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That would be fine of that was what the law said, but it doesn't.
thats exactly what the law says..i dont know what country you are living in or where you got your uneducation... but that is the law on the books in both Canada and the USA
 
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that's not true, you can apply for asylum from your home country
many people crossing in areas besides the ports of entry don't present themselves to border agents, others deliberately present themselves to CPB officers as a distraction so that the cartels can bring drugs and humans through in other areas weakened by the now occupied officers
90% of asylum seekers are not found to have a credible claim of fear
the people we're talking about, the ones being picked up for deportation, have already had their day in court, they've already been ordered to go home and are thus now here illegally by refusing to leave, or they broke our law by not showing up for their court dates
they don't even know how many illegal aliens we have in this country, the estimates run from 11 million to 22 million, the majority of these people did NOT present themselves for asylum, they snuck in and never left, or came in on visas, and refused to leave when their visa expired, again breaking our laws
what you're saying is just splitting hairs, and the very reason why we need Congress to step up to the plate and reform our immigration laws

just like anyone who enters your home without permission is trespassing, anyone who does not come in to the USA with permission is a criminal, period!
Is that true?

I always thought that to apply for asylum you have to be physically within that country.
And that only the ones who apply for refugee status can do that outside the country.

And although both are protected under international law, there is a difference between refugees and asylum seekers.
 

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it appears not to be true lol you're absolutely right
and you can be in this country and take up to a year to apply for asylum

nothing is said about how you get here, explains a lot
like why CBP is begging Congress to fix the loopholes in our immigration laws

and it reinforces the need for physical barriers on the border, forcing migrants to ports of entry
 

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so ... LMP has inspired me to look for when exactly a border crossing is illegal
this is what the US code says:


8 U.S. Code § 1325. Improper entry by alien

(a) Improper time or place: avoidance of examination or inspection; misrepresentation and concealment of facts
Any alien who (1) enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers, or (2) eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers, or (3) attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact, shall, for the first commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than 6 months, or both, and, for a subsequent commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18, or imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both.

(b) Improper time or place; civil penalties: Any alien who is apprehended while entering (or attempting to enter) the United States at a time or place other than as designated by immigration officers shall be subject to a civil penalty of—(1) at least $50 and not more than $250 for each such entry (or attempted entry); or (2) twice the amount specified in paragraph (1) in the case of an alien who has been previously subject to a civil penalty under this subsection.
Civil penalties under this subsection are in addition to, and not in lieu of, any criminal or other civil penalties that may be imposed.

(c) Marriage fraud
Any individual who knowingly enters into a marriage for the purpose of evading any provision of the immigration laws shall be imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or fined not more than $250,000, or both.

(d) Immigration-related entrepreneurship fraud
Any individual who knowingly establishes a commercial enterprise for the purpose of evading any provision of the immigration laws shall be imprisoned for not more than 5 years, fined in accordance with title 18, or both.
 

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so ... LMP has inspired me to look for when exactly a border crossing is illegal
this is what the US code says:


8 U.S. Code § 1325. Improper entry by alien

(a) Improper time or place: avoidance of examination or inspection; misrepresentation and concealment of facts
Any alien who (1) enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers, or (2) eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers, or (3) attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact, shall, for the first commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than 6 months, or both, and, for a subsequent commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18, or imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both.

(b) Improper time or place; civil penalties: Any alien who is apprehended while entering (or attempting to enter) the United States at a time or place other than as designated by immigration officers shall be subject to a civil penalty of—(1) at least $50 and not more than $250 for each such entry (or attempted entry); or (2) twice the amount specified in paragraph (1) in the case of an alien who has been previously subject to a civil penalty under this subsection.
Civil penalties under this subsection are in addition to, and not in lieu of, any criminal or other civil penalties that may be imposed.

(c) Marriage fraud
Any individual who knowingly enters into a marriage for the purpose of evading any provision of the immigration laws shall be imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or fined not more than $250,000, or both.

