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-- San Francisco fails in attack on Savage - 8/14/2007
-- Border Patrol Agent kills coyote - 8/11/2007
-- Ousted for speaking English - 8/9/2007
-- Specter has new immigration package  - 7/29/2007
-- Increase in Border agent assaults - 7/01/2007
-- Chertoff  claims  the federal government doesn't have the ability to enforce immigration laws -  Time to fire Chertoff - 7/01/2007

 San Francisco fails in attack on Savage

Single vote halts [Racist] resolution

August 14, 2007 © 2007 WorldNetDaily.com

A single vote by a San Francisco Board of Supervisors member whose grandfather emigrated from China seven decades ago has halted in its tracks a proposal to condemn as "hate speech" radio personality Michael Savage's criticism of illegal aliens in the United States.

The vote tonight was 9-1, with third generation San Franciscan [Asian heritage] Ed Jew turning in the veto vote, after getting up and affirming Savage's First Amendment right to express his opinion.   After the vote, he called for the tally to be rescinded and the proposal sent to committee, which essentially is a polite way of letting the issue die.   "For the record, I do not agree with comments allegedly made by Mr. Savage, but the First Amendment gives him the right to make those comments," Jew said.

The San Francisco government's proposed resolution condemning Savage is just the latest in a major, multifaceted and largely unreported effort both in and out of government to transform American talk radio.  The entire campaign, complete with details of battles against Rush Limbaugh, Savage and other top talkers, is revealed in-depth in the current edition of WND's monthly Whistleblower magazine, titled The War On Talk Radio."

Supervisor [and racist] Gerardo Sandoval had introduced the resolution condemning Savage for "defamatory language ... against immigrants."    Sandoval [once again proving his own racist intent] responded with a personal attack on Jew.   "If this commentary was directed at the Chinese-American or the Asian community, you would not be resorting to this rigid formalism [meaning following the constitution and US law] on your part," he said.

The resolution was in response to Savage's July 5 broadcast, when the talker commented on a group of students who had announced they were fasting in support of changes in immigration policy.   "I would say, let them fast until they starve to death," quipped Savage, "then that solves the problem."   At the time Savage made his comments, city supervisors were considering using taxpayer dollars to pay for immigrants' green cards and citizenship.

Michael Savage, on his show [Aug 15] said he wants people to urge authorities to arrest illegal immigrants, because he is being targeted in a "dry run" to see how far illegal aliens can go in silencing free speech.  They want to see how far they can get in silencing a voice of freedom in the United States of America. They want to see which, if any, governmental agencies will stop them."   "Guess what they learned so far?   Not only will no governmental agency stop them in their attempts to kill free speech, they will aid them in their attempts

Because of these racist, bigoted, government bureaucrats we have lost our freedoms already.

This is a dry run against free speech in America by the Islamist, and now by the illegal aliens who have begun using the same organizational structure.   In this case I am the target of this dry run.

"Lady Liberty has been hog tied. She is being raped by the illegal aliens.  She is being raped by the landlords who are using the illegal aliens.  Lady Liberty is there in bindings screaming for us to release her," he said.

Savage noted another protest is scheduled for August 15 by illegal aliens.

"I would hope that my own government would be interested enough to go out to the station tomorrow [Aug 15], logically assuming that most of the protestors are here illegally,  after all these were illegal aliens protesting today [Aug 14], stirred up and fomented in a mob action by a supervisor who supports Hugo Chavez, an enemy of America," he said.

"You don't have to be a Sherlock [Holmes] to put two and two together.  They're enemies of the state, they're enemies of the people and they're enemies of me, and they're here illegally ... they're criminals," he said.

San Francisco Supervisor and Racist Gerardo Sandoval had pushed hard for a unanimous endorsement of his resolution, which is required for it to be approved by the San Francisco board.

He said condemnation of immigrants [illegal aliens] "leads to the beating of Muslim-Americans and many other Americans."   "This attempt to vilify Latino-Americans will not be tolerated," he said [obvious racist comment].   "The intolerant and racist comments of Michael Savage demand a strong condemnation," Sandoval insisted.

