Tuesday, February 1, 2011


LAPD gang units dismantled in some high-crime areas

Officers who refuse to disclose financial status are assigned to patrol. Department downplays concerns but critics say it's risky.

By Joel Rubin and Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times

February 2, 2011

The Los Angeles Police Department has temporarily dismantled anti-gang units in several of its most crime-plagued neighborhoods because officers in those squads refused to comply with a controversial financial disclosure rule that they view as misguided and invasive.

Police officials have sent the defiant officers back to regular patrol duties and expect that it will take several months to rebuild the gang units with others willing to abide by the policy, which requires officers to periodically submit information regarding their assets and debts. Until then, patrol officers have been saddled with trying to keep up with gang-suppression efforts, a move some gang unit supervisors and community advocates fear could lead to an erosion of expertise and hard-fought gains in reducing gang violence and crime.

"There is definitely a concern that we might start to lose some of the ground we've gained," said Sgt. Randy Goens, a veteran gang supervisor in South Los Angeles who reluctantly plans to complete the disclosure form.

"They have an essential role," the Rev. Ben "Taco" Owens, a former gang member who is now a prominent gang interventionist, said of the gang officers. "They are familiar with the gangs. They are familiar with the community.... They won't be around. It's detrimental."

The disclosure policy is intended to help identify and deter corruption among the estimated 600 gang and narcotic officers who frequently handle cash, drugs and other contraband. Adopted nearly two years ago, the plan gave officers who were already assigned to the units until the end of March to abide by the new rules or be moved back to regular patrol assignments.

Few narcotics officers objected, but discontent among gang officers has persisted. In recent months, field commanders have grown increasingly worried that the March deadline would not leave them enough time to recruit and train new officers before the onset of summer, when gang crime traditionally spikes. Department officials required officers to declare their intentions in December and gave commanders permission to take action before the end of March.

About three-quarters of the officers agreed to the disclosures, according to LAPD estimates. There were, however, significant holdouts: All but one of the roughly 80 gang officers in the department's Southeast, 77th, Northeast and Hollenbeck divisions — areas that are home to some of the city's most violent and active gangs — refused, LAPD officials confirmed. Likewise, all members of the smaller gang teams in Van Nuys and Devonshire said they would not adhere to the policy.

"The bottom line is it isn't going to be effective and it's insulting. If we were dirty, we wouldn't be putting cash into a bank account," said a veteran gang officer who, like others, asked that his name not be used because of concern that he would be disciplined. "It's a matter of principle."

In response, the LAPD captains in charge of those six divisions disbanded the gang units and have begun rebuilding them. Instead of keeping some or all of the veteran gang officers in the units until the end of March to help train new officers, field commanders said they decided it would be better to move them out at once and as early as possible. That decision was made in part to avoid possible tensions between the outgoing and incoming officers.

Other LAPD divisions have lost some portion of their gang officers but managed to keep the units operational.

Police Chief Charlie Beck and other LAPD officials downplayed the possibility that the decision to dismantle the units could lead to a rise in gang activity. With most of the former gang officers now on patrol assignments in the same neighborhoods in which they previously worked, Beck and the others said, there would be sufficient police presence to prevent a crime surge.

"The sky is definitively not falling right now," said Southeast Division Capt. Phil Tingirides. "This will work temporarily."

Several senior LAPD officials acknowledged, however, that the decision to disband the gang units inevitably will mean a less intense focus on gang activity and expressed concern that the longer-term risks are significant. With each week that passes, they said, the department will lose ground in the effort to stay on top of the shadowy and always-shifting machinations of the city's gangs.

"It's the intelligence gathering, the intimate knowledge of who these gang members are and where they're located, the upkeep with the informants and the constant stream of information on what the gangs are up to that I'm worried about losing," said Capt. Dennis Kato, commanding officer of the 77th Area, where more than 15 major gangs are active. "We're going to be a little slower in catching up to these guys."

Vic Corella, a recently retired detective who spent years battling gangs in South Los Angeles, noted that although the LAPD keeps tabs on gangs, the gangs are keeping tabs on the LAPD and may exploit the situation.

"They know about deployments," he said. "They may not be educated. But they are not stupid."

Corella added that prosecutors often rely on expert testimony of gang officers to win convictions. That testimony, he said, depends largely on whether the officers have up-to-date knowledge on a gang's activities. A constant presence is required, he said, or "your information gets stale, because the players change so often."

Like traditional patrol officers, members of the LAPD gang units are required to wear police uniforms and drive the black-and-white LAPD vehicles. Instead of being dispatched on radio calls, however, the gang officers concentrate exclusively on gang crime. They are the only police officers permitted to photograph gang members and access Cal-Gangs, a statewide database that law enforcement agencies use to keep information on gang members.

In recent years the LAPD has had some success pushing down the level of gang-related crimes, and officials say the specialized gang units played a large role in the gains. Gang killings and aggravated assaults by gang members, for example, both fell about 30% between 2007 and last year, according to LAPD statistics.

The task of recruiting officers to join the gang units is a delicate and slow process, several police captains said in interviews. Many of the younger officers now fear they will be ostracized by the departing gang cops for acceding to the requirement.

"I have a number of young officers who have said quietly that they would love to join the unit, but they don't want to cross what we call the 77th family," Kato said.

The potential for the disclosure issue to cause schisms among officers has pushed Beck and his command staff to strike a delicate balance. In a show of solidarity with the veteran gang officers, they have submitted the disclosure information themselves and, for months, have been addressing officers at roll-call meetings in an attempt to persuade them to complete the paperwork. At the same time, however, department leaders have made it clear to gang officers who refuse to comply that they cannot pressure others to do the same.

"We've been spreading the message that this is a personal decision and the first guy caught causing problems will be gone," Kato said. "I owe that to officers who are willing to sign."

The battle over financial disclosures has been long and contentious, dating to the sweeping set of reforms the U.S. Department of Justice forced on the LAPD after the Rampart corruption scandal a decade ago. The union representing rank-and-file officers, which has taken a strong stance against the disclosures, has battled repeatedly with department officials over how to implement the policy.

The department pushed through a disclosure plan in 2009. At the time, Beck's predecessor, William J. Bratton, admitted that he did not believe that collecting the officers' information would do anything to stop a rogue cop but said the policy was an unfortunate necessity.

In interviews, several gang officers who refused to comply with the disclosures voiced often-heard complaints about the policy. They dismissed the disclosure forms as ineffective and insulting, and they raised concerns that attorneys could force the department to turn over the financial documents in lawsuits, despite assurances by Beck that the financial information will be kept secure.

Gang officers said it was not worth it to them to stomach the disclosures, particularly because they have little incentive to remain: The department does not offer bonus pay for the hard, dangerous assignment, which often requires large amounts of overtime.

"The department has been told over and over that disclosures were going to be a problem," said Paul M. Weber, president of Police Protective League, the police union. "They didn't want to listen. They went ahead simply so they could check off a box and satisfy the Department of Justice. And now it's created a huge disruption within the organization that isn't going to do anyone any good."

Illegal-immigration Enforcement Program Takes a Toll on U. S. Hispanic Populations

Illegal-immigration enforcement program takes a toll on U.S. Hispanic populations, report says

By Tara Bahrampour

Washington Post Staff Writer

Tuesday, February 1, 2011; B06

A program that deputizes local police officers to enforce immigration laws sent the Hispanic population plummeting in many places across the United States, including Prince William and Frederick counties, according to a report released Monday by the Migration Policy Institute.

In some cases, the initial decrease was steep: Between 2007 and 2009, Frederick County lost 61 percent of its Hispanic population, and Prince William County lost almost 21 percent, according to the report from the nonpartisan institute, which used census data and school enrollment figures. The Hispanic populations have rebounded, but not to their previous levels.

The study focused on seven places - including Prince William and Frederick - that have adopted the federal 287 (g) program, which is in use by 70 state and local law enforcement agencies in 25 states.

Under the program, which costs $68 million annually, local police officers are trained to determine the immigration status of people they arrest and flag those found to be in the country illegally to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Once illegal immigrants are transferred to ICE custody, the U.S. government decides whether to begin deportation proceedings.

Although ICE has said it prioritizes deportation of people with serious criminal backgrounds, some of the jurisdictions participating in the program seek to remove as many undocumented immigrants as possible, regardless of their criminal background, the study found.

Frederick was among them, the institute found. In fiscal 2010, the county detained 198 undocumented immigrants through the 287 (g) program, and 120 were traffic offenders, the study says.

Prince William took a more targeted approach, the study found. The county detained 846 illegal immigrants in 2010, including 237 traffic offenders. In Loudoun County, 12 of the 47 people detained had committed a traffic offense.

