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February 12, 2017

Washington Examiner          
States begin to craft 'sanctuary city' bills to backstop Trump      
With the future of President Trump's order withholding federal funds to "sanctuary cities" unclear, states are stepping up to take punitive action against cities that are making themselves havens for illegal immigrants. -- Already, some state funds have been withheld for recalcitrant municipalities, and more pressure is coming fast........

Fox 59         
Authorities apprehend illegals who fled from traffic stop
Two undocumented immigrants that fled from a state trooper during a traffic stop Saturday were apprehended Sunday. -- The two Hispanic males were among six other immigrants believed to have been traveling from Houston to Baltimore....

Business Times   
Trump stays course on immigrants, illegals
The courts may have halted his travel ban but that hasn't caused President Donald Trump to shy away from action on a variety of immigration fronts, his administration indicated Sunday. -- Faced with the halt, Mr Trump is "considering and pursuing all options" including a new executive order on the matter, his aide Stephen Miller told "Fox News Sunday".

Glenn Spencer --- Operation BEEF-2
Trump to build the Montezuma Monster?   
I just returned from a trip to Montezuma Pass on the border in Arizona where I saw evidence of construction in the parking lot of the visitor's overlook. -- There is no doubt that this is the beginning of the Montezuma Monstrosity camera tower planned by CBP. -- If this project was allowed to go ahead by the Trump administration, then I have a bone to pick with him. -- More tomorrow......

Breitbart         
'Sanctuary California' Bill Risks Federal Funding Cut-off   
The Democrat-controlled California Legislature moved forward last week to make California a “sanctuary state,” in spite of a White House threat to cut off federal funds if it did so. -- In retaliation for the threat against its sanctuary counties and cities, the legislature is advancing Senate Bill 54 on a fast-track to passage......

SLLive.com         
De Blasio says his office stands with illegals   
Mayor de Blasio took to Twitter early Sunday morning, after a week of immigration-related arrests by federal officials. -- Just before 6 a.m., he tweeted his office will stand with the "nearly 40 percent of New Yorkers who are foreign born--documented or undocumented." -- He also tweeted that NYPD officers will never ask about immigration status......

East Idaho News        
Proposed bill would prohibit sanctuary cities in Idaho   
One Idaho legislator hopes to ensure that no Idaho city becomes a sanctuary city. -- Republican Rep. Greg Chaney of Caldwell, proposed a bill that would require Idaho law enforcement to disregard any sanctuary city policies some cities may attempt to adopt. -- The bill would require law enforcement to report anyone they arrest who has an immigration violation on their record to immigration authorities......

Epoch Times       
GOP States Are Moving to Kill Sanctuary Cities After Trump Order   
Several states that had a majority of Republican voters during the last presidential election moved to introduce legislation to block state funding to so-called “sanctuary cities.” -- Those states include Idaho, Texas, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, Fox News reported......

Yucatan Times        
Peña Nieto welcomes Mexicans deported from U.S. back home   
President Enrique Peña Nieto on Tuesday February 7 welcomed a group of Mexicans who had been deported from the U.S. back home amidst tough talk from President Donald Trump on a border wall. -- Peña Nieto met the group of 135 citizens at Mexico City's International airport where he pledged his solidarity and government support in helping them get re-established in Mexico......

American Patrol Report    
Media ignore construction of Trump "Wall"    
Despite two local newspaper reports, and actual close-up photographs and video, the mainstream media have totally ignored the start up of construction of Trump's "wall" in Arizona. -- I imagine this exchange.......
XBC NEWS ROOM
Reporter: Just got word, Trump is building his border wall. This is hot --- should we get down there?
Assignment editor: No, I saw the photo on ABP and it isn't a wall --- it's a fence and liberals hate him because he is going to build a wall. We need to keep this issue alive.

February 11, 2017

Arizona Republic      
Arizona-Mexico border fence to get replaced in Naco 
The Arizona border with Mexico is getting about 7 ½ miles of replacement fencing in Naco. -- The U.S. Border Patrol says it's working with the Army Corps of Engineers and that plans for new fencing began four years ago. -- The fencing along the Naco Port of Entry is currently made of wire mesh but will be replaced with an 18-foot bollard fence......

Arizona Sonora News        
A wall being built in Naco's backyard stirs up emotions   
Naco, Son., Mex. -- Sonia Urcadez woke up one October morning to the sound of cement trucks. They kicked up clouds of dust that obscured the sunrise and her view of the San José Mountains. It was 6 a.m., and 100 feet from her house, construction on the border fence had just begun. -- The U.S. Border Patrol announced in January that the section of border fence in Naco will be replaced with a more modern barrier by June. That announcement was months overdue for the residents of Naco, who had been living with the disruptive construction since last October. Cement trucks and construction workers had been coming and going seven days a week as they prepared the work site for the removal of the old fence and the replacement of the new. .....