"We are saying first that we are recognizing this speech is hateful and we are condemning it."   [He is screaming racism, but he will not uphold US law against illegals because they are Mexican, he has proven himself to be the racist.]

Sandoval's resolution calls Savage's comments "symbolic of hatred and racism."   "Don't fool yourselves. This kind of speech just incites behavior that is nothing short of hysteria," he said. "It's the kind of hysterical behavior we saw in Nazi Germany 60 years ago."   "I really for the life of me cannot understand why there is not more media outrage to what Michael Savage said," Sandoval said.   He plans to hold a press conference on the steps of City Hall Tuesday just before the entire Board of Supervisors votes on his resolution against Savage.

Earlier, one of the nation's top civil rights attorneys offered his assistance to Savage in suing Sandoval.   Daniel A. Horowitz of Oakland, Calif., wrote to Savage after Sandoval introduced his resolution.

"You have a strong federal civil rights action that you can file against Supervisor Sandoval and the city of San Francisco," he advised. "You have a constitutional right to state your political opinions and no city official has the right to lie about what you said or to call for a mob to come to your door to threaten you and to try to have you fired."

Horowitz said the Civil Rights Act of 1871, designed to tame the terror of the Ku Klux Klan, can be used as the basis for a federal civil rights action against the official and the city.

"You are protected by this civil rights act because you are the victim of the same type of mob terror that (the) Klan used to inflict," wrote Horowitz. "This terror is being organized against you simply because people do not like what you say. Translated into legal language, you are being attacked by a type of terrorist because you have exercised your First Amendment rights."

Horowitz wrote: "The Klansman in your case is wearing a suit and not a white robe. He is doing his dirty work under the hood of his elected position instead of under the coward's hood of the Klan.   This Sandoval fellow accused you of using 'defamatory language ... against immigrants.' Of course, this statement by Sandoval is slander. I have listened to your show. You are very complimentary of immigrants. In fact, you frequently mention that your parents were immigrants. The slander by Sandoval arises because he claims that your opposition to illegal entry into this country is somehow a stand against Hispanics. That is like saying that every Border Patrol agent and every Congress person is anti-immigrant because they don't condone illegal border crossing."

"I will back you, Michael, and file this lawsuit if you wish," concluded Horowitz.

Previous stories:

Top attorney backs Savage against San Fran official
Savage attacked by officials pushing immigrant bailout
'It's not just Imus,' warn talk-radio headhunters
'Hush Rush' bill – gone, not forgotten
Voinovich self-destructs on Hannity
Kerry joins Fairness Doctrine chorus
Democrats hope to hush Rush
Claim: Hillary, Boxer look to 'fix' talk radio
Sean Hannity inspires character in kids' book
Florida county surrenders to Rush Limbaugh fans
'It's not just Imus,' warn talk-radio headhunters
'Right-wing' radio, TV guys split on control of U.S. ports
Disney to announce sale of ABC Radio next week
Hannity igniting revolt against left-wing profs

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 U.S. Border Patrol Agent kills coyote who threatened him

(This is the original headline - more bias reporting "U.S. Border Patrol Agent Kills Man".)

August 09, 2007 Las Vegas SUN By ALICIA A. CALDWELL Associated Press Writer

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A Border Patrol agent shot and killed a suspected smuggler at a fence that separates the U.S. and Mexico after the agent felt threatened by the man, authorities said Thursday.

Mexico criticized what it described as an "excessive use of force" against immigrants and demanded an investigation.

Jose Alejandro Ortiz Castillo, a 23-year-old man who had been caught crossing the border 28 times since 1999, died in Mexico shortly after the Wednesday night shooting, Border Patrol spokesman Doug Mosier said.

An unidentified agent spotted Ortiz apparently leading two men and a woman through a hole in the border fence just east of downtown El Paso. Ortiz, who was carrying bolt cutters, picked up a rock as the agent was arresting the woman, Mosier said.

Mosier said the agent "felt threatened by the actions of the assailant who was holding a rock and bolt cutters."

