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Defining what a wall is
How about defining what it is supposed to do?

..."his blunt way of raising the issue."
TPM -- September 18, 2017  
Fox Host: Trump Wall Is Just 'A Catchier Way' Of Talking About Border Security
   Fox News personality Greg Gutfeld on Sunday claimed that President Donald Trump's frequent, strident calls for a physical wall on the U.S.-Mexico border were actually just a metaphor for border security.
    “Saying ‘build a wall' is just a catchier way of saying ‘fix our borders,'” Gutfeld said.
    He said Trump negotiated with Democrats to fund “the wall, which is to say border security,” and called the President's demands for a literal, physical border “his blunt way of raising the issue.”

CNN -- September 15, 2017
Aide on Trump's border wall: 'Definition of a wall' needs a conversation
    One of President Donald Trump's key legislative negotiators called for a "conversation" over what exactly the proposed border wall would really be.
    "I think that what the definition of a wall is, is something that we all need to have a serious conversation" about, White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said on CNN's "The Situation Room."
    Short said, "in some cases," it would be a kind of fencing.
    "It is a myriad of different structures," Short said
Trump is Wrong About the Wall
Means Orientation is Bad Management
Glenn Spencer - July 9, 2015
    If Donald Trump went before his board of directors and said he was going to build fifty new shopping centers in Beijing without saying how this would affect profits he would be laughed out of the room.
    The same applies to border security. By saying he would build a wall along the US-Mexico border without saying what it would achieve, he has made a number of mistakes. As any US Border Patrol agent would tell you, they cannot see through a wall and that is a security risk.
    If anything, we need a double-layered fence as called for in the Secure Fence Act of 2006, but was killed by Sen. Hutchinson. (Trump can see what they actually built here.)
    More importantly, we need a border metric that will tell us if we have achieved the level of security the people want.
    I have proposed setting a goal of no more than 20,000 people getting past the US Border Patrol between ports of entry. Once that goal has been achieved - by whatever means - for a certain period of time, we could the address the issue of what to do with millions of illegal aliens in our midst.
    I was once a systems engineer and we called Trump's plan for a wall “means orientation” - focusing on how to do something, rather than a measurable goal. This is bad management.
    If Donald Trump wants to do something right away, he might start by finishing the 700-mile double-layered fence already approved by Congress (including Sen. Barack Obama) - as he moves to install a border accounting system.
     If Donald Trump would like to benefit from my systems engineering experience coupled with thirteen years on the border, he --- and any other presidential candidate --- can call and arrange a visit. 520-266-3443.
    While he is on my ranch, he might want to take a look at how 100,000 Americans feel about border security.
NOTE: Trump's team was supposed to visit me in 2015, but cancelled at the last minute.]

September 20, 2017

Fox News         
NY sheriff tells deputies to ignore Cuomo's immigration order 
A New York county sheriff is telling his deputies to ignore an order from Gov. Andrew Cuomo that instructs state police and other New York officials not to ask individuals about their immigration status, accusing the Democratic governor of trying to score “cheap political points.” -- Cuomo on Friday signed the executive order that also prohibits state officials from disclosing a person's immigration status to federal authorities, except in certain situations such as police investigations. --Hours later, Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard issued a statement telling his deputies to continue reporting to U.S. officials “any and all” incidents involving undocumented individuals, consistent with existing department policy and federal law. ......

Fox 5          
17 fugitives, millions in drugs intercepted at border over weekend 
Customs and Border Patrol agents monitoring California's ports of entry from Mexico intercepted nearly $5 million worth of drugs and arrested 17 wanted fugitives over the weekend, followed by the seizure Monday of nearly $1 million worth of marijuana seized from a boat that came on shore near Del Mar, the agency said Tuesday. -- Between Friday and Sunday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents intercepted 200 pounds of methamphetamine, 160 pounds of cocaine, 75 pounds of fentanyl and almost seven pounds of heroin, public-affairs officer Angelica De Cima said. All of the narcotics combined were valued at more than $4.9 million.......

Koch Brothers Group 'Encouraging' Congress to Pass Amnesty for DACA Illegal Aliens 
The pro-mass immigration GOP mega-donor Koch Brothers are “encouraging” Congress to quickly pass amnesty legislation that would legalize potentially millions of illegal aliens while creating surges at the U.S.-Mexico border and through chain migration. -- In a news release through the Libre Initiative, the Koch's pro-amnesty organization, President Daniel Garza touted amnesty for the 800,000 illegal aliens currently shielded by the Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as the only viable option.......

California sues to block Trump's border wall 
The State of California is suing to block President Donald Trump's plan to construct a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, the top lawyer for the state told reporters Tuesday. -- The lawsuit set to be filed in federal court in San Diego will argue that the effort violates federal law and the Constitution by intruding on state authority, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said. -- "They're violating the Tenth Amendment and infringing on a lot of state laws, not just federal laws, that affect our state. At the same time, they're trying to do something that only Congress can do," Becerra told journalists in Washington in advance of an official announcement he plans to make in San Diego Wednesday.......

Fox News          
Sessions blasts California lawmakers for passing sanctuary state bill, says lives at stake 
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday called it “unconscionable” that California lawmakers passed a sanctuary state bill that stops local police from cooperating with federal authorities to deport illegal immigrants. -- “The bill risks the safety of good law enforcement officers and the safety of the neighborhoods that need their protection the most,” Sessions said during a speech in Portland, Oregon. “There are lives and livelihoods at stake.” -- State legislators in California passed sanctuary state legislation over the weekend that bolsters protections for illegal immigrants in the state.......

ABC 10          
Councilmember says border wall would hurt San Diego economy, environment 
ouncilmember Georgette Gomez is calling for the San Diego City Council to officially oppose construction of President Trump's "Border Wall." But, she says her opposition has nothing to do with her feelings about the President, or about the need for immigration reform. -- Gomez told 10News she thinks a wall would hurt San Diego's economy and environment. -- "As leaders of the 8th largest city in the nation, to be silent on the wall is a disgrace," she says.......

September 19, 2017

Oregon Live         
Attorney General Jeff Sessions slams sanctuary cities 
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday chided Portland and other sanctuary cities, saying they've become a "trafficker's, a smuggler's or gang member's best friend" and defended the Trump administration's threats to withhold federal grants from them. -- Sessions said the cities "believe they are above the law" and urged them to reconsider their policies. Their refusal to cooperate with federal immigration officials leads to increases in crime, gang violence and lawlessness, he said.......

Panama to extradite ex-Mexico governor on corruption charges 
Mexican prosecutors say Panama has agreed to extradite a fugitive ex-governor sought on for corruption charges.-- A statement Monday from the Attorney General's Office says former Gov. Roberto Borge can still appeal the Panamanian's government's decision. He was detained in Panama in June before he was to board a flight to Paris. -- Borge was governor of Quintana Roo from 2011 to 2016. The Caribbean coast state is home to Cancun and other resorts.......

El Paso Times        
Alleged Barrio Azteca gang leader 'El 300' arrested in Juárez 
A man accused of commanding an army of nearly 250 Barrio Azteca gang members in Juárez has been arrested by Chihuahua state police. -- Rene Gerardo S.G., who is known as "El 300," was flown to a Mexican federal prison Sunday during a large law enforcement operation at the Juárez airport, El Mexicano newspaper reported. -- His full name was not disclosed by authorities per rules regarding the release of the names of crime suspects.......

Architects Newspaper          
Half the companies contracted for border wall defrauded the government 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently awarded contracts to six firms to build concrete and non-concrete prototypes of a U.S.-Mexico border wall promised by President Donald J. Trump. Just weeks later, reports revealed that two of the selected firms were convicted of defrauding the government and one firm countered a lawsuit by injured subcontractors with the argument that one of the workers was an undocumented immigrant. This spotty history spells trouble for a process that is already fraught with controversy and estimated to cost billions of dollars. -- Caddell Construction, a firm based in Montgomery, Alabama, was awarded contracts to build both concrete and non-concrete prototypes. The company settled a criminal case in 2013 with the Department of Justice.......

Wahington Times        
Luis Gutierrez arrested in immigration protest outside Trump Tower 
Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez was arrested Tuesday for protesting at Trump Tower in New York over the president's decision to phase out the Obama-era deportation amnesty for Dreamers, the congressman's office confirmed. -- Mr. Gutierrez was one of a group of immigrant-rights activists, including other members of Congress, who were engaged in civil disobedience, hoping to draw even more attention to the status of illegal immigrant Dreamers. -- It's the second time in little more than a month that Mr. Gutierrez has been arrested for an immigration demonstration, as the Illinois Democrat pushes for the quickest and most generous action on Dreamers.......

Attorney General Jeff Sessions In Portland, Oregon 
U-S Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be in Portland today to talk about immigration policies with local and federal authorities. Sessions has argued sanctuary cities like Portland that protect people who are in the country illegally, shouldn't receive federal funds. But a judge has ruled the government can't do that. Advocates on both sides will be paying close attention to his visit. Sessions will speak at the U-S Citizenship and Immigration Services building in the Pearl District where several groups are planning protests. Sessions will also meet with U.S. Attorney for Oregon Billy Williams. [Related item re: leftist mayor]......

Fight Over Oregon's 'Sanctuary Law' Brings Immigration Policy Battle To The NW 
At a booth at the recent state fair in Salem, people waited in line at a booth for Oregonians for Immigration Reform to sign the group's proposed ballot measure to repeal Oregon's so-called “sanctuary law.” -- Cynthia Kendoll, the group's president, said this new measure is attracting more intense interest than its previous attempts to discourage illegal immigration. -- “This is something that people are truly really concerned about,” said Kendoll, “and I have just been amazed here at the state fair that people walk up and say, ‘Just let me sign this. I am so sick of this.'”......

eNews Forest Park         
'Abuelita' Genoveva Ramirez, Facing Imminent Deportation, Sues Federal Government Over Delay in Visa Processing 
Chicago grandmother and long-time immigration activist Genoveva Ramirez sued the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this morning to demand its immigration service review a long-pending visa application before U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deports her in October. -- ICE told Ms. Ramirez during a check-in appointment in August that she must purchase plane tickets and leave the United States by October 31, even as she awaits a decision by another DHS agency --- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) --- on whether to grant her U-visa protection......

Union Tribune         
Bipartisan push to plug Mexican sewage spills into US comes amid looming budget cuts 
A bipartisan congressional proposal announced Monday seeks to help stop ongoing sewage and wastewater spills in Tijuana from polluting the San Diego region. -- Reps. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, and Darrell Issa, R-Vista, said they will be pushing hard for Congress to embrace HR 3795, dubbed the Tijuana River Valley Comprehensive Protection and Rehabilitation Act. -- “Sewage from Tijuana has been flowing into the Tijuana River Valley, into beaches in San Diego County and our communities for too long,” Vargas said in a statement. “This legislation will help rehabilitate the Tijuana River Valley and rebuild the infrastructure needed to prevent future spills.”......

Mike Rounds: Preserving the Constitution means putting DACA in Congress' hands 
Sunday is Constitution Day, in which we commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution. Two-hundred-and-thirty years after its signing, it continues to be the longest-surviving written charter of government that has ever existed. This is largely because "We the People" have stood by it uncompromisingly, in both good times and in bad. While it has been tested many times, it has survived economic depression, a Civil War, two World Wars, the industrial revolution and the rise of the global marketplace. -- In recent history, it is being tested by an ever-growing executive branch.......

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Defends Trump, Slams Leftists, Ungrateful Immigrants
Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. gave a lengthy interview Monday to Hollywood Unlocked. While much of what Mayweather spoke about concerned boxing, he also took time to share his views on President Trump --- namely that people have judged him unfairly. -- A portion of the interview is featured above (warning: strong language) and the The Daily Wire summarized other pertinent parts of the boxer's interview......

