Illegal Immigration and civil rights

It has been a while since I posted anything on Illegal Immigration, or anything else for that matter. Here are a few news articles on Illegal Immigration that caught my attention today.   

From The

The Rio Grande Valley’s booming economy, transportation needs and growing schools don’t stack up to the 800-pound gorilla state legislators see in illegal immigration.

This weekend the Rio Grande Valley Partnership is giving 35 state lawmakers a tour of the Valley and a firsthand look at the area’s residents, businesses and infrastructure. During the tour they’ll see local cities, nature destinations, businesses and schools.

Valley delegates had hoped to drive home issues like education, roads, border business relations and agriculture.

However, with the debate over illegal immigration still looming large in the minds of many state representatives and senators, many are looking for a firsthand look at how it affects the front lines.

Since Congress balked last year at passing significant immigration reform, many legislators visiting the Valley said they think it’s up to the state of Texas to make a stand, possibly during this legislative session.

Here is the link to the Rio Grande Valley Partnership:

I have long said that State and Local officials must step up and increase cooperation with the federal government in enforcing our immigration laws.  Federal officials have failed to take the lead in enforcing immigration laws for many years. Especially in prosecuting those who hire illegals. Unfortunately when a local community takes steps to address illegal immigration they face law suits by various civil rights groups. Beufort County South Carolina provides the latest example of just such a case.  

Hispanic civil rights group threatens lawsuit

A Washington-based Hispanic civil rights group is threatening a lawsuit against Beaufort County unless the county repeals the controversial illegal immigration ordinance it approved last month.

The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, which has successfully fought laws targeted at immigrants in New York and New Jersey, sent a letter to county officials Wednesday citing concerns about the legality of the measure and the potential for civil rights violations. The group said it was acting on behalf of local Hispanic leaders, attorneys and business owners.

“A lawsuit would undoubtedly result in nationwide negative publicity which could potentially cripple Beaufort County’s tourism industry,” the letter states. “Your revised ordinance duplicates what the federal government requires of business owners and will only serve to burden Beaufort County businesses with a wasteful bureaucracy.”

The County Council approved the lawful employment ordinance Dec. 27 after three months of debates and changes to the measure. The ordinance originally would have essentially made the county’s business license office a clearinghouse for all complaints and investigations about employers hiring illegal immigrants. But the final version was significantly less severe, calling for little more than what the county already does.

The ordinance allows the county to audit businesses in unincorporated Beaufort County to make sure their employment verification documents are legitimate. If there’s a problem, the county can suspend a company’s business license, as it could prior to the ordinance.

Here is a PDF of the letter sent by the “Civil Rights Group“. The same group has been instrumental against other communities as well, including Valley Park Missouri, and Hazelton Pennsylvania. In each case they have labeled the ordinances as a form of racial discrimination despite the fact that the laws target various ILLEGAL acts not the ethnicity of any group. It doesn’t matter if the immigrants are here from Ireland, China, or Mexico. If they are here illegally they are breaking the law. If they are employed the law is being broken. All these ordinances do is give law enforcement the necessary tools to be more effective in enforcing laws already on the books.

The PRLDEF could better serve the latino community and do more to protect civil and human rights if it used its tremendous resources in going after the coyote’s and human smugglers like Tyrone Williams who was recently sentenced to life in prison for his role in smuggling nearly 100 illegal immigrants sealed in his truck’s refrigeration trailer. 19 of those he was smuggling died of dehydration and suffocation.  There are 14 other defendants in the case yet only Williams was charged with a capital offense.  If organizations like the PRLDEF were actually concerned with the civil and human rights of illegal immigrants you would think there would be a few civil suits filed against  those who planned the smuggling, packed the truck or even those who would stood to profit from smuggling them in. Instead the the PRLDEF and other civil rights organizations seek legal action against the very government agencies that seek to prevent tragedies like this from occuring obviously their only desire seems to be to advance their own political agenda not one of securing and protecting human rights.

some other CAII Posts that are well worth the read:

Liberally Conservative has New RNC Chair Pro-Amnesty Advocate for Illegal Immigrants

stikNstein has Globalization……..Turning America into MexiSamoa & Letting drugs through is just the cost of doing business….

Right Truth with Conservative Hypocrites

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.






