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Major drug ring busted in Arizona
Arizona Daily Star

TEMPE - Arizona authorities have arrested some 200 people, and seized $7.8 million in cash and more than 1,200 pounds of drugs following an investigation they say has dismantled an "extensive" drug trafficking cell tied to the powerful Sinaloa cartel, federal and state authorities announced Tuesday.

Authorities announcing the 15-month-long investigation said that although the Sinaloa cartel almost immediately regenerates after one of its cells have been taken down, their investigation certainly struck a blow.

"Arresting a drug dealer is one thing but if we can actually...

Albany teen victim of ID theft
Albany Democrat-Harold

Three weeks ago Dannica Dillenbeck had never heard of Mission, Texas. Now, it’s likely she’ll never forget it.

The city of 77,000 near the Mexican border became all too familiar to Dillenbeck when she tried to fill out a job application for the new Walmart store in Albany.

According to Walmart records, she was already employed by the company.

“I had to enter my Social Security number and it was already in their records,” said Dillenbeck, 17, who has been searching for a job for a year.

Before she even got a chance to fill out the online application, she was...

Linn County clears up background check process question
Albany Democrat-Herald

Linn County does a background check on all job applicants through the Social Security Administration database, but has not used the Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify database, according to county administrator Ralph Wyatt.

But Wyatt may soon have the county add E-Verify check to its hiring protocol.

Some confusion evolved this week after David Cross of Salem asked in a letter to the editor why E-Verify wasn’t being used.

Commissioner Will Tucker asked staff if all applications were checked to ensure job applicants are legal U.S. residents and he was told...

Supreme Court to review Arizona immigration law
Justice Elena Kagan, formerly Obama’s solicitor general, said she would sit out the case.
Los Angeles Times, December 12, 2011

The Supreme Court, dealing a setback to the Obama administration, said Monday it will consider reviving Arizona’s law that targets illegal immigrants and gives more enforcement power to local police.

President Obama’s lawyers had urged the court to steer clear of the dispute, but the justices instead agreed to hear Arizona’s contention that states have leeway to question and detain illegal aliens.

Justice Elena Kagan, formerly Obama’s solicitor general, said she would sit out the case.

The court’s announcement sets the stage for another decision next summer on a...

Drug cartels pushed from our forests
Jackson County eradication efforts appear to have cut organized crime pot grows — for now, observers say
Mail Tribune - SOUTHERN OREGON’S NEWS SOURCE

By this time in recent years, local police agencies already would have trudged miles into remote forestlands to jerk hundreds of thousands of marijuana plants linked to Mexican drug cartels out of the ground and burn them.

The cartels, police say, are responsible for virtually all of the major marijuana gardens on public lands. The "cartel grows," as police call them, are a danger to the public and an environmental catastrophe. Some cartel operations have been booby-trapped and guarded by armed sentinels. Police in Northern California have engaged in gun battles with suspects in...

How long will your Republican Congressmen allow Speaker Boehner to dilly-dally on the E-Verify bill?
Boehner told all the Republican Members of the U.S House on Friday that they need to focus on jobs, jobs, jobs . . .
NumbersUSA

. . . so why isn't he bringing the Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 2885) to the floor for a vote so millions of illegal aliens will have to leave their jobs and be replaced by unemployed Americans?

Congressmen have told us about Friday's closed-door meeting of the House Republicans.

The hypocrisy was thick as Speaker Boehner again admonished Republican Members to keep their focus on nothing but jobs, even as he is now in his 12th month in power without doing a single thing about the 7 million illegal aliens who are keeping unemployed Americans from getting a job.

Please...

Illegal Immigration Is Immoral
Among its victims: the American underclass, the law, and legal immigrants.
National Review

Illegal immigration has been in the news daily during the Republican primary campaign, even though a depressed economy here, stronger border enforcement, and vast new finds of petroleum in Latin America may soon radically curtail the number of illegal entrants into the United States. But for now, conservatives are warned that coming down hard on illegal immigration (i.e., enforcing federal statutes) would lose them the all-critical Hispanic vote. Meanwhile, in California, some legislators want to grant de facto state amnesty to illegal residents. But lost in the continuing furor, pro and...

Eleven arrested in Ore., Wash. on federal charges in meth distribution ring
KOIN 6 News

Eleven suspects described as “heavy hitting, large scale drug traffickers” were arrested this week on federal charges in connection with a multistate methamphetamine distribution ring, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon announced Thursday. Dec. 1, 2011. (Washington County Sheriff's Office)

Eleven suspects described as “heavy hitting, large scale drug traffickers” were arrested this week on federal charges in connection with a multistate methamphetamine distribution ring, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon announced Thursday....

Illegal immigrants suspected in 30 border fires in Arizona
Los Angeles Times

People entering the U.S. illegally from Mexico are believed responsible for more than one-third of human-ignited wildfires in Arizona over a five-year period, according to a government report that could stoke congressional debate over illegal immigration.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the Government Accountability Office report supports remarks he made earlier this year after his state was hit hard by wildfires. At the time, McCain was accused of "scapegoating" immigrants.

"I hope this report is a lesson to the activists and public officials that would prefer to engage in...

Secure Communities Program Is Now Statewide in Oregon

As of September 27 all Oregon counties are now signed up for the Secure Communities program run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This is a major milestone in the battle against illegal immigration.

What this means is that anyone booked into a county jail in Oregon will have their FBI fingerprints screened against the immigration data base of ICE.  Fake driver licenses and stolen Social Security numbers will no longer protect illegal aliens from being identified.

The following is ICE’s description of the Secure Communities program

Secure Communities is a...

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