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The Mission of DHS -- as defined by law.
Glenn Spencer
Good Luck, General Kelly  
One source describes the Marine Corps Motto as follows:
"Semper Fidelis" signifies the dedication that individual Marines have to "Corps and country," and to their fellow Marines. It is a way of life. Said one former Marine, "It is not negotiable. It is not relative, but absolute... Marines pride themselves on their mission and steadfast dedication to accomplish it."
    As he assumes command of the Department of Homeland Security later today, retired Marine Corps General John Kelly will face an organization that is unsure of its mission. Its leadership ignores the mission assigned it by Congress and this reaches well down into the ranks.
    Last year, when asked by Rep. Norma Torres of California to define operational control of the border, acting U.S. Border Patrol Chief Vitiello couldn't --- or wouldn't do it.
    Other Border Patrol chiefs have had the same problem.
    This lack of a clear definition of its mission and purpose permeates all that DHS/Customs and Border Protection does --- from selecting leadership to duty to buying border technology --- and this is by design.
    DHS/Customs and Border Protection has, over many years, been completely politicized --- and changing it to do the job America demands of it will not be easy.
    Good luck, General Kelly.

January 19, 2017
Inauguration Day

Sputnik News       
Trump Committed to Building Wall With Mexico to End Illegal Immigration 
US President Donald Trump is committed to building a wall along the Mexican border in order to stop illegal immigrats from crossing into the United States, according to the America Law Enforcement Policy plan released by the White House on Friday. -- "President Trump is committed to building a border wall to stop illegal immigration, to stop the gangs and the violence, and to stop the drugs from pouring into our communities," the plan reads......

Pat Buchanan -- WND.com         
New president, new world   
“Don't make any sudden moves” is the advice offered to the new president by Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations, which has not traditionally been known as a beer hall of populist beliefs. -- Haass meant the president should bring his National Security Council together to anticipate the consequences before tearing up the Iran nuclear deal, moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem or shooting down a missile being tested by Kim Jong-Un......

Dave Gorak -- Wicsonsin State Journal        
Restore integrity to immigration rules   
We hope President Donald Trump keeps his promise to restore integrity to an immigration policy that for several decades has failed to protect American workers from unfair foreign worker competition. -- Allowing 8 million illegal aliens to remain in their jobs, many of them in construction, services and manufacturing, while the government reports 95 million working-age Americans out of the workforce is indefensible......

News 12         
Advocates urge politicians to make Bridgeport a sanctuary city for illegals 
Dozens of immigration advocates and community activists in Bridgeport took to the streets Thursday night to urge city leaders to make Bridgeport a so-called sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants. -- The proposal is still in the works. Supporters say they want to keep police in Bridgeport from turning undocumented immigrants over to federal officials unless the individual is accused of a serious crime......

Daily Mail         
Mexican drug lord El Chapo extradited to the US   
He may be a brutal Mexican drug lord, but Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman is not without his fans. --Arriving at a jail in downtown Manhattan Thursday night following his extradition to the US, El Chapo was treated to a hero's welcome by female inmates at the correctional facility......

Inauguration 2017: The Swearing In of President Donald Trump   
Welcome to Breitbart News's coverage of Inauguration 2017 — the day when Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States of America. -- Watch this live wire for breaking news, images, and video about the transition from Barack Obama's administration to Trump's......

Richard F. LaMountain -- Pamplin Media Group         
Beaverton's 'sanctuary' status will threaten U.S. citizens   
Last week, pursuant to advice offered by a recent Times editorial ("Beaverton may seek designation as Sanctuary City," Dec. 15), Beaverton's elected council declared the city a sanctuary for illegal immigrants. -- This was a mistake. Sanctuary jurisdictions undermine federal immigration law, shield criminals from justice, and threaten the U.S. citizens they are sworn to serve. .....

LA Weekly         
On Inauguration Day, City Hall Is Poised to Create an Advocate for Illegals   
In a move aimed squarely at Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, the Los Angeles City Council today is poised to create an immigrant advocate who would "protect residents against mass deportations" possible under new White House administration, according to a statement from the office of council President Herb Wesson......

