Thu, 11 Jan 2007 08:57:38 +0000 en Protest The Wrongful Prosecution of Border Patrol Agents - Saturday, January 13th Sun, 07 Jan 2007 22:22:24 +0000 The Watchdog Border crossing Homeland Security Protests & Activism ramos ramos loya compean 13th 2007 prosecution tammy window.document.getElementById('post-2709').parentNode.className += ' adhesive_post';

There is a rally in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 13th. There are other rallies for the agents at other locations around the U.S. Fire Coalition lists the other rally locations here. Please attend even if you have to do some driving.

In this video slideshow, Tammy Bruce interviews Joe Loya, Father in Law of wrongly accused BP agent Ramos. Joe Loya will be a featured speaker at the LA rally.

Start Time: 1/13/2007 at 11:00 AM
End Time: 1/13/2007 at 1:00 PM
Location: 300 North Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles CA

Description: Free The Border Patrol Day - The U.S. Justice Department has abandoned America’s Border Patrol Agents. U.S. Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean report to prison the following Thursday for a 12 year sentence for trying to arrest an illegal alien drug smuggler (World Net Daily article).

JOIN with American Freedom Riders, the Minuteman Project, FIRE Coalition and other activists to rally in support of Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean (to protest the malicious prosecution of these Border Patrol Agents) at Federal Buildings throughout the nation!

    Lou Dobbs Tonight January 6th

Daily Bushism #11 Thu, 11 Jan 2007 08:57:38 +0000 The Watchdog Bush pessimistic optimistic guess find june matter person 2004 Bush and Fox

“And I am an optimistic person. I guess if you want to try to find something to be pessimistic about, you can find it, no matter how hard you look, you know?”

- Washington, D.C.; June 15, 2004

Keep Your Friends Close. Keep Your Pro Illegal Immigrant Advocates Closer. Thu, 11 Jan 2007 07:52:39 +0000 GuardDog Pro-Illegal Groups repression moratorium illegal immigration Emile Schepers Keep your friends close. Keep your enemies closer. Here is an editorial and brief analysis of where the “Immigrant rights” movement is and where it needs to go, courtesy of a pro illegal alien advocate. The Internet is a great place to be a fly on the wall. Heck, you know they do the same thing to us. :) GuardDog

Time to unite against Bush administration?s anti-immigrant ?surge?
People’s Weekly World
Janurary 10, 2007

News Analysis

Now that the Democratic majority 110th Congress is seated, the immigrant rights movement has an opportunity to move forward on several fronts.

In the first half of 2006, millions of undocumented immigrants and their allies marched for justice. In many places, these marches broke all historical records, and served notice that immigrant workers will not lie down to oppression.

The results of the Nov. 7 elections have put the immigrant rights movement in a better position legislatively. Although not all Democrats are good on immigration, Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, and the shift of key committee chairmanships to progressive Democrats like John Conyers, will allow for a more rational discussion. It will not be possible for the Republican right to ram through horrors like the Sensenbrenner bill, HR 4437. Furthermore, there is a greatly enhanced opportunity for congressional oversight, including hearings about of the Bush administration?s heavy-handed immigration enforcement actions.

Bush, who supported HR 4437, struck back hard against the protests, starting with a multistate raid on the IFCO pallet company in April. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced that from now on, the receipt of multiple ?No-Match? letters by employees of the same company would be the basis for investigations and raids. Major firms, like Smithfield Meats and the Cintas industrial laundry corporation, began to fire workers for whom such letters were received. On Dec. 12, more than 1,000 immigration cops swooped down on factories of the Swift meat company, arresting and processing for deportation more than 1,200 people.

In total, 186,600 immigrants were deported in 2006, a 12 percent increase over 2005?s 165,000. This is less than 2 percent of the 12 million undocumented, but it has sent a wave of anxiety through working-class immigrant communities.

The motives are obvious:

? Repression is a ?logical? response to the massive marches for immigrant rights.

? A crackdown appeases the most racist right-wing elements like Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) who have been denouncing Bush as being soft on ?illegal immigration,? and encourages the ultra-right base.