WSJ.com        
Mexicans Vow to Fight Trump by Jamming U.S. Courts   
Mexico, DF -- Influential Mexicans are pushing an aggressive and perhaps risky strategy to fight a likely increase in deportations of their undocumented compatriots in the U.S.: jam U.S. immigration courts in hopes of causing the already overburdened system to break down. -- The proposal calls for ad campaigns advising migrants in the U.S. to take their cases to court and fight deportation if detained. “The backlog in the immigration system is tremendous,” said former Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda. The idea is to double or triple the backlog, “until [U.S. President Donald] Trump desists in this stupid idea,” he added......

Breitbart         
Trump Denies Increased Border Wall Cost, Promises 'Price Will Come Way Down'   
President Donald Trump dismissed recent reports suggesting that the cost of constructing a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border could be nearly double what he anticipates, promising that when he begins negotiations the “price will come way down.” -- A Homeland Security report seen by Reuters on Friday stated the cost of the wall could be as much as $21.6 billion, considerably more than the $12 billion figure cited by Donald Trump during the campaign......

LOOP        
Illegal immigration advocates decry spate of arrests 
Immigrant advocates on Friday decried a series of arrests that federal deportation agents said aimed to round up criminals in Southern California but they believe mark a shift in enforcement under the Trump administration. -- Advocates began fielding calls Thursday from immigrants and their lawyers reporting raids at homes and businesses in the greater Los Angeles area. In one instance, agents knocked on one door looking for a man and ended up arresting another who is in the country illegally but has no criminal record — something Angelica Salas, the executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, said would not likely have happened previously......

Breitbart         
Trump: New Steps Next Week to 'Keep Country Safe’   
Friday at the White House, during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, when asked about the 9th Circuit Court ruling upholding the blocking of his executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, President Donald Trump said new steps would be forthcoming next week......

KERA       
Governor Greg Abbott Warns Dallas County Over Sanctuary Status    
Governor Greg Abbott threatened to come down on Dallas County if it makes itself a "Sanctuary City." Abbott's statement came in reaction to a resolution passed by Dallas County commissioners this week that aims at welcoming immigrants, including those undocumented......

Western Journalism        
States Could Make 'The Hammer' Come Down On Sanctuary Cities   
As liberals push back against President Donald Trump's executive order that could strip federal funding to sanctuary cities, state governments are joining the fray to end the practice of stonewalling federal immigration authorities. -- The Texas state Senate on Wednesday passed its law to require police agencies to hold anyone in custody federal officials verify their immigration status......

LifeZette       
Texas Ready to Remove Officeholders in Sanctuary Cities   
While Boston and other liberal cities revolt over President Donald Trump's sanctuary city policy, Texas is getting ready to oust officials who refuse to comply with federal law. -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he would “hammer” local officials if they resist federal efforts to deport immigrants in the country illegally, according to the Associated Press......

Reuters         
Exclusive: Trump border 'wall' to cost $21.6 billion, take 3.5 years to build: internal report 
President Donald Trump's “wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border would be a series of fences and walls that would cost as much as $21.6 billion, and take more than three years to construct, based on a U.S. Department of Homeland Security internal report seen by Reuters on Thursday. -- The report's estimated price-tag is much higher than a $12-billion figure cited by Trump in his campaign and estimates as high as $15 billion from Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell......

Washington Times         
Nearly 1 in 5 immigrants in U.S. illegally in NYC, Los Angeles areas   
A report shows nearly one in five immigrants in the U.S. illegally live in the New York and Los Angeles metropolitan areas. -- The report released Thursday by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center estimates more than 2 million immigrants in the country illegally lived in the two areas in 2014. -- Pew says the country has about 11.1 million immigrants who do not have legal status......

Glenn Spencer        
PUSHING FIBER OPTICS?   
A rumor that new fencing along the border might include a fiber-optic system raises questions. A recent story in SourceSecurity.com seems to be promoting technology for the "Trump Wall" called FiberPatrol. If this system is being installed and considered for the entire border, there are very serious questions that must be raised as to why a competing technology, SEIDARM, is never mentioned in the technical press --- or any press for that matter. In my judgement SEIDARM is vastly superior to FiberPatrol......

February 10, 2017

DW.com         
Merkel reaches deal with German states on faster migrant deportations 
German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with the premiers of Germany's 16 states in Berlin on Thursday and agreed to a plan that will speed up the deportation process for migrants denied asylum. -- One of the main tenets of the 16-point plan concerns a central coordination center in Berlin that would include representatives from each state. Additionally, the plan calls for federal deportation centers to be set up near airports to facilitate collective deportations. .....

