Juana Villegas lives in Nashville, TN. She is an illegal alien and is now a poster child for everything that is wrong with illegal immigration in this country.
Her story has been blared all over the news in Nashville. It literally is the story of what is wrong with the system and how liberals enable illegal immigration.
On July 3, 2008, the Berry Hill city police stopped Villegas. Berry Hill is a small community within Nashville. She was arrested and charged with careless driving, no driver’s license and driving without insurance. Upon her arrival at the jail, she was processed through the 287(G) system the Davidson County Sheriff has so that all foreign born prisoners are checked for their immigration status. When Villegas was stopped, surprise, she was found to be in this country illegally.
While those things happen everyday, what makes this story so unique is that she was nine months pregnant. While being held for immigration authorities, her water broke, she went into labor and was transported to the hospital, where she gave birth to yet another anchor baby.
While in labor, Villegas was shackled to the bed. Once she had delivered and was medically cleared, she was sent back to the jail. The baby was released to relatives.
Liberals were outraged! Oh the horror, that a criminal was actually treated like a criminal. A liberal, open borders lawyer jumped into the case and in the face of a media storm, the driving charges against Villegas were dismissed. She was released from jail pending immigration action. She has lost her request to stay in this country and is now pending deportation. This is not her first rodeo. She was arrested and deported back to Mexico in 1996. As the newspaper blandly put it, she quickly returned to Nashville after that deportation.
Now, with the same liberal, open borders lawyer, she has sued Davidson County and the sheriff. Yesterday, a Clinton appointed Federal Judge ruled in her favor on the lawsuit, which claimed her civil rights were violated. A hearing will be scheduled to determine damages at a later date. Meanwhile, Villegas is appealing the order that she be deported again.
In the newspaper report by the Tennessean, they site unnamed “immigration advocates” who said the case signified a “bias against immigrants” and the arrest may have been the result of “racial profiling.”
When are we going to stand up and stop this lunacy?
This woman is an illegal alien. She was previously deported, ignored our laws a second time and came back. Illegal reentry into the United States after being deported is a Federal crime. Why isn’t she being prosecuted for this? She is now going to be the winner of jackpot justice. Her lawyer is also going to be a winner, since civil rights litigation provides for attorney fees for a prevailing plaintiff.
Villegas meanwhile stays in this country. If you look at the video on the page of the Tennessean’s website, you will see that Villegas is driving a late model vehicle. As an illegal is she paying taxes? As an illegal she cannot get welfare, but her children, as those born in America can. Are they drawing welfare? What other benefits are they drawing? And why is she still in this country? She was arrested for being illegal almost 2 years ago. This is after she had been deported sixteen years ago. The Obama regime has all but stopped immigration enforcement. This is one of the biggest reasons we must replace the Obama regime with an administration that will enforce this country’s laws including immigration.
Hopefully, we will still have a country left for us to be able to do this.
Why do I find figures provided by a pro-illegal immigration group to be very suspect?
Here are the facts. Obama has ordered the Border Patrol not to arrest but to turn back illegals. THey have told BP officers to use beanbag guns even when facing heavily armed drug smugglers. He has order a stop to all deportation proceedings against aliens who have not been convicted of serious criminal offenses. The best you can do is take a graphic from a liberal website?
They're called "facts" and it doesn't matter who posts them. I have no idea who "Americas voice Online" is, because it doesn't matter. AT ALL.
The number's come from the department of homeland security.
You are aware the Department of Homeland Security is not a liberal website right?
Don Davis, Janet Napolitano is on the Obama train and payroll. I don't believe anything with out seeing it first hand.The people that I've talked to told me otherwise and they live there so you tell me whom would you believe???
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Yes,......the facts. I would put this on parr with the Weatherperson on a local TV Station, who has totally sold out to Global Warming squaking about the hottest day on RECORD for a given city and laying blame on Global Warming and criticizing those who do not believe in it..
A closer look at the facts reveal the temperature of 100.4 was in fact, the hottest on our minute, human record. The missing part is that 100 degrees was commonplace and had occurred almost every year.
When someone says more resources are on the border now than ever; one has to be very careful before partying about it. Napolitano is the most ignorant and stupid sounding person I have ever seen in our government. When I hear her speak, i wonder if the old bi__ is suffering from lead poisioning.
Janet Napolitano's group, eh,Don Davis
don, it's late and i might be grouchy but your posted 'graph' and caption make me feel like
i'm watching msm. there are a few other factors to consider here. it isn't only a matter of
sending illegals back, it's also about keeping them out.
i'll take your chart at face value and allow that we've 'deported' 2 mil illegals in the last ten years.
how many 'new neighbors' have we aquired in the meantime? here's the best answer i can give you;
nobody knows. we only have reliable stats for failed entry attempts, the ones who got caught; not
those who 'get through'. so how many 'illegal' aliens are here now?; our present homeland security
addmission is 12 mil., give or take. the border patrol concensus in 2004 was twenty mil.
and your 'chart' shows that twice as many 'criminal' deps. were made in the last few years, is that
supposed to make me more comfortable? and if your intent was only to laud the present
administration's efforts to keep america 'a nation of laws', the record shows they have failed...
and just for grins don; i'm american, born and raised. eight years ago i fell in love with and
married a mexican citizen. we acknowleged the law; spent more money in fees than we could afford,
filled out a lot of forms and waited two years for my wife's legal status. i'm not a racist, i'm an american,
and i believe there are responsibilities that come with that distinction. there are many decent people
who are following the lawful procedure to enter america and be part of the 'dream' that our forefathers
procured for us. every person able to enter and remain in this country illegally, is an affront to those folks
who aspire to, and believe in america's exceptionalism...b
EXCLUSIVE: Arizona Sheriff Cites Flood of Border Agents Confirming Feds' No-Apprehension Policy
An Arizona sheriff says he has been flooded with calls and emails of support from local and federal agents who back his claims that the U.S. Border Patrol has effectively ordered them to stop apprehending illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexican border.
“Upper management has advised supervisors to have agents ‘turn back South’ (TBS) the illegal aliens (aka bodies) they detect attempting to unlawfully enter the country … at times you even hear supervisors order the agents over the radio to 'TBS' the aliens instead of catching them,” one San Diego border agent wrote in an email to Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever.
“This only causes more problems as the aliens, as you know, don't just go back to Mexico and give up. They keep trying, sometimes without 10 minutes in-between attempts, to cross illegally,” continued the email, which was among a number of communications to Dever reviewed by FoxNews.com. “This makes the job for agents more dangerous. Not only are the aliens more defiant, they also begin to feel like they can get away with breaking our federal laws.”
The email is one of more than 100 messages Dever said he received from active and retired Border Patrol agents and law enforcement officers from across the country. Many wrote of what they said was their own experience and first-hand knowledge of Border Patrol’s efforts to reduce apprehension numbers by making fewer arrests.
FoxNews.com first reported this month that Dever said several Border Patrol officials, including at least one senior supervisor, told him they had been directed to keep the number of border apprehensions down by chasing illegal immigrants back toward Mexico. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has recently cited a reduction in border apprehensions as evidence of an increasingly secure border.
Three days after FoxNews.com’s initial report, Border Patrol chief Michael Fisher sent a letter to Dever in which he denied the accusations and invited the sheriff on a ride-along with federal agents at border.
"That assertion is completely, 100 percent false," Fisher wrote in the letter. "That it comes from a fellow law enforcement official makes it especially offensive."
But accounts from law enforcement officials around the country continue to pour in supporting Dever and the conversations he says he had with Border Patrol officers, including at least one supervisor, about keeping arrest numbers down.
“This is nothing new, during my career with the border patrol, this was done regularly,” said another email to Dever reviewed by FoxNews.com. “By assigning agents to different tasks, locations, etc., the apprehensions can be increased or decreased dramatically,” wrote Dan McCaskill Jr., a retired Border Patrol agent who worked in the Anti-Smuggling Unit.
McCaskill went on to describe how, he said, apprehension numbers were regularly manipulated to achieve various budget, equipment or manpower goals.
