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Total distortion of President Trump's border plans

Some of the News organizations that have watched Glenn Spencer's
technology in action. Only one didn't run a story.
Arizona Republic -- July 24, 2017
Where there's a will, is there a wall? Building Trump's border wall won't be cheap
    ….The Secure Fence Act of 2006 called for expanding the fence to 850 miles. That was later scaled back to “not less than 700 miles of the southwest border where fencing would be most practical and effective.”
    Since then, the government has built 653 miles of it along some of the flattest and most accessible terrain. In 2013, Janet Napolitano, the former Homeland Security secretary, told the Senate "the fence, to the extent it has been appropriated for, is complete."
    That means the nearly 1,300 miles that remains open is more uneven, more remote and will be more expensive to wall off. [...]
    When the Border Patrol's employees helped build it, the average price was 45 percent lower, in part because of savings on labor costs.
    Using those dated estimates, it would cost up to $4.6 billion for fencing --- not a wall --- covering an additional 700 miles.
    Land was a significant expense then, auditors noted, and would likely be more today. [...]
    Solar panels are typically angled southward to face the sun. Cladding a vertical wall with them wouldn't maximize that exposure, and would leave them facing Mexico. That could invite large-scale damage from those who hate the wall.

Glenn Spencer -- July 25, 2017
What you'd expect from a rotten newspaper
    In just a few words, the Arizona Republic tells us that 653 miles of border have been fenced and what remains for President Trump to ‘wall in' is 1300 miles of border that is "more uneven, more remote and will be more expensive to wall off.” What dribble.
    Of the original 700 miles of fencing called for in the Secure Fence Act, only 36 miles have been completed.
    In his executive order, President Trump sites the Secure Fence Act of 2006 as his legal authority to build his ‘border wall'.
    Without additional authorization, which to my knowledge hasn't been requested, the job of the Trump ‘wall' must be to finish the job started in 2006. He can't build it anywhere else.
    This is precisely what I recommended in 2015, along with the need for a see-through wall, which the president has adopted.
    This total distortion of President Trump's plan for border security does not surprise me. I established long ago that when it comes to telling the truth about the border, the Arizona Republic is truly a rotten newspaper.
 PS --- The Arizona Republic has long used my hard work to its advantage, without giving me credit.
    And, while I'm at it, the above link goes to a letter I sent to the Republic outlining my idea for seismic sensors --- before I actually invented the technology.
    But still they refuse to recognize what I have done.
    In the Trump wall story, the Republic says:
    "Solar panels are typically angled southward to face the sun. Cladding a vertical wall with them wouldn't maximize that exposure, and would leave them facing Mexico. That could invite large-scale damage from those who hate the wall.
    I am fairly confident that I am the source for this insight which is based on 15 years living on the border and an understanding of how solar works.

July 25, 2017

Reporter News          
South Texas lawmakers: Border wall is 'un-American symbol of hatred' 
Three South Texas lawmakers are among Congressional members who sent a letter opposing funding for a border wall, calling it an "un-American symbol of hatred" toward immigrants. -- U.S. Reps. Filemon Vela, Vicente Gonzalez and Joaquin Castro, all Democratic members of the House Border Caucus, signed a letter Friday urging House Appropriators to reject funding for the wall's construction. -- The House is expected to consider a package of security appropriations bills next week that include border wall funding. -- “Making American taxpayers pay $1.6 billion for a portion of the wall is asinine,” said Vela, a ranking member of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee.......

Legal Insurrection         
DREAMers to Stage Sit-in at Texas Attorney General's Office 
Pro-DREAMer organization Cosecha is planning a sit-in at Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton's office Wednesday, July 26. -- Cosecha, literally translated as “harvest” is a radical, “non-violent movement fighting for permanent protection, dignity, and respect for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. We believe that through direct action and economic non-cooperation, we can make a change” so they claim. -- Wednesday morning, AG Paxton's office will be flooded with Cosecha activists from states near and far for what they're calling “escalated action”. Escalated action which is supposed to promote dignity (they use this word in every single statement). And nothing is more dignified than a veritable adult temper tantrum.......

Federal agents arrest 123 illegals with criminal records in Texas 
Federal immigration agents in Texas say they've arrested 123 immigrants with criminal records or who were living in the country illegally. -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement Friday that the people were apprehended during an eight-day operation that ended Wednesday. -- Most of the immigrants were arrested in San Antonio or the South Texas cities of Harlingen and Laredo, and authorities say all had prior criminal convictions. -- Most came from Mexico but authorities say others were natives of Honduras, Guatemala and other countries.......

Fox 10         
3 people found in car's trunk during immigration inspection near Sonoita 
Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents discovered three people in the trunk of a car during an immigration inspection on State Route 83, north of Sonoita on July 20. -- Officials say the agents stopped the 1998 Toyota Camry to check the driver's immigration status. The driver appeared to be traveling alone, but during the encounter, agents obtained consent to open the vehicle's trunk and discovered three adult Mexican males. -- The driver was identified as a 56-year-old woman from Tucson. She was arrested for smuggling and the vehicle was seized. The men were processed for immigration violations.......

Kris Kobach: Lawsuits Against Election Committee Seek to Prevent Exposure of Non-Citizens on Voter Rolls 
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who serves as vice chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, talked with Breitbart News Daily on Friday about efforts by groups like the ACLU and NAACP to prevent his commission from doing its work. -- Kobach described the Commission on Election Integrity as “the first-ever nationwide bipartisan body investigating voter fraud in America. -- “You've got secretaries of state like me who have extensively investigated voter fraud in my state of Kansas and found a significant amount of it, but never have you had a commission of this nature,” he told SiriusXM host Alex Marlow. “Its work is so important because surveys show only 40 percent of Americans think elections are fair in this country.”......

Luis Gutierrez Unhinged: Time to 'Eliminate' 'Criminal' Trump -- Bring Him to His Knees 
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) denounced President Donald Trump on Saturday as a “major criminal” who must be peacefully “eliminated” and brought to his knees after Democrats take back the House of Representatives and begin the impeachment process. -- Fuming and furious at the thought that Trump could end former President Barack Obama's executive amnesties and impact 1.2 million who did not have “papers,” Gutierrez tore into Trump at Chicago's Lincoln United Methodist Church, vowing to “resist” Trump non-violently with “everything possible.” -- Gutierrez emphasized that Trump --- and not illegal immigrants --- is the real criminal.......

