Sunday, July 27, 2008
BIG NEWS! Minuteman Project Sponsored Protest at SF City Hall on Wednseday July 30th!!! Come Demand The Resignation of Mayor Newsom!!!!
After the horrific slaughter of three San Francisco family members by an AK-47 wielding gangster boasting allegiance to the notorious MS-13 street gang, Jim Gilchrist, President of the Minuteman Project, Inc. announced today that he will lead a rally demanding the resignation of that city’s mayor.
“I am calling upon all minutemen and women nationwide to join in this rally at city hall at 11: 00 am Wednesday morning, July 30 in downtown San Francisco,” Gilchrist said.
“What happened to the Bologna family is not an isolated incident,” Gilchrist says. “U.S. residents are murdered by illegal aliens on a daily basis in every major city across the country”.
“The Minuteman Project will demand the immediate resignation of Mayor Newsom,” Gilchrist concluded. “It is too late for an apology from Mayor Newsome. It is too late to prevent the deaths of Anthony, Michael, and Matthew Bologna. But it is not too late to begin replacing all of our political governors in every city across America with people who will truly and sincerely represent and protect the citizens of this country. Currently, too many of them represent criminal illegal aliens, simply passing on as “inconvenient” any serious attempt to keep the United States civilized under the rule of law.”
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Saturday, July 26, 2008
and a Show of Support for Mrs. Bologna by California Senators Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
(Santa Barbara, CA) – Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) President Dr. Diana Hull called for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom to accept his responsibility in the murder of Anthony, Michael and Matthew Bologna. “Sanctuary for illegal aliens is misguided policy at its most irresponsible, permitting increased crime, drug dealing and now murder on the streets of San Francisco,” Hull said.
“Mayor Newsom should immediately rescind the Sanctuary City policy, make an affirmative statement that San Francisco will cooperate with federal immigration authorities and then resign,” Hull continued. “Thus far, no one has been disciplined for shielding illegal alien felons from federal authorities.
“California Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Barbara Boxer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi are all residents of the greater San Francisco area. Senator Feinstein was mayor of San Francisco until 1988 right before the initiation of the Sanctuary City policy,” Hull said, “yet nothing has been heard from our two Senators or the House Speaker so far. They have offered no sympathy and no determination to see that an incident like this can never happen again. Mrs. Bologna lost her husband and two sons because of both federal failure to enforce immigration law and San Francisco’s sanctuary policy.
“Californians hear constantly from those who represent us in Washington and in Sacramento, that immigration is a federal matter. But victims like Mrs. Bologna and her family were clearly not protected from outrages like this triple murder, by any level of government,” Hull said.
Wednesday, Edwin Ramos pled not guilty to multiple charges of murdering three members of the Bologna family.
Thursday, Hull faxed letters to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, asking that the federal government cut off all federal law enforcement money to San Francisco until city officials commit to cooperating with federal immigration authorities.
In her letter to Senators Feinstein, Boxer and Speaker Pelosi, Hull wrote, “If local governments will not obey federal law, they should be denied any federal government law enforcement assistance. And, the federal government should prosecute any city officials who fail in that duty. In addition, federal enforcement is spotty and inadequate at best,” Hull wrote, “but recently there has been some beginning attempt to apprehend the worst offenders.
“However, every level of government has a long way to go and lags terribly behind public opinion in matters pertaining to enforcement of immigration law,” Hull wrote, “This triple murder is the worst kind of tragedy and the outrage it will generate may herald some long overdue comprehension by elected officials about the extent of government failure in these matters, at every level, and what must be done about it.”
Illegal Alien Killer-Gate: Tancredo Asks Feds To Step In; Calls Mayor Newsom a "Modern Day George Wallace"
The Honorable Michael Mukasey
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 1145
Washington, DC 20530
Dear Attorney General Mukasey,
Last week an illegal alien from El Salvador named Edwin Ramos gunned down a man and his two sons their way home from a picnic in San Francisco. As is the case all too often, this tragedy could have been prevented if current immigration laws were being enforced.
