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  • Judge issues restraining order against Georgia voter identification law

    07/08/2006 4:36:44 AM PDT · by DumpsterDiver · 38 replies · 1,209+ views
    CBS News/AP ^ | July 7, 2006 | Shannon McCaffrey
    Background article: Former Gov. Roy Barnes battles voter ID legislation(Georgia) ATLANTA -- With less than two weeks to go before the July 18 primary, a judge Friday issued a restraining order blocking Georgia's voter ID law, saying that requiring photos as proof of identity is an unconstitutional burden. Superior Court Judge Melvin Westmoreland said in a sharply worded written ruling that the Legislature doesn't have the authority to enforce the law and an amendment to the state Constitution would be required instead. The law, he said, "unduly burdens the fundamental right to vote rather than regulate it." The law requires...
  • Diocesan Screenings for Abusers Give Slack to Undocumented [L.A. & Orange county]

    06/22/2006 6:30:29 AM PDT · by DumpsterDiver · 27 replies · 454+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | June 22, 2006 | Jennifer Delson
    In L.A. and O.C., illegal immigrant Catholics can volunteer with children without background checks because they lack the required ID.Not wanting to lose illegal immigrant volunteers, the Los Angeles and Orange Roman Catholic dioceses have quietly backed away from a pledge to root out pedophiles by running fingerprint background checks on anyone who works with children. The revamped policy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles allows church volunteer candidates without government-issue identification to give instead a sworn affidavit stating that they have not been convicted of any crime. In Orange, potential volunteers without photo IDs can submit a sworn affidavit...
  • Immigrant Advocates Turn Focus to Ballot Box

    05/10/2006 8:46:33 AM PDT · by DumpsterDiver · 18 replies · 417+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | May 10, 2006 | Teresa Watanabe
    Organizers say they hope to have 1 million new citizens and voters by November elections. In Los Angeles on that day [May 17th], churches, union offices and community centers will be transformed into "immigrant justice action centers" to pass out citizenship applications, register voters and offer phones for voters to call their elected representatives. Voter registration stations would also be set up on the streets, organizers said.snip Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, said the alliance would launch an "Immigrant Democracy Summer" on July 1 to produce a million new voters and...
  • Bush Speech in Irvine - Live

    04/24/2006 9:23:15 AM PDT · by DumpsterDiver · 865 replies · 8,812+ views
    KFMB Radio ^ | April 24, 2006 | n/a
    His speech started about 8 minutes ago. You can listen live at
  • Update 1: Justice Department OKs Ga. Voter ID Law

    04/23/2006 12:12:33 PM PDT · by DumpsterDiver · 13 replies · 355+ views ^ | April 21, 2006 | Associated Press
    The U.S. Justice Department gave its approval Friday to a Georgia law requiring voters to show a photo ID at the polls. Groups challenging the law said they will seek an injunction to block it, making it unclear whether it would be in effect for elections this year. Supporters - including Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue, who signed the measure earlier this year - say it is needed to crack down on voter fraud. Opponents say it unfairly discriminates against minorities, the poor and the elderly, who are less likely to have a driver's license. Under the law, voters who do...
  • Request For Mexican ID Office Denied [Lake Havasu City AZ]

    03/16/2006 12:07:02 PM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 4 replies · 456+ views
    News-Herald ^ | March 15, 2006 | Sarah Reynolds
    Lake Havasu City [AZ] recently denied a request by the Mexican government to set up an office in the Aquatic Center to process Mexican Consulate identity cards.City Manager Richard Kaffenberger stated in his report before the Lake Havasu City Council Tuesday that the country of Mexico had contacted the city about opening an office here to process matricula consular ID cards. That request was turned down. Matricula consulars are issued by Mexican Consulate offices to Mexican citizens living in the United States. The card was created in 1870 to help consulates keep in contact with Mexican nationals living in the...
  • Immigrants Gain the Pulpit [Roger Mahony]

    03/01/2006 8:03:52 AM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 54 replies · 655+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | March 1, 2006 | Teresa Watanabe
    In his most forceful comments to date, Mahony said he would instruct his priests to defy legislation — if approved by Congress — that would require churches and other social organizations to ask immigrants for legal documentation before providing assistance and penalize them if they refuse to do so. That provision was included in the immigration bill recently passed by the House of Representatives; a similar proposal is in the version that the Senate Judiciary Committee plans to begin debating this week.[snip] He [Mahony] said he also planned to step up his personal political advocacy, starting with a letter to...
  • Oropeza To Propose Expansion Of Ban On Workplace Smoking [CA]

