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  • Orlando Terrorist Worked at Security Company Hired by HLS to Transport, Release Illegal Aliens

    06/17/2016 3:56:46 PM PDT · by Seeing More Clearly Now · 7 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 13, 2016
    The ISIS terrorist who committed the worst mass shooting in U.S. history worked for a security company contracted by the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) to protect federal facilities nationwide and transport illegal immigrants apprehended in the southern border region. Earlier this month Judicial Watch launched aninvestigation into the Florida-based security firm, G4S, after breaking a story about illegal immigrants being quietly transported from the Mexican border to Phoenix and getting released without proper processing or court appearance documents. G4S was contracted by DHS to drive the group of illegal aliens, classified as Other Than Mexican (OTM), from the Border...
  • Orlando Terrorist Worked at Security Co. Hired by DHS to Transport, Release Illegal Aliens

    06/14/2016 8:11:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 13, 2016
    The ISIS terrorist who committed the worst mass shooting in U.S. history worked for a security company contracted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to protect federal facilities nationwide and transport illegal immigrants apprehended in the southern border region. Earlier this month Judicial Watch launched an investigation into the Florida-based security firm, G4S, after breaking a story about illegal immigrants being quietly transported from the Mexican border to Phoenix and getting released without proper processing or court appearance documents. G4S was contracted by DHS to drive the group of illegal aliens, classified as Other Than Mexican (OTM), from the...
  • Orlando Killer Worked For Company Transporting Illegal Immigrants Inside US; Was Interviewed By FBI

    06/12/2016 1:58:56 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 137 replies ^ | June 12, 2016
    In a surprising discovery, the Palm Beach Post first reported that according to state records, Orlando shooter Omar Mateen - who as we reported earlier was licensed as a security guard and also holds a firearms license - was employed by the US subsidiary of G4S plc, a British multinational security services company, whose US-headquarters are located in Jupiter, Fla, and which also happens to be the world's largest security company by revenue. ... But where it gets more disturbing is that as Judicial Watch reported several days ago, in a post titled, "DHS Quietly Moving, Releasing Vanloads Of Illegal...
  • BOMBSHELL: Leaked Memo Shows Obama Lied About Border Crisis

    07/08/2014 11:22:08 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 24 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | July 8 2014 | Conservative Tribune
    President Obama and his administration fail at many of the basics of governing a free republic, but the two things they seem to excel at are creating scandals and lying about them. After the recent VA scandal, the IRS targeting ordeal, and of course, Benghazi, much of the nation already believes that Barack Obama lies about pretty much everything. This is why it will likely not shock Americans, especially those who are well informed, to find out that the president has been telling fibs about the border crisis. The president has stated that he has deported more illegals than any...
  • Texas Congressman Says Terrorists Taught to 'Act' Hispanic To Enter U.S.

    04/18/2013 5:33:33 PM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies
    FOX NEWS LATINO ^ | April 18, 2013 | By Elizabeth Llorente
    "Texas Congressman Says Terrorists Taught to 'Act' Hispanic To Enter U.S." SNIPPET: ""We know that Al Qaeda has camps over with the drug cartels on the other side of the Mexican border,” U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert said on C-SPAN. “We know that people are being trained to come in and act like they're Hispanic when they're radical Islamist."" SNIPPET: "Gohmert, who is vice chairman of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, said during the interview that while the United States should continue welcoming immigrants, it also needs to be highly vigilant about its borders."
  • Michele Bachmann says Obama wants to 'lift up the Islamists' and allow Sharia law in America

    12/13/2012 9:00:23 AM PST · by Perseverando · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | December 13, 2012 | Toby Harnden
    Representative Michele Bachmann has claimed that Barack Obama is determined 'to lift up the Islamists' and bow to their 'ultimate demand' of imposing Sharia law on America. In an extraordinary interview at the weekend, the woman who once had high hopes of being the Republican candidate in this year's presidential election, said that Americans should study Islamist texts just as those worried about fascism pored over Adolf Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' in the 1930s and 1940s. In an extended on-air conversation with conservative radio hosts Jan Markell and Eric Barger, Bachmann contended that Obama was endangering the United States and Israel...
  • Rich People Kick Ass

