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Glenn Spencer -- Feb. 20
Stop the border camera towers now!
    Construction has just started on eight border camera towers in and near the Coronado National Monument. After a careful review it is clear that these towers are useless --- they cannot do the job given to the Department of Homeland Security. What is that job? - To establish operational control of the border. Operational control is defined as the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States. Not only can these cameras not stop unlawful entries, they cannot even see unlawful entries!
    These cameras, costing in excess of $150 million, are surrounded by dense forests and deep monsoon washes. Not only that, they are being built at the very spot where the President has ordered a new "wall" be built! This is a complete waste of taxpayer money - and a blight on our national forests and monuments!
    The Presidential executive order that calls for 'wall' construction invokes the Secure Fence Act of 2006. That act includes the Hutchinson amendment that says the Secretary of Homeland Security may chose not to install border infrastructure, including cameras, if it is "is not the most appropriate means to achieve and maintain operational control" of the border.
    These cameras are not only not the most appropriate means of achieving operational control of the border, they are probably the least appropriate means of the doing the job
    We must do everything we can to stop this insanity!
UPDATE! Watch this 3-minute overview of what the cameras can see...

February 20, 2017

'Day Without Immigrants' Transitions into 'Life Without a Job' for Protesters  
The “Day Without Immigrants” protest demanding amnesty, lax immigration enforcement, and cheap labor practices fizzled in most U.S. cities, and now many demonstrators have lost their jobs for skipping work. -- NBC News reports at least 100 workers lost their jobs at different restaurants and businesses after the February 16 protest.......

California Immigration Rallies: 'No Ban, No Wall, Sanctuary for All'  
Immigration activists and anti-Trump protesters rallied across California on Saturday, as news --- both real and fake --- of new deportations spread throughout the country. -- In San Diego, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported, activists marched through the streets chanting: “No ban, no wall, sanctuary for all!” The crowd reached an estimated 4,000 people.......

Judge Jeanine: Trump Has to Prosecute Obama 'Leftovers' Behind Leaks  
Friday on Fox News Channel's “Fox & Friends,” “Justice” anchor Jeanine Pirro discussed how President Donald Trump should handle leaks coming out of his administration. -- Co-host Steve Doocy asked Pirro about Trump's assertion a day earlier in a press conference that leakers would be sought out and prosecuted, to which Pirro pointed to what she described as Obama “leftovers” and how it would be difficult to find them, but they should be prosecuted.......

Trump's Comprehensive Border Reforms Kill Obama's Pro-Migration Policies  
The Department of Homeland Security is discarding many of President Barack Obama's catch-and-release border policies and will hire an additional 15,500 enforcement and border officers, according to two new policy memos. -- The comprehensive immigration reforms of Obama's policies were signed by DHS chief Gen. John Kelly on Feb. 17. They direct DHS officials to use an expedited repatriation process for illegals who have been in the United States for up to two years, to return border-crossing Mexicans home while their appeals for entry are adjudicated, and to prosecute illegal aliens who hire migrant-smugglers to get their children into the United States.......

DHS Authorizes Hiring 10,000 Immigration Officers  
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John F. Kelly authorized the hiring of an additional 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and enforcement officers. The move by DHS delivers on a promise made by President Donald Trump to increase enforcement–particularly in removing criminal aliens inside the borders of the U.S.......

February 18, 2017

Soros Groups Behind Massive Anti-Trump Tax Day Protest Plot 
The news media has been reporting on plans by a coalition of activist groups to hold a massive anti-Trump Tax March in Washington and at least 60 other locations on April 15. -- Unreported by the news media is that most of the listed partners and support organizers of the march are openly financed by George Soros or have close links to Soros financing. ......

