Monday, December 24, 2007
Well Tancredo was the first Anti Immigrant who's step down; Know Minutemen founder besieged from within. Sounds like it's time for Simcox to do the right thing and step down if he's lost his vision and is betraying his original principles. Who's Next...???? I am wonder why Lou Dobbs do not informed his viewers about Minuteman Groups disruption within; when he stated that he is so proud of this Groups? Why Lou?
Lou Dobbs encouragement for achievement to Chris Simcox:
DOBBS: This is one of the more remarkable events, in the sense that you've already achieved a remarkable success. Because of the Minuteman Project, more than 500 border patrolmen added to the area. The number of flights doubled. What are your thoughts as you're about to begin the project?
Even the Chris Simcox founded In September, The MINUTEMAN CIVIL DEFENSE CORPS, INC., a Delaware corporation formed five years ago whose president and CEO is Chris Simcox, registered with the Corporation Commission to do business in Arizona. The only other officers listed are Phoenix lawyer John Acer, and Carmen Mercer, identified in early 2006 as owner of the OK Cafe in Tombstone.
The corporation says it does NOT have members. Are you with me Lou?
Five years ago, Chris Simcox began his rise from an obscure newspaper publisher in Tombstone to a national figure in the debate over how to control the U.S.-Mexican border.
His call for citizens to bear arms and patrol the border in the face of what he considered federal negligence was called courageous by his followers and racist by his foes, and eventually it led to the creation of the nationally recognized Minuteman Civil Defense Corps.
But today, the movement he helped energize is by no measure homogeneous.
A series of public fights with former supporters has caused some of the very followers Simcox once inspired to now turn their backs on him, saying he's become too soft in his views on benefits for illegal entrants and is no longer a relevant force in the movement he helped spawn.
A protest standoff at a Phoenix furniture store that has hired off-duty sheriff's deputies to round up day laborers has exposed that those who call themselves Minutemen are not necessarily associated with Simcox's organization. Simcox, president of the Minutemen, has denounced the demonstrations by what he calls "splinter groups."
Meanwhile, co-founder Jim Gilchrist, who also has bumped heads with Simcox, incensed activists this month by endorsing former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for president — a candidate who supported in-state tuition for children of illegal entrants.
And Simcox, too, is criticized for comments he made to a group of prominent policymakers in Phoenix, where he now lives, saying he supports public education and health care for the children of illegal entrants— a stance that many hard-liners won't tolerate.
"This is the worst betrayal of what we as Minutemen stand for," said Bob Wright, chairman of Patriots Border Alliance, a group that broke off from the Minutemen a year and a half ago over concerns about Simcox's management of finances. "While we all honor the part that these two figures have played in this movement, we cannot accept or excuse these ill-advised and destructive stands."
Simcox, not new to controversy, calls the latest criticisms "knee-jerk reactions" by people who are "looking for any way to move me to the position of being insignificant as a leader and a voice."
But even Simcox admits his approach toward immigration has changed since he started his crusade. Reflecting on the past five years, he says he bears partial responsibility for the outrage about immigration, some of which he calls "extremism."
Still, the fury symbolizes a changed role for Simcox, his critics say. As evidence of what they say is an inability to lead, they also point to an audit in 2006, which showed that while the organization took in about $418,000, it spent $449,493, leaving it in the red.
For some, the differences are even greater, as Simcox faces a lawsuit alleging fraud from a man who mortgaged his home to help fund an Israeli-style border fence on private land in Cochise County that was never built.
Michelle Dallacroce, founder of a group called Mothers Against Illegal Aliens, says Simcox inspired her to join the anti-illegal entrant movement. But she called recent events "a one-two punch."
"I don't know if he and Jim Gilchrist drank the same drink last night,"
she said, adding, "Their time has come, and their time has gone."
Dallacroce said Simcox's remarks about benefits for illegal entrants were not a surprise to her. She has bumped heads with him before on that issue.
"Chris wants to start compromising now, and he wasn't compromising when he started," she said. "He's giving in."
Simcox, a former teacher who moved to Arizona to focus on border security after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, says his critics are outraged by a few comments. He says those comments should not detract from the view he still holds that the border must be secured first.
"The children of illegal immigrants who are born in this country are citizens. Period," Simcox said. "It's crazy to think we shouldn't educate them. They want to go door-to-door and remove every person in this country that's here illegally. And I just think that's not a logical plan in how to address the situation."
Asked if he bears any responsibility for the tone of the dialogue, which he now criticizes, Simcox says, "Certainly I accept the responsibility that for stepping forward and addressing this issue that, yes, we have played a major part in that."
"It's exposed the extremist voices on both sides of the issue," he said.
Critics say Simcox has a history of contradicting himself and making statements based on the group he's talking to — a criticism he's faced since his days in Tombstone.
For example, he told The Arizona Republic in 2005: "I'd hate to see a fence built across our borders. I still would rather see the National Guard and U.S. military augment Border Patrol." Yet a year later he endorsed Republican Don Goldwater for governor, saying, "As governor, Don will build a fence along the border with Mexico and use National Guard troops to patrol the border."
He decries the criticism of him as extremism and champions civilized discussion, but he signed a statement saying that Huckabee and Gilchrist are "perpetrating" a "deceptive amnesty plan on American voters."
"I think the overall feeling among Minutemen right now is shear confusion," said Wright,
The Patriots Border Alliance chairman. "Chris is very, very non-confrontational. Whatever groups he's amongst, he wants to be liked."
Simcox says that's not true but adds he's learned a lot since 2002.
"I've learned a great deal about the comprehensive issue, in the sense that it moved way beyond just border-control issues," he said, stressing the importance of mediating groups and looking at the social and economic impacts.
"There are those who feel that it's maybe too soft, maybe too politically correct, but those are people who don't really understand the complexity of the issue and the fact that change is slow in our country," he said.
And maybe they don't fully understand Simcox either, someone who incites protests when he visits college campuses but has tempered his public remarks.
Still, those who thought they had Simcox figured out aren't so sure anymore.
Dawn McLaren, an immigration economist at Arizona State University, participated in a recent forum where Simcox spoke. McLaren gave a presentation on economic contributions of illegal entrants. She clashed with state Rep. John Kavanagh, a Phoenix Republican, but had a different experience with Simcox.
"He said he agreed with us," McLaren said. "So I was like, 'OK, then why are you doing what you're doing?' "His political views,
even in the full context of securing the border first, have also caught his political allies off-guard.
"I am surprised that he would say that," said state Sen. Karen Johnson, a Mesa Republican. Asked about the benefits issues, she said, "What is it about 'illegal' that people don't understand? These people are not qualified to partake in these kind of amenities that we have in our system."
And then there are the candidates Simcox and his political action committee have supported — Republicans Goldwater, Randy Graf and Russell Pearce — while his talk about "sitting down and talking about real solutions" seems more in keeping with Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain.
"I've always said the same thing. Let's have all those discussions after we stop illegal immigration," Graf said, defending Simcox.
Impact is unclear
Though Simcox and Gilchrist, who lives in California, now focus on politics and speaking, Simcox stresses the fact the Minutemen are still involved in fence-building and assisting the Border Patrol with apprehensions.
The overall impact he and the group have had on the political front and on controlling the border remains an open debate.
Many candidates the organization has endorsed have lost elections. Though they've been critical of President Bush and Congress, federal immigration reform has yet to be enacted.
Border apprehensions have been down in the past four years, yet the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector remains the busiest along the southern border.
"I think if you put them all together, I think in general, obviously they have influence, but I'm not sure that that influence lands with any person or any group," says Republican state Rep. Jonathan Paton. "I don't think that there's an Oprah out there that can deliver voters for a candidate or cause."
