Archive for January, 2007

This is a general area where members can chat, post ideas, comments, article links and anything else they feel is important that are not related to the specific articles posted daily on this site.

We didn’t get many pictures so I deleted the “Members Only” page. It was a good idea, but there wasn’t enough interest.

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Out of the pages of the Ramos/Compean fiasco, but the players are different. This time, Francisco Dominguez, an illegal alien is dead with a gunshot wound to the chest by a Border Patrol Agent who is once again is at the center of another controversy at the border.

Add to that a Patrol Agent in Charge of the Naco Station, (PAIC) Miss Darcy Olmos. She has a history of allegiance to Mexico and pandering to illegal aliens. Miss Olmos allegedly allowed the Mexican government to investigate and interfere with U.S. law enforcement activities in the case. This caused the tainting of witnesses. A possible cover up followed to protect her behind.

It sounds like the script for a movie, but it’s not. A Border Patrol agent, who says he was just doing his job, has his job and life turned upside down, being accused of an unjustifiable homicide. Crazy! GuardDog

Tragedy on the Border
By Dave Stoddard, a retired Border Patrol Agent.
American Patrol
January 30, 2007

On January 12 of this year, seven illegal aliens from Mexico entered the United States afoot East of Naco, Arizona. They were intercepted by a Border Patrol Agent responding from the Naco, Arizona Border Patrol Station.

While the agent was taking the aliens into custody, one of them threatened the Agent with a large rock. Refusing orders to drop the rock, the alien-Francisco Dominguez of Mexico- continued to threaten the Agent. Dominguez subsequently died on the scene with one gunshot to the chest.

The six alien witnesses were transported to the Naco Station for interrogation. Two of those witnesses are brothers of the deceased and a third is the wife of one of those brothers.

As per Border Patrol procedure, Border Patrol Supervisors were notified including the Patrol Agent in Charge of the Naco Station, (PAIC) Miss Darcy Olmos.

The United States and Mexico are signatories of a treaty which requires the appropriate Consul be notified in the event of the death or injury of one of its nationals. Furthermore, the treaty requires that the Consul be notified if one of its nationals requests to contact the Consul. There is no requirement that the Consul be allowed to interview its nationals before any investigation is complete or to participate in any investigation.

The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office was notified and a Sheriff’s Detective responded to the Naco Station as did the Border Patrol’s Critical Incident investigative team.

The witnesses were isolated and U.S. Investigators were in the process of interviewing them when three officials from the Douglas, Arizona Mexican Consul’s Office arrived at the Naco Border Patrol Station.

The Mexican Consul employees demanded to speak to the witnesses and Darcy Olmos obliged them by escorting them into the processing area where the witnesses were being interviewed. PAIC Darcy Olmos ordered that the Consular employees be given free access despite the objections of several subordinates in the room.

As a result, up to three witnesses were tainted by the Mexican Government BEFORE giving their statements to United States Officials.

The illegal aliens claim that the deceased was shot down for no justifiable reason.

Darcy Olmos has a long history of pandering to Mexico and Mexican aliens. She once referred to illegal Mexican aliens as “My people”. On another occasion, after local ranchers complained of vandalism by illegal aliens, Olmos stated that ancestors of the ranchers had stolen this land from “her people”.

Due to Olmos’ zeal to please the Mexican Government and apparent allegiance to the same, the freedom, future and career of a hard working loyal Border Patrol Agent is in jeopardy.

Olmos is in denial and cover-up mode. Despite witnesses to the contrary, Olmos assures her superiors and her subordinates that the witnesses were never spoken to by the Mexican Consul before they were interviewed by U.S. Officers.

It remains to be seen what the Chief Patrol Agent, Michael Nicely in Tucson will do about this. Rumor has it that he has moved to protect PAIC Darcy Olmos.

There should be an immediate independent investigation by the U.S. Justice Department into this matter. It is totally unacceptable to allow officials of a foreign government to interfere with U.S. law enforcement activities. It is totally unacceptable for a Patrol Agent in Charge to allow a foreign entity to insinuate itself into an ongoing investigation.

However, The Mexican Government has a long history of such interference. Particularly there is a long history of Mexican interference with U.S. Border enforcement.

There is a long history of the U.S. Border Patrol bowing to the wishes of the Mexican Government.

