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Union Tribune-- June 23, 2017
Trump border wall misses start date
    The Trump administration has yet to award contracts to build prototypes of a U.S.-Mexico border wall even though construction was originally pegged to begin this week in San Diego, public records show.
    While money for a full wall along the 1,900-mile Mexican border has not been approved, Congress did allocate $20 million for prototypes that attracted hundreds of bidders from across the country.
    Homeland Security had planned to begin construction on four to eight 30-foot tall prototypes Thursday near Otay Mesa. The location was still a dusty field this week, and Customs and Border Protection, responding to a Freedom of Information Act request from the San Diego Union-Tribune, said no contracts have been awarded.
    Border Protection spokesman Rick Pauza confirmed Friday that bids are still being reviewed but that prototype designs “will be selected for construction in Summer 2017.” [...]
    Prototypes must be 30 feet tall, can't be climbed and constructed to prevent digging below the wall for at least 6 feet. Roughly 460 companies replied to requests for proposals to build the wall prototypes, including 23 in San Diego County.
Solar Panels
    President Trump has been floating the idea of using solar panels to pay for the border wall, a keystone of his campaign. At a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wednesday, the president said he would use solar panels to build the wall.
    “I'll give you an idea that no one has heard about yet,” he said. “We're thinking of building the wall as a solar wall so it creates energy and pays for itself. This way, Mexico will have to pay much less money.”
    Las Vegas-based Gleason Partners submitted a proposal for a solar panel wall in March that argued it would cut down on the cost to build and pay for infrastructure needs once it is up and running. Owner Thomas Gleason said Thursday that while he's not sure if he's in the running for a government contract, it's OK as long as he got the president's attention.

Glenn Spencer -- June 24, 2017
The impossible takes a little longer
   I understand President Trump's problems in dealing with the entrenched bureaucracy at Customs and Border Protection, but they cannot be blamed for silly ideas such as a 30-foot-high solid border wall that Border Patrol agents can't see through, or solar panels facing south that would be short work for Mexican gunmen.
    It is no wonder that the technical people at CBP are missing deadlines. There is an old saying, “The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer.”
Note: US News recently ran a graphic of a Gleason solar panel laying pretty flat (about 7 degrees) - difficult to hit with gun fire.
    That is fine for the summer, but in the winter the panels would have to be raised to about 45 degrees --- a good target.

June 24, 2017

California Bans State Travel to More States  
California's attorney general blocked state-funded travel to Texas and three other states on Thursday in response to what he considers anti-LGBT rights laws enacted this year. -- Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra added Texas, Alabama, South Dakota and Kentucky to the list of places where state employee travel is restricted. Lawmakers passed legislation last year banning non-essential travel to states with laws that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. North Carolina, Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee are already on the list. -- California taxpayers' money "will not be used to let people travel to states who chose to discriminate," Becerra said.......

Sanctuary Cities Protecting MS-13 Gang Members from Deportation, Says ICE 
There is a “rather long list” of sanctuary cities across the United States that choose to release incarcerated members of the notoriously violent Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang back into U.S. communities rather than allow immigration agents to prosecute and deport them, testified a federal officer under oath before lawmakers. -- “We are not asking the state of local institutions to do anything besides give us access and transfer that individual to our custody at the completion of their criminal process so we [can]…remove them from the country or prosecute them,” declared Matthew Albence, the executive associate director for Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, during a Senate panel hearing.......

Ex-Mexican lawmaker arrested at US border on drug charges  
A former Mexican lawmaker arrested at the California border was charged Thursday with working for the Sinaloa drug cartel, whose once-powerful kingpin, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was extradited to the United States in January. -- Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez, a former representative in the Sinaloa state legislature, was charged Thursday in federal court in San Diego with conspiracy to distribute 11 pounds (five kilograms) of cocaine in the United States between January 2013 and January 2017.......

A Cop Speaks Out: Illegal Mexican Nationals Murdered My Buddy Execution-style 
Retired Phoenix Police Detective Robert Arce is speaking out about the execution-style murder of a federal agent with whom he closely worked. His slain friend, DEA Special Agent Richard Fass, was murdered by illegal aliens on June 30, 1994 near Phoenix, Arizona. -- “My friend begged for his life as illegal aliens from Mexico handcuffed him and murdered him. They didn't care that he was pleading for his life and his loved ones,” said Officer Arce. --The law enforcement experiences of Officer Arce, both in the Phoenix PD and abroad on contracts for the U.S. Department of State, led Breitbart Texas to bring him aboard in our efforts to expose Mexican transnational criminal groups with the Cartel Chronicles project. Officer Arce spoke candidly about his friend and coworker, DEA Special Agent Fass.......

