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Immigration Could Be Deal-Breaker For Voters Sun, 30 Dec 2007 09:20:59 +0000 GuardDog breaker huckabee’s huckabee romney romney’s iowa stricter electoral illegal immigration election Immigration could be deal-breaker for voters
December 30, 2007

It has become conventional wisdom that illegal immigration may be the type of political issue that can rile voters, but perhaps not enough to change votes. And besides, the thinking goes, people far from the border really don’t care.

These skeptics about the power of the immigration issue to change votes and elections ought to think again. The focus on immigration in the TV ads blanketing Iowa should convince any doubters.

Data from the nation’s three most important general election swing states clearly show that not only do voters care but politicians who cross them on this issue are taking a serious electoral risk.

A Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this month looked at attitudes toward immigration policy in Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio, the big three battlegrounds of the Electoral College. No candidate has been elected president since 1960 without carrying two of the three.

Stricter enforcement

What stands out is a consensus that cuts across party lines: Voters want immigration reform focused on stricter enforcement rather than reform that would make it easier to integrate illegal immigrants into American life. And almost a quarter of voters see immigration policy as a potential deal-breaker for them in deciding whom to support for president.

Although the issue is likely to be a bigger deal in the November election — because in general the likely Democratic nominees are less in favor of strict enforcement than their potential Republican opponents — it has emerged as a key part of the effort to stop former Gov. Mike Huckabee’s fast-rising campaign for the GOP nomination.

Huckabee has zoomed to the top in the Iowa polls, much to the dismay of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who had been leading. Romney’s campaign strategy has been built on the idea that he must win Iowa and New Hampshire to create momentum he needs in the larger states that follow. A loss in Iowa would make it very difficult for Romney to win New Hampshire and that would almost certainly doom his candidacy.

That’s why Romney has come out swinging hard at Huckabee and he has decided that immigration is the former Baptist minister’s Achilles heel. Romney has gone on air with commercials that focus on Huckabee’s support for college scholarships for illegal immigrants and for making them eligible for the in-state tuition breaks.

Those are not positions that Huckabee has staked out as a presidential candidate; they are part of his record as governor at a time when immigration was not the hot-button issue that it is today. Huckabee has responded with his own ads that proclaim his support for border security measures, but that do not mention the actions he took as governor — doing so would give further credence to Romney’s charges……

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Sanctions Law Begins Tuesday In Arizona Sun, 30 Dec 2007 08:47:06 +0000 GuardDog sanctions begins surviving bell punishing businesses employ toll illegal immigration arizona Sanctions law begins Tuesday
The Arizona Republic
Dec. 30, 2007

The starting bell for Arizona’s new employer-sanctions law is about to toll.

After surviving two court challenges, the law punishing businesses that knowingly employ illegal workers goes into effect in two days.

And still, many businesses are not ready.

As of Friday, 9,062 employers in Arizona had signed up for E-Verify. That is just about 6 percent of the approximately 150,000 employers in Arizona. Some don’t know about the law. Others are procrastinating. Some plan to use outside services that check workers’ status for a fee. Some are waiting to sign up until they need to hire workers, while still others would prefer to remain willfully blind about which workers are legal and which are not.

The state sanctions law is the toughest in the nation. It is aimed at turning off the job magnet that has drawn more than 500,000 undocumented immigrants to Arizona. In addition to punishing businesses for knowingly employing illegal workers, the measure requires employers to use a federal online computer program known as E-Verify to check the work eligibility of all new employees hired after Jan. 1.

The requirement is the most sweeping change Arizona’s 150,000 employers will face under the law and one that employers have been slow to warm up to as businesses groups and local officials wrangle over the law’s constitutionality and enforcement.

There is no penalty for not signing up for E-Verify, but employers that use the program are given a stronger defense against being accused of knowingly or intentionally employing illegal workers, said Jay Zweig, a Phoenix employment lawyer who advises businesses about the program.

“If you use it, you have a ‘rebuttable presumption’ that the employee is legally authorized to work,” Zweig said.

Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas says he will begin investigating complaints of illegal hiring immediately. But it could be months before any business is charged with violating the law because it will be difficult to prove that an employer knowingly hired illegal workers.

Not signing up

The sanctions law has survived two court challenges so far. On Dec. 7, U.S. District Court Judge Neil Wake tossed out the first lawsuit on a technicality. A hearing on the merits of the second lawsuit by business groups that claim the sanctions law is unconstitutional is scheduled for Jan. 16 in U.S. District Court, and a ruling from that hearing is expected by the end of January.

