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NBC News -- June 19, 2017
'Mass-Casualty Event': Ohio County Now Tops U.S. in Overdose Deaths
    Dayton -- Officials in Montgomery County, Ohio, blame America's opioid crisis for an ignoble title: the overdose capital of America.
    "We're on a pace to have 800 people die this year due to overdose in our county," Sheriff Phil Plummer told NBC News. "Per capita, we're Number 1 in the nation in overdose deaths."
    Overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 --- they now claim more lives than car crashes, gun deaths and the AIDS virus did at their peaks.
    In recent years, the synthetic opioid fentanyl been flooding Dayton and other American cities, trafficked by Mexican cartels who have turned the extremely potent drug into a money-maker.
    In Ohio, it has sent the death toll surging. According to data from the Montgomery County coroner, 365 people died of drug overdoses from January through and May of this year; 371 people died of such causes in all of last year. [...]
    Coroner Kent Harshbarger estimates that 60 percent to 70 percent of the bodies he sees are those of overdose victims and that by the end of the year, he'll have processed 2,000.
    Because his staff covers one-fifth of Ohio, he estimates that the state will see 10,000 overdoses by the end of 2017 --- more than were recorded in the entire United States in 1990.

June 21, 2017

"Sanctuary City" Opponents Push Back via Petitions  
In June 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down large parts of an Arizona state law intended to give local law enforcement the power to enforce federal immigration laws. -- The ruling in Arizona v. United States held that three sections of S.B. 1070 were pre-empted by federal immigration law. The Obama administration, which opposed the Arizona law, along with advocates for open borders, hailed the ruling, contending that the U.S. couldn't very well have 50 different immigration policies. -- Now, five years later the script has flipped.......

LA Times          
L.A. County supervisors OK $3 million to aid legal efforts for illegals facing deportation 
Disappointing some immigrant advocates, Los Angeles County officials voted Tuesday to authorize $3 million for legal assistance for immigrants facing deportation but to bar those who have violent criminal pasts. -- The Board of Supervisors' vote came a day after the city's Budget and Finance Committee approved up to $2 million for the same purpose. -- The votes ended a debate about which immigrants should qualify for help through the newly created L.A. Justice Fund, although the proposal that the city is considering would include an exemption for individuals with a “meritorious claim.” -- “The county's $3-million contribution to the L.A.J.F. can only go so far,” said Supervisor Hilda Solis, a champion of the fund, in a statement.......

Daily Caller             
Nashville City Council Passes Bill Stopping Assistance To Feds On Immigration 
The Nashville Metro Council has advanced legislation that would limit cooperation with immigration authorities and prevent local officials from requesting information about residents' immigration status, making the Tennessee capital a sanctuary city in practice if not in name. -- The measure, approved Tuesday night by a 25-8 vote, also prohibits Nashville and Davidson County law enforcement from using city funds and facilities to enforce federal immigration law, reports the Tennessean. The bill now moves to a third and final vote in July.......

Daily Caller        
Apple CEO Asks Trump For A Softer Touch On Immigration 
Apple's top executive asked President Donald Trump to show more compassion in his immigration policy and reassure immigrant workers in the technology community that they are welcome in the U.S. -- Tim Cook, visiting the White House Monday along with fellow Silicon Valley power players, told Trump that the technology sector is “nervous” about the administration's tough stance on immigration enforcement, CNBC reported. -- Cook reportedly brought up the administration's proposed travel ban, which he said could affect the families of some Apple employees, and the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the temporary amnesty for the children of illegal immigrants that Trump promised to cancel but has thus far kept in place.......

Washington Times        
Durbin, top Dem, says sanctuary cities too poor to help feds on immigration 
Sen. Richard J. Durbin said Wednesday Chicago's sanctuary city policy isn't about protecting illegal immigrants, but rather is a matter of poverty --- the city doesn't have enough money to turn illegal immigrants over to federal authorities. -- “Come on Uncle Sam, where's the money?” Mr. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, said in a hearing called to look at gangs' prevalence among illegal immigrants. -- He insisted Chicago and Cook County are eager to keep serious criminals and other gang members out of their communities, but said it's up to the federal government to fund the training he said local authorities need. -- “Please help us. Send us some resources,” Mr. Durbin said.......

