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May 9, 2017

Statesman Journal  H/T to DOC       
Salem drug ring leader sentenced to 17 years in prison 
The ringleader responsible for trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine from California and Mexico into Salem for at least five years was sentenced to 17 years and six months in federal prison. -- U.S. District Judge Marco Hernández sentenced Alfredo Pena-Lopez, 43, of Salem, on Monday after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. -- Upon his release, Pena-Lopez, an undocumented immigrant also known as Gerionda, will be deported... [Related info from DOJ]......

CBS Austin        
Local leaders respond to Sanctuary Cities bill 
On Sunday, Governor Greg Abbott signed the "Sanctuary Cities" bill into law, prompting a heated among local activists and leaders. -- The bill would ban "sanctuary cities" in Texas and require cities and counties to comply with federal immigration laws and detainer requests or face civil penalties. -- Austin Mayor Steve Adler was one of the first to respond to the Governor, saying the bill would make it harder to catch convicted criminals......

KHOU          
Sanctuary cities protesters take to the streets in Houston 
Texas Governor Greg Abbott's surprise signing of SB4 on Facebook Live Sunday night is fueling new anger from opponents. -- "Governor Abbott decided to sign it in a cowardly way," said Cesar Espinosa, Executive Director of FIEL, an immigrants' rights advocacy group in Houston. -- The day after the bill became law groups gathered to protest and hold news conferences blasting the Governor for signing a law activists contend will lead to racial profiling.......

WJLA      
ICE blasts Montgomery Co. for releasing accused felon from jail despite immigration detainer 
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is lambasting Montgomery County after jailers knowingly released an 19-year-old undocumented immigrant accused of bringing an AR-15 assault-style rifle onto school property, despite an immigration detainer lodged against the teen. -- On Saturday, April 29, Mario Granados-Alvarado, 19, a citizen of El Salvador, allegedly broke into a Rockville police car, snagging a shotgun, AR-15 rifle and ammunition from the vehicle's trunk. The unmarked Chevy Impala was parked outside of an off-duty officer's house at the time of the overnight break-in.......

McClatchy DC       
President Kamala Harris? She's making the first moves 
Now's the time prospective presidential candidates start taking the subtle but crucial behind-the-scenes steps that get them noticed by the political intelligentsia, and Sen. Kamala Harris is quietly following the script. -- She's making speeches to key national constituencies. She's due for an appearance at a Washington think-tank panel full of chattering-class presidential favorites that the national media will be reporting and analyzing, probably for days. She's been fundraising for colleagues and making sure that she is forming relationships with key national reporters. -- They're all boxes that prospective presidential candidates routinely check. It's a chance to ultimately convince insiders they've got the gravitas and the fundraising chops to be taken seriously.......

USC        
USC's Price globalist school signs new pact with Sonora, Mexico 
The USC Price School of Public Policy, through its Office of Global Engagement, established a memorandum of understanding with the Mexican state of Sonora. -- The pact promotes policy dialogues between faculty and government leaders, leading to joint research on areas like immigration, border trade, climate change, public health and sustainable development. -- “This agreement with Sonora is an excellent opportunity to increase the Price School's global impact, especially in a region that is so important to the U.S. politically and economically,” said Angela McCracken, director of USC's Mexico office. “The Price School is engaging deeply with Mexico through consulting, research collaboration and training.”......

Breitbart          
Warren Buffett: Free Trade Has Turned American Workers Into Roadkill 
Warren Buffett likened American workers who have seen their jobs and factories destroyed by global trade to animals slaughtered by cars and trucks on the highway. -- “Nobody should be roadkill,” Buffet said Saturday at the festival-like annual meeting of Berkshire Hathaway in Omaha, Nebraska. -- The billionaire, who supported Barack Obama and backed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, now sounds almost Trump-ish. His comments on American workers echoed the remarks of President Donald Trump in his inaugural speech in January, which described a landscape of “American carnage” where closed factories are “scattered like tombstones.”......

Desert  Sun      
California's governor once opposed sanctuary status 
If Gov. Jerry Brown ends up signing a pending bill to make California a “sanctuary state” for undocumented immigrants, it will be an about-face for the governor, who publicly opposed the idea of sanctuary cities several years ago. -- While it's often difficult to predict Brown's actions, many Capitol observers expect him to approve it, given both California's political landscape and strong Democratic antipathy toward President Donald Trump.......

Sacramento Bee         
California may end ban on communists in government jobs 
Being a communist would no longer be a fireable offense for California government employees under a bill passed Monday by the state Assembly. -- Lawmakers narrowly approved the bill to repeal part of a law enacted during the Red Scare of the 1940s and '50s when fear that communists were trying to infiltrate and overthrow the U.S. government was rampant. The bill now goes to the Senate. -- It would eliminate part of the law that allows public employees to be fired for being a member of the Communist Party.......

David Olen Cross -- Salem       
Oregon Department of Corrections: Criminal Alien Report April 2017 
The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) April 1, 2017 Inmate Population Profile indicated there were 14,644 inmates incarcerated in the DOC's 14 prisons. -- Data obtained from the DOC indicated that on April 1st there were 962 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the state's prison system; more than one in every sixteen prisoners incarcerated by the state was a criminal alien, 6.57 percent of the total prison population.......

Washington Post       
Newly released letter shows growing battle between groups in immigration debate 
Immigration hard-liners whose fortunes are rising under the Trump administration have released a confidential year-old letter from the Justice Department’s immigration court that blasted left-leaning lawyers for targeting them with “derogatory name-calling” based on a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center. -- At issue was the SPLC’s repeated claim that the Federation for American Immigration Reform is a “hate group” as well as its escalating efforts to prove that the federation, which favors stricter control over legal and illegal immigration, is racist.......

Union Tribune          
This company says it's been tapped to build Trump border wall prototype 
The Trump administration will not release the names of companies selected to work on prototypes of a border wall slated for construction next month in San Diego. -- Federal procurement rules --- which can be used to prevent the leak of proprietary materials or avoid conflicts among vendors — require the roughly 20 businesses selected to remain secret, U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Carlos Diaz said Monday.......

