Bush says not to worry about losing your job.

“I know many Americans feel uneasy about new competition and worry that trade will cost jobs,” Bush said. “So the federal government is providing substantial funding for trade adjustment assistance that helps Americans make the transition from one job to the next. We are working to improve federal job-training programs. And we are providing strong support for America’s community colleges, where people of any age can go to learn new skills for a better, high-paying career.”

ZoomTown

Since Democrats took control of Congress in January, it has not approved any free trade agreements that the administration has negotiated, and it has allowed Bush’s authority to negotiate future deals under expedited procedures to expire.

Before lawmakers now are agreements with Peru and Panama, considered likely to pass, and with Colombia and South Korea, both seen as precarious. The deal with Colombia is in trouble over human rights issues and there is strong opposition to the South Korea agreement because of barriers erected by Seoul to keep out U.S. autos and beef.

The administration already has reached agreement with Democrats to include tougher language on protecting worker rights and the environment. But critics say five consecutive years of record U.S. trade deficits have played a major role in the loss of more than 3 million manufacturing jobs since Bush took office in 2001.

NY Times

LONG ISLAND officials protested when federal agents searching for immigrant gang members raided local homes two weeks ago. The agents had rousted American citizens and legal immigrants from their beds in the night, complained Lawrence W. Mulvey, the Nassau County police commissioner, and arrested suspected illegal immigrants without so much as a warrant.

?We don?t need warrants to make the arrests,? responded Peter J. Smith, the special agent in charge in New York for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, the agency that conducted the raids.

His concise answer helps explain the friction that the Bush administration?s recent campaign of immigration enforcement has caused. Last week, immigration officials announced that they had made more than 1,300 arrests across the country over the summer when they went looking for gang members. Since the raids were carried out under immigration law, many protections in place under the American criminal codes did not apply. Foreign residents of the United States, whether here legally or not, answer to a different set of rules.

Immigration agents are not required to obtain warrants to detain suspects. The agents also have broad authority to question people about their immigration status and to search them and their homes. There are no Miranda rights that agents must read when making arrests. Detained immigrants have the right to a lawyer, but only one they can pay for.

While criminal suspects are generally sent to jails near the courts that hear their cases, immigration agents have discretion in deciding where to hold immigrants detained for deportation. Many suspected illegal immigrants who were detained in Nassau County, for example, were quickly moved to York, Pa., distant from family and legal advice.

This parallel course for noncitizens is not new. But it has come into fuller view as the enforcement drive has swept up record numbers of illegal immigrants, also reaching legal immigrants and citizens. In answer, a barrage of lawsuits is challenging both the laws and their enforcers.

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Former Border Agent Talks About The Insanity Of The Job In New Book

GIVE ME YOUR MURDERERS, YOUR HUDDLED CONS …
IN OUR FLAWED SYSTEM, EVEN CRIMINALS CAN?T BE SENT HOME
New York Post
October 14, 2007

October 14, 2007 — America’s immigration system is obviously broken, but to get a sense for just how dysfunctional it really is, scan the pages of Ames Holbrook’s ?The Deporter.” This first-person account of the four years Holbrook spent working to deport criminal aliens from the United States is as hair-raising as it is distressing.

Take Holbrook’s description of his encounter with an illegal alien named ?Rodolfo,” a career criminal ?with eight felony convictions, burglary to battery, and a sex assault thrown in.” Holbrook walked him out of jail but instead of throwing him out of the country, he had to release him free and clear. Why? Because he falsely claimed he was from Cuba.

There is a short list of countries - in Holbrook’s terminology the ?Big Four” - that do not take back their criminal citizens: Cuba, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. If the country will not issue travel documents for its citizens to return home, there is nothing deportation officers can do to get these criminals out of the United States. Holbrook explains that many criminals know the system well enough to know how not to get deported. Rodolfo, who was most likely a Mexican, knew that if he admitted his true nationality he’d be deported back home. So he claimed to be Cuban and without any document to prove otherwise (which is why illegals are offically known as undocumented aliens), he couldn’t be deported.

What makes things even worse is that because of a 2001 Supreme Court decision, the immigration authorities can no longer indefinitely detain criminal aliens from countries that will not take them back. So when a criminal alien is finished serving his jail term, deportation officers like Holbrook are forced to release them back among the rest of us. In another case, Holbrook had to inform a Vietnamese woman called Jacqueline that the violent felon who attacked her was being released from custody. Since his native country, Laos, wouldn’t take him back, and the courts ruled he couldn’t be held indefinitely, he had to be let go. Holbrook says he is haunted by her cries of anguish.

As a former immigration agent, I can sympathize with Holbrook’s predicament. But some of his descriptions of breaking rules and resorting to deceitful tactics just to get criminal aliens deported - like lying about the crimes for which the alien was convicted so that the foreign country will be forced to accept their citizen - are worrisome to say the least.

This is a story for anyone who is concerned about how the failure to secure this country’s borders imperils our safety and our nation’s security. But it’s only one story. Frighteningly, each of the other components of the immigration system is just as dysfunctional as the deportation branch described here.

Michael W. Cutler is a former senior special agent of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

The Deporter (Buy it here)
One Agent’s Struggle against the U.S. Government’s Refusal to Expel Criminal Aliens
by Ames Holbrook
Sentinel

Navy Officer And U.S.-Born Citizen, Cannot Get A Driver?s License In New York

A New York Resident, Navy Officer And U.S.-Born Citizen, Cannot Get A Driver?s License; etc.
VDARE
October 13, 2007

The New York license issue holds a special resonance for me. Last month, I was denied renewal of my license because, although I have a social security number, I don?t have a card.

I’m a military officer and I carry a military ID card which bears my Social Security number. My military ID also has my photo, a scan of my DNA (nope, not joking), and an embedded microchip.

While one does occasionally hear of an illegal alien in the military, as an officer I am required to be a citizen. I had to endure a three-year background check where each facet of my life was carefully examined.

When I reasonably pointed out to the DMV apparatchiks that I held one of the US’s most secure forms of identification and that a Social Security card is one of the most easily- and often-forged documents in the world, I was politely but firmly invited to leave the building.

Maybe some good will come out of Gov. Spitzer’s plan to reward illegal aliens with driver licenses.

Since these persecuted, hard-working undocumented workers (as Spitzer portrays them) will now have a document they can call their very own perhaps we can get back to calling them “illegal aliens.”

When we selfish immigration realists protest Spitzer’s scheme to give illegal aliens and terrorists driver licenses ? literally carte blanche to go wherever they like in the country without challenge?we must remember that Spitzer is also ending discrimination against US military officers.

Presumably I will now, just like the illegal aliens, be able to obtain my license without a Social Security card.

I?m sure Spitzer wouldn’t want to be guilty of failure to support the troops.

USNAVY03 is an executive for an investment adviser in New York and former active duty US Navy officer now in the Navy Reserve. Send him mail c/o witan@vdare.com

Vicente Fox On Jon Stewart Show, Wants North American Union

Why the hell is the audience clapping for this loser? God, are we in trouble.


National Sovereignty and Our Nutjob President By The Southern Avenger

I hate Bush so much I scare myself when I think about that pile of shit.


“Migrant Air” In Mexico Fly Illegals To U.S. Border For “Rock-Bottom Fares”

?It?s much more comfortable than the bus, and about the same price,? said Leopoldo Torres, 37, of Mexico City, as he stretched his legs aboard a Volaris flight to Mexicali. He and a traveling companion, Julio Menéndez, planned to cross into the USA illegally through the California desert.”

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Discount airlines fly migrants to U.S. border
USA Today
October 12, 2007

MEXICALI, Mexico ? New Mexican discount airlines are using rock-bottom fares to cater to legal and illegal migrants heading for the USA.

The airlines ? known among fliers as Aeromigrante, or “Migrant Air” ? take passengers from central or southern Mexico to cities along the northern border such as Tijuana and Mexicali. From there, customers make their way across the U.S. border.

The flights are part of a booming services industry for the estimated 13 million Mexican and Central American migrants who reside in the USA. Passengers who used to make bus trips of several days can arrive at the border well-rested for the often dangerous crossing.

Return flights south are often nearly empty of passengers, and some routes offer only one-way service. One of the airlines, Tijuana-based Avolar, estimates that 70% of its customers have the USA as their final destination.