In Frederick and Prince William counties, fewer than 10 percent of those detained were arrested for the most serious, Level 1 crimes, which include murder, rape and armed robbery. In Las Vegas, by contrast, more than 50 percent of illegal immigrants detained were arrested for the most serious crimes.

"The wide variation reflected in our study suggests that state and local actors, rather than ICE, are significantly defining the program's enforcement priorities," says the report, which based its findings on ICE data and interviews conducted in the seven localities.

In response to the report, ICE spokeswoman Gillian Brigham said: "MPI's study affirms the value of ICE's focus on enforcing immigration law in a manner that best promotes public safety, border security and the integrity of the immigration system. The study, however, fails to acknowledge that certain misdemeanors - such as drunk driving and domestic violence - are of serious concern, undermine public safety and warrant ICE's attention."

Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins denied that the county is trying to deport as many illegal immigrants as possible but said undocumented traffic violators are potential threats.

"How do you say that a [serious] Level 1 offender is more dangerous than an immigrant who's out driving a car illegally who could potentially hit someone and kill them?" Jenkins said, noting that those arrested are "in the country illegally to start with, and beyond that, they've committed a crime. How many free passes do you give someone?"

The report says that targeting serious criminals makes more sense as an enforcement strategy, particularly when government resources are limited.

Pursuing unauthorized immigrants who haven't committed serious crimes "takes away resources to go after what everybody believes are the high-priority criminals," said Marc Rosenblum, a senior policy analyst at MPI and one of the report's authors. "You can't have them be a top priority and then have the waitress or the gardener who's never broken a law except to be here illegally, you can't have them both be the top priority. When these state and local enforcement agencies fill up the detention centers and jails with low-priority cases . . . it compromises ICE's ability to do high-priority enforcement."

It also sows fear and distrust between local immigrant communities and the police, the report says.

Immigration advocates have long decried the 287 (g) program, saying that it leads to racial profiling and destroys relationships between police and immigrant communities.

Because of the controversy surrounding it, the program's growth has stalled. Another enforcement program, Secure Communities, has largely replaced it at the local level, although Secure Communities has been attacked for some of the same reasons.

Nationally, 998 jurisdictions in 38 states participate in Secure Communities, including the District and parts of Northern Virginia and Maryland. The program, which costs about $100 million annually, has been criticized in Arlington County and the District, where local officials worry that it is discouraging undocumented immigrants from reporting crimes.

ICE has said it plans to expand the program to every state by 2013.

Corey A. Stewart (R-At Large), chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors and a supporter of both enforcement programs, said he thinks that allowing jurisdictions to apply the 287 (g) program differently is positive, especially given variances in concentrations of immigrants in different areas.

"I would say that's a plus," he said. "I think it's an example of localities and states being the great laboratories for policy development."


Barriers aren't just for the border now

Brady McCombs Arizona Daily Star
Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 2:00 pm

TABLE TOP WILDERNESS AREA - The landscape of saguaros, mesquite trees and prickly pear cactus here has a new feature - steel railroad rails welded into crisscrosses and connected by flat rails.

This rusting structure is a vehicle barrier designed to stop drug and people smugglers who barrel across the desert in trucks. The barriers are common at the international line - there are more than 139 miles of them along Arizona's stretch of U.S.-Mexico border.

But this isn't the border.

This 1.3-mile stretch of "Normandy-style" vehicle barriers was recently erected 70 miles north of the border on the Bureau of Land Management's Sonoran Desert Monument, just south of Interstate 8 and southwest of Casa Grande.

It is likely the first time border barriers have been used this far north, and the latest example of how managing public lands along the U.S.-Mexico border is now as much about dealing with trash and trails left behind by illegal border crossers as it is about monitoring endangered animals or watering holes.

BLM officials put up the barrier to redirect traffic around the federally protected Table Top Wilderness Area, where cars are prohibited. They know it won't stop drugs from reaching cities across the United States, but they couldn't sit back and watch the beautiful landscape get trampled.

Skinny, knee-high signs proclaim Table Top as protected wilderness.

"The public might respect our little signs, but they are not an issue for the smugglers," said Damian Hayes, a BLM law enforcement ranger who patrols the area.

The barrier is on the southern boundary of Table Top, which borders the northern edge of the Tohono O'odham Nation. Smugglers have carved a grid of illegal roads through the wilderness area as they cross the O'odham land and cut through Table Top on their way toward Phoenix, inflicting serious damage to the habitat.

The recently completed barrier has already diverted vehicle smuggling around the wilderness area, and BLM crews have begun restoring the lands damaged by the roads, Hayes said.

"It's been amazing that it's done exactly what it was intended to do," said Hayes, who has patrolled the area for four years. "It's hard to gauge exactly where they are going, but they are definitely not using the wilderness area."

The problem isn't unique to the Table Top Wilderness. From Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Southwestern Arizona to Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge southwest of Tucson to the multiple patches of Coronado National Forest across Arizona's border, land managers grapple with a multitude of issues related to being the busiest stretch of border for illegal immigration and drug smuggling. Including the Tohono O'odham Nation, nearly 86 percent of the Arizona-Mexico borderlands are federal or tribal lands.

Dealing with border issues is nothing new - Arizona has been the route of choice for a decade. But the national attention about how federal public-land managers deal with the cross-border traffic and work with federal law enforcement agencies has amplified in the past year with two high-profile killings in which suspects may have passed through federal lands.

BLM officials put up signs south of I-8 in the Table Top Wilderness Area warning visitors that the area was an active human- and drug-smuggling corridor and that they may encounter "armed criminals and smuggling vehicles." The signs became political fodder in the 2010 election and became a symbol to some that the United States had ceded territory to smugglers.

When BLM officials took them down and replaced them in October with toned-down notices, they were criticized for trying to make it seem that the problem had gone away. The irony - similar signs have been up for years across Southern Arizona.

The agency is considering putting up more vehicle barriers in Ironwood Forest Monument just northwest of Tucson. There are already vehicle barriers or fences up along the international border in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge and the Coronado National Forest.

Materials to build vehicle barriers are plentiful - hundreds of miles of old barriers were uprooted in the past three years to make way for Department of Homeland Security border fences and walls. Some of that excess supply went into the Table Top barriers, which cost the BLM about $66,000 each, said spokesman Dennis Godfrey.

Threat to employees

"The United States and Mexico border is 1,969 miles long," says a woman narrating over vaguely Mexican-sounding music and video of cactus and mesquite at the border. "It is a land that is both beautiful and fragile with a rich diversity of plants and animals.

"The management and protection of many of these areas has been entrusted to federal and state agencies," she says, as logos of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the BLM and the National Park Service, among others, flash on the screen.

"The employees working for these agencies not only have to protect the land and serve the public, but also have to deal with a unique situation: a tremendous amount of drug smuggling and illegal immigration in a harsh desert environment. These illegal activities pose a very real threat to employees."

This video - titled "Working along the United States-Mexico border" - is shown to federal employees and volunteers to make them aware of the situation and how to protect themselves.

Though illegal crossings have dipped along with the economy in recent years, federal lands in Arizona continue to be high-risk areas for illegal immigration and drug smuggling, says a November report from the Government Accountability Office.

The number of apprehensions by the Border Patrol on federal lands has not kept up with the number of estimated illegal entries there, the report found. Border Patrol agents made more than 91,000 apprehensions on federal lands in the Tucson Sector in fiscal 2009, but the agency estimated there were nearly three times as many illegal entries on these lands, the report said.

There's no way around it - working or volunteering on public lands near Arizona's border carries a level of risk.

At Organ Pipe, where ranger Kris Eggle was fatally shot in 2002 by a drug smuggler, about half the 330,000-acre park is closed to the public. That's an improvement over 2007, when the park was 97 percent closed, but still nothing like the 1980s, when park staffers planned their work around the seasons - not law enforcement schedules.

The monument is divided into three zones: red zones where staffers can go only with security escorts; blue zones where staffers must go with at least one other person and call hourly to check in; and white zones that are open to the public and where the staff can work freely.

When staffers need to work in the red zones and none of the monument's 20 law enforcement officers is available, Organ Pipe Superintendent Lee Baiza has to contract security officers to escort them.

"It adds to the cost of doing business," Baiza said.

And it prevents or delays the staff from getting regular land-management work done. The Quitobaquito natural spring, about 100 yards north of border on the monument, is prime habitat for the endangered pupfish. Monument staffers sometimes have to travel 18 miles from the visitor center to make sure water levels there are adequate.

But since the spring is in the monument's red zone, staffers can't go alone without being accompanied by law enforcement officers. Staffers have to inform officers days ahead of such trips, too, so the officers can patrol the area one or two days before to make sure it's safe.

