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May 17, 2017

Reuters       
ICE raid in California 
An hour before dawn on the morning of May 11, a team of 10 officers for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began assembling outside a coffee shop in the Southern California beach community of San Clemente. -- The 10 officers were about to embark on a targeted enforcement action, hoping to pick up five men believed to be in violation of U.S. immigration laws. The men had all been convicted of crimes, ranging from drunk driving to attempted murder, and that made them high priority targets for deportation. -- The first stop was an apartment building not far from the coffee shop, where the armed agents arrested a 35-year-old immigrant from Iran who had served a year in jail on an attempted murder conviction.......

Seattle Times         
Seattle federal judge says government can't restrict immigrant legal help  
A federal judge in Seattle has temporarily blocked a Justice Department order that called on a local immigrant-rights organization to stop some of its legal work. His ruling also applies to similar groups around the country. -- U.S. District Judge Richard Jones ruled Wednesday after oral arguments in a lawsuit brought by the nonprofit Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP). -- In a letter last month, the Justice Department told the group it must “cease and desist” providing certain legal assistance to immigrants unless it undertakes full representation of them in court.......

ICE       
Phoenix ICE officers deport Mexican national wanted for sex trafficking minors 
A Mexican national wanted in his native country for sex trafficking minors was handed over to Mexican law enforcement officials Tuesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales. -- Valentin Mendiola-Castaneda, 35, was transferred to the custody of Mexico's Procuraduria General de la Republica (PGR) and Mexican immigration by deportation officers with ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). Mendiola was arrested in January by officers with ERO's Fugitive Operations and special agents with ICE Homeland Security Investigations. -- In addition to sex trafficking, the Mexican arrest warrant issued in June 2014 charges Mendiola-Castaneda with the aggravated sexual exploitation of minors.......

Glenn Spencer      
See-through wall?
So a company is proposing to build a see-through border wall
This is a great idea as it could solve all the problems with a solid stone wall, e.g., people on the other side could be up to no good. -- I hope it works, but if we can see into Mexico through it, how thick could it be? Would it be strong enough? And, how about cost? If it cost much more than a fence of the same size, why not just build a steel beam fence you can see through already? And what would it take for people on the other side to block our view by simply spray painting their side? -- I have every confidence that the people who are evaluating these proposals back at CBP in DC will take all of these things into consideration

Pamplin Media -- H/T to David Olen Cross          
Deportation arrests rise in Rockwood, Latinos say 
Deportation agents are stepping up arrests in the Rockwood neighborhood, according to a prominent nonprofit leader in the Latino community. -- "What we call the Rockwood area --- maybe the David Douglas (School District) --- it's always been a no man's land," said community organizer Francisco Lopez. "Nobody pays attention to the area, except ICE." -- Lopez heads Voz Hispana Cambio Comunitario, which runs citizenship classes and has organized several marches against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also known as ICE. -- The organization has identified hot spots in Rockwood (Multnomah County) and the Cornelius and Forest Grove areas west of Hillsboro (Washington County.)......

KGBT          
After drunken driving conviction, government wants to deport Mexican illegal alien for the 7th time 
After a second drunken driving conviction, the federal government wants to deport a Mexican man for the seventh time. -- Oscar De La Rosa-Mendoza, 31, of Mission --- a Mexican citizen who wasn't lawfully present in the United States --- pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor, on May 9. He also pleaded guilty to resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor. -- De La Rosa had previous convictions for drunken driving, evading arrest and assault causing bodily injury, according to Hidalgo County court records.......

AL.com       
Sen. Luther Strange wants sanctuary cities to pay for border wall 
Sen. Luther Strange wants sanctuary cities to help foot the bill for a wall at the U.S./Mexico border. -- Strange, R-AL, and Georgia Senator David Perdue introduced the Securing the Border and Protecting Our Communities Act earlier this week. The bill would prohibit some transportation grant funding from going to so-called sanctuary cities that don't cooperate with federal enforcement of immigration laws. In turn, the grant funding would be reallocated towards building a wall at the U.S./Mexico border, a major -- and potentially costly - provision of President Donald Trump's presidential campaign.......

Daily Caller         
Rep. Hunter: Sewage Spilling Into The US From Mexico Is Making Our Border Patrol Agents Sick 
GOP California Rep. Duncan Hunter wrote a letter in May to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and head of the EPA Scott Pruitt, urging the two to take action on the sewage spill in Tijuana that is pouring into the U.S. and apparently making Border Patrol agents ill. -- Hunter drew attention to the massive sewage spill in the Tijuana River that is still moving through San Diego County, and in the letter sent May 9, he noted that it's important to bring attention to the affects on Border Patrol agents and Navy SEAL members, not just the environmental impact of the spill.......

KGBT        
Officers at Pharr bridge find 919 pounds of marijuana hidden in tractor-trailer 
Officers at the Pharr bridge found 919 pounds of marijuana hidden in a tractor-trailer last week. -- Officers at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge stopped a tractor-trailer on Thursday, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. They sent the trucker to secondary inspection, where officers found 268 packages hidden in the trailer. -- The packages, which tested positive for marijuana, weighed about 919 pounds.......

Washington Examiner        
Immigration arrests climb 38 percent under Trump   
Arrests of illegal immigrants by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has jumped 38 percent in the 100 days since President Trump signed his controversial immigration enforcement executive orders, ICE said Wednesday. -- ICE arrested more than 41,000 illegal immigrants between late January and the end of April, ICE said. -- Acting ICE director Thomas Homan said in a statement that the arrests are the result of Trump's "commitment to enforce our immigration laws fairly and across the board." -- Of those arrested, ICE said nearly 75 percent were convicted criminals......

Chronicle of Higher Education        
Students Stop Federal Immigration Officer From Speaking at Northwestern U. 
Students at Northwestern University disrupted a sociology class on Tuesday, protesting the visit of an officer from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. -- The Daily Northwestern reported that members from student groups gathered outside the campus building where the ICE representative was beginning a guest presentation. The class focuses on “inequality in American society with an emphasis on race, class and gender,” the syllabus says. -- According to the newspaper, the protesters carried banners and yelled profanities. Administrators told the protesting students they would be allowed into the classroom if they did not disrupt the presentation. The students entered, and the officer left. Protesters asked the sociology professor, Beth Redbird, why the officer had been invited.......

Daily Caller          
Immigration Opponents Trash GOP Border Security Bill 
Immigration hard-liners say a proposed border security bill from Republican lawmakers doesn't do nearly enough to address systemic flaws in the U.S. immigration system. -- The draft legislation from Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn and Texas GOP Rep. Michael McCaul calls for more detention space and immigration judges on the border to speed up deportations, as well as heavier criminal penalties for illegal aliens who return after being removed. -- But advocates of tougher immigration enforcement who've seen the draft say it does nothing to address certain problems on the border and in the interior of the country. The bill doesn't provide for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall, penalize businesses that hire illegal immigrants, or mandate the employment verification system E-Verify, reports the Washington Post.......

