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Thursday
Oct062011

Woman Who Killed, Ate Husband Denied Parole

Hemera/Thinkstock(CHOWCILLA, Calif.) -- A California woman has been denied parole from a 25-years-to-life prison term she's been serving for killing her husband -- and then cooking and eating some of his remains.

Omaima Nelson, a former nanny and model whom prosecutors compared to the fictional cannibal Hannibal Lecter, was convicted in 1993 of second-degree murder in the death of her 56-year-old husband, William. A psychiatrist testified that she was probably psychotic at the time of the killing.

Nelson, a native of Egypt who was 23 at the time of the murder, will not again be eligible for parole for 15 years, or until 2026, according to a prosecutor at her parole hearing, Randy Pawloski.

Nelson was not represented by an attorney as she appeared before parole commissioners at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowcilla, Calif.

She was denied parole partly because, according to Pawloski, she shows no remorse, takes no responsibility for her actions and still blames the victims.

Over Thanksgiving weekend in 1991, prosecutors said Nelson pulled out a pair of scissors and stabbed her husband in their apartment in Costa Mesa, Calif. She then cut off her husband's head and genitals.

According to the DA's office, Nelson cooked her husband's hands in oil, boiled the head and placed it in the freezer. She later used a garbage disposal to get rid of the chopped-up body parts.

Nelson claimed she was acting in self-defense because her husband was sexually assaulting her; prosecutors claimed that she was probably planning to rob him. They said she enlisted the help of two ex-boyfriends to remove her husband's teeth so his remains could not be identified.

Nelson previously tried to seek parole in 2006, but was denied after prosecutors argued she was a still a threat.

The case is listed as one of the 50 most notorious crimes in Orange County history.

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Thursday
Oct062011

Two Missing Colorado Boys Found in Phoenix

Christopher Ihinger, left, and Danny Eberly disappeared in western Colorado. (San Miguel County Sheriff's Office)(PHOENIX) -- Two boys missing in western Colorado since Sunday have been found safe in Phoenix, according to authorities there.

The boys, 12-year-old Christopher Ihinger and 14-year-old Danny Eberly, both of Telluride, disappeared while on an outing with Christopher's dad, Aaron, and his hiking partner, according to the San Miguel County Sheriff's Office.

The boys are now in custody, unharmed, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

"The boys admitted to running away, to taking the truck and driving it to Phoenix," read a statement issued by the San Miguel County Sheriff's Office. "They were apprehended by the Phoenix Police Department after being suspected of committing some crimes."

Authorities in western Colorado spent three days combing broad swaths of wilderness near Telluride in search of the two boys.

Aaron Ihinger told police he last saw them Sunday morning, when he left the boys near a boat ramp in the Big Gypsum Valley of San Miguel County to go rock climbing. When he returned a few hours later, both of the boys were gone.

"It is unknown at this time the events that occurred that got them [to Phoenix], but the boys are in the custody of the Phoenix Police Department," the San Miguel County Sheriff's Office statement states. "Sheriff's investigators had learned that it was highly probable that the boys had planned to run away."

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Thursday
Oct062011

Manhunt Continues for 'Disgrunted Worker' Accused of Killing Three

Comstock/ThinkstockBREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Police have shot suspect Shareef Allman, according to ABC News San Francisco affiliate KGO-TV. His condition was not immediately known.

(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Police in Cupertino, Calif., are still hunting for a man that went on a shooting rampage at the Permanente Quarry early Wednesday, leaving three people dead and six wounded.

According to law enforcement officials, suspect Shareef Allman, who is in his 40's, also wounded the driver of a vehicle during a carjacking.

Allmann was still at-large as of early Thursday.

Santa Clara County sheriff's Sgt. Jose Cardoza said that Allman, described as a "disgruntled worker," walked into the quarry at around 4:15 a.m. with a pistol and rifle and opened fire. According to witnesses, the incident lasted less than two minutes.

Allman has a minor criminal record. He is also a community TV host who preaches about non-violence.

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Thursday
Oct062011

QC Mart Employee Wins Case against "The Boss from Hell" 

Getty(BETTANDORF, Iowa) -- The owner of an Iowa convenience store chain has been called "the boss from hell" by a former worker who claims he offered prize money to employees who predicted which of their colleagues would be fired next.

A judge deciding an unemployment benefits case involving William Ernst, the owner of a Bettandorf, Iowa-based chain of QC Marts, found his "contest" to be "egregious and deplorable."

According to court records, Ernst issued a memo to workers in March that read, "NEW CONTEST - GUESS THE NEXT CASHIER WHO WILL BE FIRED !!!"

The memo explained the rules of a game in which employees were told to write the name of the next cashier they thought would be fired, along with the date and their own name on a piece of paper. Those who guessed correctly would win a $10 prize.

"And no fair picking Mike Miller from Rockingham," the memo added in boldfaced capital letters. "He was fired at around 11:30 a.m. today for wearing a had [sic] and talking on his cell phone. Good luck!!!!"

Misty Shelsky of Davenport, Iowa, had worked at a QC Mart for two years as a cashier. The 32-year-old mother of three initially thought the memo was a prank. When she found out the contest was not a joke, she, her store manager, and two others quit.

"It made me physically ill to think about writing someone's name down," she said. "These are my friends. And it made me sick to think someone would do that to me. Everyone's head was on the chopping block."

When Shelsky applied for unemployment benefits, Ernst contested the claim, saying she had left voluntarily.

Shelsky said she had little choice.

"That memo created an extremely hostile [environment] for us and it pitted employee against employee," she said.

Court records also include letters from other QC Mart employees who called the contest "bizarre and unprofessional." Another said it "created an atmosphere of distrust, intimidation and paranoia."

In the hearing before a judge, Anna DeFrieze, a supervisor with QC Marts, defended the contest. She said it took aim at employees who had a history of disregarding company policy.

"This fax was meant toward employees, like Misty herself, who refused to follow the rules," DeFrieze said. "If you're breaking the rules you need to stop. They're repeatedly told not to use their phones while working. Bad language is unacceptable. Playing video games, unacceptable. ... None of them was doing their jobs. "

But, the judge ruled in Shelsky's favor, saying she should not be barred from receiving unemployment insurance because, although she quit, she had "good cause attributable to the employer."

In her written decision, Administrative Law Judge Susan D. Ackerman said that Ernst "clearly created a hostile work environment by suggesting employees turn on each other for a minimal monetary prize."

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Thursday
Oct062011

Steve Jobs Dead at 56

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Steve Jobs, the mastermind behind Apple's iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac and iTunes, has died in California. Jobs was 56.

Steve Jobs’ family Wednesday made the following statement regarding his death:

"Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family. In his public life, Steve was known as a visionary; in his private life, he cherished his family. We are thankful to the many people who have shared their wishes and prayers during the last year of Steve’s illness; a website will be provided for those who wish to offer tributes and memories. We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief."

In the world of high technology, Steve Jobs was a rock star. In his trademark black turtle neck and blue jeans he made computers and gadgets cool and easy to use.

He was the driving force behind the iPhone, iPod and iTunes, changing the way we buy and listen to music and watch video. Jobs was obsessed with the look of the products and demanded they be sleek, stylish and a step or three ahead of the competition.

"There's an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love. I skate where the puck is going to be not where it's been. And we've always tried to do that at Apple," Jobs once said.

A college drop out, Jobs famously launched Apple Computer in 1976 in his parent's garage with his partner Steve Wozniak. In no time, the duo was churning out computers and challenging the concept of what a computer should be.

The Macintosh was billed as the first user friendly computer and helped make Jobs a millionaire by the age of 25.

Still he was forced out of his own company, driving him to start Next computer and buy what would become Pixar animation.

In the 90's Jobs returned to Apple, which had languished in his absence. He quickly turned it around by continuing his pursuit of what he called "insanely great products."
 
By then, Jobs had become synonymous with Apple, so in 2008 the stock tumbled when the cancer survivor appeared gaunt. He took a medical leave of absence while undergoing a liver transplant. But he returned armed with fresh inspiration and the iPad, which quickly became the must-have gadget of 2010.
 