    05/15/2012 11:25:06 AM PDT · by Shout Bits · 5 replies
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 5/15/12 | Shout Bits
    The greatest rock star is Frank Black (a.k.a. Black Francis) of Pixies and solo career fame (if you disagree, start your own blog). The next fan to stop him on the street should not ask about how he kicked ass making Tromp le Monde despite the Pixies imminent implosion; he should ask "you are rich, right?" The world is polluted with talentless hacks (i.e. Kardashians) who bank obscene sums, so justice demands that true trailblazers who actually contribute something should also be rich. It feels good to know a personal hero is living comfortably because identifying with success instills hope...
  • The Old Time Media Is Not Always Biased

    01/30/2012 11:14:12 AM PST · by Shout Bits · 3 replies
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 1/30/2021 | Shout Bits
    Today Reuters reported on the EU's attempt to create a "permanent bailout fund." The US's Dodd Frank law includes a $50 bln permanent bailout fund, but the Old Time Media' facile coverage credulously quoted Pres. Obama's State of The Union speech saying "No more bailouts." Why does the OTM cover for Obama's lies, but has no problem with straight reporting concerning Europe? The €500 bln bailout fund would be available to prop up future Greek tragedies, so the effort clearly implies the EU expects more sovereign failures. Therefore, It is entirely accurate and succinct to call it a permanent bailout...
  • [South Texas:]2 More Illegal Immigrants Found Dead in Brooks County

    06/23/2011 3:22:27 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies
    KRGV ^ | June 22, 2011
    BROOKS COUNTY - Two more illegal immigrants have been found dead in Brooks County, victims of the heat. There is a fire raging west of Falfurrias that has burned more than 30,000 acres. Firefighters have it mostly contained. Over the last few days, they have found three dead illegal immigrants, including two from Mexico, in the fire zone. They are conducting autopsies on the bodies. Authorities believe they died from the hot temperatures before the blaze came through the area. For the year, 21 illegal immigrants have died in the brush in Brooks County.
  • A Border Win For Arizona

    05/27/2011 6:25:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 27, 2011 | Staff
    Immigration: In a victory for states' rights, the Supreme Court has upheld the state law requiring businesses to verify immigration status of employees and revoking their business licenses if they knowingly hire illegal aliens. Yes, we can control our borders, and states do have the right to protect their citizens and their own borders. That was the meaning of a 5-3 decision last Thursday by the U.S. Supreme Court validating Arizona's 2007 law requiring businesses to use E-Verify, a voluntary federal program to determine if workers are eligible to work here. The Obama administration has argued that immigration and border...
  • Cooperation! What Is It Good For?

    12/27/2010 1:00:42 PM PST · by Shout Bits · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 12/27/2010 | Shout Bits
    The Dems have lost one of the three pillars of legislative power, and already they are blaming the GOP for indescript future disasters. The Old Time Media is already churning the narrative that the GOP must cooperate and compromise with Pres. Obama and the Dems or else the government will shut down and the economy will collapse. As in The Princess Bride, compromise does not mean what the OTM think it means.
  • 21 illegal immigrants caught in traffic stop

    09/07/2010 4:39:58 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 18 replies
    Katy Times ^ | Tuesday, September 7, 2010 | Tracy Dang
    Twenty-one illegal immigrants were arrested and transferred into the custody of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last week after a traffic stop and short pursuit in Katy. According to Katy assistant police chief Tim Tyler, officers were on routine patrol in the 24000 block of Interstate 10 eastbound on Aug. 30 at approximately 12:40 a.m. when they noticed two suspicious vehicles that appeared to be following each other. After running the license plates on both vehicles, it was determined that one Ford pickup truck was stolen from Kingsville, while the other Ford pickup was stolen from Fayette County. “A...
  • (4) North Korean Intelligence Agents Caught Sneaking Into US Through Mexican Border (FY07-10)

    08/15/2010 10:52:40 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 36 replies
    WSB (Via DHS/ICE Internal Documents) ^ | Posted: May 3, 2010 Updated: 7:15 am EDT May 28, 2010 | WSB TV Atlanta from US Gov. Docs
    Four (4) North Koreans attempted to sneak into the USA from Mexico our southern border, but were apprehended. The four necessarily are intelligence operatives, for NO North Korean citizens travel freely or without the sanction and close watch and instruction of the Korean Workers Party and the intelligence apparatus of North Korea; only diplomats and those under control of the KWP are allowed overseas travel, passports (in this case to get to Mexico), etc..North Korean refugees fleeing Kimilsungist Communism are processed through normal diplomatic and refugee channels.Why has this not been a top issue? What were they attempting to...
  • [South Texas:]Immigrants from Nepal among people found in abandoned La Joya house

    08/02/2010 1:21:23 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies · 3+ views
    The Monitor ^ | August 02, 2010 | Jared Taylor
    LA JOYA — Police found 11 suspected illegal immigrants in an abandoned tool shed Sunday morning. Officers responded to an "old, dilapidated house" at the intersection of 12th Street and Perales Martinez at 10:39 a.m. Sunday after neighbors said they heard people on the property, said Joe Cantu, a La Joya police spokesman. No one was inside the house, but officers found 11 people crowded in a small tool shed littered with soda cans on the property. Two of the immigrants told police they are residents of Nepal, police said. The other nine people, aged between 18 and 44 years...
  • US-Mexico Border Easy Entry for Terrorists

    06/27/2010 8:25:24 PM PDT · by Qbert · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 6/25/2010 | Deroy Murdock
    While Americans march against Arizona's new restrictions on unlawful immigration, hundreds of illegal aliens from countries awash in Muslim terrorists tiptoe across the U.S.-Mexican frontier. New York, N.Y. — According to the federal Enforcement Integrated Database, 125 individuals were apprehended along the border from fiscal year 2009 through April 20, 2010. These deportable aliens included two Syrians, seven Sudanese, and 17 Iranians, all nationals from the three Islamic countries that the U.S. government officially classifies as state sponsors of terrorism. Federal authorities also track "special interest countries" from which terrorism could be directed against America. Over the aforementioned period, 99...
  • Hezbollah, Hamas Raise Money for ‘Terrorist Activities’ From Drug Trade in South America....

    06/09/2010 3:59:11 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 5 replies · 107+ views
    CNSNews ^ | June 09, 2010 | Edwin Mora
    ( - Amid growing concern about the illicit drug trade across the U.S.-Mexico border, the terrorist groups Hezbollah and Hamas have been linked to South American drug trafficking organizations–and the money Hezbollah and Hamas make from narco-trafficking is used to finance their organizations, according to the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS). “International terrorist groups, including Hamas and Hezbollah, have also reportedly raised funding for their terrorist activities through linkages formed with DTOs in South America, particularly those operating in the tri-border area (TBA) of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina,” stated CRS in an April 30 report. As evidence that Hezbollah and...
  • A Line in the Sand: Confronting the Threat at the Southwest Border

    05/30/2010 6:09:47 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 14 replies · 550+ views
    Increasing Coordination Between Mexican Drug Cartels, Human Smuggling Networks, and U.S.-Based Gangs Federal, State, and local law enforcement officials are witnessing a growing nexus between the Mexican drug cartels, illegal alien smuggling rings, and U.S. based gangs.The human smuggling networks that operate along the Southwest border cannot move their human cargo through drug cartel controlled corridors without paying a fee. The typical Mexican illegal alien now pays approximately $1,200 to $2,500. For aliens from countries other than Mexico this price is often considerably higher, and may even be more alluring for the cartels. Foreign nationals are often charged an exorbitantly...
  • Pakistani citizen caught crossing border into Arizona

    06/03/2010 3:47:27 PM PDT · by exbrit · 31 replies · 1,157+ views
    KVOA TUCSON ^ | 6/3/10 | Unspecified
    TUCSON - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials confirm with News4, a Pakistani citizen crossed the border illegally from Mexico into Arizona on May 20th. ICE says the man was apprehended by Border Patrol on the Tohono O'odham reservation and turned over to ICE.
  • Obama: National Guard Won't Be on Front Lines in Arizona

    05/27/2010 12:19:59 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 19 replies · 520+ views
    Fox News ^ | MAy 27 2010 | Fox News
    The 1,200 National Guard who are headed to the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona won't be on the front lines but will be helping out in vital support roles, President Obama said Thursday. Speaking at an East Room press conference in the White House, the president said the Guard will primarily assist with intelligence, but troops will not not nabbing illegal immigrants and smugglers as they cross into the southwestern state. "What we find is, is that National Guards persons can help on intelligence, dealing with both drug and human trafficking along the borders. They can relieve border guards so that...
  • Atlanta Investigates Border “Security”: 2 Videos, Must See

