BORDER NEWS WATCH SPECIAL EDITIONS - 2/2020

 

 

2/6/2020 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
Final defendant extradited from Mexico to face charges in Border Patrol agent's death

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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Opinion
I'm a Liberal Who Thinks Immigration Must Be Restricted
Koch Network Pushes DACA Amnesty and Welcoming 'Anyone Who Will Contribute’
PERSPECTIVE: Does Restricting Immigration Really Keep Us Safe from Terrorism?
My Trip To The Southern Border Revealed The Real Crisis Is Congress’ Apathy
As Mexico abuses migrants under Trump's orders, where is Congress?
WATCH: Buttigieg Believes He Has Diagnosed America's Illegal Immigration Problem

New Scalia Rising? Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch warns judicial activists he's coming for them

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US Congress
Courts in Crisis: The State of Judicial Independence and Due Process in U.S. Immigration Courts

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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The 'Wall"
Imperiled ocelots found south of the U.S.-Mexico border, renewing concerns about a wall
Smugglers could illegally enter the US through floodgates left open on Trump's border wall
More Proof Walls Work: Mexico, DHS Close Huge Border Tunnel: But don't the drugs come through the ports?
Parts of a new California border fence weren’t yet anchored. Big winds blew them down

Appeals Court Lifts Block on $3.6B for Admin. Border Barrier Plan
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
Bill promoting private border fencing is 1 vote shy of Arizona House approval

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DHS
Southern Border Apprehensions Drop For Eight Straight Months, DHS Official Says
DHS suspends Global Entry, Trusted Traveler Programs for New York residents in response to sanctuary law
DHS Begins MPP Returns at Nogales Port of Entry in Arizona
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CBP

In Case You Missed It, CBP Chief Confirmed 'Extra-Continental' Migration as a 2020 Priority

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National Drug Threat Assessment
DEA releases 2019 National Drug Threat Assessment
Full Text: 2019 National Drug Threat Assessment
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ICE
ICE has flown more than 450 migrants to the interior of Mexico since December
ICE suing NYC for more info on illegal immigrant who allegedly killed elderly woman
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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

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Border Perspective and Immigration Trends
Mass Immigration Has Oversized Negative Impact on Low Immigration States, Finds New FAIR Analysis
My Trip To The Southern Border Revealed The Real Crisis Is Congress’ Apathy
Border apprehensions drop 8 straight months
Southern Border Apprehensions Drop For Eight Straight Months, DHS Official Says

Best of 2019: Immigration Reads You May Have Missed

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Illegal Immigration: MPP Policy
Tent Courts Aren't Tents — and Provide Due Process
Trump is forcing migrants from Brazil to wait in Mexico during asylum process as number of people from the South American country arriving at US border TRIPLES in past year
DHS ‘Remain in Mexico’ Program Expands as Camp Conditions Worsen
'Remain in Mexico' policy expands after surge in Arizona
How Mexico became a key ally in Trump's immigration blockade
DHS Begins MPP Returns at Nogales Port of Entry in Arizona
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Asylum
The View from the Family Detention Center in Dilley
Illegal Immigrants Buy, Rent Kids for Easier U.S. Entry, Guatemalan With Fake Son Jailed
Trump is forcing migrants from Brazil to wait in Mexico during asylum process as number of people from the South American country arriving at US border TRIPLES in past year
Report: At least 138 sent from US to El Salvador were killed
200 migrants relocate from crime-ridden area to crowded Matamoros tent camp
Migrants biding time in Sonora are in scramble for medical care

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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Legal Migrants
For some immigrants, obtaining legal status is perceived a pathway to deportation, Stanford sociologist finds
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DNA
U.S. Plans to Collect DNA from Nearly a Million Immigrants Despite Charges It Violates Privacy
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Canada
Protecting U.S. Northern Border with the Slash CameraPole
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Naco, Arizona
WATCH: Desert eyes at the border
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Tunnels
Longest Drug-Smuggling Tunnel Ever Discovered At U.S.- Mexico Border
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Pima County
Pima County supervisors reject Operation Stonegarden grant funding 3-2
Pima County still working to recoup costs from migrant shelter
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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
Tucson man sentenced to 17 years for human smuggling, shooting at Border Patrol agents
US judge in Tucson overturns convictions of 4 border-aid volunteers
Mexican National Pleads Guilty for Attempt to Smuggle Gun Magazines, Ammo in Bags of Dog Food Purchased from Walmart

New Scalia Rising? Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch warns judicial activists he's coming for them
The Supreme Court Could End Sanctuary Policies Nationwide

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Public Charge Rule
USCIS Announces Public Charge Rule Implementation

Supreme Court OKs Public Charge, Immigrants On Medicaid May Be Denied Entry
SCOTUS Allows Trump to Enforce Public Charge Rule
Public Charge 101

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Students

2018 Report on Non-immigrant Students in US
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Politics
Trump Appeals to Voters with America First Immigration Stance During SOTU
Democrats Bilingually Ignore Border, Illegal Immigration in State of the Union Responses
President Trump Touts Regaining Control of the Border, Calls for Merit-Based Immigration System
Arizona, border issues prominent in Trump's State of the Union speech
The Trump Administration’s Immigration Agenda Protects American Workers, Taxpayers, And Sovereignty

State of the Union 2020: Donald Trump claims fact-checked

Trump Accuses Dems of Sheltering Illegal Immigrant Criminals Rather Than Creating ‘A Sanctuary for Law-Abiding Americans’
Southern Border Apprehensions Drop For Eight Straight Months, DHS Official Says
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GOM
President of Mexico now being called 'Trump's enforcer'
Former Mexican Border State Police Head of Intelligence Charged with Running Meth
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Cartel Corruption in the US
What’s the Potential for Cross-Border Cartel Corruption in the United States?
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Cartels
Jalisco Cartel New Generation (CJNG)
Telmo Castro – The Sinaloa Cartel’s Man in Ecuador

A Full-Bore Bloodbath South of the Border
Mexico's cartel crisis – and ours
US, Mexican lawmen going after border’s ‘most wanted’ criminals

Borderland Beat
Breitbart News

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Selected Incidents
US citizens arrested for allegedly smuggling $139K worth of drugs
1 dead, 1 hospitalized after smuggling boat capsizes off shore near Mexican border
Second person dies after smuggling boat capsizes off Imperial Beach coast 
Two killed running from Border Patrol near Arivaca in southern Arizona
Officials release names of two who died in crash near Arivaca
CBP: Fentanyl, heroin seized from 3 shuttle vans
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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
USInc
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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_ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
2019 Preliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics Overview
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  • INSIGHT CRIME NEWS:

·        After Prosecutor’s Murder, Will Colombia Protect Its Anti-Crime Crusaders?

·        Telmo Castro – The Sinaloa Cartel’s Man in Ecuador

·        Punchy Guatemala Mayors Seek to Restore Reputation in the Ring

·        Former FARC Guerrillas Recognized as Victims of Sexual Violence in Colombia

·        Songbirds to Raptor Eggs, the Looting of Latin America’s Bird Species

·        Lift on Panama Firearms Import Ban May Backfire Amid Homicide Spike

·        Fentanyl Enters Heroin Supply in Tijuana, Mexico

·        Tip of the Iceberg: Former El Salvador Presidential Candidate Accused of Negotiating with Gangs

·        InSight Crime’s 2019 Homicide Round-Up

·        Deploying Soldiers and Tanks Hasn’t Helped Paraguay’s Prison Crisis

·        GameChangers 2019: 10 Predictions for Organized Crime in 2020

·        Uruguay Navy Officers in Worrying Link to Drug Trafficking

 


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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 Peńa 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.

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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 2/6/2020 BORDER NEWS WATCH SPECIAL EDITION

 

 

 

2/25/2020 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
Final defendant extradited from Mexico to face charges in Border Patrol agent's death

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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Opinion

Brandon Judd: Fighting sanctuary policies is just as important as building the border wall
Trump’s invisible wall is not just for Muslims
Letter: Border Walls Can Save Lives
Letter: Rejection of Stonegarden grant was anything but "petty".  
Opinion: Why we need the political will to combat the trafficking of migrants
Jorge Ramos is mad at Mexico for blocking illegal immigration into America

I'm a Liberal Who Thinks Immigration Must Be Restricted
Koch Network Pushes DACA Amnesty and Welcoming 'Anyone Who Will Contribute’
PERSPECTIVE: Does Restricting Immigration Really Keep Us Safe from Terrorism?
My Trip To The Southern Border Revealed The Real Crisis Is Congress’ Apathy
New Scalia Rising? Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch warns judicial activists he's coming for them

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US Congress
Senators demand to know how terrorist leader was allowed to emigrate to United States

Courts in Crisis: The State of Judicial Independence and Due Process in U.S. Immigration Courts
Horowitz: Senate Republicans looking to repeat 1986 amnesty, seeking President Trump's support
GOP Senators Launch Plan to Pursue Big Banks Refusing Services to ICE

Blackburn Leads Bicameral Move to Stop Greenlighting Driver's Licenses for Illegal Immigrants

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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The 'Wall"
More Obstacles Placed in Front of Trump's Border Wall
Pentagon Allocates $3.8 Billion For Border Wall Construction
Building border walls and barriers: What the research says
Juárez Smugglers Create Camouflaged Rebar Ladders to Scale Mexican Border Wall
Steel for border wall going up in Arizona made by company with Trump PAC ties
$3.8 Billion in border cash causing a new clash
Arizona crews blast national monument hill for border wall
No cultural sites found where crews are blasting sacred mountain for border wall, officials say
State legislators react to Trump’s border wall construction on ‘sacred’ sites
Native American Site at ‘Monument Hill’ in Arizona Blasted to Make Way for Trump Border Wall
Arizona national monument being blown up for border wall
Trump’s Border Wall Construction Is Threatening Ceremonial and Sacred Sites

Imperiled ocelots found south of the U.S.-Mexico border, renewing concerns about a wall
Smugglers could illegally enter the US through floodgates left open on Trump's border wall
More Proof Walls Work: Mexico, DHS Close Huge Border Tunnel: But don't the drugs come through the ports?
Parts of a new California border fence weren’t yet anchored. Big winds blew them down

Appeals Court Lifts Block on $3.6B for Admin. Border Barrier Plan

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Yes, Physical Barriers Matter on the Border, Says JTFW Director

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Arizona Legislature

HB2415: Dunn; Appropriation; Southern Border Region Enforcement
Border Wall Building Permit Bill Passes Through Arizona House
Arizona House finds key vote needed to allow private border walls

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DHS
DHS Acting Secretary warns Democrat-backed New Way Forward Act would 'gut the rule of law'
Trump admin using commercial phone database to track illegal border crossings: WSJ

Southern Border Apprehensions Drop For Eight Straight Months, DHS Official Says
DHS suspends Global Entry, Trusted Traveler Programs for New York residents in response to sanctuary law
DHS Begins MPP Returns at Nogales Port of Entry in Arizona

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CBP
The Undocumented Agent
CBP Seizes 8k Rounds of Ammo Headed South Across Border for Cartel War
U.S. CBP: Smugglers continue to prey on AZ youth after teen attempts to smuggle meth near Amado
Dulles customs seizes dead birds in passe nger baggage from China

In Case You Missed It, CBP Chief Confirmed 'Extra-Continental' Migration as a 2020 Priority

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Border Patrol
Another Armed Human Smuggler Arrested in Texas near Border
US border patrol agents: part bloodhound, part police, part rescuer
Inside the Border Patrol: A Group of Agents Rose Through the Ranks to Lead the Border Patrol. They’re Leaving It in Crisis.

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ICE
ICE: The history of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Trump Admin Deploying Border Patrol to 10 Sanctuary Cities to Assist ICE

US border agents to pursue migrants in 'sanctuary' cities
ICE: Sanctuary California Hiding Details on Accused Illegal Alien Child Abusers
ICE Agent Shoots Man in New York City, Officials Say

ICE has flown more than 450 migrants to the interior of Mexico since December
ICE suing NYC for more info on illegal immigrant who allegedly killed elderly woman

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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

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USCG
Coast Guard, UK, Partners Nab 9 Smugglers, Seize $46.2 Million in Cocaine in Caribbean Sea
Coast Guard Repatriates Illegal Migrants Following Interdictions Near Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic
Authorities arrest 18 people from suspected smuggling boats

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Border Perspective and Immigration Trends
Jan. Border Numbers Drop: 11% from Dec '19, 37% Compared to Jan '19
As Trump Extends Emergency at Border, Here’s Why Arrests of Migrants Are Dropping
How Many Illegal Aliens Live in the United States?

Best of 2019: Immigration Reads You May Have Missed

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Illegal Immigration: MPP Policy
Report: Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Stopping Anchor Baby Schemes
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Asylee Deports
US Deportations to El Salvador Sending Migrants to Their Deaths: Report
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Asylum
Holding-cell stats raise questions about Trump asylum policy
Family haunted by fear after fleeing Guerrero for border at Nogales

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
Georgia Republicans push bill to ban sanctuary cities: The president is '100% right'

Brandon Judd: Fighting sanctuary policies is just as important as building the border wall
AG Barr announces lawsuits and significant escalation against sanctuary jurisdictions

The Supreme Court Could End Sanctuary Policies Nationwide

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E-Verify
Trump Administration Apparently Abandons Mandatory E-Verify
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Greyhound
Greyhound to stop allowing immigration checks on buses
Are Warrants Really Required for Border Patrol Agents to Board a Greyhound Bus? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Cochise County
Some say technology from local sheriff's office is leading the way on crackdown of illegal border crossings
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Visas
WSJ: DHS to Import 45,000 Extra H-2B Workers for Seasonal Employers __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Anchor Babies
Report: Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Stopping Anchor Baby Schemes
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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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Judicial
Federal Judge Orders Border Patrol To Change Practices In Tucson Sector
Judge sides with migrants in case against Border Patrol
Hundreds of Illegal Entry Convictions Will Be Overturne
d
Mexican national faces prison for helping others enter US illegally to repay his own smuggling debt
Ex-Border Patrol agent sentenced for helping drug traffickers

New Scalia Rising? Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch warns judicial activists he's coming for them
The Supreme Court Could End Sanctuary Policies Nationwide

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Public Charge Rule
USCIS Announces Public Charge Rule Implementation

Supreme Court OKs Public Charge, Immigrants On Medicaid May Be Denied Entry
SCOTUS Allows Trump to Enforce Public Charge Rule
Public Charge 101

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Border
Tubac internship provides students opportunity to learn about the borderlands
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Politics
Joe Biden: Moratorium on Deportations in First 100 Days
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GOM
Mexican Border State Probing Cops’ Alleged Shooting of Motorist
WATCH: Mexican Cops Re-Arrest Cartel Lord Following Judge’s Release

President of Mexico now being called 'Trump's enforcer'

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Mexican Gang Impunity
Impunity Persists in Murder Cases of Mexico’s Indigenous Leaders
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Cartels
IAN BIRRELL on how violent Mexican cartels have realised avocados are more profitable than drugs
Gulf Cartel Border City Turf War Kills at Least 20 Gunmen, Innocents in Week
Armed Human Smuggler Arrested in Arizona near Border
Mexican Cartels near Texas Increasingly Reliant on Child Recruits

Watch: Air and Marine Operations Help Border Patrol Agents Detain Migrants in South Texas

Jalisco Cartel New Generation (CJNG)
A Full-Bore Bloodbath South of the Border

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

Borderland Beat
Breitbart News

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Selected Incidents
US Border Patrol News: Eight Arrested in Maritime Smuggling Event
U.S. Border Patrol prevents multiple human smuggling attempts
Mexican Human Smuggler Caught with Fake California Driver’s License, Say Feds
Border Patrol: 5 arrested in failed smuggling attempt
Border Patrol officials comment on circulating social media video of arrest
13 Migrants Found in Texas Motel near Mexican Border
U.S. Border Patrol arrest seven at I-19 checkpoint over a week
Border Patrol: Convicted sex offender caught sneaking back into U.S.
Tucson Sector agents arrest Guatemalan child sex offender near Sasabe
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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
USInc
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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_ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
2019 Preliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics Overview
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  • INSIGHT CRIME NEWS:

·        Black Market for Mayan Artifacts Still Thrives in Guatemala

·        Family of the North Likely Close to Its End in Manaus, Brazil

·        PCC Suspected in Journalist’s Killing on Brazil-Paraguay Border

·        Freeing of MS13 Leader in Honduras Raises More Questions Than Answers

·        Politicians, Businesses in Deforestation Free-For-All in Guaviare, Colombia

·        Contador’ – Colombia’s Sought After Patron of Cocaine

·        Brazil’s Risky Bet on Tech to Fight Crime

·        Political Kidnappings Persist Unchecked in Nicaragua

·        Overview of Violence Against Social Leaders in Colombia

·        El Salvador President Gains Most From Prosecution of Rivals

·        Los Ardillos Continue Terrorizing Indigenous Communities of Guerrero, Mexico

·        Impunity Persists in Murder Cases of Mexico’s Indigenous Leaders

 


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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 Peńa 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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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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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 2/25/2020 BORDER NEWS WATCH SPECIAL EDITION