? Raids serve to pressure business and others into supporting a guest worker program. Threatened with loss of their cheap labor, companies will be eager to get Congress to replace it with guest workers who can be controlled and exploited ?legally.? Meanwhile, the terrorization of immigrants by means of repression is part of a long-term trend to prevent them fighting for better wages and thus helps to amass profits through super-exploitation.

So, by means of stepped up repression, Bush thinks to keep the upper hand on the immigration issue, staving off attacks from left and right and controlling the direction of legislation.

This must be contested. We can not allow the 12 million undocumented immigrants in this country, and their millions of citizen and documented spouses and children (potential future voters), to be used as policy hostages by Bush.

The first step is to build a united front of opposition to anti-immigrant repression. The way is shown by workers at Smithfield in Tar Heel, N.C., who walked off the job to demand reinstatement of workers fired for No-Match letters, and won. Key was the fact that immigrant and Latino workers were joined by U.S. citizen workers of all races in this action, in spite of the efforts of the right to demonize immigrants and blame them for poverty and unemployment among U.S.-born workers.

The League of United Latin American Citizens, the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials have united in calling for a moratorium on immigration raids and deportations. At Christmas, the American Friends Service Committee, along with the Labor Council on Latin American Affairs, the National Council of Latin American and Caribbean Communities and others, circulated a sign-on letter demanding such a moratorium, and dozens of national and local organizations added their names.

At the local and regional level, Centro Sin Fronteras and others in Chicago and the Midwest organized a 30,000-strong demonstration demanding a moratorium last July 19, and there have been a number of such protests in communities where raids have taken place.

This is a good beginning, but it needs to expand fast. Last year, organized labor was divided over legislative issues, but all people who believe in justice for workers can unite behind the moratorium call. So can all immigrant rights, faith-based, civil rights, African American, Latino, Asian, women?s, youth, GLBT organizations and many others who can build a moratorium coalition as broad as that which backed up the 2003 Immigrant Workers? Freedom Ride, and broader.

Such a coalition can not only defeat the repression, but set the stage for more worker friendly comprehensive immigration legislation.

To read article click here.

The Bleeding Hearts Guide To Writing Sensitive Immigration Stories Thu, 11 Jan 2007 07:51:33 +0000 GuardDog Pro-Illegal Groups journalism illegal immigation writing immigration Read then do the exact opposite if you want to be an honest, unbiased, and completely factual journalist. GuardDog

The Style Guide To Writing A Sensitive Immigrant Story
Why is the media so utterly useless on immigration?
December 10, 2002

The following guide is designed for you young and/or inexperienced writers on how to fashion an article about immigration that is acceptable to modern journalistic standards of diversity and multicultural values.

Management wishes that the newsroom speak in one voice about newcomers in America and how they contribute to our marvelous diversity which only adds to our strength. We have included examples to make it perfectly clear the tone we want. Standard phrases that may be used often are indicated within quotes.

This is not rocket science, people! Follow the approved boilerplate and you will do very well.

Rather than do factual articles that would inform (and possibly alarm) readers about exploding population growth and rapidly changing ethnicity, this paper stays above any divisive material that might be seen as anti-immigrant.

Giving ammunition to those who don’t like the demographic transformation of America does not fit the business plan here at the PC Press.

While facts may be occasionally appropriate as background color, this newspaper is looking for human interest?that means drama, characters and emotions in play. Bring out the David and Goliath angle, particularly the hard-working immigrant up against the machinery of the Uncaring State.

Is the person illegal in some sort of dry, lawbook sense? Don’t dwell on that insignificant detail, and be sure to use the term “undocumented” at all times. We are pro-immigrant at this paper and don’t want anyone to forget it, particularly the new multicultural readers we are still trying to attract.

In writing about the “plight” of immigrants, it is important to choose your subject well. Find a personable immigrant family, preferably with a winsome child (”Rolando… with almond eyes and a mop of brown hair… one of the unintended victims of Sept. 11″). Use tragic anecdotes about the evil system crushing poor people “in search of a better life.” Use plenty of quotes, particularly complaints about how unfairly they are treated by an America grown cold and heartless toward the millions streaming through its borders.