Global Elites Propose More Redistribution to Answer 'Scary' Populism 
“I want to be loud and clear: populism scares me,” a leading global investment fund manager has told the World Economic Forum in Davos, setting the scene for the conference at large. -- As Donald Trump prepares for his inauguration as President of the United States on Friday, global business and political leaders gathering at the Swiss ski resort are looking ahead to a year which could deliver further seismic shocks to the establishment.....

Duluth News Tribune        
Real ID bill passes first test in Minnesota House, but illegal aliens' access at issue   
Minnesotans --- and many of the lawmakers who represent them — generally want the state to make its driver's licenses valid for airplane travel and other federal purposes before next year. -- But, like last year, the way the Legislature wants to adopt the federal Real ID license standards is causing some controversy......

LA West Media        
L.A. residents urged to attend inaugural meeting of Committee of "Immigrant" Affairs 
On the eve of what is expected to be a new era of aggressive federal policies on immigration under the Trump administration, Councilman Gil Cedillo today invited Los Angeles residents to attend the inaugural meeting of the City Council's Ad-Hoc Committee on Immigrant Affairs on Wednesday. -- “The election of Donald J. Trump as president of the United States, has many residents throughout the city of Los Angeles deeply concerned about the impact of possible policy changes to immigration, federal funding of local programming, education and law enforcement,” said Cedillo, who chairs the committee......

New York Moves To Protect Illegals From Donald Trump   
The New York attorney general moved Thursday to protect immigrants from potential deportation under Donald Trump, issuing a raft of legal advice on the eve of the incoming president's inauguration. -- The Republican billionaire, who takes office on Friday, has vowed to immediately deport or jail as many as three million undocumented immigrants with criminal backgrounds, and build a wall on the Mexican border......

Dan Cadman -- CIS.org         
Insecure IDs Compromise Security at Military Bases   
Earlier this month military.com published this article: "More State IDs No Longer Accepted at Bases". -- The gist of the article is that U.S. military posts have begun to tighten up on the identity documents required before they will permit entry onto their compounds. It is a commonsense security measure given today's unsettled world, and particularly noteworthy in light of efforts by so many terrorist groups to single out serving members of our armed forces and police. For instance, in 2015 ISIS released a list of 100 U.S. armed forces members' names, addresses, and other data, obviously with the hope that would-be jihadists would follow up with attacks against them here in the homeland......

January 19, 2017

LA Daily News       
LA teachers union, students march against Trump 'Threat' to public education  
The union representing teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District is sponsoring gatherings at schools all over L.A. this morning – including in the San Fernando Valley. -- Their message? Access to quality education for all students, with emphasis on “all” as concern looms that the incoming Donald Trump administration will “privatize” public education, they said......

Union Tribune       
Border Patrol operation near Dulzura leads to more than 1,000 arrests since October 
A Border Patrol effort to thwart human smuggling near Dulzura has led to the arrests of more than 1,000 people accusing of crossing into the U.S. illegally since mid-October, authorities said Wednesday. -- The initiative reallocated more Border Patrol agents and resources to the Otay Mountain area since Oct. 16. .....

Colorado Independent    
Fearing Trump's policies, Colorado's illegals get organized   
For some, the change tomorrow will mean saving as much money as possible while they still can. For others, it'll mean living in homes stocked with only the barest necessities, ready to move out on short notice. For at least one family, preparation for President Donald Trump's administration means having their suitcases already packed......

Rick Oltman        
President Trump's First Hour   
What follows has not happened.  But, a lot of us hope it does happen! -- Following his swearing-in ceremony and uplifting Inaugural Address President Trump enters the Oval Office in the White House where staff is assembled.  He takes off his overcoat, hangs it on a coat rack and sits down behind his desk with a telephone on it......

The Enterprise         
"Advocates" angered by Plymouth County sheriff's deal with immigration officials 
With a stroke of his pen Wednesday, Sheriff Joseph McDonald made the Plymouth County Correctional Facility one of the first county jails in New England in which correctional officials have the authority to detain inmates for immigration violations. -- Under the agreement, which was separately signed by Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson in a ceremony that drew protests outside his office, correctional officials will be trained to interview inmates about their immigration status, access a federal immigration database and identify potential illegal immigrants prioritized for deportation......

