A wildfire that has been raging for over a week near Fort Garland, Colorado, has become the third largest in  state history. More than 130 homes and nearly 170 square miles have been scorched in a blaze that never should have started. As of July 9, the fire is still only 55 percent contained.
Jesper Joergensen, a Danish national who is in the country illegally, has been arrested on arson charges in relation to the fire. He apparently overstayed his visa, and lived largely off the grid in southern Colorado. His Facebook page included a large amount of anti-government sentiment, and repeated use of the hashtag “anarchy2018.”
Joergensen changed his story several times after being arrested, first claiming he was trying to burn trash, and eventually claiming that the fire spread from an open pit grill. No matter how the fire actually started, Joergensen shouldn’t have been in the country to start it.
Despite illegal immigration playing a major factor in rapid population growth in the United States, as well being the source for wide-spread pollution along the U.S.-Mexico border and multiple wildfires, environmental organizations have remained largely silent on the issue. Open borders proponents have been driving donations to environmental groups for decades now, so these groups avoid the issue.
More than 600,000 visitors to the United States overstayed their visas in Fiscal Year 2016. Legitimately enforcing our immigration laws, along with enacting reforms such as a biometric entry-exit screening system and E-Verify, would help federal law enforcement prevent tragedies like this from ever having the chance to occur. Without reform, unchecked immigration, both lawful and illegal, will continue to harm the United States’ environment and wildlands.

"As is always the case, the damages caused by the fires are attributable to the capitalist 

system’s complete subordination of human safety to the interests of private profit. In a 

state with the second highest concentration of billionaires in the country, the 

administration of Democratic Governor Brown has made sure that only a piddling 

amount will be spent on future fire prevention efforts, and only a fraction of that will 

be used to make past victims whole."

AS WALL STREET PLUNDERS: A Nation of One Million Homeless and Overrun By Mexico’s Export of “cheap labor”!


“But a series of reports on CEO pay, bank profits and corporate cash released over the past week reveal that corporate America and the financial oligarchy are wallowing in record levels of wealth.



“But a series of reports on CEO pay, bank profits and corporate cash released over the past week reveal that corporate America and the financial oligarchy are wallowing in record levels of wealth.

State of California reeling from record high temperatures, early wildfire season

By Dan Conway
9 July 2018
An extreme high-pressure region led to record setting high temperatures last weekend across the state of California. The high temperatures led to mass power outages along with a series of devastating wildfires.
All-time record temperatures were recorded in the Los Angeles area in particular. Van Nuys regional airport recorded a temperature of 117 degrees Fahrenheit (47.2 degrees Celsius), while the University of California Los Angeles recorded a temperature of 111 degrees Fahrenheit (43.9 degrees Celsius).
A section of the Valley Fire in Goleta, California
The record high temperatures led to peak electrical usage as well. According to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP), energy demand in Los Angeles reached an all-time July high of 6,256 megawatts on Friday, breaking the previous record set in 2006 of 6,165 megawatts.
According to DWP, more than 32,800 households were without power on Friday, while 20,000 of those remained without power into Saturday. Southern California Edison reported that 18,000 of their customers were without power due to the heat wave.
Most significantly, the hot temperatures led to a series of wildfires across the state.
In the area of San Bernardino, a two-hour drive east of Los Angeles, the Valley Fire has burned through more than 1,000 acres after it started on Friday afternoon. The fire forced the evacuation of more than 1,000 residents in the small community of Forest Falls and is only about 5 percent contained as of Sunday.
The West Fire burning in the Cuyamaca Mountains near San Diego tore through 504 acres and destroyed several homes; 2,400 residents were forced to evacuate the area. Cooler weather on Sunday, however, brought the fire to 81 percent containment and many of the residents have begun to return.
The largest of the weekend fires was the Klamathon Fire near the border of Oregon. That fire is now responsible for at least one death, and as of Saturday had burned through 22,000 acres. The fire is now 20 percent contained.
Mandatory evacuations were in effect in the city of Burbank due to a multi-acre fire there, while wildfires have once again brought disaster to the coastal area of Santa Barbara.
The Holiday Fire in the Santa Barbara community of Goleta was nearly impossible for firefighters to contain Friday night, prompting thousands to evacuate. In addition to high temperatures, the high-pressure front brought hot, dry, gale force winds, a regional weather phenomenon known as “sundowner” winds. These winds were so strong that helicopters and planes were unable to fly over and deliver water and fire retardant chemicals to the blazes.
Improved conditions led to 80 percent containment in Goleta by Saturday evening, however, with most of the 2,500 evacuees being allowed to return to their homes. While fire officials are still taking stock of the damage, it is believed that at least 20 homes were destroyed as a result of the fire.
Last December, the Santa Barbara region fell victim to the Thomas Fire, the largest single wildfire in the state’s recorded history. Before full containment, it burned through 281,893 acres, destroyed 1,063 homes and other structures and damaged 280 others. The fire caused more than $2.176 billion in damages.
A few months earlier, wildfires ripped through Napa and Sonoma counties in Northern California, burning more than 200,000 acres and killing 44 people. These fires caused more than $9.4 billion in damages.
The Thomas Fire, for its part, had created optimal conditions for horrific flash flooding and mudslides in the coastal city of Montecito. One hundred homes were destroyed and more than 21 people lost their lives in the flooding. Fire officials are now warning of flash floods as a result of the latest fires and have advised residents to stay out of low-lying areas.
Considering the extreme weather conditions over the past weekend, it is remarkable that there has been relatively little loss of life and property. California, however, is once more in the midst of drought conditions and the fires themselves have begun two months in advance of the official fire season.
As is always the case, the damages caused by the fires are attributable to the capitalist system’s complete subordination of human safety to the interests of private profit. In a state with the second highest concentration of billionaires in the country, the administration of Democratic Governor Brown has made sure that only a piddling amount will be spent on future fire prevention efforts, and only a fraction of that will be used to make past victims whole.
The state’s 2018-19 fiscal year budget includes only $35 million in recovery costs for the Northern California wildfires. Only $1.765 billion is allocated for fire suppression and recovery in general, an amount even less than the damages caused by the Thomas Fire alone.
While Brown’s term as governor will soon come to an end, both gubernatorial frontrunners have thus far said nothing about the latest wave of fires devastating the state. Democrat Gavin Newsom’s campaign website contains no mention of the heat wave or the fires as of Sunday and the same can be said of his main Republican opponent John Cox.
The series of fires at the Camp Pendleton Marine Base north of San Diego received comparably little media attention over the weekend. The Marine Corps website currently lists the base’s fire danger as category “Red-Extreme,” referring to fires that are “practically impossible to extinguish and usually continue until danger rating conditions improve or fire conditions burn themselves out.”
Dozens of acres have burned through the base training grounds over the weekend and according to Camp Pendleton emergency services officials, an average of 185 wildland fires break out across the 125,000-acre military installation each year.

Camp Pendleton is a planned site for a tent encampment that would house more than 47,000 immigrants under the Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy.

ICE ‘VOICE’ Office Aids Victims of Criminal Illegal Alien Assaults, Murders, Domestic Violence

Men wearing neon-colored jail clothes signifying immigration detainees walk down a hall at the Theo Lacy Facility, a county jail which houses convicted criminals as well as immigration detainees arrested by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), March 14, 2017 in Orange, California, about 32 miles (52km) southeast of …

Criminal illegal aliens who have assaulted and even killed American citizens are now facing certain deportation and their victims are getting help, thanks to President Donald Trump’s 2017 Executive Order to increase public safety inside the United States.

That’s the conclusion of the latest Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) quarterly report required by the EO.
“The Executive Order titled Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States directed ICE’s Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (VOICE) to create quarterly reports studying the effects of the victimization by criminal aliens present in the United States,” the report, released in June, states.
The report detailed seven “anonymized case studies” to show how victims have been helped but by the VOICE office since it opened on April 26, 2017, through September 30, 2017:
  • The office helped a victim whose child was murdered three decades ago by an illegal alien who was about to be released with an ankle monitor after serving 30 years in prison for murder and drug trafficking. The VOICE office was able to intervene, and an immigration judge ordered the alien be deported.
  • An illegal alien who was convicted and serving time in a local county jail for attacking the victim who contacted the VOICE office because the alien was about to be released. Since he entered the United States illegally as a minor, ICE did not have information about him but was able to place a detainer on the alien and he was deported following an order issued by an immigration judge. 
  • A murdered victim’s mother submitted a victim impact statement and testimony for an immigration hearing, leading to the criminal illegal alien’s removal. The alien is a Mexican citizen who entered the United States illegally. She was convicted of Intoxication Manslaughter with a Vehicle and Intoxication Assault with a Vehicle Causing Serious Bodily Injury. She was sentenced to seven years and five years confinement, respectively, for killing a 20-year-old woman and injuring five other passengers. An immigration judge rejected the alien’s request for voluntary departure and ordered her removed to Mexico.
  • The VOICE Office received an email from a victim about the alien in the case who had reached a plea agreement with the county district attorney, and as a result, would soon be released from local custody. The alien, who was convicted of simple assault, was sentenced to a maximum of 12 months incarceration. ICE ERO officers arrested the alien when he was released and placed the individual in removal proceedings, which led to his deportation. 
  • A woman and her children who had been abused by her ex-spouse — a criminal illegal alien and alleged gang member — sought confirmation from the VOICE office that her abuser had been removed from the United States.
  • A sexual assault victim whose attacker was found guilty for the attack contacted VOICE office about his whereabouts. The VOICE office was able to confirm the alien was in ICE custody and inform her later that he was deported.
  • The sibling of a manslaughter victim called the VOICE office seeking information on the whereabouts of the criminal alien responsible for the death because of rumors the alien was freed from state prison. The criminal alien’s previous removal order was reinstated and was subsequently deported.
The office also connects victims with resources that can help them and established a toll-free hotline: 1-855-48-VOICE or 1-855-488-6423.
“From April 26, 2017, to September 30, 2017, the VOICE Office’s hotline referred 843 calls to CROs in ICE’s Areas of Responsibility (AORs) across the United States who were tasked with engaging with victims and ensuring they had access to information and resources,” the report states.
 The report’s overview explains the role ICE plays in protecting American citizens:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) protects America from the cross-border crime and illegal immigration that threaten national security and public safety. To carry out that mission, ICE focuses on smart immigration enforcement, preventing terrorism, and combating transnational criminal threats. 
The agency has an annual budget of approximately $6 billion, primarily devoted to three operational directorates—Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA). A fourth directorate—Management and Administration (M&A)—supports the three operational branches to advance the ICE mission.