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Texas agent murder triggered
by ground sensor?

Drone zooms in on "suspect" who triggered ground sensor in demonstration of new border technology on Michelle Malkin Investigates. -- Click here for a short clip from that program.
KVIA -- November 20, 2017    
Union: Slain BP agent attacked with rocks while responding to foot traffic that set off sensor  
    El Paso, Texas --- A spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council tells ABC-7 the El Paso Border Patrol agent killed in the Big Bend Sector over the weekend was attacked with rocks.
    The attack happened near Van Horn, Texas, about 30 miles from the US-Mexico border, and about 110 miles southeast of El Paso.
    Slain agent Rogelio Martinez's partner, whose name hasn't been released, remains hospitalized in serious condition.
    Union Spokesman Chris Cabrera told ABC-7 Martinez was responding to foot traffic that set off sensors when he came across a group of individuals.
    Cabrera said Martinez called for back up, and when his partner arrived, the agent found Martinez was unconscious with severe head trauma. The partner then called for back up, and when more agents arrived, the partner was also found with severe injuries, Cabrera said.

Glenn Spencer -- November 21, 2017   
A safer way   
    The tragic loss of a brave U.S. Border Patrol agent may have been the result of his tracking down the alarm from a ground sensor. These sensors are known for their unreliability, which is why DHS/CBP is looking for answers.
    As Michelle Malkin demonstrated from a visit to my ranch, there is a safer way to check out what triggers a ground sensor.
    Watch this brief segment from her CRTV show.

November 21, 2017

Breitbart          
Images Show Where Border Agent was Found, Cast Doubt on AP Source's Knowledge      
Images obtained by Breitbart Texas show the reported exact location where one Border Patrol was found with fatal head wounds and broken bones and another found who also had severe head injuries. Contrary to the report of an Associated Press (AP) source, the “14 foot culvert” the source claimed the agents may have fallen into is clearly not 14 feet deep. The drop, if they had both fallen, would be no greater that 8-9 feet and the culvert has a soft, sandy bottom with few, if any, objects to fall upon.......

WJLA / KFOX         
Trump promises justice after Border Patrol agent murdered      
President Donald Trump has offered condolences to the family of a Border Patrol who was killed in an apparent attack in West Texas. -- Trump says a second officer injured Sunday was "brutally beaten and badly, badly hurt" but "looks like he'll make it."......

WGRZ        
Court orders immigration detention center in Batavia to offer parole hearings      
Advocates say they've won a legal battle over the immigration detention facility in Batavia. -- The NYCLU says a Federal Court has ruled that the facility needs to offer releases on parole or bond for people who are detained and waiting on their asylum hearings. -- "People who came to the U.S. border seeking only refuge will no longer suffer indefinite confinement in New York's largest immigration detention facility,” said Christopher Dunn, associate legal director of the New York Civil Liberties Union in a released statement.......

AP        
Virginia activists plan lawsuit challenging Trump immigration changes      
A northern Virginia advocacy group is planning a lawsuit to challenge the Trump administration's decision to end a program protecting some young immigrants from deportation. -- The Legal Aid Justice Center is holding a press conference Tuesday to announce a lawsuit seeking to reinstate protections for two Virginians who had been enrolled in the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. -- That program extended protections for about 800,000 people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or came with families who overstayed visas. The Trump administration is phasing out the program.......

Breitbart          
Texas Governor Offers $20,000 for Info on 'Murder' of Border Patrol Agent      
The Office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott is offering $20,000 for information on the death of a Border Patrol agent in Texas. One agent was killed and one agent left hospitalized in serious condition after an event on the morning of November, 19, 2017. Border Patrol agents are saying that their brother in service was murdered, though federal agencies are refusing to release any additional information on what occurred. -- Breitbart Texas broke the news of the death and injuries to the agents, as well as the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) asserting that the agent was murdered by illegal aliens smashing his skull in with rocks.......

Breitbart          
Immigrant Aunt of Killed Border Agent Wants Trump's Wall, Father Says Agent was Attacked      
The immigrant aunt of recently killed Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez told The New York Times that she supports Trump's border wall and asked how many more agents have to die before we secure our border. The agent's father told the paper that he saw his son's wounds on his head and believed that his son had been attacked. -- The aunt was identified as a former illegal immigrant who now holds a green card and the father was identified as having been born in Mexico and now being a U.S. citizen. He reportedly came to the U.S. as a temporary migrant construction worker.......

Breitbart          
Republicans Could Face Bloodbath in 2018 Midterm Elections      
The Republican Party is in deep trouble for the 2018 midterm elections, less than a year away. All of the signs point to a “wave” election for Democrats, in spite of the booming economy and high consumer and business confidence. -- The Senate is likely safe --- the Republicans only have eight seats at stake, as opposed to Democrats' twenty-five. But the House is now in real danger, especially with a repeat of 1992's “Year of the Woman” on the horizon.......

