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  • Texas police have rescued 341 children after anti-trafficking training. [truncated]

    03/06/2018 7:35:23 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 27, 2018 | Steve Volt
    [title cont'd] "They hope it goes nationwide." When Deputy Patrick Paquette pulled to a stop on Interstate 20 in Georgia in January 2013, he didn’t anticipate a career-altering experience. He saw a young man and a far younger girl standing on the side of the highway. Both were handcuffed. The pair had been detained by an officer who had pulled them over for speeding, smelled pot and discovered a bag of marijuana. To Paquette, a Greene County sheriff’s deputy with 11 years of experience, it seemed like a routine case of drug possession. The man looked sullen. The young girl...
  • Judge rules Trump’s DACA phaseout legal: Decision doesn’t stop other courts’ blockade

    03/05/2018 6:28:07 PM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 5, 2018 | Stephen Dinan
    A federal judge ruled Monday that President Trump’s phaseout of the Obama-era DACA program is legal, adding heft to the administration’s defense but doing little to solve the ongoing court quagmire. The ruling does not overturn two other federal courts, who had previously blocked the phaseout, which was supposed to take effect Monday. But it does offer a needed boost as the Justice Department appeals those other two rulings.
  • Did A Texas Republican Weaponize Social Services To Go After Primary Opponent?

    03/05/2018 1:56:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | March 5, 2018 | Matt Vespa
    Tomorrow is Election Day in Texas. Voters will flock to vote in their respective primaries and for one race, it’s become deeply personal. In Texas’ 99 House District race, Bo French is running against incumbent Republican Charlie Geren R-Fort Worth. It’s a rematch from the pair’s 2016 bout; French is considered someone who could knock off Geren in a primary. Geren prevailed but by less than 4,000 votes. According to reports, the two men were friends until French was accused on what appears to be bogus child abuse allegations. The couple recently filed a lawsuit against the political operative for...
  • In Texas GOP primary, it's who can love Trump the most

    03/04/2018 5:20:08 PM PST · by SMGFan · 35 replies
    Yahoo /AP ^ | March 4, 2018
    Texas holds the nation's first 2018 primary elections Tuesday, and the campaign is providing a vivid exhibition of the Trump effect in GOP politics. Some races are playing out in a roadshow of one-upping emulation of the combative president, in which there's no such thing as cozying up too close or too ardently, regardless of his rough edges or low approval ratings nationwide. "I'm Robert Stovall, and like President Trump, I realize the swamp is the problem," begins a campaign ad for Stovall, a San Antonio Republican Party leader now running for Congress. He stands in a literal swamp wearing...
  • DA: Former prosecutor withheld key email in death row case

    03/04/2018 10:58:30 AM PST · by ARGLOCKGUY · 25 replies
    A former Harris County prosecutor withheld a key email that helped establish a clear alibi for Alfred Dewayne Brown in the high-profile murder case that eventually sent him to death row, District Attorney Kim Ogg said late Friday.
  • Democrats Visit Mass-Murderer Raul Castro to Denounce President Trump's Policies

    03/03/2018 11:05:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | March 3, 2018 | Humberto Fontova
    “The group, led by Democrat Senator and Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman, Patrick Leahy, arrived in Cuba last weekend to review changes in Washington’s policy toward the island since President Donald Trump assumed office in January 2017. During the press conference, Leahy mentioned the meeting that he and his colleagues held yesterday with Cuban President, Raúl Castro…During the press conference the Senator for Vermont criticized the new direction taken by the Trump administration with regard to Cuba policy.” (Cuba’s Communist party paper, Granma.)The rest of the U.S. delegation consisted of senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Gary Peters (D-MI), Jim McGovern (D-MA),...
  • George P Bush's Struggle In Texas May Signal End Of 70-year Political Dynasty

    03/03/2018 6:31:51 AM PST · by Helicondelta · 97 replies ^ | 3 Mar 2018
    George P Bush is the young, half-Hispanic, grandson of the 41st president, nephew of the 43rd and son of a former Florida governor. When he was elected Texas land commissioner four years ago, that background gave him a significant advantage as a fledgling Republican candidate seemingly on a fast track to stardom. Now, with conservative politics turned on its head by Trumpism, Bush is facing a tough primary election that threatens to doom his political career – and with it, bring to a close his family’s 70-year political dynasty. “It’s quite possible that the Bush political dynasty, at least for...
  • US Awards $73M Contract for Border Wall Work in New Mexico

    03/01/2018 1:20:20 AM PST · by BeauBo · 77 replies
    AP via US News and World Report ^ | Feb. 28, 2018 | SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN
    The U.S. government has awarded a Montana-based company a contract worth more than $73 million to design and build replacement fencing along 20 miles (32 kilometers) of the U.S.-Mexico border in southern New Mexico, officials confirmed Wednesday. Existing vehicle barriers west of the Santa Teresa port of entry will be replaced with taller bollard-style barriers.
  • City hauls away ‘racially insensitive’ statue of ‘Dobby’ the gorilla from Texas park

    03/02/2018 7:20:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Texas Star Telegram ^ | 03/02/2018 | Matthew Martinez
    A gorilla statue’s presence and then its sudden removal from a park playground have taken up a disproportionate amount of time and energy from city officials in Corsicana, Texas. On Tuesday night, Mayor Don Denbrow said in a statement that the caged gorilla statue affectionately known as “Dobby” would be hauled away from Corsicana’s Community Park after “a few citizens” complained that the statue was racially insensitive. Corsicana resident Betty Lambert told the Corsicana Daily Sun that she sees both sides of the argument surrounding the statue. “My grand nieces love Community Park. The gorilla cage was a favorite,” Lambert...
  • ‘This Is Your Daughter? When Was She Born?’ U.S. Border Agents Test Migrants’ Claims of Family Ties

    03/02/2018 6:13:24 AM PST · by Brilliant · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | 3/2/18 | Laura Meckler, Alicia A. Caldwell and
    When 10 Central Americans illegally crossed the Rio Grande into Texas recently, they immediately went looking for the U.S. Border Patrol, hoping their tales of fleeing gang violence back home would earn them asylum. “This is your daughter?” an agent asked José Alfaro, 42, a street vendor from El Salvador, who said he came to the U.S. with his 3-year-old girl after gang members tried to kill him for the third time. “Yes,” Mr. Alfaro murmured. “When was she born? What date?” Mr. Alfaro hesitated. “She’s your daughter but you don’t know when she was born?” the agent asked. Since...
  • Texas Rancher Sues Feds, State After Finding Surveillance Camera on His Property

    03/01/2018 11:13:15 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | Jason Buch and Joana Santillana
    Local By Jason Buch and Joana SantillanaFebruary 12, 2018 Updated: February 12, 2018 7:57pm 7 A long-running feud between a South Texas rancher and the Border Patrol has escalated into a civil lawsuit after the rancher confiscated a surveillance camera he found on his property. The suit filed by Ricardo D. Palacios, a lawyer who lives on a ranch near Encinal, north of Laredo, against federal agents and a Texas Ranger raises questions about how much leeway law enforcement officials have to enter private property near the border. Get the latest news, sports and food features sent directly to your...
  • Texas For The Win!

    03/01/2018 10:44:56 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 11 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 28 Feb 2018 | Rod Dreher
    With a Bible quote too! I make a deep, low bow toward the west. Texas, y’all!
  • Wisconsin, Texas Lead 20 States in New Lawsuit to Take Down Obamacare

    02/28/2018 10:58:37 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 13 replies
    Right Wisconsin/MacIver News ^ | 2-27-18 | Chris Rochester
    MADISON, Wis. – The rickety legal case for Obamacare’s core mandate just might be about to topple – along with the entire law. Wisconsin and Texas on Monday took the lead in filing a new 20-state lawsuit alleging that Obamacare is unconstitutional now that the law’s individual tax penalty has been repealed. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Obamacare in 2012 on the shaky notion that the law’s individual mandate and associated fine for going uninsured was actually a tax, which Congress has the power to lay and collect. But a sweeping Republican tax reform package passed in December – in...
  • Federal judge rules against challenge to Trump border wall

    02/27/2018 2:57:12 PM PST · by mandaladon · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 27 Feb 2018 | Alex Pappas
    A federal judge on Tuesday ruled against an environmental challenge to President Trump’s border wall, delivering a win to the Trump administration in a decision that allows construction plans to move forward. In a 101-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel wrote that both Congress and the executive branch “share responsibilities in protecting the country from terrorists and contraband illegally entering The case involved the Trump administration’s ability to ignore environmental laws in the construction of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The project had been challenged by several environmental groups and the state of California. The ruling will...
  • Supreme Court OKs Broad Immigrant Detention Powers

    02/27/2018 7:02:27 PM PST · by bitt · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/27/2018 | Kevin Daley
    Immigrants detained for removal proceedings may be held indefinitely and are not entitled to a bail hearing, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The ruling means that immigrant detainees, who are sometimes held for months and years on end, have no recourse to challenge their confinement. Justice Samuel Alito delivered the opinion for the court, joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy. Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch joined most of Alito’s opinion, though they also wrote to say they do not believe the court had jurisdiction to hear the case.
  • U.S. District Judge Rejects Lawsuit Attempting To Block Border Wall…

    02/27/2018 8:40:51 PM PST · by bitt · 5 replies
    Still no word on the turrets and sharks with lasers idea, but we’re holding steady… SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Tuesday sided with President Donald Trump’s administration and rejected an attempt by the state of California and environmental groups to stop the government from building a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico. The lawsuit filed in a San Diego federal court alleged that Trump’s proposed wall violates federal environmental standards, as well as constitutional provisions regarding the separation of powers and states’ rights. The plaintiffs asked U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel to stop the administration from...
  • ICE confirms more than 150 arrests in California sweep and slams Schaaf’s early warning

    02/27/2018 6:39:01 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 27, 2018 | Hamed Aleaziz
    Federal officials confirmed Tuesday that they launched a big immigration enforcement action this week in Northern California, after remaining silent for three days.
  • Accused MS-13 members laugh in court near victim’s family

    02/27/2018 6:30:37 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 51 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/27/18 | r victim’s family By Reuven Fenton and Emily Saul
    Accused MS-13 members laugh in court near victim’s family Five accused members of the bloodthirsty MS-13 street gang palled around like they were having a grand old time in court Tuesday as the family of a 16-year-old girl they’re accused of slaughtering looked on grimly from the gallery. Enrique Portillo, Alexi Saenz, and Jairo Saenz laughed and grinned amongst themselves, their shackles clanking, as prosecutors said they’d yet to hear if the Justice Department will allow them to seek the death penalty for the murder of best friends Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas in Brentwood in 2016.
  • The heartbreaking tale of a gang member being deported

    02/27/2018 6:16:39 PM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Hot ^ | February 27, 2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    President Trump’s threat to pull ICE and the Border Patrol out of California hasn’t been enacted (yet) so immigration enforcement activities are still taking place. Following the big sweep in the Los Angeles area, individual investigations are still being handled and CBS San Francisco brings us another of the heartbreaking tales of a family being separated by the evil forces of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This is a particularly curious bit of coverage given how these stories normally go, and we’ll get to why that is in a moment. It starts out as so many of these tales do, with...
  • Federal Court Okays Trump’s Wall, Overrules Lib Groups

    02/27/2018 4:57:59 PM PST · by Cheerio · 21 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | February 27, 2018 | Erin Coates
    A federal court ruled that the Trump administration has the power to waive environmental laws in order to speed up construction of the border wall. The ruling Tuesday has paved the way for President Donald Trump to construct his border wall, which the state of California and environmental groups have been trying to prevent, according to The Washington Times. U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel, who Trump has previously called biased by Trump due to his Mexican heritage, made the ruling that will allow the administration to waive environmental laws and build sections of the wall. The judge said...