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#1 Jun 30, 2009
U.S., Mexican authorities looking for border tunnel
10:33 p.m. June 29, 2009

SOUTH COUNTY – U.S. and Mexican authorities searched Monday for a tunnel used to transport drugs or immigrants to the United States beneath the border fence at Smugglers Gulch.
About 6 p.m., Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents gathered around a manhole on the U.S. side of the border, just feet from a second manhole in Tijuana by the side of Avenida Internacional, a busy highway leading from downtown Tijuana to the suburb of Playas de Tijuana.
Smugglers have used the public drainage system to funnel people or drugs from Tijuana to San Diego.
– Sandra Dibble

http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/j...
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#2 Jun 30, 2009
Alleged kidnappers arrested in Juárez

By Daniel Borunda
El Paso Times
Posted: 06/29/2009

The Mexican army arrested a group of suspected kidnappers and rescued an 18-year-old woman who was forced into prostitution at a clandestine massage parlor in Juárez, a military spokesman said Sunday.

The woman, who her mother said was kidnapped about 10 days ago, was found by her brothers who then contacted the military for help, said Enrique Torres, spokesman for Joint Operation Chihuahua.

Saturday evening, soldiers arrested suspected kidnappers Ruben Acosta Aguilera, 29, Adrian Alfonso Alvarado, 23, and Joel Castillo Diaz, 19. The identity of a fourth man will be released today, Torres said.

No other women were located. An investigation continues.

In other news, three heavily-tattooed men were arrested when soldiers allegedly found them in possession of a submachine gun, a .357-caliber Magnum and a .45-caliber handgun when a van was stopped Friday afternoon in the western part of Juárez, military officials said.

Luis Alberto Camacho Ramos, Jorge Raul Marquez Ramirez and Jesus Bustos Renteria, who sports a large Old English-style "Juaritos" tattoo across his chest, were handed over to federal authorities.

The flood of homicides continued during the weekend with nine killings Saturday and at least two deaths early Sunday, raising the death toll to nearly 200 people slain this month in the Juárez

http://www.elpasotimes.com/juarez/ci_12710697
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#3 Jun 30, 2009
Crime drives Juarense into exile

By Ramón Rentería
El Paso Times
Posted: 06/28/2009

EL PASO -- Federico De la Vega, often described as one of the influential voices in Juárez, once publicly told Mexican President Felipe Calderón that he lives in El Paso because his own government cannot guarantee his safety.

De la Vega, 77, is among untold numbers of Juárez residents who are adjusting to life in exile in El Paso because of a relentless orgy of crime in Juárez: kidnappings, carjackings, arsons, break-ins, assaults and shootings -- much of it often blamed on drug addiction and narcotics smuggling.

"The truth of the matter is we really don't know what the future has for me and my family," he said. "I feel a calling to go back to Juárez, where I've spent all my life."

He contends that corruption at all levels of government is responsible for the failure of law and order in Juárez. Almost 800 people have been killed in Juárez so far in 2009, compared with an estimated 1,600 slain in all of 2008.

"Our justice system is failing. The corruption has been so terrible that it has broken down law and order," De la Vega said. "You're talking about millions of dollars given to high government officials and down to even the local police."
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http://www.elpasotimes.com/juarez/ci_12705107
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#4 Jun 30, 2009
New US law relocates kids far from home
Mexican officials lament plight of youthful detainees

By Mariana Alvarado
Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona
Published: 06.30.2009

A new law aimed at preventing the trafficking of children into the United States is having a major impact on when and how those children are returned to their families.
The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, passed by Congress in December, was recently implemented and has Mexican authorities concerned because the children are placed in whatever shelter is available — sometimes hundreds of miles away.
"It could be California, Washington, Texas, wherever the federal system has a shelter," said Jorge Solchaga, head of the department of protection with the Mexican Consulate in Phoenix. "It doesn't matter where they (minors) are detained. They are sending them to see an immigration judge, and these are (procedures) that could last up to a month and the minor's return is delayed."
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http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/border/299059
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#5 Jun 30, 2009
Bodies of 2 men near O'odham village believed to be immigrants
Medical examiner has seen 74 in '09's first six months

ARIZONA DAILY STAR
Tucson, Arizona
Published: 06.30.2009

The bodies of two likely illegal immigrants were found in the past two days near the same village on the Tohono O'odham Reservation.
U.S. Border Patrol agents recovered the bodies of the two men west of Sells near the village of Big Fields, said Mike Scioli, Border Patrol Tucson Sector spokesman. Sells is about 55 miles southwest of Tucson.
On Monday just after midnight, agents came upon a person lying on the ground, unresponsive. During a check for vital signs, they couldn't find a pulse and contacted the agency's search, trauma and rescue team, Borstar, as well as a life-flight helicopter.
Borstar agents arrived and began chest compressions, but the helicopter was unable to land due to dusty conditions, Scioli said.
The person, a man who has not yet been identified, died at the scene.
On Sunday at 7 p.m. near Big Fields, agents encountered a 19-year-old Guatemalan man who told them he had left his father behind without water about three hours earlier, Scioli said.
Borstar agents tracked the man's footprints south and at 11 p.m., found the father dead. He was 50 years old.
The bodies were turned over to the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office, which handles all bodies of suspected illegal immigrants discovered in Pima, Santa Cruz and Pinal counties.
From Jan. 1 through June 24, the latest figures available on Monday, the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office had handled the bodies of 74 illegal immigrants, compared with 82 at the same time period the year before.

http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/border/299077
Madison

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#6 Jun 30, 2009
US makes it easy for gun traffickers
Mexican drug cartels get arms up north, where watchdog agency is short-staffed

By Brady McCombs
Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona
Published: 06.28.2009

PIMA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS — Behind the rows of gun-filled tables at the back of the exhibition hall, a large red banner shines like a beacon:
AK-47.
Beneath the sign, Joeken Firearms owner Joe Cox does a brisk business selling the popular semiautomatic rifle at gun shows such as this one and at his store in Winslow. The rifle is fun to shoot and easier to clean than other rifles, and, perhaps more importantly, it carries a powerful allure, he says.
"It looks cool," Cox says. "Why do people buy flashy cars? Because they look cool."
Semiautomatic rifles such as the AK-47 and AR-15 — commonly called assault rifles — are favorites of the warring drug cartels in Mexico, which get most of their weapons in the U.S. and smuggle them south, says the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, commonly known as ATF.
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http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/border/298845
Madison

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#7 Jun 30, 2009
Opposing view: Amnesty makes no sense
‘Attrition through enforcement’ is better way for immigration reform.
By Lamar Smith

Unemployment hit 15.5% last month for American workers without high school diplomas. It makes no sense to give amnesty or a "path to citizenship" to millions of illegal immigrants who would compete with unemployed Americans for scarce jobs and drive down their wages.

Amnesty would hurt American taxpayers. After illegal immigrants are legalized, they'd become eligible for federal, state and local taxpayer-funded benefits such as Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.

Most illegal immigrants don't earn enough to pay taxes. Even when they do, the benefits they receive outweigh the taxes paid.

Amnesty would threaten to bankrupt Social Security. According to the Social Security Administration, most illegal immigrants who received amnesty would collect thousands of dollars more in benefits than they paid into the system.

Granting amnesty would increase illegal immigration. Since Congress passed the last "one-time" amnesty in 1986, the number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. has jumped to more than 12 million. Amnesty sends the message that if you just get into the country, even illegally, you can stay indefinitely.

Amnesty rewards illegal immigrants with the right to live and work in the U.S. That is unfair to the millions of legal immigrants who play by the rules, wait their turn and come in to the U.S. the right way. And selling amnesty to lawbreakers for the price of a fine would demean the value of the greatest honor our country can bestow: citizenship.

To achieve immigration reform, the choices are not just amnesty or mass deportation. A strategy of "attrition through enforcement" would dramatically reduce the number of illegal immigrants over time.

If the federal government enforced our immigration laws, especially those that target the employment of illegal workers, many illegal immigrants would simply return home because they can't get jobs. Others would never come to the USA in the first place because they would not be hired. A Zogby poll in 2006 found that a majority of voters prefer this approach over others.

Amnesty would cost Americans their jobs, depress wages, burden taxpayers and encourage even more illegal immigration. On the other hand, enforcing immigration laws would increase respect for the rule of law and reduce illegal immigration.
http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2009/06/opposi...
Madison

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#8 Jun 30, 2009
Rep. Lamar Smith Makes the Case for Unemployed Americans in Nation's Largest Paper

Monday, June 29, 2009, 2:24 PM

Representative Lamar Smith (R-Texas) had an op-ed published in Monday's edition of USA Today speaking up for the more than 14 million unemployed United States citizens. The letter was published in response to the USA Today editorial "Recession freezes immigration debate but points to answers" also published in Monday's paper.

Rep. Lamar Smith is a ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee and has a career grade of an A+ with a record of consistently standing up for American workers and reduced immigration levels.

"Congressman Lamar Smith has been fighting for sensible immigration since 1989, and with this op-ed he illustrates why I think he may now be at his greatest energy ever in fighting for the average American worker and community," said NumbersUSA President Roy Beck.

In Rep. Smith's op-ed, he wrote...

Unemployment hit 15.5% last month for American workers without high school diplomas. It makes no sense to give amnesty or a "path to citizenship" to millions of illegal immigrants who would compete with unemployed Americans for scarce jobs and drive down their wages.

"... To achieve immigration reform, the choices are not just amnesty or mass deportation. A strategy of "attrition through enforcement" would dramatically reduce the number of illegal immigrants over time."

"... Amnesty would cost Americans their jobs, depress wages, burden taxpayers and encourage even more illegal immigration. On the other hand, enforcing immigration laws would increase respect for the rule of law and reduce illegal immigration."

http://www.numbersusa.com/content/news/june-2...
Madison

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#9 Jun 30, 2009
How NumbersUSA Gives Jobless Americans a Voice in Pleading Their Case

By James Robb,
Monday, June 29, 2009, 1:22 PM

Last Tuesday, I wrote our members asking for donations so we can continue our faxing operation. For the very first time, I thought to put in an email address, so members could contact me directly. Scores wrote, including many who are unemployed and on the edge financially. Take this stirring message from Frances:

I want to thank you (NumbersUSA) for giving regular Americans the ability to participate in our government via your website, especially at this critical time in our American history.

And more so,'Thank you' for not requiring payment to do so. We are currently unemployed and have been longer than the unemployment lasted and it’s only getting worse in THIS economy it seems.

We are hopeful that the little savings we have left will hold out until we are once again employed or we may very well lose everything and could become homeless. That’s a frightful thought. But we are putting our faith in God that everything will happen just as He desires for our ultimate good.

So, for this reason… if this happens (until it does, if it does), I am grateful to have the ability to use your site to let my voice be heard.

Should we become employed once again, we will donate to the good work you are doing and so that others like us in our current situation can actively participate also regardless of their financial situation. God bless you… and America.

—Frances R., of Georgia

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http://www.numbersusa.com/content/nusablog/ja...
Madison

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#10 Jun 30, 2009
Rep. Todd Tiahrt Cosponsors Three Immigration-Reduction Bills

Friday, June 26, 2009, 1:25 PM

Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) added his name to the list of cosponsors to three of the "5 Great Immigration-Reduction Bills" supported by NumbersUSA. On Thursday, Rep. Tiahrt cosponsored Rep. Phil Gingrey's Chain Migration bill, Rep. Nathan Deal's Birthright Citizenship Act, and Rep. Marsha Blackburn's CLEAR Act.

Rep. Gingrey's Chain Migration bill would put an end to the extended family visa categories, which has played a large role in increasing immigration numbers since 1986. Ending chain migration was a recommendation of the Barbara Jordan Commission in 1997.

