Archive for December, 2006

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Lodge: New wave of immigration is newsworthy
By Richard K. Lodge/News editor
MetroWest Daily News
December 22, 2006

“I’m not a bigot. I’m not a prejudiced person,” the woman said - clearly not hearing her own words - over the phone. Like a few readers this week, she wanted to tell me she was “disgusted” with the Daily News four-day series “The Brazil Connection.”

“Is this the Milford News or the Brazilian News?” one man wrote in an e-mail.
“Why are you writing about these people?” another man said in an obscenity-laced voice mail message that greeted me Monday morning. “Nobody gives a s— about Brazilians.”

Staff writer Liz Mineo spent more than a week in Brazil earlier this year interviewing dozens of residents, people who had lived in Massachusetts and others who had relatives living and working here. When she returned to Framingham she conducted dozens more interviews at this end of the migration pipeline with immigrants, academics, employers and government officials. Her work resulted in our in-depth series “The Brazil Connection.”

Some readers saw the word “Brazilian” on the front page two days in a row and, instead of taking time to read the stories to learn what this was all about, they picked up the phone or sent an e-mail to complain.

Why were we giving “all that publicity to the Brazilians? Why are you promoting those people?” one man asked.

Had he taken the time to read, he would have found a series that looked deep into the roots of the 30-plus year migration from the city of Governador Valadares, Brazil, to Framingham, exploring the huge economic and social impacts that back-and-forth flow of people has made.

Although some readers don’t want to read or hear anything about the influence this group of immigrants is having, as the newspapers in the heart of this region, we believe reporting on the immigration debate - including news from the source in Brazil Á is important, local and what most readers expect.

We’re not “promoting” the Brazilians. We’re reporting on them.

One man called to say he was sick of our advocacy of Brazilians. “They come here and earn money and then send it back to Brazil,” he said.

Yes, and that’s exactly what several of Liz Mineo’s stories detailed this week: The MetroWest region has been a magnet for Brazilians who come for jobs and send money home, where its buying power is magnified in the Brazil economy. A year or two or five of hard work at two or three jobs in America can yield a home, a car and the ability to open a business back in Brazil.

Like previous - and in some cases, ongoing - waves of Poles, Italians, Chinese, Russians, Irish and Mexicans, many Brazilians make the journey here in search of a better life. For some, that life is here; for others, that better life means returning to Brazil. Many of them, as Mineo reported, work hard, make money and return to Brazil, sometimes repeating that process over and over.

Some people resent the influx of foreigners. They’ve come to take our jobs, to take our money, to “push out the middle class people of Marlborough,” as one woman wrote to me.

“What is with all the Brazilian articles? I have lived in Marlboro almost all of my life and personally take offense at how the city has become a haven for Latinos who expect us to pay to teach them English in our schools and let them mooch off of us through free lunches at school and food stamps, free medical care and specially funded programs so that they can buy homes on our dollar,” she wrote.

For anyone tempted to condemn those who come from Brazil, I’d recommend substituting different words in your condemnation, and maybe bringing it up in conversation during this Christmas and Hanukkah season.:

Those “Brazilians” have come to take our jobs and our money.

Those “blacks” are trying to push the middle class out of our town.

Those “Irish” come here so they can get a free education in our schools.

Those “Jews” and those “Italians” and those “women” and “Catholics” have come here and changed everything. It’s just not America anymore.

Every wave of immigration to this country over the last three centuries has had significant, long-term impacts. The Brazilian migration to Massachusetts has made - and continues to make - changes in our region, some good, some bad.

The Daily News isn’t becoming “the Brazilian News,” but is working to document the impacts and try to explain what drives the migration and how it is changing our lives.

To read the series go to www.metrowestdailynews.com/specialreport to see all the stories.

Richard Lodge is editor of the Daily News and writes a column published Fridays. His e-mail is rlodge@cnc.com

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    A Dec. 23 car accident has devastated a Montgomery family,
    killing a mother, father and two children, and leaving three other
    children with no parents. A language barrier and deportation
    fears have worsened the situation. Maria Agilar, left, and Carmen
    Pantaleon are relatives of Faustio Pantaleon and his wife,
    Natalia, who were both killed in the crash.


crash tears family apart
Montgomery Advertiser
December 30, 2006

On a desolate stretch of highway just south of Montgomery, a man driving his family back from visiting relatives collided head-on with another car last weekend. His wife and youngest daughter died at the scene. He and his youngest son were taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead.

