News Clips Oct. 20, 2009

‘Illegal Alien’ mask flap spooks retailers

Richard Zagone, a Chicago mask designer, says he was trying to be ironic when he and his brother came up with the “Illegal Alien” Halloween mask, a space alien with a droopy black mustache.

“We wanted to call it ‘Lou Dobbs’ Worst Nightmare,’ ” after he heard the CNN anchor speak about health care for illegal immigrants, Zagone says, but his lawyer wouldn’t let him.

Target, Walgreens pull ‘illegal alien’ costume after complaints

Some stores have stopped selling an “illegal alien” Halloween costume after complaints from immigrant-rights activists. The costume includes an orange jumpsuit similar to prison garb, with “ILLEGAL ALIEN” stamped across the chest, a “green card” and a space alien mask.,0,508626.story

CNN must get rid of Lou Dobbs

Every night, Lou Dobbs appears on CNN prime time in the living rooms of Americans, promoting a hate-filled agenda that primarily targets Latinos.

It is OK for Dobbs to promote lies and hate, as long as he brings in the numbers and controversy that make CNN the forum of conversation.

Phoenix’s Sheriff Joe Squares Off Against ACLU

Those who follow immigration policy in this country certainly know about Sheriff Joe.

Joe Arpaio, sheriff of Maricopa County which includes Phoenix, has forged a reputation for being perhaps second only to Lou Dobbs in his zeal for staunching illegal immigration.

Weekend sweep nets 66 arrests, sheriff says

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office
announced Monday that it arrested 66 suspects during its 12th crime-suppression sweep over the weekend. Thirty of those arrested were suspected of being in the country illegally.

The two-day operation took place across the northwest Valley, including a raid on a car wash in Peoria as part of an employer-sanctions investigation.

Mexican official in US custody doesn’t want asylum

EL PASO, Texas — A Mexican human rights official who has publicly said he feared for his life has been detained by U.S. immigration authorities as an asylum-seeker — even though he doesn’t want American protection, his lawyer said.

Gustavo de la Rosa Hickerson is being held indefinitely at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement jail in El Paso while the U.S. decides whether to grant him asylum.

Las Vegas police renew partnership with ICE

Immigration agreement disappoints ACLU

The Metropolitan Police Department has renewed a controversial partnership with federal immigration officials that allows some corrections officers to start deportation proceedings against immigration violators.

The department was one of 67 law enforcement agencies nationwide last week to enter into the latest “287 (g)” agreements with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Latino pastors gather to support full census count

They hope to counter a boycott call that could curtail participation.
Southern California pastors representing 1,200 Latino Protestant congregations unveiled plans Monday to marshal their collective forces to urge full participation in the 2010 census and reject calls to boycott the decennial count.,0,6691505.story

Commentary: Latinos have made it, but there’s still work to be done

Across America, the Latino population is growing, and it is now the largest minority group in the country. Latino voices are being heard, and their economic impact is being felt in the marketplace, which is good for the whole of the nation.

What Comes Next for Health-Care Reform?

The first of Harry Reid’s meetings to merge the Finance and HELP Committee bills and create one compromise bill able to survive the Senate floor happened Wednesday. The participants in the room were a high-powered bunch: Reid, of course; Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee; Chris Dodd, who led the HELP Committee’s health-care reform effort. The White House sent Rahm Emanuel, Peter Orszag, Nancy-Ann DeParle, Kathleen Sebelius and Phil Schiliro. And then staff. Lots and lots of staff. Contrary to reports from earlier this week, it no longer looks like Olympia Snowe will be a constant presence.


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