This slant makes the paper appear concerned with social justice issues. Emphasize the struggle and frustration. When there is a success, don’t forget those “tears of joy.” Imagine you are doing a promo for Save the Children.

One Seattle story began with a vignette of an immigrant mom staying home from work with sick kids and struck just the right note as it described how the little moppets “fought off fevers and struggled to keep down cups of chicken soup.” Chicken soup! They weren’t even Jewish! Come to think of it, what could be more universal than chicken soup? We all love chicken soup when we are sick.

Details about the kiddies transitioning in school?learning a few phrases of English, playing soccer, teaching bits of their language to new American friends?are another good element. Of course they want to become Americans, more or less, although as part of a multicultural salad with separate crunchy units rather than into an old-fashioned retro melting pot. (One insightful memo from the Publisher refers to assimilation as ‘meltdown’?a little humor from the Big Guy!) Today’s young people will be citizens of the world, so our paper should underline the new globalist sensibilities.


Don’t burden readers with annoying facts about how illegal aliens (remember to call them “the undocumented”) might use up scarce resources like education and healthcare that old-fashioned nationalists feel should be used for America’s own disadvantaged. Definitely employ remarks from the subjects about how they “work hard” and “pay taxes,” but don’t get into minutia about how those taxes don’t completely cover the benefits received. It’s too distracting from the emotional flow.

A word of warning: we don’t want to see any controversial pieces about immigrants and crime. Even if immigrants do have a higher rate of crime than Americans, presumably they are just having a hard time adjusting to a new culture. It would be mean-spirited to mention the high rates of incarceration and would play into the hands of right-wing extremists who believe laws should be enforced. Let’s just not go there……

To read entire article click here.

Berlin Neighborhood Protest Construction Of Mosque Thu, 11 Jan 2007 07:50:08 +0000 GuardDog Population Growth Globalism Quality of life berlin?s heinersdorf laying mosque ceremony protested foundation block immigration “Ideas of suppressing women and hatred for democratic values will soon be disseminated in the heart of our community,” said Roland Henning, a musician who lives half a block from the planned mosque. “And those of us who ask, ‘Why?’ are the ones being called intolerant and xenophobic. Europe isn’t just surrendering its culture. It’s surrendering any sense of logic.”

Residents of Berlin?s Heinersdorf neighborhood protested the foundation laying
ceremony last week. Residents have also filed legal complaints to block construction of the mosque.

As a mosque rises, a dispute flares in Berlin
Boston Globe
Janurary 9, 2007

BERLIN — A squabble over construction of the first mosque in formerly communist East Berlin is becoming the latest flash point between Muslims intent on asserting a strong identity in Europe and Europeans increasingly fearful that their secular societies are threatened by Islamic fundamentalism.

Last week, in a foundation laying ceremony that faced protests, members of the small, conservative Ahmadiyya Muslim group watched with pride as a patch of concrete was poured on the site of a razed sauerkraut factory in Heinersdorf, a neighborhood of modest businesses and tidy houses where no one is Islamic. The Ahmadiyyas picked the 5,200-square-foot lot because it was cheap. Members will commute to worship services from elsewhere in Berlin.

Men wore turbans and flat top pakul hats to the ceremony. Women, wearing traditional scarves or covered head-to-toe by burkhas, were relegated to their own tent separate from the Muslim males and local government dignitaries, a segregation that did not endear them to their prospective neighbors. Even communism celebrated the equality of sexes.

“No mosque!” opponents chanted from the street.

Members of the Muslim congregation hope the soaring minaret of the planned mosque will become a local landmark. “People should not fear us,” Iman Abdul Basit Tariq, the Pakistan-born leader of a flock of 200, said in an interview. “They should open their hearts to the beauty of Islam.”

Instead, the neighborhood has fought the mosque with marches, candlelight vigils, and petitions. Residents have also filed legal complaints that could block construction.

