Archive for December 7th, 2007

Couple pleads guilty to housing illegal aliens caught in traffic stop
Pilot Online
December 8, 2007

A Virginia couple entered guilty pleas in U.S. District Court today on charges they recruited and housed undocumented immigrants to work for their company, B&B Cable Co.

The plea agreement was reached between federal prosecutors and Robert Ray Buttery Sr., 52, and his wife, Betty Jean Buttery, 55, who both live in Midland in Fauquier County.

They and a third family member, Robert Raymond Buttery Jr., 22, were arrested this fall after a lengthy investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents stemming from a State Police traffic stop on Interstate 264 in Virginia Beach this past spring.

Troopers stopped a white, 1997 Ford box truck, owned by B&B, on May 7 because its registration was expired and there was no inspection sticker displayed.

They found it was carrying 14 illegal immigrants from Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala. It was being driven by one of them, an El Salvadorian who did not have a driver?s license. Troopers called in ICE agents.

The men told investigators they worked for the company digging ditches for fiber-optic lines.

One worker told agents B&B paid him $100 per day for a 12-hour shift minus $60 a week for housing and utilities, according to records. Some said they were put up in a house off Oceana Boulevard in Virginia Beach.

The day after the workers were detained, Robert Buttery Jr., contacted State Police to locate the 14 illegal alien employees, ?whom he described as ?my boys,?? according to the plea agreement.

B&B was hired by Ivy H. Smith Inc., a Greensboro, N.C.-based company which was a subcontractor for Fiber Technology Construction Inc., of Canton, Ga., that held a contract with Verizon Communications.

Officials with both Smith and Verizon said in May that they knew nothing of B&B?s hiring of illegal immigrants.

Neither company has been charged with any wrong doing.

A federal grand jury indicted the Butterys last month on charges of employing, recruiting and housing undocumented immigrants who they allegedly housed in hotels, motels and rental homes while driving them back and forth to work sites.

ICE agents said in court papers that the Butterys had been employing illegal immigrants since at least 2003 and that even after Robert Buttery Sr. was arrested, he tried to get one of the workers out of jail and back on the job.

According to the plea agreement, the illegal aliens generally spoke no English, ?so the defendants provided them with written instruction cards in Spanish for laying cables and in English to hand to homeowners when questions arose on site.?

The cards were provided by Ivy H. Smith Inc., according to the plea agreement.

The employees also received ?damage prevention? training, given in Spanish, from Ivy H. Smith Inc.

Also in the plea agreement, the pair agreed that between 2000 and 2007 they did not file any tax returns or other information required to be filed for employees, individuals, or businesses on behalf of B&B Cable or any of its employees with the Internal revenue service. The company reported sales of $120,000 in 2006.

Robert Ray Buttery Sr. faces sentencing March 7; Betty Jean Buttery is scheduled to be sentenced March 10.

They face a possible prison sentence and the government is seeking $1.5 million in alleged proceeds from their business.

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CMS FireHouse

A Boston firefighter is mending from what could have been deadly stab wounds he suffered early yesterday morning when he was allegedly jumped in East Boston while off duty by a group of Hispanic males who told him they “don’t want any gringo here.”

Though police are not classifying the incident as racially fueled, the Boston Police Department’s Community Disorders Unit is investigating. The 32-year-old jake, whose name officials were not releasing, is white.

Ironically, the firefighter’s life was likely saved because he sought refuge from his alleged assailants at Engine 5 on Saratoga Street - the station house he’s assigned to.

“Fortunately, those firefighters were not out on a call,” said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald.

MacDonald said the firefighter had gone to Chivas Restaurant in Day Square to grab takeout when “six guys started exchanging words with him. He indicated he was just there to get a sandwich and that he was a firefighter. They pushed him.”

Hoping to avoid a confrontation, MacDonald said the firefighter got into his car and headed for his station for safety’s sake, but the pack followed him on foot. It was shortly before 2:45 a.m.

“As soon as he got out of his car, six guys jumped him and started kicking and punching him,” MacDonald said. “He felt two sharp pains in his chest and knew he had been stabbed.”

The firefighter summoned the help of fellow jakes by ringing the station doorbell and his alleged attackers fled. MacDonald said his injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

“He’s more upset about the fact that he’s going to miss several shifts,” MacDonald said.

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LA Times

When 24-year-old Yuliya Kalinina turned to the Internet in search of a husband, she made it absolutely clear what she was looking for in a relationship:

“Green Card Marriage — Will pay $300/month. Total $15,000,” the Russian national living in Los Angeles wrote in an ad placed on the Craigslist website. “This is strictly platonic business offer, sex not involved.”

Just in case any would-be Romeos weren’t taking the hint, she added, “NOT required to live together.”

