Archive for June 8th, 2008

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MEMPHIS, TN - Tate County officials say a man was drunk when he hit a small boy with his SUV and drove away.

Jaime Perez, 35, is charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a license. Investigators also believe Perez is an illegal immigrant. He is accused of hitting 5 year-old Frank Brooks on County Line Road in Tate County.

The boy’s parents talked only to Eyewitness News Everywhere about the accident they say happened just a few feet away from the family’s home.

“He was a happy, smiling kid. They would call him ‘Frankie Blue Eyes,’” said Frank’s mother, Frankie.

“My brother and I… we had our sons a day apart. It’s really hard. I loved him like my own,” said Frank’s uncle, Mike Brooks.

Family members say Frank was an angel, who was loving and full of energy. He was killed on Saturday, May 24, 2008, right in front of his brother and sister. The day before he was hit, the family says it rained and Frank wanted to play in the mud with his brother and sister. Family members say Frank walked to the side of the road to pick up his sister’s shoe, and that is when he was hit.

“He had blood coming out of his ears, his eyes were still open,” said Frankie. “He didn’t have time to blink or hurt. It was over that fast.”

Eyewitnesses say after Frank was hit, the driver went racing down the street in his Ford Excursion. Police say he lost control of the SUV and veered off the road.

“Someone had said there were beer bottles in his vehicle. He didn’t say a word to anyone,” said Frankie. Frankie said her son was not breathing and died in her arms on the side of the road.

While federal immigration officials try to decide if Perez will be deported, Frank’s family is left to deal with the grief.

“We’ll never have another birthday for him or holiday,” said uncle Mike. “It’s tough knowing he’s missing out on all these things. I loved him very much. I’ll always love him every day that goes by.”

According to the Tate County Sheriff, Perez is being held without bond. Officials say Perez had a Tennessee identification card, but say he had Mexican documents with him as well, plus some questionable social security cards.


The Daily Dispatch

BISBEE ? Border Patrol agents stationed in Naco arrested two illegal immigrants who are sex offenders on Wednesday.

Fingerprint checks led to the discovery of an illegal immigrant who is a sex offender.

The individual was arrested and now is being processed for prosecution and removal.

Fingerprint checks also led to the discovery of another illegal immigrant who is a sex offender.

The individual has an extensive criminal record that includes murder and aggravated assault, and is now facing prosecution for re-entry after deportation of an aggravated felon.

Border Patrol spokesman Mario Escalante said the fingerprint system is highly effective.

?If you change your appearance or you change your name or you try to give us different dates of birth, it doesn?t really make a difference because the system is reading the fingerprint. It checks it through a database through all 50 states and if you committed any felony in those states it will show up,? he said.

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LA Times

Three years ago, gunmen tried to kidnap chef Javier Plascencia’s younger brother. A year later they tried again but, in a case of mistaken identity, snatched the wrong man.

Enough close calls, the family decided.

Nearly 40 years after they opened their first Tijuana restaurant, the entire extended family — 18 people, including Javier Plascencia’s wife and four children — moved across the border to a suburb southeast of San Diego.

Such migrations have become increasingly common in metropolitan areas along the U.S.-Mexico border, as the ongoing violence of a brutal drug war has disrupted lives from Tijuana to Nuevo Laredo, across the Rio Grande from Texas. The Mexican government has sent more than 3,000 troops into Tijuana in the last 1 1/2 years, and on several occasions soldiers have shot it out with drug cartel gunmen on residential streets.

“San Diego is the only place you can forget the sense of insecurity and fear. There, you can breathe. Psychologically, crossing the border relieves the stress,” said Guillermo Alonso Meneses, a professor of cultural studies at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Tijuana.

Real estate agents, business owners and victims groups estimate that more than 1,000 Tijuana families — including those of doctors, lawyers, law enforcement officials, Lucha Libre wrestlers and business owners — have made this move in recent years as the drug- fueled violence has worsened.

People have arrived in south San Diego County with only the clothes on their back. Kidnapping victims released after lengthy captivities have shown up long-haired and disheveled, sometimes with fresh wounds.

Real estate agents tell of clients with fingers missing, sliced off by kidnappers who sent them to relatives as proof the victims were alive.



A human head was thrown at the newspaper El Correo de Tabasco, with a message where it threatened the director. This occurred this Saturday, Freedom of Speech Day. In the remainder of the country there were other 19 murders related to organized crime, it included three former police leaders of Chihuahua.

The leader of Tabasco, Gustavo Rosario Torrres, said that he is investigating the apparition of the head of a man of approximately 38 years of age discovered next to the newspaper offices with a message written to the “director”. The remainder of the corpse was found in the community Anacleto Canabal, with the legend: “This is what is going to happen to anyone who snitches. The Army can’t protect you. You are next, A-Hole, you know what we mean you snitch”.


Eddie B’s slideshow of the protest.

If you have any questions, read this article again.

The Washington Post




The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — The tricky politics of immigration, an issue once seen as a driving force of the 2008 election, have relegated it to a back but hot burner in the presidential campaign debate and paralyzed Congress on the topic.

Both John McCain and Barack Obama support giving legal status to millions of illegal immigrants, a position that strategists see as crucial to winning over Hispanics. But Republican and Democratic candidates are also wary of alienating white conservatives and blacks who oppose granting legal status or benefits to people who broke the law to come to the United States.

The searing rhetoric from opponents who brand that idea as “amnesty” has made the topic virtually untouchable, according to strategists and lawmakers.

“Politicians from both parties are caught between Lou Dobbs voters and Latino voters. Presidential candidates will avoid this issue, both of them, and when they can’t avoid it, they’ll straddle,” said Tamar Jacoby, president of ImmigrationWorks USA, a coalition pushing for an immigration overhaul. “It doesn’t pay as an electoral issue.”

The high-profile Dobbs is a CNN host who has used his early evening show as a platform to protest illegal immigration.

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