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CATO Institute -- August 15, 2017
Senate Bill Mandates More Border Surveillance
    An anonymous source sent an advanced copy of S.1757, otherwise known as the “Building America's Trust Act,” to Ars Technica. If passed as written, the bill would dramatically expanded surveillance at the border and ports of entry, putting the privacy of immigrants and citizens alike at risk.
    The bill, sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and co-sponsored by six of his Republican colleagues, mandates increased border drone surveillance and the collection of more biometric information, including but not limited to voice prints and facial scans.
    The drone provisions of the bill are consistent with President Trump's campaign rhetoric. During his campaign, he said drones should patrol the border 24/7. Cornyn's bill doesn't quite go that far, requiring Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to fly drones at least 24/5.
    Drone surveillance at the border isn't new, nor is it effective. In 2014 the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report on CBP's drone operations. It found that the drone program, which includes Predator B drones originally designed for military use, did not achieve expected results and contributed to very few apprehensions of illegal border crossers and marijuana. The report also found that the drone program cost $12,255 per flight hour. In FY2013, CBP's drones flew for 5,102 hours for a combined cost of around $62.5 million.
    This was a large expense for an inefficient border security tool. Aside from the fiscal costs, the increased use of drones on the border will worsen the militarization of the border, with American citizens being under the ever-snooping eye of border patrol surveillance equipment. In 2013, Americans on the border were already regularly seeing military-grade surveillance tools in the air. [...]
    More drones and biometric technology tools on the border and at ports of entry should concern anyone who values privacy. CBP has statutory authority to stop vehicles within 100 miles of the border, so even those people who don't live near the border risk being exposed to CBP surveillance tools. In addition, the policies outlined in S.1757 will require DHS to collect more information about American citizens and foreigners alike, information that could be used for reasons other than border security.

Glenn Spencer -- August 16, 2017
Keep drones within 1/2 mile of the border
   The main CBP drone --- the Predator B --- must fly above 18,000 feet, and away from commercial air traffic space. It isn't a threat to privacy. In fact, it isn't even a threat to smugglers.
    Small drones are another problem --- they can really get down low --- right in your face --- and snoop. There is a solution to this problem --- make them stay within one-half miles of the border.
    How could this be done and still make them effective?
    Just ask me.

August 16, 2017

Cities providing sanctuary to illegals should lose federal funding 
We are a country of laws. -- Cities across the country cannot choose which federal laws to follow and which to ignore. -- Sanctuary cities are those that actively do not cooperate with the federal government's efforts to enforce immigration law.-- President Trump signed an executive order back in January that would strip federal funding from sanctuary cities such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Baltimore. -- That is millions of dollars at stake for these communities that, in many cases, desperately need it. Perhaps this monetary squeeze will cause for these cities to comply with federal immigration law. -- Of course, there has been some push back from the cities........

KOIN  (AP)      
AG Sessions: Sanctuary cities are lawless 
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is visiting Miami to both praise its policy of cooperation with immigration authorities and to blast other cities that have not followed suit. -- Sessions said cities --- like Portland and Chicago --- that are sanctuary cities are lawless. -- Sessions will highlight Miami Dade County at a Wednesday visit with Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who earlier this year ordered county officials to follow requests to hold people in jail for extra time so immigration authorities can arrest them. Gimenez reversed Miami-Dade's sanctuary policy so it wouldn't risk losing federal funding. -- County spokesman Michael Hernandez says the mayor will tell Sessions, however, that he supports delaying the deportation of young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children.......

Trump-Backed Immigration Bill Has Many Critics, But Voters Like It 
Some Democrats and their advocates in the press have been quick to denounce the RAISE Act, the new immigration reform bill proposed by Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue and endorsed by President Trump. -- "The Trump, Cotton, Perdue bill is rooted in the same anti-immigrant, xenophobic, and isolationist rhetoric that was a cornerstone of the Trump campaign," said senior House Democrats John Conyers and Zoe Lofgren. -- "A xenophobic half-measure," added Rep. Ed Markey. -- "A play to the xenophobic sentiments that lifted Trump to the presidency," wrote the Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin.......

Eight Bystanders Injured in Border City Cartel Clash 
Reynosa, Tamps. -- Eight innocent bystanders and motorists were injured in a cartel skirmish as rival gunmen squared off near a shopping center in one of this border city's main avenues. The fighting led to at least one shooter dying. -- The incident took place outside a popular shopping center called H100 along Boulevard Hidalgo and quickly spread to two other neighborhoods as rival Gulf Cartel gunmen exchanged shots. Mexican military personnel and Tamaulipas state police rushed to the area, but were not able to stem the violence. Reynosa is immediately south of the U.S. cities of McAllen, Hidalgo, Pharr, and Mission.......

My Champlian Valley        
Alburgh Man Accused of Spraying Cow Manure on Border Patrol Cruiser 
An Alburgh man is accused of spraying cow manure on a Border Patrol cruiser with an agent inside. -- The Islander was first to report the story Monday. -- The Grand Isle County State's Attorney Doug DiSabito tells Local 22 & Local 44 News, Mark Johnson, 53, sprayed cow manure out of frustration for how he feels the federal government is handling undocumented workers in the area. -- The incident happened on August 3rd on Fox Hill Road in Alburgh. -- Johnson is facing a charge of attempted assault on a law enforcement with fluids. -- He will be arraigned Thursday.......

CT Post         
Connecticut 'Dreamers' march in D.C. to support Obama immigration scheme 
On Jan. 10 this year, Yeni Cortes, of New Haven, chased retired Marine Corps General John Kelly down a congressional hallway, telling him of her status as a dreamer and her hope of continuing the life she's lived in Connecticut since age 2. -- On Tuesday, Cortes was back in Washington along with 100 or more fellow Connecticut dreamers --- youthful undocumented immigrants brought to this country as young children — to celebrate the fifth anniversary of then-President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order. -- “My parents did nothing wrong in bringing me here from poverty'' in Tlaxcala, Mexico, said Cortes, 19, a graduate of Career High School. `"With DACA, I can pay back everything they did for me."......

David Olen Cross -- Salem          
Oregon's Marion County First in Foreign National Crime in July 2017
On July 1, 2017 Oregon's Marion County had 235 of the 986 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system; the county was first in foreign national crime in the state with 23.83 percent of the criminal aliens in DOC prisons. -- The following table reveals how Marion County residents were harmed or victimized by the 235 criminal aliens incarcerated on July 1st in the DOC prison system with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainers...........     
Laredo Sector Border Patrol seizes a million dollars worth of marijuana 
The Laredo Sector Border Patrol seize a total of a million dollars' worth of marijuana during three separate incidents. -- On August 9th, Border Patrol agents saw several people with several bundles near Riverside Avenue. -- As the agents approached the area, the individuals allegedly dropped the bundles of marijuana and absconded back to Mexico. -- A total of seven bundles with 548.9 pounds of marijuana was recovered with an estimated value of $439,120.00. -- During the second bust on August 11th, Border Patrol agents were called out to the Max Mandel Golf Course where agents encountered a green Chevrolet pick-up truck. -- When agents approached the vehicle, the truck came to a stop and several people, including the driver absconded towards the Rio Grande River. Seven bundles of marijuana were discovered inside the cab and in the bed of the truck.......

Fox 10  Phoenix      
Mexican illegal alien in Utah raped 7-year-old 'thousands of times,' police say 
An illegal immigrant who returned to the country after being deported to Mexico is accused of raping a 7-year-old girl “thousands of times.” -- Victor Francisco Michel-Lara, 32, of Cedar City, Utah was arrested Sunday and faces first-degree felony charges of rape of a child, according to his arrest report. He was also placed on an immigration detainer. -- The girl told investigators that Michel-Lara molested her “many times” in the last six months and had raped her thousands of times, the St. George Daily Spectrum reported........

Star Telegram         
Protesters allege racism after Fort Worth council refuses to join SB4 lawsuit 
Fort Worth will not be joining a lawsuit challenging the state's new “sanctuary cities” law known as Senate Bill 4. -- As anticipated, the vote was 5-4 against joining the lawsuit, initiated in June by Maverick County and the city of El Cenizo. Since then, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Houston have joined the litigation. -- Fort Worth's charge was led by District 2 Councilman Carlos Flores, who filed the proposal to get the measure on the council agenda Tuesday night.......

Trump Halts Obama-Era Immigration Parole Abuse 
The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday formally ended a policy of former President Barack Obama's administration that paid for Central American children whose refugee claims had been rejected to relocate to the United States. --President Donald Trump ordered a review of the program in January as part of an executive order on immigration. The Department of Homeland Security finally carried it out with publication of a notice in the Federal Register. From now on, rejected applicants younger than 21 in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras will not automatically be waved into the country --- at taxpayer expense --- as part of a process known as parole.......

