Posts Tagged ‘Illegal Immigration’

This almost feels good – to gripe again!  That says a lot about me, doesn’t it?  I have been fighting through this cancer thing and finally I am able to see my way to at least the end of the tunnel even though I can’t see THROUGH the end of the tunnel.

I do not think I am ready to go back to the research for the elections/primaries from the various states, but I am ready to start hitting back.  I have not watched a television in over three weeks.  What little news I am getting is coming from what I hear on televisions I just happen to be near or what I read the few times I have been online.  I have missed my writing very much – but more importantly, I have missed the fact that the Democrats and other liberal entities are taking a serious beating in the election world – except for the very ones everyone said were sure to go – the incumbents.  What happened to that plan after all, huh?

In a few days, I hope to start reading some of the emails I have been intentionally avoiding in order to maintain a positive attitude.  One of those is the illegal immigration and the criminal entities created by that element of society.  I remain frustrated that American politics seems to see only Mexicans as illegals – no one else.  And just who is it who sees it this way?  The Mexicans, of course.  Just a parting shot for you – give it a break!  Mexicans are NOT the only illegal immigrants who create problems for our healthcare industry and other equally American ideals.

So get ready, friends!  My gripe sessions are getting nearer, and I can hardly wait!


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How long are you going to let stuff like this go on, Obama?  What is it going to take for you to see there is a problem with those people to whom you want to offer amnesty?  Do you REALLY want people like this in our country?

From TheReporterOnline.com (serving North Penn, Indian Valley and neighboring communities)

TELFORD – Three illegal immigrants allegedly furnished three juvenile females from the Perkasie area with alcohol, had sex with them and took photos of one of the girls while she was partially naked and unconscious.

According to
Telford Police, the incident happened last August.

Irving Miuricio Cruz, 19, of Market Street, Hatfield, was arrested July 17 after he was stopped by a Hilltown officer for a vehicle law violation, then turned over to the Telford department for a warrant, police said.

Cruz was charged with criminal conspiracy, statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors, sexual abuse of children and furnishing alcohol to minors, police said.

He was arraigned July 18 before District Judge Thomas Palladino, Pottstown, and taken to Montgomery County Correctional Facility with bail set at $50,000 cash, police said.

Cruz will be turned over to federal immigration authorities, police said.

Another 19-year-old in the case was recently captured by federal border officials after he fled the U.S to his native Honduras, then tried to return to the United States, police said.

He is awaiting extradition to Montgomery County, police said.

The third person accused in the incident is a juvenile and will be petitioned to Montgomery County Juvenile Court, police said.

Here is a good example of “crime-fighting at its finest”…

From the North County Times (serving North San Diego & SW Riverside counties)

ESCONDIDO: Immigration agents, GPS help police track down suspects

Suspected rapist caught through ICE ankle bracelet

Using Global Positioning System, or GPS, technology, and with the help of immigration agents, Escondido police were able to arrest two suspects in recent weeks, including a man charged with raping a 15-year-old girl, authorities said.

The arrests were touted by police as a success for the partnership between the Escondido Police Department and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement under a pilot program that has been heavily criticized by some advocacy groups, including the North County-based El Grupo.

In the rape case, police were able to identify the suspect as a family member of the victim. Police gave the name of the suspect, Wenceslao Mendez, 34, to ICE agents working out of the Escondido Police Department headquarters, and the agents were able to determine that he was wearing a GPS ankle bracelet.

Mendez was arrested the following day, police said.

The agency allows some illegal immigrants to wear the tracking device while going through deportation procedures because of limited jail space.

Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for the agency in San Diego, said that ICE permits some illegal immigrants who are fighting deportation to remain out of custody if they don’t have a history of criminal convictions. However, those immigrants are monitored either through a GPS bracelet, office visits or a telephone call-in system, Mack said.

About 40 persons are wearing the bracelets in San Diego County, Mack said.

“Without this technology and the assistance of the ICE officers, it is likely that valuable evidence could have been destroyed and the suspect could have fled the country,” said Escondido police Lt. Craig Carter.

But Victor Torres, a criminal defense attorney and a spokesman for El Grupo, said the case did not justify the department’s partnership with immigration authorities. He said the partnership will further alienate the city’s immigrant community and act as a deterrent against reporting crime in Escondido.