According to recent news reports, Ramos had been apprehended by local authorities on numerous occasions prior to this triple homicide, but because of San Francisco´s well publicized and illegal "sanctuary policy," federal immigration authorities were never contacted. He was released and never deported.
Mr. Ramos was first convicted of two gang-related felonies but was allowed to remain in San Francisco because local authorities had an official policy of non-cooperation with federal immigration officials. After being released, Ramos was then convicted of assault – but once again city law enforcement officials were prevented from contacting federal immigration authorities because of San Francisco´s sanctuary policy. A year later, Ramos was arrested for trying to rob a pregnant woman – and once again released. Most recently in March of this year, he was arrested yet again – this time on a gun charge – only to once again be released.
Because San Francisco´s political leaders have already demonstrated their willingness to act in flagrant violation of federal law, I do not believe that local judicial institutions can be trusted to fairly try the case or mete out an appropriate punishment. Instead, I hope that the federal government will consider stepping in to prosecute the case in much the same way the federal government was forced to intercede during the civil rights period when southern states refused to follow the law or protect the rights of African-Americans.
This is unacceptable.
When George Wallace attempted to forcibly block the implementation of federal law in Alabama forty years ago, the federal government responded. And when a modern day George Wallace like San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom openly defies federal law, it demands a federal response.
The plain language 8 U.S.C. 1373, makes it absolutely clear that such policies are illegal. The statute reads, "Notwithstanding any other provision of Federal, State, or local law, a Federal, State, or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual." Despite this nearly decade-old federal law, no action has ever been taken by the Department of Justice to compel compliance – even though it is well known that many cities implement these misguided and illegal policies. Federal silence in the face of this shameful practice makes the federal government complicit in the crimes committed by persons who should have been deported.
In that vein, I suggest that you direct U.S. Attorneys to take decisive action against cities like San Francisco who maintain these dangerous and illegal sanctuary policies. Federal action now might discourage the next potential terrorist or murderer from taking advantage of these local "catch and release" policies that all too often allow them to continue victimizing other American citizens.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Tom Tancredo, M.C.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Latest on Illegal Alien Killer-Gate: Feds Denying There Was Any "Deal" To Let Illegal Immigrants Go Free
San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi said in a letter published Tuesday in The Chronicle that federal immigration officials locally had agreed in 1996 to go along with the city's policy of "reuniting undocumented youth with their families" rather than deporting them.
Joseph Russoniello, U.S. attorney for Northern California, said he had found no evidence of any such agreement and denied that federal officials had ever ceded authority to the city.
"No one can find any support, either from an individual or in documents, of what Adachi claimed," he said. "There are a number of people who remember the years from the '80s and the '90s - there was never any agreement."
Adachi said he did not have a copy of any agreement, and referred questions to Eleazar Aramburo, an immigration-rights attorney who was on the city's Juvenile Probation Commission in the mid-1990s.
Aramburo said Nancy Alcantar, then an official with the Immigration and Naturalization Service in San Francisco under the Clinton administration, had agreed in 1996 not to pursue illegal immigrant offenders for deportation. Alcantar is still with the local office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the successor agency to the INS.
"We met with Nancy. She reviewed the policy," Aramburo said. "Everyone was on board."
Alcantar declined to be interviewed but issued a statement that read, "We know of no agreement that was made between regional staff and juvenile probation over 10 years ago." She also said her agency's efforts to locate illegal immigrant juveniles in San Francisco had been thwarted for at least the past three years.
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By Michelle Malkin • July 3, 2008 05:54 AM
First things first. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Jaxon Van Derbeken has done excellent work this past week exposing the abject stupidity, recklessness, and fecklessness of SF Mayor Gavin Newsom’s open-borders administration. Van Derbeken’s reporting was so devastating and so solid that the p.c. editors at his newspaper who initially refused to call the illegal alien drug-dealers illegal (they were referred to as “migrants”) finally relented and used the forbidden word in the headline of Wednesday’s story on Newsom’s finger-pointing news conference. Amazing.
It’s only a matter of time, of course, before the multiculti mob fights back and demands its quota of sympathetic sob stories from the SFChronicle to make amends for–gasp–reporting on illegal alien criminals and the government officials who aid them. As sure as day, Geraldo and company will find and fixate on one poor “undocumented youth” to excuse San Francisco’s felonious harboring, aiding, and abetting of illegal alien crack dealers.
To which you should respond: Meet Erlan Colindres and spare us your bleeding hearts.
According to Van Derbeken, “The city has spent $2.3 million just to house illegal immigrants in juvenile hall rather than turning them over to federal authorities since 2005.” In the wake of national outrage over San Fran’s illegal alien drug dealer shuttle service and open-door group housing subsidies, Newsom is retreating slightly from the city’s longstanding policy of deliberate non-enforcement of immigration laws. Honduran illegal alien crack dealers won’t be getting publicly-subsidized escorts and transportation or refuge anymore. But make no mistake and don’t believe the MSM hype (the current headline on the WaP story is “San Francisco to Halt ‘Sanctuary’ Policy”):
Sanctuary remains the standing policy for the vast majority of illegal immigrants in SF. There is no effort underway to rescind the ordinance. There is no effort underway at the White House to punish outlaw sanctuary cities..
Hoping for change? A sanctuary nation doesn’t become a sovereign nation with taxpayers sitting on the sidelines.
It’s your choice.
But his latest article is the most disturbing yet... where he reveals that 21-year old Salvodoran illegal alien Edwin Ramos - an MS-13 gangster who was arrested in the high-profile murder of three members of the Bologna family - was one of the youths who was repeatedly shielded from federal authorities, even after committing several crimes - including at least one felony.
The man charged with killing a father and two sons on a San Francisco street last month was one of the youths who benefited from the city's long-standing practice of shielding illegal immigrant juveniles who committed felonies from possible deportation, The Chronicle has learned.
Edwin Ramos, now 21, is being held on three counts of murder in the June 22 deaths of Tony Bologna, 48, and his sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16. They were shot near their home in the Excelsior district when Tony Bologna, driving home from a family picnic, briefly blocked the gunman's car from completing a left turn down a narrow street, police say.
Ramos, a native of El Salvador whom prosecutors say is a member of a violent street gang, was found guilty of two felonies as a juvenile - a gang-related assault on a Muni passenger and the attempted robbery of a pregnant woman - according to authorities familiar with his background.
In neither instance did officials with the city's Juvenile Probation Department alert federal immigration authorities, because it was the city agency's policy not to consider immigration status when deciding how to deal with an offender. Had city officials investigated, they would have found that Ramos lacked legal status to remain in the United States.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Here's the truth about S.F... it has NOT always been this crazy. There have always been unconventional people and eccentrics in town, but that is NOT what is going on now. There is a difference between a town that is a little wild and a town that is descending into madness. While there were 'wild n' crazy' people before, the new San Franciscan is just plain crazy. And this psychotic break that this city has been mired in for the last 7 years or so can be directly attributed to the ascendancy of the "progressive" movement as a Stalinist one-party state.
There have always been "unconventional" politicians who have done well and even bettered the City. A slightly nutty character can bring some welcome change to a government. But when you have an entire government made up of cultural Marxists - people who find fault with every good idea, people who reward the criminals and punish the law-abiding, people who make life hell for anyone who is not a bum, people who can't even take a piss without having a committee meeting to see if it "offends" anyone - then you have a recipe for disaster. For several years the recipe has been simmering, and now we are seeing what a truly "progressive" government brings to a city... chaos, crime, confusion, ruthless inefficiency, and a palpable civil insanity.
I have lived here for 20 years and it saddens and sickens me to see what is happening to my home. This is NOT the same City it was 10 years ago. San Francisco has NOT always been like this. This is madness.
Is San Francisco At The Tipping Point?
San Francisco has recently gotten overdue censure for being the nation's biggest psych ward masquerading as a city, showing what happens when left-wing border anarchists are allowed to run a major metropolis.
The event which dismayed even the mainstream media: an expensive city program that protected illegal alien Honduran crack dealers claiming to be juveniles from federal authorities. Around the same time, a horrific triple murder caused a Supervisor to assess the city's gang violence as "out of control." The common thread of such wild lawlessness is immigration permissiveness and how San Francisco has taken it to new excess.
The news that the city had, as a matter of policy, hidden foreign drug-dealing criminals away from deportation by federal immigration authorities elicited anger and outrage locally and around the U.S. When eight of the convicted Honduran "youth" were ensconced at taxpayer expense in an open-door San Bernardino County group home, they simply walked out at will. What a surprise. San Bernardino County officials are furious that they were used without notice as a dumping ground and have demanded San Francisco turn over all records surrounding the case.
Just a couple weeks earlier, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom had been enjoying a wave of local popularity as same-sex marriage became legal in the state following a court decision on the issue that Newsom championed for years. He became a gay hero in 2004 when he ordered the city to begin issuing marriage licenses and opened City Hall for gay weddings with loud local fanfare and in defiance of California law of the time.
Then the wheels started coming off the liberal limousine that Newsom imagined would transport him to higher office. The crack dealer story broke just as the greasy-haired mayor launched his exploratory committee to run for governor—and soon after the brutal triple murder had shocked the city.
On June 22, a San Francisco father and his two sons were shot down in cold blood over a minor traffic altercation by a previously-arrested MS-13 gangster. Those murdered: Tony Bologna, 49, Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16.
Danielle Bologna, the grieving wife and mother pleaded for the death penalty for the killer with District Attorney Kamala Harris, [Send her mail] who was elected despite her pledge never to seek the death penalty. The bad news for the Bologna family: Harris did not pursue execution for a cop killer in 2004, so it's unlikely she will change now.
An apprehension was made several days later. The lawyer of the arrested shooter Edwin Ramos spun the tale that the accused was a legal immigrant. But authorities soon disproved that fiction. In fact, Ramos is an illegal Salvadoran, a known member of Mara Salvatrucha (AKA MS-13), who had been arrested in March:
“Ramos was also booked on felony weapons charges and as well as a separate count of being in a criminal street gang. Police cited ‘numerous documented contacts’ that officers had with Ramos and Lopez, and said both were ‘active members of the MS-13 street gang.’" [Triple-killing suspect escaped prior S.F. prosecution, By Jaxon Van Derbeken, San Francisco Chronicle, June 27, 2008]
And since San Francisco is a sanctuary city, Ramos had not been deported, but was released to do more crime.
So when news came out a few days later that the city was actually squandering serious taxpayer funds (specifically $2.3 million for housing illegal alien youth since 2005) to shield unlawful foreign crack dealers from the feds, public outrage was intense.
The audacity of spending the people's money to engage in illegal protection of criminals went over the line for most in the city, and particularly when an illegal alien had just committed a terrible triple murder. (In addition, the mayor had threatened in June to lay off hundreds of city workers because of hundreds of millions of dollars in red ink.)
Gavin Newsom apparently thought he could slime through the latest scandal, as he had done so often before (e.g. his treatment for drinking after embarrassing episodes of drunkenness and bonking the wife of his deputy chief of staff). Can you say "Out of touch?"
At his weekly advisors meeting, some wanted continued "compassion" for the long-suffering crack dealers, but prudence prevailed, because of politics and polling. As one meeting attendee observed, "Not only for someone running for governor... even here in San Francisco, it was a 80-20 loser." [Matier & Ross column, San Francisco Chronicle, July 7, 2008
A local CBS poll released July 1 revealed 79 percent of respondents agreed that San Francisco should "turn over convicted illegal immigrants for deportation".