North Austin Patch         
ICE Agent Injured In Scuffle While Trying To Detain Undocumented Resident In North Austin 
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent was hurt in a scuffle Friday morning while trying to detain a suspected undocumented worker in Northwest Austin, officials said. -- Austin-Travis County EMS medics were called to the scene along U.S. Highway 183, north of Anderson Mill Road, according to media reports. The incident comes as ICE has bolstered its immigration enforcement in Austin, where several people have been stopped by agents and readied for deportation proceedings. .....

CNN        
Mexico warns citizens after US deportation of illegal alien   
Mexico warned its citizens living in the United States on Friday to "take precautions" and remain in contact with consular officials a day after the deportation of an undocumented mother following a routine visit with US immigration authorities. -- Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, 35, was deported Thursday after she checked in with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Phoenix a day earlier. The action sparked protests by supporters of Garcia de Rayos and drew praise from proponents of stricter enforcement of immigration laws. .....

Washington Post       
Fear spreads in L.A. after immigration 'raid,' advocates claim. Officials say arrests are 'routine."   
The panicked emails and phone calls began streaming in from community members at about 11 a.m. Thursday morning, inundating Los Angeles immigration lawyers with far more cases than usual. Immigrant advocate groups claim that more than 100 people had been taken into custody by federal immigration officials in Southern California Thursday, indicating a “coordinated sweep” in arrests and heightening fears that Donald Trump's promise to crackdown on deportations had begun to take effect......

Fox 5 Atlanta         
It takes three DUIs to deport a legal immigrant. Why?   
The FOX 5 I-Team discovered dozens of cases in Gwinnett and Cobb where immigrants were only referred to immigration authorities after their third DUI conviction. -- "They shouldn't be here," agreed Atlanta immigration attorney Charles Kuck. "The reality is if you've been convicted more than once for a DUI, you should be gone.".....

KRGV-TV        
Mexico Preparing for Uptick in Deportations   
Towns south of the Rio Grande Valley in Mexico are bracing to see an uptick in deportations. -- Tamaulipas President of the Chamber of Commerce, Julio Cesar Almanza Armas, said they aren't fully equipped to take in a large number of nationals who are deported from the U.S. -- “We aren't ready for it, but it has to be done. I know that they are already working on it, the local, state and federal government and the cities along the border,” he said......

LA Times        
Don't fulfill Trump's false depiction of California as a 'sanctuary state' for undocumented immigrants   
President Trump has branded a California bill to restrict the role of state and local officials in deportations “ridiculous” — which, given the current state of affairs, gives the proposed legislation instant credibility. It is Trump's sweeping deportation threats that are ridiculous and dangerous, and that make proposals like Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León's SB 54 a part of the state's arsenal to protect its residents and its economy. But as the bill's details are being worked through, de León and his colleagues must take care not to turn California into the obstructionist jurisdiction that Trump and anti-immigration activists have falsely claimed it to be. --- Comment: The L.A. Times was behind illegal immigration for decades......

Breitbart         
U.S. Congressman Introduces Bill to Defund NPR and Corp. for Public Broadcasting   
Representative Doug Lamborn, R, CO, has introduced a pair of bills to eliminate the federal tax dollars that fund the budgets of National Public Radio (NPR) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). --- Comment: Glenn Spencer says he used to listened to NPR, especially "On Point", until it included a guest from the Southern Poverty Law Center at least twice after the election to discuss white racism and hate attacks. "I haven't turned NPR since," Spencer said. .....

February 9, 2017

Breitbart         
Federal appeals court refuses to reinstate Trump travel ban   
A federal appeals court refused Thursday to reinstate President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations, dealing another legal setback to the new administration's immigration policy. -- In a unanimous decision, the panel of three judges from the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to block a lower-court ruling that suspended the ban and allowed previously barred travelers to enter the U.S. An appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is possible......

Times of San Diego        
Report: San Diego County Home to 170,000 llegals   
San Diego County is home to about 170,000 immigrants living in the country illegally, 13th in the U.S., according to a report released Thursday by the Pew Research Center. -- According to the study, about 11.1 million immigrants were living in the United States without authorization in 2014. The most were in the New York- Newark-Jersey City region, 1.15 million. The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim metro area was second with 1 million......

LA Times       
Sen. Kamala Harris pushes to guarantee access to legal counsel for those detained upon entry to the U.S.   
Sen. Kamala Harris filed legislation Thursday that would guarantee access to legal counsel for those detained while attempting to enter the United States. -- Hundreds of people were detained at U.S. airports after President Trump issued an order banning entry into the United States for people from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Many were held for more than 10 hours without access to phones or to the flood of attorneys who joined protesters at the airports. .....