About 45 percent of the city’s 145,000 residents are Latinos, many of whom are immigrants.

Torres said the case illustrates what some in the immigrant community fear: the department’s side-by-side working relationship with immigration agents.

“There are many tools available to law enforcement,” Torres said. “A simple telephone call to ICE and relayed instructions directly to the patrol officers would have proven just as effective and without alienating 45 percent of the population.”

In mid-May, the department started a pilot program with ICE allowing two immigration agents to work with the department to identify and deport criminal illegal immigrants and those suspected of committing crimes.

Since the partnership began, the agents have helped police identify 114 criminal immigrants in the city, including several child molesters, people with multiple drunken-driving convictions, drug dealers and burglars, according to police.

Escondido is the only city in the county that has this kind of a partnership with ICE, said Mack. She said she could remember only one other department that has used the federal agency’s GPS system to track down a suspect: the San Diego Police Department, which did so last year.

Mendez was arrested in March on domestic violence charges, which were later dropped. While he was detained, ICE agents at the jail determined that he was an illegal immigrant, and he was released with the bracelet pending deportation proceedings.

On July 13, Mendez allegedly entered a home on the 500 block of West Ninth Avenue. The 15-year-old victim told police that her assailant locked her in a bedroom and raped her.

Using the girl’s description of her attacker, police determined the suspect was the cousin of the girl’s stepmother.

Carter said the immigration agents located the suspect’s name on their database and found that he was wearing the bracelet. With the use of GPS, they were able to track the suspect to his home in the 1100 block of South Escondido Boulevard.

A few days earlier, police were also able to track down Jimmy Alexander Magadiaga, 22, with the use of his ICE-issued ankle bracelet. Magadiaga, who also was awaiting deportation proceedings, allegedly broke into an Escondido home on July 8, police said.

A girl who was in the home at the time called police. Neighbors chased the suspect and told police that he lived in a nearby apartment complex.

Using the GPS tracking system, police were able to find and arrest the suspect, Carter said.

From these two stories we learn many things.  One, not every illegal immigrant is from Mexico.  That means that the cries of “racial profiling” simply do not hold water.  In all honesty, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you which of these men were from Mexico and which were not.  Would you have known without seeing some kind of documentation?  A Mexican and a Honduran may well be classified as “Latinos” but the two countries are vastly different.

We also have proof that at least some illegal immigrants do not just steal an apple from the grocery store.  Rape is a serious crime.  It demands outrage on the part of the citizenry.

Furthermore, when an attorney considers the most atrocious part of this even was the alienating of  “45% of the population” how does he spend the rest of his day?

Providing alcohol to minors, allowing them to drink enough to pass out, raping them and photographing them partially nude – isn’t that by very definition child abuse?  Not to mention that something must be said about the child pornography issue.

These are the kinds of people our ultra-liberal Congress and president want to allow to stay in our country legally now that they are already here?  What is wrong with you, Democrats?  Wake up!  Look around you.  So far, this one little blog has provided eleven examples of why this simply cannot be allowed to happen to the American citizens and all the legal immigrants in our country.

These are crimes against every American citizen even though they only directly affected a few individual people.

One question that remains unanswered from either of these reports:  Were the victims of the crimes committed by these illegal immigrants legal residents or illegal immigrants themselves?  Would it really matter?  Crimes are crimes at the end of the day, are they not?

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They decided to exert the rights granted to American citizens in the Constitution of the United States.   The rights of free speech and peaceable assembly – the First Amendment to the Constitution – are guaranteed to every American citizen in the Bill of Rights.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The key word here is “American citizen.”

O.C. illegal immigrant arrested in D.C. (http://www.ocregister.com/news/arrested-258552-act-dream.html )



WASHINGTON – A UCIrvine graduate who is living in the United States illegally was arrested on Capitol Hill Tuesday with a group of young people protesting the lack of a bill that would grant them legal status.

Antonia Rivera was one of 12 people – six men and six women – who were arrested after they sat in a circle in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building. They were charged with disorderly conduct and were being processed by Capitol Police Tuesday afternoon.

