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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Human Tragedy of Illegal Immigration: Greater Efforts Needed to Combat Smuggling and Violence

The Heritage Foundation has released a detailed study and plan needed to combat smuggling and violence.

Abstract: Over the past 10 years, traversing the U.S.–Mexico border illegally has become increasingly dangerous for would-be immigrants. Illegal immigrants face kidnapping, murder, and rape at the hands of violent drug cartels and ever more ruthless human smugglers. Crossing treacherous desert areas exposes the travelers to heat exhaustion and dehydration. Hundreds of people die every year trying to cross the border into the U.S. However, illegal immigration is dangerous not only to the illegal immigrants themselves—it is costly to societies and nations as a whole. In order to fight illegal immigration and reduce the toll on human lives, the United States must take a comprehensive approach of increasing border security and improving legal immigration procedures and public diplomacy, as well as fostering reforms and greater efforts to crack down on human smuggling in Latin America. The Heritage Foundation lays out a plan for such an approach.
n August 2010, 72 would-be illegal immigrants from Mexico were lined up and executed, their bodies discovered on a remote ranch a mere 90 miles from the U.S. border.[1] The drug gang responsible for the kidnapping and murders, Los Zetas, captured its victims as they traveled through Tamaulipas, presumably on their way to cross the border illegally into the United States. When the 72 people refused to work for the gang, they were executed.

Violence against illegal border-crossers has become a regular occurrence around land and sea borders over the past decade. Criminal acts committed against illegal immigrants include kidnapping, robbery, extortion, sexual violence, and death at the hands of cartels, smugglers, and even corrupt Mexican government officials. Hundreds of individuals perish trying to cross the U.S. southwest border each year—due to heat exhaustion, drowning, and falling into the hands of the wrong people.[2] In Mexico, violence against illegal immigrants in transit has exploded since President Felipe Calderon began his battle against the country’s transnational criminal organizations in 2006. Despite some success in thwarting these organizations, the slow pace of justice and law enforcement reform, as well as rampant corruption, has allowed organized crime to continue to thrive in Mexico. Likewise, as Mexico attempts to clamp down on narcotics operations, these increasingly multifaceted criminal organizations turn to other sources of income, such as human smuggling and sex trafficking.

The dangers of illicit movement are not confined to Mexico. Thousands of illegal immigrants attempt to reach the United States annually by sea from the Caribbean islands of Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. They all put themselves at risk of abandonment, exposure, capsizing, and drowning.

This violence is augmented by an inconsistent policy by the Obama Administration, which downplays the risks of illegal migration, and an unorganized U.S. border security strategy. Exacerbating the problem is that enforcement of immigration laws inside the United States has been inconsistent—leaving a significant economic incentive for further illegal immigration. The escalating violence, ad hoc border security, and spotty immigration enforcement demands a more comprehensive and robust strategy for combating human smuggling, violence, and the huge numbers of illegal aliens. Such a strategy should include the following elements:

  • Continued partnerships with nations to combat human smuggling and to dismantle trafficking networks throughout the region;
  • Concerted efforts to promote justice and law enforcement reform, as well as free-market reform throughout Latin America to foster healthier economies, and thus weaken the incentive to migrate;
  • Rejection of proposals for amnesty which give incentives to illegal immigrants;
  • An organized strategy for integrating border manpower, technology, and other resources into an enterprise capable of responding to threats and decreasing the flow of illegal aliens across the border;
  • Increased interior enforcement in the U.S. and reforms in legal immigration aimed at discouraging illegal entry; and
  • Creation of an active public diplomacy program to educate potential illegal immigrants on the risks of such a journey and the consequences of illegal entry into the U.S.
  • Increased interior enforcement in the U.S. and reforms in legal immigration aimed at discouraging illegal entry; and
  • Creation of an active public diplomacy program to educate potential illegal immigrants on the risks of such a journey and the consequences of illegal entry into the U.S.
Read the detailed Heritage Foundation Report

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

States Addressing Illegal Aliens

Editor's Note: Kenneth Wallis provided the following article by email which he also posted in the Little Rock Examiner. We are in hopes that Ken will join us as a direct contributor on Blogs For Borders. He is a conservative patriot in Arkansas and his original article title addressed the impact of the following events on Arkansas. However, as you will note, the events affect all of us in the Unites States.

By Kenneth Wallis, Little Rock Immigration Examiner:
FoxNews: Dems Push Ahead With DREAM Act, as ICE Offers New Guidelines for Illegal Immigrant Cases
Sen. Dick Durbin plans to make a full-court press Tuesday to revive the debate over a controversial proposal to give illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children a path to legal status, . . . Read more

Here is a series of stories about lawsuits blocking and intimidating efforts to stop illegal immigration. It should be noted that illegal aliens do tend to leave an area when an effort to stop illegal aliens is passed, even if that law is later overturned!

