Today's Illegal Immigration News
Friday, March 23, 2012
‘FAST AND FURIOUS’ INVESTIGATION REVEALS CHIEF SUSPECT TWICE RELEASED
As revealed in a letter Thursday to Attorney General Eric Holder sent by the two top congressional investigators – Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Manuel Celis-Acosta, the prime suspect in the ATF’s botched “Fast and Furious” gun-running operation (who was caught but released at the U.S.-Mexico border in May 2010) was also stopped and released two months earlier while in possession of a Colt .38-caliber pistol purchased illegally under the investigation.
This revelation that officials twice declined to arrest Celis-Acosta shows that agents were keenly aware of his activities yet repeatedly turned down opportunities to charge him with felony offenses and quickly end “Fast and Furious.” Instead, the program dragged on with the ultimate loss of about 1,700 U.S. firearms and resulting deaths on BOTH sides of the border.
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH BANS TERM ‘ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT’
As of March 12 of this year, the First United Methodist Church joined other religious groups making a push to eliminate using the term “illegal” when describing ‘undocumented’ immigrants in sermons, church services, church bulletins or any of its publications.
Rev. Eun-sang Lee said he believed terms like “anchor baby” and “illegal alien” were incorrect and offensive and that using these phrases “violates our faith communities’ understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Just in case you were interested, the Associated Press contends that “illegal immigrant” is the correct term to describe a person who has entered a country illegally or who resides in a country in violation of civil or criminal law, and the wire service style guide warns against using “alien.”