Monday, July 31, 2017



    DHS: Obama Gave Work Permits to 2.3 Million Migrants for 2016


    The Department of Homeland Security has released data showing how former President Barack Obama gave work permits to roughly 2.3 million migrants for U.S. jobs in 2016.

    The award of 2.3 million work permits was added to the 2016 inflow of roughly 1.1 million new legal immigrants and roughly 500,000 outsourcing visa workers, such as the H-1B white-collar workers. The combined inflow delivered 4 million legal foreign workers to Americans’ economy in 2016, just as 4 million young Americans turned 18 and began looking for decently paid jobs.
    From 2012 to 2016, Obama boosted this little-recognized work-permit inflow by 73 percent, from 1.3 million to up 2.3 million.
    The new data was released by the DHS as part of its new effort to implement President Donald Trump’s new pro-American policies. The data can be seen at a webpage headlined “Buy American, Hire American: Putting American Workers First.”
    The spike in migrant labor shows that Obama’s deputies “raised the art of bypassing Congress and abusing executive authority to a new level,” said Jessica Vaughan, policy director at the nonpartisan Center for Immigration Studies. “Most members of Congress ….. [and] people are completely unaware of this third pipeline of [foreign] labor,” she added.
    The foreign inflow has a large impact on blue-collar and white-collar Americans. For example, one Ohio-born American software expert told Breitbart News that:
    I have lost my job as part of a mass layoff four times. Three times were directly due to outsourcing and the other was because my security clearance did not come through … because of my finances over a finite period of time … [The] bank foreclosed on my house of ten years in the neighborhood where I grew up, near family. Bank would not work with me. House was sold at auction below market value…. Found job in NJ and stayed in a motel room for about six months until after Hurricane Sandy. We were kicked out when the demand for motel rooms increased significantly … I could not afford to keep my job anyway. My expenses exceeded my salary.
    The expert has a master’s degree in computer engineering and an 11-year-old daughter. She declined to have her identity revealed because she fears being blacklisted.
    My daughter has lived in five states in six year years (2009-2014, OH,MD,NJ,TX,NC) between the age of 6 and 11, impressionable years, because of my forced job search due to outsourcing … I don’t know how I will be able to afford college for my daughter. She is very bright, an ideal candidate. Outsourcing has cost my family literally hundreds of thousands of dollars, between the loss of income, job search and relocation expenses, secondary financial impacts, and the destabilization of my family.
    The massive inflow of foreign workers ensures that Americans are often frozen out of workplaces, she said:
    The significant majority of IT workers [in North Carolina] is from India, some from Phillipines and China. So many that they chattered among themselves in the work area right beside American team members who did not speak/understand their language. Foreign managers and project leaders promoted foreigners at the expense of Americans, to the point of sabotage, in order to send work to foreigners. American workers were virtually immersed within a group of people with work visas from India who spoke very broken English and did not add any above-average value. IT Departments are easy to spot because they look like little India. I was usually the only American on my group IT projects.
    The inflow of foreign labor annually transfers roughly $500 billion from American employees to employers and investor, reduces the use of wealth-boosting labor-saving technology and likely adds to the growing gap between ordinary Americans and the wealthy.
    For example, a recent study shows that fewer young Americans are pushing themselves up the income scale by the end of their careers. “The probability of ending where you start has gone up, and the probability of moving up from where you start has gone down … For whatever reason, there was a path upward in the earnings distribution that has been blocked for some people, or is not as steep as it used to be,” said Michael D. Carr, an economist at the University of Massachusetts in Boston and the co-author of a new study. The academic paper is titled, “The decline in lifetime earnings mobility in the U.S.: Evidence from survey-linked administrative data,” but the Atlantic magazine summarized the paper as “Poor at 20, Poor for Life.”
    Obama’s support for foreign workers highlights the progressives’ globalist claim that foreigners have similar rights as Americans — including the right to live in the United States. In November 2014, Obama told his supporters and the inattentive establishment media that:
    Sometimes we get attached to our particular tribe, our particular race, our particular religion, and then we start treating other folks differently. And that, sometimes, has been a bottleneck to how we think about immigration.  If you look at the history of immigration in this country, each successive wave, there have been periods where the folks who were already here suddenly say, ‘Well, I don’t want those folks’ — even though the only people who have the right to say that are some Native Americans.
    Each year, 4 million Americans turn 18 and join the workforce of 152 million other Americans in search of well-paying jobs. But Obama’s government hurt young Americans’ by expanding the labor supply via several mechanisms:
    Annually providing green cards to roughly 1 million legal immigrants, 90 percent of whom will enter the workforce. The current population of legal immigrants in the United States is roughly 30 million.
    Providing work-permits to a wide array of temporary outsourcing workers, which creates a resident army of roughly 1.1 million outsourcing workers. That population includes at least 461,000 H-1B white collar professionals, 95,000 H-2B blue collar seasonal workers, 76,000 H-2A agricultural workers, 215,000 J-1 seasonal workers and 311,000 L-1 white-collar and blue-collar workers, according to the Economic Policy Institute.
