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August 4, 2017

Breitbart          
Previously Deported Mexican Illegal Alien Accused of Attempted Rape of 89-Year-Old 
A previously deported illegal alien in Johnston County, North Carolina, is accused of attempting to rape an 89-year-old elderly woman in her home.-- Jose Campuzano-Ramirez, a 52-year-old illegal alien from Mexico, is being held on bail after being charged with breaking into the woman's North Carolina home, assaulting, kidnapping, and attempting to rape her, according to the News-Observer. --According to police, Ramirez allegedly broke into the 89-year-old's home and tried to rape her, but eventually fled before authorities responded. K-9s chased Ramirez, catching him and arresting him for the incident.......

Breitbart          
NSC Purge: McMaster 'Deeply Hostile to Israel and to Trump' 
Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick wrote Wednesday evening that National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster is purging pro-Israel staff from the National Security Council (NSC), turning the administration against President Donald Trump's policies.-- In a Facebook post, Glick noted that “all of these people” whom McMaster has fired this week --- Rich Higgins, Derek Harvey, and Ezra Cohen-Watnick --- “are pro-Israel and oppose the Iran nuclear deal, positions that Trump holds.” -- She noted that the firings were the latest evidence that NSA McMaster is “deeply hostile to Israel and to Trump”......

NY Daily News      
Brooklyn DA, New York AG demand a halt to ICE raids following murder case witness' detainment  
They want to put the ice on ICE. -- Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman are calling out U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to stop harassing non-citizen defendants and their families while in state courts. -- But as they held a news conference Thursday slamming ICE for its tactics, federal immigration agents grabbed another defendant just a few blocks away. -- A man facing misdemeanor sexual abuse of a child and other charges was arrested outside of Brooklyn Criminal Court, officials confirmed.......

LA Times       
Attorney general threatens to punish Stockton and San Bernardino as 'sanctuary cities' 
In another move to pressure cities into cooperating with immigration enforcement, the U.S. Department of Justice threatened Thursday to withhold crime-fighting help from four cities — including two in California — if they refuse to help federal agents target jail inmates suspected of being in the country illegally. -- But the decision to publicly question San Bernardino and Stockton as well as Baltimore and Albuquerque appeared poorly thought out. Perplexed officials in all four cities said they do not operate any jails. In two, officials said they have no sanctuary policies.......

American Conservative        
The Statue of Liberty has Nothing to Do with the Immigration Debate 
In Scott Horsley's NPR piece Wednesday on President Trump's new immigration-curtailment proposal, the radio network's White House reporter demonstrated how the media often offer selective facts that are ultimately misleading. -- Horsley called the president's proposed policy “the most significant shakeup in U.S. immigration policy in more than half a century.” This is true. The president wants to curb the flow of legal immigration while also making permanent a cap on refugees. Essentially, he wants to reverse the immigration trends set in motion by the landmark 1965 immigration legislation, which dramatically altered the makeup of immigration and set in motion big inflow increases. -- As Horsley said, the president wants to give immigration priority to people with advanced degrees, a facility with the English language, and prospects for contributing immediately to the common weal rather than pursuing welfare largess.......

Breitbart          
California Border City Threatens To Sue Mexico For Dumping Sewage Into Their Water 
One California border city is threatening to sue Mexico for the onslaught of sewage in their water. -- Imperial Beach, Calif., is frustrated that The International Boundary and Water Commission has not addressed the issue of water pollution stemming from the Mexican border. -- Serge Dedina, mayor of Imperial Beach told Bloomberg BNA that the city is “fed up” with pollution which is allegedly being dumped from the Mexican side of the border into the water.......

Daily Caller          
Former Mexican President Drops F-Bomb On CNN While Talking About Border Wall [VIDEO] 
Former President of Mexico Vicente Fox said “we will never pay for that f******* wall” live on CNN Friday while discussing President Donald Trump's proposed border wall. -- “You can use my words. We will never pay for that f****** wall,” Fox said. “Why should Mexico pay for the wall. What is the reason? We don't need a wall.” -- “New Day” host Alisyn Camerota smiled uncomfortably after the statement and apologized to viewers.......

KGBT         
Officers seize more than 50 pounds of meth, cocaine during vehicle inspections at bridges 
Officers stationed at the Hidalgo International Bridge and the Pharr International Bridge seized more than 50 pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine during secondary vehicle inspections on July 25, according to a news release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. -- On July 25, a 30-year-old man from Timberville, VA, attempted to cross the Hidalgo International Bridge in a 2001 Nissan Tsuri taxicab. Officers referred him to secondary inspection. With the use of a canine team, officers found six packages of methamphetamine- --- totaling 6.87 pounds --- hidden inside a backpack. U.S. Customs and Border Protection estimates the seizure at $137,567, according to the news release.......

Breitbart          
Jeff Sessions Orders Look into 'DOJ Slush Fund' Payments to Leftists (La Raza, etc.) 
An internal Department of Justice memorandum obtained by Breitbart News Friday indicates Attorney General Jeff Sessions is trying to get to the bottom of the DOJ “slush fund” for left-wing groups he dismantled in June. -- The memo asks all components of the DOJ to recount the last ten years of payments made to non-governmental organizations as third parties in settlements and provide that information to Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, the number three Justice official. These “cy pres” payments were a long-standing policy of having mostly corporate defendants, for example in a civil rights suit, agree to pay into charities as part of their settlement with the government to avoid further prosecution. -- In recent years, especially during the Obama administration, the practice increasingly funneled funds to left-wing “community organizing” groups such as the now renamed National Council of La Raza, or “The Race,” a Latino racial advocacy group that supports mass illegal immigration......

WOOD         
ICE officers arrest 33 in Western Michigan 
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers say they arrested 33 people in West Michigan this week during an operation targeting illegal immigrants and others who have violated immigration laws. -- ICE said those arrested included 22 people from Mexico, seven people from Guatemala, three people from El Salvador, and one person from Liberia. The majority of those arrested were men – 28 in total. -- ICE said the operation targeted “public safety threats.” The agency said it arrested a 22-year-old Mexican woman in Wyoming who was previously convicted of fourth-degree child abuse, child neglect and operating without a license, and a 37-year-old Liberian man previously convicted of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, who had been ordered to be deported in 2011.......

Breitbart          
Mercedes-Benz Drops Foreign Construction Workers from American Auto Plant 
German car giant Mercedes-Benz dropped the importation of foreign workers to build their Vance, Alabama-based auto plant following a report on how Americans are often left behind by multinational corporations. -- In a CBS News investigation, as Breitbart Texas reported, researchers found that over the course of the last four years, foreign workers were brought to the states–either on the B-1 or L-1 visa–to fill construction jobs for the car manufacturing plant.......

WHDH         
4 Mass. RMV [DMV] clerks accused of issuing fake licenses, ID cards to illegals for cash 
Six people, including four Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) clerks, were arrested in a theft scheme that involved issuing fake licenses and ID cards to undocumented immigrants for cash, United States Attorney William Weinreb said. -- Evelyn Medina, 56, of Boston, Annette Gracia, 37, of Boston, Kimberly Jordan, 33, of Randolph, David Brimage, 46, of Boston, Bivian Yohanny Brea, 41, of Boston, and Rafael R. Bonano (aka Flako), 32, were charged Wednesday in federal court in Boston with aggravated identity theft. -- Investigators said Medina, Gracia, Jordan, and Brimage were employed as clerks at the Haymarket Registry of Motor Vehicles when they were arrested. Brea and Flako are accused of conspiring with the RMV clerks to operate the scheme.......

Sacramento Bee          
'Sanctuary state' bill shields Californians from Trump deportation machine 
The federal government's relentless push to involve local law enforcement with deportations is further undermining confidence in law enforcement across California. -- In Los Angeles, reports of domestic violence and sexual assault have dropped precipitously among Latino residents. -- In Fresno County, a mom driving to church had to go into hiding after police called immigration agents during a traffic stop. -- In Santa Cruz, a raid the police department conducted with ICE made a mockery of its purported focus, leaving deep scars in the community.......