LA Daily News        
Monument to Confederate soldiers at Hollywood Forever cemetery will be removed 
A monument honoring Confederate soldiers at the Hollywood Forever cemetery will be removed by Wednesday evening, a cemetery official said Tuesday. -- The owner of the monument, the Long Beach chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, initially said Tuesday it would not remove it, then had a change of heart later in the day, Fox11 reported. -- “It will take quite a few hours to remove it,” the cemetery's Eddy Martinez told Fox11. “It's a big monument and there's a big base underneath it.” --The cemetery will pay for the monument's removal, Martinez said. -- The monument will be moved to “private storage,” Martinez said.......

GRAPHIC: Mexican Cartel Uses Social Media to Spread Terror near Texas Border 
Cd. Victoria, Tamps. -- Cartel gunmen captured one of their rivals, tortured him, and used social media to disseminate a threatening video where they beat and behead their victim. -- In the video, a group of hooded gunmen carrying various rifles stand before a kneeling, blindfolded victim and issue a short threat to the leadership of the Cartel Del Noreste faction of Los Zetas. The gunmen claimed to be part of the Vieja Escuela Zeta or the “Old School” splinter of Los Zetas.......

"Immigration reform" rally held in South Bend 
Five years ago, the Obama administration started the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Initiative" or DACA. It allows children of undocumented immigrants to attend school in the U.S. -- A rally in South Bend Tuesday afternoon focused on supporting the program. -- Some of the speakers are protected by the initiative. They're worried the Trump administration will remove protection for the program's students. -- "My parents are undocumented. I only have DACA, which is only temporarily protection, and I would urge our senators in Indiana to support a Dream Act because I wish to become a U.S. citizen and I'm also trying to make sure my parents get some sort of protection and also future legalization as well,” said Miguel Ventura.......

Border Patrol Agents Bust 8 More Sex Offenders, Criminal Aliens in Week 
Border Patrol agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector kept eight previously deported alien sex offenders and criminals from re-entering the U.S. shortly after they illegally crossed. The arrests came in less than one week and followed the apprehension of three other alien sex offenders the earlier this month. -- One week ago, agents working near the Rio Grande River picked up two previously deported alien sex offenders. In the first incident, McAllen Station agents discovered a Salvadoran national who crossed the border near Sullivan City. Agents learned the man spent one year in a Utah prison following a conviction for Sexual Battery in the town of Nephi, according to information provided to Breitbart Texas by U.S. Border Patrol officials.......

Driver Gets 4 Years in Prison After Fleeing Border Patrol, Crashing And Injuring 6 People 
A man who crashed an SUV while trying to elude Border Patrol agents, injuring himself and six other undocumented immigrants, was sentenced to four years in prison Monday. -- Miguel Angel Tejada-Loaiza, 21, was transporting six unauthorized immigrants near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry after crossing the Mexico border to San Diego, according to the JusticeDepartment. -- U.S. District Judge Larry Burns said Tejada-Loaiza was more reckless than most human smuggling crimes. ......

LA Times        
DOJ wants data on anti-Trump protesters. An L.A. tech firm is resisting 
A Los Angeles tech company is resisting a federal demand for more than 1.3 million IP addresses to identify who visited a website set up to coordinate protests on President Trump's Inauguration Day — a request whose breadth the company says violates the Constitution. -- "What we have is a sweeping request for every single file we have" in relation to, said Chris Ghazarian, general counsel for DreamHost, which hosts the site. "The search warrant is not only dealing with everything in relation to the website but also tons of data about people who visited it." -- The request also covers emails between the site's organizers and people interested in attending the protests, any deleted messages and files, as well as subscriber information --- such as names and addresses --- and unpublished photos and blog posts that are stored in the site's database, according to the warrant and Ghazarian.......

August 15, 2017

LA Daily News         
As LA students head back to school, LAUSD has message for "immigrants": 'We stand together' 
The Los Angeles Unified School District is making visible what it's so far said in words: that immigrant students and their families are welcome at Los Angeles schools. -- When students start the new school year today, they'll walk through entrances decked with 6-foot-tall banners featuring the Statue of Liberty, long the symbol of new opportunity for immigrants. The banners will read “We Are One L.A. Unified/Standing With Immigrant Families,” and Lady Liberty will be wearing a graduation cap, a nod to the district's goal of having every student graduate.. [Flashback Items: Zacarias and SVREP, Molina, Etc.].....

Airline Staffing Executive Pleads Guilty to Immigration Fraud 
A former Vice President of Operations for two airline mechanic staffing companies pleaded guilty Thursday to immigration fraud for employee applications. -- Eleno Quinteros Jr., 45, a Chula Vista resident, was responsible for recruiting mechanics from Mexico and helping them obtain work visas in the U.S. -- According to the indictment, Quinteros allegedly made demands for money from at least 85 mechanics and collected thousands of dollars in exchange for helping them obtain legal permanent residency. -- Quinteros told many of the mechanics to deposit the money into his wife's bank account or give him blank money orders to avoid being detected.......

ABC 15          
Agents seize more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana east of Douglas 
Border Patrol agents seized more than $500,000 worth of marijuana after a vehicle pursuit east of Douglas on Sunday night, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. -- Agents started to pursue the suspicious vehicle after it was spotted by another agent operating surveillance technology. -- As an agent pulled alongside the vehicle to speak with the driver, the driver turned around and began to flee toward Mexico. -- Agents tried to stop the vehicle, a Chevy Tahoe, but the driver did not stop until reaching the international border. ......

California, San Francisco Sue Trump Administration Over Threat to Withhold Funds From 'Sanctuary Cities' 
California and San Francisco officials said Monday they are suing the Trump administration, alleging federal threats to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities” are unconstitutional and violate the rights of residents.-- Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said the state and local jurisdictions in California receive $28 million annually in law enforcement grants from the federal government that could be withheld. He said President Trump's push to end the funding is “bullying. ---“It's a low blow to our men and women who wear the badge, for the federal government to threaten their crime-fighting resources in order to force them to do the work of the federal government when it comes to immigration enforcement,” the attorney general said at a San Francisco news conference.......

Rep. Gutiérrez, Others Arrested Outside White House In Rally To Protect DACA 
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) was arrested Tuesday during a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the first applications for which were sent five years ago. -- In a phone call with TPM, Gutiérrez's communications director, Douglas Rivlin, confirmed the arrest and said the congressman had joined the demonstration --- which developed into a sit-in on the sidewalk just outside the White House --- in an attempt to bring attention to the program and to temporary protected status (TPS), another protection from deportation granted to some undocumented people.......

UN to Trump: Stop Detaining Illegal Aliens
The United Nations Human Rights Council is now demanding President Trump enact a full open borders policy that would release more than 350,000 illegal aliens and foreign refugees into the public. -- In a 23-page report by the U.N. Human Rights Council, Trump is requested to set free all foreign nationals who are currently awaiting immigration hearings in the United States, Reuters reported. -- “The Working Group is of the view that all administrative detention, in particular of immigrants in an irregular situation, should be in accordance with international human rights law; and that such detention is to be a measure of last resort, necessary and proportionate and be not punitive in nature, and that alternatives to detention are to be sought whenever possible,” the panel said.......        
Veterans Group Tells Elizabeth Warren: 'We Don't Want You' at Our Rally 
One Massachusetts-based veterans group is coming out swinging against Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) after the lawmaker reportedly ignored an invitation to a veterans event in late August. -- Veterans Assisting Veterans initially invited Warren to attend an Aug. 26 rally, but the group rescinded the offer because of the Democratic lawmaker's perceived favoring of illegal immigrants over improving services for veterans, The Boston Herald reported. -- “If you don't want to respond, you don't want to support, we asked you to come ".......

Spanish Beachgoer Was Kidnapped, Murdered in Mexican Border State, Police Confirm 
Cd. Victoria, Tamps. -- Authorities confirmed the murder of a Spanish woman visiting with her family at a local beach in this border state. The region where gunmen kidnapped her and her remains were later found is seeing a spike in cartel skirmishes for control. -- Pilar Garrido Santamans was kidnapped by two gunmen on July 2 along a highway leading to the town of La Pesca, a small community by the Gulf of Mexico, Breitbart Texas reported. Two weeks ago, police found human remains in the rural community of Villa de Casas not far from the place of the kidnapping. State authorities carried out a series of DNA tests that confirmed that they belonged to Garrido Santamans. -- Through a short news release by the Tamaulipas Attorney General's Office, authorities revealed that the family of the now deceased victim and the Spanish government were notified of the lab results. ......

