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June 2, 2017

Daily Caller         
Green Group Sues DHS To Stop Prototype Phase Of Border Wall 
An Arizona-based environmental group plans to sue the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in order to block the Trump administration from moving forward on the testing of prototypes for its proposed border wall. -- The Center For Biological Diversity, a nonprofit dedicated to the protection of native species, sent a formal notice of intent Thursday to DHS Secretary John Kelly and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. The group claims the border wall will destroy sensitive natural habitats and that proceeding with construction without an environmental impact review is a violation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).......

KVIA        
Cornyn on US-Mexico: 'We're like an old married couple. We can't get divorced' 
Texas Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, spoke in El Paso Thursday as a guest speaker for the Borderplex Alliance. -- Sen Cornyn discussed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), infrastructure, border security and other issues affecting the region. The discussion was moderated by John Barela, CEO of the Borderplex Alliance. -- "I like to say that we're sort of like an old married couple. We can't get a divorce, we gotta get along," Sen. Cornyn said in regards to the ties that bind the US and Mexico.......

LMT Online       
$130K worth of marijuana hidden within shipment of jalapeños seized at the Texas-Mexico border 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers made an interesting discovery at the end of last month, finding over $130,000 worth of marijuana within a shipment of jalapeños at the Texas-Mexico border. -- The shipment --- found inside a commercial trailer on May 27 at the Pharr International Bridge --- contained 655 pounds of marijuana, valued at approximately $130,953, according to a news release from CBP. -- "This is another outstanding seizure from our CBP officers at the Pharr cargo facility; remarkable interception," said Severiano Solis, port director for the Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry.......

Kausha Luna -- CIS.org         
Univision Talks "Potential" Amnesty Under the Trump Administration  
Over Memorial Day weekend, Univision anchor Jorge Ramos interviewed the Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, who said he is working with the Trump administration on a proposal to legalize illegal aliens. -- Rodriguez is one of the few Hispanic leaders to respectfully meet with President Trump. -- Below is a translated transcript in which Ramos and Rodriguez discuss who would benefit from this proposed amnesty, how the process would function, and the likelihood that the president would approve such measures.......

Wichita Eagle         
Congressman breaks with Trump on border wall, young illegals 
In a speech otherwise laden with praise for President Trump, Rep. Roger Marshall broke ranks on immigration, questioning the feasibility of a mammoth border wall and saying mass deportation would wreck Kansas' economy. -- Marshall represents Kansas' 1st District, a sprawling, mostly rural and agrarian district that covers the western two-thirds of the state. He said the U.S. needs to revise its immigration policies and document those who come to the United States to work in the farms and feedlots. -- “Three-fourths of the undocumented immigrants now are people that came here documented,” he said. “Part of it is the process is so onerous to maintain that work visa, and also just the sheer number of work visas are too low in a number of cases. It's basically set up for migrant workers, and they're seasonal......

Daily Caller         
DC Mayor Slams Fake Deportation Flyers, Reassures Illegals 
Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser took to Twitter Thursday to warn residents of “fake” immigration flyers being posted around the city, reassuring residents that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers are not coming to get them. -- Bowser and other D.C. locals were concerned that these ICE flyers could be real, however, Bowser, dispelled rumors and said that D.C. is still a sanctuary city. “We respect all DC residents no matter their immigration status,” Bowser tweeted. “Washington, DC remains a sanctuary city.”......

LA Daily News         
Protesters slam ICE, Border Patrol after arrest of "immigrant activist" in Boyle Heights 
Students and community members, irate over the arrest of immigrant rights activist and Cal State L.A. student Claudia Rueda outside her Boyle Heights home, rallied in her support and against federal authorities Thursday in Los Angeles. -- Rueda was among seven people arrested on May 18 during a joint U.S. Border Patrol-L.A. County Sheriff's operation targeting a cross-border narcotics smuggling organization that was conducted in various locations, authorities said. The 22-year-old Mexican national, however, was arrested for residing in the country after her visa had expired. -- Rueda's supporters claim the arrest was retaliation for her activism on behalf of her mother, Teresa Vidal-Jaime, who was arrested by Border Patrol agents in April and processed for deportation proceedings. ......

Star Tribune          
Homeland Security chief signals shift on immigration program 
Miami -- Immigrants who have legally lived and worked in the U.S. since disasters in their countries years ago may have to start thinking about going home, the U.S. Homeland Security chief said Thursday. -- In an interview with The Associated Press, Secretary John Kelly sent strong signals that immigration benefits known as "temporary protected status" should not be as open-ended as they have become for tens of thousands of people from Haiti and Central America. -- "The point is not that there be a complete recovery of all ills in the country," Kelly said. "The point is, whatever the event is that caused TPS to be granted — that event is over, and they can return."......

Washington Examiner          
Fake ICE fliers in DC tell people how to report illegal aliens 
Fake fliers purporting to be from Immigration and Customs Enforcement notifying people of how they can report an illegal immigrant were distributed around Washington, D.C., this week. -- The fliers contained the logo from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and included details about the offenses related to harboring, encouraging or inducing and aiding or abetting illegal immigrants.......

Daily Gazette         
Immigration agents arrest 16 in "Spa City" 
Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 16 undocumented immigrants Tuesday near multiple homes in the city, an agency official said. -- Those arrested include one Guatemalan national and 15 Mexican nationals, all between the ages of 19 and 49, who now face administrative immigration violations, said Khaalid Walls, an agency spokesman. -- Nine of those arrested are facing potential federal felony charges for re-entry after being deported for visa fraud, he said. -- All 16 were being held in Albany County Correctional Facility as of Thursday, Walls said. He would not release further information at that time.......

Bob Dane, Contributor -- The Hill         
Davis-Oliver Act would make Trump's immigration agenda law of the land 
Immediately after taking office, President Trump acted quickly and decisively by using executive power to restart the process of controlling our borders and enforcing America's existing immigration laws. Progress is being made but much more remains to be done. -- Legislation must follow executive action in order to fix flaws in the system, enhance public safety and ensure lasting reforms are solidly in place. The onus is now on the GOP-led Congress to act, particularly given that for eight years, the GOP has railed against President Obama's usurpation of their authority to regulate immigration.......

Breitbart          
Wall Can't Wait: 36 Killed in Month-long Cartel War near Texas 
Reynosa, Tamaulipas -- Raging violence continues to take hold of this border city as rival factions of the Gulf Cartel fight for control claimed 36 deaths–including a bystander and one police officer. -- As Breitbart Texas reported, the violence began in late April, shortly after Mexican authorities hunted down and killed regional Gulf boss Juan Manuel “Toro” Loiza Salinas. The death of the ruthless cartel kingpin led to an immediate power vacuum as various factions fight for control of the city and surrounding smuggling routes. ......

