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Glenn Spencer -- March 23
Mr. President, Please explain --- or fire the people who did it
    Today American Border Patrol confirmed that the Department of Homeland Security is completing the construction of eight border camera towers in and near the Coronado National Monument and Forest at a cost of $148 million. We first reported on these towers on February 17.
    We had hoped our report would get DHS to stop the project. We understand they did --- for a few days.
    As we reported, the building permit for these towers was issue by the Park Service three weeks after Donald Trump, who had campaigned on building a wall on the border, was elected president.
    Construction was begun about one week after President Trump issued his executive order in which he defines a wall:
    
 (e) "Wall" shall mean a contiguous, physical wall or other similarly secure, contiguous, and impassable physical barrier.
    Our question is: Why would DHS begin construction of camera towers to look for illegal aliens if President Trump's border wall would be impassible?
    Please, Mr. President, explain why this is a good idea - or fire the people who did it.
PS --- ABP's Operation BEEF 2 will see if these towers could see people who got past the impassable wall --- because we doubt it.

March 23, 2017

CIS.org     
Naming and Shaming: The First ICE Weekly Alien Criminal Releases List  
Following the directives in one of President Trump's immigration-related executive orders (EOs) and the augmenting instructions in a subsequent policy memorandum from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has issued its first report identifying state and local jurisdictions that have refused to honor immigration detainers filed to hold alien criminals until they can be taken into custody by ICE agents. -- The EO directed that ICE prepare the data contained in this report, and make it available in a readily understandable and accessible form for public consumption.......

Valley Central     
Officers find more than $163,000 stashed in a suitcase at the Hidalgo-Reynosa bridge 
Officers found more than $163,000 stashed in a suitcase Tuesday at the Hidalgo bridge. -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection stopped a taxi headed to Mexico on Tuesday, when the driver attempted to cross the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge. -- The passenger, Moses Natividad Valencia, said he wasn't carrying weapons or more than $10,000 cash, according to the criminal complaint against him.......

LA Times    
California files brief supporting challenge to Trump's threat against 'sanctuary' cities and counties 
State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra on Wednesday filed a brief in support of a Santa Clara County lawsuit challenging President Trump's executive order targeting "sanctuary" cities that refuse to help federal authorities enforce immigration laws. -- The amicus brief cites Trump's threat to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities and counties as well as the state's interest in protecting state laws and policies that promote public safety and protect the constitutional rights of residents, Becerra said.......

Washington Times     
Half of all federal arrests related to immigration 
Immigration arrests and border-related cases have swamped the federal government, the Justice Department said Thursday, pointing to new statistics that show half of all arrests made by federal authorities in 2014 were for immigration offenses. -- The five judicial districts along the U.S.-Mexico border also accounted for nearly 40 percent of people given federal sentences that year, the statistics show. -- And the Justice Department said repeat offenders were also more likely in those border districts than elsewhere in the country.......

Homeland Preparedness News      
Reps. Hurd, McSally request information on border wall funding from Homeland Security 
U.S. Reps. Will Hurd (R-TX) and Martha McSally (R-AZ) recently published an oversight letter, requesting specific details regarding the Trump Administration's $999 million request for the planning, design, and construction of the first installment of the proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico. -- Their letter was addressed to Secretary of the Department Homeland Security (DHS) John Kelly and Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney.......

LA Daily News     
Protest builds in Downtown LA over Sheriff's stance on sanctuary cities 
growing crowd was gathering Wednesday evening in front of the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday night to protest the Los Angeles County sheriff's opposition to a bill to declare California a “sanctuary state.” -- Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell voiced his opposition recently to state Senate Bill 54, which would declare all of California a sanctuary state. His comments, sent in a letter to state Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, were in line with those of sheriffs from other counties in Southern California. De Leon, D-Los Angeles, introduced the bill in December. It would limit law enforcement's involvement in any federal immigration enforcement in the state.......

Texas Observer    
13 Texas Counties Seek Authority from Trump to Enforce Immigration Law 
At least 13 law enforcement agencies in Texas have applied to collaborate with federal immigration authorities through a controversial program, according to a document obtained by the Observer. -- If approved, the number of Texas law enforcement agencies enrolled in the 287(g) partnership, which delegates to local police the authority to enforce immigration law, would increase more than fivefold. -- Currently, only three Texas agencies participate in 287(g): the Lubbock and Jackson county sheriff's departments and the Carrollton Police Department.......

SFGate.com      
Richmond sues President Trump over sanctuary city order 
Leaders in the city of Richmond --- including its mayor and police chief --- filed a federal lawsuit against President Trump seeking to block an executive order that would deny sanctuary cities federal funding. -- Richmond is the latest Bay Area city to file such a lawsuit against the Trump administration's action — one of several executive orders that the president signed in January during his first week in office.......

ImmigrationReform.com      
If You Build It, They Won't Come
The administration wasted no time taking its first steps to build the “big, beautiful wall” President Trump promised the American people. Last Friday, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection asked for bids to construct the border wall (one concrete and the other using different materials.) Under the timeline set forth in the proposal, those interested will have two weeks to submit their designs and models should follow soon thereafter.......

MLive      
51 illegals detained in cockfighting raid now await deportation in Ohio 
A massive raid Saturday at a vacant southwest Detroit building exposed an underground cockfighting ring and led to the arrests of 51 people suspected of living in the U.S. illegally. -- The arrested immigrants were transported from Michigan to the Northeast Correctional Facility in Youngstown, Ohio, where they're awaiting deportation hearings to be held via teleconference in Kansas City's U.S. District Court, Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Khaalid Walls confirms.......

The Blaze      
Border Patrol union: US-Mexico border wall needed only in 'strategic locations' 
The leader of the union representing U.S. Border Patrol agents says there doesn't need to be a full wall along the United States-Mexico border. Instead, he argues, there needs to be a barrier in “strategic locations.” -- “We don't need a great wall of the United States. We do not need 2,000 miles of border wall. I will tell you, however, that a wall in strategic locations is absolutely necessary,” Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, said, ABC News reported.......

Univision      
3D simulation of President Trump's wall based on his own specifications 
According to Trump's requirements, the wall between Mexico and the United States will be a border with two very different realities. The American side will be an aesthetically pleasing construction with minimal impact on the surrounding landscape. The Mexican side will be a cold and impassable barrier intended to deter external attacks.......

