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Ninth Circuit Court rules in favor of day laborer’s right to assemble

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirmed the district court’s decision in Comité de Jornaleros de Redondo Beach v. City of Redondo Beach that struck down the City of Redondo Beach’s anti-solicitation ordinance as a “facially unconstitutional restriction on speech.”

The court cited the “well-established principles of First Amendment law,” and the court concluded that the city’s “Ordinance fails to satisfy the narrow tailoring element of the Supreme Court’s time, place and manner test.”

“Today’s decision sets a strong precedent [for] day laborer rights and stands as one in a line of successful cases brought by MALDEF on behalf of the rights of day laborers in the Ninth Circuit over the last dozen years,” a Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) statement read.

“Today’s en banc Ninth Circuit opinion resoundingly vindicates the First Amendment rights of day laborers throughout the western United States,” Thomas Saenz, MALDEF President and General Counsel said. “Dozens of similar ordinances throughout the region that purport to prevent day laborers from speaking on sidewalks are now even more plainly violative of the Constitution. Each municipality with such an ordinance should immediately suspend and repeal its law. The longstanding principle that the right of free speech belongs to everyone has been significantly bolstered by this decision.”

The Executive Director of National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), Pablo Alvarado, also commented on today’s decision.

“Today’s decision is an outcome of a struggle in the courts and in the streets that began in the early 90’s. The ordinances were intended to render day laborers invisible; but the struggle against these ordinances has made day laborers more visible, more powerful.”

The decision overturned a 2-1 panel ruling.

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San Diego County votes to implement E-Verify

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors took one step away from sanctuary-city leanings today and adopted the use of E-Verify for all new hires.

Chairman Bill Horn and Supervisor Dianne Jacob, who introduced the new county regulation, garnered enough support from other County Supervisors to implement the federal Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification System (E-Verify) for all new County employees.

The federal government computer system, E-Verify, is assessable online and determines if prospective employees are legally able to work in the U.S.

DHS champions the E-Verify program that is used by both private and public sectors with a 96.8 accuracy rate.

“This is a positive step for the County, especially in tough economic times,” San Diego County Supervisor and Chairman Horn explained. “E-Verify is a way to help ensure that jobs are only going to those who can legally be employed and protect businesses and eligible job-seekers, all at no cost to the County. I would like to see if this can be used to require county contractors to implement the program.”

The County of San Diego will start the implementation process by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) establishing the city’s new E-Verify requirement.

“I’m optimistic that this important step will preserve jobs for legally-eligible workers by upgrading to a system superior to the one the county currently uses,” said Supervisor Jacob. “I will be tracking the effectiveness of E-verify to see whether wider use will help turn off the jobs magnet that encourages illegal immigration.”

The federal E-Verify program compares information provided by a prospective employee, like Green Cards or Social Security numbers, to DHS and Social Security Administration records that keep track of employment status. San Diego will begin using E-Verify on October 21, 2011.

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Escondido Police fight to stay competitive during pay negotiations

When it comes to law enforcement, the Escondido Police Department tends to lead California regarding rule-of-law policies. Police Chief Jim Maher prides himself on enforcing immigration and traffic safety laws on the books-sometimes to the chagrin of illegal-immigration activists. So when the issue of officer salaries boiled to the surface, the Chief knew negotiations wouldn’t be easy.

The Escondido Police Department (EPD) union leaders knew their salary negotiations would center on campaign promises made by the new Mayor Sam Abed. During the Mayor’s hotly contested political race, he informed voters he would reform employee unions to save the city money.

According to Police Department Union officials, the city’s police department salaries are the lowest in the county and risk turning the nationally acclaimed police department into a training ground for other cities that offer much higher wages.

“Each police officer trainee costs the city more than $100,000 to train. Once a rookie finishes the academy a veteran officer must then patrol with the recruit for a year,” said Frank Huston, Escondido Police Officer and head of the department’s union.


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“Right now we are in a waiting pattern with city Mayor Abed regarding our salaries,” Huston explained. “I’m concerned; really concerned we are on the verge of becoming a training ground for other police departments.”

A similar policy in San Diego resulted in the loss of dozens of officers who chose to move laterally to better paying police departments once they finished their training. The city of San Diego is a top 10 metropolitan city and a SDPD Police officer resigns every six days.

In an effort to avoid the same fate, the Escondido Police Chief sent a memo to the City Council regarding a pay freeze that points out the north county city is dead last when it comes to police officer compensation.