Fox News          
Case of alleged hit-and-run driver deported 17 times is a 'wakeup call,' senator says 
One case illustrates the unique challenges facing the Trump administration in reforming a broken immigration system. -- Constantino Banda-Acosta was arrested in May on DUI charges related to a hit-and-run crash that severely injured a 6-year-old boy in California. The 38-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico had been deported 17 times since 2002, federal records show. -- Yet, despite Banda-Acosta's DUI arrest and others for domestic violence, the U.S. Attorney's Office refused to prosecute him for “criminal re-entry” after deportation. As a low-level criminal alien, Banda-Acosta met the guidelines of President Barack Obama's "prosecutorial discretion" policy.......

Breitbart          
Ron Johnson demands IRS review of illegal alien tax credits 
Sen. Ron Johnson is calling on Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to review the IRS's failure to crack down on "fraudulent overpayments" of the child tax credit to illegal immigrants under IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. -- In a letter to Mnuchin sent last week and made public Thursday, Johnson, who chairs the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, said the IRS is making overpayments to illegal immigrants who apply for the Additional Child Tax Credit, the refundable part of the child tax credit. Those payments are possible because applicants do not have to submit their Social Security number. ......

AP      
Oregon lawmakers aim to increase protections of illegals 
Public bodies in Oregon would be prohibited from disclosing a person's immigration status and details like addresses, except when required by law, under a bill filed Wednesday in the Legislature. -- Teresa Alonso Leon, a Democrat from Woodburn, and Diego Hernandez, a Democrat from Portland filed the bill in the House as immigration enforcement increases under President Donald Trump. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have even gone into the Multnomah County Courthouse in Portland to detain people when they showed up for scheduled court appearances.......

SCPR.org       
New LA app in 5 languages aims to help illegals who are detained 
A Korean American group in Los Angeles and volunteer developers have created a multilingual smartphone app for immigrants who are worried about deportation and are stopped by authorities. -- The app called "Know Your Rights" provides immigrants with a list of their basic legal rights in five languages: Korean, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, and English. Immigrants can refer to the list to assert their rights when detained by immigration agents or stopped by police. -- Speed-dial buttons also connect users with live help in Korean, English or Spanish........

MLive          
Mexican alien deported 7 times pleads guilty to illegal re-entry
A Mexican immigrant who has been deported seven times only to be caught in Bay County, has pleaded guilty to illegally entering the U.S. again. -- As a result, he could face federal prison time. -- Rafael Munoz-Molina on Tuesday, May 30, appeared before U.S. District Magistrate Patricia T. Morris in the federal courthouse in downtown Bay City and pleaded guilty to one count of illegal reentry of a previously removed alien. The charge is punishable by up to two years' incarceration.......

June 1, 2017

WTOP         
20 arrested during immigration protest at White House 
Twenty protesters were arrested outside the White House during an immigration demonstration on Thursday. -- Members of area churches and CASA members were among the 100 to 200 activists protesting the Trump administration's approach to immigration, which they called “inhumane.” -- Alma Couverthie, senior director of organization for CASA of Maryland, said the case of Liliana Mendez highlights their concerns.......

Breitbart          
Illegals detained by ICE on military base denied immigration hearing 
Two undocumented immigrants detained by ICE agents on the Travis Air Force Base earlier this month remain in expedited deportation proceedings after being denied immigration hearings Tuesday, according to their attorney and local immigration activists. -- The men, Hugo Mejia, of San Rafael, and Rodrigo Nunez, from Hayward — both undocumented immigrants from Jalisco, Mexico, who have been in the United States for more than a decade --- were set to start a new construction project May 3 at a hospital on the base. They were detained after a military official discovered they did not have valid Social Security numbers during a routine identification screening and reported them to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.......

WMBF       
Horry school board chairman: "Undocumented immigrants" 'should not be allowed to go to school' 
Horry County, SC -- A member of Socastee High School's 2017 graduating class is an undocumented immigrant from Honduras. -- Cinthia Zavala-Ramos is also her class' valedictorian and gave a speech during graduation ceremonies at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Wednesday. -- That prompted a reaction from Horry County School Board Chairman Joe Defeo, who said if students are "here illegally, they should not be allowed to go to school and use taxpayer funds."......

Breitbart          
Trump Quietly Continues Obama's 'Catch and Release' at Border 
President Donald J. Trump is allowing former President Barack Obama's “catch and release” of illegal immigrants to continue deep into his administration's term with no end in sight to the controversial open borders protocol. Border Patrol agents are once again sounding the alarm and alerting the public about the separation between DC's rhetoric and the realities on the U.S.-Mexico border --- a practice that the agents hoped would become unnecessary under the Trump Administration. -- Though Trump's interior enforcement of U.S. immigration laws has resulted in far fewer illegal crossings at the border, agents say that low numbers will not be sustained because the Trump Administration has not actually made substantial changes within border security as a whole.......

Breitbart          
CBP Officers Bust Marijuana Load at Texas Border 
U.S. Customs and Border Protections (CBP) officers arrested an American citizen after she allegedly attempted to smuggle a load of marijuana across the border into west Texas from Mexico. -- CBP officers assigned to the Presidio port of entry observed a woman crossing the border from Ojinaga, Mexico, in a 2004 Nissan X-Terra SUV on Friday morning. Officers became suspicious after reviewing the woman's travel itinerary and asked her to move the SUV to a secondary inspection station, information obtained by Breitbart Texas from CBP officials revealed. -- During a secondary inspection, a K-9 officer alerted to the possible presence of drugs in the vehicle. Officers then conducted a non-intrusive x-ray examination. The inspection revealed several anomalies in various locations throughout the vehicle.......

Reuters         
Federal judge in Hawaii extends court order blocking Trump travel ban  
A federal judge in Hawaii indefinitely extended on Wednesday an order blocking enforcement of President Donald Trump's revised ban on travel to the United States from six predominantly Muslim countries. -- U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson turned an earlier temporary restraining order into a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit brought by the state of Hawaii challenging Trump's travel directive as unconstitutional religious discrimination. -- Trump signed the new ban on March 6 in a bid to overcome legal problems with a January executive order that caused chaos at airports and sparked mass protests before a Washington judge stopped its enforcement in February. Trump has said the travel ban is needed for national security.......

Washington Examiner         
All Aboard: 33 states join Trump's war on illegal immigration, sanctuaries 
Two thirds of the nation's states have taken action to join in President Trump's bid to crackdown on illegal immigration and "sanctuary cities," a sweeping national move that would bolster the administration's effort even if it loses in the Supreme Court. -- The Migration Policy Institute reports that 33 states have moved to choke off illegal immigration, led by Texas which OK'd a law to block cities from giving "sanctuary" to illegals. -- "While Texas was the first state to pass a sweeping law focused on illegal immigration since the presidential election, at least 32 other states have introduced immigration enforcement bills," said the Institute.......