Fox News          
Sanctuary Policy Nearly Allowed Man Accused of Sexually Abusing 9-Year-Old to Walk Out of Jail
An undocumented immigrant in Travis County, Texas arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl was almost allowed to walk out of jail on a low bond because of the county's sanctuary policy. -- Hugo Javier Gallardo-Gonzalez was arrested and charged on Sunday with contentious sexual abuse of child, according to a report by local CBS affiliate ValleyNews.com.......

Gang recruiting (MS-13) seen as early as elementary school  
Gaithersburg, MD -- It starts early. WUSA9 learned Thursday, gang leaders are recruiting new members in a disturbing place: Elementary Schools. -- “Oh grade-school. They're recruiting in grade-school but generally 5th grade and on,” said Northern Virginia Regional Task Force Director Jay Lanham. -- It may feel like they're babies, but 5th grade and on, the time kids are starting to find themselves, has become a prime target age for MS-13 gang recruiting especially, according to Lanham. ......

Washington Times         
4 arrested at Tucson protest over immigration policy  
A rally in Tucson against President Donald Trump's immigration policies quickly escalated and led to a clash between police and protesters, resulting in three officers being injured and pepper spray used to disperse the crowd. -- Police say the officers sustained minor injuries and two women and one man were arrested on felony charges of suspicion of aggravated assault on a peace officer after Thursday night's protest. Another woman was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of obstruction and failure to provide identification.......

Hot Air         
Florida county abandons sanctuary city status  
Anybody tired of winning yet? -- There's been a lot of tough talk coming from mayors of municipalities around the country regarding President Trump's plans for so-called “sanctuary” cities and states. The real question has always been how firm that resolve will be if the White House makes good on its threats and begins slashing funding to areas which refuse to comply with federal law regarding immigration. The as yet unofficial policy is now producing some early results, specifically in Miami-Dade County in Florida. ......

GADZOOKS! Gaps in the border fence-who knew?
American Border Patrol Knew
Breaking news! Texas TV station discovers breaks in the border fence!
Los Indios Mayor Rick Cavasos explained a part of the fence was not completed by the government. -- “I’m not sure what happened there, whether it was a funding issue but the gaps are still here and the purpose of these gaps where for the gates,” he said. -- He said those gates would help secure the area, but they never became a reality
One little problem here --- American Border Patrol reported on those breaks in the Texas border fence --- two years ago!

February 17, 2017

Cameras Blind? -- See for yourself
This image is from a drone video taken this morning. It is typical of the terrain surrounding cameras in the Coronado National Forest.

FAKE NEWS: Media Lying to Public on ICE Arrests  
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials are continuing to defend themselves against the national media which continues to mischaracterize the role and intent of the round-up of criminal aliens. -- Media reports have called the Operation Cross Check arrests of criminal aliens a mean-spirited effort by ICE officials and the Trump Administration, despite the fact that this operation has been carried out in the past.......

Ten Arrested, Including Four Illegal Aliens, After ‘Savage' Gang-Related Killing of Maryland Teen
Imported gang violence continues to afflict Virginia: authorities charged illegal alien suspects with murder and all ten suspects for gang participation and abduction on Thursday for the “brutal” slaying of 15-year-old Damaris Reyes Rivas. -- Police arrested ten in connection with Rivas' death: four adults and six teenagers. FOX5 reports “Jose Ivan Castillo Rivas, 18, Springfield, Wilmer A. Sanchez Serrano, 21, Cindy Blanco Hernandez, 18, and Aldair J. Miranda Carcamo, 18” are adults.......

Special Report: Gaps along Border Fence  
Gaps in the border fence run throughout the U.S.-Mexico border. A proposal out of Washington, D.C., wants to fill in gaps in the Rio Grande Valley and the rest of the frontier. -- The border fence is one of many tools the government uses to secure it. Border Patrol agents said the gaps are used to funnel illegal traffic into more rural areas. Others who live near them said otherwise. ......

