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October 2, 2017

KGBT          
Border Patrol agents arrest Mexican just 4 days after he was deported 
Border Patrol agents arrested a Mexican man near Hidalgo last week --- just four days after the federal government deported him. -- Agents arrested Gilberto Trevizo-Molina near Hidalgo. -- "Record checks revealed the defendant was formally deported/excluded from the United States on September 21, 2017, through Hidalgo, Texas," according to the federal criminal complaint against him. -- Trevizo is charged with illegal re-entry.......

The Hill          
Tillis-Lankford amnesty proposal is a betrayal of the American people 
When headlines were published last week about conservative senators having a merit-based immigration bill, it was plausible they might have been senators promoting legislation that imposed a merit-based green card system. Instead, the stories were about the Succeed Act, a massive amnesty proposal from Sens. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), the cheap labor lobby's favorite senator; Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who has spent decades voting in favor of mass amnesty bills that include the 2013 Gang of Eight proposal; and James Lankford (R-Okla.), who had virtually no record on immigration until now.......

Examiner         
Justice Neil Gorsuch questions courts' role in immigration policy 
The Supreme Court's first day of oral arguments featured questioning by Justice Neil Gorsuch about the court's role in applying the immigration policies administered by the president. --The justices on Monday reheard arguments in Sessions v. Dimaya, a case the high court first heard before Gorsuch joined the court. The Supreme Court's decision to listen to arguments for a second time on the case about the deportation of non-citizens for committing crimes suggests the justices may be deadlocked and in need of Gorsuch's input. ......

Breitbart          
NYT: Push for DACA Amnesty May Doom Democrats in the Midwest 
As Democrats warily prepare to negotiate an immigration deal with President Trump, they face an unexpected political foe: many of the 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants threatened with deportation whom they are championing. -- The pressure from some immigrant activists to reject any compromise that would tighten border security has frustrated Democratic leaders, who recognize the political risks of being labeled the party of open borders --- a potentially lethal tag as they seek to regain support from working-class voters across the Midwest.......

Washington Times       
Border wall foes lobby judges to halt construction 
President Trump's border wall proposal has sent his opponents rushing to courthouses as powerful environmental groups and Democrats in Congress and the states demand federal judges step in to try to derail any new construction. -- The groups say that to build the wall, the administration is trying to waive many of the country's most iconic protection laws, including the Clean Air and Endangered Species acts and the Antiquities and Native American Graves Protection acts.......

HPN         
Border Patrol seizes more than $3.2 million of crystal meth at Laredo Port of Entry 
More than $3.2 million in crystal meth was seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in two separate attempted smuggling incidents across the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge last week. -- One incident involved a 40-year-old Mexican citizen crossing the bridge from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. When referred by officers for a secondary examination, canine and physical investigations turned up 36 pounds of meth, which was promptly seized, along with the vehicle. The second incident involved a U.S. citizen, 29 years old, who attempted to cross from Irving, Texas. When dogs were called and an inspection was completed, 122 pounds of meth was produced from the vehicle.......

Breitbart          
UC Riverside Student Allegedly Steals MAGA Hat, Demands Owner Be Punished for Wearing It 
A student at UC Riverside was filmed after allegedly stealing a “Make America Great Again” hat demanding that the wearer be punished. -- The video has received over 2.5 million views on Facebook since it was posted on Thursday afternoon. The owner of the hat, Matthew Vitale, states he is half-Nicaraguan in the video, but the female student holding his hat accuses him of turning a blind eye to “micro-aggressions against people of color” and supporting “laws and legislation that literally kill and murder in the masses, people of color.”......

NJ Today         
Hawaii man charged with defacing Trump golf courses 
Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson charged 61-year-old Clifford Tillotson, of Kaneohe, Hawaii, with criminal mischief for allegedly defacing the greens at four golf courses in New Jersey and New York owned by President Donald Trump. -- According to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, Tillotson used a caustic chemical to inscribe comments critical of the Trump administration on nine putting greens at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on or around Sept. 11.......

Breitbart          
Human Smugglers Continue Leaving Migrants to Die in Texas Heat 
Ruthless cartel-connected human smugglers continue to abandon their human cargo in the Texas summer heat, leaving them to possibly die from exposure, heat stroke, and dehydration. Border Patrol agents risk their own lives to rescue the abandoned illegal immigrants. -- Border Patrol agents assigned to the McAllen Station in the Rio Grande Valley Sector received information about illegal immigrants who the human smugglers abandoned in the brush on Monday.......

KGTV          
Mother: 'Dreamer' contracted MRSA while custody, nearly dies
The family of a “dreamer” is filing suit, claiming he contracted an aggressive staph infection while in custody. -- Back in late June, federal agents took Luis Napoles,45, into custody at his workplace, a local Home Depot. -- Napoles, an undocumented immigrant, was brought to the U.S. when he was 5 months old. His mother, Bertha Napoles, says he served nearly 3 years behind bars after a conviction for accessory to robbery and a parole violation, but his family says he had turned his life around in the past decade......

OC Register          
Illegals line up in LA and elsewhere to renew work permits as DACA ends  
The line stretches down the block before the sun rises in Los Angeles for immigrants seeking help to renew their work permits under a 5-year-old program that has shielded them from deportation but is now nearing its end. -- Ivan Vizueta, a 25-year-old from Long Beach, brought a folding chair and music to pass the time while waiting to renew the papers that enable him to work for a plumbing company and earn nearly twice the wages he once did loading and unloading cargo containers. The lines have been a regular occurrence in recent days, with some people camping out as early as 3 a.m.......

KTAR        
Arpaio plans to continue investigation into Obama birth certificate 
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Thursday that he planned to continue his investigation into former President Barack Obama's birth certificate. -- In an interview with the San Jose Mercury News before a speaking event in Fresno, Arpaio said the birth certificate “has to go down as the biggest cover-up in the history of the United States. Nobody wants to touch it.” ......

