In what officials caution is now a dangerous and even deadly crime wave, Phoenix, Arizona has become the kidnapping capital of America, with more incidents than any other city in the world outside of Mexico City and over 370 cases last year alone. In fact, kidnappings and other crimes connected to the Mexican drug cartels are quickly spreading across the border, from Texas to California. The majority of the victims are either illegal aliens or connected to the drug trade. ED STRAKER
SAN DIEGO—Anyone who is caught crossing the southwest border illegally will now be referred to the Justice Department for prosecution.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions traveled to the San Diego border on May 7 to make the announcement.
“Today, we are here to send a message to the world, that we are not going to let this country be overwhelmed,” Sessions said from Border Field State Park, right by the fence separating the United States and Mexico.
“If you cross the border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. It’s that simple. If you smuggle illegal aliens across our border, then we will prosecute you. If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child may be separated from you, as required by law. If you make false statements to an immigration officer or file a fraudulent asylum claim, that’s a felony. If you help others to do so, that’s a felony, also. You’re going to jail.”
Sessions made the announcement five days after he said he was sending an extra 35 prosecutors and 18 extra immigration judges to the southwest border.
“That will be about a 50 percent increase in the number of immigration judges who will be handling asylum claims,” he said.
The efforts are part of the Justice Department’s “zero tolerance” policy, which came into effect on April 6, after a jump in illegal crossings was reported by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
DHS reported a 203 percent increase in illegal border crossings from March 2017 to March 2018 and a 37 percent increase from February 2018 to March 2018—the largest month-to-month increase since 2011.
April reports show the numbers have plateaued at around 51,000 apprehensions. However, it’s a huge jump from last April, which saw just 15,000 illegal immigrants apprehended. The 51,000 includes 4,300 unaccompanied minors, who do not get prosecuted, and children within family units, who are also exempt from prosecution.
“I have no doubt that many of those crossing our border illegally are leaving behind difficult situations. But we cannot take everyone on this planet who is in a difficult situation,” Sessions said. He cited a 2012 Gallup poll, which found that 150 million people around the world would like to immigrate to the United States.
The zero tolerance policy means all U.S. attorney’s offices along the southwest border must prosecute for offenses under 8 U.S.C. Section 1325(a), which prohibits both attempted illegal entry and illegal entry into the United States by an alien.
“The recent increase in aliens illegally crossing our southwest border requires an updated approach,” Sessions said in the April 6 memorandum to federal prosecutors.
“Past prosecution initiatives in certain districts … led to a decrease in illegal activities in those districts. We must continue to execute effective policies to meet new challenges.”
Tom Homan, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s deputy director, joined Sessions in San Diego for the announcement.
He addressed reports that accused the DHS of creating a new policy to separate families that cross the border illegally or claim asylum.
Homan clarified that DHS does not have a blanket policy to separate families, and the existing policy has always separated families under two situations.
“One, when we can’t establish that it’s the parent and [therefore] that child is being trafficked. Children have been abused by alien smuggler organizations—we have numerous cases about that—so we need to ensure that person claiming to be a parent is a parent,” he said.
“We’ve got intelligence that alien smuggling organizations are making children available to single adults so that they can come and claim to be a family unit and not be detained.”
Homan said children have been discovered to have crossed the border several times with adults claiming to be the parent.
“The second issue when we separate is when someone is prosecuted. Every law enforcement agency in this country separates parents from children when they are arrested for a crime,” he said.
However, Homan said, under the new zero tolerance policy, more prosecutions, and therefore more separations, will occur.
Sessions said only the parents are subject to prosecution.
“This is just the way the world works. The parents are subject to prosecution, while children may not be. So if we do our duty and prosecute those cases, then children inevitably, for a period of time, might be in different conditions, being held by Health and Human Services rather than the U.S. Marshals office,” he said.
Sessions said people who claim asylum are not exempt from prosecution if they cross the border illegally, rather than entering at a port of entry.
The asylum system is rife with fraud, and the administration has been working on ways to close loopholes. However, without legislative fixes from Congress, increasing prosecutions and moving more judges to expedite claims is a way to try to stem the flow.
Sessions said the number of asylum claims has increased tenfold in the last 10 years.
“Many of those claims are not justified—only about 20 percent are being approved by the judges after hearings,” he said. “So we will send more judges so that we can proceed with those cases faster. We don’t want to separate families, but we don’t want families to come to the border illegally and attempt to enter this country improperly. We urge them not to do so.”
Sophia Fang contributed to this report.
Texas Deputy Seizes $3M in Meth During Traffic Stop
A Texas sheriff’s deputy seized nearly $3 million in methamphetamine following a routine traffic stop between San Antonio and Houston. The deputy, and his K-9 partner, routinely make multi-million dollar drug seizures and find large quantities of cash proceeds from narcotics trafficking.
Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Randy Thumann and his K-9 partner “Lobos” made a traffic stop on Interstate 10 near Schulenburg, Texas. During the traffic stop, Sgt. Thumann used his drug interdiction skills during an interview with the driver and his wife. Thumann became suspicious that the driver could be smuggling drugs from Mexico to Houston after uncovering discrepancies in his travel itinerary, according to a statement provided to Breitbart Texas by Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Lt. David Beyer.
The sergeant obtained permission to search the vehicle. During the search, Lobos executed a walk-around search and alerted to the scent of illegal narcotics coming from the vehicle.
Sgt. Thumann carried out a visual inspection of the Nissan Murano and discovered anomalies with the fuel tank. After dropping the fuel tank, Thumann found 16 bundles of drugs, Beyer stated.
The drugs tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed 27 kilograms. Fayette County officials estimate the value of the meth to be approximately $2.7 million.
Thumann arrested Mendez Ramos and seized the vehicle and drugs. The deputy transported the Mexican national to the county jail for processing.
Breitbart Texas learned from Lt. Beyer that the Mexican national is legally present in the U.S. on a visa. Jail officials said the man could be deported if he is convicted.
Breitbart Texas also reached out to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. Officials could not immediately respond to requests about the driver’s status.
In February, Sgt. Thumann and Lobos found $6 million worth of methamphetamine in the fuel tank of a Chevy Tahoe driving in Interstate 10 near Flatonia, Texas, Breitbart Texas reported. He also uncovered $21,000 in cash during a traffic stop in March.
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, Gab, and Facebook.
Feds Extradite 4 Mexicans on Transnational Human Trafficking Charges
Four Mexican nationals were extradited back to the United States, on April 26 and May 2, to face charges for egregious sex trafficking offenses committed in both countries, as detailed in a 23-count indictment.
The 16-page indictment (pdf) alleges that the defendants were members of an international sex trafficking organization that exploited and trafficked women and children, in both Mexico and the United States, from 2000 to 2016.
The traffickers used “romantic promises, physical and sexual violence, threats of the same, lies and coercion to force and coerce adult and minor women” to work as prostitutes in both countries, according to the indictment. The organization operated largely as a family business.
“Sex trafficking is a heinous crime that violates both the rule of law and the most basic standards of human dignity,” Geoffrey S. Berman, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement. “The scope of devastation these defendants allegedly inflicted on countless victims is beyond comprehension. But now they face significant criminal charges in an American court, and will have to answer for their allegedly reprehensible actions.”
Berman announced the extraditions on May 4, with Acting Assistant Attorney General John M. Gore and Angel M. Melendez, special agent in charge of the New York field office of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations.
The extraditions come as the Trump administration is pushing for enforcement of border laws as thousands of illegal immigrants, mostly from Mexico and Central America, continue to illegally cross the southern border.
“Our immigration laws in this country are a total disaster,” President Donald Trump said during a press conference on April 30. “We are a nation of laws—we have to have borders. If we don’t have borders, we don’t have a country.”
Out of the four nationals, Efrain Granados-Corona and Emilio Rojas-Romero were extradited to the United States from Mexico on April 26, while Alan Romero-Granados and Pedro Rojas-Romero were both extradited on May 2, according to the Department of Justice.
“These four individuals were transported more than 2,000 miles from Mexico to be held accountable for the callous criminal actions alleged in this case,” Melendez said in the release. “Now these traffickers will face justice where they allegedly made their income, right here in New York.”
Six defendants, including the four that were recently extradited, were arrested in Mexico and taken into government custody after the U.S. government requested provisional arrest warrants back in August 2016. Julio Sainz-Flores, the fifth defendant, was previously extradited in June last year, while the sixth, Juan Romero-Granados, remains in Mexico, pending extradition proceedings.
Since taking office, Trump has vowed to battle international human trafficking rings and has emphasized border security as an important deterrent.
“The drugs are a big factor, but … human trafficking is worse than it’s ever been in the history of this world. And who would think in this modern-day age?” Trump said on April 19. “So it really is a big problem.”
Based on data published in government releases and media reports, nearly 3,300 victims of human trafficking have been rescued around the world and more than 5,300 suspects have been arrested since Trump took office.
Last month, nearly 350 victims of modern-day slavery were rescued as part of a coordinated police raid across 13 countries in the Americas by Interpol. About 500 officers helped to arrest 22 people after the victims comprising of men, women, and children were found working in nightclubs, farms, mines, factories, and open-air markets. Some worked in extremely cramped conditions.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF TRUMP'S PRETEND WALL???
PUT EMPLOYERS OF ILLEGALS IN PRISON AND HALT THE LA RAZA WELFARE STATE ON OUR BACKS AND WE END THE INVASION!!!
WE COULD END MEXICO’S INVASION IF WE PUT EMPLOYERS OF ILLEGALS IN JAIL
NumbersUSA’s Rosemary Jenks:
E-Verify Ignored in DACA Negotiations Because ‘Members of Congress Know It Will Work’
Members of Congress broadly oppose a legislative nationwide E-Verify mandate for employers because “they know it will work,” said NumbersUSA’s Rosemary Jenks, explaining why E-Verify is not being pushed in congressional negotiations for an amnesty deal for recipients of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Jenks further noted that both parties are beholden to special interests supportive of “mass migration.”
Trump fumes at Homeland Security head over immigration
Trump unloads on Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen over immigration
Trump unloads on Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen over immigration
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unloaded on Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at a heated Cabinet meeting this week, railing against her for failing to stop illegal border crossings.
Trump, who has grown increasingly frustrated by a spike in border apprehensions and legal setbacks, blamed Nielsen Wednesday for failing to do enough to stop them, according to people familiar with the exchange.
Nielsen, one person said, tried to explain the issues were complex and that the department's powers were limited by a slew of legal restrictions. She told the president her team was doing everything it could, but the president was left unconvinced.
The episode, first reported by The New York Times, left Nielsen on the verge of resignation, according to the paper, which also said Nielsen, the former deputy White House chief of staff, had drafted — but not submitted — a resignation letter.
The department pushed back against that characterization.
Homeland Security spokesman Tyler Houlton said in a tweet that, "The @nytimes article alleging that the Secretary drafted a resignation letter yesterday and was close to resigning is false."
The secretary, he added, was "hard at work" Thursday "on the President's security-focused agenda and supporting the men and women of @DHSgov."
Nielsen did not deny the meeting had grown heated in a statement Thursday evening, but said she shared the president's frustrations.
"The president is rightly frustrated that existing loopholes and the lack of congressional action have prevented this administration from fully securing the border and protecting the American people. I share his frustration," she said in a statement.
She added that "border security is the most basic and necessary responsibility of a sovereign nation" and said she would "continue to direct the department to do all we can to implement the president's security-focused agenda."
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who pushed for Nielsen — his former deputy — to be DHS secretary, told reporters Friday that he expects her to stay on the job.
He declined to say whether Nielsen had been treated fairly in the meeting, saying only, "We had a good Cabinet meeting," during a brief question-and-answer session in the White House Rose Garden.
Trump has growing increasingly angry about his inability to secure the border and has repeatedly called on Congress to pass new legislation to strengthen what he calls the nation's "horrible" immigration laws.
Trump has also been frustrated with Nielsen, according to people familiar with the dynamic. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose private conversations.
During a rally in Elkhart, Indiana, Thursday evening, Trump complained, "We have the worst immigration laws in the history of mankind." He urged voters to "give me some reinforcements, please" in the form of new Republican members.
While border apprehensions dipped last year to their lowest levels ever, the numbers have been ticking up in recent months, returning to more typical historical levels.
Trump has also been frustrated with Congress's refusal to fully fund his promised border wall along the nation's southern border, and some in the administration had accused DHS leaders of slow-walking more aggressive efforts to separate children from their parents at the border.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week announced a new "zero-tolerance" policy toward people who enter the United States illegally that may cause more separations. A conviction for illegal entry carries a maximum penalty of six months in custody for first-time crossers, though they usually do far less time, and two years for repeat offenses.
Report: DHS Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen ‘Was Close to Resigning’ After Trump Blasted Her for Not Securing Border
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen “was close to resigning” from President Trump’s administration after she was blasted for failing to secure the U.S.-Mexico border against a caravan of Central Americans, a report says.
According to the New York Times, Nielsen almost left the Trump administration following a series of complaints from Trump in front of the entire White House cabinet that she had not successfully secured the southern border.
Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, told colleagues she was close to resigning after President Trump berated her on Wednesday in front of the entire cabinet for what he said was her failure to adequately secure the nation’s borders, according to several current and former officials familiar with the incident. [Emphasis added]
Ms. Nielsen, who is a protégée of John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, has drafted a resignation letter but has not submitted it, according to two of the people. As the head of the Department of Homeland Security, Ms. Nielsen is in charge of the 20,000 border agents who work for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Mr. Trump’s anger toward Ms. Nielsen at the cabinet meeting was part of a lengthy tirade in which the president railed at his entire cabinet about what he said was their lack of progress toward sealing the country’s borders against illegal immigrants, according to one person who was present at the meeting. [Emphasis added]
DHS press secretary Tyler Houlton said in an online post that the claims that Nielsen was on the verge of quitting are untrue.
The @nytimes article alleging that the Secretary drafted a resignation letter yesterday and was close to resigning is false. The Secretary is hard at work today on the President's security-focused agenda and supporting the men and women of @DHSgov.
Nielsen’s DHS has been swamped with rising illegal immigration levels at the southern border. In the month of April, nearly 40,000 illegal aliens were caught attempting to cross into the U.S.
At the same time, DHS failed to keep a caravan of Central Americans at bay, with hundreds storming the border and seeking asylum through the ports of entry.
Most recently, in congressional testimony, Nielsen begged foreign nationals to use the ports of entry to enter the U.S. legally and seek asylum, despite DHS already being overwhelmed with border-crossers and asylum-seekers.
Nielsen formerly worked for President George W. Bush when thousands of illegal aliens were allowed to enter the U.S. after Hurricane Katrina to take coveted blue-collar jobs. Nielsen also previously authored a report promoting mass immigration as a win for big business.
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.
CUT LA RAZA’S WELFARE AND FIND THE FUNDS TO BUILD THE
Rapper Christian Omar Palma Gutierrez (above) was hired by the Jalisco cartel to dispose of three students' bodies in acid after they were abducted in March
A drug cartel's assassins who killed three film students apparently mistaken for members of a rival gang and dissolved their bodies in acid did the same thing to nine other people, authorities said.
Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete said investigators had detected DNA from 12 separate people in residual fats found at a location where one of the killers confessed to having dissolved bodies in sulfuric acid.
Navarrete did not say whether any of the DNA profiles matched those of Salomon Aceves Gastelum, 25, Daniel Diaz, 20, and Marco Avalos, 20, three film students who were abducted March 19 on the outskirts of the western city of Guadalajara.
He did say that three of four suspects in the students' abduction and killing had been arrested
The three students were unwittingly working on a film project for school at a house that was apparently being watched by members of the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel.
