Nearly 30% of illegal immigrant children at border have ties to MS-13 or other gangs

– The Washington Times
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Nearly 30 percent of the illegal immigrant children the U.S. is currently holding in its secure dormitories have ties to criminal gangs, the government revealed Wednesday, suggesting the Obama-era surge of Central Americans has fed the country’s growing problem with MS-13 and other gangs.

Federal officials refused even to guess at the true scope of the problem, telling the Senate Judiciary Committee that they can give only small snapshots of what they see. But they said the devastation on communities across the country is clear: killings and chaos, particularly among other immigrants — both legal and illegal.

The Border Patrol identified 160 teens who were known or suspected gang members when they first showed up at the border, but whom the Obama administration said it had to admit under U.S. law.

Meanwhile a spot check earlier this month of 138 teens being held by the federal Health and Human Services Department in secure facilities identified 39 of them with gang ties. Four of them were forced into cooperating with the gangs, while 35 voluntarily joined in, according to the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

All told, HHS is also holding another 2,233 “unaccompanied alien children,” or UAC, in non-secure facilities, but it didn’t survey them to see how many have gang ties. The department believes the number there is likely to be lower.

“It is well-known that MS-13 actively targets and recruits children as young as 8 years old,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Iowa Republican and chairman of the Judiciary Committee who called Wednesday’s hearing.

“While their illegal status and Central American heritage are a key factor in MS-13’s targeting, without a doubt the failures of the current system for handling these children is also to blame,” he said. “The current system is fraught with abuse, systematic errors and a lack of effective cooperation.”

He was stunned that no agency could say how many “UAC,” as the government dubs unaccompanied alien children, have been recruited.

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Frederick County Sheriff, Chuck Jenkins talks immigration enforcement at national summit with Attorney General Sessions


Sheriff Chuck Jenkins and Attorney General, Jeff Sessions

Sheriff Chuck Jenkins touted Frederick County’s immigration enforcement program at a national conference of law enforcement professionals, a group that included Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The Department of Justice invited Jenkins to speak about the 287(g) program Tuesday at the National Summit on Crime Reduction and Public Safety in Bethesda.

Under the 287(g) agreement, sheriff’s deputies inquire about the country of origin and immigration status of all people booked into the Frederick County Adult Detention Center. They are also authorized to hold inmates on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers.

The Frederick County jail handled 1,478 ICE detainers from the program’s inception in 2008 to May 31, 2017, according to the sheriff’s office. About 60 of those people were verified as gang members, the office said.

“My goal was to go down there and reinforce … how well [the program is] working,” Jenkins said. “It really swept away some of the misconceptions.”

Jenkins said that some of the other law enforcement personnel did not realize that 287(g) immigration enforcement takes place only at the jail, not in the streets. He also clarified that his office has no authority over the program, but instead cooperates with ICE, which is responsible for enforcing federal immigration law.

Critics at a recent demonstration against the program derided the ICE partnership as anti-immigrant and a policy that makes the immigrant community reluctant to work with law enforcement because of the fear of deportation. Jenkins has frequently responded that there was no basis for either criticism.

The presentation was an exchange of ideas, Jenkins said, and did not reflect any future policy changes. He noted, however, that with the Trump administration’s focus on immigration enforcement, “you’re going to see more and more agencies get involved with it.”

The sheriff of Jackson County, Texas, A.J. “Andy” Louderback, agreed late in 2016 to enter the 287(g) program this year, Jenkins said.

The presentation was a chance for Jenkins to chat and pose for a photo with keynote speaker Sessions, whom he had met when Sessions was a senator.

“I was honored to meet him and shake his hand,” Jenkins said. “The one takeaway from this whole summit is that this administration will support law enforcement.”

During the two-day summit, which is planned to become an annual meeting, Jenkins attended several worksessions, including one on criminal gang cases, which he said was particularly informative. He declined to go into specifics about what he learned because he considered it sensitive information.

“The whole dynamic of criminal gangs has changed,” he said. “They are gonna decimate MS-13.”

