Friday, August 18, 2017



Note: Actually TEXMEX.

Texas police chiefs start adapting to sanctuary cities law
By NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press 2 hrs ago (1)

Texas police chiefs start adapting to sanctuary cities law
FILE - In this July 25, 2017 file photo, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and other law enforcement take part in public safety event in Austin, Texas. Even as a new Texas law targeting so-called sanctuary cities remains in legal limbo, police chiefs and sheriffs are making changes to comply. Houston police are drafting a policy instructing officers about their responsibilities under the law. Acevedo, an outspoken opponent of Senate Bill 4, said officers will be required to file a report anytime they ask someone about their immigration status. The law goes into effect Sept. 1 unless a federal judge in San Antonio blocks it. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

HOUSTON (AP) — Even as a new Texas law targeting so-called sanctuary cities remains in legal limbo, police chiefs and sheriffs are making changes to comply, rewriting training manuals and withdrawing policies that prevented officers from asking people whether they are in the United States illegally.

The law, known as Senate Bill 4, goes into effect Sept. 1 unless a federal judge in San Antonio blocks it. The law prohibits police from stopping an officer from inquiring into the immigration status of someone during an arrest or a traffic stop, and requires local jails to honor all "detainer" requests issued by federal immigration authorities. It's aimed at sanctuary cities, broadly defined as places that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

The state says the law promotes cooperation on immigration enforcement and prevents immigrants without legal status accused of a crime from being released. Several Texas cities and civil-rights groups sued the state, arguing the law is unconstitutional and vague, that it would hamstring officers trying to work with immigrants who are victims of crime, and that it might inspire other states to pursue their own versions of the law. The state says Senate Bill 4 is different from the 2010 Arizona "show me your papers" law partially struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia is expected to issue a ruling before the law takes effect. But if he doesn't, or if he rules against the cities and groups that sued Texas, law enforcement across the state will have to implement the law starting in two weeks.

Texas hasn't issued any guidance to law enforcement agencies on whether to change their policies, nor has it required training on how officers are supposed to implement it. But police chiefs could face fines or jail time under the law if they prevent their officers from asking about a person's immigration status.

Houston police are drafting a policy instructing officers about their responsibilities under the law. Police Chief Art Acevedo, an outspoken opponent of Senate Bill 4, said officers will be required to file a report anytime they ask someone about their immigration status.

In part, Acevedo said, he's concerned about a minority of officers "taking SB4 as a mandate and as a blank check to go out and become immigration agents."

"We chase crooks, not cooks and nannies and day laborers," Acevedo said. "I think that's a view that's shared by the majority of Texas lawmen."

The San Antonio Police Department has made plans to rescind parts of a 2015 policy that says its officers "do not, and will not, ask people they contact for proof of citizenship or legal residency." The department will create training programs on the law if it stands, said spokesman Jesse Salame.

Police in Dallas are revising the department training manual and working on training for officers on how to enforce the law, KXAS-TV reported.

In Fort Worth, the department in the coming days will issue new instructions for officers on how to document each time they check someone's immigration status, a spokesman told The Associated Press.

And in Austin, Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez is prepared to revise her department's current policy to reject some "detainer" requests if the law goes into effect. Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and federal officials have attacked Hernandez and Travis County by name for refusing to accept all "detainers" to turn over people in custody who lack legal status.

Texas' biggest cities have large minority and immigrant populations, and tend to be more liberal than suburban and rural communities. While Texas is the nation's largest conservative state, 39 percent of its population is Latino — around the same percentage as liberal California — and it has an estimated 1.5 million immigrants living in the country illegally.

Sheriffs from rural Texas, meanwhile, said the law would improve public safety by giving officers more information and more ways to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Some have strengthened their ties with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, joining a program that trains their deputies to perform some of the duties of federal immigration agents.