    Ordering immigration officials to largely ignore the population of roughly 8 million established or recent illegal immigrants. Roughly 40 percent of the illegals are “overstays” who did not leave the country when their tourist visas and work permits expired.
    Boosting the number of work-permit workers from 1.33 million in 2012 to 2.3 million in 2016.
    In contrast, Trump is developing a new merit-based immigration reform to aid young Americans by trimming the inflow of foreign workers into the U.S. economy. However, his proposals are opposed by many business groups which want to import new consumers and extra workers. 
    Federal work permits are formally called “Employment Authorization Documents.” Each permit normally lasts for one year, although the younger illegals approved under Obama’s 2012 ‘DACA’ amnesty get two-year work permits.
    Many of EAD recipients can annually renew their documents for several years. Many eventually go home and roughly 500,000 graduate each year to green cards, which provide them with long-term work permits and a path towards citizenship. 
    The 2016 EADs were given to 58 complicated categories of migrants and foreign workers, including 190,000 people admitted under Temporary Protected Status rules, 72,000 new refugees, at least 200,000 foreign students, and to at least 250,000 people who are trying to extend their temporary visas.
    The new EADs work-permit data exposes the scale of the EAD workforce but still leaves much complexity and uncertainty.
    Some DHS data is contradictory. The new data shows that 200,000 foreign students were given “Occupational Practical Training” EADs in 2016 after they graduated from U.S. colleges. But data provided by DHS to Breitbart News in June showed that roughly 330,000 foreign graduates were given “OPT” work permits in 2016. If that higher number is correct, Obama pushed the resident 2016 population of EAD workers above 2.4 million.
    Some of the EAD documents last more than one year, bumping up the total number of resident foreign EAD workers. For example, the DHS data showed that 186,902 younger illegal immigrants were given Obama’s “DACA’ two-year EAD work permits in 2016 — but another 514,678 were given two-year permits in 2015. Combined, those two-year EADs created a legal workforce of 700,000 DACA illegals in 2016, boosting the EAworkforcece to 2.3 million in 2016. 
    Obama’s welcome for Central American migrants spiked the EAD awards. For example, the number of people admitted to request a court-approved asylum status spiked from 54,827 in 2012 up to 269,806 in 2016. Another 78,713 people were given EADs in 2016 by being “paroled” into the United States, up from 28,4023 in 2012.
    Some of the 2016 EADs were given to illegal immigrants whom the Obama administration declined to send home. In 2016, 32,264 illegal aliens with a “Final Order of Deportation” were allowed to stay and work by the administration. Some of those working illegals were from foreign states that refused to accept their repatriated citizens. SInce January, Trump’s deputies have successfully pressured several foreign nations to accept their deported citizens. 
    The spouses of outsourcing workers — such as H-1Bs, J-1s and L-1s — do not have their own work visas. But Obama allowed 76,0000 of the spouses to get EADs. In 2016, EADs were given to 25,677 spouses of L-1 workers, who are employees of foreign companies given permission to work in the United States at wages levels set in their own countries, such as India. Also, EADs were given to 10,152 spouses of J-1 summer travel workers, and another 41,526 EADs were given to the spouses of H-1B workers following a regulatory change established in 2015. 
    Many outsourcing workers, such as H-1Bs, can get EADs when their visas expire. Under existing law, companies are allowed to request green cards for 140,000 visa workers and their families each year. Once an outsourcing worker is approved for one of the 140,000 green cards, he continued working by getting EADs until they eventually get their green card, perhaps several years later. Without the EADs, nearly all of the H-1Bs would return home. 
    Many EADs are awarded via myriad smaller visa programs. For example, 8,069 EADs were given to people in 2016 who have been approved to get one of the 10,000 “U Visas” granted each year to foreign witnesses of domestic crime. Another 2,264 EADs were given to foreigners who say their American spouse abused them.
    Trump’s new pro-American policies will trim the number of EAD workers in many of the smaller categories, said Vaughan. But the numbers will not drop much unless the administration uses its legal authority to curb the major programs, such as the H-1B, OPT, and DACA giveaways, she said.
     “It is no wonder that there is such abysmal labor force participation rates among Americans because a lot of these people are working in jobs that Americans and legal immigrants don’t have access to,” she said. “It shows where the Trump administration needs to take action if it is truly concerned about having employers hire Americans.”
    Many polls show that Americans are very generous, they do welcome individual immigrants, and they do want to like the idea of immigration. But the polls also show that most Americans are increasingly worried that large-scale legal immigration will change their country and disadvantage themselves and their children.
    The current annual flood of foreign labor spikes profits and Wall Street values by cutting salaries for manual and skilled labor offered by blue-collar and white-collar employees. It also drives up real estate priceswidens wealth-gaps, reduces high-tech investment, increases state and local tax burdens, hurts kids’ schools and college education, and sidelines at least 5 million marginalized Americans and their families.


