Archive for May 7th, 2008

Republican Nominee John McCain will speak at the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza (The Race), the extreme Hispanic lobby group that advocates a militant “reconquista” of the Southwestern United States.

Citing the engagement with the group as ?part of his commitment to talking with all Americans.?, McCain will attend the convention in San Diego July 14, according to a press release which also announced the launch of his own Spanish website.

McCain, favored by La Raza due to his previous calls for a total amnesty on illegal immigrants in the U.S. and sustained opposition to efforts to strengthen controls at the U.S.-Mexican border, will repeat the appearance he made at the 2004 National Council of La Raza in Phoenix, Arizona where he made a keynote address.

McCain has a long and fruitful relationship with the group. In 1999 La Raza honored the Senator at its tenth annual Capital Awards for “staunch support of the Hispanic community”.

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Concern about more immigration raids had Oakland city leaders scrambling to ease the fears in the Latino community where on Tuesday the very sight of immigration officers outside of an elementary school was enough to create a frenzy.

Tuesday’s reaction from east bay immigrants and local politicians shows the mere presence of immigration vehicles can set off a widespread panic.

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, members of the city council and Oakland school officials rushed to Stonehurst Elementary School Tuesday afternoon after getting word that immigration and customs agents were about to enter the school grounds.

Oakland officials were outraged at the thought that ice was about to make a raid in front of school children.

“In my view, that’s the ugly side of government that there’s no way that children should be treated to that kind of harassment, intimidation and fear,” said Mayor Dellums.

City Council President Ignacio De La Feunte was even more blunt: “Absolutely total [expletive] to put it mildly. The federal government has a job to do, but we don’t have to do it in a way that scares children.”

“Unless it is an extreme emergency across the street from a school, they should not be out here with their immigration stuff intimidating people,” said Oakland School Board member Alice Spearman.

The panic started in Berkeley, where school officials were told immigration agents were driving around Berkeley High. School officials ordered principals at all 15 public schools in the city to stop agents before they attempted any arrests.

“We told each principal that if anyone comes into the school, you keep them at the front desk and wait for us to get there,” explained Berkeley Schools Superintendent Bill Huywett.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee also issued a statement Tuesday afternoon that read in part: “to conduct such an operation near or around a public school campus is a violation of the sanctity of the education process, and is intentionally meant to intimidate those who live in the community.”

As it turns out, ice wasn’t going to school campuses. Agents were at a Russell Street apartment building to arrest four immigration violators. A fifth was arrested in Oakland.

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Sounds pretty bad, but then again, the United States has lost track of an estimated 30 million migrants!


Authorities have lost track of 41,000 people ordered to leave Canada, and in most cases have stopped looking for them, said a federal watchdog Tuesday.

In a scathing report, Auditor General Sheila Fraser said most of the missing were failed asylum seekers allowed into the country on temporary permits while their immigration or refugee cases were assessed.

However, some of them “may pose a threat to public safety and security,” she added.

Fraser noted an improved enforcement since her last audit in 2003, when responsibility for removals was transferred from Citizenship and Immigration Canada to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

In 2006-2007, Canada Border Services Agency removed about 12,600 individuals, including 1,900 criminals who “posed a high risk to Canada,” she said in her report.

But “due in part to a lack of exit controls, there is a growing number of individuals whose whereabouts is unknown and who might remain in Canada illegally,” Fraser said.

As of September 2007, the Canada Border Services Agency determined that there were about 63,000 individuals with either enforceable removal orders or outstanding immigration warrants for removal.

The agency said it knew the whereabouts of 22,000 of the individuals, but “the remaining 41,000 cases are individuals with immigration warrants for removal, whose whereabouts are unknown to the agency,” said the report.

The agency said it did not investigate most of these cases because “this could mean devoting resources in an attempt to find individuals who have already left the country.”

Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day told reporters: “The CBSA has already put in place quite a few of the recommendations that she (Fraser) has talked about so we’re improving.

“It’s not perfect yet but it’s a big improvement over what it has been,” he said.

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VISTA —- The leader of Angel’s Depot, a senior citizens food program in Vista, said this week that a “good old boys network” of religious charities is denying help to North County seniors and giving it to groups that help illegal immigrants.

Angel’s Depot founder Susan Hall said that the network —- the local board of the Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program —- had snubbed Angel’s Depot’s seniors clients, while giving food to dozens of religious charities that served anyone, including people who are in the country illegally.

Scott Suckow, chairman of that board, said the only way the federal program could meet its charge —- to help any and all needy people —- was to give food to charities that served everyone, not just specific groups. He said he doesn’t know whether the charities that receive food from the program help illegal immigrants, but said it’s possible.

Officials from U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa’s office said that the congressman believed that Angel’s Depot had been discriminated against by the shelter program had asked federal officials to investigate the situation last year.

Issa’s chief of staff, Dale Neugebauer, said Monday that the congressman still has concerns, including that many of the charities that benefit from the program are represented on its board.

Neugebauer said Issa has “serious questions about the local (shelter board), in terms of lack of oversight and conflict of interest.”

Suckow said this week that the board avoids any conflicts of interest by having board members recuse themselves in votes that directly benefit their agencies.

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This is from the newsletter.

El Sol de Mexico (Mexico City; also in some forty other papers of the “o.e.m.” nationwide chain) 5/6/08
A poll by the Mitofsky Consultants shows that 40.7 % of Mexicans, some 42 million persons, would opt for living in the United States if they could; in 2005, only 21% answered the same question in the affirmative.

