Saturday, February 18

Latin Jazz Pioneer Ray Barretto Dies at 76

Via Hispanic Business wire:

The Grammy-award winning percussionist was given a heart bypass in January and underwent further surgery two weeks later following complications with an artery.

Born to Puerto Rican immigrant parents in New York in 1929, Barretto was widely credited as the godfather of Latin jazz and was the first Hispanic to record a Latin song which became a "hit" in the American Billboard Charts.
You can listen to a sample of his music, check out pictures, and read the extensive list of musicians he played with at drummerworld.com. It's a sad day.

Cheney: The Media Missed it

Powerline linked to the Rasmussen Reports, which did a survey on Vice-President Cheney's hunting accident. More proof that the media just missed it.

Tags: , Bush, Politics, Dowd, Gregory

The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe out on DVD

I'm personaly going to wait to buy the whole set, in about what: 6 or 7 years? I forget how many books there are in the Narnia series. I read them all multiple times--I highly recomend them to any parent, for themselves or for their children.

I thought LWW was great, though even in the book, the story goes a bit slower. Prince Caspian, which is rumored to already be in production, should prove to have a more rapid pace and more intense battle scenes.

Geraldo Rivera equates Cheney's mishap with Kennedy's Chappaquiddick incident

I am surprised this came out of Fox News, but then again, it was from the mouth of Geraldo Rivera. Gary Schneeberger has an interesting commentary on this whole Cheney shooting media fiasco, and provides great perspective into Geraldo's comments on Fox News Channel's "O'Reilly Factor."

I think its funny because no matter how hard the media tries to exploit any little thing to bash the White House, it always backfires. Now, thanks to Geraldo's stretch of imagination, Kennedy's Chappaquiddick fiasco is in the news.
As a refresher, "Chappaquiddick" is the shorthand used for the 1969 scandal in which already-Sen. Kennedy drove a car off a bridge in the middle of the night after a party on Martha's Vineyard, swimming to safety himself but leaving a passenger, a young woman named Mary Jo Kopechne, inside the car to drown. Kennedy did not report the incident to authorities until the next morning, about nine hours later.

How does Geraldo sum up that scandal? He told O'Reilly on Wednesday, twice, that it was just "a driving accident."

It would be wrong to minimize the injuries Harry Whittington suffered when Cheney accidentally shot him --he was hospitalized for several days before being released this afternoon. But let's not forget that just by being in the hospital he was given a chance Mary Jo Kopechne never got. Cheney, who's trailed everywhere he goes by a medical team, made sure Whittington was treated for his wounds immediately; Kennedy made sure of nothing more than his own safety, particularly tragic since some experts believe Kopechne could have lived as long as two hours inside the submerged car the senator piloted into Chappaquiddick Bay.
Of course, Geraldo completely ignores the fact that Cheney provided immediate care for his friend, and made it a priority to make sure his friend got the necessary care. Big difference!

It is truly just to much. What ever happened to the facts? I still don't quite understand the scenario, and what happened on the scene that could have caused this terrible accident. The media has been irresponsible in reporting this story, and allowing their evident hate and anger towards Bush distort their reporting. They missed it!
"...The press is making a big deal out of this because they despise Dick Cheney. Generally speaking, the media feels Cheney is arrogant and distant. But this hatred has gone too far and here's the best example I can give you. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd is a notorious Bush-Cheney basher. Writing about the Cheney hunting accident today, Ms. Dowd brings in the following: soldiers dying in Iraq, Cheney's Vietnam deferment, Halliburton, Katrina, oil prices, Medicare, corrupt lobbyists, Osama, Tora Bora, and a possible grand jury investigation. Like Cheney or not, once critical thinking degenerates into hatred there is no value."
And then, of course, there was NBC's David Gregory. As Hewitt said,
A professional would have calmly assenbled the facts and asked specific questions from McClellan. Gregory's overheated demands to know the president's "feelings" about the incident revealed a great deal about Gregory's bias and his talents.
Well, I do think Gregory said it best.
[T]he debate playing out in the blogosphere, cable airwaves and on talk radio pits the Vice President against an allegedly left-wing, overly cynical, prissy White House press corps in a tizzy because it wasn't the first to know and angry because it hates the President and Vice President anyway.
I truly do hope the media will take their collective foots out of their mouth, and move on to reporting real news. I also do hope America continues to takes note of the mainstream media's outright bias.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin has a round up of the media whine!