Monument officials outline these security concerns in recruitment material sent out to college students considering participating in field work at the monument, Baiza said. For some, it's not a big deal; for others, it's a deal-breaker.

"It's not just anybody that comes," Baiza said.

Federal law enforcement officers at the six border public lands visited by GAO officials this year said they spend 75 to 97 percent of their time responding to threats from illegal cross-border activity, the report found. At Organ Pipe, drug smugglers regularly use the visitor center parking lot as a staging area, says a Border Patrol threat assessment in the GAO report.

Keeping up with all the trash left behind keeps the BLM's Kathy Pedrick busy. Since 2002, the BLM has run an organized a trash-pickup program called the Southern Arizona Project. In fiscal 2009, the project picked up 234 tons of trash.

"They'll leave backpacks, food, whatever they want to jettison before a vehicle takes them," said Pedrick, special assistant to the BLM state director and chairperson of the Borderland Management Task Force, a group of officials from federal agencies that meets every two months to discuss border issues.

The estimated 2,000 tons of trash left behind by smugglers and illegal immigrants has harmed the fragile Sonoran Desert, landing Buenos Aires, Organ Pipe and Cabeza Prieta on lists of most imperiled federal lands at different points this decade.

There is even a website devoted to the trash (www.azbordertrash. gov). The site, run by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, is designed to coordinate cleanups and track results.

Under more pressure

While the strain of dealing with illegal cross-border activity is nothing new, the pressure on border land managers has escalated in the last year, led by a Republican lawmaker from Utah.

A month after Robert Krentz was killed on his Cochise County ranch, U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop introduced a bill that would give Border Patrol agents total access to public lands, where they now must adhere to some restrictions. He justified the legislation based on authorities' belief that the person who killed Krentz fled into Mexico through the San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge, 17 miles east of Douglas.

Bishop was the ranking member of the House Natural Resources subcommittee on national parks, forests and public lands. He was recently named chairman.

In June, Bishop's office sent a press release saying the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge had just days earlier announced the closure of 3,500 acres to the public due to dangers posed by Mexican drug smugglers. The press release missed a key fact: This section of the Buenos Aires Refuge has been closed since October 2006.

The erroneous report prompted several national media outlets to report a 4-year-old story as if it were new. The office of Buenos Aires refuge manager Sally Gall was flooded with inquiries, forcing the refuge to issue a press release to clarify things. The increased pressure from Bishop and others and the spreading of inaccuracies has given border public lands in Arizona a bad image, Gall said.

"Yes, there probably is increased drug traffic and the drug issue is definitely a concern, but I just think it's created a lot more fear in people than what was needed," Gall said. "It portrayed this area as really dangerous and that people should fear coming here."

In fact, illegal immigration has slowed so much through the refuge that Gall and the refuge staff will consider reopening the closed section later this year, after National Guard troops stationed there leave, she said. The estimated number of illegal crossings has dropped to about 100 per day, compared with more than 1,000 a day just a few years ago, she said.

Since last fall the GAO has been evaluating the relationship between federal land managers and federal law enforcement, issuing two reports in the past four months about an improving but flawed relationship.

The first report concluded that federal rules governing public lands along the border cause some delays but do not prevent the Border Patrol from handling its assignment to secure the border.

The Dec. 14 fatal shooting of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry near Peck Canyon northwest of Nogales added fuel to the fire, too, since it apparently occurred within the Coronado National Forest. The exact location of the shooting has not been made public by the FBI or the Border Patrol.

Bishop sent out a statement the day after, lamenting the murder: "It's no secret why criminal organizations entering the U.S. from Mexico strategically target federal lands as the most ideal and secure route to traffic drugs, smuggle humans and carry out a host of other criminal acts. Strict environmental regulations are enabling a culture of unprecedented lawlessness that has led to numerous deaths on federal lands, including yesterday's tragic death of agent Terry."

All the increased attention on the border creates an opportunity for federal officials in Arizona to educate people across the country about the reality on the ground, Pedrick said.

"The fact that people are aware and recognizing the problem," Pedrick said, "can help solve the problem."





Rep. Peter DeFazio Introduces Mandatory E-Verify Bill in the House

By cchmielenski

Created 01/31/2011 - 1:36pm

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Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) has introduced a new House bill that would require the mandatory use of E-Verify for all businesses in the United States. The Triple E-VICT Act would help the 22 million Americans who can't find full-time work by ensuring jobs don't go to illegal aliens. Rep. DeFazio is a pro-environment Democrat who also understands the impact that high immigration levels, partly caused by illegal immigration, have on future environmental sustainability.

Monday, January 31, 2011 - 13:36

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) has introduced a new House bill that would require the mandatory use of E-Verify for all businesses in the United States. The Triple E-VICT Act would help the 22 million Americans who can't find full-time work by ensuring jobs don't go to illegal aliens. Rep. DeFazio is a pro-environment Democrat who also understands the impact that high immigration levels, partly caused by illegal immigration, have on future environmental sustainability.

Rep. DeFazio's Triple E-VICT Act would require all employers to check the worker eligibility status of current and future employees. Employers would have to begin checking new hires within two years of the bill's passage. Public employers would then have 3 years to screen all current employees, and private employers would have up to 6 years to screen all current employees. The Triple E-VICT Act would end the jobs magnet that is the root cause of most illegal immigration.

The Triple E-VICT Act would also increase fines and penalties for businesses who don't comply or still hire illegal alien workers. The bill's provisions would also root out identity theft and fraud and close up any current loopholes.

Ninety-seven percent of employees receive an automatic confirmation from E-Verify within 24 hours and require no further action. Of the 2.6 percent that receive tentative non-confirmations, 0.3% are eventually cleared and 2.3% are deemed ineligible to work in the United States.

Senators Grassley & Durbin Outline Concerns on H-1B Fraud -

Senators Grassley and Durbin Outline Concerns on H-1B Fraud

Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 10:43 AM EST - posted on NumbersUSA

Sens. Grassley and Durbin

Congressmen Who...

Joined the Reclaim America Jobs Caucus

Updated Friday, June 18, 2010, 10:48 AM EST - posted on


Total 41 Members

(AL) Bachus

(AL) Griffith

(AZ) Franks

(AR) Boozman

(CA) Bilbray

(CA) Calvert

(CA) Gallegly

(CA) Rohrabacher

(CA) Hunter

(CA) Issa

(CA) McKeon

(CA) Miller

(CA) Royce

(FL) Bilirakis

(FL) Young

(GA) Gingrey

(GA) Kingston

(IN) Burton

(IA) King

(KS) Tiahrt

(LA) Alexander

(MD) Bartlett

(MO) Akin

(NC) Jones

(NC) McHenry

(NC) McIntyre

(NC) Myrick

(OH) Latta

(TN) Blackburn

(TN) Roe

(TX) Carter

(TX) Conaway

(TX) Gohmert

(TX) Marchant

(TX) McCaul

(TX) Neugebauer

(TX) Sessions

(TX) Smith

(UT) Bishop

(UT) Chaffetz

(WV) Capito

Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) have sent a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, outlining their concerns of abuse within the H-1B visa program. The H-1B visa program allots 65,000 3-year visas per year for highly-skilled workers with more than half used by high-tech companies. The 65,000 visa cap for the 2011 fiscal year was reached last week, which could prompt calls for increasing the annual cap.

In their letter, Senators Grassley and Durbin referred to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office that identified several areas of abuse within the visa program, including failure by tech companies to look for available American workers to fill open jobs and failure to pay H-1B visa workers the appropriate wage.

"The H-1B visa program is riddled with loopholes and is in need of serious reform. It’s time to put integrity back into the program, and ensure that the program works for American workers and businesses," Grassley said. "Senator Durbin and I have been highlighting fraud and abuse within the H-1B program for years, and this report reiterates those concerns. It’s time we get the program back to its original intent where employers use H-1B visas only to shore-up employment in areas where there is a lack of qualified American workers.”

"Congress created the H-1B visa program so an employer could hire a foreign guest-worker when a qualified American worker could not be found. We’ve long argued that the H-1B visa program is plagued with fraud and abuse and is a vehicle for outsourcing American jobs. This report backs us up. Especially at a time when millions of Americans are unemployed, the H-1B visa program should complement the U.S. workforce, not replace it."

The GAO report also pointed out that the government doesn't have an accurate count of how many H-1B visa holders are currently in the country.

"We are deeply troubled that DHS has no idea how many H-1B visa holders are working in the United States at a time when millions of Americans are unemployed," Sens. Grassley and Durbin wrote.