Fox 10     
Arizona Court Says 'Dreamers' Are Ineligible for In-State Tuition 
The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that young immigrants granted deferred deportation status under a program started by former President Barack Obama are not eligible for lower in-state college tuition. -- The ruling by a three-judge panel overturns a 2015 decision by a trial court judge that said deferred action recipients were considered legally present in the U.S. under federal immigration laws and therefore qualified for state benefits. -- Instead, presiding Judge Kenton Jones wrote for the court that the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program known as DACA did not confer that status.......

CBP officers seize $1.4M in drugs, capture 15 fugitives at border 
Officers seized more than 230 pounds of drugs valued at more than $1.4 million and captured 15 fugitives at checkpoints at the U.S.-Mexico border this weekend. -- According to Customs and Border Protection officials, the arrests and seizures were made June 16-18 at the San Ysidro Port of Entry and Otay Mesa Port of Entry. -- During that span, CBP officials said over 200 pounds of methamphetamine and more than 30 pounds of cocaine were seized. Officials said officers found the drugs hidden inside vehicles or on bodies.......

The Hill         
Senators troubled by MS-13 gang recruiting immigrant children 
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee grappled Wednesday with how to deal with the violent MS-13 street gang that's believed to be targeting unaccompanied immigrant children who have fled to the U.S. -- Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said that because of the lack of oversight after an unaccompanied immigrant child is apprehended at the U.S. border and released into the custody of a sponsor, many have been put in dangerous situations from illegal working environments to prostitution rings. -- “This precarious combination of events, trafficking to and apprehension at the United States border and placement with inappropriate sponsors, makes unaccompanied children vulnerable to gang recruitment,” he warned......        
Sanctuary for Illegal Alien Drunk Drivers?  
It is almost trite and redundant to state that there is a contentious debate in the United States between those who are pushing for the strict enforcement of the immigration laws and those who believe that certain aliens, notwithstanding the fact that they are removable from the United States, should not be subjected to the "harsh punishment" of removal. -- An interesting part of this debate is its framing. "Immigration enforcement" is linked to President Donald Trump, notwithstanding the fact that he has not signed a single piece of legislation that has changed the immigration laws of the United States, which are codified at 8 United States Code, commonly known as the "Immigration and Nationality Act", or "INA". The INA is a series of individual provisions, some of which were originally passed in 1952, that have been amended and added to since then.......

The Hill         
Holder mulling 2020 presidential bid 
Former Attorney General Eric Holder is poised to take a more active role in opposing President Trump, telling Yahoo News in an interview published Tuesday that "now is the time to be more visible" — including weighting a 2020 presidential bid. -- “Up to now, I have been more behind-the-scenes,” said Holder, who served for six years in the Obama administration. “But that's about to change. I have a certain status as the former attorney general. A certain familiarity as the first African-American attorney general."......        
Even Pakistan Agrees: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors  
The saying "Good fences make good neighbors" has been around in one form or another for a very long time. -- Of course, a lot of American progressives and liberals disagree with that notion, at least where erection of a wall, fence, or other barrier across our southern border is concerned --- even though a significant number of these critics, at least when they are also a part of the privileged elite, live in manses behind high, fortified walls to keep out the riff-raff. -- Apparently Pakistan disagrees with that kind of borderless worldview.......