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    Meet Stephanie Mohr, dangerous and hardened criminal, now serving a ten year prison sentence at the Federal Prison Camp in Alderson, West Virginia, thanks to tenacious federal prosecutors and tough judge.
    Stephanie’s crime? Her dog bit a man in the leg.
    This was not just any dog. Valk, a German Shepherd, worked for the Prince George’s County Police Department, Maryland. Police Officer Stephanie Mohr was his K-9 partner.
    The victim? Ricardo Mendez, an illegal alien from El Salvador, complete with criminal record, was found with an accomplice by police at 1 a.m. atop the roof of a commercial building in the suburb of Takoma Park, Maryland.
    Prosecutors were able to convince a jury, that the dog bite wasn’t necessary, thus violating Ricardo’s civil rights. And for that, Stephanie Mohr, age 35, decorated cop, loyal daughter, devoted mother…is spending ten years in the prime of her life in a prison cell, branded a criminal for life.
    Everyone reading this must be shaking their heads. Here, in the land of the free, where we cherish a constitution painstakingly designed to protect Americans from injustice, the justice system creates its own injustice.
    There’s more to this incredible story.
    * Stephanie Mohr wasn’t charged with a crime until five years later, one day before the statute of limitations expired.
    * Neither of the two illegals, including the man that was bitten, ever filed a complaint.
    * The case took two trials. In the first, eleven jurors voted for acquittal, with one hold-out. But the government went after her again, this time gaining a conviction.
    * The main prosecution witness faced criminal charges and testified in exchange for a deal
    It happened on September 21, 1995. Stephanie had been a cop for two years. Her short career — serving and protecting the citizens of Prince George’s County, Maryland, — had already been dotted with deeds resulting in 25 letters of commendation and two awards. In one act of heroism, a group of juvenile drug dealers ambushed Stephanie and fired 40 shots in an assassination attempt. She survived, unharmed. (The shooters were charged with attempted murder on a police officer, and received eight years in jail. They were out in 18 months)
    Inexperienced as a K-9 handler, Stephanie was riding with a senior officer, Anthony Delozier, when they received a back-up call to the Takoma Park Police Department. Takoma Park cops were on a stake-out after a rash of roof top burglaries in the area. It paid off. Two suspects were found atop a commercial building. K-9 was called to assist, along with the helicopter unit.
    Prosecutors would later say these were just two homeless men looking for a place to eat and sleep. Well, of course. Illegal aliens often enjoy dining and sleeping on commercial rooftops. The pattern of rooftop burglaries in the area and their extensive records as criminals was apparently irrelevant.
    When they arrived on the scene, with the police helicopter hovering, Officer Delozier conferred with the Takoma Park Sergeant, Dennis Bonn, in the staging area to determine the nature of the call. In cop lingo, he asked, “Is it a bite case?” Translated, he was asking if this was a felony which, if necessary, would justify an apprehension by dog — instead of gun. The two suspects came down the building on the back side, next to an alley. Stephanie, Delozier, Bonn and one other cop waited with guns drawn. They ordered the suspects to freeze, hands up. One suspect appeared jittery, barely raised his hands to waist level while jabbering in Spanish to his cohort. According to Stephanie, Delozier, and the other officer, Mendez made a move like he might break for it. Stephanie released the dog who then bit the man on the leg.
    Both suspects were sent to jail, and were later deported from the U.S. Case closed?
    In the ensuing five years, and for a decade prior, a number of questionable incidents occurred within the Prince George’s County and Takoma Park police departments alleging rampant abuse by police officers toward minorities. Law suits had been filed against several cops, including those in K-9. Media ran several stories. One of the cops under scrutiny for brutality and facing a number of civil rights charges, was Sergeant Dennis Bonn, the same Takoma Park supervisor who was on the scene of the 1995 apprehension by Stephanie’s dog.
    The prosecutors also managed to get support from Takoma Park cop, Keith Largent who opined that the dog bite was not really necessary. Sergeant Bonn contradicted Delozier’s testimony saying the question was asked, “Can the dog have a bite?” long after the suspects came off the building and were in custody.
    Armed with Bonn’s testimony, federal prosecutors charged Stephanie Mohr and Anthony Delozier with conspiracy and violating the civil rights of the illegal alien under color of law.
    Imagine that, a foreigner with a criminal record breaks the law to enter this country, and he’s automatically awarded civil rights. And it’s the cop who goes to jail.
    Also charged, was Takoma Park Officer, Brian Rich, who the government said filed false charges against the men. After a hung jury, the judge dismissed all charges. Rich later became an FBI agent.
    Mohr and Delozier were nearly acquitted in the first trial, but for one hold-out on the jury. Normally, a prosecution office will not go through the expense and time to retry a case under such circumstances. Nor would they defy the spirit of double jeopardy protections. But, this “crime” was so detestable, determined prosecutors went after the two of them again, this time with a new approach. After trial number one, they had the advantage of knowing the defense strategy. Weak government witnesses were not called for trial number two, including the lead FBI agent in charge, Marc Savine. For trial number two, prosecutors unearthed a couple of new witnesses — unrelated to the Mendez bite — who would testify that Stephanie Mohr was prejudiced toward minorities, as evidenced by other incidents, post 1995, when her dog apprehended and/or bit minority suspects. They excavated the original illegal alien from a jail cell in El Salvador to come and testify against her. The other illegal alien was brought back from a prison in Texas.
    Delozier was acquitted of conspiracy in the second trial. He’s back on the police beat, now a lieutenant. One can only imagine his attitude toward the law.
    In August of 2002, Officer Stephanie Mohr was hauled away in handcuffs, her life a shambles. The judge sentenced her to ten years. The government reveled in victory, claiming justice had prevailed. Or did it?
    The loser was not just Stephanie Mohr. In a time when our society laments over too many one-parent homes, her son, Adam, age 4, will have to spend his formative years growing up without a mom in the home. & subsequently Adam’s father was killed in the line of duty.
    A decorated career cop who would have gone on to a stellar career protecting local citizens from criminal predators, has been excoriated and damaged for life.
    Instead of her paying taxes and contributing to our society, she is now relegated to a social dependent, supported by you and me.
    Some truly dangerous criminal will remain free to commit crimes against innocent civilians because Stephanie Mohr occupies that prison bed.
    Under the proverbial microscope, police officers today are no longer proactive enforcers of the law, but mere reporting agents who are afraid to make one wrong move for fear of Monday morning quarterbacks demanding “justice”. Stephanie Mohr serves as an example why cops don’t dare do police work any more, lest they end up in prison instead of the criminals.