As a result of overwhelming public opposition to Newsom's extreme sanctuary policy, he reversed his passionately held beliefs of conscience from a day before:
On July 2, he blamed everyone but himself for being in a hole and claimed to be powerless in the situation: Illegals Called Court's Problem [By Jaxon Van Derbeken and Maria Lagos, San Francisco Chronicle]
"I don't have the authority here," Newsom said at a City Hall news conference as he stood beside his handpicked juvenile probation director, William Siffermann. "I have a bully pulpit. The courts have the authority here."
Interestingly, in 2007 he had used that same bully pulpit to reinforce the sanctuary city ordinance enacted in 1989: Newsom pledges to make SF a sanctuary for illegal immigrants [by Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, June 22, 2007].
"I will not allow any of my department heads or anyone associated with this city to cooperate in any way shape or form with these raids," Newsom declared. "We are a sanctuary city, make no mistake about it."
But when he saw the tough poll numbers—and his plans for a brilliant political future quickly turning into dust—he dropped his identity as friend of foreign criminals like a salmonella jalapeno. Talk about a flip-flop! [S.F. mayor shifts policy on illegal offenders, By Jaxon Van Derbeken, San Francisco Chronicle, July 3, 2008]
“San Francisco will shift course and start turning over juvenile illegal immigrants convicted of felonies to federal authorities for possible deportation, Mayor Gavin Newsom said Wednesday as he took the blame for what he conceded was a costly and misguided effort to shield the youths…
"’All I can say is, I can't explain away the past,’ Newsom said. ‘I take responsibility, I take it. We are moving in a different direction.’"
The mishandling of dangerous criminals follows a series of minor embarrassments and policy gaffes that add to the picture of San Francisco as a hopelessly loony sort of place, where there is too much diversity ideology and not enough common sense:
In April, Mayor Newsom announced a publicity campaign costing $83,000 of the people's money to encourage illegal aliens to use taxpayer-funded city services, even as the budget deficit was projected to be $338 million.
Chief of Police Heather Fong admitted in June that she had not maintained her gun proficiency, a requirement of all police that they qualify at marksmanship every six months at the department's gun range. Apparently not enforcing immigration laws kept her too busy to fulfill a Chief's duties.
In an indication of San Francisco's hatred of all things even slightly military, the Board of Education voted in 2006 to ban the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) from local schools, despite the program's wide popularity with parents and students.
These aberrations are symptoms of a bad case of multicultural psychosis taken root in a once-great city.
Furthermore, there are many aspects to the crack dealer case that can cause a normal brain to throb in pain. One is how otherwise rational characters claim to be amazed that sanctuary statutes can be abused to such a degree. Former San Jose Police Chief of Police Joe McNamara remarked, "It's just incredible to think they were spending all that money to help criminals evade being deported." [Immigrant sanctuary laws seen as practical. By Tyche Hendricks, San Francisco Chronicle, July 6, 2008]
What does McNamara think has been going on in Los Angeles for these many
years? LA does not hand out free airline tickets home, but Special Order 40, its own version of sanctuary, has been directly responsible for releasing dangerous criminals onto the street who have then committed an array of violent crimes, most recently the murder of young Jamiel Shaw.
Illegal alien gangsters are a protected class in the way that police are permitted to deal with them. And Los Angeles has wasted plenty of money on useless social programs meant to deter gang activity.
But Joseph Russoniello, United States Attorney for California's northern district, didn't accept Gavin Newsom's press conference excuses for a minute.
“Russoniello wasn't buying it Tuesday, calling Newsom's explanation ‘all contrivance.’
"’They have said all along that it was the sanctuary policy that mandated they shield these people from ICE,’ he said. ‘It's only because it's so preposterous that the sanctuary law would shield drug dealers that they've now come up with this alibi.’ [Young illegal immigrants lose their San Francisco sanctuary, By Maria L. LaGanga, David Kelly and Anna Gorman, LA Times, July 2, 2008]
San Francisco depends on tourism as its #1 industry: it employs over 72,000 people and brought more than $8 billion last year.