David Olen Cross -- Salem          
Oregon Department of Corrections: Foreign National Sex Crime Report -- August 2017
Data obtained from the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) indicated that on August 1, 2017 that 471 of the 984 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) in the state's prison system were incarcerated for three types of sex crimes (sex abuse, rape and sodomy), 47.87 percent of the criminal alien prison population. -- The following table identifies the types, numbers and percentages of sex crimes committed by the 471 criminal aliens with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainers incarcerated on August 1st in DOC prisons...........

Glenn Spencer       
Drone survey of Coronado Integrated Fixed Towers
On September 28, I returned to the Coronado National Forest with my trusted drone, Hermes, and shot some footage of three of the Integrated Fixed Towers installed by DHS/CBP earlier this year. -- Take a look at this video and tell me if you think people can sneak post them in the forest.

Chicago Tribune          
Immigration "rights" program canceled after Arlington Heights library officials receive threats 
A program at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library intended to inform undocumented residents about their rights was canceled this week after officials received phone threats, including some callers who suggested that ICE agents might be present at the event. -- The immigration rights program, titled "Know Your Rights," was scheduled to include a presentation from the Community Activism Law Alliance at 7 p.m. Monday. --But library officials canceled the program after receiving several threatening phone calls, including one caller who suggested he would request agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to show up and arrest participants at the event, said Mary Hastings, spokeswoman for the Arlington Heights Memorial Library......

Fox News         
MS-13 now targeting young children for violent gang as feds turn up the heat 
Forget the faces covered with tattoos. The gang signs. Even the guns and knives sticking out of their jeans. -- The real way to spot an MS-13 gangster is by his sneakers. -- A top leader of the notoriously violent gang told associates in the U.S. to ditch their footwear, because that's how law enforcement was identifying members. -- In a racketeering indictment unsealed Thursday, Edwin Manica Flores, known as “Shugar,” allegedly told other gang leaders to avoid wearing clothes and colors associated with MS-13 as to not attract police attention.......

LA Weekly        
Fearing Trump's Policies, illegals in California Go Underground 
Undocumented immigrants are facing not only a new round of federal sweeps under the administration of President Trump but a change in tone in the national conversation about those who cross our borders without permission. -- Trump's words alone --- he kicked off his campaign for the White House by calling Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists — have had an effect. A new report from the nonprofit California Reinvestment Coalition says the potential for arrest, deportation and hate crimes is having a deep impact on a large portion of the population of the Golden State, where a nation-leading 2.35 million undocumented people reside.......

Politico       
Republicans ignore Trump's bipartisan Dreamers deal  
President Donald Trump may want to partner with “Chuck and Nancy” on a solution for Dreamers, but House Republicans say forget it --- at least for now. -- GOP leaders are resisting Trump's push to salvage the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative with bipartisan cooperation. Instead, at the behest of a conservative conference that loathes the Obama-era program giving work permits to young undocumented immigrants, Republicans are crafting a solution that sticks to party orthodoxy.......

Nogales International      
Group of illegals arrested at Motel 6 
Nogales police, in collaboration with the U.S. Border Patrol, arrested five undocumented immigrants staying at the local Motel 6. -- The bust earlier this month came amid mounting concern over the extent of the national hotel chain's cooperation with federal immigration officials in Arizona, though the company said in a statement that it doesn't believe its employees were involved in the Nogales incident. -- According to the police report, which the Nogales Police Department provided to the NI, five NPD officers working the Operation Stonegarden detail responded to the hotel on West Mariposa Road at about 6:24 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13.......

Sacramento Bee        
Powerful Texas Republicans try to steer Trump on wall 
exas Republicans think they know better than President Donald Trump when it comes to a wall along the southern border. -- A pair of powerful Texas GOP lawmakers have crafted a plan designed to avoid the construction of the sort of the politically unpopular U.S.-Mexico wall Trump has urged. --Next week, the House Homeland Security Committee will consider the Texas plan, first introduced in July by the committee's chairman, Texas Rep. Michael McCaul. Texas Sen. John Cornyn introduced a similar bill in the Senate last month.......

LMT Online         
Border Patrol: Traffic stops leads agents to illegal alien stash house 
Border Patrol agents discovered 25 undocumented immigrants in a stash house in Hidalgo County on Monday, according to a news release from the agency. -- Agents found out about the house after making a traffic stop in which all three occupants of the car were undocumented immigrants, according to the release. -- While being arrested, the driver allegedly admitted to harboring others in a nearby home.......

CBS7 -- Midland     
460 pounds of marijuana seized at the border 
Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized a total of 460 pounds of marijuana on Wednesday. -- According to CBP, the marijuana came from five separate cases at the border, and the total value of the marijuana is $368,000. -- “The smuggling threat is consistent. Vigilant CBP officers are stepping up every day to stop drug loads,” said Beverly Good, CBP El Paso Port Director in a release. “The work we perform plays an important role in keeping our nation safe from all threats.” -- CBP reports that one of the larger of the five seizures happened at 8:30 p.m. when a Chrysler Town and Country van entered the international crossing from Mexico.......

October 1, 2017

Press-Enterprise          
Rep. Duncan Hunter wants pardon for Border Patrol agents (Ramos and Compean) who shot smuggler  
Rep. Duncan Hunter, who represents most of Temecula, is urging President Donald Trump to pardon two former U.S. Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting a drug smuggler as he fled from them. -- Hunter, R-Alpine, said he believes Jose Alonso Compean and Ignacio Ramos were unjustly punished for doing their jobs when they shot Osvaldo Aldrete Davila in the buttocks near El Paso in 2005. -- “These agents were in the process of apprehending an illegal alien smuggling over 700 pounds of drugs into our country,” the congressman said. “In the course of a struggle, and in what appeared to be the suspect brandishing a weapon, these agents fired their guns and hit him in the backside as he escaped back into Mexico.......

