Archive for March 13th, 2008

Associated Press

YUMA, Arizona (Reuters) - Most plans to gain control of the porous U.S.-Mexico border focus on some combination of fence. But this city in far west Arizona is looking to build a moat.

Faced with high-levels of crime and illegal immigration, authorities in Yuma are reaching back to a technique as old as a medieval castle to dig out a “security channel” on a crime-ridden stretch of the border and fill it with water.

“The moats that I’ve seen circled the castle and allowed you to protect yourself, and that’s kind of what we’re looking at here,” said Yuma County Sheriff Ralph Ogden, who is backing the project.

Curbing illegal immigration and securing the nearly 2,000 mile (3,200-kilometre) southwestern border are hot topics in this U.S. election year. Washington has pledged to complete 670 miles of new barriers by the close of 2008, despite resistance from landowners and environmentalists.

The proposal seeks to restore a stretch of the West’s greatest waterway, the Colorado River, which has been largely sucked dry by demand from farms and sprawling subdivisions springing up across the parched southwest and in neighboring California.

The plan to revive the river, which drains from the Rocky Mountains through the Grand Canyon and runs for 23 miles (37 kilometers) along the border near Yuma, seeks to create a broad water barrier while also restoring a fragile wetland environment that once thrived in the area.

“What you are building is a moat, but it’s bringing the life and the wildlife back,” said Ogden, an Old West lawman with a handlebar mustache, explaining how the project differs from other plans to fix the border.

“It’s innovative thinking. It doesn’t take much brainpower to build a 12-foot high fence around something, but this is unique.”

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Jose Pasqual Acosta Martin

TampaBays10.com

Citrus County, Florida - Officers arrested a 21-year-old man accused of sexually battering a 5-year-old girl in her home in the town of Hernando on Sunday.

Citrus County deputies got a tip and arrested Jose Pasqual Acosta Martin, at a store in the town of Hernando.

The sheriff’s office says Martin was in the country illegally and had been working as a laborer or in construction.

Detectives started investigating the incident after the girl reported it to her parents.

Martin has been charged with a single count of capital sexual battery.

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GJSentinel

A Mexican citizen who has been deported twice, including once after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a child, could be heading for this third deportation following a recent arrest in Montrose.

Saloman Renteria-Valdez, 61, was taken into federal custody in January after federal agents confirmed he had been arrested in connection with human trafficking and an assortment of other crimes since 1977.

According to a complaint filed in a Colorado federal court, Renteria-Valdez was arrested in late January in Montrose.

The FBI flagged Renteria-Valdez as illegally re-entering the country in mid-February when his fingerprints linked him to his previous convictions and deportations.

Renteria-Valdez was booked into Mesa County Jail on Monday.

According to federal court records, Renteria-Valdez was deported Feb. 12, 1979, following his conviction on human smuggling charges.

The affidavit also shows he was deported Aug. 30, 1996, after he was convicted of molesting a child.

Renteria-Valdez?s criminal complaint shows he has been convicted of a plethora of crimes over the past three decades, including robbery, human smuggling and possession of illegal drugs.

Federal court records also show Renteria-Valdez was arrested in July 2001 in Montrose on suspicion of being an intoxicated pedestrian in a roadway.

?Immigration and Customs Enforcement was not notified and no removal proceeding (sic) were initiated,? the affidavit said.

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Statesman

A Mexican police officer will spend at least the next 60 years in prison for raping and impregnating a 12-year-old girl in Georgetown in 2006.

Salvador Hernandez, 35, pleaded guilty last week to two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and a jury recommended that he serve 75 years in prison for one count and life for the other.

At a sentencing hearing Wednesday, District Judge Ken Anderson ordered that Hernandez serve the sentences consecutively. He will not be eligible for parole until he is 95 years old.

Hernandez showed no emotion as a translator told him his sentence.

District Attorney John Bradley said that Hernandez would regularly travel back and forth between Georgetown and the Mexican state of Oaxaca, where he lived and worked as a police officer. Bradley said Hernandez worked in the town of Santiago Juxtlahuaca in southern Mexico.

Hernandez?s attorney, Gavino Mendez of Austin, would not comment on the case. The girl was raped in October and November in 2006, according to his arrest affidavit. Hernandez threatened to kill her and her mother if she said anything, according to the affidavit.

Hernandez returned to Mexico in January 2007 and the next month, the girl?s mother began noticing that her daughter was gaining weight and was sick all the time, Bradley said. That?s when the girl came forward with the rape allegations, he said.

She terminated the pregnancy, under the advisement of a doctor, because having the baby would be dangerous to her health, Bradley said.

Hernandez returned to Georgetown in April 2007, and went to the Georgetown Police Department to inquire about renewing his car registration. A clerk recognized him, called authorities and Hernandez confessed to a detective, Bradley said.

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Canada Free Press

In June, 2007 a solid eighty percent of the American people let Congress know they wanted the government to put the brakes on illegal immigration; they turned thumbs down on the President?s guest worker amnesty plan; and they wanted tax-paid services to illegals stopped.

Most Americans understand that new laws are not needed to stop illegal immigration. What is necessary is repeal of some laws granting taxpayer-financed services to illegals along with enforcement of existing laws. These two acts would be enough to stop the migration. In simple fact, they are called ?illegal? because they are breaking the law.

In truth, the battle over the Senate?s guest worker-amnesty plan is really a battle over attempts to open the border as called for in programs such as North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP). Both plans call for open borders and economic integration of North America. Open borders are required to fully implement the plans.

The Bush Administration and those promoting illegal immigration were frankly stunned at the force and determination of U.S. citizens to reject the Senates immigration plan. Proponents played a very heavy hand in attempting to force the scheme on a resisting citizenry. Such powerful forces are not used to losing. Today they continue to seek new ways to work around the opposition and pass the legislation, as a whole or incrementally.

However, the anti-illegal fervor refuses to abate and in fact, dramatic new developments are taking place in local communities across the nation that may well stop the unpopular Federal schemes.

Meanwhile, in an attempt to weaken the resolve of opponents, they are called fringe fanatics. A common tactic employed by immigration proponents is to accuse opponents of racism. They charge that opponents want to deny a new breed of immigrant the chance to become Americans as many of our immigrant forefathers did. They paint a Norman Rockwell-type picture of honest, hard working immigrants, planting gardens, working in fields, doing the work ?no Americans want to do.?

So, in town after town across the nation the battle rages. And that is really the point. Illegal immigration is not just a border issue. It is a national issue affecting every large city and almost every small town. It must be understood that illegal immigration is not just a matter of some unhappy peasants hoping to seek a better life. It is a $300 billion a year industry, combining the interests of multinational corporations with those of drug cartels and Latino street gangs. Caught in between are American communities and the American way of life. Some cities, especially those along the points of entry at the border have become dangerous no-mans lands, where no property is safe, no American citizen is able to leave their home unarmed and some politicians turn a blind eye as they profit under the table. As a result American civilization is beginning to break down. That is why so many Americans refuse to back down on the issue, continuing to demand a crack down, no matter what name calling they must endure.

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SignOnSanDiego

SAN DIEGO ? A recent surge in human smuggling at sea apparently continued Wednesday morning when 15 people were found adrift in a vessel off the San Diego coast.

The group was stranded for three days during the apparent smuggling attempt. Customs and Border Protection said the boat was spotted eight or nine miles offshore, and there were no reports of death or serious injuries. Some people were dehydrated and sunburned.

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Gregoria Vazquez (left), David Salazar

FOX News

A Houston mother and son allegedly hid a young girl and used her as a sex slave, according to a report by MyFOXHouston.com.

Gregoria Salgada Vazquez and David Salazar were charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault of a child after they allegedly had the girl transported from Mexico to Houston, where they kept her pad locked in a room since Jan. 1, the TV station reports.

She reportedly was allowed to leave the room only when the two of them were present.

Police said the girl allegedly was forced to have sex with Salazar and also was taken to a Houston night club that the pair own and was forced to have sex with clients, the station reported.

The girl reportedly was freed after she got a hold of Salazar’s cell phone and called 911.

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FOX News

In a crowded Arizona emergency room, a 10-year old boy struggles to breathe. He is having an asthma attack.

Within 15 minutes, he is dead.

Had he not been turned away from two children?s hospitals closer to his home, he might be alive.

However, those ERs were too full to take the boy.

?The boy might be alive today if he was treated at one of the children?s hospitals instead of the ambulance being diverted to my crowded emergency department 20 to 30 minutes away,? said a doctor who formerly worked in that emergency department, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

The practice of diverting ambulances from overcrowded emergency rooms has become widespread ? and the delay in treatment can have fatal consequences.

Consider these overwhelming statistics:

? One ambulance per minute is diverted ? that?s 500,000 per year, according to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

? In 2000, Columbia University in New York City found that fatalities from heart attacks increased by as much as 47 percent as a result of diverting ambulances.

? In Houston, Texas, the average rate of diversion was 14 percent in 2001. Today, the rate is 40 percent, said Dr. Guy Clifton, a professor of neurosurgery at the University of Texas in Houston.

? Americans are using emergency rooms more than ever in today?s society. In 2005, 115 million Americans went to the ER, up five million from the year before, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

? Between 1994 and 2004, there was a 20 percent increase in the demand for emergency care, according to the CDC, which is most likely due to an increase in the nations? uninsured and growing elderly population.

During those years, 9 percent of the nation?s ERs closed, having lost money from inadequate reimbursement, according to the CDC.

? A recent Harvard study found the average waiting time for a patient to see a doctor in the ER jumped from 22 minutes in 1997 to 30 minutes in 2004. The same study showed patients with coronary episodes waited 8 minutes in 1997; in 2004, they waited 20 minutes.

? Of 1,000 doctors polled by the American College of Emergency Physicians last year, 200 said they knew of a patient who died because of failure to deliver prompt care in an overcrowded emergency department.

Combine these factors and the system is at a breaking point.

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NewsWithViews
By Frosty Wooldridge

Less than 30 years ago, most everything in America enjoyed the moniker “All American.” Sports heroes became “All Americans.” When you bought a product, it read, “Made in America.” Everyone spoke English and raised their hands to their hearts while saying, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God with liberty and justice for all.”

Our leaders, with their open-borders approach to life, dismantles the fabric of a successful nation. Which is it ? free market economy, or forced Multiculturalism?

?Many liberals hear talk of national culture and shout ‘Nativist!’ first and ask questions later, if at all. They believe it is a sign of their patriotism that they hold fast to the idea that we are a ‘nation of immigrants’ ? forgetting that we are also a nation of immigrants who willingly assimilated and became Americans.” ? Jonah Goldberg

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