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August 29, 2017

Breitbart          
Mark Meadows: Wall May Have to Wait to Avoid Government Shutdown 
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) is signaling that members of the House Freedom Caucus, which he chairs, are willing to pass a Continuing Resolution to temporarily fund the federal government and avoid a government shutdown, even if it does not include funding for a wall on the U.S. southern border. -- “In talking to a number of my members, if there was a vote for a continuing resolution next week that did not include border wall funding, the majority of those members would be supportive of that,” Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told ABC News‘ Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein on the “Powerhouse Politics” podcast.......

WMUR          
25 arrested for immigration violations during I-93 checkpoint in NH, officials say 
U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 25 people for immigration violations during a three-day checkpoint on the southbound side of Interstate 93 in Lincoln, authorities said. -- Fourteen of those people arrested were visa overstays from Colombia. People without valid immigration statuses from Brazil, Ecuador and Mexico were arrested, authorities said. -- Drugs, including two pounds of marijuana, small amounts of cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms and hash oil were seized during the checks, authorities said......

Globe & Mail        
U.S. appeals court sharply questions scope of Trump's immigration ban 
A U.S. appeals court on Monday sharply questioned a lawyer defending President Donald Trump's effort to broadly enforce a temporary refugee ban that the Republican president said was necessary for national security. -- At a hearing in Seattle, a three-judge 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel also disputed attempts by Justice Department lawyer Hashim Mooppan to argue that grandparents and other relatives of Americans from six Muslim-majority countries should be temporarily barred from immigration to the United States......

News Review  -- H/T David Olen Cross -- Salem        
Roseburg World War II vet builds prototype border wall in his yard 
Longtime Roseburg building contractor Jack Rountree, 90, has been building walls for many decades. And recently, he’s been concerned about the numbers of immigrants making it into the country at the U.S.-Mexico border. -- So perhaps it’s not too surprising that he woke up in the middle of the night a few months ago with an idea for how to cheaply construct a wall to keep immigrants out. -- But the longtime building contractor didn’t stop there. He made a prototype of his wall and put it in his yard......

TPM          
Rep. Steve King Defends Arpaio, Says DACA Recipients Should Turn In Parents 
What began as an opportunity for Rep. Steve King (R-IA) to defend President Donald Trump's pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio ended with King recommending undocumented young people report their parents to immigration agents. -- King also defended his prior racist remarks in an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo on Monday. -- In defending Arpaio, whom a judge convicted of criminal contempt of court in July, King said that while explicit racial profiling was immoral, “I don't agree that profiling is wrong.” -- “In fact, if you would take profiling away from the tools of law enforcement, you couldn't describe a criminal in any way whatsoever,” he added......

KVOA          
Mexican National convicted on rape charge arrested 
A Mexican national was caught east of Sasabe on Sunday afternoon by Tucson Station Border Patrol agents who later learned he had been convicted for statutory rape in DeKalb County, Georgia, in 2012. -- While processing 25-year old Raul Cordova-Garcia for illegally entering the U.S., agents found his conviction resulted in a 12-month sentence and removal from the U.S. in 2013......

ImmigrationReform.com       
Bloomberg to the Trump Administration: Stop Deporting Illegals, You're Driving Up Prices on 3,000 Sq. Ft. Homes!! 
Last week it was CNBC complaining about immigration enforcement cutting into apparel and footwear retailers' profits. Apparently, Bloomberg publications has now decided to throw its hat in the ring for dumbest article in the history of American journalism. According to Bloomberg Politics “Trump's Immigration crackdown Is Making New Homes More Expensive.” So, once again a mainstream media outlet is claiming that the safety, security, and economic welfare of the majority of Americans should be sacrificed for the benefit of illegal aliens, and the profits of unscrupulous employers who want labor at sub-par wages. -- Bloomberg claims that, “...President Trump's immigration policies have dried up the already stretched supply of Hispanic-dominated framing labor. That has driven up home prices by slowing the supply of new houses as well as raising the cost of building them.”.....

KTLA         
Calexico Man Admits to Constructing Drug-Smuggling Tunnel Along U.S.-Mexico Border  
A 35-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to finance, construct and use a drug-smuggling tunnel discovered in Calexico six years ago, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. -- Habib Mujica, of Calexico, spent nearly six years in a Mexican prison for gun trafficking only to be arrested in connection with the drug-smuggling tunnel case once he was returned to the U.S. in May. -- The tunnel was discovered by Homeland Security Investigations agents at a warehouse on West Second Street near River Road in Calexico in 2011.....

My AJC         
Immigration enforcement program could be expanded in Georgia, Carolinas 
The Trump administration is considering expanding a controversial federal immigration enforcement program to two additional counties in Georgia and one in each of the Carolinas, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. -- Named after the federal law that authorizes it, the 287(g) program gives local law enforcement officials the power to question people about their legal status, serve arrest warrants, and detain and transport criminals for immigration violations. Four counties in Georgia --- Cobb, Gwinnett, Hall and Whitfield --- already participate. -- A spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement declined to identify the four counties that may join the program, citing his agency's privacy rules. .....

Stranger        
King County Non-Profits Receive $2.25M to Protect "Immigrants and Refugeess" 
King County and Seattle city officials announced today announced the 38 nonprofit recipients of $2.25 million in emergency funding to serve immigrants and refugees. -- More than half of the money will be dedicated to a legal defense fund, which benefits organizations providing legal services and referrals to people with immigration status issues. Seattle City Council members unanimously passed a resolution to create such a fund in January. -- "It is my sincere hope that funding these organizations will provide much needed protections against deportation for families that have built lives in the Seattle area," Seattle City Councilmember Lorena González said in a statement. .....

Breitbart          
Berkeley Police Allowed Antifa to Jump Barricades, Assault Demonstrators 
Berkeley police deliberately allowed masked “Antifa” anarchists to jump a barricade and attack a demonstration by a peaceful right-wing group on Sunday, leading to five assaults, including on Patriot Prayer group leader Joey Gibson. -- The counter-demonstration had reportedly been “largely peaceful” until that point. -- The police later defended their decision by arguing that keeping the anarchists out would have led to greater violence. There was “no need for a confrontation over a grass patch,” Berkeley police chief Andrew Greenwood said, according to the San Jose Mercury News.......

Examiner         
ICE pushes back on reports that it neglected "immigrants" stranded in San Antonio 
Federal authorities are pushing back against reports that they neglected 50 immigrant women and children who were dropped off at a bus station Friday and were later stranded in San Antonio due to Hurricane Harvey, saying the immigrants had confirmed tickets and itineraries when they were dropped off. -- The asylum seekers, mostly from Central America, were dropped off at the bus station and were due to travel to cities and towns across the U.S. after passing their "credible fear" interviews. However, their plans were waylaid when Hurricane Harvey forced Greyhound Bus to cancel many of its afternoon services, stranding them at the station.......

McClatchey         
What happens when California becomes a 'sanctuary state'? 
California's so-called “sanctuary state” bill, introduced by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León as a direct response to President Donald Trump's campaign promise to deport “bad hombres” and undocumented immigrants, is well on its way to becoming law. -- One of the most contentious legislative issues in a year rife with racial tension, Senate Bill 54 pits nationalists who have long called for the removal of the undocumented community from an increasingly Latino state against advocates on the left who believe the president is unfairly targeting a vulnerable population of Mexican immigrants.......