Six "Dreamers" Sue Trump Administration over DACA Decision 
San Diego attorney Dulce Garcia has regularly defended clients in immigration court. Now, she is the one seeking legal relief.-- Brought to the United States illegally by her parents as a child, Garcia is one of six immigrants who sued the Trump administration on Monday over its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Since it was authorized in 2012 by former President Barack Obama, the program has provided protection from deportation and the right to work legally to nearly 800,000 young people.......

Fox News          
'You Don't Have a Right to Demand Anything': Tucker Blasts DACA Activists Shouting Down Pelosi  
Tucker Carlson blasted DACA recipients and undocumented immigrants who were a part of a group of protesters that disrupted a Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) press conference. -- Carlson debated DACA recipient Ivan Ceja, who said illegal immigrants who came as children are often taxpayers who "take great part in their community." -- Carlson said DACA protesters showed a "lack of gratitude" for the United States taxpayer, and asked Ceja why he "has a right to demand anything."......

After drunken driving conviction, government wants to deport Honduran for 3rd time 
After a drunken driving conviction, the federal government wants to deport a Honduran man for the third time. -- Walter Alexander Rivera-Ramos, 41, a Honduran citizen who lived in Pharr, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol content of .15 or higher, a Class A misdemeanor, on Sept. 6. -- Hidalgo County Court at Law Judge Albert Garcia sentenced Rivera to 30 days in jail with credit for 12 days already served, according to court records.......

As Predicted, the Utah Driving Privilege Card Is a Valuable Tool for Immigration Enforcement 
Reports that ICE may be accessing Utah Department of Motor Vehicle records to target illegal aliens who have obtained a Utah driving privilege card have come as a shock to many advocates. -- When the Utah driving privilege card was established well over a decade ago it was seen as a major victory for the supporters of illegal aliens as well as for the business and agriculture interests that rely on cheap, easily exploited workers, and for the Mormon Church, which sees the illegal-alien population as a major source of new converts......         
U.S. Can't Have Open-Ended Amnesty For Kids Who Arrive Here Illegally 
After announcing earlier this month a phased termination of the "Dreamers" program (aka DACA), President Trump appears to be moving quickly to strike a deal with Congress to put in place legislation to implement this quasi-amnesty program that President Obama launched by executive order in 2012. -- Obama's order protected about 700,000 illegal immigrants who arrived as minors between 1991 and 2007 --- brought by their parents, as the story line goes. -- Since 2007, another wave of foreign minors has been entering the country, this time unaccompanied by parents. Since 2012, they've come in large numbers --- they now number more than 250,000. It's hard not to see moral hazard.......

DHS to end protections for Sudanese aliens 
The Trump administration on Monday announced an end to protections for Sudanese immigrants, a move that advocates fear could be a sign of things to come. -- The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday afternoon that it would be ending Temporary Protected Status for Sudan after a 12-month sunset period. It opted to extend, however, Temporary Protected Status for South Sudan, which gained its independence in 2011, through May 2019.......

Fox News          
Bongino on 'Dreamers' Confronting Pelosi: 'A Dumb Strategy All Around' 
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was confronted at a press conference in San Francisco on Monday by protesters who were furious at her for striking a tentative deal with President Trump over the DACA program. -- The protesters called Pelosi a liar and demanded a clean DACA bill, which extends legal protections to young undocumented immigrants. -- "We undocumented youth demand a clean bill.... We undocumented youth will not be a bargaining chip for Trump," the protesters shouted, according to KCBS.......

2 dead, 7 arrested in I-5 crash near San Ysidro border 
Two people were struck and killed early Sunday morning when the group they were with ran across the freeway near the San Ysidro border crossing, U.S. Border Patrol officials said. -- The crash happened at about 1:45 a.m. after a van was spotted driving the wrong way along Interstate 5, according to Border Patrol officer Tekae Michael. -- The van was heading north on the southbound side of the I-5, then stopped near the Camino de la Plaza exit. -- At least nine passengers exited the vehicle and ran across the freeway when two of them were struck and killed, Michael said. -- Seven people were taken into custody. ......

Illegal Alien Charged with Attempting to Burn Off Her Son's Lips with Hot Spoon 
An illegal immigrant remains behind bars in an Alabama jail after a local FOX affiliate station inquired about her near release on bond. The woman is accused of heating up a spoon on her stove and burning her son's lips for a disciplinary matter. -- Fox 10 News in Foley, Alabama, contacted the Baldwin County District Attorney's Office when reporters learned a court was about to release Maria Cortes, 26, on bond despite her status as an illegal alien from Mexico. The DA's office confirmed the immigration hold placed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and asked the court to raise Cortes' bond to $100,000, Fox 10 reported.......

Boston Globe      
Supporters of DACA rally at State House and JFK building 
Activists rallied near the State House Saturday afternoon and marched to the John F. Kennedy Federal Building to demand protections for undocumented immigrants brought as children to the United States. -- Chanting, “No hate. No fear. Immigrants are welcome here,” and, “El pueblo unido jamás será vencido” --- Spanish for, “The people united will never be defeated” --- about 500 protesters marched across Boston Common, packed sidewalks, and spilled into downtown streets carrying signs and banners. -- “My dreams are not illegal,” read one placard. Others bore the messages, “Welcome refugees,” and “Illegal immigration started in 1492.”......

Court: Law against encouraging illegal immigration could violate First Amendment 
A federal law that makes it a crime to encourage or induce foreigners to enter or stay in the U.S. illegally may run afoul of the First Amendment, a federal appeals court suggested in an unusual order Monday. -- A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel asked federal public defenders and immigrant rights groups to submit amicus briefs arguing that a San Jose, California, woman was improperly convicted because the law is vague or overbroad. -- Immigration consultant Evelyn Sineneng-Smith was convicted at a jury trial in 2013 of inducing foreigners from the Philippines to stay in the U.S. unlawfully by charging them to file labor and immigration petitions that had no chance of winning the immigrants legal status. ......