A.J. Louderback, the sheriff in Jackson County, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) southwest of Houston, said Senate Bill 4 wouldn't require new training programs or policy changes for his office or most sheriffs in the state, and that fears about the law's impact were overblown.

"The way we would handle a traffic stop in the rural area is not that different from the way they would handle a traffic stop in an urban area," he said.

Edgar Saldivar, a senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, which is among the groups suing Texas over the law, said officers need more training to avoid discriminating against someone "on the basis of how they look, or even how they speak or what accent they have."

"There are numerous things that an officer would have to very quickly get up to speed on to avoid violating someone's constitutional rights," Saldivar said.


Monday, August 14, 2017



Man arrested for trying to sell information to cartel for $2 million
Clayton Klapper
4:50 PM, Aug 7, 2017
11:26 AM, Aug 9, 2017

PHOENIX - A former employee at a large aerospace and technology company in Phoenix was arrested recently for allegedly trying to sell vital information to an undercover FBI agent posing as a Mexican cartel leader.

According to court documents released from the FBI, Robert Miller is a former employee of a large Phoenix company and had access to multiple company passwords. After being let go from the company, Miller was allegedly looking to sell some of the information that he still had access to because of a separate login he had created before his departure.

ABC News said Honeywell International Inc., which has offices in Phoenix, confirmed Miller was an employee with them until February of 2017, but was terminated for unrelated reasons.

Someone tipped off the FBI to Miller's plan and helped set up a meeting that was supposed to be with the Mexican cartel.

Miller was allegedly asking for $2 million for the information.
After allegedly explaining to the undercover agent how to use the information, Miller was arrested without incident.

According to the FBI, Miller claimed he was actually trying to gain information from the cartel because he wanted to become a DEA informant.

Miller has been charged with two counts of computer fraud.

Stay with ABC15 and for the latest on this developing situation.



They stop a expert for trying to sell technology to narcos
Details Posted on Monday, August 14, 2017, Posted by Notimex


An ex-employee of Honeywell Aerospace aerospace company in Phoenix was arrested by federal agents accused of illegally trespassing on the company's satellite tracking system to try to sell a drug cartel information on DEA movements.

According to a statement filed this week by a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent before the Federal Court in Phoenix, Arizona, Robert Miller, a satellite technology expert dismissed last February, expected to get about $ 2 million from selling the Secret codes of access to the company's high-tech localization system.

Miller, 45, owned the "passwords" to access multiple company servers and allegedly created his own access before being fired.

One person, self-styled as 'John Patriot' and later identified as Brandon Harris, alerted the company late last July about Miller's plans and then helped FBI agents set up a plan for his capture.

Miller was arrested after explaining how to use the codes to two undercover FBI agents posing as members of a drug trafficking organization willing to buy the information.

After being arrested on Aug. 4, Miller argued that he was actually trying to get information from the cartel because he wanted to become an informant for the Drug Control Administration? (DEA) of the United States. Honeywell's satellite tracking system (STS) is used by various government and military agencies, including the DEA, to track its air and sea equipment.

This technology, in the hands of a criminal organization, could be used to monitor the movements of DEA helicopters, airplanes, or ships, allowing drug traffickers to evade capture when smuggling narcotics into the United States. Miller will be presented Wednesday before a federal judge for a detention and notice of charges hearing


Wednesday, August 9, 2017



U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons: Criminal Alien Report June 2017
Posted on August 8, 2017
By David Olen Cross

The United States having a significant foreign national population residing within the nations boundaries, be they legally or illegally present in the country, unfortunately includes those who commit crimes.

The extent and impact of foreign national crime on the U.S. citizens and residents of this country is unambiguously revealed by a simple search on the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) inmates statistics website under the heading of inmate citizenship.

Here are the countries of origin, moreover, the number and percentage of those countries citizens recently incarcerated in the U.S. BOP prison system (The most recent BOP crime numbers available were from June 24, 2017.).