KGBT        
Records: Border Patrol agents arrest Mexican 7 days after he was deported 
Border Patrol agents arrested a Mexican man Sunday near Hidalgo --- just seven days after the government deported him. -- Agents arrested Victorino Reyes-Ramos on Sunday. -- "Record checks revealed the Defendant was formally Deported/Excluded from the United States on July 24, 2017, through Hidalgo, Texas," according to the criminal complaint. -- Reyes is charged with illegal re-entry.......

San Bernardino Sun          
Jeff Sessions threatens San Bernardino with loss of crime-fighting funds 
Attorney General Jeff Sessions took new steps Thursday to punish cities --- including San Bernardino --- he believes are not cooperating with federal immigration agents in a move that was met with bewilderment by local officials who said they did not know why they were being singled out. -- The Justice Department sent letters to four cities struggling with gun violence, telling them they would not be eligible for a program that provides money to combat drug trafficking and gang crime unless they give federal immigration authorities access to jails and notify agents before releasing inmates wanted on immigration violations. -- Baltimore, Albuquerque, and Stockton and San Bernardino in California all expressed interest in the Justice Department's Public Safety Partnership, which enlists federal agents, analysts and technology to help communities find solutions to crime.......

Fox 5        
Father of boy found chained, abused in Mexico deported 
Escondido -- Immigration officials in the U.S. have deported the father of an Escondido boy found malnourished and chained earlier this year at a relative's home in Mexico City. -- Pascual Castro had left his son, Anthony, with his sister and her husband while he came to work in the U.S., the San Diego Union-Tribune reported in June. Castro is not a U.S. citizen and while working on regularizing his immigration status was unable to travel to the Mexican capital to see his son. -- Castro was deported Tuesday, passing through the San Ysidro border crossing a little before 2 p.m., according to Baja California's El Mexicano newspaper.......

Examiner         
John McCain says he hopes to revive immigration reform upon return to Congress 
Sen. John McCain wants to revive his preferred method of immigration reform when he returns to Congress after being treated for brain cancer. -- Before leaving Washington for more treatment, McCain, R-Ariz., told The Arizona Republic that he spoke with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., about tackling immigration reform. -- "Immigration reform is one of the issues I'd like to see resolved," McCain told the Arizona Republic in an interview published Thursday. "I've got to talk to him (Schumer) about when would be the best time. I think there are all kinds of deals to be made out there. I really do."......

Denver Post          
Denver mayor's immigration executive order would step up resistance, create immigrant legal defense fund 
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is preparing an executive order that would step up the city's resistance to Trump administration immigration policies and create an immigrant legal defense fund, his advisers confirmed Tuesday. -- To underline Denver's stance, the new legal fund --- operating mostly off donations to provide grants to nonprofits that aid immigrants facing removal proceedings --- would operate through Jan. 20, 2021, the last day of President Donald Trump's term.......

LAist         
Councilman Cedillo, Community & Clergy Rally Against Pending Deportation Of L.A. Father Detained By ICE 
In two weeks, 14-year-old Fatima Avelica will head to her very first day of high school. -- Five months ago, the dark-haired 8th grader's world as she knew it was blown apart when her father, Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, was arrested by federal immigration officials while dropping Fatima and her sister off at Academia Avance, a charter school in Highland Park. Avelica-Gonzalez could now be deported as early as next week. -- Fatima's life changed on a Tuesday morning in February. Avelica-Gonzalez and his wife Norma had already dropped off their younger daughter Yuleni, then 12, at a neighboring campus when their car was stopped by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents a block from Fatima's school.....[More on Cedillo]

LA Times        
Hollywood picks Gavin Newsom over Antonio Villaraigosa in California's race for governor 
As mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa built relationships in Hollywood: He sought the counsel of studio heads, fought for state tax credits to keep film and television production in the city and mingled with celebrities on the red carpet at glitzy film premieres and HBO parties. -- In return, members of the entertainment industry backed his political ambitions --- a rare show of support at the time from Hollywood for a local politician. -- But as Villaraigosa runs for governor --- potentially the final chapter of his political career --- Hollywood is divided. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Villaraigosa's chief rival, has raised nearly twice as much from donors tied to entertainment and the arts.......

Whittier Daily News         
LA sheriff fears Trump 'sanctuary city' crackdown could cost county $132 million 
Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell says he has been lobbying President Donald Trump's administration to avoid potentially losing out on as much as $132 million in federal law enforcement grants over the next three years due to the department's immigration policies. -- During recent trips to Washington D.C., McDonnell said he has met with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly --- now Trump's chief of staff --- as well as Congress members to urge against any restrictions or cuts to future federal grants. -- The Trump administration has begun cracking down on so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions that it says protect undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes while undermining the nation's laws.......

The Hill        
What's in a name? Sessions harsh immigration language jibes with his policy 
Welcome to the new normal. -- Last week, the Department of Justice announced guidelines for a program that seeks to increase cooperation among city, state, and federal authorities on immigration enforcement. -- What was notable was the language used by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. -- “So-called sanctuary policies make all of us less safe because they intentionally undermine our laws and protect illegal aliens who have committed crimes,” he said in a statement.......

Houston Chronicle          
Wall or no wall, McCaul and Perry vie to head Homeland Security 
President Donald Trump's marquee campaign promise to build a border wall is getting a tepid push in Congress, but it did not always have the support of the two Texans currently being considered to be his next Homeland Security secretary. -- Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Trump's Energy secretary, said in 2011 that a 2,000-mile fence "doesn't make sense." --Texas congressman Michael McCaul, in a 2015 interview, called it "kind of simplistic." -- Like a lot of Texas Republicans, Perry and McCaul have long advocated for beefing up the border in other ways, and have only recently in their careers come to embrace Trump's vision of a wall.......

LMT Online         
Photos capture the brutal violence of towns near the Texas-Mexico border 
Violence is on the rise in Mexico, and that means its neighbors --- like Laredo --- have an increased risk of being caught in the crossfire. -- With more than 2,200 murders in June, Mexico just experienced its deadliest month in at least the last 20 years, The Associated Press reported using government data. -- One week ago Mexican authorities discovered a pile of bodies outside a Nuevo Laredo residence thought to be connected to the Zetas drug cartel.......

Union Tribune        
Imperial Beach poised to sue feds over border pollution 
Elected officials for Imperial Beach announced Tuesday that the city is preparing to take legal action against the federal government concerning the continued flow of polluted wastewater from Tijuana into San Diego County. -- The city is targeting the U.S. section of the International Boundary and Water Commission, a binational agency that oversees water treaties between the U.S. and Mexico. Imperial Beach officials allege that the agency has repeatedly failed to properly capture and treat sewage routinely flowing across the border through canyons and the Tijuana River.......

August 3, 2017

Action News Jax          
Illegals found in restaurant owners' North Jacksonville home 
Jacksonville restaurant owners are accused of hiding people in their home who are in the country illegally. -- According to an affidavit filed Monday, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Department of Homeland Security bust happened July 6 at a home in the 11400 block of Tori Lane, near Dunn Avenue and Duval Road. -- An investigation into a tip about a 16-year-old who had been smuggled into the country led investigators to the Northside home. -- The tip came during an operation to crack down on organizations smuggling undocumented children into the United States. -- That information eventually led special agents to the home on Tori Lane, which the government said is tied to Fujiyama Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Lounge, which is located just a few miles away at the River City Marketplace.......