The two Senators also criticized a Bush-era rule that extends the time that foreign students can stay and work in the United States after they graduate. Pres. Bush extended the time from 12 months to 29 months, but both Senators agree that the students are not paid a prevailing wage, which creates unfair competition with U.S. graduates. The Obama Administration has defended, but it's been labeled as a backdoor H-1B visa.

For more information, and to read the full letter, visit Sen. Grassley's website.


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Gov. Susana Martinez Signs Executive Order Directing Police to Ask About Immigration Status

By cchmielenski

Created 02/01/2011 - 3:43pm

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New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez signed an executive order on Monday that requires police to ask people they've arrested for their immigration status. The executive order rescinds a policy that prohibited police from asking about an individual's immigration status that was established by former-Governor Bill Richardson.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 15:43

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez signed an executive order on Monday that requires police to ask people they've arrested for their immigration status. The executive order rescinds a policy that prohibited police from asking about an individual's immigration status that was established by former-Governor Bill Richardson.

Gov. Martinez's executive order prohibits police from inquiring about an individual's immigration status if they are a victim of a crime, but puts an end to what she called "sanctuary policies" that were encouraged by former-Governor Richardson.

"This order takes the handcuffs off of New Mexico's law enforcement officers in their mission to keep our communities safe," Martínez said in a statement. "The criminal justice system should have the authority to determine the immigration status of all criminals, regardless of race or ethnicity, and report illegal immigrants who commit crimes to federal authorities."

New Mexico is one of three states that still issues driver's licenses to illegal aliens, but Gov. Martinez's executive order coincides with the introduction of a bill in the state legislature that would end that practice.

Pew Hispanic Report Reveals Obama FAILURE On Immigration Enforcement - BUT DOES OBAMA CONSIDER NON-ENFORCEMENT A WAY TO AMNESTY?

Pew Hispanic Report Reveals Obama Failure On Immigration Enforcement

By Roy Beck, Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 7:14 PM EST - posted on NumbersUSA

The Pew Hispanic Center's annual report on the number of illegal aliens in the U.S. provides this astounding conclusion: The number of illegal foreign workers holding U.S. jobs has remained steady at about 8 million, just barely below the level in 2007 before the recession and disappearance of millions of U.S. jobs.

The federal government has been an utter failure at protecting the interests of unemployed Americans.

The Supreme Court has often ruled that a primary purpose of immigration laws is to protect American workers.

The Obama Administration has presided over a period in which million of U.S. jobs just disappeared. Pres. Obama's oath of office in January 2010 included enforcing the country's immigration laws to keep illegal foreign workers out of U.S. jobs.

But this Pew Center report finds that apparently the most secure workers in America have been those who have no legal right to hold jobs.


Talking to a reporter for a major metropolitan daily this afternoon, I noted that the Pew findings don't suggest that efforts in Arizona, for example, haven't been helpful locally -- just not nationally.

That is, Arizona benefitted from illegal aliens leaving the state, even though many moved to NEW Mexico instad of back to Mexico.

For every illegal worker who moved out of Arizona because of increased enforcement, an unemployed American worker in Arizona got a shot at a job, and Arizona taxpayers had one less low-paid resident to support with public services. But if that illegal worker moved to New Mexico, it appears that he/she probably found a job there, meaning that a legal resident of New Mexico stayed unemployed. At least, that is what the Pew study seems to indicate.

No matter how many times illegal aliens had to move, they seem on average to have been able to illegally obtain a job in another community or state.

Much of this would change if Congress and the President would just pass a mandatory E-Verify law that would put most U.S. jobs beyond the reach of illegal workers -- no matter how many times they move.

ROY BECK is Founder & CEO of NumbersUSA

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White House Says Amnesty Will Make U.S. Smarter

Last Updated: Mon, 12/06/2010 - 1:37pm

As it pushes the lame-duck Congress to pass an amnesty bill, the White House claims that legalizing millions of illegal immigrants will help the U.S. economy, support military troops and make the nation smarter.

In its desperate attempt to convince Americans that the soon-to-expire Congress should approve the contentious DREAM Act, the White House compares the measure to a popular Chinese herb known to improve cognitive function. Like Ginkgo Biloba, the DREAM Act will make the country smarter, according to the No. 1 argument on a White House list titled “10 Reasons We Need The DREAM Act.”

Scheduled for vote in the U.S. Senate this week, the DREAM Act offers illegal aliens a pathway to citizenship if they obtain an American high school diploma and enter college or the military. It also provides heavily discounted tuition at the nation’s public colleges and universities, leaving U.S. taxpayers with a monstrous $6.2 billion annual tab, according to a recent study of the tuition subsidies that will be provided under the law.

Most Americans resoundingly oppose the DREAM Act, which not surprisingly has the strong support of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano who says it will help “separate the bad guys from the good guys.” In a last-ditch effort to sway public opinion, the White House issued its laughable argument for enacting the amnesty bill, which it refers to as a “common-sense piece of legislation” to help “those brought to the United States as minors through no fault of their own.”

Besides, “Uncle Sam says the DREAM Act supports our troops,” because it represents an opportunity to expand the recruiting pool, according to the White House. The economy boost theory comes from a study conducted by a notoriously liberal California university that advocates for open borders. It claims that the DREAM Act could add up to $3.6 trillion in taxable income over the course of the careers of the legalized illegal aliens.

Evidently, the folks in the Oval Office ran out of creative ideas to advocate for the amnesty law because the No. 10 reason is…drum roll….”It’s the right thing to do: ”It’s just plain common sense and it’s the right thing to do.” Sounds convincing, doesn’t it?















Illegal Immigration and the Federal Budget

Illegal Immigration and the Federal Budget

Executive Summary

This study is one of the first to estimate the total impact of illegal immigration on the federal budget. Most previous studies have focused on the state and local level and have examined only costs or tax payments, but not both. Based on Census Bureau data, this study finds that, when all taxes paid (direct and indirect) and all costs are considered, illegal households created a net fiscal deficit at the federal level of more than $10 billion in 2002. We also estimate that, if there was an amnesty for illegal aliens, the net fiscal deficit would grow to nearly $29 billion.

Among the findings:

Households headed by illegal aliens imposed more than $26.3 billion in costs on the federal government in 2002 and paid only $16 billion in taxes, creating a net fiscal deficit of almost $10.4 billion, or $2,700 per illegal household.

Among the largest costs are Medicaid ($2.5 billion); treatment for the uninsured ($2.2 billion); food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches ($1.9 billion); the federal prison and court systems ($1.6 billion); and federal aid to schools ($1.4 billion).

With nearly two-thirds of illegal aliens lacking a high school degree, the primary reason they create a fiscal deficit is their low education levels and resulting low incomes and tax payments, not their legal status or heavy use of most social services.

On average, the costs that illegal households impose on federal coffers are less than half that of other households, but their tax payments are only one-fourth that of other households.

Many of the costs associated with illegals are due to their American-born children, who are awarded U.S. citizenship at birth. Thus, greater efforts at barring illegals from federal programs will not reduce costs because their citizen children can continue to access them.

If illegal aliens were given amnesty and began to pay taxes and use services like households headed by legal immigrants with the same education levels, the estimated annual net fiscal deficit would increase from $2,700 per household to nearly $7,700, for a total net cost of $29 billion.

Costs increase dramatically because unskilled immigrants with legal status -- what most illegal aliens would become -- can access government programs, but still tend to make very modest tax payments.

Although legalization would increase average tax payments by 77 percent, average costs would rise by 118 percent.

The fact that legal immigrants with few years of schooling are a large fiscal drain does not mean that legal immigrants overall are a net drain -- many legal immigrants are highly skilled.

The vast majority of illegals hold jobs. Thus the fiscal deficit they create for the federal government is not the result of an unwillingness to work.

The results of this study are consistent with a 1997 study by the National Research Council, which also found that immigrants' education level is a key determinant.


Article by Frosty Wooldridge

May 25, 2004

Published on The Washington Dispatch.

After 30 years in the Border Patrol as a special agent and highly decorated veteran, John W. Slagle wrote an expose' ripping the pants off Tom Ridge's Homeland Security charade. Slagle exposes Congress' complete assistance of illegal immigration. Finally, he uncovers President Bush's unending support for this massive invasion that will, in the end, prove more catastrophic to this nation than dozens of 9/11's.

Interviewing John W. Slagle at his home in the Arizona desert brings to mind what an interview with Harry S. Truman might have been like. The buck stops here! Slagle, a certified second degree black belt instructor in Japanese sword fighting, is not the kind of man that plays a casual game of chess. He's a warrior. He's defended America in the Navy and as a border patrol officer for most of his life.

