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Glenn Spencer -- March 23
Mr. President, Please explain --- or fire the people who did it
    Today American Border Patrol confirmed that the Department of Homeland Security is completing the construction of eight border camera towers in and near the Coronado National Monument and Forest at a cost of $148 million. We first reported on these towers on February 17.
    We had hoped our report would get DHS to stop the project. We understand they did --- for a few days.
    As we reported, the building permit for these towers was issue by the Park Service three weeks after Donald Trump, who had campaigned on building a wall on the border, was elected president.
    Construction was begun about one week after President Trump issued his executive order in which he defines a wall:
 (e) "Wall" shall mean a contiguous, physical wall or other similarly secure, contiguous, and impassable physical barrier.
    Our question is: Why would DHS begin construction of camera towers to look for illegal aliens if President Trump's border wall would be impassible?
    Please, Mr. President, explain why this is a good idea - or fire the people who did it.
PS --- ABP's Operation BEEF 2 will see if these towers could see people who got past the impassable wall --- because we doubt it.

March 24, 2017

David Olen Cross -- Salem    
Lars Larson Show: Criminal Alien of the Week Report 
It has been an interesting fourth full week in the month of March when it comes to criminal aliens (illegal aliens) here in the Pacific Northwest. -- This week we take a look at for your radio listeners illegal aliens who deal drugs in the State of Washington. -- On Thursday, March 16, 2017 members of the Clark-Vancouver Drug Task Force executed search warrants as a result of an investigation of individuals dealing drugs in Clark County, Washington. After serving the search warrants, Drug Task Force members found and seized approximately 11.25 pounds of heroin and $51,000 in cash. The street value of the drugs was estimated to be $250,000.......

OC Breeze       
Sanctuary supporters deliberately confuse 'resident' with 'citizen' 
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that his office filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the City of Santa Clara's opposition to President Trump's executive order on so-called sanctuary cities. -- To justify this action, Mr. Becerra waves jazz hands over the word “residents” to grant it the same meaning in law as “citizens” so that he can get all huffy about State sovereignty......

Feds Deport Fugitive Child Molester to El Salvador 
Immigration officials removed a previously deported Salvadoran national who is wanted in his home country on child molestation charges. -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers have a lengthy history with Henry Parada-Orellana, 26. Officials deported him in February 2009 following convictions for misdemeanor offenses. He subsequently returned to the U.S. and officials deported him again in 2013.......

Maryland Values Criminal Aliens More than Crime Victims 
“The first duty of the Government is to afford protection to its citizens.” So said Representative John Farnsworth during Congressional debate in 1867. Maryland and the city of Rockville woefully failed to fulfill this duty with regard to the 14-year-old Rockville High School student whom, it is alleged, was recently raped by two illegal aliens. It's mind-boggling that the response from the Maryland General Assembly and the Rockville City Council has been to consider “sanctuary city” legislation that shelters illegal aliens from federal immigration authorities. -- The standard argument offered in support of “sanctuary” policies is that state and local law enforcement agencies must have the trust of illegal aliens if they want them to report crime. Supposedly, they can only gain this trust if illegal aliens believe that local police officers won't report them to federal immigration authorities......

Fox Illinois          
Effingham (Ill.) Illegal Alien Sentenced For Sexual Abuse 
An undocumented immigrant will spend the next four years in prison after pleading guilty to improperly touching a 12-year-old girl. -- Thirty-year-old Marco Antonio Perez Alamillo of Effingham admitted to drinking alcohol, coming home from work and getting into the bed where the girl was sleeping. -- She was babysitting for Alamillo and his ex-wife, and would sometimes stay overnight. -- The case was filed in 2014, but was delayed because of a backlog of DNA testing at the state police lab.......

Joe Guzzardi -- Commercial Appeal         
Immigration rallies target the wrong audience 
In the three decades that I've been writing about immigration, activists have held dozens of national demonstrations and hundreds of local protests. The theme is always the same: immigrants' rights must be protected, and in the name of justice, amnesty must be granted. Some of the demonstrations have been impressive like ones in 2006 where millions showed up nationwide, including 500,000 in Los Angeles, to demand amnesty. But Congress rejected amnesty in 2006, and in every subsequent year. -- Activists have changed few, if any, minds during these last 30 years, as this week's United States Conference of Mayors' "Cities Day of Immigration Action" proved. Coming shortly after the failed "A Day without an Immigrant," the USCM sponsored a 100-city event which included a "Know Your Rights" workshop that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's Office of Immigrant Affairs hosted. ......

