Homeland Security Secretary (HHS) Alejandro Mayorkas, who I have so far not been very impressed with, has said that he is preparing to take on sanctuary cities that refuse to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and he wants to see more illegal immigrants face criminal prosecution for illegally crossing our border.
Mayorkas has also refused to agree to abolish or break up ICE. He disagrees with President Joe Biden’s base of support to get rid of deportation agents totally.
Last week, during a virtual town hall with ICE workers, the head of HHS revealed his hard-line positions. He could have only been blowing smoke up their legs, so we’ll just have to wait and see. After all, he is a member of the Biden administration. So far I find everyone in that administration a despicable liar who hates this country.
Mayorkas gave notes to the Washington Time that said he is developing a new set of deportation guidelines that will govern how and when agents can arrest and attempt to deport illegal aliens. The devil is in the details, so I wonder if he will be transparent with the American people?
When ICE workers told the Secretary that they were worried about public resistance to their work, Mayorkas reassured them that ICE has a “noble mission.”
“I’m 100 percent opposed to the abolition of ICE,” he acknowledged to the employees. “It is the opposite of what I think needs to occur. I think we need to strengthen our policies and practices and communicate more effectively what we do and why we do it.”
I had to corroborate the next part where he went on to tell the ICE employees that he believes that more illegal aliens should be prosecuted criminally, which is a pretty big thing, because illegals are normally handled under what’s called administrative law, and the punishment is deportation. They just keep coming back again and again.
What most Fake News outlets will never tell you is that when you enter the United States by crossing a border illegally, you have committed a misdemeanor under Title 8 Section 1325, but if you are deported and you re-enter a second time or a third or a fourth or whatever it is now a felony offense under Title 8 Section 1326.
“I see cases now where we apprehend and remove individuals that I think need to be prosecuted criminally,” Mayorkas said.
Mayorkas also said, “Quite frankly, I’m going to have to understand why some of these individuals are not subject to a Title 8 USC 1326 case, and I intend to work with the DOJ in that regard.” I for one cannot believe that he would say something this blatantly against the Biden administration’s progressive Woke Supremacist agenda without having his own agenda behind it. Speech like that is more-than-likely going to get him into hot water with illegal alien rights groups who believe our system has already gone too far toward criminalizing illegal immigration. Deportation is going too far? I don’t understand where these people come from. If you steal a 5-cent piece of bubble gum from a store, you have just committed a theft, petty larceny, or whatever you want to call it, and you could possibly go to prison for that and get a criminal record. Crossing our border illegally is far worse than stealing a nickel’s worth of bubble gum.
The Washington Times asked DHS for comment on things Mayorkas said, but the department declined, noting that “internal discussions with our personnel, including those that are deliberative and law enforcement sensitive.”
When former Homeland Security officials were asked for comments, they pointed out that though Mayorkas’ language sounds good to the agents; they doubted his eagerness and ability to follow through. If he wants to keep his job, he will probably just let his words wither on the vine.
“I’ve seen this administration say a lot of things that I feel like they’re disingenuous about, and they know they can’t deliver on, but they pretend and leave their audience to believe they can deliver on. That’s what I see here,” another official said.
Portland Oregan is a town that is beleaguered with never-ending violent political demonstrations, protests, and riots, that have been recorded at Federal Court Houses, the downtown districts, and also in the suburban neighborhoods, and a large group of rioters used Inauguration Day as a reason to riot last week.
“Protesters in the Pacific Northwest smashed windows at a Democratic Party headquarters and burned an American flag on Wednesday night, saying the Biden administration’s promised changes “won’t save us.” Federal agents used tear gas in Portland, Oregon,” The New York Times reported.
The protests were allegedly in response to Democrat Joe Biden:
On Wednesday, January 20, the day Biden was sworn in, Portland was, in fact, the scene of two riots as reported by Andy Ngo, an independent reporter who has testified before the US Congress about his long experience with protest culture and with Antifa specifically.
“There were two #antifa riots in Portland on Inauguration Day. The evening riot outside the @ICEgov resulted in 7 arrests. Around 150 Antifa came in riot gear & brandished batons & rocks. Police seized guns, batons & knives from rioters,” Ngo wrote on Saturday, in a Twitter thread on the matter.
Biden has yet to denounce the violence, and the media has been mostly silent on the violent planned and promoted uprisings while continuing to discuss the events of Jan. 6th at the US Capitol instead.