Express News          
Laredo judge gives 30 years in prison to top-ranking Zeta 
A federal judge here sentenced a member of the notorious Zetas drug cartel who played a key role during the gang's rise in the early 2000s to 30 years in prison on Friday.......

Fox News       
'Illegal immigration is not a victimless crime,' ICE acting director says 
The horrific incident involving dozens of immigrants allegedly smuggled into the U.S. in a sweltering tractor-trailer is proof that illegal immigration is “not a victimless crime,” the acting head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told Fox News on Monday. -- “It's a message I've been trying to get out as long as I've been the acting ICE director,” Thomas Homan said on "Your World with Neil Cavuto." -- Federal authorities have since charged the alleged driver of the tractor-trailer, James Mathew Bradley Jr., 60, of Clearwater, Fla., with transporting immigrants in the U.S. illegally. Investigators found the packed truck at a Walmart in San Antonio over the weekend. Ten people who were inside the truck have died.......

Glenn Spencer         
The border solution --- true seven years ago, true today
Seven years ago, on June 20, 2010, I wrote a letter to the Arizona Republic in response to an article by Denis Wagner. Wagner interviewed me for his story, but he did not mention me in it. -- My letter was titled: The Arizona Republic is Wrong About the Border. -- I expect hardly any actually read it then - and only a handful will read it now --- if any. But just for the record here it is.

July 24, 2017

Brownsville Herald      
Nearly a dozen congressmen send letter to committee opposing funding for border wall 
Nearly a dozen Congressional members have signed a letter sent to the U.S. House Appropriations Committee opposing funding and the construction of a border wall. -- U.S. Reps. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, both co-chairs of the Border Caucus, expressed opposition in the letter to the FY18 Department of Homeland security bill which funds construction of the border wall. -- The letter was sent today. -- A portion of the letter reads “While the false narrative of a violent and insecure border region has long been used to justify legislation that has negative economic and civil rights impacts on border communities, the southern border is not a war zone. In fact, communities along the southern border are some of the safest in the United States.”......

Border Patrol agents arrest Guatemalan rapist near Roma 
Border Patrol agents arrested a Guatemalan rapist last week near Roma. -- Agents arrested Jose Viviano Chilel-Nolasco, a Guatemalan citizen, on Wednesday. -- When Border Patrol ran a records check on Chilel, agents discovered convictions on rape and kidnapping charges, according to the federal criminal complaint against him. Chilel was convicted on July 1, 2009, and sentenced to four years in prison. -- "Record checks revealed the Defendant was formally Deported/Excluded from the United States on April 11, 2013, through New Orleans, Louisiana," according to the criminal complaint.......          
Filemon Vela: $1.6 billion for part of border wall 'asinine' 
Border region Democrats in the U.S. House sent a letter to congressional appropriators Friday opposing funding for border wall construction being advanced by President Donald Trump. -- "Making American taxpayers pay $1.6 billion for a portion of the wall is asinine," said Texas U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela of Brownsville, a co-chair of the House Border Caucus. "I understand Republicans want to give President Trump one win due to his failed six months in office, but this is just irresponsible. The border wall will rip our community apart, stomp on landowners' rights, and on the wildlife of the Rio Grande Valley, including the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge."......

"Immigrants' Rights" Organization Condemns New Wave of ICE Raids in Southeastern New Mexico  
This week, as House Republicans advanced a budget proposal that includes billions in new immigration enforcement funding and deep cuts to crucial government services, federal immigration agents launched a new wave of deportation raids in Clovis, New Mexico, detaining long-time residents and disrupting the lives of countless families. -- "Terrorizing immigrant families is not what New Mexico is about," said Marcela Díaz, Executive Director of Somos Un Pueblo Unido. "Instead of using our taxpayer money to help revive struggling rural communities, the Trump administration is using those funds to ramp up deportations of the very people keeping these communities alive. We need our leaders in Congress to stand with us and fight to protect our rural communities."......

Expect Australia's Unwanted Refugees in October 
The latest development in the Australia-U.S. refugee deal is the unexpected departure of DHS interviewers from Nauru on July 14, two weeks ahead of their scheduled departure. (Nauru is where one of Australia's two offshore detention centers is located.) US Citizenship and Immigration Services did not elaborate on this change in schedule but did state they were planning return trips to the island to resume their screening interviews with refugees, in preparation for their resettlement in the U.S. -- This comes following the U.S. government announcement on July 13 that the 50,000 refugee-cap for FY 2017 had been reached.--The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, dismissed renewed doubts about the refugee deal: "The United States is upholding the agreement. ......

American Border Patrol     
Close-up Of Integrated Fixed Tower
For those interested in detail, here is a close-up photo of the top of the Integrated Fixed Tower at the Montezuma Pass in Arizona. --We believe the camera with the big lens is a thermal camera, the other two items are a daylight camera and a laser target designator. -- The flat panels are the ground radar.

GRAPHIC: Raped 12-Year-Old Girl Found Dead near Texas Border 
Piedras Negras, Coah. -- A week-long manhunt led authorities to arrest a man wanted for kidnapping, raping, murdering, and disposing the body of a 12-year-old girl in this border city. -- The case began two weeks ago in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, when the parents of 12-year-old Yuliana Rubi Hernandez Barrera reported her missing. Mexican authorities issued an alert and searched for the girl for five days until authorities found her decomposing body in an open field. An autopsy carried out by Coahuila investigators revealed that the victim had been sexually assaulted prior to the murder.......

Daily Caller      
Sanctuary City Denver Freed An Illegal Alien Homicide Suspect Over ICE Objections 
An unfolding scandal in Denver has both the District Attorney's office and the Sheriff's Office struggling to explain why an illegal alien, Ricardo Daniel Lopez-Vera, who was sought by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for placement in deportation proceedings, was allowed to go free last week on a mere $1000 bail after killing a U.S. citizen in the Denver jail. -- Fortunately, federal ICE officers apprehended the illegal alien only six days following his release from Denver jail, and he is now being held in an ICE detention facility awaiting a deportation hearing before an immigration judge.......

