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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Fast and Furious: Failure All the Way Up the Chain of Command

by Velcro, Conservative Observer AZ

LA Times published an exclusive story on the initial information from a joint report from Rep. Daryl Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Sen Charles Grassley, top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committete, which will be available in full later this week.

What we apparently have here is exactly what NASA had prior to the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster: lack of responsibility, accountability, and cover-up all the way up the chain of command which led to the loss of lives. No fewer than 5 ATF officials are cited by name in the report.

The Mexican government was kept out of the loop, as was known before, and only after the death of the brother of Attorney General for the State of Chihuahua by Fast and Furious guns did they become aware. And, of course, Fast and Furious guns were used in the murder of Border Patrol agen Brian Terry. A similar operation in Texas is likely to have led to the death of ICE agent Jaime Zapata two months after Terry's death.

I wonder if Eric Holder is as eager as I am to see the full report.

Brian Terry Foundation here.
Also reported by The Conservatory.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

This Time In Minnesota, More 100% Preventable Situations

In the title to her article in the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, by Mara H. Gottfried asks: Would immigration status questions have stopped fatal St. Paul crash?. The answer is yes - if we deported all illegal to their countries of origin or points of entry. All of the following situations described by Gattfrined were "100% Preventable" if the illegals had not been in the United States:

If witness accounts are true about Carlos Viveros-Colorado's speed before he struck and killed a girl outside a St. Paul high school, it wouldn't be the first time he'd been driving fast.

In the year leading up to the accident that killed Clarisse Grime, 16, near Harding High School this month, police stopped Viveros-Colorado three times, citing him for speeding and not having a Minnesota driver's license.

Viveros-Colorado, who turns 51 on Sunday, July 22, is in the U.S. illegally for the second time. He was undocumented when convicted of DWI in 2001 and left the country, but he returned about two years later.

Now, some question how three law enforcement agencies handled Viveros-Colorado's traffic stops in the past year: Should they have suspected him of being an illegal immigrant and done more than give him citations?

Yoseph Yimam, Grime's stepfather, wishes they had.

"They should have to find out whether he's illegal or not and have taken action on him before he killed my daughter," Yimam said.

But he also said he doesn't know how officials should do that or how he, as an immigrant himself, would feel about being questioned about his right to be in the country. Yimam and his family are from Ethiopia and said they came to the U.S. legally.

QUESTIONS RENEWED
As much as Grime's family would have wanted to prevent the accident, others say immigration status does not predict future criminal behavior.

Perhaps Viveros-Colorado was a problematic driver, as evidenced by his past speeding and DWI convictions, said Chuck Samuelson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union-Minnesota, but that's not connected to his being in the country illegally, he said.

"For every guy like this, how many guys are there who are of Norwegian heritage who are drinking and driving, or texting and driving?" Samuelson asked.

Some of these questions about illegal immigration came up in 2008, when Olga Franco drove through a stop sign near rural Cottonwood, Minn., and killed four children on a school bus. The Guatemalan national, who was in the country illegally, was convicted of four counts of criminal vehicular homicide and other charges.

The lesson that should have arisen from the Franco case was to enforce immigration laws, said Ruthie Hendrycks, president of Minnesotans Seeking Immigration Reform.

"Unfortunately, that lesson falls on deaf ears for those in upper management of law enforcement and city administration," she said. "One must wonder what it will take for our voices to be heard, to end the pandering and to have such unnecessary and preventable tragedies addressed."

Local police departments say it's not their job to determine whether someone is an illegal immigrant and that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement wouldn't have the resources to take every case.

ICE asks local police departments to contact it if they suspect someone they've encountered is violating immigration laws, said Shawn Neudauer, spokesman for the agency.

"With limited resources, ICE must prioritize those resources on the following cases: criminal aliens, recent border crossers, previously removed aliens, and fugitive aliens," he said.

When law enforcement officers in Minnesota make a traffic stop and query police databases, they don't get information about an individual's immigration status, said Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman. That information could come up if ICE has issued a warrant for the person's arrest or the person is booked into jail.

HURTLED 50 FEET
Grime died July 5, waiting with her boyfriend for a city bus outside Harding on the city's East Side.

Viveros-Colorado struck a fire hydrant, careened across a street, hit a "no parking" sign, and headed down a small embankment by the high school sign. Sitting under a tree about 50 feet from the curb, Grime was struck and killed by Viveros-Colorado's SUV, according to a complaint charging him with criminal vehicular homicide. The charge alleges he was driving in a grossly negligent manner, something his attorney disputes, saying what happened was "provoked by a medical event."

Viveros-Colorado told police his leg and arm went numb while he was driving. He couldn't lift his leg to step on the brake, panicked and accidentally hit the gas, leading him to hit the hydrant and lose control of his vehicle, said Alberto Miera, Viveros-Colorado's attorney.

Miera said his client's driving record isn't a bad one. "I would think, if you looked at most people's driving record in the last 10 years, two speeding tickets in total would be pretty minimal," he said.

Driving without a license is a common problem for illegal immigrants, Miera said. Viveros-Colorado tried to be responsible by carrying car insurance and not driving more than necessary, he said.

