Archive for March 14th, 2008

WorldNetDaily

WASHINGTON — A largely unreported meeting held at the State Department discussed integration of the U.S., Mexico and Canada in concert with a move toward a transatlantic union, linking a North American community with the European Union.

The meeting was held Monday under the auspices of the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, or ACIEP. WND obtained press credentials and attended as an observer. The meeting was held under “Chatham House” rules that prohibit reporters from attributing specific comments to individual participants.

The State Department website noted the meeting was opened by Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs Daniel S. Sullivan and ACIEP Chairman Michael Gadbaw, vice president and senior counsel for General Electric’s International Law & Policy group since December 1990.

WND observed about 25 ACIEP members, including U.S. corporations involved in international trade, prominent U.S. business trade groups, law firms involved with international business law, international investment firms and other international trade consultants.

No members of Congress attended the meeting.

The agenda for the ACIEP meeting was not published, and State Department officials in attendance could not give WND permission under Chatham House rules to publish the agenda.

The meeting agenda included topics reviewing the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, or SPP, and the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Economic Council, or TEC.

The SPP, declared by the U.S., Canada and Mexico at a summit meeting in 2005, has 20 trilateral bureaucratic working groups that seek to “integrate and harmonize” administrative rules and regulations on a continental basis.

Several participants said the premise of the SPP is to create a North American business platform to benefit North America-based multi-national companies the way the European Union benefits its own.

Others noted the premise of the TEC is to create a convergence of administrative rules and regulations between Europe and North America, anticipating the creation of a “Transatlantic Economic Union” between the European Union and North America.

Participants pointed out that transatlantic trade is currently 40 percent of all world trade. They argue that trade and non-trade barriers need to be further reduced to maintain that market share as a framework is put in place to advance transatlantic economic integration.

Still, some participants argued that many corporations in North America already have moved beyond a North American focus to adopt a global perspective that transcends even the Transatlantic market.

“Supply chains and markets are everywhere,” one participant asserted. “What’s to stop global corporations from going after the cheapest labor available globally, wherever they can find it, provided the cost of transporting goods globally can be managed economically?”

Other participants argued regional alliances were still important, if only to put in place the institutional bases that ultimately would lead to global governance on uniform global administrative regulations favorable to multi-national corporations.

“North America should be a premiere platform to establish continental institutions,” a participant said. “That’s why we need to move the security perimeters to include the whole continent, especially as we open the borders between North American countries for expanding free trade.”

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How Not To Hire American Progammers

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Washington ?- Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates urged lawmakers on Wednesday to loosen America’s immigration policies, lest the country “throw away” its global competitiveness.

Gates has long maintained that the government should issue more green cards and raise its annual 65,000 cap on the H-1B visa, a maximum six-year work permit that allows tech companies to bring in skilled foreign workers they say the United States lacks.

When talented foreigners can’t get the visa, Gates argued, American companies cannot find qualified American researchers and other workers to fill the positions, and the country’s competitive edge erodes further.

“You ask, ‘How do we compete with Asian countries?’ ” said Gates, who was invited to testify before the House Science and Technology Committee on its 50th anniversary. “The fact that their smartest people want to come here is a huge advantage for us. But we’re throwing that away.”

Gates mostly received a warm reception in what likely was his final congressional appearance as Microsoft chairman (he steps down in July), but his testimony reflected the contentious nature of the visa debate.

Feet tapping, Gates spoke placidly until challenged by lawmakers who contend that an influx of foreign workers forces qualified Americans out of jobs, and the greater supply of workers is depressing American wages.

“There are plenty of [Americans] out there to hire,” said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), quoting a BusinessWeek article. “But people want to have top-quality people from India and China and elsewhere, and they’re willing to let these 150,000 American computer programmers just go unemployed.”

Congress is bracing for a clash over the H-1B quota. Senators such Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) promised a crackdown on “unscrupulous employers who deprive Americans of high-skill jobs,” introducing a bill in 2007 that mandates employers to first hire American workers before looking overseas and prohibits companies from hiring H-1B employees if they have more than 50 employees and half are already on the work visa.

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The San Diego Minutemen held a protest outside the Mexican Consulate in downtown San Diego. They were met by aggresive cursing Mexican Consulate insurgents claiming that the US territory was stolen from them.

Here’s a report from Jeff Schwilk of SDMM

As SDMM began our peaceful protest on the public sidewalk in front of the San Diego Mexican Consulate, their official spokesman, Alberto Lozano, came out of the building, walked up to a group of American men and women and said “assholes” to them. He then told the Americans they will take this land back for Mexico. We are reviewing our video right now, but we think we got it all on tape! About five of us heard it very clearly.

The new Consul General, Maria Arnau and her deputy then came out of the Consulate and scoffed at the Americans holding flags and signs. Lozano came out several more times and threatened our ralliers by getting right in their faces with more swearing and insults and putting his camera in their faces. If there was any doubt the Mexican Government wants our country for their citizens, their official spokesman in San Diego confirmed it today.

?Wherever there is a Mexican, that is Mexico.?

You may remember in September, the President of Mexico, Felipe Calderon said the Mexican government would continue to ?energetically protest unilateral actions? of the U.S. Congress on the immigration front that he said ?exacerbate the persecution of undocumented Mexicans in the U.S.? He boasted that Mexican consulates in the United States have been fortified to protect the rights of millions of Mexicans living there illegally. ?Wherever there is a Mexican,? he said, ?that is Mexico.? Click here to watch the video.

58% of Mexicans Believe The Southwest United States Belongs To them.

A June 6th, 2002 Zogby poll, found that 58 percent of Mexicans agree with the statement, “the territory of the United States’ Southwest rightfully belongs to Mexico.” Only 28 percent disagree, and 14 percent are unsure.

A similar majority, 57 percent, agree with the statement, “Mexicans should have the right to enter the U.S. without U.S. permission,” while 35 percent disagree. Seven percent are unsure.

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KVOA

On King’s Anvil Ranch along Highway 286 there’s a spot of desert littered with trash left behind by illegal immigrants. The mess is repeated in multiple areas of the 50,000 acre ranch. It’s a problem for the owners and lately an issue for Arizona Game and Fish.

Gabriel Paz has been an officer for 11 years. He grew up in Tucson, even frequented the Altar Valley. “Hunting 25 years ago I never remember finding any trash out here in the desert.”

Things are different now. Here you can find everything from backpacks to clothes, cans to diapers even a letter from a little girl to her father asking him to be careful.

Paz said twice a year the agency scans the area with their plane looking for trash sites. “Flying over it looks like a dump. You start seeing all the different colors coming out at you.”

And twice a year, people volunteer to clean up the hundreds - if not thousands of pounds of trash left behind by illegal immigrants. “We can clean this area in the spring, come back in the fall depending on how the Border Patrol does their patrols… Tt can increase or decrease,” he said.

This trail is well traveled, the belongings look fresh, and so do the tracks.

Law enforcement labels spots like these as “lay ups.” We found one next to a stock pond, a place where livestock and wildlife visit daily. For animals the trash is dangerous. “All that material is foreign to their body and it can get stuck in their bodies and effect their digestive system from some animals and it can kill them.”

We watch a cow pick up a backpack and a can with its mouth before spitting it out. The ranch owner John said it doesn’t stop there; calves often step on aluminum cans piercing their skin.

And for Paz, endangering wildlife is why every year hundreds of people volunteer to clean up trash in the Altar and Arivaca Valleys. It’s a way to preserve nature.

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Daily Bulletin

ONTARIO, CA - Police arrested a San Bernardino man Wednesday after a teenage girl allegedly saw him masturbating in front of a middle school.

The suspect, 47-year-old Ignacio Chavez Moreno, was booked into West Valley Detention Center on suspicion of indecent exposure, annoying a minor and on a warrant for driving without a license. Immigration and Customs Enforcement also placed a hold on the man because he was in the country illegally, said Ontario police Sgt. Jim Vandever.

A 15-year-old girl first saw the man masturbating in his white 1994 Ford Taurus near Del Norte Middle School in December. She did not call the police.

On Monday, she saw the man doing the same thing in the 1400 block of East G Street near Ray Wiltsey Middle School.

“The suspect whistles at the victim to draw attention to his activity,” Vandever said.

When the man returned to the area about 7:30 a.m. and was again seen by the girl masturbating in his car, the girl called Ontario police.

Moreno lied to officers about his name, identifying himself as Ignacio Reyes Magana.

Police said the man had worked for an Ontario motel and was known to travel back and forth from Mexico. He had previously been deported, but returned to California, Vandever said.

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WATCH THE VIDEO

Dustin Gold of Community Watchdog Project has done an excellent job getting under the Mayor of New Haven’s skin. He’s done many investigative reports exposing the Mayor for the lying leftist whack job that he is. In this video the Mayor notices Dustin in the audience and immediately launches into a barrage of insults, calling them a racist hate group. It sounds like he even accuses them of setting black churches on fire. Mayor DeStefano then gets back to the subject of immigration and compares enforcement of our immigration laws to the torture technique of water boarding.

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FOX News

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas ? For college students, March Madness usually means basketball and Spring Break. But on South Padre Island in Texas, March Madness is taking on a whole new meaning.

Students there say the real madness would be to take the traditional 30-minute trip to the Mexican border for the popular “Two-Nation Vacation.”

News of gun battles between Mexican soldiers and drug cartels in border cities are keeping tourists away and prompting many parents to dole out a stern warning: “Don’t go to Mexico.”

Bryanna Lindblom is visiting for a few days from University of Central Missouri, and she says she wouldn’t think of going to Mexico. “I think my mom would freak out,” she says. “She’d probably have a little bit of a cow.”

It’s easy to see why parents are concerned.

In Ciudad Juarez, just across the border from El Paso, machine-gun-toting Mexican soldiers have been deployed to the border in armored personnel carriers to quell drug cartel violence. The situation is the same in other Mexican border towns. But the sight of armed men patrolling the streets makes many visitors nervous.

As a result, local businesses that depend on tourist traffic to Mexico say they are really hurting this year.

Debra Fassold’s family has been running the Original Tours company since the 1970s. Fassold says she used to have 10 to 20 trips from South Padre Island to Matamoros, Mexico, each day. But now she says she doesn’t have enough customers for even one tour.

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AMNY

Say the words “illegal alien,” and most New Yorkers think of a cleaning woman from Mexico or a cab driver from Mali. Generally, they don’t think of a nanny from Mayo or a bartender from Monaghan.

But illegal immigration from Ireland continues ? though much diminished from the 1970s and ’80s, when thousands arrived, re-populating onetime Irish neighborhoods in Queens and the Bronx. After years of living illegally, many of those immigrants got their green cards, courtesy of the Donnelly visas (1987) and the Morrison visas (1990), which together provided some 62,000 Irish-born people with papers.

Those numbers still left many without legal protection. Add in a later wavelet of immigration that arrived here despite the 1990s boom in the Irish economy, and “there are now between 25,000 and 50,000 undocumented Irish immigrants in the country, with the number probably closer to 50,000″ says Siobhan Dennehy, executive director of the Emerald Isle Immigration Center.

Estimates of the numbers in New York City hover around the 20,000 mark, although, as Dennehy says, it’s almost impossible to calculate precisely how many there are. One thing seems sure, though: As the Irish economy continues to soften, the numbers will continue to rise.

That’s where the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform comes in. Founded in 2005 by Niall O’Dowd, publisher of ‘The Irish Voice,’ and Ciaran Staunton, owner of a midtown restaurant called O’Neill’s, it aims, as its slogan says, to “Legalize the Irish” by supporting immigration reform.

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KARE11

An effort to force a hearing on a controversial immigration bill led to an outburst of emotion Thursday on the floor of the Minnesota House. At one point Minority Leader Marty Seifert, a Marshall Republican, called the mayors of Minneapolis and Saint Paul “political hacks.”

The remarks came after Representative Paul Kohls, a Republican from Victoria, asked lawmakers to support a bill outlawing so-called “immigrant sanctuary cities” in Minnesota.

Kohls complained he hadn’t been able to get a hearing on the bill, and the deadline for first hearings on new measures is approaching. At the time of Seifert’s comments, Kohls was attempting to force the bill directly to the floor. It’s a maneuver that allows a lawmaker to bypass the committee process.

Seifert accused DFL lawmakers of stifling debate on the issue, and then attacked the notion that big city police chiefs oppose the idea.

“We’ve read in the papers about how the police chiefs don’t like this,” Seifert told his colleagues, “Never mind their political bosses, the mayors of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, the liberal Democrats who run the cities control their job.”

The term “sanctuary city” is used to describe towns, such as Minneapolis and Saint Paul, with separation ordinances which prevent local police officers from arresting undocumented immigrants solely for entering the country illegally.

It’s long been a sore spot for Republicans, who believe that local police should be an extension of federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. They’ve offered several bills that would cut off state aid to cities with such rules on the books.

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The Salt Lake Tribune

Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. signed a comprehensive anti-illegal immigration bill into law on Thursday.

The new law will allow local law enforcement agencies to enforce immigration laws and forces some employers to verify the U.S. documentation status of their workers. It goes into effect July 2009.

“It’s a good step forward on addressing immigration,” said Lisa Roskelley, a spokeswoman for Huntsman.

Earlier in the legislative session, Huntsman had said he didn’t believe states should be passing immigration laws to deal with a federal issue. Roskelley said Huntsman changed his mind on the issue because he’s hopeful the illegal immigration problem will be resolved by Congress and a new administration in early 2009 before the Utah law goes into effect.

Antonella Romero Packard, a Republican and Utah Hispanic/Latino Legislative Task Force spokeswoman, said she isn’t surprised Huntsman signed SB81, but she can’t believe lawmakers passed such a detrimental law that affects so many Utahns - legal and illegal - without studying its repercussions on the state. The people it will affect the most are people who don’t look white and will have to justify they live in Utah legally, even though many were even born here, she said.

“I’m disappointed,” Packard said. “I don’t think [Huntsman] understands the implications of it.”

Supporters of the law had said it was a good start but a compromise, especially pushing back the effective date more than a year.

The law will force public employers and their contractors to verify the legal status of workers, and enlist local law enforcement agencies to help enforce federal immigration statutes. It will also be a Class A misdemeanor to conceal, harbor, transport or shelter undocumented immigrants, though church, charitable and humanitarian assistance groups are exempted.

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