The protests have been resolutely peaceful. But bureaucrats responsible for promoting integration have chided objectors for failing to embrace “cultural diversity,” while self-described “anti-racist” activists have staged noisy countermarches through Heinersdorf. Mosque opponents — who include teachers and tradesmen, pensioners and young professionals — are angered by the charges of bigotry.

“Ideas of suppressing women and hatred for democratic values will soon be disseminated in the heart of our community,” said Roland Henning, a musician who lives half a block from the planned mosque. “And those of us who ask, ‘Why?’ are the ones being called intolerant and xenophobic. Europe isn’t just surrendering its culture. It’s surrendering any sense of logic.”…..

To read entire article click here.

Are “Blue Cards” Next For 1.5 Million Illegal AG Workers Plus Their Famlies Thu, 11 Jan 2007 07:49:22 +0000 GuardDog Jobs Amnesty illegal immigration bodily agriculture crops blue dianne harvest feinstein injury “The reality is Americans have come to rely on an undocumented migrant work force to harvest our crops,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said in a news conference.”

Supporters of Immigration Overhaul Rally
Washington Post
Janurary 7, 2007

WASHINGTON — Backers of overhauling immigration rules began a congressional push Wednesday to give temporary legal status to up to 1.5 million illegal immigrant workers to provide a labor pool for U.S. agriculture.

The proposal is a recycled version of parts of a bill that stalled after passing the Senate last year. House Republicans blocked negotiations on the measure, sticking with a get-tough stand against illegal immigrants before the November elections.

Those wanting to liberalize immigration laws hope the combination of a Democratic majority in Congress, support from President Bush and a perceived backlash against anti-immigration rhetoric in the elections will help power the comprehensive immigration proposals.

“The reality is Americans have come to rely on an undocumented migrant work force to harvest our crops,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said in a news conference.

Under the bill, illegal immigrants who can show they have labored in agriculture for at least 150 work days for the past two years would become eligible for a “blue card” bestowing temporary legal status. Their spouses and minor children also could get a blue card if they already live in the U.S.

People with these cards who work an additional three years, at least 150 days a year, or five years, at least 100 days a year, would be eligible for legal residency. But they first would have to pay a $500 fine, be up to date on taxes, have no record of committing crimes involving bodily injury or threat of serious bodily injury or have caused property damage of more than $500.

The blue card program would end after five years, unless it is renewed. The bill would reduce the time it takes to get a visa for an immigrant who wants to come to the U.S. to work in agriculture……

To read entire article click here.

Will Illegal Immigration Offset Minimum Wage Hike? Thu, 11 Jan 2007 07:48:28 +0000 GuardDog Jobs illegal immigration offset downward minimum wage hike ?would younger msnbc Will illegal immigration offset a wage hike?
House set to vote on raising federal minimum wage by $2.10 per hour
January 10, 2007

WASHINGTON - As the House votes Wednesday to raise the federal minimum wage by $2.10 per hour, economists are considering the effect of that increase on low-income workers.

Will the benefits to such workers of raising the minimum wage be offset by wage-depressing effects of illegal immigration?

And if so, will Congress fall short of its goal of helping low-income workers until it takes steps to stop the flow of illegal immigrants?

In its assessment last May of the Senate immigration bill, which would have created a new guest worker program and allowed thousands of illegal immigrants living in the United States to become legal residents, the Congressional Budget Office said it was likely that the addition of additional immigrants ?would slow the growth of the wages of workers already present in the United States with whom they most closely compete.”

    ‘Downward pressure’ on wages’

The CBO said, “the large influx of foreign-born workers with less than a high school education during the past few decades probably put downward wage pressure on workers (both native and foreign-born) who also lacked a high school diploma.?

Harvard economist George Borjas, in a 2004 study, said, ?The 10 million native-born workers without a high school degree face the most competition from immigrants, as do the eight million younger natives with only a high school education and 12 million younger college graduates.?