Many employers have been waiting to see whether the sanctions law survives legal challenges before signing up out of fear that E-Verify will be costly to use, onerous and error-prone, say business groups and lawyers.

Last year, a congressional audit found that 4 percent of the time E-Verify, then called the Basic Pilot Program, initially labeled workers ineligible for employment when in fact they had work authorization. That means that one in 25 times a name is wrongly rejected by the program……

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Arpaio Stumps For Romney In Iowa Sun, 30 Dec 2007 04:24:46 +0000 The Watchdog arpaio arpaio romney romney iowa mccain mccain moines AZ Central

Des Moines, IA — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio stumped for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney on Thursday in this crucial presidential state, burnishing his own national anti-illegal-immigration credentials while subtly sticking it to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

Arpaio, who has long feuded with McCain, is Romney’s honorary Arizona chairman and was invited to Iowa by the campaign, which paid for the trip. Next Thursday, Iowa will hold Republican and Democratic caucuses that mark the official start of the races for the 2008 party nominations.

‘He’s a great guy and going to be the next president,’ Arpaio said of Romney, now locked in an increasingly bitter battle with McCain in New Hampshire, which hosts the nation’s first primary five days after the Iowa caucuses. ‘He’s a great organizer, great businessman. Has a great team. Believes in my philosophy that you can’t know everything, so he surrounds himself with good people. That’s what he did in Massachusetts.’

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A Profile of America’s Foreign-Born Population Sun, 30 Dec 2007 04:15:32 +0000 The Watchdog natives households graduates welfare compared insurance backgrounder percent CIS

This Backgrounder provides a detailed picture of the number and socio-economic status of the nation’s immigrant or foreign-born population, both legal and illegal. The data was collected by the Census Bureau in March 2007.

Among the report’s findings:

The nation’s immigrant population (legal and illegal) reached a record of 37.9 million in 2007.

Immigrants account for one in eight U.S. residents, the highest level in 80 years. In 1970 it was one in 21; in 1980 it was one in 16; and in 1990 it was one in 13.

Overall, nearly one in three immigrants is an illegal alien. Half of Mexican and Central American immigrants and one-third of South American immigrants are illegal.

Since 2000, 10.3 million immigrants have arrived — the highest seven-year period of immigration in U.S. history. More than half of post-2000 arrivals (5.6 million) are estimated to be illegal aliens.

The largest increases in immigrants were in California, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Illinois, Arizona, Virginia, Maryland, Washington, Georgia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

Of adult immigrants, 31 percent have not completed high school, compared to 8 percent of natives. Since 2000, immigration increased the number of workers without a high school diploma by 14 percent, and all other workers by 3 percent.

The share of immigrants and natives who are college graduates is about the same. Immigrants were once much more likely than natives to be college graduates.

The proportion of immigrant-headed households using at least one major welfare program is 33 percent, compared to 19 percent for native households.

The poverty rate for immigrants and their U.S.-born children (under 18) is 17 percent, nearly 50 percent higher than the rate for natives and their children.

34 percent of immigrants lack health insurance, compared to 13 percent of natives. Immigrants and their U.S.-born children account for 71 percent of the increase in the uninsured since 1989.

Immigrants make significant progress over time. But even those who have been here for 20 years are more likely to be in poverty, lack insurance, or use welfare than are natives.

The primary reason for the high rates of immigrant poverty, lack of health insurance, and welfare use is their low education levels, not their legal status or an unwillingness to work.

Of immigrant households, 82 percent have at least one worker compared to 73 percent of native households.

There is a worker present in 78 percent of immigrant households using at least one welfare program.

Immigration accounts for virtually all of the national increase in public school enrollment over the last two decades. In 2007, there were 10.8 million school-age children from immigrant families in the United States.

Immigrants and natives have similar rates of entrepreneurship — 13 percent of natives and 11 percent of immigrants are self-employed.

Recent immigration has had no significant impact on the nation’s age structure. Without the 10.3 million post-2000 immigrants, the average age in America would be virtually unchanged at 36.5 years.

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Mexico Abuses Detained Central Americans With ‘Rectal Sprinklers’ Sun, 30 Dec 2007 02:18:30 +0000 The Watchdog rectal cndh sprinkler colera coahuila undergo modality centimeters This translation isn’t perfect.

El Universal

The National Commission the Human Rights (CNDH) verified that personnel of the Department of Health in Coahuila forced 28 immigrants to undergo a rectal sprinkler in order to carry out a medical analysis.

