Mexican Cartels Operate Freely in Southern Arizona

How extensive is the Mexican organized crime’s incursion into American territory? Very extensive, and getting worse, judging from the presence of cartel spotters 100 miles north of the border. Not only that, authorities estimate that there are 200 to 300 cartel scouts occupying mountain peaks in southern Arizona, guiding the delivery of drugs and illegal aliens.

Mexican organized crime is as violent as any political enemy, and Rep. Mike McCaul has recommended that the cartels be added to the government’s list of terrorists.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration only recently bowed to public pressure to leave the National Guard on the border instead of removing the troops in June as was his plan.

Even so, Washington’s major attention remains focused on military operations abroad, particularly in Libya (where the 60-day legal limit has been reached).

Unsurprisingly, a recent Rasmussen poll showed that fewer than one-third of voters believe that the Mexican border is secure.

Foreign invaders operate at will on American soil, but the administration pretends there is no problem because of its political reasons of hispandering for the next election.

Cartels using Ariz. mountaintops to spy on cops, MSNBC, May 20, 2011

TUCSON, Ariz. — Hiking through rough Arizona desert terrain a few miles north of the Mexican border recently with a group of armed DEA agents, we were approached by a lone U.S. Border Patrol agent. He warned we should be careful up ahead, because two people believed to be spotters for a Mexican drug cartel had just been seen running down a ridge to elude U.S. authorities.

By now, agents told us, the men were probably hunkered down in a cave or crevice to wait out the patrol. But just to be safe, the DEA agents spread out to cover more ground as they moved forward again, watching closely for the suspected Mexican surveillance team likely sent by drug traffickers to spy on American law enforcement officials on their own soil.

Making our way slowly to the rugged hilltops about a mile away, we came across several caves carved out of the rock by wind and rain. On the floor of one of them, we saw clear evidence that a surveillance team had been camping out. Two blankets were spread out next to a pair of shoes. Nearby were boxes of food, tarps, water jugs, toothpaste and a portable stove, on top of which was a pan with fresh cooking oil still in it.

Agents also found radio chargers and car batteries used to power communications gear. They told NBC producer-photographer Al Henkel and me that Mexican surveillance teams will work in these mountains for 30 to 60 days at a time.

“They locate themselves up on these ridgelines, up in caves, hidey holes, ’spider holes’ we call them,” said DEA agent Todd Scott. He and the agents wondered if this particular “spider hole” was home to the two men just seen running away.

Estimated 200 to 300 drug scouts

Federal drug agents say Mexican cartel surveillance teams have set up observation posts on most of the mountain-tops in the Arizona west desert area, from the Mexican border to Phoenix more than 100 miles north. Most of that land sits inside the vast Tohono O’odham Indian reservation, which is the size of Connecticut, but is sparsely populated by only about 20,000 residents. Continue reading this article

Obama Punts Hispandering to Congress

Remember when comprehensive amnesty was a vital issue to the President? He travelled to the border city of El Paso on May 10 for a special speech aimed at his Mexican base, full of concern for their welfare.

Obama mocked immigration enforcement, suggesting that patriots wanted a moat on the border, with alligators.

Hey, I’m willing to give it a try.

Meanwhile, smuggling illegal aliens into America has grown into a very profitable enterprise, particularly for those who already have the infrastructure in place, namely Mexican organized crime.

Truckloads of migrants a billion-dollar business, Associated Press, May 19 , 2011

The United Nations estimates that smuggling migrants across Mexico’s border with the U.S. alone is a $6.6 billion business annually, compared to an estimated the $10 billion to $29 billion in illegal drug running. The migrant smuggling estimate doesn’t include another $1 billion paid by thousands of non-Mexicans to cross from Guatemala and travel north, according to a 2010 U.N. report on transnational crime.

Now Obama has transferred his amnesty issue to the Congress, where it will hopefully shrivel and die. However, there have been suggestions that some Democrats might try to jigger a deal to swap universal e-verify for the DREAM Act stealth amnesty, as noted below. Let’s not go there, Congress!

