Saturday, June 28, 2008
SHAMEFUL IMMIGRATION POLICIES IN FRANCE AND AROUND EUROPEAN UNION.
Prime Minister Francois Fillon said It will not change government policy. Laws are to be respected, and one shouldn't be on French territory if one does not have the authorization. Where THE U.N., Amnesty International, Human and Civil rights advocates stand on this shameful Policy?
When the Undocumented committed suicide in detention centers, mutilations, torn apart from families, handcuffed like the worst criminal, persecuted them. Why so much intolerance against the Undocumented? Being without a document will their punsihment fit their crime?
I will said know days the Law goes beyond any Human Values.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hypocrisy, and Inhumane is not Family Value. that's sad and ashamed.
Foudel Rahrah spent 10 days last year in the immigrant-detention center on the edge of Paris that inmates set ablaze this week. It was ``hell,'' he said.
``We were crammed four to a cell; the guards would barge in at all hours of the night to count the number of inmates,'' the 38-year-old Algerian mason said. ``People in there are willing to die to stay in France.''
Immigrants awaiting deportation burned down the center in Vincennes on June 22 after a two-day riot following the death of a 41-year-old Tunisian detainee. The flames reignited debate over government targets for the number of undocumented foreigners expelled each year and the conditions in which they're held.
The opposition Socialist Party and Cimade, a government- funded organization that provides legal assistance to immigrants, say the rush to meet deportation goals has led to overcrowding as the dragnet sweeps in even people who have been in France for decades. This year's target is 26,000, up from 25,000 last year. President Nicolas Sarkozy's government says it's doing what it was elected to do: control illegal immigration.
``This was a criminal fire set after the natural death of an inmate,'' Prime Minister Francois Fillon said June 24. ``It will not change government policy. Laws are to be respected, and one shouldn't be on French territory if one does not have the authorization.''
The Tunisian detainee died of a heart attack, police said.
On the day that Fillon spoke, the afternoon daily Le Monde said the fire incident gave France a ``shameful image.''
Sarkozy just has a ``policy of hitting targets,'' said Stephane Le Foll, a spokesman for the Socialist Party. ``The government must change its immigration policy to respect the rights of foreigners.''
The fire was the second major blaze at Vincennes in a year, according to Cimade.
Suicides, self-mutilations, fights and hunger strikes are common at France's 31 detention centers, where foreigners are held while authorities decide if they are to be deported, Cimade said. An inmate committed suicide at a center near Marseille in December 2006, another in June 2007 near Bordeaux.
``When people who feel they have committed no crime are handcuffed and led to a prison; when they are threatened with a rupture from their life, their families, and are threatened with expulsion that they see as an end to a life, it's not surprising that we see acts of desperation,'' said Damien Nantes, the head of Cimade's service for migrants threatened with deportation.
Running from Police
In September 2007, a Chinese woman died after jumping out of a window when police arrived at her tenement. A 20-year-old Kenyan hung himself in February after he was refused papers. A Malian drowned when he jumped into a river to avoid a police check in April.
A 2005 government decree set a maximum capacity of 140 inmates per detention center. The Vincennes center had 250, skirting the limit by officially splitting the camp into two separate units under the same management, according to Cimade.
The government says an estimated 200,000 to 400,000 foreigners are illegally in France, which has a population of 61 million. The number of people passing through the detention centers rose to 35,008 last year, from 30,923 in 2006 and 25,849 in 2004, Cimade's annual report says. In 2007, the detainees included 242 children, one three weeks old.
In the year to May 31, 29,729 foreigners were deported, up 31 percent from the previous 12 months.
Brice Hortefeux, minister for immigration, said those numbers prove the government's policy is working. The expulsions are ``a sign that, conforming to the wishes of our citizens, France is controlling its immigration,'' he said at a June 19 press conference. Questioned in Parliament this week, Hortefeux said detention centers in France -- compared with those elsewhere in Europe -- are better than most.
Le Monde chided him for failing to address the treatment of immigrants awaiting a decision on their fate.
``No responsible government can be inactive faced with illegal immigration,'' Le Monde said in an editorial. ``But rather than rejoicing in the success of his policy of hitting targets, Brice Hortefeux should demand an audit of the detention centers in France and take humane measures to avoid a repetition of this drama.''
Countries across the European Union are struggling with how to handle immigration. The European Parliament on June 18 set a limit of six months in detention, extendable in certain cases to 12 months, for its 27 member countries.
Previously, the Netherlands and Britain had no time limits, while in Germany it was 18 months, an EU report in January found. The worst detention centers were in ``gateway'' countries facing boatloads of migrants, including Spain, Italy and Greece. Dutch centers, some based on former offshore oil-drilling platforms, are ``harsh' and ``excessively severe,'' the report said.
At 32 days, France had the shortest maximum detention time. The report said migrants in France also had more access to legal help than in Britain, Germany and Italy.
Rahrah, the Algerian mason, said he was arrested last August after two policemen asked for his identity papers as he walked to work in Paris. He was released from the Vincennes center when his pro-bono lawyer argued he'd been held 28 hours at a police station before being sent there, longer than the 24- hour limit.
He's lived in France for 10 years and is still waiting for a decision on his request to regularize his situation.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Racism or Just plain Prejudice in Hawaii?. Find out..........
Mr. Rod Tam Why is so easy to talk and to hard to apologize?.
Wetback,” a term that is archaic and used only when intended to insult persons of Mexican ancestry has shattered the tranquil and paradise image of the Hawaiian island. Hawaii, which to date had not been drawn into the volatile immigration debate has now been plunged into the issue when Honolulu City Councilman Rod Tam used the term “wetback” not once, but twice during a public meeting.
Marie Villa, editor of the Hawaii Hispanic News, was at first dumbfounded and then offended by the use of the word. Ms. Villa had thought that her island home was above this type of public racism. According to Villa, “Hawaii is home to about 100,000 Hispanics from Puerto Rican to Mexican,” and an island that is truly multi-racial. In a phone interview Villa stated, “Hispanics and Hawaiians look so much alike it is hard to tell the difference. Hawaii is not a melting pot but more like a toss salad. We have truly assimilated into the culture.”
Villa stated that it was a shock to her and the Hispanic community when Chinese-American Rod Tam in discussing the use of undocumented workers by developers on public projects, at first paused, thought about his next words and said “uh, we don’t want any wetbacks basically and … developers, contractors, have been getting wetbacks from New Mexico, uh Mexico, sorry.”
Villa, who is also the President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce stated she has been getting letters, phone calls, e-mails, and has been approached in person by Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Filipino, African-American, Caucasian, and other friends, who have expressed support and outrage at Tam’s comments. “So this is not just a ‘Hispanic thing.’ It’s a ‘people thing’” she stated.
For Villa the issue turned particularly nasty when she received a hate letter in her mailbox. “In my 19 years as a Hawaiian resident and as editor, this was the first piece of racist hate mail I had ever received. The amount of venom and hatred for Mexican people expressed in this letter is incomprehensible and overwhelming.”