    02/16/2006 6:57:46 AM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 10 replies · 272+ views
    The Daily Breeze ^ | February 16, 2006 | Copley News Service
    Common areas such as parking garages, elevators and restrooms would be added to the law under legislation to be introduced today. SACRAMENTO -- California's landmark workplace smoking ban would be extended to parking garages and some other common areas not covered by the law under a measure expected to be introduced today by South Bay Assemblywoman Jenny Oropeza. The legislation would outlaw smoking in public and private parking structures, elevators, lobbies, lounges, restrooms, stairwells and waiting areas, according to an Oropeza aide. Some of those areas were left out of the original legislation at the request of the state's lodging...
  • FedEx Clamps Down on Cigarette Delivery

    02/07/2006 2:42:12 PM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 123 replies · 1,577+ views ^ | February 7, 2006 | Staff writers
    Postal Service Now Major Delivery Agent for Contraband FedEx Express and FedEx Ground (FedEx) have agreed to undertake changes to their business practices that will strengthen their policies prohibiting the delivery of cigarettes to consumers throughout the United States, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced. "I commend FedEx for joining in this important effort," said Spitzer. "This is another example of private industry joining with law enforcement to address important social problems. When private companies like FedEx take the initiative to protect their services from being used by those engaged in criminal conduct, we all win." FedEx's current policy...
  • Suspect in brutal killing of mom captured in Mexico

    02/03/2006 5:28:05 PM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 16 replies · 424+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | February 2, 2006 | Monica Guzman
    Nearly two years after the stabbing death of a young mother in front of her two girls, Houston police's prime suspect, Elber Ruben Vazquez has been captured in Mexico City. Vazquez was 19 when police say he killed 26-year-old Mireya Hernandez in her southwest Houston apartment then fled the city in a red Ford Mustang. Hernandez had 68 stab wounds when her sister found her two hours after the slaying on the morning of May 4, 2004. Hernandez's 2-year-old, Jasmine, was lying on top of her mother, kissing her slashed cheek and telling her to wake up. Ten-month-old Monica lay...
  • Mexico cancels plan to give border maps to migrants

    01/26/2006 8:17:22 AM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 61 replies · 909+ views
    Monterey Herald/Associated Press ^ | January 26, 2006 | AP Wire
    MEXICO CITY - Mexico will suspend its plan to distribute maps to migrants wanting to cross the U.S. border illegally, but an official said Thursday the decision was not made because of American pressure. Miguel Angel Paredes, spokesman for the federal Human Rights Commission, said the decision was made because human rights officials in border states expressed concern that the maps would show anti-immigrant groups where migrants likely would gather. On Wednesday, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said the United States opposed the plan "in the strongest terms."
  • Order allows felony arrests [Special Order 40]

    01/25/2006 7:38:29 AM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 5 replies · 274+ views
    L.A. Daily News ^ | January 25, 2006 | Dan Laidman
    LAPD can nab deportees who re-enter U.S. A long-standing order designed to restrict Los Angeles police from enforcing immigration laws does not bar officers from pursuing deported felons who have re-entered the country, Assistant Police Chief George Gascon told the Police Commission on Tuesday. The interpretation of Special Order 40 - the 27-year-old policy that prohibits officers from arresting people for illegally entering the country and from investigating a person's immigration status - comes as Los Angeles Police Department leaders get ready to finalize a department directive on how officers should interpret the order's restrictions. "We deal with violent felons...
  • Minuteman groups report dozens of border crossers

    01/24/2006 3:14:39 PM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 15 replies · 422+ views
    San Bernardino County Sun ^ | January 24, 2006 | Mason Stockstill
    Volunteers with a civilian border-watch organization spotted dozens of suspected illegal immigrants near the U.S.-Mexico divide this weekend and reported them to the Border Patrol, according to members of the group. Two chapters of the nationwide organization, Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, parked themselves along the border in Arizona and New Mexico, eventually reporting nearly 50 border-crossers to authorities. "They didn't try to run away. I got the impression they were kinda glad," said Bob Wright, head of the New Mexico chapter, describing the 18 suspected illegal immigrants he and other volunteers spotted in that state Saturday night. "It was about...
  • Segura Tapped For Diplomatic Council On U.S.-Mexico Relations [St. Helena, CA]

