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  • There is an enormous number of Americans who have been harmed by the criminals who pass through the nation's open borders. For that reason, this section can only provide a symbolic tribute to the many unnamed victims who have been killed, raped, rob

    This site will publish your stories of Job loss and crimes by illegal aliens.
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    CRIME VICTIMS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS

    There is an enormous number of Americans who have been harmed by the criminals who pass through the nation's open borders. For that reason, this section can only provide a symbolic tribute to the many unnamed victims who have been killed, raped, robbed, crippled and otherwise personally violated.

    It is particularly shocking that even in post-911 America, the government still refuses to protect the people in the most basic ways from the world's terrorists and criminals who enter at will to do as they please. The borders remain a sieve while the human carnage from crime perpetrated from illegal aliens continues to mount. In another stunner of INS malfeasance, the agency often cannot even manage to deport dangerous criminal aliens when they reach the ends of their prison terms.


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    "¢ The murder of Kris Eggle (see the separate page of collected articles), a park ranger in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in southern Arizona on August 9, 2002, was little noted by the media, although the press has paid considerable attention to the deaths of illegal aliens on the border. By contrast, Ranger Eggle was shot down by Mexican drug dealers who were using Organ Pipe as a route for their smuggling. Only 28 when he was murdered, Eggle was a valedictorian and an Eagle Scout who joined the National Park Service because he loved the outdoors. (Organ Pipe is considered to be the most dangerous of the national park system: 200,000 illegal aliens and 700,000 pounds of drugs were intercepted at the park in 2001.) The Eggle family is determined that his death will not be forgotten by working for real border control, including a Washington press conference with Tom Tancredo in the fall of 2002. The Eggles have a family website, www.kriseggle.org, to inform interested parties about what they are doing.



    "¢ In a particularly tragic example of government inattention to illegal aliens who have run amock, one of the snipers who terrorized the Washington DC area for three weeks in October 2002 was a foreign national who had been apprehended the previous year. As a stowaway, he was required by law to be immediately deported back to his home country. Instead, the INS overroad the Border Patrol's designation and released John Lee Malvo upon the unsuspecting American public. Had immigration law been followed by the INS, there would have been no two-man hit team and it is likely that there would have been no devastating series of murders. As columnist Michelle Malkin has observed, the INS releases dangerous alien criminals all the time.

    "¢ David Nadel was a familiar community activist in Berkeley, California, and owned the popular Ashkenaz dance club that featured eclectic music, such as zydeco, cajun, k***mer and the blues. In 1996, he was murdered in the club by an apparent Mexican illegal alien, Juan Rivera Perez, whom Nadel had earlier ejected for harassing other patrons. Perez was in Ashkenaz as part of an English as a Second Language program graduation party. Police believe Perez escaped to Mexico, which is famously unhelpful in extraditing violent criminals. Despite the outcry from law enforcement, victims and the press, our government does not insist on normal compliance in law enforcement from Mexican authorities.

    "¢ In another case of justice denied, the murderer of Phoenix high school student Tanee Natividad merely crossed the border into Mexico to escape law enforcement. A local television station was able to track down the murderer in a bar just a few miles across the border without much effort. Max LaMadrid has no reason to hide because the Mexican government actually helps violent criminals escape American justice. According to Arizona Attorney General Janet Napolitano, action by the Mexican supreme court making it more difficult to extradite criminals has "created an incentive for people to flee into Mexico as a safe harbor." At one time, Mexico would not extradite criminals who might be subject to the death penalty; the Mexican court recently extended this "protection" to any Mexican who might receive a life sentence, thereby giving a free pass to rapists, kidnappers and child molesters. In fact, the investigating reporter found 100 cases of violent criminals from the Phoenix area escaping into Mexico in just the last few years. Meanwhile, the grieving family of 16-year-old Tanee gets no justice "” like thousands of others in the southwest.

    "¢ At the left is shown Darlene Squires, the distraught mother of a disabled teenager, one of two girls who were raped on October 24, 2002, by three members of a Salvadoran street gang located in Somerville, Massachusetts. Aged 17 and 14, both victims are deaf and one has cerebral palsy. Mrs. Squires believed that the attacks were a retaliation against her family because her husband confronted the young men after they had harassed the Squires son. Later reports indicated the men arrested for the crime were illegal aliens.Law enforcement officials were concerned about increased violence from the MS-13 gang which was "believed to have originated in part with soldiers and their families who left El Salvador." Local residents estimate the gang has more than 100 members in their community. An update a few months after the Squires crime showed that the gang problem in the community has only gotten worse.

    "¢ The lives of many law enforcement officers have been lost at the criminal hands of violent illegal aliens. One such was David March, a Los Angeles County Sheriff who was killed when he pulled over a car for a routine traffic stop. The driver was a dangerous Mexican drug dealer, Armando Garcia, who had been deported twice and has a long history of violent crime. After shooting Sheriff March twice in the head, Garcia was able to escape and is believed to be in Mexico, where officials refuse to send him back for trial. Garcia is also wanted for two attempted murders. At least one member of Congress, Adam Schiff, has called for President Bush to insist that Mexico extradite violent felons. Furthermore, the Attorneys General for all 50 states wrote to Ashcroft and Secretary of State Colin Powell to demand action on the extradition issue.

    "¢ Compared with many on this page who suffered violent crime, Barbara Vidlak got off easy with just identity theft. Still, you wouldn't want her problems. The rip-off of her Social Security number by an illegal immigrant has caused Barbara's phone to be turned off, loss of health insurance for her two kids as well as extra money out of pocket from the 34-year-old for credit checks and other expenses, such as lost time at work. She also had to act as a detective to track down the culprit who has filled her life with turmoil and stress. The reporting on this crime is notable for its relentless sympathy for the perpetrator, even when the damage to the victim is obvious for all to see. Rather than note how illegal immigration is not a victimless crime, reporter Cindy Gonza*** quotes an "immigrant rights" advocate who says that "In some ways, both women are victims."

    "¢ Eighteen-year-old Tricia Taylor of Detroit was in court in December 2002 to hear the plea of the illegal alien who caused her to lose both legs above the knees. Jose Carcamo was driving under the influence (.08 percent blood alcohol level) and speeding when he drove over a curb and smashed Taylor into a wall. One report stated that Carcamo has had 17 violations since 1995. Another noted that he was drag racing at the time of the crash. It is agreed that the car was travelling between 50 and 75 miles per hour on a street posted for 25 mph. Taylor's companion Noah Menard suffered a fractured skull and collarbone, as well as requiring eight pins to reconstruct his mangled elbow. The INS had twice begun deportation proceeding against Carcamo to return him to El Salvador, but regrettably did not follow through. Carcamo will be out of jail in a few years, but Tricia Taylor faces a lifetime of pain and disability because of another failure of the INS to remove a dangerous alien. Incidentally, drinking to excess and then driving is celebrated in Hispanic cultures rather than condemned.
    Sentencing Update: On January 13, 2003 Jose Carcamo was sentenced to 3-5 years in prison. Four months after the crash, Tricia Taylor still must take pain medication, antibiotics, anti-depressants and sleeping pills. Chronic bone infection means she may yet lose more of her right leg. Carcamo sent a note of apology to Taylor and Menard, but misspelled the names. She responded, "It hurts me every time I see him. He acts like he's sorry, but you'd think he would know our names." She is not forgiving, either: "I have my whole life with no legs ... I'm only 18. He gets no forgiveness."

    "¢ Another American stymied in the pursuit of justice for a murdered child is Ron Cornell, shown here with a car-hood portrait of his murdered son Joey. His son's killer, Gonzalo Villalobos, escaped to Mexico and, like so many others, is being protected by the Mexican government's refusal to extradite. At one point, Villalobos' whereabouts in El Salvador were known precisely, but there is no extradition cooperation with that nation either. (After the devastation of Hurricane Mitch in 1998, the United States sent $110 million in disaster relief aid to El Salvador.) This article includes a rogues gallery of mug shots of fugitives safe in Mexico.

    "¢ In June 2002, these four residents of Whidbey Island in Washington were the shooting victims of a Jamaican national who was evidently frustrated that he had ruined his plans to get a green card through marriage to an American woman. Preston Dean "Hugh" Douglas angered his girlfriend Holly Swartz because he had sexually abused her seven-year-old daughter. When Holly moved herself and her child into her mother's house, Douglas reacted by shooting Holly, her mother Marjorie Monnett (the mother of eight children), Marjorie's son Bruce and Bruce's girlfriend Sierra Klug. Holly and Marjorie were killed, and Bruce and Sierra survived. Douglas shot and killed himself. Reportedly Douglas was in the country illegally, although he was working as a bouncer at a local Chinese restaurant.

    "¢ On the day after New Years 2003, six-year-old Jose Soto was riding his bike around the parking lot near his parents' apartment house when he was struck and severely injured by a man backing out in a red truck. Witnesses were shocked when the man stopped and pulled the child from under the truck and roughly threw him aside before speeding off. At this writing, Jose is in critical condition in a Houston hospital and the perpetrator is believed to be on his way to Mexico, if not already there. The man's name was released a few days later: Jose Ines Morales. As noted above, once a criminal reaches Mexico, he has effectively eluded the law permanently, since America's southern neighbor refuses to extradite, as a matter of policy, criminals who may be punished according to the severity of their crimes.

    "¢ Sister Helen Chaska was murdered in late summer 2002 by being strangled with her rosary beads "” the beads were found imbedded in her neck. She was also raped, as was another nun who accompanied Sister Helen during walking prayers. Both women were in Klamath Falls, Oregon, doing missionary work when the crimes occurred. Her accused murderer is Maximiliano Esparza, who is in the United States illegally, and was convicted in 1988 of robbery and kidnapping in Los Angeles. He was sentenced to six years in prison, was released in 1992 and was on probation until 1995. By law, this man should have been deported to Mexico after his release in 1992. Instead, the INS allowed him to remain in the United States and commit even more heinous crimes. In this article, Michelle Malkin notes the Esparza crime and other examples of INS standard procedure of "catch and release" in violation of law.
    Sentencing Update: On April 8, 2003, Esparza was sentenced to life in prison without parole. The sentence was a deal worked out with the prosecution to avoid a trial with the possibility of the death penalty. Klamath County District Attorney Ed Caleb said that he wanted to avoid forcing the other nun who had been attacked to testify. In addition, Caleb sent a bill to the Mexican consulate for the cost of investigating and prosecuting the case. Not much chance of getting any money, but it is a reasonable gesture.

    "¢ It has been a decade since Oregon State Police Trooper Bret Clodfelter was murdered by an illegal alien, but the crime has not been forgotten. Trooper Clodfelter of Klamath Falls had arrested three Mexican men for being drunk and disorderly, then offered them a ride and was murdered for his generosity. The prosecuter sought the death penalty, but one dissenting juror meant Francisco Manzo-Hernandez got life in prison instead. To add to the tragedy, Clodfelter's widow Rene committed suicide a year after her husband was murdered. The couple had been married just over a month when the murder occurred.