After watching the accelerating illegal alien invasion for three decades, he wrote, Illegal Entries as an expose' of America's failed immigration policy. You won't be disappointed as it reads like a James Bond novel. But I this case, Slagle illustrates how the United States loses its national sovereignty via the past five presidents and Congress. What defines this invasion? Power and money at the highest levels! It involves corporations and politicians representing illegal aliens more than American citizens. It exposes reasons for the downright violation of the rule of law by our own lawmakers.

America's downfall, Slagle writes, began with the surreptitious passing by Teddy Kennedy and LBJ's 1965 Immigration Reform Act. This little known document was not voted on or asked for by American citizens. It opened the floodgates to one million immigrants annually. Previously, only 178,000 annually were allowed. At first, they arrived without fanfare. But today, 60 million immigrants later and rising like a dangerous tidal wave; they crash upon our shores without pause. Where we were once a stable population, we are now the fastest growing country behind China and India.

Once the corporations realized huge profits from cheap labor immigrants, they busted unions and lowered wages. A few elites profited while the rest of us paid the bills. Soon, illegals trickled into America. Now, they 'pour' in at one million annually. The total of 2.3 million people yearly has become an endless human monsoon. "Due to the fact that illegals work for far less money that US citizens, greedy employers hired illegals for maximum profits," Slagle said. "Taxes did not have to be paid, nor employee benefits."

Legal immigrant costs alone to American taxpayers exceed $68 billion annually. But American citizens started paying benefits for illegals such as aid to dependent children, billions for schooling, medical services, free lunch programs, assisted housing and higher insurance rates. Along the way, illegals drove cars without insurance or licenses. With them came crime, diseases and prisons. Legal and illegal immigrants fill an astounding 29% of state and federal prisons at a taxpayer cost of $1 billion annually.

"Illegal immigration and the ruthless nature of alien smugglers who transport human cargo by vehicles is a serious concern," Slagle said. "Smugglers will pack a pick-up three deep. Aliens, stacked like cordwood, are covered with tarps as smugglers proceed to staging areas." Where do they obtain the vehicles? In 2003, Phoenix became the car-jacking capital of the world with 57,600 stolen SUV's and pick-ups. And who among you thinks a head of lettuce or handpicked strawberry was cheap?

What does a 'coyote' make? "A smuggler easily makes $5,000.00 a week tax free," Slagle said.

At first in the 70s, the flow included 8,000 arrests of illegals per month in one sector of Arizona with an estimated 16,000 'got aways', but they were all cheap labors and prospective voters. How safe are Americans from this invasion? "The sale of false documents are available worldwide," Slagle said. "A criminal can look like an ordinary citizen in the blink of an eye."

In contrast, in 2004, Border Patrol apprehensions reached 96,521 in January which was up from 86,925 in January, 2003. More sobering is the fact that agents catch only one in five aliens.

"For a price, anyone can be smuggled into the USA by human traffickers whether cheap labor, wanted criminals or terrorist cells," Slagle said.

In 1979, Daryl Gates, in Los Angeles, created the perfect cover for illegal aliens with his 'Special Order 40'. It gave illegal aliens immunity from police arrest. Unfortunately, that 'sanctuary order' also provided cover for the 20,000 member 18th Street Gang in LA as well as the MS-13 Salvadoran gangs that now operate in 28 American cities. Worse, Governor Baldacci of Maine signed the first statewide sanctuary law into being this year.

What we're seeing is our Congress and national leadership dismantling our laws by not enforcing them. Lawlessness becomes the norm, just like Third World corruption. Illegal aliens now have more rights and privileges than Americans. If you are an illegal alien, you can drive a car without a driver's license or insurance. You may obtain medical care without paying. You may work without paying taxes. Your children enjoy free education at the expense of taxpaying Americans.

As Slagle chronicles in his book, Illegal Entries, the United States suffers a hemorrhaging of its sovereignty, rule of law, single language and cohesiveness as the onslaught of this immigration juggernaut sweeps like a deadly plague across this country.

Next: Part II-Incredible Money and Drugs Being Imported and Exported



Immigrating America Into a Colony of Mexico

Article by Frosty Wooldridge


Published on The Washington Dispatch.

America faces a greater and more dangerous threat from within than from without. While our armed forces secure Afghanistan and Iraq, our own borders stand unguarded 24 hours a day. Al-Qaeda insurgents plan their next attacks somewhere inside our country. They advocate a violent overthrow of America.

We’ve got an even more ominous enemy within our borders that promotes “Reconquista of Aztlan” or the reconquest of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas into the country of Mexico. With 9.2 million Mexicans now living in America, their goal of colonizing our country back into Mexico moves forward. A more sobering reality stems from the evidence that it’s Mexican-American citizens in the forefront of this disintegration of our country.

What is the evidence? Because of massive immigration from south of the border, more Mexican flags brazenly fly in Los Angeles and surrounding cities than Old Glory. More Spanish speaking radio stations broadcast than English speaking. More people speak foreign languages than English in the City of Angels. More school kids can’t speak our national language in California. It’s so bad in the Golden Bear State, last year 800,000 Americans fled abrasive conditions growing like a cancer in southern California. Worse, the “18th Street Gang” in Los Angeles features 20,000 members with 60 percent of them being illegal aliens. They coordinate drug traffic, robberies and extortion. Finally, the corruption is so great, ‘Special Order 40,’ augmented by the Los Angeles Police Department, makes it impossible to arrest, detain or deport illegal aliens. Little wonder more than three million operate in California.

But as their numbers grow and their allegiance remains with Mexico, this country is at risk of an internal coup. But the worst danger comes from our own citizens of Mexican heritage. They want our southwestern United States back. Will they take it by violence? Use an army? No! They are colonizing us by sheer numbers. They are the fastest growing ethnic group in America, but they have no allegiance to our country.

They are organized, too. The following are two speeches from a dozen others: Augustin Cebada, Information Minister of Brown Berets, militant para-military soldiers of Aztlan shouting at U.S. citizens at an Independence Day rally in Los Angeles: "Augustin Cebada, Brown Berets, we're here today to show LA, show the minority people here, the Anglo-Saxons, that we are here, the majority. We do the work in this city, we take care of the spoiled brat children, we clean their offices, we pick the food, we do the manufacturing in the factories of LA, we are the majority here. We're here in Westwood, this is the fourth time we've been here in the last two months, to show white Anglo-Saxon Protestant LA, the few of you who remain, that we are the majority, and we claim this land as ours, it's always been ours, and we're still here, and none of the talk about deporting. If anyone's going to be deported it's going to be you! Go back to Simi Valley, you skunks! Go back to Boston! To back to the Plymouth Rock, Pilgrims! Get out! We are the future. You're old and tired. Go on. We have beaten you, leave like beaten rats. You old white people, it is your duty to die. Right now we're already controlling those elections by violence or nonviolence. Through love of having children we're going to take over." Other demonstrators: "Raza fuerza (brown race power), this is Aztlan, this is Mexico. They're the pilgrims on our land. Go back to the Nina, the Pinta, the Santa Maria."

If you don’t think he’s serious about taking over our border states, try this guy on for size: Jose Angel Gutierrez, Professor, University of Texas at Arlington, founder La Raza Party at UC Riverside: "The border remains a military zone. We remain a hunted people. Now you think you have a destiny to fulfill in the land that historically has been ours for forty thousand years. And we're a new Mestizo nation. And they want us to discuss civil rights. Civil rights. What law made by white men to oppress all of us of color, female and male. This is our homeland. We are not immigrants that came from another country to another country. We are migrants, free to travel the length and breadth of the Americas because we belong here. We are millions. We have an aging white America. They are not making babies. They are dying. It's a matter of time. The explosion is in our population."

For a sleepy American public and a politically correct Congress, the colonization of America by a foreign country proceeds quietly, pervasively, methodically and perversely. Forty-six Mexican consulates operate and dictate in major cities across our country. Mexico’s President Fox visits and makes demands. They’re pouring over our borders like water over a broken dam.

Our resources are being drained at $56 billion annually. Immigrants send $15 billion back to Mexico. They send $25 billion back to South America and $16 billion back to Asia. Our annual trade deficit exceeds $400 billion. Over $100 billion in cash flows out of our borders for drugs. We pay billions for illegals in our medical systems, schools and ESL classes. According to Professor Borgas of Harvard, American workers lose $133 billion in wages to illegal aliens taking over American jobs.

“Immigrant advocacy groups no longer promote legal immigration, citizenship, learning English or any other assimilation into this country. Hispanic-rights groups talk of reoccupation and repatriation of the southwestern United States,” wrote Linda Bentley in “Paving the Way to Aztlan: With Propaganda, Politics, Racism.”

Do you want America to be split up? Do you want Texas to become a state of Mexico? Do you want America to become as corrupt as Mexico? Do you want the filth, squalor and diseases of Mexico to become a part of America’s reality? Do you want to give up California to Aztlan? Do you want America to become a part of the Third World?