The Latest: Driver 'surprised' to find people inside truck 
The Latest on the deaths of 10 people whose bodies were found in a roasting tractor-trailer in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio, Texas (all times local): 1:05 p.m. -- The fiance of the driver charged in the deaths of 10 immigrants packed into the back of his broiling tractor-trailer says he called her from jail to say he hadn't known his truck was filled with 90 people. -- Darnisha Rose says James Matthew Bradley Jr. told her he was returning to his truck after using the bathroom in the San Antonio Walmart when he noticed the trailer rocking back and forth. She says he opened the door and "saw the people in there, laying everywhere. He said he didn't know what to do, which way to go."......

My San Antonio         
Ann Coulter: S.A. trailer victims would still be alive 'if we had a wall' 
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter took to Twitter to say the 10 immigrants who died after being smuggled into San Antonio in a tractor-trailer would still be alive if "we had a wall." -- Building a wall along the country's border with Mexico was one of President Donald Trump's promises as a candidate, and a policy he has yet to deliver on. Five days after his inauguration, Trump signed an executive order that called for the "immediate" construction of a border wall to "prevent illegal immigration, drug and human trafficking, and acts of terrorism."......

Canada Free Press        
Mexico's Right should stop antagonizing Trump 
The United States is Mexico's number-one trading partner. Last year alone, the two countries conducted a total of $580 billion in trade in goods and services. A million people cross the border legally every day. And yet former President Vicente Fox, a former leader of Mexico's conservative National Action Party, seems intent on jeopardizing our close ties to our friend and ally to the north. -- President Fox has developed a bizarre obsession with President Trump over the last two years. More than half of his recent tweets are disparaging criticisms directed at the U.S. president. Just a few weeks ago, he teamed up with an American progressive media outlet, Super Deluxe, to release a profanity-filled video rant, the second he has produced on their YouTube channel within the last few months.......

National Review         
An Immigration Horror Story 
Trigger warning: This is strong stuff. The LA Times is running a horror story about the effects of a decline in available cheap immigrant labor on the agricultural sector. -- The $47-billion agriculture industry is trying to bring technological innovation up to warp speed before it runs out of low-wage immigrant workers. California will have to remake its fields like it did its factories, with more machines and better-educated workers to labor beside them, or risk losing entire crops, economists say.......

Outrageous: NBC Blames 'Current Political Climate' for Human Trafficking Deaths 
On Monday, NBC's Today shamefully exploited the deaths of illegal immigrants smuggled into the U.S. to attack the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress. After reporting on how 39 people were found in the back of tractor trailer in San Antonio, Texas, nine of whom died due to the extreme 100-degree heat, correspondent Gabe Gutierrez declared: “Some blame the current political climate.” -- A soundbite followed of left-wing illegal immigration activist Jonathan Ryan of the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, ranting: “The harsh rhetoric of today is exactly what is responsible for tragedies like what happened in San Antonio.” ......

VC Star          
Two arrested in Ventura County jewelry store, pawn shop burglaries 
Two people were arrested in connection with jewelry and pawn shop burglaries in Simi Valley and Ventura, authorities said. -- The arrests of Rafael Morales, 50, and Jesus Rios, 50, after search warrants were conducted on their Temple City and La Puente homes in Los Angeles County, Simi Valley police said Thursday. -- The investigation into the series of burglaries began on Dec. 10, 2016, when a Simi Valley pawn shop was burglarized, police said. The crime was interrupted and Rios was initially detained before being released later. However, the incident led detectives to learn about a type of burglary involving cutting holes in the roofs and walls of businesses to get to safes, authorities said.......

Death toll reaches 10 in Texas immigrant-smuggling case  
The death toll climbed to 10 in the case of a broiling tractor-trailer found packed with immigrants, federal authorities said Monday as a suspect in the smuggling case awaited a court appearance. -- Federal prosecutors said they planned to bring charges against James Mathew Bradley Jr., 60, of Clearwater, Florida. They would not immediately confirm he was the driver of the rig, though local authorities said over the weekend that the driver was arrested. -- Authorities discovered eight bodies inside the crowded 18-wheeler parked outside a Walmart in the summer heat, and two more victims died at the hospital.......

Fox News         
Texas' lieutenant governor blames truck deaths on sanctuary cities that 'enable human smugglers' 
Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick railed against sanctuary cities on Sunday after at authorities in his state discovered eight people dead inside a sweltering tractor-trailer in a San Antonio Walmart parking lot and about 17 others in critical condition. Two additional victims later died at the hospital, bringing the death toll to 10.-- Patrick, a Republican, posted on Facebook that the ‘tragedy' is why he pushed a bill to ban sanctuary cities. -- "Sanctuary cities entice people to believe they can come to America and Texas and live outside the law. Sanctuary cities also enable human smugglers and cartels. ......

Congress moves to build Trump's border wall in face of Democratic opposition 
Congress this week plans to help President Trump uphold his top campaign promise to build a wall along the southern border when it votes on allocating $1.6 billion for the project. -- But Democrats are vowing to keep it from becoming law. -- The funding will be included in a group of fiscal 2018 spending bills, combined into one measure, that House lawmakers will vote on before leaving for the August recess. -- The money would fund "physical barrier construction along the southern border, including bollards and levee improvements," according to the House Appropriations Committee. The funding level would match Trump's fiscal 2018 request. -- "The president campaigned across America about making sure our borders are secure," Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said when he announced the pending vote. "The American public has requested it."......

July 23, 2017

Fox 29         
36 arrested in San Antonio during ICE round-up of criminal aliens 
Federal authorities announced the arrests of more than 100 illegal immigrants with prior criminal convictions across Central and South Texas. Of the arrests, three dozen were carried out in San Antonio. -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said 123 wanted fugitives were arrested as part of an 8-day operation; Of those, 115 were men and eight were women. -- Along with the 36 arrested in San Antonio, 13 were picked up in Austin, 27 in Laredo and 44 in Harlingen.......

Mexican drug boss ate human flesh of victims in tamales 
A now-deceased drug lord of one of the world's most vicious criminal gangs ate his victims' flesh inside tamales, according to a Mexican reporter who claimed to have witnessed the spectacle. -- Los Zetas leader Heriberto Lazcano, or “El Lazca,” would have a person killed and their body cleaned and shaved before their flesh was stuffed into tamales for Lazcano's consumption, a journalist told the Mexican publication El Blog del Narco. -- According to the San Antonio Express-News, the journalist claimed the drug lord would also eat skin from his victims' buttocks. -- Lazcano was shot dead by Mexican marines in 2012 just 80 miles west of the Texas border in the town of Progreso, Coahuila. The U.S. government had put a price of $5 million on his head. Mexico offered $2.3 million for information leading to his arrest. Lazcano was suspected of directing the brutal murders of hundreds of people.......

