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UPDATE: Debate On Illegal Immigration Bills Stalled - Bills Target People Who Harbor, Transport Illegal Immigrants
AP, June 3, 2008

BATON ROUGE -- A state Senate committee Tuesday decided to delay voting on a set of bills aimed at discouraging illegal immigration.

One of the bills would make it illegal to knowingly transport illegal immigrants. Another would ban the harboring of such immigrants, and still another spells out requirements for police to try to determine the status of any foreign nationals they arrest.

Opponents of the bills, which have been approved in the House, have argued that immigration is a federal matter. Also, there has been opposition from religious and other groups fearing that their members could be subject to arrest just for giving someone a ride to a job, to get groceries or to a medical appointment.
Ex-worker pleads guilty to murder - docked pay caused man to set fire to Mandeville condominium
By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch for the Times-Picayune, 2/21/08

A Mexican immigrant pleaded guilty on Wednesday to first-degree murder for killing two co-workers in a fire he set at a Mandeville condominium in 2005.

Alejandro Orozco-Benitez, 30, accepted St. Tammany Assistant District Attorney Bruce Dearing's plea agreement on Wednesday morning in Covington, and state Judge William Burris subsequently sentenced him to life in prison for the crime.

Orozco-Benitez, of Palmar Chico, Mexico, pleaded guilty to avoid the possible death penalty he would have faced if the case had gone to a jury trial, prosecutors said.

Orozco-Benitez had been hired to work at the restaurant about a week before the incident. In the subsequent investigation, it turned out he was an illegal immigrant who had been deported three times.
Remaining illegal immigrants to go home after long jail stay in St. Tammany Parish
By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch for the Times-Picayune, 12/27/07

Three men may soon return home to Central America after being held for more than eight months in state prison without a single state charge leveled against them.

On Thursday, state Judge William J. Burris in Covington authorized the release of the men, illegal immigrants who have been held in the St. Tammany Parish jail as material witnesses to their friend's murder near Slidell.

Last Friday, the judge ordered that three of the men's friends, also illegal immigrants, be released from the state's material witness hold and turned over to federal officials for deportation.
Immigration Backlash
By Matt Saldaña for the Times-Picayune, 12/24/07

The Southern Poverty Law Center has devoted its Winter 2007 Intelligence Report to documenting a racially-fueled backlash against Latino immigrants, perpetuated among both fringe white-supremacy groups and mainstream media, including CNN's “Lou Dobbs Tonight.” One of Dobb's frequent guests, Dan Stein, is president of the SPLC-designated hate group, Federation for American Immigration Reform, whose ties to eugenics the Intelligence Report also covers in its Winter 2007 issue.