Decriminalization Debate Moves From Pot To… Illegal Immigration?
|| Hot Air
“How far are Democrats willing to go this year in their efforts to demonstrate their progressive bona fides? In Texas we may be seeing the limits of this swerve to the left on display. Several Democratic candidates for top offices are now pushing a move toward decriminalization, but this time we’re not talking about marijuana. They want to decriminalize illegal immigration, essentially removing the need for most of the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) without actually “abolishing” the office. (A subject which doesn’t poll very well.) And we’re not talking about some back bench Democrats running for a county commission seat here. It’s the Democrats’ candidate for Governor, one congressional seat and none other thank Congressman “Beto” O’Rourke, who is currently fighting to flip the Senate seat held by Ted Cruz.
This is the spoon full of sugar approach to pushing for open borders and it appears that at least some Democrats think it could be a winner. Calling to abolish ICE has backfired in a major way and Americans overwhelmingly don’t want open borders. (When given a choice between open borders and secure borders, poll respondents this year chose “secure” by a 79% margin.) Similarly, polling from as recently as last month shows that Americans want to keep ICE by a two to one margin over those who would like to see it abolished.
So here comes the new strategy from the Democrats. Rather than wiping out immigration law or the officials assigned to enforce it, we’ll just do what many states have done with marijuana and simply “decriminalize” it. In other words, illegal aliens – if they are questioned at all – will simply get the equivalent of a parking ticket and be sent on their way. No need for expensive court proceedings and detention centers. Think of the money we’ll save!
Yes. We could wipe out many of the problems we face with gang violence if we simply decriminalized crack dealing, assault, gun crimes and human trafficking. Crime rates would plummet and it would free up the police forces in places like Chicago and Baltimore to focus on the more pressing issues of traffic violations and littering. It’s truly a stunning bit of genius provided you don’t actually think about it for more than two seconds.
The fact is that decriminalization of illegal immigration would be nothing more than running up the white flag. With no fear of repercussions, everyone considering jumping the border would flood into the country in short order. Of course, unless the Democrats also plan on repealing (or at least decriminalizing) all of the laws about employing illegal aliens, all of those people will still wind up either falling into the already strained social safety net or turning to a life of crime.”
Americans Do Not Support Sanctuary Cities: 84% of Voters Want Illegal Aliens Turned Over to Authorities
“Democratic pollster Mark Penn, who served as chief strategist for Hillary Clinton‘s 2008 presidential campaign, said on Thursday that the overwhelming majority of Americans do not support sanctuary cities.
Appearing on The Hill TV, Penn asserted that 84 percent of Americans support turning illegal aliens over to federal agents.
“I asked them ‘do you think notifying ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] would in fact increase crime because it would inhibit people from reporting crimes or does it decrease crimes because it takes criminals off the street,’ and they overwhelming said ‘decrease crime,’” Penn told The Hill.
“When someone’s arrested, they expect someone will notify federal immigration authorities just as they would expect someone who violates state tax law,” the pollster said.”
Mob of 70 Antifa Anarchists Surround ICE Van in Los Angeles
“A mob of approximately 70 anarchists and open borders activists surrounded an Immigration and Customs Enforcement van with two agents inside on Thursday evening in Los Angeles.
The incident took place outside the Metropolitan Detention Center in response to ICE arresting more than 200 illegal aliens throughout the city during a five-day operation.
The mob was organized by the Koreatown Popular Assembly, an anarchist group, who has been operating a 24 hour “rapid response” hotline to monitor and respond to reports of ICE raids. It is unclear what their planned response entails.
“With over a year of preparation and training the hotline is staffed with around 30 dispatchers who volunteer to do two to three 4-hour shifts a week. In turn the network has trained nearly 100 first responders who are registered based on geographic areas and dispatched with text messages via an open source software platform,” a member of the Black Rose Anarchist Federation wrote of the incident on the popular Antifa website It’s Going Down.
The assembly reportedly consists of approximately 125 members.
As the group had the van surrounded, the anarchists chanted “no more deportations,” “Trump and Pence must go,” and other anti-borders slogans including “f-ck ICE.”
“It is significant that these actions are not the efforts of stand alone activists or NGO directed staff but a result of discussion, debate and decision making by a base of everyday people choosing the priorities based on their immediate reality and needs. The Koreatown Popular Assembly is still small and embryonic but stands out as an example of how radicals can move beyond isolated projects and work to build popular power from below,” the communique on IGD continues.
Neither of the two agents who were surrounded by the group were injured.
The week of immigration sweeps was targeting approximately 400 individuals and resulted in 212 people being arrested. According to a statement from ICE, “88 percent of those arrested during this operation were convicted criminals.”
“Federal immigration officials arrested nearly 1,400 gang members in a nationwide 6-week operation, including illegal immigrants gang members who had protected status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Altogether, 1,378 gang members were arrested by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, 1,098 of which already have federal or state criminal charges against them, according to a news release. Twenty-one of the members had pending murder charges against them, while another seven were facing rape allegations. The other 280 were arrested for being in the U.S. illegally.
Three of the gang members arrested in the ICE operation had protected status as illegal immigrants under the Obama-era DACA program. Since DACA’s inception, more than 1,500 illegal immigrants have had their protected status revoked after they were found to be involved with a gang or committed a crime.
DACA recipients are given protection by the federal government and since the Trump Administration has not ended the program, experts like Mark Krikorian have previously said that 800 new permits for protected DACA status can be granted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) every day.
“They’re still processing these work permits,” Krikorian told Breitbart Texas at the time. “That’s got to end at the absolute minimum.”
Additionally, of the 1,478 gang members arrested, 10 of them had crossed the U.S.-Mexico Brder as unaccompanied minors. Of those 10, nine were confirmed gang members and eight of those 10 were MS-13 specifically.
Most recently, Breitbart Texas reported on the continued resettlement of foreign unaccompanied minors into MS-13-prone regions of the U.S., despite experts pointing to evidence that this process allows foreign crime syndicates to flourish.
Since the beginning of the Fiscal Year, October 1, 2016, 651 unaccompanied minors were placed in Nassau County, which is home to one of the largest growing MS-13 gang population’s in the U.S. In neighboring Suffolk County, which has a widespread MS-13 gang problem in Brentwood and Central Islip, approximately 915 have been resettled in the region.”
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) concluded a targeted nationwide gang operation which was the largest ever conducted by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
The six-week nationwide crackdown on gangs took place from March 26 through May 6 and resulted in 1,378 arrests of which 1,095 were confirmed gang members and affiliates, according to a statement from ICE.
Of the 1,378 total arrests, 445 were foreign nationals from 21 countries spread across five continents around the world. Of those arrested, “137 affiliated with the Bloods, 118 with the Sureños, 104 with MS-13, and 104 with the Crips. The remaining 283 claimed no gang affiliation but were arrested on either criminal or administrative charges,” ICE noted.
The operation specifically targeted gang members that were suspected to be involved in drug trafficking, sex trafficking, weapons smuggling, human smuggling, racketeering, and murder.
The operation led to the seizure of 238 firearms, 546.96 ounces of methamphetamine, 790.15 ounces of cocaine, 113.42 ounces of heroin, 1.59 ounces of fentanyl, 8,019.46 ounces of marijuana, and $491,763.
ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan noted that gangs threaten not only large cities but also small and rural communities.
“Gangs threaten the safety of our communities, not just in major metropolitan areas but in our suburbs and rural areas, too,” Homan said. “Gang-related violence and criminal activity present an ongoing challenge for law enforcement everywhere. Our efforts to dismantle gangs are much more effective in areas where partnership with local law enforcement is strongest.”
DUI suspect who struck family returning from Disneyland deported 15 times in 15 years
|| U-T San Diego
“Mexican man who has been deported at least 15 times pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a felony drunken driving crash in San Ysidro that fractured the skull of a 6-year-old boy.
Lennox Lake’s parents didn’t go to court for the arraignment, preferring to stay at their son’s bedside at Rady Children’s Hospital. “He’s a tough kid,” father Benjamin Lake said. “He wants to go home, to his brothers, his dog, to play on his computer and go to the park.”
But Lennox will have to stay at the hospital for at least nine more days while he receives antibiotics for a common strep infection that set in after surgery to repair his skull, his family said.
The boy was knocked unconscious and wasn’t breathing when a pickup slammed into his parents’ Honda Accord late Saturday night as they returned from a day at Disneyland. Lake and his wife, Ingrid, suffered minor injuries.
Constantino Banda-Acosta, 38, is suspected of speeding through a stop sign on Camino de la Plaza at Dairy Mart Road in San Ysidro and plowing his pickup into the side of the Accord. Then, authorities say, he kept going.
He was arrested about a mile away, where Border Patrol agents found him in the damaged pickup with a passenger.
