The Fault Lines Digital Team Sep 10 5:00 PM
When Jorge began taking immigrants from El Salvador to the U.S. some 15 years ago, he was just joining the family business. Long before the most recent flood of child migrants made headlines this summer, Jorge lead his first journey north, with seven immigrants. He called his father every so often for directions.
We met this guide—also known as a “coyote” or “pollero”—in a home in San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, during the shooting of Fault Lines’ latest investigation, “No Refuge: Children at the Border.” (The episode airs Saturday, September 13 at 7 pm Eastern/4 pm Pacific on Al Jazeera America.)
Jorge—not his real name—agreed to speak to us under the condition of anonymity. The following are excerpts from our conversation with him.
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By Jason Buch September 10, 2014
Border Patrol agents on Tuesday caught another man suspected of busting out of a Piedras Negras, Mexico, prison two years ago.
The escape of more than 130 people from prison in the city across the border from Eagle Pass was part of a series of prison breaks orchestrated by Mexican criminal organizations.
On Tuesday, agents near Eagle Pass found Carlos Candido Castillo Hernandez, 25, hiding in the brush along with several other people suspected of being in the U.S. illegally, according to the Border Patrol. While processing the immigrants, agents learned Candido was wanted in Mexico. His extradition is pending, according to a news release.
Mexican authorities were able to capture or kill 38 of the fugitives in the months following the September 2012 prison break. Since then, officials on both sides of the border have come across escapees.
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Tuesday, September 09, 2014 11:12:16 AM
State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) addresses the media about reintroducing the Health For All Act. Photo by Tam Nguyen/Nguoi Viet.
LOS ANGELES ― The state has made progress in encouraging the uninsured to sign up for health insurance, but it isn’t enough, according to a Southern California state senator and an area insurance expert.
Last year, 1.4 million people enrolled in Covered California, the state’s answer to the federal Affordable Care Act, according to Dr. John Connolly, associate director of the Insure the Uninsured Project. An additional 2.7 million people were eligible for Medi-Cal, however only 400,000 are registered, he said.
Connolly said a study by the University of California and UCLA estimated there will be 3.4 million uninsured people by 2019, and between 1.35 million and 1.5 million will be undocumented.
To combat that, State Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) said he would introduce the Health For All Act. The bill would expand health coverage to individuals who are currently excluded from Medi-Cal if individuals meet income requirements or offer an exchange program where they could purchase private health insurance.
“Right now the Affordable Care Act specifically excludes undocumented immigrants from health-care coverage provided through the exchange program, such as Covered California, and this bill will change how people in California can get health care,” he said.
According to Sen. Lara, 1 million undocumented Californians are ineligible for coverage through the Affordable Care Act. With the Health For All Act, they would be eligible for coverage through Medi-Cal or Covered California.
Sen. Lara said he is confident that the bill will make it to a vote in Sacramento.
“It is the right thing to do to let everyone have health care,” he said. “Hopefully this state will lead by example so other states can adopt this bill as well and the whole country will have health coverage.”
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IO opinion: NO, Sen. Lara, it is not the right thing to do to have American citizens pay for the health care of illegal aliens.
Matthew Boyle 6 Sep 2014
"The RNC sure seems crestfallen that President Obama didn't sign an executive amnesty for millions of illegal workers in the U.S.,” Ingraham said in an email. “I, for one, am glad that now we all know where the GOP Establishment's allegiance really lies -- and it's not with the American working class that is desperately looking for its champion.”
Ingraham is referring to a statement that the RNC’s Ruth Guerra -- a pro-amnesty advocate who used to work for the pro-Senate “Gang of Eight” bill organization LIBRE Initiative, according to her LinkedIn page, and has since been hired the Republican National Committee -- released on behalf of the RNC in response to President Obama’s announcement that he will wait until after the election to grant executive amnesty of upwards of 8 million illegal aliens.