    01/22/2006 3:53:57 PM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 11 replies · 247+ views
    Napa Valley Register ^ | January 22, 2006 | Jay Goetting
    St. Helena, CA -- Immigration specialist Rosa Segura has been elected by a Mexican government agency to a key advisory body looking at Mexican-U.S. relations and issues important to the two nations. Among the topics on the agenda are politics, economics, health and border issues. Segura was elected to a four-year term on the advisory council of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad. It is overseen by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Her name was put into nomination by the Mexican Consulate, and she was elected by the general membership. The institute is a 120-member council, 100 of whose members...
  • Two charged with bringing immigrants to work at Dunkin' Donuts [Connecticut]

    01/20/2006 3:30:35 PM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 57 replies · 1,291+ views ^ | January 20, 2006 | Channel 8 News Team
    The former owner of a chain of shoreline Dunkin Donuts has been arrested by federal authorities on illegal immigration charges. The arrests comes after a Team 8 Investigation into whether Guilford resident Jose Calhelha was deliberately brining [sic] illegal aliens into the U.S. to work at his Dunkin Donuts stores. Both Calhelha and his daughter Diana have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiring to bring illegal aliens into the country. They were arraigned at US District Court in New Haven Friday afternoon and pleaded not guilty. A judge set bond for Jose Calhelha at three...
  • Mexico demands U.S. probe fatal border shooting

    01/02/2006 1:24:11 PM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 44 replies · 1,138+ views ^ | January 2, 2006 | Reuters
    MEXICO CITY, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Mexico demanded a U.S. investigation on Monday into the death of an undocumented Mexican shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent as he tried to cross into California last week. Raul Martinez, a spokesman for the U.S. Border Patrol in San Diego, confirmed that an agent had fired on a man on Friday as he tried to cross the border near San Diego, after the would-be immigrant had thrown rocks at him. The unidentified man crossed back into Mexico, where he later died of his injuries in a hospital. "The Mexican government is demanding...
  • Zirkle Settles Job Suit

    12/31/2005 3:51:09 PM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 21 replies · 432+ views
    Yakima Herald Republic ^ | December 30, 2005 | Leah Beth Ward
    William Zirkle has agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle a lawsuit accusing him and two other executives at the Selah-based fruit company of conspiring to hire thousands of illegal immigrants in order to keep wages low.The executives admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement. The corporation, Zirkle Fruit, was not a defendant."Mr. Zirkle knows no one did anything wrong," Ryan Edgley, his lawyer, said Thursday. "Mr. Zirkle primarily wanted to put an end to the uncertainty."The case was set for trial Jan. 9 before U.S. District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle.Edgley said the defendants were concerned that even if they...
  • Secretary Snow and The Wall

    12/28/2005 2:33:48 AM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 9 replies · 317+ views
    El Universal ^ | December 2, 2005 | Fred Rosen
    Earlier this month, U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow paid a friendly visit to Mexico. He met with his Mexican counterpart, Secretary of Hacienda Francisco Gil Díaz, and the two issued a communiqué of mutual cooperation at the end of their talks. They talked about generating private financing for Mexican development, mainly by way of a proposal that would have the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) increase its lending to private investors for projects that had previously been considered — and in Snow's country still are considered — the responsibility of the public sector, projects like roads, ports and bridges. The privatization...
  • Global Migration Coursing Through Mexico

    12/26/2005 2:43:55 AM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 15 replies · 590+ views ^ | December 25, 2005 | Michael Flynn
    [A long article that pretty much says we are not only going to get more illegals from Mexico, but also from the rest of the world through "transmigration". Plus, more trade treaties will most likely exacerbate this problem] President Bush's "comprehensive strategy" on border security aimed at preventing "people from coming here in the first place," announced last month, does nothing to address the growing phenomenon of global migration. What's more, it leaves Mexico to clean up a mess it didn't make. According to the UN's Global Commission on International Migration, the number of people worldwide living outside their country...
  • Smuggling of Puppies Still Plagues Region

    12/21/2005 5:35:50 AM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 47 replies · 989+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 21, 2005 | Richard Marosi
    SAN YSIDRO, Calif. — Puppy smugglers continue flooding the market with animals from Mexico, many of which die or pose health hazards to unsuspecting buyers, according to a recent survey. Animal welfare agency inspectors found 517 puppies, many concealed in vehicles and destined for swap meets across Southern California, during the two-week survey earlier this month at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry. [snip] To get them across the border, smugglers often stuff the dogs in packing crates or hide them in spare-tire wheel wells. The puppies are heard whimpering inside trunks or underneath seats. When bringing...
  • U.S. customs agents seize counterfeit Tamiflu