The agent fired several shots, hitting Ortiz "multiple times," Mosier said. It was the agent's first fatal shooting.

Marco Antonio Torres Moreno - public safety director in Ciudad Juarez, the city across the river from El Paso - said Ortiz was shot once in the chest and once in the right forearm.

The Mexican government demanded in a statement that "all the weight of the law be brought to bear against the person or persons responsible."

"The Mexican government expresses a firm protest against the use of lethal weapons in the face of situations that do not represent a proportionate risk," the Foreign Relations Department said.

Ortiz had been deported from the U.S. in 2004, Mosier said.

Jesus Castillo, 43, Ortiz's brother, initially acknowledged that his brother had worked as an immigrant smuggler. But after speaking to investigators, he said his brother worked in construction and occasionally crossed the border to look for work in El Paso.

"The only thing I know is that they shot him head on, as if he were an animal, and neither Mexican nor American authorities had the courtesy to notify me about it until noon," Castillo said.

Wednesday night's shooting is the fifth fatal shooting involving Border Patrol agents in border states this year, federal officials said.

Associated Press writers Mark Stevenson in Mexico City and Marina Montemayor in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, contributed to this report.

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 Ousted for speaking English: Floridian now national focus

Landlord tells businessman to pack up so he can serve 'Spanish need in area'

August 8, 2007     By Joe Kovacs    © 2007 WorldNetDaily.com

STUART, Fla.   A South Florida man who claims he's being evicted from his place of business because he speaks no Spanish "just English" says he will move out, as he's suddenly become the focus of national debates over illegal immigration and property rights.

Tom McKenna's Seacoast Water sign in Stuart, Fla., is the only one of three businesses in his plaza in English (WND photo)

"I wouldn't want to stay here among the current climate," Tom McKenna, owner of Seacoast Water Care in Stuart, Fla., told WND.

The businessman is getting requests from media outlets across America to tell the story of how his landlord at the Ellendale Center wants him out of his office space by the end of the month, in order to "complete [his] vision of converting the center to quality tenants serving the Spanish need in the area."

"I guess I don't serve the 'Spanish need,' whatever that means," McKenna told the Stuart News in a story published Sunday. Since then, the saga has been prominently featured on websites including WND and the Drudge Report, and now McKenna is making the rounds on the television-news circuit, both on Florida stations as well as national shows such as CNN's "Glenn Beck."

McKenna insists to WND he has been a good tenant for some seven years, always paying his rent on time.

"That's just a kick in the face to me," McKenna told WPBF-TV, the ABC affiliate in West Palm Beach. "Because somebody comes in here and says, 'Hey, you know I like that corner store where that Seacoast Water is there, and now we have a full-service plaza serving the Spanish needs in here, we need to get him out of there."

McKenna's water-conditioning business shares the same building as a check-cashing store and a Mexican restaurant, both of which feature signs in Spanish.

The day after Independence Day, McKenna received a letter from landlord Ivan Munroe telling him to consider another location, even offering McKenna other space he owns.

Then in another letter dated Aug. 1, Munroe informed McKenna his rental contract was being terminated.

"Please remove all of your possessions by August 31," the second letter stated.

When asked about his initial letter's statement about his "vision of converting the center to quality tenants serving the Spanish need in the area," Munroe told the Stuart News, "I can have a vision, can't I? And his business just doesn't fit there."

Regarding prospective other tenants to replace McKenna, Munroe said, "Mexican people come in, you know they're going to stay. You know they're going to pay the rent."


Tom McKenna (courtesy WPBF-TV)

McKenna told NBC affiliate WPTV-TV: "[Munroe] blatantly put down in [the letter] how he has two quality tenants in there that have several stores and he's got another quality tenant that wants to rent my space here to complete his vision of making this a plaza that serves the Spanish community "it's not acceptable as far as I'm concerned."

He has been contacted by the American Civil Liberties Union and others ready to take up his cause, but he told WND he has no lawsuit pending.

Due to expected moving expenses and because the notoriety has taken some time away from running his business, he has established the "Thomas R. McKenna Assistance Fund" to which the public can contribute at any Wachovia Bank nationwide.