In Washington, Mayor Elorza calls for comprehensive immigration reform 
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza joined a group of municipal leaders from around the country Wednesday in Washington, D.C. to call on Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform and protect young people who were brought to the country through no fault of their own. -- The executive committee for the U.S. Conference of Mayors approved an emergency resolution sponsored by Elorza, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Anaheim, California Mayor Tom Tait in asking the federal government to tackle the immigration issue once and for all......

Washington Examiner        
DHS: Illegal immigration at 'elevated levels' in December   
Apprehensions of illegal immigrants at the Southwest border continued to rise in December, showing that the border crisis that surprised Washington, D.C., policymakers in fiscal year 2014 has not abated. -- DHS said Wednesday that 43,272 people were apprehended in December, well above the 29,528 people apprehended three Decembers ago, when a flood of immigrants caused a humanitarian crisis at the border......

Immigration groups opposing proposed REAL ID compliance bill 
Minnesota immigration groups are uniting to form opposition to a REAL ID compliance bill that is moving through the Capitol. -- The state faces a January 22, 2018 deadline to become compliant and get a federal extension of REAL ID implementation laws. Without a law implementing REAL ID, Minnesota residents will no longer be able to use their driver's license to board an airplane or gain access to certain federal buildings after that date......

LA Times         
Without a promise to protect young illegals, Sen. Kamala Harris will not support Trump's Homeland Security pick 
Without a guarantee that people brought to the country illegally as children won't be deported, California Sen. Kamala Harris said Thursday that she will not support John Kelly, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead the Homeland Security Department. -- “I am very concerned that Gen. Kelly has not been able to commit to me that he will honor the promise we made to those kids,” she told The Times. .....

Wall Streeet Journal     
Supreme Court Appears Split on Whether Immigrants Captured in 9/11 Sweeps Can Sue Officials
The Supreme Court appeared divided Wednesday over whether Arabs ... on Whether Immigrants Captured in 9/11 Sweeps Can Sue Officials......

Washington Times        
Illegals surge across border   
More than 23,000 illegal immigrant children and families were nabbed on the southwest border in December, according to Border Patrol statistics released this week that show the administration still struggling to deal with a problem that's now dogged it for three years. -- And the number of Haitians streaming to the border's legal ports of entry demanding to be admitted even though they lack visas is also soaring. More than 7,000 have already been encountered through the first three months of the fiscal year --- more than the entire previous year combined...... [Related item]

Bill Ayers 'Dancing in the Aisles' Over Obama's Pardon of FALN Member Oscar López Rivera 
Former Weather Underground terrorist group leader Bill Ayers on Tuesday said he was on an airplane “dancing in the aisles” over news that President Obama commuted the sentence of FALN activist Oscar López Rivera, whose group was linked to over 100 bombs placed in U.S. cities in the 1970s and 1980s. -- Ironically, Ayers, a former associate of Obama's, was on his way from Havana, where he wrote that he was celebrating the 75th birthday of his wife, fellow Weather Underground member Bernadine Dohrn......

Elites Search for Fixes to Save System From Populists 
The great and the good of Davos agree they have a problem with populism. Finding a solution is the hard part. -- On the second day of the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in the Swiss Alps, delegates disagreed on how best to address the upending of the western political order, a debate made doubly urgent by the string of elections in Europe this year where anti-establishment parties could gain more ground......

Beverly Hills Patch        
Anti-Illegal Immigration Groups Vilify County Officials for Backing DAPA, DACA 
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors' vote Tuesday in support of programs that protect some immigrants from deportation drew hostility from supporters of President-elect Trump, opponents of illegal immigration and others who urged officials to focus instead on the homeless, veterans and unemployed Americans. -- The board voted unanimously to support comprehensive federal immigration reform and work to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, two federal policies for undocumented immigrants adopted during the Obama administration......

LA Times       
As soon as he is inaugurated, Trump will move to clamp down on immigration 
Aides are clearing the way for President-elect Donald Trump to take the first steps toward transforming the immigration system as soon as he takes office Friday, fulfilling a major campaign pledge while deepening the fears of immigration advocates about what’s to come. -- Gone will be the temporary protections of the final Obama years for people in the country illegally. In their place, expect to see images on the evening news of workplace raids as Trump sends a message that he is wasting no time on his promised crackdown......