A couple of years ago there was a traffic accident involving a Mexican smuggler of illegal aliens in San Diego. The smuggler and the aliens were transported to a San Diego hospital. The Mexican Consul operating out of San Diego Sector of the Border Patrol;

(Yes. That is correct. The Mexican Consul has an office in the Border Patrol facility.)

Anyway, the Consul showed up at the hospital and impersonating Border Patrol Officers, checked the smuggler out of the hospital and ushered him back to Mexico. This incident was minimized and then covered up by the U.S. Border Patrol. There was never a U.S. Government protest to Mexico concerning Mexican Consular officials committing a felony on U.S. soil.

The Mexican Government has distributed “crossing manuals” to potential illegal aliens in Mexico telling them how to avoid apprehension and how to take advantage of U.S. benefits once they take up residence here.

The Mexican Government has orchestrated lawsuits against U.S. citizens who dare to interfere with illegal aliens crossing their land. The Roger Barnett case comes readily to mind.

The Border Patrol Union has taken affidavits from the Agent witnesses and has filed a grievance. Overall this has little consequence. But rank and file Border Patrol Agents have little recourse.

Meanwhile, Darcy Olmos’ superiors have yet to address this situation. I am skeptical. Border Patrol management officials are legacy INS/Border Patrol personnel. The old INS had a history of protecting incompetent managers. Often those managers were “promoted” to a higher position in spite of their ineptitude.

Will the new DHS CBP agency follow in the tradition of INS/Border Patrol and cover up for Darcy Olmos? Will the new DHS/CBP ask the U.S. State Department to protest the continuing breach of protocol on the part of the Mexican Government?

Will President Bush lodge a protest with Mexican President Felipe Calderon?

I doubt all of that. I am skeptical.

Those rank and file Border Patrol Agents who are risking their lives every day on the line deserve support and protection from the U.S. Government and from their supervisors. They are not getting it.

Border Patrol Agents are entitled to competent supervision which is loyal to them and to the United States. Are they getting what they are entitled to?


To read article go here.

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Bush warns against isolationism
LA Times
January 30, 2007

Watch local news coverage of Presidents speech at Caterpillar Plant.

EAST PEORIA, Ill. — Using two giant yellow earthmovers as his backdrop, President Bush sought today to calm the nation’s fears about globalization, arguing that a free trade agenda benefits U.S. workers.

“The temptation is to say, ‘Well, trade may not be worth it, let’s isolate ourselves, let’s protect ourselves,’” Bush said as he stood on a factory floor addressing a low-key audience of workers at the Caterpillar Co., center of the nation’s Rust Belt, where workers are turning out heavy equipment every day for sale overseas. “It’s a bad mistake for the country to lose our confidence and not compete.”

Bush made no specific call for Congress to grant him so-called “fast-track” authority, but the president is expected to ask for special trade negotiating authority before it expires July 1. The authority allows a president to negotiate foreign trade deals that Congress cannot amend. And while Congress is newly in Democratic hands, a key House leader signaled today his intent to work with the president on the issue.

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said he is trying to get the two political parties out of “divorce court” on the issue.

“If we don’t give trade promotion authority (to the White House), we’ve got to have a good reason for not giving it,” he said today during a committee meeting on the issue.

Earlier this month, 37 congressional Democrats who campaigned against free trade sent Rangel a letter urging him to “Reverse the troubling results of the administration’s trade agreements and trade policies.” But Rep. Jim McCrery (R-La.), the committee’s ranking Republican, said today’s hearing showed, “We are out of divorce court and moving into counseling.”

In this speech and another one Bush is scheduled to deliver tomorrow in New York, the president offered his take on the economy, arguing that foreign trade is creating jobs for American workers such as those at Caterpillar. He noted that half of Caterpillar’s products are sold overseas, and that since the United States and Australia initiated a free-trade pact in 2005, Caterpillar’s exports to that country had grown 26%.

“We just want people to treat us fairly,” he said .”I’m confident in our ability to sell American products and services overseas if the playing field is level.”…..


To read entire article click here.

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Va. House Approves Bill On Illegal Immigration
Aim Is to Block Access To State, Local Funds
Washington Post
January 31, 2007

RICHMOND, Jan. 30 The Virginia House of Delegates approved a far-reaching proposal Tuesday to strip charities and other organizations of state and local funding if any of the money is used to provide services to immigrants in the country illegally.

The proposal, one of nearly 50 immigration-related bills under consideration by the General Assembly, could force such groups as the Salvation Army and the Virginia Association of Free Clinics to verify immigration status before offering assistance to those in need or risk losing funding.

“This is to make sure the monies that are going to charities and organizations go to the people they are intended to go to, which is legal immigrants,” said Del. Jackson H. Miller (R-Manassas), the sponsor of the bill. “The ultimate goal is to make the commonwealth of Virginia an unwelcome place if you are in this country illegally.”

Responded Kitty Hardt, director of program operations at Commonwealth Catholic Charities: “We don’t stop services to look for documentation.”

Tuesday’s action in Richmond mirrors attempts at the local level to curb illegal immigration. The city of Manassas, Miller’s home town, has been combating crowding in single-family houses. Herndon has approved measures designed to discourage illegal immigrants from living and finding work in the town. Prince William County supervisors have complained about illegal immigration’s rising cost to the county.

Over the next month, delegates and senators are expected to debate bills aimed at making life difficult for those who have entered the country illegally. There are bills to deny in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants, punish employers who hire undocumented workers and expand the power of state and local police so they can help federal authorities apprehend people in the country illegally. Other pieces of legislation would make it a crime for an illegal immigrant to come to Virginia………


Immigration Proposals

The Virginia House of Delegates approved a bill yesterday to address illegal immigration. Other bills under consideration by the General Assembly would:

· Ban state money for social welfare programs at churches, educational programs and charities that provide services to illegal immigrants.

· Give state and local police the authority to enforce federal immigration laws.

· Make it a misdemeanor to be in Virginia illegally.

· Deny in-state tuition to illegal immigrants and prohibit them from enrolling in a state university or college.

· Establish a Commission on Immigration as an advisory commission in the executive branch to analyze the impact of immigration on the state and make recommendations on related policies in education and employment.

To read entire article click here.

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Possessions slashed; police investigating
San Diego Union Tribune
January 30, 2007

RANCHO PENASQUITOS â?? Dozens of migrant workers returned to their canyon encampments Saturday afternoon to find their belongings slashed to pieces, police said yesterday.

Several small encampments throughout Rancho Peñasquitos were targeted in a string of attacks, said attorney Claudia Smith of the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation.

â??It was truly stunning to see and pick your way through maybe 100 items, and every one of them is slashed. Jackets right down the middle,â? said Smith, who notified police after reports of the attacks began to pour in Saturday. â??This was so vicious and so deliberate.â?

San Diego police Capt. Boyd Long said the incidents were under investigation.

Officers interviewed victims yesterday and toured the encampments, including one near Rancho Peñasquitos Boulevard and state Route 56.

It was unclear if there were witnesses or how many people were responsible for the vandalism.

The destruction appeared methodical, Smith said; for example, all the pants were slashed from the crotch down the side of the leg.

Pencils, cell phone chargers and a child’s belt were not spared, she said.

â??One old man kept saying to me ‘mis zapatos (my shoes),’ making a slashing movement in the air,â? Smith said. â??The workers were just stunned.â?

Authorities say some of the encampments emerged in the area after migrants were ordered to clear out of nearby McGonigle Canyon in November.

The workers, many of whom are undocumented, had squatted on private land in McGonigle Canyon off and on for the past 20 years.

Landowners and police were working on a long-term plan to close the encampments last year, but the effort was hastened in November when residents, joined by supporters of the Minuteman Project, loudly protested the camps.

Developer D.R. Horton, one of the landowners, since has posted No Trespassing signs in McGonigle Canyon and torn down the large shantytown.

Many of the evicted migrants are believed to have relocated to Rancho Peñasquitos on land that is part of an open-space preserve and part privately owned, police said. Caltrans also owns some of the land along the freeway.



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KGBT4

David Sipe is a once convicted criminal who can honestly say he “didn’t do it.”

“Relief. Relief. After 7 years, it’s gone. It’s over.”

The ex-border patrol agent gets a 2001 guilty verdict overturned in his retrial for civil rights violations against a smuggler. The incident dates back to April of 2000 in Penitas.

“He was striking me in the side… he was very close to my weapon… and I had to do what I could to control the situation as fast as I could.”

Fearing for his life, David subdues the smuggler by hitting him with his flashlight. It results in staples to the smugglers head. A border patrol investigation is launched and deems his actions inappropriate– even illegal.

“I don’t know how they’re able to do that… but I don’t think that’s fair.”

Neither did a jury who overturns his conviction from the first trial against him.

David says the government, who he faithfully worked under for nearly 4 years, turns its back on him while rolling out the red carpet, as he puts it, for the illegals turned witnesses.