Thus, the agency documents a new modality of “cruel, inhuman and degrading” treatment in migratory stations.

It maintains that in November and December of 2006, 20 men, six women and two under age central Americans were forced to undergo a rectal sprinkler of almost 20 centimeters in length to detect cholera and were threated that by not doing it, a nurse would do it, and they would be detained for three months.

The CNDH indicated that normally the procedure takes place only in the event that the migrant comes from a country with a history of cholera or has diarrhea more than five days, which wasn’t the case of the 28 migrants.

The agency accuses that the National Institute of Migration (NIM) “which intends to be excused of the breach of their obligations” upon arguing that “it doesn’t have personnel that supervise the performance of the medical department, since they do not have the preparation or skill to determine if the actions or medical review are the appropriate”.

The CNDH emitted the recommendation 63/2007 to ask the governor of Coahuila to act against the doctors involved and to give instructions so that the rectal sprinkler be applied only under supervision, prevention, control and management of cholera, and with care to human dignity.

Latina Vigilante Arrested For Assault On San Diego Minuteman Sun, 30 Dec 2007 01:54:59 +0000 The Watchdog mike spencer san diego minutemen assaulted day laborers latina Report from Jeff Schwilk of SDMM

Another vicious attack on an peaceful, law-abiding American activist (Mike Spencer) today by a violent Latina pro-illegal alien criminal.

We had a very successful op this morning at the infamous Vista Vons DLS recording the approximately 55 Day Laborers who were loitering all over the large shopping center and the employers violating the Vista City Ordinace and Federal law to hire them. We recorded at least 8 illegal hirings in 3 hours.

The new Mexican Restaurant called the sheriffs on us for standing near their property documenting the illegals. At about 9:50, five sheriffs deputies arrived to inform the mexi owners that here in America its not illegal to stand on a public sidewalk near their sanctuary business. The police stuck around for the next 20 minutes to ensure there were no more problems. As we were preparing to leave at 10:10, a man started yelling at us from in front of the nearby Discount Store. We went over to see what it was he was saying and a young Hispanic woman approached us in the parking lot.

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Latina Vigilante

As the video clearly shows, the woman cocks back and attacks Mike. There were at least two witnesses that saw her smack Mike on the side of his head and face.

The nearby sheriffs ran over and immediately arrested the attacker, handcuffed her, and put her in the back of the cruiser. Her woman’s mother was also questioned because she also hit Mike and pulled his hair during the scuffle with her daughter.

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Vigilante Mom

Looks like another La Raza vigilante will be facing a judge soon for her crimes. Mikes injuries were not serious (see pictures attached). This is at least the 18th unprovoked attack on a MM in San Diego County since June 2005. Bush was right about vigilantes being in the illegal immigration movement, he was just mistaken about which side. The Latino activists and alien supporters have a long history of violent confrontations with American activists.

California School Kicks Out Mexicans Sun, 30 Dec 2007 01:22:25 +0000 The Watchdog calexico california border Daniel Santillan residency KTAR

CALEXICO, Calif. - Children are more apt to shield their faces than to smile when Daniel Santillan points his camera.

Santillan’s photos aren’t for any picture album or yearbook _ they help prove that Mexicans are illegally attending public schools in this California border community.

With too many students and too few classrooms, Calexico school officials took the unusual step of hiring someone to photograph children and document the offenders.

Santillan snaps pictures at the city’s downtown border crossing and shares the images with school principals, who use them as evidence to kick out those living in Mexico.

Since he started the job two years ago, the number of students in the Calexico school system has fallen by 5 percent, from 9,600 to 9,100, while the city’s population grew about 3 percent.

“The community asked us to do this, and we responded,” said board President Enrique Alvarado of the Calexico Unified School District. “Once it starts to affect you personally, when your daughter gets bumped to another school, then our residents start complaining.”

Every day along the 1,952-mile border, children from Mexico cross into the United States and attend public schools. No one keeps statistics on how many children make the trek.

Citizenship isn’t the issue for school officials; district residency is.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled illegal immigrants have a right to an education, so schools don’t ask about immigration status. But citizens and illegal immigrants alike can’t falsely claim residency in a school district.

Enforcement of residency requirements varies widely along the border. Some schools do little to verify where children live beyond checking leases or utility bills, while others dispatch officials to homes when suspicions are raised.

Jesus Gandara, superintendent of Sweetwater Union High School District, with 44,000 students along San Diego’s border with Mexico, said tracking children at the border goes too far. “If you do that, you’re playing immigration agent,” he said.