Another Mexican Border Nightmare: Raw sewage spilling across US-Mexico border into Southern Arizona 
For months, residents near Naco, Ariz., have been dealing with raw sewage pouring into their community from across the US-Mexico border. -- They say cross-border sewage issues have been going on for years, but this latest breach is especially bad. -- "This is sewage and I've got a problem with that," said rancher, John Ladd. "I try to keep clean water and this is really irritating to have this problem over and over again." -- The sewage is coming from a broken waste treatment plant in Naco, Sonora. It's flowing across the border in multiple places, including into John Ladd's ranch.......

Left warns Pelosi, Schumer: Don't get too close to Trump 
The Democratic base is growing anxious as its leaders order Chinese food and make deals with the president who many in their ranks would prefer to see impeached.-- For some liberal activists and lawmakers, the burgeoning partnership between President Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi amounts to dancing with the devil. As long as the Democrats keep leading --- driving a wedge between Trump and the fractured GOP --- no one will bust up the dance.......

Fox News     
Location scout for Netflix's 'Narcos' shot dead in Mexico 
A “Narcos” location scout was gunned down this week after traveling to one of Mexico's most violent regions to hunt for settings to shoot for the fourth season of the hit Netflix show -- The bullet-riddled body of Carlos Muñoz Portal and his car were found Monday in a remote area in central Mexico close to the border of Hidalgo, which has one of the highest murder rates in Mexico, Variety reported Saturday. -- “We are aware of the passing of Carlos Muñoz Portal, a well-respected location scout, and send our condolences to his family,” Netflix said in a statement, Variety reported. “The facts surrounding his death are still unknown as authorities continue to investigate.”......

September 18, 2017

In Hannity vs. Maddow, Polar Opposites Will Go Head to Head 
A few weeks ago, while mocking Rachel Maddow of MSNBC, Sean Hannity of Fox News Channel called Maddow “one of the leaders of the alt-left, propaganda, destroy-Trump-at-all-costs media.” -- “Not a day goes by,” Hannity said, “without Maddow floating some sort of Trump-Russia conspiracy theory.” -- In addition, Hannity now imitates Maddow's hand gestures after he shows them on screen. This amuses Laura Ingraham, a frequent Hannity guest who is about to become much more.......

Border Patrol: Mother, daughter sexually assaulted by smugglers after crossing Rio Grande 
A Honduran mother and her daughter say they were sexually assaulted by smugglers as they crossed the Rio Grande, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. -- Agents say when they apprehended a group of 18 undocumented immigrants near Hidalgo on Thursday, a mother and her daughter claimed they were assaulted. -- The mother, who did not want to be identified, told agents the incident happened after two men pulled the females off a raft and separated them.......

Open Borders Governor to Deploy Anti-MS-13 Gang Task Force in Schools 
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, who favors open borders and sanctuary city type policies, announced the deployment of a new Gang Violence Prevention Unit. The unit consists of ten State Troopers, who are being deployed to the top ten high-risk Suffolk County schools that currently serve as ground zero for gang activity and recruitment. The specialized gang violence prevention unit will pro-actively work with educators at the schools to help identify early warnings of gang recruitment and violence. -- Governor Cuomo, who has openly blasted President Trump's proposed immigration policies, announced the deployment of this specialized unit that will work closely with the Suffolk County Police Department in developing an anti-gang curriculum.......

David Olen Cross -- Salem          
Sanctuary State Incarcerates 984 Criminal Aliens: Oregon Department of Corrections
Data obtained from the DOC indicated that on August 1st there were 984 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, 6.68 percent of the total prison population. -- Some background information, all 984 criminal aliens currently incarcerated in the DOC prison system were identified by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a federal law enforcement agency that is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. If an inmate is identified by ICE as being a criminal alien, at the federal law enforcement agency's request, DOC officials will place an “ICE detainer” on the inmate. After the inmate completes his/her state sanction, prison officials will transfer custody of the inmate to ICE..........

Illegal Aliens Crash Nancy Pelosi's DACA Press Conference: 'All of Us or None of Us!' 
A group of illegal aliens calling themselves the “Immigration Liberation Movement” crashed a press conference by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Monday, warning the Democratic Party not to “sell [us] out.” -- The group shouted down Rep. Pelosi, who struggled to maintain control of the meeting, and unfurled a large banner calling for all illegal aliens to be legalized. -- Others held up signs, including: “Fight 4 All 11 Million,” referring to the estimated total of all illegal aliens in the U.S.......

City News Service         
Verdict reached in trial of Mexican accused of killing estranged wife at San Diego City College 
A man charged with killing his estranged wife in a San Diego City College bathroom in 2010 has been found guilty. -- Armando Perez, a Mexican citizen, was convicted of murdering 19-year-old Diana Gonzalez on Oct. 12, 2010. -- Perez pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and lying in wait in November 2014, but an appeals court sent the case back to San Diego Superior Court, ruling that a judge erred by allowing Perez to plead guilty without a lawyer in a case in which he faced a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.......

Hungary Builds a Wall, Cuts Illegal Immigration by Over 99 Per Cent 
Hungary has slashed illegal immigration by over 99 per cent after rolling out a series of powerful border fences in response to the European migrant crisis, possibly providing a lesson as to the potential impact of constructing President Trump's much-discussed southern wall in the U.S. -- Speaking on the second anniversary of the government's move to seal Hungary's border with Serbia --- which is also an external border for the European Union --- Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's Chief Security Advisor, György Bakondi, announced that the fences have caused illegal immigration to collapse from 391,000 in 2015, to 18,236 in 2016, to just 1,184 in 2017.......