Kalinina’s direct approach was very attractive, drawing the attention not only of the man who would marry her, but also of agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

After nearly two years of what federal prosecutors allege was a sham marriage, Kalinina and her 30-year-old husband, Benjamin C. Adams, were arrested last week at separate residences.

Prosecutors say Kalinina leased Adams a new Ford Mustang for his trouble.

She also took care of the wedding arrangements: Performing the ceremony was Dmitri Chavkerov, an Internet-ordained minister who also happened to be Kalinina’s live-in boyfriend.

“I’d say it’s a fairly blatant example of marriage fraud,” said Assistant U.S. Atty. Curtis A. Kin, one of the prosecutors on the case.

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Washington Times

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean yesterday said Republicans are targeting immigrants and told the Republican presidential candidates that the tone of their debates on the issue has become “outrageous.”

“Stop scapegoating immigrants and stop using immigration as a wedge issue,” Mr. Dean, a 2004 presidential hopeful, said in a conference call with reporters meant to set the stage for this weekend’s Republican presidential debate on Spanish-language network Univision.

Mr. Dean said that in the most recent debate, Republicans used “outrageous phrases like ‘illegal aliens.’ ” He urged the candidates to “have some morality and some humanity.”

In a sign of political trouble for Republicans, he was joined by Luis Cortes Jr., founder of Esperanza USA, a coalition of Christian Hispanic leaders and churches that was helpful to President Bush in his elections but now appears ready to aid Democrats in 2008.

Mr. Cortes said the Republican rhetoric is going in the wrong direction and that “as that rhetoric gets stronger, so do the civil rights abuses.”

Still, the Republican candidates’ enforcement-first approach appears to closely mirror what the public wants. An outcry from voters derailed this year’s Senate immigration bill, with many senators saying the message they received is that voters want enforcement of existing laws before any new worker program is established and before Congress decides what to do with the current illegal alien population.

Even as Mr. Dean criticizes Republicans, many Democrats in Congress have adopted the same enforcement-only approach Republicans advocate.

Rep. Heath Shuler, North Carolina Democrat, and Sen. Mark Pryor, Arkansas Democrat, have introduced enforcement-only bills that have gained bipartisan support this year, and 36 Democrats voted for House Republicans’ enforcement-only bill in 2005.

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SF Gate

SAN FRANCISCO — One year after the Bush administration promised to streamline a process to allow people with HIV infection to visit the United States despite a congressionally mandated travel ban, critics are saying that the proposed new rules are more restrictive than the old ones.

Laws dating back to the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the United States forbid issuance of visas to foreigners infected with HIV, but allow exceptions through a cumbersome waiver process that has been denounced as slow, arbitrary and unfair. In December 2006, President Bush asked for new administrative rules to speed up the granting of such waivers.

Opportunities for the public to comment on the regulations, which took 11 months to craft, expire Thursday, and opponents are using the deadline to criticize the suggested changes as well as the entire notion that people infected with the AIDS virus need special visas to visit the country.

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WorldNetDaily

In an exclusive interview with WND, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul fired back at Newsweek for an article labeling the NAFTA Superhighway a baseless conspiracy theory.

“It’s the same old story,” Paul said. “If Newsweek can’t discredit the message, they have to discredit the messenger.”

The Newsweek article, by Gretel C. Kovach, keyed off an answer the Texas congressman gave during the Nov. 28 CNN presidential debate. A YouTube.com question asked him about a “conspiracy theory regarding the Council [on] Foreign Relations and some plan to merge the United States with Canada and Mexico.”

Paul told WND the problem Newsweek and CNN have is that “it’s not just me” talking about it.

“We have some 14 states passing resolutions to oppose the North American Union and NAFTA Superhighways, amendments passed in Congress have taken away funds for North American integration projects and Virgil Goode has some 50 sponsors for his bill in the House,” Paul explained. “There are millions of Americans who oppose this globalist agenda.”

WND has reported the House and Senate are in the final stages of sending to President Bush a Department of Transportation funding bill with amendments removing the funds needed to continue the Mexican truck demonstration project.

Rep. Goode’s office confirmed to WND that House Concurrent Resolution 40, sponsored by the Virginia Republican to oppose the North American Union and NAFTA Superhighways, now has more than 40 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives.

“Millions of Americans know about these issues and are concerned about them,” Paul told WND. “What I was trying to say in the CNN debate is that this is not so much secret debates behind closed doors but real philosophical differences between those who believe in globalism, including many at the top of the Democratic and Republican parties, and those of us who believe in national sovereignty and securing our borders.”

‘Ron Paul wants you to be scared’

The Newsweek article began with, “Ron Paul wants you to be scared.”

