The Immigration Debate: AP -Arizona helped deport thousands – The Stats That Tell The True Story

The following post is based on an AP article titled:

Arizona helped deport thousands without new law

http://dailycaller.com/2010/07/28/arizona-helped-deport-thousands-without-new-law/

The Key Statistics in this article …

“An estimated 10.8 million people, about 26 percent of the state’s population, are living illegally in California, compared with 460,000, about 12 percent, in Arizona.”

The chart below puts this statement in perspective … Only seven (7) of our fifty (50) States have populations larger ten million (10,000,000).

If you think ten million (10,000,000) is a large number of people, well you are correct. If that seems obvious to you, just remember that the Federal Government doesn’t think so …

10.8 million is such a large number, that you would need to add the total populations of our 11 smallest states (smallest populations, not smallest land size) to get a number as large as 10.8 million. That is right, as you can see on the chart bellow, you need to add all the people living in the states from Idaho through Wyoming … the total population of 11 our States.

There are at least twenty million (20,000,000) illegal aliens currently living in these United States. Only two of our States have populations larger than 20,000,000 … California and Texas ,,, and let us not forget of California’s 36,961,000 a total of 10,800,000 are illegal.

We, the American People, don’t know who these people are. They have avoided our legal entry process … Of those that are apprehended, nearly 40%, 4 out of ten, have prior criminal records that would bat legal entry by any immigration standard this Country has ever set … Many are members of Cartels or Cartel related gangs – directly affiliated with the organized crimes of drugs, smuggling, human and sexual trafficking …

Contact you elected representatives today and encourage Congress to act in support of the Arizona Immigration Law … tell your Congressperson to demand that the Obama Administration enforce our immigration law today … Come November, remember, remember exactly what your Congressperson or Senator does.

 Secure our borders now … 

U.S. Population – Ranked by Population -Top 7 States

U.S States – Ranked by Population

Response to Turley Comment:

McAuley’s World Response:

While we are “stuck” with what DHS reports I believe the best available data can be found here:

http://www.dhs.gov/files/statistics/publications/YrBk08En.shtm

You are looking for Table 37: 1999 – 2008 Deportations/Removals by Country of Origin – Spreadsheet Format.

The spread sheet breaks out  the numbers by Country and “criminal”/”non criminal” activity.

Example: Afghanistan 1999 Total: 31  Criminal 20  Non-crimnal 11

I haven’t been able to convert the document into an acceptable format for WordPress.

DOJ Stalls Implementation of MOVE – Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act. Troops in field may be improperly denied their right to vote

UPDATE #2: Posted 08/26/2010 – According to Real Clear Politics, 3 of the 10 States requesting “MOVE Act Waivers”, to authorize the State’s non-compliance with the law, have political races that at present are projected as “to close to call”. Those 3 states are Wisconsin, Colorado and Maryland. Remember that past U.S. Senate races in Minnesota and Wisconsin have been decided by a handful of votes … in Minnesota we have the most recent and infamous stolen election to the U.S. Senate … and in Wisoconsin more votes were cast in Milwaukee then there were registered voters … Contact your elected officials and demand action … See if you can question your elected officials about this outrage at their public campaign appearances …  http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml      

Task Force Finds More Ballots Cast Than Registered Voters  –  

“MILWAUKEE — A task force that was investigating possible voter fraud in Milwaukee released its findings Tuesday. U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic said investigators found more than 4,500 ballots were cast in Milwaukee than registered voters in the Nov. 2 election. But he said they have not found any pattern of conspiracy to commit fraud. Investigators also found more than 100 instances of suspected double-voting and more than 200 felons who voted improperly. No one has been charged, but the investigation continues.”  http://www.wisn.com/politics/4472834/detail.html 

I’d like to point out that we never have a 100% voter turnout – during the record breaking turnout that elected Barrack Obama only 63% of registered voters cast ballots:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voter_turnout / http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0781453.html#axzz0xkU5FT7Y

Why is this significant? In Miwaukee 11 people voted for every 10 registered voters. (Roughly 45,000 registered voters with 50,000  ballots cast). The article sited above notes that their was no “evidence of intentional fraud”. This is simply laughable … With 60 years of U.S. voting statistics to work with, it should have been readily apparent that there is no other conclusion to reach but that massive voter fraud took place. There is zero probability that Milwaukee suddenly achieved a 100% voter turnout when no community in the United States has ever been able to do so … not one, ever… not even in the record year of 2008 …. In that record breaking year when Barrack Obama was elected we had a 60% voter turnout, or 6 in 10 registered voters turned out to cast ballots … so lets assume that Milwaukee had a 60 percent turn out … 6 out of 10 voters … Then how do we explain the other 5 votes, remember that for every 10 registered voters 11 votes were cast … a total of 11 votes cast, 6 by registered voters … 5 votes unaccounted for …. for every 6 legal votes in Milwaukee there were 5 illegal votes … that doesn’t happen without an organized and widespread effort … this isn’t a small statistical blimp .. this represents a massive an intentional voter fraud … the statistics say so … not any type of political bias … there was very nearly one illegal vote cast for every legal vote cast in Milwaukee … Contact your elected Representative. Please.    

UPDATE: Review of Judge Bolton’s Decision begins here: The Immigration Debate: The Arizona Law – Judge Bolton’s Decision (Part 1) 

DOJ Accused of Stalling on MOVE Act for Voters in Military

The Department of Justice is ignoring a new law aimed at protecting the right of American soldiers to vote, according to two former DOJ attorneys who say states are being encouraged to use waivers to bypass the new federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act.

The MOVE Act, enacted last October, ensures that servicemen and women serving overseas have ample time to get in their absentee ballots. The result of the DOJ’s alleged inaction in enforcing the act, say Eric Eversole and J. Christian Adams — both former litigation attorneys for the DOJ’s Voting Section — could be that thousands of soldiers’ ballots will arrive too late to be counted.

“It is an absolute shame that the section appears to be spending more time finding ways to avoid the MOVE Act, rather than finding ways to ensure that military voters will have their votes counted,” said Eversole, director of the Military Voter Protection Project, a new organization devoted to ensuring military voting rights. “The Voting Section seems to have forgotten that it has an obligation to enforce federal law, not to find and raise arguments for states to avoid these laws.” 

Adams, a conservative blogger (www.electionlawcenter.com) who gained national attention when he testified against his former employer after it dropped its case against the New Black Panther Party, called the DOJ’s handling of the MOVE Act akin to “keystone cops enforcement.”