“They got to stay here and work in our country.”

The smuggler even gets a government settlement.

“80 thousand dollars… he now has his own ranch in Mexico.’

As for David– he doesn’t collect a thing. In fact, his life and family gets ripped apart.

“My house foreclosed on after having to file bankruptcy, my children having to live through this… of course my wife divorcing me.”

Through it all, he says, justice is served. And while most about David is forever changed one thing returns and it’s most important thing to him of all.

“I have my freedom back. I’m a man of honor again.”

What lead to this morning’s “not guilty” verdict reversal against the former border patrol agent? Turns out his attorney says the prosecution in the first trial suppressed evidence and lied about benefits given to “Alien” witnesses.

Attorney Jack Wolfe explains.

“They with-held evidence about their witnesses who had prior convictions…they didn’t tell us… they were supposed to tell us. In fact, they told us that they had no witnesses with convictions.”

A new trial was granted and David Sipe’s conviction was thrown out. As a result, Sipe is a free man and fighting to get his job back.

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Star-Telegram

Dallas (AP) — A spokesman for the Mexican Consulate of Dallas says police in North and East Texas profiled illegal immigrants and exceeded their authority in checking the immigrants’ residency status.

Consulate officials blamed the increased scrutiny on ‘Operation Wrangler,’ a plan announced last week by Gov. Rick Perry to crack down on drug and human smuggling along the Mexican border with coordinated law enforcement throughout the state.

Eduardo Rea Falcon, a Consulate spokesman, said Mexican officials believe 33 of 47 men, women and children held over the weekend at a federal immigration center in Dallas were profiled by police.

The immigrants were picked up in Fort Worth, Weatherford, Marshall and Denton County. Rea said they were stopped for traffic violations, asked for immigration papers and handed over to federal officials for deportation.

Rea said it’s illegal for local law enforcement officials to ask for people’s immigration papers.

‘The only ones who can determine immigration status are immigration officials,’ he said.

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    Amber Abreu, 18 â??accused of swallowing
    black market pills to abort her 24-week-old fetus
    â??is arraigned in Lawrence yesterday.

Boston Hearald

LAWRENCE - A tormented teen mom-to-be, spurned by her babyâ??s father and fearful of burdening her immigrant mother, aborted her fetus by swallowing black-market abortion pills, officials and family said.

Amber Abreu, 18, pleaded not guilty yesterday in Lawrence District Court to one count of procuring a miscarriage, a felony.

The Dominican Republic native was seeking to abort her 24-week-old fetus when she ingested the pills, intended only for use by doctors inducing labor. Soon after she gave birth to a live infant who died after four days in a hospital.

A 15-year-old cousin of Abreu, who asked for anonymity, said outside the teenâ??s three-decker house last night that Abreu sought to abort the fetus to spare her mother the burden of â??another baby to care for.â? She faulted the father, saying â??he turned against her, he didnâ??t want to help her.â?

Abreu, who was arrested Tuesday, knew she was going to be a mom and told police she â??felt something moving in her belly,â? said Essex prosecutor Jessica Strasnick. Later, she told police: â??I killed my baby,â? Strasnick said.

Abreu took three Misoprostol pills, a drug prescribed legally in the United States for treatment of ulcers. Doctors also use it to induce labor. And they use it in conjuction with the RU-486 pill to induce legal abortions.

Abreu was approximately 24 weeks along when she showed up at Lawrence General Hospital Jan. 5 complaining of abdominal pain and later delivered a girl, who weighed just over one pound, according to a police report. She checked herself out against doctorâ??s orders three hours after delivery. The Department of Social Services took custody of the newborn, who was treated at a Boston hospital. DSS offered Abreu counseling at the hospital and after the birth, but she declined.

Abreuâ??s lawyer, Amanda Barker, said Abreu takes night classes to learn English and was not a flight risk. A judge set her bail at $15,000 cash. Officials said she could face manslaughter charges.

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Yahoo.news

Cristina Andres Perfecto, of Nashville, Tenn., pleaded guilty today to two counts of commercial sex trafficking related to her role in a Memphis trafficking ring. Perfecto admitted that she recruited two Mexican girls to come to the United States under fraudulent pretenses, knowing that the girls would be coerced into engaging in commercial sex acts and knowing that the victims were younger than 18 years of age. She faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for her crimes.

