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Trump Accuses Mayor of Endangering ICE Agents, But Attacks Are Rare

An ICE agent.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions accused Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf of endangering federal agents by warning the public about a forthcoming immigration sweep.

“Here’s my message to Mayor Schaaf: How dare you?” Sessions said Wednesday in Sacramento. “How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of law enforcement just to promote a radical open-borders agenda?”

Thursday, Trump said, “What she did is incredible and very dangerous … She really made law enforcement much more dangerous than it had to be.”

During the four-day enforcement operation, no ICE agents were hurt. In fact, ICE “has experienced relatively few line-of-duty deaths and assaults,” the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The Chronicle wrote:

According to federal records, a handful of ICE officers are injured in assaults each year, on average. James Schwab, an agency spokesman in San Francisco, said agents face “the same dangers as any other law enforcement officer out in the field.”

No ICE officers were injured or killed in line-of-duty assaults in 2016, the last year in which FBI data are available. In 2015, four officers were injured and none killed in assaults. Seven officers were injured in assaults and none killed in 2014, records show.

However, the FBI records do not appear to reflect some on-duty deaths. Absent, for instance, was the death of San Francisco-based deportation officer Brian Beliso, who according to the agency died of a heart attack he suffered during a foot pursuit in Redwood City on June 8, 2016. And a special agent in New Orleans, J. Scott McGuire, died Jan. 24. 2016, after being injured in a hit and run in Miami Beach, the agency stated on its website.

The reported injuries to ICE officers were among the lowest in federal law enforcement, FBI figures show. In 2016, 484 Customs and Border Protection officers were assaulted. The Bureau of Indian Affairs saw 504 assaults, while the Marshals Service saw 266 assaults.

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Trump Threatens to Pull ICE from California over ‘Lousy Management Job’

An ICE agent.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

President Trump threatened to withdraw Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents from California for what he claimed was a “lousy management job” in combatting illegal immigration.

“You know what, I’m thinking about doing it,” Trump said at a roundtable to address gun violence after last week’s Florida school shooting, CNN reported. 

“We’re getting no help from the state of California. Frankly, if I pulled our people from California, you would have a crime nest like you’ve never seen in California. All I’d have to do is say ‘ICE, Border Patrol, leave California alone,'” he said during meeting with local and state officials at the White House.

“You would see crime like nobody has ever seen crime in this country. And yet we get no help from the state of California. They are doing a lousy management job,” Trump continued. “They have the highest taxes in the nation. And they don’t know what’s happening out there. Frankly it’s a disgrace.”

Some cities in California have refused to work with ICE over Trump’s crackdown on immigration.

It’s unclear whether Trump plans to follow through on his threat, which would leave a key border state without federal protection.

Homeland Security did not publicly respond to Trump’s threat.

Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Killed in Motorcycle Crash in California

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An off-duty Border Patrol agent was killed when the motorcycle he was riding appeared to collide with a pickup truck in Southern California.

Alex Franco, who has been a Border Patrol agent since February 2009, drifted into oncoming traffic on the Ortega Highway in San Juan Capistrano on Saturday afternoon, the Associated Press reports

Border Patrol spokesman Ralph DeSio sent the agency’s condolences to Franco’s friends and family.

Latinos Less Likely to Report Domestic Violence Because of Fears of Deportation

ICE agents, via ICE.

ICE agents, via ICE.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration appears to have made victims of domestic violence less likely to report the incidents because of fears of deportation.

Reports of domestic violence fell by as much as 18% in California’s Latino community in the first six months of 2017, according to data compiled by the Los Angeles Times

The reports fell 18% in San Francisco, 13.3% in San Diego and 3.5% in Los Angeles.

By comparison, the drops in domestic violence reporting among non-Latinos dropped less than 1%, “prompting fears among professionals working in the domestic violence field that the declines are linked to a fear of deportation,” the LA Times reported.

One U.S. official said the fears are grounded more in perception than reality.

“ICE still has a policy that we don’t pursue removal proceedings against victims or witnesses of crime, and I haven’t seen any documented instances where that actually happened,” Claude Arnold, who oversaw ICE in Los Angeles between 2010 and 2015, told the Times. “To a great degree, we facilitate those people having legal status in the U.S.”

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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.”

ATF Sting Nets Dozens of Arrests, 90 Guns, 48 Stolen Cars, 6+ Pounds of Drugs

police tapeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A two-year ATF sting intended to crack down on illegal guns and drugs in the San Francisco area lead to the arrests of more than 75 people.

ATF authorities said it was the largest bust of its kind in the agency’s history, Mercury News reports

Earlier this week, more than 1,000 law enforcement officers swarmed areas of San Francisco and San Mateo counties as part of Operation Cold Day. Authorities retrieved 90 guns, 48 stolen vehicles and more than six pounds of dugs, including cocaine and heroin.

“One firearm in the hands of a gang member or a prohibited person is one firearm too many. It only takes one round from one gun to end a life,” ATF Special Agent in Charge Jill Snyder said during a news conference at the San Francisco Police Department. “We targeted those who created a pipeline to stream firearms into the community and then placed them into the hands of violent criminals.”

The investigation is still ongoing.

FBI Warns of Scam in Which Parents Are Told Their Children Have Been Kidnapped

Smart PhoneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is warning residents in several states about a terrifying scam in which mortified parents are told their child had been kidnapped and won’t be released until they pay ransom.

Calling it “virtual kidnapping for ransom,” law enforcement said a network of suspects in the U.S. and Mexico is extorting money from parents by convincing them their loved one was taken hostage, even though they weren’t, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

Valerie Sobel received one of the calls two years ago. The caller said. “We have your daughter Simone’s finger. Do you want the rest of her in a body bag?”

Following the alleged kidnapper’s demands, Sobel wired $4,000 to the caller to save her daughter. Turned out, her daughter was fine and never kidnapped.

Thousands of parents in several states have received similar calls.

The FBI said it can’t stop the scam with arrests alone, so the bureau is working with local police agencies to educate people on the scam.

DEA Raid in California Nets Enough Fentanyl to Kill All of Illinois

Synthetic opioid tablets

Synthetic opioid tablets

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA, following a long-term investigation, seized a record-breaking amount of fentanyl and secured enough evidence for a federal indictment against three alleged traffickers in San Diego.

Those charged with possession of 44.1 kilograms of the deadly synthetic opiate are Jonathan Ibarra, 45, Hector Fernando Garcia, 46, and Anna Baker, 30, according to the Times of San Diego.  They face up to life in prison and $10 million in fines.

The nearly 100 pounds of fentanyl is enough to kill the entire state of Illinois, Courthouse News reports

Fentanyl is one of the leading causes of opioid deaths in the U.S. because it is up to 100 times more potent than heroin. A dose as small as 3 milligrams could kill 9,475 people.

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