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#155 Mar 11, 2010
Brazilian Arrested for Human Smuggling

Weverton Zioto Pereira, was detained while transporting five Brazilians and two Salvadorens.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

LAREDO, Tx.- A Brazilian man was arrested by Border Patrol agents accused of being a guide for undocumented immigrant groups.

Officials found a modern GPS device on the subject so he would not get lost in the fields.

Weverton Zioto Pereira, originally from Mato Groso, Brasil, was detained while transporting five Brazilians and two Salvadorens, as they tried to go around the inspection booth on mile 29 on highway 35.

Thanks to technology that Border Patrol officals now have that detects all suspicious movement near the immigration boothes, they were able to locate the subjects.

Weverton was intercepted with 7 illegal immigrants, that were being led by the GPS Texas maps.

The guide also carried a cell phone that he used to communicate with the person that would have a vehicle ready near the highway.

The Brazilian confessed to authorities that he has successfully guided illegal immigrants many times before.

On this occasion, he was transporting them to Houston and would receive a payment of 300 dollars for each one.

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#156 Mar 13, 2010
U.S. census is immigration debate's newest flashpoint

Published: March 12, 2010

In Santa Ana, faith-based groups are teaching church leaders to preach the gospel of the U.S. census, encouraging legal and illegal immigrants to participate in hopes it will lead to immigration reform.

At the same time, an anti-illegal immigration group in Huntington Beach is urging U.S. citizens to fill out only one census question saying they don't want to be counted alongside those who are in the country illegally.

As America prepares for the government's count that launches mid-March, the census is fast becoming the latest battleground in the heated immigration debate. Nationally and locally, groups on both sides of the issue are urging their troops to either boycott or participate in the census to send a message to decision makers in Washington, D.C.

Immigration activists have attempted to politicize the census since the 1980s, said Vincent Barabba, a former Census Bureau director who served under President Ronald Reagan.

Still, others say this year's census is particularly a lightning rod for immigration activists because of the faltering economy, which is fanning already-flared tensions about the issue.

"I think there is a very deeply felt anti-immigrant mood. I think it's deeper and more intense than past census periods," said Doris Meissner, who was Immigration and Naturalization Services commissioner during the 2000 census and is now a senior fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Migration Policy Institute.

Immigrant rights activists urging legal immigrants and those in the country illegally to be counted are tying the count to possible immigration reform. At the same time, a group of church leaders on the East Coast are pushing for immigrants to boycott the census unless immigration reform passes. And then there are those calling for a halt to immigration enforcement actions until the count is done.

On the other side of the aisle, a legislator unsuccessfully pushed census officials to amend the questionnaire to ask the respondent's legal status. The proposal excited anti-illegal immigration activists, who launched an e-mail campaign to push for the measure. Those same people are now blasting e-mails to their members, asking them to send a message to Washington by answering only one of 10 questions asked by the census.

The census – done once every 10 years — is a source of contention because it helps determine federal representation, dollars, and ultimately services for municipalities.

"It's sort of a political event because the representation of the country is based on it," Barabba said. "However, it is not partisan. That's the key point. It doesn't favor any one party and any one group. It is what it is – a count of the inhabitants of the states."

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#157 Mar 13, 2010
Arrests for False Documents Rise in Laredo

The cases of fraudulent documents have kept immigration officials very busy.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

LAREDO, Tx.- The cases for fraudulent documents have kept immigration officials very busy, who arrested 13 people in several incidents on the international bridges.

In one case a Mexican resident from Rio Verde, San Luis Potosí, tried to enter the United States as a legal resident.

The 24 year old subject crossed the Gateway to the Americas bridge on foot and presented a Mexican passport with a stamp that indicated he would receive his legal resident.

The inspector, however, noticed several abnormalities and sent him to secondary where the IDENT system determined this person was not a legal resident.

As authorities inspected his belongings they found a green card that turned out to be false.

In the last few days, customs authorities arrested 12 other people on the international bridges with several immigration violations, six of them carried false documents, and five carried fraudulent legal resident cards and another declared himself being an American citizen.

In each case the fraudulent documents were confiscated and are under a special investigation.

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#158 Mar 13, 2010
Illegal Alien Gets Workers' Comp – Is That the Right Call?

By David North,
March 13, 2010

A Nebraska Appeals Court late last year decided that an illegal alien who was hurt while working in a meat plant should get workers' compensation benefits, according to an article in the Lincoln Journal Star.

From the point of view of restrictionists, is that the right call?

Why should a person working illegally get legally mandated benefits for his injuries and his lost time in the factory? Such a person is not legally entitled to unemployment insurance or to cash assistance of any kind. Why should it be different with workers' comp?

I was particularly interested in the story because my first government job was as social worker in what was then called the New Jersey Division of Workmen's Compensation. One of the first things I learned was that while I was on the state payroll, workers' comp benefits were not funded by public money, but by insurance premiums paid by employers.

Further, employers whose workers got hurt frequently paid higher premiums than those whose workers filed fewer claims. The mechanism used by the insurance companies to set the premium was called an "experience rating."

The source of the money makes a big difference as to how one looks at the basic question posed above.

And the odd thing about the Nebraska case was that the lawyer for the illegal worker had the public policy position exactly right.

The worker, Odilon Visoso, who used the name Adam Rodriguez, had the misfortune of having a "100-pound slab of meat fall from a hook and hit the back of his head, neck and shoulder," according to the Journal Star. Later the company fired him for being an illegal alien, but the workers‘ comp case remained alive and well even after he was fired.

Visoso's lawyer, Ryan Holsten, was the one who raised the key public policy issue as he argued for his client. He said that disqualifying illegal immigrants from these benefits would encourage employers to hire more illegal aliens, because it would reduce their insurance costs if no benefits were paid to injured illegals. The judge agreed.

Similarly, employers are required by law to pay Social Security and unemployment insurance charges for illegal aliens, even though the specific workers so covered are not entitled to receive benefits from those programs (while they are in illegal status.) Employers should never be excused from paying the full set of fringes because one or more of their workers are here illegally. To do otherwise, as the illegal's lawyer pointed out, would just encourage the employment of more unauthorized workers.

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#159 Mar 13, 2010
VA State Police arrest human smuggler, 12 illegal aliens

March 13,2010
Norfolk Crime Examiner
Dave Gibson

Last week, Virginia State Police pulled over a van being driven by Mexican national Pablo Eliosa Lara, a known human smuggler.

When police stopped Lara in Shenandoah County, he was transporting 12 illegal aliens from Arizona to New Jersey.

According to court documents, Lara has been caught many times before, in the U.S./Mexican border region.

Lara has been charged with knowingly transporting illegal immigrants for financial gain.

All of those being transported are now in federal custody.

Last month, U.S. District Judge Samuel G. Wilson sentenced Mexican national Oliver Sanchez Ortiz to 36 months in prison after pleading guilty to transporting illegal aliens.

Ortiz was also caught by Virginia State Police, traveling the same highway in October 2009. He was transporting ten illegal aliens to New York.

Prior to his October arrest, Ortiz had actually been deported four times.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement affidavit described the conditions observed in Ortiz’s vehicle:“The window was rolled down -- I don't even think it was rolled all the way down -- there was a smell of body odor that was sort of permeating from the car that [the trooper] could smell from a foot or two away from the window. They had traveled over 2,200 miles, all in that vehicle. The trooper found what he believed to be plastic bottles filled with urine in the vehicle.”

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#160 Mar 14, 2010
Eberhart: Illegal immigration hurts low-wage minorities

Athens Banner-Herald
Sunday, March 14, 2010

As an African American, I'd find it quite refreshing to hear "leaders" in the minority community and editorial writers acknowledge the damage done by illegal immigration. The Americans first and most affected by the crime of illegal immigration are native-born Hispanics and African Americans.

"I don't believe there are any jobs that Americans won't take, and that includes agricultural jobs," says Carol Swain, professor of law at Vanderbilt University and author of "Debating Immigration." "Illegal immigration hurts low-skilled, low-wage workers of all races, but blacks are harmed the most because they're disproportionately low-skilled."

That's not the concept promoted by the media elite, now in panic mode because President Obama has not pushed for another amnesty for illegal aliens as promised during the campaign. As if with one voice, editorial pages nationwide are promoting the notion that our economy, job market and national morality somehow would be boosted if we legalized the 12 million to 20 million illegal immigrants in this country.

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#161 Mar 15, 2010
Juárez Mayor: US money to pay for GPS radios

By Aileen B. Flores
El Paso Times
Posted: 03/15/2010

Juárez Mayor José Reyes Ferriz announced during the weekend that the U.S. government will provide $15 million to increase security in his city, which has been plagued with violence responsible for 4,700 deaths since January 2008.

Reyes Ferriz said U.S. authorities approved the funding for the purchase of digital radios with Global Positioning System, or GPS, a satellite-based navigation system, for police units in Juárez.

The $15 million is part of an initiative U.S Ambassador to Mexico Carlos Pascual supported during his visit to Juárez two months ago, said Jaime Torres, a spokesman for the City of Juárez.

Officials in the U.S. were not available to comment or to confirm Reyes Ferriz's announcement, which came Saturday.

Pascual has said that the United States must help the Mexican government fight criminal activity or risk a potentially grave national security problem at home.

Torres said the equipment will be part of the effort to upgrade the security system for the 3,000 municipal police officers in Juárez.

"The new equipment is needed," he said. "The current police radios that we have are vulnerable and are easily tabbed."

He said the new system will work by satellite.

The Juárez government is expected to received the funding no later than this summer, Torres said.

Reyes Ferriz said his government will also invest $20 million in pesos (about $1.5 million) to set up more cameras to increase surveillance on streets. He said 280 surveillance cameras have been installed across the city of about 1.5 million people.
In 2008, the U.S. Congress approved an initial $400 million for Mexico as part of the Merida Initiative to provide equipment, technical assistance, and training to support law enforcement operations in an effort to fight criminal organizations.

The violence that has gripped Juárez has been blamed on a war between the Sinaloa and the Juárez drug cartels.

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#162 Mar 15, 2010
DHS wrong about deportations under Obama

March 15,2010
Immigration Reform Examiner
Dave Gibson

The Department of Homeland Security has announced that earlier claims of greatly increased deportations of illegal aliens, under the Obama administration, were erroneous.

In November 2009, the DHS reported that the number of illegal aliens removed from the U.S. by Immigration and Customs Enforcement increased by a whopping 47 percent during Obama’s first year.

On Monday, DHS admitted that the actual number of deportations and “voluntary departures” only increased by 5 percent under Obama.

Furthermore, ICE has reported that four months into Fiscal Year 2010, removals are down 20 percent from last year.

DHS spokesman Matt Chandler cited clerical errors for the misinformation, saying:“We are working with the Chief Financial Officer to clarify this information.”

In a bit of politically-correct damage control, Chandler added:“This administration is focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that focuses first on those dangerous criminal aliens who present the greatest risk to the security of our communities, not sweeps or raids to target undocumented immigrants indiscriminately.”

Of course,“clerical errors” are undoubtedly a convenient culprit for the dubious claim. However, based on the behavior of our current DHS Secretary, one would not be far-off base to consider the figures were deliberately falsified.

Since her confirmation, we have seen Janet Napolitano abandon her official duties, and essentially work as a lobbyist for the legalization of this nation’s illegal alien population.

In November, Janet Napolitano told a crowd at the Center for American Progress, that border enforcement was now much tougher and we can now proceed with an Amnesty for the millions of illegal aliens inside this country.

Citing the supposed improvements in border enforcement, Napolitano said:“I've been dealing hands-on with immigration issues since 1993, so trust me…I know a major shift when I see one, and what I have seen makes reform far more attainable this time around.”

About a month ago, and coinciding with the latest Amnesty efforts by Senators Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham, the DHS reported that the number of illegal aliens in the U.S. had dropped to only 10.8 million.

Unable to point to any actual figures or reasons to support the claim, DHS reported the new population number anyway. It was another obvious ploy to sell Amnesty to the American people who have consistently, and overwhelmingly rejected the legalization of millions of criminal aliens, whose first act in our country was to break the law.

Under Napolitano, the DHS has been reduced to little more than a lobbyist group for illegal aliens and the unscrupulous companies which hire them. A lobbyist group, that is, with a $50 billion, taxpayer funded budget.

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#163 Mar 16, 2010
Sex offender arrested at Arizona border

Mar. 15, 2010
Associated Press .

QUARTZSITE - U.S. Border Patrol agents say they have arrested a convicted California sex offender following a vehicle stop near Quartzsite.

Agents from the Yuma sector stopped a car on Highway 95 at about 5 p.m Saturday and determined that the passenger, Juan Manuel Chavez-Jimenez, was in the country illegally.

Agents arrested Chavez and when they ran records checks on him, they discovered Chavez was a convicted sex offender. Records show Chavez was charged with lewd or lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14 in Salinas, Calif., in 1992. Chavez pleaded guilty to the charge and received six months in jail and one year of probation.

Authorities say Chavez is in violation of reporting requirements and will be processed for deportation.