Family Secrity Matters         
Allan Wall: Mexico's Violence Continues to Worsen 
There's no way around it- Mexico's violence is worsening. No matter how you slice and dice the statistics, that conclusion is unavoidable. -- 1. According to statistics of the Mexican government itself, murders in Mexico increased in 2016. See Mexico's Murder Rate Rose in 2016.-- 2. The consulting firm Verisk Maplecroft compiled a Crime Rate Index for calendar year 2016, and ranked Mexico as the third most dangerous country in the world. (See UK-Based Firm ranks Mexico as World's Third Most Dangerous Country). -- 3. A Mexican NGO called the Consejo Ciudadano para la Seguridad Pública y Justicia Penal, A.C. (Citizen Council for Public Security and Penal Justice) released a list of the world's 50 cities with the highest homicide rates in 2016. Mexico has eight cities on it (while the U.S. has four). See Eight Mexican, and Four U.S., Cities on World's Most Murderous List .-- 4. In its Armed Conflict Survey 2017, London-based International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), which listed the Mexican Drug War as the world's second-deadliest conflict, after the Syrian Civil War. So, when you classify Mexico as a war zone it stacks up comparably in quantity of deaths with the current civil wars in the Middle East, only being surpassed by Syria.......

AP         
AP source: Barletta to seek US Senate seat held by Bob Casey
Republican U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania, who was elected as a crusader against illegal immigration and helped cheerlead Donald Trump to victory last year, has told GOP officials and activists that he has decided to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Bob Casey. -- A person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press that Barletta began telling party officials of his decision last week, several months after he began considering it. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because Barletta has not yet made his plans public. -- In a text message Monday, Barletta said that his conversations have been "very positive" and that he will announce his decision in a few weeks.......

LA Daily News         
LA could lose federal funds for refusing new immigration rules. But is that legal? 
Los Angeles officials on Monday questioned the legality of tougher rules announced last week that would require cities to work more closely with federal immigration officials in order to receive public safety related grants. -- The city each year typically receives federal funds, known as Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grants, to fight gang crime, as long as the city meets certain requirements. -- But Department of Justice officals last week notified cities around the country that they planned to release new requirements. In order to receive Byrne grants in the future, local governments would need to provide information to immigrations officials about undocumented immigrants in their custody, as well as comply with requests to detain immigrants longer than typically required, federal officials said.......

SCPR          
Politicon debate on immigration and the wall turns heated 
A conversation on President Trump's border wall proposal turned into a face-off on broader issues of immigration Sunday at Politicon, the annual political convention in Pasadena. -- The panel discussion, called “Mr. Trump, Tear Down this Wall,” featured the African-American activist and commentator the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson speaking in favor of the border barrier and opponents like Hector Villagra, ACLU of Los Angeles executive director, arguing against it. -- The debate came three days after the House approved $1.6 billion for part of the wall's construction, an amount tucked into a $8 billion spending bill for defense and veteran programs, the Associated Press reported. --- Peterson supports the wall, saying his community is economically threatened by people who come here illegally.......

UPI          
Ex-Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio guilty of contempt in immigration stops 
A federal judge on Monday found Joe Arpaio, a former sheriff in Arizona, guilty of ignoring a judge's order to stop racial profiling in immigration enforcement. -- U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton said Arpaio is guilty of contempt of court for failing to comply with an order from U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow in 2011 to stop detaining people based only on the belief that they are in the United States illegally. -- Arpaio, 85, the Republican sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., for 24 years, was a staunch opponent of illegal immigration and instituted policies that led some supporters to refer to him as the "toughest sheriff in America."......

Washington Times          
"Immigrants" are 22 percent of federal prison population 
A stunning 22 percent of inmates in the federal prison population are immigrants who have either already been deemed to be in the country illegally or who the government is looking to put in deportation proceedings, the administration said Tuesday. -- President Trump requested the numbers as part of his initial immigration executive orders.-- The 22 percent is much higher than the population of foreign-born in the U.S. as a whole, which is about 13.5 percent. -- All told, the government counted more than 42,000 aliens in federal prisons as of June 24.......

Daily Caller         
Trump Claims Mexican Prez Told Him Mexico Is Facing Less Immigration 
President Donald Trump said at a cabinet meeting Monday that Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto told him that Mexico is experiencing less immigration because immigrants don't think they can get safely into the U.S. -- The comments from the president came as he was complimenting his new chief of staff John Kelly, who used to head the Department of Homeland Security. -- “We respect him. Admire what's he done. And at Homeland, what he has done is nothing short of miraculous. As you know, the border was a tremendous problem,” Trump said at the beginning of the cabinet meeting. “Even the president of Mexico called me and said [at] their southern border very few people are coming because they know they're not going to get through our border.”......

Breitbart          
DHS Bypasses Environmental Regs to Start Border Wall Construction 
Officials with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) signed a waiver of environmental regulations on Tuesday to allow construction of upgrades to the border wall and new wall prototype projects to break ground.-- The department issued the waivers to bypass “certain laws, regulations, and other legal requirements to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers and roads in the vicinity of the international border near San Diego,” according to information obtained by Breitbart Texas from DHS officials.......

NewsMax        
Study: Illegals Cost 6 Times More to Support Than Deport 
Supporting illegal immigrants to live in the United States cost roughly six times more than deporting them, according to a new report. -- The Center for Immigration Studies released data Thursday related to the debate on illegal immigration. -- The Trump administration expressed its support Wednesday for an immigration bill that would allow legal immigrants to come to the U.S. on a merit-based system. -- Others criticized the immigration bill and said it would negatively impact the American economy. ......

KATU        
Multnomah Co. Sheriff: We can't hold anyone based solely on immigration detainer 
Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese has sent out a lengthy reply regarding an undocumented immigrant who has been deported 20 times, and is now accused of two brutal assaults in Portland. -- Late last week, an official with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told KATU News the Multnomah County Jail let Sergio Jose Martinez walk out of jail in December 2016 despite ICE issuing a detainer for Martinez. Under those circumstances, the official said, Multnomah County Jail officials should have notified ICE before letting Martinez out. -- Sheriff Reese now says federal and state laws prohibit sheriff's offices from holding anyone behind bars solely based on an immigration detainer.......

Washington Times       
RINOs, right on cue, blast Trump-backed immigration curbs 
President Donald Trump gave his White House seal of approval to a bill that would cut immigration by half and impose a merit-based standard that those coming to this country would have to meet in order to gain entry.-- And right on cue, here come the Republican naysayers. The RINOs have entered the room. -- Let's be clear. The RAISE Act, painted already by the left as discriminatory and unfair, is actually common sense. It gets rid of the “Diversity Lottery Visas” program, it limits the number of refugees given permanent residency, and it implements a points program that rewards those who can speak English or who possess skills for the high-paying job markets. What's wrong with that?......

Oregon Live -- H/T David Olen Cross -- Salem          
Illegal alien accused of attacking 2 women in NE Portland now faces 27-count indictment
A Multnomah County grand jury has returned a 27-count indictment against Sergio Jose Martinez, who is accused of attacking two women in Northeast Portland last week. -- Martinez, described as a "serial immigration violator,'' is accused of sexually assaulting a 65-year-old woman July 24 after entering her Northeast Irving Street apartment through an open window, threatening her with a metal rod, tying her up with scarves and socks, punching her then escaping with her car. -- Hours later, he's accused of attacking another woman at knifepoint as she was leaving work and was walking to her car in a parking garage on Northeast Halsey Street. He forced the 37-year-old woman into her car, but she got out, according to police. He then tackled her to the ground and repeatedly bashed her head into the concrete before taking off in her car, deputy district attorney Amity Girt wrote in a probable cause affidavit. "Help, he has a knife...he's threatening to kill me!,'' the woman screamed at the top of her lungs, Girt wrote...........

Breitbart          
Anti-enforcement protesters target Wells Fargo in uptown Charlotte Wednesday 
Advocates for undocumented immigrants gathered outside 3 Wells Fargo Center in uptown Charlotte Wednesday to demand the bank cut all ties with companies that profit from deportations.-- Hector Vaca of Action NC says the goal of the event is to get Wells Fargo to pull its money out of private prisons and immigrant detention centers. The protesters are also demanding the bank use its political influence to stop plans for a wall along the Mexican border. -- A website called “Corporate Backers of Hate” has singled out Wells Fargo as one of the major corporations in the nation that profit from President Donald Trump's strict enforcement of immigration laws. The site says the bank is a “Trump creditor; financier of, and investor in, immigrant detention and private prison companies.”.....

CBS -- SF          
ICE Agents Looking For Hayward Man Detain 2 Of His Neighbors 
Hayward city officials said Monday they're concerned that federal immigration officials arrested two undocumented immigrants in their city last week, including one accused of molesting a minor. -- The city said in a statement that the circumstances leading up to the arrests of Antonio Valenzuela, 34, and Jose Salgado, 42, “are concerning because of the potential impact on the trust our officers and local government seek to maintain with all members of our community.” -- The city said that last Tuesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials let the Hayward Police Department know that two of its agents would be in the city doing compliance checks on subjects the agency was ......

Daily Caller          
Someone Leaked Classified Transcripts Of Trump's Phone Calls With Foreign Leaders 
The Washington Post on Thursday published portions of classified transcripts of combative phone calls President Trump had earlier this year with the leaders of Mexico and Australia. -- The transcripts portray acrimonious conversations between Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, largely on the issues of immigration, border wall funding and refugees. -- The release of the transcripts is likely to anger Trump for two reasons. First, the transcript of the phone call with Peña Nieto shows that Trump views construction of the border wall more as a political necessity than as a security issue. Trump has also fumed about sensitive leaks coming from his administration, which he sees as an attempt to undermine his presidency. Last week, Trump publicly criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions for not doing enough to find and punish the leakers.......

KGBT          
Border Patrol agents arrest Mexican sex offender near Hidalgo 
Border Patrol agents arrested a Mexican sex offender Sunday near Hidalgo. -- Agents arrested Juan Gerardo Reyna-Rios, 40, a Mexican citizen --- and a moderate-risk sex offender registered with the Texas Department of Public Safety. -- "Record checks revealed the Defendant was formally Deported/Excluded from the United States on March 10, 2017, through Laredo, Texas," according to the federal criminal complaint against him. -- Agents also determined that Reyna had been convicted of aggravated sexual assault of child on April 14, 1997. Department of Public Safety records list Reyna's victim as a 13-year-old girl.......

August 2, 2017

Breitbart          
California, Senate Republicans Join Forces in Bid to Bail out Obamacare 
California and New York will lead 16 states, including the District of Columbia, into a lawsuit to preserve subsidies to health insurance companies on the Obamacare exchanges, after a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Tuesday. -- The D.C. Circuit will allow the states to intervene in the ongoing appeal in the House v. Price, et al. case, in which Congress successfully challenged the constitutionality of the Obama administration's subsidies. President Barack Obama began paying the subsidies even though Congress had not specifically authorized them, which the lower court ruled was a violation of the Constitution's limitations on appropriations in Article I, Section 9, Clause 7.......

Standard Republic         
Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum: Violent crime encroaching 
Cancun, QR, Mex. -- Anti-crime activist Teresa Carmona hangs embroidered sheets in a park with details of those killed in this tourist mecca. She started with eight sheets two years ago. Now she hangs up to 80 every Sunday and has 70 more stored at home. -- “Most cases are not even investigated and go unpunished” because of indifference by authorities and residents, she said. -- Violent crime is encroaching on this Riviera Maya tourist hot spot, as well as nearby Playa del Carmen and Tulum, jeopardizing a $20 billion a year business that attracts millions of visitors lured by the white sand beaches, archaeological ruins and pulsing nightlife.......

Vallarta Daily      
"Alien" Donald Trump appears on Mexico City billboard 
A massive image of U.S. President Donald Trump as an alien intruder now towers above one of the busiest roads in Mexico City urging motorists to “Make America Great Again.” -- The gaudy billboard sports a caricature of Trump with a blue and red fleshless face beneath his blond hair. It went up above the two-tier inner city ring road known as the Periferico last week after failing to find takers in the United States. -- Backed with an American flag, the 13-by-7 meter (43-by-23 feet) placard of a finger-pointing Trump was originally intended to adorn a U.S. city, said its creator, Chicago-based artist Mitch O'Connell.......

Glenn Spencer       
Rick Perry for DHS? They have to be kidding!   
This is just a sample of news stories about Perry and immigration: [Journal.us News Service --October 25, 2011] : While unemployment and the economy have dominated the front pages of the elite media, the fact is that immigration is simmering on the back burner. It is still of concern to voters who remain polarized over the issue, with 4 to 1 in favor of enforcement over Amnesty. The ongoing republican primary campaign has pushed the issue to the foreground once again. Governor Perry of Texas has been under attack because he supported the Texas DREAM which allows undocumented youth tuition breaks to attend state colleges. He is opposed to the building of a fence on the Texas-Mexico border, and has taken withering fire from immigration hawks who favor the fence and stricter enforcement. [...] -- Pundits and journalists reporting for the major newspapers explain the "Perry Plunge" by asserting that Perry simply offended the "conservative base." This is clearly not the case. A recent Rasmussen poll demonstrates that 81% of Americans oppose in-state tuition for illegal aliens. 81% of Americans cannot be written off as a conservative base.  -- If Rick Perry is named Secretary of Homeland Security, I will move back to California.

Fox News  -- H/T David Olen Cross -- Salem        
DREAMer accused of brutally raping woman in Seattle suburb 
A 23-year-old DREAMer in Washington state is accused of brutally raping a 19-year-old woman in her apartment complex's gym and leaving her with severe facial injuries --- including a broken jaw and dangling ear. --The woman ended up stumbling home with missing teeth, a bloody head and wearing only a black tank top, according to court documents obtained by Fox News. She was working out in the gym in Burien, a Seattle suburb, before the June 25 assault and did not know her attacker, police said. -- Salvador Diaz-Garcia, an illegal immigrant who was a recipient of Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is now facing second-degree assault and rape charges in the vicious attack. He also faces child molestation charges for allegedly assaulting a 14-year-old the same day the rape occurred.......

Fox 5         
Councilwoman proposes plan to stop Trump's border wall 
A resolution in opposition to the proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border was forwarded Wednesday to the full San Diego City Council without a recommendation from the Budget Committee. -- Council members Barbara Bry and Georgette Gomez voted in favor of the resolution, while Chris Cate and Scott Sherman were opposed. -- The committee voted after hearing from civic group and religious speakers, all of whom are opposed to a border wall.......

WKBW / CNN         
'Merit-based' immigration system being put in place in US, President Trump announces 
President Donald Trump threw his support Wednesday behind legislation that looks to curb the level of legal immigration into the United States by proposing a skills-based immigration system. -- Trump backed the effort from Republican Sens. David Perdue and Tom Cotton in a speech at the White House. But the plan faces long odds in Congress.-- Top White House aides have been working with Perdue and Cotton on the bill that -- if passed -- would dramatically remake the current immigration system, which allows a number of ways to bring family members to the US along with job-based visas.......

CNN        
MS-13 members: Trump makes the gang stronger  
The first time members of the MS-13 street gang attacked Margarita's teenage son in suburban New York, they beat him with a baseball bat. -- The young man had immigrated from El Salvador three months earlier to join his mother in Nassau County, Long Island. The gang had harassed him in El Salvador because he refused to join them. Now, in his new home, they were upping the stakes. -- The second time, they attacked the 19-year-old as he was on his way to work. They slashed him in the stomach with a machete, the gang's weapon of choice. He survived and has been in hiding for the last few weeks, but his mother is terrified.......

KGBT          
Some fear border wall would block access to historical landmarks 
Many fear a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border could block the public from accessing many local historical landmarks and natural treasures. -- "Well this old chapel goes back to the 1800's, when the first oblates came to preach the gospel here in the Valley,” said Father Roy Snipes of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. -- Father Roy uses the historic La Lomita Mission as a shrine many times throughout the year. He says that although the wall's purpose may be to protect the country from drug-related violence or terrorism, he wonders what's to become of everything that would remain behind the proposed barrier.......