According to a press release by the Portland Police Department:
The following is a list of people who were arrested, their city of residence, and the crimes for which they were booked into jail:
24-year-old Jovanni Garcia of Beaverton, OR, Assaulting a Public Safety Officer 25-year-old Justin Bowen of Portland, OR, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct II, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Attempt Assault of a Public Safety Officer, Reckless Endangering 20-year-old Andre Marks of Vancouver, WA, Disorderly Conduct II 26-year-old Christopher Lundrigan of Portland, OR, Interfering with a Peace Officer 22-year-old Theodore Matthee-O’Brien of Portland, Oregon, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Disorderly Conduct II 26-year-old Trevor Colter, Riot, Disorderly Conduct II, Interfering with a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest 44-year-old Gregg Ian Tully of Portland, OR, Riot, Reckless Endangering, Disorderly Conduct II, Attempt Assault of a Public Safety Officer
“On January 20, 2021, at about 5:17 p.m., Portland Police responded to a single vehicle rollover crash near Northeast 6th Avenue and Northeast Fremont Street. A planned event was underway at nearby Irving Park. People from the gathering in the park descended on the crash, climbed on the vehicle, and appeared to begin trying to get people out of it.
As officers arrived, in response to community calls for their service, people from the crowd shouted at them delaying their efforts to assist whomever was in the vehicle. Responding officers had to call for assistance just to make the scene safe. Assisting officers arrived and created space enough for the first officers to assist with the crash. The circumstances of the crash are under investigation. There did not appear to be any injuries.
A group of about 75 people marched from Irving Park beginning at about 6:10 p.m. They blocked streets as they walked; chanting, dancing, and banging drums. Their walk meandered through inner northeast Portland and ended back at Irving Park at around 7:30 p.m.
At about 8:00 p.m., people began gathering at Elizabeth Caruthers Park, 3508 South Moody Avenue.
Portland Police gave public address announcements over a loudspeaker including, “This is the Portland Police Bureau. Roadways in the South Waterfront remain open to vehicular traffic. No permit has been issued for area roadways. Pedestrians and demonstrators must obey all traffic laws and remain on sidewalks. Failure to comply with this order may subject you to arrest and/or the use of crowd control agents or impact weapons.”
At about 9:08 p.m., a crowd of about 150 people walked from Elizabeth Caruthers Park to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices in the 4300 block of S. Macadam Avenue. People in the crowd carried shields, umbrellas, ASP, and PR-24 batons and picked up rocks on their way. Many people wore gas masks and helmets. Within a few minutes of arriving, people began applying graffiti to the ICE building.
At about 9:45 p.m., federal officers emerged on the ICE property to move the crowd away. Federal officers dispersed to the north then took up a position about half a block away. Contact the federal authorities for details about their actions.
Portland Police circulated through the neighborhood during the next hour to find specific people in the crowd for whom there was probable cause to arrest and made arrests as they identified and located suspects. During that time the crowd dissipated a little at time. Eventually, there were only a few dozen people milling about as officers finished making their last arrest.:
Former Venezuelan National Treasurer who was a temporary medical aide to Hugo Chavez and her spouse who was a one-time security guard to Hugo Chavez has been charged in connection with international bribery and money laundering scheme.
HOW RICH PEOPLE HIDE MONEY
According to Taiwan News.com, who posted an AP article, the two were first exposed in the “Panama Papers” which according to Wikipedia is described as:
A former Venezuelan National Treasurer and her spouse were charged in a superseding indictment filed Tuesday for their alleged participation in a previously indicted billion-dollar currency exchange and money laundering scheme. An alleged co-conspirator was previously charged in the original indictment.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan of the Southern District of Florida, Special Agent in Charge Anthony Salisbury of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Miami Field Office, Special Agent in Charge Mark B. Dawson of HSI Houston Field Office, Acting Special Agent in Charge David Magdvcz of HSI Boston Field Office, Special Agent in Charge George L. Piro of the FBI Miami Field Office, and Inspector General Jay N. Lerner of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Office of Inspector General (OIG) made the announcement.
Claudia Patricia Diaz Guillen (Diaz), 47, and her spouse, Adrian Jose Velasquez Figueroa (Velasquez), 41, Venezuelan citizens who reside in Madrid, Spain, were charged in a superseding indictment filed in the Southern District of Florida with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and two counts of money laundering.