The occupants of the other car were hospitalized after the collision. Jeff Thompson, the driver, and Beth Thompson, both of Montgomery, were taken to Jackson Hospital and survived.

But the family of driver Faustio Pantaleon said they now are concerned about the fates of the other three children in his car, all in critical condition at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.

Carmen Pantaleon, Faustio’s cousin, said she’s worried the suddenly-parentless children will be split up. Salvador, 6, and Silbia, 4, were born in the United States, but older sister Araceli, 8, was born in Mexico and is in this country illegally.

“We’re sad all this has happened,” Carmen Pantaleon said through an interpreter. “But we worry that the children are still not safe.”

Natalie Johnson, who interprets for the family, said getting information about the children has been difficult. The language barrier, she said, prevented family members from initially finding where the children had been taken after the accident, and since they were located at the hospital in Birmingham, getting information on their condition has been difficult.

“What can I tell (the hospital)?” Johnson said. “I’m not a mother or relative, I’m not in the family, so the doctors won’t tell me anything.”

That prevents Faustio Pantaleon’s brothers from learning about the children’s condition, Johnson said, because they speak no English.

“It’s very difficult,” Carmen Pantaleon said. “We don’t know how they are.”

The Rev. Omar Hernandez delivers a Spanish sermon Sunday mornings at Eastern Hills Baptist Church. In emergencies, he said, victims and their families who don’t speak English can be put in a difficult situation.

“When they have a need like going to the hospital, a communication barrier is the first difficulty they face,” Hernandez said. “They don’t say they’re scared, but they are.”

Hernandez said families with undocumented or illegal members can be split up. In situations like these, the two youngest surviving children, who are American citizens, can be placed in foster care. But Araceli, the oldest surviving child, risks deportation to relatives in Mexico, Hernandez said……

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Immigrant suit gets 2nd chance
Plaintiffs want to halt deportations of parents whose kids are citizens
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted December 30 2006

A South Florida lawsuit that seeks to temporarily block deportations of immigrants with children who are U.S. citizens was given a chance to go forward Friday.

The lawsuit argues that U.S.-born children are deprived of their civil rights when authorities send their undocumented parents to their home countries. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates there are 3.1 million children in that situation nationally.

Although U.S. District Judge Paul Huck dismissed the original complaint, he gave lawyers until Jan. 16 to fine-tune their case and resubmit it.

Initially filed in Miami federal court in October, the case is supported by local immigrant advocates.

“I’m so happy. It’s a great opportunity to do more research. I think we’re going in the right direction,” said Nora Sandigo, executive director of the American Fraternity advocacy group and the guardian named to represent almost 60 children involved in the case.

Since Sandigo filed the suit in October, more than 100 families from across the United States have added their names to the roster of potential plaintiffs.

The court case, seen by some experts as a long shot, coincides with growing frustration over illegal immigration in the United States and with renewed efforts to pass an immigration overhaul in Congress. The case pins its chances for success on the possibility legislators will revive a Senate plan to grant legal status to 8 million undocumented immigrants.

Alfonso Oviedo, the plaintiffs’ lead attorney in the case, said he might ask the court for a declaratory judgment — a ruling that states some kind of rights abuse has occurred, but does not carry any relief, like a suspension of deportations. Such a judgment would strengthen the case, Oviedo said, if he tries to bring it before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Government lawyers have questioned whether federal courts have jurisdiction over cases like the one brought by Sandigo. Oviedo said that argument was part of the reason he might try to pursue the case with the Supreme Court.

“Going to the Supreme Court is a privilege; it’s not a right in most cases,” he said. But he added a gradual shift in immigration enforcement had pushed many deportation issues to the high court, so that it acted like a district court in some instances.

Nobody at the U.S. Attorney’s Office could be reached for comment, despite several attempts by phone.

Huck’s decision came after a government request to dismiss the case on the grounds that an identical suit had been decided already. Specifically, government lawyers referred to a 1999 case regarding Honduran children, which was dismissed. Oviedo argued that dismissal became moot when the Clinton administration granted temporary protected status to Hondurans living illegally in the United States, a decision handed down while the case was still pending.

