Archive for March 19th, 2008

TC Palm

FORT PIERCE ? Mexico and the St. Lucie County School District are partnering to allow adults who speak Spanish but little to no English to earn a Mexican high school diploma at a county school.

?Nothing but positive news can happen as a result of this,? Schools Superintendent Michael Lannon said Tuesday.

The district will receive 300 Spanish language textbooks about world history, literature, geography, science and mathematics to be used at Chester A. Moore Elementary School, Port St. Lucie High School, Oak Hammock K-8 School, Forest Grove Middle School and Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition.

Most schools were chosen because they have a higher percentage of Hispanic students than others. Port St. Lucie High was selected because next school year it will offer an International Baccalaureate diploma.

Details of the partnership will be explained at a Monday news conference at the school district?s office. The consul general of Mexico in Miami, Ambassador Juan Miguel Gutierrez Tinoco, will attend.

While the program benefits adults, officials hope to create a sister school with Mexico that would help students by exposing them to different cultures, district officials said.

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They were probably just on their way to Target.


LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — A van driver could face federal charges after Gwinnett County police discovered 19 illegal immigrants in the vehicle Monday.

Gwinnett?s Police Interdiction Unit found the immigrants during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 85 north at Buford Brive.

Police pulled the van over because the window tinting was darker than is legally allowed, investigators said.

The driver, Lazaro Ayala, 23, is also in the U.S. illegally, according to police. Ayala was driving the others from Texas to New York.

The passengers? ages ranged from 6 to 47. Three of the passengers were children 13 and younger.

Agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement took the immigrants into custody.

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While President Bush and other U.S. officials have derided fears of a NAFTA superhighway as merely conspiracy theory, a Mexican transportation expert contends the trade agreement includes plans for a network of international ship, rail and truck connections to deliver consumer goods from China and the Far East to Mexico, the U.S. and Canada.

“Transportation linking the United States, Mexico and Canada is key to the future of NAFTA,” Eduardo Aspero, president of the Mexican Intermodal Association, told a recent luncheon sponsored by the Free Trade Alliance San Antonio.

In transportation economics, the term “intermodal” refers to the ability to move a container by crane to different modes of transportation, including ship, truck and railroad, without having to unpack or repack the container.

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Big shot Steve Ortega

EL PASO, Texas ? The country’s largest border city has decided to block efforts by federal authorities to use an access road that cuts across city property to work on existing border fencing.

The El Paso City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque district, from using the access road.

The vote, which City Councilman Steve Ortega described as “symbolic,” is the latest salvo by cities and property owners opposed to plans to build several hundred miles of new fencing in Texas.

“They haven’t made a case of why we need a new fence,” City Councilwoman Susie Byrd said after the vote.

Byrd said she was most concerned by what she described as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s lack of cooperation with local communities.

“The first time we’ve heard from them was today,” Byrd said.

In El Paso, Homeland Security officials have proposed replacing stretches of fencing near the city’s downtown that have been in place for well over a decade. There is also a plan to add new fencing that would cover more than a half-mile near one of the city’s international bridges.

Homeland Security has announced plans to build 56.7 miles of new fencing east of El Paso, in largely rural stretches of El Paso and Hudspeth counties.

Barry Morrisey, a Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman, said the government “remains optimistic that we can work through this. And at the same time, we are examining other options.”

Tuesday’s vote won’t have any impact on that construction and may land El Paso in federal court.

The government has sued dozens of property owners, including the city of Eagle Pass, for access to land for fence construction. In many cases federal judges in South Texas have sided with the government and granted access for at least 180 days.

In El Paso, the government was asking for access for two years to a road on city property that leads to an existing staging area owned by the International Water and Boundary Commission.

The existing fencing in El Paso sits on land owned by the IBWC, the agency responsible for maintaining the international border with Mexico.

Councilman Steve Ortega said the vote sends an important message about the city’s opposition to what he said was a symbolic attempt to secure the border.

“We met symbolism with symbolism,” Ortega said.

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Global Research

In March of 2005, the leaders of Canada (Paul Martin), the U.S. (George W. Bush), and Mexico (Vicente Fox) signed an agreement called the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP). The SPP is about securing prosperity for a rich elite, while taking what remaining power the people have, through democratic sovereign institutions, and placing that power in a few hands of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats whose strings are pulled by global corporations and banks. However, in discussing the SPP, we must first go back a little further than 2005 to the origins from which it arose.

The same group that on their own website admits to being the predominant force in Canada behind NAFTA, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) ? Canada?s most powerful interest group made up of the CEOs of the 150 largest corporations in Canada, many of which are subsidiaries of foreign, predominantly American, corporations ? in January of 2003, issued a press release announcing the creation of their North American Security and Prosperity Initiative. In this, they proposed five main changes to be undertaken in the North American political-economic landscape: ?Reinvent borders, maximize regulatory efficiencies, negotiate a comprehensive resource security pact, reinvigorate the North American defense alliance, and create a new institutional framework.?

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Metro West Daily News

NATICK ? Police say a friend’s arrest and help from a local tow-truck driver helped them nab an illegal immigrant from Framingham wanted for skipping a deportation hearing.

Arnaldo Severino Dossantos, 47, was arrested Friday about 17 hours after a pal of his was pulled over on Rte. 9 because the black Volkswagen Jetta he was driving didn’t have an inspection sticker.

As it turned out, Luiz Eduardo Viera was driving Dossantos’ car. Police arrested Viera around 1 a.m. and charged him with driving without a license.

While police hauled Viera to the station for booking, Officer Christian Rodriguez, still on the scene, recognized Dossantos’ name from the Jetta’s registration as an illegal immigrant wanted by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

He arranged with a tow truck driver from Mabardy’s Gulf to take the car away, but call police when Dossantos came to get it.

“He asked them to alert us when he came in to get the car, which the service station did,” said police Sgt. Brett Conaway.

Dossantos was arrested at Mabardy’s on South Main Street at 6:36 p.m. Friday.

Rodriguez, who had gone off-duty and come back on for another shift, made the arrest. “It was good initiative by the officers,” Conaway said.

ICE agents came to Natick Saturday to pick up Dossantos, who lives at 153 Second St., Apt. 363, Framingham.

Viera, meanwhile, will be arraigned on the motor vehicle charge this week in Natick District Court.

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Kalamazoo, MI — More than 50 people, many of them Hispanic, lined the walls of the Kalamazoo City Commission chambers Monday as a coalition of social action groups urged city leaders to support more rights for undocumented aliens.

Advocates claimed denying driver’s licenses to people without proper paperwork forces immigrants to drive illegally and risk deportation if they are stopped by police. The advocates also criticized the Kalamazoo County Clerk’s office for denying marriage licenses to couples without documentation.

The push before the City Commission comes at a time when immigration is a hotly debated topic at the state and national levels.

Proponents for tighter border restrictions say undocumented immigrants should not be entitled to official recognitions like driver’s licenses because they entered the United States illegally. They say illegal immigration creates national security risks and is unfair to people who have entered the country through legal channels.

At Monday’s commission meeting, speakers said the county clerk’s denial of marriage licenses to people who lack proper documentation undercuts families.

Monsignor Michael Hazard, pastor of Kalamazoo’s St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, said a couple with a young child has been unable to get married because they could not produce Social Security cards.

“From my point of view, this couple found themselves unable to get a marriage license and carry out the responsibilities of a father and a mother, only because they met in a country where they are considered aliens,“ Hazard told commissioners.

County Clerk Tim Snow said this morning that he has no choice in the matter.

“That’s state law,” Snow said. “If they don’t have (a Social Security card) that’s not an excuse.”

State law changed in January 2007, requiring some form of identification stating why someone seeking a marriage license doesn’t have a social security number, Snow said.

Representatives from the Michigan Organizing Project and the Kalamazoo Homeless Action Network on Monday cited “four challenges” facing undocumented immigrants and asked city commissioners to support their effort.

In addition to the issues related to driver’s and marriage licenses, the advocates also criticized what they called “raids on immigrant homes” and said they opposed federal rules requiring employers to verify workers’ immigration status.

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Hometown Station

New statistics from the Department of Public Social Services reveal that illegal aliens and their families in Los Angeles County collected over $36 million in welfare and food stamp allocations in January 2008, announced Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

Twenty five percent of the all welfare and food stamps benefits are going directly to the children of illegal aliens. Illegals collected over $19 million in welfare assistance for January 2008 and over $16 million in monthly food stamp allocations, for a projected annual cost of $420 million.

?Illegal immigration continues to have a devastating impact Los Angeles County taxpayers,? said Antonovich. ?With $220 million for public safety, $400 million for healthcare, and $420 million in welfare allocations, the total cost for illegal immigrants to County taxpayers far exceeds $1 billion a year ? not including the millions of dollars for education.?

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This story came to me in my SPLC “Hatewatch - Nativist News” newsletter. They allege there are 888 hate groups in America committing all kinds of violence towards “immigrants” but this is all they can find in the newspapers to send me. I’m absolutely sure that I can find news stories of illegal aliens killing at least 5 Americans each and every day. And why doesn’t this Latino soccer league allow other ethnicities to play with them?

Washington Post

When Northern Virginia’s Latino soccer leagues kick off the 2008 season early next month, fans of Honduras de Manassas will have to travel outside their base in Prince William County to see their team score goals. So will supporters used to watching Juventus Sure¿o crush the competition in Woodbridge. Devotees of longtime Manassas powerhouse Fiorentina will need to switch allegiance. Their team is sitting out this season.

As Prince William proceeds with its crackdown on illegal immigrants, one result is a shake-up and shrinking of the area’s entrenched Hispanic soccer leagues. The reason is simple, organizers say: Players and fans, among them many illegal immigrants, are so worried about being detained by authorities en route to or at games that they are avoiding local fields. Legal immigrants are also wary, for themselves or their illegal relatives, organizers say.

“I have never felt as good as I felt in Manassas,” said Hector Bardales, 26, a Sterling mechanic who plays in four of the region’s leagues but most loved the crowds who cheered him on when he donned his Honduras de Manassas uniform. But he is in the country illegally, so Manassas is now no man’s land, he said. “I would play in any county except Prince William.”

Officials have said the policy is not meant to intimidate but to remove illegal immigrants, particularly those who commit crimes. The imperiled leagues draw little sympathy from backers of the county’s enforcement program.

“I would hope that the soccer leagues didn’t depend on illegal aliens to make them viable,” said Greg Letiecq, president of Help Save Manassas, an anti-illegal-immigration group. “It just doesn’t seem like a valid reason for overturning the rule-of-law resolution: because without the illegal aliens, the soccer clubs will all fall apart.”

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“As Americans we must always remember that we all have a common enemy, an enemy that is dangerous, powerful and relentless. I refer, of course, to the federal government.” — Dave Barry

You can watch hours and hours of news, or read columns of print in most newspapers, and come away no wiser about the causes and prospects for the current financial turmoil.

Most journalists and TV talking heads don’t really understand the subject, and those that do speak and write using so much jargon that the average person must feel he or she is trying to follow a conversation in ancient Hebrew.

We’re going to try to cut through the jargon, and explain the situation as best we can, in plain English. If you find our explanation of value, please forward it to others.

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An illegal immigrant on Tuesday who once worked on the exterior of a federal courthouse found himself inside one.

Mario Roberto Diaz-Mourillo racked up a four-year prison term for driving the wrong way on a Great Smoky Mountains National Park roadway known as the Spur and crashing head-on into a car full of Florida tourists, leaving two of them with permanent injuries.

But Diaz-Mourillo’s case was as much about illegal immigration, lax enforcement and willful blindness to it as it was about the May 30 crash.
His employer not only turned a blind eye to the illegal status of his workers but was complicit in their crime, adopting a method of payment that minimized the risk of an incriminating paper trail, Moffatt’s memorandum suggested.

“When Mr. Diaz-Mourillo would be paid, he would be given a card which could be taken to his employer’s bank and money would be provided to him,” Moffatt said. “He certainly was not the only illegal alien working on these jobs, and his impression was that this was known by the employers.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ed Schmutzer pointed out that Diaz-Mourillo twice ran afoul of the law and even served jail time. But his illegal status was either ignored or undetected.

His first brush with East Tennessee law enforcement came in February 2004 when he was convicted in Washington County of charges including driving under the influence, assaulting a police officer and weapons possession.

His second conviction for DUI came in Knox County just 10 days before the head-on crash on the national park roadway. Diaz-Mourillo fled after the crash, so authorities could not prove whether he had been drinking. National Park Service Agent Jeff Carlisle was credited by Schmutzer with tracking down Diaz-Mourillo despite his use of false identification.

Moffatt, who said his client insists he was sober at the time of the crash, urged Senior U.S. District Judge Leon Jordan at Tuesday’s hearing to give Diaz-Mourillo the lowest sentence possible. He cited a pending deportation that will separate him from his wife and two children, all three of whom are legal citizens.

“My meetings with Mr. Diaz have shown me he is very sorry for this accident. He did not want this accident to occur,” Moffatt said.

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Freedom of expression is literally under attack in The Netherlands. A massive violent Muslim backlash may occur if the anti-Islam film, Fitna is released as planned later this month. The sad and disgusting part? Many Christians and fellow Dutchman are siding with the Muslims because they fear the violent backlash. So much for the “religion of peace”. So much for freedom to express your views without fear.

Please watch the disturbing video in the second article I posted below. This is a precursor of the violence to come. GuardDog

“Wilders, who has warned of a “tsunami of Islamisation” in a country which is home to almost 1 million Muslims, is expected to air the film at the end of the month on the Web site, making it available to audiences worldwide.”

Dutch anti-Islam filmmaker refuses to be silenced
March 18, 2008

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The last time a high-profile Dutchman made a film critical of Islam he paid for it with his life.

Stabbed to director Theo van Gogh’s lifeless chest by his Dutch-Moroccan killer was a note warning other critics of Islam they would be similarly “silenced”.

Three and a half years on the Netherlands is bracing for another film on Islam, made by a right-wing Dutch lawmaker who says multiple death threats could not deter him from his mission to expose the dangers of Islam.

Long contentious at home for his anti-Muslim populism, 44-year-old Geert Wilders has now generated global uproar, triggering a fury among Muslims thousands of miles away that has seen the Dutch flag join the Danish on protestors’ fires.

In the months before the film’s release, Wilders has sat back and watched as protests spread and temperatures rose, to the alarm of the Dutch government.

Meanwhile support for his Freedom party has grown among an electorate wary of the consequences of the film but largely supportive of his right to free expression.

“Wilders sets the agenda and has others eating out of his hand,” said political scientist Andre Krouwel of Amsterdam’s Free University. “He is a very clever politician.”

Having first appealed to Wilders not to show the film, then considered banning it, the Dutch government has been forced to marshal European support for the likely fall-out, and plan both an overseas charm offensive and campaign of damage limitation……

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Geert Wilders Interview Danish TV March 18 2008

?People Who Vote Wilders Must Die?
The Brussels Journal
March 14, 2008

A Moroccan youth group from Delft in the Netherlands, calling themselves ?Scheme 015 Delftse Samenzwering Shit,? [samenzwering means conspiracy] has posted a video clip threatening to kill voters and sympathizers of Dutch politician Geert Wilders. The clip shows a group of Moroccans youths provoking two Dutch lads on a crowded public train. The hooded Moroccans ask the lads, who are dressed in black, what the badges on their clothes mean. At first the lads do not react. When the Moroccans start pulling at the lads? clothes the latter ask to be left alone. At this the Moroccans grab them from their seats and beat them up.

The clip ends with the warning: Fuck al die Wilders aanhangers want denk na: boontje komt voor ze loontje!!!! [F**k all those who support Wilders because you had better realize: one will reap the consequences of one?s actions!!!!?]

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