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-- ICE arrests 77 in Michigan during four-day immigration sweep! - posted 2/11/11
-- Outrage over porous borders too hot to handle - 3/23/10
-- Mexico is outraged over influx of its own citizens - 9/9/09
-- Report from Maricopa County, AZ - 8/26/09
-- E-mail from Minuteman PAC came in this AM, Posted - 7/24/2009.
-- Chuck Schumer on the loose again - Posted 7/24/09
-- Congress members call for change after News 8 investigation - 6/25/09
-- 33 of 46 arrested in N.J. in gang sweep - 6/24/09
-- Latino-rights activist Nativo Lopez charged with voter fraud - 6/25/09
-- UPS makes grant to National Council of La Raza - 4/27/09


 ICE arrests 77 in Michigan during four-day immigration sweep!

Immigration officials in Michigan arrested 77 foreign-born criminals and immigration violators during a four-day sweep. Of those arrested 75 were Latinos from Mexico, Guatemala, or Honduras. Most of those arrested were non-criminals who had civil violations, mostly for failing to obey a final order of deportation. Over 20 others had prior criminal convictions, and six had returned to the United States illegally after having been deported. Some of those arrested just happened to be with those taken into custody and could not produce immigration documents. The criminal immigrant aliens arrested are subject to immediate deportation as are those with outstanding orders of deportation and those who had been previously deported.

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 Outrage over porous borders too hot to handle
Minuteman watchdog group folds citing 'fed up' Americans, possible violence

March 23, 2010    By Drew Zahn    WorldNetDaily

A border watchdog group called The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps announced it is dissolving its corporation today, concerned that Americans have grown so angry over illegal immigration and border drug wars that violence may soon erupt – with American citizens pulling the trigger.

The organization explained it cannot risk the liability and its cause, should someone stray from the MCDC's law-abiding methods and open fire on the border – an event the group foresees, given the current direction in Washington, D.C.

An email alert sent out by MCDC President Carmen Mercer explains: "I'm afraid that for many citizens, the passing of health care against the will of the people and now indications that Obama will try to pass amnesty may be the straw that will break the spirit, or may be the straw that ignites frustration that we, as an organization, may not be able to manage or contain."

She continues, "This organization has grown too big for its own good; or rather, the problem has grown too big and serious for us to manage. I predict soon the violence will spill over the border (it already is) and I predict Americans, on their own, will lock, load and do what the feckless cowards in Washington refuse to do."

For the past nearly eight years, MCDC has trained and organized volunteers to patrol the U.S. border in search of illegal crossings and those that may be trafficking illegal immigrants, drugs, sex slaves or other contraband.

Rather than forcibly confronting those illegally crossing the border, however, MCDC has maintained a strict policy of contacting and informing the U.S. Border Patrol instead. The organization, in essence, serves as a citizen team of additional "eyes" for U.S. law enforcement.

But growing outrage over illegal immigration and drug gang violence, the organization has concluded, is simply growing too hot to handle. Sometime soon, the MCDC predicts, someone will ignore the groups' peaceable guidelines.

"People are fed up," Mercer writes, "Many had decided to return to the border who had tired of the sometimes futile watch-and-observe methods. It showed me that people are not willing to be silenced anymore; it also showed me that people will be less likely to follow the rules of engagement in a desperate attempt to stop the criminals who violate our borders every day.

"That is not what we want and we cannot take the responsibility for this," she concludes.

Mercer clarified that volunteer Minutemen will continue to patrol the border and continue to work on other immigration issues. She told WND that their people are well-trained and committed, but that their work will have to be on their own, as the parent corporation must be dissolved to prevent liability issues.

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 Mexico is outraged over influx of its own citizens

Spectrum News Paper 09-09-09

The shoe is on the other foot, and the Mexicans from Sonora don't like it one bit. Can you believe the nerve of these people? It's almost funny.

The state of Sonora is angry at the influx of Mexicans into Mexico . Nine state legislators from the state of Sonora traveled to Tucson to complain about Arizona 's new employer crackdown on illegal immigrants from Mexico.

It seems that many illegal immigrants from Mexico are returning to their hometowns, and the officials in the Sonora state government are ticked off about it. A delegation of nine state legislators from Sonora was in Tucson recently to say Arizona 's new employer sanctions law will have a devastating effect on the Mexican state. At a news conference the legislators said Sonora , Arizona 's southern neighbor comprised mostly of small towns, cannot handle the demand for housing, jobs and schools it will face as Mexican workers here return to their country without jobs or money.

The Arizona law, which took effect Jan. 1, punishes employers who knowingly hire individuals who don't have valid legal documents to work in the United States . Penalties include suspension or loss of business licenses. Because more companies are complying, illegal immigrants are finding it more difficult to find work, so they are going home.

The Mexican legislators are angry because the influx of their own citizens is placing a burden on the state government.
"How can they pass a law like this?" asked Mexican representative Leticia Amparano-Gomez, who represents Nogales .

