BORDER NEWS WATCH SPECIAL EDITIONS - 1/2020

 

 

1/4/2020 BORDER NEWS WATCH SPECIAL EDITION

 

Breitbart News
Judicial Watch
ICE Most Wanted List
CBP Website
ICE Website
FOX News on Immigration
Borderland Beat
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Fast and Furious

Mexican authorities arrest suspect in killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent
Operation Fast and Furious: The Forgotten History of the ATF’s Notorious Gunwalking Scandal

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Mexican Mormon Massacre
7 men detained in connection to killings of American women, children in Mexico
Mexican police chief arrested in connection to ambush of family near US-Mexican border, report says

Mexico's cartel crisis – and ours

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Opinion
FARRELL: Mexican Cartels Are Killing Americans; Trump Leakers Aren’t Helping
Sebastian Gorka, Brandon Darby Discuss Terrorist Designation of Mexican Cartels
Oklahoma Still Shows the Way on Collecting Taxes from Illegal Aliens
Will Iran's Response to Soleimani's Killing Implicate U.S. Foreign Student Policies?

Tom Homan: 2020 Dems making promises to illegals 'guaranteeing' Trump win
How to Eliminate the Visa Waiting Lists Without a Massive Influx of New Aliens

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US Congress
Congress Passes Funding Bills: Weaken Enforcement and Increase Visas
Both sides left wanting by 2020 budget’s $1.375 billion for border wall
Bill classifies seven Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations

Congress Passes Funding Bills: Weaken Enforcement and Increase Visas
The Impact of Immigration on the Apportionment in the U.S. House in 2020
Congressman: On tackling security, López Obrador has ‘failed miserably’
A bipartisan immigration bill that will help farmers

Apparently Washington is Never Too Divided to Capitulate to the Demands of Big Ag

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The 'Wall'
More Obstacles Placed in Front of Trump's Border Wall

Both sides left wanting by 2020 budget’s $1.375 billion for border wall
Air Force hero reveals international organization allows access to illegal aliens across southern border
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Yes, Physical Barriers Matter on the Border, Says JTFW Director

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DHS
Homeland Security Chief Orders Review Of State Laws Allowing Driver’s Licenses For Illegal Aliens

Trump Administration Seeks to Bar Convicted Immigrants From Asylum
Border Apprehensions Dropped for 6th Consecutive Month, per DHS Data

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CBP
In Case You Missed It, CBP Chief Confirmed 'Extra-Continental' Migration as a 2020 Priority
CBP Finds 11 Chinese Nationals Concealed Inside Furniture in Moving Truck
CBP seizes over $330,000 at Anzalduas International Bridge
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Border Patrol
Border Patrol Disrupts Human Smuggling Attempt

Border agents rescue family of three near Lukeville
US Customs and Border Protection Patrol Agents, Rescue Beacons Save Lives

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ICE
Here Are The Most Heinous Criminals Deported By ICE In 2019

2,500 murder arrests? New ICE report reveals massive illegal alien crime wave
Faculty, student protests of ICE lead to cancellation of medical contracts to help illegal immigrants
U.S. Interior Immigration Arrests Fell Despite Admin Push
Takeaways from ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Report: Not a pretty picture
Workplace Immigration Investigations Quadruple Under Trump

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FBI: BPA Nick Ivie
Border Patrol Agent Nick Ivie Was Killed By Smugglers, Not Friendly Fire
   
https://www.amazon.com/Shot-Nick-Ivie-Huey-Freeman/dp/1734295104
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DOS

'DO NOT TRAVEL:Mexico danger map updated as US warns of ‘widespread’ crime amid rise in murders, kidnappings, carjackings and robberies

U.S. issues Mexico travel advisory due to crime and kidnapping
Visiting Mexico Includes Expanded Risks

U.S. says Americans shouldn't travel to these 5 Mexican states
Parts of Mexico Still as Dangerous as Middle East War Zones for Travel, Say Feds

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Ignoring ICE Detainers: Alien Arrests Followed by Release
Takeaways from ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Report: Not a pretty picture
Interior Enforcement Slumps Due to Border Crisis, Lack of Resources, Sanctuaries, and Systemic Dysfunction

Declined Detainer Outcome Report
What Is the Law, and Why Should It Be Followed?

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Border Perspective and Immigration Trends
Best of 2019: Immigration Reads You May Have Missed
Former ICE Chief Predicts ‘Out-Of-Control’ Border If Democrats Win In 2020
4.3M Migrants Caught at SW Border in Decade — More Than Los Angeles Population

Smugglers Look for New Populations to Bring Across US Border
2019 in Review: Border Crisis Peak, Mexico Cooperation, Judicial Wrangling
20 Of The Most Unusual Things Security Had To Deal With At The US/ Mexico Border
Trump, "Terrorist" Cartels And The True Roots Of Mexico's Violence
Takeaways from ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Report: Not a pretty picture
Interior Enforcement Slumps Due to Border Crisis, Lack of Resources, Sanctuaries, and Systemic Dysfunction

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Illegal Immigration: MPP Policy
'Remain in Mexico' policy expands after surge in Arizona

Remain in Mexico Demonstrates Lack of Legit Asylum Claims
Official: President Trump's "Diplomatic Persistence" Has Let to Sharp Declines in Illegal Migrants
 
“Migrant Protection Protocol” requires migrants to wait in Mexico while their asylum claims are being adjudicated

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Asylum
U.S. now returning asylum seekers to Sonora to await El Paso court hearings
“Remain in Mexico” migrants will have to travel 340 miles for U.S. hearings

Lots of Useful Information in the Refugee Report to Congress
Trump orders overhaul of asylum system, would force applicants to pay fees

Asylum Explained
Mexico’s Refugees
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Sanctuaries
Angel mom taking action against sanctuary cities

The Supreme Court Could End Sanctuary Policies Nationwide

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Fox News in Mexico
Fox veteran war correspondent Lara Logan is cornered by cops while investigating sex trafficking in Mexico and warned to 'get out because the last strangers asking questions in the area were lynched'
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US Terror Threat Level
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Iranian Terrorism in Latin America
Report: All Iranian Military Decisions in Latin America Ran Through Soleimani
Will Iran's Response to Soleimani's Killing Implicate U.S. Foreign Student Policies?

Flashback: Iran’s Soleimani Hired Mexican Cartel Associate to Assassinate Saudi Ambassador on U.S. Soil

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Cartel Terrorism
Bill classifies seven Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations

Part IV: Five Ways America Should Secure the Border Against European-Style Terrorist Infiltration
Read Part I, "A New Terror Travel Tactic is Born; Part II; “New Study Explains Why Islamic Terrorists Have Not Attacked Through America’s Southern Border; and Part III, “Like in Europe, America’s Broken Asylum System Enables Terrorist Infiltration Over U.S.-Mexico Border

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Cartels as Mexican Terrorists
Exclusive: After Cabinet opposed Mexican cartel policy, Trump forged ahead

DEA agent who caught El Chapo: Trump labeling Mexican cartels 'terrorists' would be 'game-changer'

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American Green Cards
How to Eliminate the Visa Waiting Lists Without a Massive Influx of New Aliens

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Judicial
Trial set for pair accused of smuggling meth via ultralight aircraft into Riverside County

The Supreme Court Could End Sanctuary Policies Nationwide

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Border Tunnels

El Chapo’s tunnel-building legacy lives on; latest one found in Nogales
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Arivaca, Arizona Militias
Militias, MAGA activists and one border town’s complicated resistance
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Pima County. Arizona
Sheriff offers compromise Stonegarden grant approval to mixed reviews __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
California
Borderlands: California leads the U.S. in meth border seizures; Kenworth announces promotions in Mexico
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Texas
Graphic Exclusive Video: Texas Border County Medical Examiner’s Painstaking Efforts to Identify, Store Deceased Migrants
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Politics
Joe Biden's Immigration Plan
Making Progress at the Border is Making Progressives Unhappy
Former ICE Chief Predicts ‘Out-Of-Control’ Border If Democrats Win In 2020

What DEM Presidential Hopefuls said during December Debate
Jill Biden visits refugees in Mexico, “It’s not who we are”
Exclusive: After Cabinet opposed Mexican cartel policy, Trump forged ahead
Tom Homan: 2020 Dems making promises to illegals 'guaranteeing' Trump win

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GOM
Send the Marines! Mexico's President Has An Idea To Take Down The Cartels

They elected a leftist. Now they don't like the result...
Upset at Trump, Mexico voices ‘worry and irritation‘ to U.S. envoys
Mexico won’t accept foreign deportees, US must assume responsibility – FM Videgaray
Mexican president: US military not allowed to fight drug cartels in Mexico
Why can't Mexico control the cartels? Some blame America

