Archive for January, 2008

The Monitor

SARITA ? U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a man Monday at the Sarita checkpoint who fled a Northern Irish prison in an infamous escape 24 years ago, the agency said.

The man, whose name Border Patrol refused to release late Wednesday night, is expected to soon be transferred to British custody. Reportedly a member of the Irish Republican Army, the man is accused of making a violent escape from the Maze prison in Northern Ireland in September 1983 along with 38 other IRA members.

He was arrested at the Sarita checkpoint outside of Brownsville on Monday after he was unable to provide valid immigration documents. Agents did a background check through an international fingerprint system, which identified the man as having escaped from the prison.

The Maze, the maximum-security prison from which he reportedly escaped, was home to some of the most notorious killers and bombers of the more than three-decades-long armed struggle against Britain to unite Northern Ireland with the Irish Republic.

On Sept. 25, 1983, one prison guard was killed and another injured when 38 IRA inmates used smuggled guns and knives to overpower prison security personnel, according to news reports of the incident.

Numerous terrorist attacks, and occasionally street warfare, killed more than 3,500 people during the more than 30 years of fighting between pro-Irish independence groups, such as the IRA, and British nationalist sympathizers. But since 1998, significant steps have been taken toward peace and the violence has all but ceased.

Britain retains control of Northern Ireland in an elaborate power-sharing scheme with Irish separatist groups.

Some former members of the groups have moved into national politics, including Gerry Adams, a former inmate at Maze who is now the president of the Sinn Fein party ? the former political wing of the IRA. Adams was imprisoned at Maze in the early 1970s for his activities with the IRA. He is now a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

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News Record.com

CHARLOTTE (AP) ? A supermarket has agreed to pay a total of $40,000 to three former employees who accused the store of discriminating against non-Hispanic workers.

The former employees filed the complaint last year, saying they were forced out of their Compare Foods jobs in 2004 because they were not Hispanic. Two of the employees were black and one was white.

Compare Foods lawyer Phil Van Hoy said the company treated the workers fairly, arguing that a company with lots of Hispanic customers is allowed to have employees that can communicate with them.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission attorney Lynette Barnes said Compare couldn’t prove that it was necessary job qualification to speak Spanish or relate to Hispanics. The company agreed to the settlement in federal court this week.

The grocery store chain was founded in Freeport, New York, and now has 50 supermarkets in seven states.

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Milford Daily News

MILFORD - Health officials Monday ordered the family of an illegal immigrant facing federal charges temporarily out of their 21 Jefferson St. home after it was discovered they were living without heat, hot water and electricity.

“It was for their protection of their own health, especially where there were children involved - that would have been done in any case,” said Public Health Director Paul Mazzuchelli. “Your basic essentials for healthy housing aren’t there.”

Roofer Daniel Tacuri, an immigrant from Ecuador, was arrested on a criminal warrant for harboring and employing illegal immigrants, during a predawn December raid of his home by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents.

He is being held without bail at a Rhode Island prison, and is scheduled to be arraigned today in Worcester’s federal courthouse on the 39 charges from his recent indictment.

Advocates for the family say Tacuri’s illegal immigrant wife Maria, the couple’s 4-year-old son Jonathan, and four other residents of the Jefferson Street home are struggling to get by.

“They don’t have any heat, they don’t have any food,” said Beatriz G. Almeida-Stein, Ecuadorean counsul in Boston, who has been working with Maria and the family. “She’s in a very bad situation because she doesn’t have the money. She doesn’t have any income, nothing.”

A grand jury charged Tacuri, 32, with 20 counts of harboring illegal immigrants, 18 counts of employing illegal immigrants and one count of making false statements.

The Fire Department called the Board of Health Monday after Maria Tacuri called to get help when frozen pipes burst in the family’s basement.

