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Reuters -- April 24, 2014   
    Such resentment has helped transform UKIP, which wants Britain to exit the EU and to sharply curb immigration, from a marginal protest party into one poised, say opinion polls, to come second after Labour or even first in the May elections.
    Such an outcome would be humiliating for Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives and would fuel their alarm about a split in the centre-right vote in next year's national election which could deny them another five years in government.
    UKIP currently has only nine seats in the European Parliament and no elected members in the British parliament. Yet it won almost one in four votes in local elections last year and has also pushed the Conservatives into third place in a string of one-off votes for national parliamentary seats. [...]
   That sense of abandonment is one of the biggest things now attracting voters to UKIP, said Jane Collins, one of UKIP's leading candidates for the European Parliament elections.
    "I don't think either Labour or the Conservatives should be too arrogant and complacent about their position. We are a danger to both parties. They live in the Westminster bubble," she said, referring to the district where parliament is based.
    "And they haven't realised the bubble is about to burst.".....

April 24, 2014

American Border Patrol   
Border Tech Story Misleading 
Today the Associated Press published a story about a bill, House Bill 2462, signed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer that would allow Arizona to build a "virtual fence" along the Arizona-Mexico border. -- The AP reports that the bill "... would allow the state to place high-technology radar and video sensors on 300 towers along 375 miles of the border to monitor human and drug-smuggling activity." -- What the AP reported is true, but the actual legislation makes no mention of high-technology radar or video sensors. -- Moreover the bill says, "The governor may enter into a compact with other states to provide for the construction and maintenance of a PHYSICAL OR VIRTUAL fence WITHIN ONE MILE OF THE Arizona-Mexico border line... -- So the fence can be virtual or real, but there is no money in the bill to build anything. -- Still, House Bill 2462 may prove to be a very smart move toward a way of holding the federal government accountable for border security....

Allan Wall -- VDare.com   
It’s No Joke --- Russian-Style Cross-Border Ethnic Meddling Is Coming To America. In Fact, It’s Already Here. 
The crisis in Ukraine illustrates the rise of ethnic politics and secession—and mass Mexican immigration into America means it is coming here. Conservatives treat this as fodder for satire today, but it will be in the headlines tomorrow. -- Ukraine and Russia are attempting to protect their interests and the key weapon has been ethnic populations. Crimea’s referendum contained irregularities, but what’s undeniable is that the ethnic composition of the population resulted in support for a union with Russia. Though they may have been technically citizens of Ukraine, many Crimeans were Russians in heart and spirit and when the status quo collapsed, the Bear was able to exploit it......

April 23, 2014

Chicago Tribune   
Oberweis, Rauner refuse to back Senate-approved immigration reform measure 
The two candidates at the top of the Illinois Republican ticket this fall spoke at an event Tuesday designed to pressure the state’s GOP congressional delegation to pass sweeping immigration changes, but both refused to give their outright support for the legislation that’s already passed the U.S. Senate. -- Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis said he is against a provision in the measure that would give a pathway to citizenship for adult immigrants already in the country illegally, saying it amounts to “amnesty.” Meanwhile, GOP governor candidate Bruce Rauner would not say if he backed the proposal, saying he hadn’t studied it and arguing that it’s up to Congress and President Barack Obama to negotiate the details.....

April 22, 2014

New York Post   
Tech meltdown cripples deportation cases 
A computer meltdown is crippling the nation’s immigration courts — creating an overwhelming backlog of deportation cases, The Post has learned. -- The problem began April 12, when five servers that help power a nationwide computer network failed and shut down the entire system, an insider at the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement revealed. -- Without access to the electronic records, court proceedings have slowed to a crawl and officials are resorting to old-fashioned methods --- including paper, pens and cassette recorders --- to keep track of cases......

Democrats Favor Immigration Anarchy to Gain Voters 
President Barack Obama called House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., on April 16, 2014, to wish him a happy Passover. Although Obama and Cantor have given conflicting versions of this call, both agree that immigration was discussed. -- The call was historic in that it constitutes a rare example of outreach by the president during the past five years either to the Republican Congressional leadership or to any Republican Senate or House member....

