Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Mexican drug smugglers hitch onto truckers' border access
Enlarge By Eric Gay, AP
A freight truck, right, breezes through a congested border check point using a Free and Secure Trade Lane, or FAST Lane, in Laredo, Texas.
LAREDO, Texas — A U.S. program that offers trusted trucking companies speedy passage across American borders has begun attracting just the sort of customers who place a premium on avoiding inspections: Mexican drug smugglers.
Most trucks enrolled in the program pause at the border for just 20 seconds before entering the United States. And nine out of 10 of them do so without anyone looking at their cargo.
But among the small fraction of trucks that are inspected, authorities have found multiple loads of contraband, including eight tons of marijuana seized during one week in April.
Some experts now question whether the program makes sense in an environment where drug traffickers are willing to do almost anything to smuggle their shipments into the U.S.
The trusted-shipper system "just tells the bad guys who to target," said Dave McIntyre, former director of the Integrative Center for Homeland Security at Texas A&M University.
The program works like this: Participating companies agree to adopt certain security measures in exchange for fast entry into the U.S. They are required to put their employees through background checks, fence in their facilities and track their trucks. They also are asked to work with subcontractors who also have been certified under the program, which is run by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.
The government keeps the list of participants secret, citing national security and trade secrets. But some of the 9,500 companies who are part of the system advertise their membership to drum up business, making them targets for smugglers, who can then threaten drivers or offer them bribes.
More than half of all U.S. imports now come from companies in the program, called the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, or C-TPAT. Mexican trucking companies make up only 6% of global membership in the system, but they account for half of its 71 security violations during the past two years.
Mexican trucking companies face higher scrutiny than others. They get a full customs inspection every year, instead of every three years like other participating companies.
The most common contraband is marijuana, officials say.
In a 24-hour period in April, customs officers in Laredo found three tons of marijuana in trucks carrying auto parts across two different bridges. Five days after that, agents in El Paso, found more than four tons of marijuana in a tractor-trailer hauling auto parts.
In July, the director of the program became alarmed by the number of large drug seizures along the border and issued a security bulletin asking participating companies to redouble their efforts against smuggling.
Stephen Flynn, senior fellow for Counterterrorism and National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, said truckers do not feel safe rejecting bribes, no matter what agreements their companies have made with the U.S. government.
"The basic vulnerability for a truck driver remains the 'plata-or-plomo' dilemma," Flynn said, using Spanish shorthand for taking a bribe or a bullet.
John Chaffin, a trade lawyer near San Diego, said he had worked with one Mexican trucking company that wanted to join the program, but then pulled out. He suspects participating companies feel pressure from drug gangs to help them smuggle drugs into the United States.
"Some Mexican truckers have figured out, 'I don't want someone thinking I'm a better target than someone else,"' Chaffin said.
Mexican authorities suspect a man who owned a participating trucking company in Aguascalientes, Mexico, was killed by drug gangs in July 2008. The slaying of Gerardo Medrano Ibarra is unsolved.
Roberto Ramirez de la Parra, then chief of operations for Mexico's customs agency, told El Norte newspaper that exporters last year became worried that organized crime was targeting U.S.-certified companies.
In the past, smugglers created their own fly-by-night businesses for smuggling, he said. Now they use major trucking corporations.
In Laredo, the border's busiest crossing, nearly 700 trucks a day pass through the lane at the World Trade Bridge reserved for trucks that are certified by the trusted-carrier program, each one pausing only for a matter of seconds.
Trucking companies have to electronically submit a list of each vehicle's cargo to customs officials at least 30 minutes before arriving at the bridge. Customs agents review them for risk factors that could trigger an inspection. Customs will not reveal those factors.
Required cable locks on the trailer doors are also checked, but smugglers have been known to cut them and carefully glue them back together or take the trailer doors off at the hinges without disturbing the locks.
Mexican trucking company owner Leonardo Varela Resendez joined the program because he did not want to lose clients.
At first glance, Autotransportes Varela Davila, a family trucking business with 54 tractor-trailers in Reynosa, Mexico, seemed the sort of low-tech operation smugglers would target. Then Varela pointed out the security cameras surrounding the yard, the guard at the front gate who took down a visitor's license plate number and the woman who tracks his trucks' whereabouts by computer.
"I have learned good things from the U.S. like this, and we understand it benefits companies and the U.S. too," Varela said. Nearby Varela is building a new yard for his trucks. It is larger, modern and will include 128 mounted security cameras, as well as an infirmary for giving drug tests to drivers.
Varela, the local delegate for the national trucking advocacy group, said he does not fear being targeted by drug smugglers.
"They dedicate themselves to their thing, and we do ours," he said.
Daniel B. Hastings Jr., owner of a customs house with offices at five ports of entry on the Texas-Mexico border, thinks the customs program works. He cited cases where a Mexican trucking company tracking a truck noticed an unscheduled stop en route to the bridge and phoned to alert U.S. customs.
"I think they're doing as good as they can with what they have to work with," he said.
Cartel leader Joaquín "Chapo" Guzmán has been included in Forbes' list of the world's billionaires with a net worth of $1 billion.
DRUG CARTELS THREATEN MEXICAN STABILITY
By Guillermo Arias, AP
A woman walks with children near a military checkpoint in Tijuana, Mexico, last month. The government stepped up its fight against drug cartels, sending hundreds of soldiers to the border city, where violence has risen.
Crime 'has become defiant,' president says, as police and politicians are forced to face 'the bribe or the bullet'.
The drug cartels of Mexico have grown into such a massive criminal enterprise that they have supplanted the government in whole regions and threaten to turn the country into a narco-state like 1990s-era Colombia, say law enforcement and criminal experts.
Attempts by the United States and Mexico's federal government have failed to stem the power of the cartels, which economists say employ as much as one-fifth of the people in some Mexican states.
"We are approaching that red zone," said Edgardo Buscaglia, an expert on organized crime at the Autonomous Technological University of Mexico. "There are pockets of ungovernability in the country, and they will expand."
For the past decade, large parts of Mexico have been sliding toward the lawlessness Colombia experienced in which drug traffickers in league with left-wing rebels controlled small towns and large parts of the interior through drug-funded bribery and gun-barrel intimidation, Buscaglia and others say.
Even President Felipe Calderón, who a year ago angrily rebutted suggestions that Mexico was becoming a "failed state," is now describing his crackdown as a fight for territory and "the very authority of the state."
"The crime has stopped being a low-profile activity and has become defiant. ... Plainly visible and based on co-opting or intimidating the authorities," he told a group of Mexican ambassadors last month. "It's the law of 'the bribe or the bullet.' "
In places such as Tancitaro, the battle may already be lost.
In the past year, gunmen in this western town of 26,000 had killed seven police, murdered a town administrator and kidnapped others, said Martin Urbina, a city official. Drug traffickers were apparently demanding the removal of certain officers, he said.
When the traffickers kidnapped the two officials' fathers on Nov. 30, it was the last straw.
"If someone comes and puts a pistol to your head, what are you going to do?" said Gustavo Sánchez, who was appointed by the Michoacán state governor as interim mayor after the mass resignation.
In other instances:
• In Vicente Guerrero in northern Mexico,34 of 38 police resigned after the police chief and four officers were kidnapped. They haven't been found.
• In the border town of Puerto Palomas, the police chief fled to the U.S. and asked for asylum in March, saying Mexican officials could not protect him.