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Buchanan.org

by Patrick J. Buchanan

In 2004, the voters of Arizona, by 56 percent to 44 percent, enacted Proposition 200, requiring proof of citizenship before an individual may vote or receive state benefits. Forty-six percent of Hispanics voted for Prop. 200, giving the lie to those who say Hispanics support the illegal invasion of their country.

Over 190,000 Arizonans petitioned to put Prop. 200 on the ballot. As it simply required proof of citizenship before receiving the benefits and privileges of citizenship, who could oppose it? Answer: the entire GOP congressional delegation, led by Sen. John McCain.

This is the same John McCain who battled the border fence and colluded with Teddy Kennedy on the amnesty bill rejected by Congress last year after a national uproar.

Bottom line: If the presidential race is between Hillary and Amnesty John, the border security battle is over and lost. As Laura Ingraham asks, ?If Congress passes McCain-Kennedy in 2009, would President McCain sign it??

For conservatives, the stakes could not be higher.

For on the great controversies, McCain has sided as often with the Democrats and the Big Media that pay him court as with conservatives.

Where President Bush has been bravest, on taxes and judges, McCain has been his nemesis. Not only did McCain vote against the Bush tax cuts twice, he colluded to sell out the most conservative of the Bush nominees to the courts.

In 1993, McCain voted to confirm ACLU liberal and pro-abortion Ruth Bader Ginsburg. But when Bush set out to restore constitutionalism, McCain colluded with Democrats who wanted to retain power to kill Bush?s most conservative nominees.

McCain helped form the Gang of 14, including seven Democrats, who agreed to block a GOP Senate from using the ?nuclear option? ? allowing a simple GOP majority to break a Democrat filibuster of judicial nominees ? unless the seven Democrats approved. McCain thus conspired with liberals to put at risk the most courageous conservatives nominees of President Bush.

With his record of voting for liberal justices Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, and of colluding with Democrats in their campaign to kill the most conservative Bush nominees, what guarantee is there a President McCain will nominate and fight for the fifth jurist who would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade?

In the battle over campaign finance reform, McCain colluded again. The McCain-Feingold law denies to gun folks and right-to-lifers their basic First Amendment right to name friends and foes in ads run before elections.

As for the policies that have transparently failed Bush and the nation, McCain remains an obdurate advocate.

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USA Today

States that have been issuing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants are making U-turns.

Beginning Monday, illegal immigrants in Oregon no longer will be able to get driver’s licenses. Last week, Michigan stopped issuing new licenses to all but citizens and legal permanent residents.

Maryland announced this month that starting in 2010, it will require applicants to prove they’re in the USA legally.

In four of the five remaining states that allow illegal immigrants to drive ? Hawaii, Maine, New Mexico, Utah and Washington ? there have been attempts to reverse course, according to the National Immigration Law Center (NILC). The exception: Hawaii.

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Daily Comet

Huntsville, AL (AP) — About 100 people who came from Nepal to work at a north Alabama factory seemingly vanished from a pair of apartment buildings, along with a lot of furniture and appliances, and can’t be located, officials said Tuesday.

Immigration agents are trying to determine what happened to the Nepalese workers, among hundreds brought to the United States to work at a DVD factory operated by Cinram Inc., said Lauren Bethune, a spokeswoman for the Alabama Department of Homeland Security.

‘We do not in any way consider it a security threat, but we do think it is important,’ she said.

A Huntsville television station, WAAY-TV, first reported on the missing workers.

Cinram’s human resources director, Peter Hassler, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment. But a spokesman for a company that recruited the workers for Cinram said a contact in Nepal believes many of them have returned home.

‘Most of the people he was talking to said they came to America, did what they wanted to do and went back home,’ said Doug Wilson, president of Ambassador Personnel in Thomasville, Ga. ‘These are people with pretty strong family ties.’

Mary and Tim Snopl told the TV station they rented apartments in two buildings last fall to about 240 workers from Nepal. But Mary Snopl said scores of the workers are now missing, along with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of furniture, televisions and kitchenware.