Morristown (NJ) Patch         
Two Illegals Indicted For Sexually Assaulting Young Girl In Morristown: Report
Two men, both undocumented immigrants, were indicted on Thursday for charges of sexually assaulting a girl for years in Morristown, the Daily Record reported. -- A third man, Jose Bueso, also an undocumented immigrant, pled guilty last October for sexually assaulting the same girl. He was first arrested last June, as Patch reported.......

New York Times        
Mexican Consulates Flooded With Fearful "Immigrants"  
First came the anxious calls in the days after the election of President Trump. Now, people begin lining up before 8 a.m. and crowd the waiting rooms inside the Mexican Consulate here. -- Mexican citizens come to renew passports that have been unused for more than a decade. They desperately ask lawyers if they can do anything to help them stay in the United States. They register their children for Mexican citizenship, just in case they are sent back and decide to move their whole family with them......

Daily Mail        
AP Botch: National Guard not called in illegals  
White House press secretary Sean Spicer forcefully denied on Friday that the Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up illegal immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border. -- 'That is 100 per cent not true. It is false. It is irresponsible to be saying this,' Spicer told reporters aboard Air Force One......

Valley Central         
Police: McAllen man in critical condition after being assaulted by Honduran citizen  
Police arrested a suspect in an aggravated robbery that left a McAllen man in critical condition, according to a news release from the McAllen Police Department. -- The robbery happened on Jan. 30 just after midnight. -- At about 12:30 a.m., police responded to the 3100 block of Expressway 83 in reference to a rollover crash where a car had landed in a canal. Witnesses told police that the driver fled the scene. ......

Hot Air     
Illegal aliens back to seeking sanctuary in churches  
This is a story which seems to keep popping up every couple of years. There's an old tradition dating back much further than the founding of our country wherein people fleeing persecution by the government seek sanctuary inside a place of worship. There are noble and admirable examples of this throughout history but the practice has also been somewhat abused by those who are flagrantly violating the law and seeking to escape prosecution rather than persecution.......

Mexico Vows to Support Undocumented 'Dreamer' Detained by Trump  
Mexico's foreign ministry expressed concern about the case of Daniel Ramirez Medina, who was detained during last week's sweeping immigration raids. -- Mexico's foreign ministry announced on Wednesday it would provide legal support for the undocumented DACA youth detained last week by Trump immigration officials in spite of his legal status in the U.S. ......

Daily Caller        
Former Mexican Official Wants To Sabotage U.S Courts With Thousands Of Deportation Cases 
“Yes I want to use the U.S. judicial system — the immigration courts in particular — to jam, to backlog it so perhaps President Trump will change his mind and stop this ridiculous policy --- this unpleasant and hostile policy --- of deporting people…” (Jorge Castañeda to Tucker Carlson, Foxnews, 2/14/17.) -- The “ridiculous policy”consists of President Trump's executive orders to deport lawbreaking foreigners, mostly Mexicans.......

February 16, 2017

Gordon R. Friedman -- The Oregonian          
Oregon lawmakers push to repeal sanctuary state designation, make English official language  
A group of Republican legislators introduced bills Wednesday that would make sweeping changes to Oregon's stance towards undocumented immigrants. -- One bill would roll back Oregon's sanctuary state designation. That proposal and others -- bills that would make English the official language of Oregon and require employers to check workers' eligibility against a federal immigration database -- are unlikely to move through the Democrat-controlled Legislature......

Glenn Spencer      
ABP known worldwide
For those in the media who think you are blocking American Border Patrol's message, take a look at this map of our recent Web traffic. At one time this morning we had visitors from Sweden, Tanzania, Thailand Mexico and St. Kitts.

