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  • And yet another underground antifreeper campaign being conducted via freepmail

    07/17/2017 9:48:56 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 127 replies
    Received a copy of the message pasted below that apparently is circulating via freepmail. In response, all I can say is John is my son and my partner in FR along with Chris and Amy. None of us make a six figure salary. I designed and wrote the original version of FR back in '96, but it was my very first internet project ever. It worked, but codewise it was a dog. And virtually impossible to maintain. When John came in with me, he rewrote the software and made it work greater than ever before and included maintenance tools that...
  • Undocumented father detained as he drops off daughter at school

    03/03/2017 10:17:44 AM PST · by RummyChick · 123 replies
    ny dailynews ^ | 3/3/17 | CHRIS SOMMERFELDT
    Immigration agents detained an undocumented Los Angeles father of four U.S.-born children as he was about to drop off his daughter at school earlier this week, dramatic video shows. Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, a 48-year-old Mexican immigrant who has lived and worked in the country for over 25 years, was pulled over by agents a few blocks from his 12-year-old daughter's school in Pasadena on Tuesday morning, attorney Emi MacLean told the Daily News. The agents, donning blue jackets with the word "police" emblazoned across their backs, cuffed Avelica-Gonzalez and placed him in an unmarked vehicle, as his daughter and wife could...
  • How to write a compelling illegal alien sob story

    02/27/2015 7:20:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/27/2015 | Pedro Gonzales
    The New York Times had a very compelling story about an illegal alien who came to the US and immediately gave birth to a sickly baby who died. The problem with the story was that the Times implausibly tied the death of the baby to the lack of immediate amnesty for illegal aliens, and that implausibility made for a weak storyline. Since we've seen so many of these kinds of articles, I thought I'd provide some tips on how to write a better one. His mother was still in McAllen, a town 10 miles from the Texas-Mexico border —...
  • Newbury Park Woman Faces Eviction After Husband’s Suicide

    05/17/2012 2:31:28 PM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    CBS ^ | 16 May 2012 | CBS
    A woman is packing up her home after being served an eviction notice — a situation that drove her husband to commit suicide. “I lost my husband and it hurts me like hell,” said Oriane Rousseau, whose husband, Norman, took his life Sunday after an eviction notice was placed on their front door. Norman’s death has delayed the eviction but Oriane said it’s difficult for her to stay in the home where he died. “I don’t want this to happen to anybody. This is horrible. I lost my husband. I lose my pets, I lose my house, I lose my...
  • My 12 year old daughter was visited by police today, what should I do?

    10/21/2010 8:09:47 PM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 146 replies · 3+ views
    Today my 12 year old daughter was in class when a student came in and asked her if she would come into the hall to talk to the police. When she went into the hallway a police officer explained that she needed to go to the principal's office with him and she then asked if she was in trouble. He gave her no reply. He asked her if she wanted to walk by herself so she wouldn't be seen with him and she said, "No, I don't care." When she finally arrived at the principal's office across campus there were...
  • For Illegal Immigrants, Jobs Down, Deportations Up

    07/11/2009 12:59:00 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 52 replies · 2,464+ views
    NPR ^ | July 11, 2009 | John Burnett
    At a ramshackle homeless shelter in Reynosa, Mexico, on the south bank of the Rio Grande, a group of men stand in the suffocating heat all day. From behind a low cement wall, they stare across at the country where, until recently, they lived, worked and raised families. ... Manuel Cantero is among the men at the shelter. He's a 54-year-old laborer originally from Nuevo Laredo. For the past 29 years, he lived quietly in Miami, worked odd jobs, married and had three kids. "But work began to get scarcer; my wife got into drugs. They deported me. I lost...
  • Immigrant actors tell their story

    06/29/2009 12:43:31 PM PDT · by AuntB · 11 replies · 806+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 29, 2009 | Jennifer Bleyer
    ....The two men are normally part of the vast corps of immigrant day laborers who gather by the thousands on street corners and curbs across Los Angeles every morning..... As members of Teatro Jornaleros Sin Fronteras – Day Laborer Theater Without Borders – they are part of a Spanish-language theater troupe of day laborers who perform for their fellow workers ..... "In our culture, some guys have never seen a play," said Juan José Mangandi, a Salvadoran laborer who serves as the troupe's director. In the final skit, a group of day laborers were shown hanging around a job site...
  • Computer 'raid' in Vernon leaves factory workers devastated

    06/12/2009 1:25:12 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 52 replies · 1,564+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 12, 2009 | Patrick J. McDonnell
    Overhill Farms, a major food-processing plant in the L.A. area, terminates more than 200 employees after an IRS audit finds that they had provided 'invalid or fraudulent' Social Security numbers. No immigration agents descended on Overhill Farms, a major food-processing plant in Vernon. No one was arrested or deported. There were no frantic scenes of desperate workers fleeing la migra through the gritty streets of the industrial suburb southeast of downtown Los Angeles. For more than 200 Overhill workers, however, the effect was devastating: All lost steady jobs last month and now find themselves in a precarious employment market, without...
  • Millionaire Widow Becomes Cleaner After Losing Fortune in Madoff's Alleged Ponzi Scheme

    01/23/2009 9:43:42 AM PST · by marshmallow · 66 replies · 1,480+ views
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1/23/09 | Catherine Elsworth
    Maureen Ebel, 60, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, thought she had $7.3 million invested with the New York financier when he was arrested last month and charged with running a massive hedge fun scam, possibly the largest financial fraud in history. But after Mr Madoff's alleged confession that the scheme was "all just one big lie", a revelation that shook the investment world, Mrs Ebel realised she had nothing. She went from an annual income from her investments of 400,000 dollars to worrying about how to pay her next bill and picking up coins in the street. In less than a...
  • U.S Deportee Brings Street Dance To Street Boys Of Cambodia (NY Times Illegal Alien Wah-Wah Alert)

    12/02/2008 9:04:00 AM PST · by goldstategop · 10 replies · 477+ views
    New York Times ^ | 11/29/2008 | Seth Mydans
    It is a little slice of Long Beach, Calif., brought here by a former gang member by way of a federal prison, an immigration jail and then expulsion four years ago from his homeland, the United States, to the homeland of his parents, Cambodia. The former gang member is Tuy Sobil, 30, who goes by the street name K.K. The boys are Cambodian street children he has taken under his wing as he teaches them the art he brought with him, break dancing, as well as his hard lessons in life. K.K. is not here because he wants to be....
  • Iowa Town Teeters On Edge Of Ruin

    11/24/2008 8:29:31 AM PST · by george76 · 64 replies · 2,468+ views
    CBS News ^ | Nov. 23, 2008 | Seth Doane
    For months, CBS News has been following the deepening troubles of tiny Postville, Iowa, population 2,200. Now the shutdown of the town's main employer following a federal immigration raid has Postville at the point of desperation... Postville, Iowa was just decorated with holiday cheer. But looks can be deceiving. "In the last few weeks - it's really gone downhill dramatically," says Mayor Bob Penrod. With empty streets - and shuttered shops - this small town is facing economic calamity. Penrod is taking steps this weekend to declare a state of emergency here - but not a natural disaster - rather...
  • Undocumented Immigrants Share Their Stories

    11/20/2008 9:15:13 PM PST · by HollyButler · 20 replies · 708+ views
    KVEO-TV, TX ^ | Nov 20, 2008 | Michelle Macias
    A man living in the U.S. since he was 10 worked under the impression he was a U.S. citizen. He was arrested and found out he was actually living in this country illegally. He was deported. Four other undocumented families could also be deported, even though their children are U.S. citizens. These parents are pleading to federal officials to let them remain in this country. Unfortunately for Brian Cadena, there is no hope. Even though he was only 10 years old when he illegally crossed the border with his mom, there is no law that protects him from deportation. And...
  • Homeowner's Illegal Status Exposed After Aborted Sale

    11/17/2008 7:07:14 AM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 96 replies · 14,615+ views
    FoxNews ^ | November 17, 2008 | Staff Writer
    ROSWELL, Ga. — Like all illegal immigrants, Lorenzo Jimenez knew the knock on the door from immigration agents could come at any time. Still, he had enough faith in the American dream to buy a house in this Atlanta suburb, even though signing the papers meant raising the risk: He put his 2-year-old, American-born daughter's name and Social Security number on the title. And it worked, for a while. Jimenez and his family lived happily enough for several years alongside "regular" citizens. Nicole Griffin's mom lived a few doors away, and when Griffin visited, she said, her kids played with...
  • Tennessee: Slowdown in economy taking a toll on Hispanic-owned businesses

    11/12/2008 9:30:07 AM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 22 replies · 930+ views
    Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | November 12, 2008 | Perla Treviso
    BREAKING — About two years ago, Mexico native Carlos Perez left his job at a factory in Dayton, Tenn., to start Perez Produce, a distributing company for local Hispanic restaurants and stores. Now, Mr. Perez said he regrets leaving a stable job at the La-Z-Boy factory because the produce business is not going well and he is on the verge of closing. “When I first started with the business two years ago it was going well, but starting about three months ago it started going down, down,” he said in Spanish. “If the situation continues to get worse, I think...
  • Tennessee: (Illegal Alien) Families returning home

    11/12/2008 8:51:15 AM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 82 replies · 1,960+ views
    Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | November 12, 2008 | Perla Treviso
    In their East Lake home, Marcos Tomás and his wife, Lidia Velázquez, recently packed 10 years of their lives into cardboard boxes, preparing for their long journey back to their native Guatemala. “My dream was for my children to study and be raised here, but the current economic situation has stolen the dream I had for my children,” Mr. Tomás said, standing in an almost empty house with a few portraits of the family on the wall and a framed painting of the words “Home Sweet Home.” The economic slowdown, high unemployment rates and tighter immigration laws are pushing local...
  • Mortgage Prospects Dim for Illegal Immigrants

    10/22/2008 8:34:13 AM PDT · by NCjim · 58 replies · 1,450+ views
    WSJ ^ | October 22, 2008 | Miriam Jordan
    Jose Luis Hernandez rose from vegetable chopper to sous chef at an exclusive New York restaurant -- and saved $100,000 along the way. Recently, the illegal immigrant from Mexico contacted real-estate agents in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he currently rents an apartment. "I wanted to use my money as a down payment on a house," says Mr. Hernandez, 32 years old. In doing so, he sought to join thousands of undocumented workers who in recent years have purchased homes using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, or ITIN, instead of a Social Security number. The Internal Revenue Service doesn't give Social Security...
  • Mexicans feeling pinch as income stream from U.S. slows

    09/23/2008 1:16:36 PM PDT · by AuntB · 25 replies · 288+ views
    Dallas morning news ^ | Sept. 22, 2008 | LAURENCE ILIFF
    –Luis Martínez went from being a successful Dallas businessman to a struggling alfalfa farmer in rural central Mexico because of a North Texas crackdown on illegal immigrants. "You make $10 an hour over there and $10 a day here in Mexico," said Mr. Martínez, who added that in addition to his recycling business he has Dallas property and pays U.S. taxes. Of the 500,000 Hispanics who have lost their jobs since January 2007, he estimates 60,000 are illegal immigrants from Mexico. Some have been forced to take jobs that pay much less..... Meanwhile, U.S. authorities are deporting Mexican immigrants at...
  • Mexicans feeling pinch as income stream from U.S. slows

    09/23/2008 12:54:50 PM PDT · by Names Ash Housewares · 20 replies · 220+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | September 23, 2008 | LAURENCE ILIFF
    DEMACÚ, Mexico – Luis Martínez went from being a successful Dallas businessman to a struggling alfalfa farmer in rural central Mexico because of a North Texas crackdown on illegal immigrants. Now, that crackdown is squeezing towns across Mexico as immigrant unemployment grows in the U.S. and money sent home declines at a record rate.
  • Chattanooga: More employers use E-Verify despite complaints

    09/01/2008 9:47:03 AM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 16 replies · 159+ views
    Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | September 1, 2008 | Perla Treviso
    Despite concerns from business groups and immigrant advocates about a government Web-based employment verification program, a growing number of local companies are using it. Since the voluntary program E-Verify was offered to employers in 2004, almost 4,000 Georgia companies and more than 800 businesses in Tennessee have signed up to participate in the federal program, including 50 employers in Chattanooga and 96 in Dalton, Ga. The E-Verify program is a voluntary, Internet-based program established to allow employers to verify workers’ employment eligibility electronically with the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration. “We have been using E-Verify without...
  • U.S. immigration cops nab 595 in largest-ever raid

    08/26/2008 4:55:35 PM PDT · by traviskicks · 91 replies · 284+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8/26/08
    PHOENIX (Reuters) - U.S. immigration agents have arrested 595 people at a Mississippi factory in what was the largest workplace enforcement raid in the United States to date, an immigration official said on Tuesday. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Barbara Gonzalez said federal agents arrested the workers in a raid at the Howard Industries Inc. factory in Laurel, Miss, on Monday, "This is the largest targeted workplace enforcement operation we have carried out in the United States to date," Gonzalez told Reuters by telephone. The swoop at the plant, which makes electrical equipment including transformers, was part of an ongoing...