But other economists, such as David Card at the University of California at Berkeley, dissent from the view that immigrant workers have a dire effect on the incomes of less educated native-born ones.

?It’s quite possible that unskilled immigration is having some negative effect on unskilled natives. The question is: How big is the effect? Has it reduced native wages by 20 percent, or has it reduced their wages a couple of percent?? Card asked in an interview published by the journal of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis last month.

?The best available evidence is the effect is on the order of a couple of percents nationwide over 25 years, and possibly a little bigger in certain local labor markets,? Card said.

He added that research suggests that ?there are positive benefits for other workers, for consumers and for the economy as a whole.?…..

To read entire article click here.

Save Our State 2006 Year in Review (Pt. III) Thu, 11 Jan 2007 07:48:03 +0000 GuardDog Protests & Activism review save our state 2006 illegal immigration California Save Our State 2006 Year in Review (Pt. III)

In Detroit, Mostly Shi’ite Businesses Vandalized In Retaliation For Support For Saddam’s Death? Wed, 10 Jan 2007 19:26:47 +0000 GuardDog Racism Crime detroit retaliation akashi gharib zhiri youssef mosques hussein ?They picked which stores that are known for being anti-Saddam.?

Our own little Baghdad in Detroit! If this is true, is anyone surprised? Thousands of years of sectarian tension/hate does not evaporate as you cross over the border into the promised land of America. The beauty of multiculturalism gone wild. GuardDog

    Mohammed Al-Zhiri, left, and Youssef Gharib work
    on the new front window at Al-Akashi Restaurant.

Damage to businesses and mosques in Detroit raises wider fears
Was it Hussein-connected retaliation, local Shi’ites ask
The Detroit Free Press
January 9, 2007

As they repaired the broken windows of at least a dozen businesses and mosques along Warren Avenue in Detroit, many Iraqi Shi’ite Muslims wondered Monday if the vandalism was retaliation by local supporters of Saddam Hussein who resented that they celebrated the hanging of the Iraqi dictator.

Sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, someone vandalized at least nine businesses and three mosques, all but one Shi’ite, according to Ali Zwen, manager of the Kufa Cultural Forum, a mosque at Warren and Archdale that sustained $4,000 in damage.

Detroit police have not made an arrest for the vandalism that occurred between Greenfield and a few blocks west of the Southfield Freeway. Most of the area’s businesses with Arabic script on their signs were undamaged.

Many of the spared businesses are owned by Iraqi-American Christians, Lebanese Americans and others with Middle Eastern roots. The evidence is largely circumstantial that Shi’ites were targeted, but some of the victims say it is too coincidental.

At the Alrafedain Shish Kabob restaurant, employee Summer Ahmed, 24, said she answered two phone calls Saturday — one at 9:55 p.m. and the other at 10:09 p.m. — from a man speaking both Arabic and English as he used foul language in threatening to harm the business.

Later, the restaurant was damaged.

Ahmed said, “Most of the stores that were vandalized … they’re happy for the execution of Saddam, so they’re thinking it’s somebody who was pro-Saddam,” she said. “They picked which stores that are known for being anti-Saddam.”

She fears more trouble will follow.

“You’re worried if there aren’t going to be copycats who are going to do the same thing,” Ahmed said.

If the motivation for vandalism proves to be what she suspects, it could mark a turning point in metro Detroit’s Middle Eastern community.

“This is bad because this would be a situation where people are bringing the tensions of the Middle East into metro Detroit,” said Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations……

To read entire article click here.

Mothers, Daughters Arrested After Brawl Outside School Wed, 10 Jan 2007 19:26:24 +0000 The Watchdog Quality of life santiago santiago woonsocket rivera rivera daughters daughter mothers Hispanic Family Values


WOONSOCKET, Rhode Island (AP) — Two mothers and their 13-year-old daughters were arrested after police say one woman drove her already suspended daughter to school to fight a teenage rival.

Ana Rivera, 44, and Maribel Santiago, 34, are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on a charge of simple assault in connection with Monday’s fight. Their daughters and two other 13-year-old girls were charged with disorderly conduct and their cases were turned over to the Juvenile Detective Division.