Glenn Spencer      
Afraid of the media?
Today, CNN is reporting that experts do not want a wall on the border because agents can't see through it. -- I said the same thing nineteen months ago in July of 2015. -- (I also said he should use the Secure Fence Act of 2006 as the basis for new fencing. He has since done that.) -- The next month, August of 2015, I invited the Trump campaign to get a briefing on new border technology and they said they would come --- only to cancel at the last minute (Washington Post). -- I wanted to show Trump how this technology could provide a rational basis for border management --- avoiding missteps such as the recent Montezuma tower mistake. -- I got an e-mail from Trump's campaign manager in 2015 thanking me for the work I am doing on the border, but despite promises I have yet to hear from the campaign - or the Trump administration. -- They know what I do, but, just like the mainstream media, they are ignoring me and real solutions to the border problem that would help avoid the present chaos. -- Are they afraid of the media --- or just dumb?

February 15, 2017

Raw Story          
Illegal alien protected by Obama arrested in Seattle  
U.S. authorities have arrested an immigrant from Mexico who was brought to the United States illegally as a child and later given a work permit during the Obama administration in what could be the first detention of its kind under President Donald Trump. -- Daniel Ramirez Medina, a 23-year-old with no criminal record, was taken into custody last week at his father’s home in Seattle by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.......

Free Beacon         
Former Obama Officials, Loyalists Waged Secret Campaign to Oust Flynn   
The abrupt resignation Monday evening of White House national security adviser Michael Flynn is the culmination of a secret, months-long campaign by former Obama administration confidantes to handicap President Donald Trump's national security apparatus and preserve the nuclear deal with Iran, according to multiple sources in and out of the White House who described to the Washington Free Beacon a behind-the-scenes effort by these officials to plant a series of damaging stories about Flynn in the national media.......

Conservative Base         
Organized game plan to collapse the Trump Administration uncovered  
According to well-regarded intelligence analyst Dr. Lyle Rapacki, the “harsh and unsettling truth” is the existence of plans to launch a full-court-press and political assault to turn President Donald J. Trump and his administration into a pile of “pure rubble” and debris. -- “The harsh and unsettling truth is that the same assault launched by anarchists, and those who subscribe to a mean-spirited socialist/communist belief system has been launched to collapse the United States and our constitutional form of government along with the principles and values comprising our foundation.......

Arizona Republic     
Drug catapult found at Arizona-Mexico border fence  
U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered a catapult used to throw bundles of marijuana over the Arizona-Mexico border into Douglas, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. -- While patrolling an area near the Douglas Port of Entry on Feb. 10, agents saw several people quickly retreating from the fence as the agents approached, officials said......

February 14, 2017

Mapped: Colorado sheriffs' policies on illegals and ICE  
For years, any time Immigration and Customs Enforcement asked, sheriffs across Colorado held suspected undocumented immigrants for up to two business days beyond their release dates so that the feds could pick them up. On weekends and holidays, two days could easily stretch into four or five. -- That changed in 2014 when a federal district judge ruled that by holding a woman past her release date, a county jail in Oregon had violated her Fourth Amendment rights. With that, the practice of honoring ICE “detainer requests” largely ended in Colorado.......

NY Daily News         
NY Senate Democrats push for New York as sanctuary state after recent immigrant raids 
In the wake of the recent federal raids on immigrants, two state Senate Democrats are pushing bills meant to protect immigrants, refugees and foreign students. -- One bill would make New York a sanctuary state by prohibiting the detention of undocumented individuals on immigration detainers unless there was a warrant from a judge. The second would prohibit state and local agencies from expending any resources to assist the federal government in the creation of a database with the purpose of tracking immigrants regardless of their legal status.......

Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune       
School board ignores King's warnings over immigrant sanctuary  
Western Iowa Congressman Steve King is battling the Des Moines Public School Board over its immigrant “sanctuary” resolution that King insists violates both the Constitution's supremacy clause and federal laws. -- King released a statement calling the school board's action “blatantly unconstitutional” and warning in a letter to the superintendent and school board that school officials could lose funding or be jailed if they passed the measures. ......

