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Authorities arrested the mother, father, and brother of an 11-year-old girl after she delivered a child in a bathtub at the family’s St. Charles, Missouri, home.

According to a BuzzFeed News report Friday, the unnamed girl’s parents are facing charges of child endangerment. The girl’s 17-year-old brother is being charged with incest, statutory rape, and statutory sodomy.

Police arrived at a hospital on Feb. 11 responding to a call about a child with an umbilical cord and placenta still attached. The child had a body temperature of 90 degrees, the outlet reported.

An affidavit revealed that the young girl’s parents — identified by TooFab as Francisco Javier Gonzalez-Lopez and Lesbia Cante — brought the baby to the hospital. Gonzalez-Lopez initially reported that the baby was his, and that a mistress he impregnated dropped the child off at his home. He later told investigators, however, that the child belonged to his 11-year-old daughter, and that his son — her brother — was the father of the newborn.

Gonzalez-Lopez, according to charging documents, was identified as being an illegal immigrant who was previously deported from the United States.

Throughout questioning, Gonzalez-Lopez and Cante insisted that they were unaware that their son raped their daughter or that she had fallen pregnant through assault.

Upon questioning, the 17-year-old reportedly admitted that he had sex with his sister “about 100 times,” the outlet said. The teen denied knowledge that his sister was pregnant, according to the outlet.

The state is planning to take custody of the child when it is well enough to leave the hospital.

The girl’s mother, father, and brother are all in jail at the time of this writing. The girl is said to be staying with relatives.

TooFab reports that Cante — who pleaded not guilty Wednesday — was being held on a cash-only bond of $100,000. Gonzalez-Lopez is being held on a $10,000 bond, and their son is being held on a $25,000 bond.

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) logged three immigration detainer requests for an illegal alien accused of repeatedly stabbing Adams County Magistrate David Blackett in Denver last year, according to reports. Jose Armenta-Vazquez, 39, is accused of stabbing the judge in the magistrate's east Denver home back in August.

One month before the nearly-fatal stabbing, Armenta-Vazquez was released by the Denver Sheriff's Department for the third time despite active immigration detainers logged against him in each case. According to Breitbart News, the illegal alien has been arrested 36 times on a wide range of charges, including child abuse, car theft, assault and traffic violations. ICE announced the Mexican citizen was first ordered to be removed from the United States back in Mar. 1999.

It's not clear when Vazquez became a suspect in the stabbing of the judge, but the criminal alien was again arrested in October, after the judge's stabbing, and released the same month in defiance of a fourth immigration detainer logged by the agency. Vazquez was again apprehended in December on suspicion of menacing with a deadly weapon related to a separate incident. He was finally charged for the Blackett attack on Jan. 15, 2020, according to CBS4 News in Denver.

The detainer requests remain a sore subject in an ongoing feud between the city of Denver and ICE. Denver city officials have repeatedly said they cannot continue to hold anyone – no matter their immigration status – without a signed order from a judge.
ICE leadership, on the other hand, has repeatedly criticized the city of Denver for not being more cooperative with its detainer requests. Detainer requests are largely administrative in nature – they do not come with a judge’s signature -- and seek to ask a jail to hold a soon-to-be-released inmate for an additional two days. ICE has issued detainer requests as a way to provide its agents additional time to pick up inmates it believes are living in the country illegally.
When an inmate under a detainer request leaves the Denver jail – in lieu of bond, for example – Denver has elected only to give ICE what amounts to a short “heads up” via fax of the imminent release. Sometimes the fax comes an half-hour before release, and sometimes it comes a few hours before release, according to documents.
“They’re not allowing us to assume custody in their jails,” ICE Deputy Executive Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations Henry Lucero told Fox News last month when asked about Denver’s practice.
An Ohio judge made headlines for admitting that he calls ICE whenever he suspects an illegal alien of being inside his courtroom. Other judges may be wise to follow suit. Sanctuary policies protect criminal aliens while jeopardizing the safety of American citizens.

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An illegal alien fined $280 for leaving two law enforcement officers dead after a negligent driving accident has since been driving freely in the United States, an investigation by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) finds.

Roberto Garza Palacios, a 28-year-old illegal alien from Guatemala, was given a slap on the wrist after he caused a car crash in December 2017 that immediately killed 33-year-old Sander Cohen, the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office deputy chief, and later left FBI agent Carlos Wolff, 36-years-old, dead at a nearby hospital.

Palacios received a $280 fine for the deadly car crash, with prosecutors saying that the illegal alien’s killing of Cohen and Wolff did not constitute a “reckless disregard” for life.

