05/22/10

Some stubborn facts about Raul Labrador

By: Carolyn Cooke

Trusting candidate Raul Labrador to represent the values of most Idaho voters is like believing Obamacare will reduce the federal deficit. The facts unravel the spin.

Fact: Immigration attorney Labrador fought to keep Javier Sotelo from deportation. He was convicted of smuggling illegal aliens and document fraud. The government introduced evidence at his immigration trial that Sotelo was wanted for murder in Mexico. Labrador could have recused himself after learning this, but did not. Fortunately, for Idaho citizens, Labrador failed.

Fact: Labrador represents illegal aliens in his practice.

Fact: Attorney Labrador has worked for the Idaho Dairymen’s Association, ardent supporters of Larry Craig’s AgJOBs amnesty, while serving as an “elected” representative. Yet Labrador likes to pretend there is no conflict of interest in serving his constituents on immigration issues!

Fact: Idaho Rep. Labrador voted against SB 1157, a bill that required verification of legal status to receive non-emergency taxpayer-funded public benefits.

Fact: Labrador wants more foreign guest workers, even though there are no jobs Americans will not do for living wages, in the face of sustained high unemployment.

Labrador likes to attack the messenger, but as Ronald Reagan said, “Facts are stubborn things.”

Say “no” to Raul Labrador in the 1st Congressional District race in the Republican primary.

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05/2/10

May Day Pictures

By: Carolyn Cooke

http://picasaweb.google.com/BermanPost.com/512010ImmigrationRally

Like what you see? This is what is coming with amnesty, with more through chain migration. 100 million over the next decades…

Think they will assimilate? Think they respect the rule of law under the US Constitution?

Look at the communist & Che flags. Makes sense why the liberals are so anxious for amnesty, doesn’t it?

For any Tea Partiers who are already upset with the socialist takeover of this country, be forewarned, that is exactly why the liberals/socialist in our government want these people to become citizens en masse.

02/13/10

Idaho business lobby tries to kill meaningful bill

By: Dennis and Carolyn Cooke

Sen. Mike Jorgenson has introduced S1303, legislation requiring all Idaho employers to verify the legal status of new hires by using E-Verify, with penalties for noncompliance. E-Verify leads to the self-deportation of illegal immigrants in states using it, most notably Arizona.

The opposition to Jorgenson’s bulletproof enforcement legislation is clever. Sen. McKenzie’s bill, purportedly written by the Idaho Dairymen’s Association attorneys, had zero enforcement mechanisms! Another weak-on-enforcement bill will be introduced and may contain purposely unconstitutional language. A bill with unconstitutional language would be defeated in the courts. No tactic is too underhanded for Idaho businesses and legislators when trying to kill meaningful enforcement!

Cold-hearted illegal immigrant profiteers with their highly paid lobbyists and their enablers in the Legislature have demonstrated no compassion for the huge number of Idaho’s unemployed. Department of Labor statistics show that there are no jobs Americans will not do, including agriculture, for living wages. Illegal immigrants’ wages are suppressed or even decreased when adjusted for the 2010 cost of living!

Idaho legislators load the social costs of illegal immigrants onto the backs of taxpayers. What are these legislators getting in return for exploiting citizens for around $200 million per year?

Demand legislators represent Idaho citizens by endorsing S1303.

DENNIS AND CAROLYN COOKE, Coeur d’Alene

02/11/10

Where do you stand, Senator???

By: Carolyn Cooke

Idaho Senators,

My name is Carolyn Cooke and I have been working with Senator Jorgenson to educate Idaho citizens on his bulletproof Idaho immigration legislation, to promote it and to publicize it. Some of you may recognize my name from my many, often critical letters to the editor in local papers and my activism against various members of the Idaho legislature and Idaho elected officials in D.C. I cause problems for those who fail to represent the citizens who elected them, those legislators who are beholden to the ‘good old boys club’, be it in D.C. or Boise, and the special interests that line their pockets.

I am a Constitutional Conservative, first and foremost, and have been long before it became fashionable.

I am a national sovereignty grass roots activist with a focus on illegal immigration. I research and write articles for national websites about such various concerns as immigration issues, UN Treaties, federal legislation, healthcare, etc… I have contacts in national groups such as NumbersUSA, the Center for Immigration Studies, Judicial Watch and the Concerned Women for America and am very close to the US House of Representatives Immigration Reform Caucus Executive Director, Emily Sanders. I go to D.C. on my own dime to lobby for the citizens of this country. My work has been presented to members of the US House of Representatives and referenced by Senator Jim Inhofe. The Washington Times has graciously printed my Letter to the Editor. I have been offered a job at the Washington Examiner, but I choose to work for no income and support FamilySecurityMatters.org.