    South Haven, Mississippi police accused of executing auto mechanic in address mix-up

    By Matthew MacEgan
    31 July 2017
    Last Sunday, Ismael Lopez, 41, an auto mechanic originally from Veracruz, Mexico, was shot and killed by police officers in Southaven, Mississippi, a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee in what officials have described as an apparent address mix-up. The attorney for Lopez’s family claims that he was shot in the back of the head execution style through the front door of their home.
    A statement released by Lopez’s family last week said he was a loving husband and father, a hard worker, and a mentor in the community. “There is no reasonable explanation about why or how this happened to our Ismael, but we believe his memory demands answers, accountability and justice.”
    Lopez had been a resident of the neighborhood for 13 years, and the only time the police had ever been to his home was when the family had been robbed. The officer who killed Lopez, unidentified as of this writing, has been placed on administrative leave.
    On Friday, attorney Murray Wells, who is representing the wife and son of Lopez, contacted the Justice Department to demand a federal investigation of the incident, saying that they believe the man’s death was an execution and that the officers involved should face criminal charges.
    According to District Attorney John Champion of northern Mississippi’s DeSoto County, two officers were present Sunday evening when Lopez was killed in his home. Champion stated last week that those officers fired their weapons after a dog “burst” out of the house as they searched for a suspect and claimed that Lopez had pointed a gun at them through an open door. Champion stated that the officers began shouting “put the gun down, put the gun down,” after which they fired multiple shots toward the door.
    Wells, however, gives a different account. After hiring investigators and interviewing Lopez’s neighbors, he discovered that police did not have a warrant for Lopez and were at the wrong address. He also reports that Lopez was shot through a closed front door and that he did not have a gun in his hand when he was killed. Wells stated earlier last week that “this is incredibly tragic and embarrassing to this police department that they can’t read house numbers.”
    An official autopsy report by the county coroner or a doctor has not been released and could take up to eight weeks to complete.
    According to local media reports a sheriff from a neighboring county had requested that Southaven police look for a domestic violence suspect who was not Lopez. The Southaven Police Department claims that the officers were supposed to serve a warrant to Samuel Pearman, who lives across the street from Lopez.
    Wells also disputed this claim, pointing out that Pearman had been identified and questioned by police as a possible witness to the shooting and was not detained as would be expected for someone with a warrant out for their arrest. “There was not an active warrant in effect on July 23. They were not, in fact, executing a warrant,” Wells noted. A warrant was not put out on Pearman until July 24, the day after Lopez was murdered by the police.
    “I wound up talking to the police that night too. They wanted to know what I heard. They said they were responding to a shots fired call,” Pearman stated in a Facebook Live video recorded just before he was arrested earlier this week on domestic abuse charges.
    “We haven’t talked to Mr. Pearman. We have been fortunate enough to let the press do some of that for us. So, we’ve been able to see his position. From what we understand, he’s terrified himself. He believes that he was the target of a coordinated effort to execute him,” Wells said at a public news conference in Memphis on Friday. “I don’t know the truth of that statement, but they sure came in guns a-blazing, I guess believing that Mr. Pearman was in there without an active warrant.”
    Lopez’s wife, Claudia Linares, claims that Lopez never had a gun in his hands and that police started shooting despite the family’s door being closed. A family friend relayed, “She said when he got up, she heard footsteps all the way up to the door, she heard the doorknob turn, and then after the doorknob turned it was just gunshots from there.”
    “We think it was an execution,” Wells explained. “Now, when you’re firing through a door, we think it complicates things. Physical evidence says their story isn’t true.”
    Wells suggested that “[t]his man died while running away from people who were trespassing on his premises.”
    The attorney also made a case that police and city officials are covering up facts about the shooting.
    At this point in time, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is still performing their investigation and will turn their findings over to Champion, who will decide whether to pursue charges. Southaven police have referred questions to the bureau, which did not immediately return a call from the media seeking comment. The DeSoto County coroner had also failed to return similar calls.
    In addition to criminal charges being brought against the officers involved, Wells also called for their resignation as well as that of the Southaven police chief. He told reporters that he was contacting the Justice Department asking them to bring in federal investigators.
    Federal investigations into police killings are incredibly rare and regularly concluded without charges being brought or prosecutions. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has promised to pull back even the pretense of federal oversight put in place by the Justice Department during the Obama administration.