    12/19/2005 5:11:35 AM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 5 replies · 236+ views
    Associated Press/ ^ | Dec. 19, 2005 |
    SAN FRANCISCO — Customs agents have intercepted more than 50 shipments of counterfeit Tamiflu, the antiviral drug being stockpiled in anticipation of a bird flu pandemic, marking the first such seizures in the U.S., authorities said Sunday. The first package was intercepted Nov. 26 at an air mail facility near San Francisco International Airport, said Roxanne Hercules, a spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Since then, agents have seized 51 separate packages, each containing up to 50 counterfeit capsules labeled generic Tamiflu. The fake drugs had none of Tamiflu's active ingredients, and officials were running tests to determine what...
  • No such thing as 'temporary workers'

    12/12/2005 9:15:58 AM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 22 replies · 710+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 12, 2005 | Michael S. Teitelbaum & Philip L. Martin
    WASHINGTON – President Bush has recently been promoting his proposals for a large temporary worker program as a way to effectively enforce immigration laws. As Mr. Bush presents it, such a program to address growing concerns over the flow of illegal workers would rest securely on a "win-win" basis in the following ways: • The willingness of temporary workers and employers to participate in the program would allow both to "win." • The U.S. economy would benefit from higher productivity without increasing tax burdens for existing public services. • U.S. politicians would gain support from employer groups or sympathetic ethnic...
  • Judiciary Committee Approves Legislation Preventing Illegal Immigration and Bolstering Border...

    12/08/2005 4:39:01 PM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 22 replies · 629+ views
    U.S. News Wire ^ | December 8, 2005 | House Judiciary Committee
    Judiciary Committee Approves Legislation Preventing Illegal Immigration and Bolstering Border SecurityTo: National Desk Contact: Jeff Lungren or Terry Shawn, 202-225-2492, both of the House Judiciary Committee, Office of Communications, Web: WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The House Judiciary Committee today on a party-line 23-to-15 vote approved legislation introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wis.) that prevents illegal immigration and takes needed steps to gain control over our borders. H.R. 4437 is expected to be considered by the House next week. Chairman Sensenbrenner said, "This legislation will help restore the integrity of our Nation's borders...
  • More than a fence against illegal aliens

    12/06/2005 4:10:29 PM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 16 replies · 437+ views
    Roanoke Times ^ | December 6, 2005 | Virgil Goode, Jr.
    While I appreciate the editors of The Roanoke Times giving some attention to the TRUE Enforcement and Border Security Act, H.R. 4313, on the editorial page ("Immigration absurdity survives the election," Nov. 15), I only wish the whole bill had been addressed. The bill I introduced along with California Congressman Duncan Hunter does provide for construction of a fence along the U.S.-Mexican border. However, the fence is only a small part of the bill's plan to control mass illegal immigration. If your editors had focused on the whole bill, they would have discovered that we, too, believe that a fence...
  • Most migrants had jobs in Mexico, survey finds

    12/06/2005 1:50:26 PM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 19 replies · 536+ views
    Scripps Howard News Service ^ | December 6, 2005 | James W. Brosnan
    WASHINGTON - A new survey of migrant Mexicans shatters the myth they are largely unemployed farmworkers who struggle to pick up jobs on street corners. Only 5 percent of the most recent migrants were unemployed before they crossed the border, and only an equal percentage remained unemployed within six months of crossing, the survey found. Newer migrants were just as likely to have worked in construction zones and hotels than in the fields, the survey found. The findings released today by the Pew Hispanic Center based on questionnaires in Spanish filled out by 4,836 persons in Los Angeles, New York,...
  • From Long Island to Mexico, with Love

    12/05/2005 3:30:16 PM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 17 replies · 481+ views ^ | December 5, 2005 | Bart Jones
    Immigrants have long sent money to help their families back home [but] they said immigrants are increasingly banding together to build community projects in their hometowns -- from paved roads to hospitals to water systems -- and getting the government and companies to help.snip Tenango's electrical grid is a prime example: It was built through a government program called "Tres por Uno," or "Three for One." For every dollar immigrants contributed, the Mexican government threw in three -- funding 1,436 projects in the country last year.snip Companies and nonprofits are joining in the new trend toward community projects, too. In...
  • How is immigration reform none of Mexico's business?

    12/05/2005 1:03:30 PM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 35 replies · 846+ views
    The Herald México / El Universal ^ | Lunes 05 de diciembre del 2005 | Kelly Arthur Garrett
    Diehard optimists still hoping for a forward-looking binational migration accord based on mutual respect and regional cooperation got hit with a cruel dose of reality last week. As a flood of xenophobia-tinged border security and immigrant-crackdown bills work their way through both houses of the U.S. Congress, President Bush delivered a long-awaited major speech that left no doubt about how Mexico's neighbor and trading partner will deal with reform. The message comes down to this: The United States will not regularize the millions of undocumented immigrants working in its territory. It will instead seek more efficient ways to find them,...
  • Mexico envoy's visit draws demonstration

    12/03/2005 4:44:55 PM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 24 replies · 650+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune / AP ^ | December 2, 2005 | Paul Foy
    SALT LAKE CITY – Mexico's ambassador to the United States pressed for a political solution for the U.S. immigration problem in a visit Friday with Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. The diplomat, Carlos de Icaza, endorsed a guest worker program for his countrymen and a fair resolution for the millions of undocumented workers already in the United States. "Building walls and fences is not the way to solve problems among neighbors," said de Icaza, whose two-day visit ended with a demonstration by the Utah Minuteman Project outside the Utah Capitol. The immigration opponents called for tougher border security and sanctions against...
  • Wall will protect U.S. and Mexico

    12/03/2005 4:28:00 PM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 51 replies · 1,314+ views
    Cincinnati Post ^ | December 3, 2005 | James P. Pinkerton
    [snip] But Bush still clings to a "guest worker" provision, which puts a huge hole in that new wall. Why? Perhaps "W" is trying to court Hispanic voters, perhaps he is appealing to business, perhaps he is simply stubborn. [snip]The author's prediction: A wall will get built with none of Bush's holes. It will be part physical barrier, part electronic surveillance, part get-serious law enforcement. And it will work, because while walls might not be politically correct, they are effective. Walls keep people and property secure, they keep nations secure. [snip] The forthcoming wall symbolizes our new realization that Mexicans...
  • FAA restrictions bar wider use of drones to patrol border

    11/30/2005 4:02:36 PM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 49 replies · 799+ views ^ | November 30, 2005 | Greta Wodele
    President Bush wants unmanned drones used along the U.S.-Mexican border as part of his broader immigration initiative unveiled this week, but border patrol officials are still negotiating with the Federal Aviation Administration about where and when it can deploy the systems. "We're going to use drones to be able to help enforce the border in rural Texas and in rural New Mexico and rural Arizona," Bush said Tuesday. "Slowly, but surely, technology is being employed up and down the border, and that's a key part of our strategy." The president's proposal also includes a guestworker program and bolstering immigration laws.After...
  • Fake ID Trade Makes a Name for Itself

    11/29/2005 3:50:35 PM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 7 replies · 553+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | November 29, 2005 | Anna Gorman
    Even though Los Angeles is considered the epicenter of the fake ID trade, for years the problem didn't register as a high priority for an already burdened police force. The lack of consistent enforcement allowed the underground industry to build up until it was "out of control," said LAPD Officer Fernando Flores. [snip] "When you first get here, you don't know where to go," said Flores, 25, who lives in Huntington Park. "The people who have been here a long time tell you. Everybody knows you can buy papers in MacArthur Park." [snip] Mica [slang for laminated ID cards] mills...
  • Man arrested in shooting of CHP officer in Ontario [California]

    11/28/2005 3:13:10 AM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 5 replies · 402+ views
    Mercury News & AP ^ | November 28, 2005
    <p>ONTARIO, Calif. - A man wanted in connection with the shooting of a California Highway Patrol officer last week was arrested in Kansas, officials said.</p> <p>Jaime Zavala Garcia, 37, was arrested Sunday along with his brother, 33-year-old Antonio Garcia Zavala, during a traffic stop in Liberal, Kan., said Ontario police Detective Dave McBride.</p>
  • Country's interior wages own campaign against illegal aliens