Tags: , Bush, Politics, Dowd, Gregory

Friday, February 17

Talking About Immigration

A reader, posted some comments and had a question for me on the subject of immigration.
I think it is 1924 and the door should be shut for a respite (20-30 yrs) with H(1b) a possible exception (250,000-300,000 per Yr).

I wrote because I noted you wrote on 8/8/05 that this is a nation of diversity, and I would like to disagree. In order for America to remain a nation it must [be] a nation of AMERICANS of diverse heritage, but they must be here to be Americans, first, last and always.

As I am sure you have heard Teddy Roosevelt had some comments on hyphenated Americans when we had this problem of uncontrolled immigration the last time.
While I am sure we disagree on many things, I would suspect we agree more than you realize. To be honest, I am still finding it difficult to articulate on the subject of immigration in a way that balances my Christian worldview, and the truly American compassion towards the world, and the also very America value of law and justice.

Let me respond in order. You said, "think it is 1924 and the door should be shut for a respite (20-30 yrs)." I disagree! I don't see why? I assume that when you say the door should be shut for a respite, that you are referring the door to legal immigration. Considering today's immigration problem, your suggestion won't fix anything. Our current border security and cultural problem does not lie within legal immigration, but the thousands of illegal immigrants.

When I speak of diversity, I agree with you--we need to be a nation of shared common values and culture. I am first and foremost an American, with a rich heritage and past that has fueled my vision for a better future. It is the way of the immigrant--never forgetting his, while keeping his vision on the future. When I speak of diversity, I speak of the fact that we are not an ethnic nation with a common genetic lineage or history. From early American settlers and pioneers, to the Irish, Puerto Ricans, Dutch, and all the other ethnic groups that have emigrated to the United States, they have come for the most part seeking liberty, economic opportunity and a better future.

What about those immigrants who come here seeking temporary refuge from dictators? Cuba, Venezuela, Brazil, Nicaragua, and El Salvador are an example. I know many Cuban's that never intended to stay in Miami as long as they have--they also never intended for Castro to stay alive as long as he has, but that is a whole different article. Bush has been speaking about temporary worker visas for those who are seeking to work, but not necessarily wanting to become Americans. Should we welcome these? Is there a place for them in the free and open labor markets? I'm not an expert on this subject, but it doesn't seem like a bad idea. Again, I am not 100% sure.

I will tell you that the whole problem of hyphenation is not one that immigrants ask for. When I have used the term "Cuban-American," I have used it only because that's a ethnic heritage identifier. I admit--it does not accurately communicate my identity: a US born, English speaking American citizen and proud of it!

I will tell you who is to blame for hyphenated identity: left wing, socialist so-called "civil-rights" organizations. Organizations like La Raza, student groups like M.E.C.H.A. and all the other special interest groups that simply "use" immigrant groups and the underclass to gain collective bargaining and political power. It is these "intellectuals" who come up with labels and titles, and prescribe solutions to everyone's problems, and sacrifice integration and assimilation at the feet of political correctness. Look at California, and you can see a real-life results of this sort of social experimentation.

Now, we are stuck in this huge mess with to many un-assimilated immigrants and to many illegal immigrants. There are many thing we could have done right, and many thing that should have never happened. Now, America must carefully consider real and compassionate solutions that will prevent future problems, while taking steps to address past mistakes. First and foremost is securing the border 100%. Build a fence, a wall, if necessary. I am sorry to all my Hispanic friends, but this is not a cultural issue--it is an issue of national security.

Second, stop the political correctness. Require basic English skills to get a drivers license, to gain residency status, and specially to gain citizenship (with perhaps some exceptions where appropriate). Make learning English worth it to immigrants. Charge "translation fees" to those who require "Spanish" legal documents. Engage in a united and collective messaging to immigrants communicating the importance and value of learning English.

I could go on and on with ideas and thoughts, but I hope this gives you an idea. I know this post leaves many issues related to illegal immigration unanswered, but that's fine. We don't have to figure it all out in one post. For now, just a reminder: these are real human beings with intrinsic value and worth before the All Mighty Creator. Families. Women and children. Mothers and fathers.

Tags: , Politics, border, Illegal immigration, Current Affairs, Security.

