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  • Migrant families overwhelm detention capacity in Arizona, prompting mass releases

    10/09/2018 9:14:54 PM PDT · by blueplum · 35 replies
    WaPo via MSN ^ | 09 Oct 2018 | Nick Miroff
    A sudden influx of Guatemalan families into Arizona has overwhelmed detention facilities there and forced the government to release hundreds of parents and children over the past several days, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday...Large groups of 100 or more have been turning themselves in to agents and requesting humanitarian refuge. “We are seeing record numbers of family units coming across,” said one Department of Homeland Security official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the trend. The department has not published border arrest totals for September, but the number of parents who arrived with children is expected...
  • Border Patrol arrests DACA recipient accused of smuggling over $34G worth of meth

    10/03/2018 8:52:22 PM PDT · by Innovative · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | Oct. 3, 2018 | By Paulina Dedaj
    A Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient was arrested in California near the Mexico border Tuesday morning and accused of smuggling over $34,000 worth of meth into the U.S., officials said. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said the 22-year-old man, who is originally from Mexico, approached the El Centro Sector checkpoint on Highway 86 at approximately 11:20 a.m. in a grey Kia Optima. Agents called for a secondary inspection of his vehicle, during which a canine team alerted to something suspicious in the trunk, investigators said. Agents recovered 14 vacuum-sealed packages, weighing over 17 pounds in all, that...
  • ICE struggled to pay its bills long before administration took money from FEMA

    09/26/2018 1:11:34 AM PDT · by blueplum · 1 replies
    Tribune News Service ^ | 25 Sep 2018 | Bryan Lowry, McClatchy Washington Bureau
    {snip}Jennifer Elzea, an ICE spokeswoman, told McClatchy that forecasting the ICE budget was an imprecise science. "Predicting detainee population is a complex challenge that takes into account variables like migration flows, geo-political climate, and immigration policy...{snip} ...The June decision to shift the money to ICE came two months after the GAO found ICE repeatedly made errors during its budgeting process and required multiple fund transfers to covers its bills between the 2014 and 2017 fiscal years - a period that spans both the Obama and Trump administrations...{snip} ...The shifting of dollars to ICE may have been overlooked in past years,...
  • Illegal U.S. northern border crossings up 142 percent from last year

    08/09/2018 7:06:34 AM PDT · by gattaca · 7 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 6, 2018 | CBS News
    CBS News has learned the number of people caught illegally crossing the United States' northern border is up 142 percent. Border Patrol agents apprehended 445 people entering the U.S. from Canada during the first six months of 2018; that compares with 184 during the same period last year. The northern border is very easy to cross, which was actually the original intention. But it also makes it very difficult to secure. An unguarded metal fence is the only thing keeping smugglers from entering a remote corner of New York State – a small part of the physical security infrastructure along...
  • Martha McSally picks up border patrol endorsement as immigration takes center stage in primary fight

    08/08/2018 7:27:03 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 73 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 08, 2018 | Al Weaver
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., took home a key endorsement Wednesday from the National Border Patrol Council as she looks to show off her immigration credentials and break free from a contentious GOP Senate primary battle set for Aug. 28. McSally, a two-term congresswoman from Tucson, was flanked by national and local border officials who heaped praise on her work to curb illegal immigration and as the only person in the race to be a consistent voice for these issues. She won the endorsement over Dr. Kelli Ward, a chief critic of McSally, who has tried to make...
  • Man severely injured after falling off 30-foot border wall

    08/06/2018 10:10:22 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 120 replies
    KYMA.com ^ | August 6, 2018 | Crystal Bedoya
    A man was found severely injured by Border Patrol agents after he fell from the international border wall behind the Gran Plaza Outlet Mall in Calexico Sunday evening... the man fell from the 30-foot border wall while he attempted to illegally enter the United States... suffered bilateral femur fractures to both legs and a possible back injury. The man was airlifted to a medical center in Palm Springs.
  • 500 detained fathers and sons to go on strike after being separated

    08/01/2018 6:43:46 PM PDT · by blueplum · 30 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 01 Aug 2018 | Amanda Holpuch
    More than 500 migrant fathers and sons detained in Texas after being separated from each other for weeks and months have launched a strike against unfair conditions. The fathers plan to resist orders and refuse food at three sites at Karnes detention center, while the sons are set to refuse to participate in school activities. The demonstrators are asking US officials to expedite their immigration cases {snip} ...government officials have said Karnes is being used to temporarily hold families facing imminent deportation, according to court documents.
  • Massive court filing says illegal immigrant families suffered from U.S. food, chill, disease

    07/30/2018 7:37:41 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 81 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 29, 2018 | Stephen Dinan
    Illegal immigrant families are furious at the treatment they received after being detained at the border, complaining of bad burritos, cold soups, being forced to drink water out of toilets and contagious disease outbreaks that have swept through the facilities. The complaints are detailed in a massive court filing on behalf of illegal immigrant children that claims the government is breaking its promise to provide quality care for juveniles who end up in the custody of the Homeland Security Department. “We had to drink the water from the toilet to keep hydrated,” said one mother, identified only by her first...
  • Judge praises U.S. efforts in reuniting migrant families

    07/22/2018 5:42:49 PM PDT · by blueplum · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 20 Jul 2018 | Tom Hals
    (Reuters) - A federal judge said on Friday the U.S. government had made “very promising” progress toward reuniting some 2,500 immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a crackdown on illegal immigration. {snip} Nearly 850 parents had been interviewed and cleared for reunification as of Thursday and another 229 parents had been deemed ineligible because of criminal records, or because they “waived” reunification or for other reasons, the report said. The rest are pending review. More than 850 parents are facing final deportation orders, government lawyers told the court on Friday.
  • Trump's immigration policies were supposed to make the border safer. Experts say (trunc)

    07/20/2018 3:13:47 AM PDT · by blueplum · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | 20 Jul 2018 | Ray Sanchez, Nick Valencia and Tal Kopan,
    Experts say the opposite is happening. Before US immigration authorities detained him and took his son, the Honduran migrant said he spent three days in the hands of armed men who identified themselves as members of the Gulf Cartel. Christian, who did not want his full name used, said he was traveling to the US border with his 7-year-old ..."They told us if we didn't pay that they were going to kill us," recalled Christian, who said he was freed three days later after relatives wired money {snip} . The smugglers prefer migrants with family in the US. They know...
  • Border Protection says NYC mayor crossed border illegally

    07/11/2018 8:06:34 AM PDT · by BBell · 24 replies
    https://www.rochesterfirst.com ^ | 7/11/18 | COLLEEN LONG
    WASHINGTON (AP) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his security detail violated both Mexican and U.S. immigration laws by crossing the border on foot during a visit near El Paso, Texas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection alleges in a letter obtained by The Associated Press. The mayor's office flatly denied the allegation.-snip-According to the letter, a uniformed Border Patrol agent noticed a group on the Rio Grande River flood plain south of the Tornillo, Texas, Port of Entry, taking photos of the holding facility. The agent asked if anyone from Border Patrol or public affairs was there...
  • Border Patrol Agents Are Stopping People On New England Highways (Tr)

    07/10/2018 6:11:13 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 34 replies
    https://boston.cbslocal.com ^ | By Ray Sanchez, CNN June 25, 2018 at 9:19 am
    <p>On Interstate 95 near the remote northern Maine town of Lincoln last week, the Border Patrol said it made nine drug seizures and two arrests for immigration violations during an 11-hour checkpoint operation in which agents asked motorists about their place of birth and citizenship status.</p>
  • ICE gets new chief amid calls to abolish immigration agency

    06/30/2018 3:55:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 30, 2018 | Stephen Dinan
    A former top Border Patrol official was tapped Saturday to be the acting chief of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Ronald D. Vitiello takes over from Thomas D. Homan, who had been the acting chief since the start of the Trump administration. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced the move, calling Mr. Vitiello a “well-respected career law enforcement officer” and promised he would be a good advocate for agents and officers.
  • Arizona Border Patrol Agents Rescue 57 Illegal Immigrants in Record Heat

