Archive for February 10th, 2008

Yes I Know, this is from the LA Times. So take it with a grain of salt. It’s good to see the government seems to be making an effort in the right direction. GuardDog

Making for easier assimilation
LA Times
February 7, 2008

In her heart, Sonia Galdamez is Salvadoran. She speaks Spanish at home and cooks Salvadoran food for her family.

But since arriving in Los Angeles nearly two years ago, she has been sworn in as a U.S. citizen and is studying English at L.A. City College.

Galdamez said she doesn’t have to sacrifice her traditions, roots or language to become American.

“But in this country, really, they speak English,” she said. “If I want to find a good job, I have to learn it.”

Galdamez is a model for the federal government’s massive assimilation campaign, which the Bush administration launched in 2006 and is continuing to expand. This spring, the government will offer a free Web-based English class to immigrants on its new site, www.WelcometoUSA.gov.

Alfonso Aguilar, chief of the U.S. Office of Citizenship, said the goal is to help immigrants integrate into U.S. society, learn English and identify with common civic values and a shared sense of history.

“We cannot become a country of enclaves — that’s a recipe for disaster,” he said. “There has to be a sense of community, a solidarity. . . . In the end, it’s about political and social cohesion.”

In the past, such assimilation efforts have been undertaken by churches, libraries and community organizations. But the sheer number of immigrants, coupled with the migration patterns that have scattered them across the country, has prompted the federal government to get involved.

Not everyone agrees that’s a good idea. Some say that community groups are better equipped to lead integration efforts because they are on a grass-roots level and can tailor programs to particular immigrant communities. Others say that the U.S. should limit the number of legal immigrants it admits rather than spend taxpayer money on assimilation programs.

“The current levels of immigration are about five times higher than our tradition,” said Rosemary Jenks, director of government relations for NumbersUSA, an anti-illegal immigration group. “In our view, the best way to assure assimilation is to reduce the numbers. . . . That means more resources per capita for new immigrants coming in.”

Experts and groups on both sides of the immigration debate have praised the government’s assimilation efforts because they can help bridge gaps and reduce tensions that occur between newly arrived immigrants and their communities.

That in turn will help create a more unified society where newcomers are participating politically, economically and socially, said Tomás Jiménez, a sociology professor at UC San Diego. Jiménez stressed that over time, immigrants do learn English and assimilate on their own. They integrate by going to college, advancing in their careers, moving to different neighborhoods and marrying outside their ethnic groups, he said.

Studies have shown that although Spanish is primarily spoken by first-generation immigrants, its use fades dramatically by the second and third generation……

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Napa Valley Register

Federal immigration officials have asked that Napa authorities hold without bail the man charged with felony DUI and hit and run in an east Napa accident that resulted in the amputation of a woman?s legs above the knee.

Francisco Pacheco, 24, is in Napa County jail on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold. ICE seeks holds on criminal suspects who the agency believes may be in the United States illegally. Such holds may result in deportation.
On Feb., 3, Pacheco, who was intoxicated, was driving his 1990 Plymouth on South Terrace Drive when he plowed into the back of Lilian Clark?s vehicle, which was doubled-parked.

Clark, 38, had just finished securing her two sons, 4 and 6, in their car seats and was walking around the back of her car to get to the driver?s door. Pacheco hit the rear bumper of Clark?s car, pinning her legs between her bumper and his front bumper.

Pacheco, who is on probation for a 2007 DUI conviction, fled. He was chased by Clark?s neighbors, who found him about a block away and held him until police arrived.

In addition to the current charges and the 2007 DUI conviction, Pacheco was picked up last July for misdemeanor DUI. That case is pending, according to Napa County Chief Deputy District Attorney John Goold.

Pacheco had no insurance and does not have a valid driver?s license.

If found guilty of the charges from Sunday?s incident, Pacheco is looking at a maximum of six years in state prison, Goold said.