LMT Online          
At least 4 people shot, killed in Mexican resort of Acapulco 
Acapulco, Gro., Mex. -- At least four people have been shot and killed in the Pacific resort of Acapulco, which has become a hotspot in Mexico's rising drug violence. -- An Associated Press journalist saw the four bodies, including a man who lay on a central avenue in Acapulco in broad daylight Sunday with a pink towel over his face. Pedestrians watched from a footbridge as police secured the scene. -- The deaths came as Mexico's violence reached new heights with 2,234 murders in June, the country's deadliest month in at least 20 years, according to government data. For the first six months of 2017, authorities nationwide recorded 12,155 homicide investigations, or 31 percent more than the 9,300 during the same period last year......

Weekly Standard          
Why Trump Is No Closer to Getting His Wall 
President Trump wants lawmakers to sign off on something his own Department of Homeland Security can't yet provide. As Axios's Jonathan Swan reported last week, “sources close to Trump say he's dead serious about building an impressive wall and will go crazy when he realizes Congress has no plans to pay for it.” But as of now, there's no “it.” DHS doesn't even have plans for what such a wall would resemble, just weeks from a budget deadline and possible government shutdown in which border funding is a decisive issue. Notwithstanding the lack of appetite among Hill Republicans for lining the U.S.-Mexico border with concrete, it appears the president is putting the big and beautiful before the blueprints. -- These matters of expectations and timing already frustrated the White House on health reform. They also apply here. In March, U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued two solicitations for wall prototypes: one made of concrete, one potentially made of alternate materials with a see-through component, both in the ballpark of 30-feet high, and both “aesthetically pleasing” on the American side.......

Worried NYT Frets: 'Season of Fear' for 'Undocumented' in Iowa 
Illegal immigrants (or rather, “undocumented immigrants”) remain safe under the rhetorical protection of the New York Times, if not the legal protection of American law, with the paper going so far as giving out tips for the “undocumented” to remain illegally in the “draconian” United States. -- The top of Sunday's Times front page featured a 3,000-word sympathetic tale, complete with huge photos, of an illegal immigrant family in Hampton, Iowa, choosing to self-deport after the husband was arrested. The only unflattering photo was one of Sheriff Linn Larson who has “pledged to run immigration checks on people in custody and cooperate with immigration detainer requests.” -- Reporter Jack Healy unfolded his long tale under the headline “Loving and Leaving America -- Stay, Hide, ‘Self-Deport'? Facing Hard Choices in the Heartland.”......

Fox News         
Fox News Exclusive: Trump 'Seriously Considering' a Pardon for Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio 
President Trump may soon issue a pardon for Joe Arpaio, the colorful former Arizona sheriff who was found guilty two weeks ago of criminal contempt for defying a state judge's order to stop traffic patrols targeting suspected undocumented immigrants. In his final years as Maricopa County sheriff, Arpaio had emerged as a leading opponent of illegal immigration. -- “I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio,” the president said Sunday, during a conversation with Fox News at his club in Bedminster, N.J. “He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration. He's a great American patriot and I hate to see what has happened to him.” -- Trump said the pardon could happen in the next few days, should he decide to do so.......

Fox Business        
LA City Council using McCarthy era politics against border wall contractors? 
The Los Angeles City Council voted in favor of a plan to make city contractors disclose whether or not they are taking part in construction of President Trump's proposed wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. -- When asked if the city council was trying to intimidate anyone involved with construction of the wall, Republican strategist Harmeet Dhillon told the FOX Business Network's Stuart Varney, of Varney & Co., “I guess some of these folks don't remember their history but this is exactly what we had in the McCarthy era where people were forced to declare their allegiance on certain political issues.” -- Dhillon says what the contractors are doing is completely legitimate.......

David Olen Cross -- Salem          
Oregon's Multnomah County Second in Foreign National Crime in July 2017
On July 1, 2017 Oregon's Multnomah County had 209 of the 986 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 21.20 percent of the criminal aliens in DOC prisons. -- The following table reveals how Multnomah County residents were harmed or victimized by the 209 criminal aliens incarcerated on July 1st in the DOC prison system with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainers...........

Glenn Spencer  
American Border Patrol no longer a hate group?
According to breaking news on Channel 12 in Phoenix, the Southern Poverty Law Center no longer includes American Border Patrol in its list of hate groups in Arizona. -- Instead, it says ABP is "anti-immigrant." -- It was't long ago that Phoenix Channel 5 reported: "Lawmaker supports giving tax dollars to alleged hate leader" -- It would be nice to know what I did to be taken off the “hate” list - and even nicer to know how I got on it in the first place. -- And, just like everything else that comes out of the SPLC, they are lying when they say I am anti-immigrant.

August 14, 2017

Assaults on Border Patrol Agents Up 64 Percent in July
Assaults by criminal aliens against Border Patrol agents increased 64 percent in July over the previous month. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials reported 41 agents as victims of assault for the month. -- The July cases bring the total number of agents assaulted during Fiscal Year 2017 to 624. The report indicates an increase of 80 percent over the same period in the previous year, CBP officials reported on Friday afternoon. -- With two months to go in the fiscal year beginning on October 1, 2016, the total number of assaults against CBP officers and Border Patrol agents (668) has already exceeded the 585 assaulted in FY 2016. This is the largest amount covered in the 6-year report and is the fourth straight year of increasing assaults......          
On the Notion of Enfranchising Illegal Aliens 
College Park, Md., a reliably liberal bastion and home to the main campus of the University of Maryland just outside the Washington, D.C., Beltway, apparently is mulling over enfranchising illegal aliens, according to the Baltimore Sun. -- As Sapna Rampersaud notes in National Review Online, this universal enfranchisement appears to be a coming trend for various "progressive" local governments. -- Chicago, the third largest city in the nation, is edging ever closer to that goal by promising to issue city identification cards to any and all comers provided they can give officials something (exactly what remains unclear) showing that they reside within its boundaries. One wonders whether Chicago officials have contemplated how quickly this will devolve into a free-for-all of fraud, with altered utility bills and bogus back-dated "rent" receipts being offered by sketchy landlords for a modest fee. As a former immigration agent, I know something about this: I lived through my agency's often-unsuccessful process of trying to winnow out all of the massive amount of fraud committed in the wake of the 1986 nationwide amnesty.......

Ken Blackwell -- Patriot Post          
Sanctuary for Whom? 
President Donald Trump issued an executive order to stop subsidizing cities that obstruct immigration law. Chicago filed suit in response. Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to continue collecting federal dollars while ignoring federal policy. --Chicago is a “sanctuary city.” That sounds nice, kind of like Oscar Schindler protecting Jews from the Nazis. It actually means protecting illegal aliens who commit crimes from being punished and deported. When President Donald Trump took office, some 300 jurisdictions, including 106 cities, actively interfered with federal law enforcement. -- The Chicago case arose from a drunk driver and illegal alien. Shortly after completing probation for a DUI offense, Saul Chavez ran over and killed Dennis McCann, a pedestrian headed to dinner with a friend. Surely Chavez deserved to pay for his crime.......

Fox News        
Illegals found locked in hot tractor-trailer in Edinburg, Texas 
More than a dozen illegal immigrants were discovered trapped inside a tractor-trailer in Texas on Sunday. -- The Edinburg Police Department said 17 immigrants were in the back of the trailer, KRPC reported. The locked trailer was in the parking lot of a “Flying J” convenience store, according to Fox 8. -- A man and woman who oversaw that trailer have been detained and the U.S. Border Patrol is investigating, according to reports. -- Officials said that the immigrants were from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Romania, KRPC added.......

Gutierrez: Dems Must Fight Back Against 'Immoral' Border Wall 
Democrats must fight against the U.S.-Mexico border wall with the same force as their other priorities, according to Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill. -- "The Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives and the U.S. senators would basically have to turn their back on a key constituent group, right, which are Latinos, and on fairness and justice, because it's immoral to talk about that wall," Gutierrez said on "The Axe Files" podcast. -- "Democrats have to be consistent. You know, if this were for defunding Planned Parenthood, we wouldn't even have a question of Democrats sitting down and negotiating for that budget. If this were to eliminate same-sex marriage, we wouldn't have a conversation as Democrats whether we were going to vote for that budget.......

The Hill         
Thank Trump for America's return to real immigration enforcement 
Over eight years, Barack Obama systematically dismantled our immigration enforcement apparatus. Remarkably, it only took Donald Trump 200 days as president to reverse the damage done by his predecessor and restore the rule of law. -- But wait, wasn't President Obama the “deporter-in-chief”? Hardly. -- In an effort to appear tough on illegal immigration while peddling the "Gang of Eight's" mass amnesty guest worker bill, the Obama administration began cooking the books by manipulating deportation statistics. In immigration law, deportations are the removal of illegal aliens from the interior of the country. To mask the fact that the Obama administration wasn't doing its job within our borders, it began counting “turn-arounds” --- illegal aliens detained close to the border by the Border Patrol—as interior removals. No previous administration has counted deportations this way because there is a clear distinction between border apprehensions and interior removals.......

LifeZette -- H/T David Olen Cross -- Salem          
Not So Long Ago, Democrats Favored Immigration Curbs
A prominent politician, announcing the results of a commission appointed to study immigration, urged Congress to significantly cut legal migrations to the United States. -- The rationale offered was that a flood of lesser-educated, low-skilled immigration drives down wages and hurts employment prospects for Americans with comparable skills and education. -- “What the commission is concerned about are the unskilled workers in our society in an age in which unskilled workers have far too few opportunities open to them,” the politician announced. “When immigrants are less well-educated and less-skilled, they may pose economic hardships to the most vulnerable of Americans, particularly those who are unemployed or under-employed.”..........

The Island Now         
Martins will oppose making Nassau 'sanctuary' for illegals 
Jack Martins pledged Thursday not to let Nassau County become a “sanctuary” for undocumented immigrants if elected county executive, hardening his anti-gang stance. -- County law enforcement officials would continue to work with with federal authorities to deport “violent” criminals in the county illegally under Martins' Republican administration, the former state senator said. And he would oppose legislation limiting such coordination. -- Martins said his approach is necessary to keep residents safe and weaken the power of MS-13, a Latin American gang suspected of several recent killings across Long Island.......

68 "immigrants" living on Seacoast say they face deportation 
Families on the Seacoast scrambling to stop deportation orders that could separate parents and children. -- A local Presbyterian church in Rochester, started by a close-knit community of Indonesian immigrants, is on the verge of decimation. -- Twenty-two of the church's members, many having lived and worked in New Hampshire for decades, went to Rep. Carol Shea-Porter's office looking for help. -- They are among 68 in the local area that a church spokesperson said are being deported.......

Fox 5 San Diego      
State of emergency renewed after Tijuana River Valley sewage spills 
The San Diego City Council re-declared a state of emergency Friday following the repeated sewage spills in the Tijuana River Valley. -- As the Tijuana River Valley continues to accumulate unwanted sewage and trash from south of the border, the council declares a state of emergency every 30 days. The first declaration dates back to the early '90s and has been repeated every year since. -- During the meeting, Imperial Beach residents showed their support for the continued state of emergency. -- “To help put things in perspective, in the last 10 years, Imperial Beach has been closed a total of 3 years," one resident said. "Some of these spills are only noticed by Border Patrol agents because they take place in areas rarely transited by recreational users.”......

David Olen Cross -- Salem          
Oregon's Washington County Third in Foreign National Crime in July 2017
On July 1, 2017 Oregon's Washington County had 200 of the 986 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system; the county was third in foreign national crime in the state with 20.28 percent of the criminal aliens in DOC prisons. -- The following table reveals how Washington County residents were harmed or victimized by the 200 criminal aliens incarcerated on July 1st in the DOC prison system with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainers...........

August 13, 2017

Times of San Diego         
Why Does California Have The Nation's Highest Poverty Level? 
With all the recent hoopla about California's record-low unemployment rate and the heady prospect of its becoming No. 5 in global economic rankings, it is easy to lose sight of another salient fact: It is the nation's most poverty-stricken state. -- So says the U.S. Census Bureau in its “supplemental measure” of poverty that is a far more accurate than the traditional measure because it takes into account not only income, but living costs. -- By the measure, just over 20 percent of Californians are living in poverty. The Public Policy Institute of California has devised its own measure, similar to the Census Bureau's, that not only validates the 20 percent figure, but tells us that another 20 percent of Californians are in “near-poverty,” which means they struggle to pay for food, shelter and other necessities of life....... [See Importing Poverty]

Daily Caller          
Elizabeth Warren To Trump: 'Never, Ever, Going To Build Your Stupid Wall' 
In a fiery speech on Saturday, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren went after President Trump and the wall he has pledged to build along the U.S.-Mexico border. -- “Mr. President, we are never, ever going to build your stupid wall!” Warren shouted during her speech at the 17th annual Netroots Nation conference. -- The progressive lawmaker, who many believe has plans to run for president in 2020, rattled off a litany of grievances she has with the Trump administration and Republicans. -- At one point, Warren went after her former Senate colleague, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, calling him “a man too racist to become a judge in the 1980s.”......

Tech Companies May Increase Wages to Attract US Workers 
Silicon Valley tech companies may have to raise wages and salaries in order to attract high-skilled American workers in the age of President Donald Trump. -- Data collected from more than 10,000 tech companies found that hiring of foreign workers in the industry had fallen 46 percent in the first quarter of 2017 and 37 percent in the second quarter, according to a report by the Financial Times. -- “Hired” chief executive Mehul Patel says Silicon Valley may have to begin raising wages as U.S. tech companies begin to recruit and compete for more Americans than foreign nationals. -- The Financial Times wrote......

Bloomberg  View      
Another view: Not even Trump believes in his big, beautiful wall 
Most members of Congress, including many Republicans from states adjoining Mexico, have seen President Donald Trump's 2,000-mile wall along the southern border as a political device, not a serious proposal. Rightly so: The practical difficulties are enormous, and the benefits, supposing it could be done, minimal. The real question throughout has been how much money would be wasted pretending this project might work. --That question seems all the more pressing now we know that even the president doesn't believe in his wall. -- Last week, a leaked transcript of a phone call between Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto revealed that Trump understands that the wall is really just a political prop. Imploring his Mexican counterpart to play along, Trump said that the wall is “the least important thing we are talking about, but politically this might be the most important.”......

Hundreds march in Texas protest of border wall 
The Latest on a Texas protest against the border wall the Trump administration wants to build (all times local): -- 1 p.m. -- Hundreds of protesters have marched in Texas' first major protest against a border wall. -- The protesters on Saturday crossed the earthen Rio Grande levee where the President Donald Trump's administration wants to build part of the first sections of the wall. -- Many of the protesters acknowledged they might not be able to stop a project that the U.S. government is already planning, even though Congress hasn't yet signed off on funding. But they hoped to draw national attention to the cause and persuade lawmakers who have yet to vote on the proposal.......

KIII -TV        
U.S. Border Patrol finds 86 illegals near McAllen 
The U.S. Border Patrol is continuing their effort to curb illegal immigration. This week, agents from the Weslaco Border Patrol station found 86 undocumented immigrants near a canal in Hidalgo, Texas, just south of McAllen. -- According to Border Patrol officials, it was Monday night when the agents spotted the large group of people walking toward them along a trail. All were apprehended without incident and admitted to being in the U.S. illegally. -- Agents said of the 86 immigrants, there were 36 adults and 50 juveniles, 16 of which were not accompanied by an adult guardian. All were of Guatemalan descent.......

Dallas News          
Dallas County judge among local officials urging Paxton not to sue over DACA 
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins signed onto a letter urging the state of Texas not to pursue legal action against an Obama-era immigration program that protects immigrants who came to the country illegally as children from deportation. -- Attorney General Ken Paxton has threatened to sue the federal government over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, if President Donald Trump's administration does not rescind the program by Sept. 5. The program shields unauthorized immigrants from deportation for two years and grants them work permits. Trump pledged to repeal the program during his presidential campaign but has waffled on the issue since. Paxton's letter is seen as a move to pressure the administration to fulfill its campaign promise.......

Officers find more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana within shipment of watermelons 
Officers found 2,304 pounds of marijuana commingled within a shipment of watermelons on Wednesday, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. -- When a white 1996 Freightliner tractor-trailer attempted to cross the Pharr International Bridge, officers referred the vehicle to a secondary inspection. -- Through the use of a non-intrusive imagining system and a canine team, officers were able to locate "65 packages of marijuana commingled within a shipment of watermelons," according to the news release. -- The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations estimate the seizure at a value of $460,761.......

American Thinker        
Guess who's building a border wall now! 
It seems as if the world is taking some lessons from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and President Donald Trump (R). -- Under Netanyahu, Israel has built miles of a security barrier separating it from the terrorist-dominated Gaza Strip, which has greatly reduced terrorist infiltration from the Hamas-dominated area (officially ruled by the Palestinian [sic] Authority). And of course, one of the main themes of the successful Trump candidacy was his promise to construct a long wall separating the U.S. and Mexico to prevent illegal aliens (not "undocumented immigrants") and drug smugglers from entering this country. ......

