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Mexico to take a dangerous left turn?

Andrés Manuel López Obrador 2012
Washington Times -- December 14, 2017  
A risky president for Mexico   
    
ANALYSIS/OPINION:The course of American-Mexican relations never has run particularly smooth. There was the Mexican-American war in the mid-19th century, of course, and there's always the inherent tension with one big, rich country to the north sharing a lengthy border with a poor, perennially corrupt and struggling nation to the south. “Poor Mexico,” goes one ancient lament south of the border, “so far from God, so close to the United States.”
    Donald Trump courted controversy by charging in his presidential run in the summer of 2015 that the Mexican government was sending its “undesirables” across that border into the United States. Mexico has exported its poverty problem to the United States for at least a generation. It's undeniably true that drugs manufactured or shipped through Mexico have been making their way into American communities at an alarming clip. But saying so isn't always considered neighborly.
    Nevertheless, despite the president's occasional incendiary rhetoric, relations between Mexico and the United States have remained relatively placid for the past year. That might be because Mr. Trump has not yet built his wall along the border, nor has the United States withdrawn from NAFTA, both subject to change. Or it might be that Mr. Trump has made it clear that the United States is no longer a sanctuary for border-crossers. That, too, is subject to change.
    Next year, however, things look a bit more dicey. It appears increasingly likely that an anti-American leftist will ascend to the Mexican presidency next summer. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has run for the presidency twice, and came dangerously close to making it both times. No fan of the democratic process, after losing in 2006 Mr. Lopez Obrador put on an endless series of mass protests in Mexico City. Public-opinion polls now show him well ahead of his rivals for the election next July 1. The ruling party suffers from a succession of corruption scandals and an ever more violent drug war.
    Mr. Lopez Obrador was extracted from the mold of Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, and Nicolas Maduro, a demagogue with a gift of incendiary rhetoric, mobilizing his supporters in the streets, and itching to spend government money like a drunken sailor (or a sober Democratic politician). He has made no secret of his scorn for the United States and President Trump.
    Mr. Lopez Obrador would be a disaster for Mexico. His election would be a disaster for north of the border as well. A collapsing Mexican economy ---- guaranteed if he implements anything like the Castro/Chavez economic fantasy he admires --- would send new millions of Mexicans fleeing across the border into the United States. He has floated the idea of a mass amnesty for drug gangsters. This would liberate some very horrible people, and ensure that drug gangs would operate with impunity, and more violence and more drugs surging across the Rio Grande.
    There's a lot at stake for the United States, because what happens in Mexico, alas, doesn't stay in Mexico.

December 15, 2017

American Thinker         
Do the DACA recipients realize they've been used?      
The Democrats backed away from their threat to shut the government down if Congress didn't amnesty Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients. This should be a clue to DACA recipients that they have been used as political tools all along. -- Because for a while there, nothing was more important to Democrats than getting these foreigners the benefits of U.S. residency and citizenship.......

Express News          
A DACA fix this year looks unlikely      
Democrats in Congress are growing increasingly pessimistic that an agreement to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation can be reached this year. -- Laredo Democrat Henry Cuellar says it might take a miracle to get a deal done before lawmakers go home for the holidays. -- But immigration advocates hold out hope an agreement can be achieved in the Senate, which yet could force action in the House before likely adjournment next week. Bipartisan negotiations among senators were under way Thursday........

Examiner          
Trump praises police, slams immigration lottery at FBI Academy      
President Trump vowed to defend police against "dangerous" and "malicious" attacks and to push for an immigration system that focuses on the merits of applicants during a wide-ranging speech at the FBI Academy on Friday. -- "America's police will have a true friend and loyal champion in the White House --- more loyal than anyone else can be," Trump said at the academy's graduation ceremony, at which state and local police officers celebrated the completion of a 10-week law enforcement course.......

CBS-NY         
Judges Hear Arguments On Whether Case To Preserve DACA Can Go Forward      
A federal appeals court in Manhattan heard arguments Thursday over whether a lawsuit to preserve the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals initiative, or DACA, can go forward. -- As WCBS 880's Alex Silverman reported, the aim of the lawsuit is to block President Donald Trump's decision to end DACA. But the arguments on Thursday were over whether the plaintiffs can have access to documents related to that decision. ......

SF Examiner          
Spending bill must include DACA compromise      
On Nov. 28, President Donald Trump tweeted: “Meeting with ‘Chuck and Nancy' today about keeping the government open and working. Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes. I don't see a deal!” -- With a curious tendency for inexplicable capitalizations, the President of the United States exclaims, demeans, stereotypes, minimizes, disempowers and broadly criminalizes people with this tweet, probably because he was reluctant to attend a meeting where he knew he would be forced to defend his unsecured position.......

Lifezette          
Ingraham Squares Off Against Rep. Scott Taylor on DACA      
"The Ingraham Angle" host Laura Ingraham and Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Va.) clashed Wednesday night over amnesty --- about whether it should be granted and even how to define the word. -- Ingraham noted that Taylor was one of 34 Republicans to sign a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) urging Congress to take up legislation to grant lawful status to people illegally brought to America as children by their parents.......