From Red State:
Posted by Daniel Horowitz

Georgia: Ever since Arizona passed its modest law (SB 1070) to deal with their insurmountable problems with illegal immigration, many other states, including Georgia, have passed similar laws. Yesterday, US District Court Judge Thomas Thrash enjoined two provisions of Georgia’s HB 87 immigration law, at the behest of the ACLU. One provision would have authorized police to check the immigration status of those suspected of committing a crime and cannot produce documentation. The other provision would punish those caught transporting illegal aliens while committing another crime.

The good news is that the court upheld the mandatory E-Verify provision in HB 87; however, Judge Thrash had no other choice, in light of the recent ruling from the Supreme Court upholding Arizona’s E-Verify law.

Judge Thrash issued the injunction on the assumption that the ACLU would succeed in the argument that HB 87 is preempted by federal law. He added that “the apparent legislative intent is to create such a climate of hostility, fear, mistrust and insecurity that all illegal aliens will leave Georgia.” Really? No kidding! It’s amusing how the opposition always claims that there is no way to possibly deal with the immigration problem without offering amnesty or physically removing every last alien. Well, Judge Thrash actually admits that such enforcement laws might scandalously prompt the illegals to leave, without the false choice between amnesty and mass deportation!

Indiana: Last Friday, US District Court Judge Susan Barker blocked two provisions from Indiana’s watered down anti-illegal immigration bill, again, at the directive of the ACLU. One provision would have authorized police to issue warrantless arrests of aliens who already have immigration court removal orders against them; the other would have made it a crime for anybody to accept matricula consular cards as a valid form of ID.

Utah: In March, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed HB 497, a watered down version of SB 1070. This bill would have required police to check the immigration status only of those arrested for felonies or class A misdemeanors. In May, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups issued an injunction against HB 497 at the request of…. you guessed it, the ACLU.

Maryland: In April, the Maryland General Assembly passed their version of the Dream Act, offering in-state tuition rates at Maryland colleges to illegal aliens. A small group of local activists shocked everyone by successfully garnering more than enough signatures for a petition to put the Dream Act as a referendum on the ballot in the 2012 election. Concurrently, Illegal immigrant activists, led by the publicly funded CASA de Maryland, have received a copy of the contact information of all the petition signers from the Maryland Board of Elections. They are now using that information to intimidate the activists, and demand that they renounce their signatures.
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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Obama's Failure to Lead on Immigration - Herman Cain: Let's Fix TheProblem

This blog does not endorse candidates but it will address what political candidates are a saying and doing with respect to the illegal immigration problem. We know that the present Obama administration is failing miserably and is aiding and abetting illegal aliens. The below video shows one candidate who has taken a public position on what he would do with respect to the problem. Note in the video the high ratings by both democrats and republicans in regard to his strong positions:
Herman Cain: Let's Fix the Problem!
1. Secure the borders.
2. Enforce the present laws.
3. Promote the present path to citizenship.
4.Empower the States to do what the Federal Government hasn't done, won't do and can't do.

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

NCLR Funding Skyrockets After Obama Hires Its VP: LaRaza Rakes In Our Tax Dollars

La Raza is one the most active and violent pro immigration and illegal immigrant organizations in our country. They are in bed with the unions like the SEIU and are not beyond using intimidation and violence to achieve their means.

NCLR Funding Skyrockets After Obama Hires Its VP

A Judicial Watch investigation reveals that federal funding for a Mexican La Raza group that for years has raked in millions of taxpayer dollars has skyrocketed since one of its top officials got a job in the Obama White House.

The influential and politically-connected National Council of La Raza (NCLR) has long benefitted from Uncle Sam’s largess but the group has made a killing since Obama hired its senior vice president (Cecilia Muñoz) in 2009 to be his director of intergovernmental affairs.

Ignored by the mainstream media, Judicial Watch covered the appointment because the president issued a special “ethics waiver” to bring Muñoz aboard since it violated his own lobbyist ban. At the pro illegal immigration NCLR, Muñoz supervised all legislative and advocacy activities on the state and local levels and she was heavily involved in the congressional immigration battles that took place in the George W. Bush Administration.

She also brought in a steady flow of government cash that’s allowed the Washington D.C.-based group to expand nationwide and promote its leftist, open-borders agenda via a network of community organizations dedicated to serving Latinos.Among them are a variety of local groups that provide social services, housing counseling and farm worker assistance as well as publicly-funded charter schools that promote radical Chicano curriculums. Judicial Watch published a special report on this a few years ago.