    "¢ Officer Sheila Herring was lost to a bullet from an illegal alien in an early morning altercation at a Norfolk bar on January 16. The accused man, Mario Roberto Keen, a citizen of Jamaica, had reportedly shot a man in the bar after which the police were called. When several officers arrived, Keen opened fire and shot Officer Herring who died later in surgery. Keen was shot and killed at the scene. He had been sentenced to five years in prison in 1990 for selling cocaine and was later deported. Keen attempted to re-enter the United States in New York in 1997, but was reportedly barred from entering. It is not known when Keen succeeded in entering the U.S. But back to Sheila Herring: from all accounts she was an excellent police officer and loved her job. She had been a cop in Detroit for ten years before moving to Virginia. She was 39 and had an 18-year-old daughter.

    "¢ Angie Morfin of Salinas, California, testified before the House Immigration Subcommittee in June of 1999 about the murder of her 13-year-old son by an illegal alien gangster. Her boy Ruben was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time and was shot down by a Mexican who escaped to Mexico. Her testimony also noted how the Latino community in her town wants immigration laws enforced, particularly to deal with the problem of illegal alien gangs that are responsible for a lot of violent criminal activity. Since her son's murder, Angie Morfin has spoken out about the need for more Border Patrol agents and other enforcement to make her community safer so that no other mothers must suffer the loss that she has.

    "¢ Thirteen-year-old Laura Ayala went missing in March 2002, taken just a few feet from in her home in Houston. At this writing, there is no child and no body, although blood identified as being hers was identified in 2002 in the car of men believed to be connected with her abduction. Because of some evidence that she had been taken to Mexico, part of the search has been there. One complication was Houston's policy of "sanctuary" which disallows police from investigating a person's citizenship status. Illegal alien Walter Alexander Sorto was in police hands for traffic tickets but could not be deported because of the sanctuary policy: he is believed to be connected in Laura Ayala's disappearance which occurred several months after the ticket problem. Houston police office John Nickell testified before Congress (2/27/02) about how sanctuary laws inhibit the effectiveness of beat cops to deal with criminals and prevent crime.

    "¢ The danger on the highways from truckloads of illegal aliens in border areas has been increasing drastically. It is not unusual for a van full of illegal aliens to speed down the road in the wrong direction to avoid American law enforcement, causing death and injury to both American citizens and foreigners. One of the worst examples (shown at the left) took place near San Diego June 25, 2002, where seven people were killed and at least 31 were injured when a van tried to avoid a border checkpoint by turning the lights off and speeding against oncoming traffic in the wrong lane. Larry S. Baca of Albuquerque was killed when his Ford was smashed head-on by the immigrant van and knocked airborne. On March 10, 2003, two men were killed and 20 people were injured when a stolen truck loaded with illegal aliens tried to outrun American authorities.

    "¢ Dana Pevia was kidnapped from her North Carolina school bus stop in 1999 when she was only 11. In March, 2003, she was able to escape her captivity in Mexico and visit the American Consulate in Guadalahara. The officials there contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children through them reached Dana's mother Wanda was contacted. Dana returned home a few days later with her two children. The apparent kidnapper Hector Frausto, a "Mexican construction worker," was arrested in North Carolina on March 27. Dana was evidently forcibly kept captive by his family in Mexico for much of that time. She was only able to get away because she had the help of a sympathetic neighbor. The unasked question is why the obvious suspect's family in Mexico was not investigated four years ago. Was the unhelpful Mexican legal system being obstructionist yet again?

    "¢ The Marti family as pictured here during a happy moment no longer exists. Sean, just 24 years old, and his daughter Sage, 5 months old, were killed February 27 by a drunk illegal alien who was driving the wrong way on Highway 84 in Idaho. Natalie Marti was in a coma after the head-on crash and returned slowly to waking consciousness over a period of weeks. With coma victims, full mental functioning and memory can take much longer. She had attended college in Boise while she and Sean managed an apartment complex.
    Edgar Vasquez Hernandez, who worked as a house framer, was charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter and one count of aggravated driving. Court records show Hernandez was intoxicated at the time of the crash. Hispanics are statistically more likely to drive drunk than other groups, and motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death up to age 24 among Latinos.
    Sentencing Update: On June 10, 2003, Hernandez pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular manslaughter and one charge of aggravated driving under the influence. He will be sentenced on September 18.

    "¢ Maria Suarez was only 16 and living in Los Angeles when she was sold for $200 to a 68-year-old man, Anselmo Covarrubias, who presented himself in the neighborhood as a brujo, a magician. He raped and abused her, utilizing brainwashing where he said he had powers from the devil, as he had done to many Mexican girls held in virtual slavery before her. Another woman bludgeoned Covarrubias to death, and Suarez hid the weapon but was not directly involved in the killing. Still, she served 22 years in prison, and is slated to be released within a year.

    "¢ Phoenix Police Officer Robert Sitek was shot four times 4/12/03 during a traffic stop altercation with an illegal alien that became violent. Sitek and his partner David Thwing were on routine patrol when a red truck cut off their squad car, and when the officers stopped the truck the driver began shooting. Officer Sitek was in cardiac arrest by the time he reached the hospital and lost a considerable amount of blood. Shooter Francisco A. Gallardo was a "Mexican citizen who had recently completed a seven-year prison term for aggravated assault." He had been deported after his release but had returned to Arizona. Gallardo was shot and killed as he tried to escape by Officer Thwing.
    Medical Update, June 5, 2003: Officer Rob Sitek has had a slow but gradually successful recovery from injuries that surely would have been fatal to most. At nearly two months after the shooting, he has pulled out of a three-week coma, is still unable to walk but is determined to do so and eventually return to work.

    "¢ David Lazarus is a familiar name to the readers of the San Francisco Chronicle business pages, and the reporter appears occasionally on television news shows like This Week in Northern California on the local PBS affiliate. As a successful middle class professional, he probably never thought he would become the victim of an illegal alien, but that assumption would have been very wrong indeed. Mr. Lazarus recounts his experience of identity theft by a Jamaican national Derrick Davis, who used Lazarus' social security number to get nine credit cards and several jobs. Lazarus called his troubles a "royal pain," one that "has made my own life miserable." But David Lazarus is lucky because his own reporting skills helped him investigate the case, unlike most of the nearly 700,000 Americans hit by identity theft every year. While Lazarus has the pleasure of seeing the perp behind bars, many victims have to work for years to get their lives straightened out, if they ever do.

    "¢ Marc Atkinson was just 28 when he was shot and killed in a 1999 ambush by an illegal alien from Mexico. Officer Atkinson was a five-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Force, and was survived by his wife Karen, infant son and two siblings. The killer, Felipe Petrona-Cabanas, had around a pound of cocaine in his car when apprehended with two other Mexican nationals. The three came from a farming area in the state of Guerrero near Acapulco, and said they came to the United States to work but couldn't find any. A notable detail in the case is how an armed citizen, Rory Vertigan, came to the aid of the shot officer and helped apprehend the Mexicans, who certainly would have escaped over the border if they could have.

    "¢ Christina Long's body was found face down in a creek in Greenwich, Connecticut, after she was killed by asphyxiation during rough ***. Christina, aged 13, met her killer, Saul Dos Reis, through the internet in a chat room, an aspect of the case which has gotten it a lot of media attention, unlike the criminal's immigration status. Dos Reis attempted to give himself an alibi by emailing the girl and apologizing for not meeting her the night of the death. In fact, he strangled the sixth-grader and then dumped the body not far from his home. The killer is a Brazilian national who evidently overstayed his visa by several years and legally should be deported when he completes his sentence. He was convicted of manslaughter in mid-April 2003. This article includes a video clip about the case.
    Sentencing Update: At the sentencing, Saul Dos Reis stated, "I have not had a single night of sleep when I don't wake up drenched in sweat." Judge Patrick L. Carroll III responded, "That time for mercy was the evening your victim died in your hands." The Judge gave Dos Reis 30 years in prison, the maximum for manslaughter.

    "¢ Randy Burris died a hero, saving the lives of a young mother and her baby, as Randy pushed Heather Carlson's baby carriage from the path of a car careening out of control. Randy was the father of three children and had struck up a conversation with Heather about her dog. The murderous car was driven by a drunk illegal alien, Ricardo Arriaga-Gutierrez, whose blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit even several hours after the accident. After running Randy Burris down, Arriaga-Gutierrez fled the scene, hid the car in another county and went to a party to establish an alibi. Midway into the case, the prosecutor requested that bail be revoked because of the flight risk to Mexico, and the judge complied. Arriaga-Gutierrez must serve at least 90 percent of his 15-year sentence for vehicular homicide under current state guidelines, plus three years for leaving the scene of the accident and driving without a license. He is legally required to be deported at the time of his release.

    "¢ Officer Kenneth Collings of the Phoenix Police Department was killed in 1988 during the arrest of two robbery suspects at a local bank when one opened fire. One of the robbers, Ismael Conde, was quickly arrested but the other, Rudy Romero, escaped to Mexico. Romero was caught in southern Mexico in 2000 and brought back to stand trial. The Arizona Attorney General's Office credits help from the Phoenix Police Department, the FBI, the Attorney General for the Republic of Mexico, and the Mexican Federal Agency of Investigation "” a rare and welcome act of extradition from our southern neighbor. In March 2003, Romero was sentenced to 98 years in state prison.

    "¢ Unlike many on this page, Norman Wallace did not die at the hands of an illegal alien. The thirty-year-old MBA student from Youngstown, Ohio, was hard working and full of promise, according to all accounts. One of eleven children, he was active in his church as a young man. After getting a BA in Business Administration from Youngstown State University, he worked as a portfolio manager and managing partner of a food distribution company. At the Weatherhead School program at Case, he had recently been elected president of the Black MBA Student Association. Norman Wallace was killed by naturalized citizen Biswanath Halder, who immigrated from India as a 28-year-old adult in 1969 and became a citizen 11 years later. Halder was arrested after a shooting rampage of seven hours in which several people on the campus of Case Western Institute of Technology were shot. The picture of the shooter emerging is of a person with serious psychological problems. Even though Halder had a degree in engineering, he began receiving Social Security checks in the late 1980s for his "disabilities." He sued several companies for not hiring him, starting in 1990. He sued Case University over his website allegedly being deleted by a Case employee, but the suit was recently thrown out of court, a possible motive for the rampage. On May 29, the Cuyahoga County grand jury issued a 338-count indictment against Halder, including charges of murder and kidnapping: he faces the death penalty.
    As of this writing, the questions that should be asked have not: was Halder's "loner" rage an amplification of failed adjustment to American society, even after decades of living here? In 1993, he wrote, "The only thing I had in my mind when I created the Asian Indian Network was to serve my fellow countrymen," hardly the sentiments of an assimilated immigrant. Was he noticeably psychologically unbalanced as a young man, and a person who should not have been admitted in the first place for immigration in normal screening? And why aren't these questions being asked?

