CNN Finds Somali War Criminal Working Security at Dulles International
The Orlando Muslim Terrorist was also working as a security guard at Florida Courthouse for a British Security firm.
“CNN has found an alleged war criminal from Somalia now working in the United States as an airport security guard.
Yusuf Abdi Ali was a commander during the Somali Civil War during the 1980s and has been accused of ordering the torture and executions of civilians in what has been called a genocide.
When CNN found out that he was living and working in the United States, they sent a crew to his workplace, Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia, just minutes from Washington, D.C. The film crew found a man matching Ali’s description working security and began asking him questions.
How did Yusuf Abdi Ali get into the United States in the first place, let alone, get a high security job at a D.C. airport?”
…See more @ ProgressivesToday
Question: Why are unvetted foreigners with badges and guns working security in the United States? How is it foreigners have the ability to deny US Citizens consitutional rights on a daily basis?
Feinstein: ‘Big hassle’ to deport foreign nationals on terror watch lists
– Washington Examiner
“Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., says it would be impractical to attempt to deport individuals on the terror watch lists whom she thinks should be barred from purchasing weapons.
“I think you’d have a big hassle, particularly if they come under [the] visa waiver [program], how do you just pick them up and deport them?” Feinstein told the Washington Examiner. “There’s no law that says you can.”
Foreign nationals are part of the discussion about how to respond to the Orlando terrorist attack, which was carried about by a U.S. citizen born to Afghan parents. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, has proposed a ban on weapons sales to individuals on the no-fly list and the selectee list, which provides extra scrutiny for certain air travelers, but Senate Democrats worry that it doesn’t include a ban on weapon sales for foreign nationals.
Collins’ ban would represent a compromise relative to the ban that Feinstein proposed last week, which would cover about 900,000 people. “Our list is 99.9 percent foreign nationals, and these are foreign nationals submitted by law enforcement and intelligence entities,” Feinstein told reporters. “It is a classified list, but it is people from abroad who could come into this country and because of our lax gun laws be able to buy a gun.”
Republican immigration hawks have been trying to shift the debate to the national security threat posed by immigrants. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, have asked the Department of Homeland Security repeatedly to detail the immigration histories of 113 suspects, but they haven’t received the information. “This refusal represents the deliberate hiding of data,” according to Sessions.
“While the vast majority of Muslims are law-abiding and peaceful, we must face the uncomfortable reality that not only are immigrants from Muslim-majority countries coming to the United States, radicalizing, and attempting to engage in acts of terrorism, such as in Boston and Chattanooga; but also, their first-generation American children are susceptible to the toxic radicalization of terrorist organizations,” the Alabama senator said following the Orlando attack.”
– I detect a pattern here with the Democrats, if there is difficulty in rounding up criminals like foreign terrorists or illegal aliens, we simply must accept their presence and their actions. This should work out well. If Senator Feinstein is not up to the task required, why doesn’t she just resign?
So the Dems in the US Senate think it is just fine to take away guns from US Citizens on the terror watch list, but it is too much of a hassle to deport foreigners on the watch list? When do the Sanctuary Cities begin for foreign terrorists in the USA?/CJ
U.S. Visa Waiver Program
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP), administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in consultation with the State Department, permits citizens of 38 countries to travel to the United States for business or tourism for stays of up to 90 days without a visa. In return, those 38 countries must permit U.S. citizens and nationals to travel to their countries for a similar length of time without a visa for business or tourism purposes. Since its inception in 1986, the VWP has evolved into a comprehensive security partnership with many of America’s closest allies.
The VWP utilizes a risk-based, multi-layered approach to detect and prevent terrorists, serious criminals, and othermala fide actors from traveling to the United States. This approach incorporates regular, national-level risk assessments concerning the impact of each program country’s participation in the VWP on U.S. national security and law enforcement interests. It also includes comprehensive vetting of individual VWP travelers prior to their departure for the United States, upon arrival at U.S. ports of entry, and during any subsequent air travel within the United States.”
‘See No Sharia’: FBI Releases Censored Transcript of Orlando Jihadi’s Islamic State Pledge
“We are not, and never will be, at war with Islam” – Barack Hussein Obama
The FBI released today a partial transcript of the Orlando shooter’s mid-massacre calls to 911. It was sanitized to conform to the Obama party line: The attack has no connection to the Islamic State or, for that matter, to Islam.
As Attorney General Loretta Lynch Lynch put it: “What we’re not going to do is further proclaim this man’s pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups, and further his propaganda.”
So, transcribed evidence that “this man,” Omar Mateen, swore loyalty to ISIS, shouted “allahu akhbar” as he killed his victims, or otherwise embraced the totalitarian, homophobic doctrine adherents like him call “sharia” is not going to be made public. This will facilitate the narrative actively promoted over the past week (notably, on part of what Ben Rhodes called Team Obama’s “echo chamber“) to the effect that Mateen: had “behavioral problems”; engaged in “domestic violence”; was into controlling, as well as abusing, his first and second wives; and had “problems with his sexuality,” including “a latent attraction to men.”
The President and his apologists would have us believe that only by exercising such self-restraint can we avoid empowering the inexplicably motivated “violent extremists.” They insist that, were we to declare our enemies are, instead, part of a global jihad movement, and that its wellspring is sharia, we would legitimate their claim to religious authority and bring on a clash of civilizations.
Unfortunately, the jihadists know that their supremacist conduct has religious legitimacy. So do the authorities of their faith. And so do many of the Muslims who do not embrace or want to live under sharia – let alone impose it on the rest of us.”
President Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch Have a “Terror Truth” Problem…
It is not accidental that Loretta Lynch was featured on all five major broadcasts for the Sunday news cycle (Topic Orlando Terrorism). You might well remember the last time a key administration official named Susan Rice met with an almost identical Sunday schedule (Topic Benghazi Terrorism).
General Lynch’s Sunday talk visibility is yet another example of the Obama administration’s risk management reference manual, The Obfuscation Playbook.
The difference between Rice’s 2012 appearance and Lynch’s 2016 version is: this time we know the play. We also know exactly what the administration risk is, even IF the media won’t discuss it, and we’ll explain below.
There is a transparent rift within the FBI community; an internal fight within our own systems of legal / investigative governance and the White House. The numerous leaks from within the FBI investigation of Orlando are highlighting the internal war. It takes a cabinet member to try and create the strongest position for the White House.
Here’s a generic representation of the story as it has appeared. Most media use a similar version to explain. You’ve already read numerous accounts of this story, but pay very close attention to the part highlighted:
(CNSNews.com) – FBI Director James Comey said at a press conference Monday that his agency conducted a 10-month investigation in May 2013 of the Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, during which time he blamed his statements of aspirational martyrdom on coworkers he felt were teasing him.
“We first became aware of him in May of 2013. He was working as a contract security guard at a local courthouse, and he made some statements that were inflammatory and contradictory that concerned his co-workers about terrorism,” Comey said.
“First he claimed family connections to al Qaeda. He also said he was a member of Hizbollah, which is a Shia terrorist organization that is a bitter enemy of the so-called Islamic State – ISIL. He said he hoped that law enforcement would raid his apartment and assault his wife and child so that he could martyr himself,” Comey added.
“When this was reported to us, the FBI’s Miami office opened a preliminary investigation, and over the next 10 months, we attempted to determine whether he was possibly a terrorist – something we do in hundreds and hundreds of cases all across the country,” Comey said.
“Our investigation involved introducing confidential sources to him, recording conversations with him, following him, reviewing transactional records from his communications and searching all government holdings for any possible connections, any possible derogatory information. We then interviewed him twice,” Comey added.
Comey said during the FBI’s interview, Mateen admitted to making the statements his coworkers reported, but said “he did it in anger, because he thought his coworkers were discriminating against him and teasing him because he was Muslim.”
“After 10 months of investigation, we closed the preliminary investigation,” Comey said. (link)
Notice how many times the word “coworkers” is used. In almost every article written about that incident you will see this same portrayal and the same minds’ image it creates around “coworkers“.
Think about how you (yourself) picture that 2013 event in your own mind from those paragraphs above.
Remember, the outcome of this 2013 incident (and the series of investigative events) was Mateen being removed from federal courthouse duty, and being reassigned to a guard shack at a gated community.
Let’s look at the situation from another angle; from the angle of the “coworkers”who are now on record; who are these “coworkers“:
[…] A Sheriff deputy at the courthouse mentioned the Middle East to Mateen, who reacted by threatening the deputy, said Sheriff Ken Mascara, who attended the Wednesday night meeting at the community’s Island Club.
“Omar became very agitated and made a comment that he could have al-Qaida kill my employee and his family,” Mascara said Wednesday. “If that wasn’t bad enough, he followed it up with very disturbing comments about women and followed it up with very disturbing comments about Jews and then went on to say that the Fort Hood shooter was justified in his actions.”
The FBI launched an investigation into Mateen after Sheriff’s Office officials reported the incident to the agency. (link)
These were not just simply “coworkers”, these were Sheriff’s deputies who are officially stationed at the federal courthouse. It was not some arbitrary internal courthouse employee who was concerned, it was LAW ENFORCEMENT.
See a difference?
The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Department was concerned about Mateen and contacted the FBI to report his sketchy behavior. These were not the concerns of some untrained, arbitrary, antagonistic internal, line-level co-worker per se’, these were the concerns of full duty police officers in charge of courthouse security.
Does that change the perspective a little?
This was not a citizen seeing something and saying something, this was law enforcementseeing something and saying something to the upper levels of the entire security apparatus where seeing something and saying something is supposed to make a difference.
Would it make a difference if a County Sheriff called the FBI as opposed to George and Sally Citizen who own the dry cleaning shop?…. A person would think, why yes – it should make a difference.
The intellectually honest reality (as it appears) is that the FBI investigators were so frozen with political correctness, even when law enforcement is the one reporting the risk they still can’t find a way to isolate and identify the risk appropriately.
That’s a big effen’ admission.
That would be too politically toxic an admission to make.
How do you tamp down the severity of such an explosive story? You attempt to twist the motive away from direct terrorism. How do you twist the motive? Consider:
Lynch: “Partial Transcript” Of Orlando 911 Calls Will Have References To Islamic Terrorism Removed
In an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Attorney General Loretta Lynch says that on Monday, the FBI will release edited transcripts of the 911 calls made by the Orlando nightclub shooter to the police during his rampage.
“What we’re not going to do is further proclaim this man’s pledges of alleigance to terrorist groups, and further his propaganda,” Lynch said. “We are not going to hear him make his assertions of allegiance [to the Islamic State].”(link)
Easy peasy. Just remove the motive and presto – not Islamic Terrorism. See how that works?
“A memory hole is any mechanism for the alteration or disappearance of inconvenient or embarrassing documents, photographs, transcripts, or other records, such as from a website or other archive, particularly as part of an attempt to give the impression that something never happened.The concept was first popularized by George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, where the Party’s Ministry of Truth systematically re-created all potential historical documents, in effect, re-writing all of history to match the often-changing state propaganda. These changes were complete and undetectable.”
A Wise Honest Arab Muslim Man Tells Muslims The Truth About Themselves
The video explores the deficiencies in Arab and Muslim culture that keeps the culture locked in the past and fearful about progress for the future and West.
“In my view, over the centuries, the Arabs believed – and continue to believe, that they have sufficient knowledge and wisdom, and that they do not need to learn anything from others, because they appeared on the stage of history, in order to conquer, not to learn, to teach, not to study….This delusion of the Arabs persists to this day, even though the entire world has changed….The truth is that the Arabs have nothing to offer others, yet they continue….”
“SAN DIEGO — Omar Abdi Mohamed, a lanky, soft-spoken political refugee from war-ruined Somalia in East Africa, had been preaching the word of Islam in the United States for the past nine years. Two things make him unusual.
In January, U.S. immigration authorities arrested him, saying they suspected him of being a conduit for terrorist funds, federal court records show. At the time, he was on the payroll of Saudi Arabia’s government.
Mohamed was one of 30 Saudi-financed preachers in this country. Each month, the Saudis paid $1,700 to the 44-year-old, who taught the Koran at a run-down Somali social center here. He worked with little supervision from Saudi religious authorities 8,000 miles away. In the late 1990s, he set up a small charity to help famine victims in Somalia, and that is how his trouble began.
The charity received $326,000 over three years from the Global Relief Foundation, a private Islamic charity based in Illinois. In October 2002, the U.S. Treasury Department designated Global Relief a terrorist-financing entity linked to al Qaeda.
The collision of Saudi missionary work and suspicions of terrorist financing in San Diego illustrates the perils and provocations of a multibillion-dollar effort by Saudi Arabia to spread its religion around the world. Mohamed worked on the front lines of that effort, a campaign to transform what outsiders call “Wahhabism,” once a marginal and puritanical brand of Islam with few followers outside the Arabian Peninsula, into the dominant doctrine in the Islamic world. The campaign has created a vast infrastructure of both government-supported and private charities that at times has been exploited by violent jihadists — among them Osama bin Laden.
Nearly three years after the devastating Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, a number of Saudi-supported Islamic preachers, centers, charities and mosques remain under intense scrutiny. U.S. investigators continue to look into the tangled money trails leading from Saudi Arabia to its embassy in Washington and into dozens of American cities.
At the end of one trail is Mohamed. Another avenue of interest involves the global finances of the al Haramain Islamic Foundation, a large Saudi-government-supported charity set up to propagate Wahhabism and sometimes referred to as “the United Way of Saudi Arabia.” Al Haramain, which has an office in Ashland, Ore., sent Mohamed $5,000.
The commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks stated in its July report that al Qaeda had relied heavily on international charities to raise money, “particularly those with lax external oversight and ineffective internal controls such as the Saudi-based al Haramain Islamic Foundation.” The report added that al Qaeda found “fertile fund-raising groups” in Saudi Arabia, “where extreme religious views are common and charitable giving was both essential to the culture and subject to very limited oversight.”
The Saudis say they have taken more steps than any other country to crack down on terrorist financing. They say the problem is not with their religion but with a small minority of deviants.
The Saudi government has severed ties with Mohamed, who is charged only with immigration violations, but he insists he did nothing wrong. A hearing is set for Sept. 1 in San Diego. The terrorist suspicions against Mohamed appear to rest on financial transactions that raise questions but do not provide answers, court records show. Global Relief denies it funds terrorism.
The Saudis are also shutting al Haramain offices worldwide. In June, the Treasury Department put the charity’s former head in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on its list of known supporters of terrorism for providing “financial, material and logistical support to the al Qaeda network.”
Wahhabism arose in the mid-18th century in central Saudi Arabia. Mohammad Ibn Abdul Wahab sought to purify Islam and return it to its 7th-century roots. He preached doctrines based on a strict adherence to the literal word of the Koran. He opposed music and adornment, insisted that women be cloaked and disdained nonbelievers, even members of other Muslim sects.
Scholars of Islam find it difficult to precisely assess the impact of 40 years of Saudi missionary work on the United States’ multi-ethnic Muslim community — estimated at 6 million to 7 million. But survey data are suggestive.
The most comprehensive study, a survey of the 1,200 U.S. mosques undertaken in 2000 by four Muslim organizations, found that 2 million Muslims were “associated” with a mosque and that 70 percent of mosque leaders were generally favorable toward fundamentalist teachings, while 21 percent followed the stricter Wahhabi practices. The survey also found that the segregation of women for prayers was spreading, from half of the mosques in 1994 to two-thirds six years later.
John L. Esposito, a religion scholar at Georgetown University, said the Saudi theological efforts have resulted in “the export of a very exclusive brand of Islam into the Muslim community in the United States” that “tends to make them more isolationist in the society in which they live.”
The Export of Islam
The worldwide export of Wahhabi Islam began in 1962, when Saudi Arabia’s ruling Saud family founded the Muslim World League in Mecca to promote “Islamic solidarity.” The Sauds were seeking to counter the fiery pan-Arab nationalism of Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser, who was calling for the Saudi monarchy to be overthrown.
By 1982, the Saud family was feeling threatened by the Islamic revolution begun by Shiite Muslim leader Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran and the extremism of some of its own citizens, who had temporarily seized the Grand Mosque in Mecca in 1979. Again, the family turned to Dawah.
King Fahd issued a directive that “no limits be put on expenditures for the propagation of Islam,” according to Nawaf Obaid, a Saudi oil and security analyst. Saudi Arabia now had the money: Its oil revenue had skyrocketed after the 1973 oil embargo. King Fahd used the cash to build mosques, Islamic centers and schools by the thousands around the world. Over the next two decades, the kingdom established 200 Islamic colleges, 210 Islamic centers, 1,500 mosques and 2,000 schools for Muslim children in non-Islamic countries, according to King Fahd’s personal Web site. In 1984, the king built a $130 million printing plant in Medina devoted to producing Saudi-approved translations of the Koran. By 2000, the kingdom had distributed 138 million copies worldwide.
Exactly how much has been spent to spread Wahhabism is unclear. David D. Aufhauser, a former Treasury Department general counsel, told a Senate committee in June that estimates went “north of $75 billion.” Edward L. Morse, an oil analyst at Hess Energy Trading Co. in New York, said King Fahd tapped a special oil account that set aside revenue from as much as 200,000 barrels a day — $1.8 billion a year at 1980s oil prices. Saudi oil expert Obaid confirmed such an account existed in the 1980s and 1990s but said it was recently closed.
Ministry’s Far Reach
After the Persian Gulf War in 1991, radical elements in the kingdom and in the Muslim Brotherhood excoriated the Sauds for calling in the Americans to defend them. In response, King Fahd tightened control over the missionary-and-charity campaign and tried to purge it of Brotherhood influence, setting up a new Saudi-supervised charity, al Haramain.
In October 1997, the charity established its first U.S. presence when it incorporated in Ashland, Ore. It listed as its board president Aqeel Abdulaziz Aqil, who had been general manager for the charity since its founding. He operated from the Riyadh headquarters.
Everything changed for al Haramain with the worldwide crackdown on terrorist funding that followed the Sept. 11 attacks. By March 2002, U.S. and Saudi authorities had designated al Haramain offices in Bosnia and Somalia as terrorist-supporting organizations that had diverted charitable money to al Qaeda and a suspected Somali terrorist group, Al Ittihad Al Islamiya.