Deming Headlight         
Two arrested in connection with assault on Border Patrol agent 
Las Cruces -- Two men have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping and assault of an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent. -- The arrests come after an FBI-led investigation that involved 125 federal agents and other law enforcement officers. -- The agent, who court records identify as 30-year-old Lorenzo Hernandez, was found the night of June 9 on the side of a road in Doña Ana County with severe injuries to his head, hands and chest. -- On Friday, Doña Ana County and the FBI announced that two men – Sergio Ivan Venegas-Quiñonez, 33, and Fernando Puga, 31, both of Las Cruces – were arrested this week and charged with various felonies in connection with the attack.......

NBC News         
Feds looking into Flint airport stabbing as 'possible act of terrorism' -- Canadian born suspect shouted "Allahu Akbar" 
Flint Twp. -- Mich. -- Police say an airport officer was stabbed in the neck Wednesday morning at Bishop International Airport in Flint. -- The officer was taken to the hospital. Michigan State Police said the officer is in critical condition. -- Police identified the injured officer as Lt. Jeff Neville. Bishop International Airport was evacuated and is closed.. -- Police said a suspect has been taken into custody. The airport released the following statement. --"All passengers are safe and are being evacuated at this time. Please check with your airline for potential cancellations or delays.".....

Fresno Bee       
Fresno won't chip in to defend illegals 
The city of Fresno will not contribute public funds to help establish a legal defense fund for undocumented immigrants facing possible deportation by the Trump administration. -- By a 4-2 vote Tuesday, the Fresno City Council shot down a proposal by Councilwoman Esmeralda Soria to include $200,000 in the city's 2017-18 budget for a public-private fund advocated by local immigration and civil rights advocates. -- Soria offered the motion, backed by Councilman Oliver Baines, last week after more than 40 people offered impassioned pleas for council members to consider a segment of the population that many described as some of the community's most vulnerable residents. They said the fund, which would include donations from private foundations, would ensure representation in immigration court......

Foreign Guest Workers Increasing under Trump, Say Fed Data 
President Donald Trump's administration has seen increases in the number of foreign workers entering the U.S., according to new federal statistics. -- Numbers from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) show that in the Trump Administration's first three months in office, the number of foreign workers who were given permission to enter the U.S. increased by nearly 25,000 compared to the same time last year under the Obama Administration. -- Between January and March 2016, Obama admitted more than 112,000 foreign guest workers. In 2017, Trump allowed close to 137,000 foreign workers to enter the country.......

Critics Rip University Of California For Favoring Illegal Aliens Over Out-Of-State Americans 
A California university's decision to put a limit on the number of American citizens it enrolls -- while placing no such restrictions on illegal immigrants who want to attend the school --- is drawing sharp criticism from education activists. -- The regents in the University of California system recently instituted Regents Policy 2109 in response to state lawmakers threatening to withhold from the university system nearly $20 million if school officials didn't cap the number of out-of-state American students. The university's response to the state government's threat was to limit the percentage of out-of-state American students in the student body to 18 percent on most campuses.......

The Link        
Montreal Protesters Demand Open Borders 
“Immigrants in, racists out!” was the chant of the day for those who participated in the Status for All march Sunday afternoon. -- About 150 demonstrators began their route just before 3 p.m. in Nelson Mandela Park and made their way through the borough of Côte-des-Neiges, chanting and singing songs as they walked along Victoria Ave. and Côte-des-Neiges Rd. -- The demonstration is held every year by Solidarity Across Borders and other migrants' justice groups. They want to see an end to the deportation of undocumented immigrants, and want status regularization for migrants and refugees.......

ICE Arrests Two Criminal Aliens Released by NJ Sanctuary County 
Middlesex County, New Jersey, considered a sanctuary jurisdiction by immigration experts, released more criminal aliens under U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers. ICE officers were forced to arrest the criminal aliens on the streets after they were released by the New Jersey county. -- Since May 18, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers arrested two criminal aliens after Middlesex County released them. Immigration officers placed immigration detainers on the two foreign nationals prior to their release. The Center for Immigration Studies(CIS) lists the county on its map of sanctuary jurisdictions. -- Jail officials released Aurelio Hernandez Cortez from the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Facility on May 18 without notifying ICE. The release came despite a detainer ERO officers put in place on the Mexican national that day, according to information obtained by Breitbart Texas from ICE officials. Hernandez Cortez has a criminal charge pending in the New Jersey county.......

BizPac Review          
Airlines not cooperating with Trump's immigration initiative because tracking is too expensive for them 
The federal government has developed an “exit-tracking” system to help keep tabs on foreign travelers, but airlines are not buying into the program. -- One airline official went so far as to say there's “no benefit to us,” despite the very real possibility of delivering a potential terrorist to his targeted destination – or worse yet, of an airliner being blown out of the sky. -- Homeland Security is planning to install cameras that would photograph passengers just before they board international flights, the Wall Street Journal reported.......

After her latest arrest, government wants to deport Mexican woman for the fifth time 
The federal government wants to deport a Mexican woman for the fifth time after her latest arrest. -- McAllen Police Department officers booked Delia Lopez-Sierra --- a 56-year-old Mexican citizen who lived in McAllen --- on marijuana and tampering with evidence charges Wednesday at the Hidalgo County jail, according to Sheriff's Office records. -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers detained Lopez the next day. -- "Record checks revealed the defendant was formally removed from the United States to Mexico for the fourth (4th) time on June 13, 2013 via the Harlingen, Texas Port of Entry," according to the federal criminal complaint against her.......

Democrats want more Texas communities to join suit against immigration law (SB4) 
As several Texas communities have signed on to a federal lawsuit challenging the state's new immigration enforcement law, some are putting pressure on their local leaders to hurry up and join in. -- Lawmakers from Houston and Laredo have urged their respective city councils to join a lawsuit originally filed May 8 by officials in Maverick County and the City of El Cenizo, and the League of United Latin American Citizens. The lawsuit alleges that law, Senate Bill 4 by state Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, violates several provisions of the U.S. Constitution, including guarantees of free speech and equal protection.......

Washington Examiner         
67% Hispanic immigrants in U.S. 15 years or more are functionally illiterate 
Learning English is a much bigger hurdle for immigrants than earlier believed, with most Hispanics being functional illiterates, even those who have been in the United States for over a decade. -- A new analysis of immigrants found that 63 percent of Hispanics have a "below basic" understanding of English, making them illiterate. -- And it doesn't get better if they stay in the U.S. for 15 years. In a shocking finding showing that they haven't tried to learn ---- or even had to ---- more, 67 percent, of Hispanics don't have English proficiency even after 15 years in America.......

Washington Times       
Assaults on Border Patrol agents surge as immigration debate heats up 
Even though illegal immigration is down, violence along the border is up, with assaults on U.S. Border Patrol agents nearly doubling so far in 2017, the agency's head told Congress on Wednesday. -- Agents have reported more than 550 assaults through June 1, up from 300 assaults at the same time last year, said Carla Provost, the acting chief of the Border Patrol. -- She recounted the statistics as a warning during testimony on gang activity among the illegal immigrant population. She didn't speculate on what might be spurring the rise in assaults, but it comes as the immigration debate in the U.S. --- and Mexico --- heats up under President Trump.......

Statesman Journal          
Latest sanctuary bill undermines state law, shields illegal aliens 
Thirty years ago, lawmakers made Oregon the first sanctuary for illegal immigrants: A law, Oregon Revised Statute 181A.820, enjoins the state's police and sheriffs from "detecting or apprehending persons whose only violation of law is that they are persons of foreign citizenship present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws." -- Today, the House of Representatives' Democratic majority goes even further. Gov. Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and 28 House Democrats have introduced House Bill 3464, to prohibit, "except as required by state or federal law," Oregon's "public bodies" -- its various governments, its schools, and its law-enforcement agencies -- from sharing with federal immigration authorities illegal immigrants' addresses, contact information, workplaces, schools of attendance, and scheduled court appearances if such information was intended to be used "for the.... enforcement of federal immigration laws."......


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