KAWC         
Border Patrol Faces Drug-Smuggling Drones 
Monitoring the U.S./Mexico border for drug smuggling activity is one of the charges of the U.S. Border Patrol. This task has been made that much more difficult in the technological age. Maya Springhawk Robnett of the Arizona Science Desk reports… -- What may sound like the buzzing of bees is, in actuality, an unmanned aerial vehicle, also known (appropriately) as a drone. Drones can be can be used in agriculture, to observe whales, to monitor wildlife populations, or to deliver packages for companies like Amazon.......

May 8, 2017

CBS DFW         
Mexico Criticizes New Texas 'Sanctuary City' Law 
The Mexican government is expressing regret over a new Texas ban on so-called sanctuary cities, saying the law could step on the rights of its citizens who choose to live just across the border. -- The Secretary of Foreign Relations on Monday said in a statement that the Texas law signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott “criminalizes even more the phenomenon of immigration.” It says the law foments racial discrimination and will reduce collaboration between police and immigrant communities.......

WNCN        
Illegal Mexican alien charged with pointing BB gun at store customers, stealing items 
A Raleigh teen has been charged after stealing from a Food Lion and pointing a BB gun rifle at people inside the store, according to an arrest warrant. -- Carlos Daniel Varona, 19, of the 8800 block of Stockbridge Circle, has been charged with one count of misdemeanor shoplifting concealment of goods and one count of misdemeanor go armed to the terror of people, court documents show. -- According to the arrest warrant, Varona stole items from the Food Lion located at 9525 Strickland Road and then pointed a rifle BB gun at shoppers inside the store on Sunday. One woman who had the gun pointed at her is the person who reported the incident to police.......

Joe Guzzardi -- Kingman Daily Miner         
Americans yawn after sanctuary restaurants close 
Every May Day, just as surely as the sun sets in the west, protestors --- anarchists, really --- take to the streets. Under the guise of defending workers, they rail against what they perceive as unjust immigration laws. -- Over the decades, the gatherings have provided an excellent example of illegal immigrants and their advocates preaching to the choir. Large throngs of angry people hoisting banners and charging that xenophobic immigration laws break up families haven't changed a single mind in the enforcement-oriented crowd, the precise audience they must convince. Worse, name-calling turns off Americans conflicted about whether immigration is a plus or a minus for the nation. For those on the fence, their takeaway is that, despite their illegal presence, aliens get numerous benefits, most significantly, free, taxpayer-funded K-12 education for their children, and have little to gripe about.......

Breitbart          
Raging Cartel War Kills 20 in Mexico at Texas Border 
Reynosa, Tamps. -- More than 20 people have been killed in the raging violence in this city as two rival cartel factions continue to fight for control of lucrative drug and human trafficking routes. -- As Breitbart Texas has been reporting, since last week, rival factions of the Gulf Cartel went to war in an effort to seize control of Reynosa. The fighting has led to convoys of gunmen riding in marked SUVs roaming the streets searching for their rivals. The border city of Reynosa is immediately south of McAllen, Texas. -- As a response to the cartel violence, the Tamaulipas government has deployed police tactical teams and has called on the Mexican Army and the Mexican Navy to help suppress cartel activity. Military helicopters with snipers on board have been used contain cartel convoys.......

LMTOnline.com        
Two Laredo women admit trying to smuggle $190K across border into Mexico 
Two women opted to enter guilty pleas recently in a Laredo federal court after being caught attempting to smuggle $190,000 into Mexico. -- Elizabeth and Maricela Preciado pleaded guilty to bulk cash smuggling before U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Scott Hacker, records state. -- A grand jury indicted the Preciados on March 28 after their arrest on March 2. -- Records state the women gave negative declarations when asked if they were in possession of more than $10,000 while seated on a commercial bus headed southbound into Mexico on March 2.......

Free Beacon         
New York Times Surprised to Learn Legal Immigrants Oppose Sanctuary Laws 
The New York Times reported Monday that a sanctuary bill in a liberal Maryland county faced "surprise" opposition from the county's legal immigrant communities. -- "Sanctuary Bills in Maryland Faced a Surprise Foe: Legal Immigrants," the Monday headline read. The Times‘ Sabrina Tavernise reported on a sanctuary bill that was shot down in Howard County, where one in five residents were born outside the country and Democrats outnumber Republicans two to one.......

Daily Signal Commentary         
We Hear You: 'I Never Knew the Wall Made That Much Difference' 
Dear Daily Signal: Kelsey Harkness did a really good job covering the border wall in San Diego (“Underreported: How Building a Border Wall Changed San Diego”). I sent her video report to my congressman, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas. (This after a letter saying that with them doing a continuing resolution the day before, I should have just voted for the Democrats.) -- I grew up in El Paso. We need a wall in Texas, and I'm glad to have this great video to show it works and why it works. I will be sharing it with friends.......

We Get E-mail         
From Larry Jordan 
This is a system which appears to make actual border security a reality at reasonable cost. Have read accounts of this intriguing system on the American Border Patrol website for years and that it has passed a number of test demonstrations of its technological effectiveness above and below the ground. Unfortunately and intentionally, the media (TV and print) have nearly 100% boycotted reporting on this very promising detection system, so its existence is virtually unknown to the public. Wish them and U.S. taxpayers success. -- Systems by Boeing and one or two other corporate behemoths over the past decade have been epic failures at hundreds of millions, if not billions, of taxpayer dollars. -- Nearly every Democrat and too many Republicans don't want an effective border security system. The NumbersUSA link proves my point by exposing abysmal report cards of several hundred members of the 535 members of Congress. Open borders and cheap labor cheerleaders don't want a secure border.......

Breitbart          
Open Borders Lobby Demands End to Deporting Criminals 
Open borders organizations are now taking their pro-illegal immigration efforts a step further by demanding that violent convicts not be deported. -- During an interview with the LA Times, activists with various open borders and immigration advocacy groups said criminal illegal immigrants should not be deported, mainly because it hurts their native countries.......