"The date of this incident, as I suspect in the other (times he was ticketed), he was not joyriding or partying," Miera said. "He was coming from work, meeting his responsibilities."

Viveros-Colorado knows there will be consequences for the crash, his attorney said.

"All we can do is continue to express our sincere sorrow, sadness and just have the expectation that ultimately people judge things fairly and put them in perspective because these are real human beings on all sides of this issue," Miera said.

After the accident, Viveros-Colorado's sister told police that he is undocumented and in the country illegally. Viveros-Colorado remains in the Ramsey County Jail. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed an immigration detainer on Viveros-Colorado. If released from local custody, he would be released to the immigration agency.

When Viveros-Colorado was convicted in 2001 of DWI, the federal agency then known as Immigration and Naturalization Service ordered him to leave the country and he did so, Miera said. Viveros-Colorado returned to the U.S. to work and support his family, his attorney said.

NO IMMIGRATION CHECK
Court records show St. Paul police cited Viveros-Colorado at 3:55 p.m. July 19, 2011, for driving without a valid license and speeding 1 to 10 mph over the limit at Seventh Street and Johnson Parkway. Newport police and the Minnesota State Patrol have also cited him in the past year.

St. Paul and Minneapolis have ordinances that bar city employees from asking about someone's immigration status, "except when immigration status is an element of the crime" or when enforcing federal law on document fraud.

Stopping someone for a traffic violation would not be a reason to ask about the driver's immigration status under the St. Paul ordinance, said City Attorney Sara Grewing.

If officers inquire about immigration status, it undermines residents' trust in police, making them less likely to report being a victim or witness, said Bill Martinez, assistant St. Paul police chief.

When the St. Paul ordinance passed in 2004, council member Dan Bostrom cast the lone opposing vote. "Maybe a situation like this begs us to review that (ordinance)," he said Tuesday.

"We have a responsibility to protect our citizens," Bostrom said. "One of our citizens was killed in a situation like this, and that is a tragedy. That is totally unacceptable."

Martinez demurred. "What happened is gut-wrenching to any parent," he said. "I don't know if other action had been taken what could have happened, but I don't want to get into that 'what if' game because it's not realistic."

People who oppose policies like those in St. Paul and Minneapolis call them "sanctuary cities."

"Quite frankly, I would like to see those pushing and enforcing sanctuary policy publicly, for all to witness, explain to the parents of Clarisse Grime, an only child, why immigration laws are not enforced in Minnesota and instead we reward illegal behavior with a pass," said Hendrycks, the Minnesotans Seeking Immigration Reform president.

2 STOPS, NO WARRANT
At 3:50 a.m. March 8, a Newport police officer driving on U.S. 61 near 70th Street looked up the license plate of a vehicle in front of him and saw that the registered owner had no Minnesota driver's license, according to a police report.

He stopped the vehicle, identifying the driver as Viveros-Colorado through his Mexican identification card, the report said. He cited him for driving without a valid Minnesota driver's license and allowed him to call for a driver with a license to bring the vehicle home, the report said.

There must have been no warrant from Immigration and Customs Enforcement for his arrest, or the officer wouldn't have let him go, said Newport Police Chief Curt Montgomery.

People stopped by police use all kinds of identification and having ID from another country shouldn't lead officers to conclude a person is in the country illegally, Montgomery said.

At 8:45 a.m. April 19, a state trooper pulled Viveros-Colorado over on U.S. 61 at Lower Afton Road. He was cited then for driving without a valid license and speeding. A court record said he was travelling 71 mph in a 60-mph zone.

No law or policy directs a trooper to verify the immigration status of a person during a routine traffic stop, said Minnesota Department of Public Safety spokesman Bruce Gordon.

ARIZONA'S APPROACH
State Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, has sponsored a bill in the Minnesota Legislature largely patterned after Arizona's tough immigration law. The U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld the provision in that law that requires state law enforcement officials to determine immigration status of anyone they stop if they have reason to suspect the person might be an illegal immigrant. Drazkowski said he anticipates authoring a similar bill again.

State Sen. John Harrington, DFL-St. Paul, doesn't support a "show your papers" approach. The former St. Paul police chief, who represents the area where Grime was killed, said, "Immigrant enforcement is a federal law enforcement responsibility, and I believe that's where the responsibility is."

Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, a retired Lake Crystal police chief, has a different view. He says local officers should investigate a person's immigration status if there are red flags. But not having a driver's license and speaking a different language should not be enough to trigger those questions, Cornish said.

"That wouldn't be much on its own, and you couldn't go just on that, because that would smell of profiling," he said. "But when there are other factors -- nervousness, no permanent address, can't answer certain questions -- and the cop's collective experience leads him to believe there's something going on, he should be able to ask more questions."

Bruce Nestor, a Minneapolis immigration and criminal defense attorney, said he can think of about a dozen clients in the past year whom police booked into jail for the misdemeanor offense of not having a driver's license. Once they were in jail, ICE became aware of them and started removal proceedings, Nestor said.

For misdemeanor offenses in Minnesota, state law says officers can cite and release people, as long as the officer can establish someone's identity and doesn't believe they pose a threat to public safety, Nestor said. What officers accept as proof of identification depends on the department and sometimes the officer, he said.