November 20, 2017

David Olen Cross -- Salem          
137 Acts of Criminal Alien Homicidal Violence -- Oregon Department of Corrections: Foreign National Homicide Report October 2017
Information obtained from the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) indicated on October 2, 2017 that 137 of the 971 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) in the state's prison system were incarcerated for homicidal crimes (various degrees of murder and manslaughter), 14.11 percent of the criminal alien prison population. -- Using DOC U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainer numbers, the following table reveals the total number criminal alien inmates along with the number and percentage of those alien inmates incarcerated on October 2nd in the state's prisons for homicidal crimes...........

Daily Mail          
President Trump pushes his Mexico wall plans after one border agent is killed and another injured while on patrol in Texas 
The president pushed his plan for a wall between the United States and Mexico on Monday after one Border Patrol agent was killed and another injured while working Sunday in southern Texas. -- Speaking to reporters at the beginning of a cabinet meeting, he called America's southern border 'very dangerous' and 'rough territory,' saying 'that's where the drugs are coming in.' -- 'We are going to have the wall. It's part of what we are doing. We need it,' the president declared.......

KGBT        
Border Patrol agents arrest Mexican with felony drug conviction      
Border Patrol agents arrested a Mexican man with a felony drug conviction last week near Pharr. -- Agents arrested Ricardo Arturo Aguilar-Guerrero, 39, a Mexican citizen who lived in McAllen, on Wednesday. -- The federal government deported Aguilar during December 2016 after he pleaded guilty to possession of less than 1 gram of cocaine, a state jail felony.......

SCPR.org          
Child abducted in Boyle Heights handed over at Mexico border      
Officials say a 15-month-old boy allegedly abducted in Southern California by his father and taken to Mexico has been delivered safely to authorities at the U.S. border. -- Los Angeles police say Noe Reyna's uncle walked up to the Otay Mesa border crossing on Sunday and handed the boy over to U.S. Homeland Security officers. Police say the boy is in good health. -- Authorities said last week that both parents had lost custody rights for their son. When Department of Children Family Services officials arrived Nov. 14 to pick up the child, they found the boy and the father were gone.......

Global News          
Trudeau better not pull a 'Judas' and backstab Mexico on NAFTA: ex-president Vicente Fox      
A former president of Mexico has a warning for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: Don't abandon our country in NAFTA talks like some modern-day “Judas.” -- Vicente Fox warns that would be a mistake. -- The former Mexican president told CTV News that it wouldn't do any good if Canada ditched Mexico in pursuit of a one-on-one trade deal with the U.S., in the misguided belief President Donald Trump would go easier on Canada.......

Mercury News         
Closing arguments today in Kate Steinle shooting trial       
Jurors will hear closing arguments Monday in the trial of the undocumented immigrant charged in the shooting death of Pleasanton native Kate Steinle, a high-profile case that sparked a fevered national debate over immigration policy. -- During the four-week trial, jurors have listened to two competing theories of how Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, 54, an undocumented immigrant who had recently been released from jail, shot and killed Steinle on July 1, 2015, on a pier in San Francisco's Embarcadero neighborhood.......

Goshen News          
"Immigrants" and allies voice opposition to detention center plan       
Potential plans for a new immigration detention facility drew protesters and activists to the steps of the Elkhart County Courthouse Saturday afternoon. -- A few hundred people --- pressed under a phalanx of umbrellas, hoods and ponchos against the rain --- attended a cultural rally where several speakers expressed opposition to the possibility that Nashville-based CoreCivic intends to acquire property along C.R. 7, across from the Elkhart County Landfill. The company operates detention centers for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and also operates correctional facilities across the country.......

Tucson Weekly        
Steve Bannon Beats the Drum Against Illegals in Tucson Appearance       
Ralph Terry was shocked when he heard there would be protests over Steve Bannon being the keynote speaker and award recipient at the Brian Terry Foundation annual award dinner. -- The Foundation chose Steve Bannon as keynote speaker and recipient of the Brian Terry Courage in Journalism and Reporting Award because of Breitbart's reporting on “Operation Fast and Furious,” a botched U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms gunrunning investigation into the movement of guns to Mexican drug cartels during which U.S. officials lost track of the guns.......

KGTV         
One dead, several missing after smuggling attempt, water rescue at La Jolla      
One person is dead and several others are still missing after what authorities believe was smuggling attempt at Pacific Beach Saturday night. -- Authorities say around 11 p.m., lifeguards requested assistance after spotting seven people in a boat off the coast of La Jolla. -- A rescue boat found a 32-year-old man swimming. The man was taken to dock for treatment before being handed over to Border Patrol.......