Raul Gorrin Belisario (Gorrin), 52, a Venezuelan billionaire businessman who owns Globovision news network, was charged by indictment in August 2018 and remains charged in the superseding indictment as a co-conspirator in the same money laundering conspiracy and money laundering counts. He is currently a fugitive residing in Venezuela.
The superseding indictment alleges that Gorrin paid millions of dollars in bribes to two former Venezuelan national treasurers, Alejandro Andrade Cedeno (Andrade) and Diaz, and to Velasquez, for the benefit of Diaz, to corruptly secure the rights to conduct foreign currency exchange transactions for the Venezuelan government at favorable rates. Gorrin wired money to and for the benefit of Andrade and Diaz, including money for private jets, yachts, homes, champion horses, high-end watches, and a fashion line.
Andrade, 56, a Venezuelan citizen, was previously sentenced to 10 years in prison in November 2018 for his role in the conspiracy to commit money laundering. As part of his guilty plea, Andrade admitted that he received over $1 billion in bribes from co-conspirator Gorrin and other co-conspirators in exchange for using his position as Venezuelan national treasurer to select them to conduct currency exchange transactions at favorable rates for the Venezuelan government.
An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
HSI Miami, HSI Houston, HSI Boston, FBI Miami, and the FDIC OIG are investigating this case. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Chief Vanessa Sisti and Trial Attorney Paul A. Hayden of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kurt Lunkenheimer and Nalina Sombuntham of the Southern District of Florida. The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs provided significant assistance in this matter. The Policía Nacional (Spanish National Police) also provided significant assistance.
Department of Justice released a press statement, Tuesday, saying that 15 people were named In a $26 Million International Trade Fraud Scheme.
A federal grand jury in Houston, Texas, has returned a criminal indictment against eight individuals, while a related civil complaint has charged 14 individuals and one company relating to international trade fraud violations stemming from a decade-long scheme involving tires from China.
Law enforcement arrested Zheng “Miranda” Zhou, 53, of Missouri City, and Kun “Bruce” Liu, 40, of Sugar Land, yesterday. They made their initial appearances in Houston federal court today, at which time the criminal indictment was unsealed.
Also charged in the indictment are Qinghua “Shirley” Song, 44, of Jurupa Valley, California; and Chinese residents Yue “Joanna” Peng, 42, Li “Cathy” Chen, 38, Xin “Devin” Zhang, age unknown, Shaohui “Jasper” Jia, 40, and Deng “David” Yongqiang, 36. They are all considered fugitives and warrants remain outstanding for their arrests.
The Department of Justice’s Civil Division also filed a civil complaint Dec. 11 alleging trade fraud in the U.S. Court of International Trade. The complaint names the eight criminal defendants and six other individuals – Xiaozhen “Jenny” Zhang, 34, Di “Terry” Wang, 34, Liang “Leon” Yu, 49, Lin “Leo” Zhang, 37, Jinbing “David” Wang, 36, and Minglian “Bill” Li, 28, as well as Houston area company Winland International Inc., dba Super Tire Inc. David Wang is a resident of New Jersey, while the remaining civil defendants reside in China.
“The Civil Division, through the Department of Justice’s Trade Fraud Task Force (TFTF), will continue to partner with U.S. law enforcement agencies and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices to aggressively investigate and pursue individuals and companies who attempt to evade U.S. customs laws and target the U.S. manufacturing base with unfair trade practices,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Bossert Clark. “We recognize the importance of ensuring that U.S. manufacturers are competing on a level playing field.”
“China and its industries want to rob, replicate and replace American-made goods and technology,” said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick for the Southern District of Texas. “Illegally importing and dumping these goods is one way to systemically weaken American competitors. Whether direct espionage by the Chinese government or trade fraud like in this case, we will continue to investigate and prosecute every case we can.”
The indictment and complaint allege the defendants conspired to avoid anti-dumping duties associated with off-the-road (OTR) and light vehicle and truck (LVT) tires from China. Working through and with Winland, individuals allegedly imported OTR and LVT tires from companies that were subject to anti-dumping duties associated with Chinese tire manufacturers who had engaged in unfair trade practices in the United States.
The complaint further alleges U.S.-based defendants conspired with defendants in China to obtain falsified invoices and entry records of Chinese tire companies that were subject to a lower duty rate than the actual manufacturers of these tires. Defendants submitted these falsified records to U.S. Customs officials when importing tires into the United States, so that Winland could avoid paying the higher duty rates, according to the allegations. The indictment and complaint also allege they used these falsified records to understate the value of these tires, further lowering the amount Winland owed in duties.