San Juan Islander       
Council considers ordinance to protect legal rights of everyone regardless of immigration status  
San Juan County Council will discuss a draft ordinance Protecting the Legal Rights of All County Residents regardless of Nationality, Place of Birth, Immigration Status. The draft ordinance covers actions that will not be taken by the Sheriff's Office, information that will not be recorded by staff when processing work permits, passports and alien registration cards. -- A copy of the draft ordinance is available on the county Council's agenda. (Sorry but it is not posted in a form that allows me to copy and paste). To find it go to video page, scroll through the agenda to Item 6: DISCUSSION: An Ordinance Protecting The Legal Rights Of All County Residents, Regardless Of Nationality, Place Of Birth Or Immigration Status......

July 31, 2017
Updates Delayed due to Monsoon Conditions Locally.... Sorry

NY Times         
Trump Removes Anthony Scaramucci From Communications Director Role 
President Trump on Monday removed Anthony Scaramucci from his position as communications director, the White House announced, ousting him just days after Mr. Scaramucci unloaded a crude verbal tirade against other senior members of the president's senior staff. -- “Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said in a statement. “Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team. We wish him all the best.”......

Breitbart          
DHS: Obama Gave Work Permits to 2.3 Million "Migrants" for 2016 
The Department of Homeland Security has released data showing how former President Barack Obama gave work permits to roughly 2.3 million migrants for U.S. jobs in 2016. -- The award of 2.3 million work permits was added to the 2016 inflow of roughly 1.1 million new legal immigrants and roughly 500,000 outsourcing visa workers, such as the H-1B white-collar workers. The combined inflow delivered 4 million legal foreign workers to Americans' economy in 2016, just as 4 million young Americans turned 18 and began looking for decently paid jobs. --From 2012 to 2016, Obama boosted this little-recognized work-permit inflow by 73 percent, from 1.3 million to up 2.3 million.......

FedScoop       
New House bill taps Silicon Valley for 'smart' border wall 
It seems Rep. Will Hurd understands the importance of building a little buzz around an idea. -- Two days after calling for a “smart wall” in a House Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on technology use in customs and border operations, the Texas Republican co-sponsored legislation to provide just that. -- CNN first reported that Hurd would introduce the Secure Miles with All Resources and Technology Act, or SMART Act, on Thursday. It would leverage a mix of technology and U.S. Customs and Border Protection assets to the secure the U.S.-Mexico border for a fraction of the cost the White House's proposed physical wall.......

KCBD        
Levelland, Texas cockfighting ring bust: 37 cited, 3 arrested, 5 suspected illegals detained 
A search warrant in the 100 block of America Road in Levelland ended with three arrests, 37 citations, and five illegal immigration detainers. The search warrant was issued after credible information was given related to possible cockfighting and gambling activities. -- On July 28, 2017, a multi-agency operation was conducted involving a search warrant for the property. When officers arrived at the location, the alleged illegal activities were ongoing. Approximately 45 individuals were detained by officers while the property was being searched for evidence. The five illegal immigrants were detained by the U.S. Border Patrol.......

Daily Signal       
Expedited Deportations Likely to Expand Under Trump 
The Department of Homeland Security is weighing a new policy that would allow for the expedited deportation of illegal immigrants. -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement already has this power under current law. The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 gave ICE the power to expedite deportations of illegal immigrants detained anywhere in the country as long as they have been residing in the U.S. for less than two years. -- However, President George W. Bush altered this policy's implementation, making it so that expedited deportations could only occur when someone was detained within 100 miles of the border less than 14 days after they arrived in the U.S. The Obama administration retained this policy.......

Fairfield Citizen       
Prior deportee pleads guilty to illegal reentry charge
A man who was expelled from the U.S. after being convicted in an Arizona drug case --- only to come back into the country --- has been convicted for a second time, pleading guilty to illegal reentry. -- Luis Manuel Rodriguez Burgos, 36, a citizen of the Dominican Republic who was living in the Park City, admitted his guilt Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Holly B. Fitzsimmons. -- Burgos faces a maximum 10-year prison term, followed by deportation when he is sentenced in federal court Oct. 18 by U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill. -- He also faces an October sentencing date in state court after pleading guilty to sale of illegal drugs and conspiracy following a 2015 arrest by police here.......

KING5        
Yakima County can't honor immigration hold 
A federal judge has ordered Yakima County to remove an "immigration hold" it placed on a criminal defendant after federal authorities designated him for deportation. -- In a ruling Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Salvador Mendoza granted a temporary restraining order allowing the defendant, Antonio Sanchez-Ochoa, to be released from the Yakima County Jail on bail pending trial on an assault charge. -- Documents filed in the case say Sanchez-Ochoa can post his $50,000 bail, but the jail refused to process it because a U.S. Department of Homeland Security officer signed an "administrative warrant" to detain him for immigration violations.......

Breitbart         
Mexican Army Seizes Three Tons of Drugs at Texas Border 
Diaz Ordaz, Tamps. -- Mexican soldiers seized more than three tons of marijuana destined for Texas. Cartel smugglers hid their load in a grain shipment. -- Mexican soldiers seized the drugs late last week in the town of Diaz Ordaz, just west of the border city of Reynosa, information released by Mexican law enforcement to Breitbart Texas revealed. The seizure occurred at a highway checkpoint set up by the military forces to disrupt cartel operations. There, the soldiers discovered the cargo. Cartel smugglers hid more than 315 bundles weighing at least 6,350 pounds within a grain shipment. -- During questioning, the driver claimed he was in transit from the metropolitan city of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, to Reynosa and eventually Matamoros. Mexico's Gulf Cartel is the ruling criminal organization in Matamoros and is the group responsible for smuggling large quantities of narcotics into Brownsville, Texas, and other parts of the country. ......

Sentinel and Enterprise         
Protesters deride plan to overrule SJC, give police power to detain illegals 
State representatives from the Greater Lowell area defended their new bill that would give police the power to detain immigrants solely at the request of federal authorities during a raucous Wednesday press conference interrupted by protesters. -- Rep. James Lyons, an Andover Republican, and Rep. Marc Lombardo, a Billerica Republican, submitted the bill Tuesday night with seven other representatives in support. Their move came after the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that under current state law, police have no authority to arrest and hold individuals solely because of a federal civil immigration detainer......

Claremont Courier        
Claremont-based group under scrutiny for frequent protests 
Just last Tuesday, the Department of Justice moved to discipline sanctuary cities for not complying with certain Immigration and Customs Enforcement efforts to apprehend undocumented immigrants. The punishment is withdrawal of federally-funded Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grants, which provide hundreds of millions of dollars to local law enforcement. -- The sanctuary city debate became a flashpoint at a January 24, 2017 city council meeting regarding a resolution reaffirming Claremont's commitment to diversity and safeguarding the civil rights, safety and dignity of all people. -- During this meeting, one group --- We the People Rising --- was particularly vocal in its opposition to undocumented immigration and sanctuary cities. This was the group's most notable recent demonstration in Claremont.......

KCBS-TV         
Number Of Illegal Alien Drivers Statewide Set To Hit 1 Million 
California could have almost a million undocumented drivers by the end of 2017, according to a new report. -- The Department of Motor Vehicles says around 905,000 driver's licenses had been issued through June as part of the passage of Assembly Bill 60, which requires officials to issue an original driver license to any applicants who are able to submit satisfactory proof of identity and residency in California, according to The Sacramento Bee. -- When AB 60 took effect in 2015, about 50,000 people residing illegally in California signed up to obtain licenses, and that number grew to about half a million by April 2015.......

Examiner         
Steve King: Give Capitol Police authority to crack down on illegal alien protesters 
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, introduced legislation this week that would give the U.S. Capitol Police authority to enforce federal immigration laws and said they need that authority to counteract illegal immigrants who hold protests in Congress. -- "The Capitol Police, a federal law enforcement agency, do not have explicit statutory authority to enforce our immigration laws," King said. -- "Without clear authority, they are not investigating the immigration status of protesters openly claiming they are here illegally while disrupting committee proceedings and shutting down congressional offices."......

KGBT          
ICE wants to deport Mexican for the sixth time 
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested a Mexican man with a misdemeanor theft conviction last week --- and wants to deport him for the sixth time. -- The Harlingen Fugitive Operations Unit arrested Oscar Camarillo-Castro, a Mexican citizen with ties to Edinburg, on Thursday, according to the federal criminal complaint against him and Hidalgo County court records. -- Camarillo's criminal record includes a conviction for misdemeanor theft and multiple immigration offenses.......

KGBT       
Border Patrol arrests trucker at Falfurrias checkpoint, finds about $11,000 cash 
Border Patrol agents arrested a trucker at the Falfurrias checkpoint on Friday after they found immigrants hiding in the trailer he was hauling. --Gerald Leon Graves arrived at the Falfurrias checkpoint at 5:20 a.m. Friday driving a green Volvo truck with a white refrigerated trailer. -- Asked how he arrived at the checkpoint, Graves said he picked up produce in Laredo and dropped his girlfriend off at the Flying J truck stop in Edinburg before heading north, according to the federal criminal complaint against him.......

CIS.org         
Central Americans Stay in Mexico to Do Jobs Mexicans Won't Do 
With the tightening of border enforcement under the Trump administration, many Central Americans are choosing to stay in Mexico. Consequently, the Mexican city of Monterrey has become part of the new "American dream". -- The metropolitan area of Monterrey is located in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, which shares a border with south Texas. As a result, Central Americans often use Monterrey as a transit stop before they continue on to the U.S.-Mexico border. However, the city has also become a recipient of migrants who no longer want to take the risk of crossing the border.......

Breitbart          
Chicago Tribune Offended by DOJ's Use of Term 'Illegal Alien' 
The Chicago Tribune is offended by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Attorney General Jeff Sessions' use the term “illegal alien” when discussing sanctuary cities. -- “In a democracy that values the rule of law, word choice is important, especially when those words come from voices of authority,” the Chicago Tribune wrote. -- The Tribune is correct in what they said, but not in what they meant. Word choice is important, which is why the DOJ and the attorney general use the most legally accurate term when discussing illegal immigration and sanctuary cities.......

Sentinel and Enterprise         
Greater Lowell reps to file bill to counter SJC immigration ruling 
After the state's highest court ruled there is no authority for officials to hold immigrants solely at the request of federal authorities, three Republican House members, including two from Greater Lowell, are working to gather momentum behind legalizing those types of detentions. -- In a ruling hailed by civil liberties advocates that ends a longstanding immigration enforcement practice, the Supreme Judicial Court declared Monday that current state law "provides no authority for Massachusetts court officers to arrest and hold an individual solely on the basis of a Federal civil immigration detainer, beyond the time that the individual would otherwise be entitled to be released from State custody.".....

Breitbart          
Tancredo: You Think Russia Tries to Influence American Politics? Think Mexico First 
In 2002, I had an illuminating conversation in Mexico City with Juan Hernandez, a Texas-born dual citizen who served as head of the “Office of Mexicans Abroad” in the administration of Mexican President Vincente Fox. Hernandez bragged about Mexico's policy for financing and distributing 200,000 “survival kits” for Mexican migrants seeking to enter the United States illegally. Years later the Texas Observer highlighted the episode as a key part of the Juan Hernandez legacy, along with his important role in John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. -- Hernandez explained that the policy of supporting illegal entry was only part of his efforts to greatly increase the number of Mexican nationals residing in the U.S. He was amazingly candid about the reasons. He said that first of all, the movement of millions of young, unemployed Mexicans across the southern border reduced the pressure they would otherwise be placing on the Mexican economy. Secondly, these folks would send home remittances and those dollars accounted for the second largest source of foreign income for the country. In 2016 Mexico received a record $26.8 billion in cash remittances.......

July 30, 2017

David Olen Cross -- Salem          
Lars Larson Show: Criminal Alien of the Week Report
It has been an interesting fourth full week in the month of July when it comes to criminal aliens (illegal aliens) here in the Pacific Northwest. -- This week we take a look at for your radio listeners at a criminal alien who has purported to have been deported from the United States to Mexico as many as 20 times and who now faces serious criminal charges in Oregon’s Multnomah County. -- On Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Mexican national Sergio Jose Martinez, age 31, was arrested by Portland Police Bureau Sex Crimes Unit detectives. A view of the Multnomah County Jail website reveals Sergio Jose Martinez has been charged with Sodomy in the First Degree, three counts of Sex Abuse in the First Degree, Kidnap in the First Degree, two counts of Assault in the Second Degree, two counts of Robbery in the First Degree, two counts of Burglary in the First Degree and two counts of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle...........

Breitbart          
Zuckerberg's Open Borders Group Backs GOP, Dem Resurrection of DREAM Act 
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's open borders organization is backing a bipartisan plan that could potentially legalize an estimated 12-30 million illegal aliens in the United States. -- FWD.us, a pro-amnesty, pro-foreign labor organization funded by the elites of Silicon Valley, California --- including Zuckerberg, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer --- is backing the resurrection of the DREAM Act in the House and Senate. -- Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) have now introduced their own version of the amnesty plan, which mirrors proposals pushed by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Dick Durbin (R-IL).......

KVIA          
Sheriff prepares to enforce 'anti-sanctuary cities' law as county fights law in court 
Texas Senate Bill 4 - the so-called "anti-sanctuary cities" law - has led to protests and lawsuits even though Republicans across the state are billing it as a victory for public safety. -- "Texans expect us to keep them safe and that is exactly what we are going to do by me signing this law," Gov. Greg Abbot said on May 7, 2017. -- Senate Bill 4 prohibits municipalities from stopping peace officers from asking about a person's immigration status --- as long as that individual is lawfully detained. -- Two weeks after Abbott put pen to paper, the County of El Paso announced it would sue the state over the controversial law. ......

Breitbart          
Back on Offense: Conservatives Plan to Press for Official Congressional Investigation into Comey, Lynch 
House conservatives will launch an effort to conduct an official House Judiciary Committee-led congressional investigation into former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and fired former FBI director James Comey, a notorious leaker, Breitbart News can confirm exclusively. -- Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Mike Johnson (R-LA) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) have drafted an amendment that would compel government cooperation with a congressional probe into Lynch's and Comey's activities.......

WND          
After 6 months, immigration expert gives Trump a 'B' 
Plenty of Americans who voted for Donald Trump last November were enthralled by the billionaire candidate's promises to build a border wall, deport illegal aliens, defund sanctuary cities, suspend immigration from terror-prone countries and reform legal immigration to serve the interests of American workers. -- Six months into his presidency, Trump's record on immigration has been a mixed bag, according to Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies. -- Krikorian sees plenty to like: The administration has pushed forward on funding for a wall, and it has loosened restrictions on Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Border Patrol agents, allowing them to do their jobs more effectively. Trump also established the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office within ICE to support those who have been victimized by criminal illegal aliens......

WJAR         
ICE: Massachusetts court decision 'weakens' law enforcement 
The Massachusetts Supreme Court ordered an illegal immigrant to be freed after local court officers held him. -- The court on Monday said his rights were violated because local authorities cannot enforce federal civil infractions. -- Attorney General Maura Healey said at the time the decision was “a victory for the rule of law and…a rejection of anti-immigrant policies that have stoked fear in communities across the country.” -- Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson feels differently.......

KGBT          
Local immigration attorney says illegal aliens should fear law enforcement 
Brownsville immigration attorney Jaime Diez says that ever since President Donald Trump's election, 11 million of the undocumented immigrants in the country should be on the look-out. -- "People should be afraid of any law enforcement contact, immigration contact because the Department of Homeland Security has stated that today, they will prioritize anyone who is out of status," Diez said. -- Every day, Diez works with and defends undocumented immigrants. -- In most cases, undocumented immigrants are usually detained after probable cause is in play. However, Diez says he's come across multiple immigrants who have been arrested, but have no criminal record.......

Glenn Spencer       
Breitbart wall not on the border
A story posted by Breitbart on July 27, 2017, shows a file photo of a solid wall under construction. -- I have long argued against a solid wall on the border, but my guess is that the wall in the Breitbart story is not on the border --- but atop a levee that runs along the Rio Grande River in Texas --- some distance from the actual border. -- ABPs 2009 survey of Secure Fence Act of 2006 fence construction in Texas shows how this is done.

Houston Chronicle        
Seventeen Texas sheriff's offices now partnering with ICE 
Partnerships between federal immigration agents and local law enforcement are booming so far in 2017 --- growing to at least 59 agencies in 18 states, according to a large batch of contracts posted as of Friday on Immigration and Customs Enforcement's website. -- Seventeen Texas sheriff's offices are now approved to partner in ICE's so-called 287(g) program --- by far the most agencies of any state. By comparison, only three Texas departments were ICE partners in 2016 - and Harris County, the largest agency, dropped the program earlier this year citing costs and civil rights concerns.......

Politico        
Trump, Sessions are joining forces on immigration push 
President Donald Trump and his “beleaguered” attorney general, Jeff Sessions, may be on the outs, but they're making a unified push on immigration --- by taking on the MS-13 gang. -- The group has been blamed for a series of brutal murders over the past 18 months on Long Island, where Trump is scheduled to speak on Friday in a bid to pressure Congress to fork over money for his immigration crackdown, pointing to the influx of migrants from Central America as a factor in the renewed violence. -- At the same time, Sessions is 3,500 miles south in El Salvador, the epicenter of the MS-13 gang, where he'll echo the same message in meetings with President Salvador Sánchez Cerén and other top officials. ......

Breitbart          
Border Wall Contracts Delayed By Pro-Migration CEO 
The contract awards for the construction of new border wall have been delayed until October by a contractor who has publicly opposed President Donald Trump's immigration reforms. -- Planned contract awards to build six to eight sets of prototype walls were protested by a losing bidder, the Texas-based Penna Group company. The protest is being adjudicated by the Government Accountability Office, with a resolution deadline of October 4. -- “Such protests are common in Federal contracting processes and no contracts may be awarded until the protests are resolved,” the DHS's United States Customs and Border Protection agency told Breitbart News.......

July 29, 2017

WWLP          
Gov. Baker expected to file immigration enforcement bill 
A dozen immigrant rights activists rallied at the State House on Friday to protest Governor Charlie Baker's push for legislation authorizing stricter immigration enforcement. -- Activists like Patricia Montes of the community organization Centro Presente fear legislation like this will potentially lead to racial profiling and criminalization of the immigrant community. -- “It's going to profile people based on their race, based on the way how they look like,” Montes told 22News. “And I think that is a violation of basic human rights as undocumented immigrants.”......

Texas Tribune          
Construction of first border wall segment to begin sooner than expected along Rio Grande 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection will begin constructing the first segment of President Trump's border wall in November through a national wildlife refuge, using money it's already received from Congress. -- That's what a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official recently told a nonprofit group that raises money to support two national wildlife refuges in South Texas, according to the group's vice president. -- “I was alarmed,” said Jim Chapman of Friends of the Wildlife Corridor. “It was not good news.”......

Examiner          
Mexico the 'new American Dream' for illegals as U.S. shuts border 
The so-called "Trump effect" that has reduced illegal border crossings by 70 percent has prompted migrants from Central America to stop in Mexico where they are finding jobs, making it their "American Dream," according to reports. -- In the northern city of Monterrey, Mexico, 113 miles from the closest legal border crossing in Texas, migrants seeking to enter the U.S. have stopped for work. -- An estimated 3,500 Central American migrants, primarily Hondurans and Guatemalans, are now doing jobs that the local media said "Mexicans won't do." Some, however, are begging, prompting calls for local authorities to find them jobs.......

The Blaze          
Trump wants 10,000 more ICE agents to combat illegal immigration and stop MS-13 
As part of his administration's effort to crack down on illegal immigration, President Donald Trump is asking Congress for an additional 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers as well as more immigration judges to rule on deportation cases. -- The Hill reported that Trump is set to give a law enforcement and immigration policy speech on Friday in Long Island, N.Y., that will focus on defeating the violent El Salvadoran MS-13 gang, notorious for drug and human trafficking.......

Observer          
De Blasio Says He'll Sue Justice Department Over Sanctuary City Threat 
Mayor Bill de Blasio said he is “ready” to take legal action against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is threatening to take funds from so-called sanctuary cities by cutting a federal program that helps cities and states fight crime. -- On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that any cities that do not assist federal immigration agents seeking to deport undocumented immigrants would no longer get funding from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, which helps state and local efforts ward off or reduce crime and violence.......

Memphis Flyer          
Latino Memphis Mobilizes in Response to ICE Surge  
After a "surge" by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), seeking arrests of undocumented immigrants in Shelby County commenced Sunday, local activist group Latino Memphis began to mobilize a counter surge. -- The group's goal, according to a Facebook post is to empower the immigrant community and inform them of their rights. -- Attempting to ease some of the fear growing in the community since the arrests began, the group has been knocking on doors of undocumented immigrants, distributing "Know Your Rights" flyers, warning them of the surge, and informing them of what to do if an ICE agents shows up at their home. -- Additionally, while Latino Memphis is providing free legal consultations for anyone that has been detained, beginning Friday, local church, Victory Life Iglesia Hispana is accepting donations ranging from clothes to groceries for the families affected by the recent surge. ......

Reuters       
Trump ousts Priebus and announces John Kelly as new Chief of Staff 
President Donald Trump replaced his beleaguered White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, after only six months on the job on Friday, installing retired General John Kelly in his place in a major shake-up of his top team. -- Trump announced the move in a tweet a day after his new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, accused Priebus of leaking information to reporters in a profanity-laced tirade. -- Kelly, 67, a retired four-star Marine Corps general, is currently secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and will assume the chief of staff post on Monday. He was hired with the goal of bringing more discipline to the White House, a senior White House official said.......

AJC          
Trump arrives in NY to talk immigration, crime 
... President Donald Trump has arrived in New York to speak about the administration's crackdown on illegal immigration and violent crime. -- Trump was speaking Friday at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on Long Island. The venue is close to where the ultra-violent street gang MS-13 has committed a string of gruesome murders, including April's massacre of four young men. -- The president is expected to continue his tough talk on immigration and urge Congress to dedicate more funding to border enforcement and faster deportations. -- Law enforcement officials and family members of crime victims are expected to be in the audience.......

AP       
Agents Find Half-Ton of Marijuana After Tracking Footprints 
he U.S. Border Patrol says agents found over a half-ton of abandoned marijuana after following footprints in a rural area near the U.S.-Mexico border. -- Agents found 24 packages containing 1,100 pounds (499 kilograms) marijuana Monday after a canine team patrolling mountain roads east of Nogales, Arizona, found dozens of footprint impressions on a known smuggling route. -- The agents then tracked the footprints to a wooded area a few miles away. -- Agents removed the marijuana after determining that the smugglers were no longer in the area......

Breitbart          
Cheap-Labor Lobby Gears Up To Capture DHS From John Kelly 
Business-allied GOP leaders will push one of their own for the top slot at the Department of Homeland Security, despite President Donald Trump's apparent preference for senior military executives, say immigration reformers. -- Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, sought the top immigration job in late 2016. Instead, Donald Trump picked retired General John Kelly, who is now moving over to become the White House Chief of Staff, leaving behind a small but growing group of pro-Trump advisors and officials.......

