250 Bangladeshis Arrested in Single Texas Border Sector in Year
May 24, 2018
250 Bangladeshis Arrested in Single Texas Border Sector in Year
MS-13 member nicknamed “Animal” sentenced to 40 years in murder, RICO probe
BOSTON – An MS-13 member known by the street name “Animal” was sentenced to 40 years in prison following a multiagency probe, which included U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Joel “Animal” Martinez, was sentenced for racketeering conspiracy involving the murder of a 15-year-old boy in East Boston as a result of the HSI Boston investigation.
Martinez, 23, a citizen and national of El Salvador who formerly lived in East Boston was sentenced to 40 years in prison and two years of supervised release. Martinez will be subject to deportation upon completion of his sentence. In December 2017, Martinez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, more commonly referred to as RICO conspiracy. The case was prosecuted by the Office of United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling
Martinez admitted that on Sept. 20, 2015, he murdered a 15-year-old boy on Trenton Street in East Boston. During recorded conversations between the gang member and a cooperating witness, Martinez acknowledged being a member of MS-13 and admitted that he stabbed the victim to death. Specifically, Martinez said, “I stabbed the culero three times,” and stated, “He stared at me and he asked me if I was going to, if I was going to stab him. I told him, ‘Yes, the Mara (Mara Salvatrucha, MS-13) rules you.’”
After the murder, Martinez was “jumped in” and made a “homeboy,” or full member of MS-13’s Eastside Loco Salvatrucha (ESLS) clique during a ceremony that was surreptitiously recorded by agents. When a prospective member is “jumped in,” members of the MS-13 clique beat the new member with their hands and feet while one of the leaders of the clique counts aloud slowly to thirteen.
“Joel “Animal” Martinez was properly brought to justice with this sentence of 40 years in prison,” said Peter C. Fitzhugh, special agent in charge of HSI Boston. “HSI’s focus on public safety in concert with our federal, state, and local partners will hopefully allow the community of East Boston to rest a little easier today knowing Martinez is now off the streets.”
Through national migration and immigration, both legal and illegal, Georgia fading as a Republican state – Cobb and Gwinnett Counties falling fast
The below from the AJC today
“On Tuesday, Democrats racked up some encouraging statewide numbers. While a handful of boxes may be missing, there were 606,215 ballots cast in the Republican contest for governor, and 552,784 on the Democratic side. That’s a gap of only 53,431 ballots.
For Republicans, Tuesday’s voting represents 68 percent gain over the 328,710 ballots cast in the 2014 primary for U.S. Senate.
But the more important numbers come from individual counties. In Gwinnett, Democrats(40,538) cast 4,374 more ballots than Republicans (36,164).
In Cobb, Republicans cast 41,672 votes in their gubernatorial primary. Democrats cast 41,421. That’s a difference of only 251 ballots.
In north Fulton, we have the example of the race for House District 51, being given up by state Rep. Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs. The two primaries to replace him were uncontested, but Democrat Josh McLaurin posted 2,556 votes.
Republican Alex Kaufman had 2,249. That’s a 307-vote gap favoring the Democrat.”
Dalton Daily Citizen
May 24, 2018
Immigration on top of voter’s minds
Jill Nolin CNHI newspapers
Susan McCorkle knew Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle was her guy in the governor’s race when she checked off three things: Conservative, Christian and a firm stance against illegal immigration.
The 67-year-old retiree who lives in Rocky Face was so sure of it that she scooted to downtown Dalton on the first day of early voting to cast her ballot.
McCorkle lives in ruby red Whitfield County, where nearly 71 percent of voters backed President Donald Trump. But the northwest Georgia county is also home to a growing Latino population that includes many young people who are able to remain in the country through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“I’m a Christian first and I’m going to treat people with respect. I’m not going to pinpoint somebody and be disrespectful to them, because they’re God’s child,” McCorkle said as she left the Dalton-Whitfield Senior Center, which serves a voting precinct, after finishing a yoga class.
“But I do believe that if you break the law, there’s a penalty for breaking the law,” she said.
The Republican candidates squared off for months over their get-tough views on illegal immigration.
Cagle vowed to heed Trump’s call and send Georgia National Guard troops to the Mexican border. Cagle will be in a run-off next month with Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who said in a political ad that he was ready to personally round up “criminal illegals.”
Aside from pro-gun pledges, talk of tackling illegal immigration dominated the Republican primary. One candidate, Michael Williams, who didn’t break 5 percent in the final vote tally, even went so far as to hit the road with a “deportation bus” that he promised to fill with criminals if elected.
None of this fazed Erin Babb, a 40-year-old Dalton social worker and Democrat who said her daughter attends school with immigrant children.
“It’s not surprising, given what’s coming from the top,” Babb said, referring to President Donald Trump. “It’s just more of the same.”
But one Republican voter, who declined to give her name, said she was troubled by political rhetoric that seemingly lumps all newcomers together — violent criminals and all. The woman said she has developed friendships with the Hispanic members of her church whose status is unknown to her.
But throughout this community, passions on immigration run hot. Many Republican voters interviewed for this story said they were pleased to hear candidates focus on the issue during the primaries.
“A lot of people won’t say it, but I think we’re allowing too many people illegally into our country,” Whitfield County voter Frank Land as he left the Varnell Parks and Recreation Center. “And they’re taking up a lot of our resources through the food stamps and everything like that. I think we’ve got our own people we need to feed.”
Strong feelings on immigration nearly cost state Sen. Chuck Payne, R-Dalton, his seat under the Gold Dome.
The first-term lawmaker drew an opponent who criticized Payne for not supporting a proposal to issue a special driver’s license to those who lack lawful status, such as DACA recipients.
Payne has cited practical reasons for opposing the bill, which he said would needlessly expand government. His lack of support caused the bill to fail in a committee, although the measure later made it out of committee without his aid. It eventually stalled.
The Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce fought the measure for other reasons. Rob Bradham, who is chamber president and CEO, told lawmakers this session that thousands of DACA recipients live in the northwest Georgia community.
Many of them are on the payroll of some of the Carpet Capital’s large flooring manufacturers, he said.
The state is home to an estimated 21,600 DACA recipients, according to a federal report released last fall. The majority of them — about 15,700 — live in the greater Atlanta area. About 1,500 live in Gainesville. Dalton was not included in the report.
“If you vote for this bill and pass this bill, it will make it more difficult for our employers, who are in a tight labor market as a it is, to employ these DACA recipients who want to be productive members of our community and are productive members of our community,” Bradham told lawmakers at the time.
Payne’s opponent, Scott Tidwell, said… Read there rest here.
Jill Nolin covers the Georgia Statehouse for CNHI’s newspapers and websites.
D.A. King in Insider Advantage Georgia: Lawsuit from former illegal alien, anti-enforcement lobbyist candidate raises questions
Insider advantage Georgia
Lawsuit from former illegal alien, anti-enforcement lobbyist candidate raises questions
May 23, 2018
As IAG Publisher Phil Kent recently noted here, a former illegal alien, Maria Palasios, is suing to reverse a decision from Secretary of State Brian Kemp that she is ineligible to run for a seat in the General Assembly. The story creates several important questions and probably exposes another lie from the Obama administration on the illegal executive DACA amnesty.
In their own coverage of the story, the AJC reports that Palasios “was brought by her parents to the United States from Mexico as an infant without authorization, and she became a U.S. citizen in 2017.”
Exactly how, we should ask, did an illegal alien become a U.S. citizen? Naturalization requires lawful status.
When he rolled out the DACA amnesty during the 2012 presidential campaign, Obama assured the nation: “now, let’s be clear — this is not amnesty, this is not immunity. This is not a path to citizenship.”
As the Washington Post reluctantly explained in September, according to Senator Charles Grassley and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, 59,778 DACA recipients had applied for green-card status — and 39,514 had been approved.
Of the illegal aliens who had received green cards, 1,056 had become U.S. citizens as of September, 2017.
It is also quite relevant that would-be lawmaker Palasios is employed by the corporate-funded, anti-borders GALEO Corporation to lobby against immigration enforcement under the Gold Dome. You can see her in action (here 9:07 on the counter) in an official Senate Public Safety Committee video from March lobbying against former state Sen. Josh McKoon’s illegal alien drivers license reform bill that would have stopped the current practice of giving some illegal aliens the exact same drivers license as legal immigrants.
Note: This is the same hearing noted by IAG last month in which Dalton state Sen. Chuck Payne, R-Dalton, asked how McKoon’s bill would be enforced “out of state” before he voted against it. Payne was re-elected in his primary race yesterday.
In the lawsuit Palasios – and the ACLU – claim she has been a “citizen” of Georgia since 2009, which was three years before Obama’s DACA amnesty. It looks like the “New Georgia” may be a place where illegal aliens can be considered “citizens.”
D.A. King is president of the Dustin Inman Society Here
May 20, 2018
AUDIO – WSB TV Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate debate, May 20, 2018 in which Micheal Williams tells the world that 287g authority allows local law enforcement to deport illegal aliens – totally false
287 g here
Williams has been told multiple times that most jails in Georgia are not eligible for 287g, that only the feds can decide where 287g is implemented and that only the feds can deport illegal aliens. Geez…
SPLC on Dustin Inman Society: Not a hate group…2011 Wayback machine: D.A. King Associated Press profile after HB87 #AP
Activist key to immigration bill
Posted: Tuesday, July 05, 2011
ATLANTA – With the fate of a proposal to crack down on illegal immigration still unknown in the frenetic final days of Georgia’s legislative session, the bill’s author was spotted several times huddled in hushed discussions in the Capitol hallways with D.A. King.
King, 59, has been a permanent fixture at the Capitol for years, lobbying lawmakers and rallying supporters for phone and letter-writing campaigns. The broad-shouldered, 6-foot-2 activist’s approach is sometimes confrontational and always outspoken, making him a hero among those who favor stricter immigration enforcement – and earning him plenty of enemies.
His advice has been welcomed by some legislators, including state Rep. Matt Ramsey, a Republican in the Atlanta suburb of Peachtree City who authored Georgia’s strict measure.
“I can’t think of anybody in my 20 years of working on this issue who has been more adroit in working inside the state legislature to get legislation actually passed,” said Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, which pushes for tighter immigration control. “He’s just kind of at the top of the heap nationwide in terms of local activists.”
Ramsey said King provided integral guidance when drafting the new law, and he rallied supporters to pressure lawmakers with phone calls and emails.
Even though a judge last week temporarily blocked two provisions of the law, King claims victory. He cited several parts that were not blocked, saying they “will greatly deter illegal aliens from attempting to take jobs in Georgia.”
One will require businesses with 500 or more employees to use a federal database called E-Verify to check the immigration status of new hires starting Jan. 1. That requirement will be phased in for all businesses with more than 10 employees by July 2013. Another makes it a felony to use false information or documentation when applying for a job. Also starting Jan. 1, applicants for public benefits must provide at least one state or federally issued “secure and verifiable” document.
The Montgomery, Ala.-based Southern Poverty Law Center hasn’t put King’s organization on its list of hate groups.
But the center lists him as a “nativist” and has expressed concern about his tendency to call illegal immigrants “invaders” and his contact with other more extreme activists.
“His tactics have generally not been to get up in the face of actual immigrants and threaten them,” said the law center’s Heidi Beirich. “Because he is fighting, working on his legislation through the political process, that is not something we can quibble with, whether we like the law or not.”
Other critics take a harsher view.
“I think he works to push his agenda in a very divisive way,” said Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials. “One has to look at who this man is. He is a convicted felon who is advising our legislators and our governor on very important policy matters.”
King talks openly about his felony conviction. He pleaded guilty in 1977 to a charge of interstate gambling, stemming from work he did answering phones and picking up money for a bookmaker taking bets on sporting events in Alabama.
He was ordered to pay a fine and to serve two years of probation.
The grandson of a Detroit police officer, King grew up in the suburbs of that city, served two years in the U.S. Marine Corps and built a career as an insurance agent. He had no interest in politics or activism and didn’t vote.
“What happened is when I started learning about illegal immigration, I went from being very, very shy to being very, very upset,” he said.
In the late 1990s, a Mexican family moved in across the street from the house he shares with his wife in suburban Atlanta. Before long, there were about 20 people he suspected were in the country illegally living in the three-bedroom home, the yard was full of old vehicles and loud parties disrupted the neighborhood, King said.
He complained to his local government about code violations but got no response, he said.
Then the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks marked his “aha moment,” he said.
“I realized if I could have people living illegally across the street from me and there are people in the country who are flying planes into our buildings, this doesn’t seem like a big effort at national security,” he said.
That’s when he began researching illegal immigration on an old hand-me-down computer from his brother-in-law.
The Pew Hispanic Center estimated Georgia’s illegal immigrant population to be about 425,000 last year, making it the state with the seventh-largest illegal immigrant population.
King stopped working as an insurance agent in 2003 to devote himself full time to his cause and held a rally at the state Capitol in 2003, the first of more than two dozen. He also was profoundly affected by five trips to the Arizona-Mexico border between 2003 and 2006, he said.
He met Billy and Kathy Inman, whose 16-year-old son, Dustin, had been killed in a car crash caused by an illegal immigrant, and in 2005 renamed his group from the American Resistance to the Dustin Inman Society at their request to make their son’s name live on, he said.
“This crisis took more than 30 years to develop,” he said. “There is no overnight solution.”
But the federal government has a fundamental duty to the secure the nation’s borders and to follow up on visas to make sure people leave once their time has expired, he said.
Federal immigration authorities also must enforce the law so illegal immigrants won’t come and won’t stay, which he calls “attrition through enforcement.” It also is important for English to be the official language of the U.S., he said.
He calls the groups who lobby against illegal immigration crackdowns “open borders crazies” and is quick to call or email journalists about their reporting on the topic.
“I know what gets left out of the news,” he said. “I know and watch every day how illegal immigration is constantly spun.”
King said he’s working on a book, but making the fight against illegal immigration a full-time job for nearly a decade has left him deep in debt and forced him to refinance his house and sell stock his grandmother left him. He said soon he’ll have to do what he can to “return to real life.”
“I’m in no way quitting,” he said, “but I don’t know that I’m going to be regarded as furniture in the Georgia Capitol next year.”
Part 1 Here.
May 19, 2018
Days before the Republican Primary, Immigration Board sides with Casey Cagle against Decatur
We recommend you read this, here.