This week a JW probe has uncovered details of the alarming increase in federal funding that these NCLR groups have received since Muñoz joined the Obama Administration. In fact, the government cash more than doubled the year Muñoz joined the White House, from $4.1 million to $11 million.

Not surprisingly, a big chunk of the money (60%) came from the Department of Labor, which is headed by a former California congresswoman (Hilda Solis) with close ties to the La Raza movement. Since Obama named her Labor Secretary, Solis has launched a nationwide campaign to protect illegal immigrant workers in the U.S. Just this week Solis penned declarations with Guatemala and Nicaragua to preserve the rights of their migrants.

The NCLR also received additional taxpayer dollars from other federal agencies in 2010, the JW probe found. The Department of Housing and Urban Development doled out $2.5 million for housing counseling, the Department of Education contributed nearly $800,000 and the Centers for Disease Control a quarter of a million.

Additionally, NCLR affiliates nationwide raked in tens of millions of government grant and recovery dollars last year thanks to the Muñoz factor. An offshoot called Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) saw its federal funding nearly double to $18.3 million following Muñoz’ appointment.

A social service and legal assistance organization (Ayuda Inc.) that didn’t receive any federal funding between 2005 and 2008 got $600,000 in 2009 and $548,000 in 2010 from the Department of Justice. The group provides immigration law services and guarantees confidentiality to assure illegal aliens that they won’t be reported to authorities.

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Cultural enrichment from abroad: Invading our country from all over the world

Cultural enrichment from abroad?

Illegal alien arrested after woman attacked and raped near outside St. Augustine bar

A 34-year-old Nicaraguan man is in jail on $500,000 bail after a woman at a St. Augustine bar was dragged into the woods, raped, beaten and left naked and unconscious.

Police said the woman had left the Giggling Gator on King Street at closing time June 10 to make a telephone call. Just after she hung up, her mouth was covered and she was grabbed and dragged into the woods behind the bar.

Her attacker ripped off her clothes and choked and beat her. The more she tried to scream, the more he would hit her face while he sexually assaulted her, according to the St. Augustine Police Department. He even bit her several times before she passed out.

When the victim awoke, her attacker was gone so she ran naked to a nearby post office and found someone to call police. Officers searching the area of the attack found a motel key and her clothing, which led them to Edgar Antonio Talavera-Borges’ Budget Inn room on Anastasia Boulevard and his arrest, police said.

He is charged sexual assault and aggravated battery. Police also said Talavera-Borges is an illegal alien and has a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold on him in jail.

The woman was treated at Flagler Hospital.

From Fox7 News.Illegal Immigrant Arrested in Florida for Impersonating Flight Attendant

Police in Miami, Fla., have arrested an illegal immigrant accused of impersonating a flight attendant, Fox 7 News reports.

According to police, 38-year-old Jophan Porter was arrested Friday afternoon after stealing another man's identity and working as an American Eagle flight attendant.

The imposter used the name of Anthony Frair, a man from New York. Once his false identity was discovered, Porter was arrested after his flight returned from London.

American Eagle released a statement that read: "American Eagle is actively involved in the investigation with law enforcement authorities, including the FBI."

Porter is from Guyana and is in the country illegally. He is currently being held at the Miami-Dade County Jail and is charged with identity fraud.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Mexico Sues Georgia Over Immigration Law!

The Constitution of the United States, Amendment XI (eleven) - "The judicial power of the United States shall not be construed to extend to any suit in law or equity,commenced or prosecuted against one of the United States by citizens of another state,or by citizens or subjects of any foreign state"

This is the law of our land, the United States. The suit should be null and void but in this age of Obama, international and global law, the first MUSLIM POTUS will remain silent on this. Just like he did when the Mexican president scolded the United States over Arizona bill 1070 and insulted us from the grounds of the White House. Georgia should severe any and all relations with ALL of these countries and if there any political representatives within the state of Georgia they should be asked to leave the state or be arrested and stand up to these two bit, flea ridden countries. While Georgia is doing the work the federal government refuses to do, they should arrest and deport every illegal alien inside the State. Georgia might also be be thinking about billing each of these countries for all the services the state of Georgia has provided to these law breaking, illegal squatters who are NOT WELCOME here inside the United States.

Of course we all know that if Georgia did any of this, the administration of the Mullah Obamaham would stand with his global conspirators who are behind this lawsuit in the first place. Absolutely disgusting.

From Fox News Insider: Mexico Sues Georgia Over Immigration Law!

