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wall technology?

Radar panel is from Web site of Elta North America -- one of the companies selected to build a prototype wall.
Examiner -- October 19, 2017
Top immigration official says solar-paneled border wall 'not off the table'
    Otay Mesa, Calif. -- A solar-paneled barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border is an option the Trump administration could pursue, according to a senior Customs and Border Protection official who has been closely monitoring the construction of prototypes that are meant to inspire a design for President Trump's border wall.
    Mario Villarreal, the newly appointed division chief for CBP's San Diego field office, is enjoying his front-row seat to history as President Trump's border wall continues to stir controversy 3,000 miles away in Washington.
    Mario Villarreal, the newly appointed division chief for CBP's San Diego field office, is enjoying his front-row seat to history as President Trump's border wall continues to stir controversy 3,000 miles away in Washington. [...]
    "We're excited to see the industry come up with new, innovative, and creative ideas in the form of border wall prototypes," Villarreal told the Examiner.
   One idea, floated by Trump earlier this summer, is a barrier along the border that "pays for itself" through the production of solar energy.
    "We're certainly looking for different methods and ways to make this better. Solar panels or technology bundles on top of the fence certainly isn't off the table," said Villarreal, a 32-year veteran of CBP who has worked in three of the four states bordering Mexico.

Glenn Spencer -- October 19, 2017
Vandalism a threat on the border
    The idea of using solar panels to help pay for the wall is seductive, but fraught with risks. Solar panels must generally face south - and that would be right into Mexico. Most of the south side of the U.S. Mexico border between El Paso and San Diego is not patrolled. It would be a simple matter for vandals to use high-powered rifles to take aim at the panels from a thousand yards away.
    The same applies to technology placed atop the wall, which may explain why CBP camera towers are usually at least one-half mile from the border.
    If radar is used, the same bullets used against solar panels can put radar out of action as well. Moreover, radar would need a power supply --- most likely from large solar panels fairly near the “wall'. If the wall is a “Wence” (wall fence) it would be a matter of firing through the gaps (Radar has line-of-sight problems as well.).
    The US/Mexico border is a very special place --- as those of us who live right on it can attest.

October 19, 2017

Daily Mail        
George W. Bush comes out of retirement to throw shade at Trump as he denounces 'bullying and prejudice' in politics and praises the value of immigration 
George W. Bush hinted Thursday at his dissatisfaction with Donald Trump, complaining in a New York City speech that 'bullying and prejudice' has become a caustic norm in American public life. -- At an event hosted by the George W. Bush Institute, the 43rd U.S. president rattled off a thinly veiled litany of complaints about the current commander-in-chief, focusing on both his tone and his isolationist policy choices.... [Also: "We can't wish globalism away"] ...

ICE Director: Suspected Wine Country Arsonist Is Illegal Alien Mexican National 
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Tom Homan confirmed on Thursday that a man arrested in connection with setting a fire in Sonoma County Wine Country is an illegal alien from Mexico who has been twice returned to his “home country.” -- Homan also confirmed that ICE has issued detainer requests for Jesus Fabian Gonzalez five times now in the past year alone, including the one issued on October 16 in relation to his most recent arrest on suspicion of arson. All of the arrests were made “by Sonoma County on various felony and misdemeanor charges,” according to Homan.......

Court Halts Judge's Ruling Allowing Illegal Alien To Get An Abortion 
An appeals court on Thursday temporarily stayed a judge's ruling that would have allowed a pregnant 17-year-old being held in a Texas facility for unaccompanied immigrant children to obtain an abortion. -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a short ruling allowing the teenager to be taken to a counseling meeting with the doctor who would perform the abortion. Texas state law requires women to receive counseling 24 hours before an abortion. If the appeals court lifts the stay during a hearing Friday morning, the teen would still potentially be able to have the procedure later Friday or on Saturday.......

San Diego illegal alien set to be deported after ICE check-in 
State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher will join with community leaders, including the local hotel and service industry union, to protest the deportation of Silvia Ocampo Thursday. -- Union leaders say Ocampo is a single mother of a disabled 8-year-old child who's slated to be deported Thursday before a scheduled hearing in October that could allow her to stay in the country. -- Friends say Silvia Ocampo has been living in the United States for 24 years and has been allowed to stay in the country as long as she checks in regularly with immigration authorities.......

Illegal Alien Words And Actions Kill Their Own Cause 
When it comes to illegal aliens, I've not been in the camp of “deport ‘em all and let God sort ‘em out.” But the way some of these trespassers have been acting lately is causing me to have second thoughts. - Democrats on Capitol Hill recently staged a dog-and-pony show featuring insulting, in-your-face, illegal aliens who object to President Donald Trump's immigration reform policies, especially as it applies to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. The so-called “dreamers.”......

CBS Chicago          
Durbin Slams Sessions For Threatening Funds To Sanctuary Cities 
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin had a tense exchange with Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Capitol Hill, over the Trump administration's threats to strip federal grants from so-called “sanctuary cities” like Chicago. -- Sessions repeatedly has said cities that do not actively assist federal immigration enforcement efforts will not be allowed to receive law enforcement grants.......

Daily Caller        
Sessions Admits The Wall Won't Run Full Length Of The Border 
Trump himself has previously suggested that a border wall need not cover every stretch of the border, as natural barriers deter passage and unlawful entry. -- “It's a 2,000 mile border, but you don't need 2,000 miles of wall because you have a lot of natural barriers,” the president told reporters aboard Air Force One in July. “You have mountains. You have some rivers that are violent and vicious. You have some areas that are so far away that you don't really have people crossing.”.....

Mexican Government Willing to Extradite Cartel-Linked Border Governor to Texas 
The Mexican government announced the formal detention with the intent to extradite a former Tamaulipas governor wanted in Texas on money laundering and bank fraud charges. The politician is accused of receiving bribes from drug cartels operating freely while he was in office. -- This week, Mexico's Attorney General's Office filed the paperwork to detain former governor Eugenio Hernandez Flores in connection with a series of criminal indictments filed against him in the U.S. Southern District of Texas. The charges include five counts of money laundering, one count of money laundering conspiracy, and one count of bank fraud. ......

Hawaii News Now        
Stranded Waikiki fishing vessel raises illegal immigration concerns 
Federal immigration officials are now investigating the fishing boat that ran aground with 20 people on board in Waikiki last week. -- "We don't know who they were, where they are --- at least I don't know --- and it raises the question of, 'is this a human trafficking situation or something else that we need to deal with more aggressively,'” Bruce Anderson, Department of Land and Natural Resources' Division of Aquatic Resources Administrator said. -- Anderson said there were only five fishermen with licenses assigned to the 79-foot Pacific Paradise. However, there were 19 fishermen on board with the captain when it ran aground in Waikiki last Tuesday night.......

Your Central Valley          
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox talks Trump and immigration (DACA) in downtown Fresno 
Former President of Mexico (Vicente Fox) spoke in downtown Fresno Wednesday morning about Mexico and U.S relations. -- He spoke about DACA, the North American Free Trade Agreement and had some strong words about Mexico paying to build a border wall. -- Mexico's 55th President spoke at the Saroyan Theatre to community members and students, afterwards he held a private lunch, then concluded the day with a press conference where spoke very candid about this thoughts on President Trump and his policies. -- "I don't have anything against Trump, except that he is crazy," said Vicente Fox, Former Mexican President.......