Crime Voice          
CBP Captures Attempted Murder Fugitive Out On $1 Million Bail At The Border 
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers had a prolific summer weekend at the ports of entry along the California border with Mexico. Totals intercepted include 1,500 pounds of narcotics valued at over $3.3 million. -- More than 470 pounds of methamphetamine, 72 pounds of cocaine, over 1,000 pounds of marijuana and 11 pounds of heroin were discovered hidden inside vehicles' fenders, doors, quarter panels, vehicle's floor, and tires. CBP officers seized all vehicles and narcotics. -- Arrests brought in 17 fugitives with various charges including attempted murder, aggravated assault, larceny, and parole violations.......

Florida Today         
165 illegals in Brevard County have ICE court cases 
The government has started court proceedings to deport more than 165 immigrants living in Brevard County, according to data compiled by a Syracuse University organization that tracks federal agencies. -- The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) data show that three out of every four counties in the U.S. have residents with pending deportation cases in U.S. Immigration Courts. Although most counties had fewer than 24 residents with pending immigration cases, 10 percent had 200 or more residents with pending cases. ......

August 12, 2017

Fox News         
Steve Cortes: Border Wall Is Like Locking Your Door at Night 
Steve Cortes stated that the border wall is not anti-Mexico, but meant to protect those who would enter into the U.S. through Mexico to harm those here. -- "It's not because we hate Mexico," Cortes told "Fox & Friends" on Saturday. "We lock our doors at night and our homes not because we hate those on the outside but because we love those on the inside and we want to protect them." -- Cortes, a former member of President Trump's Hispanic advisory council, was reacting to a proposed Los Angeles law that would require contractors to divulge whether they have provided materials for or worked on President Trump's border wall in any way.......

9 Dead in Mexico Prison Fight Near US Border 
Eleven people were injured in the fight, which authorities said involved two groups fighting for control over a prison. -- A prison fight in Mexico's border city of Reynosa has left at least nine inmates dead and 11 injured, the government of Tamaulipas state said in a statement Thursday. -- Authorities reported that the fight occurred earlier that day during family visiting hours. Rival groups of inmates fought with shanks, sticks and rocks in two parts of the prison, while guards fired shots to control the situation. -- Regional police officers took control of the facility and injured inmates were taken to the hospital, according to the statement.......

Latin gays, transsexuals seek asylum, demand immediate freedom in US 
The first wave of a "Trans-Gay Caravan" from Latin America arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border this week, where 16 gays and transsexuals asked for asylum and immediate freedom to go anywhere inside the United States. -- According to a Mexican report on their request to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials at an Arizona crossing, they were to be interviewed but not immediately released. -- The group, according to the report, are part of a bigger group seeking to escape harassment in Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico and Nicaragua. They also demand to be freed in the United States after processing out of fear they will be harassed in ICE holding facilities on the border. -- They had sought protection in Mexico, but were refused......

Border Patrol pursuit on Interstate 15 ends in rollover crash, killing 3 
Three people died after an SUV rollover crash in the North County near Lake Hodges Thursday. -- The crash was reported on the southbound side of Interstate 15 at about 1:15 p.m., according to California Highway Patrol (CHP), just south of West Bernardo Drive and Pomerado Road in Rancho Bernardo. CHP said a black GMC Envoy rolled over on Interstate 15, crashed into the freeway guardrail, rolled and dropped 120 feet down an embankment. -- CHP said a total of four people were involved in the single-vehicle crash. Two people died at the scene and two others were transported to Palomar Hospital. ......

Sonoma News          
'Rapid response' teams to mobilize at ICE searches in Sonoma  
Of the Valley's population of 38,000, 29 percent are Hispanic. Of the 11,000 Hispanics living here today, an estimated 5,500 are undocumented. -- “Frankly, that's probably an underreported number,” said Marge Thomas, co-chair of the Rapid Response Program, a new initiative launched by local nonprofit La Luz Center. -- The Rapid Response Program is an ancillary wing of the Sonoma Valley Action Coalition, an entity whose sole purpose is to address issues affecting immigrants. - “There's so much pop-up political action these days,” Thomas said at the July meeting of the Springs Community Alliance, explaining the program's origins. In response to an increase in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids and detentions nationally, as well as a perceived anti-immigrant political climate, the Rapid Response Program intends to send a team of trained “legal observers” to every ICE raid staged in the Valley. ......

Daily Caller          
Thousands Of Thirty-Somethings Are Benefiting From Obama's Amnesty For 'Young Dreamers' 
Thousands of illegal immigrants over the age of 30 have benefited from Barack Obama's executive amnesty, which is typically associated with young college students. -- President Donald Trump has yet to end the amnesty program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), even though he promised to do so during the presidential campaign. -- The president told the Associated Press in April that his administration is “not after the dreamers, we are after the criminals.” The White House continues to review the policy amid a looming threat from Republican state attorneys general to challenge the constitutionality of DACA.......

August 11, 2017

David Olen Cross -- Salem          
Oregon Department of Corrections: Criminal Alien Report --- July 2017
The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) July 1, 2017 Inmate Population Profile indicated there were 14,742 inmates incarcerated in the DOC's 14 prisons. -- Data obtained from the DOC indicated that on July 1st there were 986 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the state's prison system; approximately one in every fifteen prisoners incarcerated by the state was a criminal alien, 6.69 percent of the total prison population. -- Some background information, all 986 criminal aliens currently incarcerated in the DOC prison system were identified by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a federal law enforcement agency that is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. If an inmate is identified by ICE as being a criminal alien, at the federal law enforcement agency's request, DOC officials will place an “ICE detainer” on the inmate. After the inmate completes his/her state sanction, prison officials will transfer custody of the inmate to ICE...........

August 10, 2017

Jewish Post      
'Walls That Work:' Can Israeli Tech be Trump's Solution for Mexico Border Security? 
The Trump administration has reportedly reached a new contract with the Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems to implement advanced security systems on the U.S. border with Mexico, similar to the security technology utilized along Israel's borders. -- According to reports that emerged last weekend in Hebrew- and English-language Israeli media, an American delegation recently visited Israel to tour the country's borders with the Gaza Strip and Egypt. Delegation members were pitched on a “smart border” security concept to be implemented along the U.S.-Mexico border.......          
New map details Trump's Texas border wall plan, renewing flood concerns 
The full scope of the Trump administration's border wall ambitions in the Rio Grande Valley emerged this week with the revelation that the U.S. Border Patrol has plans to build 32 miles of barrier in Starr County, where flooding concerns helped kill off similar plans half a decade ago. -- According to a Border Patrol map shown to local officials and stakeholders last week, and obtained by the American-Statesman, the agency has preliminary plans to wall off nearly the entirety of Hidalgo County's southern edge. In neighboring Starr County, the map shows substantial border wall segments would be built in Rio Grande City, west of Sullivan City and a lengthy stretch from Roma to the southern tip of Falcon Lake.......

Will Trump settle for a high-tech SMART Wall? Congress is hoping so.  
A Smart Wall could take both Congress and President Trump off a collision course over the proposed building of a physical border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. -- While on the campaign trail, building a wall to curb illegal immigration became Trump's most popular pledge and, as icing on the cake, he promised he would make Mexico pay for it. -- Aside from his most fervent followers, few middle-of-the-road Americans took the talk seriously. -- Skeptics quickly pointed out that the border already has 650 miles of existing fencing, that building a physical wall would cost billions of dollars and probably be bogged down in court for years by lawsuits, is impossible in places because of topographic issues, and that the number of people crossing the border illegally has been declining in recent years. Not to mention that Mexico isn't going to pay for it. U.S. taxpayers will foot the bill.......

August 9, 2017

Washington Examiner -- H/T David Olen Cross -- Salem          
Nearly one-quarter of all federal inmates are illegal immigrants and virtually all are in deportation proceedings or already face removal orders, according to a new Homeland Security report
Nearly one-quarter of all federal inmates are illegal immigrants and virtually all are in deportation proceedings or already face removal orders, according to a new Homeland Security report. -- The Justice Department's Bureau of Prisons, fulfilling a presidential executive order requiring transparency on prisoner immigration status, said that it houses 187,855 inmates of which 42,034 are foreign born. -- The DHS report said that only seven of those 42,034 have been granted deportation "relief." According to DHS..........

U.S. Army halts use of Chinese-made drones over cyber concerns 
The U.S. Army has ordered its members to stop using drones made by Chinese manufacturer SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd because of "cyber vulnerabilities" in the products. -- An Aug. 2 Army memo posted by sUAS News and verified by Reuters applies to all DJI drones and systems that use DJI components or software. It requires service members to "cease all use, uninstall all DJI applications, remove all batteries/storage media and secure equipment for follow-on direction." -- The memo says DJI drones are the most widely used by the Army among off-the-shelf equipment of that type. ......