Court: Deport Illegal Immigrant Who Committed Voter Fraud  
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Margarita Del Pilar Fitzpatrick, a resident alien who registered to vote illegally, can be deported for the act despite her claim that she did so at the direction of a DMV employee. -- Fitzpatrick arrived in the country in 2002 and is married to a U.S. citizen. Fitzpatrick applied for an Illinois driver's licence a few years after arriving in the country, court records show. During the process, the DMV clerk asked Fitzpatrick if she wished to register to vote, telling her “it's up to you.”......

TWC News          
Illegal Alien Sentenced for Fatally Injuring Girl in 2015 Christmas Eve Crash
The man who pleaded guilty in connection to a deadly Christmas Eve crash in 2015 was sentenced to six to 18 years in prison Tuesday. -- Efrain Lopez-Contreras previously pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide, manslaughter assault and aggravated DWI. -- He had a blood alcohol nearly three times the legal limit when he crossed the center line and hit a car head on in Clarkson. ......

Andrzejewski: Can Sanctuary Cities Violate Federal Law with No Consequences?  
Adam Andrzejewski, the founder and CEO of OpenTheBooks.com, joined Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Tuesday to discuss his recent Forbes article, “Mapping $27 Billion in Federal Funding of America's Sanctuary Cities.” -- In Forbes, Andrzejewski writes, “The threat of losing nearly $27 billion in federal funding seems to be having an effect on some cities. In fact, Miami already reversed their sanctuary city policy.” ......

Maryland bills would limit help in enforcing immigration laws  
After taking office, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that threatens federal funding cuts to so-called “sanctuary communities” where law enforcement officials don't cooperate fully with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. -- Now, some Maryland lawmakers are responding to Trump's order, with two new bills aimed at limiting how much state and local resources can be used during the enforcement of immigration laws.......

Undercover Agents Arrest Mexican Attempting to Purchase High-Powered Weapons  
A Mexican national is accused of trying to buy a grenade launcher and other high-powered weapons from an undercover ATF agent. -- It happened in Cameron County nearly a week ago. -- The federal agents said Oscar Freddy Garcia met up with an undercover ATF special agent and told that agent he was looking to buy an M203 grenade launcher. ......

New Republic         
From California, a Progressive Cry for State's Rights  
Donald Trump hadn't even been sworn in as president before California was declared, in the words of The New York Times, “the vanguard of the resistance.” With a Democratic supermajority, the country's largest immigrant population, and Governor Jerry Brown's landmark policies on climate change, the state was gearing up for battle against the Trump administration. To that end, the California legislature hired Eric Holder, an attorney general under President Barack Obama, to represent the state in legal fights to come. ......

Trump's 'Deportation Force' Looks A Lot Like Obama's --- So Far  
The first large-scale deportation sweep under the Trump administration sent shockwaves across immigrant communities and their supporters nationwide. Rumors of checkpoints and random searches flooded social media. Protests erupted on the streets. President Donald Trump was quick to declare a political victory. -- Yet the raids, which netted nearly 700 people between Monday and Friday last week, showed little difference in scale or scope from the ones aggressively employed by Trump's predecessor, President Barack Obama.......

Glenn Spencer      
Fox has head in sand
In a story about the Trump "wall', today's foxnews.com contains this: -- "In some parts of California, they would have to build on sand dunes --- something that, while tricky, is doable. -- "To safely erect a wall in sand, geophysicists would have to conduct extensive seismic surveys to determine what lies beneath. Conducting such a survey would involve installing rows of 3D microphones that detect vibrations in the ground." -- Too bad they refuse to recognize me or my work at ABP, since it would have been a simple matter of logging on to Operation B.E.E.F. to see "walls" built on sand dunes. -- A better use of geophones would be to install SEIDARM on the entire border to see where the problems are.

LA Daily News         
Federal judge blocks Trump travel ban for Virginia residents  
A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction barring the Trump administration from implementing its travel ban in Virginia, adding another judicial ruling to those already in place challenging the ban's constitutionality. -- The Monday ruling is significant from a legal standpoint because U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema found that an unconstitutional religious bias is at the heart of the travel ban, and therefore it violates First Amendment prohibitions on favoring one religion over another.......