    "¢ Officer Hugo Arango of the Doraville (Georgia) Police Department was murdered by an illegal alien Bautista Ramirez May 13, 2000 "” there's no dispute about those facts. But the June trial has not been a pretty picture as admitted cop-killer Ramirez pleaded self-defense because he thought Officer Arango would kill him otherwise, saying "if I don't kill him, he's going to kill me." The prosecution contends that Ramirez shot the police officer simply to avoid arrest. The original altercation occurred outside a nightclub, when Arango approached Ramirez, then 19, and his cousin. Ramirez was an illegal alien from Mexico, and possessed a concealed gun. Also injured by Ramirez was nightclub manager David Contreras, who survived being shot in the face.
    Update, June 25, 2003: Bautista Ramirez was found guilty of the murder of Officer Arango, as well as of carrying a concealed weapon and aggravated assault against David Contreras, who was blinded in one eye in the attack. Evidently the jury was not impressed with the defense strategy of blaming the victim. The jury decided Ramirez should get life in prison (with the possibility of parole) plus 20 years for shooting Contreras and one year for gun possession. According to the strange math of sentencing, the convicted cop killer could be out in 46 years or less.

    "¢ Nine-year-old Jennette Tamayo was kidnapped from her San Jose house on June 6 after her arrival at around 4 pm. A surveilance video revealed that the kidnapper waited outside in his car for the girl to enter the house. The girl's mother and 15-year-old brother arrived half a few minutes later and couldn't open the garage door to enter. When the brother ducked underneath the door he was attacked and choked by the intruder. The mother got in and tried to fight off the man, but he managed to escape with Jennette in his car. An Amber Alert was put into effect soon after. Police were concerned the Latino man who kidnapped Jennette was headed for Mexico, where he would be safe from American prosecution which is known to deal harshly with child kidnappers.
    Update: Jennette walked into an east Palo Alto convenience store a couple days after her abduction. Her detailed description enabled police to arrest the suspect just a few hours later, also not far from her home. After some reports that the man used at least three aliases, mainly Enrique Alvarez, writer Michelle Malkin confirmed that the kidnapper is indeed an illegal alien.

    "¢ Victoria Hen was a victim of terrorism in America. She was shot and killed as she sat at her desk by Hesham Mohamed Hadayet on July 4, 2002, at the El Al ticket counter in Los Angeles International Airport. She was born in Israel and emigrated with her family to the US in 1990. Particularly sad is the fact that her family had planned a surprise party for her the next day where her boyfriend intended to propose. To add to the unimaginable tragedy for the family, Victoria's 18-year-old brother Nim was killed just four months later in a traffic accident with a hit-and-run driver. The LAX shooter was born in Egypt and lived here for a time as an illegal alien and was even considered for deportation until he got lucky when his wife won the Diversity Lottery. Even though Hadayet went to LAX armed to the teeth, expressed anti-American and anti-Israeli views and shot six people before he was killed by security, it took nine months for the FBI to call the crime an act of terrorism. In addition, it was reported just a few days after the shooting that Hadayet was connected with Egyptian Islamic Jihad and al Qaeda.

    "¢ Gary Selby was killed when an illegal alien with a blood alcohol level at three times the legal limit, Samuel Avalos Gallardo, drove over the dividing line and struck head-on the car Gary was driving. The three passengers were all badly injured but recovered. Gary's death occurred in October of 1992 when he was just 18 years old and just a few months after he graduated from high school. He was the older of two sons, and is still terribly missed by his family.
    The drunk illegal alien, Samuel Avalos Gallardo, was arrested at the scene, tried and sentenced to 40 years for the death and injury he caused. Incredibly, the Nevada Department of Corrections wrongly placed Gallardo on a minimum security work detail, from which he escaped just six months into his sentence. Ten years later, this criminal is not behind bars where he belongs, but lives free somewhere. Gallardo's freedom remains a source of pain for Gary Selby's family, who still hope for the capture of the criminal and some justice.

    "¢ Killing a horse is certainly insignificant in comparison with many of the crimes noted here. But the senseless cruelty of killing a beautiful animal as some sort of sick fun shouldn't be overlooked either. "This was an especially horrific and wanton killing," according to Sonoma County Prosecutor James Patrick Casey. Gentle Song was a thoroughbred mare that was the beloved pet of a 13-year-old girl in Sonoma County, California. The horse won three races and placed seven times in a racing career of 27 starts, earning $65,000. A couple of illegal alien ranch hands had a few drinks and thought they would have some kicks by running down animals in a field with a car and truck. The mare was struck and died of head injuries. Local animal lovers put together a $20,000 reward to find the culprits, a strategy which succeeded. Liobijildo Guzman Herrera and Noel Guido-Silva, both of Mexico, were arrested June 13. If convicted, the men could spend a year or more in prison and have to pay substantial fines.

    "¢ Oceanside Officer Tony Zeppetella was a rookie cop, who had been in the department just over a year, when he was shot three times and killed in a credit union parking lot by Adrian George Camacho, a Mexican illegal alien with a long criminal record. Officer Zeppetella was married with a six-month-old child. He was born in Whittier and enlisted in the navy after he graduated from high school in 1994. Tony Zeppetella was 27 years old when he was killed. The accused killer had been deported several times, and his criminal record lists drugs, illegal firearms possession and gang activity. Camacho fled the scene of the shooting to the home of his ex-wife's parents, and was taken into custody only after a four-hour standoff.

    "¢ Eighteen-year-old Faith Johnston used her appearance on the witness stand to go public with her identity as a rape victim of Catholic Priest Kelvin Iguabita when she was only 15. The priest was arrested in January 2002 for assaulting her repeatedly over a four-month period. In the end, Superior Court Judge Richard Welsh sentenced the convicted Iguabita to a higher-than-requested 12-14 years in prison, after which the Columbian national will be deported to his home country. The trial and sentencing are part of the healing process for Faith Johnston, who has attempted suicide and has experienced panic attacks since the abuse. She is still unable to play the violin, because the calculating predator used music to get closer to his victim, and playing the violin reminds Faith of the assaults.

    "¢ Christopher Shackleford, 19, was killed July 29, 2000, in Marietta, Georgia, by a drunk driver, an illegal alien whose blood alcohol was at twice the legal limit. Also killed were two other teenagers in the car "” Julieanne Pascoe, 18, and Kelli Bourgeois, 19. Chris was an aspiring filmmaker, and was majoring in film at Georgia State University where he was a freshman.
    When Atlanta INS assistant district director Bart Szafnicki read about the deaths, he decided that more serious action against drunk driving illegal aliens was needed, and he began deportation proceedings against 64 such foreigners in his district. "I thought about how I would feel if it was my child," said Szafnicki. "Anyone who is arrested for DUI who is an illegal alien needs to go home. The native-born population in the U.S. has largely recognized the problem with DUI. But with the new influx of immigrants, I just don't think the word has filtered down."
    In May 2001, Sergio Montelongo-Sanchez, the drunk-driving illegal alien, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, DUI, reckless driving, possession of alcohol by a minor, and several other charges. For all that, he was sentenced to 45 years in prison.

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    This site will publish your stories of Job loss and crimes by illegal aliens.
    http://www.victimsvoice.org/events.html

    CRIME VICTIMS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS

    There is an enormous number of Americans who have been harmed by the criminals who pass through the nation's open borders. For that reason, this section can only provide a symbolic tribute to the many unnamed victims who have been killed, raped, robbed, crippled and otherwise personally violated.

    It is particularly shocking that even in post-911 America, the government still refuses to protect the people in the most basic ways from the world's terrorists and criminals who enter at will to do as they please. The borders remain a sieve while the human carnage from crime perpetrated from illegal aliens continues to mount. In another stunner of INS malfeasance, the agency often cannot even manage to deport dangerous criminal aliens when they reach the ends of their prison terms.


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    "¢ The murder of Kris Eggle (see the separate page of collected articles), a park ranger in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in southern Arizona on August 9, 2002, was little noted by the media, although the press has paid considerable attention to the deaths of illegal aliens on the border. By contrast, Ranger Eggle was shot down by Mexican drug dealers who were using Organ Pipe as a route for their smuggling. Only 28 when he was murdered, Eggle was a valedictorian and an Eagle Scout who joined the National Park Service because he loved the outdoors. (Organ Pipe is considered to be the most dangerous of the national park system: 200,000 illegal aliens and 700,000 pounds of drugs were intercepted at the park in 2001.) The Eggle family is determined that his death will not be forgotten by working for real border control, including a Washington press conference with Tom Tancredo in the fall of 2002. The Eggles have a family website, www.kriseggle.org, to inform interested parties about what they are doing.



    "¢ In a particularly tragic example of government inattention to illegal aliens who have run amock, one of the snipers who terrorized the Washington DC area for three weeks in October 2002 was a foreign national who had been apprehended the previous year. As a stowaway, he was required by law to be immediately deported back to his home country. Instead, the INS overroad the Border Patrol's designation and released John Lee Malvo upon the unsuspecting American public. Had immigration law been followed by the INS, there would have been no two-man hit team and it is likely that there would have been no devastating series of murders. As columnist Michelle Malkin has observed, the INS releases dangerous alien criminals all the time.

    "¢ David Nadel was a familiar community activist in Berkeley, California, and owned the popular Ashkenaz dance club that featured eclectic music, such as zydeco, cajun, k***mer and the blues. In 1996, he was murdered in the club by an apparent Mexican illegal alien, Juan Rivera Perez, whom Nadel had earlier ejected for harassing other patrons. Perez was in Ashkenaz as part of an English as a Second Language program graduation party. Police believe Perez escaped to Mexico, which is famously unhelpful in extraditing violent criminals. Despite the outcry from law enforcement, victims and the press, our government does not insist on normal compliance in law enforcement from Mexican authorities.

    "¢ In another case of justice denied, the murderer of Phoenix high school student Tanee Natividad merely crossed the border into Mexico to escape law enforcement. A local television station was able to track down the murderer in a bar just a few miles across the border without much effort. Max LaMadrid has no reason to hide because the Mexican government actually helps violent criminals escape American justice. According to Arizona Attorney General Janet Napolitano, action by the Mexican supreme court making it more difficult to extradite criminals has "created an incentive for people to flee into Mexico as a safe harbor." At one time, Mexico would not extradite criminals who might be subject to the death penalty; the Mexican court recently extended this "protection" to any Mexican who might receive a life sentence, thereby giving a free pass to rapists, kidnappers and child molesters. In fact, the investigating reporter found 100 cases of violent criminals from the Phoenix area escaping into Mexico in just the last few years. Meanwhile, the grieving family of 16-year-old Tanee gets no justice "” like thousands of others in the southwest.

    "¢ At the left is shown Darlene Squires, the distraught mother of a disabled teenager, one of two girls who were raped on October 24, 2002, by three members of a Salvadoran street gang located in Somerville, Massachusetts. Aged 17 and 14, both victims are deaf and one has cerebral palsy. Mrs. Squires believed that the attacks were a retaliation against her family because her husband confronted the young men after they had harassed the Squires son. Later reports indicated the men arrested for the crime were illegal aliens.Law enforcement officials were concerned about increased violence from the MS-13 gang which was "believed to have originated in part with soldiers and their families who left El Salvador." Local residents estimate the gang has more than 100 members in their community. An update a few months after the Squires crime showed that the gang problem in the community has only gotten worse.

