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  1. #21
    HARTFORD, Conn. -- A Turkish-born woman convicted along with her son in a multimillion-dollar hedge fund scheme has been ordered deported, officials said Friday.

    Ayferafet Yalincak was ordered removed to her native Turkey following a hearing Wednesday in Hartford, said Susan Eastwood, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Justice Department's immigration review office.

    Yalincak has 30 days to appeal. Telephone messages were left with her attorneys Friday.

    Yalincak was sentenced last March to two years in prison after she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with the scheme.

    She completed her prison term in November after getting credit for serving more than 14 months in prison before her sentencing. She is now in the custody of federal immigration officials.

    Her son, Hakan Yalincak, was sentenced last year to 3 1/2 years in prison after being convicted of persuading sophisticated investors to pour millions into a nonexistent hedge fund.

    Prosecutors say he charmed his way into the exclusive world of Greenwich high finance by posing as an heir to a wealthy Turkish family, shuttled counterfeit checks worldwide and brokered deals with a Kuwaiti financier.

    Hakan Yalincak also faces possible deportation. His release date is September 2008.
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    Associated Press, Jan 18

    Police officers were taped joking about a dying, homeless Guatemalan immigrant after he was found on the side of a deserted road in their suburban town, a TV station reported.

    "You wanna hear something really funny? ... He's alive," a Bedford police officer tells a sergeant on a taped phone call aired Thursday on WCBS.

    The two go on to marvel " with the officer chuckling " that Rene Perez had apparently revived himself temporarily after authorities thought him dead. The station said Perez died an hour after the officers' taped exchange April 28.

    In a phone call to another Bedford sergeant after Perez's death, a Bedford officer sings the title line from the 1966 Left Banke single "Walk Away Renee."

    Chief Chris Menzel defended the department, telling WCBS, "We are not callous or indifferent." He said he could not comment further on the ongoing case.

    Through a translator, Perez's brother, Anival Perez, called the taped conversations disrespectful.

    A police officer in neighboring Mount Kisco is charged with manslaughter in Perez's death and has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say George Bubaris drove the drunken Perez to Bedford, dealt him a deadly blow to the abdomen and left him to die.

    Perez, 42, had a history of making drunken 911 calls. He called Mount Kisco police complaining of stomach pain on April 28, and police records show Bubaris reported there was no need for further action.

    Lawsuits filed on behalf of Perez's family maintain that Mount Kisco and Bedford made a practice of "dumping" each other's undesirables in the neighboring town. Bedford police had taken Perez into Mount Kisco hours before Bubaris allegedly took him to Bedford, about 40 miles northeast of New York City.
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    By KHALED AL-DEEB | Associated Press, Jan 18

    Libya on Friday defended plans to carry out a massive expulsion of illegal immigrants, rejecting criticism from a human rights group that doing so would violate international law.

    Labor officials estimate there are 2 million foreigners in Libya and that only 60,000 of them have work permits and legal visas. Most are Africans who sneak through the deserts into Libya from Sudan, Chad and Niger.

    On Wednesday, the state news agency Jana said authorities were working on the "immediate deportation of all the illegal foreign residents," quoting a member of the national assembly.

    "No resident without a legal visa will be excluded," the report added.

    London-based rights group Amnesty International called on Libya "not to implement what appears to be a rushed decision as it would violate the rights of potentially hundreds of thousands of people, including women and children," it said in a statement Friday.

    Abdel-Moneim al-Lamoushi, a government spokesman, told The Associated Press Friday that the expulsions are legal according to national law, which requires entry and exit visas for foreigners, and he called the decision "final and not to be reconsidered."

    "Libyan tolerance was abused by those immigrants that have been using Libya as a passage to Europe and put Libya in a critical situation in front of the international community," al-Lamoushi said.

    Libya has regularly deported refugees and asylum-seekers in recent years and routinely expels migrants, Amnesty said.

  2. #22
    3 Die in Fire at Brooklyn Apartment By JOHN ELIGON and ANN FARMER | NY Times, Jan 20

    Three men died Saturday morning after they were overcome by thick black smoke and flames from a fire in the Brooklyn apartment they shared, the Police and Fire Departments said. Two other men, including one who jumped from a window, were in critical condition.