Smuggling boat (Panga) lands on Del Mar beach 
Three people were arrested and about 30 large bundles of suspected drugs were seized when a small smuggling boat landed on the beach Monday morning in Del Mar, the U.S. Border Patrol reported. -- The Panga boat was first spotted about 2:30 a.m. off the waters of Torrey Pines State Beach and landed on the sand below Fourth Street in Del Mar, USBP public-affairs Agent Tekae Michael said. Three people aboard the boat were detained and the 30 bundles were being tested Monday morning to confirm they were illegal narcotics. -- Border Patrol agents on scene said the bundles contained marijuana and weighed between 30 and 50 pounds each, meaning the total weight of the drugs was between 900 and 1,500 pounds. The large bundles were in black trash bags.......

LA Times         
The Dream Act came out of California 16 years ago. It's still the bill Democrats want to be a model for DACA's replacement 
Sixteen years ago, Downey Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard helped file legislation that would have allowed people brought to the country illegally as children to stay in the United States. -- That bill became the Dream Act. Its failure to pass Congress led to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which President Trump this month decided to end as he urged Congress to find a replacement. --If Democrats have their way, DACA's replacement will look a lot like what Roybal-Allard proposed in 2001. Democratic leaders emerged from a meeting with Trump on Wednesday night saying Roybal-Allard's bill, which includes a path to citizenship for some immigrants in the country illegally, must be part of Congress' plan to protect DACA recipients.......

Rep. Steve King: If the Push for DACA Happens Quickly It Could Be Unstoppable 
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) joined Breitbart News Sunday SiriusXM hosts Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollack to discuss President Trump's apparent shift away from his biggest campaign promise to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. -- Said King on Trump's kicking the issue over to Congress, “At this point, if it goes really quickly it's going to be hard to stop it. But I would just remind people, leading with amnesty in 1986 (under Reagan) was a mistake and most people looking at that would agree.”......

Santa Clarita Vally Signal         
L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell's statement about Senate Bill 54 regarding immigration 
The Legislature's passage of Senate Bill 54 (SB 54) and the anticipated signing by Governor Brown, marks the end of a long, and at times, contentious debate about immigration and the role of law enforcement in California. -- The legislation initially proposed, put to the test the trust that we in local policing must earn every day with the communities we serve. -- I strongly opposed SB 54 as initially introduced, because I viewed it as a threat to public safety. I believe that the protections put in place by both the Trust Act and the Truth Act provided safeguards to our communities and focused federal immigration authorities on criminals who prey on our communities.......

LA Daily News        
California's anti-Trump 'resistance' bills: What passed, what didn't  
In a supercharged year marked by hard-fought victories on affordable-housing and climate change, California lawmakers pushed through a passel of legislation to thwart initiatives from the Trump administration --- but also discovered that even their popular resistance has limits. -- Democratic legislators pushed through a bevy of bills aimed at shielding undocumented immigrants from deportation while they're at work, at school or even in police custody, and the anti-Trump “resistance” sent Gov. Jerry Brown bills to protect climate data from federal censorship, guard against a Muslim registry and block future presidential candidates from the California primary ballot unless they release their tax returns --- a direct swipe at the president, who broke with tradition by keeping his secret.......

Mexico Daily News          
"Immigrants'" program gives citizenship help 
Three Mexican organizations have launched a coaching program that utilizes an app and face-to-face counseling to help permanent residents of the United States obtain full citizenship. -- Acceso Latino, or Latino Access, includes an array of reference tools for the Latino, or Hispanic, community of the United States. -- The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the National Commission for Human rights (CNDH) and the Carlos Slim Foundation are behind the initiative, which was presented this week in the Texas city of San Antonio.......

The Hill        
Republicans question Mexico's stability in border security push 
Leading Republicans are questioning the stability and security situations in Mexico in a push for more border security. -- White House chief of staff John Kelly was said to have compared Mexico to Venezuela at a meeting between President Trump and Democratic leaders Wednesday in the context of a discussion about appropriate border security. -- And Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) echoed the comments Friday on WISN, a Wisconsin radio station.......

Daily Caller         
California Goes Full Sanctuary State With Sweeping Immigration Bill 
California lawmakers punctuated the end of the 2017 legislative season by passing a comprehensive immigration bill that makes the state one of the nation's most hostile to federal immigration authorities. -- In a party line vote early Saturday morning, the state senate passed SB 54, a long-debated measure to shield illegal immigrants from the Trump administration's strict immigration enforcement. -- The bill sharply limits state and local law enforcement communication with federal immigration authorities, and prevents police officers from questioning or detaining people on civil immigration violations.......

'Angel Mom' Mendoza: Trump Making Illegal Alien Crime Victims Feel 'Like Props' 
“Angel Mom” Mary Ann Mendoza spoke with Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Raheem Kassam on Friday regarding President Trump's recent actions regarding immigration reform, which represent a significant shift away from much of his campaign rhetoric. -- Citing a rash of crime statistics, “It boggles my mind,” said Mendoza, “why do we have elected officials in Washington that the American people have voted for who are more concerned about protecting illegals in our country than they are you and I.”......

Ryan: Majority in Congress want to protect DACA illegals 
A bipartisan majority in Congress supports protections for an estimated 800,000 immigrants brought to the United States as children and now here illegally, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday. -- In a radio interview, Ryan said “there's a sweet spot for this .... a majority in Congress” to protect young immigrants while also bolstering border security. -- Ryan's comments come after President Donald Trump said this week he was “fairly close” to an agreement with congressional Democrats that would enshrine protections for young immigrants established by former President Barack Obama.......

Border Patrol arrest five following in joint effort 
Border Patrol agents working near Interstate 8, east of the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, arrested five individuals following a pursuit after the driver of a Chevrolet SUV failed to yield to a traffic stop Friday morning. -- California Highway Patrol notified the Yuma Sector Border Patrol that four individuals were seen climbing into a SUV and were traveling east toward Yuma. -- Yuma Sector's dispatch alerted agents working near the area.......

