DOBBS: Washington's failure to seriously address this nation's illegal
immigration crisis is now a worsening public safety crisis.
Tonight, immigration officials are simply unable to explain how an illegal
alien could have been arrested more than a dozen times on criminal charges
and was never once deported -- all of this as our nation's very sovereignty
is under assault from our growing relationship with the Mexican government.
We have two reports tonight, Lisa Sylvester from Washington on this nation's
inability to protect American citizens from illegal alien criminals. And
Bill Tucker reports on a new North American partnership that gives Mexico
further control over this nation's dwindling sovereignty, its economy, and
our very security.
We begin with Lisa Sylvester -- Lisa.
June 21 06
LISA SYLVESTER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, a Nashville couple was killed two
weeks ago in a tragic accident that many say should have been prevented.
SYLVESTER (voice-over): Nashville residents Donna and Sean Wilson were
headed to the grocery store. They never made it. Their silver Buick was hit
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: All of a sudden, I heard just real screeching, you
know, tires and everything. And I heard, bam, and then another bam, and then
SYLVESTER: The driver of the other vehicle has been identified as Gustavo
Garcia Rayes. Police found open cans of beer in his suburban, the tags on
the vehicle expired.
Rayes has a lengthy rap sheet, four DUIs, five driving on a revoked license,
two counts of resisting arrest, two counts of leaving the scene of an
accident, more than 14 offenses in total. Rayes should not have been
driving. In fact, he should not have even been in the country. Nashville
authorities say he's an illegal alien. Despite repeated run-ins with police,
he was never deported.
The Nashville Police Department says federal officials were notified.
DON AARON, NASHVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT: In Nashville, when a person from
another country, another nationality, is booked into our system, an
automated process alerts federal authorities in Vermont at a federal
clearinghouse. What action is taken from there, I don't know. SYLVESTER: In
a statement, Immigration and Customs Enforcement acknowledged receiving four
separate inquiries over a two-year period for Gustavo Rayes or Gustavo
Garcia. At the time of each of these inquiries, ICE was not aware that these
appeared to relate to a single individual.
Nothing was done. The Center for Immigration Studies says this is not an
STEVE CAMAROTA, CENTER FOR IMMIGRATION STUDIES: We have numerous cases of
people committing serious crimes, not being deported, and then going on to
committing additional crimes.
SYLVESTER: Federal immigration officials have placed a detainer on Rayes, a
little too late for Sean and Donna Wilson.
SYLVESTER: Rayes has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and is being
held without bond.
He's represented by the public defender's office. And they declined to
comment on the ongoing case -- Lou.
DOBBS: Lisa, thank you very much -- Lisa Sylvester.
The Bush administration's open-borders policy and its decision to ignore the
enforcement of this country's immigration laws is part of a broader agenda.
President Bush signed a formal agreement that will end the United States as
we know it, and he took the step without approval from either the U.S.
Congress or the people of the United States.
Bill Tucker reports.
BILL TUCKER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The Security and Prosperity
Partnership of North America sounds benign, hardly like a policy that
critics call NAFTA on steroids. It's a deal that few have even heard of.
REP. MARCY KAPTUR (D), OHIO: It's being done, again, by very few people at
the very top, on behalf of the investment class. But the working class of
people, political officials across our country from communities, from cities
and so forth, they don't know anything about this.
TUCKER: Yet, it was agreed to by Mexico's President Fox, Canada's Prime
Minister Martin, and President Bush in 2005.
The administration officials counter their critics by saying everything
about SPP is on the White House Web site. And they say the partnership is
not a treaty, but more of an outline of priorities between the United
States, Mexico and Canada. Still, some wonder why there haven't been public
discussions about the goals being pursued. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This SPP
includes, for instance, a committee that is sitting down to harmonize our
meat inspection and food safety. So, how far away from a trade agreement can
your dining room table and what you feed your kids be?
TUCKER: Other parts of the agreement mention border security as an issue,
which include all of North America. In fact, the name of the agreement is
not Security and Prosperity of the United States, but of North America.
PETER MORICI, PROFESSOR OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND:
When we elect officials, we expect them to act on our behalf. When we get
involved in cooperative frameworks with other countries for joint regulation
of fisheries or rail transportation or the skies, we're basically sharing
our sovereignty with that government and outsourcing some of what we give
our elected officials.
TUCKER: As disturbing as some find SPP, there is legislation in the House
introduced by Florida's Katherine Harris that closely resembles the goals of
TUCKER: Included in that bill is a section which calls for the securing of
Mexico's southern border by the United States and Canada.
Lou, that's not the border with the United States. That's the border they
share with Belize and Guatemala.
DOBBS: The idea that the White House would respond that this is on their Web
site, this involves intricate workings amongst the Commerce Department of
this country and Canada and Mexico's, of course.
A regional prosperity and security program? This is absolute ignorance. And
the fact that we are -- we reported this, we should point out, when it was
signed. But, as we watch this thing progress, these working groups are
continuing. They're intensifying. What in the world are these people
TUCKER: Well, they say, look, these are a declaration and an outline of our
And when I called them today, Lou, they said I was the first phone call they
had received literally since the deal was first signed. So, people are not
paying attention. And they're letting them, in fact, get away with this.
DOBBS: You know, I was asked the other day about whether or not I really
thought the American people had the stomach to stand up and stop this
nonsense, this direction from a group of elites, an absolute contravention
of our law, of our Constitution, every national value.
And I hope, I pray that I'm right when I said yes. But this is -- I mean,
this is beyond belief.
Bill Tucker, thank you very much.
It brings us to the subject of our poll tonight: Do you think maybe somebody
should take a vote if we're going to merge the United States with Canada and
Mexico, maybe, you know, people like you and me vote? Yes or no. Please cast
your vote at LouDobbs.com. We will have the results here later in the
"Lou Dobbs Tonight" commissioned a poll to gauge the will of the people on
the issues of illegal immigration and border security. We believe it is the
most comprehensive national poll that has been conducted in decades on these
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