and to appropriate billions of dollars in federal spending each year.

Miller has introduced a constitutional amendment that would apportion seats in Congress based only on the number of U.S. citizens in each state.

The Census Bureau plans to approach all federal agencies for help in getting an accurate count, Waite said.

Illegal immigrants are notoriously hard to count, although outside experts estimate that census workers count 85 percent to 90 percent of them.

Census workers ask immigrants if they are citizens; they do not ask if they are in the country legally.

“We’re supposed to count every resident. If you go out and ask, ‘Are you here illegally?’ they are going to run,” said Kenneth Prewitt, who directed the Census Bureau during the 2000 census.

Prewitt said the public already is suspicious of government workers knocking on their doors and asking personal questions.

Those suspicions are amplified among illegal immigrants, even though personal information collected by Census Bureau is private by law.




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