Fox News         
Pancho Villa park, statue in Southwest avoid outcry engulfing Confederate monuments 
Monuments to Confederate generals have sparked a divisive debate, but not so a park and a statue in the Southwest that honor Pancho Villa --- the enigmatic historical figure who made a name for himself attacking the U.S. a century ago. -- Now, Richard Dean, president of the historical society in Columbus, N.M., wants to see that change. --He told Fox News that he remains frustrated that the state park in Columbus- ---scene of Villa's foreign invasion and the worst such attack on U.S. soil until 9/11 --- is named after the notorious figure whom he considers a terrorist.......

Denver Post        
Colorado lawmaker asks for immigration crackdown in Denver 
A state representative from El Paso County has written a letter to President Trump asking for additional resources to combat illegal immigration and to investigate government officials in “sanctuary” cities. -- The letter comes as the Denver city council prepares to vote Monday night on an ordinance that would provide some protections for immigrants regardless of their legal status. -- The Public Safety Enforcement Priorities Act would protect victims and witnesses to crimes whether they are in the U.S. legally or not. It would also set in city ordinance language prohibiting city employees from collecting information on people's immigration status.......

Examiner         
Joe Arpaio may challenge Jeff Flake for Arizona Senate seat 
After receiving President Trump's first pardon, Joe Arpaio's plans have gone from possible prison to book-writing, speeches and potentially another run for office in Arizona, with Sen. Jeff Flake's seat one opportunity he is eyeing. -- The former Maricopa County sheriff told the Washington Examiner he's upset at negative reaction to the Friday pardon, and that he feels Republican politicians are insufficiently supportive of the president, who he calls a great man.......

Sun Times         
Rauner in Chicago, signs voter registration bill; immigration act next 
Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed a law Monday designed to protect Illinois' half-million undocumented immigrants from deportation, drawing criticism from the administration of a fellow Republican: President Donald Trump. -- The bill, dubbed the TRUST Act, restricts local law enforcement from collaborating with federal immigration agents to detain anyone unless the feds have a warrant. -- Activists working with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights praised the legislation as a shield for undocumented residents who could otherwise face deportation through any simple interaction with police, including traffic violations.......

AZ Central        
Racial tensions at Douglas prison erupt into brawl; 17 inmates, six officers injured 
Racial tensions erupted into a brawl Sunday night among inmates at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Douglas, resulting in the injury of 17 inmates and six correctional officers, the Department of Corrections reported. -- A fight broke out around 7 p.m. between a group of white inmates and Mexican-American/Mexican inmates on the prison recreation yard, said prison spokesman Andrew Wilder. Several hundred inmates were on the yard at the time. -- Tactical support units --- SWAT teams --- and emergency response crews were deployed, and order was restored about an hour later, with inmates being returned to their housing units.......

NewsMax         
ICE Using Gang Database to Arrest "Immigrants" 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement uses police gang databases to identify illegal immigrants for deportation, according to The Marshall Project. --“Law enforcement partners provide actionable intelligence which is critical in the targeting of gangs and their membership for enforcement actions,” ICE spokeswoman Danielle Bennett told the Marshall Project in an e-mail. -- Although gang databases are commonly used by police departments to track criminal activity, “advocates criticize the lists for casting too wide a net and say they're a form of racial profiling,” writes the Marshall Project's Christie Thompson........

Breitbart          
Tillerson Declines to Say If Trump Defends American Values -- 'The President Speaks for Himself' 
On this weekend's broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” when asked about a U.N. committee criticism of President Donald Trump's reaction to the violence in Charlottesville, VA, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declined to discuss President Trump's values. [Partial transcript follows]......

The Hill         
Dem senator: Government has 'no business' deporting immigrants who have been in US for years 
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) on Sunday criticized the Trump administration's immigration policy, arguing the government has “no business” deporting immigrants who have been in the United States for years. -- “It's terrible when we are taking immigrants who have been here 10 or 15 years and working hard, paying their taxes, active in their church, active in communities, parents, and we throw them out of this country,” Brown told NBC's “Meet the Press.” ......

Breitbart          
'Never Trump' Ex-Bush Adviser Wehner Calls for ‘Shadow Government' to Undermine Trump 
Peter Wehner, the “Never Trumper” and former George W. Bush adviser, is so distraught that President Donald Trump's supporters are sticking by Trump that he is calling for Republican officials to form a “shadow government” to undermine Trump and his agenda. -- Writing in the New York Times, of course, Wehner declares “what's required now is a comprehensive, consistent case by Republican leaders at the state and national levels that signals their opposition to the moral ugliness and intellectual incoherence of Mr. Trump.”......

Washington Times         
Illegal alien 'Dreamers' plant roots in U.S. under Obama amnesty 
The pool of illegal immigrants seeking to sign up for the Obama-era deportation amnesty for illegal immigrant Dreamers has dried up under President Trump, potentially offering a middle-ground solution as he tries to work his way out of a political and legal morass. -- New sign-ups, which were averaging nearly 4,500 a month for most of last year, surged about the time of the election and transition from President Obama to Mr. Trump but have since dropped to about 1,800 per month, according to statistics from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.......

Breitbart  Exclusive         
Jeff Flake Underwater: Poll Shows Kelli Ward Opening Up More-Than-25-Point-Lead In Senate Race With Year to Go 
Incumbent Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is underwater badly in his home state, with just 21 percent of Arizona Republicans supporting him for reelection against challenger Dr. Kelli Ward—who gets 47 percent support—per a new poll from JMC Analytics. -- The poll, provided to Breitbart News ahead of its public release by JMC Analytics' John Couvillon, shows Flake in almost irreparable shape ahead of his reelection bid in 2018. That an incumbent U.S. Senator like Flake could be polling as low as 21 percent in his own primary, while a challenger like Ward has pulled 26 points ahead of him at 47 percent, is almost unthinkable with nearly a full year to go until the August 2018 primary. Three percent of the electorate said they would vote for Nicholas Tutora, another candidate, and 29 percent are undecided, when asked which candidate they would vote for between Ward, Flake, and Tutora.......

August 28, 2017

American Border Patrol     
E-mail from Glenn Spencer: Arizona's Largest Paper is an "insult to Americans"
The Arizona Republic newspaper says the president's pardon of Sheriff Arpaio is an insult to Latinos.-- After long history of snubs by the Arizona Republic, I sent a letter to the editor, asking them to stop sending “trash collectors” to my ranch. -- A few days later, reporter Dennis Wagner emailed me suggesting that he was planning a story about my work (fat chance). -- I responded with this August 21 e-mail:
Dennis,
    I have said that the Arizona Republic border tech reports by Bob Ortega are some of the best ever done.
    In March, the Republic sent Rafael Carranza to investigate my technology --- SEIDARM --- not quite of Ortega's class --- but he could have told the story nevertheless.
    No story. A lot of other people did tell the SEIDARM story.
    What was I to conclude but that the Arizona Republic is biased against me?
--- Glenn Spencer
PS --- Ortega would have recognized immediately what I am trying to do --- and why. ---GS
I attached this image to the e-mail. -- I have yet to hear back from reporter (trash collector) Wagner - proving once again that the Arizona Republic is an insult to America.