Obama puts immigration in Congress’ court, Associated Press, May 19, 2011

With a re-election campaign looming, President Barack Obama is pushing Congress to overhaul the immigration system, but lawmakers seems to have little appetite to take on the issue.

In recent speeches at the Mexican border in El Paso, Texas, and the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Obama said his administration has followed through on demands to secure the border, and now it’s time for Congress to put revamping immigration back on the agenda and make something happen.

“Comprehensive immigration reform is not only an economic imperative or a security imperative, it is also a moral imperative,” Obama told the prayer breakfast.

But Republicans say any effort to allow illegal immigrants to stay in the country or any effort that doesn’t address the inadequacies they see in border security is doomed to fail.

Although legislation has yet to be introduced, many lawmakers agree the most likely first step toward immigration legislation is a requirement that all businesses use E-Verify. The E-Verify program lets businesses know whether employees have the necessary papers to work in the U.S. Such legislation could give Democrats political cover by addressing immigration requirements that preclude tough crackdowns on immigrants, and give Republicans an opportunity to say they provided a new enforcement tool to stop illegal immigration.

The president’s recent push, which started in April with a White House meeting on immigration issues and other events involving Latino celebrities, prompted Senate Democrats this month to reintroduce the DREAM Act. The bill would give a path to legal status for law-abiding young people who were brought into the United States without documents as children and who either plan to attend college or join the military.

“Our immigration laws prevent thousands of young people from fully contributing to our nation’s future,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said in a statement announcing the bill he drafted. “These are honor roll students, star athletes, talented artists and valedictorians. These children are tomorrow’s doctors, nurses, teachers, firefighters, soldiers and senators, and we should give them the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., has introduced a similar bill in the House.

Republicans, who control the House, insist the DREAM Act will never pass.

“It’s amnesty for up to 2 million people,” said Rep. Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which has some jurisdiction over immigration legislation. “I just don’t see it when you are still talking about amnesty.” Smith said the bill rewards the undocumented parents and is “an open invitation to fraud.”

But GOP House members have pledged to introduce an E-Verify bill for employers.

Some Democrats have suggested a compromise bill incorporating elements of both DREAM and E-Verify, even as they acknowledge the prospects for such a deal are dim. Continue reading this article

Illegals Benefit from Affirmative Action

Citizen students, whose parents pay taxes to support the state university system, lose out when affirmative action guidelines are used to give advantage to illegal aliens.

Not only that, but the poorly prepared aliens frequently drop out, as noted in the video, according to the former Associate Dean of the University of Maryland. Illegals are seen by the admissions office as desirably diverse, unlike American citizen kids.

This item follows a recent report about the same institution:

University Insiders: Illegal Immigrants Get Affirmative Action, Fox News, May 17, 2011

This week, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a bill to require the state’s public universities to give undocumented aliens — generally illegal — in-state tuition privileges.

The bill, known as the Dream Act, is already the law in ten other states, including California, New York, Texas and Illinois.

But critics argue that the bill will give illegal aliens better treatment than Americans and legal immigrants — thanks to existing diversity policies at universities. Continue reading this article

California’s Two-Tier Demographic Disaster

The latest news from California shows the stupidity of welcoming millions of unskilled immigrants and illegal aliens who have no desire to assimilate to American values of education and improvement. They may temporarily provide cheap labor for business, but the long-term harm is permanent.

A huge proportion of the state’s population is mired in stubborn poverty, according to a recent analysis of 2010 census data.

Dan Walters: Latest numbers reveal two-tier California, Sacramento Bee, May 18, 2011

A quarter-century ago, I wrote a series of articles about California’s megatrends that transmogrified into a book, “The New California: Facing the 21st Century.”

My chief premise was that intertwining cultural, demographic, economic and political forces were radically transforming the state.

I quoted one academic study that saw “the possible emerging of a two-tier economy with Asians and non-Hispanic whites competing for high-status positions while Hispanics and blacks struggle to get low-paying service jobs.”