Albuquerque Journal        
Maryland group seeks protection illegal aliens   
Maryland's largest immigrant advocacy group plans to push for legislation in Montgomery and Prince George's counties that affirms protections for undocumented immigrants, a measure similar to one that spawned a bitter debate and executive veto in Howard County this week. -- Gustavo Torres, executive director of CASA de Maryland, told a meeting of immigrant advocacy groups Wednesday that he wants county law to reflect longtime practices in the two liberal and ethnically diverse suburbs, which generally limit collaboration by police and corrections personnel with federal deportation authorities......

LA Times        
Rep. Duncan Hunter says he won't support federal funds for sanctuary cities    
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) won't request federal funds in the coming fiscal year for states, cities and universities that have a policy to not comply with enforcement of federal immigration laws, he said in a statement Thursday. -- So-called sanctuary policies limit local efforts in enforcing federal immigration laws, arguing that the threat of deportation keeps immigrants from reporting crime. Opponents, though, say it's a willful disregard of federal law. .....

Breitbart         
Bill would cut funding for 'sanctuary campuses'  
The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Phil Williams, R-Huntsville, could be costly to Alabama colleges and universities in the state deemed to be out of compliance with federal immigration laws. As written, the failure to comply and cooperate would be pursuant to “a declaration of sanctuary status or otherwise.” The university could potentially lose all its state funding from the Education Trust Fund if found in violation......

Breitbart         
Sen. Cotton: Immigration Should Serve American Citizens, Encourage Assimilation 
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) joined Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Wednesday to discuss his recently introduced legislation, “Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment,” the RAISE Act. -- The bill, introduced with Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), is designed to cut the level of immigration into the United States in half......

Crossville Chronicle        
Massachusetts cities sue Trump administration over sanctuary city order 
A Massachusetts city on Wednesday sued to block President Donald Trump's executive order cutting off federal funding to cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities in identifying and holding illegal immigrants, putting it at the forefront of a nationwide battle over Trump's immigration policies. -- The lawsuit filed by Lawrence --- a city of 78,000 with an immigrant population of nearly 40 percent --- was joined by the nearby city of Chelsea......

El Paso Times        
5 arrested after climbing border fence   
U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a suspected immigrant smuggler and five Honduran immigrants who climbed over the border fence with a ladder Friday near Sunland Park, officials said Wednesday. -- Agents using night-vision and cameras saw the group climb the fence and get into a pickup with a camper shell, Border Patrol officials said. When agents tried to stop the truck on the Pete V. Domenici Memorial Highway, the truck drove on the shoulder and sped off......

Breitbart         
Border Patrol Agent Assaulted with Rocks   
A U.S. Border Patrol agent assigned to the Yuma Sector in southern California sustained minor injuries after being assaulted by people on the Mexican side of the boundary throwing large rocks. -- The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon when an agent on patrol along the Mexico-California line observed two individuals approach the International Boundary.....

David Olen Cross         
Lars Larson Show: Criminal Alien of the Week Report   
It has been an interesting first full week in the month of February when it comes to criminal aliens here in the Pacific Northwest part of the United States of America. --This week we put another face to alien crime for your radio listeners --- criminal aliens who possess illicit drugs. Wednesday, February 1st I noticed a newspaper public safety report that Hermiston Police had arrested Hector Alejandro Ortiz-Guizar (VINE ID: 412082), age 28, (Date of Birth: 07/07/1988) for one count unlawful possession of methamphetamine and a felony immigration detainer warrant......

Bradenton Herald       
Many foreign nationals released rather than deported commit more crimes 
Every year, federal immigration authorities release foreign nationals convicted of crimes — including murder — both because the U.S. Supreme Court has prohibited indefinite detention or because their countries refuse to take them back even after immigration judges have ordered deportation. -- While the release of convicted foreign criminals has been routine since the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling 15 years ago, the practice is now in the national spotlight because President Donald Trump has made it imperative to deport foreign convicts as quickly as possible lest they commit more crimes......

Auburn Reporter         
Washington's basic driver's license fails federal REAL ID requirements   
Your driver's license might not fly with airport security in less than a year's time if the state fails to meet federal identification and travel laws. -- Enacted by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act established minimum-security standards for Homeland Security to apply when examining state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards to prevent their use by terrorists. The law requires travelers to provide proof of legal residency with documents such as a passport or enhanced driver's license......

Fox35 Orlando      
Law would crack down on 'sanctuary cities' in Florida   
Lawmakers opposed to so-called "sanctuary cities," which seek to shield undocumented immigrants from deportation, are promoting new legislation that would crack down on local governments that don't comply with federal laws. -- The measures (HB 697 and SB 786), filed Tuesday, follow similar legislation that was approved by the House last year but foundered in the Senate......