BizPac Review         
'60 Minutes' drums up outrage over deported business owner who supported Trump, but it doesn't change the law 
CBS News' “60 Minutes” cherry-picked one deportation as an example of what it depicted as the heartless nature of the Trump administration's toughened-up immigration policy, and in support of that notion, gathered one business owner's friends, neighbors and customers who disagreed with the deportation. -- “What did they expect?” -- An illegal immigrant was arrested for having failed to comply with an agreement he'd signed to voluntarily deport himself 17 years ago.......

PJ Media         
Tesla Goes South of the Border to Sponsor Hiring Event 
The automaker Tesla says it was having problems filling some engineering positions with U.S. citizens, so the company took to the road to find what it needed. -- The company held a job fair in the Mexican city of Monterrey for industrial engineers to fill positions at its Freemont, Calif., factory. The event was by appointment only, but dozens of Mexican engineers showed up uninvited. -- Is there really a shortage of STEM candidates in the U.S.? Or is Tesla looking to hire Mexican engineers because they will work for less money?......

May 7, 2017

Breitbart          
Los Angeles City Council Can't Fix Roads, But Wants to Impeach Trump 
Los Angeles, the second largest city in the U.S. with 4 million inhabitants, has its share of problems: A crisis with an exploding homeless population, rising violent crime rate, around-the-clock gridlock, deteriorating and potholed roads, and air pollution so bad that a word ---- “smog” --- was invented for it. -- But with all these pressing issues at hand, the L.A. city council found time to dive into foreign policy and demand an investigation into President Donald Trump, hoping to find impeachable offenses to remove him from office.......

AppsforCPDaily.com          
Top Mexican official considers American entry fee as retaliation for border wall 
Funding for President Donald Trump's promised wall along the Mexico border may now be "off the table" in the negotiations to fund the government for the next five months, but several other thorny issues still stand in the way of a bipartisan agreement to avoid a government shutdown this weekend. -- Even as Mulvaney said Trump would sign a government spending bill that does not include border wall funding, he insisted: "We're not backing down".......

Jazz Shaw -- Hot Air          
A "federalist approach" to immigration reform would be a disaster 
I had thought that the current agenda for any sort of “immigration reform” was pretty clear following the last election cycle. There would be no discussions of amnesty or any other priorities of liberals and open borders advocates until the border was secure and progress was being made on getting at least the worst offending criminal illegal aliens out of the country. Apparently I was mistaken. Ilya Somin, writing at the Volokh Conspiracy, is pitching a very different vision of “reform” this week in support of an immigration legislation package being put forward by Republicans Ken Buck and Ron Johnson. ......

Union Tribune        
New federal spending plan lacks money for Trump's border wall --- and other immigration priorities, too 
When President Donald Trump signed two executive orders in January covering security on the border and immigration enforcement in the interior of the U.S., they marked the start of making good on his campaign promises to crack down on illegal immigration. -- Now, four months later, the first spending plan under his administration does little to advance those goals and has some provisions that appear to run counter to some of Trump's stated goals.......

Albuquerque Journal       
Technology needed at border, not 'beautiful' wall 
It seems everyone has a strong opinion about Donald Trump's border wall. But we should at least talk about it in the right way. That is, with clarity, pragmatism and common sense. -- Not just in terms of how much this project would cost, with estimates soaring beyond $50 billion. Or whether Mexico is going to pick up the tab, as Donald Trump has insisted. Or whether our neighbor will be forced to pay for it indirectly through a tariff on imported Mexican goods.......

May 6, 2017

Breitbart          
VIDEO: Mexican Cartel Offers Rewards For Rivals' Heads --- Border City Issues Red Alert 
Reynosa, Tamps., Mex. -- Mexico's Gulf Cartel took to social media to announce a $500,000 reward for the heads of their rivals. The cartel made the offer on various social media platforms as cartel gunmen unleashed another wave of violence in this city. -- On Friday afternoon, rival factions of the Gulf Cartel clashed in the streets of this city unleashing a barrage of machine gun fire and grenade explosions that spread terror. The intensity of the fighting led to the city government issuing a red alert notice on social media. Officials pushed out the social media notification as a way to warn citizens to stay indoors because of battles spreading throughout the city.......

Columbia Missourian         
Columbia School Board asked to do more to protect illegal alien students  
A few weeks ago, the Columbia School Board came out with a statement about how the district will address protecting undocumented students from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids, but some teachers don't believe it's enough. -- Superintendent Peter Stiepleman read the brief statement at the April 10 meeting. It said, in essence, that Columbia Public Schools is committed to protecting vulnerable immigrant, refugee and undocumented students while also following federal and state laws regarding immigration. Admission into public schools does not depend on citizenship but simply on residence, Stiepleman said.......

LA Times        
Amid fear and resistance, immigration agents in L.A. have not ramped up arrests
The immigration agents surrounded the small home on a quiet street in East Los Angeles. One trained his rifle on the back door. Another knocked loudly out front, shouting for the people inside to open up. Someone else barked the commands in Spanish. -- Their target was a 47-year-old Mexican man who they suspected had crossed into the United States illegally and later done time for felony assault and battery. -- The man's wife came to the door after a few minutes with her own demands: Did the agents have a warrant? -- Told that they didn't, she refused to allow the agents in the house and said her husband would not speak with them.......

Sacramento Bee        
Mexican government spends $250,000 in Sacramento to defend illegals living here 
The Mexican consulate in Sacramento will spend about a quarter-million dollars to help its nationals in the area fight deportations, part of a $50 million effort across the United States by the Mexican government as fears of immigration crackdowns grow. -- Rodrigo Baez, consul for protection and legal affairs in Sacramento, said this week that his consul has received about $250,000 to help Mexican nationals who are currently detained or fear detention, and to help educate immigrants in the area about their rights. -- Baez said the increased funding is new this year, based on President Donald Trump's immigration policies. Ten consulates in California and 50 nationwide have split $50 million in funding, he said......