    The cause of the fire, which started shortly before 7 a.m., was believed to be accidental, but the investigation was continuing, according to a fire marshal.

    Merchants and residents in the neighborhood said the apartment, at 7421 18th Avenue in Bensonhurst, had three or four bedrooms and housed seven or eight Guatemalan workers. The apartment did not have smoke detectors, said John Coloe, a deputy assistant fire chief.

    The fire started on the second floor of the two-story tan brick building, which has a 99-cents store on the ground level.

    The fire was mostly contained to the living room area on the second floor, Chief Coloe said. Although the blaze was small, it cut off the exits in the apartment, he added. About 60 firefighters battled the blaze, which broke out at 6:48 a.m. and was put out within an hour, according to a Fire Department spokesman.

    Four men were found unconscious in the front of the apartment, Chief Coloe said.

    "It looked like they were in the process of getting out when they were overcome," Fire Lt. Michael Doda said.

    One of the men was in cardiac arrest and was not breathing when he was found, Chief Coloe said. The man was pronounced dead at Coney Island Hospital, the police said. Three other men were taken to Staten Island University Hospital, where two of them were pronounced dead, the police said. The other man was in critical condition.

    The Fire Department said the three men were taken to the Staten Island hospital instead of other hospitals that were closer because it has a better burn center.

    A fifth man, who was believed to have jumped through a window, suffered cuts and was in critical condition at Lutheran Medical Center, the police said. None of the men were identified by the authorities on Saturday.

    Witnesses said the apartment's other occupants were able to escape through windows in the back of the building. Shortly before 1 p.m., fire marshals escorted three young men who had lived in the apartment to collect their belongings from the charred building.

    The sidewalk in front was littered with glass and stained with blood. Part of the ceiling of the 99-cents store had collapsed, and water had soaked rugs, mattresses and bed frames.

    Adnan Perviaz, 21, a student who lives in an adjacent building, said his father had awakened him after smelling smoke. He said he had opened a closet door "and the smoke started coming in." He added, "I looked down the stairs and there was a lot of smoke. There was thick, black smoke."

    He said he went outside and saw a man jump.

    "There was blood on his cheeks, there was blood on his body; almost his whole body was covered," Mr. Perviaz said. "His right eye was hurt."

    Ahmed Tebet, 39, the owner of New Way Deli and Grocery, which is next door to the burned building, said the men who lived in the apartment often came to his store to buy phone cards, chips, sandwiches and beer. He said they would sometimes have parties at night.

    "They're friendly," Mr. Tebet said. "We have no problems with them."

    The building, which is near Bay Ridge Parkway, is in a neighborhood where many day laborers seek work, residents and workers said.

    "Any given day, you'll see a couple hundred of them," said State Senator Martin J. Golden, a Brooklyn Republican. "They stand outside for employment and are picked up for a host of different types of work."

    The jobs include construction, painting and carpentry, said Mr. Golden, who went to the scene of the fire.

    Emilio Chavez, 30, an immigrant from Guatemala who lives about a block away, said he usually came out about 7 a.m. to look for work. In the winter, he said, he works only about two days a week. When it is warm, he said, he works nearly every day, usually making about $80 per day.

    Mr. Chavez said the four-bedroom apartment where he lives is usually occupied by 9 or 10 men.

    "I worry about fires," he said. "Yes, maybe my apartment catch fire, too."

    A Fire Department spokesman said officials were determining whether the building's owner would receive any citations. Efforts to reach the owner by telephone for comment Saturday were not successful.

    Smoke detectors are required within 15 feet of all rooms used for sleeping, according to Seth Donlin, a spokesman for the city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

    Mr. Donlin said his department had listed the top floor of the building as a single-family dwelling. He said the building had no history of violations or complaints.

    The police said it remained unclear whether any residents of the apartment were related.

  3. #23
    A NASCAR race car, sponsored by the U.S. Border Patrol. Billboards hundreds of miles from the Rio Grande, promoting a career as a border agent. TV commercials for the federal agency, aired during Dallas Cowboys games.

