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  • Reality, Relativity and the Dire Consequences of the Border Debate

    06/29/2014 6:49:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 6/29/2014 | Charlie Daniels
    ......Which brings us right back to where we started: what do we do about the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children coming across our borders, and even more importantly, what are we going to do about the hundreds of thousands more who will be coming across in the months to come? The liberal mindset that we should take them all in, feed and clothe them, educate them and assimilate them into society is compassionate and well meaning, but as most idealistic remedies, is long on compassion and short on practicality and answers.
  • Republicans, Local Sheriff Warn Border Wilderness Zone Will Create Vast Drug Corridor

    05/20/2014 7:38:44 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/19/2014 | Kristin Tate
    A pending proposal from President Obama to create a vast new wilderness area on the U.S.-Mexico border is drawing criticism from Republican lawmakers and local law enforcement officials who say it would significantly impede border security. The Obama administration is set to designate a 600,000 acre national monument in south-central New Mexico to be managed and controlled by the Bureau of Land Management, a federal agency. The designated land will be called the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, and environmentalists have long-sought the designation.
  • November 17, 2013 KVOA: Hundreds of undocumented immigrants captured at southern Arizona military po

    02/20/2014 11:56:17 AM PST · by montag813 · 32 replies
    <p>TUCSON - How secure are U.S. military installations? You would think the answer is: very.</p> <p>But, as the News 4 Tucson Investigators uncovered, one installation, right here in southern Arizona, continues to face potential outside security risks, and the problem doesn't seem to be getting any better.</p>
  • Mexican army rescues 165 abductees at (Texas) border

    06/07/2013 1:47:37 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies
    The Monitor ^ | June 7, 2013
    MEXICO CITY — Mexican soldiers have rescued 165 people kidnapped by a drug cartel and held for as long as three weeks in a one-story home alongside the U.S. border. National security spokesman Eduardo Sanchez says 150 victims were U.S.-bound migrants from Central America. Fourteen were Mexicans and one was from India.
  • Texas Congressman Says Terrorists Taught to 'Act' Hispanic To Enter U.S.

    04/18/2013 5:33:33 PM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies
    FOX NEWS LATINO ^ | April 18, 2013 | By Elizabeth Llorente
    "Texas Congressman Says Terrorists Taught to 'Act' Hispanic To Enter U.S." SNIPPET: ""We know that Al Qaeda has camps over with the drug cartels on the other side of the Mexican border,” U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert said on C-SPAN. “We know that people are being trained to come in and act like they're Hispanic when they're radical Islamist."" SNIPPET: "Gohmert, who is vice chairman of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, said during the interview that while the United States should continue welcoming immigrants, it also needs to be highly vigilant about its borders."
  • Napolitano: Terrorists Enter U.S. from Mexico ‘From Time to Time’

    07/30/2012 5:04:38 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies
    Napolitano: Terrorists Enter U.S. from Mexico ‘From Time to Time’ By Edwin Mora July 30, 2012 (CNSNews.com) -- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress last week that terrorists intending to harm the American people enter the U.S. from Mexico “from time to time." At a July 25 hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.) asked Napolitano: “As you know, Madam Secretary, there have been anecdotal reports about material evidence of the presence of terrorists along our southern border. My question is, is there any credible evidence that these reports are accurate and that terrorists are,...
  • TEXAS: 3 “Afghan Nationals” Detained in Rio Grande Valley

    02/17/2012 2:09:58 PM PST · by montag813 · 12 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 02-17-2012 | John Hill
    McALLEN — Another reminder of why we need a secure border emerged this week, as U.S. Border Patrol officials confirmed three Afghan nationals were detained in the Rio Grande Valley - an increasing "hot zone" of cartel invasion and violence against American ranchers. Border Patrol confirmed the detentions, but would not say where or when they occurred. Enrique Mendiola, assistant chief Border Patrol agent for the Rio Grande Valley sector, said that human smugglers see moving people besides Mexican nationals as a "business opportunity." "Average smuggling rates for other-than-Mexican nationals far exceed those of Mexicans and Central and South Americans,"...
  • Border bandits (South Texas)