Cotton: The DREAM Act Is 'the Single Biggest Amnesty in the History of the U.S.' 
Sunday on NBC's “Meet the Press,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R- AR) said passing the DREAM Act, which includes a pathway to citizenship, would “be the single biggest amnesty in the history of the United States.” -- Cotton said, “Well if you pass the so-called DREAM Act it will be the single biggest amnesty in the history of the United States. Even bigger than the 1986 amnesty which Ronald Reagan said was his biggest mistake in office. The core debate has never been legal status it's been how are we going to control the side effects. Which is undercutting jobs and wages --- which my legislation the RAISE Act would do --- and deterring more illegal immigration.”......

Durbin: Dems Have 'Understanding' Trump's DACA Deal 'Includes Citizenship' 
On this weekend's broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said that last week in a meeting between President Donald Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), a “basic understanding” on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was reached. -- Durbin said, “We're going forward with the understanding that we can work with the White House to come up with an agreement that includes DACA, that includes citizenship for those who are protected under the DREAM Act and also has a substantial commitment to increase border protection. Those are the two pillars of this understanding.” -- When asked if Trump committed to those pillars during the meeting Durbin said, “Yes.”......

Priorities: GOP Works Tirelessly to Help Illegal Aliens as Obamacare Premiums Spike 15 Percent 
In early 2010, after a bunch of procedural gimmicks, a rigged Congressional Budget Office report, and Barry's Lie of the Year allowed Obamacare to become law, the Republican Party went on a righteous repeal crusade. -- “Just give use the House of Representatives, and we will kill Obamacare,” they told us. -- So, in 2010, after a record-setting midterm election, voters gave Republicans total control of the House. -- And they accomplished exactly nothing.......

Tucson News Now         
Rep. Martha McSally joins GOP group working on border security, DACA 
U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, has been asked to join an informal group of Republican congressional members working on border-security issues and a long-term fix to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, her office says. -- McSally was asked by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to join the group, as the Tucson Republican is the chairwoman of the Border and Maritime Security subcommittee and whose district includes 80 miles of U.S.-Mexico border, according to a news release from her office.......

September 16, 2017

Chanhassen Villager        
Franken to Shakopee residents: Congress will act on immigration 
U.S. Sen. Al Franken told an auditorium of immigrants, refugees, dreamers and activists Saturday that he's both optimistic and apologetic about the fear and anxiety wracking their community in the wake of President Trump's plan to end a federal program that protects young immigrants from deportation. -- Growing up in St. Louis Park --- the son of a printing salesman whose family was from Russia and Germany, and a stay-at-home mom whose family was from Ireland and Scotland --- Franken said “I felt like I could do anything I wanted to do.”......

Western Journalism         
Trump Says Chain Migration Won't Be Part Of Immigration Reform 
President Donald Trump said Friday that chain migration cannot be allowed on any piece of legislation relating to immigration reform. -- Trump's remarks are in response to reports suggesting he struck a deal with top Democrats Wednesday that would allow roughly 800,000 beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to remain in the U.S. in exchange for increased border security measures without funding for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. -- “CHAIN MIGRATION cannot be allowed to be part of any legislation on Immigration!” Trump said.......

NBC Bay Area -- Photos         
Berkeley High Students Walk Out to Create Human Chain to Support Illegal Alien Classmates 
A Berkeley High School walkout on Friday grew to a crowd of thousands of people, who linked hands and surrounded the campus.......

Former Koch Exec, Now White House Staffer, Marc Short: We Need a 'Conversation' About 'Definition of a Wall' 
During a segment on CNN, the former Koch brothers executive turned White House staffer Marc Short said that Americans needed to “have a serious conversation” about “what the definition of a wall is,” in regards to the U.S.-Mexico border wall that President Trump promised to build. -- Short, who led the Never Trump movement inside the pro-mass immigration Koch brothers' organizations, questioned what exactly a border wall would look like under the administration, while also pushing amnesty for nearly 800,000 illegal aliens shielded by the Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.......

Hungary Builds a Wall, Cuts Illegal Immigration by Over 99 Per Cent 
Hungary has slashed illegal immigration by over 99 per cent after rolling out a series of powerful border fences in response to the European migrant crisis, possibly providing a lesson as to the potential impact of constructing President Trump's much-discussed southern wall in the U.S. -- Speaking on the second anniversary of the government's move to seal Hungary's border with Serbia — which is also an external border for the European Union — Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's Chief Security Advisor György Bakondi announced that the fences have caused illegal immigration to collapse from 391,000 in 2015, to 18,236 in 2016, to just 1,184 in 2017.......

DACA Amnesty DREAM Act Will Cost $115 Billion Thanks to Obamacare 
Taxpayers in the United States will face a steep bill if the Trump administration signs legislation to extend legal status to so-called “Dreamers,” the illegal aliens who arrived as children and are now protected under the Obama-holdover unlawful executive order known as DACA. -- The cost of a legislation to legalize childhood arrivals is likely to be far higher than earlier attempts because of Obamacare's health insurance subsidies. The Affordable Care Act subsidizes the costs of health insurance for millions of Americans and would likely foot the bill for many of those whose residency in the U.S. would be legalized by the DREAM Act.......

DACA 'deal' with Dems: 'Trump just screwed his base' 
Some of President Trump's most devoted supporters sounded like they were ready to jump ship Thursday after reports that he had agreed on the parameters of a deal with Democrats on the status of young people who came to the country as the children of illegal aliens. -- After a meeting at the White House Wednesday night, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stated they had agreed with Trump “to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that's acceptable to both sides.” -- Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, tweeted: “If AP is correct, Trump base is blown up, destroyed, irreparable, and disillusioned beyond repair. No promise is credible.”......