    05/27/2010 6:50:35 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 10 replies · 732+ views
    wsb ^ | Thursday 05-27-2010 9:46am CT | Justin Farmer reports
    Must See Videos: Video Part 1 Click here Video Part 2 Click here
  • Homeland Security Alert: Terror suspect may be headed to Texas through Mexico

    05/18/2010 4:34:31 PM PDT · by Cindy · 46 replies · 1,925+ views ^ | May 18, 2010, 7:40 am | by Shern-Min Chow/11 News
    SNIPPET: "HOUSTON -- A Homeland Security Alert is asking Houston police and Harris County Sheriff’s deputies to keep their eyes open for a potential terrorist. The alert focuses on Mohamed Ali, a suspected member of the terrorist group Al Shabaab. It indicates he may be traveling to the U.S. through Mexico." SNIPPET: "In 2007, former Houstonian Daniel Joseph Maldonado was brought back to Houston by the U.S Attorney in the Southern District after he was captured in Somalia reportedly training with terrorist groups. “He had initially been on the frontlines of Al Shabaab, but when they realized he was an...
  • The more dangerous illegal immigrant threat

    05/26/2010 6:36:13 AM PDT · by Interesting Times · 32 replies · 738+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 25, 2010 | Mike Benge
    Jack Webb didn't quite get it right in "Arizona law racially profiles for a reason" (Letters, Wednesday) when he wrote, "The problem at issue is people illegally crossing the southern border with Mexico - and it so happens that virtually 100 percent of the people doing so are Hispanic." An even greater threat to U.S. security than illegal Hispanic immigrants is the number of immigrants from terror-sponsoring countries who are crossing our borders. Hundreds of such people are detained by the U.S. Border Patrol; however, our government is catching only one out of 10 people crossing the border. Those immigrants...
  • OTMs: The Forgotten Border Problem

    05/21/2010 12:49:35 PM PDT · by AmericaTalks · 15 replies · 620+ views
    America Talks ^ | 5/21/10 | David Zublick
    As the debate over illegal immigration and Arizona’s response to it continues to heat up, one aspect seems to have been forgotten. OTMs. Thousands of illegal aliens apprehended along the 2000 mile long border that stretches through California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas aren’t even from Mexico. They are from other foreign countries. The Border Patrol refers to them as “Other Than Mexicans”, or OTMs. Many of these illegals come from countries that are sponsors of terrorism. While Felipe Calderon and Barack Obama spent a good portion of the last few days lecturing America on the ‘misguided’ Arizona law that...
  • Arab terrorists 'are getting into the US over Mexican border

    08/14/2004 7:49:04 PM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 44 replies · 3,658+ views
    Arab terrorists 'are getting into the US over Mexican border'By Julian Coman in Washington(Filed: 15/08/2004) President Bush has launched a drive to halt illegal immigration across America's porous southern border, amid growing fears that terrorists may be using Mexico as a base camp before heading to Arizona, Texas and California.A string of alarming incidents has convinced Bush administration officials that lax immigration rules, designed to cope with the huge numbers of illegal entrants from Mexico, have become a significant loophole in the war on terror.Over the past month, border agents from Arizona and Texas have anonymously reported recent encounters with...

    04/11/2010 9:33:03 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 4,070 replies · 6,773+ views
    Free Republic | 4/11/2010 | FReeper Collaboration
    Obama amputates our nuclear arms By: Charles Krauthammer ...snippet...Under President Obama’s new policy, however, if the state that has just attacked us with biological or chemical weapons is “in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty,” explained Gates, then “the U.S. pledges not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against it.” Imagine the scenario: Hundreds of thousands are lying dead in the streets of Boston after a massive anthrax or nerve gas attack. The president immediately calls in the lawyers to determine whether the attacking state is in compliance with the NPT. If it turns out that the attacker...
  • `Other than Mexicans' a rare sight for border agents[except in Rio Grande Valley sector]