An investigation by IRLI reveals that since Cohen and Wolff’s deaths, Palacios has remained in the U.S. and has been driving freely with a driver’s license:

IRLI has learned that after the deaths on I-270, Palacios faced a $30,000 bail that the judge in the case reduced to $15,000. The bail, legal fees and fine for Palacios were reportedly paid by CASA (formerly Casa de Maryland), an activist group that administers day-labor centers in the state and advocates for those in the country illegally.

IRLI’s investigation showed that instead of being deported or at least having his driving privileges revoked after the deaths of Wolff and Cohen, Palacios continued living in the United States and driving. Documents obtained by IRLI show that Palacios was cited in September of last year in Carroll County, Md., on four alleged violations including negligent driving, failure to obey traffic control devices, failure to drive on the right half of the roadway, and failure to remain at the scene of an accident. [Emphasis added]

After he was released by police in Carroll County, Palacios was arrested by ICE agents and is currently being held at the nearby Howard County Detention Center awaiting possible deportation.

“It is incomprehensible and unacceptable that Maryland’s sanctuary policies continue to protect illegal criminals, which in effect destroys the lives of U.S. citizens,” Carlos Wolff’s wife and mother of their two young children, Marla Wolff, said in a statement. She went on to say:

Had Montgomery County honored ICE’s detainer request, Palacios would have never been on the road to kill Carlos and Sander. This is a nightmare that we now have to live with. How many more families have to suffer unnecessarily because of politicians who put in place reckless laws? And now politicians want to make all of Maryland a sanctuary state; this is an outrage.

The IRLI investigation also discovered that Palacios has been arrested for drug possession, malicious burning, drunk driving, and destruction of private property.

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A twice-deported illegal alien, accused of murdering three men in the sanctuary state of California, has been arrested by law enforcement officials.
Jose Luis Torres Garcia, a 33-year-old illegal alien from Mexico, was identified this week by Riverside County Sheriff’s Office in Southern California for allegedly murdering three men execution-style, as Breitbart News reported. The victims include 50-year-old Jaime Covarrubias Espindola, 38-year-old Jose Maria Aguilar-Espejel, and 28-year-old Rodrigo Aguilar-Esepjel.

Garcia had been on the run, fleeing to Cheyenne, Wyoming, but was arrested by local authorities there when he was pulled over for a traffic stop. During his arrest, police found 15 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle.

According to law enforcement, Garcia already has an active warrant for his arrest for allegedly drunk driving and a warrant for drug crimes before the murders. Though the illegal alien was previously deported from the U.S. twice, he returned to California at an unknown time following his last deportation.

Law enforcement officials were worried that Garcia may have fled to Mexico before locating him. He will now be held on a $3 million bond for the murders.

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There isn’t a set definition of what a sanctuary city even is, mind you, but one characteristic those cities generally share in common is that they don’t share citizenship information with federal law enforcement officials, including if an individual is arrested or jailed.

If the federal government knows a jailed individual is in the country illegally or is a non-citizen, it can sometimes issue a detainer, which requests that the jurisdiction hold the prisoner until it can take him or her into custody. Sanctuary cities generally ignore these and will release the individual back into the community.

Chicago’s sanctuary city policy includes all of that, which is part of why a 34-year-old Mexican national was able to allegedly molest a 3-year-old at a McDonald’s in the Windy City.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy says Christopher Puente was able to lure the girl into a bathroom stall at the fast food restaurant on Feb. 17 by motioning to her while her father was helping her brother go to the bathroom in another stall.

The father heard the girl crying and, unable to pull the locked door of the stall open, pulled her out from under the door. He brought both children out to their mother and went back to the bathroom to confront Puente, who was still locked in the stall. After going back to check on his children, he went back again to find that Puente had escaped.

Police would arrest him the next day for trespassing in a parking garage and would recognize him from a still in the surveillance video from the McDonald’s.

Puente, Murphy said, had confessed to the crime.

“[Puente] said he was f—ed up and thinking dirty. … He said he was paranoid and looking around as he left the bathroom because he knew what he did was wrong,” Murphy said.

When the judge announced that Puente was being held without bail for predatory criminal sexual assault, the hearing-impaired Puente signed, “You don’t understand. This is my first time,” before his public defender stopped him. In a separate case, he also faces misdemeanor battery charges for inappropriately touching and then shoving a woman.

And yet, Chicago police refused to honor a detainer on him in June of 2019 when he was arrested on theft charges.

It’s not as if he didn’t have a lengthy criminal history, either.

According to The Daily Caller, he has convictions for forced entry burglary (2011, 2017) and forgery (2012). Those are felonies. He was deported in 2014 but tried to re-enter just five days later. He claimed American citizenship and presented authorities with a birth certificate. That ended with charges of falsely claiming U.S. citizenship.

When he was ordered to appear before an immigration judge, lo and behold, he didn’t show up. In 2017, a judge ordered his removal from the United States in absentia.