The value of these tires allegedly exceeded $20.9 million and resulted in the deprivation to the United States of more than $6.5 million in import duties.
“For more than a decade, Zhou and her co-conspirators are alleged to have sought to gain an unfair competitive advantage at the expense of U.S. companies and consumers through a series of schemes in violation of fair trade practices and U.S. import regulations,” said Special Agent in Charge Mark B. Dawson of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) – Houston. “Working closely with our U.S. and foreign law enforcement partners, and in coordination with the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, we were able to uncover these alleged deceptive practices leading to the criminal indictment and imposition of almost $21 million in civil penalties.”
“Customs and Border Protection (CBP) takes its trade mission of protecting the U.S. economy very seriously as we strive to maintain fair trade and preserve American jobs from predatory practices,” said CBP’s Director of Detroit Field Operations Christopher Perry. “These civil penalties and criminal indictments should serve as a warning to those who attempt to defraud our government and do harm to our economy and American businesses.”
The Houston Trade/Revenue Interdiction and Enforcement Team conducted the collaborative investigation along with CBP’s Automotive and Aerospace Center of Excellence and Expertise with the assistance of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
William Kanellis of TFTF is handling the civil matter. TFTF is an inter-agency law enforcement task force with the primary mission of identifying, interdicting and prosecuting international trade fraud. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Suzanne Emilady and Craig Feazel of the Southern District of Texas are prosecuting the criminal case.
An indictment or complaint is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.
The US Department of Justice issued a press statement, Friday, about people being charged federally with assaulting federal officers, arson, failing to obey lawful orders, and damaging federal property
U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams announced today that 74 people are facing federal charges for crimes committed adjacent to or under the guise of peaceful demonstrations in Portland since at least May 29, 2020.
“It is important to note that while some federal charges require crimes to be committed on federal property, others do not. Violent acts committed throughout the city of Portland under the guise of peaceful protest are being evaluated by local federal prosecutors for prosecution,” the FBI said.
Felony assault of a federal officer with a dangerous weapon is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Arson is punishable by up to 20 years in prison with a mandatory minimum sentence of five years.
According to the statement:
For more than 90 consecutive nights, Portland has been home to large demonstrations and protests against police use of force and anti-Black racism.
On many nights, after peaceful demonstrations end, various public and private buildings have been the target of vandalism and destruction.
Local, state, and federal law enforcement working to protect these buildings and ensure the safety of peaceful demonstrators have been subjected to threats and assaults from violent agitators while performing their duties.
“Violent agitators have hijacked any semblance of First Amendment protected activity, engaging in violent criminal acts and destruction of public safety,” said U.S. Attorney Williams. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office and our federal law enforcement partners are expeditiously working with local and state law enforcement to identify, arrest, and prosecute these individuals that are disrupting the rule of law in our communities and physically attacking our law enforcement officers and destroying property. Violent agitators not only delay real reform but make our community less safe by keeping law enforcement from responding to other critical calls for service.”
“While the FBI supports and safeguards Constitutionally-protected activity and civil rights, there is no permit for assault, arson or property damage and these are not victimless crimes,” said Renn Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. “Among the victims of violent crime are business owners, residents, and individuals exercising their First Amendment rights through protests or other legitimate forms of expression.”
“The nightly violence has to stop,” said Russel Burger, U.S. Marshal for the District of Oregon. “It is drowning out the voices of the many who are calling for change and pulling police resources away from their primary mission of keeping this community safe. We must all come together to find a productive way to move forward.”
“As the nation’s primary source for fire investigative knowledge, ATF remains committed to investigating those responsible for committing arsons in our communities and holding them responsible for their illegal actions,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Jonathan McPherson. “As a reminder, there is a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for arson. ATF takes these violent actions seriously and will work diligently to bring justice to the victims.”
“It is vitally important that all Americans have the ability to exercise their first amendment rights to freedom of speech,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations Seattle Eben Roberts. “Unfortunately, much of what we’re seeing in Portland is the antithesis of that. Instead, tragic events are being used as excuses for individuals with ill intent disguising themselves as activists to commit violent crimes against their communities and law enforcement officers. Progress can only be made if community leaders, law enforcement, and the public come together in the name of social change, justice, and peace.”
Since May 26, 2020, federal law enforcement authorities have arrested 100 people for crimes committed during local demonstrations.
Seventy-four face federal charges, including felonies, misdemeanors, and citation violations. Crimes include assaults on federal officers, some resulting in serious injuries; arson and attempted arson; damaging federal government property; failing to obey lawful orders; and unlawful use of a drone; among others.
Charged defendants include:
Edward Carubis, 24, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 1, 2020;
Rowan Olsen, 19, is charged (photos available) with creating a hazard on federal property, disorderly conduct, and failing to obey a lawful order on July 2, 2020;
Shant Singh Ahuja, 28, of Oceanside, California, is charged with destruction of federal property on July 4, 2020;
Gretchen Blank, 29, of Seattle, Washington, is charged (photos available) with assaulting a federal officer on July 5, 2020;
Andrew Faulkner, 24, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 5, 2020;
Christopher Fellini, 31, is charged (photos available) with assaulting a federal officer on July 5, 2020;
Theodore Matthee-O’Brien, 21, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 5, 2020;
Cody Porter, 28, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 5, 2020;
Taimane Teo, 24, of Eugene, Oregon, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 5, 2020;
Benjamin Wood-Pavich, 21, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 5, 2020;
Jacob Gaines, 23, a Texas resident, is charged (photos available) with assaulting a federal officer on July 11, 2020;
Lillith Grin, 22, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 12, 2020;
Benjamin Bolen, 36, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 13, 2020;
Kevin Weier, 36, is charged with attempted arson on July 13, 2020;
Wyatt Ash-Milby, 18, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 21, 2020;
Jerusalem Callahan, 24, is charged with damaging government property on July 21, 2020;
Zachary Duffly, 45, is charged with creating a disturbance on July 21, 2020;
Caleb Ehlers, 23, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 21, 2020;
Paul Furst, 22, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 21, 2020;
Jennifer Kristiansen, 38, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 21, 2020;
Ella Miller, 26, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 21, 2020;
Marie Sager, 27, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 21, 2020;
Giovanni Bondurant, 19, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 22, 2020;
Bailey Dreibelbis, 22, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 21, 2020;
Gabriel Huston, 22, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 22, 2020;
Joseph Lagalo, 37, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 22, 2020;
Taylor Lemons, 32, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 22, 2020;
Joseph Ybarra, 21, is charged with arson on July 22, 2020;
David Hazan, 24, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 23, 2020;
Nicholas Kloiber, 26, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 23, 2020;
Cameron Knutson, 28, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 23, 2020;
Carly Ballard, 34, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 24, 2020;
David Bouchard, 36, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 24, 2020;
Dakota Eastman, 30, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 24, 2020;
Josslynn Kreutz, 28, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 24, 2020;
Ezra Meyers, 18, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 24, 2020;
Mark Rolycanov, 28, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 24, 2020;
Pablo Avvocato, 26, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 25, 2020;
Douglas Dean, 34, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 25, 2020;
Rebecca Mota Gonzales, 37, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 25, 2020;
Thomas Johnson, 33, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 25, 2020;
Richard Lindstedt, 33, is charged with violating national defense airspace on July 25, 2020;
Nathan Onderdonk-Snow, 21, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 25, 2020;
Stephen O’Donnell, 65, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 25, 2020;
Joshua Webb, 22, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 25, 2020;
Jeffree Cary, 30, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 26, 2020;
John Tyler Gabriel, 22, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 26, 2020;
Noelle Mandolfo, 30, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 26, 2020;
Patrick Stafford, 35, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 26, 2020;
Travis Williams, 27, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 26, 2020;
Caleb Wills, 29, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 26, 2020;
Brodie Storey, 28, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 27, 2020;
Edward Schinzing, 32, is charged (photos available) with arson on July 28, 2020;
James Hickerson, 54, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order on July 28, 2020;
Ian Wolf, 26, is charged with failing to obey a lawful order and creating a hazard on federal property on July 28, 2020;
Sabastian Dubar, 23, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 29, 2020;
Jordan Johnson, 32, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 29, 2020;
Evan Kriechbaum, 31, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 29, 2020;
Christine Margaux, 28, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on July 29, 2020;
Gabriel Agard-Berryhill, 18, is charged (video available) with arson on July 30, 2020;
Isaiah Maza, 18, is charged (photos available) with assaulting a federal officer on July 31, 2020;
Dakotah Horton, 24, is charged (photos available) with assaulting a federal officer on August 17, 2020; and
Dakota Means, 20, is charged with assaulting a federal officer on August 24, 2020.