In prepared remarks, Sessions outlined the goal of the summit as facilitating cooperation between federal, state and local law enforcement. Topics included ways to reduce gang activity, using intelligence to catch violent criminals, improving homicide investigations and other issues.

He took a hard-line approach to immigration enforcement in his speech, noting that in March he directed federal prosecutors to make it a priority. He also mentioned the new federal policy of charging the harshest offenses possible.

The attorney general’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

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Rockville Maryland directs its police officers to steer clear of immigration enforcement

June 21 at 3:14 PM
The Rockville City Council has narrowly approved an ordinance restricting police from cooperating with federal immigration authorities or asking residents about citizenship status — a victory for advocates who saw similar measures die in Annapolis and vetoed in Howard County earlier this year.

The “Fostering Community Trust” ordinance, passed on a 3-to-2 vote Monday evening, breaks no new ground. But it codifies existing Rockville police force practices that are designed to keep local law enforcement at arms length from deportation and other federal actions that spawn fear in immigrant communities.

Montgomery County police follow similar guidelines, but elected leaders there have opposed legislative action that would put those practices into law, especially at a time when President Trump is vowing to step up deportations and punish jurisdictions that do not cooperate.

Officials in Rockville, a suburb of 65,000 residents that is the Montgomery County seat, found themselves catapulted into the center of the national debate on immigration and crime last March after two undocumented Latino teenagers were charged with raping a 14-year-old classmate in a boys bathroom at Rockville High School.

The charges have since been dropped. But the incident triggered a firestorm of commentary and criticism — including from the White House and Gov. Larry Hogan (R) –– about whether the city and school system had done all they could to protect students.

Local officials and advocates for immigrants said such criticism unfairly tarnished all undocumented immigrants, and implied that such individuals were disproportionately involved in criminal behavior.

Council member Julie Palakovich Carr, who sponsored the ordinance passed Monday night, said she wanted to send an important message to immigrant communities: that local police are there to protect them, not to tip off federal agents about who may be deportable.

“This is meant to set the tone and direction for our city,” said Carr said, who was joined in supporting the measure by council members Virginia Onley and Mark Pierzchala.

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President Donald Trump Unveils New Congressional Proposal On Immigrants Coming To USA To Live -President calls for barring immigrants from welfare for five years

Trump in Iowa: President calls for barring immigrants from welfare for five years

President Trump announced Wednesday night that he will soon ask Congress to pass legislation banning immigrants from accessing public assistance within five years of entering the U.S.

“The time has come for new immigration rules that say … those seeking immigration into our country must be able to support themselves financially and should not use welfare for a period of at least five years,” Trump told a campaign-style rally in Grand Rapids, Iowa.

Trump’s proposal would build on the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, which allows federal authorities to deport immigrants who become public dependents within five years of their arrival. Many of that law’s provisions were rolled back during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, but Trump’s proposal would make more categories of federal benefits off-limits to immigrants.

Currently,states typically have the authority to determine eligibility for local public assistance programs.

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Police: 3 men arrested in fatal shooting of 2 Germantown teens – Are The 3 Arrested Here Illegally?

By Teta Alim | @teta_alim

WASHINGTON — Three men have been arrested in connection to the fatal shooting of two Germantown, Maryland, teenagers from earlier this month, police said Saturday.

Two Northwest High School students — Shadi Adi Najjar, 17, and Artem S. Ziberov, 18 — were found dead inside a car in the area of Montgomery Village on the night of June 5. Police said earlier this week that they had recovered 30 shell casings from multiple caliber of weapons at the scene.

Now, the latest in the investigation reveals that Najjar’s death may have been in retaliation for a “drug-related robbery,” Montgomery County police Chief Tom Manger said in a press conference Saturday night.

But, the police chief said, “At this time, it is unknown if there is a motive for killing Ziberov or if his death was incidental to the killing of Najjar.”

Manger said police have arrested three men:

Take notice of the tear drop, most likely, MS13 gang member, it represents the killing of someone.

  • Edgar Garcia-Gaona, 24, of Gaithersburg;
  • Roger Garcia, 19, of Germantown; and
  • Jose Ovilson Canales-Yanez, 25, of Gaithersburg.

They have all been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, the police chief said.

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