In her statement, Guerra says on behalf of RNC chairman Reince Priebus that Obama’s decision to grant executive amnesty to illegal aliens after the election was bad because it will make them wait longer for amnesty, a seeming endorsement of the president’s plans. She made no mention of the drastically negative economic effects amnesty would have on American workers, whether it was enacted by presidential fiat or legislative means with Republican support. The statement simply blamed Obama for not including Republicans in the pro-amnesty process.
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Posted: September 5, 2014
An “ISIS jihadi” crossed the Mexican Border into Texas with a severed head. The event was not a real terrorism attack but a stunt designed to illustrate just how easy it is for a member of the Islamic State to waltz into America. Infowars journalist Joe Biggs dressed up as an ISIS militant after news alerts indicated that the Islamic States are planning to attack the United States from a stronghold in Juarez, Mexico.
The ISIS jihadi was videotaped behind a bush just a few feet from the Texas border, swinging a machete in a simulated beheading.
“We dressed up as an ISIS jihadi to be as obvious as possible and to show and illustrate just how wide open the border realty is,” Infowars reporter Joe Biggs said.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, James O’Keefe dressed up as Osama Bin Landen and crossed into America via an unguarded footbridge along the Rio Grande River.
A recent statement released by Judicial Watch cited multiple high-level federal intelligence and law enforcement sources that maintained ISIS was operating in Juarez.
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IBD Editorials Posted 09/05/2014 07:04 PM ET
Human Cost: The point above, made to President Obama by a grieving father whose 25-year-old son was run over by an illegal alien who won't be deported, underscores the high price of open borders for U.S. citizens.
That grieving father, Donald Rosenberg, has put another human face on the growing problem of importing crime through the Obama administration's tolerance of illegal immigration.
His plea also highlights the White House's refusal to deport those who shouldn't be here after they do grievous harm to Americans, sometimes even killing them.
In a letter sent to Obama last month, Rosenberg, a self-described "lifelong, very liberal Democrat," said his son Drew, run over and killed by an illegal alien in 2010, would still be alive if Washington consistently deported illegals who have conflicts with law enforcement.
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Texas border rancher vows to stand and fight the cartels, saying “There’s no backup in me” and calls on Texas veterans to join him in stopping the cartels from taking over Texas ranches along the border with Mexico.
These bastards [cartel members] are going through the valley, alright?They’re sending people up to Houston, St. Louis, any town where they’ve got a population over ten people, and they’re going up North to your backyards, moving in next door to you, they’re gonna be your neighbors, and think about it, if you’re doing shift work, and you go to work at night, or you’re going to the bowling league, and your wife and kids, your grandkids, are at home, these self-same guys are gonna walk in on your family.What the hell are you gonna do about it?You gonna come home, outside of crying are you gonna do anything, are you gonna do something now, before it gets to that point?I’m doing my crying all the day.Everyday.That’s my message to them.They’re going to your backyard.You’ve got a chance to stop em.Do you stand back, or do you go forward?There’s no backup in me.I want somebody to join me.Don’t backup to these bastards.Don’t.We got too much to lose.Don’t lose as much as I have, please.[in reference to his relatives in Mexico, who were recently killed by the cartel]. – Texas Rancher “Rusty” Monsee
Ranchers along the Texas side of the border with Mexico are in fear for their lives and the lives of their families, as they face a Mexican drug cartel takeover of their ranches and nearby ranches. Below are two interviews with Texas ranchers who own land on the border. Both describe how the American people are being lied to, and not told the truth about what is really happening on the border.
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Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America who have recently crossed into the United States will cost state and local governments a staggering $761 million dollars this year, a group that favors immigration reduction has calculated.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform, which is pushing for reduced legal immigration and stronger border security, made its calculation based on federal government data indicating that more than 37,000 children who are part of the recent border surge have now been placed with families across the United States and are eligible to attend public schools.
The immigrants will cost local schools far more than other students, FAIR contests, not only because they speak little English but because most have likely had little schooling.
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