Eleven others have been issued citation violations. All defendants, unless noted, are presumed to be local residents.
These cases are being investigated by the FBI; U.S. Marshals Service; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; and Federal Protective Service.
They are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.
The FBI is assisting partner agencies by asking for the public’s help in identifying individuals who participated in or may have been a witness to criminal activity at the following locations:
Near or inside the Multnomah County Justice Center in downtown Portland on the night of May 29, 2020 or into the morning of May 30, 2020. Details here: Justice Center
Near the Chase Bank branch located at 811 SW 6th Avenue, Portland, Oregon, shortly before 1 a.m. on May 30, 2020. Details here: Chase Bank
Opinion| Mark Sidney| Just a few hours ago we ran a story that described the battle of words, and bullets, taking place in one of America’s biggest, and most notoriously corrupt cities: Chicago. Chicago has been in the middle of a gun violence epidemic for years now and President Trump has been a vocal critic of the city’s Democrat leadership … if you can call it that. Now Trump is taking matters into his own hands.
Earlier this month President Trump said the: ‘… federal government was “ready, willing and able” to intervene over the surge of shootings in New York City and Chicago.
The president, in a tweet, noted the gun violence that erupted over 4th of July weekend in both cities, with nearly 40 people wounded in the Big Apple and 72 in the Windy City, including 13 who died.
“Chicago and New York City crime numbers are way up,” he wrote. “Federal Government ready, willing and able to help, if asked!”
At least two children, a 7-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, were among those killed. Nine of the wounded were minors, the paper said.’ according to The New York Post.
Of course the Mayor of Chicago, Ms. Lightfoot, wants nothing to do with President Trump, unless he plans on further restricting gun ownership at the federal level, or paying her bills with our tax money.
… Monday morning, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she has great concerns about the general possibility of President Donald Trump sending feds to Chicago based on what has happened in Portland.
If Trump wants to help, she said, he could boost federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives resources and fully fund prosecutors.
Trump signaled his willingness to law down the law in ‘The Chi’:
“I’m going to do something that I can tell you, because we’re not going to leave New York and Chicago and Philadelphia, Detroit and Baltimore, and all of these — Oakland is a mess. We’re not going to let this happen in our country, all run by liberal Democrats,” POTUS declared.
“We’re going to have more federal law enforcement, that I can tell you,” Trump stated. “In Portland, they’ve done a fantastic job. They’ve been there three days and they really have done a fantastic job in a very short period of time, no problem.”
We are now learning that the President Trump was not just talking ****. The Trump Administration’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is planning on deploying agents to the Windy City, supposedly in an effort to quell the city’s shootings and unrest.
‘The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is crafting plans to deploy about 150 federal agents to Chicago this week, the Chicago Tribune has learned, a move that would come amid growing controversy nationally about federal force being used in American cities.
The Homeland Security Investigations, or HSI, agents are set to assist other federal law enforcement and Chicago police in crime-fighting efforts, according to sources familiar with the matter, though a specific plan on what the agents will be doing had not been made public.
One city official said the city was aware of the plan but not any specifics. The Chicago Police Department had no immediate comment.
One Immigration and Customs Enforcement official in Chicago, who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak on the matter, confirmed the deployment was expected to take place. The official noted that the HSI agents, who are part of ICE, would not be involved in immigration or deportation matters.’
That sounds to me like the DHS agents are going to be focusing on the issue of civil unrest and gun violence, but that is still just an assumption at this point.
I share the concerns surrounding the deployment of a federal troops in US cities, however, I also understand the box that the Democrats are trying to put Trump in, and to their credit, politically it is a clever move. If Trump does nothing and lets the local ‘leaders’ of these cities watch their towns be burnt to the ground, Trump will look like he is losing control and hamper his reelection chances.
On the other hand, if he deploys federal agents to restore order, the Dems can paint Trump as an authoritarian and then once when they regain control of the Executive Branch, they would have the ground work already laid for a federalized police force (which I think is a major goal of the DS.)
Trump needs to walk a tightrope here, lets hope that he is up for it as I think his future employment by the American people depends on it …
An exclusive look inside a border detention center revealed scenes dramatically at odds with claims the facilities are poorly run and the scenes of misery and overcrowding.
How come everyone else that visits these centers has a totally different perspective than the Democrats. Seems the Democrat truth is totally different than reality.
A law library. Access to 24-hour health care and mental care. Outdoor soccer fields.
An exclusive look inside a border detention center revealed scenes dramatically at odds with claims the facilities are poorly run and the scenes of misery and overcrowding.
Fox News was given rare access to an immigration detention facility in Adelanto, Calif. Video cameras were allowed inside. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility, just one of 31 such facilities in the U.S., is run by privately-contracted company GEO Group.
During a tour led by Thomas Giles, acting director of ICE’s Los Angeles field office, Fox News observed detainees had access to 24-hour health care, dental care, mental health care, unlimited phone calls, legal advice, a law library, physical-contact visitations, outdoor recreation and religious services seven days a week.
Common areas had multiple phone banks with directories for embassies, legal services and even a hotline to DHS’ Office of Inspector General for grievances.
Some immigrants played X-box inside while others played a game of soccer outside on artificial turf fields. They had relatively good freedom of movement and were not locked in cells at any point.
Detainee Noel Beltran of El Salvador had positive things to say about the facility compared to previous places he had been in custody.
“For me it is great. I can see my family, hug my family, at (prison facility) I couldn’t hug my family, they were coming from an hour and a half away to Orange, with traffic and all of that stuff, you know,” Beltran said. “A half an hour, sometimes 25 minutes, 21 minutes, it would get cut off real quick, behind the glass. Right here I have contact with my family, I can hug my kids.”
ICE Says Politicians Hampered Enforcement Efforts by Giving Advice to Illegal Immigrants
It’s anti-American that our Congress members have put illegals before our laws, customs and American people.
WASHINGTON—The acting head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement criticized members of Congress on July 23 for assisting illegal immigrants in evading the law.
“There were people in Congress sitting there giving instructions to people illegally in the country and telling them how to avoid detection and avoid the consequences of their illegal activity,” Matthew Albence said during a call with reporters. “There’s no way for us to quantify what impact that had, but you couldn’t turn on any TV station anywhere in this country for several weeks without this being one of the lead topics.”
Albence said ICE is targeting illegal aliens who have been issued a final order of removal by an immigration judge. While the biggest focus is removing those with criminal convictions, Albence said ICE is now removing family units who have failed to show up at court hearings and haven’t applied for asylum.
A recent operation targeted family units that had final orders of removal and were given a chance in February to turn themselves in. Albence said ICE scooped up 18 of these people; they’re in custody awaiting deportation. Another 17 were arrested as collateral and will remain in custody until a judge issues a decision. Albence said no families were separated during the operations.
Members of Congress, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and 2020 presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), put out notices on Twitter, advising illegal immigrants on how to avoid being deported.
One of the most prominent groups advocating for stricter immigration went to court Wednesday to demand a judge order the Southern Poverty Law Center to stop labeling it a “hate group,” accusing the self-described watchdog of running an illegal racket to silence political opponents.
By Stephen Dinan– The Washington Times – Wednesday, January 16, 2019
One of the most prominent groups advocating for stricter immigration went to court Wednesday to demand a judge order the Southern Poverty Law Center to stop labeling it a “hate group,” accusing the self-described watchdog of running an illegal racket to silence political opponents.
The Center for Immigration Studies says the SPLC’s accusations of “racist” and “anti-immigrant” are not only wrong, but they have cost the nonprofit support and financial backing by scaring people away from doing business with the center.
CIS brought its challenge in federal district court in Washington, D.C., filing a civil complaint under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) act against SPLC President Richard Cohen and Heidi Beirich, who runs the group’s Hatewatch blog.
Mark Krikorian, CIS’s executive director, says his organization doesn’t meet the SPLC’s own definition of a hate group and the Alabama-based watchdog knows it, but persists anyway — which he said was evidence of the racket.
“SPLC and its leaders have every right to oppose our work on immigration, but they do not have the right to label us a hate group and suggest we are racists,” he said. “The Center for Immigration Studies is fighting back against the SPLCsmear campaign and its attempt to stifle debate through intimidation and name-calling.”
CIS is not the only group to protest SPLC’s profligate use of the hate tag, but it appears to be the first to mount a challenge under RICO, a law that is usually more associated with the FBI’s anti-mob efforts.
CIS says SPLC defines hate groups as organizations whose official statements or activities “attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.”
Mr. Krikorian said that doesn’t match his group, whose motto is “pro-immigrant, low immigration.” He says in practice that motto means CIS makes the case for “fewer immigrants but a warmer welcome for those admitted.”
CIS says it doesn’t think its work amounts to attacks on people but rather an attempt to raise policy questions.
