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-- Feds caving in to illegals?
-- Student group stands by 'Reconquista' plan
-- Tancredo Blasts Mexican Candidate's Remarks
-- Hispanic group boycotts Disney as ' white supremacists'
-- Prostitution ring run by illegals, for illegals
-- Mexico urges Bush to veto U.S. border fence bill
-- It's official: Mexican trucks coming
-- City sued for preventing Mexican flag-burning
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 U.S. liable for border-crosser deaths?

Families of 14 Mexican illegals seek $42 million

Posted: May 8, 2003

The families of 14 illegal Mexican immigrants who died of dehydration while crossing the hot Arizona desert have filed a $42 million lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior, claiming it failed to help them survive.

The lawsuit, filed April 30 in U.S. District Court in Tucson, claims federal border policy forced the immigrants to enter the country through the treacherous area southwest of Tucson known to have little water. Border Patrol agents found the immigrants on May 23, 2001 in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.

The 14 are among hundreds of undocumented immigrants that have succumbed to the 100-degree temperatures in the desert region since October 2001, according to Border Patrol statistics.

The lawsuit also alleges the department could have prevented the deaths if it hadn't blocked the humanitarian-aid measures of a group called Humane Borders. Two months prior, the human rights organization was refused permission to place a water station "in the exact area" where the crossers died, according to the suit.

Environmental concern reportedly trumped that over the Mexicans.

Robin Hoover, pastor of First Christian Church and president of Humane Borders, told the Associated Press and Arizona Star the application for the water station was denied over concerns for the endangered Sonoran pronghorn antelope.

"They've got all kinds of critters.  They also seem to have some human beings running around out there," James Metcalf, one of three attorneys who filed the lawsuit, told the Arizona Star.  "These folks are still human beings who die at alarming frequencies, and they're aware of that," he said.

The day after the 14 bodies were recovered, according to the lawsuit, wildlife officials placed seven Humane Borders flags marking water stations migrants could use. Metcalf maintains this shows culpability on the part of the Interior.

"By allowing water stations in areas where it formerly prohibited them and by setting up emergency call boxes to save the lives of illegal entrants in the desert, the government has acknowledged people need help to make the journey, he told the Arizona Star. "The government doesn't assume responsibility unless they in fact have one."

Worse than the lack of compassion, asserts Hoover, is the escalating violence at the border, including the presence of citizen militias taking border security into their own hands.

"We're very concerned that the Border Patrol's attitude is becoming more militarized," Hoover told the Tucson Citizen. "We think the Border Patrol's job is truly a law enforcement style of public service and not military."

WorldNetDaily has reported the Mexican border increasingly resembles a war zone as drug and illegal-migrant smugglers pull out all the stops to defy U.S. agents. In 2000, the Juarez cartel, one of Mexico's biggest drug gangs, placed a bounty of $200,000 on U.S. lawmen.

Following the announcement, Border Patrol officers reported instances of "armed incursions" into U.S. territory by heavily armed Mexican army units. In March 2000, two Mexican army Humvees carrying about 16 soldiers, armed with automatic assault rifles, pistols and a submachine gun drove across the international boundary near Santa Teresa, New Mexico and shot at Border Patrol agents.

Then in March 2002, a Border Patrol officer encountered four heavily armed Mexican army soldiers on the U.S. side of the border near San Diego. The soldiers, armed with three submachine guns and one M-16 rifle, crossed the border near Tecate, Mexico, while on a counter-drug mission.

The shooting death of a park ranger in Arizona's Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument last August prompted calls for more security on the U.S. border. The 28-year-old ranger was killed as he and Border Patrol agents closed in on two gunmen suspected of having ties to Mexican drug lords.

"We have to put the military down here; we have to help these people," Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., the head of the House Immigration Reform Caucus, declared at the time.

Then there are security concerns beyond smugglers.

WorldNetDaily reported last month a southern Texas sheriff put out a public warning that unidentified armed men dressed in military fatigues, carrying "professional backpacks" and walking together in a military cadence have been spotted on numerous occasions in his county near the border with Mexico.

Despite the risks, The Tucson Citizen reports some 3,000 migrants make it across the border successfully every day.

The lawsuit seeks about $3 million for each of the 14 who failed.

Wes Bramhall, president of Arizonans for Immigration Control, condemned the lawsuit.

"It's ridiculous," he told the Arizona Star. "These people knew what they were doing. They knew they were breaking the law."

 Feds caving in to illegals?

Congressman slams administration for guidelines on Mexican ID cards

Posted: May 23, 2003    By Jon Dougherty

The head of the congressional Immigration Reform Caucus has called on the Bush administration to investigate the Department of Treasury's endorsement of a semi-official identification card being issued by Mexican consulates in the United States.

The IDs, called "matricula consular" cards, are being issued by Mexican consulates in the U.S. to Mexican citizens residing here illegally, says Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., to provide them a legitimacy to which they are not entitled. Further, Tancredo says, acceptance of the cards is a possible violation of law, but is set to increase nonetheless under new Treasury Department rules.

"I am deeply troubled by the apparent acquiescence by the White House and the Department of Homeland Security in the Treasury Department's actions in failing to execute the Patriot Act," Tancredo said during a press conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

Treasury's new regulations are set to take effect May 30 and include language that allows financial institutions to accept consular identification cards issued by foreign governments, including the Mexican matricula consular card. Some states and banking institutions already accept the cards as legitimate identification.

But, said the Colorado Republican, the new rules will "send a dangerous message about immigration enforcement and appear indifferent to a potential threat to our national security."

"Since only illegal aliens would need to carry such cards for identification purposes, or need them to open bank accounts, the regulations indicate the Treasury Department is out of step with the American people and A.W.O.L. in the battle to stem the epidemic of illegal immigration," he said.

The department published its regulations April 30.

Meanwhile. Mexican officials have intensely lobbied U.S. counterparts to ease immigration rules that would allow the estimated 8-10 million illegal aliens currently in the United States to remain here legally. Mexican President Vicente Fox, upon ascending to power three years ago, pledged to secure changes in U.S. immigration law for his people living and working in the U.S., but since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the United States has been cool to relaxing border restrictions. Now, critics say, Mexican officials are using the matricula consular card as a way around the lack of progress on getting U.S. immigration rules changed – and it's working.

"Actions by numerous states to grant driver's licenses and in-state tuition to illegal aliens, as well as increasing acceptance of the Mexican consular card as a valid form of identification, represent an insidious yet serious threat to homeland security," said Dan Stein, executive director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform. "These actions will both undermine Congress' primacy over immigration policy and unleash a new wave of illegal immigration."

Frank Gaffney, president of the Security Policy Council, said the consular cards "and similar means of credentialing illegal immigrants … represent serious threats to U.S. national security."

Continued Gaffney: "Vital efforts now underway to tighten up on those seeking entry to the country via our 'front doors' – our visa process and controlled points of entry – are doomed to fail, possibly dangerously so, if we allow foreign governments and counterfeiters to give those who manage to get in illegally the benefits and freedom of action associated with legal status."

Tancredo said Treasury's new regulations "do not accurately reflect" the intent of the USA Patriot Act.

Specifically, he said, the act requires that banks and other financial institutions implement procedures to verify the identity of customers opening accounts, maintain records of the information used to verify identity, and determine whether the customer appears on lists of known or suspected terrorists or terrorist organizations. The matricula consular cards do not necessarily facilitate this information because, critics say, it is easy for an illegal alien to provide a false identity when applying for the card itself.

That means, Tancredo said, the government's ability to track money laundering, potential terrorists or other criminal behavior will be severely limited.

"In short, the regulations run directly counter to the intent of Congress in approving the [act]," he said.

States such as California and Florida, where there are large Hispanic populations, are widely accepting the cards.

"Florida law states that the matricula is accepted as a secondary form of ID along with (another) one of the required documents," Alia Faraj, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's spokeswoman, told the Bonita Daily News. "The governor expects all the residents of our state and visitors to abide by Florida's laws."

Earlier this month, the California Assembly passed a bill that allows use of the matricula consular cards for identification with state, city and county government agencies, as well as banks and other private institutions. The state Senate has yet to vote on the measure.

Conversely, the Colorado House voted May 1 to approve restrictions on use of the cards and also denied in-state college tuition rates for non-U.S. citizens. Gov. Bill Owens was expected to sign the bill.

The card allows travel back to a person's homeland, costs $28 and, once issued, is valid for five years.

Tancredo said the problem could get worse. He said other nations – including Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Poland – are also considering issuing such cards via their consulates and embassies in the U.S.

"Are we ready to cope with the potential security issued posed by 'consular ID cards' issued by the governments of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Syria, Egypt or China?" said the Colorado Republican

 Student group stands by 'Reconquista' plan

MEChA won't disavow document calling for recapture of Southwest

Posted: February 7, 2004

A Latino student group that drew attention during the California gubernatorial campaign of Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante says it will not disavow a founding document outlining the aim of recapturing the southwestern United States for Mexico.

Responding to allegation of racism, members of the MEChA chapter at the University of California at Los Angeles showed up in force at an undergraduate student government meeting Tuesday to protest, the campus student paper, the UCLA Bruin, reported.

The GOP student group at UCLA, the Bruin Republicans, have challenged MEChA to denounce a founding document, "El Plan de Aztlan," which they assert promotes violence and damages the organization's reputation as community servants. The text calls for the return of the U.S. Southwest to Mexico, though members said they do not follow this particular ideology.

But at the meeting, MEChA chairwoman Elizabeth Alamillo defended the document, saying it was made by founding members to protest racist activity against the Chicano community, the campus paper reported.

"We will stand by the 'El Plan de Aztlan' because it has guided us," Alamillo said.

Aztlan, the mythical birthplace of the Aztecs, is regarded in Chicano folklore as an area that includes California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and parts of Colorado and Texas.

Alamillo said although the plan was used as a founding document, it was created generally for any group calling for Chicano rights.

Turning the tables, MEChA members accused the Bruin Republicans of racism, arguing the Latino group's focus is merely to provide students access to education.

In a presentation to the Undergraduate Students Association Council, the campus Republican group said it is concerned MEChA documents such as "El Plan de Aztlan" suppress the rights of people of European descent.

"I don't see why an upstanding student group has to be stuck with a racist ideology," said Bruin Republican member Matthew Knee, according to the Daily Bruin.

During the campaign to recall Gov. Gray Davis last year, Bustamante was criticized for his involvement with the group while a student at Fresno State University.

The head of the UCLA Democrat group, Doug Ludlow, lent support to the Republicans, saying he understands their cause and believes they might have come off unintentionally as racist.

"I doubt they harbor racist views; it's not what UCLA stands for," Ludlow told the school paper.

MEChA was backed at the meeting by members of campus groups such as the Queer Alliance and Muslim Student Association, which said the Latino group assisted them after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Several council members said the Bruin Republicans should have addressed their concerns directly to MEChA. But Moritz said they had tried contacting the Latino group several times over the past couple of months but never received a response.

Alamillo rejected his assertion.

"The only type of note we received was on the door asking us to denounce [the document]," Alamillo said, according to the Daily Bruin. "But there was nothing to encourage a meeting and no contact info."

Along with asking MEChA to denounce their founding document, the Bruin Republicans are planning to propose a resolution for the student council to de-sponsor and freeze funding for the group. They don't expect it to pass, however, because they believe a majority of council members are opposed.

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 Tancredo Blasts Mexican Candidate's Remarks

Posted on 07/17/2005    by RoyalsFan    Will Adams

Congressman Tom Tancredo blasts Mexican presidential candidate Jorge Castenada for threatening the US with non-cooperation if we don’t offer illegal aliens amnesty. Castenada’s astonishing statement, said in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been picked up by few national press outlets.
Watching Mexican presidential candidate Jorge Castenada shake down Congress this week was a lot like watching an episode of “the Sopranos.”
Mexican President Vicente Fox’s former Foreign Minister – calmly told a Senate Committee in Washington this week that Mexico’s future cooperation with the United States would be on a quid-pro-quo basis.

He didn’t parce words – telling the panel “There can be no future cooperation …without some form of immigration package.” But Castenada didn’t just demand amnesty for the more than 6 million illegal Mexican aliens living in the United States – he even had the gall to ask that U.S. taxpayers cough up millions in economic aid for his country.