Rep. Deal's Birthright Citizenship Act would change the citizenship law for babies born in the United States by requiring at least one of the parents be a U.S. citizen or legal resident. Rep. Blackburn's CLEAR Act would increase resources for local law enforcement officials wishing to enforce federal immigration laws.

Rep. Tiahrt has a career grade of a C with a recent grade of a B-.

View the complete list of sponsors for the "5 Great Immigration-Reduction Bills" supported by NumbersUSA.

http://www.numbersusa.com/content/news/june-2...

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#11 Jun 30, 2009
Boy Maddi
You just about covered every thing when you created this site.
Excelent work!!!
Wish i could do stuf like this.
me
Madison

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#12 Jun 30, 2009
georgeply77 wrote:
Boy Maddi
You just about covered every thing when you created this site.
Excelent work!!!
Wish i could do stuf like this.
me
Thank you George.
I have my news sites I use to keep up to date on things.
Madison

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#13 Jun 30, 2009
Immigrants caught in Brownsville sewer

By Sergio Chapa
Monday, June 29, 2009 at 4:36 p.m.

Two men faced a judge after they allegedly led a group of illegal immigrants in a failed smuggling attempt through Brownsville’s sewers.

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested Agustin Sanchez-Cruz and Ramon Acosta Hernandez on federal immigrant smuggling charges this past Thursday.

The two men appeared before U.S. Magistrate Court Judge Felix Recio on Monday morning.

Court documents obtained by Action 4 News show that the men led immigrants from drainage pipes at Hope Park along the Rio Grande through sewers under downtown Brownsville.

Authorities first became aware of the smuggling attempted when Border Patrol agents on bikes spotted two immigrants fleeing the drainage pipes and swimming back to Mexico.

Border Patrol agents looked around and heard voices coming from inside the manholes.

Authorities arrested Sanchez-Cruz and a group of four immigrants from a manhole off Sam Perl Boulevard.

Court records show that Acosta-Hernandez and three more immigrants were caught after emerging from a manhole off East 11th Street.

Acosta-Hernandez allegedly tried to flee and fought with agents during his arrest.

The two men were identified as the immigrants’ guides.

Judge Recio gave each the two Mexican nationals a $50,000 cash bond and ordered that they appear in court for a hearing on July 7.

At least five of the immigrants are being held as witnesses in the case.

http://www.valleycentral.com/news/news_story....
Madison

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#14 Jun 30, 2009
Valley woman jailed for chase, smuggling

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 10:02 a.m.

A Rio Grande Valley woman suspected of trafficking illegal immigrants lead La Joya police on a wild chase Monday.

At times, speeds reached 116 miles per hour.

La Joya police said the driver initially ran a stop sign.

They said they tried to pull her over, but she wouldn't stop and the chase ensued.

Police later arrested the driver along with five undocumented immigrants.

Authorities have not released the woman's name, nor the identities of the illegal immigrants.

http://www.valleycentral.com/news/story.aspx...
Madison

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#15 Jun 30, 2009
Bill Brings Funds for Border Protection

By Victor Castillo
Monday, June 29, 2009 at 10:54 p.m.

HIDALGO COUNTY -- Truck after truck commercial cargo don't seem to stop at the Pharr-Reynosa international port of entry.

About one-point-one million passenger vehicles and 60-thousand semi-trucks cross every month through valley international bridges

Valley officials said this is what's keeping a dynamic economy in the area... And the good news is that ports of entry could see improved security through a new funding bill for the Department of Homeland security
"If we can keep the bridge more secured, we believe that the inspections would be easier for customs."

Much of a 44-billion DHS appropriations bill is geared towards battling drugs and immigrant smuggling,,, but customs and border protection would get 10-billion for one thousand additional border patrol agents, and funds to facilitate trade and travel through the ports of entry

"We have been asking for funding for our legal ports of entry for a long time, we think the southern border particularly has not been looked at as it should be."