John Clark, the husband of the victim, has been active in the movement to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States.

In 2006, Clark started a Napa-based chapter of the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps, a group that has observed border patrols and advocated more strict enforcement of immigration laws. He said his inspiration to form the group stemmed from the three-year effort he went through to legally bring Lilian, then his fiancé, to the United States from her native Chile.

?I am passionate about people coming to this country legally. I certainly learned that with the battles I fought to bring Lili here,? he said.

Clark said his wife is improving each day.

?I took the kids to see her. They know that something terrible happened to their mom because they were in the car when she was hit. When we went to the hospital, she showed them she didn?t have any legs. My son asked her, ?Why did the bad guy take your legs??? But Lili is such a remarkable person. She is so strong. She is more worried about the kids than herself.?

Dan Johnson, the Napa County Department of Corrections acting director, said when an inmate is placed on Immigration and Custom Enforcement hold, he is interviewed by ICE to determine if he is in the country illegally. If ICE, which is under Homeland Security, determines the inmate is here illegally or violated his or her visa, a deportation hearing is held.

?If it is ruled the person is to be deported, the individual is sent to a penal institution in Arizona to await for transport to their native country,? Johnson said.

Johnson said if the person is in custody at the jail and a criminal complaint has been filed, the deportation issue is dealt with after the criminal case is adjudicated.

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Richard Toledo, wearing a hearing device to listen to a Spanish interpreter,
pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and one count of kidnapping.

Press of Atlantic City

TOMS RIVER– Richard Toledo pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and one count of kidnapping this morning before Superior Court Judge Barbara A. Villano in the claw-hammer murders of two Stafford boys in 2006.

Toledo is facing a maximum sentence of 30 years to life in prison for the murder of Karlo Gonzalez, 14 and life without any parole for killing Karlo’s brother Zabdiel Gonzalez, 7-years-old.

Toledo also is facing a maximum of 30 years in prison for the kidnapping of the boys’ mother Wanda Gonzalez.

Toledo, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, rented a room in the family’s home in the Ocean Acres section of Stafford Township. Authorities say that after beating and strangling the boys, Toledo abducted their mother Wanda Gonzalez at knifepoint and forced her to withdraw $500 from a local ATM.

He then headed north on Garden State Parkway, police said, and stopped at a Monmouth County rest stop where Gonzalez was able to break free and call the police. Toledo was arrested several hours later.

In November 2006, Toledo pleaded not guilty.

Toledo would have gone on trial for the murders in May.

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Star Tribune

For businesses such as construction, landscaping, agriculture, hospitality, meat processing and food services, hiring immigrants has become a matter of course. But with strenuous opposition to “amnesty” for the 12 million undocumented people already in the U.S. (an estimated 100,000 in Utah) stalling federal immigration reform or other reforms that might create a guest-worker program, Swift’s labor problems are now widely shared by others.

“It’s now much bigger than a meat-processing issue,” said James Mintert, professor of agriculture economics at Kansas State University.

And if the Swift raids exposed the meatpacking industry’s practice of hiring low-wage immigrants who used stolen or fake IDs to get jobs they could not have gotten legally, the aftermath also has raised plenty of questions about immigrant labor in Utah - and there appear to be few answers. Normally, business interests in Utah and nationally are politically powerful, but in the case of immigration-reform legislation they backed in Congress this year, they’ve found themselves overwhelmed. Utah’s senators received perhaps 100 calls in opposition for every 10 in favor of the immigration-reform bill that failed to pass the Senate in June, said Clark Ivory, CEO of Ivory Homes, the state’s largest home builder.

“The reason that immigration reform has failed is that extreme elements are stirring the pots of hatred. [They] are anti-Hispanic, very vocal and very vindictive with these politicians,” Ivory said. “A moderate, thoughtful and quiet voice that comes from business is not heard over that extreme voice that comes from the far right wing.”