(d) Immigration-related entrepreneurship fraud
Any individual who knowingly establishes a commercial enterprise for the purpose of evading any provision of the immigration laws shall be imprisoned for not more than 5 years, fined in accordance with title 18, or both.
they must come trough a point of entry
You may apply for asylum if you are at a port of entry or in the United States. You may apply for asylum regardless of your immigration status and within one year of your arrival to the United States.
You will not be eligible to apply for asylum if you:·
Filed your application after being in the United States for more than one year
 

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An illegal alien teenager who was released into the United States has been charged with raping a 7-year-old girl in Marietta, Georgia.

Baudilio Salomon Diaz Ambrosio, a 17-year-old illegal alien from Guatemala, was arrested and charged by the Marietta Police Department with rape, aggravated child molestation, and aggravated sexual battery.

Ambrosio, according to FOX 5 Atlanta, is accused of being alone with a 7-year-old girl in her parents’ home and forcing her to have sex with him. Police said the rape was so brutal that the girl had to be hospitalized and undergo surgery.

A law enforcement official confirmed to Breitbart News that Ambrosio entered the U.S. on March 2, 2018, and was released into the country to a sponsor with the promise that he show up to his immigration court hearing on November 6.

The illegal alien is currently being held without bond in Cobb County, Georgia and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has placed a detainer on him so that should he be released, he will be turned over to them for arrest and deportation.

Every year, tens of thousands of child border crossers, deemed Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs), arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border and are released into the interior of the country where they are placed with relatives, the vast majority of whom are illegal aliens.

Between October 2018 and May 2019, the federal government released more than 46,300 UACs into the country. The year before, nearly 35,000 UACs were released into the country. The majority are released in Texas, California, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Georgia.

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A twice-deported illegal alien has been charged with first-degree murder after allegedly shooting and killing an Iowa mother and her two children.

Marvin Oswaldo Escobar-Orellana, a 31-year-old illegal alien from Guatemala, was arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree murder after he allegedly shot and killed 29-year-old Rossibeth Flores-Rodriguez, as well as her 11-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son.

Escobar-Orellana, police said, was living at the same residence as the family’s home in Des Moines, Iowa but the illegal alien had no personal relationship with the Flores-Rodriguez family, according to the Associated Press (AP).

Police said Escobar-Orellana allegedly murdered the mother and her children in the home on Tuesday, July 16, and hours later the three bodies of the victims were found.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials confirmed to the AP that Escobar-Orellana has been living in the U.S. as an illegal alien and was previously deported twice.

In 2010, the illegal alien was convicted for illegally entering the country and was deported that year.

A year later, in 2011, when he arrived back in the U.S., he was deported again.

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Both CBS and Reuters ran a photo of a Guatemalan migrant mother and a Mexican border guard, including a headline that didn’t quite tell the whole story.

Reuters published the photo with the headline, “Reuters photo captures Guatemalan mother begging soldier to let her enter US.”



CBS ran a very similar headline with the Reuters photo, which was taken by photographer Jose Luis Gonzalez last Monday. “Dramatic photo captures migrant mom pleading with border guard as she tries to enter US with son,” the headline read.

According to Gonzalez, Ledy Perez and her son approached the U.S.-Mexico border — and a Mexican National Guardsman in Ciudad Juarez. “The woman begged and pleaded with the National Guard to let them cross,” he said. The guard, Gonzalez added, said that he was only following orders.

The series of photos taken by Gonzalez showed Perez and her 6-year-old son, Anthony Diaz, speaking with the guard. Perez did not appear to be at all threatened by the guard, taking his arm as she spoke with him. At one point she dropped to the ground, crying, as she hugged her son.

Nine paragraphs into the story, however, Reuters shed further light on the context of the situation by including comments from the National Guard and Jesus Ramirez, spokesman for Mexican President Manuel Lopez Obrador.

A National Guard official explained that the guard was not trying to stop the woman from crossing, but was trying to convince the woman not to cross illegally and put herself and her child in danger. He “invited her to avoid putting herself at risk by crossing the river with a minor.”