    06/26/2018 8:17:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 06/26/2018 | Debra Heine
    Border Patrol agents rescued a large number of distressed Central American migrants abandoned by smugglers in 108 degree heat on Friday near the Mexican border in Arizona.The group of 57 illegal aliens hailed from Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, and included a teenaged pregnant female as well as a one-year-old child: UPDATED pictures of #USBP Ajo agents render aid to 57 men, women, and children as young as 1 year old found Friday.Record heat may have sealed their fate had it not been for @CBP agents #SavingLives https://t.co/Qx9qLCacmZ pic.twitter.com/94iYPWkj0v— CBP Arizona (@CBPArizona) June 23, 2018 Someone from within the group...
  • At hub for border crossings, families spread throughout US

    06/24/2018 2:43:32 PM PDT · by blueplum · 12 replies
    AP ^ | 24 Jun 2018 | WILL WEISSERT and ELLIOT SPAGAT
    (with Colleen Long contributing) MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Manuel Martinez, who fled Honduras because gangs were trying to recruit his 12-year-old son, was prepared to be separated from his child after paying a smuggler to cross the Rio Grande by boat and getting arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol. His worst fears never came true...while he wasn’t kept under the same roof as his son, they were held in the same compound. They were reunited on Saturday, after five days apart, and were released into the U.S., a tracking device on Martinez’s ankle, while he pursues asylum. {snip} About 70...
  • Border patrol agents arrest 1 at I-95 checkpoint about citizenship

    06/21/2018 4:52:37 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 23 replies
    https://bangordailynews.com ^ | Updated: June 21, 2018 5:49 pm | By Alex Acquisto and Callie Ferguson
    A checkpoint set up by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents Wednesday on Interstate 95 led to the arrest of a fugitive Haitian immigrant who previously was ordered to be deported. The random checkpoint, which was in place for 11 hours, stopped traffic in the southbound lanes between the Penobscot County towns of Howland and Lincoln. Several agents set up cones blocking the highway, and then asked vehicle occupants questions about their citizenship before letting them proceed. Southbound drivers could not avoid the roadblock.
  • Enforce Immigration Law or Change It (Attractive Nuisance)

    06/21/2018 10:10:48 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/21/2018 | KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON
    The United States maintains a policy of separating children from their parents in the case of illegal border crossings in the same sense that the United States has a policy of separating parents from their children when those parents are sent to prison for murder or tax evasion or are jailed for unpaid speeding tickets --SNIP-- The more illegals there were in the United States, the easier it was for more to come. It’s the public-policy version of what the tort lawyers call an “attractive nuisance.”
  • Retired Border Agent: Here's How to Scare Off Illegal Immigrants

    06/19/2018 12:48:41 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 59 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 19, 2018 | Cortney O'Brien
    Tea Party Patriots Action Co-founder Jenny Beth Martin traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border to chat one-on-one with some border patrol agents who are fed up with the federal government and are taking matters into their own hands. Martin shared footage of her walk and talk along the border with Zach Taylor, a retired border patrol officer and current chairman of Chairman of National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers. Zach Taylor Interview - Send them Back Martin and Taylor walked along the Bryan Terry Border Patrol Station in Bisbee, Arizona, named after the border patrol agent who lost his...
  • SOURCES: ILLEGALS INCREASINGLY USE OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN TO CLAIM ASYLUM

    06/18/2018 8:25:40 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/18/2018 | Saagar Enjeti
    Illegal immigrants are increasingly posing with children who are not their own in order to try to gain expedited entry to the U.S., multiple sources tell The Daily Caller. A law enforcement source directly involved in apprehension told The Daily Caller officers are increasingly encountering “family units” of adult males with children of various ages. When law enforcement attempts to debrief the adult males with children, they often cannot answer even the most basic questions about their supposed children. The children also rarely appear to know details of their apparent “fathers.” The law enforcement source cast doubt on the asylum...
  • UPDATE: Cattleman says Border Patrol agent shot on Arizona ranch

    06/12/2018 12:21:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    ABC - WBAY ^ | June 12, 2018 | AP
    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in southern Arizona (all times local): 11:40 a.m. An Arizona cattle rancher says that the shooting of a U.S. Border Patrol agent near the boundary with Mexico happened in a remote part of his ranch that is frequently used by drug and migrant smugglers. Jim Chilton tells The Associated Press in an interview that a Border Patrol official sent him an email Tuesday morning informing him the agent was alone when he was wounded on his ranch, and was struck in the leg and the...