At her plea hearing, Perfecto admitted that she told the girls, who were 13 and 17 years of age at the time, that they would be employed at a restaurant in Nashville, knowing all along that the girls would be coerced to engage in prostitution in brothels in Memphis and Nashville. Perfecto further admitted that co-defendant Juan Mendez then used physical force and threats against the victims and their families to force the victims to engage in prostitution. Perfecto also admitted that she instructed the girls on how to engage in commercial sexual acts.

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LA Slimes

In a city that has clashed loudly and publicly over immigration laws, the arrest of Marcelino Tzir Tzul underscored the worst fears in Costa Mesa’s Latino community.

The 37-year-old illegal immigrant from Guatemala was picked up for riding his bicycle on the wrong side of the street, brought before a federal agent at the city jail and then shipped to a federal lockup to await his likely deportation.

For months, Latino activists had worried that Costa Mesa’s decision to become one of the nation’s first cities to enforce federal immigration laws would result in people such as Tzir being swept off the streets.

“This is exactly what we feared,” said Amin David, who heads Los Amigos of Orange County, a Latino advocacy group.

But others, including the mayor of Costa Mesa, applaud the crackdown, even if it means that people who have committed minor crimes are caught in the process.

“I believe illegal immigration is wrong. It’s breaking the law,” said Mayor Allan Mansoor, an Orange County sheriff’s deputy.

During a three-week period in December, 46 Latino men picked up in Costa Mesa were taken to the Mira Loma Detention Center in Lancaster to await deportation hearings. Half were held on misdemeanor charges.

Tzir, who came to this country illegally in 2005, was headed to work on a chilly January morning when his luck ran out.

A religious man who kept a Bible by his bed and three cheap suits in a closet for nightly church services, Tzir had come to Costa Mesa to send money home to his wife and three children.

Wearing work boots and a blue sweatshirt stained from the previous day’s work, Tzir rode his blue mountain bike down Placentia Avenue, through the heart of the town’s Latino community. When he turned left on Hamilton Street, an officer stopped him and told him he was riding on the wrong side of the road. He also didn’t have a bicycle license.

Without an ID, Tzir was taken to the city jail, where a federal agent recently assigned to the city determined he was in the country illegally. Before he could alert family or friends, he was shipped to the lockup in Lancaster to await a deportation hearing.

“The sin I committed was to enter this country illegally,” Tzir said in a recent jailhouse interview in Spanish. “I regret the pain I have caused my family, but I will leave with my head held high because I know that all I did here was to work hard.”

Although Tzir’s crime was minor, many of those swept up in Costa Mesa in December were arrested on serious charges. Of 20 arrest records the city was able to provide, most involved men in their mid-20s charged with crimes such as selling drugs and burglary. One involved a 19-year-old accused of having sex with a minor.

Grab a tissue and read more of this tragic story.

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**UPDATE**

There is a forum on avtoday.net web site.
Some of the posts left recently have been from Anti illegal immigration advocates. Possibly from Save Our State and/or Immigration WatchDog members due to our sites recent publicizing of it’s existence.

Most of the comments have been have been acceptable but some have been very racial and derogatory and downright hateful.

“Go the ***** home you stinky little wet back pukes. Your own country kicked you out that’s why you come here. You bedbug infested shiitballs. 50cal on the border will keep you out. Illegal nasty wet back beaners.”

This is absolutely not acceptable. We are no better then the KKK if we spew hate like the above post. No matter how angry we get we cannot go down this path. This not does not help our cause. It only lowers the level of our legitimacy in the eyes of our peers and opponents. Fight the good fight but keep it real. GuardDog

In response, the web master of avtoday.net wrote a post concerning the anti illegal posts. Here it is.

Minutemen are not racist?

This recent flood of racist posting came shortly after a member of the Minutemen discovered that our website is allowing the hosting of a page for a local Antelope Valley watchdog group. Personally I would love to see more such watchdog sites on many different topics. Why? Because some people (including politicians) will say anything when an issue is hot and then hope that no one remembers later. Our agreement was that people could only be listed for something proven or something quotable in another form of public media (such as print, radio or tv). So far the watchdog group has kept its promises and it seems to be making those that make the list uncomfortable. A priest once told me to never say or do anything that I was not willing to be remembered for. This makes sense to me.