Lynden Tribune         
Skagit Valley College DREAMers take a stand  
Mount Vernon, Wash. -- Students at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon are standing in support of immigrants affected by the recently rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. -- The rollback of the legislation enacted by President Obama in 2012 impacts those who were previously protected from deportation. Children brought to the U.S. illegally as minors who qualified under the program will lose their legal documentation and potentially the ability to work or obtain a higher education. -- There are an estimated 800,000 DACA recipients nationally and more than 17,500 in Washington. Many of the “Dreamers” are students in colleges and universities.......

October 18, 2017

David Olen Cross -- Salem          
Oregon's Washington County Third in Foreign National Crime in September 2017
On September 1, 2017 Oregon's Washington County had 202 of the 971 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system; the county was third in foreign national crime in the state with 20.80 percent of the criminal aliens in DOC prisons. -- The following table reveals how Washington County residents were harmed or victimized by the 202 criminal aliens incarcerated on September 1st in the DOC prison system with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainers...........

ICE Chief: Shame on Those Who Criticize Us for Enforcing Immigration Laws 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Thomas Homan on Tuesday offered a forceful defense of his agency and President Donald Trump's administration while blasting so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions for making their communities less safe. -- Speaking at an event sponsored by The Heritage Foundation, Homan said it is important to keep in mind that — contrary to the rhetoric of enforcement opponents — any time ICE arrests an illegal immigrant, he has already been judged by a court to have violated U.S. immigration law.......

Trump plans massive increase in federal immigration jails 
The Trump administration is planning an increase in federal immigration jails across the country for the thousands of additional undocumented immigrants its agents are arresting. -- In recent weeks, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has put out requests to identify privately-run jail sites in Chicago, Detroit, St. Paul, Salt Lake City and southern Texas, according to notices published on a federal contracting website. It did not publicly announce its plans to house 4,000 more detainees at the facilities.......

US judge blocks latest Trump travel restrictions to the US from eight countries 
A federal judge in Hawaii blocked President Donald Trump's latest bid to impose restrictions on citizens from eight countries entering the United States, which had been set to take effect this week. -- The open-ended ban, announced last month, targeted people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea, as well as certain government officials from Venezuela. It was the latest version of a policy that had previously targeted six Muslim-majority countries but had been restricted by the Supreme Court.......

ICE to step up workplace immigration enforcement 
Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thomas Homan said his agency is going to increase workplace immigration enforcement. -- In a speech to the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington on Tuesday, Homan such enforcement will increase four to five times current levels. -- "[A]s long as they think they can come here and get U.S. citizenship and not get removed, they're going to keep coming," he said during a Q&A session. "As long as they can come here and get a job, they're going to try and come."......

LA Daily News         
Why Kevin de León's challenge to Sen. Feinstein matters --- win or lose 
Win or lose, the United States Senate campaign that Kevin de León officially launches Wednesday in Los Angeles is a big deal. -- For the record: California political professionals give de León, the state Senate president pro tem, little chance to win next year against fellow Democrat Dianne Feinstein, who is seeking a fifth full term in the U.S. Senate. They point to his disadvantages in fundraising and name recognition..[More on DeLeon].....

Boston Herald          
Howie Carr: Latest violence by illegal alien on judges' hands 
Another horrific crime committed in Boston by another poster boy for judicial coddling of violent criminal illegal immigrants. -- C'mon down Sreynuon Lunn, under arrest for the beating of an elderly woman in a wheelchair while robbing her of $2,000 cash, because, he told cops, he was a junkie who needed money for a drug fix. ......

Report: DACA Illegal Aliens Working in California Gov't on Immigration Issues 
Illegal aliens who have received temporary amnesty from the Obama administration are reportedly working as interns and aides in local California government on immigration issues. -- Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, nearly 800,000 illegal aliens have been allowed to remain in the U.S. and work legally. Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on behalf of President Donald Trump that DACA would officially be ended in March 2018.......

Previously deported Santa Maria felon arrested for drugs and guns 
A felon living in Santa Maria is behind bars after police conducted a probation search and discovered guns and illegal drugs for sale at the suspect's home. -- The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said Flavio Delabra is a previously deported felon who was on Post-Sentence Supervision and was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant.......

DACA students still worry after CA becomes sanctuary state 
California is officially a sanctuary state after this past weekend. -- Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers enacted a law Saturday limiting the state's ability to help federal immigration authorities. -- San Diego's Mesa College is holding its DACA advocacy week but several of its events scheduled at the Cesar Chavez Campus in Barrio Logan were canceled due to poor attendance the school attributed to fears by the DACA students themselves.......

Original Story Source: Gateway Pundit         
Did 'Mexican Drug Cartels' Start the California Wildfires? 
Officials say the October 2017 California wildfires were started by Mexican drug cartels in order to gain a strategic advantage over the legal marijuana industry. --- This Gateway Pundit story is unsubstantiated according to Snopes......

October 17, 2017

Courthouse News      
Judge Wants to See Documents on Decision to End DACA  
A federal judge on Monday indicated he may order the Trump administration to turn over hotly contested Justice Department documents in multiple lawsuits challenging its decision to end the program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation. -- U.S. District Judge William Alsup also suggested Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Elaine Duke could be deposed on her decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA........

Border Patrol arrests Mexican just 2 days after the feds deported him 
Border Patrol arrested a 60-year-old Mexican man on Friday --- just two days after the federal government deported him. --Agents arrested Ricardo Ramirez-Angel, 60, a Mexican citizen who lived in Peñitas, after he illegally crossed the border, according to the federal criminal complaint against him. -- "Record checks revealed the Defendant was formally Deported/Excluded from the United States on October 11, 2017, through Laredo, Texas," according to the criminal complaint. -- Ramirez had at least eight misdemeanor convictions and a felony conviction in Hidalgo County......

CBP seizes nearly $2M worth of drugs in one day at southern California border 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly 250 pounds of drugs worth nearly $2 million on a single day last week across the southern border of California, including $1.2 million worth of methamphetamine at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, the federal agency reported Monday. --The seizures Thursday at border crossings across the state totaled 104 pounds of methamphetamine --- including 88 pounds found inside a car in San Ysidro --- 88 pounds of cocaine and 52 pounds of heroin, CBP spokeswoman Shalene Thomas said. The drugs had an estimated value of more than $1.9 million......

US Attorney General Sessions Claims Immigration Lawyers Using Loophole to Grant Asylum 
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told immigration officials that lawyers are committing fraud for those seeking asylum. -- The journey to get to the U.S. is not easy. The asylum process is long. The government said some are taking shortcuts and creating a backlog in the immigration system. -- CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke to a woman that is seeking asylum from El Salvador. She said she was forced by circumstances to leave her brother and now six-year-old son in Central America.......

Daily Caller          
Macron Calls For 'Severe Measures' Against Illegal Immigrants 
Illegal immigrants that commit crimes should be expelled from France, President Emmanuel Macron said in a Sunday interview. -- An undocumented Tunisian man that stabbed two women to death in the city of Marseille earlier this month had been arrested for shoplifting two days before the attack. His release revealed “serious faults” in the handling of undocumented migrants, according to France's inspectorate general, and Macron wants to take “severe measures” to prevent it from happening again. -- “We will take the most severe measures, we will do what we must do,” Macron said in a televised interview, according to AFP.......

National Review         
Jeff Sessions Restores the Rule of Law 
As a senator, Jeff Sessions waged a principled battle against President Obama's efforts to rewrite the law using his pen and phone. Now, as attorney general, Sessions has led the charge in unraveling these abuses of the Constitution. On two occasions, one involving immigration and the other Obamacare, Sessions has concluded that the prior administration's policies were illegal. And on both occasions, President Trump agreed and halted those unlawful programs. Executive power is often described as a one-way ratchet: Each president --- Democrat or Republican --- augments the authority his predecessor aggrandized.......

Trump: 'We Need the Wall --- We Are Going to Have the Wall' 
Monday in a Cabinet meeting, President Donald Trump said one of his administration's top priorities for immigration reform continued to be a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. -- Trump said, “Our proposal closes dangerous loopholes and vulnerabilities with asylum fraud and Visa overstays. You are talking about numbers that nobody even knows what they are; they are so out of control. We are going to take care of that. When you look at what's going on in Mexico, Mexico is having a tough time regarding crime.”......

Two Million Foreigners To Get Work Permits in 2017 
The number of foreign workers getting work permits for U.S. jobs will hit 2 million this year, partly because President Donald Trump's deputies have reduced only a few of President Barack Obama's foreign-worker programs and policies. -- Roughly 2 million foreigners will get temporary work permits, dubbed “Employment Authorization Documents,” or EADS, during 2017, despite administration efforts to cut back some of the many business-backed foreign-worker programs, according to two sets of data released by the Department of Homeland Security.......

American Thinker          
Final suspect in border agent Brian Terry's murder arrested in Mexico 
The last at-large suspect in the murder of border patrol agent Brian Terry was captured in Mexico and will soon be extradited to the United States. -- Terry was killed in a gun battle with a drug cartel "rip crew" in 2010 in southern Arizona. It was later discovered that two of the weapons used by cartel members were part of the infamous "Fast and Furious" gun-walking program.......          
AG Sessions Takes on the 'Credible Fear Loophole' 
On Thursday, October 12, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke at the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). EOIR is the agency of the Department of Justice with jurisdiction over the immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA).-- Interestingly, even though EOIR does not have direct jurisdiction over "credible fear" claims, the subject of credible fear was a major talking point in his statements, largely because the agency has to deal with the downstream effects of the flawed implementation of that system. I consider the attorney general's interest to be vindication for those of us who have been attempting to draw attention to the vulnerability posed by this process for years.......

Steinle murder trial to begin 
A key phase of jury selection began Monday in the trial of a Mexican national accused of killing a woman on a busy San Francisco pier in a case that set off a fierce national debate on immigration. -- Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who had been deported five times, has acknowledged shooting 32-year-old Kate Steinle while she walked with her father on the pier crowded with tourists. -- Garcia Zarate has said the shooting was accidental and has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.......

Donald Trump: Wall Funding Will Be Part of DACA Deal with Democrats 
President Donald Trump restated his support for wall funding, telling reporters on Monday that it would be part of any deal with Democrats to legalize illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children. -- “We need a wall in this country. You know it, I know it, everybody knows it,” Trump said during a press conference with Mitch McConnell on Monday. “We need a wall and that will be part of it.”......

Border Patrol arrests five previously deported Mexicans near airport 
U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested five undocumented immigrants in the parking lot of a Lancaster hotel near the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.-- Agents responded to the unnamed hotel on October 10th after receiving reports of undocumented immigrants outside. -- The suspects, all men, were from Mexico and ranged in age from 26 to 42 years old. -- Three of the suspects had been deported from the United States in the past. All five had been taken into custody before.......

Immigrant At Center Of Landmark SJC Ruling Is Arrested 
The man at the center of a landmark Massachusetts court decision on immigration detention has been charged with unarmed robbery and assault and battery. -- Thirty-two-year-old Sreynoun Lunn was arraigned Wednesday at Boston Municipal Court after he and a co-defendant allegedly took "$2,000 by force from a 65-year-old woman in a wheelchair," according to Jake Wark, a spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney's office. The incident occurred Tuesday in Boston's West End.......

October 16, 2017

David Olen Cross -- Salem          
Is there connection between the Oregon's sanctuary statute (ORS 181A.820) and 971 criminal aliens?
The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) September 1, 2017 Inmate Population Profile indicated there were 14,760 inmates incarcerated in the DOC's 14 prisons. -- Data obtained from the DOC indicated that on September 1st there were 971 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the state's prison system; approximately one in every fifteen prisoners incarcerated by the state was a criminal alien, 6.58 percent of the total prison population. -- Some background information, all 971 criminal aliens currently incarcerated in the DOC prison system were identified by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)..........

The Hill         
Trump doubles down on tough immigration proposals 
President Trump on Monday praised his administration's work on immigration enforcement and border security, saying he's “going to take it five steps further.” -- Speaking at a full Cabinet meeting, Trump said his government has led a “bottom up effort” on immigration, singling out Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who he said is “doing a wonderful job” on the issue. -- Under Trump's guidance, federal immigration enforcement has been aggressively stepped up through increased raids and deportations of previously-identified undocumented immigrants.......       
DACA and REAL ID, a Contradiction in Terms? 
Much has been said and written in recent days about DACA, or "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals." Interestingly, by its terms, that program appears to contradict the REAL ID Act on the issue of whether the aliens covered by that program have "lawful status." In reality, however, it does not. -- As you're likely aware, this "executive action" was put into place by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on June 15, 2012. In the memorandum setting forth how that program was to be applied, Secretary Napolitano explained: "This memorandum confers no substantive right, immigration status or pathway to citizenship. Only the Congress, acting through its legislative authority, can confer these rights." ......

Five Mexican Cartel Gunmen Killed South of U.S. Wildlife Refuge 
Rio Bravo, Tamps. -- Five gunmen belonging to the Gulf Cartel died after an hours-long gun battle in Mexico, south of a U.S. Wildlife Refuge. -- The violence began shortly after 1:30 p.m. in the Los Alacranes community in the municipality of Rio Bravo. The area is immediately south of the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge in Texas. According to Tamaulipas law enforcement sources, the fighting took place along the rural roads that connects the border cities of Reynosa and Matamoros. ......

18 arrested after activists sit down in front of Springfield DHS office to protest deportation of Lucio Perez 
Springfield police arrested 18 activists Monday morning after protesters sat down and linked arms in front of the office building that houses the city's Department of Homeland Security branch in protest of the imminent deportation of city resident Lucio Perez. -- The arrests followed a peaceful demonstration by about 120 people, who marched around the office building at 1550 Main St. and called on Immigration and Customs Enforcement to not deport Perez, a Guatemalan immigrant who entered the country illegally in 1999 and is the father of three U.S. citizens.......

Seattle Times         
'Time for "moral courage"': Seattle crowd protests Trump's immigration policies  
A few hundred people rallied against President Donald Trump's immigration policies Sunday in Seattle, calling on the administration to reverse course on a range of initiatives that limit travel or refugee entry to the United States and threaten others with deportation. -- The cause for the gathering was Wednesday's looming enforcement of the Trump administration's latest travel and refugee ban, but the event served as a venue for criticism of a range of White House policies.......

CIS: Total Immigrant Population Hits Record High of 43.7 Million in 2016 
A new Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) report analyzed the latest American Community Survey (ACS) data, conducted by the Census Bureau, and found that the immigrant population (legal and illegal) hit a record high of 43.7 million in July 2016. This is an increase of half a million since 2015, an increase of 3.8 million since 2010, and 12.6 million since 2000. -- Other top findings include......

Wicked Local -- Medford, Mass.          
Activist groups ask Human Rights Commission to agree on Medford's "immigrant" policies 
Members of Medford People Power and Safe Medford asked the Human Rights Commission to approve on nine policies that affirm Medford's stance on immigrants. -- Approximately 20 members of Medford People Power and Safe Medford attended the Human Rights Commission's monthly meeting on Oct. 11 to request that the commission endorse nine policies explaining Medford's stance on protecting undocumented immigrants by Nov. 30. -- The commission expressed tentative support for the policies, but ultimately voted to discuss them at the next meeting on Nov. 8 after its six members review them in detail.......

Could Washington, D.C., Become a Haven for Sex Traffickers? 
Washington, D.C., has already declared itself a “sanctuary city.” Now the District of Columbia City Council is considering a bill to decriminalize prostitution. The combination of legally protected sex work and a refusal to cooperate with immigration authorities should have residents of the capital concerned that their city will become a destination of choice for sex traffickers. -- According to the U.S. Department of State and the National Institutes of Health, between 15,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked in the United States annually. Women and girls make up the vast majority of trafficking victims. Most are trafficked for sexual exploitation. And trafficking is intimately tied to illegal migration. Criminal gangs regularly smuggle trafficked women and girls across both the northern and southern borders.......

Experts Warn of National Security Risks from DACA 
As Congress debates amnesty for the so-called “dreamers” --- beneficiaries of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act --- some advocates of tighter immigration enforcement urge lawmakers to address an issue that has hardly been considered: national security. -- While four out of five people who received protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program were born in Mexico, a small number come from countries that could pose security concerns because they are state sponsors of terrorism, or have governments too weak to provide relevant information to U.S. authorities.......

National Review         
The Rise of Discretionary Legality 
A new feature or our government is what might be called discretionary legality. Checked legislatively after his first two years, Obama stretched the law beyond the breaking point to continue to implement his agenda on all fronts. Enter Donald Trump. He now gets to pick and choose which of these illegal initiatives to keep or discard or unwind on a timetable to his liking. He's been pretty aggressive in rolling them back, which is good. But there is a huge element of discretion involved.......

SF Gate         
Kevin de León to challenge Feinstein for Senate 
State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, who has been at the forefront of Democratic efforts in Sacramento to counter the policies of President Trump, rocked the national political landscape Sunday by announcing that he will challenge fellow Democrat U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein in next year's election. -- De León jumped into the race via an 82-second video online on his new U.S. Senate campaign website. In the video, de León talked about the hard work of his immigrant mother and his upbringing in a poor neighborhood. His campaign will contrast his modest background with that of Feinstein, the 25-year senator and resident of San Francisco’s Pacific Heights who has a net worth of $79 million, who he says hasn't countered Trump forcefully enough.......

Fox News       
Pentagon revamps program that puts immigrant recruits on path to US citizenship 
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is revamping a program that puts foreign-born recruits on a fast-track to U.S. citizenship in exchange for military service as doctors, nurses and language experts. -- Mattis made the announcement Friday in regard to the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest, or MAVNI, program, which was halted last year when the Pentagon assessed it did not have proper safeguards in place against potential insider threats, the Military Times reported.......

National Memo         
Coulter: If DACA Champion Kamala Harris Runs, She'll Win 2020 Nomination 
Wondering who will emerge to challenge Trump in 2020? Many California Democrats expect Kamala Harris to run, with former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa predicting that before long the freshman senator will be “knocking on doors in Iowa.” -- That scenario recalls the meteoric rise of a certain freshman senator from Illinois --- and one prominent right-wing commentator says that if she runs, Harris will prevail (at least in the primary).......

Mexican Border State Seeks Federal Help Extraditing Cartel-Linked Governor to U.S. 
State prosecutors in the border state of Tamaulipas are asking for federal help in extraditing a cartel-linked former governor currently jailed as part of an embezzlement and money laundering case. -- Eugenio Hernandez Flores, the governor of Tamaulipas from 2005 to 2010, currently sits in a prison in Ciudad Victoria, the state capital of the state he once ran. While Hernandes Flores is facing charges in Tamaulipas, he has been listed as a fugitive by the U.S. Department of Justice, Homeland Security Investigations, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for several years. The former politician is wanted in the U.S. on several money laundering charges.......

Gateway Pundit     
Officials Suspect Mexican Cartel Arsonists Behind Historic Fires as California Pot Farms Burn to the Ground
Law enforcement authorities --- including senior Department of Homeland Security officials – and key people within the legal marijuana business quickly noticed that the areas hit hardest by the fires are the same places that California's marijuana industry legally grows cannabis, and are now starting to suspect foul play. -- Note from Glenn Spencer: When these fires were well underway I told my Webmaster that there was not doubt in my mind that most were started by Mexicans. I am surprised officials are admitting it.

October 15, 2017

Sanctuary Cities Allowed Criminal Alien to Remain in U.S., Murder Kansas Deputy 
An illegal alien who was drunk driving has pleaded guilty to killing a Kansas deputy sheriff after causing a deadly car crash last year. Sanctuary city policies in two jurisdictions allowed the previously convicted drunk driver to remain in the U.S. leading to the murder of the deputy. -- Adrian Espinosa-Flores, a 39-year-old illegal alien, pleaded guilty to reckless second-degree murder charges in Johnson County, Kansas after crashing his vehicle into Master Deputy Brandon Collins, killing him, as Kansas City Star reported......

Think You Know How Slanted the Media Is? Read This 
Every Republican and/or Conservative can spend hours pontificating about how the Mainstream Media (MSM) does not come close to presenting the facts fairly; it is grossly biased. That has grown exponentially since Donald Trump became president. Read this and you will not doubt the veracity of this scenario. -- This tale started when Jane Eisner, editor-in-chief of the Forward (“News that matters to American Jews”), sent out an email asking for help. The Forward was founded in 1897 (formerly known as The Jewish Daily Forward). She expressed her concern as to what her publication “had done to contribute to the coarsening of our public discourse and the fracturing of civic comity.” She asked for help by “sending your thoughts.”......