Villa wrote in the Hawaii Hispanic News that, “a publicly-elected Hawaii official should not use a racial slur when referring to Mexican undocumented workers in an official government meeting. We didn’t attack anybody. We weren’t looking for a fight. We just expressed our individual rights as American citizens.”
“For that, the Hispanic community now finds itself immersed in a debate that we did not call for, or are familiar with. We sought out support from other Hispanic community leaders for political guidance and one of the first people I spoke to,” stated Villa, “was Herman Baca, President of the Committee on Chicano Rights (CCR), in National City.”
While racial hatred is new to Ms. Villa and the Hawaii Hispanic community for Baca and the CCR these types of issues have been addressed on a daily basis. Beginning in the late 1960’s with the INS./Border Patrol, San Diego Sheriff John Duffy, Chief of Police Ray Hoobler, County Supervisor, Susan Golding, who blamed immigrant for the rise in crime, and past CA Governor Pete Wilson who scapegoat the Hispanic community in his run for President. And, recently San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn in public statements depicted immigrants as gangsters coming across the border.
In a letter of support to Villa, Baca stated:
“As an organization that has been involved with the immigration issue for forty years we commend you and the community for standing up to the race baiting by Councilperson Tam. We extend our support for your declaration that you will ‘not tolerate any politician who facilitates or causes a Hawaii ethnic group to become the target of bigotry, racism or just plain prejudice.’”
Baca further stated, “Hawaii’s reputation as a progressive, multiethnic culture, diverse, and racially-tolerant state appears now to have been either a facade, or never existed. We urge you and the community to demand that Hawaii political leadership publicly denounces Councilperson Tam’s wetback comments. That they meet with Hispanic community leaders to give assurances that the civil and constitutional rights of our people are respected and protected, and if the state political leadership fails to address the community’s concerns; call for an economic boycott of Hawaii tourism industry.”
Villa stated she has also received other letters and emails of support from throughout the United States with the same sense of disbelief that this type of racism is occurring in Hawaii.
Marie Villa stated that two national Hispanic groups have called for Tam to be removed from the City Council; however, the local Hispanic community wants him to be removed from the chairmanship of the Zoning Committee where he used the “wetback” term.
The president of the Zoning Committee stated, “this is not going to happen.”
Tam has since apologized at a committee meeting and was censured, but Villa stated that, “the Hispanic community wants Tam to come before the Hispanic community and apologize.” Tam to date has refused.
In an interview with La Prensa San Diego Baca stated “The CCR has corresponded with Presidential candidate, Hawaii born Barack Obama, the Governor, and U.S. Senators from Hawaii, New Mexico’s Bill Richardson, National Council of La Raza and California Latino Legislative Caucus asking what they are going to do about, “the race baiting, xenophobia, and nativist Mexican bashing that has now crossed the Pacific Ocean into Hawaii? History teaches what will and does happen when the demonizing of a people is ignored by political leaders i.e. the Holocaust, Chinese Exclusion Act, interment of Japanese-Americans, Operation Wetback, etc.”
While the community waits for a response, the issue appears to be growing larger as the Hispanic community in Hawaii continues to rally around the issue, and more groups in the U.S mainline become involved in support of the Hispanic community in Hawaii.
If you are so proud to be a Minuteman like these people. You should be ashamned.
making racist remarks & disrespecting people! That's the type of people who make America look bad and reason for other countries to hate us.
Stop Hate, Racism and Bring down Minuteman Groups.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
The Rule of Law or the Law on their own Hands?.
As the public debate over immigration reform has taken center-stage in American politics and public life, white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other racists have declared "open season" on immigrants and attempted to co-opt and exploit the controversy by focusing their efforts -- and their anger -- on the minority group at the center of the controversy: Hispanics specially Mexicans.
As a result, to a level unprecedented in recent years, America's Latino immigrant population has become the primary focus of hateful and racist rhetoric and extreme violence -- aided, abetted and encouraged by America's white supremacist and racist haters.
Spurred in recent years by the debate on Capitol Hill and the groundswell of grassroots activism in support of America's immigrant community, extremists have become increasingly emboldened by, and fixated on, the controversy over immigration policy, encouraging their supporters to capitalize on the issue by encouraging anti-immigrant activism, and even violence against all Hispanics.
While white supremacists have for many years attempted to exploit rising anti-immigration sentiments in the U.S., the level and intensity of their attacks against Hispanics has reached dangerous new highs, with right-wing extremists joining anti-immigration groups, distributing anti-immigrant propaganda and holding frequent anti-immigration rallies and protests.
As a result, Hispanics, regardless of their citizenship or immigration status, increasingly are becoming the targets of hatred and violence from hardcore white supremacists.
Racists ranging from neo-Nazis to Klansmen to racist skinheads are among the most active anti-immigration activists in the country. Motivating their actions is the core conviction of modern white supremacist ideology: That the white race itself is threatened with extinction by a "rising tide of color" controlled and manipulated by Jews. This following report examines the recent record of extreme rhetoric and violence from white supremacist groups and their followers that has played out against the backdrop of the immigration debate in America.
White supremacists have not simply expressed racist convictions, but have urged each other and white Americans generally, to "fight back" against the perceived invasion of the "white" United States by Hispanics from Mexico.
The rhetoric in such pronouncements has grown increasingly radical. "Beaner Brown Supremacist Militias of Latino Communist immigrants firmly intend to conquer [the southwest]," suggested a topic heading on the white supremacist Legion of Saints message board recently.
Will White Americans sit back, watch it happen & let them do it? Or will
White Americans 'remember the Alamo?'"
White supremacist groups have organized a number of explicitly anti-immigration events and have also protested at events held to support immigrant rights.
For example, White Revolution, an Arkansas-based neo-Nazi group, asked its followers to participate in a national "Anti-Invasion Day" on April 10, 2006, in response to pro-immigrant marches planned for that day. A posting by the group on a hate Web site claimed that "illegal immigrants push for civil war." Such voices are unfortunately hardly isolated.
Here are just a few recent examples: Aryan Nations faction leader August Kreis in October 2005 claimed on his Web site that "this infestation of cockroaches need deportation or extermination!" If legal means of "stopping this rising tide" were not enough, "then these brown squat monsters should begin to turn up dead all across Amerika…We now have another game animal to add to our list of available targets for our favorite pastime, hunting, and we'll declare permanent OPEN SEASON on these dirty wetbacks! From what I have heard through the grapevine the Skinheads and Klans across the country are more than prepared for this type of action. I say let's play by state and see which state can claim the most kills and let the jewsmedia whores keep score!"
Oregon National Socialist Movement leader Jim Ramm wrote in June 2005 that "the browner invasion is much like a cancerous tumor that should of [sic] been removed. But instead, it was allowed to grow and infect other organs…as this brown disease rages out of control the white patient faces racial death."
