Illegal immigrant in Brownwood charged with fondling girl

An illegal immigrant living in Brownwood is in custody in the Brown County Jail for allegedly fondling a girl younger than 14, according to Brownwood police.

Felipe Lopez, 26, was charged early Tuesday with one count each of indecency with child by sexual contact, burglary of habitation with intent to commit a sexual offense, and evading arrest.

Bonds totaling $110,000 were set, but Lopez won’t be released because he is an illegal immigrant.

The alleged indecency incident happened Monday, police reported.

According to police, the girl’s mother confronted Lopez Tuesday at his residence. Lt. Tracy Delgado said police were called to a disturbance there because an argument ensued.

When officers arrived, Lopez ducked out the back door and evaded police for three hours before being caught several blocks away, Delgado said.


Suspected illegal immigrants stopped in mid west

Police say they pulled over two speeding vehicles on Brand Highway, near Mingenew, about 7.30pm (WST).

Police say none of the occupants were able to provide proper identification and were detained under the Immigration Act.

Three Malaysian men, a Vietnamese woman and her five-month-old child were taken to Geraldton Police Station.

Sergeant Grant Rosman says police will be handing over the investigation to immigration authorities.

Immigration Department have now taken over that investigation and looking at their validity to be in Australia,” he said.

Police allege the Vietnamese woman had been illegally working at a plantation in Carnarvon.

Duluth anti-White racist billboard defaced


DULUTH, Minn. – A new Un-Fair Campaign billboard has been defaced with a spray-painted racial slur and a Confederate flag.


The billboard, above the intersection of Sixth Avenue East and Fourth Street in Duluth, states: “Racism: Ignore it and it won’t go away.” To that, someone has added, in red, “No naggers” and the flag symbol underneath the message.


The word “naggers” is another version of the more commonly known racial epithet, said Claudie Washington, president of the local chapter of the NAACP.


“I’ve seen many versions of that word,” he said, and because it’s been painted on a sign denouncing racism along with a Confederate flag, he has no doubts about its meaning. “It clearly indicates to me how racism is alive and well.”


“We will not tolerate racist slurs,” said Ellen O’Neill, executive director of the Duluth YWCA, speaking on behalf of the 18 partners of the Un-Fair Campaign. “This proves how badly this campaign is needed and how badly this community needs to talk about racism.”


The Un-Fair Campaign began in January. Its goal is to bring people together to talk about the effects of racism. The main message has focused on white privilege with the line, “It’s hard to see racism when you’re white.”


But it also ignited backlash, with many saying the campaign itself is racist, and alienating in its efforts. In direct response a white supremacist rally was held in Duluth in March.


A new video sharing the campaign’s message was rolled out this month. It resulted in more backlash, this time from one of its partners. The University of Minnesota Duluth called the video’s message “divisive” based on complaints at both UMD and the main campus of the university. Complaints have come from outside and within university walls, UMD Chancellor Lynn Black said this week. The message in the video was described by O’Neill as the same as before, but in a new format.


Phil Pierson co-founded a Facebook page in January with a goal of stopping the campaign, because he felt it should not have singled out whites. On Wednesday Pierson said he still doesn’t support the campaign, but such vandalism is “disgusting.”


“That’s outright racism,” Pierson said. “The campaign is divisive, but I don’t think they deserve that. It’s contributing to the problem. But the way the campaign has been run, it doesn’t surprise me. It’s upsetting.”


Washington said he expected such graffiti to appear on campaign materials, and is surprised it didn’t happen sooner.


“I didn’t think this early in the campaign it (racism in Duluth) would go away, because most people deny it exists,” he said. “I think it’s a sad day.”


O’Neill said campaign organizers would be talking with Duluth police and the sign company, Lamar Co., today to see how to proceed.

Gun Shots Fired on Second Street Saturday Night

11:45 a.m. Framingham Police Lt. Ron Brandolini said no arrests have been made in Saturday night’s shooting.


Framingham Police responded to a report of gun shots at 113 Second St at 11:30 p.m. Saturday night, according to the Framingham Police log.

Initial scanner reports had the gun shots coming from two houses on Second Street.

The Scanner also reported that two dark-skinned males wearing hoods ran towards the Carlson Road area.

Framingham Policce were using the K-9 unit last night.

Governments not following Ga. immigration law

One year after Georgia lawmakers passed a tough immigration law, a newspaper investigation found that many city and county governments are not in compliance.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports ( that state officials are preparing a mass mailing this week to remind governments that their state funding could be in jeopardy if they don’t follow the law. The law passed a year ago aims to block illegal immigrants from taking jobs from U.S. citizens and stop taxpayer support for government contractors who are not authorized to work in the United States.

It requires the majority of private employers, government agencies and contractors to use a federal work authorization program called E-Verify to be sure workers are authorized to work in the United State. But few governments have filed the required reports on time and they could lose critical state money that helps maintain jails, manage development encourage commerce and boost employment.

State records show that of the 2,324 local and state government agencies tracked by the state, 1,176 did not file reports by the Dec. 31 deadline. Small businesses are exempted from the law, but it’s difficult to tell how many companies qualify for that exemption.

State Rep. Matt Ramsey, a Republican from Peachtree City who authored the law, said he’s monitoring the law’s implementation.

“I don’t think anyone that worked on (it) believed there would be universal compliance in the relatively short time it has been in effect, given how sweeping and comprehensive the changes are in that law,” Ramsey told the newspaper.

Some government officials say the law is confusing and difficult to follow. And the newspaper found that it is impossible for the state to confirm that private employers are using E-Verify because of state and federal record keeping.

The state can’t truly enforce the law because there is no money for performance audits of compliance.

“It is a new law,” said Sharon Kraun, the spokeswoman for Sandy Springs. “And as with anything new, there is learning you gain as you move forward.”

Parts of the law took effect July 1, 2011, but other parts are tied up in federal appeals court in Atlanta after civil and immigrants’ rights groups filed a lawsuit.

Private companies employ the vast majority of workers in Georgia, with governments making up about 15 percent of the workforce. In all, nearly 19,000 public and private employers are enrolled in E-Verify but it’s tough to confirm who is enrolled because state and federal government databases make cross-checking impossible.

“Obviously, they ought to be doing spot checks, audits, something,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington-based organization that advocates for tighter immigration controls. “This is why a federal (nationwide) E-Verify requirement is necessary. The state measures just aren’t going to be enough.”

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