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Mexico
Mexican Economy

 ‘Not promoting illegality’? Mexico invests $50mn in legal aid centers at its US consulates
Official: Mexico rejected US plan on 3rd-country deportees
‘Tuberculosis out of control:’ cases have soared 140% this year
There are no short cuts in resolving Mexico’s spiraling violence
Mexico Needs A New Strategy For Fighting Crime
Murder And Mayhem In Mexico

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Cartels
Videos Show Armed Gulf Cartel Paramilitaries Patrolling in Mexico near Texas Border
Mexico's cartel crisis – and ours

US, Mexican lawmen going after border’s ‘most wanted’ criminals

Borderland Beat

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Selected Incidents
Criminal Alien of the Week Report 01-02-20 by David Cross
Couple arrested after failed attempt to smuggle woman and child from Mexico
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Breitbart News
Judicial Watch
ICE Most Wanted List
CBP Website
ICE Website
FOX News on Immigration
Borderland Beat
USInc
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  • INSIGHT CRIME NEWS:

·        Venezuela Reports Show FAES Police Unit Targeting Key Megabandas

·        Half of Extortion Calls in Guatemala Are Made from One Prison

·        What Fate Awaits MACCIH in Honduras?

 


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Archive

Fast and Furious

All--

See below article, forwarded to me by a friend.

Thanks,

Ron C.

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The deadly-but-forgotten government gun-running scandal known as “Fast and Furious” has lain dormant for years, thanks to White House stonewalling and media compliance. But newly uncovered emails have reopened the case, exposing the anatomy of a coverup by an administration that promised to be the most transparent in history.

At least 20 other deaths or violent crimes have been linked to Fast and Furious-trafficked guns.

A federal judge has forced the release of more than 20,000 pages of emails and memos previously locked up under President Obama’s phony executive-privilege claim. A preliminary review shows top Obama officials deliberately obstructing congressional probes into the border gun-running operation.

Fast and Furious was a Justice Department program that allowed assault weapons — including .50-caliber rifles powerful enough to take down a helicopter — to be sold to Mexican drug cartels allegedly as a way to track them. But internal documents later revealed the real goal was to gin up a crisis requiring a crackdown on guns in America. Fast and Furious was merely a pretext for imposing stricter gun laws.

Only the scheme backfired when Justice agents lost track of the nearly 2,000 guns sold through the program and they started turning up at murder scenes on both sides of the border — including one that claimed the life of US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

While then-Attorney General Eric Holder was focused on politics, people were dying. At least 20 other deaths or violent crimes have been linked to Fast and Furious-trafficked guns.

The program came to light only after Terry’s 2010 death at the hands of Mexican bandits, who shot him in the back with government-issued semiautomatic weapons. Caught red-handed, “the most transparent administration in history” flat-out lied about the program to Congress, denying it ever even existed.

Then Team Obama conspired to derail investigations into who was responsible by first withholding documents under subpoena — for which Holder earned a contempt-of-Congress citation — and later claiming executive privilege to keep evidence sealed.READ

MORE:  https://nypost.com/2016/05/21/the-scandal-in-washington-no-one-is-talking-about/

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Birth Tourism
372,000 Born to Illegal Aliens and Visitors Every Year, 33,000 to 'Birth Tourists'

We Say it Often, Numbers Count. And Here's An Example of Why
With reduction in migration flow, agents return focus to border crime
DHS ‘Reprograms’ Budgets as More Illegal Aliens Go Free
The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers
The United States Loses $150 Billion Annually in Remittances
A shifting border policy
The Real Cost of 'Free' Health Insurance for Illegal Immigrants
American-Made .50-Caliber Rifles Help Fuel Mexican Cartel Violence
Where does Mexico really get its guns?
 
Flores Settlement Agreement

What Ending the Flores Agreement on Detention of Immigrant Children Really Means
California, 18 Other States, and D.C. Sue over Flores Regulation: My take: Insufferable, politically motivated, taxpayer-funded bloviation
Finally, a Final Rule to Fix the Flores Loophole: But there are hurdles ahead
Why Trump wants to detain immigrant children longer
FAIR Applauds Trump Administration on Closing Flores Loophole
Flores Settlement Agreement
How Can Congress Address the Current Border Crisis?

20 Times Breitbart Reported on Migrant Deaths During Obama-Biden Years and No One Cared
The Other Border Crisis
Release of Illegal Aliens into U.S. Drops 65 Percent Since Trump-Mexico Deal
Report: Fewer Illegals Will Cross the Border in June. But the Invasion Will Continue
100K Illegals Got Away From Border Agents
Illegal immigrants learn a trick to sneak in: Dress like drug smugglers
Mexico Sends Almost 15,000 Troops to US-Mexico Border to Curb Illegal Immigration
Mexico says it has deployed 15,000 forces in the north to halt U.S.-bound migration
Agents confront challenging border dynamics
Tucson Border Patrol Agents Confront Challenging Border Dynamics
Lessons From The Border’s Volatile History.
Trump admin program sends asylum-seekers to await claims in Mexico, despite fears of violence: report
Migrants rush to enter Mexico ahead of security crackdown demanded by Trump
Deal Or Not, Mexico Can’t Stop The Border Crisis On Its Own
At Mexico’s southern border, migrants feel the pinch of a crackdown spurred by U.S.
House Republicans: DHS Failed to Implement Available Border Fixes

How Can Congress Address the Current Border Crisis ?
What’s behind the spike in immigrants at the border
Illegal Aliens Are Caught — Then Released Into U.S. Interior
5 facts about illegal immigration in the U.S. 
A Growing Border Crisis: A report from Arizona
What's It Gonna Be...A Welfare State or Open Borders?
Americans Clueless About Border Invasion, Illegals Dumped Into the Heartland
What a real border crisis looks like, in a chart

Understanding Trump's Mexico Tariffs: A Reader's Digest Of 9 Important Points On The Border Crisis

Explainer: How does the situation on the U.S.-Mexico border compare with the past?
Remittances Key to Central American Economies: Incentivizing the departure of their nationals?
In the Era of Split-Screen Views of the Border, Each Side Has Its Story, and the Political Implications Are Enormous
The Conservative Hispanic army that’s fighting hard for President Trump
Ninth Circuit Hands Trump a Win on 'Return to Mexico: The court still misses a major point
Appeals Court Rules Trump Administration Can Keep Sending Asylum-Seekers To Mexico
Appeals court: Trump can make asylum seekers wait in Mexico
Border Patrol chief warns of more releases of migrant families into communities
Rising cost of migrant health care is straining charities, Border Patrol
YOUR questions answered by Center for Immigration Studies
Why US Aid Cuts to Central America Will Help Organized Crime
US Corruption List Highlights Northern Triangle Presidents’ Criminal Ties

Talking Points Suggest E-Verify Is Part of the President’s New Immigration Plan: The key that shuts off the jobs magnet
What’s to Fear About Social Security’s No-Match Letters?
Radio ads offer to 'help out' migrants trying to enter US, Border Patrol official says
Why Immigrants Who Overstay U.S. Visas Are So Difficult To Track
2019 Border Tour Videos
Government Releasing Sick Illegals in American Communities
Illegal-alien Invasion Crisis Not Just at the Border
A Bipartisan Panel Reports Alarming Findings on the Border Crisis
Expand Expedited Removal, Mr. President
Can the President Shut Down the Border?
Buttressing The Border – On Both Sides
History of U.S. Immigration
The History of the Flores Settlement: How a 1997 agreement cracked open our detention laws

Cannabis Effects

Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
New Books
Our 50-State Border Crisis by Howard G. Buffett
also see:
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/our-50-state-border-crisis-howard-buffett/1127331052
https://www.amazon.com/Our-50-State-Border-Crisis-Epidemic-ebook/dp/B074M6FT8F
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/howard-g-buffett/our-50-state-border-crisis/Books

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The following was excerpted from: Breitbart News  See: https://www.breitbart.com/border/2019/01/08/29-facts-about-the-border-and-mexican-cartels-you-need-to-know/

29 Facts About the Border and Mexican Cartels You Need to Know

As the debate about the construction of a wall and other border security issues, here are 29 facts that you need to know. The topics came up during the most recent episode of “Coffee with Scott Adams.” Brandon Darby, the Managing Editor for Breitbart’s Border and Cartel Chronicles, sat down with the famed creator of the Dilbert comics to discuss the intricacies of border security.

1) No one is proposing a wall between all of Mexico and the U.S.—the U.S. southern border is approximately 2,000 miles. The discussion is about 1,000 miles of physical barriers in regions that are heavily controlled by drug cartels.

2) The Texas border is about 1,200 miles of the approximately 2,000 miles of the total southern border. Most of that border is the Rio Grande, a river which varies in intensity with respect to currents.

3) Mexico has numerous states under the direct influence of drug cartels that have standing armies with access to RPGs, armored vehicles, artillery, and explosives. Most of Mexico has military forces patrolling streets to deal with cartel paramilitary forces.

4) The most violent drug cartels operate south of the Texas border. Factions of Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel routinely allow their violence to spill over to the average person.

5) The border city of Tijuana has some of the highest murder statistics in all of Mexico. Despite record-setting figures, most of the victims tend to be tied to drug trafficking.

6) Border cities south of Texas like Reynosa, Tamaulipas, have much lower murder rates than Tijuana. Despite the difference, average citizens are often touched by cartels including shootouts, kidnappings, and other violent activities.

7) Most of the efforts by drug cartels to control migration happens South of the Texas border. Criminal organizations like the Reynosa faction of the Gulf Cartel profit more from human smuggling than drug trafficking.

8) The majority of tunnels are found on the Arizona and California borders. The tunnels are generally discovered in areas where there are population centers on both sides of the border and a wall or fence is already in place. Few have been found in Texas, where there is a river.

9) Most tunnels are discovered thanks to informants; law enforcement technology has rarely been successful in locating border tunnels.

10) Most of the border does not have a drug tunnel problem. They are typically found in Douglas and Nogales, Arizona, as well as Mexicali, San Diego/San Isidro, California.

11) Cartels spend a lot of money building a tunnel–only to be discovered shortly after.

12) Claims by Democrats about the low crime rates in El Paso are an example of walls working. In areas with considerable border barriers such as El Paso, the regional criminal groups turn more professional and shy away from illegal immigration to traffic harder drugs through ports of entry.

13) The presence of physical barriers in cities like El Paso has led to fewer people coming over the border to commit petty crimes or bring loads of drugs on their backs. The criminal organizations in the area shifted toward corrupting U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials to smuggle harder drugs.

14) A partially secured border is more deadly than an open or well-secured one. Previous administrations put barriers south of most cities in Arizona and California to funnel illicit traffic into areas that were easier to manage or too desolate to cross. This led to a spike in deaths since the desire of people to reach the U.S. pushes them to more remote and dangerous areas

15) Human smuggling and illegal immigration will continue to be a problem until economic opportunities improve in Mexico and in Central America.

16) Mexican transnational criminal groups and their leaders have grown beyond the size and power of the American mafia from Prohibition Era and Al Capone. Cartels are integrated into the Mexican political culture and bureaucracy. Legalization would not stop them.

17) The decriminalization of marijuana and the production of higher quality plants in the U.S. versus Mexico had a series of unspoken consequences. After marijuana from Mexico was not able to compete with U.S.-grown plants, some cartels shifted their model more toward human smuggling–becoming a factor in the 2014 migrant crisis and the current one at the U.S. border.

18) After marijuana decriminalization in the U.S., cartels shifted to increase their cultivation of poppies and the production of black tar heroin. In order to compete with the Asian product, cartels use fentanyl–playing a role in the current opioid overdose epidemic.

19) The U.S. State Department influences how hard authorities crack down on cartels. U.S. agencies have been told to “measure their law enforcement priorities with the State Department’s diplomatic concerns.”

20) A cartel’s power in Mexico comes not from kingpins, but from politicians, financiers, lawyers, and money launderers. U.S. authorities and diplomats routinely focus on kingpins such as “El Chapo” and his lieutenants, but never go after the rest of the circle.

21) The state of Tamaulipas, directly south of Texas, has two former governors currently indicted for their alleged roles in helping cartels. One remains in Mexico, while the other is in U.S. custody awaiting trial.

22) U.S. diplomats are negotiating and playing along with the same Mexican politicians that protect cartels, in the interest of trade and diplomacy.

23) Certain factions of drug cartels have crossed the line into terrorism and should classified as such. The designation would change the way the U.S. alienates them from banks, financial resources, and politicians. Other cartels would be forced to tone down their actions or risk similar consequences.

24) Worries of Middle Eastern terrorists crossing the southwestern border are at times mitigated by cartel members who are informants for U.S. agencies that enjoy handsome incentives to turn people in.

25) The more likely scenario for terrorism deals with people flying into Canada and then entering the U.S. with visas. Most people on the terror watch list who try to enter the U.S. across the southern border are Somalis or Kurds.

26) Certain organizations like Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel present more of an imminent threat than foreign terrorists entering through the southern border.

27) Mexico’s ongoing cartel violence and drug war has led to more murders and disappearances than some international wars. Mexico has suffered more than 250,000 homicides and at least 30,000 disappearances since 2009.

28) Up to 70 percent of the women and girls from Central America who come through Mexico to the U.S. are sexually assaulted en route. Most women who leave Central America for the U.S. have the expectation of facing multiple abuses at the hands of cartel-connected human smugglers.

29) The State Department keeps U.S. law enforcement from being more aggressive against cartels. The State Department has everything to do with how law enforcement and intelligence agencies operate in Mexico–and any effort to secure the border without addressing the Department’s timidity in Mexico will likely fail or be less successful than it otherwise could be.

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded the Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and Stephen K. Bannon.  You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at Iortiz@breitbart.com.
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From ICE Acting Director Homan:

Excerpt from:
https://www.numbersusa.com/blog/blame-congress-rapid-rise-illegal-border-crossings

REFORM THE TRAFFICKING VICTIMS PROTECTION REAUTHORIZATION ACT (TVPRA) -- Commonly referred to as the William Wilberforce Act, TVPRA prohibits Border Patrol from quickly removing unaccompanied children from non-contiguous countries who attempt to cross the border illegally. UACs from Mexico and Canada can be quickly returned once Border Patrol is able to determine that they're not victims of human trafficking. But for minors from countries outside of Mexico and Canada, minors must be turned over to Health and Human Services, allowing them to stay in the country indefinitely.

REFORM THE ASYLUM PROCESS -- Under existing law, anyone apprehended at the border who makes a credible fear claim that passes the initial screening is released. Since 2008, there's been a 1700% spike in the number of credible fear claims made at the Southern border, and 80% pass the credible fear screening. However, only 20% of those who pass the credible fear screening are granted asylum by a federal judge.

MANDATE E-VERIFY -- Foreign nationals cross the border illegally because they can obtain jobs in the U.S. Homan said requiring all employers to use E-Verify would discourage most illegal immigration to the United States and dramatically reduce the number of illegal border crossings.

END SANCTUARY CITIES -- At last count, more than 300 sanctuary jurisdictions exist across the country, including California which recently passed legislation making it a sanctuary state. Jurisdictions that protect illegal aliens from removal encourages illegal border crossings because illegal aliens know they have hundreds of safe-havens to choose from once they get here.

TERMINATE FLORES AGREEMENT -- The spike in the apprehension of family units is a result of the Flores Agreement, which restricts the period of time that Border Patrol can detain family units. The Flores Agreement encourages illegal border crossers to cross with children, knowing that Border Patrol has to release them after a certain period of time. If BP were able to hold family units until their court date, family units would be less likely to cross the border illegally.

All of Homan's policy recommendations are included in Rep. Bob Goodlatte's H.R. 4760, the Securing America's Future Act, but not surprisingly, none are part of the ongoing DACA amnesty negotiations between House Republicans.

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Mexico
Here’s How Mexico Treats Illegal Immigrants

Authored by: Matt Palumbo

While combating illegal immigration has long been a bipartisan issue, the so-called anti-Trump “resistance” has decided that guilt tripping anyone who supports a sensible immigration policy is a viable political strategy. We’ve all heard the arguments; that opposing illegal immigration is preventing people from “just looking for a better life,” or over the past few months, is “separating families.” And of course there’s the most common insult, that enforcing immigration laws is “racist.”

But are America’s immigration laws, or our treatment of illegal immigrants uniquely awful?

To answer that question, let’s examine the situation in another nation: Mexico.

Mexico Rejects More Asylum Requests than the U.S. 

Speaking of the rise in asylum request rejections under Trump, a writer at the American-Statesman noted a “dramatic” change. They write, “Immigration judges, who are employed by the Justice Department and not the judicial branch like other federal judges, rejected 61.8 percent of asylum cases decided in 2017, the highest denial rate since 2005.”

Meanwhile in Mexico, nearly 90 percent of asylum requests are denied (and the figures are similarly high for other Latin American countries, such as El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala).