Eleven foreign countries, including Mexico and Brazil, are suing the state of Georgia for its law cracking down on illegal immigration. Neil spoke to Georgia State Representative Matt Ramsey who says that “All we’re trying to do is see the enforcement of American immigration law occur, which is incidentally, compared to Mexico, is liberal and welcome.” Ramsey says the law is intended to protect the state’s economy because taxpayers are subsidizing half a million illegal immigrants in Georgia via public schools, law enforcement and health care costs.

Hat tip: Pirate's Cove

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Confirming that I am a racist because I care?

This is cross posted from Patriot's Corner. This feed is very relevant to the problem this country is having from the flood of illegal aliens. I do not know exact numbers but I am sure that a fair percentage of this 46,000 criminals set to be released are illegal aliens that have slipped past the system. We can sleep well at night knowing that once these illegals are released they will be sure to return to Mexico or wherever they cam from, illegally. Yeah, sure....
So Jack Dunphy is guilty of fear mongering and just short of called a  slave trader from the 1800's as he was taken to task by two enlightened, diversified, mutliculturally enriched progressives who wrote an op/ed for the Sacramento Bee.

Mr.Dunphy is no racist. He is concerned about the release of 46,000 criminals from the state prison system in Kalifornia. You know the state. the one was going to try and get circumcision banned in the bay area, the state that may ban the sales of Goldfish(again the bay area, way to go you politically correct lobotomized morons).In fact Mr. Dunphy is just a cover name as he is a police office for the Los Angeles Police Department. I am not in law enforcement but I do know that releasing 46,000 criminals is a very bad idea. NOTHING good will come out of this. I do not care about how they got there, what their crimes are, if they were 'railroaded' into prison. According to the authors of this editorial most of these criminals are victims of their skin color or race. I am not denying that this does not happen, as tragically it does. What about the fact that a majority of these crimes were committed against someone or group of the same race or ethnic heritage? Seems like that one slipped by Ms. Alexander and Gilmore.

If Alexander and Gilmore are certain the residents of California have little to fear from the 46,000 criminals that will be getting released, I have a suggestion for them. Why don't you two open minded, progressively brainwashed lovers of humanity agree to let a few of these criminals live with you when they are released. Better yet, you can provide them with financial support, food, clothing and all the other perks they got while incarcerated. If our criminal system is so racist as these two claim it to be, then let them lead by example. Our system is not perfect but tell me which one is?

So it seems that as I am in agreement with Mr. Dunphy and I conclude that makes me a racist. Like I have not heard that one before? It is because of the crimes that these 46,000 criminals have committed and it is because of such 'free thinkers' like Gilmore, Alexander that I always have a weapon very close by. I pray I never have to use it on another person but now it looks like there may be 46,000 more reasons I have weapons and am legally permitted to carry them. Who will protect us from the stupidity and arrogance of people like Alexander and Gilmore?

From Pajamas Media.

If You’re Worried About Crime, You’re a Racist

The Sacramento Bee would have you believe that if you favor taking a hard line on crime, you are no better than the reprobates from America’s past who argued for slavery.

Michelle Alexander and Ruth Wilson Gilmore spent more than 800 words in the June 5th Sacramento Bee to make the point I just made in my headline with eight. But whether laid out pithily in eight words or belabored for 800 — or 8,000 for that matter — twaddle is still twaddle.

The authors begin their piece as follows: “The fearmongering responses to the U.S. Supreme Court declaring California’s prison system ‘cruel and unusual’ in violation of the Eighth Amendment were predictable.”

My most recent piece concerned this very topic, and indeed I struck a note of concern — “fearmongering,” in the authors’ view — over the ramifications to California that might follow in the wake of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Plata. And if my reaction was predictable, no less so was that of Alexander and Gilmore, both of whom have written books (here and here) in which they condemn the American criminal justice system as racist.

Yes, I admit to being less sanguine than are Alexander and Gilmore at the prospect of 46,000 convicted felons being loosed upon an unwary populace, but contrary to their assumptions (and is there any doubt what they would assume about me?), I am unconcerned with the melanin content of these criminals’ skin. Rather, I am concerned with seeing these criminals remain behind bars for the period of time the law prescribes as a consequence of their misdeeds. Whatever significance I attach to their skin color is derived solely from the fact that the majority of California’s felons have been sent to prison for victimizing people whose complexion matches their own.

But Alexander and Gilmore see sinister motives in my desire to see felons do their time. They write: Any student of anti-racist civil rights struggles — against slavery, Chinese exclusion, Jim Crow, race-based immigration controls — finds in the historical record similar reactions to decisions perceived to benefit poor people of color. The prognosis is always perpetual disorder.

