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FOX News

WASHINGTON ? Three Mexican police chiefs have requested political asylum in the U.S. as violence escalates in the Mexican drug wars and spills across the U.S. border, a top Homeland Security official told The Associated Press.

In the past few months, the police officials have shown up at the U.S. border, fearing for their lives, according to Jayson Ahern, the deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection.

“They’re basically abandoned by their police officers or police departments in many cases,” Ahern told AP.

Ahern said the Mexican officials ? whom he didn’t name ? are being interviewed and their cases are under review for possible asylum.

In the most recent high-level assassination, a top-ranking official on a local Mexican police force was shot more than 50 times and killed. Drug-related violence killed more than 2,500 people last year alone in Mexico.

“It’s almost like a military fight,” Ahern said Tuesday. “I don’t think that generally the American public has any sense of the level of violence that occurs on the border.”

As the cartels fight for territory, this carnage spills over to the U.S., Ahern said ? from bullet-ridden people stumbling into U.S. territory, to rounds of ammunition coming across U.S. entry ports.

U.S. humvees retrofitted with steel mesh over the glass windows patrol parts of the border to protect agents against guns shots and large rocks regularly thrown at them. At times agents are pinned down by sniper fire as people try to illegally cross into the U.S.

Mexico’s drug cartels have long divided the border, with each controlling key cities. But over the past decade Mexico has arrested or killed many of the gangs’ top leaders, creating a power vacuum and throwing lucrative drug routes up for the taking.

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We’ll get the scoop on the immigration status of the driver, but I think it’s a safe bet that this woman is in the country illegally.

SignOnSanDiego

FALLBROOK ? A 7-year-old boy was hit and severely injured Wednesday morning by a woman driving a van who initially stopped but then drove off.

The boy was with his mother and two other children crossing east Alvarado Street at North Main Street about 7:30 a.m. when a white Chevy Astro minivan hit him, said California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Latulippe.

The 27-year-old driver, who was making a left turn from eastbound Alvarado onto North Main, dragged the boy about 40 feet at slow speed, Latulippe said.

She stopped the van and got out to help. She said she was going to move her vehicle, but she drove away instead, Latulippe said.

Onlookers took down the van’s license plate and gave it to officers, who went to the home of the registered owner. He told them that he loaned the van to family friends.

Officers then went to that home and arrested the woman, who told officers she drove away because she did not have a license and was scared, Latulippe said.

The boy was taken by helicopter to Rady Children’s Hospital. He suffered several abrasions and a bruise to the back of his head, Latulippe said.

The woman was booked into Vista county jail.

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Star Tribune

LINCOLN, Neb. - Anne Hobbs was angry. The head of the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission had just learned of a Hispanic couple who said their landlord asked for their driver’s licenses ? but didn’t ask the same of non-Hispanic tenants.

Hobbs said it sounded like the couple were “treated differently than everybody else because of national origin,” and sent the case to the state’s top prosecutor, hoping he would sue on their behalf under fair housing laws.

When Attorney General Jon Bruning received the case, he was angry, too ? for a different reason than Hobbs.

“I’m not going to use taxpayer dollars to file lawsuits for illegal aliens,” said Bruning after learning the couple was in the U.S. illegally. “You’re not going to get a free lawyer” from his office, he said, “if you’re not a citizen of this country.”

Critics say Bruning’s legal rationale is so off-base that he may end up in court after all ? and not as a prosecutor. Immigration activists suggest they may be laying the groundwork for a first-of-its kind lawsuit, with Bruning as the defendant.

Bruning, a Republican who has made no secret of his ambition for higher office, argues that the federal 1996 welfare reform law prohibits him from providing legal services to illegal immigrants. He points to a section that says only legal residents should get state or local public benefits. The law defines them to include welfare, disability and health services.

It doesn’t mention legal services, but Bruning believes they are included in wording that denies “any other similar benefit for which payments or assistance are provided to an individual, household or family eligibility unit.”

Immigration advocates say the interpretation is unprecedented and mean-spirited, and that discrimination should be prosecuted regardless of the victim’s immigration status.

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Debbie Schlussel

It’s a great day in America for those who engage in sham marriages, immigration fraud, and spy on America on behalf of Hezbollah and other Islamic terrorist groups in America.

I hope you are as nauseated as I am that liberal Federal Judge Avern Cohn gave Hezbollah spy Nada Nadim Prouty a/k/a Nada Nadim Al-Aouar Deladurantaye Valley Prouty ZERO jail time and only fined her $750. This woman spied for Hezbollah, accessed records on the investigation of her brother-in-law, Hezbollah financier Talal Chahine, on his behalf, and gets zero jailtime, while Jonathan Pollard rots for life in prison for spying for an ally. A drunk driver does more time than this spy. Not a day in jail. For treason. Outrageous.