The El Paso Independent School District in Texas sends employees to homes when suspicions are raised. But spokesman Luis Villalobos said photographing students at the border would be a monumental, unproductive effort.

That’s not the thinking in Calexico, a city 120 miles east of San Diego that has seen its population double to 38,000 since 1990. A steel fence along the border separates Calexico from Mexicali, an industrial city of about 750,000 that sends shoppers and farm laborers to California.

Calexico’s rapid growth outstripped school resources, resulting in overcrowding and prompting demands that Mexican interlopers be ousted. Taxpayers complained their children were bused across town because neighborhood schools were full, even after Calexico voters approved a $30 million construction measure in 2004. Portable classrooms proliferated.

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Jim Gilchrist Lies About Huckabee’s Immigration Plan On Radio Talk Shows Sat, 29 Dec 2007 20:00:19 +0000 The Watchdog gilchrist huckabee iowa immigration deportation jim gilchrist


With the Jan. 3 Iowa caucus approaching, Republican front-runner Mike Huckabee dispatched Jim Gilchrist of The Minuteman Project to the Federation for American Immigration Reform talk radio row in Des Moines to proclaim his message.

In interviews with radio hosts such as key Iowa personality Jan Mickelson of WHO-AM in Des Moines, Gilchrist argued Huckabee’s “Secure America Plan” means the estimated 12 million or more illegal immigrants in the United States would be required to return to their home countries in the first 120 days of a Huckabee administration.

Moreover, Gilchrist insisted the millions of self-deported illegal immigrants and their families would go to the back of the line to wait maybe for years to re-enter the United States.

Still, Gilchrist was hard pressed to explain to incredulous radio hosts how 100,000 illegal immigrants were going to self-deport themselves per day to achieve the stated goal.

In interview after interview, Gilchrist said under the Huckabee plan, those who refuse to leave would be deported by immigration authorities when and if they ran afoul of state or local law enforcement, with the added penalty of being refused lawful re-entry for 10 years.

Talk show hosts peppered Gilchrist with questions about Huckabee’s record of support for illegal immigrants when he was Arkansas governor.

“As much as I like Gilchrist, I can’t buy that Huckabee has suddenly gone tough on border security,” Roger Hedgecock of KOGO-AM in San Diego and KFI-AM in Los Angeles told listeners following his interview with Gilchrist.

Gilchrist also decided to stay in Iowa through the weekend, at Huckabee’s request, to ride along in the media bus as Huckabee makes a last round of speeches through the dozens of small towns that dot Iowa’s farmlands.

Gilchrist’s defense, however, faltered when the assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto became a subject of discussion.

Competing candidate Fred Thompson immediately spoke of the “bigger picture,” and “a clash of civilizations” in which the assassination is placed. But Huckabee make a mistake, in “apologizing” to Pakistan for the assassination when it appeared he meant to offer condolences.

He also commented on the nation’s current martial law, although that status already had been ended by President Pervez Musharraf.

Paul Expects to Gain Tancredo Supporters Sat, 29 Dec 2007 19:52:22 +0000 The Watchdog ron paul illegal immigration north american union tom tancredo mitt romney
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Seattle Times

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Thursday said he expects to gain support from people who previously backed Tom Tancredo because of his tough stand against illegal immigration.

Tancredo, a Colorado congressman, quit the race for the Republican nomination on Dec. 20. Although Tancredo endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Paul said many of those people are turning his way.

“His views and my views were very similar, and therefore we will be picking up support from those individuals not only here in this state but throughout the country,” Paul said at an event in a downtown Des Moines hotel.

Paul said many of his supporters are worried that the U.S., Canada and Mexico will eventually join together, creating one North American government with a single currency.

“One of the reasons I think that we do such a poor job on protecting our borders is the fact that leaders on both sides of the aisle strongly support the notion that we should have a union, where you literally obliterate the borders and have the three countries become one and that to me is a lot different than being friends,” Paul said.

Paul also opposes creation of a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally, and he supports construction of a fence along the Mexican border, installation of more electronic surveillance and an increase in border patrols.

Paul said he opposes international organizations like the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the World Trade Organization because they impinge the U.S. government’s autonomy. In addition, Paul opposes the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“Although some of those goals are noble goals, I just don’t think that they should be achieved by expanding government,” he said.

At the event, Paul received the personal endorsement of a leader of the Iowa chapter of the national Minuteman Civil Defense Corps. The group said it supports strengthening the U.S. border to prevent illegal immigrants and contraband from entering the country.

