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Glenn Spencer -- Feb. 24
Eyewitness tells of seeing high ranking officials at Montezuma Pass
    A retired trial lawyer was visiting Montezuma Pass mid-day yesterday when the spotted a large group of people, most of whom were in U.S. Park Service or U.S. Border Patrol uniforms. The witness reported that one of the visitors was out of uniform and, he said, "I had the distinct impression he was the man in charge of our Park Service". "The group seemed to be concentrating on the area to the west of Montezuma Pass where the new border camera towers are supposed to go," he added.
    The witness was at Montezuma Pass because he was en route to check out ABP's story about ongoing construction of border camera towers.
    "I live fairly close to the Coronado Monument, so it wasn't a long drive for me," he told ABP.
    It may well be that the officials were at Montezuma Pass investigating claims by ABP that the border towers would be ineffective and its demands that construction be halted until President Trump's border "wall" plan is completed.
    It is noteworthy that Breitbart recently called for the firing of Mark Borkowski, the CBP Asst. Commissioner with a long list of failures, who contracted for the towers.

February 24, 2017

JCC Police arrest illegal alien on drug and gun charges  
Investigators from the James City County Police Department arrested a James City County resident Friday afternoon following a search of an apartment located in the 4900 block of Grand Strand Drive in Williamsburg. -- As part of an ongoing drug investigation, deputies assigned to the Tri Rivers Drug Task Force arrested 30-year-old Myles Matthew Straker, an undocumented immigrant from Trinidad and Tobago who was living within the county, around 1:30 p.m. Friday.......

Fox News        
Malkin: Let's Stop Calling Them Sanctuary Cities, 'They're Outlaw Cities'   
Michelle Malkin, senior editor of Conservative Review, joined "Fox & Friends" Wednesday to discuss her views on so-called sanctuary cities. -- "First of all, we have to stop calling these places sanctuary cities. They're outlaw cities. These are safe spaces for criminality, and people are sick and tired of it," she said.......

Undocumented or DACAmented, Our Deportation Fears Remain Strong  
What is it like to be undocumented? What is like to be DACAmented? Answers to these questions vary, because there is not one essential undocumented or DACAmented experience. But precarity is the one thing that, in my opinion, undocumented and DACAmented people experience in common. At some point in our lives we have felt that at any moment, all that we hold dear to us can be gone. This is the same uncertainty I experienced during my junior year of high school when I did not know if college was a possibility without being an economic stressor on my family.......

Daily Caller        
Reminder: It Wasn't The DHS Memo That Put Illegal Immigrants At Risk Of Deportation 
President Donald Trump has not put “millions” of illegal immigrants at risk of deportation, as several high-pitched headlines indicate. The vast majority of people living in the country illegally put themselves at risk when they chose to break U.S. law. -- The press is aflurry with headlines declaring a new “threat of deportation” for the 10 to 15 million illegal immigrants living in the country, because the Trump administration has instructed immigration officials to enforce the law.......

February 23, 2017

OC Register         
Police ID suspect in rape, murder of Costa Mesa woman 20 years ago  
Police investigators announced on Thursday they have a suspect in the rape and murder of 26-year-old Sunny Adrienne Sudweeks, found dead in her home two decades ago. -- Now, the process begins to get the man, believed to be in Mexico [Puerto Escondido, Oax.] into custody. -- The case of the February 1997 death ran cold, but investigators began to re-examine it in November and have identified Felipe Vianney Hernandez Tellez as the prime suspect. -- He was 23 at the time and a Santa Ana resident.......

DREAMer Arrested For Allegedly Smuggling Illegal Alien Into The US  
A 22-year-old undocumented immigrant with protection from deportation who was arrested on suspicion of smuggling someone into the US illegally has been isolated from getting legal aid, his attorney claimed Thursday. -- Jesus Alonso Arreola-Robles is a recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program created by Obama through an executive order that gives so-called DREAMers the right to work in the US and protects them from deportation.......

LA Daily News          
Trump's asylum rule already changing the border  
On a recent gray morning, a group of Haitian migrants chatted idly on a quiet corner in downtown Tijuana, near the U.S. border, speaking French and eating Creole and exchanging cellphone chargers to use later in a nearby Starbucks. -- Among them was Rene Raphael, a 28-year-old former medical student. -- Like most of the roughly 4,000 Haitians now staying in shelters in Tijuana, Raphael has spent the past few years as a nomad......

The Week         
Austin school teachers have been warned against giving students information about immigrant rights 
After at least 51 undocumented immigrants were arrested in Austin and San Antonio last Thursday and Friday, part of a broad and controversial raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in at least six states, some students in Austin started staying home from school out of fear of what could happen to them or their families. A local teachers' organization, Education Austin, started providing its members with information for students on immigration lawyers and what to do if ICE agents question them or come to their doors. But on Tuesday, the Austin Independent School District told teachers and other public school employees to stop it.......

ICE Captures Illegal Alien Wanted For Chopping Up Two Men With Machete
U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement special agents announced the arrest in North Carolina of an at-large fugitive alien wanted for the brutal machete murder of two men back in Honduras. -- According to a statement, ICE special agents captured and arrested Francisco Escobar-Orellana at his home in North Carolina as part of a targeted operation run by ICE Homeland Security Investigations teams. Escobar is wanted in his home country of Honduras for allegedly brutally slaying two men to death with a machete at a liquor store more than 20-years-ago in 1993.......

Morning Call        
Rape investigation leads to illegals in Palmerton  
A sexual assault allegation against two undocumented immigrants in Palmerton led to the arrest of three other men who were also in the country illegally, officials said. -- Jose Antonio Corripio Martinez, 36, of Jim Thorpe, and Rafael Alberto Escobar Garcia, 29, of Palmerton, were charged Wednesday with assaulting an 18-year-old woman at a party in mid-December. -- Police said the men acknowledged they were undocumented, so Immigration and Customs Enforcement joined the investigation.......

South Bend Tribune          
Bill to make sanctuary universities illegal moves forward in Indiana  
An Indiana Senate committee approved a measure Tuesday to make "sanctuary universities" illegal in Indiana — a move that would prohibit public universities from admitting undocumented immigrants with some exceptions, the Indianapolis Star reported. -- Those who are protected under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program would still be allowed at universities under Senate Bill 423. But if President Donald Trump repeals that program, Indiana's public universities would no longer be able to allow undocumented immigrants to attend.......

Virginia Senate passes anti-sanctuary cities bill  
Both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly have approved legislation banning localities from restricting the enforcement of federal immigration laws. -- The Senate voted along party lines Wednesday to approve the measure after a contentious debate about what kind of message it would send.......