Gateway Pundit       
Man Who Shot Police Officer And Smashed His Face Into Concrete Was Illegal Alien 
Last week the Gateway Pundit reported on a shooting that took place in Arizona where a Police Officer was shot and beaten by an assailant. -- A good Samaritan was able to come to the rescue of the Police Officer who had been shot and was in a life and death struggle with the attacker and used his 9mm to kill the attacker. -- In a new development to this story, the attacker, 37-year-old Leonard Escobar, was inside the United States illegally......

January 18, 2017

Illegal alien sues San Francisco over sanctuary law   
An undocumented immigrant who was handed over to federal immigration officials after reporting his car stolen to San Francisco authorities is suing the city. -- KCRA's Hearst content-sharing partner the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Pedro Figueroa filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday alleging the Police and Sheriff's Departments violated the sanctuary city ordinance and his right to due process by alerting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, of his legal status......

Washington Times        
Obama scores the worst legislative record in history   
President Obama oversaw the deepest legislative malaise in modern political history, according to the Washington Times Legislative Index, which captures his struggles to find ways to work with a Congress that ranged from lukewarm to openly hostile toward him. -- Over the course of his eight years, he has signed just 1,227 bills into law --- less, even, than one-term Presidents Carter and George H.W. Bush. Digging deeper into the numbers, Congress spent less time in session, handled fewer business on the chamber floors and generally sputtered for much of Mr. Obama's tenure, according to The Times' index......

LA West Media        
Garcetti will make a stand for bipartisan immigration efforts in Washington D.C. today 
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is in Washington, D.C., where he will publicly discuss bipartisan immigration efforts today, only two days before the inauguration of a president deeply hostile to illegal immigration. -- Garcetti is in the nation's capital to attend the three-day Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He is chair of the conference's Latino Alliance and will hold a news conference on immigration issues later today......

Washington Times      
Mayor Bowser says D.C. will still shield illegals
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser vowed Tuesday to work with other mayors in pushing progressive policies, including shielding illegal immigrants, under a Donald Trump presidency and Republican-led Congress. -- The District will continue to be a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants and will tend to its most vulnerable residents if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act, Miss Bowser said during a panel discussion on big-city progressive priorities......

LA Times         
For Calif. attorney general nominee Xavier Becerra, immigration is a personal issue
Rep. Xavier Becerra recalls proudly working alongside his father as a teenager on sweaty construction jobs in Sacramento to help make ends meet. The son of immigrants, Becerra and his family of six lived in a cramped, 685-square-foot house. -- Those memories are close to the surface each time he finds himself involved in a debate in Congress on policies that affect immigrants or working families. .....

Washington Times         
Congress looks to punish 'sanctuary campus' colleges that protect illegals 
Forget sanctuary cities: The next heated congressional battle on immigration could be over “sanctuary campuses” --- colleges and universities who say that unless they're forced by law, they'll resist any cooperation with federal immigration agents. -- Dozens of schools have already declared themselves sanctuaries and many more are debating the move, and Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican, has now introduced legislation to try to stop them by stripping some federal funds......

"Immigrant" workers in Chicago plan Inauguration Day sickout 
Immigrant workers in Chicago are reviving a protest tactic from 2006 to coincide with the inauguration of Donald Trump. Theresa Campagna has more from Chicago. -- What would it be like to live in the U.S. for one day without immigrants? That's one question organizer for immigrant worker rights, Jorge Mújica aims to pose to the incoming Trump administration. -- “What we are doing is saying, ‘Okay, you don't like us, then we will give you a taste of what it's like to have a country without immigrants,'” Mújica explains......

Donald Trump Labeled 'Anti-Immigrant' By Telemundo Anchor 
It should be recognized that there is a substantial, noteworthy difference between someone who is opposed to immigration – a person who can conceivably and legitimately be labelled as “anti-immigrant” – and someone who favors legal immigration into the country but is opposed to illegal immigration, for whom the all-encompassing “anti-immigrant' label clearly does not apply and constitutes, in fact, a grossly inaccurate smear. -- Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart, however, still apparently does not recognize that distinction when presenting news to his viewers about President-elect Donald Trump. .....

