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Food stamp fraud defendants flood the court
Herald and News

Many of the suspects arrested in the food stamp fraud bust known as Operation Gold Card appeared in court Tuesday afternoon. Future dates were set, but the cases did not advance much behind scheduling the next steps in the sprawling legal proceeding.

As of Tuesday, 49 suspects had been arrested for allegedly trading their state benefits for cash. Sixty-five suspects were identified in the investigation, which means 16 people are still being sought by the authorities.

Operation Gold Card was launched last spring in the wake of the multi-agency drug bust known as Operation...

92% of Top Tech Companies Created in the U.S. Were Founded by Native-Born Americans
Center for Immigration Studies

But didn't the press report that 36 percent of the top technology companies were founded by immigrants?

Yes it did. The figures came from a presentation by Mary Meeker. That presentation includes this slide making that very claim. Naturally, Ms. Meeker followed that slide with the obligatory call for more cheap foreign workers on H-1B visas.

Like Ms. Meeker I, too, have read How to Lie With Statistics. You are supposed to see her figures showing 36 percent of companies are founded by immigrants and think that means only 64 percent are founded by natives — a huge...

Sharp Increase in Illegal Immigrant Children at Border Causes Crisis
Breitbart

An overwhelming number of children are being apprehended while attempting to illegally cross the the U.S.-Mexico border during recent months. The crisis, which has strained federal resources, has prompted lawmakers from around the U.S. to demand more funding to "accommodate" the children crossers. Opponents, however, claim that increased funding will not fix the real problem--they believe that the Obama Administration's failure to secure the border is ultimately what caused the spike in child victimization.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, more than 60,000 unaccompanied...

Criminal charges dropped for relatives of Hillsboro murder suspect Eloy Vasquez-Santiago
OregonLive.com

Two relatives of a Hillsboro murder suspect have been in jail for more than a year and a half, though they aren't suspected of taking part in the killing.

Eloy Vasquez-Santiago's father and brother had faced charges of hindering the prosecution ....

Vasquez-Santiago, 31, is charged with the killing of 55-year-old Maria Bolanos-Rivera, a mother of six.

Bolanos-Rivera was last seen by her family on Aug. 26, 2012, when she left her Hillsboro home. Her body has not been found.

Vasquez-Santiago turned himself in to authorities at the California-Mexico border a...

Princess Irina co-defendant 'Polo' to change plea in eastern Oregon cockfighting case
OregonLive.com

It's been exactly one year since Princess Irina Walker, the daughter of the last king of Romania, was indicted on federal charges that she and more than a dozen co-defendants were involved in a cockfighting business in eastern Oregon...

...Apolinar Munoz-Gutierrez, also known as Polo. He has been in custody since his arrest and has an immigration hold.

At least three defendants pleaded guilty in a companion case from Washington state ...

Authorities say the couple staged at least 10 cockfighting derbies...

They have pleaded not guilty.

...trial is...

Immigration May Come Back With a Vengeance in 2015
Breitbart

Republicans are already in the beginning stages of planning their legislative agenda if they take control of the Senate in November, and many say immigration reform would be a top priority, even while President Obama's trustworthiness as a legislative partner remains in doubt.

“I don’t know anyone who thinks the immigration system is working the way it should, so we’re gonna have some ideas and we’re going to move them across the floor in smaller consensus — on a consensus basis. And not the sort of divisive, all-or-nothing, pig-in-the-python sort of method,” Senate Minority Whip...

Republican leaders to block US immigration measure
Yahoo News

NOTE: While we can give a sigh of relief for now, we must not let our guard down - for even a moment.  We know that Congress is  likely plotting and planning something for the lame duck session!

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders intervened Friday to prevent a vote on U.S. immigration legislation, dealing a severe blow to election-year efforts to overhaul the widely denigrated system.

The move came after a Republican congressman announced plans to try to force a vote next week, over strong conservative opposition, on his measure creating a path to citizenship for...
U.S. Setting Up Emergency Shelter in Texas as Youths Cross Border Alone
The New York Times

With border authorities in South Texas overwhelmed by a surge of young illegal migrants traveling by themselves, the Department of Homeland Security declared a crisis this week and moved to set up an emergency shelter for the youths at an Air Force base in San Antonio, officials said Friday.

After seeing children packed in a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Tex., during a visit last Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh...

Murderers, Rapists, Kidnappers: Over 36,000 Criminal Illegal Immigrants Released In 2013
The Daily Caller

Nearly 200 murderers, over 400 rapists, and 300 kidnappers in the U.S. illegally were released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement while awaiting deportation proceedings, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies.

A total of 36,007 criminal illegal immigrants that were being processed for deportation were freed in 2013. Together, they committed nearly 88,000 crimes, according to the report, published Monday.

“I was astonished at not only the...

Feds reject design of driver's license for immigrants in U.S. illegally
Los Angeles Times - PolitiCal

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has rejected California’s initial design for a driver’s license for immigrants in the country illegally, saying it is not distinguishable enough from permits given citizens.

“To satisfy the statutory and regulatory standards DHS recommends that any modifications ... ensure that the license (1) clearly states on its face and in the machine readable zone that it is not acceptable for official federal purposes and (2) uses a unique design or color indicator to distinguish them from documents that meet the standards,” wrote David Heyman,...

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