Two years later, on Feb. 13, 2004, IRS officials raided the Ashland office, saying there was “probable cause” that two top al Haramain officers had violated U.S. currency laws and filed false tax returns to cover the transfer of money to Muslim rebels fighting in Chechnya. (U.S. authorities so far have brought no formal charges against those officers, and the Oregon office remains open.) Aqil was fired in January. Six months later, U.S. officials designated him a terrorist supporter because of his alleged contacts with the Somali group Al Ittihad, the same organization that Omar Abdi Mohamed in San Diego is suspected of aiding.
By then, 15 al Haramain branches had been shut down, including those in Indonesia, Kenya, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Albania and the Netherlands.”
Arson Suspect Charged in Murder of Five Was ‘in the United States Illegally’
“Twenty-one-year-old Johnny Josue Sanchez allegedly “started the fire to avenge a beating he took in a dispute over occupying a room” in a building used by homeless people.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Sanchez “had [already] been arrested three times” this year. The first arrest was in January on “suspicion of domestic violence.” He was arrested again in May and June on “suspicion of drug possession.” Prior to these, he was “arrested by border patrol agents in 2012 for illegally entering the country at the southeastern California border.”
Sanchez was released following the border arrest because he had no previous charges. He was required to check in with ICE, but he ceased showing up in August 2014. Customs Enforcement spokesperson Virginia Kice explained that ICE did not search for Sanchez because he had no criminal record, and they “focus on individuals who pose a public safety threat.”
“Sanchez now faces murder and attempted murder charges, which could bring the death penalty.”
Five homeless people, “three men and two women,” died in the blaze that was allegedly set by Sanchez.
Illegal Re-entry Charge dropped against immigrant activist who took refuge in church after illegal Re-entry
– Yahoo News
Aguirre came to the U.S. from El Salvador illegally in the 1990s, and was deported in 2000 after he was caught selling heroin and cocaine in Portland.
“The U.S. Department of Justice has dropped a charge of illegal re-entry against an immigrant activist who took refuge at an Oregon church in 2014 to avoid deportation.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Nyhus wrote in a May 27 motion to dismiss the charge against Francisco Aguirre that it was “in the interest of justice.” Nyhus and a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland did not return messages seeking further explanation Friday.
Aguirre, the father of two children who are U.S. citizens, still faces possible deportation. He said in a statement he wants immigration authorities to stop targeting his family.
“This initial victory is proof that when we come together, we can win,” Aguirre said. “The only way to ensure justice for migrants is if we come together as a community and defend our basic human rights.”
Aguirre came to the U.S. from El Salvador illegally in the 1990s, and was deported in 2000 after he was caught selling heroin and cocaine in Portland.
He re-entered the country and became an immigrant-rights activist and the coordinator of a nonprofit that runs a day labor center. He came to the attention of immigration authorities in 2014 following an arrest for driving under the influence.
Asked for an update on the status of his case, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Lori K. Haley said in an email they weren’t going to speculate on the case’s next steps.
“The Department of Homeland Security’s immigration enforcement focus continues to be on individuals who pose a public safety threat, including those with prior felony drug trafficking convictions,” Haley wrote.
But Olga Tomchin, staff attorney for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, said an ICE agent recently served Aguirre with notice that it plans a fast-track deportation process that doesn’t include a hearing before an immigration judge.
Tomchin said the process is generally reserved for people serving a prison sentence, with the idea that they will be returned to their home countries immediately after their release. It’s unusual, she said, for it to be used against someone based off a conviction from 1999.”
….Continue reading @ Yahoo News
– Seems for some illegal aliens, there are no legal consequences for criminal behavior. Are illegal aliens now a protected class under Obama? At the rate they are released after committing crimes it would seem so./CJ
– The local paper in Portland covered the same story but the comments are decidedly against making this guy a hometown hero: Oregon Live
Some Houston illegal immigrants get probation for crimes
– Houston Chronicle
“Bayron Orlando Euceda, an illegal immigrant from Honduras, did not serve a day in prison for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old Houston girl.
Instead, a Harris County judge sentenced the 21-year-old to eight years deferred adjudication, a form of probation. A sticky note on his plea agreement reads, “Best interest of victim.”
“That’s incredible,” said Andy Kahan, director of the Houston Mayor’s Crime Victims Office and a former probation officer, after thumbing through Euceda’s court paperwork. ”The best interest of the victim would have been to have that guy locked up.”
A Houston Chronicle investigation found 330 cases involving defendants sentenced to some form of probation in Harris County — despite admitting to the jailer upon their arrest that they were in the country illegally.At least 44 of those cases involved defendants who later had their probation revoked and were sent to prison or who now have outstanding arrest warrants, the investigation found.
Slightly more than half of the 330 cases involved felony charges. In a handful of cases, illegal immigrants under the county’s supervision later were accused of committing serious crimes, including aggravated assault and sexual abuse of a child.
The review was based on arrest, immigration and court records for more than 3,500 inmates who said they were in the country illegally when they were booked into jail over a span of eight months, starting in June 2007, the earliest immigration documents available.
The Chronicle’s investigation found:
A shortage of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents assigned to screening inmates at the county’s jails, which has allowed illegal immigrants eligible for deportation to end up on probation. ICE agents filed paperwork to detain only one in four inmates who admitted they were undocumented during the Chronicle’s review period.
The Harris County District Attorney’s Office lacks an official policy on offering probation to illegal immigrants.
Prosecutors and pretrial service officers frequently lack access to accurate information about defendants’ immigration status when preparing reports for judges. As a result, some judges say they often know little about the immigration status of defendants before sentencing.
Once illegal immigrants are sentenced to probation, there is no streamlined process to cull them from supervision rolls. Harris County probation officers try to help ICE agents whenever possiblebut lack the means and manpower to verify probationers’ immigration status, said Ray Garcia, deputy director of operations for Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department.
Robert Rutt , special agent in charge of the ICE criminal investigation office in Houston, said ICE officials “triage and tend to go after the worst of the worst” of immigrants who are sentenced to probation and released from jail but who are eligible for deportation. ICE has improved screening in Harris County’s jails in recent months and has stepped up efforts to catch immigrants who have not complied with an order from an immigration judge to leave the country.
For example, in the 2008 fiscal year, Houston’s fugitive teams made 1,587 arrests, up 28 percent from 2007, ICE officials said. Nationally, ICE fugitive teams made nearly 34,000 arrests — more than double the number two years ago.
Case draws criticism
The practice of sentencing illegal immigrants to probation attracted sharp criticism after an illegal immigrant from Mexico killed Houston police officer Rodney Johnson .
Juan Quintero, who is serving a life sentence for the murder, had several DWI convictions and was sentenced to deferred adjudication for indecency with a 12-year-old girl in 1999. Quintero was deported but returned to Houston illegally and shot Johnson on Sept. 21, 2006.
Johnson’s widow, Houston police Sgt. Joslyn Johnson, said she hopes for a policy change that would stop illegal immigrants from ending up on probation, saying prison time would be more of a deterrent to coming back to the U.S. illegally.
“They broke the law when they came into the country illegally, and if they’ve committed another crime on top of that, I think they should be automatically deported,” she said. “They should not be allowed to stay in the country on probation.”
Some lie about status
Euceda’s case highlights the system’s shortcomings in not identifying illegal immigrants early on.
Euceda told jailers when he was arrested on the sexual assault charge in July 2007 that he was in the country illegally. He filled out court paperwork saying he was from Honduras. There is no record of ICE agents filing paperwork to detain him.
In November 2007, state District Judge Jim Wallace signed off on a plea agreement that granted Euceda deferred adjudication, a form of probation that allows defendants to avoid a formal conviction if they successfully complete the terms of their supervision. The prosecutor on the case, Connie Spence, declined comment through a district attorney’s spokesman.
Wallace said he did not remember the case but likely did not know Euceda was undocumented.
“My policy is not to give deferred (adjudication) or straight probation to anyone who is here illegally because I’m of the opinion that there is that much more of a reason for that person to flee the jurisdiction,” he said.
Wallace said he generally asks a defendant’s attorney whether the client is undocumented before signing off on a plea, but he said that is probably not a very reliable measure.
Some defendants lie about their immigration status and are sentenced to probation, “and then next thing we know, they’re gone,” Wallace said.
He added: “Effectively, they’ve committed whatever offense they’ve committed for free. … It’s irritated me for years.”
Euceda was released from Harris County Jail after signing the plea agreement on Nov. 30, 2007, and was picked up by immigration agents five days later. He was formally deported to Honduras in April.
On Aug. 9, U.S. Border Patrol agents caught Euceda trying to sneak back into the U.S. through West Texas, court records say. He was charged with illegal re-entry after deportation. His case is pending.
While some judges said they were simply unaware of a defendant’s immigration status, others said the status should not matter.
George Godwin, a Harris County district judge, sentenced 19-year-old Hugo Sanchez to eight years’ deferred adjudication in February for having sex with an 11-year-old girl. Immigration officials filed paperwork to detain Sanchez within two days of his arrest in September 2007.