WLS -- Chicago        
Municipal ID In The Works For Illegals   
At City Hall a new municipal ID is in the works to help immigrants get city services and the incoming City Clerk Anna Valencia is vowing not to let the feds use it against the undocumented. -- There is a fear by some immigrant rights activists that the information collected for a municipal ID could be used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to find and deport the undocumented......

Desperate: Democrat Calls For Trump Impeachment, Claims Russia Fed Him The Term 'Crooked Hillary' 
A Democratic Congresswoman has called for Donald Trump to be impeached on the grounds that he coined the term ‘crooked Hillary' in collusion with the Russian government, even suggesting that the Kremlin was feeding Trump such lines to use during his campaign. -- California Congresswoman Maxine Waters was egged on by MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews to explain why Trump's presidency is ‘not legitimate'......

Daily Caller         
Immigration Court Backlog Under Obama Reaches Record-Breaking High 
U.S. immigration courts reached a record backlog of 533,909 cases at the end of 2016, flooding America with illegal aliens and overrunning the court system. -- That “crushing workload,” up 4.2 percent in the last four months of 2016 alone, has more than doubled since Obama took office in 2009 when the backlog was 223,809 pending cases, according to Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC)......

Orlando Sentinel        
Democratic legislators call on Rubio to oppose Trump immigration plans   
Democratic state legislators urged U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio to block Donald Trump's immigration agenda and vowed that the state would not help in any mass deportations. -- At a news conference outside Rubio's office in downtown Orlando on Tuesday, state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith said the immigration issue “is something where the stakes are very, very real for us locally here in Orlando,” Smith said. “Sen. Rubio promised to be a check on President Trump, and we are here to send a message.”.....

San Antonio Express-News (Subscription)         
Unprecedented uncertainty over Trump's immigration, Mexico policies 
For the first time in decades, the future of U.S. immigration policy and America's relation with its neighbor to the south are real question marks......

WMKG -- Orlando       
Florida officials call on GOP lawmakers to protect immigrants' "rights"   
A group of elected officials came together Tuesday, three days before the U.S. presidential inauguration, to speak out in support of Florida's immigrant community. -- State Sen. Victor Torres joined State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith and Rep. Amy Mercado in a joint press conference outside Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio's Orlando office. -- "We're here to call on Sen. Rubio to join us in pushing back on the Trump administration's hostility towards undocumented residents in Florida," Smith said......

Sarah Palin: Finally, the 'End of an Error'  
Like everyone's saying, it's the end of an error. Obama is gone. -- Time to undo what the Community Organizer organized for America: astronomically increased debt, a disrespected law enforcement and military community, numerous ticked off allies, newly empowered enemies, erasure of borders, and demographic divisions aplenty......

America Now         
Immigrants Reportedly Bringing 'Gift' To US   
Recent reports showed that immigrants might be bringing a "gift" into the United States and passing it onto our children. -- Illegal immigrants, Newsiosity reported, are believed to be bringing measles into the United States --- a conclusion reached following a recent outbreak in Arizona. South American countries don't often vaccinate their citizens as the medicines are either unavailable or not affordable......

Report: Terrorists, cartels plan border attack for inauguration 
Islamic terrorists and drug cartels in Mexico are planning attacks against U.S.-Mexico border ports around Inauguration Day, according to a report by the Washington watchdog group Judicial Watch. -- Jihadist and cartel groups reportedly attacked near the site of a new U.S. Consulate last week in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, which is located directly across the border from Laredo, Texas. The attacks are part of an effort to send incoming President Donald Trump a message about who is in control, the report states......

January 17, 2017

Flying Blind --- drone spots intruder in fog   
ABP couldn't fly its drone this morning because of fog --- so it tried an experiment. Could it find a test subject anyway? "Let's try it," one said. SEIDARM's sensors were used by the drone try to intercept the guy --- all on automatic pilot --- and it did. Watch

L.A. Times        
Supreme Court hears arguments over rules for deporting immigrants who have criminal records 
The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear the case of a Filipino burglar from Northern California to decide whether to make it easier or harder for the government to deport thousands of noncitizens who have crimes on their records. -- The case will help set the rules for deporting criminal immigrants in the Trump administration......

