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Trump’s ICE Given Leverage to Arrest Undocumented Immigrants without Criminal Record

ICE agents, via Wikipedia

ICE agents, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s hardline approach to immigration is expected to lead to far more arrests of undocumented immigrants, even those without criminal convictions.

The plan is a radical departure from the Obama administration, which largely shielded millions of unauthorized immigrants without a criminal conviction.

Under Trump’s initiative, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents will have the option of arresting anyone who is in the U.S. illegally, even if they have no criminal records, the Mercury News reports. 

“They said that we can and should expect many more arrests and removals this year,” said House Democratic Caucus Vice Chairwoman Linda Sanchez, D-Whittier, who attended a Thursday night meeting between ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan and congressional leadership.

Sanchez added, “Essentially anybody who has an immigration status violation is a priority for deportation.”

But supporters of Trump’s hardline approach applauded the changes.

“This removes a lot of the restrictions that were put on ICE agents,” said Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies.

“ICE is not going to have to wait for someone to commit a terrible crime or ignore someone that they encounter on the street,” Vaughan said. “They can go back to enforcing the law.”

Without clear priorities, the determination of detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants without criminal convictions will fall to individual agents.

“It’s a recipe for chaos,” said Stephen Legomsky, a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis who served as chief counsel of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services under President Barack Obama. “Without centralized priorities, enforcement can’t reasonably be uniform.”


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Man Dies After Breaching TSA Security Checkpoint at Honolulu International Airport

Honolulu International Airport

Honolulu International Airport

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man in his 40s died after being detained for breaching a TSA security checkpoint at the Honolulu International Airport.

The incident began after Department of Transportation officials said the suspect rushed through an exit lane of a security checkpoint and entered an area where ticketed passengers were waiting to board their flights on Saturday morning, CBS affiliate KGMB reports.

“All of a sudden this man, a very large man, ran through the terminal and started ramming himself through the doors,” reported Hawaii News Now’s Mahealani Richardson. “He looked like he was trying to get out to the runway where the planes are.”

The man was placed in custody.

“Even after he was detained, there was still a struggle and the suspect remained combative and at that point is when he became unresponsive,” said Tim Sakahara, DOT spokesperson.

The man died after being taken to the hospital.

Honolulu police are investigating.

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Former DOJ Official Warns Europe of Russia Meddling in Elections

ballot box flintBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Justice Department official warned European countries about the risks of Russia launching cyber attacks to meddle in their elections.

Former Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, who served in the Obama administration, said the U.S. wasn’t aggressive enough to deter hacking and leaking of Democratic Party emails prior to the presidential election, Reuters reports. 

“What we did was too late,” Carlin said during a panel discussion on election hacking at the RSA cybersecurity conference. “We weren’t bringing deterrence at all to the table.”

U.S. intelligence officials believe Russia hacked the Democratic Paty nan effort to disrupt the election and swing it in favor of Trump.

“Pre-election, it’s vital that not just the United States but partners like Germany, like France make it clear what the red line is, that there’s going to be strong deterrence and that in terms of deterrence, our policy has got to be we are going to take action until the action stops,” Carlin said.

“So there is no ceiling on the level we will ratchet up the deterrence when you are undermining a core value.”


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Flynn Lied to FBI about Talking with Russia about Sanctions

Former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn

Former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn lied to FBI agents in an interview last month about the nature of his discussions with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., current and former officials told the Washington Post

Intelligence agencies intercepted communications that showed Flynn discussed sections against Russia, which he denied to in a Jan. 24 interview with the FBI.

Flynn’s denial may place him in legal jeopardy because it’s a felony offense to lie to the FBI.

Whether Flynn is actually charged is another question. That decision falls to President Trump’s Justice Department.


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FBI: White Supremacist Planned Violent Attack ‘in Spirit of Dylann Roof’

Benjamin McDowell

Benjamin McDowell

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A South Carolina man who was a known white supremacist planned to carry out a violent attack “in the spirit of Dylann Roof,” the FBI wrote in a complaint Thursday.

Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell, 29, caught the attention of the FBI after a series of Facebook posts in which he made threats and declared violent white supremacist ideologies, NBC News reports. 

McDowell was arrested after meting with an undercover FBI agent to purchase a gun in the parking lot of a Myrtle Beach hotel. He was charged with possessing a firearm because of his preexisting status as a felon.

On Facebook, McDowell unleashed rants about Jews.

McDowell told the undercover agent that more needed to be done because “screaming ‘white power’ was not getting the job done,” according to the FBI complaint.

“I seen what Dylann Roof did and in my heart I reckon I got a little bit of hatred … I want to do that sh*t,” McDowell allegedly told the agent.


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ATF Investigation of Pasadena Police Officer Leads to Search of Home

pasadena-policeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF executed a search warrant at a home owned by a Pasadena police officer on Thursday.

The officer is on paid administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation, CBSLA.com reports. 

“The ATF told [Pasadena Police] Chief [Phillip] Sanchez its investigation was unrelated to the officer’s duties with the department,” William Boyer, spokesman for Pasadena, wrote in a news release.

Federal agents were spotted loading dozens of gun cases from the officer’s home in Sierra Madre.

“The officer was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs review per department policy,” Boyer said. “The officer has not been arrested nor have there been any charges filed against the officer at this point.”


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Several Hispanic Lawmakers Were Barred from a Meeting with Top Immigration Officials

congressional-hispanic-caucusBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus were ordered to leave a meeting Thursday between top immigration enforcement officials and lawmakers.

Reps. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill, and Norma Torres, D-Calif., were among several members of the CHC who were told to leave the meeting with ICE Acting Director Tom Homan, the Hill reports. 

Other Democrats were allowed to attend.

“I was expecting to get let in. We’re the ones who were asking for this meeting, now we’ve been barred from the meeting,” said Juan Vargas, D-Calif., who was not allowed in the meeting. “I want to know what they’re doing, and now we’ve been barred from this meeting that we called for.” 

Vargas led a prayer with several other lawmakers who were barred from the meeting.

“It was the Speaker’s staff that came to me, and I know her very, very well, and she said she was speaking on behalf of the Speaker, that there were a limited number of seats,” Gutiérrez said.

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Syrian Refugees Alarmed by Recent Calls from FBI

fbi-hq-signBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Syrian refugees in New Jersey are alarmed by phone calls they are receiving from the FBI.

The immigrants have declined to meet with the FBI because of their fear of law enforcement, NJ Spotlight reports. 

But FBI officials said the refugees have nothing to worry about.

There is “nothing covert about what we’re doing in this operation,” said special agent in charge of the FBI’s office in Newark, Timothy Gallagher. “When they’re ready to sit down, we’d be happy to sit down. This is outreach. This is not surveillance.” 

Refugees are afraid of contact with federal law enforcement, immigrant advocates said.

“They come from a police dictatorship where speaking to government agencies can make people disappear, sometimes for years, so they’re definitely very afraid,” said Mohamed Khairullah, a Syrian-American and the mayor of Prospect Park, NJ.

In Syria, refuges often had bad encounters with law enforcement.


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