Archive for April 6th, 2008

The wheels of justice move slowly, but things are indeed moving in our direction in San Diego. Today, I am pleased to announce the long awaited lawsuit against the corrupt forces in San Diego has been filed.

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Back in September of ‘07 I wrote:

Months ago, the headlines and TV news reports read ?Minuteman Charged With Beating Disabled Immigrants.? John Monti was charged with seven misdemeanors, including battery, hate crimes, and interfering with a person?s civil rights. It didn?t matter that John Monti wasn?t even a member of a Minuteman group, the biased media was foaming at the mouth; finally they had what they wanted.

Now John has been acquitted of all the charges and the media is refusing to inform the public as to why the jury reached their ?not guilty? verdict. Instead, the media is repeating the false charges against him and ignoring all the evidence that showed that it was in fact the six day laborers that attacked John Monti instead of the other way around. The media would like the public to believe that somehow the jury must have made a mistake.

There is no doubt in my mind that if John had been convicted, this story would have become national news.

Five months after John Monti was attacked by six day laborers, he filed a Grand Jury request for an investigation into the San Diego Police Department?s refusal to act on a prostitution ring in McGonigle Canyon. The underage prostitutes are smuggled across the border and forced to have sex with large groups of agricultural workers and day laborers. The police retaliated by bringing false charges against him. They tried to put an innocent man in prison.

The media will not report on how illegal alien activist Claudia Smith conspired with the San Diego Police Department to fabricate evidence against John because she is one of their biggest sources for anti-Minuteman news. Claudia Smith practically writes their stories for them.

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AZ Central

Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies arrested an illegal immigrant after he was suspected of firing an AK-47 while roaming the streets of East Mesa, officials said.

Abraham Duarte, 20, was first seen in an unincorporated area east of Apache Trail and Ellsworth Road, said Deputy Doug Matteson, a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Officers believe the man fired the gun near residential structures, though his shots were thought to be random, Matteson said.

SWAT team members emptied two-thirds of an apartment complex just south of 95th Street and Apache Trail in search of the suspect.

Officers found Duarte in the building and took him into custody, officials said.

He was arrested three times in 2007 in Maricopa County.

Officials found information at the scene of arrest that led them to an apartment complex near Guadalupe and Ellsworth roads. They found an AK-47 on the roof of that apartment.

“He will be screened for his immigration status and he is facing multiple felony charges,” Matteson said.

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On Saturday, April 5, Jim Gilchrist arrogantly showed up at the border near Campo, CA. He was promptly shunned by everyone attending the “Light Up The Line” event.

Jim Gilchrist had absolutely nothing to do with putting this event together. This was a typical move by Jim Gilchrist to generate media attention for himself by leeching off of the work of others. In the video you see a man in sunglasses, with a press pass around his neck, that’s KFI AM640 reporter Steve Gregory. Jim Gilchrist is a fund raising con man misleading the press and those on his fund raising email lists. Jim hasn’t organized a protest, rally, or border watch in years.

Jim Gilchrist is unwelcome at all Southern California patriot events. He is being sued by Minuteman Project board members for embezzling an estimated $600,000 from the MMP bank account.

** UPDATE **

Steve Gregory of KFI AM640 sent this email and would like it to be posted.

Steve says:

I’ve just seen the posting labeled: Patriots Kick Jim Gilchrist Off The Border. I am mentioned a couple of times. It needs to be made perfectly clear that my visit to Patriot Point was to cover the “Light Up the Line” event. I was invited by the event’s organizer, Dick Buck. The reference to Mr. Gilchrist ‘bringing a reporter in tow’ is not correct. One of the men brought by Mr.Gilchrist is the mayor of Corona, the other his public relations representative. I traveled alone in a company vehicle.

The only interview I did that night was with Dick Buck and ‘Little Dog’. Mr. Gilchrist’s visit was not the focus of my assignment. I did not record, nor photograph, the heated verbal exchange. I have working relationships with many members of various Minuteman chapters throughout the country, including Mr. Gilchrist. I have been covering the Minuteman Project from it’s inception in Arizona in 2005.

The events, as I witnessed them, were unfortunate and chaotic. However, it is very important that the facts of that 20 minutes are accurately reported.

Steve Gregory
Reporter
KFI News
Los Angeles

Here’s a first hand account from a border watch volunteer.

THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES

“I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I offend not with my tongue. I held my tongue, and spake nothing. I kept silence, yea, even from good words; but it was pain and grief to me. My heart was hot within me, and while I was thus musing the fire kindled, and at the last I spake…” (Psalm 39:1-4).

I am one of the volunteers at the Mountain Minutemen’s Light Up the Line event in Campo, CA. I feel this post needs to be made and I ask only two things: (1) That you read it all the way through to the end; and (2) That if you are inclined to flame me (or, if a moderator, delete this post), you take 10 minutes to at least think about what specific rule or TOS I have violated by making this post.
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IHT

MEXICO CITY: Federal lawmakers want to raise the minimum age for marriage to 18 for both sexes to keep children from dropping out of school, according to a bill introduced in Mexico’s Senate on Thursday.

The current minimum age of 14 for women and 16 for men encourages children “to leave school and go to work, causing a situation that creates a vicious circle of poverty,” five senators who sponsored the bill said in its text.

Nearly 400,000 Mexican children between 12 and 17 are married or living with romantic partners, said Sen. Guillermo Tamborrel, a member of the ruling National Action Party who wrote the bill.

Most of those marriages take place after an underage woman becomes pregnant, Tamborrel said, because men in many parts of Mexico can avoid jail time for statutory rape by marrying the girl.

In indigenous communities, parents also still sometimes arrange marriages for their young daughters for economic and cultural reasons, Tamborrel said.

“When a marriage is forced, the possibility of developing as a person is limited or eliminated for many,” he said. “They are in a very vulnerable position.”

If approved, the bill, which proposes unspecified pregnancy-prevention programs for children and teenagers, would serve only as a guideline, as states will still be left to legislate their own marriage rules.

The United Nations Children’s Fund has urged governments to set 18 as the legal marriage age.

UNICEF has found that even parents who understand the negative impact of very young marriages find it hard to resist economic and societal pressures.

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The Washington Times

Stafford mulls home occupancy limit
STAFFORD, Va. (AP) ? Stafford County supervisors said a proposal to limit the number of unrelated people who can live in a single-family home is not directly aimed at day laborers or illegal immigrants.

The Board of Supervisors considered amending the zoning ordinance yesterday to limit to a residential dwelling to three people not related by blood, marriage, adoption or guardianship.

The Planning Commission will consider the proposal.

The proposed “family” definition to the housing code follows complaints by some residents of crowded homes and driveways. Some suspect the crowding is related to day laborers or illegal immigrants, many of whom must pool resources to find housing.

The complaints were made at public hearings conducted this year by the Illegal Immigration Task Force.

But supervisors said the proposed ordinance is intended to muffle noise pollution and address public safety issues related to crowding, not necessarily illegal immigrants.

“Nobody’s specifically linked that,” Supervisor Cord Sterling said.

“When you have that many people in a house you do have health and safety concerns,” he said.

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The Washington Post

Prince William County Police Chief Charlie T. Deane said most of the people arrested during the first month of the county’s illegal immigration crackdown would have gone to jail anyway.

Of the 89 people questioned about their citizenship status, 41 were taken to the county’s adult detention center. Although officers have reason to think the 41 people arrested are in the country illegally, all but two were charged with a series of misdemeanors and felonies unrelated to their immigration status.

“Most of [the arrests] would have been made anyway,” Deane said during a news conference last week to provide details about the county’s first month of increased illegal immigration enforcement.

Seven people were charged with felonies, including attempted murder, cocaine possession and shoplifting. Thirty-two people were charged with misdemeanors, which included public drunkenness, domestic assault and lack of a driver’s license. Two others were detained on immigration-related charges.
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Seattle Times

MEXICO CITY ? Ana Reyes walks briskly through a crowded neighborhood here, out of place among the provocatively dressed women of the night soliciting work in the middle of the day.

The 41-year-old mother of four slips through the entrance of a clothing store, its racks thick with the latest fashion, a sign on the door indicating the shop is hiring female assistants.

She approaches the manager about the job but is told it’s only for women 20 to 30 years old.

Manager Maria Inez elaborates when prompted: “A younger girl will be able to bring more male customers into the store. She’s too old.”

Ten months after she was picked up by immigration officers in an early-morning raid of her Burien home and soon deported to Mexico, Reyes ? jobless and broke ? struggles to eke out the barest existence in the dirt-poor barrios of one of the world’s biggest and most crowded cities.

After nearly two decades picking hops and fruit in Eastern Washington and cleaning hotel rooms near Seattle, she was among more than 870,000 Mexicans the U.S. government expelled from the country last year.

For all the attention illegal immigrants get in the U.S. ? from those who believe they’re a drain on social services to advocates who say they do the jobs Americans won’t ? little is known about what happens to them after they’re ushered by U.S. immigration authorities through revolving doors into Mexico’s border towns.

Once there, they get little help from their government. Many stay, others try to get back to their hometowns. For the most part no one tracks them ? not their government, or the U.S., or their advocacy groups in the states. They become largely forgotten ? along with the U.S.-born children they sometimes take with them.

Reyes’ two adult sons, Christian and Carlos Quiroz, whom she and her then-husband had brought illegally into the U.S. as little boys, were also returned to Mexico last year.

And with no family in the U.S., Reyes’ two American daughters, Julie Quiroz, now 13, and Sharise Hernandez, 6, have also joined her here.

Now, unable to find work in a city she left 18 years ago, Reyes shuffles between the cramped homes of a brother and a sister in neighborhoods so unsafe her children aren’t allowed outside to play.

Neither daughter is in school.

Grab a tissue and read more. Sniff, sniff.

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On Tuesday, April 8, 2008, at 10:00 a.m., The Shaw Family will be going to City Hall to speak to the Council Members about ‘JamielsLaw’.

We are asking you to please visit the website, ‘JamielsLaw.com’. If you agree with JamielsLaw, we are asking you to support us and join us!!

If you are able to join us, please meet us at City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, 3rd Floor, Room #340 at 9:45 a.m. Please come and let your voice be heard regarding ‘JamielsLaw’.

Daily News

ANITA Shaw says, “My country let me down.” It’s hard to argue with her. Not only did America let Anita Shaw down, so did California and Los Angeles.

Truth be told, Anita Shaw is being diplomatic, if not generous, by not lashing out in righteous indignation at the massive tragedy she has suffered at the hands of an indifferent government. Our government: federal, state and local.

Who is Anita Shaw and why should you care what she says? Pull up a chair.

Anita Shaw is a sergeant in the United States Army. On March 2, little more than a month ago, she was serving in Iraq when her CO told her to report to the Red Cross office. It was there she learned her 17-year-old son, Jamiel Shaw II, had been murdered - gunned down exactly three doors away from his own home.

Jamiel Shaw Sr. heard the shots that killed his son; one to the chest, one between the eyes. Jamiel Sr. sprinted down the block, arriving just ahead of the police. The cops found him standing over his son, already dead, still clutching the cell phone he had used to tell his dad he’d soon be home. Now he was never coming home.

But his mother was. Sgt. Shaw was given 20 minutes to pack for a flight out of Baghdad.
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Commercial Appeal

Su Casa Realty, one of the biggest real estate agencies catering to Hispanic immigrants in Memphis, has largely stopped selling homes to people without Social Security numbers, often a sign that they are here illegally.

Juan Romo, part owner of the Century 21 franchise, said mortgage programs for people who lack Social Security numbers aren’t likely to come back as banks clamp down on credit in response to the sub-prime housing crisis.

Also, it’s increasingly hard for illegal immigrants to keep steady jobs, he said.

“I think (getting these loans) is going to be more difficult every time,” he said.

It’s against the law to enter the country without inspection or overstay a visa, but businesses have been successful in lobbying for lax enforcement.

Many people here illegally use fake documents to get jobs, and some earn enough to buy homes.

But the economic slowdown, particularly in construction labor, may mean fewer illegal immigrants can afford them. And there’s anecdotal evidence that many employers are checking documents more carefully and turning illegal immigrants away.

Federal law still allows banks to offer mortgages to illegal immigrants. Banks have typically required these immigrants to present an individual tax identification number, or ITIN.

The federal government issues these numbers so that workers can file income tax forms regardless of their immigration status.

Last year, Su Casa Realty, Spanish for “Your House,” sold about 300 homes in the Memphis area, including 60 through ITIN mortgages, Romo said.

But in recent months, its options for obtaining ITIN mortgages for clients have largely dried up.

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AZ Central

For more than 10 years, Phoenix police, neighborhood residents and area businesses have been working together to turn around north Phoenix’s Palomino neighborhood.

The neighborhood for years was known for its gangs, drug dealers, blighted buildings and crowded conditions. It was home to illegal immigrants and became known as a place to find cheap day labor.

But through cooperative efforts, neighborhood leaders felt they had made improvements in the area.

Now they fear much of that work could come undone as a result of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s recent immigration sweep of the neighborhood - a square mile bounded by Cave Creek, Bell and Greenway roads and 32nd Street.

Neighborhood leaders say the sweep resulted in thousands of dollars in lost business, hundreds of schoolchildren staying home and not enough arrests of illegal immigrants to justify the disruption.

“His efforts have taken away from all of the positives that we have created,” said Vice Mayor Peggy Neely, who represents the Palomino area. “I’m afraid that if he keeps this up, someone is going to get hurt.”

The crackdown resulted in 53 arrests, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Of those, 27 were illegal immigrants.

Arpaio said the arrests resulted from traffic violations, outstanding warrants, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

It also resulted in huge turmoil for the area as hundreds of protesters on both sides of the issue faced off.

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Des Moines Register

A Polk County judge has ordered Iowa Secretary of State Michael Mauro to stop using languages other than English in the state’s official voter registration forms (download the PDF).

District Judge Douglas Staskal ruled in favor of U.S. Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican who sued state officials last year, contending they were violating the state’s English-language law. He brought the suit against Gov. Chet Culver, who previously served as secretary of state, and Mauro, contending they had placed illegal voting forms on the secretary of state’s Web site.

The dispute began shortly before Election Day in 2006, when King demanded that Culver remove voting information in languages other than English from the Web site. The site offered information in Spanish, Laotian, Bosnian and Vietnamese.

Non-English voter forms were removed from the state’s Web site late Thursday afternoon.

King, a former state senator, said the materials were illegal because under an English-language law authored by King and signed by Democratic Gov. Tom Vilsack in 2002, all official government communications must be in English.

Culver had said the English-language law included a provision that allows for “any language usage required by or necessary to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, or the Constitution of the state of Iowa.”

Attorney General Tom Miller, a Democrat, then concluded Culver had authority to offer the forms in foreign languages.

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