Nestor said officers who book someone into jail on a misdemeanor might do it as a backhanded way to turn someone over to ICE.

The victim's stepfather said he is less concerned about Viveros-Colorado's immigration status and more troubled by what he calls the driver's excuses after hitting and killing his daughter.

"I'm angry that he says he has numbness," Yimam said. "I don't accept it. If you have numbness, why are you driving the car?"

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Dems Registering Illegals To Vote! Romney asks Va. to probe voter forms

Romney's campaign asking VA AG Cuccinelli to
investigate mailings from the Voter Participation Center.
By Wesley P. Hester | Richmond Times-Dispatch UPDATED: The Voter Participation Center, the organization whose mailings are under scrutiny, fired back this afternoon at the Romney campaign.

In a letter to Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, it charged that what it called attempts by the Romney campaign to block voter registration efforts in Virginia “may rise to the level of interference with legitimate voter registration efforts contrary to applicable state and federal laws."

The organization asked Cuccinelli to refuse the Romney campaign's request to investigate what it called "completely lawful efforts by the VPC to register Virginians."

“The Romney campaign’s request for a probe into over 15 thousand returned legal and state-approved registration application forms is part of a blatant and ongoing partisan effort to keep people from voting, “ said VPC founder and president Page Gardner.

(This has been a breaking news update.)

Brian Gottstein, a spokesman for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, says the State Board of Elections would have to initiate a request for an investigation.

"Our job right now is to advise our client, the SBE, as they work to ensure the law is complied with and that the voter registration process is not compromised," he said.

"With regard to an investigation, any type of investigation on the part of our office would have to be initiated by a request from SBE. The SBE has not made such a request."

Justin Riemer deputy secretary of the State Board of Elections, said the state board has not officially received the letter from the Romney campaign, but has obtained a copy. The three-member state board will determine whether to seek an investigation.

"We're looking at it and working with the attorney general's office to address the concerns they've raised," he said, referring to the Romney camp.

(This has been a breaking news update.)

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign is asking Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to launch an investigation into voter-registration forms that are being sent to Virginia residents and addressed to deceased relatives, children, family pets and others ineligible to vote.

The errant mailings from the Washington-based nonprofit group Voter Participation Center have befuddled many Virginia residents, leading to hundreds of complaints.

The organization has been mass-mailing the forms — pre-populated with key information such as names and addresses — to primarily Democratic-leaning voting blocs such as young adults, unmarried women, African-Americans and Latinos.

In a letter to Cuccinelli's office and the State Board of Elections, Kathryn Bieber, an attorney for the Romney campaign, calls for an investigation into the matter by law-enforcement officials, claiming that the mailings appear to violate "at least one and maybe several Virginia laws aimed at ensuring a fair election."

Bieber refers to the mailings as "tactics that amount to, or at the very least induce, voter registration fraud," and says the issue "presents a very significant risk to the proper administration of the upcoming general election."

Citing a Sunday Richmond Times-Dispatch story that brought the mailings to light, the letter also asks the State Board of Elections to require registrars to reject all pre-populated voter registration applications from the group and review the eligibility of all Virginians who have registered in the past two months.

"This is the only way for voters and other interested parties to regain confidence in the voter registration and electoral process that has been abused by the Voter Participation Center," the letter says.

Page Gardner, president and CEO of the Voter Participation Center, said the organization mailed nearly 200,000 third-party registration forms to Virginia addresses in June, which resulted in 15,026 new voters being registered as of July 18.

On Monday, the Voter Participation Center responded to the Sunday Times-Dispatch story, stating in a letter on its website that "imperfections in the VPC vendors' lists — while regrettable and unfortunate — should not be the reason or the excuse to call an entire process that is working into question."

Justin Riemer, the State Board of Elections' deputy secretary, said forms have been sent by the group to deceased infants, out-of-state family members, and non-U.S. citizens, among others.

In a letter this month, the State Board of Elections asked the group to cease pre-populating their forms and raised questions about how the group was obtaining lists of registered voters, citing the errant forms.

Riemer noted that pre-populating the forms violates rules set forth in the state code and the Virginia Constitution requiring that voters fill out their own forms.

The State Board of Elections had not received the letter from the Romney campaign Tuesday afternoon and declined to comment on the specifics.

No comment was immediately available from Cuccinelli's office.

Asked for comment on the Romney campaign's letter, the Voter Participation Center issued a statement noting that their forms are official applications, not registration cards.

"Furthermore, they were approved before we sent them out by the State Board of Elections and are the same applications that anyone can access at a local government office or on the internet," the statement read. "Our process is legal and working."

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Border Patrol Local 2544 Speaks Out

By Velcro, Conservative Observer AZ. -- President Obama is making life hell for Border Patrol agents. Yesterday we posted here a brief video from a press conference that included statements from ICE and the Border Patrol about the chaos resulting from President Obama's amnesty for "dreamers". Here's what the rank and file of Border Patrol agents think, reposted from Local 2544 (which covers most of the state of Arizona).