    "¢ The lives of many law enforcement officers have been lost at the criminal hands of violent illegal aliens. One such was David March, a Los Angeles County Sheriff who was killed when he pulled over a car for a routine traffic stop. The driver was a dangerous Mexican drug dealer, Armando Garcia, who had been deported twice and has a long history of violent crime. After shooting Sheriff March twice in the head, Garcia was able to escape and is believed to be in Mexico, where officials refuse to send him back for trial. Garcia is also wanted for two attempted murders. At least one member of Congress, Adam Schiff, has called for President Bush to insist that Mexico extradite violent felons. Furthermore, the Attorneys General for all 50 states wrote to Ashcroft and Secretary of State Colin Powell to demand action on the extradition issue.

    "¢ Compared with many on this page who suffered violent crime, Barbara Vidlak got off easy with just identity theft. Still, you wouldn't want her problems. The rip-off of her Social Security number by an illegal immigrant has caused Barbara's phone to be turned off, loss of health insurance for her two kids as well as extra money out of pocket from the 34-year-old for credit checks and other expenses, such as lost time at work. She also had to act as a detective to track down the culprit who has filled her life with turmoil and stress. The reporting on this crime is notable for its relentless sympathy for the perpetrator, even when the damage to the victim is obvious for all to see. Rather than note how illegal immigration is not a victimless crime, reporter Cindy Gonza*** quotes an "immigrant rights" advocate who says that "In some ways, both women are victims."

    "¢ Eighteen-year-old Tricia Taylor of Detroit was in court in December 2002 to hear the plea of the illegal alien who caused her to lose both legs above the knees. Jose Carcamo was driving under the influence (.08 percent blood alcohol level) and speeding when he drove over a curb and smashed Taylor into a wall. One report stated that Carcamo has had 17 violations since 1995. Another noted that he was drag racing at the time of the crash. It is agreed that the car was travelling between 50 and 75 miles per hour on a street posted for 25 mph. Taylor's companion Noah Menard suffered a fractured skull and collarbone, as well as requiring eight pins to reconstruct his mangled elbow. The INS had twice begun deportation proceeding against Carcamo to return him to El Salvador, but regrettably did not follow through. Carcamo will be out of jail in a few years, but Tricia Taylor faces a lifetime of pain and disability because of another failure of the INS to remove a dangerous alien. Incidentally, drinking to excess and then driving is celebrated in Hispanic cultures rather than condemned.
    Sentencing Update: On January 13, 2003 Jose Carcamo was sentenced to 3-5 years in prison. Four months after the crash, Tricia Taylor still must take pain medication, antibiotics, anti-depressants and sleeping pills. Chronic bone infection means she may yet lose more of her right leg. Carcamo sent a note of apology to Taylor and Menard, but misspelled the names. She responded, "It hurts me every time I see him. He acts like he's sorry, but you'd think he would know our names." She is not forgiving, either: "I have my whole life with no legs ... I'm only 18. He gets no forgiveness."

    "¢ Another American stymied in the pursuit of justice for a murdered child is Ron Cornell, shown here with a car-hood portrait of his murdered son Joey. His son's killer, Gonzalo Villalobos, escaped to Mexico and, like so many others, is being protected by the Mexican government's refusal to extradite. At one point, Villalobos' whereabouts in El Salvador were known precisely, but there is no extradition cooperation with that nation either. (After the devastation of Hurricane Mitch in 1998, the United States sent $110 million in disaster relief aid to El Salvador.) This article includes a rogues gallery of mug shots of fugitives safe in Mexico.

    "¢ In June 2002, these four residents of Whidbey Island in Washington were the shooting victims of a Jamaican national who was evidently frustrated that he had ruined his plans to get a green card through marriage to an American woman. Preston Dean "Hugh" Douglas angered his girlfriend Holly Swartz because he had sexually abused her seven-year-old daughter. When Holly moved herself and her child into her mother's house, Douglas reacted by shooting Holly, her mother Marjorie Monnett (the mother of eight children), Marjorie's son Bruce and Bruce's girlfriend Sierra Klug. Holly and Marjorie were killed, and Bruce and Sierra survived. Douglas shot and killed himself. Reportedly Douglas was in the country illegally, although he was working as a bouncer at a local Chinese restaurant.

    "¢ On the day after New Years 2003, six-year-old Jose Soto was riding his bike around the parking lot near his parents' apartment house when he was struck and severely injured by a man backing out in a red truck. Witnesses were shocked when the man stopped and pulled the child from under the truck and roughly threw him aside before speeding off. At this writing, Jose is in critical condition in a Houston hospital and the perpetrator is believed to be on his way to Mexico, if not already there. The man's name was released a few days later: Jose Ines Morales. As noted above, once a criminal reaches Mexico, he has effectively eluded the law permanently, since America's southern neighbor refuses to extradite, as a matter of policy, criminals who may be punished according to the severity of their crimes.

    "¢ Sister Helen Chaska was murdered in late summer 2002 by being strangled with her rosary beads "” the beads were found imbedded in her neck. She was also raped, as was another nun who accompanied Sister Helen during walking prayers. Both women were in Klamath Falls, Oregon, doing missionary work when the crimes occurred. Her accused murderer is Maximiliano Esparza, who is in the United States illegally, and was convicted in 1988 of robbery and kidnapping in Los Angeles. He was sentenced to six years in prison, was released in 1992 and was on probation until 1995. By law, this man should have been deported to Mexico after his release in 1992. Instead, the INS allowed him to remain in the United States and commit even more heinous crimes. In this article, Michelle Malkin notes the Esparza crime and other examples of INS standard procedure of "catch and release" in violation of law.
    Sentencing Update: On April 8, 2003, Esparza was sentenced to life in prison without parole. The sentence was a deal worked out with the prosecution to avoid a trial with the possibility of the death penalty. Klamath County District Attorney Ed Caleb said that he wanted to avoid forcing the other nun who had been attacked to testify. In addition, Caleb sent a bill to the Mexican consulate for the cost of investigating and prosecuting the case. Not much chance of getting any money, but it is a reasonable gesture.

    "¢ It has been a decade since Oregon State Police Trooper Bret Clodfelter was murdered by an illegal alien, but the crime has not been forgotten. Trooper Clodfelter of Klamath Falls had arrested three Mexican men for being drunk and disorderly, then offered them a ride and was murdered for his generosity. The prosecuter sought the death penalty, but one dissenting juror meant Francisco Manzo-Hernandez got life in prison instead. To add to the tragedy, Clodfelter's widow Rene committed suicide a year after her husband was murdered. The couple had been married just over a month when the murder occurred.

    "¢ Officer Sheila Herring was lost to a bullet from an illegal alien in an early morning altercation at a Norfolk bar on January 16. The accused man, Mario Roberto Keen, a citizen of Jamaica, had reportedly shot a man in the bar after which the police were called. When several officers arrived, Keen opened fire and shot Officer Herring who died later in surgery. Keen was shot and killed at the scene. He had been sentenced to five years in prison in 1990 for selling cocaine and was later deported. Keen attempted to re-enter the United States in New York in 1997, but was reportedly barred from entering. It is not known when Keen succeeded in entering the U.S. But back to Sheila Herring: from all accounts she was an excellent police officer and loved her job. She had been a cop in Detroit for ten years before moving to Virginia. She was 39 and had an 18-year-old daughter.

    "¢ Angie Morfin of Salinas, California, testified before the House Immigration Subcommittee in June of 1999 about the murder of her 13-year-old son by an illegal alien gangster. Her boy Ruben was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time and was shot down by a Mexican who escaped to Mexico. Her testimony also noted how the Latino community in her town wants immigration laws enforced, particularly to deal with the problem of illegal alien gangs that are responsible for a lot of violent criminal activity. Since her son's murder, Angie Morfin has spoken out about the need for more Border Patrol agents and other enforcement to make her community safer so that no other mothers must suffer the loss that she has.

    "¢ Thirteen-year-old Laura Ayala went missing in March 2002, taken just a few feet from in her home in Houston. At this writing, there is no child and no body, although blood identified as being hers was identified in 2002 in the car of men believed to be connected with her abduction. Because of some evidence that she had been taken to Mexico, part of the search has been there. One complication was Houston's policy of "sanctuary" which disallows police from investigating a person's citizenship status. Illegal alien Walter Alexander Sorto was in police hands for traffic tickets but could not be deported because of the sanctuary policy: he is believed to be connected in Laura Ayala's disappearance which occurred several months after the ticket problem. Houston police office John Nickell testified before Congress (2/27/02) about how sanctuary laws inhibit the effectiveness of beat cops to deal with criminals and prevent crime.

    "¢ The danger on the highways from truckloads of illegal aliens in border areas has been increasing drastically. It is not unusual for a van full of illegal aliens to speed down the road in the wrong direction to avoid American law enforcement, causing death and injury to both American citizens and foreigners. One of the worst examples (shown at the left) took place near San Diego June 25, 2002, where seven people were killed and at least 31 were injured when a van tried to avoid a border checkpoint by turning the lights off and speeding against oncoming traffic in the wrong lane. Larry S. Baca of Albuquerque was killed when his Ford was smashed head-on by the immigrant van and knocked airborne. On March 10, 2003, two men were killed and 20 people were injured when a stolen truck loaded with illegal aliens tried to outrun American authorities.

    "¢ Dana Pevia was kidnapped from her North Carolina school bus stop in 1999 when she was only 11. In March, 2003, she was able to escape her captivity in Mexico and visit the American Consulate in Guadalahara. The officials there contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children through them reached Dana's mother Wanda was contacted. Dana returned home a few days later with her two children. The apparent kidnapper Hector Frausto, a "Mexican construction worker," was arrested in North Carolina on March 27. Dana was evidently forcibly kept captive by his family in Mexico for much of that time. She was only able to get away because she had the help of a sympathetic neighbor. The unasked question is why the obvious suspect's family in Mexico was not investigated four years ago. Was the unhelpful Mexican legal system being obstructionist yet again?

    "¢ The Marti family as pictured here during a happy moment no longer exists. Sean, just 24 years old, and his daughter Sage, 5 months old, were killed February 27 by a drunk illegal alien who was driving the wrong way on Highway 84 in Idaho. Natalie Marti was in a coma after the head-on crash and returned slowly to waking consciousness over a period of weeks. With coma victims, full mental functioning and memory can take much longer. She had attended college in Boise while she and Sean managed an apartment complex.
    Edgar Vasquez Hernandez, who worked as a house framer, was charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter and one count of aggravated driving. Court records show Hernandez was intoxicated at the time of the crash. Hispanics are statistically more likely to drive drunk than other groups, and motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death up to age 24 among Latinos.
    Sentencing Update: On June 10, 2003, Hernandez pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular manslaughter and one charge of aggravated driving under the influence. He will be sentenced on September 18.

    "¢ Maria Suarez was only 16 and living in Los Angeles when she was sold for $200 to a 68-year-old man, Anselmo Covarrubias, who presented himself in the neighborhood as a brujo, a magician. He raped and abused her, utilizing brainwashing where he said he had powers from the devil, as he had done to many Mexican girls held in virtual slavery before her. Another woman bludgeoned Covarrubias to death, and Suarez hid the weapon but was not directly involved in the killing. Still, she served 22 years in prison, and is slated to be released within a year.

    "¢ Phoenix Police Officer Robert Sitek was shot four times 4/12/03 during a traffic stop altercation with an illegal alien that became violent. Sitek and his partner David Thwing were on routine patrol when a red truck cut off their squad car, and when the officers stopped the truck the driver began shooting. Officer Sitek was in cardiac arrest by the time he reached the hospital and lost a considerable amount of blood. Shooter Francisco A. Gallardo was a "Mexican citizen who had recently completed a seven-year prison term for aggravated assault." He had been deported after his release but had returned to Arizona. Gallardo was shot and killed as he tried to escape by Officer Thwing.
    Medical Update, June 5, 2003: Officer Rob Sitek has had a slow but gradually successful recovery from injuries that surely would have been fatal to most. At nearly two months after the shooting, he has pulled out of a three-week coma, is still unable to walk but is determined to do so and eventually return to work.

    "¢ David Lazarus is a familiar name to the readers of the San Francisco Chronicle business pages, and the reporter appears occasionally on television news shows like This Week in Northern California on the local PBS affiliate. As a successful middle class professional, he probably never thought he would become the victim of an illegal alien, but that assumption would have been very wrong indeed. Mr. Lazarus recounts his experience of identity theft by a Jamaican national Derrick Davis, who used Lazarus' social security number to get nine credit cards and several jobs. Lazarus called his troubles a "royal pain," one that "has made my own life miserable." But David Lazarus is lucky because his own reporting skills helped him investigate the case, unlike most of the nearly 700,000 Americans hit by identity theft every year. While Lazarus has the pleasure of seeing the perp behind bars, many victims have to work for years to get their lives straightened out, if they ever do.

    "¢ Marc Atkinson was just 28 when he was shot and killed in a 1999 ambush by an illegal alien from Mexico. Officer Atkinson was a five-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Force, and was survived by his wife Karen, infant son and two siblings. The killer, Felipe Petrona-Cabanas, had around a pound of cocaine in his car when apprehended with two other Mexican nationals. The three came from a farming area in the state of Guerrero near Acapulco, and said they came to the United States to work but couldn't find any. A notable detail in the case is how an armed citizen, Rory Vertigan, came to the aid of the shot officer and helped apprehend the Mexicans, who certainly would have escaped over the border if they could have.

    "¢ Christina Long's body was found face down in a creek in Greenwich, Connecticut, after she was killed by asphyxiation during rough ***. Christina, aged 13, met her killer, Saul Dos Reis, through the internet in a chat room, an aspect of the case which has gotten it a lot of media attention, unlike the criminal's immigration status. Dos Reis attempted to give himself an alibi by emailing the girl and apologizing for not meeting her the night of the death. In fact, he strangled the sixth-grader and then dumped the body not far from his home. The killer is a Brazilian national who evidently overstayed his visa by several years and legally should be deported when he completes his sentence. He was convicted of manslaughter in mid-April 2003. This article includes a video clip about the case.
    Sentencing Update: At the sentencing, Saul Dos Reis stated, "I have not had a single night of sleep when I don't wake up drenched in sweat." Judge Patrick L. Carroll III responded, "That time for mercy was the evening your victim died in your hands." The Judge gave Dos Reis 30 years in prison, the maximum for manslaughter.

    "¢ Randy Burris died a hero, saving the lives of a young mother and her baby, as Randy pushed Heather Carlson's baby carriage from the path of a car careening out of control. Randy was the father of three children and had struck up a conversation with Heather about her dog. The murderous car was driven by a drunk illegal alien, Ricardo Arriaga-Gutierrez, whose blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit even several hours after the accident. After running Randy Burris down, Arriaga-Gutierrez fled the scene, hid the car in another county and went to a party to establish an alibi. Midway into the case, the prosecutor requested that bail be revoked because of the flight risk to Mexico, and the judge complied. Arriaga-Gutierrez must serve at least 90 percent of his 15-year sentence for vehicular homicide under current state guidelines, plus three years for leaving the scene of the accident and driving without a license. He is legally required to be deported at the time of his release.

    "¢ Officer Kenneth Collings of the Phoenix Police Department was killed in 1988 during the arrest of two robbery suspects at a local bank when one opened fire. One of the robbers, Ismael Conde, was quickly arrested but the other, Rudy Romero, escaped to Mexico. Romero was caught in southern Mexico in 2000 and brought back to stand trial. The Arizona Attorney General's Office credits help from the Phoenix Police Department, the FBI, the Attorney General for the Republic of Mexico, and the Mexican Federal Agency of Investigation "” a rare and welcome act of extradition from our southern neighbor. In March 2003, Romero was sentenced to 98 years in state prison.

    "¢ Unlike many on this page, Norman Wallace did not die at the hands of an illegal alien. The thirty-year-old MBA student from Youngstown, Ohio, was hard working and full of promise, according to all accounts. One of eleven children, he was active in his church as a young man. After getting a BA in Business Administration from Youngstown State University, he worked as a portfolio manager and managing partner of a food distribution company. At the Weatherhead School program at Case, he had recently been elected president of the Black MBA Student Association. Norman Wallace was killed by naturalized citizen Biswanath Halder, who immigrated from India as a 28-year-old adult in 1969 and became a citizen 11 years later. Halder was arrested after a shooting rampage of seven hours in which several people on the campus of Case Western Institute of Technology were shot. The picture of the shooter emerging is of a person with serious psychological problems. Even though Halder had a degree in engineering, he began receiving Social Security checks in the late 1980s for his "disabilities." He sued several companies for not hiring him, starting in 1990. He sued Case University over his website allegedly being deleted by a Case employee, but the suit was recently thrown out of court, a possible motive for the rampage. On May 29, the Cuyahoga County grand jury issued a 338-count indictment against Halder, including charges of murder and kidnapping: he faces the death penalty.
    As of this writing, the questions that should be asked have not: was Halder's "loner" rage an amplification of failed adjustment to American society, even after decades of living here? In 1993, he wrote, "The only thing I had in my mind when I created the Asian Indian Network was to serve my fellow countrymen," hardly the sentiments of an assimilated immigrant. Was he noticeably psychologically unbalanced as a young man, and a person who should not have been admitted in the first place for immigration in normal screening? And why aren't these questions being asked?

    "¢ Officer Hugo Arango of the Doraville (Georgia) Police Department was murdered by an illegal alien Bautista Ramirez May 13, 2000 "” there's no dispute about those facts. But the June trial has not been a pretty picture as admitted cop-killer Ramirez pleaded self-defense because he thought Officer Arango would kill him otherwise, saying "if I don't kill him, he's going to kill me." The prosecution contends that Ramirez shot the police officer simply to avoid arrest. The original altercation occurred outside a nightclub, when Arango approached Ramirez, then 19, and his cousin. Ramirez was an illegal alien from Mexico, and possessed a concealed gun. Also injured by Ramirez was nightclub manager David Contreras, who survived being shot in the face.
    Update, June 25, 2003: Bautista Ramirez was found guilty of the murder of Officer Arango, as well as of carrying a concealed weapon and aggravated assault against David Contreras, who was blinded in one eye in the attack. Evidently the jury was not impressed with the defense strategy of blaming the victim. The jury decided Ramirez should get life in prison (with the possibility of parole) plus 20 years for shooting Contreras and one year for gun possession. According to the strange math of sentencing, the convicted cop killer could be out in 46 years or less.

    "¢ Nine-year-old Jennette Tamayo was kidnapped from her San Jose house on June 6 after her arrival at around 4 pm. A surveilance video revealed that the kidnapper waited outside in his car for the girl to enter the house. The girl's mother and 15-year-old brother arrived half a few minutes later and couldn't open the garage door to enter. When the brother ducked underneath the door he was attacked and choked by the intruder. The mother got in and tried to fight off the man, but he managed to escape with Jennette in his car. An Amber Alert was put into effect soon after. Police were concerned the Latino man who kidnapped Jennette was headed for Mexico, where he would be safe from American prosecution which is known to deal harshly with child kidnappers.
    Update: Jennette walked into an east Palo Alto convenience store a couple days after her abduction. Her detailed description enabled police to arrest the suspect just a few hours later, also not far from her home. After some reports that the man used at least three aliases, mainly Enrique Alvarez, writer Michelle Malkin confirmed that the kidnapper is indeed an illegal alien.

    "¢ Victoria Hen was a victim of terrorism in America. She was shot and killed as she sat at her desk by Hesham Mohamed Hadayet on July 4, 2002, at the El Al ticket counter in Los Angeles International Airport. She was born in Israel and emigrated with her family to the US in 1990. Particularly sad is the fact that her family had planned a surprise party for her the next day where her boyfriend intended to propose. To add to the unimaginable tragedy for the family, Victoria's 18-year-old brother Nim was killed just four months later in a traffic accident with a hit-and-run driver. The LAX shooter was born in Egypt and lived here for a time as an illegal alien and was even considered for deportation until he got lucky when his wife won the Diversity Lottery. Even though Hadayet went to LAX armed to the teeth, expressed anti-American and anti-Israeli views and shot six people before he was killed by security, it took nine months for the FBI to call the crime an act of terrorism. In addition, it was reported just a few days after the shooting that Hadayet was connected with Egyptian Islamic Jihad and al Qaeda.

    "¢ Gary Selby was killed when an illegal alien with a blood alcohol level at three times the legal limit, Samuel Avalos Gallardo, drove over the dividing line and struck head-on the car Gary was driving. The three passengers were all badly injured but recovered. Gary's death occurred in October of 1992 when he was just 18 years old and just a few months after he graduated from high school. He was the older of two sons, and is still terribly missed by his family.
    The drunk illegal alien, Samuel Avalos Gallardo, was arrested at the scene, tried and sentenced to 40 years for the death and injury he caused. Incredibly, the Nevada Department of Corrections wrongly placed Gallardo on a minimum security work detail, from which he escaped just six months into his sentence. Ten years later, this criminal is not behind bars where he belongs, but lives free somewhere. Gallardo's freedom remains a source of pain for Gary Selby's family, who still hope for the capture of the criminal and some justice.

    "¢ Killing a horse is certainly insignificant in comparison with many of the crimes noted here. But the senseless cruelty of killing a beautiful animal as some sort of sick fun shouldn't be overlooked either. "This was an especially horrific and wanton killing," according to Sonoma County Prosecutor James Patrick Casey. Gentle Song was a thoroughbred mare that was the beloved pet of a 13-year-old girl in Sonoma County, California. The horse won three races and placed seven times in a racing career of 27 starts, earning $65,000. A couple of illegal alien ranch hands had a few drinks and thought they would have some kicks by running down animals in a field with a car and truck. The mare was struck and died of head injuries. Local animal lovers put together a $20,000 reward to find the culprits, a strategy which succeeded. Liobijildo Guzman Herrera and Noel Guido-Silva, both of Mexico, were arrested June 13. If convicted, the men could spend a year or more in prison and have to pay substantial fines.

    "¢ Oceanside Officer Tony Zeppetella was a rookie cop, who had been in the department just over a year, when he was shot three times and killed in a credit union parking lot by Adrian George Camacho, a Mexican illegal alien with a long criminal record. Officer Zeppetella was married with a six-month-old child. He was born in Whittier and enlisted in the navy after he graduated from high school in 1994. Tony Zeppetella was 27 years old when he was killed. The accused killer had been deported several times, and his criminal record lists drugs, illegal firearms possession and gang activity. Camacho fled the scene of the shooting to the home of his ex-wife's parents, and was taken into custody only after a four-hour standoff.

    "¢ Eighteen-year-old Faith Johnston used her appearance on the witness stand to go public with her identity as a rape victim of Catholic Priest Kelvin Iguabita when she was only 15. The priest was arrested in January 2002 for assaulting her repeatedly over a four-month period. In the end, Superior Court Judge Richard Welsh sentenced the convicted Iguabita to a higher-than-requested 12-14 years in prison, after which the Columbian national will be deported to his home country. The trial and sentencing are part of the healing process for Faith Johnston, who has attempted suicide and has experienced panic attacks since the abuse. She is still unable to play the violin, because the calculating predator used music to get closer to his victim, and playing the violin reminds Faith of the assaults.

    "¢ Christopher Shackleford, 19, was killed July 29, 2000, in Marietta, Georgia, by a drunk driver, an illegal alien whose blood alcohol was at twice the legal limit. Also killed were two other teenagers in the car "” Julieanne Pascoe, 18, and Kelli Bourgeois, 19. Chris was an aspiring filmmaker, and was majoring in film at Georgia State University where he was a freshman.
    When Atlanta INS assistant district director Bart Szafnicki read about the deaths, he decided that more serious action against drunk driving illegal aliens was needed, and he began deportation proceedings against 64 such foreigners in his district. "I thought about how I would feel if it was my child," said Szafnicki. "Anyone who is arrested for DUI who is an illegal alien needs to go home. The native-born population in the U.S. has largely recognized the problem with DUI. But with the new influx of immigrants, I just don't think the word has filtered down."
    In May 2001, Sergio Montelongo-Sanchez, the drunk-driving illegal alien, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, DUI, reckless driving, possession of alcohol by a minor, and several other charges. For all that, he was sentenced to 45 years in prison.

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    • #3
      don't forget the woman in NYC who was dragged from a park bench into the bushes, beaten and raped by 5 illegal Mexicans.

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      • #4
        Sadly, I would bet the number of USC's who commit the same crimes far out numbers that of illegal aliens. Does anyone know the statistics?

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        • #5
          So bad behavior by USC makes it ok for more bad behavior by folks that should not even be in this country. Might want to grow up, grade school is long gone, Johnny did it so????The point is these folks would be live today if this mass illegal invasion never happened GET IT, they were killed by folks that our laws, sovernitry of a country, any country has a right to say who enters and who doesn't. If we apply your thinking to the world then we all have a right to go where ever we want and screw that countries laws RIGHT, not the real world HUH? In fact that will get your shot in most 3td world countries , like they do on Mexico's Southern Border, interesting that we cannot freely invade Mexico with out ending up in their rat-bag prison .

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          • #6
            With your incredible literacy and ability to do research, it is unfortunate that you might only see this as being alien behavior.That you forget to make comment of the hundreds of thousanands resident and illegal that have a tremendously positive effect on our community/country.Inhumanity is unacceptable regardless of where a person is born. However, every continent, country, state, and small town recieve its fair share. If in fact things happen for a reason as so many people say they do- It might be a better idea to learn from victims, reach out to them and there family's. Make harsher punishment for crime. Segregation and pointing fingers at enormous groups of people in general will only degrade what the US was originally made up to be.
            Please take one evening to research how many USC women abondon/ abort a child in a day, take another night to research how many elderly people loose there homes in the US because they cant pay taxes, how many DUIs are issued daily. Immorality plays an active role everywhere, No it is not okay.
            After you have retreived these results, tell me where did your great grandparents come from? Do you realize that with the exception of native american Indians we are the descendendts of immigrants.
            What is it that you expect to see happen?

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            • #7
              deport illegal aliens

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                With your incredible literacy and ability to do research, it is unfortunate that you might only see this as being alien behavior.That you forget to make comment of the hundreds of thousanands resident and illegal that have a tremendously positive effect on our community/country.Inhumanity is unacceptable regardless of where a person is born.

                Where is the POSTIVE when they overcrowd my sons school and he must sit next to folks who have by-passed our health checks and he is exposed to TB which is in epidemic portions in this country after WE wiped it out here? Calif needs to build a school a day, HA HA, 38 billion in the hole, they spend 24 billion on the worst school system in the U.S. but I MUST PAY TO EDUCATE 1.6 MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS,IT COST ME, NOT THEM AN EXTRA $1,133 IN TAXES TO FUND PEOPLE WHO DO NOT RESPECT MY RIGHT TO LIFE., HUMINTY, WHERE DO THERE SHOW THAT TO US??? The same compassion you ask from us you do not show to the legal folks of this nation, our Founding Fathers dream was that no one group come up on the backs of others. That is why we have a LAW and A NUMBER we can let in this country at one time, we know poverty level immigration costs CITZENS there tax dollars to help them get going in this country. I have no problem with paying for legal immigration, but when YOU STEAL FROM ME I HAVE A PROBLEM, CAN I STEAL FROM THEM ???NO I COMIT 3 FELONIES I GO TO JAIL, GET IT????


                However, every continent, country, state, and small town recieve its fair share. If in fact things happen for a reason as so many people say they do- It might be a better idea to learn from victims, reach out to them and there family's. Make harsher punishment for crime. Segregation and pointing fingers at enormous groups of people in general will only degrade what the US was originally made up to be.

                We have a proud immigration history, but you did not come or were let into this country unless you followed the RULES, get it. You insult our settlers who tamed this country,. BIG DIFFERENCE, then those that sneak in to take what others have built while violating our laws and morals that made this country.. If we all started acting like this would this be a good place to live, I THINK NOT. You forget that we the citizens own this country and 85% of us say no to illegal immigration

                I. General Attitudes Toward Immigration
                Attitudes Toward Number of Legal Immigrants
                Currently, immigration is the driving force behind population growth in
                the U.S. If present trends continue, the nation's population is expected to
                be about 400 million people by the year 2050, up from 293 million now.
                Most immigrants live in this country legally and have a visa, citizenship
                papers, or have gone through other official channels. The U.S. accepts
                about one million new legal immigrants a year.
                Asked what they think is a "desirable" number of legal immigrants per
                year, most Americans (76%) would prefer immigration be kept below
                current levels (i.e., they say they would like to see less than one million
                per year admitted).
                In fact, a majority (58%) would prefer fewer than 300,000 enter per year.
                Opinions vary somewhat by age, with older Americans taking a harder
                line against legal immigration; in fact, one in four of those age 65+ (25%)
                would prefer to see no legal immigrants enter per year, whereas only one
                in twenty (5%) of those 18-24 have the same view.
                Attitudes Toward Illegal Immigration
                About 400,000 immigrants come to this country each year illegally, and it
                is estimated that 8 to 10 million illegal immigrants reside in the U.S.
                today.
                Americans agree (85%) that illegal immigration is a "serious" problem,
                and over half (55%) say it is "very serious."
                Older Americans are particularly likely to hold this view. For example,
                persons age 65+ are twice as likely as 18-24 year olds to say illegal
                immigration is a "very serious" problem.
                Setting Goals
                As a measure of their concern about illegal immigration, most Americans
                approve setting as goals:
                ! Completely halting illegal immigration (68%) and
                ! The reduction of the number of illegal immigrants now present in
                the United States to near zero (67% agree)
                Again, older Americans are particularly likely to agree these are worthy
                goals, with about twice as many 65+ year-olds than 18-24 year-olds
                "strongly agreeing" that such goals should be implemented.

                In L.A. older citizens are forced out of the housing market because of mass illegal immigration is driving the market beyond their reach, GET A CLUE,NOT ONLY HOUSING BUT ALSO MEDICAL CARE BECAUSE THESE FOLKS DON'T THINK THEY SHOULD PAY FOR IT, why do you think they as a group are so against this, read the facts before you make your statements, they went through the toughest times in this country, the Great Depression, 4 wars , rationing of gas, sugar, metal and food to support WW2, we were not always the richest nation, when the Great Depression hit this country and you were LUCKY to have a nickel IN your pocket ,we did not invade another country because times were tough, they stayed and fought ,unlike our NEW illegal immigrates who do not have the ***** to stay and fix there problems ,they come here and steal what others have DIED to build, and you compare them to these folks, WHAT AN INSULT. You cheapen and degraded what built this country.

                Please take one evening to research how many USC women abondon/ abort a child in a day, take another night to research how many elderly people loose there homes in the US because they cant pay taxes, how many DUIs are issued daily. Immorality plays an active role everywhere, No it is not okay.

                Lose homes to taxes, what do you think illegal immigration does, raise taxes to pay for it, it cost us 70 BILLION PER YEAR ,GET IT, WHAT DOES ALL THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, DUI YOU SAY
                Hispanic drivers are more likely than White or African American drivers to consume more alcohol more frequently. The mean number of drinks believed to affect driving ranges from:
                6.1 to 8.0 for Hispanics
                2.1 to 4.8 for Whites
                4.3 to 6.4 for African Americans
                Motor Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for Hispanics through the age of 24, and the second leading cause of death for ages 25-44. They are the third leading cause of death for Hispanics of all ages surpassed only by heart disease and cancer. (Monthly Vital Statistics Report for 1995, [CDC, 1997]
                Hispanics were shown to be more likely than Whites to drive with blood alcohol concentration levels over .05, according to the 1996 National Roadside Survey.
                Mortality rates among adolescents ages 13 to 19 years, rates of death due to motor vehicle crashes (adjusted per billion vehicle-miles) are highest among Hispanic and African American males.
                In terms of overall mortality rates, rates of death due to motor vehicle crashes are higher among Hispanics than among Whites and African Americans.
                This overview was prepared and released by MADD and an independent coalition researcher. The overview prepared by Dr. Catherine Clark, Alcohol Policy Group, Berkeley, CA. The overview was reviewed by Dr. Raul Caetano, Houston School of Medicine, University of Texas, and Dr. Robert Voas, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, and member of the MADD National Board of Directors.

                I GUESS THEY ARE HELPING CONTROLL OUR POPULATION FOR US ,HUH???ONCE YOU DISREPECTS ONE NATION'S LAWS AND ITS CITIZENS ALL OTHERS MEAN NOTHING TOO YOU RIGHT???30% ARE IN OUR FEDERAL PRISIONS. GET A CLUE.