The polling firm contacted one thousand persons older than 18 from April 24 to 29 and found that 50.5 % of those between 18 and 29 years of age answered the question in the affirmative, as did 42.1 % of those between 30 & 49 years of age. Of those 50 years or older, 22.3 % were also inclined to do so.
And 43.6 % of middle class persons also answered in the affirmative.

The polling firm also said that three of every ten Mexicans, that is to say around 30 million persons, would accept going to the United States even in an illegal condition. The poll also showed that four out of ten Mexicans have a relative in the United States. Some 20 million persons of Mexican origin live “in that country” (read: the U.S.) of which half do so illegally. Every year half a million Mexicans cross over into the United States in search of better working conditions.

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Increased statewide immigration enforcement has accelerated human rights violations of Mexican nationals, a consul for the Mexican government said Monday in Oklahoma City.

Andres Chao said the U.S. and Mexican governments must work together to address the growing problem of illegal immigration in such a way that benefits both countries and their citizens.

He dismissed the notion that migration to the United States is an attempt by the Mexican government to export its poverty, and said Mexico sorely misses the young workers that cross daily into the United States.

“One of our objectives is to protect and defend Mexican nationals that live in this jurisdiction,? said Chao, who opened the Mexican consulate in Little Rock, Ark., a year ago. “We are concerned about the adverse circumstances our citizens are facing in the U.S. due to the failure of comprehensive immigration reform and the rise of states generating legislation.?

The Little Rock consulate, which is the 47th nationwide, serves the Mexican nationals in Arkansas, Mississippi and Oklahoma.

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Every time this clown would make an appearance on TV he would be introduced as the head of the Border Angels, a group that places water stations in the desert, and not once in SIX YEARS has this fraud corrected anyone. Now he’s trying to say it was just an oversight on his website.

Poor racist Enrique, a few weeks ago he lost his radio show and now this humiliation.


The most dangerous time of the year is just beginning for people who slip across the border through the desert, but a quarrel among those who provide water for illegal crossers is heating things up early.

Water Station, which has placed barrels of water throughout the desert, accused Enrique Morones of taking credit for its work after Southwestern College announced it would honor the local activist for his humanitarian efforts. The college said it would grant Morones an honorary degree and invited him to speak at its commencement May 23.

Morones belonged to Water Station and was its president in 2001-02.

?The 340 water stations Morones claims on his Web page are the same ones that Water Station had prior to and after he was removed from our organization,? Laura Hunter of Water Station wrote to the Southwestern board of trustees.

?Six years have passed since his departure, I think it’s time he stopped claiming credit for our work,? wrote Hunter, the wife of Water Station founder John Hunter.


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John Boehner - House Republican Leader

Washington, May 6 - Democrats are prepared to bring to the House floor legislation purportedly written to assist Americans impacted by the recent housing slump. But in recent days, it has become increasingly clear who this legislation is really out to serve: scam artists, speculators, and trial lawyers.

That?s right: the bill forces taxpayers to pay for a massive $300 billion bailout at the expense of innocent victims who truly need assistance and hard-working families who continue to pay their mortgage on time. And it includes language slipped-in by House Democrats at the last minute to fund a giant $35 million slush fund for trial lawyers seeking to capitalize on the housing downturn.

But the goodies for the friends of the Democratic Majority don?t stop there. House Democrats quietly tucked another giveaway into the long, complicated bill in order to benefit their political allies with virtually no prior public scrutiny or debate. Take a look at this political giveaway ? ?Assistance for the Raza Development Fund? ? straight from the text of the bill:


(1) USE.?The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development may make a grant to the Raza Development Fund for the purpose of providing technical and financial assistance to local non-profit organizations to undertake community development and affordable housing projects and programs serving low- and moderate-income households, particularly through organizations located in neighborhoods with substantial populations of income-disadvantaged households of Hispanic origin. Assistance provided by the Secretary under this subsection may be used by the Raza Development Fund?

(2) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.? There is authorized to be appropriated for grants under this subsection?

(A) $5,000,000 for fiscal year 2008; and
(B) $10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2009 and 2010.

In short, House Democrats are expecting American taxpayers to shell out $25 million to the Raza Development Fund ? an arm of the National Council of La Raza and Democratic political ally that has made its name by promoting pro-illegal immigration policies and opposing real border security.

American families are struggling with rising costs for everything from gasoline to food to mortgages. Times like these require Congress to work in a bipartisan way on behalf of the American people. But instead, this Democratic Majority has produced a bill that rewards scam artists, speculators, trial lawyers, and political allies like La Raza?all at the expense of taxpayers and homeowners who really need help. Sadly, it?s yet more example of what American taxpayers have come to expect from a broken Washington under the leadership of House Democrats.

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You’ve probably already heard about this one, but have you seen the video and the photo’s yet?

Border Patrol finds 61 Mexicans in truck near San Diego

The Border Patrol has discovered 61 suspected illegal immigrants from Mexico inside a tractor-trailer on Interstate 8 near San Diego.

Border Patrol agents discovered them inside the eastbound truck during a vehicle stop Saturday night, about 45 miles east of San Diego. They were hiding behind bales of cardboard.

The agency said Monday that it arrested the driver, 29-year-old Jose Pina Flores, who will be charged with immigrant smuggling. The Border Patrol says the Mexican man admitted being in the U.S. illegally.

No injuries were reported.

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