Don't Speak for Me,' Legal Hispanic Immigrants Shout - (7/20/2006)
-- 45,000 terror-threat illegals released into U.S. population - (11/29/2006)
-- Protesters stormed stage during Gilchrist speech - (11/30/2006)
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Minutemen press Columbia to probe riot
Protesters stormed stage during Gilchrist speech, shutting down event
November 30, 2006 © 2006 WorldNetDaily.com
Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist, board member Marvin Stewart and author Jerome Corsi have filed signed, personal statements with Columbia University to press the school's general counsel to conduct an investigation of an attack by violent protesters who shut down their campus event by storming the stage.
As WND reported, Gilchrist was attacked during his Oct. 4 speech at the New York City school. Stewart, an African-American who spoke prior to Gilchrist, was taunted with the "n-word" and was on stage when the protesters stopped the event. Corsi, a WND columnist, was waiting backstage, scheduled to follow Gilchrist by reading excerpts from their co-authored book, "Minutemen: The Battle to Secure Americas Borders."
Gilchrist, in a copy of his statement reviewed by WND, described the attack:
Two people lunged onto the stage in front of the podium and body-slammed it to the floor. I jumped back to avoid being injured by the falling podium. My reading glasses were knocked off the podium and were crushed underfoot by the charging crowd. I stood stoically and prepared to be pummeled by the attackers.
Stewart noted in his statement that he "endured 50 minutes of racial epithets, including the n-word on multiple occasions. The protestors tried to shout me down, but I continued speaking."
He described being on stage when the protestors rushed the podium:
I was shocked by what was occurring. I got up from the table where I was sitting, and as I was getting up, several students jumped on the stage where I was and placed their hands on me in a threatening manner.
Before entering the auditorium, Corsi took photographs of the protesters and their placards outside the hall. Backstage, he continued taking photographs of the audience as protesters disrupted Stewart and as they surged forward to take control of the stage.
Corsi said in his statement:
I came on stage from the wings and took a couple of photos of what was developing into a riot on the stage. I looked for Mr. Stewart and I went over to Mr. Gilchrist to make sure he got off the stage safely.
Corsi saw no security officers on the stage, and he stated that the divider between the audience and the stage was "nothing more than a movable barrier, cloth covered chains buckled to small poles, such as is set up in movie theaters or airports to create lines."
Concluding his statement, Corsi said the protest riot denied the Minutemen their free speech rights:
I considered this to be a complete breakdown in security by Columbia University and a total denial of
my First Amendment right to speak. The book is a primary example of free speech rights, as is my right to read
from the book to a public audience.
Jack Robbins, a Southern California attorney who is general counsel to the Minuteman Project, told WND that filing the statements with Columbia was a follow-up to the letter he had written to the university's president, Lee Bollinger, demanding an investigation.
Columbia has issued a statement deploring the disruption at Alfred Lerner Hall that brought an end to the "Minuteman Forum" sponsored by the Columbia College Republican Club. The statement claimed "the facts surrounding the incident are under active investigation by the university."
Robbins told WND the statements from Gilchrist, Stewart and Corsi were necessary to present the Minutemen's perspective and to prevent the university from "getting a biased view if all the university did in their investigation was talk to the students."
"I will demand a copy of the report the university prepares," Robbins told WND. "I am hopeful that the university will come up with some positive resolution with regards to the Minutemen."
What happens if the university does not respond or responds unfavorably?
"There are always civil torts we can file," Robbins said. "There would probably be a good negligence claim against the university for failing to provide adequate security protection."
Robbins said he already has been in touch with New York attorneys who could file a First Amendment claim against the university.
"First we want to see if Columbia University's response is favorable," he said. "We want to keep the university on a short leash, so they don't just drag out their investigation hoping that people will forget."
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45,000 terror-threat illegals released into U.S. population
Half from countries of 'special interest' let go between 2001, 2005, says report
November 29, 2006 © 2006 WorldNetDaily.com
WASHINGTON Half of the 91,516 illegal aliens from terror-sponsoring countries and those of "special interest" apprehended at the border between 2001 and 2005 were released into the U.S. population, according to a report by the inspector general's office of the Department of Homeland Security.
The report, "Detention and Removal of Illegal Aliens," released earlier this year with little fanfare or attention, suggests about 85 percent of those aliens potentially the most dangerous would abscond and likely never be seen by authorities again.
Acknowledging the danger such aliens pose to the national security, the report cites a DHS official testifying that terrorist organizations "believe illegal entry into the U.S. is more advantageous than legal entry for operations reasons."
