BORDER UNDER SEIGE: ICE reports 650 illegal aliens caught crossing US border in 48 hours time

YUMA, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents in Yuma Sector apprehended 654 illegal aliens most being family units or unaccompanied juveniles from Guatemala, who surrendered themselves to agents on Monday and Tuesday, according to a statement posted to the agency’s website.

A large group of aliens is observed moving to the U.S. border near Yuma, Arizona where they crossed into the country illegally before being apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol Monday.

A large group of aliens is observed moving to the U.S. border near Yuma,
Arizona where they crossed into the country illegally before being apprehended
by U.S. Border Patrol Monday.

The groups were primarily Guatemalan nationals, not believed to be associated with the large caravan being monitored traveling through Mexico at this time. The groups illegally entered on both sides of the San Luis Port of Entry where there is outdated border wall infrastructure. Larger numbers have started to illegally cross shallow portions of the Colorado River near Yuma.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. Monday night, a group of 55 Central Americans waded across the river near County 9th Street and surrendered to agents after walking around vehicle barriers. The area lacks infrastructure that would deter pedestrian entries.

Year to date apprehensions in Yuma Sector are up over 150% compared to this date in Fiscal Year 2018. Total Fiscal Year 2018 numbers were more than double total Fiscal Year 2017 numbers.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Individuals can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. Reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life.

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SORRY…NOT SORRY: Immigration officials defend handling of border issues

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Top federal immigration officials went before Congress Tuesday to defend their handling of President Donald Trump’s now-abandoned policy of separating migrant children from their families, saying they keep records of children in their custody. They also said they can document decisions by hundreds of detained parents to willingly leave the U.S. without their children, an assertion that has drawn skepticism from lawmakers.

“We do not leave our humanity behind when we report for duty,” Carla L. Provost, acting chief of the U.S. border patrol told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

But the officials ran into bipartisan criticism from lawmakers appalled at the hundreds of migrant children who remain apart from their parents, more than a month after Trump dropped his family separation policy under fire from Democrats and Republicans alike.

The Judiciary panel’s top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, called the separations “immoral and haphazard.” No. 2 Senate Democrat Richard Durbin of Illinois said he wanted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to resign, saying the policy shows “the extremes this administration will go to to punish families fleeing” horrible conditions, adding, “Someone in this administration has to accept responsibility.”

Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said Trump’s crackdown on people illegally crossing the border from Mexico was well-intentioned but has had unintended consequences.

He said the administration has “mishandled” family separations. He also cited reports that immigrants have experienced sexual and other abuse at some government detention facilities and said those held must be treated humanely.

Late Monday, Grassley and Feinstein sent a letter asking the inspectors general of the Homeland Security and Health and Human Services departments to investigate news organization’s reports of abuse of immigrants at detention centers.

“No one, no matter what their immigration status, should have to suffer such abuse,” Grassley said at Tuesday’s hearing.

Matthew Albence, an executive associate director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, described recreational and health care opportunities available at detention facilities and said he is “very comfortable” with the service they provide.

Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy of prosecuting migrants entering the U.S. without authorization, his separation of more than 2,500 children from their parents, and botched efforts to reunite many of them has drawn election-year criticism from both parties. More than 700 children remain separated, including more than 400 whose families have already left the U.S. without them.

Officials from ICE and Health and Human Services said they keep records of migrants who have been detained and have documentation of parents who left the U.S. without their children.

Commander Jonathan D. White of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, who is coordinating efforts to reunite divided families, called a family’s decision to leave children behind “a desperate last act of a parent” that he said is “unfathomable until you’ve walked in those parents’ shoes.”

Albence said ICE uses a court-approved form that documents decisions by some parents to leave the U.S. without their children. For the public health service, parents leaving without their children undergo an interview and then sign a form designating who will care for the children, White said.

Some migrants separated from their children have said they did not understand what they were signing.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, defended the officials and said Congress was also to blame for the administration’s problems with handling the separated families. He said congressional critics “offer no plausible or workable solution at all.”

Trump began his policy of “zero tolerance” this spring, prosecuting all migrants caught entering the U.S. without authorization. To help discourage border crossing, his administration also began separating children from their detained parents, rather than following the policy used by previous administrations, which generally released the entire family pending court action.

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego set a deadline of last Thursday to reunite the families. While he commended administration officials for reuniting many parents in its custody with their children, it faulted them for leaving hundreds of families still apart and warning that a better system must be in place.