Bill ending funding for 'sanctuary campuses' passes Georgia House  
Private colleges and universities in Georgia could lose state funding if they declare themselves “sanctuary campuses” under legislation the state House approved Wednesday. -- House Bill 37 would punish those schools that do not comply with state and federal immigration law. The bill passed 112-57 and now goes to the Senate. -- Emory University previously had flirted with becoming a “sanctuary,” to allow some undocumented immigrants to attend the DeKalb County university despite laws against it. ......

OC Register       
Huntington Beach police chief tries to calm fears of those concerned about Trump's immigration orders
Police Chief Robert Handy met with residents of the predominantly Latino Oak View neighborhood to assuage their fears in the wake of executive orders from President Donald Trump and increased rhetoric about cracking down on immigration enforcement. -- Handy told more than 100 who attended a town hall meeting Tuesday night at the Oak View family resource center that his department does not conduct routine immigration enforcement and is committed to keeping the community safe.......

USA Today        
Foreign minister: Mexico 'will not accept' unilateral U.S. immigration proposals  
Mexico will vigorously fight U.S. mass deportations of undocumented immigrants back to Mexico and refuse to accept any non-Mexicans expelled across the border, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray vowed Wednesday. -- A day after the Trump administration unveiled tough new guidelines for enforcing immigration laws, Videgaray said the treatment of Mexican migrants in the United States would top his country's agenda when President Enrique Peña Nieto meets Thursday with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. [Related]......

Fox 5 -- San Diego        
Hunter proposes cutting student aid to 'sanctuary campuses'  
San Diego Rep. Duncan Hunter is proposing legislation that would cut federal student aid to colleges and universities that refuse to help identify undocumented students. -- Hunter did not return calls from FOX 5 requesting an interview, but his office has said that scholarship money would be better spent at campuses that don't accept undocumented students. Hunter's bill targets colleges and universities that refuse to share the immigration status of people on campus with federal agencies and decline to detain students who are living in the country illegally. A school can also qualify as a "sanctuary campus" if it offers in-state tuition to a student who is in the U.S. illegally.......

Seattle P-I         
Inslee order makes Washington a 'sanctuary state'  
Washington state will remain a "welcoming jurisdiction," ---- despite White House promises of immigration crackdown --- per an executive order signed by Gov. Jay Inslee Thursday morning. -- The order spells out that state resources won't be used to support federal immigration efforts, except where required by law. -- "Washington has always been and will always remain a place that welcomes and embraces people of all faiths, all nationalities and all orientations," Inslee said during a press briefing announcing the order.......

Mexicans weigh the daunting prospect of deportee camps  
Mexicans fear deportee and refugee camps could be popping up along their northern border under the Trump administration's plan to start deporting to Mexico all Latin Americans and others who entered the U.S. illegally through this country. -- Previous U.S. policy called for only Mexican citizens to be sent to Mexico. Migrants known as "OTMs" --- Other Than Mexicans --- got flown back to their homelands.......

Appeals court: Texas 'undocumented alien anti-harboring law' reinstated  
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court rejected a lawsuit and reinstated a 2015 law that would increase criminal penalties for "harboring" an undocumented person in Texas, according to KVUE's partners at the Austin-American Statesman. -- The ruling came Thursday, almost ten months after Senior U.S. District Judge Alan Ezra blocked House Bill 11, which would have enforced an anti-harboring clause. In his reasoning for the block, he stated that the law crossed over too much into the federal government's immigration enforcement territory. Ezra added that the law would put more Texans at risk of jail time.......

Journal Sentinel         
Sheriff David Clarke tells conservatives sanctuary cities are 'havens for criminal activity'  
Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. said Thursday he has a way to put a stop to sanctuary cities — use a federal statute to charge local officials for harboring aliens. -- "I’m telling you right now folks, you charge one mayor, one governor, one council president that adopts these laws, this stuff is going to end right away," Clarke told activists gathered at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington, D.C. -- Sanctuary cities is a term that applies to places that limit cooperation with federal authorities on immigration. Clarke said such places are "havens for criminal activity."......

Fox News          
Gov. Abbott: New Bill Could Jail Officials Who Adopt Sanctuary City Policies  
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is proposing "real penalties" --- including possibly arrest - for officials who continue to adopt sanctuary city policies. -- Under a bill that has passed the Texas Senate, Abbott said that in addition to defunding cities that adopt "sanctuary" policies for illegal immigrants, public officials could be prosecuted. -- "If you have a public official, including a sheriff, who continues to adopt sanctuary city policies after this ban goes into place, they could be criminally prosecuted and themselves wind up in jail. The place they are releasing dangerous criminals from," he said on "Fox & Friends" this morning.......

Forest service visits camera tower sites
A reliable source reports seeing a group of twelve or more "high official-looking Forest Service and Border Patrol" at Montezuma Pass about an hour ago.  

Globe and Mail        
California county seeks nationwide halt of Trump sanctuary cities order   
One of California's most populous counties asked a judge on Thursday to suspend President Donald Trump's executive order that seeks to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities for immigrants, saying the directive has thrown its budget process into “disarray.” -- Trump last month signed an order targeting local governments that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities, as he made plans to transform how the United States deals with immigration and national security.......

OC Register    
Protesters gather in Anaheim over LAPD officer firing gun during confrontation with teens  
Chaos erupted Wednesday night after what started as a peaceful assembly on the street where a shooting happened the day before involving an off-duty LAPD officer. -- The assembly turned into a protest involving as many as 300 people and a few hours later, two dozen people were arrested, including six minors, police said early Thursday. -- There were 24 people initially arrested: 10 men, 8 women, 3 male minors and 3 female minors. All of the individuals face misdemeanor charges of failure to disperse, resisting arrest, and battery on a peace officer, Anaheim Police Sgt. Daron Wyatt said.......

CBS Denver         
Bill Would Allow Crime Victims To Sue Sanctuary Cities  
A bill being considered in the Colorado legislature this week would allow victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants in designated sanctuary cities to hold criminally liable those cities and their politicians who don't enforce immigration laws. -- It would also allow for to lawsuits as big as $2 million to be filed by those victims or their families. -- The bill has made national news, become a blueprint for other states and temporarily put Colorado at ground zero in the immigration debate.......

Victor Davis Hanson -- Patriot Post        
The Labyrinth of Illegal Immigration  
Activists portray illegal immigration solely as a human story of the desperately poor from south of the border fleeing misery to start new, productive lives in the U.S. --- despite exploitation and America's nativist immigration laws. -- But the truth is always more complex --- and can reveal self-interested as well as idealistic parties. -- Employers have long sought to undercut the wages of the American underclass by preference for cheaper imported labor. The upper-middle classes have developed aristocratic ideas of hiring inexpensive “help” to relieve them of domestic chores.......