Ron Duncan, the group’s deputy director, said he endorsed Paul because of his views on illegal immigration.

Illegals Out Of Businesses In Arizona Sat, 29 Dec 2007 19:41:32 +0000 The Watchdog quintana stapley thrift ramon oriented store frontiers racks
WORRIED MERCHANT: Ramon Quintana helps run Carniceria
Murrieta’s at Stapley Drive and Main Street in Mesa.

East Valley Tribune

Bad. Bad. Bad. That’s how Mesa business owner Ramon Quintana describes the crisis facing Hispanic-oriented companies as people in the Latino community lose their jobs and flee the area for friendlier frontiers.

The problem comes from a mix of fear of recent immigration arrests and the pending crackdown on employers who hire illegal residents.

Hispanic-oriented businesses are paying the price.

At the height of the Christmas shopping season, some businesses reported less than half the revenue they had last Christmas.

Those who remain are struggling to pay the rent, both on their homes and businesses.

“Everybody is complaining,” Quintana said.

And the situation is only going to get worse, he said.

The windows at U-Care Thrift Store are still plastered with “Happy Holidays” and “Peace on Earth Good Will to All,” a merry message compared with the story on the other side of the glass.

Neighbors say the owner fled about a month ago, leaving rows of clothing racks and a store full of merchandise behind.

A sign on the door says the landlord has seized the store “due to the tenant’s failure to pay rent.”

U-Care Thrift Store is the third shop on the corner of Main Street and Stapley Drive to close.

Quik Cash payday loans and a former party store are already empty.

Those probably won’t be the last to close on that corner, Quintana said. Other vendors tell him they worry about making the rent.

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Scorecard: Candidates Still Have A Long Way To Go On Immigration Sat, 29 Dec 2007 19:35:00 +0000 The Watchdog scorecard beck rating excellent candidates hemmed hawed huckabee

The Bulletin

NumbersUSA, an immigration reform group, has issued an updated scorecard grading the Republican presidential candidates on their immigration record. Its president, Roy Beck, argues all candidates have a long way to go, especially in opposing amnesty for illegals.

“Overall these [candidates] are pretty disappointing. Now that Rep. Tom Tancredo has dropped out of the race, only two candidates are left who have vigorous and thorough enough opposition to amnesty to warrant an ‘excellent’ rating,” Mr. Beck explained. Only two Republicans remain in the “excellent” category: Duncan Hunter and Fred Thompson.

“Ron Paul still gets a ‘good’ rating and could get an ‘excellent’ if he would make clear how he plans to handle the illegal aliens here if they don’t get an amnesty,” explained Mr. Beck.

“[Mitt] Romney and [Mike] Huckabee were earning themselves a ‘good’ rating just a couple of weeks ago. But both went on national TV and hemmed and hawed around amnesty questions, thoroughly confusing their message,” stated Mr. Beck, who reduced both of them to “fair.” Over the course of the campaign, Mr. Romney has been criticized for twice employing a landscaper who used illegal immigrants as workers, and Mr. Huckabee has come under fire for supporting tuition aid for illegal immigrants.

Rudy Giuliani and John McCain are in the “bad” category, though Mr. McCain has improved from his previous ranking of “abysmal,” where all the Democrat candidates reside.

While not endorsing any candidate, Mr. Beck contends the Democrats are “dancing around” the issue of amnesty, thus “putting themselves at a severe disadvantage to win the fall general election.”

The scorecard also addressed other immigration-related issues, such as mandatory workplace verification, increased security at the border and ending sanctuary cities.

Mexican Government To Use “biochips” To Curb Immigration Into Mexico Sat, 29 Dec 2007 04:48:06 +0000 The Watchdog Central Americans Guatemala bio chip electronic chip mexico immigration Mexicans are such hypocrites and human rights violators. That country disgusts me.


MEXICO CITY - Mexico is going high tech to better track the movements of Central Americans who regularly cross the southern border to work or visit.

Starting in March, the National Immigration Institute will distribute cards containing electronic chips.

Those items will record every arrival and departure of so-called temporary workers and visitors, mostly from Guatemala.

The cards will replace a non-electronic pass formerly given to area residents.

Officials say the purpose is to guarantee security for workers and visitors.

Statistics from the institute show that more than 182,000 undocumented migrants were detained in Mexico in 2006. Most were Central Americans from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador en route to the U.S.