‘I don’t know if they’re living in Huntsville or somewhere else, I just know they aren’t living with us and they aren’t working at Cinram,’ she said.

Wilson said his company was seeking a list of items believed to be missing.

Reports last fall said Cinram had hired about 1,350 foreign workers to package DVDs at its plant in Huntsville. Cinram which describes itself as the world’s largest maker of pre-recorded multimedia products said it turned to foreign workers because the area job market couldn’t fill its needs.

Bethune said about 100 immigrants were believed to be missing. Agents are trying to determine exactly what type of visas they used to enter the United States.

‘It’s possible that they had work visas, they expired, and they went home,’ she said.

The workers can earn $8 an hour working 12-hour shifts packing DVDs in boxes. Besides Nepal, Cinram has used foreign workers from Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Ukraine.

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Gosh, everyone who opposes illegal immigration, amnesty, and open borders is filled with “hate.” The National Council of The Race and the ADL have a new website to prove it with a map of hate flash points!

STOP THE HATE

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Well, it seems Tancredo is not alone in his opinion. They all must be racists, right? GuardDog

Poll reveals a dim view of Miami
Miami Herald
January 30, 2008

Most Americans think of Miami as a warm place for a vacation. But they also regard the city as plagued by crime, corruption, hurricanes and illegal immigration.

That’s according to an online survey of 7,106 adults across the country by the firm of pollster John Zogby, who recently opened an office in Miami and conducted the study as a public benefit.

What it adds up to is a not-so-sunny view of Miami, the survey found. About half the respondents had an unfavorable view of the city, while about 43 percent were upbeat about it.

But only 6 percent of respondents opted for Miami as a place to visit among eight major cities, including New York (17 percent), San Francisco (19 percent) and Orlando (14 percent). Miami also ranked last as a place to move to.

And asked to name Miami’s biggest economic sectors, respondents ranked illegal activities second after tourism.

The survey also found widespread ignorance about the city. In many cases, the firm said, a quarter or more of respondents said they didn’t know enough to answer a question about Miami. Few were aware of the city’s principal cultural and entertainment events.

That means, in part, that local leaders must do a better job of getting the word out about the city’s attributes, Zogby said, including its role as an increasingly important global business center.

The interactive online survey, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.2 percentage points, was conducted Jan. 18-21

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?The U.S. grows our population exponentially each year with legal, and ignored illegal immigration as a means of maintaining our consumption based economy, but our land and resources remain the same size. It won?t work.”

AMERICA?S GREATEST PROBLEM: GROWTH
Frosty Wooldridge
New With Views
January 24, 2007

In a three part interview, I found myself astounded by author Michael Folkerth?s book: ?THE BIGGEST LIE EVER BELIEVED.? He epitomizes a humorous economist and the ?King of Simple.?

His book presents irrefutable logic that this nation cannot continue growing for the long term. We must face the facts of our limited continent. We must come to terms with not being able to extract five quarts of water out of a one gallon jug!

?I constantly attempt to create analogies that represent our system of ever expanding economic growth and the impossibility of continuing the same,? Folkerth said. ?Growth is not the answer; it?s the problem.

?I have been a guest speaker on many national radio programs, and relate well to the expression ?carrying capacity? that erupts in the media from time to time.?

Folkerth continued, ?My experience with the term ?carrying capacity? is that of western ranches. Having owned and sold ranches in Western Colorado for many years, the first question that a perspective buyer will ask is, ?What?s the carrying capacity??

?In the instance of a ranch, ?carrying capacity? refers to the number of cattle that the resources of the ranch will support on a year around basis.

?Say that number was 200 head of mother cows and their offspring. That means the feed, water, landmass, and handling facilities will support these numbers as a contained unit.

?Now say that we add 50 mother cows to the mix without expanding our holdings. What would happen? You may think that 50 cows and calves would starve, but that isn?t true. All of the cows and calves would starve as would the ranch owners!

