Archive for February 16th, 2008

Report from Jeff Schwilk of SDMM:

Another Mexican Vigilante & Illegal Alien Activist is convicted and sentenced for attacking an American Minuteman activist.

26 Documented attacks now on Minutemen (see SDMM website for full details)

ZERO attacks BY peaceful, law-abiding Minutemen !

When will the media pull their collective heads from their backsides and report the real hate crimes in San Diego County by violent, hateful Latinos and illegal aliens who hate Americans who stand up for the rule of law?!

Feb. 13th, 8 of us attended the final hearing for Fernando Guardado, the Mexican who attacked Kiani Garcia and smashed his camera outside St. Peter’s Church in Fallbrook, July 14, 2007.

Fernando had been CONVICTED of the crimes of battery and vandalism in Vista court in Dec. He was sentenced to 3 years probation, 40 hours of community service, and fined $400.

Wednesday a final hearing was held to determine the restitution to be paid to Kiani for his camera and medical bills from the attack. Fernando, his wife, and his La Raza lawyer from San Diego, Victor Torres attended also. After hearing arguments from both sides, including a ridiculous statement by Torres who said Kiani caused his own injures, the judge ordered Guardado to pay Kiani $1000!

Another degraded illegal alien lover learns that American rules and laws do apply to them too! Quite the losing streak Claudia Smith is on. Much as she tries, she just can’t control her aliens and activists. Moments before the attack, Claudia Smith and Mrs. Guardado were videotaped talking and pointing towards the Garcia family on the sidewalk. Maybe Claudia Smith should pay the damages! Maybe Father Bud should be sued for allowing the attack to occur from his church day labor site!

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A 21-year-old suspected illegal immigrant and with five prior DUI convictions pleaded not guilty Friday to felony DUI and child abuse and a slew of other charges for allegedly leading authorities on a high-speed chase with his year-old daughter in the backseat and crashing into six other vehicles.

Luis Gomez, also known as Luis Umberto Perez, of San Marcos, was arrested Monday night at Hibiscus and Sycamore avenues in Vista.

During a pursuit that reached speeds of more than 100 mph, Gomez slammed into two vehicles in San Marcos, three on Highway 78 and one in Vista, said Sgt. Cliston Hensley of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

No one was injured in any of the crashes.

Gomez also is charged with felony counts of having a blood-alcohol level over the state limit of .08 percent and evading police with reckless driving, along with two misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run and one count each of reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and being an unlicensed driver.

Judge Joe Littlejohn scheduled a preliminary hearing for March 3 and set bail at $130,820, but Gomez is also being held on an immigration hold.

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Sun Herald

GULFPORT — A man suspected of being in the country illegally when he was in a fatal crash will be tried for leaving the scene, but he won’t be prosecuted for driving under the influence.

Results of a blood-alcohol test show Raymoundo Rojas Garcia was not intoxicated the morning his pickup collided with a motorcycle on U.S. 49 at O’Neal Road. The crash June 24, 2007, claimed the lives of Wayne Hughes, 45, and his wife, Michelle Hughes, 48. The couple lived in Saucier.

Prosecutors in the District Attorney’s Office confirmed the test results after a Harrison County grand jury indicted Garcia on Jan. 14 on two counts of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. Gulfport police were prepared to charge Garcia with felony DUI if the test showed Garcia was driving impaired.

Garcia, 27, faces up to five years in prison on each count if convicted of leaving the scene. If charged with drunken driving in a fatal crash, he would have faced five to 25 years for each death.

Garcia remains in custody on $100,000 bond, but the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a hold on him for possible violation of immigration laws.

Garcia’s connection to the crash drew criticism after it became public Gulfport police had arrested him the week before on a misdemeanor DUI. Police said Garcia didn’t have a driver’s license and they had no way of knowing whether he is in the country illegally.

Garcia’s attorney, Rufus Alldredge, said he isn’t sure of Garcia’s citizenship status.