"There is not one person living in Sonora who doesn't have a friend or relative working in Arizona ," she said, speaking in Spanish. "Mexico is not prepared for this, for the tremendous problems it will face as more and more people working in Arizona and sending money to their families, return to their hometowns without jobs."

"We are one family, socially and economically," she said of the people of Sonora and Arizona .


The United States is a sovereign nation, not a subsidiary of Mexico , and American taxpayers are not responsible for the welfare of Mexico 's citizens. It's time for Mexico - and its citizens - to stop parasitically feeding off the United States and start taking care of its citizens' own needs.

I believe it's high time for all American states to pass a law like the one in Arizona . Perhaps that would solve many immigration problems that the U.S. Congress refuses to address.

Joseph Jerome is a resident of Parowan and a member of The Spectrum & Daily News Writers' Group.

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 From Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Office, Maricopa County, Arizona. - 8/26/09

Dozens of Canadian Royal Mounted Police will be training in the Sheriff’s 4th Avenue Jail this week as Sheriff Joe Arpaio opens the door to Canadian police who desperately need training on drug recognition.

According to Arpaio, his jail system is the only American jail to right now to offer the training opportunity to the Canadian law enforcement agency.   The uniqueness of our program, is that these mounted police are actually working inside the jail interacting with inmates who are often under the influence of various narcotics during processing.

So far, about 200 Canadian Royal Mounted Police have been trained in the last two years by Sheriff’s specially trained drug recognition experts (DREs).

Today, several members of the RCMP are bestowing an award to the Sheriff and his officers for providing this training opportunity.  Since we’ve been engaged in this training program, we have seen a huge increase in the drug charge rate, says Sgt. Evan Graham of Ottawa, Ontario.  We are so appreciative of the Sheriff’s Office for providing the opportunity.

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 E-mail from Minuteman PAC came in this AM, Posted - 7/24/2009.

I have extracted the good parts.
- first read what anti-gun Schumer is saying,
- then second read what the US IG is saying about border security.

This from CBS News.com

Schumer: Borders Are Now Safe Enough For Immigration Reform

May 20, 2009 Posted by Igor Kossov (AP/Matt York)

According to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the borders are now safe enough to take a step forward. "We can pass strong, fair, practical and effective immigration reform this year," he said following a hearing on border security Wednesday [May 20, 2009].

Customs and Border Protection said that the number of people arrested while illegally crossing the Mexican border dropped 27 percent from the same period since last year. Along the Canadian border, the number of arrests was down 13 percent.

The shrinking labor market in the U.S. plus tougher border enforcement caused the number of undocumented immigrants to fall, said Schumer.

Under Bush Administration policies, more undocumented immigrants are getting deported than ever before, according to the Washington Post. The major difference between the Bush administration and the Obama administration is the plan to limit Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids at workplaces.

Mr. Obama supports a "virtual fence" of sensor towers along the Mexican border and the "zero tolerance" jailing and deportation of apprehended undocumented immigrants. The president invited members of Congress to the White House on June 8 for a meeting about immigration reform.

This from Government Executive.com

DHS Inspector General: Secure Border Initiative lacks effective oversight

July 10, 2009 By Katherine McIntire Peters kpeters@govexec.com

Short staffed and under pressure to implement the Homeland Security Department's high-profile program to improve border security known as the Secure Border Initiative, the Customs and Border Protection agency has made extensive use of contractor support services. So much so that contractors are doing inherently governmental work in violation of federal regulations, the department's watchdog said.

"With continued heavy reliance on contractor support services, CBP risks losing control of program decisions while remaining accountable for mission results," DHS Inspector General Richard Skinner wrote in a report released on Thursday. Contractors make up 51 percent of the staff working on the Secure Border Initiative, while government workers account for the other 49 percent, according to the IG.

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 Congress members call for change after News 8 investigation

June 25, 2009      By Byron Harris      WFAA-TV Dallas

NEWS 8 INVESTIGATES June 24th, 2009    Byron Harris reports

A News 8 investigation reports on hundreds of mechanics who can't speak English or read the mandatory repair manual are working on commercial airliners.

Now, Congress is asking for changes in FAA rules regarding the English skills of mechanics.

The News 8 investigation began with a look at the way aircraft mechanics are certified by the FAA and quickly discovered repair licenses being bought and sold.

That discovery raised safety and terrorism concerns.

It's not necessary to have an FAA license to repair an aircraft.

But, News 8 also discovered hundreds of lower-level repairmen, who may have mechanical skills, did not have the language skills to talk to their English-speaking supervisors or read the English repair manuals. English is the international language of aviation.

As a result of the News 8 investigation, 17 members of Congress are calling for a change in the rules. They wrote the secretary of transportation and called the lack of English among repairmen "an urgent safety matter."

Congressman Brian Bilbray, of California, is leading the group.

"I think that it's a whole safety issue that's been overlooked,” he said. "Somebody thought it was a little more inexpensive to hire somebody that was a non-English speaker. But, in the long run, safety should come first and foremost."

Congressman Kenny Marchant, Lamar Smith and Ted Poe - all from Texas - are also among those asking for change.

"I was shocked to know that reading and writing was not a mandatory requirement,"  Poe said. "I think even fast food restaurants require at least that, and we're talking about airline mechanics."

Congressman Michael Burgess, of Denton, said the FAA should know about non-English speaking mechanics if it's doing its job.

"The FAA should be aware of this information and obviously should be aware of the necessity for correcting that when they encounter that,"  he said.

Burgess is not among those asking for change.

The seventeen House members asked for a new FAA rule that would require mechanics to be proficient in English, and that the rule be put into effect by March of next year.

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  33 of 46 arrested in N.J. in gang sweep


Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents say they arrested 46 reputed gang members and associates as part of a statewide sweep in New Jersey.

"Operation Community Shield" targeted Union City, Morris County, Bound Brook, Long Branch, West New York, Somerset County and Hudson County.

Officials say 33 of the 46 suspects are in the United States illegally.

The suspects are from El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Philippines, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.

Those arrested include Christian Garro-Chavez. Officials say the 25-year-old is wanted in Costa Rica for murder, manslaughter and child sex abuse.

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 Latino-rights activist Nativo Lopez charged with voter fraud
June 25th, 2009, 10:34 am · 89 Comments · posted by Martin Wisckol, Politics reporter
Click here for fully updated version of the story, including quotes from Nativo Lopez.

Longtime Latino rights activist and former Santa Ana school board chairman Nativo Lopez has been charged with four felony counts of voter fraud and a warrant has been issued for his arrest, according to this announcement by Secretary of State Debra Bowen.

Bowen’s office worked in collaboration with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, which has charged Lopez with fraudulent voter registration, fraudulent document filing, perjury and fraudulent voting.

The charges stem from Lopez allegedly registering to vote using an office address in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles although he lived with his family in Orange County, according to Bowen’s office. He also allegedly cast an illegal ballot from Los Angeles in the 2008 presidential primary.

Lopez is national president of Mexican American Political Association and national director of Hermandad Mexican Latinoamericana, both of which are advocates for immigrant rights. In 1996, he attracted controversy for registering new citizens in the congressional district where Democrat Loretta Sanchez upset incumbent Bob Dornan.

A congressional investigation later found that some voters had cast ballots before their citizenship was finalized. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office investigated allegations that Lopez’s primary organization, then known as Hermandad Mexicana Nacional, was responsible for the improper registrations but no charges were filed.

Bail has been set at $10,000 for Lopez. I’ve got calls in to Lopez and will also find out whether he’s been picked up yet. I’ll update this item when I have more information.

UPDATE 1: The Orange County Registrar of Voters office tells me that Lopez was registered to vote in Santa Ana until Jan. 23, 2008, when he asked that his registration be canceled.

UPDATE 2: The Secretary of State’s Office received a tip on this, investigated, then gave its information to the L.A. County DA’s office, which filed charges, according to Nicole Winger of the Secretary of State’s Office. She also said that she’d heard the Lopez had turned himself him. I should be able to confirm that shortly.

UPDATE 3: Lopez served on the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Trustees from 1997 until 2003, when 69 percent of voters casting ballots agreed that he should be recalled.

UPDATE 4: Lopez surrendered to authorities on Thursday and was released on his own recognizance, according to Sandi Gibbons of the the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. While the secretary of state’s press release said that bail had been set at $10,000 - when in fact Lopez was released without posting any bail - Gibbons said her office had been seeking $55,000 bail. Lopez’s arraignment - when he declares himself guilty or not guilty is set for July 8 in Dept. 30.

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 UPS makes $750K grant to National Council of La Raza

Monday, April 27, 2009

United Parcel Service Inc. gave $750,000 to Hispanic "civil rights" [this should read "illegal support groups"] group National Council of La Raza (NCLR) to help that organization develop programs and services for Latino communities.

The grant will go to NCLR’s Campaign for Stronger American Communities to provide direct services or advocacy for millions of [illegal] Latinos in education, health, home ownership and workforce development.

Atlanta-based UPS (NYSE: UPS) has worked with NCLR since 1982 and is the 2009 Title Sponsor of Latino Expo USA, which will be held at the NCLR 2009 Annual Conference, July 25–27 in Chicago.

"This grant is a natural extension of UPS’ commitment to serving the communities where our employees live and work," said Ken Sternad, president of The UPS Foundation, in a news release. "We have seen over the years NCLR’s shared commitment to those communities, and we are delighted to help ensure that their important work continues."
[ I no longer use UPS, I have switched to FedEx. When you purchase and are given a choice of shipping agent, be sure you don’t chose UPS.]

Above article extract is from the Atlanta Business Chronicle of April 27, 2009

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