"We expect that if we do get this money, it'll create more jobs by opening up for more training, for more agents, and the infrastructure could be widened up to make more lanes."

Valley leaders are mostly interested in improving bridge wait times which could be done by investing more on the bridges themselves rather than in between ports of entry

"We're hoping that this allocation by congress would allow us to have more monies for our cargo area, I would like to see more a permanent x-ray facility for southbound vehicles."

"But Victor the other problem that we have right now, we don't know where those $10-billion dollars are going to go to, the last money that was allocated was allocated to the small ports."

http://www.valleycentral.com/news/news_story....

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#16 Jun 30, 2009
Madison wrote:
<quoted text>
Thank you George.
I have my news sites I use to keep up to date on things.
My tv is on CNN most of the day but i dont know how you folks transfer all the info onto the computer.
All i know how to do is copy stuff by hand , but then ya know that its all hear say if i cant post links like you all can do.
Makes my stuff less credible. Ya know?
Any ways, I know there will be tons of hits on this site by all real Americans!! good luck with it!!
me
Madison

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#17 Jun 30, 2009
ICE Adopts Catch and Release for 287(g)

By Jessica Vaughan, June 29, 2009

According to news accounts, earlier this month ICE issued a directive to one of the most productive 287(g) jurisdictions to cease holding many of the illegal aliens arrested by the sheriff’s officers, and instead release them back into the community. Just like in the commercial, where the mean guy in the suit takes away the kid’s cool truck and gives him a lousy picture to play with instead, Sheriff Daron Hall knows the difference. Now, only a fraction of the thousands of illegal aliens they arrest in Davidson County, Tenn. will actually be removed. The rest will be released on their own recognizance (“O.R.,” or “down the road,” as the expression goes) and told to appear in immigration court at a future date. ICE knows from experience that fewer than 15 percent of illegal aliens released O.R. will show up for these hearings. Maybe Janet Napolitano will send Sheriff Hall and the residents of Davidson County a picture of the criminal alien being deported instead.
Davidson County launched its 287(g) agreement in March 2007. According to records I received from ICE in a FOIA request for a forthcoming report, in the first year the 16 immigration law-trained sheriff’s officers charged 1,745 aliens who were booked in the jail with immigration violations. In 2008, they charged 2,647 alien offenders with immigration violations on top of their other crimes. In the first two months of FY2009, they charged 365. According to a report on the Sheriff’s web site, these individuals had a total of 20,000 other current and previous state offenses in their criminal histories.
To put these numbers into perspective, consider that in 2007, the ICE New Orleans Office, which has responsibility for west Tennessee and four other entire states, made 3,094 arrests in the entire jurisdiction – so the Davidson County arrests are making a huge dent in the criminal alien population in that area. In fact, Davidson County officers are arresting three times as many illegal aliens per 287(g)-trained deputy as Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s deputies in Maricopa County, Arizona. Clearly, in the eyes of the Obama administration, they had to be stopped.
The public safety benefits of Davidson County’s 287(g) program are outlined in the report mentioned above. As a result of the removal of more than 5,000 alien lawbreakers from the county, there has been a 46 percent decline in the number of illegal aliens committing crimes and a 31 percent decline in the number of foreign-born arrested. Seventy gang members have been removed. The program has enabled the sheriff’s office to get rid of individuals like Manuel Garcia Delgado. Before the county had 287(g), he had been arrested on misdemeanors and released. But the last time he landed in jail, the 287(g)-trained officers learned that he had 20 different aliases and 23 prior convictions in three other states for crimes such as drug trafficking, burglary and theft. He has since been removed. However, under the current ICE directive, Delgado would have been sent down the road, because his most recent arrest in Davidson County was for a misdemeanor.
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http://cis.org/Vaughan/CatchandRelease-287 (g)
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#18 Jun 30, 2009
Madison's back in action! TY TY TY

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#19 Jun 30, 2009
Im a slow reader .... lets see I need a glass of tea and my notebook and settle down for a long read.....
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#20 Jun 30, 2009
take this one back up!

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