Trump: Removal of undocumented immigrants is 'military operation'  
President Donald Trump said Thursday that his administration's efforts to remove undocumented immigrants is a “military operation.” -- “You see what's happening at the border, all of the sudden for the first time, we're getting gang members out, we're getting drug lords out, we're getting really bad dudes out of this country,” Trump said at a meeting with manufacturing CEOs. “And at a rate that nobody's ever seen before, and they're the bad ones, and it's a military operation because that has been allowed to come into our country. And you see gang violence that you've read about like never before, all of the things, much of that is people that are here illegally. And they're rough and they're tough but they're not tough like our people.”.....

Fox News        
New Phoenix sheriff changes jail rule for illegals flagged for deportation 
Sheriff Joe Arpaio's successor in Phoenix says he won't hold immigrants flagged for deportation by federal authorities past their release date in a major policy change. -- Arpaio instituted the “courtesy hold” policy to give federal authorities more time to launch deportation proceedings but new Sheriff Paul Penzone said at a surprise press conference Friday that legal issues left him no choice but to change it, effective immediately, according to reports.......

RGV City Mayor Reacts to Recent Immigration Memos  
A Rio Grande Valley mayor said with the planning stage for a wall underway, he hopes the job gets done in his area. -- President Trump approved a memorandum for more border wall construction and funding on Monday. The memorandum called for an immediate plan and design of a wall. -- Los Indios Mayor Rick Cavazos said the local stretch of the border fence is missing some key parts. He said the gates in his town are gaps.......

LA Times          
Thousands rally for illegal alien "rights" in downtown Los Angeles  
Thousands of activists marched through the streets of downtown Los Angeles on Saturday to oppose immigration enforcement raids and demand that local officials take concrete steps to thwart the “deportation machine” under President Trump. -- David Abud, one of the organizers of the march, said the coalition of activists is demanding that Los Angeles city and county officials refuse to invest any resources in immigration enforcement.......

February 22, 2017

NYC Gave Sanctuary to Illegal Alien MS-13 Gang Member, Feds Say  
Federal immigration officials have arrested an illegal immigrant who is a member of the MS-13 gang after New York City officials released the man despite orders to hold him in detention. -- Estivan Rafael Marques Velasquez is a “self-admitted” member of the MS-13 criminal syndicate, but was released by New York police on February 16 after serving time for disorderly conduct.......

Times Square rally protests Trump immigration policies
More than a thousand people of various faiths rallied in New York City in support of Muslim Americans and to protest President Donald Trump's immigration policies. -- The “I Am A Muslim Too” rally was held in Times Square on Sunday and was organized by several groups, including the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.......

Mexican Military, Cartels Clash in Deadly Shootouts  
Reynosa, Tamps. -- More than a dozen people died after a series of shootouts between the cartels and Mexican military in Reynosa. -- Mexican newspaper El Mañana reported 13 people died in shootouts spanning over the past two days. The shootouts were reported by citizens of Reynosa through anonymous tips. -- After one of the gun battles, authorities seized bulletproof vests, guns, ammo and radios.......

The Blaze        
'Nobody gets sanctuary from the law': Angel mom whose son was killed by illegal immigrant  
“Angel mom” Laura Wilkerson told an audience that “sanctuary cities” should be defunded to pay for programs to provide help for victims of illegal alien crime like herself. Wilkerson's son was murdered by an illegal alien a week before Thanksgiving of 2010. -- She made the comments Tuesday during Martha McCallum's Fox News special townhall show on immigration.......

DHS Removes Obama's ‘Handcuffs' on Border Patrol Agents  
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) removed “handcuffs” placed on Border Patrol agents by the Obama Administration, freeing them to expand border enforcement operations. -- DHS Secretary John F. Kelly lifted most of the restrictions imposed on Border Patrol agents under the previous administration and ordered Border Patrol agents expand their efforts to enforce laws against illegal border crossings.......

DHS Authorizes Hiring 10,000 Immigration Officers  
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John F. Kelly authorized the hiring of an additional 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and enforcement officers. The move by DHS delivers on a promise made by President Donald Trump to increase enforcement–particularly in removing criminal aliens inside the borders of the U.S.......

Cartel Radio Network Found near Texas Border  
Piedras Negras, Coah., Mex. -- Authorities in this border city have seized two radio repeaters used by Los Zetas cartel as part of an underground communication network. -- Over various days, members of the Coahuila Attorney General's Office and Fuerza Coahuila had been carrying out an intelligence operation aimed at tracking down the illicit communication network, Coahuila's Secretary of State Victor Zamorano revealed in a prepared statement. The network was used by members of organized crime to remain in constant communication and relay the position of law enforcement forces. ......

LA Times         
Gang member accused of killing Whittier cop had cycled in and out of jail, records show  
The gang member accused of killing a Whittier police officer Monday has cycled in and out of jail for repeatedly violating the terms of his release, records show. -- L.A. County sheriff's homicide Capt. Steve Katz on Tuesday identified the suspect as Michael C. Mejia, 26, a career criminal with a history of drugs and violence. Mejia has a "history of control problems," Katz said.......

The Hill        
Poll: Americans overwhelmingly oppose sanctuary cities  
An overwhelming majority of Americans believe that cities that arrest illegal immigrants for crimes should be required to turn them over to federal authorities. -- The poll shows that President Trump has broad public support in his effort to crack down on sanctuary cities. -- A survey from Harvard–Harris Poll provided exclusively to The Hill found that 80 percent of voters say local authorities should have to comply with the law by reporting to federal agents the illegal immigrants they come into contact with.......

Western Journalism         
Illegal Alien Advocates Ponder Next Steps After Phoenix Votes Down Sanctuary City Measure  
Citing Arizona's 2010 immigration law, SB1070, the Phoenix City Council shot down a measure that would have turned the state's capital into a sanctuary city. -- Although portions of SB1070 were struck down by the Supreme Court in 2012, the provision that prevents any jurisdiction within the state from harboring illegal aliens remains in effect. -- The measure failed on a 7-2 vote Wednesday after a heated debate.......

LA Daily News        
'Not My President's Day' protesters: 'No ban. No Wall. California welcomes all'
Hundreds of anti-Trump protesters crowded around Los Angeles City Hall on Monday morning, using the Presidents Day holiday to challenge the current commander in chief as part of a nationwide Not My President's Day rally. -- The holiday, which honors previous presidents, was what organizers called an ideal opportunity for the public to demonstrate against President Donald Trump and his policies, which they say are in contrast with America's values. ......

