September 2011


Jesus Cornelio managed to enter the U.S. under the guise of a tourist visa (with no intention of ever leaving) 10 years ago; when his visa expired his status changed to illegal alien.  He cannot receive state Medicare because he hasn’t legally lived in the U.S. continuously for five years.

However, someone has recently issued him both a social security and a green card.

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The story of an unconscious Mexican immigrant who is on an expensive life support system in an Arizona hospital has sparked a passionate response from KGUN9 viewers.

As 9 On Your Side investigator Steve Nuñez reported on Wednesday, 23 year old Jesus Cornelio recently collapsed while playing soccer.  According to his wife, he suffered severe brain damage, and is now on life support at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix. 

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LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

Federal, state and local law enforcement officials joined together Thursday to offer a warning to immigrants: The wrong help can hurt.

The officials — including representatives from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Federal Trade Commission, the Nevada attorney general’s office and the Metropolitan Police Department — met at Las Vegas City Hall to talk about the dangers of what they say is a growing problem: immigration scams.

“We’ve heard from organizations and communities all around the state about how dishonest people repeatedly seek to rip off immigrants and steal their money,” said John Kramar , district director for CIS. “This kind of fraud hurts vulnerable members of our community as well as challenges our nation’s system of lawful immigration.”

Such fraud often is perpetrated by people advertising as “notarios.” In many Spanish-speaking countries, a “notario” — or notary — is a highly trained, licensed legal practitioner. But in the United States, “notarios” aren’t licensed to give legal advice or immigration services.

Other times, licensed attorneys overpromise what they can deliver to immigrants.

“It really does come home to roost when you see the victims of these scams whose lives are devastated,” said Dave Clark, bar counsel for the State Bar of Nevada.

Such victims sometimes wind up in deportation proceedings, losing “all their money, and their families are ripped apart,” he said.

Local immigration attorney Rex Velasquez said while the victims “are of course the people who went to notarios,” they also include the families and “the U.S. citizen children.”

By the time law enforcement gets involved, it’s often too late for them, he said.

Perpetrators sometimes charge for services and resources that CIS offers for free or claim they can help someone gain legal status more quickly.

The local effort to target such fraud is part of a nationwide, city-by-city initiative launched earlier this year. The first cities targeted were Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, San Antonio and Fresno, Calif.

The initiative focuses on collaboration between agencies, educating the public about immigration scams and encouraging people to report scams.

Officials said immigrants interested in finding free or low-cost legal services should visit or call CIS at 1-800-375-5283.

Officials said immigrants interested in finding free or low-cost legal services should visit www.uscis.gov/avoidscams or call CIS at 1-800-375-5283.

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It’s time to draw the line with Pakistan, whose intelligence service is reportedly colluding with the insurgent Haqqani network, an al Qaeda ally that’s been on the rampage against us in Afghanistan.
 
In testimony last week, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen dropped a bombshell, saying the highly dangerous network “acts as a veritable arm of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency.”
 
Worse, Mullen alleged that, based on numbers found in militants’ cellphones, the Haqqanis’ 20-hour Sept. 13 attack on the US embassy in Kabul, which killed nearly 20 people, was done “with ISI support.”
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The Yemen Defense Ministry reported early Friday morning that U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula who used the Internet to recruit English-speaking radicals, has been killed along with some of his bodyguards in Yemen. Continue Reading

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even before taking over as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest military office in the land, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey made one thing clear. He differs with his predecessor on one of the most important issues of the day: the threat posed to national security by a growing national debt.

Dempsey was to be sworn in Friday as successor to Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, who is retiring. At his Senate confirmation hearing in July, Dempsey was asked whether he agrees with Mullen’s oft-repeated assertion that the debt crisis is the single biggest threat to American national security.

“I don’t agree exactly with that,” Dempsey said.

In his view, developed in the course of a 37-year career that includes two tours of command in Iraq and one in Saudi Arabia, American global power and influence are derived from three strengths: military, diplomatic and economic.

“You can’t pick or choose,” he said; none of the three is paramount.

It’s too early to know how much change Dempsey will foster in his role as the top U.S. military officer, but it’s certain that pressures to cut the defense budget – and what that implies for the military and for American foreign policy – will be a dominant issue from Day One of his tenure.

So while he sees the debt problem as highly important, Dempsey believes the United States cannot be successful in managing its national security and international affairs without asserting influence through a combination of a powerful military, an effective diplomatic corps and a sound economy.

His will be among the key voices in recommending how to cut hundreds of billions of dollars from the defense budget over the coming decade.

By law, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs serves as the senior military adviser to the president, the president’s National Security Council and the secretary of defense. But the chairman is not directly in the chain of command that extends from the president to the secretary of defense to commanders in the field. He is the public face of the U.S. military and weighs in on major policy decisions but is not actually in charge of any troops.

Dempsey is the first Army general to hold the job since Hugh Shelton retired in 2001.

One of the legacies of Mullen’s four years as chairman was his less-than-successful effort to persuade Pakistan’s military chief, Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, to do more to contain and disable violent extremist groups like al-Qaida and the Haqqani network that use Pakistan as a haven.

In the final week of his tenure, Mullen made his biggest headline by telling a Senate committee that the Haqqanis are a “veritable arm” of Pakistan’s intelligence service and by asserting that Pakistani intelligence supported and facilitated a string of Haqqani attacks on Americans in Afghanistan. His statement infuriated the Pakistan government and arguably set back, at least temporarily, an already frayed U.S.-Pakistani relationship.

Dempsey’s views on Pakistan’s importance to success in Afghanistan appear similar to Mullen’s, although he has been less specific about the role of the Haqqanis. In his July testimony, he said it has never been clear to him why the Pakistani government goes after some extremist groups but not others. He said that as Joint Chiefs chairman he would work with the Pakistanis to improve border security.

Like many who rise to the highest ranks of the U.S. military, Dempsey is not known for his public outspokenness. He took over as Army chief of staff in April. Before that he commanded the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, and he previously served for several months as acting commander of U.S. Central Command with responsibility for all U.S. military operations and relations in the greater Middle East.

He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1974.

Dempsey’s swearing-in completes the transition of President Barack Obama’s senior national security team, which included Leon Panetta taking over for Robert Gates as defense secretary on July 1, followed by Marine Gen. John Allen’s arrival in Kabul as the new commander of U.S. and NATO forces, Gen. David Petraeus’ retirement from the Army to become CIA director and Gen. Raymond Odierno replacing Dempsey as Army chief of staff.

Mullen, who served two two-year terms as Joint Chiefs chairman, is retiring. He has served 43 years in uniform.

In his confirmation hearing testimony in July, Dempsey was not explicitly comparing and contrasting his views with those of Mullen. But in addition to stating a different view on the issue of debt and national security, he echoed Mullen on the matter of defending against cyber threats.

Mullen said several times in his final days in office that cyber attacks are one of just two threats to the continued existence of the nation. The other, he said, is Russian nuclear weapons, and he said that threat is well contained by arms control agreements, including the New START treaty of 2010.

And like Mullen, Dempsey acknowledged that he is not particularly well versed on the subject of cyber warfare.

“I’ll confess at the start that my thinking on this is nascent, at best,” Dempsey told the Senate Armed Services Committee. He added that he had been advised that cyber war was likely to be one of several issues that define his tenure. He did not mention what he expects will be the other defining issues, but almost certainly they include winding down the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and reorienting U.S. forces for the post-war period.

RIDLEY PARK, Penn (Reuters) – Federal agents arrested dozens of current and former Boeing workers on Thursday on charges of illegally dealing in painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs at a plant that makes military aircraft models used in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

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MEXICO CITY—Mexico’s government says nearly 9,000 Mexicans caught as illegal migrants in Arizona have been flown to Mexico City the past two months under a voluntary repatriation program.The Interior Department says in a Thursday statement that the migrants returned in daily flights from Tucson between July 11 and Wednesday.

The returnees took buses to their hometowns, most the poor southern states of Oaxaca, Chiapas and Guerrero.

U.S. officials say desert temperatures in the Mexico-Arizona border region soar to deadly levels in the summer, and deporting migrants to just across the border only encourages them to try again.

About 125,000 people have taken part in the repatriation program since it began in the summer of 2004.

A former Costa Mesa resident who killed her husband and cooked and ate parts of his body nearly 20 years ago is scheduled to appear before a parole board.

Omaima Aree Nelson is seeking early release from her sentence of 27 years to life for murdering William E. Nelson, 56, over Thanksgiving weekend in 1991. Continue Reading

First lady Michelle Obama, wearing a hat and sunglasses, center, stands in line at a Target Department store in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, after doing some shopping. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

First lady Michelle Obama, wearing a hat and sunglasses, stands in line at a Target department store in Alexandria, Va., Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, after doing some shopping.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON (AP-Associated Propaganda) — She’s mingled barefoot among Aspen’s elite, stirred a Vermont utility executive to tears and bucked up disenchanted New Yorkers.

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Sealed with a kiss: Michelle Obama wore gold and diamond bracelets, worth $42,150, designed by Houston native, Katie Decker, at the DNC fundraiser

Sealed with a kiss: Michelle Obama wore gold and diamond bracelets, worth $42,150, designed by Houston native, Katie Decker, at the DNC fundraiser

An illegal alien who was driving without a license hit and dragged an 11-year-old Ipswich girl with his truck as she was riding her bicycle to school yesterday, authorities said.

Wanderson DaSilva-Neto, 35, a Brazilian national who was wanted by immigration authorities, was pulling out of his High Street driveway shortly after 7 a.m. on his way to work when his 1998 GMC pickup truck struck and dragged the screaming girl about four feet, a witness told police.

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So much for Obama’s dog and pony (fugitive illegal alien round-up) show.

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