Breitbart          
Right-Wing 'Freedom Rally' Canceled over Safety Concerns, Rhetoric from Democrats and Media 
Organizers of the far-right “Patriot Prayer” group have canceled their planned and authorized “Freedom Rally” in San Francisco's Crissy Field Beach scheduled for Saturday due to safety concerns. -- “We've decided that tomorrow really seems like a setup,” Joey Gibson, the organizer of Patriot Prayer, announced during a Facebook Live video. “It doesn't seem safe. A lot of people's lives are going to be in danger tomorrow.” He added, “The rhetoric from Nancy Pelosi, Mayor Lee, the media --- all of these people are saying that we're white supremacists, and it's bringing in tons of extremists.”......

KNSD         
30 Detained Near Tunnel Spanning US-Mexico Border 
Thirty "undocumented immigrants" suspected of trying to cross into the United States from Mexico through a hidden tunnel spanning the border were detained by authorities in San Diego early Saturday. -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent Eduardo Olmos told NBC 7 that U.S. Border Patrol agents spotted the large group at around 1:30 a.m. near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in south San Diego County, near the border crossing bridge off Britannia Boulevard and Otay Pacific Drive......

Examiner         
200,000 deportation cases quietly 'closed' under Obama 
During the Obama era up to 200,000 deportation cases were "administratively closed" without action, a move that left tens of thousands of illegal immigrants free to roam America, sometimes indefinitely, according to a new report. -- When added to those cases still pending court action, it brings the backlog of cases to about 800,000, far more than previously known. -- In the report for the Center for Immigration Studies, former immigration judge Andrew R. Arthur said that there are some 100,000 cases that were closed, but told Secrets that it could be as high as 200,000.......

David Olen Cross -- Salem          
U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons: Criminal Alien Report -- July 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 July 29, 2017.)...........

The Blaze         
Watch: MNSBC host attempts to bait Gov. Greg Abbott over illegal aliens --- his response is epic 
During an MSNBC segment that focused on Hurricane Harvey on Friday, host Stephanie Ruhle decided to focus on how illegal immigrants would be impacted by Hurricane Harvey. She then used her time with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to ask him about shelter for illegal aliens and the potential for deportation. -- The initial report: When MSNBC news corresponded Kerry Sanders came on air to provide an update to viewers, Ruhle interrupted him to ask about illegal immigrants. -- “Can I ask, you might not know the answer but Texas, especially Southern Texas, has quite a few undocumented immigrants. Are they able to go to any of these centers that you're being directed to by city officials? Ruhle asked Sanders.......

Fox 40        
In Response to Trump Tweet, Mexico Reiterates it Won't Pay for the Wall 
The Mexican government on Sunday again stressed its position that it will not pay for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall. -- Trump tweeted Sunday morning: “With Mexico being one of the highest crime Nations in the world, we must have THE WALL. Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other.” -- In response, the country's foreign ministry released a statement saying Mexico would not pay for a wall or other physical barrier at the border “under any circumstances.” -- “This determination is not part of a Mexican negotiating strategy, but a principle of national sovereignty and dignity,” the statement said.......

Jackson Sun         
Guzzardi: Ivanka, Jared luring Donald into immigration swamp 
When, right out of the starting block, President Donald Trump reneged on a key campaign vow, he inadvertently laid the foundation for a swamp of his own making just months later. On the campaign trail, President Trump repeatedly promised to end “on day one” Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. -- But, the president lollygagged, appeased the DACAs with flattering language, and allowed President Obama's unilaterally created program to go forward. For seven months since President Trump's election, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has approved thousands of new DACA applications, renewed rollovers, and continued issuing Social Security numbers, work permits, and approving other affirmative benefits.......

August 27, 2017

Townhall          
Jorge Ramos Tells Republican State Senator He Is 'Turning His Back on Other Immigrants' 
Emotions are high on cable news panels this weekend after President Trump decided to pardon Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio was convicted in July of disobeying a court order to stop detaining Latinos in Maricopa County. His critics accused him of abusing his power. However, Trump decided to pardon him Friday, declaring that the sheriff had done his duty and kept Arizona safe. -- Plenty of Republicans joined liberals who were frustrated with the decision. House Speaker Paul Ryan disagreed with the pardon, as did Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).......

Breitbart          
Trudeau Rows Back on 'Refugees Welcome' as Quebec Hands Migrants $2.6 Million a Month in Welfare 
Quebec has pledged to hand out welfare cheques to around 4,000 asylum seekers as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau backtracks on his open invitation to migrants. -- According to the province's employment minister, the operation will take a full three days and he has not ruled out asking the Canadian government to help cover some of the welfare costs, reports the National Post. -- With the minimum basic monthly payment being $623 (£387), that equates to nearly $2.6 million (Canadian) per month for those 4,000 asylum seekers alone. .....

NewsMax        
Arizona's Largest Paper: Arpaio Pardon an 'Insult' to Latinos 
President Donald Trump's decision to pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was an "insult" to the legal and Latino communities and put the controversial lawmaker "back on his pedestal," the state's largest newspaper said Saturday. -- "The pardon was a slap to those who worked through the judicial system to make Arpaio accountable, too," the editorial board of The Arizona Republic argued. -- "It robbed the people hurt by his policies of justice --- even before a judge could mete out a sentence," the piece continued.......

Fox News         
Trump tweets show frustration over 'worst' NAFTA deal, border wall funding 
President Trump on Sunday got an early start on his legislative agenda this week -- pushing again for U.S.-Mexico border wall funding and confirming his visit to Missouri to tout his tax reform plan and apparently hammering incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill for her non-support. -- “With Mexico being one of the highest crime nations in the world, we must have THE WALL,” Trump said in one of eight tweets Sunday morning. -- While most of the tweets focused on praising the immediate efforts of government and emergency crews in Texas for Hurricane Harvey, several others dredged up issues that Trump has yet to resolve.......

Breitbart          
Only Six GOP Reps Publicly Defend DACA Amnesty 
Only six of the 242 House GOP legislators signed an August 22 letter urging President Donald Trump to preserve former President Barack Obama's DACA amnesty for 800,000 illegal immigrants. -- The letter — which was touted by Mark Zuckerberg's FWD.US pro-immigration advocacy group --- declared: We write to express our support for maintaining the protections of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for current recipients of the policy. We understand and deeply respect the rule of law, and firmly believe that those who have violated the law must face fair consequences. We also have a responsibility to apply the law in the manner required by the circumstances......

LA Times        
Trump under pressure to end deferred deportations for 'Dreamers'  
Hard-liners in the Trump administration appear to be trying to pressure President Trump to stop an Obama-era program that has granted work permits to thousand of people who entered the country illegally as children. -- Officials this week have met to prepare options for Trump that range from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program immediately to phasing it out by ending renewals of the two-year work permits, allowing them to expire over time. -- The president promised to end DACA during his campaign last year. But he has refused since January to sign a draft executive order to halt the program.......

Breitbart          
Trump Admin. Strengthens Vetting of Foreign Nationals Seeking Entry 
Foreign nationals attempting to enter the United States through various visa programs will now have to prove they have the means return to their native countries as federal law mandates. -- As part of President Donald Trump's Buy American, Hire American Executive Order, the vetting procedures conducted by the State Department of foreign nationals trying to come to the U.S. have been strengthened to weed out not only radicalized individuals, but also foreigners with no documented intentions on departing.......

