"It is sad when in America, we can not have an American rally and a fundraiser at the same time," Aiken announced on the BorderFest Web site.
Meanwhile, we now have a better understanding of why Congressman J.D. Hayworth laid into Gov. Janet Napolitano over her efforts to get emergency disaster funds to help compensate for the damage caused by illegal immigration. Last week, Hayworth released his own "Enforcement First" immigration-reform bill, which calls for using the U.S. military to guard the border, adding 10,000 new Border Patrol agents and 1,250 new Customs officers. It also includes $2.5 billion for better technology.
"We must send a different message: zero tolerance of illegal immigration," Hayworth said in a prepared statement.
The bill does not include a guest-worker program, but does hammer companies that hire illegal immigrants with $50,000 fines for every undocumented migrant on the payroll, as well as a threat of jail time. Bet that will go over well on K Street!
Meanwhile, the morning daily reports that 1.1 million apprehensions were made in the Tucson Sector in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, which was 2 percent lower than last year. Say, does that mean the Minutemen are making a difference?
Speaking of the Minutemen, they were back on patrol this week in an area they call the "Huachuca Line." Also, they're desperate for your cash donations, judging from the e-mails that keep popping up in our mailbox.
Also on Thursday, Sept. 29, officers shot and killed Miguel A. Kovrig Sr., 40, after responding to a domestic-violence report and finding Kovrig standing in the street in front of his house in the 700 block of West Harlan Street, waving a gun around. Kovrig ignored commands to drop his weapon.
Later that day, a state trooper assigned to the anti-drug task force was conducting undercover surveillance related to a kidnapping near North Silverbell Road and West Sweetwater Drive when Jose Roberto Solano, 22, walked up to his 2003 Ford F-150, placed a gun to the officer's head and pulled the trigger. The pistol evidently jammed, saving the officer's life. A gunfight quickly ensued between the officer and Solano, who fled with an accomplice in the Ford pickup, which was recovered about 10 hours later.
Early Saturday morning, police killed the 22-year-old suspected gunman in a shootout near Swan and Skyline roads. Three other suspects were arrested in the case.