Last week’s release of detailed 2010 census data and this week’s unveiling of a massive statistical study of Californians’ educations, incomes and health confirm that what was theory in 1985 has become reality. Continue reading this article

“Homegrown” Jihad Not Over

Erick Stakelbeck does good work regarding the jihadist threat, but he does seem allergic to the “I” word — immigration. He has a new book out discussing the domestic danger, The Terrorist Next Door, but I haven’t heard him mention the stupidity of Muslim immigration, as Geert Wilders does often, for example.

Very few of the would-be killers-for-Allah are converts. A few do exist, but most terror types are Muslim immigrants who were already spending their Fridays at the mosque, soaking up anti-American hate.

But according to the dinosaur media’s usage, the word “homegrown” seems to mean anyone who didn’t purposefully come to American to commit jihad. Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square wanna-be bomber, came to the US as a college student at age 18, when he was an adult by law, but he got the tag. Or maybe calling Shahzad “homegrown” suggests that he got in touch with his inner jihadist only after living for years among the American infidels.

Anyway, Stakelbeck opines that Islam’s habit of mass murdering infidels hasn’t gone away just because Osama was snuffed. He calls the danger “homegrown” terror even though most of the perps will probably be immigrant and foreign Muslims, the same as up to now.

Experts Warn Homegrown Terror Next Wave of Jihad, CBN, May 18, 2011

Despite the death of Osama bin Laden, the Islamic terrorist threat against America is far from over.

The trove of intelligence recovered during the May 1 raid on bin Laden’s Pakistan lair indicates al Qaeda may be shifting its focus to smaller American cities nationwide.

The terror kingpin also encouraged his followers to target trains.

“The counter-terrorism community is now clearly looking at the mid-sized operations as they were designed and called for by bin Laden in his captured diaries as the future for al Qaeda and the jihadist movement in America,” Walid Phares, author of the book Future Jihad, told CBN News. Continue reading this article

Mexico: Record 513 Illegals Found in Trucks

For the “they keep coming” file: more than 500 illegals were found in two semi trucks, busted in southern Chiapas at a Mexican checkpoint. Each paid $7000 to be hauled like cattle to America, in very tight conditions, as shown below in the x-ray shot:

Most were from Central America, but a few were nationals of Asian nations. Mexico doesn’t mind arresting other aliens trying to enter America because it wants all the illegal jobs going to Mexicans, to keep the billions of dollars in remittances flowing to that country.

Mexican Police Find 513 US-Bound Migrants in Two Trucks, Fox News, May 18, 2011

TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico –  Police in Mexico’s southern Chiapas state found 513 migrants on Tuesday inside two trailer trucks bound for the United States, and said they had been transported in dangerously crowded conditions.

Some of the immigrants were suffering from dehydration after traveling for hours clinging to cargo ropes strung inside the containers to keep them upright as the trucks bounced along from the Guatemalan border, and allow more migrants to be more crammed in on the floor.

The trucks had air holes punched in the tops of the containers, but migrants interviewed at the state prosecutors’ office said they lacked air and water. The trucks were bound for the central city of Puebla, where the migrants said they had been told they would be loaded aboard a second set of vehicles for the trip to the U.S. border.

“We were suffering, it was very hot and we were clinging to the ropes,” said Mario, a 23-year-old Honduran migrant who identified himself only by his first name, for security reasons. Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission says thousands of undocumented migrants are kidnapped and held for ransom by drug gangs in Mexico each year. Continue reading this article

American Students Are Slighted

In the new post-American USA, citizens often get second-class treatment. Young people who are scrambling to make a place for themselves are particularly at risk under the updated rules which actually favor foreigners, even illegal ones, over US citizens.

We saw that the DREAM Act was defeated by a whisker in Congress during the Democrat-controlled lame-duck session. It would have been a stealth amnesty for many millions, given the bill’s extensive opportunities for fraud.

However there has been far less attention given to similar foreigner-preference policies awarded on the state level:

University Insiders: Illegal Immigrants Get Affirmative Action, Fox News, May 17, 2011

This week, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a bill to require the state’s public universities to give undocumented aliens — generally illegal — in-state tuition privileges.

The bill, known as the Dream Act, is already the law in ten other states, including California, New York, Texas and Illinois.

But critics argue that the bill will give illegal aliens better treatment than Americans and legal immigrants — thanks to existing diversity policies at universities.