East Idaho News        
Illegal alien gets 24-year prison sentence for lewd conduct with minor 
Blackfoot -- An undocumented immigrant has been sentenced to a 24-year prison term after being found guilty of a felony charge of lewd conduct with a child. -- Oscar Ramirez Acevedo, 39, was arrested and booked into the Bingham County Jail on Oct. 19 and charged with 21 counts of lewd conduct with a child under 16. He was held on a $250,000 bond. -- In March, Acevedo pleaded guilty to one felony count of lewd conduct. The other counts were dropped as part of a plea deal.......

Daily Caller          
Illegal Alien Robs More Homes After Getting Released On New Bail Law 
An illegal immigrant in New Jersey managed to get arrested for burglary twice last week after forgetting his correction center intake papers in the second burgled home, leading to his arrest during an in-progress third burglary. -- Douglas Baudriz-Diaz was first arrested May 22 after a witness saw him break into a South Plainfield, N.J. home at 1:30 a.m. He arrived at Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center (MCACC) at 8:30 a.m., according to a press release posted on the South Plainfield Police Department Facebook page. Baudriz-Diaz was released without bail later that day due to a January Bail Reform Act passed in New Jersey. -- “With the old bail guidelines, he would have been held in the MCACC with a bail between $10,000-$50,000 due to the degree of his charges,” the police report said.......

KNBC          
California Assembly OKs Protection Against Workplace Raids 
The California Assembly on Wednesday passed and sent to the Senate a bill prohibiting employers from letting immigration agents enter worksites or view employee files without a warrant or subpoena. -- Assemblyman David Chiu says his bill, AB450, aims to prevent workplace raids and make sure President Donald Trump follows the law in his efforts to deport millions of immigrants living in the country without authorization. -- "This bill is about ensuring that if Donald Trump wants to send 10,000 ICE agents into our workplaces, that he do it legally," the San Francisco Democrat said, referencing Trump's plans to hire more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to crack down on illegal immigration. "We need to stand up for our immigrant families, we need to stand up for our immigrant workers."......

May 31, 2017

Dallas News         
At Dallas rally, Nancy Pelosi calls sanctuary cities law an 'act of cowardice'  
Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday blasted Texas' new sanctuary cities law and chided Republican leaders for taking the state in the wrong direction instead of embracing its diversity. -- "What an act of cowardice," Pelosi said about the law, passed this year by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by Gov. Greg Abbott. -- The law seeks to curb so-called sanctuary cities by, among other things, allowing law enforcement officers to check the immigration status of residents. Critics mock the law as "papers please" legislation. -- "What are they afraid of?" Pelosi asked later during a news conference at a union hall in Dallas. "Here we have the vitality of America, all of these newcomers to our country and some of them here for a long time. They are instilling fear in them. That's just the wrong thing to do. Instead, we should be working together for comprehensive immigration reform."......

WTNH       
Illegals rally in Hartford demanding financial aid 
“We are demanding that both chambers, that both parties, take this issue as a priority and vote for this legislation,” said Lucas Codognolla, of Connecticut Students for a Dream. -- For four years, Connecticut Students for a Dream has been trying to get the state to allow undocumented immigrants access to institutional financial aid. That group, along with a coalition of higher education institutions, labor groups, faith leaders and community organizations, all stood together in the lobby of the state capitol Wednesday morning. -- Connecticut already allows undocumented students to study at state colleges and universities. Their tuition already pays for financial aid for others.......

Fox News         
Border agents say 'acting' status of agency chiefs has hampered enforcement efforts 
The enthusiasm felt by Border Patrol agents following news of President Trump's strong stance on border and immigration enforcement is slowly dissipating as the reality sinks in that actual enforcement of stronger rules may not be changing much from the Obama years. -- Agents hoped to be able to return to the days where they could inspect the immigration status of suspicious individuals at transportation hubs, jails or even businesses -- not only as an immigration enforcement measure, but to prevent terrorism.......

KGBT          
Civil rights organization files lawsuit against Senate Bill 4 
Since Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 4 into law on May 7, three lawsuits have been filed against it. -- One of them was filed Monday, May 22, by the Texas Civil Rights Project and the city of El Paso. -- "Our client is the Texas Organizing Project Education Fund, and we have sued on their behalf the state of Texas alleging that SB4 is unconstitutional for a number of reasons," said Texas Civil Rights Project Racial and Economic Justice Director Efren Olivares. "For example, it violates the 14th Amendment of the U.S. constitution, because it was enacted with discriminatory intent and it will have a desperate impact on Latino immigrants."......

KYMA          
Convicted sex offender caught trying to enter the U.S. 
A previously deported and convicted sex offender was arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents after being caught coming into the country illegally. -- Agents say the 30-year-old Mexican man was seen running north from the U.S.-Mexico border fence near downtown. -- The man was approached by agents who figured out he was in the country illegally. -- Agents ran a background check on the man which revealed his criminal record. -- The man was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison in California for lewd and lascivious acts with a child.......

OC Register       
Man arrested as people clash at immigration town hall in Santa Ana 
A man was arrested on suspicion of assault, and two women were detained at a Town Hall & Immigration Workshop in Santa Ana Tuesday night, May 30, police said. -- About 15 minutes before the workshop began, a fight broke out between two women inside the Delhi Center, according to Santa Ana Police Department Cmdr. Matt Sorenson. The event was hosted by Rep. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, to give a legislative update on new immigration policies. -- The town hall was to run from 6 to 8 p.m., according to a post on Correa's Facebook page. Correa listed Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), World Relief Garden Grove and the Mexican Consulate as also taking part in the town hall.......

LA Daily News        
Gang threat puts LA County law enforcement on high alert 
Law enforcement officers across the Southland are on high alert today after a safety bulletin issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to its deputies and other area agencies revealed a gang- related threat against them. -- Sheriff's Homicide Bureau detectives learned of the threat two weeks ago while investigating the fatal shooting of a stolen-vehicle suspect by South Gate police officers at the end of a vehicle chase, according to the sheriff's department. -- “During the course of an officer-involved shooting investigation, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau was made aware of information regarding a potential threat by criminal street gangs against Southern California on-duty law enforcement officers,” according to a sheriff's department statement.......

WBAL          
Bill would require jail to screen for illegals 
The Baltimore County Council is taking up a controversial measure that takes aim at sanctuary cities, which prompted a large protest Tuesday in Towson. -- Democratic leaders in Baltimore County, activists and immigrant-rights advocates rallied outside the old courthouse to protest County Bill 32-17, which would require the Baltimore County Detention Center to screen for illegal immigrants. -- "Ladies and gentleman, this is a time for real leaders to stand up against hate and bigotry," Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said. "Not only is this bill unconstitutional, it's Un-American." -- The protesters called the measure flawed and racist.......

NewsBusters         
NY Times Now Giving Out Tips for 'Undocumented' to Stay in 'Draconian' U.S. Illegally 
The New York Times will never stop pushing amnesty for illegal immigrants. In last Sunday's New York Times Magazine, contributing writer and Latino activist Marcela Valdes devoted 6,000 words on the evil of Arizona's crackdown on "undocumented" (illegal) immigrants, and how to resist U.S. immigration law: “Is It Possible To Resist Deportations In The Age of Trump?” The text box: “Living under draconian state laws, Arizona activists honed an effective strategy for keeping undocumented immigrants in the country. Can the same tools still work today?” -- Apparently, America is the only country not allowed to have a border, and a media outlet feels free to broadcasting tips on resisting law enforcement (which is not exactly how the paper treated conservative gay marriage opponents in Kentucky, after the Supreme Court made it the law of the land).......

NBC San Diego         
U.S. Attorney Announces 3 Arrests, 6 Outstanding Suspects in Auto Theft Ring in San Diego County 
More than 100 vehicles were stolen from San Diego County residents by the members of a motorcycle gang and shipped off to Tijuana, federal officials announced Tuesday. -- Nine members of a Tijuana-based motorcycle gang, known as the Hooligan Bikers, were charged in the auto theft ring dating back to 2014, announced the U.S. Attorney Alana Robinson. -- “The joy ride is over for these Hooligans,” said Deputy U.S. Attorney Mark Conover, in a statement.......

Fox News          
Gohmert: Time to End Temporary Status Program for Illegals 
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) appeared on "Fox & Friends" this morning to discuss a proposed bill that takes aim at a program that protects illegal immigrants. -- More than 300,000 illegal immigrants living in the U.S. are shielded under the Temporary Protected Status program. -- Gohmert, a co-sponsor of the bill, said the program was started under former President George H.W. Bush with good intentions, but it was abused under the Obama administration.......

Canadian Manufacturing         
NAFTA: Mexico willing to look at rules of origin, but won't talk border wall 
...The foreign minister said Mexico won't entertain any talks on building a wall along the border. Videgaray maintained it is seen as an unfriendly sign and questioned its efficiency. -- Trump's budget seeks $2.6 billion for border security technology, including money to design and build a wall along the southern border. Trump repeatedly promised voters during the campaign that Mexico would pay for a wall.......

Herald and News         
Terrorist link with Latin American human trafficking dangerous to U.S. 
Hypothetical, if unproven, scenarios often dominate the storyline of possible collusion between organized crime and jihadists in Latin America. But the growth of illicit networks and successful human smuggling operations poses a known and immediate threat to U.S. national security. -- Complicated networks of fringe supporters, associate funders and full-time operators help connect criminal and terrorist elements from hot spots around the globe. Hezbollah works with powerful Colombian and Brazilian drug syndicates to move tons of cocaine into Africa and Europe. Networks of loosely affiliated criminal organizations facilitate the paid covert transfer of terrorists over international borders.......

KGTV         
CBP Officers seize $1.4 million in drugs at border over holiday weekend 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a homicide suspect and seized more than $1.4 million in drugs at California's border with Mexico over Memorial Day weekend. -- Between Friday and Monday, officers intercepted 88 pounds of methamphetamine, 34 pounds of cocaine, 27 pounds of heroin and 120 pounds of marijuana. The drugs were hidden in various parts of vehicles including seats, a spare tire, and a gas tank. -- Officers also arrested 14 fugitives with outstanding felony warrants for homicide, assault, parole violation, and vandalism. ......

May 30, 2017

NBC News          
Hispanic Lawmakers Call For Removal of Official from "Anti-Immigration" Group 
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is criticizing the appointment of a Citizenship and Immigration Services ombudsman who previously worked for a group that supports immigration restrictions as "offensive, insensitive and malicious" -- The caucus has called for the removal of Julie Kirchner, a former executive director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform. Lawmakers said she "made a career of attacking immigrant communities" during her time with FAIR. ......

San Angelo Live        
Escapee With Multiple Charges Arrested at The Del Rio Border 
U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Brackettville Station arrested an escapee from the Kinney County Jail. -- On May 24, Border Patrol agents assisted the Kinney County Sheriff's Office in locating and arresting an escapee. The 26-year-old man, originally from Mexico, was being held on Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Theft of a Firearm, and Burglary of a Habitation charges when he escaped. Agents were able to arrest the man after tracking him through a brushy area near his last known location. -- “Having strong partnerships with local law enforcement is a priority that Del Rio Sector will continue to uphold,” stated Acting Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak. “I am very proud of the contribution these agents made in ensuring a safer community for our residents.”......

NY Daily News         
Federal immigration agents forced to call for backup after residents attempt to stop arrest in Queens 
More than 30 angry Queens residents tried to stop federal immigration agents on Tuesday from arresting a neighborhood construction worker accused of burglary and illegally reentering the country. -- Residents demanded to know why Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials had swooped in to arrest Hardat (Ryan) Sampat, 35, near 101st Ave. and 112th St. in Richmond Hill about 10 a.m. -- The Guyanese native was driving away from his family's home on 112th St. when federal agents in unmarked cars boxed him in with their vehicles and took him into custody, witnesses said.......

David Olen Cross -- Salem         
Oregon Department of Corrections: Foreign National Drug Crime Report -- April 2017
Information obtained from the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) indicated that on April 1, 2017 that 104 of the 962 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) in the state's prison system were incarcerated for drug crimes, 10.81 percent of the criminal alien prison population. -- Using DOC U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainer numbers, the following table reveals the total number criminal alien inmates along with the number and percentage of those alien inmates incarcerated on April 1st in the state's prisons for drug crimes.......

Casper Star Tribune         
Alien arrests and deportations up in Wyoming, Colorado  
Significantly more immigrants were arrested and deported from Colorado and Wyoming in the first few months of Donald Trump's presidency than during the same period in 2016. -- The biggest surge was in arrests of immigrants suspected of residing illegally in the country without a criminal record. -- One hundred thirty-four individuals were detained between President Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20 and the end of his first 100 days in office, April 29. -- That figure is more than four times the number a year ago, when 28 non-criminal immigrants were arrested.......

Breitbart          
Majority of Swedes Think Media Lies About Impact of Mass Migration 
The majority of people in Sweden believe the media is dishonest about problems in society associated with mass migration, according to research presented by the nation's Institute of Media Studies. -- The institute's new book Mistrust of the Media, presented at a seminar on Monday, details that whilst confidence in the media is relatively high, Swedes are sceptical of reports on issues connected with immigration. -- Fifty-four per cent of respondents agreed with the statement: “The Swedish media doesn't tell the truth about social problems associated with immigration,” whilst only 27 per cent said they disagreed.......

Newsline        
U-Haul Loaded with Illegal Aliens Busted by Texas Cops 
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Highway Patrol troopers pulled over a U-Haul moving truck in Odessa. Inside, troopers found 16 illegal immigrants, including a one-year-old. -- The suspected illegal aliens were from Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador, officials stated. In addition to the infant, there were 15 adults in the back of the truck, CBS7 reported. -- The local CBS affiliate noted that Border Patrol agents believe that the human smuggling operation came out of El Paso, on the Texas-Mexico Border approximately 283 miles away. A citizen notified DPS about the truck.......

Glenn Spencer      
Blowing in the Wind?
In today's report, "Donald Trump's Border Wall: A 'Progress' Report", NBC News observes, "critics say it's a really expensive way to secure the border, which could be more cheaply done with technology, border agents and fencing.” -- NBC also reports, "The government itself says it has yet determine a way of measuring how effective segments of the border walls are at slowing or stopping illegal crossings.“ -- I understand that the government is looking at proposal that addresses both of these questions at once. No word yet on if they will give it a go ahead. -- Is the answer blowing in the wind?

American Security Today          
Happy 93rd Birthday to the US Border Patrol 
Since its inception in 1924, the U.S. Border Patrol has had a proud history of service to our nation. -- Although enormous changes have affected nearly every aspect of its operations from its earliest days, the basic values that helped shape the Patrol in the early years; professionalism, honor, integrity, respect for human life, and a shared effort, have remained. -- Mounted watchmen of the U.S. Immigration Service patrolled the border in an effort to prevent illegal crossings as early as 1904, but their efforts were irregular and undertaken only when resources permitted.......

Breitbart          
Mexican Cartel Robbing Travelers Returning from Texas 
Monterrey, NL -- Gunmen from Mexico's Gulf Cartel are targeting tourists returning to Nuevo Leon from the Texas border cities of McAllen and Mission. The highway robberies are taking place in the Mexican border city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas; however, the victims are not reporting incidents until they reach Nuevo León. -- Breitbart Texas documented 17 different cases where the victims were held up at gunpoint in the areas between the Anzalduas International Bridge and the first few miles of the highway that connects the Reynosa and Monterrey. For years, Mexicans from Monterrey and other nearby cities routinely traveled to Texas for shopping trips or beach vacations. The ongoing cartel violence has put a large dent in those traditions. ......

Tacoma News Tribune         
Oregon lawmaker from Mexico assails Trump immigration moves 
Woodburn, Ore. -- Teresa Alonso Leon envisioned a better life in a promised land when she was brought from Mexico to America as a young girl. Instead, her family wound up in an unheated house in Oregon with no indoor plumbing, eking out a living by picking strawberries. -- It is all the more remarkable, then, that Alonso became one of the first people brought to the U.S. illegally to become a lawmaker in America when she was elected last November to Oregon's Legislature. -- Alonso's victory "shows that human potential does not know immigration status, and that among America's immigrants, especially those who have come here as children and benefited from the right to education, their potential offers leadership for the country," said Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials......

Byron York -- Washington Times          
While other controversies rage, work on border wall moves forward 
New revelations come almost by the minute in the Trump-Russia affair. The White House moves into full-defense mode. The Trump agenda stalls on Capitol Hill. -- A reasonable observer might conclude that is all that is happening in the Trump administration. But even as those troubles fill news sites and cable TV, administration officials are quietly moving ahead on one of the president's top campaign promises: the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Although it hasn't received much attention relative to the president's many problems, extensive planning for the wall is under way, officials are evaluating specific proposals, sites are being studied, and yes, there is money available to get going......

American Border Patrol     
Photo of the day  
Morning visitors.......

May 29, 2017
Memorial Day

Breitbart          
Trump Crackdown on Illegal Aliens Forces California Farmers to Turn to Technology 
Ever since the Trump administration restarted the enforcement of U.S. immigration law — enforced sparingly under the Obama administration — California farmers have been complaining about a labor shortage. -- A state mandated $15 minimum wage and overtime pay for farmworkers isn't helping California famers, who are already overburdened by so many new regulations every year. -- Farmers whose business model makes them largely dependent on laborers who illegally enter the United States for work are upset over the change.......

The Blaze        
Ivy League illegals release list of demands, including free health care, legal protection 
A group of undocumented immigrants at Columbia University in New York City is demanding concessions from their Ivy League school. -- The group, known as the Undocumented Students Initiative or “UndoCU,” released a list of 13 demands last week that include things like increased protection from federal authorities who might want to deport them, subsidized summer housing, “full reimbursement” of health care fees, specialized fundraising, counseling and sensitivity training for all Columbia faculty, along with other demands. -- “We refuse to amend or change any of these demands,” the group wrote in a Facebook post last week. “[W]e expect the university to act.”......

Texas Observer        
3 A.M. 'Sanctuary' Protest at Governor Abbott's Mansion Blares Mariachi Music 
While most Texans slept early Sunday morning, dozens of opponents of the state's new “sanctuary cities” law, including undocumented immigrants, protested loudly outside the Governor's mansion. -- At 3 a.m. Sunday, around 50 protesters met in front of the downtown Austin mansion for a musically themed protest of Senate Bill 4. The crowd blared mariachi music through a megaphone for about an hour, holding signs that read “no bedtime for bigots,” “goodnight SB 4” and “you've disturbed our peace, so we're disturbing yours.”......

Breitbart          
Salvadoran Officials Overwhelmed by Returning Deported Gang Members 
Officials in El Salvador held emergency meetings after seeing a sharp increase in the number of violent gang members being deported back to the country from the United States under the Trump administration. -- Salvadoran authorities have held emergency meetings and proposed new legislation to monitor returning criminals and gang members that are returning to El Salvador after deportation, according to the Washington Post.......

Daily Caller         
Trump Admin. Tailors Grant To Encourage Local Law Enforcement To Enforce Immigration Laws
A Department of Justice community policing grant program calls for local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law. -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote in a memo last week that the DOJ will work to tailor grants in order to “promote a lawful system of immigration.” -- The Community Policing Development (CPD) program gives recipients funds to work with local law enforcement agencies. The fiscal year 2017 grant will give up to $11 million to government agencies and non-government agencies to “significantly advance the field of community policing.” Up to $900,000 of these funds will go towards “cooperative partnerships with federal law enforcement to combat illegal immigration.”......

May 28, 2017

The Hill          
Emanuel: Dreamers 'part of the Chicago family' 
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) on Sunday said the young immigrants known as Dreamers are part of the city's family. -- “Those kids and their families are frightened. And it's incumbent as a city, whether you're from Iowa or India, Poland or Pakistan, Mexico or Moldova, where my grandfather came from --- those children are part of the Chicago family,” Emanuel told CNN's “State of the Union.” -- “And their... parents are working incredibly hard. They sacrifice, they struggle, so their kids can not only come to a place called America, but specifically, Chicago.”......

Union Tribune         
Number of juveniles gaining special immigration status from federal authorities doubled in 2016 
While the number of minors arrested trying to enter the U.S. illegally continues to climb each year, a little-known program that grants some of the children legal immigration status and a path to a green card has also grown rapidly. -- But that growth might be slowed, as Congress considers making changes to what's known as the Special Immigrant Juvenile program. Legislation that would tighten eligibility is pending in the House of Representatives. -- That legislation comes as figures from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services show the number of petitions for this special status has skyrocketed in the past five years.......

David Olen Cross -- Salem       
U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons: Criminal Alien Report -- April 2017 
The United States having a significant foreign national population residing within the nations boundaries, be they legally or illegally present in the country, unfortunately includes those who commit crimes. -- The extent and impact of foreign national crime on the U.S. citizens and residents of this country is unambiguously revealed by a simple search on the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) inmates statistics website under the heading of inmate citizenship.......

American Patrol Report     
Glenn Spencer sent e-mail about riots -- 25 years ago!
How many Americans knew about email 25-years-ago? One did --- Glenn Spencer --- he sent this email to Senator Cranston “The LA Riots:Blacks vs Immigrants” . -- It ended with this: "You people are at fault, and a Band-Aid over this festering sore will only hasten the day when American citizens will rise up and throw you all out.” -- It took twenty-five years, but it is finally happening.

Tucson.com        
Steller: Tucson becomes unsafe haven for accused Sonoran officials 
You can live your whole life in Tucson and not realize it's a foreign city. -- That's because you're not looking at it from the south. -- Viewed from northwestern Mexico --- Sonora and Sinaloa, mostly --- Tucson serves as a sort of haven, just out of reach of the problems of home and close to the conveniences of the United States. Changes in government sometimes lead to people in politics heading north to cool their heels as new power arrangements are worked out.......

NewsBusters        
Univision Slams 'Anti-Immigrant' Sheriff Clarke 
Univision has gone into overdrive to demonize Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, who is still in line for a major Trump administration appointment in federal law enforcement. -- The nation's top Hispanic media conglomerate evidently went after the Trump-supporting Democrat sheriff because of his avowed commitment to federal-local cooperation in immigration law enforcement, a stance which in Univision's routinely devious and deceptive news vocabulary qualifies him for their harshest possible ‘anti-immigrant' treatment.......

Breitbart          
Colonel Richard Kemp: Time to Throw out Every Islamist on Terror Watch List 
Colonel Richard Kemp, a former member of the COBRA committee, Joint Intelligence Committee, and commander of the British Task Force in Helmand, Afghanistan, has called on the Government to deport or intern all foreign nationals on the terror watch list. -- “The problem is, there are 3,000 known jihadis on the streets of the UK today,” explained the Royal Anglian Regiment veteran.......

Star Tribune          
Man questioned about immigration status on St. Paul light rail to be deported 
A man questioned by a Metro Transit officer about his immigration status while riding the light rail on May 14, a scene captured in a video viewed more than a million times, will be deported. -- Metro Transit Police Chief John Harrington confirmed the reports, first brought to light by the St. Paul Pioneer Press Friday evening, in a statement Saturday. -- The police officer in the video seen asking the man, “Are you here illegally?” is no longer employed by Metro Transit, Harrington said.......

KGTV         
Imperial Beach Mayor: New sewage spill dumped 335K gallons in Tijuana River 
Only a few surfers in the water, a handful of people on the sand near the Imperial Beach pier Friday. This was just hours after another sewage spill on the Mexican side of the international border. -- About 335,000 gallons of sewage was reportedly discharged into the Tijuana River last night from Mexico, according to Imperial Beach's Mayor Serge Dedina. -- Krystin Swindle and her husband brought their little ones to I-B on vacation; unaware of the latest spill. -- "It makes me quite concerned if my kids are gonna be playing on the beaches, in the water," Swindle said. ......

Breitbart          
L.A. Mayor Worries Trump Immigration Crackdown Will Incite Riots: 'I Fear a Tinderbox Out There' 
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti fears that President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration may cause Los Angeles to erupt in riots. -- On Friday's NPR's “Latino USA” podcast, Garcetti said it is dangerous when “ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] calls themselves police,” adding that “it's bad for ICE and it's bad for LAPD” because “people open that door expecting to see LAPD.” He said “if something goes wrong” when ICE agents try to deport illegal immigrants, “I fear a tinderbox out there, where people will suddenly say no and try to defend… keep that person from being taken. That's a very dangerous situation.”......

KRGV         
Border Patrol Discovers 5 People Inside Watermelon Cargo, Mexican Arrested 
Five people in the country illegally were rescued from a locked refrigerated tractor trailer at the Falfurrias checkpoint. -- U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered the people concealed within boxes of watermelons. They said the immigrants had no means of escape from the cold temperatures. -- All five people declined medical attention. -- The driver, a Mexican national, was arrested.......

El Paso, Inc.        
California bills target private business to help illegals 
Sacramento -- California Democrats are expanding their efforts to resist President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration with bills aimed at limiting how much private businesses can cooperate with federal immigration authorities. -- A bill that would bar landlords from disclosing tenants' immigration status or reporting them to immigration officials passed the Assembly on Monday. A measure prohibiting public and private employers from letting immigration agents come into their worksites or view their employee files cleared a key committee Friday.......

Conservative Base         
Trump advised to find and prosecute intelligence community swamp dwellers 
Britain has resumed sharing intelligence with the U.S., as police make progress in their search for bomber Salman Abedi's terror network. On Thursday morning, United Kingdom officials angrily stopped handing over information relating to the bombing of the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester following a series of alleged leaks to the American news media by suspected members of the American intelligence community. -- But following President Donald Trump's reaction to the British complaint, Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer said this evening that the matter has been resolved after “receiving fresh assurances.”......

Fox News         
Presidents Bush and Obama to blame for harm caused by illegal alien deported 17 times 
Former Presidents Bush and Obama owe a personal apology to the family of a California boy gravely injured by an illegal alien. They should also pay for the child's medical bills. -- I'll explain why in just a few minutes. But first, here's the back story: On May 6, the Lake family was returning to their home in San Ysidro after a day trip to Disneyland. -- They were just about a block from home when a truck driven by an illegal alien broadsided their car. Benjamin Lake and his wife suffered minor injuries. Their six-year-old son was severely injured.......

Real Clear Politics         
Clinton Talks Impeachment At Wellesley: You Are Graduating At A Time When There Is An Assault On Truth 
Former Democratic nominee for president Hillary Clinton makes a thinly veiled comparison of the impeachment of Richard Nixon to Donald Trump in her commencement address to her alma mater of Wellesley College. -- HILLARY CLINTON: Now, if any of you are nervous about what you'll be walking into when you leave the campus, I know that feeling. I do remember my commencement. I've been asked by my classmates to speak. I stayed up all night with my friends, the third floor of Davis. Writing and editing the speech.......

Breitbart          
More Obama Holdovers Flushed Out of DOJ 
After both the director and deputy director of the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) resigned Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions named James McHenry acting director. -- Director Juan Osuna and Deputy Director Ana Kocur, both appointed by former President Barack Obama, announced their resignations Friday in an email to all EOIR employees, according to a report in Politico. No reason appears to be given for their resignations, but the pair reportedly will depart the agency, which oversees all the Department of Justice's immigration judges, at the end of the month.......

May 27, 2017

AZPM        
Trump Budget Includes San Luis Border Crossing Rebuild 
The federal government would pay to overhaul the port of entry in San Luis, Arizona, under President Donald Trump's proposed budget. -- The president's budget seeks to make overall cuts in federal spending. But it sets aside $234 million to tear down and rebuild the San Luis port of entry. Local officials are both surprised and excited. -- "It feels good after five years of traveling and presenting presentations and looking like a broken record sometimes to finally see it come true,” said San Luis Vice Mayor Matias Rosales.......

My San Antonio          
Former finance secretary of Tabasco state in Mexico indicted in Corpus Christi 
The former finance secretary for the Mexican state of Tabasco has been indicted in Corpus Christi, the latest charges in a series of cross-border prosecutions by federal investigators in South Texas. -- U.S. officials last month charged José Manuel Saíz Pineda, 49, the former finance secretary; his wife Silvia Beatriz Perez Ceballos, 49, and business associate Martin Alberto Medina Sonda, 44, with money laundering conspiracy and conspiring to commit bank fraud, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Houston.......

Press Telegram          
Here is Long Beach (Calif.) police policy for dealing with immigration violations and ICE 
though Long Beach has not officially declared itself a sanctuary city, Long Beach police have said it would be harmful for them to act as a de facto arm of ICE. -- “Enforcing immigration at the local level undermines the trust and cooperation with immigrant communities, which are essential elements of community oriented policing,” the department said as part of a statement issued earlier this year in response to Trump's threat to defund sanctuary cities. -- In practice, the department said it does not detain anyone based on immigration status alone. California's Trust Act prohibits local law enforcement from holding people for deportation after being arrested for a lower-level crime.......

KVUE         
Border Patrol seizes cocaine from commercial bus toilet 
Border Patrol agents found more than $1 million in cocaine hidden in a commercial bus's toilet Thursday. -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the bus was crossing the U.S./Mexico border at the Sarita checkpoint the afternoon of May 25 when a dog alerted to the truck. The passengers were removed from the bus, and agents located 15 bundles of cocaine hidden in the toilet. The bundles were all wrapped in black tape, weighed more than 44 pounds combined and had an estimated value of $1.4 million.......

KERA       
MALDEF Vows To Fight 'Vigilante Justice Bill' After Texas Sues Over SB 4  
The Texas Legislature is keeping the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) busy this session. -- First, there's Senate Bill 4, one of the most controversial bills to come out Austin this session. MALDEF opposes the bill, which targets so-called “sanctuary cities.” The group was named in a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Ken Paxton seeking to affirm the constitutionality of the law.......

LA Daily News          
Carter national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski dies 
Zbigniew Brzezinski (ZBIG'-nyef breh-ZHIN'-skee), the national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, has died. He was 89. -- His death was announced on social media Friday night by his daughter, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski. She called him “the most inspiring, loving and devoted father any girl could ever have.” -- Brzezinski helped topple economic barriers between the Soviet Union, China and the West. And he helped Carter bridge wide gaps between the rigid Egyptian and Israeli leaders, Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin, leading to the Camp David accords.......

GOPUSA       
Guzzardi: For California Pols Pondering White House Bid: Mission Impossible 
For political reporters, writing hypothetical stories about which prospective candidate might run for what office is a break from more challenging hard news assignments. And the biggest speculative story is which Democrat will emerge from the pack to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020. On the list are three Californians --- U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom. -- Take it from this native Californian, the chance of anyone from my home state winning the White House any time soon is zero. On the national stage, Harris, Garcetti and Newsom can't hide from their endless sanctuary city advocacy, and their indefensible spending on legislation that provides billions in entitlements to illegal immigrants while the state's infrastructure crumbles.......

May 26, 2017

David Olen Cross -- Salem         
Oregon Department of Corrections: Foreign National Homicide Report -- April 2017 
Information obtained from the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) indicated that on April 1, 2017 that 137 of the 962 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) in the state's prison system were incarcerated for homicidal crimes (various degrees of murder and manslaughter), 14.24 percent of the criminal alien prison population. -- Using DOC U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainer numbers, the following table reveals the total number criminal alien inmates along with the number and percentage of those alien inmates incarcerated on April 1st in the state's prisons for homicidal crimes.......

KRIS          
New Mexico "advocates" to join Texas immigration law protest 
Dozens of immigrant advocates from New Mexico are heading to Texas to protest that state's new law allowing police officers to ask about a person's immigration status. -- The advocates from the New Mexico Dream Team will join immigrant activists in Texas on Monday for a demonstration against the law at the Texas Capitol Building. -- The Texas law also requires police chiefs and sheriffs - under the threat of jail and removal from office - to comply with federal requests to hold criminal suspects in jail for possible deportation.......

Mark Krikorian -- National Review         
Will No One Rid Me of These Turbulent Immigration Restrictionists? 
In the under-appreciated film “Bowfinger” one of Eddie Murphy's characters is a paranoid movie-star nitwit who meticulously combs through a proposed script to count the number of times the letter K is used: Kit: The letter K appears in this script 1,456 times. That's perfectly divisible by 3. Freddy: So what? So what you saying? Kit: What am I saying? KKK appears in this script 486 times! -- This was my first thought when I read the Southern Poverty Law Center's latest screed attacking my organization, the Center for Immigration Studies.......

Breitbart          
Trump Immigration Plan Will ‘Make Life As Miserable As Possible', Says Soros Group 
President Donald Trump's plan for a merit-based immigration system has billionaire George Soros' Open Society Foundation in hysterics. -- During an interview with the New York Times, former Obama White House immigration official and current strategic advisor for Soros' Open Society Foundation Angela Maria Kelley said the immigration plan would “make life as miserable as possible.”......

Alex Landi -- Record Searchlight       
Immigration fine up to a point 
One of the most important issues this nation faces in these contentious political times is immigration. The question is whether our current policies and practices are, in general, beneficial or detrimental to the country and its future. That depends. -- Immigration is not sacred, even in this country. Life is full of examples of things that are fine --- up to a point. -- Something that is positive, if taken too far, can quickly become a negative..... Note: Alex Landi was one of the activists Glenn Spencer worked with in California before he left for Arizona.

Glenn Spencer     
Don't Buy XPlane 11
I have been using the flight simulator X Plane for years. I have had trouble with it, so I paid to upgrade to X Plane 11. I have been struggling to use it for more than a week. I give up. This thing is has been made so complex that it is totally impossible to use. For example, I am trying to fly a Cessna 172 and can't figure out how to release the parking brake. Online forums are complaining. One says you have to set the 'v' on the keyboard to toggle brake maximum --- no joy. I have programmed buttons on the throttle quadrant to activate every brske function and nothing works. Also, the menu bar won't allow me so use the pull-down function. Piece of junk!

Washington Examiner        
John Kelly counters Obama 'wall' comments: 'We're not hiding behind a wall' 
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly pushed back on former President Barack Obama's shot at President Trump's border wall, and defended the plan to protect the U.S. border with Mexico. -- "We're not hiding behind a wall," Kelly said in an interview on "Fox and Friends" on Friday morning. "We're constructing a physical barrier backed up by technology and of course the great men and women of the Customs and Border Protection to simply safeguard our southern border. -- "We're not hiding behind a wall, and you can't defend anything by hiding behind something," he continued.......