Thus in just a few words do the authors distill what is perhaps the favorite rhetorical device from the leftist handbook, to wit, to insinuate that anyone who opposes them on any issue is morally deficient, in this case racist. If you favor taking a hard line on crime, if you think felons deserve to do a proper stretch in the big house, you are no better than the reprobates from America’s past who argued for slavery and the other moral failings cited above.

Alexander and Gilmore argue that the impending release of such a large number of felons should be of little concern, as “nearly everyone sentenced to prison leaves.” And they point out that the average California prison term is just 54 months. True enough, but if compliance with the Brown v. Plata decision results in the worst-case scenario of wholesale early release and permanent reduction in the prison population, it will mean that at any given time there will be 46,000 felons roaming the streets of California who otherwise would be behind bars. If Alexander and Gilmore believe this will have no significant impact on crime in the state, I’m keen to learn how they think those 46,000 miscreants will be spending their time if not by practicing the same craft that got them locked up in the first place.

And if it is the welfare of “people of color” Alexander and Gilmore are concerned with, they should be aware that about 55 percent of California’s state prison inmates are incarcerated for “crimes against persons,” i.e., everything from murder to assault to sex crimes, the vast majority of which were committed against members of the offender’s own ethnic group. Like the majority in Brown v. Plata, indeed like nearly everyone on the left, Alexander and Gilmore are more sympathetic to criminals than to those who suffer at their hands.

Alexander and Gilmore also decry the hardships endured by parolees, the “modestly educated men and women released every day [who] go back to urban and rural communities to restart lives.” Note the reference to the “modestly educated,” as though one’s level of education, like one’s criminal behavior, is merely the fated result of powerful, even irresistible, forces rather than a logical consequence of one’s own choices.

They point to one woman, Susan Burton, as emblematic of the type of program they would like to see implemented on a wider scale. But Burton’s experience seems to argue at least as strongly for my position as it does for Alexander and Gilmore’s. Burton was hailed last year as one of CNN’s “Heroes” for her work in assisting female parolees in their return to society. Burton herself was a multiple recidivist and cocaine addict before finally getting clean in a rehabilitation program in 1997. After going straight, she founded A New Way of Life Reentry Project, which provides housing, food, clothing, and other help to women newly released from prison. “In return,” CNN reported, “Burton asks that residents stay clean, attend 12-step meetings, and enroll in school, get drug treatment or find work.”

In other words, Burton places expectations of responsibility on the women she helps, the very sort of expectations Alexander and Gilmore seem willing to forgo in the criminals whom they enrobe in the comforting mantle of victimhood. If all ex-cons would but make the wise choices Burton demands of her clients, recidivism would soon be all but eliminated.

Alexander and Gilmore even employ a noted police executive in their campaign to relieve criminals of moral culpability. “To call the mass incarceration of poor people ‘unintended,’” they write, “is to ignore the teachings of philosopher-police chief William Bratton. He unabashedly told Los Angeles organizers that when Jim Crow was found unconstitutional, legislators wrote new laws using different criteria to get similar outcomes.”

I couldn’t locate the quote attributed to Bratton online, so I was unable to evaluate its context. But given that he oversaw the dramatic increase in arrests in Los Angeles that accompanied an equally dramatic drop in crime, I’d be curious to hear his reaction to having his words interposed in such a fashion. If Bratton is indeed a “philosopher,” his tenure as chief of the LAPD proved the philosophy he practiced was little more than “Brattonism,” i.e., the relentless advancement of his own agenda at the expense of anything or anyone that threatened to impede it. And in the exercise of that philosophy he was not above pandering to whatever political constituency that served his ends. If he had any qualms about all those arrests his officers were making, he certainly didn’t express them while violent crime in Los Angeles was being cut in half.

The “mass incarceration” that Alexander and Gilmore lament is not an exercise in “racial domination and social exclusion” as they claim, but rather the consequence of mass lawbreaking which is sadly more prevalent among some ethnic groups than others. California’s prisons are overcrowded because so many people have chosen to engage in the type of conduct that earns one a bunk bed behind bars. Forty-six thousand of those people may soon be out on the streets and free to resume that type of conduct. Calling attention to this fact is neither racist nor “fearmongering.” Maybe there really is something to be afraid of.