The Bush administration has since renewed that immigration shield for Hondurans to help their homeland rebuild after the devastation from Hurricane Mitch in 1998.


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I realize this is not an immigration story but the end of Saddam Hussien is worth mentioning. May you not rest in peace Saddam.

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      Saddam Hussein 1937-2006

    A witness to Saddam Hussein’s execution in Baghdad said that celebrations broke out after the former dictator died, and that there was “dancing around the body.”

    “Saddam’s body is in front me,” said an official in the prime minister’s office when CNN telephoned. “It’s over.”

    In the background, Shiite chanting could be heard. When asked about the chanting, the official said “These are employees of the prime minister’s office and government chanting in celebration.”

    The execution took place shortly after 6 a.m. (10 p.m. Friday ET), Iraq’s national security adviser, Mowaffak al-Rubaie, told Iraqi television.

    A power outage delayed the spread of the news to Iraqi citizens. But as word got out, gunfire broke out in the capital’s streets. It was unclear whether the shooting was celebratory in nature.

    Temperatures hovered around freezing hours after the hanging at the start of a Muslim holy day, and CNN correspondents reported relatively few Iraqis on the streets of Baghdad.

    Feisal Istrabadi, Iraq’s U.N. ambassador, told CNN the execution was “a very solemn moment for me.”

    “I can understand why some of my compatriots may be cheering. I have friends whose particular people I can think of who have lost 10, 15, 20 members of their family, more,” Istrabadi said.

    “But for me, it’s a moment really of remembrance of the victims of Saddam Hussein.”

    Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki did not attend the execution, according to an adviser to the prime minister interviewed on state television. Al-Maliki is a member of Iraq’s Shiite majority, which was oppressed during Hussein’s reign.

    The nation has been plagued by violence since the U.S.-led invasion toppled Hussein in 2003, and sectarian bloodshed escalated this year after the February bombing of a Shiite shrine in Samarra.

    The Baath Party, the political movement that ruled Iraq during the Hussein era, warned this week that there would be “grave consequences” if Hussein were executed.

    Saying it would hold the United States responsible, a message appeared on albasrah.net Tuesday that read: “The Baath and the resistance are determined to retaliate in all ways and all places that hurt America and its interests if it commits this crime.”

    The largely Sunni-Arab Baathists said they also would retaliate against members of the Iraqi High Tribunal……

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      Saddam - Had A Bad Day….You Tube Style

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DAY 4: A shaky economy driven by dollars from illegal immigration
Daily News
December 20, 2006

GOVERNADOR VALADARES, Brazil - More than 4,000 miles from the United States, Brazilians are building the American dream.

With money they make in America working as landscapers, house cleaners, painters or baby sitters, Brazilians are buying parcels of land to build in one of the hottest developments of this city in southeastern Brazil.

Called “Cidade Nova” or “New City” the development not far from downtown Valadares has sold more than 60 percent of its 776 lots to Valadares expatriates. The development owners hope to sell the rest by the end of this year.

To do that, developers have set up a toll-free phone number in the United States, launched a Web site in English and Portuguese and advertised on Globo International, a Brazilian television network that airs programming for Brazilians living abroad.

Prices for lots are not cheap from $18,000 for a 2,691-square-foot lot to $30,000 for 3,875 square feet but the development, with its hilly streets, paved roads, water service and electricity, is luring Brazilians from abroad.

“Most of our clients live overseas,” said manager Gilciney Gomes da Oliveira, behind a map of the development with a sea of red pins piercing the lots already sold. “Unfortunately, nobody with his only source of income from Valadares has the money to afford our lots.”

The new neighborhood fueled with money from abroad is one of many, and it symbolizes how the money sent by Valadares natives drives the local economy. Cash sent by Valadares expatriates amounts to $72 million a year, which represents 60 percent of the city’s $127 million budget for 2006.

Half the size of Rhode Island and located 680 miles away from Brazil’s capital, Valadares is the major source of Brazilians coming to the United States, and according to some immigration experts, the major supplier of Brazilians to New England. About 40 percent of Brazilians in Framingham hail from Valadares, a relationship formalized with a sister-city agreement. Many Brazilians in town are here illegally.

Changing face

The investment from overseas has spurred a boom in the real state and construction markets, changing the face of the city.