“I do know that they have adopted positions or attempted to adopt positions to waivers that prove they aren’t interested in aggressively enforcing the law,” Adams told FoxNews.com. “They shouldn’t be going to meeting with state election officials and telling them they don’t like to litigate cases and telling them that the waiver requirements are ambiguous.”

The MOVE act requires states to send absentee ballots to overseas military troops 45 days before an election, but a state can apply for a waiver if it can prove a specific “undue hardship” in enforcing it.

Sen. John Cornyn,R-Texas – who co-sponsored MOVE – wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on July 26 saying he is concerned that the Department of Justice is allowing states to opt out of the new law. Click here to read the letter.

“Military voters have been disenfranchised for decades, and last year Congress acted,” Cornyn said in a statement to FoxNews.com. “But according to recent information, the Department of Justice has expressed reluctance to protect the civil rights of military voters under the new law. All our men and women in uniform deserve a chance to vote this November, and the Obama administration bears responsibility for ensuring that they have it.

“For far too long in this country, we have failed to adequately protect the right of our troops and their families to participate in our democratic process. The MOVE Act was supposed to end this sad history. The right to participate in democratic elections is fundamental to the American experience.”

In his letter to Holder, Cornyn cites minutes from the 2010 winter meeting of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), during which Rebecca Wertz, deputy chief of the DOJ’s voting section, told state election officials that the legislative language regarding waivers is not completely clear. Wertz described the provisions of the law as “fairly general” and “somewhat of an open question as to what type of information” a state needs to submit in order to for their waiver application to be granted. She said it was also unclear whether waivers are for one election only, or if they apply to future elections.

According to the meeting’s minutes, obtained by FoxNews.com, Wertz also said “that the DOJ is working to find effective ways to disseminate any information guidance that can help states with different questions about MOVE interpretation. She invited questions and dialogue from states, and said that litigation is always the last resort.”

Cornyn wrote, “If these are the positions of the DOJ, then they fly in the face of the clear statutory language, undermine the provisions in question, and jeopardize the voting rights of our men and women in uniform.”

He said the language of the law makes it clear that there is no ambiguity when it comes to states’ eligibility for being granted a waiver, and that the statute does not leave room for the Justice Department to decide whether to enforce its requirements. 

“If a state is not in compliance with the statute, there is little room for “dialogue” or negotiation, and the Voting Section should take immediate steps to enforce the law and safeguard military and overseas voting rights, including pursuing litigation whenever necessary,” Cornyn wrote. “The comments by the DOJ official, as reported in the NASS minutes, appear to ignore Congress’ clear legislative language and could facilitate the disenfranchisement of our men and women in uniform.” 

Cornyn, who discussed Eversole’s allegations at a meeting with Defense Department officials last week, called for Holder to immediately provide guidelines to state election officials; to ensure that states are required to abide by the law; and to provide Cornyn himself with a state-by-state breakdown of which states have already applied for waivers and which are expected to be in noncompliance with MOVE in the November midterm election. He also called for full transparency in the waiver process.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, Xochitl Hinojosa, declined to comment, other than to say Cornyn’s letter is being reviewed.

FoxNews.com obtained waiver applications submitted by Washington and Hawaii. 

Defense Department spokeswoman Major April Cunningham told FoxNews.com that New York, Delaware, Maryland, Alaska and Virgin Islands had also applied for waivers. (Cornyn’s co-sponsor for the MOVE Act was New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat.)

“All waivers are currently under review. The Defense Department must respond, under the law, after consultation with the Department of Justice, no later than 65 days before the election, which is August 29, 2010,” said Robert Carey, director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program. 

“The voting section has taken this haphazard approach to enforcing military voting law,” said Eversole. “The voting section is asserting itself into statute to make a statute that’s not ambiguous, ambiguous. Can you imagine any other agency giving prospective defendants advice like this?”

“Everybody in Washington knows it doesn’t matter how good the law is; it comes down to who’s enforcing it,” said Adams. “This stuff should be transparent and online for the citizens of these states to comment on, the fact that it’s being done behind closed doors tells you everything you need to know about how it will affect the voters.”

Adams and Eversole separately pointed out that the DOJ’s website lacks any mention of the MOVE Act. In fact, the section on military voting includes the outdated and nonbinding 30-day recommendation for sending out ballots. There is no mention of the the current 45-day mandate. 

But the DOJ’s online voting section includes a detailed section devoted to helping felons learn how get their voting rights back.

“It is just offensive to most Americans that we can send soldiers to the front lines but they can’t vote,” said Eversole. “This is an issue that tugs at the heartstrings of America and people can’t understand why we can’t get that right. This is something we have to get right.  We should be fighting as hard for their rights as they’re fighting for ours.”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/28/exclusive-doj-stalls-voter-registration-law-military/

Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act – SEC Claims Immunity From Freedom Of Information Act

So much for transparency.

Under a little-noticed provision of the recently passed financial-reform legislation, the Securities and Exchange Commission no longer has to comply with virtually all requests for information releases from the public, including those filed under the Freedom of Information Act.

The law, signed last week by President Obama, exempts the SEC from disclosing records or information derived from “surveillance, risk assessments, or other regulatory and oversight activities.” Given that the SEC is a regulatory body, the provision covers almost every action by the agency, lawyers say. Congress and federal agencies can request information, but the public cannot.

That argument comes despite the President saying that one of the cornerstones of the sweeping new legislation was more transparent financial markets. Indeed, in touting the new law, Obama specifically said it would “increase transparency in financial dealings.”

The SEC cited the new law Tuesday in a FOIA action brought by FOX Business Network. Steven Mintz, founding partner of law firm Mintz & Gold LLC in New York, lamented what he described as “the backroom deal that was cut between Congress and the SEC to keep the  SEC’s failures secret. The only losers here are the American public.”

If  the SEC’s interpretation stands, Mintz, who represents FOX Business Network, predicted “the next time there is a Bernie Madoff failure the American public will not be able to obtain the SEC documents that describe the failure,” referring to the shamed broker whose Ponzi scheme cost investors billions.

“The new provision applies to information obtained through examinations or derived from that information,” said SEC spokesman John Nester. “We are expanding our examination program’s surveillance and risk assessment efforts in order to provide more sophisticated and effective Wall Street oversight. The success of these efforts depends on our ability to obtain documents and other information from brokers, investment advisers and other registrants. The new legislation makes certain that we can obtain documents from registrants for risk assessment and surveillance under similar conditions that already exist by law for our examinations. Because registrants insist on confidential treatment of their documents, this new provision also removes an opportunity for brokers, investment advisers and other registrants to refuse to cooperate with our examination document requests.”