Rivera allegedly drove her daughter to Woonsocket Middle School so she could fight Santiago’s daughter.

Police reports say the girls began feuding two weeks ago and began fighting outside the school on Monday. At one point, the melee involved all four girls, both mothers and a teacher, according to police.

Authorities said a teacher tried to break up the fight and was hit by Santiago.

Santiago and Rivera were released on $1,000 bail Monday evening, but Detective Lt. Timothy Paul said the department intends to notify the state Department of Children, Youth and Families about Rivera’s case.

Santiago, reached at home Wednesday, said she went to the school to pick up her daughter because of recent threats. She said she apologized to the school’s principal and was only trying to protect her daughter. Her daughter was suspended from school for 10 days after the fight.

“I just wanted to make sure my daughter stayed out of trouble,” Santiago said.

Rivera could not be reached for comment and it was unclear if she has an attorney.

Daily Bushism #10 Wed, 10 Jan 2007 18:57:21 +0000 The Watchdog Bush convinced forgo saddam stripes hussein confident crawford iraqi Bush salute

“Nothing he [Saddam Hussein] has done has convinced me - I’m confident the secretary of Defense - that he is the kind of fellow that is willing to forgo weapons of mass destruction, is willing to be a peaceful neighbor, that is - will honor the people - the Iraqi people of all stripes, will - values human life. He hasn’t convinced me, nor has he convinced my administration.”

- Crawford, Texas; August 21, 2002

Get Inside The Head Of Lou Dobbs Wed, 10 Jan 2007 05:58:51 +0000 GuardDog Uncategorized auletta dobbs segment yorker journalist charlie rose talks Charlie Rose Interviews Ken Auletta & Lou Dobbs December 2006

Segment 1: 00:00 - 13:00. Journalist Ken Auletta talks about his recent profile of Lou Dobbs in The New Yorker.
Segment 2: 13:00 - 56:40. Lou Dobbs, host of “Lou Dobbs Tonight” and author of “War on the Middle Class”. Lou talks about why he thinks the way he does. NAFTA, Minimum wage, Free trade, Illegal immigration, and China are among the topics touched. Lou is the man!!

Religious Leaders Propose A Compromise So Each Side Gets Their “Holy Grail” Wed, 10 Jan 2007 05:58:16 +0000 GuardDog Law enforcement Pro-Illegal Groups Amnesty grail miranda religious christian compromise conservatives holy propose anchor babies birthright citizenship amnesty Immigration debate gets religious
January 8, 2007

A number of leading Christian conservative groups have formed a coalition on immigration and illegal aliens that will push religiously grounded positions that both sides of the current immigration debate will both love and hate.
In letters sent today and obtained by The Washington Times, Families First on Immigration urges President Bush and leaders of the new Democratic Congress to adopt a grand compromise on the divisive issue that includes strong border security, an amnesty for illegals already here who are relatives of citizens and an end to birthright citizenship.
Former Republican presidential hopeful Gary Bauer, Deal Hudson of the Morley Institute for Church & Culture and David Keene of the American Conservative Union are among those who have joined forces to chart a new path on immigration reform, an issue that conservative Christians have generally avoided.
“Our position really is consistent with Christian teachings and with the rule of law,” said Manuel Miranda, chairman of the Third Branch Conference who has corralled more than 30 leading conservatives to enter the volatile debate.
Religious liberals have long been outspoken advocates of amnesty and more immigration, but Christian conservatives have been torn between biblical admonitions to both the rule of law and charity toward strangers.
At the heart of their position is a compromise that could give both sides of the immigration debate their “holy grail,”as Mr. Miranda puts it, while also making a major, one-time concession that would eliminate one of the biggest magnets for illegal immigration.
Out of concern for keeping families together, the religious leaders propose granting citizenship to any illegal aliens in the country who are related to U.S. citizens. This would include anyone who has had a child born here, often referred to as an “anchor baby.”
In return, the federal government would end birthright citizenship, which automatically grants U.S. citizenship to anyone born here, regardless of his parents’ legal status. The 14th Amendment says “all persons born or naturalized in the United States … are citizens of the United States.”
“This is a real compromise,” Mr. Miranda said. “On the one hand, there is legalization of a large number of people, but conservatives get the settlement of the thorniest issue for them in the immigration debate.”
In letters today, the coalition implores President Bush and Democrats on Capitol Hill to search in earnest for a solution as soon as possible that deals with the estimated 12 million to 20 million illegals now in the country and ends future illegal migration……

To read entire article click here.