Sacramento Bee         
NBC 'Nightly News' in Sacramento focuses on immigration
NBC “Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt heard from Sacramento-area residents worried about what President-elect Donald Trump will do to undocumented workers during a broadcast Monday night. -- Holt, who grew up in Rancho Cordova, kicked off a four-city tour called “Across America” that will conclude this week in advance of Trump's inauguration Friday. “Nightly News” featured interviews Holt conducted Sunday with six residents of the Sacramento area, along with Holt doing a live broadcast of the day's news from Old Sacramento......

Sacramento Bee         
NBC 'Nightly News' in Sacramento focuses on immigration
NBC “Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt heard from Sacramento-area residents worried about what President-elect Donald Trump will do to undocumented workers during a broadcast Monday night. -- Holt, who grew up in Rancho Cordova, kicked off a four-city tour called “Across America” that will conclude this week in advance of Trump's inauguration Friday. “Nightly News” featured interviews Holt conducted Sunday with six residents of the Sacramento area, along with Holt doing a live broadcast of the day's news from Old Sacramento......

California shows low expectations for Trump, but support for some immigration plans 
California's expectations for Donald Trump's presidency are in the cellar, with little more than a third of voters believing it will be a success, a new Hoover Institution Golden State Poll shows. -- But a plurality of voters holds more positive than negative views about some of Trump's more controversial positions, including his call to restrict immigrants from certain countries, end sanctuary cities and to deport undocumented immigrants......

KYMA -- Yuma         
Hundreds rally for "immigrants" in Los Angeles   
The Latest on rallies around the nation supporting immigrant rights. (all times local): -- 3 p.m. --- Several hundred people have held a rally on behalf of immigrants in Los Angeles, one of many such rallies around the U.S. -- The multi-ethnic crowd gathered Saturday at a downtown Mexican-American cultural center and plaza. Some carried signs saying "Here to Stay" and chanted "Si se puede," Spanish for "Yes, we can." .....

Cuban "immigrants" stranded in Nuevo Laredo   
Nuevo Laredo, Tamps., Mex. -- Dozens of Cuban immigrants are stuck at the Texas-Mexico border in Nuevo Laredo after President Obama's decision Thursday to end the "wet foot, dry foot" policy. -- This 22-year-old policy allowed Cuban immigrants without visas to legally remain in the U.S. once they entered American soil. -- Nearly 35,000 Cubans entered the U.S. through Laredo during the last fiscal year. Many of those who are now stuck at the border endured months of travel. Most, if not all, will be deported back to Cuba......

Douglas Dispatch         
Douglas, Arizona declares support of human, immigration rights    
The City of Douglas Mayor and Council desire to once again publicly declare and reinforce the City's position relating to human rights and immigration, announced in a new resolution that was presented at the Jan. 11 public council meeting. -- The City ratified its support of the rights of all its residents; reinforcing the commitment to humane treatment of all people, including immigrants......

GQ Mag: 'There's No Such Thing As an Illegal Immigrant' 
The concept of illegal immigration into the United States does not exist, according to a new piece by men's magazine GQ. -- The GQ piece, headlined “There Is No Such Thing As An Illegal Immigrant”, argues they do not actually exist but the term is used by Trump and Breitbart News to “separate and distance” Americans.....

Argentina Looks to Tighten Border Controls, Turn Away Immigrants with Criminal Records
The Argentine government is preparing to tighten its immigration policy to prevent people from entering with forged documents, and anyone with a criminal record. -- The government's intention is reportedly intended to accelerate the signing of database exchange agreements with Latin American countries, giving priority to countries like Colombia, Mexico and Peru......

Now the European Union Wants to 'Build a Wall' --- With Russia   
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has taken a leaf out of President-Elect Donald J. Trump's book, announcing a multi-million euro border fence to “ensure credible control of [the] eastern border of the European Union”. -- EurActiv reports that the €30 million project will be funded largely from the European Union (EU) budget, to which the UK contributes a net £200 million every week......

African Migrants Surge to U.S. Via Mexico Ahead of Trump   
Thousands of African migrants are attempting to cross through Mexico with hopes to enter into the United States via the southern border before President-Elect Donald Trump's inauguration. -- Along with migrants from Central America, Africans are now flooding into the Mexican region of Tapachula, which borders Guatemala, in an effort to eventually reach the United States, according to Reuters......