Thursday, February 16

Pennsylvania Decalogue Mural Blurred Out in Photo

The Pennsylvania court system is bowing down to political correctness. The Associated Press has a story, saying that the Pennsylvania court system was "playing it safe." Ya right! Playing it politically correct is more like it.

CitizenLink has more:
Art Heinz, a spokesman for the AOPC, said the photograph was altered in a brochure about the courts to avoid the cost of taking a new one.

"This particular booklet was reprinted at a time when there was pending litigation at the national level about the propriety of displays of the Ten Commandments in or on government buildings," he told Family News in Focus.
In other words, they chickened out to the scare tactics of the ACLU and friends. This is one area where excessive litigation is having a real threat to religious freedom in America. When the ACLU can go around filing lawsuits left and right, there are many organizations that either get scared into retreat, or just can't afford the fight. That's besides the fact the historical significance of the Ten Commandments are being ignored left and right. The revisionists just wish they could do the same to our collective American legal history--blur out certain "controversial" parts.

The Patriot News is covering the controversy as well. Their headline reads: Piccola laments lack of focus on Commandments. (ht: Grassroot PA)

Another PA blogger, Aaron Finestone of MicroBrewJournalism had some great comments, and as someone with Jewish heritage, had this to say:
The Pennsylvania Capitol is full of rich religious art. The Capitol was constructed 100 years ago, and the artwork reflects the religious values and heritage of that time. Most impressive are four murals in the Supreme Court chambers, depicting our legal heritage...

...The Moses and Jesus murals convey religious messages. They are joined by two non-religious murals on the law. All four murals are great art. It would be unfortunate to have them removed.

The liberal Jewish community would be short sighted if it joined any law suit to remove the Ten Commandments and Beatitudes from the Supreme Court chamber.

Besides the ethical and historical message of the Ten Commandments, the mural in the Supreme Court chambers has a particular message for Jews---our guy is up there behind the Justices! We belong. We are part of the religious, ethical and legal heritage of Pennsylvania. I was so proud of this mural, that I purchased a copy of it, framed it and hung it in my house.

Will liberal Jewish organizations get it? In their zeal for separation of church and state, will they seek to erase one of the greatest contributions by Jews to American society?
What do you think? Take a look for yourself here. Is the mural all that offensive and "controversial?" If you have a blog, post your comments, link back to me, send me an email, and I'll include a link back on this post with a quote.

Tags: Supreme Court, Religion, ACLU, , , Politics

The Porn Effect: The Lies and the Truth

Update: Another example today of the false notion that pornography is free speech. I can think of a professor's words about the difference between freedom and liberty. Once is anarchy, the other is restrained by moral guidelines--discerning between right & wrong.

In this story, its obvious that the officer's where out of line, but I can understand the frustration when political correctness exposes our children and adulst to damaging content.
The sexual harassment policy forbids the "display of offensive or obscene printed or visual material." But in a library, which is both a public arena and a county workplace, the U.S. Constitution trumps Montgomery's rules.
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I know this goes a bit far from what I usually blog about, but the true effects of porn, I suspect, has far-reaching social, economic, and yes, political implications. I also take personal interest in the subject, having personally experienced what porn does to an individual and a family. You don't want it in your family or in your own life. It does nothing good.

What do you suppose would happen to our national economy, social well-being, and overall direction of this country if porn was treated for what it is--a social, psychological and moral problem (also know among of faith as "sin"). Can you see it: Strong families, productive men, healthy relationships.
Unfortunately some voices in the media would have guys like Ryan believe they didn't have a problem in the first place. Unless you're deaf and blind, it's hard not to notice how porn has invaded our culture. It's ubiquitous. Look at a magazine rack, watch a movie or glance at the pop-ups on your computer (just not too long!). Men are always just a click or flip away from a smorgasbord of flesh. Even if they resist clicking or flipping, the persistent pull of porn has a soul-numbing effect. It becomes normative, somehow a little more acceptable with each indiscretion. As a result, many guys fail to foresee the destructive effects it can have on their lives. Every day they're being sold the insidious lie that porn use is a harmless pleasure or, at worst, a private and petty vice.

Case in point: a recent article in Psychology Today magazine entitled "You, Me and Porn Make Three."* The piece actually asserts that porn can be a positive force within marriage, a way for couples to "foster emotional and sexual intimacy." And the intense jealousy and insecurity a wife feel when she discovers her husband's porn habit? Paranoia. Overreaction. For couples unencumbered by convention, we are told, porn can serve as "a healthy outlet for sexual fantasy."
Make sure to read the full Boundless article by Drew Dyck.