[Note - For those who do not know, IRCA 1986 was a very mixed message: It granted amnesty for illegal aliens who had lived in the U.S. continuously for at least 4 years, and amnesty for some agricultural workers. At the same time, however, it penalized employers who knowingly hired illegal aliens, and "increased enforcement at U.S. borders".
AFGE is the American Federation of Government Employees AFL-CIO. That last part says quite a bit. John Gage is AFGE's soon-to-retire president.

NBPC is the National Border Patrol Council, which was represented at the press conference cited above.]

From Local 2544:

"07-27-12 More shenanigans from the Obama Administration. The inmates are now running the asylum as it pertains to our immigration enforcement, just like they did with IRCA 1986 [link]. Agents are told to turn a blind eye to nearly everything outside mass murder, the lie that the "border is secure" continues to be spread, and the American people fund all this shameful political gamesmanship with their tax dollars.

AFGE continues to blindly praise the Obama Administration while constantly attacking and blaming "right wing lawmakers" and what they like to call the "super rich" for all the ills that befall us. During the last three years we have been under a pay freeze that is unrivaled for decades while the costs of everything from fuel and groceries to our insurance premiums have skyrocketed. Let's do the math here - that leaves much less money in our pockets while our home values continue to plummet and we face more cuts in pay (AUO) very shortly. Somebody at AFGE should WAKE THE HELL UP and stop kowtowing to the Obama Administration. The constant email messages and videos from John Gage are the single biggest source or irritation to our members in regards to their view of the union. That we have been able to build union membership in this Local and in the NBPC despite what AFGE does to turn members off is amazing.

See more on the immigration issue here
Our borders are not secure, because the Obama administration and DHS Secretary Napolitano apparently DO NOT WANT THEM TO BE SECURE.


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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Illegal Alien a Dreamer? - Let Him Go, Even When Crimes Committed

by Under Obama's stupid immigration change made to existing law by fiat that was announced in June, illegal aliens can simply say they are Dreamers, and immigration law enforcement must let them go.  Today, top representatives of both ICE and Border Patrol unions explained how this is happening.

This video, originally posted by Senator Sessions YouTube must be seen to be believed.  Its only 3:48 seconds long.  Also re-posted at Breitbart.
It is really tempting to say, "I told you so," but I won't say, "I told you so," because it's really not good form to say, "I told you so."  Besides, this is not about me, but it is really about how PAINFULLY OBVIOUS this outcome was going to be.  But in spite of this, BO and Nappy have the attitude that they're going to damn well do what they please, and the American public can go to hell.

So, I told you, "This change will make the immigration problem much worse and much more complicated," a couple of posts ago (Napolitano Defends Obama's Immigration Policy).

And they wonder why conservatives are so upset????

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Illegal aliens okayed to pilot over U.S. Skies

Grassfire Nation: Twenty five illegal aliens were approved for flight training at a Boston area school by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Since the 9/11 tragedy, most might assume that stringent safeguards would be put in place to keep illegal aliens from being able to access flight training. But apparently not. According to the report, "a 'weakness' in TSA's Alien Flight Student Program, doesn't check immigration status."

First of all, who even knew that the TSA had an Alien Flight Student Program, and given the fact that it is an alien flight student program wouldn't it make great sense to check immigration status at the very top of the list?

Oh, and there's more ...

According to the report, three of the 25 illegal aliens who were approved for flight training already possessed flight credentials -- three had FAA pilot's licenses, two held FAA private pilot certificates and one held an FAA commercial pilot certificate.

The news didn't set well with Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security, who told CNSNews, "Ten years after 9/11, there are foreign nationals in the United States trained to fly just like Mohammed Atta and the other 9/11 hijackers did, and not all of them are necessarily getting a security background check."

Given how this administration panders to illegals -- undermining efforts by U.S. Border Patrol agents, threatening individual states that attempt to protect their own borders, it would be foolish to think this is an isolated incident.

As a nation we are under siege and we have a President who is using Executive Order, and subverting the U.S. Constitution to ensure that even more illegals flood across our borders!

Given the climate of our nation, it's hard not to argue that we are headed for another 9/11 attack!
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The above information was provided by Grassfire nation as a lead in to a petition drive referenced below:

Petition Opposing Obama's Illegal Fast-Track Amnesty Efforts
n recent weeks, the Obama Administration has taken two dramatic actions to create "backdoor" amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. First, by Executive Order, The Obama Administration announced a policy that allows hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to gain a "Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver" putting them on a fast track to legal status. Then, on June 15, the administration decided (without Congress) that illegal aliens with legal relatives (spouse, parent or child) in this country can claim "extreme hardship" and thus file for the Amnesty Waiver without having to leave the country.

From the beginning of the illegal immigration debate, Grassfire Nation has been on the leading edge in spearheading grassroots efforts to educate and mobilize citizens to action -- to protect and preserve our sovereignty and security.

These latest "backdoor" amnesty efforts by President Obama have drawn harsh criticism from key members of Congress who believe his actions are unconstitutional and Grassfire Nation is moving rapidly to mobilize an additional 50,000 citizens who oppose Obama's Amnesty Actions and support legal and legislative efforts to stop the unmitigated flow of illegal alien traffic into our nation.