Trump Should Deport People Who Won't Bear Allegiance to U.S., Says Michele Bachmann 
Former Minnesota lawmaker and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said Donald Trump should “step up deportation in the country of people who are unwilling to bear allegiance to the United States.” Bachmann made the comments at a forum for five Republican governor candidates in a 50-minute speech on Wednesday in which she praised Trump's stance on radical Islam, Pioneer Press reported. -- "After all of this phony, fake, Russia-collusion non-story, the number one thing that voters in America stand with Donald Trump on, it's the idea that they want the pause button hit on immigration from Islamic countries because of the problems that are coming into this country," she told the audience.......

Soros' ProPublica Slips: Admits Low-skilled Immigration Hurts American Workers 
A report released by a media firm backed by left-wing financier George Soros admits that low-skilled immigration hurts America's middle and working-class. -- ProPublica, backed by Soros, released a report where they not only confirmed President Trump's argument that immigration should be merit-based to help Americans, but also conceded that the last four decades of low-skilled immigration has hurt U.S. workers: Of course, the question of how immigration impacts GDP is a small slice of a much broader question of how immigrants and immigration policies affect our economy. Steven Camarota, the director of research for the Center for Immigration Studies, points out that a key question in any hypothetical scenario is whether the native born population is better off. A massive increase in immigrants may add to the size of the U.S. economy, but that doesn't necessarily make things better for the people already here.......

Cops: Illegal alien stabbed roommate to death in Frostproof during argument over sexual preferences 
An undocumented immigrant confessed to stabbing his roommate to death during an argument in Frostproof, the Polk County Sheriff's office said Friday. -- At a press conference Friday, Sheriff Grady Judd said a 911 caller told a dispatcher he killed his roommate during an armed altercation.-- Deputies responded to Hwy 98 W. and found Miguel Cosme, standing in the front yard with his arms raised. He immediately said he “did it,” according to detectives. -- After Cosme was detained, deputies searched the residence and found a deceased Hispanic male with multiple stab wounds on his neck and shoulder area. The weapon, a small kitchen knife, was laying “west of the victim,” detectives say.......

Mexican Border State Again Braces for Protracted Cartel Violence 
Residents in the border state of Sonora are bracing for another wave of violence as factions of the Sinaloa and Beltran Leyva Cartels continue fighting for control of lucrative drug smuggling territories. -- For months, the Sinaloa Cartel faction called Los Salazar have been fighting with rivals in the Beltran Leyva Cartel, previously led by Trinidad “Chapo Trini” Olivas Valenzuela. The fighting has focused in the municipality of Cajeme and particularly in the border city Obregon. -- This month, Olivas Valenzuela was gunned down in the coastal state of Jalisco as he ate near a food truck. ......

Fox News         
Bodies found in tractor-trailer in San Antonio Walmart 
Eight people were found dead Sunday morning inside a sweltering 18-wheeler parked outside of a San Antonio Walmart in what police called a horrific human trafficking case. -- A total of 38 people had been inside the tractor-trailer, including two school-age children, authorities said. Twenty people were taken to area hospitals in critical condition, and another eight had “less critical” injuries. -- "We're looking at human trafficking crime here this evening,” Police Chief William McManus said, adding that it was "a horrific tragedy."......

July 22, 2017

Border wall will protect Americans 
Based upon President Trump's promise to secure the U.S. Border with Mexico, illegal immigration plummeted during the first half of 2017. In the first three months of his presidency, illegal border crossings fell by nearly 75 percent from that of the previous year and represented a historic low in the modern history of the Border Patrol. What President Trump accomplished is nothing short of a miracle, but he can't continue to do it alone. Border security is not the sole responsibility of the White House; it's also the responsibility of Congress.-- The initial dramatic declines in illegal border crossings demonstrate that when our government sends a clear message that people who attempt to cross our borders illegally will be turned away, far fewer people make the attempt. Conversely, when the government signals that crossing the border illegally is likely to pay off, people break our laws in large numbers. Unfortunately, most of the time, our government incentivizes illegal immigration.......

Prescott eNews         
Improved Border Safety Brings More Arizona Business  
Just a year after beginning a study to determine how to improve efficiency and consistency at Arizona's three primary international ports of entry, Arizona Department of Transportation officials already are seeing improvements that make the state a more attractive route for commercial carriers. -- “While safety remains our No. 1 goal, we want to be as efficient as possible at helping commerce move across the border and into Arizona's economy,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said. “By working closely with international trucking interests, we are supporting commercial traffic and boosting the economy not just in Arizona but along the Interstate 10 corridor and across the nation.” -- These successes stem from ADOT's use of a statewide systems approach championed by Gov. Doug Ducey for improving state government operations. The Arizona Management System empowers employees at state agencies to come up with innovative ways to better serve customers, including taxpayers, visitors to Motor Vehicle Division offices and trucking companies using Arizona's ports of entry.......

Sanctuary Cities Undermine US From Within 
Abraham Lincoln said it best, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." -- Sanctuary cities and states are causing self-destruction. -- The U.S. Constitution has no provision for immigration sanctuary, nor is there legal precedent for it in the history of the United States. When U.S. city and state officials declare their jurisdictions to be "sanctuaries" for illegal aliens, they act outside the law, and by their actions could be charged with a felony for each violation of federal law by "concealing, harboring, or sheltering illegal aliens," (8 U.S. Code, sections 1324 and 1325). Illegal entry into the U.S. --- entry without inspection --- is a misdemeanor, (8 USC Section 1324). Repeated illegal entry is a felony.......

SF Examiner        
Kate Steinle murder trial postponed again 
The undocumented immigrant charged with murder for the killing of a San Francisco woman on an Embarcadero pier in 2015 appeared in San Francisco Superior Court on Friday morning, but the beginning of his trail remains some time off as no judge has been assigned to the case. -- Still, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, 54, asserted his right to a speedy trial Friday, said Tamara Aparton, a spokesperson for the Public Defender's Office. --Lopez-Sanchez allegedly fired the gun whose ricocheted bullet struck San Francisco resident Kathryn Steinle, 32, in the back as she walked down Pier 14 with her father on July 1, 2015.......

Fox News         
California judge refuses to bring back Trump's sanctuary cities ban 
n a seeming act of defiance toward the Trump administration, a federal judge in San Francisco has refused to reinstate the president's sanctuary cities order. -- The bold move to not reinstate President Donald Trump's executive order -- which sought to slash funding to cities that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities -- comes amid a battle between the State Department and local governments across the country over the edict from Washington. -- The U.S. Department of Justice had asked U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick to reverse his own injunction in April against Trump's executive order. The injunction was issued in response to lawsuits by San Francisco and Santa Clara County in California.......

Fox News          
Anthony Scaramucci says Trump 'is on missile lock' to build border wall 
Anthony Scaramucci said in his first interview since being named White House communications director that President Trump is “on missile lock” to keep his promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico. -- “I know this is one of his campaign promises that he is on missile lock to keep,” Scaramucci said Saturday on "Breitbart News Saturday" on SiriusXM. -- Pressed by host Matthew Boyle on when the wall would be built, Scaramucci noted he only started the job on Friday and hadn't spoken with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly about it yet.......

Connecticut illegal alien deported, headed back to Guatemala 
A Norwalk mother of four children who has lived in the United States for more than two decades was supposed to be headed back to Guatemala on Thursday. -- Support lawyers, advocates and pleas from Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy weren't enough to sway the immigration officials who ordered her to leave. -- On Thursday, 43-year-old Nury Chavarria, an undocumented immigrant, was set to board a plane at 5 p.m. and head back to Guatemala... Update: Guatemalan illegal alien hides in Connecticut church to avoid deportation ....

Illegal alien pleads not guilty to strangling friend 
A Greenport man pleaded not guilty Thursday to an indictment that accuses him of strangling a friend last week in her home.-- Jaime DeLeon Tino, 23, is charged with second-degree murder in the July 10 killing of Michelle Schiavoni, 27, also of Greenport. State Supreme Court Justice Richard Ambro ordered DeLeon Tino held on bail of $1 million cash or $2 million bond.-- Assistant District Attorney Beth Creighton said DeLeon Tino and Schiavoni were friends, but not a couple. Creighton said there was an argument, but she didn’t know its cause or how it ended up with DeLeon Tino’s hands around Schiavoni’s neck.......

LA Daily News        
How California's 'sanctuary state' bill would further limit ICE's ability to arrest illegals 
About a dozen immigration agents huddled just before dawn outside an Ace Hardware store in Jurupa Valley, a semi-rural city in Riverside County. -- They were equipped with firearms, protective vests and intelligence on the morning routines of the six men they were seeking. -- It was 4 a.m. Thursday, June 22, and many of the men would soon be on their way to work or coming home from a night shift. -- One by one, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, officers discussed their targets......

David Olen Cross -- Salem          
Oregon Department of Corrections: Foreign National Homicide Report -- June 2017
Information obtained from the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) indicated on June 1, 2017 that 138 of the 981 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) in the state's prison system were incarcerated for homicidal crimes (various degrees of murder and manslaughter), 14.07 percent of the criminal alien prison population. -- Using DOC U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainer numbers, the following table reveals the total number criminal alien inmates along with the number and percentage of those alien inmates incarcerated on June 1st in the state's prisons for homicidal crimes...........

Trump 'Abolished' Obama-era Deportation Postponement for Illegal Aliens, Says Report 
The Trump Administration has essentially “abolished” the practice of deferring deportations for illegal aliens in immigration court, a new report claims. -- A new study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) finds that under Trump's immigration orders, attorneys with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are no longer asking for prosecutorial discretion when it comes to deporting illegal aliens. -- Prosecutorial discretion disclosures have been used to enact lax immigration decisions where only illegal aliens who have committed violent crimes are prioritized for deportation. Likewise, deferment of deportation for illegal aliens was a common practice during the Obama Administration.......         
National "Latino" group pulls convention from Texas over SB4 
The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators is moving its annual convention from Houston to Chicago in protest of Texas' "sanctuary cities" bill, SB4. -- In a press release Wednesday, the group called SB4 the "'show me your papers law' on steroids," and said Chicago is a city that welcomes immigrants, unlike cities in Texas. -- "As Latino state legislators, we cannot in good conscience invest in a great state that nonetheless has chosen to scapegoat immigrants and minorities while making communities there less safe and turning innocent Latinos into targets," NHCSL President and Pennsylvania State Representative Ángel Cruz said.......

Border Wall of Words: Obama Official Admits Trump Impact on Illegal Crossings 
Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson admitted Thursday morning that President Donald Trump's rhetoric in support of immigration enforcement has contributed to a sharp drop drop in illegal crossings at the Mexican border. -- The Obama administration alumnus made his comments during an interview with Chris Cuomo on CNN. While the remarks were delivered as a seeming criticism of the Trump administration, they are sure to be welcomed by advocates of greater enforcement of the law. -- “Illegal migration on our southern border has gone down since this president has been in office, basically because, through his rhetoric, he scared off a lot of women and children in Central America who'd rather stay in their desperate circumstances, or just migrate to Mexico and stop there,” Johnson said.......

Fox News          
Mexico experiences deadliest month in decades 
June was the deadliest month in Mexico in at least 20 years, according to new government statistics that show no end in sight to the beleaguered nation's descent into violent chaos. -- The total of 2,234 people killed in June also made the first half of 2017 the deadliest six-month period Mexico has experienced in at least two decades. -- From January to June the country recorded 12,155 homicides – a jump of nearly 31 percent from the same period in 2016. That's also higher than the number seen in the first half of 2011, the previous high.......

July 21, 2017

Statesman Journal  -- H/T to David Olen Cross     
Oregon legislators push to allow police to enforce immigration laws 
Three Oregon legislators are spearheading an initiative petition that would repeal the Oregon law prohibiting local and state police from enforcing federal immigration laws. --Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence, Rep. Sal Esquivel, R-Medford, and Rep. Greg Barreto, R-Pendleton, certified a ballot title with the Elections Division for Initiative Petition 2018-022, which is proposed for the November 6, 2018 General Election. -- The trio is hoping voters will support repealing Oregon Statute 181.850, which states law enforcement agencies may not use agency money, equipment or personnel to detect or apprehend people who are only violating federal immigration laws by being foreign citizens in the United States.......