The Indy Channel         
Illegal Mexican alien accused of driving drunk and killing 66-year-old man did not have license
A woman accused of driving drunk and killing a 66-year-old Noblesville man Monday morning did not have a driver's license and police believe she is also an undocumented Mexican national. -- Elizabeth Vargas-Hernandez, 35, is charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death. She was also cited for operating a vehicle without ever receiving a driver's license.......

Fox News       
Judge Napolitano: Trump Focused on Going After 'Harmful' Illegals
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently carried out 680 arrests of undocumented immigrants, 75 percent of whom have been accused of committing violent crimes, according to the Department of Homeland Security. -- The arrests have sparked outrage, but Homeland Security said these were routine searches.......

The Blaze         
Sean Hannity dukes it out with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos on immigration 
Sean Hannity battled it out with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos over immigration Monday on Fox News. Ramos argued against what he perceived to be demonization of illegal aliens, while Hannity listed the costs of illegal immigration on American society. -- “Jorge, are you at all concerned,” Hannity pointedly asked, “about Americans that have been killed by illegal immigrants?” ......

Open Borders Advocates Continue Fake News Campaign Against ICE 
As the weekend's roundup of criminal aliens winds down, immigration advocates continue to spread fear mongering messages laced with false information about the routine operation. -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO) agents routinely execute targeted criminal alien roundup operations. In May 2015, Breitbart Texas reported 2,059 criminal aliens were rounded up during Operation Cross Check. ......

Hunger strike planned to draw attention to deportation, raids 
...Trump has vowed to deport some 3 million undocumented immigrants who have criminal records and promised to build a wall between the United States and Mexico as a way to block undocumented immigrants from crossing the border. -- A series of immigration enforcement operations around the country netted more than 680 arrests, mostly criminals, the Department of Homeland Security said Monday......

The Hill        
Schumer wants details on 'disturbing' Trump immigration raids  
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to hand over details on who was arrested in a recent string of immigration raids. -- Immigration officials arrested more than 600 individuals in at least 11 states last week, according to The New York Times.......

LA Times          
Federal agents nabbed more than 600 in immigration raids last week, Homeland Security chief says 
Federal immigration agents arrested more than 600 people, including 161 in the Los Angeles area, during a weeklong dragnet targeting criminal offenders living in the country illegally, U.S. officials said Monday. -- Agents arrested at least 680 people deemed "a threat to public safety, border security or the integrity of our nation's immigration system" in the operation, according to a statement by Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly.......

Roberson to bring bill that would prevent sanctuary cities in Nevada   
Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson wants to prevent any city or county in Nevada from becoming a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants. -- In response to recent comments from a Clark County commissioner, Roberson, R-Henderson, plans to introduce a bill Monday aimed at blocking local municipalities from being declared as sanctuary cities and counties. The law would allow the state to withhold funding to jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.......

American Border Patrol          
Happy Valentine's Day, America
This photo of an ABP border banner was taken this morning --- Valentine's Day. It is 200 feet north of the border. This is what Mexicans see when they look through the fence. -- The banner is made up of thousands of individual flags sent in by citizens. The black numbers on yellow in the background are part of ABP's technology test range.   

London Daily Mail          
More than 50 million Muslims are willing to support those who carry out terror attacks to defend their religion, migration expert warns the EU
A migration expert warns that there are more than 50 million Muslims willing to accept violence and support those who carry out terror attacks to defend their religion. -- Professor Ruud Koopmans of the Netherlands warned the EU on Monday to block the entry of any refugees whose identity cannot be categorically confirmed.......

February 13, 2017

Former 'Border Czar' Gives Real Facts About Immigration   
It's hard to find anyone in Washington who knows border issues better than Alan Bersin. His unique perspective combines years of frontline law enforcement experience with academic knowledge and intellectual interest in the historical, economic and social forces that are at work at the borders of the United States, especially the U.S.-Mexico line.......

Channel 3000       
Thousands protest immigration crackdown   
Thousands of Wisconsin activists gathered in Milwaukee's predominantly Hispanic South Side to protest the sheriff's plans to crack down on illegal immigration. -- The crowd hoisted both Mexican and American flags Monday as it made its way downtown to the county courthouse. -- Latinos and other protesters from at least 12 cities across Wisconsin traveled by bus to be part of the march. Milwaukee resident Alma Varela-Zbichorski says the crowd is opposed to Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke's plan to enroll his deputies in a federal program that allows them to act as immigration agents.......

Libertarian Republic          
CA State Sen. Joel Anderson On the Sanctuary State Bill: "Shields Felons in Our Jails" 
Right now, in the state of California, a bill is circling the halls of Sacramento which aims to turn the entire state into a border to border sanctuary for illegal immigrants. One Republican State Senator however, is vociferously speaking out against it, saying that the bill “shields felons in our jails and prisons.” -- California Senate Bill 54, titled “Protecting California People & Prosperity Against Immigration Enforcement,” was sponsored by CA Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon (D-24 Los Angeles). The bill's intention, as described by De Leon, is to “prevent the use of state and local resources, including personnel, for immigration enforcement; and the creation of a federal registry.”.....

Dan Patrick: Sheriff Faces Charges If Sanctuary Stance Continues 
A Texas sheriff who refuses to enforce federal immigration law will face criminal penalties and lose state funding if she continues her stance, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick threatened on Monday. -- "We won't mess around with this issue," Patrick told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" about Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez, who released 37 illegal immigrants on bond in the first week of February alone. ......

Illegal Alien Stung Buying Grenade Launcher in South Texas 
An illegal immigrant from Mexico has been charged in connection with the attempted purchase of at least one grenade launcher and three AK-47s in Texas; it remains unclear if the weapons were meant for a drug cartel. The grenade launcher was bound for Mexico before the bust. -- Agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosive arrested 31-year-old Oscar Fredy Garcia last week near Los Fresnos, Texas, during the failed purchase of an M-203 grenade launcher, court records revealed. Garcia is listed as an illegal immigrant from Mexico. ......

Tucker Carlson Rips Trump Deportation ‘Hysteria'; Reminds Viewers Obama Deported 2 Million Illegals 
Monday on Fox News Channel's “Fox & Friends,” network prime time host Tucker Carlson criticized the hysteria generated by the so-called deportation forces and raids that some have claimed to be underway since President Donald Trump was sworn into office. -- According to Carlson, the number of illegal immigrants deported since Trump took office is minuscule compared to number President Barack Obama had deported during his eight years as president.......

The Hill       
GOP rep urges Trump to prevent illegal aliens from claiming tax credits 
Rep. Luke Messer (R-Ind.) is urging President Trump to take actions to prevent immigrants in the country illegally from claiming the child tax credit. -- “Most Americans are astonished to learn that each year billions of taxpayer dollars are given out to people who are in our country illegally,” Messer said in a news release. “This is just one example of how our broken tax and immigration systems continue to incentivize immigrants to come here illegally. It's long past time to change it." ......

Valley Central          
Border Patrol agents arrest 47-year-old Mexican man with 7 drunken driving convictions  
Border Patrol agents arrested a 47-year-old Mexican man with seven drunken driving convictions on Thursday, when he crossed the Rio Grande near Hidalgo, according to the criminal complaint against him. -- Agents arrested Jose De Jesus Cano-Rios, 47, a Mexican citizen who lived in Edinburg until 2008, when state District Judge Rose Reyna Guerra sentenced him to 10 years in prison. The federal government deported Cano on Nov. 12, 2016, through Brownsville. ......

Valley Central          
Border Patrol agents seize nearly 624 pounds of marijuana near Donna   
Border Patrol agents seized nearly 624 pounds of marijuana Thursday near Donna. -- At about 7:30 a.m. Thursday, agents responded to the American Farms compound to investigate information about potental drug trafficking and human smuggling nearby, according to the criminal complaint. -- Agents approached a white Ford F-250 flatbed truck and found 16 bundles of marijuana. They also arrested Consepcion Rafael Zamora, who they found in the nearby brush.......

Border fence in Israel cut illegal immigration by 99 percent, GOP senator says 
Need an example of a border wall that works? Look to Israel, President Donald Trump has repeatedly said. -- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., echoed the idea during a Feb. 3 CNN interview, claiming that a border fence in Israel has drastically cut illegal immigration along its southern border.......

LA Daily News         
Telemundo town hall offers worried Latino immigrants tips in wake of ICE raids
Amid “panic and fear” that has gripped certain Latino immigrants across the nation, scores of Spanish-speakers converged in Universal City on Sunday for a taped town hall about the effects of President Donald Trump's immigration policies and recent enforcement actions on the Latino community.......

IB Times        
Who Will Trump Deport? Mexico Says Deportation Of Mexicans From US Has Not Increased 
President Donald Trump's vow to deport millions of immigrants from the U.S. has gotten off to a slow start. The number of deported immigrants from the U.S. back to Mexico has not increased since the start of Trump's term, Mexican officials reported Monday. They were supposedly lower than trends from last year. -- While there was a spike in phone calls from citizens to Mexican consulates in the U.S. following Trump's campaign promise to deport immigrants, Mexico's Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said the number of deportations has not risen, Reuters reported. ......

Peru leader phones Trump, asks him to deport ex-president accused of corruption  
Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has asked his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump to consider deporting one of his predecessors, Alejandro Toledo, whose arrest over corruption allegations was ordered recently, a media report said on Monday. -- According to the Peruvian Foreign Ministry, the request was made during a telephone conversation between the two leaders on Sunday.......

The politics of Trump's border wall start to catch up with him 
Donald Trump declared with pride last week, “The wall is getting designed right now.” The president was referring, of course, to his administration's proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico --- one of Trump's signature campaign issues --- which the president says he fully intends to pursue. -- The boast was, however, almost certainly untrue. Before a federal infrastructure project reaches the design phase, there are all kinds of procedural hurdles that need to be cleared, and with the dubious project still in the rhetorical starting blocks, it's implausible to think the wall is already “getting designed.” ......

Washington Examiner          
Democrat opposed to Trump's wall now OK with 'strategic fencing'  
A House Democrat from Texas who said in January he opposed President Trump's plan to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border now says he is open to "strategic fencing." -- "I think the best way is if we have some sort of strategic fencing," Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, told CNN Monday. "If we look at electronics, you know, the surveillance, other things that we've been using in the past." ......

Conservative Base         
George Soros plots to give control of states' higher courts to radicals
While the Democratic Party and the left-wing of the GOP encourage an activist federal court system, the multi-billionaire political provocateur George Soros is allegedly pouring millions of dollars into his project to politicize and radicalize the higher courts in all 50 states. Without notice or fanfare Soros financed a $45 million campaign to reshape supreme or superior courts in a number of American states........

Asylum seekers fleeing US for Canada brave snow, extreme cold      
Farhan Ahmed hoped to find refuge in the United States after fleeing death threats in Somalia, but fear over a US crackdown on immigration sent him on another perilous journey --- to Canada. -- The 36-year-old was among nearly two dozen asylum seekers who braved bone-chilling cold on a February weekend to walk across the border, trudging through snow-covered prairies in the dead of night to make a claim in this country. -- It was a record number of arrivals for a single weekend in the small border town of Emerson, and Canadian officials said Thursday they are bracing for more. ......


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