KTVK-TV        
Phoenix mom deported; police release names of 7 arrested while protesting her deportation 
Puente Arizona said Thursday that the Valley mother at the center of a protest outside the ICE office in Phoenix has been deported. At the same time, seven people arrested while protesting her deportation are awaiting their initial court appearances. -- Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos is among the first impacted by the president's efforts to crack down on illegal immigrants....[Related]

Washington Examiner      
Jorge Ramos worries about 'raids' on illegals   
Mexican-American journalist Jorge Ramos said now that President Trump is following through on restricting illegal immigration, he worries that there may be mass "raids" and deportation. -- In a column published Tuesday on the website Fusion, Ramos, who famously clashed with Trump during the campaign, said he no longer recognizes the U.S. as his home......

Fox News        
Sheriff Arpaio's replacement says his agency won't lead immigration raids 
Sheriff Paul Penzone told the Arizona Capitol Times that -- unlike his predecessor Joe Arpaio -- his office won't conduct raids in search of immigrant workers. -- Penzone said his office isn't an immigration enforcement agency, but will call in federal authorities for situations in which his officers encounter immigrants who are believed to be in the country illegally but haven't committed other violations......

KXAN        
Texas Senate Passes Bill Banning Sanctuary Cities   
After two days of debating, Texas senators voted down party lines on an updated version of SB 4 against “Sanctuary Cities” on Wednesday. The bill will now move to the Texas House Committee. Gov. Greg Abbott declared it an emergency item in his State of the State address and it is now halfway to his desk. -- The bill cuts funding for law enforcement agencies not fully complying with federal immigration detainer requests. This became a national issue when Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez changed her ICE policy to only hand over murderers, human smugglers and people charged with aggravated sexual assault over to the federal government......

Arizona Republic        
Protesters ring ICE in Phoenix: Could woman in custody be the first deported because of Trump's orders? 
For four years, federal immigration authorities have given Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos a pass to remain in the U.S. rather than deport her back to Mexico. -- That changed Wednesday, when Garcia de Rayos went to check in as usual at the central Phoenix offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Instead of being released, she was taken into custody, while her husband, two children --- both U.S.-born citizens --- and a group of supporters watched in tears......

February 8, 2017

WFAA      
Dallas County passes resolution welcoming illegals   
Dallas County government sent a signal to state and federal authorities Tuesday that the second most populous county in Texas is welcoming to immigrants, regardless of legal status. -- Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve a non-binding resolution designating Dallas County as a "welcoming community"...... Sessions Confirmed 2/8/17

Breitbart         
100 Syrian Refugees Rush into Country After Seattle Judge Halts Trump Executive Order 
One hundred Syrian refugees rushed into the country on Monday, the first full week day after Federal District Judge James Robart issued a temporary restraining order halting key elements of President Donald Trump's immigration executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” -- A total of 113 refugees from three countries entered the United States on Monday, according to the State Department's interactive website: 100 were from Syria, 12 were from Iraq, and one was from Somalia......

Breitbart         
Law Enforcement Applauds Trump's Attack on 'Dishonest Media'   
Law enforcement officials applauded after President Donald Trump attacked the “dishonest media” for misleading Americans to believe that police officers were no longer respected in the country. -- Trump asserted that many young Americans had “tremendous respect” for law enforcement, despite what they might have heard on the news......

Pittsburgh City Paper       
Attorney says Pittsburgh activist/illegal alien Martín Esquivel-Hernandez has been deported
Local immigration activist Martin Esquivel-Hernandez, himself an undocumented immigrant, was deported this morning, according to his attorney, Jennifer Williams. Williams says U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents notified her today that Esquivel-Hernandez was deported early on Tues. Feb. 7. -- When contacted today for comment, ICE officials resent a statement to City Paper that they first sent in January saying, "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has designated Mr. Esquivel-Hernandez's case as a priority for immigration enforcement,” but would not outright confirm that he had been deported on Feb. 7......

Politico        
Republicans fear for their safety as Obamacare protests grow
House Republicans during a closed-door meeting Tuesday discussed how to protect themselves and their staffs from protesters storming town halls and offices in opposition to repealing Obamacare, sources in the room told Politico. -- House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers invited Rep. David Reichert, a former county sheriff, to present lawmakers with protective measures they should have in place.......

IB Times        
Sanctuary States 2017: Full List Of Where Illegals Are Sheltered Amid Trump Threats   
Some states and cities have reaffirmed they are sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants amid threats this week from President Donald Trump to pull federal funding for doing just that. -- Hundreds of cities, typically of the liberal persuasion, have said they would not assist federal immigration officials in deporting immigrants despite an executive order from Trump that threatened pulling funding. It's more difficult to do such a move on the state level, but a couple of states — New York and California — are having a go at it. .....

Fox Business         
Trump Defends Immigration Order, Says Courts 'So Political'   
President Donald Trump stepped up his criticism of the U.S. judicial system on Wednesday, saying courts seem to be "so political," a day after his U.S. travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries faced close scrutiny from an appeals court. -- A three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday heard arguments on the Trump administration's challenge to a lower court order putting his temporary travel ban on hold. The appeals court is expected to issue a ruling as soon as Wednesday......

UCLA        
UCLA law takes action in the wake of Trump immigration order
More than 200 UCLA School of Law students have jumped into action following President Trump's executive order on immigration. -- International protests erupted after the president signed the order on Friday, Jan. 27, suspending refugees' admission into the United States and temporarily barring entry of citizens from seven mostly Muslim countries. The president has said that the action is necessary to subdue the threat of terrorism, but activists see the move as a de facto ban on Muslims and people from specific regions who are improperly being singled out for their religion or country of origin......

Pamplin Media Group         
Multnomah County Sheriff aids ICE deportation effort   
In the past week, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office has loudly emphasized what it doesn't do to help federal jailers apprehend undocumented immigrants. -- But the law enforcement agency does help the national government deport foreign nationals who are convicted in the criminal justice system. Prisoners qualify for one program after one felony or two misdemeanors. .....

LA Times         
Appeals court says it will rule soon on reinstating Trump immigration ban   
A federal appeals court panel reviewing President Trump's controversial limits on travel from several predominantly Muslim countries appeared skeptical Tuesday of the administration's arguments seeking to reinstate his order. -- In a hearing that lasted more than an hour, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals appeared to dismiss the administration's arguments that neither the states nor the courts have the authority to challenge the executive order, which seeks to bar travelers from seven countries in the Middle East and North Africa to protect the United States from terrorists......

February 7, 2017

Fox News        
GOP Sens. Cotton, Perdue unveil bill to cut legal immigration 'in half' 
Two Republican senators announced legislation Tuesday that could effectively cut legal immigration in half, marking a shift in the debate as President Trump focuses more on curbing illegal immigration. -- The bill by Sens. Tom Cotton, Arkansas, and David Perdue, Georgia, would reduce the number of green cards issued annually from 1 million to 500,000.......

Valley Central     
Border Patrol agents arrest Salvadoran sex offender near Hidalgo 
Border Patrol agents arrested a Salvadoran sex offender Saturday near Hidalgo. -- Agents arrested Carlos Antonio Blanco-Estrada, 40, a Salvadoran citizen --- and a sex offender registered with the Texas Department of Public Safety. -- "The Defendant claims to have illegally entered the United States on February 4, 2017, near Hidalgo, Texas," according to the criminal complaint against him. "Record checks revealed the Defendant was formally Deported/Excluded from the United States on August 19, 2016, through Alexandria, Louisiana.".....

Statesman.com         
Senate sets Tuesday vote on 'sanctuary' bill   
The Texas Senate will vote on two high-profile bills Tuesday, including Senate Bill 4, which seeks to crack down on “sanctuary” immigration policies in cities and counties. -- A Senate committee approved the legislation on a party-line vote last week after a 16-hour public hearing during which witnesses opposed to the bill outnumbered supporters 264-8......

Valley Central        
Police: U-Haul carrying 19 suspected illegals hits pole in McAllen after brief pursuit 
A U-Haul truck carrying 19 people hit a pole Monday in McAllen. -- Officers with the Mission Police Department attempted to stop a U-Haul at about 3 p.m. Monday, when the truck left a home on Stewart Road, but the driver didn't pull over, said Mission police Sgt. Ted Rodriguez. The driver eventually hit a pole near the intersection of Jordan Road and South 28th Street in McAllen. -- After the crash, the driver ran from officers, Rodriguez said. Officers arrested him and a woman who attempted to interfere with the arrest......

WCWV         
State Senate Targets Sanctuary Cities 
On a party line 21 to 19 vote today (2/6) the Senate passed a bill that would target so-called sanctuary cities, making them liable for any damages due to injuries sustained in accidents where an unlawfully present driver is at fault. -- The bill defines sanctuary as any city that doesn't enforce federal immigration laws to their fullest extent. Republican Senator Dick Black is the Bill's patron. “But what it does is prevents the situation where you have localities who say ‘We don't care what the federal law says. We don't like federal immigration law and we invite people to come here and we will shield you from legal process.'” -- Democratic Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw spoke against the legislation. “It seems to me that you're asking the taxpayers to pick up something that's not their responsibility.”.....

KOMO-TV      
Trump's threat to cut funds to sanctuary cities faces new challenges
In his January 25 executive order, President Donald Trump warned the cities, counties, and states that function as sanctuaries for illegal immigrants that they will lose federal funding if they fail to comply with federal immigration enforcement laws. But new challenges to the order raise uncertainties over how close the administration is to enforcing the threat.....

Valley Central         
Border Patrol agents arrest Mexican man just 3 days after he was deported   
Border Patrol agents arrested a Mexican man Saturday near Hidalgo — just three days after the federal government deported him. -- Agents arrested Ignacio Arreola-Mendoza near Hidalgo, according to the federal criminal complaint against him. The federal government deported Arreola on Feb. 1 through Brownsville. -- "The Defendant claims to have illegally entered the United States on February 4, 2017, near Hidalgo, Texas," according to the criminal complaint......

Boise Weekly        
Idaho Legislator, Sponsor of Anti-Sanctuary Bill: 'I've Been Called Things That Wouldn't Be Printable'    
An Idaho legislator, sponsor of a much-debated measure that would cut off funds to any governmental entity that declared itself to be a sanctuary city, doubled down on his argument Monday morning, insisting "sanctuary policies are anti-immigrant." -- Fronted by Rep. Greg Chanel (R-Caldwell), House Bill 76 would strip away Idaho sales tax funding for any city or county that harbors undocumented residents, adding that local law enforcement should be empowered to blow the whistle on the undocumented immigrants to federal authorities......

LA Times        
Should California really brace itself to lose lots of federal money under Trump?   
President Trump has been threatening to cut off federal funds to California if it continues to be a “sanctuary” for illegal immigration. But does he know what he's talking about? Or just blowing smoke? -- Trump doesn't seem to be the bluffing type. A bullying sort, yes. Regardless, his bark may be more ferocious than his bite when it comes to federal funding......

Common Dreams     
States Double Down on Sanctuary Status to Fight Trump's "Cruelty"   
States are getting ready to fight President Donald Trump's xenophobic agenda, with political trendsetters at the front lines. -- The Democrat-heavy New York Assembly passed two bills on Monday to make the state a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants, and to give undocumented students access to tuition assistance programs. -- The "New York State Liberty Act," introduced by Assemblyman Francisco Moya, a Democrat from Queens, would prohibit law enforcement from enforcing federal immigration laws or questioning or arresting people based on suspected immigration status. It would also guarantee the right to a lawyer for any individual facing deportation......

American Mirror         
CONFUSION: Nancy Pelosi says 'Seen nothing I can work with President Bush on'   
The message crafters of the Democratic Party don't need Republican enemies when they have Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters screwing everything up. -- During a press conference on Monday, Nancy Pelosi thought George W. Bush was still the president. -- “We've seen nothing where we can where — where I can work with President Bush on…” Pelosi said as Maxine Waters' face dropped and she muttered to her colleagues. -- “I'm disappointed because I thought there might be some interest because of what he said in the campaign......

Miami Herald       
Critics tossed from meeting as they protest new policy on 'sanctuary' detentions   
The chairman of Miami-Dade's County Commission ordered police to remove several speakers who addressed the county's new practice of detaining local inmates for federal immigration officers, as the national protest of President Donald Trump's crackdown on undocumented residents continued to roil Miami politics......

Gothamist        
NY Assembly Passes 'Sanctuary State' Legislation   
In the face of President Donald Trump's threat to withhold funding from so-called "sanctuary cities" --- cities including New York that limit communication between police, prisons, and federal immigration officials --- Assembly Democrats on Monday passed legislation that would create similar protections for non-citizens across the state. -- The legislation passed by a relatively narrow margin of 77-58, with some upstate and suburban Democrats siding with the Republicans to vote 'no,' according to Politico......

American Thinker       
LA Times pretends only 124 illegals out of 11 million endanger Americans 
In today's sob story article warning that up to 8 million illegals could be deported for breaking the law, the L.A. Times throws some fishy statistics around. -- The White House insisted that it is intent on rooting out those who endanger Americans. Trump aides pointed to 124 people who were released from immigration custody from 2010 to 2015 who went on to be charged with murder......

WAMU        
Howard County Council Approves 'Sanctuary' Status   
Legislators in Howard County, Maryland on Monday evening approved a bill granting ‘sanctuary'-style protections to undocumented residents of the county, but the measure appears unlikely to become law. -- Republican County Executive Allan Kittleman could veto the measure. -- The Democratic-majority Howard County Council voted 3-2 in favor of a bill that would bar discrimination based on citizenship. It would keep county employees, including police, from asking about immigration status, and limit their role in enforcing federal immigration laws. But the bill did not get the four votes necessary to override a likely veto from the Republican county executive Allan H. Kittleman......

