Attorney General Jeff Sessions Speaks Out against Sanctuary Policies

The AG travelled to Portland to warn the city about the sanctuary system it recently instituted as being hazardous to public safety. He delivered a speech to around 80 federal officers in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Northwest Portland.

It’s not like Portland is a crime-free paradise where normal policing can be disregarded: Sessions noted the uptick of violence, that between 2013 and 2015, the city saw an increase in homicides of more than 140 percent.

Nevertheless, Portland instituted a criminal-protecting sanctuary policy in March.

It didn’t take long for a habitual criminal protected by the Portland’s sanctuary to engage in a horrific crime: in July Sergio Jose Martinez, who had been deported 20 times, raped a 65-year-old woman after crawling through the window of her home. Portland authorities had released him onto the streets in the previous December despite receiving a detainer from ICE.

Fox News’ Jesse Watters provided some important details:

Thirty-one-year-old Mexican national Sergio Jose Martinez has been on a path of destruction in Portland, Oregon, a notorious sanctuary city. Martinez has been arrested 13 times since 2008 in Oregon alone. His rap sheet includes car theft, hit-and-run, criminal trespassing, meth possession, reckless endangerment, burglary and shoplifting. He has criminal convictions in California too, including burglary, battery, theft and obstructing a police officer. The man is described as a transient with a daily meth habit. He has been deported — you ready? — 20 times with at least five probation violations from re-entering.

Despite a rap sheet this troubling, Martinez was still waltzing around Northeast Portland on July 24th. This is when his latest crime spree began. Here are the sickening allegations: Martinez, armed with a knife, entered a woman’s home through an open window, used scarves and socks to blindfold her, gag her and tie her up before sexually assaulting her, punching her and slamming her head into the wood floor. . .

Below, Sergio Jose Martinez, the Mexican criminal enabled by Portland’s sanctuary policy to do more violent crime.

This was some of the background to the Sessions speech, and he mentioned the Martinez case along with several others.

The attorney general starts speaking at around three minutes in the following video:

Attorney General Sessions Delivers Remarks to Federal Law Enforcement Authorities About Sanctuary Cities, Portland, OR ~ Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Remarks as prepared for delivery

Thank you for that kind introduction.

It is an honor to be here with you all – with the selfless and courageous men and women of law enforcement. President Trump and this Department of Justice understand your mission. He has directed us to support that mission and support you.

As a former federal prosecutor, for 14 years, I was blessed to work every day with federal, state, and local law enforcement. And there is nothing I am more proud of than what we accomplished together.

We are in the midst of a multi-front battle: an increase in violent crime, a rise in vicious gang activity, an opioid epidemic that it is taking an American life every ten minutes, and threats from terrorism—combined with a culture in which family and discipline seem to be eroding further and a disturbing disrespect for the rule of law.

After decreasing for over 20 years because of the hard but necessary work our country started in the 1980s, violent crime is back. The murder rate surged nearly 11 percent nationwide in 2015 – the largest increase since 1968. Per capita homicide rates are up in 27 of our 35 largest cities.

And Portland is not immune to these problems. Between 2013 and 2015, the city saw an increase in homicides of more than 140 percent. In 2015, Portland Police received more than 180 calls related to gangs, including shootings, stabbings, and assaults – the highest number since they began recording that number nearly 20 years ago, and almost double the count from 2014.

You know the tragic consequences of crime all too well.

You know the story of 17-year-old Jose Morales, who was shot and killed with a rifle, allegedly at the hands of local gang members in Gresham.

Or the story of the 17-year-old from Vancouver who was murdered in the middle of the day in Holladay Park. They had their whole lives ahead of them—lives that we and their loved ones will never get to see.

The fundamental duty of this government is to protect the safety and the rights of its citizens. President Trump is a law and order President.

One of his first executive orders was to back our police and another was to reduce crime in America. That is our goal. That is your goal. We must not cave to rising crime. Working together, with professionalism and dedication we can begin to turn this pernicious trend.