“The Guard combats the crime of people trafficking and protects the human rights of the population and of the migrants crossing the country,” Ramirez told Reuters, noting that the guard had done nothing to impede the woman’s movement or physically block her from crossing the border. Lopez Obrador deployed the National Guard in an effort to curtail trafficking of both drugs and people at the border but made it clear in June that they did not have orders to detain migrants attempting to cross illegally.

Following the confrontation, Perez and her son were photographed moving toward the border in order to cross illegally, unhindered by the guard.



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A former Mexico police officer living illegally in the United States has been charged with trafficking enough fentanyl to kill more than 10 million people, the Justice Department said Friday.

Assmir Contreras-Martinez, 30, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Texas, accused of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, a DOJ statement said. The synthetic opioid is often added to heroin to increase its potency.

“Fentanyl is devastating communities across the country,” said Nealy Cox, the U.S. attorney for the Northen District of Texas. “We cannot tolerate the trafficking of this deadly drug through North Texas — especially by those who are charged with protecting our communities, foreign or domestic.”

In May, Contreras-Martinez was pulled over by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper in Amarillo, who discovered 33 kilograms of white powder in his Ford Explorer.
Testing later revealed the substance to be fentanyl. The quantity was likely enough to kill more than 10 million people, according to experts with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Almost 32,000 people in the U.S. overdosed on synthetic opioids like fentanyl last year, according to recent data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“Fentanyl is the No. 1 threat causing our opioid epidemic in the United States,” said Clyde E. Shelley Jr., DEA special agent in charge of the Dallas field division. “This seizure alone has potentially saved millions of lives.”

Contreras-Martinez told authorities he was paid $6,000 to haul the load from California to Florida. It was his second such trip. He admitted to illegally crossing into the U.S. from Mexico seven months earlier, and had worked as a municipal police officer in Cananea, Sonora, Mexico.
He faces as much as 30 years to life in prison and possible deportation after serving his sentence.

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An illegal alien has been convicted of reckless murder in Alabama after killing a 29-year-old nurse who was driving home after her shift at the local hospital.

Last week 20-year-old Jorge Ruiz, an illegal alien from Mexico, was convicted of killing Marlena Hayes in a car crash on October 28, 2018. The conviction came after 19th Judicial Circuit Chief Assistant District Attorney C.J. Robinson, Circuit Judge Bill Lewis, and Autauga County law enforcement officials worked to ensure that Ruiz was not able to flee to Mexico to evade the murder charges.

According to the Clanton Advertiser, Ruiz worked a construction shift on October 27, 2018 before leaving to drive to a party in Birmingham that night. Early in the morning the following day, the illegal alien drove to his home in Autauga County.

Around the same time, Hayes was driving home after working a shift at the Prattville Baptist Hospital. After only 10 minutes of driving, Ruiz drove across the lane of the highway and struck Hayes head-on, killing her instantly. Ruiz was speeding, had not slept that night, and his blood-alcohol level was just below the legal limit.

Hayes leaves behind her parents, her sister, her brother, grandparents, as well as other family members and friends.

Ruiz’s conviction is notable as state officials are not always successful in making sure that charged illegal aliens are not deported before they are tried for their alleged crimes. In the case of 22-year-old Pierce Corcoran, the illegal alien charged with his death was deported to his native Guatemala after being released on a $3,500 bond.

“Now he’s returned home to his family, and it’s kind of a hard thing because our son is forever separated from us,” Angel Mom Wendy Corcoran

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The apprehension of previously deported criminals convicted of sexual molestation clearly evidences the urgent need to secure the nation’s southern border.

A previously deported Mexican male who had been “convicted on three counts of Sexual Abuse of a Child” was recently arrested after returning to the United States. Border Patrol agents apprehended the illegal alien last Saturday and then discovered his heinous criminal record.

Border Patrol agents conducted records checks, which revealed that the man, later identified as Gregorio Neri-Basilio, a 36-year-old Mexican national, was convicted on three counts of Sexual Abuse of a Child on July 13, 2004 out of Utah County, Utah. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison for his crimes. Additionally, Neri was removed from the United States by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Feb. 24, 2005 as an aggravated felon.
Neri is being held in federal custody pending further criminal prosecution.​

On the very same day as Neri’s arrest another previously deported criminal alien was arrested. Authorities in the Tucson Sector apprehended a Guatemalan man who already had a rap sheet in the Sunshine State. He was part of a “group of 16 men, women, and children” according to CBP:

Agents conducting criminal database checks learned that Pedro Nolasco-Garcia, a 52-year-old Guatemalan national traveling with the women and children, was convicted of Lewd or Lascivious Conduct and Failure to register as a Sex Offender on July 31, 2015, in Jacksonville, Florida.
Nolasco, a felon reentering the country after prior deportation, will face federal prosecution for immigration violations.​

And in yet another alarming report revealing that the nation needs to get its border under control, a CBP press release states that just yesterday morning agents apprehended 225 people in New Mexico. Some of them were unaccompanied alien minors: “U.S. Border Patrol agents working near the Antelope Wells Port of Entry apprehend 225 illegal aliens in the early morning hours of July 30. The group is comprised primarily of Central American families and unaccompanied juveniles.”

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A GoFundMe has amassed more than $60,000 for five children and their now widowed mother after an illegal alien allegedly killed their father, Sean Buchanan, on Friday, August 2 in a motor vehicle crash.

Buchanan was riding his motorcycle Friday afternoon when the driver of a southbound truck hit and killed him. The driver of the truck was Miguel Ramirez Valiente, a Honduran national who was evading deportation orders. Ramierez Valiente received media attention earlier this year from CNN in January after he sought sanctuary in a Denver church in order to avoid deportation back to his home country of El Salvador.

As reported by Denver media, sources close to Ramierez Valiente say that while the national media painted him as a family man, that he is actually an alcoholic and an abuser.

Indeed, "His arrest record shows charges for reckless endangerment in 2011 and domestic violence in 2016, both cases apparently dismissed by the El Paso County District Attorney."

And, "In 2018, he plead guilty to a 2018 charge of driving under the influence and his license was revoked, according to court records and Colorado State Patrol."

His suspended license was extended after the illegal immigrant failed to attend the required alcohol therapy and community service ordered by a judge. His license was still suspended when his truck crashed into Buchanan.

The illegal alien was not arrested and was instead taken to the hospital.

"Most of the time we do not arrest on a fatality accident, unless there is a high risk of intoxication, because at that moment we are not sure of charge," Master Trooper Gary Cutler told the media. "We continue the investigation and then submit the investigation to D.A.'s office with recommendations and D.A. is who actually files the charges on that."

Now, a woman who knows him says she is concerned that he will flee authorities yet again.

"He should have been arrested after the crash," she said. "He just had a DUI, and he’s driving with no license, and he killed somebody, like you shouldn’t walk away from that."

"My personal opinion is that we don’t do enough to stop this kind of thing because it could have been stopped," the anonymous woman added. "You’re here and you’re a hard worker and you’re not causing trouble and doing bad things that’s fine, but he had already been in trouble, several times and now we have a death because of it."

According to the GoFundMe set up for Buchanan's family, the father was preparing to move to Ireland. He and his wife had three children of their own and adopted two little boys. "As his friends and loved ones, we must now take on the privilege to care for those that he loved the most," the GoFundMe says.

It also adds that since the driver had his license was revoked, he was not insured, which "means that there will be no insurance claim or money coming from that."

As pointed out by commentator Ryan Girdusky, "So Sean leaves behind 5 children, who will never be able to reunite with their father in this life. Daughters who won't have a father to walk them down the aisle & sons who won't have a dad to teach them about being a man."

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Two illegal immigrants have been charged with second degree rape of the same 11-year-old girl in Maryland.

Montgomery County Police arrested Mauricio Barrera-Navidad, 29, of Damascus, Maryland, and Carlos Palacios-Amaya, 28, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, for allegedly raping the same under-aged girl on multiple occasions, WJLA reports.

The victim reported the instances of rape to a school social worker in July.

The victim was introduced to Palacios-Amaya in September 2018 through her older brother, according to WJLA. Palacios-Amaya then reportedly raped her several times over the following months, authorities say.

On one occasion, Palacios-Amaya used a cell phone to record sexual acts with the 11-year-old, according to court documents. Investigators reportedly found several images on Palacios-Amaya’s cell phone of himself and the victim.

The victim explained to the social worker that Palacios-Amaya would pressure her to stay home from school so he could spend the day with her alone while her parents were away at work.

The second alleged rapist, Barrera-Navidad, reportedly attended the victim’s older brother’s birthday party at a trailer park in Germantown, Maryland, in July 2018, where he allegedly raped the 11-year-old in a bedroom, WJLA reports.

According to ICE, both suspects in this child rape case are living in the U.S. illegally.

Palacios-Amaya was removed from the U.S. in 2014 and re-entered on an unknown date.

Barrera-Navidad received a “final order of removal” in 2016.

Both men are Salvadoran nationals.

Montgomery County District Court Judge Sherri Koch granted Barrera-Navidad, an El Salvadorian national, a $100,000 bond, though he remains incarcerated while awaiting trial. Palacios-Amaya, also an El Salvadorian national and charged with four rape counts, was denied bond by Montgomery County District Court Judge Eric Nee.

ICE has confirmed both suspects are present in the United States illegally. Palacios-Amaya had been previously deported in 2014 and reentered the U.S. at an unknown time, according to ICE.

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Mecklenburg County, North Carolina is the latest saga in the feud between local leftist leaders and the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Just a week after Mecklenburg County Sherriff Gerry McFadden proudly boasted that his police "just don’t do that work anymore" in regards to ICE detainer requests, the federal agency announced the capture of an illegal immigrant who was arrested on "first-degree rape and indecent liberties with a minor charges," but was released by local police after the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office refused to honor an ICE detainer.

A press release sent Thursday announced "fugitive Oscar Pacheco-Leonardo, 33, a Honduran national, and repeat immigration violator" was arrested by ICE on August 9 during an agency operation. ICE deported Pacheco in July 2007 back to his native country, but he subsequently returned. On June 14, 2019, he was arrested on the aforementioned sex crime charges. ICE issued a detainer on June 15, but Mecklenburg County released the suspect on June 16.

"This is yet another example of a clear public safety threat being released onto the streets of Mecklenburg County rather than into ICE custody due to the current sheriff’s policy on ICE non-cooperation,” said ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Atlanta Field Office Director Sean Gallagher.

"The Mecklenburg County sheriff’s decision to restrict cooperation with ICE serves as an open invitation to aliens who commit criminal offenses that Mecklenburg County is a safe haven for persons seeking to evade federal authorities, and residents of Mecklenburg County are less safe today than last year due to these policies," he added.

Pacheco's case is just one of dozens similar to Mecklenburg County. The press release lists 22 other incidents of the police refusing to comply with ICE. These cases include everything from larceny to sexual assault to child rape. Some of these suspects are still at large.

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Convicted criminals captured by the United States Border Patrol illustrate the dire need to secure America’s southern border. Two previously deported criminal aliens apprehended by authorities this week had nine prior deportations between them.

On Monday Border Patrol agents arrested a seven-time deportee who had been convicted of child abuse about two years ago.

“Villa-Garcia was convicted of child abuse in September 2017 and received a suspended sentence of 10 years’ probation,” according to CBP. “Villa-Garcia, who has been deported seven times for illegally entering the United States, faces new immigration violations and possibly charges for re-entry of a convicted felon.”

And then this Wednesday authorities arrested a two-time deportee who had been convicted of child rape.

“During processing, agents conducting records checks discovered the Mexican national had been convicted by the state of Washington of Rape of a Child, a felony, in 2008,” CBP reported.

“Records checks further revealed Blancas-Rojas has an active warrant in Washington and that he has twice been removed from the United States, his second deportation following his felony conviction," CBP added.

“While held in federal custody, Blancas-Rojas awaits prosecution for the illegal re-entry of a previously deported aggravated felon,” according to to the agency.

The problem of previously deported criminals re-entering the Unites States demonstrates the need for secure national borders. Last month Townhall highlighted the arrest of a previously deported man who had been “convicted on three counts of Sexual Abuse of a Child” according to CBP.

Another previously deported criminal captured on that very same day had been “convicted of Lewd or Lascivious Conduct and Failure to register as a Sex Offender,” CBP said at the time.

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The United States Customs and Border Patrol announced last Friday that on August 15 authorities rescued 28 migrants from drowning after a smuggler abandoned them waist-deep in the Rio Grande River while attempting to illegally sneak into the United States. Fourteen of these individuals were minors, according to a press release sent out by the agency.

"These individuals found themselves in a life-threating situation, which is unfortunate and far too common as smugglers continue to show no empathy for people they attempt to cross illegally into the United States,” Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz said in a statement. "Had our agents not been there to provide rescue efforts, the situation could have ended in tragedy."

According to the report, "The group entered the river guided by a smuggler who left them stranded in high-current waist-deep water." A border patrol marine vehicle quickly came to their aid. Several were swept away in the strong currents, which then forced the border patrol to send a second boat to rescue these individuals. The children ranged in age from eight months to 17-years-old.

As reported by the New York Times, smugglers like the ones who left these migrants to die to make roughly $500 million per year from illegal immigration into the U.S.. The Department of Homeland Security reports that migrants pay up to $9,200 per person to be transported from Mexico and Central American nations like Honduras into the country. By that figure, the rescued migrants paid $257,600 just to be left to drown.

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An illegal immigrant accused of first-degree rape and attempted second-degree murder was arrested in Montgomery County, Maryland on Monday, making the 26-year-old Honduran national the fourth suspected rapist unlawfully in the country arrested by Montgomery County police in the past month.

According to the police report, Kevin Mendoza of Silver Spring brutally raped and attempted to murder an unidentified adult woman in an apartment complex on August 16.

The details are gruesome:
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Investigation by SVID detectives has determined that the victim was carrying items from her vehicle parked in the parking lot to the apartment building when she noticed a male that appeared to be following her. As she unlocked the door to the building, the male suspect grabbed her from behind and threw her to the floor. The victim attempted to yell and resist but the suspect began to strangle her with his hands. As the victim continued to attempt to escape the suspect struck her multiple times in the face and head with a closed fist. The suspect then raped the victim.​
It is unclear where Mendoza went next, but the victim was taken to a local hospital for her injuries. While there, "doctors advised detectives that the severity of the strangulation the victim suffered could have resulted in her death."

The police determined Mendoza to be a suspect in the course of their investigation, and after learning he formerly lived at the apartment complex where the alleged crime took place.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed to Kevin Lewis of ABC 7 that Mendoza is in the country illegally. ICE has lodged a detainer, requesting Montgomery Country Police to notify the federal agency before Mendoza is released -- whether on bond or for other reasons -- and transfer him to federal authorities for detainment.

While Montgomery County does not officially recognize itself a sanctuary county, its protocol makes it a de facto sanctuary county. This means they do not comply with ICE in most situations.

"Our law enforcement and other support agencies will continue to follow local laws, rules and regulations. As a matter of policy, we do not inquire about anyone's immigration status to support immigration enforcement, nor do we conduct immigration raids or investigations," County Executive Marc Elrich said in a July 2019 government resource page titled, "Montgomery County Supports Immigrants."

"We also encourage residents to seek help from organizations that provide legal assistance and advice, so individuals will know their rights if they are stopped or detained by ICE," County Council President Nancy Navarro added.

In mid-August, I reported on the two illegal immigrants accused of repeatedly raping an 11-year-old girl. In July, I reported on the illegal immigrant who targeted more than 25 women addicted to drugs. The foreign national would then offer narcotics in exchange for sex for himself and his associates. All three of these men resided in Montgomery County. Mendoza is just the latest accused illegal immigrant rapist in the area.

As pointed out by Cameron Gray, how is America supposed to have a conversation regarding the dangers of reckless local immigration policy when it seems unlikely Montgomery County will even have one?