NewsBusters        
Criminalizing Immigrants' is New Catchphrase of Dems, Liberal Media 
In lock step with the Democrats, since the beginning of the Trump administration the liberal media have incessantly characterized Republican-led efforts to uphold and enforce the nation's immigration laws as amounting to “the criminalization of immigrants.” -- This malicious and obviously imprecise characterization is probably nowhere more often used than on Univision. The top domestic Spanish-language television network's reporting last week on Republican-led efforts in the Florida legislature to crack down on sanctuary cities, and related matters of federal-state cooperation in the enforcement of immigration law, is illustrative.......

Breitbart          
Mexico Outpacing U.S. in Honduran Deportations, Report Finds 
Statistics released by the Honduran government for 2017 show that Mexico has deported over one thousand more Hondurans than the United States in the same period. -- According to the report, Mexico has deported 8,726 Hondurans in 2017 while the United States has only deported 7,580, a difference of 1,146. -- The overwhelming majority of Hondurans deported from both the U.S. and Mexico --- nearly 78 percent --- were male adults.......

LA Times         
"Advocates" urge LAPD to do more to distance itself from federal immigration enforcement 
Since Donald Trump was elected president in November, Los Angeles police officials have sought to assure the public that deporting immigrants is not their job. -- In media interviews and dozens of community meetings, Chief Charlie Beck and others have pointed to Special Order 40, a 1979 city directive that prohibits police officers from initiating contact with a person to ask about immigration status. -- But at a Police Commission meeting Tuesday devoted to immigration, immigrant rights advocates urged the Los Angeles Police Department to do more to distance itself from federal immigration enforcement.......

May 16, 2017

Glenn Spencer      
Photo of the Day 
Melissa Livingston got this photo of a woodpecker stealing hummingbird’s food at ABP’s HQ. Mexican cartel hangout can be seen in the background.......

KYMA       
Drug-carrying vehicle uses metal ramps to drive over barricades 
El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents, assigned to the west desert area, said they stopped a vehicle loaded with drugs after it entered the United States using metal ramps to drive over vehicle barricades on Sunday morning. -- The incident occurred at approximately 11 a.m., after agents assigned to the remote video surveillance system (RVSS) said they observed a White Chevy Tahoe drive into the United States about 400 yards north of the United States/Mexico International Border.......

Fox 29        
Tunnel found near Reynosa jail within days of Mexican federal security meeting 
Reynosa, Tamps. -- On Monday, Mexican Secretary of the Interior Miguel Angel Osorio Chong led the Cabinet of Security of the Mexican federal government in a meeting to discuss the state of the country's security and further action needed to protect it's residents. -- He stressed the need for continued cooperation with the federal, state, and municipal governments to ensure safety for all residents, especially those in Tamaulipas where crime continues to skyrocket. The most recent incident happened over the weekend when Tamaulipas police found a nearly 45-foot long, unfinished tunnel leading from the grounds of a Reynosa jail to a house just down the street. Police determined that four inmates were responsible for the creation of the tunnel. ......

LA Weekly         
Thousands of Illegal Alien Parents Detained in California, and That's Before Trump 
More than 10,000 parents of U.S. citizens are likely detained by federal authorities in California each year, according to a new report from nonprofit group Human Rights Watch. The finding stems from data collected between 2012 and 2016 and predates President Trump and his vow to deport millions of people in the United States illegally. -- Most of the detainees were suspected of being in the country illegally, according to the report. Others were "lawful residents" with low-level criminal histories. The report comes with a warning to California officials to shore up their so-called sanctuary policies in the wake of Trump's new deportation initiative.......

Breitbart          
Miami Herald: Without Wall, Aliens Will 'Use Same Tactics to Enter US' 
Illegal immigrants will continue to move into the U.S. through the U.S.-Mexico Border unless President Donald Trump's border wall is built, according to the Miami Herald. -- In a new report, the Miami Herald admits that without Trump's proposal of border walls, illegal immigration will continue.... Two weeks ago, Congressional leaders agreed to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year in September, but did not include the money Trump needs to start building the wall he promised during the campaign.......

El Paso Times        
ICE arrests 26 in El Paso gang crackdown 
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently arrested 26 people in El Paso during the agency's largest ever nationwide gang crackdown. -- Nationwide, the six-week operation led by ICE Homeland Security Investigations netted 1,378 arrests, including 1,095 gang members and associates, ICE officials reported. The operation ended May 6. -- In El Paso, federal agents arrested 17 men and nine women — 10 were identified gang members and 16 were considered gang associates, an ICE spokeswoman said Monday. The local arrests were on drug, immigrant smuggling and other charges.......

Tennessean          
Illegal alien sentenced after molesting sleeping 6-year-old 
A man who resided in Lebanon as an undocumented immigrant is sentenced to 50 years in prison on charges that relate to him molesting a 6-year-old girl who was sleeping, according to prosecutors. -- Edwin Velasquez Curuchiche, 40, of Guatamala who formerly resided in Lebanon, pleaded guilty to two counts of production of child pornography, according to Jack Smith, acting United States attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.......

ABC15        
CBP: $6.8 million worth of marijuana seized in Nogales 
Authorities say nearly seven tons of marijuana was seized from a commercial tractor trailer during a stop on Saturday near the border. -- A release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection says officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility referred a semi carrying bell peppers for further inspection. The produce was off-loaded from the truck, and a narcotics detection canine alerted law enforcement to the presence of drugs. -- During a search, CBP says 13,700 pounds of marijuana was found commingled with the peppers.......

My San Antonio        
Mexico border journalist says violence is worse than ever seen before 
Reynosa, Tamps. -- In parts of his hometown, Francisco “Paco” Rojas makes certain his hands are in plain view. -- A hand slunk behind the back or below the steering wheel has a tendency to invite the attention of nervous drug gangs fighting for control of Reynosa's lucrative smuggling corridor. -- “If there is a row, keep down,” Rojas explained, “and do not run. They will shoot you, even if you're innocent.”......

WBRZ        
APSO: illegal alien runs red light, crashes into deputy  
Deputies in Ascension Parish say an illegal immigrant is in custody after crashing into a deputy Saturday. -- According to Sheriff Jeff Wiley, the crash happened around 9 p.m. Saturday on Black Bayou Road. Wiley said Jary Romero, 40, traveled through a red light at the intersection on Highway 44, striking the deputy's vehicle. -- Wiley said the deputy suffered moderate injuries and his vehicle sustained major damage.......

Fox News          
Ann Coulter Is Worried the 'Trump-Haters Were Right'  
Ann Coulter was one of President Donald Trump's most outspoken supporters during the 2016 election, but so far she's been underwhelmed by his presidency. -- In an interview with The Daily Caller on Sunday, Coulter said she still has hope in Trump, but she is ready to jump ship if things don't change. -- "I'm not very happy with what has happened so far," Coulter said. "I guess we have to try to push him to keep his promises. But this isn't North Korea, and if he doesn't keep his promises, I'm out. This is why we voted for him. I think everyone who voted for him knew his personality was grotesque, it was the issues."......