The senators’ letter, based on articles by The Associated Press and other news organizations, says the allegations suggest “a long-term pattern” of mistreatment. Those reports describe claims of abuse from this year dating back to before Trump took office and include accusations of sexual and other forms of assault at some facilities.

The AP reported last month that children held at an immigration detention facility in Staunton, Virginia, said they were beaten while handcuffed, locked in solitary confinement and left nude and cold in concrete cells.

A civil rights lawsuit has been filed alleging mistreatment at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center from 2015 to 2018. The alleged victims, Hispanic youths held for months or years, have submitted sworn statements in the case. Lawyers for the facility have denied the alleged abuse.

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DOJ: Trump administration’s crackdown on child sex trafficking results in 67 new indictments

MACON, GA — Charles E. Peeler, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, has announced that a Grand Jury, sitting in Macon Georgia, has returned indictments charging 67 individuals. An indictment is only an allegation of criminal conduct. All of the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt. “I want to thank our Federal, State and local law enforcement partners for their hard work bringing these cases before the Federal Grand Jury,” said United States Attorney Peeler.

Indictment #1:

DUSTIN CAMPBELL, age 35, of Dandridge, Tennessee, is charged with one count of wire fraud. If convicted, Mr. Campbell faces up to twenty years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, or both.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Melvin E. Hyde, Jr.

Indictment #2:

MARQUITA TOOMBS, age 49, of Columbus, Georgia is charged in a six count indictment with one count of conspiracy to commit theft of public money and five counts of theft of public money. If convicted, Ms. Toombs faces up to five years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine on the conspiracy charge. If convicted on the theft of public money charges, Ms. Toombs faces up to ten years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine on each count.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Melvin E. Hyde, Jr.

Indictment #3:

BALBINO PEREZ, age 39, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, is charged with one count of Possession of Counterfeit and Unauthorized Access Devices, one count of Possession of Device-making Equipment and nineteen (19) counts of Aggravated Identity Theft. If convicted, Mr. Perez faces a maximum sentence of ten (10) years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, on each count related to access devices and two (years) in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, on each of the aggravated identity theft counts.

JOSE ARANGO, age 43, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, is charged with one count of Possession of Counterfeit and Unauthorized Access Devices, one count of Possession of Device-making Equipment and nineteen (19) counts of Aggravated Identity Theft. If convicted, Mr. Perez faces a maximum sentence of ten (10) years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, on each count related to access devices and two (years) in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, on each of the aggravated identity theft counts.

The case was investigated by the Tift County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Secret Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert D. McCullers.

Indictment #4:

DEONTAE WATKINS, age 36; TRAVIS TISE, age 40; LATISHA MANNINGS, age 34; ROBERT SHEPARD, age 56; FREDERICK MILLER, age 45; TYQUAN WILLIAMS, age 26; ALEX PRICE, age 40; CHANDRA MARSHALL, age 37; ERICA KINDER, age 40; ETOYO JONES, age 36; LANDIS ROLLINS, age 46; TYRONE KING, age 42; WILLIAM BOOZER, age 53; CLAMINTA MCGRIFF, age 43; and MICHAEL COLLIER, age 48, all of Cairo, Georgia, are charged with one (1) count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base. If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum sentence of forty (40) years in prison, a $5,000,000 fine, or both, on each count.

The case was investigated by the Bainbridge Department of Public Safety and Cairo Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Leah E. McEwen is prosecuting the case for the Government.

Indictment #5:

COLBY RAY COCHRAN, age 23, of Warrenton, Oregon, is charged in a five-count indictment with one count of sexual exploitation of a child, one count of coercion and enticement of a minor, one count of transfer of obscene material to a minor, one count of interstate extortion, and one count of offense by a registered sex offender. If convicted, Mr. Cochran faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years, up to a maximum of life imprisonment on count one; a mandatory minimum of 10 years, up to a maximum of life imprisonment on count two; a maximum of 10 years imprisonment on count three, a maximum of two years imprisonment on count two;, and a sentence 10 years imprisonment consecutive to counts one, two, and three, on count 5. Each count carries a maximum 250,000.00. A conviction on count one or two carries a mandatory minimum of 5 years, up to a maximum of lifetime supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Clatsop County (Oregon) Sheriff’s Office and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Crawford Seals.

Indictment #6:

CODY BROUSSARD, age 34, of Lawrenceville, Georgia is charged with three (3) counts of controlled substance distribution—methamphetamine (Count 1), MDMA (Count 2) and marijuana (Count 3) If convicted, Mr. Broussard faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $10 million fine, or both as to Count 1, a maximum sentence of twenty (20) years imprisonment and a $1 million fine, or both as to Count 2 and a maximum sentence of five (5) years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine as to Count 3.

The case was investigated by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department, the Georgia Department of Corrections and the Drug Enforcement Administration and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Leah E. McEwen.

Indictment #7:

AVERY DANIELLE BAKER, age 36, of Thomasville, Georgia, is charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. If convicted, Mr. Baker faces a maximum sentence of ten (10) years in prison, and a $250,000 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the United States Marshal Service, Thomas County Sheriff’s Office (Georgia) and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (Alabama) and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sonja Profit.

In addition to the above indictments, six individuals were indicted for firearms offenses. All of these cases were brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October, 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

Those charged for firearms offenses are:

1. EDWARD WALKER, age 36, of Columbus, Georgia, is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. If convicted, Mr. Walker faces up to ten years imprisonment for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, a fine of up to $250,000, or both. If convicted for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, Mr. Walker faces up to twenty years imprisonment, a fine of up to $5,000,00, or both. If convicted for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, Mr. Walker faces up to five years imprisonment, which must be served consecutive to any sentence imposed on the drug offense.

This case was investigated by the Columbus Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Melvin E. Hyde, Jr.

2. JESSE WARREN, age 25, of Greenesboro, Georgia, is charged in with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine (Count 1), Possession of a Firearm in Relation to a Drug Trafficking Offense (Count 2) and Possession of a Firearm by a convicted Felon (Count 3). If convicted, Mr. Warren faces a maximum sentence of twenty (20) years in prison, a $ 1 million dollar fine, or both, on Count 1; life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both, on Count 2 and ten (10) years, a fine of $250,000, or both, on Count 3.
The case was investigated by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamara Jarrett.

3. TRAVON DIJON WARRIOR, age 25, of Valdosta, Georgia, is charged in Count One with Possession With Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, in Count Two with Possessing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime, and in Count Three with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. If convicted, Mr. Warrior faces a maximum sentence of twenty (20) years in prison, a $1,000,000 fine, or both on Count One; and mandatory minimum sentence of five (5) years in prison, and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, and a $250,000 fine, or both on Count Two, and a maximum sentence of ten (10) years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both on Count Three.

The case was investigated by the Valdosta Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sonja Profit.

4. MICHAEL WHITTINGTON, age 38, of Woodland, Georgia, is charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine in excess of 5 grams with intent to distribute and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. If convicted on count one, the defendant faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years up to a maximum of 40 years imprisonment, and a fine of up to $1 million dollars, or both. Count two carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years up to a maximum of life imprisonment consecutive to count one, and a fine of up to $250,000, or both.

The case was investigated by the Taylor and Talbot County Sheriff’s Offices and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Crawford Seals.

5. DAVID EARL BUTLER, age 28, of Valdosta, Georgia, is charged with one count of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. If convicted, Mr.Butler faces a maximum sentence of ten (10) years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.
The case was investigated by the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julia C. Bowen.

6. KENNETH DIAMOND FOUNTAIN, age 27, of Valdosta, Georgia, is charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon (Count 1), Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana (Count 2), Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime (Count 3) and Possession of Cocaine (Count 4). If convicted, Mr. Fountain faces a maximum sentence of ten (10) years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, on Count One; a maximum sentence of five (5) years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, on Count Two; a maximum sentence of life imprisonment with a mandatory minimum sentence of five (5) years, which would be consecutive to all other sentences, as well as a $250,000 fine, or both, on Count Three; and a maximum sentence of twelve months imprisonment, a $1,000 fine, or both, on Count Four.

The case was investigated by the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julia C. Bowen.

Finally, 11 individuals were indicted for Illegal Reentry and are subject to deportation proceedings following their sentences, if convicted. Those indicted were:

1. JESUS ALONSO-JAIMES, age 42, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with Illegal Reentry after being deported and removed from the United States on December 7, 2016 and returning without the consent of the Attorney General or Secretary for Homeland Security to re-apply for admission. Mr. Alonso-Jaimes was found unlawfully in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia on July 2, 2018. If convicted, Mr. Alonso-Jaimes faces a maximum sentence of two (2) years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamara Jarrett.

2. JESUS BELMONTES-GUDINO, age 40, a citizen of Mexico is charged with Illegal Reentry after being deported and removed from the United States on May 4, 2013 and March 2, 2017 and returning without the consent of the Attorney General or Secretary for Homeland Security to re-apply for admission. Mr. Belmontes-Gudino was found unlawfully in Terrell County, Georgia on April 25, 2018. If convicted, Mr. Belmontes-Gudino faces a maximum sentence of two (2) years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Crane.

3. CUTBERTO CHARLES-VALERO, age 46, a citizen of Mexico is charged with Illegal Reentry after being deported and removed from the United States on August 23, 2013 and returning without the consent of the Attorney General or Secretary for Homeland Security to re-apply for admission. Mr. Charles-Valero was found unlawfully in Oconee County, Georgia on June 14, 2018. If convicted, Mr. Charles-Valero faces a maximum sentence of two (2) years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Easterling.

4. RICARDO GARFIAS-TINOCO, age 38, a citizen of Mexico, is charged in a two-count indictment. In Count One, he is charged with the offense of Illegal Reentry after being deported and removed from the United States on July 30, 2003 and August 28, 2007 and returning without the consent of the Attorney General or Secretary for Homeland Security to re-apply for admission. Mr. Garfias-Tinoco was found unlawfully in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia on June 14, 2018. If convicted of Count One, Mr. Garfias-Tinoco faces a maximum sentence of two (2) years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, or both. In Count Two, he is charged with the offense of Possession of a Firearm by an Illegal Alien. If convicted of Count Two, Mr. Garfias-Tinoco faces a maximum sentence of ten (10) years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Easterling.

5. MIGUEL GUZMAN-BERNAL, age 22, a citizen of Guatemala, is charged with one (1) count of Illegal Reentry after being deported and removed from the United States on December 4, 2015 and January 26, 2017 and returning without the consent of the Attorney General or Secretary for Homeland Security to re-apply for admission. Mr. Guzman-Bernal was found unlawfully in Harris County, Georgia on June 6, 2018 If convicted, Mr. Guzman-Bernal faces a maximum sentence of two (2) years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Crawford Seals.

6. JOSE FRANCISCO, age 43, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with Illegal Reentry after being deported and removed from the United States on June 9, 2011 and June 4, 2013 and returning without the consent of the Attorney General or Secretary for Homeland Security to re-apply for admission. Mr. Francisco was found unlawfully in Lowndes County, Georgia on June 5, 2018. If convicted, Mr. Francisco faces a maximum sentence of two (2) years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sonja Profit.

7. ELIAS LOPEZ-GOMEZ, age 33, a citizen of Guatemala, is charged with Illegal Reentry after being deported and removed from the United States on July 30, 2003 and July 18, 2012 and returning without the consent of the Attorney General or Secretary for Homeland Security to re-apply for admission. Mr. Lopez-Gomez was found unlawfully in Butts County, Georgia on June 8, 2018. If convicted, Mr. Lopez-Gomez faces a maximum sentence of two (2) years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul McCommon.

8. LUIS MALAGON-GALVAN, age 40, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with Illegal Reentry after being deported and removed from the United States on June 4, 2015 and returning without the consent of the Attorney General or Secretary for Homeland Security to re-apply for admission. Mr. Malagon-Galvan was found unlawfully in Colquitt County, Georgia on May 22, 2018. If convicted, Mr. Malagon-Galvan faces a maximum sentence of two (2) years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert McCullers.

9. CARLOS MENDEZ-RAMIREZ, age 38, a citizen of Guatemala, is charged with Illegal Reentry after being deported and removed from the United States on March 30, 2015, September 18, 2015 and April 29, 2016 and returning without the consent of the Attorney General or Secretary for Homeland Security to re-apply for admission. Mr. Mendez-Ramirez was found unlawfully in Berrien County, Georgia on March 18, 2018. If convicted, Mr. Mendez-Ramirez faces a maximum sentence of two (2) years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julia Bowen.

10. ABEL MENDOZA-SANCHEZ, age 40, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with Illegal Reentry after being deported and removed from the United States on March 30, 2017 and returning without the consent of the Attorney General or Secretary for Homeland Security to re-apply for admission. Mr. Mendoza-Sanchez was found unlawfully in Muscogee County, Georgia on February 14, 2018. If convicted, Mr. Mendoza-Sanchez faces a maximum sentence of two (2) years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Melvin E, Hyde, Jr.

11. JAVIER PENA-CASAS, age 41, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with Illegal Reentry after being deported and removed from the United States on February 23, 2008, October 31, 2015 and May 3, 2016 and returning without the consent of the Attorney General or Secretary for Homeland Security to re-apply for admission. Mr. Pena-Casas was found unlawfully in Madison County, Georgia on June 6, 2018. If convicted, Mr. Pena-Casas faces a maximum sentence of two (2) years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, or both.

The case was investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Easterling.

Questions concerning this release should be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603.

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PRESS RELEASE: ICE, HSI arrest 11 child predators in ‘Operation Broken Heart’ sting as Trump administration’s war on PedoGate rages on

SEATTLE – The Washington Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), in collaboration with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) Operation Predator, participated in Operation Broken Heart from March 1 through May 31. The operation identified individuals using peer-to-peer networks to share child pornography.

During the operation, the Washington ICAC Task Force conducted 51 investigations involving peer-to-peer networks and made 47 arrests. HSI, as part of the task force, conducted 11 search and seizure warrants; made six federal arrests, four state arrests, and one state arrest pending military charges; and identified/rescued one minor victim.

The Washington ICAC Task Force also made 67 presentations to educate the public about child exploitation investigations, reaching nearly 4,000 people.

Case examples include:

HSI Seattle arrested Christopher Wood at his Mountlake Terrace, Washington, residence for possessing and distributing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. HSI Seattle, with assistance from the ICAC, executed a state search warrant at Wood’s residence. Images depicting child pornography were subsequently located on Wood’s digital media, and law enforcement discovered that Wood shared a bedroom with a potential female minor victim. Law enforcement coordinated with Child Protective Services and the HSI Seattle victim assistance specialist.

HSI Seattle arrested Jeremy James Cherry, a registered sex offender, via federal complaint for possessing child pornography. HSI Seattle, with assistance from the King County Sheriff’s Office, executed a federal search warrant at Cherry’s residence in Auburn, Washington. Videos depicting child pornography were subsequently located on Cherry’s digital media.

HSI Tacoma, with assistance from HSI Seattle, arrested Donald Delateur at his residence in Olympia, Washington, on federal receipt of child pornography charges. Delateur is a previously convicted registered sex offender. During the execution of the search warrant at Delateur’s residence, agents discovered child pornography on his computer.

HSI Blaine special agents executed a state search warrant at the Anacortes, Washington, residence of Josh Robinson, and subsequently arrested Robinson for receipt of child pornography. This investigation was initiated by the Seattle Police Department who discovered Robinson was sharing child pornography files via the BitTorrent peer-to-peer file sharing network. The police department transferred the investigation to HSI Blaine under Seattle ICAC Operation Broken Heart for further investigation.

HSI Portland and task force officers arrested James Rolla at his Vancouver, Washington, residence on state possession of child pornography charges. A state search warrant was executed at Rolla’s residence, and images of child pornography were found on devices belonging to him.

HSI’s Operation Predator is an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators. Since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003, HSI has arrested more than 16,000 individuals for crimes against children, including the production and distribution of online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking of children. In fiscal year 2016, more than 2,600 child predators were arrested by HSI special agents under this initiative and more than 800 victims identified or rescued.

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. From outside the U.S. and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199. Hearing impaired users can call TTY 802-872-6196.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.

For additional information about wanted suspected child predators, download HSI’s Operation Predator smartphone app or visit the online suspect alerts page. HSI is a founding member of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.

https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-arrests-11-child-predators-part-operation-broken-heart

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‘THIS IS AMERICA! SPEAK ENGLISH!’ Video of man condemning restaurant workers for speaking Spanish goes viral

New York, N.Y. (The Hill) — A man lashed out at customers and employees at a New York restaurant on Wednesday for speaking Spanish, threatening to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Video posted to Facebook captured the incident at a Fresh Kitchen in Manhattan.

Edward Suazo, who posted the video, wrote that the man started calling his wife and her best friend names after they began speaking Spanish with an employee at the restaurant.
“Your staff is speaking Spanish to customers when they should be speaking English,” the man says, pointing toward an employee.

“Every person I listen to — he spoke it, he spoke it, she’s speaking it. This is America!” he says.

“My guess is they’re not documented, so my next call is to ICE to have each one of them kicked out of my country,” he continued. “If they have the balls to come here and live off of my money — I pay for their welfare, I pay for their ability to be here — the least they can do is speak English.”

The video shows a woman attempting to confront the man before he leaves, to which he turned around and said: “Honey, I’m calling ICE.”

The man then stormed out.

According to CNN, the man is a lawyer in midtown New York City. The law firm did not return CNN’s request for comment.

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TRUMP CRACKS DOWN: Dozens of illegals from multiple nations detained by ICE in Arizona immigration raid

PHOENIX, AZ — (Reuters) -Thirty-four people said to be illegal immigrants were in custody on Wednesday after federal agents raided a “drop house” in Phoenix suspected of being a part of a human smuggling operation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials said.

The raid late on Tuesday was precipitated by a tip that a “local residence contained a large group of suspected undocumented aliens,” Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for ICE, said in a statement.

The information led agents with ICE Homeland Security Investigations to “dismantle a human smuggling drop house,” she said.

“Federal agents discovered 34 undocumented aliens inside the residence. The group included 27 Guatemalan nationals, 5 Mexican nationals and 2 Honduran nationals,” Mack said.

All 34 were detained for violations associated with the failed human smuggling operation and processed for removal. “The investigation into the smuggling activity is ongoing,” Mack said.

U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered stricter immigration enforcement.

See more at https://www.reuters.com/article/us-arizona-immigration/34-people-from-3-countries-detained-in-arizona-immigration-raid-idUSKBN1H42A2

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WAR ON SCHAAF: Trump takes on Oakland mayor in sanctuary city showdown

OAKLAND, CA — President Donald Trump stepped up his efforts Thursday to take down Oakland, California Mayor Libby Schaaf.

Schaaf, who last month warned thousands of illegal immigrants in her city of a pending ICE raid, has openly defied federal orders to comply with immigration officials.

“Oakland police officers are prohibited from participating in ICE activities,” Schaaf stated in a press release issued on February 24, adding that she wanted city residents “to prepare, not panic.”

Despite facing immense backlash, Schaff doubled down on her stance Tuesday, saying Oakland would “continue to inform all residents about their constitutional rights.”

In response, the president said Thursday its time to make an example of public officials who “harbor dangerous criminals” by standing in the way of arrests and deportations and called Schaaf’s actions “a disgrace”.

Federal officials were prepared to take nearly 1,000 illegal immigrants into custody last month, Trump said during Thursday’s Cabinet meeting, but Schaaf’s heads-up allowed all but 150 to escape.

“Many of them, they say 85 percent of them, were criminals and had criminal records,’ the president said. “This was long in the planning, and she said, “Get out of here.” And she’s telling that to criminals. And it’s certainly something that we’re looking at, with respect to her individually.”

Trump also said the U.S. government may cut off funding to states who refuse to comply with federal immigration enforcement.

“I do think we should have legislation where we put an extra line in the money that we give them. You want the money? You can’t have the sanctuary cities,” said Trump. “That way we avoid the court battles all the time – which we probably will win, but who needs it?”

The president’s comments come just one day after Attorney General Jeff Sessions filed suit against the state of California over its sanctuary city policies.

In announcing the Justice Department’s lawsuit against California on Wednesday, Sessions also targeted Schaaf.

“Her actions support those who flout the law and boldly validate illegality,” Sessions said of the Oakland mayor. “There’s no other way to interpret those remarks.”

“Here’s my message to Mayor Schaaf,” Sessions continued. “How dare you? How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of law enforcement officers to promote your radical open borders agenda?”

“Immigration law is the province of the federal government. It’s in the Constitution,” Sessions told the California Peace Officers Association.

“I don’t want to be in this position of having to challenge these laws,” he added. “It wasn’t something I chose to do, but I can’t sit by idly while the lawful authorities of federal officers are being blocked by legislative actions and politicians.”

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‘I’M GOING TO SHOOT YOU ALL’: DACA ‘Dreamer’ arrested after threatening to shoot up high school

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A 21-year-old illegal alien who was permitted to stay in the U.S. under Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) has been charged with making terroristic threats after threating to carry out a mass shooting at a New York school.

Police records show Abigail Hernandez was arrested and charged with making the threats via a post to Facebook which was reported to authorities.