Criticism of the provision has been swift. “It allows the SEC to block the public’s access to virtually all SEC records,” said Gary Aguirre, a former SEC staff attorney-turned-whistleblower who had accused the agency of thwarting an investigation into hedge fund Pequot Asset Management in 2005. “It permits the SEC to promulgate its own rules and regulations regarding the disclosure of records without getting the approval of the Office of Management and Budget, which typically applies to all federal agencies.”

Aguirre used FOIA requests in his own lawsuit against the SEC, which the SEC settled this year by paying him $755,000. Aguirre, who was fired in September 2005, argued that supervisors at the SEC stymied an investigation of Pequot – a charge that prompted an investigation by the Senate Judiciary and Finance committees.

The SEC closed the case in 2006, but would re-open it three years later. This year, Pequot and its founder, Arthur Samberg, were forced to pay $28 million to settle insider-trading charges related to shares of Microsoft (MSFT: 26.00 ,-0.16 ,-0.63%). The settlement with Aguirre came shortly later.

“From November 2008 through January 2009, I relied heavily on records obtained from the SEC through FOIA in communications to the FBI, Senate investigators, and the SEC in arguing the SEC had botched its initial investigation of Pequot’s trading in Microsoft securities and thus the SEC should reopen it, which it did,” Aguirre said. “The new legislation closes access to such records, even when the investigation is closed.

“It is hard to imagine how the bill could be more counterproductive,” Aguirre added.

FOX Business Network sued the SEC in March 2009 over its failure to produce documents related to its failed investigations into alleged investment frauds being perpetrated by Madoff and R. Allen Stanford. Following the Madoff and Stanford arrests it, was revealed that the SEC conducted investigations into both men prior to their arrests but failed to uncover their alleged frauds.

FOX Business made its initial request to the SEC in February 2009 seeking any information related to the agency’s response to complaints, tips and inquiries or any potential violations of the securities law or wrongdoing by Stanford.

FOX Business has also filed lawsuits against the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve over their failure to respond to FOIA requests regarding use of the bailout funds and the Fed’s extended loan facilities. In February, the Federal Court in New York sided with FOX Business and ordered the Treasury to comply with its requests.

Last year, the network won a legal victory to force the release of documents related to New York University’s lawsuit against Madoff feeder Ezra Merkin.

FOX Business’ FOIA requests have so far led the SEC to release several important and damaging documents:

•FOX Business used the FOIA to obtain a 2005 survey that the SEC in Fort Worth was sending to Stanford investors. The survey showed that the SEC had suspicions about Stanford several years prior to the collapse of his $7 billion empire.

•FOX Business used the FOIA to obtain copies of emails between Federal Reserve lawyers, AIG and staff at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in which it was revealed the Fed staffers knew that bailing out AIG would result in bonuses being paid.

Recently, TARP Congressional Oversight Panel chair Elizabeth Warren told FOX Business that the network’s Freedom of Information Act efforts played a “very important part” of the panel’s investigation into AIG.

Warren told the network the government “crossed a line” with the AIG bailout.

“FOX News and the congressional oversight panel has pushed, pushed, pushed, for transparency, give us the documents, let us look at everything. Your Freedom of Information Act suit, which ultimately produced 250,000 pages of documentation, was a very important part of our report. We were able to rely on the documents that you pried out for a significant part of our being able to put this report together,” Warren said.

The SEC first made its intention to block further FOIA requests known on Tuesday. FOX Business was preparing for another round of “skirmishes” with the SEC, according to Mintz, when the agency called and said it intended to use Section 929I of the 2000-page legislation to refuse FBN’s ongoing requests for information.

Mintz said the network will challenge the SEC’s interpretation of the law.

“I believe this is subject to challenge,” he said. “The contours will have to be figured out by a court.”

SEC Financial Regulatory Law H.R. 4173

http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2010/07/28/sec-says-new-finreg-law-exempts-public-disclosure/

McAuleys World Comments: Freedom Of Information requests are administered by the Departnent of Justice … Attorney General Eric Holder strikes agian …

TAKE THE TIME TODAY TO CONTACT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS AND LET THEM KNOW WHAT YOU THINK:

http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

If you have an extra moment let Senators Scott Brown (R, Mass.), Susan Collins (R, Maine) and Olympis Snow (R, Maine) know how you feel.  

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

SEC Says New Financial Regulation Law Exempts it From Public Disclosure

So much for transparency.

Under a little-noticed provision of the recently passed financial-reform legislation, the Securities and Exchange Commission no longer has to comply with virtually all requests for information releases from the public, including those filed under the Freedom of Information Act.

The law, signed last week by President Obama, exempts the SEC from disclosing records or information derived from “surveillance, risk assessments, or other regulatory and oversight activities.” Given that the SEC is a regulatory body, the provision covers almost every action by the agency, lawyers say. Congress and federal agencies can request information, but the public cannot.

That argument comes despite the President saying that one of the cornerstones of the sweeping new legislation was more transparent financial markets. Indeed, in touting the new law, Obama specifically said it would “increase transparency in financial dealings.”

The SEC cited the new law Tuesday in a FOIA action brought by FOX Business Network. Steven Mintz, founding partner of law firm Mintz & Gold LLC in New York, lamented what he described as “the backroom deal that was cut between Congress and the SEC to keep the  SEC’s failures secret. The only losers here are the American public.”

If the SEC’s interpretation stands, Mintz, who represents FOX Business Network, predicted “the next time there is a Bernie Madoff failure the American public will not be able to obtain the SEC documents that describe the failure,” referring to the shamed broker whose Ponzi scheme cost investors billions.

“The new provision applies to information obtained through examinations or derived from that information,” said SEC spokesman John Nester. “We are expanding our examination program’s surveillance and risk assessment efforts in order to provide more sophisticated and effective Wall Street oversight. The success of these efforts depends on our ability to obtain documents and other information from brokers, investment advisers and other registrants. The new legislation makes certain that we can obtain documents from registrants for risk assessment and surveillance under similar conditions that already exist by law for our examinations. Because registrants insist on confidential treatment of their documents, this new provision also removes an opportunity for brokers, investment advisers and other registrants to refuse to cooperate with our examination document requests.”

