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DHS releasing into US an untold number of immigrants caught crossing Mexican border
The Register Guard

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is releasing inside the United States some immigrants who have crossed illegally into the country amid a surge in traffic across the Mexican border in southern Texas. But how many remains a mystery because the government won't disclose the number.

The Homeland Security Department started flying immigrants to Arizona from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas last month ...

...the immigrants were mostly families from Central America. They were flown from Texas, released in Arizona, and told to report to an ICE office ...

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Obama Responds To Border Crisis by Ordering Even More Incentives for Illegal Entry
DHS Offers Two-Year Renewal of Deferred Action to Illegal Aliens and Encourages All Who Have Not Yet Applied to Do So.
Federation of American Immigration Reform

Washington, D.C. - June 6, 2014) While an unprecedented number of illegal alien minors surge across the border – incentivized by lax enforcement and promises of amnesty – the Obama administration has just announced it is expanding a program that defers the deportation of illegal aliens. In June of 2012, the Obama administration bypassed Congress with an executive action that put into place Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The program, otherwise known as the DREAM Act, grants a reprieve from deportation and work authorization to broad categories of “young” illegal aliens....

Sit-in protesters arrested at Walden's Bend office
KTVZ.COM

BEND, Ore. - As about a dozen supporters rallied outside, a man and woman protesting Republicans' inaction on immigration reform staged a sit-in at Rep. Greg Walden's Bend office Wednesday, saying they won't leave until they are arrested -- and they were.

After police were called to the Bond Street office of the congressman, Greg Delgado and Ann Havill still refused to leave, were cited for criminal trespass and released, said Officer Rob Emerson.

Here's the news release issued earlier by Causa, a statewide Latino immigrant rights organization:

It’s been nearly a year...

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...

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