Hot Air          
Maryland needs to get a grip on their statutory rape laws, including for illegals 
You probably heard about the horrible and politically charged rape case out of Maryland which was reported back in March. Two immigrant students, at least one of whom was in the country illegally (the other claims to be on a special student program, but the details are unclear), were accused of luring a 14 year old girl into a school bathroom, sexually assaulting her, filming it and sending the video around. Many conservative outlets as well as the White House pointed to the case as yet another example of why we need to crack down on illegal immigration. (Which isn't really up for debate in any event… we do need to.)......

Daily Caller         
ICE Seeks To Deport Soccer Coach Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 7-Year Old Girl 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement placed an immigration detainer Thursday on a Maryland soccer coach who is accused of sexually assaulting a seven-year old girl. -- Miguel Alfredo-Flores, 47, was arrested Wednesday in Montgomery County, Maryland after a police investigation determined that he had inappropriately touched a seven-year old girl, now nine, two summers ago. The alleged incidents in 2015 happened at soccer practice as other team members were running laps, according to a local Fox report.......

ABC2 News         
President Trump breaks from predecessors, doesn't host Cinco de Mayo celebration 
President Donald Trump eschewed a 16-year precedent this week and opted not to host a Cinco de Mayo celebration at the White House. Instead, Trump spent Friday at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. -- According to Newsweek, 2017 marks the first time since 2001 that the President has not personally hosted a Cinco de Mayo celebration at the White House. President George W. Bush was the first to host the celebration at the White House, which traditionally invites Mexican artists, politicians and activists......

Breitbart          
Emory University to Pay for '100 Percent' of Illegal Alien Students' Financial Aid 
Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, has announced that they will fund ‘100 percent' of financial aid packages for students that are in the country illegally. -- Although international students are expected to pay full tuition, undocumented undergraduate students at Emory will have “100% of demonstrated financial need” covered by the university.......

Cronkite News Service        
Paving the way for CANAMEX, highway of the future 
Imagine a road trip in 2030 on a super interstate highway that stretches from Arizona's border with Mexico to the U.S.-Canada border in Montana. And it won't be just a road on which to drive a car, but an economic investment to the communities through which is passes. -- Ian Dowdy, director of the Sun Corridor program for the Sonoran Institute, said the organization wanted to put the time to research, develop, and team up with other groups to make the proposed transcontinental highway, CANAMEX, something that will not be outdated by the time it's built.......

Gateway Pundit        
Illegal Alien Rapes 4 Year-Old While Recording Crime on Phone 
A 23 year-old illegal alien was arrested this week after raping a four year-old girl and recording the crime with his phone. -- Julio Cesar Medrano was jailed after a friend found the video on his phone. -- The Daily Mail reported: A 23-year-old man from Las Vegas has been charged with raping a 4-year-old girl and capturing the sexual assault on his phone.-- Julio Cesar Medrano, who also goes by the alias ‘Julio Rodriguez,' was taken into custody on April 21 in connection with the incident that was said to have taken place on April 3..'.....

May 5, 2017

NewsBusters          
ABC's Vega, CBS's Reid Demand WH 'Retract' Rockville Comments in Light of New Developments 
After remaining silent on the alleged March rape of a teenage girl and illegal immigrant in a D.C. suburb, journalists from ABC and CBS demanded the White House on Friday apologize, “retract” their comments on the case, and admit they “unfairly jump[ed] to conclusions” now that prosecutors have dropped the rape charges against the two teenage boys. -- The same media that's chiding the White House and press secretary Sean Spicer for arguably jumping the gun on March 21 (even though he only commented because he was asked at a briefing) sang a different tune on unresolved cases like Michael Brown or Alton Sterling, but that's just the way the liberal media works.......

LA Times          
Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra brings on Washington and campaign veterans, immigration experts  
Since taking office in January, California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra has remade the executive staff of the state Department of Justice, bringing in a large number of new staffers from Washington with legal expertise to reflect his special interest in immigration, civil justice reform and the environment. -- Becerra, who faces an election campaign in 2018, announced 14 executive appointments on Friday. Many of them worked in the federal government while Becerra was in Congress, including some operatives who were involved in Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Most are replacing staffers who left when Kamala Harris was elected to the U.S. Senate.......

MySanAntonio.com        
Local officials call on Abbott to veto 'sanctuary cities' bill 
San Antonio officials called on the governor Friday to put down his signing pen and veto Senate Bill 4, the so-called “sanctuary cities” bill that passed the Legislature this week and is on its way to the governor for his signature. -- SB 4 would give law enforcement authority to ask those they have detained about their immigration status, and subject local leaders such as sheriffs to misdemeanor charges and potential jail time if it's found they aren't complying with federal authorities' requests to detain individuals.......

LA Times          
California lawmakers move to protect the information of illegals who take the witness stand in court  
Two state lawmakers announced a bill Friday aimed at protecting immigrants from what they called “irrelevant” disclosures of their immigration status in open court during civil and criminal trials. -- The measure by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) would require that questions about the immigration status of any witness, victim or defendant first be deemed by a judge to be relevant to the subject of pending litigation.......

AP        
Old tech, passwords galore hurt US tracking of visa holders 
U.S. immigration agents waste their time logging in and out of archaic computer systems while trying to track down foreigners suspected of overstaying their visas only to find out later that many visa holders have left the country, said a government watchdog report released Thursday. -- Agents and analysts must use 10 to 40 passwords to access the computer systems and 40 percent of the cases investigated one year turned out not to be overstays, said the report by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General.......

Tucson.com         
Fully loaded: Train brings Mexican-built Fords, marijuana to Minnesota 
A truck driver in a St. Paul, Minnesota, rail yard made a startling discovery while inspecting two new Ford Fusions shipped from Mexico: bundles of marijuana stashed in the cars' trunks. -- Each car had two 20-pound blocks of marijuana molded into the shape of spare tires and tucked inside plastic wrap, aluminum foil, coffee grounds and garbage bags, according to a Feb. 10 incident report from the St. Paul Police Department. -- The discovery was followed by another find by BNSF Railway police: the train car containing the Fusions had arrived five days earlier and 13 of the 15 Fusions were sent to car dealerships, the report stated.......

Washington Post        
Woman caught harboring 44 illegals, some in shed, is sentenced to prison 
Neighbors noticed the warning signs --- vehicles dropping off large groups of people, who would then nervously scurry into the San Diego home. -- When police officers arrived to investigate the property in November, the home's resident, Dania Olivero, told them she had invited friends over to drink beer. But when they stepped inside the home, officers noticed no one was drinking --- the beer cans were unopened and appeared to have just been pulled from the refrigerator. -- Instead, Olivero, 51, was running a “drop” house for undocumented immigrants, federal authorities said. On her property police found 44 people, mostly from Mexico and two from Guatemala.......

Fronteras Desk         
Trump Border Plan Roiling Mexican Politics 
Mexico will elect a new president next year. Although President Trump has temporarily delayed withdrawing the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement, continued uncertainty over NAFTA and Trump's plans for a border wall are roiling Mexican politics. The outcome may have implications for the nearly 5 million American jobs that are tied directly to trade with Mexico. -- Former Mexico City mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador is one of several figures who have either declared their candidacy or expressed interest. Others include Margarita Zavala, wife of former president Felipe Calderón, and Miguel Ángel Mancera, Mexico City's current mayor.......

Arizona Public Media         
Arizona Border Counties Form Coalition to Protect Trade with Mexico 
....Bravo is heading up a new coalition of the state's four border counties. Her goal is to protect Arizona's relationship with Mexico, and she said it's not about politics. -- “We have the support of Congressman [Raúl] Grijalva. There is the support of Congresswoman [Martha] McSally. And as you have seen, Sens. [John] McCain and [Jeff] Flake have been very proactive and pro-Mexico.” -- What is good for Arizona, Bravo said, is good for the entire country. ......

Washington Examiner         
"Immigrant workers" claim wrongful termination when fired after skipping work to protest 
Back in February, thousands of immigrant workers in the United States participated in the "Day Without Immigrants" rally, protesting President Trump's policies on immigration. Some even skipped work without letting their bosses know. Detroit area auto parts maker, EZ Industrial Solutions LLC, fired more than 20 immigrants after their participation in the protest. Now, these former employees of the auto parts maker are claiming they were wrongfully terminated, even though they received a warning from management about repercussions for missing work without permission. -- They're now taking their case to federal labor regulators.......

Reuters         
Spooked by Trump, Central American immigrants turn to Mexico 
Cradling her newborn son in a steamy migrant shelter near the Guatemalan border, Concepcion Bautista says she still plans to reach the United States, but will linger in Mexico to see how U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration policies play out. -- Bautista fled Guatemala after gang members threatened to kill her and seized her home, demanding money to give it back. -- Her ultimate goal is to reunite with her father and two sons up north, but for the time being, she believes applying for asylum in Mexico is smarter than trying to break into Trump's United States.......

Las Cruces Sun       
Videos capture tense moments at Border Patrol protest 
Anselmo Delgado-Martinez served in the U.S. Army with many immigrants, people he says were trying to gain citizenship for themselves and their families. -- So on Thursday afternoon, the retired sergeant first class joined a protest outside the U.S. Border Patrol station in Las Cruces in full uniform. He held an ACLU sign that read, “We the people.” -- Groups from Las Cruces and Albuquerque said they organized the event to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration policies, the actions of Border Patrol agents, and repeated, bipartisan approval in Congress for funding to increase militarization of the U.S./Mexico border. About 150 people attended.......

Free Beacon         
Sexual Assault Charges to Be Dropped Against Illegal Aliens in Case White House Called 'Horrific' 
Maryland prosecutors said Friday they will drop rape and sex offense charges against two illegal immigrant teens accused of attacking a 14-year-old fellow student at school. -- Prosecutors said in court that the sexual assault case against Jose Montano, 17, will be dropped one day after they told a lawyer for Henry Sanchez Milian, 18, they would do the same for his case, the Washington Post reported.......

KEYE-TV        
Civil rights groups to file suit against 'sanctuary city' bill 
Senate Bill 4, known as Texas' sanctuary city ban, is headed to the governor's desk, but the fight against it is far from over. -- Thursday civil rights groups committed to fighting back against SB 4 and it's clear lawsuits aren't far off. Even minutes after the final vote, legislators questioned the bill's legality. -- “Does this stand up to constitutionality on the Fourth Amendment? There's a lot of areas where I think this law can get held up,” says Texas State Senator Jose Menendez.......

KRGV         
Ladders Spotted Along Border Wall near Hidalgo 
Evidence found near a Rio Grande Valley city show the number of people crossing the border illegally hasn't ceased. -- The city of Hidalgo sits nearly a mile away from the Rio Grande separated by a wall that's meant to serve as a deterrence or barricade. -- Nancy Perett works at a food stand located at the entrance of the Old Hidalgo Pumphouse Museum and World Birding Center. She said she's never taken a walk through the nature reserve beyond the wall.......

NBC News         
Cops Resist Texas Push to Join Immigration Crackdown 
A Texas bill that forces police departments to join a federal crackdown on illegal immigration has one big problem. -- The cops, by and large, don't want any part of it. -- The rift could represent a new front in the nationwide fight over the Trump administration's attempt to round up and deport people who are in the country illegally, particularly those charged with crimes. -- Last month, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said lax immigration enforcement was driving up crime in so-called sanctuary cities, angering some law enforcement officials, including New York's police chief.......

KOB-TV         
Border Patrol agents seize 11 pounds of cocaine 
U.S. Customs officials say officers at the Santa Teresa port of entry seized 11 pounds of cocaine Tuesday. -- Officials say the seizure was made Tuesday evening when a 2005 Chrysler mini-van with an adult male driver tried to enter the U.S. from Mexico. An officer initiated a secondary exam and noticed anomalies in the vehicle's rear bumper. Officers probed the bumper and recovered a total of four cocaine-filled packages from the area......

CBS7          
13 illegals picked up after traffic stop  
Thirteen people are behind bars Wednesday after a short car chase, for being in the country illegally. -- Midland agents notice a suspicious white suburban heading East on I-20, authorities attempted to stop the suburban but the driver sped away. -- Department of Public Safety Troopers joined the chase as the suburban was in the Odessa area. -- The driver then pulled into a gas station where the driver and passengers jumped out from the car and fled the scene. -- Two were caught and taken into custody, where authorities found they were U.S. citizens from Alabama, the other 13 are believed to have entered the country near Presidio.......

May 4, 2017

Breitbart          
MS-13 Members Charged with Machete Attacks in U.S.A. 
Three MS-13 gang members living in the Long Island town of Westbury have been charged with attempted murder following their alleged involvement with two machete attacks. -- Brothers Fidel Hernandez, 23, Jose Hernandez, 26, along with Miguel Urias Arguenta, 18, are now facing murder charges following two separate attacks–including one which involved a 19-year-old male victim. -- According to a report by Nassau County Police, Fidel Hernandez attacked the victim with a machete during one of the incidents, while Jose Hernandez, armed with a handgun, fired bullets at the victim. Arguenta was at the scene of the attack and later fled on foot with the Hernandez brothers......

Fox47 News         
Woman tries crossing border with heroin strapped to buttocks, is arrested 
Nogales -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection said a woman arrested at a U.S./Mexico border crossing in Arizona had a large amount of heroin strapped to her buttocks. -- Three pounds of it, to be exact. -- The photo shared by customs has gone viral on Facebook. The woman is 47-years old and is from Nogales, Arizona. -- Here is a list of other Nogales border arrests made that day......

Reuters       
U.S. coaxes Mexico into Trump plan to overhaul Central America 
The United States is plotting an ambitious attempt to shore up Central America, with the administration of President Donald Trump pressing Mexico to do more to stem the flow of migrants fleeing violence and poverty in the region, U.S. and Mexican officials say. The U.S. vision is being shaped by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly, who knows Central America well from his time as chief of the U.S. Southern Command, when he helped the administration of former President Barack Obama design his Alliance for Prosperity. That $750 million initiative sought to curtail migration from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador through development projects as well as law-and-order funding to crack down on the region's dominant gangs.......

Texas Insider       
Texas Leads 14-State Coalition Asking U.S. Supreme Court to Uphold Arizona's Driver's License Policy on Illegal Aliens 
Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that Texas and 13 other states filed a petition for a writ of certiorari in the United States Supreme Court to uphold Arizona's right to deny driver's licenses to undocumented aliens. --Rulings by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals force Arizona to issue driver's licenses to people granted federal work permits through the Obama-era's 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In February, six dissenting judges on the full 9th Circuit wrote that the court's decision against Arizona's driver's license policy creates “a world where the president really can pre-empt state laws with the stroke of a pen.” ......

The Blaze         
Is Marilyn Mosby encouraging prosecutors to use double standard for "immigrants?" 
Baltimore state's attorney Marilyn Mosby wants prosecutors to use “discretion” when it comes to minor, nonviolent cases involving immigrants. -- “As the current administration in Washington continues to increase its efforts to enforce immigration laws, we, as prosecutors, are the torch bearers of justice in this city, thereby we must utilize our prosecutorial discretion as we do in every case by considering the unintended collateral consequences that our decisions have on our immigrant population,” Mosby's office said in a recent memo, WBAL-TV reported. ......

ImmigrationReform.com         
MPI: Argues that the Border Is Under Control 
The left-leaning Migration Policy Institute released on May 4 two reports aimed at convincing Congress and the public that the border with Mexico is under control and further resources, such as new construction is unnecessary. One report is termed “A Revolving Door No More?” which cites official data showing that recidivism [the illegal return of deported illegal aliens] has dropped by 80 percent. The other is “Advances in U.S.-Mexico Border Enforcement.” -- The two reports and a panel presentation on the reports, led by former Immigration and Naturalization Service Commissioner Doris Meissner, were aimed a painting a picture of a secure border. But that depiction is misleading. ......

McAllen Monitor        
Funding for 10 new immigration judges in works  
In an effort to cut down on a growing backlog of immigration cases, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, announced Wednesday he successfully included language in the Omnibus Appropriations Act to hire at least 10 additional immigration judges. -- These 10 new judge teams --- which each include a new federal immigration judge plus support staff --- are in addition to the 55 new judges (and their staff) that Cuellar helped secure funding for in fiscal 2016. This would bring the nationwide total to 384 immigration judges --- the largest number ever. ......

OC Weekly          
OC Supervisors to Consider Jailing More "Immigrant" for ICE at Theo Lacy 
The Orange County Board of Supervisors will vote on adding 120 beds for immigrant detention at the Theo Lacy facility this Tuesday, two weeks before the Santa Ana jail contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) expires. The proposed change to the county's current five-year contract would bring the number of immigrants able to be detained up from 838 to 958. With a daily rate of detention at $118 per person, revenues are expected to increase by $5 million annually through July 2020. ......

Breitbart          
Tompkins County Sheriff reacts to ICE's arrest of illegal alien in Ithaca 
Tompkins County Sheriff Ken Lansing has worked in law enforcement for more then 40 years. He says in his experience, it has been quite rare to have federal agents arrest someone in Ithaca the way they did Tuesday. -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say agents took the Mexican-national, who was in the country illegally, into custody on Cascidilla Street, in what they called “a routine targeted enforcement action.” Between January 20th and March 13th of this year, ICE agents have arrested 203 illegal immigrants in upstate New York. 148 had criminal convictions in addition to their immigration violations, while the remaining 55 had only immigration violations, according to ICE officials. ......

