Sunday, March 20, 2016


Legal American weed is not leading to a major drop in Mexico's violent crime rates

Last year, the media was touting a consistent narrative: the legalization of marijuana in a few U.S. states was likely leading to large drops in Mexico's violent crime rate.
At The Daily Caller from February 2015:
Homicides in Mexico have dropped from 22,852 in 2011 to 15,649 as of 2014, which tracks relatively closely with the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, although the link between the two events is not conclusive.
From Time magazine in April 2015:
Coinciding with legalization, violence has decreased in Mexico. Homicides hit a high in 2011, with Mexican police departments reporting almost 23,000 murders. Last year, they reported 15,649.
With the release of the full year of 2015 crime statistics from Mexico, the most likely conclusion appears to be that pot legalization in the U.S. had a minimal -- if not negligible -- impact on violent crime for its southern neighbor.
First off, credible journalism on the topic must acknowledge that Mexico's crime data is deeply flawed, a point which cannot be stressed enough. There is rampant evidence of either incompetence or political alteration (or, more likely, both) in its violent crime data. These concerns are well-established among experts from multiple security-oriented organizations who have been critically looking at the Mexican statistics.
In addition, any trends in Mexico's violent crime data must be interpreted within the context of what actions President Felipe Calderon's administration took during late 2006 through 2012, sending in the military against the cartels -- resulting in the official period of the so-called “Mexican Drug War.”
During this time frame, violent crime rates spiked upwards as the cartels retaliated. After Calderon left office, the war died down primarily because of a less aggressive role for the Mexican military under President Enrique Pena Nieto. With Pena Nieto, Mexico has essentially given up on efforts to seriously attack the cartels, which would naturally result in reduced violence. One could also reasonably question whether Pena Nieto's administration has altered the crime data to make his term in office appear more favorable than it actually is.
Accepting the Mexican crime data as is, flawed though they undoubtedly are, it is still clear that rates of homicide, kidnapping, and extortion remain well above their pre-2006/2007 levels, and the patterns of any subsequent declines from the drug war peaks are not consistent with a causal linkage to U.S. marijuana legalization.
Homicide rates started to decline after 2011, and have barely changed since 2013 -- which is the period where the bulk of the American drug legalization efforts have kicked in and accelerated. In fact, the homicide rate increased -- not decreased -- between 2014 and 2015, the opposite trend expected if legalization was a determining factor.
Kidnappings remain above 2008 levels, and more than twice what they were before the drug war.
Extortion rates were increasing prior to the drug war, and haven't shown any clear and consistent trend since 2008 -- having high interannual variability.
The long-term impacts of U.S. marijuana legalization efforts on Mexican crime rates are unclear, but one thing is certain: it is far too early to be ascribing any significant reductions in violent crimes (assuming they actually are declining) to legal pot.

Border Surge Solution: Send ‘Em to Camp David!

By Michelle Malkin

Human Events Online, February 17, 2016
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As Brandon Judd of the National Border Patrol Council testified on Capitol Hill recently: “The cartels understood that the unaccompanied minors would force the Border Patrol to deploy Agents to these crossing areas in order to take the minors into custody. I want to stress this point because it has been completely overlooked by the press,” he told the House Judiciary Committee. The unaccompanied minors could have walked right up to the port of entry and requested asylum if they were truly escaping political persecution or violence. “Why did the cartels drive them to the middle of the desert and then have them cross over the Rio Grande only to surrender to the first Border Patrol Agent they came across?” Judd challenged.

“The reason is that it completely tied up our manpower and allowed the cartels to smuggle whatever they wanted across our border.”

This is just another maddening example of Obama’s warped priorities at work. Instead of building effective walls and enforcing our borders to prevent the coming illegal immigration waves manufactured by criminal racketeers, this administration rushes to build welcome center magnets that shelter the next generation of Democrat voters.

U.S. Failed Three Times to Deport Illegal Alien Who Murdered Woman

Judicial Watch Corruption Chronicles, February 18, 2016
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Here’s what we already know from local media reports in Norwich, the city of about 40,000 residents where the murder occurred; the DHS agency responsible for deporting illegal immigrants, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), failed to remove Jacques at least three times dating back to 2002. As if this weren’t atrocious enough, Jacques spent 17 years in prison for attempted murder before authorities released him—instead of deporting him—in January of 2015, the Norwich Bulletin reports. Six months later the 41-year-old illegal alien convict stabbed 25-year-old Casey Chadwick to death. Police said Chadwick died of sharp forced injuries to the head and neck. Jacques is being held on a $1 million bond.

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case. In the last few years illegal immigrants with lengthy criminal histories have been allowed to remain in the U.S. despite being repeat offenders. Judicial Watch has investigated several of the cases and obtained public records from the government. For instance, back in 2008 JW launched a California public records request with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department to obtain he arrest and booking information on Edwin Ramos, an illegal alien from El Salvador who murdered three innocent American citizens. Ramos was a member of a renowned violent street gang and had been convicted of two felonies as a juvenile (a gang-related assault on a bus passenger and the attempted robbery of a pregnant woman) yet he was allowed to remain in the country.
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Dozens of Homicides Committed by Criminal Aliens After Being Released by ICE

By Mark Krikorian

The Corner at National Review Online, March 14, 2016

The federal government shares responsibility when any illegal alien commits murder — it failed to keep him out in the first place. And when a sanctuary city releases a deportable criminal, Washington shares the blame for any subsequent crimes because it’s not cracking down on such rogue jurisdictions nullifying federal law.

But federal responsibility is greatest when ICE actually has the criminal aliens in its custody, and then releases them to go and kill some more. Needless to say, the Obama administration doesn’t advertise when that happens.

But the Senate Judiciary Committee demanded the information from ICE, which my colleague Jessica Vaughan has summarized. The most outrageous find: Since 2010, 124 criminal aliens who were in ICEs custody and then released went on to be charged with 135 new homicides.

The Judiciary Committee also asked about criminal aliens released by ICE more than once. Since 2013, there have been 156 such criminal aliens, who racked up between them a total of 243 additional convictions after being let go.

None of these statistics include criminal aliens released by sanctuary cities or those whom ICE simply refused to pick up from local jails in the first place. These are only those who were in ICE’s hands, and then let go.

Many of these non-citizen criminals were released with ICE’s affirmative consent. A significant number were ordered released by the Justice Department, pursuant to a Supreme Court decision, because their home countries wouldn’t take them back. But even here, the administration is culpable. The Secretary of State is required by law to suspend the issuance of visas in any country that won’t take back its own citizens. The Obama administration has never — not once — complied with this legal requirement.

Here’s the list of countries ICE has identified as refusing to take back their deportable citizens:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Burundi, Cape Verde, China, Cuba, Eritrea, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, and Zimbabwe.

Afghanistan and Iraq? We let our colonies refuse to accept their deportable citizens, so they can stay here and commit more crimes? Who, then, is the colonizer and who the colonized? And how about Cuba? The administration has made clear that the issue of deportees wasn’t — and still isn’t — even on the table in discussion of normalizing relations. And the idea that pipsqueak countries like Gambia or Cape Verde can freely defy us suggests that “superpower” doesn’t mean what people think.

Politicians have no business even suggesting things like amnesty or increased immigration and guestworkers until outrages like this are banished.


Half of all murders are now committed by MEX gangs!

CA has the largest and most expensive prison system in the nation. Half the inmates are MEX.

Of the top 200 most wanted criminals in La Raza-occupied Los Angeles, 186 are MEX.

There have been more than 2,000 Californians murdered by Mexicans who fled back over the border to avoid prosecution.




"View the report and graphics showing crimes by state: “The Obama administration appears to be indifferent to the harm its policies are inflicting in American communities,” says CIS Director of Policy Studies Jessica Vaughan, who reviewed the ICE documents provided to the Senate committee."

 Free to Kill: 124 Criminal Aliens Released By Obama Policies Charged with Homicide Since 2010

WASHINGTON, DC (March 14, 2016) — New information released to the Senate Judiciary Committee quantifies the public safety impact of the Obama administration's lenient approach to immigration enforcement, in which thousands of criminal aliens are allowed to remain at large each year instead of detained and processed for prompt deportation.   Criminal aliens released by ICE between 
2010 and 2015 have been charged with 124 
new homicides and thousands of other
crimes that harm citizens and degrade the
quality of life in American communities.
The Center for Immigration Studies reports that only a tiny percentage of the released criminals have been removed. Only 3 percent of the criminal aliens released in 2014 have been removed, with most receiving the most generous forms of due process available, and are allowed to remain at large, without supervision, while they await drawn-out immigration hearings.

The vast majority (124) of these criminal aliens were released in California. In addition, 16 were released in Arizona, six in Texas, three in Florida, two in Georgia, and one each in North Carolina, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Washington, and Oregon.

View the report and graphics showing crimes by state: “The Obama administration appears to be indifferent to the harm its policies are inflicting in American communities,” says CIS Director of Policy Studies Jessica Vaughan, who reviewed the ICE documents provided to the Senate committee.  “Many of these releases could be prevented.  Instead, the administration allows funded detention space to go unused, declines to use efficient forms of due process for criminals, and shifts millions of dollars that Congress provided for enforcement to other purposes.  In addition, they have failed to take action against recalcitrant countries that won’t accept the return of their deported citizens.”

Inexplicably, ICE is choosing to release some criminal aliens multiple times. Two of them had homicide-related convictions even before they were released. These aliens had 464 criminal convictions prior to release by ICE, ranging from drug crimes to DUI and other driving offenses to larceny and theft.

This tally does not include aliens who were released by sanctuary jurisdictions, nor those aliens that were released by local law enforcement agencies after ICE declined to take them into custody due to Obama administration prioritization policies. This list includes only those aliens that ICE arrested and then released.

ICE reported that there are 156 criminal aliens who were released at least twice by ICE since 2013. Between them, these criminals had 1,776 convictions before their first release in 2013, with burglary, larceny, and drug possession listed most frequently.

Without the congressional inquiry into criminal alien crime, the public would not have this Immigration status information from ICE, which should be reported on a routine basis by all law enforcement agencies. Legislation has been introduced by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) that would remedy this problem.



1. CA has the largest and most expensive prison system in the nation. HALF THE INMATES ARE ILLEGALS FROM NARCOMEX.

2. Los Angeles is a Mex-occupied city. 90% of all murders are committed by Mexicans.

3. Of the top 200 most wanted criminals by L.A. police, 186 are Mexicans. 

4. According to CA AG KAMALA HARRIS, herself a La Raza Dem, nearly half of all murders in CA are now by Mex gangs.

Man accused of killing five people in Kansas and Missouri was in U.S. illegally

A Mexican man accused of killing five people in the Midwest this week was a convicted felon living in the U.S. illegally, and he had not been deported despite being arrested at least twice in recent years, federal officials said.

Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino, 40, of Kansas City, Kan., was captured in rural eastern Missouri early Wednesday morning after going missing from Kansas on Monday and then sparking a 17-hour manhunt in Missouri on Tuesday once his truck was spotted along an interstate.

Officials, who had previously warned Serrano-Vitorino might be armed with an AK-47, said he was found with a rifle, but wouldn't say what kind.

Serrano-Vitorino faces five counts of murder and other charges on suspicion of killing four men on Monday night in Kansas City, Kan., and then going on the run and killing another man almost 200 miles to the east in New Florence, Mo. Officials have not given a motive.

The case could have political implications, given Serrano-Vitorino's immigration status and his criminal history, which includes a felony conviction in Los Angeles County from 2003. Serrano-Vitorino was deported to Mexico in 2004 but illegally returned to the U.S. sometime later, officials said.Missouri's primary presidential election is next week, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and other immigration critics have cited the death of Kathryn Steinle -- who was shot in San Francisco in July by a felon from Mexico living in the U.S. illegally -- to call for harsher measures to control illegal immigration.

Three Illegal Alien Convicted Rapists Arrested Sneaking Back into Texas

MCALLEN, Texas — Over a period of three days, three illegal aliens from El Salvador with criminal records as rapists are facing immigration charges after getting arrested near the Rio Grande Valley of the Texas border with Mexico.

The most recent arrest took place on Wednesday in the border city of Hidalgo when U.S. Border Patrol agents found 28-year-old Manuel Alexander Chicas Contreras. Details of how the arrest took place are not listed in the criminal complaint obtained by Breitbart Texas. Once in custody however, the agents requested a records check on Chicas and learned that he had previously been deported.
Chicas was deported on December 5, 2014 after he was released from prison for having “sexual intercourse with a child over the age of 15”. For that crime, Chicas was sentenced to 12 months in prison and had six months from his sentence suspended prior to his deportation. On Thursday, Chicas went before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Ormsby who formally charged him with one count of illegal re-entry and ordered he be held without bond. 

In the second case, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 42-year-old Salvador Antonio Coreas Rodriguez on Tuesday near the border city of Hidalgo, court records from his arrest revealed. Rodriguez told agents had crossed the Rio Grande into Texas on Sunday. When authorities ran a records check on him they learned that Coreas-Rodriguez was convicted in on May 2011 on the charges related to having the rape of a victim under the age of 15. After serving part of his sentence he was deported to El Salvador on September 2013. On Thursday, Coreas- Rodriguez went before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Ormsby who formally charged him with one count of illegal re-entry and  ordered he be held without bond. 

The third case involved 34-year-old Denis Antonio Polanco who went before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Ormsby, also on Tuesday. The judge formally charged him with one count of illegal re-entry and ordered he be held without bond. Polanco’s arrest took place on Sunday near the border city of Roma when Border Patrol agents found him. During a records check, agents learned that he had been deported in June 1999 following his 1998 conviction of rape, court records obtained by Breitbart Texas revealed. 

Sheriff Joe: 39 Percent of Illegals Turned Over to ICE Return Back to Maricopa Co Jails

Tuesday on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings With Maria,” Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arapaio discussed the problems with illegal immigrants committing crimes in his community and why he thinks Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is the best one to deal with this problem.

Arpaio also told host Maria Bartiromo of a statistic showing that over one-third of all the illegal immigrants he has incarcerated and turned over to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement wind up back in his jails.

Partial transcript as follows:
BARTIROMO: You are on the front lines, obviously, and your teams are on the front lines and you’re seeing what’s going and coming through the border. What’s your take on this most recent report? These people were in jail and they were released from jail and then they were convicted of murder.
ARPAIO: Well, you know, that’s been out for a while, but I have more shocking statistics that nobody will talk about except Neil Cavuto. He did bring it out.
BARTIROMO: Tell us about it.
ARPAIO: They are my statistics. I’ll tell you what it is, I also run the jails. We average about 9,000 people in the jails every day and every month they take statistics of those in our jails charged with all different crimes, here in this country illegally, 8,600 have been turned over to ICE for deportation and over 3000 keep coming back to the same jails that I run. Now, think of that. They keep coming back. One guy came back 20 times. So, what’s going on? Are they going to the border and keep hopping the fence or keep coming across or are they let out on the streets of Maricopa County? I think-
BARTIROMO: What do you think is happening? How is it possible that they were– that they’re coming back to your jails?
ARPAIO: Good question. I’ve written to the Homeland Security secretary, to other officials. I get bureaucrat particular responses. I never get an answer, but I got the facts. You’re talking about a hundred, that’s bad. But what about just in my jails, 39 percent keep coming back to the same jail and they are charged with many different crimes. So it’s very disgusting. Something has to be done about this illegal immigration problem.
BARTIROMO: What’s the answer though, sheriff? I mean, obviously, Donald Trump is talking about this wall that he’s going to build. Is that going to be enough? Is that going to be the solution or is there something else? I mean, this is clearly the dividing issue right now within this country.
ARPAIO: It’s very simple, you deport them. You get them out of our country. Why are they roaming the streets and keep coming back? They should be back in the country that they came from illegally. So, that’s very simple. You deport them and then you try to do something at the border.
BARTIROMO: Yeah, but Dagen, is it that simple though, just to deport 11 million people? I mean, this is the whole argument that we’re having right now. How can you deport all the illegals in this country right now?
ARPAIO: Well, I tell you what, we did pretty good just my office, I think, they accused me of 100,000 people leaving because of our crackdown during the past years. But it’s very simple. You deport them and when you come across those here committing other crimes, you lock them up and send them back where they came from. And that can be done. So why should we surrender the greatest country in the world, we can’t take care of this problem? So I support Trump and by the way, if you look at all the politicians here is what they say, ‘We must secure the border.’ Then they say ‘first,’ and then we’ll look at the internal problem. No, what about talking about those here illegally already? Why say secure the border first, you know the border will never be completely secure. I’ve been on both sides of that border as a top official. So, you can’t surrender. I like what Trump says. I had
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
’ wife in my tent city last night and she learned something about, she didn’t like the tents. Her husband is here today in Phoenix, I’m sure he’ll bad-mouth me, but that’s OK.
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