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May 25, 2017

Boston  Globe      
Appeals court deals blow to Trump's travel ban 
A federal appeals court dealt another blow to President Donald Trump's revised travel ban targeting six-Muslim majority countries on Thursday, siding with groups that say the policy illegally targets Muslims. -- The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that blocks the Republican's administration from temporarily suspending new visas for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. -- The Richmond, Virginia-based 4th Circuit is the first appeals court to rule on the revised travel ban, which Trump's administration had hoped would avoid the legal problems that the first version encountered.......

KUOW -- Seattle         
As Trump turns up heat on sanctuaries, King County not backing down  
President Donald Trump's budget proposal could have huge implications for King County. The White House wants to redefine what it means to be a "sanctuary jurisdiction." -- The proposed law change was tucked into a nearly 13,000 page budget document that was released this week. The White House wants to require police departments to detain undocumented immigrants at the federal government's request. -- Currently, King County doesn't comply with detainer requests that don't come with a warrant. If the law changes, King County would fit the federal government's new definition of a sanctuary jurisdiction.......

Spokesman-Review        
Labrador's immigration crackdown bill clears U.S. House committee 
The bill would add 12,500 additional armed federal immigration officers, penalize sanctuary cities, enlist state and local police in federal immigration enforcement, impose new criminal penalties and step up detentions and deportations. -- Labrador called his bill “a first and necessary step to modernize a broken immigration system.” Democrats on the committee decried it as “President Trump's mass deportation act.” -- Labrador, who is running for governor of Idaho in 2018, has long pushed for reforms to the nation's immigration system, but this measure is an enforcement-only bill. -- Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chair of the committee, is co-sponsoring Labrador's bill.......

LA Times         
Federal agents nab nearly 200 people in L.A.-area immigration raids
Federal immigration agents arrested nearly 200 people in the Los Angeles area during a five-day dragnet targeting criminal offenders living in the country illegally, U.S. officials said Thursday. -- Agents arrested 188 people in an operation targeting “at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants, and immigration fugitives,” according to a statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Nearly 90% --- 169 --- of those arrested in the operation, which ended Wednesday, had prior convictions, officials said. Those arrested included nationals from 11 countries. The majority, 146 people, are from Mexico. Others are nationals of El Salvador, Armenia, Honduras, Thailand, Yugoslavia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Russia and the Philippines, according to ICE. ......

KUT         
City Of Austin Asks Court To Dismiss Attorney General's 'Sanctuary City' Suit  
The City of Austin has asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Ken Paxton, which preemptively seeks to have the state's new "sanctuary cities" law deemed constitutional. -- The motion, filed Wednesday, argues the state cannot sue because Senate Bill 4 is not in effect yet, so Texas has not been harmed. -- It also disputes Texas' claims that Austin is violating SB 4, which bars cities and counties from having sanctuary policies. During deliberation of the bill, GOP lawmakers pointed to the policy of Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez as an example of a sanctuary policy. Both Austin and Travis County officials rebuffed those claims, and the city's suit argues the state has failed to identify any illegal action or policy by the city since the bill was signed into law.......

WKAR       
Opponents Upset About Michigan Bill Outlawing "Sanctuary Cities" 
A new Michigan House Bill would ban local ordinances and rules that police officers says cannot ask about the immigration status of a suspect or a witness -- A state House committee held its first hearing Wednesday on legislation that would outlaw “sanctuary cities” in Michigan. The bills would ban local ordinances and rules that police officers says cannot ask about the immigration status of a suspect or a witness unless it's tied to their investigation. -- The Republican sponsors say local governments should not have rules against enforcing federal immigration laws.......

Colorado Public Radio         
New Immigration Crackdowns Creating 'Chilling Effect' On Crime Reporting 
Jason Cisneroz, a community service officer in Houston, is troubled. His job in the nation's fourth largest city is to forge good relations between the police and Hispanic immigrants, a population typically wary of blue uniforms. -- "A couple of days ago there was a witness to a burglary of a motor vehicle," he said. "She saw the suspects run to a certain place and with items they stole from a car, but she was afraid to come to police, she was in fear they would ask for her papers."......

KRGV         
Teen Charged in Connection to Human Smuggling 
A 17-year-old is charged with smuggling people who entered the country illegally and endangering their lives. -- The teen was arrested when he was caught transporting more than 10 people, including an infant, north of Donna last month. -- U.S. Border Patrol agents said he rolled over causing those inside to be ejected from the black SUV he was driving. -- Border Patrol said multiple people were rushed to the hospital with injuries.......

Breitbart          
Soros Group Backs Plan Demanding Calif. Landlords Rent to Illegals 
A California-based open borders organization linked to billionaire George Soros is pushing for legislation that would force landlords to rent to illegal immigrants. -- The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), which is made up of now-defunct chapters of the Soros-funded Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), has formed a new coalition to push a housing measure in California, dubbed Housing Now California.......

KENS         
San Antonio may sue Texas over SB-4 
The City of San Antonio is seeking to potentially take legal action to block the state's new immigration law. -- The city would be joining a number of civil rights organizations that have already filed lawsuits against Senate Bill 4, which would ban "sanctuary cities." The bill, known as the "show me your papers" bill, was signed into law earlier this month. -- Starting September 1, local law enforcement will be required to comply with federal immigration agents and would allow police to question a person's immigration status. San Antonio City Councilman Rey Saldana, who serves the city's south side, has been vocal about his opposition to the law. He said that during an executive session on Thursday, city council will decide if they will move forward with a lawsuit.......

Fox 40          
Protesters Demand Trials for Two Illegal Alien Detainees 
Twenty days into their deportation-related detention, activists protested for two construction workers to get an immigration trial. -- Members of the Democratic Socialists of America, along with several other groups, brought their voices, their signs and their support to the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center Wednesday evening. -- They're calling for what they say would be fair treatment for Hugo Mejia and Rodrigo Nunez who were detained while heading to work at Travis Air Force Base.......

KTAR         
Arizonans heading to Texas to protest new immigration law (SB-4) 
Local immigration advocates are heading to, Austin, Texas, Thursday to support the fight against a new immigration law they say will turn the state into a “deportation machine.” -- The Texas law, known as SB 4, allows police officers to question detainees about their immigration status. It contains similar language as Arizona’s SB 1070, which was approved in 2010. -- “This law is going to turn the state into a deportation machine, where folks and families are going to be separated and live in fear,” said immigration advocate Gilbert Romero, who is one of the Arizona immigration advocates going to Texas.......

Fox News        
Were MS-13 gang members released into US communities? Senator demands answers 
At least 16 self-proclaimed MS-13 gang members were transferred out of federal custody and into community placement centers across the country during the border surge in unaccompanied children from Central America in 2014, according to a new letter from the Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. -- It was unclear what happened to the members of Mara Salvatrucha, one of the most brutal transnational gangs in the world, and that’s why Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wis., wrote the Office of Refugee Resettlement on Tuesday demanding answers. [Related]......

