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WaPo offers this three-screen article:
As its leadership changes for the first time, the Department of Homeland Security remains hampered by personality conflicts, bureaucratic bottlenecks and an atmosphere of demoralization, undermining its ability to protect the nation against terrorist attack, according to current and former administration officials and independent experts...
[...list of problems...]
...The department's investigative arm, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),
State Rep. Michael Lamoureux has proposed legislation aimed at reducing illegal immigration problems in the state.
Lamoureux, a Republican from Russellville, is a sponsor of House Bill 1012, a proposal that would allow local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws.
North Carolina examiners should not aggressively investigate illegal immigrants who might be seeking fraudulent driver's licenses, a top state executive suggested in a memo nearly two years after the Sept.
What sort of spin would an apologist for the Mexican government's guide to being an illegal alien provide?
Let's look at "Mexico's border comic book tells of rights, doesn't promote wrongs" for an example:
...The guide, published by Mexican Foreign Relations, contains similar directions to those we Americans hear at airports or receive from the Department of Homeland Security.
Do not trust smugglers, do not take packages from strangers, do not leave children with strangers, do not cross with false papers,
The government agency responsible for protecting the nation against terrorist attack is a dysfunctional, poorly managed bureaucracy that has failed to plug serious holes in the nation's safety net, the Department of Homeland Security's former internal watchdog warns.
Clark Kent Ervin, who served as the department's inspector general until earlier this month, said in an interview last week that airport security isn't tight enough and that little has been done to safeguard other f
Now that the Bernard Kerik nomination has crashed and burned, President Bush should ask the next candidate for Department of Homeland Security chief the most important question for the job: Will you enforce the law against border trespassers?
...Yet fear of offending the race and rights lobbies has trumped national security at DHS.
...A glance at a tiny section of the northern border, separating Vermont and a small part of New York from Canada, makes clear how lackluster the government's response to illegal entry remains.
Chuck Henry - yes, Chuck Henry - reports for KNBC. Apparently the video of the story is available at the link:
DOUGLAS, Ariz. -- It's no secret that people sneak into the United States from Mexico every day. But what has been kept under wraps is exactly who is coming in. NBC4's Chuck Henry went deep in the Arizona desert to find out.
It's a place that used to go by the name "Cocaine Alley" because of all the drugs that were smuggled through.
The Federal Government calls on El Paso Police to help keep the country safe during the election and through early 2005. Beginning Wednesday, off-duty El Paso Police Officers will patrol potential terrorist sites around the clock.
The US Department of Homeland security has given the El Paso Police Department a $400,000 grant...
El Paso Police worked with Homeland Security officials to determine potentially terrorist sensitive areas along the border.
This article from Oregon was written before the debates. It doesn't have much more than the title tells you and it falsely states that the country is divided on immigration. No, the great majority of Americans favor an end to illegal immigration. On the other side are the elites.
Federal authorities have taken 41 suspected illegal immigrants into custody after they were found working at a Department of Defense contractor at the Port of Brownsville.
Luisa Aquino, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, said today that the Wednesday raid came after an investigation found AMFELS Inc.'s subcontractors were hiring undocumented workers.
The government has no idea how many of the thousands of illegal aliens from terrorist-sponsoring states it has caught at the U.S.
Athens, Texas is a no doubt quaint small town 75 miles southeast of Dallas:
Athens Police contacted the FBI office in Tyler Tuesday after a routine traffic stop led to a national security concern.
In the course of the stop, several forms of identification for the same individual were discovered...
At approximately 8:30 a.m., APD Patrolman Ron McCurry stopped the male suspect, 48-year-old Qamar Abbas Syed...
A new policy close to adoption by the Department of Homeland Security will effectively muzzle any dissent within the U.S.
The department of Customs and Border Protection - part of the DHS - wants our border guards to stress the customer services aspects of their job. You'd think they would want to stress, oh, I dunno, security instead of etiquette, but I guess that wouldn't be "compassionate."
Remember, this is not an article from the Onion. The WashTimes' "Border agents put on happy face" has excerpts from a new CBP memo detailing new training sessions for border guards:
"First impressions are lasting impressions.
This is about a month old, but I apparently didn't provide a link to it at the time:
From the LAT:
Front-line U.S. border security officers are divided over whether the nation is safer from terrorism than it was before the Sept. 11 attacks, and many say morale in the Department of Homeland Security is low, according to a poll released Monday.
A slim majority - 53% - of Border Patrol agents and immigration inspectors say they believe the country is safer, and 44% believe it is no safer or less safe, the survey of 1,000 officers found.
Our border enforcement is about to get a lot better. Or, at least, it's about to be made to look a lot better:
New labor rules proposed by the Department of Homeland Security would muzzle internal critics of the Border Patrol by making it easier to punish and fire agents, who have often been vocal critics of management policies, union officials said...