Locals take pleasure in driving visitors to what they call “American bairros,” the word in Portuguese for neighborhood. On a sunny afternoon, taxi driver Arnaldo Souza pointed to numerous houses built with American money.

“That’s one, that’s another one, that’s one more, and that one, and that one, and that one…,” said Souza, 62. “Everywhere you go, if you see a nice house on the street, it’s almost certain it has been built with money from America.”

Souza should know. He lived in Norwell in 1990 and planned to renovate his house with the money he was earning, but he had to return home after an 18-month stay to care for his father, who was ill. He still keeps his Massachusetts driver’s license in his wallet, a souvenir of his former life as a cook and janitor in the United States.

According to research by demographer Weber Soares, between 1984 and 1993, a period of massive emigration, emigrees bought 10,889 lots, 5,664 houses, 2,068 apartments and 571 stores, which represented 36 percent of all real estate transactions in Valadares over that period. The money invested amounted to more than $150 million. Experts said real estate transactions by emigrants now amount to nearly 50 percent of all transactions.

The number of construction companies and stores that sell construction materials has quadrupled over the past 20 years, said Luiz Alberto Jardim, the owner of a construction company and the president of a regional branch of federation of industries in Minas Gerais state. The real estate boom has also pushed housing prices up and created a housing bubble in the region, with prices locals cannot afford.

Jardim is currently building two 12-story apartment buildings with 50 apartments each. Ten percent of his customers live in the United States.

“The majority of emigrants want to renovate, buy or build a house. That’s their first goal,” said Jardim. “That’s why there are so many fancy houses in Valadares, which is still a modest city in the interior of Brazil.”

Despite all the prosperity, 40 percent of Valadares’ 270,000 people live in poverty. Entire neighborhoods lacking water, electricity or paved roads proliferate on the outskirts of Valadares and close to the railroad tracks in downtown. They can be seen in the distance - modest houses perched on steep hills, which can only be reached by narrow stairs……

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DAY 4: Framingham businessman runs civic organization in Valadares
Daily News
Tuesday, December 19, 2006

GOVERNADOR VALADARES, Brazil - Money is not the only thing emigrants from Valadares bring back home.

In the case of Urbano Santos, a Brazilian community leader in Framingham before he moved to Florida, he wants to bring back home lessons about American democracy.

Santos lived in Framingham since 1988, when he left his hometown of Valadares in search of opportunities, until 2003, when he moved to the Sunshine State. During those 15 years, he became fascinated with New England’s Town Meeting form of local government, in which citizens participate and vote on operating budgets, laws and any other matters of interest.

“Town Meeting is the essence of democracy,” said Santos at his wife’s family home in Valadares, where he has founded a civic organization, Centro Bom Senso, or Common Sense Center, through which he hopes to spread the seeds of democracy in Valadares and Brazil.

“I want people in Valadares to start asking themselves what they can do for their city, rather than what the city can do for them,” said Santos, paraphrasing John F. Kennedy’s famous sentence. “We need to stop thinking the government has to change. People have to change first to make the government change. We have to do it together.”

It’s a long-term project and an uphill battle, Santos acknowledged. The South American country of 180 million is home to a democracy riddled with corruption, nepotism and self-interest. Civic participation is scarce and distrust for politicians, widespread.

“Politicians in Brazil have very good salaries, which is the main reason why people enter in politics,” said Santos. “Most politicians pursue the money and have no genuine interest in serving the community.”

Santos feels at home in both in the United States and Brazil. A former salesman in Valadares, he has found financial success in the United States. He owns an electronics and furniture store in Framingham, and works as a real state agent in Florida, where he lives with his wife and three children.

Santos has several properties in Brazil and a small factory, but it’s in the civic arena where he wants to make a bigger contribution, much the way he did when he founded Framingham’s Brazilian American Association to help Brazilian immigrants. Community activist Ilma Paixao leads the association now.

“Emigrants have a new way of seeing things, a different way of thinking that could make a bigger impact in our country,” he said. “We can give back more than economic riches.”

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Daily News staff writer Liz Mineo, who conducted many of the interviews for this series in Portuguese, traveled to Brazil this summer on a World Affairs Journalism Fellowship from the International Center for Journalists. Liz Mineo can be reached at 508-626-3825 or lmineo@cnc.com

Let her know you don’t appreciate one sided, biased, bleeding heart sob stories. Remind her of the human and economic costs of illegal immigration. She obviously needs an education. Be respectful because she has the power of the public media behind her.