To get on the right track, there are a number of things we must fix. A key concern is that some jurisdictions have undertaken to undo our immigration laws through so-called “sanctuary policies.” Continue reading this article

America’s AG Jeff Sessions Praises Miami-Dade after It Rejected Criminal-Protecting Sanctuary

It was good to see Attorney General speak against sanctuary policy on Wednesday in Miami, Florida. From a psychological viewpoint, commending good behavior is a good way to encourage its spread. AG Sessions applauded the city for adjusting its police policies to remove sanctuary elements, for which it is being rewarded by having no cut-off to certain federal funds for law enforcement.

By contrast, Chicago and belligerent Democrat Mayor Rahm Emanuel was compared and contrasted as the negative example of how not to run a city regarding local illegal immigration enforcement. The mayor remains very stubborn about keeping his “sanctuary” policies that protect illegal alien criminals and endanger citizens. Earlier this month, Chicago sued the Department of Justice, referring to the feds’ effort to reinstate the rule of law as “blackmail.” Funny how Democrats always get things upside down.

Tough enforcement against illegal alien criminals is quite popular, as shown by a 2015 Rasmussen poll that found 80 percent of likely voters supported the deportation of all illegal immigrants convicted of a felony; only 11 percent were opposed.

The map below from November 2016 shows how many large cities prefer to protect illegal aliens rather than maintain public safety for citizens.

Jeff Sessions discussed the issue of sanctuary cities on Sean Hannity’s radio show on Wednesday. It lasts a little over 11 minutes and has some informative statistics:

You can watch Sessions’ whole speech in the video below.

Following are the pre-published remarks from the DoJ:

Attorney General Sessions Delivers Remarks on Sanctuary Policies, Miami, FL ~ Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Remarks as prepared for delivery

Thank you Tom, for that introduction. I have great respect for the work you are doing. We have many members of your team here and I want to thank each and every one of you. Thank you. And thank you to all the law enforcement personnel I see out here.

Mayor Carlos Giménez, thank you for your tremendous hospitality and thank you for your commitment to the rule of law and tireless work to keep the people of Miami-Dade safe.

I also want to recognize our acting United States Attorney Ben Greenberg. Your team here has done a fabulous job.

Miami-Dade State Attorney Kathy Fernadez Rundle is here. You have been a great partner in combatting violent crime and I am so pleased to see you.

I’m honored to be in Miami-Dade with all of you today. I’m always so impressed when I visit: the city keeps getting bigger, business is booming, and I recently read that Miami-Dade is one of the safest major jurisdictions in the country.

As you know, this was not always the case. In the 1980s, Miami-Dade was plagued by drugs. Violent crime followed. Police regularly recorded upwards of 500 murders a year. The city seemed to be crumbling.

But the people of Miami-Dade refused to tolerate this level of violence. And last year, Miami-Dade’s homicide count was barely a third of what it was in the 1980s.

How many hundreds of lives were saved in this city because of the proactive, community policing from your police force. It wasn’t easy, but this place has truly earned its nickname today “The Magic City”.

Your success is even more remarkable since violent crime is surging in most places across the country – including a historic rise in the nation’s murder rate of nearly 11 percent. Continue reading this article

California May Sue Trump Administration over Sanctuary Defunding

Public safety is supposed to be Job #1 of government at all levels, but California open-borders race hustlers have a different idea. Instead of being properly reprimanded for their sanctuary policies that shelter illegal aliens criminals and thereby endanger law-abiding citizens, state officials are doubling down. Attorney General Becerra is considering a lawsuit against the feds to scrounge law enforcement cash the state does not deserve. (Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he will file suit on Monday over the grant funding cut.)

The Sacramento Bee headlined its Saturday front page with the lawsuit story:

A state that has had terrible crimes committed by illegal aliens should be embarrassed by having its disregard of law enforcement further highlighted. Kate Steinle was shot dead while strolling with her father on a popular San Francisco pier by a five-times-deported Mexican who said he returned to the city because of its sanctuary policy.

In 2008, three members of the Bologna family were murdered in a mistaken gang hit by stupid illegal alien Edwin Ramos who had been coddled by San Francisco authorities despite his violent record as an MS-13 gangster.

Further south in sanctuary Los Angeles, high-school football star Jamiel Shaw was shot dead just a few doors from home by illegal alien Pedro Espinoza who was so violent in jail — like attacking a police officer who was interrogating him — that the 18th Street gangster should have been incarcerated as long as possible. But he was released onto city streets instead of being deported and killed Jamiel 28 hours later on March 2, 2008.

Isn’t it basic to imprison and/or deport dangerous illegal aliens to protect the innocent? It seems like common sense, but liberal officials believe otherwise. The list of dead Americans will not make them budge.

State set to sue over ‘sanctuary city’ cuts, Sacramento Bee, August 5, 2017

Stockton, San Bernardino among those losing feds’ anti-crime funds

California is poised to sue the Trump administration over the president’s latest attempt to punish jurisdictions tagged by the Justice Department as “sanctuary cities” that harbor undocumented immigrants, according to two sources close to the case.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra — in conjunction with other California city and county attorneys — is considering charging the Justice Department with violating the Constitution by threatening to take crime-fighting funds away from cities and states that do not fully cooperate with federal immigration agents, according to those sources.

“The cities and states affected by these provisions have strong arguments to make in court that these conditions are illegal,” said a former Justice Department official familiar with California officials’ thinking. “If Congress wanted these requirements to be part of the grant funding decision, they would have written it into the law.”

California’s concern stems from an announcement last month by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who warned that jurisdictions that do not assist federal immigration agents seeking to deport undocumented immigrants would no longer get funding from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant.

California was allocated nearly $18 million under that program in Fiscal 2017. To get future grants, municipalities will have to allow federal immigration agents access to detention facilities, and provide 48-hours notice before they release inmates who are wanted by federal authorities on suspicion of being in the country illegally.

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President Trump Preaches Law and Borders on Long Island

The Trump administration’s crackdown against the extremely violent MS-13 Salvadoran gang has been going well, with some important recent arrests. So it made sense for the president to visit Long Island on Friday, to give a speech to a largely law enforcement audience and send them well deserved accolades, as well as tout his own success.

However, President Trump’s remarks did not mention Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the AG’s earlier work on Long Island’s gang violence as well as his trip to El Salvador on Thursday to establish better international partnerships for law enforcement. So apparently Sessions is still on the outs, judging by Trump’s omission of his efforts.

In contrast, President Trump did the right thing by inviting and acknowledging crime victim parents, as he has done many times before.

Martha McCallum of Fox News interviewed the parents of Kayla Cuevas after the Long Island speech to talk about the murder of their daughter by MS-13 gangsters. Kayla and her friend were brutally beaten and slashed to death after Kayla got into a disagreement on social media with some gangsters who attended high school with them.

Below, high school girls Nisa Mickens (left) and Kayla Cuevas (right) were murdered by MS-13 gangsters.

One important cause of the worsened crime was the open borders policy of President Obama, who was not mentioned by name in the Trump speech, but was noted indirectly:

PRESIDENT TRUMP: The previous administration enacted an open-door policy to illegal migrants from Central America.  “Welcome in.  Come in, please, please.”

As a result, MS-13 surged into the country and scoured, and just absolutely destroyed, so much in front of it.  New arrivals came in and they were all made recruits of each other, and they fought with each other, and then they fought outside of each other.  And it got worse and worse, and we’ve turned that back.

In the three years before I took office, more than 150,000 unaccompanied alien minors arrived at the border and were released all throughout our country into United States’ communities — at a tremendous monetary cost to local taxpayers and also a great cost to life and safety.

Nearly 4,000 from this wave were released into Suffolk County — congratulations — including seven who are now indicted for murder.  You know about that.

In Washington, D.C. region, at least 42 alien minors from the border surge have been recently implicated in MS-13-related violence, including 19 charged in killings or attempted killings.

In fact, Obama knowingly admitted MS-13 gangsters among the “unaccompanied minors” who were admitted in the tens of thousands who at best only overwhelmed schools and social services, using resources that should have gone to needy citizens. But many foreign criminals knew an opportunity when they saw one, and therefore flooded in.

Not only does President Trump have to reconstruct the economy that the previous administration battered into submission, he also has to restore the rule of law so parents needn’t fear their kids getting murdered at school by criminal gangsters.

The whole speech follows, with transcript here:

Tucker Carlson: Trump’s Trash Talk about Attorney General Sessions Harms Administration

On Thursday, Tucker Carlson criticized President Trump for his unwise bashing of the attorney general he chose, former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions. Tucker was responding to the July 19 New York Times article, Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions.