    The travesty of justice in Mohr’s case was perpetuated by prosecutors out to pacify an outraged minority community who had been victimized over two decades by abusive officers not held in check by their departments. Stephanie Mohr was the sacrificial lamb, paying the price of many before her. They went after innocent prey, because they could.
    I’ve tried to keep an open mind thinking there must be more to the story. Perhaps Stephanie Mohr had been over zealous in her approach toward police work. Perhaps she should have shown more restraint. Maybe the release of the dog wasn’t absolutely necessary. I’ve often heard those grey areas argued by sofa-sitting second-guessers over my career, but none of them can know what it feels like in that moment requiring a split second decision. Even if Stephanie Mohr was completely guilty, she deserved nothing more than a reprimand, a suspension or perhaps, a transfer to another unit. For certain, she deserves to be home with her son, and on the job working with prosecutors, not dodging them. She does not belong in prison.
    Stephanie’s lawyers are working on an appeal, saying she had ineffective counsel and other legal issues. But we all know how painfully slow that process goes. It may be another three or four years before those legal issues are resolved. Meanwhile, she wallows as federal inmate number 36547-037, criminal.
    Where is the outrage? Where is the brotherhood of police organizations? Where is the voice of 700,000 American cops who stand just as vulnerable to this kind of persecution because they carry a badge. Police officers are the first line of defense in a nation riddled with crime and the fear of terror, yet they stand as prime targets for government officials who occasionally need to grease the squeaky wheel. Cops must stand up and be counted, and let the nation know they are just as entitled to protections from injustice as any American.
    The four drug-dealing juveniles who fired forty shots in an attempt to kill Officer Stephanie Mohr, served 18 months in jail. Compare that to Stephanie Mohr’s sentence.
    Willie McJones is a career criminal who has spent his life in and out of prison, preying upon the innocent, stealing, robbing and breaking into houses. He has proven to be a dangerous man. He was arrested for killing a cohort during a drug deal. McJones served five years of a seven year manslaughter sentence. Compare that to Stephanie Mohr’s sentence.
    There are thousands of real criminals — perhaps millions — just like McJones, on the streets preying upon the innocent, ravaging homes and businesses, stealing assaulting, pushing narcotics to the young, habitually breaking laws. They don’t get half of Stephanie’s punishment. Many are known criminals — parasites — who the justice system has protected with an array of constitutional rights, allowing them to perpetuate their criminal behavior right under out noses. Stephanie Mohr has been a law abiding, tax paying, contributing citizen, yet she wallows in a prison cell in lieu of real criminals, a prized trophy for prosecutors hell-bent on satisfying vocal minorities.
    The United States justice system cages 2.1 million human beings at any given time, by far the largest prison inmate population, per capita, of any nation in the world. If Stephanie Mohr serves as an example of success in fighting crime, then it’s time we start taking a closer look at the whole system. After all, this is the land of the free. Or…is it?
    Winning was everything. But mistakes are made, as evidenced by the number of releases from death row in America over the last several years, innocent inmates who have suffered horribly from a justice system that hinged their cases upon mistaken eye witness identification or grubby snitches pandering for a deal.
    What greater motive to lie, than to stay out of jail? Yet, the system validates such deals because it promotes successful verdicts within the arena of legal combat. That’s all that really matters. Winning.
    That’s what happened to Stephanie Mohr. Mother. Police officer. Citizen. Victim. Dennis Bonn cut a deal, and he gained liberty in exchange for wanted testimony.
    It can happen to anyone. It can happen to me and to you, so long as the politics of the moment serve the cause. It actually frightens me to write this article and see it published. Maybe they’ll come after me next. How sad, we must fear our own government, while we commit 150,000 troops to free the people of another country 10,000 miles away.
    Police officers are our first line of protection. A bad cop here and there must surely be dismissed and even prosecuted. But…for a dog bite? On an illegal alien dope-dealing thief? Ten years of a human being’s life, wasted?
    This is abominable.



  2. Natalie

    What Americans don’t know is….

    The U.S. back in 2000 and previous years opened its doors to South America, citizens from Uruguay, Argentina and others could come to the US.S without requiring any VISA.


    And South Americans in the U.S. need to be acknowledge, respected and for once gave them what they deserve!!! Permanent Residency and ultimately Citizenship!>

    They pay taxes and are here to work for us!!!. This is an IMMIGRANT NATION!!!. WE ALL CAME FROM SOMEWHERE!!!

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