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July 8, 2017

Engineering.com         
Autonomous Border Patrol System Could Deploy Drones on its Own 
Systems and industrial engineers at the University of Arizona are building a framework for border surveillance that uses artificial intelligence, based on realistic computer simulations, to integrate data from different sources and respond in real time. -- "Our goal is to devise a system to most effectively, efficiently and safely deploy border patrol resources," said Young-Jun Son, professor and head of the UA Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering and principal investigator of the project. -- With some unmanned aerial vehicles at the border starting at $18 million USD apiece, their performance has implications for taxpayers as well as national security.. Note: Some one should let the Universtiy of Arizona know that Glenn Spencer has already developed a systems to automatically deploy drones......

KGTV       
Border Patrol hauls in $3.2M in drugs in 24 hours 
Border Patrol agents at ports of entry along the California-Mexico border seized more than $3.2 million in narcotics over the past day. -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said 488 pounds of narcotics were seized at the ports between Thursday at 12 a.m. and Friday at 12 a.m. -- About 349 pounds of methamphetamine and 139 pounds of cocaine were discovered hidden in various locations of vehicles, such as seats, bags, spare tire and quarter panels. --"CBP's detection and apprehension of contraband plays a significant role in keeping our communities safe and we remain committed to securing our nation's borders," Pete Flores, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego, said.......

Breitbart          
Illegal Alien Accused of Stabbing Her Four Children, Husband to Death 
An illegal alien has been arrested after being accused of killing four of her five children and her husband in a brutal stabbing. -- Isabel Martinez, an illegal alien with an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer, is accused of stabbing to death four of her children, including 2-year-old Axel, 4-year-old Dillan, 7-year-old Dacota and 10-year-old Isabela Martinez, and her husband, 33-year-old Martin Romero, according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. -- Martinez also allegedly stabbed her fifth child, 9-year-old Diana Romero, but after being airlifted to the hospital following the stabbing incident, she is expected to survive, according to authorities. -- According to police, Martinez went on the stabbing spree against her own family in the middle of the night, around 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.......

Glenn Spencer      
Integrated Fixed Tower not being used?
American Border Patrol has been monitoring the Integrated Fixed Tower project in and near the Coronado NatIonal Forest since early February. -- On July 6 and 7 we took photos of the cameras atop what we have been calling tower T1 (at the Montezuma Pass). -- It appears that the cameras hand't moved for at least one day --- suggesting that they are not being used to find border crossers.

July 7, 2017

News Leader          
Man guilty in $24 million Augusta County meth ring 
A man who moved $24 million in methamphetamine through Augusta County faces a minimum-mandatory prison sentence of 20 years after pleading guilty Friday in circuit court. -- Adrian Perez Sanchez, 31, of Charlottesville, was convicted on a charge of possession of 100 or more grams of pure methamphetamine, or 200 grams mixed, with intent to distribute. -- Sanchez faces up to life in prison when sentenced in October. -- Chief Prosecutor Phil Figura of the Virginia Office of the Attorney General said starting in 2014 Sanchez was moving 20 pounds of meth per week, sometimes more, from a connection in North Carolina.......

US News       
Mexico, U.S. Vow to Bolster Joint Fight Against Drug Cartels 
Mexico and the United States are seeking to forge closer ties to fight arms trafficking and organized crime, Mexico's interior minister said on Friday, as he and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly vowed to redouble efforts to battle drug cartels. -- "We're looking at new forms of cooperation on issues like arms trafficking ... and obviously combating international criminal organizations dedicated to drug trafficking," Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong told a news conference. -- Osorio Chong did not provide details as he spoke alongside Kelly, who was coming to the end of a three-day visit to Mexico......

Sun Sentinal          
Haitian accused of driving car at immigration agents faces prosecution, deportation 
A Broward man accused of driving his car at immigration agents who were trying to arrest him last month is now facing a federal charge. -- Juster Philippe, 22, will remain jailed while the criminal case is pending, a judge ruled Thursday. He is accused of assaulting, resisting or impeding federal agents while they were performing official duties. -- One of the agents fired his gun at Philippe's car during the incident and the bullet hit the front passenger-side door but did not injure anybody, according to court records.......

Breitbart          
Sanctuary City NYC Released Illegal Alien with Felony Charges 
An illegal alien with pending felony charges was released by New York City law enforcement as requests by federal immigration officials continue to be ignored due to prevailing sanctuary city policies. -- Najee Antonio Clarke, a Jamaican national, entered the United States on a foreign B-2 visitor visa back in June 2010, according to officials with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. -- Clarke was supposed to leave the U.S. in December 2010 but instead over-stayed his visa, remaining in the country for the next six years. -- The Jamaican national with pending felony charges was arrested on June 16 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) deportation officers.......

Washington Examiner         
Countries that refuse to take back illegals cut in half, 'big' win for Trump 
The Trump administration has bolstered its campaign to deport criminal illegal immigrants by getting countries to stop blocking the transfers and take them back, according to key Homeland Security officials. -- Led by its success in getting Iraq to shift gears, the administration is looking to cut the number of "recalcitrant nations" even further as it speeds up the arrest of illegal immigrants and visa overstayers who have criminal records. -- "It is big news. It shows that some of these countries see that they can't get away with stiff arming us anymore, that there will be consequences," said Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies.......

Northwest Herald         
Mexican sentenced to 7 years for kidnapping 13-year-old girl 
A Woodstock man was sentenced to seven years in prison for kidnapping a 13-year-old girl and sexually assaulting her while she was intoxicated. -- Ericsson J. Gumesindo, 21, pleaded guilty in May to one count of aggravated kidnapping. He faced up to 30 years in prison. -- McHenry County Judge Michael Feetterer said during a sentencing hearing Thursday that while he considered the nature and circumstances of the offense, he also recognized that Gumesindo was 18 years old at the time of the incident and had no criminal record.......

Kansas.com          
Kansas attorney general joins Texas push against 'dreamer' illegals 
Kansas has joined nine other states in asking the Trump administration to wind down a program that protects from deportation immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. -- Attorney General Derek Schmidt, a onetime supporter of in-state college tuition for such immigrant youths, was one of 10 attorneys general to sign a letter last week by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that asks the Department of Homeland Security to phase out the federal program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. -- The DACA program, instituted by President Obama in 2012, provides relief from deportation, Social Security numbers and work permits for immigrants brought to the United States without proper authorization before they were age 16......

FT.com          
US-Mexico float idea of guest worker program to address illegal immigration 
Donald Trump and Enrique Peña Nieto advanced the debate on tackling illegal immigration by floating the idea of a 21st century version of the Bracero guest worker programme under which millions of Mexican worked American farms from the 1940s to the early 1960s. -- Though the presidents of US and Mexico stuck to the script and avoided ticklish subjects during the closed-door session on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Mr Trump could not resist rising to the bait when, before the private encounter began, a reporter asked him if he would still like Mexico to pay for his planned border wall. -- “Absolutely,” replied Mr Trump, seated beside his Mexican counterpart who looked on, impassively......

Daily Caller         
Trump Administration Has Increased Immigration Enforcement Through This One Key Action 
The Trump administration has ended a form of prosecutorial discretion that was prevalent during the Obama administration to make it easier to deport illegal immigrants. -- Prosecutorial discretion generally refers to the ability of prosecutors to prioritize certain cases due to operational constraints. This was used by the Obama administration to enact out its immigration policy, specifically by prioritizing the deportation of gang members, criminal aliens, and very recent entries. Under this policy, immigration attorneys could make the case that their clients fell within the non-enforcement categories and thus should not be deported.......