    AMERICA IN SUICIDE: Is this the final death of the middle-class?

    "A growing number of people in the US,
    many of them working class and living 
    in small towns or rural areas, feel that 
    debt, deteriorating economic 
    conditions or outright poverty have 
    deprived them of a future worth living. 
    Scarpelli and Colant were erstwhile 
    successful professionals living in the 
    middle of New York City."

    Manhattan couple commit suicide due to “financial spiral”
    By Isaac Finn
    31 July 2017
    On the morning of Friday, July 28, a middle-aged couple jumped to their death from a building in mid-town Manhattan. In their suicide notes the couple explained they “cannot live with” their “financial reality.”
    According to media reports, Glenn Scarpelli, 53, and his wife, Patricia Colant, 50, were seen the night before their deaths removing their belongings from their home and putting them on the curb—a sign they may have been recently evicted. The following morning they leaped from the ninth floor of a Madison Avenue building, where Scarpelli worked as a chiropractor and Colant as his receptionist.
    The couple had placed their respective suicide notes and IDs inside plastic bags in their pockets.
    Scarpelli’s note, which was headed, “We had a wonderful life,” explained, “Patricia and I had everything in life,” before referring to the couple’s “financial spiral.”
    Colant’s letter also provided contact information for family and friends, and instructions on how to notify their two children about their deaths.
    Friends and relatives of Scarpelli and Colant have expressed shock to the media over the couple’s death, and it has been widely reported that the family was well known and liked at restaurants and bars in New York’s financial district—where they lived.
    Scarpelli was also known for generosity with his time. Following the events of September 11, 2001, he volunteered countless hours as a chiropractor at ground zero. Adam Lamb, a fellow volunteer, told the New York Post, “We helped adjust for stressed and freaked out firefighters, policemen anyone who needed help.”
    Amy Lambert, who rented a room at Scarpelli’s Madison Wellness Center, described him as someone who “just wanted to help people.” She also noted that he “never turned anyone away if they couldn’t afford his services.”
    Scarpelli’s father, Joseph C. Scarpelli, was mayor of Brick Township, New Jersey, until he was named in a federal government corruption probe. The elder Scarpelli was eventually sentenced to 18 months in jail.
    New York Police Department Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce told the media that the source of the couple’s money problems was unclear. However, part of the difficulties seem to stem from Scarpelli’s student loans. In 2013 a federal judge ordered him to pay almost $62,000 as part of a lawsuit by the government over his failure to repay loans he took out in 2000 as a student at Logan College of Chiropractic (now Logan University) in Chesterfield, Missouri in suburban St. Louis.
    Scarpelli and Colant also sent both their children to the prestigious Loyola High School, which costs roughly $38,000 a year. Their daughter Isabella, 20, is currently a student at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, and their son, Joseph, 19, attends the University of Miami.
    The family also had a lien against them from September showing they owed $23,304 in federal back taxes, and a separate lien in April 2015 revealed they were $232,295 in arrears.
    Numerous friends of the couple have told the media they were entirely unaware of the financial problems, and some have speculated that other factors may have contributed to Scarpelli and Colant’s decision to end their lives. Further details may well emerge over the course of the next few days.
    According to a report published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in 2015, a close relation exists between the rise in suicide rates among 40 to 64-year-olds and economic instability or decline. The report notes that “external economic factors” were tied to 37.5 percent of all suicides in 2010 compared to 32.9 percent in 2005. From 2000 to 2014, the Journal pointed out, there was an increase in suicide rates by 43 percent for men and 63 percent for women between the ages of 45 to 64.
    A growing number of people in the US, many of them working class and living in small towns or rural areas, feel that debt, deteriorating economic conditions or outright poverty have deprived them of a future worth living. Scarpelli and Colant were erstwhile successful professionals living in the middle of New York City.