Wednesday, February 15

Thank You to our Heroes

I've seen this a bunch of times, but it tears me up every time. Regardless of what you hear from the media and the protests, America does honor our soldiers.

I am incredibly grateful for their service. We affirm what you are doing, and the sacrifices you make to preserve freedom, for us and the world.

Left-Wing Media: Hunting for a Controversy

Enough already! The media's pathetic hunt for a controversy on Cheney is beyond understanding. As I watched today's press conference from the Corpus Christi hospital, reporters kept asking the same questions.

What is it they say about insanity? I think it goes "doing the same thing again and again, and expecting a different result." It seems to me reporters continue to ask questions in an attempt to show that Harry Whittington is getting preferential treatment just because of the VP. The hospital spokesperson had to explain why he was in a private room, etc. With the insanity the press has shown, I would have guards at my door! Memo to the media: give it up!

Of course, the news today on this is Fox New's exlusive interview with Cheney. Should be interesting, but I think way overdone.

Tuesday, February 14

NRO: Men we Love

NRO has a fun piece just for Valentines, and I was happy to see my favorite Economics author listed:
Thomas Sowell: A professor who writes and says things you can actually understand. He is true north on the intellectual compass and a tuning fork that finds the exact pitch to explain clearly the way the world works. If you don't have the time or patience to get up to speed on political arcanery like the Kyoto Accords or global warming, just read Sowell and you'll sort it out in minutes.
Sorry for the lack of posts the last couple days. I'm having real busy days at work, and giving the rest of my time and energy to my first lady.

Sunday, February 12

Right on: The 10 Commandments for Muslims

This is at the Big Pharaoh:
A voice came out of the fire telling me “The Big Pharaoh, I am Allah, I chose you to carry a message to my beloved Muslims. I know they are not happy with how they are looked upon internationally and especially in the Western world. I know they are trying to find ways in order to remedy that and this is why I will give you 10 commandments to post on your blog. I just hope they listen to me”
You just have to read these! They are funny, and yet so right-on, it's almost not funny.
4.Thou shall understand that the West gets their info on Islam not from your preaching nor from the books you translate to them but from your actions.

Forcing Abortionist to tell the truth: Abortion hurts!!

From World Magazine comes this news:
Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota and Wisconsin – have passed laws that force abortionists to tell women having abortions that their babies will feel pain at least during and after the 5th month of pregnancy and they can give their unborn babies anesthesia to alleviate that pain. Wisconsin’s governor vetoed his state’s bill.
Why is NOW and Planned Parenthood so afraid of the truth? Could it be? An unborn baby is actually a human being; a life?

If you knew for a fact beyond a shadow of a doubt that the baby you carry inside of you is an actual live human life, would you still abort? If you don't know this for a fact, are you willing to take the risk of going through an abortion, if there is a possibility that this is true? If you don't know this for a fact, will you find out before you make a decision to abort.

Life is precious, and very much worth the time and effort to investigate the truth about pre-natal human development, and abortion. The consequences are to big to ignore.

To learn more, click here. Warning: The Justice For All Exhibit contains disturbing photographic images of real victims of abortion and genocide.

Power outages for over 100,000 consumers in DC Metro area

UPDATE3: It looks like temperatures are going up, as I can see snow starting to melt.

UPDATE 2: Here is a shot of my apartment complex parking area located in Annandale, just east of 495. The trees are pretty weighed down, and the snow plows are clearing out the parking lot, so I'm sure we'll have to dig our car out from under the snow!

So, I guess my camera has the wrong date in its system! Correction: today is Feb. 11, 2006.

UPDATE: AP (via Yahoo News) has a picture of an Annandale resident trying to dig his car out.
An Annandale, Va. resident attempts to clear the snow around cars, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006, after a large snow storm blew through the Washington, D.C. area. The region's first major storm this winter slammed the Northeast with a foot of snow by early Sunday and showed no signs of letting up, canceling flights from Boston to Washington, D.C., and knocking out power to tens of thousands of homes.
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Yup--I'm one of them. Lost power around midnight, interrupting my Accounting homework session, and did not come back on until a few minutes ago.