The Wire         
In Mexico, Gas is Fueling the Flames of Revolt   
It is already clear that 2017 will be a difficult year for Mexico --- and not just because it will (or won’t) have to pay for a “big, beautiful wall”. -- On New Year’s Day, gas prices in the country jumped 14% to 20% after the Mexican government’s decision to eliminate state oil subsidies. -- US politics have also unleashed what Mexico’s central bank president has described as an economic “hurricane”. Immediately after Donald Trump’s election, the Mexican peso dropped 12% against the US dollar, a sign of uncertainty about the future of Mexican exports, such as automobiles and oil......

January 16, 2017

Fox News       
Law would cut off aid to countries that refuse to accept illegal immigrant criminals 
proposed law that would punish countries that refuse to take back their illegal immigrant criminals is two years too late to save Casey Chadwick, but the Texas congressman behind it figures it's the least Washington can do. -- Chadwick was murdered in 2015 by Jean Jacques, an illegal immigrant from Haiti and one of thousands freed onto U.S. streets each year after they serve prison time because their homelands refuse deportation......

Border Patrol Agents Bust Previously Deported Sex Offender   
An illegal alien previously deported for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl was apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol agents after he crossed the border from Mexico into Texas. -- Yony Alexander Garcia-Chavez, 37, a previously deported Honduran national, was apprehended near Spofford, Texas, by Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector's Brackettville Station, according to information obtained by Breitbart Texas from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials. Spofford is located south of Brackettville and about 10 miles from the border with Mexico.....

Iraqi national pleads to immigration charge, sentenced to prison and deportation   
A Harrisonburg man pleaded guilty in federal court in Charlottesville on Friday on an immigration charge. -- According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Virginia, 51-year-old Ahmed Thamer Al-Ani, an Iraqi-born national, pleaded guilty to one count of encouraging or inducing an illegal alien to come to the United States......

Yucatan Times       
At least five slain and 15 wounded in Playa del Carmen nightclub shooting   
Playa del Carmen, QR, Mex. -- A shooting attack at an electronic music festival resulted in the deaths of at least five people and left 15 injured Monday Jan. 16 at a nightclub in Playa del Carmen, authorities said. -- The Associated Press reported the shooting occurred about 2:30 a.m. Monday outside the Blue Parrot nightclub, which was hosting an event that was part of the BPM electronic music festival... [Related: Two Canadians killed in nightclub shooting at Playa del Carmen resort]

Europe Gears Up for ‘Record Levels’ of Migrants in 2017 
With its open doors immigration policy, Europe can expect “record levels” of new migrants in 2017, according to the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). -- “Come next spring, the number of people crossing over the Mediterranean will reach record levels,” said Prime Minister Joseph Muscat of Malta, the current Presidency of the Council of the EU. “The choice is trying to do something now, or meeting urgently in April, May... and try to do a deal then.”.....

CounterJihad Watch         
Shootout at U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo Part of Cartel-Terrorist Attack Plan for Trump Inauguration 
A deadly shootout at the construction site of the new American Consulate occurred this week in a Mexican border town where Islamic terrorists and drug cartels plan to launch attacks against the U.S. during the period surrounding the presidential inauguration, high-level government sources tell Judicial Watch. An unknown number of gunmen fired multiple rounds adjacent to the new U.S. Consulate compound in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, a crime-infested city in the state of Tamaulipas that lies directly across from Laredo, Texas.......

CounterJihad Report        
Islamic terror cells shift from Mideast to U.S.-Mexican border   
A new report by a government watchdog agency says jihadists are partnering with Mexican drug cartels along the U.S.-Mexican border, preparing to carry out precision attacks in American cities. -- Judicial Watch cites confidential U.S. and Mexican law enforcement sources for the disturbing report, which builds on earlier JW reports shining light on the jihadists’ exploitation of the porous border policies of President Barack Obama. -- As part of the plan, Islamists have arrived recently at the Monterrey International Airport situated in Apodaca, a city in the Mexican state of Nuevo León, about 130 miles south of the Texas border, JW reports......