He bluntly told the panel that America must serve up “the whole enchilada” – or we can more or less forget about their help in the fight against al Qaeda.
In the wake of the September 11th attacks and at a time when potential terrorists view Mexico as “welcome mat” to enter our country illegally – Mexico has apparently decided to “make us an offer we can’t refuse.”

Some neighbor! ….maybe its time for Congress to send Mr. Castenada packing, and build bigger fence!

 Hispanic group boycotts Disney as ' white supremacists'

Mexica Movement: 'We are radical, more radical than you can imagine'

Posted: July 15, 2006

Mexica Movement activists protest in L.A.

A radical Hispanic group is promoting a boycott of the Walt Disney Company because, contends the Mexica Movement, the entertainment giant "has made a habit of hiring talk show hosts who spread the Minutemen white supremacist racist agenda."

The boycott announcement specifically cites radio legend and Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Paul Harvey, as well as popular talker Doug McIntyre. Both Harvey and McIntyre are nationally syndicated by ABC, which is owned by Disney.

McIntyre was instrumental in exposing a taxpayer-funded Los Angeles school backed by radical groups that lay claim to the Southwestern U.S. As WND reported, the principal of the Academia Semillas del Pueblo Charter School, Marcos Aguilar, has said he believes in racial segregation and sees his school as part of a larger cultural "struggle."

Among the school's supporters are the National Council of La Raza Charter School Development Initiative; Raza Development Fund, Inc.; and the Pasadena City College chapter of MeCHA, or Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan.

"La Raza," or "the Race," is a designation by many Mexicans who see themselves as part of a transnational ethnic group they hope will one day reclaim Aztlan, the mythical birthplace of the Aztecs. In Chicano folklore, Aztlan includes California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and parts of Colorado and Texas.

On its website, the Mexica Movement calls for "an immediate international boycott against The Walt Disney Company and all of its holdings. We are asking for this boycott because Disney has made a habit of hiring talk show hosts who spread the Minutemen white supremacist racist agenda against the Mexican and Central American communities in the United States."

The organization will continue calling for the Disney boycott, it says, "until we are assured of the immediate firing of all of Disney’s ABC racist radio terrorists who are spreading racist hate against the Mexican and Central American community by inciting threats of violence against us."

The Mexica Movement calls Harvey and McIntyre "the top racist Nazis in this campaign against our people" who, they say, "are promoting racist hate against our people and they are promoting an atmosphere of fear in our communities."

Saying McIntyre has "incited bomb threats" against the MeCHA-supported school in Los Angeles, and that Harvey – "the other monster" – is "proud of the racist genocide that Europeans committed against the Indigenous people of this continent," Mexica calls the almost universally loved elder statesman of talk radio "the KKK of the radio airwaves."

"Yes, we are radical," says the Mexica Movement on its website. "More radical than you can imagine."

As WND has reported, a website documenting the statements and tactics of Hispanic activists says it is these radical groups themselves that are the ones guilty of racism and hate speech. begins with a warning that the site "contain graphic examples of hate and racism that has and is occurring in large cities and small towns across America."

States the site: "The website is dedicated to exposing the other side of illegal immigration ... the side our president, many in Congress, the media and especially the racist hate groups do not want us to see."

Indeed, earlier last week top presidential adviser Karl Rove traveled to Los Angeles to speak to La Raza in person. The Bush administration has contributed millions of dollars directly to "La Raza."

WND Editor Joseph Farah wrote of Rove's outreach: "The group sponsors and directs racist schools. It promotes the 'reconquista' movement that claims the American Southwest belongs to Mexico. In fact, its very name – which translates to 'the race' – exposes its agenda. … These people are Mexican Nazis."

And columnist Michelle Malkin reported that La Raza "snapped up $15.2 million in federal grants last year alone and more than $30 million since 1996. Undisclosed amounts went to get-out-the-vote efforts supporting La Raza political positions. The U.S. Department of Education funneled nearly $8 million in taxpayer grants to the group for a nationwide charter-schools initiative."

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 Prostitution ring run by illegals, for illegals

Feds say brothels in Texas, Oklahoma placed women in 'indentured servitude'

Posted: August 3, 2006 2006

Juan Balderas-Orosco

U.S. agents say they've broken up a multi-state prostitution ring operated by and for illegal aliens.

According to court documents, brothels located in Travis County, Texas, and Oklahoma City, used women from Mexico as well as Central and South American countries to sell sexual acts for fellow unlawful immigrants.

The alleged ringleader, 34-year-old Juan Balderas-Orosco, was ordered held without bail pending a hearing.

"The organization recruits females ... and arranges for them to be smuggled into the United States. The aliens are held in indentured servitude and forced into prostitution," an arrest affidavit said, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

The paper says two of the women were from Honduras, and "when one arrived in town in June, a man at the house showed her a .38-caliber revolver and told her that she couldn't leave, she told federal agents. A week later, the man in charge took the money the two had earned and said they could not have any of it until they worked a week at a brothel in Oklahoma City."

A federal affidavit indicates once there, another man flashed a gun and told the women he "did not want any trouble from them or 'they could disappear very easily.'"

In 2002, authorities raided a house, which they later alleged was a brothel run by Balderas. Two Mexican men and two women, one from Colombia and the other from the Dominican Republic were arrested. The women said they had been transported among locations in several states and forced to perform sex acts for money.

Documents state that in June 2005, agents "placed a covert pole camera to allow continued surveillance on the brothel."

A brothel in Dallas was raided the same day, and Balderas was arrested after leaving an Oklahoma City brothel.

As WND reported in May, a researcher estimates there are about 240,000 illegal immigrant sex offenders in the United States who have had an average of four victims each.

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 Mexico urges Bush to veto U.S. border fence bill

Oct 2, 2006 11:30am ET

MEXICO CITY - Mexico pleaded with President Bush on Monday to veto a Senate proposal to build a new fence to keep illegal immigrants out, saying it could backfire by making the border more dangerous.

The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly backed a bill on Friday to construct about 700 miles of fence, a project Republicans hope will impress voters calling for tougher immigration control ahead of November 7 congressional elections.

"The Mexican government strongly opposes the building of walls in the border area between Mexico and the United States," President Vicente Fox's spokesman Ruben Aguilar told reporters on Monday.

"This decision hurts bilateral relations, goes against the spirit of cooperation needed to guarantee security on the common, creates a climate of tension in border communities," he said.

Aguilar said it would send a diplomatic note to Washington later on Monday urging Bush to veto the bill, which requires the president's signature to become law.

 It's official: Mexican trucks coming

100 companies will have unlimited access to U.S. roads

Posted: February 23, 2007    By Jerome R. Corsi    2007

One hundred Mexican trucking companies will have unlimited access to U.S. roads to haul international cargo as part of a year-long pilot program, the Department of Transportation announced today

In return, 100 U.S. trucking companies will be allowed to operate in Mexico but at a later date.

Calling for congressional hearings, Teamsters General President Jimmy Hoffa compared the announcement to the "Dubai Ports debacle," charging President Bush is "playing a game of Russian roulette on America's highways."

As WND previously reported, the Teamsters Union has strongly protested the opening up of U.S. highways to Mexican trucks, citing safety concerns.

A spokesman for Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies, told WND the senator plans to hold hearings March 8 on the DOT pilot program.

A statement from Murray's office said she wants "to find out if the administration has really met the safety requirements that the law and the American people demand before long-haul Mexican trucks can travel across all our highways."

A spokeman from the office of Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, told WND hearings will most likely be held by Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, chaired by Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore.

Both Oberstar and DeFazio are traveling today and a spokesman from Oberstar's office said the lawmakers have not had a chance yet to confer, so no hearings have yet been scheduled.

Oberstar and DeFazio have posted statements on the homepage of the House Transportation and Infrastructure raising questions about DOT's proposed Mexican truck pilot program.

Todd Spencer, spokesman for the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, told WND that "to reach a conclusion that the safety regime in Mexico is compatible in any way, shape, or form with what we have here in the U.S. is ignoring reality. Mexico has never had hours-in-service regulations or drug testing of drivers. We still can't verify the accuracy of somebody's Commercial Driver’s License in Mexico for safety or compliance."

Spencer stressed the decision is not just a border decision.

"Once Mexican trucks are in the United States on this pilot program, they can operate everywhere in the U.S.," Spencer told WND. "If some state highway policeman in Vermont or Iowa stops a Mexican commercial truck in their state, they have absolutely no idea of deciding if that vehicle is in compliance with federal safety requirements. Who's going to provide the training or the equipment for state police to verify the legality of a commercial truck from Mexico, in terms of its cargo, its haul, its log book, or even the driver? Local police aren't going to have a clue."

Hoffa cited Mexico's inability to satisfy the DOT Inspector General's requirements for safety that have been mandated to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA.

WND previously reported applications of some 678 Mexican motor carriers seeking long-haul authority to operate about 4,000 vehicles was being held up pending the completed DOT Inspector General's review of proposed FMCSA rules regarding safety reviews for Mexican trucks seeking to operate in the U.S., including rules for on-site safety inspections in Mexico.

The DOT spokesman also affirmed to WND the FMCSA has now drafted regulations that the DOT Inspector General has accepted, after an audit of the enforcement mechanisms and regulations the FMCSA created.

The Teamsters Union posed to WND a series of "unanswered questions," including:

Will the drivers be checked against the terror watch list, or will our borders be open to anyone with a Mexican driver's license?

Will the drivers be required to carry a Mexican passport as U.S. citizens are required to present their passports when entering the country from Mexico?

Will all U.S. standards be applied to Mexican drivers, including the requirement that U.S. drivers undergo regular physicals and meet minimum age requirements?

Will Mexican truck drivers participating in the pilot program be required to undergo drug and alcohol testing in U.S. labs? Who will oversee the collection of random samples for drug and alcohol testing of the Mexican drivers while they are in the U.S.?

Will U.S. wage and hour laws be enforced for Mexican drivers during the pilot program? How will DOT enforce hours of service rules and prevent false log books and fatigued drivers from entering the U.S.?

How can DOT assure the U.S. public that all trucks will be inspected by U.S. officials in Mexico and at the U.S. border when fewer that 10 percent of all Mexican trucks entering the commercial zone are inspected today?
According to a DOT spokesman, the pilot program "is predicated on the notion that Mexican trucks operating in the U.S. under the pilot program will operate pursuant to every single requirement that pertains to U.S. trucks operating in the United States, including both safety and security requirements on both the state and federal level."

DOT has increased its inspection staff by some 270 inspectors to implement the program. Still, DOT plans to continue the on-site inspection activities in Mexico that were announced by DOT Secretary Mary Peters earlier this week in Monterrey, Mexico.

The DOT spokesman confirmed there is no limit to the number of trucks the 100 Mexican trucking companies can operate in the United States. There is no restriction on the roads within the United States that the Mexican trucks can travel once they are admitted in the pilot program at the border.

The Mexican trucks, however, will be limited to carrying international cargo, in that they will be prohibited from stopping at one point in the U.S. destined for another point within the country.

On their return home, Mexican trucks, however, will be allowed to pick up in U.S. cargo originating in the U.S. destined for delivery back to Mexico.

While in the U.S., the Mexican drivers will operate under U.S. rules and regulations, including those controlling hours of time allowed at the wheel without a break.

The DOT spokesman specified that under agreements with Mexico already in effect, Mexican and U.S. commercial driver's licenses will be consider equivalent during the pilot program.

Mexican trucks operating in the United States will be required to have U.S. insurance coverage for all liabilities, including traffic accidents.

"The intent is for the Mexican trucking operations in the U.S. to be indistinguishable from U.S. trucking operations," the DOT spokesperson affirmed, "except that the driver and the truck began their trip in Mexico."

 City sued for preventing Mexican flag-burning

Activist says authorities conspired to prevent his legal protests

Posted: May 9, 2007

A protester who alleges Tucson, Ariz., officials and police conspired with advocates for illegal aliens to shut down his free speech rights to symbolically burn a Mexican flag has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city seeking $10 million "to deter other government officials from abusing" their powers.

The action was filed in U.S. District Court by Roy Warden, who has accused government officials in the area of helping illegal aliens because of the regional economy's demand for cheap labor.

The lawsuit seeks "redress for the negligent and intentional deprivation of the Plaintiff's constitutional rights … to speech, press, petition and assembly under the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States."

He also is seeking damages for violations of his right "to be free of illegal seizures under the Fourth Amendment…, [as well as his right] to be free from malicious abuse of process and unlawful seizure as provided for by the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments."

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"This is part of the culture of corruption [around] illegal immigrants here," Warden told WND.

Among those named as defendants individually as well as in their official capacities are Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup and City Manager Mike Hein as well as several dozen others.

Tucson officials did not respond to a WND request for a comment on the action.

Warden's claim describes him as "an unpaid political activist working on behalf of the people of Pima County." He's also the publisher of Common Sense II and the director of the Tucson Weekly Public Forum.

He said he's spent four years investigating allegations of malfeasance of Pima County and Tucson City officials "who have used their public offices (1) to protect the financial interests of local contractors, etc., who now depend upon a continual flow of low cost Illegal Alien Mexican labor, and (2) to advance a left-wing political agenda, which includes but is not limited to the deliberate violation of federal immigration law, the flooding of the American Southwest with millions of Illegal Alien Mexicans, and the creation of a new empire called 'Aztlan.'"

He already had pending a lawsuit that alleged Pima County workers and superior court judges committed "a series of malicious, criminal and tortuous acts [in violation of his] right to engage in political communication within the public areas … of the Pima County Courthouse."

Warden said he protested an assembly in Tucson of 15,000 "Open Border Activists' advocating the elimination of the boundary between the United States and Mexico, and as a result was assaulted by several of the activists "in full view of Tucson police officers" and "KOVA News reporter Lorraine Rivera."

"That night, via a KVOA News interview conducted by Lorraine Rivera, Wade Colwell stated the purpose of his assault was to prevent Plaintiff and his supporters from engaging in political speech and the commission of symbolic acts protected by the First Amendment," Warden said.

He also has a DVD video recording "revealing Assistant TPD Police Chief [Kathleen] Robinson and other uniformed police officers aiding, abetting, and congratulating … activists, for the success of their assault … which did prevent Plaintiff and his followers from completing their speeches and committing the constitutionally protected symbolic act of Burning the Mexican Flag."

He also said his public address equipment he used for his "Public Forum" was confiscated and his literature destroyed, while Tucson police "stood idly by and did nothing to stop the assaults or to maintain public order."

During a subsequent "Forum" a "Chicano" student spat at one of the speakers, declaring, "This is not America! This is Mexico," Warden alleged. Protesters also barged into a roped-off area where he was planning a flag-burning, he said. But again, there was no police response to the accompanying vandalism of equipment and facilities, he said.

The result was that he was arrested on charges of intimidation, unlawful assembly and disorderly conduct counts, and while he was held in a cell in the Pima County jail, Hispanic deputies warned him, "We got Ramos and we'll get you!"

They apparently were referring to Ignacio Ramos. He and Jose Compean were serving as U.S. Border Patrol agents when they encountered a confessed Mexican drug smuggler. He fled, and the two officers fired at him as he escaped on foot into Mexico, leaving behind the 700 pounds of marijuana he had been hauling in a van.

However, federal prosecutors charged the officers with violating the smuggler's civil rights, and they now are serving 11 and 12 year sentences.

The city officials falsely arrested Warden, abused the judicial process and participated in a criminal conspiracy to deprive him of his constitutional rights, he said.

The appeal of his conviction, which is being handled by Gary Kreep of the United States Justice Foundation, cites challenges based on – among other issues-- a claim that an order Warden stay away from "public demonstrations" violates his First Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution.

The ban on participating in such demonstrations "precludes Mr. Warden from exercising his own constitutional right to speak freely and express his opinion about current political issues… Civil rights demonstrators have practiced this principle since the birth of this democracy," the filing said.

"Mr. Warden has been singled out based on his political beliefs. Such blatant disregard for the United States and Arizona Constitutions should not be tolerated. This is the exact type of suppression of ideas that the First Amendment seeks to prevent," the filing said.
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