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Ex-Chief Counsel for ICE Sentenced to 4 Years For Identity Theft Scheme

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former Chief Counsel Raphael A. Sanchez of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) was sentenced this week to four years in prison for an  identity theft scheme involving the identities of numerous aliens, the Justice Department said.

Sanchez, 44, of Seattle, pleaded guilty on Feb. 24, to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.  Aside from the sentence, U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik of the Western District of Washington also ordered Sanchez to pay $190,345.63 in restitution.

Sanchez, who was responsible for immigration removal proceedings in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, admitted he devised a scheme to defraud aliens in various stages of immigration removal proceedings with ICE.

Sanchez used the personally identifiable information of those aliens to open lines of credit and personal loans in their names, manipulate their credit bureau files, transfer funds to himself and t purchase goods for himself using credit cards issued in their names.

“Raphael Sanchez was entrusted with overseeing the honest enforcement of our country’s immigration laws,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General John Cronan in a statement.  “Instead, Sanchez abused that trust, and capitalized on his position at ICE to exploit his victims and line his own pockets.”

 

Trump Wants Justice Department to Go After Oakland Mayor For Tipping Off Residents About ICE Raids

Oakland’s Mayor Libby Schaaf (Facebook photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

California in particular has been bumping heads with President Donald Trump over immigration policy.

The latest: Trump wants the Department of Justice to investigate Oakland’s Mayor Libby Schaaf  for obstruction of justice after she warned constituents of upcoming raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents across northern California, Newsweek reports.

“I mean, you talk about obstruction of justice, I would recommend you look into obstruction of justice for the mayor of Oakland, California, Jeff,” Trump said, motioning to Sessions during a White House roundtable discussion with California elected officials and law enforcement officers.

“She informed them, and they all fled—or most of them fled—and that whole operation, that took a long time to put together,” Trump said.

 

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Congress Rejects Trump’s Plan to Dramatically Increase Agents to Combat Illegal Immigration

ICE official, via ICE.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Congress rejected President Trump’s push for a significant increase in the number of federal law enforcement officers to combat illegal immigration.

Trump called for a dramatic increase in the number of ICE and Border Patrol agents, but Congress declined the funding, citing the agencies’ admission that it could not reach the hiring goals, Government Executive reports

The 2018 omnibus spending bill called for funding 1,000 new ICE agents, but Congress approved the hiring of just 65 additional agents

Congress also rejected Trump’s proposal to hire 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and provided funding for just 500 new agents.

“The budget request for new Border Patrol agents, in particular, was not supported by any analysis of workload and capability gaps across CBP that would be necessary to evaluate the benefits of the proposal as compared to other investments,” congressional appropriators stated.

Both agencies have been unable to meet lofty hiring goals because of recruiting problems.

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ICE Spokesman Resigns Over Trump Administration’s ‘Misleading’ Statements on Raid

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in San Francisco resigned over what he called “false” and “misleading” statements by the Trump administration and top-ranking immigration officials.

James Schwab told media outlets on Monday evening that Attorney General Jeff Sessions and ICE Acting Director Thomas D. Homan were peddling a false narrative that hundreds of “criminal aliens” eluded arrest because Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf warned immigrants of a forthcoming ICE raid.

Schwab said his concerns about the misleading statements were dismissed, and ICE instructed him to “deflect” questions from the media.

“I quit because I didn’t want to perpetuate misleading facts,” he told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I asked them to change the information. I told them that the information was wrong, they asked me to deflect, and I didn’t agree with that. Then I took some time and I quit.”

After 232 people were detained in the raid, Sessions and Homan claimed as many as 800 “criminals” evaded arrest and were a danger to the public.

Schwab said top officials painted a misleading portrait by inflating the number of people who may have avoided arrest and sensationalizing the danger that each poses.

“I didn’t feel like fabricating the truth to defend ourselves against her actions was the way to go about it,” Schwab said. “We were never going to pick up that many people. To say that 100% are dangerous criminals on the street, or that those people weren’t picked up because of the misguided actions of the mayor, is just wrong.”

In fact, Schwab told Oakland Fox affiliate KTVU that the raid netted more arrests than initially planned.

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.

Father Who Spent 3 Decades in America Forced to Leave, Too Old for DACA

ICE official, via ICE.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jorge Garcia was only 10 years old when an undocumented family member brought him to the U.S. from Mexico.

Three decades later, after raising two teenage children with his beloved wife, the 39-year-old landscaper from suburban Detroit was forced to say goodbye  to his weeping family and return to Mexico under President Trump’s stiff crackdown on illegal immigration, the USA Today reports

Garcia, who appears to have a clean criminal record, was too old to qualify for Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era policy that protected children of undocumented immigrations from deportation. Immigrants who want to qualify for DACA status DACA must be 31 or younger as of June 15, 2012.

Garcia routinely checked in with ICE but was never forced to leave.

That changed in November during his last check-in, when immigration agents told him he must leave the country.

On Sunday night, a heavy-hearted Garcia said he was sad and worried.

 “I got to leave my family behind, knowing that they’re probably going to have a hard time adjusting, me not being there for them for who knows how long,” he said, his hands pressed against his forehead. “It’s just hard.”

Trump’s Choice for ICE Leader Suggests Criminal Charges against Sanctuary Cities

ICE official, via ICE.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Leaders of so-called sanctuary cities should be criminally charged and held “personally accountable” for shielding illegal immigrants from deportation, said President Trump’s choice to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan suggested in an interview with Fox News that places like California are putting “politics ahead of safety.”

“We gotta take [sanctuary cities] to court, and we gotta start charging some of these politicians with crimes,” Homan said.

Claiming “more citizens are going to die because of these policies,” Homan said the Justice Department must hold some politicians “personally accountable.”

Human said he plans to send in federal agents to protect residents in cities and states that refuse to work with ICE on immigration issues.

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