Criticism of the provision has been swift. “It allows the SEC to block the public’s access to virtually all SEC records,” said Gary Aguirre, a former SEC staff attorney-turned-whistleblower who had accused the agency of thwarting an investigation into hedge fund Pequot Asset Management in 2005. “It permits the SEC to promulgate its own rules and regulations regarding the disclosure of records without getting the approval of the Office of Management and Budget, which typically applies to all federal agencies.”

Aguirre used FOIA requests in his own lawsuit against the SEC, which the SEC settled this year by paying him $755,000. Aguirre, who was fired in September 2005, argued that supervisors at the SEC stymied an investigation of Pequot – a charge that prompted an investigation by the Senate Judiciary and Finance committees.

The SEC closed the case in 2006, but would re-open it three years later. This year, Pequot and its founder, Arthur Samberg, were forced to pay $28 million to settle insider-trading charges related to shares of Microsoft (MSFT: 26.00 ,-0.16 ,-0.63%). The settlement with Aguirre came shortly later.

“From November 2008 through January 2009, I relied heavily on records obtained from the SEC through FOIA in communications to the FBI, Senate investigators, and the SEC in arguing the SEC had botched its initial investigation of Pequot’s trading in Microsoft securities and thus the SEC should reopen it, which it did,” Aguirre said. “The new legislation closes access to such records, even when the investigation is closed.

“It is hard to imagine how the bill could be more counterproductive,” Aguirre added.

FOX Business Network sued the SEC in March 2009 over its failure to produce documents related to its failed investigations into alleged investment frauds being perpetrated by Madoff and R. Allen Stanford. Following the Madoff and Stanford arrests it, was revealed that the SEC conducted investigations into both men prior to their arrests but failed to uncover their alleged frauds.

FOX Business made its initial request to the SEC in February 2009 seeking any information related to the agency’s response to complaints, tips and inquiries or any potential violations of the securities law or wrongdoing by Stanford.

FOX Business has also filed lawsuits against the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve over their failure to respond to FOIA requests regarding use of the bailout funds and the Fed’s extended loan facilities. In February, the Federal Court in New York sided with FOX Business and ordered the Treasury to comply with its requests.

Last year, the network won a legal victory to force the release of documents related to New York University’s lawsuit against Madoff feeder Ezra Merkin.

FOX Business’ FOIA requests have so far led the SEC to release several important and damaging documents:

•FOX Business used the FOIA to obtain a 2005 survey that the SEC in Fort Worth was sending to Stanford investors. The survey showed that the SEC had suspicions about Stanford several years prior to the collapse of his $7 billion empire.

•FOX Business used the FOIA to obtain copies of emails between Federal Reserve lawyers, AIG and staff at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in which it was revealed the Fed staffers knew that bailing out AIG would result in bonuses being paid.

Recently, TARP Congressional Oversight Panel chair Elizabeth Warren told FOX Business that the network’s Freedom of Information Act efforts played a “very important part” of the panel’s investigation into AIG.

Warren told the network the government “crossed a line” with the AIG bailout.

“FOX News and the congressional oversight panel has pushed, pushed, pushed, for transparency, give us the documents, let us look at everything. Your Freedom of Information Act suit, which ultimately produced 250,000 pages of documentation, was a very important part of our report. We were able to rely on the documents that you pried out for a significant part of our being able to put this report together,” Warren said.

The SEC first made its intention to block further FOIA requests known on Tuesday. FOX Business was preparing for another round of “skirmishes” with the SEC, according to Mintz, when the agency called and said it intended to use Section 929I of the 2000-page legislation to refuse FBN’s ongoing requests for information.

Mintz said the network will challenge the SEC’s interpretation of the law.

“I believe this is subject to challenge,” he said. “The contours will have to be figured out by a court.”

SEC Financial Regulatory Law H.R. 4173

http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2010/07/28/sec-says-new-finreg-law-exempts-public-disclosure/

McAuleys World Comments: Freedom Of Information requests are administered by the Departnent of Justice … Attorney General Eric Holder strikes agian …

TAKE THE TIME TODAY TO CONTACT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS AND LET THEM KNOW WHAT YOU THINK:

http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

If you have an extra moment let Senators Scott Brown (R, Mass.), Susan Collins (R, Maine) and Olympis Snow (R, Maine) know how you feel.  

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm 

The Immigration Debate: Arizona’s Immigration Law – It is past time to call out the AP on their Inaccurate Reporting –

The Immigration Debate: Arizona’s Immigration Law – It is past time to call out the AP on their Inaccurate Reporting; 

AP Claim #1: Arizona helped deport thousands without new law –

AP Claim #2: 10.8 Million or 26% of California Population Illegal

McAuleys World Comments In Blue

It is well pass time that the Associated Press be held accountable for its shoddy reporting and worse, its outright mischaracterizations of the Arizona Law.

By SUZANNE GAMBOA, Associated Press Writer Suzanne Gamboa, Associated Press Writer – Wed Jul 28, 3:12 am ET

WASHINGTON – Without the benefit of their state’s strict new immigration law, officers from a single Arizona county helped deport more than 26,000 immigrants from the U.S. through a federal-local partnership program that has been roundly criticized as fraught with problems.

I wonder what makes this law “strict”?  That it calls on State Law Enforcement to actually enforce the Federal Immigration Laws. The article doesn’t mention that at least 38 States, including the State of California, you know California, the State that has called for “boycotts” of Arizona, have the same laws or substantially the same laws on their “books”.

Statistics obtained by The Associated Press show that the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office was responsible for deportations or forced departure of 26,146 immigrants since 2007.

This claim is not a “mischaracterization, it is a lie. Simply put, this AP claim is an outright lie. Neither the State of Arizona nor the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deported a single individual in 2007. Not one single individual. Zero, nada.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department assisted the Federal Government in deporting 26,146 individuals in 2007. Neither the Maricopa County’s Sheriff’s Department nor the State of Arizona are authorized to deport anyone.

Deportation powers are reserved for the Federal Government, apprehension powers are not. The States and the Federal Government have concurrent jurisdiction for “apprehending” immigration violators. Concurrent jurisdiction for apprehension.  However, only the Federal Government can deport an individual.

Before an individual can be “deported” a “deportation order” must be signed. (The “term” deportation is no longer factual as the Government substituted “removal” and “removal order” for  the terms “deportation” and “deportation order” in 1997, 13 years ago …

The AP article is far from a professional piece of writing.

https://www.usimmigrationsupport.org/deportation.html

From U.S. Immigration Support:   

Prior to the enactment of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA – 1996), the legal process of deporting a foreign national was called “deportation” and concerned individuals already present in the United States…  Following the enactment of IIRAIRA, both deportation and exclusion are now referred to as “removal” proceedings. If someone is determined to be removable, they are subject to receiving a removal order and must leave the United States. Any person who is not a U.S. citizen can be deported from the United States.

https://www.usimmigrationsupport.org/deportation.html

Generally deportation is removal of an alien from the United States when the alien has been found removable for violating the immigration laws. Deportation is ordered by an immigration judge without any punishment being imposed or contemplated. Prior to April 1997 deportation and exclusion were separate removal procedures. The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 consolidated these procedures. After April 1, 1997 , aliens in and admitted to the United States may be subject to removal based on deportability. Now called Removal, this function is managed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Deportation of immigrants and other individuals may result as a consequence for entering the United States illegally. You can also be deported if you are not a citizen and have committed a serious crime.

http://www.ncls-inc.com/immigration/deportation/index.htm

Deportations must be “ordered” by a Federal Immigration Judge and the physical Act of “removal” is undertaken by ICE or Immigration and Custom Enforcement. [ICE may delegate the “physical activities” involved in “removing” an individual to State and Local Law enforcement.]

 If you have been deported, you cannot gain re-entry into the United States for at least five years. It is a felony if you re-enter before the end of the five years. You must also receive permission from the CIS before you re-enter.

http://www.ncls-inc.com/immigration/deportation/index.htm

Reasons for Deportation or Exclusion

Because staying in the United States is a privilege and not a right for non-citizens, the United States government can force an individual to return to his or her home country for a number of reasons, such as:

  • Committing fraud or misrepresenting a material fact in order to get a visa, green card, etc.
  • Conviction of a drug offense (except for possession of a very small amount of marijuana).
  • Conviction of other crime.

http://www.ncls-inc.com/immigration/deportation/index.htm

Once an illegal alien is apprehended, a Federal Immigration Judge must approve any action taken against or on behalf of that alien;

Voluntary departure is usually granted by an immigration judge after an order of deportation for an individual who seeks to leave voluntarily in lieu of forced deportation. 

 http://www.ncls-inc.com/immigration/deportation/index.htm

That’s about a quarter of the national total of 115,841 sent out of the U.S. by officers in 64 law enforcement agencies deputized to help enforce immigration laws, some since 2006, under the so-called 287(g) program.

The Department of Homeland Security Annual Report for 2007, the year discussed in this article states the following:

1). The Department of Homeland Security apprehended 961,000 foreign Nationals in 2007.

2). ICE “detained” 311,000 illegal aliens in 2007.

3). A total of 319,000 aliens were “removed” from the United States in 2007, 244,000 of the removals were affected by ICE with the remaining removals, 75,000 being affected by the CBP (Border Patrol).

4). 891,000 foreign nationals accepted the opportunity to “voluntarily leave” the United States prior to a Federal Judge issuing a formal “removal order”.

The Department of Homeland Security Annual Report notes that:

DHS made a total of 960,756 apprehensions in 2007

The Border Patrol reported 876,787 or 91 percent of all apprehensions.

Ninety-eight percent of Border Patrol apprehensions were along the southwest border

ICE Office of Investigations made 53,562 administrative arrests

ICE’s National Fugitive Operations Program (NFOP) made 30,407 arrests of fugitive and non-fugitive aliens.

The most complete picture of adverse actions involving individual aliens includes aliens who are removed with consequent penalties (319,382) and those who voluntarily return (891,390) – to their Country of origin.

http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/statistics/publications/enforcement_ar_07.pdf  

WHAT TYPE OF “CHERRY PICKED” STATISTIC IS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AUTHOR USING?

The AP Reporter did not note that in 2008 the last year for which the DHS has reported statistics, apprehensions dropped for the 3rd straight year, to an approximate total of 750,000. A reduction of nearly 600,000 from the record 1.3 million apprehended by the DHS in 2005,   

http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/statistics/publications/enforcement_ar_07.pdf

http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/statistics/publications/enforcement_ar_08.pdf

The tens of thousands of immigrant arrests show local officials already have a significant amount of authority to enforce immigration laws and help remove illegal immigrants from the country.

Yes, there is a mandated concurrent jurisdiction shared by the States and the Federal Government for apprehending those who violate the Federal Immigration Laws. The Department of Homeland Security states that 98% of the Federal arrests for immigration violations take place on the Southern Border and that between 2005 and the end of 2009 the Department of Homeland Security’s own statistics reflect that the total number of apprehensions dropped by nearly 500,000, from a high of  1,300,000 (1.3 million) in 2005 to  a low of 792,000 (792 thousand) in 2008 a  40% reduction in apprehensions over a 3 year period. In January 2006 the Democrats took control of both Houses of Congress. 2005, the year before they took control there were 1.3 million apprehensions, by the end of 2008 when the Obama Administration  was elected, 500,000 fewer apprehensions, a 40% reduction took place …    

But with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio the top law officer among all those deputized, questions remain about what’s in store when Arizona gives more officers the power to enforce immigration laws. The federal government already is under fire for doing a poor job of keeping watch on local officers enforcing immigration laws and ensuring safeguards for protecting civil rights are in place.

I’m sorry, if I were the AP editor, this writer would be fired. The Arizona Law does not transfer power, it does not “create” additional power for State Law enforcement officers, it affirms the rights and obligations that already exist. The law confirms the fact that “ordinances” adopted by “Sanctuary Cities” are in fact unconstitutional and that Federal Immigration Law and Arizona State criminal laws supersede “Sanctuary City” ordinances.  Publications that allow writers to fabricate facts, should face the consequences of doing so. Where is the “proof” of the claim this writer is making ,

                                                                        “and ensuring safeguards for protecting civil rights are in place”.

Excuse my language, but what “bullshit”. When you lack the facts, misstate the facts you’ve got. When reason isn’t on your side, “play the race card”.  

Arpaio is under federal investigation on allegations of civil rights allegations, which he denies.

If Arizona’s new law takes effect Thursday, many more of the state’s officers will be asking people to prove they are legally in the U.S. The state law requires officers to ask for a driver’s license, passport or other identity document if they reasonably suspect a person is not allowed to be in the U.S. They must do so while enforcing other laws or ordinances.

Yes, Sheriff Joe has had charges filed against him multiple times over the last 10 years … and Sheriff Joe has been exonerated on each and every claim presented against him  … claims presented by unbiased political groups like the ACLU…  wait a minute, the ACLU isn’t unbiased are they …. Why doesn’t this author identify the accuser by name? After 10 years of “false and unsubstantaited charges” isn’t it about time to refer to the “false and unsubstantiated charges” as false and unsubstantiated charges … This is not about “the law” this is about politics … and failing to enforce the existing laws … about removing and reversing laws passed by Congress and implemented by prior Administrations.

The federal government is trying to block the Arizona law, arguing it usurps its authority. The Justice Department said in its suit challenging the law that the 287(g) federal-local partnerships are one way Congress allowed states to assist in enforcing immigration laws.

Yes, this is what the Obama Administration and the Holder Department of Justice state, however, what the main Stream Media has refused to report is this, the Justice Department issued a memo in 2002 which states the exact opposite…

That 2002 DOJ memo states, “We summarize our conclusions: 1) States have inherent power, subject to Federal preemption, to make arrests for violation of Federal Law. 2). Because it is ordinarily unreasonable to assume that Congress intended to deprive the Federal Government of whatever assistance States may provide in indentifying and detaining those who may have violated Federal Law, Federal Statutes should be presumed not to have preempted this authority. This Office’s 1996 advice that Federal Law precludes State Police from arresting aliens on the basis of civil deportability was mistaken. 3). Section 1252 C does not preempt state authority to arrest for Federal violation”

2002 DOJ Memo

 https://mcauleysworld.wordpress.com/2010/07/09/the-immigration-debate-law-suit-against-arizona-04232002-doj-memo-states-that-federal-law-does-not-preempt-the-states-from-making-arrests-for-civil-and-criminal-violations-of-federal-immigration/

“At the pragmatic level, if local police are already allowed to do this and are allowed to do this with federal cooperation with the state, then why do they need the (new Arizona) law?” said Muzaffar Chishti, director of the New York office of the Migration Policy Institute, an immigration think tank.

There are several other ways local officials can assist, including Secure Communities, a more widely used program that allows local officials to check the fingerprints of anyone they book into their jails against FBI and Homeland Security Department databases.

Lets try not to get stupid in this discussion. A suspect needs to be “placed under arrest” before they can be “booked and finger printed”.  Once a suspect is “arrested and booked” State Law Enforcemnet officers can then access the “Secure Communities Database”.  

The Arizona Law addresses the activities undertaken prior to “arrest and booking” … the activities associated with a “preliminary investigation” … the investigation prior to contacting ICE or other immigration authorities … the basics of the investigation … asking a criminal suspect, under investigation for the commission of a crime, to identify themselves … got it … it really isn’t that difficult … If you can’t identify the “suspect” or complete a basic criminal investigation, how do you ever get to the point of an arrest, finger printing and the utilization of the Secure Communities data base … gee, I guess Congree intended for the Feds to set up the Secure Communities data base – just so long as no state or local police used it … 

But the 287(g) program gives officers the most direct authority to stop people on the street, in their cars or in their communities and check whether they are in the country illegally. Federal watchdogs have been critical of the job the Homeland Security Department has been doing in running the program…

This claim is what I would call a bald face lie … that is as direct a condemnation as I can make … this statement is a bald face lie. The following is taken directly from the Department of Homeland Securities Web Page:

The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA), effective September 30, 1996, added Section 287(g), performance of immigration officer functions by state officers and employees, to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). This authorizes the secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to enter into agreements with state and local law enforcement agencies, permitting designated officers to perform immigration law enforcement functions

http://www.ice.gov/pi/news/factsheets/070622factsheet287gprogover.htm

The Arizona Law addresses criminal investigations prior to the determination that an immigration violation has taken place and applies to all law enforcement officers in the State not a samll group of “designated officers”. A States right to investigate and arrest is not dependent on the delegation of authority from the Federal Government … so says the United States Supreme Court. The State cannot, however, “remove” or “deport”… 

I love how the Government, the ACLU and this AP reporter is arguing that the Arizona Law both usurps Federal Authority and that the Law isn’t needed because 287G already grants the powers requested …  can’t have it both ways can you … that the law interferes with Federal powers and that the law isn’t needed because the Feds have already given the power away …

The department’s inspector general (287G) reported in March that the 287(g) program was poorly supervised and provided insufficient training to officers, including on civil rights law.

Local officers have operated outside their agreements dictating the limits of their authority, the report said. In all, the inspector general made 33 recommendations for overhauling the program, some of which have not yet been resolved. It was the second critical report for the program. The Government Accountability Office had criticized the program in July 2009.

Complaints about Arpaio’s immigration enforcement tactics led the federal government last October to yank his authority to enforce immigration laws during patrols. That month, the Obama administration rewrote all agreements with local partners in attempt to address complaints of racial profiling and civil rights violations.

Yes, this is accurate, as far as it goes. The “287G Program” was in operation for over 13 years before the Obama Administration unilaterally decided to rewrite it’s provisions, to “rewrite” the programs guidelines, something that should have been left to Congress. Is there really any need to point out that the Obama Administration looks at this issue in a manner completely divorced from the rest of the Country … that the Obama Adminstration is on the extereme left and is ignoring American’s “mainstream” on many of these issues; “trying terrorist suspects in New York Courts rather that Military Tribunals, releasing New Black Panthers guilty of voter intimidation, renaming terror attacks as “man caused events” , claiming that the “Boston Police acted stupidly” … and now … even before they read the Arizona Law, claiming that it profiled.

Yes, the Federal Government acted, based on unsubstantiated complaints from groups like the ACLU. The fact is this … the Executive Branch is trying to block enforcement of our immigration laws, laws passed by Congress … the Obama Adminstration is trying to establish a “de-facto” open borders …. see below

WHEN THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION STATES THAT IMMIGRATION LAWS ARE RESERVED FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT – IT IS REFERING TO CONGRESS – NOT THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH … THE COURTS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN INSTRUCTED TO LOOK TO THE INTENT OF CONGRESS – NOT THE POLITICAL WHIM OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH …

Even so, the federal government continues to allow the sheriff and deputies to check their jails for deportable inmates.

Allows? Allows? The Federal Government is required to do so … by acts of Congress … This is, simply, the Federal Government’s Job… when the Fedral Government fulfuills this OBLIGATION … it is simply doing it’s job. 

First there is the Secure Communities Initiative discussed above. Then there is NSEERS (National Security Entry-Exit Registration) a system established by Congress in compliance with the findings of the 911 Commission Report. The NEERS System is a system for registration of certain non-citizens within the United States, initiated in September 2002 as part of the War on Terrorism. This system has two separate portions: port-of-entry registration and domestic registration. In each case, the registree is required to be fingerprinted, photographed, and interrogated. In addition, they are required to provide detailed information about their plans and updates to the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in case of changes in plans. They are also able to travel to and from the US via certain ports only.

The NEERS system is used to communicate with State and Local Law Enforcement officals as the conduct their daily activities  … much like the Secure Communities Initiative … http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Registration

Then there is the LESC Program, the Law Enforcement Support Center (LESC) is a national enforcement operations facility administered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the largest investigative agency in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). LESC is a single national point of contact that provides timely customs information and immigration status and identity information and real-time assistance to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies on aliens suspected, arrested or convicted of criminal activity. Located in Williston, Vt., LESC operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The primary users of LESC are state and local law enforcement officers seeking information about aliens encountered in the course of their daily enforcement activities. LESC also receives queries from federal, state and local correctional and court systems seeking information about individuals in custody or encountered elsewhere in the criminal justice system. Law enforcement officers have immediate access to alien records entered with the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and immigration information from every alien file maintained by DHS— approximately 100 million records—by using the formatted Immigration Alien Query (IAQ) screen incorporated within each state’s law enforcement communications system.  LESC offers other vital services, including: National Crime Information Center (NCIC)—LESC administers and controls all ICE criminal and administrative records in this nationwide law enforcement consortium and criminal database. There are now over 250,000 ICE records in NCIC.

http://www.ice.gov/pi/news/factsheets/lesc.htm

Even so, the federal government continues to allow the sheriff and deputies to check their jails for deportable inmates.

I think not, the Obama Executive Branch has been “instructed by Congress” to do so … prior “Executive Branches” accepted and received the Congressional funding to do so and prior to the arrival of the Obama Administration and this “Executive Branch” the Federal Government has acknowledged the powers both inherent in the States and those additional powers granted to the States by Congress, not the Executive Branch, to assist in the enforcement of our immigration laws.

Consider these words spoken by a former Attorney General, John Ashcroft when he attended the opening of the   NSEERS system, the Attorney General  announced the unequivocal conclusion of the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel (DOJOLC): “Arresting aliens who have violated criminal provisions of [the INA] or civil provisions that render an alien deportable . . . is within the inherent authority of the states.”

https://mcauleysworld.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/obama-administration-uses-suit-by-holders-doj-against-arizona-to-undo-security-protocols-implemented-by-911-commission/

Joanne Lin, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, said it is alarming that one Arizona county is responsible for a disproportionate share of deportations.

After referring indirectly to the ACLU 4 times in this article, the author has finally mentioned them by name … why is it alarming Joanne … you might consider that more illegal aliens cross through Maricopa County than any other County in the Country … A fact confirmed by the DHS and DHS Secretary Napolitano. If you have 500,000 illegal aliens cross through a County, I’m sure the law enforcement officers and citizens of Arizona are disappointed to only have 26,000 of them “intercepted”, “apprehended” and “removed”.   The 26,000 represents only 5% of those who gain entry “illegally” to our Country through that County.

By the way Lin, I love your (the ACLU’s) new commercial. You know the one where a man falsely claims the Arizona Law will allow police to harass him while he is gardening … Lin as an Attorney you are required to abide by the “Code of Conduct” … this commercial is a blatant violation of the Code of Conduct Lin, an intentional misrepresentation of a law …

The Los Angeles County’s Sheriff’s Office, a distant second to Maricopa, helped find 13,784 immigrants who were later deported or left the country. The Sheriff’s Office’s agreement with the federal government allows it to check its jails for deportable immigrants, but not to enforce immigration laws during street patrols. A renewal of the agreement is under negotiation.

Yet another bald faced lie. The City of Los Angeles is a “Sanctuary City” and prohibits it officers, illegally and unconstitutionally prohibits its law enforcement officers, from enforcing Federal immigration laws … the City of Los Angeles does this despite the fact that the City is inundated with violent street gangs populated with illegal alien members of the Mexican Drug Cartels,  gangs such as MS-13, Sureno-13,  … 2 prisoners out of every  5 prisoners in the California penal or jail system, are criminal illegal aliens …

An estimated 10.8 million people, about 26 percent of the state’s population, are living illegally in California, compared with 460,000, about 12 percent, in Arizona.

And the point is? I believe the point is that with an estimated 10.8 million illegal aliens living in California … 26 percent of the State population … it is high time we secure the Country’s borders … and that until California secures its borders and addresses the illegal immigration issue seriously … that all Federal Funds … not just bailout funds … be withheld …  and another 460,000 illegals are reported to be living  in Arizona, yet it is reported, by the Obama Administration that there are only 12 million illegal aliens living in the entire United States… what about Florida, where 1 million illegal aliens reside … and then we would only have an 47 additional states to addd to the count … just as a quick count 10.8 million in California and 460,000 in Arizona equals 11.4 million out of the Obama Administration’s estimated 12 million …

“These statistics bear out that you have rogue sheriffs in certain counties that are bent on targeting immigrants,” Lin said.

Illegal immigrants Lin, dear, illegal immigrants … can’t you tell the difference. Well if you can’t tell the difference Lin, the Federal Immigration Judges have no problem doing so … the problem Lin, is with the authorities in crime ridden LA County, with an estimated 10.8 million illegal aliens, only identifying  13, 784 for “removal” out of the state wide pool of pool of 10,800,000, or the 2.5 million illegals living in the L.A. Tri-County Area. The 13,784  represents an apprehension rate of   6 hundereths of 1% (.006). I’ll suggest that any Sheriff’s Department in the Country can match that “apprehension rate” by sitting in their office eating eating donuts and waiting for the “suspects” to walk in and voluntarily surrender …

Since the merger of L.A. Public Safety with the L.A. Sheriff’s Department, the combined groups have a total of nearly 9,000 police officers, and this number does not include civilian employees or private “security” personal. A total of approximately 9,000 officers to patrol roughly 7.600 square miles and they apprehended 13, 784 illegal aliens over a 52 week period. That works out to 1.5 illegal alien arrests per officer over the 52 week year span. 1.5 per officcer per year. Did all that work cause the L.A. Sheriff’s to break into a sweat … No wonder Calfornia has 10,800,000 million illegals …