The Washington Post is reporting:

Northern Virginia communities such as Sterling and Leesburg got a foot of snow, Arlington 8 inches, and Reagan National Airport 8 inches.

The depth tapered off to 7, 6 and 5 inches to the south and east of the District
CNN reported on airport service in the area, though even those that are still open are getting little service due to flight cancelations.

All major airports in the region except Ronald Reagan Washington National were open Sunday morning, but airline cancellations meant they were all seeing limited service.

Several smaller regional airports -- Nantucket Memorial in Massachusetts, Atlantic City International in New Jersey, Philadelphia North East and Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport in Martinsburg -- were also shut down because of the snow.
AP has more.
The New York metro area and much of the Northeast were under a blizzard warning, with the National Weather Service predicting winds up to 50 mph could bring down trees and power lines. Heavy snow warnings were issued from eastern Kentucky to New England.
AP was reporting 4 inches for Fairfax as of last night, but I'm looking out there and it looks like a lot more to me--just a little behind.
Four inches of snow had accumulated in parts of Fairfax, Va. late Saturday, and crews worked to clear the runways at Washington Dulles International Airport in suburban Virginia.
Well, things are look ok here in the Annandale area. The property managment has shoveled the parking lot and sidewalks, the power is back on, and it's looking like a white Christmas out there! We'll be staying in this morning, as our church service was canceled. It's a good chance to finish up "blog"--I know, you would think I would have read that long time ago.

Welcome to Latino Issues

UPDATE (02/12/06)

I thought I would provide a short update to my comings and goings since my last welcome post. In my continued quest to grow as a professional, I accepted a job offer in the DC metropolitan area where I am now living. I've been here for about 3 weeks now, and I am enjoying the energy and the people I have met.

As always, the one thing I enjoy the most about blogging is the comments from readers. I specially like to hear from those I know read my blog frequently--your readership is greatly appreciated and valued, and your comments and feedback are important to me. Also, I can now celebrate being linked by Instapundit and Hugh Hewitt, among others, which has brought in many new readers. To all of you, welcome.

The power of the blogosphere continues to amaze me, as I, a regular individual, can earn the priviledge of having an audience for my thoughts, comments and perspectives. I've been reading Hewitt's book, "Blog, Understanding the Information Reformation That's Changing Your World" and enjoying it. To be sure, I know that a readership is an earned result of my work. As such, I appreciate those who have commented both positively and negatively, as both encourage me in my work and help me improve as a writer and pundit.

I invite all new readers to subscribe to my RSS feed, and to come back often. I make every effort to post at least once a day, and during good days, I will post 3 or 4 times. I would welcome your suggestions and comments in this regards. If you would like to write to me directly, you can do so at my email at jmsierra at josue sierra dot net.

These are some of my bloggin goals for the coming year:

  1. Start earning some income from this. For that, I hope my readership increases in order to increase ad revenue. At this point, Google ads are bringing in about $10 a month.
  2. Create a new layout and design for the blog.
  3. Change my blog name. With this will come a shift in focus. While I intend to continue being a voice for Latino related issues, it is obvious that my interests go beyond that, and I want my blog name to reflect that.
Again, your comments and suggestions would be welcome.

Thank you for joining me in my efforts to grow in my writing and journalism skills. Keep the comments coming, and keep coming back for more.

~ Josue Sierra
A Conservative Blogger



UPDATE (10/09/05)

Welcome to the many new readers that have dropped in on Latino Issues in the last couple months. The readership has been steadily growing, and I am enjoying blogging even more. The discussions have been heated, and mostly intelligent. I have seen and learned great things through comments, as well as ugly things.

As some may notice, I am not covering Latino Issues exclusively anymore. As a Colorado resident, I have started to engage in local and state wide politics, and you will notice posts on these issues here. Most recently, I have been posting on Referendum C & D--what amounts to a tax hike for CO residents. I am also addressing national concerns before our local Senators, Salazar and Allard. I continue to grow in respect for Allard, while becoming more and more frustrated with Salazar's liberal positions and his obstruction of the president's nominations.

Well, keep coming back, keep giving me your feedback, and keep linking to Latino Issues. Latinos are in desperate need of national voice--a unified, positive, goal-oriented voice--that can unite the various ethnic groups, encourage integration, and help more Latinos become great Americans. I hope and intend to be part of that unifying voice.

I believe Latinos have a lot to offer this great nation and I believe America has a lot to teach our newest residents. Together, all different people, can work out the challenges, address the problems that are hurting us as a nation, and take positive steps forward to a better United States of America. I am excited to be a part of this great nation, and grateful for the many values, for the opportunities, and for the culture I have been integrated into. I am proud to be an American, and proud to be a voice among the many.

UPDATE (08/05/05):

It has been over a month now that I have been blogging, and the readers keep coming. Thank you to each one that enjoys this blog, and to all those bloggers that have linked to me. Keep the comments coming--they motivate, energize, and keep me in check. They also provide diversity in opinions and perspective.

I have chosen to deviate from strict Latino issues topics, as I have discovered there is a number of topics that relate, or that are of importance to Latino voters. The truth is that our country is a nation of diversity. It is hard to segregate any subject of importance. I have also enjoyed doing more International stories, such as the pro-family legislation in Peru, and the anti gay marriage protest in Spain. The ride has been fun, and I am looking forward to years more of putting my voice out in the public forum.

To all new readers, welcome. Stick around. Share your comments. Come back often. Don't forget the address: latinoissues.blogspot.com.

ORIGINAL POST (06/18/05):
This is actually the 3d blog I attempt to start, but I think in previous attempts, I lacked focus. This is really a Hugh Hewitt inspired blog, and as he recommends in one of his books, I have chosen to focus on Latino issues worldwide, and in particular within the US. Latino Issues will cover topics such as immigration reform, border security, corruption in Latino governments and why that affects us here in the US, and much more.

Come back often, post your comments and questions. I have over 25 years of hands-on cultural experience with a wide variety of Latino ethnic groups--both in Central America and South America. I have seen first hand the power of the MS13 gangs, the suffering of poverty, the deception of socialism, and the frustrating effects of corruption. I have heard the tears of the victims of senseless violence, known those wounded by gunfire. I am friends with those that drive around with body guards in every day chores, for fear of kidnapping.

If you are not sure why you should care, come back and keep reading. It does affect you. It does matter. Not for altruistic reasons, but for all the reasons that relate to security, prosperity, and freedom. These are the things all American citizens should care about.

Mexican criminal syndicates Feeling the Heat

The New York times writes about the escalating violence at the Mexican/US border coming from criminal syndicates. It sounds to me like they are feeling the heat, and their business revenue source is being threatened! That is GREAT news!

Now is the time when the American people, and specially those of immigrant heritage, must call to our congress and the administration to continue working for solutions to our border security problems.
Mexican criminal syndicates are stepping up their attacks on American agents patrolling the border as officials of the Homeland Security Department intensify efforts to stem the flow of immigrants and drugs into the United States, American officials said this week.

In recent months, scores of Border Patrol agents have been fired upon or pelted with large stones as well as with cloth-covered stones that have been doused with flammable liquid and set ablaze. Since October, agents have been attacked in more than 190 cases, officials said on Thursday.

Most of the attacks have occurred along the Mexican border near San Diego, but shootings have also been reported along the border in Texas near the cities of Laredo and McAllen. In the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, there were 778 attacks on agents, up from 374 in the previous fiscal year, Homeland Security Department officials said.

The NY Times mentions a 1980's court ruling that has tied the hands of officials when it comes to deporting illegal immigrants from El Salvador! Now, I lived in El Salvador during their civil war, so I understand what those times where like. But, that war has long been over, and the country has since moved forward in great strides!

This is the sort of thing that requires quick action for a simple solution. I'm not a lawyer, so I'm not sure what would need to be done. But, the point is, whatever reason for the ruling in 1980's, it is no longer valid! Immigration officials need to be able to deport illegal immigrants promptly in order to maintain our national security.

Mr. Chertoff said the department planned to focus on illegal immigrants from countries other than Mexico, who have typically been released after apprehension because of shortages of beds. Last fall, he expanded the use of summary deportations, a process known as expedited removal, in which illegal immigrants from countries other than Mexico are detained and then deported without seeing an immigration judge.

But officials have struggled to find space for family groups and remain unable to process illegal immigrants from El Salvador because of a court ruling from the 1980's, when civil war wracked that country, that requires officials to allow Salvadorans to see judges before deportation.

tags: Politics, terrorist, Immigration, Immigration Reform, ,

Bad Weather in the North East

It's looking pretty bad for NY and the whole Northeast coast. Here is the weather map.