St. Petersburg Times     
Sen. Jeff Flake praises Jeb Bush for “act of love” comment  
One leading Republican Senator is publicly defending Jeb Bush’s “act of love” comment on undocumented immigrants, saying the former governor should be “praised” for his humane stance on immigration. -- Seung Min Kim of Politico reports that U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, in a four-paragraph post on Facebook, told followers “I agree with Jeb, and applaud him for having the guts to say it.”...

Jeb Bush Pushes Amnesty, More High-Tech Visas at Education Conference
At a prominent conference of education innovators, Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is considering a 2016 presidential run, called for more guest worker programs and a path to amnesty for all of the country's illegal immigrants. -- Speaking at what is known as the "Davos in the Desert" event in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Monday evening, Bush said the United States needed "robust guest worker programs" and an expansion of H1-B visas for the high-tech industry," even though the notion that there is a shortage of American high-tech workers has been called a myth. He also called for a "tough but fair path to legalized status" for all of the country's illegal immigrants and an end to immigration quotas for countries....

Fox News     
US weighs curbing deportations for illegal immigrants without serious criminal records 
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is weighing limiting deportations of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who don't have serious criminal records, according to two people with knowledge of his deliberations. -- The change, if adopted following an ongoing review ordered by President Barack Obama, could shield tens of thousands of immigrants now removed each year solely because they committed repeat immigration violations, such as re-entering the country illegally after having been deported, failing to comply with a deportation order or missing an immigration court date... -- ABP Observation: If an illegal alien crossed the border on Monday and was found in Denver on Tuesday following a traffic stop, could he be deported under these rules? Probably not. Would this change encourage more people to try to enter the country illegally? No doubt. ...

April 21, 2014

Image Reveals Gaping Holes in Texas Border 
A coalition of investigative journalists to include the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) recently announced a public project to map border infrastructure used to hopefully minimize unlawful crossing and other illegal activities. While the effort is understandably time-consuming and leads to frustration when clearly seeing much of the border unfenced--security experts argue the key is proper placement, rather than blanket coverage with infrastructure... ABP Note: American Border Patrol has produced a map of the US/Mexico border. See this interactive map. There has been little change in border fencing since 2009. ABP plans to update the map in the near future.

April 20, 2014

American Border Patrol     
Two Old Birds Are Like New 
Did you know that Glenn Spencer, head of American Border Patrol, has two fifty-year-old birds that are like new? --One is a six-place, turbocharged 1964 Cessna TU-206, that he uses to fly the border for ABP. The other is a 1964 Thunderbird that he uses to cruise around Sierra Vista looking for chicks (just kidding, but he is a bachelor after all). -- The T-Bird is like new as well. -- Amazingly, both have 300 HP engines - and both are blue! -- Now, can you match that? -- Want to see a photograph of them? Click here!......

Press Release     
Partial News Blackout on Deportation Information 
A fatal hit-and-run on Tuesday killed a young boy and received widespread media coverage.  What received much less coverage was one suspect’s previous deportation and subsequent illegal re-entry into the United States. -- Dagoberto Castanon and another man were fleeing a police chase on Tuesday, April 15.  Their vehicle collided with a car carrying 13-year-old Ethan Vasquez and his mother.  Ethan was killed in the collision and his mother hospitalized.  Castanon and the other suspect were later arrested in Florida......

KWES-TV -- Midland, Texas      
Cattle Numbers Still Dwindling on Texas - Mexico Border  
Presidio, Texas -- No cattle, means no money, for the West Texas town of Presidio. -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture pulled its inspectors from Ojinaga, Mexico because they say the town isn't safe for them to be there. -- Those inspectors are responsible for checking the cattle before they cross the border into Texas. -- That's caused the cattle industry in Presidio to almost disappear. -- Cattle industry officials have released the crossing numbers from the past few months. -- In January and February of 2011, they saw more than 28,000 cattle cross the border. -- Those same months in 2014, they barely saw more than 1,000 cattle crossing. -- Both border towns are still waiting for the U.S.D.A. to tell them when and if their inspectors will be returning to coinage.....

April 19, 2014

Las Vegas Sun      
Illegal immigrant arrested for Nevada voter fraud  
Carson City -- Secretary of State Ross Miller says a woman has been arrested on two felony charges for allegedly using a false identity to register to vote and casting ballots in Nevada elections. -- Miller late Friday announced the arrest of Ortencia Segura in California. -- A complaint filed by the attorney general's office says Segura registered to vote in Washoe County in August 2008 and provided identification with the name of Marisela Reyna. Authorities confirmed she voted in the 2008 and 2010 elections.....

Associated Press     
80 suspected illegal aliens arrested in Texas  
McAllen -- At least 80 immigrants suspected of entering the United States illegally were arrested in a makeshift encampment in suburban South Texas. -- They were found in a patch of scrub near a vacant tennis club in McAllen. They were camped under tents and huts camouflaged with branches and cacti. Some told officials they had been there sleeping on cardboard with little food or water for at least a week.....

Group Plans Protest Over Cinco De Mayo American Flag Shirt Incident 
San Francisco NBC affiliate KNTV reports a peaceful protest is planned on Cinco de Mayo holiday in front of the San Francisco Bay area's Four Live Oak High School. -- The protest stems from a the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to uphold a federal judge’s ruling that school administrators had acted appropriately in asking students to turn shirts with American flags inside out in the Cinco de Mayo holiday in 2010 out fear it "would enflame the passions of students celebrating the holiday"........

Sierra Vista Herald / Review 
Investigation of Brown Fire centers on Mexican nationals 
Sierra Vista, Az. -- The U.S. Border Patrol is working with the U.S. Forest Service to determine if there is any connection between illegal immigrants who were apprehended in the Brown Canyon area earlier this week, and the Brown Fire that erupted in that area Sunday. -- The Brown Fire had burned 240 acres as of Friday afternoon and necessitated a national-level response by a Type 1 Incident Management Team. The alarm brought hundreds of personnel and nearly a dozen supporting aircraft to fight the fire... -- ABP Comment: An act of love? Also, huge monument fire - another act of love?.....

April 18, 2014

Daily Caller   
More Than 100,000 Gang Members in Texas   
Current gang membership in the state of Texas may exceed 100,000 individuals, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). -- In a lengthy examination of gang activity in the state DPS officials revealed that they believe the number of gang members may exceed 100,000 people, participating in more than 4,600 identified gangs in the state. -- “This estimate is consistent with available information on gang membership nationally and within Texas. The National Gang Intelligence Center, for example, estimated in 2011 that there are 1.4 million gang members nationwide — a 40-percent increase from 2009,” the report, released Thursday, reads.......

Fox News  
Fit to Print? NY Times Op-Ed Links Returning Vets With KKK, White Supremacists
The column has outraged veterans, including Fox News military analyst Col. Oliver North (Ret.) who reacted this morning on Fox and Friends. Steve Doocy asked whether it's really accurate to make people think that our nation's veterans "go off to war and then come back and join the Klan." -- North called the column "unconscionable," and asked where the outrage is from leaders in Washington. -- "Where is the outrage from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs? Where is the outrage from the Department of Defense? Why hasn't the Secretary of Defense demanded a retraction? How about the Commander-in-Chief, who ought to be standing up for the troops?"......

Washington Times  
Immigration still on hold: Boehner's office
A day after reports that House Speaker John A. Boehner is telling fundraisers he is determined to get an immigration bill done this year, the Ohio Republican's spokesman walked those comments back slightly, saying any action will still depend on President Obama. -- “Nothing has changed. As he's said many times, the Speaker believes step-by-step reform is important, but it won't happen until the president builds trust and demonstrates a commitment to the rule of law,” said Brendan Buck, a Boehner spokesman. -- The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Mr. Boehner told donors at a closed-door fundraiser he is “hell-bent on getting this done this year.” That stance is controversial among many of his fellow Republicans, who think the issue is politically treacherous, both now and for the GOP's future.......