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As the 2020 election cycle nears, it is going to be very easy for both conservatives and liberals alike to cherry-pick stats to make their arguments seem better than they actually are. Immigration, one of the top two political issues in the country, will perhaps be the most debated and nuanced of issues. But new data from the Cato Institute as well as the Department of Justice shows that when it comes to who commits more crime in the United States, the numbers paint a murky picture. If one looked at state data, it would be clear that native-born citizens are more likely to commit a crime. If looking at federal, then non-citizens are by far and large the worst offenders. But, does it really matter who commits more crime once they're in the country if they had to break the law to get in the U.S. in the first place?

The libertarian-leaning Cato Institute just released a study examining the crime rates amongst natural-born American citizens, illegal immigrants, and legal immigrants. Cato looked at Texas 2017 prison data. The primary reason for this is that Texas is the "only state that records criminal convictions and arrests by immigration status."

Cato found that during 2017, "399,155 native-born Americans, 16,275 illegal immigrants, and 18,235 legal immigrants were convicted of crimes" in Texas. This means that "illegal immigrants were 47 percent less likely to be convicted of a crime than native-born Americans and legal immigrants were about 65 percent less likely to be convicted of a crime than native-born Americans."

This is because there were 23,450,456 native-born Americans, 1,810,892 illegal immigrants, and 3,043,248 legal immigrants in the state at the time. So "1,702 natives were convicted for every 100,000 natives, 899 illegal immigrants for every 100,000 illegal immigrants, and 599 legal immigrants for every 100,000 legal immigrants."

This means at the state level, native-born citizens were more likely to commit a crime than both legal and illegal immigrants. Those who entered the country lawfully were less likely to commit a crime than their illegal counterparts.

But, if one were to look at available federal data, then it would appear illegal immigrants are more likely to commit crimes. A recently released report from the Department of Justice shows that there was 95 percent of the increase in federal arrests from1998-2018 due to immigration. As One America News' Ryan Girdusky pointed out. "In 1998, non-citizens made up 36.9 percent of federal arrests In 2018, non-citizens made up 63.9 percent of federal arrests."

This doesn't include convictions, like Cato does, but it does shed more light into the situation. And as Ryan points out, this isn't because more illegal immigrants are coming across the border, either.

So if one looked at Cato's report, you'd walk away thinking that native-born Americans were more responsible for violating the law. If looking at federal data, then clearly illegal immigrants are to blame.

But, as mentioned, this might be interesting to look at in terms which subsection of the population actually makes up America's overcrowded jail system, but does it bolster leftist and libertarian arguments that open borders are a good thing?

Well, let's turn it over to former President Bill Clinton. In 1995, ahead of a deportation raid of illegal immigrants with final court-ordered removals, the commander-in-chief told the nation, "whether they’re innocent or guilty of the crimes they were charged with in court, they’re still here illegally, and they should be sent out of the country."

"We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws,” Clinton added in 1995. "And it is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years."

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Construction of the new border wall system continues near San Luis, AZ. We’ve completed over 60 mi of new border wall system so far with the help of @usacehq. This new system improves impedance & denial of illegal entries, making the border safer for both my agents, & our nation.​



Construction crews continue work on the new border wall system along the SW border near San Luis, AZ. In partnership with @USACEHQ, CBP has constructed over 60 miles of new border wall system along the SW border since 2017 and expects to complete 450 miles by the end of 2020.​


The same goes for new fencing in San Diego, where illegal aliens attempted to cross and were unsuccessful thanks to new barriers.

Unable to scale the new primary border barrier and flee back to Mexico, two men who entered the U.S. illegally near San Diego were arrested by #BorderPatrol. Barriers give agents the time they need to respond and contain illicit activity at the immediate border. @CBP



This new fencing is a result of President Trump's national emergency declaration earlier this year.

"The current situation at the southern border presents a border security and humanitarian crisis that threatens core national security interests and constitutes a national emergency. The southern border is a major entry point for criminals, gang members, and illicit narcotics. The problem of large-scale unlawful migration through the southern border is long-standing, and despite the executive branch’s exercise of existing statutory authorities, the situation has worsened in certain respects in recent years," President Trump declared in February. "Because of the gravity of the current emergency situation, it is necessary for the Armed Forces to provide additional support to address the crisis."

Additional construction projects are currently underway.

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