“Jack Dunphy” is the pseudonym of an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department. The opinions expressed are his own and almost certainly do not reflect those of the LAPD management.
Original article is here.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Texas Senate Republicans Pass Bill To Corral Illegal Immigrants

By GARY SCHARRER, AUSTIN BUREAU: AUSTIN — "Senate Republicans finally passed a priority issue for their party early Wednesday morning when they outmuscled their Democratic colleagues on an immigration-related bill intended to make it easier for law enforcement to corral illegal immigrants.

At its core, SB 9 allows law enforcement officers to ask someone about their immigration status after they are detained and also establishes uniform statewide standards. It also would ban local governments from enacting a policy prohibiting the enforcement of state or federal immigration laws.

But critics say it will invariably result in racial profiling and make it less likely for immigrants to report crime because the legislation also allows police to question witnesses in the course of an investigation. Police chiefs in each of the state’s largest cities oppose the legislation."

Full Story
Of course the liberals and progressives have to toss out the racial profiling bit, don't they? Guess what? I do not care if this is racial profiling or not. If these illegal aliens were not here ILLEGALLY then we would not need bills like this, would we?

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Monday, June 13, 2011

What Homeland Security Thinks is Important

How can the federal government best protect America?

If you click to enlarge, you will find out that keeping illegal aliens out is NOT in the top issues of DHS's agenda.

ICE thinks protecting intellectual property is "high priority"?

What DHS is BIG on is Biometrics - what are they?
Biometrics are unique physical characteristics, such as fingerprints, that can be used for automated recognition. Biometrics form the foundation of US-VISIT's identification services because they are reliable, convenient and virtually impossible to forge.
"Virtually impossible to forge"? Have they never watched a James Bond movie (or any other thriller type)? They are LOADED with ways to fake fingerprints. From an ordinary use of a biometric device:
There is also another problem with fingerprinting, I once had a laptop which had a biometrics reader and it took four or five tries before it actually recognized my fingerprint. Fingerprint readers are no where near as accurate as bar code readers so I think they will end up annoying more customers than making the process easier.
Come on, we all know the employees that will be using those devices - if they start getting negative feedback from the reader, they'll do what people always do - start waving people through the line. My experience is that any system that puts another layer between customers and using a service is vulnerable to being hacked, not from evil intent, but generally because the hardware is clumsy and difficult to use. Cross-Posted on Right As Usual

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Friday, June 10, 2011

U.S. Officers, Drug Runners Involved In Shootout On Texas-Mexico Border

From Officers who were taking part in a multi-agency Texas Rangers operation exchanged gunfire Thursday with drug-runners along the Rio Grande, wounding at least three suspects.
AUSTIN (June 9, 2011) — U.S. law enforcement officers exchanged gunfire early Thursday morning with drug runners while attempting to intercept boats loaded with drugs on the Rio Grande, the Department of Public Safety said.

The officers were participating in a multi-agency Texas Ranger Recon operation, the DPS said. At least three suspected drug runners were wounded in the shootout, the DPS said.

Early Thursday the U.S. officers spotted a suspicious vehicle on the U.S. side of the river along with two drug cartel recovery boats, the DPS said. Three patrol boats the U.S. officers were using to attempt to intercept the cartel boats received heavy gunfire from the Mexican side of the border, the DPS said.

There were no reports of injuries among the U.S. officers. Authorities in Mexico were notified about the abandoned cartel boats and were on the scene of the shootout late Thursday morning, the DPS said. SOURCE
So it begins, in earnest. >Even the Associated Press is reporting the gun battle, and when the AP picks up on ANY story that has the possibility of shining a bad light on Obama, you know it’s getting pretty serious.

Texas agency: Authorities take gunfire on border
SAN ANTONIO — Texas authorities said suspected drug runners in Mexico began shooting at U.S. law enforcement agents from across the Rio Grande on Thursday, forcing the U.S. officers to return fire and injuring at least three of the suspects on the other side of the border.

Few details about the early morning shootout in Hidalgo County were immediately available. The shootout began after U.S. agents patrolling in boats tried to seize a drug load on the Rio Grande, Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Tela Mange said.

Mange said she could not disclose whether any U.S. officers were struck or injured. She said the agents came under “heavy fire” but would not say how long the ensuing shootout lasted.

Authorities said Mexican officials were notified about two “drug-laden” boats that were abandoned after the shootout.

U.S. Border Patrol referred questions to the DPS, which used its elite team of Texas Rangers Recon agents in the attempted drug seizure.

It is not the first time shots have been exchanged along the Texas-Mexico border. Since January of last year, DPS has tracked at least a dozen incidents of shots being fired from Mexico and into Texas, with U.S. officers shooting back in some cases.

No U.S. authorities have been reported hurt in those cases. SOURCE
There is a lot of this going on, a lot more than the MORON in the Oval Office and Janet Napolitano are willing to let the American people in on.