WOAI -- San Antonio  
Spike Seen in Criminal Aliens Trying to Sneak Back into the USA
The Border Patrol in South Texas is reporting a disturbing development. 1200 WOAI news reports officials are seeing a spike in the number of undocumented immigrants who have been convicted of rape, in many cases child rape, attempting to sneak back into the United States after they have been convicted here, served their sentences, and have been deported.....

Bill Gates, Soros profit from jailing illegals
Billionaires George Soros and Bill Gates – both supporters of immigration reform – are investors in a controversial private prison firm that houses detained illegal aliens. -- Soros and Gates are shareholders in GEO Group Inc., which operates prisons under contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. -- GEO has been represented by the lobby firm headed by Tony Podesta, the brother of White House counselor and Center for American Progress founder John Podesta......

Time Magazine  
Zuckerberg Immigration Group Targets Steve King
The pro-immigration reform group backed by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is launching an ad campaign against Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, accusing him of “attacks on American soldiers and the military” for his staunchly anti-reform stance. -- The broadcast and digital ad buy in Iowa features King's comments from an interview with Breitbart News saying he would oppose efforts to allow illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children, so-called DREAMers, to gain permanent residency by joining the military. “As soon as they raise their hand and say ‘I'm unlawfully present in the United States,' we're not going to take your oath into the military, but we're going to take your deposition and we have a bus for you to Tijuana,” King said.......

April 17, 2014

Californians for Population Stabilization  
Earth Day TV Ad Links California's Declining Environment To Immigration-Driven Population Growth
Los Angeles -- Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) launched TV ads today across California leading up to Tuesday's Earth Day celebration. The ads are running in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco on multiple TV networks in each market and will continue through April 22nd, Earth Day. -- The TV ads feature a child asking the audience: "If Californians are having fewer children, why are there so many cars?"; "If Californians are having fewer children, why isn't there enough water?" The child concludes, "If Californians are having fewer children, where are all the people coming from?" ......

Washington Times  
Eric Cantor rejects latest Obama immigration outreach
President Obama tried to kick-start the immigration debate Wednesday with a call to a top House Republican, but his target, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, rejected the overture, saying it was made just hours after the president took a partisan shot on the very same issue — underscoring why Mr. Obama is getting little accomplished in Washington. -- Wednesday marked one year since a bipartisan group of senators introduced a massive immigration reform bill, igniting a debate that led to a 68-32 vote for approval in June largely along party lines. Mr. Obama and congressional Democrats used the anniversary to plead with House lawmakers to pick up the issue, either by passing the Senate bill or writing their own version.......

April 16, 2014

CNS News  
Residents of Texas Border City ‘Least Likely to Feel Safe’ Walking at Night
Residents of McAllen, Texas, which is on the Mexican border, are the least likely in the United States to fell safe walking alone at night, according to new Gallup poll. Less than half, 48.5%, of McAllen residents told Gallup they would feel safe. -- In addition, the survey shows that five of the 12 cities where people were least likely to feel safe walking alone at night are in California. -- In its survey, Gallup asked, “Do you feel safe walking alone at night in the city or area where you live?” For the residents of McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas, only 48.5% said yes........

Washington Times     
San Antonio mayor to Obama: Give amnesty to illegals with legal families
Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, said he wants President Obama to do for certain illegal immigrants who have been in the country 10 years or more the same thing he did for children of illegals --- grant them amnesty. -- “We should look at people who have been here for more than 10 years, who do not have a serious criminal record and who have family members who are United States citizens,” Mr. Castro said, Breitbart reported. “My hope is that President Obama extends what he did with [the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] for the DREAMers to ease deportations for people without serious criminal records who have families in the United States.”.......