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‘Illegal Immigration: the U.S., Third-World Wasteland?’
News By Us
December 29, 2006

Rep. Tom Tancredo recently attracted the ire of the left-wing media when he made the rather pedestrian observation that Miami â??has become a third-world country.â? This should not be news. Everyone I know who has been to Miami (or southern California or Arizona, for that matter) has noticed the same: the US is being transformed into a third-world cesspool.

This should be no surprise. A recent former military intelligence analyst told me, â??There currently exists a third-world invasion of America. And it is bad. Very bad. If things are not stopped soon, all will be lost. America will become a third-world sewer.â?

Many of the earmarks of a third world country (poverty, disease, ethnic strife, quixotic defense of a â??propositional nation,â? big business driving down wages with cheap labor, gangs, abundant treason, etc.) are currently widespread in the U.S.

There exists a very dangerous new alliance in America: left-wing multiculturalism and big business. Although big business may have sided with conservatives during the Cold War, it now aligns itself with the radical left, and gives most of its money to far Left causes.

Only look at Wal-Mart. Recently Wal-Mart has started giving enormous sums of money to radical pro-homosexual groups, and last year Wal-Mart gave more money to La Raza than to any other organization. What is La Raza? It is the mestizo pro-immigration group that has called for the complete elimination of the white race.

Professor Jose Angel Gutierrez, founder of La Raza, has proudly said: â??We have an aging white Americaâ?¦. They are dyingâ?¦. They are ******** in their pants with fear! I love it!â? He then demands: â??We have got to eliminate the gringo, and what I mean by that is if the worst comes to the worst, we have got to kill him.â?

Kill all the whites, eh? This should be no surprise. Why do Hispanics so hate Western Civilization? Just look at Mexico. With the exception of a very small upper class of European descent, most Mexicans are either Amerindian or mestizo (mostly Amerindian with a few drops of Spaniard or African blood). In short, most Hispanics are genealogically Asian, they are not Western, and they despise the West.

And so the third-world conversion of America continues. A friend of mine in southern California recently watched her once predominantly white neighborhood become 85% mestizo. Crime has increased 700%, HIV 800%, and the school board recently removed all â??white authorsâ? from the reading list. Yes, they have actively been removing all white authors from the schools, and it is also commonplace for mestizos to demand the removal of all â??European elementsâ? from their liturgy.

Many Hispanics, furthermore, identify with terrorists. We know for certain that mestizos are helping terrorists sneak across the Rio Grande. They have made alliances with terrorist cells in India and Bangladesh. At a soccer game in Mexico recently, the crowd erupted in applause when a picture of Bin Laden was shown on the screen. Furthermore, as recently reported by the Christian Science Monitor, at least 200,000 Hispanics in the United States have recently converted to Islam, and this number is expected to increase exponentially.

We are under attack. And there is no polite way to put it. And it is not just Mexico, but all of the third-world……

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Michelle seems to be moving up in the media world. In this clip she is substituting for Bill O’reilly on his Fox News Show. On this episode, identity theft at Swift & Co. Meatpacking Plants is the subject. Michelle asks direct questions to Juan. Does he have any compassion for the American citizens that had their identity stolen by the illegal aliens arrested during the raids? But as usual with his fake smile and contrived demeanor he never answers her questions. Why because he can’t without conceding. Instead he turns it around to make it seem like illegal aliens are the oppressed and abused. Next….. GuardDog

    Michelle Malkin : Brown Supremacist Justifies Identity Theft

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NY Post

Herman Badillo has dropped a bombshell on his fellow Hispanics - charging that too many are mired in poverty because they don’t value education.

“Education is not a high priority in the Hispanic community . . . Hispanics have simply failed to recognize the overriding importance of education,” the first native-born Puerto Rican elected to Congress writes in his new book, “One Nation, One Standard.”

“Hispanics have failed to assume responsibility for their children’s welfare . . . Hispanic parents rarely get involved with their children’s schools. They seldom attend parent-teacher conferences, ensure that children do their homework or inspire their children to dream of attending college,” he adds.

Badillo writes that many Spanish-speaking immigrants are hard workers, but that to get their children to move up the economic ladder would require a cultural shakeup of sacrifice and “self-improvement” by putting education first - as Asian and other U.S. immigrant groups have.