Columbus Dispatch      
Patrick Buchanan: A Trump betrayal? 
"Having cut a deal with Democrats for help with the debt ceiling, will Trump seek a deal with Democrats on amnesty for the 'Dreamers' in return for funding for border security?" -- The answer to that question, raised in my column a week ago, is in. President Donald Trump has cut a deal with "Chuck and Nancy" for amnesty for 800,000 recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program who came here illegally as youngsters, in return for Democratic votes for more money for border security. -- According to preening Minority Leader Pelosi, the agreement contains not a dime for Trump's Wall, and the "Dreamers" are to be put on a long glide "path to U.S. citizenship."......         
'We feel attacked': Protesters decry immigration enforcement tactics at Gardendale court
Gardendale has swiftly emerged as ground zero for aggressive immigration enforcement in Alabama, according to local advocacy groups. -- Police officers, through the city's municipal court, have since June reportedly detained numerous Latinos and turned them over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a practice that was largely unheard of until recently of and that remains rare but increasingly common across the nation, advocates say.......

Mother Raises Headstone of Son Killed by Illegal Alien as DACA Deal Debate Rages 
The headstone of slain 23-year-old Matthew Denice went up on Thursday as headlines raged about whether a deal will or will not go through between the Trump Administration and Democrats that would give some form of legal status to DACA recipients. -- Denice was killed by a drunk illegal alien after being struck, run over, and dragged while alive for a quarter mile, then run over again. The driver's 4-year-old child was in the drunk perpetrator's vehicle as the individual took off again down the road, leaving Denice to die.......

Sean Hannity: GOP Leadership Failures Pushed Trump 'into the Arms of Schumer and Pelosi' 
Radio and television host Sean Hannity joined SiriusXM host Raheem Kassam on Friday's Breitbart News Daily to talk about his upcoming induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame and the controversy over President Trump's dealings with Democratic leaders concerning DACA. -- “This is now my thirtieth year in radio. I started at a college radio station out in Santa Barbara. I was absolutely atrocious at it,” Hannity admitted with a laugh. ......

California School: 'USA' Chant at Sporting Events Could Send 'Unintended Message' 
A California high school is warning its students that chanting “USA” at sporting events could send an “unintended message” to students. -- CBS Sacramento reports that officials at Vista Del Lago High School in Folsom are telling students that the chants could be deemed offensive to other students. -- Although school officials say such an incident never happened at Vista Del Lago High School, students at other schools had reportedly used the chant in a derogatory way towards students of different ethnicities.......

Glenn Spencer       
They're baaaack -- DHS Blackhawk visits ABP again
Yesterday my assistant heard a sound and went outside to snap this photo with her iPhone. It is a Blackhawk helicopter, no doubt being operated by DHS/CBP. -- This happens quite frequently, but often when I have just said something on ABP's web page that CBP might disagree with. -- At $2,200 per hour, that's an expensive complaint.

Fox News         
Maryland city rescinds vote that allowed illegal immigrants to ballot in local elections 
The Maryland city that drew national attention this week for passing a measure to allow illegal immigrants and other non-citizens to cast ballots in local elections said Friday night the change is void because it didn't get enough yes votes. -- Four of seven city council members in College Park, Md., voted on Tuesday night in favor of the measure. -- But the city said late Friday that any amendment to the city charter requires six yes votes for passage.......

September 15, 2017

Long Island News         
Governor Cuomo Signs Executive Order Prohibiting State Agencies From Inquiring About Immigration Status 
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued Executive Order 170 that prohibits state agencies and officers from inquiring about or disclosing an individual's immigration status unless required by law or necessary to determine eligibility for a benefit or service. Law enforcement officers will also be prohibited from inquiring about immigration status unless investigating illegal criminal activity. This prohibition against inquiring into status includes, but is not limited to, when an individual approaches a law enforcement officer seeking assistance, is the victim of a crime, or is witness to a crime. -- "As Washington squabbles over rolling back sensible immigration policy, we are taking action to help protect all New Yorkers from unwarranted targeting by government," Governor Cuomo said. "New York became the Empire State due to the contributions of immigrants from every corner of the globe and we will not let the politics of fear and intimidation divide us."......

Report: DACA = Chain Migration -- Deal Could Bring Up to 6M Foreign Nationals, Not 800K 
Should President Trump follow through on a deal where nearly 800,000 illegal aliens are allowed to remain in the United States and eventually obtain U.S. citizenship, research shows it would create a flood of four to six million chain migrants coming to the United States. -- Trump, who adamantly opposed the amnesty for illegal aliens protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, is now defending the recipients of the program, as well as leveraging a deal where the foreign nationals could seek a pathway to citizenship through legal status, as Breitbart News reported.......

USA Today       
Judge rules AG Sessions can't deny grant money to 'sanctuary cities' 
A federal judge in Chicago late Friday issued a nationwide injunction against the Trump administration's effort to crack down on sanctuary cities. -- District Judge Harry Leinenweber sided with Chicago officials who argued that penalizing cities for protecting undocumented immigrants was unlawful and unconstitutional. -- He made his ruling national in scope because there is "no reason to think that the legal issues present in this case are restricted to Chicago or that the statutory authority given to the attorney general would differ in another jurisdiction."......

ICE deportation officers arrest five Mexicans at Harlingen car wash 
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation officers arrested five Mexican men at a Harlingen car wash on Thursday. -- ICE spokeswoman Nina Pruneda says deportation officers were conducting a targeted enforcement action against one of the men, when they encountered four others. -- The five men were illegally present in the United States, according to Pruneda. -- Three men have been voluntarily returned to Mexico. Two others remain in federal custody pending disposition of their immmigration cases, Pruneda said.......

SF Patch        
New SF Fund Helps Illegals Avoid Deportation 
San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi announced a new fund that will help immigration defense attorneys pay for expert witnesses testifying on behalf of detained immigrants. -- The Immigration Defense Fund, a joint effort by the public defender's office and the non-profit International Institute of the Bay Area, will provide grants to attorneys beginning at the start of 2018. -- In May, Adachi announced a new unit in his office dedicated to representing immigrants faced with deportation and said it is one of only three such programs in the country.......