Last year we got this story, Illegal Immigrant Suspected in Murder of Arizona Rancher, just a few days ago this was the story, one that the murdered mans family disputes for several reasons. Ghost town owner murdered near Arizona/New Mexico border, Larry Link was NOT a rancher, so says the family. Be that as it may, he was murdered, and some are saying that it was an ILLEGAL that did it.

Here’s the story from Kimberly Dvorak of San Diego Examiner fame, New Mexico businessman Larry Link murdered on own property, but I want you to keep in mind that Kimberly Dvorak was one of the leading parties in this story a while back, strong>Multiple Ranches in Laredo, TX Taken Over by Los Zetas, and it turned out to be a total HOAX!

We have more than enough problems on the U.S. border with Mexico without some histrionic writer throwing a fictional horror story into the mix. I take anything I read from The Examiner with a grain of salt.

One story that we DO know actually happened was this: Mexican Armed Troops Conduct Vehicle Search On U.S. Soil!!. I reported it and offered video evidence of the incident.

Another incident that happened a couple of years ago was this: Border patrol agent held at gunpoint.

I don’t make up my stories, I’m not a fiction writer or trying to get a gig on a TV show or be a guest on some MSM libber disaster. My stories are factual, and backed by very well researched citation and links TO that citation. As the tag line on one of the *Cop Shows* says, Ripped from the Headlines, that’s The TexasFred Blog.

I form some pretty rough opinion too, and the one I have right now still tells me that Barack Hussein Obama, Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano and the rest of the Obama Regime, every last one of them, are STUPID.

Janet Napolitano said, The U.S. – Mexico Border is ‘As Secure Now As It Has Ever Been’.

Ask our police officers, our Sheriffs, our DEA, ICE and other agents that work the border just how safe it is. Ask those Texas Rangers how safe they believe it to be. I think you’ll be surprised at the answers you get if you are a fan of Obama and Janet Napolitano.

One other thing that I MUST say, as long as OUR people, DPS, Rangers and any others that were involved in this operation went home safe and sound, I don’t give a RIP how many [illegals] and drug runners *bled out* in the Rio Grande.

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Thursday, June 09, 2011

75% Say Show Photo ID At The Polls

Rasmussen Reports: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 75% of Likely U.S. Voters believe voters should be required to show photo identification such as a driver’s license before being allowed to vote. Just 18% disagree and oppose such a requirement.
- 85% of Republicans support a photo ID requirement at the polls
- 77% Not affiliated support
- 63% of Democrats support

By a 48% to 29% margin, voters think that letting ineligible people vote is a bigger problem than preventing legitimate voters from casting a ballot.

72% of Republicans and 44% of voters not affiliated with either party believe that illegal voting is more prevalent.

In Arkansas, the people wanted action but politics interfered:
House Bill 1797, presented by by Arkansas State Rep. Bryan King, R-Green Forest in the 88th General Assembly, would have required Arkansans to present a voter ID card when casting a ballot at the polls. The measure passed the Arkansas House 53-36, but died in the Senate Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs controlled by the Democrats. So the will of the people was shelved in committee without a vote.

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Alabama Governor Signs New Illegal Immigration Law

WASHINGTON TIMES — Alabama's governor on Thursday signed a tough new illegal immigration crackdown that contains provisions requiring public schools to determine students' immigration status and making it a crime to knowingly give an illegal immigrant a ride. The bill also allows police to arrest anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant if they’re stopped for any other reason. Alabama employers also are now required to use a federal system called E-Verify to determine if new workers are in the country legally. .. [Rean More]

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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

A Fox Is In The Coop

A Fox (Linda Fox to be specific) has joined the writer's coop at Blogs For Borders. To date, except for the early days of MJ Jacobson braving the streets doing videos with her husband Jake, the original founders of this site, we have not had a lady on the writer's staff of Blogs For Borders.

She is a wife, mother, grandmother, and teacher (science). She has blogged for 5 years and thinks that blogging is an unstoppable addiction. When asked, "What makes her qualified to comment on culture, news, and politics?" she replied," Just what qualifies us all in this country - I read, watch, and decide for myself. Isn't America great?"

She blogs at "Right As Usual." We already like her "snarky" comments on some of her blog post. Can't wait to see how she takes on "open borders crowd" and LaRaza. Please, join us in welcoming Linda Fox.

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Will The Hispanic Vote Stay Bought?