KRGV        
Couple's Vehicle Impounded in Mexico for Expired Tags 
An expired Texas license tag in Mexico could be costly to travelers. One man's vehicle was impounded for that reason. -- San Antonio native Mario Rocha was en route to a doctor's appointment in Mexico with his wife. He said Mexican border officials impounded his vehicle. -- “They took my keys. They started searching my vehicle and they're like, ‘We're going to confiscate the vehicle because we're just following the protocol,'” he said.......

MLive.com          
More illegals arraigned in federal court in Bay City 
Stemming from two incidents in as many Michigan counties, two Mexican men have been federally charged in Bay City with illegally entering the United States. It's a crime both men have committed in the past. -- Aaron Diaz-Leal, 32, and Raul Resendez-Ledezma, 42, appeared before U.S. District Magistrate Judge Patricia T. Morris on Tuesday, May 23, for arraignment on one count of illegal reentry of a previously removed alien. The charge is punishable by up to two years' incarceration. -- Their cases mark the fourth and fifth times someone has been arraigned on that charge in the federal courthouse in downtown Bay City since Jan. 1. Of those five cases, the earliest was filed May 4.......

CBS Philly          
Federal Agents Net Dozens Of Illegals In 10-Day Operation 
Immigration officials conducted a 10-day roundup operation this month, netting over 150 people in the tri-state area. -- Immigration Custom Enforcement agents say the target was any illegal alien who is a threat to public safety, like registered sex offenders, gang members, convicted criminals, and those who have ignored deportation and immigration laws. -- 141 people in Pennsylvania were taken into Federal custody, 16 of which were arrested in Philadelphia.......

KEYT      
ICE operation nets illegals in Santa Barbara, Ventura counties 
Santa Barbara -- Strategically planning out their enforcement, this video from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement shows officers in L.A. as they are about to make an arrest. -- This was a part of ice's five day operation, focusing on at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants, and immigration fugitives. In total, crews arrested nearly 200 people living in six Southern California counties. -- Nine of those people were found right here in Santa Maria. Some residents we spoke with say they're happy to see these people off the streets. -- "I think that if they're causing problems they should be arrested and either sent back to Mexico or put in jail here," says Phyllis Jewett. ......

Fox News        
Obama Takes Shot at Trump During Berlin Visit: 'We Can't Hide Behind a Wall'  
Former President Barack Obama on Thursday took a thinly-veiled shot at his successor for wanting to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. -- “We have to recognize that everything that happens on the other side of the world affects us as well," he said in Berlin during a conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "If there's conflict, if there's bad governance, if there's war, if there's poverty, in this new world that we live in we can't isolate ourselves. We can't hide behind a wall." -- Obama emphasized the importance of giving humanitarian aid and taking in refugees and immigrants in need.......

KGBT         
Mexican couple attempts to smuggle 113 pounds of cocaine across Pharr bridge 
Two Mexican nationals attempted to smuggle 113 pounds of cocaine across the Pharr International Bridge on Saturday, according to a news release. -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers referred a 2008 Dodge Durango, containing a 35-year-old female Mexican citizen, and a 33-year-old man from Reynosa, Mexico, to a second inspection. -- Upon inspection of the vehicle, and with the assistance of a canine team, CBP officers discovered 44 packages of cocaine totaling 113 pounds, according to the news release.......

KATC         
Illegal alien arrested for molestation 
Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's deputies arrested an Iowa man Thursday and booked him with child sex charges. -- Alejandro Maldonado Salazar, 41, was booked with indecent behavior with a juvenile. -- He's accused of molesting an 11-year-old child on several occasions at a home in Iowa. -- Detectives also learned that Salazar allegedly entered the United States illegally, and so an immigration hold also was placed on him. ......

CNBC          
Zuckerberg joins Silicon Valley bigwigs in calling for government to give everybody free money 
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called on the need to consider universal basic income for Americans during his Harvard Commencement Speech. -- Zuckerberg's comments reflect those of other Silicon Valley bigwigs, including Sam Altman, the president of venture capital firm Y Combinator. -- "Every generation expands its definition of equality. Now it's time for our generation to define a new social contract," Zuckerberg said during his speech. ......

Fox News         
Drug smuggling on the rise along the border as human smuggling drops 
Like any large corporation that responds to a sagging line of revenue, the Mexican cartels who control the border have replaced a decline in human smuggling with an increase in drug smuggling. -- "They need to make their profits somewhere," says Border Patrol Agent Marlene Castro, overlooking the Rio Grande in South Texas. "They were making so much money from human trafficking. Now that's at a near all-time low, so they're trying to make money on narcotics.... marijuana, meth and cocaine."......

Breitbart          
Border Patrol Agent Died after Being Stabbed by Cartel Member, Says DHS Secretary Kelly 
A Tweet quotes Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly saying a Border Patrol agent died last night after being stabbed in the face by a cartel member. -- Huffington Post politics and immigration reporter Elise Foley Tweeted on Thursday, “DHS Secretary John Kelly says a CBP officer died last night after being stabbed in the face by a cartel member.”......

KESQ         
14 illegals arrested in bed of dump truck 
Salton Sea -- Border Patrol agents with the Indio Station arrested 14 undocumented immigrants hiding in the bed of a dump truck Thursday morning at the Highway 86 checkpoint. -- Agents said the incident occurred at about 4:40 a.m. when a white 1997 Ford dump truck approached the checkpoint. Agents questioned the 36-year-old driver about his immigration status and asked to inspect the truck. The driver consented and was sent to secondary inspection. ......

Union Tribune        
Border Patrol agents said Tijuana sewage problem worse now than in previous decades 
U.S. Border Patrol agents chasing people who crossed illegally into the United States through the Tijuana River Valley often get covered in toxic mud and must wade through hazardous wastewater. -- That's according to union officials representing the agents, who said respiratory problems, rashes and nausea have become an increasingly routine part of patrolling the border with Mexico. -- The issue of pollution flowing down the Tijuana River, especially amid rainy conditions, is well-documented. It includes a series of massive sewer spills during this past winter — an abundantly wet season — that fouled beaches as far north as Coronado.......

KJZZ       
Zuckerberg's FWD.us Launching Arizona Coalition To Push Amnesty 
When Senate Bill 1070 became law in Arizona in 2010, the controversy that came after was felt across the state. -- As Arizona was boycotted across the country --- and the Mexican government condemned the bill --- Arizona businesses felt the repercussions of what was seen by many as an anti-immigrant law that encouraged racial profiling. -- Today, the debate over immigration surrounds the proposed building of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border --- and its effect on the business world is still at the center of the conversation. -- FWD.us is an organization started in 2013 by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, as well as other leaders in the tech community. It aims to keep the business community involved in the discussion over immigration reform.......


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