Daily Signal        
Why Amnesty Should Not Be Part of Any 'Deal' on DACA      
Talk of amnesty deals are making the rounds again in Washington. Here's what you need to know. -- Apparently, the battles over tax reform, Obamacare, and the looming spending bill aren't enough to keep Congress busy. There are increasing rumblings that some lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are looking for ways to give legal status to illegal aliens currently in the United States. -- When President Donald Trump was candidate Trump, he promised that if elected he would end the program known as DACA ---- the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals that gave legal status to illegal aliens brought to the U.S. as minors.......

Conservative Review       
9th Circuit to president of the United States: You answer to us     
We are running out of adjectives to describe the state of emergency in our judicial system. -- The Ninth Circuit ruled last week that not only is Obama's illegal amnesty the law of the land and immigration statutes are no longer allowed, but that Trump must surrender all private legal and political advice he received preceding his decision to terminate Obama's “DACA” amnesty. -- “Put bluntly, the notion that the head of a United States agency would decide to terminate a program giving legal protections to roughly 800,000 people based solely on 256 pages of publicly available documents is not credible, as the district court concluded,” wrote Judges Kim Wardlaw and Ronald Gould, two Clinton appointees. ......

Breitbart          
Illegal Aliens Killed Border Agent by Crushing in His Skull with Rocks, Says NBPC      
Exclusive details have emerged on the early morning attack against Border Patrol agents that left one agent dead and another hospitalized in serious condition on November, 19 2017. Breitbart Texas first broke the news of the death and injuries and now the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) says that their agents on the ground have stated that the agents were tracking a group of illegal aliens who then beat the agents with rocks until one was killed and the other hospitalized.......

Politico          
DACA backers move to avert Supreme Court fight over records     
Advocates for so-called Dreamers made an unexpected move Sunday to head off a looming Supreme Court battle over their demands for more records on the basis for President Donald Trump's decision to end the program offering quasi-legal status and work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children. -- The attempt to shelve the records fight came just three days after a federal appeals court panel sided, 2-1, with those seeking more details on Trump's move in September to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA.......

Ellis County Citizen        
Red Oak shooting suspect at large; May be in Mexico     
On Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at approximately 4:22 p.m., a shooting occurred in the 100 block of Summit Street in Red Oak, Texas. -- The preliminary investigation revealed that an apparent domestic altercation occurred resulting in a 25-year-old female being wounded with non-life threatening injuries from a single gunshot to her left thigh. She was flown to a metroplex hospital as a precaution only. -- After a preliminary ground search of the immediate area, on the day of the offense, officers ultimately determined that the suspect had left the scene in a vehicle after canvassing the area for witnesses.......

November 19, 2017

Breitbart          
Border Patrol Agent Killed, Another in Serious Condition in Texas      
One Border Patrol agent is dead and his partner left hospitalized in serious condition in the Big Bend Sector of Texas. The FBI is leading the investigation while Border Patrol Special Operations agents and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations aircrews are currently searching the area for possible attackers. -- Breitbart Texas learned from a trusted CBP official that details on the matter are scarce.......

Business Insider          
Mexican heroin is flooding the US, and the Sinaloa cartel is steering the flow      
Heroin availability in the US --- and overdose deaths related to drug --- has skyrocketed over the past several years. -- Eleven of the Drug Enforcement Administration's 21 field divisions in the US rated it has the number-one drug threat in 2016. And while the DEA says heroin from Mexico, South America, Southwest Asia, and Southeast Asia is all available in the US, the agency's testing and research indicate that the US's southern neighbor is the dominant source. ......

Conservative Daily News        
Mesa, Arizona GOP Mayor caught calling Trump 'an idiot' on hot mic      
An Arizona Republican mayor firmly planted his foot in his mouth Friday when a hot mic caught an anti-Trump comment at a tax reform event. -- Mesa Mayor John Giles referred to President Donald Trump as “an idiot” while trying to convince Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) to run against him in the 2020 election. -- “Think how much fun it would be just to be the foil, you know, and point out what an idiot this guy is,” Giles said. The comment came just after Flake commented on President Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.......

KVOA -- Tucson         
Brian Terry Foundation honors Steve Bannon, dozens protest decision      
At the annual Brian Terry Foundation dinner on Saturday night in Tucson, Steve Bannon, the Executive Chairman of Breitbart News accepted a Courage in Journalism award. -- "Brian Terry will live in history as a historical figure," Bannon said in front of hundreds inside a hotel ballroom, "and the reason was he brought to the attention of the American people, he put a human face on it, he put a hero's face on it of what is happening on the southern border." ......

NJ Herald / AP         
Democrats press Homeland Security pick on immigration issues      
A group of Senate Democrats is pressing President Donald Trump's choice to lead the Homeland Security Department to endorse bipartisan legislation to shield from deportation thousands of young immigrants brought to the U.S. as young children and living here illegally. -- In a letter sent Friday to Kirstjen Nielsen, the 20 lawmakers said she agreed during her confirmation hearing earlier this month on the need for legislation that would put so-called "Dreamers" on a path to U.S. citizenship.......