Dallas Morning News      
Dallas may offer IDs for all residents, including illegals 
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is hopeful that the city will be able to offer photo IDs to all residents who “believe Dallas is their home,” including unauthorized immigrants. -- Rawlings announced the city's plan to study identification cards, which would include a resident's photo, name and address, on Tuesday. The announcement coincided with the "Cities' Day of Immigration Action," an event organized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.......

March 22, 2017

Fox News      
Sheriff Clarke: 'Subhuman Creeps' in MD Rape Case Sign of 'Failed Policies'  
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said the two individuals suspected of raping a 14-year-old girl at a Maryland school are the latest examples of failed sanctuary city policies. -- While Montgomery County, Md. is not formally a sanctuary county, but on a list of municipalities that do not always cooperate with ICE.......

Daily Caller      
President Trump Said He Will Defund Sanctuary Cities. It's Unclear How It Will Get Done. 
President Trump signed an executive order in late January authorizing the defunding of sanctuary cities, but the White House is unclear about how this will be implemented. -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement published a list Monday of 118 jurisdictions that they view as having policies which limit cooperation with federal immigration detainers. However, this might not mean necessarily that these jurisdictions will be ineligible to receive federal grants.......

Breitbart      
Mayor de Blasio to Block ICE Officers from Entering City Schools 
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared Tuesday that his deputies will block U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from entering New York City public schools --- even though agency officials say they are not pursuing illegal immigrants in schools. --“We will not allow ICE agents to threaten that protection, disrupt classes or take any action that would be detrimental to our students,” de Blasio said at a press conference held outside New York's Tweed Courthouse Tuesday afternoon. “With these updated guidelines, we are reinforcing the fact that a school is a safe and protected location,” he said, adding that his promise would not apply if ICE got a court order.......

Mercury News      
U.S.-Mexico border wall fight: California considers divesting from companies involved in the project 
Three California Democrats have a warning for contractors who sign up for President Donald Trump's border-wall construction project between the U.S. and Mexico: Build it, and we will divest from your company. -- In the latest act of resistance against the Trump administration, the state lawmakers have introduced a bill that would force the state to drop its pension investments in any companies involved in the project.......

Breitbart      
Immigration Expert: Obama's ‘Catch And Release' Policy Allowed Illegal Alien Rape Suspects into the U.S. 
An alleged rapist was delivered from Central America to a school hallway in Maryland by former President Barack Obama's policy of treating economic migrants as if they were victims of crime, said an expert on illegal immigration. -- “The only reason the older youth, Sanchez Milian, was in the country at all was because of the Obama administration's catch and release policies that allowed him to be resettled in Maryland (with the support of taxpayers), with few questions asked,” the Center for Immigration Studies' Director of Policy Jessica Vaughan told Breitbart News.......

National Review    
Krauthammer's Take: 'There's Going to Be a Sea Change in Opinion’ on Illegal-Alien Sanctuaries 
Discussing the alleged rape of a 14-year-old Maryland student by two illegal immigrants, Charles Krauthammer argued that publicity around cases like this has the potential to change public opinion about how best to protect communities in the face of illegal immigration: It takes an incident like this and the coincidence of it happening during a debate in Rockville, in this area, about becoming a sanctuary city, to make bleeding-heart liberals wake up to the reality of life.......

Fox News     
Mom Demands Answers After Illegal Immigrant Rape Incident at MD School 
A mother of a Maryland student who attends the school that was the site of an alleged rape of a 14-year-old by two illegal immigrants spoke out about the incident on "The First 100 Days". -- Kimberly Allman said her son attends Rockville High School in the Washington suburb of Rockville, Md., and said she demands to know how such a tragic crime could happen there.......

Breitbart      
Jerry Brown Seeks 'Common Ground' with Donald Trump 
California Gov. Jerry Brown cited the disaster relief and infrastructure needs of his state as he told reporters on Monday in Washington, D.C. that there are areas where he is seeking to work with the Trump Administration. -- “I find complexity and contradiction very congenial to my bent of mind,” Brown said, in response to questions of whether he felt “conflicted and torn” under pressures to oppose or cooperate with the Trump administration.......

NY Times      
Spicer Says Case of Illegal Alien Student Accused of Rape Shows Need for Crackdown 
Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, elevated a rape case at a Maryland high school in which an undocumented immigrant has been charged to national attention on Tuesday, saying in response to a reporter's question that it was an example of why the Trump administration was committed to a “crackdown” on illegal immigration. -- The episode that led to allegations of an attack on a 14-year-old girl happened at Rockville High School last Thursday. Two students, Jose O. Montano, 17, and Henry E. Sanchez-Milian, 18, were charged the next day. Immigration officials said Mr. Sanchez, a native of Guatemala, was living in the United States illegally.......

Breitbart      
NYT: Amnesty Is the 'Only Long-Term Solution' 
The editorial board of the New York Times says amnesty is the “only long-term solution” for the immigration problem facing the U.S. -- In an effort to push amnesty for illegal immigrants, The New York Times editors penned a piece directed at Republican members of Congress and the Trump Administration, claiming that a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants is the only viable option for the GOP-led Congress......

Washington Times      
Immigration advocate group says it will try to stop President Trump's plans 
The Western Hemisphere's human rights watchdog said Tuesday it will try to stop President Trump's immigration plans, accusing him of fostering an “enormous human rights crisis” by trying to detain and quickly deport more illegal immigrants. -- The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an arm of the Organization of American States, held two hearings to draw attention to Mr. Trump's new executive orders on immigration, at the behest of advocacy groups who said mothers and children are being stranded in dangerous conditions because the U.S. won't let them in.......

KRGV    
Border Patrol Agents Taking Precautions after Rise in Attacks 
U.S. Border Patrol is rethinking the way agents patrol after seeing a rise in attacks along the river. -- Border Patrol said 23 of their Rio Grande Valley sector agents were assaulted with rocks over the last 30 days. -- Agents count on their boats to patrol up and down the Rio Grande. They said the vessels are a great tool, but can also leave them vulnerable to attacks.......

Conservative Review   
Levin breaks down exactlty how America's immigration mess came to be  
Conservative Review Editor in Chief Mark Levin opened up his Tuesday radio show discussing the “horrific” situation involving the alleged rape of a 14 year old high school girl by 17 and 18 year old men from El Salvador and Guatemala. According to reports, at least one of the individuals is in the country illegally. -- Levin discussed that devastating situation and explained how America got to where it was with its current open door policies, which allowed for such atrocities to happen.......

David Olen Cross   
Oregon's Marion County First in Foreign National Crime in February 2017 
On February 1, 2017 Oregon's Marion County had 234 of the 967 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system; the county was first in foreign national crime in the state with 24.20 percent of the criminal aliens in DOC prisons. -- The following table reveals how Marion County residents were harmed or victimized by the 234 criminal aliens incarcerated on February 1st in the DOC prison system with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainers.......

Reuters     
Mexico warns firms not in their interest to build border wall 
Mexico's government on Tuesday warned Mexican companies that it would not be in their best "interests" to participate in the construction of U.S. President Donald Trump's border wall, though there will be no legal restrictions or sanctions to stop them if they tried. -- While some Mexican companies stand to potentially benefit from the controversial infrastructure project, residents south of the border view the wall and Trump's repeated calls to have Mexico pay for it as offensive. That is putting public pressure on firms to abstain from participating. ......

Breitbart      
GOP Senators Hope to Sneak Amnesty into Trump's Popular Immigration Reforms
Business advocates who want to import more foreign consumers and more foreign workers are developing plans to counter President Donald Trump's popular call for a merit-based immigration reform. -- The emerging strategy is to pair offers of minor concessions to Americans and Trump with demands for giveaways to business, including a bigger supply of low-wage workers and welfare-funded consumers. The immigration “pairing” strategy is being pushed by the industry-backed Business Policy Council, in cooperation with GOP Sen. Thom Tillis. ......

Fox News    
Tucker Debates Illegal Immigration With Dem Who Called ICE 'Nazis' 
Tucker Carlson called the recent rape of a 14-year-old Maryland student by two illegal immigrants "the sign of a sick civilization at war with itself," and asked a Baltimore councilman about his vocal opposition to the ICE deportation process. -- Councilman Zeke Cohen (D-Dundalk) last week sponsored a resolution demanding federal authorities stop enforcing immigration laws in Baltimore, Carlson said......

March 21, 2017

LA Daily News  
Mayor Garcetti bars LA police, civil servants from acting as immigration enforcers 
Mayor Eric Garcetti signed an executive directive today barring Los Angeles airport and harbor police from enforcing federal immigration laws, requiring those agencies to follow policies similar to what the Los Angeles Police Department has been operating under. -- The agencies, which patrol Los Angeles International Airport and the Port of Los Angeles, will adopt policies similar to Special Order 40, which was issued in 1979 and prohibits officers from initiating police action to inquire about a person's immigration status or arresting someone for violation of immigration laws. The fire department will also be adopting similar rules.......

The Hill      
Sanders joins rally outside Border Patrol's DC offices 
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joined an immigration rally outside the U.S. Customs and Border Protection offices in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. -- Joined at the event by Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), Sanders blasted President Trump and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly's crackdown on undocumented immigrants. -- “Stop picking on the poor, stop picking on the undocumented,” he said.......

Silver City Sun-News   
Illegal alien charged with open count of murder 
An undocumented immigrant is being held at the Grant County Detention Center on an open count of murder. -- Isaias Lobato Rodriguez, 61, was arrested Friday, March 17, along Hwy 9, in Grant County near Hachita. He is being held at the Grant County Detention Center. -- According to a police report, a Border Patrol agent came across a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica parked along the side of Hwy 9 at around 4 p.m., Friday, March 17. He found Connie Lopez, 57, of Lake Placid, Florida, deceased in the driver's seat with a leather belt tied around her neck.......

Press of Atlantic City    
ICE approves Cape sheriff's office for deportation program  
Federal officials have approved an application by the Cape May County Sheriff's Office to enroll in a controversial Immigration and Customs Enforcement program, Sheriff Gary Schaffer said this week. -- As part of the 287(g) program, three correctional officers from the county jail will receive training that will enable them to investigate, detain and begin processing for deportation undocumented immigrants they encounter while working at the county jail.......

Oregon Patch    
Sanctuary State: Washington County Sheriff Defends Decision Not To Help ICE
Hillsboro, Ore. -- Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett has chosen to follow state law over federal executive orders. -- Following the March 20 release of the Department of Homeland Security's Declined Detainer Outcome Report, which highlights weekly the law enforcement agencies that chose not to comply with United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers and requests for notification, Garrett issued a statement of his own explaining why he's made the choice to instead honor state law mandating that Oregon law enforcement not work with ICE.......

Florida Politics      
Bill to eliminate sanctuary cities in Florida moves through another House committee 
Legislation banning sanctuary city policies moved through another Florida House committee Tuesday. -- Yalaha Republican Rep. Larry Metz's bill (HB 697) would force any “sanctuary city” or county in Florida to remove all formal or informal policies shielding undocumented immigrants from federal custody. It passed the House Subcommittee on Local, Federal and Veterans Affairs on a 9-5 vote on Tuesday. -- The legislation would fine local governments that don't comply with immigration officers between $1,000 to $5,000 a day.......

Washington Times      
Obama tried to legalize migrant accused of murdering 15-year-old step-daughter 
The Obama administration last year began the process of granting legal status to a 36-year-old illegal immigrant with a long criminal rap sheet whom agents had twice tried to deport and who now stands accused of killing his 15-year-old girlfriend, mother of one child with him, and pregnant with another. -- The Texas case, involving Armando Garcia-Ramirez, a Mexican, is raising new questions about immigration enforcement under President Obama, as supporters of President Trump point to the matter as proof of a broken-immigration system.......

LA Daily News     
LA and Anaheim mayors call for immigration reform as Trump and ICE bear down 
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and dozens of their counterparts from around the country joined forces Tuesday to call on Congress and President Donald Trump to fix a “broken” immigration system and pass a comprehensive overhaul of how people are granted entry into the country. -- The concerted effort by mayors to call for immigration reform and conduct a “day of action” in support of undocumented immigrants came one day after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials took their own action in targeting “non-cooperative” cities. ......