I have recently been forced to include my husband’s name as co-author when I write letters to the editor in local newspapers in Idaho. His name is Dr. Dennis Cooke. I cannot tell you how many times I hear what a wonderful doctor Dennis is, and how so-and-so is alive because of him. And being his wife has an upside because so many of his patients have brought my letters to him, asking if I am his wife, and wanting to talk to him about what I have written. They always understand the gravity of the situations I write about, agree with my conclusions and are appreciate of my efforts.

I now include Dennis’ name as co-author because a calculated attempt to undermine my credibility was launched by Idaho State Representative Bob Nonini when he took to the CDA Press to accuse me of having a group, being a ‘sensationalist’, controlling other citizens’ actions, etc… Nonini said I should have fact checked an article in the Spokesman Review. Excuse me! Bob Nonini did not bother to have the Spokesman-Review retract the statements made about him to which he so adamantly objected to me sourcing! Rather unseemly behavior for an elected official, don’t you think?

Backlash has been enormous. This surprises me because I am not well-known in Idaho. I do not have the well-deserved, distinguished career and the many friendships of Senator Jorgenson to back me up. I say this because Senator Jorgenson and I are both, according to Nonini, ‘sensationalists’.

Nonini’s attack was a blessing in disguise because I realized that my husband’s endorsement of my work gives it much more credibility. His practice has 14,000 patients in N. Idaho. He has taken care of most them at one point in time because he is the only interventionalist practicing in N. Idaho full time. He knows their families as well.

The point being, gentlemen and gentlewomen of the Idaho State Senate, this Idaho of today is informed, and receptive to being educated like never before, thanks to events on the national level. All politicians are taking a beating. I believe I read where 35% of US citizens polled want a new political party!

Bottom line, the citizens of Idaho do not trust you!

To mistake a lack of overt participation in the political process through emails, faxes and phone calls on the part of most Idaho citizens is a grievous error on your part. The ‘silence is deafening’, so to speak. You all are being watched and judged by how well you choose to protect Idaho citizens like never before — bad news for your shenanigans on immigration enforcement legislation and ‘shenanigans’ they are.

I am writing to you all today because of the situation you find yourselves in regarding Senator Jorgenson’s inviolable and effective immigration enforcement legislation, Senate Bill 1303.

UMKC Constitutional Law Professor and candidate for Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach authored S1303 legislation which will effectively and efficiently deal with the illegal alien problem in Idaho. The law is bulletproof. No lawsuit could render it unConstitutional. It contains MANDATORY E-Verify, the Department of Homeland Security Program used by over 500,000 businesses in the United States and is mandated for federal government contractors.

E-Verify is already mandatory by federal law.

You are aware that a bill without a sound enforcement mechanism is useless in curtailing the employment of illegal alien labor in Idaho. Any such bill presented to the Idaho legislature will therefore will do nothing to end the magnet of jobs in Idaho for illegal alien labor at the expense of Idaho’s unemployed and Idaho taxpayers.

Attrition through enforcement of immigration law works every time it is tried!

Yet, you have agreed to have one or two of these fraudulent bills printed.

Yes, all, you read correctly, fraudulent, by printing or hearing these bills you are committing fraud against the citizens of Idaho. You know very well you are attempting to prevent S1303 from becoming law by gumming up the works with immigration enforcement legislation that is useless in protecting Idaho’s unemployed and Idaho’s taxpayers.

You have one of three options:

1. Pass Senator Michael Jorgenson’s Bill, S1303, out of the Senate State Affairs Committee and allow it an ‘up or down’ vote on the floor of the Senate and the House. Idaho industries have until January 1, 2011 to comply—plenty of time to get right with the federal immigration laws they have been guilty of violating with your collusion.

2. Pass Senator McGee’s Bill, which all of Idaho will find out is a worthless piece of garbage written by the Idaho Dairymen’s Association attorneys. Besides the fact I and others will let citizens know of your treachery, it will have no effect on stemming the tide of illegal immigration in Idaho. (This will become readily apparent as taxes increase to service the growing state budget deficit, created in a large part by taxpayers having to fund the Dairy and Ag industries cheap slave labor’s social costs. And to hell with Idaho’s unemployed, right??? There are no jobs Americans will not do for living 2010 wages. )

Or pass the Hart/Labrador Bill, which again has no enforcement mechanism and does nothing more than re-enforce federal law and voluntary E-Verify and affects only those who “knowingly hire” illegal aliens. What mechanism does the bill provide to prove employers “knowingly hire?”

3. Tie up all of the legislation or let it go down in flames in committee, unheard and unvoted upon, which will tell Idaho citizens where your priorities lie. They will understand that you are not concerned with their best interests. Instead, it will tell them that you are representing the pro-amnesty industries in Idaho that employ cheap illegal alien labor.

What about the almost 70,000 Idaho citizens who are out of work?

I suggest you read, if you have not already read, “Immigration in Idaho” @ http://www.mike4idaho.com/docs/ILLEGAL%20IMMIGRATION%20IN%20IDAHO.pdf and http://www.mike4idaho.com/immigration.php before you come back to me with questions.

And, very importantly, for those Idaho State Senators and Representatives who support S1303, thank you, you are patriots, too often overlooked and too often underappreciated. Do all that you can to support this very important legislation by co-sponsoring S1303! Go on talk radio, send out newsletters, be assertive. The citizens of Idaho support you!!!

Carolyn Joy Cooke

Correction:

“E-Verify is already mandatory by federal law”

My bad:

E-Verify is already VOLUNTARY by federal law. And Phil Hart and Raul Labrador know it. This makes their supposed immigration enforcement bill meaningless.

01/20/10

America’s Most Forgotten – School Bus Tragedy Ends in Death At The Hands Of Illegal Alien Driver

By: Carolyn Cooke
Family Security Matters

Many elected officials in the United States government are proponents of amnesty for illegal immigrants. They would like American citizens to believe that the foreign nationals crossing our borders are “poor dears” simply trying to make a better life for themselves and their families. Americans must remember: the individuals crossing our sovereign borders in violation of United States law are fully aware of their actions. It is more likely the case that these individuals, whose first action is an affront to American civil society, may engage in criminal activity once in the country. Americans have no way of knowing. Our government refuses to secure the border and enforce the immigration laws of the United States that would prevent and reverse the invasion of unidentified foreign nationals into America.

Let us look at the murder of innocents at the hands of illegal alien Olga Marina Franco Del Cid, a.k.a. Alianiss Nunez-Morales, from Guatemala.

On a cold winter afternoon in southwestern Minnesota, a school bus full of children from the small town of Cottonwood were chatting, teasing one another, laughing, enjoying the ride home at the end of the day. The school they attended was Lakeview, with 585 students, K-12. Without warning, a van driven by illegal alien Olga Franco ran a stop sign and broadsided the bus. The bus driver said “he did not have time to hit the brakes or accelerate.” The force of the collision toppled the school bus onto a pickup truck.

The driver of the pick up truck would later describe how he saw “a maroon van run a stop sign, it blew over the railroad tracks and hit the bus, sending it into me…”

On the afternoon of February 19, 2008, the parents of the 28 students gathered at Lakeview School to learn the fate of their children. Three students were killed instantly and one died at 8 p.m. that night. Two of the dead were brothers, 13-year-old Jesse and 9-year-old Hunter Javens. One was the daughter of a physical education teacher at Lakeview, 9-year-old Emilee Olson. Another was the son of a former Lakeview teacher, Reed Stevens, 12 years old. At least 14 other students along with the driver of the pick up truck were injured. Two children were in critical condition. Many of the children were treated for back and neck injuries, lacerations, bumps and bruises, a spokesman from Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center told the public.

A witness at the scene, Karen Mahlum, recounted the chaos. She witnessed the tragic accident and stopped to help. The bus driver handed children down to her from the vehicle’s escape hatch in the roof. Talking to Mark Steil of Minnesota Public Radio, she said, “Some of them had blood on them. A lot of them were crying that their head hurt, their arms; they were crying they wanted their mommies and daddies. They had a sister or brother on the bus that they wanted to get off the bus. A lot of real emotional stuff.” Another motorist who stopped to help remembers the “screaming and screaming” of the terrified children on the bus.

Emergency responders to the scene were helping children they knew and some were rescuing their own children.

It was unimaginable heartache for the children, their families and the small community. A life-long resident of Cottonwood summed up the feelings of many: “It will take a long time to recover from this. Oh heavens, there’s no time limit on that. It’ll be forever. It’ll never be the same.”

Emilee Olsen

Emilee Olsen was adopted from China by Charles and Traci Olsen when she was 10 months old. Emilee’s aunt, Terri Hutchinson, said it was love at first sight for the Olsen’s. Traci Olsen said she now relives the tragedy of her loss every day. “We say good night and good morning to an empty bed,” she said at the sentencing hearing of Franco. The talented little girl with a constant smile on her face who “lit up a room” was memorialized at a funeral gathering of more than one thousand mourners.

Emilee’s brothers were on the bus that cold, blustery day. Riley, six years old, was sore but fine. Sidnee, 11 years old, heard his brother crying and scrambled to find him despite having a lacerated cornea from glass embedded in his head and a broken hand, reported Ms. Hutchinson. Sidnee could not find his sister.

Hunter Javens

Jesse Javens

The Javens brothers were remembered at a joint funeral held at Lakewood School on the Monday after the accident. Hunter’s casket followed his brother Jesse’s into the school gymnasium, packed with some 1,400 mourners. Hunter had a twin sister, Sasha, who turned 10 years old on the day of his memorial service. The crowd sang Happy Birthday to Sasha and she received a gift for Hunter.

The Rev. Gloria Anderson spoke of the lives the boys. Jesse loved sports, playing baseball, football and basketball. Hunter loved animals He had a horse named Toby.