Alberta Farmer Express  / Reuters       
Trump reassures farmers immigration crackdown not aimed at their workers 
U.S. President Donald Trump said he would seek to keep his tough immigration enforcement policies from harming the U.S. farm industry and its largely immigrant workforce, according to farmers and officials who met with him. -- At a roundtable on farm labour at the White House last month, Trump said he did not want to create labour problems for farmers and would look into improving a program that brings in temporary agricultural workers on legal visas.......

Times News Editorial   
Censoring yearbook not the right answer 
Amid the usual assortment of celebrity catchphrases and insipid inspirational quotes, one student opted to take a political stand. -- “Build that wall!” with attribution to President Donald Trump, was published as a female student's senior quote in the Richmond Early College High School yearbook. -- But advocating for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border was too controversial for Richmond County Schools, which confiscated copies of the book this week. Spokeswoman Ashley-Michelle Thublin said several senior quotes raised eyebrows. With only six days of school remaining, officials said there isn't enough time to reprint the yearbooks. Refunds will be issued and students will have no yearbook at all.......

Fox News       
Mexican reporter and narco-expert killed in Sinaloa -- 5th journalist this year
Another journalist was slain in Mexico on Monday, a government official has confirmed. -- The government official in the northern state of Sinaloa says veteran reporter and writer Javier Valdez was killed near the offices of his newspaper, Rio Doce, in the state capital of Culiacan. -- Rio Doce confirmed the news of Valdez's killing on its webpage. -- Valdez, 54, also worked as a correspondent for the national newspaper La Jornada. He specialized in covering drug trafficking and published several books on the topic.......

May 15, 2017

KVOA         
Border Patrol officers seize $123,000 worth of methamphetamine 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seized 41-pounds of methamphetamine at the Port of San Luis, on Saturday. -- Border Patrol officers were inspecting a 21-year-old man's Nissan Sedan when a CBP narcotics-detection canine altered the officers to the meth hidden in the vehicle's back seats. -- Officers arrested the man and seized his vehicle along with the drugs estimated to be worth $123,000. ......

Fox News       
Ohio police officer accidentally overdoses on fentanyl after traffic stop 
An Ohio police officer overdosed on fentanyl Friday after accidentally getting the deadly drug on his uniform during a traffic stop. -- An East Liverpool Police Department document states the officers stopped a car they believed to be associated with drug activity. Officers found the suspects trying to destroy the drug evidence. -- “I approached from the passenger side of the vehicle in time to see [one of the suspects] using his foot to rub an unknown substance into the carpeting on the floor of the vehicle,” the report states.......

Tucson Sentinel          
Man charged over phone messages threatening to shoot McSally 
A Tucson man was charged in federal court with threatening to "assault and murder a United States official" after a series of phone calls to the office of U.S. Rep. Martha McSally. Steve Martan, 58, called McSally's office three times and made threats, court documents allege, including "Can't wait to pull the trigger, bitch." -- Martan was arrested after FBI agents tracked the calls to a cell phone that he was carrying, a complaint filed last week in U.S. District Court said. -- According to the FBI, Martan made one call to the office of the Republican congresswoman on May 2, and two on May 10, leaving "threatening statements" in voicemail messages.......

David Olen Cross -- Salem        
Oregon's Marion County First in Foreign National Crime in April 2017 
On April 1, 2017 Oregon's Marion County had 232 of the 962 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system; the county was first in foreign national crime in the state with 24.12 percent of the criminal aliens in DOC prisons. -- The following table reveals how Marion County residents were harmed or victimized by the 232 criminal aliens incarcerated on April 1st in the DOC prison system with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainers.......

LMT Online       
Man arrested by CBP after allegedly attempting to smuggle marijuana in spare tire 
A man allegedly tried smuggling about 30 pounds of marijuana in a spare tire through the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge, authorities said. -- Juan Isaac Contreras-Castillo, 30, was charged with felony possession of marijuana. -- On Wednesday, Contreras-Castillo arrived at the bridge in a maroon Ford Expedition. -- A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer referred him to secondary inspection. CBP officers said they allegedly discovered 23 bundles of marijuana in the spare tire.......

KBMT         
Three illegals arrested in kidnapping of Orange County attorney 
12News has learned that Orange County Sheriff's Deputies have made arrests in the kidnapping of an attorney from Orange County. -- A spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff's Office told 12News three men were arrested in connection with the kidnapping of attorney Jim Sharon Bearden Jr. -- Bearden, Jr. was abducted May 8 from his home off of 1442 in Orange County. He was awakened by two masked intruders.......

KFDA      
Illegal smuggling operation leads APD on chase 
Early this morning, APD officers attempted to stop a 2010 Toyota Minivan for traffic violations at I-40 and South Grand. The driver refused to stop and continued to drive along the frontage road eastbound. The vehicle pulled into the parking lot of Best Western located at 4600 East I-40. The driver circled around to the back of the motel. -- Before the officer could make contact, multiple people ran from the minivan northbound towards the frontage road. The male driver and two male passengers were apprehended in the parking lot, but 7 males and two females were able to flee apprehension. Officers located one female hiding in the field north of I-40 and Eastern. ......

MLive.com        
Deported 8 times to Mexico, illegal alien arrested in Bay Couty 
For the second time this week, a Mexican citizen has been indicted in federal court in Bay City on charges related to entering the country illegally. -- Federal prosecutors on Wednesday, May 10, charged Rafael Munoz-Molina with one count of illegal reentry of a previously removed alien. The charge is punishable by up to two years' incarceration. -- According to an affidavit authored by Hector Rivera, a deportation officer with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), officers with his agency on the morning of Thursday, May 4, visited the Travel Inn Motel at 1000 N. Euclid Ave. in Bay County's Monitor Township to search for Munoz-Molina.......

Breitbart          
Border Patrol Agents Seize Massive Amounts of Drugs After Illegal Alien Crossings Drop 
The sharp decline in border apprehensions of migrants illegally crossing the border resulted in a massive increase in the seizure of drugs in various border sectors in South Texas. Drug seizures by Border Patrol agents and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers rose dramatically over the past several months. -- Information obtained by Breitbart Texas from CBP officials indicates a 177 percent increase in the seizure of heroin and a 129 percent increase in the seizure of cocaine. “The increase in illicit drug activity comes at a time when apprehensions have declined in recent months,” officials stated.......

LMT Online          
Feds get more than 20 guilty pleas in Tango Orejon drug case 
Most of the 33 members of a ring arrested in January and accused of dealing large quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine in San Antonio are pleading guilty, including a handful scheduled to appear in federal court today. -- Court records show more than 20 of the 33 defendants have pleaded guilty or have signed plea deals intending to do. Many of those targeted in the investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI and San Antonio police are members or associates of the Tango Blast gang..........

KURV        
Suspected Drug Cash Seized At Border Bridge 
CBP officers have stopped more than 200-thousand dollars in suspected drug money from getting into Mexico. Customs officers at the Hidalgo International Bridge stopped a Volkswagen Passat Wednesday, sent the vehicle to a secondary inspection site, where a dog trained at sniffing out contraband alerted to the car’s bumper. -- Officers pulled it apart and pulled out 14 bundles of cash that amounted to 209-thousand-260 dollars. The driver, a Mexican national, was arrested on a charge of attempting to evade currency reporting requirements... [Related item].....

LA Daily News        
Ex-LA County Sheriff Lee Baca to be sentenced on jail corruption charges 
Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court Friday, two months after a jury found him guilty of obstruction of justice and other charges stemming from an FBI probe into inmate abuse inside Men's Central Jail. -- Federal prosecutors had said in court documents that Baca should be sentenced to more than four years in federal prison. But because of his age and mental condition --- Baca has said he is in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease --- they recommended a two-year sentence instead.......

ABC15 News        
Illegal living in Mesa detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement says Marco Tulio Coss has been detained by authorities. -- Coss, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, feared he might be deported but was allowed to stay in the country if he agreed to show up to his scheduled appointments. According to his attorney, Ravindar Arora, Coss has complied with ICE policy. -- In April, ICE officials gave Aurora a 30-day deadline to file a “stay of removal” and asylum for Coss.......

ABC10         
Assemblyman Todd Gloria vows to attack TJ sewage problem 
Imperial Beach -- The 200-million-gallons of sewage that spilled in Mexico in February continues to contaminate water in the South Bay. -- Friday, Assemblyman Todd Gloria took a sewage tour along the Tijuana River to find a solution. -- Residents in the South Bay still aren't happy. -- "I can't even enjoy my own beach," said Ginger Sacco. "That's not fair. Not at all." -- Beaches have been closed for months after that big sewage spill earlier this year........

May 14, 2017

Free Beacon          
High School Confiscates Yearbooks After Deeming 'Build That Wall' Senior Quote ‘Inappropriate' 
A North Carolina high school has confiscated pre-ordered yearbooks after school officials and district administrators deemed a student's "build that wall" senior quote "inappropriate." -- Richmond Early College High School allowed graduating students to put a quote of their choice under their yearbook picture. One student chose their senior quote to be "Build that wall," crediting Donald Trump for the statement.......

Coloradoan         
Police: Child sex assault suspect likely fled to Mexico 
A Fort Collins man accused of sexually assaulting a child likely fled to Mexico to evade criminal charges, police say. -- Andrew Vanderwal, 27, faces five counts of sexual assault of a child. He stopped showing up to his court dates in January, and four months later Fort Collins Police Services hasn't been able to track him down. -- It's unusual but not unheard of for a Fort Collins criminal suspect to flee the country, Sgt. Kristy Volesky said.......

Columbia Basin Herald     
Court denies alien's appeal 
Spokane -- The Washington Court of Appeals, Division 3, denied the appeal of a Mexican immigrant who sought to vacate a guilty plea on the grounds of receiving misadvice from his attorney. -- Miguel Barajas-Verduzco, of Beverly, entered the United States in 1998 and about five years later found himself in trouble and entered guilty pleas to charges of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, first-degree possession of stolen property and alien in possession of a firearm. -- Barajas-Verduzco claims before entering the pleas in 2003 he asked his attorney, Theodore Mahr, if he should fight the charges, so he could remain in the United States. Barajas-Verduzco contends Mahr warned him he would be deported after his release from prison, but if he were to return to Washington from Mexico, Mahr could “help” him with his immigration case.......

CNN         
Democratic lawmakers decry Trump's voter fraud panel 
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday forming a commission on voter fraud and elections, an action many Democrats say is aimed at justifying his unfounded voter fraud claims. -- Trump, without evidence, has said that three to five million people voted illegally for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election --- similar to the margin of Clinton's popular vote victory over Trump. -- "In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally," he tweeted in late November.......

Breitbart          
Sen. Cornyn Drafts Plan Against Illegal Immigration, but Downplays Border Wall 
Texas Senator John Cornyn's office is denying a CNN report that he is drafting an immigration bill, and instead drafting a bill on “border security and interior enforcement.” -- The Senator is “working with the Administration on legislation that addresses border security and interior enforcement only,” according to a statement from the Cornyn's office. That border focus excludes the basics of immigration law, such as rules for the annual number immigrants and guest-workers, for required skill levels, and rules for integrating into Americans' civic society. ......

KGBT        
After 4th drunken driving arrest, government wants to deport Mexican man for the 4th time  
After his fourth drunken driving arrest, the federal government wants to deport a Mexican man for the fourth time. -- A state trooper arrested Cresencio Guerrero-Renteria, 54, of Mission --- a Mexican citizen who wasn't lawfully present in the United States --- on May 6, according to Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office records. -- Guerrero is charged with driving while intoxicated-third or more, a third-degree felony. -- He'd already been convicted of drunken driving at least three times since 1992......

KGBT      
Willacy County Sheriff on Senate Bill 4: 'We're not here to question your nationality' 
Hidalgo County law enforcement aren't the only agencies trying to ease fears now that Senate Bill 4 has been signed into law. -- The controversial bill, which requires law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration laws against anyone they detain, will go into effect Sept. 1. -- Though Willacy County authorities said they will cooperate with the law, they don't want the public to be afraid of authority, or to report crime. -- "We're not going to stop people and ask them if they are American citizens, but if a person is involved in a crime and it is established that they are an illegal immigrant, then ICE will be notified and if they choose to detain the subject it'll be done," said Lyford Police Chief Andres Maldonado.......

KGBT       
Officers at Anzalduas bridge find 11 kilograms of cocaine hidden in Mexican woman's car  
Officers arrested a Mexican woman at the Anzalduas bridge on Friday, when they found about 11 kilograms of cocaine in her car. -- Estefany Duran-Quiroz attempted to cross the Anzalduas bridge on Friday. -- Officers searched the car and found 11.1 kilograms of cocaine hidden in the "trunk floor area," according to the federal criminal complaint against her. -- Officers contacted Homeland Security Investigations, a division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which sent agents to interview Duran.......

KGBT          
Officers at Falcon Dam border crossing find 5,100 round of ammunition hidden in car 
Officers arrested two men Tuesday after they attempted to cross the border with more than 5,100 round of ammunition, according to the criminal complaint against them. -- Raul Gomez Gonzalez and Aaron Benavides Quintanilla attempted to cross the border at Falcon Dam on Tuesday. -- Officers searched their car and found boxes of ammunition hidden in the chassis, dashboard and driver's-side door, according to the criminal complaint. They seized 5,105 rounds of ammunition.......

KVIA        
Mexican activist who spent years searching for missing daughter shot and killed 
Cd. Victoria, Tamps. -- A mother who spent years searching for her missing daughter in northern Mexico and organized others to look for their disappeared relatives was shot to death in her home, authorities said Thursday. -- The group Citizen Community in Search of the Disappeared in Tamaulipas, to which Miriam Rodriguez belonged, said she was killed Wednesday night while at her home in the town of San Fernando in Tamaulipas state. -- The Tamaulipas state attorney's office said in a statement that Rodriguez's killer would be brought to justice.......

Washington Post    
Congressional Hispanic Caucus slams DHS pick for immigration ombudsman 
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is demanding the ouster of an immigration hard-liner from a federal office that helps immigrants and businesses solve problems with applications for visas, green cards and U.S. citizenship. -- In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, the caucus said the appointment of Julie Kirchner as ombudsman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, is “offensive, insensitive and malicious.” -- Kirchner previously led the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a conservative advocacy group that favors deportations, the construction of a border wall with Mexico, and a sharp reduction in legal immigration from 1 million people a year to 300,000.......

Fox News       
Border Patrol seizes 12 pounds of heroin after chase 
Border Patrol agents in Tucson, Ariz., chased after an illegal immigrant Wednesday leading them to find six pounds of heroin worth an estimated $210,000. -- The bust was part of a busy day that led to four arrests and a seizure of almost $230,000 worth of the drug. -- The big seizure occurred when agents tried to pull over two cars driving in tandem on a local street in Tucson. One driver in a Ford Taurus was pulled over but immediately got out of the car and started running.......

Daily Caller     
Government Docs Reveal DHS Plans To Build Border Fence In Gulf Of Mexico 
The Department of Homeland Security had plans to discuss constructing border fences in the waters of the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. -- This was revealed in a February weekly report from the U.S. section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) obtained by The Daily Caller through a Freedom of Information Act request. The IBWC was established in 1889 and applies water and boundary treaties between the U.S. and Mexico.......

Breitbart          
Second Round of Somalis Deported from U.S. 
Immigration officials deported a second round of Somali illegal immigrants who had been living in the U.S. along with a few Kenyan foreign nationals. -- Officials deported a total of 77 illegal immigrants to Somalia this month, according to a report by Midnimo Information Center. Of the 77 illegal immigrants, 72 were Somali foreign nationals, while five of the illegal immigrants were from Kenya.......

KGUN        
BP agents seize more than $1M in marijuana 
U.S. Border Patrol agents seized more than $1 million worth of marijuana in two incidents on Wednesday. -- Just after 7 p.m. agents attempted to stop a Chevy Silverado truck. -- The driver failed to stop and a pursuit ensued. The driver tried to flee back to the border. -- Other agents successfully deployed a "controlled tire-deflation device in the truck's path" according to a release. -- After the vehicle stopped, the driver and passenger fled to Mexico.. -- Inside the truck, agents found more than 1,800 pounds of marijuana valued at over $900,000......

May 13, 2017

Breitbart          
Trump Backslides on Campaign Promise To Curb Legal Immigration 
In an interview with pro-globalist Economist magazine, Trump was asked: “Do you want to curb legal immigration?” Trump responded by saying he prefers merit-based immigration of skilled people. The interviewer pressed him again on the scale of legal immigration, asking “[are you] not looking to reduce the numbers?” -- “No, no, no, no, we want people coming in legally. No, very strongly,” Trump replied, as two of his economic advisors sat beside him --- top economic staffer Gary Cohn, and Steve Mnuchin, the Secretary of the Treasury. ......

KMTV          
Illegal alien Orling Carrasco-Zelaya is sentenced to 24-34 years in prison 
Undocumented immigrant Orling Carrasco-Zelaya is sentenced to 24-34 years in prison in Douglas County District Court on Thursday. He ran over and killed his friend Margarito Nava-Luna while drunk in 2016. -- The incident happened near 104th & Manderson Plaza. Nava-Luna and Carrasco-Zelaya were captured on video drinking together at Bogie's Bar shortly before the victim was killed. Carrasco-Zelaya backed over his friend when he got out of the vehicle, and took off.......

Breitbart          
LULAC Files First Lawsuit Against Texas 'Sanctuary' Ban 
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) took little time in filing the first lawsuit to try to stop the Lone Star State's recently signed anti-sanctuary jurisdiction bill. LULAC sued the State of Texas, its governor, and the state's attorney general. -- The mayor of the small Texas border city of El Cenizo joined with the organization whose stated mission is to “advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.” A sheriff and a constable from an adjacent county are also plaintiffs in the lawsuit.......

LifeZette          
The Achilles Heel of Immigration Enforcement 
There is little doubt that President Trump's administration is the first in ages to take immigration enforcement seriously. He has announced plans to hire 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and 5,000 Border Patrol Agents, and to build a wall along the southern border. He's ended controversial “catch-and-release” policies, allowing immigration officers to do their jobs again. And he has shown a clear willingness to enforce America's immigration laws as written. -- Nevertheless, there remains a significant weak point in President Trump's efforts to put immigration enforcement back on track.......

LA Daily News         
Deportation fears stop some LA County "immigrants" from applying for EBT program 
Some Los Angeles County immigrants who are eligible for food assistance programs are staying away because they fear enrollment will hurt their chances of becoming a permanent U.S. citizen or even lead to deportation, county officials said Wednesday. -- The annual CalFresh Awareness campaign was launched this month by Los Angeles County's Department of Public Social Services. The program helps low-income families and individuals buy fresh food with an Electronic Benefit Transfer or EBT card in stores, farmers markets and participating restaurant chains. U.S. citizens and legal residents are eligible to apply for the CalFresh program. ......

KGBT        
Border Patrol agents arrest 40-year-old Mexican man, want to deport him for 7th time 
Border Patrol agents arrested a 40-year-old Mexican man near Hidalgo last week and want to deport him for the seventh time. -- Agents arrested Jose Fernando Zuniga-Penaflor near Hidalgo on May 5. -- "Record checks revealed the Defendant was formally Deported/Excluded from the United States on May 5, 2017, near Hidalgo, Texas," according to the federal criminal complaint against him.......

Tampa Bay Times         
Miami billionaire plans political fund to defend illegals 
To counter the Trump administration's aggressive deportation policy, a billionaire Miami healthcare mogul plans to spend the next couple of years raising — and spending — serious cash to defend unauthorized immigrants in court. -- Mike Fernandez, a Republican-turned-independent political megadonor from Coral Gables, intends to create a nonprofit political organization in coming days to aid existing groups that provide legal services to unauthorized immigrants facing removal from the U.S.......

KFOX      
Border agency says it has picked finalists to design wall 
The federal government said Friday that it has settled on finalists to design President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, but it won't identify them. -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it will notify finalists over the next several days. It won't say how many there are, but it has said previously that it would pick up to 20 for contracts expected to be valued between $200,000 and $500,000.......

David Olen Cross -- Salem         
Oregon's Multnomah County Second in Foreign National Crime in April 2017 
On April 1, 2017 Oregon's Multnomah County had 202 of the 962 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 21.00 percent of the criminal aliens in DOC prisons. -- The following table reveals how Multnomah County residents were harmed or victimized by the 202 criminal aliens incarcerated on April 1st in the DOC prison system with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainers.......

Express News         
Trump's wall still faces tough budget hurdle 
Two days after President Donald Trump signed an annual spending bill stripped of funds to build a border wall, the Republican National Committee sent out a petition from “Trump Headquarters.” It carried a blunt warning......

Seattle Times / AP       
As Trump seeks billions for wall, US still paying for fence 
Before the wall, there was the fence. And the U.S. is still paying for it. -- As President Donald Trump tries to persuade a skeptical Congress to fund his proposed multibillion-dollar wall on the Mexican border, government lawyers are still settling claims with Texas landowners over a border fence approved more than a decade ago. Two settlements were completed just this week.......

May 12, 2017

KRGV         
Increase of Cartel Violence in Reynosa Impacting Residents 
Reynosa, Tamps. -- The power struggle between criminal groups unfolding in Reynosa has residents seeking cover. -- A video of a man warning residents of upcoming turf wars around the city started circulating on social media this week. The message has already been shared more than 28,000 times. -- A man coming from Mexico told CHANNEL 5 NEWS he drove past two bodies this weekend. He said he now keeps an eye out everywhere he goes.......

Breitbart          
'Tear Down This Wall:' Border Concert to Defy Trump 
(AFP) -- Musicians from both sides of the US-Mexican border, and from around the world, will come together next month in a symphonic protest over President Donald Trump's plan for a wall to restrict immigration. -- The crowd-funded June 3 show, announced Monday by the Dresden Symphony Orchestra, will take place in Friendship Park, which straddles the border between the Mexican city of Tijuana and San Diego in California. -- “It's not the only wall in the world. The list of walls around the world is really long,” said Markus Rindt, organizer of the project dubbed “Tear Down This Wall!”......

Daily Caller         
Top Honduran Official Predicts Exodus After Texas Enacts Anti-Sanctuary City Law 
Honduras' deputy foreign minister is preparing for an exodus of Hondurans from Texas after the state outlawed sanctuary cities. -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 4 into law on Sunday night, which calls for criminal penalties for sheriffs and police chiefs whose agencies refuse to comply with federal immigration detainers. Travis County, home to Austin, has refused to comply with dozens of immigration detainers including those for immigrants accused of sexual assault.......

Bakersfield.com         
Kern County supervisors vote to oppose California sanctuary bill 
Four of five Kern County supervisors voted Tuesday to oppose the proposed state “sanctuary” law that triggered a battle with Sheriff Donny Youngblood last week. -- And they plan to push for changes in the bill over the next week. -- Community advocates argued — in vain — that opposing Senate Bill 54 would drive immigrants in the country illegally into the shadows, split the community and portray the county as bigoted. -- Other speakers questioned Youngblood's argument that SB 54 would force him to release dangerous criminals back into the community.......

May 11, 2017

Click2Houston         
More than 200 arrested in Houston during nationwide gang roundup, feds say 
More than 200 people were arrested in the Houston area as part of a six-week nationwide gang sweep that concluded last weekend, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. -- The agency said Thursday in a written statement that the operation, which ran from March 26 to May 6, targeted gang members and associates involved in crimes including drug trafficking, sex trafficking, weapons smuggling, human smuggling, murder and racketeering.......

Palm Beach Post         
Mexican driver in fatal wreck faces new charge --- fake work papers  
A Mexican man who was arrested last month for fleeing the scene of a fatal wreck faces a new charge, this one for falsifying work documents. -- As a debate rages over immigration reform and border security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Victor Villanueva Rivera used a phony Social Security card and a bogus resident alien card when he applied for work at Gray's Ornamentals Inc., a nursery in suburban Delray Beach. In a criminal complaint, the U.S. Attorney's Office accused Villanueva Rivera of fraud.......

ImmigrationReform.com          
Flawed Immigration Enforcement Led to Murder in Boston 
Bampumim Teixeira, a lawful permanent resident from Guinea Bissau, was arraigned on murder charges this week in Boston, Mass. The 30-year-old immigrant stands accused of having slit the throats of a married couple --- both anesthesiologists practicing in the Boston area --- during a robbery attempt gone bad. He was arrested after a confrontation with police, during which he was shot several times. -- Sadly, this type of vicious crime is no longer unusual in urban areas. What is unusual about this case is that, even though Teixeira had a history of crime, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) never considered him a candidate for removal.......

Philly.com         
PA fights on to shut down immigrant family detention center in Berks County 
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services' legal battle to shut down a Berks County detention center for undocumented immigrant mothers and their children is moving ahead, in the face of an April ruling by an administrative court judge allowing the facility to continue operating without a valid state license. -- The agency's appeal of that decision, announced Friday, extends the Wolf administration's long-running effort to revoke the license of the Berks County Residential Center (BCRC). The Leesport facility is run by the county under a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to incarcerate immigrant families while they pursue claims for asylum.......

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 May when it comes to criminal aliens (illegal aliens) here in the Pacific Northwest. -- This week we take a look at for your radio listeners at an illegal alien who has been convicted of drug crimes in the federal court system. -- On Monday, May 8, 2017 Alfredo Pena-Lopez, aka Gerionda, age 43, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge in Portland, Oregon to 210 months in federal prison system for conspiracy to distribute or possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine.......

Texhoma's Home Page        
City of Austin Plans to Fight "Sanctuary City" Law 
Austin city council members are preparing for a fight over the new "sanctuary cities" law in Texas, which would allow a law enforcement officer to ask a person's immigration status. -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a lawsuit - naming several city and county officials, trying to have a court rule the law as constitutional. Leslie Rangel spoke with city council members who say the battle is just beginning. -- "I think when the Texas Attorney General is suing you, you are doing something right," Delia Garza, Austin City Councilwoman. Austin city council member Delia Garza says the fight against SB-4 is just beginning.......

KTSA        
Critics: "Sanctuary Cities" Law Already Having Negative Impact 
Critics of the “Sanctuary Cities” law now on the books in Texas aren't showing any signs of backing down. -- “This is really something that's going to push the immigrant community further in to the shadows, further in to the darkness… further away from the mainstream” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said Tuesday–two days after Governor Greg Abbott officially signed the measure in to law during a Facebook Live stream. -- Acevedo fears what he described as the consequences of the law–which will officially take effect in the Lone Star State in September.......

KMOX         
Illegal Alien One of Those Arrested in Franklin Co. Drug Bust 
Detectives bust a man and woman trying to smuggle 250 pounds of marijuana through Franklin County on Interstate 44. -- Police found the drugs in a false compartment inside the toolbox of a Chevy pick-up truck the two were in, after being pulled over early Monday morning for a traffic violation. -- One of those suspects is a local; the other is an illegal immigrant.......

BizPac Review         
'Under a minute!' Mexican nationals laugh as reporters show how easy it is to cross border 
Two freelance reporters went to the Southern border to show just how effortless it can be to cross it. -- Joe Biggs and David Rodriguez of Borderland Alternative Media recorded themselves as they scanned a portion of the border between Mexico and the U.S. -- The reporters walked along a dirt road and pointed to a nearby building in Mexico to illustrate how close they were to our southern neighbors. -- “I'm in disbelief” Rodriguez who lives in El Paso, Texas, said of the border. “I didn't even know this little area existed.” -- “We're in American right here,” Rodriquez said. “That green sign --- Mexico.” -- The pair walked along until Rodriguez decided to cross the border — a feat that took place in under a minute.......

Fox News       
Dad on deported illegal alien who injured son: 'He keeps coming back' 
Lennox Lake was having the time of his life on Saturday. The six-year-old had tagged along with his mom and dad on a road trip to central California. -- Lennox had been such a good boy, his parents decided to treat him to a surprise stop at Disneyland – the happiest place on Earth. -- On the way drive back home to San Ysidro, the Lakes treated their good little boy with one final treat --- a frosty milkshake from In-N-Out. They were just a block from their home. But they never made it.......