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_County_Sheriff’s_Department

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_County_Office_of_Public_Safety

Maricopa County has a total of 4,000 employees and an additional 3,00o volunteer posse members. The County has approximately 3,000 full time Sheriffs, roughly 1/3 of the number employed in L.A. County. The Sheriff’s office “patrols” 9200 hundred square miles. an area rughly the size of the state of Vermont or New Hampshire or New Jersey…. an area 1 1/3 times larger than L.A. County. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s apprehended 26,146 “illegal aliens” in the year in question, for an average of 8.7 per Sheriff for the year … about one apprehension per officer every 6 weeks … not bad considering it isn’t their primary focus …. but this AP writer would have you think what?  That the Maricopa County Sheriff is out there arresting dozens of Hispanics at the local Dairy Queen … yeah, 8.7 apprehensions per year per Sheriff – about 1 every 6 weeks per Sheriff … sounds like a lot of profiling going on to me …  I guess we can tell one thing … The Maricopa County Sheriff is out their working … Do the L.A. County Sheriffs even leave their offices … 1.5 apprehensions per officer per year … 

One thing is certain from these stats … the L.A. County Sheriff is not checking to determine if those arrested are , in fact, here illegally. With 10.800.000 illegal aliens living in California  and a total of 136,288 criminal arrests in 2009 (19,168 Part 1 arrests and 117,120 Part 2 arrests) the L.A. County Sheriff’s office only identified 13,784 illegals, one for every 10 individuals arrested. I for one don’t beleive that any “racial group” is more prone to crime, however, those who are willing to commit a crime to get here may, in fact, be more willing to commit a crime after they arrive. Even if that is not the case, lets just assume that illegal aliens are just as likely as any other “group” in California to commit a crime and be arrested … I’m not willing to believe illegal aliens are more “law abiding” … if this is a fair assumtpion then at least 1/4 of those arrested in L.A, County would be illegal … the same percentage that they represent in California’s population at large …. (I’m not even arguing that the rate should be much higher becasue L.A. County has so many more illegals) … 25% of 136,288  equals 34,072 a tad more than 13,784 that were apprehended … nearly 3 times more …. and nearly 1.5 times more than the number apprehended by Sheriff Joe and his group in Maricopa County … These stats don’t support the slightest hint of profiling … they clearly state what is happening, the L.A. County Sheriff’s department is not enfoircing the immigration law, by choice or by directive  

http://app1.lasd.org/caas_web/era01/index.cfm?mod=mnu&cur_year=2009&locat=dep_all  

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_and_territories_by_area

 http://www.mcso.org/index.php?a=GetModule&mn=Messages

Yes, Lin the problem is obvious and the problem is not in Arizona … Watch the election in November Lin, American is going to send you a loud message …

http://dailycaller.com/2010/07/28/arizona-helped-deport-thousands-without-new-law/

Post Script:

The AP is such a critical part of the 5th estate, a leader in worldwide reporting, an organization with writers risking their lives in places like Afghanistan, Iraq and yes, in Mexico where they report on the Mexican Civil War with the Drug Cartels… why does the AP allow shoddy pieces like the dribble above be published and detract from the hard won reputation garnered through the efforts of  so many other serious reporters …  won by the hard work of true journalists … AP lose your “political hacks” they diminish the reputation of your true journalists …

SEE: https://mcauleysworld.wordpress.com/2010/07/28/caretl-vilence-4-journalists-missing-in-durango-mexcio-human-rights-commission-issues-call-to-mexican-government/

Mexico drug killers dump 6 severed heads by church

Five heads left on disco floor by Cartel Killers

DURANGO Mexico (Reuters) – Suspected drug gangs dumped the severed heads of five police officers and a prosecutor outside a church in northern Mexico on Wednesday as killings from the latest cartel violence rose to more than 60 in the past three days.

The heads were left in plastic bags near the church in Durango state before dawn. They were discovered by trash collectors as blood ran out of them onto the street, the state attorney general’s office said.

“These six were kidnapped on Monday night and then beheaded,” said a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office.

The beheadings appeared to be a revenge attack by the powerful Gulf cartel and its Zeta hitmen for the killing of 10 gang members in Durango by the army last week, police said.

SEE: Mexican Drug Cartel Violence: Mexican Marines arrest presumed leader of Beltran Leyva Cartel – Sergio Villarreal Barragan taken into custody

The battle between rival cartels over smuggling routes into the United States has killed more than 60 people across Mexico this week in the latest sign President Felipe Calderon’s army-backed crackdown is only provoking more violence.

No Country For Old Men

Drug gang members in Tijuana, across from San Diego, killed more than 20 people in the past 24 hours, chopping up and beheading victims, while drug murders have escalated in Ciudad Juarez on the Texas border. The city has become one of the world’s murder capitals this year.

Drug gangs are becoming increasingly brazen despite a 49,000-strong troop presence across Mexico. In Calderon’s home state of Michoacan in central Mexico, suspected drug gangs threw grenades near the state government palace on Tuesday, seriously injuring a pregnant woman and a young girl.

The United States, which worries about the growing power of the cartels, says the rising death toll is a sign the drug gangs are weakening under the military crackdown.

http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFTRE5BF5M120091216

Cartel Violence: 4 Journalists Missing In Durango, Mexcio – Human Rights Commission Issues Call To Mexican Government

Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission called on the government Tuesday to find four Mexican journalists reported missing in or near the violence-wracked northern state of Durango. The journalists include two cameramen from the Televisa network, a reporter for Multimedios television and a reporter for the newspaper El Vespertino.

“The lack of investigation into attacks on journalists has made them more vulnerable in doing their work,” the government’s rights commission said in a statement.

The four disappeared Monday in the Laguna region, which includes Durango and areas of the neighboring state of Coahuila.

The commission said three of them were “picked up” — a tactic frequently used by drug gangs in which victims are forced into waiting vehicles — around noon Monday, and the fourth was snatched that night.

The area has been wracked by drug gang violence. Prosecutors say officials at a prison in Gomez Palacio — the Durango city

Troops stand on roof of Gomez Palacio Prison

where some of the journalists are based — allowed drug cartel gunmen to leave the penitentiary temporarily and provided them guns and vehicles to carry out executions.

At least seven journalists have been killed in Mexico so far in 2010. Many more Mexican reporters have received threats from drug gangs.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2010-07-27-Mexico_N.htm?csp=34news&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsatodaycomWorld-TopStories+(News+-+World+-+Top+Stories)

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