However, in August 2011, Jobs announced his resignation.
 
In a letter to Apple's Board of Directors, Steve Jobs wrote:

"I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately that day has come."
 
Even in better times Jobs was often criticized for his temper and ego -- but no-one ever doubted his passion to make products that would change the world.

In an email Wednesday, Apple executive and successor to Steve Jobs, Tim Cook informed Apple employees of Jobs' passing:

Team,

I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.

Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.

We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email rememberingsteve@apple.com.

No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.

Tim

Steve Jobs once said, "I want to put a ding in the universe."

No question, he did.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Oct052011

Steve Jobs Fan at Apple Store: ‘I Had to…Come Here to Honor Him’

ABC News Radio(NEW YORK) -- Inside an Apple store on 59th Street in New York City, it was business as usual Wednesday night -- even after the death of Apple’s founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs.

Two of the resident “geniuses” were busy explaining the new processor in the iPhone 4S to a rapt customer. They said they were not allowed to comment on Jobs’ passing -- nor, for that matter, would any of their colleagues or a manager. They would not even comment on whether or not they were not allowed to comment.

A security guard said security was told to pick up any flowers and remove anything like a shrine.

But Apple fans at the store had plenty to say.

One man started bawling, iPad in arms, when asked how he felt about Jobs’ death.

Jessica Mellow, 26, of New York City’s Harlem neighborhood, said she and a friend have been taking turns sitting in line in front of the store for nine days awaiting the new iPhone. The two still had nine more to go.

“When I’m in an Apple store, it feels like being with family,” she said. “And I think that goes back to him [Jobs]. He created THIS. The people here want to help you and that says a lot about him.”

Of Jobs’ death from unspecified causes, she said of the man who has battled a type of pancreatic cancer: “It just shows no matter rich or poor, male or female, cancer doesn’t discriminate.”

David Del Toro, 37, of Miami, said he was at the store because “I felt that I had to do something, to come here, to honor him.”

Why?

“For all he did, his inventions, the way he changed technology and communications," Del Toro said. “I felt I was obligated, in a way, just to say, 'Thank you.’”

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Wednesday
Oct052011

Steve Jobs Spoke of Death in 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech

Matthew Staver/Bloomberg News/Getty(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Shortly after the news of Steve Jobs’ death spread around the world via Twitter, Facebook and other social media, so did his 2005 Stanford commencement speech.

Why? Because in his speech, Jobs took a somber moment to talk about his impending death and the importance of living life to the fullest.

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life,” Jobs said that day.

“No one wants to die,” he added. "Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet, death is the destination we all share.”

“Your time is limited,” Jobs added. ”So don’t waste it living someone else’s life....Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”

Read the full text of Steve Jobs’ commencement address delivered at Stanford University on June 12, 2005:

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today, I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first six months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” They said: “Of course.” My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.

And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents’ savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.

It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned Coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:

Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating.

None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.

Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

My second story is about love and loss.

I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents' garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.

I really didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down – that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.

I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.

I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

My third story is about death.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I’m fine now.

This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960′s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors and Polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Thank you all very much.


Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Oct052011

'Dangerous' Boyfriend-Girlfriend Duo Wanted for Murder Arrested 

Oregon State Police Handout(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- A boyfriend-girlfriend duo allegedly linked to a brutal murder and two disappearances was apprehended by a highway patrol officer Wednesday afternoon north of Sacramento, Calif., after a police officer recognized the car the couple was driving.

Earlier Wednesday, a manhunt for the couple had led cops to Willamette Valley, Ore., where they found the body of a young man.

The unidentified body was discovered near where the suspects, David Joseph Pedersen, 31, and Holly Grigsby, 24, were seen over the weekend.

When spotted, the suspects were believed to be driving a 1999 white Plymouth Breeze that belonged to a man named Cody Myers. Myers, 19, was last seen on the morning of Oct. 1 when he left his home in Lafayette, Ore.

"We can't say for certain at this time that [the body] is Cody. However, his family has been warned," said Don Thomson, public information officer for the Marion County Sheriff's Office. "It's clear the death was not accidental."

Pedersen and Grigsby have been on the run since Sept. 28, when Pedersen's stepmother, Leslie Pedersen, 69, was found stabbed to death in her Everett, Wash., mobile home.

Leslie Pedersen was found in bed, her hands bound with duct tape and her head wrapped in a pillow soaked with blood. A sword lay nearby.

"We have detrimental evidence that gives us probable cause to arrest David Joseph Pedersen and Holly Grigsby," said Sgt. Robert Goetz of the Everett Police Department.

He declined to elaborate, but added, "Mrs. Pedersen was killed in a very brutal way."

Police are still looking for Leslie Pedersen's husband, David Jones Pedersen, 56. They do not consider David Pedersen a suspect, but he has been missing since his wife's murder.

"It's extremely troubling to us. We haven't heard from anyone or had any clues to his whereabouts," said Goetz. "We consider him endangered at this point."

A 2010 Black Jeep Patriot was missing from Pedersen's home.

The pair was seen in Willamette Valley, Ore., several times this past weekend in Myers' Plymouth Breeze, police said.

Earlier this week, Grigsby attempted to use a stolen credit card in a Salem, Ore., convenience store, while surveillance footage captured the distinctive looking Pedersen, who has extensive tattoos, waiting in the car, according to authorities.

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Wednesday
Oct052011

Missing Baby's Parents Make Emotional Plea for Her Return

KMBC-TV(KANSAS CITY, Mo) -- The mother of 10-month-old Lisa Irwin clutched a Barney stuffed animal today and pleaded for the life of her missing girl.

"We just want our baby back," said Lisa's mother, Deborah Netts, through sobs and tears while hugging the Barney plush toy. "Please. Bring her home. Our two other boys are waiting for her."

The infant disappeared from her crib in the couple's home in Kansas City, Mo., after being put to bed by her mother.

"On Monday night or Tuesday morning, our daughter Lisa was taken from our home and we just urge anyone with any information as to where she is or who she's with to please call the tip hotline or the police," said Lisa's father, Jeremy Irwin, in a trembling voice. "Anything, even the smallest bit of information, could help lead to her return."

"Anybody that might have her, they can drop her off anyplace safe, fire station, hospital church, no questions asked," Irwin said.

The parents, who are engaged to be married, did not stay in their home last night, according to ABC's Kansas City affiliate, KMBC. They returned to their house around noon Wednesday to pick up some baggage, but they are staying at an undisclosed location.

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Wednesday
Oct052011

Sec. Napolitano Blames Congress for Border Security, Immigration Reform Issues

United States Department of Homeland Security(WASHINGTON) -- At a speech at American University in Washington on Wednesday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano forcefully defended the administration’s immigration policy.

She both aimed to set the record straight on the issue, and put the burden on Congress to act now on immigration reform.

"We know the immigration system needs to be updated, and we committed then, and continue today, to seek reforms that make sense and are meaningful." Napolitano said, "But Congress hasn’t acted and states continue to pass a patchwork of their own laws in an attempt to fill the void.  It is this Administration’s position that Congress needs to take up immigration reform once and for all.  We have put forward our ideas and are ready to act quickly and collaboratively to support passage of reforms that make sense."

Napolitano claimed that previous efforts at immigration enforcement policies such as work site enforcement raids, neighborhood sweeps, and going after college students made “no sense.”

"Using the claim that the border is not secure as a reason to block immigration reform is not reasonable.  We are continuing to answer the call, and for the last two and a half years, have seen dramatic declines in illegal immigration and dramatic increases in seizures."

She also maintained that the ICE is more focused now on targeting criminal aliens who actually pose a threat to public safety and that “removing people unlawfully in the country who have been booked into jail” will continue to be a “top priority.”

Napolitano voiced support for the DHS-ICE program, Secure Communities, which acts to cross check offenders in jail with FBI and ICE databases that are looking for criminal offenders.

When asked about laws that states have passed to deal with specific immigration laws, Napolitano responded “If states are acting individually, that’s because Congress hasn’t acted.”

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