"People aren't going to be willing to talk. It's going to have a very chilling effect," T.J.
Annie Jacobsen is back with "Another Passenger from Flight 327 Steps Forward With Disturbing New Details":
A few days ago, WomensWallStreet.com received an important email. It was from Billie Jo Rodriguez, another passenger who was on Northwest Airlines flight 327 from Detroit to Los Angeles on June 29. Billie Jo is a Certified Public Accountant living in Oxnard, California. She had some additional, disturbing information about flight 327 that she felt someone needed to know.
Splashed in 48 point font on Drudge, comes the New York Times article "U.S.
An update on the woman with the South African passport and the suspected terrorism ties who was caught after having successfully entered the U.S.
On the one hand this is trivial, on the other it isn't.
From the L.A. Times story "Immigration Sweeps Become an Election Issue for Rep. Baca":
Because of his activism [in support of illegal immigrant and in opposition to our laws --LW], [Rep.
According to Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough:
U.S. border agents since October have picked up five Arabs trying to cross into the United States illegally from Mexico, according to U.S. officials. The arrests are raising new concerns that al Qaeda terrorists are trying to enter the country from Mexico.
However, officials at the Homeland Security Department's Customs and Border Protection section - formerly the U.S.
WND reports on John and Ken's valiant efforts:
Border Patrol agents who executed highly popular roundups of illegal aliens in Southern California last month — the first of their kind in recent memory — say they've been told to stop such enforcement action, and the Bush administration official in charge of the immigration enforcement has refused to say if there would be additional sweeps in the future.
In an extraordinary radio
Here's today's scariest, most disturbing story:
WASHINGTON — Despite increased anti-terror demands, immigration inspectors guarding the nation's borders are laboring under an internal budget crisis that has forced freezes on overtime pay and new hiring — as well as the release of hundreds of illegal immigrants from detention centers.
The funding crisis, which some lawmakers blame on possible financial mismanagement at the Department of Homeland Security, is expected to last at least th
From the website of KFI (AM-Los Angeles) talk jocks John & Ken:
Trey Bohn is the Director of Radio, Office of Media Affairs, for the White House and he wants you to stop e-mailing Asa Hutchinson, Undersecretary for the Department of Homeland Security. Trey wants you to use a generic e-mail address, where you letters may or may not be seen. If you get a chance, why not give Trey a call and remind him who pays his salary.
[UPDATE #3 (7/6/04): despite UPDATE #2, this story appears to have been partly confirmed. See the post The White House is complaining about KFI's John & Ken]
[See UPDATE #2, which is rather important.]
The LAPD and the BICE busted a drop house in Watts in which over 110 illegal aliens were held captive. The house is 1100 square feet, and the doors were chained shut while the smugglers demanded more money. 88 of the aliens are now in BICE custody awaiting deportation.
The smugglers escaped, and the aliens are out thousands of dollars.
While we can occasionally bust drop houses, the more intelligent way to reduce the number of such incidents is to make it unprofitable to hire illegal aliens.
The backstory is the most interesting part of this:
Local law enforcement officials say the only thing unusual about the case is the large number of people found in the house - and the active involvement of federal immigration officials.
LAPD Cmdr. Jim Tatreau said that the department has encountered numerous safe houses and human-smuggling rings that federal officials chose not to handle.
In many of these cases, he said, the immigrants were released into the streets after police ensured that they are in decent health and not victims of other crimes because the LAPD does not have authority to hold them.
LAPD rules prohibit officers from seeking deportation proceedings against illegal immigrants who have not committed a crime, Tatreau said.
City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, whose district includes Watts, said the immigration agency has largely abdicated enforcement responsibilities in Los Angeles.
"The federal government is turning a blind eye to what's happening at the border," Hahn said.
The NYT reports on the illegal alien situation in Arizona.
[As you read the following, recall that in FY2002, just 13 (thirteen) companies were fined for immigration violations. That's drastically down from prior years.]
From Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)'s site:
A bipartisan group of senators is calling on the Bush Administration to add $850 million in funding to the federal budget to assist states with the cost of incarcerating undocumented criminal offenders.
In a letter initiated by U.S.
Via Drudge comes this report:
The Pinellas school system is ready to approve a new technology that uses student fingerprints to keep track of who is riding school buses.
Beginning in the fall, the fingerprint system would identify students as they board and leave.
According to this:
The report '2 agents targeted by INS in Maine' discusses how two INS agents were targeted for an internal probe after telling a newspaper that they'd been assigned to desk jobs rather than being able to go out and enforc
I created a thread here about the Dallas Morning News article "Mexican ID opens doors for undocumented workers in U.S." (link). The subtitle of the article is 'Critics say 'matricula' is a tool to facilitate illegal immigration', which in a way summarizes the whole article: it's mostly pro-Matricula Consular, with a few anti-MC comments thrown in for a semblance of balance.
Of particular note: