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April 15, 2017

US News        
Oregon GOP Alleges Ethics Breach at "Immigrant" Court Hearing  
The chairman of the Oregon Republican Party said Thursday he filed an ethics complaint against a judicial officer who reportedly helped a defendant avoid federal immigration agents at a Portland courthouse the week after Donald Trump became president. -- Bill Currier said he wants the Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness to determine whether Multnomah County court referee Monica Herranz committed an ethical breach by letting a man who pleaded guilty to drunken driving leave through her chambers instead of through the courtroom doors, where immigration agents were stationed.......

LA Daily News        
Signs targeting City Council, illegals pop up in LA neighborhood 
Guerilla-style lawn signs were spotted peeking from among an overgrowth of grass and weeds on a Los Angeles parkway Friday, taking jabs at the expense of the Los Angeles City Council and immigrants. -- One sign at Doheny Drive and Burton Way, in Beverly Grove, read: “Landscaping by L.A. City Council ‘We'd rather spend your taxes on welfare for illegals.'” -- The sign was posted near the border dividing the city and Beverly Hills. -- Councilman Paul Koretz, whose district includes the parkway, hit back at whomever put up the signs and blamed their appearance on the president.......

KGBT         
After 2nd drunken driving conviction, officers want to deport illegal Mexican alien for 5th time 
After her second drunken driving conviction, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants to deport a Mexican woman --- again. -- Marisol Guevara-Perez, 42, of Alamo pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, a Class A misdemeanor, on Monday, according to Hidalgo County court records. It was her second drunken driving conviction. -- County Court at Law Judge Rodolfo "Rudy" Gonzalez sentenced Guevara to a year in prison, but he suspended the sentence and placed her on probation.......

Ventura County Star       
California immigration bill could mean more fear, not less 
Recent conversations surrounding federal immigration policies have caused fear among segments of the population and debate at all levels of government. One of the most recent and serious legislative entries in the immigration debate is California State Senate Bill 54. -- Local law enforcement has been repeatedly clear in spoken and written word: We have not and will not be involved in immigration enforcement in our communities. We believe that a strong relationship with our communities built on trust is essential.......

The Blaze      
Flight delay thwarts illegal alien trying to escape child rape charges
An illegal alien was caught trying to escape child rape charges when a flight delay allowed authorities to catch up to him and arrest him. The nineteen-year-old was trying to fly to Guatemala from Atlanta when storms prevented him from leaving. -- From the Daily Mail: Soto was arrested on the plane at the Atlanta airport and sent back to Maryland to face charges of first and second degree rape, sex offense of the first, second and third degree and second degree assault. ......

KRGV          
Pharr Man Convicted of Holding Illegals Hostage 
A Pharr man is facing up to life in prison after being convicted of harboring people who crossed the border illegally and holding them hostage. -- Two victims who testified against 32-year-old Jesus Manuel Ramirez said he beat them when their families didn't pay their smuggling fees. -- One of the victims managed to escape.......

KGTV       
Border agents nab 28 fugitives in a week 
Border agents have arrested almost 30 fugitives at the border in just the last week. -- U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said Friday they have captured 28 fugitives with outstanding felony warrants, two of which are homicide suspects, at ports of entry along the California-Mexico border from April 7 to 13. -- Officers arrested the fugitives on various charges, including larceny, alien smuggling, burglary, conspiracy to distribute cocaine and heroin, assault, and homicide. In multiple instances, the fugitives were U.S. citizens.......

Breitbart          
Immigration Hawks Ascend to Senior DHS Positions 
Two leading advocates for reforming illegal and legal immigration enforcement were appointed by President Donald Trump to serve as senior advisors for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). -- Jon Feere, the former legal analyst for the Center for Immigration Studies, and Julie Kirchner, the previous executive director for the Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR), have both been appointed to senior positions.......

KTAR        
Arizona prosecutors work to comply with AG Sessions' orders on border crimes 
Through Republican and Democratic presidential administrations, the top federal prosecutor on California's border with Mexico has resisted going after people caught entering the U.S. illegally on their first try and instead targeted smugglers and serial offenders. -- That approach may face a day of reckoning under President Donald Trump. -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions' new directive on border crimes suggests prosecutors in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas will be forced to tow a narrow line.......

LifeZette        
Deportations to Mexico Down 18.5 Percent Under Trump 
For all the sound of fury from the Left about overzealous immigration enforcement, deportations to Mexico last month declined by about 3,600 from the same month in 2016, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement statistics obtained by LifeZette Friday. -- Overall, deportations to Mexico for the first three months declined by about 18.5 percent from the first quarter of last year, to 29,156.......

KJZZ         
Gallego Participates In Phoenix Immigration Forum 
Arizona Congressman Ruben Gallego was in Phoenix Thursday for a forum on immigration. -- About 50 people attended the event at Isaac Middle School. They heard from Gallego, community activists and a lawyer who reviewed their rights. -- The Trump administration has made immigrants so confused and scared that they're questioning if they should even apply for citizenship, Gallego said. -- “Obviously, Trump is not the friend of the immigrant community,” Gallego said. “But at the same time, we can't be afraid to basically exercise our due process.”......

LA Daily News         
LAPD arrests 35 as clergy, immigration activists protest ICE detentions 
They prayed. They marched. They sang. And they were arrested --- in the name of immigrant families. -- Thirty-five people were taken into custody Thursday in downtown Los Angeles on civil disobedience charges, police said. The arrests came at the culmination of a march that drew hundreds of people in support of undocumented immigrants detained by federal authorities on the heels of the Trump administration's hard-line immigration policies.......

Chicago Tribune        
East Chicago man advocates for illegals 
Jose Bustos was born in Mexico 65 years ago. Today, he is an American citizen who lives in East Chicago. He also is a former member of the United Steelworkers of America and was a paratrooper with the U.S. Army's 87th Airborne Division. -- I met Bustos at Gary-Chicago International Airport earlier this month. He was one of the speakers at a prayer vigil and protest in support of those being deported on a weekly basis from the airport.......

Daily Caller         
Border Patrol Chief: Illegal Migration Surge Could Happen Again 
Border apprehensions are down significantly in the early months of the Trump Administration, but the head of the U.S. Border Patrol says his agency must remain vigilant against a potential surge in illegal immigration from the south. -- Chief Ronald Vitiello told The Wall Street Journal that a plan to bring on 5,000 new Border Patrol agents is still needed despite the short-term reduction in illicit border crossing. Citing the wave of unaccompanied children in 2014 and the continued trafficking of migrants from the so-called “Northern Triangle” countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, Vitiello warned that a similar flood “could happen to us again."......

April 14, 2017

Fox News         
Tucker Battles Economist Who Says Immigration Is Good for the US Economy 
Ray Keating was one of nearly 1,500 economists who signed a letter to President Trump and congressional leaders saying immigration is good for the U.S. economy. -- The letter argues that immigrants have a positive effect on job creation by creating entrepreneurs who hire American workers, they offset the retirement of the Baby Boomer population, they bring in diverse skill sets that help companies grow, and they drive economic growth in job-creating industries like science and technology. -- Tucker Carlson debated Keating on Fox News Channel tonight, accusing him of making a "silly" assumption: that all immigrants are the same.......

Hot Air         
The media sure loves the term "deportation force" 
A couple of weeks ago, Allahpundit brought up the subject of plunging arrests of illegal immigrants on the southern border. One might argue that this was either a momentary blip in the data or even a suggestion that the coyotes were just getting more clever, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Fox News was quoting the head of the Border Patrol union yesterday, saying that illegal immigration is absolutely declining and it's all because of you know who.......

KIDY         
Daily Drug Busts at the Border 
San Angelo -- Drugs coming across the border have a ripple effect. Two major drug busts in the big bend sector highlight that. Our Senora Scott scored some intel with Texas ties. -- Rush Carter is the supervisor of special operations in the big bend sector. That area includes over 500 miles along the Texas-Mexico border. He told me: drugs are brought across the border daily and a large portion of those drugs are headed here. -- “We do see a lot of marijuana loads destined for the San Angelo area,” Carter said.......

Fox News         
Judge Pirro on Brutal MS-13 Murders: Obama Immigration Policies Made Threat Worse
Authorities in Long Island, New York believe four people were killed by the notorious MS-13 gang and their bodies were dumped in a park. -- The gruesome discovery was made Wednesday night in a wooded area of the Central Islip park, near a soccer field. -- The victims were male, ranging in age from 16 to 20, and officials said the murders occurred in the previous two days. -- Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said the manner in which the men were killed --- using a sharp or edged instrument --- "is consistent with the modus operandi of MS-13."......

April 13, 2017

LA Daily News        
Hundreds gather in LA for stand against ICE and in support of "immigrant families" 
A crowd of determined protesters gathered Thursday in downtown Los Angeles to speak out against federal arrests and detentions that they say are tearing immigrant families apart. -- The gathering was made up of clergy, activists, immigrants and their supporters, with a goal of using the days of the holy week before Easter to take a stand “for immigrant and refugee families.” -- They gathered near Olvera Street and marched to the nearby Federal Building, at moments praying for unity and support of immigrants.......

KEYE-TV        
Texas getting first illegal alien lockup built under Trump 
A private prison company has announced a $110 million federal contract to build the first new immigrant detention center under the Trump administration. -- The GEO Group said Thursday the 1,000-bed detention center will be in Conroe, Texas, north of Houston. It's scheduled to open by December 2018. -- The center coincides with President Donald Trump's promised expansion of immigration detention, part of a crackdown on immigrants in the country illegally.......

The Hill      
'Kids Caravan' protests Trump immigration policies at the White House 
Over 200 children and activists gathered in front of the White House on Thursday to protest President Trump's immigration policies, as part of the "We Belong Together Kids Caravan." -- According to organizers, the group included children from D.C. and other states who began their journey to Washington from Miami last week to "send a message" to the president. -- The group stopped in Atlanta and the Raleigh-Durham area in North Carolina become ending their trip in D.C.......

Press Release         
Arizona Republican Party Calls On Representative Jesus Rubalcava To Resign 
Arizona Republican Party Communications Director Torunn Sinclair today released the following statement calling on State RepresentativeJesus Rubalcava to resign. -- Representative Jesus Rubalcava's words aimed at Senator Debbie Lesko are absolutely reprehensible," said Torunn Sinclair, Arizona Republican Party Communications Director. "They reflect his character and severe lack of judgement. His apology got one thing right --- his actions are unacceptable. Arizonans should not tolerate this type of behavior so unbecoming of an elected official. Commenting on a Facebook post saying you want to punch a female colleague in the throat is despicable. In fact, in most jobs, that would get you fired. Representative Rubalcava should take greater responsibility for his actions. He should resign." ......

Conservative Base        
Trump's payment plan: Like it or not, Mexicans will buy U.S. a security wall  
This weekend, the morning television news shows are addressing a number of topics including the problems facing President Donald Trump with keeping his promises, including the building of a security barrier or “border wall” between the United States and Mexico.-- But thanks to some GOP lawmakers, including Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers, who is a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, and serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, there is a new bill introduced in the House of Representatives that will help in achieving this important security barrier.......

Arizona Republic         
Democratic lawmaker on voucher-bill sponsor: 'I wanted to punch her in the throat' 
Democratic Rep. Jesus Rubalcava, angered over passage of the controversial school-voucher style legislation last week, wrote on social media he wanted to throat-punch its sponsor, Republican Sen. Debbie Lesko. -- Late Thursday, as the Senate Bill 1431 was being sent to Gov. Doug Ducey for his signature, the Gila Bend lawmaker took to Facebook to express his outrage. -- “I wanted to punch her in the throat,” he wrote of Lesko, in response to a Facebook friend who had written that Lesko's victory lap around the state Capitol “was slightly enraging.”......

KABC-TV        
Pro-illegal immigration activists march through downtown LA in protest against Trump 
More than 300 protesters marched through downtown Los Angeles on Thursday morning in a demonstration against President Donald Trump's immigration-enforcement policies. -- The peaceful, multi-faith protest began with a gathering at La Plaza United Methodist Church, then made its way to the Edward Roybal Federal Building, where demonstrators rallied while carrying signs - one of which called for "Sanctuary for Everyone" in Spanish.... [Related: 25 arrested at simar NYC protest]

Las Cruces Sun        
Trump doesn't hit Mexico hard but stirs up old resentments 
Mexico, DF -- Mexico is mobilizing to resist President Donald Trump's policies in ways that range from the sensible to the strange. --Mexican negotiators are hammering out a trade deal with Europe in a bid to reduce reliance on U.S. markets following Trump's pledge to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and his efforts to stop companies from moving U.S. plants south of the border. The U.S. receives three-quarters of Mexico's exports and supplies half its imports. -- Faced with the U.S. president's anti-immigrant stance, Mexico has set up workshops and hotlines to educate migrants about their rights in the face of deportations, though those have actually have fallen about 13 percent since Trump took office.......

NY Daily News          
Judge rules New York City can dump personal info obtained for municipal ID cards as it moves to protect illegals 
The city will be able to destroy personal records from hundreds thousands of people who applied for its municipal ID cards — part of an effort to protect undocumented immigrants from being deported under the Trump administration. -- Two Staten Island pols had sued the city to try to stop them from dumping the records --- which they're no longer retaining in new applications of IDNYC --- but a State Supreme Court judge ruled on the city's side today.......

KTAR        
Suspect in death of Border Patrol agent in Arizona arrested 
A man who allegedly shot and killed a Border Patrol agent in Arizona several years ago has been arrested in Mexico. -- Mexican authorities confirmed the Wednesday arrest of the suspected shooter in the 2010 killing of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, whose death exposed a bungled gun-tracking operation by the U.S. government. -- A joint statement issued Thursday in Mexico City by the country’s navy and its federal Attorney General’s Office said Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes was arrested Wednesday afternoon by Mexican marines near the border between the states of Sinoloa and Chihuahua.......

David Olen Cross -- Salem        
Lars Larson Show: Criminal Alien of the Week Report 
It has been an interesting second full week in the month of April when it comes to criminal aliens (illegal aliens) here in the Pacific Northwest. -- This week we take a look at for your radio listeners illegal aliens who transport illicit drugs up Interstate-5 (I-5). -- On Friday, March 31, 2017 an Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper stopped a 2007 Mercury SUV driven by Juan Yonic Perez-Palafox for a traffic violation on I-5, near milepost 33, just north of Medford, Oregon.......

My News LA          
President Trump’s 'fake immigration laws’: Los Angeles prepares for battle 
The Los Angeles City Council’s presumptive immigrant advocate says that effective opposition to President Donald Trump’s immigration policies will need to come from the local level and not Washington D.C. -- Peter Schey was presented to the City Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Immigrant Affairs by Council President Herb Wesson, who recommended he be approved as the immigrant advocate. Chief Legislative Analyst Shan Tso also recommended in a report that Schey be appointed to the role.......

Daily Caller        
Tucker, Lansing Mayor Debate Deporting Illegal Immigrants With DUIs 
Virgil Bernero, the mayor of Lansing, Michigan, was unable to say if he would report to federal authorities illegal immigrants caught drunk driving in his state during an interview on Fox News’ Wednesday broadcast of “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” -- Carlson spent most of the interview grilling Bernero on his city’s attempts to become a sanctuary city that shields illegal immigrants from federal deportation. -- In a particularly testy exchange, The Daily Caller founder asked Bernero if he would report an illegal immigrant to federal authorities if the immigrant was caught driving under the influence.......

Vice.com        
Trump already hates sanctuary cities, so he's really going to hate sanctuary states 
If the Trump administration was vexed about sanctuary cities’ resistance to participating in federal immigration enforcement efforts, it’s really not going to like the latest development: sanctuary states. -- State senators in California approved a bill last week that would block local law enforcement agencies from helping federal authorities to target and detain undocumented immigrants residing in the state.......

Honolulu Civil Beat        
San Francisco Uses Conservative Playbook To Sue Over 'Sanctuary Cities' 
San Francisco is suing over President Donald Trump's executive order against “sanctuary cities.” A federal court hearing is set for Friday, and a decision is expected soon after. -- The order, signed in January, defined “sanctuary jurisdictions” as any that “attempt to shield aliens from removal from the United States.” It lists several actions the federal government may take, including denial of federal funds and other “appropriate enforcement action.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions repeated the threat in March.......

Portland Press Herald        
U.S. devising nationwide system for mass deportations of illegals 
The Trump administration is quickly identifying ways to assemble the nationwide deportation force that President Trump promised on the campaign trail as he railed against the dangers posed by illegal immigration. -- An internal Department of Homeland Security assessment obtained by The Washington Post shows the agency has already found 33,000 more detention beds to house undocumented immigrants, opened discussions with dozens of local police forces that could be empowered with enforcement authority and identified where construction of Trump's border wall could begin.......

Breitbart          
Facebook Rapists Will Not Be Deported from Sweden 
Two asylum seekers who are on trial for raping a Swedish girl and streaming the ordeal live on Facebook will not face deportation back to their home countries. -- The asylum seekers directly involved in the rape, aged 18 and 21, will not face deportation after the prosecution withdrew their previous claim. “The prosecutor has taken a wise decision. It is against the Aliens Act, which I pointed out here before,” said lawyer Stefan Wallin who is defending one of the men accused of the rape, 24 Uppsala reports......

Washington Examiner         
Rep. Raul Grijalva: Trump's budget would close Grand Canyon 
A top House Democrat is raising alarms over reports that President Trump will propose drastic cuts to the Interior Department's budget, which he warned would shutter such renowned national parks as Yosemite, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. -- Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, the top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, said the reported 10 percent cut at the agency would have wide-ranging, disastrous effects for many of the bureaus under Interior's control, including the National Park Service and early warning systems meant to protect cities and states from natural disasters.......

KRQE        
Man hospitalized after shooting at U.S border patrol checkpoint 
Las Cruces -- Federal and State Authorities continue to investigate a shooting at a border patrol checkpoint off I-25. -- The border agency said last night around 6 p.m. the U.S border patrol was questioning a man at a Las Cruces immigration checkpoint on I-25. -- He then was asked to pull over for a secondary inspection. -- The man then brandished a gun and fired one shot in the direction of agents. -- The agents fired back hitting the man.......

Breitbart          
Report: Trump Deporting 4K Somali Migrants 
An estimated 4,000 Somali migrants in the U.S. are expected to be deported by President Donald Trump's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. -- In an interview, Somalia's Ambassador to the U.S. Ahmed Isse Awad said the number of Somalis ICE is looking to deport is at least 4,000, with the vast majority not being currently held in immigration detention centers.......

KRIS        
Tough Texas 'sanctuary cities' bill moves closer to approval 
Austin -- A tough Texas anti-"sanctuary cities" bill that threatens to throw county sheriffs and small-town constables in jail if they refuse to help enforce federal immigration law looks to be on the fast-track toward passage in the state's Republican-controlled Legislature. -- The proposal cleared a House committee 7-5 without debate Wednesday, setting up a floor vote soon. Opponents had hoped the House would soften a strict bill approved in February by Texas' Senate, but those tweaks made in committee shouldn't mitigate much. ......

KTLA        
New York to Provide Lawyers for Illegals Facing Deportation 
Undocumented immigrants in New York who can't afford a lawyer and are facing deportation will soon have access to free legal counsel. -- The New York governor's office said last week that it is allocating $10 million in its fiscal 2018 budget toward creating a legal defense fund “to ensure all immigrants, regardless of residency status, have access to representation.” -- Unlike U.S. citizens, undocumented immigrants don't have the right to free legal counsel.......

Breitbart          
Illegal Alien Allegedly Kills for Parking Spot 
Following a fight outside a Texas nightclub, an illegal immigrant is now being accused of killing a man over a parking spot. -- Jose Morales, a 23-year-old from Guatemala, allegedly shot and killed 20-year-old Mariano Gonzalez-Lopez after a fight outside the OK Corral night club, with two more men involved in the incident, according to KXAN News.......

Chicago Tribune         
The other dispute on the US-Mexico border 
During his campaign for president, Donald Trump repeatedly called for rewriting the U.S.-Mexico relationship. He peppered Mexicans with nasty stereotypes ("criminals," "rapists" and "bad hombres"), advocated ripping up the North American Free Trade Agreement, and promised to build a "big beautiful wall" on the border --- on Mexico's dime. -- Now some prominent Mexicans are raising their own quibbles about the border. They are making the case that Mexico should return to its 1848 boundaries, before the United States snatched large chunks of their territory, including most of California, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona, during the Mexican-American war.......

April 12, 2017

Fox News       
Grijalva Blasts Sessions' 'Injustice Dept' for Illegal Immigration Crackdown
An Arizona Democrat blasted the "injustice department" under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, warning that the new immigration enforcement crackdown will divert law enforcement resources. -- U.S. Rep. Raul M. Grijalva represents Nogales, where Sessions spoke Tuesday and promised "a new era" and an end to the Obama administration's "catch and release" policies. -- Grijalva said the remarks show "another day at the (in)justice department" under Sessions and warned that President Trump's immigration crackdown will "erode our moral character as a nation."......

Statesman.com       
Trump is the toast of San Antonio's 2017 Border Security Expo 
The smell of money is in the air at the 2017 Border Security Expo, the annual gathering of private firms, contractors and government officials who make their living beefing up the nation's borders. -- With President Donald Trump pushing for billions of new dollars in Department of Homeland Security funding, there is opportunity to be found along the U.S.-Mexico border in a way that didn't exist during the last eight years under the Obama administration.......

KABC  AM       
Orange County Sheriff: Sanctuary State Threatens Public Safety 
The Orange County Sheriff's Department stands to lose 26 million dollars if California becomes a sanctuary state. That's what the federal government gives us for housing ICE detainees in the County. But, as a sanctuary state, California would no longer cooperate with federal immigration authorities. O.C. Sheriff Sandra Hutchens says it's not just about the loss of the money. -- “But releasing dangerous criminals back into the community where ICE now has to go out and find them as opposed to me being able to communicate with ICE and transition those individuals who need to go through deportation proceedings.”......

NewsMax          
Drug Tunnels Jumped Despite Increased Border Security in 2012 
President Donald Trump's plan to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico could backfire, as a newly unearthed report shows that the number of illegal drug smuggling tunnels jumped considerably after a border fence was build and security added. -- "Illegal tunneling activity on the southwest border of the United States represents a significant and persistent threat to border security and will likely remain so in the near future," reads a 2010 report from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations office, which was made public earlier this month.......

Rick Oltman -- USinc.org         
Attorney General Sessions at the Border 
Since the November election, a deterrent message has been sent to the entire world about illegally entering our country. The result is that illegal entries are at the lowest they have been since the Clinton Administration, 17 years ago. -- And, in an event that the immigration reform movement (“reform” meaning to enforce our immigration laws) has been waiting for over 25 years, the highest law enforcement officer in the land, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has visited the Mexican border and said that the message to the world is, “Do not come.” Sessions understands that the current message being sent will have, and has had, a discouraging effect. There has been a 70% decline in illegal entries since Obama left office. -- He also told Sean Hannity that, “Going after Sanctuary Cities (is) first and foremost.”......

Press Release          
Lawsuit Targets Trump's Border Wall, Enforcement Program 
Tucson -- The Center for Biological Diversity and Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva, who serves as ranking member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, today sued the Trump administration over the proposed border wall and other border security measures, calling on federal agencies to conduct an in-depth investigation of the proposal's environmental impacts. -- Today's suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, is the first targeting the Trump administration's plan to vastly expand and militarize the U.S.-Mexico border, including construction of a “great wall.” -- “Trump's border wall will divide and destroy the incredible communities and wild landscapes along the border,” said Kierán Suckling, the Center's executive director. ......

LA Times         
Trump should claim victory on the border and abandon his "foolish wall" 
It was his sure-fire applause line, one he pulled out of his rhetorical grab bag whenever he saw he was losing the enthusiasm of a crowd: “I will build a big, beautiful wall and Mexico will pay for it!” If we are lucky, though, now that he is president, Donald Trump will renege on this, his biggest campaign promise. -- He could simply declare victory and say a wall along the border with Mexico is no longer necessary because illegal crossings have diminished to a trickle. Unlike many of Trump's statements, that would have the added virtue of actually being more or less true. The number of people apprehended by the Border Patrol has dropped by 64% from this time last year, the lowest level in at least 17 years, according to an L.A. Times report.......

IndyStar.com       
Lawmakers: No sanctuary campuses in Indiana 
For any Indiana college considering the sanctuary campus movement to protect undocumented students from deportation, state politicians are carving their stance into law: You can't do that. -- The Indiana Senate Tuesday voted to send legislation to Gov. Eric Holcomb that would mandate public and private colleges to comply with the enforcement of federal immigration laws.The vote was 38-10.......

LA Daily News        
LA County leaders skip vote on funding legal defense fund for illegals 
A proposal to transfer $1 million of Los Angeles County money into a legal defense fund to help illegal immigrants and others threatened with deportation was pulled from a vote Tuesday so members of the Board of Supervisors could examine concerns raised within the motion. -- The legal defense fund was proposed in December by members of the Los Angeles City Council and the Board of Supervisors in response to President Donald Trump's pre-election remarks about deporting people who live in the country illegally. Los Angeles city and county leaders unveiled plans to contribute $5 million to the proposed $10 million fund, with local nonprofit organizations providing the rest.......

Valley Central          
Officers at Hidalgo bridge find nearly 225 pounds of marijuana hidden in pickup truck, arrest Mexican 
Officers at the Hidalgo bridge found nearly 225 pounds of marijuana hidden in a pickup truck Saturday. -- Angel Fernando Garcia-Garza attempted to cross the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge on Saturday driving a 2000 Chevrolet Cheyenne with Mexican license plates. -- Officers questioned Garcia, who said he planned to shop in McAllen, according to the federal criminal complaint against him.......

Valley Central          
Smuggler smashes through two fences, rams police car and escapes across the Donna bridge
A smuggler smashed a truck through two fences and ran across the Donna bridge on Monday night — leaving Border Patrol agents and Donna police in the dust. -- Agents attempted to stop the smuggler Monday night near the Donna bridge, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The driver didn't stop and headed for the bridge.......

Aspen Daily News       
Pitkin County considers resolution thumbing nose at Trump's immigration directive 
Pitkin County commissioners will consider an agenda item at their regularly scheduled work session today titled, rather innocuously, “A Resolution Affirming that Pitkin County is a Welcoming Community for Immigrants.” -- The fine print, however, is a lot more hardcore. -- The resolution under consideration augments a similar, but less pointed, resolution the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) made in 2013. That resolution recognized “the important contributions of our immigrant community and supporting proposed legislation to comprehensively reform immigration law.”......

The Hill        
Sessions: Congress will fund Trump's border wall  
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that he expects Congress to fund President Trump's campaign promise of building a wall on the Mexican border. -- "I know he's going to battle for that and I believe he will get funding for the wall, I can't imagine Congress to deny him that," Sessions said on Fox News' "Hannity." "It doesn't have to be every foot of the entire 1,700[-mile] border, we know that."......

April 11, 2017

Statesman.com          
Texas AG Ken Paxton files brief supporting Trump's immigration order 
Reaffirming his support for President Donald Trump's immigration policies, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Monday filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals defending Trump's revised immigration order. -- The revised order --- blocked from being enforced as it is being challenged in federal court --- provides for a temporary suspension of entry into the U.S. for refugees from six countries of national security concern while the vetting process is reviewed. Paxton's brief was on behalf of a 15-state coalition.......

Times Free Press          
House panel votes down Tennessee illegal alien tuition bill 
Nashville -- A Tennessee House panel on Tuesday narrowly voted down a proposal to offer in-state tuition to public college students whose parents brought them or kept them in the country illegally, leaving several students in the room in tears. -- The House Education Administration & Planning Committee voted 7-6 against the bill. A similar measure in 2015 passed the Senate but died by a single vote on the House floor. -- Twenty other states and Washington, D.C. have similar in-state tuition policies for these students. Tennessee's out-of-state rate can be three times what state residents pay.......

Breitbart          
Mexico Backs Down in Fight With U.S. over Extradition of Cartel Governor
Reynosa, Tamps., Mex. -- After erroneously taking credit for the arrest of a fugitive governor, Mexican officials are backing away from their extradition claims against the United States. -- A diplomatic official with direct involvement in the case confirmed to Breitbart Texas that on Monday afternoon, the Mexican Deputy Attorney General for Organized Crime called the U.S. Department of Justice attache at the embassy in Mexico City. The purpose of the call was to inform the U.S. government that Mexico's Attorney General's Office (PGR) agreed that former Tamaulipas Governor Tomas Yarrington would be extradited to the U.S. ......

Breitbart          
CA State Senator Amends Bill to Make 'Discrimination Against' Border Wall Contractors Legal 
One California State Senator has amended a bill to discriminate against any contractor who works on President Trump's border wall --- by banning them for life from being awarded any contracts with the state of California. -- San Diego Tribune reports that State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens has amended Senate Bill 30 --- initially a bill requiring state voter approval of any federally-funded infrastructure project built along “ California's southern border” --- which will now prohibit the state from contracting with any person or organization that provides any goods or services for the wall.......

Washington Examiner        
No, Jeff Sessions did not call illegals 'filth' 
Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not refer to illegal immigrants Tuesday as "filth," contrary to claims from a few media personalities. -- Sessions delivered an address to a gathering of U.S. border agents. During his speech, the attorney general focused specifically on the issue of cartel violence in the United States. -- A copy of his prepared remarks called for him to refer specifically to the MS-13 and Los Zetas gangs, and to call their leaders and members "filth." Though Sessions mentioned these infamous criminal enterprises in his speech, he didn't use the word "filth."......

NY Times         
California Moves to Become 'Sanctuary State,' and Others Look to Follow 
A 42-year-old immigrant was on her way to church in Mendota, a small city in California's Central Valley, one afternoon last month when the police stopped her because the tinted windows on her 2006 Nissan were too dark. What happened next says much about the growing conflict between states like California and the Trump administration. -- After inspecting her license, the police officer returned to the car and asked the woman, a mother of two, whether she knew that a deportation order had been issued against her. Yes, she replied, she was supposed to appear in front of an immigration judge in Texas nearly 15 years ago, but had no way of getting there.......

KGBT          
Former Tamaulipas Gov. Tomas Yarrington arrested in Italy on money laundering charges 
Mexican prosecutors say that a former governor of the border state of Tamaulipas has been detained in Italy. -- The attorney general's office said Sunday that ex-Gov. Tomas Yarrington is accused in Mexico of money laundering and organized crime. He is also wanted in the United States for allegedly receiving millions of dollars in bribes from the Gulf cartel during his 1999 to 2004 term. -- The office said it expects Yarrington will be returned to Mexico soon.......

Washington Examiner         
Park Service: Illegals destroying federal lands, unsafe for camping 
Illegal immigration and drug running have destroyed border parklands, further threatened two species on the endangered list and led federal officials to bar visitors and campers in areas considered too dangerous to visit, according to newly released reports. -- In studies of two parks that make up less than 90 miles of the Arizona-Mexico border, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service said that the areas have been ripped up with thousands of miles of unauthorized roads from vehicles that have crushed plants and animal habitat.......

Breitbart          
Crackdown: AG Sessions Vows 'New Era' at Southern Border 
Attorney General Jeff Sessions broke from his tour of the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday to announce his Justice Department's sweeping plans for securing the border. -- “For those that continue to seek improper and illegal entry into this country, be forewarned: This is a new era. This is the Trump era,” Sessions told the crowd of Customs and Border Protection personnel in the border town of Nogales, Arizona. “We hear you and we have your back!” he assured them....... [Video]

L.A. Times         
Trump wants immigrants to 'share our values.' They say assimilation is much more complex 
Growing up in La Puente in the 1980s, Alex Espinoza was a typical child of the Reagan era. He collected “Star Wars” action figures and played with Rubik's Cube. -- But Espinoza was Mexican, born in Tijuana and brought to the United States by his mother when he was about 2 years old. He downplayed his Mexican roots to fit in. At the time, it seemed the worst thing in the world for a boy to be labeled as “a TJ” --- literally someone from Tijuana, but also shorthand for an unassimilated Mexican.......

Baltimore Sun        
Remains of immigration 'Trust Act' falter in General Assembly 
Maryland lawmakers appear unlikely to pass any legislation to outlaw aggressive immigration enforcement as the final day of the General Assembly session draws to a close. -- Lawmakers representing Democratic, immigrant-rich communities had hoped to pass a bill they called the "Trust Act," which would have broadly prohibited the use of local or state government resources to help with immigration enforcement. -- The House of Delegates passed a watered-down version of the bill, but the state Senate struggled to advance an even narrower bill that mainly clarified that local police can't ask about a person's immigration status if they're not under arrest.......

David Olen Cross -- Salem         
Oregon's Multnomah County Second in Foreign National Crime in March 2017 
On March 1, 2017 Oregon's Multnomah County had 207 of the 974 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system; the county was second in foreign national crime in the state with 21.25 percent of the criminal aliens in DOC prisons. -- The following table reveals how Multnomah County residents were harmed or victimized by the 207 criminal aliens incarcerated on March 1st in the DOC prison system with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainers.......

We Get E-mail          
And The Award For Most Self-Loathing Nation in Europe Goes To.... SWEDEN
Following a lethal Jihadist attack that specifically targeted Swedish children a Swedish police chief states the obvious, then HE faces investigation. -- Erik Nord, chief of the Gothenburg police department, tweeted: 'Not that it would have stopped Friday night's attack, but shouldn't we be able to withdraw visas from those who support violent extremism?' -- In today's self-loathing Sweden, the rape-capitol of Europe, Erik Nord's words are outrageous, bigoted and culturally insensitive. -- Sweden's Attorney General, Morgan Johansson, is investigating the outspoken police chief who may or may not keep his job. 'I will ask the police chief to explain himself. And he will,' Johansson warned. [Reference]

BNA.com          
Trump Nominating Francis Cissna to Head Immigration Agency 
President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Lee Francis Cissna to head U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. -- Cissna, whose intended nomination was announced April 8, currently is director of immigration policy at the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Policy. Before that, he worked in the USCIS's Office of Chief Counsel. Cissna also has served as a foreign service officer with the State Department and practiced as an attorney in the private sector......

Union Tribune       
Trump border walls to be built in Otay Mesa  
President Donald Trump's proposed wall with Mexico will kick off in the San Diego border community of Otay Mesa, U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed Monday. -- The community is home to one of two border crossings in San Diego and will be the site where 20 chosen bidders will erect prototypes of the envisioned wall. Winners will be selected around June 1, the agency said. -- While funding for the massive infrastructure project is still not set, up to 450 companies submitted designs last week. The agency's bid said roughly 20 companies will be selected to build the prototypes --- 30 feet long and up to 30 feet high.......

LA Daily News         
LA County leaders will weigh legal defense fund, other measures to help illegals 
A
trio of motions aimed at protecting undocumented immigrants and others threatened with deportation, including putting $1 million into a legal defense fund, are scheduled to be voted on Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. -- City and county officials first proposed the ideas late last year in response to President Donald Trump's pre-election remarks about deporting people who live in the country illegally. Los Angeles city and county leaders garnered national headlines when they unveiled plans to contribute $5 million to the proposed $10 million fund, with local nonprofit organizations providing the rest. -- The need for a legal defense fund is urgent, Supervisors Hilda Solis and Janice Hahn said in their motion.......

KTAR          
Attorney General Jeff Sessions to visit Arizona, tour US-Mexico border 
Attorney General Jeff Sessions will visit Arizona to tour the U.S.-Mexico border next Tuesday, according to a press release. -- Sessions is scheduled to visit the Port of Nogales at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, before speaking at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Division Midyear Conference in Litchfield Park at 1 p.m. -- After that, Sessions will be speaking to service members at Luke Air Force Base at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, the press release said.......

The Hill          
Battle Over Sanctuary Cities Escalating 
Immigration hard-liners are threatening to hold potentially billions of dollars in state grants hostage as they seek to compel so-called sanctuary cities to cooperate with federal law enforcement officials. -- Legislators in 33 states have introduced measures to limit or prevent cities from acting as sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants. Only one state this year, Mississippi, has enacted a ban on sanctuary jurisdictions, but several others, including Texas, Indiana, Iowa, Florida and Georgia, are advancing their own bills.......

Fusion.net         
ICE Quietly Confirms 367 Immigrants Were Detained in Raids Across the Country 
Immigration officials announced last week they detained at least 367 individuals in a series of raid operations --- nearly one a day --- across the country. -- The arrests were announced throughout the week starting last Monday when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials said they arrested 153 individuals in South Texas during a 12-day operation that ended last month. -- On Tuesday, ICE said 75 individuals were arrested in a three-day operation in North Texas. Then, on Wednesday, ICE said 82 individuals were arrested over the course of five days in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.......

BizPac Review      
Some Mexicans want to make a deal to get US to keep illegals; wait until you hear what they are offering! 
You have to hand it to Mexico, they have a great sense of humor --- either that or a great imagination. -- A Mexican historian maintains that his country still has a legal claim to Texas and California, but is willing to let bygones be bygones and not pursue the matter. -- All he wants in return is that we grant U.S. citizenship to the millions of undocumented immigrants estimated to be residing within our borders. -- Apparently, the land of sombreros and tequila doesn't want them either.......

Daily Caller         
Pew Report: HALF Of All Federal Arrests Are For Immigration-Related Crimes 
Federal law enforcement is making a higher share of arrests for immigration crimes than ever before, while the number of drug and firearms arrests continues to fall. -- A Pew Research Center analysis of data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that 50 percent of the 165,265 total arrests made by the federal government in 2014 were for immigration-related offenses. -- In 2004, that figure was 28 percent.... -- [Related item]....

KTAR       
Gov. Ducey on wall: 'Border security is good for Arizona' 
As Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey prepares to welcome Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday to tour the U.S.-Mexico border, he voiced support for public safety in the ongoing debate over border protections. -- Following President Donald Trump's continued promises to build a wall along the border, Ducey was asked whether he thought companies bidding over the wall's construction was good for Arizona's economy.......

NY Times     
Trump Administration Halts Reports on Immigration Cooperation 
The Trump administration will temporarily stop publication of a weekly report spotlighting cities and counties that fail to cooperate with federal immigration officials, people briefed on the change said, after several jurisdictions questioned the accuracy of the data. -- The report, required by an executive order signed by President Trump in January, shows localities that decline requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to hold undocumented immigrants so they can be picked up later for deportation.......

Washington Examiner          
Rubio: 'Mexico is not going to pay for the wall,' America should 
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Sunday broke with President Trump's vow to make Mexico pay for the southern border wall. -- "Let me just say, Mexico is not going to pay for the wall. And by the way, America should, if we believe that's in our national interests to do so," Rubio told ABC "This Week" anchor George Stephanopoulos regarding his meeting with Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray Caso.......

Breitbart          
Texas Leads 15 States in Supporting Trump's Immigration Order 
The Texas Attorney General is leading a coalition of 15 states defending President Donald Trump's revised immigration order of March 6. -- Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi have joined the Lone Star State in urging that President Trump acted within the power given him by Congress.......

KDVR      
Bill would allow victims to sue 'sanctuary cities' for crimes committed by illegals 
D
enver -- A bill being considered in the Colorado Senate would allow crime victims to sue so-called sanctuary cities if an undocumented immigrant is convicted of the crime. -- SB17-281 is called “Hold Colorado Government Accountable Sanctuary Jurisdictions” and was scheduled to be heard Monday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. -- The bill declares that “sanctuary policies adopted by a city, county, city and county, or other jurisdiction that direct employees not to cooperate with federal immigration officers are contrary to the safety and welfare of the people of Colorado.”......

April 10, 2017

Talking Points Memo          
Tillerson: I've Had 'No Conversation' About Mexico Paying For Border Wall 
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday said that he has "had no conversation" with Mexico's foreign minister about President Donald Trump's insistence that Mexico will pay for his proposed border wall. -- "Did you make it clear that the United States expects Mexico to pay for the border wall President Trump has proposed?" George Stephanopoulos asked Tillerson on ABC's "This Week."......

WND.com         
Data in! Sanctuary cities have higher crime rates 
Surprise! Sanctuary cities do, indeed, experience higher crime rates than do non-sanctuary cities, an in-depth WND analysis of the most recent study of the question reveals. -- An August 2016 study of the relationship between “sanctuary city” policies and crime rates shows that cities refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities consistently have significantly higher violent crimes rates than do non-sanctuary cities with similar populations and demographics, WND has found.......

PJ Media          
Whither Trump's Wall? 
With the clock ticking down toward a government shutdown on April 28, Republicans in Congress are discovering that they are going to have to make a choice between appropriating President Trump's $1 billion request to fund the wall along our southern border and keeping the government operating. -- Not only are Democrats unanimous in their opposition to the wall, but some Republicans -- especially House members representing border communities -- are voicing serious concerns about the wall's cost as well as how it might affect our relations with Mexico.......

Star-Telegram          
Thousands take to Dallas streets to stand up for illegals 
In one hand, Noor Hassan held a small sign that read “Peace.” -- In the other, she held the hand of her 4-year-old, Sarah. -- The mother and daughter were among the thousands who marched through the streets of downtown Dallas on Sunday to support immigrants' rights and refugees. -- “Someday, I want my daughter to know that we fought for our brothers and sisters and families,” said Hassan, whose parents are Turkish immigrants. “We have to make our voices heard.”......

Santa Maria Times        
No more 'catch and release' for illegals 
One of the smartest steps President Donald Trump has taken to get our illegal immigration problem under control was ending the Obama administration's policy known as "catch and release." -- Border Patrol agents have long sarcastically called it the "catch and run" policy. Why? -- Because aliens who have been caught and then released under the stipulation they show up for a scheduled hearing frequently fail to appear in court. That's the finding of a new report produced by former federal immigration court judge Mark H. Metcalf and published by the Center for Immigration Studies.......

Knoxville News Sentinel          
A nation of laws does not harbor criminals 
America is a nation of laws. When laws are arbitrarily applied in some situations and not in others, clearly, it is not justice and there is no law. -- Recently, I filed Senate Bill 0155, which, if passed, will prohibit any municipality, whether a city or county government in Tennessee, from attempting to create a sanctuary for people who are breaking the law. No city or municipality in Tennessee should be able to pick and choose which laws it enforces. When that happens, there is no law. (Green's bill was delayed Wednesday until at least 2018.)......

Las Vegas Sun        
Man wanted in Las Vegas area caught at Mexico-U.S. border 
A man wanted by Las Vegas-area authorities was nabbed by federal officers as he tried to get back into the U.S. from Mexico using an illegally obtained visa, according to U.S. Customs and Border Enforcement. -- Antonio Perez, 42, a U.S. citizen, was wanted by Metro Police in a 2015 attempted homicide case and by North Las Vegas Police in an arson case, officials said. No additional information was immediately available about those cases.......

