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COMMENTARY-OPINION, January 17th, 2005
NEWS: Taking license with hijacker ID rumor - Specious claim that 9/11
killers had 63 driver's licenses has been used for reform efforts.
By Lisa Friedman
It's the biggest urban legend of the immigration debate, repeated as gospel
at town-hall meetings, on Sunday talk shows and even on the floor of the House
of Representatives. That the 19 hijackers in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist
attacks had 63 driver's licenses among them is just not true. The origin of the
false information remains murky, but the number has taken on a life of its own,
fueling reams of Internet chatter and adopted as a talking point by those who
say driver's licenses are not just an immigration issue but a matter of
national security. News: Group seeks action on illegal immigration - Defend
Colorado Now weighs ballot initiative
By Lynn Bartels, Rocky Mountain News
A group considering a 2006 ballot initiative to keep undocumented immigrants
from receiving government services said it will move forward if legislators
don't take a stand.
Defend Colorado Now sent a letter to all 100 lawmakers, who assemble one week
from today for the start of the 2005 session. … The group wants legislation
spelling out who can receive government services…
Commentary: Immigration process leaves a harsh imprint
By William Birdthistle
Have we at last made the nation's immigration laws as convoluted as they can
possibly be? After stymieing foreigners for decades, these rules have now
grown so baroque that even the nation's luminaries appear no longer able or
willing to comply with them. Study: Do Latinos live in densely packed communities?
Not according to new national study
According to a new national study, a majority of Latinos in the United States
live in neighborhoods where they are not the majority, contrary to a common
notion that they are "densely packed in highly homogenous, Spanish-language
communities dominated by immigrant cultures." Using 2000 Census data, the Pew
Education: U.S. Department of Education releases National Education
Technology Plan - Next steps lead to a new golden age in American education
American education is being bolstered by the increasing use of educational
technology, greater accountability, and growing new partnerships between
tech-savvy students and teachers, according to a report released today by the U.S.
Department of Education…. Toward a New Golden Age in American Education: How
the Internet, the Law and Today's Students are Revolutionizing Expectation…
Mistreatment of immigrants must stop President Fox said.
Mexico must improve its treatment of Central American and other immigrants,
President Vicente Fox said yesterday. … Fox said he would work to expand the
government's ability to protect immigrants in Mexico.
Eastie gang linked to al-Qaeda
By Michele McPhee
A burgeoning East Boston-based street gang made up of alleged rapists and
machete-wielding robbers has been linked to the al-Qaeda terrorist network,
prompting Boston police to ``turn up the heat'' on its members, the Herald has
learned…. MS-13, which stands for La Mara Salvatrucha, is an extremely violent
organization with roots in El Salvador, and boasts more than 100 ``hardcore
members'' in East Boston who are suspected of brutal machete attacks, rapes and
home invasions. Analysts: Congressional pork might have hurt Defense spending
By Amy Klamper
Defense analysts say members of Congress might have inadvertently robbed the
Army and Marines of resources to build up their stock of up-armored Humvees
and other equipment needed to fight an increasingly violent Iraqi insurgency. …
The fiscal 2005 Defense appropriations bill contains funding cuts for the Army
and other programs that defense analysts say were made to cover the cost of
nearly $9 billion in congressional pork projects added to the bill.
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