?Here?s why. As the cattle eat the feed, they will do so as a unit, each satisfying their necessary intake of hay. In our example, we added 50 cows or 25 percent more than the carrying capacity. Therefore all of the cattle will eat their fill for 75 percent of the year or nine months.

?During these nine months, everything would appear to be going fine and the cattle would be fat and healthy. However, come the 10th month, feed wouldn?t slowly diminish; it would be totally absent, having consumed 100 percent of carrying capacity in the first nine months. The cattle would now all be without feed and all would starve. The rancher, now with 250 dead cows and calves, would also be ruined.

?So why as humans can we not see the very real fact that we are grooming ourselves for the same fate? We have finite resources, but continue to expand infinitely. I promise you that it is no different than the above example of the cows……

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Resident aliens as defined by law are persons living in the US legally with green cards. Illegal aliens are in the country illegally and it is against federal law for them to work here. Bush is re-defining the legal term and legitimizing their presence.

FOX News

WASHINGTON ? The $146 billion stimulus package intended to jolt the economy by giving taxpayers rebates up to $1,200 includes cash returns for illegal immigrants who pay taxes.

Under the plan passed by the House, illegal immigrants who qualify as “resident aliens” and earned a minimum of $3,000 would be eligible for rebates of between $300-$600, FOX News has learned.

Only those illegals who have been assigned an Individual Tax Identification Number that allows them to file income taxes would be eligible. Resident aliens are defined as people who spend a “substantial” amount of time in the U.S. and have not been deported.

The provision has irked illegal immigration opponents, who say the assigning of TINs and collection of taxes from illegals sanctions their presence in the country.

Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., told FOX News that the bill will certainly stimulate “more illegal immigration.”

The stimulus plan met with overwhelming bipartisan support Tuesday, passing the House 385-35 with little debate after House leaders and White House negotiators came to agreement last week.

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Pedro Orso-Delgado of Caltrans buckled under to the race baiting tricks of Enrique Morones. Either that, or Pedro doesn’t believe in immigration law enforcement and own political ideologies are clouding his judgment. His claims that the Minutemen cleaning up this stretch of highway is a safety hazard is laughable. It is right next to a California Highway Patrol Office!

san diego minutemen
The San Diego Minutemen have already conducted
one cleanup. There were no safety problems.


Brown supremacist, Enrique Morones and the racist hate group Mexica Movement
disrupting the Pete Wilson Statue ceremony in San Diego.

NC Times

NORTH COUNTY — An anti-illegal immigration group plans to fight a state agency’s decision to shift its highway clean-up efforts away from a busy U.S Border Patrol checkpoint, the group’s attorney said Tuesday.

Caltrans, the state Department of Transportation, notified the San Diego Minutemen on Monday that the group would no longer be allowed to clean its stretch of adopted highway on Interstate 5 near the San Clemente border checkpoint.

The agency offered to shift the group to a section of Highway 52, near Mission Trails Regional Park, officials said.

The reassignment was necessary to avoid possible confrontation and keep everybody safe along the busy roadway, Caltrans’ district director Pedro Orso-Delgado said Tuesday.

But Howard Kaloogian, the Minutemen’s attorney and a former state assemblyman, said there was no evidence of safety issues along that stretch of highway.

He called Caltrans’ decision political and said he would fight it in federal court.

“I think that they have made a bad decision, which violated our clients’ equal rights,” Kaloogian said.

The San Diego Minutemen, a group of vocal illegal immigration opponents, is perhaps best known for its frequent protests against the hiring of illegal immigrants at roadside day-laborer sites.

Caltrans granted a clean-up permit to the Minutemen in November. Over the past few weeks, however, phone calls and e-mails — both for and against the group — have been pouring in, officials said.

“I don’t think we’ve ever had a group where folks have felt so passionate either for or against,” said Steve Saville, a Caltrans spokesman.

Critics, who accuse the group of advocating discrimination, have said Caltrans shouldn’t have allowed the group to participate in the Adopt-A-Highway program. The fact that the Border Patrol checkpoint was in the group’s designated stretch of road was salt in the wound, they’ve said.

The feedback became so heated that the agency started worrying there could be traffic disruptions along a roadway that averages 160,000 vehicles per day.

Officials said they were also concerned about vandalism of the Adopt-A-Highway signs bearing the Minuteman name.

“It became very, very public and very emotionally charged,” Orso-Delgado said. “We started getting a whole lot of complaints, e-mails and questions being raised to the point that we began to get very concerned about the safety of the motoring public and the safety of the Minutemen folks when they were doing their pickup.”

Caltrans will remove that stretch of I-5 from the clean-up program altogether to avoid this type of situation in the future, he said.

Caltrans’ Adopt-A-Highway program allows individuals, organizations or businesses to help clean stretches of roadway that meet certain safety standards. The groups are recognized on road-side panels.

In San Diego County, 875 miles of roadway are adoptable.

The Minutemen never requested the I-5 stretch, Orso-Delgado said. In fact, when the group applied for the program, it inquired about areas along Highway 78. But those weren’t available, and the I-5 stretch had been vacant for six months, so the agency suggested the Minutemen take that strip, Orso-Delgado said.

What may have seemed like a simple decision thrust the state agency and its simple clean-up program, into a heated debate.

Jeff Schwilk, founder of the San Diego Minutemen, and Mike Spencer, a spokesman for the group, did not return calls for comment Tuesday.

In a press release, Schwilk said he was dumbfounded by the agency’s safety concerns.

“There is absolutely no reason to fear that our occasional litter removal details would be anything other than orderly, law-abiding and completely safe,” he said.

Caltrans officials added that they are working with the California Highway Patrol and the Sheriff’s Department to examine allegations of violent behavior and advocacy of violence by the Minutemen.

Kaloogian said the allegations of violent behavior and advocacy of violence were untrue.

Orso-Delgado said the review, which will determine if the group meets the program’s criteria for eligibility, will take more than two weeks.

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Associated Press

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush sought on Monday to ease the embarrassment of his administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina by turning the world spotlight again on New Orleans.

To a standing ovation from Congress, the U.S. president said: “Tonight I am pleased to announce that in April we will host this year’s North American Summit of Canada, Mexico, and the United States in the great city of New Orleans.”

Bush said he would invite the leaders of neighboring Canada and Mexico for their regular “Three Amigos Summit” in the city which has been slow to recover from the August 2005 hurricane, the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.

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NY Times

MIAMI ? Senator John McCain defeated Mitt Romney on Tuesday to win the delegate-rich Florida primary, solidifying his transformation to the Republican front-runner and dealing a devastating blow to the presidential hopes of Rudolph W. Giuliani.

Republican officials said after Mr. Giuliani?s distant third-place finish that he was likely to endorse Mr. McCain, possibly as early as Wednesday in California. They said the two candidates? staffs were discussing the logistics of an endorsement.

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Columbia Missourian

COLUMBIA ? Chelsea Clinton told a crowd of students and supporters Monday that her mother wants to invite undocumented immigrants to ?step out of the shadows.?

Chelsea Clinton talked about a path that would allow immigrants to become citizens by paying a fine and paying back taxes (LOL!) as a percentage of their incomes over a period of time.

?In terms of the 12 to 14 million people who are here illegally (Hillary Clinton) wants people to come out of the shadows and be registered,? Chelsea Clinton said.

She spoke about her mother?s comprehensive immigration plan. She discussed security issues and workplace laws.

?My mom has said that she supports comprehensive immigration reform … We do want to be a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants, but it?s also about security,? she said.

Chelsea Clinton also said that her mother encourages people to learn English though she does not support mandating English as the national language.

In terms of focusing on Latino youth, Clinton expressed that her mother has supported the DREAM Act twice, federal legislation that would allow undocumented high school students to be eligible for higher education and legal status. The DREAM Act failed in the U.S. Senate on Oct. 24.

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