The business community wants to abide by the law, and it wants the nation to control its borders, he said. But that community also wants reform that provides an adequate skilled and unskilled work force, which has been a constant challenge in recent years.

In the past two decades, Utah’s economy has gone through changes that have created a greater need for more low-skilled workers than a native-born population could or would want to fill, said Pamela Perlich of the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Utah.

During that span, Utah saw a huge boom in commercial and residential construction - projects such as the LDS Church conference center, facilities for the 2002 Winter Olympics and the rebuilding of Interstate 15 and construction of TRAX light rail.

In addition, a demographic shift to a higher percentage of workers with four-year college degrees (10.2 percent in 1960, compared with 26.1 percent in 2000) meant more Utah-born workers landed higher-paying jobs.

“As more of our native-born population moves up the ladder, we still continue to have demand for people in tortilla factories or meatpacking plants or people to clean buildings or make beds in hotels,” Perlich argues.

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SacBee

A Republican lawmaker has introduced legislation that would provide members of the California National Guard with free tuition at state colleges and universities and save money at the time.

How? By repealing a law that allows illegal immigrants who meet certain conditions to pay subsidized in-state tuition, said Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, R-Irvine.

Critics call DeVore’s bill a cynical ploy. They say that by allowing students who attended a California high school for three years and received a diploma or equivalent to qualify for in-state tuition, the state is investing in its future.

But DeVore said California, which has 20,000 Guard members, is the only state in the nation that does not offer its members free college tuition.

DeVore estimates it would cost California, which is facing a $14.5 billion budget deficit, only about $3 million annually to do so.

That’s far less, he noted, than the $117 million the Legislative Analyst’s Office estimates in-state waivers, granted largely to illegal immigrants, cost California in 2005-06.

DeVore’s bill ? Assembly Bill 1758 ? is scheduled to be heard March 4 in the Assembly Higher Education Committee. Although the legislation faces long odds in the Democratic-controlled Legislature, it will likely reignite a perennial debate in the Capitol.

“The argument we always hear is, ‘Let’s not punish these kids because their parents broke the law,’ ” DeVore said. “But the fact of the matter is that some people do come here to take advantage of benefits.”

In recent years, the California Guard has been faced with retention and recruitment declines that DeVore blames on the state’s lack of benefits.

His bill would provide a much-needed inducement for a group that’s called on more than any Guard in the nation, he said.

DeVore said not only are members of the California Guard asked to provide assistance during floods, fires and earthquakes ? they also put their lives on the line to quell riots and fight wars.

Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, agrees with DeVore’s intent, but not his method.

“People who offer themselves for military service should be supported by the state of California,” Cedillo said. “But we shouldn’t hurt the state’s future with divisive, political games.”

Cedillo is once again carrying legislation that would allow illegal immigrants who are eligible for in-state tuition to apply for financial aid.

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Jose Oviedo

WISH

INDIANAPOLIS - Police need your help to find a man accused of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl last month.

Metro Police believe Jose Oviedo is on the run. Detectives have been waiting for Oviedo to return to a eastside home on Michigan street. So far, no sign of him.

When a 24-Hour News 8 photographer knocked on the door, the man who answered said Oviedo had gone to Mexico.

Police were alerted to the situation when they recieved a 911 call on January 27th.

“He actually went out to the house where he found the little girl and he found out that yes she was molested. And he did a very detailed report,” said Detective Steve Buchanan.

An affidavit reveals that a 5-year-old said her mother’s boyfriend had molested her. The child’s grandmother discovered signs of abuse and took the child to the hospital.

“We have confirmed through St. Francis that the child contracted an std and it’s one that unfortunately she’ll have for the rest of her life,” said Detective Buchanan.

The police said while the 5-year-old’s sexually transmitted disease was further proof of abuse. Officers said they were frustrated by the mother’s unwillingness to give them any information about her boyfriend.