    06/06/2008 5:14:58 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 17 replies · 239+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | June 6, 2008 | CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN
    LA JOYA, Texas — Local police are accustomed to dealing with illegal border crossings, but they were astounded by the video of 15 Chinese immigrants unfolding themselves from the back of a red Suburban near this small border town. The vehicle appeared abandoned when police rolled up early on a recent Saturday morning. But when Border Patrol agents arrived and swung open the double rear doors, the Chinese immigrants tumbled out, squinting in the sunlight. "They were in bad shape," said La Joya Police spokesman Joe Cantu. The immigrants were silent, able to communicate only with hand gestures. One man...
  • Islamic extremists partner with Mexicans

    08/09/2007 11:16:40 AM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies · 1,110+ views
    NewsDay ^ | August 9, 2007 | James P. Pinkerton
    There's good news, bad news and worse news on the immigration issue. The good news is that Congress and the White House are moving forward with prudent steps, gaining control of the border, securing the homeland against terrorism and reasserting American sovereignty. The bad news is that, in the past four decades, we've lost a lot of time fighting off the open-borders advocates and the anti-Western multiculturalists. Even as we now seek elementary homeland security measures - so that we can be safe in a world awash with jihadists, narcotraffickers and weapons-of-mass-destruction peddlers - we must first undo the grievous...
  • DPS responds to fake licenses

    08/05/2007 6:40:33 AM PDT · by Cailleach · 11 replies · 751+ views
    Killeen Daily Herald ^ | Sunday, August 05, 2007 | The Associated Press
    DALLAS – After about 400 foreign nationals – most of them Middle Eastern, half living illegally in the United States – took advantage of a loophole in Texas driver's license requirements from 2003 to 2005. It took the Texas Department of Public Safety more than a year to cancel the licenses, a newspaper reports. The agency says that because of questions as to whether the department had the right to invalidate the licenses and an e-mail miscommunication, it wasn't until May of this year that the licenses were canceled. Since the abuse, DPS has changed its driver's license requirements. "The...
  • The back door for terrorists

    06/01/2007 3:37:16 PM PDT · by OneHun · 15 replies · 742+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | June 1, 2007 | Richard A. Clarke
    Amid all of the xenophobia and nativism surrounding the immigration debate, there is a real security concern. In the language of the bureaucracy, the problem is referred to as the "OTMs," or Other Than Mexicans. Thousands of non-Mexicans are caught crossing the United States border every year. They cannot be sent back to Mexico, but must be deported to their home country. Until recently, most were given a deportation hearing date and then simply released. Not surprisingly, few showed up for their scheduled appearances. Beginning last year, however, most who are caught are put into detention. They are then put...
  • Update:Criminals-not enemy combatants? Governor tells mayor:ignore the law (Corzine on Fort Dix Six)

    05/12/2007 9:45:22 PM PDT · by Coleus · 16 replies · 1,157+ views
    Renew America ^ | 05.12.07 | Wes Vernon
    Let's see if we have this straight. 1 — Six terrorists right here on U.S. soil plot to kill American soldiers. Those are the charges. 2 — Thankfully, they were nabbed by the FBI in a sting operation. 3 — Three of the alleged terrorists are illegal aliens. Nonetheless, we cannot treat any of the six as enemy combatants. We must go through the criminal justice system, the same system that is available to a masked bandit who knocks off a 7-Eleven.  By any standard, that is nothing short of outrageous. Late Wednesday, this column pointed out that no one...
  • Links between illegal immigration, terrorism, drug trade worry U.S officials

    12/29/2006 5:34:24 AM PST · by radar101 · 46 replies · 1,541+ views
    Inland Daily Bulletin ^ | 29 DEC 2006 | Sara A. Carter
    COLUMBUS, N.M. - On Sept. 5, a man calling himself Miguel Alfonso Salinas was apprehended off a deserted highway near the U.S.-Mexico border. The tinted windows on Alfonso Salinas' vehicle aroused the suspicion of Border Patrol agents patrolling a dark and desolate stretch of Highway 9, which runs parallel to the border and is the site of large numbers of illegal crossings. The agents discovered three Mexican migrants in the vehicle with Alfonso Salinas. But what they discovered several days later made a far greater impression. Alfonso Salinas was not who he seemed, according to U.S. Department of Justice and...
  • ACLU: Lawsuit seeks end to SoCal immigrants' prolonged detention (Four OTMs)