Christie Czajkowski’s Bogus Lawsuit Against Minuteman Jeff Schwilk Dismissed Sat, 29 Dec 2007 01:29:31 +0000 The Watchdog Christie Czajkowski Minuteman Jeff Schwilk lawsuit beaten raped

Christie Czajkowski

Christie was a no show in court for her own lawsuit!

Christie Czajkowski is a sick paranoid malicious woman that needs medication. She’s been harassing Jeff Schwilk for over 10 months now. She filed a phoney lawsuit and didn’t even show up in court. Nice one Christie!

She’s been lying to the Spanish Media and working with Hispanic separatist Claudia Smith to bring forth frivolous lawsuits against Jeff Schwilk. Right now Christie is working with Claudia Smith on the laughable one million dollar defamation lawsuit against Jeff Schwilk. Socialist activist, Joanne Yoon claims Jeff wrote an email and called her a Korean, anorexic slut, and for that Joanne Yoon wants one million dollars. Christe Czajkowski is their star witness!

Christie Czajkowski is a narcissist playing the eternal victim card. Her lies get bigger and bigger the more she tells them. In her frivolous lawsuit she claimed Jeff Schwilk beat her, but lately on the Internet she’s been saying that she was raped. At one point she was claiming that a Minuteman shot at her on the border, but now she’s been saying that she was actually shot. She claims the government and the Minutemen are working together to kill her. She claims to be under surveillance, that her house has been broken into, and set on fire.

This woman is an unemployable mess and an unfit parent. I hope one day Christie’s mother will stop paying her rent, take custody of the children and send Christie Czajkowski to a mental institution where she belongs.

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NC Times

VISTA — A Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit that a former spokeswoman for the San Diego Minutemen filed against the anti-illegal immigration group’s founder, court records showed.

Judge Michael Orfield dismissed the case in September after Christie Czajkowski, who filed the lawsuit, failed to appear in court for hearings scheduled in August and September.

Attorneys for Jeff Schwilk, founder of the San Diego Minutemen, also had asked Orfield to dismiss the case because Czajkowski had not responded to their requests for information even though Orfield had ordered her to do so.

Filed in March, Czajkowski’s lawsuit alleged that Schwilk “beat, struck, punched, dragged and battered” her in a Feb. 4 incident at his home. Czajkowski was asking $700,000 in damages. Schwilk has called the allegations in the lawsuit “lies and false statements” and in a court document denied all Czajkowski’s claims.

The same Feb. 4 incident also prompted Schwilk to obtain a temporary restraining order against Czajkowski, but a judge declined at a hearing in March to extend the order.

Parasites Spreading Among US Invaders And Poor Fri, 28 Dec 2007 20:12:01 +0000 The Watchdog parasitic tropical diseases infect tapeworms seizure hispanic latin america roundworms Dr Peter Hotez latino black africa roundworms MSNBC

WASHINGTON - Roundworms may infect close to a quarter of inner city black children, tapeworms are the leading cause of seizures among U.S. Hispanics and other parasitic diseases associated with poor countries are also affecting Americans, a U.S. expert said on Tuesday.

Recent studies show many of the poorest Americans living in the United States carry some of the same parasitic infections that affect the poor in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, said Dr. Peter Hotez, a tropical disease expert at George Washington University and editor-in-chief of the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Writing in the journal, Hotez said these parasitic infections had been ignored by most health experts in the United States.

He noted a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, presented in November, found that almost 14 percent of the U.S. population is infected with Toxocara roundworms, which dogs and cats can pass to people.

“Urban playgrounds in the United States have recently been shown to be a particularly rich source of Toxocara eggs and inner-city children are at high risk of acquiring the infection,” Hotez wrote, adding that this might be partly behind the rise in asthma cases in the country. Up to 23 percent of urban black children may be infected, he said.

“Because of its possible links to asthma, it would be important to determine whether covert toxocariasis is a basis for the rise of asthma among inner-city children in the northeastern United States,” he added.

“Cysticercosis is another very serious parasitic worm infection … caused by the tapeworm Taenia solium, that results in seizures and other neurological manifestations,” Hotez wrote.

He said up to 2,000 new cases of neurological disease caused by tapeworms are diagnosed every year in the United States. More than 2 percent of adult Latinos may be infected, and with 35 million Hispanics in the United States, this could add up to tens of thousands of cases, Hotez said.

“In the hospitals of Los Angeles, California, neurocysticercosis currently accounts for 10 percent of all seizures presenting to some emergency departments,” he wrote.

“We need to begin erasing these horrific health disparities,” Hotez wrote in the paper.