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A huge protest against Texas’ new sanctuary city law interrupted the last day of the state Legislature’s regular session on Monday.

Several Democrats and Texas State Rep. Matt Rinaldi (R-Irving) had an exchange of strong, angry words on the floor of the state House.

A number of members reported that Rinaldi told several Hispanic lawmakers that he had called for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to arrest the protestors.

“He came up to us and said, ‘I’m glad I just called ICE to have all these people deported,’” state Rep. Cesar Blanco (D-El Paso) told the Texas Tribune.

In Rinaldi’s defense, he said that he called ICE because he didn’t really know how to handle such a large protest.

“A lot of people had signs that said, ‘We are illegal and here to stay,'” he told the paper. “And we called law enforcement trying to incentivize them to leave the House. They were disrupting. They were breaking the law.”

He said he was “pushed, jostled and someone threatened to kill me. It was basically just bullying.”

Fort Worth Democratic Rep. Ramon Romero Jr. said that Rinaldi “gave the perfect example of why there’s a problem with SB 4,” which has been signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott. The law requires counties and cities to comply with federal immigration authorities’ requests that law enforcement agencies arrest and detain individuals that are suspected of being undocumented.

“Matt Rinaldi looked into the gallery and saw Hispanic people and automatically assumed they were undocumented. He racial profiled every single person that was in the gallery today. He created the scenario that so many of us fear,” Romero added.

He told The Austin American-Statesman that Rinaldi “felt like he needed to call ICE” even though officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety were removing protestors from House galleries.

Rinaldi however argued that Democrats had tried to incite a riot by encouraging protestors. He further added that Democrats threatened his life on the floor.

“Today Representative [Alfonso] “Poncho” Nevarez [D-Eagle Pass] threatened me on the House floor after I called ICE on several illegal immigrants who held signs in the gallery which said ‘I am illegal and here to stay,'” he wrote on Facebook. “Several Democrats encouraged the protesters to disobey law enforcement.”

“When I told the Democrats I called ICE, Representative Ramon Romero physically assaulted me, and other Democrats were held back by colleagues,” Rinaldi added.

“During that time Poncho told me that he would ‘get me on the way to my car.’ He later approached me and reiterated that ‘I had to leave at some point, and he would get me.'”

Rinaldi vowed to defend himself against Nevarez.

“I made it clear that if he attempted to, in his words, ‘get me,’ I would shoot him in self defense. I am currently under DPS protection. Several of my colleagues heard the threats made and witnessed Ramon assaulting me.”

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The state Senate’s recent bill is set to ban sanctuary cities throughout Texas. Under this bill, campus and local police shall be allowed to check the immigration status of any person that they hold for illegal activity. Thus, any person under arrest if found illegal in the United Sates could be denied a release on bail by the respective judge.

Ruben Navarrette Jr. a nationally syndicated Latino columnist and contributor to Fox News and Chris Salcedo engaged in a rather friendly debate to discuss the new Texas law on “The Chris Salcedo Show”.

Navarrette argued that this law would affect the lives of mixed status families to a great extent, since many immigrants are at a part of families that are in the U.S. legally.

He mentioned that the real problem is the lack of parenting America. Many of us are raising our kids to feel so entitled that they don’t just do any work and it is for these tasks that illegal immigrants are hired to perform. In his opinion it is none other than the Texans that are inviting immigrants to the U.S.

He claimed that the concept of sanctuary cities is giving some-what of an unrealistic idea to the people. He pointed out that if a person breaks a law in a so-called sanctuary city, they would be charged by the police and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) could then be able to come and collect the person.

On the other hand, Democratic Rep. Mary Gonzalez said, “We aren’t exaggerating when we say that the people who will be empowered by this amendment will be the criminals.” And that “We’re not exaggerating…when we say the people who will feel the biggest effects of this are the most vulnerable, the women, the children, the survivors of sexual assault, rape, human traffickers, the people who will feel the disconnect from law enforcement, the people who are supposed to make them safe.”

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Protests erupted at a town hall meeting in Sacramento, hosted by County Sheriff Scott Jones to discuss immigration enforcement on a federal and local level with Acting Director Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thomas Homan.

Hours before the appearance of ICE acting director, protestors including labor unions, faith leaders, and members of various pro-immigrant groups, began a demonstration against the agency.

In what is only the first time that the acting director has traveled to a city and partnered with local law enforcement forces, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, an avid supporter of President Donald Trump invited Homan to answer questions about the agency’s role in enforcing federal policies regarding illegal aliens.

Speaking to the attendees at the meeting, Homan said that immigration officials do not target illegals at churches, victims at hospitals, witnesses at courthouses or students at schools.

“We prioritize criminals,” Homan told the audience. “We focus our resources first on those who are a national security threat and those who are a public safety threat.”

Cities that are now being called ‘sanctuary cities’ for not complying with federal authorities against illegal alience are under fire from the Trump administration as it threatens to withhold federal funds and grants. Sacramento and San Francisco are also considered as sanctuary cities for providing illegals with a safe haven.

Sheriff Jones, a known critic of illegal immigration, told the crowd his intentions behind hosting the forum were to provide facts and not change someone’s mind. He remarked that he was there in his role as a public safety officer and not as a politician.

“We felt it was important to bring the community to us and answer questions from the community as well,” he stated. “For our part, we don’t ask immigration status — that is not our role.”

In a tweet, Jones said that the purpose of the town hall was to “try and find common ground by reducing conflicting information, eliminating ambiguity and reducing fear by presenting factual information.”

In an apparent disagreement over the new administration’s crackdown against illegal immigrants, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and city councilmembers have vowed to fight the new immigration policies.

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An illegal immigrant who stabbed a young Connecticut woman to death after completing a 15-year sentence for murder couldn’t be deported by the U.S. government because his homeland, which receives billions in aid from Uncle Sam, wouldn’t take him back—three times! So federal authorities released the violent criminal, a Haitian national, and didn’t even bother tracking his whereabouts allowing him to commit yet another heinous crime.

Now, a year after an innocent woman was viciously butchered to death in her own apartment, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is getting a bit of a spanking from its watchdog for failing to do its job. It’s a sad old story, but this one is extra special because the DHS agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), responsible for deporting the murderous thug (Jean Jacques) claims Haiti simply refused to take him—on three different occasions.

In fact, Jacques was listed as a passenger on three flights to Haiti but the Haitian government refused to repatriate him. U.S. authorities followed the orders of a famously corrupt, third-world country that gets billions in “humanitarian” aid from American taxpayers and Jacques was released to kill again.

As unbelievable as this may sound, it’s the somber reality of an agency created after 9/11 to keep the nation safe. A few years after coming to the U.S. in the early 1990s Jacques went on a crime spree and was convicted of attempted murder and illegally possessing a gun. He was sentenced to 20 years but got out after serving 15 and was jailed again for violating the terms of his parole before getting released for good in January of 2015. Six months later he stabbed 25-year-old Casey Chadwick to death in Norwich, a city of about 40,000 residents.

Connecticut has long protected illegal immigrants with sanctuary policies and even offers them special drivers’ licenses, but the gruesome crime ignited fury and the state’s congressional delegation—all Democrats and avid defenders of sanctuary measures—demanded that the DHS Inspector General conduct an investigation.

The DHS watchdog reluctantly put it on its lengthy list of “ongoing projects” earlier this year and the findings were made public in a scathing report issued this month. The IG blasts ICE for not doing more to remove Jacques from the country and failing to contact the Haitian consulate in Miami, Florida to request a travel document after Jacques’ third repatriation rejection. “There is no record that ICE ERO (Enforcement and Removal Operations) made this request,” the report states, adding that “ERO officials had previously made hundreds of similar requests to the Haitian consulates for travel documents without success and we have no reason to believe that the Jacques matter would have been different.” ICE didn’t bother asking the State Department for help because it believed the agency’s involvement was typically limited to aliens engaged in terrorism or human rights violations, the report says. Once released Jacques supervision was “minimal and ineffective,” the DHS watchdog found.

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case. In the last few years illegal immigrants with lengthy criminal histories have been allowed to remain in the U.S. despite being repeat offenders. Judicial Watch has investigated several of the cases and obtained public records from the government. For instance, back in 2008 Judicial Watch launched a California public records request with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department to obtain the arrest and booking information on Edwin Ramos, an illegal alien from El Salvador who murdered three innocent American citizens. Ramos was a member of a renowned violent street gang and had been convicted of two felonies as a juvenile (a gang-related assault on a bus passenger and the attempted robbery of a pregnant woman) yet he was allowed to remain in the country.