Free Beacon       
Pelosi Annoyed at Questions About Shutdown: 'Why Are you Putting That on Us?' 
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) took exception to a question Sunday by ABC's George Stephanopoulos about a possible government shutdown ahead, saying, "Why are you putting that on us?" -- Some Democrats this week voiced possibly withholding votes from spending legislation to keep the government open in December if President Donald Trump didn't make a deal on DACA. Last month, Trump rescinded the Obama-era executive order that protected young illegal immigrants from deportation and gave Congress six months to pass a bill on the matter. -- Pelosi told the Washington Post this week that Trump's demands like a border wall and crackdown on sanctuary cities in exchange for signing DREAM Act legislation were a "non-starter."......

The Hill        
Trump's immigration priorities are still most Americans' priorities 
The Obama administration chose not to enforce the law as it applies to young people brought to this country illegally as children. Instead, it began a program known as DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. -- Rather than asking Congress to make the program law, President Obama bypassed Congress and unilaterally granted legal status and work permits to people who entered this country illegally.......

Feds charge previously deported illegal aliens found in Youngstown 
A Federal Grand Jury has indicted six people for illegally reentering the United States, including two who were found in Youngstown. -- U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman announced on Friday that Ignacio Mendoza-Arriaga, 31, a Mexican citizen, was found in Youngstown after being deported to Mexico in 2008 following a felony conviction. -- Reinaldo Herrerra-Herrerra, 36, a Mexican citizen, was found in Youngstown after being deported to Mexico in 2011.......

October 14, 2017

Janet Napolitano pens op-ed on DACA: 'I'm suing to ensure Trump can't destroy it' 
"These young people are, in every sense but one, as American as those whose relatives arrived in this country on the Mayflower." -- Those words belong to former Arizona governor and secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano who penned an op-ed in defense of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for NBC News. -- Napolitano served as Homeland Security secretary in the Obama administration and helped implement the DACA program.......

Michele Bachmann: Immigration Must Be President Trump's Top Priority 
Breitbart News caught up with former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) at the Family Research Council Action's Values Voter Summit in Washington, and she described her new role as part of a Christian ministry to the United Nations, and the role of Congress in blocking President Donald Trump's America First agenda. -- You can watch the entire exclusive interview here.......

Capital Gazette        
5 charged in Annapolis murder wanted for entering country illegally 
All five people charged in the brutal death of an Annapolis woman last month are wanted by immigration officials because they may have entered the country without documentation. -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have detainer requests for the four men and one woman. All five have been charged with murder and other offenses in the death of Jenni B. Rivera Lopez, 21, of Annapolis, who was killed and buried in a grave hidden in Crownsville last month.......

October 13, 2017

Daily Caller         
Two 'Dreamers' Arrested For Smuggling Illegals 
Two beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) were arrested for attempting to smuggle illegal immigrants into the United States, Customs and Border Protection announced Thursday.-- The first arrest came on October 4 when Border Patrol agents stopped a car attempting to enter into the U.S. “After further inspection, Border Patrol agents discovered two adult male subjects concealed in the trunk of the vehicle. An immigration inspection of the two subjects revealed that they were both from the country of Brazil,” CBP said in a statement.”......

OC Regster         
Democrat Kamala Harris spurs on 'Dreamers' at UC Irvine, calling for new legal protections 
At a UC Irvine rally for young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris on Wednesday continued her push for a measure to provide them with permanent legal status --- a “clean” bill unfettered by stricter immigration enforcement provisions called for by the White House. -- Democratic House and Senate leaders have said they are open to including some border security measures in a Dream Act that would provide legal status, but Harris and other speakers said Wednesday that there should be no such strings attached and a path to citizenship is an essential part of such legislation.......

WaPo: Sen. Lankford Claims Donald Trump Will Extend DACA Amnesty 
President Donald Trump will extend the DACA amnesty beyond March 5 if Congress cannot pass replacement legislation, Oklahoma GOP Sen. James Lankford told the Washington Post. -- According to the Post: Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said Trump told him he was willing to “give it some more time” to allow lawmakers to find a solution for “dreamers,” unauthorized immigrants brought to this country as children, if Congress does not pass legislation extending protections before time is up.......

Cal Thomas: Free speech victimized again 
If it were a plague, the government would rush to quarantine the infected, as occurred during Europe's Black Death in the 14th century. -- An immigration debate at Seattle University School of Law is a plague of a different sort, but deadly in a different way. The victim here is the right to free speech. -- The Washington Free Beacon reports that Annette Clark, the dean of Seattle University's Law School, has revoked the school's sponsorship of a Federalist Society event. The reason? The proposed debate on immigration, hosted by the school's Access to Justice Institute, might be “harmful” to minority students and “undocumented immigrants,” aka people who broke the law to get to America, though we are not supposed to talk like that these days.......

Democrats demand border wall bill move through 'regular order' 
Democrats are demanding a GOP proposal to authorize a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico move through each committee with jurisdiction before the bill comes to the House floor for a vote. -- Top Democrats on six committees that have oversight over parts of the legislation are asking that their panels all get to consider the bill before it moves to the House floor, saying that's the only way to ensure “regular order.”......

Cheap Labor, Open Borders Swamp Embraces Trump's DHS Pick: 'Experience Being Valued over Outsiders' 
The Washington, D.C. political establishment --- which supports a constant inflow of cheap, foreign workers to take American blue-collar jobs --- and open border policies, is heaping praise on President Trump's pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Kirstjen Nielsen. -- Nielsen, a donor to Republican establishment darling Jeb Bush and former DHS official under President George W. Bush, is being praised by pro-open borders Bush allies with whom she's previously worked.......

LA Times          
California lawmakers call Trump immigration chief comments on 'sanctuary state' law 'reprehensible'  
Several lawmakers in California's congressional delegation are asking Trump's top immigration official for a meeting, pointing to what they called his "reprehensible" statement on a new so-called sanctuary state law that will limit cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities. -- In a letter to Thomas Homan, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Jimmy Gomez and 13 other Congress members argue Senate Bill 54 will not "'shield removable aliens from immigration enforcement,'" nor create another "'magnet for illegal immigration'" as Homan has said.......        
Zadvydas Claims More Victims 
Earlier this week I detailed the likely effect of the Obama administration's lax "credible fear" policies on the release of Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, a Somali national who's been charged in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in connection with an attack on a police officer and four others on Saturday, September 30, 2017. -- It has subsequently come to light that credible fear was not the only immigration policy that failed in that case. The Daily Caller reported on October 10, 2017, that Sharif was at large in the United States, and therefore was able to enter and claim refugee status in Canada, because he was released under the Supreme Court's decision in Zadvydas v. Davis. The five Edmonton victims were not the first to be affected by that decision, and they likely won't be the last.......

October 12, 2017          
Sessions: Immigrant asylum system rife with 'fraud, abuse' 
Attorney General Jeff Sessions called on Congress Thursday to tighten the rules for people seeking asylum through a system he said is filled with "rampant abuse and fraud." -- In a speech at the Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review, Sessions said the nation's policies allow too many asylum seekers to exploit loopholes in a "broken" and extremely backlogged process. -- "The system is being gamed," Sessions said. "Over the years, smart attorneys have exploited loopholes in the law, court rulings and lack of resources to substantially undermine the intent of Congress. .... There is no cost or risk for those who make a baseless asylum claim."......