February 21, 2017

L.A. Times         
Riot near Swedish capital over drug arrest comes days after Trump comments  
Swedish police Tuesday were investigating a riot that broke out overnight in a predominantly immigrant suburb in Stockholm after officers arrested a suspect on drug charges. -- The riot comes two days after President Trump's reference to a supposed frightening security episode in Sweden prompted a deluge of ridicule.......

Feds Establish Support Program for Victims of Criminal Aliens 
Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John F. Kelly ordered the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to create a program to assist the victims of crimes committed by illegal aliens. The program creates a liaison and authorizes the disclosure of suspect immigration statuses and other pertinent data. -- Secretary Kelly ordered the creation of the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office to help reverse policies of the previous administration that kept certain information about criminal aliens the victims of their crimes.......

The Street         
Secretary Tillerson to Visit Mexico as Homeland Unveils Deportation Plan 
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly will both visit Mexico this week to discuss securing the border, among other topics, likely to include the strained relations between the U.S. and Mexico. -- The pair will meet with Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto and other of the nation's top officials during their two day visit Wednesday and Thursday.......

Fox News         
Hundreds of Texans may have voted improperly  
Officials in Texas acknowledge that hundreds of people were able to bypass voter ID laws and improperly cast ballots in the presidential election. -- Voters were able to sign a sworn statement instead of showing ID. -- The chief election officers in two of Texas' largest counties are considering whether to refer cases to prosecutors for possible charges.......

Hot Air          
CBS: Trump to keep DACA in new immigration policy?  
It depends on how one defines “keep.” Donald Trump argued against Barack Obama's unilateral actions on immigration, including the DAPA and expanded DACA programs, both of which got put into limbo by federal courts. When asked in last week's press conference about DACA and the so-called “dreamers” — children brought into the country illegally by their parents — Trump replied that his immigration policy would show “great heart” in those cases. Today, CBS reports that Trump's new immigration policy keeps DACA in place.......

Joe Guzzardi Writes On The DACA "Kids" --- I.E. Juvenile Delinquents, Mostly  
My friend of long-standing Ed Rubenstein wrote a fantastic column about “squishy” Donald Trump who's gone all wobbly on DACA. A cowardly Trump has repeatedly and embarrassingly called the DACA's “exceptional kids,” an overstatement of great proportions. -- The large percentage of those allegedly outstanding kids, if previously employed, probably committed identity fraud, a felony. ......

ICE Raids Shrivel Supply of Day Laborers at Home Depot  
Many Home Depots once featured several dozen day laborers nearby, but the supply is shriveling as the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) may seek to deport up to 3 million illegal aliens that have criminal records. -- Following a presidential executive order, “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements,” issued on January 25, ICE raids across the United States detained 680 high priority individuals for deportation, with about 161 detained in California, according to the Washinton Examiner.......

February 20, 2017

David Olen Cross          
Oregon Department of Corrections: Criminal Alien Report January 2017  
The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) January 1, 2017 Inmate Population Profile indicated there were 14,617 inmates incarcerated in the DOC’s 14 prisons. -- Data obtained from the DOC indicated that on January 1st there were 953 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the state's prison system; more than one in every sixteen prisoners incarcerated by the state was a criminal alien, 6.52 percent of the total prison population.......

'Day Without Immigrants' Transitions into 'Life Without a Job' for Protesters  
The “Day Without Immigrants” protest demanding amnesty, lax immigration enforcement, and cheap labor practices fizzled in most U.S. cities, and now many demonstrators have lost their jobs for skipping work. -- NBC News reports at least 100 workers lost their jobs at different restaurants and businesses after the February 16 protest.......

California Immigration Rallies: 'No Ban, No Wall, Sanctuary for All'  
Immigration activists and anti-Trump protesters rallied across California on Saturday, as news --- both real and fake --- of new deportations spread throughout the country. -- In San Diego, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported, activists marched through the streets chanting: “No ban, no wall, sanctuary for all!” The crowd reached an estimated 4,000 people.......

Judge Jeanine: Trump Has to Prosecute Obama 'Leftovers' Behind Leaks  
Friday on Fox News Channel's “Fox & Friends,” “Justice” anchor Jeanine Pirro discussed how President Donald Trump should handle leaks coming out of his administration. -- Co-host Steve Doocy asked Pirro about Trump's assertion a day earlier in a press conference that leakers would be sought out and prosecuted, to which Pirro pointed to what she described as Obama “leftovers” and how it would be difficult to find them, but they should be prosecuted.......

Trump's Comprehensive Border Reforms Kill Obama's Pro-Migration Policies  
The Department of Homeland Security is discarding many of President Barack Obama's catch-and-release border policies and will hire an additional 15,500 enforcement and border officers, according to two new policy memos. -- The comprehensive immigration reforms of Obama's policies were signed by DHS chief Gen. John Kelly on Feb. 17. They direct DHS officials to use an expedited repatriation process for illegals who have been in the United States for up to two years, to return border-crossing Mexicans home while their appeals for entry are adjudicated, and to prosecute illegal aliens who hire migrant-smugglers to get their children into the United States.......

DHS Authorizes Hiring 10,000 Immigration Officers  
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John F. Kelly authorized the hiring of an additional 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and enforcement officers. The move by DHS delivers on a promise made by President Donald Trump to increase enforcement–particularly in removing criminal aliens inside the borders of the U.S.......

February 18, 2017

Soros Groups Behind Massive Anti-Trump Tax Day Protest Plot 
The news media has been reporting on plans by a coalition of activist groups to hold a massive anti-Trump Tax March in Washington and at least 60 other locations on April 15. -- Unreported by the news media is that most of the listed partners and support organizers of the march are openly financed by George Soros or have close links to Soros financing. ......

Fox News          
Sanctuary Policy Nearly Allowed Man Accused of Sexually Abusing 9-Year-Old to Walk Out of Jail
An undocumented immigrant in Travis County, Texas arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl was almost allowed to walk out of jail on a low bond because of the county's sanctuary policy. -- Hugo Javier Gallardo-Gonzalez was arrested and charged on Sunday with contentious sexual abuse of child, according to a report by local CBS affiliate ValleyNews.com.......

Gang recruiting (MS-13) seen as early as elementary school  
Gaithersburg, MD -- It starts early. WUSA9 learned Thursday, gang leaders are recruiting new members in a disturbing place: Elementary Schools. -- “Oh grade-school. They're recruiting in grade-school but generally 5th grade and on,” said Northern Virginia Regional Task Force Director Jay Lanham. -- It may feel like they're babies, but 5th grade and on, the time kids are starting to find themselves, has become a prime target age for MS-13 gang recruiting especially, according to Lanham. ......