Interesting how when a message board allows people to post without a huge amount of censorship, how quickly this stops being a question about “Legal Immigration” and how quickly this becomes a question about racism. Perfect example (as if some of these posts are not enough) is that Governor Bill Richardson seems to have fought harder to secure the southern border and to stop illegal immigration from continuing than any other politician I can think of (not just talking about it, but actually trying to do something about it). He was actually the first Governor to call in the National Guard to the New Mexico border. Yet when he announced his interest in running for President, suddenly Iâ??m reading that Minutemen everywhere are crying, â??oh my God, we have to stop himâ?. Why? Obviously to me not because he thinks that our borders should be open. Obviously to me not because he thinks that illegal immigration is ok. Wait a minute I think I get it; the Minutemen are scared of Bill Richardson because he is against illegal immigration and not against the immigrants themselves. Wait a minute; he could actually resolve 99% of everyoneâ??s legitimate concerns, which would leave the closet racists without an issue to hide behind. Wait a minute; he is half white and half brown. Now I see the problem, this for many of these people is about race. Maybe not all of them, but obviously for far too many of them this Minutemen stuff is a way to express that bottled up racism that has been hiding inside for way too long.

Will I delete this post? Personally I find these comments offensive, however I know that deleting them doesn’t make them go away. I think it is more dangerous to pretend that these people and their extreme ideas don’t exist, so for now I will not delete them. For now I will also not delete any reactionary offensive comments “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander”.

In all fairness however I will warn that everyone should be willing to stand behind anything that they post here. Each post keeps an imprint from the computer which it came from and I will gladly turn that information over to the Federal Government if a crime is committed (including a hate crime). With that being said I for now will allow all opinions to be expressed, however I would recommend putting a little more intelligent thought into what you say.

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I pulled this off the Save Our State site. Tell me what you think. GuardDog

“Found this in a google search. This to me is a HIT list not a SHIT list as it says. They are attempting to gather targets with names, pictures and addresses of people who are against illegal aliens. This is outrageous.
Wanted anyone on that list to know.. Don Silva is one.. Chelene and Frank are on it too.”

http://www.avtoday.net/Latino_Vote.ht

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StarTribune

Mary Kay Feltes will get a present Wednesday as part of an unusual foreign aid package from Mexico.

“I can’t wait to open the box and see what’s inside,” said Feltes, assistant director of the Owatonna Public Library — one of 82 organizations around the state that will receive a box of 55 Mexican textbooks.

The books will be given to school districts, libraries, community centers, universities and penitentiaries throughout Minnesota and northern Wisconsin.

The books, all in Spanish, are similar to those used in Mexico, covering everything from social sciences to mathematics. However, these books were produced by the Mexican government specifically for Mexicans abroad, especially the hundreds of thousands in the United States.

Feltes said the books will greatly increase her library’s Spanish-language holdings.

Feltes said the books also should broaden the library’s appeal to Owatonna’s growing Latino population.

“I think people walking into the library need to see a little bit of themselves,” she said.

Study aids

Although Mexican embassies and consulates have conducted similar book giveaways for years around the United States, this is the first time Minnesota institutions will get a full complement.

The Mexican government opened a consulate in St. Paul in June 2005 to address the needs of Mexican nationals in Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and the Dakotas. Last January, the consulate gave away about 9,000 books. This year, it will donate 11,165 texts, said Mexican Consul Nathan Wolf.

Wolf said the distribution of the textbooks will help strengthen the identities of Mexican nationals, especially children, and give them a better understanding of their history, culture and language.

“It’s to support the kids at school, trying to give them something they don’t get here,” he said last week.

Chris Correa, director of curriculum and instruction for the Shakopee School District, said the books will help schools better address the needs of growing Mexican and Latino student populations.

She said Shakopee, which has more than 800 Hispanic children in its schools, has tried for years to buy materials that “value original cultures.”It will be nice to get the Mexican perspective on world and historical events,” Correa said. “This is a connection we’ve wanted to pursue.”

Claudia Delgado, who works for Wolf at the consulate, said the materials also will be of use to other Spanish-speaking people, be they immigrants from other countries or U.S. residents studying Spanish. “It’s us sharing our culture,” she said.

Maybe you would like to contact the folks in this article.

Chris Correa 952-496-5095
Mary Kay Feltes marykay@owatonna.info

Mexican Consulates have a mandate to circulate Mexican propaganda in our school systems. [read article]

This summer I did an interview with Rosmarie â??Rosieâ?? Avila, she was running for Congress in Loretta Sanchez’s district. She’s been a governing Board Member of the Santa Ana Unified School District for 14 years. Rosie defeated the failed bi-lingual education methods, and restored phonics reading instruction. She also established a mandatory U.S. Constitution test for eighth graders.