The Petition States:
As a concerned citizen, I oppose the Obama Administration's efforts through Executive Order to fast-track illegal aliens toward legal status. These efforts by Obama are an affront to our Constitution and will weaken immigration law while creating a fast-track to legal status for law-breaking illegal aliens. To this end, I support state's rights to secure their borders, as well as all legal and legislative efforts to force Obama to abide by the established laws of our nation.
If you are interested in signing this petition, visit this link.
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Grassfire Nation
is a conservative action network comprised of more than one million grassroots citizens from across the nation. Grassfire Nation -- a division of Grassroots Action, is a privately-held Internet activism services organization that provides news, information and grassroots activism services and strategies to individuals and organizations.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Janet Napolitano Dodges Congress' Questions Regarding Executive Amnesty

HS Secretary Janet Napolitano Dodges Congress'Questions Regarding Executive Amnesty
On July 19, 2012, the House Judiciary Committee asked DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano about the administration's DREAM Act executive amnesty. Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Calif.), who chairs the Immigration Subcommittee, asked Sec. Napolitano how many illegal aliens would receive work permits while millions of Americans were out of work. He had to ask the questions four times before getting an answer. Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith asked Sec. Napolitano if students who qualify would have to provide a certified school transcript. She said, they're "still working on the details." For more, visit NumbersUSA.com


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Sunday, July 22, 2012

If Security Is This Important In Airports ...

Shouldn't it be important at our borders!  Thousands cross our borders illegally every day.



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Monday, July 09, 2012

U.S. “Overpaid” $14 Bil In Jobless Benefits

The Judicial Watch Dog: Following various reports of jailed convicts and illegal immigrants receiving unemployment checks from U.S. taxpayers, the Obama Administration is admitting that in fiscal year 2011 the government “overpaid” around $14 billion in benefits.

That’s a chunk of change for a nation suffering through a painful debt crisis that’s topped $15 trillion. Like most bloated government programs, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) unemployment benefits— paid by state treasuries and the federal government—is rife with fraud and corruption. Various news reports have speculated about this for some time, but now we have the actual DOL figures to prove it.

It turns out that in one year alone, the federal government and states overpaid about $14 billion in unemployment benefits, according to a DOL report featuring Unemployment Insurance Improper Payments.  . . .

The bottom line is that the damage has been done, even though—get this—last year’s $14 billion in fraudulent payments was actually an 11% decrease compared to the previous year, according the DOL. That’s why the agency refers to the $14 bil as an improvement though American taxpayers may view it somewhat differently. . . . [Read More]

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Sunday, July 08, 2012

Arpaio Arrests 19 ILLEGALS in 48 Hours — How Many, if Any, Will ICE Detain for Deportation?

Authorities say that in two days sheriff’s deputies have arrested 19
undocumented immigrants coming into Maricopa County from Guatemala and
Mexico.

According to a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office news release, Human
Smuggling Unit detectives arrested eight immigrants and booked them into the
4th Avenue Jail on state human smuggling charges.

During interviews with detectives, members of the group admitted to paying
between $1,000 and $3,000 to be smuggled into the U.S.

They were headed to Florida, North and South Carolina, officials said.

Two undocumented immigrants were also arrested by deputies after a traffic
stop.

Another group was detained and nine were arrested and booked into jail for
violating human smuggling laws, officials say.

Among the suspects was a 16-year-old unaccompanied minor who was one of two
turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, according to
MCSO. [Source]

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Saturday, July 07, 2012

Videos of 105 Illegals & Narcos Crossing Our U.S. “Secure” Borders

One Old Vet posted the following 6 video of 105 Illegals and Narcos Crossing Our U.S. “Secure” Borders:


As You Watch These Videos, Keep in Mind That They Are Being Filmed 3o Miles North of The Border Deep INSIDE the USA!

 

 

 


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Friday, July 06, 2012

The Dream Act Is a Nightmare

Phyllis Schlafly: "Mr. President, why do you favor foreign workers over Americans?" That was the obvious question Barack Obama refused to answer when a reporter, doing his job, sought an answer rather than a canned teleprompter presentation.


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Thursday, July 05, 2012

As Americans Go Begging for Jobs, ILLEGALS Send Record $2.3 Billion to Mexico in May 2012!

Latin American Herald Tribune: Mexican Remittances Rise 7.8%

MEXICO CITY – Remittances from Mexicans living abroad climbed 7.8 percent in May compared with the same month in 2011, the central bank said Monday.

Last month’s total was $2.34 billion, above the $2.17 billion registered in May 2011.

In May, there were 7,096 transactions, 3.97 percent more than in May 2011, when there were 6,825.

Mexico’s central bank said that in May the amount of the remittances received increased by 15.32 percent over April, when $2.03 billion had been received.

The average size of the cash transfers to Mexico was $329.21, 3.7 percent larger than the $317.38 that was sent in each transaction in May 2011.

Remittances are Mexico’s second-largest source of foreign exchange and help cover the living expenses of millions of households.

Most of the remittances are sent from the United States, where an estimated 12 million Mexicans live, about half of them undocumented migrants. . . .