Mexico Regulates Immigration Based on Race

I only bring this up, because for all the rhetoric about Trump’s supposed racism or disdain for certain immigrants, there is one country that does regulate their immigration flows by race, and that’s the country Trump is most accused of being racist against.

In Article 37 of Mexico’s General Law of Population, we learn that their Department of the Interior shall be able to deny foreigners entry into Mexico, if, among other reasons, they may disrupt the “domestic demographic equilibrium.” Additionally, Article 37 also states that immigrants can be removed if they’re detrimental to “economic or national interests.”

Mexico Deports More Central American Illegal Immigrants than the United States

In July 2014, former Mexican president, Enrique Peña Nieto and former president of Guatemala Otto Pérez Molina, announced the start of a migration security project called Plan Frontera Sur (Southern Border Plan). The U.S. has committed at least $100 million towards this plan to help aid Mexican border security, because it’s mutually beneficial. Both Mexico and the U.S. want to keep out Central American illegal immigrants (and they have to pass through Mexico to reach the U.S.)..

Since Plan Frontera Sur, Mexico has deported more central American illegal immigrants than we have in the U.S. Even CNN had to acknowledge that:

According to statistics from the US and Mexican governments compiled by the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute, Mexico in 2015 apprehended tens of thousands more Central Americans in its country than the US did at its border, and in 2015 and 2016 it deported roughly twice as many Central Americans as the US did.Since migrant children are the hot-button topic in the American immigration debate currently; In 2014 there were 18,169 migrant children were deported from Mexico, and 8,350 deported to Central America the year before. From January 2015 to July 2016, 39,751 unaccompanied minors were put in the custody of Mexican authorities.

A report this year from Amnesty International concluded that “Mexican migration authorities are routinely turning back thousands of people from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to their countries without considering the risk to their life and security upon return, in many cases violating international and domestic law by doing so.”

Mexico Has Their Own Southern Border – and Invisible Wall

For us much as Donald Trump is criticized by the political class in Mexico for wanting to beef up security on the U.S.-Mexico border, as previously mentioned, Mexico has accepted our help in enforcing their immigration laws on their own southern border with Guatemala. While they don’t have a literal border fence, they do have checkpoints, patrols, raids, etc. According to NPR:

Rather than amassing troops on its border with Guatemala, Mexico stations migration agents, local and federal police, soldiers and marines to create a kind of containment zone in Chiapas state. With roving checkpoints and raids, Mexican migration agents have formed a formidable deportation force.
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14 killed in shooting attacks in Mexican border city

Read more at:
//economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/64717234.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_cam____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________In Homan's conversation with CIS's Jessica Vaughan, he identified five actions that Congress can take to end the surge of illegal border crossings.


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The Current "Wall" Images

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NEW BOOK by Judicial Watch's Tom Fitton: Clean House: Exposing Our Government's Secrets and Lies

Judicial Watch: Open Records Laws and Resources ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Leo Banks is a Tucson-based reporter who covers border-related issues.

New Book
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Excerpt from CIS: https://cis.org/Fact-Sheet/Asylum-Removal-and-Immigration-Courts

Asylum

Definition:

An applicant for asylum has the burden to demonstrate that he or she is eligible for that protection. To satisfy that burden, the applicant must prove that he or she is a refugee. A “refugee” is a person outside of his or her country of nationality or habitual residence who is “unable or unwilling” to return to that country “because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.”

Talking Points:

Expedited Removal

Definition:

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) allows immigration officers — rather than judges — to order the deportation of arriving aliens who are inadmissible because of fraud or misrepresentation, because they have no documentation (like a passport or a visa) that would allow them to be admitted, or because they entered illegally and are apprehended within 100 miles of the border and 14 days of entry.

Talking Point:

Credible Fear

Definition:

If an alien in expedited removal asserts a fear of persecution, the arresting officer will refer the alien to an asylum officer for a “credible fear interview”. If the asylum officer determines that the alien has a credible fear, the alien is placed in removal proceedings before an immigration judge, where the alien can file his or her application for asylum. Under the INA, the term “‘credible fear of persecution’ means that there is a significant possibility, taking into account the credibility of the statements made by the alien in support of the alien’s claim and such other facts as are known to the officer, that the alien could establish eligibility for asylum under section 208.” This is a very low standard, and credible fear is found in 75 to 90 percent of all cases in which an alien claims credible fear.

Talking Points:

Bond

Definition:

“Bond” is the term used in immigration for the release of an alien pending removal proceedings or removal. Aliens can be released on their own recognizance, or on a minimum bond of $1,500. Bond can be granted by either an immigration judge or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Parole

Definition:

“Parole” is the term used in immigration for the release of an arriving alien. It can only be granted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Again, DHS can release an alien on parole on his or her own recognizance, or for a sum of money as bond.

Unaccompanied Alien Child (UAC)

Definition:

An alien under the age of 18 who enters the United States or is apprehended by DHS who does not have a parent or guardian in the United States. Under section 462 of the Homeland Security Act (2002), UACs must be turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), not DHS, for detention.

Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA)

Definition:

Modified the rules governing the detention of unaccompanied alien children (UACs). Under the TVPRA, UACs must be turned over to HHS within 48 hours of detention by DHS, or identification as a UAC, and “promptly placed in the least restrictive setting that is in the best interest of the child,” generally meaning release to a family member or friend.

Talking Point:

Flores Settlement Agreement

Definition:

An agreement between the then-Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and a class of alien minors in 1997, which is currently overseen by Judge Dolly Gee of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. In 2016, it was read to create a presumption in favor of the release of all alien minors, even those alien minors who arrive with their parents.

Talking Points:

Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)

Definition:

Agency of the Department of Justice (DOJ) with jurisdiction over the immigration courts and the Board of immigration appeals (BIA).

Immigration Courts

Definition:

Courts with primary jurisdiction over removal proceedings. Immigration judges in these courts determine removability, set bond where they have jurisdiction, and can adjudicate applications for relief from removal, including asylum.

Talking Point:

Backlog

Definition:

Cases that have been pending before the immigration courts for more than one year. The backlog more than doubled from FYs 2006 through 2015, primarily due to declining numbers of cases completed per year. There were 437,000 pending cases at the start of FY 2015, when the median pending time was 404 days.

Talking Points:

Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)

Definition:

 Appellate tribunal with jurisdiction over appeals from immigration courts. Most aliens have a right to appeal immigration court decisions to the BIA.

Topics: Immigration Courts, Asylum

Fact Sheet
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Southwest Border Tour, Spring 2019: Hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies
Read Accounts and View Pictures of Past Tours:
Unrest in the Rio Grande Valley
Diligence on a Changing Canadian Border
Constant Activity on the California Border
Holding Steady in West Texas
A Washington Narrative Meets Reality
Sunshine, Saguaros, and Smugglers
Reflections from the Border

End of 1/4/2020 BORDER NEWS WATCH SPECIAL EDITION

 

 

 

1/28/2020 BORDER NEWS WATCH SPECIAL EDITION

 

FBI: BPA Nick Ivie
Border Patrol Agent Nick Ivie Was Killed By Smugglers, Not Friendly Fire
    https://www.amazon.com/Shot-Nick-Ivie-Huey-Freeman/dp/1734295104

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Homeland Security: Customs and Immigration
Breitbart News
Judicial Watch

ICE Most Wanted List
CBP Website
ICE Website
FOX News on Immigration
Borderland Beat

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Fast and Furious

Mexican authorities arrest suspect in killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent
Operation Fast and Furious: The Forgotten History of the ATF’s Notorious Gunwalking Scandal

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Mexican Mormon Massacre

'Get out of the country!' Mormons massacred by Mexican cartel face backlash from president’s supporters

Mexico's cartel crisis – and ours

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Opinion
New Scalia Rising? Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch warns judicial activists he's coming for them
Mexican President is “acting like Trump’s border wall”
Malkin: Illegal immigrant caravans and criminal Catholics

Veteran Who Served in Iraq and Afghanistan Left Shaken by Visit to 'Remain in Mexico' Camp: 'It's Like a Warzone With No One in Charge'Helen Raleigh: Legal immigration reform needed, too – THIS system would ensure a better future for all

FARRELL: Mexican Cartels Are Killing Americans; Trump Leakers Aren’t Helping
Sebastian Gorka, Brandon Darby Discuss Terrorist Designation of Mexican Cartels
Oklahoma Still Shows the Way on Collecting Taxes from Illegal Aliens
Tom Homan: 2020 Dems making promises to illegals 'guaranteeing' Trump win

How to Eliminate the Visa Waiting Lists Without a Massive Influx of New Aliens

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US Congress
Rep. Mo Brooks Introduces No Social Security for Illegal Aliens Act
H.R.5038 - Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019

A bipartisan immigration bill that will help farmers

Apparently Washington is Never Too Divided to Capitulate to the Demands of Big Ag

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United Nations
UN Pressures Mexico To Stop Deporting Fake Refugees
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The 'Wall"
Appeals Court Lifts Block on $3.6B for Admin. Border Barrier Plan
Population of endangered ocelots discovered In Sonora near Arizona border

THE PROPOSED U.S.-MEXICO BORDER BARRIER: THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL
Border Patrol allows replanting after bulldozing garden

More Obstacles Placed in Front of Trump's Border Wall
Both sides left wanting by 2020 budget’s $1.375 billion for border wall

Air Force hero reveals international organization allows access to illegal aliens across southern border
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Yes, Physical Barriers Matter on the Border, Says JTFW Director

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Arizona Legislature
Arizona bill would make building private border wall easier

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DHS
DHS Pilot Program to Collect DNA from Border Crossers
DHS Using Airplanes to Deport Mexican Migrants Far From US Border
DHS Warns of 'Violence and Lawlessness' in New Migrant Caravan
Homeland Security Chief Orders Review Of State Laws Allowing Driver’s Licenses For Illegal Aliens

Trump Administration Seeks to Bar Convicted Immigrants From Asylum
Border Apprehensions Dropped for 6th Consecutive Month, per DHS Data

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CBP
In Case You Missed It, CBP Chief Confirmed 'Extra-Continental' Migration as a 2020 Priority
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Border Patrol
Rodney S. Scott Selected as Border Patrol Chief
Longtime agent raised in Nogales picked by Trump to lead US Border Patrol
Trump's new Border Patrol chief previously lied to Fox News about the administration's family separation policy
Border Patrol Agents Assaulted by Suspected Human Smuggler After Pursuit, Says CBP

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ICE
ICE: New York City Sanctuary Hiding, Harboring Illegal Alien Murderers after Arrest
DNA Tests at Border Reveal Many Cases of Deception by Illegal Immigrants
Ohio judge says he calls ICE himself if he suspects defendants are here illegally
NYPD Union Chief Rips de Blasio for Preventing Cops from Working with ICE 

Here Are The Most Heinous Criminals Deported By ICE In 2019
2,500 murder arrests? New ICE report reveals massive illegal alien crime wave

Faculty, student protests of ICE lead to cancellation of medical contracts to help illegal immigrants

U.S. Interior Immigration Arrests Fell Despite Admin Push

Takeaways from ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Report: Not a pretty picture
Workplace Immigration Investigations Quadruple Under Trump

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DOS
'DO NOT TRAVEL:Mexico danger map updated as US warns of ‘widespread’ crime amid rise in murders, kidnappings, carjackings and robberies

U.S. issues Mexico travel advisory due to crime and kidnapping
Visiting Mexico Includes Expanded Risks

U.S. says Americans shouldn't travel to these 5 Mexican states
Parts of Mexico Still as Dangerous as Middle East War Zones for Travel, Say Feds

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Ignoring ICE Detainers: Alien Arrests Followed by Release
Takeaways from ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Report: Not a pretty picture
Interior Enforcement Slumps Due to Border Crisis, Lack of Resources, Sanctuaries, and Systemic Dysfunction

Declined Detainer Outcome Report
What Is the Law, and Why Should It Be Followed?

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Border Perspective and Immigration Trends
Best of 2019: Immigration Reads You May Have Missed
Video: Why the 2020 Caravans Threaten the Fragile Success of Trump's Border Policies
VIDEOS: Migrant Caravan Crosses into Mexico, Clashes with National Guard
Why It’s Safe to Declare Trump Victory Over the 2019 Migrant Crisis. But Violent Caravans Aim to Take It Away
Migrant Apprehensions at Border Plateau After 6 Month Drop

Best of 2019: Immigration Reads You May Have Missed
Former ICE Chief Predicts ‘Out-Of-Control’ Border If Democrats Win In 2020
4.3M Migrants Caught at SW Border in Decade — More Than Los Angeles Population
Smugglers Look for New Populations to Bring Across US Border

2019 in Review: Border Crisis Peak, Mexico Cooperation, Judicial Wrangling
20 Of The Most Unusual Things Security Had To Deal With At The US/ Mexico Border
Trump, "Terrorist" Cartels And The True Roots Of Mexico's Violence
Takeaways from ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Report: Not a pretty picture
Interior Enforcement Slumps Due to Border Crisis, Lack of Resources, Sanctuaries, and Systemic Dysfunction

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Illegal Immigration: MPP Policy
'Remain in Mexico' policy expands after surge in Arizona

Remain in Mexico Demonstrates Lack of Legit Asylum Claims
Official: President Trump's "Diplomatic Persistence" Has Let to Sharp Declines in Illegal Migrants
 “Migrant Protection Protocol” requires migrants to wait in Mexico while their asylum claims are being adjudicated

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Asylum
Salvadoran Man Arrested For Promoting Creation Of Migrant Caravan

Lots of Useful Information in the Refugee Report to Congress
Trump orders overhaul of asylum system, would force applicants to pay fees

Asylum Explained
Mexico’s Refugees

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Sanctuaries
The Supreme Court Could End Sanctuary Policies Nationwide
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Weapons Trafficking
European Gun Makers Are Quietly Supplying the Mexican Drug Wars
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Illegal Employment

Company Agrees To Pay Gov. $3M After Employing Illegal Aliens
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US Wages
CBO: Immigration Has 'Negative Effect on Wages'
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Birth Tourism/Citizenship
US imposes visa rules for pregnant women on 'birth tourism
Trump Admin. Makes Efforts to Reduce Birth Tourism
Using Bonds to Reinforce the New Birth Tourism Restrictions

Tucker Carlson Highlights Birthright Citizenship

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International Migration: Population growth
Census Bureau Estimates U.S. Population Grew 1.6 million in 2019; The New York Times Sounds the Alarm
Immigration Brief: The Numbers Matter

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Judicial
New Scalia Rising? Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch warns judicial activists he's coming for them
Appeals Court Lifts Block on $3.6B for Admin. Border Barrier Plan
Court Blocks Admin. Push to Restrict Green Cards for Welfare-Tapping Immigrants
Maryland Fed. Judge Blocks Trump's New Refugee Rule

Suit over US Border Patrol detention conditions now in hands of judge
Human Smuggler Sentenced For Death Of Illegal Alien
Appeals court upholds convictions of men who murdered US Border Patrol agent
Judge hints he may rule for migrants in Border Patrol suit
Mexican national sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking
Mexican Woman Sentenced to 10 Years for Leading Human Smuggling Organization
EXCLUSIVE: Top Los Zetas Cartel Kidnapper Sentenced to 90 Years in Mexican Prison

The Supreme Court Could End Sanctuary Policies Nationwide

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Public Charge Rule
Supreme Court OKs Public Charge, Immigrants On Medicaid May Be Denied Entry
SCOTUS Allows Trump to Enforce Public Charge Rule
Public Charge 101 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
US Tech Workers
President Trump Is Wrong About Shortage of U.S. Tech Workers
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Counterfeit Goods
Trump administration announces crackdown on counterfeit goods
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Brazil
CORRECTED-Brazil green lights U.S. deportation of more Brazilians by plane
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Criminal Aliens: Pacific Northwest
Criminal Alien of the Week Report January 23rd, 2020 by David Cross
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Nogales, Arizona

Two men arrested trying to smuggle drugs through Nogales drainage system
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Sasabe, Arizona
Over 100 immigrants stopped in rural town southwest of Tucson
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Pima County. Arizona
Supervisor Christy: Pima County should not be in the asylum-seeker processing business
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Terrorism
Honduras Arrests U.S.-Bound Iranians as New Caravan Heads North from Central American Nation
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US Terror Threat Level
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Politics
Joe Biden's Immigration Plan
Making Progress at the Border is Making Progressives Unhappy
Former ICE Chief Predicts ‘Out-Of-Control’ Border If Democrats Win In 2020

What DEM Presidential Hopefuls said during December Debate
Exclusive: After Cabinet opposed Mexican cartel policy, Trump forged ahead
Tom Homan: 2020 Dems making promises to illegals 'guaranteeing' Trump win

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GOM
By turning back caravans, Mexico is acting as Trump’s border wall, critics say
Mexico Breaks Up a Migrant Caravan, Pleasing White House
Mexican Authorities Begin to Break up Newest Caravan
DHS Warns of 'Violence and Lawlessness' in New Migrant Caravan

Government rounding up migrants to protect them from crime gangs: AMLO

They elected a leftist. Now they don't like the result...
Upset at Trump, Mexico voices ‘worry and irritation‘ to U.S. envoys
Mexico won’t accept foreign deportees, US must assume responsibility – FM Videgaray
Mexican president: US military not allowed to fight drug cartels in Mexico
Why can't Mexico control the cartels? Some blame America

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Mexico
Mexican Homicide Rate Hits Record High in AMLOS’s First Year in Office
Mexico’s Murder Rate Reaches Record High in 2019
Mexican authorities face international pressure to solve the murder of a women’s rights activist
Mexican Border City Elementary School Goes On Lockdown During Cartel Shootout

 ‘Not promoting illegality’? Mexico invests $50mn in legal aid centers at its US consulates
‘Tuberculosis out of control:’ cases have soared 140% this year

There are no short cuts in resolving Mexico’s spiraling violence

Mexico Needs A New Strategy For Fighting Crime
Murder And Mayhem In Mexico

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Military
When Elite Counterinsurgency Training Winds Up Aiding Organized Crime
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Cartels
Cartel Gunmen, Soldiers Clash After Cocaine-Filled Plane Lands South of Cancun
A Full-Bore Bloodbath South of the Border
El Chapo's 'errand boy, nicknamed Nose, who flipped on Sinaloa drug cartel kingpin after his 2014 arrest' is quietly extradited to the US to face marijuana trafficking charges

Mexico's cartel crisis – and ours
US, Mexican lawmen going after border’s ‘most wanted’ criminals

Borderland Beat
Breitbart News
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Cartel Terrorism
Bill classifies seven Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations
Part IV: Five Ways America Should Secure the Border Against European-Style Terrorist Infiltration

Read Part I, "A New Terror Travel Tactic is Born; Part II; “New Study Explains Why Islamic Terrorists Have Not Attacked Through America’s Southern Border; and Part III, “Like in Europe, America’s Broken Asylum System Enables Terrorist Infiltration Over U.S.-Mexico Border

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Selected Incidents
Border Patrol agents find fentanyl strapped to man’s thighs
Border Patrol Agents Arrest Two Previously Deported Felons
Two men arrested trying to smuggle drugs through Nogales drainage system
Over 100 immigrants stopped in rural town southwest of Tucson
Traffic Stop Turns into Drug Bust linked to Mexican Cartel
CBP thwarts smuggling attempts in South Texas

Man traded fentanyl and heroin for grenades and machine guns, federal officials say
CBP Finds 11 Chinese Nationals Concealed Inside Furniture in Moving Truck
CBP seizes over $330,000 at Anzalduas International Bridge 
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2019 Preliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics Overview
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Homeland Security: Customs and ImmigrationBreitbart News
Judicial Watch

ICE Most Wanted List
CBP Website

ICE Website
FOX News on Immigration
Borderland Beat
USInc

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·        Chile’s Copper Robbing Epidemic Likely Fueled by China Demand

·        A Death Foretold: MACCIH Shuts Down in Honduras

·        GameChangers 2019: Latin America’s Top 10 Criminal Groups

·        Was ‘Señor T’ One of Colombia’s Invisible Drug Traffickers?

·        GameChangers 2019: Illegal Mining, Latin America’s Go-To Criminal Economy

·        Are El Salvador’s Gangs Behind Historic Murder Drop?

·        GameChangers 2019: As Venezuela Sinks, Maduro’s Criminal Ties Keep Him Afloat

·        GameChangers 2019: Northern Triangle Countries to Fight Corruption Alone, if at All

·        Costa Rica Seizures Show Heightened Focus on Pacific Drug Route

 


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Archive

Fast and Furious

All--

See below article, forwarded to me by a friend.

Thanks,

Ron C.

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The deadly-but-forgotten government gun-running scandal known as “Fast and Furious” has lain dormant for years, thanks to White House stonewalling and media compliance. But newly uncovered emails have reopened the case, exposing the anatomy of a coverup by an administration that promised to be the most transparent in history.

At least 20 other deaths or violent crimes have been linked to Fast and Furious-trafficked guns.

A federal judge has forced the release of more than 20,000 pages of emails and memos previously locked up under President Obama’s phony executive-privilege claim. A preliminary review shows top Obama officials deliberately obstructing congressional probes into the border gun-running operation.

Fast and Furious was a Justice Department program that allowed assault weapons — including .50-caliber rifles powerful enough to take down a helicopter — to be sold to Mexican drug cartels allegedly as a way to track them. But internal documents later revealed the real goal was to gin up a crisis requiring a crackdown on guns in America. Fast and Furious was merely a pretext for imposing stricter gun laws.

Only the scheme backfired when Justice agents lost track of the nearly 2,000 guns sold through the program and they started turning up at murder scenes on both sides of the border — including one that claimed the life of US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

While then-Attorney General Eric Holder was focused on politics, people were dying. At least 20 other deaths or violent crimes have been linked to Fast and Furious-trafficked guns.

The program came to light only after Terry’s 2010 death at the hands of Mexican bandits, who shot him in the back with government-issued semiautomatic weapons. Caught red-handed, “the most transparent administration in history” flat-out lied about the program to Congress, denying it ever even existed.

Then Team Obama conspired to derail investigations into who was responsible by first withholding documents under subpoena — for which Holder earned a contempt-of-Congress citation — and later claiming executive privilege to keep evidence sealed.READ

MORE:  https://nypost.com/2016/05/21/the-scandal-in-washington-no-one-is-talking-about/

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Birth Tourism
372,000 Born to Illegal Aliens and Visitors Every Year, 33,000 to 'Birth Tourists'

We Say it Often, Numbers Count. And Here's An Example of Why
With reduction in migration flow, agents return focus to border crime
DHS ‘Reprograms’ Budgets as More Illegal Aliens Go Free
The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers
The United States Loses $150 Billion Annually in Remittances
A shifting border policy
The Real Cost of 'Free' Health Insurance for Illegal Immigrants

American-Made .50-Caliber Rifles Help Fuel Mexican Cartel Violence
Where does Mexico really get its guns?
 
Flores Settlement Agreement

What Ending the Flores Agreement on Detention of Immigrant Children Really Means
California, 18 Other States, and D.C. Sue over Flores Regulation: My take: Insufferable, politically motivated, taxpayer-funded bloviation
Finally, a Final Rule to Fix the Flores Loophole: But there are hurdles ahead
Why Trump wants to detain immigrant children longer
FAIR Applauds Trump Administration on Closing Flores Loophole
Flores Settlement Agreement

How Can Congress Address the Current Border Crisis?

20 Times Breitbart Reported on Migrant Deaths During Obama-Biden Years and No One Cared
The Other Border Crisis
Release of Illegal Aliens into U.S. Drops 65 Percent Since Trump-Mexico Deal
Report: Fewer Illegals Will Cross the Border in June. But the Invasion Will Continue
100K Illegals Got Away From Border Agents
Illegal immigrants learn a trick to sneak in: Dress like drug smugglers
Mexico Sends Almost 15,000 Troops to US-Mexico Border to Curb Illegal Immigration
Mexico says it has deployed 15,000 forces in the north to halt U.S.-bound migration

Agents confront challenging border dynamics
Tucson Border Patrol Agents Confront Challenging Border Dynamics

Lessons From The Border’s Volatile History.
Trump admin program sends asylum-seekers to await claims in Mexico, despite fears of violence: report
Migrants rush to enter Mexico ahead of security crackdown demanded by Trump
Deal Or Not, Mexico Can’t Stop The Border Crisis On Its Own
At Mexico’s southern border, migrants feel the pinch of a crackdown spurred by U.S.
House Republicans: DHS Failed to Implement Available Border Fixes

How Can Congress Address the Current Border Crisis ?
What’s behind the spike in immigrants at the border
Illegal Aliens Are Caught — Then Released Into U.S. Interior
5 facts about illegal immigration in the U.S.
 
A Growing Border Crisis: A report from Arizona
What's It Gonna Be...A Welfare State or Open Borders?
Americans Clueless About Border Invasion, Illegals Dumped Into the Heartland

What a real border crisis looks like, in a chart

Understanding Trump's Mexico Tariffs: A Reader's Digest Of 9 Important Points On The Border Crisis

Explainer: How does the situation on the U.S.-Mexico border compare with the past?
Remittances Key to Central American Economies: Incentivizing the departure of their nationals?

In the Era of Split-Screen Views of the Border, Each Side Has Its Story, and the Political Implications Are Enormous

The Conservative Hispanic army that’s fighting hard for President Trump

Ninth Circuit Hands Trump a Win on 'Return to Mexico: The court still misses a major point
Appeals Court Rules Trump Administration Can Keep Sending Asylum-Seekers To Mexico

Appeals court: Trump can make asylum seekers wait in Mexico
Border Patrol chief warns of more releases of migrant families into communities
Rising cost of migrant health care is straining charities, Border Patrol
YOUR questions answered by Center for Immigration Studies
Why US Aid Cuts to Central America Will Help Organized Crime
US Corruption List Highlights Northern Triangle Presidents’ Criminal Ties

Talking Points Suggest E-Verify Is Part of the President’s New Immigration Plan: The key that shuts off the jobs magnet
What’s to Fear About Social Security’s No-Match Letters?
Radio ads offer to 'help out' migrants trying to enter US, Border Patrol official says
Why Immigrants Who Overstay U.S. Visas Are So Difficult To Track
2019 Border Tour Videos

Government Releasing Sick Illegals in American Communities
Illegal-alien Invasion Crisis Not Just at the Border
A Bipartisan Panel Reports Alarming Findings on the Border Crisis
Expand Expedited Removal, Mr. President
Can the President Shut Down the Border?
Buttressing The Border – On Both Sides
History of U.S. Immigration
The History of the Flores Settlement: How a 1997 agreement cracked open our detention laws

Cannabis Effects

Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
New Books
Our 50-State Border Crisis by Howard G. Buffett
also see:
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/our-50-state-border-crisis-howard-buffett/1127331052
https://www.amazon.com/Our-50-State-Border-Crisis-Epidemic-ebook/dp/B074M6FT8F
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/howard-g-buffett/our-50-state-border-crisis/
Books

Double Wide
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The following was excerpted from: Breitbart News  See: https://www.breitbart.com/border/2019/01/08/29-facts-about-the-border-and-mexican-cartels-you-need-to-know/

29 Facts About the Border and Mexican Cartels You Need to Know

As the debate about the construction of a wall and other border security issues, here are 29 facts that you need to know. The topics came up during the most recent episode of “Coffee with Scott Adams.” Brandon Darby, the Managing Editor for Breitbart’s Border and Cartel Chronicles, sat down with the famed creator of the Dilbert comics to discuss the intricacies of border security.

1) No one is proposing a wall between all of Mexico and the U.S.—the U.S. southern border is approximately 2,000 miles. The discussion is about 1,000 miles of physical barriers in regions that are heavily controlled by drug cartels.

2) The Texas border is about 1,200 miles of the approximately 2,000 miles of the total southern border. Most of that border is the Rio Grande, a river which varies in intensity with respect to currents.

3) Mexico has numerous states under the direct influence of drug cartels that have standing armies with access to RPGs, armored vehicles, artillery, and explosives. Most of Mexico has military forces patrolling streets to deal with cartel paramilitary forces.

4) The most violent drug cartels operate south of the Texas border. Factions of Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel routinely allow their violence to spill over to the average person.

5) The border city of Tijuana has some of the highest murder statistics in all of Mexico. Despite record-setting figures, most of the victims tend to be tied to drug trafficking.

6) Border cities south of Texas like Reynosa, Tamaulipas, have much lower murder rates than Tijuana. Despite the difference, average citizens are often touched by cartels including shootouts, kidnappings, and other violent activities.

7) Most of the efforts by drug cartels to control migration happens South of the Texas border. Criminal organizations like the Reynosa faction of the Gulf Cartel profit more from human smuggling than drug trafficking.

8) The majority of tunnels are found on the Arizona and California borders. The tunnels are generally discovered in areas where there are population centers on both sides of the border and a wall or fence is already in place. Few have been found in Texas, where there is a river.

9) Most tunnels are discovered thanks to informants; law enforcement technology has rarely been successful in locating border tunnels.

10) Most of the border does not have a drug tunnel problem. They are typically found in Douglas and Nogales, Arizona, as well as Mexicali, San Diego/San Isidro, California.

11) Cartels spend a lot of money building a tunnel–only to be discovered shortly after.

12) Claims by Democrats about the low crime rates in El Paso are an example of walls working. In areas with considerable border barriers such as El Paso, the regional criminal groups turn more professional and shy away from illegal immigration to traffic harder drugs through ports of entry.

13) The presence of physical barriers in cities like El Paso has led to fewer people coming over the border to commit petty crimes or bring loads of drugs on their backs. The criminal organizations in the area shifted toward corrupting U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials to smuggle harder drugs.

14) A partially secured border is more deadly than an open or well-secured one. Previous administrations put barriers south of most cities in Arizona and California to funnel illicit traffic into areas that were easier to manage or too desolate to cross. This led to a spike in deaths since the desire of people to reach the U.S. pushes them to more remote and dangerous areas

15) Human smuggling and illegal immigration will continue to be a problem until economic opportunities improve in Mexico and in Central America.

16) Mexican transnational criminal groups and their leaders have grown beyond the size and power of the American mafia from Prohibition Era and Al Capone. Cartels are integrated into the Mexican political culture and bureaucracy. Legalization would not stop them.

17) The decriminalization of marijuana and the production of higher quality plants in the U.S. versus Mexico had a series of unspoken consequences. After marijuana from Mexico was not able to compete with U.S.-grown plants, some cartels shifted their model more toward human smuggling–becoming a factor in the 2014 migrant crisis and the current one at the U.S. border.

18) After marijuana decriminalization in the U.S., cartels shifted to increase their cultivation of poppies and the production of black tar heroin. In order to compete with the Asian product, cartels use fentanyl–playing a role in the current opioid overdose epidemic.

19) The U.S. State Department influences how hard authorities crack down on cartels. U.S. agencies have been told to “measure their law enforcement priorities with the State Department’s diplomatic concerns.”

20) A cartel’s power in Mexico comes not from kingpins, but from politicians, financiers, lawyers, and money launderers. U.S. authorities and diplomats routinely focus on kingpins such as “El Chapo” and his lieutenants, but never go after the rest of the circle.

21) The state of Tamaulipas, directly south of Texas, has two former governors currently indicted for their alleged roles in helping cartels. One remains in Mexico, while the other is in U.S. custody awaiting trial.

22) U.S. diplomats are negotiating and playing along with the same Mexican politicians that protect cartels, in the interest of trade and diplomacy.

23) Certain factions of drug cartels have crossed the line into terrorism and should classified as such. The designation would change the way the U.S. alienates them from banks, financial resources, and politicians. Other cartels would be forced to tone down their actions or risk similar consequences.

24) Worries of Middle Eastern terrorists crossing the southwestern border are at times mitigated by cartel members who are informants for U.S. agencies that enjoy handsome incentives to turn people in.

25) The more likely scenario for terrorism deals with people flying into Canada and then entering the U.S. with visas. Most people on the terror watch list who try to enter the U.S. across the southern border are Somalis or Kurds.

26) Certain organizations like Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel present more of an imminent threat than foreign terrorists entering through the southern border.

27) Mexico’s ongoing cartel violence and drug war has led to more murders and disappearances than some international wars. Mexico has suffered more than 250,000 homicides and at least 30,000 disappearances since 2009.

28) Up to 70 percent of the women and girls from Central America who come through Mexico to the U.S. are sexually assaulted en route. Most women who leave Central America for the U.S. have the expectation of facing multiple abuses at the hands of cartel-connected human smugglers.

29) The State Department keeps U.S. law enforcement from being more aggressive against cartels. The State Department has everything to do with how law enforcement and intelligence agencies operate in Mexico–and any effort to secure the border without addressing the Department’s timidity in Mexico will likely fail or be less successful than it otherwise could be.

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded the Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and Stephen K. Bannon.  You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at Iortiz@breitbart.com.
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From ICE Acting Director Homan:

Excerpt from: https://www.numbersusa.com/blog/blame-congress-rapid-rise-illegal-border-crossings

REFORM THE TRAFFICKING VICTIMS PROTECTION REAUTHORIZATION ACT (TVPRA) -- Commonly referred to as the William Wilberforce Act, TVPRA prohibits Border Patrol from quickly removing unaccompanied children from non-contiguous countries who attempt to cross the border illegally. UACs from Mexico and Canada can be quickly returned once Border Patrol is able to determine that they're not victims of human trafficking. But for minors from countries outside of Mexico and Canada, minors must be turned over to Health and Human Services, allowing them to stay in the country indefinitely.

REFORM THE ASYLUM PROCESS -- Under existing law, anyone apprehended at the border who makes a credible fear claim that passes the initial screening is released. Since 2008, there's been a 1700% spike in the number of credible fear claims made at the Southern border, and 80% pass the credible fear screening. However, only 20% of those who pass the credible fear screening are granted asylum by a federal judge.