August 8, 2017

David Olen Cross -- Salem          
U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons: Criminal Alien Report -- June 2017
The United States having a significant foreign national population residing within the nations boundaries, be they legally or illegally present in the country, unfortunately includes those who commit crimes. -- The extent and impact of foreign national crime on the U.S. citizens and residents of this country is unambiguously revealed by a simple search on the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) inmates statistics website under the heading of inmate citizenship. -- Here are the countries of origin, moreover, the number and percentage of those countries citizens recently incarcerated in the U.S. BOP prison system (The most recent BOP crime numbers available were from June 24, 2017.)........... -- H/T David Olen Cross -- Salem          
US Attorney Says Oregon Sheriffs Need To Cooperate With ICE
Oregon's top federal prosecutor wants sheriffs to cooperate more regularly with federal immigration officials. -- U.S. Attorney for Oregon Billy Williams wrote an opinion column in The Oregonian this weekend declaring the state's so-called sanctuary policy a public safety threat. -- In an interview today on OPB's “All Things Considered,” he suggested that local leaders have misconstrued state law...........

August 7, 2017

California governor endorses potential sanctuary cities lawsuit 
California Gov. Jerry Brown said he would support his state suing the federal government over the Trump administration's threat to withhold grant money from so-called “sanctuary cities” that do not comply with federal immigration policy. -- Brown, speaking in an interview to be aired Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press, said legislation being considered in the California Legislature would not make it the nation's first “sanctuary state.” Instead, he said the legislation, which he has not decided whether to support, would prevent law enforcement in California from abetting “abuse of federal power.”......

Oregon Live         
Oregon's sanctuary status threatens public safety and law enforcement funding 
A man who successfully evaded detection and detention by immigration officials is charged with assaulting two innocent women in Portland; his alleged crimes are tragic. That he was able to commit the alleged crimes at all defies the law and insults common sense. -- Let me be clear: I am addressing the problem of illegal aliens who commit criminal acts in our state. This is not about lawful alien residents or even about illegal aliens who simply come to Oregon to work. The reality is that criminals who are here illegally are being released into communities throughout the state on a daily basis. Some of these illegal aliens commit more crimes, and because of Oregon's "sanctuary" declaration, those aliens are not being arrested and prosecuted for violating federal immigration laws.......

Nearly 1 ton of marijuana, $16,600 worth of meth seized at Calexico border crossing 
In three separate incidents on the same day, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered nearly one ton of marijuana and $16,600 worth of methamphetamine at the U.S. border crossing. -- Marijuana valued at $900,000 was intercepted when a tractor-trailer that was supposedly empty was run through the Calexico East's imaging system on Aug. 2. Seventy-three wrapped packages of marijuana were found hidden inside the front wall of the trailer. The marijuana and tractor-trailer were seized. ......

Chicago sues Trump's Justice Department over sanctuary city policy 
The City of Chicago on Monday made good on its weekend promise and filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice over its tougher sanctuary city policy. -- Lawyers for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Corporation Counsel Ed Siskel and Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson filed the 46-page lawsuit, which asked a judge to stop the Justice Department from enforcing its newest guidelines on immigration that cities have to follow in order to receive Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grants. -- "These new conditions --- which would give federal officials the power to enter city facilities and interrogate arrestees at will and would force the City to detain individuals longer than justified by probable cause, solely to permit federal officials to investigate their immigration status --- are unauthorized and unconstitutional," the city's lawyers wrote.......

American Thinker         
Another immigrant deportation sob story falls apart 
Since we're going to be getting a lot of these, might as well start on this immigrant sob story from NBC News that suggests any rule of law in the U.S. is cruel and unusual punishment. -- Grandmother Deported for Voter Fraud Leaves U.S. in Tears -- The woman in question, from Peru, was a legal immigrant, but used that privilege to illegally cast ballots in Illinois and then fought a ten-year battle in courts to shield herself from any consequences. -- Everything in her story is designed to tug at the heartstrings, whip up public sympathy, and support Democrats who favor non-citizen voting. Everything else in that story evades the hard questions that need to be asked around the serious problem of voter fraud that NBC News is dismissing.......

Officers find more than 91 pounds of liquid meth inside cans at Donna International Bridge  
Officers stationed at the Progreso/Donna Port of Entry seized more than 91 pounds of liquid methamphetamine on July 27, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. -- When a 1999 Ford Econoline van attempted to cross the Donna International Bridge into the United States on July 27, an officer referred it to secondary inspection. -- Upon searching the van, officers found 12 cans containing 91.67 pounds of liquid methamphetamine. U.S. Customs and Border Protection estimates the seizure at a street value of $270,000, according to the news release.......

Newburgh Gazette          
Michael Savage: US No Longer in 'Age of Statue of Liberty'  
Most Americans probably know these words, which are inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty along with the rest of the poem "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus. "The poem that you're referring to was added later". The French people would fund the statue, while the Americans agreed to pay for the construction of the pedestal. -- The Statue of Liberty, a gift from France for the USA centennial celebration, was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland in 1886. The poem appeared in Joseph Pulitzer's New York World and The New York Times. But he was wrong to imply such a divide between the two, because from the beginning, the poem was written for the statue. -- I was only recently reminded of the rest of Emma Lazarus' poem "The New Colossus", only part of which is usually quoted and universally known. "The New Colossus" by Jewish-American poet Emma Lazarus was written in 1883, as many immigrants were moving to the United States through the port of Ellis Island in NY.......

Trump Deporting 'Children' for Mere Suspicion of Gang Membership, Says ACLU 
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in New York claims that President Trump wants to deport “children” “based on mere suspicion of gang affiliation.” -- A blog post written by an ACLU staff attorney in New York notes comments President Trump made when he spoke to police officers in Brentwood. He writes: Last week, flanked by police officers in Long Island, President Trump told a crowd of supporters his administration was getting rid of immigrant ‘animals' who were causing gang violence in their communities. ‘They're going to jails,' Trump yelled, ‘and then they're going back to their country. Or they're going back to their country, period.'......

Epoch Times         
Border Patrol Union Praises Trump's 'Miraculous' Effect on Border Crossings  
This year, the southern border is looking to be the quietest it's been since at least the early 1970s. And it's all thanks to President Donald Trump's tough talk on illegal immigration, said the Border Patrol union leader. -- “What President Trump has done in such a short time as it pertains to border security is nothing less than miraculous,” Brandon Judd, President National Border Patrol Council, told CNSNews. -- “No other president has been able to cut the number of illegal border crossings as President Trump has, and it's been strictly due to his rhetoric.”......

Judicial Watch: 11 California Counties Have More Voters than Voting-Age Citizens 
Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog organization, has sent a letter to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla on behalf of the Election Integrity Project, noting that there are 11 counties in the state with more registered voters, and alleging that the state may be out of compliance with Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). -- The letter reads, in part: NVRA Section 8 requires states to conduct reasonable list maintenance so as to maintain an accurate record of eligible voters for use in conducting federal elections.1 As you may know, Congress enacted Section 8 of the NVRA to protect the integrity of the electoral process. Allowing the names of ineligible voters to remain on the voting rolls harms the integrity of the electoral process and undermines voter confidence in the legitimacy of elections.......

MRCTV  Video        
Trump, Cotton & Perdue Vilified by Azteca America for 'Anti-Latino' Immigration Agenda 
Trump and the two senators with an anti-immigrant record with whom he appeared today, do not appear to be interested in stopping that immigration, but rather, the one that, in their opinion, has changed the face of the United States, and has latinized it. In Washington, Armando Guzmán, Azteca News.......

Illegal Alien Alleged Sex Offender Arrested near Canadian Border 
Border Patrol agents working out of the Buffalo Station in New York responded to a call about suspected illegal aliens at a gas station. After investigating, the agents arrested three, including one with an arrest warrant for indecent liberties with a child from North Carolina. -- The agents received a call from a concerned citizen about possible illegal aliens at a gas station in Cheektowaga, New York. When the agents arrived on the scene, they observed a vehicle matching the description from the tipster and made contact. The agents identified themselves as Border Patrol agents and began questioning the driver and the three passengers, according to information obtained by Breitbart Texas from U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.......

LA Daily News     
Are humans the new dodo birds?: Doug McIntyre 
The robots are coming and they're coming quickly. -- Nearly every day now a new breakthrough in artificial intelligence promises to render us humans even more useless than we already are. -- Even a casual online search yields a terrifying array of video clips showing robotic workers doing everything from micro-assembly work in factories to backing driverless big rigs up to crowded loading docks. Meanwhile bots are stacking canned peas on grocery store shelves while crop picking droids pluck apples from orchards, doing the work American robots won't do. -- The digital revolution is hurtling toward us at the speed of Google and we're preparing for the massive job loss how?......

DHS Press Release -- H/T David Olen Cross -- Salem           
Pursuant to Executive Order on Public Safety, Departments of Justice and Homeland Security Release Data on Incarcerated Aliens 
President Trump's Executive Order on Public Safety in the Interior of the United States requires the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security to collect relevant data and provide quarterly reports on data collection efforts. The data in this release shows a significant prison population of incarcerated aliens. -- Below is a summary of data collected under Section 16 of the Order, which directs “the Secretary [of Homeland Security] and the Attorney General . . . to collect relevant data and provide quarterly reports” regarding the following subjects: (a) the immigration status of all aliens incarcerated under the supervision of the Bureau of Prisons; (b) the immigration status of all aliens incarcerated as federal pretrial detainees; and (c) the immigration status of all convicted aliens in state prisons and local detention centers throughout the United States........

Congressmen protest Texas refuge as border wall site 
A group of Texas Democratic congressmen are questioning preliminary plans to build a section of President Donald Trump's proposed border wall through a federal wildlife refuge. -- Federal officials have told landowners and local officials that they intend to build on about 3 miles (nearly 5 kilometers) of the river levee that runs through the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. -- According to The Monitor newspaper, the congressmen say cutting through the refuge "could do serious environmental and economic damage," and calling for "transparency."......

DNA Info        
Chicago City Officials To Trump: We Won't 'Knuckle Under' To Threats 
Vowing not to "knuckle under" to threats from the Trump administration, attorneys for the city of Chicago plan to ask a federal judge Monday to block Attorney General Jeff Sessions' effort to yank federal funds from sanctuary cities, like Chicago.-- At a rare Sunday afternoon press conference, Mayor Rahm Emanuel cast the effort by Trump administration efforts as an attempt to force Chicago to choose between its renewed commitment to community policing and its status as a self-declared "sanctuary city," where officers are prohibited from cooperating with federal immigration agents in most cases. --"It is a false choice, a wrong choice," Emanuel said, flanked by several alderman, U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (D-Chicago). "We will not allow our officers to be turned into political pawns.".......

Paul Ryan Opposes Trump's Immigration Cuts, Wants Struggling American Workers to Stay Poor 
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) apparently wants struggling working-class Americans to stay poor, saying he is opposed to President Donald Trump's proposed immigration cuts. -- Trump, along with Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA), this week introduced the RAISE Act, a largely merit-based immigration program that aims to protect U.S. taxpayers and American workers by reducing legal immigration and putting upward pressure on wages. -- “I just think arbitrary cuts to legal immigration don't take into effect the economy's needs as the boomers are retiring,” Ryan told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Friday afternoon. “With baby boomers leaving the workforce, we're still going to have labor shortages in certain areas and that is where a well-reformed legal immigration system should be able to make up the difference.”......

Press Democrat         
Sonoma County Sheriff's Office still notifying ICE on inmate releases  
A month after the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office planned to initiate a new policy to limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities at the county jail, changes have been put on indefinite hold and the department is still responding to all notification requests made by federal agents seeking to deport undocumented immigrants.-- The early retirement of Sheriff Steve Freitas, unfunded costs of implementing the proposed policy change and pending legislation in Sacramento are factors behind the stalled implementation. -- The future of the policy will now fall on the shoulders of Acting Sheriff Rob Giordano, who took on the role after Freitas' departure Monday.......

California Bans ICE Agents from State Labor Offices to Protect illegal Workers 
California Labor Commissioner Julie Su has ordered state employees to prevent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents from entering the department's offices without a warrant. -- According to the Sacramento Bee, Su issued the directive last month, ostensibly to protect illegal aliens reporting employee abuse at the hands of employers. -- One Democrat Assemblyman from San Francisco is pushing it one step, further the Bee reports, proposing a law to limit ICE accesses to workplaces......          
California preparing to sue Trump administration 
California is poised to sue the Trump administration over the president's latest attempt to punish jurisdictions tagged by the Justice Department as “sanctuary cities” that harbor undocumented immigrants, according to two sources close to the case. -- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra --- in conjunction with other California city and county attorneys --- is considering charging the Justice Department with violating the Constitution by threatening to take crime-fighting funds away from cities and states that do not fully cooperate with federal immigration agents, according to those sources. --m “The cities and states affected by these provisions have strong arguments to make in court that these conditions are illegal,” said a former Justice Department official familiar with California officials' thinking. “If Congress wanted these requirements to be part of the grant funding decision, they would have written it into the law.”......

Vicente Fox trolls Trump again, slams his 17-day vacation 
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox's trolling of President Donald Trump on social media shows no sign of slowing down. -- Fox, who was Mexico's president from 2000 to 2006, is one of the commander in chief's most outspoken critics. He has been particularly vocal about plans for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. --m This time, though, it appears the president's vacation has hit a nerve with him. -- Fox took aim at the president's 17-day vacation, which he kicked off Friday at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.......

Gunmen attack group at Baja resort beach, killing 3 men 
Mexican officials say gunmen have attacked a group at a beach in the Los Cabos tourist region at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. Bullets killed three men and wounded two people. -- The prosecutor's office for Baja California Sur state says the attack happened Sunday afternoon at the entrance to Playa Palmilla, a popular beach next to San Jose del Cabo. Its statement gives no motive. -- Authorities say the beach was crowded with tourists, both Mexican and foreign, when the shooting started, and police evacuated the area.......

MS-13 Leaders in El Salvador Giving Green Light for Hits Here, Says Texas DA 
A Texas district attorney says MS-13 leaders in El Salvador are green-lighting hits by gang members in the U.S. Her comments came in reference to an MS-13 gang member arrested last week in Virginia on warrants relating to the murders of two Houston-area residents. -- “The way they murder, machetes, shooting them dozens of times. It's purposeful, and that's to instill fear in the community,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg told reporters at a press conference about an MS-13 gang member accused of killing two people in the Houston area. “MS leaders giving the green lights for hits from El Salvador, well they can expect for us to return it in kind.”......

ICE arrests 83 illegals in New Orleans and Tennessee 
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have arrested 83 people in New Orleans and two Tennessee cities. -- The Commercial Appeal reports that ICE spokesman Tom Byrd said 64 of the 83 people arrested in Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans as part of last week's national Operation Border Guardian/Border Resolve were "noncriminal, saying they had violated civil immigration law but had no serious criminal history.-- The ages and nationalities of the arrested immigrants haven't been disclosed, but Byrd said those arrested in the three cities were over 18.......

Latino Memphis protests Pence in Nashville, DACA students say they fear what's to come with immigration policies 
fter being in the United States for 17 years and graduating from Ridgeway High School, Miguel Garcia is Christian Brothers University bound. His family moved here from Mexico when he was 1. -- "This has given me my life. This has given me the option to study business law and political science. This has given me a chance to be someone," he said. -- He's one of thousands a part of DACA , or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It protects people who came to America as children from being deported, and it's one of several immigration policies at risk of being changed under the current presidency.......

Union Tribune          
Accused smuggler charged after alien dies in mountains near border 
A man who admitted to being a foot guide to a group of unauthorized immigrants was arrested on human smuggling charges after he allegedly left an ill client for dead in the Otay Mountain wilderness earlier this week, according to a complaint filed Wednesday in San Diego federal court. -- The victim's wife stayed behind to get help, but her husband died underneath a thicket of dead trees by the time Border Patrol agents reached him Tuesday morning, authorities said. -- Flavio Daniel Meza Gonzalez, 23, who was arrested Tuesday with the rest of the group, told investigators that he had succumbed to pressure from the others to leave the man behind, the complaint states.......

Emanuel to sue Feds over new Sanctuary City Rules 
Mayor Emanuel says he's going to sue the Trump Justice Dept on Monday, over its new Sanctuary City rules. -- New rules just out, prevent Sanctuary Cities like Chicago to get certain law enforcement grants. The mayor says Chicago will file suit to kill the rules and get the millions in question. -- In an interview with WLS-AM for Sunday's edition of “Bill Cameron and Connected to Chicago”, the mayor said “We are not going to be put in a position of choosing who we are as a welcoming city and strengthening our police dept. These are exactly the kind of training and technology you want to be investing in right now and also do it in a way that the community's involved.”......

August 6, 2017

Gutierrez: Trump's Immigration Plan 'Absolutely' Racist 
Sunday on MSNBC, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) said the Republican immigration bill endorsed by President Donald Trump was an “absolutely a racist proposal.” -- Gutiérrez said, “I think this is absolutely a racist proposal. There is no doubt in my mind. If you take diversity visas, Alex. everyone knows 90 percent of the diversity visas go to who? Black people who live in Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa or the Caribbean. And you just eliminate it? Senator Rubio's parents wouldn't have made it through this. My parents wouldn't have made it through it. They didn't have a college education. They couldn't speak English and, yet, Rubio went on to the Senate, and I went on to the House of Representatives.” -- He continued, “I think this is an anti-American and it is based — Alex, when you talk about, when you have a president of the United States that walks down those escalators and announce he's running for president and says Mexicans are murderers, rapists, drug dealers and we need to get rid of them.......

Conservative Base         
Mueller's grand jury racially, ethnically stacked against Trump: Legal scholar tells WABC's Rita Cosby 
Legal scholar Alan Dershowitz in an exclusive on-air interview told New York City's WABC Radio Host Rita Cosby Friday that the new District of Columbia federal grand jury impaneled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is bad news for President Trump, not because of its existence, but because of where the jury chamber is located .... Washington, D.C. -- Mueller was selected to probe the allegations made against President Donald Trump and some of his family members and staff that they colluded with Russian President Vladimir Putin and/or his minions to sabotage Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Despite incredibly scarce amount of evidence --- and mostly relying on politically-driven conjecture --- the Democrats and a few Republicans continue their quest to “nail the President.”......

The Hill        
Democrats introduce another 'false hope' act to illegals 
Late last month, Congressman Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), introduced the American Hope Act, H.R. 3591, with 116 co-sponsors, all Democrats. -- The bill would provide conditional permanent resident status for undocumented aliens who were brought to the U.S. before their 18th birthday, which would permit them to live and work here legally for three years and put them on a path to Legal Permanent Resident status and citizenship. -- Such bills are referred to as “DREAM Acts,” an acronym for “Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act.” -- It might be more accurate, however, to call this bill “The False Hope Act.” ......

David Olen Cross -- Salem          
Lars Larson Show: Criminal Alien of the Week Report
...This week we take a look at for your radio listeners at an illegal alien who has been a participant in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program who now faces serious criminal charges in Washington’s King County. -- On Thursday, June 29, 2017 Salvador Diaz-Garcia, age 23, was arrested by law enforcement in the City of Burien (King County Sheriff's Office provides law enforcement for the city). A view of the King County Jail website reveals Salvador Diaz-Garcia has been charged with Assault, Assault in the Second Degree and Child Molestation in the Third Degree. Diaz-Garcia's bail has been set at $350,000.00...........

National Poll: 3-to-1 support for Trump legal immigration cuts 
A national poll taken just before Pres. Trump endorsed the RAISE Act in a White House event on Aug. 2 found overwhelming support for the bill's central feature -- reducing legal immigration from around one million a year to around a half-million. -- Pulse Opinion Research surveyed 1,000 "likely mid-term voters" on July 24-25 and asked them how many legal immigrants should be allowed each year. The firm stated that the results had a margin of sampling error of only 3 percentage points,and had a 95% level of confidence.......

LA Times          
Gov. Brown wants to prevent 'abuse of federal power' on immigration, but expresses concerns about 'sanctuary state' bill  
Gov. Jerry Brown described dealing with President Trump's immigration policies as a balancing act during an interview to air Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," expressing concern about an "abuse of federal power." -- But he also shared reservations about high-profile legislation moving through the California Legislature that would increase limitations on how local law enforcement agencies can work with federal immigration authorities. -- "We're looking at it very carefully," Brown said of SB 54, from state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles). "We're having discussions with the author. There are some changes that I think would be very important."......

GOP Sen Flake: I'll 'Stand Up Against' Trump's Immigration Legislation 
Sunday on NBC's “Meet the Press,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said he would “stand up” against the immigration bill endorsed by President Donald Trump. -- Flake said, “The immigration proposal that was put forward last week. I think it's fine to move to a points system, we did that in the bipartisan bill in the Senate, but you can't cut immigration, legal immigration in half. And so I'll stand up against that. And the behavior in the White House as well. I mean, referring to our colleagues across the aisle as losers or clowns is just not the direction to go if we are going to solve the problems in a conservative way that we need to. So I'll stand up every time to the president when he's doing things that I don't think he should be doing.”......

Marco Rubio supports Trump's immigration plan that prioritizes English speakers 
In 2013, Marco Rubio and three other Republican senators worked with Democrats to draft a bipartisan immigration bill. -- Rubio's 2013 bill, which proposed an expanded visa program for low-skilled workers, failed after the House decided not to vote on it. -- On Wednesday, Rubio said he was still considering a different immigration proposal, backed by the White House, that cuts the number of green cards for low-skilled and non-English speaking immigrants. The 15-page plan was first introduced in the Senate in February, and the White House announced its support Wednesday.......

GOP Sen Flake: Chants to Lock Hillary Up 'Inappropriate’ 
On Sunday’s broadcast of NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said the “lock her up” chants, referring to Hillary Clinton, at Donald Trump campaign rallies were “inappropriate.” -- Flake said, “During rallies when the chants, ‘lock her up,’ you know, we shouldn’t be the party for jailing your political opponents. And anybody at that rally, anybody at those rallies, ought to stand up and say, ‘That’s inappropriate. We shouldn’t be doing that.'” - He added, “And I wish we as a party and elected officials would do more of that. Or in particularly ugly conspiracy theories come out or simply fake news, stuff that is just demonstrably false, we ought to stand up and say, ‘Hey, that’s just not right.'”......

August 5, 2017

Glenn Spencer       
Another Chopper visits American Border Patrol
Following up on my recent story about being visited by DHS Blackhawk helicopters. -- This morning we were visited by yet another helicopter that was most definitely giving us the eye. -- This time I am fairly sure this one belonged to the Cochise County Sheriff.

'Sanctuary State' Repeal Campaign Takes Advantage Of New Oregon Rule  
Backers of a campaign to repeal an Oregon law that aids undocumented immigrants are taking advantage of new petition rules to make an early start on gathering the signatures they need to qualify for the 2018 ballot. -- Cynthia Kendoll, president of Oregonians For Immigration Reform, says her group was unable to make the 2016 ballot with a pair of immigrant-related measures because their signature gathering was held up by lengthy legal fights over the wording of the ballot title. ......

Idaho Press          
Guzzardi: Less immigration means more American jobs, higher wages 
More than half a century after the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, and 30 years after the Immigration Reform and Control Act, U.S. Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, and David Perdue, R-Georgia, introduced a sensible merit-based bill that will help all Americans. -- The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act, or RAISE Act, proposes to cut legal immigration roughly in half from one million new arrivals annually to about 500,000, and would screen them on a points-based system similar to Canada and Australia for skills, education and English language ability. In the process, the RAISE Act would mostly eliminate the haphazard chain migration system that allows family members to petition their adult siblings, adult sons and adult daughters, who in turn can bring their own relatives, and create an endless incoming immigrant stream.......

Liberty News Now         
Cartels Furious That Drug Runners Being Stopped At Border 
In a major shift from lax Obama-era regulations, the Trump administration is finally allowing customs officers to screen all cargo trucks entering the U.S. from Mexico and sources on both sides of the border tell Judicial Watch Mexican drug cartels are fuming. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is using X-ray technology and other non-intrusive tools to screen 100% of cargo trucks crossing the southern border after eight years of sporadic or random screening permitted under the Obama administration. -- “We felt like we were the welcoming committee and not like we were guarding our borders,” said veteran U.S. Customs agent Patricia Cramer, who also serves as president of the Arizona chapter of the agency's employee union. “The order was to facilitate traffic, not to stop any illegal drugs from entering the country,” Cramer added. “We want to enforce the law. That's what we signed up for.” Cramer, a canine handler stationed at the Nogales port of entry in Arizona, said illicit drugs are pouring in through the southern border, especially massive quantities of fentanyl, an opioid painkiller that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says is more potent than morphine.......

Border truck inspections leave drug cartels 'fuming' 
For years, the Obama administration policy was for border agents to inspect loaded trucks coming into the U.S. sporadically, according to a report from Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin. -- Just once in a while. -- Sometimes yes, sometimes no. -- Which gave drug operations an open door to spy on American inspection practices on a particular day and run their concealed loads of drugs through when inspections were at an ebb. -- But President Donald Trump has specified that every truck entering the U.S. now must be inspected, and drug cartels on both sides of the border with Mexico reportedly are fuming mad. --The report comes from sources connected to the Washington watchdog Judicial Watch.......


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