In response to request for comment on the new allegations, Homeland Security offered the same statement from Jeffery Self, commander of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Joint Field Command, that was provided to FoxNews.com earlier this month:
“As the commander for border enforcement operations in Arizona, I can confirm that the claim that Border Patrol supervisors have been instructed to underreport or manipulate our statistics is unequivocally false. I took an oath that I take very seriously and I find it insulting that anyone, especially a fellow law enforcement officer, would imply that we would put the protection of the American public and security of our nation’s borders in danger just for a numbers game. Our mission does not waiver based on political climate and it never will. To suggest that we are ambiguous in enforcing our laws belittles the work of more than 6,000 CBP employees in Arizona who dedicate their lives to protect our borders every day.”
Local 2544, the Tucson branch of the National Border Patrol Council union, has also come out in support of Dever, and posted this message on their website after the FoxNews.com report.
“Sheriff Dever is right. We have seen so many slick shenanigans pulled in regards to 'got-aways' and entry numbers that at times it seems David Copperfield is running the Border Patrol. Creating the illusion that all is well and you can start having family picnics in the areas where we work has been going on far too long. Has there been improvement in some areas? Absolutely. Is the border anywhere near 'under control'? Absolutely not. Do some in management play games with numbers and cater to the wishes of politicians like Janet Napolitano and David Aguilar? Resoundingly, yes. Time for the foolish political games to stop.”
The union posted another response on their website following Fox News’ publication of Fisher’s April 6 letter to Dever:
“Just remember, for years now we have been told from the highest ranking managers in our agency that 'every apprehension is a FAILURE' (Johnny Williams - former INS Western Region Director), and that we 'are NOT immigration officers' (current CBP Deputy Commissioner David Aguilar to Border Patrol agents when he was the Chief of the Border Patrol)…. We have been told that - Apprehensions = failure, we are not 'immigration' officers, we should not 'lower' ourselves to the status of an immigration officer, and our primary job is not apprehending illegal aliens. Couple all this with Secretary Napolitano's recent public announcement about what she expects our apprehension numbers to be this fiscal year, and it's not hard to figure this thing out.”
A second Arizona sheriff, Paul Babeu of Pinal County, also testified at a Senate Homeland Security Committee last week in support of Dever’s charges. Dever was slated to appear at the hearing, but said he could no longer attend when the date of his appearance was changed.
Asked specifically about Dever’s assertion that agents were told to turn back illegals to reduce apprehensions, Babeu told the committee he’d specifically asked his top lieutenant, Matt Thomas, about the claims.
"He said, 'Sheriff, I have heard that myself directly from border agents in the Tucson sector,'" Babeu testitified.
Babeu told FoxNews.com he’s been told by Border Patrol officials that for every person apprehended at the border, an average of 2.7 succeed in crossing into the U.S. With those numbers, he said he was concerned paramilitary or terror cells equipped with more sophisticated support and training could easily get through.
“This is no longer just public security threat, this is national security threat,” he told FoxNews.com.
T.J. Bonner, retired president of the National Border Patrol Council, said in an interview with FoxNews.com that he’s familiar with “TBS-ing” and shares Babeu’s concerns about criminals and terrorists crossing the border.
“TBS has been going on for a number of years. You’ll never find orders in writing, and some agents have even been disciplined for TBS-ing people. That’s a practice that dates back to quite some time, to try and discourage is part of their 'strategy of deterrence.'"
Bonner said Border Patrol agents are receiving “TBS” orders from someone higher up, but he isn’t sure who.
“Agents don’t just do this on their own. The orders must come from on high. They don’t just wake up one day and say I’m going to risk my job, my livelihood,” said Bonner, who retired last year after 32 years with Border Patrol. “I’m not sure if it’s Napolitano or folks in Customs and Border Protection, but somebody wants to silence critics in Arizona to claim success in Arizona.”
As for Dever, he says he’s just hoping that some good will come out of this.
“Frankly, I don't want to create a firestorm," he said. "I only want this problem solved.”