    11/29/2011 2:28:58 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies
    WORLD Magazine ^ | December 03, 2011 | Jamie Dean
    Illegal immigration may be down, but ranchers and farmers in south Texas say the influx continues and it's becoming more violent and criminal. FALFURRIAS, Texas—When Linda Vickers leaves home to feed the horses on her Texas ranch each morning, she takes three things: her dog, her cell phone, and her pistol. For Vickers, these aren't just the trappings of a typical rural rancher: They're a way to guard against the potential danger of illegal aliens and to call U.S. Border Patrol agents if trouble erupts. Though she hasn't used the gun, the dogs have warned her more than once: A...
  • First Illegal Alien Arrested Under Alabama Immigration Law is From YEMEN

    10/03/2011 7:31:23 PM PDT · by montag813 · 51 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 10-03-2011 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With Arizona For months, America has been told by left-wing non-profits like the Alien Criminals Liberation Union (ACLU), La Raza and LULAC, that Alabama's new immigration law H.B. 56, "targets Hispanics" and is "anti-Latino". Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn wisely ignored that rhetoric when she let stand (pending trial) the law's most critical section - having police check immigration status of individuals apprehended in a lawful stop or arrest. Well, the very first such arrest has now occurred since the Judge's ruling. And - surprise, he is not from Mexico, or any other Latino American nation. He...
  • [South Texas:]Immigrants from Nepal among people found in abandoned La Joya house

    08/02/2010 1:21:23 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies · 3+ views
    The Monitor ^ | August 02, 2010 | Jared Taylor
    LA JOYA — Police found 11 suspected illegal immigrants in an abandoned tool shed Sunday morning. Officers responded to an "old, dilapidated house" at the intersection of 12th Street and Perales Martinez at 10:39 a.m. Sunday after neighbors said they heard people on the property, said Joe Cantu, a La Joya police spokesman. No one was inside the house, but officers found 11 people crowded in a small tool shed littered with soda cans on the property. Two of the immigrants told police they are residents of Nepal, police said. The other nine people, aged between 18 and 44 years...
  • US-Mexico Border Easy Entry for Terrorists

    06/27/2010 8:25:24 PM PDT · by Qbert · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 6/25/2010 | Deroy Murdock
    While Americans march against Arizona's new restrictions on unlawful immigration, hundreds of illegal aliens from countries awash in Muslim terrorists tiptoe across the U.S.-Mexican frontier. New York, N.Y. — According to the federal Enforcement Integrated Database, 125 individuals were apprehended along the border from fiscal year 2009 through April 20, 2010. These deportable aliens included two Syrians, seven Sudanese, and 17 Iranians, all nationals from the three Islamic countries that the U.S. government officially classifies as state sponsors of terrorism. Federal authorities also track "special interest countries" from which terrorism could be directed against America. Over the aforementioned period, 99...
  • Hezbollah, Hamas Raise Money for ‘Terrorist Activities’ From Drug Trade in South America....

    06/09/2010 3:59:11 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 5 replies · 107+ views
    CNSNews ^ | June 09, 2010 | Edwin Mora
    (CNSNews.com) - Amid growing concern about the illicit drug trade across the U.S.-Mexico border, the terrorist groups Hezbollah and Hamas have been linked to South American drug trafficking organizations–and the money Hezbollah and Hamas make from narco-trafficking is used to finance their organizations, according to the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS). “International terrorist groups, including Hamas and Hezbollah, have also reportedly raised funding for their terrorist activities through linkages formed with DTOs in South America, particularly those operating in the tri-border area (TBA) of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina,” stated CRS in an April 30 report. As evidence that Hezbollah and...
  • A Line in the Sand: Confronting the Threat at the Southwest Border

    05/30/2010 6:09:47 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 14 replies · 550+ views
    Increasing Coordination Between Mexican Drug Cartels, Human Smuggling Networks, and U.S.-Based Gangs Federal, State, and local law enforcement officials are witnessing a growing nexus between the Mexican drug cartels, illegal alien smuggling rings, and U.S. based gangs.The human smuggling networks that operate along the Southwest border cannot move their human cargo through drug cartel controlled corridors without paying a fee. The typical Mexican illegal alien now pays approximately $1,200 to $2,500. For aliens from countries other than Mexico this price is often considerably higher, and may even be more alluring for the cartels. Foreign nationals are often charged an exorbitantly...
  • Obama: National Guard Won't Be on Front Lines in Arizona