MANDATE E-VERIFY -- Foreign nationals cross the border illegally because they can obtain jobs in the U.S. Homan said requiring all employers to use E-Verify would discourage most illegal immigration to the United States and dramatically reduce the number of illegal border crossings.

END SANCTUARY CITIES -- At last count, more than 300 sanctuary jurisdictions exist across the country, including California which recently passed legislation making it a sanctuary state. Jurisdictions that protect illegal aliens from removal encourages illegal border crossings because illegal aliens know they have hundreds of safe-havens to choose from once they get here.

TERMINATE FLORES AGREEMENT -- The spike in the apprehension of family units is a result of the Flores Agreement, which restricts the period of time that Border Patrol can detain family units. The Flores Agreement encourages illegal border crossers to cross with children, knowing that Border Patrol has to release them after a certain period of time. If BP were able to hold family units until their court date, family units would be less likely to cross the border illegally.

All of Homan's policy recommendations are included in Rep. Bob Goodlatte's H.R. 4760, the Securing America's Future Act, but not surprisingly, none are part of the ongoing DACA amnesty negotiations between House Republicans.

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Mexico
Here’s How Mexico Treats Illegal Immigrants

Authored by: Matt Palumbo

While combating illegal immigration has long been a bipartisan issue, the so-called anti-Trump “resistance” has decided that guilt tripping anyone who supports a sensible immigration policy is a viable political strategy. We’ve all heard the arguments; that opposing illegal immigration is preventing people from “just looking for a better life,” or over the past few months, is “separating families.” And of course there’s the most common insult, that enforcing immigration laws is “racist.”

But are America’s immigration laws, or our treatment of illegal immigrants uniquely awful?

To answer that question, let’s examine the situation in another nation: Mexico.

Mexico Rejects More Asylum Requests than the U.S. 

Speaking of the rise in asylum request rejections under Trump, a writer at the American-Statesman noted a “dramatic” change. They write, “Immigration judges, who are employed by the Justice Department and not the judicial branch like other federal judges, rejected 61.8 percent of asylum cases decided in 2017, the highest denial rate since 2005.”

Meanwhile in Mexico, nearly 90 percent of asylum requests are denied (and the figures are similarly high for other Latin American countries, such as El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala).

Mexico Regulates Immigration Based on Race

I only bring this up, because for all the rhetoric about Trump’s supposed racism or disdain for certain immigrants, there is one country that does regulate their immigration flows by race, and that’s the country Trump is most accused of being racist against.

In Article 37 of Mexico’s General Law of Population, we learn that their Department of the Interior shall be able to deny foreigners entry into Mexico, if, among other reasons, they may disrupt the “domestic demographic equilibrium.” Additionally, Article 37 also states that immigrants can be removed if they’re detrimental to “economic or national interests.”

Mexico Deports More Central American Illegal Immigrants than the United States

In July 2014, former Mexican president, Enrique Peña Nieto and former president of Guatemala Otto Pérez Molina, announced the start of a migration security project called Plan Frontera Sur (Southern Border Plan). The U.S. has committed at least $100 million towards this plan to help aid Mexican border security, because it’s mutually beneficial. Both Mexico and the U.S. want to keep out Central American illegal immigrants (and they have to pass through Mexico to reach the U.S.)..

Since Plan Frontera Sur, Mexico has deported more central American illegal immigrants than we have in the U.S. Even CNN had to acknowledge that:

According to statistics from the US and Mexican governments compiled by the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute, Mexico in 2015 apprehended tens of thousands more Central Americans in its country than the US did at its border, and in 2015 and 2016 it deported roughly twice as many Central Americans as the US did.Since migrant children are the hot-button topic in the American immigration debate currently; In 2014 there were 18,169 migrant children were deported from Mexico, and 8,350 deported to Central America the year before. From January 2015 to July 2016, 39,751 unaccompanied minors were put in the custody of Mexican authorities.

A report this year from Amnesty International concluded that “Mexican migration authorities are routinely turning back thousands of people from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to their countries without considering the risk to their life and security upon return, in many cases violating international and domestic law by doing so.”

Mexico Has Their Own Southern Border – and Invisible Wall

For us much as Donald Trump is criticized by the political class in Mexico for wanting to beef up security on the U.S.-Mexico border, as previously mentioned, Mexico has accepted our help in enforcing their immigration laws on their own southern border with Guatemala. While they don’t have a literal border fence, they do have checkpoints, patrols, raids, etc. According to NPR:

Rather than amassing troops on its border with Guatemala, Mexico stations migration agents, local and federal police, soldiers and marines to create a kind of containment zone in Chiapas state. With roving checkpoints and raids, Mexican migration agents have formed a formidable deportation force.
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Excerpt from CIS: https://cis.org/Fact-Sheet/Asylum-Removal-and-Immigration-Courts

Asylum

Definition:

An applicant for asylum has the burden to demonstrate that he or she is eligible for that protection. To satisfy that burden, the applicant must prove that he or she is a refugee. A “refugee” is a person outside of his or her country of nationality or habitual residence who is “unable or unwilling” to return to that country “because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.”

Talking Points:

Expedited Removal

Definition:

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) allows immigration officers — rather than judges — to order the deportation of arriving aliens who are inadmissible because of fraud or misrepresentation, because they have no documentation (like a passport or a visa) that would allow them to be admitted, or because they entered illegally and are apprehended within 100 miles of the border and 14 days of entry.

Talking Point:

Credible Fear

Definition:

If an alien in expedited removal asserts a fear of persecution, the arresting officer will refer the alien to an asylum officer for a “credible fear interview”. If the asylum officer determines that the alien has a credible fear, the alien is placed in removal proceedings before an immigration judge, where the alien can file his or her application for asylum. Under the INA, the term “‘credible fear of persecution’ means that there is a significant possibility, taking into account the credibility of the statements made by the alien in support of the alien’s claim and such other facts as are known to the officer, that the alien could establish eligibility for asylum under section 208.” This is a very low standard, and credible fear is found in 75 to 90 percent of all cases in which an alien claims credible fear.

Talking Points:

Bond

Definition:

“Bond” is the term used in immigration for the release of an alien pending removal proceedings or removal. Aliens can be released on their own recognizance, or on a minimum bond of $1,500. Bond can be granted by either an immigration judge or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Parole

Definition:

“Parole” is the term used in immigration for the release of an arriving alien. It can only be granted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Again, DHS can release an alien on parole on his or her own recognizance, or for a sum of money as bond.

Unaccompanied Alien Child (UAC)

Definition:

An alien under the age of 18 who enters the United States or is apprehended by DHS who does not have a parent or guardian in the United States. Under section 462 of the Homeland Security Act (2002), UACs must be turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), not DHS, for detention.

Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA)

Definition:

Modified the rules governing the detention of unaccompanied alien children (UACs). Under the TVPRA, UACs must be turned over to HHS within 48 hours of detention by DHS, or identification as a UAC, and “promptly placed in the least restrictive setting that is in the best interest of the child,” generally meaning release to a family member or friend.

Talking Point:

Flores Settlement Agreement

Definition:

An agreement between the then-Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and a class of alien minors in 1997, which is currently overseen by Judge Dolly Gee of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. In 2016, it was read to create a presumption in favor of the release of all alien minors, even those alien minors who arrive with their parents.

Talking Points:

Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)

Definition:

Agency of the Department of Justice (DOJ) with jurisdiction over the immigration courts and the Board of immigration appeals (BIA).

Immigration Courts

Definition:

Courts with primary jurisdiction over removal proceedings. Immigration judges in these courts determine removability, set bond where they have jurisdiction, and can adjudicate applications for relief from removal, including asylum.

Talking Point:

Backlog

Definition:

Cases that have been pending before the immigration courts for more than one year. The backlog more than doubled from FYs 2006 through 2015, primarily due to declining numbers of cases completed per year. There were 437,000 pending cases at the start of FY 2015, when the median pending time was 404 days.

Talking Points:

Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)

Definition:

 Appellate tribunal with jurisdiction over appeals from immigration courts. Most aliens have a right to appeal immigration court decisions to the BIA.

Topics: Immigration Courts, Asylum

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Southwest Border Tour, Spring 2019: Hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies
Read Accounts and View Pictures of Past Tours:
Unrest in the Rio Grande Valley
Diligence on a Changing Canadian Border
Constant Activity on the California Border
Holding Steady in West Texas
A Washington Narrative Meets Reality
Sunshine, Saguaros, and Smugglers
Reflections from the Border

End of 1/28/2020 BORDER NEWS WATCH SPECIAL EDITION