Godwin could not comment specifically on the Sanchez case, but he said he generally tries to keep immigration issues separate from the criminal cases.
“We don’t do immigration work here,” he said. “That’s one reason why it gets sticky and it gets complicated. You just sort of have to divorce yourself here from the immigration problems.”
Kelli Johnson, the prosecutor in the Sanchez case, declined comment through the District Attorney’s Office spokesman. Sanchez’s attorney did not return phone calls.
Asked whether probation or deferred adjudication is an appropriate punishment for someone facing deportation, Donna Hawkins, a spokeswoman for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, said, “I don’t know how to answer that question.
“We would, as prosecutors, want to see that justice is done,” she said. “If we knew the defendant was going to be immediately deported, in most cases we would not offer a probation they could not complete. If that happens, obviously, we would not feel justice is being done because they’re not being punished, aside from possibly deportation.”
Patrick McCann, a Houston defense attorney, said defendants should be eligible for probation regardless of their immigration status.
“Judges cannot as a matter of due process and equal protection say you’re not eligible because you don’t have documentation,” McCann said. “First off, it’s not a state judge’s call, ever. It’s not their business. It’s not their jurisdiction.”
Again and again
Israel Lopez , an illegal immigrant from Mexico, finished a seven-year Texas prison sentence in July 2006 for aggravated sexual assault of a child and was turned over to ICE agents, prison records say. ICE officials confirm he was deported in August 2006.
Less than a year later, in June 2007, Lopez was arrested again on suspicion of assaulting a Harris County sheriff’s deputy and told jailers he was in the country illegally, records say. Lopez was sentenced to eight months in jail. There is no record of ICE filing paperwork to detain him then.
In February, Lopez was arrested again, charged with assaulting his wife. He was sentenced to probation by a visiting Harris County Criminal Court-at-law judge. A motion was filed to revoke his probation after the Chronicle asked the sitting judge, James Anderson, about Lopez’s sentence. Lopez is now a fugitive, according to court records.
Breaking their word
Other illegal immigrants have slipped through the system by not divulging their legal status.
In 2001, a federal immigration judge told Teodorico Cespedes, a native of Costa Rica, to leave the U.S. but allowed him to opt for “voluntary departure,” meaning Cespedes agreed to leave on his own terms, rather than be formally deported. There is no evidence that Cespedes ever returned to his home country.
In January 2007, Cespedes was arrested and charged with assault in Houston. He never told jailers or court officials that he was in the U.S. illegally, records say. A judge sentenced him to one year of community supervision, and he was released from jail after immigration officials didn’t file paperwork to detain him.
Ten months later, Cespedes was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child, accused of raping and sodomizing a 4-year-old girl. He is being held without bail, pending his January trial date.
Harris County Criminal Court-at-law Judge Reagan Helm, who sentenced Cespedes on the original assault charge and opposes putting illegal immigrants on probation, said he was not aware of Cespedes’ immigration status.”
In honor of the thousands of American citizens killed each year by Illegal Aliens.
Deaths that could have been prevented if Congress and the President would have secured our border and enforced existing U.S. immigration laws.
Grant Ronnebeck, 21
Allegedly murdered by
Apolinar Altamirano, 29
Apolinar Altamirano, 29, an unauthorized Mexican illegal alien DREAMer, has been arrested for the January 22, 2015 first-degree murder of Phoenix Quick Trip store clerk Grant Ronnebeck, 21.
Altamirano is accused of shooting Ronnebeck and stealing two packs of cigarettes after the 21-year-old clerk demanded payment before giving Altamirano any cigarettes.
The murder was recorded on the store’s security camera and police captured Altamirano after a high speed chase in Phoenix.
Altamirano had previous run-ins with local police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In 2012, he pleaded guilty to facilitation to commit burglary and got probation but was placed in deportation proceedings.
Before the murder of Ronnebeck, Altamirano was released on a $10,000 bond in 2013 from ICE custody despite the defendant’s own claims of ties to the Mexican Mafia. After his release, but before Ronnebeck’s murder, Altamirano also allegedly threatened to kill two people, resulting in harassment injunctions against Altamirano.
Altamirano reportedly entered the U.S. illegally at the age of 14 and prior to his arrest, worked illegally as a landscaper.
OJJPAC note: Another senseless murder of a young US citizen, who was also a son, brother, nephew and friend to many. Grant’s life was viciously taken while earning an honest day’s pay…” allegedly” by an illegal alien from Mexico who obviously has contempt for our laws and the rights of our citizens. This young man’s blood is on the hands of the Obama administration and those who support Obama’s non-enforcement immigration directives. The Obama administration’s conduct defies common sense. The harm it has caused has been of such an egregious nature, all its policy architects deserve the title of saboteur if not traitor, and all should be prosecuted for their acts of public malfeasance.
Source: Suspect in Mesa QT killing faced deportation proceedings, By Arizona Central, 1-27-15
Jesse Benavides, 33
Son, Father, Fiancée, Brother, & Friend
Santana Gaona, 34
Santana Gaona, a 33-year-old illegal alien had been arrested and put on tril for the 2011 murder of Jesse Benavides, 33, of Dallas, Texas. On April 16, 2015, a jury found Gaona guilty of murder and the trial judge sentenced Gaona to 50 years in prison.
Jesse Benavides was shot and killed while attending a children’s birthday party at a home in west Oak Cliff. Gaona shot Benavides 7 times in the back after an argument at the party.
After the murder, the Benavides family found out that Gaona had been in the U.S. illegally and and been arrested for rape and was flagged for transfer to the Department of Homeland Security for deportation proceedings after release from jail. However, the FBI intervened and had the immigration hold removed because Gaona had been an FBI informant. So Gaona was eventually released from jail and remained in Dallas.
The Benavides family is still attempting to get answers to their questions regarding how Gaona was allowed to remain in the U.S. after being identified as a criminal illegal alien.
Jesse Benavides senseless murder has traumatized his family. He is survived by a 10-year-old son (who witnessed his father murder), his former fiancée, a brother, Juan Benavides, and other family and friends. Benavides was a loving father who enjoyed watching the Dallas Mavericks and playing practical jokes on family and friends.
Source: Justice Not Served: Family of Victim Slain by Illegal Immigrant Blasts U.S. ‘Negligence’ for Not Enforcing Own Laws, By Sara Carter, The Blaze.com, 12-3-13; Dallas man gets 50 years in prison for fatal shooting at children’s party, By Tasha Tsiaperas, The Dallas Morning News, 4-16-15″
Caltrans has 3,500 more architects and engineers than it needs. One California engineer spent 55 work days golfing at taxpayers’ expense.
“Gov. Jerry Brown says California has a $57 billion backlog in transportation-related repairs and, once again, he says the state needs to raise taxes to pay for them.
The governor is right in one way: California’s state-controlled roads are in abysmal shape. Reason Foundation’s most recent Annual Highway Report found California ranked 49th out of 50 states in urban pavement condition and 36th in rural pavement condition. But, it’s not at all clear how raising taxes would help. California already spends more than nearly every state in the country when evaluated per mile of state-controlled roadway. From road maintenance to state highway office administration costs, California spends more than most.
According to the Legislative Analyst’s Office, as of May of 2014, Caltrans wastes millions of dollars planning for projects it cannot possibly build. The department fails to properly maintain its highway traffic management systems. Caltrans has 3,500 more architects and engineers than it needs. One California engineer spent 55 work days golfing at taxpayers’ expense. And a staggering 62 percent of transportation projects went over budget.
Then there is the problem of what Gov. Brown wants to spend transportation money on. He wants to spend $1.8 billion on the proposed high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, a project that still lacks an accurate budget and has little chance of being completed. The governors budget chases the train dream but fails to fund the state’s greatest transportation needs. It spends significant funds on bridge repairs but often not on the bridges in the worst condition.
Albert Einstein once said, “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.” Yet, Gov. Brown’s budget does exactly that by asking for more money for wasteful Caltrans while not fixing any of the underlying problems.
Frustrated by the state’s incompetence and inefficiency, 19 counties, including Orange County, have become so-called self-help counties, enacting local sales taxes to help fund transportation. Sales taxes are a poor method of funding transportation because there is no link between how much someone buys and how much transportation infrastructure they use. However, given the problems at the state level, the decision to try to address problems at the local level is at least understandable.
The state needs to take a number of steps to fix its problems. First, eliminate excess staff. This could be accomplished by not filling empty positions, early retirements and other means. There is no reason to employ 3,500 extra engineers and architects. Second, focus on statewide priorities. Many local governments see Caltrans getting involved in local projects as more a curse than a blessing. In most cases, state highways should be Caltrans’ most pressing priority. Third, eliminate unnecessary projects like the high-speed rail system. Fourth, copy how states like North Carolina and Virginia use metrics to select projects. Such processes help to limit political prioritization of projects and focus money on projects that reduce congestion and improve mobility. Fifth, fix the construction process. States like Texas build projects much more cost-effectively than California and its likely that our state can adopt some of their business practices. Finally, reform public unions. Yes, union reforms are a tough political lift but most politicians on both sides of the aisle agree that union costs are a big reason transportation projects in California are so costly.”