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  • Death Toll of Cartel Gunmen in Mexican Border City Shootout Rises to 16

    07/05/2020 10:01:04 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5 Jul 2020 | ILDEFONSO ORTIZ and BRANDON DARBY
    Mexican military forces killed a total of 16 gunmen from a faction of Los Zetas in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas... The shootout took place on Friday early morning in the Los Fresnos neighborhood when members of the Mexican army were patrolling the streets of Nuevo Laredo. The soldiers encountered a convoy of SUVs filled with cartel gunmen in military-style uniforms, Breitbart Texas initially reported... The deceased gunmen are believed to be members of a paramilitary group known as Hell’s Troops or Tropa del Infierno. The group is part of the Cartel Del Noreste faction of Los Zetas....
  • Supreme Court declines to hear border wall challenge (Win)

    06/29/2020 8:39:48 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 11 replies
    Border Report ^ | Jun 29, 2020 | Border Report
    The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision that rejected environmental groups’ challenge to sections of wall the Trump administration is building along the U.S. border with Mexico. The high court on Monday declined to hear an appeal involving construction of 145 miles (233 kilometers) of steel-bollard walls along the border in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. The Center for Biological Diversity, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Southwest Environmental Center had challenged a federal law that allows the secretary of Homeland Security to waive any laws necessary to allow the quick construction of...
  • Trump broke the law by using military money for border wall, appeals court rules

    06/26/2020 11:50:57 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 73 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 26, 2020 | Maura Dolan
    A federal appeals court decided 2-1 Friday that the Trump administration violated the law when it used military funds to build a wall on the Mexican border. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the power of the purse belongs to Congress, and the administration lacked constitutional authority to transfer the military money. Two Democratic appointees were in the majority. A Trump appointee dissented.
  • Is the ‘CHOP’ here to stay? City adds concrete barriers to Seattle’s occupied protest zone

    06/16/2020 6:10:15 PM PDT · by Morgana · 42 replies
    q13fox ^ | June 16, 2020 | Q13 News Staff
    SEATTLE -- The occupied protest zone in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood known as the CHOP is getting some extra safety measures from the city. Tuesday morning, the Seattle Department of Transportation replaced tent barriers with concrete barriers around the edges of the six-nine block protest zone surrounding the abandoned SPD East Precinct. The barriers will help to prevent cars from driving through the protesters, which happened last week, while also leaving a travel lane for emergency responders. Although the occupied protest has remained largely peaceful since it popped up more than a week ago, residents and business owners in the...
  • Flynn & the U.S. v. Sullivan is going to be streamed from the DC Circuit Court of Appeals tomorrow (Friday) at 9:30 AM EST.

    06/11/2020 7:20:25 PM PDT · by bitt · 126 replies
    youtube | 6/11/2020
    Flynn & the U.S. v. Sullivan (AKA In Re: Michael T. Flynn) is going to be streamed from the DC Circuit Court of Appeals tomorrow (Friday) at 9:30 AM EST. The court is expecting a lot of interest in the case, so they’re directing people to their YouTube channel, which is here:
  • Laredo to allow access for border wall surveys

    06/06/2020 4:36:24 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 9 replies
    Laredo Morning Times ^ | June 6, 2020 | Julia Wallace
    (Laredo, TX) City Council reaches agreement with government providing right of entry for 982 acres along the Rio Grande. The city is the largest landowner in the Laredo area to have been sued over this right of entry, the first document the federal government needs signed by any property owner with land that could be impacted by a border wall. If a landowner does not agree to sign this form, the Department of Justice will pursue a condemnation case against them in federal court. A landowner has never won a right of entry case against the government... The agreement, which...
  • Trump admin. waives environmental safeguards to fast-track 69 miles of border wall

    05/15/2020 5:45:36 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 29 replies
    KTXS (ABC, Texas) ^ | MAY 15, 2020 | JULIÁN AGUILAR
    The Trump administration announced Friday that it is waiving several regulations in order to fast-track construction of nearly 70 miles of border barriers and roads in Webb and Zapata counties. The move marks a significant step in fulfilling Trump's election-year goal to have hundreds of miles of fencing or wall in place by the end of the year. The waiver allows the Department of Homeland Security to circumvent regulations mandated in the National Environmental Policy Act, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and the National Historic Preservation Act, among others, according to text of the notice posted in the federal...
  • Trump ramps up expulsions of migrant youth, citing virus

    05/13/2020 12:13:59 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | May 13, 2020 | By NOMAAN MERCHANT and SONIA PÉREZ D.
    <p>HOUSTON - The young migrants and asylum seekers swim across the Rio Grande and clamber into the dense brush of Texas. Many are teens who left Central America on their own; others were sent along by parents from refugee camps in Mexico. They are as young as 10.</p>
  • Border Wall System Update (as of 11 May 2020):

    05/11/2020 9:17:45 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 6 replies
    @USBPChief (twitter) ^ | 11 May 2020 | Chief Rodney Scott
    181 miles completed, 190 miles under construction, 360 miles under pre-construction.
  • Trump takes shot at California for wanting tighter border during coronavirus pandemic

    05/04/2020 11:15:19 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 04 2020 | Ronn Blitzer
    President Trump took a shot at California for wanting to keep people from crossing over the southern border into the state due to the coronavirus pandemic, while normally welcoming and protecting undocumented immigrants via sanctuary policies. Mexico had a total of 22,088 COVID-19 cases as of May 2, and officials in southern California have sought assistance in reducing cases in the U.S. that stem from border crossings. "Mexico is sadly experiencing very big CoronaVirus problems, and now California, get this, doesn’t want people coming over the Southern Border," Trump tweeted Monday morning. "A Classic! They are sooo lucky that I...
  • Coronavirus isn't slowing building of Trump's border wall

    04/21/2020 9:24:40 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 8 replies
    Just the News ^ | 4/20/20
    President Donald Trump said Monday that the coronavirus hasn't slowed his administration's goal of completing the border wall by next spring. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, updating reporters during the daily press briefing, said 164 miles out of 450 miles of fencing planned along the nearly 2,000-mile Mexican border is on track to be completed by the end of 2020. "Our contractors are extremely focused,' Semonite said. Some senate Democrats want to know why the wall on the southern border is still being built during the coronavirus pandemic and amid strict national social distancing guidance. Semonite...
  • Border Patrol targets May for awarding of Laredo border wall contract

    04/14/2020 7:00:46 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 4 replies
    Laredo Morning Times (Texas) ^ | 13 April 2020 | Julia Wallace
    Pandemic or not, Border Patrol intends to award the contract to construct the initial 32 miles of border wall in the Laredo area by mid-May... When construction begins will depend on how much land is acquired. “So we won’t necessarily be acquiring all of the land to start the project, but we need to acquire sufficient real estate to allow the project to start,” he said. Federal agents have been working to convince local landowners to sign right of entry documents so that they can survey their properties without having to go through court proceedings, saving time and possibly leading...
  • Democrats demand a halt to border wall construction amid pandemic

    04/09/2020 8:31:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    UPI ^ | April 9, 2020 | By Darryl Coote
    Four Democrat congressmen, three of whom represent districts along the U.S. southern border, demanded the Trump administration halt border construction amid the coronavirus pandemic and direct the funds instead to fight the outbreak. In the letter dated Wednesday to the heads of the Justice Department, the Defense Department and the Department of Homeland Security, Reps. Raul Grijalva, Filemon Vela and Ann Kirkpatrick and House Homeland Security Committee chairman Bennie Thompson demanded border wall construction immediately cease to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. "At a time when we are all taking extraordinary steps to limit the death toll and economic devastation...
  • As pandemic rages, U.S. immigrants detained in areas with few hospitals