But that’s not all. American young folks are also disadvantaged by Washington’s decision to let US-educated foreign students stay on and compete with citizens for jobs.

American college educations used to be seen largely as cheapie goodwill foreign policy: i.e., give future leaders abroad a taste of US democracy and they will remember it throughout their lives. One example was President Bush’s special scholarship program for his friends the Saudis, allowing 30,000 from The Kingdom to get educated here over several years — with predictable problems, from terror schemes to sexual harassment of women students.

So much for educational diversity!

Another screwy aspect to foreign students is how they are now more desirable to cash-strapped universities because they pay full tuition, thereby disadvantaging US kids in yet another way.

Furthermore, greedy employers see foreign graduates as willing workers who would rather be exploited in America than return to their primitive home countries.

Obama Administration Lets More Foreign Students Stay in U.S. for Jobs, Raising Competition Concerns, Fox News, May 17, 2011

On the heels of President Obama’s immigration speech last week, the Department of Homeland Security is expanding the pool of foreign students eligible for a 17-month visa extension — giving presumably brainy grads more time to train and, in some cases, secure a long-term job.

The administration claims the move is a step toward “fixing our broken immigration system,” by ensuring high-tech students can put their skills to use in the U.S., not overseas. But it’s also raised concern that the change could hurt U.S. job-seekers by making them compete against more foreign graduates, at a time when unemployment is already high.

David North, a fellow with the Center for Immigration Studies, said foreign students might even gain an edge, considering those who take advantage of this particular extension will not have to pay Social Security or Medicare taxes, and neither will their employers. North estimated that, because of the tax factor, companies would get a 7.65 percent discount by hiring a foreign student under this program, something he said creates an “unequal playing field” for other college grads. The students and employers would only have to pay those taxes if and when they secured a regular work visa.

“I’m not sure how many employers know this, but boy when it gets around, it’ll make some people very attractive,” North told FoxNews.com. “It gives the employer a bonus for hiring the foreign worker.”

The DHS announcement pertains to student visa holders who wish to stay in the country longer through what’s known as the “optional practical training” program. Through the program, students could originally work and train in their field of study for up to 12 months, even after graduating. Several years ago, the George W. Bush administration allowed certain students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math to stay an additional 17 months — for a total of 29 months.

The announcement last week by the Obama administration added dozens of eligible degree programs to that list. The newly eligible fields range from the popular to the obscure — among them are soil microbiology, video graphics and special effects, dairy science, neuroscience, mathematics and computer science, business statistics and personality psychology. Continue reading this article

Radical Islam Investigated in Nashville

The video below is a locally produced examination of hostile Muslim activities in the Nashville area. As is often the case, the “moderate” Muslims are no such thing. An imam who is a leader in local interfaith dialogue, Awadh Binhazim, is shown by his own words to be a radical promoter of Islamic supremacism. Muslims residing in non-Muslim societies must oppose Westernization and work to implement sharia, he says. But local civic leaders have been too polite and politically correct to question Binhazim because he has played the interfaith game very effectively.

The video was produced by Americans for Peace and Tolerance and the Tennessee Freedom Coalition and was shown during Geert Wilders’ appearance on May 12 in Madison, Tennessee:

Losing Our Sons is a documentary film that will reveal how radical Islam dominates the leadership of the Muslim American community in Nashville; and how misguided government and university officials, the media, as well as civic and religious leaders failed to acknowledge, intervene, or report clear indications of Islamist radicalization in the community.

It would be great if concerned patriots around the nation could use this film as a model of how to investigate hostile Islam in their own communities. The video is also a reminder that Muslim immigration is a bad idea and should be ended.

Sheriff Baca Supports Secure Communities

Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca (who calls himself an “international” sheriff) has long struck me as the standard issue political top cop, a squish who acts more like a pol seeking votes than a professional law enforcer. His performance at Peter King’s domestic terror hearing did nothing to dispel that opinion, where Baca extolled the wonders of outreach to diverse communities. (Watch his opening statement.)