Washington Times         
4 arrested at Tucson protest over immigration policy  
A rally in Tucson against President Donald Trump's immigration policies quickly escalated and led to a clash between police and protesters, resulting in three officers being injured and pepper spray used to disperse the crowd. -- Police say the officers sustained minor injuries and two women and one man were arrested on felony charges of suspicion of aggravated assault on a peace officer after Thursday night's protest. Another woman was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of obstruction and failure to provide identification.......

Hot Air         
Florida county abandons sanctuary city status  
Anybody tired of winning yet? -- There's been a lot of tough talk coming from mayors of municipalities around the country regarding President Trump's plans for so-called “sanctuary” cities and states. The real question has always been how firm that resolve will be if the White House makes good on its threats and begins slashing funding to areas which refuse to comply with federal law regarding immigration. The as yet unofficial policy is now producing some early results, specifically in Miami-Dade County in Florida. ......

GADZOOKS! Gaps in the border fence-who knew?
American Border Patrol Knew
Breaking news! Texas TV station discovers breaks in the border fence!
Los Indios Mayor Rick Cavasos explained a part of the fence was not completed by the government. -- “I’m not sure what happened there, whether it was a funding issue but the gaps are still here and the purpose of these gaps where for the gates,” he said. -- He said those gates would help secure the area, but they never became a reality
One little problem here --- American Border Patrol reported on those breaks in the Texas border fence --- two years ago!

February 17, 2017

Cameras Blind? -- See for yourself
This image is from a drone video taken this morning. It is typical of the terrain surrounding cameras in the Coronado National Forest.

FAKE NEWS: Media Lying to Public on ICE Arrests  
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials are continuing to defend themselves against the national media which continues to mischaracterize the role and intent of the round-up of criminal aliens. -- Media reports have called the Operation Cross Check arrests of criminal aliens a mean-spirited effort by ICE officials and the Trump Administration, despite the fact that this operation has been carried out in the past.......

Ten Arrested, Including Four Illegal Aliens, After ‘Savage' Gang-Related Killing of Maryland Teen
Imported gang violence continues to afflict Virginia: authorities charged illegal alien suspects with murder and all ten suspects for gang participation and abduction on Thursday for the “brutal” slaying of 15-year-old Damaris Reyes Rivas. -- Police arrested ten in connection with Rivas' death: four adults and six teenagers. FOX5 reports “Jose Ivan Castillo Rivas, 18, Springfield, Wilmer A. Sanchez Serrano, 21, Cindy Blanco Hernandez, 18, and Aldair J. Miranda Carcamo, 18” are adults.......

Special Report: Gaps along Border Fence  
Gaps in the border fence run throughout the U.S.-Mexico border. A proposal out of Washington, D.C., wants to fill in gaps in the Rio Grande Valley and the rest of the frontier. -- The border fence is one of many tools the government uses to secure it. Border Patrol agents said the gaps are used to funnel illegal traffic into more rural areas. Others who live near them said otherwise. ......

Morristown (NJ) Patch         
Two Illegals Indicted For Sexually Assaulting Young Girl In Morristown: Report
Two men, both undocumented immigrants, were indicted on Thursday for charges of sexually assaulting a girl for years in Morristown, the Daily Record reported. -- A third man, Jose Bueso, also an undocumented immigrant, pled guilty last October for sexually assaulting the same girl. He was first arrested last June, as Patch reported.......

New York Times        
Mexican Consulates Flooded With Fearful "Immigrants"  
First came the anxious calls in the days after the election of President Trump. Now, people begin lining up before 8 a.m. and crowd the waiting rooms inside the Mexican Consulate here. -- Mexican citizens come to renew passports that have been unused for more than a decade. They desperately ask lawyers if they can do anything to help them stay in the United States. They register their children for Mexican citizenship, just in case they are sent back and decide to move their whole family with them......

Daily Mail        
AP Botch: National Guard not called in illegals  
White House press secretary Sean Spicer forcefully denied on Friday that the Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up illegal immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border. -- 'That is 100 per cent not true. It is false. It is irresponsible to be saying this,' Spicer told reporters aboard Air Force One......

Valley Central         
Police: McAllen man in critical condition after being assaulted by Honduran citizen  
Police arrested a suspect in an aggravated robbery that left a McAllen man in critical condition, according to a news release from the McAllen Police Department. -- The robbery happened on Jan. 30 just after midnight. -- At about 12:30 a.m., police responded to the 3100 block of Expressway 83 in reference to a rollover crash where a car had landed in a canal. Witnesses told police that the driver fled the scene. ......

Hot Air     
Illegal aliens back to seeking sanctuary in churches  
This is a story which seems to keep popping up every couple of years. There's an old tradition dating back much further than the founding of our country wherein people fleeing persecution by the government seek sanctuary inside a place of worship. There are noble and admirable examples of this throughout history but the practice has also been somewhat abused by those who are flagrantly violating the law and seeking to escape prosecution rather than persecution.......

Mexico Vows to Support Undocumented 'Dreamer' Detained by Trump  
Mexico's foreign ministry expressed concern about the case of Daniel Ramirez Medina, who was detained during last week's sweeping immigration raids. -- Mexico's foreign ministry announced on Wednesday it would provide legal support for the undocumented DACA youth detained last week by Trump immigration officials in spite of his legal status in the U.S. ......

Daily Caller        
Former Mexican Official Wants To Sabotage U.S Courts With Thousands Of Deportation Cases 
“Yes I want to use the U.S. judicial system — the immigration courts in particular — to jam, to backlog it so perhaps President Trump will change his mind and stop this ridiculous policy --- this unpleasant and hostile policy --- of deporting people…” (Jorge Castañeda to Tucker Carlson, Foxnews, 2/14/17.) -- The “ridiculous policy”consists of President Trump's executive orders to deport lawbreaking foreigners, mostly Mexicans.......

February 16, 2017

Gordon R. Friedman -- The Oregonian          
Oregon lawmakers push to repeal sanctuary state designation, make English official language  
A group of Republican legislators introduced bills Wednesday that would make sweeping changes to Oregon's stance towards undocumented immigrants. -- One bill would roll back Oregon's sanctuary state designation. That proposal and others -- bills that would make English the official language of Oregon and require employers to check workers' eligibility against a federal immigration database -- are unlikely to move through the Democrat-controlled Legislature......