Breitbart          
CBS News Drone Crash Shuts Down Border Patrol Checkpoint in Texas, Say Authorities      
A drone operated by a CBS 60 Minutes film crew crashed into a power line, forcing a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint to temporarily shut down screening operations. The accident also resulted in the loss of power to a small numbers of homes in the sparsely populated area. -- The drone crash occurred in the northern part of Webb County, Texas, on Tuesday between Laredo and San Antonio. Officials stated the crash happened near the checkpoint operated by Border Patrol agents used to interdict drug and human smuggling operations, KGNS reported.......

December 14, 2017

McClatchy        
Mexican illegal alien acquitted in Kate Steinle shooting seeks new trial on gun charge      
The Mexican man acquitted of murder in the shooting death of a San Francisco woman that sparked a national immigration debate on Thursday sought a new trial for his conviction on illegal gun possession. -- Lawyers for Jose Ines Garcia Zarate filed court papers arguing that the judge failed to properly instruct jurors before they found him not guilty last month of killing Kate Steinle on a popular pier in 2015.......

Newsbusters         
Univision Sets GOP Up for Blame on Failed DACA Fix      
It is no secret that high levels of immigration are crucial to the long-term survival of Univision. Accordingly, the network's position requires the scuttling of potential compromises that could potentially constitute less than “the whole enchilada” when it comes to securing a massive amnesty for millions of people currently unlawfully present in the country. The current battle over the future of DACA is indicative of the approach of America's leading Spanish-language media platform. -- Watch as outgoing Chicagoland Congressman Luis Gutiérrez (who once compared convicted FALN terrorist Oscar López Rivera to George Washington) flippantly refuses so much as to consider a Republican Senate compromise that preserves DACA for three years in exchange for increased border security (among other things)......

The Hill          
Rahm Emanuel pitches new Chicago motto: 'The city Trump will never sleep in'      
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) is proposing a new motto for the city that takes aim at President Trump. -- Emanuel, who served as chief of staff under former President Barack Obama, told Stephen Colbert that he has declared Chicago a “Trump-free zone” and joked that its new motto is “A city he'll never sleep in.” -- “We don't want him,” Emanuel said on “The Late Show” Wednesday night. ......

Breitbart          
Mark Krikorian: Chain Migration Is 'Nepotism in Immigration'      
The process of chain migration, where new immigrants to the United States can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives with them to the country, is “nepotism in immigration,” Center for Immigration Studies Director Mark Krikorian says. -- In an interview with “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday, Krikorian explained how chain migration — which makes up more than 70 percent of all immigration — had brought low-skilled, low-wage foreign workers to the United States, allowing immigrants to decide who gets access to the country.......

KNSD        
San Diego City Council votes to to join DACA lawsuit      
The San Diego City Council voted today to join three lawsuits designed to nullify President Donald Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. --On a series of 5-1 votes in closed session, the council voted to submit briefs in support of the plaintiffs. -- Councilman Scott Sherman dissented, while colleagues Chris Cate, Mark Kersey and Lorie Zapf weren't present when the votes were taken.......

Breitbart          
'Soros Plan' for Europe Mass Migration Rejected      
The Hungarian government has received millions of notarised responses to its National Consultation on the 'Soros Plan' for mass migration, with the public rejecting it overwhelmingly. -- The consultation, which has received over 2.1 million notarised responses by post alone, was issued in order to gauge public support for the government's determined opposition to the migrant crisis plan written by billionaire financier and open borders activist George Soros, who recently pumped $18 billion into what the Hungarian premier calls “bogus civil society organisations” to advance his goals.......

Breitbart          
Ghanian National Who Pleaded Guilty to Nearly $300,000 Worth of Food Stamp Fraud May Face Deportation 
A Ghanian national who pleaded guilty Thursday to conducting nearly $300,000 worth of food stamp fraud may face deportation. -- Prosecutors say that Esther Acquaye, 49, who owned Esther's Fashion Paradise in Worcester, Massachusetts, allowed Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to trade their benefits for cash, paying them 50 cents for every SNAP dollar redeemed. -- She then pocketed the full value of the SNAP benefits from the federal government.......

ImmigrationReform.com         
Heaven Help Us! Churches and Illegal Aliens     
A local news station is reporting that four churches in the Syracuse, N.Y., area have joined together to provide “sanctuary” to illegal aliens. The Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition says that it “has formed to stand in solidarity with undocumented immigrants.” -- According to Pastor Fred Daley, of All Saints Roman Catholic Church, “A person who would be fleeing ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] would be able to live in sanctuary.” Pastor Daley also asserted that, “By tradition the government has never crossed the line into church grounds to break sanctuary.”......

CIS.org         
US Absent from Mexico Talks on 'Global Compact for Migration'      
The Trump administration earlier this month decided to end its participation in the United Nations "Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration" days before a meeting in Mexico City. The withdrawal was to be expected, but by pulling out prior to the multinational gathering, the administration missed an opportunity to make a case to world leaders for its approach to migration......

Reading Eagle         
Bombing underscores NYC subway system's vulnerability      
The crude pipe bomb that exploded beneath the streets of New York this week served as a chilling reminder of the vulnerability of the city's subway system, a 24-hour-a-day operation with 472 stations and more than 5 million daily riders. -- While police say the nation's largest subway system has some of the tightest security possible that still allows busy New Yorkers to get where they're going, they acknowledge they can't be everywhere or anticipate every kind of attack, particularly in this era of lone-wolf terrorism.......

