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Police arrest woman who was carrying cash
The Tribune

The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team said it seized more than $22,000 in cash Tuesday that is believed to be proceeds from drug sales.

MADGE Lt. Brett Johnson said the cash was intercepted on a bus traveling south to California.

The case came together through a tip. MADGE assisted Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Department of Homeland Security investigators, Johnson said.  "We don't often get the money as it's heading south," he said.

Investigators contacted Marisol Resendiz-Pineda, 27, on the bus and found her in possession of $22,136 in cash....

Maryland's High Court Upholds DREAM Act Referendum
FAIR - Federation for american Immigration Reform

In a brief order handed down Wednesday, the Maryland Court of Appeals upheld a November referendum that could overturn the Maryland DREAM Act. (See Maryland Court of Appeals Order No. 131, June 13, 2012; see also Washington Post, June 13, 2012)

The DREAM Act — which allows illegal aliens who attended three years of high school in Maryland to receive in-state tuition at Maryland colleges and universities — was signed into law by Gov. Martin O'Malley last year. (SB 167)

Although Maryland residents subsequently obtained enough signatures for a referendum on this November's...

Obama's Administrative Dream Act Myths
Center for Immigration Studies, Washington DC

The Obama administration's latest attempt at amnesty is a lawless act and an end run around American citizens and their representatives in Congress. It is also a hostile act toward the millions of legal residents looking for jobs. Legalizing illegal aliens is unpopular and this plan may well drive voters away from the Obama campaign. If this were not the case, Obama would have announced his administrative amnesty plan on a Monday morning and followed with a week of fanfare; instead, the White House decided to drop this bombshell on a Friday afternoon while refusing to take questions from...

MADGE officers arrest five on drug and weapons charges
Southern Oregon's News source - The Mail Tribune

Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement investigators arrested five men, including a suspected gang member, Friday on drug and weapons charges.

MADGE officers served a search warrant at 402 S. Columbus Ave. in Medford in the early morning hours and found a small amount of methamphetamine, records of drug transactions and three firearms, officials said.

One of the guns had been reported stolen in a Medford burglary and had an obliterated serial number, officials said.

Joshua Raymond Morales, 19, was arrested on a probation violation. MADGE believes Morales is a member...

Cocaine Incorporated
How the World's Most Powerful Drug Traffickers Run Their Business
New York Times Magazine

Cocaine Incorporated;

How the World’s Most Powerful Drug Traffickers Run Their Business

By Patrick Radden Keefe

in The New York Times Magazine,  June 15, 2012

 

[Following is the first part of a lengthy, detailed description of how Mexican drug cartels operate.  To read the entire shocking account, see illustration and map, view the article on the New York Times website.]

One afternoon last August, at a hospital on the outskirts of Los Angeles, a former beauty queen named Emma Coronel gave birth to a pair of heiresses. The twins, who...

ALERT! Obama implements DREAM amnesty by executive fiat!
Californians for Population Stabilization

In an election-year ploy, the Obama Administration has implemented much of the DREAM Act amnesty by executive action. About 800,000 illegal aliens will be covered by the new policy.

Those younger than 31 who came to the United States before the age of 16, have not been convicted of a felony or a "significant misdemeanor offense," and have graduated from high school will receive a two-year deferral from deportation. The Obama Administration will also give them work permits.

Let your elected officials in Congress know you are outraged at this anti-democratic action....

Obama's move on immigration is an unconstitutional disaster for the unemployed
FoxNews.com

President Obama thwarted the will of Congress and shunned the 20 million under- and unemployed Americans by announcing he will grant work permits to 2 million to 3 million illegal workers. This unconstitutional fiat ignores the rule of law and bypasses Congress, which on three occasions rejected DREAM Act amnesties in part to protect unemployed workers born here or who came here legally.

We have a long tradition of election-year pandering by sitting presidents, but it is hard to recall when a president has proposed a measure so...

Salem children's author struck at crosswalk, driver arrested
KOIN

SALEM, Ore. -- A woman is facing drunken driving charges after a 70-year-old Salem man was struck and critically injured at a crosswalk Tuesday afternoon.

The accident happened at about 1:35 p.m. on 17th Street NE, at its intersection with Chemeketa Street. According to Lt. Dave Okada with Salem police, John Dashney was in a crosswalk when he was struck by a vehicle traveling north on 17th Street.

Dashney was transported to Salem Hospital, where he was last listed in critical condition.

Okada says the driver, identified as 59-year-old Rose Litherland of Salem, was...

More than 7 in 10 U.S. teens will be jobless this summer
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Once a rite of passage to adulthood, summer jobs for teens are disappearing.

Fewer than three in 10 American teenagers now hold jobs such as running cash registers, mowing lawns or busing restaurant tables from June to August. The decline has been particularly sharp since 2000, with employment for 16-to-19-year olds falling to the lowest level since World War II.

And teen employment may never return to pre-recession levels, suggests a projection by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The drop in teen employment, steeper than for other age groups, is...

Seven arrested in alleged Mexican cartel scheme to launder money in horse racing
CNN

Seven members of Mexico's Zetas cartel were arrested Tuesday after a U.S. indictment accused a total of 14 cartel members of laundering drug money through the breeding and racing of American quarter horses in the United States, authorities said.

Los Zetas leader Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, 38, and his two brothers were named in the federal indictment, and brother Jose Trevino Morales, 45, and his wife, 38-year-old Zulema Trevino, were among the seven arrested, federal authorities said.

The 14 defendants were charged with a conspiracy using horse racing and breeding to...

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