    04/03/2020 3:51:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 3, 2020 | by Kristina Cooke, Mica Rosenberg, Ryan McNeill
    BASILE, Louisiana - U.S. immigration officials say they have a plan if detention centers get hit with coronavirus outbreaks: They will transfer detainees with serious symptoms to hospitals with “expertise in high risk care.” But many centers - each housing hundreds of people, often in close quarters - are located in remote communities, far from hospitals able to handle a rush of patients with COVID-19. Detention center outbreaks in such areas could quickly swamp local hospitals, threatening their ability to treat local residents along with detainees. The shortage of available care is especially acute in Louisiana, according to interviews with...
  • Border wall work in Arizona speeds up, igniting contagion fears

    03/31/2020 1:34:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 31, 2020 | by Simon Romero, New York Times
    AJO, Ariz. - Motels, mobile home camps and Airbnbs in this small Arizona border town are full up. Work crews stream into eateries for takeout orders. License plates on trucks parked outside the crowded laundromat come from as far away as Alaska. Around the country, some states have cut back on construction activity to curb the spread of the coronavirus, and hotels and restaurants in many cities have closed. But here in Arizona, the federal government is embarking on a frenetic new phase of construction of the border wall. The Trump administration contends that the wall will help prevent the...
  • Senate deal would block Pentagon from using coronavirus funds on border wall

    03/25/2020 4:34:11 PM PDT · by Trump.Deplorable · 24 replies
    The Hillary ^ | 03/25/2020 | Rebecca Kheel
    The massive stimulus package awaiting a vote in the Senate would prohibit the Pentagon from shifting $10.5 billion in coronavirus funding to a counter-drug account it has been using to fund President Trump’s southern border wall. According to bill text released by the Senate Appropriations Committee, the bill would allow the Pentagon to transfer the coronavirus funds to other accounts “except for ‘Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities, Defense.’” The stimulus deal agreed to early Wednesday by the White House and Senate leaders would provide the Pentagon a total of $10.5 billion. That includes $1.5 billion for the National Guard and...
  • Southwest Valley awarded $524M for border wall construction in Arizona

    03/25/2020 11:04:47 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Mar 2020 | UPI
    The U.S. Army has awarded $524 million to Southwest Valley Constructors for design and build of a section of wall along the U.S. Mexico border, the Department of Defense announced. The deal modifies an earlier contract, originally awarded in May 2019, for design build replacing the section of the wall near Tucson, Ariz... The project has an estimated completion date of Sept. 7, 2021.

    03/23/2020 10:36:35 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 21 replies
    Twitter ^ | March 23, 2020 | Donald J. Trump
  • Mexico is considering closing its border to stop Americans bringing coronavirus into its country as US case count passes 2,000

    03/13/2020 2:59:00 PM PDT · by Pollard · 100 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 13 March 2020 | Jennifer Smith
    For once, the conversation over closing the US-Mexico border is being driven b Mexican health officials who say they are considering shutting out Americans to keep coronavirus out of their country. There are currently more than 2,000 cases of the virus in the US and it is spreading rapidly. Forty-three people have died from it. By contrast in Mexico, there have only been 16 confirmed cases and no deaths. At a press conference on Friday, health minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said: 'Mexico wouldn't bring the virus to the United States, rather the United States would bring it here. 'The possible flow...
  • Pregnant 19-year-old, child die trying to climb US wall

    03/12/2020 1:47:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 103 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | March 12, 2020 | By NOMAAN MERCHANT, AP
    HOUSTON -- A 19-year-old pregnant woman from Guatemala died this week from injuries suffered when she fell trying to climb the U.S. border wall near El Paso, Texas, U.S. and Guatemalan authorities said Thursday. Guatemala identified the woman as Mirian Stephany Girón Luna. Medical personnel tried to deliver her baby, but were unsuccessful, both governments said. The U.S. said Girón was eight months pregnant, while Guatemalan authorities said she was at seven months. U.S. Customs and Border Protection blamed Girón's death on human smugglers who encouraged her to try to climb the wall. In a statement, Gloria Chavez, the chief...