Daily Astorian         
Details emerge about immigration arrests in Pacific County 
Neighbors are trying to come up with cash to help families of immigrants who've been rounded up in federal raids across Pacific County. -- A newly formed local group, the Immigration Assistance Committee, has given more than $4,000 to help eight affected families with expenses, such as rent, food and moving costs, said volunteer Sandy Nielson of Nahcotta. -- Now, the advocates are asking for help.......     
Upstate NY man launches 'America's most radical congressional campaign' 
A 27-year-old Binghamton man promising "America's most radical congressional campaign" has launched an unconventional bid to challenge conservative Rep. Claudia Tenney in a Republican primary. -- Nicholas Wan, the son of a Taiwanese immigrant father, said he wants to crack down on illegal and legal immigration, build President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico, and deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants now living in the United States. -- He would take one more step, ending birthright citizenship guaranteed under the 14th Amendment to anyone born in the United States.......

Illegal Aliens Escalate Amnesty Demands, Claim Racism 
Top Democrats and business allies invited reporters to a Capitol Hill event to watch illegal immigrants demand amnesty and smear Republicans as racist, in Spanish and broken English. -- “I'm here representing all the immigrant mothers like myself, will not allow the government to tear down our sons' and daughters' dreams while they try to separate our families,” said Lenka Mendoza, an unskilled illegal alien who has been living in the United States for 17 years since the year President Geoge W. Bush was elected. She continued, using a translator, saying......

Justice Department Gives "Sanctuary Cities" Final Warning on Illegals 
This is their final warning. -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) sternly warned a group of major cities Thursday that they remain in violation of federal law by adopting so-called “sanctuary city” policies that shield undocumented immigrants from being reported to the feds. Cities on the attorney general's warning list include New York, Philadelphia and New Orleans, as well as Chicago and surrounding Cook County, in Illinois. Big-city mayors, including New York's Bill de Blasio and Chicago's Rahm Emanuel, have openly defied federal instructions to turn in undocumented immigrants.......

Trump warns it's 'possible' the US will drop out of Nafta  
The North American Free Trade Agreement could be on the verge of disintegration after coming under sustained attack from Donald Trump, a longtime critic of the three-nation deal. -- In comments made at the White House with Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada, ahead of the start of fourth round of talks, Trump warned it was “possible” that the US would drop out of the 1994 deal.......

LA Times          
No one has ever gone straight from City Hall to the White House. Could L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti end that streak? 
There are many paths to the presidency, most of them a standard climb from one elected office to the next. -- A whole passel of lawmakers have cycled their way through a governorship or the U.S. Senate en route to the White House. Others arrived with less buttoned-down backgrounds. There have been war heroes, a former haberdasher, a onetime movie actor. -- And then, of course, there is the current occupant whose resume — real estate developer, beauty pageant promoter, conspiracy monger, reality TV celebrity --- comprises a category all its own. -- In the whole history of the United States, however, there has never been a candidate who made the leap straight from City Hall to the White House, or who even managed to win his party's presidential nomination.......

Angel Mom to Ivanka: 'Which Child Would You Choose to Lose at the Hands of an Illegal to Support Your Agenda?' 
"Angel Mom” and co-founder of Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime (AVIAC) Mary Ann Mendoza spoke with Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Wednesday regarding the White House's demands to Democrats on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and recent public comments by Ivanka Trump on the issue. -- Breitbart News reported Ivanka Trump's comments......

Mexican Senate Calls for Federal Probe of Cartel-Linked Border Governor 
A rare sight in Mexico's current political climate, three senators presented a motion to congratulate Tamaulipas authorities for the arrest of a former cartel-linked governor, while calling for a federal inquiry into the case. -- The move by the Mexican Senate comes just days after as Breitbart Texas reported that the Tamaulipas Attorney Generals Office arrested former governor Eugenio Hernandez Flores on charges of embezzlement and money laundering. The full motion text can be found in the Mexican Senate's website.......

October 11, 2017

Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows: Republicans Will Only Succeed if They 'Get Behind the Trump Agenda' 
Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) told Breitbart News that Republicans will only succeed in the midterm elections if “they get behind the Trump agenda.” -- The congressman said that the Freedom Caucus remains committed to passing a dynamic tax reform package for middle-class families as well as repealing and replacing Obamacare. Meadows also cheered the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed repeal of Obama's Clean Power Plan.......

U.S. Justice, State Departments join forces to probe companies abusing visa programs 
The U.S. Justice and State departments have agreed to share information in order to better probe companies that abuse visa programs used to hire foreign workers, the latest effort by the Trump administration to crack down on immigration abuses. The information-sharing agreement was announced on Wednesday by the Justice Department. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made immigration issues one of his priorities since taking over at the head of the department in February.......

Pentagon Spencer
Did you know that Glenn Spencer worked in the Pentagon? Did you know he was a special consultant to the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the Vietnam War? This is all true and provable. Here is his Pentagon Pass from all those years ago.

Texas Tribune      
Texas nominee for federal court at odds with Trump on birthright citizenship 
In many ways, James Ho is the perfect nominee. -- The Taiwanese immigrant and prominent Dallas attorney, named last month as one of President Donald Trump's Texas picks for the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, has both years of private sector experience and extensive government chops, too. A former Texas solicitor general, he has won cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the 5th Circuit. He's an active member of the Federalist Society --- a conservative pipeline for judicial nominees --- and of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.......

Business Insider       
Democrats aren't happy with the White House's new border security plan --- and now a government shutdown might be looming 
House Democrats are weighing a potential effort to shut down the federal government at the end of the year if a vote to protect certain recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is not on the table. -- In an interview with The Washington Post on Monday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did not rule out withholding key budget votes if Republicans do not bring the DREAM Act, which protects undocumented immigrants who were raised in the United States, to the floor in December. -- However, Pelosi suggested there are still plenty of options before a shutdown would become the strategy.......

At least 13 killed during prison fight in northern Mexico 
Monterrey NL -- At least 13 people were killed when a fight broke out in a prison in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon and security troops were sent in to quell the violence, a state security official said on Tuesday. -- The battle inside the Cadereyta prison outside the city of Monterrey began overnight, officials said. Anxious family members gathered outside the prison during the day waiting for news of their loved ones. -- A protest by inmates overnight had spiraled out of control, one prisoner was killed and a number of guards were taken hostage, Nuevo Leon state security spokesman Aldo Fasci told reporters.......

Senator Blumenthal holds rally with Dreamers against Trump's decision to end DACA 
Senator Richard Blumenthal is joining the Connecticut “Dreamers” to rally against President Donald Trump‘s decision to end DACA in Hartford Wednesday morning. -- The senator wants to urge discussion on ways to protect these immigrants who came to United States as children and pave the pathway to citizenship.......