Daily Caller       
ICE Arrests Nearly 500 Illegal Aliens In Sanctuary Cities 
Federal immigration authorities arrested nearly 500 illegal aliens from over 40 countries in a four-day operation that concluded on Wednesday. -- Dubbed operation “Safe City,” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO) teams took 498 individuals into custody on federal immigration charges. The operation targeted areas where ICE agents are “denied access to jails and prisons to interview suspected immigration violators or jurisdictions where ICE detainers are not honored,” ICE said in a statement.......

Tucson News Now         
Rep. McSally starts AZ Trail hike on National Public Lands Day 
Congresswoman Martha McSally traded in her business attire for shorts and a long sleeved t-shirt. She's on a mission to accomplish something that has never been done by any member of Congress. Her goal is to hike every mile of the Arizona Trail. -- The trail begins at the Mexico border and goes all the way north to the Utah state line, for a total of 800 miles. -- Rep. McSally began her first part of the trail at Montezuma Canyon. She was joined by the Arizona Trail Association, the boys scouts and some Bisbee High School students.......

Daily Caller          
There's Nothing Conservative About The GOP DACA Bill 
A pair of Republican senators are marketing their bill to legalize the beneficiaries of an executive amnesty program as a tougher alternative to a competing Democratic proposal, but immigration skeptics say the bills are hardly different in substance. -- Known as the “Succeed Act,” the GOP bill would give legal status to younger illegal immigrants covered under the now-cancelled Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. It requires applicants to meet strict education or work requirements to be eligible for a green card and lays out a 15-year path to citizenship --- 10 years in a conditional status period and then at least five years as a legal permanent resident.......

News & Record         
Dozens of protestors 'in mourning' descend on Greensboro's ICE office 
The crowd mostly wore black and a quiet fell across the grassy lawn in front of the city's U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office Thursday as the names rang out of undocumented workers who died --- some within the hour --- of being deported. -- Similar demonstrations followed in Winston-Salem and Durham as part of a rally in support of three undocumented workers who have sought refuge in churches in North Carolina to avoid being deported. -- sThey are the first undocumented immigrants to take refuge in North Carolina houses of worship in order to avoid being deported.......

Philly Voice        
ICE's 'Operation Safe City' results in more than 100 arrests of illegals in Philly 
Federal immigration officials arrested 107 undocumented immigrants living in Philadelphia during a four-day operation that targeted sanctuary cities, where local law enforcement agencies are not complying with federal immigration orders. -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement teams arrested 498 individuals from 42 countries as part of a national operation dubbed "Safe City." More individuals were arrested in Philadelphia than in any of the other nine municipalities where the operation took place.-- The operation was carried out in cities and regions where ICE officers are denied access to prisons to interview suspected immigration violators. They also were held in jurisdictions where ICE detainers are not being honored.......

September 30, 2017

Daily Record         
Illegal alien charged with drunk driving, death of his brothers 
A Dover man was charged with causing the death of his two brothers after crashing his vehicle while driving drunk, according to court documents. -- Santos Javier Archaga-Mendoza, 36, of Dover, was charged with recklessly causing the death of his brothers Joel and Daniel Archaga following the 1:15 a.m. Sunday accident on Route 46 in Dover following his birthday celebration at a nightclub. He was also charged with driving while intoxicated.......

Breitbart          
Two Previously Deported MS-13 Gang Members, Child Rapist Arrested at Border 
Border Patrol agents arrested two previously-deported MS-13 gang members and a convicted child rapist after they illegally snuck across the Arizona border. The arrests occurred in three separate smuggling attempts. -- Federal authorities arrested 31-year old Eugenio Franco shortly after he had illegally crossed into the country just west of Nogales, Arizona, information provided to Breitbart Texas by the U.S. Border Patrol revealed. While processing the foreign national, authorities determined Franco to be an illegal alien from Mexico with a long criminal history in the U.S. He is also a known member of the MS-13 criminal gang. ......

KCBS       
ICE Arrests 101 People In LA Immigration Sweep 
About 100 people were arrested in the Los Angeles area during a four-day nationwide immigration sweep targeting so-called sanctuary jurisdictions, federal authorities announced Thursday. -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said “Operation Safe City,” which ended Wednesday, targeted people who have “violated U.S. immigration laws, prioritizing aliens with criminal convictions, pending criminal charges, known gang members and affiliates, immigration fugitives and those who re-entered the U.S. after deportation.”......

Morning Call         
Tree company Asplundh to pay $95M fine, admits hiring illegals 
Asplundh Tree Expert, Inc., the Montgomery County-based tree removal company, pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally employing undocumented immigrants and will pay $95 million, described by federal prosecutors as the largest payment ever for an immigration-related case. -- The Willow Grove-based company admitted its managers hired and rehired undocumented immigrants that employees knew were ineligible to work in the United States, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.......

Breitbart          
Texas School Board Urges Congress to Continue DACA 
One Texas school district not only supports Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), its school board urged Congress to continue the Obama-era executive amnesty program which the Trump Administration plans to phase out within six months. -- On Tuesday night, the Fort Worth Independent School District board of trustees voted unanimously, 8-0, with one member absent, on a resolution that pledged support for the program, imploring Congress to find a “positive and permanent solution for DACA recipients.”......

Breitbart          
Globalists Seize Control of White House Trade Shop 
President Donald Trump will likely find it harder to put in place trade policies designed to protect American jobs and technology thanks to chief of staff John Kelly's latest maneuver. -- Kelly has put the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, run by economist Peter Navarro, under the National Economic Council, headed by former Goldman Sachs executive Gary Cohn, Politco reports. The move means that Navarro, a strong voice for nationalist trade policies inside the White House, will now report to Cohn, who has led the opposition to many of the policies–such as tariffs–proposed by Navarro.......