May 24, 2017

Washington Examiner        
MS-13 extorting businesses in DC suburb: Police chief 
One of the most infamous gangs in the world is extorting Latino-owned businesses in a county on the outskirts of Washington D.C., a local law enforcement official warned federal lawmakers Wednesday. -- Members of MS-13, a transnational gang based in El Salvador, have long demanded payments from illegal businesses that otherwise faced the threat of violence. A sheriff in Montgomery County, Md., believes they're expanding the list of extortion targets to legitimate businesses.......

Daily Caller          
Denver Decriminalizes DOMESTIC VIOLENCE To Protect Criminal Aliens 
The Denver City Council agreed Monday to change to local sentencing guidelines in order to shield legal immigrants convicted of domestic violence from deportation proceedings. -- In a unanimous 12-0 vote, council members revised criminal penalties for several “low-level” crimes, reducing the maximum sentence to less than 365 days in jail. Under federal law, a criminal conviction that results in a sentence of a year or more is grounds for deporting any alien, including U.S. visa holders and legal permanent residents. -- The changes, originally proposed by Denver mayor Michael Hancock, split criminal violations of city ordinances into three categories, reports the Denver Post.......

ImmigrationReform.com      
Immigration Enforcement: Can I Get an Amen? 
The CBS news program 60 Minutes recently ran a segment titled “Sanctuary,” discussing the move by many U.S. churches to offer aliens facing deportation protection from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The piece purports to document a “silent rebellion” against immigration law where churches are “daring ICE agents to step through their stained glass doors.” -- As part of the story, 60 Minutes host Scott Pelley interviews Reverend Robin Hynicka, pastor of Philadelphia's Arch Street United Methodist Church. The good reverend very piously tells Pelley that his baptismal covenant obliges him “to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they show themselves.” The “evil” he has chosen to resist: the enforcement of constitutionally valid laws by the freest government in the world.......

Gillette News Record         
Judge will reconsider ruling blocking sanctuary cities order  
A federal judge Tuesday agreed to reconsider his ruling blocking President Donald Trump's executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. -- U.S. District Judge William Orrick accepted the administration's request to reconsider his April ruling. He gave the two California counties that challenged the executive order — San Francisco and Santa Clara — two weeks to file any documents opposing the request. -- The administration was facing a Tuesday deadline to file paperwork to seek a second review by Orrick. -- The Trump administration sought reconsideration in light of a new memo by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.......

Breitbart          
Mexican National Allegedly Tried to Lure Young Girls into Prostitution 
Authorities say an illegal immigrant pursued a 12-year-old Florida girl and within three days of meeting, asked intimate details about her sexuality and wanted her to run away with him. -- Joel Bautista Trinidad, 34 of Mexico, was arrested by Palm Beach County detectives on May 15 after a 12-year-old girl's mother found explicit text messages on her phone from Trinidad, WPBF-ABC reported. -- Authorities said that within a few weeks of meeting her, Trinidad picked up the pre-teen and her 2-year-old sister from at a donut shop near her bus stop and sexually abused her before taking her to school.......

Washington Times          
Trump budget would force sanctuary cities to comply with immigration laws 
A day after Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued guidance that narrowly defined a “sanctuary city,” the Justice Department is attempting to broaden its authority to compel such jurisdictions to cooperate with immigration authorities. -- A provision included in the Justice Department's proposed fiscal 2018 budget seeks to update a portion of federal law, U.S.C. 1373, which bans local governments from enacting policies that restrict or prohibit communications with federal immigration authorities “regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.” -- The proposed changes would require law enforcement to comply with federal immigration detainers --- requests that inmates be held in custody for up to 48 hours beyond their scheduled release from jail in order to give federal immigration authorities time retrieve them.......

Breitbart          
Cartel Smugglers, "Migrants" Growing More Violent Against Border Patrol Agents 
Tucson -- Sinaloa Cartel-linked smugglers and migrants are growing more violent against U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Tucson sector as penalties for their crimes stiffen. Realizing that being caught now means almost certain prosecution and incarceration, the smugglers and migrants are increasingly becoming violent with Border Patrol agents in remote border regions in efforts to escape and evade justice. -- Border Patrol Agent Art Del Cueto, speaking to Breitbart Texas in his role as National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) spokesman, stated, “The smugglers are definitely becoming more violent with our agents. They now try to evade arrest and even use force to get away from us where during the Obama years they would joke with us and not mind being caught. They knew, back then, that they would get away with violating our laws.”......

Boston Globe          
Immigrant who can't be deported to Cambodia challenges his detention 
A man who was at the center of an immigrants-rights case that was heard by the state Supreme Judicial Court in April is now a plaintiff in a separate case in federal court in Boston that also challenges his detention for immigration violations. -- Sreynuon Lunn, 32, who was born to Cambodian parents in a refugee camp in Thailand, has been in the custody of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement since Feb. 6 as authorities have tried to deport him to Cambodia. -- But Cambodian officials do not consider him a citizen of that country and will not allow him to enter........

KGBT          
Hidalgo County law enforcement officials sign op-ed stating SB 4 will make Texas safer 
Several law enforcement agencies in Hidalgo County have signed an editorial, assuring the public the new SB4 law will make Texas communities safer. -- Many Rio Grande Valley residents, though, worry that the new law will put them in even more danger. -- "My interpretation of the bill is exactly the way the governor sees it,” said Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra. “So, the message is the community shouldn't fear this bill. You have the sheriff and all the police chiefs telling you, you shouldn't fear this bill.”......

Arizona Daily Star
Former Sonora official arrested in Tucson, wanted in Mexico  
A former Sonoran official and his wife were detained Monday in Tucson, more than one year after Mexican authorities charged them with corruption. -- Roberto Romero Lopez and his wife, Monica Robles Manzanedo, were taken into custody by Homeland Security Investigations, part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in connection with administrative immigration violations. -- It is unclear the type of immigration violation at issue. Mexican media reported the couple used tourist visas to live in Tucson, but those visas expired.......

LA Daily News         
Fear in LA of feds' tough immigration stance could be slowing wage-theft complaints 
Recent federal immigration policy may be deterring some low-wage workers in Los Angeles from coming forward to report employers who cheat them out of their wages, the city's lead wage theft inspector said Tuesday. -- John Reamer, an inspector who works out of the Public Works Department, told the City Council their office recovered $250,000 in back wages or paid leave compensation in their first year, but complaints came in slower than anticipated. -- He said there could be a number of different reasons, but noted one “could be the concern over the national approach, and not wanting to bring themselves in to file a complaint.”......