David Olen Cross -- Salem        
Oregon Department of Corrections: Foreign National Homicide Report May 2017  
Information obtained from the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) indicated that on May 1, 2017 that 136 of the 969 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) in the state's prison system were incarcerated for homicidal crimes (various degrees of murder and manslaughter), 14.04 percent of the criminal alien prison population. -- Using DOC U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainer numbers, the following table reveals the total number criminal alien inmates along with the number and percentage of those alien inmates incarcerated on May 1st in the state's prisons for homicidal crimes.......

June 23, 2017

U.S. Border Agents Warned of 'Open Warfare' with 'Grenades' in Mexico at Texas Border 
Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) of South Texas are being warned about risks posed to them on the border by “open warfare” including grenade attacks occurring on the Mexican side. The warning echoes Breitbart Texas's Cartel Chronicles reports on the bloody war occurring at the border between a faction of the Mexican Gulf Cartel and Mexican authorities. -- The warning was issued by the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) to agents in the RGV Sector. It reads......

June 22, 2017

30% of Illegal Alien Minors Have Gang Ties 
Nearly 30 percent of the illegal immigrant children the U.S. is holding in its dormitories have ties to criminal gangs, the government revealed Wednesday, suggesting that the Obama-era surge of Central Americans has fed the country's growing problem with MS-13 and other gangs. -- Federal officials refused even to guess at the true scope of the problem, telling the Senate Judiciary Committee that they can give only small snapshots of what they see. But they said the devastation on communities across the country is clear: killings and chaos, particularly among other immigrants --- both legal and illegal.......

LMT Online          
Murders spike in Mexico, with May deadliest month in decades 
Mexico, DF -- May was Mexico's bloodiest month in at least 20 years and homicides are up sharply in 2017 compared with last year, new government crime statistics show. -- Statistics published Tuesday by the Interior Department said 2,186 people were murdered last month. The previous monthly high was 2,131 in May 2011, according to a review of publicly available records that date back to 1997. -- During the first five months of 2017, there were 9,916 killings nationwide --- an increase of about 30 percent over the 7,638 slain during the same period last year. -- "Pretty grim. Not shocking, because we've seen this for months," Mexican security analyst Alejandro Hope said. "But, yeah, it's really grim."......

LMT Online         
44 illegals found inside Laredo 18-wheeler 
Forty-four immigrants who entered the country illegally were found Monday inside an 18-wheeler, according to federal authorities. -- Laredo police and U.S. Border Patrol said the case unfolded after the 18-wheeler was pulled over in the 11900 block of Conley Road, between Mines Road and Interstate 35. -- Authorities said they discovered 44 people locked inside of the trailer. Paramedics responded to the scene to check on the immigrants.......

American Border Patrol       
ABP to run ad for July 2 tech demo 
American Border Patrol will begin running this four-color ad on Sunday in the local papers......

Nashville Public Radio        
Calling Plan 'Disastrous,' Middle Tennessee Republicans Aim To Neuter Nashville Pro-Illegal Immigration Measure 
A Nashville proposal to limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities is drawing strong condemnation from some top Middle Tennessee Republicans. -- The sponsor of a 2009 state law banning so-called "sanctuary cities" says he's prepared to have the Metro Council proposal struck down if it wins final approval at a meeting next month. -- The proposal passed a second of three votes Tuesday night, over the objections of some council members who asked for more time. -- The measure before the Metro Council would bar police and the county sheriff's office from doing more than is absolutely required under federal and state law to help Immigration and Customs Enforcement.......

Press Enterprise          
Corona man accused of supplying phony immigration documents 
A Corona man who posed as an immigration attorney has agreed to plead guilty to participating in a fraud scheme in which phony employment visas and other bogus documents were created for foreign nationals who were seeking a way to remain in the United States legally, according to court documents filed Wednesday, June 21, in Los Angeles. -- Alexander Smirnoff, who also went by the name “Alex Scott,” was among three defendants charged in October in a 16-count indictment alleging conspiracy, visa fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and identification fraud.......

LA Times         
How far left can California's legislative Democrats go before Republicans benefit at the ballot box? 
Democrats in the state Legislature are walking a tightrope, seemingly oblivious to potential danger. -- First, they raised gas taxes and vehicle fees. Then the Senate passed a ridiculously costly universal healthcare plan. Now, the Legislature is getting close to helping undocumented criminals avoid deportation. -- How far left can the majority party careen, even in deep blue California, before Republicans start benefiting at the ballot box? -- The gas-tax hike was gutsy and needed. Actually, it will only return fuel taxes to essentially where they were 25 years ago, adjusted for inflation. The $5.2 billion raised annually will allow the state to finally begin repairing crumbling highways.......        
Changing Narrative: Democratic Party Wrestling with Need for Immigration Limits 
After the 2016 election, the theory (widespread after 2012) that demographic destiny would force the GOP to embrace large-scale legalization and immigration expansion has fizzled. The Republican Party and President Trump continue to have internal debates about immigration policy, but they are no longer alone. Pundits and reporters from the center left and beyond are looking at the Democratic Party's "immigration problem" with renewed urgency. -- Below are some selections......

Tip Leads to Drug Bust near Port Isabel, Texas 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is crediting a concerned citizen for helping Border Patrol agents catch a group of alleged smugglers. -- Agents said the men were crossing the ship channel near Port Isabel. -- Three Mexican nationals and a juvenile where apprehended and agents seized more than 250 pounds of marijuana. -- Border Patrol said the drugs had a street value of more than $200,000.......          
Mexico Cartel Tied to Argentina's Second-Largest Cocaine Sting 
Authorities believe that the second-largest cocaine seizure in Argentina's history is linked to a Mexican cartel that exploited an unusual trafficking route, suggesting that Argentina's transshipment role is countinuing to grow, most likely due to both domestic and international drug-related developments. -- Argentina's Federal Police seized two metric tons of cocaine -- the second-largest cocaine seizure in the country's history, worth an estimated $60 million -- in the Bahía Blanca port city of Buenos Aires province on June 19. Another 500 kilograms were seized in the Luján de Cuyo city of Mendoza province close to the Chilean border, according to a Security Ministry press release.......

45 Migrants Cross Same Area of Border in One Day as DHS Continues Obama's Policies 
Forty-five foreign nationals turned themselves in to Border Patrol agents in one day in one area of the Texas Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV). This is the largest group of illegal aliens doing so since President Trump took office and he incorrectly claimed Obama's catch and release directives had ended. Agents warn this is just the beginning and that the numbers are likely to grow again to Obama-era levels. The mass surrender occurred over the weekend of June 18, 2017. -- Border Patrol Agent Chris Cabrera, speaking to Breitbart Texas in his role as a spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), stated, “We have been warning the American public that catch and release has not ended and that simple rhetoric is not enough to secure the border.......

Washington Examiner          
Trump's proposal to deny new immigrants welfare for 5 years is already law 
President Trump on Wednesday vowed to push for legislation "very shortly" that would prevent new immigrants from receiving any welfare benefits for at least five years after coming to the United States. -- But that's already the law. -- The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 already states new immigrants are "not eligible for any federal means-tested public benefit for a period of five years beginning on the date of the alien's entry into the United States." -- Speaking during a rally in Iowa on Wednesday evening, Trump called for "new immigration rules" that "say those seeking admission into our country must be able to support themselves financially and should not use welfare for a period of at least five years."...

Lawsuit: Illegal Alien's Family Says Deportation Violates Their Religious Beliefs 
Juan Rodriguez' wife and daughters filed a lawsuit in federal court in Houston urging that he cannot be deported because doing so would violate the family's religious rights. The Rodriguez family are Seventh-Day Adventists and claim their religion requires the family to stay together. -- Immigration officials informed Rodriguez that he is scheduled to be deported on June 29. On Monday, the El Salvadoran's wife and three daughters filed a lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency.......

June 21, 2017

"Sanctuary City" Opponents Push Back via Petitions  
In June 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down large parts of an Arizona state law intended to give local law enforcement the power to enforce federal immigration laws. -- The ruling in Arizona v. United States held that three sections of S.B. 1070 were pre-empted by federal immigration law. The Obama administration, which opposed the Arizona law, along with advocates for open borders, hailed the ruling, contending that the U.S. couldn't very well have 50 different immigration policies. -- Now, five years later the script has flipped.......

LA Times          
L.A. County supervisors OK $3 million to aid legal efforts for illegals facing deportation 
Disappointing some immigrant advocates, Los Angeles County officials voted Tuesday to authorize $3 million for legal assistance for immigrants facing deportation but to bar those who have violent criminal pasts. -- The Board of Supervisors' vote came a day after the city's Budget and Finance Committee approved up to $2 million for the same purpose. -- The votes ended a debate about which immigrants should qualify for help through the newly created L.A. Justice Fund, although the proposal that the city is considering would include an exemption for individuals with a “meritorious claim.” -- “The county's $3-million contribution to the L.A.J.F. can only go so far,” said Supervisor Hilda Solis, a champion of the fund, in a statement.......

Daily Caller             
Nashville City Council Passes Bill Stopping Assistance To Feds On Immigration 
The Nashville Metro Council has advanced legislation that would limit cooperation with immigration authorities and prevent local officials from requesting information about residents' immigration status, making the Tennessee capital a sanctuary city in practice if not in name. -- The measure, approved Tuesday night by a 25-8 vote, also prohibits Nashville and Davidson County law enforcement from using city funds and facilities to enforce federal immigration law, reports the Tennessean. The bill now moves to a third and final vote in July.......

Daily Caller        
Apple CEO Asks Trump For A Softer Touch On Immigration 
Apple's top executive asked President Donald Trump to show more compassion in his immigration policy and reassure immigrant workers in the technology community that they are welcome in the U.S. -- Tim Cook, visiting the White House Monday along with fellow Silicon Valley power players, told Trump that the technology sector is “nervous” about the administration's tough stance on immigration enforcement, CNBC reported. -- Cook reportedly brought up the administration's proposed travel ban, which he said could affect the families of some Apple employees, and the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the temporary amnesty for the children of illegal immigrants that Trump promised to cancel but has thus far kept in place.......

Washington Times        
Durbin, top Dem, says sanctuary cities too poor to help feds on immigration 
Sen. Richard J. Durbin said Wednesday Chicago's sanctuary city policy isn't about protecting illegal immigrants, but rather is a matter of poverty --- the city doesn't have enough money to turn illegal immigrants over to federal authorities. -- “Come on Uncle Sam, where's the money?” Mr. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, said in a hearing called to look at gangs' prevalence among illegal immigrants. -- He insisted Chicago and Cook County are eager to keep serious criminals and other gang members out of their communities, but said it's up to the federal government to fund the training he said local authorities need. -- “Please help us. Send us some resources,” Mr. Durbin said.......

Fox 10     
Arizona Court Says 'Dreamers' Are Ineligible for In-State Tuition 
The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that young immigrants granted deferred deportation status under a program started by former President Barack Obama are not eligible for lower in-state college tuition. -- The ruling by a three-judge panel overturns a 2015 decision by a trial court judge that said deferred action recipients were considered legally present in the U.S. under federal immigration laws and therefore qualified for state benefits. -- Instead, presiding Judge Kenton Jones wrote for the court that the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program known as DACA did not confer that status.......

CBP officers seize $1.4M in drugs, capture 15 fugitives at border 
Officers seized more than 230 pounds of drugs valued at more than $1.4 million and captured 15 fugitives at checkpoints at the U.S.-Mexico border this weekend. -- According to Customs and Border Protection officials, the arrests and seizures were made June 16-18 at the San Ysidro Port of Entry and Otay Mesa Port of Entry. -- During that span, CBP officials said over 200 pounds of methamphetamine and more than 30 pounds of cocaine were seized. Officials said officers found the drugs hidden inside vehicles or on bodies.......

The Hill         
Senators troubled by MS-13 gang recruiting immigrant children 
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee grappled Wednesday with how to deal with the violent MS-13 street gang that's believed to be targeting unaccompanied immigrant children who have fled to the U.S. -- Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said that because of the lack of oversight after an unaccompanied immigrant child is apprehended at the U.S. border and released into the custody of a sponsor, many have been put in dangerous situations from illegal working environments to prostitution rings. -- “This precarious combination of events, trafficking to and apprehension at the United States border and placement with inappropriate sponsors, makes unaccompanied children vulnerable to gang recruitment,” he warned......        
Sanctuary for Illegal Alien Drunk Drivers?  
It is almost trite and redundant to state that there is a contentious debate in the United States between those who are pushing for the strict enforcement of the immigration laws and those who believe that certain aliens, notwithstanding the fact that they are removable from the United States, should not be subjected to the "harsh punishment" of removal. -- An interesting part of this debate is its framing. "Immigration enforcement" is linked to President Donald Trump, notwithstanding the fact that he has not signed a single piece of legislation that has changed the immigration laws of the United States, which are codified at 8 United States Code, commonly known as the "Immigration and Nationality Act", or "INA". The INA is a series of individual provisions, some of which were originally passed in 1952, that have been amended and added to since then.......

The Hill         
Holder mulling 2020 presidential bid 
Former Attorney General Eric Holder is poised to take a more active role in opposing President Trump, telling Yahoo News in an interview published Tuesday that "now is the time to be more visible" — including weighting a 2020 presidential bid. -- “Up to now, I have been more behind-the-scenes,” said Holder, who served for six years in the Obama administration. “But that's about to change. I have a certain status as the former attorney general. A certain familiarity as the first African-American attorney general."......        
Even Pakistan Agrees: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors  
The saying "Good fences make good neighbors" has been around in one form or another for a very long time. -- Of course, a lot of American progressives and liberals disagree with that notion, at least where erection of a wall, fence, or other barrier across our southern border is concerned --- even though a significant number of these critics, at least when they are also a part of the privileged elite, live in manses behind high, fortified walls to keep out the riff-raff. -- Apparently Pakistan disagrees with that kind of borderless worldview.......

Deming Headlight         
Two arrested in connection with assault on Border Patrol agent 
Las Cruces -- Two men have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping and assault of an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent. -- The arrests come after an FBI-led investigation that involved 125 federal agents and other law enforcement officers. -- The agent, who court records identify as 30-year-old Lorenzo Hernandez, was found the night of June 9 on the side of a road in Doña Ana County with severe injuries to his head, hands and chest. -- On Friday, Doña Ana County and the FBI announced that two men – Sergio Ivan Venegas-Quiñonez, 33, and Fernando Puga, 31, both of Las Cruces – were arrested this week and charged with various felonies in connection with the attack.......

NBC News         
Feds looking into Flint airport stabbing as 'possible act of terrorism' -- Canadian born suspect shouted "Allahu Akbar" 
Flint Twp. -- Mich. -- Police say an airport officer was stabbed in the neck Wednesday morning at Bishop International Airport in Flint. -- The officer was taken to the hospital. Michigan State Police said the officer is in critical condition. -- Police identified the injured officer as Lt. Jeff Neville. Bishop International Airport was evacuated and is closed.. -- Police said a suspect has been taken into custody. The airport released the following statement. --"All passengers are safe and are being evacuated at this time. Please check with your airline for potential cancellations or delays.".....

Fresno Bee       
Fresno won't chip in to defend illegals 
The city of Fresno will not contribute public funds to help establish a legal defense fund for undocumented immigrants facing possible deportation by the Trump administration. -- By a 4-2 vote Tuesday, the Fresno City Council shot down a proposal by Councilwoman Esmeralda Soria to include $200,000 in the city's 2017-18 budget for a public-private fund advocated by local immigration and civil rights advocates. -- Soria offered the motion, backed by Councilman Oliver Baines, last week after more than 40 people offered impassioned pleas for council members to consider a segment of the population that many described as some of the community's most vulnerable residents. They said the fund, which would include donations from private foundations, would ensure representation in immigration court......

Foreign Guest Workers Increasing under Trump, Say Fed Data 
President Donald Trump's administration has seen increases in the number of foreign workers entering the U.S., according to new federal statistics. -- Numbers from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) show that in the Trump Administration's first three months in office, the number of foreign workers who were given permission to enter the U.S. increased by nearly 25,000 compared to the same time last year under the Obama Administration. -- Between January and March 2016, Obama admitted more than 112,000 foreign guest workers. In 2017, Trump allowed close to 137,000 foreign workers to enter the country.......

Critics Rip University Of California For Favoring Illegal Aliens Over Out-Of-State Americans 
A California university's decision to put a limit on the number of American citizens it enrolls -- while placing no such restrictions on illegal immigrants who want to attend the school --- is drawing sharp criticism from education activists. -- The regents in the University of California system recently instituted Regents Policy 2109 in response to state lawmakers threatening to withhold from the university system nearly $20 million if school officials didn't cap the number of out-of-state American students. The university's response to the state government's threat was to limit the percentage of out-of-state American students in the student body to 18 percent on most campuses.......

The Link        
Montreal Protesters Demand Open Borders 
“Immigrants in, racists out!” was the chant of the day for those who participated in the Status for All march Sunday afternoon. -- About 150 demonstrators began their route just before 3 p.m. in Nelson Mandela Park and made their way through the borough of Côte-des-Neiges, chanting and singing songs as they walked along Victoria Ave. and Côte-des-Neiges Rd. -- The demonstration is held every year by Solidarity Across Borders and other migrants' justice groups. They want to see an end to the deportation of undocumented immigrants, and want status regularization for migrants and refugees.......

ICE Arrests Two Criminal Aliens Released by NJ Sanctuary County 
Middlesex County, New Jersey, considered a sanctuary jurisdiction by immigration experts, released more criminal aliens under U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers. ICE officers were forced to arrest the criminal aliens on the streets after they were released by the New Jersey county. -- Since May 18, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers arrested two criminal aliens after Middlesex County released them. Immigration officers placed immigration detainers on the two foreign nationals prior to their release. The Center for Immigration Studies(CIS) lists the county on its map of sanctuary jurisdictions. -- Jail officials released Aurelio Hernandez Cortez from the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Facility on May 18 without notifying ICE. The release came despite a detainer ERO officers put in place on the Mexican national that day, according to information obtained by Breitbart Texas from ICE officials. Hernandez Cortez has a criminal charge pending in the New Jersey county.......

BizPac Review          
Airlines not cooperating with Trump's immigration initiative because tracking is too expensive for them 
The federal government has developed an “exit-tracking” system to help keep tabs on foreign travelers, but airlines are not buying into the program. -- One airline official went so far as to say there's “no benefit to us,” despite the very real possibility of delivering a potential terrorist to his targeted destination – or worse yet, of an airliner being blown out of the sky. -- Homeland Security is planning to install cameras that would photograph passengers just before they board international flights, the Wall Street Journal reported.......

After her latest arrest, government wants to deport Mexican woman for the fifth time 
The federal government wants to deport a Mexican woman for the fifth time after her latest arrest. -- McAllen Police Department officers booked Delia Lopez-Sierra --- a 56-year-old Mexican citizen who lived in McAllen --- on marijuana and tampering with evidence charges Wednesday at the Hidalgo County jail, according to Sheriff's Office records. -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers detained Lopez the next day. -- "Record checks revealed the defendant was formally removed from the United States to Mexico for the fourth (4th) time on June 13, 2013 via the Harlingen, Texas Port of Entry," according to the federal criminal complaint against her.......

Democrats want more Texas communities to join suit against immigration law (SB4) 
As several Texas communities have signed on to a federal lawsuit challenging the state's new immigration enforcement law, some are putting pressure on their local leaders to hurry up and join in. -- Lawmakers from Houston and Laredo have urged their respective city councils to join a lawsuit originally filed May 8 by officials in Maverick County and the City of El Cenizo, and the League of United Latin American Citizens. The lawsuit alleges that law, Senate Bill 4 by state Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, violates several provisions of the U.S. Constitution, including guarantees of free speech and equal protection.......

Washington Examiner         
67% Hispanic immigrants in U.S. 15 years or more are functionally illiterate 
Learning English is a much bigger hurdle for immigrants than earlier believed, with most Hispanics being functional illiterates, even those who have been in the United States for over a decade. -- A new analysis of immigrants found that 63 percent of Hispanics have a "below basic" understanding of English, making them illiterate. -- And it doesn't get better if they stay in the U.S. for 15 years. In a shocking finding showing that they haven't tried to learn ---- or even had to ---- more, 67 percent, of Hispanics don't have English proficiency even after 15 years in America.......

Washington Times       
Assaults on Border Patrol agents surge as immigration debate heats up 
Even though illegal immigration is down, violence along the border is up, with assaults on U.S. Border Patrol agents nearly doubling so far in 2017, the agency's head told Congress on Wednesday. -- Agents have reported more than 550 assaults through June 1, up from 300 assaults at the same time last year, said Carla Provost, the acting chief of the Border Patrol. -- She recounted the statistics as a warning during testimony on gang activity among the illegal immigrant population. She didn't speculate on what might be spurring the rise in assaults, but it comes as the immigration debate in the U.S. --- and Mexico --- heats up under President Trump.......

Statesman Journal          
Latest sanctuary bill undermines state law, shields illegal aliens 
Thirty years ago, lawmakers made Oregon the first sanctuary for illegal immigrants: A law, Oregon Revised Statute 181A.820, enjoins the state's police and sheriffs from "detecting or apprehending persons whose only violation of law is that they are persons of foreign citizenship present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws." -- Today, the House of Representatives' Democratic majority goes even further. Gov. Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and 28 House Democrats have introduced House Bill 3464, to prohibit, "except as required by state or federal law," Oregon's "public bodies" -- its various governments, its schools, and its law-enforcement agencies -- from sharing with federal immigration authorities illegal immigrants' addresses, contact information, workplaces, schools of attendance, and scheduled court appearances if such information was intended to be used "for the.... enforcement of federal immigration laws."......


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