Inmate Citizenship:

– México 26,007 inmates, 13.9 percent;
– Colombia 1,705 inmates, 0.9 percent;
– Dominican Republic 1,503 inmates, 0.8 percent;
– Cuba 1,235 inmates, 0.7 percent;
– Other / unknown countries 9,518 inmates, 5.1 percent;
– United States 147,414 inmates, 78.7 percent;

Total Inmates 187,382 inmates.

To explain the meaning of these preceding criminal alien inmate numbers and percentages, I will translate them into words:

Combining June 24th BOP criminal alien inmate numbers, there were 39,968 criminal aliens in the BOP prison system. Alien inmates were 21.3 percent of the federal prison population; more than two in every ten inmates were criminal aliens.

With 26,007 Mexican nationals being incarcerated in the BOP prison system, at 65.1 percent, they were the vast majority of criminal aliens in federal prisons.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons breaks down the federal prison population into 13 types of offenses. One of the top five offenses, the reason inmates are serving time in federal prisons is for immigration crimes. There were 14,232 inmates in the BOP prison system incarcerated for immigration crimes; they were 7.6 percent of the federal prison population.

A wakeup call to all American citizens, eventually the majority of these criminal aliens from México, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Cuba and other countries will be released from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons after completing their prison terms.

The country of Mexico, America's neighbor to the south, is both historically and literally a land bridge of many frequently unsecured trails, roads, highways and railways used by persons trying and far too often successfully illegally entering our country.

United States citizens should, if they haven't already, contact their members of the United States Congress (two Senators and one Representative) and tell them to support President Donald J. Trump's commitment to build a wall (fences and technology) along the U.S. border with Mexico to stop the threat of tens of thousands of criminal aliens, once they are released from the federal prison system and deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to their countries of origin, ability to illegally return to this nation and harm its citizens and residents.

David Olen Cross of Salem, Oregon writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime. He is a weekly guest on the Lars Larson Northwest Show. He can be reached at or at


Tuesday, August 1, 2017



Trump admin waives environmental laws to allow border wall construction


9:06 AM, Aug 1, 2017
6 hours ago

The Trump administration announced Tuesday it will waive environmental and other laws and regulations that would impede the first phase of construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border.

The Department of Homeland Security decision clears an important hurdle to construction of the wall, and signals an approach the administration could take in the future when it seeks to build additional sections of wall or fence.

The waiver announced Tuesday applies to "a variety of environmental, natural resource, and land management laws" in the San Diego sector, one of the most-crossed regions of the border and the site where border wall prototypes are scheduled to be constructed later this year.

The 15-mile stretch identified in the waiver also includes 14 miles of replacement secondary fencing, for which Customs and Border Protection has requested funding from Congress.

Despite the waiver, construction will not begin for at least several more months because federal officials are currently reviewing a protest by a company that competed for, but was not awarded, a building contract. That process delays any construction on the prototypes, which have been authorized by congressional appropriators, until November at the earliest.

The waiver applies to 37 laws and regulations, most of them environmental in nature, a Homeland Security official told CNN. The department said it would publish the full waiver "in the coming days."

DHS said in a statement it "remains committed to environmental stewardship with respect to these projects."

The announcement follows concerns raised by conservation groups and Democrats that border barriers would hurt the environment. Most recently, environmental groups were alarmed with soil sampling conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers in a Rio Grande Valley wildlife sanctuary. Homeland Security officials said the refuge testing was part of broader work by the Army Corps to prepare for fencing the department wants to build.

DHS has used the waiver multiple times in the past, including to build border fence from 2005 to 2008. The waivers were challenged in the courts, but each time federal judges granted DHS the authority to move forward, according to a Congressional Research Service report. The Supreme Court declined two requests to review the issue.

Construction of a Mexican-funded border wall was a key campaign promise of President Donald Trump. During the transition period before he took office, Trump's incoming administration began reviewing environmental laws and other potential obstacles to construction.