Breitbart          
Chuck Schumer: During Our Negotiations Trump Said 'OK, We Won't Do the Wall' 
This week on the “Pod Save America” podcast, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) detailed the debt ceiling and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy negotiations he had with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and President Donald Trump earlier in the month. -- Schumer said, “On DREAMers, he said, you know, that he understood that they didn't come in through any fault of their own, that they're good Americans, good kids. And then he said he wants the wall in return. And we said ‘No. No wall, Mr. President.' And he tried that for about 15 minutes, but he's not going to push me around verbally or any other way.”......

Breitbart          
Trump's Amnesty Talk Coincides with Illegal Border Crossings Surge 
Illegal border crossings spiked at the same time President Donald Trump's administration spoke with congressional Democrats about potentially giving amnesty to hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens. -- President Trump met with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) weeks ago. The meeting gave the appearance of the president seeming to cave on his major campaign promise to oppose amnesty for illegal aliens, Breitbart News reported.......

CIS.org        
One-Way-Street Federalism: California Again Shows its Disdain for Immigration Law 
California state legislators have once again distinguished themselves, both for their lack of common sense and their disdain and intransigence in the face of federal efforts to restore a measure of reality and integrity to the rule of immigration law. -- This happened on September 13, when they passed AB (Assembly Bill) 450, the so-called "Immigrant Worker Protection Act". It might better be called "The Illegal Alien-Unauthorized Worker Harboring Act" because its intent is clearly to inhibit California employers from cooperating with federal immigration authorities who are seeking to ensure that those employers only hire legal, authorized workers.......

September 29, 2017

Reuters          
14 people shot dead at Mexican drug rehab center 
Fourteen people were shot dead on Tuesday night at a drug rehabilitation centre in northern Mexico as part of a territory fight between two criminal gangs, a spokesman for the state attorney general's office said. The shooting took place in the Rosario neighbourhood of the city of Chihuahua, the capital of the border state Chihuahua, and left 14 people dead and 8 injured, spokesman Carlos Huerta said on Wednesday.......

Washington Times        
Congressman says U.S.-Mexico border safer than D.C. 
The nation's capital is a far more dangerous place to live than the southwest border's big cities, a Democratic congressman said Wednesday, saying the crime numbers challenge the notion of a border out of control. -- Rep. Henry Cuellar, Texas Democrat, used the new FBI violent crime states released this week to justify the claim, saying the murder rate in Washington, D.C., was nearly 10 times the rate in El Paso, Del Rio, Brownsville and McAllen in Texas. -- The violent crime rate in the District was triple the rate in El Paso, and nearly 10 times higher than Del Rio or McAllen in Texas, Mr. Cuellar said.......

One News Now       
Obama funneled millions to destroy Trump 
Former President Barack Obama has reportedly funded millions of dollars to groups focused on tearing down President Donald Trump's conservative agenda. -- “Wall Street might be shocked to learn it is helping bankroll the anti-Trump ‘resistance' movement that's aggressively fighting policies it favors --- including corporate tax cuts and the repeal of Obama-era banking and health-care regulations,” The New York Post's Paul Sperry reported. “The Obama administration's massive shakedown of Big Banks over the mortgage crisis included unprecedented back-door funding for dozens of Democratic activist groups who were not even victims of the crisis.”......

Glenn Spencer       
This just in -- Eight more IFTs sit idle --- one for nine months
My trusted drone, Hermes, and I just returned from a survey of the Integrated Fixed Towers east of Douglas, Arizona. I will give a complete report tomorrow, but here is just a taste. --One of the IFTS - TCA-DGL-0364 as known to Customs and Border Protection --- is still idle. Not only that, as this screen grab from Hermes shows, it has a mobile BP radar system sitting next to it --- and a BP unit parked next that to provide “force protection” for the radar operator. -- Now take a look at this image from Google Earth from December 10, 2016 --- nothing has changed. The IFT tower still has a BP mobile radar unit and "force protection." -- In others words, this $20 million radar camera towers has been sitting idle for at least nine months --- doing nothing. -- Too bad we no longer have investigative reporters.

Oregon Live -- H/T David Olen Cross -- Salem          
ICE arrests 33 in Portland during operation targeting sanctuary cities
Federal immigration agents arrested 33 people in Portland during a four-day operation targeting sanctuary cities across the nation this week, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials said in a statement Thursday. -- Nearly 500 people were arrested for federal immigration violations during the operation, officials said. The operation, which the agency dubbed "Operation Safe City," ended Wednesday...........

CIS.org          
Executive of Embattled Falls Church Visa Mill Pleaded Guilty to Visa Fraud 
An executive of the termination-threatened American College of Commerce and Technology in Falls Church, Va., pled guilty to visa fraud earlier this year. The student body is 93 percent on F-1 foreign-student visas. -- As noted in an earlier posting, the staff of the Virginia educational regulatory agency, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, recommended that ACCT's license be terminated for a series of educational failings, with no relation to any immigration matters, but the State Council had postponed acting on the recommendation because of an apparent sale of the voting stock in the college's holding company, American College of Commerce and Technology, Inc.......

KHOU        
Border Patrol memo reveals instructions to detain all DACA recipients 
A deadline is fast approaching to renew DACA permits expiring between now and March 5, 2017. -- The end of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was announced by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this month. -- Since then, Border Patrol agents have been screening DACA recipients at Texas checkpoints. -- Maria Hernandez is one of them and is speaking out. --“This is the least time to be fearful. This is the time to act,” she said.......

Florida Times Union         
Federal agent remains critical after being shot outside Oakleaf Publix; suspect identified 
The mother of the 18-year-old who shot a federal agent coming out of an Oakleaf Publix, then killed himself, said she can “only express my horror and grief” about her son Thomas Jacob Lewis and what he did. -- “Although Jake no longer lived with me as a result of the structure and discipline that I attempted to place on him, I loved him dearly,” Renee Lewis Homes wrote in a statement to the media. “… I would ask first for your prayers on behalf of the wounded officer and our law-enforcement community as they face danger every day.......