Judicial Watch also investigated the 2010 case of a drunken illegal alien who killed a nun in Virginia and sued DHS to obtain records. The Bolivian national, Carlos Montano, had a criminal history but federal authorities released him on his own recognizance after two previous arrests. Judicial Watch’s probe determined that Montano had a revoked license and had previously been arrested on drunk-driving charges when his car crossed a median and slammed into a vehicle carrying three nuns. The two survivors were critically injured. Local police said they had turned Montano over to ICE after at least one of his arrests, but he never got deported.

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President Obama wants to “fundamentally change America”, but the Supreme Court says NO!

Last week the Supreme Court made a big move to stop Obama’s lawless power grab and his attempt to stop the deportation of millions of illegal immigrants.

The Supreme Court tied in a vote of 4-4, which allows the lower court ruling that blocked Obama’s plans to say in place. The vote is a victory and shows how divided the court has become without Scalia.

This is a big blow to Obama’s attempt to make American citizens out of millions of illegal immigrants or at least give them a pathway for citizenship.

The scary big picture is the way that Democrats vilify Republicans on immigration. If Obama were allowed to find a way to make illegal immigrants citizens and give them the power to vote, they would most likely be Democrats. The huge influx of Democratic voters could change the results of elections for decades and give almost unlimited power to Democrats.

Obama was not happy with the ruling. He made the following comment after the verdict was released.

“The fact the Supreme Court wasn’t able to issue a decision today doesn’t just set the system back even further, it takes us further back from the country we want to be.”

This decision is coming while Obama’s frustration on illegal immigration is boiling over. Obama was caught “misleading” Americans when he spoke to Congress about the immigration problem and gave false numbers about the crimes committed by illegal immigrants after they are released from custody.

There are reports coming out now from ICE that suggest that illegal aliens who commit crimes and are released are ten times more dangerous than the Obama Administration told Congress they were.

Meaning, when an illegal commits a crime and is arrested and released, he is ten times more likely to commit another crime than the number Obama told Congress.

What is going on? Between the Supreme Court stopping Obama’s lawless power grab and him trying to mislead Congress and Americans on the real threat of illegal immigration, Obama is doing everything he can to “fundamentally change America”.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte gave a vivid warning about the actions of the Obama Administration and calling into doubt the President’s actions.

“The American public has been misled by the enforcement priorities, deferred action, and executive action policies of this Administration, which categorize only certain so-called ‘serious’ criminal aliens as worthy of detention and then removal. The fact remains that the Obama Administration continues to willingly free dangerous criminal aliens, allowing them to continue to prey upon communities across the United States.”

Do you think Obama’s actions are putting our country at risk? Let us know in the comments below.

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As the U.S. Senate considers a bill to slash funding for local governments that protect violent illegal immigrants, a new study reveals that hundreds of sanctuary cities nationwide released thousands of criminal aliens from jail rather than turn them over to federal authorities for deportation.

This proves that legislation to crack down on jurisdictions that obstruct enforcement of federal immigration law is long overdue. In fact, the measure was inspired by the summer murder of a San Francisco woman by an illegal immigrant with seven felony convictions and five deportation orders. Because San Francisco is an illegal alien sanctuary, local law enforcement officials don’t notify the feds about detainees who should be deported. Federal lawmakers want to send those municipalities a message, says the senator that introduced the measure, Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act.

If it passes federal funding will be withheld from sanctuary states or cities that fail to comply with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued detainer requests for illegal aliens. The money would be redirected to states and localities that follow the law. “There is absolutely no reason that any U.S. city should be allowed to ignore our nation’s immigration laws and provide a safe harbor for illegal immigrants,” said Louisiana Senator David Vitter, in a statement introducing the measure this month. Illegal immigrants have committed other murders and terrible acts of violence across the U.S. since the San Francisco incident that drew national attention, Vitter said.

That’s because in less than a year 340 sanctuary cities, counties and states around the U.S. released 9,295 alien offenders that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was seeking to deport. More than half had significant prior criminal histories and 600 were released at least twice by jurisdictions that protect criminal aliens from deportation by refusing to comply with ICE detainers. The figures were made public recently by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), a nonprofit dedicated to researching the consequences of legal and illegal immigration into the United States.

Of the illegal immigrants released into unsuspecting communities, 58% had prior felony charges or convictions and 37% had serious prior misdemeanor charges, the CIS probe found. An astounding 2,320 of the freed offenders were subsequently arrested within the eight-month time period studied for new crimes. Here’s an enraging example included in the CIS document: Victor Aureliano Hernandez Ramirez, arrested in July 2015 for raping and bludgeoning a 64-year-old California woman who died eight days later. Ramirez had been arrested for battery a year earlier but the county sheriff blew off an ICE detainer that would have deported him in accordance with California’s state sanctuary law.

Once these criminal illegal aliens are freed by sanctuary cities, ICE has difficulty tracking them down, according to records obtained for the study. As of last year, 6,460 (69%) were still at large. Of those still at large, 1,377 (20%) had another criminal arrest following the one that resulted in the original ICE detainer. This is why a violent criminal, Francisco Javier Chavez, is on the loose. In August 2015 he was arrested for beating his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter and, despite an extensive criminal record that includes felony drug and drunk-driving convictions, a California sheriff’s department ignored an ICE detainer and released him.

California is the biggest offender when it comes to blowing off federal orders to hand over criminal illegal aliens, according to ICE records cited in the study. A chart offers a breakdown of the cities and counties that release the largest amount of criminal aliens identified by the feds for removal. Santa Clara County takes the prize with 1,349 for 2014 followed by Los Angeles and Alameda counties with 572 each. Miami Dade County in south Florida came in fourth with 491. “We need to send a loud and clear message to any sanctuary cities that their dangerous policies are not acceptable,” Senator Vitter said.

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In a move to mainstream “sanctuary cities” that protect illegal aliens from deportation, President Barack Obama has ordered border agents to begin ignoring illegal immigrants they encounter in local prisons and jails as the president begins to implement a lesser-known part of his “Executive Amnesty” program.

By definition, “sanctuary cities” are jurisdictions (cities, counties and states) that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities on immigration enforcement. After several court challenges, President Obama aligned himself with these jurisdictions when he began implementing his amnesty policy in November 2014.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents will still monitor inmate populations within the nation’s prisons and jails looking for illegal immigrants but will no longer deport those being prosecuted for or convicted of drug offenses or fraud involving identity theft to maintain their unlawful presence in the country the House Judiciary Committee said this week.

For some illegal immigrants charged with serious felonies but not yet convicted will be released by the local authorities and will not be picked up by immigration agents unless and until they are convicted.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) said in a statement after announcing his findings on the president’s amnesty program that:

“President Obama is needlessly endangering our communities” “It’s past time for the Obama administration to get its priorities straight and protect the American people instead of their political interests.”

The president’s Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) replaces a program started in the Bush administration called Secure Communities that directed ICE agents to monitor prisons, jails and local police booking sheets in search of illegal immigrants.

The goal was to use finite immigration enforcement resources to focus on criminals rather than illegal immigrants who have not broken other laws while in the country.

Illegal immigrant advocates threw up a series of objections to the Secure Communities program saying it was ruining relations between police and (legal and illegal) immigrant communities making it less likely for Hispanics in particular to report crimes to local authorities. The net effect is that Hispanics were at increased risk of victimized repeatedly by criminal elements.

Activists began by saying the deportation of illegal immigrants charged or convicted of minor offenses such as traffic violations was not a good use of resources.

They followed that on with bigger victories in local city and county councils and state legislatures that passed laws prohibiting police from honoring detainer requests from ICE.

An ICE agency brochure describing the PEP program states:

“Under PEP, ICE will only seek transfer of individuals in state and local custody in specific, limited circumstances. ICE will only issue a detainer where an individual fits within DHS’s narrower enforcement priorities and ICE has probable cause that the individual is removable.”

“In many cases, rather than issue a detainer, ICE will instead request notification (at least 48 hours, if possible) of when an individual is to be released. ICE will use this time to determine whether there is probable cause to conclude that the individual is removable.”

Immigrant-rights advocates say the detainers are still a problem warning – and some say threatening – local police that they risk legal problems if they comply with detainer requests.

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