ABC4 Utah         
Mexico Ambassador: relations with U.S. "at a critical point" 
Building a wall along the Mexico border will lead to increased tensions between the two countries. -- And the Mexico ambassador to the U.S. said his country's mistrust of Americans has nearly doubled in recent months. -- "There is a concern that words matter and we have to be careful of how we talk to each other because it affects our populations," said Ambassador Geronimo Gutierrez. -- Gutierrez was named ambassador to the U.S. three days after President Donald Trump took office. He is in Salt Lake City making various stops with state officials, college presidents and attending an energy summit.......

VC Reporter        
Illegal alien deported 6 times faces long prison sentence 
An undocumented immigrant arrested in Port Hueneme for allegedly peeping and burglarizing homes in early April faces a long prison sentence for having entered the country illegally on multiple occasions. -- Guillermo Damaso, 39, was arrested on the morning of April 5 when officers responded to reports of a man running through backyards near the 1500 block of North Sixth Place in Port Hueneme. A local female resident told police that when she heard her window opening, she noticed a man attempting to enter; and after being confronted, the prowler fled.......

NewsBusters         
Univision, Telemundo Cover Trump Supporters’ May Day Counter-Protest 
To their credit, both Univision and Telemundo did include in their coverage of the usual May Day mayhem in Los Angeles a surprising counter-protest by a contingent of bold Trump supporters. -- Though both top Spanish-language networks' reports were not without the usual over-the-top Trump bashing (anchor Jorge Ramos opened the report by referring to “the attacks of Donald Trump's administration against undocumented immigrants”), at the protest itself correspondent Jaime García did catch up with Raymond Herrera, a Trump supporter who showed up to basically say it's a different ballgame now in the United States, and there's a new sheriff in town.............

Breitbart          
Nearly 70 Mexican Border Tunnels Discovered in 5 Years 
A report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) this week demonstrates all tunnels discovered were under the U.S.-Mexico Border. -- The report revealed that from fiscal years 2011 through 2016, 67 cross-border smuggling tunnels were discovered along the U.S.-Mexico border. Sixty-two out of the 67 smuggling tunnels were in the Border Patrol's Tucson, Arizona, and San Diego, California, sectors which are known strongholds of the Sinaloa Cartel.......

LA Times        
California's senators just proposed a path to legal status and citizenship for farmworkers  
California's two Democratic senators filed legislation Wednesday that would shield farmworkers who are in the country illegally from deportation and create a path to citizenship. -- “Everywhere I travel in California, I hear from farmers, growers and producers from all industries --- wine, citrus, fruit and tree nuts, dairy --- that there aren't enough workers,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein said in a statement. “Farm labor is performed almost exclusively by undocumented immigrants — a fact that should surprise no one."......

Daily Astorian       
Cannon Beach adopts "inclusivity resolution" 
The Cannon Beach City Council's decision to adopt an inclusivity resolution to support the town's immigrant and refugee community was met with a standing ovation Tuesday. -- The resolution, which “embraces, celebrates and welcomes its immigrant and refugee residents and their contributions,” is not the same as becoming a sanctuary city. Cannon Beach joined the North Coast trend after Astoria and Warrenton passed similar resolutions earlier this year.......

KHOU         
Agents find 18 illegals in refrigerated trailer 
U.S. Border Patrol agents found 18 undocumented immigrants inside a tractor trailer Wednesday morning. -- The agents found the immigrants after a K-9 alert led to a second inspection of the trailer. -- The immigrants were found in the refrigerated trailer among produce. The temperature inside the trailer was 51 degrees. -- Agents said the immigrants had no way of escaping the trailer because it was locked from the outside.....

The Blaze        
US has more immigrants than any other country in the world, study finds 
The United States is home to more immigrants than any other country in the world, a new survey revealed. -- According to a report from the Pew Research Center, more than 40 million people currently living the the U.S. were born in another country. In other words, roughly one-fifth of the world's migrant population call the U.S. home. -- “The U.S. foreign-born population reached a record 43.2 million in 2015. Since 1965, when U.S. immigration laws replaced a national quota system, the number of immigrants living in the U.S. has more than quadrupled,” the study says.......

McAllen Monitor        
Mexican border city of Reynosa sees night of violence 
A series of violent confrontations has hit the Mexican city of Reynosa, across the border from McAllen. -- The security spokesman for Tamaulipas state said Wednesday that a string of shootings and road blockades broke out around midnight and lasted into the pre-dawn hours. -- The spokesman's office said in a statement that gunmen in several vehicles opened fire on military patrols.......

Breitbart          
Poll: Hispanic Support for President Trump Jumps to 45 Percent 
A stunning new poll shows that Hispanic support for President Donald Trump has grown to 45 percent since his election. -- “The biggest surprise in this new poll is Trump's approval among Hispanic voters, which is at 45 percent approval/51 percent disapproval,” Zogby said. “In February the numbers were less among Hispanics at 39 percent approval/53 percent disapproval.”......

Caller-Times          
Sanctuary cities bill passes, heads to Abbott 
The strict measure that would empower Texas law enforcement officers to question people they detain about their immigration status was sent Wednesday to Gov. Greg Abbott who is expected to sign it into law. -- The Texas Senate voted 20-11 along party lines to accept the House version of Senate Bill 4, dubbed the sanctuary cities bill, after a series of emotional speeches from the chamber's outnumbered Democrats who warned that Hispanic Texans will be suspected of being in the United States without authorization.......

Fresno Bee         
Mayor rejects call by faith leaders to better protect illegals 
Faith leaders have been calling for more protections for undocumented immigrants in Fresno through a city-supported legal defense fund and the creation of an Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, along with the dismissal of misdemeanor charges related to a protest march urging officials to make Fresno a sanctuary city. -- The short answer Wednesday from Fresno Mayor Lee Brand: No.......

May 3, 2017

Chester County Press         
Twelve arrested in ICE raid at mushroom farm  
Twelve people were arrested at a Chester County mushroom farm on the morning of April 26 by officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). They were promptly taken to a federal immigration detention center in York, Pa., where they remain. -- The arrests, which occurred on the private property of a processing facility owned by South Mill Mushrooms on Starr Road, was the result of a visit by ICE officials, who told workers they were there to find and arrest four undocumented immigrants. None of the 12 workers were among those whom ICE was looking for, nor did any of them work at the facility.......

Bakersfield Now          
Kern County supervisors to send letter denouncing statewide immigrant sanctuary bill 
The Kern County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to bring back an agenda item that highlights its stance on the statewide immigrant sanctuary bill. -- County staffers are working on drafting a letter that will denounce the California Senate bill. -- SB54 would prevent law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration officials, a measure that proponents say rebukes President Donald Trump for his immigration crackdown.......

Desert Sun        
ICE targets jails to find undocumented immigrants, even if they haven't been convicted of anything 
In December 2015, Guillermo Hernandez, a 20-year-old with a drug problem who had been arrested for trespassing at a local casino, was given a second chance. -- His public defender negotiated a plea deal that allowed Hernandez to enter rehab in lieu of jail time. His marching orders from the Indio courthouse were to find a rehab facility that would take him in and report back for sentencing. -- But that second chance only lasted as far as the courthouse elevator. As the doors closed, a tall, husky man wearing black slacks and a button down caught the elevator. The man turned to Hernandez and asked, "Are you Guillermo Hernandez?"......

KGBT         
Border Patrol casts agent recruiting net at fairs, rodeos 
Florence, Arizona -- The beer was flowing and music was blaring in the middle of the Arizona desert when Ric Kindle approached a group of Border Patrol agents and customs officers out to recruit new hires. -- This was no average job fair. This was Country Thunder, one of the nation's largest country music festivals, where U.S. Customs and Border Protection set up a booth in front of a pop-up casino and near the merchandise tent as part of an effort to recruit thousands of new agents and officers.......

Breitbart         
ICE, Remembrance Project Condemn 'Vicious' Attacks on Victims of Illegal Alien Crime 
Progressives are showing “vicious” contempt of the many ordinary Americans whose spouses, siblings or children have been killed, robbed, or raped by illegal-alien criminals, says advocate Maria Espinoza, who is helping government officials count the death toll of open-border policies. -- The progressives' contempt is showing itself as progressives ridicule the new hotline created to help Americans monitor the multi-agency investigations and prosecutions of illegal aliens who have robbed, raped, or murdered other Americans living outside high-status and well-guarded, wealthy districts, such as Bethesda, Beverly Hills, or the upper East Side of New York.......

Palm Beach Post         
Wellington DUI suspect faces deportation for second time 
A man accused of driving drunk through Wellington last December while a toddler slept in his car is facing deportation for the second time in less than a year, according to a federal complaint filed in court this week. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is seeking to deport Nicolas Mateo, a native of Guatemala living in Loxahatchee. Mateo was arrested Dec. 18 on charges of DUI and child abuse charges after local authorities alleged he swerved across lanes on Southern Boulevard, nearly hitting other cars.......

Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol     
Coronado tower project resumes
ABP has learned that the project to build eight camera towers in and near the Coronado National Monument and Forest is once again under construction, after a one-month halt. We understand that changes have been made that lessen the visual impact at the Coronado National Monument’s Montezuma Pass. -- It is clear that the Trump Administration has taken a close look at this project and is allowing it to move to completion. While we still have serious questions regarding the viability of this project, we respect this decision and will withhold any further comment until a later date --- after the project is operational.

Fox News         
'I'm Not From Mars': Illegal Alien 'Journalist' Battles Tucker Over Deportations  
Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, an illegal immigrant from the Philippines, debated Tucker Carlson on the May Day protests and immigration policy. -- Carlson asked Vargas why some on the left are embracing violence, as seen earlier this week in Portland, Ore. and elsewhere. -- Vargas said he was not excusing the violence but objected to Carlson's determination that the protesters were all left-wing.......

LifeZette        
DOJ: One in Four Federal Inmates Is Foreign-Born 
...David Cross, a spokesman for Oregonians for Immigration Reform, said he was ecstatic about the Justice Department's move toward transparency. -- “I'm very excited about it,” said Cross, who has been collecting data about the immigrant population in the state prison system for years. “This really will hold people accountable if they have these statistics.” -- The U.S. Marshals Service since April 5 has been providing ICE officials with daily reports of foreign-born pretrial detainees, according to the Justice Department. Officials said ICE expects that its analysis of the data will soon be complete.......

Breitbart          
Cuban Border Crossers Drop 99 Percent in 2017 
The numbers of Cubans risking their lives on dangerous seas dropped by 99 percent since the repeal of the “Wet Foot/Dry Foot” policy and the inauguration of Donald Trump. -- In February and March, the U.S. Coast Guard caught only 49 Cubans in the waters off the Florida coast. In 2016, the number was 407. Only 86 Cuban nationals sought asylum by coming to ports of entry at the U.S.-Mexico Border, Reuters reported. “Dry foot” asylum seekers numbered 11,892 during the same time in 2016. Comparing this same period, the arrival rate dropped by 99 percent.......

Washington Times          
Pro-Trump PAC rescinds endorsement, says White House failed on immigration 
A political action committee that enthusiastically endorsed then-candidate Donald Trump in the election revoked its backing Tuesday, saying he has “caved” on most of the big promises he made on immigration. -- Americans for Legal Immigration PAC said Mr. Trump has yet to cancel former President Barack Obama's 2012 deportation amnesty for Dreamers, has set the level of refugees too high and has sent signals through staff that he may eventually be open to legalizing most illegal immigrants. -- “We were so hopeful that Donald Trump would be a man of his word because the campaign promises he made to Americans were the things America needs to do to survive and thrive, but, unfortunately, Trumphas made it clear he cannot be trusted on his most powerful campaign issue of stopping illegal immigration and amnesty,” said William Gheen, the PAC's president. -- Glenn Spencer's comment: William Gheen is an idiot.......


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