Latest MSM Sob Story?No Legal Aid for Illegal Aliens! Wed, 10 Jan 2007 05:57:57 +0000 GuardDog Law enforcement Pro-Illegal Groups velasco karin story?no bruillard ballston pager robed naively illegal immigration Latest MSM Sob Story?No Legal Aid for Illegal Aliens!
January 8, 2007

The sob stories about illegal immigrants never seem to stop. And the notorious “Mainstream Media” continue to be the major offenders.

Take the front page story in Monday, January 8, 2007 Washington Post, by Karin Bruillard [email her]: Battling Deportation Often a Solitary Journey,

Here we go again!

Bruillard begins,

“Shortly after 9 a.m., all rose.

?The black-robed judge took his seat under the Justice Department seal and in front of the federal prosecutor. People whispering in various languages spilled out of the cramped courtroom into the hallway of the federal immigration court in Arlington County, waiting for their chance to fight to stay in the United States, agree to leave or be deported.

Salvadoran Roxana Velasco sat alone in the waiting room. Like several other people listed on that morning’s 37-case docket, she had no attorney.

??The judge said I have to have a lawyer or I have to represent myself,? said Velasco, 30, recalling her first hearing in October. ?How am I going to do that??

?In immigration courts, there are judges and prosecutors, evidence and witnesses. The consequences can be great: banishment, separation from family, perhaps persecution at home. But unlike in criminal courts, the government does not provide free lawyers for the poor. And in what court officials deem a great concern, a growing number of people in immigration court have no legal counsel: Of more than 314,000 people whose cases ran their course in fiscal 2005, two-thirds went through on their own, or pro se.”

We, good, fair minded American citizens, know that everyone is entitled to his or her day in court. Of course we all pay taxes to sustain an expensive court system. So what has poor Velasco done to be in this terrible pickle? As the Post article says,

“Velasco, who was caught by federal border police after slipping across the Rio Grande a year ago, said she immigrated illegally to be with her husband, who lives in the District. She said she called three lawyers, but two wanted $10,000 and one said she could not help. So on a recent morning, Velasco took Metro to a Ballston building, pressed the elevator button marked “PH” for penthouse and ascended to the immigration court, a suite of six small courtrooms.”

How did Velasco not get sent back when she first crossed? I naively thought illegal aliens were caught and sent back. The Post fails to ask that question. This article also does not tell us of the status of her husband in DC. Is he a citizen? Is he here legally or illegally?


Folks, as numerous studies show, among the many public services impinged by this non enforcement policy, your children and grandchildren?s public school systems are truly on the line and seriously at risk. Sob stories such as this Post front pager ignore the real tragedy: what mass immigration is doing to Americans.

Over 80% of all Americans have been demanding real immigration reform for years. If the new Congress doesn?t get the message, it should be ousted along with our lame duck President in 2008.

To read entire article click here.

Lawlessness Push Wealthy Mexicans To Flee Tijuana For The U.S. Wed, 10 Jan 2007 05:57:31 +0000 GuardDog Environment Crime Quality of life Mexico chula villegas breitbart tijuana tijuana plascencia vista vista Mexico illegal immigration Mexicans Flee Tijuana for U.S.
Janurary 9, 2007

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — A border city that has long watched illegal immigrants pass through on their way to low-wage jobs up north is increasingly welcoming a very different kind of arrival: wealthy Mexicans seeking refuge from kidnappings and other violence.

Francisco Villegas Peralta is among the new residents of Chula Vista, where new boulevards run past gated communities and trendy malls.