    10/10/2006 9:51:15 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 548+ views
    Several legal advocacy groups asked a judge to order the immediate release of four immigrants who have been detained for months or years without receiving a hearing on why they're being held so long. The motion filed Friday in federal court in Los Angeles asks U.S. District Judge Terry Hatter to release the detainees under conditions of supervision or grant them hearings. The move followed a class-action lawsuit filed Sept. 25 on behalf of six detainees by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project and the Stanford Law School Immigrants' Rights Clinic. Two detainees...
  • Chertoff says "we have now ended catch and release"

    09/22/2006 8:05:00 PM PDT · by Invisible Gorilla · 49 replies · 1,280+ views
    From yesterday's (9/21/2006) Press Briefing by Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff: Last November, we announced our moving forward on the Secure Border Initiative, and we laid down a number of milestones and a number of different elements to the strategy. The elements included additional personnel, additional tactical infrastructure, ending "catch and release," which was that pernicious policy that allowed people who got caught at the border to be released into the community, and very importantly using some of the proven tools that we have developed over the years for interdiction in the context of border control. And therefore, we...
  • Border crackdown deterring illegal immigration, officials say

    08/23/2006 7:08:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 670+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 8/23/06 | Lara Jakes Jordan - ap
    WASHINGTON – Nearly all non-Mexican illegal immigrants caught sneaking into the United States are being held until they can be returned to their home countries, the Bush administration said Wednesday. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said this marks the end of the “catch-and-release” practice that for years helped many illegal immigrants stay in the United States unhindered. “There is a real deterrent effect to this policy,” Chertoff told reporters in Washington, pointing to a 20,000 drop in the number of illegal immigrants caught crossing the southwest border between this summer and the same period last year. “Although we're not ready...
  • Illegals From Terror-Sponsoring Nations At Large In U.S.

    08/21/2006 8:33:20 AM PDT · by Froufrou · 33 replies · 729+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 08/08/06 | Kevin Mooney
    Almost half of the illegal aliens arriving in the U.S. from terrorist-sponsoring or "special interest" nations in the past few years have been released into the American population following their apprehension. This key finding is published in an internal audit of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) obtained by Cybercast News Service . The so-called "catch and release" policies have allowed more than 45,000 illegal aliens from countries that are well known for their anti-American views or considered "hotbeds of Islamic fundamentalism" to be freed. U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas), in conversations with sheriffs operating along the Texas-Mexico border, learned...
  • Afghan Man Captured Swimming Across Border [Texas Rio Grande]

    08/15/2006 11:43:24 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 63 replies · 2,080+ views ^ | Aug 14, 2006 | Romeo Cantu
    HIDALGO An Afghan man remained in federal custody in the Valley Monday after being caught illegally entering the country. U.S. Border Patrol officials told Action 4 News that the 30-year-old man was captured around 3:00 p.m. Friday about 1 mile east of the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge. As he swam across the Rio Grande, he was quickly apprehended by agents without incident, authorities said. Because it is an ongoing investigation, Border Patrol refused to say much about the man other than that he was being detained and questioned by its agency and the FBI on charges of entering the country illegally....
  • Willacy to house illegal immigrants [South Texas]

    07/11/2006 11:43:43 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies · 432+ views
    2-year contract OK'd to operate $50 million detention facility RAYMONDVILLE - Willacy County commissioners entered into a contract with a company through which the federal government could pay the county as much as $13 million a year to house 2,300 illegal immigrants, records show. Late Thursday, commissioners entered into the contract with Management Training Corp. to operate a new $50 million detention center that's part of a national crackdown on illegal immigration. "It will bring economic development to the Willacy County," Commissioner Emilio Vera said Monday. As part of a two-year contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the...
  • Bill would make deporting undocumented immigrants easier[OTM illegals]