Free Beacon        
House Judiciary Chairman Says Obama Admin's Immigration Policy Led to Maryland School Rape 
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, made the case in a letter Wednesday that the "lax immigration policies" of the Obama administration led to the rape of a 14-year-old girl in a suburban Maryland high school bathroom by two Central American illegal immigrants. -- Goodlatte's letter was sent to Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, the Washington Examiner reports.......

Most Americans, especially minorities, say no to sanctuary cities 
The sanctuary movement in the U.S. – the cities, counties and states that refuse to cooperate with the federal government in the prosecution and deportation of illegal aliens --- is extensive, with some estimates saying 300 cities take part. -- But a new poll finds that only one in four Republicans and unaffiliated voters favor living in such a community. A full 40 percent of all voters think “sanctuary communities are less safe than communities that do not protect illegal immigrants from federal authorities.”.....

Havasu News         
Tribal members oppose border wall, protesting McCain
A group of Tohono O'odham tribal members plans on protesting President Donald Trump's proposed border wall outside Sen. John McCain's Tucson office on Thursday. -- The group, known as Indivisible Tohono, says it wants McCain to listen to concerns about the proposed wall and how it would negatively affect the tribe. -- The Tohono O'odham Nation sits on about 75 miles along the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona.......

Valley Central         
Border Patrol agents seize about 660 pounds of marijuana near Garceño 
Border Patrol agents seized about 660 pounds of marijuana Monday near Garceño. -- At 6:41 p.m. Monday, "aerial surveillance assets" operated by Border Patrol watched several people crossing the river near Garceño carrying bundles of drugs, according to a federal criminal complaint. Meanwhile, agents near Garceño tracked a green Mercury Grand Marquis heading towards the people who had just crossed the river. -- "Aerial observers viewed the subjects load the bundles of narcotics into the green Grand Marquis," according to the criminal complaint.......

Press Enterprise         
Murrieta immigration officer charged with helping Mexican national enter United States illegally 
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who lives in Murrieta was in court Thursday, March 23, to answer to a charge that he helped a Mexican national illegally re-enter the United States. -- Felix Cisneros, 42, was arrested Wednesday after federal prosecutors filed charges alleging that Cisneros, at the behest of the leader of a Southern California organized-crime group, intervened when customs agents tried to prevent the Mexican national from re-entering the country, according to a Department of Justice news release and an affidavit contained in the criminal complaint.......

LA Daily News          
Trump supporters shut down town hall with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra 
President Trump supporters shut down a town hall meeting featuring the new state attorney general Thursday night. -- At two stops in the Inland Empire Thursday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra pledged to fight for Californians who have never been able to experience the American dream. -- It was a message that wasn't received well in the second stop, where protesters shouted him down and cut short the two-hour event just before the 45-minute mark.......

Valley Central         
Federal agents arrest Mexican brothers accused of smuggling heroin and cocaine 
Federal agents arrested two Mexican brothers Wednesday during a drug smuggling investigation. -- Agents with Homeland Security Investigations --- a division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement --- followed a white 2011 Chevrolet Malibu from the 200 block of South 3rd Street in Hidalgo to the Denny's restaurant on South 10th Street in McAllen. -- Erick Martinez-Jorge and Ivan Martinez-Jorge exited the Chevrolet Malibu and picked up a red 2007 Ford Explorer parked near the Denny's, according to the criminal complaint against them......

Washington Times          
‘Sedition' suits against sanctuary schools good step 
The David Horowitz Freedom Center in Los Angeles is kicking into high gear a campaign against 11 schools in California known as safe havens for illegals, telling them, in no uncertain terms: Stop the sanctuary madness. Or else we'll prosecute you “for sedition,” group founder Horowitz wrote, in an online post. -- And by classic dictionary definition of sedition --- an incitement of rebellion against government --- Horowitz has a great point. -- “Sanctuary campuses are not only part of a radical attack on America's social, political and educational establishment but a dagger aimed at the rule of law and the nation's security,” he wrote.......

Fox News          
Coulter: Trump Should Focus on Immigration, Not 'Standard GOP Corporatist Stuff' 
Ann Coulter has long been an outspoken supporter of President Trump. -- A recent tweet, however, has some wondering if she's upset with the president for prioritizing tax and health care reform before the immigration crisis. -- "They seem to be Paul Ryan's priorities and also just the standard GOP corporatist stuff," Coulter said. "What made Donald Trump stand apart from the crowd.... was immigration, trade, infrastructure, building a wall."......

OC Register       
Catholic diocese warns churches to be ready for ICE searching for immigrants, refugees
Bishop Kevin Vann has sent a letter to all Diocese of Orange parishes directing them to be prepared in the event of an encounter with immigration enforcement officials at or near a church, school, hospital or clinic. -- The letter went out after reports of a van believed to belong to Immigration and Customs Enforcement was photographed on the Christ Cathedral campus Feb. 17.......

Illegal deported 4 times charged in sex attack on girl, 2 
It's a growing trend across America: Members of MS-13, a highly organized and well-funded Central American gang, are terrorizing U.S. neighborhoods and communities with unspeakably horrific violence. -- And so-called “sanctuary” communities remain determined to protect illegal aliens, despite outbreaks of violence in their schools and neighborhoods. -- In the latest case, a 31-year-old illegal alien --- who has admitted to being a member of MS-13 --- has already been deported four times and is now accused of a horrific sex attack on a 2-year-old child in Long Island, New York......

Fox News          
Mayors of sanctuary cities should be thrown in jail 
Moms and dads in Montgomery County, Maryland are terrified and angry -- and with good reason. -- They don't know how many more illegal immigrant predators might be living among them --- waiting to brutally rape another 14-year-old American school girl. -- The Washington Post reports the two men accused of raping a ninth-grader on March 16 at Rockville High School came into this country illegally. ......

Portland mayor, city council reaffirm status as sanctuary city  
Mayor Ted Wheeler and the rest of city council voted to re-affirm Portland's status as a sanctuary city. -- City officials also develop a plan for city staff on how to interact with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. -- “Portland is a thriving city because we have a population with diverse backgrounds who contribute positively to the fabric of our community,” Wheeler said in a news release. “Our welcoming attitude towards all residents of our community is a core component of our identity. The City of Portland will remain a welcoming, safe place for all people.”......

Oregon GOP on sanctuary city status: Portland is OK harboring criminals who 'murder, rape' 
The Oregon Republican party spokesman said Portland's decision to remain a sanctuary city is "the most dangerously stupid move they could be making." -- Wednesday, Mayor Ted Wheeler and the rest of city council reaffirmed a vote to declare Portland a sanctuary city. Though there's no legal terminology on what designated a sanctuary city, it often means city officials will harbor refugees and illegal immigrants ......

29 Cartel Inmates Escape Border State Prison 
Authorities continue to investigate how 29 suspected cartel members were able to successfully break out of the state prison in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas. The prison escape utilized a 120-foot tunnel. -- The breakout took place on Wednesday close to midnight when 29 inmates from the prison in Ciudad Victoria escaped, information provided to Breitbart Texas by Tamaulipas authorities revealed. The fugitives stopped a passing motorist and killed him in order to steal his vehicle. ......

March 23, 2017

Naming and Shaming: The First ICE Weekly Alien Criminal Releases List  
Following the directives in one of President Trump's immigration-related executive orders (EOs) and the augmenting instructions in a subsequent policy memorandum from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has issued its first report identifying state and local jurisdictions that have refused to honor immigration detainers filed to hold alien criminals until they can be taken into custody by ICE agents. -- The EO directed that ICE prepare the data contained in this report, and make it available in a readily understandable and accessible form for public consumption.......

Valley Central     
Officers find more than $163,000 stashed in a suitcase at the Hidalgo-Reynosa bridge 
Officers found more than $163,000 stashed in a suitcase Tuesday at the Hidalgo bridge. -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection stopped a taxi headed to Mexico on Tuesday, when the driver attempted to cross the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge. -- The passenger, Moses Natividad Valencia, said he wasn't carrying weapons or more than $10,000 cash, according to the criminal complaint against him.......

LA Times    
California files brief supporting challenge to Trump's threat against 'sanctuary' cities and counties 
State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra on Wednesday filed a brief in support of a Santa Clara County lawsuit challenging President Trump's executive order targeting "sanctuary" cities that refuse to help federal authorities enforce immigration laws. -- The amicus brief cites Trump's threat to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities and counties as well as the state's interest in protecting state laws and policies that promote public safety and protect the constitutional rights of residents, Becerra said.......

Washington Times     
Half of all federal arrests related to immigration 
Immigration arrests and border-related cases have swamped the federal government, the Justice Department said Thursday, pointing to new statistics that show half of all arrests made by federal authorities in 2014 were for immigration offenses. -- The five judicial districts along the U.S.-Mexico border also accounted for nearly 40 percent of people given federal sentences that year, the statistics show. -- And the Justice Department said repeat offenders were also more likely in those border districts than elsewhere in the country.......

Homeland Preparedness News      
Reps. Hurd, McSally request information on border wall funding from Homeland Security 
U.S. Reps. Will Hurd (R-TX) and Martha McSally (R-AZ) recently published an oversight letter, requesting specific details regarding the Trump Administration's $999 million request for the planning, design, and construction of the first installment of the proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico. -- Their letter was addressed to Secretary of the Department Homeland Security (DHS) John Kelly and Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney.......

LA Daily News     
Protest builds in Downtown LA over Sheriff's stance on sanctuary cities 
growing crowd was gathering Wednesday evening in front of the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday night to protest the Los Angeles County sheriff's opposition to a bill to declare California a “sanctuary state.” -- Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell voiced his opposition recently to state Senate Bill 54, which would declare all of California a sanctuary state. His comments, sent in a letter to state Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, were in line with those of sheriffs from other counties in Southern California. De Leon, D-Los Angeles, introduced the bill in December. It would limit law enforcement's involvement in any federal immigration enforcement in the state.......

Texas Observer    
13 Texas Counties Seek Authority from Trump to Enforce Immigration Law 
At least 13 law enforcement agencies in Texas have applied to collaborate with federal immigration authorities through a controversial program, according to a document obtained by the Observer. -- If approved, the number of Texas law enforcement agencies enrolled in the 287(g) partnership, which delegates to local police the authority to enforce immigration law, would increase more than fivefold. -- Currently, only three Texas agencies participate in 287(g): the Lubbock and Jackson county sheriff's departments and the Carrollton Police Department.......

Richmond sues President Trump over sanctuary city order 
Leaders in the city of Richmond --- including its mayor and police chief --- filed a federal lawsuit against President Trump seeking to block an executive order that would deny sanctuary cities federal funding. -- Richmond is the latest Bay Area city to file such a lawsuit against the Trump administration's action — one of several executive orders that the president signed in January during his first week in office.......

If You Build It, They Won't Come
The administration wasted no time taking its first steps to build the “big, beautiful wall” President Trump promised the American people. Last Friday, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection asked for bids to construct the border wall (one concrete and the other using different materials.) Under the timeline set forth in the proposal, those interested will have two weeks to submit their designs and models should follow soon thereafter.......

51 illegals detained in cockfighting raid now await deportation in Ohio 
A massive raid Saturday at a vacant southwest Detroit building exposed an underground cockfighting ring and led to the arrests of 51 people suspected of living in the U.S. illegally. -- The arrested immigrants were transported from Michigan to the Northeast Correctional Facility in Youngstown, Ohio, where they're awaiting deportation hearings to be held via teleconference in Kansas City's U.S. District Court, Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Khaalid Walls confirms.......

The Blaze      
Border Patrol union: US-Mexico border wall needed only in 'strategic locations' 
The leader of the union representing U.S. Border Patrol agents says there doesn't need to be a full wall along the United States-Mexico border. Instead, he argues, there needs to be a barrier in “strategic locations.” -- “We don't need a great wall of the United States. We do not need 2,000 miles of border wall. I will tell you, however, that a wall in strategic locations is absolutely necessary,” Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, said, ABC News reported.......

3D simulation of President Trump's wall based on his own specifications 
According to Trump's requirements, the wall between Mexico and the United States will be a border with two very different realities. The American side will be an aesthetically pleasing construction with minimal impact on the surrounding landscape. The Mexican side will be a cold and impassable barrier intended to deter external attacks.......

Dallas Morning News      
Dallas may offer IDs for all residents, including illegals 
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is hopeful that the city will be able to offer photo IDs to all residents who “believe Dallas is their home,” including unauthorized immigrants. -- Rawlings announced the city's plan to study identification cards, which would include a resident's photo, name and address, on Tuesday. The announcement coincided with the "Cities' Day of Immigration Action," an event organized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.......


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