Hispanics can no longer rely on schools and the government to do it for them, he writes.

He further blames “self-segregation” - not discrimination - as a major impediment to progress for many Hispanics. Instead of focusing on assimilating into the American fabric, he writes, too many view themselves as aggrieved minorities.

“Many Hispanic parents seem to accept the characterization of their community as a minority group, something they would find incomprehensible in the Latin and Caribbean countries from which they come,” he writes. “They accept labels such as ‘brown people’ or ‘people of color.’

“Having gone along with such characterizations, some Hispanics behave as if they actually were a persecuted ethnic group, with a permanently diminished capacity for success,” the controversial autobiography says.

Hispanic immigrants would be better served by embracing the American ideal of “one nation, one standard,” Badillo adds.

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LATINOS GIVE BADILLO AN ‘F’
New York Post
December 22, 2006

Herman Badillo’s stinging claim that many Hispanic parents don’t value education ignited a backlash yesterday from Latinos, including one official who accused him of turning “blanquito” - Spanish for a white traitor.

The firestorm surrounds statements the Democrat-turned-Republican Bronx pol makes in his new book: “One Nation, One Standard.”

“Education is not a high priority in the Hispanic community,” Badillo, the first Puerto Rican congressman, writes. The book was excerpted in The Post yesterday.

Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión said he was “saddened” by Badillo’s statements.

“Making gross generalizations about any group of people is irresponsible. Clearly, this is pandering to sell books,” Carrión said.

“That is not true!” fumed Bronx Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo, a mother of seven and former parent activist.

“Badillo is an insult to the Hispanic community. I am ashamed of him . . . He’s blanquito.” [That is Spanish for White traitor]

Evelyn Rodriguez, a fellow Puerto Rican who has a college-bound daughter, said of Badillo, “He sold his soul to be where he is. How dare he generalize us all.”

But others said Badillo showed courage. “I never felt victimized or had a crutch mentality,” said Eliot Lugo, an accountant. “I am very embarrassed by the Puerto Ricans who have become ‘civil rights’ victims and wait for handouts.”

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FrontPageMag

In 2006, none have suffered worse for doing good than Border Patrol agents Ignacio â??Nachoâ? Ramos, 37, and Jose Alonso Compean, 28. In August, the pair received 11 and 12 years in prison, respectively, for trying to stop a drug smuggler from entering the country.

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Daily Bulletin

Evidence of “special-interest aliens” using the Mexican border to gain entry to the United States has been kept secret from the American public, according to federal law enforcement agents, terrorism experts and critics of U.S. foreign policy with Mexico.

In 2005, the Border Patrol apprehended approximately 1.2 million people in the U.S. illegally. Of those, 165,000 were from countries other than Mexico, and roughly 650 were, like Kamal, from special-interest countries, according to the Border Patrol.

Those interviewed by the Daily Bulletin say agencies including the FBI and CIA are not using information from Border Patrol and Drug Enforcement Administration agents to make connections between the drug trade, illegal immigration and terrorist organizations.

“For us to believe that Mexican smugglers will not assist, knowingly or unknowingly, foreign terrorists trying to enter the United States is incomprehensible,” said Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, who, along with other congressional representatives, has pushed for stricter border security policies.

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Brenda Andujar, Victimâ??s Grandmother:
â?? I just canâ??t believe how cold and callous a person would be to know that they hit two human beings and just keep on going regardless of his immigration status and just being a human being.â?

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Tampa, Florida - Police say the driver charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident on the Courtney Campbell Causeway Thursday night is from Mexico and in this country illegally.

Four-and-a-half-year-old Joshua Morrow and his 42-year-old uncle Ronald Bishop were killed in the westbound lanes of the causeway at Bay Harbor Drive.

A witness followed the suspectâ??s gold-colored SUV and gave police the tag number.

Clearwater police arrested 26-year-old Armando Lopez-Canada a short time later.

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    Armando Lopez-Canada

The illegal immigrant is now charged with leaving the scene of an accident with death.

Watch local news video of story.

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WorkPermit.com

Advanced technology industrial interests in the United States are lobbying members of Congress to change immigration policies toward highly skilled immigrants.