The memo encourages the city to restore six officer positions (to keep up with the growing population), create a second tier retirement plan and have the police department employees contribute nine percent to offset pensions.

“We’ve made concessions in the past to accommodate the city council’s needs,” Huston said. “Now it’s time for the city to work with its officers.” He continues to explain that many EPD dispatchers make more than beat officers with three to five-years of experience.

The memo continues to highlight that EPD is aware of at least 13 veteran officers seeking employment at other higher-paying police departments. And, on average, these lateral transfers will put an additional $12,000 per year into officers’ bank accounts. The memo also indicates that police officers do not retire with six-figure salaries, but closer to $75,000 after 30 years of service (which is the exception not the rule).

While many cities in Southern California see crime statistics rise, Huston says EPD’s crime number has gone down under the leadership of Chief Maher.

The Chief continues to pursue and receive grants from the state of California to hold sobriety and traffic safety checkpoints every-other weekend. Despite protests from open border activists, the Escondido checkpoints have garnered national attention.

“We were recently nominated by MADD for a national safety checkpoint award,” said Lt. Tom Albergo, a 28 year veteran of the Traffic Division.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) picked the Escondido Police Department after they sent a representative from the east coast to monitor the every-other-weekend sobriety/driver’s license checkpoint.

“There are only six police departments in the country up for the award and our officers’ hard work has paid off,” Albergo explained. “Since we started implementing the checkpoints, our traffic accident statistics have steadily decreased.”

A sampling of results showed that EPD’s 2005 hit and runs fell from 660 to 428; all accidents fell 1,632 to 1104; DUI injury accidents fell 152 to 87 and total traffic injuries fell 1,399 to 898. Overall the city of Escondido has lowered various crimes.

While residents enjoy the benefits of a safer community, (crime is down 24 percent from last year) the Escondido Police Department just wants the city council to honor contracts both parties have agreed to and unfreeze the step raises. “I know it’s popular to disparage unions right now,” Huston said. “We’ve all seen the Wisconsin problems, but I just ask the city to recognize our work is labor-intensive and dangerous. Our officers have worked hard to bring down the overall crime rates, and they deserve to have salaries comparable to neighboring cities.”

Huston also points out those officers don’t get Social Security (even though they pay into it) “and the union has agreed to make concessions with new hires. We just want the city to honor our previous agreements.”

When looking for answers to the city’s hard line on police contracts, some officers within the Escondido Police Department contend that the “by-the-book” enforcement of illegal aliens that make up a large chunk of the city’s 147,000 population (approximately 40 percent are Hispanic) is a key reason why the department is being held to the lowest pay scale in the county.

Recently Escondido Mayor Abed told the North County Times that “it might be wise to exempt companies (from E-Verify) that do only occasional business with the city.”

Escondido became the first city in San Diego County requiring private contractors run employees through E-Verify to ensure no illegal aliens were on the payroll. But, issues arose when city staff forgot to include the E-Verify provision in its annual contracts valued under $25,000.

“We’d like to require E-verify for all companies doing business with the city, but we have to make sure it doesn’t create a bloated bureaucracy and some problems for us,” Abed said. “The key is making sure we include companies that regularly do business with the city.”

Escondido Councilwoman Olga Diaz, who voted against the city’s requirement to mandate E-Verify and does not like the EPD sobriety checkpoints, explained the divisive E-Verify policy stance is nothing more than showmanship. “It’s a complete waste of time to even bring this up because this policy is not being enforced,” Diaz told the Times regarding the city’s E-Verify honor-system program. “Adopting the policy was a symbolic move that was all about chest-puffing, and I don’t think we ever need to talk about it again.”

Setting all the politics aside, one EPD detective pointed to the police department’s policy of “doing what it takes to get the job done” as a benefit for working with Chief Maher. “It’s why we have a top-notch department year after year.”

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Congress moves closer to implementing E-Verify for government new hires

Congress voted today for an amendment that would restrict any federal agency funded by the 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations bill to hire an employee without using the federal government’s E-Verify program.

House legislation, H.R. 2354, adopted the E-Verify amendment in the full Appropriations Committee. However activists promise it will find more scrutiny as it works its way through the full legislative process.