He said he knew he had to get out of Tijuana, Mexico, one July morning when three SUVs trailed him from his house through Tijuana’s streets. He escaped, and moved soon after with his wife and three children to a one-story house in one of this city’s more modest neighborhoods.

“I feel a sense of relief as soon as I cross the border,” his wife, Lorena Flores, said in the living room of their sparsely furnished home, which the couple bought for $585,000. She rarely visits Tijuana; Villegas drives there daily to check on his five restaurants.

The lawlessness along the border prompted Mexico’s new president to send troops to disarm local police in Tijuana last week. Some officers are suspected of being in cahoots with drug smugglers.

Villegas, who heads the Tijuana chapter of Mexico’s restaurant association, has counted about 200 people _ and that’s just among restaurateurs and their families _ who have left the border city of 1.3 million in the past two years.

A drive through Chula Vista shows that Villegas has plenty of company.

A Starbucks-style Mexican coffee chain with about 40 stores in Tijuana opened its first U.S. store here in November. A private elementary school that caters to Mexicans filled up six months before classes began.

The city has nearly doubled to 230,000 people since 1990 as new housing tracts have sprung up on the plains and rolling hills beyond Chula Vista’s aging downtown. City Hall is sandwiched between San Diego’s skyscrapers and the Mexican border, eight miles in either direction.

The well-to-do newcomers cross the border legally, using green cards, investor visas or temporary permits for shopping trips or other short visits.

Juan Jose Plascencia, whose family owns upscale Tijuana restaurants, moved to Chula Vista two years ago and opened his first U.S. restaurant in May.

“People feel at home here,” said Plascencia, ticking off the names of other new restaurants whose owners have left Tijuana. “First, people rent. If they like it, they buy.”

Kidnappings-for-ransom in the last year or two appear to have fueled the northward push……

To read entire article click here.


    A convoy carried biologists, land planners and California State
    officials to Tijuana.

In Tijuana, Violence Underscores Environmental Difficulties
Voice Of San Diego
Sept. 29, 2006

TIJUANA - The vans and buses sped down the potholed highway, stopping for nothing.

Flak-jacketed policemen carrying shotguns and automatic rifles ran interference, forcing cars off the road, keeping traffic and indifferent pedestrians at bay. With lights flashing and sirens blaring, the convoy screamed past graffiti-covered walls, overflowing junkyards and rocky, unpaved dirt roads.

An ambulance trailed behind the convoy. Just in case, an organizer said.

All this to get a group of biologists, land planners and California state officials to a ribbon-cutting ceremony in San Bernardo, a poor neighborhood on an innocuous Tijuana hillside, where many homes are made of garage doors and other scraps.

The trip was nearly canceled because of the violence flaring in Tijuana after drug cartel kingpin Francisco Javier Arellano Felix’s recent capture. More than a dozen people — including several police officials and one American — have been killed in the city this month. The U.S. State Department has cautioned travelers about venturing into Tijuana.

The California Biodiversity Council, a group of state officials from natural resource agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and California State Parks, had planned a day-long tour through Tijuana to examine environmental challenges that plague the California-Baja California region.

They were supposed to first get an up-close look at rampant Mexican growth between Tecate and Tijuana, which threatens to sever centuries-old animal migration corridors. Then they were off to Los Laureles Canyon in Tijuana, where winter rainfalls send trash, raw sewage and silt coursing down into the Tijuana Estuary, slowly choking the sensitive wetland.

But security concerns shortened their trip and kept a few San Diego Association of Governments officials from crossing the border. The buses darted in only for a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the canyon. Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon joined them to celebrate the groundbreaking of an environmentally friendly housing development project.

While children danced on playground equipment the council donated, police and well-dressed bodyguards kept a watchful lookout over the crowd of more than 250.

The abbreviated trip Wednesday opened a window into the difficulties of addressing environmental issues in the border region. While the United States and Mexico share common environmental challenges along the border, they also share fundamental differences: laws and language, culture and customs…..

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