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February 16, 2017
Grand Island, N.Y. Ė On February 14, 2017, U.S. Border Patrol received an anonymous call that there were 12-20 illegal immigrants at an address on Long Rd. In response, agents assigned to the Buffalo Border Patrol Station increased patrols in the area.
Border Patrol agents arrest subjects
illegally present in the U.S.
During the increased patrols, agents observed two vans containing multiple occupants in the area. Both vans pulled into a local food chain restaurant on Grand Island Boulevard. One of the vans parked and the other van went through the drive through. Agents initiated a consensual encounter with the subjects in the parked van who exited to go inside the restaurant. Two of the subjects attempted to flee on foot but were apprehended a short time later at a local drug store. A total of four subjects exited the vehicle; all were questioned by agents and determined to be illegally present in the United States.
Other agents initiated a vehicle stop on the second vehicle as it exited the drive through. That vehicle contained six subjects; three of the subjects were determined to be in the country illegally. One subject was determined to be a United States citizen, he was identified and released at the scene.
All subjects, with the exception of the United States citizen, were taken to the Buffalo Border Patrol Station for processing. Another subject claimed to be a lawfully admitted permanent resident but did not have his card present with him. Once at the station, his identity as a lawful permanent resident was confirmed and he was released. A third subject was found to have been registered as a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); therefore, he was also released.
Initial records checks on one of the subjects from Mexico revealed that he was a convicted sex offender in 2008 in North Carolina. He was deported shortly after his conviction and re-entered the United States sometime thereafter.
A total of seven male subjects, five from Mexico and two from Honduras, are being held for immigration proceedings.
The Border Patrol welcomes information regarding suspected illicit activity, and can be contacted 24/7 at 1-800-331-0353.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.
February 16, 2017
Updated 02-16-2017 at 10:26 AM by MKolken
Update: February 17, 12:10 pm:
In a shocking story indicating that Trump may be considering bringing jackboots and storm troopers to America in the form of his often mentioned "Deportation Task Force", the AP reports on February 17 that a memo has been circulating among DHS officials contemplating the use of National Guard troops to round up and arrest unauthorized immigrants in 11 western states.
Late reports also indicate that the White House is denying the story, which may or may not have any meaning, depending on how far one trusts the White House to tell the truth about anything related to immigration in Donald Trump's America.
There is an old saying that when fascism comes to America, it will come with a smile. It might be more accurate to say that it is coming with a tweet.
If the AP story is accurate, and Trump's alleged jackboots do go into action against unauthorized immigrants, how long will it be before they start arresting and locking up American citizens who have any kind of connection with immigrants under INA Section 274, which makes it a felony for any person to "assist" an immigrant who remains in the US without legal status?
Then America will really find out that fascism is not just a word - we could be seeing it in action on every street corner and at every traffic stop in America.
For the AP story, see:
My previous comment follows below.
Update, February 16, 7:08 pm
POLITICO reports on February 16 that at a meeting between a top ICE official and a small group of House members from both parties, the Representatives were told that they "can and should expect many more arrests and removals [of unauthorized immigrants] this year."
This is one promise from the administration that it will certainly be safe to rely on in Donald Trump's America. For the full story, see:
My original comment follows:
In his administration's latest actions against Mexican immigrants whom Donald Trump labelled as "criminals" and "rapists" when he began his campaign for the presidency almost two years ago, ICE has arrested and detained a DREAMER with a young son, a job and no criminal record who was brought to the US at the age of 7.
The man, Daniel Ramirez-Medina, had been granted protection under President Obama's DACA program, which has not been cancelled or revoked by the new president and is still in full force and effect.
In another development, ICE arrested a Mexican woman in El Paso, Texas while she was in court obtaining an order of protection as a domestic violence victim.
Admittedly, the woman in that case would not appear to be the most sympathetic case one might imagine, having reportedly been deported from the US six times and having been previously arrested for assault and false imprisonment, among other alleged crimes. The report did not say whether she had any actual convictions.
However, what kind of message does the arrest of a domestic violence victim while seeking a protective order in court send to thousands, if not millions of other Latino and other minority domestic violence victims who may be in the US without legal status, but who are otherwise law abiding and who will now be afraid to report such violence or to take action to protect themselves against it?
And, in the light of ICE's raids and arrests across the United States against Latino immigrants regardless of whether or not they have ever been convicted of, or even charged with, a crime, what kind of message does this send to Latino and other non-European immigrants in general, with or without legal status, about whether or not immigrants from their countries are still welcome in the United States under any circumstances while this president is in office?
For the report on the Mexican woman arrested by ICE see:
A prescient article in America's Voice dated November 14, 2016 warned that Trump's plan to deport "criminal" immigrants as a priority was just a ruse and that the real intention was to carry out mass deportation of all unauthorized immigrants.
This prediction is now becoming reality. See
Trump's Plan to Deport "Criminals" is a Ruse and a Pretext to Start Massive Deportations of Hardworking Families
This artticle should be available by going to the website,
or through Google. I am sorry I do not have a direct link.