The house had once been used by a rival drug gang, and the Jalisco cartel apparently suspected the students were part of that gang.
One suspect said the cartel killed the students after interrogating them and then dissolved their bodies.
The DNA findings lent more credence to the tale told by a young rapper who said he had been employed by the cartel to dissolve bodies.
A protester holds up a -3 sign at a protest in Mexico City on April 24. It stands for the three students who were abducted and murdered in March after being mistaken for rival gang members
That suspect, Christian Omar Palma Gutierrez, is a 24-year-old rapper who built a YouTube channel with more than a half-million views based on songs describing an anguished, violent life of drugs and crime.
Palma Gutierrez confessed to working for the Jalisco New Generation cartel, Mexico's fastest-growing and most violent gang, as what the gang calls a "cook."
By his account, for 3,000 pesos a week, he dumped bodies head-first into acid baths set up in water tanks in the yard of a cartel safe house.
He would come back after two days - after the acid had done its work - and open drain valves to release the fluid into the storm drain, and remove remaining sludge to dump it in fields.
However, some sludge remained in the bottom of the tanks, and that is apparently where investigators found the DNA.
To demonstrate its loyalty to the notoriously violent Mexican Mafia prison gang, an affiliate Latino street organization has worked to cleanse a southern California city of black residents by terrorizing, threatening and intimidating them.
Details of the decades-long genocide operation in the Los Angeles County city of Azusa are laid out in a huge grand jury indictment issued by the Department of Justice this week. More than 50 Latino gang bangers, many of them surely in the U.S. illegally, have been charged for targeting blacks by beating, robbing and threatening them.
The goal was to drive blacks out of the predominantly working-class Latino city of about 46,000. The crimes were committed by members of the Azusa 13 gang, which runs a sophisticated criminal enterprise financed with lucrative drug-trafficking proceeds. The gang also taxes the area’s drug dealers and shares some of the money with the Mexican Mafia, according to the 112-page indictment.
Latino gangs have for more than a decade targeted blacks in the sprawling southern California County, which is an illegal alien hotbed that has long offered sanctuary. In the last few years alone, dozens of Latino gangbangers have been charged with murdering, harassing or attacking blacks in the area, the feds say in their indictment.
As far back as 1999 the Azusa 13 was targeting blacks in the area, prosecutors say. That year a 17-year-old member named Ralph “Swifty” Flores murdered a black teenager and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. In 2008 an illegal immigrant from a different gang murdered a Los Angeles high school footballs star shortly after completing a prison sentence for a separate felony.
LA RAZA “THE RACE” NEIGHBORHOOD DRUG DEALER MARIA “CHATA” LEON… she voted dem for more!
LA RAZA MEXICANS BEHEADING IN AMERICA’S OPEN BORDERS
The two-bedroom stucco house at 3304 Drew St. in Glassell Park was once the center of one of the most menacing drug marketplaces in Los Angeles.
From the house, Maria "Chata" Leon, an illegal immigrant, her family and associates controlled drug and gang activity on the street for years, police said.
During at least two raids at the house, according to court documents, officers found guns and drugs as well as surveillance cameras, laser trip wires and a shrine to Jesus Malverde, a Mexican folk hero whom drug traffickers have made their patron saint.
75 GANG LEADERS ARRESTED IN LA
RAZA INFESTED CA CENTRAL VALLEY!
Four in 10 homicides in California are gang-related, Harris said. Those cases also account for 80% of the state's effort to relocate witnesses whose lives are in danger because of their cooperation with law enforcement, she said.
Dozens of Central Valley gang leaders arrested in one-day sweep
By Maura Dolan
Police arrested 75 alleged gang leaders Tuesday in a one-day sweep in the Central Valley for offenses including attempted murder and drug trafficking, state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris said Wednesday.
The raids, which involved helicopters and canine units, occurred at 50 locations in the cities of Madera, Los Banos, Livingston, Merced, Atwater and Dos Palos as part of the Operation Red Zone crackdown, Harris said.
LOS ANGELES – GATEWAY FOR THE MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS