Cop killer an illegal
'Cop-killer' illegal snagged in Mexico
Illegal Hiring Is Rarely Penalized
Illegal-alien offenders Flout U.S. justice system
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another 'barbarian invasion'
Analyst compares threat to border breach that preceded collapse of Roman Empire
Posted: June 13, 2006 5:00 p.m. Eastern © 2006 WorldNetDaily.com
Western civilization faces a threat on par with the barbarian invasions that destroyed the western Roman Empire in the 5th century, warns one of Britain's most senior military strategists.
Immigrant groups from the Third World with little allegiance to their host countries could undermine Europe in a "reverse colonization," said Rear Admiral Chris Parry, according to the Times of London.
"Globalization makes assimilation seem redundant and old-fashioned . . . [the process] acts as a sort of reverse colonization, where groups of people are self-contained, going back and forth between their countries, exploiting sophisticated networks and using instant communication on phones and the Internet," he said.
Describing the threats as the new Goths and Vandals, Parry said that along with the migrations could come "barbary" pirates from northern African attacking yachts and beaches in the Mediterranean within 10 years.
"At some time in the next 10 years it may not be safe to sail a yacht between Gibraltar and Malta," said the admiral, according to the Times.
Parry, head of the development, concepts and doctrine center at Britain's Ministry of Defense, delivered the warnings at a conference last week of senior officers and industry experts.
He is responsible for identifying the greatest challenges facing national security policy in the future.
Lawmakers in Britain have made ancient Rome a serious subject of discussion this year, the London paper noted, including a book and television series by parliamentary deputy Boris Johnson drawing parallels between the European Union and the Roman Empire.
Various regions of Europe, Parry said, are threatened by factors such as radical Islam, agricultural decline, booming youth populations, water shortages and rising sea levels.
He believes that from 2012 to 2018 the current global power structure likely will crumble as a result of "irregular activity" such as terrorism, organized crime and "white companies" of mercenaries burgeoning in lawless areas.
Meanwhile, nations such as China, India, Brazil and Iran will challenge America's sole superpower status, Parry said.
The effects will be magnified as borders become more porous and some areas lose government control.
"When one thinks of 20,000 so-called jihadists currently fly-papered in Iraq, one shudders to think where they might go next," he said.
The mass population movements could lead to the "Rome scenario," he asserts, referring to the collapse of the western Roman Empire in the 4th and 5th centuries when groups such as Ostrogoths, Visigoths, Suevi, Huns and Vandals flooded its borders.
Rome eventually was taken over in 455 in an invasion from northern Africa by Geiseric the Lame, king of the Alans and Vandals.
Parry estimates in Britain alone there already are 70 diasporas.
Is Rarely Penalized - Politics, 9/11 Cited in Lax Enforcement
By Spencer S. Hsu and Kari Lydersen Washington Post Staff Writers - Monday, June 19, 2006
The Bush administration, which is vowing to crack down on U.S. companies that hire illegal workers, virtually abandoned such employer sanctions before it began pushing to overhaul U.S. immigration laws last year, government statistics show.
Between 1999 and 2003, work-site enforcement operations were scaled back 95 percent by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, which subsequently was merged into the Homeland Security Department. The number of employers prosecuted for unlawfully employing immigrants dropped from 182 in 1999 to four in 2003, and fines collected declined from $3.6 million to $212,000, according to federal statistics.
In 1999, the United States initiated fines against 417 companies. In 2004, it issued fine notices to three.
The government's steady retreat from workplace enforcement in the 20 years since it became illegal to hire undocumented workers is the result of fierce political pressure from business lobbies, immigrant rights groups and members of Congress, according to law enforcement veterans. Punishing employers also was de-emphasized as the government recognized that it lacks the tools to do the job well, and as the Department of Homeland Security shifted resources to combat terrorism.
The administration says it is learning from past failures, and switching to a strategy of building more criminal cases, instead of relying on ineffective administrative fines or pinprick raids against individual businesses by outnumbered agents.
It is seeking more resources to sanction employers, toughen penalties and finally set up a reliable system -- first proposed in 1981 -- to verify the eligibility of workers. That would allow the government to hold employers accountable for knowingly hiring illegal immigrants.
The Homeland Security Department also is seeking access to Social Security Administration records of workers whose numbers and names don't match -- access that has long been blocked by privacy concerns.
Still, in light of the government's record, experts on all sides of the debate are skeptical that the administration will be able to remove the job magnet that attracts illegal immigrants.
"The claims of this administration and its commitment to interior enforcement of immigration laws are laughable," said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, an advocacy group that favors tougher workplace enforcement, among other measures. "The administration only discovered immigration enforcement over the past few months, five years into its existence, and only then because they realized that a pro-enforcement pose was necessary to get their amnesty plan approved."
Angela Kelley, deputy director of the National Immigration Forum, which supports immigrant rights, agreed that enforcement has been "woefully tiny."
"Why should the public believe it, because the government hasn't done it before?" Kelley asked.
In recent months, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which succeeded the INS, has dramatically stepped up enforcement efforts. It won 127 criminal convictions last year, up from 46 in 2004, and obtained $15 million in settlements from an investigation of Wal-Mart and 12 subcontractors last fall, a spokesman said. Comparable figures before 2003 were not tracked, the agency said.
In the past few months, ICE has led several high-profile actions: against a Houston-based pallet-services company, Maryland restaurateurs and Kentucky homebuilders, among others. The activity marks a pronounced shift in emphasis, after increasing bipartisan criticism.
However, experts say the linchpin of comprehensive new enforcement plans -- developing an electronic employment-eligibility verification system to replace the paper I-9 forms used for two decades -- is years from being ready. Meanwhile, a cottage industry of document fraud and identity theft will continue, they say.
While most of the government's get-tough rhetoric has focused on people illegally crossing the border, others noted, about 40 percent of the nearly 12 million illegal immigrants living in the United States entered the country legally on visas and simply stayed. That means they probably can be caught only at work.
Major work-site crackdowns have run into trouble in the past. A spring 1998 sweep that targeted the Vidalia onion harvest in Georgia, and Operation Vanguard, a 1999 clampdown on meatpacking plants in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota, provide case studies of how the government fared when confronted by a coalition that included low-wage immigrant workers and the industries that hire them, analysts said.
The Georgia raids netted 4,034 illegal immigrants, prompting other unauthorized workers to stay home. As the $90 million onion crop sat in the field, farmers "started screaming to their local representatives," said Bart Szafnicki, INS assistant district director for investigations in Atlanta from 1991 to 2001.
Georgia's two senators and three of its House members, led by then-Sen. Paul Coverdell (R) and Rep. Jack Kingston (R), complained in a letter to Washington that the INS did not understand the needs of America's farmers. The raids stopped.
For Operation Vanguard, the INS used a more sophisticated tactic. It subpoenaed personnel records from Midwestern meatpacking plants and checked them against INS and Social Security databases of authorized workers, then interviewed suspect employees. Of 24,148 employees checked, 4,495, or 19 percent, had dubious documents at about 40 plants in Nebraska, western Iowa and South Dakota. Of those workers, 70 percent disappeared rather than be interviewed. Of 1,042 questioned, 34 were arrested and deported.
Nebraska's members of Congress at first called for tougher enforcement, recalled Mark Reed, then INS director of operations. But when the result shut down some plants, "all hell broke loose," he said.
Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns (R), who was governor at the time, appointed a task force to oppose the operation. Former governor Ben Nelson (D), now a U.S. senator, was hired as a lobbyist by meatpackers and ranchers. Sen. Chuck Hagel (R) pressured the Justice Department to stop.
Members of Congress at first hostile to immigrants embraced "all the same people who were so repugnant to them before," Reed said, "and they prevailed." Operation Vanguard -- which was designed to expand to four states in four months and nationwide the next year, eventually including the lodging, food and construction industries -- was killed.
Congress "came to recognize that these people . . . had become a very important part of their community, churches, schools, sports, barbecues, families -- and most importantly the economy," Reed said. "You've got to be careful what you ask for."
The mention of Operation Vanguard provokes strong reactions in Omaha, where people say a similar effort today would still cause trouble.