Colorado Supreme Court strikes down alien smuggling ban 
The Colorado Supreme Court struck down a state law that banned immigrant smuggling, concluding that a similar federal law should take precedence. -- The Denver Post reports the court's 4-3 decision on Tuesday ends the 2006 law that made it a felony to provide transportation in exchange for money for people living in the county illegally. --State Attorney General Cynthia Coffman says she plans to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.......

LifeZette -- H/T David Olen Cross -- Salem          
Trump's DACA Demands --- Deal-Breaker or Tactic?
...David Cross, a spokesman for Oregonians for Immigration Reform, agreed. -- "I think he is trying to negotiate. I really do," said Cross, whose organization supports stricter enforcement of immigration laws. "I think he's trying to reach out to Democrats." -- R.J. Hauman, government relations manager at the Federation for American Immigration Reform, said it will be telling if Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reject negotiations out of hand...........

Ivanka Trump Calls DACA Recipients 'Innocent People,' Ignores Illegal Alien Crimes 
President Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, ignored some of the egregious crimes committed by illegal aliens shielded from federal law by an Obama-created temporary amnesty program, calling them “innocent people” who needed “a long-term congressional fix.” -- Ivanka made the remarks at a dinner panel at the “Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit” at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C., weighing in on whether or not 800,000 illegal aliens covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program should receive amnesty to permanently remain in the United States.......

Fox 5 San Diego        
DHS explores ways to transform immigration system without Congress 
Even as the Trump administration is asking Congress to approve a tough overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, the Department of Homeland Security is also quietly exploring ways it could transform the US immigration system on its own. -- The department has been examining a range of subtle modifications to immigration policies that could have major consequences, including limiting protections for unaccompanied minors who come to the US illegally, expanding the use of speedy deportation proceedings, and tightening visa programs in ways that could limit legal immigration to the US, according to multiple sources familiar with the plans.......

Marco Rubio Headlines Fundraiser for Anti-Trump Senator Jeff Flake 
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) attended a fundraiser for Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) on Monday in a bid to support his 2018 Senate reelection campaign against challenger Kelli Ward. -- Rubio was the headline speaker at the exclusive event in Scottsdale, Arizona, for which lunch tickets cost $100 and VIP tickets cost $500. -- Both Rubio and Flake were part of the “Gang of Eight” that proposed the 2013 immigration bill that sought to provide amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. Flake subsequently endorsed Rubio's failed 2016 presidential campaign.......

One News Now         
Hard-line Dems = bad news for DACAs 
The head of an immigration reform think tank expects Democrats will be totally inflexible in any negotiations with President Trump regarding the status of DACA recipients. A conservative columnist argues that stance will only hurt the "DACAs." -- President Donald Trump has made it clear to congressional leaders that his immigration priorities must be enacted in exchange for extending protection from deportation to hundreds of thousands of young illegals, who fall under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.......

LA Daily News       
LA leaders want to bring street vendors 'out of the shadows.' Here's their latest move  
While the act of selling hotdogs, fruits and other products on Los Angeles sidewalks is no longer a crime, vendors could still be cited with a misdemeanor if they are operating in public parks. -- Activists say this means that despite the city's efforts, many vendors who are in the country illegally could still be slapped with a criminal offense that could be used as a reason for federal immigration officials to deport them.......

After assault conviction, government wants to deport illegal alien for the 5th time 
After he spent 35 days in jail for assault, the government wants to deport a McAllen man for the fifth time.-- Juan Manuel Herrera-Gonzalez, 30, a Mexican citizen who lived in McAllen, pleaded guilty to assault, a Class A misdemeanor, last month. -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained Herrera at the jail on Sunday. -- "Record checks revealed the defendant was formally removed from the United States to Mexico for the fourth (4th) time on June 22, 2011, via the Del Rio, Texas, Port of Entry," according to the federal criminal complaint against him.......

Patriot Post      
America First vs. Amnesty First 
Over the weekend, President Trump issued a comprehensive list of 70 immigration priorities that put America's security and America's workers first. Trump wants Congress to consider these priorities as part of any amnesty deal for DACA recipients. -- Many of the items are familiar: A border wall. Ten thousand more border guards. A crackdown on sanctuary cities and visa overstays. An end to chain migration in favor of a new merit-based immigration system. Some items are new.......         
Facing state complaint, Phoenix defends police policies on immigration checks 
Attorney General Mark Brnovich has no legal right to look into the policies of the Phoenix police in dealing with people suspected of being in this country illegally, a lawyer for the city is charging. -- In a letter to Brnovich, Jean-Jacques Cabou said a 2016 law requires him to investigate when a legislator asks whether any ordinance, regulation, order or other official action taken by a city council runs afoul of state law. -- But he said the complaint by Sen. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, concerns a police department “operations order.”......

Mexican attempts to smuggle more than 133 pounds of marijuana into U.S. 
Officers seized more than 133 pounds of marijuana at the Gateway International Bridge on Friday, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. -- The seizure occurred after a 23-year-old Mexican citizen applied for entry into the U.S. -- After a K-9 alerted to the vehicle --- a 1999 Ford Ranger ---officers referred the man from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico to secondary inspection. Officers then found 20 packages of alleged marijuana --- totaling 133.78 pounds --- hidden within the Ford Ranger.......

CTV News (Canada)        
Border Patrol finds more than a dozen who had entered U.S. from Canada 
Derby Line, Vt. -- The U.S. Border Patrol says agents apprehended a group of 16 people from Mexico and two countries in Central America after some of them illegally entered the United States from Canada. -- A federal criminal complaint filed Tuesday says a Honduran citizen was charged with immigrant smuggling and two Mexican citizens were charged with being in the United States after having been previously deported.......

Union Tribune        
Effort to plug Tijuana sewage flows gets $2.1 million bump from state bill 
The effort to prevent sewage from flowing from Tijuana into San Diego County got a small boost Monday when Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation to provide about $2.1 million in funds for the effort. -- Senate Bill 507, authored by state Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, and Assembly member Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, reallocates one-time funds previously designated for use by San Diego County under the Wildlife, Coastal and Park Land Conservation Act.......

U.S. Mayors Urge Congress To Quickly Pass DACA Replacement 
Law360, New York (October 10, 2017, 6:32 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Conference of Mayors on Tuesday called on federal lawmakers to quickly pass new legislation that would protect young unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which is currently being phased out by the Trump administration. -- In a letter signed by 176 mayors from 39 states, the coalition pledged to work with members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and do “whatever we can to assist” the passage of a replacement for DACA that would allow......

October 10, 2017          
Movimento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, a.k.a. MEChA, Finds New Energy and Members 
To address changes to Federal laws affecting Latino immigrants, one Western New Mexico University student organization has been recently reinvigorated and is sponsoring and hosting campus events that bring awareness to Latino issues and culture. -- Movimento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan, more commonly known as MEChA, aims to support and advocate for Hispanic students through twice-a-week meetings and occasional advocacy events. Engaging students with the Chicano culture and building awareness about the political issues that affect Hispanic students is one of MEChA's goals, said sponsor Bryant Chaffino, the Music Instructor in the Department of Expressive Arts who heads the university's award-winning Mariachi Plata group and stepped in as MEChA's faculty advisor this semester. [Also see: The scourge of MEChA]......

Yucatan Times       
Smugglers of drugs and people operate on Campeche's southern border 
Despite millions of pesos invested in patrols, armaments and personnel, the security of the inhabitants of Campeche is not being guaranteed, said the state head of the Work Party (Partido del Tabajo, PT in Spanish). -- Antonio Gómez Saucedo said it is apparent that in the south of Campeche (near the Guatemala border) organized crime groups continue to operate, as was proven by the latest seizures that took place last week.......

Mercury News       
Santa Clara County and its employees sue Trump over DACA 
Following suit with the city of San Jose and jurisdictions across the country that have vowed to protect young “Dreamers,” Santa Clara County and its employees on Tuesday will announce a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. -- Trump announced the end of the program on Sept. 5 and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services stopped taking renewal applications last week. Meanwhile, Congress has until March 5 to salvage the Obama-era program, which protected an estimated 800,000 undocumented immigrants who grew up in the U.S. from deportation.......

Hoyer: Dems want citizenship in DACA deal 
Democrats will insist that any legislation to protect recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program include a pathway to eventual citizenship, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) signaled Tuesday. "If you're going to have them here, they consider themselves to be Americans, we think there absolutely ought to be a path to citizenship for these young people,” Hoyer, the Democratic whip, told reporters in the Capitol.......

LULAC president comments on Trump's DACA deal 
The national president of the League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC, says President Donald Trump's response to DACA is no surprise. -- Over the weekend Mr. Trump sent a letter to Congress in which he outlined what he expects in exchange for protecting DACA recipients from deportation. -- DACA stands for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. -- The program allows minors who entered the country illegally and stayed to be protected from deportation. -- Mr.Trump is expecting full funding for the border wall, a crackdown on sanctuary cities, deportation procedures to speed up and impose new skill-based legal immigration criteria. ......

Fox News         
Acting ICE Director: We've Proven the Wall Works, Why Wouldn't We Want It? 
Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan slammed California's new "sanctuary state" policy, saying the state is working "backwards." -- "Sanctuary cities don't want to fund a border wall to keep illegal aliens out, but they want to fund sanctuary cities to keep illegal aliens in," Homan said on "America's Newsroom." --"The border wall is a good tool," the ICE director said. "We have proven it worked. Why would we not want to do it?"......

KLCC -- Eugene    
Oregon: Sanctuary Struggles Hit Home  
Oregon passed HB 2314 in 1987, in response to unsafe living conditions for migrant workers. It reads: "No law enforcement agency of the State of Oregon or of any political subdivision of the state shall use agency moneys, equipment or personnel for the purpose of 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."......

Ivanka Endorses DACA Amnesty -- and More Visa Workers 
Ivanka Trump called for a “congressional fix” when asked by a liberal journalist to say “what role should the ‘dreamers' be playing in a future workforce?” -- “Well, I think this is a very complicated issue that needs a long-term congressional fix,” Trump cautiously responded to Nina Easton, a liberal former journalist who is married to a political consultant for establishment GOP politicians. Trump was attending an October 9 event titled “Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women Summit,” and said......

Ripon Advance         
Flake bill targets border security, protects DACA recipients, cracks down on violent gangs 
Legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) last week would fortify the southern border, allow undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children to pursue legal status and target violent gang members with enhanced immigration enforcement. -- “President Trump, both parties in Congress and a majority of the nation all agree on the need for a stronger, more secure border; fair and permanent protections for DACA recipients; and the swift deportation of gang and cartel members who threaten our safety,” Flake said.......

Express News        
DACA supporters vow resistance to Trump's demands for deal on immigration 
The lines hardened Monday against President Donald Trump's new list of demands for a deal that would extend protections for young immigrants brought into the country illegally as minors.......

Express News        
DACA supporters vow resistance to Trump's demands for deal on immigration 
The lines hardened Monday against President Donald Trump's new list of demands for a deal that would extend protections for young immigrants brought into the country illegally as minors.......

California's Sanctuary Law Reckless, Dangerous, Says Sheriff's Association 
The move by the State of California to provide statewide sanctuary to illegal aliens is dangerous and reckless, says the National Sheriffs Association. The law signed by Governor Jerry Brown blocks police from inquiring about the immigration status of suspects or from assisting federal immigration officers in the performance of their duties. -- National Sheriffs Association CEO and Executive Director Jonathan Thompson said the new law handcuffs police and endangers the public, CNS News reported on Monday. ......

Victorville Daily Press         
California freezes growth of immigration detention facility in Adelanto 
With Gov. Jerry Brown's blessing, state lawmakers have frozen the expansion of for-profit immigration detention centers in California, a move that will legislatively block the nearly 2,000-bed facility in Adelanto from growing. -- With Gov. Jerry Brown's blessing, state lawmakers have frozen the expansion of for-profit immigration detention centers in California, a move that will legislatively block the nearly 2,000-bed facility in Adelanto from growing. -- Senate Bill 29, signed by Brown on Thursday, prevents local governments from entering into a contract, or renewing or modifying contracts, with for-profit companies and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the purpose of expanding the number of beds, according to the bill's language, authored by state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens.......

The Hill          
Pelosi hints Dems will play hardball to protect Dreamers 
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Monday wouldn't rule out withholding support for end-of-the-year budget bills — and risk a government shutdown — if President Trump and the Republicans don't agree to protections for immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. - “We have to do it before Christmas, that's just the way it is,” she said Monday in an interview with The Washington Post.......

Texas Tribune          
Democrats: Trump's plan to tie DACA deal to border wall dead on arrival 
The day after President Donald Trump released a list of immigration issues that must be negotiated before he'll consider legislation that protects young undocumented immigrants, one of the the country's largest immigrant advocacy groups criticized it as a ransom note that places hundreds of thousands of people at risk. --- “[This proposal] is a non-starter in Congress,” U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, said during a conference call with reporters Monday morning. “It's dead on arrival. We've said clearly that we're not going to trade the futures of 800,000 young people for a wall across America yet that's one of the centerpieces of the White House's proposal.”.......

Real Clear Politics          
Democrats Reject White House Immigration Proposal 
An array of hard-line immigration priorities the White House outlined to Congress Sunday were quickly rejected by Democrats as complete non-starters, jeopardizing the chances of striking a deal to shield hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants. -- Many in Congress have viewed the sweet spot for a legislative fix to be a package that includes border security, enhanced enforcement and a permanent solution for undocumented immigrants who have been protected under executive actions that President Trump pledged to rescind next spring. Democrats believed they had worked out a handshake deal with Trump last month to pass the DREAM Act, and to set aside debate on some more controversial immigration proposals.......

Illegal Alien Arrested for Murdering South Carolina High School Girl 
The Sheriff's Office in Greenville County, South Carolina, has confirmed that immigration services determined a man accused of shooting and killing a local high school girl was in the U.S. illegally. -- Officials arrested 19-year-old Daniel De Jesus Rangel Sherrer and charged him with the murder of 18-year-old Diana Martinez-Gonzalez, who was found shot to death last week in a patch of woods along the 400 block of Saluda Dam Road in Easley, South Carolina.......


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