KTVU         
Public defender launches new immigration court unit 
A newly created unit of defense attorneys dedicated to representing immigrants faced with deportation will begin work in San Francisco's federal immigration courts today. -- The new Immigration Unit in the San Francisco Public Defender's Office, one of only three such programs in the country, is the result of a deal negotiated by Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer in March. -- Mayor Ed Lee agreed to authorize the use of $200,000 in salary savings in the public defender's budget to hire three deputy public defenders and a paralegal through the end of this year.......

Free Beacon          
Trump Admin. Seeks Huge Investment in Border Wall, Cops, to Choke Off Illegal Immigration 
The Trump administration is seeking to pump $44.1 billion into the Department of Homeland Security in a bid to increase the number of federal agents patrolling America's porous Southern border, according to a preview of the agency's 2018 budget request, which focuses on investments in advanced technology and human personnel. -- President Donald Trump's budget request for DHS "makes significant, critical investments in people, technology, and infrastructure for border security and enforcement of immigration laws," according to an overview of the security department's fiscal year 2018 budget request.......

Voice of San Diego       
California Legislature About to Kick Immigration Agents Out of San Diego Jails 
Right now, 18 Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents work inside three jails in San Diego County, providing the federal government access to people arrested in San Diego 24 hours a day, seven days a week. -- It's been that way for 10 years and a version of the arrangement goes back to 1998. -- It is the cornerstone of cooperation between San Diego law enforcement and federal immigration authorities – one that ICE officials praised even as the Trump administration ramped up hostility to other municipalities uninterested in cooperation with the agency.......

KVIA       
Backlog of immigration cases will get worse, attorney says 
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agents nationwide are arresting more than 400 undocumented immigrants a day, an increase of nearly 38 percent over the same period in 2016, according to the agency's latest data. -- As the number of immigrants facing deportation increases, so to does the backlog in immigration court. -- The federal building in Downtown El Paso can be a dreaded sight for undocumented immigrants - it is where limbo begins.......

LMT Online       
Mexican troops find 1 ton of marijuana in shipment of onions 
Mexican troops in Nuevo Laredo arrested two people and seized about 1 ton of marijuana that they found in a shipment of onions, authorities said. -- Soldiers patrolling the Libramiento Nuevo Laredo II loop pulled over a truck hauling a refrigerated storage, officials said Saturday. An inspection of the vehicle yielded 100 bundles of marijuana stashed in the trailer area. Two people were arrested. Their names were not released.......

American Border Patrol     
Commissioner Vitiello avoids operational control
In his written testimony given to the Senate Judiciary yesterday, Acting Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Ronald Vitiello, mentions situational awareness five times. -- He does not mention operational control --- the primary border mission of DHS/CBP.

May 23, 2017

KRGV        
Money Seized Following Traffic Stop in Cameron County 
A traffic stop in Brownsville led the Cameron County Sheriff's deputies to confiscating more than $300,000. -- Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said the stop happened Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Owens Road and Boca Chica Boulevard. -- The deputy noticed several duffle bags in the backseat of the vehicle. The driver also became nervous. -- A K-9 was called in and alerted deputies to the money. -- Lucio said the driver hasn't been charged with a crime, and instead is working with authorities.......

Market Watch         
Mulvaney says budget shows Trump is 'absolutely dead serious' about border wall 
President Donald Trump is “absolutely dead serious” about building a wall along the border with Mexico, his budget director said Tuesday, as key details including overall cost and even the type of wall remain to be decided. -- Speaking to reporters about Trump's fiscal 2018 budget proposal, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said the president is committed to keeping his frequently repeated campaign promise to construct a wall. The budget, released Tuesday, requests $2.6 billion for border security — which Mulvaney said includes funding for new wall, land acquisition and replacement wall. ......

Capital Public Radio         
California May Bar Landlords From Reporting "Immigrants" 
The California Assembly has approved a bill to bar landlords from threatening to call immigration authorities on tenants.-- Lawmakers voted 46-15 to send the bill to the state Senate. -- The bill is one of two measures introduced by a San Francisco Democrat that would to regulate how landlords and private business owners interact with federal immigration agents. -- AB291 by Assemblyman David Chiu would prohibit landlords from disclosing tenants' immigration status. -- Chiu also authored a measure currently in an Assembly committee to prohibit employers from allowing federal immigration agents into their offices or files without a warrant.......

Breitbart          
Cartel Massacres, Rampant Corruption Taint Mexican Border State Elections 
Piedras Negras, Coah. -- As the border state of Coahuila prepares for its upcoming gubernatorial election, the main issue that resonates with voters is how Los Zetas were able to murder and incinerate hundreds of victims while the government turned a blind eye. -- In early June, the state of Coahuila will have its general elections to select the next governor, mayors, senators, and congressmen. As Breitbart Texas has been reporting, the process is closely linked to Mexican drug cartels. One of the candidates for the border city of Piedras Negras has a long list of relatives who are members of Los Zetas , including one regional commander.......

NY Post         
NYPD refusing to comply with feds' detainer requests on illegals 
The feds asked the NYPD to detain 179 illegal immigrants in the first four months of the year --- more than double the total number for all of 2016 --- but cops balked in each case, police officials said Monday. -- “We have complied with zero federal detainer requests this year,'' Police Commissioner James O'Neill said during a City Council budget hearing. -- “We strongly feel that it is not the role of a municipal police force to enforce federal immigration laws.......

KGBT          
Border Patrol agents arrest Guatemalan sex offender near Havana, Texas 
Border Patrol agents arrested a Guatemalan sex offender Saturday near Havana. -- Agents arrested Francisco Noe Sanchez-Mejia, 34, a Guatemalan citizen --- and a sex offender registered with the California Department of Justice. -- "Record checks revealed the Defendant was formally Deported/Excluded from the United States on January 20, 2009 through Phoenix, Arizona," according to the criminal complaint against him.......

Daily Caller          
Baltimore, Soros Group Finances Legal Defense Fund For Illegals  
The city of Baltimore and a private nonprofit have established a legal defense fund for illegal immigrants in deportation proceedings, in hopes of attracting more immigrants to the shrinking city. -- The city has partnered with a nonprofit called the Open Society Institute of Baltimore and raised $500,000 to provide illegals facing deportation proceedings with legal aid. Open Society groups were founded and are chaired by liberal financier George Soros.......

NJ101.5       
South Plainfield burglary suspect held on immigration warrant 
Thanks to an alert neighbor, police were able to find a man they say entered a garage through a window in order to burglarize a home. -- The South Plainfield Police Department said Douglas Baudriz-Diaz, 39, of Plainfield, was arrested early Monday morning after entering the home on Palmer Avenue. After police responded to the home they entered the garage, which was locked at the time. Baudriz-Diaz was found by the department's K-9 Kaiser hiding under furniture.......

Washington Examiner        
Trump calls to cut off tax breaks for illegals 
President Trump will seek to tighten restrictions on some tax credits to prevent them from being claimed by illegal immigrants, a measure that the administration says is necessary to respect taxpayers and balance the budget. -- Trump's fiscal 2018 budget, set to be released Tuesday, will set higher eligibility standards for the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Monday. According to the administration, the measures will save $40 billion over 10 years.......

Breitbart          
CBS: 800 Churches Nationwide Harbor Illegals 
A new report reveals how churches nationwide are harboring illegal immigrants, helping them evade federal immigration orders for deportation. -- In a 60 Minutes special report, more than 800 churches are acting as mini-sanctuary jurisdictions to hide illegal immigrants from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. -- ICE has a long-standing policy in which agents do not detain illegal immigrants at churches, making the facilities an ideal spot to avoid deportation orders.......

Front Page Magazine          
Davis-Oliver Act Sets Out to Enforce U.S. Immigration Laws 
Immigration impacts virtually every challenge and threat America and Americans confront each day. -- Failures of the immigration system have cost thousands of Americans and others present in the United States their lives. -- The 9/11 Commission, to which I provided testimony, identified those failure of the interior enforcement program, as being at heart of the ability of terrorists, and not only the 19 hijackers who carried out the terror attacks of 9/11 but other terrorists, as well, to enter the United States and embed themselves as they went about their deadly preparations.......

Breitbart          
GRAPHIC VIDEO: Cartel Gunmen Execute Police Chief in Mexican Border State 
San Pedro, NL, Mex. -- A team of cartel gunmen executed one of the highest ranking police officers in this metropolitan area. The police chief had previously been threatened by Mexican cartels and had lost a brother to a similar attack. -- A surveillance video obtained by Breitbart Texas revealed the moment when a white SUV and a black car surround a police vehicle and unleashed a barrage of gunfire. A gas station employee can be seen crawling across the floor in an effort to avoid being struck.......

PolitiZette  / H/T to David Olen Cross        
Sessions Readies Crackdown on 'Sanctuary' Jurisdictions 
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday released a memo explaining how the federal government will target “sanctuary” jurisdictions, narrowly defining what constitutes non-cooperation. -- The language appears designed to align with a federal judge's ruling last month. U.S. District Judge William Orrick ruled that an executive order signed by President Donald Trump in January was overly broad and could not take effect, but he indicated that the federal government could withhold funds from grants where Congress specifically had conditioned cooperation with a federal immigration law. [Related item]......

American Patrol Report     
Avoiding Real News
Glenn Spencer reports that he will be playing host to two international news organizations on his border ranch this week --- A German magazine, and a British TV documentary company. “This will bring to ten the number of international news organizations that have visited me in the past year,” Spencer told American Patrol Report. “I guess they are after real news, something the US mainstream media have decided to do without,” he added.

Watertown Daily Times         
'Trump effect' slows illegal U.S. border crossings -- Baltimore, Soros Group Finances Legal Defense Fund For Illegal but for how long? 
In a different era, Oscar Galvez Serrano might have abandoned his mother's tin-roof shack in the jungly Central American hills by now and set out for the United States. -- Despite having been deported in March, Galvez said, he would have tried to quickly return to join his 11-year-old son in Sherman, Texas, and his siblings and cousins. He would have taken another job - roofing, landscaping or washing dishes. There is something different now, however, looming over Central Americans' decisions on migration: President Donald Trump.......

Wyandotte Daily      
Former roofing company executive sentenced to prison in alien employment case 
A former executive of a Kansas City-area roofing company has been sentenced to prison in connection with the company's employment of aliens not authorized to work in the United States, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall announced today. -- The former executive, Tommy F. Keaton, 71, Shawnee, Kan., was sentenced Monday by Chief U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson to 12 months and 1 day in federal prison, to be followed by one year of supervised release. ......

ImmigrationReform.com       
Immigration and Local Police: Still Stuck on Stupid 
Minneapolis artist, and political agitator, Ricardo Levins Morales shot a cell phone video of a brief, polite interaction between a Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro Transit Police officer and a passenger on the Twin Cities airport light rail system. The video went viral and provoked total outrage. Citizens voiced concern that the police were engaging in abusive policing tactics. What images caused such shock and outrage? The unpardonable sin committed by the officer: asking a passenger whether he was in the United States illegally. -- The unnamed officer also showed remarkable restraint when Levins Morales advised him to drop that line of questioning because it was “touchy legal territory.” It is unclear why Levins Morales felt it necessary to intervene during a peaceful engagement between a police officer and a member of the public. ......

US News       
Texas bill would limit drones near border with Mexico 
Texas residents near the Mexico border could soon receive new protection from drones. -- Flying unmanned aircraft to survey private property, and any people on it, is currently illegal throughout the state — except within 25 miles of the border. But state lawmakers are advancing a proposal that would also ban such surveillance in the border region. -- The state House voted 143-2 on Monday to approve such limits, which now must return to the Texas Senate, whose members had sought to allow drones for purposes of border security.......

10 News Tampa      
Sheriff: Illegal alien attacked woman 
An undocumented immigrant is in jailed and facing charges after a woman awoke to find the man next to her. -- Juan Arteaga-Orozco, 36, of Haines City, is charged with one count attempted murder in second-degree and two counts burglary with assault/battery. He is an immigrant from Mexico, and is in the United States illegally. -- About 4:06 a.m. Sunday, deputies responded to a burglary call on Highway 547 in unincorporated Davenport. The arriving deputy then learned the suspect had been detained down the road.......

May 22, 2017

Breitbart          
Border wall funding shrinks in Trump's 2018 budget  
The White House has drastically scaled back demands for funds to construct a border wall, seeking $1.6 billion in the budget headed for Congress on Tuesday -- $1 billion less than announced just two months ago. -- And there is still no plan to force Mexico to pay for the project as the president vowed throughout the campaign. -- The Trump budget blueprint rolled out in mid-March called for $4.1 billion toward wall construction by the end of 2018. The stopgap budget that runs through Sept. 30 includes $1.5 billion for border security but in cutting the deal with Democrats, President Trump dropped a demand to use any funding from that budget directly on building a barrier along the Southwest border.......

Breitbart          
Clint Eastwood Warns Political Correctness 'Killing' Country: 'We've Lost Our Sense of Humor' 
Hollywood screen legend Clint Eastwood sounded off on what he described as the scourge of political correctness in an impassioned speech this weekend at the Cannes Film Festival. -- While addressing a packed audience Sunday, the Oscar-winner said his seminal crime drama Dirty Harry could not have been made in today's politically correct climate. -- “A lot of people thought it was politically incorrect,' Eastwood said of the 1971 film he starred in. “‘That was at the beginning of the era that we're in now, where everybody thinks everyone's politically correct.”......

Hot Air       
Yet another argument saying the government can't restrict immigration 
Mondays are probably the best day to tackle craziness when it crops up and this case is no exception. For reasons which are completely beyond me, Ilya Somin of the Volokh Conspiracy has once again taken to the pages of the Washington Post, making yet another argument claiming that the federal government has no power to restrict immigration in any fashion. We've already tackled some of his arguments here in the past, but let's see what he's up to this time. -- The latest version of this theory deals with a denial that the Congress has the authority to “define and punish ..... Offenses against the Law of Nations.” In it, Somin takes Rob Natelson to task for his claim that long standing interpretations of international law give each country such authority.......

VOA  News       
US Gives Haitian Immigrants 6-month TPS Extension 
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Monday announced it has extended Haitian immigrants' access to a program of humanitarian protection for six months. -- At least 50,000 Haitian immigrants are registered for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which permits them to live and work in the United States. TPS, offered in the wake of a deadly 2010 earthquake in Haiti, was set to expire July 23. It has been extended through January 22 --- though it still disappoints Haitian authorities and activists who'd sought a longer term.......

MRCTV.org        
Chicago Mayor Emanuel Ignores City's Problems, Provides Assistance to Refugees and Illegals 
Ignoring the bloodbath in the streets of Chicago. refugees and immigrants take precedence over actual Chicagoans, according to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. -- Emanuel and “other city officials” unveiled a new online program that assists refugees and immigrants in acquiring city services. -- Emanuel said the program, tolerantly titled “One Chicago,” will further show just how tolerant city officials are, no matter “who you are or where you came from.”......

Breitbart          
Zuckerberg's Open Borders Group: Enforcing Immigration Law ‘Hurts Public Safety' 
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's open borders organization says President Trump's push to improve enforcement of immigration laws “hurts public safety.” -- In a statement following a House Judiciary Committee hearing on a number of bills that would increase enforcement of immigration laws and border security, Zuckerberg's pro-amnesty FWD.us organization said enforcement measures should be scaled back. -- “Congress's repeated obsession with passing laws that would lead to huge increases in deportations of undocumented immigrants without any serious criminal record puts millions more families at risk and hurts public safety for everyone,” FWD.us President Todd Schulte said.......

Washington Times          
Staggering number of visa overstays now biggest problem in illegal immigration 
A staggering 739,450 people overstayed their visas to become illegal immigrants in 2016, according to a new report released Monday by Homeland Security that suggests the immigration problem has shifted away from people sneaking in, and toward people who came legally but refused to leave when they were supposed to. -- “This report shows that we have a problem with visa overstays in the United States,” a senior administration official said in briefing reporters on the new numbers, vowing to step up enforcement to try to cut down on the violations.......

Breitbart          
Obama's ICE Released Nearly 600 Sex Offenders after Countries Refused Deportation 
Immigration officials released nearly 600 convicted sex offender illegal aliens back onto U.S. streets, many because their home countries refused to accept their deportation. -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials reported that 564 illegal aliens convicted of sex crimes were released after a judge issued removal orders. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2001 that ICE officials cannot indefinitely jail illegal immigrants ordered deported if their countries refuse to repatriate them. The numbers reported comes from a review by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) of the latest accounting review of Fiscal Year 2015, the Washington Examiner reported.......

The Sun         
Mexican mob attacks Russian in Cancun 
A mob of angry Mexicans attacked a Russian man in the Caribbean resort of Cancun with sticks and rocks over his repeated insults against locals, and the 42-year-old man was accused of fatally stabbing a youth in the melee, authorities said on Saturday. -- Police rescued the Russian, identified as Aleksei Makeev, after the crowd stormed his apartment on Friday night, Benito Juarez municipality secretary-general Guillermo Brahms said. -- Blurry footage of the attack circulated widely on Mexican media on Saturday.......

Breitbart          
President Calls for Fight Against 'Islamist Extremism' in Speech to Muslims 
President Donald Trump and President Barack Obama delivered addresses to the Muslim world at roughly the same point in their respective presidencies. -- But unlike Obama, who attempted to appease Islamic resentment of the West by admitting America's faults, Trump's speech in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Sunday emphasized terrorism and challenged the Arab and Muslim world to foster peace by “honestly confronting the problem of Islamic extremism, and the Islamists, and Islamic terror of all kinds.”......

WLS         
City launching 'One Chicago' campaign in response to federal immigration policies 
The city's "One Chicago" campaign kicked off Sunday at the DuSable Museum of African American History as part of Chicago's sanctuary city role. -- There is a PSA and a website which explains "One Chicago" was established in response to the emerging needs of Chicago's immigrant and refugee communities most affected by recent federal policies. The slogan of the campaign is, "Three million residents, three million stories, one Chicago." -- U.S. immigration arrests are up nearly 40 percent from January to April under President Donald Trump compared to the same time last year, according to the acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement director.......

May 21, 2017

Asbury Park Press        
Illegal immigration "activist": 'I'm not afraid' of ICE 
Alejandra Morales' phone rings all day. -- Morales, president of the nonprofit La Voz Latina, is one of the few advocates that Latino families in Ocean County believe they can turn to for answers, such as the Spanish-speaking parent concerned about school funding. Or the day laborer without legal status who is owed $11,000 in wages but fears he will be deported if he complains too loudly. -- Morales says the Trump administration's efforts to arrest and deport unauthorized immigrants have made her more resolute in her fight for immigrant rights in Lakewood --- even though she doesn't have a green card and could be deported at any time.......

WIBX       
Family Business Charged With Smuggling Sea Cucumbers To US 
A father and son have been indicted on charges of smuggling illegally harvested sea cucumbers worth more than $17 million into the United States and selling the Chinese delicacy on Asian markets. -- Depending on the species, sea cucumbers can go for as much as $300 a pound in China and Hong Kong. -- Ramon Torres Mayorquin and his son, David Mayorquin, were charged in federal court in San Diego with conspiracy, false labeling and unlawful importation of wildlife. According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, their company, Blessings Inc. of Tucson, Arizona, was also charged.......

Photos of the Day       
Mike Christie and the drones
Mike Christie has been associated with American Border Patrol for nearly fifteen years. Here he is with Mike King back in 2003 during a demonstration of our first drone for the U.S. Army. -- Yesterday Mike (he has another job now) and his son Matthew were at American Border Patrol's ranch helping with a technical issue. Here they are with our new drone --- fourteen years after the 2003 photo --- and drone #1.

May 20, 2017

LA Times        
Villaraigosa tells Democrats to focus less on people who drive Teslas and more on Californians who ride the bus 
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told California Democrats at their convention Saturday that too many people in the state have been left behind in the economic recovery, saying the party needs to “look in the mirror” and bring a renewed effort to creating jobs and improving public schools. -- Villaraigosa, a 2018 candidate for governor, called on California to lead the resistance against President Trump and the Republican Congress, saying the nation was looking to the state to lead the way to protect immigrants, religious freedoms and civil rights. -- “We're here today to fight for the soul of our party and our most cherished values,” Villaraigosa told party delegates gathered inside the cavernous Sacramento Convention Center. “Standing up to Trump takes more than talk and tweets. It takes action.”......

Breitbart          
"Activist" Illegal Alien Charged with 103 Acts of Vandalism, Many Anti-Trump 
An illegal alien anti-Trump immigration activist has been charged with 103 counts of vandalism at the University of Connecticut where he attended. -- The graffiti included “F**k Trump,” and “PEST,” the latter is allegedly his tag signature. He also allegedly painted cartoon face with “F**k Trump” in a bubble on university property. The Daily Mail reported that 21-year-old Cruz-Lopez described himself as an undocumented immigrant. -- Cruz-Lopez is a community organizer for CT Students for a Dream, an organization that advocates for undocumented students, reported the Hartford Courant. Police at the University knew Cruz-Lopez because he helped coordinate protests against President Trump and his immigration policies.......

Yuba.net          
How California Is Helping Protect Illegals From Trump's Aggressive Immigration Enforcement 
California is once again taking a lead on protecting and integrating its immigrant communities and standing up to the enforcement policies of the Trump administration. The state's governor and legislators have set an example for other states by making support of its immigrant population of more than 10.6 million foreign-born residents, including 2.3 million undocumented immigrants, a priority. -- California Governor Jerry Brown's revised budget proposal includes an extra $15 million to expand legal services for people facing deportation, which would increase the total to $33 million for legal services for immigrants. The budget also includes $3 million for unaccompanied minors and $15 million for the One California project, which helps immigrants in the state apply for naturalization and for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative.......

David Olen Cross -- Salem     
Oregon Department of Corrections: Foreign National Sex Crime Report April 2017 
Data obtained from the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) indicated that on April 1, 2017 that 457 of the 962 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) in the state's prison system were incarcerated for three types of sex crimes (sex abuse, rape and sodomy), 47.51 percent of the criminal alien prison population. -- The following table identifies the types, numbers and percentages of sex crimes committed by the 457 criminal aliens with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainers incarcerated on April 1st in DOC prisons......

American Border Patrol      
Flashback - 2011: Newt signs meaningless border pledge
Back in 2011, Newt Gingrich was a Republican presidential contender. Besides calling for amnesty, he signed a pledge to build a double fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. It was meaningless because in included clause that left it up to the DHS/CBP to decide where it should go.

Breitbart          
Border Patrol Arrests 7, Including Student 'Immigration Activist' 
A 22-year old “immigration activist” whose father and uncle were both arrested in connection with a massive cocaine bust at a housing project in Los Angeles, and whose mother was taken into custody by Border Patrol for “being present in the country illegally,” has herself been detained by federal authorities. -- According to the Los Angeles Times and other sources, Claudia Rueda, currently enrolled at Cal State L.A. with a focus on Latin American studies, “was taken into custody [Thursday] while moving her family's car outside their Boyle Heights home, and late Thursday, she was being held by the U.S. Border Patrol at a detention facility near San Diego, according to her attorney, Monika Langarica.”......

Breitbart          
Sheriff Caves to ACLU Pressure to Release Criminal Aliens 
A Michigan sheriff caved to pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and ordered his staff to release criminal aliens who are subjects of an immigration detainer. The sheriff instructed his staff to only hold aliens subject to an order signed by a judge. -- Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon issued the order on April 28, instructing jail officials to no long honor immigration detainers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Associated Press reported on Friday. Wayne County surrounds the city of Detroit, Michigan. -- Detroit activist Elena Herrada told reporters the ACLU encouraged the sheriff's actions. She said other so-called pro-immigrant groups also applied pressure to the local sheriff......

Breitbart          
Border Patrol Agents Seize $8M in Liquid Meth near Texas Border 
U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Falfurrias, Texas, checkpoint discovered a 250-pound shipment of liquid methamphetamine 80 miles from the Mexican border. The bust follows a similar seizure earlier this week where Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers found 200 pounds of liquid meth hidden in a fuel tank. -- Border Patrol agents working in Brooks County, Texas, observed a Ford F-250 approaching the inland inspection checkpoint. Following an alert by a K-9 agent, the agents directed the driver, a U.S. citizen, to proceed to a secondary inspection station. A search of the vehicle uncovered more than 250 pounds of liquid methamphetamine, according to a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas from Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Marlene Castro.......

Recorder Online       
More than 20 pounds of heroin seized at Arizona-California border 
Yuma -- Border Patrol officials say agents at the Arizona-California border have arrested two Mexican men and seized more than 20 pounds of heroin. -- They say agents conducting checks at the Greyhound Bus Station in Blythe, California came across two Mexican men who were in violation of their immigration status Wednesday. -- A subsequent search resulted in the discovery of 19 packages of heroin hidden within their luggage and concealed in caulking tubes. -- Border officials say the heroin has an estimated value of more than $400,000. [Related].....

KHOU          
Travis Co. DA takes steps to stop deportation of crime witnesses, victims 
Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore released a statement Thursday saying that her office would immediately begin distributing letters to crime victims and witnesses to protect them from possible deportation. --The statement reads:"In an effort to secure the appearance and cooperation of crime victims and material witnesses in pending criminal cases, this office will immediately begin distributing letters to individuals subject to possible deportation based upon their immigration status and who are essential to the prosecution of a felony case.......

The Hill        
Latinos who want America to succeed support Trump on immigration 
Everyone knows that one of President Trump's top goals is to fix our country's broken immigration system. It served as a basis for his candidacy, and it was a talking point that always energized his supporters during the campaign. I joined his campaign, serving on his National Diversity Coalition and National Hispanic Advisory Council, in February of 2016, and served as a national surrogate with a focus on Spanish speaking media. -- Being Latino, and as the first of my family to be born here in the United States, the media always asked me about immigration, and about why a Latino was proudly supporting Trump's immigration plans. They assumed that because I am Latino, and because I have family in South America, that I should be on the other side of the aisle.......

KUT        
Austin City Council Votes To Sue Over 'Sanctuary Cities' Law 
Austin City Council members voted today to challenge the state's so-called sanctuary city law in court. The council passed a resolution, 10-1, instructing the city manager to “pursue effective litigation and defense” for a legal battle against Senate Bill 4, which was signed into law last week by Gov. Greg Abbott. -- Council Member Ellen Troxclair was the sole opponent. -- “When my colleagues and I took our oath of office to serve on the Austin City Council, we vowed to ‘protect, preserve, and defend the constitution of the United States.' That includes fighting unconstitutional mandates by Governor Greg Abbott himself," Council Member Greg Casar said after the vote. "I hope that our vote today inspires more cities and counties across the Lone Star State to draw a line in the sand and defend the rights of all of our community members.”......

NewsMax         
Trump: Wall Will Stop Cartels That Have Taken Over 
President Donald Trump said his planned U.S.-Mexico border wall will curtail the drug gangs that have "literally taken over towns and cities of the United States." -- "The drug epidemic is poisoning too many American lives, and we're going to stop it in many different ways. One of them will be the wall," Trump said after a meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, The Washington Times reports.......

AJC       
ICE arrests in Georgia, Carolinas up 75 percent 
The Trump administration has boosted arrests of unauthorized immigrants in Georgia and the Carolinas by 75 percent this year compared to last year, according to figures obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. --Between Jan. 20 and April 29, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement made 4,246 apprehensions in its Atlanta area of operations, which includes Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. That is up from last year, when President Barack Obama was in office and there were 2,429 arrests. ......

May 19, 2017

Fox6       
"Disgraceful:" Pro-illegal immigration group reacts to Sheriff Clarke's DHS announcement 
There was new reaction Thursday, May 18th following the announcement from Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke that he plans to resign and take a job in President Donald Trump's administration -- within the Department of Homeland Security. Some have wished Clarke well, while others have been critical of the decision. -- Calling the news "disgraceful," officials with Voces de la Frontera, a pro-immigrant group in Milwaukee, joined the chorus of people Thursday weighing in on Sheriff Clarke's announcement that he will accept a position as an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). -- "We call on the Department of Homeland Security leadership to refuse to appoint such a dangerous and reckless man," said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera.......

WND        
Trump steps up plan to hire border agents 
The Trump administration is accelerating efforts to implement its executive order to deploy more border-security personnel, spelling out plans to place “an aggressive focus” on educating the public about U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or CBP, in addition to the process by which Americans can become Border Patrol agents. -- The Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, through the CBP Hiring Center, is preparing to launch a “hard-hitting, targeted recruitment campaign” that will leverage “the services and expertise of industry to assist with its recruitment and hiring mission to protect America's borders.”.....

CT News Junkie         
Dreamers Push, But Speaker Says He Doesn't Have The Votes 
With less than three weeks to go until the end of the General Assembly session, proponents of two bills that would give undocumented immigrant students access to financial aid at Connecticut's public colleges and universities are putting on the full court press for passage. -- Earlier during the session, the Higher Education Committee and Employment Advancement Committee forwarded both bills to their respective chambers. But neither the House or Senate has taken it up yet. -- The Senate doesn't want to raise the bill if it's not going to pass in the House.......

KTLA          
Trump Says Los Angeles-Founded MS-13 Gang Has 'Literally Taken Over' U.S. Cities 
President Donald Trump on Thursday made a sweeping assertion that the MS-13 gang has “literally taken over” US cities — but his remarks about the violent street gang contained a number of misstatements or claims that were impossible to back up with evidence. -- MS-13 has been a frequent talking point of the Trump administration as part of its justification for hard-line immigration policies and border security. It was in that context that Trump brought up MS-13 in his opening statement in a joint news conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos --- as he talked about stopping trans-border crime.......

Photo of the Day     
Blackhawk Visits Glenn Spencer's ranch -- Again
Just before noon this morning a Blackhawk helicopter twice circled Glenn Spencer's border ranch where American Border Patrol and Border Technology do work. The Blackhawk had a number on the side --- 23670 --- that we cannot find associated with any aircraft in the normal registries. -- The markings were similar to DHS Blackhawk helicopters that have flown over Glenn's ranch, including this one with the 'tail number' of 22982, which is in the normal registries. -- One wonders why DHS has such an interest in what is going on at Glenn's ranch.

Daily Caller         
Democrats: Immigration Bill Would Fulfill Trump's Campaign Promise Of 'Mass Deportation' 
House Democrats said during a markup hearing Thursday that Republican legislation addressing illegal immigration fulfills President Trump's campaign pledge. -- The Davis-Oliver Act would hire over ten thousand additional ICE officers, allow state and local agencies to enforce immigration law, cut certain grants for sanctuary cities, and make it easier to deport illegal immigrants. -- The Daily Caller previously reported how the act was highlighted on White House chief strategist Steve Bannon's office whiteboard, and that the Trump administration is in communication with House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte about passing the legislation.......

LMT Online         
Nearly $19 million worth of drugs have already been seized at the Texas-Mexico border this month 
Although there are still about two weeks left in May, you wouldn't know it just looking at the massive number of drugs U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have seized at the Texas-Mexico border lately. -- After announcing an $8 million liquid meth bust Thursday afternoon, the estimated value of all the drugs CBP has seized at the border this month is up to roughly $19 million. -- Drug busts in Laredo have been a big part of that total, with five seizures worth an estimated $2.8 million occurring in the Gateway City since the month began.......

MRCTV.org          
President Trump: 'Walls Work -- Just Ask Israel'  
During his visit to the White House on Thursday, Colombian president Juan Santos was asked by reporters whether he believes that building a wall as President Trump plans to do is an effective strategy in the war on drugs. -- He avoided outright disagreeing with Trump's plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but said that he believes “the best way is to collaborate” with other nations.......

CNS News       
Trump: 'I Respect the Move, But the Entire Thing Has Been a Witch Hunt' 
In a joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, President Donald Trump said Thursday that while he respects Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's decision to name a special counsel to investigate Russia's influence on the presidential election, he thinks "the entire thing has been a witch hunt" that has divided the country. -- "I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt, and there was no collusion between simply myself and my campaign, but I can only speak for myself and the Russians --- zero. I think it divides the country," Trump said.......

PJ Media        
California Battles Trump as Gov. Brown Seeks Federal Help for Bullet Train 
While the California attorney general pleads for more state funding to battle the Trump administration in court and the legislature extends a $25,000 monthly contract to bring the top legal minds of Eric Holder's law firm to bear against the White House; Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is asking President Trump for help with California's high-speed train project. -- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) told a Senate Budget Subcommittee on May 4 his office needs more money to continue fighting Trump's executive orders.......

May 18, 2017

Breitbart          
Soros Group: Cities Giving Illegal Aliens ID Should Hide Data from Feds 
An open borders organization funded by George Soros is pushing municipalities to offer identification documents for illegal immigrants, but requesting they seal customer data from immigration authorities. -- Spokeswoman Emily Tucker with the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), which is based in New York and made up of failed chapters of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), told the Wichita Eagle that cities giving out IDs to illegal immigrants must throw out all the data they have on those individuals......

Breitbart          
Illegal Alien Kills High School Senior Before Graduation, Says Prosecutor 
An alleged illegal alien from Mexico killed a high school senior when he made an illegal turn in front of the teen, according to prosecutors. The 18-year-old victim would have graduated from high school later this month. -- Eustacio Gregorio-Meza, a 40-year-old Mexican national, attempted to make a left turn and pulled in front of a motorcycle driven by Kenneth Scott Mahr, 18, the Palm Beach Post reported. In addition to not being licensed to drive, Meza is also in the country illegally, an assistant state attorney told the judge. The judge ordered the Mexican national held without bond in the county jail.......

Washington Examiner         
Democrats slam GOP's 'sanctuary city' plan as 'mass deportation' 
Democrats on Thursday trashed a Republican bill to put pressure on "sanctuary cities" as an attack against immigrants, and called it President Trump's "mass deportation act." -- Introduced by Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, the the Davis-Oliver Act allows Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security grants to be held from so-called sanctuary cities to encourage them to cooperate with immigration detainer requests. -- The legislation would change the law so that being an illegal immigrant in the U.S. would be a misdemeanor criminal offense. It would also prevent any state or local government from passing any policies that would restrict a state or local government from "complying with the immigration laws" or someone attempting to enforce federal immigration laws.......

Eastern Arizona Courier        
Douglas Border Patrol agents seize more than $1 million in marijuana 
Douglas Station Border Patrol agents seized more than $1 million worth of marijuana during two separate incidents Wednesday, May 10. -- Agents were alerted to a possible vehicle incursion east of Douglas, along the international boundary, shortly after 7 p.m. Camera operators identified a Chevy Silverado truck driving north from the area, and agents immediately responded and attempted to stop the vehicle. Instead, the driver failed to yield, and a pursuit ensued.......

MLive.com         
Washtenaw County sends strong message to illegals with $145K aid fund 
Washtenaw County is sending a strong message to all immigrants to let them know they're welcome here. -- And they're putting money behind that message. -- The County Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday night, May 17, to give final approval to three resolutions that lay out new county policies related to immigration matters and dedicate taxpayer funds to help immigrants, including those targeted for deportation by the federal government.......

Washington Examiner         
Tillerson and Kelly: US responsible for Mexican drug violence 
Drug demand in the United States has caused the ongoing drug-related violence south of the border, a pair of President Trump's senior advisors said following a meeting with Mexican officials. -- "We know what we own, and we, as Americans, need to confront that we are the market," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters. "There is no other market for these activities. It is all coming here. But for us, Mexico wouldn't have a trans-criminal organized crime problem and the violence that they're suffering. We really have to own up to that." -- Tillerson offered that assessment following a meeting at the State Department devoted to analyzing the threat that transnational drug cartels pose to the United States and Mexico. Although they didn't settle on specific policy solutions, Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly emphasized the role American consumers play in driving the crisis.......

KTLA     
How Becoming a 'Sanctuary State' Could Impact California's Economy 
California is pushing forward with legislation to become the nation's first “sanctuary state.” -- If passed, the bill would prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from detaining or arresting an undocumented immigrant for federal immigration enforcement purposes. Without a warrant, local officers would refrain from holding someone who overstayed their visa for federal immigration authorities, for example. -- Lawmakers are not only seeking to protect the state's estimated two to three million undocumented immigrants, but also to defend a valuable economic engine.......

New Orleans Business         
Bill to penalize 'sanctuary cities' passes House on 2nd try 
The Louisiana House has, on its second attempt, passed a proposal to penalize so-called “sanctuary cities” that limit cooperation with immigration authorities. -- The House voted 63-32 Wednesday for Republican Rep. Valarie Hodges' measure to bar sanctuary cities from receiving state grants. -- The bill advances to the Senate, where a similar proposal died last year.......

Daily Caller        
Pat Buchanan: It Isn't Watergate Yet, But How Long Can This Sustain? 
Pat Buchanan says the nonstop uproar following Trump's firing of former FBI director James Comey is not comparable to Watergate, but he does wonder if the Trump presidency can function with this level of drama. -- Buchanan was a central figure in the Richard Nixon administration and just released “Nixon's White House Wars: The Battles That Made And Broke a President and Divided America Forever.” He spoke to The Daily Caller Wednesday about the Trump presidency and other topics.......

LMT Online         
Human smuggler who crashed after high-speed chase with police sentenced to eight years in prison 
A human smuggler was sentenced to eight years in prison for leading Webb County Sheriff's Office deputies on a chase that ended with a two-vehicle crash, leaving six people injured, authorities said. -- On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo sentenced Jovanni Rodarte to 97 months in prison. Rodarte, of Rio Bravo, was convicted of conspiring to transport immigrants and causing serious bodily injury after pleading guilty Dec. 8. -- "HSI is dedicated to working closely with all of our law enforcement partners to effectively in identify, arrest and prosecute individuals involved in exploiting people," said in a statement Shane Folden, special agent in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations San Antonio Field Office.......

KGBT         
Government wants to deport Mexican illegal alien for the sixth time 
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants to deport a Mexican man for the sixth time. -- Officers detained Miguel Calva-Rosales, 37, of McAllen at the Hidalgo County jail on Wednesday after a judge dismissed an assault charge against him. -- "Record checks revealed the defendant was formally removed from the United States to Mexico for the fifth (5th) time on October 27, 2014 via the Laredo, Texas Port of Entry," according to the federal criminal complaint against him.......

Breitbart          
MS-13 Gang 'Decapitated' in 50 Los Angeles Raids 
Federal and local law enforcement officers conducted 50 simultaneous raids in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday, taking down almost two dozen “high-ranking” suspected leaders of the notoriously violent MS-13 street gang, along with numerous Mexican Mafia leaders, in what is being described as the “largest gang raid in Los Angeles history.” -- According to NBC News' local Los Angeles affiliate, the raids were “the culmination of a three-year investigation,” in the words of the FBI's Deidre Fike.......

San Angelo Live          
Border Patrol Agents Seize $2,000,000 in Narcotics 
Del Rio, Tx. -- Border Patrol agents of the Eagle Pass South Office have been busy this past weekend. From May 12 to May 15, Border Patrol Agents seized $2,110, 476 worth of narcotics in four separate incidents that led to 6 individuals being arrested and turned over to the DEA for federal prosecution. -- The first arrest was made on Friday after a 23-year-old U.S Citizen form Piedras Negras was caught with 14.5 pounds of cocaine. The cocaine had a street value of $466, 880. The seizure was made at the Highway 57 checkpoint. -- A short while later, at the same checkpoint, two females, both U.S. Citizens, were found trying to smuggle 7.6 lbs. of heroin. The street value was estimated at $244,100. The females were 22 and 18 years old.......

Breitbart          
Lone Gunman Attacks Border Patrol Checkpoint 
Federal authorities in Arizona are investigating why a lone gunman crashed into a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint and began firing at federal agents. Border Patrol agents fought off the attack and injured the gunman. -- The attack took place on Wednesday afternoon at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint north of Tombstone, Arizona, information provided to Breitbart Texas by the federal agency revealed. The Border Patrol checkpoint was temporarily closed at the time due to strong winds in the area. ......


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