    With the Border Patrol undergoing an unprecedented hiring boom, the agency is going to extraordinary lengths to compete with police departments around the country for an unusually small pool of qualified applicants.

    "We've not done anything this ambitious before," said Assistant Chief Michael Olsen. "Our biggest task, our biggest hurdle, is just getting our message out to parts of the country that maybe didn't know we existed."

    Previously, the Border Patrol relied heavily on word of mouth and job fairs to find recruits. But it has been forced to get creative to compete with local and state agencies, including the expanding Texas Department of Public Safety, that are mimicking the corporate world with hiring incentives such as take-home cars, paid internships and five-figure signing bonuses.

    The multimillion-dollar recruiting campaign was also prompted by a shortage of qualified candidates, blamed on a number of factors. Among them: the strong economy, which can offer jobs that pay more than the Border Patrol's starting salary of about $35,000 to $45,000; the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, which has reduced the flow of military retirees applying for second careers in law enforcement; and the Border Patrol's own stringent requirements.

    Too many applicants lack the clean criminal records and good credit required for patrol duty along the border, where bribes are an ever-present temptation.

    Nationally, only about 3 percent to 5 percent of applicants for law enforcement jobs meet the requirements, according to Jason Abend, executive director for the National Law Enforcement Recruiters Association. Olsen said the Border Patrol finds an average of 1 qualified candidate for every 30 to 40 applicants - a rate as low as 2.5 percent.

    With politicians demanding more "boots on the ground" to secure the border with Mexico, the Border Patrol is expanding rapidly. It has gone from about 12,000 agents in 2005 to nearly 15,000 now, and wants to reach about 18,000 by the end of the year.

    To reach recruits, the agency is posting highway billboards far inland, including suburban Salt Lake City, 800 miles north of the U.S.-Mexican border, and is looking into other new corners of the country.

    Michael E. Douglas, a Border Patrol assistant chief patrol agent in Washington, said a team of eight agents is canvassing about 13 Southern states to look for new hires.

    "We're going down into the Southeast where we haven't traditionally had a lot of candidates. We are hitting minority groups and trying to make them more aware of who we are," Douglas said.

    During the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series season, the Border Patrol put its agency name and seal on the No. 28 Chevy in a sponsorship arrangement worth more than $1 million.

    And under a deal signed in November with the Dallas Cowboys, football fans around the country will be seeing TV commercials reminding them that the agency is hiring.

    Border Patrol officials are also talking about making a slogan for the agency, one they hope would become as ubiquitous as the Marines' "The few, the proud."

    Also, the Border Patrol has raised its age limit for new hires to 40 from 37.

    Douglas said it may take several months to know exactly how successful the department's efforts are.

    Despite such enticements, recruiting for law enforcement jobs is likely to be a challenge for a while, said Merle Switzer, a consultant and retired law enforcement officer in California.

  4. #24
    By KHALED AL-DEEB | Associated Press, Jan 18

    Libya on Friday defended plans to carry out a massive expulsion of illegal immigrants, rejecting criticism from a human rights group that doing so would violate international law.

    <span class="ev_code_BLUE">Labor officials estimate there are 2 million foreigners in Libya and that only 60,000 of them have work permits and legal visas. Most are Africans who sneak through the deserts into Libya from Sudan, Chad and Niger</span>.

    On Wednesday, the state news agency Jana said authorities were working on the "immediate deportation of all the illegal foreign residents," quoting a member of the national assembly.

    "No resident without a legal visa will be excluded," the report added.

    London-based rights group Amnesty International called on Libya "not to implement what appears to be a rushed decision as it would violate the rights of potentially hundreds of thousands of people, including women and children," it said in a statement Friday.

    Abdel-Moneim al-Lamoushi, a government spokesman, told The Associated Press Friday that the expulsions are legal according to national law, which requires entry and exit visas for foreigners, and he called the decision "final and not to be reconsidered."

    "Libyan tolerance was abused by those immigrants that have been using Libya as a passage to Europe and put Libya in a critical situation in front of the international community," al-Lamoushi said.

    Libya has regularly deported refugees and asylum-seekers in recent years and routinely expels migrants, Amnesty said.