McLaren, the ASU researcher, doubts the Minutemen have had a political impact.
"I think we have enough politicians who are willing to pick on this issue," McLaren said. "It has been a lightning-rod issue for many, many decades, even dating back to Benjamin Franklin."Still, leaders of breakaway groups in the anti-illegal-immigration movement say they will remain critical of Simcox's political statements and financial management of the Minutemen.
As for Simcox, he says the organization will press on.
"I created a situation where we would be the lightning rod that would draw the nation's attention," he said. "It's a sacrifice I made at the risk of being called names and being vilified."
Sunday, December 23, 2007
BULLETIN: Appeals court won't block employer-sanctions law.
I received this news from Superbee. I appreciate your colaboration on this issue.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused late Friday to issue a stay preventing Arizona's new employer-sanctions law from going into effect Jan. 1. The move came just hours after a federal judge in Phoenix rejected a request by business groups and others to block the state from enforcing its new employer sanctions law.
Judge Neil Wake said any delay in implementing the law which allows suspension or revocation of state licenses of companies that knowingly hire undocumented workers would harm the state and, in particular, legal Arizona residents
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Hispanic Community finding support in Jewish Community do to a lack of Political support.
Jewish community traditionally at the forefront of immigrant rights efforts has gone strangely mute as politicians fan public fury over illegal immigration. This week there were signs that is changing; the Anti-Defamation League issued a warning to the 2008 presidential candidates to cool their white-hot rhetoric on the issue.
But the ADL has been a lone voice; some critics say the timorous Jewish response is not commensurate with an anti-immigrant surge that could ultimately hurt all minorities – Jews included.
"What I fear is that on this issue, the Jewish community, which has taken such important principled stands in the past, has left some of those stands behind in favor of crasser politics,"
Maisel. "You don’t want to be on the side of an issue like this that is going to create enemies for you. And that’s very sad."
The same factors that have made illegal immigration an almost irresistible issue for candidates have made Jewish groups timid about speaking out, Maisel said.
Jewish leaders, he said, are as good at reading polls as politicians.
The anti-illegal immigration invective has reached new heights in key primary and caucus states such as Iowa, where surveys show the issue has risen to the top of voters’ agendas; analysts say it is only likely to increase as the election nears and candidates vie for red-meat issues.
It has been largely a Republican phenomenon as even candidates who have won praise from Jewish groups in the past for their immigration positions veer sharply to the right.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a long shot suddenly propelled into the top ranks of GOP contenders, once supported proposals to provide merit scholarships to some children of illegal immigrants. Now he is promoting what critics say is an impractical and harsh mass deportation proposal as part of his "Secure America Plan."
In a 2005 Boston Globe interview, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said he favored programs that immigration critics say amount to "amnesty" for illegal immigrants already here, but in Iowa he is claiming Huckabee and former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani are soft on the issue.
Giuliani — who as mayor "often defended illegal immigrants, ordering city workers not to deny them benefits and advocating measures to ease their path to citizenship," according to a New York Times report — is now touting proposals to impose tougher penalties on those here illegally and denying anything smacking of amnesty.
"What Giuliani is doing is despicable — catering to these interests, with the full knowledge that the city he once ran couldn’t operate without illegal immigrants," said Maisel.
One candidate, Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), has made hostility to illegal immigration the centerpiece — some say the only piece — of his campaign. He is out for good know.
The Democrats mostly aren’t criticizing the intensifying anti-immigrant din, mostly out of fear of being caught on the wrong side of an issue that has politicians either joining the angry surge or scurrying for cover.
"All kinds of candidates are falling into this nasty immigration debate trap," said Hadar Susskind, Washington director for the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA). "Instead of talking about the important things we can and should do on the issue, they are using this kind of rhetoric."
And that rhetorical escalation is "poisoning" the debate over other issues, he said.
Susskind said some lawmakers voted against expanded State Children’s Health Insurance Plan (SCHIP) funding, a top priority for a long list of Jewish groups this fall, "because of claims some of the money would go to illegal immigrants, which is not true. The rhetoric has been extremely damaging to our agenda."
The political agenda on immigration is being pushed, in part, by well-organized and financed advocacy groups such as the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) — which critics are saying are starting to sound more and more like classic American nativists. That is what led the Southern Poverty Law Center, a respected anti-extremist organization, to label FAIR a "hate group" earlier this month.
That blurring of the lines between classic hate groups, anti-immigration advocacy groups and mainstream politicians on the stump is a matter of deepening concern for Jewish leaders.
In October the ADL released a study claiming that some "mainstream" immigration advocacy groups, including FAIR, are "adopting the tactics and rhetoric of racist groups and moving it into the mainstream."
It added, "Like many other anti-immigrant groups, FAIR opposes legal immigration as well as illegal immigration."
At the same time, the ADL reported, classic hate groups such as the Ku Klux Klan have started echoing some of the themes of the more mainstream anti-immigrant organizations.
"The rhetoric of the hate groups is being brought into politics; the temperature is rising," said ADL National Director Abraham Foxman. "And you are seeing groups like the KKK taking the issue and riding it respectability," he said.
"I don’t think you have to scratch very deep to find xenophobia among the anti-immigration movement," said University of Florida political scientist Ken Wald. "This is at base a movement of cultural defense devoted to defending an imaginary Anglo-Saxon society."
He linked the surge to the nativist sentiment in the 1930s that helped keep the doors to sanctuary in the United States closed to European Jews – his own grandparents included.
Gideon Aronoff, president and CEO of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society — a group at the forefront of the pro-immigration movement — said, "We are deeply concerned about the increase in anti-immigration rhetoric and the growing hatred that is seen in that rhetoric." The language and message of traditional hate groups is "infesting the national dialogue in a very serious way," he said.
This year’s failure of congressional efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which would have combined tougher border controls and enhanced enforcemenet with a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants already here, has encouraged politicians to play to public angst over the illegal immigration issue — and left Jewish groups, which had focused their efforts on national legislation, scrambling for new strategies, he said.
Jewish groups that have traditionally fought the immigration fight may have been less visible in recent months, Aronoff said, because they are shifting their focus to small local battles, and to narrowly focused skirmishes — such as the fight against a new Department of Homeland Security policy of staging dramatic raids against illegal immigrants in their homes and workplaces.
Jewish groups "have been active, but it’s harder to see because so much of the activity has been localized."
For now, local community councils and federations are at the forefront, not the national Jewish groups, he said.
Where Jewish groups have been less active, several observers say, is in openly challenging the politicians who have turned the election into a contest over who can be toughest on immigration. This week’s ADL warning to the presidential candidates represents the first real effort to tamp down the spiraling rhetoric.
And, like other Jewish groups worried about seeming too partisan, the ADL refrained from naming names.
"I think the Jewish community is ambivalent about speaking out forcefully" about politicians who play the anti-immigrant card, said Ken Wald, the University of Florida political scientist. Jewish organizations "simply don’t want to take sides in a partisan fight — unless it involves Israel."
"People are nervous about [angering] their political patrons, and sometimes their biggest donors, who are more conservative," said Daniel Sokatch, director of the Progressive Jewish Alliance in California.
And in the past, he said, Jewish leaders were more willing to wade into the immigration fight because they saw an immediate threat to Jewish interests.
"Now there’s a feeling that nativist anti-Semitism has been relegated to the David Duke-ish fringes," he said. "So it’s not seen as an immediate issue by some leaders."
The issue is taking on even more of a Jewish charge because groups like the Center for Immigration Studies and FAIR are waging an aggressive campaign to pry Jews away from their traditional support for progressive immigration policies.