                After you have retreived these results, tell me where did your great grandparents come from? Do you realize that with the exception of native american Indians we are the descendendts of immigrants.
                What is it that you expect to see happen?

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                  deport illegal aliens

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                    DO YOU THINK THEY 'CARE ABOUT OUR SAFETY" OR COUNTRY, GET A CLUE
                    Mexican IDs called a threat
                    Security: Some lawmakers, FBI say cards can be obtained illegally, pose terror risk to country
                    
                    By Lisa Friedman
                    From our Washington Bureau
                    
                    WASHINGTON -- Mexican identification cards issued to more than 9,000 Los Angeles-area residents each month could threaten national security, FBI and Department of Homeland Security officials declared Thursday.
                    Reps. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys, and Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood, defended local acceptance of the card, saying its use does not give the bearer any special immigration status and does not help in obtaining benefits. They argued that the matricula consulars are often harder to forge than U.S.-issued documents.
                    "It seems to me there is a great deal of fuss being made about this card that is, in essence, just helping people do their jobs,' Sanchez said.
                    Meanwhile, Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Thousand Oaks, said he expects the House to vote by December on legislation he sponsored prohibiting federal agencies from accepting the Mexican ID and other foreign- issued identification except passports.
                    In a hearing that sparked heated debate among Southern California lawmakers before the House Judiciary Committee panel on immigration, law enforcement officials said the matricula consular cards can easily be obtained illegally and used to aid criminal activity.
                    "Clearly this is a threat and a vulnerability,' said Steven McCraw, assistant director in the FBI intelligence unit. He believes al-Qaida networks and other terrorists are watching the expanding acceptance of the matricula consular at banks as well as state and local agencies.
                    "They're persistent, and they're adaptable, and any ability to get fictitious identification, they're going to exploit,' McCraw said.
                    "We're very concerned about these cards,' said Homeland Security Department Assistant Secretary C. Stewart Verdery.
                    Verdery voiced concern about misuse of the cards as "breeder documents' to more easily gain access to other documents, such as driver's licenses, and create false identities.
                    Thursday's congressional hearing was the second this month on the matricula consular. On June 19, the House Judiciary panel launched an investigation into the cards because of concerns about national security risks.
                    The cards have been issued since 1871 to Mexicans living abroad as a way to help them seek embassy assistance. Recently, however, the Mexican government has promoted the cards' acceptance for general identification purposes in the United States provoking controversy between immigration foes and advocates.
                    Opponents say illegal immigrants are the primary users of the cards, and say increased acceptance of the cards is a de-facto amnesty program.
                    Supporters say being able to show some identification gives illegal immigrants a measure of protection against predators and also helps local officials who need to see IDs to allow people into buildings and other routine matters do their jobs.
                    To date, 402 cities and 32 counties, including the city of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County and Ventura County, have started accepting the card as identification. In addition, 908 law enforcement agencies nationwide accept the cards, including the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the Los Angeles Police Department.
                    Berman said he objected to the repeated allusions to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks made by opponents of the card. "To take the emotionality of that issue and apply it to the issue of the consulate identifiers creates an impression that isn't really fair.'
                    But Gallegly said acceptance of the cards "puts America at great peril.'
                    "The only people who need these cards are illegal immigrants, sometimes criminals and maybe terrorists,' Gallegly said. He noted that other countries like Nicaragua, Guatemala and Poland are looking at issuing similar cards. "Are we willing to accept consular cards from the Saudis? From Syria? From Colombia?' he asked.
                    Gallegly's legislation is supported by Reps. Ken Calvert, R-Riverside; Howard P. "Buck' McKeon, R-Santa Clarita; Ed Royce, R-Fullerton; Gary Miller, R-Diamond Bar; and Dana Rohrabacher, R- Huntington Beach.
                    Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., fully intends to move the bill, Gallegly said, adding it will likely come to a vote in this session.
                    To date, the Bush administration has no clear policy on the matricula consular cards. U.S. Treasury Department regulations allow financial institutions to accept it as identification.



                    Mexico will listen U.S. concerns but continue issuing ID cards
                    



                    ASSOCIATED PRESS
                    8:47 p.m., July 16, 2003
                    MEXICO CITY – Mexico is willing to listen to U.S. security concerns about consular identification cards issued to Mexicans residing in the United States, Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez said Wednesday.
                    Derbez responded to a provision approved by the U.S. House to regulate the identification cards, known as "matricula consular," which allow cardholders in the United States to open a bank account, send money or obtain a driver's licenses in some states.
                    Mexico will continue issuing the cards to help its citizens living abroad under provisions of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, Derbez said.
                    "Through consulates, we will continue to issue the cards," Derbez said. "We are open to continuing the cooperation necessary to comply with internal security requirements – our requirements and those of the United States – but always within the bounds of international law."
                    Derbez said he will consult the U.S. State Department about its specific concerns. Mexico is interested in providing the people of Mexican origin living in the United States with the tools to improve their living conditions, he said.
                    "We are ... disposed to improve the quality of the document if it would allow everyone to have greater security, for us and our citizens," Derbez said.
                    In some cases, police in the United States have found the cards useful when arresting illegal immigrants.
                    But concerns have arisen over the reliability of the cards and whether the cards provide legitimacy to illegal immigrants.
                    Derbez maintained that the ID cards currently being issued meet the standards established "in any transportation department or police department of the United States."
                    Mexico is updating old cards through an exchange program, he said.
                    Measures approved by the U.S. House would allow the U.S. State Department to require countries keep accurate records of cards issued and use anti-fraud systems, with penalties for countries whose violations create a national security risk or facilitate fraud. One measure would require the State Department to stop issuing visas to citizens of countries committing violations.


                    Mexico won't halt unlawful U.S. entry
                    
                    Minister's stance defies spirit of deal
                    By Jerry Kammer
                    COPLEY NEWS SERVICE
                    July 18, 2003

                    WASHINGTON – Two years ago, near the beginning of Jorge Castaneda's tenure as Mexico's foreign secretary, he floated a bold plan for managing the old problem of illegal immigration to the United States.
                    If the United States would legalize millions of Mexicans already here and invite others to come as temporary workers, Mexico would end its laissez faire policy at the border and take firm steps to block illegal immigrants from crossing.
                    But last week a member of Mexican President Vicente Fox's Cabinet flatly rejected the notion that Mexico would restrain its people's illegal movement into the United States.
                    "We are not going to do that," said Secretary of Governance Santiago Creel. The Mexican Constitution guarantees "complete freedom of movement" within Mexico, said Creel. "We can't put up a checkpoint or a customs station inside our territory."
                    Creel's remarks were a restatement of long-standing Mexican policy. But they also were the first public disavowal by a Mexican Cabinet official of the strategy advanced by Castaneda, who resigned in January, largely out of frustration at the lack of progress in the immigration talks.
                    Castaneda's half-brother, Andres Rozental, who advised Mexican immigration negotiators, said Mexico proposed a "quid pro quo." The offer to restrain cross-border movements "was the quid," he said.
                    "You both gave and took," said Rozental, a former deputy foreign minister. "The 'take' was you received an orderly way for a large number of Mexicans to go to the United States, and in exchange (Mexico promised) to play its role in ensuring that the vast majority go that way."
                    There is disagreement about whether Mexican negotiators actually ever made an express offer to halt illegal immigration on their side of the border.
                    Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Jeffrey Davidow disputes Rozental's contention that it was a concrete offer.
                    Davidow, who closely followed the immigration talks, said Mexican negotiators were less ambitious than Rozental recalls.
                    "That idea was never presented at the technical-level meetings," said Davidow, who now heads the Institute of the Americas in La Jolla. "That was the greatest weakness in the whole negotiating scenario: The Mexican 'quid' was not going to be big enough for the U.S. 'quo.' What were they going to doStart a Border Patrol the same size as ours to keep the Mexicans from crossing?"
                    Rozental said the strategy was based on Fox's enormous popularity at the beginning of his presidency. They had hoped it would enable him to sell sweeping and controversial immigration reform on both sides of the border. But Fox's popularity has fallen considerably since then, and the talks stalled after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
                    Rozental disputed Creel's contention that a program to restrict illegal immigration would violate the Mexican Constitution.
                    "The Constitution says that Mexicans have freedom of movement, but it also says (that movement is) subject to administrative regulations. The administrative regulations are already out there."
                    Armand Peschard-Sverdrup, who studies U.S.-Mexico relations at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said limitations on emigrants would be a hard sell in a country where millions of people see the United States as their only alternative to poverty.
                    "How can you deny someone a chance for the decent life you cannot provide them?" he said.
                    Peschard-Sverdrup drew a parallel between the reluctance of Mexican political leaders to restrain illegal immigrants at the border and the refusal of their U.S. counterparts to enforce workplace sanctions against employers who deliberately hire illegal immigrants.
                    "Politically, both things are very difficult," he said.
                    Meanwhile, Creel, a likely 2006 presidential

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                        A troubling trend: Hispanics and DWI
                        Latinos account for nearly half of 2002 Austin arrests
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                        Rebecca McEntee AMERICAN-STATESMAN

                        Austin police officer Steven Martinez gives a Hispanic driver a sobriety test after pulling him over on East Seventh Street early on a Saturday morning last month. Hispanics make up about 21 percent of Austin drivers but accounted for 47 percent of the 3,007 arrests for driving while intoxicated last year. Lawyers, police and experts disagree on why.

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                        By Claire Osborn and Andy Alford

                        AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF

                        Sunday, July 20, 2003

                        By the time police stopped him, the driver of the Ford Escort had sped out of an East Austin alley and slammed into a curb.

                        Oscar Medina, 25, could barely walk a straight line or count to 10 when he got out of the car. Reeking of alcohol, Medina told an officer he had drunk seven beers that night and had had nothing to eat since breakfast.

                        A breath test indicated his blood alcohol level was .163 percent, twice the legal limit.

                        Medina, who was arrested June 7 and jailed on a charge of drunken driving, contributes to an unfortunate Austin statistic: Of 3,007 drunken driving arrests in 2002, 43 percent involved Hispanic men, even though they make up only about 11 percent of Austin's driving population.

                        Including women, Hispanics made up 47 percent of the DWI arrests but only 21 percent of Austin drivers.

                        The reasons why aren't clear. Defense lawyers blame racial profiling by police. Austin police say bars should be more accountable for the drinks they serve.

                        Sociologists cite studies showing that Latinos tend to drink less often but in large amounts when they do. Some advocates for Austin's Latino immigrants say many migrants arrive unfamiliar with U.S. laws on drinking and driving.

                        "The most important thing is that this is a complex behavior that probably has many explanations that are individual as well as environmental or social, and because of that, it is a difficult problem to deal with," said Raul Caetano, a professor and assistant dean at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Dallas.

                        What all agree on is that more needs to be done to discourage a deadly trend: One-third of last year's 71 traffic fatalities in Austin involved Latino deaths. Alcohol was a factor in 74 percent of the 23 Latino deaths in those wrecks.