Budget shortfalls were the explanations for why some 45,008 potential terrorists were released by authorities over a period of nearly five years after Sept. 11, 2001. The budget crunches prompted immigration officials to place strict limits on detention bed space, recruitment, training, travel and expansion of enforcement programs, the report explained.
In addition to the release of these high-risk aliens, 27,947 known criminals were also released between 2001 and 2004 including 20, 967 "from countries where the notorious Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang members are know to be active."
Given that only one in four aliens attempting to enter the U.S. during this period was caught, that would suggest some 350,000 from high-risk nations entered the country through this five-year period. An additional 400,000 criminal aliens would also have made it into the country between 2001 and 2004, according to the report.
That's a total of 750,000 aliens who would be either known criminals before entering the country illegally or who originated from a terror-sponsoring nation or one in which terrorists are known to operate.
This news hits following WND's report yesterday that 12 Americans are murdered every day by illegal aliens, according to statistics released by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. If those numbers are correct, it translates to 4,380 Americans murdered annually by illegal aliens. That's 21,900 since Sept. 11, 2001.
But the carnage wrought by illegal alien murderers represents only a fraction of the pool of blood spilled by American citizens as a result of an open border and un-enforced immigration laws.
While King reports 12 Americans are murdered daily by illegal aliens, he says 13 are killed by drunk illegal alien drivers for another annual death toll of 4,745. That's 23,725 since Sept. 11, 2001.
While no one in or out of government tracks all U.S. accidents caused by illegal aliens, the statistical and anecdotal evidence suggests many of last year's 42,636 road deaths involved illegal aliens.
A report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Study found 20 percent of fatal accidents involve at least one driver who lacks a valid license. In California, another study showed that those who have never held a valid license are about five times more likely to be involved in a fatal road accident than licensed drivers.
Statistically, that makes them an even greater danger on the road than drivers whose licenses have been suspended or revoked and nearly as dangerous as drunk drivers.
King also reports eight American children are victims of sexual abuse by illegal aliens every day a total of 2,920 annually.
Based on a one-year in-depth study, Deborah Schurman-Kauflin of the Violent Crimes Institute of Atlanta estimates there are about 240,000 illegal immigrant sex offenders in the United States who have had an average of four victims each. She analyzed 1,500 cases from January 1999 through April 2006 that included serial rapes, serial murders, sexual homicides and child molestation committed by illegal immigrants.
As the number of illegal aliens in the U.S. increases, so does the number of American victims.
According to Edwin Rubenstien, president of ESR Research Economic Consultants, in Indianapolis in 1980, federal and state correctional facilities held fewer than 9,000 criminal aliens. But at the end of 2003, approximately 267,000 illegal aliens were incarcerated in all U.S. jails and prisons.
While the federal government doesn't track illegal alien murders, illegal alien rapes or illegal alien drunk driving deaths, it has studied illegal aliens incarcerated in U.S. prisons.
In April 2005, the Government Accountability Office released a report on a study of 55,322 illegal aliens incarcerated in federal, state, and local facilities during 2003. It found the following:
The 55,322 illegal aliens studied represented a total of 459,614 arrests some eight arrests per illegal alien;
Their arrests represented a total of about 700,000 criminal offenses some 13 offenses per illegal alien;
36 percent had been arrested at least five times before.
"While the vast majority of illegal aliens are decent people who work hard and are only trying to make a better life for themselves and their families, (something you or I would probably do if we were in their place), it is also a fact that a disproportionately high percentage of illegal aliens are criminals and sexual predators," states Peter Wagner, author of a new report called "The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration." "That is part of the dark side of illegal immigration and when we allow the 'good' in we get the 'bad' along with them. The question is, how much 'bad' is acceptable and at what price?"
But the terror threat posed by illegal aliens could make all those grisly numbers pale by comparison should a few succeed in conducting major operations in the U.S., say law enforcement officials.
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'You Don't Speak for Me,'
Legal Hispanic Immigrants Shout
By Alison Espach - CNSNews.com Correspondent - July 20, 2006
(CNSNews.com) - A group of American Hispanics -- legal residents of the U.S. -- are blasting efforts to convert illegal immigrants into "guest workers," arguing that their own pursuit of the American dream is being impeded by the influx of illegal aliens.
"We are American citizens, we're voters. We elect our officials in office right now. Our voices need to be heard, not those of illegal aliens and their well-funded advocates," said Mariann Davies, vice-chairman of the group You Don't Speak For Me (YDSFM). Davies is the daughter of legal immigrants from Ecuador.