Rev. Anderson said, “…the boys wanted us to remember them with a smile. They wanted us to remember the happy memories.”

Sobs broke through prayers.

Reed Stevens

Reed Stevens’ mother Kandi issued a statement describing Reed as “a young man who loved God, his country and his family. And he also loved his football family. We know he is with the Lord.” Reed’s two siblings were on the bus as well. His brother was injured and remained hospitalized in Sioux Falls with his family at his bedside. His sister had minor injuries.

Olga Franco was found guilty of driving the van that killed the four students. She told officers that she stopped at the stop sign and then the bus hit her. She maintained that her boyfriend was driving the van but she was extricated from behind the steering wheel. “There really in my mind is no explanation for how a person would get pinned in there, other than the fact she was driving,” said prosecutor Rick Maes. Because of the press and the closeness of the community, the defense was granted a change of venue for Franco’s trial.

Franco, a.k.a. Morales, was ticketed for driving without a license in 2006 and paid a fine of $182. Sandra Keding described what happened. “I stood up from the couch and looked out my window and this car was coming right toward my house,” she said. “The car hit the curb, came right up in my yard and stopped about 12 feet from the front of my house.” The story ended with Franco going free on the streets of Minnesota, instead of being deported, to kill four children.

Jurors found her guilty of four counts of vehicular manslaughter and twenty other charges related to the collision. Franco also faces a federal charge of identity theft. She presented the police at the scene of the crime with a false name, saying she was from Mexico, and a stolen social security card from Puerto Rico.

At the sentencing hearing, Kandi Stevens told the court, “Essentially, our entire family was killed that day.”

Olga Franco was sentenced to 12 and a half years in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee.

Americans should not have to live in fear in their own neighborhoods.
Enforcement legislation, passed by a few states, has led illegal aliens to leave because the magnets of jobs and taxpayer benefits have been removed. This is a dirty little secret that elected officials in Washington on both sides of the aisle do not want you to know.

Are you concerned about this epidemic of death at the hands of illegal aliens? Tell your elected officials what you think.

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01/4/10

Could an Important Ambassadorial Appointment Be Based on D.C. Political Games?

By: Carolyn Cooke
Family Security Matters

In March, 2009, El Salvadoran elections led to a major sea change in the political landscape of the country when a member of the Communist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FLMN) Party, Mauricio Funes, was swept into the presidency. His win marked the end of control by the Party closely allied with the United States since the end of the El Salvadoran Civil War in 1992. El Salvador was America’s closest ally in Latin America.

El Salvador is a country on the edge, suffering from tough economic times with soaring poverty and the emergence of influential drug cartels that threaten the security and the stability of the nation and region. This no doubt contributed to the rise of Funes, a popular young politician who was once a commentator for CNN International. Though having run on a platform of moderating his former militant stance, it is an open question whether President Funes will stay true to his campaign’s move to the middle.

Will El Salvador continue to be allied with the United States or will Funes return to his radical leftist insurgent roots? Funes may choose to form a partnership with the America-hating Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez. Chávez is the FLMN Party’s more natural ally ideologically. The FLMN has increased its ties to Chavez over the past several years. Chávez has been known to be courting the new president.

In light of the ascendency of the Communist Party in El Salvador, one might expect one of the best and most experienced career diplomats to be nominated to become ambassador. After all, the current government has the potential to change from an ally to a threat to the security of the United States and an additional unsettling presence in an increasingly left-leaning region.

However, on December 9, 2009, attorney Mari Carmen Aponte was appointed to represent the United States as an ambassador to El Salvador. Aponte is a political appointee with no diplomatic experience, a tainted past and questionable ideology.

Swirling tales of espionage.

In 1998, Aponte was nominated by then President Bill Clinton to be the ambassador to the Dominican Republic. Aponte was a friend of Hillary Clinton and a big donor to the Democrat Party and causes. In 1993, intelligence gathering found that Aponte, then a member of the Clinton transition team, may have been recruited as a spy for the Cuban government.

When President Clinton announced Aponte’s appointment to the ambassadorship, the late Sen. Jesse Helms, then Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, announced he had a confidential intelligence memo regarding Aponte and her possible connections to Communist Cuba’s Intelligence Agency, Dirección General de Inteligencia (DGI).

A series of articles was done by Insight on the News magazine on Ms. Aponte. They obtained a copy of the Helms’ memo.

An excerpt from “Who’s Guarding the Chicken Coop,” by Jamie Dettmer & Timothy W. Maier:

The memo – written by an intelligence expert working overseas – questioned the lack of a thorough security check into Aponte’s background. The memo also alleged that Aponte was recruited as a “DGI asset.” According to the memo, “When the FBI eventually questioned her about her involvement with Cuban intelligence, she reportedly refused to cooperate, saying that since she was not seeking a permanent White House position she was not subject to a background check.”

Nonetheless, Aponte subsequently was provided a top-secret clearance at the State Department despite serious objections from career officials.

Rumors of Ms. Aponte’s Cuban connections were circulating around Washington, D.C.

From Insight’s “Russian Spies Are Alive, Well”, by J. Michael Waller:

…the FBI learned that Carmen Mari Aponte, an attorney and friend of first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, was living with a man believed to be a Cuban agent who introduced her to Cuban intelligence officers at the interests section. He allegedly gave her a “loan” believed to have come from the Cuban secret service – a loan Aponte never repaid. When questioned by the FBI in 1994, Aponte refused to take a polygraph test.

Dettmer and Maier reported:

Despite the apparent security lapse, the CIA did not object to Aponte’s association with Tamayo because Langley believed it could monitor her, the memo notes. However, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had some tough questions for Aponte. Shortly after it became clear the panel wasn’t going to back off, she withdrew her name, citing personal reasons.

Though eventually given clearance by the FBI, Aponte was never again nominated or appointed to a position in the federal government. The issue of whether there was an attempt to recruit Aponte to spy for Cuban leader Fidel Castro was never resolved.

Ambassadorships for sale?

Prior to President Clinton’s nomination of Aponte to the United States’ ambassadorship to the Dominican Republic, Insight on the News reported on her generous contributions to Democrat Party campaign coffers – $21,400. Aponte also raised money from the Latin community for Democrats.

Theodore Kettle at Newsmax further reports on Mari Carmen Aponte’s gifts, totaling “thousands of dollars” to the Democrat Party and Democrat causes over the years following the Clinton nomination, under such various names as “Maria,” “Marie,” “Mary,”and “Maricarmen,” according to filings with the Federal Elections Commission.

Is the Aponte nomination is another gift to the White House’s radical Hispanic supporters?

Mari Carmen Aponte is a former board member of the radical Hispanic group, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), translated, “The National Council of the Race.” She also served on the board of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund or PRLDEF. The “nonpartisan” NCLR endorsed Obama for president. The administration supports their goal of amnesty for the 12-20 million illegal aliens living in the United States.

The NCLR lauded the appointment of Aponte stating “…I cannot imagine a more qualified person to serve as our country’s ambassador to El Salvador.” What exactly are those qualifications? “She is both a highly accomplished lawyer and a wonderfully compassionate human being,” the press release continued.

The National Council of “the Race” opposes any crack down on illegal aliens in the United States, such as voter identification laws, state and local enforcement legislation and English only measures. They are pro-amnesty for illegal aliens, supporting such amnesty measures as Comprehensive Immigration Reform, the Dream Act and AgJobs. In 2008, they began a campaign to demonize as “racist” leaders in the pro-American sovereignty arena such as Roy Beck of NumbersUSA and Mark Krikorian, the Director of the Center for Immigration Studies. Taxpayer dollars through federal grants are used to support La Raza lobbying efforts to dismantle American sovereignty and should require La Raza to actually be “nonpartisan.” The activities of La Raza are too long chronicle completely in this article.

The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund is a group that has a stated goal of providing legal aide to the Latino community. According to a report done by Judicial Watch, “the organization’s activities reflect a commitment to the worst aspects of liberal judicial activism: identity politics, race baiting, and ethnic favoritism.”

The administration’s payback to these radical anti-American groups is a continuation of a pattern. The first appointee to the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs was Cecilia Munoz, a former vice-president of La Raza. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was a member of La Raza and “a top policy maker” on the Board of Directors of PRLDEF for 12 years.

Will Mari Carmen Aponte be awarded the job of representing the interests of American citizens in El Salvador through her Department of State position? Her friendship with Secretary of State Clinton and her generous support of Democrat causes make her a popular choice in this world of Obama liberalism and corruption.

Aponte’s appointment will have to be confirmed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

If you would like to contact the senators who will be confirming her appointment, see the information below.

Click here for United States Senate contact information.

Chairman: John F. Kerry (MA)
Minority Chairman: Richard Lugar (ID)

Majority Membership:
Christopher Dodd (CT)
Russell Feingold (WI)
Barbara Boxer (CA)
Robert Menendez (NJ)
Benjamin Cardin (MD)
Robert Casey (PA)
Jim Webb (VA)
Jeanne Shaheen (NH)
Edward Kaufman (DE)
Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)
Minority Membership:
Bob Corker (TN)
Johnny Isakson (GA)
James Risch (ID)
Jim Demint (SC)
John Barrasso (WY)
Roger Wicker (MS)
James Inhofe (OK)

Carolyn Cooke is an American citizen activist committed to the preservation of a sovereign United States. She also posts at Family Security Matters.

01/4/10

Personal Accusations About A Private Citizen

By: Carolyn Cooke

Many apologies to Representative Bob Nonini for any mischaracterization of his stand on illegal immigration. I expected him to clarify his position with the reporter at the Spokesman-Review. An article dated December 7, 2009, on the Raul Labrador rally, stated, “supporters included Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, who was part of a gathering of about 20 backers at the Coeur d’Alene resort”. When a retraction never came, I felt justified in clarifying for his constituents what his support of Representative Raul Labrador might mean for Idaho.

After Nonini’s zealous defense of his immigration position, I am excited to know that citizens can count on him in our battle to have meaningful Idaho immigration legislation enacted. Indeed, I welcome Bob Nonini to support Senator Michael Jorgenson’s bulletproof legislation that will secure Idaho jobs for Idaho workers in the worst recession since the Great Depression and save taxpayers some $200,000,000 million per year. Jorgenson’s legislation is written by the leading expert on immigration legislation in the United States, Constitutional Attorney and University of Kansas Law Professor, Kris Kobach.

I invite Representative Nonini to have the courage of his convictions and to stand against those in the state legislature who will knowingly introduce alternative bills that will not stand up in the federal courts–bills that are not worth the paper upon which they are printed.

I encourage Representative Nonini, to forcefully denounce the special interests of the Idaho dairy and agricultural industries that benefit from the taxpayer support of all of the social costs of their illegal immigrant labor.

I have sent Representative Nonini a study of Department of Labor Statistics that proves there are no jobs American citizens will not do for living wages. I would like him to insist on job training for Idaho citizens at community colleges for Ag and Dairy jobs so unemployed Idahoans may support their families.

I am a citizen activist. I belong to no ‘groups’ of citizens in Idaho. I take no responsibility for any emails sent to Bob Nonini by any other disgruntled citizens.

As far as the statement that Senator Jorgenson’s bill failed in the legislature due to ‘sensationalism’ by the good Senator and me, this could not be further from the truth. Senator Jorgenson’s bill was printed by the Senate State Affairs Committee only to be ‘put in the drawer’ by the Chairman of the committee. Draw your own conclusions.

I am a private citizen, not a politician. I believe I represent the majority view of Idahoans on the issue of illegal immigration. I did not attack Bob Nonini personally as he did me. I am suspicious that one of the main purposes of Nonini’s “My Turn” rebuttal was an attempt to discredit me because of my outspokenness on illegal immigration in the state–a void left by the silence of Idaho State elected officials.

I believe Bob Nonini broke new ground as an elected official with his very public and personal accusations about a private citizen.

I do not want this attempt at discrediting or silencing a private citizen to make any patriot less vocal. I most certainly will not be intimidated nor quieted. Look for more such attacks against me or any others with the courage to stand against the special interests and their stronghold on many in the Idaho State legislature.

Carolyn Cooke

01/1/10

House cleaning is needed

By: Carolyn Cooke

Special to The Press

The Idaho State House of Representatives is in serious need of a major ‘house cleaning.’ To begin with, two north Idaho Representatives should be swept out of office.

Rep. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, and Rep. Jim Clark, R-Hayden, have a lot of explaining to do to their constituents because of their support for Idaho State Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Eagle, in the Republican primary to unseat United States Congressman Walt Minnick.

Both call him a “conservative.”

Rep. Labrador rails against tax increases on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol at the same time he speaks out against Sen. Michael Jorgenson’s bill that would force employers to comply with federal immigration law. Idaho taxpayers are paying more than $200 million dollars per year to support illegal immigrants – more than the current Idaho state deficit!

Labrador is an immigration attorney who has admittedly defended illegal aliens in newspaper interviews and on talk radio with Nate Shelman on KBOI.

Immigration attorney Labrador fought to keep an illegal alien smuggler and perpetrator of document fraud from being deported from the United States. The defendant in the case, Xavier Sotelo, was wanted for murder in Mexico.

Labrador is calling for ‘guest worker programs for foreign nationals’ in the worst recession since the Great Depression. Idaho families are out of work and suffering! There are no jobs Americans will not do for living wages – this, according to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics.

Labrador has been on retainer for the Idaho Dairymen’s Association (IDA) to help with ‘migrant labor’ issues, while at the same time serving as an elected member of the Idaho State House of Representatives. The Idaho Dairymen’s Association is an organization that has joined with national groups, such as ImmigrationWorks USA, to promote amnesty for illegal immigrants via Comprehensive Immigration Reform, twice defeated by the American people.

The CEO of ImmigrationWorks USA has stated that the ultimate goal of her organization is achieving a free flow of labor across America’s borders and thus an end to American sovereignty. The IDA also belongs to the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform (ACIR), a group that lobbies the United States Congress for former Sen. Larry Craig’s AgJobs amnesty.

Labrador spoke out in favor of the Dream Act amnesty in a panel discussion before the City Club of Boise as well as for former Sen. Craig’s guest worker program or AgJobs amnesty. The Dream Act is taxpayer funded instate tuition for illegal immigrants with a path to citizenship. Instate tuition is denied to American students and families living in other states. The Dream Act is an amnesty with a huge magnet for further illegal immigration to the United States.

Labrador voted against Idaho State Sen. McGee’s 2007 Senate bill which required verification of legal status to receive public benefits except in emergencies.

How do you think Labrador will vote when amnesties for illegal immigrants once again rear their ugly heads in the Congress of the United States if he is elected?

If former Sen. Craig were to pick a candidate to replace him in Washington, D.C., Labrador would be his choice.

Because of their support for the radical pro-amnesty candidacy of Labrador, the positions of both Reps. Clark and Nonini must be called into question by those who elected them to office.

It is a new day in America and Idaho patriots have no patience with those who seek to undermine the United States Constitution and American sovereignty by supporting the views of candidate Labrador.

Carolyn Cooke is a resident of Coeur d’Alene, ID and an author at NoisyRoom.net and Family Security Matters.

12/23/09

America’s Most Forgotten – Drunk Illegal Alien Causes Christmas Eve Crash; Three Family Members Die

By: Carolyn Cooke
Family Security Matters

Editor’s note: This is the next in a continuing series about the forgotten victims of illegal alien crime – weekly stories you do not see in the mainstream media.

America’s Most Forgotten is dedicated to all of the innocent people and their families who have been victimized by illegal aliens as a result of the refusal of our elected officials to enforce United States immigration law and to secure our borders. Americans remain unprotected from this unwanted invasion of unidentified people from across the world. No region of the country has been spared and the citizens presented come from all walks of life. Crisscrossing the nation, we have a predominantly African-American neighborhood in LA, then we skip to an affluent, successful woman in New York City and then to a rural Mississippi family hoping to escape big city crime and then to a Native American in small town. And on, and on, and on…

On December 23, 2006, Gary Ceran played a convincing Bob Cratchit, the father of Tiny Tim, in a local theater production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Caleb Ceran, 12 years old, and Clarissa Ceran, 17 years old, performed alongside their father as two of his fictional children. They shared his interest in the performing arts. In attendance at the Hale Center Theater production were the rest of the family, wife Cheryl and their two children, Ian, 15, and Julianna, 7.

After the performance, the Ceran family stopped at Walmart for some last-minute Christmas shopping, and then drove home to Cedar Hills, Utah, to celebrate Christmas. At around 2:30 a.m. on December 24th, Carlos Prieto, an illegal alien, intoxicated and driving without a license, ran a red light and broadsided the Ceran vehicle. Cheryl and Ian were killed instantly. Their littlest child, Julianna, died from her injuries after being transported by helicopter to Primary Children’s Medical Center. The rest of the family suffered injuries requiring hospitalization. The wreckage of the vehicle was wrapped around Clarissa’s legs and Caleb suffered from a shoulder injury, broken ribs, and a fractured pelvis.

Gary Ceran had a leg injury as a result of the collision but he scrambled from the wreckage to check on his family. He recalled holding Ian’s head on his lap and stroking his hair as blood poured from his face. Ian had no pulse. He found no sign of life in his wife either.

Gary comforted Caleb, telling him, “We’re going to be all right, buddy.” Caleb said those words were all he remembered from the traumatic event that took his mother and two of his siblings.

Clarissa, a dance major at Brigham Young University, turned 19 on December 26, 2006, in her hospital room. She was able to take small steps and wiggle her toes. This was nothing short of a miracle. Gary Ceran said, “It’s absolutely astonishing to me, not that just that she lived, but I really thought her legs would be lost. When you look at the vehicle and her door and how the car is pushed from the passenger side to the middle of the car, it’s absolutely amazing she’s alive…” Clarissa had dreamed of becoming a dancer.

The Ceran family was described as “the greatest family you could probably ever meet” by a family friend. According to the Daily Herald, five hundred visitors came to the hospital within the first 24 hours after the accident.

The Ceran family belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Gary drew upon a deep faith in God and the support of others to get himself and his remaining son and daughter through their terrible ordeal. Gary believed the ones who survived “were the ones most able to cope with the loss of the others.”

Gary Ceran forgave Preito. He believed it was the right thing to do and quoted scripture from the Bible on forgiveness. Mr. Ceran said, “I want Carlos to know I forgive him,” Ceran said through tears. “Hasn’t there been enough suffering?”

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11/18/09

America’s Most Forgotten – Legally Licensed Illegal Alien Drunk Driver Kills Marine, Date

By: Carolyn Cooke
Family Security Matters

Editor’s note: This is the next in a continuing series about the forgotten victims of illegal alien crime – weekly stories you do not see in the mainstream media.

America’s Most Forgotten is dedicated to all of the innocent people and their families who have been victimized by illegal aliens as a result of the refusal of our elected officials to enforce United States immigration law and to secure our borders. Americans remain unprotected from this unwanted invasion of unidentified people from across the world. No region of the country has been spared and the citizens presented come from all walks of life. Crisscrossing the nation, we have a predominantly African-American neighborhood in LA, then we skip to an affluent, successful woman in New York City and then to a rural Mississippi family hoping to escape big city crime and then to a Native American in small town. And on, and on, and on…

Marine Corporal Brian Mathews was home on a three-day leave for the 2006 Thanksgiving holiday. He had finished an eight-month tour of duty in Iraq and was planning to leave the military in June, 2007. Corporal Mathews, 21 years old, had enlisted in the Marines on his 17th birthday.

Brian’s mom, Trudy, had been worried about her son’s decision to enlist. This trip home was a rare moment of peace for her.

“He felt on top of his world,” Mrs. Mathews said. “He was real happy. Very, very happy.”

Brian told his mom how Southwest Airlines had let him board first and thanked him for his service to the country over the intercom on the plane. He had plans to see his family and attend another friend’s 21st birthday party while home.

After finishing Thanksgiving dinner with his family, Brian was picked up by his date, Jennifer Bower, 24 years old, from Columbia, Maryland. They were on their second date, having been introduced by a couple whose wedding they attended the previous June. While Brian was stationed at Camp Pendleton they continued to keep in frequent contact.

Brian and Jennifer were waiting for the red light to change at the intersection of Route 175 and Route 108 in Jennifer’s Toyota Corolla. Eduardo Morales-Soriano, an illegal alien with a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit, slammed into their car, spinning it around and crashing the windshield. Morales-Soriano, stepped out of his Nissan Sentra, shaking his head and sat down on the guard rail according to witnesses. He had a valid Maryland driver’s license.

Jennifer and Brian were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center where they died. When the Mathews arrived, Brian was on life support but an MRI showed no blood flow to the brain. He never gained consciousness and was pronounced dead on Friday morning.

Trudy Mathews recalled her son donating his organs when he went to renew his driver’s license, “I asked him if he really wanted to do that, and he said, ‘Sure, why wouldn’t I? I don’t need them and it could save people.’ That’s exactly what happened. His heart was matched right there at the hospital. And it’s a good heart, a very good heart.”

Brian M. Mathews, Corporal United States Marine Corps Iraq, was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on November 29, 2006.

Jennifer Bower and Brian Mathews shared a commitment of service to others.

Jennifer was buried on her 25th birthday. Friends gathered to “remember and celebrate” her life. Described as “infectious and outgoing”, Jennifer was working on a master’s degree in community counseling at Marymount University. She was also an intern at a halfway house working with addicts.

Jennifer wrote on her MySpace profile, “There is nothing better than the feeling of being able to help others.”

At the sentencing hearing of Morales-Soriano the judge read a statement about Jennifer: “She had a kind heart and a great potential for helping others. We will always cherish who she is and what she brought to each of us.”

Brian Mathews wanted to be in the armed services from the age of three, family members recalled. He began playing with GI Joe and wanted to follow in the foot steps of his father, Bill Mathews, and older brother, Kyle Mathews. Brian’s father was a Marine who served in Vietnam and is a retired Navy Captain. Kyle was a Navy pilot and now flies for the Navy Reserves. His older sister Heather is a Naval Criminal Intelligence Service investigator.

Childhood friends recalled Halloweens when Brian dressed in fatigues or as a secret service agent. Playing in the snow, he would ambush them “camouflaged in snowballs.”

On May 28, 2008, Judge Louis Becker sentenced Morales-Soriano to 10 years in prison and five years probation after he pleaded guilty to two counts of automobile manslaughter, avoiding a jury trial. Morales-Soriano may be deported after he serves his sentence. The judge stated his immigration status was a factor in the sentencing.

After months of attending court hearings and rarely discussing the case publically, the Mathews family spoke after the trial to express their frustration with the sentencing.

Trudy Mathews stated, “I am not going to get consolation from this.” She said, “It is ironic, because he (Brian) fought for the system and it failed him.”

Morales-Soriano’s attorney, Brad Goldbloom, said after sentencing that he was surprised his client’s immigration status was a factor.

Morales had been in the country illegally for a year. During this time, he had been charged with four counts related to a drunk driving arrest in Howard County. This case was dropped. Morales-Soriano was never prosecuted, nor was his license suspended.

With Thanksgiving approaching, families and friends must once again deal with the loss of these two young people who should be seated at their family tables enjoying a festive occasion if not for the failure of our federal government to uphold immigration law. An Iraqi war veteran and American hero and a lovely, dedicated young woman, both with bright futures were taken not only from their families on that Thanksgiving night, but America lost two bright stars.

Americans should not have to live in fear in their own neighborhoods.

Enforcement legislation, passed by a few states, has led illegal aliens to leave because the magnets of jobs and taxpayer benefits have been removed. This is a dirty little secret that elected officials in Washington on both sides of the aisle do not want you to know.

Are you concerned about this epidemic of death at the hands of illegal aliens? Tell your elected officials what you think.

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FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Carolyn Cooke is an American citizen activist committed to the preservation of a sovereign United States.