“With 9.2 percent of Americans out of work, I am pleased to see the E-Verify language approved by my colleagues in the House,” Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-MISS) said about his amendment. “Over 22 million Americans search for work on a daily basis, while research estimates that over 7 million U.S. jobs are held by illegal aliens. This is a common-sense amendment that simply uses the appropriations process to enforce the E-Verify system that is currently in place.”
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Currently the E-Verify Program is a voluntary program that enables employers to verify the name, Social Security Number and alien identification number (for non-citizens) for employment. E-Verify boasts of a 96 percent accuracy rate, but dissenters argue it’s the remaining 4 percent that warrants employers not to participate with the government program.

“Illegal employment is a contributing factor to our nation’s current debt problem. In these harsh economic times, it is important to make sure illegal aliens are not in the workforce. U.S. jobs should go to legal workers,” Nunnelee finished.

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D.C. lawmakers move to implement E-Verify for some government contracts

In an effort to protect American jobs, the U.S. Congress adopted an amendment to the FY 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill that mandates the government hold contractors accountable by using the E-Verify program.

The Amendment was successfully introduced by Congressman Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss). “This is a common-sense amendment that simply uses the appropriations process to enforce the E-Verify system that is currently in place. While nearly 14 million Americans are looking for work, research estimates that more than 7 million illegal aliens hold jobs in the U.S. workforce.”

Rep. Nunnlee says the Amendment will help eliminate illegal employment that is costing U.S citizens jobs and money.

“Illegal employment is one of the driving forces of illegal immigration and a contributing factor to our nation’s current debt problem. Illegal immigrants use our medical services, draw on state and federal assistance and take advantage of our educational system for their children – all at the cost of hardworking taxpayers,” Nunnlee said. “As a member of the Immigration Reform Caucus, I am committed to identifying legislative solutions that address the issue of illegal immigration. Similar E-Verify language has been included in the Homeland Security bill, and this amendment is a step in the right direction.”

E-Verify is an Internet-based system that allows an employer, using information reported on an employee’s Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to determine the eligibility of that employee to work in the United States, according to DHS’s website.

The easy to use, web-based, E-Verify program is a free verification service offered by DHS and the Social Security Administration. While the program is voluntary for most employers, those seeking certain government contracts must enroll their future employees. The process is straightforward and takes less than a minute per identification and is 96.9 percent accurate.

To date more than 238,000 employers are enrolled in E-Verify, with more than 16 million queries run through the system in 2010. So far this year there have been more than three million cases run through the system.

The Amendment to Energy and Water Appropriations Bill offered by Congressman Alan Nunnelee read; “None of the funds made available under this Act may be expended for any new hire by any Federal agency funded in this Act that is not verified through the E-Verify Program established under section 403(a) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1324a note).”

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Supreme Court rules in Arizona’s favor – E-Verify to be implemented statewide

The state of Arizona finally caught a break; the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the state’s ability to require employers to use the federal E-Verify program. The decision also allows the state to revoke business licenses of companies that knowingly hire illegal workers.

The E-Verify program is a successful federal program that uses Social Security card numbers to ensure prospective employees are able to legally work inside the United States. Proponents of E-Verify would like to see this program used by all businesses in the country and say it would curtail illegal aliens from crossing the porous southern borders because they would no longer be able to get a job.

“Today’s Supreme Court decision that upholds a state’s right to revoke business licenses of companies that knowingly hire illegal workers is a giant leap in the right direction for meaningful immigration reform,” said Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-CA), Chairman of the bi-partisan House Immigration Reform Caucus. “Congress must take the next step and enact laws that end our implicit encouragement of illegal immigration and address its cause: employers who exploit illegal labor.”

When it comes to moving forward and dealing with the large illegal alien population currently residing in the country, lawmakers say turning off the ability for illegals to get a job needs to be at the top of the “honey do” list.

“Implementing the E-Verify system is something Democrats and Republicans must work closely together on to achieve. It is imperative that we end an employer’s ability to hire an illegal worker and that we eliminate any notion of amnesty so that illegal immigrants are without two major incentives for breaking our laws,” Bilbray said.

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Fantastic news Obama’s immigration speech says the border fence is finished

President Obama stood before thousands of Texas Democrats and La Raza (The Race) supporters and told a whopper of a lie- “They (GOP) wanted a fence. Well, that fence is now basically complete.”

This is welcome news for those who live near the 2,000-mile southern border; unfortunately it is another propaganda-type lie.

Let’s educate Mr. Obama regarding what exactly is a fence. According to Webster’s Dictionary, a fence is a barrier that serves to enclose an area; an inclosing structure of wood, iron, or other material, intended to prevent intrusion.

Keeping this in mind, the President’s claim that the fence is “basically complete” is untrue. A Government Accountability Office (GAO) February 2011 report says Border Patrol does not control the border. In fact Border Patrol only has the ability to control or prevent illegal entry for 129 miles of the 1,954-miles of U.S./Mexico shared border.

To date the GAO report concluded that Homeland Security has only built 646 miles of border fence. Of this very little was the “two layers of reinforced fencing” that was required by the Secure Border Act. Also included in this secure fence number was 347 miles of pedestrian fencing as well as 299 miles of vehicle barriers.

“Pedestrian fencing is designed to prevent people on foot from crossing the border and vehicle fencing consists of physical barriers meant to stop the entry of vehicles,” said Richard Stana, director of homeland security for GAO.

In March, Stana told the committee that Homeland Security had only improved the total length of border fence by three miles last year.

The GAO goes on to reveal that an additional 744 miles of border region gives the Border Patrol power to stop an illegal entry at “distances of up to 100 miles or more away from the immediate border.”

Add those numbers up and that leaves 1,081-miles of America’s southern border open and means Homeland Security has no “operational control” along much of the border.

That doesn’t sound secure.

The president also alluded to the fact that border cities are the safest cities in all of America.

Lie number two.

Looking at an annual statistical report put out by the Executive Office for the United States published in 2010 highlighted the violence on the border.

“The violence along the border of the United States and Mexico has increased dramatically during recent years and the violence associated with Mexican drug trafficking organizations pose(s) a serious problem for law enforcement,” the report indicated.

It continues to describe that “Illegal immigration provides the initial foothold with which criminal elements, including organized crime syndicates, use to engage in a myriad of illicit activities ranging from immigration document fraud and migrant smuggling to human trafficking. Federal prosecution of border crime is a critical part of our Nation’s defense and federal jurisdiction over these offenses is exclusive.”

Even President Obama’s own Justice Department, says there were more than two-and-a-half-times as many criminals (8,435) charged in federal court in Western Texas, coincidentally El Paso is located in this sector, than in the combined districts of Southern New York (1,959), which includes Manhattan and the Bronx, and the Eastern New York (1,377), which includes Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, according to CNSNews.

There are other issues and expenses attached to the mass amnesty President Obama is recommending.

“An amnesty would cost taxpayers millions, if not billions of dollars—at a time where debt is at its ceiling and budgets are busted. It would also reward those who broke the law and came to the U.S. illegally over those who came to the U.S. the legal way,” explained Jena McNeil of The Heritage Foundation.

“Winning Hispanic votes is his (Obama’s) end game,” Israel Ortega says. “It’s obvious that political calculations are driving the President’s push for immigration reform in light of his all-time-low support among Hispanics. President Obama’s advisors remain convinced that immigration reform will guarantee their support, despite polling that indicates that unemployment and education are issues that keep most Hispanics up at night.”

Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-CA) who represents a San Diego community directly affected by illegal immigration thought Obama’s speech was overly optimistic.

“The President provided plenty of good examples for success stories of legal immigrants in his campaign speech. But exploiting their success stories as justification for amnesty to an estimated 11-20 million illegal immigrants who have violated our nation’s laws and cut in line is completely irresponsible,” Bilbray said. “While the crime rate and number of illegal crossings along the border is down, the federal government has still not done enough to address the source of the problem – employers who use illegal labor.”

Congressman Bilbray along with many immigration-minded lawmakers also favor a nationwide implementation of E-Verify to ensure all employers play by the rules and hire only those legally able to work in the U.S.

“The President mentioned holding employers accountable for hiring illegal workers but he has yet to join me in the call for nationwide implementation of the E-Verify system. I call on President Obama to join with members of the House Immigration Reform Caucus to implement a nationwide E-Verify program to hold employers accountable,” Chairman of the House Immigration Reform Caucus finished.

Meanwhile, south of the border in Mexico the warring drug cartels continue to step up their brutal murderous ways; this week in Durango, Mexico six human heads were left at the entrance of a secondary school forcing classes to be cancelled because the scene was too gruesome. Authorities conducted an extensive search for the bodies without any success; unfortunately these gruesome scenes are the rule- not the exception.