Breitbart          
Illegal Alien Not Prosecuted for Assaulting Border Patrol Agent, Says CBP      
Despite promises from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, officials say an illegal alien who sent a Border Patrol agent to the hospital with a concussion is not being prosecuted for assaulting a federal agent. Agents previously told Breitbart Texas this is one of the contributing factors to Border Patrol agents being the most assaulted federal law enforcement officers. -- A U.S. Border Patrol agent received a concussion after being struck in the head by flying metal after an illegal alien plowed through a road sign while allegedly bypassing a checkpoint during a human smuggling run......

Breitbart          
Attorney General Sessions Blasts Obama Amnesty -- 'Lawfully,' DACA 'Cannot Be Defended'      
Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended his ending of a President Obama-created temporary amnesty program for illegal aliens, saying it “cannot be defended” under the Rule of Law. -- In a speech to the Federalist Society, Sessions — a pioneer of the immigration in the national interest movement — blasted the Obama administration's creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that has given temporary amnesty to nearly 800,000 illegal aliens.......

Canada Free Press         
Trump DHS nominee demands amnesty      
President Trump's nominee to run the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) doesn't seem too interested in enforcing the nation's immigration laws. -- At a recent confirmation hearing, she said “we owe” amnesty to the roughly 700,000 illegal aliens now shielded from deportation under President Obama's constitutionally suspect and soon-to-expire Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.......

Breitbart          
Trump-Bashing Cardinals Hailed as Peacemakers and Bridge-Builders      
A new article in Catholic media praises the two cardinals most conspicuous for their vocal criticism of President Trump as champions of a “culture of encounter.” -- In his November 17 essay for Crux, “Tobin and Cupich: Battling the bullies; creating a culture of encounter,” Christopher White holds up Cardinals Joseph Tobin and Blase Cupich as two of the most effective Catholic leaders for overcoming divisions and bringing people together.......

November 18, 2017

Breitbart          
Murder Rate in Mexican Border City Spikes from Cartel Violence      
Tijuana, BCN -- The murder rate in the Mexican border city of Tijuana spiked with a record-breaking number of murders. The number of murders climbed as drug cartels battle over control of key drug trafficking routes and the control of the lucrative street-level drug distribution business in the region. The escalating violence in the large border city can be attributed primarily to the hostilities between the Sinaloa Cartel and their one-time ally, Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG).......

TribLive         
Illegal alien jailed for unlawfully shooting deer      
Authorities this week charged an undocumented immigrant with using a rifle to shoot a deer during archery season. -- Angel R. Amaya, 30, who provided a Beaver Falls address, was arraigned Thursday on a felony count of illegal possession of a firearm by an alien unlawfully in the United States, a misdemeanor count of tampering with evidence, and summary citations of killing a big game animal during a closed season, possession of a firearm during archery season, and illegally possessing a hunting license without taking the required hunter education course ......

Stamford Advocate       
Future looks grim for illegals with protected status, analyst says      
...Out of Connecticut's 1,600 TPS holders, 1,200 are from Haiti, according to data from the Center of American Progress (CAP). The rest are from countries such as Honduras and El Salvador, whose migrants most commonly fall under TPS. --The U.S. could lose $164 billion in gross domestic product if TPS holders from Haiti, Honduras and El Salvador are removed from the work force, estimates from CAP show. Some 1,000 of the 1,200 TPS-holding Haitians in the state work. If deported, the state would lose $75.5 million in economic activity, CAP's analysis showed.......

Union Tribune          
Oceanside illegal alien in Colorado detention caught in court tug-of-war      
An attorney and Immigration and Customs Enforcement are arguing in court over whether an Oceanside man should have his immigration hearing in San Diego or Aurora, Colorado. -- The final location could significantly impact whether the man wins his case. -- Paulino Hernandez-Hernandez, 39, whose wife and two children are U.S. citizens, was pulled over by Border Patrol agents on Highway 78 in June and has spent most of his time since then in a detention facility in Aurora.......

My AJC          
Atlanta mayor under fire amid debate over illegal immigration       
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is drawing fire from multiple sides in the hot-button debate over illegal immigration after recently announcing the city had joined a nationwide effort in finding legal help for immigrants facing deportation. -- When Reed announced the city's new policy this month, he called Atlanta a “welcoming city that stands up for the civil and human rights of every person.” That comment struck one of his critics as hypocritical, given that the Atlanta City Detention Center is holding 264 immigrants facing removal from the U.S........

WCAX        
What does DOJ threat mean for Vermont illegals?      
Burlington -- Could Vermont's position on fair and impartial policing end up costing the state thousands of dollars? -- It's at the core of a threat from the Trump Administration issued to the city of Burlington and the state Wednesday on the police department's position on protecting people's immigration status. -- Eva McKend spoke with Will Lambek from Migrant Justice. He works closely with the very population at the center of the threat -- undocumented immigrants......