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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

ICE Agent Shot Near Hargill, Texas

Extracted from report by Lynn Brezosky:
Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Kelton Harrison was shot in a rural area of Hidalgo County, [Texas] ICE spokeswoman Nina Pruñeda said in a news release.

He was out of surgery at a McAllen [Texas] hospital by early afternoon and was expected to survive.

“Special Agent Harrison was shot early this morning ( Tuesday, July 3, 2012) while conducting surveillance in a brushy area just outside of Hargill,” Pruñeda said, adding that the surveillance was part of an ongoing criminal investigation. “Please continue to keep Special Agent Harrison and his family in your thoughts and prayers during his recovery.”

Pruñeda said HSI was investigating with the assistance of the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers, the Hidalgo County Sheriff's office and the FBI.

Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño said he was limited in the information he could release because of the investigation.

“He was shot by some unknown males,” he said, adding that the search over the extensive area was for bullet casings and other potential evidence. . . . [Read More]

Harrison has been with Homeland Security Investigations in McAllen since 2010.
Our prayers go out to Kelton Harrison and his family.

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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Something Smells at the DOJ

by A.F. Branco

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Monday, July 02, 2012

Indiana Sends Congress $130.9 Million ILLEGAL Immigration Tab

H/T One Old Vet: INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s budget director calculates illegal immigrants have cost Indiana $130.9 million.

Budget Director Adam Horst sent Congress a bill for the amount Friday as required under Indiana’s illegal immigration law passed last year by the General Assembly.

Congress is not expected to act on the request, however.

Indiana’s law was modeled on the 2010 Arizona illegal immigration bill whose key provisions were struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. Indiana’s law also is being challenged in court.

Horst estimated $110.6 million of the state’s illegal immigrant costs have been for K-12 education. He estimated prison costs at $12.3 million and welfare costs at nearly $8 million.

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A Primer: “Fast and Furious” Scandal

Sharyl Attkisson, Washington-based CBS News Investigative Correspondent, compiled the following primer on the background to "Fast and Furious." It is apolitical and does not involve the recent Congressional Censor of Attorney Eric Holder. we found it published on Border Issues: Mexico but further research showed that it was published on CBSNews.com.

We appreciate Attkisson's compilation of the material into one location and it is being shared in full for educational purposes.

What is “gunwalking”?
“Gunwalking” is law enforcement vernacular for the concept of allowing criminal suspects to “walk” off with guns, without police interdicting or tracking them. It’s widely considered taboo, since “walked” guns may be used in violent crimes, including murders.

What is “Project Gunrunner”?
“Project Gunrunner” is a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) national initiative under the Justice Department started in 2006 aimed at reducing US-Mexico cross-border drug and gun trafficking and violence.

What is “Fast and Furious”?
“Fast and Furious” is the name ATF assigned to a group of Phoenix, Arizona-area gun trafficking cases under Project Gunrunner that began in fall of 2009. It’s the largest of several known operations in which ATF employed gunwalking, involving more than 2,000 weapons, including hundreds of AK-47 type semi-automatic rifles and .50 caliber rifles. According to sources who worked directly on the case, the vast majority of guns were not tracked and Mexico’s government was not fully informed of the case. The ATF Special Agent in Charge of the operation was Bill Newell.

What is “Wide Receiver”?
“Wide Receiver” is the name ATF assigned to a group of gun trafficking cases investigated out of the Tucson, Arizona office beginning in 2006. Like Fast and Furious, it was supervised by ATF Special Agent in Charge Bill Newell. Sources indicate it involved about 275 “walked” guns. According to sources who worked directly on the case, the vast majority of guns were not tracked and Mexico’s government was not fully informed of the case. Apparently worried that the gunwalking tactics could be viewed as inappropriate, federal prosecutors in Arizona abandoned the case. Then, in fall of 2009, Justice Department officials decided to go ahead and prosecute the case.

How did Fast and Furious start?
A number of Federal Firearms Licensed (FFL) gun dealers in the Phoenix area routinely contacted ATF when they noticed suspicious customers attempting purchases; for example, someone ordering large numbers of AK-47 variant rifles and other so-called “weapons of choice” used by the Mexican drug cartels, and paying with large sums of cash brought in a paper bag. But starting in fall 2009, instead of stopping the transactions or questioning the customers, ATF often encouraged select gun dealers to go ahead and complete suspicious sales. ATF further asked the gun dealers to continue to cooperate by selling to the suspicious customers repeatedly, and providing ATF with names and weapons’ serial numbers. Several gun dealers expressed concerns to ATF: they worried if they cooperated in selling guns to suspected criminals, they would later be unfairly blamed or even prosecuted, and that some of the weapons might be used one day to murder federal agents.

What was the motivation for ATF to employ such a controversial tactic?
Many US-sold guns were being trafficked to Mexico and used in drug cartel violence. Though the exact percentage and number is the subject of debate, ATF was tasked with trying to stop the flow of guns. A year after Fast and Furious began, ATF remained under pressure from a Nov. 2010 Inspector General review (PDF) of Project Gunrunner that criticized ATF’s focus on low level gun dealers and straw purchasers “rather than on higher-level traffickers, smugglers, and the ultimate recipients of the trafficked guns.”

ATF officials who supported “gunwalking” say they thought that by seeing where the guns later “ended up” in Mexico would help them take down a cartel big fish.

Who thought up the idea to use gunwalking to try to counter gun trafficking to Mexican drug cartels?
Nobody has publicly acknowledged being the architect of the plan and available documents shed no light on the answer. Justice Department officials have maintained it was a scandal brainstormed at the ATF Phoenix level. The same ATF Special Agent in Charge, Bill Newell, supervised the Bush era Wide Receiver gunwalking operation and some of the later gunwalking cases, including Fast and Furious

How did Fast and Furious come to light and who was Brian Terry?
Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was gunned down on Dec. 14, 2010 in Arizona just north of the Mexican border, allegedly by illegal aliens armed with at least two AK-47 variant rifles trafficked by Fast and Furious suspects who had not been arrested by ATF. The public was not told about the link between Terry’s murder and Fast and Furious, nor was the gunwalking revealed. But ATF insiders began sharing their concerns anonymously online, including to the forum CleanupATF.org. Gun rights advocates including David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh wrote extensively on the controversy and rumors surrounding Terry’s death, and the allegation that ATF was attempting to “bump up its case numbers” by letting large numbers of guns “walk” into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. Several ATF agents became whistleblowers and contacted Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), who began investigating the controversy in Jan. 2011. CBS News spoke to a half dozen ATF sources and reported the story on Feb. 22, 2011.

On March 3, 2010, the first ATF whistleblower, John Dodson, spoke publicly to CBS News.

Who was Jaime Zapata?
Jaime Zapata was an Immigration and Customs Special Agent under the Department of Homeland Security who was ambushed and murdered on assignment on a desolate road in Mexico on Feb. 15, 2011, two months after Brian Terry was murdered. Two weapons used in Zapata’s murder were linked to suspects who had been under ATF surveillance for at least six months before Zapata’s murder, but were not arrested.

What are Operations “Castaway,” “Too Hot to Handle,” and the Hernandez case?
Operations Castaway and Too Hot to Handle are among a dozen or so other cases ATF operated that allegedly employed gunwalking in recent years including Florida, New Mexico, Texas and Arizona. In the Hernandez case, started under the Bush Administration in 2007, documents show ATF agents watched several suspects and weapons cross the border in coordination with Mexican officials who then failed to stop the suspects, so they were lost.

What’s the controversy over the Justice Department’s Feb. 4, 2010 letter to Sen. Grassley?
In its earliest response to Sen. Grassley’s questions about the gunwalking operation, the Justice Department sent a letter that contained inaccurate information. The letter, signed by Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich, stated that ATF never “knowingly allowed the sale of assault weapons to a straw purchaser who then transported them into Mexico.” Ten months later, the Justice Department withdrew the letter acknowledging that it contained inaccuracies. In April 2012, Weich announced his intention to resign from the Justice Department to become dean of the University of Baltimore Law School. Documents subpoenaed by the House Oversight Committee, but not turned over, include Justice Department communications after the Feb. 4, 2010 letter leading up to the Dec. 2010 retraction of the inaccurate letter. Republicans in Congress want to see who-knew-when that the Feb. 4 assertion denying gunwalking was false, and why it took ten months for the administration’s retraction.

What law enforcement agencies were involved in “Fast and Furious”?
Records show that in addition to ATF; Immigration and Customs (ICE) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Arizona US Attorney’s office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) played roles in Fast and Furious.

Who is the highest-ranking official who has admitted knowing about gunwalking?
The head of the Justice Department’s criminal division, Lanny Breuer, is the highest-ranking official who admits knowing that ATF had used the tactic of gunwalking early on. Breuer’s deputy wrote him in April 2010 that in Wide Receiver, a case started under the Bush Administration. “ATF let a bunch of guns walk,” and said it could be “embarrassing” to ATF. When those documents were made public on Oct. 31, 2011, Breuer issued a statement saying he didn’t alert others in Justice Department leadership about the gunwalking, that he “regrets” not having done so, and that he likewise regretted not alerting leaders about the similarities between Wide Receiver, started in 2006, and Fast and Furious, started in 2009, at a time when the Justice Department’s public position was that no gunwalking had ever occurred. Documents show two other justice officials mulled over gunwalking in Wide Receiver on Oct. 18, 2010 as they discussed the pros and cons of prosecuting the case. “It’s a tricky case given the number of guns that have walked but is a significant set of prosecutions,” wrote Jason Weinstein, Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division. Deputy Chief of the National Gang Unit James Trusty replied “I’m not sure how much grief we get for ‘guns walking.’ It may be more like, “Finally they’re going after the people who sent guns down there.”