    06/08/2006 1:34:36 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 21 replies · 642+ views
    Express-News Washington Bureau ^ | 06/07/2006 | Gary Martin
    WASHINGTON — Texas lawmakers filed a bill Wednesday that would overturn a longstanding court injunction and make it easier to deport undocumented immigrants from El Salvador and other countries who qualify for temporary protected status under federal law. The legislation would close a legal loophole under which criminals, including members of a violent Salvadoran gang, have been allowed to stay in the United States pending court hearings, the bill's sponsors said. “We must not allow terrorists and criminals from around the world to abuse loopholes in our legal system, turning our Southwest border into a revolving door,” said Rep. Henry...
  • Valley judge hands Iraqis 6-month terms [South Texas]

    05/06/2006 7:13:37 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 23 replies · 733+ views
    Men claim to be Christians who are persecuted BROWNSVILLE - Three Iraqi men who say they are persecuted Christians and are seeking asylum were sentenced Friday to the maximum six months in prison after being caught sneaking into Texas. Border Patrol agents arrested Ammar Habib Zaya, Aamr Bahnan Boles and Remon Manssor Piuz on April 29 near the Los Indios international bridge near Harlingen, federal court records show. The men, ranging in age from 20 to 25, pleaded guilty Monday to illegal entry, crossing the border from Mexico. Defense attorney Humberto Yzaguirre has said the men were interviewed by federal...
  • New policy keeps detention center busy

    03/31/2006 10:07:59 PM PST · by txroadkill · 8 replies · 1,216+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | Friday, March 31, 2006 | DAVID McLEMORE
    As more non-Mexicans cross border, agency changes release rules PEARSALL, Texas – Except for the 10-foot-high security fence topped with barbed wire and the concrete barriers at the front door, the institutional gray complex in a former farm field along Interstate 35 could pass for a new high school. It's not. To immigration officials, South Texas Detention Center is simply a part of the nation's effort to efficiently detain illegal immigrants pending deportation. To critics, it's a prison by another name and an example of increasing erosion of civil rights for immigrants. At the heart of the debate is the...
  • Expedited Removal a succes in the Valley

    03/22/2006 9:56:00 PM PST · by fidelio · 10 replies · 617+ views
    NEWSCHANNEL 5, KRGV-TV ^ | 22 March 06 | KRGV
    EDINBURG - A new program to strengthen border security is changing the face of illegal immigration in the Rio Grande Valley, according to the Border Patrol.
  • Catch, release ending; Senate panel approves more BP agents, new fences

    03/10/2006 9:16:53 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 20 replies · 474+ views
    Laredo Morning Times ^ | 03/10/2006 | JENNIFER A. DLOUHY
    WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to force the Homeland Security Department to end its "catch-and-release" practice for non-Mexican foreigners captured near the U.S. southern border - a policy that has allowed thousands of illegal immigrants to disappear once in the country. Instead of releasing the foreigners and ordering them to appear in court later, as has been the practice, the department would have to detain the illegal immigrants until they could be returned to their home countries. The Judiciary Committee added the detain-and-deport mandate to a sweeping bill to rewrite the nation's immigration laws. Supporters said it...
  • DHS to end 'catch and release' of illegal aliens in October

    02/06/2006 3:45:21 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 219 replies · 1,706+ views ^ | February 3, 2006 | Chris Strohm
    The Homeland Security Department plans to stop releasing illegal immigrants into the United States by October, a senior official said Friday. Greg Giddens, program manager for the department's Secure Border Initiative, told Government Executive he has been asked to end the "catch and release" practice by then. A lack of detention bed space has forced the department to release non-Mexican illegal immigrants into the country if they do not have felony convictions and do not pose a threat to national security. Although these illegal immigrants are given a notice to appear in court for deportation proceedings, most never show up...
  • Down at the Border

    01/29/2006 5:54:03 PM PST · by NorthEasterner · 1 replies · 465+ views
    Tribune-Review ^ | 1/29/2006 | Salena Zito
    Down on the border By Salena Zito TRIBUNE-REVIEW ...Mexican human smuggling organizations can charge individuals from Middle Eastern countries $25,000 for safe passage into the United States. And none of these troublemakers are the good guys -- members of al-Qaida, MS-13s, OTMs and SIAs all have shady intent. The threat to our national security and way of life is real and the threat is urgent. It is out there, somewhere in the heartland. What happens at the border never stays at the border. And it may very well be coming to a neighborhood near you...
  • Down on the Border

