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ICE HSI Special Agent Makes Heroic Rescue of Child, Woman in Burning Car

This is the remains of the SUV that crashed, via Homeland Security.

This is the remains of the SUV that crashed, via Homeland Security.

By Steve Neavling

When Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent John DeJohn was driving home from a fishing trip in Corpus Christi, Texas, he spotted an SUV that had crashed in a field.

DeJohn, of HSI Houston, sprinted to the vehicle and discovered it was on fire.

The special agent found a young girl screaming for help, pinned underneath the SUV. Her mouth was bleeding and she appeared to have a broken leg.

DeJohn and others who stopped lifted the vehicle and rescued the child.

As the fire was spreading, a passerby cut the seatbelt of the unconscious driver, and the group pushed the car back on its wheels to rescue the bleeding woman.

“We commend Special Agent DeJohn for the heroic action taken to save others on a moment’s notice,” Mark Dawson, Special Agent in Charge of HSI Houston, said in a press release from ICE. “This is a testament to HSI special agents everywhere who are willing put their lives in jeopardy every day to help others.”

DeJohn said, “You don’t ever want to be a hero, because that means someone’s life is in peril.”

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Residents, Border Patrol Weigh in on Trump’s Proposal to Build a Wall

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling

Donald Trump’s proposal to build a wall at the border between the U.S. and Mexico has drawn strong criticism and support.

To longtime border resident Pamela Taylor, a wall would be ineffective, KENS 5 reports. She lives next to a wall that had been built about 10 years ago.

“I don’t care what it’s called. It’s useless,” Taylor said, adding that “the fence is not working at all and those millions of illegal aliens would not be in America today if that fence were working.”

Others support the wall, including Chris Cabrera, the local 3307 vice president of the National Border Patrol Council.

“With the exception of Mr. Trump, nobody in the presidential campaign has ever spoken about national security. Many have spoken about immigration reform but none have spoken to secure the actual border,” Cabrera said.

Cabrera said the existing wall is effective because it creates bottleneck traffic.

But he said the wall is only one part of cracking down on illegal immigration.

“The simple solution right off the bat is enforce the laws that are on the books. We’re releasing about 80 percent of the people coming across,” he said. “So with that, people are going to continue to cross.”

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Former FBI Official Says He — Not the State Department — Suggested Quid Pro Quo in Clinton Investigation

fbi-hq-signBy Steve Neavling

A former FBI official said he – not the State Department – suggested a “quid pro quo” over Hillary Clinton’s private emails.

The former official, Brian McCauley, said Tuesday that he offered to not classify a disputed email if the State Department restored two spots that the FBI had lost in the Baghdad embassy, The New York Times reports. 

But McCauley said the deal was off when he realized it involved Clinton and the 2012 Benghazi attack.

“When I found that out, all bets were off; it wasn’t even negotiable,” the former F.B.I. official, Brian McCauley, said in a telephone interview with the Times.

Here’s how it went down, according to McCauley. Patrick F. Kennedy, a senior State Department official, wanted the FBI to agree not to classify the email in dispute. McCauley said he agreed to help but only if the State Department opened two spots in the Baghdad embassy.

“I’m the one that threw that out there,” Mr. McCauley said of the offer, adding that the offer was not an unusual way for federal agencies to “help each other and work with each other.”

McCauley acknowledged, “it was a quid pro quo; I don’t deny it.”

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ACLU Urges Justice Department to Investigate Use of Facial Recognition Technology

FBI-facial-recognitionBy Steve Neavling

The ACLU is urging the Justice Department to investigate the use of facial recognition technology to determine whether it violates the rights of millions of Americans and disproportionately affects people of color.

The ACLU cited a recently released report by Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology that concluded the controversial technology is used to identify and track people who are doing nothing wrong, like cross the street, WBALTV reports. 

In Maryland, for example, police have the ability to use facial recognition technology to search for more than 7 million state driver’s license and ID photos, more than 3 million arrest booking photos and 24.9 mugshots from the FBI’s Next Generation Identification database.