“He speaks no English,” Alldredge said, “but that doesn’t mean he was trying to run and hide from an accident.”

The crash occurred on a sunny Sunday morning after the couple had eaten an early lunch at a restaurant. They were northbound on their Suzuki when Garcia’s southbound pickup made a left turn toward O’Neal Road.

Police have testified an off-duty state trooper stopped and instructed Garcia and his family to stand by the roadside. Garcia, his wife and their toddler were found a short distance away on Plunkett Road, a narrow street near the intersection.

“He was standing there talking on a cell phone,” Alldredge said. “Was he frightened? Was he trying to find out what to do? These are questions we’ll be trying to answer. It wasn’t like he was half a mile away. Right now, he just wants to be with his family.”

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LexisNexis News

House Democrats are crafting scaled-down immigration reform legislation despite the political minefields that surround the issue, with Hispanic Members seeking five-year visas for illegal immigrants who pay fines and pass criminal background checks.

Immigration reform had been left for dead after last year’s Senate train wreck, but pressures for at least stopgap immigration legislation have bubbled up within the Democratic Caucus.

It’s unclear if the behind-the-scenes discussions will actually result in a bill coming to the floor, but Democrats say drafts of legislation already have been written and are being vetted behind the scenes.

“There is the formation of a consensus,” said Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.), chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, who said he’s seen a draft bill. “We’re looking at some kind of a compromise. It’s still comprehensive in nature but not to the extent we would like.”

Baca said the prospects for a compromise package were discussed in high-level meetings Wednesday that included Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel (Ill.) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), who chairs the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law. Baca said the emerging legislation did not have the broader reforms included in last year’s failed Senate immigration overhaul or in earlier measures backed by Hispanics, such as the DREAM Act.

But Baca said the key piece for Hispanics is a five-year visa for illegal immigrants who can prove they have a job. The visa is well short of past bills that would grant permanent legal status, which critics decried as “amnesty.”

“There is no path towards citizenship,” Baca said. “There are still fines and criminal background checks and you have to pay back taxes. This is what the taxpayers want.”

Baca said Democrats still are trying to work out exactly how the new visas would work or be enforced.

Baca said there also would be an expansion of visas for technical, temporary and agricultural workers - measures strongly backed by businesses and many Republicans.

But whether House leaders will actually put immigration on the floor with such a controversial provision as visas for illegal immigrants in an election year remains an open question.

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East Valley Tribune

Phoenix police will ask the immigration status of everyone they arrest or cite for committing a crime, under a new policy announced Friday.

The policy will affect people booked into jail, as well as those who are issued a citation and released on misdemeanor charges, said Phoenix police Chief Jack Harris.

If the arresting officer has reason to believe the suspect in a misdemeanor case is an illegal immigrant, the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will be notified under the new policy, which will take about 90 days to put in place, Harris said.

Under the department?s current policy, only people arrested for major felonies are questioned by Phoenix police as to their immigration status.

Read more.

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Adrienne Shelly

USA Today

NEW YORK ? A construction worker who admitted strangling actress Adrienne Shelly while robbing her apartment and then hanging her body to make it look like a suicide pleaded guilty Thursday to manslaughter.

Diego Pillco, 20, admitted he killed Adrienne Shelly, 40, in her Manhattan flat after going through her purse. He was promised a sentence on March 6 of 25 years in prison.

State Supreme Court Justice Carol Berkman said Pillco, who is from Ecuador, South America, and is in the United States illegally, is subject to immediate deportation upon release from prison.

Shelly, born Adrienne Levine, appeared in the 2005 movie Factotum with Matt Dillon. She made her directorial debut with Sudden Manhattan in 1996, and she wrote, directed and co-starred in Waitress, which also featured Keri Russell.

With Shelly’s mother, brothers, other relatives and friends present, Pillco explained to the court how he killed her on Nov. 1, 2006. His story differed considerably from the account he initially gave police.

The defendant first said he was renovating a third-floor apartment in Greenwich Village when Shelly came down and complained that he was making too much noise. Shelly used the apartment in that building as an office.

Pillco initially said she called him names, they fought and he killed her accidentally. He said he then hanged her with a bed sheet to make her death look like suicide.

On Thursday, Pillco admitted to the court that he was in fact robbing her when he killed her. He said he had eaten his lunch in the basement and was walking back up the stairs to resume working when he saw Shelly going up to her flat.

“When I saw her I decided to rob her,” Pillco told the court.

He said he saw her fourth-floor apartment door was open so he stepped in and grabbed her purse.

“When I was trying to put back the purse, the lady came out of the room,” Pillco said through a Spanish language interpreter. “I don’t speak English, but the lady was signing that I give back her purse.”

He said she went through the purse and saw something was missing and she was going to call the police.

“I took the phone from her,” he said. “Out of desperation I covered her mouth. I was scared and didn’t realize what was happening. I saw a sheet, and I decided to choke her.”

The judge asked, “And you tied the sheet around her neck and strung her up?”

“Yes,” Pillco replied, “and I made it look as if she had committed suicide.”

Pillco was arrested in Brooklyn after witnesses told police they had seen him working near Shelley’s apartment in the building.

“I just want to ask forgiveness from her family,” the defendant said.

“I doubt if you’ll get that, sir,” the judge said.

Shelly’s relatives didn’t speak in court and declined to comment after the proceeding.

Shelly also appeared in The Unbelievable Truth in 1989 and Trust in 1990.

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FOX 12 News

Meridian, Idaho — A man is facing felony charges for impersonating a police officer and attempting to pull over a young woman.

His target was Fox 12 This Morning anchor Shayne Wells.

Wells was heading into work around 2 a.m. when she happened to notice that a car she’d passed kept following her too closely.

“That’s when he actually turned off his headlights and suddenly, up in the front of his car, red, white and blue lights started flashing at me,” said Wells.

Her first thought was that she was getting pulled over.

But knew she hadn’t been speeding.

“Something about it just didn’t feel right. I had seen the car when I passed it and it was a dark colored sporty vehicle with tinted windows and that’s not typically what you see with a police car,” said Wells.

So she called 911.

Dispatchers told her there were no officers in unmarked cars in the area making a traffic stop.

“I informed her someone was trying to pull me over. He attempted to pull me over three times, and followed me for about five miles real close,” said Wells.

The operator asked her to stay with the suspect, even if he tried to leave.

Wells did and ended up tailing him up the Eagle exit to a gas station, where Idaho State Police officers closed in.

“She did absolutely everything perfect,” said Lt. Brian Zimmerman, with the Idaho State Police.

Officers say 17-year-old Israel Dominguez showed them a fake Mexican I.D. stating he was 21. He speaks no English and appears to be in the country illegally.

It’s unclear why he would have fake police lights at the time of the arrest. He even left behind the receipt.

“He said it was an accident and didn’t really mean to do what he was doing although he purchased the lights and hard wired them into his vehicle,” said Zimmerman.

Zimmerman can’t say exactly what Dominguez may have done if he had gotten her to pulled over.

Wells is just glad her mom always taught her to be alert and watch her surroundings.

“Well that’s what I was doing, so her words, they worked,” said Wells.

Dominguez was charged with felony impersonating an officer and not having a valid drivers license.

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Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Littleton) today sent a letter to Mexican President Felipe Calderon questioning the motives behind his current visit to the United States as well as the charges levied by Mr. Calderon against the fairness of American immigration policy. A copy of the letter is below:

President Calderon:

I was disappointed by misguided comments you recently made regarding U.S.-Mexico relations and U.S. immigration laws. Purveying misinformation and absurd allegations is hardly a positive step to building a constructive partnership.

According to the Associated Press you recently said, ?You have two economies. One economy is intensive in capital, which is the American economy. One economy is intensive in labor, which is the Mexican economy. We are two complementary economies, and that phenomenon is impossible to stop.? Yes, both countries benefit by the 85% of Mexico?s manufacturing exports that come to the U.S., but people are not commodities. While I appreciate your concern for our joint prosperity, the economic and social ills that plague your country cannot be resolved by simply exporting your citizens to the United States.

It is undeniable that Mexico faces major challenges. Endemic corruption and the power of violent drug cartels still dominate everyday life across Mexico. Beyond the headlines, Mexico has deep institutional maladies. Mexico?s absurdly antiquated Napoleonic-inquisition styled legal system and the squandering of robust energy-industry opportunity by a poorly managed, state-run Pemex monopoly are just two examples of the kind of self-inflicted wounds that hobble your troubled nation.

I understand that you are attempting to resolve some of these problems and applaud your leadership in trying to do so. But what would contribute more to the long term stability of your economy and your country would be to focus more energy on addressing your domestic challenges and less on lobbying the U.S. to provide amnesty for Mexicans who have illegally entered this country with the blessing of your government. In doing so, you might be able to keep Mexico?s ?best and brightest young men? in Mexico ? where they can contribute more to Mexico?s economy than remittance payments. Unfortunately, your recent comments indicate that Mexico will continue its policy of encouraging illegal immigration and treating the United States as little more than a dumping ground for your social and economic problems.

In your speech yesterday to the California State legislature, you lectured the American people on how to improve our immigration policies. Why did you not propose that we model our policies on Mexico?s own policies toward illegal entry across your own southern border? Mexico expends enormous resources to prevent Guatemalans, Hondurans and Salvadorans from entering the country illegally, but you castigate the United States for wanting secure borders. Mr. President, in my neighborhood that is called hypocrisy.

You proposed in your Sacramento speech that ?migration? be made ?legal, safe and organized.? Mr. President, we already have such a program and it is called legal immigration. Over one million legal immigrants come through our ports of entry each year, not across our border fences. The American people set limits on the number of legal immigrants through our immigration laws, and it is not the job of the Mexican government to revise or expand those limits.

President Calderon, you are insulting the American people when you tell us that fifteen to twenty million illegal aliens in our country bring only benefits and no costs. I challenge you to give one concrete example of how the enforcement of our existing immigration laws violates anyone?s human rights. The people of Oklahoma are not anti-Mexican for passing laws to require verification of employment eligibility. The people of Indiana are not anti-immigrant for passing laws to require photo identification for voting. The people of California are not anti-Mexican for denying driver?s licenses to illegal aliens. The people of Arizona are not anti-immigrant for passing laws that deny welfare benefits to people who are in that state unlawfully.

It is no secret that the purpose of your visit is to influence the American election, and in fact your trip has been billed as a high-stakes effort to shape the immigration debate underway in the U.S. presidential race. What is perhaps more disappointing, however, is your attempt to insinuate that anti-amnesty sentiment here in the U.S. is the same as anti-Mexican sentiment. I am referring to your statement, ?I need to change in the perception that the Americans are the enemy, and it is important to change the perception that the Mexicans are the enemy.?

It is both disingenuous and dangerous for you to inject this kind of xenophobia into this debate. The fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans support the enforcement of our immigration laws and take issue with the notion that we should reward illegal behavior, hardly qualifies as ethnic animosity or international enmity. What you must understand is that a treasured aspect of our national foundation is a respect for the rule of law. Perhaps if corruption were not so widespread and commonplace in Mexico, it would be easier for you to understand this.

President Calderon, in many ways your trip thus far has been a long series of mixed messages. You accuse the United States of recent protectionist trends, yet you heavily restrict foreign entry into Mexico?s energy sector through a massive, state-run Pemex monopoly. You assure American politicians that an open flow of cheap Mexican labor is not only benign but vitally necessary, but you take great care in securing your own southern border with Guatemala. You come to the United States purportedly to promote better political and economic ties with the U.S., but then issue a thinly veiled threat that Mexicans will regard the U.S. as an enemy if we refuse to provide millions of illegal aliens with unconditional amnesty.

President Calderon, I respectfully suggest that the next time you visit our country, rather than trying to influence U.S. policymakers or our election process, you take time to listen to Americans rather than lecture them. If you want to make changes in government policies, apply your energies to Mexico?s laundry list of problems rather than meddling in domestic American politics.

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A fireman tries to put out a fire at Vaerebro elementary school that was set alight by demonstrators in Vaerloese, north of Copenhagen, late February 14, 2008. Seventeen youths were arrested after four nights of rioting in a number of largely immigrant neighbourhoods of Copenhagen, police said.

Copenhagen police arrest six in fifth night of riots
Feb. 14, 2008

COPENHAGEN (AFP) - Six youths were arrested in Copenhagen for setting cars and dumpsters ablaze and throwing stones at police in a fifth night of riots in a predominantly immigrant area of the Danish capital, police said Friday.

“We’ve had six arrests so far. They’ve been charged with throwing stones at police and setting fires to cars and waste containers,” Chief Inspector Henrik Olesen of the Copenhagen police told AFP.

At least 11 cars were torched in various neighbourhoods of Copenhagen, and 10 others in the nearby town of Kokkedal.

On Thursday, 17 youths were arrested for rioting the previous night.

“We don’t know why they’re rioting. I think it’s because they’re bored. Some people say it’s because of the cartoons but that’s not my opinion,” Olesen said.

He was referring to the reprinting of a controversial cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed in 17 Danish newspapers on Wednesday.

The drawing, published in Denmark for the first time in 2005, sparked several months of angry protests in the Muslim world in 2006. It depicted the prophet with a turban resembling a bomb with a lit fuse.

Protests have flared up again in several Muslim countries including Kuwait and Pakistan following the reprinting. The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas also condemned the publication.

The caricature was reprinted this week after Danish police uncovered a plot to kill the cartoonist.

Three people were arrested for planning the murder, including two Tunisians who have lived in Denmark for more than seven years and whom Denmark has decided to expel without a trial.

That decision has been heavily criticized by human rights associations and some politicians and legal experts in Denmark.

Interesting days in Denmark - Where is the major media on this?
The Shield Of Achilles
Feb. 15, 2008


Danes clash on web in Prophet row
Feb. 15, 2008

The controversy in Denmark over the reprinting of one of the 12 cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad this week has triggered an unusual dialogue on social networking group Facebook, writes the BBC’s religious affairs correspondent Frances Harrison.

The row began with Tuesday’s arrests of three Muslims in Denmark said by the intelligence services to be plotting to kill one of the cartoonists.

Cartoonist Kurt Westergaard is said to
be the target of the alleged plot

All the major Danish newspapers next day rallied round their colleague, reprinting his drawing of the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb in his turban as a sign of solidarity.

But now young Danish student Anders Boetter says he has decided to start a Facebook site called Sorry Muhammad to apologise to Muslims on behalf of ordinary Danes and also give them a voice in the controversy over the row……

Within six hours a rival network group appeared called No Need to Apologise to Muhammad.

“This is a mockery of freedom of speech and to me it doesn’t matter what religion you have; you should be tolerant towards Danish freedom of speech,” writes Tanya Kortgaard.

“I think it’s fantastic that most of the newspapers in this country have shown that in Denmark we are not giving in to death threats,” says Gar Field.

Anders Kunze Juul-Dam, another group member, argues: “I think there’s a tendency to believe that the most fundamental norms and values of Danish society are open for debate - they’re not. If you don’t like the smell in the bakery then get out of here. Nobody is forced to be in Denmark - neither immigrants nor Danes. If you want to be here then you have to adapt.”……

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