With scenes like this playing out around the savaged Mexican country, it’s not hard to understand that Mexicans’ want to run the border and grab a better and safer life, but none of the proposals included in President Obama’s comprehensive immigration reform plan addresses the rush of illegal aliens leaving Mexico and other Central American countries.

If America moves forward with an immigration reform plan without addressing the drug cartels and massive corruption in the Mexican government, it will only be a matter of time before the second and third wave will head north looking for that “better life” courtesy of the American taxpayer.

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Want to practice your illegal alien smuggling skills? There’s an app for that

A new iPhone/iPad app is set to be released next month. This new controversial game is called “Smuggle Truck- Operation Immigration,” and it allows gamers to fill their truck with as many illegal “immigrants” as they can and race across the desert landscape into America.

“Smuggle Truck was inspired by the frustration our friends have experienced in trying to immigrate to the United States. With such a troublesome issue being largely avoided in popular media, especially video games, we felt the best way to criticize it was with an interactive satire,” said app creators Owlchemy Labs.

“This idea originated as a result of learning that the process of legal immigration was not as straightforward as we had assumed,” the game designer said. “As we lived through a painful 12 months of our friend struggling through the absurd legal minefield that surrounds U.S. immigration, we felt that we should create a game that touches on the issue.”

The satirical game came about after immigration discussions sparked a very real concern. “It’s so tough to legally immigrate to the U.S., it’s almost easier to smuggle yourself over the border.”

The game’s goal is to load up a truck with passengers and quickly speed across a fictional border. Drive too fast up-and-down the hillsides and your “immigrants” will fall off of the truck and reduce your illegal alien tally.

The game’s designers claimed that they kept a “meticulous eye (in order) to avoid depicting stereotypes and specific locales. Through user testing and feedback from fellow developers and random strangers, we worked to represent the game in a more abstracted form.”

Owlchemy Labs hopes the fictional, satirical game will spark attention to America’s very real immigration issues.

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Anchor babies cost Los Angeles welfare $600 million last year

California harbors the most illegal aliens in the nation and a new report out from the Los County Board of Supervisors shows the incredibly high cost of welfare for parents of anchor babies.

The $600 million tab was tallied using county statistics released by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich who says social spending for those families rose $53 million in November and when added to the $570 already spent would edge the yearly welfare bill past $600 million for 2010.

Antonovich estimated the figure using the cost of food stamps and other welfare benefits used by California’s CalWORKS program. The supervisor also pooled those numbers with public safety and health care costs.

However, county officials say the “total cost for illegal immigrants to county taxpayers is $1.6 billion,” according to a Fox News report.

The report does not include the hundreds of millions the state and county pay for educating illegal aliens as mandated by federal law.

Supervisor Antonovich recognizes the (anchor baby) kids he focused on are U.S.-born, but the money collected from welfare is given to their parents who are primarily illegal aliens.

“The problem is illegal immigration. … Their parents evidently immigrated here in order to get on social services,” Antonovich spokesman Tony Bell told Fox News. “We can no longer afford to be HMO to the world.”

Those welfare numbers are similar to a report by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a Washington D.C. think tank seeking a solution for the out-of-control immigration problem in America.

FAIR contends many states’ budget crisis can be tied directly to illegal aliens residing in their district and collecting a bevy of social-services money.

Last year FAIR estimated the yearly total for America’s illegal immigration stood at $113 billion and California’s cost was nearly $22 billion.

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La Raza targets lawmakers who voted against the DREAM Act

The National Council of La Raza (NCLA) announced it will begin a new ad campaign targeting those lawmakers who voted against the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education of Alien Minors) during last year’s lame duck Congressional session.

La Raza (the race in Spanish) launched an online and print ad campaign named “We Will Not Forget.”

The campaign will serve as a reminder to voters that Congress members of both parties voted against the DREAM Act and Latino organizations were watching.

The ads will be running in Spanish-language newspapers in some states as well as select online websites in both English and Spanish.

The big red poster is downloadable and includes the pictures of all lawmakers who did not support illegal aliens’ children’s right to amnesty and qualify them for in-state college tuition. La Raza hopes supporters will download the poster and put it on their refrigerator to serve as a daily reminder.

“As we move into the new Congress and work toward advancing important legislation for our community, it’s crucial not to forget what happened in the lame duck session of 2010,” said Laura Vazquez of La Raza. “The ‘DREAM Act’ was an important measure of support for our community and we need to remember who stood with us and who turned their backs on us.”

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