Henry Davis, chief executive of Greater Omaha Packing Company and a third-generation meatpacker, fumes that the INS singled out Nebraska's beef industry. Davis said there is a symbiosis between his company and its workers. His business, which slaughters 2,400 cattle a day, offers free English and citizenship classes, paid vacations, health fairs and citizenship ceremonies to workers, he said.
Lourdes Gouveia, a sociologist at the University of Nebraska at Omaha who has studied the meatpacking industry for two decades, said Operation Vanguard's lessons have gone unlearned. Rather than leave the country after the crackdown, workers just changed jobs.
Meatpackers "need workers, and white Americans are not going to apply for these jobs," said Ben Salazar, a longtime activist and publisher of the newspaper Nuestro Mundo. "Immigrants know they're needed, so they will take their chances."
In an interview, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff acknowledged the administration's record but said a combination of carrots and sticks for business can work.
"It would be hard to sustain political support for vigorous work-site enforcement if you don't give employers an avenue to hire their workers in a way that is legal, because you're basically saying, 'You've got to go out of business,' " Chertoff said.
On the other hand, he said, "businesses need to understand if you don't . . . play by the rules, we're really going to come down on you. . . . That's a very powerful place to stand in resisting people who are going to push back."
Company officials who knowingly employ illegal workers can be fined and, if they continue, face jail time. Housing or harboring illegal workers or laundering money can carry long prison sentences. But the easy availability of fraudulent documents frustrates investigators, as does a law that protects businesses as long as a worker's document "appears on its face to be genuine."
Statistics show that the numbers of fines and convictions dropped sharply after 1999, with fines all but phased out except for occasional small cases. After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, a 2003 memorandum issued by ICE required field offices to request approval before opening work-site cases not related to protecting "critical infrastructure," such as nuclear plants. Agents focused on removing unauthorized workers, not punishing employers.
ICE also faced a $500 million budget shortfall, and resources were shifted from traditional enforcement to investigations related to national security. Farms, restaurants and the nation's food supply chain "did not make the cut," Reed said. "We were pushed away from doing enforcement."
'Cop-killer' illegal snagged in Mexico
International manhunt for suspect in Denver slaying ends with arrest - Posted: June 5, 2005 - © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com
After nearly a month on the run, Raul Garcia-Gomez, an illegal alien suspected in the shooting death of a Denver police officer and wounding of another, is in custody following his arrest last night in Mexico.
"The entire city is relieved," Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper said. "This is the kind of event that takes on a symbolism beyond what any of us would have thought. This news is powerful to the city. Now it's time to bring this man to justice."
The shooting suspect, 18, had been sought in a massive manhunt stretching from Denver to Las Vegas to Los Angeles and Mexico, where he was finally captured in Culiacan, a Pacific Coast town in the state of Sinaloa near the resort city of Mazatlan.
Four others were also taken into custody in the U.S., including Jaime Arana del Angel of Denver, charged with accessory to first-degree murder.
District Attorney Mitch Morrissey is now looking at the next step in bringing Garcia-Gomez to justice, noting, "There are only three options: One is to try and get him here from Mexico, two is to prosecute him in Mexico, and three would be to wait and see if he'd come back to the United States. Then we could proceed with making the determination of what would file on him and what the appropriate sentence we would seek. That decision hasn't been made."
He added the death penalty was not an option because of Mexico's extradition policy.
"Were going to negotiate what we can. I think its best to bring him back here and have him stand trial here. I've spoken with Donnie's widow and she agrees with me at this point." Detective Young's widow, Kelly, reacted to the arrest with a mix of excitement, relief and fear, after having seen only the photo of Garcia-Gomez since the shooting. "It's hard to hate a picture," she told the Denver Post. "I mean, he just looks like the kid next door. I don't know how I will react the first time I see him."
5 illegals face deportation after killing principal
Unlawful immigrants piloted pickup truck that smashed into Florida woman's car
March 11, 2006 - © 2006 WorldNetDaily.com
Deportation to Mexico is possible, if not likely, for five illegal aliens involved in a fatal traffic crash this week that claimed the life of a popular school principal in South Florida.
But authorities say the driver of the pickup truck that purportedly ran a red light and slammed into Margaret "Peggy" Campbell's car may have to first serve prison time in the U.S. if convicted in connection with the accident.
Carlos Mejia, 30, was at the wheel of a Dodge Ram which was carrying four other unlawful entrants into the U.S., and federal officials are now trying to determine if any of them had been deported previously from the country.
All are being held at the Krome Detention Center in Miami-Dade County awaiting deportation proceedings.
Campbell, 62, of Jupiter Farms, Fla., was the first and only principal at Western Pines Community Middle School, in suburban West Palm Beach since it opened its doors nine years ago.
Her family and friends are still in mourning as they make funeral arrangements.
"The only solace we have is we believe it was an instantaneous thing," Campbell's son, Jason, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "She passed away doing exactly what she loved. She was on her way to work."
Illegal-alien offenders Flout U.S. justice system
'Don't ask' policies, easy access to bail, deportation put criminals back on street
February 18, 2006 - © 2006 WorldNetDaily.com
When Carlos Ornelas, owner of Colorado Spring's largest Mexican marketplace, was dragged from his car by four thugs last November, beaten, pistol-whipped and threatened with death unless his family paid an $80,000 ransom, he couldn't have know that one of his accosters was an illegal alien who was supposed to be in Mexico, having been finally deported by the Colorado courts after his fourth known crime.
Fredy Lopez-Gamez, 26, is still at large following the kidnap, although his brother and two other conspirators were arrested and most of the money was recovered by police. His case, critics say, point to ineffectiveness of the courts in dealing with illegal-alien criminals who have manipulated the U.S. justice system into a revolving door leading from U.S. jails to Mexico and back to U.S. streets.
Lopez-Gomez, according to court records, was arrested in June on charges of selling $300 worth of cocaine to a police informant. In 2003, he had been charged with kidnapping his estranged wife and intimidating a witness, for which he served 90 days.
While awaiting trial for the drug charge, Lopez-Gomez was freed on $10,000 bail and turned over to U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Denver detention center. In early September, he was transferred to El Paso, Texas, and from there, deported to Mexico. Ten weeks later, he was back in Colorado Springs, masterminding the kidnap of a wealthy Colorado businessman.
"Obviously, deporting is not the answer," said El Paso County (Colorado) Sheriff Terry Maketa, "because they come back and commit a kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon." Lopez-Gamez's drug case was dismissed three days after the kidnapping because police and prosecutors did not know he had come back across the border.
"These guys are thrilled," Bobby Brown, the bail bondsman who posted Lopez-Gamez's $10,000 bond, told the Colorado Springs Gazette. "They say, 'I'm out of the jail in 48 hours. I'll be on a Greyhound to Mexico in no time. He voluntarily deported himself this time because he knows he's safe there. He knows how easy it was to get out of the United States and how hard it is to get him back to the U.S."
If Lopez-Gamez does return, he faces six counts of kidnapping, assault and weapons charges, as well as re-filed drug charges. Colorado's courts and jails are already straining from the increase in the state's illegal immigrant population and related crime. In El Paso County, illegals typically account for close to 10 percent of the inmate population, said Makata. "They're pretty open about it," Maketa, whose deputies inquire about immigration status when criminal arrests are made, said. "They tell us they don't have any papers."
An "ICE hold" is placed on illegals by the sheriff's office a measure that allows them to be kept 48 hours after serving their sentence so federal immigration officials can pick them up for deportation. Illegal immigrants, however, are entitled to bail and that, say critics, creates a system where crimes go unpunished and criminals are returned to the streets, albeit with a temporary detour through Mexico.
"It gives an advantage to the illegals, because we don't have a way to hold them accountable for their crimes," said Lisa Kirkman, spokeswoman for the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office. She notes that some U.S. officials saw deportation as a means of saving on the cost of imprisonment and overloading the courts but, after 15 years it's become apparent the policy only makes matters worse.
Two Colorado state legislators have sponsored a bill to require judges to end the current "don't ask" policy and consider immigration status when setting bail. "What do we have to do, wait three or four times before we say, 'OK, now you're going to jail'?" State Rep. Joe Stengel asked.
Brown, noting a newly implemented policy put in place following the Lopez-Gamez case that informs bail bondsmen when an immigration hold has been filed on an inmate, said he will no longer be posting bail for illegals.
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