As reported by Rochester First (https://tinyurl.com/ych83bhj) officials from the Rochester City School District called police on February 16 about a threat posted to East High School Facebook page, which read: “I’m coming tomorrow morning and I’m going to shoot all of ya b—-es.”

It took investigators several days to arrest track Hernandez down because she made the threats from a fictitious social media account, RPD Deputy Chief La’Ron Singletary said during a press briefing on the matter.

Hernandez was booked into the Monroe County Jail in lieu of bail, which had been set at $15,000. She has since been moved to a federal detention facility in Batavia pending trial.

Police say when they arrested her at her home on February 20, a shotgun was located inside the residence. It is not yet known in whose name the gun was purchased.

ICE officials have confirmed that Hernandez was an illegal immigrant who was in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, stipulates that certain people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children receive deferred action on deportation for at least two years. The program does not provide the individuals lawful status as U.S. citizens.

Rochester Police praised school officials for taking the threat seriously and reporting it in a timely manner.

“The quick thinking of school staff and the tenacious work of the investigators of the police department following through on this Facebook post lead to the arrest of Abigail Hernandez and the recovery of a shotgun,” a statement from the department reads.

The department went on to confirm that Hernandez will be charged as an adult.

East High School Superintendent Shaun Nelms released a statement Friday evening on the threat, stating he’s just grateful that no tragedies befell his school.

“Sadly, in wake of the recent Parkland, Florida tragedy, schools across the country have been grappling with social media threats intended to instill fear and anxiety,” the statement reads. “While we cannot comment on this particular police investigation around a threat made to East, I want to stress how fortunate we are to be part of a community in which the police department works closely with schools to ensure the safety of the entire school community. We remain very grateful to the Rochester Police Department for their partnership and for keeping us well informed throughout the entire process. Their presence on campus last week and their guidance on how to best keep staff and students safe during this efficient, successful police investigation reiterates their ongoing support. As always, the safety of students and staff is our top priority.”

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TRUMP CRACKS DOWN: DHS orders prosecutors to arrest leaders of sanctuary cities

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump’s tough stance against illegal immigration got even tougher on Tuesday as Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed that her department has ordered federal prosecutors to lodge criminal charges against sanctuary city leaders who refuse to cooperate with federal deportation efforts.

“The Department of Justice is reviewing what avenues may be available,” Nielsen said while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Nielson’s comments come in response to California’s new sanctuary law, which went into effect Jan. 1, that severely restricts cooperation with federal immigration agencies.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan says the move is necessary because sanctuary city leaders who refuse to comply with federal deportation efforts put both officers and local communities at greater risk.

“We gotta take [sanctuary cities] to court, and we gotta start charging some of these politicians with crimes,” Homan said in an interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto last week (http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/01/02/ice-director-rips-california-governor-jerry-brown-sanctuary-state-law), stating he believed politicians who pushed sanctuary city legislation should be held “personally accountable” for their actions.

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ICE DIRECTOR: ‘Illegal immigration at 45 year low thanks to Trump’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The number of illegal immigrants crossing the border into the United States is at a 45 year low, says acting ICE director Thomas Homan, and a large portion of the credit goes to President Donald Trump.

“Under this president, we had a 45-year low in illegal immigration on the border this year,” Homan said on Fox News’ Thursday morning edition of”Fox and Friends” (http://video.foxnews.com/v/5707741523001/?playlist_id=930909787001#sp=show-clips).

“That’s not a coincidence,” said Horman, who’s served as director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement since Trump was sworn into office last January. “(Trump) is successful. He has allowed us to do our job.”

Turning his comments toward DACA, the Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals program implemented by former president Barack Obama, Homan said the president must pick his battles carefully.

“I hear a lot of talk about a clean DACA bill. Let’s just pass DACA and not worry about all this other stuff like the wall and border security,” Homan said on Fox. “We need to fix the underlying causes of illegal immigration.”

The causes, said Homan, include entire family units sneaking across the southern US border and a lax criminal justice system that allows offenders caught crossing the border illegally to skip court and defy orders to appear.

“If we don’t address the causes of illegal immigration, if we don’t give the men and women on the ground the tools to close these loopholes … to enforce immigration law in the interior of the United States, you’re going to have DACA again in 10 years,” Homan warned. “The families coming across now, that’s your next DACA.

“Let’s not just reward illegal behavior and end it there,” Homan added. “Let’s make some changes to fix this problem.”

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