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Archive for August 28th, 2017

Vacancy in Permanent Homeland Security Director Position Causes Concerns

Former Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly

Former Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Nearly a month after President Trump named Homeland Security Director John Kelly as White House chef of staff, no permanent replacement has been selected.

That worries former department officials, who said it’s critical to fill the position because of the serious responsibilities of Homeland Security, from immigration enforcement to counterterrorism efforts, the Hill reports

The acting head is Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke.

The Senate is on break until after Labor Day and has placed a block not he president’s ability to make recess appointments.

“The White House understands that they need to get someone in that position quickly because if a terrorist attack were to occur without a leader at the helm of that department, they are vulnerable to the criticism that they’re asleep at the switch,” said a source close to the White House.

What’s unclear is what has delayed the president’s nomination of a new secretary.

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Chicago Gang Member on FBI’s ‘Ten Most Wanted List’ Captured in Mexico

Luis Macedo

Luis Macedo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Chicago gang member placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list in the 2009 death of a 15-year-old boy has been arrested in Mexico.

Luis Macedo, 29, was on the run after being charged with beating, shooting and setting on fire Alex Arellano, who was on his way to a birthday party.

When Macedo was added to the Most Wanted list in May 2016, authorities believed he had fled the Chicago area and was living in Mexico or the southeastern U.S., according to an FBI news release.

Macedo is accused of leading a group of Latin King gang members who began to beat Arellano with a baseball bat for refusing to show the symbol of the Latin Kings. After briefly fleeing, Arellano was beat again and shot in the head.

Four of the men involved in the killing were convicted, but Macedo had fled arrest. 

FBI Appoints 20-Year Veteran to Lead Chicago’s Division

Jeffrey Sallet

Jeffrey Sallet

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jeffrey S. Sallet, a 20-year veteran of the FBI, will serve as the new special agent in charge of Chicago’s division.

FBI Director Christopher Wray announced the appointed in a news release.

Sallet was most recently the special agent in charge of the New Orleans division. Prior to that, he served as chief of public corruption and civil rights section in the Criminal Investigative Division. His FBI career began in New York.

During his career, Sallet has investigated the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the Boston Marathon bombing and the family boss of Bonanno La Coa Rostra.

Sallet is scheduled to take over the Chicago division in November.

Trump Asked AG Sessions to Close Criminal Case Against Joe Arpaio

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump asked Attorney General Jeff Session earlier this year to close the criminal case against former Arizona county sheriff Joe Arpaio, a partner in the crackdown of illegal immigration, the Washington Post reports

Trump was advised that it would be inappropriate to drop the criminal case against Arpaio, who was found in contempt of court for ignoring a federal judge’s order to stop ordering the detainment of people based solely on suspicions that they were undocumented immigrants.

So on Friday, the president issued his first pardon for Arpaio, one of the president’s allies in the “birther” movement.

“We knew the president wanted to do this for some time now and had worked to prepare for whenever the moment may come,” said one White House official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the action.

Border Patrol Detains 30 Immigrants Who Entered U.S. Through Tunnel

Tunnel used by Chinese and Mexican immigrants. Photo via CBP.

Tunnel used by Chinese and Mexican immigrants. Photo via CBP.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol believe 30 immigrants used an underground tunnel to cross a Southern California border.

Agents arrested the immigrants on Saturday and found an opening in the ground with a ladder and tunnel north of the Otay Mesa border entrance shortly after 1 a.m., CBP wrote in a statement.

Seven Mexicans and 23 Chinese citizens were taken into custody.

No injuries were reported.

“While subterranean tunnels are not a new occurrence along the California-Mexico border, they are more commonly utilized by transnational criminal organizations to smuggle narcotics,” CBP said.

“However, as this case demonstrates, law enforcement has also identified instances where such tunnels were used to facilitate human smuggling.”