• In the northern town of Namiquipa, traffickers killed the mayor and two top town officials last year. Police there are woefully outgunned, Police Chief Jesus Hinojosa said. There are only 15 weapons for 39 police officers.
• In Ojocaliente, Zacatecas, more than half of the town's 47 police officers fled after gunmen attacked federal police in 2008. The force no longer patrols after 9 p.m., said Juan Manuel Rodríguez, a town administrator.
Often the cartels target city officials they believe are cooperating with federal authorities, said Juan Manuel Bautista, the City Council secretary in the western town of Novolato, where traffickers have killed 25 police officers, two city councilmen and a town administrator in the past two years.
"If they want to take revenge on you, it's easy," he said.
Faced with the choice of plata o plomo— the bribe or the bullet — many police and politicians are on the cartels' payrolls, Buscaglia said. In May, Mexican federal police arrested 10 mayors in Michoacán state, on the Pacific coast west of Mexico City, on charges of protecting smugglers.
Banks, stables, hotels
The attempt to dismantle the cartels has revealed that they are in control of many legal commercial activities in Mexico, said Joel Kurtzman, a senior fellow at the Milken Institute, an economic think tank in Santa Monica, Calif.
Bank loans are expensive and hard to get, so traffickers have stepped in to provide small-business loans.
"What people did not recognize in Mexico was how deeply ingrained in both the economy and society the drug trade was," Kurtzman said. "So it's not as if the drug traders are unpopular — they're looked at in many cities like Robin Hoods."
Since 2006, the number of Mexican citizens and companies on the U.S. Treasury's blacklist of suspected drug smugglers has nearly doubled, from 188 to 362. The businesses are as varied as a day care center in Culiacán, a gym in Hermosillo and an electronics company in Tijuana. There are meatpacking plants, horse stables, dairies, hotels, a mining company and gas stations on the blacklist.
Cartel leader Joaquín "Chapo" Guzmán has been included in Forbes' list of the world's billionaires with a net worth of $1 billion.
Guillermo Ibarra, an economist, said Guzmán's cartel and others in Sinaloa state along the northern Pacific coast near Baja employ about 520,000 of the state's 2.6 million people, either directly or indirectly.
"It trickles down to construction, to car sales, you name it," Ibarra said. "Drug money ends up everywhere."
To offset tighter border security, traffickers are setting up marijuana farms on public lands in California, Washington and Oregon, a U.S. Department of Justice report said in July. The number of marijuana plants seized in the U.S. soared from 3.2 million in 2004 to 8 million in 2008.
The cartels are expanding their empires outside of Mexico.
Since 2008, Mexican drug smugglers have been arrested in Australia, New Zealand, Sierra Leone and Togo. U.S. prosecutors say the Gulf Cartel has struck deals with the New York Mob and Italy's Ndrangheta Mafia to smuggle cocaine into Europe.
'Powerful and lethal'
As they have gained strength, traffickers have been taking on the weaponry to maintain it. Cartel weapons are "increasingly more powerful and lethal," the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a June report.
Five rocket launchers, 271 grenades, 2,932 assault rifles, a submarine loaded with cocaine, and an anti-aircraft gun were all seized by Mexican authorities between March 2008 and August 2009.
On July 11 and July 12, La Familia launched 15 attacks in eight cities on police stations and a police bus, killing 14 officers. On Nov. 21, the same group attacked five prosecutors' offices and two police stations in Guanajuato state.
Calderón and the Obama administration insist that the Mexican government has the upper hand.
"We have a serious problem, but the good news is that we're confronting it, and better yet, we're making progress," Calderón told the ambassadors last month. But doubts are growing.
A report by the U.S. Joint Forces Command warned in January 2009 that Mexico was ripe for a "rapid and sudden collapse" because of the drug cartels. In a report to the West Point military academy, former U.S. drug czar Barry McCaffrey said the cartels could "overwhelm the institutions of the state and establish de facto control over broad regions of northern Mexico" within eight years.
In Colombia, the government re-established control in rural areas with a sustained military campaign and spraying coca fields with pesticides.
Mexico needs to make it safe for law enforcement to bring the cartels to justice, Buscaglia said.
Of the more than 53,000 arrests since the crackdown began, only 941 are in Sinaloa, even though the state is in the heart of one of the biggest smuggling empires, Buscaglia said.
"The problem that Calderón has in winning this war will be that he can't offer the citizens courts, mayors and policemen that are safe and honest," Kurtzman said. "As a result, this is likely to remain a stalemate with a lot of killing on both sides for a long time."
Hawley is Latin America correspondent for USA TODAY and The Arizona Republic
Obama soft on illegals enforcement
Arrests of illegal immigrant workers have dropped precipitously under President Obama, according to figures released Wednesday. Criminal arrests, administrative arrests, indictments and convictions of illegal immigrants at work sites all fell by more than 50 percent from fiscal 2008 to fiscal 2009.
The figures show that Mr. Obama has made good on his pledge to shift enforcement away from going after illegal immigrant workers themselves - but at the expense of Americans' jobs, said Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the Republican who compiled the numbers from the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE). Mr. Smith, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said a period of economic turmoil is the wrong time to be cutting enforcement and letting illegal immigrants take jobs that Americans otherwise would hold.
! YOU LIE! THE BELOW IS EXACTLY WHAT THE DEMS DO TO US EVERY DAY. THEY LIE ABOUT DEFENDING OUR BORDERS, JOBS HELD BY ILLEGALS, AND THE MEXICAN ASSAULT TO OUR CULTURE, WHILE THEY CONTINUALLY PUT OUT INDUCEMENTS FOR MORE ILLEGALS TO CLIMB OUR BORDERS, AND HEAD FOR THE VOTING BOOTHS!
“The president's straddling can work for the time being. But unless he wants to end up in the sawdust, acrobat Obama will eventually have to hop on one horse and lead the way. That would have to be the horse named "Enforcement First." CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
“What's needed to discourage illegal immigration into the United States has been known for years: Enforce existing law.” ….. CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
(THE FIGURE FOR MEXICAN GANG MEMBERS IN OUR NATION NOW CALCULATED TO BE MORE THAN A MILLION. ACCORDING TO THE F.B.I., THE MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS OPERATE IN 233 AMERICAN CITIES – HOMELAND SECURITY?)
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And there are some 800,000 gang members in this country: That’s more than the combined number of troops in our Army and Marine Corps. These gangs have become one of the principle ways to import and distribute drugs in the United States. Congressman David Reichert joins Lou to tell us why those gangs are growing larger and stronger, and why he’s introduced legislation to eliminate the top three international drug gangs.
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Monday, September 28, 2009
And T.J. BONNER, president of the National Border Patrol Council, will weigh in on the federal government’s decision to pull nearly 400 agents from the U.S.-Mexican border. As always, Lou will take your calls to discuss the issues that matter most-and to get your thoughts on where America is headed.
By Chris Hawley, USA TODAY
CULIACN, Mexico — "They're innovative, these people," says Mexican Col. Ricardo Álvarez.
Álvarez was at the Culiacán airport looking over one of the most curious air forces ever assembled: scores of planes confiscated from drug runners resting wing-to-wing on the tarmac.
The planes are among the 400 aircraft that Mexico has seized in the past five years: a fleet bigger than the Mexican Air Force. They are a virtual case study on how smugglers have been adapting their fleets to counter President Felipe Calderón's crackdown on the drug cartels, say Mexico authorities.
Álvarez says the planes are a window into how traffickers are always finding ways around the crackdown, from ultralights that can skim across the U.S. border to satellite-driven tracking equipment that helps smugglers locate drug shipments.
"They'll try anything," he says.
Finding new places to land
Gone are the days when twin-engine planes could fly drugs directly from the fields of Colombia to northern Mexico for delivery across the border via couriers. Those long-range flights raise too much suspicion on radar.
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Now cocaine shipments arrive in Guatemala and are brought into Mexico by land or boat, the Mexican Attorney General's Office says. Small planes move the drugs northward to avoid the army checkpoints that have sprouted on Mexico's highways.
Drug pilots are having to land in more rugged areas because the government has destroyed 2,086 unregistered airfields since 2006. As a result almost all of the seized planes at the Culiacán airport are single-engine Cessnas that can haul a lot of weight and have high wings ideal for landing on dirt roads or desert washes.
"They're like a Volkswagen Beetle — they take a lot of abuse," Álvarez says.
Many planes have modified wings so they can take off from short strips, or metal plates attached under the nose to protect the engine from gravel. Some have homemade extra fuel tanks behind the seats or extra-big tires for landing on rocky terrain.
One homemade plane with folding wings is painted to look like a Federal Police aircraft, with blue-and-white markings and the Mexican government crest on the sides.
Most of the planes were caught bringing drugs to the border in Mexico for eventual shipment to the United States. At any given time, the army has about 100 seized planes at the airport that are auctioned off or given to government agencies to use.
Smugglers have also begun using ultralights, simple aircraft made from aluminum tubes and fabric to carry drugs directly across the border. Ultralights are harder to detect on radar and can land and take off on strips of land as short as 100 feet.
Three ultralights have crashed in Arizona since late 2008. On Oct. 6, a Border Patrol agent spotted an ultralight fly over the border near San Luis, Ariz., drop 176 pounds of drugs, then fly back into Mexico. It was not caught.
The USA has pledged millions of dollars to help Mexico better track drug flights as part of the Mérida Initiative anti-drug package. It's upgrading Mexico's Cessna Citation chase planes with better sensors, buying four CASA 235 patrol planes for the Mexican navy, and giving as many as 16 helicopters to the Mexican army and Federal Police.
The Mexican government claimed a key victory against drug planes in February with the arrest of José "Wild Boar" Vázquez Villagrán, who police say was the main dispatcher for the airplanes of the Sinaloa Cartel.
"We've cut a lot of their capacity to move around," Álvarez says.
Market expands overseas
Even as authorities claim progress in grounding drug planes in Mexico, the cartels are using aircraft to exploit new routes.
Drug flights between South America and the Caribbean nations of Haiti and the Dominican Republic have been rising since 2006, the U.S. State Department says. And smugglers from South America are now crossing the width of the Atlantic Ocean to move cocaine into Europe by flying it into West Africa first. The market for cocaine in Europe has been expanding at the same time that cocaine use in the United States has declined from its peak in the 1980s, according to the U.N. Office of Drugs and Crime.
"For a while they've been pushing small amounts (across the Atlantic) to test the system and see how it works. But they seem to have reached a breakthrough," says Douglas Farah, an expert on drug trafficking at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, a Washington think tank.
In September, U.S. prosecutors said they had uncovered a smuggling ring dubbed "The Organization," that was flying cocaine from Venezuela to countries in West Africa. There is no radar over the ocean so such flights are virtually undetectable. Pilots were paid up to $300,000 per trip, the Department of Drug Enforcement said in an affidavit, citing informants and agents.
On Nov. 2, tribesmen found the burned-out hulk of a Boeing 727 in the sand in the Gao region of Mali. Investigators believed the plane came from Venezuela and was used to smuggle drugs, Alexandre Schmidt of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime told reporters.
In December, Antonio Maria Costa, the head of the U.N. office, called the 727 discovery "a new example of the links between drugs, crime and terrorism."
"Drug trafficking in the region is taking on a whole new dimension," Costa told members of the U.N. Security Council.
Next weekend, 100,000 pro-amnesty supporters are expected to flood the nation's capital to show their support for a mass amnesty. NumbersUSA mobilization has stopped every amnesty since 2000, and we're revving up our resources to do the same this time around.
On Friday, we'll begin our S.T.O.P. Amnesty in 4 Days campaign, but we'll need your help to get the job done.
FRIDAY (3/19) -- Day 1 is our local nationwide effort. We need you to visit your Member's local Congressional offices at 1:30 p.m. EDT with a signed letter. If you can make a visit or have any questions, please email Jenny Magyari (JMagyari@NumbersUSA.com) with your name and please, please be sure to include your Congressional district.
SATURDAY (3/20) -- Day 2, we'll launch our faxing and petition campaign. Check your Action Board first thing next Saturday for new faxes to your Members of Congress. When the Members return to their Washington offices, we need them to see your HUGE RESPONSE. It's also our Social Networking Day, so join us on Facebook and Twitter by clicking on the links to the right.
SUNDAY (3/21) - Day 3, the pro-amnesty organizers will host their rally on the National Mall in Washington D.C., and we'll be there. We'll provide a webcast of the day's events on our homepage. Look for video leading to the event on our website early next week.
MONDAY (3/22) - Day 4, it's our National Call Campaign, so check your Action Board for new phone notes with talking points. The pro-amnesty supporters will be walking the halls of Congress urging Members to pass an amnesty. So It's very important to make these phone calls and have the office phones ringing during their visit. We'll also provide coverage on our website of an immigration panel that Roy will take part in, educating Congressional staffers.
Our message will be simple. Congress should focus on putting 25 million Americans back tofull-time work, not offering an amnesty to 12 million illegal aliens, most of whom are in the U.S. workforce. Make sure they hear our message - stay tuned throughout the upcoming week to see what you can do!
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Unemployment Rate Increases in 30 States Plus District of Columbia
Thursday, March 11, 2010
The statewide January unemployment rate worsened in 30 states, including the District of Columbia according to a new report issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Five states reported record unemployment numbers -- California, South Carolina, Florida, North Carolina and Georgia. All but South Carolina rank among the states with the highest illegal alien populations.
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White Open-Borders Activists Accuse Anti-Amnesty Black Group of Being Like the Klan
By Roy Beck, Saturday, March 6, 2010
Well-funded open-borders groups send hecklers to call me a "white supremacist" every place I speak. But I was still a little surprised when I spoke to a Black grassroots group recently to have all the African Americans there also accused. It now looks like pro-amnesty groups are willing to label as racist anybody who advocates for less immigration.
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Virginia Legislature Passes E-Verify Bill
Thursday, March 11, 2010
The Virginia state legislature has passed a bill that requires state agencies to enroll in the E-Verify Program and use the system for all new hires. The bill passed the State Senate with amendments on Wednesday, which were approved by the General Assembly earlier today.
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Take This (Amnesty) Gift 'Or Leave The Country,' Says White House
By Roy Beck, Wednesday, March 10, 2010
This is what goes for tough talk on illegal immigration at the White House: We'll offer permanent work permits, permanent residency and path to citizenship to illegal aliens but if they don't sign up, they just have to go home.
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Colorado Senate Committee Kills E-Verify Bill Setting Stage for Ballot Initiative
Monday, March 8, 2010
A Colorado Senate committee killed a bill last week that would have required all Colorado businesses to use E-Verify. The defeat paves the way for a ballot initiative being pushed by former congressman and presidential candidate Tom Tancredo.
