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Border Patrol Finds 60 Immigrants inside Refrigerated Trailer Loaded with Ice-Covered Broccoli

About 60 immigrants were found in this frigid trailer. Photo via CBP.

About 60 immigrants were found in this frigid trailer. Photo via CBP.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents found 60 immigrants in a refrigerated trailer loaded with ice-covered broccoli at a South Texas border checkpoint.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrested the trucker at the Falfurrias checkpoint in Texas on smuggling charges. No one was injured, according to a CBP statement.

The temperature inside the trailer was just 49 degrees.

The immigrants, who came from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, were detained and face deportation.

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Fed Judge in Detroit Compared Illegal Immigrants to Insects

 

U.S. District Judge Robert H. Cleland

U.S. District Judge Robert H. Cleland

By Allan Lengel
For Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — The language from the federal bench in Detroit was stark and unsettling.

U.S. District Judge Robert H. Cleland compared illegal immigrants to an insect and menacing Japanese beetles in 2013 while sentencing a 21-year-old undocumented immigrant from Mexico. A couple years later, a fellow judge called that analogy disturbing.

“One little attractive iridescent emerald beetle from Japan is not really any threat at all,” Judge Cleland said. “But when it multiplies and hundreds of millions of its offspring or relatives emerge and devastate the ash tree population in the continental United States and elsewhere, it’s a serious problem.

“So the one very attractive little insect is nothing more than interesting, but it’s an example of a very large problem.  And I think that’s what I have here.”

The colorful remarks, contained in a transcript recently obtained by Deadline Detroit, seem germane at a time when immigration is a hot-button issue and more criminal cases are likely to end up before federal judges like Cleland, who continues to serve on the bench.

“It’s very offensive and racist,” comments Brent A. Wilkes, national executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens in Washington, who was contacted by Deadline. “I feel anyone coming before him would not get a fair hearing because of that racist mentality.”

Judge Cleland, appointed in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, declined comment.

To read the full story click here.

Homeland Security’s Jeh Johnson: Illegal Immigration Drops to Lowest in Decades

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A year after a surge in illegal immigrant children and their families trying to cross the U.S. border, illegal immigration is on pace to be the lowest this year than any year since 1972, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Monday, the Washington Times reports.

Johnson stopped short of saying whether the trend would continue but said he was encouraged.

“The bottom line of all this is, in recent years the total number of those who attempt to illegally cross our southwest border has declined dramatically, while the percentage of those who are apprehended has gone up,” the secretary said at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. “Put simply, it’s now much harder to cross our border illegally and evade capture than it used to be — and people know that.”

During the first eight months of the fiscal year, Border Patrol captured 213,145 immigrants at the border, a decline of 34% from the same point in 2014.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Said Humanitarian Crisis at Mexico Border is ‘Side Issue’

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The crippling influx of migrant children escaping violence in Central America is a “side issue” to tackling the wave of crime from undocumented immigrants, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Sunday.

While most politicians in Washington expressed concerns about the 62,000 unaccompanied minors crossing the border, Perry said he is “substantially more concerned about” the criminals coming into the state.

“That’s the real issue here, and one that all too often gets deflected by the conversation about unaccompanied minor children,” Perry said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.

Perry said last week that he plans to deploy up to 1,000 National Guard troops to “combat” crime.

“We’ll continue to do what we have to do to keep our citizens safe,” he said.

 

 

Republicans Blame Environmental Protections on Curtailing Flow of Illegal Immigration

Rep. Ted Cruz

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Republicans are complaining that environmental laws intended to protect land and wildlife are hampering efforts to stop the flow of illegal immigrants, The Hill reports.

About 800 miles along the Mexico-U.S. border – or 40% of the land – is controlled and protected by the Interior Department.

The federal land protections are restricting CBP’s access to the border and its ability to build infrastructure or install surveillance equipment.

“There is no doubt that the restrictions on accessing land along the border have made it more difficult for the Border Patrol to do their job,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

Republicans said smugglers exploit areas they know are protected.

“It seems a commonsense reform to say that the border patrol should be able to fully access and patrol the border,” Cruz said.

Democrats disagree with the assessment that CBP’s work is hampered by environmental laws.

“If they’re talking about the most recent influx, it’s happening in areas that have nothing to do with protected federal lands,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), the top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee. “So I think it’s a specious argument to continue their anti-conservation agenda.”

Justice Department Highlights New Immigration Strategy in Wake of Border Crisis

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department launched a two-pronged approach to addressing the surge of illegal immigration from Central America, the Washington Examiner reports.

The plan aims to help Central American governments address the growing humanitarian crisis and to speed up immigration cases.

The Executive Office for Immigration Review will prioritize cases involving immigrants who recently crossed the border and are facing removal proceedings.

“This refocusing of resources will allow EOIR to prioritize the adjudication of the cases of those individuals involved in the evolving situation on the southwest border.” EOIR Director Juan P. Osuna said.

The plan calls for hiring more immigration judges and expanding access to legal resources for people facing removal proceedings.

DHS: 150 Border Patrol Agents Sent to South Texas Over Immigration Crunch

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

About 150 Border Patrol agents are being sent to South Texas to help out authorities who are overwhelmed by a spike in illegal immigration from Central America, the Statesman reports.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson made the announcement on his third trip to the Border Patrol’s McAllen station in southernmost Texas in the last month and a half.

The station has been inundated by tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who have been arrested since October.

What remains unclear is whether the new agents are temporary or permanent.

Johnson said again that he children won’t be invited to stay in the U.S., saying “journey is not safe.”

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Border Patrol Agent Assaulted by Suspected Illegal Immigrant Carrying 45-Inch Stake

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent pursuing two men suspected of entering the country illegally was assaulted by one of them carrying a 45-inch wooden stake in the San Diego community of Otay Mesa, the U-T San Diego reports.

Agents spotted two men leap out of bushes and run. While one surrendered, the suspect with the wooden stake did not.

As one of the agents caught up with the fleeing suspect, a fight ensued. The man kicked the agent in the face and swung at him with fists.

Other agents caught up with the suspect and arrested him.