Washington Examiner  
Maryland moves to be 'sanctuary state' 
Maryland Democrats this week took a major step to becoming a "sanctuary state," drawing outrage from Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and concerns it would protect an 18-year-old illegal charged with raping a 14-year-old girl in a school bathroom last week. -- The Democratically-controlled House of Delegates voted 83-55 to OK the Maryland Law Enforcement and Trust Act. Generally, it would bar state and local law enforcement from helping federal immigration officials seeking illegals, including requests to detain inmates for deportation.......

ABC News    
Trump's US-Mexico border wall gives Arizona town a sense of worry and hope 
John Ladd has seen just about every incarnation of the border fence separating his cattle ranch in Arizona from Mexico. -- His family has owned 16,000 acres of land on the border with Mexico for 120 years, Ladd, 61, told ABC News. Before 1927, there was nothing separating the property from Mexico. Then there was a barbed wire fence built to stop diseases from spreading among cattle, Ladd said. In more recent decades, as concerns shifted from cattle health to border security, a mesh barrier up to 13 feet tall was erected. It was “real easy to climb” and could be sawed through, Ladd said. NOTE: Glenn Spencer and John Ladd are neighbors and good friends. He loves SEIDARM. Do you think ABC News would travel five miles to talk to me? Hell no --- I know too much.......

Daily Signal      
Maryland City Considers Sanctuary Status Amid Illegal Alien Rape Scandal
Rockville, Maryland, the city home to the recent immigrant high school rape scandal, is considering declaring itself a sanctuary city. -- Although Rockville police have had a long-standing policy neither to question suspected illegal immigrants about their immigration status, or to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, the city is now considering the process of formalizing that informal standard by becoming a sanctuary city.......

Washington Examiner      
Mayors declare 'immigration day of action' to fight Trump 
A handful of Democratic mayors has declared Tuesday to be an "immigration day of action" to protest President Trump's effort to curb illegal immigration. -- The mayors of major cities including Los Angeles, Providence, Anaheim, Orlando, Seattle and Denver participated as a way to speak out in favor of immigration rights and "sanctuary city" policies. -- In a call with reporters, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he was confident that cities are on solid ground by challenging President Trump's executive order to cut funding to cities that adopt sanctuary policies. Garcetti said he and other mayors will fight Trump on "legal, political and moral fronts" when it comes to immigrants' rights.......

LA Daily News   
LA's 'sanctuary city' debate broadens as statewide bill takes shape 
A proposal by state lawmakers that would declare California a “sanctuary state” has magnified an identity crisis playing out in Los Angeles over what it means to be a sanctuary for immigrants who are in the United States illegally. -- Los Angeles has never officially been declared a “sanctuary” by city leaders, who often say they are unable to pin down a definition for the term. But the city is commonly thought of as one, which likely puts it in the crosshairs of President Donald Trump, who is taking steps to crack down on “sanctuary” cities.......

GOPUSA   
Minnesota Continues to Play with Real ID 
Minnesotans are traveling on borrowed time. -- The state's residents are still easily boarding airplanes and accessing many federal buildings with their driver's licenses for now, but only because of a federal extension of the rule know as Real ID. On Jan. 22, 2018, that extension runs out. -- Real ID was passed by Congress in 2005, during the administration of George W. Bush. It sets out minimum proof-of-identity requirements for issuing state drivers licenses and ID cards used to access most federal facilities or board a flight in the U.S.......

Clarion Ledger      
Anti-'sanctuary cities' bill sent to governor 
The Senate on Tuesday passed an "anti-sanctuary cities" bill on to Gov. Phil Bryant, who is expected to sign the measure into law. -- The Senate approved SB2710 by a vote of 36-11 after the House had made minor changes. It would prohibit local governments and universities from enacting ordinances or policies that would limit enforcement of or cooperation with federal and state immigration laws and enforcement. It says local Mississippi governments and universities and colleges can't prohibit employees or law enforcement from checking someone's immigration statues and that no Mississippi government or agency can give legal status to someone in the country illegally.......

LifeZette     
Feds: Rogue Localities Refused 206 Immigration Holds in One Week 
Local jurisdictions failed to honor immigration holds on 206 illegal immigrants in just one week at the end of January and beginning of February, according to a report issued Monday by the Department of Homeland Security. -- And Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials warned that number is misleadingly small, since policy in the administration of former President Obama was to not put holds on illegal immigrants in jurisdictions that had firm “sanctuary” policies.......

NewsBusters    
Univision All-In for California's 'Sanctuary State' Bill 
Univision's advocacy for practically open-borders policy has hit a new low, in its totally one-sided coverage of California's sanctuary state bill, deceptively named the "California Values Act", now working its way through the state legislature. -- Correspondent Jaime García opened his report with what has become the network's customary sweeping malignment of the Trump administration as being dedicated to "the persecution and deportation of immigrants" (in other words, upholding the law of the land is "persecution" and they would have you believe all immigrants --- not just those unlawfully present in the country --- are in the feds' sights).......

Daily Caller     
UVA Illegal Immigration Activists Host Training Events To Recruit 'Allies' 
An illegal immigrant activism organization is hosting a week of events to train “allies,” using the experience of Palestinians in Israel as a backdrop. -- The student group DREAMers On Grounds at the University of Virginia are hosting DREAM Week from March 27 to April 2, during which students will have the opportunity to attend these events and others. DREAM stands for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors and refers to the DREAM Act, which originally aimed to grant illegal immigrants permanent residency in the United States.......

KXAN     
Abbott: Travis Co. 'worst offender' in releasing charged illegals 
Austin -- Travis County released more criminally charged undocumented immigrants from custody than any other American county highlighted in a new report from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). -- Gov. Greg Abbott called Travis County “the worst offender,” with 142 people released from custody between Jan. 28 and Feb. 3, amounting to nearly 70 percent of the nationwide total in the counties identified by ICE. “Today's report from DHS is deeply disturbing and highlights the urgent need for a statewide sanctuary city ban in Texas,” Abbott said.......

KOIN-TV, etc.     
Oregon counties fail to comply with ICE detainers, etc. 
The Trump administration is stepping up enforcement on immigration. -- On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security published a report showing which local law enforcement agencies failed to comply with orders from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. -- The ICE report issued Monday is said to be the first in what will become a weekly publication. --"This report will be issued weekly to highlight jurisdictions that choose not to cooperate with ICE detainers or requests for notification, therefore potentially endangering Americans,"ICE said in a press release.......