    05/27/2010 12:19:59 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 19 replies · 520+ views
    Fox News ^ | MAy 27 2010 | Fox News
    The 1,200 National Guard who are headed to the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona won't be on the front lines but will be helping out in vital support roles, President Obama said Thursday. Speaking at an East Room press conference in the White House, the president said the Guard will primarily assist with intelligence, but troops will not not nabbing illegal immigrants and smugglers as they cross into the southwestern state. "What we find is, is that National Guards persons can help on intelligence, dealing with both drug and human trafficking along the borders. They can relieve border guards so that...
  • Homeland Security Alert: Terror suspect may be headed to Texas through Mexico

    05/18/2010 4:34:31 PM PDT · by Cindy · 46 replies · 1,925+ views
    KVUE.com ^ | May 18, 2010, 7:40 am | by Shern-Min Chow/11 News
    SNIPPET: "HOUSTON -- A Homeland Security Alert is asking Houston police and Harris County Sheriff’s deputies to keep their eyes open for a potential terrorist. The alert focuses on Mohamed Ali, a suspected member of the terrorist group Al Shabaab. It indicates he may be traveling to the U.S. through Mexico." SNIPPET: "In 2007, former Houstonian Daniel Joseph Maldonado was brought back to Houston by the U.S Attorney in the Southern District after he was captured in Somalia reportedly training with terrorist groups. “He had initially been on the frontlines of Al Shabaab, but when they realized he was an...
  • The more dangerous illegal immigrant threat

    05/26/2010 6:36:13 AM PDT · by Interesting Times · 32 replies · 738+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 25, 2010 | Mike Benge
    Jack Webb didn't quite get it right in "Arizona law racially profiles for a reason" (Letters, Wednesday) when he wrote, "The problem at issue is people illegally crossing the southern border with Mexico - and it so happens that virtually 100 percent of the people doing so are Hispanic." An even greater threat to U.S. security than illegal Hispanic immigrants is the number of immigrants from terror-sponsoring countries who are crossing our borders. Hundreds of such people are detained by the U.S. Border Patrol; however, our government is catching only one out of 10 people crossing the border. Those immigrants...
  • OTMs: The Forgotten Border Problem

    05/21/2010 12:49:35 PM PDT · by AmericaTalks · 15 replies · 620+ views
    America Talks ^ | 5/21/10 | David Zublick
    As the debate over illegal immigration and Arizona’s response to it continues to heat up, one aspect seems to have been forgotten. OTMs. Thousands of illegal aliens apprehended along the 2000 mile long border that stretches through California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas aren’t even from Mexico. They are from other foreign countries. The Border Patrol refers to them as “Other Than Mexicans”, or OTMs. Many of these illegals come from countries that are sponsors of terrorism. While Felipe Calderon and Barack Obama spent a good portion of the last few days lecturing America on the ‘misguided’ Arizona law that...
  • TERRORISM and COUNTERTERRORISM: News, INFORMATION & Analysis #2

    04/11/2010 9:33:03 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 4,070 replies · 6,773+ views
    Free Republic | 4/11/2010 | FReeper Collaboration
    Obama amputates our nuclear arms By: Charles Krauthammer ...snippet...Under President Obama’s new policy, however, if the state that has just attacked us with biological or chemical weapons is “in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty,” explained Gates, then “the U.S. pledges not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against it.” Imagine the scenario: Hundreds of thousands are lying dead in the streets of Boston after a massive anthrax or nerve gas attack. The president immediately calls in the lawyers to determine whether the attacking state is in compliance with the NPT. If it turns out that the attacker...
  • Congress acts to promote U.S. to foreign visitors

    03/04/2010 9:11:12 AM PST · by Blue Turtle · 17 replies · 311+ views
    International travel to the United States took a significant hit after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, research shows. Efforts to reverse this trend culminated in Senate approval last week of the Travel Promotion Act, which President Obama is expected to sign today. The measure provides close to $200 million annually to create a national agency - the Corporation for Travel Promotion - modeled after successful tourism-advancement organizations in this country and in other developed nations.
  • Desperate Somalis Seek 'Back-Door' Route To U.S.

    01/02/2010 7:14:26 PM PST · by Steelfish · 8 replies · 624+ views
    AP Report ^ | January 02nd 2010
    Desperate Somalis Seek 'Back-Door' Route To U.S. By AMY TAXIN, Associated Press Writer LANCASTER, Calif. – The asylum seeker from Somalia hung his head as an immigration judge grilled him about his treacherous journey from the Horn of Africa. By air, sea and land he finally made it to Mexico, and then a taxi delivered him into the arms of U.S. border agents at San Diego. Islamic militants had killed his brother, Mohamed Ahmed Kheire testified, and majority clan members had beaten his sister. He had to flee Mogadishu to live. The voice of the judge, beamed by videoconference from...
  • Desperate Somalis seek 'back-door' route to US (Smuggled into US through Mexico)

    01/02/2010 2:20:34 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies · 1,050+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 2, 2010 | AMY TAXIN
    LANCASTER, Calif. – The asylum seeker from Somalia hung his head as an immigration judge grilled him about his treacherous journey from the Horn of Africa. By air, sea and land he finally made it to Mexico, and then a taxi delivered him into the arms of U.S. border agents at San Diego. Islamic militants had killed his brother, Mohamed Ahmed Kheire testified, and majority clan members had beaten his sister. He had to flee Mogadishu to live.
  • The Monumental Hypocrazy of ZOT!

    05/24/2009 8:23:13 PM PDT · by Darvin Dowdy · 91 replies · 3,193+ views
    5/24/09 | Darvin Howdy Dowdy, the blog pimp
    To those out there desperately trying to paste together scraps of enthusiasm by singing the poetic praises of VP Dick Cheney, please don’t expect the average conservative out in flyover country to join your little Republican booster club. Certainly, there is not much to disagree with in what the former VP says. No doubt, we’re “less safe” under Obama. Pres Obama’s administration is obviously lowering all of our defenses. Opening us wide to all manner of political, economic and violent terror attacks. So why does the GOP Base continue to rapidly shrink? (now down to 27% - Gallup) Why is...
  • Sri Lankan nationals detained at McAllen(Texas) airport

    01/13/2009 4:54:29 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 14 replies · 673+ views
    The Monitor ^ | January 12, 2009 | Jeremy Roebuck
    McALLEN -- A man accused of aiding three Sri Lankan nationals to enter the country illegally is set to make an early court appearance this morning. U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested Suresh Suntharalingam, 38, of Canada, on Wednesday, after customs inspectors at McAllen-Miller International Airport found him holding plane tickets for the three illegal immigrants carrying fake Canadian identification cards. The men later told authorities that their families had paid $32,000 to Suntharalingam to guide them to Canada through Mexico and the United States. After flying into Mexico City and traveling to the border, the group snuck across the Rio...
  • The back door for terrorists

    06/01/2007 3:37:16 PM PDT · by OneHun · 15 replies · 742+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | June 1, 2007 | Richard A. Clarke
    Amid all of the xenophobia and nativism surrounding the immigration debate, there is a real security concern. In the language of the bureaucracy, the problem is referred to as the "OTMs," or Other Than Mexicans. Thousands of non-Mexicans are caught crossing the United States border every year. They cannot be sent back to Mexico, but must be deported to their home country. Until recently, most were given a deportation hearing date and then simply released. Not surprisingly, few showed up for their scheduled appearances. Beginning last year, however, most who are caught are put into detention. They are then put...
  • Links between illegal immigration, terrorism, drug trade worry U.S officials

    12/29/2006 5:34:24 AM PST · by radar101 · 46 replies · 1,541+ views
    Inland Daily Bulletin ^ | 29 DEC 2006 | Sara A. Carter
    COLUMBUS, N.M. - On Sept. 5, a man calling himself Miguel Alfonso Salinas was apprehended off a deserted highway near the U.S.-Mexico border. The tinted windows on Alfonso Salinas' vehicle aroused the suspicion of Border Patrol agents patrolling a dark and desolate stretch of Highway 9, which runs parallel to the border and is the site of large numbers of illegal crossings. The agents discovered three Mexican migrants in the vehicle with Alfonso Salinas. But what they discovered several days later made a far greater impression. Alfonso Salinas was not who he seemed, according to U.S. Department of Justice and...
  • Are Middle Eastern terrorists posing as Mexican immigrants?

    11/15/2006 6:15:59 PM PST · by Velveeta · 113 replies · 2,175+ views
    KHOU ^ | 11/15/2006 | Dave Fehling
    Are Middle Eastern terrorists posing as Mexican immigrants? Click to watch video A warning from some Texas congressmen: Middle Eastern terrorists may be trying to pose as Mexican immigrants. But is it a warning based on fact or politics? Some people in Houston are worried about the message. You couldn’t miss it during the election. Texas politicians saying the border needed protection, not just to stop undocumented workers, but terrorists. A month before the election, Mike McCaul, a congressman from a district northwest of Houston, released a report (snip) The FBI director has confirmed that there’s Middle Easterners with known...
  • McCaul Releases Report on Border Violence (mexican drug cartels threaten border security)

    10/17/2006 7:35:35 PM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 46 replies · 1,262+ views
    Committee on Homeland Security ^ | Tuesday October 17th, 2006 | US Rep. Michael McCaul
    *** NOTE*** Take your blood pressure medication before viewing this report... McCaul Releases Report on Border Violence (Tuesday, October 17, 2006) Today, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (TX), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Investigations, released a report on border violence in the Southwest. The report examines the alarming rise in the level of criminal cartel activity, including drug and human smuggling, along the Texas-Mexico border and its effects on Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies. The report also looks at what steps are being taken to counter the threat, and the significance of these issues pertaining...
  • ACLU: Lawsuit seeks end to SoCal immigrants' prolonged detention (Four OTMs)

    10/10/2006 9:51:15 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 548+ views
    Several legal advocacy groups asked a judge to order the immediate release of four immigrants who have been detained for months or years without receiving a hearing on why they're being held so long. The motion filed Friday in federal court in Los Angeles asks U.S. District Judge Terry Hatter to release the detainees under conditions of supervision or grant them hearings. The move followed a class-action lawsuit filed Sept. 25 on behalf of six detainees by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project and the Stanford Law School Immigrants' Rights Clinic. Two detainees...
  • Broken [1000's Of Illegals From Terrorist States Are Roaming The Streets Of America]

    06/08/2006 10:51:13 AM PDT · by conservativecorner · 41 replies · 955+ views
    Front Page ^ | June 8, 2006 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    While the White House argues with the Heritage Foundation over how many new immigrants will be minted by the administration’s immigration plan, and Congress debates how many miles of fencing they should fund along the Mexican border, no on is paying attention to the real immigration scandal. If left unattended, this one could cost the lives of millions of Americans, not just their livelihoods. Even as we speak, tens of thousands of illegals from terrorist-sponsoring states are roaming the streets of America, according to a stunning new report from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General. Although the...
  • The Speaker's Decree vs. Democracy

    05/25/2006 12:31:28 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 435+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 25, 2006 | Mega-Meathead Editorial
    After all the legislative hash that the Republican Congress has made of immigration policy, the worst is yet to come. Any workable compromise that a bipartisan mix of senators may manage this week must, perforce, run into negotiations with House obstructionists. And none are more hard-core than Speaker Dennis Hastert. He stands waiting with his triumphalist decree that no bill, even one fairly balancing border protection and enlightened naturalization law, can be put to a vote unless a majority of his Republican caucus — not some larger majority of, yes, the people's House — agree to it. "The job of...
  • Iraqis entered the Valley illegally

    05/02/2006 11:30:22 AM PDT · by DonBeto · 43 replies · 1,576+ views
    Iraqis entered the Valley illegally Monday, May 01, 2006 Posted: 06:57 PM Three Iraqis slipped into the US over the weekend HARLINGEN – NEWSCHANNEL 5 is tracking information on three Iraqis who slipped into the Valley over the weekend. We’re told the men are each in their early 20s. They were caught near the Los Indios International Bridge near Harlingen on Saturday. FBI agents say the men claim to be Christians who are afraid they will face persecution if they are returned to Iraq. Before they were caught at the border, the men were arrested in Mexico carrying Greek passports....
  • OTMs: Non-Mexican migrants caught, then often released

    03/30/2006 9:40:53 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 761+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 3/30/06 | Sara A. Carter
    Former Tucson sector Border Patrol agent Scott James says he caught his fair share of illegal immigrants from countries other than Mexico during his years of service with the agency. Not that it really mattered, he added. James, who resigned from the Border Patrol two months ago, said his job, like those of his colleagues, was little more than a sham. Enforcing the law was the last thing the Department of Homeland Security wanted, he said. Some illegal immigrants apprehended on the border are from Pakistan, Iraq, China and other countries considered by the Department of Homeland Security to be...
  • Ranch is signed over to 2 immigrants

    01/31/2006 1:23:08 PM PST · by Irontank · 126 replies · 2,738+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | January 26, 2006
    Two immigrants are now the legal owners of a Douglas-area ranch seized from an anti-immigrant activist. Documents granting the 70-acre ranch once owned by Casey Nethercott to Fatima del Socorro Leiva Medina and Edwin Alfredo Mancia Gonzales were signed by a Cochise County judge on Monday. Nethercott is serving a five-year prison term in Texas stemming from a 2003 incident on a Texas ranch where he confronted Leiva and Mancia and was accused of pistol-whipping them. He was acquitted of assault but convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Nethercott was a member of the group Ranch...
  • Border Problem Outta Control

    01/29/2006 8:37:34 PM PST · by stand4somethin · 38 replies · 626+ views
    Why hasn't the President given in to our (conservatives') demands for a border solution? It is going to hamstring his presidency and our country! http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/opinion/columnists/zito/s_417921.html
  • Thousands may lose special U.S. status

    01/17/2006 11:26:01 AM PST · by SC33 · 27 replies · 839+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | January 17, 2005 | PABLO BACHELET
    WASHINGTON - The Department of Homeland Security wants to end the special immigration status that has allowed some 300,000 illegal Salvadoran, Honduran and Nicaraguan migrants to remain in this country, many of them in Florida, Bush administration officials say. But the final decision on the Temporary Protected Status for the three nations, which would force those migrants to return home or remain here illegally and risk deportation, still is under intense debate within the administration, the officials add.
  • "Osama's people" crossing into US from Mexico?

    01/16/2006 6:51:46 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 32 replies · 1,212+ views
    Jihad Watch ^ | Jan. 15, 2006 | Not Cited
    He denies it all now. It is unclear why he would have asserted it all in this phone call, however, if it were not true. Of course, there could be any number of reasons. But this case bears monitoring. "Infiltration from the south feared: Terrorist smuggling denied by admitted drug runner," from The Brownsville Herald, with thanks to Richard: Officials are pointing to records in a South Texas drug case with alleged terrorist ties that they say underscores the lack of preparedness here. The attorney for a jailed Gulf Cartel member cited in the incident, however, says his client was...
  • Catch and release on its way out

    01/09/2006 7:16:20 AM PST · by WestTexasWend · 32 replies · 747+ views
    Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ^ | Monday, January 9, 2006 | Associated Press
    EAGLE PASS, TX (AP) - Illegal immigrants crossing part of the Texas-Mexico border will be detained and deported now that officials are cracking down on a "catch-and-release" policy that was meant to save jail space but ended up being a free pass into the country. The catch-and-release method drew up to 150 non-Mexican immigrants near Eagle Pass each day last year, many actually hoping to get caught because the policy allowed them stay in the U.S. if they promised to appear in court after 30 days. Some 90 percent failed to show. The policy didn't apply to Mexicans because immigration...
  • 51 terror suspects nabbed trying to enter U.S. illegally

    12/15/2005 5:11:17 AM PST · by Dan Evans · 21 replies · 816+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 12/15/2005
    At least 51 people who crossed the border illegally have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism since such tracking began 14 months ago, according to figures released to Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., by the Department of Homeland Security. Tancredo, a leading congressional advocate of immigration reform, says the figures document the national security risk the nation's porous borders pose on the eve of Congress' first attempt in nearly a decade to rewrite immigration law. Since October 2004, the Joint Terrorism Task Forces have kept track of arrested terrorist suspects who are in the U.S. illegally. The JTTF document released to...
  • House Poised to Approve Tough Border Security Measure

    12/13/2005 5:15:43 PM PST · by nj26 · 49 replies · 926+ views
    NY Times ^ | 12/13/05 | RACHEL L. SWARNS
    House Republicans are poised this week to pass one of the toughest border security proposals in more than a decade, cracking down on illegal immigrants and their employers and rejecting President Bush's call for a comprehensive bill that would let millions of undocumented immigrants work legally in the United States. The measure would, for the first time, make it a federal crime to live in the United States illegally, transforming millions of immigrants in this country into felons ineligible for converting to any legal status in the United States. Currently, living in this country without a visa, work permit, green...
  • Who's Trying to Cross Our Southern Border? Everyone!

    12/11/2005 11:30:21 PM PST · by Icelander · 24 replies · 696+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Sunday, December 11, 2005 | By Michael Flynn
    Last month, when President Bush was promoting what he called a "comprehensive strategy" on border security to prevent "people from coming here in the first place," few Americans had any doubt to whom the president was referring: undocumented Mexicans. Ignored in the rhetoric, as well as in U.S. policy, is a far more complex reality -- that the southern border is no longer just a border with Mexico. It is a global frontier that has become a conduit for illegal immigrants from all over the world.
  • Congresswoman: Three Al Qaeda Caught in U.S. After Crossing Border with Mexico

    11/09/2005 4:49:04 PM PST · by kristinn · 435 replies · 20,949+ views
    Wednesday, November 9, 2005 | Kristinn
    Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.) let slip a bombshell disclosure at a news conference today to announce a bill targeting states that allow illegal aliens to get drivers licenses. During the Q&A with reporters, Myrick gave as a reason for proposing the bill the recent capture of three al Qaeda terrorists at the U.S.-Mexico border. A check of Google News turned up no references to this incident, yet Myrick stated this was a 'given fact.' No reporter asked her about this revelation, but it was noted at the end of a Charlotte Observer article by Tim Funk. Two Representatives from North...
  • Illegal aliens brought to San Angelo, dropped off

    10/02/2005 6:47:03 PM PDT · by Sgt.Po-Po · 16 replies · 764+ views
    San Angelo Standard Times ^ | September 30, 2005 | PAUL A. ANTHONY
    Alexander Enrique Hernandez arrived in San Angelo this week with a phone number and a court date he probably will not keep. The 20-year-old El Salvador native slipped across the U.S.-Mexican border near Eagle Pass on Monday. Almost immediately, an agent with the U.S. Border Patrol arrested him, just another face among the 150 illegal aliens caught each day by the department's Del Rio sector. Instead of processing him on the border, however, agents shipped him to San Angelo, served him paperwork telling him to be in a federal immigration court next month, and dropped him off at the Concho...
  • Border Patrol agents learning Portuguese due to influx of Brazilians [South Texas]

    09/04/2005 2:31:06 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 468+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | September 4, 2005 | Sara Inés Calderón
    — Carlos Lopez was watching a television documentary of the Brazilian rainforest at home one day and it made him open his eyes. He watched the show about how the burning of the rainforest would lead to economic disaster. Then, economic disaster would lead to immigration and with his job as a U.S. Border Patrol agent, it donned on him that he better get to learning Portuguese, fast. “I am self-taught, I studied for a few years and then I gave up,” said Lopez from the U.S. Border Patrol Fort Brown station. “Then seven or eight years passed, and I...
  • Mexico Now Top Supplier Of U.S. Drugs

    08/01/2005 5:18:46 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 26 replies · 700+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | July 31, 2005
    Mexico Now Top Supplier Of U.S. Drugs Mexican drug traffickers have shoved aside their counterparts in Colombia to take control of the $4 billion illegal drug trade in the United States. Mexican drug traffickers have pushed aside their Colombian counterparts and now dominate the U.S. market in the biggest reorganization of the trade since the rise of the Colombian cartels in the 1980s, U.S. officials say. Mexican groups now are behind much of the cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine on U.S. streets, the officials say, with Mexican law enforcement agencies viewed as either too weak or too corrupt to stop...
  • Illegal entry by non-Mexicans rises

    07/25/2005 3:16:20 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 23 replies · 478+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 26, 2005 edition | Kris Axtman
    Those coming from Brazil, Central America, and 'countries of concern' could hit 150,000 this year. HOUSTON - After decades of attempting to dam the flow of Mexican immigrants crossing into the United States illegally, federal agents say a new crisis is emerging along the southern border and they are helpless to stop it. Non-Mexicans are spilling over the border in record numbers - some from countries with terrorist ties - and most are set free soon after being captured. Already this year, the number of non-Mexican apprehensions has far outpaced last year's total in just eight months. And while they...
  • Schumer,Clinton,Biden,Kerry: Forget Security - Give Us Pork !

    07/15/2005 7:19:56 PM PDT · by genefromjersey · 3 replies · 227+ views
    The Morning Paper ^ | 07/15/05 | vanity
    Schumer,Clinton,Biden, Kerry :Never Mind Security - We Want Pork !! A bill that would have added more Border Patrol agents to help stem the flood of illegal immigrants that nearly engulfs Texas,Arizona,New Mexico,Nevada, and California was defeated today,when Democratic Senators Schumer,Clinton,Biden, and Kerry launched a floor fight against it-and Republicans who favor “open borders” joined them. The bill would have-among other things-provided additional detention facilities for “OTMs”. OTM stands for illegal aliens who are Other Than Mexican. Undocumented Mexicans are shipped back to their homeland when caught; but, because of a lack of detention space, and because of the difficulties...
  • Loophole In Law Allows Release of Thousands Of Immigrants

    07/04/2005 8:48:47 AM PDT · by truthkeeper · 35 replies · 572+ views
    Associated Press via The Whittier Daily News ^ | July 4, 2005 | Pauline Arrillage
    HARLINGEN, Texas -- Several times a day, a chain-link gate rolls open and dozens of undocumented immigrants stroll out of the U.S. Border Patrol station here, blinking into the hot Texas sun as they look for taxis to the bus station and a ticket out of town. Each holds a piece of paper that Spanish-speakers call a "permiso" --permission, courtesy of the U.S. government, to roam the country freely. Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, more than 118,000 undocumented migrants who were caught after sneaking over the nation's borders have walked right out of custody with a permiso in...
  • Non-Mexican Migrants Swamp Border - (number of "OTMs" up 200% from 2004)

    06/09/2005 4:08:13 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 23 replies · 557+ views
    NEWSMAX.COM ^ | JUNE 9, 2005 | Staff Writers
    So far this fiscal year, the Border Patrol has apprehended almost 100,000 undocumented migrants from countries other than Mexico, commonly called OTMs, says a report in GovExec.com. The number of OTMs is projected to reach about 150,000 by the end of this fiscal year, which is a 200 percent increase compared to fiscal 2004, according to the Border Patrol. Concerns about OTMs from special interest countries - such as Iraq, Syria and Iran - were highlighted in Capitol Hill testimony in February by former Homeland Security Deputy Secretary James Loy: "Recent information from ongoing investigations, detentions and emerging threat streams...
  • OTM's will now be put in jail or deported

    06/03/2005 1:12:18 PM PDT · by Liberty Valance · 21 replies · 957+ views
    Bayview detention facility said to be nearing full capacity BROWNSVILLE TX.— Jorge Enrique Vasquez Carrasco didn’t expect jail time or to be deported when he got caught illegally entering the United States. The 18-year-old Honduran man expected the same treatment as thousands of other undocumented immigrants who have been set free after receiving a notice to appear in court. According to federal figures, almost 88 percent of immigrants who receive those notices never appear in court and stay illegally in the United States. But U.S. Magistrate Judge Felix Recio made a statement Thursday to Vasquez and six other Central Americans...
  • Non-Mexican immigrants swamp Texas border city (catch and release)

    05/30/2005 6:01:32 PM PDT · by dennisw · 45 replies · 4,087+ views
    reuters ^ | Mon May 30, 2005 | By Tim Gaynor
    Non-Mexican immigrants swamp Texas border city Mon May 30, 2005 06:34 PM ET By Tim Gaynor EAGLE PASS, Texas (Reuters) - The number of illegal immigrants from Central America and Brazil caught crossing into this Texas border city jumped threefold in the past year as they rush to exploit a legal loophole, U.S. authorities said. The U.S. Border Patrol has nabbed 15,195 non-Mexican migrants crossing over the Rio Bravo around Eagle Pass in the past eight months, a rise of almost 240 percent on the same period last year, officials said on Monday. Agents say what they call "OTMs" --...