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Report: About 80% of Drug-Related Crimes At Mexican Border Involve Americans

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Four of the five people arrested for drug-related crimes along the Mexican border are American citizens, the Daily Beast reports.

Citing a report from the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Daily Beast wrote that the Border Patrol has essentially deceived the public into believing Mexicans are behind most drug busts by emphasizing their arrests in press releases.

Alonzo Peña, a retired deputy director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, accused the U.S. of portraying immigrant as a “boogeyman.”

“After 9/11, the immigrant, terrorist, and criminal and the threat to national security have all been lumped together,” Pena said. “We’re not distinguishing very well who is who.”

Investigation: FBI Informant Armed, Trained Black Panther Party

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An undercover FBI informant was responsible for arming and training the Black Panther Party before violence broke out in the turbulent 1960s, the Center for Investigative Reporting has found.

Activists were alarmed to learn that Richard Masato Aoki, who was considered a fearless militant and street fighter, was an informant who covertly filed reports about the Black Panthers and others in the Bay Area.

Aoki’s background was uncovered as part of three decades of research for the book, “Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power.”

Aoki committed suicide in 2009.

Homeland Security Watchdog: Turf Battles Over Internal Public Corruption Investigations Has Subsided

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The top overseer of the Homeland Security Department told a House committee that turf battles over internal public corruption investigations had subsided, the Center for Investigative Reporting reports.

But acting Inspector General Charles K. Edwards wouldn’t answer questions about an ongoing investigation of a Texas branch office.

Edwards said his 219 investigators are on top of the nearly 1,600 cases of accusations of employee misconduct.

Several agents and top officials are the subject of an investigation in Texas over allegedly doctored reports ahead of an internal inspection.

ICE Did Questionable Things to Meet Deportation Goal

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement manipulated the system and did highly questionable things to meet deportation goals, the Center for Investigative Reporting reported in the Washington Post.

The news organization reported that ICE included in its stats  more than 19,000 immigrants who exited the U.S. the previous year.

“When ICE officials realized in the final weeks of the fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, that the agency still was in jeopardy of falling short of last year’s mark, it scrambled to reach the goal,” Andrew Becker of the Center for Investigative Reporting reported. “Officials quietly directed immigration officers to bypass backlogged immigration courts and time-consuming deportation hearings whenever possible, internal e-mails and interviews show.

“Instead, officials told immigration officers to encourage eligible foreign nationals to accept a quick pass to their countries without a negative mark on their immigration record, ICE employees said,” according to the news organization.

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