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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.

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Border Patrol Agents Attacked by Swarms of Bees; 1 Hospitalized

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Border Patrol agents have grown accustomed to dodging rocks and other projectiles.

But bees?

Action 4 reports that Border Patrol agents and other local law enforcement were stung by an untold number of bees this week.

Some agents were stung dozens of times, and one was airlifted to the hospital from an adverse reaction.

The agent was in stable condition Wednesday.

The stings happened from Penitas to Rio Grande City over a three-day period.

“This is a prime example of the many dangers Border Patrol agents and other law enfrocment officers encounter when working near the border area,” Border Patrol said.

Border Patrol Agents Intercept Invasive Insects from Latin American Cargo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Border Patrol agents aren’t just worried about illegal immigrants and terrorists entering the U.S.

Fox News reports that CBP agriculture specialists intercepted invasive insects coming from in on container ships.

“Keeping these insect pests out of the United States is of grave concern for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and our agriculture specialists take their job very seriously,” Susan Stranieri, CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Philadelphia, said in a press release. “Holding the line against destructive insects at our nation’s borders protects America’s varied agricultural industries, and saves our nation’s economy the expense associated with eradicating and recovering from new invasive species.”

Because many bugs can be dangerous to humans, livestock and ecosystems, the U.S. has stringent rules on the types of bugs allowed into the country.

One of the recent seizures involved a seed bug that came from a shipment in Costa Rica. It poses serious risks to crops, shrubs, grains and trees.