Breitbart          
Twice-Deported Sex Offender Charged in CA Home Burglary 
Port Hueneme, Calif. -- Police arrested a twice-deported criminal illegal immigrant sex offender on charges connected to an attempted burglary. -- Guillermo Damaso, a 39-year-old twice-deported illegal immigrant from Mexico, was arrested following reports from eyewitnesses that the illegal immigrant was wearing a black hoodie and jumping through neighbors' backyards, according to CBS Los Angeles.......

Breitbart          
Obama's DOJ Protected Alien Child Rapist Now Accused of Murder 
An illegal alien who allegedly twice raped his 15-year-old stepdaughter now stands accused of murdering the girl after Obama's Department of Justice refused to prosecute him on human smuggling charges. ICE officers were never able to deport the man despite a lengthy criminal history that includes charges of assault, burglary, and human smuggling. -- Many opportunities to prevent the needless rape and murder of a young Texas girl slipped by the wayside before 36-year-old Armando Rodrigo Garcia-Ramirez twice impregnated his victim, Jennifer Delgado.......

April 9, 2017

Breitbart          
NYT: Mexico Owns California and Texas, Will Trade For Amnesty 
The New York Times has just published an op-ed article saying that Mexico may give up its rightful claim to ownership of Texas, California and the entire Southwest of the United States, but only if the U.S. government gives the hugely valuable prize of U.S. citizenship to many millions of Mexicans --- plus citizenship for all their kids and grandkids, on and on, forever. -- The infinitely valuable compensation is justified because today's Americans must wipe away the moral stain of war crimes committed in the 1840s by the U.S. military and government, says the op-ed by a Mexican historian and author, Enrique Krauze, who notably declined to forswear a alternative Mexican reconquista of the Southwest.......

David Olen Cross -- Salem          
Oregon's Washington County Third in Foreign National Crime in March 2017 
On March 1, 2017 Oregon's Washington County had 189 of the 974 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system; the county was third in foreign national crime in the state with 19.40 percent of the criminal aliens in DOC prisons. -- The following table reveals how Washington County residents were harmed or victimized by the 189 criminal aliens incarcerated on March 1st in the DOC prison system with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainers.......

April 8, 2017

LA Daily News         
Mexican governors slam Trump's 'offensive' border wall at LA City Hall 
A delegation of Mexican governors visited Los Angeles City Hall on Friday as part of an effort to reinforce ties between their country and the city, with some speaking out against President Donald Trump's proposal to build a border wall. -- In any other political climate, such a visit would be merely a ceremonial cultural exchange, but the meeting between the City Council and the governors took on a more serious tone amid growing concerns over the fraying relations between Mexico and the United States. -- “Walls are very complicated ... they are offensive,” said Baja California Gov. Francisco Arturo Vega de Lamadrid.......

ABC News          
Trump's pick to lead border security wins support from Bush -- and Obama-era officials 
Top Homeland Security officials from not only past Republican administrations but also Barack Obama's administration have signed onto a letter to Congress expressing “enthusiastic support” for President Trump's pick to lead border enforcement for the U.S. -- The White House announced Thursday that Kevin McAleenan is the president's nominee to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency within the Department of Homeland Security in charge of preventing the illegal entry of goods and persons into the country. ......

San Diego Free Press         
Massive Tijuana Sewage Flows Into San Diego Beaches: A Timeline of Events 
On Wednesday, April 5th, Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina --- a life-long IB resident and avid surfer --- went on KUSI News to expose another sewage spill from Mexico into the Tijuana River after a resident complained of a renewed fetid smell. -- Only days before, the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) published “Report of Transboundary Bypass Flows into the Tijuana River,” a subdued 56-page explanation of events with no immediate relief for residents on either side of the border.......

Washington Examiner         
Push to end Obama's catch and release program for illegal youths 
A Senate chairman and ally of President Trump's war on illegal immigration is pushing to end former President Obama's catch and release of "unaccompanied children," claiming most aren't kids and some are vicious criminals like the two charged in the brutal rape of a 14-year-old Maryland girl in school. --Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said that half of the "children" allowed into the United States, then placed around the country, are older teens.......

Washington Examiner        
Jeff Sessions will tour US-Mexico border next week 
Attorney General Jeff Sessions will head to Arizona on Tuesday for a tour of the U.S.-Mexico border, his first such tour as top Justice official. -- The former Alabama senator was known by his colleagues at an immigration hawk and is no stranger to border issues. Sessions' former communications director, Stephen Miller, drafted many of President Trump's policy stances when he was a GOP candidate, including the one on immigration. -- Sessions' tour will start near the Port of Nogales and Mariposa Port of Entry in southcentral Arizona. Later, Sessions will address the International Association of Chiefs of Police Division Midyear Conference at the Wigwam Ballroom in Litchfield Park, Ariz.......

Fox 4        
Mexican ambassador to U.S. emphasizes cooperation at Dallas visit 
Mexico's ambassador to the U.S. wanted to emphasize cooperation between the two nations during his visit to Dallas on Friday. But he remained firm that his country would not be paying for a border wall. -- The wall was one of President Trump's signature campaign promises and as president he's added that Mexico would pay for the wall in some form ---- either through a payment or a tax. -- "As expressed by my President, that won't happen. It's not something that the Mexican government has ever considered,” said Geronimo Gutierrez, Mexican Ambassador to the U.S.......

Mercury News        
Options remain for illegals with prior crimes  
Undocumented immigrants with old crimes and deportation orders may still be able to remain in the United States. They just need to seek the right kind of help, immigrant rights attorneys say. -- “This is not the time to be on your own,” said Jorge-Mario Cabrera, a spokesman for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, a Los Angeles-based organization that provides services across Southern California. -- Receiving legal consultation, though it may be costly, is necessary, Cabrera added.......

KRGV          
DHS Outlines Plans to Add 28 Miles to Border Wall in RGV 
The government said 28 miles of levee wall will be added in the Rio Grande Valley. -- The decision comes after Hidalgo County officials requested a border wall double as flood control. -- The city of Hidalgo has tall levee walls, sometimes 20-feet tall, which keep out people and flooding waters. They were built in seven discontinuous sections by 2008.......


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