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Milwaukie-area woman charged in injury crash north of Molalla
OregonLive.com

A Milwaukie-area woman is facing several charges following a crash on Oregon 213 north of Molalla Wednesday night that sent two people to the hospital.

Berenice Marin-Avilez, 26, was arraigned in Clackamas County Circuit Court on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving fourth-degree assault and recklessly endangering the life of another. She is being held in the Clackamas County Jail, with bail set at $7,500.

Learn more at:  http://www.oregonlive.com/clackamascounty/index.ssf/2013/07/milwaukie-area_woman_charged_i.html

 

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Nevada district embodies GOP's immigration dilemma
THE WIRE

LAS VEGAS — On the flight home from Washington last week for the Fourth of July recess, Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., read all 1,200 pages of immigration reform that had just passed the Senate.

It is a document that probably has no political future in the GOP-controlled House, but Heck may be a prime example of why House Republicans will be forced to grapple with immigration in the next few months, despite deep opposition within their caucus and their party.

Heck's district begins just south of the glitzy hotels and casinos on the Vegas Strip and stretches into the neighboring...

House leaders vow to overhaul, replace Senate immigration bill despite Dem pressure
FOX News.com

House Republicans insisted Sunday that they plan to change key elements of the Senate-passed immigration bill, signaling a protracted and rocky battle ahead despite one Democrat's pronouncement that in the end the House will cave and pass the Senate bill anyway.

Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee who is playing a major role in the chamber's consideration of immigration policy, on Sunday addressed what is perhaps at the heart of the impasse.

He said the House, which is drafting its own plan, cannot agree to a path to citizenship...

Federal panel: Neb. city's immigration law legal
democratherald.comlv

A federal appeals panel on Friday upheld an eastern Nebraska city's ban on renting to people who aren't in the U.S. legally, opening the door for the town of Fremont to begin enforcing its law and offering implications for other cities with similar ordinances.

Fremont voters handily approved a measure in 2010 that bans hiring or renting to people who can't prove they are in the country legally.

Last year, U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp ruled that parts of the ordinance denying housing permits to those not in the country legally were discriminatory and interfere with...

Loopholes mean amnesty before border security
'Gang of 8' Senate bill contains many unreported exceptions
WND

There are significant unreported loopholes and exceptions in the immigration-reform bill that could allow illegal immigrants to achieve permanent status before the border security portions of the legislation are executed, WND has learned.

One of the key selling points repeatedly cited by the bill’s “Gang of Eight” sponsors has been that illegal aliens will not be eligible for permanency until after the border-security provisions of the legislation are implemented.

However, a WND review of the latest text of the bill, with the new Republican “border surge” amendment...

Oregon attorney general pushes Legislature for more drug investigators
OregonLive.com

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is pushing for last-minute funding to double her agency's ability to investigate drug trafficking as the Legislature moves toward adjournment.

Rosenblum's request is getting a second look in the wake of The Oregonian's five-part series this week on rampant drug trafficking in Oregon, fueled by Mexican cartels. The series detailed drug trafficking organizations in nearly every corner of the state.

Read the full article at OregonLive.com.

Drug cops bust suspected meth importer
Mail Tribune

A months-long investigation ended Wednesday with the arrest of a man drug investigators suspect was getting large amounts of methamphetamine from California for distribution to other dealers in Jackson County.

The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team arrested Martiano Lopez-Flores, 27, of the 400 block of Plum Street, Medford, on charges of manufacture, distribution and possession of methamphetamine. In addition, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is holding him on suspicion of being in the country illegally. He was lodged in the Jackson County Jail without bail.

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Meth floods US border crossing
democratherald.com

Children walk across the U.S.-Mexico border with crystal methamphetamine strapped to their backs or concealed between notebook pages. Motorists disguise liquid meth in tequila bottles, windshield washer containers and gas tanks.

The smuggling of the drug at land border crossings has jumped in recent years but especially at San Diego's San Ysidro port of entry, which accounted for more than 40 percent of seizures in fiscal year 2012. That's more than three times the second-highest _ five miles east _ and more than five times the third-highest, in Nogales, Ariz.

The spike...

Illegal immigrants who commit crimes face lesser punishment than U.S. citizens
Washington Examiner

According to Sen. John McCain, a member of the Senate’s Gang of Eight, criminals will not be legalized under the proposed bipartisan immigration bill.

“Anyone who has committed crimes in this country is going to be deported,” the Arizona Republican declared on the Senate floor last week.

However, as Washington Examiner columnist Byron York recently reported, “the bottom line is an immigrant could have more than three misdemeanor convictions in his background check and still qualify for legalization.”

Furthermore, the following chart published June 21 by the...

Mexican Amusement Park Offers Fake Border Crossing Attraction
PBS Newshour

An unusual amusement park attraction in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo offers visitors the thrills and chills of an illegal border crossing. The attraction takes visitors through a fake United States-Mexico border, complete with fake smugglers and fake border patrol agents.

The aim is to dissuade would be migrants from making the trip. The coyote, or smuggler, leading this simulated illegal border crossing used the name Simon and wore a face mask. Before setting off, he addressed his charges that evening, about 40 students from a private school in Mexico City.

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