Glenn Spencer      
ABP known worldwide
For those in the media who think you are blocking American Border Patrol's message, take a look at this map of our recent Web traffic. At one time this morning we had visitors from Sweden, Tanzania, Thailand Mexico and St. Kitts.

Glenn Spencer      
Afraid of the media?
Today, CNN is reporting that experts do not want a wall on the border because agents can't see through it. -- I said the same thing nineteen months ago in July of 2015. -- (I also said he should use the Secure Fence Act of 2006 as the basis for new fencing. He has since done that.) -- The next month, August of 2015, I invited the Trump campaign to get a briefing on new border technology and they said they would come --- only to cancel at the last minute (Washington Post). -- I wanted to show Trump how this technology could provide a rational basis for border management --- avoiding missteps such as the recent Montezuma tower mistake. -- I got an e-mail from Trump's campaign manager in 2015 thanking me for the work I am doing on the border, but despite promises I have yet to hear from the campaign - or the Trump administration. -- They know what I do, but, just like the mainstream media, they are ignoring me and real solutions to the border problem that would help avoid the present chaos. -- Are they afraid of the media --- or just dumb?

February 15, 2017

Raw Story          
Illegal alien protected by Obama arrested in Seattle  
U.S. authorities have arrested an immigrant from Mexico who was brought to the United States illegally as a child and later given a work permit during the Obama administration in what could be the first detention of its kind under President Donald Trump. -- Daniel Ramirez Medina, a 23-year-old with no criminal record, was taken into custody last week at his father’s home in Seattle by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.......

Free Beacon         
Former Obama Officials, Loyalists Waged Secret Campaign to Oust Flynn   
The abrupt resignation Monday evening of White House national security adviser Michael Flynn is the culmination of a secret, months-long campaign by former Obama administration confidantes to handicap President Donald Trump's national security apparatus and preserve the nuclear deal with Iran, according to multiple sources in and out of the White House who described to the Washington Free Beacon a behind-the-scenes effort by these officials to plant a series of damaging stories about Flynn in the national media.......

Conservative Base         
Organized game plan to collapse the Trump Administration uncovered  
According to well-regarded intelligence analyst Dr. Lyle Rapacki, the “harsh and unsettling truth” is the existence of plans to launch a full-court-press and political assault to turn President Donald J. Trump and his administration into a pile of “pure rubble” and debris. -- “The harsh and unsettling truth is that the same assault launched by anarchists, and those who subscribe to a mean-spirited socialist/communist belief system has been launched to collapse the United States and our constitutional form of government along with the principles and values comprising our foundation.......

Arizona Republic     
Drug catapult found at Arizona-Mexico border fence  
U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered a catapult used to throw bundles of marijuana over the Arizona-Mexico border into Douglas, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. -- While patrolling an area near the Douglas Port of Entry on Feb. 10, agents saw several people quickly retreating from the fence as the agents approached, officials said......

February 14, 2017

Mapped: Colorado sheriffs' policies on illegals and ICE  
For years, any time Immigration and Customs Enforcement asked, sheriffs across Colorado held suspected undocumented immigrants for up to two business days beyond their release dates so that the feds could pick them up. On weekends and holidays, two days could easily stretch into four or five. -- That changed in 2014 when a federal district judge ruled that by holding a woman past her release date, a county jail in Oregon had violated her Fourth Amendment rights. With that, the practice of honoring ICE “detainer requests” largely ended in Colorado.......

NY Daily News         
NY Senate Democrats push for New York as sanctuary state after recent immigrant raids 
In the wake of the recent federal raids on immigrants, two state Senate Democrats are pushing bills meant to protect immigrants, refugees and foreign students. -- One bill would make New York a sanctuary state by prohibiting the detention of undocumented individuals on immigration detainers unless there was a warrant from a judge. The second would prohibit state and local agencies from expending any resources to assist the federal government in the creation of a database with the purpose of tracking immigrants regardless of their legal status.......

Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune       
School board ignores King's warnings over immigrant sanctuary  
Western Iowa Congressman Steve King is battling the Des Moines Public School Board over its immigrant “sanctuary” resolution that King insists violates both the Constitution's supremacy clause and federal laws. -- King released a statement calling the school board's action “blatantly unconstitutional” and warning in a letter to the superintendent and school board that school officials could lose funding or be jailed if they passed the measures. ......

Court: Deport Illegal Immigrant Who Committed Voter Fraud  
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Margarita Del Pilar Fitzpatrick, a resident alien who registered to vote illegally, can be deported for the act despite her claim that she did so at the direction of a DMV employee. -- Fitzpatrick arrived in the country in 2002 and is married to a U.S. citizen. Fitzpatrick applied for an Illinois driver's licence a few years after arriving in the country, court records show. During the process, the DMV clerk asked Fitzpatrick if she wished to register to vote, telling her “it's up to you.”......

TWC News          
Illegal Alien Sentenced for Fatally Injuring Girl in 2015 Christmas Eve Crash
The man who pleaded guilty in connection to a deadly Christmas Eve crash in 2015 was sentenced to six to 18 years in prison Tuesday. -- Efrain Lopez-Contreras previously pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide, manslaughter assault and aggravated DWI. -- He had a blood alcohol nearly three times the legal limit when he crossed the center line and hit a car head on in Clarkson. ......

Andrzejewski: Can Sanctuary Cities Violate Federal Law with No Consequences?  
Adam Andrzejewski, the founder and CEO of OpenTheBooks.com, joined Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Tuesday to discuss his recent Forbes article, “Mapping $27 Billion in Federal Funding of America's Sanctuary Cities.” -- In Forbes, Andrzejewski writes, “The threat of losing nearly $27 billion in federal funding seems to be having an effect on some cities. In fact, Miami already reversed their sanctuary city policy.” ......

Maryland bills would limit help in enforcing immigration laws  
After taking office, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that threatens federal funding cuts to so-called “sanctuary communities” where law enforcement officials don't cooperate fully with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. -- Now, some Maryland lawmakers are responding to Trump's order, with two new bills aimed at limiting how much state and local resources can be used during the enforcement of immigration laws.......

Undercover Agents Arrest Mexican Attempting to Purchase High-Powered Weapons  
A Mexican national is accused of trying to buy a grenade launcher and other high-powered weapons from an undercover ATF agent. -- It happened in Cameron County nearly a week ago. -- The federal agents said Oscar Freddy Garcia met up with an undercover ATF special agent and told that agent he was looking to buy an M203 grenade launcher. ......

New Republic         
From California, a Progressive Cry for State's Rights  
Donald Trump hadn't even been sworn in as president before California was declared, in the words of The New York Times, “the vanguard of the resistance.” With a Democratic supermajority, the country's largest immigrant population, and Governor Jerry Brown's landmark policies on climate change, the state was gearing up for battle against the Trump administration. To that end, the California legislature hired Eric Holder, an attorney general under President Barack Obama, to represent the state in legal fights to come. ......

Trump's 'Deportation Force' Looks A Lot Like Obama's --- So Far  
The first large-scale deportation sweep under the Trump administration sent shockwaves across immigrant communities and their supporters nationwide. Rumors of checkpoints and random searches flooded social media. Protests erupted on the streets. President Donald Trump was quick to declare a political victory. -- Yet the raids, which netted nearly 700 people between Monday and Friday last week, showed little difference in scale or scope from the ones aggressively employed by Trump's predecessor, President Barack Obama.......

Glenn Spencer      
Fox has head in sand
In a story about the Trump "wall', today's foxnews.com contains this: -- "In some parts of California, they would have to build on sand dunes --- something that, while tricky, is doable. -- "To safely erect a wall in sand, geophysicists would have to conduct extensive seismic surveys to determine what lies beneath. Conducting such a survey would involve installing rows of 3D microphones that detect vibrations in the ground." -- Too bad they refuse to recognize me or my work at ABP, since it would have been a simple matter of logging on to Operation B.E.E.F. to see "walls" built on sand dunes. -- A better use of geophones would be to install SEIDARM on the entire border to see where the problems are.

LA Daily News         
Federal judge blocks Trump travel ban for Virginia residents  
A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction barring the Trump administration from implementing its travel ban in Virginia, adding another judicial ruling to those already in place challenging the ban's constitutionality. -- The Monday ruling is significant from a legal standpoint because U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema found that an unconstitutional religious bias is at the heart of the travel ban, and therefore it violates First Amendment prohibitions on favoring one religion over another.......

The Indy Channel         
Illegal Mexican alien accused of driving drunk and killing 66-year-old man did not have license
A woman accused of driving drunk and killing a 66-year-old Noblesville man Monday morning did not have a driver's license and police believe she is also an undocumented Mexican national. -- Elizabeth Vargas-Hernandez, 35, is charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death. She was also cited for operating a vehicle without ever receiving a driver's license.......

Fox News       
Judge Napolitano: Trump Focused on Going After 'Harmful' Illegals
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently carried out 680 arrests of undocumented immigrants, 75 percent of whom have been accused of committing violent crimes, according to the Department of Homeland Security. -- The arrests have sparked outrage, but Homeland Security said these were routine searches.......

The Blaze         
Sean Hannity dukes it out with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos on immigration 
Sean Hannity battled it out with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos over immigration Monday on Fox News. Ramos argued against what he perceived to be demonization of illegal aliens, while Hannity listed the costs of illegal immigration on American society. -- “Jorge, are you at all concerned,” Hannity pointedly asked, “about Americans that have been killed by illegal immigrants?” ......

Open Borders Advocates Continue Fake News Campaign Against ICE 
As the weekend's roundup of criminal aliens winds down, immigration advocates continue to spread fear mongering messages laced with false information about the routine operation. -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO) agents routinely execute targeted criminal alien roundup operations. In May 2015, Breitbart Texas reported 2,059 criminal aliens were rounded up during Operation Cross Check. ......

Hunger strike planned to draw attention to deportation, raids 
...Trump has vowed to deport some 3 million undocumented immigrants who have criminal records and promised to build a wall between the United States and Mexico as a way to block undocumented immigrants from crossing the border. -- A series of immigration enforcement operations around the country netted more than 680 arrests, mostly criminals, the Department of Homeland Security said Monday......

The Hill        
Schumer wants details on 'disturbing' Trump immigration raids  
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to hand over details on who was arrested in a recent string of immigration raids. -- Immigration officials arrested more than 600 individuals in at least 11 states last week, according to The New York Times.......

LA Times          
Federal agents nabbed more than 600 in immigration raids last week, Homeland Security chief says 
Federal immigration agents arrested more than 600 people, including 161 in the Los Angeles area, during a weeklong dragnet targeting criminal offenders living in the country illegally, U.S. officials said Monday. -- Agents arrested at least 680 people deemed "a threat to public safety, border security or the integrity of our nation's immigration system" in the operation, according to a statement by Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly.......

Roberson to bring bill that would prevent sanctuary cities in Nevada   
Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson wants to prevent any city or county in Nevada from becoming a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants. -- In response to recent comments from a Clark County commissioner, Roberson, R-Henderson, plans to introduce a bill Monday aimed at blocking local municipalities from being declared as sanctuary cities and counties. The law would allow the state to withhold funding to jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.......

American Border Patrol          
Happy Valentine's Day, America
This photo of an ABP border banner was taken this morning --- Valentine's Day. It is 200 feet north of the border. This is what Mexicans see when they look through the fence. -- The banner is made up of thousands of individual flags sent in by citizens. The black numbers on yellow in the background are part of ABP's technology test range.   

London Daily Mail          
More than 50 million Muslims are willing to support those who carry out terror attacks to defend their religion, migration expert warns the EU
A migration expert warns that there are more than 50 million Muslims willing to accept violence and support those who carry out terror attacks to defend their religion. -- Professor Ruud Koopmans of the Netherlands warned the EU on Monday to block the entry of any refugees whose identity cannot be categorically confirmed.......

February 13, 2017

Former 'Border Czar' Gives Real Facts About Immigration   
It's hard to find anyone in Washington who knows border issues better than Alan Bersin. His unique perspective combines years of frontline law enforcement experience with academic knowledge and intellectual interest in the historical, economic and social forces that are at work at the borders of the United States, especially the U.S.-Mexico line.......

Channel 3000       
Thousands protest immigration crackdown   
Thousands of Wisconsin activists gathered in Milwaukee's predominantly Hispanic South Side to protest the sheriff's plans to crack down on illegal immigration. -- The crowd hoisted both Mexican and American flags Monday as it made its way downtown to the county courthouse. -- Latinos and other protesters from at least 12 cities across Wisconsin traveled by bus to be part of the march. Milwaukee resident Alma Varela-Zbichorski says the crowd is opposed to Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke's plan to enroll his deputies in a federal program that allows them to act as immigration agents.......

Libertarian Republic          
CA State Sen. Joel Anderson On the Sanctuary State Bill: "Shields Felons in Our Jails" 
Right now, in the state of California, a bill is circling the halls of Sacramento which aims to turn the entire state into a border to border sanctuary for illegal immigrants. One Republican State Senator however, is vociferously speaking out against it, saying that the bill “shields felons in our jails and prisons.” -- California Senate Bill 54, titled “Protecting California People & Prosperity Against Immigration Enforcement,” was sponsored by CA Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon (D-24 Los Angeles). The bill's intention, as described by De Leon, is to “prevent the use of state and local resources, including personnel, for immigration enforcement; and the creation of a federal registry.”.....

Dan Patrick: Sheriff Faces Charges If Sanctuary Stance Continues 
A Texas sheriff who refuses to enforce federal immigration law will face criminal penalties and lose state funding if she continues her stance, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick threatened on Monday. -- "We won't mess around with this issue," Patrick told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" about Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez, who released 37 illegal immigrants on bond in the first week of February alone. ......

Illegal Alien Stung Buying Grenade Launcher in South Texas 
An illegal immigrant from Mexico has been charged in connection with the attempted purchase of at least one grenade launcher and three AK-47s in Texas; it remains unclear if the weapons were meant for a drug cartel. The grenade launcher was bound for Mexico before the bust. -- Agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosive arrested 31-year-old Oscar Fredy Garcia last week near Los Fresnos, Texas, during the failed purchase of an M-203 grenade launcher, court records revealed. Garcia is listed as an illegal immigrant from Mexico. ......

Tucker Carlson Rips Trump Deportation ‘Hysteria'; Reminds Viewers Obama Deported 2 Million Illegals 
Monday on Fox News Channel's “Fox & Friends,” network prime time host Tucker Carlson criticized the hysteria generated by the so-called deportation forces and raids that some have claimed to be underway since President Donald Trump was sworn into office. -- According to Carlson, the number of illegal immigrants deported since Trump took office is minuscule compared to number President Barack Obama had deported during his eight years as president.......

The Hill       
GOP rep urges Trump to prevent illegal aliens from claiming tax credits 
Rep. Luke Messer (R-Ind.) is urging President Trump to take actions to prevent immigrants in the country illegally from claiming the child tax credit. -- “Most Americans are astonished to learn that each year billions of taxpayer dollars are given out to people who are in our country illegally,” Messer said in a news release. “This is just one example of how our broken tax and immigration systems continue to incentivize immigrants to come here illegally. It's long past time to change it." ......

Valley Central          
Border Patrol agents arrest 47-year-old Mexican man with 7 drunken driving convictions  
Border Patrol agents arrested a 47-year-old Mexican man with seven drunken driving convictions on Thursday, when he crossed the Rio Grande near Hidalgo, according to the criminal complaint against him. -- Agents arrested Jose De Jesus Cano-Rios, 47, a Mexican citizen who lived in Edinburg until 2008, when state District Judge Rose Reyna Guerra sentenced him to 10 years in prison. The federal government deported Cano on Nov. 12, 2016, through Brownsville. ......

Valley Central          
Border Patrol agents seize nearly 624 pounds of marijuana near Donna   
Border Patrol agents seized nearly 624 pounds of marijuana Thursday near Donna. -- At about 7:30 a.m. Thursday, agents responded to the American Farms compound to investigate information about potental drug trafficking and human smuggling nearby, according to the criminal complaint. -- Agents approached a white Ford F-250 flatbed truck and found 16 bundles of marijuana. They also arrested Consepcion Rafael Zamora, who they found in the nearby brush.......

Border fence in Israel cut illegal immigration by 99 percent, GOP senator says 
Need an example of a border wall that works? Look to Israel, President Donald Trump has repeatedly said. -- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., echoed the idea during a Feb. 3 CNN interview, claiming that a border fence in Israel has drastically cut illegal immigration along its southern border.......

LA Daily News         
Telemundo town hall offers worried Latino immigrants tips in wake of ICE raids
Amid “panic and fear” that has gripped certain Latino immigrants across the nation, scores of Spanish-speakers converged in Universal City on Sunday for a taped town hall about the effects of President Donald Trump's immigration policies and recent enforcement actions on the Latino community.......

IB Times        
Who Will Trump Deport? Mexico Says Deportation Of Mexicans From US Has Not Increased 
President Donald Trump's vow to deport millions of immigrants from the U.S. has gotten off to a slow start. The number of deported immigrants from the U.S. back to Mexico has not increased since the start of Trump's term, Mexican officials reported Monday. They were supposedly lower than trends from last year. -- While there was a spike in phone calls from citizens to Mexican consulates in the U.S. following Trump's campaign promise to deport immigrants, Mexico's Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said the number of deportations has not risen, Reuters reported. ......

Peru leader phones Trump, asks him to deport ex-president accused of corruption  
Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has asked his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump to consider deporting one of his predecessors, Alejandro Toledo, whose arrest over corruption allegations was ordered recently, a media report said on Monday. -- According to the Peruvian Foreign Ministry, the request was made during a telephone conversation between the two leaders on Sunday.......

The politics of Trump's border wall start to catch up with him 
Donald Trump declared with pride last week, “The wall is getting designed right now.” The president was referring, of course, to his administration's proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico --- one of Trump's signature campaign issues --- which the president says he fully intends to pursue. -- The boast was, however, almost certainly untrue. Before a federal infrastructure project reaches the design phase, there are all kinds of procedural hurdles that need to be cleared, and with the dubious project still in the rhetorical starting blocks, it's implausible to think the wall is already “getting designed.” ......

Washington Examiner          
Democrat opposed to Trump's wall now OK with 'strategic fencing'  
A House Democrat from Texas who said in January he opposed President Trump's plan to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border now says he is open to "strategic fencing." -- "I think the best way is if we have some sort of strategic fencing," Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, told CNN Monday. "If we look at electronics, you know, the surveillance, other things that we've been using in the past." ......

Conservative Base         
George Soros plots to give control of states' higher courts to radicals
While the Democratic Party and the left-wing of the GOP encourage an activist federal court system, the multi-billionaire political provocateur George Soros is allegedly pouring millions of dollars into his project to politicize and radicalize the higher courts in all 50 states. Without notice or fanfare Soros financed a $45 million campaign to reshape supreme or superior courts in a number of American states........

Asylum seekers fleeing US for Canada brave snow, extreme cold      
Farhan Ahmed hoped to find refuge in the United States after fleeing death threats in Somalia, but fear over a US crackdown on immigration sent him on another perilous journey --- to Canada. -- The 36-year-old was among nearly two dozen asylum seekers who braved bone-chilling cold on a February weekend to walk across the border, trudging through snow-covered prairies in the dead of night to make a claim in this country. -- It was a record number of arrivals for a single weekend in the small border town of Emerson, and Canadian officials said Thursday they are bracing for more. ......


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