Senator Sessions must have seen the position of attorney general as a greater opportunity to improve law enforcement, particularly in the immigration realm which has veered into near-anarchy after eight years of open-borders Obama. Sessions likely could have kept his Senate seat indefinitely: one measure of his popularity at home is that he ran unopposed in both the primary and general election in 2014.

On March 22, General Sessions announced that the government would begin to withdraw funding from sanctuary cities that protect dangerous illegal alien criminals.  On April 28, the AG visited Long Island to offer strategies of help for law enforcement officials plagued by gang violence.

Certainly MS-13 arrests are up under the new administration, and Border Patrol agents report greater job satisfaction when allowed to perform their duties (Border Patrol union president says morale at 2-year high under Trump, Washington Times, July 17, 217). So the Sessions’ model of pro-borders law enforcement is already showing results.

It’s clear that President Trump is still angry about Sessions’ recusal, but sniping in the Fake News press is no way to treat him.

TUCKER CARLSON: (0:57) Now take a step back and you can kind of see how this all happened. The president is a 71-year-old political novice, and all of a sudden he’s the subject of a vague, open-ended federal investigation whose goal may be to imprison him and his family. Ask anyone who’s had an independent counsel on this case — and there are a lot of them here in Washington — what that’s like. It’s terrifying. The pressure is soul-distorting. You can wind up lashing out at the people around you, even maybe especially, the ones trying to help you the most.

So that’s probably what’s going on, and yet attacking Jeff Sessions was still a useless and self-destructive act. The first rule in politics, as in war, as in life: don’t shoot the friendlies. Sessions is the closest ally Trump has in this administration, one of the very few who even understands why the president won in the first place. Unlike most political appointees in Washington, Sessions made big sacrifices to work in this administration. A year ago, he’s one of the most popular people in the state of Alabama with a Senate seat he could have held forever. Many on his staff didn’t want him to endorse Donald Trump, but he did anyway, purely because he felt it was important. Continue reading this article

Is ICE Honcho Homan a Swamp Creature?

On Wednesday, the Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan appeared on Fox News and sounded like a tough enforcer as he discussed his agency’s duties, but his history is a little more complicated.

He railed against MS-13 and sanctuary cities in the interview. When Fox host Neil Cavuto observed how widespread the violent gang has become, Homan responded, “Our intelligence shows they’re in over 40 states across the country” and “we’re coming after them very hard.” He further expounded:

When [President Trump] signed executive orders, he basically told the Border Patrol agents and the 20,000 American patriots that work for ICE: you can now do your job, you will enforce the laws on the books. There’s no population of aliens that’s off the table any more, and we’ve been waiting on that almost a decade now. So you know I’ve made it clear when you enter this country illegally, you have committed a crime, and you can’t want to be a part of this country and not respect its laws, so those who enter the country illegally, you may get past the Border Patrol and in the past you had this feeling that, ‘Okay I’m home free, I got by the Border Patrol and no one’s looking for me’ — well, those days are over. We’re looking for you, we’re gonna prioritize what we do, but we’re going to enforce the law without apology.

Regarding those special safe spaces for illegal aliens, Homan said, “Sanctuary cities in my opinion, they’re unAmerican: that’s not an America I grew up in.”

He certainly has the enforcement song-and-dance patter down, just the sort of thing his new boss likes to hear.

Director Homan sounds like a tough immigration law enforcer, right? Deportation is happening, is it not?

In May, ICE gang arrests netted more than 1300 illegal alien criminals in largest sweep to date.

Interestingly, Breitbart News paints quite a different picture of the ICE leader, that he was Obama’s willing and enthusiastic henchman who released criminal aliens into America like the MS-13 monsters Homan now condemns:

Trump’s ICE Director Helped Author Obama’s Immigration Priorities and Executive Orders, Praised Them, Breitbart.com, by Brandon Darby, July 10, 2017

The Obama-holdover chosen by DHS Secretary John Kelly to direct Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for the Trump Administration helped author Obama’s controversial immigration priorities and executive orders, and he also publicly praised them. Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan made the comments on video shortly before the 2016 presidential election at a time when most thought Hillary Clinton would win, but Donald Trump won and now Homan claims to be an immigration hawk. Continue reading this article

Senate Hearing Examines Scourge of MS-13 Gang

News reports have been stacking up about big MS-13 arrests since America’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared the gang to be a top focus for the administration’s law enforcement. In mid-May, it was reported that a nationwide six-week sweep enabled ICE to round up 1378 gangsters, of whom 104 were MS-13 affiliated.