Some recent studies are being used to support the case that U.S. high-tech industries are suffering as they compete against other countries in the technology boom these past several years. These interests assert that restrictions on the number of H-1B workers available each year is hurting U.S. companies.

The incoming Speaker of the U.S. House, Nancy Pelosi, has already spoken with Bill Gates about the need for reform. Both have stated that Congress needs to encourage innovation.

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Here’s a follow up to the “Invader Wated For Police Shootings” article.

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LONG BEACH The man killed during a gunbattle with Santa Ana police yesterday has been positively identified as the suspect in the shooting of two Long Beach police officers.

Long Beach police say Oscar Gallegos’ identity was confirmed today following an autopsy.

Gallegos was wanted by police in connection with Friday’s shooting of officers Roy Wade and Abe Yap during a traffic stop.

Police say the officers were still sitting in their squad car after pulling over the driver of a Nissan Pathfinder for running a red light when the driver got out and opened fire. Yap was shot in the face, Wade was shot multiple times in the chest and throat. Yap was a nine-year department veteran. Wade had been in the field only three weeks. Both are recovering in a hospital.

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PalmBeachPost

Night in the camp in Indian River County.

Two men lug laundry bags over their shoulders. By day, they pick oranges and by night they do laundry, because their wives are back home in Mexico. Three years they have labored in the United States, and in that time they have grown accustomed to many things: English. Hamburgers. Sore backs at the end of long days.

And this: Answering to the wrong names.

“You get several identities,” explains Jose Luiz, who says he is really Ismael Luna.

The contractors take care of everything. They give you your name, your Social Security number. We don’t even fill out an application.

“It’s a nombre falso, everybody knows that. It’s just the name they assign you. Sometimes it’s your real name, and sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes it is a little like your real name but different in some way.”

His friend shifts his laundry bag to another shoulder.

“I have worked as Antonio Diaz,” he says, “but these days I am working as Joaquin Ramirez. I think. I need to look at the check to be sure.”

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The Jones Report

Arizona State University is one of the first academic traitors to volunteer to sell out American sovereignty. ASU have put up a website, http://www.asu.edu/clas/nacts/bna, intended to be an instructional tool to assist and encourage professors to teach the concept of â??North Americaâ? to their unwitting student body. The site, appropriately titled â??Building North Americaâ?, was created in cooperation with the North American Center for Transborder Studies at ASU, which must, therefore, be the actual nest of the traitors residing at ASU.

The â??About Us-who we areâ? page of the website lists The Americas Society-Council of the Americas as a partner, so ASU makes no attempt to hide the fact that David Rockefeller and his co-conspirators at the CFR are behind all of this. Mr. Rockefeller, in his 2002 book â??Memoirsâ? on page 405 openly and boastfully admits that he is a traitor. â??Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as â??internationalistsâ? and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure - one world , if you will. If thatâ??s the charge, I stand guilty, and am proud of itâ?.

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Arizona State University: Building North America

Our site is divided into five substantive sections, as follows:

Organizations and University-Based Centers: Here you will find links to general sites of think tanks, university-based research centers, and other organizations working on North American issues (such as public-private regional partnerships and transborder studies centers), as well as direct links to the collections of working papers or the publications pages of these institutes, for ready access of these materials.

Government Agencies: Here you will find links to key agencies and offices in all three national governments, as well as selected agencies at the state/provincial and municipal level, with a focus on North American or bilateral (U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico) issues that impact regional economic integration issues. You will also find a separate listing of direct links to key government documents and to data collections available online.

Our Archive contains a selection of influential papers and articles which have shaped the debate on â??North America,â? but are no longer readily available online. These papers are available for download from our Archive as either Word or PDF files.

The next section, designed to aid university professors and their students, contains Teaching Modules (TMs) organized in a way to facilitate the incorporation of North American material into courses in a variety of disciplines and subfields, such as International Political Economy, International Relations, International Business, and International Marketing. The section leads off with an introductory guide to Building North America Into Your Course, as well as a more structured â??Matrixâ? offering sample units by theme and subfield. We then have provided a mini-archive of Teaching Modules â?? backgrounders and industry cases â?? lightly arranged by theme. Each of these TMs either has, or will have in the near future, an accompanying Teaching Note with more detailed suggestions for incorporation into a variety of courses.

Finally, to further encourage teaching on North America, we provide a section of Syllabi in a variety of fields and subfields.

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