After quoting Paul’s CNN debate comments, the article asserted nothing Paul said was true, including the prospects of a NAFTA superhighway, a North American Union or a regional currency.

The article focused on arguing there was no plan in existence to extend the Trans-Texas Corridor north.

As documented in a video clip currently posted on YouTube.com, Paul answered the debate question by saying there was “a conspiracy of ideas” involved in the question.
“This is an ideological battle,” Paul told the CNN audience. “Some of us believe in globalism, others of us believe in national sovereignty.

“There is a move on toward a North American Union,” Paul insisted, “just like early on there was a move on toward a European Union.”

NAFTA is moving toward a NAFTA highway, he contended.

“These are real things. It’s not like somebody made these things up. It’s not a conspiracy,” he said. “They don’t talk about it, and they might not admit it, but there’s been money spent on it.”

Texas, for example, unanimously passed legislation to stop the Trans-Texas Corridor, he said.

“They are planning on millions of acres taken by eminent domain for an international highway from Mexico to Canada,” said Paul.

Oklahoma State Republican Sen. Randy Brogdon, a strong opponent of the NAFTA superhighway, agreed with Paul.

“Senate Joint Resolution 22 was submitted to the Oklahoma legislature in 1995 calling for the support and creation of a NAFTA superhighway, which was spelled out in exactly those words,” Brodgon told WND. “What more evidence does Newsweek need?”

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QUANNEL X ON HANNITY AND COLMES

The criminals shot by Joe Horn, Miguel Dejesus and Diego Ortiz, in Pasadena, Texas are illegal aliens from Colombia and have previous criminal records. So reports Bill O’Reilly on December 5, 2007 in an interview with talk show host Edd Hendee and immigration attorney Daniel Hernandez.

Criminals Shot By Joe Horn Are Illegal Aliens - O’Reilly

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Hispanics returning to Democratic party, survey finds
The Arizona Republic
Dec. 6, 2007

Latinos are returning to the Democratic Party, a national survey released Thursday found, loosening their ties to the Republican Party, which had made gains with Hispanics in the early part of the decade.

More Latinos believe the Democratic Party shows more concern for them, the Pew Hispanic Center survey said, and many said Bush’s administration policies have been harmful to their community - the fastest growing minority group in the country at 46 million.

Latinos could be an important swing vote in next years’ presidential election, the report said, although probably not in Arizona. Four of the six states that President Bush carried by 5 percentage points or less in 2004 have large Latino populations, including Florida, New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado. A shift of a just few percentage points in those states could decide the next election.

“Earlier in the decade, Hispanics were warming up to the Republican party,” said Richard Fry, a Pew Hispanic senior research associate and co-author of the study, Hispanics and the 2008 Election: A Swing Vote?

“But at least at the moment, there has clearly been a turn in the another direction. It may be the case that the debate on illegal immigration and the (stances) of which the parties are staking out on immigration, has begun to change Hispanic party affiliations.”

The partisan u-turn comes at a time when illegal immigration has dominated the news headlines, backyard discussions, and debate on both the presidential and local campaign trails. More Hispanics believe Democrats do a better job on the issue of illegal immigration, the survey said, although a substantial minority of Latinos see no difference between the parties on the issue……

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Smith seeks to restore trust in immigration system
UK Guardian Unlimited
December 6, 2007

The home secretary, Jacqui Smith, yesterday announced measures designed to restore trust in the UK’s migration system, including a new English test for foreigners seeking to marry a Briton and settle in the UK.

She and her immigration minister, Liam Byrne, also said that under the government’s new points-based system those with low skills from outside the EU would in effect not be permitted entry for the foreseeable future. About 12,000 unskilled migrants from non-EU countries in Africa, America and Asia came to work in the UK last year.

Individuals with an unspent criminal conviction will also find it more difficult to gain citizenship from next year.

In one of her first major speeches as home secretary, Smith conceded that the government was struggling to make its case heard. Speaking at the London School of Economics, she said: “The arguments we are currently making in support of migration do not necessarily empathise with the real and direct experience that communities across the country are now feeling. Many of them are seeing change on quite a dramatic scale, over quite a short period, and many of them are experiencing this for the first time.”

She said she would work with Britain’s European partners to see if EU nationals with a criminal record could be deported more easily.

The measures are in part the result of a summer tour that Byrne took throughout the UK to gauge the public’s attitude to migration.

In a speech to the thinktank Demos today, Byrne will argue that Britain “is not a nation of Alf Garnetts”, but that the electorate “want a deal on the table that is not unconditional. The rules should be unambiguous: ‘Speak the language, obey the law and make sure you’re paying your taxes like the rest of us’. It is a very British, tough-minded fairness. The sooner newcomers start on the type of journey we have in mind, the better.”…..

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