    Lol last I Know of, Libya is still in Africa too. and I am surprised becuase Libya is has very tight border. but then of course it is very large country and once loop hole is found. there is the weak link.

    It will be interesting to follow this story to see if in fact the mass deportation will be followed through on.

  5. #25
    Young men fleeing poverty, joblessness, high prices at home By Paul Schemm & Maggie Michael | Associated Press, Jan 20

    In this town in one of Egypt's poorest provinces, lavish villas with rooftop swimming pools and escalators tower over mud brick houses. Main streets are named Roma and Milano, and men in traditional Egyptian robes admit to having developed a taste for espresso.

    Italy looms large in the life of Tatoun. Thousands of the town's young men make the dangerous, illegal journey across the Mediterranean to Italy to flee grinding poverty, high unemployment and rising prices at home.

    "Everything you see is made out of Italian money," said Khaled Abdel-Salam, gesturing at the concrete and brick structures lining the town's unpaved main street, Milano Street, as he lounged outside one the two buildings he built after working 12 years in Milan.

    Of Tatoun's 40,000 inhabitants, more than 6,000 are in Italy, about a third of the town's male population, according to the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights.

    Over the last several years, Italy has become an increasingly common destination for Egyptians; government surveys indicate that young men think they can make more money in Italy than in the oil-rich Persian Gulf states that once beckoned them.

    It's easy to see the payoff in Tatoun, in Fayoum province southwest of Cairo. Every sign of wealth - from a new private school and a kindergarten to a 13-story building under construction, by far the town's tallest - can be traced to a family whose son made it to Italy.

    The dangers are clear. In the rough village of Saadiyeen, north of Cairo, Umm Haytham weeps in her crumbling mud brick house as she describes how just weeks earlier her son, Tariq Abdel-Nabi, drowned off the coast of Italy in his attempt to find work.

    "He saw his friends becoming wealthy and wanted to be like them," she said.

    The last she heard from Tariq was when he called from the boat, off Egypt, terrified and telling his mother that the smugglers arranging their trip were threatening to stab him and pour acid on his face if he and his companions did not deliver more money.

    "We were slapping our faces, running back and forth searching for money," said a tearful Umm Haytham, whose husband and sons make about $50 a month as farmers. "We sold his sister's gold and borrowed money and gave it all in the morning to a man who passed by our house."

    A few weeks later, one of Tariq's friends who had traveled with him called from a Red Cross camp in Italy to say that Tariq had died at sea.

    Tariq was among 22 people who died in November when two smuggler boats carrying around 150 Egyptians capsized off Italy's southern coast. The next month, another boat sank off Turkey, killing 50 people, half of them Egyptians.

    The recent deaths underline how Egyptians are still trying to make the dangerous crossing to Europe, particularly Italy, in search of the jobs they can't find at home. Some leave from Egypt's Mediterranean coast, but most travel to Libya to take the shorter sea journey from there.

    They are part of the wider wave of tens of thousands of migrants from North Africa and Sub-Saharan countries that try to make their way into Europe every year - usually through Spain, Italy, and Malta. Last year, Spain caught some 31,000 illegal migrants trying to reach its Canary Islands, off the West African coast, a frequent steppingstone for reaching mainland Europe.

    The number of would-be migrants caught on Italy's southern shores rose to more than 22,000 in 2006, up from 2,700 six years earlier, according to the Italian Interior Ministry. Egyptians have made up a significant part of those numbers - with a high of 10,000 in 2005.

    In response, Italy has stepped up cooperation with Egypt - and with Libya, which has increased its arrests and deportations of migrants crossing its territory. The efforts appear to be having an effect, with Italian authorities reporting the number of Egyptians caught entering its shores fell to around 4,500 in 2006.

    The recent drop however could also be related to the fact that many Egyptians when caught identify themselves as Iraqis and Palestinians in hopes of gaining asylum.

    The country's widespread poverty remains a powerful motivator to keep prompting Egyptians to make the dangerous journey.

    In Tatoun, 19-year-old Walid Abou Zeid is one of those rare residents who can't seem to make it to Italy. Three times he has failed, once spending 12 days in a Libyan prison, another time two days jailed in Alexandria.