The 12 are part of hundreds of students who came to Washington this week to try and convince lawmakers to pass the DREAM Act, a bill that would allow young people who were brought here illegally by their parents a chance to gain legal status. Opponents, however, say passing such a bill would reward illegal behavior and that people who came here illegally or overstayed their visas shouldn’t be allowed to remain.

Rivera is one of those people who would benefit from the DREAM Act.

The 28-year-old, who was brought here by her parents from Mexico when she was six years-old, graduated UC Irvine in 2006 with a degree in literary journalism. Since then she has been unable to work, she said, because she has no documents.

Moments before she was arrested Rivera said in an interview that she was confident that the DREAM Act would pass this year. She said if the bill passed it would mean her freedom so she wouldn’t have to continue to live an underground life.

The 12 protesters were wearing graduation caps and gowns. Earlier in the day several hundred activists staged a mock graduation ceremony at a nearby church to demonstrate the fact that despite having finished college they could not work in their chosen fields of study.

On the floor in the middle of the circle in the Hart Building were banners that read “DREAM Act now” and “Undocumented and Unafraid.”

“There is no demonstrating in a Capitol building,” said Capitol Hill Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider. She said the charge is a misdemeanor and typically people are released the same day.

Witnesses said police approached the group, told them they had to disperse or they would be arrested. They continued to sit. A few minutes later police arrested them.

Schneider said she couldn’t say whether Rivera and the other protesters – all of whom witnesses said were undocumented – would be turned over to federal immigration officials.

“Everyone will be run through the system,” including federal data bases, Schneider said.

Before they went to the middle of the Hart building, the protesters made the rounds of Senate offices, visiting three Democratic senators all of whom support the DREAM Act. These included California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, who chairs the immigration subcommittee, and Sen. Bob Menendez, the only Hispanic senator.

“They came and sat in the reception area and talked to a member of our staff about the DREAM Act,” said Feinstein’s communications director Gil Duran. “They were there for about 30 minutes and then they left.”

The DREAM Act activists have staged similar protesters at Feinstein’s offices in the state despite her support for the Act. She has co-sponsored the bill ever since Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., introduced it.

“They have the view that more should be done,” Duran said. “It’s unfortunate that they would resort to getting themselves arrested as political statement instead of working to build the bipartisan support the bill would need.”

What am I missing?  These people are NOT American citizens.  They are NOT automatically given rights by the Constitution.  Yet they chose to exert the right to assemble peaceably and use free speech granted by the Constitution to AMERICAN CITIZENS.

These 12 people have no rights under the American Constitution, yet they are determined to pretend they do in order to be granted amnesty for an illegal act perpetrated by them and/or their parents when they entered this country illegally.

They believe in their misguided worlds that because they came illegally to the United States as children and have managed to skirt the system and avoid deportation for a number of years they are somehow being mistreated because now that they have used tax payer money for their entire lives and received a first-class education free or practically free they should be allowed to become citizens just because they graduated from college.

Stated differently – many years of wrongs make one right.

As for “building the bipartisan support the bill would need,” let me just say this as loudly and as clearly as I possibly can.  Even bipartisan support will not make this legal and it will not make it right.  If either of my U.S. Senators or my Congressman should support a bill allowing blanket amnesty which is being sought by the liberal left agenda in this country, I would do everything I can to see that they are NOT re-elected because they will not be representing me.

There are laws currently active that allow for the process of legal immigration.  FOLLOW THE LAW, CONGRESMEN AND SENATORS.  You are not above the law regardless of how much you give the appearance that you are.

Turning their heads the other way while our laws are broken is the direct cause along with others that our nation finds itself so deeply in debt with a tyrannical leader who insists on making matters worse rather than better and a liberal government intent on usurping the leadership granted to them by the people of the United States.

Hear me clearly, Obama.  SECURE OUR BORDERS.  We the people support legal immigration and strongly oppose amnesty in any form you try to present it.

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They are still at it, so I am still at it.  Obama, I DEMAND that you secure our borders immediately!  We, the people, do not want a comprehensive immigration law that includes amnesty, and we do not want a guest worker program.  We want the current law supported and enforced!  Why do you continue to refuse?

The first item tonight is from Pascagoula…

Illegal immigrants arrested, drugs seized

By MARGARET BAKER – mbbaker@sunherald.com

PASCAGOULA — Two illegal immigrants are in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents following their arrests in a traffic stop Tuesday that resulted in the seizure of a small amount of cocaine and numerous fake identification cards, Pascagoula police Lt. Davy Davis said.

Margarito Perez, 40, was driving a 1998 Nissan with a broken headlight when he was pulled over Tuesday at the intersection of Polk Avenue and 8th Street. Perez, Davis said, did not have a driver’s license or identification in his wallet, though police officers did find in the wallet three small plastic bags with a white, powdery substance that later tested positive for powder cocaine.

Police arrested Perez on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

A passenger in the car, Alejandro Trinidad, 57, was arrested after police officers found several fraudulent identification cards on him.

“It was his photo on the cards,” Davis said, “but they all had different names and Social Security numbers.”

Trinidad was charged with providing false information.

Police determined both were undocumented workers. They were taken to the Pascagoula jail pending their release later to immigration-enforcement agents.

From the “Oh good grief” files….

Discrepancies in illegal immigrant’s applications for Dallas County deputy led to her arrest

Thursday, July 15, 2010

By KEVIN KRAUSE / The Dallas Morning News

Despite being in the U.S. illegally for the past 12 years, Maria Elvia Ross was able to obtain a temporary work permit, get a job as a Dallas County sheriff’s jailer and avoid detection by her supervisors for several years even though she provided them inconsistent answers about her citizenship, records show.

That came to an end when Ross, 34, applied for deputy in January for the third time since her hiring in 2001 and presented a work permit that had expired in 2005.

A criminal background check conducted last month as part of the application process turned up her November 1998 arrest in Laredo and deportation by U.S. immigration officials. When questioned about it, Ross lied to a personnel sergeant, according to records released Wednesday by the department.

Ross was arrested at work last week by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and faces deportation for a second time. She resigned from the department Tuesday.

In her 2001 application to the Sheriff’s Department, Ross didn’t list her 1998 arrest and deportation. She indicated on the application that she had lived in Texas since at least 1990, personnel records show. In her 2006 and 2010 deputy applications, Ross indicated she was a U.S. citizen and had never been detained by police, records show.

Ross, of Irving, told sheriff’s investigators she lied because she wanted to fulfill her dream of becoming a deputy and making her family proud.

Ross was detained in 1998 for an attempted illegal entry after showing a false birth certificate that said she was a U.S. citizen, sheriff’s reports said. Federal law bars anyone who makes a false claim of U.S. citizenship from ever being able to legally enter the United States.

Ross was born in Monterrey, Mexico, with the name Maria Elvia Medrano Perez, according to a Mexican birth certificate she provided when she applied to the Sheriff’s Department.

When Ross applied for deputy this year, a sheriff’s personnel sergeant noticed discrepancies in Ross’ initial job application in 2001 as well as her deputy applications from 2004, 2006 and this year, sheriff’s records show.

“I noticed that there were inconsistencies with her answers on the various applications regarding her citizenship,” Sgt. Shawna Turner wrote in a statement to internal affairs.

Turner asked Ross for her “residency card” last month, but Ross could not provide one, according to the internal affairs report. Ross began to cry when Turner told her she could not become a deputy because she was not a U.S. citizen.

The Sheriff’s Department made citizenship a requirement for jailers and deputies in 2003.

When she was hired in 2001, Ross had a temporary work permit. It expired in 2005, and Ross could not produce an extension or a new one.

It’s unclear how Ross was able to obtain a work permit in 2001 when she was in the U.S. illegally after being deported less than three years earlier.

In a statement to internal affairs, Ross said she left the country in 1998 for her grandfather’s funeral in Mexico. She said she was questioned by U.S. immigration officials on her return, fingerprinted, photographed and sent back to Mexico.

“I wanted to become a deputy and work hard for it,” she said. “I didn’t intentionally want to lie. I lied because I wanted to accomplish my dream. I had worked very hard for this department … it sounds very harsh because I am not a criminal. I only wanted to make my family proud and the department.”

Internal affairs concluded she was untruthful when she said she had never been arrested or detained.

“Her almost nine years’ experience as an employee with a law enforcement agency as well as the fact that she has an associate’s degree in criminal justice also proves that she knows and understands what a detainment and or arrest are,” the internal affairs report said.

Ross received an associate degree in criminal justice from El Centro College in 2000, records show.