LA Times        
L.A. school board makes it clear: Immigration officers won't be welcomed on campuses 
The Los Angeles school board on Tuesday unanimously approved a set of policies that board members said would provide families with a higher level of protection from federal immigration raids. -- Among the safeguards in the sweeping set of guidelines: No immigration officers will be allowed on campus without clearance from the superintendent of schools, who will consult with district lawyers. Until that happens, they won't be let in, even if they arrive with a legally valid subpoena.......

GOPUSA          
'Beyond sanctuary': County pushing legal aid for criminals 
In a reported attempt to spite President Donald Trump for being tough on immigration, officials in Washtenaw County gave their initial approval to forward new immigration policies designed to welcome criminal aliens, illegal migrants and other immigrants through resolutions – one of which gives taxpayer-funded legal aid to illegals facing deportation … for free. -- The Leftist county --- which is home to the University of Michigan --- is looking to become the ultimate sanctuary of sanctuaries for illegals. -- “Washtenaw and its main city of Ann Arbor are already sanctuary jurisdictions, but now they are expanding and codifying their policies that give all sorts of favorable treatment to refugees and immigrants --- regardless of legal status,” WND reported.......

KVOA        
Push to make Tucson a Sanctuary City 
There's discussion whether Tucson should be declared a "Sanctuary City" for immigrants. -- The "Human Relations Commision" held a meeting Wednesday night to discuss the issue. -- President Trump has previously said that he might pull federal funding from sanctuary cities if they do not cooperate. -- In December, Tucson was designated an "Immigrant Friendly City," but has never been a designated Sanctuary City. The Commision believes more should be done. --"We feel that if we explicitly name ourselves a sanctuary city, that it will make it clear, not just to our community, but also our allies, where we stand on issues of justice and protection for all of our people," Chairperson with the Human Relations Commision, Manuel Guzman said. ......

May 10, 2017

MLive.com      
Mexican woman pulled over in Bay County charged with illegal reentry to U.S. 
A routine traffic stop led police to arresting a 19-year-old Mexican woman on charges she illegally entered the country, something she had done at least three times previously. -- According to an affidavit authored by U.S. Border Patrol Supervisory Agent Michael Awe and contained in court files, a Michigan State Police trooper on the morning of April 29 pulled over a black 2004 Saab sedan on Interstate 75 in Bay County. The trooper stopped the car for speeding.......

Washington Examiner         
Ramos rages at 'Trumplandia,' Americans 'accomplices' in illegal immigration 
Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, already at a Code Red alert level over President Trump, has gone nuclear over the administration's immigration actions in the first 100 days, accusing "Trumplandia" of lies, fear and racism in jumping arrests of illegals by 32 percent. -- "Trump opened the box of prejudices, and the result is fear. In more than 30 years in this country, I have never seen an anti-immigrant climate as harmful as this. Politically incorrect has become acceptable in Trumplandia. Many confuse being honest with being overtly racist," Ramos raged in a column for La Prensa.......

KGBT       
After drunken driving conviction, government wants to deport Mexican man for the 11th time 
After a drunken driving conviction, the federal government wants to deport a Mexican man for the 11th time. -- Jorge Luis Barrientos Quintanilla, 24, of Weslaco --- a Mexican citizen who isn't legally present in the United States --- pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor, on Thursday. -- Hidalgo County Court at Law Judge Rodolfo "Rudy" Gonzalez sentenced Barrientos to 180 days in jail, but suspended the sentence and ordered him to spend 10 months on probation, according to court records.......

KGUN       
Final border fence panel installed in Naco 
The final border fence panel was installed Tuesday morning completing the replacement of 7.5 miles of out-dated fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border near Arizona's Naco Port of Entry. -- According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, this new fencing will create a greater barrier against illegal crossings and improve awareness of any illicit activities along the border. -- Funding for this project was approved in 2016 as part of the fiscal budget. Along with the fencing will come road improvements and more efficient low water crossings which will be completed next month.......

Breitbart          
Mexico Ranked Second Deadliest in World 
As the total number of conflict fatalities decreased around the world in 2016, the number of intentional homicides exploded in Mexico. -- With 23,000 homicides in 2016, Mexico ranked as the second deadliest country in the world, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) revealed in their Armed Conflict Survey. -- The report, published on Tuesday, highlighted the effect that drug cartels are having in Latin America. Leading the way are Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador......

KATU         
Suspect in sex abuse of 9-year-old girl extradited to Oregon after arrest at Mexico border 
The man accused of sexually abusing a 9-year-old Oregon girl earlier this year has arrived in Oregon to face charges after his recent arrest at California's border with Mexico. -- The assault happened Feb. 26 at the Clackamas Trails Apartments in unincorporated Clackamas County. -- Investigators found physical evidence at the scene that linked 48-year-old Isidro Martinez-Flores to the crime. He is also known as Santiago Martinez-Flores........

Breitbart          
15-time Mexican Deportee Allegedly Injures Boy in Drunk Driving Incident 
Immigration officers deported a Mexican illegal alien 15 times before he allegedly drove drunk and crashed into a car severely injuring a small boy. The suspect in a drunk driving accident that fled the scene over the weekend illegally re-entered the country again after being deported in January. The Mexican national is alleged to have seriously injured a six-year-old boy when the family was coming home from Disneyland. -- The Mexican national is alleged to have seriously injured a six-year-old boy returning home with his family from a trip to Disneyland....[Related item]

KGBT         
After drunken driving conviction, government wants to deport Mexican illegal alien man for the 3rd time 
Roman Orozco-Martinez, 31, of Mission --- a Mexican citizen who wasn't lawfully present in the United States --- pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor, on Jan. 6, 2016, according to Hidalgo County court records. -- County Court at Law Judge Frederico "Fred" Garza Jr. sentenced Orozco to 180 days in jail, but suspended the sentence and placed him on probation for a year.......

David Olen Cross -- Salem        
Oregon's Washington County Third in Foreign National Crime in April 2017 
Oregon's Washington County Third in Foreign National Crime in April 2017 May 10, 2017 By David Olen Cross On April 1, 2017 Oregon's Washington County had 190 of the 962 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 19.75 percent of the criminal aliens in DOC prisons.......

LA Daily News         
Here's how LAUSD plans to respond if ICE comes for its students or families 
The Los Angeles Unified School District board has made its position regarding immigration enforcement clear, namely with a resolution passed last year asserting that any LAUSD site or school is a “safe place” for students and their families facing immigration enforcement. -- On Tuesday, the board will consider a proposal to reaffirm that stance and take more steps regarding immigration enforcement, including not asking about a student's immigration status. -- The resolution, “Reaffirmation of Los Angeles Unified School District Schools as Safe Zones for Families Threatened by Immigration Enforcement,” comes from board members Monica Garcia and RefRodriguez. ......

City News  Service       
Helping to build Trump's wall? An LA leader [Cedillo] wants the public to know 
Councilman Gil Cedillo said Tuesday he plans to introduce a motion that would require companies seeking contracts with the city to publicly disclose if they are also submitting bids to build President Donald Trump's controversial border wall. -- The measure would impose strict penalties and fines on any company that fails to disclose the information. -- Cedillo said he plans to introduce the motion at Friday's Los Angeles City Council meeting and discuss it at a news conference Thursday with a coalition of immigration rights, community and labor leaders, including Rusty Hicks, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.......

KRGV         
Mayor of Sanctuary City (El Cenizo) Voices Opposition to Senate Bill 4 
The mayor of a community located south of Laredo said they're preparing to fight back against Senate Bill 4. -- El Cenizo in Webb County is considered a sanctuary city. The town passed a Safe Haven Ordinance in the late 90s. -- CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke with Mayor Raul Reyes about the signing of the bill. -- “We understand we have an obligation to safe guard the safety and well-being of our community, but we also have an obligation to protect our citizens no matter who they are, where they come from or what language we speak,” he said.......

AJC.com         
DACA recipient stripped of protected immigration status 
Federal authorities have stripped a former Kennesaw State University student of her protected immigration status, setting the stage for her possible deportation. -- Jessica Colotl's arrest and near-deportation for a traffic violation in 2010 sparked a controversy about unauthorized immigrants attending public colleges in Georgia and beyond. -- A Cobb County judge would go on to dismiss the criminal case stemming from the traffic charge. -- But officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement on Wednesday said that she admitted guilt in the case.......

WFAA      
Texas AG prepares for legal challenges to 'sanctuary cities' ban 
Attorney General Ken Paxton on Monday filed the first lawsuit related to the so-called "sanctuary cities" bill, in preparation for expected legal challenges from immigration groups. -- The lawsuit filed under the federal Declaratory Judgement Act, asks a judge to declare S.B. 4 constitutional before any legal challenge is filed. -- “This is a public safety issue that requires swift resolution," Paxton said Monday. "If a Texas sheriff or other law enforcement authority cannot lawfully honor an ICE detainer, dangerous people will slip through the cracks of the justice system and back into our communities."......

Breitbart          
ACLU Issues 'Travel Alert' for Texas after Sanctuary City Ban 
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) issued a “travel alert” following Governor Greg Abbott's signing of the nation's toughest sanctuary city law. -- The warning from the ACLU tells people planning a trip to the Lone Star State to “anticipate the possible violation of their constitutional rights when stopped by law enforcement.” -- The press release obtained by Breitbart Texas from the ACLU states......

Conservative Base      
Sanctuary on steroids: Brooklyn's DA orders prosecutors to stop charging illegal aliens  
While President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly are attempting to bring some law and order to the nation's out-of-control immigration system, a top Washington, D.C., watchdog has revealed additional Democratic Party officeholders who are working feverishly to set up roadblocks. -- A New York district attorney for the city's most populated county (borough) is allowing illegal aliens off-the-hook for non-violent crimes. That includes larcenies, criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct, harassment and other misdemeanors. Such a “dispensation” is only for those living in the U.S. illegally, meaning citizens and legal residents will face arrest and prosecution for these so-called minor charges.......

USA Today        
'Not a serious process': Bidders question handling of border-wall project 
The federal government has said it will narrow this week the list of companies in the running to build prototypes of a U.S.-Mexico border wall. -- But some bidders expressed skepticism about the process, if the government's goal --- as President Trump promised --- is to build a wall along the 1,900-mile border. -- "From the beginning it's not a serious process, it's not going to get the wall built," Michael Hari said of the process. His Illinois-based company, Crisis Resolution Security Services, submitted a design inspired by the Great Wall of China.......

KPLC       
15 illegals accused of working under false identities at LNG plant in Cameron 
A spokesman for Bechtel confirms fifteen illegal immigrants arrested were working for Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals Construction Services. Bechtel is the prime contractor at Cheniere LNG at Sabine Pass. -- The individuals taken into custody by authorities on May 4 were working for Bechtel, "under allegedly assumed identities based on fraudulently obtained legitimate social security numbers and matching birth certificates," said Iva Zagar, Manager of Communications for Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals of Houston.......

KGBT        
After conviction for evading arrest, government wants to deport Mexican for 5th time 
After a conviction for evading arrest, the federal government wants to deport a Mexican man for the fifth time. -- Pedro Guerrero Garcia, 41 , of Mission --- a Mexican citizen who wasn't lawfully present in the United States --- pleaded guilty to evading arrest or detention, a Class A misdemeanor, on Thursday. -- Hidalgo County Court at Law Judge Jaime J. Palacios sentenced him to time served, according to court records.......

Caller Times         
Illegals found in grain hauler 
Border Patrol agents found 14 people hiding inside a grain hauler at the Falfurrias checkpoint Monday morning, according to a news release. -- When the vehicle pulled up to the checkpoint, agents referred the vehicle for a secondary inspection after a canine alerted them. -- The driver continued driving north, trying to avoid the stop, before eventually stopping again. The agents found 14 undocumented immigrants at the bottom of the hauler covered in a tarp.......

Tickle the Wire        
Homeland Security Gets Bombarded with Proposals to Build Drones for the Border 
Homeland Security shouldn't worry about finding sophisticated drones for the border. -- The agency received so many bids to provide compact drones that the federal government ended the submission process two months early, NBC News reports. -- “As this was a pilot program, we were hoping to see a robust response from industry, but did not have a specific target [number of bids] in mind,” said Ari Shuler, director of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Commercial Technology Innovation Program. “Our team's expectations were exceeded as we received more than three dozen proposals.”......

My San Antonio        
Texas asks court to uphold 'sanctuary city' law 
A Latino rights groups says it has filed what may be the first lawsuit challenging a new "sanctuary cities" ban in Texas that allows local police to ask a person during routine stops whether they're in the U.S legally. -- Luis Vera is an attorney with the League of United Latin American Citizens. He says he filed the challenge Monday on behalf of a small town near the border with Mexico called El Cenizo, which has had a "safe haven" ordinance since 1999 that prohibits city employees from asking about a person's immigration status.......

AP          
Trump fires FBI director James Comey 
President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, dramatically ousting the nation's top law enforcement official in the midst of an FBI investigation into whether Trump's campaign had ties to Russia's meddling in the election that sent him to the White House. -- In a letter to Comey, Trump said the firing was necessary to restore "public trust and confidence" in the FBI. Comey has come under intense scrutiny in recent months for his public comments on an investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's email practices, including a pair of letters he sent to Congress on the matter in the closing days of last year's campaign.......

Townhall         
How to Pay for the Wall 
When P resident Trump signed a stopgap spending bill that funds the government for the next five months, the media trumpeted the news that the bill doesn't include money to begin building a wall on our southern border. Nancy Pelosi gloated that the omission was “a defeat for President Trump,” and even some of his most ardent supporters expressed disappointment at the lack of progress on Trump's signature campaign issue. -- The critics spoke too soon, because adequate funding sources are hiding in plain sight. And yes, Mexico will indirectly pay for it, just as President Trump promised.......


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