The bad news is that increased enforcement has not eliminated returnees. Breitbart noted (6/22), Deported MS-13 Gangsters Keep Sneaking Back Across U.S. Border. Apparently we need to build jails that are less comfy than the accommodations back in their El Salvador homeland.

MS-13 gangsters love the crime opportunities that America affords. like terrorizing communities on Long Island with murders of young people.

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on June 21 to explore the issue: “The MS-13 Problem: Investigating Gang Membership, its Nexus to Illegal Immigration, and Federal Efforts to End the Threat”. The entire hearing may be watched on C-SPAN.

Chairman Charles Grassley gave a tough opening statement, including a mention that President Obama knowingly admitted MS-13 gangsters into the country.

Grassley Statement on the MS-13 Gang Problem, Its Nexus to Illegal Immigration and Federal Efforts to End the Threat, June 21, 2017

The topic of today’s hearing involves the MS-13 crisis that’s growing and spreading in communities across our nation.

The atrocities of these criminals are not new. This group has existed since the 1980s, and has made a reputation for itself as a perpetrator of extreme—and often gruesome—violence. This organization has been dubbed the world’s “most dangerous gang,” and some say it could be a terrorist organization. But, you wouldn’t expect anything less from a group whose motto is “kill, rape, and control.”

Unfortunately, over the past two years, this terrifying motto has become a vicious reality for many communities across our nation. So far this year, the gang has been publicly linked to dozens of high-profile killings, rapes, and assaults across the country, from the Washington D.C. metro area to Houston, Texas. Undoubtedly, there are many more that simply haven’t been reported.

Let me give the Committee just a few examples of this group’s absolute brutality and inhumanity.

• MS-13 has been responsible for nearly 20 murders on Long Island since 2010, with victims including high-school age children as young as 16. The group is also considered responsible for an additional 32 violent acts, including 8 attempted murders.

• In January, two gang members, both of whom are unauthorized immigrants, lured a 22 year old man from New Jersey to Maryland with the promise of sex, where they butchered him and left him in the woods near Gaithersburg, MD to rot.

• In March, two MS-13 members were charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting three teenage girls for several weeks, and eventually murdering one of them in what has been described as a “satanic ritual.”

• In March and April, a string of MS-13 murders occurred across southern Virginia, with perhaps the most graphic being the murder of 17-year-old Raymond Wood. According to reports. Wood’s body was found face down in the road, and the MS-13 suspects had cut his hands and throat before stabbing him over 16 times.

While these examples are horrifying, they are far from isolated. According to the Department of Justice, MS-13 regularly conducts gang activity in at least forty states and the District of Columbia, and their violence touches nearly every major community in America. Continue reading this article

Obama Administration Knowingly Admitted MS-13 Gangsters to America

Anybody who was paying attention to Obama’s “unaccompanied minor” project to import thousands of future Democrats from Central America could see the major downside of who might be get in. Clearly the run on the open border invited gangsters to try to slip through as the Border Patrol was overwhelmed by the deluge.

It was known at the time that the minors were mostly teenaged males, not children of both genders. A Maryland sheriff testified to a House committee in 2016, “The criminal alien gang numbers are growing across the nation, and the serious crimes are increasing. There is also a direct nexus between the action on unaccompanied minors of two years ago and the increases we are seeing in gang crimes.”

Now we learn that the Obama administration knowingly allowed 16 MS-13 gangsters to enter and be transported throughout the nation. Certainly there were likely many more than that, as we can see from the gang murder explosion that included high school victims on Long Island precisely because of Obama policies of redistributing Central American fleebags including criminals. The Obama approach consisted of welcoming illegal aliens and calling them refugees.

Tucker Carlson explained the previous administration’s reckless illegality that imported some of the world’s most dangerous gangsters to America:

Spare audio:

Below, MS-13 gangsters are known for their violence: the gang’s initiation involves beating someone to death in front of others.

The subject of the MS-13 gangsters was brought up first thing by Chair Ron Johnson during Wednesday’s Senate hearing, Border Insecurity: The Rise of MS-13 and Other Transnational Criminal Organizations. You can watch a video at the link.

Here’s a text explanation:

Obama admin knew gang members were part of illegal immigrant surge: Whistleblower, By Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, May 24, 2017

The Obama administration knowingly let in at least 16 admitted MS-13 gang members who arrived at the U.S. as illegal immigrant teenagers in 2014, a top senator said Wednesday, citing internal documents that showed the teens were shipped to juvenile homes throughout the country.

Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said a whistleblower turned over Customs and Border Protection documents from 2014 detailing the 16 persons who were caught crossing the border.

“CBP apprehended them, knew they were MS-13 gang members, and they processed and disbursed them into our communities,” Mr. Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, said.

The gang members were part of the surge of UAC, or “unaccompanied alien children,” as the government labels them, who overwhelmed the Obama administration in 2014, leaving Homeland Security struggling to staunch the flow from Central America.

Officials at the time said the children should be treated as refugees fleeing horrific conditions back home — though security analysts said the children were prime recruiting territory for gangs already in the U.S.

Mr. Johnson said the image of UAC as little children is misleading. Out of nearly 200,000 UAC apprehended between from 2012 to 2016, 68 percent were ages 15, 16 or 17 — meaning older teens. The majority were also male, making them targets for gang recruiting.
Continue reading this article

California Budget Proposes Extra Millions for Defending Illegal Aliens from Deportation

Mexifornia Governor Jerry Brown has unleashed his budget for the legislature to consider, and it includes an extra $15 million to provide legal representation for illegal aliens who may be deported to their nations of citizenship. California Democrats really don’t like Americans, or at least it seems so from their actions.

Below is a discussion of the budget on Fox News Tuesday morning. Helpfully, Kristin Tate, a contributor for The Hill, recited some diversity crime facts:

KRISTIN TATE: ”California is a border state so they have high rates of crimes committed by illegal immigrants. In 2014 which is the most recent year for which data is available 75 percent of criminals convicted for federal drug offenses were illegal immigrants. That same year 38 percent of murder convictions in California, Arizona, Texas, Florida and New York were illegal immigrants. All of this data is available via the Government Accountability Office.”

Keep in mind that individual California cities like Sacramento and San Francisco are directing taxpayer dollars to defend the “rights” of illegal foreigners to remain in the country they invaded.

California is definitely generous in spending the citizens’ money on unlawful residents. In 2015, the state mooched $57 million in tax dollars to subsidize illegal alien drivers’ licenses as well as covering illegal alien kiddies’ healthcare, beginning with $40 million allocated in the beginning and expanding to $132 million annually “when fully implemented” — whenever that is.

Interestingly, the Los Angeles Times article below refers to illegal aliens as “Californians” in its title. But even more outrageous is the statement that illegal alien boosters pushed for the legal aid particularly in cases where “the repercussions of deportation could lead to death.”

What about the deaths to Californians caused by the illegal aliens residing in the state!? Some that I’ve reported include Kate Steinle in San Francisco, the three members of the Bologna family in San Francisco, Marilyn Pharis of Santa Maria, Drew Rosenberg from Los Angeles, Jamiel Shaw in Los Angeles and film director Bob Clark of Pacific Palisades.

Below, Tony Bologna and his two sons were shot to death by an MS-13 gangster a short distance from their home in San Francisco as they returned from a family picnic.

It’s monstrous that the state government does so little to provide public safety for the citizens while going out of its way to crank out freebies for illegal aliens.

Gov. Brown’s budget proposal includes an extra $15 million to help Californians facing deportation, Los Angeles Times, May 14, 2017

Gov. Jerry Brown has earmarked an extra $15 million in the state’s budget to expand legal defense services for people battling deportation, a move that could be interpreted as a response to the Trump administration’s broadened immigration enforcement orders.

The one-time cash infusion would boost the state government’s financial help to those in the country illegally to $33 million. Immigrant rights groups and lawyers hailed the increased funding in Brown’s revised state budget, calling it a signal that the state is committed to protecting families from what could happen under President Trump.

But while the total funds are enough to support existing services, policy analysts said lawmakers might need almost double this amount to fund the other new legal initiatives under consideration at the state Capitol.

“We urge the Legislature to deepen its investment in programs,” said Ronald Coleman, government affairs director for the California Immigrant Policy Center. “It is going to be key given that California can be ground zero for the devastation that we would face from Donald Trump’s deportation policies.”

Improving legal defense for immigrants has been a significant part of a legislative package proposed by Democrats, in an attempt to assist more than 2 million people living in the state illegally. Among the proposals is a $14-million request to provide legal training, written materials, mentoring and technical assistance to county public defenders on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.

Another bill seeks to create a $12-million legal defense program for immigrants facing deportation who do not have a violent felony on their records, while a third would increase legal counsel for deported veterans, depending on available funding in the annual budget.

Opponents to the programs have argued against using taxpayer money to help offenders in the face of potential funding cuts from the federal government. And debate in Sacramento has simmered over who should be served with the limited resources.

On the state Senate floor last month, Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) said he had to reduce the scope of SB 6, which would fund the $12-million legal initiative, to prioritize immigrants with children, immigrants with parents who are citizens, veterans and asylum seekers.

Proponents say the legislative proposals come as lawyers and advocates across the country have sought to increase government-funded access to counsel for immigrants. The movement has centered on showing that many immigrants would be granted relief if they had the resources to prove their cases and that for some, the repercussions of deportation could lead to death. Continue reading this article

ICE Gang Sweep Nets over 1300 in Arrests

“Gang sweep” is a phrase Americans haven’t heard in a while, and it sounds good.

In contrast, Obama preferred to release illegal alien criminals from jail, including violent ones. CIS reported that under the Obama administration, immigration agencies were rather permissive: ICE Released 19,723 Criminal Aliens in 2015. Perhaps the previous president saw diverse criminals as future Democrat voters.

Below, some tatted-up MS-13 members. Of the 1378 recent gang arrests, 104 were MS-13, who have been causing a lot of mayhem lately on Long Island.

Interestingly, CNN was reassuring to diversity enthusiasts in its report, headlining: ICE announces major anti-gang operation, mostly US citizens arrested. CNN detailed that out of more than 1300 arrests nationwide, “445 were foreign nationals, with 384 in the country illegally.”

Presumably we citizens are supposed to be relieved at that number.

Were any re-arrests of illegals released by Obama? Inquiring minds want to know.

ICE arrests 1,378 suspected gang members in largest sweep to date, Fox News, May 11, 2017

The Trump administration has concluded a six-week nationwide sweep of suspected gang members with 1,378 arrests — the largest such gang sweep conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to date.

The operation, which ran from March 26 through May 6, targeted gang members and associates involved in transnational criminal activity, including drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, human smuggling, sex trafficking, murder and racketeering.

“Gangs threaten the safety of our communities, not just in major metropolitan areas, but in our suburbs and rural areas, too,” ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan said Thursday. “Gang-related violence and criminal activity present an ongoing challenge for law enforcement everywhere.”

According to ICE, of the 1,378 total arrested, 933 were U.S. citizens, and 1,095 were confirmed as gang members or affiliates. Also, 104 of those arrested were affiliated with the dreaded MS-13 gang, eight of whom illegally crossed the border as unaccompanied minors. Continue reading this article

Accused Killer Ingmar Guandique Is Deported to El Salvador

It’s a sad end to a terrible murder: Washington DC intern Chandra Levy was murdered in 2001, and now the case seems finished. An illegal alien, MS-13 gangster Ingmar Guandique was tried and convicted in the death, but later his conviction was overturned, and today it was reported that the Salvadoran felon (who was found guilty of other violent crimes) was deported on Friday.

It was a highly publicized case, largely because 24-year-old Chandra Levy was having an affair with married Congressman Gary Condit when she disappeared, and he was the top suspect for a while. The scandal was catnip for the press since it included sex, murder, a Washington figure and a young woman. The story disappeared from the media only when it was replaced on the front pages by the 9/11 terror attacks. Condit lost his re-election because of the scandal.