Glenn Spencer     
Like Ike, people believe Trump about the border  
Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson claims that illegal immigration is down because President Trump frightened a lot of people. -- Well, I guess you can say President Eisenhower did the same thing back in 1954 when he executed Operation Wetback. -- In two years, apprehensions dropped from 1,104,541in 1954 to 89,897 in 1956 --- a drop of 92% --- and that was with a Border Patrol of around 1800 agents! -- People believed Ike and they believe Trump --- that is the difference. -- But it didn't take long for apprehensions to increase again --- and to record levels........

July 20, 2017

LA Times          
'I'm done': Fed up with California, some conservatives look to Texas 
Emails poured in from across California. -- “My boys' minds have been taken over by the liberal teachings of the schools here,” wrote a woman from Westlake Village who works in the courts. “I would like to try to save my younger son before it's too late.” -- “I for one wish to not be a part of this control and socialist environment,” said a woman from Vacaville who home-schools her children and complained that California liberals ridiculed her for praying before meals.......

Valley Mayors, Border Patrol Discuss Proposed Locations for Border Wall 
New plans for more fencing are in the works for the U.S.-Mexico border. -- A total of 35 gates are on the way to the Valley to fill in border fence gaps. -- Edinburg mayor Richard Garcia said he worries about his land being divided by the border fence. -- "I still have property that's been in the family for 150 years. I'm one example… My family came to Edinburg in the 30s from Starr County,” Garcia told CHANNEL 5 NEWS. -- Garcia and other mayors attended a meeting with U.S. Border Patrol to discuss proposed locations of more border wall.......         
Using "Weasel Words" to Depict the Supposed Benefits of Immigration 
Lena Groeger, a journalist at ProPublica, provided an example of the use of ‘weasel words' and biased analysis to convey the false impression that immigration is an economic boon . It demonstrates the need to use critical thinking to evaluate the claims of mass immigration proponents. -- Example 1: In the article, an economist claims, “...with immigration, you can flip a switch and massively grow the size of the country.” Groeger notes, that claim is “…referring to overall GDP, not per-capita GDP, which the analysis does not address.” The point is that an overall increase in GDP as a result of increased immigration may result in a decrease in per-capita GDP, i.e. the average earner is worse off.......

Ithaca Voice         
Ithaca-based illegal alien pleads guilty to having forged documents 
An Ithaca-based undocumented immigrant pleaded guilty to federal charges in the United States District Court in Binghamton on Wednesday morning.-- Jose Guzman-Lopez, 32, was arrested on May 2, after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials found him walking down Cascadilla Street in Ithaca. -- According to court records, Guzman-Lopez's arrest was a targeted operation to locate the citizen and national of Mexico, who police said was living in the U.S. illegally. After conducting video surveillance, officers said they saw Guzman-Lopez leave his residence around 11:03 a.m. and observed him walking toward Fourth Street. Officers then placed him under administrative arrest and detained him.......

Liberty News Now          
Sanctuary Cities Rolling Out New Underhanded Tactics? 
Days after Judicial Watch exposed a new policy banning Phoenix police from contacting the feds after arresting illegal aliens, alarming pressure on the city council and chief of police has forced officials in Arizona's largest city to postpone the order. Crafted at a Hispanic advisory committee that promotes open borders, the policy also prohibits officers from asking about suspects' immigration status. The new policy's two principle measures violate key provisions of a state law upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court and leave the city vulnerable to costly lawsuits. -- In the aftermath of Judicial Watch's story, which included a copy of the Phoenix sanctuary Immigration Procedures, police management is backing off and reconsidering the ramifications. Sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Judicial Watch that Phoenix Police Department brass is worried about getting sued under an Arizona law that states the following: “No official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state may limit or restrict the enforcement of federal immigration laws to less than the full extent permitted by federal law.”......

CBS News          
Graham tells Republicans "moment of reckoning" is coming on Dream Act 
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, had a blistering message for members of his own party in a Capitol Hill press conference Thursday as he and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, pushed their bill Thursday to grant legal status and a path to citizenship for some immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children. -- Graham and Durbin are reviving a new version of the bill, which has been introduced in previous years in the Senate, as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program faces legal challenges in court. Graham said he appreciates the Trump administration's stated priority to prioritize deporting "bad hombres" who are in the country illegally and have committed crimes, but urged the president and fellow Republicans to treat law-abiding immigrants whose parents brought them as children "fairly."......

DHS: Donald Trump Briefed Regularly but 'Not Involved' with Wall Prototype Selections 
President Donald Trump continues to receive regular updates about progress on his proposed wall on the Southern border, but he is not making the actual decisions in the contract awarding process. -- “The President is not involved in the procurement process for the wall prototypes,” said DHS Press Secretary David Lapan to Breitbart News. “He does, however, receive regular updates on general development of the wall and deployment strategy and process.” -- As Breitbart News reported, construction will begin on several wall prototypes, after the contracts are awarded this Summer.......

LA Daily News         
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has no plans to resign despite Trump rebuke 
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he has no immediate plans to resign a day after President Donald Trump excoriated the nation's top prosecutor for recusing himself from the probe of suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. -- “We love this job, we love this department and I plan to continue to do so as long as that is appropriate,” he said Thursday. -- A former senator from Alabama, Sessions was one of Trump's earliest and ardent supporters and became attorney general in February. A month later, he took himself out of a Justice Department-led inquiry into the election following revelations he'd failed to disclose meetings with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.......

ICE Adding Officers in 'Uncooperative Jurisdictions' to Arrest Released Criminal Aliens 
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) executives are reallocating resources to increase enforcement efforts in “uncooperative jurisdictions” where criminal aliens are released back onto the streets by local jail officials .-- Acting ICE Director Thomas D. Homan said he is going to deploy more officers and agents to “sanctuary cities” to arrest illegal criminals, the Washington Examiner reported. In an interview with the Examiner, he praised the focus on law enforcement from President Donald Trump saying, “What this president has done is taken the handcuffs off of law enforcement officers who are charged with enforcing immigration laws.”......