US News / AP         
Another Sheriff Says Governor Wrong On Federal Immigration Requests 
A second Maine sheriff has objected to a directive by Republican Gov. Paul LePage that county sheriffs should hold immigrants without a warrant. -- York County Sheriff William King says he won't comply with federal immigration officers who ask him to temporarily hold an inmate scheduled for release, the Journal Tribune reported.--LePage on Tuesday directed the state's 16 county sheriffs to detain immigrants upon request by federal immigration officers — or be removed from office. The Maine Sheriff's Association said it has hired an attorney and is working with the National Sheriffs' Association to look into the legal issue.......

AZ Ed News         
National Organizations to Provide DACA Recipients with Free Legal Assistance in Advance of October 5 Renewal Deadline 
The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCo) announced a new partnership Monday to match young people applying for temporary status with local clinics and pro bono volunteers who can help navigate the process. -- This new partnership comes in response to President Trump's move to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provided immigrants who came to the U.S. as children with the opportunity to study, work and live their lives free of fear........

WIVB         
Protesters march outside of Deep South Taco during Sheriff Howard's fundraiser 
Dozens of demonstrators picketed outside of a popular restaurant while the Erie County Sheriff was holding a fundraiser inside. -- The protesters say it's hypocritical of Sheriff Tim Howard to hold an event at a Mexican restaurant, given his stance on immigration. -- The protesters marched outside Deep South Taco on Ellicott St. last night. They accuse Sheriff Howard of supporting policies that leave immigrants at risk of being target by deputies.......

Salt Lake Tribune          
Immigration officers nab long-sought Mexican sex offender in Provo 
A Mexican national convicted of sex offenses in the United States and on the run from federal immigration officials has been arrested in Utah. -- Jesus Guitron-Aguilera, who had been on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Top 10 Most-Wanted list since 2010, was arrested by ICE and Provo police on Tuesday, said Robert Culley, field office director for ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations. -- Guitron-Aguilera, 56, went on the run after his appeal of an earlier federal deportation order was dismissed in August 2010. A field worker, he had last been believed to be living near Ephraim; he was located in Provo on Tuesday after ICE received a tip, Culley said......

Fox News        
Illegal immigration costing record $135 billion a year, study shows 
The swelling population of illegal immigrants and their kids is costing American taxpayers $135 billion a year, the highest ever, driven by free medical care, education and a huge law enforcement bill, according to the the most authoritative report on the issue yet. -- And despite claims from pro-illegal immigration advocates that the aliens pay significant off-setting taxes back to federal, state and local treasuries, the Federation for American Immigration Reform report tallied just $19 billion, making the final hit to taxpayers about $116 billion.......

Breitbart          
Nolte: Strange Endorsement Is Just Latest Awful Advice Trump Received from Jared 
To no one's surprise, President Donald Trump is apparently “furious” over his woefully misguided decision to go all-in for Luther Strange in Alabama's U.S. Senate primary. --It was a decision that blew spectacularly up in the president's face last night with Strange's massive 10-point loss to Roy Moore, an outsider much closer in spirit to Trumpism than establishment crony Strange. -- In what is becoming a disturbing pattern, Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner was apparently one of those who advised the president to back Strange, to once again sail into big, jagged rocks --- a humiliation for Trump that anyone with any real-world political sense should have (and did) seen coming from a mile away.......

Breitbart          
Vatican Launches Two-Year Propaganda Campaign to Provoke a 'Shift in Thinking' on Immigration 
Pope Francis launched a two-year campaign Wednesday to educate people about the plight of migrants, and to encourage a more welcoming attitude toward them worldwide. -- “Brothers, we mustn't be afraid to share the journey! We mustn't be afraid to share the hope!” Francis said in his weekly General Audience in Saint Peter's Square Wednesday, in which he inaugurated the new project, titled “Share the Journey.”......

NumbersUSA         
20 Million "Immigrants" Admitted Over 35 Years Through Chain Migration 
Twenty million of the total 33 million legal immigrants admitted to the United States between 1981 and 2016 were admitted through the chain migration categories, according to analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies. According to CIS, a legal immigrant admitted to the United States over the 35 years sponsored an average of 3.45 family members for green cards. -- Current immigration law allows for new immigrants with green cards to sponsor their spouses and minor children. Then, once they become naturalized citizens, they can also sponsor their parents, adult siblings, and unmarried adult children for green cards, which creates endless chains of family-based immigration. There are no numerical limits to spouses, minor children, and parents that can be sponsored by U.S. citizens, while other categories are capped at approximately 250,000 per year.......

KVOA         
Photos released of prototypes for President Trump's border wall 
This is the start of something. -- Here are among the first photos of prototypes for President Donald Trump's promised U.S.-Mexico border wall --- actually two walls --- that are being constructed near San Diego. -- Four prototypes are being made of concrete for the wall the will face the U.S. And four others for the wall that faces Mexico will be made of other materials that allow that wall to be seen through. Six contractors were hired to construct the eight prototypes, which will range from 18-30 feet high.......

Courthouse News          
Congressman Sued Over "Anti-Immigrant" Campaign Poster  
Slapping freshman Congressman Tom Garrett with a federal complaint Tuesday, a photojournalist says the Republican made a xenophobic campaign poster with his photograph of Mexican immigrants crossing a wall into the United States. -- Noting his 30 years of experience with Time magazine, Newsweek, Europe's leading news weekly Der Spiegel and other outlets, photojournalist Todd Bigelow says he registered the border photo in question with the U.S. Copyright Office in 2015.......

