Archive for March, 2007

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Making A Deposit At The Bank
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Unedited Surveillance Camera Footage

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A jailed Iraqi immigrant has sued Rep. Tom Tancredo for $5 million, saying that the congressman defamed him during a controversy over so-called catch- and-release immigration enforcement last year.

The immigrant, Gavan Alkadi, 46, reportedly emigrated to the U.S. at age 15, but has been in legal limbo for the past several years. He faces deportation proceedings prompted by his various brushes with the law.

Colorado Bureau of Investigation records show he has been arrested more than 30 times in Colorado since 1981 on suspicion of offenses that include DUI and assault. Many of those charges were dismissed.

In 2002, he was sentenced to a year in jail for domestic violence and obstructing police in Boulder County.

Deportation proceedings began in 2003, but by the time Alkadi’s deportation order became final in October 2005, the new Iraqi government would not or could not approve his return.

He was released in May 2006, which prompted Tancredo to send a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff - and media outlets - saying he was “shocked” that a “dangerous Iraqi national” was released despite his long criminal record.

Tancredo said it was part of a continuing “catch-and-release” policy by the White House. One outlet quoted Tancredo as saying he was making Alkadi the “poster child” for the issue.

Soon after Tancredo’s letter, Alkadi was re-arrested. He was sentenced last month to a year in jail in connection with an assault in Weld County.

From jail, he filed a handwritten complaint last year, demanding $5 million for defamation of character, saying Tancredo falsely accused him of being a terrorist.

“U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo had caused Me Mental Stress and No Sleep Because I am always Thinking Why and How I Became his Poaster child,” Alkadi wrote in the filing, which includes many spelling and punctuation errors.

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Seattle Post Intelligencer

MEXICO CITY — The deadly hemorrhagic form of dengue fever is increasing dramatically in Mexico, and experts predict a surge throughout Latin America fueled by climate change, migration and faltering mosquito eradication efforts.

Overall dengue cases have increased by more than 600 percent in Mexico since 2001, and worried officials are sending special teams to tourist resorts to spray pesticides and remove garbage and standing water where mosquitoes breed ahead of the peak Easter Week vacation season.

Even classic dengue - known as “bonebreak fever” - can cause severe flu-like symptoms, excruciating joint pain, high fever, nausea and rashes.

More alarming is that a deadly hemorrhagic form of the disease, which adds internal and external bleeding to the symptoms - is becoming more common. It accounts for one in four cases in Mexico, compared with one in 50 seven years ago, according to Mexico’s Public Health Department.

While hemorrhagic dengue is increasing around the developing world, the problem is most dramatic in the Americas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Carnegie Endowment

The Washington Post, May 28, 2006

A country’s borders should not be confused with those familiar dotted lines drawn on some musty old map of nation-states. In an era of mass migration, globalization and instant communication, a map reflecting the world’s true boundaries would be a crosscutting, high-tech and multidimensional affair.

Where is the real U.S. border, for example, when U.S. customs agents check containers in the port of Amsterdam? Where should national borders be marked when drug traffickers launder money through illegal financial transactions that crisscross the globe electronically, violating multiple jurisdictions? How would border checkpoints help record companies that discover pirated copies of their latest offering for sale in cyberspace — long before the legitimate product even reaches stores? And when U.S. health officials fan out across Asia seeking to contain a disease outbreak, where do national lines truly lie?

Governments and citizens are used to thinking of a border as a real, physical place: a fence, a shoreline, a desert or a mountain pass. But while geography still matters, today’s borders are being redefined and redrawn in unexpected ways. They are fluid, constantly remade by technology, new laws and institutions, and the realities of international commerce — illicit as well as legitimate. They are also increasingly intangible, living in a virtual and electronic space.

In this world, the United States is adjacent not just to Mexico and Canada but also to China and Bolivia. Italy now borders on Nigeria, and France on Mali.

These borders cannot be protected with motion sensors or National Guard troops.

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Some of our anger and frustration concerning illegal immigration might have something to do with this kind of anti-American attitude from our future American voting citizens. Who needs enemies when you have kids like this living in your own backyard. Right?
LA Rally March 2006

Anchor babies showing respect
Ted Hayes March 2007

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“Stear was struck by a 1990 Dodge van driven by Hugo Rodriguez Colindrez, 28, police said. Colindrez kept driving after the crash and stopped only after a motorist who witnessed the accident forced him to the side of the road, Humphreys said.”

Andrew Stear, 21, was killed while on Spring Break by an illegal alien who struck him in a stolen car then attempted to flea the scene.

Student on vacation killed in hit-and-run