Dr. Mattye Mauldin-Taylor, the county’s human resources director, said this week that the Sheriff’s Department should have followed up every year to make sure Ross was legally eligible to work in the United States.

Mauldin-Taylor and a sheriff’s spokeswoman said their departments would create new policies requiring annual or periodic checks of the legal status of employees who are not U.S. citizens.

Employers are responsible for making sure employees are legally eligible to work in the United States.

Mauldin-Taylor said very few non-U.S. citizens with temporary work permits work for Dallas County. She said that in 13 years with the county, she’s never seen a county employee detained by federal officials for being in the country illegally.

Ross had been assigned to Sheriff Lupe Valdez’s prestigious quality assurance team, which oversees improvements to sanitation and maintenance in the jails. She had no prior disciplinary actions and was given an “outstanding” rating in her most recent job evaluation, sheriff’s records show.

“This is not my personality. This is the biggest lesson in my life,” Ross said in her statement. “I feel extremely bad about it. Thank you all for your support.”

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As an adopted Texan – one who got here as quickly as I could – I am naturally very interested in all things that affect Texas, especially Texas politics and the leadership of our Governor.  I have been waiting for a response from Governor Rick Perry about the Border Governor’s meeting that was to be held in Arizona, and finally I have it.

It will come as no surprise to any of my even occasional readers that I am fully supportive of Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer and her legislature, and the people of Arizona who support SB1070.  Even though I live hundreds of miles from the Texas border with Mexico, illegal immigration affects me.  It affects you as well regardless of your state of residence.  Once an illegal immigrant crosses our porous Mexican border, the entire United States is an oyster for them.  They have unlimited access to the pearl inside.

It seems perfectly logical to me that those who would accuse SB1070 of being a formal method of racial profiling have not read the bill.  Or perhaps they are just too stupid to comprehend what they have read.  More likely, they ignore what they have read and heard because they choose to.  They want full amnesty for any and all illegal immigrants who are now in the United States and any who may decide to come once the amnesty is offered.  To their warped sense of justice, nothing other than that is acceptable.

As I was mulling my contact with men and women of foreign birth, I suddenly determined that I have a perfect way to describe the difference between the racial profiling they choose to see in SB1070 and the real racial profiling that would exist on my personal level.

Any law enforcement officer in Arizona – even those few who oppose the law – will not be able to select a person of possibly not being an American citizen or a legal immigrant because of the physical appearance of that person.  That is racial profiling and it is not legal.

In order to even be questioned about one’s immigration status, the discussion must come up AFTER the person has been encountered by a law enforcement official for having seemingly committed another crime; a traffic stop for running a red light or stop sign; caught as a suspect in a home or business robbery; any legal offense that would require one-on-one confrontation between that person and a law enforcement official.

Only during the routine questioning regarding the reason for the confrontation is a police officer allowed and even required to ask about immigration status when and if the person being questioned gives the officer SUFFICIENT REASON TO BELIEVE that the suspect is in our country illegally.

In my everyday travels to the grocery store, the bank, the post office or wherever I go, I see non-Caucasian people.  The firm contracted for our landscaping at the apartment community where I live is staffed with non-English speaking workers.

Let your imagination work just a little here.  Suppose I see one of the gentlemen who happens to be mowing my personal lawn space.  It is obvious to me by his physical features that he may not be an American citizen – especially when he says to me, “No hablo ingles.”  So I go up to him, and in my best Texas drawl I ask him for his immigration papers; or I ask him the point blank question, “Are you an illegal immigrant to my country?” (¿Es usted un inmigrante ilegal en mi país?)

THAT, my friends, is RACIAL PROFILING.  That would be illegal, and I should be arrested for using that method to determine his immigration status.  I think even a person who refuses to see can tell the difference between the two examples I just provided.  One is legal – one is illegal.

Yes, I strongly support Arizona and SB1070!

The 2009 meeting of the Border Governors Conference was held in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon from September 2-4, 2009, and was hosted by Governor Jose Natividad Gonzalez Paras.  According to the official website for the event linked above,

The Border Governors Conference (BGC) is the largest binational venue to discuss and resolve some of the most important border issues affecting the United States and Mexico.

The ten Border States represent the world’s most important and dynamic binational region – with a joint economy that ranks third in the world.

These nations share the busiest international border in the world spanning nearly 2,000 miles, with roughly 250 million people crossing annually, and almost 90 million people calling the states of this region home.

The 2010 meeting of the Border Governors Conference is, or was, to be held in Arizona hosted by Governor Jan Brewer.  On June 30, 2010, Governor Brewer released the following letter to the Governors of the Border States.

June 30, 2010

Letter to the Honorable Governors of the States of Baja California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Sonora and Tamaulipas

Dear Colleagues:

Acting in my capacity as Chair of the XXVIII Border Governors Conference, I am writing you to let you know that your recent confirmation regarding non-attendance at the upcoming conference has led to my decision to cancel the Conference. As you know, all member Governors originally agreed many months ago to have Arizona as the site for the 2010 event. At this time, I find no appropriate alternative to cancellation, since each of you has stated in your correspondence that you will not come due to legislation recently passed in Arizona. Naturally I am disappointed by your decision, as I sincerely believe the gathering of the Governors in Arizona would have presented a great platform to initiate dialogue about the legislation and other topics of great importance to the border region.

As mentioned in my letter to the Commission of Migration Affairs of the National Conference of Mexican Governors, I took very seriously the process of addressing immigration related matters during Arizona‘s 2010 legislative session. I remain unwavering in my belief that signing Senate Bill 1070 and House Bill 2162 was the right thing to do for the State of Arizona. With a federal government that has been unwilling to secure our border for decades, Arizona has been left with little choice but to initiate our own efforts including steps that mirror federal law. I believe the passage of the legislation has clearly ignited talk of action in Washington for the people of Arizona and other Border States.

Notwithstanding these legislative matters, which have been misunderstood and misinterpreted by a number of people, I want to assure you of my belief regarding the importance of Arizona‘s relationship with Mexico. Through the Arizona-Mexico Commission we have maintained a strong 50-year commitment to that relationship. I would like to extend the same invitation to you as Border Governors as I did through the National Conference of Mexican Governors’ Commission on Migration Affairs. I strongly encourage you and members of your Cabinet to come to Arizona and meet with my Administration and members of our law enforcement community who are responsible for monitoring the implementation of the new law. By doing so, you will be able to better understand the legislation, how it will be implemented and the myths that have been created about what the law requires or allows.

Please contact my Policy Advisor for Mexico, Margie Emmermann at 602.542.1325 or memmermann@azdot.gov, if you wish to take me up on my invitation.


Janice K. Brewer

Once again, Governor Brewer was operating well within her rights as Governor of Arizona and the chairperson of the 2010 Conference.  If none of the Governors would show up, why should she expend state finances for a conference with no one in attendance?

With all the ridiculous boycotting everyone seems so intent on doing because of SB1070, I was so glad to read this report from the Dallas News quoting Governor Perry.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he’ll skip border governors meeting if it’s moved out of Arizona

12:32 AM CDT on Tuesday, July 13, 2010

By CHRISTY HOPPE / The Dallas Morning News

Excerpts from this article:

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry said Monday that he won’t attend a meeting of border state governors if it isn’t held in Arizona, which some of the participants are boycotting in protests of the state’s tough new illegal immigration law.

For 27 years, governors representing U.S. and Mexican states along the border have met to discuss common interests. The annual conference rotates location, and this year it was slated to be held at a Phoenix resort.

But all six Mexican governors wrote Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on June 30 saying they would refuse to visit her state because of the immigration law, which they said promotes “ethnic and cultural prejudice.”

In light of the boycott, Brewer canceled the meeting.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson suggested that the conference be moved to another location rather than canceled. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said last week that he would entertain such a move so that the meetings and cooperation could continue.

Asked by Fox Business Network host Neil Cavuto whether he would consider attending the meeting if it were held elsewhere, Perry made it clear where he came down – in support of Arizona

“I talked to Jan [Brewer] early on and I said, ‘Listen, we’re not going to be coming to the meeting. Regardless of what anybody else is saying … we’re going to support you,’ “ Perry said.

He said it is Arizona‘s turn to host the meeting.

“If other governors decide they don’t want to come in some type of protest, frankly, that’s their business and it’s their loss,” Perry said. “That’s my call on it. I won’t be there.”