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IHT

DALTON, Georgia: U.S. downturn upsets dreams of Hispanics.

In his first years in the United States, Carlos Jacinto endured the itinerant life of a Guatemalan migrant worker, from picking fruit in Florida to moving logs at a sawmill in Washington. Eventually, he settled here in northern Georgia and erected a middle-class American life.

The carpet factories that sustained this town were desperate for workers to supply a nationwide boom in home construction. The wages that Jacinto earned over the last decade were enough to buy a minivan and a brick house with a yard and a swing set for his four young girls. It was a long way from his childhood home in Guatemala: a wooden shack without electricity or plumbing.

But last month, amid the shrinking fortunes of the American economy, Jacinto, 37, was laid off. Everything he has achieved is suddenly at risk.

“Am I going to be able to keep up the payments on my house?” he asked. “I never believed this could happen. Now, we don’t know the future.”

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Translated from El Universal

A total of 32 union leaders of 18 U.S. districts gathered in the Office of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs (SRE), during the first informative day, whose objective is to generate clear dialogue among them and the government of Mexico.

With the encounter, that initiated on May 1 and will conclude on the 14, the government of Mexico intends to reinforce dialogue with union leaders that routinely fight for the labor rights of the Mexican immigrants in the United States, looking to identify themes of common interest and areas of cooperation.

In a communiqué, the chancellery added that it is “of particular interest to know about the work carried out by the unions, given the important presence that the Mexican workers have in the United States”.

He emphasized that according to recent data from the Migration Policy Institute, 85.7 percent of the Mexican immigrants in the United States of 16 years or more of age, are part of the labor force.

In the case of the men, 40 percent work in the construction sector, extraction and transportation, and 21 percent in the service sector; while 37 percent of the women work in the service sector and 16 percent in the manufacturing sector.

The SRE added that currently the American unions constitute one of the main supporters in favor of reforming the immigration status of the six million undocumented Mexicans.

Besides, entire trade unions, such as the construction workers, hotel cleaners and restaurants workers, have increased their membership mostly from the growing union organization of the Mexican immigrants.

Some of the participants were Gabriela Lemus, the first woman named Executive Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA).

Also attending was Moises Zavala, member of the Executive Board of United Food and Commercial Workers International, and Sergio Rascon, from the Executive Meeting of Los Angeles from the Chapter of the Latin-American Council for Labor Improvement, among others.

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Ariz. governor ends sheriff’s immigration contract

Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) ? Gov. Janet Napolitano ordered the state to end an anti-illegal immigration contract with a high-profile sheriff Tuesday so she can pay for a larger effort to track down thousands of felons around Arizona.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Tuesday criticized the governor’s decision as a maneuver to thwart his efforts against illegal immigrants.

“Dirty politics are at work right now,” Arpaio said at a news conference.

Napolitano spokeswoman Jeanine L’Ecuyer denied that the Democratic governor was trying to cut into efforts to stop illegal immigration.

“It couldn’t be further from the truth,” L’Ecuyer said.

Pennie Gillette-Stroud, the DPS chief of the criminal investigations division, said Napolitano’s multi-agency task force will focus on violent, repeat criminals as well as undocumented immigrants with felony warrants.

To help pay for the task force, the state Department of Public Safety won’t renew a $1.6 million contract with the sheriff’s office. That contract ends May 17th, DPS spokesman Bart Graves said.

Arpaio Defies Napolitano, Continues Illegal Immigration Crackdown


KTAR

Gov. Janet Napolitano is devoting $1.6 million to clean up 60,000 outstanding felony warrants in the state - an order that seems to have upset Maricopa County Sherriff Joe Arpaio.

Arpaio said Napolitano’s order diverts money from Maricopa County, which he uses to crack down on illegal immigrants.

“I still have a gun and badge, I’m still the sheriff and I’m going to make the policy how my policy is,” Arpaio said. “And, Mesa - you’re next.”

Arpaio, who met with Napolitano for lunch last week, claimed she is part of a conspiracy to stop him from enforcing immigration laws. Arpaio accused the governor of joining Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox in a conspiracy against him.

“I got news for the governor, I’ve got news for the mayor, I’ve got news for Mary Rose Wilcox - money or no money, I guarantee you, we will fight this illegal immigration problem and Mesa, Arizona is our next stop,” Arpaio said.

Under the governor’s directive, the Arizona Department of Public Safety would oversee a multi-agency task force to hunt down felons.

“Our office has been asked to and will look into the legality of the governor’s actions,” Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas said. “There were agreements signed and agreements now are not being honored so we will be looking into that issue.”

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