“I do know that when the mother and the daughter came to the child advocacy center I personally spoke with the mother and did not get any cooperation out of her,” said Detective Buchanan.

Police removed the 5-year-old victim and her three siblings from their mother Crystal Newton’s home.

24-Hour News 8 asked Newton if she took steps to protect Jose after she found out what had happened to her daughter?

Newton said, “I don’t believe I did.”

However, the police believe she did.

“Well the simple fact is that he gave me a fake name,” said Newton. She also claims that even though she had dated Oviedo for at least 4 months, she didn’t learn his name until after police began investigating him.

Police believe 30-year-old Jose Oviedo is an illegal immigrant and could now be living under an assumed name. He face 3 Class A felonies and one Class C Felony. Oviedo has been arrested 14 times in 10 years.

If you have any information about his whereabouts, please call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.

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This terrible news comes from the Patriot Border Alliance web forum.

Patriot Border Alliance
posted 2/9/08

The usual Phoenix Patriots were demonstrating at the Day Labor site on 25th St just south of Bell Road today when a car made an unsafe left turn and hit another car. That car spun around, hit one of our Patriots who was sitting in a chair near the intersection, then ended up backwards on the sidewalk, resting against a fire hydrant. If not for the fire hydrant more innocent bystanders might have been injured.

Our Patriot was taken by ambulance to a hospital. We later learned that the driver of the car making the unsafe left turn DID NOT HAVE A DRIVER’S LICENSE OR INSURANCE, BUT HE DID HAVE A MEXICAN CONSULAR MATRICULA CARD. AIN’T THAT SPECIAL?? Both cars were towed away, the two young women in the severely damaged car seemed physically unharmed and I don’t know the fate of the ILLEGAL ALIEN. Hopefully he will be sentenced to 10-11 years in prison for assault with a deadly weapon!!

Be safe out there Patriots!!

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Edon Hall, 65+ retired, broken pelivs bone.

Invaders pray the Lord will have mercy on them for their lawlessness.
illegal aliens pray

Sal Reza organizes unemployed invaders to loiter and harass Americans.
sal reza

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Swift worker fallout: The pain behind the stolen identities
The Salt Lake Tribune
Feb. 10, 2008

Bedal Provencia of Edinburg, Texas, was in jail on charges of receiving stolen property when he got word that one of the arrested Swift workers was using his Social Security number and birth date.

In the year since, he says, he’s found out this much: “That dude gots more rights than I got.”

Provencia, 25, says he has been working with a government advocate, but still doesn’t know when he will be given a copy of his Social Security card so he can get a full-time job.
The Texas native survives by working odd jobs two or three days a week.

The trouble began, he says, when a friend of his mother’s stole her papers and his, including his birth certificate and Social Security card.

The woman apparently sold the papers and they were duplicated, because Provencia has had reports of others using his identity in other states than Utah.
“They are burning us real bad,” says Provencia. “I can’t do nothing without my papers.”

While he waits for the IRS and Social Security to straighten out his records, Provencia jokes that the government ought to make the guy arrested in Utah pay his obligations: “Why don’t they take out no child support on him?”

Utah victim in prison: Terryl Warner, the victims advocate for Cache County, says that of the dozens of letters she sent to people whose Social Security numbers were being used illegally by Swift plant workers, she has heard back from only about 10.

She sent police reports and court records to those who needed documentation to straighten out their IRS or Social Security records.

But she says she didn’t hear of a single case in which the immigrants were using false identities to gain credit, just access to a job.

Those whose identities were used live throughout the United States and even Puerto Rico, but the bulk are in Texas and California.

One victim, she says, was in a motorcycle accident and unable to collect disability payments from the Social Security Administration because the records showed him continuing to work - in Utah.

Only one Utah resident, Francisco R. Martinez of Ogden, was listed in court documents as among the victims. Martinez was in the Weber County jail this fall and was recently transferred to the Utah State Prison in Draper on theft and burglary charges filed in Davis County……

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