All of this information was available to Chicago officials. None of it could move them to deport Puente.

“How many more victims must there be before lawmakers realize that sanctuary policies do not protect the innocent?” Robert Guadian, director of the ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations Chicago field office, said in a statement.

“Puente should have been in ICE custody last year and removed to his home country. Instead, irresponsible lawmaking allowed him to walk free and prey on our most vulnerable.”

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said ICE was playing politics … and responded by playing politics.

“If ICE is complaining, then they should do their job better, and they shouldn’t do things that are traumatizing young children. That’s not acceptable, and I was very clear and blunt about that. How is that right?” Lightfoot said, according to WBBM-TV.

Lightfoot was responding to the arrest of 34-year-old Julio Torres in front of his children earlier in February.

She also said that sanctuary policies were necessary for police to maintain good relations with the communities they serve.

“They’re critical because we have said very clearly we’re a welcoming city, we’re a sanctuary city. The Chicago Police Department will not cooperate with ICE on any immigration-related business, and that’s affected their ability to conduct immigration raids across the city, but that’s exactly our intention,” Lightfoot said.

“We have to make sure that our police department is seen as a legitimate force in all communities, and we cannot do that if we’re participating in raids with a weaponized and politicized ICE. We’re not doing that in Chicago.”

The police department needs to be seen as a legitimate force, which is why it didn’t honor a detainer on a career criminal who was in this country illegally and who had been ordered deported in absentia to federal authorities. That individual then proceeded to allegedly molest a 3-year-old. How does this increase police legitimacy when they’re not protecting children to make a political point?

Puente is now behind bars and will, when he finishes his sentence, almost certainly be deported to his home country. This should have been done years ago, however. If it had been, there’s a very good chance this crime would have never happened.

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WASHINGTON, March 3 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday widened the ability of states to use criminal laws against illegal immigrants and other people who do not have work authorization in the United States in a ruling involving identity theft prosecutions in Kansas.

In the decision, the justices upheld the authority of states to prosecute immigrants for identity theft when applying for a job. The court found that Kansas did not unlawfully encroach on federal authority over immigration policy in charging three men accused of using other people's Social Security numbers.

President Donald Trump's administration backed Kansas in the case. Trump has made his hardline policies toward immigration a centerpiece of his presidency and 2020 re-election campaign. Kansas is one of several conservative states that have sought to crack down on illegal immigrants.

The justices overturned a 2017 Kansas Supreme Court decision that had voided the convictions of the three restaurant workers, finding that a 1986 federal law called the Immigration Reform and Control Act did not prevent states from pursuing such prosecutions.

Though immigration-related employment fraud is a federal matter, Kansas contended that its prosecutions were not immigration-related and did not conflict with federal immigration law. Kansas had argued that a ruling in favor of the immigrants would undermine its ability to combat the growing problem of identity theft.

Immigrant rights groups have said that giving states power to prosecute employment fraud would let them take immigration policy into their own hands.

The three men - Ramiro Garcia, Donaldo Morales and Guadalupe Ochoa-Lara - were not authorized to work in the United States and provided their employers Social Security numbers that were not their own.

A Social Security number is used to identify people for employment and tax purposes. People who enter the country illegally do not get assigned Social Security numbers, which are given by the U.S. government to all legal residents.

The case focused on the employment verification process under federal immigration law requiring employers, on a form known as the I-9, to attest that an employee is authorized to work. The law also states that the form "may not be used for purposes other than for enforcement of this act."

While the federal government has the sole authority to prosecute individuals for providing fraudulent information during the I-9 employment verification process, the state prosecuted the three men for using the same false information on different forms used to withhold wages for tax purposes.
 

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The Department of Homeland Security says that hundreds of Chinese nationals have attempted to illegally enter the United States through the southern border since the outbreak of the coronavirus in China.

“Some 328 illegal immigrants from China have been nabbed jumping the U.S.-Mexico border so far this year, according to Homeland Security data that raises the prospect a coronavirus carrier could sneak into the country via the border,” The Washington Times reported. “Three other people from South Korea — another country with rapidly spreading cases — have also been arrested at the border, as have 122 people from the Dominican Republican, where the coronavirus has now been detected.”

The coronavirus, which originated in China in December, has infected more than 91,000 people worldwide and killed well over 3,100 people – with most of the infections and deaths occurring in China.

Border Patrol agents told the Times that in addition to the 1,000 illegal aliens who are caught every day entering the United States through the southern border with Mexico, which is also dealing with an outbreak of the coronavirus, a significant number of illegal aliens are managing to sneak into the country undetected.

“The journey to the U.S. border puts migrants in poor conditions,” a Homeland Security official told The Washington Times. “We don’t know if they have come into contact with someone who has the flu, there is no passport, medical history, or travel manifest.”

