Archive for March 8th, 2008

Ruth from IllegalProtest.com did an excellent job of exposing an infiltrator of the immigration enforcement movement named David Marlett.

David Marlett burst onto the scene with a lot of hype touting his website, ProAmericaCompanies.com. Now, just nine months later, he’s calling it quits. He says Patriots are hypocrites for not supporting his website and that some of us are racists. Naturally those in the biased open border media are eating this up.

Site rejecting illegal workers closing, citing lack of support
PalmBeachPost

He said average Americans who are protesting day labor sites and screaming “no amnesty” are at the same time supporting companies that actively hire illegal immigrants.

“It’s just the height of hypocrisy,” he said. “They don’t want to make changes in their personal lives.”
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In addition, he said Americans are to blame for illegal immigration.

“We the People are to blame. Not the Mexicans. Not Liberals. Not (Sen.) Ted Kennedy. We are to blame. We invite them. We pay them. We educate them and care for them. We as a nation must be honest about it.”

Marlett also said in an interview that the experience of running the Web site has changed some of his views on immigration and that he was disappointed by the sometimes “hateful” and “blatantly racist” talk from some supporters of the site.

In addition, he said that people on all sides of the immigration debate need to realize that a lot of businesses in the United States need migrant workers.
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Gainsville Times

After much media attention devoted to his Web site, Marlett accepted a few invitations to speak about illegal immigration. But he became turned off by the hate-fueled diatribes of some anti-illegal immigrant activists, and disillusioned by what he calls the hypocrisy of most Americans. He hoped his Web site would encourage consumers to seek out companies that don?t employ illegal immigrants, but that hasn?t proven to be the case.

“That?s really reflective of the nation,” Marlett said. “I think unfortunately, for the average American, even the red-blooded Republican conservative screaming ?no amnesty,? they don?t care who?s out there mowing their lawn. That?s the core problem of this whole issue.”

Marlett says he wants to see solutions, even if they include a guest worker program. He is a realist, but wants employers to bear more of a burden, from taxes to health insurance.

“Are we going to ship 12 million people home? No,” Marlett said.

It seems David Marlett borrows talking points from Geraldo Rivera.

David Marlett shares the agenda of open border globalist corporations, and in the above articles he uses the same finger pointing rhetoric as the National Council of La Raza to bully others and get attention from media outlets craving sensationalism. In fact David Marlett has admitted ties to the open border Communist group One Peoples Project, and to the brown supremacy organization NCLR. David Marlett says he’s just communicating with them to come up with solutions to the immigration problem. Well Mr. Marlett, we already have laws on the books and the solution is to enforce them.

William Gheen of ALIPAC wrote the Palm Beach Reporter exposing David Marlett in this thread.

In September of ‘07 he pushed his way into a speaking position at a patriot rally in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. He then attempted to sabotage the rally by pulling out at the last minute declaring that others speaking at the rally were racist. After suffering a huge backlash from everyone involved he latter apologized for being wrong, but the damage was done. An alert was sent out to Patriot groups around the nation to avoid David Marlett and to pull links to his ProAmerica Companies website.

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It really annoys me that the heads of this meat company aren’t being punished.

FOX News

ADELANTO, Calif. ? A former slaughterhouse worker who was videotaped abusing ailing cattle in a case that led to the largest beef recall in U.S. history said in a jailhouse interview that he was only following orders.

Luis Sanchez said he felt bad when he saw how the cows were treated at Chino-based Westland/Hallmark Meat Co., and insisted his boss taught him to use a forklift to move so-called downer cows along the slaughter line.

“That’s how I was taught. He taught me to do the work. I didn’t know it was a serious crime,” Sanchez told the San Bernardino Sun in an interview published Friday.

Sanchez, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, was being held at the Adelanto Detention Center on immigration charges. He was charged with animal cruelty in the slaughterhouse case, but he also faced charges in two unrelated drug cases.

Sanchez’s ex-boss, Daniel Ugarte Navarro, 49, has pleaded not guilty to five felony counts of animal abuse and three misdemeanor counts of illegal movement of a non-ambulatory animal. The counts carry a maximum prison sentence of 5 years, 8 months, prosecutors have said.

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When should police check immigrant status?
Star Tribune
Feb. 28, 2008

Authorities disagree about how vigilant officials are in cases involving illegal immigrants who commit minor offenses.

The woman witnesses say drove her van into a school bus, killing four children in Cottonwood, Minn., last week, apparently had two earlier traffic encounters with law enforcement. Both times officers issued tickets and gave her a ride home without checking her immigration status.

Olga M. Franco’s ability to remain in Minnesota, using a phony name and ID card, has prompted outrage from the U.S. Congress to blogs.

But police chiefs in southwestern Minnesota offer a practical and ethical explanation: They say they don’t detain minor offenders because immigration officials haven’t come to pick up them up in the past. And they don’t want to engage in racial profiling.

“Should a police officer hold everyone who is stopped without a license to substantiate that they are or are not who they say they are?” asked Rob Yant, public safety director in Marshall, Minn. “You can’t stop someone because they’re Hispanic.”

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Carl Rusnok in Dallas said agents “always try to respond nationwide when we gets calls from local law enforcement.”

But he said in ticketing situations, local police “routinely don’t notify ICE.”

“This is not a finger-pointing exercise at all,” Rusnok said. “We work extremely hard to support our law enforcement partners.”

Both local and state officials agree they cooperative effectively when illegal immigrants are caught committing serious crimes and during workplace sweeps.

Last month’s encounter

In mid-January, a sheriff’s deputy in Kandiyohi County stopped a van for crossing the center line at 2:23 a.m. A passenger in the van said her name was Alianiss N. Morales — which authorities have determined was Franco’s alias.

The man driving that day, Samuel R. Melendez, was fined $187 after police checked and found he had only an instruction permit and the woman identified as Morales had a state-issued ID card.

In 2006, a woman who told police she was Morales drove over a curb and onto a lawn in Montevideo and was fined $182 for failing to possess a driver’s license.

In a letter last week to ICE officials, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann called that a “deadly error” and wondered why the woman’s immigration status went unchecked.

But ICE officials said Thursday that if a person is using a U.S. citizen’s identity, the agency would not have been alerted that she was in the country illegally. Customs officials said that the real Morales was from Puerto Rico, whose native-born residents are U.S. citizens.

“When we encounter people for petty offenses, we have no reason to inquire about it,” Montevideo Police Chief Adam Christopher said Thursday. “Our experience is that ICE will not deport for those types of offenses.”

In an e-mail Thursday, Bachmann wrote: “This story breaks our hearts. But it must also call us to action. We need to secure our borders and to foster cooperation between local police and federal immigration authorities.”

Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog said his deputies stop countless vehicles and don’t probe immigration status every time.

“Then you get into profile issues. We don’t do that,” Hartog said. “Unless there is some other indicator that something’s not right … there’s no reason to look into it any further.”

Police tactics dealing with immigrants have been hotly debated in recent years, with Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Twin Cities police chiefs disagreeing on when it’s appropriate to ask about immigration status.

The chiefs and immigration activists argue that immigrants need to feel safe reporting crimes to police without fear of deportation. Pawlenty and others have tried to lift the cities’ policies against asking about status during traffic stops.

Illegal immigrant walks

Earlier this week in Marshall, Pedro Diaz-Pineda paid a $332 fine for running a stop light and giving police a fake name. During the traffic stop last week, Diaz-Pineda told authorities he was here illegally from Honduras.

Within 10 minutes of paying his fine on Monday, he walked out of Lyon County District Court, according to the Marshall Independent newspaper.

The prosecutor in the case, Lori Buchheim, did not return phone calls Thursday asking about the case.

In Montevideo, Chief Christopher said: “Certainly, if ICE wants us to call on every single one and wants to come out and get them, we would gladly do it. But that’s not how it works.”

Related Immigration Watchdog post: Illegal Alien Caused Fatal Bus Accident That Killed Four Students

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This article doesn’t mention that 180 Miles Of New Mexico Border Will Be Unwatched for at least 6 months! Bush, the big spender, is worried about the cost of the Guard on the border.

ABQ Journal

Washington, DC — Hundreds of National Guardsmen deployed to New Mexico’s southern border two years ago to help control illegal immigration will remain there indefinitely if Sen. Pete Domenici has his way.

Legislation introduced by Domenici, R-N.M., on Wednesday - part of a broader package of 15 immigration initiatives sponsored by Senate Republicans this week - would temporarily thwart a Bush administration plan to extricate 6,000 Guardsmen deployed to the Mexican border in 2006 as part of Operation Jump Start.

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El Paso Times

The Border Patrol on Monday will expand its ‘zero-tolerance’ approach, which consists of jailing and prosecuting undocumented immigrants, all the way to the Santa Teresa port of entry, agency officials said Wednesday.

Last month, the Border Patrol started a controversial program called ‘No Pass,’ in which every undocumented immigrant caught crossing the border between Mount Cristo Rey and the Paso del Norte Bridge in Downtown El Paso is jailed and prosecuted.

Border Patrol officials said a similar operation called ‘Lockdown’ has existed without publicity since December between Mount Cristo Rey and Sunland Park.

‘Lockdown’ is the program that will be expanded to the Santa Teresa port of entry Monday, Border Patrol spokesman Ramiro Cordero said.

‘Since ‘No Pass’ has been such a success - there has been a 78 percent drop in apprehensions - we decided to expand ‘Lockdown’ to the Santa Teresa port of entry,’ Cordero said.

Outside of the zero-tolerance zone, captured migrants are fingerprinted, and if they have no criminal history, can be returned to Mexico within hours without being formally deported or serving jail time.

Tougher stance

* ‘No Pass’ and ‘Lockdown’ are reminiscent of Operation Streamline, which the Border Patrol started in 2005 in the Del Rio, Texas, sector and which has spread to Laredo, Texas, and Yuma, Ariz.

* Under those programs, undocumented immigrants are charged with the federal misdemeanor ‘entry without inspection,’ for which they can face up to 180 days behind bars.

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CAPSweb.org

As you know, the bipartisan SAVE Act offers our nation an incredible opportunity to tackle our immigration crisis. The Secure America with Verification and Enforcement Act, HR 4088, by Representative Heath Shuler (D-NC) now has over 130 co-sponsors.

Supporters are considering a discharge petition to compel Speaker Pelosi to allow a floor vote on the measure. Opponents, led by Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA), Chair of the Hispanic Caucus, are seeking to derail it by attaching an amendment that would provide five-year amnesty visas to illegal aliens.

An increased number of H-2B visas will likely be included to draw business support.

Please click here to learn more and to take action.

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WTOP News

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A former top investigator in the internal affairs office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has been sentenced to a year in prison for harboring an illegal immigrant who also was his girlfriend.

Lloyd W. Miner, 49, of Centreville, was convicted in December by a jury at the federal courthouse in Alexandria.

His 21-year-old girlfriend, originally from Mongolia, was sentenced to a month in prison for conspiracy to commit identification fraud.

Prosecutors say Miner met the woman in 2005, gave her a black Volkswagen convertible and allowed her to live in his home.

At the time of his arrest last year, Miner was the assistant chief of internal affairs investigations for Citizenship and Immigration Services, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security.

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WTNH

Bridgeport (AP) _ Prosecutors say a former state Department of Motor Vehicles worker has been sentenced to five years in prison for her part in a fake driver’s license scheme.

Julie Lucas of Ansonia was sentenced Friday in Bridgeport Superior Court.

In October, the 39-year-old pleaded guilty to violating the Corrupt Organizations and Racketeering Act, conspiracy to commit second-degree forgery and conspiracy to commit bribery.

Authorities say she accepted a bribe for issuing a fake license while she worked for the DMV. After she left, she explained the scam to a relative who worked there and they split bribes from six people who got fake licenses.

Lucas is accused of being part of the ring that sold licenses to illegal immigrants from the Bridgeport DMV between January 2001 and December 2004.

The alleged ringleaders of the scheme, Venita Bines of Bridgeport and Tracy Stevenson-Lucas of Stratford, are serving seven-year prison sentences.

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