UPDATE – 7/15/10

Governor Perry is batting two-for-two on Arizona lately.  Good for him.  From the Texas Insider:

Statement by Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Attorney General’s Amicus Brief in U.S. v. State of Arizona Case

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s amicus brief in the U.S. v. State of Arizona case:

“All Americans should support today’s actions by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and other state attorneys general in their efforts to uphold the 10th Amendment of the U.S.  Constitution and the right of states to provide for the public safety and security of their citizens.

“The federal government has failed to secure our borders as drug activity and murder rates soar in many border communities. States are left with no choice. Until the federal government secures the border, I expect more states to legislate in an effort to protect their citizens.

“Regardless of anyone’s feelings on the Arizona law, we must protect the 10th Amendment and right of states to legislate public safety to keep families and communities secure. I join Texas Attorney General Abbott in opposing the Obama Administration’s effort to undermine the right of states to protect their citizens and govern themselves.”

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Well, here we go again.  This is a never ending battle, and still he sits there in the People’s House sucking on his thumb.  FOX News.com represents our example of idiocy from the Obama administration for tonight.

Anael Martinez and Anibal Escobar

Police: Illegal Immigrants Raped 14-Year-Old Texas Girl at July 4th Party

A pair of illegal immigrants raped a 14-year-old Texas girl at July 4th party in Texas, where the teen was later found sitting naked in a bathtub, police said.

The victim told police that she went to an Independence Day party with her cousin in Horseshoe Bay, Tex., about 40 miles northwest of Austin, where she was left in a room with Anibal Escobar, 19, and Anael Martinez, 22, MyFoxAustin reported..

The two Honduran natives, who told police they are in the U.S. illegally, made advances at the victim and then raped her, she told police. The victim’s cousin discovered her in the bathtub and brought her home.

Escobar and Martinez were arrested early in the morning on July 9 and face felony charges of aggravated sexual assault, MyFoxAustin reported. Local investigators contacted Texas Rangers to assist in their investigation and translate, as none of the witnesses at the party or the suspects spoke English.

Obama, I do not care whether or not you want to do your job.  You are required BY LAW to do your job!  Our Constitution DEMANDS that you are responsible for the safety and security of American citizens.  You are failing at your constitutional job.

You have made it blatantly obvious that you care nothing for the American Constitution; you refuse to salute the American flag; you ignore the National Anthem; you are an embarrassment to our nation.

RESIGN, OBAMA!  You have proven that you are not worth the time and effort the American people are expending in our efforts to right the wrongs that you are creating for our nation and our citizenry.  We are tired of watching you destroy our nation from within, and we will not stand for it any longer.

We are tired of having you spend our money faster than we can get it to you.  We are frustrated with the idiocy you exhibit on a daily basis, and it is way past time for you to leave.  I have decided that the reason you are hiding your birth certificate is not only because you know that you are not legally qualified to hold the position you do but also because you are an illegal immigrant yourself.  You should be deported immediately if not sooner.

You are scarring our nation and bringing unmentionable pain and suffering to the American people because of your ridiculous and ill-grounded policies.  Take your so-called advisers, secretaries, Senators and Congressmen with you and get the heck out of Dodge, Obama.  You are no longer welcome here.

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The subtitle for this article should be, “This stuff has got to stop!”

Prosecutors dismiss rape charges against illegal immigrant

By Mike Carter

Seattle Times staff reporter

Snohomish County prosecutors have dismissed rape charges against an illegal immigrant whose arrest in Edmonds sparked outrage because he had been deported 10 times before.

Jose Madrigal-Lopez, 46, pleaded guilty to a single count of misdemeanor indecent exposure last month after prosecutors dismissed the second-degree rape charges after concluding that the sexual contact may have been consensual, Snohomish County Attorney Mark Roe said Thursday.

Madrigal-Lopez was arrested after a witness saw him standing, with his pants down, over a woman outside an Edmonds supermarket.

The woman first told police that he had offered her $35 for sex and then raped her when she refused. Jail records indicate that she told police she was screaming for help, but a source familiar with the investigation said she changed her story.

“The evidence was relatively equal on whether or not it was consensual, so we were not completely convinced,” Roe said.

Madrigal-Lopez was sentenced to 90 days with credit for time served for the indecent exposure charge in the Snohomish County Jail. He is now in federal custody.

On Thursday, Madrigal-Lopez appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge John Weinberg in Seattle on a new federal felony charge of illegal re-entry, which could land him in prison for 10 years.

Madrigal-Lopez has a long criminal record in the U.S. of mostly drug offenses, although he was convicted of theft of a firearm in California and unlawful sexual contact in Denver.

He was deported to Mexico 10 times between 1997 and 2004, but each time returned to the U.S., according to the court records.

I do not know which of the woman’s stories is the truth, but if she had told the truth the first time, one of two things would have happened.

  1. Jose Madrigal-Lopez would have been tried and possibly convicted of rape charges, or
  2. He would only have been charged with immigration offenses and the indecent exposure charge to which he pled guilty.

I wish I had some way of personally tracking Madrigal-Lopez.  I’d like to see how long it will take him to get back into the U.S. once he is deported for the 12th time.

That’s the short version.  Here is the longer version which contains some slightly different information plus a video on the linked webpage:

Investigators: Edmonds rape suspect deported nine times


EDMONDS, Wash. – The KING 5 Investigators have learned that an illegal immigrant accused of raping a woman in Edmonds Sunday has been deported nine times. That’s much more than previously reported.

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement won’t comment on the case of Jose Lopez Madrigal. But KING 5 got the information through confidential sources and documents.

Larry Klein was the man who heard the alleged victim’s cries for help. Police say the suspect pulled the woman off the street to a dumpster and raped her.

“I could see the back of his head. I could see his pants were down. I could see her lying on the ground. I could hear her crying, but I couldn’t really see her face,” said Klein.

Klein called police, who quickly arrested the suspect. But learning his identity took much longer because of some 30 aliases. It was only through fingerprints that they identified him as Madrigal, a Mexican citizen.

Madrigal’s arrest and immigration record includes a staggering number of contacts with law enforcement since 1989. That’s the year he was convicted of theft using a firearm in California.

He was deported a couple of times after that. Then in 1999, he was arrested for drug sales in both San Diego and San Francisco. Records show that he was deported three times that year between April and August.

He was arrested for drugs again in Stockton, Calif. in 2000. In 2002, he pleaded to third degree sexual assault in Denver. Later that year, he was deported again. And in 2003, records show he was deported three more times.

People who live near the scene of Sunday’s alleged rape wonder how it could keep happening.

“Makes you wonder, what are we doing wrong? How is he getting back in here?” said Kirby Aumick.

“It’s troubling. I mean, if this man should not have been in this country, he should have been behind bars then, really, this is a senseless tragedy,” said Klein.

According to our sources, Madrigal’s last contact before Sunday was around 2003. So, it’s not clear how much of that time Madrigal was in this country.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has refused to comment on the case which started making national headlines when it was learned that Madrigal had been deported several times prior to the Edmonds case.

In reviewing records and talking with confidential sources, the KING 5 Investigators learned just how extensive Madrigal’s immigration and arrest record is.

They found he was first deported in California in 1989 and since then he’s returned from his Mexican homeland and been arrested for drug crimes, a sex assault in Colorado and other offenses.

One criminal justice source says Madrigal is a “poster boy” for the federal governments ineffectiveness at keeping the most serious “criminal aliens” – illegals who commit crimes – out of the United States.

In the meantime in an unrelated incident:

East Texas man caught smuggling immigrants in Sarita

by Sergio Chapa

Posted: 07.08.2010

An East Texas man is behind bars in the Rio Grande Valley after he was allegedly caught smuggling four illegal immigrants at the Sarita checkpoint.

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested James Earl Lovett on human smuggling charges on Monday night.

Court records show that the 32-year-old Huntington, Texas man drove up to the Border Patrol checkpoint in a maroon Nissan Quest.

Border Patrol agents allegedly found four illegal immigrants from Mexico hiding under blankets in the back of the mini-van.

Lovett allegedly admitted that he smuggled the immigrants for cash.

The Huntingon man appeared before U.S. Magistrate Court Judge Ronald Morgan in Brownsville on Wednesday morning.

Records show that Lovett is an American citizen and has a criminal history that included theft, unlawfully carrying a weapon and marijuana.

Judge Morgan denied bond for Lovett until a Monday afternoon hearing.

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