PREFACE: This is a recurring weekly compendium of acts and issues inherent to the matters surrounding illegal immigration in the United States. Quite simply, the following are items of interest to me and which I feel merit further perusal by American citizens. For the record, clearly know and understand that I am NOT anti-Hispanic or anti-immigration, but am sick, tired and damned well highly frustrated at our elected officials in Washington who are selling our nation’s future for personal gain and a hopeful new future voter base. Despite laws enacted and funding remitted, practically NOTHING has been done to seal our wide open borders to the South AND to the North, nor has anything yet been done to end the menace and financial drain of continuing illegal immigration into our sovereign nation.
This Summer, unprecedented numbers of American citizens made their voices clearly heard in opposition of the proposed 2007 Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act and, as the result, the bill died a horrible death. Americans do not want amnesty handed to some near 20 million illegal alien criminals, who broke the law being here in the first place. We demanded the government fulfill its promises and laws and BUILD THAT FENCE, which they have not. We demanded the government fulfill its promises and laws and end illegal immigration and punish those who would hinder those measures, which it has only just now decided selectively to do. Will employers be forced to end illegal hiring practices of undocumented workers? Will the overwhelming disaster to our nation’s crops, restaurants, hotels and lawn services come to pass? Will Americans face huge escalation in prices as a result of pulling a false economy into the light of legality? Will Americans tire of the struggle and forget why we were enraged by amnesty and free rides to illegal aliens in the first place?
This weekly entry is my attempt to see that the latter won’t happen.
During the week of August 20-26, 2007:
Elvira Arellano, who found sanctuary in a Chicago church for more than a year to evade deportation (again) trying to wait out the process on the back of her 8-year-old American-born son, was convinced by amnesty proponents to leave the safety of the church to speak out at a Washington protest to be held on September 12. Amnesty folks sneaked her out of the church Wednesday, August 15, and took her to Los Angeles, where she began her speaking tour before four churches there in support of amnesty, especially for mothers of anchor children. Elvira was apprehended by ICE in L.A. and quickly deported to Tijuana. Elvira decried being separated from her son, while voluntarily leaving her child with virtual strangers to remain in the states. For the many of you who don’t remember or never paid attention to her rap sheet, Elvira first entered the US illegally in 1997, but was caught at the border and immediately deported. On her second try just a few days later, she slipped through our Mexican border unnoticed. She found a variety of jobs and gave birth to her son. But in 2002, she was arrested at O’Hare Airport in Chicago when authorities discovered she was using a fake social security number in her job cleaning planes at the airport. Elvira was finally convicted of social security fraud and in an immigration hearing early last Summer, the judge ordered Elvira to prepare for deportation. Elvira chose instead to once more snub our laws and entered the sanctuary of the Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago. Since her deportation, amnesty rights activists have tried to rally support for her return with a series of protest marches in Los Angeles, but have so far failed to draw any significant support beyond a handful of marchers. But don’t feel so bad for Elvira — she has become the “TALK OF TIJUANA” and is being praised, wined-and-dined and heralded as a hero for defying US authorities for taking sanctuary in that Chicago church. Of course, Tijuana is full of illegal aliens deported from the US.
Sergio Hernandez, 20 and an illegal alien from Mexico, died from driving drunk in Wausau, Wisconsin when his car hit a deer and then three utility poles, knocking out power to nearly 5,000 residents. Sergio had a long history of alcohol abuse, as well as using a myriad of fake identities.
Ramon Zamora-Soldano, 41 and an illegal alien, dragged two young girls (ages 5 and 6) attending a birthday party in Gastonia, North Carolina into his apartment by their hair, locked his door and proceeded to prepare to rape them. The girls’ parents broke into the apartment where they found Soldano with his pants down and one girl struggling with her dress pulled up.
Two-year-old Kelynn Byrd died from extreme blunt chest and abdominal trauma after his mother’s boyfriend, Michael Hernandez, an illegal alien from Mexico, kicked the child to death in Coweta, Oklahoma near Tulsa.
28 illegal aliens were nabbed in connection with a raid of Smithfield Food’s slaughterhouse in Tar Heel, North Carolina. Of those, 13 were women, 15 were men, 25 illegal aliens were from Mexico, 2 from Guatemala, and 1 from Honduras. All are believed to have committed crimes tied to identity thefts.
The notoriously violent Hispanic MD-13 gang coterie has had 128 of its members arrested by ICE in San Diego raids. All are Mexican citizens and 68 are here illegally, MANY of those with significant criminal records. It was the largest dragnet yet of the MD-13 gangs by ICE’s Operation Community Shield.