Yet San Francisco politicians routinely offend the traditional values of its American visitors, for example when the Board of Supervisors voted in 2005 against berthing the WWII battleship Iowa out of anti-military venom. While discussing the issue on the Hannity and Colmes show, Supervisor Geraldo Sandoval remarked: "The United States should not have a military". (Even liberal Alan Colmes was stunned at that idea.)
The city's smug elite believe they can insult patriotic Americans at will without affecting tourist dollars. And so far, that supposition has been true. Tourist spending in 2007 was an all-time high and an increase of 6.2 percent over the previous year.
But if potential tourists begin to worry about safety issues, the number of visitors might well fall precipitously.
A local news story reporting the Bologna triple murder included an enlightening quote from Supervisor Geraldo Sandoval:
"The gang problem right now in San Francisco in the Mission, in the outer Mission, is really out of control, they are shooting each other, they are armed to the teeth, they are ready at a split moment to start firing."
It's a clip the Chamber of Commerce would probably prefer the public not see—along with the city's dense homicide map and the FBI list of San Francisco Featured Fugitives, which was a diverse assemblage at last viewing.
San Francisco is holding a tiger by the tail. Its politics dictate continued leftist adherence to permissiveness regarding immigration enforcement, but the increased violent crime that follows foreign gangsters dealing drugs is getting more difficult to overlook and could easily damage the city's vital tourist industry.
Is San Francisco approaching that tipping point now?
Brenda Walker (email her) lives in Northern California and publishes two websites, LimitsToGrowth.org and ImmigrationsHumanCost.org. She regrets the passing of the old San Francisco as much as anyone, and thinks it has gone from genuinely eccentric in an interesting way to plain bad crazy.
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Thursday, July 3, 2008
Yes!!! Another San Franciscan with brain intact!!! Here's a great article that got put in ChronWatch...
San Francisco has a rich history of tolerance...for political corruption and tyranny, that is. These days, our favorite past time seems to be looking the other way while Gavin Newsom and his cronies on the board of supervisors, the chief of police, the district attorney and many others run the city into the ground. They focus on politically correct pet projects, pander to special interests (namely: gay rights, global warming, social controls, and protecting criminals) while neglecting their basic duties as public servants.
Gavin Newsom has been more concerned about green initiatives like solar panels and ending city spending on bottled water(!) and anti-gun programs than he is about enforcing local and federal laws, fixing the streets, or making San Francisco a hospitable place for middle class families.
He and his supporting cast of supervisors and attorneys and law "enforcement" (what a joke!) operate as though they are entirely above the law. Given his national notoriety for the whole gay marriage debacle back in 2004, this should be an obvious point. However, that was just one out of many incidents showing the utter disrespect that Newsom has for the law.
San Francisco's Sanctuary City Policy is a prime example of this disrespect. While the policy was created back in 1989, Gavin Newsom recently spent a pretty penny to advertise this policy across the city. The road to hell is always paved with good intentions, and the Sanctuary City Policy is chock full of good intentions. It's supposed to help illegal immigrants feel safe while seeking city services such as health care without fear of reprisal from immigration enforcement. The abuses of the policy have been widespread, as a recent series of articles from San Francisco Chronicle reporter Jaxon Van Derbeken show.
Long story short... after public outcry and threats from the U.S. Attorney's Office, the City of SF has said it has discontinued both the practices of flying illegal alien juvenile criminals home and outsourcing them to group homes. Promising words. But this is only a change in policy - not ideology - as is clear from the comments of the Mayor and especially William Sifferman, the head of the Juvenile Probation Dept.
From The SFGate (SF Chronicle)...
Escaped Crack Dealer Nabbed (7/03)Policy on convicted felons changes (7/02)
Newsom: Court has final say (7/02)
8 crack dealers in S.F. walk away (7/01)
Probe into migrant- offender protection (6/29)
Editorial: No sanctuary for drug dealers (7/03)
Officials: Expect bigger crowd at Juvenile Hall (7/03)
From The Examiner...
Safe Haven Ends For Felonious Juveniles by Brent Begin
San Francisco To Halt 'Sanctuary' Policy from Washington Post