ABC15         
Congressional Democrats want Arpaio pardon declared invalid 
A group of Democrats in Congress have asked the judge in Joe Arpaio's criminal case to declare his recent pardon to be invalid. -- The 33 Democrats filed a friend-of-the-court brief Wednesday in Phoenix arguing that the pardon issued by President Donald Trump on Aug. 25 is an invalid encroachment by the president on the power of the courts.-- The Democrats join three legal advocacy groups in asking Judge Susan Bolton to declare the pardon invalid or unconstitutional. -- Arpaio's attorneys have asked Bolton to formally dismiss Arpaio's criminal case and throw out a blistering 14-page ruling that explained the reasoning behind his guilty verdict.......

Breitbart          
Study: DACA Amnesty Would Bring 1.4M Foreign Nationals to U.S., Trigger Never-Ending Chain Migration 
An amnesty for nearly 800,000 illegal aliens shielded from deportation by an Obama-created temporary amnesty program may trigger a never-ending flood of chain migration starting with at least 1.4 million foreign nationals coming to the United States. -- In new research, Center for Immigration Studies Director of Policy Jessica Vaughan found that should the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens shielded by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program be given amnesty --- as a few GOP-led bills would do --- it would usher in at least 1.4 million legal immigrants coming to the U.S. through chain migration.......

KGBT          
Texas Attorney General's Office now accepting complaints on 'sanctuary' jurisdictions 
Texans who suspect their elected or appointed officials of enforcing policies that protect undocumented immigrants can now file an official complaint with the office of the state's top prosecutor. -- Attorney General Ken Paxton on Tuesday announced his office is accepting sworn complaints against “sanctuary” jurisdictions that prohibit local police from cooperating with federal immigration authorities. The announcement comes after Monday's decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that parts of the state's immigration enforcement legislation, Senate Bill 4, can go into effect while the case plays out on appeal.......

KGBT         
Border Patrol agents arrest Mexican just 2 days after he was deported 
Border Patrol agents arrested a Mexican man Friday just two days after the federal government deported him. -- Agents arrested Lorenzo Ochoa-Martinez near Encino. -- "The Defendant claims to have illegally entered the United States on September 9, 2017, near Hidalgo, Texas," according to the federal criminal complaint against him. "Record checks revealed the Defendant was formally Deported/Excluded from the United States on September 7, 2017, through El Paso, Texas." -- Before the government deported him, Ochoa was convicted of sexual battery and false imprisonment, according to the criminal complaint. He's now charged with illegal re-entry.......

NewsMax       
DHS: Newly Arrived Mexican Immigrants Sponsor 6 Family Members 
Statistics from the Department of Homeland Security show that newly arrived Mexican immigrants are sponsoring six family members on average, according to a study of DHS statistics by the Center for Immigration Studies. -- This is twice the number of the average legal immigrant, who sponsors three additional immigrants. -- Over the last 35 years, chain migration --- those who join family members who arrived earlier --- has exceeded new immigration, according to Jessica Vaughan, the Center for Immigration Studies' director of policy studies.......

September 28, 2017

David Olen Cross -- Salem          
Oregon's Marion County First in Foreign National Crime in August 2017
On August 1, 2017 Oregon's Marion County had 232 of the 984 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system; the county was first in foreign national crime in the state with 23.58 percent of the criminal aliens in DOC prisons. -- The following table reveals how Marion County residents were harmed or victimized by the 232 criminal aliens incarcerated on August 1st in the DOC prison system with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainers......

Livemint        
Trump administration says it won't budge on Dreamers' deadline 
The Trump administration says it won't budge on a 5 October deadline for children who were brought to the US by undocumented immigrants to renew their permits to work legally in the US, prompting a judge to label the government's stance “unacceptable.” -- US district judge Nicholas Garaufis asked the Justice Department on 14 September to extend the deadline while he considers a challenge from a Queens student who was brought to the US from Mexico at the age of six and is fighting the rescission of his work permit in 2015 and a separate suit by states fighting the planned termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals --- or DACA --- programme.......

Fox News          
Tucker: 'Elites Fail to Grapple With What It Means' to Open Borders to Millions  
Tucker Carlson said that the ruling class in America either does not know or refuses to explain in raw statistics what it means to allow millions of illegal immigrants into the country.-- "You'll notice the failure.... of our elites to grapple with what exactly it means to allow millions of low-skilled workers to move here," he said. -- "They don't really want to know," he said. "[It's] about their politics."......

LA Times          
'Populist' uprising puts senate majority at risk 
Roy Moore's upset victory in the Alabama Senate primary sent shock waves through the Republican establishment Wednesday, portending a GOP civil war as outsider candidates in other states threaten to challenge incumbents. -- The potential showdowns are reminiscent of the tea party uprising that just a few years ago cost Republicans the majority in the Senate. Now President Trump's populist rise to power --- honed by his former advisor Stephen K. Bannon --- has generated a new wave of long-shot candidates capable of upending the 2018 midterms.......

ASU.edu      
Mapping the border a 'huge technological undertaking' for ASU professor, students 
Last week, Gannett Company's USA Today network of 20 newspapers published a project about the U.S.-Mexico border and what kind of an impact a border wall would have. “The Wall” is the kind of epic project rarely seen in contemporary journalism. One hundred and forty-five people worked together to produce it. Journalists and photographers flew, drove and explored every foot of the nearly 2,000-mile international border. -- Part of the package of stories, photos, videos and virtual-reality experiences is an interactive map of the entire border. Click on it, and you can see video as if you're flying above it. Interesting spots have 360-degree views embedded into them.......

Breitbart          
Judge Moore Overcomes McConnell, Trump, Pence, $30M+ to Win Alabama Senate Primary 
Conservative grassroots Alabama Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore faces off against D.C. establishment Senator Luther Strange tonight, and all eyes will be on Alabama to see if Moore's “grassroots muscle” will defeat Strange's “corporate money.” -- The D.C. establishment has poured at least $30 million into the race and reportedly gave President Donald Trump plenty of happy talk to convince him to campaign for Strange. The Swamp did so because they are reportedly terrified that if Moore wins tonight, other grassroots candidates will challenge, in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's words, Swamp creatures “in their own states.”......

Daily Signal        
House Freedom Caucus Members Talk Tough on DACA, Immigration Reform 
Members of the House Freedom Caucus are staking out a tough stand on immigration reform, including any effort to codify the now-suspended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program into law. -- “It is unlikely that I will vote for any kind of DACA, absent a global fix for the border security problem,” Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said. -- At a Conversations with Conservatives event that took place Sept. 26 on Capitol Hill, Brooks was adamant that Congress not make the same mistake it made more than 30 years ago.......

Chicago Tribune        
Trump administration to appeal Emanuel immigration lawsuit win 
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will continue the court fight with Mayor Rahm Emanuel over whether the federal government can require sanctuary cities nationwide to cooperate with immigration agents in exchange for receiving public safety grant money. -- President Donald Trump's Justice Department announced Tuesday it will ask the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the Emanuel administration's win earlier this month. U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber ruled the city had shown it could suffer "irreparable harm" in its relationship with the immigrant community if it were to comply with the Justice Department's new rules. ......

ACLU       
Federal Government Is Detaining Pregnant "Immigrants" in Violation of Its Own Policy 
In July 2017, a 31-year old asylum seeker, Teresa,* was arrested and placed in immigration detention. She was four months pregnant. After her arrest, she began to experience severe pain and bleeding. Despite the emergency nature of her medical needs, she reports that her pleas for assistance were ignored. Instead, she was transferred from a Border Patrol holding facility to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in southern California. She miscarried there.......

OC Register      
At CSU Fullerton, illegals advised to start talking, stand together 
Tell your stories. -- That's the advice attendees of the Hispanic Heritage Month Reception at Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 20 heard from a man who ran across the border near Tijuana at age 5 and grew up to be sworn in as a New York state lawyer without legal immigration status. -- Students asked Cesar Vargas what can be done for undocumented youth and for their parents at a time when the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is scheduled to be rescinded in March and plans to tighten border security and address undocumented immigrants have created fear in that community.......

September 27, 2017

WaPo        
Growing list of conservative demands threatens bipartisan deal on 'dreamers' 
An emerging list of conservative demands is threatening to derail the fledgling bipartisan effort to preserve the Obama administration program protecting from deportation 690,000 illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children. -- President Trump discussed the outlines of a potential deal to protect those covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program with Democratic congressional leaders at a White House dinner this month. The tentative deal would couple permanent protections for those immigrants with improved border security.......

September 26, 2017
No Internet Service at ABP from 9/21 to 9/25 -- Sorry for the Interruption

LA Times         
California lawmakers passed the 'sanctuary state' bill. What happens if Gov. Jerry Brown signs it? 
In a strike at President Trump's call for more deportations, California lawmakers passed landmark “sanctuary state” legislation earlier this month to shield thousands of immigrants who have entered the U.S. illegally. -- Senate Bill 54, approved on the last day of the 2017 legislative session, would limit whom state and local law enforcement officers can hold and question on immigration violations. It's now on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk and has set off a tense showdown between federal officials and state leaders over its potential effect on public safety. -- Here's what's next if Brown signs it......

People         
This Border Patrol Halloween Costume is Causing Outrage on the Internet 
With Halloween fast approaching, costumes are quickly filling the racks. And one costume, in particular, is under fire. A U.S. “Border Patrol” get-up has generated outrage on social media in the wake of President Donald Trump's termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), among other controversial comments he's made regarding the border between the United States and Mexico. -- The costume from Spirit Halloween Superstores features a military green t-shirt that reads “Agent Wall” and “Border Patrol.” A”Border Patrol” hat can be purchased, in addition to a women's version that reads: “Border Babe.”......

Breitbart          
Roy Moore Blasts Congress: Failed to 'Stand Up and Impeach' Janet Napolitano over DACA 
During a rally alongside Breitbart News Chairman Steve Bannon and Brexit leader Nigel Farage, Alabama Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore blasted the United States Congress for inaction in stopping a temporary amnesty program for nearly 800,000 illegal aliens. -- Moore slammed Congress --- Republicans and Democrats alike --- on the issue of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has given upwards of 800,000 illegal aliens work permits before President Trump's administration ultimately announced plans to phase out and end the temporary amnesty program. -- “I can talk to you about DACA, Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals,” Moore said during the rally in Fairhope, Alabama. “What was that? What law was that? Why was it unlawful?” -- “You see the DREAM Act didn't pass…” Moore said. “It didn't pass through Congress. So Janet Napolitano, director of the Homeland Security Department decides to issue a memo, a memo. And she issues a memo that ‘We're not going to take action.' That is her job. That was her job. They're supposed to take action on this. But they didn't.”...... Note: When DACA started, ABP said failure of the Republican Party to act was political malpractice.

Detroit Free Press       
Rep. John Conyers wants to see rejected Trump immigration report 
U.S. Rep. John Conyers of Detroit is questioning the Trump administration about concerns that an internal report which showed the economic contributions of refugees was suppressed. -- Conyers joined several other top Democrats in the U.S. House in sending letters to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price today asking for draft copies of the report and other documentation. ......

Breitbart          
Palm Beach County pledges to cooperate with feds on illegals 
Palm Beach County is promising it will cooperate with federal immigration agents as part of a new condition on grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. -- Law enforcement agencies that sign a “certification of illegal immigration cooperation” will receive extra points used to decide how much in federal assistance they receive, a Justice Department official said. -- Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw agreed in the document to give immigration agents access to jails and provide up to 48-hours notice before releasing an inmate who is suspected of being in the country illegally.......

News 10 DC         
Republican Sen. proposes bill to provide path to citizenship for "young" illegals 
On Monday, North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) introduced a bill that could provide a path to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants. -- The bill is known as the Succeed Act and would limit who can remain in the country based on factors such as their years of education, work experience or military service. -- Tillis says all applicants would have to pass an extensive criminal background check. Tillis calls the proposed bill a fair solution to helping undocumented minors.-- “It's completely merit-based. If you work hard, follow the law, pay your taxes, you can stay here permanently. It promotes fairness,” Sen. Tillis said.......