Ingham County Sheriff's Office announces changes to immigrant detaining protocol 
The Ingham County Sheriff's Department is changing the way it holds people for ICE on detainers requests. -- "We've had seven so far this year," explains Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth, "four of the detainers have been withdrawn by ICE while the people were in our custody and of the three we turned over to ICE it was the very next day. I think the average stay was like 22 hours.-- "Sheriff Wriggelsworth doesn't think his change to the county's immigrant detainer policy will affect ICE at all: "My thought is if we have one of those people then ICE is gonna be here to pick em up."......

My San Antonio        
Quinceañeras dance at Texas Capitol to protest sanctuary cities law 
Seventeen-year-old Magdalena Juarez came to the Texas Capitol Wednesday to protest the sanctuary cities law quinceañera-style. -- She was among a group of young women who wore colorful, fancy dresses for a demonstration that included dancing along with impassioned speeches, saying they wanted to protest not with hate, but with a celebration of their heritage. -- “SB4 makes simply being brown a crime,” said Juarez. “We will resist by celebrating our families and our culture. We will resist by standing in unity.”......

Limiting Cooperation With ICE: Denver Considers Bill to Protect Illegals 
This morning, Denver City Council members Robin Kniech and Paul Lopez introduced a draft of a bill that they've been working on that would codify and clarify Denver's practices around federal immigration enforcement and interacting with ICE. -- Kniech and Lopez held a listening session with the public to answer questions about the proposal, which includes codifying some informal practices that Denver already follows, such as not honoring ICE detainers (when the feds ask local jails to hold inmates past their release dates) and not collecting information about residents' immigration status except in cases where it's required by state or federal law.......

Daily Caller          
Former DHS Sec Says Trump's Rhetoric 'Scared Off' Illegal Aliens 
Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday that President Donald Trump's inflammatory rhetoric has caused the decrease in illegal immigration on the U.S.-Mexico border.--Johnson argued on CNN's “New Day” that Trump's tone toward illegal immigrants has made those in Central America and Mexico afraid to enter the U.S., and the people would rather stay in their home countries instead of risking an illegal entrance. -- “Through his rhetoric, he scared off a lot of women and children in Central America who'd rather stay in their desperate circumstances or just migrate to Mexico and stop there,” Johnson said. “But these are really desperate women and children, women with babies in their arms, who are trying to flee the poverty and violence in the countries they left.”......

Tensions Flare On The First Day Of The Texas Legislature's Special Session 
The Texas Legislature has gaveled in for a 30-day session focusing on 20 items, but the battle to pass as little of that legislation as possible has already begun. -- Once lawmakers pass what's called a sunset bill, which allows a handful of state agencies to continue operating, Gov. Greg Abbott has promised a laundry list of topics that are popular among Republican primary voters. They include abortion restrictions and a bill blocking transgender bathroom access. Democrats are opposed to those additional items, so in the Senate, lawmakers began an effort to use Senate rules to slow deliberation on the sunset bill. Republicans pushed back, suspending the rule and speeding up the process. -- “Everybody knows why we're here and the purpose that we're here,” said Republican Sen. Kelly Hancock of North Richland Hills. “Delaying that and not expeditiously moving forward in order to save these agencies and go ahead and pass the sunset bill makes little sense and is a waste of taxpayer dollars.” ......

The Hill          
Dem leaders vow 'overwhelming' opposition to Trump border wall 
House Democratic leaders on Wednesday offered a stern warning to Republicans hoping to put hundreds of millions of dollars toward President Trump's border wall next year: You're on your own. -- “They know that the majority of the Democrats don't support funding for that wall,” Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus, told reporters in the Capitol. -- “If they choose to include it, then they are basically saying, ‘We have the votes among the Republican Party to pass this without a single Democratic vote.' And if they're not successful, the blame lies squarely at their feet, because they are in the majority.”......

July 19, 2017

Federal Times         
House to vote on $1.6B border wall next week 
House Republicans are moving next week to fund President Donald Trump's $1.6 billion request to begin construction of his oft-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. -- Aides said Tuesday evening that GOP leaders have decided to attach the money — to build 74 miles of fencing and levee wall in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas and near San Diego — to a spending bill for the Defense Department and a handful of other agencies like the Department of Veterans Affairs. -- The wall money is strongly opposed by Democrats and some Republicans. But Trump is insistent on it and the GOP plan would give Trump a much-needed victory on Capitol Hill after the failure of the Trump-backed effort to repeal and replace the Obama health law.......

L.A. Sees 60% Jump in Deportation Cases Under Trump 
Los Angeles deportation cases have jumped 60 percent under President Donald Trump as Barack Obama's “administrative closure” rules are set aside. -- Through “administrative closure,” the Obama administration closed deportation proceedings, allowing illegal aliens to remain in the country so long as they checked in with immigration officials on a regular basis. -- According to Southern California Public Radio, the pendulum has now swung to the opposite side under Trump, and deportation cases are full steam ahead.......

Democratic Lawmaker Wants Second Statue of Liberty on Mexican Border 
Rep. José Serrano (D-N.Y.) called for Congress to “build another Statue of Liberty” on the U.S.-Mexico border, instead of President Donald Trump's signature border wall, during a Homeland Security markup hearing Tuesday. -- The Puerto Rican-born Serrano, who serves New York City's South Bronx in Congress, used his floor time Tuesday to decry the president's oft-repeated calls to build a border wall. A down payment for funding the barrier was included Tuesday in the House Budget Committee's spending proposal for 2018. -- “This country should never build a wall to keep people out,” Serrano said. “Should it deal with the immigration issue? Yes. But never, ever, ever build a wall. On the contrary, build another Statue of Liberty on the southern border. That's our message to the world, that statue --- not the wall.”......

Daily Journal         
Former Arizona official denies discrimination 
Daylong testimony from the former Arizona official behind the shuttering of Mexican-American Studies program in Tucson ended Tuesday. -- Tom Horne, the former public schools superintendent, wrapped up his testimony in the trial against a 2010 Arizona law that ended ethnic studies in the state by reiterating that he felt the program was racist and he considers himself a crusader against racism. -- The Tucson Unified School District's program taught Mexican-American history, art and literature to high school students. The district said students enrolled in the program performed better in school. -- But TUSD ultimately ended the program after the law targeting ethnic studies took effect.......

