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US city plans moat to keep out migrants

There have been virtual fences, real fences, increased patrols and night-vision cameras. Now the latest initiative by the US to seal its increasingly porous border with Mexico harks back to one of the oldest approaches: dig a moat. City officials in Yuma, in south-western Arizona, have come up with a scheme to create a “security channel” along the nearby border by reviving a derelict two-mile stretch of the Colorado river.

“The moats that I’ve seen circled the castle and allowed you to protect yourself, and that’s kind of what we’re looking at here,” Yuma county sheriff Ralph Ogden told the Associated Press. The scheme would see engineers dig out a two-mile stretch of a 180-hectare (440-acre) wetland known as Hunters Hole. 

Once a haven to anglers, ducks and the Cocopah Indians, the area is now a thicket of tamarisk, forgotten shoes and old cars providing cover for smugglers and border crossers. But under the plan, all that would change. The banks of the river would be replanted with native cattail, bulrush and mesquite, and wells would supply water to the wetlands as well as to a 20-metre-wide, three-metre-deep channel that would run the length of Hunters Hole. More from The Guardian

When all else fails, go back to the basics.  The invasion from our southern border is in full swing and nothing is being done to stop it.  The “virtual fence”, we have been told, doesn’t work.  So…  let”s dig a good old-fashioned moat!  Don’t forget the ‘gators!

RTaylor

March 14, 2008 Posted by | Border Security, illegal immigration | , , | 2 Comments

California: Giving Home-Schoolers the Shaft

Tom McLaughlin

Family Security Matters

 

Teachers’ unions are pro-choice on abortion, but not on education. They use their enormous political capital with the Democrat Party to block voucher initiatives in whatever state or municipality proposes them, including in California. Consequently, many parents home-school their children at their own expense, even though they still have to pay local property taxes which are spent mostly on public schools their children do not attend. Right now, about 166,000 California children are taught at home. But last week, an California appeals court declared that all children must be taught by a “credentialed” teacher. It means that most home-schooling parents without teaching credentials would be violating California law and subject to prosecution. This is going to touch off a political conflagration.

 

The teachers’ unions love it. “We’re happy,” said Lloyd Porter, who is on the California Teachers Association board of directors, to the San Francisco Chronicle. “We always think students should be taught by credentialed teachers, no matter what the setting.” A.J. Duffy, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, said he agrees with the ruling. “What’s best for a child is to be taught by a credentialed teacher,” he told the Los Angeles Times.  More from Family Security Matters

March 14, 2008 Posted by | Home Schooling | Leave a comment

Crude Oil Rises to Record $111 in New York on Weak U.S. Dollar

March 13 (Bloomberg) — Crude oil rose to a record $111 a barrel in New York as the sinking value of the dollar attracted investors to commodity markets.

The dollar dropped below 100 yen earlier today for the first time since 1995 and declined to a record low against the euro. Investors looking for higher returns have flocked to commodities. Oil surged 90 percent over the past year as the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index dropped 4.4 percent.  More from Bloomberg

With diesel prices at over $4 in some states, this doesn’t look good…..

RTaylor

March 14, 2008 Posted by | economy, trucking | , | Leave a comment

APD: Thieves Targeting Large Trucks for Smuggling

AUSTIN  —  The Austin Police Department has a warning for anyone who drives a large pickup in the Austin area: it is at high risk for being stolen by illegal immigrant smugglers.  Police say two large trucks are stolen every day in Austin.

The Auto Theft Interdiction Unit says large Ford, Dodge and Chevrolet pickups are the most stolen.

120 pickup trucks have been stolen in the Austin area in 2008 alone.  Police say most are taken from mall and shopping center parking lots.  More from MyFoxAustin

March 14, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, Border Security, illegal immigration | , , | Leave a comment

New paint job, same great trucking blog!

American Truckers At War has a new look!  While our “staff” is hard at work transferring stories from the old site, we hope you enjoy the new features.  We have gone from a Serendipity site to WordPress – making it easier for readers to post comments about the stories of the day.  Remember, folks, this isn’t channel 19 – keep it clean and pithy – your mother might be reading this…….

The high cost of fuel prices on the trucking industry has effected everyone – trucker and average consumer.  The price of everything has risen at a dramatic pace.  As consumers are using more spending money to pay for gas for their cars and their heating bills, there is less left for goods that are transported by truck.  Thus, less freight, fewer miles.  We’ll be here watching and monitoring the news and events of the day as we truck across the nation’s highways.

Note to blogroll owners:  If ATAW is on your blogroll, we are feverishly looking into ways to make the codes work on our sidebar and will have the rolls back up as soon as possible!

RTaylor

March 14, 2008 Posted by | Misc., trucking | , | Leave a comment

Buy a car, get a fake ID

HAMILTON – Nine people at three used car dealerships sold fake IDs to illegal immigrants, then doctored other documents to help the customers buy vehicles illegally in Butler County, authorities say.

At least seven suspects were arrested during raids Thursday, and more likely will be snared as a year-long, statewide investigation continues, authorities said.

“The grand jury was almost in shock that this was going on,” said Butler County Sheriff Rick Jones. “It’s happening all over the place, not just here, but we’re the ones calling attention to it. It’s rampant.”  More from the Cincinnati Inquirer

March 14, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, illegal immigration | , , , | 1 Comment

Mexican truck drivers take English exam in Spanish

DOT chief’s admission to Senate panel contradicts administration’s assurances
Mexican truck drivers allowed to travel throughout the U.S. under a Bush administration demonstration project may not be proficient in English, despite Department of Transportation assurances to the contrary.
A brochure on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website instructs Mexican truck drivers, “Did you know … You MUST be able to read and speak English to drive trucks in the United States.” Still, at the Senate Commerce Committee oversight hearing Tuesday, Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters and DOT Inspector General Calvin L. Scovel III reluctantly admitted under intense questioning from Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., that Mexican drivers were being designated at the border as “proficient in English” even though they could explain U.S. traffic signs only in Spanish.  More from World Net Daily

Hey, Mary Peters – what part of “proficient in English” don’t you understand?

RTaylor

March 14, 2008 Posted by | Border Security, Mexican Truck Pilot Program, NAU | Leave a comment