Keep doing nothing about this immigration invasion and you’ll get your wish.



"An autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide." SURRENDERING OUR NATION TO THE MEXICAN INVASION


Even with the facade of Tom Ridge's Homeland Security, 800,000 illegal aliens continue walking, crawling or tunneling across the Mexican border annually. Their accelerating numbers undermine America's ability to function.


Another speaker told a packed audience how 'offshoring' and 'outsourcing', fully supported by the president and congress have cost over three million American jobs in the past six years.


How to Destroy America

Article by Frosty Wooldridge


October 31, 2003

Published in MichNews.com.

In Washington, DC, several weeks ago, an immigration-overpopulation conference was filled to capacity by many of America’s finest minds and leaders. Writers, speakers, CEO's, representatives from Congress such as Tom Tancredo as well as former governors graced the podium. Bonnie Eggle, mother of the national parks ranger Kris Eggle, slain by Mexican drug runners last year on our unguarded southern border--gave a compelling speech that left not one dry eye in the place. Peter Gadiel, father of Jamie Gadiel, spoke powerfully on how the World Trade Center took his son and how nothing has been done since--to stop the flow of illegal immigration into the United States. Even with the facade of Tom Ridge's Homeland Security, 800,000 illegal aliens continue walking, crawling or tunneling across the Mexican border annually. Their accelerating numbers undermine America's ability to function.

During the conference, speaker after speaker astounded the audience with facts on how fast the present administration and congress continue dismantling the American Dream for average citizens. Mr. Rob Sanchez of Arizona, showed how H-1b and L-1 visas have ripped one million high tech jobs out of American worker's hands. Another speaker told a packed audience how 'offshoring' and 'outsourcing', fully supported by the president and congress have cost over three million American jobs in the past six years. His prediction was even more depressing: "In excess of three million more jobs will be 'outsourced' within four years. Those American jobs are headed to Mexico, India, China, Pakistan and Brazil."



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OBAMA’S AMERICA: Open & Undefended Borders!

“What we're seeing is our Congress and national leadership dismantling our laws by not enforcing them. Lawlessness becomes the norm, just like Third World corruption. Illegal aliens now have more rights and privileges than Americans. If you are an illegal alien, you can drive a car without a driver's license or insurance. You may obtain medical care without paying. You may work without paying taxes. Your children enjoy free education at the expense of taxpaying Americans.”


“While the declining job market in the United States may be discouraging some would-be border crossers, a flow of illegal aliens continues unabated, with many entering the United States as drug-smuggling “mules.”


As the liberal news media, far-left Democrats, and labor unions push for the “Hispanicazation” of U.S. culture, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the U.S. border has never been more secure.



In Mexico City, she announced that the U.S. appetite for illegal drugs and the easy acquisition of guns from the United States by Mexicans are the root causes of the Mexican crime wave. “Blame America” has become the global agenda of the Democratic Party.


Obama's 'Hispanicazation' of America

Monday, January 10, 2011 08:28 AM

By: James Walsh

Casting a shadow on economic recovery efforts in the United States is the cost of illegal immigration that consumes U.S. taxpayer dollars for education, healthcare, social welfare benefits, and criminal justice. Illegal aliens (or more politically correct, “undocumented immigrants”) with ties to Mexican drug cartels are contributing to death and destruction on U.S. lands along the southern border.

While the declining job market in the United States may be discouraging some would-be border crossers, a flow of illegal aliens continues unabated, with many entering the United States as drug-smuggling “mules.”

Increasingly vicious foot soldiers of the Mexican drug cartels are taking control of U.S. lands along the border, especially since U.S. Border Patrol units have been reassigned, some to offices 60 to 80 miles inland.

The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) early last year posted signs warning citizens to avoid Interstate 8 between Casa Grande and Gila Bend, Ariz., because of criminal activity in the area, an area that includes protected natural areas precious to the nation.

In reaction to public outrage over the signs, the BLM removed the offensive wording in October 2010, replacing it with the following: Visitor Information Update—Active Federal Law Enforcement Patrol Area.

As the liberal news media, far-left Democrats, and labor unions push for the “Hispanicazation” of U.S. culture, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the U.S. border has never been more secure.

Perhaps she is basing this on the reduced number of apprehensions, which result, of course, from reassigning Border Patrol agents inland.

In a recent New York Times article, Nicholas Kristof criticized U.S. citizens for not speaking a foreign language and suggested that “Every child in the United States should learn Spanish.” He concluded that as the United States increasingly integrates economically with Latin America, Spanish will be crucial for the United States.

For decades, the liberal left has argued that Latin America is essential for U.S. business and trade. Kristof states that Latin America “is finally getting its act together” but fails to mention the Obama administration’s $2 billion loan of U.S. taxpayer money in 2009 to Brazil’s Petrobras oil company for deep off-shore oil drilling. Obama confidant George Soros, through the Soros Fund Management LLC, until recently owned millions of dollars of Petrobras stock.

Kristof suggests that one day Spanish-speaking Americans will be part of daily life in the United States and that workmen such as mechanics will be able to communicate easily with Spanish-speaking customers.

He fails to explain why these customers will not be speaking English. After all, the ability to speak, read, and write English remains a requirement for U.S. citizenship.

President Barack Obama gives lip service to increasing border control resources with limited funding and personnel. Many officials, including the governors of Texas and Arizona, are skeptical regarding the Obama administration’s resolve. They resent that the United States is being blamed for the killing fields on both sides of the Mexico-U.S. Border.

For instance, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in March 2009, during her first official visit to Mexico, placed the blame for the Mexican drug cartels’ vicious murders on the United States.

In Mexico City, she announced that the U.S. appetite for illegal drugs and the easy acquisition of guns from the United States by Mexicans are the root causes of the Mexican crime wave. “Blame America” has become the global agenda of the Democratic Party.

The Obama administration’s plan to resolve the immigration chaos is to offer amnesty to all comers. President Obama re-affirms his support of a “pathway to citizenship” (amnesty) for illegal aliens in 2011.

The administration, however, has announced no plans to control the influx of future waves of illegal aliens or their skyrocketing costs to the nation. The administration, which condones U.S. sanctuary cities and states, has no plans to file charges against them for violations of federal immigration law. Nor does the administration seem concerned about the environmental impact that illegal aliens have on the ecology of the United States.

Many national forests, parks, monuments, wilderness areas, and wildlife refuges — once the pride of the nation — are serving today as marijuana fields for illegal alien gangs.

Former Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi reportedly said to a gathering of illegal aliens in California in 2009 that U.S. immigration laws were “un-American,” suggesting that they need not be obeyed. Concerned citizens can only trust that the new speaker of the House, John Boehner, as part of congressional oversight of federal agencies, will demand enforcement of existing immigration laws.

When will President Obama recognize that illegal immigration is slowing economic recovery? Can he resolve the chaos while still appeasing his Hispanic base?

To maintain his populist aura, the president is in the habit of saying one thing to one audience and the opposite to another.

One Obama apologist explained, “Campaign rhetoric is one thing,” suggesting that governing is another. The deliberate Hispanicazation of the United States to secure a block of votes is quite another.


Immigration Invasion - View From A Border Patrol Officer


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NAPOLITANO'S LA RAZA PROGAGANDA: America Borders Are Secure From Mex Terroism!



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January 31, 2011

Napolitano Accuses Critics of Politicizing Border Issues


Sharpening a confrontation with Republicans over Southwest border enforcement, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said on Monday that crime and illegal crossings had dropped sharply along the border, and she accused lawmakers who say violence is out of control there of trying to “score political points.”

One week after Republicans in the House of Representatives held the first of a series of hearings to criticize the Obama administration’s record on immigration enforcement, Ms. Napolitano fought back in a speech at the University of Texas at El Paso. She said that arrests by the Border Patrol, an indication of illegal crossings, had fallen 36 percent in two years and that crime rates in many border cities remained low despite surging drug violence in Mexico.

“None of us can stand silent when the public dialogue dishonors the memory and service” of Border Patrol agents, including one agent who was killed in December, “by misstating the facts and unfairly politicizing border issues,” Ms. Napolitano said.

Her speech came as Homeland Security Department officials were also fending off criticism that they were too tough on illegal immigrants. In a report, the Migration Policy Institute, a research organization in Washington, found that a national program of cooperation with state and local police was not meeting priorities set by the department to focus primarily on deporting immigrants who committed serious crimes.

The report, the first broad study by an independent group of a federal program known as 287(g), found that about half of the immigrants detained for deportation under the program had committed minor crimes or traffic violations. The official goal of the program is to identify and deport immigrants who commit the most serious felonies.

