Homeland Security released an estimate of foreign visitors who overstay their permits to be in the U.S., Pew Research reports.
About 416,500 people remained in the U.S. this year after their visas expired in fiscal 2015. That’s out of 45 million people whose visas expired during that period .
Canada led the list of overstays with an estimated 93,035 still in the U.S. Mexico was second with 42,114, followed by Brazil with 35,707.
Homeland Security released the data under pressure tom Congress.
But the information is incomplete because it’s difficult to track how many people have remained in the U.S.
By Steve Neavling
Multiple federal agencies conducted a secretive raid in Arizona, capturing two dozen high-ranking members of the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel, an ICE spokeswoman said.
The International Business Times reports that the operation took place between the border cities of Lukesville, Ariz., and Sonoyta, Mexico.
The operation was led by Homeland Security with the help of U.S. Customs, FBI and DEA.
“The targeted Sinaloa cell has been responsible for the importation of millions of pounds of illegal drugs, including marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, into the United States from Mexico during its existence,” said spokeswoman Gillian M. Christensen. “The organization is also responsible for the smuggling of millions of dollars in U.S. currency, along with weapons, into Mexico.”
Agents also seized assault weapons and hundreds of pounds of drugs.
“ICE applauds the government of Mexico for their bold action in taking down this criminal organization and for their continued pressure on the Sinaloa Cartel throughout Mexico,” she said.
MEXICO CITY — Stripped to his undershirt and covered in filth, the world’s most notorious drug lord dragged himself out of the sewers and into the middle of traffic.
Disoriented from his long trudge underground, with gun-toting marines on his heels, he found himself standing across the street from a Walmart. Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the kingpin known across the globe as El Chapo, would have to improvise. His cavalry was not coming.
He and his top lieutenant commandeered a white Volkswagen from a passing motorist, but only a few blocks later, the car became engulfed in smoke, witnesses said. Desperate for another vehicle, the two men spotted a red Ford Focus at a traffic light, driven by a woman with her daughter and 5-year-old grandson.
“Get out of the car now,” said the lieutenant, his weapon trained on the woman as he lifted the door handle, witnesses said. She complied, prying the child from the back seat and leaving her belongings in the car. Politely, the lieutenant handed over her purse before speeding off.
By Steve Neavling
Federal authorities said actor Sean Penn’s secret meeting with notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman set the stage for capturing the fugitive.
But did Penn break the law by interviewing Guzman?
Penn met with Guzman while an international manhunt was underway for Guzman.
Penn said he used burner phones and other methods to dodge detection.
But it’s not illegally to meet with someone who is a fugitive from justice, BBC reports, citing law enforcement experts.
“Simply having contact with a known narco-trafficker is not the basis of prosecution,” said Daniel Richman, a professor of law at Columbia University and a former federal prosecutor.
What’s illegal is to help a fugitive avoid capture or to interfere with the manhunt.
“There don’t seem to be signs that Mr Penn is guilty of that, or that authorities in the US or Mexico will file criminal charges against him,” BBC wrote.
By Steve Neavling
When Mexican security forces converged on a hideout used by notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman on Friday, he fled through a secret doorway behind a mirror and descended into a tunnel leading to the city’s drains, Reuters reports.
For hours, Guzman was underground as Marines searched the house where the infamous boss of the Sinaloa drug cartel was living.
As rain began to flow through the city’s drain, Guzman emerged from a manhole cover and stole a car before he was finally captured, ending a months-long manhunt, Reuters wrote.
Mexican officials began extradition proceedings, which means Guzman may be sent to a U.S. prison.
By Steve Neavling
The six-month manhunt for notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman came to an end in part because of his desire to reach out to actor Sean Penn, USA Today reports.
Guzman was arrested in Los Mochis, Mexico, and soon could be extradited to the U.S.
Guzman reached out to actors and producers for a biographical movie about his life, which was the first break in the manhunt.
Penn flew to Mexico with actress Kate del Castillo to meet with Guzman, who had escaped from prison.
“El Chapo sticks to an illicit game (drugs), proudly volunteering, ‘I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world. I have a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats,’” Penn wrote.
Mexican marines raided a home in search of Guzman on Friday, killing six suspects and arresting six more.
Guzman fled but was captured a short time later.
By Allan Lengel
John “Jack” Riley, the DEA’s acting deputy administrator, has been named ticklethewire.com’s Fed of the Year for 2015.
Riley, a native of Chicago with more than 25 years of drug law enforcement experience, was appointed the acting second-in-command of the DEA in April as the top administrator, Michele Leonhart, was stepping down.
Riley has stepped into a top leadership role — no easy task — and deserves credit for working on getting the agency back on track, while providing guidance to the new interim director, an outsider from the FBI, Chuck Rosenberg. Along the way, he’s made some tough decisions, which hasn’t pleased everyone inside the DEA.
The grandson of a Chicago cop, he headed up the Chicago and El Paso field offices, and has spent years investigating the Mexican cartels and the trafficking of heroin and cocaine across the southern border.
The man is old school. He’s got it out for Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, chief of the murderous Sinaloa Cartel, who escaped from a Mexican prison earlier this year. Riley was once the target of an assassination plot by El Chapo’s operatives.
“Just so you know, I was going to retire — until this dick escaped,” Riley told Yahoo! News in September, adding: “I’m in it for the long haul.”
Previous recipients of the ticklethewire.com Fed of the Year award include: Former Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (2008): Warren Bamford, who headed the Boston FBI (2009), Joseph Evans, regional director for the DEA’s North and Central Americas Region in Mexico City (2010); Thomas Brandon, deputy Director of ATF (2011); John G. Perren, who was assistant director of WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) Directorate (2012); David Bowdich, special agent in charge of counterterrorism in Los Angeles (2013); and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who was U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn at the time (2014).