Oregon Live -- H/T David Olen Cross -- Salem        
Federal immigration agency lodged detainer on man accused of NE Portland attacks
Federal immigration agents lodged a detainer in December 2016 against the man accused of attacking two women in Northeast Portland this week, officials said. --When Sergio Jose Martinez was held in the Multnomah County Jail on Dec. 7, 2016, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement requested local authorities notify the agency prior to releasing him, spokeswoman Virginia Kice said in a statement to The Oregonian/OregonLive on Friday. --Martinez has been deported 20 times, according to Multnomah County court documents. He has a lengthy criminal record that includes several convictions in Oregon and burglary co nvictions in other states, according to court documents and the immigration agency. ..........

July 28, 2017

Breitbart          
Mexican Self-Defense Groups Spread amid Worsening Cartel Violence 
As security conditions in Mexico continue to spiral out of control, the country has seen the rise of average citizens taking arms against the drug cartels that are responsible for most of the violence in the country. -- Initially Mexico only had a handful of groups, but since 2013, that figure skyrocketed to more than 183 in 14 states. The main hotspots for self-defense organizations are Guerrero and Michoacan, two states rocked by extreme cartel violence, executions, and kidnappings. However, recent developments indicate self-defense groups are starting to establish themselves in the wealthy State of Mexico. ......

LA Times          
Trump's border wall prototypes in San Diego delayed until the winter 
The border wall prototypes that were supposed to be built in June in San Diego have been likely delayed until winter because of complaints about the bidding process, Customs and Border Protection said Thursday. -- Two companies that bid on mock-ups of the proposed border wall with Mexico, a keystone of President Trump's campaign, made formal protests after failing to make it to the second round. The Associated Press was the first to report the news.......

July 27, 2017

Sierra Vista Herald / Review          
ARE NEW BORDER CAMERAS BLIND? 
VIDEO: -- A new DHS Office of Inspector General report says Integrated Fixed Towers were not tested properly. This video will make you think the OIG is right. -- (Video by ABP)......

Breitbart          
House OKs $1.6B down payment for Trump's wall 
The Republican-led House has voted to make a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. -- The vote was 230-196. Republican leaders avoided voting directly on the divisive issue Thursday. Instead, they tucked the wall provision into a broader procedural vote. -- Trump promised at nearly every rally and campaign event that Mexico would pay for the wall. Mexico said no, and U.S. taxpayers will have to provide the money.-- Democrats said they might have defeated the wall if they'd been given a chance. It's unpopular with more moderate Republicans and those representing districts with large immigrant communities.......

The Hill        
LA mayor vows to defy Trump administration on immigration: report 
The Democratic mayor of Los Angeles vowed Wednesday to resist the Trump administration's orders on immigration despite threats from the White House that the city could lose federal funding. -- Eric Garcetti told BuzzFeed on Wednesday that the city would continue to resist the administration in the face of a new directive from Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordering cities to notify the Department of Homeland Security at least 48 hours before releasing undocumented immigrant detainees. -- In an interview with Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith, Garcetti blasted the White House's policies as making the city "less safe."......

Breitbart          
Mexican Cartel Extermination Field Found near UNESCO Site 
Gomez Farias, Tamps. -- Human rights activists searching for cartel victims found an extermination field used by Los Zetas to bury and incinerate at least 500 near a UNESCO-protected ecological biosphere. -- The extermination field was found in the southeastern part of Tamaulipas in the rural community of Alfredo Bonfil. The area is close to El Cielo Biosphere, a protected ecological site known as Mexico's northernmost tropical forest and cloud forest region. Breitbart Texas was able to confirm through Mexican court documents that Los Zetas members confessed to operating multiple incineration sites throughout the border state.......

KOIN -- H/T to David Olen Cross          
Accused attacker has history of illegal entry into US 
Portland -- The man accused of violently attacking two women on Monday has a long history of being deported to Mexico and then illegally entering the United States, according to court records. -- Sergio Jose Martinez, 31, appeared in court Wednesday afternoon following his arrest after a foot pursuit through the Sullivan Gulch neighborhood. He pleaded not guilty to assaulting the 2 women. -- Police say Martinez physically and sexually attacked a 65-year-old woman in the 1700 block of NE Irving Street and then stole her car. As police were investigating that attack, officers responded to the area of Northeast 21st Avenue and Halsey Street Monday night on reports that a man, armed with a knife, had attacked a woman.......

LA Daily News         
Governor hopeful Villaraigosa offers vision for improving California 
While gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa displayed his Democratic colors on key issues during visit to Orange County Wednesday, he also took several positions more commonly associated with Republicans. -- Villaraigosa pointed out that the number of charter schools tripled in Los Angeles while he was mayor there, advocating a aspect of school choice embraced by many in the GOP. And he blamed over-regulation for stymying the progress of a host of issues, including small businesses development, infrastructure, affordable housing and desalination plants. He took particular aim at the California Environmental Quality Act.......

MRCTV         
San Diego Border Patrol --- Yes, A Border Fence DOES Bring Down Illegal Crossings, Crime 
In an exclusive interview with MRCTV, San Diego Border Patrol gave credence to the argument that a border wall would help deter the flow of illegal immigrants and illicit drugs over the U.S.-Mexico border. -- Speaking with Border Patrol agents Tekae Michael and Lindsay Begg, MRCTV's Brittany Hughes and Monica Sanchez got an inside look at their day-to-day operations and how effective infrastructure can be when it comes to border security. -- In the 1980's and 1990's, San Diego sector was the busiest (and smallest) sector along the border. With very little infrastructure, Agent Michael described that era as a dangerous time, plagued with "bandit activity" such as rape, burglary, and even murder.......

NewsMax        
ICE Official: Cartels Involved in Deadly Human Smuggling 
The human smuggling operation that left 10 people dead inside a packed, sweltering tractor-trailer in Texas over the weekend could not have taken place without the help of Mexican drug cartels, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement official told The Associated Press. --"There's a lot of money to be made, which is really the primary motivator and the primary driver for these types of individuals and these types of organizations because at the end they're trying to make money, which is what makes these organizations so dangerous," said Shane Folden, special agent in charge of ICE's Homeland Security Investigations office in San Antonio. "They don't really put a value on human life, and they don't treat these individuals as people. They consider them cargo, or a commodity, a means to make money."......

Tucson.com         
Police: Marijuana launched over border fence near Douglas 
Authorities have seized more than 140 pounds of marijuana that was launched over the International Boundary Fence near Douglas. -- It wasn't immediately clear if a catapult was used or some other device to get the bundles over the fence.-- Douglas police received two 911 calls around 2 p.m. Monday about marijuana bundles being launched over the fence. -- A city police officer responded to the calls and found a large bundle of marijuana that had broken upon impact, exposing multiple smaller bundles inside......

Breitbart          
Ted Cruz is Our Advocate in Congress, Says Border Patrol Agent 
A U.S. Border Patrol agent who heads the organization that represents 18,000 men and women who protect the border said Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is their advocate in Congress. -- Border Patrol Agent Brandon Judd, in his capacity as president of the National Border Patrol Council, said, “We have to have an advocate in Congress, which I believe is Ted Cruz.” Judd's comments came during a July 17 interview on C-SPAN about illegal immigration and border security.......

KTAR         
Arizona House to vote on $1.6 billion border wall funding 
The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on a bill that includes funding to start building President Donald Trump's border wall. -- The president's request of $1.6 billion to begin the construction of the border wall along the United States-Mexico border is part of the spending bill for the U.S. Department of Defense and several other agencies. The money would pay for the construction of 74 miles of physical barriers, including fencing. -- Congressman Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., is condemning House Republicans for including Trump's border wall funding request in the defense spending bill. -- “Members of Congress who care deeply about our national defense shouldn't be forced to decide between voting for this nonsensical proposal and voting to fund our military,” Gallego said.......


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