National Review        
Illegal Aliens Can Now Defend the Laws They Break 
California and New York will become the first states to allow illegal immigrants to practice law and be sworn in as lawyers. In so doing, they will grant the privilege of upholding the law and defending the U.S. Constitution to people who have intentionally violated the rules, and who have no right whatsoever to be here.-- One such lawyer is Lizbeth Mateo. Born in Mexico, Mateo and her family illegally crossed the border when she was 14 and have been residing in California ever since. In 2013, Mateo returned to Mexico knowing she had no legal visa to come back and, as part of what became known as the Bring Them Home Campaign, returned to the U.S. border with eight other children and demanded unauthorized reentry into the U.S. --- which she was granted. Having graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law and working jobs that required the use of a stolen social security number, Mateo now spends her time as an immigration lawyer “preparing legal strategies to help undocumented immigrants stay in the country” --- all while flaunting her own undocumented status.......       
Trump stops deals with immigrants, deportations soar 
Under President Donald Trump, government prosecutors' discretion to defer deportation of immigrants has largely been abolished, according to February - June immigration court data released Tuesday by the non-profit Transactional Access Records Clearinghouse. -- Under previous administrations, it was more common for immigrants with U.S. citizen wives or minor children or with other special circumstances to reach deals. -- During the first five months of the Trump administration, the number of immigrants whose deportation cases were closed via prosecutorial discretion dropped to less than 100 per month, compared to about 2,400 per month during the same period in 2016.......

GOP, Dems Plotting 'DREAM Act' for Illegal Aliens 
Establishment Republicans and Democrats are teaming up on Capitol Hill to bring back legislation that would give amnesty to hundreds of thousands of young illegal aliens in the United States. -- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Dick Durbin (R-IL) are working on a replica version of the Obama-era “DREAM Act,” according to McClatchy, which has long been supported by Democrats and the Republican establishment.-- When asked about working with Graham on resurrecting the amnesty legislation, Graham responded “We're working on it. We'll see.”......

ICE arrests alien wanted for homicide in Guatemala 
Baltimore -- A Guatemalan man wanted for homicide and attempted homicide in his native country was arrested July 13 in Annapolis by an Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) fugitive operations team assigned to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices in Baltimore. -- Guatemalan authorities recently provided the ICE attaché office in Guatemala with a warrant charging Fredy Mariony Alvarado-Calderon, a previously removed alien with multiple felony convictions in the United States, with killing or attempting to kill an individual by shooting him with a firearm on Oct. 13, 2016, in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. ICE authorities in Guatemala also obtained information related to Alvarado-Calderon's whereabouts and his known aliases.......         
Trump Administration Ignores Blue Collar American Workers, Adds 15,000 H-2B Visas 
The Trump administration has decided to issue 15,000 additional H-2B foreign worker visas through the end of September, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced earlier today. The decision contradicts a key Trump campaign promise—protecting the most vulnerable American workers from foreign competition. “Congress gave me the opportunity to provide temporary relief to American businesses in danger of suffering irreparable harm due to a lack of available temporary workers,” said Homeland Secretary John Kelly in a statement. “As a demonstration of the Administration's commitment to supporting American businesses, DHS is providing this one-time increase to the congressionally set annual cap.” According to DHS eligibility requirements, the visa increase will not be limited to specific industries, but rather to employers who claim they will suffer “irreparable harm” without additional H-2B visas. However, no evidence is required to verify this claim. ......

LA Daily News       
Immigrants are 42 percent of California's STEM workforce 
Forty-two percent of California's workers in science, technology, engineering and math occupations were born in a foreign nation, according a recent analysis. -- The American Immigration Council, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, studied the occupational, gender, educational and geographic distribution of foreign-born STEM workers in the United States, using 2015 survey data by the U.S. Census Bureau. -- Nationally, about one-quarter of the nation's STEM workforce is foreign-born, according to the report, “Foreign-born STEM Workers in the United States.” It has grown significantly in recent years, doubling from 11.9 percent in 1990 to 24.3 percent in 2015, according to the advocacy group, which studies immigration to the United States.......

Daily Caller      
Sessions Doubles Down On Police Right To Seize Private Property 
Attorney General Jeff Sessions called on police to increase civil forfeitures Monday, claiming the policy is an effective counter to drug trafficking. -- Sessions spoke to National District Attorneys Association in Minnesota Monday, saying the forfeiture directive will be released this week. -- “We hope to issue this week a new directive on asset forfeiture --- especially for drug traffickers,” Sessions said. “With care and professionalism, we plan to develop policies to increase forfeitures. No criminal should be allowed to keep the proceeds of their crime. Adoptive forfeitures are appropriate as is sharing with our partners.”......

Daily Caller         
ICE Director: Hundreds Of Immigration Agents Will Deploy To Sanctuary Cities 
The head of the U.S. government's lead immigration enforcement agency said Tuesday that he will devote more resources to arresting criminal aliens in sanctuary cities, focusing attention on interior operations as illegal crossings at the southern border continue falling.-- Thomas Homan, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), told the Washington Examiner that the Trump administration has empowered law enforcement to strictly enforce immigration laws, a welcome change from previous administrations he has worked under during his 30-year career as an immigration cop.......

Daily Caller         
Cop Rips Massachusetts Governor For Inaction On Illegal Immigration 
A Massachusetts police officer who is one of the state's leading authorities on identity theft by illegal aliens ripped GOP Gov. Charlie Baker on Sunday, saying he has backed off from his promises to get tough on illegal immigration. -- Saugus Police Officer James Scott said Baker “talks a good game” but has been reluctant to make changes that could help law enforcement take down the state's illegal alien drug traffickers, reports the Boston Herald. -- Many Massachusetts cops insist Scott's training program has been instrumental in showing them how to detect illegal immigrants who've obtained Massachusetts driver's licenses by using fake documents or stealing other people's identities.......

ICE chief: 80% jump in illegal targets, readies national 'Sanctuary' crackdown 
Empowered by a president who has "taken the handcuffs off of law enforcement," the nation's chief immigration official revealed Tuesday that deportation targets have surged and that he's planning to deploy more agents and resources to "sanctuary cities" to arrest illegal criminals. -- Thomas D. Homan, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in an interview that since Trump entered office, illegal border crossings have crashed by almost 70 percent, "an historic low," arrests inside the country have jumped 40 percent and that demands for illegal criminals in local jails has skyrocketed 80 percent. -- "You can like President Trump, not like him, like his policies, not like his policies, but one thing no one can argue with is the effect they've had," said Homan, the former chief ICE enforcement boss and a 30-year immigration agency veteran.......


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