    Despite having already spent $3,600 on his various failed attempts, the taciturn teenager just nods quietly when asked if he will try again.

    Nearly half of Egypt's 70 million people live on or below the poverty line, according to World Bank figures. Despite recent government economic reforms that have boosted the annual growth rate to 7 percent for the last three years, life for most Egyptians has become worse. Instead of job opportunities, the growth has only brought with it inflation that is putting even basic foodstuffs out of reach.

    "Employment is dead in Egypt," said Mohammed Ahmed, 24, a college graduate from Tatoun who is heading to Italy for work.

    "There are people who earn 1,000 euros ($1,450) a day there, they make money from the air," he said. Ahmed is giving up a $160-a-month computer programming job in Cairo, but his trip to Italy will be by a comfortable plane ride, because relatives living there invited him to visit.

    Once one person from a town makes it, his neighbors follow, using him for advice and contacts, explaining how a single town like Tatoun can have so many young men emigrating and how a particular country, like Italy, becomes a frequent destination. Some 90,000 Egyptians are believed to have gone to Italy illegally over the past decade, according to the Egyptian government.

    Traditionally, Egyptians have gone to the oil-rich nations of the Persian Gulf to seek their fortunes, and hundreds of thousands still work there. But a 2006 survey of 1,500 young Egyptians by the Egyptian Ministry of Manpower and Emigration found a growing preference for working in Europe over the gulf. Respondents to the survey said that working for a year in Europe was better than a decade in the gulf, where salaries are lower and there is greater competition from Asians.

    Hossam Mohammed, 43, left a teaching job in Yemen in 1990 to wash dishes in a bar in Italy. He hasn't been back to Italy since 1992 - fearing the sea journey - but his brothers and their sons still live there.

    He has seen the transformation Italy has had in his hometown. "There were no tall buildings before people went to Italy," he said - adding that he still likes his Italian coffee.

    "My brother brought back a little machine to make it," he said. "I like a cup in the morning and then the evening."

    Abdel-Salam, who still recalls with horror his five days crammed in the stinking hold of a fishing boat, says he would never make the illegal sea journey to Italy again and has put his children in a newly built private language school so they can one day get a job in Cairo.

    "We are doing all these things so they won't have to travel," he said.

  6. #26
    By AHMED AL-HAJ | Associated Press, Jan 19

    The bodies of nearly 50 Africans trying to immigrate washed up on Yemen's shores Saturday after their boat capsized in the treacherous waters of the Gulf of Aden.

    The 35 survivors told authorities in Yemen that at least 135 people, all Somalis and Ethiopians, were crammed into the rickety boat, indicating that dozens more may have lost their lives.

    The search continued for more bodies along the beaches of Yemen's Abyan province, said an official on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to speak to the press.

    Hundreds of Africans die every year trying to reach Yemen, many of whom drown or are killed by pirates and smugglers in the dangerous waters separating Somalia and the Arabian peninsula.

    The Africans that have survived the journey register with the U.N. refugee agency and stay in refugee camps in Yemen, while others take jobs in the cities as laborers for less than a $1 a day.

    The wave of refugees to the poorest country in the Arab world shows no sign of abating as violence continues to rock Somalia, despite Ethiopia's December 2006 intervention in the country to support the internationally recognized government.

    In 2007, Yemeni authorities said about 5,000 illegal Ethiopian and Somali migrants arrived in Yemen, while nearly 400 died along the way. Out of 88,000 registered refugees in Yemen, about 84,000 are Somali, according to the UNHCR.

  7. #27
    By TIM MARTIN | Associated Press, Jan 21

    LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan will no longer let illegal immigrants get driver's licenses, a practice just seven other states continue to allow.

    Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, who oversees the motor vehicle department, announced the new policy Monday and said it takes effect Tuesday.

    The new policy also prohibits people who are legal but not permanent U.S. residents from getting licenses. Legislation to allow those on temporary work or student visas to get licenses is pending in the Legislature.

    The change is aimed at complying with an opinion issued last month by Attorney General Mike Cox, who said granting licenses to illegal immigrants is inconsistent with federal law. Opinions by the attorney general's office are legally binding on state agencies and officers unless reversed by the courts.

    The new policy applies to first-time applicants for a Michigan driver's license or identification card. Updated procedures for renewals will be released soon.

    "This is one more tool in our initiative to bolster Michigan's border and document security," Land said in a statement. "It also puts Michigan's procedure in line with those of most other states."

    Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington do not require drivers to prove legal status to obtain a license. Michigan borders Canada and contains some of the nation's busiest boundary crossings.

    Driver's licenses are among several hot-button issues surrounding the debate over illegal immigration. New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer last year proposed allowing illegal immigrants to get licenses, but withdrew the idea under heavy criticism.

  8. #28
    By DENISE LAVOIE | Associated Press, Jan 21

    BOSTON -- More than two decades ago, Frank Enwonwu got caught smuggling five ounces of heroin into the United States from his homeland in Nigeria. He admitted his mistake and readily agreed to work as an informant, believing the U.S. had promised to keep him safe.

    He went on to pursue his share of the American dream, driving a cab and training as a nurse's aide _ until a change in law in 1996 retroactively made him liable to be deported for his drug conviction, despite his work to help the government.

    Now, he weeps in a room at a homeless shelter he shares with his 13-year-old son, fearful that any day he could be sent back to Nigeria to be tortured or killed as drug dealers with long memories seek retribution for his work as an informant.

    "Trust me, no one there has forgotten what I did _ even after 22 years. I'll be killed there before I even have the ability to see daylight," he said.

    Enwonwu, 58, has spent about five of the last 11 years in detention while fighting his deportation order. His legal appeals all but exhausted, he now is asking to be spared on humanitarian grounds.

    "I have a little boy who did not grow up with me because of all the time I have spent in detention. He needs me," said Enwonwu, who is separated from his wife and has custody of the teen.

    Enwonwu is under a final deportation order and could be taken into custody and deported without notice.

    "This is a man who assisted the United States government as an informant, helping them prosecute drug-related crimes, and in so doing, he has put his life at complete risk. We believe that creates an obligation on the part of the United States to protect him," said Meetali Jain, an attorney at the American University Washington College of Law International Human Rights Law Clinic.

    Enwonwu admits he committed a crime when he brought drugs into the United States, but claims he was tricked by a Nigerian military officer who offered to buy him a plane ticket if he would show the man around Boston, where he had attended Tufts University in the 1970s.

    The night of their flight, Enwonwu said, other military officers ordered him to carry two packets of heroin. He was arrested at Boston's Logan International Airport after Customs officials found the drug.

    Within hours of his arrest, Enwonwu said, federal drug agents asked him to participate in a sting to catch the dealers who were to come to Boston from New York to pick up the heroin. Enwonwu agreed, and two men were arrested. Their boss in Ohio was also prosecuted. All three were from Nigeria.

    In the mid-1980s, Nigeria had become a major transit point for Asian heroin and South American cocaine being smuggled to Europe and North America. The transit networks expanded and became highly organized, prompting U.S. pressure on Nigerian authorities to crack down on the trade, which Nigerian police say frequently involves gang killings.

    Enwonwu worked for the Drug Enforcement Administration for 10 months, providing the names of suspected drug dealers in Nigeria who U.S. officials believed were running drugs to the United States themselves or through couriers. He also supplied the names of Nigerians living in the United States who he had learned were involved with drugs.

    Enwonwu said the DEA promised him he would not be deported and would be protected from the drug dealers he had ratted on.

    "They knew how dangerous the drug lords in Nigeria were and they told me I wasn't going back to Nigeria," Enwonwu said. "Based on that promise, I continued my cooperation with them."

    The DEA acknowledges it paid him $1,600 for his work as an informant, but Herbert Lemon Jr., the DEA agent who Enwonwu claims made the promises, said he never told Enwonwu he would not be deported.

    "Absolutely not. I (didn't) have the authority to do it," Lemon, who is now retired from the DEA, told The Associated Press. "That just didn't happen."

    Lemon said he did tell federal prosecutors that Enwonwu had cooperated, which the agent believes spared Enwonwu from serving jail time. He got a suspended sentence and probation on the heroin charge.