Breitbart      
Calexit? Jerry Brown Asks Trump for Aid --- for the 4th Time 
California Gov. Jerry Brown asked President Donald Trump on Sunday for federal emergency assistance for the fourth time in just two months since the new administration took office, putting the nascent “CalExit” movement in a difficult position. -- While advocates of California secession --- both on the left and operating from abroad --- have hoped to make the case that the Golden State can stand on its own, Brown's repeated requests for help underline the fact that the world's sixth-biggest economy is still dependent on the rest of the country......

Washington Examiner     
6-in-10 worry about illegal immigration, Hispanics fret the most 
About six in 10 worry "a great deal or a fair amount" about illegal immigration, with Hispanics and Republicans at the top of the list, according to a new survey about the hot button issue. -- Gallup found that 59 percent fret over the issue, and the political divide is huge, with 79 percent of Republicans worried but just 48 percent of Democrats feeling the same way. Independents are in the middle at 57 percent.......

RIFuture.org      
ICE releases Trump mandated "immigrant crimes list" 
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has issued its first weekly report on local law enforcement agencies (LEA) that have refused to comply with detainer orders. Known by critics as the “immigrant crimes list” it has been compared to lists created by the Nazis of crimes committed by Jews. -- The entirety of Section 2 of the report is a list of the crimes and countries of origins of those immigrants not detained by law enforcement agencies that do not enforce ICE detainers. ......

Texas Patch      
U.S. Judge Confirms Heightened Austin ICE Action Is Payback For Softened Immigration Policy  
Austin -- The recent sweeps for undocumented immigrants in Austin by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were done in retaliation for the new sheriff's policy ending a close partnership with the federal agency over a preference in focusing on high-level felons for deportation, according to a published report. -- As first reported by the Austin American-Statesman Monday, federal agents privately alerted two magistrate judges in late January they would target Austin with heightened a heightened immigration crackdown. ......

Washington Times    
Sanctuary city slip-ups as LA released arsonist, Philadelphia released murder suspect 
Homeland Security officials on Monday released their first edition of President Trump's name-and-shame list of sanctuary cities, singling out 118 jurisdictions that thwart federal immigration agents and put one murder suspect and a convicted arsonist back on the streets this year. -- All told, at least 200 illegal immigrants whom agents sought to deport were instead released by prisons and jails from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 --- the first week of data under Mr. Trump's shaming policy.......

KDKA     
Pittsburgh To Join Cities "Immigration Day Of Action" 
On Tuesday, Pittsburgh with join with other cities across the nation in “declaring solidarity with our immigrant families and asserting our welcoming values.” -- The action is part of the Cities’ Immigration Day of Action, organized by by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. -- A press release from Mayor Bill Peduto’s Office states, in part......

March 20, 2017

DHS      
DHS releases U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Declined Detainer Outcome Report 
The Department of Homeland Security today issued the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Declined Detainer Outcome Report required by President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order, Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States, signed on January 25. This report will be issued weekly to highlight jurisdictions that choose not to cooperate with ICE detainers or requests for notification, therefore potentially endangering Americans. ICE places detainers on aliens who have been arrested on local criminal charges or who are in local custody and for whom ICE possesses probable cause to believe that they are removable from the United States, so that ICE can take custody of the alien when he or she is released from local custody.......

LA Times   
Political Road Map: California has long depended on an illegal-immigration program that Trump wants to kill 
For all of the unprecedented elements of President Trump's federal budget plans, there's an item buried in the list of detailed spending cuts that has a familiar, contentious political legacy in California. -- Trump has proposed canceling federal government subsidies to states that house prisoners and inmates who are in the U.S. illegally. He's not the first president to try it, and undoubtedly will get an earful from states like California......

PJ Media    
If You're Employed in the Trades, You're Going to Work Alongside Illegals 
In early March, I bid on an exterior paint job in the affluent community of Lake Oswego, Oregon. The lady of the house said something to me that no customer has ever said in my 40 years as a painting contractor. -- She told me that she suspected that one of the other bidders on the job might have been “illegal.” I asked if she meant an unlicensed contractor or an illegal alien. She suspected the latter, and said, “I would never hire illegals when I could give the job to an American citizen like you.”......

Daily Caller      
Almost Half Of Canadians Want Illegal Refugees Deported: Poll 
Support is growing among Canadians to deport illegal refugees who are entering Canada at unofficial border crossings. Almost half of respondents to a new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released Monday want the illegals out of the country. A similar number are critical of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's response to the crisis. -- Only 36 percent of those polled want to keep the refugees in Canada.......

The Columbian     
In age of Trump, Graham favors discrete immigration deals 
Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator from South Carolina, hasn't given up on immigration reform. He was in the Senate to watch comprehensive bills he favored fall apart in 2006, 2007, and 2013. He was one of the presidential candidates whom Donald Trump beat for the Republican nomination in 2016. Trump won that contest after saying he would deport all illegal immigrants over a two-year period. -- But Trump softened on the issue after winning the nomination, and Graham now thinks he can work with him to achieve many of the aims of those earlier bills. He isn't trying to revive comprehensive legislation one more time, but he also rejects the idea of tackling issues a la carte. If Republicans try to enact legislation that only increases enforcement of the immigration laws, he believes Democrats will block it.......

The Journal      
Colorado senator vows to fight president on immigration, Climate change 
Sen. Michael Bennet vowed to fight federal cuts to health care and clean air and water protections during a packed town hall meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel on Friday morning. -- He also called for laws that would that would keep immigrant families together and support the study of climate change. -- Bennet also held meetings in Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Alamosa and Grand Junction as part of a two-day tour of the state.......

WXOW    
US asks Hawaii judge to clarify ruling on Trump travel ban 
The government is asking a federal judge to clarify his order blocking President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, arguing it shouldn't apply to a global freeze on refugees entering the United States. -- A Justice Department motion filed Friday asks U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson to clarify that the temporary restraining order only applies to the president's temporary ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries.......

Daily Caller    
30 Countries Are Refusing To Take Back Illegal Immigrants Convicted Of Serious Crimes 
Approximately 30 countries are refusing to accept the deportations of illegal immigrants who have committed serious crimes in the U.S., according to Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar. -- While these countries are refusing to accept the deportations of these criminals, the U.S. government is still issuing visas and student visas to citizens of those countries, according to the Texan congressman. There is already a law on the books which allows the U.S. to hold visas from a country that is not taking back its criminals, but according to Cuellar, the U.S. is not enforcing it.......

WSJ.com      
Report Tallies Jailed Illegals Released Despite DHS Request 
The Department of Homeland Security said Monday that during one week this year, it learned of 206 undocumented immigrants released from local jails despite requests from the federal government that local officials hold them so they could be processed for possible deportation. -- The data were included in a new report, part of an effort by the Trump administration to pressure law enforcement agencies to cooperate with its stepped-up deportation efforts.......

Daytona Beach News-Journal    
Florida changes course on immigration policy 
Just three years after Florida's Republican leadership approved cheaper college tuition for non-citizens, President Donald Trump has realigned the state's immigration debate and GOP lawmakers are moving in the opposition direction. -- The heated immigration rhetoric from the presidential campaign is echoing across Florida's Capitol as state officials debate legislation designed to crack down on immigrants who do not have legal status. -- "At the end of the day Donald Trump won and he won on a strong immigration platform," said state Rep. Joe Gruters, a Sarasota Republican who is sponsoring one of the immigration bills and co-sponsoring two others. "We're a nation of laws and here in Florida we're no different; people have to respect the rule of law."......

March 19, 2017

KQED    
Oakland proposes boycott of firms working on Trump wall 
Oakland may soon launch a boycott of any company involved in designing or building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. -- Proposals for the Trump administration's multibillion-dollar project are due this week, and more than 600 interested vendors already have signed up on the Federal Business Opportunities website. -- Oakland City Councilman Abel Guillen is sponsoring the boycott resolution that unanimously passed out of committee Tuesday. He said the wall runs counter to the city's values.......

KPNX     
Illegal Immigration supporters rally outside Phoenix Police Headquarters 
A group of protesters rallied in front of Phoenix Police headquarters Saturday to bring attention to a hot button issue they say is re-emerging within their community. -- “We don't want the Phoenix Police or police from Mesa or any cities to start doing what Arpaio did and that was racially profiling our community,” said Sylvia Herrera one of the event's organizers.......

LA Daily News   
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti to help lead Cities Day of Immigration Action 
Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Friday that he will help lead the Cities Day of Immigration Action on Tuesday, when mayors across the country will hold events and speak out in favor of immigrants' rights. -- The event is sponsored by the United States Conference of Mayors, which in January adopted a resolution calling for federal immigration legislation that eliminates obstacles to citizenship for the estimated 10 million to 12 million immigrants living in the country illegally.......

San Bernadino County Sun      
Trump and California headed for clash over sanctuary policies 
California is headed for a civil war with the Trump administration over the issue of sanctuary policies.-- In Washington, President Trump issued an executive order that vows to withhold federal funds from “sanctuary jurisdictions,” and in Sacramento, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, introduced Senate Bill 54, that could put the entire state of California into that category.......

Fox News     
Immigrant high school student on deport list charged in rape of girl, 14 
Two Maryland high school students --- one of whom has an “alien removal” case pending --- forced a 14-year-old female classmate into a bathroom stall on Thursday morning and viciously raped her, police said. -- The suspects, Henry E. Sanchez, 18, and Jose O. Montano, 17, are in ninth grade at Rockville High School. Both are recent arrivals to the U.S., Sanchez from Guatemala and Montano from El Salvador, WUSA9 reported.......

Jackson Sun      
Joe Guzzardi on sanctuary cities 
The Center for American Progress (CAP), a Washington, D.C., think tank Hillary Clinton's former campaign manager John Podesta founded, has released a new report that puts the total of sanctuary cities and counties at about 600, roughly twice previous estimates. -- Since President Donald Trump's inauguration, the mayors of the nation's largest sanctuary cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco, have taken more insolent stances to defend harboring criminals. Mayors Eric Garcetti, Rahm Emanuel and Ed Lee insist that regardless of what measures the Trump administration may take, such as denying the cities federal dollars, their sanctuary status will remain inviolate.......

Cedar Rapids Gazette      
Immigration judges headed to 12 cities to speed deportations 
The U.S. Justice Department is developing plans to temporarily reassign immigration judges from around the country to 12 cities to speed up deportations of illegal immigrants who have been charged with crimes, according to two administration officials. -- How many judges will be reassigned and when they will be sent is still under review, according to the officials, but the Justice Department has begun soliciting volunteers for deployment.......

ImmigrationReform.com     
North Carolina Committee Passes Anti-Sanctuary Enforcement Bill 
The North Carolina House Judiciary Committee voted 6-5 last week to advance House Bill 63 (HB 63), otherwise known as the “Citizens Protection Act of 2017”, to strengthen the state's existing anti-sanctuary law. Former Governor Pat McCrory (R) signed the anti-sanctuary law in 2015, which took a stand against sanctuary policies that limit or prohibit law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities and prohibit law enforcement from inquiring into the immigration status of individuals in custody. These policies, which proponents argue are meant to foster “trust” with law enforcement in immigrant communities, are often designed to protect criminal aliens from detection and removal from the United State. North Carolina's 2015 law fell short by failing to include penalties to cities that choose to unlawfully maintain such policies......

AP     
Trump wants to build 30-foot-high wall at Mexican border 
The Trump administration wants to build a 30-foot-high border wall that looks good from the north side and is difficult to climb or cut through, according to a pair of contract notices posted to a government website further detailing President Donald Trump's promise to build a "big, beautiful wall" at the Mexican border. -- The notices were made public late Friday by Customs and Border Protection, the Homeland Security Department agency that will oversee the project and eventually patrol and maintain the wall. The proposals are due to the government by March 29. ......

Sonoma News    
Online poll: Should Sonoma declare itself a sanctuary city?  
No quarter. That's what the majority of respondents to our latest sonomanews.com poll were giving when we asked readers whether Sonoma should declare itself a “sanctuary city,” joining about 400 other municipalities in the United States who've vowed not to actively work with immigration officials in any efforts to deport non-violent undocumented residents. -- About 52 percent of the responses nixed the idea, which some pointed out could result in a withholding of future grant funds linked to immigration enforcement......