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#164 Mar 16, 2010
Taxpayers are subsidizing college degrees for illegal aliens

March 16,2010
Immigration Reform Examiner
Dave Gibson

Recently released figures from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board show that during the 2009 fall semester, more than 12,000 illegal aliens paid in-state tuition rates at state schools throughout Texas. Many of them also received taxpayer-funded financial aid.

In 2001, Gov. Rick Perry signed into law a measure which allowed illegal aliens who have graduated from Texas high schools in-state tuition at state universities and colleges.

Similar laws exist in eight other states across the country.

The following states offer in-state tuition to illegal aliens: California, Illinois, Kansas, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma Texas, Utah, and Washington.

In 2003, the University of Illinois at Chicago's Center for Urban Economic Development concluded that if every one of Illinois' 2,226 illegal alien students that graduated from Chicago high schools and attended a public university, the cost to Illinois’ taxpayers for each graduating class of that size would be between $3.3 million and $11.6 million annually.

The group, Immigration Reform Coalition of Texas, filed a lawsuit in December, challenging the Texas law. However, similar legal efforts in other states have failed.

In 2005, a Kansas judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a private group, ruling that only the Department of Homeland Security could bring such legal actions.

At a time when 1 in 5 Americans is out of work, and whole industries have been relocated to the Third World, many U.S. citizens are desperate to return to school, in order to learn marketable skills. Of course, few can actually afford to do so.

It is beyond outrageous that as states are going broke, we are financing college educations for illegal aliens.

What a country!

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#165 Mar 16, 2010
Illegals Caught Trying To Cross Near Popular Gathering Spot in Mission

MISSION - Pepe's on the River is a popular destination, it specializes in food, drinks, and live music.

People say they've noticed several illegals try to cross the river near the restaurant over the weekend.

Witnesses saw a row boat coming across the river, with in minutes the border patrol showed up.

The restaurants owner Margarito Trujillo says he sees things like this all the time, but it seems to be increasing.

"We've seen more and more activity, sometimes it's seasonal for marijuana when we see the crossings," he says.

Trujillo says his customers are perfectly safe, since the illegal activity isn't on his property.

He says the Border Patrol patrols the area pretty heavily, and they are normally right there when anything illegal happens.

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#166 Mar 16, 2010
Border Patrol thwarts human smuggling attempt in Las Cruces

Sun-News report
Posted: 03/15/2010

LAS CRUCES - An attempt to smuggle four people into the U.S. was thwarted by U.S.Border Patrol agents assigned to the Las Cruces Station Saturday.
A canine alerted to a maroon Ford pickup approaching the Interstate 25 checkpoint. Agents began to question the driver, who claimed U.S. citizenship, acted unusually and gave conflicting information during questioning, according to a news release.

Agents requested and were given consent to conduct a search during which they discovered two females hidden in the back seat of the F-450. Further investigation resulted in the discovery of a hidden compartment which concealed two additional females in the under belly of the vehicle near the rear differential. Due to the tight space in the compartment, agents had difficulty extracting the two concealed females.

As a result of their concealment in the compartment area, the females were exposed to the heat from the motor and to fumes from the exhaust. In order to hide in the compartment the individuals were required to lie across the rear differential of the vehicle which caused the two individuals to suffer from burns, scratches, and exposure to carbon monoxide.

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#167 Mar 16, 2010
More Arrested for Fraudulent Documents

More people are using fraudulent immigration documents in order to cross the border.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

LAREDO, Tx.- Now that checkpoints seem harder to get by because of surveillance by Border Patrol officials, this is forcing more people to use fraudulent immigration documents in order to cross the border.

In the last case, a man originally from Matías Romero, Oaxaca, tried to fool authorities with fraudulent documents to cross into the United States.

Uriel Bustos Ponce, had crossed through the international bridges before as an American citizen using a birth certificate.

Bustos Ponce also carried a social security card and an Oklahoma identification card. An officicer held him up as they conducted a routine inspection, and discovered that the documents Ponce carried were fraudulent, which led to his arrest and was sent to the Webb county jail.

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#168 Mar 16, 2010
Two Arrested for Human Smuggling in Laredo

José Manuel Hernández and Inocente Pérez, were arrested by immigration officials.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

LAREDO, Tx.- A Mexican and a Guatemalan joined efforts as they tried to take undocumented immigrants to San Antonio.

José Manuel Hernández, originally from Lúevano, San Luis Potosí and Inocente Pérez, from San Marcos, Guatemala, were arrested by immigration officials for human smuggling.

According to reports, they were apprehended near Bruni, Texas as they traveled on highway 359 in two vehicles, where they transported seven people.

Federal agents observed as both vehicles were parked on the side of the highway and several men came out of the brush and aboarded the vehicles.

Inocente arrived in a Nissan Frontier truck with seven Mexican immigrants. In the other vehicle, José Manuel, admitted to officials that they would receive 100 dollars for each undocumented immigrant that arrived to the Alamo city.

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#169 Mar 16, 2010
Get Booked into an OC Jail, Get Your Immigration Status Checked

Today Orange County becomes the 120th county in the nation to join the Secure Communities program, which is "a national effort to identify and deport people who are in the country illegally and suspected of or convicted of committing crimes," according to the OC Register.

All inmates will be screened through fingerprints to determine if they have "any contact with the immigration system," and flags the inmates who may be in the US illegally to be put on hold by immigration authorities, who then have 48 hours to collect the detainee. The system cannot identify an inmate who may be here illegally but who has had no contact with immigration.
The program is not without controversy; while program officials assert that since all inmates have their fingerprints checked the problem of racial profiling is eliminated, those who oppose the program claim that arresting officers may remain motivated by race when initiating arrest. Critics also believe that the possibility of identifying illegal immigrants may distract local law enforcement officers from focusing on their primary duties.

Between October 2009 and the end of February the program identified 21,556 illegal immigrants who were "charged or convicted of crimes," and "of those, 4,523 were arrested on suspicion of or convicted of violent crimes - such as murder, rape and kidnapping."

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#170 Mar 16, 2010
58 illegal immigrants found in Phoenix drop house

Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Authorities found 58 illegal immigrants in a west Phoenix drop house Tuesday following a lengthy police pursuit on a state highway.

Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves says nine illegal immigrants were found in the bed of a truck underneath some plywood after the highway chase, and three more were in the cab of the truck.

Graves says officers developed information from the pursuit and found the drop house, where there were 58 illegal immigrants, including two smugglers and 11 children ages 10 to 17.

The group had been in the house for about a day, and no evidence of violence or extortion was found.

Investigators say most of the immigrants are from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, and paid around $6,000 each to be smuggled into the U.S. All were taken into custody.

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#171 Mar 18, 2010
Immigration & the SPLC
New Report Finds Stopping 'Hate'
Is Really about Stopping Debate

WASHINGTON (March 18, 2010)– After the collapse of the Senate amnesty bill in 2007, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) joined with the National Council of La Raza and others to launch a campaign to smear the three largest mainstream groups making a case for tighter enforcement and lower immigration. At the center of this campaign was the designation of the Federation for American Immigration Reform as a “hate group” and the spread of that taint to Numbers USA and the Center for Immigration Studies. The announced goal was to pressure journalists and policymakers not to meet or speak with these organizations. Touted as an effort to 'stop the hate,' it was a thinly disguised move to stifle debate.

The Center for Immigration Studies has released a new report examining the SPLC and its role in this campaign.'Immigration and the SPLC: How the Southern Poverty Law Center Invented a Smear, Served La Raza, Manipulated the Press, and Duped its Donors,' authored by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Jerry Kammer, now a Senior Research Fellow at CIS.

Among the findings:
While the SPLC presented itself as a public-interest watchdog, it became a propaganda arm of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). Its designation of FAIR as a 'hate group' was a publicity stunt in the service of La Raza's 'Stop the Hate Campaign.' That campaign, formally launched in early 2008, is actually an effort to stop the debate on national immigration policy.

The SPLC had demeaned FAIR for years, without tarring it with the toxic 'hate group' smear. It tried to justify its timing of the hate group announcement – the month before the 'Stop the Hate' campaign was launched – with a drummed-up accusation that FAIR had 'crossed the Rubicon of hate' with a meeting between a single FAIR official and a delegation from a right-wing Belgian political party that was visiting Washington.

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#172 Mar 19, 2010
Fairfax hands over 1,200 suspected illegal immigrants to feds

By: Brian Hughes
Examiner Staff Writer
March 18, 2010

Fairfax County delivered more than 1,200 suspected illegal immigrants to federal enforcement officials in the last year, a spike attributed to an increasingly popular criminal records-sharing system.

As part of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Secure Communities program — implemented last March — the fingerprints of those arrested are compared with immigration records held by the Department of Homeland Security and FBI criminal records at no cost to the county.

"There was no program before," said Fairfax sheriff's office spokesman Sonny Cachuela. "The only way to identify them was if they told us."

Cachuela said the county turned over 836 suspected illegal immigrants to ICE in the year before the program started.

ICE deported 144 illegal immigrants arrested in the county this past year, and Cachuela said the rest are in immigration proceedings or will be removed from the country once they complete jail time.

The federal government plans to roll out the system by 2013 in "literally every single city and county in the United States," according to ICE officials.

Fairfax County was the first in the Washington area to employ the program. The District and Prince William County also use Secure Communities.

Prince William, which through the federal 287(g) program allows local law enforcement officials to enforce some federal immigration laws, has turned over more than 2,000 suspected illegals to the federal government since July 2007. In comparison, Montgomery County officials report illegals to ICE only for violent crimes.

Immigration advocates have decried 287(g) as racial profiling but protest less about turning over information from those already in jail.

Every person booked into Fairfax County's adult detention center has his fingerprints cross-referenced with the federal records.

"ICE has been able to identify illegal aliens that committed serious crimes in Fairfax County and presented a threat to our community," said Sheriff Stan Barry. "Through this program, ICE was able to deport them at no cost to Fairfax County."

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#173 Mar 19, 2010
Paterson on Illegal Immigrants: Round 'Em Up

Thu, Mar 18, 2010

Gov. David Paterson today courted some more controversy for himself as he took a relatively hard line on illegal immigrants during illegal a morning radio show.

A caller on "The John Gambling Show" on WOR-radio asked Paterson about the cost burden illegal aliens put on the education system that is shouldered by legal resident tax-payers.

"There's a difference between illegal aliens and illegal permanent residents. Illegal aliens obviously shouldn't be here," he told the caller. "and the only time that we aren't as aggressive in trying to find illegal aliens is when it's a health care issue."

"If you know any illegal aliens that are here that shouldn't be here, then the important thing is to report it to the INS and lets get moving so that we reduce that number," said the governor.

When asked if Paterson's advice was sage, gubernatorial hopeful Rick Lazio, responded emphatically "No!" and went on to say that immigrants should not be scapegoated.

Later Paterson released a statement that backpedaled his radio comments.

"My comments were taken out of context earlier today during a radio interview," said Paterson. "Any suggestion that individuals contact law enforcement to report known undocumented immigrants would not achieve our shared goal to ensure a decent quality of life and the safety of all New York State residents, including undocumented immigrants. Anyone who knows my background, who knows my career in public service, knows that I have always fought for the rights of all people in New York."

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#174 Mar 19, 2010
59% Say U.S. Should Continue To Build Fence on U.S.-Mexico Border

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that it is halting funding of the fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, but 59% of Americans believe the United States should continue to build that fence.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 26% of adults disagree and think the building of the fence should be stopped. Fifteen percent (15%) more are not sure.

Support for the fence has been at this level for several years. In January of last year, 60% favored the continued building of the fence to help stop illegal immigration and drug trafficking. In August 2007, 56% felt that way.

Following this week’s shooting deaths of U.S. consulate personnel in Mexico, 49% say they are more concerned about drug violence along the border than illegal immigration. Thirty-nine percent (39%) remain more concerned about illegal immigration. This is consistent with findings in January 2009 amid news reports of escalating drug violence in Mexico.

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In April of last year, just 30% of U.S. voters said drug users in the United States were more to blame for growing drug violence in Mexico than the drug producers themselves. Fifty-six percent (56%) say the Mexican drug producers are more to blame for the tide of violence that threatens to cross into the United States.

Sixty-five percent (65%) of men believe the United States should continue to build the border fence, compared to 54% of women. Those under the age of 50 are stronger advocates of a fence than their elders.

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Republicans think the fence still should be built, a view shared by 51% of Democrats and 58% of adults not affiliated with either major party.

Men are almost evenly divided on the question of drug violence versus illegal immigration, while most women are more concerned about Mexican drug violence crossing into the United States. Those over 50 share that concern about escalating violence more than those who are younger.

Most Republicans (51%) are more concerned about illegal immigration, but 62% of Democrats worry more about drug violence. Unaffiliateds are closely divided on the question.

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced the freeze in funding for the fence on Tuesday, saying the project has been plagued with cost overruns and other problems.

As the country wrestles with a future of historic-level deficits, 67% of voters say illegal immigrants are a significant strain on the U.S. budget. That’s one reason why 68% say gaining control of the border is more important than legalizing the status of undocumented workers already living in the United States. The majority support for controlling the borders has been consistent through several years of surveying.

A sizable majority of Americans have consistently said that it is important for the government to improve its enforcement of the borders and reduce illegal immigration.

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