Breitbart          
McCain: Presidential Pardon of Sheriff Arpaio 'Undermines' Trump's 'Respect for Rule of Law' 
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) criticized President Trump's decision to pardon former Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio Friday, saying that it “undermines his claim for the respect of the rule of law.” -- “Mr. Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for continuing to illegally profile Latinos living in Arizona based on their perceived immigration status in violation of a judge's orders,” McCain said in a statement. -- “The President has the authority to make this pardon, but doing so at this time undermines his claim for the respect of the rule of law as Mr. Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions.”......

Breitbart   Exclusive       
Brent Bozell III: The Slow Death of the Republican Party 
The Grand Old Party is about to commit suicide. -- All this talk about Trump this, and Trump that, masks a far bigger political controversy. The Republican Party leadership in Washington, D.C., has fundamentally betrayed its constituents and they are about to learn that they've been double-crossed --- for years. -- Every Republican candidate's stock speech sounds the same, the thunderous roar about a government out of control, federal spending out of control (insert charts and graphs and why, if you stack hundred dollar bills, they will reach the edge of the universe), federal taxes out of control (insert comparisons to socialist countries), the federal bureaucracy out of control (insert metaphors about chains, yokes, and the like), the family shattered with federal funding of abortion a crime against humanity (watch for it --- there! The heart-wrenching sob), and our military is emasculated.......

Breitbart          
Chicago Group Pleads for Immigrants to Fill Jobs as Black Youth Remain Out of Work 
A think tank in Chicago, Illinois is pleading for more immigration to fill jobs in the cities hospitality industry while African-American youth in the inner-city remains higher than most other cities. -- In a report by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the panel is demanding that more immigrants be brought to the city so that employers in the restaurant and hotel industries can have easy access to foreign-born workers, according to the Chicago Tribune.......

Breitbart          
AZ Rep. Trent Franks Praises Trump's Pardon of Joe Arpaio 
Arizona Rep. Trent Franks praised President Donald Trump's decision to pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Friday, calling it “right and just” for Arpaio and his family. -- Arpaio was held in contempt of court by a federal judge for continuing his policy of enforcing immigration laws against illegal aliens. When Arpaio was sued for allegedly violating civil rights, a federal judge whose family member was representing the side suing Arpaio—a conflict of interest that under federal law requires the judge to recuse himself --- ordered Arpaio to cease his law enforcement efforts.......

August 26, 2017

Townhall         
ACLU Horrified After Texas Border Patrol Keeps Checkpoints Open During Hurricane 
Hurricane Harvey is expected to hit Texas hard Friday. Thousands are fleeing the Gulf Coast area after hearing reports that it is going to be the worst storm to hit the Lone Star State in two decades. -- In years past, Border Patrol has closed checkpoints in light of severe weather. For instance, the agency temporarily suspended enforcement measures ahead of Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Isaac in 2012. That's not the case this year. Texas Border Patrol announced that its checkpoints will remain open.......

LA School Report         
Immigration agents inside schools? Why some activists are warning illegal alien students about Trump's policy shifts 
One student exchanged hand gestures with a classmate in the school hallway. Another drew graffiti in his notebook. A third wore a Chicago Bulls T-shirt. -- School authorities on Long Island, New York, accused the teenagers of displaying signs or symbols associated with a notorious street gang with close ties to Central America. They were suspended, and several of the students were arrested. But before the charges were substantiated — even before appeals of their suspensions were complete — the students were shipped off to detention facilities thousands of miles from home, without their parents' knowledge. -- Not because of gang activity — which has yet to be proved in court — but because of immigration status.......

WSAZ          
Mexican pleads guilty to illegal reentry 
A man from Mexico pleaded guilty Thursday to an immigration crime, U.S. Attorney Carol Casto says. -- Hermino Camacho-Diaz, 41, entered his guilty plea to illegally reentering the United States. -- He admitted to not lawfully being in the U.S. on June 8 when he encountered Department of Homeland Security agents in Nitro, West Virginia. -- Diaz, who was arrested at that time, had been removed from the U.S. three different times in 2010 and returned to Mexico. -- Camacho-Diaz faces up to two years in federal prison when he's sentenced Sept. 27. He also could be deported again.......

Houston Chronicle          
Trump pressing for mass criminalization of illegal aliens 
The shackled migrants in orange jumpsuits shuffled into this border town's small federal courtroom one recent morning, each facing a short prison sentence and swift deportation for the federal crime of entering the United States illegally. -- In other areas along the border, they might have been simply detained before being quickly removed in an administrative process outside of any courtroom. Perhaps, some would have had a chance to make their case to an immigration judge. -- But it was here, in 2005, that frustrated Border Patrol agents developed a program they named Operation Streamline to prosecute all migrants caught within a stretch of the border en masse and channel them into the federal justice system, where the Bureau of Prisons has more resources to hold them for longer before deportation.......

American Border Patrol     
How open is the border?
This photo taken August 14, 2017, by American Border Patrol's drone, Hermes, shows the border just east of Douglas, Arizona. There is no "people" fence from this point until you reach Columbus, New Mexico, 125 miles to the east. Obama's Wall was designed to secure 20 miles to the east of this point. -- The vehicle in the photo is ABP's Hummer H2.

August 25, 2017

Reuters       
Trump pardons ex-Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio -- White House 
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday granted a pardon to former Arizona lawman and political ally Joe Arpaio, the self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff in America," less than a month after he was convicted of criminal contempt in a case involving his department's racial profiling policy. -- Trump had signaled this week that the first presidential pardon of his administration would go to Arpaio, 85, whom he has frequently praised for his hardline immigration stance. ......

Daily Caller -- H/T David Olen Cross -- Salem          
Report: Illegals In Oregon Are Doing Time For Violent Crimes, Not Petty Offenses
Oregon's Democratic leaders say federal immigration detention requests, commonly known as detainers, often target illegal immigrants who are in jail for non-violent or petty crimes. -- But inmate profiles maintained by the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) tell a different story. -- The vast majority of criminal aliens in Oregon's prison system have been convicted of homicide, rape and other violent crimes, according to David Olen Cross, an independent crime researcher based in Salem, Ore...........

David Olen Cross -- Salem          
At 90.09 % Mexican Nationals Dominating Alien Drug Crime: Oregon Department of Corrections: Foreign National Drug Crime Report July 2017
Information obtained from the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) indicated that on July 1, 2017 that 111 of the 986 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) in the states prison system were incarcerated for drug crimes, 11.26 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 July 1st in the state's prisons for drug crimes..........

Breitbart          
DREAMer Amnesty Would Risk Protecting Gang Members, Says Expert 
A plan touted by President Trump's top aides to legalize the nearly 800,000 illegal aliens currently protected by an Obama-era amnesty program would include giving gang members and criminals a path to United States citizenship, experts argue. -- The White House is reportedly eyeing an immigration deal that would give amnesty to illegal aliens currently covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which candidate Trump blasted on the campaign trail.......

Breitbart          
Santa Rosa Police Release Illegal Alien from Custody; Kills Girlfriend Two Weeks Later 
An illegal alien who murdered his girlfriend two weeks after being released from custody had also had his immigration status flagged by Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities, a report from the Santa Rosa Press Democrat has revealed. --,Nery Israel Estrada-Margos, 38, turned himself into local police on Friday morning after allegedly beating his girlfriend to death following a heated argument. -- Officers from Santa Rosa police consequently visited the Russell Avenue apartment in which he lived, where they found the body of deceased 42-year-old Veronica Cabrera Ramirez. Ramirez's death came despite Estrada-Margos being arrested on 2nd August on felony domestic battery charges following an incident that took place 31st July,......