Holland Sentinel      
Victor Davis Hanson: Why Trump should consider a post-Twitter presidency      
Almost every supposedly informed prediction about President Donald Trump's compulsive Twitter addiction has so far proved wrong. -- He did not tweet his way out of the Republican nomination. Spontaneous social media messaging did not lose Trump the general election race with Hillary Clinton. Nor has Trump tweeted his presidency into oblivion. -- Instead, Trump's tweets have not just bypassed the mostly progressive media but sent it into a tizzy. In near-suicidal fashion, networks such as CNN have melted down in hatred of Trump, goaded on by Trump's Twitter digs.......

WBUR          
In Two Oregon Towns, Local Jails Aid ICE Despite State's Sanctuary Law      
Oregon has a long history of protecting immigrants. For the last 30 years, it's been a sanctuary state with a law designed to limit how much state and local police can help federal immigration agents. -- But for years, two local jails in the state have regularly housed detainees for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The jails are playing a clear role in the federal government's efforts to deport immigrants in the country unlawfully.......

KJZZ       
Arizona Sen. Steve Smith: Border Security Trust Fund Money Wasn't Actually For A Wall      
When the Arizona Legislature originally set up the Border Security Trust Fund six years ago, lawmakers billed it as a privately funded solution for building a border wall along Arizona's 378 mile border with Mexico. -- The program was launched online and received donations from the around the country initially.-- However, funds fell far short of affording the estimated $3-7 million needed to build each mile. -- Sen. Steve Smith of Maricopa now denies the fund was actually for building a wall, but said it was good PR at the time. -- "It was to do nothing other than to shame the federal government into doing their job," he said, referring to the political climate under then President Barak Obama.......

Breitbart          
Michelle Malkin: 'How Many More People Have to Die' Before Congress Ends 'Visa Lottery?'      
Wednesday on Fox News Channel's “Fox & Friends,” conservative commentator Michelle Malkin slammed Republicans and Democrats in Congress for failing to end the so-called diversity visa lottery program, an immigration policy that's been under fire for being exploited by foreign terror suspects. -- Malkin attacked the GOP-led Congress for not having already ended the visa lottery, where 50,000 visas are randomly given out to foreign nationals from a multitude of countries.......

GOPUSA          
Piers Morgan to 'shuddering' British liberals: 'Donald Trump delivers on his promises'      
Journalist Piers Morgan says “physically shuddering” friends who loath President Trump “cannot continue to deny” his efforts to fulfill campaign promises.-- The host of “Good Morning Britain” took to the op-ed pages of the Daily Mail on Monday to persuade “hysterical liberals screaming themselves digitally hoarse” that America's commander in chief will thwart them until they seek an honest assessment of his appeal. -- The journalist said that while Mr. Trump may say and do “offensive and totally unnecessary things,” U.S. voters see him as a man of his word.......

Breitbart          
Border Patrol Agents Seize Radio Communications System from Mexican Cartel Smugglers      
Federal agents continue encountering sophisticated drug smuggling operations whose members use radio communication systems, scouts, and other measures to avoid capture. -- In one of the most recent cases, U.S. Border Patrol agents near Ajo used tracking dogs to follow and capture a group of drug smugglers moving along a remote mountain pass, information released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection revealed. Authorities were able to seize 224 pounds of marijuana and a bag with nine pounds of methamphetamine. The agents arrested a 32-year-old man from Mexico but were not able to grab the other smugglers. ......

December 13, 2017

KALB         
DHS secretary: Border wall would help ease 'national crisis'      
The new head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says she hopes construction on a border wall will begin soon. -- Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen made the remarks Wednesday while standing in front of the existing border fence north of the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas. She said she didn't know when the government could start building. Border wall prototypes are being tested in San Diego. -- A $1.6 billion proposal to fund 60 miles (97 kilometers) in Texas has stalled in Congress. -- Nielsen says the U.S. immigration system faces a "national crisis" that also requires changes to reduce the number of asylum claims made by people entering the country and to speed up deportations.......

CIS         
Considerations on "Travel Bans", Extreme Vetting, and Terror      
Two very different stories that came out during the same news cycle have had me reflecting on the comparisons and juxtapositions between the two: --  "Trump Sued By Refugees In Calif. Court Over 3rd Travel Ban", published by Law360 (partially behind a paywall); and "Bomber Strikes Near Times Square, Disrupting City but Killing None", published by the New York Times. -- The first story tells us that, once again, a group of cherry-picked and sympathetic plaintiffs, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other migrant advocacy groups, has filed suit in a U.S. District Court in California seeking to have the Trump administration's "Travel Ban Version 3.0" enjoined, despite the Supreme Court having recently ruled in favor of the unfettered implementation of the executive order, at least pending full review by that court.......

Ira Mehlman --The Hill          
New York should get used to terrorism if Congress refuses to fix the borders      
As a jihadist, Akayed Ullah (thankfully) turned out to be the most incompetent terrorist since the Underwear Bomber. But what he inadvertently succeeded at was turning the spotlight, yet again, on America's failed immigration policies and Congress's misplaced priorities for immigration reform. -- Ullah turned up at New York City's Port Authority terminal on Monday courtesy of two utterly inane components that account for some two-thirds of our legal immigration flow: family chain migration and the visa lottery.......

