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"For decades, Mormon conservatives have believed their politics on a number of issues matched with the positions of their church. They opposed abortion, the Equal Rights Amendment and same-sex marriage, for example, and so did their religion. But now comes an issue that puts the two seemingly at odds: immigration," says the Salt Lake Tribune.
Roger Hedgecock - Free Border Agent Jailed for Stopping Drug Smugglers
"Veteran Border Patrol Officer Jesus Diaz faces a sentence of 10 to 35 years in federal prison for doing his job--nabbing drug smugglers sneaking across the Mexican border. Prosecuting the U.S. Border Patrol for doing its job is not new. Obama continues the Bush policy--alking about border security but keeping the border open, and prosecuting Border Patrol agents who get too aggressive enforcing the law," says Roger Hedgecock in a commentary today.
Diaz was prosecuted by Johnny Sutton, the same federal prosecutor that went after Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean for shooting a drug smuggler. In this case, Diaz was prosecuted for "excessive force" for lifting an illegal alien by his handcuffed wrist to force him to the ground as he resisted arrest.
Diaz's wife, herself a Border Patrol agent, says that the prosecutions have left agents unsure about whether they will be prosecuted for enforcing the law.
Police Training Includes Recognizing Occult Markers Used by Smuggling Groups
"At the invitation of U.S. Marshal for Arizona David Gonzales, [Robert] Almonte, an expert on narcotics cases tied to religion, led a training class Thursday for 350 officers throughout Maricopa County and northern Arizona at the Mesa Public Safety Training Center," Police Link reported.
"The problem is much more prevalent now both in Arizona and Texas where Mexican drug trafficking organizations are using religion to hide behind the law," Almonte said. "They use prayer, icons or candles as a tool to facilitate criminal activity such as for drugs, human smuggling and weapons. Officers frequently run into these icons and items of their spiritual underworld and they don't know what they're dealing with."
Has May Day Always Been About Benefits for Illegal Aliens?
Writing for the People's World, John Wojcik says, "Hundreds of thousands across the nation marching and rallying this May Day will be fusing two of the great struggles of the day - the fight for workers' rights and the fight for immigrant rights. The labor movement, rejecting the notion that immigrants are taking jobs away from the native-born, has jumped with both feet into the fight for immigrant rights."
In his column in the San Jose Mercury News, Sharat G. Lin writes in favor of treating May Day as the real "Labor Day." "Today May Day is celebrated in most countries around the world as International Workers' Day. Among major nations, the United States is the only one in which the government and the trade union bureaucracy have consistently resisted recognition of May Day, fearing the connection with labor movements around the world." In his entire column, Lin manages to avoid any mention of the words socialist or communist. Lin does, however, tie May Day to immigration. "Although little known to many Americans today, May Day was born in the United States out of the struggle of immigrant workers," says Lin, referencing the Haymarket bombing.
"An iPhone game that allows users to drive a truck full of immigrants through what appears to be the US-Mexican border has been rejected by Apple Inc., the software's developer said yesterday," according to the Boston Globe.
"Owlchemy drew fire from advocates for immigrants after it announced the game's creation in February. The game was criticized as being in poor taste because it trivialized how immigrants risked their lives under what advocates call a broken immigration system."
Obama Enlists "Latino" Celebrities for Political Theater
"With his immigration overhaul stalled, President Obama is enlisting an array of voices, including Latino entertainment and media stars, to help jump-start legislation and reassure crucial but restless Hispanic voters that he has not abandoned his campaign pledge to change the law," the Boston Globe writes.