ABC News        
Jeff Flake wants details of Trump's call for border wall 
Sen. Jeff Flake threw criticism back at President Donald Trump over his threats to shut down the government over border wall funding, questioning what happened to his frequent campaign pledge to make Mexico pay for it. -- The president threatened earlier this week at a rally in Phoenix to shut down the federal government unless the gridlocked Congress agrees to build a border wall. Flake questioned the wisdom of constructing a wall in a landscape that includes flat desert, rolling hills, canyons, mountains and waterways --- all of which present unique challenges in securing the border. -- "This notion of a 2,000-mile wall has been --- for anyone who spends time on the border --- just out there, because there is so much of the border that simply doesn't lend itself to a wall of any type," Flake said.......

BizPac Review          
Illegal immigration activists launch sappy docudrama to gain sympathy, but it doesn't exactly do the trick 
Using “the power of story,” illegal immigrant advocates have launched a social media campaign to mainstream those who are in the United States illegally. -- …an effort to shape the narrative on “immigration,” while redefining what citizenship means in America. -- The overriding theme of the #UndocuJoy campaign is the victimhood of illegal aliens, as seen in a sharply produced video. -- “Everyday, we wake up in a country that hates us,” says Yosimar Reyes, an illegal immigrant activist who also wrote the script. -- The video, released by Define American, documents the “beauty” of hard working illegal immigrants as they wake up each day, go to work and otherwise carry on with their day --- somehow, MS13 gang members didn't make the cut.......

Tucson Sentinel      
Douglas-area smugglers continue to launch drugs over border wall 
Smugglers in the Douglas area continue to launch cylindrical bundles of marijuana over the border wall. On Wednesday evening, Border Patrol agents found a large bundle containing more than 96 pounds of the drug after it flew over the wall separating the Arizona border city from Agua Prieta, Son., authorities said. -- Agents operating a remote video surveillance system watched as an object was hurled over the border near H Avenue and First Street in Douglas, said Rob Daniels, a spokesman with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. ......

KRGV / Texas Tribune        
Border Patrol says Texas checkpoints to remain open during Hurricane Harvey 
As thousands of Texans prepare to evacuate their cities due to Hurricane Harvey, the United States Border Patrol said it is not planning to close its roadside immigration checkpoints north of the Rio Grande Valley unless there is a danger to travelers or its agents. -- “Border Patrol checkpoints will not be closed unless there is a danger to the safety of the traveling public and our agents. Border Patrol resources, including personnel and transportation, will be deployed on an as needed basis to augment the efforts and capabilities of local-response authorities,” the agency said in a statement.......

Politico          
Flake says Trump 'inviting' 2020 primary challenge 
Sen. Jeff Flake, an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, said Wednesday that the president might be inviting a primary challenge in 2020 --- though the Arizona Republican struck a more conciliatory tone toward the leader of his political party a day later. -- “I think that the way that --- the direction he's headed right now, just kind of drilling down on the base rather than trying to expand the base --- I think he's inviting one," Flake told Georgia Public Broadcasting on Wednesday when he was asked if Trump would face a Republican primary challenger in 2020.......

Breitbart          
Rosemary Jenks: 'We Absolutely Cannot Trade a DACA Amnesty for Enforcement' 
NumbersUSA Vice President & Director of Government Relations, Rosemary Jenks, talked with Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Raheem Kassam on Thursday regarding President Trump's reiteration of his pledge to build the border wall during the rally in Phoenix even if that means a government shutdown. -- “The one thing that we absolutely cannot do, “said Jenks, ” is trade a DACA amnesty for enforcement.” -- “We did that in 1986 and it failed miserably,” she added. “You'll get the amnesty. You will not get the enforcement. So, that needs to be taken off the table."......

CNN         
White House: Efforts to have Mexico pay for wall not 'abandoned' 
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that the President is “committed to making sure” he'll get funding to back his campaign promise of a border wall and that the administration has not “abandoned” plans to make Mexico pay for it. -- “We know that the wall and other security measures at the border work. We've seen that take place over the last decade and we're committed to making sure the American people are protected and we're going to continue to push forward and make sure that the wall gets built,” she added.......

WAFB       
Illegal alien accused of killing 16-year-old boy pleads not guilty to negligent homicide 
An undocumented immigrant accused of killing a 16-year-old boy in Baton Rouge pleaded not guilty to negligent homicide in court Thursday, August 24. -- Octavio Bringas-Posadas allegedly shot and killed Darius Plummer in March. He told detectives he was playing with the gun when it went off. In court Thursday morning, 19th Judicial District Court Judge Lou Daniel appointed a public defender for Bringas-Posadas. -- That attorney advised his client to plead not guilty. -- In June, Bringas-Posadas pleaded guilty in federal court to illegal possession of a firearm and illegal re-entry. -- His next hearing is scheduled for September 26.......

Daily Caller         
Enforcing U.S. Immigration Laws Is Killing #UndocuJoy Or Something 
I respect anybody who comes to the United States legally. Legally. If you're willing to devote the time and effort it takes to become a U.S. citizen, I don't care what you look or sound like, or what religion you practice, or anything else. I'm proud to have you as a fellow citizen. And: If I moved to another country and wanted to stay there, I'd be expected to follow their rules and laws. That's why they're called rules and laws. -- If you're not here legally, though, you're not going to guilt me into pretending laws don't apply to you. This is not going to work......

August 24, 2017

Breitbart          
Report: Donald Trump May End DACA Amnesty 
President Donald Trump may soon end the controversial DACA amnesty for almost 800,000 illegals, according to a new report in Axios. President Trump is seriously considering ending DACA, the Obama-era policy that shields some illegal immigrants from deportation, before conservative state attorneys general file a court challenge to the program. --Sources familiar with the deliberations tell Axios that Trump has made no final decision, and the White House continues to receive advice from the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice. Jeff Sessions strongly believes Trump should end DACA; DHS, however, has a more nuanced position, and Trump himself has said he's sympathetic to the children helped by the program.......

Fox News        
Trump slams McConnell, Ryan, Clapper, the 'Fake News' in series of tweets
President Trump took aim at the “Fake News,” slammed congressional Republican leaders and called out former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper in a rapid-fire Twitter-storm early Thursday. -- The president had been relatively quiet on Twitter this week after returning to Washington from his 17-day “working vacation” at his property in Bedminster, N.J. But he returned to the platform Thursday, in part to respond to criticism in the media over his Phoenix rally speech.......

CIS         
The Immigration Court Backlog Is Larger than We Know 
On Tuesday, the Center for Immigration Studies held a panel discussion on the immigration court backlog. While that panel (and the accompanying report) painted a fairly bleak picture of the overwhelming number of cases that the nation's 334 immigration judges (IJs) have on their dockets, a review of the findings of that panel (and a recent Government Accountability Office report on that backlog) reveal that the backlog may be larger, much larger, than even GAO is aware. -- GAO found......

KGBT          
Video: U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke on impeaching Trump and the 2018 elections 
U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke is nearing the end of a 34-day tour of talking to Texas voters about his race to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. -- In a Tuesday interview at one of his stops in Killeen, the El Paso Democrat spoke about his support for impeaching President Trump and who he wants to see fill his seat on Capitol Hill. O'Rourke also weighed in on the debate over confederate statues.......

Breitbart          
Reports: Globalists in White House Oppose Trump's Border Wall, Reforms 
The “West Wing Democrats” in the White House are eager to sacrifice President Donald Trump's top campaign promise in exchange for Democratic approval of the tax cuts sought by wealthy donors and business interests, according to an article in Politico. -- In an August 23 article about Trump's push to get funding for an extended border wall, Politico described the lack of support for the wall among his business-affiliated aides......

Daily Caller        
Who Will Trump Nominate To Lead The DHS? Here Are Some Possibilities 
The Department of Homeland Security will oversee the construction of President Trump's beloved border wall, protect the nation from terrorists, and deport illegal immigrants. -- However, since John Kelly's departure on July 31 to serve as White House chief of staff, the vital cabinet department has been without a Senate-confirmed leader. -- Below are several possibilities for who Trump could nominate to serve as the next DHS Secretary.......

LA Times          
"Immigrant rights" advocates urge Gov. Jerry Brown not to change 'sanctuary state' legislation 
Immigrant rights advocates on Wednesday urged Gov. Jerry Brown not to change state legislation that would expand laws to keep local and state law enforcement agencies from arresting, questioning and holding immigrants for federal agents. -- As part of lobbying efforts on immigration and bail reform legislation, eight members with PICO California, a faith-based policy advocacy organization, said they met with Brown to discuss the need for so-called "sanctuary state" legislation......

Breitbart          
Democrats Dismiss DACA Offer by Donald Trump's Aides, Demand No-Strings Amnesty 
Top Democrats are dismissing a proposed amnesty deal from President Donald Trump's globalist aides, which would trade citizenship for at least 800,000 ‘DACA' illegals --- plus their parents and immediate relatives --- in exchange for some package of real or symbolic immigration-related benefits. -- The Democrats' leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, refused to even consider offering any benefits to Americans in exchange for the permanent amnesty of the 800,000 younger illegals who are now getting work-permits via former President Barack Obama's "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" amnesty, which was first announced in the run-up to the 2012 election.......

LA School Report         
New California sanctuary schools coalition is taking an 'extra step' to protect illegal alien students and their families 
There are sanctuary cities, sanctuary states, and school district safe zones. Now a group of Los Angeles public schools and community organizations have created a Sanctuary Schools coalition that guarantees protections for undocumented students and their families through formal school policies. -- The new group, California Schools Are Sanctuaries (CASAS), is the first of its kind in the state bringing together leaders from charter and traditional schools as well as civil rights advocates. Its goal is to ensure that these schools are enforcing policies that protect students.......

Breitbart          
Cartel Gunmen Kill 10th Mexican Journalist in 6 Months 
Authorities confirmed the murder of yet another Mexican journalist, marking 10 unsolved cases by suspected cartel gunmen in six months. -- This week, yet unidentified gunmen shot and killed Mexican journalist Candido Rios Vasquez, a veteran crime beat reporter for the local newspaper Diario de Acayucan in the town of Covarrubias, Veracruz, Mexico's Proceso reported. The murdered journalist was an outspoken critic of the Mexican government, its corruption, and repressive tactics.......

NewsMax      
Rep. Steve King: Border Wall Cheaper Than Building an Interstate 
Building a wall on the border between U.S. and Mexico is less expensive than building an interstate, according to Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. -- "When you bring up the argument that it's too expensive, that we can't afford to build it, that's not a serious argument," King said Wednesday in a Fox News interview with Tucker Carlson. -- "We build interstate highways across expensive Iowa cornfields for $4 million a mile. That pays for real estate and everything. We can build a wall cheaper than we can build an interstate, and we need to do it, and it will pay for itself, I believe, before we can even get it completed.......

Breitbart          
Illegal Alien Convicted for Vehicular Death of Woman in Sanctuary City Denver 
An illegal alien was convicted for the vehicular death of a young woman in the sanctuary city of Denver, Colorado. -- Norlan Estrada Reyes, an illegal alien from Honduras, had already been deported twice when in October 2016, he was drunk driving and hit Karina Pulec who was walking with a friend, according to CBS 4. -- After Reyes crashed his white pickup truck, he fled the scene of the incident. Soon after, Pulec was pronounced dead. Reyes is set to serve 12 years in prison........

Examiner        
Democrats rip Trump's government shutdown threat for 'immoral' border wall 
President Trump drew sharp criticism from top Democratic lawmakers Wednesday for threatening to let the federal government shut down if Congress fails to provide substantial funding for his U.S.-Mexico border wall. -- "Make no mistake: the president said he will purposefully hurt American communities to force American taxpayers to fund an immoral, ineffective, and expensive border wall," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement.......

Business Insider       
Peso tumbles after Trump reiterates promise for a border wall 
The Mexican peso was weaker Wednesday after President Donald Trump said at a rally the evening before that he was willing to shut down the government to build a wall on the US border with Mexican. He also slammed NAFTA, again. -- The currency was down by as much as 0.9% at 17.8167 per dollar at 8:07 a.m. ET. -- It began weakening during Trump's Tuesday-night campaign rally in Phoenix and remained in a downward slide over the next several hours...

OC Register        
100 arrested in gang, Mexican Mafia crackdown  
early 100 alleged gang members have been indicted in what law enforcement officials are calling a devastating blow on local gangs and leaders of the notorious Mexican Mafia. -- Among those named in one of several indictments unsealed Wednesday was Peter Ojeda, a Santa Ana native indicted in 2005 and currently in federal prison. Despite his incarceration, Ojeda is accused of continuing to hold a grip in Orange County's Latino street gangs, ordering punishment on local gangs that refused to follow his commands and giving the “green light” on rivals who tried to take his place as the leader of the Mexican Mafia in Orange County........

Family Security Matters        
Phoenix Becomes Illegal Alien Sanctuary after Leftist Group Orders it in Private Meeting with Police Chief 
Arizona's largest city recently became a sanctuary for illegal aliens after its police chief held a private meeting with a leftist group that demanded a change in immigration enforcement policies, records obtained by Judicial Watch show. The closed-door session between Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams and Will Goana, policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arizona, occurred just weeks before the Phoenix Police Department quietly implemented a new policy banning officers from contacting the feds after arresting an illegal alien and forbidding them from asking about suspects' immigration status.......

Fox News      
Malkin: Trump Standing Firm on Border Wall Despite 'Unprecedented' Level of Attacks 
Michelle Malkin credited President Trump for remaining committed to the core principles that got him elected, despite the "unprecedented" attacks from the media and both parties. -- The host of "Michelle Malkin Investigates" on CRTV said Trump is "under siege" right now but he is standing firm on agenda items like the border wall. -- Malkin said on "Fox & Friends" that Republicans like Mitch McConnell and Mitt Romney are "pandering to the social justice mob" by opposing Trump's agenda.......

American Border Patrol      
E-mail from vacationing Glenn Spencer
We received this e-mail from Glenn this morning: I couldn't help notice that Sen. Flake is asking the right questions - “Where do we need fences, where do we need sensors, where do we need surveillance to get a secure border?" -- In March, Border Technology, Inc., a company I head, submitted a proposal to DHS/CBP under SOLICITATION NUMBER HSBP1017R0023 using technology called BORDAS – Border Detection and Assessment System. -- It opens with this: "NOTICE: THIS PROPOSAL OFFERS A TOOL TO ASSIST IN THE DESIGN AND DEPLOYMENT OF THE BORDER WALL SYSTEM, WHICH WAS HERETOFORE UNAVAILABLE."-- I have not been told that the proposal has been removed from consideration, so there is still a chance that the Trump Administration will decide to answer questions raised by Sen. Flake and others in a way that assures rational thinking in the border security effort.

