Archive for May 2nd, 2008

The Washington Times

Hispanics remain the largest ethnic group in the nation with their numbers approaching 46 million, or more than 15 percent of the population, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released yesterday. Blacks total close to 41 million and Asians more than 15 million.

Hispanics are also the fastest growing minority group, increasing by more than 3 percent a year. The rise is attributed more to rising birthrates than immigration, according to the findings. They also comprise a quarter of all children under age 5.

Asians were the second-fastest-growing ethnic group, increasing by just under 3 percent; the black population grew by just more than 1 percent and the white population by 0.3 percent.

“If current trends continue, our projections indicate that 29 percent of the nation’s population will be Hispanic by 2050,” said D’Vera Cohn, and analyst with the Pew Hispanic Center. “Hispanics will have an important impact on the country’s future because they will account for most U.S. population growth in coming years.”

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The Washington Times

A Frederick County, Maryland, commissioner wants the school board to survey the number of illegal immigrants who are students and has proposed withholding school funding if members fail to agree.

“It would be useful information because that would indicate the extent of public funds that are being used to educate those who are not in the country legally,” County Commissioner John L. “Lennie ” Thompson Jr. said yesterday.

Federal law bars school systems from inquiring after a students’ immigration status.

However, Mr. Thompson said his proposal asks only for a review of student files and that he has never even “contemplated” an inquiry of students or their parents.

The proposal has rankled school board members who question the legality of Mr. Thompson’s proposal.

“The fact is that federal law requires that all children be educated in the public schools of the United States, regardless of their immigration status or the immigration status of their parents,” board member Kathryn B. “Katie” Groth said. “Further, the law prohibits public schools from inquiring about immigration status of students and their families. In other words, we in the public school system do not, and in fact cannot, collect such information from students and their families.”

A Maryland Department of Education spokeswoman also said it is illegal for school systems to question a student’s immigration status.

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Phil “No human is illegal” Gordon

AZ Central

Anti-illegal-immigration activists will attempt to recall Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon for policies they say are too soft on those who enter the country illegally.

A group calling itself American Citizens United, which includes members of organizations involved in recent anti-illegal-immigrant protests, filed paperwork Wednesday to create a political-action committee.

“Phil Gordon has operated the Mayor’s Office with malfeasance in refusing to execute his sworn oath of office,” the group said in its filing.

It accused Gordon of “disregarding the will of Phoenix citizens by refusing to allow the Phoenix Police Department to impartially enforce laws against violators of laws on illegal immigration and human smuggling.”

The group will discuss the recall at a press conference this morning at City Hall (April 30th).

Anna Gaines, the group’s chairwoman, said she and her supporters are angry that Phoenix police do not have unconditional authority to call Immigrations and Customs Enforcement when they encounter a suspected illegal immigrant.

“The main issue is that he has been dividing the community and he has not supported the enforcement of immigration laws,” said Gaines, a member of You Don’t Speak For Me, a group of Hispanic activists opposed to illegal immigration.

“A few on the very fringe want to promote their extremist agenda for Phoenix,” Gordon said in a statement. “That agenda was overwhelmingly rejected just eight months ago, and it will be rejected again.”

To recall the mayor, the activists must gather 23,751 valid signatures. The number of signatures is equal to a quarter of the votes cast in the previous mayoral election.

The group has 120 days from the time they file their formal campaign paperwork, said Mary Jo Slunder, Phoenix elections coordinator.

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Amy Bartelmey (left) and Stephen Hough were among the four people killed in an accident Tuesday night at 101st Avenue and Randolph Street in Merrillville.

Post Trib

MERRILLVILLE ? Friends and family mourned the death of a prominent attorney, a young couple soon to be married and a Mexican immigrant who had long struggled with a drinking problem ? all four of them killed in three-car collision Wednesday near the border of Merrillville and Winfield.

As Hough and Weiss pulled into the intersection of Randolph and 101st Avenue, Mario Cadena sped west, past a stop sign and into Hough?s Ford Explorer, driving the truck into Weiss? Mustang. No one emerged alive from the twisted wreckage.

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Breitbart

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Josefa Gonzalez Loya has sneaked across the Mexican border at least 128 times in the past eight years. And each time, the Border Patrol has been nice enough to give her a lift home.

Gonzalez and a group of other women and children?all Indians from the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca?have no interest in staying in the United States. All they want to do is panhandle outside El Paso businesses, using the children as lures.

At the end of a productive day, they wait for the Border Patrol to come pick them up and drive them back to the border.

Little dramas like this play out day after day, accounting for thousands of arrests but hardly any prosecutions in the past several years.

The Oaxacan immigrants fall under a loophole that gives border agents discretion to keep some adults and children together and out of jail.

“They do qualify for jail and prosecution,” Border Patrol spokesman Ramiro Cordero said. “However, we’ve got to look at the humanitarian factor first if we are going to have to separate the family.”

Nearly 500 Oaxacan (pronounced wah-HAH-ken) women and children in colorful serapes have been rounded up since the fiscal year began in October, accounting for thousands of arrests.

The middle-aged Gonzalez and some of the others make a mad dash across the Rio Grande with the help of a guide. Occasionally they get caught trying to slip across, but evidently they are good at evading the Border Patrol, even though they use the same general area over and over. Sometimes, authorities realize they have arrived when they see the little footprints the diminutive immigrants leave along the banks of the Rio Grande.

Once she makes it across, Gonzalez, who speaks only a language common among Indians in Oaxaca, catches a bus to a strip mall a few miles away from the border, just far enough into El Paso to evade agents on patrol. There she starts begging for spare change.

Border agents say when she and her entourage are ready to go home, they muster in front of a store. Then they wait, knowing their presence will create enough of a nuisance that agents will come pick them up. When they do, the beggars’ mugshots are taken and their fingerprints checked. Then they are walked back across the border.

“Half the time when you see them, they’re ready to go,” Cordero said.

Gonzalez has been arrested 128 times. Despite a crackdown on illegal immigration along much of the border, she and most of her tribal members have never been jailed.

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Daily Mail

Failed asylum seekers are sneaking out of Britain ? because they are fed up with the state of our public services, according to immigration staff.

Les Williams, a chief immigration officer for the UK Border Agency, said that he and his team have collared scores of illegal immigrants trying to break past border controls in recent weeks.

He said that of those caught, most have said that the lack of sunshine and bad healthcare from the NHS were the main reasons why they wanted to get out of the UK.

The majority of those caught are from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Mr Williams, a Kent-based chief immigration officer for the UK Border Agency, said: “One thing we have noticed recently is people trying to leave the country.”

He told Police Review magazine: “We cannot explain exactly why they are trying to go but when some of these people were questioned, they said they wanted to go to a warmer country as they are fed up with the English weather and fed up with their treatment on the NHS.”

He also said that many of the illegals told him that they had planned to head for Italy after hearing rumours that the government would introduce an amnesty for asylum seekers.

Mr Williams said: “Italy was mentioned as a destination on several occasions.”

A second immigration insider said he had stopped a group of four Iraqis trying to sneak out of the port of Dover.

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Report from Lone Wolf:

In Los Angeles it wasn’t exactly the success expected, but the event went down peacefully.

I was at the event from 1:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m, in that timeframe two marchers were arrested, one for smoking pot, one for slapping somebody. The event was scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m., on the corner of 1st and Broadway, with the groups of marchers coming from three different locations, meeting in this intersection.

Initially, organizers expected 100,000 thousand marchers. The LAPD guesstimated 6,000, by 4:00 p.m. that went up to 8.500, and the final, after 6:00 p.m was 10,000. As in one tenth of the initial estimate.

When I arrived to the corner of 1st and Broadway, Downtown LA, one block from City Hall, there were more representatives of the media and cops, than marchers / activists.

However, it was a LOUD event, the ones, who showed up, were the hardcore activists. Smaller crowd, but I have seen a LOT more foreign flags, than in 2007.

There were Che flags, and attire, in nice numbers, too, as well as anarchist, Sandinista and even UN flags!

Mayor Villaraigosa did NOT show up at the event, but Fabian Nunez, the Speaker of the House, Gil Cedillo and I think rep Reyes. Nunez delivered spirited speeches in both Spanish (first), then English.

No, he had NOTHING to say about upholding the rule of law.

Police presence was negligible, the preferred to stay in the background. I have video of a police officer, shot in McArthur Park, who told the TV reporter they are out there today to HELP THE COMMUNITY EXERCISE THEIR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS.

However, there were lots of police cars in the side streets, there were police officers, Homeland Security and Federal Protection Service officers around the Federal Building and City Hall, and occasionally Sheriff’s Deputies walked around in the crowd. There were three LAPD helicopters hovering around at all times.

Everybody was wearing regular uniforms, there was NO riot gear, as a matter of fact, nobody had any hats of caps of any sort, except for the bycicle officers.

Other than that, it was a fiesta like atmosphere, with all sorts of street vendors, from cotton candy, through bacon wrapped hot dogs, fruit salads, Mexican drinks, flags, flowers, etc.

There was music, strictly Mexican mariachi music, with ONE exception: when the marchers arrived to the intersection of 1st and Broadway, the DJ played “Coming to America” …

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Here’s a little brat from an Oakland “immigrant rights” rally. I don’t know who in the hell has been teaching this kid so much crap but she’s full of it. She’s even making a call for violence!

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Patriot vs. Cholas

Please go to this link to view all the photos taken at San Diego’s May Day rallies.

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(3rd gallery down)

The pics don’t have the captions yet and they are not in order.

There were 2 rallies in San Diego. The first was at the Mexican Consulate office. This was the office where a month ago a Mexican official came out to the street and declared California as Mexico. It was caught on YouTube video. The rally was peaceful. LOTS of law enforcement, but most left once they saw the Mexican government was going to behave themselves.

The second was at San Diego Community College. We arrived to find that we were all alone with the illegal aliens and their supporters. We walked right into the front of their stage and were quickly pointed out. There were many comments and harassment, but not bad. We then found some other patriots and joined them. That was when things turned nasty.

My daughter is Latina. She has had a hard time in life because she is Hispanic, but does not speak Spanish. She is also a single mother who is struggling with no help from our government (and she doesn’t want it’s help. She is too proud). She is 4′11”, but a fireball! As soon as the illegal supporters saw that she was Latina and standing with us, they attacked her. You can see from the pics all of the Hispanic girls that are harassing her. I stood by her and wanted to protect her, but found that she handled herself bravely. She grabbed a sign and stood on a bench and gave it right back to them. I am extremely proud of her. She is a good Patriotic American.

I have 3 more film cameras full of pics. I will post them as soon as they are developed. Check back often.

THANK YOU TO THE SDMM for welcoming us so warmly today. It was wonderful to meet everyone and to see some old friends.

Eileen Garcia

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