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A 9th Circuit Judge Savaged Congress For Inaction On The Immigration Crisis

Judge Jay Bybee of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals took Congress to task Thursday in an extraordinary opinion that savaged lawmakers for failing to address the immigration crisis. Bybee issued a concurring opinion in connection with a dispute over immigration and public benefits. “By constitutional design, the branch that is qualified to establish immigration policy and check any ...

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Trump Administration Dramatically Increases Immigration Workplace Investigations

Illegal aliens arrested at Ohio meat packing plant

Worksite immigration enforcement actions have increased dramatically under the Trump administration, part of the White House’s crackdown on incentives that drive illegal immigration into the country. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) investigative unit opened four times as many worksite inquires in the 2019 fiscal year than it did at the end of former President Barack Obama’s time in office, according ...

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‘Worked Exactly As Designed’: Border Patrol Responds To Viral Video Of Alien Climbing Border Wall

Viral footage of an illegal alien successfully scaling newly-built border wall appeared to reflect poorly on the effectiveness of the barrier, but a Border Patrol spokesman said the video only captured a fraction of the incident. Omar Ornelas, a photojournalist working out of Southern California, on Tuesday tweeted out a 38-second video of two men climbing a ladder up a ...

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Seizes Over 400 Pounds of Cocaine at Port Everglades

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered more than 417 pounds of cocaine on board a sailboat at Port Everglades on Monday. The estimated street value of the drugs is millions of dollars. CBP officers detected anomalies during an inspection of the vessel. CBP officers discovered two locations in the sailboat’s keel with more than 80 bricks ...

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ICE Spokesman Says Criminal Illegal Aliens Are Attracted To Sanctuary Cities

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official, speaking about an illegal alien in New York who was released from custody, said sanctuary cities attract illegal aliens intending to commit crimes. ICE New York Field Office Director Thomas Decker appeared on Fox News on Wednesday to discuss his agency’s recent apprehension of an illegal alien accused of manslaughter in a New ...

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ICE Opening New Alien Detention Facility in West Texas

ANSON, Texas — The field office director (FOD) for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) for Dallas, Texas, is announcing a new ICE detention facility that’s officially opening during the week of Dec. 9. FOD Marc J. Moore explained that the new ICE facility was actually built in 2010 by the state of Texas to ...

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Houston Couple Sent to Prison for Illegal Alien Transportation Scheme

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A Houston couple was sentenced to federal prison Monday for knowingly and intentionally conspiring to transport illegal aliens. This investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Corpus Christi, Texas. Kevin Kerr, 32, and Brianna Branch, 30, who pleaded guilty to the charges Aug. 29, were sentenced to 85 ...

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ICE Arrests 56 Criminal Aliens in 1 week in DC, VA area operation

From Nov. 12 to 20, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) officers arrested 56 criminal aliens in the Washington, D.C., and Virginia area that included violent offenders, gang members, sex offenders, fugitives from justice, and those who otherwise pose a significant public safety threat. Those arrested during Operation Eagle’s Shield include members of several notoriously violent transnational criminal organizations such ...

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Operation Results in Arrest of 43 Illegal Aliens in Texas Stash House

LAREDO, Texas – During a joint enforcement action, U.S. Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Webb County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO), apprehended a large group of illegal aliens in Laredo, Texas. During the early afternoon hours of November 23, the WCSO provided information on the location of a possible stash house on Baltimore Street.  Border Patrol agents, along with ...

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President Trump Puts Jared Kushner In Charge Of Border Wall Construction: Report

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

The president reportedly tapped his son-in-law Jared Kushner to lead the administration’s effort to complete hundreds of miles of border wall before the end of 2020. President Donald Trump, frustrated over a lack of progress, tapped Kushner, a White House senior adviser, to expedite work on the U.S.-Mexico border wall ahead of the 2020 election, The Washington Post reported Monday, ...

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First Migrant Deported To Guatemala Under New Asylum Program Decides To Return Home

Illegal aliens with children

The first migrant to be deported under the Trump administration’s new asylum program with Guatemala has opted to go back to his home county instead, an indication of how other asylum seekers will likely respond to the new policy. Despite claiming to be fearful of returning to his home country of Honduras, Erwin José Ardón Montoya — when given the ...

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DHS Deputy Says ‘About 60,000’ Migrants Have Been Sent Back Under Remain In Mexico Program

Ken Cuccinelli, the acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, lauded the Trump administration’s Remain in Mexico program, which has sent tens of thousands of asylum seekers back across the southern border. Cuccinelli appeared on Fox & Friends on Sunday to discuss the White House’s efforts to manage the illegal immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, including its ...

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ICE announces Maryland criminal aliens shielded by Sanctuary City policies

BALTIMORE – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has repeatedly asked local jurisdictions to reconsider non-cooperation policies because those policies put politics before public safety. On Friday, ICE released more examples of foreign nationals with active ICE detainers who have been detained for serious criminal offenses in Maryland’s Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. These individuals have not yet been released ...

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Outlets Retract Stories After Realizing The Report Actually Cites The Number Of Children The Obama Administration Detained

Multiple outlets deleted entire stories Tuesday after falsely reporting the number of children currently in migrated-related U.S. custody. Outlets including Reuters, Agence France-Presse (AFP), NPR and Aljazeera jumped on a report from the United Nations, writing Monday that the country has the world’s highest rates of detained children. The outlets reported that there are currently over 100,000 children in immigration-related ...

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Criminal alien, wanted for killing motorist, flees after local law enforcement ignores immigration detainer

PORTLAND, Ore. – On July 12, Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies announced they had responded to a crash involving Alejandro Maldonado-Hernandez, as well as Patrick Ator and his wife, Janace Ator, who were traveling in another vehicle. Maldonado-Hernandez, who was in the United States illegally and allegedly responsible for the crash, was transported to the local hospital with only minor ...

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