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Archive for January 22nd, 2013

Former Union Boss for Border Patrol Accused of Stealing Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars

courtSteve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

T.J. Bonner, who led the labor union for Border Patrol agents for two decades, is accused of defrauding the union out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, U-T San Diego reports.

Bonner, known for his fearless criticism over government policy, has filed numerous pretrial motions in an attempt to get the case dismissed.

For one, Bonner claims the search warrants used against him were invalid. He also says the agents who handled the probe had no authority to do so, U-T San Diego wrote.

Bonner, 59, who led the National Border Patrol Council from 1989 to 201, has pleaded not guilty to charges of wire fraud and conspiracy.

U-T San Diego reports that Bonner is accused of filing false claims for reimbursements for wages, meals and travel. In some cases, investigators said, Bonner was visiting a mistress instead of doing union work.

Ex-Border Patrol Agent Sentenced to 8 Months in Prison for Helping Relative Cross Border

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A former Border Patrol agent who helped his fugitive brother-in-law sneak into the U.S. from a California crossing will serve eight months in prison, Government Security News reports.

While on duty at San Ysidro port of entry, Silva helped his brother-in-law, Julio Cesar Landaverde-Valdez, cross the border by entering false information about his car.

Silva also pleaded guilty in a separate scheme to defraud an insurance company by falsely claiming his car was stolen, GSN reported.

During sentencing, the judge criticized Silva’s actions as “an abomination that had “brought shame” on the U.S.

ACLU Lashes Out at FBI for Refusing to Release Details of Warrantless GPS Spying

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ACLU is incensed that the FBI won’t hand over details of how agents have used warrantless GPS trackers on cars to monitor suspects, Salon.com reports.

Responding to a request for public information, the FBI redacted virtually every word from the records, saying the information is privileged, Salon.com reports.

The ACLU wants to see other tracking methods used by federal agents following a Supreme Court ruling that determined GPS trackers require a search warrant. The group also wants to know how the FBI plans to retrieve GPS trackers already on cars.

“The Justice Department’s unfortunate decision leaves Americans with no clear understanding of when we will be subjected to tracking—possibly for months at a time—or whether the government will first get a warrant,” wrote Catherine Crump, an ACLU staff attorney.

Editorial: Immigration Reform Heads in More Sensible Direction

Deseret News
Editorial

Utah is deporting fewer people, and that’s a good thing.

In 2012, requests for deportation were down by 25 percent from 2011, and current trends predict a similar downturn this year. Scarce resources in the judicial system account for some of this, but there are other factors at work that suggest a more pragmatic approach to immigration going forward.

It’s worth noting that one of the reasons fewer people are being deported is that there are fewer illegal immigrants to deport. The vast majority of people who enter the country illegally are doing so to improve their personal circumstances, and the wobbly recovery has dried up the economic incentives that enticed border crossers in years past. Our immigration system ought to include avenues to accommodate those who want to cross our borders simply to seek a better life. Harsh remedies like deportation ought to be reserved for those who enter the country illegally with more nefarious purposes in mind.

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