So I was somewhat surprised to read his sensible opinion piece on the advisability of using the Secure Communities program, filled with convincing facts. He favors identifying the thousands of bad guys who swim in the sea of ethnic groups and deporting them in order to protect citizens — imagine that.

Below, some foreign gangsters identify themselves with explanatory tattoos, helpful to police. There are more than 250 active gangs in Los Angeles.

Lee Baca: Let us deport the bad guys; Critics are wrong: The Secure Communities program works., Los Angeles Times, May 16, 2011

Consider the following case: In January, a local police agency arrested a man for driving with a suspended license. A subsequent fingerprint screening revealed that he was also a convicted felon illegally in the United States from Mexico. His record included three prior drug trafficking convictions and six deportations in 11 years.

Or consider this one: Recently, a 32-year-old man was booked into the Los Angeles County Jail on DUI charges. His fingerprints revealed not only that he was in the United States illegally but that he had previously been deported after his conviction for killing a child in 1997.

Both men were identified through the Secure Communities program. Under the program, local law enforcement agencies send the fingerprints of those they arrest to the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, where they are cross-checked against Department of Justice records to identify criminal aliens. The program enables law enforcement agencies to identify criminals who are here illegally and allows the federal government to target those who have committed serious crimes for deportation so they no longer pose a threat to our communities.

In Los Angeles County, the Sheriff’s Department also participates with ICE in a program known as 287g. Since 2006, that program has identified more than 20,000 criminal illegal immigrants here.

In both programs, it is not the Sheriff’s Department that instigates deportation proceedings: That is the role of the federal government. We provide information; ICE decides whether to act on it.

Both programs have drawn fire recently from groups concerned that they infringe on civil rights and that people arrested but not ultimately charged could end up being deported. The groups have expressed concern that the programs might lead to racial profiling or intimidate law-abiding residents who would be reluctant to cooperate with law enforcement to solve crimes. In San Francisco, the sheriff has vowed to release low-level offenders back into the community at the end of their terms, even if ICE has placed a hold on them.

These concerns are misplaced, and they put communities at risk. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, working in conjunction with the Board of Supervisors, implemented the 287g program years ago, and we were also early adopters of Secure Communities; we have not had significant problems.

We did have a serious problem, however, before implementing the programs. We had a growing number of criminal illegal immigrants who were taken into custody and eventually had to be released back onto our streets.

Many other local police agencies have seen the same kind of success we have with the program. About 1,200 state and local law enforcement jurisdictions in 42 states are now participating in the Secure Communities program. Because of this, more than 72,445 aliens convicted of crimes have been identified and deported. That number includes 26,473 criminals convicted of aggravated felonies such as murder, rape, kidnapping or the sexual abuse of children. From October 2008 to October 2010, Secure Communities helped ICE increase by 71% the number of convicted criminals deported.

Arresting officials are not deputized to enforce immigration laws. They are simply doing what they have always done. The only difference is that under Secure Communities, the fingerprints they take during the booking process are run through FBI and Department of Homeland Security databases.

Across the United States, sheriffs and police chiefs have voiced their support for this program. As law enforcers, it is our job to use all available resources to protect citizens and uphold the rule of law. Like members of Congress and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, I see the removal of criminal illegal immigrants as a top priority in securing both the nation and our communities.

Lee Baca has been sheriff of Los Angeles County since 1998.

Illegal Alien Crime in Texas Is Up

The Lone Star state suffers from too much illegal alien crime. Authorities say the number of crimes committed by illegal aliens is rising. In addition, the problem of unlawful entry is multiplied by having the longest border — 1,254 miles.

Because this is a local story, there are some interesting facts specific to Texas, such as the crossing of 1600 illegal alien Indians last year. Who knew?

Other news is that Rep. Mike McCaul believes the number of ICE agents should be doubled from its current staffing. In contrast, the Kyl/McCain Border Security Enforcement Act called for an additional 5000 Border Patrol agents, plus 6000 National Guard troops. McCaul is a former prosecutor and the Chair of the Homeland Security Oversight, Investigations & Management Subcommittee, so he is a serious guy.

(In a recent hearing, Texas Department of Public Safety director Steve McCraw said there have been 22 murders, 24 assaults, 15 shootings and five kidnappings in Texas linked to Mexican cartels since 2010.)

The high cost of criminal immigrants in Texas, KVUE-TV, May 11, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas — As Washington refuses to agree on a federal immigration policy, violent illegal immigrants from around the world are committing crimes in Texas. They are putting a strain on both the criminal justice system and the state budget.

“It is the result of poor policies allowing violent illegal immigrants to come into this country,” said Williamson County Prosecutor John Bradley.

Over the past year, Bradley has prosecuted two murders in Cedar Park involving illegal Hondurans. In one case, a man raped and murdered a nine-year-old girl. The second killed his wife.

“We caught these two individuals and punished them,” Bradley said.  “But that should never happen again.”

But it is happening. In some cases, Bradley has seen the same offenders returning to Texas to re-offend.

Unlike legal citizens who offend, lawmakers and others believe that crimes committed by illegal immigrants may be more preventable through tougher policies at the border.

The topic recently came to light during Governor Perry’s re-election campaign. In a television ad the wife of a Houston policeman killed by an illegal immigrant implied that her husband’s murder could have been prevented, had Perry’s opponent been tougher on criminal immigrants.

Some lawmakers say the problem would not be so bad if ICE had more staffing.  ICE is the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency of the federal government.

U.S. Representative Michael McCaul believes the size of ICE should be doubled.

Last year, more than 1,600 illegal immigrants from India crossed into Texas and overwhelmed the courts and jails in the Rio Grande Valley.  Waves of immigrants have also come from Brazil and China.

Rep. McCaul is concerned that ICE can no longer deport all offenders.

“And they will tell me that we don’t have the resources to deport everyone in this country who is here illegally,” McCaul said. “Being in a border state, it is starting, I think, to pose a greater risk to our security.”

Then, there is question of cost and what taxpayers must spend.

According to ICE, nearly 10,000 inmates in Texas prisons have a detainer, which means their legal status is in question. They account for nearly 15 percent of the total prison population, and each cost about $18,000 a year to feed, house, care for, and even educate. Continue reading this article

Norway: Member of Parliament Rejects Multiculturalism

Norwegian MP Christian Tybring-Gjedde is shown in the following video making a strong statement in defense of Western values of “science, secularity, democracy, equal worth, equality, pluralism and freedom.” He doesn’t mention Islam or Muslims, but he makes it clear that “non-western immigrants” are the problem with the new diversity.

KitmanTV helpfully included the transcript/translation:

00:00:00:46 00:00:02:45 Dear National Congress, Continue reading this article

Arizona Sheriff: Illegal Alien Crime Is Getting Worse

In a Newsmax interview, Sheriff Larry Dever of Cochise County refuted claims of the administration that the border is secure.


Dever said he was speaking out because President Obama’s recent assertions of border safety were not accurate according to the sheriff’s ground-level experience.

As well as appearing on tv, the internet (an interview with Hot Air) and the radio (John and Ken Show, 10 minutes in), Dever also authored an opinion piece that was printed in the New York Times.

Abandoned on the Border, New York Times, May 12, 2011

THIS week President Obama toured the Southwest, in part to promote what he claims are federal advances in border security. But he has said little about the lawsuits by his administration and the American Civil Liberties Union against Arizona’s immigration law, passed just over a year ago but still unenforced, thanks to a federal injunction.

The law requires law enforcement to check the immigration status of anyone arrested for a crime if there is reasonable suspicion that the person is in this country illegally; it also allows them to cite illegal immigrants for failing to carry documents required under federal law, whether they’ve committed a crime or not.

As the fight over the law, Senate Bill 1070, carries on — Gov. Jan Brewer has petitioned the Supreme Court to hear the case — violent crime rooted in unchecked illegal immigration continues to spread here in southern Arizona. It makes me wonder if the lawyers, judges and politicians involved grasp what it is like to be a law enforcement officer on the Mexican border.

As sheriff of Cochise County I am responsible, along with my 86 deputies, for patrolling 83.5 miles of that border, as well as the 6,200 square miles of my county to the north of it — an area more than four times the size of Long Island. Continue reading this article