“The database is populated, I think may people with be surprised to hear, by over 7 million driver’s license photos, so every time you go to get a driver’s license you are now submitting to being a participant in a virtual lineup,” ACLU attorney David Rocah said.

The ACLU is concerned that the technology may unfairly target people of color.

“Not only do we not know how frequently it is helpful in finding an offender, how often they get a match and then identify the correct person who committed an offense, we also don’t know the error rate. We don’t know how many false matches, and how many people are falsely accused or wrongly investigated because of incorrect matches,” Rocah said.

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Border Patrol Agents Discover 30 Illegal Immigrants inside Tractor-Trailer

Tractor-trailer where 30 illegal immigrants were found, via Border Patrol.

Tractor-trailer where 30 illegal immigrants were found, via Border Patrol.

By Steve Neavling

Border Patrol agents made a surprising discovery inside a tractor-trailer at a checkpoint in Salton City, Calif., on Monday.

Thirty illegal immigrants were hidden inside at the Highway 86 checkpoint, NBC7 San Diego reports. 

The immigrants were locked inside the trailer from the outside, posing a significant danger to the 30 people, all of whom are Mexican citizens.

Earlier this month, Border Patrol agents found 19 illegal immigrants inside a tractor-trailer on the same highway. All but one was a Mexican citizen. They also were locked from the outside.

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Homeland Security: It Will Take More Than a Wall to Stop Illegal Immigrants

Border Fence along Mexico and the U.S.

Border Fence along Mexico and the U.S.

By Steve Neavling

Donald Trump’s continued rhetoric about building a wall at the U.S.-Mexican border is far from enough to stop the increasing number of illegal immigrants from reaching America, said Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

“Border security alone cannot overcome the powerful push factors of poverty and violence that exist in Central America,” Johnson said in a statement. “Walls alone cannot prevent illegal migration. Ultimately, the solution is long-term investment in Central America to address the underlying push factors in the region.”

Johnson is urging Congress and the next administration to enact immigration reform and handle the root causes of migration.

Johnson said 77,000 more immigrants were captured at the border this fiscal year compared to the previous one.

More than 400,000 people apprehended at the border in the 2016 fiscal year, which ended in September.

“Fewer Mexicans and single adults are attempting to cross the border without authorization, but more families and unaccompanied children are fleeing poverty and violence in Central America,” Johnson said. “In 2014, Central Americans apprehended on the southern border outnumbered Mexicans for the first time. In 2016, it happened again.”

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Czech Republic Arrests Russian Accused of Participating in Cyberattacks Against U.S.

Screenshot of Czech video of suspected hacker under arrest.

Screenshot of Czech video of suspected hacker under arrest.

By Steve Neavling

A Russian man accused of launching cyberattacks on the United States has been arrested by police in the Czech Republic, CBS News reports. 

Cooperating with the FBI, Czech authorities arrested the man on Oct. 5. But the news is just now becoming public.

It’s not yet clear whether the suspect was involved in the hacking of the Democratic Party.

Czech officials are considering extraditing the man to the U.S.

American officials have suspected Russians were involved with the hacking of Democratic Party officials.

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Unions for Border Patrol, ICE Don’t Back Down from Endorsing Trump

national border patrol councilBy Steve Neavling

While many people who have endorsed Donald Trump for president have withdrawn their support over the candidate’s vulgar comments about women, the National Border Patrol Council and Customs Enforcement Council have not.

The unions have said they support Trump because of his tough stance on the nation’s borders and immigration laws.

Their failure to rescind the endorsement has prompted some backlash, including from a Washington Post columnist who wrote, “If his racist, misogynistic, narcissistic campaign does win, two unions representing thousands of federal law enforcement officers will have been accomplices.”

The NBPC released this statement about enforcing Trump on March 31: “Mr. Trump is correct when he says immigration wouldn’t be at the forefront of this presidential campaign if months ago he hadn’t made some bold and necessary statements. And when the withering media storm ensued he did not back down one iota. That tells you the measure of a man. When the so-called experts said he was too brash and outspoken, and that he would fade away, they were proven wrong. We are confident they will be proven wrong again in November when he becomes President of the United States.”

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