Customs Agents in El Paso, Texas have made the largest single seizure of Heroin in recent years — larger than the total amount seized in 2005 — when they found nearly 11 pounds stuffed into the dashboard of a car driven by illegal alien from Mexico, 37-year-old Eliverto Piedra Rincon, who was trying to smuggle the heroin over the border bridge. Rincon was living illegally in Raleigh, North Carolina before his arrest.
Last Sunday, August 19, was a busy one for Border Patrol agents in Arizona. They nabbed two illegal aliens 3 miles north of the border, who had left another man alone in the desert to die from convulsions (they found the man’s body, too), they stopped an RV 32 miles north of the border near Sonoita with 54 illegal aliens crammed inside, and a tipster in Nogales who claimed a child was being held for ransom led to the arrests of 72 illegal aliens crammed into two separate “stash” houses. No word since about whether the child ransom claim has been substantiated. By the way, the Pima County (Arizona) Medical Examiner’s office has seen 170 illegal alien deaths since January 1, 2007 — the largest number of deaths of illegal aliens who crossed their county’s border with Mexico recorded so far.
Here is a blog post from VDARE that will chill your soul and offer a ton of insight. Rodrigo Mendoza, illegal alien from Mexico, was drunk with a blood alcohol level of .30, put his wife and three children into his pickup and, at a speed greater than 80 miles per hour, lost control and slammed down an embankment. His 6-year-old son, Bryan was killed when he was thrown from the truck and the other two children were seriously injured, as was his wife. Rodrigo was sentenced to six years in prison, while his wife, who stated in court, “In my culture, you do what your husband says,” (relating to her not trying to stop her extremely drunk husband from getting behind the wheel in the first place) was sentenced to a year’s probation for recklessly endangering her children.
Raul Tovar, 24, illegal alien, was arrested near Nashville, Tennessee after he was found masturbating beneath a pedestrian bridge. He lied about his identity (of course), but was positively identified via fingerprints. In addition to charges of indecent exposure, evading arrest, resisting arrest, and “criminal impersonation”(?), he faces deportation.
US Customs & Border Patrol agents apprehended 58 illegal aliens living in a small house in Alamo, Texas just East of McAllen. The tally was 15 women and 43 men, of whom were 33 illegal aliens from Mexico, 19 from Brazil, 3 from Honduras, 2 from San Salvador, and 1 from Peru.
Eight illegal aliens from Central America were arrested by County Police at Panama City Beach, Florida construction sites, all of whom were using stolen social security numbers for employment. Seven of the men were working on a job at the Bay County Courthouse.
56 illegal aliens from Mexico and other Central and South America countries were found in horrible living conditions crammed inside a Floresville, Texas mobile “stash” home with no water and little food. Some required medical care at the scene prior to their arrests. There were 37 men, 19 women and 11 juveniles forced to live in the squalid conditions before being smuggled further into the country. Various authorities are still searching for the smugglers who kept them there.
In Charlotte, North Carolina, Jose Rivera, an illegal alien already deported once back to Honduras, is believed to be a serial rapist authorities have searched for for nearly three years. Rivera was convicted for car theft and deported in 2006. While rape charges are pending, Rivera has been levied with federal charges for re-entering the US after being convicted of a felony.
Tampa police are searching for Gloria Ines Bustamante, 51, an illegal alien from Columbia, who is believed to be the ring-leader of an organized group selling Florida drivers licenses to illegal aliens for $1,200 each. Gloria was working with Deisy Oropesa, a former customer service rep in the Hillsboro County Tax collector’s office, who was indicted on federal charges of lying in documents that said the illegal aliens provided valid passports to prove their US citizenship before issuing the licenses. Oropesa confessed to selling fraudulent licenses and “altering the citizenship status of 58 people obtaining driver’s licenses, and being paid $200 per transaction. (Nearly $12,000.) Oropesa also confessed to being paid $25,000 by Bustamante and her ring of organized drivers license defrauders.
A Mexican man who has been deported from the United States twice in the last 13 years received an 80-month federal prison sentence earlier this week for unlawfully being in the country. Ricardo Sanchez-Lopez, 47 and illegal alien from Mexico, has been a criminal his entire adult life. While living illegally in the US, he has been convicted of 12 charges involving drunk driving and public intoxication, as well as 4 convictions on various assault charges. He used six different fake identities until he was finally identified by fingerprints when arrested in Tennessee on an aggravated assault charge. He won’t be doing any time for the assault, since the matter was transferred to federal court that resulted in this 80-month sentence prior to deportation (again).
Our super-duper high-tech “virtual fence” planned for the more remote areas of our US-Mexican border is in big trouble. According to a Wall Street Journal article on Thursday, the project (a portion of which was due to be completed in June, 2007) is tremendously behind schedule, its contractor (Boeing’s Integrated Defense Systems unit) has undergone a massive project management restructuring, and cost estimates have exploded to near $30 BILLION for the entire project. Worst of all, the fence — that relies upon flawless integration of motion sensors, special lighting, high-resolution cameras and sophisticated radar systems — doesn’t work. According to the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General Richard L. Skinner, “Boeing has had trouble getting the different components to work together without glitches.” Add to this the fears in Congress for Inspector General Skinner’s comments that the Boeing contract is in the “high-risk” category for waste and abuse because of its scope, its dollar value, and “vulnerabilities stemming from the lack of acquisition management capacity.” According to the Journal, the DHC failed to “lay the foundation to oversee and assess contractor performance and control costs and schedule of this major investment,” said Skinner during a Congressional testimony last month. What this means, kiddos, is if Boeing can’t deliver that virtual fence, we’ll have to scrap all those plans, eat a mucho dose of billions of dollars in losses and start from scratch with a hard fence that will cost more and take much, much longer.
With more than $800 Million in the Secure Fence Act coffers, only 17.9 of the 854 miles of border fencing has been built as of August 10, 2007 and Republican Presidential Candidate and California Congressman Duncan Hunter has sent a letter to President Bush detailing just how far behind the project is that, by law, requires 392 miles of fencing from Calexico, Calif., to Douglas, Ariz., to be completed by May 30, 2008 and another 30 miles of fencing be completed in the Laredo, Texas, sector by Dec. 31, 2008. The letter politely demands President Bush to build that fence.
If President Bush is serious about getting tough on U.S. employers who hire illegal aliens, he can start with his own administration, which employs thousands of unauthorized workers, says California Congressman Duncan Hunter, the top Republican on the House immigration subcommittee. A 2006 audit showed federal, state and local governments are among the biggest employers of the half-million persons in the U.S. illegally using “non-work” Social Security numbers — numbers issued legally, but with specific instructions that the holders are not authorized to work in the U.S. According to the 2006 audit by the Social Security inspector general, 17 of the 100 worst employers using employees with non-work numbers were government agencies: seven federal agencies, seven state agencies and three local governments. That means the government knows who those employees are, but usually does not go after them.
Aha! I’ve been waiting for this one: A week after unveiling a major crackdown on businesses that hire illegal immigrants, the Bush administration is now conceding that its most heavily touted weapon in pursuing employers — an assault against Social Security fraud — will be nearly useless. That’s because when the Social Security Administration warns employers about bogus identification numbers, it remains barred from also alerting the Department of Homeland Security, the agency that’s supposed to hand out penalties.
Olivia Avila became a US citizen two years ago, but for five years before that was an illegal alien working in a Kansas meatpacking plant using a stolen social security number to keep her job. Olivia went to the Social Security Administration a couple of months ago and tried to collect back benefits for those five years when she was working with a stolen social security number. She now faces a multitude of federal charges, including aggravated identity theft.
Arizona will begin construction on a 7-mile stretch of border fencing this week. It will be the first new stretch of primary fencing built in the Tucson sector in more than a decade, with some 240 miles earmarked to continue.
Mexican commercial truck drivers coming into the US for NAFTA-sanctioned trade in Laredo must be able to speak English, and that requirement is stirring a heated debated among Mexican trucking companies. The law requiring truck drivers to speak English is not new. It’s been on the books for many years, but it just now being enforced following the recent failure of the fed’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform (Amnesty) bill.
The Patriot’s Border Alliance group held its first border ops event in Palominos, Arizona (birthplace of the Minutemen Project), in concert with several other volunteer patrol groups including the Minutemen, and netted nearly 50 new volunteers and a wealth of praise and appreciation from US Border Patrol agents. Best news of all was the group did not see one single illegal crossing during the event, a first among volunteers monitoring our border with Mexico. The group is planning a 30-day muster (gathering) in October in the same area and will work again alongside Border Patrol and volunteers from other organizations. I can’t relate how much I appreciate and respect everyone who volunteers for such a mission.
In the aftermath of the Newark, New Jersey executions of three black college-bound students, New Jersey’s Attorney General Anne Milgram set a policy Wednesday to require all local police officers to ask about the immigration status of suspects charged with serious crimes, and to notify federal immigration authorities if there is reason to believe the suspect is in the country illegally. The requirements, which go into effect immediately, apply to suspects arrested for indictable offenses and for driving while intoxicated. Too bad New Jersey didn’t decide to do this all along, instead of providing sanctuaries for an estimated million or so illegal aliens up to now. If they had, three families in Newark would be rejoicing in setting up college dorm rooms for their children instead of mourning their unbelievably evil-born deaths.