Washington Examiner      
Amid reports of imminent executive action, Obama urges House to move on immigration reform
President Obama released a statement on Wednesday urging the House to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Given that the House is nowhere near even considering such action, Obama's message seemed a bit out of the blue. But it makes plenty of sense considered in light of reports the president is planning a series of unilateral executive actions on immigration. -- "Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson earlier this month told House Democrats he'll take action in the next few weeks on 'fixes' to immigration law, most likely dealing with deportation," the Washington Examiner's Susan Ferrechio reported Wednesday.......

April 15, 2014

CBP Announces Facilitation Measures To Expedite Processing Of Holy Week Traffic At South Texas Ports Of Entry
Laredo, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection is announcing that the agency will employ some time-tested measures along with trusted traveler programs and Ready Lanes to help facilitate the annual surge in northbound traffic anticipated at South Texas ports of entry over the approaching Holy Week period. -- “We are expecting a significant increase in traffic at all of our international bridges over the forthcoming Holy Week period and want to advise the traveling public that we stand ready to implement measures designed to facilitate lawful trade and travel while maintaining a vigilant border security posture,” said Noel Sanchez, Acting Director, Field Operations, Laredo Field Office. -- The measures are designed to be able to process a larger than normal volume of travelers seeking tourist permits to travel into the interior of the U.S. while facilitating the daily commuter traffic flows. These flows are expected to increase since many are on leave from work or school. [...] -- In addition, CBP will encourage SENTRI members to utilize SENTRI lanes and for travelers that have radio-frequency identification technology (RFID)-equipped travel documents such as U.S. passport cards and the newer versions of the border crossing card and resident alien card to utilize the Ready Lanes......

April 14, 2014

Washington Post      
A confederacy of xenophobes in Europe?
Paris -- From her nondescript offices in the Paris suburbs, ­Marine Le Pen — the blond, hazel-eyed face of France’s far right — is leading the charge to build a new alliance of European nationalists, this time by blitzing the ballot box. -- A 45-year-old lawyer who wants to halt immigration, Le Pen led France’s National Front tohistoric gains in local elections last month. She did it by destigmatizing the party co-founded by Jean-Marie Le Pen, her 85-year-old father, who once called the Nazi gas chambers a mere ­“detail” of history and lost five bids for the French presidency. [...] -- Now she is training her sights on a larger prize. From Sweden to Austria, Britain to Italy, nationalist and far-right parties are poised to make record gains next month in elections for the European Parliament. Rather than see their power diluted, Le Pen is seeking to unite a variety of such parties into an extraordinary coalition of anti-E.U. nationalist....
ABP Note: Europeans have had a real interest in the work of American Border Patrol. Not so, US media. Dissent is not allowed here.......

France's Le Pen, in Moscow, blames EU for new 'Cold War'
Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far-right National Front, blamed the European Union for declaring a new Cold War on Russia that would hurt all concerned, Russian media reported on Saturday as she paid an official visit to Moscow. [...] -- "I am surprised a Cold War on Russia has been declared in the European Union," French National Front leader Le Pen said at a meeting with Sergei Naryshkin, speaker of the Russian parliament's lower house. -- "It's not in line with traditional, friendly relations nor with the economic interests of our country or EU countries and harms future relations," Russian news agency Interfax quoted her as saying in its Russian-language service......

Sierra Vista Herald / Review      
Fire in Huachuca Mountains thought to be human caused
Sierra Vista, Arizona -- The Coronado National Forest Service assigned fire resources, to include air tankers, to suppress a fire burning high in the Huachuca Mountains, near Garden Canyon, on Sunday afternoon. -- Spokeswoman Heidi Schewel said the fire, called the Brown Fire, is thought to be human caused, because there was no lightning in the area, and is under investigation. In her last report, received at about 4:30 p.m., the fire was burning 5 acres in a remote location near the Miller Peak wilderness area....
See location of fire
ABP NOTE: Such fires are not uncommon. In 2011 a fire that was started in Mexico, burned 32,053 acres in priceless forest and flattened 84 homes south of Sierra Vista. The next year our government lied about the source of the fire. -- Lying about the situation on the border is a common practice with our government......


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