Not if you believe this:
A Zogby poll conducted in 2009 surveyed Hispanic members of religious denominations and found that a majority of likely Hispanic voters believe that illegal immigration is too high, and results from inadequate enforcement. Their voices were heard the following year in a CNN Exit poll, where 38 percent of Hispanics reportedly voted Republican in the 2010 Congressional elections, and resulted in more Republican Hispanics’ elections to office, including Susana Martinez governor of New Mexico, Brian Sandoval governor of Nevada and Marco Rubio to the U.S. Senate from Florida. Bill Flores and Francisco Canseco of Texas, Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, Raul Labrador of Idaho and David Rivera of Florida were voted into the House of Representatives in the same election as pro-enforcement Hispanics.
The Democratic scheme to keep power indefinitely seems to have a major flaw. ;Can they say:

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Monday, June 06, 2011

SCOTUS Demands Review of Lower Court Ruling In Anti-illegal Immigration Case

It appears that lower court activists justices continue to let their judgement get in their way verses considering the actual laws and the U.S. Constitution . The following discussed situation is not the first time that the US Supreme Court has had to order a review of the lower court's decisions related to illegal immigration. Remember Hazelton, PA where we had conservative Mayor Lou Barletta stood for his citizens and who is now a US Congressman?

A federal appeals court ruled that the anti-illegal immigration laws of Hazleton, Pa., clashed with federal authority. But the Supreme Court is telling the appeals court to reconsider the case.

Supreme Court demands review of ruling in anti-illegal immigration case

Hazelton, PA Activist
Via Digger's Realm 2007
By Warren Richey, The Christian Science Monitor: The US Supreme Court on Monday ordered a federal appeals court to reexamine whether Hazleton, Pa., can restrict illegal immigrants' ability to work and rent housing. A federal judge and a panel of the Third US Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia had blocked the local laws, saying they clash with the careful balance struck by Congress in federal immigration statutes.

On Monday, the Supreme Court, in a summary order, vacated the Third Circuit’s September 2010 decision and remanded the case for further consideration in light of the high court’s May 26 opinion upholding a similar law in Arizona that punishes companies that employ illegal immigrants. In that case, Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting, the high court ruled 5 to 3 that the Arizona law was not preempted by federal immigration statutes. The justices upheld Arizona’s use of its business licensing scheme to require that employers hire only authorized immigrants or other legal workers and use the federal e-Verify system to check an immigrant’s legal status.

The high court’s decision in the Arizona case is providing new momentum to efforts at the state and local level to enact measures to counter perceived lax federal enforcement of immigration laws. Frustration over immigration issues is not unique to Hazleton or Arizona. Similar immigration measures have been adopted in Mississippi, Oklahoma, Utah, Tennessee, Louisiana, West Virginia, Colorado, Minnesota, Georgia, and Rhode Island.

In 2009, more than 1,500 bills were introduced at the local and state level in an attempt to beef up immigration enforcement. Of the 1,500 bills, 222 became law and 131 were adopted as resolutions.

In appealing to the Supreme Court, lawyers for Hazleton said the local ordinances work in concert with federal immigration law, not at cross purposes with it. Hazleton is a city of 30,000 in northeastern Pennsylvania. During the past decade the town saw an influx of more than 10,000 new residents. Most of them were Hispanic and moved to the town from New York and New Jersey.

The city government believed that many of the new residents were not legally present in the US. After concluding that illegal immigrants were contributing to a higher crime rate and imposing greater costs in terms of government social services, local officials passed two ordinances designed to deter illegal immigrants from settling in Hazleton.

One ordinance made it illegal to hire or continue to employ an illegal immigrant in Hazleton. A second ordinance made it illegal to rent a house or apartment to an illegal immigrant. Like the Arizona law upheld by the Supreme Court, the Hazleton ordinances were tied to local licensing schemes. Under the employment ordinance, the city would revoke a company’s business license if it employed an illegal immigrant. The rental ordinance threatened to revoke an individual’s rental license if the landlord was found to be renting to an illegal immigrant.

The city said the provisions did not clash with federal immigration law, rather they complimented the federal framework. A group of immigrants – including some illegal immigrants – and a Hispanic business group filed suit with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union. They sought to block enforcement of the two provisions.

Although it is illegal under federal law to harbor an illegal immigrant and to hire an illegal immigrant, the a federal judge and the Third Circuit ruled that the local ordinances were preempted by federal immigration laws. Lawyers for the city had argued local officials were forced to pass the ordinances because the federal government was not effectively enforcing federal immigration laws.

Lawyers for the immigrants countered that Congress established a comprehensive regulation of immigration that carefully balanced the goal of deterring illegal immigration while protecting employers from harm and authorized workers from discrimination. The case is Hazleton v. Lozano (10-772).

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