What have Bush Administration officials said about Wide Receiver under their watch?
Former Bush Administration Attorney General Alberto Gonzales (Attorney General from Feb. 2005- Sept. 2007) has denied repeated interview and information requests made by CBS News. In a 2006 memo to the US Attorney’s office, an ATF attorney outlined a gunwalking proposal from his agency and stated that he had “moral objections” to the idea. In an interview with CBS News, the US Attorney at the time, Paul Charlton, said he had no memory of the memo but that “I don’t believe I would or ever did approve letting guns walk.” However, we know the gunwalking operation proceeded anyway. (In a strange twist, Charlton is the lawyer for Brian Terry’s family, but after questions about Wide Receiver, handed the lead role in the case to a partner ). Gonzales’ successor, Michael Mukasey (Attorney General from Nov. 2007-Jan. 2009) has provided no public comment. At a Senate Judiciary hearing on June 12, 2012 Holder claimed Mukasey “was briefed” on gunwalking tactics in Wide Receiver “and did nothing to stop them – nothing.” When Sen. Grassley asked Holder’s office to provide any evidence to back the claim, Holder retracted it saying the statement was “inadvertent.”

What’s the controversy over wiretap applications?
Several detailed wiretap applications were approved by the Justice Department’s Breuer for Fast and Furious in 2010. Republicans who were provided the applications by a source contend the documents disclose that gunwalking tactics were being used and, therefore, the Justice Department was well aware of gunwalking despite the agency’s subsequent denials. The Justice Department disputes that, and says approving the wiretap applications doesn’t mean Breuer actually read the applications or was aware of the tactics of letting guns walk. The wiretap applications are technically under court seal, and so neither side has released them to the public.

What is Attorney General Holder’s position on what-he-knew-when?
Holder has consistently denied knowing anything about gunwalking within his agency when it was occurring. ATF is a division of Holder’s Justice Department. He asked the Justice Department Inspector General to investigate in late February 2010. That investigation is ongoing. Holder has answered Congressional questions on Fast and Furious at nine hearings. On May 3, 2011 he told a Judiciary Committee hearing, “I’m not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.” Yet documents show that at least ten months before the hearing, frequent memos discussing Fast and Furious were addressed to Holder. There were memos dating as far back as July 2010 to Holder from Breuer and the head of the National Drug Intelligence Center. However, the Justice Department says Holder didn’t read the memos, and that any mention of Fast and Furious did not discuss the controversial gunwalking tactics. The Justice Department also said that Holder misunderstood the question at the May 3, 2011 hearing and that, while he heard of Fast and Furious much earlier than he’d stated, he meant to say that he hadn’t heard specifically about any gunwalking.

What is the White House position on who-knew-what-when?
President Obama has consistently said he knew nothing of any gunwalking while it was occurring. When asked about the gunwalking allegations by a reporter from Univision on March 22, 2011, President Obama stated that “a serious mistake may have been made.” He also stated that there would be an investigation and whoever was found to be responsible would be held accountable. Documents and testimony since that time indicate then-National Security staffer at the White House named Kevin O’Reilly repeatedly communicated by email and telephone with ATF Special Agent in Charge of Fast and Furious, Bill Newell, about the case while it was underway. O’Reilly indicated in one email that he wanted to share information about the case with other National Security staffers, but stated that it would go no further than that. White House officials have said there is no evidence that Newell and O’Reilly ever discussed the controversial tactic of gunwalking and, on those grounds, have blocked the attempts of Congressional Republicans to interview O’Reilly, who has since been sent on assignment to Iraq for the State Department. In documents turned over by the White House to date, there is no evidence the President or others at the White House had knowledge of gunwalking.

What is “Grenadewalker”?
“Grenadewalker” refers to another controversial ATF case out of Phoenix. In it, Jean Baptiste Kingery allegedly smuggled parts for as many as 2,000 grenades from the US to Mexico for killer drug cartels, sometimes under the direct watch of US law enforcement. Sources say Kingery could have been prosecuted twice in the US for violating export control laws but that each time, prosecutors in Arizona refused to make a case. In one instance, Kingery had allegedly gotten caught leaving the US with 114 disassembled grenades in a tire, but the ATF agent on the case says he was ordered by the US Attorney’s office to let Kingery go because the grenade parts were “novelty items” and the case “lacked jury appeal.” A year and a half after Kingery was first let go, Mexican authorities raided Kingery’s stash house and factory and found materials for 1,000 grenades. Kingery allegedly admitted teaching cartels how to make grenades as well as helping cartel members convert semi-automatic rifles to fully-automatic.

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Sunday, July 01, 2012

Pres BO was in shock when we water-boarded 3 terrorists but totally indifferent about 300-plus dead in Mexico

My View by Silvio Canto: The other big story of the week is Congress holding AG Holder in contempt of Congress.

We got to this point because AG Holder and Pres BO have invoked executive privilege on this issue.

We believe that "executive privilege" is a presidential prerogative.  We understand that presidents must protect their confidential conversations.  It is important for advisors to speak candidly to the president without "leaks" to The NY Times.

Executive privilege is a bit strange here because Pres BO has spent two years saying that he did not speak to anyone about Fast and Furious.  We were told that Pres BO learned about the operation after the fact.  So what conversations is he protecting?

As we've posted before, there are 2 dead officers.  We are talking about Officer Terry killed on the US-Mexico border and Officer Zapata killed on a Mexican highway.

And let's not forget that 300-plus Mexicans have been killed.  In fact, it may be more than 300 because the overall total is 50,000 south of the border.

Yes, the House was correct. Unfortunately, many Dems walked out rather than vote on the issue. That was disgraceful!



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