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Help NumbersUSA S.T.O.P. Amnesty in 4 Days
By Jim Robb, Friday, March 12, 2010
Next week, 100,000 pro-amnesty supporters will head to Washington D.C. urging Congress to immediately move on an Amnesty. NumbersUSA has a four-day plan to counter the demonstration, but we need your help! See what you can do. . .
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Spread These Ads That Pres. Obama Not Enforcing Immigration Laws & Fails To Put Americans Back to Work
By Roy Beck, Monday, March 8, 2010
A rolling national TV and internet ad campaign began this morning that puts the lie to Pres. Obama's speeches that his No. 1 priority is putting Americans back to work. The ads note that he could put millions back to work if he would fully enforce immigration laws -- but he has cut enforcement by 60%. Do what you can to spread these ads everywhere. . . .
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WHO IS FIGHTING MEXICAN TERRORIST ON OUR OPEN AND UNDEFENDED BORDERS? NOT OBAMA!
“This organization is considered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a branch of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as one of the largest internationally, with connections in Central America and Mexico.”
“Identity theft is the fastest growing white collar crime in America today and is often motivated by organized rings that sell these stolen identities to illegal aliens seeking illegal employment.
THERE ARE ONLY EIGHT STATES THAT HAVE A LARGER POPULATION THAN LOS ANGELES COUNTY. L.A.C. IS UNDER MEXICAN OCCUPATION. IN LOS ANGELES, 47% OF THOSE WITH A JOB IS AN ILLEGAL USING A STOLEN SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER! THIS SAME COUNTY PAYS OUT $50 MILLION PER MONTH IN WELFARE TO ILLEGALS AND HAS A TAX-FREE MEXICAN UNDERGROUND ECONOMY CALCULATED TO BE $2 BILLION PER YEAR.
AS OBAMA AND THE LA RAZA DEMS WORK FOR NON-TRANSPARENT BIT BY BIT AMNESTY, YOU WON’T EVER HEAR THEM TALK ABOUT THE STAGGERING MEXICAN CRIME WAVE THAT SWEEPS THE NATION ALONG WITH THE MEXICAN INVASION AND OCCUPATION!
THE LA RAZA DEMS WILL NEVER STOP HISPANDERING FOR THE ILLEGALS’ ILLEGAL VOTES!
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MEXICAN CLAN OF DOCUMENT FORGERS OPERATES IN 33 STATES
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A Mexican clan of document forgers operates in 33 states, including Illinois. In Chicago, their annual take is around $2.5 million, and their main collaborators are gang members. Los Angeles - In 1848 what came to be called the Gold Rush started. People came to California from all over the world to seek their fortunes. The idea of getting rich without much effort was the main reason they left their countries and headed for the promised land to seek the precious metal. And so did Pedro Castorena-Ibarra and Manuel Leija-Sánchez, albeit 138 years later. In 1987 they found their goldmine in California. At that time the United States Congress had just passed a law giving amnesty to the undocumented who were living in the country. This was when the boom in forged documents got going. Everybody wanted to get the paperwork and, whatever the cost, have the documentation to show length of stay in the country so they could work legally. Pedro and Manuel took advantage of the situation and made document forgery into a highly profitable family business. Authorities estimate that this organization generates earnings of $300 million annually. The Castorena and Leija families, according to reports by the federal government, run a criminal organization dedicated to the production and distribution of fake documents. It is a criminal network extending into 33 states across the country. Its main leaders are Pedro Castorena and Manuel Leija, both in prison, but still in control of the cartel. The organization is run from their native Mexico by their parents, Alfonso Castorena and Natividad Leija, according to a federal agent involved in the investigation, ongoing for five years, which last month led to the arrest of Pedro Castorena in Guadalajara in the Mexican state of Jalisco. In terms of financial organization and operation, the organization has been compared to the Arellano Félix cartel in drug running and the Peralta-Rodríguez brothers´ organization in the human trafficking business. Specializing in forged ID cards, mainly the residency and work permit document called "green cards," the Castorena-Leija cartel is not above activities associated with the drug trade and human trafficking "coyotes." Suad Leija, Manuel Leija´s stepdaughter, described in an interview the secrets of the organization , disclosing that it is also involved with human trafficking gangs which bring people across the United States border illegally. "They also have connections with the Monterrey gang. Pedro knew the most about those people, and after him, my stepfather," Suad commented. This organization is considered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a branch of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as one of the largest internationally, with connections in Central America and Mexico. Friends from their childhood days, Pedro and Manuel became so good at the counterfeit document business that they used other identities, with which they managed for quitea while to outwit whoever was hot on their heels. They came to the US almost 20 years ago. Los Angeles was their cradle, where they first "went into business." Later they expanded to Chicago, where Manuel Leija ran the show. Little by little, they established themselves in New York, and then in Miami, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Albuquerque and Denver, among other cities. US Attorney Bill Leone has described this organization as a large-scale threat to national security, as it provides tools to criminals to evade justice. "These tools help criminals hide their identity and gain access to places where they should not be allowed. They facilitate other forms of identity theft," Leoni declared, revealing this organization´s operations. "They serve as a store for not just illegal immigrants but also for drug smugglers, money launderers and potential terrorists." For ICE Director of Investigations Marcy Forman, the Castorena-Leija organization, which can provide forged documents to terrorists intent on violating national security, is one of the largest and most sophisticated counterfeiter networks. Los Angeles City Prosecutor Arturo Martínez, who has prosecuted several cases of forged documents, explained that the proliferation of counterfeit documentation leads to the crime of identity theft and is a national security problem while generating multi-million dollar losses to the economy. It concerns a problem which goes beyond just getting a fake document to show proof of age for getting into a bar, Martínez explained. "It´s a highly complex problem, not just the crime of forging a document, but because other crimes are committed. There are criminals who get these documents to hide their identity, to get through airport security or to commit fraud." In the year 2004, according to the prosecutor, there were around one million victims of identity theft registered in California and ten million across the entire country. © La Opinión Counterfeiter´s stepdaughter puts family on display Suad Leija doesn´t care if she unmasks her family. This 22-year-old young woman feels that national security is more important. Her stepfather is Manuel Leija-Sánchez, identified by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as one of the ringleaders of a band of document ounterfeiters. She confirmed this. In recent months, Suad has worked as informant for the federal government. Investigators from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have been able to clear up several questions. Last month, together with Mexico´s Federal Investigations Agency (AFI, per its Spanish initials), managed to arrest Pedro Castorena in Guadalajara, one of America´s most wanted for the crime of counterfeiting documents. Pedro Castorena, aged 43 years, and Manuel Leija, aged 39, godparents of each other´s children, are both in jail. The former is in the process of extradition from Mexico; the latter is close to completing a one-year sentence. They are the ringleaders of a band of counterfeiters operating in 33 states across the country, according to Suad, whose explanation is backed up by the ICE investigation. From somewhere in the state of Georgia, Suad Leija offered a telephone interview to La Opinión. Her first words were, "My stepfather Manuel killed my real father in order to marry my mother." At that time, she said, she was a baby. They were living in Mexico City. When Manuel got her mother, they moved to Los Angeles, California in 1987. Suad was two years old. Together with Pedro Castorena, Manuel Leija and a few other relatives got started in the counterfeiting business. "My job was counting the money. I put it in envelopes, making envelopes of a thousand, two thousand, five thousand dollars." Suad remembered her work as a child, for which she was paid fifty dollars. In just a few years, the Castorenas and the Leijas managed to amass a fortune. In Mexico they have chains of motels, bars and restaurants,the result of money laundering. "When we arrived in Los Angeles, we lived in Pedro´s apartment - he was called `Perico´ [parrot] - and with his wife, Julieta León," the young woman explained. "That´s where they got started. Pedro and my stepfather sold documents and counted the money on weekends. That was my job, counting the money." In the early 90´s, the business now flourishing, Manuel took charge of the Chicago market, where they were expanding. The whole family moved together. "My stepfather took the Chicago area. My uncles, Julio and Pedro Leija, shared the other cities. In Chicago, my stepfather took in 2.5 million dollars a year," Suad commented. The young woman assured that, in spite of being in jail, Pedro Castorena and Manuel Leija have kept control of the organization. Federal agents consulted by La Opinión indicated that this organization has a few hundred people operating across the country in various cells. From Mexico, where the money is laundered in motels, bars, brothels and gyms, Suad said the business is controlled by Alfonso Castorena (in Guadalajara), Pedro´s father, and by Natividad Leija-Herrera (in Tlanepantla), Manuel´s father. A report in the Library of Congress, called Organized Crime and Terrorist Activities in Mexico, 1999-2002, points out that the founders of this organization, based in Guadalajara, are Alfonso Castorena and Juan San Germán, who have members of the Latin Kings gang as collaborators in the Little Village neighborhood in Chicago. In Las Vegas and Los Angeles, members of the 18th Street gang have also been linked to this organization. Suad fears for her life. She says she has already been threatened, so she moves from one place to another, under protection from the federal government. And for certain the Castorenas and Leijas have money and power aplenty. Authorities estimate that every year their document counterfeiting generates $300 million. "I don´t know how they figure tha amount, but my stepfather is always the first one to have the latest model car. He is quite the showoff in Mexico, although in the United States he is ever so humble, appearing to be a low-level worker so as to not call attention, but there in Mexico he´s quite the opposite," Suad said. Manuel Leija used to put on huge, rowdy parties in his parents´ home in the Jiménez Cantú section of the city of Tlanepantla in the State of Mexico. He liked drinking sprees and to have the band Los Tigres del Norte play "El Jefe de Jefes" [The Boss of Bosses] for him. With a glass of Azteca de Oro brandy in his hand, wearing a Versace shirt, fine boots and jewels on his neck, Manuel would sing noisily. He would say he was The Boss of Bosses. While Manuel lingers in jail, every third month his brothers Pedro, Julio, Elías and José Luis take turns with the business in the United States, Suad remarked. "That is, everybody gets a chance to make money. They take turns with the business, each one putting together his sales team, and then my aunts take charge of handling and managing the money." Why inform on your family? "For me, it´s like they never were. I am not of their blood. When I was little, they never treated me like I was part of the real family. Besides, it doesn´t matter to them if one of the documents they forge falls into the hands of a terrorist...All that matter to them is money." .................................................................
CAN YOU HEAR THAT SUCKING SOUND??? IT’S THE AMERICAN ECONOMY BEING SENT BACK TO NARCO-MEX.
IF YOU WONDER WHY YOU MUST PAY STAGGERING WELFARE COSTS FOR THE MEXICAN OCCUPIERS, IT’S BECAUSE THEY SEND THEIR MONEY BACK TO MEXICO. NEXT TO THE ABYSMALLY MANAGED OIL INDUSTRY, MEXICO’S BIGGEST STREAM OF INCOME IS THIS MONEY COMING BACK FROM THEIR POOR,
TWO MAJOR DONORS OF LA RAZA “THE RACE” The Mexican Fascist Party For Mexican Supremacy are WELLS FARGO and BANK of AMERICA.
BOTH BANKS ILLEGALLY OPEN BANK ACCOUNTS FOR ILLEGALS TO GET IN ON ALL THOSE NARCO DRUG MONEY WIRE TRANSFERS.
BOTH BANKS FOUND IT INCREDIBLY PROFITABLE TO GIVE ILLEGALS MORTGAGES USING FRAUDULENT DOCUMENTATION. IN THE END THE GRINGOS, AS USUAL WILL BAIL OUT BOTH BANKSTERS AND ILLEGALS.
THE MEXICAN LOOTER’S MENTALITY
“I know that many aliens who come here to work want to remain here, yet all too many come to the United States with a "looter" philosophy, giving the lawful immigrants who want to share in the “American Dream” a bad reputation.” In my former INS experience, it was not uncommon for the illegal aliens I arrested to make it clear that they were here for one purpose: to make as much money as possible as quickly as possible and send it all home. I know that many aliens who come here to work want to remain here, yet all too many come to the United States with a "looter" philosophy, giving the lawful immigrants who want to share in the “American Dream” a bad reputation. Part of the problem is that the relationship that businesses have with the United States is one of greed. These companies couldn't care less about the damage that they do to this country or the average working American. They are happy to exploit the illegal aliens and in so doing, get a lucrative piece of the action. And the bankers and money wire services like Western Union have become the silent partners of the illegal aliens. Of course, if the American dollar plummets far enough many illegal aliens will probably just head home, leaving this country in financial disarray. But when you read about the amounts of money being sent out of the United States that is lost to our economy, you must realize that the money you are reading about is not being earned by Americans or by lawful immigrants, because they have been displaced by illegal aliens who are willing to work for substandard wages. Unfortunately, Congress has just passed what has been billed as an "Economic Stimulus Package." This bill will undoubtedly be signed into law by the President and will call for taxpayers to be mailed one-time rebate checks that (it is hoped) will be used to spend on consumer goods that – get this – for the most part are not even produced in the United States. A large part of the problem we are having right now is that Americans are not saving enough money. Our citizens have been cashing in the value of their homes with second mortgages and huge credit card debts and now, the value of most of those houses has fallen into the basement! There is an utter lack of fiscal responsibility in abundant evidence in Washington and around kitchen tables across the United States and meanwhile, the front runners in the Presidential elections are eager to provide amnesty and thus more incentives for still more illegal aliens to drain still more money out of our economy. They will do this through remittances and other means of sending money back home. They will do this when they show up in the emergency rooms of hospitals across our nation demanding medical treatment without medical insurance. The criminal element of this massive influx of illegal aliens will injure and kill more victims in our country, destroying lives and the lives of family members of the victims of those crimes. Some of the crimes will also result in property losses and in fraud.
Identity theft is the fastest growing white collar crime in America today and is often motivated by organized rings that sell these stolen identities to illegal aliens seeking illegal employment.
The Congressional Budget Office has recently done a study that concludes that contrary to the assertions of the open borders / pro-amnesty crowd, illegal aliens represent a net drain on the economy. Finally, the attacks of September 11, 2001, in addition to the death and destruction they wrought, hammered our economy and the economies of other countries. Trade suffered, travel and tourism suffered – yet the travel and hospitality industries are pushing a program known as "Discover America" wherein they are attempting to have the United States government expand the Visa Waiver Program beyond the current 27 participating countries to as many as 39 countries. In the end, the United States and its working poor and middle class that is shouldering the greatest burden of the open borders and cash movement mess. Interestingly, with all of the interviews that were conducted in the article linked above, not a single interview was conducted to find out what the impact of the decline of the dollar has had on the average American family. ..............................
LA RAZA “THE RACE” THE MEXICAN POLITICAL PARTY FOR THE EVER EXPANDING MEXICAN WELFARE STATE AND MEX SUPREMACY. … Below is only one example of how it works.
DATE: MARCH 21, LA RAZA “THE RACE” ILLEGALS WILL MARCH ON D.C. DEMANDING WHAT OBAMA AND THE LA RAZA DEMS ARE ALREADY PREPARING… AMNESTY AND THE EVER GREATER EXPANSION OF THE MEXICAN WELFARE SYSTEM!..... ALONG WITH YOUR JOB!
WE ARE MEXICO’S WELFARE AND PRISON SYSTEM! IT IS TIME THEY PAY FOR THEIR OWN POOR, ILLITERATE, CRIMINAL AND PREGNANT? THE LA RAZA DEMS SAY NO! GRINGOS WILL KEEP PAYING! EVEN AS THESE VERY ILLEGALS HAVE OUR JOBS!
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Illegal Aliens Bump U.S. Citizens For Mental Healthcare
Last Updated: Mon, 03/08/2010 - 3:20pm
In the latest outrage involving illegal immigration, mentally ill U.S. citizens in Florida are being placed on waiting lists for treatment because public facilities are overcrowded with illegal aliens.
As if this weren’t disturbing enough, state officials want to turn the illegal immigrants over to federal authorities but patient confidentiality laws forbid it because it would violate the illegal aliens’ privacy. The baffling information was revealed this week by a northern Florida newspaper that says the crisis puts the state at the forefront of a national debate over whether illegal immigrants should enjoy the same rights to public health care as legal residents.
SUNSHINE STATE ANNUALLY SPENDS $165 MILLION FOR HEALTHCARE FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
The Sunshine State annually spends about $165 million on healthcare for illegal immigrants. A chunk of that, nearly $20 million, was spent to provide mental health care at public institutions for at least 86 illegal aliens, according to a November survey quoted in the piece. The cost is likely much higher, authorities say, because there are probably more unidentified undocumented immigrants in custody.
This has presented a huge burden on the state’s mental health resources and created a waiting list of 60 beds for those legal U.S. residents and citizens who need care. State lawmakers who oppose the current system have spoken out against it but failed to take action. The Republican who chairs Florida’s healthcare policy committee points out that it would be more appropriate for the illegal immigrants to “go back to their countries and get treatment there,” but so far has done nothing to remedy the situation.
U.S TAXPAYERS SPEND TENS OF BILLIONS TO PROVIDE “FREE” MEDICAL CARE FOR ILLEGALS. MEXICO IS PUSHING TO EXPAND THIS SIGNIFICANTLY. SO IS OBAMA, PELOSI, FEINSTEIN, BOXER, REID!
U.S. taxpayers spend tens of billions of dollars annually to provide free medical care for illegal immigrants nationwide with states that border Mexico taking the biggest hit. The expense has become so unbearable in California—long an illegal alien sanctuary—that several municipalities eliminated the perk last year to save tens of millions of dollars in the midst of the state’s dire financial crisis.
MEXICO OPERATES LA RAZA MEDIA TO PROMOTE EXPANSION OF THE MEXICAN WELFARE STATE.
Adding to the problem is the fact that Mexico, the country that provides the largest amount of illegal immigrants in the U.S., has long promoted America’s generous public health centers. It even operates a Spanish-language program (Ventanillas de Salud, Health Windows) in about a dozen U.S. cities that refers its nationals—living in the country illegally—to clinics where they can get free medical care without being turned over to immigration authorities.
For some, a struggle WHO THINKS ABOUT THE STRUGGLE OF THE AMERICANS?
Some illegal immigrants have used stolen Social Security numbers to qualify for health programs -- a form of medical identity theft increasingly on hospital radars. Many more scramble to pay for their medicine and doctors visits in cash, a challenge in an economy where day-laborer work has dried up.
HERE’S HOW WELL MEXICO’S WELFARE SYSTEM IN OUR BORDERS WORKS!
AN AMERICAN SEES & SPEAKS – Illegals and the MELTDOWN OF OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY – The Ever Expanding Mexican Welfare System
WHY WE ARE IN SUCH A MONEY SQUEEZE
Florida ER doctor's notes
Having spent three weeks in a hospital in Naples, Florida with my wife I couldn’t help noticing what was going on in the hospital and I had a lot of time to talk to the doctors and nurses about what I had observed. Below is a commentary from an ER Doctor. Do you think this might be a big reason our health care system and our social security system are so screwed up? Do you think this might be a big reason our taxes keep going up? Who do you think these people are going to vote for?
From a Florida ER doctor:
"I live and work in a state overrun with illegals. They make more money having kids than we earn working full-time. Today I had a 25-year old with 8 kids - thats right 8; all illegal anchor babies and she had the nicest nails, cell phone, hand bag, clothing, etc. She makes about $1,500 monthly for each; you do the math. I used to say, We are the dumbest nation on earth. Now I must say and sadly admit: WE are the dumbest people on earth (that includes ME) for we elected the idiot idealogues who have passed the bills that allow this. Sorry, but we need a revolution. Vote them all out in 2010. "
Mexico Promotes Free U.S. Healthcare For Illegal Immigrants
Time to wake up people! With unemployment at 12% and the state going broke, our tax dollars are going to pay for healthcare for hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens. To the tune of over a billion dollars a year!
Mexico's government operates programs in about a dozen American cities that refers its nationals--living in the U.S. illegally--to publicly funded health centers where they can get free medical care without being turned over to immigration authorities.
The program is called Ventanillas de Salud (Health Windows) in Spanish and its mission is to help illegal immigrants find U.S. hospitals, clinics and other government programs where they can get free services without being deported for violating federal immigration laws.
Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Diego and Indiana are among the cities where Mexican consulates operate the health referral system which annually costs U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars. In Los Angeles County alone, illegal immigrants cost taxpayers nearly $440 million in health services annually and a whopping $1.1 billion statewide.
The Mexican consul in Los Angeles proudly announced that nearly 300,000 Mexicans in the area have benefited from his government's health referral program, which he says actually saves the county money by encouraging immigrants to seek preventive care rather than waiting for more expensive emergency treatment.
The Southern California operation promises to assess "consulate clients" for eligibility to government-funded health insurance and other primary care services and offers free legal assistance to those who are denied coverage. Its goal is to improve access to health services for immigrants of Mexican origin by formalizing a health education, medical home referral and insurance enrollment program.
In Chicago, the Mexican consul's Spanish-language web site heavily promotes the Illinois Department of Health's low-cost prescription medicine program for illegal aliens and various free medical services throughout the state. It encourages all Mexicans in the area to pursue the valuable U.S. government-financed services for their entire family.
The Indiana-based program boasts that it serves thousands of "Mexican nationals" living in that state as well as Ohio, Kentucky and southern Illinois. Mexican officials claim that its highly successful pro-health program sends out a clear message to other Mexican consulates throughout the country and the world.
Although these programs facilitate people to remain in the country illegally, Mexico is working hard to expand them to all 47 U.S. consulates to better serve its nationals. In the meantime, U.S. taxpayers will keep picking up the exorbitant tab of medically treating the millions who live in the country illegally.
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THERE ARE NEARLY 50 MEXICAN CONSULATES SCATTERED ALL OVER THIS NATION, INVADED AND OCCUPIED BY MEXICO. CONTRAST THAT WITH UNITED KINGDOM, WHICH AS ABOUT 8.
THESE CONSULATES HAND OUT PHONY CONSULAR I.D.S AND PROMOTE THE INTERESTS OF LA RAZA “THE (MEXICAN) RACE” AND THE EVER EXPANDING MEXICAN WELFARE AND CRIMINAL STATE.
MEXICANS DO HAVE AN IMAGE PROBLEM, HOWEVER IT IS BASED ON REALITY, NOT MYTH.
MEXICANS ARE HERE NOT TO ASSIMILATE, BUT TO PILLAGE. THEY WALK OVER OUR BORDERS WITH NOTHING BUT THEIR MEXICAN FLAGS, RACISM, PENCHANT FOR CRIME, AND LOATHING FOR AMERICANS, OUR LANGUAGE, LAWS AND FLAG.
FROM JUDICIAL WATCH:
Image Makeover For Illegal Immigrants In Dallas
Last Updated: Tue, 01/26/2010 - 11:50am
The Mexican government’s new representative in Dallas has devised a plan to give the area’s half a million illegal aliens an image makeover that will shed their tainted reputations as noisy litterers who celebrate with guns and leave kids at home unsupervised.
The goal, according to the Mexican consul general, is for the compatriots who live illegally in his Texas consular region to earn the respect of Americans who see them as a nuisance to their country. The undocumented Mexicans have a bad reputation, said Consul General Juan Carlos Cue-Vega, and its time for an image makeover.
"Frankly, we have spoken about the issues that make us not look very good, like celebrations using guns, littering, [being] noisy in the neighborhoods, leaving the kids at home while going to work,” the consul told the local newspaper. “These are social and cultural things that we need to change. We have to educate our people ... to respect the law."
The consul says Mexican President Felipe Calderón shares his concerns, though neither would reveal if the compatriots are being lectured on violating U.S. immigration laws by entering the country in the first place. The consul prefers to focus on improving the reputation of the hard workers who were lured north by jobs but simply haven’t adapted to the culture.
The Mexican official has launched his makeover campaign by visiting centers—some financed with U.S. tax dollars—throughout the area that cater to illegal aliens and, in some cases, offer them a variety of social services. He will also meet with police and neighborhood code enforcement officers who can clarify the sorts of behaviors that create negative stereotypes of Mexicans.
This is hardly the first time that Mexico’s government dedicates resources to help its citizens living illegally in the U.S. A few years ago it published a 32-page handbook (“The Guide for the Mexican Migrant”) with safety tips for Mexicans attempting to cross the U.S. border illegally. It features everything from the best way to cross the Rio Grande into Texas to avoiding dehydration in the Arizona desert and migrants’ legal rights in the U.S.
Mexico also distributed hand-held satellite devices to ensure its citizens safely completed their journey north. The satellite tracking service helps rescue those who get lost or become sick crossing the dessert to illegally enter the U.S. through a number of border crossings. Any Mexican headed north was able to obtain the device from government authorities who estimate that they distributed about 200,000.
Mexico’s government also operates a program (Ventanillas de Salud or Health Windows) in about a dozen American cities that refers its nationals to publicly-funded health care centers where they can get free medical care without being turned over to immigration authorities. Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and San Diego are among the cities where Mexican consulates operate the health referral system which annually costs U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars. .
THEN ASK YOUR OFFICIAL WHAT SHE/HE HAS DONE ABOUT UNEMPLOYMENT (FOR AMERICANS!).
1. It is ILLEGAL to be here without proper papers (citizenship or work permits)....if they are here breaking the law to get here.....how do we expect them to obey the law when they are here?
2. 68% of all housed inmates in California prisons are illegal Latinos costing the state approximately 14 billion per year to keep locked up.
3 47 % of all child molestation cases last year were from illegal aliens. "In those instances, the illegal immigrants typically gained access to the victims after having worked as a day laborer at or near the victims' homes," she says. "Victims ranged in age from 1 year old to 13 years old, with the average age being 6."
4. 617, or 41 %, were sexual homicides and serial murders by illegal aliens. "The murders were the worst of the sex crimes and were especially vicious. The most common method was for an offender to break into a residence and ambush his victims. Not only were victims raped, but some (6%) were mutilated. The crime scenes were very bloody, expressing intense, angry perpetrator personalities. Specifically, most victims were blitzed, rendered incapable of fighting back, and then raped and murdered. The most common method of killing was bludgeoning, followed by stabbing. Caucasians were more likely to become victims of sexual homicide committed by illegal immigrants. Hispanics were second, and African Americans were third."
5. Schurman-Kauflin states that the illegal alien population includes 240,000 sex offenders – a "conservative estimate," she says. She goes on to say, "This translates to 93 sex offenders and 12 serial sexual offenders coming across U.S. borders illegally per day." She points out the 1,500 offenders in her study had 5,999 victims, an average of four victims for each sex offender and says, "This places the estimate for victimization numbers around 960,000 for the 88 months examined in this study."
6. The Schurman-Kauflin study noted that "Nearly 63% of the offenders had been deported on another offense prior to the sex crime." Note the word "deported," something that often comes up when we are talking about the crimes committed by illegal aliens. That means they were once removed from the country but came back in again to commit the crime! In this case, lack of any serious border security allowed the additional crime to happen – an additional 82,473 sex crimes – per year!
7. "Illegal immigrants who commit sex crimes first cross the U.S. border illegally. Then they gradually commit worse crimes and are continually released back into society or deported. Those who were deported simply returned illegally again. Only 2% of the offenders in this study has no history of criminal behavior, beyond crossing the border illegally. There is a clear pattern of criminal escalation. From misdemeanors such as assault or DUI, to drug offenses, illegal immigrants who commit sex crimes break U.S. laws repeatedly. They are highly mobile, work in low skilled jobs with their hands, use drugs and alcohol, are generally promiscuous, have little family stability, and choose victims who are easy to attack. Their attacks are particularly brutal, and they use a hands-on method of controlling and/or killing their victims."
8, "Women and girls are trafficked from many countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Mexico is the number one source for young female sex slaves in North America. Tlaxcala, in Central Mexico serves as a hotbed for slave traders. Young women and girls are abducted, tricked, and sometimes sold by poor families into a caged life. Highly prized are 12 year old girls sneaking across the border into the United States. The girls are grabbed by Los Lenones, aka pimps, and dragged to unfamiliar areas where they are ‘broken in.' It is well known that this often occurs in Mexico. The initiation process entails 20-30 men per day having brutal sex with the girls and women. Victims are beaten, drugged, and repeatedly raped until their wills are broken. It is then that the sale is possible.
9, "Recently an outbreak of hepatitis traced to Chi-Chi's Mexican restaurant, in Pennsylvania was inexplicably traced to contaminated green onions, not the most obvious cause, undocumented food workers who harbored Hepatitis. For the most part, Hepatitis is a blood-borne, not a food-borne disease. The Hepatitis outbreak infected over 650 individuals, caused 9,000 Americans to undergo immune globulin shots, and killed 4 people.
If Americans found out restaurants can commonly infect their customers from food workers, it would be a serious blow to the restaurant industry. Better blame the green onions. Let's concede the onions, grown in Mexico, were contaminated from fecal material containing Hepatitis. Did all the green onions imported from Mexico end up in one single restaurant? There were no other outbreaks of Hepatitis anywhere elsewhere from green onions. There were 13 mexican restaurant workers who had Hepatitis. They were the likely source of the transmitted infection.
All these diseases and pathogens, and a plethora of others that are not endemic to the US, are being brought in by unscreened illegal aliens who then spread them to an unsuspecting population. These diseases will give you something to think about the next time you are eating at a restaurant with the grunt work being done by illegal aliens who didn't have medical screening before preparing and handling your food.
10. However, the direct cost of educating the children of illegal aliens is somewhere between $29 and $35 BILLION dollars a year. You can add in another billion or two for the costs of supplemental feeding programs and other welfare benefits administered through the schools but which are off the "education costs" in the school budgets.
Most illegal aliens are working in lower paying jobs are often sharing houses and apartments with other families. Most pay little or no state or federal income taxes and, because they have low incomes and frugal lifestyles, they pay little sales taxes as well. The local and state taxes illegal aliens pay, comes no where near paying for the education costs of their children. The difference is picked up by the tax paying public. Since many localities fund public schools through real estate taxes, this often means escalating taxes which put an enormous burden on elderly home owners living on fixed incomes.
11. Digressing for a moment, what the hell was a convicted, illegal alien sex offender even doing out of jail or not immediately deported – even if 63% do come right back - let alone roaming around the neighborhoods while on a registry! Has the judicial system in this country gone insane?
In any case, Operation Predator began on July 9, 2003, and resulted in 6,085 child predator arrests throughout the country - an average of roughly 250 arrests per month and eight arrests per day. While arrests have been made in every state, the most have occurred in these states: Arizona (207), California (1,578), Florida (255), Illinois (282), Michigan (153), Minnesota (190), New Jersey (423), New York (367), Oregon (148) and Texas (545).
While Operation Predator was a noble effort and ICE is to be commended, it only made a small dent in the criminal activity and number of horrific crimes being committed by illegal alien child sexual predators.
12. An article in the San Francisco Chronicle stated that Mexicans living in the U.S. send between $6 and $8 billion back to their families every year, making them the third-biggest legitimate force in the Mexican economy, after oil and tourism. Additionally, US taxpayers pay for all the direct and indirect costs of "housing" the Mexican illegal aliens. In essence, it's an unofficial form of foreign aide. Mexico isn't about to control its borders, since Mexicans fleeing their country for work in the U.S. send plenty of money back to their own country.
While the $6-8 billion number is often quoted, a fairly recent story in The Brownsville Herald, Banks seek stake in billions sent home, notes that some estimates place the amount of dollars going south in 2006 will be $45 Billion, which was up from an estimated $30 Billion in 2004.
Regardless of the amount, all that money is leaving the US economy and not creating additional job opportunities here. Additionally, all that money represents jobs Americans used to have.
13. "All the research suggests that the reason illegal aliens create large fiscal [deficits] for the country is not their legal status, but rather their educational attainment. Sixty percent of illegals are thought not to have even a high school education, another twenty percent, a high school education only. All the research suggests that people with relatively little education make relatively little money in the modern American economy ...[As] a consequence, they tend to pay relatively little in taxes, even if they are legal and on the books.
At the same time, [these individuals] tend to use a fair amount in public services, reflecting their lower incomes. I estimate illegals pay about $16 billion a year to the Federal Government in taxes ... the difference between what they pay in taxes and use in services is about $10 billion. So right now the net drain on the Federal Government alone from illegal families is about $10 billion. If we began to legalize [these individuals] and they began to pay taxes and use services like legal immigrants with the same level of education, the net fiscal drain would roughly triple to nearly $30 billion."
14. The United States currently has one of the lowest rates of TB in the world. Mexico has 10 times the rate and killing over 400,000 in mexico each year.
15. Chagas Disease (American Trypanosomiasis), endemic to South and Central America, is spread by infected triatomine bugs, known as the "kissing bugs," that bite people. It was unknown in the United States until fairly recently. It is now estimated that between 100,000 and 500,000 people in the US have Chagas Disease. Who is infected? Mostly illegal aliens.
Since Chagas Disease is basically unknown outside of the illegal alien community most doctors won't recognize it and the blood supply just started being screened for it. Most cases of Chagas Disease that occur in patients other than illegal aliens are thought to be contracted from tainted blood – blood sold by illegal aliens with Chagas Disease before the blood supply started being tested for it as of August of 2006.
16. HIV The number of illegal Mexican and Central American immigrants with HIV or AIDS is unknown, mostly because researchers rarely ask about immigration status. However, it is known that the rate of HIV infection among Latino women in California is about twice the rate of white women. At one free California health clinic, all of the women that had HIV or AIDS were Mexican or Central American "immigrants."
17. To make matters worse, in excess of 7,000 new cases of leprosy have been diagnosed in the U.S. in the past three years. As the “Silent Invasion” report concludes, “illegal alien immigrants from Brazil and up through Mexico have fueled the resurgence into the United States.”
18. Malaria was eradicated from the USA in the 1940s but recently there were outbreaks in southern California, New Jersey, New York City, and Houston. Additionally, Malaria tainted blood has been discovered in the blood supply donated by latinos.
19. In 2006 , 21,807 of the 39,537 people, 54.3%, arrested on DUI charges in california. were Hispanic.
The article goes on, "When crashes occur, it is not uncommon for Hispanic drivers – often intoxicated and unlicensed – to flee before troopers arrive. According to State Police records, about a third of accidents involving migrant workers are hit-and-run. State Trooper Koushel said migrants often cannot be conclusively identified when they're stopped for a violation or involved in an accident." "Many", he said, "are illegal aliens who carry fake or invalid driver's licenses". "Because of that", he said, "many fail to show up in court. It's almost like writing a ticket to a ghost."
20. How many hit and run accidents are there and what is the participation of illegal aliens? As reported by Deadly Roads, as of December 29, there were 1,544 killed and 105,078 injured in hit and run accidents in 2006 in the state of california.
Audit looks at migrant re-arrests
Jan. 9, 2007 12:00 AM
WASHINGTON - Some illegal immigrants are being released from prison only to be arrested on new charges despite government efforts to deport them and keep them out of the country.
The findings are part of an audit by Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine that suggest authorities are still struggling to deport illegal immigrants who commit crimes, even though most state and local authorities are notifying immigration authorities of the imminent release of prisoners.
Fine's office analyzed the cases of 100 immigrants who had served time in prison and found 73 of them were rearrested after being released.
On average, each immigrant was rearrested six times, ranging from traffic violations to assault.
Fine's office couldn't determine how many illegal immigrants had been rearrested overall because immigration authorities don't keep track.
If the sample was any indication, "The rate at which released criminal aliens are rearrested is extremely high," the report said.
Last year, Homeland Security's inspector general said immigration authorities expected that most of the 300,000 illegal and legal immigrants eligible to be deported would be released.
Federal officials said they would need 34,000 additional beds at a cost of $1.1 billion to detain and remove all of them.
A CRAIGSLIST POSTER IN DALLAS Sees & Speaks!
re: re: Dallas loves illegals.
Date: 2010-01-26, 8:29PM CST
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No I live in the suburbs, I wouldn't live in Dallas. It use to be okay, but fucking liberal policies are a magnet to illegals. Dallas is such a shit hole anymore because of illegals that invaded once prosperous north Dallas areas and just ruined them. The south side always sucked, now the north side does as well.
The bad part is that these pest are like rats and cockroaches. They are even invading the suburbs. Time to call in the exterminators, but you need to do it every where, else the bugs will just scatter.
re: Dallas loves illegals... (boonies)
Date: 2010-01-26, 7:23PM CST
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Do you live there?
If not, what's it to you?
Besides, this shit happens
all over the nation...