Beyond that, Mr. Krikorian says, the Supreme Court has held that being an immigrant is not an immutable characteristic, so maligning migrants wouldn’t qualify anyway.
CIS’s work is widely cited in the press, including in the pages of The Washington Times; it issues awards for press coverage of immigration, including, in the past, to The Times; its experts are regularly called to testify before Congress; and its experts have been invited to meet with top homeland security officials in both the Obama and Trump administrations.
The center’s work is also used by self-appointed independent fact-checkers such as PolitiFact.com, which in 2017 fact-checked the SPLC’s hate designation. PolitiFact concluded that most of the evidence was guilt by association.
Under the Trump administration, CIS’s profile has grown, with some former staffers being hired into government jobs. And CIS experts have also conducted interviews with top Homeland Security officials, in events broadcast on C-SPAN.
Those interviews raised the ire of congressional Democrats. Then-House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley fired off a note last year urging the chief of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to cancel an appearance, saying CIS spread “abhorrent viewpoints, including white supremacism and anti-Semitism.”
Mr. Cohen, in a statement to The Times, said CIS “richly deserves the hate group label,” and he looked forward to battling the group in court.
“It has a history of making racially inflammatory statements, associating with white nationalists, and circulating the work of racist writers,” he said. “Its lawsuit is nothing more than a heavy-handed effort to try to silence us from exercising our First Amendment right to express our opinion.”
SPLC, in its write-up on CIS, says the center made the list in 2016 after circulating a weekly reading list that sometimes linked to “white nationalist and antisemitic writers,” and by commissioning work from a former Heritage Foundation employee who the SPLC said had been ousted “for his embrace of racist pseudoscience.”
Of Mr. Krikorian, SPLC says: “While capable of appearing as a sober-minded policy analyst in some settings, longtime CIS executive director Mark Krikorian’s contributions to the immigration policy debate rarely rise above petulant commentary dashed with extremist statements.”
Among other evidence, the SPLC lists in its 8,000-word writeup is CIS’s support for mandatory E-Verify, the federal government’s currently voluntary program to let businesses check their workers’ legal status.
E-Verify was spoken of glowingly just this month by Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat — but the SPLC cast it in a more nefarious light, saying it was a linchpin of the “anti-immigrant movement.”
Perhaps most damning for the SPLC is CIS’s association with John Tanton, whom the SPLC labels a racist. CIS counters that it’s independent of Mr. Tanton.
The SPLC cut its teeth on taking on the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s — and built a sterling reputation and a massive bank account in doing so.
In recent years, the group has become a major player in questions of Muslims’ rights and on the immigration debate, and it’s expanded its list of haters to include groups that may have taken politically controversial stands but had not generally been accused of racism.
The more expansive role has also earned it new headaches.
The SPLC last year agreed to pay a $3.4 million settlement to a Muslim activist who the group in 2016 had listed among “anti-Muslim extremists.” Mr. Cohen issued a statement in June acknowledging they botched that one.
Part of the problem is the group’s increasing forays into activism, which can build tension with its more longstanding role as a clearinghouse for information.
Guidestar, another clearinghouse for information on nonprofits, last year adopted the SPLC’s hate list, attaching the label to dozens of profiles in its massively influential database. Among those slapped with the label was CIS.
After protests, Guidestar reversed itself and removed the labels from all of the 46 groups it had targeted on SPLC’s say-so.
Guidestar CEO Jacob Harold said they reversed course because there were “reasonable disagreements” over the labels themselves, but also because he feared for his employees’ safety after he said they got threats for relying on the SPLC’s determinations.
AmazonSmile, a program by internet commerce giant Amazon to allow users to donate money to nonprofits, also has cited SPLC’s designation as a reason to terminate CIS’s account, according to the new lawsuit.
CIS says that’s cost it at least $10,000 in donations.
CIS says that since it doesn’t meet SPLC’s own definition of a hate group yet the group continues to use that label online, that amounts to wire fraud, which violates RICO.
CIS says it not only wants a judge to award damages and order SPLC to remove the “hate” label, but to also order SPLC to affirmatively state on its website “that CIS is not a hate group.”
RICO has also been used to settle thorny political clashes before, including by the National Organization for Women which in the 1980s and 1990s filed civil RICO claims against pro-life protesters at abortion clinics.
NOW claimed the protesters’ actions amounted to extortion and asked for the triple damages allowed under RICO. Decades of litigation produced a mixed outcome.
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