Senior administration officials told The Washington Examiner that President Donald Trump’s focus on securing the southern border, his immigration policies, and building new border barriers “have gone a long way to keep the virus away, especially at the southern border.”

DHS Secretary Chad Wolf raised concerns this week about how U.S. officials cannot properly vet illegal aliens who enter through the southern border because many of them do not have the proper documentation with them.

“The individuals that are coming in at our 11 airports that are being funneled, we have very good information of their travel history, of their medical history,” Wolf said. “We’re not going to have that same set of fidelity for the individuals if this continues to grow at the southwest border.”

The Examiner noted that Wolf also highlighted how a recent ruling by leftist activist judges to temporarily block the administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy, puts the country at risk.

“MPP has an uncertain future. We know from experience that the journey to the U.S. border puts migrants in poor conditions – and they often arrive with no passports, medical histories, or travel manifests,” Wolf said. “The administration will continue to closely monitor the virus globally, as well as in our hemisphere, and will adjust our proactive measures as necessary.”

Another senior administration official told The Examiner, “We have a unique public health threat posed by individuals arriving unlawfully at the border. Any halting of MPP would exacerbate that threat.”

DHS acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli told The Examiner that the department’s top objective was protecting the American people, and that Trump’s efforts have gone a long way toward achieving that goal.

“The American people can be assured that we’re doing everything we can to protect our homeland. While the general risk to the American public remains low, DHS has mobilized a departmentwide response to keep Americans safe, secure, and informed,” Cuccinelli said.

“Fortunately, we were able to engage DHS assistance early to prevent the spread of this virus in the U.S. We remain locked arm-in-arm with our interagency partners, HHS and CDC health professionals, and state and local officials acting as one to safeguard the health and safety of the American people.”

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Customs and Border Protection has released new statistics for the first five months of the fiscal year, which started in October 2019, on the number of previously convicted criminals arrested by Border Patrol agents.

The numbers are astounding and climb into the tens-of-thousands.

Just last week in the El Centro sector, Border Patrol agents arrested a previously deported sex offender and an MS-13 gang member with a violent history.

The first incident occurred at around 6:02 p.m., when agents assigned to the Calexico Station encountered a man suspected of illegally entering the United States approximately half a mile east of the Calexico West Downtown Port of Entry. Agents arrested the man and transported him to the El Centro Station for immigration and criminal history screening.

Agents conducted records checks, which revealed that the man identified as David De Jesus Leiva-Arevalo, a 21-year-old Salvadorian national, is a self-admitted Mara Salvatrucha MS-13 gang member with a criminal history.

Leiva is being held in federal custody pending further criminal prosecution.

The second incident occurred at around 11:21 p.m., when agents assigned to the Calexico Station encountered a man suspected of illegally entering the United States approximately 18 miles east of the Calexico West Downtown Port of Entry. Agents arrested the man and transported him to the El Centro Station for immigration and criminal history screening.

Agents conducted records checks, which revealed that the man identified as Juan Carlos Castanon, a 48-year-old Mexican national, had a conviction on May 5, 1990, for “Lewd or Lascivious Acts W/Child Under 14” out of Santa Clara. The man was sentenced to six months confinement and five years’ probation for his conviction.

Castanon is being held in federal custody pending further criminal prosecution.

CBP has also released data on drug confiscation at ports of entry and elsewhere.

CBP officers and Border Patrol agents have seized over 69,000lbs of meth nationwide in the first 5 months of the fiscal year—a 45% increase over this time last year.

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their applications are processed in the U.S.

The court’s decision overturns a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals injunction against the policy covering the entire U.S.-Mexico border. Justice Sonia Sotomayor was the only judge who dissented. However, the ruling does not dispel other legal challenges currently brought against the policy in other courts.

The Remain in Mexico policy has been touted by the administration as a deterrent to illegal immigration. Around 60,000 asylum seekers are currently enrolled in the program.

Critics charge that it forces migrants to wait in dangerous Mexican border towns. In the 9th Circuit’s injunction, Judge William Fletcher wrote that the policy poses serious harm to migrants.

“[The Migrant Protection Protocols have] had serious adverse consequences for the individual plaintiffs,” Fletcher wrote. “Plaintiffs presented evidence in the district court that they, as well as others returned to Mexico under the MPP, face targeted discrimination, physical violence, sexual assault, overwhelmed and corrupt law enforcement, lack of food and shelter, and practical obstacles to participation in court proceedings in the United States.”

On Thursday the Pentagon announced it would deploy a “crisis force” of around 160 troops at two points on the U.S.-Mexico border, fearing that if the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the 9th Circuit, migrants would try to enter the U.S. en masse.

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