“The most productive routes we have are cities where you have those passengers who are traveling with the idea of the American dream,” said Luis Ceceña, a company spokesman.
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Other budget carriers such as Volaris, Interjet and Click have started operations in the past two years and make air travel affordable to poorer Mexicans. One-way flights to Tijuana from central Mexico cost about $150, half what they did a few years ago.

“It’s much more comfortable than the bus, and about the same price,” said Leopoldo Torres, 37, of Mexico City, as he stretched his legs aboard a Volaris flight to Mexicali. He and a traveling companion, Julio Menéndez, planned to cross into the USA illegally through the California desert.

Migrants said another factor driving them to fly is the difficulty of crossing the border as the United States builds fences and adds Border Patrol agents. Smugglers who aid their journey have doubled their fees to $2,000 or more, making an airline ticket seem less expensive, said Guillermo Hernández of Guerrero.

Some airlines try to get even more migrant business. Avolar offers Greyhound bus connections from Tijuana to Fresno, where many migrants work on farms. Aero California takes payments through Western Union, used by many migrants to send money home.

Ceceña said the airlines should not be responsible for policing their passengers. “We have a saying in Mexico: ‘Let the other hens cackle; you take care of your own eggs,’ ” he said. “It’s a good business for us, and we’re going to keep taking care of those customers.”

George W. Bush, Globalist

President Bush is about to take his country by the hand and make a great leap forward into world government. He has signed on to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, or the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), which transfers jurisdiction over the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Arctic oceans and all the oil and mineral resources they contain, to an International Seabed Authority. This second United Nations would be ceded eternal hegemony over two-thirds of the Earth. It is the greatest U.N. power grab in history and, thanks to George Bush, is about to succeed.

Within the Authority, consisting of 155 nations, America would have one vote and no veto. However, we would pay the principal share of the operating costs, as we do today of the United Nations.

In 1978, Ronald Reagan declared, “No national interest of the United States can justify handing sovereign control of two-thirds of the Earth’s surface over to the Third World.”

Rejecting the New International Economic Order that sought to effect a historic transfer of wealth and power from the First World to the Third, President Reagan in 1982 refused to sign the Law of the Sea Treaty or send it to the Senate. Now, Bush, Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., have resurrected this monstrosity and are about to ram it through the U.S. Senate with, if you can believe it, the support of the U.S. Navy.

Thousands Of Cubans Are Migrating Through Mexico To The USA.

Cuban migrants have it easier on U.S.-Mexico border
San Diego Union Tribune
October 11, 2007

LAREDO, Texas ? The United States has tightened security on the Mexican border and deported illegal immigrants but one group of Hispanics is welcome at border posts: Cubans fleeing the communist island.

Unlike migrants from across Latin America who trek through deserts and mountains to enter the United States, Cubans only have to show up and request political asylum to be allowed in.

With the U.S. Coast Guard stemming the flow of Cubans across the Florida Straits, record numbers now head for Mexico and then travel overland to the U.S. border on routes used by hundreds of thousands of other Hispanic immigrants a year.

Some 11,500 Cubans arrived in the United States this way in the last 12 months, mainly through Texas, almost twice as many as in 2005, U.S. government statistics show.

Most are male, between 30 and 45 years old and pay smugglers up to $15,000 each to board packed speed boats for a 140-mile ride from communist Cuba to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. There, they are driven in trucks to the border and present themselves as Cubans to enter the United States.

Although they do not have to risk their lives trekking through the desert or crossing the Rio Grande river like other Latin American migrants, the Cubans still have a hard time.

?It is a terrible ordeal. You risk your life to cross the ocean and then you have to get across Mexico illegally,? said Leo, a 31-year-old Cuban computer technician who declined to give his second name, at the border bridge into Laredo, Texas.

Abandoned by his smugglers in central Mexico as they approached a military highway checkpoint, Leo made his way to Texas hiding in the back of buses. ?I’ve been robbed and beaten, I haven’t eaten in days,? he said.

Under U.S. ?wet foot, dry foot? immigration rules, Cubans who make it onto U.S. soil can usually stay and apply for residency while those intercepted at sea are sent back. Illegal immigrants from other Latin American countries are sent back no matter where they are captured…..

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The Terminator Terminates Any Chance Of Locals Controlling Illegal Immigration

New law prevents cities from turning landlords into immigration police
San Jose Mercury News
October 11, 2007

As cities across the country grapple with illegal immigration, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a new state law Wednesday that prohibits county and municipal governments in California from enacting local laws that would require landlords to ask a tenant’s immigration status.

California may be the first state in the country to use state legislation to deal with a growing national trend that began in 2006 when the city of Hazelton, Pa., approved a city ordinance that penalized landlords for renting to illegal immigrants.

“These ordinances are a result of a larger problem,” said Francisco Castillo, a spokesman for the governor. He cited “the failure of Congress to enact meaningful immigration reform.”

The bills’ sponsor, Assemblyman Charles M. Calderon, D-City of Industry, and leaders of a state association of apartment owners, hailed the new law, which takes effect on Jan. 1, as a civil rights victory.

“It’s important legislation because it’s the beginning of a trend we’re seeing throughout the country as cities begin to try to establish their own foreign policies,” Calderon said.

“Only the federal government can do that,” he said. “It’s important that we don’t have vigilante justice.”

The Concerned Women for America, a Christian women’s group, opposed AB 976. In legislative documents, the group said that cities and municipalities are trying to use local ordinances to deal with illegal immigration “and prevent squalor that is dangerous not only to the individuals involved, but also to the surrounding neighborhoods where sanitation, parking and other troubles ensue.”

A national spokeswoman for the group did not return a telephone message.

The American Civil Liberties Union, labor unions, immigrant advocacy groups and landlord groups pushed for the bill, AB 976, after the city of Escondido passed an ordinance last year that prohibited landlords from renting to illegal immigrants, and imposed penalties when landlords failed to check on the immigration status of prospective tenants.

Civil rights groups successfully challenged the ordinance in federal court, arguing that it would lead to discrimination of immigrants seeking housing and turn landlords into immigration police.

The Escondido ordinance was later rescinded.

A federal lawsuit on the Hazelton, P.A., case is pending.

Such local ordinances put landlords “between a rock and a hard place,” said Ron Kingston, a lobbyist for the landlord group, Apartment Association of California Southern Cities.

“We needed to be assured that our landlords were not going to become de facto immigration police,” Kingston said. “We needed confirmation that our landlords and managers can receive information to determine the financial qualification and identity of tenants.”

The new law reaffirms the ability of landlords to conduct credit checks on tenants.

Calderon said local ordinances such as the one proposed in Escondido left “landlords caught.”

“If they complied, they faced substantial liabilities under state federal laws,” he said. “If they didn’t, then they’re subject to local penalties.”

Immigrant groups across the state supported AB 976.

“It protects tenants from discrimination for the way they look or how they sound,” said Isabel Alegria, a spokeswoman for the Oakland-based California Immigrant Policy Center.

Criminal Illegal Alien Burns Finger Tips To Avoid Being Identified

Border agents arrest felon with burned fingerprints
Fox 11 AZ
October 11, 2007

A man who authorities say burned his fingerprints in an attempt to conceal his identity was detained as he tried to enter the United States illegally.

Border Patrol agents from the Tucson sector arrested 25-year-old Mateo Cruz-Cruz on the evening of October 10 after he attempted to sneak into the U.S. by jumping a fence east of the Douglas, Arizona port of entry.

According to a news release, agents noticed Cruz had burned his fingerprints when they were entering his informing into the ENFORCE/IAFIS database. Agents discovered he had been previously convicted for sexual assault of a minor in Iowa in 2004.

After further investigation, agents discovered Cruz had also been deported from the U.S. in March of 2004.

The news release indicates that Cruz will be prosecuted for illegal entry due to his status as an aggravated felon and based on his criminal immigration record.

Immigrant’s Sex With Minor Doesn’t Merit Deportation

SF Gate

An immigrant who is in the United States legally does not have to be deported if convicted of having sex with a minor, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

In a 2-1 decision, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said the crime that Alberto Quintero-Salazar admitted in 1998, illegal intercourse between an adult over 21 and a youth under 16, was not the type of “vile, base or depraved” conduct that subjects a lawful U.S. resident to deportation.

Quintero entered the United States from Mexico in 1990, became a legal permanent resident in 1994, and runs a home repair and maintenance business in a Bay Area community that his lawyers declined to identify. His wife and children are U.S. citizens.

He pleaded no contest to the sex crime charge in 1998 and was sentenced to 11 months in jail. The court quoted a therapist as saying Quintero has attended a court-ordered treatment program, returned for additional therapy, and showed responsibility for his family and employees.

The court did not give details of the crime, and Quintero’s immigration lawyers said they knew only that the sex was consensual.

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“We All Know Who Paints Their Homes Tropical Colors”

TheEagle.com

FARMERS BRANCH — Some residents of this Dallas suburb that tried to ban apartment rentals to illegal immigrants now want the city to regulate which colorful hues people can paint their homes.

Although the City Council hasn’t decided whether to consider any house paint restrictions, Hispanic leaders say it’s yet another effort to target Latinos in the city.

“I believe controlling the color you paint your house is basically profiling the Hispanic community,” said Elizabeth Villafranca, whose family owns a Mexican restaurant in Farmers Branch. “We all know who paints their homes tropical colors.”

Two residents asked that the council discuss mandatory exterior color standards for buildings.

Such paint ordinances are usually set by homeowners’ associations in the suburbs. Historical districts also regulate colors in an effort to preserve the original appearance of homes, said Jeffrey Rous, a University of North Texas professor who teaches urban economics.

Farmers Branch resident Tom Bohmier wonders whether there’s a way to balance ruling out some shocking colors while keeping individuality. One of his neighbors has a home painted in several colors, including a flashy blue.

“It tends to harm the value of the neighborhood when people are shopping for homes,” he said.

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Amero Plot Real, Says Biz Columnist

WorldNetDaily

The U.S. dollar might be destined to disappear, replaced by a regional currency called the amero, reports the Tokyo correspondent for the Singapore Business Times today.

“Truth is said to be stranger than fiction sometimes, and what I hear about the future of the U.S. dollar may sound like pure fiction, but the sources from whence the reports spring are, as they say, ‘usually reliable’ ones, and so they do have a ring of truth to them,” writes Anthony Rowley.

Rowley says the slide of the U.S. dollar in relation to other foreign currencies makes such a transition more likely.

“And, looking at the size of U.S. debt to all those foreign central banks and private investors who obligingly finance the American current account deficit, similar conclusions might be drawn,” he writes.

Because the U.S. is not going to stand by and watch its currency depreciate forever, he says his sources in the monetary and financial establishment plan a new currency that would take trade and investment cooperation within the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, into new areas of monetary cooperation ? leading ultimately, perhaps, to a common currency for the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

In addition to the name “amero,” Rowley says the name “americo” is also under consideration for this new currency.

“It would be a currency more likely to be judged worth the paper it is written on than the obligations of a highly indebted U.S.,” he writes

Rowley says there is also talk of an Asian monetary union and common currency.

The commentary follows what appeared to be confirmation of the common North American currency plan by former Mexican President Vicente Fox, who told CNN’s Larry King this week [watch video] that he and President Bush had agreed on a regional currency for the Americas.

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Hospitals Seeking Help From The State (Taxpayers)

Illegal aliens get a free ride and we pay for it in higher health care costs, higher insurance rates, and higher taxes.

Daily Breeze

County officials and executives from nine hospitals adversely affected by recent emergency room closures will make a plea for more money Thursday to a state commission that oversees Medi-Cal reimbursement rates.

The nine private hospitals have been losing millions of dollars due to the influx of uninsured patients and those covered by Medi-Cal, which has the lowest reimbursement rate for services in the country. County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center near Torrance has also been affected by the closure.

“We don’t have the luxury of failing,” said Jim Lott, executive director of the Hospital Association of Southern California, a trade organization that is spearheading Thursday’s meeting. “If we see even one of these hospitals close, it will have a dramatic ripple effect on the whole health system. It would make a horrible situation even worse.”

The August closure of the 48-bed emergency room at Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital in Willowbrook was the tipping point of a long-simmering problem, Lott said. Four other hospitals or emergency rooms have closed in the last five years, forcing patients in some of the poorest [illegal alien populated] areas near Hawthorne, Gardena and El Segundo into already-crowded hospitals that have had to absorb about 100,000 additional emergency room visits each year.

Centinela Freeman Memorial Health System based in Inglewood, along with eight other private hospitals identified by the county, have suffered serious financial repercussions. Some are considering closing their emergency rooms as early as next year, officials say.

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