NBC10     
Philadelphia's Largest Cinco de Mayo Celebration Canceled in Fear of Immigration Crackdown 
One of Philadelphia's most prominent Latin American events, El Carnaval de Puebla, has been canceled this year because of what one organizer called “the severe conditions affecting the immigrant community.” -- The annual parade through South Philadelphia has taken place in late April or early May for the last decade and is the city's largest Cinco de Mayo celebration. Organizer Edgar Ramirez said as many as 15,000 gather from as far as New England and Chicago.......

David Olen Cross   
Oregon's Multnomah County Second in Foreign National Crime in February 2017
 
On February 1, 2017 Oregon's Multnomah County had 203 of the 967 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system; the county was second in foreign national crime in the state with 20.99 percent of the criminal aliens in DOC prisons. -- The following table reveals how Multnomah County residents were harmed or victimized by the 203 criminal aliens incarcerated on February 1st in the DOC prison system with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainers.......

March 18, 2017

WSJ.com        
Donald Trump Seeks Billions in New Spending for Immigration Enforcement 
President Donald Trump's budget calls for expanding every corner of immigration enforcement: more agents to track down people living in the U.S. illegally, more jail space to hold them and more judges to process their deportation cases. -- Mr. Trump also wants to hire 20 lawyers to challenge the land rights of owners along the southern border who don't want to sell their land for the promised border wall......

MRCTV         
Border Patrol Just Seized Over $688K in Crystal Meth at U.S.-Mexico Border 
Immigration officials are making good on President Trump's promise to prevent drugs from entering the country. -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Monday seized over $688,000 dollars worth of crystal methamphetamines at the Laredo Port of Entry along the U.S.-Mexico border.......

Fox News         
Driver arrested at US/Mexico border after 4 Chinese illegals found stuffed in trunk 
A driver entering the U.S. from Mexico was arrested Tuesday after customs officials discovered four Chinese immigrants stuffed in the trunk of his car. -- The man, a 24-year-old U.S. citizen, was crossing through the San Ysidro border crossing in San Diego around 5:45 p.m. local time in a 2014 Chrysler 200 sedan when he stopped at the inspection booth, according to a news release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. ......

NewsMax         
Dems Fighting to Block Trump's US-Mexico Border Wall  
Twenty-four Senate Democrats are introducing legislation to stop President Donald Trump from building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and block his efforts to step up immigration enforcement, The Hill reported. -- "Spending billions of taxpayer dollars to wall off the remainder of the border is an exorbitantly expensive and an ineffective substitute for a smart, layered approach to border security," said Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., who is spearheading the effort.......

March 17, 2017

YubaNet.com         
County Sheriffs Line Up Against California Sanctuary Law      
As the Trump administration ramps up deportations of undocumented immigrants, federal officials say they need more lock-ups in which to hold them, especially near the border with Mexico. -- But California may refuse to help --- with detention or any other aspect of the deportation surge. In fact, the state is considering a bill that, among other provisions, would bar county sheriffs from contracting with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house immigration detainees in county jails.......

USA Today          
Trump budget cuts immigration aid and local police are stunned      
President Trump proposed a massive $4.8 billion increase in spending Thursday to combat illegal immigration, but his plan also includes a cut that stuns local law enforcement officials: a Department of Justice grant that helps pay the cost of jailing undocumented immigrants. -- Throughout his campaign, Trump said he would help local communities enforce immigration laws and vowed to punish those that didn't ---- generally referred to as "sanctuary cities" --- by withholding federal funds. Yet his budget would eliminate the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, which would deny aid to localities that help enforce his ramped-up deportation program. The move would save the federal government $210 million this year.......

Merced Sun Star        
California justice doesn't want immigration arrests in court   
The chief justice of the California Supreme Court asked federal immigration agents Thursday to stop making arrests at courthouses, saying "stalking undocumented immigrants" at the facilities thwarts people's access to justice. -- Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye wrote in a letter to top federal officials that she is concerned about recent reports of immigration agents going to the courts to track down immigrants for arrest, saying the practice will affect the public's confidence in the court system.......

Des Moines Register         
23 illegals arrested in Iowa, 86 total in Midwest  
Twenty-three undocumented immigrants were arrested in Iowa last week as part of a federal targeted enforcement operation, according to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement news release Thursday. -- The 23 in Iowa were part of 86 immigrants arrested in the Midwest, as the three-day ICE operation also covered Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska. The operation ended March 9, according to the ICE news release.......

CNBC          
600+ companies are bidding to build Trump's 'border wall' --- including one from Mexico  
More than 600 businesses want in on the action with President Donald Trump's "border wall" --- including one from Mexico. -- Trump will request more than $4 billion in defense spending to build the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, marking the first federal dollars that would be allocated for one of his most divisive campaign promises.......

MV Voice         
County kicks in $3.5M for illegal alien support  
Fearing a zealous immigration crackdown by the new administration in Washington, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to commit millions of dollars toward boosting legal services for immigrants facing deportation proceedings. The decision comes after months of deliberation on how much money to set aside for legal support, and whether county funds ought to support immigrants convicted of serious and violent felonies.......

KTLA          
L.A. County Sheriff Opposes 'Sanctuary State' Bill, Saying it Would Hinder Law Enforcement  
Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell has come out in opposition to a so-called “sanctuary state” bill that would bar state and local policing agencies from using resources for immigration enforcement, according to a letter obtained by The Times. -- n the letter addressed to Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), who introduced the legislation, McDonnell said the measure would block sheriff's officials from safely transferring inmates with immigration violations housed in county jails into the custody of federal immigration agents, forcing those agents “into our communities in order to search out and find the person they seek.”......

Burlington (VT) Free Press         
Advocates call for release of undocumented worker arrested in Burlington 
Migrant Justice, an immigrant rights group led by dairy workers, is calling for the release of a Vermont dairy worker arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Burlington on Wednesday. -- Cesar Alex Carrillo was arrested outside the Edward J. Costello Courthouse on Wednesday morning, while on his way to a hearing to dismiss charges from a 2016 DUI arrest, according to Migrant Justice. A court docket shows the charges were dropped on Wednesday.......