Immigration officials say Banda-Acosta, 38, has been returned to Mexico at least 15 times since 2002 for being in the U.S. illegally, most recently in January.
Banda-Acosta entered his not guilty plea in Chula Vista Superior Court to felony charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood-alcohol level of more than 0.08 percent and hit-and-run, and a misdemeanor charge of driving without a license. If convicted, he faces a possible sentence of seven years and eight months in prison.
Chula Vista police said they arrested Banda-Acosta twice on charges of domestic violence against his wife, on April 9, 2006, and this year on Jan. 9. According to court records, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic battery in 2007 and spent time in county jail.
The records also show he has convictions for driving on a suspended license and a 2006 misdemeanor DUI conviction for which he was placed on probation for five years.”
California eyes herbicide compound for carcinogen list
|| Capitol Weekly
“California is deciding whether to add a popular herbicide’s ingredient to the list of officially recognized cancer-causing compounds — a move that has run into a legal road block.
At issue is glyphosate, which for decades has been a prime compound in the Monsanto Company’s herbicide Roundup.
In March, the state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment announced plans to recommend adding glyphosate to its list of substances included in warning labels, as required by voters under Proposition 65. These labels list compounds known to the state of California to cause cancer.
Glyphosate had been expected to be included, but that action may be contingent on the result of a lawsuit brought by Monsanto in 2015 to block the listing, according to OEHHA spokesman Sam Delson.
The lawsuit has put the brakes on the effort to list glyphosate as a carcinogen — at least for now.
Among those anxious for a listing is Harvey Makishima, the CEO of an advocacy group called Public Awareness for Preventative Health Care, which seeks to ban the substance statewide.
Monsanto’s suit to block the listing of glyphosate was dismissed by a Fresno County Superior Court judge earlier this year, Delson said.”
Mexican Cartel Ties Suspected in NYC Bronx Drug Gang Roundups
“Law enforcement officials in New York filed federal charges against 49 members of Bronx-based drug distribution organizations. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents joined with the New York City Police Department and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents to bring in the alleged criminals.
The joint law enforcement task force conducted an investigation into two Bronx-based drug trafficking organizations and secured two indictments through the Department of Justice (DOJ) Southern District of New York against 49 members of the groups. The two, 12-page indictments include charges for the murder of Jose Morales on December 11, 2016, narcotics, robbery, and firearms offenses according to a statements obtained by Breitbart Texas from ICE and DOJ officials.
Breitbart Texas spoke with media officials with the office of Acting-U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Joon H. Kim. The press official said it is likely that drugs involved in these distribution organizations were likely products trafficked by Mexican drug cartels, no specific cartels or gangs are named in the indictments. The office declined an interview with the Assistant U.S. Attorney handling the case stating the prosecutors do not comment on pending cases.
“Dozens of alleged members of two drug distribution organizations have been charged with peddling potentially lethal drugs, Acting-U.S. Attorney Kim said in a written statement. Kim took over the Acting-U.S. Attorney position following the firing of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara on Friday. The Department of Justice fired Bharara following his refusal to resign as requested by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Breitbart News reported. It is a normal practice for U.S. Attorneys to be asked to resign following the swearing in of a new President. President Bill Clinton fired then-US. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama Jeff Session when he took office in 1993.”
Santa Ana homicides nearly doubled in 2016, hit highest rate in six years
| OC Register
Homicides in Santa Ana nearly doubled last year as a rash of gang-fueled shootings pushed the number of killings in Orange County’s second-largest city to its highest point in six years.
There were 23 homicides in the city last year, up from 11 in 2015, according to crime data obtained by the Register. The increase reversed a five-year trend in which the city’s homicides dropped to the lowest number in more than two decades.
The spike is notable because last year homicides in the remainder of the county dropped by 24 percent, the Register found. That dip was largely due to 61 percent decline in homicides in Anaheim, reaching its lowest level in the past decade.
Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna blamed the violence in his city on warring gang factions.
Shootings in Santa Ana reached a five-year high in January 2016, averaging one per day and prompting a flurry media coverage and City Hall hand wringing. In response, the police department bolstered its street presence, increasing gang member arrests, probation compliance checks and officer overtime pay to intensify enforcement in two areas under gang injunctions, Townsend Street and Santa Anita.
Police Chief Carlos Rojas since has said that the department stopped tracking shooting numbers and would rely solely on crime stats reported to the FBI. The 2016 stats obtained by the Register are those reported to federal law enforcement.”
ICE Fights Back Against New York City’s Sanctuary Policy
– Daily Caller
“Immigration and Customs Enforcement is feuding with New York City’s stated policy of non-compliance with federal immigration detainers.
The detainers from ICE ask for local law enforcement to hold an illegal immigrant in custody until federal agents can retrieve the illegal alien. An ICE press release Friday said, “ICE arrests convicted Mexican national released from local custody after detainer was ignored.”
ICE officers arrested a Mexican national, Luis Alejandro Villegas, on Wednesday just weeks after he was released by New York Police Department officials who ignored an immigration detainer. Villegas was in local custody for driving while intoxicated, and he previously served five years in prison for armed robbery. He was deported back to Mexico in 2007 following his stint in prison.
“Villegas is a criminal alien who was released back into our New York communities, posing an increased and unnecessary risk to those who live in this great city,” Thomas R. Decker, New York field office director for enforcement and removal operations, said in a statement.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday calling for the federal government to stop providing funds to jurisdictions which don’t cooperate with immigration detainers. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he doesn’t plan to change policy following the executive order and has claimed the city has “solid ground for a legal challenge to the executive order should the occasion arise.”
New York City’s comptroller recently said that the Big Apple could lose an estimated $7 billion annually in federal funding if they do not change their “sanctuary” policy.”
Is The Trump Executive Order On Refugees Constitutional?
“Curiously, the order notes the 9-11 attacks but the order does not cover the countries that were the sources for those attackers, including Saudi Arabia and UAE. I think that this order is a mistake and contradicts our values. However, I do not agree with some of my colleagues at GW and other law schools that the order is clearly unconstitutional. Courts are not supposed to rule on the merits of such laws but their legality. I think that the existing precedent favors Trump.
First, this is not a religious ban. When it was first discussed on the campaign, it was described as a ban on Muslims. This is not a religious ban. It certainly can be opposed as having that effect but there are a wide array of Muslim countries not covered by the ban and would not be impacted by the restrictions. A court cannot in my view treat this order as carrying out a religious ban as it is currently written.
Second, the law largely suspends entry pending the creation of new vetting procedures. That is based on a national security determination made by the President. Courts have generally deferred to such judgments. A president’s authority is at its zenith on our borders. Hillary Clinton herself campaigned on carefully vetting refugees (though she favors increasing such entries). In a November 2015 national security speech at the Council on Foreign Relations, Clinton said “So yes, we do need to be vigilant in screening and vetting any refugees from Syria, guided by the best judgment of our security professionals in close coordination with our allies and partners.”
Finally, there is precedent for limited entry from particular countries going back to some of the earliest periods in this country. The earlier immigration laws include the 1875 Page Act which focused on Asian immigrants and those believes to be engaged in prostitution or considered convicts in their native countries. Then there was the infamous 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. Then there were other measures limiting immigration from particular areas like the 1906 “Gentleman’s Agreement” (Japanese aliens) and the or the 1917 Immigration Act (“Asiatic Barred Zone”).
In 1921 and 1924, Congress passed the “Quota Acts” limiting entry from disfavored countries. of nations from whom no further immigrants would be accepted. In every case, immigration policy continued to develop as a series of widening, discriminatory exclusions. It was not until 1965 that we broke from our long and troubling history is such discrimination.
However, The 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act contains section, 212(f) that gives sweeping authority on the exclusion of certain aliens:
Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.
Even President Jimmy Carter used such authority. Executive Order 12172 involves an order to force 50,000 Iranian students living in the United States report to an immigration office and face possible deportation. Thousands were deported.”
“CAPITOL HILL | Nov 19, 2015 — Amid furor in Washington over the admission of Syrian refugees, senators of both parties say that the easiest path for foreign terrorists to enter the United States is the visa waiver program.
Without visas, nationals from dozens of countries in Europe and elsewhere need only a passport to pass through U.S. customs at airports and other entry points, bypassing the screening process to which visa applicants are subjected.
“Twenty million people each year from 38 countries, including France and Belgium, use the visa waiver program,” said Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein. “Terrorists could exploit the program, could go from France to Syria, as 2,000 fighters have done, come back to France, use the visa waiver program and, without any further scrutiny, come into the United States.”
The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Feinstein has introduced legislation to block visa waivers for foreign nationals who have traveled to Syria or Iraq in the last five years.
“They can still visit,” Feinstein said, “but they need a traditional visa – a process that includes an in-person interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate.”
The bill is co-sponsored by Republican Senator Jeff Flake, who says fears about possible security risks posed by Syrian refugees are overblown.
“If you look at all the gaps in our security situation and the vulnerabilities we have, in my view the refugee program is well down that list [of concerns]. Visa waiver is near the top,” Flake said.
“We absolutely need to tighten up the visa waiver program,” said another Republican, Rob Portman. “There are 5,000 foreign fighters who are from countries with which we have a visa waiver program. It’s a huge problem.”
Daily Mail Reporter Claims Fake Syrian Passport Fooled Expert
– Daily Mail UK
“Daily Mail reporter Nick Fagge told Fox News that he was able to get a fake Syrian passport good enough to fool a supposed “forgery expert” for just $2,000.
Fagge’s article on the experience caught the attention of Monday morning’s edition of Fox & Friends, where he appeared to discuss just how easy it apparently is to attain a Syrian passport — regardless of whether or not you’re actually a Syrian refugee. The reporter was able to obtain a passport, driving license and identity card for the price.
“When I bought the passport, I asked [the forger] who was buying them,” he said. “He told me, ‘people who wanted a better life, people who are pretending to by Syrians.’ But most worryingly, ‘members of ISIS,’ people who wanted to come to Europe to bring their evil war to us and kill people.”
Fagge later got in touch with a forgery expert in the German police. Both the driving license and the identity card were easily dismissed, but the passport was another matter.
“He spent quite a long time analyzing it. He said it was genuine. He said, ‘This is a real passport.’”
Concerns about possible ties between Syrian refugees and ISIS have been heightened following Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris after a Syrian passport was found on one of the attackers. In the United States, several state governors have denounced the White House’s current plan to accept refugees.”
Bernie says ‘climate change’ is the cause of global terrorism
Hillary’s “smart power” will bring peace in our time – empathize with our enemies
“”Using every possible tool and partner to advance peace and security. Leaving no one on the sidelines. Showing respect even for one’s enemies. Trying to understand, in so far as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view.” – Hillary Clinton
ICE Officials Tell TRUMP Illegals Are Being Allowed to Vote – That’s Why They They Won’t Deport Them
“ICE officials reportedly told Donald Trump illegal aliens are being allowed to vote this year.
Cameras picked this up during a meeting Donald Trump held with ICE officials in August.
Via FOX Business Network:
“What you pick up in the conversation is agent from Tucson telling Donald Trump basically why are these undocumented illegals with criminal records, why aren’t they being kicked out. And why is there such a rush to give these illegals citizenship. And he says the ICE official says simply so they can vote.”
Mexican Drug Mule Bound for Florida Found with 5 Kilos of Coke
“A Mexican national who crossed the US-Mexico border into Texas is accused of trafficking five kilos of cocaine across three states before reaching her intended destination in Pensacola, Florida.
Sara Elisa Ceron, 30, was pulled over by local authorities in the Gulfport, Mississippi area for “careless driving,” according to a report by the Sun Herald.
Once stopped by police, Ceron said she was originally going to see family members in the Gulfport area. Deputies became suspicious because the alleged drug trafficker had already passed the two Gulfport exits.
Ceron told police she had purchased the vehicle she was driving three months earlier after she quit her job and claimed she was coming to the United States to take care of her mother. Ceron continued to tell police that she had recently began working for an accountant in Mexico instead.
That’s when Ceron said she was planning to take a trip to Pensacola to visit the beach, but the police found no evidence of a swimsuit or beach attire in her vehicle for such plans. Police discovered her family was in the country illegally.
After searching Ceron’s vehicle with her permission, authorities found five, one-kilo packages inside what was described as a “sophisticated trap” to conceal the drugs, the Florida paper reported.”
Wikileaks Dump: Hillary Dreams of ‘Open Trade and Open Borders’
“In excerpts from paid speeches, Clinton admits to taking different public and private positions
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton admitted she takes two positions on policy issues.
One in private — ostensibly, the “real” position and one for the public — according to a damaging email leak released on Friday by Wikileaks that included clips of Clinton’s paid speeches to Wall Street banks and other organizations.
“My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders.” – Hillary Clinton
Wikileaks released emails reportedly from John Podesta, chairman of the Clinton campaign, on Friday, around 6 p.m.
Podesta received comments made in past Hillary Clinton speeches flagged as potential liabilities.
“My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere,” Clinton told Banco Itau, a Brazilian bank, on May 16, 2013.”