    01/29/2006 7:05:56 AM PST · by serendepitylives · 32 replies · 928+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 1/29/2006 | Salena Zito
    Down on the border By Salena Zito TRIBUNE-REVIEW Sunday, January 29, 2006 If you ever happen to tag along with the Border Patrol after dark along the El Paso County, Texas, line and Mexico, be proficient in acronyms. And bring your night-vision paraphernalia. Because once you are at the border, you are briefed about OTMs, MS-13s and SIAs. And you're warned that no lights are allowed since it sort of draws unwanted attention from the federales, armed men with anger issues.
  • Border Wars: Laughable Demands

    01/23/2006 5:20:30 AM PST · by hourglass · 9 replies · 878+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 1/23/2006 | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Editorial
    Border wars: Laughable demands Monday, January 23, 2006 Officials in Mexico and Central America are incensed that the United States would have the temerity to propose tougher border enforcement that includes sending illegals back whence they came. Diplomats are demanding -- demanding, mind you -- that Uncle Sam approve guest-worker programs pronto and legalize undocumented migrants. "Migrants, regardless of their migratory status, should not be treated like criminals," according to a joint statement. But they are criminals when they illegally cross borders and flout U.S. immigration laws. ZIP code where you park at night. Do you currently have auto insurance?...

    11/25/2005 10:13:33 AM PST · by Calpernia · 7 replies · 375+ views
    ICE! ^ | November 22, 2005 | ICE!
    Photo shows a rescued alien being attended to by rescue personnel. Photo of an alien being assisted by ICE to a helicopter following a boat capsizing. 5 DOMINICANS SENTENCED TO 73 YEARS IN PRISON FOLLOWING AN ICE HUMAN SMUGGLING INVESTIGATION SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that five Dominicans convicted for human smuggling were sentenced here yesterday by a federal judge to 73 years in prison. Leonardo Hilario-Hilario, Kennedi Martinez, Fernando Jose-Milan, Delgadino Peguero and Santiago Rodriguez were indicted on Dec. 8, 2004 for alien smuggling following an ICE investigation that revealed that the men...

    11/22/2005 7:39:08 AM PST · by Calpernia · 28 replies · 715+ views
    ICE! ^ | November 21, 2005 | ICE!
    ICE ARRESTS 26 FUGITIVE ALIENS IN 5-STATE AREA DURING WEEK-LONG OPERATION CHICAGO-A fugitive from Guatemala who was found in possession of a rifle and a shotgun is one of 26 fugitive aliens arrested following a week-long operation conducted by U.S Immigration and Customs (ICE) officers in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas and Missouri. Officers from ICE's Chicago Fugitive Operations Team arrested Angel Castro-Vasquez, 38, at his residence in Carthage, Mo., last Monday. ICE had information that Castro-Vasquez had obtained a hunting license and might be in possession of a firearm. It is a federal crime for an...

    11/20/2005 9:51:49 AM PST · by Calpernia · 10 replies · 326+ views
    ICE! ^ | November 16, 2005 | ICE!
    330 HONDURANS DEPORTED FROM EL PASO LAST WEEK The new Southwest Border Initiative aims to quickly return illegal aliens to their home countries ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers here last week deported 330 illegal aliens from Honduras under a new program called the Secure Border Initiative (SBI). ICE officers in Albuquerque coordinated deporting 110 Hondurans each day on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of last week. The Secure Border Initiative is a two-month-old program recently announced by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. One aspect of SBI allows ICE to quickly remove “other than Mexican” (OTM) illegal...
  • U.S. immigration policy prompts feds to release ‘OTMs’

    11/17/2005 8:01:08 AM PST · by one more state · 18 replies · 456+ views
    Big Bend Sentinel ^ | Nov 17 4:14 AM | JAMES BAE
    PRESIDIO COUNTY – Seven Guatemalan nationals were stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents on Wednesday, and each given summons to appear before a Federal Immigration Court in El Paso, date to be determined. Four of the nationals were in Presidio, three were in Marfa, said Marfa Border Patrol Sector Public Affairs Officer Bill Brooks. “In accordance to U.S. law, we had to release them on their own recognizance,” Brooks said. “If they were criminals, we would have kept them.” Unlike Mexican nationals, the Guatemalans are considered OTM’s, or Other than Mexicans according to U.S. Immigration laws. With a...