This article has also been updated to February 15 on the same America's Voice website, See:
No Lingering Doubts: Trump's Deportation Force Target's All 11 Million.
Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 35 years, Roger has been representing mainly skilled and professional immigrants from diverse parts of the world and from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds in work visa and green card caaes.
Roger's email address is email@example.com
Updated 02-17-2017 at 12:10 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
In a mild but significant break with the president, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated on the Joe Scarborough TV show that presidential actions, including Trump's January 27 Muslim ban order (which is properly called a "Muslim ban" since all of the seven countries mentioned in the order are overwhelmingly Muslim in population, including, for example, Yemen, which Wikipedia lists as 99.99 per cent Muslim), are not above judicial review.
According to POLITICO, McConnell said that the power of judges to review the actions of other branches of government for legality applies to:
"Yes, all of us, both Congress and president..."
This is in direct contrast to White House aide Stephen Miller, who has been claiming that, with regard to the Muslim and refugee ban:
"the president's powers here are beyond question."
McConnell also said that he disagrees with the president's attacks against the federal district and appellate judges who have temporarily blocked his Muslim and refugee ban order.
The above is a stark reminder of what is really involved in the issues surrounding the president's January 27 executive order.
Beyond the question of whether some 200 million people living in seven countries (and by extension, potentially, citizens of other, or all, Muslim countries, around the world) can be barred from the United States because of their religion, lies the question of who will have ultimate power in America during the Trump years - the three co-equal branches of government, as provided by our laws and Constitution, or one man - Donald J. Trump.
The POLITICO story is at:
Attorney at Law
Updated 02-15-2017 at 03:07 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
There are no reports that I am aware of indicating that Donald Trump's disgraced former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had any conversations about attitudes toward Muslim immigrants during his discussions with Russian officials which led to his downfall and resignation.
But if that subject had come up during his discussions, Flynn (and his boss Donald Trump) might have been able to learn a great deal about acceptance of Muslims and Muslim immigrants in Russia that would sharply conflict with what the Washington Post, in a February 15 column by Ishaan Tharoor, describes, with a good deal of justification, as Flynn's Islamophobia.
Flynn's ties to Russia are a problem. But what about his Islamophobia?
(Sorry, I do not have a link. Please go to Google.)
In contrast to Flynn's wild statements about Muslims and their religion as being (in effect) the root of all evil, which are detailed in the above WP article, and which I will not dignify by repeating here, Putin's attitudes to Russia's large Muslim population, including Muslim immigrants are, while far from meeting the standards of democratic country, still a great deal more nuanced and realistic.
An exhaustive, in depth discussion of Vladimir Putin's approach toward Muslims, and Muslim immigrants in particular, in Russia is contained in an article (in English) by a research organization in Spain called Grupo De Estudios En Seguridad Internacional (GESI) entitled:
Islam in Russia: Challenge or Opportunity?
In introducing its subject, including an explanation about why Russia needs Muslim immigrants and welcomes them - up to a point - GESI states:
"Russian authorities have elaborated three parallel discourses on Islam to appear both 'Islamophile' and fighting radical Islam."
The article goes on to describe Putin's warm relationship with Muslim leaders whom he regards as supportive of the state, while at the same time taking harsh action against those he suspects of radical tendencies or of other opposition to his regime.
This is a far cry from regarding all Muslims around the world as inherently dangerous or as being in a "War of Civilizations" with the West, as we have been hearing, not only from Flynn, but from Stephen Bannon, another top presidential adviser who reportedly had a major role in developing Trump's disastrous January 27 Muslim travel ban order, which has been put on hold in large part by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
While Flynn's brief role in the Trump White House is now part of America's immigration history, Bannon remains very much at the center of power in Washington.
I will return to the subject of Muslim immigrants in Putin's Russia in a future comment.
Attorney at Law
Updated 02-15-2017 at 12:45 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
The latest immigration news in Donald Trump's America is that raids and arrests of unauthorized immigrant "criminal aliens", at least some of whom have never been convicted of a crime and therefore are not criminals under the laws of this country, are continuing to strike fear in immigrant communities throughout America. and may be heading in the direction of full police state operations against Latino and other minority immigrants.
How long will it be before American citizens who have any connection al all with unauthorized immigrants start to fall into the dragnet of a very broad statute, INA Section 274, which makes it a felony to "assist" anyone who is present in the US without permission?
In another development, General Michael Flynn, who achieved notoriety for calling Islam a "cancer" rather than a religion, has resigned as a top national security advisor to the president because of an unrelated imbroglio over his connections with Russia, whose dictator, Vladimir Putin, is Trump's strong supporter.
Will the White House's remaining top Islamophobe, Stephen Bannon, who was reportedly instrumental in preparing Trump's Muslim ban executive order fiasco, be the next to go? No sign of this, but it would not be such a bad idea for those who care about religious freedom and equal rights in America.
Putin, incidentally, has been reported as planning to build a gulag of 83 prison camps, one in or near each major Russian city, for unauthorized immigrants in his country. Will this be an inspiration for his ardent admirer, America's new president?
Attorney at Law
Updated 02-14-2017 at 11:56 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs