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CASA De Maryland

The following bills were considered, but did not pass in the most recent session of the Maryland General Assembly:

- HB 288 — A bill to require people applying for Maryland driver’s licenses, ID cards and mo-ped operator’s permits to prove lawful presence in the United States.

- HB 604 — A bill to require people to prove lawful presence to receive public benefits from state, county or municipalities, excluding some emergency health and safety benefits.

- HB 886–A bill to declare English the official language of Maryland, requiring all government documents and official government meetings to be conducted in English.

- HB 1236 — A bill that allows undocumented immigrants who have who have attended a Maryland high school for two years, graduated from a high school, shown proof of having paid taxes, and have applied for a permanent resident visa, to pay in-state tuition rates for Maryland schools.

Some lawmakers representing Frederick County are frustrated by the Maryland General Assembly’s failure this year to pass more than two dozen bills to reform immigration policy.
Immigrant advocates, however, cite the thwarted attempts as an indication that residents and lawmakers support their efforts, which have so far paid off.

Despite the results, Maryland lawmakers, along with many lawmakers in other states who are fed up with Congress’ inability to implement a comprehensive immigration policy, have taken matters into their own hands, according to a study released today by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

As of March 31, at least 1,106 bills have been considered in 44 states this year. Maryland ranked as a state with high activity, along with 20 others, proposing more than 21 bills. This year, 26 states enacted 44 laws and 38 resolutions or memorandums.

The nationwide number is a slight decrease from 2007, when 1,169 bills were introduced, according to the study

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There’s no mention of the suspects immigration status, but you know the old saying. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, and it carries a machete, it must be an invader!

quack quack
Quack, quack!

UPDATE!! ILLEGAL! INVADER! I KNEW IT!

Jake and MJ from Freedom Folks did a little research for their upcoming Blogs 4 Borders news video:

Hey Brook,

We’re doing the “Machete boy” story in this weeks show so I had to make sure he was here illegally, 100% and all tha! Yep, ‘quack — quack’ indeed! He’s illegal and I got a little more detail from the officer. He had a valid Florida DL and had been here for quite a few years, “long enough to learn some English” is how the cop put it.

He also identified himself as a Mexican citizen at booking. I also asked the officer about his BS story about having no explanation and asked if he was sticking to that? The cop just started laughing and said yeah, that was his story and he was sticking to it!

Palm Beach Post

WEST PALM BEACH- ? Steven Hand’s arm was nearly severed when he tried to protect himself from a machete-wielding man, angry that Hand spotted him stealing gas, police said.

Hand of Lantana drove down the 300 block of Maddock Street on Wednesday and saw a man siphoning gas from a parked car. Hand yelled that he was going to call the police and kept driving.

When he got to the next intersection, the man pulled up next to him, got out of the car and raised the machete over his head. Hand raised his arms to protect himself and the weapon sliced him below his left forearm, police said.

Police responded to the scene and Hand described the attacker and his vehicle to police. Elmer Lopez Ramirez, 36, was stopped a few blocks away with a bloody machete on the floor of the passenger side of the car.

Ramirez could not explain what happened in the altercation or how the blood got on his shirt and in his car, police said. Ramirez was charged with attempted murder.

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Her email and phone number have been removed from the CO Assembly website. On the other hand, Douglas Bruce is still listed and he’s of course getting lots of fan mail.

Unfortunatley, there seems to be a bias against Bruce in the following article, down below it claims that Bruce has “received 900 emails, many of them threatening.” But if you read this article, Bruce says he has received 900 emails and 95% were positive. He said they included subject lines such as “You are my hero” and “Tell it like it is.”

The Denver Channel

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — A Gunnison lawmaker is asking the Colorado State Patrol for extra protection due to threats she said she’s received since gaveling down on a fellow member of the House of Representatives.

Gunnison Democrat Kathleen Curry said she has been bombarded with threatening e-mails and telephone messages since bringing down the gavel Monday. She was responding to a comment made by Colorado Springs Republican Rep. Douglas Bruce, who referred to Mexican immigrants as “illiterate peasants.”

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Several Grant students have indicated that racial tensions have been an ongoing problem for the high school, which has a student body of 68 percent Hispanic and 23 percent Armenian students.

Valley Star

Los Angeles - A brawl at Grant High School forced a lockdown of Valley College’s Child Development Center, across the street from Grant, sending four students, two high school faculty members and an LAPD officer to the hospital for minor injuries.

“The fight was very horrible,” said 15-year-old Grant freshman Mary Kirishyan. “All you saw was trash cans flying in the air and everyone running around, it was very scary.”

Grant was under total lockdown for three hours after the noontime fight between Armenian and Hispanic students erupted into a full-blown riot involving 200-400 students, according to Deputy Police Chief Larry Manion.

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Calderon has illegal family members in America using fraudulent ID, and stolen social security numbers. Apparently he can’t even create jobs for his own family members and that gets a big laugh from the reconquistas in the audience. Pathetic.

Dallas News

Mexican President Felipe Calderón defended immigrant workers and their contribution to the U.S. economy Tuesday in Dallas, but also said Mexico needs to produce jobs that will keep its people home and end the painful separation of families.

‘The American economy cannot run without Mexican labor, which contributes to the prosperity of this country,’ Mr. Calderón told 125 advisers to the government’s Institute for Mexicans Abroad.

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Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) ? The government is scrapping a $20 million prototype of its highly touted “virtual fence” on the Arizona-Mexico border because the system is failing to adequately alert border patrol agents to illegal crossings, officials said.

The move comes just two months after Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced his approval of the fence built by The Boeing Co. The fence consists of nine electronic surveillance towers along a 28-mile section of border southwest of Tucson.

Boeing is to replace the so-called Project 28 prototype with a series of towers equipped with communications systems, new cameras and new radar capability, officials said.

Less than a week after Chertoff accepted Project 28 on Feb. 22, the Government Accountability Office told Congress it “did not fully meet user needs and the project’s design will not be used as the basis for future” developments.

A glaring shortcoming of the project was the time lag between the electronic detection of movement along the border and the transmission of a camera image to agents patrolling the area, the GAO reported.

Although the fence continues to operate, it hasn’t come close to meeting the Border Patrol’s goals, said Kelly Good, deputy director of the Secure Border Initiative program office in Washington.

“Probably not to the level that Border Patrol agents on the ground thought that they were going to get. So it didn’t meet their expectations.”

The Border Patrol had little input in designing the prototype but will have more say in the final version, officials said.

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Yahoo.com

Hundreds of illegal immigrants awaiting deportation rioted at a county-run detention center and had to be subdued with tear gas, authorities said Wednesday.

The riot Tuesday started as a fight between detainees from rival gangs and spread to the detention center’s outdoor yard, said Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Nearby sheriff’s stations sent additional deputies to separate the detainees. The brawl was diffused “within minutes” after tear gas was used, said sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore.

Fights among incarcerated gang members periodically break out at state jails, prisons and immigrant detention facilities, sometimes sparking riots.

The federal Department of Homeland Security contracts with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to staff and manage the Mira Loma Detention Center in Lancaster, which holds about 900 detainees who are in the process of being deported or awaiting resolution of their cases in immigration courts.

Ten detainees were treated for injuries, including two who suffered serious head injuries.

Sheriff’s officials will evaluate how Mira Loma guards separate detainees based on gang affiliation, Whitmore said. About 45 detainees involved in the riot have been identified as suspected gang members and moved to other federal facilities.

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This is the Third World’s version of espionage. I bet Calderon and his Mexicans stuffed their suitcases with hotel soap, conditioner, and bath towels too.

FOX News

Whether he was up to no good or simply desperate to play BrickBreaker, a Mexican press attache was caught on camera by Secret Service pocketing several White House BlackBerries during a recent meeting in New Orleans, FOX News has learned.

Sources with knowledge of the incident said the official, whose first name is Rafael, took six or seven of the handheld devices from a table outside a special room in the hotel where the Mexican delegation was meeting with President Bush.

Everyone entering the room was required to leave their cell phones, BlackBerries and other such devices on the table, a commonplace practice when high-level meetings are held. American officials discovered their missing belongings when they were leaving the session.

It didn’t take long before Secret Service officials reviewed videotape taken by a surveillance camera and found footage showing “Rafael” absconding with the BlackBerries.

Sources said “Rafael” made it all the way to the airport, where the Mexican president was preparing to leave New Orleans, before Secret Service officers caught up with him. He was forced to return the BlackBerries.

Sources said the man claimed to have taken the devices accidentally. The sources said they believe no further actions were taken against him by American authorities, though it is unclear what disciplinary measures, if any, await him in Mexico.

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