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KHOU

An MS-13 gang member accused of cutting off the heads of his girlfriendâ??s parents is in custody in Houston.

In late September, FBI agents and Houston police were involved in a shootout with MS-13 gang members in a hotel parking lot on the cityâ??s southeast side. Our cameras were there that night.

That night an FBI agent was wounded, but when it was all said and done, four gang members were apprehended and taken to jail.

A fifth suspect, 26-year-old Albin Zelaya, somehow managed to get away.

The dangerous man fled Houston, crossed the border and eventually ended up in Honduras, where he was spotted just outside the tiny town of San Pedro Sula.

11 News discovered this because on a Honduran newspaper website called Tiempo, we found an article where local authorities claim Zeleya decapitated his former in-laws. They claim he beheaded them with an ax while their 10-year-old son watched.

The article said the gruesome murder happened on Christmas day.

Zeleya reportedly told grieving relatives as he fled the scene that he killed the couple because their daughter broke up with him.

Apparently, no one knew Zeleyaâ??s whereabouts until this past weekend.

HPD sources told 11 News the departmentâ??s gang squad found him here and was able to arrest him over the weekend.

The department was assisted by HPD SWAT and, we were told, the FBI.

Zelaya, believed to be involved in numerous crimes here, is currently charged with burglary and is being held without bond in the Harris County jail.

Earlier Monday, he made an appearance in federal court because of his illegal re-entry into the U.S.

HPDâ??s Gang Division, working with the FBI, ATF and ICE, has arrested numerous MS-13 gang members since it was reorganized under the direction of Capt. Michael Graham.

11 News cameras were there just after two MS-13 gang members were shot and killed by FBI agents in November of 2005. There were two others wounded.

The war on gangs continues.

Tuesday, HPD will say more about the arrest Zeleya and five other alleged MS-13 members.

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NewsWithViews

James Madison, our 4th President, mindful that there would be those who would tinker with the Constitution admonished these meddlers thusly, “Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.”

The 14th Amendment to the Constitution is currently being used by advocates of immigrants who are illegally in this country to validate their claim to those rights afforded, constitutionally, only to legal citizens. Consider the restrictions and limitations on citizenship by this amendment: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.”

The exponents for the extension of rights to illegal aliens, which are reserved by the Constitution to legal citizens, would like for us to believe that the 14th Amendment guarantees that those same rights and privileges belong to illegal immigrants as well. This is a false premise. Apparently they have not studied the writings of James Madison. They are separating the text from the historical background of the Amendment, and are doing so deliberately to justify their quest for that, which is not authorized by the Constitution.

The 14th Amendment was written to ensure that African Americans who were born into citizenship would be entitled to the same rights and privileges as every other person who claimed citizenship by birth. The amendment reversed the tenants of the Dred Scott decision, which held that slaves, and decedents of slaves, were not entitled to citizenship. Although the Civil Rights Act of 1866 had already granted this right the 14th Amendment was proposed and written so that future court decisions might not overturn that guarantee.

At that time in our history, untold thousands were not breaching our borders illegally and then, after this illegal entry, demanding the benefits of legal citizenship. Certainly from a historical perspective, the 14th Amendment was not written with any thought in mind to encourage or justify this type of scenario.

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Investigator: U.S. attorney twisted evidence to fit case â?? ‘guilty of malicious prosecution’

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Ballistics reports, used in the trial of Ignacio “Nacho” Ramos, one of two Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting fleeing drug dealer Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila, do not support the prosecution’s claim the bullet was fired from Ramos’ gun, according to documents provided to WND from Andy Ramirez, chairman of the Friends of the Border Patrol.

Despite the conclusion of a laboratory criminalist that he could not conclusively link the bullet removed from Aldrete-Davila with Ramos’ service weapon, a Department of Homeland Security agent swore, in an affidavit of complaint filed against Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean, that Aldrete-Davila was hit by a round fired by Ramos.

“Johnny Sutton and his assistants are guilty of malicious prosecution,” Ramirez charged to WND. “The prosecutors lied to the jury and he twisted evidence to make it fit his case. And when he couldn’t twist the evidence, the government demanded that the court seal evidence which would have been exculpatory to the defense.”

Nearly two years after the conclusion of the trial, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas has yet to release a transcript of the trial.

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