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Pew Researcher: Rate of Illegal Immigrant Males in Workforce 12 Percent Higher Than US-Born Males
Breitbart

WASHINGTON, DC — An illegal immigrant male residing in the United States  is more likely to be gainfully employed than a male who is a legal immigrant or U.S.-born citizen, a senior demographer at the Pew Research Center think tank told lawmakers.

In 2012, the most recent year for which data is available, an estimated 91 percent of illegal immigrant males were in the workforce. This compares to 84 percent of legal immigrant men and 79 percent of U.S.-born males, Pew Research Center demographer Jeffrey Passel in written testimony prepared for a March 26 hearing held by the Senate...

Stolen truck full of $1 million in shoes recovered in Utah, UHP says
Deseret News

BRIGHAM CITY — A semitrailer reportedly stolen out of Oregon filled with 5,800 pairs of shoes worth an estimated $1 million was recovered in Utah.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office reported that the semitrailer was stolen out of the Portland area on Sunday, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Perry said the suspects allegedly tried to block the GPS signal the truck was sending out, but the trucking company was able to track it to Utah.

UHP troopers in Box Elder County spotted the semitrailer at a Texaco truck stop in Elwood on Monday. When...

Verdict: Man guilty of murder in Hillsboro woman's disappearance
OregonLive.com

A Washington County jury has found Eloy Vasquez-Santiago guilty of murder in the 2012 killing of a 55-year-old mother of six, who was a field hand in the berry farms around Hillsboro.

Maria Bolanos-Rivera went on a date with her coworker Vasquez-Santiago on Aug. 26, 2012, and never returned....

Jurors reached their verdict shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday, after more than nine hours of deliberations, which began Friday afternoon...

Bolanos-Rivera's children and other family members -- 11 in total -- were in the courtroom for the verdict.
 

Oregon Man Sentenced to Prison for Stolen Vehicle
MAGICVALLEY.COM


BURLEY • A Cassia County judge handed Phuong Hoang Le, 38, a 36-month prison sentence with six months fixed Tuesday after he was arrested in November for possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a stolen bank card...

McCord Larsen, Cassia County deputy prosecutor, said Le, who entered the country illegally, has 10 adult felony convictions so far, which matches the number of years he has been in the U.S.

Le was charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle and fraudulent possession of a bank card and misdemeanor charges of eluding a police officer and...

Enforcement Comes First
The News Virginian

There are many issues plaguing our nation’s immigration system, but the biggest problem is that immigration laws are not enforced. While presidents of both parties have not fully enforced our immigration laws, President Obama has made several moves to unilaterally gutthem altogether. In order to protect against this, it is essential that any immigration reform start with enforcement.

Over the last several weeks, the House Judiciary Committee, which I chair, has approved four bills focused on enforcement of the law. These bills would strengthen the interior enforcement of our...

Populism On Immigration Is the Winning Message
POWERLINE

Today the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest held a hearing on the displacement of American workers through the H-1B and related guest worker programs. Among the witnesses was Prof. Hal Salzman of Rutgers. This exchange pretty much says it all, with regard to the fictitious “STEM shortage.”

Q. Prof. Salzman, in an article that appeared in U.S. News and World Report, you wrote, “guest workers currently make up two-thirds of all IT hires.” That’s two-thirds of all information technology hiring in America was done by guest workers. What...

Arizona residents, officials tell senators Southwest border ‘is not secure’
Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – Local law enforcement must be involved in securing “the rural parts of the Southwest border,” which is still dangerously insecure, Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels told a Senate panel Tuesday....

“I want to be crystal clear: The border is not secure,” said Chris Cabrera, a Border Patrol agent who was testifying on behalf of the National Border Patrol Council.

Cabrera said some people don’t realize the extent of border issues because the Department of Homeland Security uses data that inaccurately shows that border patrol agents are “75 percent effective in...

DHS released another 30,000 criminal aliens onto streets
The Washington Times

Federal immigration officers released another 30,000 immigrants with criminal records last year, following the 36,000 it released in 2013, the government announced Wednesday — though it promised to take steps to cut down on the problem.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency that handles detention and removal of illegal immigrants, said it will no longer allow overcrowding to be the main reason a dangerous illegal immigrant is released, and will require a top supervisor to approve the cases of any serious criminals that officers want to release.

Overall, ICE...

Border Patrol: Increase in Sex Offenders Crossing the Border
Agents are using sophisticated software to help find them
KRGV.com 5 NEWS

RIO GRANDE VALLEY - The Border Patrol is reporting a severe spike in sex offenders sneaking into the U.S.

According to the feds, illegal immigrant sex offenders have been caught in every corner of the Rio Grande Valley.

Border Patrol agents are running into more sex offenders this year than last year.

Within the last five months, 144 apprehended.

During the same time last year, 93 sex offenders were caught trying to fly under the radar.

In December, a woman from El Salvador was picked up, who was convicted of child sex assault back in 2009. It reportedly...

15 immigrants protected from deportation arrested in sweep
The World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents in a sweep targeting the most dangerous criminal immigrants arrested 15 people who have been allowed to remain in the U.S. under President Barack Obama's executive action intended to protect children who came to the U.S. years ago with their parents, The Associated Press has learned.

Fourteen of the 15 had been convicted of a crime...

One of the eligibility requirements for the program is that immigrants not have a criminal history...

...eligibility is reserved for ambitious, young immigrants enrolled in school or who graduated and...

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