Archive for July 2nd, 2008

District Proposes Spanish-Speaking School

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

An English-language advocate doesn’t think a North Carolina school superintendent has the best interests of America at heart with his proposal to make Spanish the predominate language taught in a local elementary school.

Peter Gorman is superintendent of the Charlotte Mecklenburg school district, which is the 23rd largest in the nation. According to WorldNetDaily, he recently pitched a proposal to the school board to combine two of its dual-language programs and turn Collinswood Elementary into a Spanish-speaking school. A school spokesman says the move is designed to help preserve the culture of Hispanic children who are not getting fluency in the Spanish language because they speak English at home.

[Jim Boulet, executive director of English First] argues that some children need a solid foundation of English, not Spanish, at school. “For the immigrant kid who didn’t speak English coming into school, school is his one chance to learn our national language — and they’re taking it away [with this proposal]. They’re taking it away because of political correctness,” Boulet says.

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Drug Dealers Going Free Under San Francisco Sanctuary Law

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

It’s so wrong to have so-called “Sanctuary Cities” to begin with. How an entire city can flaunt the law and not be punished for it is beyond me.
Now on top of breaking the country’s immigration laws, the city of San Francisco is allowing drug dealers to go free.

A sanctuary ordinance in San Francisco is protecting young drug dealers from federal deportation in what a U.S. prosecutor is calling a “gaming of the system” for illegal immigrants.

The San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department has been shipping underage crack dealers to group homes in an effort to shield them from the feds under the city’s 1989 “City of Refuge” ordinance, which prohibits city employees from informing Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents of illegal immigrants.

Up until last month, the department flew the drug dealers back to their home countries without informing ICE agents. But now, after being sent to the group homes under the new policy, the youths just run away.

“These kids are gaming the system,” Joseph P. Russoniello, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, told “Whoever they are, they’re playing it like a Stradivarius because the cops are saying they’re seeing these characters three and four times.”

As first reported in the San Francisco Chronicle, eight Honduran crack dealers escaped from youth rehabilitation centers run by Silverlake Youth Services in San Bernardino County in recent weeks.

Russoniello would neither confirm nor deny an investigation into the department’s shielding of illegal immigrants, but he told that he was first informed in January of ICE’s brushes with the city’s probation officers as they transported detainees south of the border via the Houston airport.

“They had stopped them and found out that they were — despite the fact that they had claimed they were juveniles — they were adults,” Russoniello said. “In some cases, they were convicted felons; in other cases, they had actually entered the country after deportation, and so on.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office approached the city for an explanation and was told on June 16 that the probation department had ceased deporting underage offenders.

Russoniello said that still did not “resolve the ultimate problem, which is why wasn’t juvenile probation reporting to ICE that they had in their custody people who were illegal aliens?” He said he’s still awaiting an answer from the city.

Requests for comment from Mayor Gavin Newsom and the city’s probation department and attorney’s office were not returned.

“We are abiding by the sanctuary city ordinance,” William Siffermann, the chief of the Juvenile Probation Department, told the Chronicle.

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Police Puppy Angers Scottish Muslims

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

It doesn’t seem to take much to make Muslims angry.

Muslims in the Scottish district of Tayside are outraged by the appearance of a wide-eyed, 6-week-old puppy on postcards distributed by the local police force, according to the Daily Mail.

Postcards showing police dog-in-training Rebel, a German shepherd born in early December, are causing a furor among the region’s Muslims who believe dogs are “ritually unclean,” the Daily Mail reports.

The cute cards were meant to notify locals of a new telephone number for non-emergency phone calls but instead have become a flashpoint for a clash of cultures. Shopkeepers are refusing to display the offending ad and a Dundee city councilor is calling for an investigation.

“My concern was that it’s not welcomed by all communities, with the dog on the cards,” said Dundee councilor Mohammed Asif, according to the report.

The Tayside police force said the police puppy, the force’s “newest recruit,” was not intended to cause offense.

“His incredible worldwide popularity — he has attracted record visitor numbers to our Web site — led us to believe Rebel could play a starring role in the promotion of our non-emergency number,” said a police spokesperson.

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