Breitbart          
Trump under the gun as DREAMers deadline looms 
President Donald Trump has been unusually cautious about his plans for so-called Dreamers, but he's running out of time to make up his mind. -- Ten conservative states have threatened to sue the administration in order to kill off the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a 2012 initiative that has granted work permits to nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants. They're trying to replicate their legal tactic from more than two years ago, when a broader coalition of GOP-led states successfully stopped a more expansive program for millions of undocumented immigrants before it even began. -- That means DACA, which President Barack Obama began five years ago this month, is confronting its gravest danger yet. And one of the biggest questions --- will Trump defend the program in court --- is still anybody's guess.......

The Hill        
Flake: Trump may need to rethink the wall 
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Thursday that, while Republican lawmakers are united with President Trump on border security, the president may have to rethink his plans to simply build a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. --Instead, Flake said on "Fox & Friends," the president and Republicans in Congress need to first map out what a secure southern border would look like and acknowledge that a solid wall may not be the most feasible option......

KRGV          
Reaction mixed after Hidalgo County commissioners vote to oppose Senate Bill 4 
Hidalgo County commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday morning to pass a resolution opposing Senate Bill 4. -- Dozens from the Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network, including members from La Union del Pueblo Entero and A Resource In Serving Equality, filled the courtroom with signs opposing --- what they call --- the "Show me your papers" law. -- "Commissioners were able to listen to the people and pass a resolution against SB 4,” said LUPE coordinator Martha Sanchez. “We know it's a symbolic gesture, but this gesture means a lot to the people that live in this county.”......

CNBC          
Trump: We'll 'probably' end up terminating NAFTA 
President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he doubts the United States can reach a deal to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. -- "Personally, I don't think we can make a deal ... I think we'll end up probably terminating NAFTA at some point," he said at a rally in Arizona of the efforts to tweak the three-nation deal with Mexico and Canada. -- "I personally don't think you can make a deal without a termination but we're going to see what happens, OK? You're in good hands, I can tell you," he added......

American Border Patrol      
Does the Obama Wall work?
Barack Obama built a wall on the border --- but it doesn't do the job DHS is supposed to do.--Take another look at this short video --- ARE NEW BORDER CAMERAS BLIND? --- posted by the Sierra Vista Herald back on July 27th that shows one segment of the Obama Wall.

Washington Times          
Democrats brand Trump as reckless, redouble resist vow after shutdown threat on border wall 
President Trump's willingness to brave a government shutdown in order to get funding for his border wall roiled Capitol Hill, where Democrats on Wednesday called him reckless and redoubled their promise to resist anymore money for the president’s immigration crackdown plans. -- With the next round of government funding due by Oct. 1, the wall fight is the biggest flash point, but by no means the only one that could result in a second shutdown this decade. -- Mr. Trump raised the stakes in the fight late Tuesday at a rally in Phoenix, where he said fulfilling his campaign promise to erect a border wall was a big enough priority that it’s worth a shutdown.......

August 23, 2017

WHNT        
State Department issues travel warning for parts of Mexico, including Cancun, Cozumel, Tijuana & Los Cabos 
The U.S. State Department has issued a warning for Americans planning to travel to Mexico. Americans have been victims of violent crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery in various Mexican states. -- Authorities say gun battles between rival gangs or with Mexican authorities have happened in public places in broad daylight. -- U.S. government personnel and their families are prohibited from personal travel to all areas to which the Department recommends “defer non-essential travel” in this Travel Warning. Employees are also not allowed to go to adult clubs or gambling establishments in the states of Coahuila, Durango, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Jalisco, Colima, and Nayarit.......

Breitbart          
Angel Mom Sabine Durden 'Praying Like Crazy' Trump Won't Break Campaign Promise on DACA 
Sabine Durden, Angel Mom & co-founder of Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime (AVIAC) joined Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Raheem Kassam on Wednesday to discuss reports the White House might cave on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and amnesty for some illegal immigrants as part of a deal to get border wall funding. -- “I'm praying like crazy that that is just a rumor,” said Durden, “and that it's not true and won't happen,” agreeing that such a deal would not be a good trade-off......

KXL          
Jury Refuses to Convict in Nevada Ranch Standoff 
A federal jury in Las Vegas has refused to convict four accused gunman in a 2014 standoff with federal authorities near the Nevada ranch of anti-government figure Cliven Bundy. --In a verdict that stunned Bundy supporters, the jury on Tuesday acquitted Ricky Lovelien and Steven Stewart of all 10 charges against them. -- Defendants Scott Drexler and Eric Parker were found not guilty of most of the charges against them. -- The jury did not reach verdicts on four charges against Parker and two charges against Drexler.......

Breitbart          
DHS: Donald Trump Border Wall Prototypes Now Delayed Until Fall 
Americans will have to wait longer to see what President Donald Trump's promised wall might look like. -- The Department of Homeland Security revealed to Breitbart News that the announcement for border wall prototypes scheduled for the summer has been delayed until October or November. -- David Lapan, the press secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, explained that although the bids were selected, one vendor protested the decision, which delayed the process. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is awaiting a decision on the protest from the Government Accountability Office. -- “Such protests are common in Federal contracting processes and no contracts may be awarded until the protests are resolved,” Lapan explained to Breitbart News.......

LA Times          
Federal judge says Arizona's ban on Mexican American studies is racially discriminatory 
A federal judge in Arizona ruled Tuesday that the state's controversial ban on ethnic studies was motivated by racial discrimination. -- The decision from Judge A. Wallace Tashima, a federal appeals court judge sitting in the district court in Arizona, came in a lawsuit brought by students against the state's top education official. It is a major blow to a state law that resulted in the closure of a Mexican American studies program in Tucson. -- Proponents of the program have argued that the 2010 law, which in part banned courses designed primarily for students of a particular ethnic group, was effectively racist and targeted Mexican Americans and other minority groups.......

KTAR         
Arizona congressman says President Donald Trump is 'clearly a racist'  
Hours before President Donald Trump was scheduled to arrive in the state Tuesday, an Arizona congressman branded him as a racist and a liar. -- “The president is clearly racist,” Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego told CNN. “I don't understand how much more history we need and more examples.” -- Trump's visit to a both Marine base and the border in Yuma followed by a 7 p.m. rally at the Phoenix Convention Center were his first major appearances since racial violence broke out during protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. -- The president has sent mixed messages about white supremacists since those protests. He blamed both sides for the violence before condemning white supremacists after a national outcry, but returned to his original stance just a day later......

American Border Patrol       
Big Contract to Help with Integrated Fixed Towers?
Last November, one day before Donald Trump was elected President of the Untied States, it was announced that a company called CSRA was awarded a $45 million contract “...to advise Customs and Border Protection about effective equipment options and efficient deployment methods needed to detect and prevent unlawful travel and trade, Under the contract, CSRA will support CBP's systems engineering, logistics and sustainment, capabilities and requirements divisions in determining the most optimal towers, camera sensors and radar systems to help detect and classify threats to the security of the nation's borders.” -- The press story included extensive coverage of the Integrated Fixed Tower program (IFTs). -- Since CBP had already decided on what was in the IFTs and where they were to go, what was this contract suppose to accomplish? -- Could the award have waited a few days to see who would be President of the United States?