Workers World      
Hundreds pack town hall to lambaste sheriff 
Hundreds of people, the vast majority opposed to Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern's policies on undocumented immigrants, packed a town hall meeting here on June 30 at which the sheriff was the featured speaker. Held at the Hayward Adult School, far from Bay Area city centers, the event was organized by People Power-Alameda County, a community action group of the American Civil Liberties Union. -- ACLU senior attorney Julia Mass spoke briefly, followed by Ahern, whose 20-minute PowerPoint presentation was frequently interrupted by jeers, as people held up signs saying #NotMySheriff.......

KRGV   
McAllen Mayor Rescinds Support for Border Wall 
Mayor Jim Darling of Mcallen says he no longer supports the border wall. -- He sent the reversal of his decision in a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly. -- In February Secretary Kelly toured the Valley's border with Mexico, at the time, Mayor Darling gave Kelly a letter citing his support for a border wall along the levees. -- In a letter sent Monday, Darling said he was under the "mistaken belief that the wall at the levy locations was being recommended in order for FEMA to certify the area relating to the release of a portion of the floodway back to the property owners."......

ProPublica        
ICE Officers Told to Take Action Against All Illegals Encountered While on Duty 
The head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit in charge of deportations has directed his officers to take action against all undocumented immigrants they may cross paths with, regardless of criminal histories. The guidance appears to go beyond the Trump administration's publicly stated aims, and some advocates say may explain a marked increase in immigration arrests. -- In a February memo, Matthew Albence, a career official who heads the Enforcement and Removal Operations division of ICE, informed his 5,700 deportation officers that, “effective immediately, ERO officers will take enforcement action against all removable aliens encountered in the course of their duties.”......

KVOA          
Man arrested for trying to smuggle ecstasy 
Border Patrol agents found two and a half pounds of ecstasy strapped to a man's as he tried entering the United States on Wednesday, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release. -- The 21-year-old man attempted to smuggle 375 ecstasy tablets through the El Paso-Mexico border crossing. -- The man was stopped by drug sniffing dogs while he waited in line at a pedestrian crossing.......

KSBY    
Illegal alien suspect in Nipomo girlfriend's killing faces federal immigration charges 
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it will be seeking federal charges against Julio Cesar Alonso, an undocumented man who had his murder charge dismissed Wednesday. -- Alonso was accused of killing his girlfriend, Paulina Ramirez, in her Nipomo home in May after she was found with a stab wound to the neck. Alonso's arrest on suspicion of murder brought to light that he was in the United States illegally. -- Last month, Alonso pleaded not guilty to the murder. Wednesday morning, The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office dismissed murder charges against Alonso, saying there's just not enough evidence linking him to the crime.......

Washington Times        
Illegal immigration spikes along U.S.-Mexico border 
Illegal immigration across the southwest border rose yet again in June, according to the latest Homeland Security figures released Friday that show a noticeable jump over the past two months. -- Border Patrol agents nabbed 16,089 illegal immigrants trying to sneak in, while Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers identified another 5,570 illegal immigrants who showed up without authorization at the ports of entry. -- The combined 21,659 illegal immigrants is still the lowest numbers for June in years, but the spike is worrisome because illegal immigration generally begins to slow in the summer months. Indeed, the past four years saw an average drop of 10 percent in Border Patrol apprehensions in June --- but this year saw an 11 percent rise.......

In Homelad Security      
G20 Summit: Violence Surges in Mexico Amidst US-Mexico Diplomatic Efforts  
President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto for 30 minutes at the G20 summit in Germany on July 7. -- Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly will be in Mexico until July 7 “to discuss building the U.S.-Mexico relationship while working together to combat transnational criminal organizations, enhance regional security and boost economic cooperation,” according to a DHS statement. In the meantime, the homicide rate in Mexico is the highest it's been since the Mexican government started tracking drug-related statistics two decades ago. -- Recent attempts at diplomacy between the U.S. and Mexico have been strained at best, and utter failures at worst.......

KGTV         
'Stop the Poop' group protests cross-border sewage spills 
A group of people fed up with trans-border sewage spills protested in front of the Mexican Consulate in Little Italy Thursday morning. -- The founder of the 'Stop the Poop' group, Tijuana River Valley resident Baron Partlow, said the group's concerns had been ignored for too long. They've had trouble reaching out to environmental officials in Mexico, and that's why brought their concerns to the consulate today. -- The group carried signs that read "stop the poop" and chanted "no Mexican sewage!"......

NY Daily News          
Trump 'absolutely' wants Mexico to pay for wall after first meeting with the country's president 
Friends at last? -- President Trump --- for the first time since taking office --- briefly met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto Friday on the sidelines of the G20 conference in Hamburg, Germany. -- Trump referred to Peña Nieto as his “friend,” but said afterward he “absolutely” wants Mexico to pay for his massive border wall. -- Peña Nieto, appearing with Trump after the meeting, said he looked forward to a “flowing dialogue” between the nations.......

Express News      
Texas is 'ground zero' in fight over immigration laws 
The League of United Latin American Citizens hosted their annual convention in San Antonio, and among the many events they had a press conference regarding the perks of being a sanctuary city and the reason for opposing the SB 4 at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on July 6, 2017. Mayor Raul Reyes of El Cenizo spoke about the discrimination and marginalization that the passing of SB4 will cause the Latino community.......

LifeZette        
9th Circuit Opens Door for Mass Release of Illegal-Alien Minors 
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday that illegal-immigrant minors must be granted a bond hearing --- a hearing in which the burden of proof is on the government to show why the person should be held rather than released. -- “The overall issue is that it releases people we know nothing about and can't properly vet,” says Matthew O'Brien, a former trial attorney for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) who now works for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).......

July 6, 2017

WXOW        
Justice Dept. questions cities' immigration info sharing 
The Justice Department on Thursday questioned whether some so-called sanctuary cities responded honestly when asked whether they follow the law on sharing the citizenship status of people in their custody with federal immigration authorities. -- In a strongly worded statement, the department said some of the 10 jurisdictions under scrutiny insist they are compliant with the law while still defiantly refusing to cooperate with efforts to detain and deport immigrants living in the country illegally. The Justice Department said it was reviewing policies of the jurisdictions to determine whether they should lose some federal grant money for failing to prove they are adhering to federal immigration law. -- The cities include New York, Chicago, New Orleans and Philadelphia, which said in its letter to the department that the city was adhering to the law even while refusing to collect information on residents' immigration statuses.......

Mid Country Memo        
Censure motion divides school board 
On June 8, the David Douglas School Board quietly voted on a censure motion against Bryce Anderson. The motion failed 5-2, with Andrea Valderrama and Christine Larsen voting in the minority for the censure. -- Politically speaking, a censure is a symbolic reprisal with little practical sway. Notably, neither board member commented publicly on their vote at the time of the motion. -- The censure was a product of the allegation that Anderson had made xenophobic statements about immigrants during a March meeting that featured a debate over the Inclusive District Resolution when he commented on the alleged murder in San Francisco in 2015 of an American by an illegal immigrant.......

SF Examiner          
Police Commission adopts updated sanctuary city guidelines, but advocates say more is needed 
The San Francisco Police Commission unanimously voted Wednesday night to approve updated orders for police that spell out current Sanctuary City policies, but community advocates say the changes do not go far enough. -- The Police Department has not updated its general order with respect to immigration enforcement since 1995, but it has sent out a series of department bulletins giving officers guidance on changes in city policy. -- The general order adopted Wednesday night essentially formalizes those bulletins, with some clarifications, according to police Chief William Scott. ......

WALF          
Illegal alien who killed child pleads guilty to federal charge 
The man who is accused of allegedly killing a 5-year-old Athens child after firing rounds at a New Year's Eve party pleaded guilty on Thursday in federal court to illegally possessing the gun because he was in the United States illegally. -- Fidel Rodriguez-Canchola was charged in January with criminally negligent homicide. -- Investigators believe the shooting was an accident. The man, who is a friend of the victim's family, was allegedly firing the rounds in his yard when the girl ran into the line of fire.......

SF Gate         
Usual suspects oppose Trump's immigration policies 
Nearly 100 immigration activists and labor union members rallied in downtown Boston on Thursday to protest President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration and to call for an end to the deportation proceedings against a local janitor from El Salvador. -- Members of the Service Employees International Union and the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition gathered Thursday at noon in Downtown Crossing holding signs and chanting "We are here to stay" during the roughly half hour demonstration. -- U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, was among the speakers who voiced opposition to Trump's controversial immigration policies.......

NY Post        
Malliotakis: NYC should comply with all federal requests to hand over illegals 
Presumptive GOP mayoral nominee Nicole Malliotakis said the city should comply with all federal detainer requests for immigrants who have committed any crime --- not just those on a selective list of 170 serious offenses. -- Currently, the city only complies with federal requests to hand over immigrants for deportation if they've committed a felony from the list, which Malliotakis has argued for months excludes too many serious crimes. -- “Individuals who are here committing crimes against other immigrants and citizens cannot stay,” she said on WNYC radio. “We must comply with detainer requests for these individuals.”......

Breitbart          
Report: Open Borders Advocate George Clooney Moving Family Back to Trump's America for 'Security Reasons' 
Actor and immigration activist George Clooney will move to Los Angeles with his wife Amal and newborn twins Ella and Alexander due to security concerns at his England estate, according to a report. -- Life & Style magazine reported last week that the 56-year-old Oscar-winner will move his newly-expanded family to his mansion in Studio City, California, after deeming his 17th century mansion in Sonning, England to be not sufficiently safe for them.......

WaPo         
Texas is getting a new 'sanctuary cities' law, and the Mexican government isn't happy 
A new Texas law has pushed the fight about sanctuary cities to spill over the border, as Mexican officials grow increasingly concerned about Mexican nationals being caught in an expanding immigration dragnet while American authorities worry the measure might derail economic activity. -- Senate Bill 4, signed on May 7, gives greater freedom to local Texas police to ask people, who have been detained, about their immigration status, and mandates cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Officials who don't comply could be fined or even jailed.......

David Olen Cross -- Salem          
Oregon Department of Corrections: Criminal Alien Report -- June 2017
The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) June 1, 2017 Inmate Population Profile indicated there were 14,708 inmates incarcerated in the DOC’s 14 prisons. -- Data obtained from the DOC indicated that on June 1st there were 981 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the state’s prison system; approximately one in every fifteen prisoners incarcerated by the state was a criminal alien, 6.67 percent of the total prison population. -- Some background information, all 981 criminal aliens currently incarcerated in the DOC prison system were identified by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a federal law enforcement agency that is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. If an inmate is identified by ICE as being a criminal alien, at the federal law enforcement agency’s request, DOC officials will place an “ICE detainer” on the inmate. After the inmate completes his/her state sanction, prison officials will transfer custody of the inmate to ICE...........

Straits Times  -- Singapore         
US homeland security chief talks drug crackdown with Mexican President 
US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly met Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Wednesday (July 5) to discuss the countries' joint fight against drug cartels, officials said. -- Mr Kelly arrived in Mexico on Wednesday for three days of high-level talks on trade and security ahead of a meeting between the US and Mexican presidents. -- He and Mr Pena Nieto "emphasised the importance that both countries' authorities continue working jointly to fight transnational organised crime, based on the shared responsibility that both nations have recognized", said a statement from the Mexican President's office.......

Courthouse News       
California Closer to Creating Sanctuary State 
Over objections from sheriffs' unions and the California Police Chiefs Association, the California Assembly Judiciary Committee took a step forward in making the Golden State a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants. -- State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, D-Los Angeles, said his measure, Senate Bill 54 or the “California Values Act,” is intended to prevent state and local law enforcement from cooperating with what he calls the “Trump Deportation Machine.” -- Opponents call it a “sanctuary state measure” that goes against federal immigration law and obstructs the ability of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to do their job.......

July 5, 2017

Breitbart          
Official Who Released Criminal Aliens into U.S. for Obama Now Directing ICE 
The acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the Trump Administration is the same bureaucrat responsible for overseeing the release of violent criminal illegal aliens into U.S. communities under the Obama Administration. The acting director, Thomas Homan, previously headed Obama's Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), a position where Homan helped direct the release of criminal illegal aliens. Homan received an award from President Obama for his work on immigration matters. -- The agents and officers in the National ICE Council are sounding the alarm that such a bureaucrat would somehow be chosen by the Trump Administration to lead a flagship effort such as immigration law enforcement. ICE Council President Chris Crane, also an ICE Officer, spoke with Breitbart Texas and painted a dismal picture of the politics playing out in how our nation's immigration laws are enforced.......

Business Insider      
Approximately 30 people reportedly killed in shootout in northern Mexican border state 
At least 26 people died in a shootout in the northern Mexican border state of Chihuahua early on Wednesday, a spokesman from that state's attorney general's office told Reuters. -- The incident, which took place near the rural community of Las Varas in western Chihuahua, involved two armed groups, and the number of dead could rise, spokesman Felix Gonzalez told Reuters. -- Mexican newspaper El Diario, based in Chihuahua, reported on Wednesday morning that the clash left more than 30 people dead. ......

Yakima Union-Bulletin        
Immigration enforcement boost felt throughout Yakima Valley 
In Granger, attorneys with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project can't keep up with the number of deportation hearings. -- In Yakima, inmates held on suspicion of violating immigration laws have nearly tripled since March. -- And across the Yakima Valley, social service agencies report a drop in the number of immigrants seeking help, while crime victims in this country illegally are becoming more reluctant to file complaints.......

Daily Caller    
Under Trump, More Central American Migrants Resettling In Mexico 
Migrants from Central American countries are increasingly choosing to resettle in Mexico as the Trump administration's tough immigration enforcement policies make the U.S. a less accessible destination. -- For years, Mexico has largely been a waypoint for people from the so-called Northern Triangle countries --- Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador --- who were trying to cross into the U.S. and petition for asylum. As the U.S. has cracked down on illegal immigration at the border and tightened its rules on accepting asylum claims, those migrants are now staying put in Mexico.......

The Hill         
Mexican foreign minister on Trump meeting: 'We don't expect to resolve substantial differences' 
Mexico's foreign minister Wednesday said it is unlikely a meeting this week between President Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto will "resolve substantial differences." -- Trump is expected to meet with Peña Nieto later this week at the Group of 20 summit in Germany. -- It will be an important meeting, but we have to put it in context and not have expectations that are unjustified," Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray told the Televisa television network, according to Reuters......

Daily Caller          
Border Patrol Captures 13 Fugitives, Seizes $5.2 Million In Drugs Over July 4 Weekend 
Border Patrol agents over the Fourth of July weekend seized $5.2 million worth of narcotics and captured 13 fugitives along the California border with Mexico. -- More than 300 pounds of methamphetamine, 223 pounds of cocaine, 45 pounds of heroine and other narcotics were seized by Border Patrol agents from Friday through Sunday, according to a press release issued Monday night by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. -- The agents also arrested 13 fugitives during the same time period for various charges, including driving under the influence, assault, burglary and probation violation.......

Breitbart          
Kamala Harris Uses Children's Citizenship Ceremony to Blast Trump Policies 
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) used her speech at a citizenship ceremony for 41 children aboard the U.S.S. Iowa in San Pedro to blast President Donald Trump's policies on Monday. -- Though she did not mention the president by name, Harris's speech took aim at Trump's “travel ban” and urged the newly-naturalized Americans — who became citizens automatically when their parents did so --- to become politically involved to oppose the Trump administration. -- In remarks prepared for delivery, Harris said......

Cedar Park Patch         
Protesting" Immigration Advocates" Halt Cedar Park Fourth Of July Parade (Video) 
Cedar Park, Texas -- The Tuesday morning Cedar Park Fourth of July parade was briefly interrupted by protesters decrying an anti-immigration law due to take effect in September, according to a published report. -- The group of protesters blocking the parade route were promptly removed by police, although no arrests were made. They were there to call attention to Senate Bill 4, a measure signed by Gov. Greg Abbott that seeks to end so-called "sanctuary cities" he views as being too lenient in allowing undocumented immigrants to live in their midst. ......

Washington Examiner      
DHS Secretary John Kelly heads to Mexico for three-day meeting 
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly will meet with Mexican government officials in Mexico City over three days this week, according to a department statement issued late Tuesday. -- Kelly will be in Mexico Wednesday through Friday to discuss building the U.S.-Mexico relationship while working together to combat transnational criminal organizations, enhance regional security and boost economic cooperation, according to the statement. -- The U.S., Mexico and Canada are in the early stages of reforming the North American Free Trade Agreement following President Trump's campaign promise to build a better deal that benefits American workers.......

Breitbart          
Kobach: Why States Need to Assist the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity 
Last Thursday, the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity officially asked each state's chief election official for a copy of their state's publicly-available voter information, in order to better investigate voter fraud across the nation. I'm the Vice Chair of that Commission, and the letter went out under my signature. -- Immediately thereafter, several prominent Democrats declared that they would not comply with this request. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla stated, “California's participation would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud made by the President, the Vice President, and Mr. Kobach.”......

NewsMax         
Report: Targeted Immigration Arrests in San Diego Increase Under Trump 
Targeted immigration arrests in San Diego have increased after an executive order by President Donald Trump expanded the priorities for the arrests, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. -- "All we're trying to do is protect the community and remove the threats," Greg Archambeault, field office director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Enforcement and Removal Operations, told The Union-Tribune. -- Former President Barack Obama changed enforcement priorities in 2014 to focus on those with felony convictions or multiple misdemeanors, but Trump's executive order now includes anyone charged with any level of crime, as well as those who have received final orders of removal --- a judge's sign-off on their order to be deported, The Union-Tribune reports.......

July 4, 2017
Independence Day

Argus Observer         
Consulate of Mexico visits Ontario (Oregon), seeks to support Mexican nationals  
The Consulate of Mexico in Boise visited Four Rivers Cultural Center, Saturday, to support Mexican nationals in obtaining documentation, counseling as well as additional information. -- About 70 Mexican nationals attended the one-day event to obtain a passport, Consular ID, voting ID or birth certificates. -- The mobile consulate offers Mexican nationals the chance to obtain documentation from their country within a couple of hours that otherwise may have taken weeks to receive, Claudia Espinosa, a representative of the protection affairs department with the Consulate, said.......[H/T: DOC]

Dallas News         
Immigration hardliners try to force Trump's hand on DACA  
As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised to “immediately terminate” two Obama-era immigration programs that granted temporary deportation relief to immigrants who were in the country illegally, saying they “defied federal law and the Constitution.” -- Last month, Trump did away with one of those programs: Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, or DAPA, which granted a two-year protection from deportation to unauthorized immigrants who were parents of U.S. citizens or lawful residents.......

Fox News // Washington Times         
Sanctuary For The Law-Abiding 
Kate's Law, approved by the House, would protect Americans in their own country -- ANALYSIS/OPINION: Anniversaries can be an occasion for remembrance and celebration, but some recall only pain and regrets. Saturday marked two years since Kate Steinle was slain on a stroll with her father on the San Francisco waterfront by an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times. This is an anniversary marked by the passage, in the U.S. House of Representatives, of legislation called Kate's Law, to prevent such tragedies. No one gets a guarantee that life won't include a raw deal, but no one should be a victim to an uninvited and lawless "guest."......

GOPUSA         
Austin donors love their criminal aliens more than government funds 
A crowdfunded donation account will give $133,000 to Travis County to keep specialty court, victim services and juvenile justice programs in operation through November, officials announced Thursday. -- State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez's office helped create the Travis County #StrongerTogether fund in February to raise money from the private sector after Gov. Greg Abbott yanked $1.5 million in state grants from local court programs. The fund is being overseen by the Austin Community Foundation. -- Abbott pulled the grants after Sheriff Sally Hernandez announced a new policy limiting the jail's cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.......

Breitbart          
Illegal Alien Escaped from Feds During Deportation 
An illegal alien has been recaptured by immigration officials after he escaped from custody while being deported out of the United States. -- Carlos Rivas-Mendez, an illegal alien, was in the process of being deported in Sterling, Virginia, riding in the back of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) vehicle, according to NBC Washington. Mendez was being taken to Washington Dulles International Airport to be flown back to his native country. -- While on the way to the airport, Mendez escaped ICE custody by getting out of the car and running into a wooded area, all while still being handcuffed. -- The escape triggered a law enforcement manhunt for the illegal alien, with immigration officials eventually finding him and placing him back into federal custody.......

AOL          
Former president of Mexico to Trump: 'Want to be a hero?... All you have to do is quit.' 
Former president of Mexico, Vicente Fox, has made it pretty clear he isn't much of a Donald Trump fan, not with the whole "Mexico will pay for the wall" spiel and all. But now the outspoken politico south of the border has kicked up his mocking of the POTUS with a video advising him how to keep a cool head... and his finger off "the button." -- The pièce de résistance: some of Fox's suggestions come from a book about toddlers. -- "I know you don't want to end the world, but you're a hot-tempered man, Donald. And when it comes to war, it is important to slow down. So I made a list of five questions that I want you to ask yourself before you push the button," the video begins.......

Hot Air / NY Times       
Central Americans, "scared of what's happening" in US, stay put 
Many in the Central American countries known as the Northern Triangle --- El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras --- appear to be doing just that. Those nations have accounted for many of the undocumented immigrants who have tried to cross the American border in recent years. Now the wariness about Mr. Trump's immigration policies is palpable, the impact visible. -- Migrant smugglers in Honduras say their business has dried up since Mr. Trump took office. Fewer buses have been leaving the northern Honduran city of San Pedro Sula bound for the border with Guatemala, the usual route for Honduran migrants heading overland to the United States. In hotels and shelters along the migrant trail, once-occupied beds go empty night after night.......

July 3, 2017

MRCTV       
Senator Proposes Using Sanctuary City Funds to Build Trump's Border Wall
Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) is proposing the U.S. take federal funding from sanctuary cities that violate the law and put the funds toward the budget to build President Trump's border wall. -- “Strange's legislation, introduced in May, would keep federal funds from being given to areas with sanctuary cities that fail to comply with the Justice Department in following immigration law, or that punish small businesses for submitting bids in the construction process for the border wall promised by Trump,” reports The Daily Signal.......

LA Daily News       
Trump impeachment march takes over Pershing Square in LA
A crowd estimated in the thousands gathered at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday to call on Congress to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. -- The Los Angeles impeachment march was one of many such rallies held throughout the country. It was held amid Trump's crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities and strong criticism over his unflattering and coarse tweets attacking the media in recent days.......

Breitbart          
Illegal Aliens Arrested for Smuggling $75,000 in Heroin Into U.S.A. 
Two illegal aliens were arrested last week and charged with smuggling up to $75,000 in heroin into the U.S.A., authorities in Pennsylvania report. -- Pennsylvania police were tipped off to a shipment of illegal drugs that were about to enter Westmorland County over Interstate 76, and officers were on the lookout for trouble, according to WPXI TV Pittsburgh. -- State Police eventually observed a car that failed to turn on its lights in a construction zone, a state law, and pulled the vehicle over. Inside officers discovered Jose Miguel Garabito Montilla and Frankely Alonzo Ramos Castano, who displayed “multiple indicators of criminal activity,” police said.......

Sierra Vista Herald / Review          
Border ranchers air immigration grievances at talk-radio convention  
Tombstone ranchers Peggy and Fred Davis worked a different kind of range this week, strolling from booth to booth to tell talk-radio hosts about their lives on the front lines of the nation's immigration debate. -- Theirs was just one of the stories at the Federation for American Immigration Reform's annual “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” gathering of talk-radio shows, which this year fell in the same week as the House voted on a pair of get-tough immigration bills. -- “We accomplished something in the last election,” said Ira Mehlman, FAIR's media director, said of the impact of talk radio. “We got the message across to the politicians that the American public wants something done. Now it is time to actually do it.......

July 2, 2017

LA Times       
Thousands expected at march to impeach President Trump in downtown Los Angeles 
Demonstrators are expected to gather Sunday afternoon in downtown Los Angeles to urge Congress to impeach President Trump. -- More than 12,000 people have said on Facebook they are attending the event in Los Angeles. It is one of dozens of marches planned across the country, with demonstrations in California scheduled in Fresno, Orange County, Ventura, San Diego and San Francisco. -- The Los Angeles march will start at Pershing Square at noon and end at Fletcher-Bowron Square at Main and Temple streets.......

Reuters        
Tower of human skulls in Mexico casts new light on Aztecs 
A tower of human skulls unearthed beneath the heart of Mexico City has raised new questions about the culture of sacrifice in the Aztec Empire after crania of women and children surfaced among the hundreds embedded in the forbidding structure. -- Archaeologists have found more than 650 skulls caked in lime and thousands of fragments in the cylindrical edifice near the site of the Templo Mayor, one of the main temples in the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, which later became Mexico City. -- The tower is believed to form part of the Huey Tzompantli, a massive array of skulls that struck fear into the Spanish conquistadores when they captured the city under Hernan Cortes, and mentioned the structure in contemporary accounts.......

CNN     
Will wall in Congress stop Trump's border wall? 
Building a border wall remains a stated top priority for President Donald Trump, but thus far he has precious little to show for it. -- That's largely because when Congress appropriated money earlier this year to fund the government, opposition from Democrats and some Republicans alike left the administration empty handed in terms of funding any new construction. -- Trump's Department of Homeland Security did get permission to reassign $20 million to fund prototypes for wall construction as well as new money for technology, maintenance and hiring for Border Patrol. ......

Hometon Stations          
Canadian immigration consultant sentenced in smuggling case 
Detroit -- A 38-year-old Canadian immigration consultant has been sentenced to three years in prison in connection with a scheme to illegally smuggle people into the United States. -- The U.S. Attorney's office in Detroit says Iram Jafri of Windsor, Ontario, also was ordered Friday to pay a $200,000 fine. She pleaded guilty in February. -- Visas were obtained fraudulently from 2011 through last year for more than 100 people living illegally in the United States.......

Breitbart          
Phones for Dead People: GAO Report Uncovers Massive Fraud in 'Obamaphone' Program 
A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reveals that the infamous “Obamaphone” program, meant to provide low-income Americans phone and internet service, is riddled with waste, fraud, and abuse. -- A three-year investigation into the controversial Lifeline Program, requested by Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), says some 10.6 million Americans have an Obamaphone and more than 3.8 million or 36 percent of them may not be eligible.......

Breitbart          
Donald Trump Declares Victory over 'Garbage Journalism' at CNN 
President Donald Trump described CNN as “garbage journalism” and “fake news” on Twitter, celebrating after the network experienced a difficult week. -- “I am extremely pleased to see that CNN has finally been exposed as Fake News and garbage journalism,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “It's about time!” -- CNN fired three journalists after they published, retracted, and apologized for a Russia story after Breitbart News challenged the network's faulty reporting. -- James O'Keefe's Project Veritas network released a series of embarrassing videos of network employees, calling into question their journalistic integrity.......

July 1, 2017

Glenn Spencer      
Remember This?  
How CNN twisted the truth

When I flew the border for Operation BEEF the one area that stood out in my mind was stretch of border just east of El Paso. I noticed that, for some reason, the government had left a rather large gap in the new fencing, right next to a Mexican border town....More.....

Daily Mail        
Two dozen Democrats get behind bill to lay foundation for removing Trump for being mentally 'incapacitated' (but they'd need Mike Pence to agree) 
A Democratic congressman has proposed convening a special committee of psychiatrists and other doctors whose job would be to determine if President Donald Trump is fit to serve in the Oval Office. -- Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, who also teaches constitutional law at American University, has predictably failed to attract any Republicans to his banner. -- But the U.S. Constitution's 25th Amendment does allow for a majority of the president's cabinet, or 'such other body as Congress may by law provide,' to decide if an Oval Office occupant is unable to carry out his duties – and then to put it to a full congressional vote.......

Fox News          
Mexican immigrant who lied about child sex assault stripped of US citizenship 
A Mexico native serving time in a prison south of the border for rape had his naturalized U.S. citizenship revoked by a federal judge Tuesday after authorities discovered the man failed to disclose a previous child sex assault conviction dating back more than 20 years.-- The decision to denaturalize Jose Arizmendi, 54, made him the 88th person in the last eight years to have his citizenship revoked, according to a review by SeattlePI.com. Arizmendi had been living in Texas, making him the ninth person from the Lone Star State in eight years to be denaturalized.......

Des Moines Register        
Sarah's Law, immigration bill inspired by Iowan's death, passes U.S. House
An immigration enforcement law inspired by the death of an Iowa woman last year took a major step toward passage Thursday. -- Sarah's Law --- named in honor of Sarah Root, the Council Bluffs woman who was killed in January 2016 in a car accident involving an undocumented immigrant ---S was included in a larger immigration bill that passed the U.S. House. -- It now moves to the U.S. Senate for further consideration. -- The measure requires federal immigration authorities to take into custody an undocumented immigrant who has been charged with a crime resulting in death or serious injury. In the Root case, the immigrant charged in her death was released on bail and fled before he could be prosecuted.......

KGW         
Portland suing over Trump's Sanctuary City Executive Order 
Portland has joined Seattle in a lawsuit, suing President Trump over an executive order that denies them federal funds for their stance on immigration enforcement. -- “It's not merely that our cities' values are under attack, it's that these attacks are against the law,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler on Friday. “Together, we are standing up for our values and the Constitution.” -- Seattle and Portland filed a complaint in the Western District of Washington, seeking a declaration that they are acting constitutionally and within the federal law. Both cities assert they shouldn't be denied federal funds because of their law-abiding actions.......

Daily Miner         
Mesa woman continues fight against illegal alien crime 
It was 3 a.m. May 14, 2014, when Mary Ann Mendoza got the call that would change her life. -- Her son, Mesa Police Sgt. Brandon Mendoza, had been hit on his way home from work by a wrong-way driver who was high on crystal methamphetamine and had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit. -- “I kept trying to call his cellphone and he didn't answer,” Mendoza said Tuesday. “Fifteen minutes later, the Mesa Police Department showed up and took me to the hospital. My son died about 40 minutes after I arrived at the hospital.” -- The driver was an undocumented immigrant who had been previously arrested on other criminal charges, but released.......

KRIS        
Mexican fisherman caught with more than 1,300 pounds of illegally caught fish 
Corps Christi -- A Mexican lancha boat crew, illegally fishing in waters off the coast of Texas, were discovered and arrested by Coast Guard enforcement earlier this week. --The Mexican craft contained four Mexican fishermen, 43 red snapper, 117 sharks, five other fish and fishing gear were seized. The fish weight totaled almost 1,300 pounds. The fishermen were detained and transferred to border patrol agents for processing and likely deportation.......

June 30, 2017

Dallas News          
Paxton threatens to sue over immigration program (DACA) if Trump does not rescind it  
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and a 10-state coalition have threatened to sue the federal government over an Obama-era program that protects unauthorized immigrants if it is not rescinded by September. -- "We respectfully request that the Secretary of Homeland Security phase out the DACA program," Paxton said in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday, using the acronym for the program. "Just like DAPA, DACA unilaterally confers eligibility for work authorization and lawful presence without any statutory authorization from Congress." -- The letter was signed by officials from Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia......

LA Times         
Tired of exporting campaign cash, these politicos are putting California first 
California feeds the world with its bounty, fuels the economy with its innovation, fires the imagination with its creativity. -- There is one export, though, that is far less celebrated: the unceasing torrent of outbound campaign cash. -- For political fundraisers, California has long been the Big Rock Candy Mountain, excavated, mined and, ultimately, shafted by candidates of both parties who use the boodle to run for president in Iowa or New Hampshire, or Congress in East Podunk......

Fox News          
Sessions: Supreme Court 'Rejected Narrative of the Left' With Travel Ban 
United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the Supreme Court rejected the Left's narrative when it gave the nod to President Trump's travel ban. -- "It was a major slap down to them," Sessions told "Fox & Friends." -- The temporary ban of immigrants from six mainly Muslim countries was upheld in a 9-0 decision Monday, removing most of the lower court restrictions on the order.......

Miami Herald          
Trump administration targets parents who paid to smuggle children into U.S.
The Trump administration has begun a new surge of immigration enforcement targeting parents who have paid to have their children illegally brought to the United States. -- The recent arrests, which had been largely rumored but not confirmed until now, have set off a new wave of confusion and fear through immigrant communities that have already been subject to greater enforcement. -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have begun sharing information with immigration agents about U.S.-based relatives of unaccompanied children. The information is being used to track down the parents, according to lawyers and government case workers familiar with the practice.......

MRCTV         
This Mexican Drug Lord and Brutal Murderer Just Got Seven Life Sentences 
Marciano Millan Vasquez just received seven life sentences in prison. And it serves him right. -- Millan Vasquez, also known as "Chano," was a high-ranking member in Los Zetas, ones of the largest and most dangerous Mexican cartels that traffics illegal substances over the U.S. border. -- Chano served as a hit-man for the Los Zetas and controlled the cartel's business in the Piedras Negras region, which is located right on the border of the U.S. and Mexico. [Related]......

KVIA          
Federal agents arrest 10 illegals at Doña Ana County, NM courthouse 
Las Cruces -- At least 20 undocumented immigrants were arrested at the federal courthouse in Las Cruces Thursday morning, according to jail records. -- The men are accused of violating federal immigration laws, according to the county's inmate website. All 20 arrests occurred around 8 a.m. Thursday morning, according to the county's inmate site. -- Jail records list the arresting agency as the United States Marshals Service, but a spokesperson with the agency said it was not responsible for the arrests. -- The Border Patrol and ICE also told ABC-7 their agents were not involved in the arrests.......

WBIR          
Knox Co. Sheriff approved for ICE partnership; only agency in Tennessee 
The Knox County Sheriff's Office has entered in a partnership with federal immigration officials to act on their behalf. -- It's part of the controversial Immigrations and Customs Enforcement 287(g) program. -- 287 (g) delegates immigration authority from federal agents to local law enforcement through a memorandum of agreement that allows deputies to act on ICE's behalf. Critics say it leads to ballooning deportations for minor offenses, but Knox County Sheriff JJ Jones believes it will make the Knox County detention facility more efficient.......

Breitbart          
Two Dead Illegal Aliens Found in Rio Grande 
U.S. Border Patrol agents assisted Mexican government officials in recovering the bodies of two illegal aliens found earlier this week in the Rio Grande near Presidio, Texas. -- Agents assigned to the Big Bend Sector received a call from Mexico advising that two illegal aliens were found dead in the border river. The agency dispatched agents to the area to assist in the recovery of the bodies, information obtained by Breitbart Texas from U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials revealed......

HPN          
Sen. Flake requests that Sessions restore zero-tolerance approach to first time illegal aliens 
U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) recently sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions requesting that he reenact Operation Streamline's zero-tolerance approach to illegal border crossings and reverse actions from the Obama Administration that undermined the program's intent. -- Flake's letter serves as a follow-up to Sessions' January confirmation hearing, in which the now-Attorney General agreed that the program should be restored to its original form. Sessions also said he would consider expanding the program to other areas along the border. ......

Fox 13        
Nearly 2 tons of weed disguised as lettuce seized at Texas border 
Carrots didn't work, neither did limes. Now drug smugglers are trying to use lettuce to disguise their marijuana shipments into the United States. -- The phony lettuce-like bundles didn't get past the US Customs and Border Protection officers in Laredo, Texas, on Monday. Officers seized 5,754 packages containing nearly 2 tons of marijuana --The truck hauling the “produce” crossed the Laredo-Colombia Solidarity International Bridge along the Texas-Mexico border. The fake veggie packages were discovered by a narcotics K-9 team, imaging and physical inspection of the trailer........

State of Washington          
Washington State AG: Cases challenging "sanctuary" executive order must go forward  
Olympia -- Attorney General Bob Ferguson has joined nine states and the District of Columbia in urging a federal judge to deny the Trump Administration's request to dismiss three California cases challenging its executive order threatening “sanctuary jurisdictions.” -- Ferguson argues that the administration should not force local law enforcement to help it carry out federal immigration policy at the expense of efforts to promote public safety in their own communities. -- The President issued the executive order in January, threatening federal grant money for localities that the government classifies as “sanctuary jurisdictions.” The executive order failed to provide a clear definition of “sanctuary jurisdictions.” The briefs were filed in support of lawsuits filed by the city and county of San Francisco, Santa Clara County and the City of Richmond challenging the President's order as unconstitutional and unlawful.......

Daily Caller         
Nashville Abandons Sanctuary City Bill 
The Nashville Metro Council plans to withdraw a controversial immigration bill amid intense opposition from city officials and state lawmakers, effectively ending a campaign to make Nashville a sanctuary city. -- The sponsors of of the bill said Wednesday they had no choice but to table the proposal because of mounting pressure from state Republicans and a legal opinion from City Director of Law Jon Cooper, who said last week the ordinance is not enforceable as written. At-large Councilman Bob Mendes, the bill's primary sponsor, conceded that “political realities” forced a retreat, the Tennessean reported.......

Breitbart          
Texas' Promise Will End Obama's DACA Amnesty, Says Immigration Lawyer 
Former President Barack Obama's 2012 ‘DACA' quasi-amnesty will be shut down or frozen if Texas and nine other states implement their June 29 promise to expand their successful lawsuit against Obama's 2014 quasi-amnesty, says a prominent immigration attorney. -- “If they include it in the lawsuit in Texas, we all know how this goes,” attorney David Leopold said in a Facebook video late Thursday, June 30. Texas “Judge [Andrew] Hanen has already ruled that [the 2014 ‘DAPA' amnesty] violated the law, and he's going to do the same thing to DACA.”......

LifeZette         
San Francisco Poised to Pay $190,000 to Illegal Alien 
...Joseph Guzzardi, a spokesman for Californians for Population Stabilization, ripped San Francisco's decision to agree to a six-figure settlement with a man who is not even in the country legally. -- "It just goes to show the extent to which San Francisco city officials are willing to go to support their own sanctuary policies," he said. "It's completely and totally an assault on taxpayers and not justifiable in any way." -- David Cross, a spokesman for Oregonians for Immigration Reform, agreed. -- "There's an insanity in California that is just unfathomable," he said. -- The settlement even drew comments during the House debate over the immigration bills. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), who sponsored both bills, said it is disappointing San Francisco would pay an illegal immigrant considering the city was the location of the shooting death two years ago of tourist Kate Steinle, allegedly at the hands of another illegal immigrant.......

KENS        
Border skies a new priority as Trump administration beefs up security 
Over the past decade, border security has been beefed up on the front lines to meet demands from border agents and officials trying to fulfill promises to voters. One patrol division with a unique advantage over smugglers has been particularly busy. -- “We're expanding down here and one of the reasons is because we're busy,” said Air and Marine Operations interdiction agent Matthew Noble. -- AMO is a division of Customs and Border Protection that tends to fly under the radar. It's composed of roughly 1,800 agents and support staff.......

KGBT          
Border Patrol: Smuggler abandons 800 pounds of marijuana and swims back to Mexico 
With Border Patrol agents approaching, a smuggler crashed a truck — loaded with more than 800 pounds of marijuana --- into the Rio Grande and swam back to Mexico on Tuesday. -- On Tuesday morning, the smuggler started driving a truck loaded with marijuana through a Brownsville golf course, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. -- When Border Patrol agents arrived, the smuggler turned around and headed south. The driver reached the Rio Grande and didn't stop, crashing the truck into the river and swimming back to Mexico.......

SF Gate          
Trump lauds bills targeting illegal immigration 
The Republican-led House has approved two bills to crack down on illegal immigration, a key priority for President Donald Trump. -- One bill would strip federal dollars from self-proclaimed "sanctuary" cities that shield residents from federal immigration authorities, while a separate measure would stiffen punishments for people who re-enter the U.S. illegally. -- The sanctuary measure was approved 228-195, while the bill to punish deportees was approved 257-167. The bills now go to the Senate.......

June 29, 2017

The Hill     
House passes 'Kate's Law' and bill targeting sanctuary cities 
The House passed legislation on Thursday to crack down on illegal immigration and enact a key priority of President Trump's known as "Kate's Law." -- In largely party line votes, the House approved two bills. One would cut off some federal grants from so-called sanctuary cities that limit cooperation with immigration authorities; the other would impose tougher sentences on criminals who have entered the U.S. illegally multiple times. -- “For years, the lack of immigration enforcement and spread of sanctuary policies have cost too many lives,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the author of both bills. ......

NW Times          
Deported Mexican sentenced to prison for re-entering U.S. unlawfully 
An undocumented immigrant convicted in 2007 on felony drug charges and deported back to Mexico was sentenced Tuesday to prison for illegally re-entering the United States, court records show. -- Olguer Lopez-Rodriquez, 32, of Hammond, pleaded guilty in August to one count of re-entering the country as a “removed alien,” after he was convicted for cocaine delivery in Wisconsin in 2008, U.S. District Court records stated. -- He was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to 57 months in prison with two years of supervised release, court records show.......

KGBT        
Officers seize more than 100 pounds of cocaine at Hidalgo, Anzalduas international bridges 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the office of Field Operations on Monday seized 108.77 pounds of cocaine at two international bridges during two unrelated incidents, according to a news release. -- On Monday, a 26-year-old Mexican man attempted to cross the Hidalgo International Bridge from Reynosa, Tamaulilpas, in a black 2010 Nissan Altima. Officers referred the Nissan Altima for a second inspection, and found 15 packages of cocaine--totaling 36.42 pounds-- hidden within the vehicle. U.S. Customs and Border Protection estimates the value of the seizure at $280, 840, according to the news release.......

Washington Times          
Trump joins with victims of illegal-alien crime to urge Congress to act 
Surrounded by family members of people killed by illegal immigrants, President Trump urged Congress on Wednesday to pass two bills that would crack down on illegal-immigrant criminals and sanctuary cities. -- Championing the victims of illegal-immigrant crime was a hallmark of Mr. Trump's presidential run, and he vowed Wednesday follow through by quickly signing the bills when they reach his desk. -- “You lost the people that you love because our government refused to enforce our nation's immigration laws and that's including the existing immigration laws,” he said at the roundtable meeting in the White House.......

Fox News        
Trump administration plans border wall models in summer 
The agency in charge of U.S. border security plans to start building prototypes for President Donald Trump's proposed wall with Mexico later this summer. -- Ronald Vitiello, Customs and Border Protection's acting deputy commissioner, said Tuesday that four to eight companies will get contracts for prototypes in San Diego that could be models for the roughly 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) border. Companies will have 30 days to complete the models. -- Vitiello says it's impractical to build a wall on about 130 miles (209 kilometers) of border where there are already natural barriers, like lakes or canyons.......

Pew Hispanic Center     
Mexican Lawful Immigrants Among the Least Likely to Become U.S. Citizens 
The overall percentage of lawful immigrants to the United States choosing to apply for and gaining citizenship is at its highest level in more than two decades. Yet in terms of naturalization rate, Mexicans --- the single largest group of lawful immigrants by country of origin --- lag well behind green-card holders eligible to apply from other parts of the globe.--Based on Pew Research Center estimates using the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data available, two-thirds (67%) of lawful immigrants eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship had applied for and obtained citizenship by 2015. This is the highest share since at least the mid-1990s. But among Mexican lawful immigrants eligible to apply, only 42% had applied for and obtained U.S. citizenship by 2015, a rate little changed since 2005 and one of the lowest among all immigrant groups when it comes to country of origin.......

CNS News           
Mother: 'My Son Is Dead Because Politicians... Put Illegal Aliens Ahead of American Citizens' 
"My son is dead because politicians and local jurisdictions have put illegal aliens ahead of American citizens," a grieving mother told a gathering at the National Press Club on Tuesday. -- Maureen Maloney, whose son was killed in August 2011 by a drunken, unlicensed undocumented immigrant, was addressing parents and relatives of Americans who have been victimized by people who came to this country illegally. -- “Sadly, more often than not, our legal system holds the criminal aliens less accountable than Americans, leaving families being victimized,” Maloney said. “Matthew paid the ultimate price. I am permanently separated from my son.”......

CNS News         
Secretary of State Testifies: 'Criminal Cartels Exporting Drugs and Violence' Across Border into U.S. 
In written testimony presented to the House Foreign Affairs Committee earlier this month, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that “illegal migration” is a security risk to the United States and that 90 percent to 94 percent of the heroin in the United States come from or through Mexico. -- “On our southern border, illegal migration from countries in the Western Hemisphere presents a risk to our security, with criminal cartels exporting drugs and violence into our communities,” Tillerson said in his prepared statement for a June 14 hearing.......

Breitbart          
Pair of Illegal Alien Sex Offenders Re-arrested at Border 
Two illegal alien sex offenders were arrested again at the U.S.-Mexico Border after already being deported. -- Rigoberto Lopez-Martinez, a 26-year-old convicted sex offender from Mexico, and Jose Luis Flores-Valles, a 34-year-old sex offender, were arrested in separate incidents after crossing through from Mexico, U.S. Border Patrol officials said in a release. -- Agents with the Ajo Border Patrol Stations arrested Martinez after he allegedly jumped the border in the desert. Martinez was deported in 2012 after he was convicted of rape in Idaho.......

SF Weekly         
Illegal Alien Set to Receive $190K in Sanctuary City Lawsuit 
A 32-year-old Mission District resident who sued the city for unlawful arrest after authorities violated the Sanctuary City Ordinance is set to receive a $190,000 settlement. Pedro Figueroa-Zarceno, a native of El Salvador, was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after the San Francisco Police Department tipped them off about a 10-year-old outstanding warrant for his deportation. SFPD became aware of his status when Figueroa-Zarceno visited Southern Police Station on Dec. 2, 2015, to retrieve a police report about his stolen car. He was arrested as he exited the station, and sent to a detention center in Martinez, where he stayed for two months. As an added blow, his car was auctioned off during his stay.......

Sierra Times       
In New Filing, Attorney General Becerra Says Trump's Threat to Defund "Sanctuary Jurisdictions" Jeopardizes Safety of California Communities 
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra yesterday led nine states and Washington, DC in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in the United States District Court, Northern District of California, in support of the City and xavier becerra california attorney generalCounty of San Francisco, the County of Santa Clara, and the City of Richmond in their challenge to the Trump Administration's executive order targeting “sanctuary jurisdictions.” The executive order seeks to pressure local jurisdictions into enforcing federal immigration law. -- “The Trump Administration does not have the right to coerce states, counties or municipalities to do the federal government's job,” said Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “California's state and local law enforcement officials are in the business of public safety, not of deportation. Threatening public safety funding to compel localities to do immigration work is a dangerous game that undermines public safety.” ......

LifeZette          
GOP Congressman: Republicans Have Done 'Terrible Job' Messaging Immigration 
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) said Republicans have done a “terrible job” crafting and presenting a message to the American people about the need to crack down on illegal immigration and sanctuary cities, during an interview Wednesday on “The Laura Ingraham Show.” -- Biggs, who co-sponsored the “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act” up for consideration in the House this week, said the GOP has failed to drive home the vital national security interests that drive such bills. -- “The Republican Party is moving forward, and we are protecting people here. We're going to make their lives better because our policies are better,” Biggs said. “And now we have to execute on how we construct the narrative and communicate that narrative.”.....

David Olen Cross -- Salem          
U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons: Criminal Alien Report -- May 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...........

Washington Times         
DHS chief says members of Congress 'threaten' him over immigration enforcement 
Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly said Thursday that members of Congress have tried to “threaten” him over his department's stepped up enforcement of the immigration laws they wrote, and called for even stiffer laws to punish sanctuary cities and repeat-illegal immigrants. -- Mr. Kelly said he was “offended” by those lawmakers --- who he didn't name --- who he said “often threaten me and my officers” when they try to enforce laws that call for the deportation of illegal immigrants. -- It's the latest blunt criticism from the retired Marine general, who has previously told members of Congress to “shut up” rather than criticize him over the laws they wrote.......

KGBT        
Government wants to deport Mexican for 7th time 
The federal government wants to deport a Mexican man for the seventh time. -- Border Patrol agents arrested Zacarias Garcia-Santos on Tuesday near Pharr. -- "Record checks revealed the Defendant was formally Deported/Excluded from the United States for the sixth (6th) time on June 4, 2016, through Hidalgo, Texas," according to the federal criminal complaint against him.......

Inquirer.net      
California county sets up help hotline for targets of immigration raids 
San Jose -- Officials and of leaders San Francisco Bay Area cities of San Jose and Santa Clara launched a Rapid Response Network Hotline to support immigrants threatened by federal immigration sweeps. -- Through the network, anyone from Santa Clara County who witnesses immigration enforcement activity within the county is advised to immediately call the 24/7 hotline (408) 290-1144 to alert first responders. If the caller is a vulnerable immigrant, he or she will receive help in real-time, initially from the dispatcher who will encourage callers to assert their constitutional rights. -- The dispatcher will also try to ascertain the safety of the caller and send trained responders to the site of incident and, if the reported federal agents' operation is confirmed, conduct legal observation to prevent any abuses by the agents.......

Breitbart          
60 Percent of Americans Support Trump's Immigrant Welfare Ban 
A plan by President Donald Trump to ban immigrants who have only been living in the U.S. for less than five years from receiving welfare services has widespread support. -- In a new Rasmussen poll, 62 percent of likely voters said they support barring new immigrants to the U.S. from receiving welfare benefits for at least five years, as Trump recently proposed during a speech to supporters. -- Middle-class Americans making $30,000 to $50,000 a year are the most likely to support the ban on welfare for immigrants, with 72 percent in favor. Those who describe themselves as “moderates” are also on-board at a rate of 61 percent.......

KGUN          
UFW unveils ringtone to help illegals 
The United Farm Workers unveiled a new ringtone Monday in hopes to educate undocumented immigrants of their rights in America if confronted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. -- The UFW states that the lyrics of the their ringtone offer, "crucial guidance on what to do if stopped by ICE." -- The ringtone is 19-seconds long and when translated into English says......

Epoch Times          
In Battle Against MS-13, Focus Shifts to Unaccompanied Minors  
Mission, Texas -- The Border Patrol truck brakes as three figures walk up the dirt road, clutching water bottles. A 15-year-old girl and her 11-year-old cousin from Honduras have just crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico with another 15-year-old boy from El Salvador. They are now known as unaccompanied minors --- children under 18 who cross the border illegally without a parent or guardian. -- We meet on the side of the road, and Border Patrol agents shepherd the children to a sliver of shade to wait for a van to pick them up. Border Patrol is obliged to transfer unaccompanied minors to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within a maximum of 72 hours. ......

Daily Caller     
Trump Looks For Easy Win On Immigration After Health Care Delay 
President Donald Trump will pivot to a pair of immigration bills Wednesday, following a major setback to Republican efforts to move forward on a health care reform law. -- Trump is backing two proposals working their way through the House of Representatives: A measure that would pull funding from sanctuary cities and another that would stiffen penalties for illegal aliens caught entering the U.S. after being deported. The bills are expected to pass a Republican-controlled House before lawmakers adjourn for the July 4 holiday recess.......

Daily Signal          
White House Backs 2 Bills Targeting Illegal Immigration 
The White House has put its weight behind two House bills to crack down on illegal immigration, a hallmark of President Donald Trump's campaign. -- Issuing statements of administration policy Tuesday, the White House endorsed a bill known as Kate's Law that would strengthen penalties on criminal illegal immigrants. -- The administration also said it backs a bill to restrict federal funding to “sanctuary cities,” which are municipalities that refuse to help enforce federal immigration laws.......

Breitbart          
White House, Advocates, Prod GOP Leaders To Pass Pro-American Immigration Reforms 
The GOP-run House is expected to vote for two modest immigration-reform bills as soon as this week, but pro-American reformers are using the two votes to build loud and energetic public pressure for major reform legislation. -- “This week's immigration votes are House GOP leadership playing small ball instead of swinging for the fences,” said Robert Law, an advocate at the Federation for American Immigration Reform. -- sThe two bills are dubbed “Kate's Law,” and the “No Sanctuary For Criminals” act. Both measures were part of the strong Davis-Oliver Act, which was approved by the House immigration committee in late May.......

Washington Examiner          
Trump to rally Congress on immigration after healthcare setback 
President Trump on Wednesday will use the bully pulpit to rally support for tough immigration legislation, a day after he was forced to watch the Senate pull the plug on a healthcare reform bill that Trump has sought since his election. -- Trump will meet at the White House with victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants, in a bid to boost two bills that the House is expected to pass Thursday before lawmakers leave for the July 4 break. The bills are aimed at thwarting "sanctuary cities" that refuse to cooperate with federal officials on immigration and imposing tougher penalties against deported criminals who re-enter the United States.......


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