    Sunday, July 30, 2017

    TOP U.S. WATCHDOG - 'We're drowning Afghans in money..... but we can't find the funds to build a wall to keep out NARCOMEX!

    EXCLUSIVE: Top U.S. Watchdog: ‘We’re Drowning Afghans in Money’


    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hanging from John Sopko’s office in a building outside the Pentagon is a plaque that states, “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”

    Sopko told Breitbart News that is a motto he lives by, noting that it “could apply to most bureaucracies.”
    As the U.S Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), Sopko is the steward of nearly $120 billion in taxpayer funds.
    His devotion to oversight has rendered him both a respected U.S. watchdog and a “four letter word” among the segments of the government he supervises.
    During an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Sopko said the United States “overwhelmed” Afghanistan with too much money at the beginning of the war in October 2001.
    “You can drown somebody in goodness. It’s the comedy of the absurd when it comes down to [U.S.] assistance [to Afghanistan] and we are just drowning Afghans in money. And when you drown somebody in money, you can’t be surprised that some of it gets wasted,” Sopko told Breitbart News.
    “The American people should demand accountability,” he said later, adding that people in the United States should care about the Afghanistan war “because is a national security issue for the U.S. government. We are also spending billions of dollars there and we have a lot of American lives at risk.”
    About 8,400 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan. Since the war started in October, the United States government has appropriated more than $700 billion, including about $120 billion for reconstruction efforts.
    Even after the vast U.S. investments, Sopko said Afghanistan’s “security has deteriorated” since he took office in 2012.
    He identified the lack of “security” as his top concern.
    Sopko told Breitbart News the current chaos in the country is hindering the SIGAR agency’s ability to carry out its duties, preventing his auditors from traveling to certain places.
    More U.S. troops or State Department security personnel would help alleviate that problem, he pointed out.
    As IG for the nation-building effort, Sopko’s duty is to protect American taxpayer dollars from wasteful spending, fraud, and abuse.
    “Our job here is to highlight problems and try to fix them and, as a result, we break a lot of crockery and we’re not liked by some people. A lot of people like the status quo,” he explained.
    He pointed out that the U.S. and Afghan governments share equal blame for the egregious mismanagement of American taxpayer dollars.
    Nevertheless, Sopko revealed that no one in government has been reprimanded.
    “The lack of accountability has shocked me the most” since becoming IG in 2012, declared SIGAR, stressing that “nobody is responsible for wasting taxpayer’s dollars.”
    “I think it’s starting with Gen. [Jim] Mattis, he is the first secretary of defense to take an IG report and send it out to his senior officials and say let’s do something about it,” he proclaimed.
    During the exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Sopko discussed the importance of his job to the future of the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan as President Donald Trump’s administration debates a new strategy that the commander-in-chief expects to be a departure from the failed plans of his predecessors.
    “If we proceed no matter what, no matter what the number of troops, no matter how much money we spend, it’s got to be a whole of government approach,” he said, noting that the U.S. military cannot carry on the burden alone.
    Government and military officials generally avoid inspectors general (IGs), so Sopko’s role is not at all glorified, particularly among those he is duty bound to supervise.
    Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), who served in Afghanistan, summed up how some in the government feel about SIGAR’s oversight when he joked during a hearing on July 26, “Mr. Sopko, thank you for what you do. Like I told you before, when I was in theater Sopko was a four-letter word, but on behalf of the American taxpayer I sure appreciate what you do.”
    “I do have a lot of support,” said Sopko. “A lot of the people who have served and  a lot of people who have done policy issues realize somebody needs to save us and that’s what my job is.”
    Sopko is optimistic about the future of the Afghanistan, telling Breitbart News U.S. victory in the war-ravaged nation is achievable but “it may take time.”
    “Victory is when we can walk away and leave a government in place that can keep the terrorists out. That’s the stated reason why we’re there. We went into Afghanistan to kick the terrorists out and create a stable government that can keep terrorist out,” he said.

    20-Time Deportee Moves to Sanctuary City, Allegedly Rapes 65-Year-Old Woman

    A Mexican national, deported by immigration authorities 20 times, moved to a sanctuary city and allegedly raped a 65-year-old woman.

    Police officers in the sanctuary city of Portland arrested Sergio Jose Martinez, 31, after he allegedly broke into the home of a 65-year-old woman, tied her up, held her at knifepoint and raped her, KOIN CBS6 reported. Court records revealed Martinez has a long criminal history that includes burglary, battery, and multiple deportations.
    “Defendant has entry/removal from [the] United States to/from Mexico 20 times with at least [five] probation violations from re-entry,” the local CBS affiliate reported from court documents filed in March 2017.
    Eighteen years ago, Martinez, then 15, completed a drug and alcohol treatment program in Texas, court records stated. His record reveals multiple jail sentences in California and Oregon. The Mexican national lived in a shelter on Portland’s northwest side and illegally worked construction jobs for money. He admitted to being a user of methamphetamine and marijuana but said alcohol is his most serious addiction.
    Following his alleged attack on the 65-year-old woman in her home where she gave him her Prius to get him to leave, police responded to a call about a man attacking a woman in the basement of a parking garage below a building. There, police discovered Martinez allegedly sexually assaulting another woman and holding her at knifepoint. Martinez fled on foot and officers chased him through a neighborhood, capturing him in a nearby apartment, KOINS reported.
    Immigration officials deported Martinez, once again, in November 2016. It is not known when or where he re-entered the U.S. after being deported. He reportedly uses several aliases including, “Sergio Alberto Martinez,” “Erick Acosta,” “Smyley,” and “Poison.
    He is currently being held without bail.
    Earlier this year, Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese told Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson that turning criminal alien sex offenders over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers damages “community trust,” Breitbart Texas reported. His comments to Attkisson came after His office released a Mexican criminal alien convicted of sexual assault despite a hold from ICE Enforcement Removal Operations officers.
    “It simply worries me that we’ve spent so much time and energy building community trust and something outside of our control may damage that,” the sheriff said.
    Crime victims might feel otherwise. A report issued earlier this year by ICE officials revealed that Sheriff Reese’s jail released a Mexican national on February 15. Immigration officials issued an immigration detainer on March 21, 2016. The report indicates the Mexican criminal alien has a prior conviction for sexual assault.
    The Declined Detainer Outcome Report for the week of January 28-February 3 revealed the release by the sheriff’s office of another Mexican national convicted of assault and a Tongan national convicted of amphetamine possession.
    Criminal aliens are drawn to the protections provided by sanctuary jurisdictions like the City of Portland and Multnomah County according to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “When cities like Philadelphia, Boston or San Francisco advertise that they have these policies, the criminals take notice,” AG Sessions told the police officers gathered at a Las Vegas conference center. “According to a recent study from the University of California Riverside, cities with these policies have more violent crime on average than those that don’t.”
    “Some 300 jurisdictions in this country refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities regarding illegal aliens who commit crimes — even MS-13 gang members,” Session stated. “These jurisdictions are protecting criminals rather than their law-abiding residents.”
    In September 2016, police in Austin, Texas, arrested five-time deportee Nicondemo Coria-Gonzales after he chose their sanctuary city to be his most recent U.S. home, Breitbart Texas reported. The Mexican national returned to Austin after his fifth deportation and allegedly went on a crime spree where he assaulted and raped at least nine women in the Texas capital city. At that time, now-Sheriff Sally Hernandez was in a campaign where she pledged to remove immigration officers from the Travis County jail and not honor immigration detainers. After her election, she followed through on those pledges and began releasing criminal aliens onto the streets of Austin. In one week, the sheriff who has become known as “Sanctuary Sally” released 142 criminal aliens, ICE officials reported.
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott took immediate action, stripping Travis County of more than $1 million in state law enforcement grants.
    Hernandez became to poster-child for supporters of Texas’ Senate Bill 4 Sanctuary City bill authored by State Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock). On May 7, Governor Abbott signedthe nation’s toughest anti-sanctuary city bill into law.
    In an exclusive interview with Breitbart Texas, Governor Abbott said, “All law enforcement officers are going to be required to follow this law,” the governor stated. “If they refuse to follow this law, or if they adopt sanctuary city policies, they are subject now to the stiffest penalties in America for adopting sanctuary city policies – which includes jail time where sheriffs could wind up in the same jail they may be releasing inmates from who are the subject of ICE detainer requests.”
    In the mean time, officials in Portland continue to protect and welcome criminal aliens. In March, Multnomah County Judge Monica Herranz allegedly allowed 22-year-old Diddier Pacheco Salazar escape from immigration officials by allowing him to flee through a back door normally reserved for court officials, Breitbart News Warner Todd Huston reported.
    U.S. Attorney Billy Williams told reporters he was disturbed by the judge’s lawless behavior. “When you’re talking about the judicial system — whether it’s federal or by state — you have an expectation that people are going to abide by the law and not take steps based on their own motivations, their own politics – whatever the motivation was,” Williams said.
    The DOJ launched an investigation into the action taken by Judge Herranz, Breitbart Texas’ Ildefonso Ortiz reported. “I was troubled because, on the face of it, what I heard sounded like potential federal criminal law violations and/or ethical violations,” U.S. Attorney Williams told reporters. “Generally, we’re talking about obstruction of justice.”
    Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas. He is a founding member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.
    Police: 3 teen girls kidnapped by Salvadoran gang in Houston: HOUSTON (AP) — Two MS-13 gang members from El Salvador, both in the United States illegally, held three teenage girls against their will and killed one of them in a satanic ritual, authorities in Houston said Friday.