Below, murder victim Chandra Levy, with Ingmar Guandique in the inset.

Illegal alien Ingmar Guandique had a previous record of violent crime, including attacking women in the park where Chandra’s body was found. He should have been deported, but wasn’t.

Chandra’s mother Susan can’t be happy with the lack of justice the family has gotten: either the real killer is on the loose somewhere or has been sent back to El Salvador to live free of prison.

Chandra Levy’s mom still seeks justice; man once charged in murder is deported, Fresno Bee, May 8, 2017

Chandra Levy’s mother isn’t rock-solid sure who killed the vivacious intern from Modesto 16 years ago in Washington, D.C. But Susan Levy is satisfied that Salvadoran native Ingmar Guandique, whose murder conviction was overturned a couple of years ago, has been deported.

“Yes, he should go back,” said Susan Levy while preparing for a three-week art show opening next week in Modesto that was inspired by her daughter’s death. “I’m glad he’s not walking the streets of America attempting to hurt other women.”

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said that Guandique, 35, was flown Friday to El Salvador and transferred to authorities there. He was already in prison for attacks on other women in Rock Creek Park in the nation’s capital when he was charged in 2009 for the murder of Chandra Levy, whose remains were found in the same park.

Her 2001 disappearance became a national obsession when she was romantically linked to former congressman Gary Condit, whose political career ended soon after. Police in Washington at one point considered Condit a suspect, but later said they had cleared him. He broke 15 years of silence in October with a book that accuses Guandique while blaming Condit’s stunning fall from grace on bumbling investigators and a media frenzy.

A jury convicted Guandique of the slaying in 2010, but his conviction was overturned after a jailhouse informant’s testimony came under scrutiny. Continue reading this article

Murderous MS-13 Gang Terrorizes Long Island Schools as a Result of Obama Policies

The recent Long Island speech by Attorney General Jeff Sessions promising to crack down on MS-13 gangsters has brought needed attention on the problem. It is not overstating the case to say the foreign gangsters are terrorizing the area: 11 mostly young people have been killed by MS-13 which uses murder as its initiation ritual. Kids are afraid to go to school because of the threat of violence.

Judge Jeanine Pirro appeared on Fox News following a quadruple murder by the gang a few weeks ago, describing how they got here: “If you recall they came into this country in 2014 under the Obama administration policy of allowing in those from Central America — El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. I was one of those people saying look, as a DA, MS-13 is from El Salvador; they are without a doubt the most violent gang where initiation involves beating someone to death in front of others. . . They’re in your school, folks, they are in with your children in school.”

It was predictable at the time that when Obama opened the borders to Central Americans escaping gang violence that the gangsters would come right along with them. Why wouldn’t MS-13 and others take advantage of such an opportunity? Anyway, when the government admits an ethnic or national group, the whole diversity package is included.

Below, two MS-13 gangsters brought to America by permissive immigration policies.

An AP story described the terror in the schools that MS-13 diversity has created:

MS-13 street gang grips Long Island suburbs in violence, Associated Press, April 28, 2017

Late at night, when helicopters thrum overhead and spotlights beam down onto lawns, many people here know exactly what’s going on.

“You just think, ‘Oh, God, whose child is it now?'” said Stephanie Spezia, a longtime resident of this suburb in the heart of Long Island that’s caught in the grip of a violent street gang with Central American ties, MS-13.

MS-13 has been blamed for a trail of 11 corpses of mostly young people discovered in woods and vacant lots in Brentwood and neighboring Central Islip since the start of the school year.

The bloodshed in the blue-collar towns has gotten the attention of President Donald Trump, who says it’s the result of lax immigration policies that let too many criminal “scum” slip through.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday gave a speech about the violence to law enforcement officials near a park where the bodies of four young men were found this month bearing MS-13’s hallmarks: repeated slashes from a blade that left them nearly unrecognizable.

Some parents say they’re afraid to let their children go to school. Teens say any perceived slight to a gang member, especially a refusal to join, can mean death.

After one high school warned parents not to let their kids wear anything gang-affiliated, gang members started deciding on a daily basis what colors were off-limits, leaving students to guess what not to wear. Continue reading this article

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