Santa Barbara Independent        
Changes Are Coming to Immigration Practices at the Santa Barbara County Jail      
Nearly a year after President Donald Trump entered office and threatened to deport undocumented residents, immigrants' rights advocates have succeeded at essentially turning California into a sanctuary state. But the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office continues to grapple with how it is going to navigate new state laws and relationships it has maintained with federal immigration authorities. -- A debate about this tension took place at a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters on Wednesday at the Santa Barbara Public Library. The league supported the so-called sanctuary state bill --- Senate Bill 54 --- which acted as California's symbolic middle finger to President Trump.......

Inquirer.net         
Mexican authorities find cocaine inside Social Security truck      
Cd. Victoria, Tamps. -- Mexican authorities have seized more than 800 pounds (371 kilograms) of cocaine being transported toward the U.S. border inside a truck bearing the markings of the country's Social Security Institute. --The institute, which runs hospitals and other social services, denied that any of its employees or vehicles was involved in the incident.......

Breitbart          
Antonio Villaraigosa Tries to Boost Latino Turnout in 2018      
California gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa has focused his efforts ahead of the 2018 elections on reaching out to Latino voters. -- “When I ran in 2001 and 2005, I said, ‘I want to be the mayor for all of us,'” Villaraigosa said during Wednesday evening at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, according to the Los Angeles Times.-- He was joined by former Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina and Mickey Ibarra, former director of intergovernmental affairs for former President Bill Clinton, to read excerpts from the book Latino Leaders Speak: Stories of Struggle and Triumph, to which he and Molina contributed. Ibarra reportedly co-edited the book.......

Newsweek       
Trump's Immigration Reform Has Made It So the U.S. Doesn't Need a Border Wall      
Who needs a wall? -- Less than a year into his presidency, Donald Trump is moving swiftly to reshape the nation's immigration system in more concrete ways, curtailing illegal crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border and sending a chill throughout Central America. -- In a stark reversal from the Obama era, the administration has ramped up round-ups of undocumented immigrants regardless of age or criminal history, expanded detention space and stepped up workplace raids.......

New Haven Independent        
Absconder Fights Deportation      
Another undocumented immigrant, this time a father of three in the Annex who said he has paid his taxes and obeyed the law, has been ordered to leave the country by month's end. New Haven's taking up his cause. His story sounds familiar --- with options running out. -- Nelson Pinos, a 47-year-old immigrant who entered the country illegally 25 years ago, tried to fix his undocumented status five years ago to no avail. Every six months since then, he has met with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. At an Oct. 4 check-in in Hartford, authorities told Pinos his time had run out, ordering him to buy a one-way plane ticket back to Ecuador for Nov. 30.......

The Hill          
Trump to take fight over DACA documents to Supreme Court      
The Trump administration plans to ask the Supreme Court to take up a case regarding the release of documents pertaining to President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Politico reported Friday. -- The decision to seek relief from the nation's highest court comes after a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Justice Department's attempt to stop a federal judge's order to release emails, memos and other documents considered part of Trump's decision to end the program.......

WDSU          
Absconder Hides in New Orleans Church      
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ordered a man in New Orleans, Jose Torres, to self-deport.-- With a wife and two young girls, Torres chose to stay in the country under the sanctuary of a local church. He said he is choosing to stay in the country for his family, specifically his two daughters, who have chronic health issues. -- Originally from El Salvador, Torres said he faces great danger if he goes back home. He also doesn't want his children to grow up without their father.......

November 17, 2017

KATU -- Portland -- H/T David Olen Cross -- Salem          
Man convicted of throwing semen on women set to be deported, faces more charges
The man convicted of throwing semen at two Portland women is scheduled for deportation, and he faces more criminal charges .-- Milwaukie police said they've linked the man, Manuel Banuelos-Alcala, 48, to a case from more than two years ago. -- Officers said in March of 2015 Banuelos-Alcala threw semen on a woman at the Safeway store on King Road in Milwaukie. Police said they tested its DNA but didn't get back a positive identification until after officers in Portland arrested the suspect earlier this year...........

Eugene Register Guard -- H/T David Olen Cross -- Salem      
Oregon identity theft scam netted Nigerians $11 million --- and prison
Salem -- A Nigerian man has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for his role in the bilking of over $11 million via an identity-theft scheme from the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Attorney's office for Oregon said Tuesday. -- An IRS agent has said this is one of the largest tax fraud cases in the United States in which stolen personal identification information was used to defraud the IRS, First Assistant U.S. Attorney for Oregon Scott Erik Asphaug told The Associated Press in an email. Its scope is staggering. -- An IRS criminal investigation determined the co-conspirators obtained personal identifying information of more than 259,000 people...........

Press Democrat         
Sonoma County gets Justice Department immigration warning  
Sonoma County is among 29 state and local governments nationwide to receive a U.S. Justice Department letter questioning whether a “sanctuary” policy that limits cooperation with federal immigration enforcement violates the terms of a federal grant they receive. -- It was the latest salvo from the Trump administration, which has threatened to stop the flow of federal money to places that do not provide immigration officials access to local jails or give 48-hour advance notice when suspected undocumented immigrants are to be released.......

WKRG        
Illegal Alien Charged With Child Sex Abuse in Baldwin County, Ala.      
An undocumented immigrant is behind bars in Baldwin County accused of sexually abusing a child, according to Foley Police. -- Melvin Omar Acevedo-Rodriguez, 34, is an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, Foley Police Chief Thurston Bullock told News 5. -- Chief Bullock said Acevedo-Rodriguez's wife discovered inappropriate pictures of a female family member.......

Breitbart          
Hispanic Caucus Builds Wall Against GOP Latino Representative      
A Hispanic GOP politician says he is being excluded from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus because of “bigotry,” but a caucus spokesman said he was blocked for not supporting the identity group's “values.” -- Florida GOP Rep. Carol Curbelo had applied to join the all-Democratic caucus, but it barred him in a November 16 vote. -- Politico reported that he was excluded because he did not comply with the caucus' political priorities.......

MLive.com         
Honduran illegal alien faces deportation in Michigan job-site probe      
Grand Rapids -- U.S. Border Patrol says a Houston construction company and others have used workers in the U.S. illegally to construct Family Dollar and Dollar General stores in Northern Michigan. -- "One company in particular is Montoya Erectors," Border Patrol agent Niklas Green wrote in a federal criminal complaint. -- He said Border Patrol agents have arrested "multiple" workers for Montoya Erectors who are in the U.S. illegally.......

SF Examiner        
Illegal alien now faces first-degree murder for death of Kate Steinle      
Jurors in the Kate Steinle murder trial will be able to convict an undocumented homeless man of first-degree murder after prosecutors sought the more serious charge against him, a San Francisco judge decided Wednesday. -- Since the beginning of the trial, the prosecution has argued that a Mexican national named Jose Ines Garcia Zarate is guilty of second-degree murder for the death of Steinle, who was struck by a ricocheted bullet on Pier 14 on July 1, 2015. -- But San Francisco Superior Court Judge Samuel K. Feng agreed with prosecutor Diana Garcia on Wednesday that jurors should consider first-degree murder as well as second-degree murder during deliberation, according to the District Attorney's Office.......

WFAA  / KENS        
Watch as Border Patrol agents track down illegals and smugglers at night      
When lights go out and the country sleeps, federal agents work around the clock to stop the flow of illegal drugs and people at the U.S.-Mexico border. It's an effort that doesn't always prove successful especially under the cover of darkness. -- As the sun sets on the ranch lands of Falfurrias, Texas, night falls with it leaving few sources of light. -- The KENS 5 Border Team rode with the U.S. Border Patrol along one of the most trafficked areas by human smugglers and undocumented immigrants along the southern border seeking to make it passed the Falfurrias checkpoint undetected.......

KTLA          
DACA Negotiations Stall as Trump Demands Broader Immigration Crackdown      
Bipartisan negotiations over protecting so-called Dreamers from deportation have stalled over demands from President Trump and Republican lawmakers that any new law also include tougher measures on legal and illegal immigration. -- The legislative impasse persists more than two months after Trump ordered a gradual end to an Obama administration program known as DACA, for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, to give Congress time to act on an alternative. Failure to reach agreement by December could jeopardize action on a separate government-funding bill, threatening a shutdown.......

CNBC  / Reuters     
IBM urged to avoid working on 'extreme vetting' of US immigrants      
A coalition of rights groups launched an online petition on Thursday urging IBM to declare that it will not develop technology to help the Trump administration carry out a proposal to identify people for visa denial and deportation from the United States. -- IBM and several other technology companies and contractors attended a July informational session hosted by immigration enforcement officials that discussed developing technology for vetting immigrants, said Steven Renderos, organizing director at petitioner the Center for Media Justice.......

Union Tribune      
Border Patrol agent injured after Mexican national blasts through checkpoint      
A Border Patrol agent was injured when a Mexican national sped through a check point near Pine Valley, prompting a pursuit that, at times, reached speeds of 100 mph, a federal official said Thursday. -- The 27-year-old driver was on east Interstate 8 near the Pine Valley checkpoint Tuesday about 10:30 a.m. when he suddenly made a U-Turn into oncoming traffic, said Mary Beth Caston, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman. He then made another U-Turn, heading east again, and blasted through the checkpoint at 70 mph.......

Politico       
Court won't halt judge's demand for details on DACA cancellation decision      
An appeals court has cleared the way for a federal judge to force the Trump administration to make public more of its internal documents on the decision to rescind the program granting quasi-legal status and work permits to so-called Dreamers. -- A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted, 2-1, to rebuff the Justice Department's attempt to halt U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup's order that the administration turn over emails, letters, memos and legal opinions considered in the course of the decision announced in September to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program created in 2012 under President Barack Obama......

Breitbart          
DHS Renewing Catch-and-Release in Texas, Says Border Patrol Council      
Border Patrol agents say they are being forced into a catch-and-release situation again because immigration officials do not have room to house the increasing numbers of illegal aliens. The crossing figures have risen each of the past several months. -- Border Patrol Agent Brandon Judd, in his capacity as president of the National Border Patrol Council, told the Washington Times that illegal immigration is surging again to the point where U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials do not have the capacity for detentions.......

East Bay Times         
Berkeley school board joins suit seeking to block Trump from axing DACA       
The Berkeley Unified School District has joined a federal lawsuit seeking to block the Trump administration from scuttling DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. -- DACA was established under the administration of Barack Obama to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation and allow them to work in the United States legally.......

CIS.org        
NY Times Continues to Mislead on Immigration      
A recent article in the New York Times by Eduardo Porter on immigration enforcement is a great example of what's wrong with so much of the immigration coverage in the establishment press, particularly the Times. Jessica Vaughn and I dedicated a whole piece in National Review to Porter's incorrect use of enforcement statistics, but the problems with Porter's article do not end there. His whole analysis of the economics of immigration is extremely one-sided. Porter argues that growers will not raise wages or attract any native-born people to farm labor, and therefore farmers must have continual access to immigrant workers --- legal or illegal. Porter talks to no one with a different point of view, even if only to dismiss their arguments......

US News          
Washington State Justices: Immigration Status Usually Inadmissible      
The Washington Supreme Court has adopted a rule saying a person's immigration status is "generally inadmissible" in court, a measure designed to help those who might fear bringing a civil suit or testifying in a criminal case because of their immigration status. -- The measure, which takes effect next September, is believed to be the first of its kind in the country, The Seattle Times reported Wednesday. Under it, immigration status is inadmissible unless lawyers establish a compelling reason to raise it.......

Vox      
Hundreds of illegals will get to resubmit DACA renewals originally rejected as "late"      
Many immigrants who did everything right to reapply for one last round of protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — but missed the deadline due to circumstances beyond their control --- are going to get another chance after reporting by Vox and others about how unfairly the administration enforced the deadline. -- The Trump administration initially claimed that 4,000 immigrants missed the October 5 deadline to apply for one last two-year extension of protections under the DACA program, which the administration announced in September would be shut down over the next six months (with an official end date of March 5, 2018). .....

Narrative News        
Trump Hiring 12 Attorneys to Seize Border Wall Land      
The Trump administration is hiring a small army of attorneys to fight landowners so the government can seize the property needed to build the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border that President Donald Trump promised his supporters. -- It is not clear how many Americans will have their land seized, how long the process will take, or how much it will cost, according to a new report published by Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security Committee Monday. But the administration is gearing up for a fight nonetheless.......

November 16, 2017

Burlington Free Press          
Justice Department questions Vermont, Burlington immigration policies      
The Justice Department has targeted Burlington and the state of Vermont as part of a move Wednesday to crack down on communities with immigration policies that run afoul of the Trump administration's approach. -- Letters to 29 cities and states raised the possibility of pulling federal grant money unless the Justice Department is convinced that local policies align with those of the administration. The grant funding totals tens of thousands of dollars for Burlington and about half a million dollars for Vermont.......

Detroit News          
Grand Rapids immigration policy doesn't cover police      
Officials in Grand Rapids have adopted a new policy that bars most city workers and staff from asking residents about their immigration status, with the exception being police. -- The Grand Rapids City Commission adopted the policy Tuesday, the Grand Rapids Press reported . The ordinance was drafted over the last year by the Community Relations Commission, the city's diversity and inclusion manager, local police and the city's lawyers.......

CNBC          
Federal Reserve president says country needs more immigration to save economy      
The U.S. economy faces higher deficits, reduced government benefits and near-zero interest rates unless policymakers act aggressively, Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester said Thursday. -- In a speech to the Cato Institute in Washington, Mester painted a bleak picture driven in part by an aging population and lower productivity. Rising Social Security and health costs already are projected to carve a bigger hole in the federal budget, pushing the deficit to an unacceptable level.......

NY Daily News         
"Dreamers" blame mail failure for DACA rejections in federal lawsuit      
Dreamers fighting against the abrupt end of federal protections say they've got a new issue --- about 4,000 renewal applications doomed for rejection because they've been gummed up in the mail. -- Attorneys behind a Brooklyn federal lawsuit fighting the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program say they want to make changes to their suit to address the mail fail surrounding the critical paperwork.......

Houston Patch         
Mexican National Convicted Of Drug Trafficking In Houston      
A 28-year-old undocumented Mexican immigrant in Houston was sentenced to federal prison for his conviction of trafficking nearly six kilograms of methamphetamine. -- Jesus Ortiz-Flores , who pleaded guilty Aug. 12, 2016, was sentenced on Nov. 13 by Senior U.S. District Judge David Hittner to 25 years in federal prison. -- Since he's not a U.S. citizen, Ortiz-Flores is expected to face deportation proceedings following his prison term.......

KGBT          
Woman attempted to cross Hidalgo bridge with cocaine strapped to her thigh      
Officers arrested a 23-year-old woman Monday after she attempted to cross the Hidalgo bridge with a bundle of cocaine strapped to her thigh, according to court records. -- Lorena Barrera, 23, of McAllen attempted to walk across the bridge from Reynosa to Hidalgo on Monday. Officers sent Barrera to secondary inspection for a pat-down. -- They found a kilogram of cocaine strapped to her right thigh, according to the criminal complaint. Barrera said someone offered her $500 to smuggle cocaine across the border.......

Seattle Times          
King County Council chairman accuses Trump administration of ‘bullying' sanctuary jurisdictions       
The Trump administration fired another salvo against so-called sanctuary jurisdictions Wednesday by sending letters to 29 cities, counties and states — including Seattle and King County — threatening to rescind criminal-justice grants. -- Seattle Mayor Tim Burgess and Metropolitan King County Council Chairman Joe McDermott responded sharply, both denying the letters' assertion that they might be violating federal law. -- “This is about bullying and intimidation,” said McDermott, who noted that he learned of the letter purportedly sent to him when reporters started calling. It hadn't arrived by late Wednesday, he said.......

ImmigrationReform.com         
ICE: Sanctuary Cities Freed 10,000 Aliens to Commit Crimes      
Politicians and police chiefs in sanctuary cities say their policies make for safer communities by encouraging illegal aliens to report crimes without fear of deportation. -- Turns out that criminal aliens are getting free passes, too, making those communities much more dangerous. -- “Nearly 10,000 criminal aliens that have been released [in sanctuary cities], rather than turned over to ICE, have recommitted other crimes,” said Thomas Homan, acting director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (Earlier this week, President Trump nominated Homan to be ICE's permanent director.)......

KGUN -AP        
Joe Arpaio loses bid to disqualify judge from profiling case      
Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio has lost a bid to get a judge disqualified from a racial profiling lawsuit that ultimately discredited his immigration patrols and led to a criminal case against the lawman. -- U.S. District Murray Snow on Tuesday rejected the request that Arpaio and his former second-in-command Jerry Sheridan made days after Arpaio was defeated in last year's election. -- Six months before Arpaio's defeat, the judge found Arpaio and Sheridan to be in civil contempt of court for defying a court order to stop the sheriff's traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.......

KGTV          
Activists want to rename San Diego's Chicano park      
It's one of San Diego's most iconic parks, but there's a push to change its name and possibly everything it stands for. -- In September, two very different sides clashed at Chicano Park. The clash required police to break it up. -- The park is the heart of Barrio Logan and its murals are a colorful reminder of its history. -- Jorge Gonzales says it's symbolic of the civil rights movement of the 70s. “These murals tell the story of the Civil Rights era. Right? That went far and beyond Barrio Logan and Chicano Park,” said Gonzales.......

Breitbart          
Establishment Leaders Urge Rush to Huge, Expensive, Open-Ended Amnesty      
The bipartisan national-security establishment from the past three administrations is urging Congress to pass legislation before the end of the year that would give amnesty to roughly 3.3 million illegal aliens. -- In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), 13 national security officials asked that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Dick Durbin's (D-IL) DREAM Act be quickly passed through the House and Senate.......

Fox News        
Democrats Float Taking Away Trump's Power to Launch Nuclear Weapons      
Democrats floated the idea of taking away President Trump's power to launch a nuclear attack on an enemy, claiming the president is too "unstable" to be trusted with the responsibility. -- The concerns come as the administration continues to exchange heated language with North Korea, which has threatened nuclear strikes on the U.S. -- "We are concerned that the President of the United States is so unstable, is so volatile, has a decision-making process that is so quixotic that he might order a nuclear weapons strike that is wildly out of step with US national security interests," Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said at a Senate foreign affairs committee hearing on Tuesday.......

Oregon Live -- H/T David Olen Cross -- Salem          
Justice Department threatens to cut Oregon federal grant funds over immigration policies
The U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday that the state of Oregon and Multnomah County are among so-called sanctuary jurisdictions that could lose public safety grants unless they prove they don't have laws and policies that allow withholding information from immigration agents. -- A preliminary review found that sections of Multnomah County Sheriff's Office policy, a state statute and a recently signed state law that expands sanctuary protections could violate federal law, the Justice Department said in letters requesting a response by Dec. 8...........



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