Davies told Cybercast News Service that YDSFM has attracted about a thousand members since it was launched earlier this year and represents the majority of Americans and American Hispanics against illegal alien rights.
YDSFM was formed by Col. Al Rodriguez in response to this year's media coverage of Latino and Hispanic "pro-immigration" rallies -- a phrase that Rodriguez said his group resents. YDSFM was angry that the rallies were portrayed as representing the position of all Latinos and Hispanics in the U.S.
In a statement on the YDSFM website, Davies indicated that she first noticed the problems in immigration control when she worked as a college volunteer during the implementation of the Immigration and Control Act of 1986. That law provided legal status to 3.1 million people who had come to the United States illegally.
"I witnessed chaotic and inconsistent paperwork for people with no documentation. It was a mess, and we now know that much of the information provided by illegal immigrants was fraudulent," Davies said.
"We also know that terrorists were also granted amnesty under the 1986 program, something that should shock and anger all Americans. We also know that all 19 hijackers from September 11 took advantage of our legal system, staying here on expired or fraudulent visas to wage their war of terror," she added.
Davies said she is outraged by more recent problems linked to the illegal immigration problem, such as the "84 hospitals that have closed emergency rooms in California" because of excessive illegal alien use and "the massive amount of public dollars that have been spent educating illegal alien students and children of illegal aliens."
According to a Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR) report, the "utilization rate of hospitals and clinics by illegal aliens (29 percent) is more than twice the rate of the overall U.S. population (11 percent).
"How about social services programs that are meant for our own most vulnerable citizens?" Davies asked. "How about school districts that are overrun and having to have bilingual education and thousands and thousands of non-English speaking students who are taking resources away from the rest of the students?"
Davies said many school districts are forced to eliminate programs in arts and music "because they have so many non-English speaking illegal alien children that they have to spend the money on special services and teachers and social workers for them."
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) -- an advocacy group for Latino rights -- said YDSFM's point is not the one shared by most Hispanics and Latinos.
"The majority of Latinos do support comprehensive immigration reform," said Michele Waslin from NCLR.
Waslin favors President Bush's "guest worker" provision, which would provide many current undocumented immigrants new legal channels for working in the U.S. and an eventual path to citizenship. The U.S. Senate's version of immigration reform includes the "guest worker" provision, but the bill passed by the U.S. House does not. The House bill also calls for a fence along the U.S. border, a crackdown on alien smuggling rings and those who illegally enter the U.S. It would establish a system for employers to verify the legal status of the people they hire as well.
According to a Pew Hispanic immigration study this month, 56 percent of American Hispanics said that they would participate in a pro-immigration rally; 52 percent favored a policy that provided a path to citizenship for undocumented migrant workers; 41 percent said they thought some undocumented workers should be eligible for citizenship and only 5 percent said all undocumented immigrants should be blocked from citizenship
But Davies argued that the Senate legislation would reward illegal aliens with "amnesty" and is "not a solution to what is happening in this country."
"It is completely unfair to every single immigrant who has played by the rules, including those who have pending applications and have been waiting outside of this country for years," said Davies.
YDSFM also criticized President Bush for his approval of the bill that would allow millions of illegal aliens to remain in the country.
"The president tries to justify this, saying they are going to have to wait 11 years to go through the process," said Ira Mehlman, spokesperson for YDSFM and FAIR. "That, he says, is going to the back of the line.
"But for the people who broke the law, the back of the line forms here in this country; whereas people who have been playing by the rules, the back of the line is in some other country," he added.
State governments have stepped up their immigration enforcement, passing 57 bills this year that cut benefits for illegal immigrants and place sanctions on employers who hire them. For example:
- Georgia lawmakers passed a bill that sanctions employers who hire illegals and forces people seeking benefits to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship. The bill also mandates that police check the legal status of those they arrest;
- Colorado employers must now show that recent hires are of legal status. Colorado also banned non-emergency services to illegals;
- Louisiana's new legislation allows any state agency to investigate an employer's hiring practices if it is suspected that illegals are being hired. All employers who do not cooperate can be fined.
If more similar legislation is passed and enforced, Mehlman claims "the supply of jobs will dry up [for illegals], fewer people will come, and in fact, many people will get discouraged and decide to leave."
"That's the way you enforce laws. You make an example out of enough employers and everyone starts to get the message," added Mehlman.
But Waslin's group stated that legislation focusing on border enforcement is useless. "We have seen enforcement-only approaches for the past 20 years and they obviously have not worked," said Waslin.
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