Teen wanted for deportation is accused of California killing 
Federal immigration authorities said Friday that they were tracking a young immigrant when San Francisco police allege he shot and killed a popular community activist last month. -- Erick Garcia-Pineda, 18, was detained in December and released from custody in April pending deportation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said. An immigration judge required him to wear an ankle monitor and routinely check in with ICE. -- Garcia-Pineda failed to show up for his August appointment, ICE spokesman James Schwab said. [Related item]......

Business Insider         
Motel 6 is under fire after admitting that locations regularly called ICE to report illegals staying there 
Motel 6 is in hot water after journalists discovered that at least two Arizona locations were calling ICE to report guests that employees believed to be undocumented immigrants. -- At least 20 people have been arrested by US Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents at two Phoenix area Motel 6s, the Phoenix New Times reported Wednesday. According to motel guests and employees, workers would call ICE to report checked-in customers who were believed to be undocumented immigrants.......

LA Times       
Unprecedented measures at Berkeley for conservative writer's speech, from pepper spray to emotional counseling for students 
To see what free speech looks like in 2017 at the birthplace of the famed movement, consider the elaborate preparations underway for a talk Thursday by a conservative writer. -- Ben Shapiro isn't nearly as controversial as some right-wing speakers who have roiled the campus over the last year. -- Nonetheless, UC Berkeley has told students that counseling is available to those stressed by all the commotion. A large swath of the campus will be closed off, including the plaza where the free speech movement began in the 1960s. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent on security, and police now can use pepper spray on protesters after a 20-year-old ban was lifted by the City Council this week.......

Union Tribune          
Mexican sewage, wastewater spills continue with no end in sight 
Hundreds of thousands of gallons of polluted water often carrying sewage and other contaminants have flowed over the Mexico border into the San Diego region every month this year — including a nearly four million gallon spill on Sunday, according to federal records. -- The continued flows come in the wake of a massive spill in Tijuana that polluted beaches as far north as Coronado in February. The contamination came as sewer pipes cracked and manhole covers bubble over amid winter storms, which caused 256 million gallons of wastewater to go unaccounted for south of the border.......

Daily Caller         
Tucker Sounds The Alarm: GOP In Danger Of Collapsing Over Immigration Betrayals [VIDEO] 
The already-divided Republican Party won't survive if party leaders continue to betray their voters on immigration, Fox News host and Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson warned Thursday night. -- President Trump is throwing away his only good bargaining chip by caving to Democratic demands on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty program without securing anything in return, Carlson said. Trump said Thursday that a border wall --- the signature policy of his presidential campaign --- will have to wait until after Congress passes amnesty for DACA recipients, a position Trump opposed during the campaign. If Trump doesn't get funding for the wall now, Carlson said, it will never happen.......

American Thinker       
Remember when Trump wanted to rescind DACA? 
Donald Trump had strong words to say about DACA, as when in 2015 he told Chuck Todd that we had to rescind it. He could not have been clearer. -- But that was then, and this is now. Oh, how times have changed. -- Now Trump's cutting deals with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi – and DACA's one of the bargaining chips. -- (And as an aside, can we please stop saying "DREAMers"? I remember a time when Trump spoke about how he wanted Americans to have dreams. Apparently, "America first" is getting watered down with swamp sludge.)......

Eligible dreamers face high DACA renewal fee due in weeks 
Alliance San Diego is raising money to help eligible DACA recipients pay their $495 renewal fee by October 5. -- Only young people whose benefits expire within Sept. 5, 2017, and March 5, 2018, are eligible for the two-year renewal. -- "Some individuals have a month to decide whether they're going to pay for rent or whether they're going to pay for DACA renewal," said Itzel Guillen, a DACA recipient and the Immigration Integration Manager at Alliance San Diego.......

Chicago Tribune        
The Democrats have become socialists 
When Bernie Sanders launched his bid for the Democratic nomination, he was often asked whether he, a democratic socialist, would actually become a Democrat. Now, more than a year after he ignited a movement with his unsuccessful bid, that question is moot. The Democrats have become socialists. -- This became official, more or less, Wednesday afternoon, when Sanders rolled out his socialized health-care plan, Medicare for All, and he was supported by 16 of his Senate Democratic colleagues who signed on as co-sponsors, including the party's rising stars and potential presidential candidates in 2020: Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand.......

GOP Senator (Flake) Who Trashed Trump in Book Praises His Rumored Immigration Deal 
In Sen. Jeff Flake's (R-AZ) book Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle, he surreptitiously blames President Trump for the Republican Party's rejection of its former principles. He chalked up Trump's rhetoric and behavior to leaving the GOP in a much "coarser" place. In interviews, the senator has said that Republicans shouldn't be afraid to stand up and condemn Trump's Twitter timeline. -- Trump had his chance to hit back at Flake at a rally in Arizona last month, not mentioning Flake by name, but mocking a Republican was was "weak on borders, weak on crime." The audience knew exactly who he meant.......

Trump Voters Throw MAGA Hats into Twitter Bonfire 
Donald Trump's supporters have begun burning his signature MAGA hats in protest against his big-amnesty-for-no-wall deal with Democrats. -- Trump has sold millions of hats so there are many more to burn if Trump goes ahead with the vaguely described plan to support the Democrats big “dream” amnesties in exchange for token improvements to border security --- despite his campaign-winning, pro-American, immigration-reform-and-border-wall platform.......

9 Lies About DACA Trump Is Buying Into 
Since President Trump's reversal on an Obama-created temporary amnesty program and his reported permanent amnesty deal-making with Democrats on the issue, the administration is now touting the success of those illegal aliens. -- Via Twitter, Trump praised the almost 800,000 illegal alien recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, saying they are “good, educated and accomplished young people,” but failing to mention some of the key points on the issue that he often brought to light during the 2016 presidential election.......


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