JS Online       
Blackout victims at Mexico resorts have little hope of justice 
The young woman behind the desk at the police station in Playa del Carmen toggled between her cellphone and computer, Snapcatting with friends and scrolling through Facebook, as she asked the young man from Boston whether he had ever enjoyed sex. -- How that was relevant, he didn't know. He was at the police department in the small Mexican city south of Cancun to report that he had just been drugged and raped while receiving a massage at a world-renowned resort and spa. -- The young man was told that the woman --- Claudia, as he recalls --- was a psychologist. They sat in a windowless room and after a while she handed him some paper and told him to draw some pictures. No stick figures. As detailed as possible.......

American Border Patrol       
Certification of Integrated Fixed Towers Outdated?
In july, Homeland Preparedness News reported (HPN) “Additional actions needed by CBP to assess effectiveness of land-based surveillance technology." -- HPN reported: "The agency has not, as of the publishing of GAO's new report, developed key attributes for performance metrics for all of its surveillance technologies.” -- What HPN seemed to gloss over from the GOA report is this: "In March 2014, GAO reported that CBP's Test and Evaluation Master Plan only described testing to determine the Integrated Fixed Tower's mission contribution but did not include testing operational effectiveness and suitability, which specifically identifies how effective and reliable a system is in meeting its operational requirements in its intended environment.” -- In a March 22, 2017, media release, CBP reported: “Integrated Fixed Towers Certified”. -- We took a look at that media release today and found that it has been labelled “outdated."

Breitbart          
Antifa, Leftists Riot in Phoenix; CNN Blames Trump's 'Angry, Divisive Speech' 
Rioting broke out among leftists in the aftermath of President Donald Trump's Tuesday rally in Phoenix, AZ. Police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. -- Shortly after the president's speech ended and night fell in Phoenix, protesters began to throw water bottles and scream obscenities at police. -- After being told to disperse, some refused to do so. CBS News reported they were met with tear gas and “less lethal rounds,” commonly known as rubber bullets.......

KPBS        
Judge Seeks Quick Trial For Deported Mexican DACA Recipient 
A federal judge who has been a frequent target of President Donald Trump's scorn on Tuesday urged a quick trial for a Mexican man who had been shielded from being deported from the U.S. and claims he was wrongly expelled. -- Juan Manuel Montes, 23, is the first known participant in the five-year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to be deported under Trump, according to supporters. -- The government has approved nearly 1.8 million DACA permits, including renewals, since President Barack Obama introduced them in 2012 for immigrants who came to the country as young children and performed well. -- The administration says Montes left the U.S. voluntarily, causing the loss of his protected status. -- Montes' case doesn't address the program's legal or policy merits, focusing instead on a dispute about what happened to Montes on the night of Feb. 18. -- U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel made clear from the outset that the crux of the case was whether agents wrongly captured and deported him or if he left on his own. ......

Breitbart          
House Conservatives Demand Border Security, Pledge to Back Trump Border Wall Funding 
House conservatives went all-in with promises to back border wall funding as they pressed for President Donald Trump to secure the border on the day the President is visiting the Yuma U.S. Customs and Border Protection station and holding a campaign-style rally in Phoenix. -- Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows stated: The President's visit to Yuma, Arizona will be a critical step in highlighting the needs of our border patrol operations and evaluating the challenges they face in keeping our country safe. I applaud President Trump for his leadership on this issue and for his relentless commitment to keeping a promise that was central to his campaign. Congress would do well to join the President and follow through on our own promises by including funding for a border wall in upcoming spending bills–anything less will show that we are not serious about keeping our word to the American people.......

David Olen Cross -- Salem          
Oregon Department of Corrections: Foreign National Homicide Report -- July 2017
Information obtained from the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) indicated on July 1, 2017 that 138 of the 986 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) in the state's prison system were incarcerated for homicidal crimes (various degrees of murder and manslaughter), 14.00 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 July 1st in the state's prisons for homicidal crimes.

CBS News      
Police, protesters clash following President's Phoenix rally 
Police officers in riot gear used tear gas and flashbangs to break up protests outside President Donald Trump's rally in Phoenix, Arizona. -- The event started peacefully but as thousands filled the streets following the rally things started getting out of hand. -- Police began deploying pepper balls and tear gas into the crowd, reportedly because people were throwing rocks and bottles at police. -- Police Chief Jeri Williams said that's what an employee told her what happened. Williams said it happened near the Herber Theatre along Monroe Street. -- Things escalated as a few minutes of panic followed. Just after 9 p.m. and then again around 9:15, more “flash bags” went too, and more tear gas was sprayed.......

LifeZette        
Will Trump Really Give Up on Revoking DACA to Build the Wall? 
To get the border wall, President Donald Trump plans to disregard another major pledge to the voters: Getting rid of President Barack Obama's amnesty for illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. -- Those children are also known as “DREAMers,” for the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, the name of the executive order Obama issued in June 2012, at the height of his re-election campaign. -- Critics of the related Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) say it is illegal. The counterpart order, for parents, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), was issued by Obama in 2014 --- but frozen by courts in February 2015. But DACA has remained, despite President Trump's promise during the campaign to get rid of both orders.......

AP          
Trump threatens government shutdown over border wall 
President Donald Trump is threatening to shut down the federal government unless Congress provides funding for his promised border wall. -- Trump told a campaign rally crowd in Phoenix, Arizona, that he has a message for “obstructionist” Democrats. -- He says, “If we have to close down our government, we're building that wall.” -- Trump is also accusing Democrats of putting American security at risk for not supporting the multibillion-dollar proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. -- The wall was one of Trump's most popular campaign vows, prompting frequent rally chants of “Build that wall!” Trump had promised Mexico would pay for the wall, but Mexico has refused.......

AP          
Why President Trump didn't visit the Mexico border while in Yuma 
When President Trump visited Yuma on Tuesday, his original plan was to visit the U.S.-Mexico border but that never happened. -- Now we know why. -- The president was forced to cancel the border visit because of security concerns, a person familiar with the situation told CNN. -- Trump was going to visit the San Luis II commercial crossing, which is about 20 miles south of Yuma, according to what the White House said on Monday night. -- But the visit to the border didn't appear on his official schedule and when he visited Yuma on Tuesday afternoon, he didn't leave the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma where he landed. -- The official speaking about the visit didn't specify what the security concerns were that kept him from visiting the border. ......

American Border Patrol       
E-mail from Glenn Spencer: Huffington Post misquoted him
Glenn Spencer said he was misquoted in a recent Huffington Post story about President Trump's visit to Arizona. -- Spencer points to this part of the story: “....Latino political leaders had made racially charged comments toward him in the past, when describing the declining place of white Americans as the country's demographics shift.” -- "I said no such thing," Spencer claims, "I said Latino leaders had made politically charged comments implying their intent to wrest political control of California from white people --- including this from Calif. State Senator Art Torres: 'Remember (187) is the last gasp of white America in California.' -- And this from Mario Obledo: 'California is going to be a Hispanic State and anyone who doesn't like it should leave.'" -- Spencer said the Huffington Post deliberately changed his words to avoid telling the truth about how California became the illegal immigration state.


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