From 2004: ABP Delivers 'WMD' to Tucson Federal Building
Group Shows How Arizona Can be "Ground Zero" for Terrorists
Federal Officer Does Not Question Backpack Contents
Tucson - July 28 --- American Border Patrol delivered a "smuggled" simulated Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD) to the front entrance of the Tucson Federal Building after skirting around a Border Patrol Check point near Sierra Vista. As the team approached the building, a federal officer emerged and asked them not to video tape the area. He asked for their IDs, but did not inquire as to what was in the backpack...

NBC News         
Obama Leaves Behind a Mixed Legacy on Immigration   
...At a gala that March, Janet Murguía, president of the National Council on La Raza (NCLR), stood before a room full of immigrant advocates and said what many had long been thinking in the back of their minds: Though congressional Republicans were on the hook for blockading comprehensive immigration reform, Obama was not blameless in their community's visceral disappointment. -- "For us, this president has been the deporter-in-chief," Murguía said. -- .....

Pope Francis Urges Immigrants to Respect 'Local Laws and Customs'   
Pope Francis has once again weighed in on Europe's migrant crisis, urging immigrants to respect local laws and customs while conserving their own cultural idiosyncrasies. -- After his midday Angelus prayer on Sunday, the Pope told the crowd gathered in Saint Peter's Square that the day was marked for the celebration of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, and that this year's commemoration would focus on “Underage Migrants, Vulnerable and Voiceless.”.....

January 15, 2017

Arizona Sen. John McCain: Wall isn't enough to secure border 
One day after President-elect Donald Trump promised to start working “immediately” on a wall on the Mexico border, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said a wall alone would not be sufficient to secure the border. -- McCain, speaking to reporters Thursday, made the comment in response to a question about Trump's statement a day earlier that Vice President-elect Mike Pence had already started working to secure the legislative and agency approvals needed to start on the wall......

Washington Post       
Paul Ryan holds out hope for "immigrants"   
One big question that looms as Donald Trump takes power is this: Will Trump actually make good on the aspects of his program that embody Trumpism at its most cruel and inhumane? Trump promised to expand mass deportations and to end protections for those brought here illegally as children. Now he must decide whether to deliver on those promises --- which, if carried out, will likely cause the broader public to recoil......

Economic Times      
Illegal immigrants from India will be a nervous lot in the Donald Trump regime 
Paramjit Singh (name changed), a resident of Ludhiana, went to the United States on a B1-B2 visitors' visa for a family wedding in Florida in September 2014 and never returned. He has a large number of relatives across the US and moved to California after a few months where he found work in a convenience store run by one of them. -- Though his visa has a validity of 10 years, according to the stamp at the port of entry, he couldn't stay in the US beyond March 2015 during that visit......

Report: Refusal by Mass. Police to Honor Immigration Detainers Increasing 
The instances of law enforcement officials ignoring federal immigration detainers that would keep criminal illegal immigrants in custody is on the rise in Massachusetts. -- In a bombshell report by the Boston Herald, a review of the statistics reveals the increasing instances where local police in the Boston-area simply defy the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency's detainers for illegal immigrants has vastly increased through the over the past few years......

The Denver Channel       
Immigration advocates rally in Aurora against Trump's policies   
A group of immigration advocates gathered at Fletcher Plaza, near Martin Luther King, Jr. library in Aurora on Saturday morning. -- The group chanted “Here to stay! Here to stay,” a message going against President-elect Donald Trump's campaign promises and rhetoric toward undocumented immigrants......

Protesters across US decry Trump's anti-immigrant stance 
Protesters gathered Saturday to support immigrant rights at rallies around the U.S., denouncing President-elect Donald Trump for his anti-immigrant rhetoric and his pledges to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border and to crack down on Muslims entering the country. -- “We are not going to allow Donald Trump to bury the Statue of Liberty,” Sen. Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat, told a standing-room-only crowd at historic African-American church in downtown Washington during one of dozens of rallies around the nation. .....

Chicago Tribune         
Chicago immigration rally has message for Trump: We're here to stay  
Student Cindy Agustin fears her parents will be deported and she'll never see them again. -- Nareman Taha worries the government will create a Muslim registry to track people of her faith. -- Anxiety about the future --- and resolve to change it --- brought more than 1,000 people together Saturday for a Chicago rally against President-elect Donald Trump's hard-line immigration proposals......


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