                        By comparison, alcohol was a factor in 60 percent of the 42 fatal wrecks involving whites. Only two blacks died in wrecks last year. The ethnicity of four others who died wasn't indicated, and the information did not differentiate between drivers, pedestrians or passengers.

                        These statistics and the nation's changing ethnic landscape have prompted Mothers Against Drunk Driving, for the first time in its 23-year history, to start a campaign this spring in Austin focusing on Latino drivers.

                        The effort, part of a national campaign, is called Pasa las Llaves, which means "Pass the Keys" in Spanish.

                        Statistics show that drunken driving and crashes are high among Latinos across the nation, said Betty Swinners, a diversity coordinator for MADD's national office.

                        Statewide, 42 percent of the people arrested in 2002 for driving while intoxicated were Latino, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

                        In Austin, 46 percent of the people arrested for drunken driving from 1999 to 2002 were Latino, according to the Austin Police Department.

                        Enforcement target?

                        Some people find the Austin statistics hard to believe.

                        "In a general sense, Latinos are no more likely to be driving while intoxicated than any other race or ethnicity. And the fact that more have been arrested for DWI might suggest there's some bias in enforcement," said Joe Berra, a San Antonio-based staff attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a national Latino civil rights organization.

                        Police are required by state law to record the race of all drivers during traffic stops, although the law does not tell officers how to determine ethnicity.

                        Austin officers say they do not profile Latino drivers.

                        "When I'm behind someone who's swerving all over the road, I don't know if they're black, white or Hispanic," senior officer Robert Smith said.

                        Smith has worked in the drunken driving patrol for 3 1/2 years. He spends his nights and early mornings watching for signs of intoxicated motorists, including speeding and driving without headlights.

                        "One thing I have noticed is that the Hispanics I arrest for DWI, 90 percent of the time, are more drunk than the white and black people I arrest," Smith said, referring to blood-alcohol level.

                        Smith's supervisor, Cmdr. Juan Gonza***, is responsible for the eight patrol officers and one sergeant assigned to the drunken driving patrol.

                        "We don't target East Austin," Gonza*** said, "We do go where we're able to arrest the most DWIs "” and the downtown area is it."

                        But drinking isn't limited to downtown, Gonza*** said, and Austin officers will direct their efforts wherever they are likely to find inebriated motorists.

                        "Our deal is to reduce DWIs and reduce fatalities. I think that if you reduce one, you will reduce the other. If we make (people) scared to drive drunk, if there's an extra penalty, if they know that . . . hopefully, that will work."

                        Some Austin criminal defense lawyers disagree with police and say their clients are being targeted because of their ethnicity.

                        "A lot of my clients say they are leaving a bar and not doing anything wrong, and a cop pulls them over," lawyer Leonard Martinez said. The only thing his clients are doing wrong, Martinez said, is "driving while Mexican."

                        Traffic stop profiles

                        Racial profiling data released by the Austin Police Department indicates that about 31 percent of all traffic stops in 2002 involved Latino drivers.

                        By comparison, Latinos "” men and women "” represent 21 percent of all Austin drivers, according to census data about Austin households with at least one car. Latino men and women represented 47 percent of Austin's drunken driving arrests in 2002

                        Whites, who make up about 65 percent of Austin drivers, made up 53 percent of all 2002 traffic stops.

                        Antonio Wehnes, another Austin lawyer, said Latino drivers get stopped because they drive older model cars. He also said many of his clients are not as familiar with drinking and driving laws as drivers from other ethnic groups.

                        "These guys work in 60-hour weeks in the hot sun all day, and when they get off work, they open up a six-pack and blow off steam," Wehnes said.

                        Jennifer Long, the executive director for Casa Marianella, which helps immigrants from Mexico and Central America get settled, agreed with Wehnes about migrants' unfamiliarity with the law.

                        "They have expressed surprise about the stricter laws in the U.S.," Long said.

                        One of the problems is that people without immigration documents cannot get a driver's license, said Angeles Gomez, a spokeswoman for the Mexican Consulate in Austin.

                        "They do not know the rules," Gomez said, "and this causes a vicious cycle."

                        Dangerous choices

                        Austin's statistics are not unique.

                        In California, 48 percent of drunken driving arrests in 2001 were of Latino men, according to that state's Department of Motor Vehicles. Figures from 2002 were not available. Latinos make up roughly 21 percent of the California driving population.

                        "The profile of a drunk driver in California is a young Hispanic male, and I bet you have a similar situation all over the Southwest," UT's Caetano said.

                        Oscar Medina, who was arrested June 7 on Medina Street in East Austin, said he had been drinking at home after a day at work. He failed the sobriety tests, which were videotaped, that officer Smith gave him on the scene.

                        Handcuffed in the back seat of a patrol car on the way to jail, Medina, a carpet layer, had an explanation. "I just got divorced," he said. "We were married 10 years. Sometimes you can't find a way out."

                        On June 13, Medina was convicted on misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated. It was the second time for the young father of two children.

                        Medina has had his driver's license suspended for a year, but a judge agreed that if Medina completes 30 hours of an Alcoholics Anonymous program while in jail, he can have his 180-day jail sentence cut in half.

                        However, if Medina is found guilty a third time of driving while intoxicated, it's an automatic felony.

                        UT's Caetano, who previously was a professor at the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley, where he worked at a national alcohol research center, is a member of the national board of MADD. He said there are several reasons why drunken driving arrest rates are high among Latino drivers.

                        "The first reason has to do with the very emotional and controversial issue of police profiling. . . . Data from isolated jurisdictions has indeed shown there seems to be a suggestion that police profile drivers," he said.

                        Cultural perceptions

                        The other possible explanation is that Latinos tend to consume more alcohol at each drinking occasion than other ethnic groups, Caetano said.

                        "The traditional pattern of drinking in Mexico is one of infrequent drinking of high amounts," he said, citing a national survey he conducted with other researchers.

                        However, Caetano said that despite what the public perception may be, "My research showed that a Latino born in the United States is three times more likely to be arrested (for driving while intoxicated) than a Latino who is an immigrant."

                        Figures weren't available for how many of the Latinos arrested for drunken driving in Austin in 2002 were immigrants.

                        Caetano said that he thinks MADD's Pasa las Llaves campaign is effective because it focuses on the family. A lot of festivities with drinking happen within the family, he said.

                        "We want to deliver the message that you can celebrate your culture, but protect your family if you're drinking or planning to drink," said Swinners of the national MADD office.

                        The organization started the Pasa las Llaves campaign two years ago with a grant from Mitsubishi Motors America Inc. Austin's campaign, which was mentioned on the Spanish-language television station Univision, started in March.

                        So far, MADD staff members have visited flea markets, community safety fairs and a church as part of the Austin campaign.

                        An advisory board for the campaign meets monthly with different representatives from the community, including police, Capital Metro, the Texas Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The group hasn't decided on a specific approach to the problem in Austin.

                        "We want a program that would encompass the victims of drunk drivers, the offenders and the club owners or bartenders, to address the issue of overserving," said Rena Dietrich, director of the Heart of Texas chapter of MADD in Austin.

                        Late-night bus rides

                        To help keep drunken drivers off the road, Capital Metro beginning Aug. 18 will offer late-night routes during the week and on Saturdays, connecting downtown to East, Southeast and North Austin.

                        The routes will run along several main streets, including Riverside Drive, Oltorf Street, South Congress Avenue, Rosewood Avenue, Airport Boulevard, Springdale Road, Seventh Street, Lamar Boulevard, Rundberg Lane and Lavaca Street, from midnight to 3 a.m.

                        Police said they are using several approaches. They hold community safety fairs throughout Austin to discuss the law. The fairs also allow people to simulate driving while drunk by getting in a golf cart and putting on goggles that are distorted to mimic intoxication.

                        Police also have made safety presentations at flea markets and churches, and run public safety announcements on Spanish-language radio stations.

                        But some, including Medina, learn the hard way.

                        On the night he was arrested he said: "You know what? Next time, I'm going to think twice about doing that again."

                        cosborn@statesman.com; 445-3871 aalford@statesman.com; 445-1774

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                          deport illegal aliens

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                            Aberdeen Man stabbed, Police looking for suspect
                            Aberdeen - AN ABERDEEN MAN IS RECOVERING AFTER BEING STABBED IN HIS OWN FRONTYARD.
                            POLICE ARE STILL SEARCHING FOR THE SUSPECT WHO WAS LAST SEEN HEADED TO AMERICAN FALLS.
                            POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR JENARO GARCIA MARTINEZ.
                            ACCORDING TO POLICE, MARTINEZ STABBED ROMULA SERNA SEVERAL TIMES WITH A KNIFE IN FRONT OF SERNA'S SOUTH ABERDEEN HOME.
                            SERNA WAS TRANSPORTED TO HARMS MEMORIAL IN AMERICAN FALLS, AND LATER TRANSFERRED TO PORTNEUF MEDICAL IN POCATELLO.
                            POLICE ARE STILL SEARCHING FOR MARTINEZ.
                            CAPTAIN RAY ELDER\ABERDEEN POLICE DEPARTMENT:
                            "He fled the area, abandoned his vehicle, we're attempting to locate him at this time."
                            POLICE SAY MARTINEZ IS AN ILLEGAL ALIEN WHO HAS ALREADY BEEN DEPORTED ONCE, AND HAS A PREVIOUS CRIMINAL HISTORY.
                            ABERDEEN POLICE WANT TO EMPHASIZE THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING.
                            MARTINEZ IS DESCRIBED AS A HISPANIC MAN, HE'S ABOUT FIVE-FIVE AND WEIGHS 185 POUNDS.
                            IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THIS CASE CALL POLICE AT 397-4270.
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                              07/21/2003

                              Woman dies in crash of car believed to contain illegal immigrants


                              OROVILLE, Wash. (AP) - A sports utility vehicle carrying what appeared to be illegal immigrants from South Korea crashed, leaving one woman dead and three others injured, authorities said.

                              A man believed to be the driver, who fled on foot after the crash, was arrested and jailed Saturday night, an Okanogan County sheriff's dispatcher said early Monday.

                              A rented Mercury Mountaineer went out control early Saturday, apparently while the driver was fleeing from the Border Patrol on a back road near this town just south of the Canadian border, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said.

                              A 39-year-old woman died when she was thrown from the SUV and crushed by it as it overturned, officials said.

                              The dead woman's name, circumstances of the arrest and other details were not available early Monday, the dispatcher said.

                              Three other people from the van were taken to Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak for treatment of injuries that did not appear to be serious, said Rogers and Border Patrol Agent Paul Jones.

                              Rogers said the patrol has a no-pursuit policy and was not engaged in a high-speed chase of the SUV, which carried 11 people and had been rented Wednesday in Los Angeles.

                              The accident was at least the third apparent smuggling incident involving Koreans in the county in less than a year.

                              Six South Koreans and a Hong Kong resident were arrested in December near Molson, east of Oroville, a month after 15 South Koreans were taken into custody at the same location.

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