Category Archives: Law & Courts

May 29, 2017

California bills target private business to help immigrants

A measure that would bar landlords from disclosing tenants’ immigration status or reporting them to immigration officials passed the chamber. A bill prohibiting public and private employers from letting immigration agents come into their worksites or view their employee files cleared a committee.

California Democrats are expanding their efforts to resist President Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigrants in the country illegally with bills aimed at limiting how much private businesses can cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

Democrats control all levels of state government, and leaders have vowed to resist Trump administration policies at every turn. Immigration is among their key issues, but most legislation so far has been aimed at limiting what police can do to help immigration authorities and providing additional state services and support to immigrants in the country illegally.

Now, two bills that advanced in the Assembly in the past week are taking aim at private businesses.

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Bill C-16: Canada’s Social Justice Government | Dr. Gad Saad (Video)

Dr. Gad Saad, a professor in the business school at Concordia University, recently testified before the Canadian Parliament regarding the subtly pernicious nature of Bill C-16’s amendment to the Canadian Human Rights Code. The following is his elaboration on the topic from an interview between Matthew Drake and Dr. Saad.

May 27, 2017

Tommy Robinson: The truth about my 4 a.m. arrest (Video)

Tommy Robinson of TheRebel.media was arrested at 4am earlier this month. Today, he can finally talk about why he was arrested, and talks about who the real criminals are.

What L.A. Residents Really Think of L.A. as a Sanctuary City – Town Hall (Video)

Trump supporters take over Los Angeles Board of Supervisors Meeting / town hall on immigration, illegal aliens, and Sanctuary City status.

Denver Decriminalizes DOMESTIC VIOLENCE To Protect Criminal Immigrants

Denver joins several other U.S. cities that have revised prosecution or sentencing rules in order to prevent immigrants from facing deportation as a result of their criminal convictions.

The Denver City Council agreed Monday to change to local sentencing guidelines in order to shield legal immigrants convicted of domestic violence from deportation proceedings.

In a unanimous 12-0 vote, council members revised criminal penalties for several “low-level” crimes, reducing the maximum sentence to less than 365 days in jail. Under federal law, a criminal conviction that results in a sentence of a year or more is grounds for deporting any alien, including U.S. visa holders and legal permanent residents.

The changes, originally proposed by Denver mayor Michael Hancock, split criminal violations of city ordinances into three categories, reports the Denver Post. A first-time domestic violence charge is now considered a “mid-level” offense — comparable to crimes such as trespassing and shoplifting — and will carry a sentence of 300 days in jail and a $999 fine.

City code maintains the current maximum of a year in jail and a $999 fine for just seven serious offenses, including violent assaults and “repeated” domestic violence.

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May 26, 2017

ICE officers arrest 2 in Indio, among 2 Dozen in Riverside County, during multi-day sweep

About 80 percent of those taken into custody were from Mexico. Smaller numbers were identified as Salvadoran, Guatemalan, Armenian and Russian nationals.

More than two dozen illegal immigrants, most of them with criminal backgrounds, were apprehended in Riverside County during a U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement operation, federal officials said Thursday.

ICE’s Fugitive Operations officers conducted a five-day sweep throughout Southern California that concluded Wednesday, netting a total 188 arrests in six counties.

The immigrant offenders have convictions for sexual assault, manslaughter, robbery, narcotics dealing, auto theft and a host of other felonies and misdemeanors, according to ICE. Some of the individuals taken into custody had re-entered the country after being deported and now face federal charges for violating immigration laws again, authorities said.

Nine of the arrests were made in Riverside, with four in Moreno Valley, three each in Corona and Perris, two in Indio, and one each in Hemet, Menifee and Norco.

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21 Across U.S. Are Indicted in ‘Modern-Day Sex Slave’ Ring

According to the eight-count indictment, the operation was intricate for its organization. Among those indicted were the people owed the bondage debts of the women brought from Bangkok.

The young women, many of them from poor families in Thailand, were promised trips to the United States. They would also receive visas. Life in cities like Chicago would be rosy, they were told, and they would be able to help support their families back home.

But the promises, the federal authorities say, came with an enormous toll: The women were required to work as prostitutes in cities all over this country until they could pay off exorbitant “bondage debts,” set as high as $60,000, to the very people who had promised them better lives.

Law enforcement authorities on Thursday announced federal sex-trafficking conspiracy charges against 21 people, part of what they described as one of the most elaborate and extensive sex-trafficking operations they had seen. The operation had gone on for at least eight years, netted tens of millions of dollars, and involved hundreds of women who were shuttled among American cities, sometimes every few weeks, the officials said.

“The women did not have freedom of movement and, until they paid off their bondage debts, were modern-day sex slaves,” an indictment unsealed on Thursday in Federal District Court in Minnesota said, laying out

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May 21, 2017

Feds Bust DREAMer, 6 Migrants Allegedly Connected to Drug Smuggling Organization

Border Patrol agents in Los Angeles arrested seven foreign nationals believed to be associated with a “cross –border narcotics smuggling organization.” The arrests follow a prior bust in April where officials seized 33 pounds of cocaine and $630,000 in cash.

Border Patrol agents arrested Claudia Rueda-Vidal, 22, on an immigration violation. Authorities stated she is illegally residing in the U.S. in violation of the terms of her visa, according to information provided to Breitbart Texas by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokesman Mark Endicott. Rueda-Vidal is the daughter of Teresa Vidal-Jaime and Hugo Rueda. Law enforcement officials arrested the couple on April 24 during a raid where police say large amounts of drugs and cash were discovered.

Following the arrest of her parents in April, Rueda-Vidal appeared at a protest, joining other activist rebelling against immigration enforcement by the Trump Administration, the Los Angeles Times reported. After Vidal-Javier gave investigators permission to search her apartment, officials found $600,000 in cash and one ounce of crystal methamphetamine.

One of the protest organizers, Marcela Hernandez, told the West Coast newspaper that Vidal-Jaime “didn’t know anything about anything in the apartment. She let them in.”

Vidal-Jaime and her daughter illegally entered the U.S. in 2001, officials reported. Rueda-Vidal is reportedly attending classes at Cal State Los Angeles. “I know my mother is innocent, and both [the Sheriff’s Department and Border Patrol] know that, which is why they were supposed to let her go,” she said in an April statement. Rueda-Vidal is also known to be an immigration activist. The photo above shows her 2012 arrest by Los Angeles police during a protest over the Secure Communities immigration program. That program worked to help remove criminal aliens from jails and turn them over to immigration officials for deportation.

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American Revolution ‘pointless’ because judges now rule (Video)

Daniel Horowitz on how America lost self-government.

Americans have already lost their right to self-government. Every issue of importance is decided by unelected judges. And while the Republican majority and President Trump seem without power, the country is gripped in nothing less than a “foundational crisis.”

That’s the charge of Daniel Horowitz, author of “Stolen Sovereignty,” who outlined the existential stakes facing the American people in an interview with Stefan Molyneux.

“The most foundational constitutional crisis I identified is the judicial crisis,” said Horowitz. “None of our government operates the way it was intended to operate. That’s for sure … But the single biggest crisis we have is judicial supremacy, the notion that the unelected branch of government, which has lifetime appointments, there’s nothing you can do, very closed, archaic profession, that they are the sole and final arbiter of every social and political issue. That in itself is a coup King George never thought of. That’s nuts.”

Horowitz points out in his book judicial rule raises a fundamental question.

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Border Patrol Arrests 7, Including Student ‘Immigration Activist’

A 22-year old “immigration activist” whose father and uncle were both arrested in connection with a massive cocaine bust at a housing project in Los Angeles, and whose mother was taken into custody by Border Patrol for “being present in the country illegally,” has herself been detained by federal authorities.

According to the Los Angeles Times and other sources, Claudia Rueda, currently enrolled at Cal State L.A. with a focus on Latin American studies, “was taken into custody [Thursday] while moving her family’s car outside their Boyle Heights home, and late Thursday, she was being held by the U.S. Border Patrol at a detention facility near San Diego, according to her attorney, Monika Langarica.”

“She was moving the car because of street sweeping,” Monika Langarica, the woman’s lawyer, told the Times. “Before she got out of the car, three vehicles pulled up.” and Rueda was taken away.

The Democratic Socialists of America’s Los Angeles Chapter is alleging in a Facebook post and on its website that Rueda was arrested as a form of retaliation for her activism, and has launched a “Free Claudia” campaign. San Diego Border Patrol agent Takei Michael, however, informed Breitbart News that her arrest was for “immigration violations.”

“There is a lot that suggests retaliatory behavior on Border Patrol’s part,” Rueda’s attorney said, according to the Times story.

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