CBS8        
Border Rally Brawl: Deputies accused of slow response to rally violence      
Sheriff's Deputies have been accused of being slow to break up a violent brawl that broke out at a border wall rally in Otay Mesa over the weekend. -- On Tuesday, both sides shared their stories with the Citizen's Law Enforcement Review Board. -- After hearing both sides of the border wall protest, the Citizen Review Board will now consider arguments made about how well deputies broke up the violence. -- “When he [border wall supporter] punched me in the cheek, the plastic broke and lacerated my face,” he said.......

KVOA         
Woman busted at the border for meth      
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a 20-year-old woman, Saturday at Arizona's Port of San Luis. -- The woman was identified as a U.S. citizen living in Mexico. During her vehicle inspection officers found over 40 pounds of methamphetamine. They found it in the vehicles quarter panels and center console.......

KRGV         
Border Patrol Encountering More Gang Members Crossing Mexico-US Border Illegally      
The federal government is adding more resources to help put gang members behind bars. -- A briefing by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions explained the Justice Department convicted more than 1,000 gang members this year. -- Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley sector shows many are caught along the border with Mexico. -- The Lake Texano MH and RV Resort, located along the U.S. - Mexico border, shows the wildlife engulfed in south Texas.......

Breitbart          
DHS Secretary: Trump Is Focused on Ending 'Misguided’ Chain Migration, 'Outdated’ Visa Lottery      
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen touted the end of family-based mass immigration and the Diversity Visa Lottery program after it was revealed that an alleged suicide-bomber in New York City gained entry to the United States by taking advantage of the current legal immigration system. -- On Monday, 27-year-old Akayed Ullah, a Bangladesh national, injured three individuals when he allegedly tried to detonate a suicide bomb in New York City in a planned terrorist attack.......

MRCTV       
'My Way or the Highway': Guitiérrez Rejects GOP Overture for DACA Deal      
CLAUDIA UCEDA, UNIVISION CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENT: A group of Republican senators filed a bill that seeks to extend DACA for three years, and increase border security, among other things- which Democrats do not support. -- REP. LUIS GUTIÉRREZ: Don't even think about it. Nor is it something that should... we're not going to waste time discussing it (the Republican DACA compromise bill), and... because there's nothing there.......

Houston Public Media        
DHS Secretary Visits Texas And Says Sanctuary Cities Should Not Receive Federal Funding      
Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), visited Austin on Tuesday and said the federal government wants to eliminate so-called sanctuary states and sanctuary cities. -- According to the federal government’s definition of the term, sanctuary states and cities are those that don’t collaborate with immigration authorities by transferring custody of undocumented immigrants who are detained at a county or city jail. --Nielsen noted that those localities should not receive certain federal grants.......

The Hill        
Grassley requests immigration history of New York bombing suspect      
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is asking the Trump administration to provide details on the immigration history of the man accused of carrying out a would-be suicide bombing in a New York City subway passage on Monday. -- In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Grassley questioned the process by which Akayed Ullah, 27, was able to enter the U.S., pointing to media reports that he had emigrated to the U.S. from Bangladesh in 2011 on a visa for relatives of American citizens.......

KGBT       
Border Patrol agents catch San Juan man with 692 pounds of marijuana      
Border Patrol agents arrested a San Juan man on Friday, when they caught him with 692 pounds of marijuana, according to federal court records. -- At 4:30 p.m. Friday, a Border Patrol agent conducting surveillance near Refugio heard "the sound of bundles being thrown on the ground" and voices nearby. The agent also witnessed movement near the Rio Grande. -- Border Patrol started watching the area with an aerostat, which spotted several men attempting to cross the river with large bundles, according to the criminal complaint. After they crossed the river, a blue van arrived.......

KGW         
What we know about ICE detainees in Oregon and the jail that holds them      
Mustafa Tanin was a young lieutenant in the Afghan army when he came to Texas in 2015 for language training with the U.S. Military. -- Tanin had no criminal history in Afghanistan or the United States when he left the training site four months later. According to court records, Tanin was seeking asylum in the U.S. because of death threats from the Taliban, due to his political affiliation with a minority party and his religious status as a Shiite Muslim. -- Now 27, Tanin is detained at ICE's Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash. while he fights a deportation order.......

KGBT         
After her latest arrest, government wants to deport Mexican for the 5th time      
After police arrested her on a marijuana charge, the government wants to deport a Mexican woman for the fifth time. -- Officers booked Yuliana Cardona-Cuellar, 39, a Mexican citizen who lived in Edinburg, at the Hidalgo County jail on Dec. 2. -- The Sheriff's Office released Cardona to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Wednesday.......

WSHU          
Blumenthal To GOP: Do Not Leave For Holidays Without Passing Dream Act       
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said on Monday there's hope that Congress will pass legislation protecting so-called Dreamers before the holidays. -- Speaking at the state legislative office building in Hartford, Blumenthal says there's bipartisan support in Congress for the Dream Act, the bill that would provide permanent status and a pathway to citizenship for recipients of DACA, the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.......

KGBT          
Border Patrol agents arrest Starr County couple on smuggling charges      
Border Patrol agents arrested a Starr County couple last week on smuggling charges. -- A concerned citizen called Border Patrol on Thursday about a four-door sedan picking up people at the Azteca Trailer Park in Rio Grande City. -- Border Patrol dispatched agents to the trailer park, where they found a four-door sedan matching the description. When agents approached, the front seat passenger ran away. -- "Moments later, a concerned citizen waived and shouted to agents 'He is over here,'" according to the federal criminal complaint. The concerned citizen said a man burst into her mobile home and locked himself in the bathroom......

December 12, 2017

Daily Signal         
Latest ICE Operation Snaps Up 101 Illegal Aliens, Mostly Criminals, in New Jersey      
Federal agents arrested more than 100 foreign nationals wanted for immigration violations in a five-day operation in New Jersey, Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Tuesday. -- The operation, led by ICE's enforcement and removal division, netted a total of 101 illegal immigrants who were either criminal aliens, had illegally re-entered the country after being deported, or had an outstanding order of removal.......

KGBT          
Border Patrol agents arrest Mexican smuggler just 8 days after he was released from prison      
Border Patrol agents arrested a smuggler on Saturday — just eight days after he finished serving a federal prison sentence. -- Agents arrested a Mexican citizen named Alex Abraham Ocon-Rivas near Peñitas on Saturday, according to the federal criminal complaint against him. -- The U.S. Bureau of Prisons had just released Ocon on Dec. 1, when he finished serving a 15-month sentence for assaulting Border Patrol agents. He was deported the same day.......

Breitbart          
Immigration Rules Americans, Says Pro-Amnesty GOP Sen. Murkowski      
The nation's population of 280 million native-born Americans and 32 million legal immigrants must open their home to illegal immigrants, including so-called “dreamers,” according to two pro-amnesty videos by Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski. -- In one video, which was Tweeted December 11 by a Democratic leader, Sen. Richard Durbin, Murkowski said......

Sky News         
MS-13: Violent gang targeting rich US suburbia in Long Island      
Long Island is home to some of the most expensive real estate in America. It is also a stronghold for one of the world's most dangerous gangs. -- MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha, has its origins in 1980s Los Angeles, but it spread across Central America when members were deported back to El Salvador. -- Some people, especially children, have tried to escape the violence by moving to the US.......

Union Tribune        
Mexican charged in massive fentanyl bust at San Ysidro port of entry      
A 19-year-old Tijuana man was charged Monday with trying to smuggle nearly 80 pounds of fentanyl into the United States in what became one of the largest seizures of the deadly drug at the border with Mexico, authorities said. -- Flavio Rivera Davalos was the driver and only occupant of a 2010 Ford Focus that was searched by Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro Port of Entry after a drug-sniffing dog reacted the rear of the car as Rivera tried to cross the border about 9:30 a.m. Saturday, according to court documents and the San Diego U.S. Attorney's Office.......

Reuters         
'DACA' bill to help young immigrants nearing Senate deal: Senator Flake      
A bipartisan push in the Senate to protect undocumented people who immigrated to the United States as children is gaining momentum as lawmakers try to wrap up negotiations this month, Republican Senator Jeff Flake said on Tuesday. -- We're still working ..... we're very close" to an agreement, Flake told reporters. He is one of a few Republicans and Democrats in the Republican-controlled Senate leading the effort to find legislation replacing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that President Donald Trump is terminating.......

AZ Central         
'Conditions have not changed': So-called "migrant rights activists" call for policy reforms in Maricopa County jails      
Migrant-rights group Puente Arizona used National Human Rights Day to ask Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone to end what activists call an "Arpaio culture of hate." -- Leidy Robledo, a Puente spokeswoman, said the group is demanding that Penzone end practices and policies that were implemented under former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.......

Fox News          
Jorge Ramos: Trump's Immigration Policy Rooted in 'Make America White Again'    
Univision anchor Jorge Ramos said President Donald Trump's strengthened immigration platform is rooted in the idea to "Make America White Again." -- Ramos said Trump holds a "nostalgic view" of the United States, when there were fewer people of color. -- "It doesn't mean all undocumented immigrants are terrorists as President Trump wants to portray them," he said.......

Naples Daily News         
Sheriff promises review of immigration agreement with federal government      
A group of Collier County residents asked Sheriff Kevin Rambosk at a public meeting Monday to end the county's cooperative agreement with the federal government that empowers local law enforcement to assist Washington in cracking down on undocumented immigrants. -- The sheriff listened as they denounced the agreement, known as 287(g), for 90 minutes at the Leila B. Canant Professional Development Center, and he promised to review their concerns and respond to them by the end of the week.......

WaPo         
Montgomery County (Md.) Council to pass resolution to protect illegals -- albeit a symbolic one      
Though the legislation may be largely symbolic, members of the Montgomery County Council are expected to take a stand Tuesday in favor of county residents who under the Trump administration could lose the deportation protections they have enjoyed for years. -- The administration has indicated that it will end temporary protected status (TPS) for some immigrants who fled war or natural disaster to find a haven in the United States. The administration also plans to end the Obama-era program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, that allows undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children to legally remain in the United States. Both groups could face deportation if their status is revoked.......

WMUK          
27 Illegals Arrested In West Michigan       
Twenty seven suspected undocumented immigrants were arrested last week in west Michigan. That's according to a press release from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also known as ICE. -- Officials at ICE say 80 percent of those arrested have criminal records. That includes anything from assaulting a police officer to not stopping at the scene of a car accident. ICE officials have not yet said how many were convicted of minor crimes.......

SF Examiner       
SF jury convicts illegal alien of five 'brutal' killings in Ingleside      
A San Francisco jury convicted a man of five counts of first-degree murder on Monday for brutally killing a family at their home in the Ingleside neighborhood a half-decade ago. -- Jurors returned the verdicts against 41-year-old Binh Thai Luc after seven days of deliberations in San Francisco Superior Court. The jury also found Luc guilty of five counts of first-degree attempted robbery and two counts of burglary, while jurors acquitted Luc of five counts of robbery.......

Washington Times         
No appeasing the ingrates      
Anyone who expects gratitude for a good deed displays only an ignorance of how humans tick. The best way to make an enemy is to do someone a good turn, which often creates not gratitude but resentment. This home truth was on display the other day when 200 ingrates and their enablers rallied on the steps of the Capitol to demand that Congress enact “Dream Act” legislation to protect “undocumented” would-be immigrants brought to this country by their parents, who broke the law to get them to these shores.......

KGBT         
Smugglers kidnapped Chinese immigrant in McAllen, demanded $15,000 ransom     
Smugglers kidnapped a Chinese immigrant last week in McAllen — and mercilessly beat the man when he refused to pay them $15,000, according to federal court records. -- At 4:19 p.m. on Dec. 4, the McAllen Police Department responded to a strange call on the 200 block of South 48th Lane. -- The caller said a Chinese immigrant "who appeared to be severely beaten jumped into their car pleading for assistance," according to the federal criminal complaint.......

Baltimore Sun          
Sessions, Nielsen to discuss immigration in Baltimore     
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen will address immigration enforcement and international gangs at a news conference in Baltimore on Tuesday. -- Both issues have been central for the Trump administration, which has cracked down on immigrants entering the country illegally. Immigration agents arrested 143,470 inside the United States in the most recent fiscal year, a 25 percent increase over the previous fiscal year, DHS reported last week.......

Union Tribune          
San Diego activists arrested on Capitol Hill in push for DREAM Act     
About two hundred people, including several members of Congress and a few activists from San Diego, were arrested on the steps of Capitol Hill on Wednesday after they sat down and refused to move. -- Through the act of civil disobedience, the group hoped to pressure Congress to include legislation for unauthorized immigrants who came to the U.S. as children in one of the bills that must pass before the end of the year, like the spending bill. Congress extended the deadline for the spending bill last week to the Friday before Christmas.......

Courier-Journal         
Louisville says Trump administration overreacting, rule doesn't make it a 'sanctuary city'      
The city's top attorney said the Trump administration is overreacting to a local ordinance that largely forbids city officials from cooperating with federal agents on immigration stings. -- In a Dec. 8 response to the federal government, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell also said the ordinance does not make Louisville a "sanctuary city" as defined by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a memorandum this year.......

WSVN         
U.S. Border Patrol stops self-propelled vessel carrying over 3,800 pounds of cocaine      
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers recovered thousands of pounds of cocaine after a U.S. Coast Guard cutter intercepted a semi-submersible vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. -- According to the U.S. Border Patrol, officers pursued the vessel for several days, eventually recovering over 3,800 pounds of cocaine and arresting three crew members off the coast of Texas.......

Evening Sun      
Men found in Adams, York counties charged with illegal re-entry, U.S. attorney says      
Four previously deported men were indicted for allegedly re-entering the country illegally, according to a news release. -- The men were separately charged on Dec. 6 by a federal grand jury, according to the news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. -- Jesus San Juan-Rodriguez, 29, of Mexico will face up to 10 years in prison, a term of supervised release following imprisonment and a fine for allegedly living in Adams County after a previous deportation in September 2015, the news release stated.......

MRCTV      
WH: NYC Terror Attack Could've Been Avoided Had Congress Worked With Trump on Immigration Reform      
The White House during Monday's press briefing called for Congress to work with President Trump on immigration reform following the terror attack in New York City Monday morning.-- “This attack underscores the need for Congress to work with the president on immigration reforms that enhance our national security and public safety,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “We must protect our borders, we must ensure that individuals entering our country are not coming to do harm to our people, and we must move to a merit-based system of immigration.”......

December 11, 2017

Conservative Daily News       
Increase job opportunities: Fire illegals and deport them.      
For persons authorized to be in the United States, their labor participation rate can be increased and their unemployment rate can be decreased by enforcing the mandatory use of the Form I-9 and making E-Verify mandatory. Here is some basic information: Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, is the key element of E-Verify's Internet-based employment eligibility verification. E-Verify compares information the employer enters from Form I-9 to records available to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This electronic verification confirms an employee's identity and eligibility to work in the United States.......

NumbersUSA        
NYC Terror Suspect Entered U.S. Through Chain Migration     
The Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that the suspect in this morning's attack on a bus and subway station in New York City entered the United States in 2011 through one of the chain migration categories. DHS says Akayed Ullah is a green card holder from Bangladesh and entered the country on an F43 visa. -- An F43 visa is issued to a foreign national who is the child of an adult sibling of a U.S. citizen. It falls under the 4th preference of the family preference green card categories, which allows 65,000 green cards each year to be issued to adult siblings and their spouses and children of citizens.......

David Olen Cross -- Salem          
Oregon's Washington County Second in Foreign National Crime in November 2017
On November 1, 2017 Oregon's Washington County had 208 of the 978 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 21.27 percent of the criminal aliens in DOC prisons. -- The following table reveals how Washington County residents were harmed or victimized by the 208 criminal aliens incarcerated on November 1st in the DOC prison system with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainers...........

ImmigrationReform.com        
DHS Data Shows Progress in Immigration Enforcement Efforts      
On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security announced its end-of-year immigration enforcement numbers. The agency reported a drastic decline in illegal border crossings coupled with an increase in interior enforcement efforts.-- Border apprehensions dropped from 415,000 in fiscal year (FY) 2016 to 310,531 in FY 2017 (303,916 of which occurred along the southwest border). While the 25% decline of border apprehensions demonstrates a significant decline in illegal border crossings resulting from the administration's immigration policies, the data still emphasizes the continued need for increased border security and the expansion of the physical barriers along the southern border.......

Albuquerque Journal        
Not every immigrant deserves sanctuary     
Laws are a necessary evil in civilized society. You obey the laws, and the government will do its best to protect you and yours. But what happens when there's a conflict between a state and a federal law? -- That is the situation across America today. So far, six states --- California, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and Vermont, along with multiple dozens of cities and counties --- are on record as being safe spaces --- places of sanctuary --- for those who have entered the country illegally. They are all ignoring federal immigration laws. ......

Miami Herald        
The weddings weren't for love but to avoid deportation. Miami fraud ring revealed      
Larisa de Lima might consider herself a wedding planner. But that wouldn't quite capture her skill set. -- She matched couples. She helped them get marriage licenses. And, of course, she produced their weddings. But there was a problematic hole in her résumé of matrimonial success. -- The arrangements were all a sham, authorities say --- aimed at dodging deportation agents instead of seeking wedded bliss......

NY Patch       
Restaurants Boycott Queens Bakery Over Illegal Immigration Issues      
An acclaimed restaurant group whose locations span from Manhattan to Los Angeles is among the latest reportedly boycotting Tom Cat Bakery after the Long Island City bakery fired 20 of its undocumented immigrant workers in April. -- Jean-Georges restaurant said on Thursday it would no longer buy bread from Tom Cat Bakery, located at 43-05 10th St. The announcement comes after the bakery fired 20 "immigrant" workers who could not produce proper employment documents in a U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement I-9 audit last spring. -- "We do not agree with what [Tom Cat] did to their employees," a representative for Jean-Georges management said.......

Sacramento Bee         
17 ways California sued the Trump administration in 2017      
California has filed a double-digit number of lawsuits against the Trump administration since January. -- The latest came last week, when state Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat and longtime congressman from Los Angeles, led a coalition of attorneys general from red and blue states in suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over what they called its “failure” to enforce the Clean Air Act.......

KGBT         
Fugitive Operations Unit arrests Mexican with felony conviction in San Juan      
The Harlingen Fugitive Operations Unit arrested a Mexican man with cocaine, drunken driving and burglary convictions Monday in San Juan. -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested Leonardo Pablo-Lopez, 43, a Mexican citizen who lived in San Juan. -- The federal government deported Pablo-Lopez on April 1, 2011, through Laredo.......

SPLC          
SPLC sues federal government over unconstitutional ICE raids      
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency entered the homes of immigrant families without warrants, consent or probable cause --- in violation of the Fourth Amendment --- solely to detain and deport families, mostly women and children, according to a lawsuit filed by the SPLC.......

KGBT        
Guatemalan attacked Border Patrol agent near Mission     
An 18-year-old Guatemalan man attacked a Border Patrol agent Thursday in Mission snatching the agent's stun gun during a struggle, according to the criminal complaint against him. -- At 3 a.m. Thursday, an aerostat reported "suspected alien traffic" between South Bentsen Palm Drive and Green Road in Mission, according to the criminal complaint. Border Patrol dispatched an agent to investigate.......

Cincinnati.com         
ICE agents round up 22 in Boone County      
Officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 22 people suspected of living in the U.S. illegally during a roundup in northern Kentucky. -- A spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security confirmed that federal agents finished the two-day operation Thursday. -- “Twenty-two criminal aliens and immigration violators were arrested,” said Nicole Alberico, DHS spokesperson. Specific details were not provided.......

My High Plains        
Mexican Sentenced to 30 Years for Assaulting Childress County Deputy      
On Thursday, December 7, 2017, Mariana Monserrat Mares pled guilty to the first-degree felony offense of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and was sentenced to 30 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.-- Luke Inman, the District Attorney for the 100th Judicial District, with Assistant District Attorney Harley Caudle, prosecuted the case for the State of Texas, with the Honorable Judge Stuart Messer presiding. -- Mares, 22, a Mexican national residing in Los Angeles, California, was arrested by the Childress County Sheriff's Department on January 13, 2017, following a near-deadly confrontation in which Mares and another individual assaulted and attempted to take the firearm of Sheriff's Deputy Kenneth Arant. ......

Breitbart          
Mexican Cartels Execute Two Border State Police Chiefs in Week      
In one of the most recent attacks, the police chief in Casas Grandes, Marco Antonio Lopez Chavez, died during a targeted assassination as he drove his SUV down a local avenue. An unknown gunman pulled up alongside his vehicle and fired multiple shots from a .45 caliber handgun, killing him. According to Mexico's Proceso Magazine, Lopez received multiple death threats prior to his murder.......

December 10, 2017

Dayton Daily News        
Illegal aliens may be denied worker comp benefits in Ohio      
The Ohio House voted 62-30 on Tuesday in favor of legislation that would block undocumented workers injured on the job from collecting workers' compensation benefits. -- Sponsors of the bill, state Reps. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, and Larry Householder, R-Glenford, say the bill sends a message that Ohio doesn't support illegal immigration. -- The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.......

KGBT          
After arrest by Border Patrol, government wants to deport Mexican for the 9th time   
The government wants to deport a Mexican man for the ninth time after Border Patrol agents arrested him near Progreso last week. -- Agents arrested Angel Salas-Hernandez, 29, a self-employed landscaper, near Progreso on Wednesday after he illegally crossed the border, according to the federal criminal complaint against him and Hidalgo County court records. -- "On February 9, 2017, the defendant was convicted of 8 USC 1325 Illegal Entry for the eighth time and sentenced to one hundred and fifty (150) days confinement," according to the criminal complaint.......

My San Antonio        
30 illegals found in back of tractor trailer      
Border Patrol agents found 30 people inside a tractor trailer stopped at a checkpoint Tuesday night, according to a news release from the agency. -- This discovery was made when the 18-wheeler occupied by two American citizens pulled up to the Falfurrias checkpoint. A Border Patrol K9 alerted agents to check the cargo area of the truck, where agents found 30 undocumented immigrants hiding among the cargo, officials said. -- Medical attention was offered to them, but was decline, according to the Border Patrol. The citizens were arrested and the truck was seized.......

Union Tribune        
Border wall rally draws supporters, politicians and protesters      
...“We felt like it was time to give (the border wall effort) a boost to show that the American people are watching, and they expect the ... wall built early next year,” said Jeff Schwilk, a rally organizer and founder of the San Diegans for Secure Borders group. -- Schwilk and fellow organizers --- Ben Berqguam, founder of Frontline America, and Will Johnson, founder of Unite America First --- addressed attendees shortly after noon. They also secured speakers such as Rep. Duncan Hunter, former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly and Chis Harris, a union representative for National Border Patrol Council's Local 1613.......

OC Register         
Why Cards Against Humanity won't stop the border wall    
...For starters, the federal government has nearly endless taxpayer-provided resources that will surely crush any effort funded by a company that sells games. A U.S.-Mexican border wall --- no matter how wasteful and offensive --- clearly is a legitimate use of the power of eminent domain. Eminent domain is the process by which the government takes property for a “public use” even if the property owner has no interest in selling it.......

Tucson.com          
Border agents bust suspected head scout of smuggling organization     
Federal agents arrested the suspected head scout for a drug smuggling organization that controls the corridor north of Lukeville. -- Jose Angel Felix Ramirez, 28, also known as “Cinco,” was the head scout for the Sonoyta, Sonora-based “Cusa” smuggling organization that moves migrants and marijuana from the U.S.-Mexico border to the Phoenix area, according to a criminal complaint filed by a Homeland Security Investigations agent in U.S. District Court in Tucson.......

Breitbart          
Trump Demands Border Wall, Immigration Cuts at Swearing In of Pro-Amnesty DHS Secretary      
President Trump demanded the construction of a wall along the United States-Mexico border and major cuts to legal immigration levels during a swearing in ceremony for newly confirmed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. -- Before Vice President Mike Pence swore Nielsen in — a bureaucrat who previously worked in President George W. Bush's administration — for the DHS position, Trump reassured his supporters that a border wall would be built along the southern border in order to stop illegal immigration and the flow of drugs from various Mexican cartels.......

Red and Black         
Clarke County (GA) Sherriff's office reverses policy on illegals      
The Athens community is responding to a recent policy reversal by the Clarke County Sheriff's Office, which has seen the Sheriff's office cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain locals based on their immigrant status since July. -- “It is the magnificent terror machine of deportations of this administration,” said Angel Torres, a member of Dignidad Inmigrante en Athens and the Athens Immigrant Rights Coalition. “The Latino community is suffering because they are breaking families.”......

NY Patch        
NY's Top Judge Should Boot ICE From Courthouses, Activists Say      
New York State's top judge should bar immigration agents from state courts after a spate of courthouse arrests this year, attorneys and activists demanded Thursday. -- At a rally outside Brooklyn Borough Hall, nearly 200 public defenders and immigrant-rights activists called on Chief Judge Janet DiFiore to change the state court policy that allows Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to "snatch" immigrants when they come to court.......




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