    Police: 3 teen girls kidnapped by Salvadoran gang in Houston

    By the Associated Press | March 3, 2017 | 9:48 PM EST

    Two known MS-13 gang members, formerly of El Salvador, Miguel Alvarez-Flores, left, and Diego Hernandez-Rivera appear in court Thursday, March 2, 2017, in Houston. The pair, who had a Satanic shrine in their Houston apartment, are suspects in the killing of one teenager and the kidnapping of another. (Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle via AP)
    HOUSTON (AP) — Two MS-13 gang members from El Salvador, both in the United States illegally, held three teenage girls against their will and killed one of them in a satanic ritual, authorities in Houston said Friday.
    Miguel Alvarez-Flores, 22, and Diego Hernandez-Rivera, 18, have been arrested and charged with aggravated kidnapping and murder — both first-degree felonies punishable by up to life imprisonment. Bonds totaling $300,000 have been set for each, but immigration detainers will keep both behind bars.
    The 15-year-old girl's body was found Feb. 16 with gunshot wounds to the face and chest.
    Homicide detective Sgt. Chris Sturdivant said the girl's identity has not been officially determined but that investigators are confident they know who she is — a girl reported missing in January in nearby Jersey Village, Texas.
    The captives were three "young, impressionable women" ranging in age from 14 to 16 who succumbed to the allure of gang life before being taken to an apartment and held there against their will, Sturdivant said. The 14-year-old girl told investigators that they were fed drugs and alcohol and forced to have sex.
    The girl said the 15-year-old was killed in a satanic ritual because she had struck the gang's shrine to a satanic saint, according to investigators.
    She told investigators that Alvarez-Flores made a peace offering to the figure in the form of a cigarette.
    "He returned from the statue and told the entire group that the beast did not want a material offering but wanted a soul," state District Judge Maria Jackson said during the men's initial court appearance Wednesday.
    The 14-year-old said she later awoke to find the 15-year-old gone, according to investigators.
    The case comes as President Donald Trump is promoting concerns over criminal immigrants in the United States illegally. He has announced that he plans to create an agency, called Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement or VOICE, to serve victims of immigrant crime and their relatives. It will be part of the Department of Homeland Security.
    "The majority of the MS-13 members we come into contact with are here illegally," Sturdivant said.
    Attorneys for Alvarez-Flores and Hernandez-Rivera did not immediately return calls Friday night. Sturdivant said both men admitted their involvement in the abductions and killing after their arrests Monday. An FBI multijurisdictional anti-gang task force continues to investigate, and Sturdivant said authorities are seeking other gang members who were possibly involved in the crimes.
    MS-13, also called Mara Salvatrucha, is believed to have been founded in Los Angeles in the mid-1980s by immigrants fleeing civil war in El Salvador. It is now a major international criminal enterprise.