McKenna told WND he's also looking into the possibility that the adjacent Mexican restaurant may have been given a lease on his space before he was ever notified to get out.

The story has ignited a firestorm of comments on the Internet. Many feel a sense of outrage that an American business owner could be ousted because he speaks only the native language of his country, but others think property rights are the issue, and the landlord can choose whomever he wishes to fill the space.

Some comments include:

First and foremost, the USA, (immigration policy and embracing of diversity notwithstanding), is an English speaking country! This is a classic example of political correctness run amuck! What would happen if Americans were to move to Mexico or any Spanish speaking country and open a business and evict all Spanish owners for not speaking English?

This is the United States! I cannot believe what I am reading. I hope that everyone decides to steer clear off all the tenants and [property] owner's business. Why make such a man profit from his unfair acts?

If it was the other way around  "an English-speaking landlord kicking out a non-English speaking illegal alien", the ACLU would be all over this case.

This is wrong on every level. This is discrimination 101. Tell Hooter's it's OK to only hire women. Tell those applying for citizenship in the U.S. that they don't have to speak English. Tell me it's OK if I only want to hire English-speaking workers at my place of business. All discrimination. Please, Mr. American businessman, don't leave! We have to start fighting for our rights! I don't want "Black Entertainment Television" because if I had "White Entertainment Television," someone would say I'm a racist. I don't want "Black History Month" because if I have "White History Month," I'd be called a racist. I don't want to be told that I have to move out for not speaking Spanish because if you were kicked out for not speaking English, I'd be called a racist.

For over 200 years, the language of this country has been primarily English. The Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, then in turn the U.S. Constitution were all written in English. Only in the last 20 or so years has it become an issue to have another language available to people who come here. If you immigrate to a country you must have found something about that country that appealed to you to make you think you could have it better there than from whence you came. Why would you think the country you are going to would have to conform to you, the newcomer?

This [landlord] is certainly within his rights if he wants to target these residents with his shops.

The real issue is the landlord's right to do what he wants with the property, McKenna's whining notwithstanding. If McKenna had been a good tenant, the landlord, especially in the current market, wouldn't be asking him to leave. (By the way, for those who don't know it, being in favor of a property owner's rights is generally a conservative position.)

Previous stories:

Tancredo: McCain won't make English official
NBC affiliate solicits donations for illegals
Pledge to Mexican flag captured on video
Pledge to Mexican flag featured at Texas school
Chicago to sport red, white and green to honor Mexico
Mexican flag flies at U.S. post office
Speak English! This is America!
House bill: English only for Pledge, Nat'l Anthem
Bush double standard on English?
 
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 Specter has new immigration package

By Elana Schor    July 27, 2007

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s senior Republican said on Thursday that he is on the verge of offering a new immigration reform package, making significant changes that could win over recalcitrant members from both parties.

Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.), who accompanied President Bush Thursday on his visit to Pennsylvania, said he has spoken to Bush and the two Cabinet members who have led immigration talks about his new bill. Specter also told reporters that he has spoken to most senators involved in this spring’s failed “grand bargain,” outlining his plan and appealing for a restart to the arduous immigration debate.

“I’m ready to unveil it now,” Specter said. “I’ve got letters to the 100 senators on my desk.”

Specter explained the new measure would omit the controversial “Z visa” program, which would have given the nation’s 12 million illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. Removing the Z visa would offer conservatives less opening to tag the bill as “amnesty.” But he would leave intact the family reunification standard that this spring’s defunct immigration bill partially replaced with a skills-based system.

The lone change in the status of the 12 million, Specter said, would be removing their status as fugitives from justice, an attempt to diminish their incentive to remain outside the system and in fear of deportation.

Specter added that he already has met with “stakeholders” from outside groups involved in the complex immigration debate, and he plans to hold more sit-downs next week. Offering green cards to immigrants seeking employment in the high-tech industry is under consideration, he said.
 

 Mexico, U.S. officials discuss increase in agent assaults 07/01/2007   

By Adriana M. Chávez    El Paso Times

Officials from the United States and Mexico met at the U.S.-Mexico border Saturday morning to discuss the increase in assaults against U.S. Border Patrol agents by Mexican residents.

The U.S. Border Patrol's El Paso sector says 59 assaults on Border Patrol agents have occurred so far this year, compared with 45 assaults during the same time last year. Rock-throwing assaults against agents have increased 20 percent.

Nationally, 585 assaults have been recorded against patrol agents so far this year, with 364 of those assaults involving rocks thrown at agents.

"The Border Patrol respects Juárez citizens, but we also have to fulfill our obligations to secure our border," said Salvador Zamora, Assistant Patrol Agent In Charge of the El Paso Sector. "We want to ask Juárez citizens to also be respectful to the agents and be respectful of the border."

Zamora also said that the U.S. Border Patrol is committed to strengthening relations with Mexican officials to curb such incidents.

"Today we're telling the community that there are criminal elements that thrive against miscommunication (between agencies)," Zamora said. "We don't want to lose sight of these red flags such as the rockings ... on Wednesday."

A Border Patrol agent who was trying to rescue a drowning immigrant on Wednesday was hit in the head with a rock and was forced to fire his weapon at an alleged smuggler. The immigrant drowned and the agent, who ended up with a contusion and a bleeding head, was treated and released from a hospital. The incident took place by the American Canal along the César Chávez Border Highway west of Fonseca Drive.

In February, a group thought to be immigrants, after being approached by a patrol agent, threw rocks at the agent, who opened fire but hit no one. That incident also took place near Fonseca.

Also on Saturday, Juárez police announced they would increase patrols near the Monument One Historic International Boundary Marker off of Executive Center Boulevard and West Paisano Drive.

Juárez police and patrol agents said the area is popular among Juarenses, who gather there for picnics and to wade in the Rio Grande. The border there is marked with yellow-colored posts and large rocks, and Zamora said plans are to make the border marking more noticeable.

"These families are crossing without bad intentions, but it's not an international crossing," said Saolo Reyes of the Juárez police department. Reyes said people caught crossing the boundary line face arrest and detention by Border Patrol agents and Juárez police.

Adriana M. Chávez may be reached at achavez@elpasotimes.com; 546-6117.
 
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 Chertoff: We can't really enforce laws on illegals

July 1, 2007    © 2007 WorldNetDaily.com

Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff is blasting the U.S. Senate for failing to pass an immigration bill, and claims the federal government doesn't have the ability to enforce laws when it comes to illegals working in America.

"We're going to continue to enforce the law. It's going to be tough," Michael Chertoff said. "We don't really have the ability to enforce the law with respect to illegal work in this country in a way that's truly effective."

Chertoff appeared on both "Fox News Sunday" and ABC's "This Week."

As WND reported, a procedural vote in the Senate effectively killed the controversial immigration reform bill crafted by the White House, Democrats and key Republican leaders.

Chertoff said Senate opponents deprived his department of the ability to ensure stricter enforcement by requiring companies to enter in a system to check their employees' work status.

"That would be the single greatest additional weapon we could use if we're serious about tackling this problem," he said. "I wish we had some of the tools that were left on the floor of the Senate when they abandoned the bill last week, but we will do what we have to do with the resources we have at our disposal."

Though lawmakers from both parties have said further action on immigration was doubtful this year, Chertoff expressed hope an overhaul of the current system was not dead.

"I think we're going to say to the members of Congress who think they have a better way that they should produce legislation and pass legislation, which they have not done for the past two years," he said.

Chertoff also ridiculed the idea that a fence will help solve the problem of border security, pointing out recent efforts at tunneling under them.

"But I do have to say that for people who believe the answer is just fence, yesterday we discovered a tunnel," he said. "So fencing is not the cure-all for the problem at the border."

Editor's note: The current edition of WND's monthly Whistleblower is a cutting-edge look at the federal government's immigration policies – and how the nation's most vexing problem can be solved. It's titled "NATIONAL SUICIDE: How the government's immigration policies are destroying America."
 

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