Several activists noted that while concern about illegal immigration is high in the Jewish community, surveys show that most Jews reject the Draconian solutions suggested by the candidates who are beating the war drums on immigration
Ah, Tancredo, we knew you well. Now relegated to the dust bins of history. But not before inciting an ugly wave of xenophobia and ultra-nationalism. Adios, Arrivederci, Adeus, au revoir, VIVA Tren credo.. Unbelievable but what a Christmas gift the Latinos and Hispanic received before Christmas. Who's next Lou Soups?.
U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo announced today he's ending his long-shot bid for the White House.
The Colorado Republican made his exit from the race official at a press conference this afternoon in downtown Des Moines. He'll throw his support behind GOP candidate Mitt Romney, he said.
Tancredo's name was most associated with his fight against illegal immigration, one of the presidential election's most controversial issues. But his hard-line approach to curbing the unlawful migration of millions across the United States' southern border wasn't enough to vault him from the back of the GOP field.
He registered 6 percent support among likely Republican caucusgoers in the most recent Des Moines Register Iowa Poll.
We have to choose how we respond to God's ultimate gift. All we have to do is believe and receive. Will you accept His gift, and make this a Christmas we will never forget? Know is our turn to smile and treat everyone as a human being regardless race, color, ethnicity or gender.
God bless all.
Since we getting close to Christmas I will posted some Latinos Comedian for you too see what's all about fun and life. Let's make this Christmas more enjoyable and unforgetable than being irrational, Inhumane, intolerable to others humans.
Have fun and enjoy.
Since we getting close to Christmas I will posted some Latinos Comedian for you too see what's all about fun and life. Let's make this Christmas more enjoyable and unforgetable than being irrational, Inhumane, intolerable to others humans.
Have fun and enjoy.
Since we getting close to Christmas I will posted some Latinos Comedian for you too see what's all about fun and life. Let's make this Christmas more enjoyable and unforgetable than being irrational, Inhumane, intolerable to others humans.
Have fun and enjoy.
Have fun and enjoy.
Have fun and enjoy.
Have fun and enjoy.
Have fun and enjoy.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Anti-Immigrant Fanaticism and Xenophobic Movement thru all United States against Mexicans.
Unfortunately, the language from Republicans doesn’t soar so much as sink into the gutter, and it is likely to descend even lower as Congress takes up immigration or any debate in the next couple of months.
There is no question that one needn’t be a xenophobe to think that the United States should do something to stem the tide of Undocumented immigration. There are eloquent and effective arguments for stricter border controls that don’t paint Mexico as a nation of criminals. After all, if the world’s richest nation can’t control its borders, then no state has a chance of fulfilling its end of the social contract.
But why do so many comments from the anti-immigration right sound like slams against Mexicans?
A fountain of such remarks is Congressman Tom Tancredo (Republican, Colorado), Lou Dobbs, Pat Buchannan, Minuteman Group, and many others. Angered by a Bank of America program to issue credit cards to undocumented residents in the United States, Angered by Governor Spitzer issue driver license(Privilege) to Undocumented Immigrants residents in NY. The gentleman from Colorado recently equated Undocumented to terrorists, and not for the first time. The plan in question is rather benign, but that is beside the point. It was simply another chance to hop on a soapbox and denounce immigration and, by association, Mexico, so Tancredo willingly obliged.
Tancredo, whose commitment to fighting immigration is roughly analogous to Senator Joe McCarthy’s to communism, is far from alone in his zeal. A short rundown of 2007’s early highlights in anti-immigration fanaticism:
• Employing an unmistakably martial vocabulary, Rep. Steve King (R, Iowa) encouraged a “policy of attrition” against illegal immigrants.
• Influential Republican activist Paul Weyrich somehow termed bilingualism “the worst kind of racism imaginable.”
• State Senators in Tennessee and Arizona, perhaps inspired by Representative King’s militant rhetoric, called for more aggressive rules of engagement for troops deployed along the border, which would likely lead to more unnecessary deaths of Mexican migrants. National Guard commanders, deferring to common sense, responded that we are not at war with Mexico, so such a change is unnecessary.
• Delegate Jack Reid introduced a bill into the Virginia General Assembly that would make it a felony to knowingly assist an Undocumented immigrant.
It bears mention that not all Republicans are of the inflammatory, blame-Mexico-first ilk (the president not least among them), nor are all Democrats particularly enlightened. The race for the Democratic presidential seems to be taking a populist turn, and taking shots at Undocumented immigration could turn into the political rhetoric de jour for some.
But no matter which side of the aisle they come from, such attacks represent a strategic error for anyone who wants a secure border.
Comments from prominent Americans have an enormous impact in Mexico, a fact that largely goes unnoticed north of the border. When an editorial from the New York Times or the Washington Post deals with Mexico, it is a front-page story in Mexico City. Likewise, when Tancredo shoots off his mouth Mexicans of all political stripes take notice (and offense). Comments such as those above further inflame a perpetually testy diplomatic relationship.
There is no unilateral solution to our immigration problem. Even if we erected a wall spanning the entire length of the border, the most determined of immigrants would make their way to the United States, whether through tunnels, by overstaying student or tourist visas, or coming through Canada.
The point is that we need to avoid xenophobic, racist and rhetoric comments against Mexicans because we as legal residents and U.S. Citizens who are from Mexico or Mexicans descents are paying the price.
There will be no secure and functional border without USA Government, Mexico’s and other Countries cooperation. Because without a reinforcement and functional Immigration system it will continue the back log from many of them that are still on the shadow do the Immigration flaws.
We want a secure border, but does the anti-immigration movement insisted on behaving like a bunch of xenophobic boobs against Mexico and Mexicans.
Just Provoking anger, confronting ethnicities, creating new movement of racism against Mexico and Mexicans.
Do Mexicans and Mexican Americans deserved to be treated like they are a bacteria,labeled are the most despicable criminals, dimished, stereotyping, racial profiling, scapegoats, etc.
When the Human rights advocates are going to start to take action?
When the Organization of American States will take stand on the Immigration Issue?
When United Nations will take stand to protect the Human rights of Undocumented Immigrants?
When this trail of Xenophobia, racism, stereotyping, dimishing, demonizing undocumented Immigrants will stop?
Sunday, December 16, 2007
I will ask to Mr. John McCain as well as the others Candidates; Can we put faith back into an otherwise hopeless situation like Immigration? I am hoping that this Christmas not comes along once a year but We have to choose how we respond to God's ultimate gift. All we have to do is believe and receive. Will you accept His gift, and make this a Christmas we will never forget? I have hope, faith, and strenght that something good is going to happen for Millions of Undocumented Immigrants out there searching for a light at the end of the tunnel to fulfill their American Dreams. God bless America.
Iowa Newspaper Endorses McCain, Clinton, Boston Globe Barack Obama, John McCain; On Monday Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman will endorse John McCain.
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Des Moines Register's editorial board is endorsing Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton ahead of the state's Jan. 3 presidential caucuses, contending they top the field in competence and readiness to lead in a time of dissension at home and distrust and peril abroad.
Weighing in on a tight Democratic race, the statewide paper's board said in its endorsement Saturday night that Democratic challenger Barack Obama "inspired our imaginations. But it was Clinton who inspired our confidence."
McCain, an opponent of ethanol and crop subsidies important to Iowa, has not mounted a serious challenge in the state's close GOP contest, pinning his hopes on New Hampshire's Jan. 8 leadoff primary and elsewhere. But the board cited his deep knowledge of national-security and foreign-policy issues, and his honesty.
"The force of John McCain's moral authority could go a long way toward restoring Americans' trust in government and inspiring new generations to believe in the goodness and greatness of America," the board wrote on the paper's Web site.
The editorial board of The Boston Globe, closely watched in the New Hampshire campaign, came out in favor of Obama and McCain in its endorsements Saturday.
The Globe's board said Obama fulfills America's need for "a president with an intuitive sense of the wider world," and said McCain "has done more than his share to transcend partisanship and promote an honest discussion of the problems facing the United States."
It said Obama's diverse and international life experience helped the Illinois senator develop a unique perspective of the world.
"The most sobering challenges that face this country -- terrorism, climate change, disease pandemics -- are global," the board said in early excerpts of its endorsement. "America needs a president with an intuitive sense of the wider world, with all its perils and opportunities. Barack Obama has this understanding at his core."
McCain was praised by both newspapers as a straight talker who could help a polarized nation. The Globe's board said the Arizona senator could be an antidote to the "toxic political approach" of the last two presidential elections. The Globe also endorsed McCain before the New Hampshire primary in 2000.
The Register endorsed Democrat John Edwards in 2004 and, in the 2000 GOP race, backed George W. Bush over McCain.
"He doesn't parse words," The Register's board said Saturday of McCain. "And on tough calls, he usually lands on the side of goodness -- of compassion for illegal immigrants, of concern for the environment for future generations."
The board criticized Edwards this time, saying the positive campaign he ran in 2004 has seldom been seen. "His harsh anti-corporate rhetoric would make it difficult to work with the business community to forge change," it said.
Clinton has been tested by rough politics and personal trials, the paper said, and has responded with strength and resilience. "We believe as president she'll do what she's always done in her life: Throw herself into the job and work hard. We believe Hillary Rodham Clinton can do great things for our country."
Saturday, December 15, 2007
This is an Outrageous and Sad news for me. Every time i heard a children has been murder, died or sexually abuse; make me sad and see how easy we forget our Values, Humanity, respect and dignity for the Children's. Why children's has to paid for the poor judgement of the parents. They were more concerns about their life than a poor child.
Man Convicted of Killing 2-Year-Old Smoked Crack While She Died.
A man who beat and scalded his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter, then smoked crack and played video games while she died, was sentenced today in San Diego to five years and eight months in state prison.
Rodney Jeffcoat, 45, of Riverside, was convicted Nov. 14 of involuntary manslaughter, assault on a child likely to produce great bodily injury, conspiracy to obstruct justice and assault and battery.
Jurors acquitted him of second-degree murder and assault on a child under 8 causing death, which could have sent Jeffcoat to prison for 25 years to life.
According to court testimony, Jeffcoat whipped and knocked Kenvesia Blount's head against a wall and threw boiling water on her because she wet the bed while she and her mother, Trevesia Blount, 28, of San Diego, were visiting his mother's Riverside home on July 23, 2006.
Jeffcoat then played video games and smoked crack while Blount sat in a chair next to her comatose daughter for one to three days, hoping the child would recover.
The couple didn't seek help because he didn't want to get arrested for driving on a suspended license and she was concerned Child Protective Services would take Kenvesia and her older daughter Alexandria away.
They finally drove the girl to a hospital in San Diego after her mother found maggots on her.
They told authorities the girl scalded herself in San Diego by knocking a pot of boiling water for hot dogs from the stove onto herself.
"Everybody was concerned with themselves and not concerned with this child," Judge Peter Deddeh said. "It makes me angry (that) this child died when she didn't have to die."
Deputy District Attorney Harrison Kennedy told jurors that Jeffcoat began abusing Kenvesia after he started dating her mother in December 2005.
Alexandria Blount testified that Jeffcoat hurt her sister by knocking her head against a wall and pouring boiling water on her.
Trevesia Blount pleaded guilty to felony child abuse and was sentenced last week to 12 years in prison.
The judge noted with frustration that although Jeffcoat was more responsible for the girl's death, because of the plea agreement and sentencing requirements, her sentence had to be harsher than his.
Today in court, Kennedy said the case was one of the most egregious homicides imaginable.
"It simply does not get much worse than that," the prosecutor told the judge.
Deddeh noted that a defense expert said, "you're joking," when the circumstances of the child's death were explained to him.
The judge said the actions of the defendants were "awful, uncaring and insensitive."
"No one could have written a story like this," he said.
Deddeh said the case "pulled on everybody's heart strings," including his.
He said Jeffcoat had a "long and storied record of violence" including a felony conviction in 2004.
Defense attorney Jack Hochman told Deddeh that Jeffcoat's maximum punishment should have been four years and eight months behind bars, but the judge imposed an extra year in prison for a separate assault on the child.
Hochman said the case will be appealed because Deddeh had no legal authority to make a factual finding that Jeffcoat assaulted the child on a separate occasion
Border Patrol Agents Launch Pepper Spray Into Tijuana Neighborhoods.
Witnesses, Mexican authorities and human rights groups say U.S. Border Patrol agents have begun launching pepper spray and tear gas from San Diego into densely populated Tijuana neighborhoods in response to escalating clashes with smugglers, it was reported Friday.
Border Patrol agents told the Los Angeles Times they have had to counter human traffickers' increasingly aggressive tactics, especially near Tijuana's most notorious smuggling neighborhood of Colonia Libertad, by ramping up their own use of force.
Agents have used pepper spray in the past, but usually aimed directly at the smugglers, according to the Times. The new tactics, which saturate large areas, have forced dozens of temporary evacuations and sent some residents to hospitals, witnesses told the newspaper.
Border Patrol officials told the Times that tear gas and pepper spray rarely cause serious injury or damage. Agents say that they use them against assailants trying to divert attention from border crossers by pelting agents with rocks, and that residents are not targeted.
Since Oct. 1, the Border Patrol has counted 90 assaults against agents in the San Diego area, five times as many as during the same period a year ago, and some resulting in serious head injuries, according to the Times.
The acting Mexican consul general in San Diego, Ricardo Pineda, has met with Border Patrol officials to protest the aggressive use of tear gas and pepper spray, Alberto Lozano, the consular spokesman, told the newspaper.
"We told them the Mexican government cannot tolerate having Mexican nationals hit with these kind of devices on Mexican soil by U.S. authorities, regardless of the reason," Lozano told the newspaper.
This is what is all about America, Dream, Hope, Freedom, great spirit; Immigrants has been showing what they can do for America know is America who needs to redeem an Opportunity and hope to Immigrants .
Listen what Congressman has to said to those paranaoians, Xenophobic, extremists and conservatives.
I am hoping that someone can open the road of ignorance and do something more Humane and Rational for Immigrants.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
H.R.1955 - Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007. I want to pointed out a couple of interested sections of this bill.
Official: To prevent homegrown terrorism, and for other purposes. as introduced.
Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007.
Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 - Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to add provisions concerning the prevention of homegrown terrorism (terrorism by individuals born, raised, or based and operating primarily in the United States). The secretary of Homeland Security to:
(1) establish a grant program to prevent radicalization (use of an extremist belief system for facilitating ideologically-based violence) and homegrown terrorism in the United States;
(2) establish or designate a university-based Center of Excellence for the Study of Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism in the United States; and
(3) conduct a survey of methodologies implemented by foreign nations to prevent radicalization and homegrown terrorism. Prohibits the Department of Homeland Security's efforts to prevent ideologically-based violence and homegrown terrorism from violating the constitutional and civil rights, and civil liberties, of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.
Did you believe there are some groups who's are falling under these definitions?
SEC. 899A. DEFINITIONS.
`For purposes of this subtitle:
`(1) COMMISSION- The term `Commission' means the National Commission on the Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism established under section 899C.
`(2) VIOLENT RADICALIZATION- The term `violent radicalization' means the process of adopting or promoting an extremist belief system for the purpose of facilitating ideologically based violence to advance political, religious, or social change.
`(3) HOMEGROWN TERRORISM- The term `homegrown terrorism' means the use, planned use, or threatened use, of force or violence by a group or individual born, raised, or based and operating primarily within the United States or any possession of the United States to intimidate or coerce the United States government, the civilian population of the United States, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.
`(4) IDEOLOGICALLY BASED VIOLENCE- The term `ideologically based violence' means the use, planned use, or threatened use of force or violence by a group or individual to promote the group or individual's political, religious, or social beliefs.
The follow up of a good samaritan who's saved a kid life. He was deported to Mexico without even getting an address for the boy's family to write a thank-you card but know a bill H.R. 4339 was introduced by Rep. Rául Grijalva and become a law to provide a Legal resident status to Jesus Manuel Cordova. Many were outcried that he was Undocumented. Yes, He knew he would be deported, but he still stayed with him and saved both life.I believe there is a moral lesson to learned from this situation; Specially those extremists, conservatives, for A little compassion, huh? How many of you so filled with hate call yourselves "Christian?" You must sleep through church every Sunday. Immigration is a complex and emotional
issue for many of us but can we overcome ignorance and become more rational and friendly to Humanity specially childrens?
Christopher Buchleitner, 9, Orphan, Reunited With His Dogs
Border Crosser Who Saved His Life -- Sent Back To Mexico
Thanksgiving night, nine-year old Christopher Buchleitner and his mother were driving home from a camping trip at Peña Blanca Lake near the Mexican border, 60 miles from Tucson.
And then everything went wrong...
Young Chris' father, Jack, had committed suicide several months previously on Labor Day. His mother, Dawn Alice Tomoko, lost control of their car, and went over a cliff. They landed 300 feet from the road. While mom was alive, she was trapped and dying. Christopher wiggled out of the car and started walking away -- in the cold desert night, all alone, down at the base of a cliff. Age nine.
Enter, stage left, a border crosser, Jesus Manual Cordova, 26. He was wandering through the desert. He came upon the boy. Together they returned to the car, comforted the dying mother whom they could not free, built a fire for warmth, and in the morning when hunters came upon them, the young boy and the young border crosser were both alive, as were the boy's dogs -- a golden retriever and a Queensland heeler.
The boy was dusted off to University Hospital in Tucson. The young man was taken by the Border Patrol to Nogales and let go -- on the Mexican side of the border.
If being a citizen is fundamentally the willingness to sacrifice yourself for the good of your community, Jesus Manual Cordova has met the test. Instead of continuing through the desert to freedom, he stopped and rendered aid, knowing the cost.
Any sane society would welcome this young man with open arms, the keys to the city, a full-ride to the University of Arizona, and a passport. The Republican-run Border Patrol shoved his brown-skinned ass right back over the border without even getting an address for the boy's family to write a thank-you card.
The boy is out of the hospital and has his beloved dogs back. He is currently with his uncle's family; whatever happens, he'll be with family we're told, and his dogs will stay with him.
Of Jesus Manual Cordova, there is no sign.
He has vanished into Mexico.
Or hopefully, walked back through the desert again, to a better life.
One final note... the young boy and the young man: they have the same birthday. Make of it what you will. Certainly, the border crosser made it possible that night for the boy to someday, many birthdays from now, become a man.
A man hopefully, as much a man as Jesus Manual Cordova
Debate is probably the wrong term. It's more of a no-win shouting match where few ideas can be heard over the hate, misinformation and stereotypes spewing from extremists on both sides.
On one side is a growing, angry America, gathering steam as the 2008 presidential election fast approaches. This side, prompted by the mainstream media of talk radio and cable television hosts, believes all undocumented immigrants are like Yanez-Burruel — dangerous criminals.
The other side is less visible but vocal. This side doesn't have as large a media megaphone and supporting cast of elected officials, but it manages to get its message into the debate. It includes immigration-rights groups, some churches and human-rights groups who view all undocumented immigrants as honorable like Cordova. They fail, however, to acknowledge that some undocumented immigrants commit violent criminal acts.
Not all undocumented immigrants are not criminals.
That's a major obstacle, if not the biggest, in reaching a national consensus on a practical immigration plan. The debate about illegal immigration is too often made in absolute terms.
Anti-illegal-immigration restrictionists want the federal government to wall off the border. Defenders of undocumented immigrants will not support increased border security.
Illegal immigration is not black or white. It's a morass of gray, interconnecting interests, involving international and national economics, international migration of people and, of course, politics
At the pinnacle is longshot Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo, a Colorado congressman. Betting that crass xenophobia garners votes, Tancredo is running TV ads in Iowa that link undocumented immigrants with Islamic terrorists
The truth is that undocumented immigrants encompass individuals like Cordova?
Unfortunately, pandering politicians are up to the same old tricks: Scare the voters.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
The look of Hate and overlook of the legal system on the case of Dr. Cornblet. Why nothing has been done to extradited this coward killer. Why Authorities being blind about Justice? This Irrational and cowardly crime must bring to justice know!!!.
On Oct. 24, 2006, Dr. David Cornbleet was murdered by a one time former patient, Hans Peterson. Stabbed over 20 times, Dr. Cornbleet was found by his daughter later that night left for dead in a pool of his own blood. After killing Dr. Cornbleet, Hans Peterson fled to and hid in the French portion of St Martin, while at the same time Cornbleet's family assisted police by setting up an online campaign to track down the killer. Through a myspace profile a tip came in that broke the case open, a warrant was issued and soon after Hans Peterson confessed to the crime. Strategically though, he confessed to French authorities on the island betting on the fact that since his Mother was French he would not be sent back to the US to face trial. So far that is exactly what has happened. To help with the Extradition process, visit the section directly to the right. When Hans Peterson confessed to the murder, he had a smile on his face and gave the French authorities a four page letter with details of the crime and his rational. Hans Peterson initially planned to cut off the hands and feet of Dr. Cornbleet and seal the wounds with a blow torch. Since Dr. Cornbleet fought back, Hans was forced to stab him to death. The rational for the murder focused on Accutane, a powerful acne medication prescribed by Dr. Cornbleet for Hans in April 2002. Hans took two pills and began to feel side effects such as a massive headache. He stopped the medication immediately. Four and half years later he made a second trip to the Dr. Cornbleet’s office to torture and murder him. Within the letter Hans states that the main side effect was impotency. Now, a year after the murder and months after Hans Peterson’s confession the debate is boiling over. While Hans Peterson’s father, Dr. Thomas Peterson blames the drug Accutane, its manufacturer Roche, and Dr. Cornbleet himself for his son’s actions, Dr. Cornbleet’s family wants Hans Peterson back in the United States to face trial for the murder. They argue that the time for a malpractice case ended the night the Hans murdered Dr. Cornbleet, and that Accutane has nothing to do with Hans Peterson’s choice to flee the murder scene and hide behind his mother’s French nationality.
U.S. Canada border is a security nightmare. When CNN ran the debate, the Lou Dobbs network made sure that the first half-hour was devoted to Undocumented immigration and Broken border not borders. Why Mexico and Mexicans are treated worst than Terrorist? What crime Mexicans or Mexico committed to be treated this way?. They have been persecuted, scapegoating, blamed, demonized, stereotyping, diminished. We do have problems with Undocumented immigrants on the southern border, but we have problems with terrorists on the northern border.” we found no terrorist presence in Mexico and a number of Canadian-based terrorists who have entered the United States
The big difference between a Mexican and a Terrorist is that they will die for feeding their families rather than Terrorist who's will die and Kill innocent people for their belief.
In Washington state’s Pasayten Wilderness Area, agents patrol the rough backcountry on horseback. The 12 mustangs roamed wild on federal lands before they were rounded up and broken.
South of Ottawa, along the St. Lawrence River in an area know as Thousand Islands, agents chase smugglers known as river rats — mom and pop operators running cigarettes, liquor and drugs across the border into New York.
In Derby Line, Vt., the Haskell Free Library and Opera House straddles the border. The front door is in the United States. The checkout desk is in Canada. That could come to an end. Earlier this year, two vans carrying 21 Undocumented immigrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere were stopped in Derby Line.
Residents of North Dakota and Minnesota fear their cold winters may have frozen the motion detectors along their border with Canada.
Along Montana’s Sweetgrass Hills and Milk River, the border, in some places, is separated by nothing more than a broken fence. In one incident, a rancher in Montana’s desolate prairie stopped two Jamaicans dressed in T-shirts and shorts.
“It would be difficult to secure the (northern) border with the assets we have there now,” said Greg Kutz, a Government Accountability Office investigator and author of a recent study that found terrorists carrying nuclear material could easily enter the United States from Canada.
SECURITY FALLS SHORT
While Colburn and others say there is no hard evidence showing illegal activity has increased on the northern border, Sheriff Elfo said there is mounting anecdotal evidence. He points to the discovery in August of two backpacks hidden in a ditch near the Black Mountain Boy Scout Camp north of Silver Lake, between Maple Falls and the Canadian border. The backpacks contained about 68 pounds of cocaine, with a street value of about $1.2 million.
Colburn is well aware of the problems.
“We are nowhere near where we think we should be,” he said in an interview about security along the northern border. “But we are getting there faster than ever before.”
Customs and Border Protection now has air wings in Bellingham, Great Falls, Mont., Grand Forks, N.D, and Plattsburg, N.Y. The air wings include Blackhawk helicopters, surveillance aircraft and Predator unmanned aerial vehicles. In addition to “boots on the ground,” Colburn said agents use all-terrain vehicles, Zodiac inflatable boats and snowmobiles. Motion detectors, radar and infrared technology also are deployed.
“Just because you don’t see us doesn’t mean we don’t see you,” Colburn said.
On Capitol Hill, lawmakers from northern border states remain frustrated. Given the outrage over undocumented workers flooding in from Mexico, they remain skeptical the Border Patrol will ever pay enough attention to the northern border.
“They aren’t leaning forward on this,” said Rep. Norm Dicks, DWash., a member of the House Homeland Security Committee.
Congress wants to add as many as 600 additional agents to northern border patrols. But some say even that isn’t enough.
“There will still be a huge inequity,” said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. “We do have problems with illegal immigrants on the southern border, but we have problems with terrorists on the northern border.”
CANADA’S TERRORISM RISK
Given Canada’s open immigration policies, terrorist organizations have established cells there seeking “safe havens, operational bases and attempting to gain access to the USA,” according to a 1998 report from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. The report said more than 50 terrorist groups may be present, including Hezbollah, Hamas and radical Islamic groups from Iran and Algeria.
A 2006 report from the Nixon Center, a Washington, D.C., think tank, quoted a senior FBI official as saying Canada is the most worrisome terrorist point of entry and al- Qaida training manuals advise terrorists to enter the United States from Canada.
The report concluded that “despite widespread alarms raised over terrorist infiltration from Mexico, we found no terrorist presence in Mexico and a number of Canadian-based terrorists who have entered the United States.”
Among them were Ahmed Ressam — the so-called Millennium Bomber who was stopped in 1999 by an alert agent at a border crossing in Port Angeles, before he could carry out a plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport — and Gazi Ibrahim Abu Mezer, a Palestinian terrorist who was mistakenly released after being stopped near Bellingham in 1997. He then moved to Brooklyn where he was later convicted of plotting to bomb a New York City subway station.
“They have to be concerned about the Canadian border,” said Robert Leiken, one of the authors of the Nixon Center study. “If they aren’t, we are in a lot of trouble.”
Law enforcement officials say the presence of suspected terrorists in Canada is a worry, and they share intelligence on the threat daily.
“The fact that we have identified people connected with terrorism who have crossed the border shows we are paying attention,” said Mike Cabana, a chief superintendent with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who oversees border security.
Canadians are aware that the crackdown on the U.S.-Mexico border could affect them.
“If the U.S.-Mexico border is sealed, it is safe to assume criminality will be displaced and it is logical to assume it could affect the northern border,” said Cabana. “Of course we are concerned, but it is too early to tell whether it will make a difference.”
WHATCOM COUNTY VIEW
Back in Blaine, down the street from the Smuggler’s Inn, Shirley- Ann Leu says she and her husband, Herbert, have learned to live with Border Patrol agents sitting on their back retaining wall, the RCMP flashing lights in their yard at 3 a.m. and the helicopter patrols.
“The big cameras are going round and round all the time,” she said. “They know every car in the neighborhood. You get used to it.”
Despite the heightened security, Sheriff Elfo said he remains anxious about the terrorists, drug smugglers and illegal immigrants who view the Canadian border as an easy route into the United States.
“The help from the feds has improved dramatically,” he said. “But we know individuals and contraband continue to cross regularly.”
Monday, December 10, 2007
After 29 Years In Portland, Woman May Be Deported Under 'Widow's Penalty'
This is where I want to be. This has been my home for 29 years. After years of serving the community, I'm being thrown out like a piece of garbage.
PORTLAND, OR Canadian immigrant Rose-Marie Barbeau-Quinn faces deportation. She's lived and worked in Portland for the last 29 years, but a little known immigration law says surviving spouses of U.S. citizens must leave the country if they were not married for at least two years..
Rose-Marie Barbeau-Quinn's house in Southwest Portland is filled to the brim with antique musical instruments, books, paintings, and cooking tools that cover the walls of her kitchen.Rose-Marie Barbeau-Quinn: "Well, you're looking at a humungous collection of every possible copper pot and pan. But if I have to lose all this and leave and leave my home I mean, how can anyone do this to a person when they have the choice to do the right thing."But officials at ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement -- formerly one part of the old INS -- say they have no choice under immigration law but to deport Barbeau-Quinn to her native Canada. In most cases, immigrant spouses of U.S. Citizens get citizenship themselves as long as they can prove the marriage has lasted longer than two years. But Mike Quinn, died of cancer in 1991. And even though they were together for 25 years, Barbeau-Quinn says her husband didn't believe in marriage.Rose-Marie Barbeau-Quinn: "My husband loved me too much to marry me. To him, the word marriage meant problem divorce. And his idea was, we love each other, we share everything, always have, why change it?"Nonetheless hours before Mike Quinn died, they did get married. Some states, such as Washington, recognize 25-year-relationships as a common law marriage. But Oregon does not. Rose-Marie Barbeau-Quinn: "I fell between the cracks."Barbeau-Quinn's case is not unique. Portland attorney Brent Renison says he found 30 similar surviving spouses across the nation. One in Illinois is the wife of Todd Engstrom, an American contractor killed in Iraq while he was training Iraqi security forces. And last month, Renison argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of another woman, Carla Freeman, who was deported to her native South Africa, after her American husband died.Renison says the two years of marriage requirement is unfair. Brent Renison: "Anyone who's married at some point was married less than two years. Does it make it any less than a valid marriage?"Renison says after 9/11, Congress made an exception for widows of those killed in the terrorist attacks. A bill to give safe harbor to surviving spouses of those killed by Hurricane Katrina is currently pending in the U.S. Senate. Brent Renison: "I applaud the legislators for fixing the problem for those cases, but you can't lose sight of everyone else."Rose-Marie Barbeau-Quinn's case had been in hold since the 1990s because she's had some influential advocates. The restaurant she and her husband owned, the Vat and Tonser was a favorite of downtown attorneys and powerbrokers. Former Senator Mark Hatfield and later Ron Wyden sponsored private relief bills on her behalf, which staved off deportation. But special treatment for immigrants like Barbeau-Quinn is controversial, especially when scores of other potential deportees have similarly compelling stories. Failing any further intervention, Barbeau-Quinn says she will leave on her own before immigrant officers come to force her out on October 31st.Rose-Marie Barbeau-Quinn: "I don't want to get into any trouble. I've never been in trouble. And I certainly don't intend to cause any now. I'm not a criminal and I don't want to act like one. You know, there's no point in that."Barbeau-Quinn's attorney Brent Renison is currently trying a last ditch -- and novel -- tactic, of asking a federal judge to hear a request from Mike Quinn's estate -- in effect, allowing him to advocate for his wife from the grave. If the effort fails, Barbeau-Quinn will have to start a new life -- at the age of 66 -- in northern Ontario -- a place she's not lived for 40 years.Rose-Marie Barbeau-Quinn: "This is where I want to be. This has been my home for 29 years. After years of serving the community, I'm being thrown out like a piece of garbage."As Barbeau-Quinn packs her things to leave, the U.S. Senate is considering broad immigration reform bill -- sponsored by Arizona Republican John McCain and Massachusetts Democrat Ted Kennedy. It includes a provision to wipe out what attorney Brent Renison calls the widow's penalty .
Why the only solution to Immigration is to build a fence? Can we look at the root of the problem? Thousand or even Millions had been waiting years to become residents, even Citizens? Many lost the residential privilege and became on the limbo as undocumented for the dysfunctional of the Immigration system. Why can not any Members of Congress overview the root of the problem and compromise to fixed???
Immigrant's fight spurs questions
Did Gjystina Hines' marriage to a U.S. citizen, having a son with him and being pregnant with their second child count for anything when she faced deportation?
Or what about that the 23-year-old Howell woman was holding a regular job, paying taxes and appearing for her regular appointments with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Detroit?
The answer is "no," according to U.S. immigration officials.
However, there are others who believe the system needs to be reformed so cases can receive more individual attention and not simply a broad-brush approach.
Although Gjystina Hines' marriage will help her gain legal status in the U.S., immigration spokesman Greg Palmore said Hines was deported for one issue.
"It's all based upon that she came into the country illegally," said Palmore, who works for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Detroit.
He said Gjystina Hines, who was born in Albania, didn't have any pending paperwork with respect to immigration. Her request to adjust her status from illegal alien to resident alien was denied, and the only remaining order was for her deportation.
"Our job is to carry out that removal," Palmore said.
Last year, he said, immigration enforcement removed more than 221,000 people with no legal status from the United States.
In Michigan and Ohio, the number of people deported has grown significantly in the last several years. Immigration officials said the number is up 37 percent over a year ago, and deportations have more than doubled since 2004.
Immigration officials say fugitive-hunting teams now in Cleveland and Detroit have led to more arrests.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement workers have removed about 4,000 undocumented immigrants from the region this year.
Gjystina Hines was deported Nov. 23 and left with her husband, Clint, and their 3-year-old son, Dylan. She's also pregnant and due in April. Immigration officials said people who are deported typically face a ban from re-entering the country for a minimum of five years.
Now, Gjystina Hines, a 2002 Brighton High School graduate, must now apply for a waiver to come back to the United States.
Her attorney, Justin Casagrande, said immigration law needs reform.
"Immigration lately is making a push to remove people, and some of those are people who are trying to do the right thing," Casagrande said.
"She (Hines) had all these connections to the U.S.," he said, adding none of them were legally relevant.
He said people such as Hines are trying to play above board, but don't have anyway of getting a review of their case.
"You can't get a judge to these cases, can't get someone impartial," he said. "Nobody in decision-making roles has the ability to take these other things in account. It's a one-size-fits-all (approach) ... and it doesn't work."
Casagrande said his client was deported based on the facts involving her father, who entered the country illegally from Albania in 1997 and without inspection, which is like someone sneaking over the border from Mexico.
Gjystina Hines, her mother and brother came to the U.S. in 1999, identified themselves at the airport as having no legal papers and were listed as arriving aliens. Her father filed for political asylum for his family but was eventually denied.
Faced with a final order of deportation, Gjystina Hines' parents and her brother voluntarily left and went to Canada in 2003. Gjystina Hines, though, stayed because she was already married.
"People think when you marry an American citizen, they think all things are forgiven," Casagrande said. "It's mostly true."
He said certain violations can be forgiven, but not when it comes to entering the country illegally.
"She got stuck carrying the weight on this," he said of his client.
Casagrande called Gjystina Hines' case "an extremely unusual situation." In addition to dealing with removal proceedings, he was also working with U.S. Citzenship & Immigration Service, which grants citizenship, resident cards and visas. He said that is a completely different agency than the immigration and customs enforcement.
"We were working two sides of the bureaucracy," he said.
Casagrande said Gjystina Hines' request for adjustment of status had no bearing on her deportation case. The attorney said she had two parallel cases happening with immigration.
Then why did it take three years for the Howell woman to finally be deported?
"It's not that unusual for things to take that long," Casagrande said.
Palmore said immigration was waiting for travel documents — a valid passport — before deporting Gjystina Hines.
"We just can't grab someone and remove them," Palmore said
Apparently nobody seems the root of the problem on Immigration. Last night I was watching the GOP Presidential debate on the issue of Immigration and their solution was secure the Southern Border but not compromised in fixed the Flaws of dysfunctional Immigration System. And this is one of thousands examples who people suffering from the Immigration flaws.
It's the law: Mom may have to leave kids
Sami Hamdi could be a poster child for the way children with Down syndrome are embraced in American society.
He's a popular pupil at an Englewood preschool serving special-needs children
He's the pampered pet of his family, a sunny-natured child who loves to sit on his mother's lap or play peek-a-boo with his three sisters.
Sami's mother, Fatiha Elgharib, knows that things would have been very different for her son in her native Morocco. "The truth is, if he had been born in my country, he would not be alive," she said.
But now Elgharib and her husband must decide whether to separate him permanently from his mother, or send him home with her to Morocco.
Elgharib is facing deportation, having exhausted her legal avenues to remain in this country. She returned home to Englewood on Nov. 26 after spending five months in jail for failing to appear at a deportation hearing. "The notice was sent to an old address, and I never received it," Elgharib said.
Jail has left the devout Muslim woman shaken. She is taking anti-anxiety medications after a lifetime of good health. But her greatest anxiety is what will happen to Sami and his thoroughly Americanized sisters if they are forced to return to their parents' native country. In Morocco, Elgharib said, children with Down syndrome are derided as "Mongoloids" and offered few educational opportunities or medical care.
It's equally hard to imagine how Sami would fare without his mother. When she was in jail, his language skills and potty training lapsed.
However you feel about immigration, here's the truth: Children are paying for the actions of their parents. Sami is a 5-year-old American citizen with Down syndrome. He is free to stay in this country.
Cases like this shows how dysfunctional and flawed is the Immigration System.
Saturday, December 08, 2007
The safe of the Canadian Border still remained on the limbo. Unknown how many people enter U.S. We don't know how many were taken across for sure but being picked up by co-conspirators in the U.S. Koreans came to Canada because they could enter the country without a visa.
A one-time Windsor resident is one of seven suspects from Canada facing extradition to the U.S. to face charges of operating human smuggling operations that sent approximately 100 undocumented workers to the United States in the last two years.
A U.S. indictment says that Jun Park, 50, whose last known residence was in Windsor, was involved in picking up illegal aliens arriving at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, charging them US$5,000 to $10,000, housing and feeding them and dropping them at night in remote areas on the Canada-U.S. border.
Park was one of four suspects arrested in Toronto recently.
RCMP investigators also arrested Chol Ming Jang, 49, his wife Dal Sung Jang (also known as Seonee Jang) 44, and Sang Hoon Lee, 35, all from the Toronto area. They appeared in Ontario court in Toronto Nov. 19.
In addition, Sang Soo Ko, 28, was arrested in Seoul, South Korea by the Korean national police service's international crime squad, according to indictments made public by Thomas Anderson, U.S. attorney for Vermont.
A sixth suspect, Myong Ho Tong, 46, is believed to be a resident of New York and is being sought there by U.S. agents.
Also arrested in an accompanying sweep of the second smuggling ring based in Quebec was Jose Manuel Galdamez Serrano, a native of El Salvador, believed to be from Montreal.
He has been described by U.S. authorities as the ringleader of the second, so-called Galdamez Organization.
Two other suspects from that alleged ring were also arrested: Ruben Damas Hernandez, 29, and Norvin Gonzalez-Morales, 26.
The indictment states that U.S. and Canadian authorities broke up the two conspiracies, based in Toronto and Montreal, responsible for smuggling as many as 20 people a month into the U.S. from a variety of countries, including Korea, Pakistan and India, and Central America.
Cpl. Cathy McCrory, a media relations officer with the RCMP in Toronto, said Park was apparently the only Windsor connection to the alleged conspiracy and there is no evidence that the Windsor-Detroit border crossings played any role in the operations.
Staff Sgt. Ed McNorton, media relations officer for the Windsor Police Service, said Park was never under investigation in the Windsor area and is unknown to police.
Attempts to reach Park's relatives were unsuccessful. McCrory said it is not known if Park is a Canadian citizen.
According to the U.S. indictment, Park was charged with bringing at least five aliens to the United States border on or about Nov. 21, 2006.
After picking them up at the airport, he housed them, waiting for an opportunity to bring them to the international border, either through New York State or Vermont.
McCrory said the illegals were dropped at the border at night and were expected to travel on foot on paths through heavy forest, avoiding major roads and sometimes running through bush for several miles, before being picked up by co-conspirators in the U.S.
It is believed they were then driven to large cities on the East Coast, such as New York or Boston, where they disappeared into the population.
We don't know how many were taken across for sure," said McCrory.
"Approximately 100 over a two-year period in 13 separate attempts.
"They were let go in heavily wooded areas, despite the enforcement there, and covertly got across the border."
McCrory said the majority of those smuggled were Koreans. She said they came to Canada because they could enter the country without a visa. But they would not have had the proper paperwork or visa to enter the U.S. and would likely have been refused entry.
Why they would risk running the border rather than applying for a visa, McCrory said, remains a mystery.
"I don't know why they wouldn't do that," she said. "It would be interesting to get their perspective."
McCrory said the arrests have effectively broken up the two smuggling rings, with no outstanding warrants remaining. But she added that investigators believe there are other human smugglers operating in border areas and investigations are ongoing.
McCrory said the Jangs can fight extradition since they are Canadian citizens. She said that Park, and other suspects arrested whose citizenship status is unknown, will also go through some formal process and won't simply be handed over.
If convicted, they could face up to 15 years in prison on each charge.
Friday, December 07, 2007
Racial Profiling in the Era of Terrorism. Did you know that post Sept 11, were racial profiling Middle Easterns descents? Know with Patriot act (Immigration) Latinos has being targeted for Racial profiling. What crime did Latinos or Mexicans commited to be single out and being racial profiling?
It should be remembered that practically all Immigrants have come to this country because they like our land and our institutions better than those from whence they came. They have attached themselves to the life of this country in a manner that they would hate to change and the vast majority of them will, if given a chance, remain the same good neighbors that they have been in the past regardless of what difficulties our nation may have with the country of their birth. History proves this to be true . . . .We must see to it that no race prejudices develop and that there are no petty persecutions of law-abiding people.
It is against this historical backdrop that we encounter post-9/11 efforts to combat terrorist acts on American soil, and examine the role that race should play in an effective effort to deter future attacks. But before assessing whether our government's response to the events of 9/11 betray a pattern of racial profiling.
So, racial profiling as the term has been employed in recent public debate, refers to government activity directed at a suspect or group of suspects because of their race, whether intentional or because of the disproportionate numbers of contacts based upon other pre-textual reasons. Under Fourth Amendment analysis, objective factors measure whether law enforcement action is constitutional, and under the Fourteenth Amendment challenges to the practice are assessed under the customary strict scrutiny test for racial classifications. It is against this historical and legal backdrop that we should take a look at our law enforcement and internal domestic security response to the horrific acts of September 11th.
In the weeks following September 11, federal, state and local law enforcement officials worked feverishly to investigate those responsible for the most reprehensible crime on American Soil and to assess our state of vulnerability to further acts of terrorism. As part of those efforts conclusions about the ethnicity and national origin of the prime suspects was inescapable. This crime was committed by a group of foreign nationals of middle eastern descent.
Immediately law enforcement officials focused special investigative efforts upon foreign nationals from middle eastern countries, often in disregard of any other factors warranting suspicion. In December, federal investigators began voluntary interviews with more than 5,000 young middle eastern men who entered the United States within the last two years from countries that were linked to terrorism. Federal officials have contacted administrators at more than two hundred colleges and universities to gain information about students from middle eastern countries. What are their majors? Where do they live? How often do they miss class? They have followed up these efforts with unannounced visits and interviews with the students. Some local police chiefs who have worked hard to rebut concerns over racial profiling have resisted cooperation with these federal efforts on the ground that the interviews appear to violate departmental policy or state and local laws.
The U.S. Congress, in the days following September 11th, passed The USA Patriot Act, an omnibus bill containing numerous reforms to federal criminal procedure, laws relating to foreign intelligence surveillance, wiretaps and interception of electronic communications, laws relating to the gathering of documentary evidence, and DNA and immigration laws. In a very general sense, the Act makes it easier for federal investigative agencies to obtain wiretaps on multiple electronic devices, and procure electronic and documentary evidence from sources like internet service providers and cable and telephone companies. It also relaxes prohibitions on the sharing of information obtained in investigations by different federal agencies. While the latitude afforded law enforcement activities under the act and relaxed standards for information sharing may give rise to concern for the protection of civil liberties, the provisions most relevant to our discussion today are in the area of immigration and naturalization.
I am more willing to entertain restrictions that affect all of us like identity cards and more intrusive X-ray procedures at airports - and am somewhat more skeptical of restrictions that affect only some of us, like those that focus on immigrants or single out people by nationality.
Huckabee calls for Mexico border fence, more patrol agents. Again. Mr. Huckabee with all my respect why Mexico and not Canada Border? Why trying to divided Nations rather than United?
Did you know there are three Native American Nations whose lands would be divided by the proposed border fence? Did you know that the border fence would divide the campus of the University of Texas at Brownsville into two parts? Did you know that the border fence would damage the environment and harm wildlife? Did you know that the fence will encourage to Undocumented immigrants to use more remote, ecologically delicate terrain and continue dying just for work? Or isn't true that you like to go fishing?. Or we wants to give the impression to the world that we are going back to the Chinese and the Berlin Walls? How do you believe a wall will prevented another terrorist attack? Or we want the taxpayers continue dragging the chain of financial problems we currently have and add the 2 billions or so that it will cost building the border fence? Or we forgot our moral, Ethic and principles values and the Citizens?
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee says he would take a tough stance against illegal immigration. Huckabee released a plan today . The former Arkansas governor says he will build a Mexico border fence, boost the number of border patrol agents and force illegal immigrants to go home before they can return. His plan would also punish employers who hire illegal immigrants.Critics say the plan contradicts what Huckabee did as governor, such as attempting to make children of illegal immigrants eligible for scholarships and in-state tuition.