LA Times      
Becerra vows to fight any effort by Trump to hold back money from California over 'sanctuary cities' dispute 
Reacting to President Trump's threat to hold back funds from California if it becomes a so-called sanctuary state, Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said Monday that he is willing to do legal battle over the issue if necessary. -- “There is no state that provides more funding to the federal Treasury than the state of California,” Becerra said at a press conference in Fresno. “We have a right to receive some of that funding back.” .....

MLive.com        
Kalamazoo has no 'authority or interest' in enforcing immigration law   
Kalamazoo police aren't concerned with deporting undocumented immigrants who pose no public safety threat. -- President Donald Trump signed executive orders to find funding for a wall on the Mexican border and placed a temporary restriction on immigrants and citizens traveling from seven countries from entering the United States. Further, he signed an order to cut federal funding to so-called "sanctuary cities" - municipalities that do not attempt identify undocumented immigrants or release that information to federal agencies......

Cleveland.com      
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel backs bill banning 'sanctuary cities' in Ohio   
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is throwing his support behind a proposed bill to ban "sanctuary cities" and hold local elected officials who buck the ban criminally liable for crimes committed by undocumented immigrants. -- The bill, which has not yet been introduced in the General Assembly, would prohibit Ohio cities from adopting policies that ban or limit local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration authorities......

WAER         
Mayor Miner Urges NY State to Issue Drivers Licenses to illegals   
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner announced Monday her support for a campaign that aims to give Central New Yorkers driver's licenses regardless of immigration status. About two dozen activists at the Worker's Center of Central New York looked on as she signed a document urging the state to approve Green Light New York. Miner says a license not only allows people to have access to community resources but also makes the roads safer......

Jin Kouri -- Conservative Base        
Rep. Maxine Waters: Impeach Trump for Allowing Putin to Invade Korea 
One of Congress' most boisterous and shrill lawmakers provided reporters on Monday, with her latest diatribe against President Donald Trump. Besides uttering an impeachment threat, she also claimed that Russia's toughguy President Vladimir Putin invaded Korea without any condemnation by Trump. -- California's longtime congresswoman, Rep. Maxine Waters, continued her attacks on President Trump's actions and his diplomacy and revived her impeachment threats during House Democrats' Monday morning press conference with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi standing nearby smiling......

Breitbart         
Trump: 'Sanctuary State' California 'Out of Control'   
In a pre-Super Bowl interview on Sunday President Donald Trump called potential “sanctuary state” California “out of control,” threatening to withhold federal funds if sanctuary cities continue or the state as a whole institutes sanctuary immigration policies. -- Trump told Fox News host Bill O'Reilly.....

Breitbart         
California Democrats to Trump: No, You're 'Out of Control'   
California Democrats responded to President Donald Trump's comment on Sunday that the potential “sanctuary state” was “out of control” by asserting that he, in fact, was the one who is “out of control.” -- “Out of control? Trump should look in the mirror,” tweeted billionaire Tom Steyer, a Democrat donor and potential 2018 gubernatorial candidate who became a billionaire while investing in the fossil fuel industry, only to discover a second life as a climate change activist......

Breitbart         
Iraqi and Egyptian Nationals Caught After Sneaking Across Open Border 
One Iraqi national and one Egyptian national were apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol agents after the individuals from terror-hotbeds had illegally entered the U.S. from Mexico. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed the concerning apprehensions to Breitbart Texas in a statement. CBP declined to confirm that the foreign nationals were men, though a source operating under the umbrella of their agency claimed they were both males to Breitbart Texas......

American Border Patrol        
Secretary Kelly Testifies: Must see through wall   
From today's testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee: "As far as the wall goes, Mr. Chairman, I specifically went down to the most affected part of the border, South Texas, specifically McAllen. I specifically went down there to talk to law enforcement... my preference --- their preference would not be something they couldn't see through...." --- This is consistent with what Glenn Spencer said nineteen months ago.....

Columbus Telegram       
Illegal alien sentenced to prison for relationship with teen   
A Columbus-area man was sentenced to up to 15 years in prison for a 15-month relationship with a 14-year-old girl that resulted in her pregnancy. -- Platte County District Court Judge Robert Steinke sentenced Francisco Batz-Chicaj to six to 12 years behind bars for first-degree sexual assault and a mandatory minimum of three years for possessing explicit photos of the teen during the relationship that ended last spring when the teen learned she was pregnant......

NY Post      
Drug dealer whose sentence was commuted by Obama is back behind bars
A Texas man whose life sentence on drug charges was commuted by former President Obama is back behind bars after cops caught him with more than two pounds of cocaine following a high-speed chase, according to a report. -- Robert M. Gill, 68, had been imprisoned in 1990 for for cocaine and heroin distribution before Obama set him free along with other non-violent federal inmates in 2015, the San Antonio Express News reported......


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