    11/25/2005 12:51:33 PM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 29 replies · 854+ views
    Akron Beacon Journal ^ | November 25, 2005 | Dan Sewell
    HAMILTON, Ohio - Far from the southwest U.S. borders with Mexico, states and counties are making their own stands against illegal immigration. In southwest Ohio's Butler County, some leaders want state legislation that would make it a state crime of trespass to be here illegally and would allow local authorities to boot illegal aliens out of the state. The sheriff has challenged federal authorities by sending them a bill for undocumented immigrant inmates and erected large yellow signs outside the jail announcing: "Illegal Aliens Here." In Arkansas, the Legislature wants police to get training in immigration enforcement. One county in...
  • Arrest Made In Auto Fraud Ring [Los Angeles]

    11/24/2005 6:04:18 AM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 8 replies · 772+ views
    Daily Breeze ^ | November 24, 2005 | Alison Shackelford Hewitt
    Schemes that trapped drivers into rear-end collisions netted $3 million from insurers, California officials say. The leader of a major auto insurance fraud ring that tricked unsuspecting drivers into rear-end collisions has been arrested, state Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi announced Wednesday. Huntington Park attorney Bernard Laufer, 52, was arrested Tuesday morning. Laufer's recruiter in the scheme, La Verne resident Humberto Carlon, 22, was arrested earlier in the investigation and is serving a two-year prison sentence, Garamendi said. The San Gabriel Valley-based scheme is nearly identical to one in the South Bay that Garamendi's office shut down in December, and one...
  • U.S., Mexico negotiating to set up customs port in Kansas City

    11/16/2005 4:53:04 PM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 22 replies · 1,033+ views
    KLTV News ^ | November 16, 2005 | n/a
    KANSAS CITY, MO. -- Shipping U-S vehicles and electronics to Mexico may become much cheaper and faster next year. That's when the first Mexican customs facility in the U-S is expected to open in the Midwest. It's nearly one-thousand miles to the border from Kansas City. But the area will soon start building an inland port to whisk thousands of trucks through export inspections and back onto the North American Free Trade Agreement corridor. The three (M) million dollar facility is expected to be approved by the U-S and Mexican governments by year's end. Chris Gutierrez with nonprofit Kansas City...
  • Former JDL activist Krugel killed in prison

    11/06/2005 9:40:51 AM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 9 replies · 640+ views
    L.A. Daily News ^ | November 6, 2005 | Staff writers
    LOS ANGELES - A Jewish Defense League activist imprisoned for his role in an alleged plot to bomb a California mosque and the office of a Lebanese-American congressman was killed at a federal prison in Phoenix. Earl Krugel, 62, of Reseda, who was sentenced in September to 20 years in prison in a plea bargain, was killed Friday in what his wife said she was told was an assault by another inmate, who hit him from behind with a concrete block. "Earl never saw it happening," Lola Krugel said. "He was exercising." Krugel's sister, Linda Krugel said her brother had...
  • Bill Cuts Funds To Fugitive Havens

    11/05/2005 1:23:22 PM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 11 replies · 363+ views
    Washington Times ^ | November 5, 2005 | Valerie Richardson
    The House yesterday approved a $20.9 billion foreign-aid package that includes a provision to cut off funding to countries that refuse to extradite anyone suspected of killing a U.S. law enforcement officer. The extradition section is aimed at resolving a long-standing treaty dispute with Mexico... the amount at stake [for Mexico] is about $40 million... Next week, the Senate is expected to approve the bill, which passed the House 358-39, and send it to the president for his signature. As many as 4,000 fugitives have avoided arrest on murder warrants in the United States by fleeing to Mexico. An estimated...
  • Mexico Fox: FTAA Possible Without Dissenting Countries

    11/04/2005 4:58:27 PM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 1 replies · 359+ views
    Dow Jones Newswires ^ | November 4, 2005 | Michael Casey
    MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina - Twenty-nine countries in favor of a planned Free Trade Area of the Americas may establish it without the participation of five dissenting countries, Mexican President Vicente Fox said Friday. Fox said these pro-FTAA countries - which include the U.S., Mexico, Canada and Chile - are discussing an alternative agreement. The five dissenting nations include the four members of the South American trade group Mercosur - Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay - which have opposed plans to establish a deadline for relaunching FTAA talks, as well as Venezuela, which outright opposes the region-wide trade deal. Fox...
  • Bentonville : Warrant says Wal-Mart aware of cleaners' status

    11/04/2005 4:04:27 PM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 13 replies · 257+ views
    Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ^ | November 4, 2005 | Sharon Crawford
    FAYETTEVILLE — Wal-Mart management knew people who cleaned dozens of their stores in 2003 were illegal aliens, some of whom lived in poor conditions and, in one case, slept in the back of a store, a federal affidavit released Wednesday said. The affidavit was used to secure two search warrants in October 2003 to raid Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s home office in Bentonville as part of Operation Rollback — an investigation that led to the arrests of 245 illegal aliens working at 61 Wal-Mart stores, including five stores in Arkansas. U.S. District Magistrate Judge Beverly Stites Jones in Fayetteville unsealed the...
  • DHS Announces Long-Term Border and Immigration Strategy

    11/02/2005 5:32:04 PM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 28 replies · 599+ views
    DHS Office of the Press Secretary ^ | November 2, 2005 | Press Release
    [The Temporary Worker Program is in the last paragraph] Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced today a comprehensive multi-year plan to secure America's borders and reduce illegal migration, entitled the Secure Border Initiative (SBI). "We will address all aspects of the border security problem across the board -- deterrence, detection, response, apprehension, detention, and removal," said Secretary Chertoff. "The goal of SBI is to transform the way immigration issues have been viewed. We will address the challenges in each of these areas with an integrated mix of increased staffing, new technology, and enhanced infrastructure investment, as well as a...
  • H.B. Charity Icon Deported To Mexico

    10/30/2005 2:22:25 PM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 17 replies · 451+ views
    Long Beach Press-Telegram ^ | October 30, 2005 | Press-Telegram wire reports
    HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA — An award-winning charity worker was taken into federal custody and will be deported to Mexico for 1997 drug-and sex-crime convictions. Luis Armendariz, 58, of Huntington Beach, surrendered Friday to immigration authorities. Armendariz dedicated the past seven years full-time to driving "Jesus trucks" to motels to provide food and clothing to the poor. With his departure, some Orange County church groups who worked with him scrambled to revise their programs. Armendariz, 58, entered the United States illegally in 1966 and obtained legal residency three years later. He started successful businesses but gave up work when his second...
  • Green Bay restaurateur gets probation for hiring illegal aliens

    10/28/2005 4:13:02 PM PDT · by DumpsterDiver · 24 replies · 485+ views
    Business Journal of Milwaukee ^ | October 28, 2005 | n/a
    A Green Bay restaurant owner has been sentenced for hiring illegal aliens to work in his three restaurants and for providing them with false identity documents, according to U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic in Milwaukee. Steven Metzler, 46, co-owner of Julie's Café L.L.C., was sentenced Oct. 13 to five years' probation and six months of house confinement. He also was fined $5,000 and Julie's Café was fined $20,000, Biskupic said. Julie's Café has two restaurants in Green Bay and one outlet in DePere. The company is owned by Metzler and his wife, Biskupic said. From 1998 until June 15, 2004, the...
  • Patrol seizes dope, nabs illegal aliens

    10/28/2005 3:36:40 PM PDT · by DumpsterDiver · 11 replies · 269+ views
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | October 27, 2005 | n/a
    FARGO, N.D. - Highway Patrol troopers from this city seized nearly 2 pounds of marijuana and apprehended four illegal aliens from Mexico, in two separate traffic stops. The patrol said one vehicle was stopped Wednesday night on Interstate 94 near the West Fargo exit for having no tail lights on a trailer. The four occupants were released to the Border Patrol. The four illegal aliens had been working at the new Wal-Mart under construction in Dickinson, authorities said. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. voluntarily shut down work for a few days this week on all seven stores under construction in North Dakota...
  • Border Vigilante Arrested for Illegally Detaining Immigrant

    10/25/2005 3:10:31 PM PDT · by DumpsterDiver · 38 replies · 965+ views
    American Civil Liberties Union ^ | October 24, 2005 | Press Release
    ACLU says Incident Confirms its Suspicions About Minutemen HACHITA, NM – Today the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico expressed concern over reports that a member of the Minuteman vigilante group illegally detained two migrants near the Mexican border last week. The ACLU said it has learned through discussions with the Border Patrol that a Minuteman volunteer from Colorado was arrested after he was found with two migrants in his car. According to the Border Patrol, the volunteer came across the migrants after they flagged him down for food and water while he was driving in Hidalgo County. The...
  • More Bodies Discovered Along Texas-Mexico Border

    10/10/2005 12:58:30 PM PDT · by DumpsterDiver · 20 replies · 826+ views
    KWTX News ^ | October 10, 2005 | n/a
    Authorities say four bullet-ridden bodies have been discovered at a ranch 30 miles southeast of the northern Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo. Meanwhile, four more shooting deaths in two attacks also were reported over the weekend in Nuevo Laredo, across the U.S. border from Laredo. The four bodies found at a ranch in the rural town of Anahuac included a 13-year-old boy. Jorge Cantu, a spokesman for the Nuevo Leon state attorney general's office, says the victims had been dead about 36 hours before police found them Sunday. Cantu says prosecutors were investigating whether killings were related to smuggling...
  • Yuma Sheriff Gets Armored Car To Patrol Border

    10/08/2005 2:56:45 PM PDT · by DumpsterDiver · 30 replies · 873+ views
    KVOA News ^ | October 8, 2005 | n/a
    Yuma County sheriff's deputies will now be patrolling the Arizona-Mexico border in a surplus British military armored personnel carrier. The $18,000, nine-ton, six-wheeled vehicle is needed because of increased attacks against deputies and U.S. Border Patrol agents by drug and migrant smugglers, sheriff's and patrol officials said. The agencies frequently work together. The Border Patrol's Yuma sector also has a new armored car, this one a 4 1/2 ton vehicle picked up from the Baltimore police. It's set to go into service in a few months. Law enforcement officers in the border region are increasingly subject to rock throwing, gunfire...
  • Clinic Week Aims to Even Up Health Disparities

    10/08/2005 2:46:52 PM PDT · by DumpsterDiver · 14 replies · 369+ views
    Oaklan Tribune ^ | October 8, 2005 | Lupita Figueiredo
    Undocumented immigrants are urged to receive free services, checkups at spots around county OAKLAND, CA — Undocumented immigrants in Northern California can receive free health services and information during the fifth Binational Health Week, which starts this weekend. Vision and dental screenings, blood pressure checks, mammograms, cancer workshops and other services will be offered at Alameda County health centers, community clinics and a few private hospitals today through Oct. 17. But the emphasis will be on providing information about low-cost health insurance programs available to immigrant families but often not used. Organizers say many families do not know the programs...
  • Film Crew Under Fire From Mexican Army

    10/07/2005 9:55:08 AM PDT · by DumpsterDiver · 69 replies · 3,198+ views
    Tombstone Tumbleweed ^ | October 5, 2005 | Rick Murray
    Yesterday afternoon, a crew filming a documentary about 2 miles west of the Coronado National Memorial was fired upon by what was described as members of the Mexican Army. The crew, from CDW Films in Corona Del Mar, California, was in the area filming footage for a documentary on the Minutemen who are monitoring the U.S./Mexico border as they did in April of this year. The crew had gone out to explore areas along the border with two guides unrelated to the Minuteman activities. The driver of a 4 X 4 pickup truck requested his name not be associated with...
  • Bank of America Announces Free Nationwide Remittance to Mexico

    09/28/2005 2:26:16 PM PDT · by DumpsterDiver · 24 replies · 1,295+ views
    PRNewswire ^ | September 28, 2005 | Bank of America
    Bank Benefits Millions of Hispanics by Eliminating Transfer Fees LOS ANGELES, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Bank of America today announced its free nationwide remittance service that is making it easier for millions of Hispanics to send money to Mexico by eliminating transfer fees. Called SafeSend(R), the new feature is available to anyone who has a Bank of America personal checking account. Earlier this year, Bank of America became the first major financial institution in the United States to offer free remittances when it introduced the product in Chicago. "We are proud to help millions of Hispanics send money for free...
  • John McCain Confirms Sheehan Meeting

    09/26/2005 11:20:26 AM PDT · by DumpsterDiver · 61 replies · 1,970+ views ^ | September 26,2005 | Carl Limbacher and Staff
    Aides to Sen. John McCain have confirmed that the 2008 presidential hopeful will meet with anti-American war protester Cindy Sheehan, possibly later today. "No time frame was released," reports the Arizona Republic. "It was not clear whether Sheehan would be alone or joining a contingent of Arizonans making the rounds on Capitol Hill." Last week McCain explained his upcoming Sheehan summit by saying that other Republicans, including the president, had agreed to meet with the so-called "peace Mom." "[Arizona Sen.] Jon Kyl is also meeting with them, as well, since most of them are Arizonans," he told CNN. "And, as...