Breitbart          
Gov. LePage directs sheriffs to comply with immigration detention requests 
Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday directed all sheriffs in the state to comply with detainer requests from Immigration and Customs enforcement or face removal from office, the governor wrote in a letter sent to all 16 counties. -- The letter, a copy of which was posted to the state website, comes one day after LePage told national radio host Laura Ingraham that he would remove from office any sheriff who does not comply with the detainer requests, after Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce and York County Sheriff William King earlier this month said they would no longer honor them. -- LePage relies on a 2011 executive order directing all employees and officials of the State of Maine to cooperate with federal immigration officials, except when limited by the law or the state and U.S. constitutions.......

KPBS         
San Diego County Supervisors To Consider Urgency Ordinance At Border Where Wall Prototypes Will Be Built 
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors will consider Tuesday a proposal banning certain items that could be used as weapons in unincorporated areas where border wall prototypes are set to be constructed -- If the urgency ordinance is approved, it would take effect immediately. This would mean that people who attend protests or rallies near specified border wall building areas would not be able to bring items that include knives, baseball bats, pepper spray, sticks or poles. Those who disobey would face a minimum $100 fine.......

CBS DFW      
Austin To Honor Federal Immigration Detainers 
A Texas sheriff who had declined to honor some requests to detain immigrants in local jails says that her county now will comply with all such requests from federal authorities. -- Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez said Monday that her policies had been updated to comply with the findings of a three-judge appeals court panel in New Orleans. Her spokeswoman, Kristen Dark, says that means jails, including those in the state capital city of Austin will honor all immigration detainers from U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents. -- Hernandez is an elected Democrat who had announced on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration that her jails would no longer comply with all detainer requests.......

KTAR         
AP: What Trump gets right, wrong about progress on US-Mexico border wall 
President Donald Trump's latest account of the progress being made on his promised Mexico border wall pretty much defies comprehension. -- Parts of it were right, parts were wrong. He contradicted himself, and the overall sense he conveyed of construction steaming along was misleading. -- Here's a parsing of his comments, delivered at a stem-winder rally in Alabama on Friday night, and how his claims fit or foul the facts......

Fresno Bee        
Fresno County GOP moves fundraiser with Joe Arpaio, criticizes 'bullying from the left' 
The Fresno Republican Party's annual fundraising dinner, which this year features controversial former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, has been moved to Sunnyside Events in southeast Fresno. -- The event had previously been scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. start Sept. 29 at TorNino's Banquets on Blackstone Avenue near Shaw Avenue. Prior to that, it was scheduled for Sept. 23 at TorNino's. -- Fresno County Republican Party Chairman Fred Vanderhoof said his organization decided to move the event because of concerns about tie-ups on a main traffic hub such as the area near TorNino's......

Fox 5 San Diego         
Border wall prototype construction could start this week 
Local, state and federal security forces were scouting the proposed land where several border wall prototypes are expected to be built between the US-Mexico border. -- President Donald Trump's campaign promise to build a “big beautiful wall” is in progress, with several companies ready to start construction on about half a dozen prototypes this week. -- Authorities have cordoned off a large area away from the construction zone for potential protesters. -- "We don't want the wall and we don't want the prototypes, especially not now with the terrible earthquake in Mexico,” said Enrique Morones with the the Border Angels.......

KGBT         
Court: Texas can enforce more of 'sanctuary cities' law 
Texas for now can require law enforcement to honor federal immigration requests to detain people in local jails for possible deportation under a new "sanctuary cities" law supported by the Trump administration, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday. -- The decision prompted one notable critic of the immigration crackdown, Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez, to announce that her Austin jails would now honor all detainers from U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. The elected Democrat had become a polarizing figure after announcing on the day of President Donald Trump's inauguration that the county's jails would no longer comply with all such requests.......

KGBT         
Border Patrol agents arrest two Sullivan City women on smuggling charges 
Border Patrol agents arrested two Sullivan City women Thursday on smuggling charges. -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection watched a raft cross the Rio Grande on Thursday near the Los Ebanos ferry, according to the criminal complaint. Four people ran from the raft. -- "The camera operator then advised he lost visual of the four subjects in the brush but observed a sedan park near the area where he last saw the subjects," according to the criminal complaint......

David Olen Cross -- Salem          
Oregon's Multnomah County Second in Foreign National Crime in August 2017
On August 1, 2017 Oregon's Multnomah County had 209 of the 984 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system; the county was second in foreign national crime in the state with 21.24 percent of the criminal aliens in DOC prisons. -- The following table reveals how Multnomah County residents were harmed or victimized by the 209 criminal aliens incarcerated on August 1st in the DOC prison system with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainers...........

Glenn Spencer           
Kid looking over wall -- could have walked in
The media have been gushing all over the image of a child peering over the border fence made by French artist JR. -- Do they know that JR could have given the poor child a piggy-back ride 1600 feet west where he could have just walked across the border all by himself? -- The holes in the fence as shown in a 2009 Operation BEEF aerial survey --- are still there. -- Congress doesn't want to give President Trump the money to fix those holes.

American Thinker    
Fighting Fire with Fire: A Republican Finally Co-opts Alinsky's Rules for Radicals 
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals is considered the bible for the left, the Democrat Party playbook. Hillary Clinton wrote her college thesis on Alinsky's book. Barack Obama is a disciple of this guide for community organizing. The reality is that the “Rules” are applicable to any political cause or movement, not just one on the left side of the political spectrum. -- I kept hearing about this book and decided to read it for myself. Wearing a tin foil hat with a clove of garlic around my neck, I ventured to the dark side and opened the book. I found Alinsky's philosophy and rules quite interesting. I also drew parallels to what is happening now, decades after the book was written. But not in an expected way.......



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