Sunshine State News       
Dem Lawmakers File Bill to Protect Florida's 'Sanctuary Cities' 
Democratic lawmakers are taking a stand against legislation to crack down on sanctuary cities with a counterproposal banning local governments from detaining undocumented immigrants in the Sunshine State. -- The bill would essentially keep Florida's “sanctuary cities” intact, aiming to build upon the work of 29 counties and law enforcement agencies which protect undocumented immigrants from being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. ......

Breitbart          
Judge Considers Ordering President Donald Trump to Double 50,000 Refugee Inflow to the United States 
A federal District Court judge in Maryland is considering whether he should order President Donald Trump to double the annual inflow of refugees up to 100,000 per year. -- Any demand by the judge that the federal government airbus an extra 50,000 migrants --- including many adherents of Islam's sharia legal system --- into American neighborhoods would be an unusual intervention into government roles normally left to the elected President and Congress.......

WBTV       
NC's illegals fear proposal to confiscate cars of unlicensed drivers 
A bill introduced this week into the N.C. General Assembly will make it tougher for undocumented immigrants to drive unhindered in North Carolina. -- House Bill 341, introduced by Oslow County Republican George Cleveland, would require officers to tow and store vehicles operated by a motorists charged with driving without a license – a crime common among the tens of thousands of people living illegally in the state.......

The Hill        
DHS chief gets earful from Dems on immigration      
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly got an earful on Friday from House Democrats outraged over President Trump's aggressive approach to immigration enforcement. -- Kelly met with the Democrats in the Capitol, where the lawmakers --- particularly members of the Congressional Hispanic and Asian Pacific caucuses --- sounded off against Trump's crackdown on undocumented immigrants and his executive orders barring refugees and travelers from six Muslim-majority countries. ......

NewsBusters          
Washington Post Reporter Claims Immigrants Are 'Going Hungry,' But Never Spoke to One   
A Wonkblog item at the Washington Post about immigrants who have been receiving food stamps allegedly deciding to cancel their enrollment has been sharply criticized for a headline change which occurred a short time after the entry went up. It was: "Immigrants are now canceling their food stamps for fear that Trump will deport them"; now it's "Immigrants are going hungry so Trump won't deport them." Despite the headline revision's alarmism, that's nowhere near the most serious problem with Caitlin Dewey's post. [Related from Hot Air]......

Breitbart          
Illegal alien accused of sexually assaulting a child arrested 
A man accused of sexually assaulting a family member has been placed in Bexar County custody. -- Jorge Zapata-Rosas, 29, has been on the run for nearly three weeks. -- Zapata-Rosas was arrested Thursday morning by U.S. Marshal deputies near Zarzamora Street on the West Side.......

Valley Central       
Border Patrol agents arrest Mexican man just 10 days after he was deported 
Border Patrol agents arrested a Mexican man on Monday --- just 10 days after the federal government deported him. -- Agents arrested 50-year-old Daniel Gonzalez-Limas near Hidalgo on Monday, according to the federal criminal complaint against him. -- "Record checks revealed the Defendant was formally Deported / Excluded from the United States on March 3, 2017 through Del Rio, Texas," according to the criminal complaint.......

Breitbart          
Michael Savage Following Alleged Assault: 'It Is Clearly Open Season on Prominent Trump Supporters'  
“It is clearly open season on prominent Trump supporters,” talk radio star Michael Savage told Breitbart News one day after he was reportedly allegedly assaulted at a restaurant in Tiburon, California. -- Savage, who has been credited with aiding President Donald Trump's election, said that he was not able to comment on the specific alleged incident. His attorney told the news media that Savage was verbally taunted and then assaulted by a restaurant patron.......

LA Daily News         
Fiance of woman killed in crash with illegal alien says President Trump called him
An Arleta man whose fiancee was killed in a car crash last month allegedly by an undocumented immigrant who had been deported five times said he has received words of encouragement from President Donald Trump. -- Rodrigo Macias appeared on the television news program “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday morning to discuss the death of his fiancee, Sandra Duran, 42. ......

David Olen Cross         
Oregon's Washington County Third in Foreign National Crime in February 2017 
On February 1, 2017 Oregon's Washington County had 191 of the 967 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system; the county was third in foreign national crime in the state with 19.75 percent of the criminal aliens in DOC prisons. -- The following table reveals how Washington County residents were harmed or victimized by the 191 criminal aliens incarcerated on February 1st in the DOC prison system with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainers.......

MRC TV         
ICE Arrests 8 Illegal Alien Sex Offenders Freed By 'Sanctuary' State 
Finally freed up to do their jobs without getting fired by the administration, U.S. immigration officials rounded up eight illegal aliens with various sex offense convictions who'd been released by the State of New York following their prison sentences. -- These fine examples of “sanctuary city” idiocy include several men convicted of sexual abuse and/or “forcible touching,” a guy charged with child porn crimes, and a man who attempted to rape a 15-year-old girl. All eight had committed these crimes in the United States, been tried and convicted, and then released back into American communities -- some after serving only a few months in prison. ......

The Wrap         
Trump Budget Proposes Killing All Funding for PBS, NPR and National Endowment for the Arts  
President Donald Trump made good on a long-time conservative goal in his first proposed budget Thursday morning, targeting the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities for complete elimination. -- Trump's budget would zero out the $445 million budget for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a relatively small source of funding for programming and broadcast operations on public TV stations and NPR radio stations nationwide, per the Washington Post.......

LA Times         
Trump takes aim at sanctuary cities with a proposal to cut more than $200 million in local funds
Buried in President Trump's budget proposal released Thursday was an opening salvo against so-called sanctuary cities, local jurisdictions he promised to punish for refusing to cooperate with deportation officers. -- Trump wants to slash $210 million in federal reimbursements to state and local jails that hold immigrants convicted of crimes while in the country illegally. The Trump administration called the program "poorly targeted," adding that two-thirds of the money goes to only a handful of states, including California and Illinois, "for the cost of incarcerating certain illegal criminal aliens."......

The Hill      
GOP leaders want details before funding Trump’s border wall
Republican leaders in Congress want more details from President Trump about his proposed border wall before appropriating significant funding for the project. -- They have questions about the design and how the administration would handle the rights of property owners whose land would be used to build the structure. -- “What I'd like to see is a plan that we know is going to be implemented that’s going to be effective before we start writing the check,” said Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas). -- Cornyn said the administration needs to spell out “a layered approach” of “infrastructure, technology and personnel.”......



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