The report found that local sheriffs and county officials who signed up for the program were determining in practice whether immigrants would be detained selectively, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s priorities, or whether virtually every immigrant arrested by the local police would be questioned under the program. While Immigration and Customs Enforcement is in charge of ensuring that the program is carried out uniformly across the country, the institute’s report found wide variations.

“States and local authorities are setting the priorities for 287(g),” said Marc Rosenblum, a Migration Policy Institute researcher.

Obama administration immigration officials have struggled to find a balance between lawmakers in some states who argue that federal authorities have failed to secure the border, and immigrant groups who say the administration has carried out a tougher crackdown on illegal immigration than President George W. Bush’s.

Immigrant advocate organizations have strongly opposed the 287(g) program, arguing that illegal immigrants without criminal records are being deported for traffic and other minor violations, breaking up families long rooted in the United States.

Under the 287(g) program, which is named for the immigration statute that created it, immigrants are questioned about their legal status when they are booked into jails, and in a few places immigrants can also be detained by the police during street patrols.

In Cobb County, Ga., only 21 percent of immigrants detained for deportation under the program were suspected of serious or violent crimes. By contrast, in the Las Vegas metropolitan area, more than 70 percent of those detained had committed the most serious offenses.

The report found that Hispanic immigrants were particular targets of the 287(g) program. In Frederick County, Md., the Hispanic population declined by 61 percent after the county adopted the 287(g) program, while neighboring counties experienced an increase in Hispanics.





U.S. Alleges Mexican Drug Cartel Rented Apartments in U.S. to Recruit Young Americans

Friday, January 07, 2011

By Edwin Mora

A soldier guards packages containing marijuana as they are shown to reporters in the pouring rain in Tijuana, Mexico, on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias)

(CNSNews.com) - An assistant U.S. attorney told CNSNews.com that a federal judge will hear a criminal case later this month involving an offshoot of the Tijuana cartel that is believed to be setting up operations in the United States to recruit young Americans for drug trafficking.

The case shows that U.S. drug cartels are attempting to extend their operations into the United States.

Todd Robinson, the assistant U.S. attorney who will prosecute the alleged drug ring at the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of California, said he expects the federal judge who will hear the case on Jan. 26 to set a trial date on that day.

According to the 86-page indictment, Mexican drug cartels have rented apartments in the United States under a franchise scheme aimed at recruiting young Americans into their illicit activities, coordinating drug trafficking operations, as well as kidnapping and extortion on both sides of the southwest border.

The case to be heard stemmed from a long-term investigation dubbed “Operation Luz Verde” (green light), that began in November 2009. The probe was conducted by the multi-agency San Diego Cross Border Violence Task Force and it reportedly revealed state and federal crimes, including murder, kidnapping, firearms and drug trafficking.

Investigators used court-authorized wiretaps to capture 50,000 phone calls over a six-month period that led to a case against 43 suspects, including some Mexican police officers and top officials, such as Jesus Quinones Marquez, the director of International Liaison for the Baja California Attorney General’s Office.

In that position, Marquez is one of the primary Mexican liaison officials providing information to U.S. law enforcement officers. According to the investigation, Marquez used his position to provide the drug cartel Fernandez Sanchez Organization (FSO) with confidential law enforcement information. He also allegedly arranged the arrest of FSO rivals by Mexican authorities.

The Justice Department indictment was unsealed in late July 2010 and charges 43 defendants with taking part in a federal racketeering conspiracy (Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 1962(d)). In the complaint, the 43 alleged culprits are said to be members of the FSO, which is an offshoot of the Arellano-Felix drug trafficking ring based in Tijuana.

According to the complaint, FSO “is a transnational drug organization with integrated narcotics and enforcement operations in the United States and Mexico.”

It is described as a “powerful organization that controls drug distribution and other illegal activities in the U.S. and Mexico, and which has increasingly committed acts of violence in Tijuana, San Diego County, and the greater Los Angeles area to expand its influence.”

The hierarchy of command under the leadership of Fernando Sanchez Arellano is comprised of five distinct groups: lieutenants, underbosses, corrupt Mexican officials, crew leaders, and crew members.

A young man lies dead in a public park after being shot to death by unidentified assailants in the municipality of Apodaca on the outskirts of Monterrey, Mexico, Wednesday Dec. 1, 2010. The numbered tags mark bullets casings. (AP Photo/Carlos Jasso)

According to the wiretaps and secret informants, the Fernando Sanchez Organization was operating out of a San Diego apartment it referred to as “The Office.”

The criminal complaint states that Mexican drug cartels are recruiting young Americans in an effort to keep their drug trafficking operations under the radar, including using young women as drug mules to cross from Mexico into the United States.

These “mules” allegedly were paid $100 per trip to smuggle quarter-pound loads of methamphetamine across the border.

The San Diego criminal enterprise also was recruiting members of U.S.-based Latino street gangs, both illegal immigrants and U.S. citizens, and former Mexican police officers, according to the indictment.

Most of the gang members operating in the San Diego office of the accused Mexican cartel are Latino, some illegal aliens and others U.S. citizens, according to the criminal complaint.

The investigation found that the criminal group had safe houses, distributed illicit drugs, trafficked in guns and other weapons, laundered money, committed robberies, and collected drug debts. When debtors failed to pay, they were kidnapped or targeted with execution on both sides of the southwest border.

In one instance, according to the investigation, the accused drug enterprise “placed the defaced headstone of two murder victims in the victims’ family courtyard with a threatening message” in an effort to publicize its enforcement capabilities.

During this investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice for the first time used communication towers on the U.S. side of the border to capture and monitor phone and radio communications used by Mexican drug cartels in the border area and thus were able to show that Mexican drug cartels are moving to expand their grasp into U.S. territory


California POPULATION EXPLOSION - Heavy Breeding Mexicans


60 million Californians by mid-century

Riverside will become the second most populous county behind Los Angeles and Latinos the dominant ethnic group, study says.By Maria L. La Ganga and Sara LinTimes Staff WritersJuly 10, 2007Over the next half-century, California's population will explode by nearly 75%, and Riverside will surpass its bigger neighbors to become the second most populous county after Los Angeles, according to state Department of Finance projections released Monday. California will near the 60-million mark in 2050, the study found, raising questions about how the state will look and function and where all the people and their cars will go. Dueling visions pit the iconic California building block of ranch house, big yard and two-car garage against more dense, high-rise development.But whether sprawl or skyscrapers win the day, the Golden State will probably be a far different and more complex place than it is today, as people live longer and Latinos become the dominant ethnic group, eclipsing all others combined.Some critics forecast disaster if gridlock and environmental impacts are not averted. Others see a possible economic boon, particularly for retailers and service industries with an eye on the state as a burgeoning market."It's opportunity with baggage," said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., in "a country masquerading as a state."Other demographers argue that the huge population increase the state predicts will occur only if officials complete major improvements to roads and other public infrastructure. Without that investment, they say, some Californians would flee the state.If the finance department's calculations hold, California's population will rise from 34.1 million in 2000 to 59.5 million at the mid-century point, about the same number of people as Italy has today. And its projected growth rate in those 50 years will outstrip the national rate — nearly 75% compared with less than 50% projected by the federal government. That could translate to increased political clout in Washington, D.C. Southern California's population is projected to grow at a rate of more than 60%, according to the new state figures, reaching 31.6 million by mid-century. That's an increase of 12.1 million over just seven counties.L.A. County alone will top 13 million by 2050, an increase of almost 3.5 million residents. And Riverside County — long among the fastest-growing in the state — will triple in population to 4.7 million by mid-century.Riverside County will add 3.1 million people, according to the new state figures, eclipsing Orange and San Diego to become the second most populous in the state. With less expensive housing than the coast, Riverside County has grown by more than 472,000 residents since 2000, according to state estimates.But many residents face agonizingly long commutes to work in other areas. And Monday, the state's growth projections raised some concerns in the Inland Empire.Registered nurse Fifi Bo moved from Los Angeles to Corona nine years ago so she could buy a house and avoid urban congestion. But she'd consider moving even farther east now that Riverside County is grappling with its own crowding problems."But where am I going? People used to move to Victorville, but [housing prices in] Victorville already got high," the 36-year-old said as she fretted about traffic and smog and public services stretched thin. "We don't know where to go. Maybe Arizona."John Husing, an economist who studies the Inland Empire, is betting that even in land-rich Riverside County, more vertical development is on the horizon. Part of the reason: a multi-species habitat conservation plan that went into effect in 2005, preserving 550,000 acres of green space that otherwise would have vanished."The difficult thing will be for anybody who likes where they live in Riverside County because it's rural," Husing said. "In 2050, you might still find rural out by Blythe, but other than that, forget rural."Husing predicts that growth will be most dramatic beyond the city of Riverside as the patches of empty space around communities such as Palm Springs, Perris and Hemet begin to fill in with housing tracts. The Coachella Valley, for example, will become fully developed and seem like less of a distinct area outside of Riverside, he said. "It'll be desert urban, but it'll be urban. Think of Phoenix," he said. Expect a lot of the new development in Riverside County to go up along the 215 Freeway between Perris and Murrieta, according to Riverside County Planning Director Ron Goldman. Thousands of homes have popped up in that area in the last decade, and Goldman said applications for that area indicate condominiums are next. The department is so busy that he's hiring 10 people who'll start in the next month."We have over 5,000 active development applications in processing right now," he said.No matter how much local governments build in the way of public works and how many new jobs are attracted to the region — minimizing the need for long commutes — Husing figures that growth will still overwhelm the area's roads.USC Professor Genevieve Giuliano, an expert on land use and transportation, would probably agree. Such massive growth, if it occurs, she said, will require huge investment in the state's highways, schools, and energy and sewer systems at a "very formidable cost."If those things aren't built, Giuliano questioned whether the projected population increases will occur. "Sooner or later, the region will not be competitive and the growth is not going to happen," she said.If major problems like traffic congestion and housing costs aren't addressed, Giuliano warned, the middle class is going to exit California, leaving behind very high-income and very low-income residents. "It's a political question," said Martin Wachs, a transportation expert at the Rand Corp. in Santa Monica. "Do we have the will, the consensus, the willingness to pay? If we did, I think we could manage the growth."The numbers released Monday underscore most demographers' view that the state's population is pushing east, from both Los Angeles and the Bay Area, to counties such as Riverside and San Bernardino as well as half a dozen or so smaller Central Valley counties.Sutter County, for example, is expected to be the fastest-growing on a percentage basis between 2000 and 2050, jumping 255% to a population of 282,894 , the state said. Kern County is expected to see its population more than triple to 2.1 million by mid-century.In Southern California, San Diego County is projected to grow by almost 1.7 million residents and Orange County by 1.1 million. Even Ventura County — where voters have imposed some limits on urban sprawl — will see its population jump 62% to more than 1.2 million if the projections hold.The Department of Finance releases long-term population projections every three years. Between the last two reports, number crunchers have taken a more detailed look at California's statistics and taken into account the likelihood that people will live longer, said chief demographer Mary Heim.The result?The latest numbers figure the state will be much more crowded than earlier estimates (by nearly 5 million) and that it will take a bit longer than previously thought for Latinos to become the majority of California's population: 2042, not 2038.The figures show that the majority of California's growth will be in the Latino population, said Dowell Myers, a professor of urban planning and demography at USC, adding that "68% of the growth this decade will be Latino, 75% next and 80% after that."That should be a wake-up call for voting Californians, Myers said, pointing out a critical disparity. Though the state's growth is young and Latino, the majority of voters will be older and white — at least for the next decade."The future of the state is Latino growth," Myers said. "We'd sure better invest in them and get them up to speed. Older white voters don't see it that way. They don't realize that someone has to replace them in the work force, pay for their benefits and buy their house."

News Release: CALIFORNIA IS THE DIM PICTURE OF AMERICA'S FUTURE Visit CAPS website at www.capsweb.org. The Golden State today bodes ill for the U.S. of tomorrow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SANTA BARBARA--October 5, 2006--America prepares to surge past a population of 300 million people sometime around October 15, one need only to look at what has happened to California over the past two decades to see what is in store for the rest of the nation. "Three hundred million people is neither an achievement nor an endpoint, but just a landmark on the way to a billion people," said Diana Hull, President of Californians for Population Stabilization. "It is time to remind everyone again, that perpetual growth is the philosophy of a cancer cell." Hull delivered her comments at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, where some of the nation's top population and immigration experts warned that 300 million people is nothing to celebrate. The grim foretelling in California of the impacts that massive population growth will have on the nation's environment and quality-of-life demonstrates how fast the 'tipping-point' can be reached. "The California Experiment is an example of how far and how fast a magnificent natural inheritance can be squandered and plundered," Hull said. "How fast the skid and how far the fall." Hull, a behavioral scientist trained in demography who served on the Sierra Club's Population Committee and the Southern California Demographic Forum, said California's cultural penchant for fast-if-easy living was quickly outstripped by its unchecked appetite for simply 'more.' "In our state, the race to gargantuan-size has progressed so far and so fast that we can barely move," Hull said. "Freeways have become like doors that the morbidly obese can no longer fit through, thus the size of everything has to expand." It's unlikely that Governor Pat Brown, who invested heavily in California's infrastructure, could have envisioned in 1965 the human tidal wave that would eventually swamp his fabled public works. But it was in 1965 that real sustained population growth began in California that would take on what Hull described as "astonishing momentum" over the next four decades. In 1965, California's population was just over 18 million people. Today, California has more than 37 million people, and sustains a net-gain of about 500,000 more people annually. The vast majority of people flowing into the state, Hull said, are legal and illegal immigrants; the vast majority of them are poor and uneducated and require social assistance. The resulting cultural arguments over immigration have obscured the most basic question the state government and the media should be openly discussing: how many more people can the state take? The answer may be found in the devolution of California over the past four decades, from a sun-dappled state that could provide its people an enviable quality of life to a gritty jumble of jammed public schools, failing emergency rooms, overwhelmed social services, vanishing green space and suburban sprawl so vast that three hour commutes to and from work are now a reality. As Hull noted on Tuesday, the overpopulating of California occurred not with popular support, but rather amid a collective slumber. "The state became a pilot project in a failed social experiment that no one had agreed to beforehand," she said. "All around us there were more people, more traffic, more crowds, more long waits, more houses and more shopping centersbut never enough." The resulting dislocations caused by a deteriorating quality of life, which has seen large numbers of Californians fleeing the state, has been more than made up for by surging net gains in the population fueled by immigration. Yet amazingly, the nation's bi-partisan leadership at virtually every level of the federal government seems unwilling to learn from what has happened to California, but to the contrary seem more than prepared to let California's fate become America's future. Despite four decades of hard evidence of the potentially catastrophic impacts--particularly for the environment--of unmanaged population growth, Hull said the nation's leaders have been shamefully silent. "As demographic momentum accelerated, the pace of this growth and the changes it wrought were never systematically observed and monitored, nor even officially acknowledged," she said. "And little interest was shown in evaluating outcomes." Those outcomes are evident everyday now in California, from the implosion of trauma centers across Los Angeles County to the bulldozing of some of the most fertile farmland in the Central Valley to make way for more homes. "The two very worst outcomes are that infrastructure over-use wears everything out faster than we can replace it," Hull said. "And there is an insatiable demand on natural resources that are now unable to replenish themselves." ABOUT CALIFORNIANS FOR POPULATION STABILIZATION (CAPS) Californians for Population Stabilization is a non-profit organization dedicated to formulating and advancing policies and programs designed to stabilize the population of California at a level which will preserve a good quality of life for all Californians; www.capsweb.org.

INS/FBI Statistical Report on Undocumented Immigrants 2006 (First Quarter) INS/FBI Statistical Report on Undocumented Immigrants CRIME STATISTICS 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens. 83% of warrants for murder in Phoenix are for illegal aliens. 86% of warrants for murder in Albuquerque are for illegal aliens. 75% of those on the most wanted list in Los Angeles, Phoenix and Albuquerque are illegal aliens. 24.9% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally 40.1% of all inmates in Arizona detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally 48.2% of all inmates in New Mexico detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally 29% (630,000) convicted illegal alien felons fill our state and federal prisons at a cost of $1.6 billion annually 53% plus of all investigated burglaries reported in California, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and Texas are perpetrated by illegal aliens. 50% plus of all gang members in Los Angeles are illegal aliens from south of the border. 71% plus of all apprehended cars stolen in 2005 in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California were stolen by Illegal aliens or “transport coyotes". 47% of cited/stopped drivers in California have no license, no insurance and no registration for the vehicle. Of that 47%, 92% are illegal aliens. 63% of cited/stopped drivers in Arizona have no license, no insurance and no registration for the vehicle. Of that 63%, 97% are illegal aliens 66% of cited/stopped drivers in New Mexico have no license, no insurance and no registration for the vehicle. Of that 66% 98% are illegal aliens. BIRTH STATISTICS 380,000 plus “anchor babies” were born in the U.S. in 2005 to illegal alien parents, making 380,000 babies automatically U.S.citizens. 97.2% of all costs incurred from those births were paid by the American taxpayers. 66% plus of all births in California are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal whose births were paid for by taxpayers




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