Kevin Strom, leader of the neo-Nazi National Vanguard, gave a shortwave radio broadcast in June 2005 in which he claimed that "These Mestizo invaders are so different from us that by mixing with them or being dispossessed by them we will cease to live, we will cease to be ourselves or have a place to exist to support the lives of our future generations. And that is the crucial reason why this invasion must be stopped."
"AllisioRex," a member of the neo-Nazi web forum Stormfront, wrote in July 2005 that "they are barbarians, they are our enemies, they want to destroy our civilization and we have to fight them. We need to organize better and be more open activists; otherwise, I only see race war in the future."
Another Stormfronter, "Strasser," wrote in November 2005 that "White minorityhood on a national level is a very real possibility. How can White folk tolerate this? Do they care that most minority populations become a cultural hostage? What is the interest in having their children a minority on a mestizo dominated campus? Mestizo immigration is going to force White America to make some very important decisions."
Such statements appear routinely on white supremacist Web sites and in white supremacist literature. Perhaps the white supremacist most active in explicitly advocating extreme violence against Hispanics is New Jersey racist radio talk show host Hal Turner. He reserves his most extreme statements to urge violence against illegal immigrants from Mexico:
October 31, 2005: "Slowly but surely we are headed toward the solution that I have been advocating for years: KILL ILLEGAL ALIENS AS THEY CROSS INTO THE U.S. When the stench of rotting corpses gets bad enough, the rest will stay away."
October 11, 2005: "For years I have been publicly advocating on my radio show and this web site, that Mexican illegal aliens be SHOT DEAD as they cross into the U.S. illegally…I plant the seeds verbally and the seeds grow in the minds of others…I am proud to advocate even MORE killings!"
July 15, 2005: "I once again advocate EXTREME VIOLENCE against Mexicans…Once they're dead, their heads should be cut off and put on pike poles as a warning to others."
May 17, 2005, responding to news that a restaurant owned by the mayor of Denver had employed an illegal alien who allegedly murdered a police officer: "…his policy of affording sanctuary to other illegal aliens makes Mayor John Hickenlooper worthy of being KILLED. I sincerely hope that someone takes a rifle with a scope and puts a bullet through [his] head."
May 15, 2005: "I advocate extreme violence against illegal aliens…I think it would be terrific to trap them by their ankles in steel bear traps then beat them to death when you return and find them in the trap…Oh, if any American sides with the illegals—like a bigmouth politician or a politically correct, ass-kissing local sheriff, lawyers, judges, or the like—it would be a real public service to kill them too!"
Empirical Image. Sealing the U.S. Mexico Border doesn't match the reality. .
To maintain a climate of uncertainty and fear of immigrants, it is necessary to portray the border region as unstable, porous, and the source of society’s ills. Despite being accepted as biblical truth, the image does not really match the reality.
The U.S.-Mexico border is the most traversed border in the world. With an average of 250 million crossings annually, only less than 1 percent estimated occurs without authorization and attracts all of the political attention.
In San Diego alone, over 70,000 Mexicans cross over daily, mainly to buy consumer goods. In 2003, shoppers spent $40.8 billion in the local economy, adding an extra $3.3 billion through sales tax. Considering there are several major twin cities that straddle the border, Mexicans help sustain the whole border economy by contributing taxes and creating jobs.
While the regularized influx of migrant workers is nothing new, the shaping of the imagery is a recent phenomenon.
According to Peter Andreas:
Public perception is powerfully shaped by the images of the border which politicians, law enforcement agencies and the media project. Alarming images of a border out of control can fuel public anxiety; re-assuring images of a border can reduce such anxiety…[therefore], successful border management depends on successful image management and this does not necessarily correspond with levels of actual deterrence.
This “image management” is used in the current context to criminalize migration while moving the focus away from the real issues. While no “terrorists” have been caught crossing through the Arizona desert, there is the permanency of fear (and perpetuation of the belief) that terrorists are coming across, blending into the stream of migrant workers.
The other phantom of border enforcement, drug trafficking, is also linked with migration through the “unguarded wastelands.” In fact, according to a Drug Enforcement Administration report in the aftermath of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the further opening of the borders to cargo traffic, it was estimated that most cocaine coming into the U.S. entered through official ports of entry, occasionally with the collusion of corrupt customs agents.
According to José Luis Santiago Vasconcelos, federal deputy attorney general and the head of the elite SIEDO anti-organized crime unit, the Mexican government is currently investigating possible links between state police in Baja California and U.S. Border Patrol agents in drug trafficking.
Migrants themselves face the greatest danger along the border. Pushing the crossing routes into the desert and mountains has created a human rights tragedy. Dying at the rate of one a day, casualties on the border will soon surpass the number of people killed on 9/11, and are ten times the number of people who died escaping over the Berlin Wall. Border militarization has not stopped migration, only imposed new, deadly rules on it.
But the biggest smuggler or coyote is the U.S. immigration system that forces them into such a perilous journey in the interests of big business in the first place.
The Criminal, The Offender, The Unwanted in our Society is among us..!!!!!!!
District Man Sentenced to 45 1/2 Years in Prison for Kidnaping and Sexually Assaulting a 14- and a 16-Year Old Girl, and Pimping the 14-Year Old
WASHINGTON - Earlier today, Superior Court Judge Robert I. Richter sentenced a 33- year-old District of Columbia man, Jovon T. Johnson, to a term of 45½ years in prison for abducting and kidnaping two young girls, sexually assaulting both girls, and forcing the youngest girl, a 14-year-old, into prostitution, announced U.S. Attorney Jeffrey A. Taylor.
Johnson, formerly of the 2900 block of K Street, SE, Washington, D.C., was found guilty on April 25, 2008, by a District of Columbia Superior Court jury of 19 counts, including eight counts of First Degree Sexual Abuse; five counts of First Degree Child Sexual Abuse; Third Degree Sexual Abuse; two counts of Kidnaping; Threats; Pandering, and two counts of Assault. The defendant will have to register as a sex offender when he is released from jail. In sentencing the defendant, Judge Richter noted that he had heard all of the evidence presented at trial and based on that evidence believes that the defendant is an “evil person.” The judge further commented that Johnson’s complete denial of involvement in the offenses, and his refusal to accept any responsibility for his actions, only compounds the crime.
“This defendant earned every single day of his 45½ prison sentence for the kidnaping and brutal rape of two young girls from the streets of the District of Columbia,” stated U.S. Attorney Taylor. “At the hands of this violent, ruthless child predator, these two victims experienced life as no child should know it and unfortunately nothing will change that fact. To address and prevent similar tragedies, the D.C. Human Trafficking Force continues to aggressively investigate and prosecute those who sexually abuse and force young girls into a life of prostitution.”
The evidence at trial established that on or about May 30, 2005, the defendant drove up to the 14-year-old victim in the 3700 block of Minnesota Avenue, NE. She was walking by herself. The defendant encouraged her to get into his car and she did. The defendant then forced her to disrobe and perform a sexual act on him. He took her to an apartment at 2201 2nd Street, NW,
which was rented by an acquaintance of Johnson’s. There, Johnson kept the child against her will for approximately 10 days, sexually and physically assaulted her, and forced her to prostitute in a high prostitution area in Washington, D.C. She was able to escape on or around July 8, 2005. The police were notified, but at that point she had no idea where she had been kept captive, the identity of the assailant, or the location of the apartment renter.
Ten days later, the defendant approached the 16-year-old victim in the 1400 block of Rhode Island Avenue, NW. He forced this victim into his car. Like he did to the 14-year-old victim, Johnson forced this victim to disrobe and perform a sexual act on him. He took her to the apartment on 2nd Street, sexually assaulted her, and ordered her to stay for the night. After the defendant left, the apartment renter also sexually assaulted her. After he left, this victim escaped and was rescued by another tenant. The police responded.
MPD Detective Lachele Bethea Goode was assigned to both cases. Her investigation revealed that the facts of both cases had numerous unique similarities and she ultimately developed facts that established that the abductor for both victims was the same person. The apartment renter cooperated with the government’s search for the abductor and gave the government the abductor’s cell phone number. U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigators John Marsh and Christopher Brophy, along with U.S. Attorney’s Office Intelligence Officer Lawrence Grasso, traced the cell phone through numerous owners and, ultimately, identified a possible suspect. The suspect had a distinctive tattoo on his back which matched the description given by the 14-year-old victim. Criminal Investigator Marsh created and showed a photo spread to the victims and both positively identified the defendant as the person who assaulted them.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Taylor noted that this case was successfully investigated and prosecuted with a large team of dedicated individuals, including many members of the District of Columbia’s Human Trafficking Task Force. Mr. Taylor commended the lead MPD Detective Lachele Bethea Goode for her outstanding work on this case and the numerous other MPD officers and detectives who committed significant time and dedication to the case, including Craig Farmer, Gerald Wills, Jonathan Andrews, Timothy Palchak, S.T. Vines, Annette Hicks, Garry Thompson, Kim Holland, and Ephriam Williams. Mr. Taylor also praised the assistance of Victim Witness Advocates Veronica Vaughan and Tracey Hawkins, who provided invaluable assistance to the two young victims. He also thanked Paralegal Joyce Arthur, Legal Assistant Donice Adams, Paralegal and Legal Assistant Supervisor Sabrina Turner, and Litigation Support Personnel Tyrone Bowie and Janay Jones. He also recognized and thanked Detective Marc Dinardo and Intelligence Analyst Heather Gordon of FBI’s Washington Field Office for their assistance in identifying the defendant. He also thanked Supervisory Community Supervision Officer Paul Brennan of the District’s Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for his valuable assistance with an important witness who was on supervision by his agency. U.S. Attorney Taylor gave praise and recognition to U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigators John Marsh and Christopher Brophy and Intelligence Officer Lawrence Grasso for their incredible dedication and tenacity on this case. Without their work, this violent predator would not have been located and prosecuted. And, finally, he commended Assistant U.S. Attorney Sharon Marcus-Kurn who indicted and prosecuted the case
Hipocrisy is not a Family Value Mr. Stewart.!!!!!!!!!
A year after a small French town's Malian Undocumented were deported, a few are back and working legally - and more part of the town than ever. Learn how they came back legally.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
The Terrorist among us. Know your Enemy on Domestic Terrorism. Isn't a Hispanic or Latino.
Why the Vigilantes Tomas (Tom) Tancredo, Louis (Lou)Dobbs, Esteban (Steve) King stereotyping and blaming Hispanics, Latinos as a Terrorists? That's Just ashamed...
MAN INVOLVED IN DOMESTIC TERRORISM PLOT TARGETING MILITARY AND JEWISH FACILITIES SENTENCED TO 22 YEARS
SANTA ANA, Calif.—A former inmate in a California state prison who became part of a domestic terrorist cell that planned to attack United States military operations, “infidels,” and Israeli and Jewish facilities in the Los Angeles area was sentenced this morning to 22 years in federal prison.
Levar Washington, 30, who was recruited into the terrorist cell while in state prison and subsequently recruited others into the plot, was sentenced this morning by United States District Judge Cormac J. Carney. Washington pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to wage war against the United States and a weapons charge.
Two other defendants in the case—Kevin James, who formed the terrorist group which he dubbed Jam’iyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheeh, or JIS, while in a California state prison, and Gregory Patterson—also pleaded guilty last year to the terrorism conspiracy charge. Patterson is scheduled to be sentenced on July 9, and James is scheduled to be sentenced on February 9, 2009.
In plea agreements filed in federal court, James, Washington and Patterson admitted that they conspired “to levy war against the government of the United States through terrorism, and to oppose by force the authority of the United States government.”
The fourth member of JIS named in an indictment—Hammad Samana—has been found unfit to stand trial and is currently receiving psychiatric care at a federal prison facility.
“The JIS terrorist group posed a significant threat of violent action against a variety of targets,” said United States Attorney Thomas P. O’Brien. “Through the fine work of members of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, potentially deadly attacks were averted. Now, one of the members of this terrorism cell will not pose a danger to the United States for nearly a quarter century.”
Salvador Hernandez, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office, stated: "This case reminds us that Los Angeles is an attractive target for homegrown or radicalized terrorists, as well as state-sponsored terrorists. Los Angeles was spared a potentially devastating attack because of excellent police work and a cohesive team effort by JTTF members. This case serves as an example of how local officers are serving in the front lines in the war on terrorism."
After forming JIS in 1997 while in state prison, James recruited Washington into the organization in late 2004 while both were prisoners at New Folsom Prison, where James had Washington swear an oath of loyalty and obedience to James and to JIS. After his release from prison several weeks after taking the JIS oath, Washington recruited Patterson and Samana into JIS and had them swear oaths of allegiance and obedience to JIS. After forming this cell, Washington and Patterson conducted about a dozen armed robberies of gas stations to obtain money for the group’s planned attacks in the Los Angeles area.
Samana researched targets and prepared a document called “Modes of Attack.” The document listed “LAX and Consulate of Zion,” “Military Targets,” “Army Recruiting centers throughout the county,” “Military base in Manhattan Beach” and “Campsite of Zion.”
After Torrance Police investigators linked Washinton and Patterson to a gas station robbery, various Jihadist documents were found at a South Los Angeles apartment where they lived. In addition to the “Modes of Attack” document, investigators discovered a document titled “Notoriety Moves,” which contained a James-authored statement to be given to the media after a deadly attack. The proposed press statement reads, in part, “This incident is the first in a series of incidents to come in a plight to defend and propagate traditional Islam in its purity.” The document also warns “sincere Muslims” to avoid a series of targets, including “Those Jewish and non-Jewish supporters of an Israeli state.”
The investigation into the terrorist conspiracy was led by the FBI's Long Beach Joint Terrorism Task Force, whose participating agencies include the Los Angeles Police Department; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; the Torrance Police Department; the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department; the Long Beach Police Department; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; the Los Angeles Port Police; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service; the Defense Criminal Investigative Service; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and the Redondo Beach Police Department.
Substantial assistance during the investigation was provided by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, Bureau of Investigations; the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; the California Department of Justice; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations; and the Department of Defense.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office worked collaboratively with the United States Attorney’s Office during the investigation
Outrageous. Every morning is the dawn of a new error.
Police say DUI suspect went to bar instead of jail.
ERIE, Pa. - A woman charged in the drunken-driving death of her son went to a bar after his funeral instead of reporting back to jail, state police said
A judge had given Erin Howard, 26, of Corry, permission to leave the Erie County Prison for 24 hours to attend her son's funeral in Ohio, with orders to return to the lockup by 3 p.m. Saturday.
Instead, Howard went to a bar in Hamilton, Ohio, about a mile from the church where the funeral for 6-year-old Samuel Carpenter was held, police said.
Calls to Howard's public defender went unanswered after business hours Monday.
Howard had been in prison in lieu of $75,000 bail on charges that she was driving drunk when she crashed into a creek bank near Corry, killing Samuel on June 14 — her 26th birthday.
Pennsylvania police found out Sunday morning that Howard had been arrested in Ohio after her son's father allegedly tipped off authorities to her whereabouts. She was being held in Ohio awaiting extradition to Erie.
Howard has now been charged with escape in addition to involuntary manslaughter, drunken driving, child endangerment and other charges related to the crash.
This video shows illustration how young childrens expressed the experiences of Torture in Canadian detention centers.
During the press conference, Kilgour and Matas focused on their home country of Canada as an example for some of their recommendations.
"There is no doubt that Canadians are among those going to China from many parts of the world for transplants," the press release stated. Kilgour called it "organ tourism." He said he and Matas have recently obtained confirmation from hospitals in Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary that Canadians are going to China for transplants.
Matas emphasized that Canada should issue travel advisories telling Canadians going to China for organ transplants that they may think they are getting an organ from an executed murderer but "in all likelihood" they are getting the organ "from someone who has done nothing wrong." Travel advisories should warn that organ sources in China consist "almost entirely from un-consenting prisoners, whether sentenced to death or Falun Gong practitioners."
The Communist Chinese [CCP] have been harvesting organs and tissues of lives, youth to elderly, of the Falun Gong and other prisoners in their slave labor camps. It is outrageous enough to know of these human rights violations, but the CCP is selling the organs, tissues of these innocent prisoners. All monies are sent back to the CCP. In effect, the CCP have been and continue 'to bank on the lives of their victims'. This is a billion dollar business! Now you know why they don't want it stopped.
What this means for all locally globally, is that if it is Medicare, Medical, or other insurance companies, it means YOU, the tax payer would be partici-pating in any/all of these crimes against humanity. Do you want your person or loved ones now, or later in history to be known as one who was complicit in the murder of countless innocent lives?
This must be stop; be Pro active against Human Rights Violations.
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WERE ARE UNITED NATIONS STAND ON THE DECLARATION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS?.
This is what we called United Nations? Why are so much ignorance from around the World from Nativists, Protectionists, Anti Immigrants labeled the Pro Immigrants, Humanitarian groups, Community leaders as a communists, Marxists, etc.
We are fighting for Human rights and Justice for all Human being and expose Society for their ignorance, Arrogance, Anti Immigrants and Inhumane sentiment for the Human being.
UNITED NATIONS MUST ENFORCE THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DO TO WE AS HUMAN BEING HAD BEEN OPPRESSED, DENIGRATED, EXPLOITED, PERSECUTED, HUMILIATED, DEGRADED, DEMONIZED, TORTURED, MURDERED, SCAPEGOATED AND CRIMINALIZED FOR SEARCHING A BETTER LIFE.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Universal Declaration for Human Rights
On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the full text of which appears in the following pages. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories."
Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,
Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,
Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,
Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,
Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,
Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.
Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
(1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
(2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.
(1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
(2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
(1) Everyone has the right to a nationality.
(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.
(1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
(2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
(3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
(1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
(2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.
(1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
(2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
(3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.
Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.
(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
(2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
(3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
(4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
(3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
(1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
(2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.
Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.
(1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
(2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
(3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein
Monday, June 23, 2008
The European Union under the Loop by Latin American Countries for the Anti Immigrant Law.
They have only Two Options No way to Stay In: either "return" home or face "removal." Where are those Human and civil rights? Where are those respect for Individuals seems that Immigration goes beyond Humanity.
A new EU law that calls for the swift deportation of illegal immigrants has been loudly criticized by Latin America, which has threatened to halt trade talks as a result.
In an effort to have illegal immigrants treated equally across the bloc, the European Parliament has passed a controversial deportation law. Now, some Latin American countries, especially those with many immigrants in Europe, are protesting the measures.
Millions of Latin Americans live in Europe, many from poor Andean countries and war-weary Colombia.
The EU Returns Directive regulates the deportation of illegal immigrants to their country of origin. Under the law, an illegal immigrant will have two options: either "return" home or face "removal."
The directive also allows clandestine migrants to be detained for up to 18 months, and face a five-year travel ban after being deported.
Denouncing the 'Hate Directive'
Rhetoric has been flying since the regulation came under discussion in early June. But it reached new heights on Saturday, June 21, when Ecuador's President Rafael Correa warned that trade talks between the EU and the Andean Community could be suspended if the 27 member bloc pushes ahead with the new law.
"What do we have to talk about with a union of countries that criminalizes immigrants?" Reuters news agency quoted him as telling a radio broadcast. "It will be very hard to talk business and ignore human rights."
Correa, whose nation currently holds the Andean Community of Nations' rotating presidency, referred to the new law as the “hate directive.”
The trade bloc, made up of Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Bolivia, launched trade and co-operation talks with the EU last year. Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay are also associate members as of 2005.
Chavez threatens to stop oil delivery
Latin America's other trade bloc, Mercosur, has also expressed its misgivings. The bloc's secretary-general, Carlos Alvarez, has also criticized the return directive for violating human rights.
The directive was also sharply criticized by the UN and Amnesty International.
Meanwhile, last week, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called the rules “shameful” and threatened to both cancel investment in, and disrupt oil exports to, the countries that enact the controversial immigration measures
European leaders in turn said that Chavez seems to have misunderstood the law. At a two-day EU summit, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said Madrid was prepared to explain the new law “so that the EU's relationship with all Latin American countries remains positive."
"Maybe we need to explain exactly to the president of Venezuela what this directive (EU law) consists of," Zapatero said. "There have been many interpretations of this directive... that have nothing to do with what it really is."
Chavez has regularly issued conditional threats to halt crude shipments from Venezuela -- one of the world's largest exporters of oil -- although he has never followed through on a move that would hurt supplies at a time of record prices.
Although Venezuela only supplies some 400,000 barrels a day to Europe, as opposed to the 1.4 million it delivers to the United States, European leaders have said the move is unwarranted.
Question of economics
The Return Directive raises hackles not only because of possible human rights infringements, but because the remittances sent home by illegal workers to their poor countries of origin -- for example Ecuador and Bolivia -- are an important source of income there.
Last year, immigrants in Europe, the US and Japan sent money back to their families in Latin America and the Caribbean amounting to just under €43 billion ($66 billion,) the EU Observer online newspaper said.
It is more than the region receives from foreign direct investment or development assistance combined.
Some 15 percent of that comes from western Europe, according to EU Observer. Monies from Spain amount to 36 percent of all global remittances to Bolivia.
The leaders of those poor nations say that it makes no sense for Europe to continue to send aid while cutting off remittances from immigrants.
Can we apply a touch of Humanism on this case Minister Liam Byrne?
A petition demanding that a South African woman be allowed to stay in Dundee is to be delivered to Immigration Minister Liam Byrne
About 3,500 people have signed the document in support of 25-year-old Josie Pasane, who faces being deported. Ms Pasane claims that her application for permanent residency had been rejected after she was given incorrect advice by immigration officials.
Her mother and younger sister are being allowed to remain in the UK.
The family have been in the country since 2001. In that time Ms Pasane has graduated from Abertay University and managed to get a job - although her employment is now on hold because of the visa wrangle.
In 2004, the family decided they wanted to settle permanently in the UK. However, it would have cost £1,500 for all three to apply, so only Ms Pasane's mother and sister applied.
Ms Pasane was told she could wait until her visa expired in 2008.
However, her application was rejected in January and an appeal in June was also unsuccessful.
The reasons for the rejection were that she was over 18 and no longer dependent on her mother. Her father and an older sister also live in South Africa.
Ms Pasane then realised she had filled out a form designed for those wanting to come to the UK, not those already in the country
She said: "Scotland has been my home for the past seven years. I don't have a home in South Africa, my father is estranged and my sister is married and she has her own family back in South Africa.
"This is where I consider my home and would like to further my career opportunities and be with my family.
"I'm just pleading with the Home Office to not split up my family. I haven't done anything wrong and I'm just politely pleading with them to look outside the immigration rules and to accept me to be with my family."
Ms Pasane added that her case had been dealt with in an "unfair and unjust way" and she should not be punished for being given the wrong information.
The petition will be handed to Mr Byrne by Dundee East MP Stewart Hosie on Tuesday.
He said: "This is a family who've been here for many years. Josie in particular has worked hard, studied at Abertay University, she's got herself started in a new job.
"For what appears to be confusion in the Home Office the family's going to be separated and Josie's going to be deported to South Africa. That's completely wrong and they need to overturn the decision."
A UK Border Agency spokesperson said: "We do not comment on individual cases.
"All applications for further leave to remain are thoroughly considered by expert case-workers, taking into account all the individual circumstances.
"Where a person has been refused further leave to remain, there is a full right of appeal against the decision to the independent Asylum and Immigration Tribunal.
"An Immigration judge will fully consider all aspects of the case
Immigrants start fire in French deportation centre.
More Innocents deaths attributed to the cruel, Obsessive, brutal Immigration policies.
PARIS, June 22 (Reuters) - Undocumented immigrants started a fire on Sunday at one of France's biggest deportation centres outside Paris, burning down two buildings and injuring around 20 inmates waiting for expulsion, police said.
The blaze began when a number of inmates set mattresses on fire after the death on Saturday of a Tunisian immigrant detained in the centre, one inmate told Reuters by telephone.
Police said in a statement that 20 people "made uncomfortable by fumes" had been taken to hospital, but that no one had been seriously injured.
They said several fires had been started deliberately at 1345 GMT, severely damaging two buildings housing a total of 273 inmates. All the buildings' occupants have been evacuated and will be moved to other centres.
A 41-year-old Tunisian immigrant died in the Vincennes centre on Saturday, and police said he died from a heart attack while alone in his bedroom.
An investigation into his death has been opened, but the MRAP organisation against racism said the death showed that detention conditions in French deportation centres were poor.
"This one too many death is to be blamed on the obsessive, cruel, brutal and inhuman policy that criminalises immigration," the MRAP said in a statement.
The French government has said it is aiming to expel 26,000 illegal immigrants in 2008 after missing its goal of 25,000 last year.
Your support will ensure that more and more stories like Dane's can become a reality.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
what most Americans specially Nativists, Protectionists and Anti Immigrants needs to know about our great Immigration History.
Make sure they are not bitting their tongue when they talking about Assimilation, English as Official Languages, and Invasion,
Saturday, June 21, 2008
The Fugitives, The Undesirables, The Criminals, the Unwanted, The Offenders.
NATIONS ARE OUT OF HUMANE TOUCH
The only crime they committed is just being undocumented and they have being criminalized, persecuted, tortured, hunted, being labeled on the society as offenders but Immigration are not considered a risk to the public. That's ashamed Nations using Undocumented Immigrants to diminished, scapegoating, and create fear against the other. The Unwanted, The Undesirable, The Offender.
U.K. Seven immigration offenders broke out of a detention centre - as the Home Office launched a new bid to toughen up its enforcement of immigration laws.
The embarrassing security breach saw the men flee the Campsfield House centre, in Oxfordshire, just before 4am on Thursday.
Four were later re-captured - including one caught bicycling away from the scene and one with ankle injuries after leaping over the perimeter fence.
Another escapee was later found seven miles away at the Oxford University Botanic Garden, although staff denied reports the fugitive had helped himself to their tomato crop. The remaining three men are still being hunted by police.
The fiasco overshadowed the Government's launch of a strategy to deal with immigration offenders, including plans on detention and deportation. It also cast a shadow over a series of raids by police and immigration officers to close down a massive immigration racket focused on bent solicitors and bogus colleges.
There was no information on how the seven detainees managed to break out of the secure facility, run by American company GEO, which holds failed asylum seekers and other immigration offenders.
Police said it was a "planned escape" rather than an opportunistic abscondment. A Home Office spokesman said: "Based on the information they currently have the police have stated that they are not considered a risk to the public."
In Thursday's wave of early morning raids, the police arrested eight men and a woman linked with companies they believe helped illegal immigrants to settle in the UK. Officials think the firm of solicitors at the centre of the inquiry was issuing false education certificates to immigrants.
Thames Valley Police named the men who remain at large as Abdesalam Tarik Ben, Abdelhak Morid and Mohammed Aref Hosseini.
Inspector Graham Sutherland said: "I would like to reassure people that none of these men are considered to be a risk to the public. However, I would ask that if anyone does see any of these men that they should not approach them but instead call the police.
Nations are out of humane touch. France wants Immigrants entering by professional reasons but not for Humanitarian or searching for a better life.
Apparently they forgot the Freedom, Democracy and rights for Individuals. I am hoping that France remembered the legacy of FREDERIC AUGUSTE BARTHOLDI.
PARIS – France's first immigration minister claimed success Thursday for his no-nonsense policy on illegal immigration, saying the number of expulsions increased 80 percent this year while the number of people living illegally went down.
Brice Hortefeux said he expected the Europe Union to follow France's example and adopt an immigration pact to coordinate policies when France assumes the rotating presidency July 1. He said the pact would include an accord among the 27-member body not to undertake a mass legalization of migrants.
On Wednesday, the EU parliament adopted new rules for expelling illegal immigrants. However, the measures do not address issues like asylum, prevention or tackling problems at the source – all encompassed in the French pact.
Hortefeux, among the most controversial members of the government, insisted that Europe largely shares French concerns over illegal immigration.
France seeks to choose its immigrants with an emphasis on those with skills and visas enabling them to work. Their ranks were up by 36.7 percent over the past year, Hortefeux said at a news conference marking his first year on the job. France wants half of its immigrants to be entering for professional reasons by 2012.
He said France expelled 80 percent more illegal immigrants in the first five months of 2008, compared with the same period last year. From June 2007 to May 2008 it expelled 29,729 illegal aliens.
The number of voluntary departures was up 374 percent over the past year, and 38 percent so far in 2008, Hortefeux said, suggesting that immigrants living in France without papers “now understand our rules.”
“France is managing to calmly master this migratory flux,” he said.
Overall, he estimated there are 8 percent fewer illegal aliens in France today than before he took office. Officials say there are 200,000 to 400,000 people living in France illegally.
Hortefeux was optimistic about the EU's adoption of a French-proposed immigration pact, saying it could happen as early as October – halfway into the French presidency.
Hortefeux's ministry also aims to preserve the French national identity and to attack the migratory flux in countries that are the source of illegal immigration. France has signed development pacts with five African countries this year – Tunisia, Senegal, Benin, Gabon and the Republic of Congo.
The undesirables in PLAINFIELD, New Jersey.
Since when searching for a better life is a crime, these Lawmakers are out of humane touch, compassion, and tolerance. Families has been torn apart, kids put in jail, people sedated, people dying on detention centers, U.S. Citizens deported. And know the Lawmakers and society make them unwanted and Undesirables. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is going beyond respect for indivuals rights and humane values.
Hypocrisy, and ignorance are not Humane and family values.!!!
What's next? This must be stop.
Where are those Human rights advocates, United Nations, International Human Rigths, Religions Leaders, Immigration advocates and Leaders. God Bless America... .
A federal lawsuit challenging a landlord's right to rent to illegal immigrants has stoked tensions over immigration that have been rising for years in this diverse city of 50,000 south of Newark.
A anti-illegal immigration group filed suit against a Plainfield-based property management company earlier this month, seeking to set a legal precedent by using anti-mob legislation to crack down on landlords who rent to illegal immigrants
The civil suit alleges the company has so many undocumented tenants in their buildings that it constitutes unlawful harboring, and should be considered by the courts as a criminal enterprise that encourages illegal immigration.
The suit was brought by The Immigration Reform Law Institute - the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform - which previously backed the nation's first anti-illegal immigration ordinances in Hazelton, Pa., and Riverside, N.J. A judge overturned the Hazelton ordinance, ruling it unconstitutional, and Riverside rescinded its ordinance, with officials saying the town could not afford the legal costs of defending it.
Flor Gonzalez, head of the Plainfield-based Latin American Coalition, worries that her city may become the latest battleground in the nationwide debate over immigration. She says the suit comes at a time when tensions over the city's large immigrant population have been rising to a boil, with police ticketing day laborers, a recent spate of beatings and robberies against immigrants, and raids by federal immigration officials.
"This is the worst it's been. There is a lot of unfriendliness and disrespect against immigrants, and a lot has been happening quietly," Gonzalez said. "We need big help in this town."
Plainfield City Council President Harold Gibson said he was unaware of the lawsuit, but that city officials had been trying to address concerns over immigration. He cited as example the city's efforts to find a solution to the day laborer situation that both respects their right to look for work while addressing quality of life concerns.
"I think that the people in Plainfield, in terms of the city council and the general population, they frown on illegal immigration, they don't want undocumented persons living in the town generally speaking," he said. "However, my position is that I don't think we should set ourselves up as an immigration authority in terms of people who come from other countries and work hard to better themselves and help their families."
The Plainfield suit was filed against Connolly Properties on behalf of a former Connolly employee and two tenants who are U.S. citizens. The tenants allege they were steered into buildings occupied by illegal immigrants who were too afraid about their legal status to complain about decrepit conditions, according to Mike Hethmon, a lawyer for the group that filed the suit.
Connolly Properties has at least 45 rental complexes in northern New Jersey and Allentown, Pa.
Ron Simoncini, a spokesman for Connolly Properties, said company officials were bewildered as to why they had been targeted in a federal civil RICO lawsuit. He said he could not comment further before filing a response to the lawsuit.
Hethmon said his group decided to take on the case as part of its strategy of "attrition through enforcement," or urging illegal immigrants to leave the country by making it more difficult for them to find employment and housing in the U.S.
"We have felt for a long time that the racketeering statute would be useful in dealing with situations where businesses and commercial enterprises were heavily involved with illegal immigration," Hethmon said. "We've also felt that individual citizens, communities, neighborhoods and law-abiding small businesses have always needed tools with which they can defend themselves against the harmful affects of illegal immigration."
Using anti-racketeering laws to prosecute landlords is a legal strategy that immigration experts say they expect to be tried in other parts of the nation.
"I think it's a new tactic, because some of the other things haven't worked," said Donald W. Benson, a lawyer with the labor law firm Littler Mendelson, who has been tracking the use of RICO laws in immigration cases. "Congress couldn't reach a consensus to reform the immigration laws, states are trying to fill in the gaps and they're having varied success, and local groups are trying to work through local ordinances, so it's just one part of a much bigger picture of immigration struggles in the U.S."
The Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act - or RICO - was designed to prosecute organized crime, and was initially used to go after the Mafia and white-collar criminal syndicates. The law was expanded in 1996 to include immigration-related provisions, making things like human trafficking, harboring and smuggling illegal immigrants into the U.S. punishable felonies.
Now, lawyers in the Plainfield case - and in a few other cases where employers have been sued under RICO for hiring undocumented workers - are arguing that RICO should be more broadly interpreted to include those who hire or rent housing to illegal immigrants.
Benson said most of the attempts to use RICO in this way have been dismissed by judges in the preliminary stages, but that they were slowly gaining some traction, with one case reaching the settlement stage.
Immigrant advocates in Plainfield said they are concerned that a national anti-illegal immigration group has their city on its radar.
"I have no idea why they picked Plainfield," said Christian Estevez, a member of the Plainfield school board who also sits on Gov. Corzine's Blue Ribbon Panel on Immigrant Policy. "This has caught us by surprise."
Estevez said he and other Plainfield residents are reaching out to national immigration advocacy groups for help.
According to the 2000 census, Plainfield is about 60 percent black, a quarter white and a quarter Hispanic. In the past decade, Gonzalez said there's been a dramatic influx of Hispanic immigrants, mostly from Central America.
Plainfield Mayor Sharon M. Robinson-Briggs said she was not aware of the particulars of the lawsuit, but said immigrants deserved respect, regardless of their status.
"All our residents deserve to be treated fairly and equitably, whether they are born here or not," she said.
Gonzalez, who does not live in a Connolly property, said she was also working to craft a response the suit on behalf of immigrants in Plainfield.
"The people in this town have to understand - I speak with an accent, I think with an accent, and when I tell them my name is Flor Gonzalez, they hear 'Gonzalez' and they assume I'm undocumented," said Gonzalez, who is a legal resident. "You can say anything you want about me, but you'll need to prove it. I don't think they'll be able to win."
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thousands of Foreigner in U.S. Flight Schools Illegally.
Former FAA Inspector: TSA's Enforcement of Post-9/11 Laws 'Basically Nonexistent' . By BRIAN ROSS, VIC WALTER and ERIC LONGABARDI
Thousands of foreign student pilots have been able to enroll and obtain pilot licenses from U.S. flight schools, despite tough laws passed in the wake of the 9/ll attacks, according to internal government documents obtained by ABC News.
"Some of the very same conditions that allowed the 9-11 tragedy to happen in the first place are still very much in existence today," wrote one regional security official to his boss at the TSA, the Transportation Security Administration.
"Thousands of aliens, some of whom may very well pose a threat to this country, are taking flight lessons, being granted FAA certifications and are flying planes," wrote the TSA official, Richard A. Horn, in 2005, complaining that the students did not have the proper visas.
Under the new laws, American flight schools are only supposed to provide pilot training to foreign students who have been given a background check by the TSA and have a specific type of visa.
But in thousands of cases that has not happened, according to the documents and current and former government officials involved in the program.
"TSA's enforcement is basically nonexistent," said former FAA inspector Bill McNease, in an interview for ABC News' "World News With Charles Gibson."
McNease, who retired last year, says in one year alone, 2005, he found some 8,000 foreign students in the FAA database who got their pilot licenses without ever being approved by the TSA.
"And a flight school wants the money to teach 'em. And they are gonna teach 'em how to fly and get their ratings, and then they just slip through the cracks," McNease said.
In another internal e-mail obtained by ABC News, Monty Thompson, an official in the TSA Flight School Inspections section, complained in 2005 to his bosses in Washington, "I fear we are 'danger close' to losing sight of the mission and the intent of the 'Flight School Security' provisions."
The new laws were passed after it was learned that all of the 9/ll hijackers, including ringleader Mohammed Atta, who were involved in flight operations had trained at U.S. flight schools with improper visas.
The FAA and Homeland Security are now starting to crack down on a number of flight schools suspected of training students illegally.
Agents raided a flight school outside San Diego, Anglo-American Aviation International, as part of an investigation of alleged fraud and misuse of visas.
A lawyer for the school said the raid only involved a technical, paper-work issue and that the school was "cooperating" in the investigation.
But federal officials say the so-called paper-work is extremely important.
"What happened in 9/ll we don't want to happen again or anything like that so something has to be done," said McNease.
No one from the TSA or Homeland Security would agree to be interviewed for this story, but officials said they were preparing an official statement in response.
The Department of Homeland Security would not provide an official from the flight school program to be interviewed for this story.
In a statement, the DHS said, "We have a high degree of confidence that our layered security measures, both seen and unseen, have raised the level of security in our aviation sector."
The statement did not address the issue of the thousands of students who have received pilot training and licenses with improper visas, other than to say they "are only one of the multiple layers of security" that the government relies on to "ensure that foreign nationals approved for flight training do not pose a threat to U.S. aviation security." The DHS said it conducts security threat assessments "on all non-U.S. citizens seeking flight training."
Read a letter from Aviation Safety Inspector Edward H. Blount on foreign students in U.S. flight schools.
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Thursday, June 19, 2008
If you ask you to choose between a Rapist and an Undocumented Immigrant.
I will choose the Law; The undocumented gardener said Joe Arpaio.
Sheriff Joe blasted at county budget hearing.
A group of labor union members, religious leaders and students took aim at America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff during Thursday's budget hearing by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.
Former state lawmaker Alfredo Gutierrez was among hundreds of people who turned out to pressure the supervisors about lawsuits against the sheriff and his use of tax money to carry out crime sweeps that have resulted in dozens of illegal immigrants being arrested.
``Common sense ought to visit his brain periodically," said Gutierrez. ``When you have to choose between (arresting) a rapist and a gardener, I think most people would choose the rapist. Sheriff Joe would not. Most people would choose the murderer, Sheriff Joe has not."
Gutierrez added, ``The issue is that the man's anger, the man's hate has overwhelmed his common sense."
Gutierrez specifically mentioned last week's raid on Splashworld, a water theme park where the sheriff said several illegal immigrants were working.
``There's just a total imbalance in terms of what the priorities are to the sheriff," Gutierrez said.
Arpaio showed up at the hearing and told the supervisors, ``We will enforce the laws regardless of what the law is. If they don't like the law, don't come after the sheriff. Come after the county, get the laws changed."
Among Arpaio's critics was Monica Sandschafer, who said the county is facing its biggest economic crisis ever and the sheriff continues to rack up lawsuits.
She said money is being wasted ``defending Arpaio from lawsuits, a lot of money being spent on public relations." Sandschafer said, ``We think that he needs to respect and protect civil rights, not violate them."
While many county departments are being asked to cut budgets and lay off employees, Sandschafer said the sheriff is spending money on crime sweeps targeting illegal immigrants, and other ``frivilous things" like training sessions in Honduras and big offices.
At one point during the hearing, things got out of control when one of the speakers thought he did not get enough time to speak. After a lot of screaming and yelling, many in the audience got up and walked out.
A group of Arpaio supporters and members of the group trying to recall Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon attended the budget hearing.
Most American jails are poorly-funded and dangerous. The Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City, California, is typical of US jails. It's supposed to house no more than 688 inmates; but it houses 978. Some inmates are crammed 15 to a room, with no toilets, windows, or water.
It can be worse. In Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio brags that he spends more per day to feed his police dogs than he does to feed the 8,000 prisoners under his control.
Arpaio houses 2,000 prisoners in tents in the desert. In the summer, temperatures soar to 120ÞF (49ÞC). Arpaio's jails have been the subject of lawsuits and federal investigations since the early 1990's. His guards have been found guilty of brutality.
He also set up the first all-women's chain gang in history. The female inmates work as county cemetery gravediggers in the desert sun, burying indigents and dead babies.
Arpaio also created an Internet "JailCam" that showed prisoners being strip-searched, shackled in "restraint chairs," and women using the toilet.
In Arpaio's jails, inmates work seven days a week, are fed only twice a day, and have to pay $10 if they need medical care. The sheriff bought a military tank to assist in drug busts – but investigators say gangs and drug dealers pervade his jails.
In 1996, an inmate named Jeremy Flanders was beaten nearly to death by gang members in Arpaio's tent city jail; the Arizona Court of Appeals recently upheld a jury's damage award that gave Flanders $635,000 of taxpayer's money to compensate him for the injuries, which the court found "could have been prevented" if Arpaio had not been "deliberately indifferent" to existence of violent gangs in his jails