    "I think that's the benefit he received for his helping the government," Lemon said.

    Lemon said he feels badly for Enwonwu's wife and son who may be left behind in the United States, but said he does not fault the U.S. government for now moving to deport Enwonwu.

    "He committed a criminal act, and as such, he has to face the consequences," he said.

    Enwonwu came close to being spared deportation in 2005, when U.S. District Judge William Young found the government had a "constitutional duty" to protect Enwonwu.

    "The Constitution simply cannot permit (the government) to endanger the life of an alien, promise to protect him, and then cast him aside like refuse when he is no longer useful," Young wrote.

    However, Young was unable to issue a ruling in the case because a federal law, the REAL ID Act, made it more difficult for immigrants to get amnesty and also stripped federal district courts of jurisdiction in deportation cases.

    Since that ruling, repeated efforts to have Enwonwu's deportation order reversed by a federal appeals court have failed.

    Enwonwu claims that while working for the DEA, he also worked as an informant for the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the predecessor agency to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    Paula Grenier, a spokeswoman for ICE, declined to comment on Enwonwu's appeal or his claim that he worked for ICE.

    "The case has been presented to both administrative and judicial courts, and the matter has been decided upon by a judge," Grenier said. "The next step in his case is his removal from the U.S."

  9. #29
    In response, Italy has stepped up cooperation with Egypt - and with Libya, which has increased its arrests and deportations of migrants crossing its territory. The efforts appear to be having an effect, with Italian authorities reporting the number of Egyptians caught entering its shores fell to around 4,500 in 2006.

    Yep

    Italy does not play with this. Standing joke is that if yu come by morning , by the afternoon you are on a plane back to your country.


  10. #30
    Airports Fingerprint Foreign Travelers By DENISE LAVOIE | Associated Press, Jan 22

    BOSTON -- As a foreign traveler, Punit Pawar is used to the security when he flies into the U.S., so he barely noticed Tuesday when he was asked to put his 10 fingers on a digital scanner as part of an enhanced security system rolling out at airports across the country.

    "It didn't take much of my time, so it didn't bother me," said Pawar, a citizen of India and a student at Boston's Northeastern University. "I'm OK with it, if this is what they need to do for security."

    Since 2004, nonresidents traveling internationally have been required to allow airport personnel to scan their two index fingers at airports as part of a program called US-VISIT. But now, foreign travelers will be asked to scan all 10 fingers, an enhancement the U.S. Department of Homeland Security hopes will help officials more closely monitor watch lists of suspected terrorists, criminals and immigration violators.

    Logan Airport, where two of the passenger planes involved in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks took off, became the third airport to use 10-finger scanners last week. Dulles Airport, serving Washington, D.C., began using the devices in November, while Atlanta's airport began using the new system this month.

    Seven other airports are scheduled to start using the new system by the end of February, including Chicago O'Hare, San Francisco, Houston, Miami, Detroit, Orlando and New York's Kennedy.

    By the end of the year, the devices are expected to be up and running in all of the nation's international airports, as well as seaports and border points.

    Robert Mocny, director of the US-VISIT program, said the new device scans fingerprints from travelers and within a matter of seconds matches them against more than 3.2 million fingerprints of people in FBI and Department of Defense databases. Mocny said going from two fingerprints to 10 improves matching accuracy and reduces the number of false matches.

    "By having this additional data, the machine will be able to say with more certainty that this is the person, this is a match," Mocny said after officials used the new scanners on international travelers arriving at Logan Tuesday.

    Steven Farquharson, director of field operations for the Boston office of Homeland Security, said that if a traveler's prints match those in a database, the traveler will be taken to a separate area of the airport and questioned.

    International passengers arriving at Logan on Tuesday were asked to place their right four fingers, then their right thumb, their left four fingers, then their left thumb, on a small, square scanner. A camera snapped a digital photograph of their faces. Several couples traveling together completed the process in about three minutes.

    Pawar said he did not find the new system intrusive or time-consuming.

    "I don't think it was too private," he said. "I don't see any problem with it, if you haven't done anything wrong."

    About 2,000 international passengers a day will be scanned at Logan.

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