Glenn Spencer — Chinese happy, French on the way
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Yesterday we had yet another successful demonstration of SEIDARM for yet another international TV news organization. A TV crew shooting for Pearl Video of China watched as SEIDARM sent IDENTICOPTER to intercept “suspects” heading north from the Mexican border. They loved it — leaving with plenty of footage.
Shortly after the Chinese crew left, I received an email from the representative of a major French-based news organization saying that they would be arriving for a visit around March 25. “I read that you have engineered a cheaper way to secure the border than with an actual wall,” the email read in part.
Right after that, I heard the sound of a large helicopter approaching. Suspecting it was a Black Hawk, I grabbed my camera and headed out my back door.
Sure enough, it was a DHS Black Hawk and it flew right over my house — east bound — before making a right turn to do a semi-circle over ABP’s test range. It completed its turn and flew west out of sight. I got some good shots.
My work on the border is of great interest to international news organizations, and apparently DHS — but totally ignored by the mainstream media.
March 19, 2017
Oakland proposes boycott of firms working on Trump wall
Oakland may soon launch a boycott of any company involved in designing or building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. — Proposals for the Trump administration’s multibillion-dollar project are due this week, and more than 600 interested vendors already have signed up on the Federal Business Opportunities website. — Oakland City Councilman Abel Guillen is sponsoring the boycott resolution that unanimously passed out of committee Tuesday. He said the wall runs counter to the city’s values…….
Illegal Immigration supporters rally outside Phoenix Police Headquarters
A group of protesters rallied in front of Phoenix Police headquarters Saturday to bring attention to a hot button issue they say is re-emerging within their community. — “We don’t want the Phoenix Police or police from Mesa or any cities to start doing what Arpaio did and that was racially profiling our community,” said Sylvia Herrera one of the event’s organizers…….
LA Daily News
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti to help lead Cities Day of Immigration Action
Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Friday that he will help lead the Cities Day of Immigration Action on Tuesday, when mayors across the country will hold events and speak out in favor of immigrants’ rights. — The event is sponsored by the United States Conference of Mayors, which in January adopted a resolution calling for federal immigration legislation that eliminates obstacles to citizenship for the estimated 10 million to 12 million immigrants living in the country illegally…….
San Bernadino County Sun
Trump and California headed for clash over sanctuary policies
California is headed for a civil war with the Trump administration over the issue of sanctuary policies.– In Washington, President Trump issued an executive order that vows to withhold federal funds from “sanctuary jurisdictions,” and in Sacramento, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, introduced Senate Bill 54, that could put the entire state of California into that category…….
Immigrant high school student on deport list charged in rape of girl, 14
Two Maryland high school students — one of whom has an “alien removal” case pending — forced a 14-year-old female classmate into a bathroom stall on Thursday morning and viciously raped her, police said. — The suspects, Henry E. Sanchez, 18, and Jose O. Montano, 17, are in ninth grade at Rockville High School. Both are recent arrivals to the U.S., Sanchez from Guatemala and Montano from El Salvador, WUSA9 reported…….
Joe Guzzardi on sanctuary cities
The Center for American Progress (CAP), a Washington, D.C., think tank Hillary Clinton’s former campaign manager John Podesta founded, has released a new report that puts the total of sanctuary cities and counties at about 600, roughly twice previous estimates. — Since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the mayors of the nation’s largest sanctuary cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco, have taken more insolent stances to defend harboring criminals. Mayors Eric Garcetti, Rahm Emanuel and Ed Lee insist that regardless of what measures the Trump administration may take, such as denying the cities federal dollars, their sanctuary status will remain inviolate…….
Cedar Rapids Gazette
Immigration judges headed to 12 cities to speed deportations
The U.S. Justice Department is developing plans to temporarily reassign immigration judges from around the country to 12 cities to speed up deportations of illegal immigrants who have been charged with crimes, according to two administration officials. — How many judges will be reassigned and when they will be sent is still under review, according to the officials, but the Justice Department has begun soliciting volunteers for deployment…….
North Carolina Committee Passes Anti-Sanctuary Enforcement Bill
The North Carolina House Judiciary Committee voted 6-5 last week to advance House Bill 63 (HB 63), otherwise known as the “Citizens Protection Act of 2017”, to strengthen the state’s existing anti-sanctuary law. Former Governor Pat McCrory (R) signed the anti-sanctuary law in 2015, which took a stand against sanctuary policies that limit or prohibit law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities and prohibit law enforcement from inquiring into the immigration status of individuals in custody. These policies, which proponents argue are meant to foster “trust” with law enforcement in immigrant communities, are often designed to protect criminal aliens from detection and removal from the United State. North Carolina’s 2015 law fell short by failing to include penalties to cities that choose to unlawfully maintain such policies……
Trump wants to build 30-foot-high wall at Mexican border
The Trump administration wants to build a 30-foot-high border wall that looks good from the north side and is difficult to climb or cut through, according to a pair of contract notices posted to a government website further detailing President Donald Trump’s promise to build a “big, beautiful wall” at the Mexican border. — The notices were made public late Friday by Customs and Border Protection, the Homeland Security Department agency that will oversee the project and eventually patrol and maintain the wall. The proposals are due to the government by March 29. ……
Online poll: Should Sonoma declare itself a sanctuary city?
No quarter. That’s what the majority of respondents to our latest sonomanews.com poll were giving when we asked readers whether Sonoma should declare itself a “sanctuary city,” joining about 400 other municipalities in the United States who’ve vowed not to actively work with immigration officials in any efforts to deport non-violent undocumented residents. — About 52 percent of the responses nixed the idea, which some pointed out could result in a withholding of future grant funds linked to immigration enforcement……
Philadelphia’s Largest Cinco de Mayo Celebration Canceled in Fear of Immigration Crackdown
One of Philadelphia’s most prominent Latin American events, El Carnaval de Puebla, has been canceled this year because of what one organizer called “the severe conditions affecting the immigrant community.” — The annual parade through South Philadelphia has taken place in late April or early May for the last decade and is the city’s largest Cinco de Mayo celebration. Organizer Edgar Ramirez said as many as 15,000 gather from as far as New England and Chicago…….
David Olen Cross
Oregon’s Multnomah County Second in Foreign National Crime in February 2017
On February 1, 2017 Oregon’s Multnomah County had 203 of the 967 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system; the county was second in foreign national crime in the state with 20.99 percent of the criminal aliens in DOC prisons. — The following table reveals how Multnomah County residents were harmed or victimized by the 203 criminal aliens incarcerated on February 1st in the DOC prison system with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainers…….
March 18, 2017
Donald Trump Seeks Billions in New Spending for Immigration Enforcement
President Donald Trump’s budget calls for expanding every corner of immigration enforcement: more agents to track down people living in the U.S. illegally, more jail space to hold them and more judges to process their deportation cases. — Mr. Trump also wants to hire 20 lawyers to challenge the land rights of owners along the southern border who don’t want to sell their land for the promised border wall……
Border Patrol Just Seized Over $688K in Crystal Meth at U.S.-Mexico Border
Immigration officials are making good on President Trump’s promise to prevent drugs from entering the country. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Monday seized over $688,000 dollars worth of crystal methamphetamines at the Laredo Port of Entry along the U.S.-Mexico border…….
Driver arrested at US/Mexico border after 4 Chinese illegals found stuffed in trunk
A driver entering the U.S. from Mexico was arrested Tuesday after customs officials discovered four Chinese immigrants stuffed in the trunk of his car. — The man, a 24-year-old U.S. citizen, was crossing through the San Ysidro border crossing in San Diego around 5:45 p.m. local time in a 2014 Chrysler 200 sedan when he stopped at the inspection booth, according to a news release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. ……
Dems Fighting to Block Trump’s US-Mexico Border Wall
Twenty-four Senate Democrats are introducing legislation to stop President Donald Trump from building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and block his efforts to step up immigration enforcement, The Hill reported. — “Spending billions of taxpayer dollars to wall off the remainder of the border is an exorbitantly expensive and an ineffective substitute for a smart, layered approach to border security,” said Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., who is spearheading the effort…….
March 17, 2017
County Sheriffs Line Up Against California Sanctuary Law
As the Trump administration ramps up deportations of undocumented immigrants, federal officials say they need more lock-ups in which to hold them, especially near the border with Mexico. — But California may refuse to help — with detention or any other aspect of the deportation surge. In fact, the state is considering a bill that, among other provisions, would bar county sheriffs from contracting with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house immigration detainees in county jails…….
Trump budget cuts immigration aid and local police are stunned
President Trump proposed a massive $4.8 billion increase in spending Thursday to combat illegal immigration, but his plan also includes a cut that stuns local law enforcement officials: a Department of Justice grant that helps pay the cost of jailing undocumented immigrants. — Throughout his campaign, Trump said he would help local communities enforce immigration laws and vowed to punish those that didn’t —- generally referred to as “sanctuary cities” — by withholding federal funds. Yet his budget would eliminate the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, which would deny aid to localities that help enforce his ramped-up deportation program. The move would save the federal government $210 million this year…….
Merced Sun Star
California justice doesn’t want immigration arrests in court
The chief justice of the California Supreme Court asked federal immigration agents Thursday to stop making arrests at courthouses, saying “stalking undocumented immigrants” at the facilities thwarts people’s access to justice. — Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye wrote in a letter to top federal officials that she is concerned about recent reports of immigration agents going to the courts to track down immigrants for arrest, saying the practice will affect the public’s confidence in the court system…….
Des Moines Register
23 illegals arrested in Iowa, 86 total in Midwest
Twenty-three undocumented immigrants were arrested in Iowa last week as part of a federal targeted enforcement operation, according to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement news release Thursday. — The 23 in Iowa were part of 86 immigrants arrested in the Midwest, as the three-day ICE operation also covered Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska. The operation ended March 9, according to the ICE news release…….
600+ companies are bidding to build Trump’s ‘border wall’ — including one from Mexico
More than 600 businesses want in on the action with President Donald Trump’s “border wall” — including one from Mexico. — Trump will request more than $4 billion in defense spending to build the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, marking the first federal dollars that would be allocated for one of his most divisive campaign promises…….
County kicks in $3.5M for illegal alien support
Fearing a zealous immigration crackdown by the new administration in Washington, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to commit millions of dollars toward boosting legal services for immigrants facing deportation proceedings. The decision comes after months of deliberation on how much money to set aside for legal support, and whether county funds ought to support immigrants convicted of serious and violent felonies…….
L.A. County Sheriff Opposes ‘Sanctuary State’ Bill, Saying it Would Hinder Law Enforcement
Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell has come out in opposition to a so-called “sanctuary state” bill that would bar state and local policing agencies from using resources for immigration enforcement, according to a letter obtained by The Times. — n the letter addressed to Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), who introduced the legislation, McDonnell said the measure would block sheriff’s officials from safely transferring inmates with immigration violations housed in county jails into the custody of federal immigration agents, forcing those agents “into our communities in order to search out and find the person they seek.”……
Burlington (VT) Free Press
Advocates call for release of undocumented worker arrested in Burlington
Migrant Justice, an immigrant rights group led by dairy workers, is calling for the release of a Vermont dairy worker arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Burlington on Wednesday. — Cesar Alex Carrillo was arrested outside the Edward J. Costello Courthouse on Wednesday morning, while on his way to a hearing to dismiss charges from a 2016 DUI arrest, according to Migrant Justice. A court docket shows the charges were dropped on Wednesday…….
Sunshine State News
Dem Lawmakers File Bill to Protect Florida’s ‘Sanctuary Cities’
Democratic lawmakers are taking a stand against legislation to crack down on sanctuary cities with a counterproposal banning local governments from detaining undocumented immigrants in the Sunshine State. — The bill would essentially keep Florida’s “sanctuary cities” intact, aiming to build upon the work of 29 counties and law enforcement agencies which protect undocumented immigrants from being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. ……
Judge Considers Ordering President Donald Trump to Double 50,000 Refugee Inflow to the United States
A federal District Court judge in Maryland is considering whether he should order President Donald Trump to double the annual inflow of refugees up to 100,000 per year. — Any demand by the judge that the federal government airbus an extra 50,000 migrants — including many adherents of Islam’s sharia legal system — into American neighborhoods would be an unusual intervention into government roles normally left to the elected President and Congress…….
NC’s illegals fear proposal to confiscate cars of unlicensed drivers
A bill introduced this week into the N.C. General Assembly will make it tougher for undocumented immigrants to drive unhindered in North Carolina. — House Bill 341, introduced by Oslow County Republican George Cleveland, would require officers to tow and store vehicles operated by a motorists charged with driving without a license – a crime common among the tens of thousands of people living illegally in the state…….
DHS chief gets earful from Dems on immigration
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly got an earful on Friday from House Democrats outraged over President Trump’s aggressive approach to immigration enforcement. — Kelly met with the Democrats in the Capitol, where the lawmakers — particularly members of the Congressional Hispanic and Asian Pacific caucuses — sounded off against Trump’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants and his executive orders barring refugees and travelers from six Muslim-majority countries. ……
Washington Post Reporter Claims Immigrants Are ‘Going Hungry,’ But Never Spoke to One
A Wonkblog item at the Washington Post about immigrants who have been receiving food stamps allegedly deciding to cancel their enrollment has been sharply criticized for a headline change which occurred a short time after the entry went up. It was: “Immigrants are now canceling their food stamps for fear that Trump will deport them”; now it’s “Immigrants are going hungry so Trump won’t deport them.” Despite the headline revision’s alarmism, that’s nowhere near the most serious problem with Caitlin Dewey’s post. [ Related from Hot Air]……
Illegal alien accused of sexually assaulting a child arrested
A man accused of sexually assaulting a family member has been placed in Bexar County custody. — Jorge Zapata-Rosas, 29, has been on the run for nearly three weeks. — Zapata-Rosas was arrested Thursday morning by U.S. Marshal deputies near Zarzamora Street on the West Side…….
Border Patrol agents arrest Mexican man just 10 days after he was deported
Border Patrol agents arrested a Mexican man on Monday — just 10 days after the federal government deported him. — Agents arrested 50-year-old Daniel Gonzalez-Limas near Hidalgo on Monday, according to the federal criminal complaint against him. — “Record checks revealed the Defendant was formally Deported / Excluded from the United States on March 3, 2017 through Del Rio, Texas,” according to the criminal complaint…….
Michael Savage Following Alleged Assault: ‘It Is Clearly Open Season on Prominent Trump Supporters’
“It is clearly open season on prominent Trump supporters,” talk radio star Michael Savage told Breitbart News one day after he was reportedly allegedly assaulted at a restaurant in Tiburon, California. — Savage, who has been credited with aiding President Donald Trump’s election, said that he was not able to comment on the specific alleged incident. His attorney told the news media that Savage was verbally taunted and then assaulted by a restaurant patron…….
LA Daily News
Fiance of woman killed in crash with illegal alien says President Trump called him
An Arleta man whose fiancee was killed in a car crash last month allegedly by an undocumented immigrant who had been deported five times said he has received words of encouragement from President Donald Trump. — Rodrigo Macias appeared on the television news program “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday morning to discuss the death of his fiancee, Sandra Duran, 42. ……
David Olen Cross
Oregon’s Washington County Third in Foreign National Crime in February 2017
On February 1, 2017 Oregon’s Washington County had 191 of the 967 foreign nationals (criminal aliens) incarcerated in the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system; the county was third in foreign national crime in the state with 19.75 percent of the criminal aliens in DOC prisons. — The following table reveals how Washington County residents were harmed or victimized by the 191 criminal aliens incarcerated on February 1st in the DOC prison system with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) immigration detainers…….