Archive for June 16th, 2008

Examiner

WASHINGTON (Map, News) - A wave of burglaries is spreading across the Washington area, and police say illegal immigrants, hit by police crackdowns and the drop in new construction, are likely playing a key role.

?The immigrant community is at a tipping point,? said Montgomery County police community liaison Officer Luis Hurtado. ?The poor economy is pushing more immigrants to turn to crime.?

In the first five months of this year, burglaries climbed 10 to 20 percent in many jurisdictions.

The District of Columbia had the greatest increase, jumping 20 percent from 1,370 in the first five months of 2007 to 1,638 for the same period this year.

Montgomery County police said they?ve averaged 288 burglaries a month for the first five months of this year, up 23 per month, or nearly 10 percent, from last year.

Alexandria stood out as the only jurisdiction showing a significant decline ? 33 percent ? but police couldn?t explain the drop.

And many more burglaries in which illegal immigrants themselves are the victims have likely gone unreported; illegals often shy away from police, whom they fear may arrest them for violating immigration laws, community activists said.

Last week, about 100 residents from the massive Latino community in Takoma/Langley Park, which straddles the Prince George?s-Montgomery County line, met with police officials from both counties. They demanded action for what they described as a neighborhood under siege.

In recent weeks, a shopkeeper was shot to death and a police officer killed a man all within a one-block radius at the center of the community.

6 Comments »

AB 2076, by Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes (D-Sylmar), would prohibit state agencies and local governments in California from using the federal “E-Verify” system to determine if their employees are legally eligible for work. The legislation would also discourage private employers from using the system. The bill won approval in the State Assembly by a 43-31 vote and is now in the State Senate.

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, E-Verify has already identified 200,000 individuals trying to gain work in the United States who were not entitled, legally, to employment. The verification system is a voluntary, internet-based program used by a growing number of employers nationwide.

To learn more and to take action, click here.

3 Comments »

By Frosty Wooldridge
NewsWithViews.com

Brian Williams reported to the nation last month that Detroit, Michigan high schools suffer a 76 percent drop-out/flunk-out rate for high school seniors. All totaled, 1.2 million eighteen year olds hit the streets functionally illiterate annually. In Denver, Colorado, 73 percent of children live in poverty.

U.S. Representative Tom Tancredo said, ?Immigration, both legal and illegal, is the cause of a significant part of Colorado’s increase in child poverty.?

The number of children under the age of 18 living in poverty increased from 104,000 in 2000 to 180,000 in 2006, in Colorado. Colorado led the nation in child poverty, yet features only 4.6 million people?except—that state houses 500,000 and as high as 695,000 illegal alien migrants. Colorado schools suffer 43 different languages, which cause havoc in classrooms. One in five teachers quits or transfers out of Denver Public Schools every nine months. (Source: Rocky Mountain News)

“It is irresponsible for the media and the governor to not recognize the fact that immigration is largely to blame for this increase,” Tancredo said. “If Colorado were actually enforcing its own laws, we would reduce the number of people in the poverty category.”

However, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter (D) refuses to enforce H.B. 1023. The legislature passed that law in 2006 to fine and imprison employers of illegal aliens. Ritter won?t enforce it while Colorado taxpayers shell out $1.1 billion annually for all services for illegal aliens and their children.

Read more.

17 Comments »

lohud.com

Troopers from the Brewster barracks were patrolling on Route 22 around 1:30 a.m. Friday when a car nearly struck their cruiser head-on, Sgt Joseph Malorgio said.

They determined the driver was intoxicated and took him into custody after he refused to perform any field-sobriety tests, police said.

He initially gave another name and told them he was 29, but the troopers were suspicious and faxed a copy of his fingerprints to the FBI. The FBI responded with Escobar-Espana’s correct name, age and information that he was deported to his native Guatemala in June 2007 after serving time in state prison on a drug conviction, police said.

He was currently residing on Allview Avenue, police said.

He is charged with three counts of second-degree forgery, felonies, three counts of falsifying business records, false personation and driving while intoxicated, misdemeanors, police said.

Read more.

2 Comments »

TownHall.com

GOP presidential candidate John McCain is inviting his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, to participate in a joint town hall meeting at an open-borders advocacy group?s upcoming meeting in California.

?There is a meeting in California of La Raza,? McCain told reporters at an Arlington press conference Monday. ?Both of us have accepted invitations. I say that we have a town hall meeting together in front of La Raza. I think that the people will be far more informed and in some ways, entertained if we had that format.?

The National Council of La Raza, which described itself as a Hispanic rights group and whose name translates as “the race” in English, is roundly criticized by border hawks who oppose La Raza?s liberal stance on amnesty and other benefits for illegal immigrants.

Although a La Raza town hall would surely cause outcry among those border hawks the Hispanic demographic is expected to be a coveted voting block in the general election– a group McCain has courted, with some success, through his support of comprehensive immigration reform. In 2005, McCain co-sponsored a bill, which La Raza endorsed, critics said would award amnesty to illegal aliens with Democratic Sen. Teddy Kennedy (Mass.). The bill did not pass and McCain’s work to push it cause irreparable damage with many members of his GOP base.

McCain’s call for a La Raza town hall is the latest in a drumbeat of invitations he’s given to Obama in hopes of holding a series of 10 joint town hall meetings, where the McCain camp believes their candidate would give a strong performance. So far Obama has only offered to hold one town hall on July 4, almost ensuring the event would be overlooked by most voters enjoying the Independence Day holiday.

La Raza will be holding their annual meeting in San Diego July 12-15. Both McCain and Obama are scheduled to address the more than 20,000 expected attendees.

15 Comments »

The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals board has upheld a deportation order for a Wisconsin man who served as a Nazi concentration camp guard during World War II, the Justice Department announced Monday.

The federal Board of Immigration Appeals upheld a deportation order issued in January 2007 against 83-year-old Josias Kumpf of Racine, who had served as a guard at the Trawniki training camp in Nazi-occupied Poland and the Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin. The Board of Immigration Appeals is part of the Justice Department.

Last year’s deportation order, issued by Chicago-based immigration Judge Jennie Giambastiani, called for Kumpf’s removal to Germany, Austria or Serbia. Kumpf can still appeal the deportation order in the federal court system.

Read More

7 Comments »

The Washington Post

MEXICO CITY — Police say they have found 154 illegal migrants inside a semitrailer. Federal police official Arturo Herrera says many of the migrants were suffering from severe dehydration after spending nearly a week cramped inside the semitrailer.

Herrera says police stopped the rig along a highway in the Gulf state of Tabasco. Inside the tractor-trailer, authorities found 140 Guatemalans, seven Ecuadoreans, four Hondurans, two Salvadorans and one Chinese.

The driver was detained and the migrants were turned over to immigration authorities for deportation.

1 Comment »

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court made it easier Monday for some foreigners who overstay their visas to seek to remain in the United States legally.

The court ruled 5-4 Monday that someone who is here illegally may withdraw his voluntarily agreement to depart and continue to try to get approval to remain in the United States.

The decision essentially embraced a proposed Justice Department regulation governing the treatment of similar cases in the future.

Read more.

8 Comments »

I never gave Katie Couric much thought until I saw her make fun of Dan Rather in this video. And then a few months ago she did a story on the costs of anchor babies that got Janet Marguia of the National Council of La Raza (The Race) all upset. I think I’m becoming a Katie Couric fan.

I believe I posted this video back in April, but in case you missed it, here it is again.

9 Comments »