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Bibi1581 Blog For 09/28/2018: Morning Edition

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1…………> Confirm Kavanaugh: WJ


Wall Street Journal Editorial Board: Confirm Brett Kavanaugh

“Judge Kavanaugh was right to call the confirmation process a ‘disgrace’ in his passionate self-defense,” The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s “allegation should have been vetted privately, in confidence, as she said she would have preferred. Instead of ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein held it for six weeks, and it was leaked—perhaps to cause precisely such a hearing circus.”





2…………> Trump’s ICE Broom: MA


ICE officers arrested 40 criminal aliens and immigration violators throughout the New England region during a 3-day enforcement action from Sept. 20-22.

Some of the cities and towns that ERO deportation officers made arrests in during the operation, were: Bridgeport, Bristol, Danbury, Hartford, and Waterbury, Connecticut; in Boston, Brighton, Chelsea, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Mattapan, Woburn, Revere, and Somerville, and Quincy, Massachusetts; in Brentwood, Manchester, Nashua, and Northwood, New Hampshire; and in East Providence and Providence, Rhode Island.

Foreign nationals from the following countries were arrested during the operation: Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Vietnam, Portugal, Ireland, Brazil, Jamaica, Cuba, Ecuador, among others. Most of the aliens targeted by ERO deportation officers during this operation had prior criminal histories that included convictions for crimes such as: assault, burglary, drug trafficking, possession of narcotics, discharge of a firearm, domestic violence, sexual exploitation of minor ,driving under the influence, fraud, illegal entry, hit and run, larceny, weapons possession, and sex offenses, among other charges.

“This operation has removed many dangerous individuals from the community and will help contribute to the safety and security throughout the entire region,” said Todd M. Lyons, acting field office director, ERO Boston. “Part of the ICE/ERO mission is to make our communities safer places to live in by removing criminals; operations like this do exactly that. I applaud the hard work and sheer determination of the dedicated professionals of ICE ERO Boston who make these vital operations possible.”

Eight of those arrested in this operation illegally re-entered the United States after having been previously deported, which is a felony. Depending on an alien’s criminality, an alien who re-enters the United States after having been previously deported commits a crime punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison, if convicted. Four of those arrested have been presented for federal prosecution for re-entry after deportation so far.





3…………> Trump’s ICE Broom: LA


A man with a conviction for attempted murder and a woman who has seven convictions for driving under the influence are among the 150 criminal aliens and immigration violators arrested by ICE officers this week. Approximately 40 percent of those aliens apprehended had previously been released by local law enforcement agencies despite ICE placing a detainer, which asks an arresting agency to notify immigration officers before an alien’s release from custody. Of those arrested in Los Angeles and surrounding areas from Sunday through Tuesday, approximately 90 percent had criminal convictions.

“The state laws preventing ICE from working in the jails is significantly impacting public safety by letting serious repeat offenders back out onto our streets,” said Thomas Giles, Acting Field Office Director for ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Los Angeles.

“Our presence would be focused in the jails, rather than in the streets, and safer for all involved, if ICE could again coordinate transfers of criminal aliens with local jails.”

The operation targeted public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and individuals who have violated the immigration laws of the United States – including those who re-entered the country after being deported and immigration fugitives ordered deported by federal immigration judges. Among those arrested during the operation are: A 36-year old citizen of Mexico apprehended in Huntington Beach, Calif. on Sept. 24, who had been arrested and released by local law enforcement agencies three times this year despite ICE having a detainer lodged. His convictions include attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, failure to register as a sex offender, driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance.




4…………> Mini Tsunami: Indonesia


A tsunami waves of up to six feet tall has hit a small city on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, collapsing buildings and washing a vessel onto land, after a magnitude-7.5 quake struck offshore, but there has been no word on casualties so far.

Authorities received information that Palu had been hit amid a rapid series of aftershocks,

“The 3 to 6 feet tsunami has receded, it ended,” according to a government official. 

“The situation is chaotic; people are running on the streets and buildings collapsed. There is a ship washed ashore,” she added. Videos circulating on social media show a powerful wave hitting the provincial capital, Palu, with people screaming and running in fear.





5…………> Kavanaugh Nomination: The Struggle


At a news conference with the president of Chile, President Trump says he’s going to “let the Senate handle” Kavanaugh.

“They’ll make their decision, and they’ve been doing a good job,” he says. When asked about Ford, Trump says he thought her testimony “was very compelling.”

“I thought that Brett’s testimony, likewise, was something that I haven’t seen before, it was incredible, it was an incredible moment I think in the history of our country.”

He reminds reporters that he isn’t up to speed with all the details given his meeting with Chile’s president, but that he wants “it to work out well for the country.”

As for Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, two possible Republican swing votes? Trump has no message for them. “They have to do what they think is right,” he says. The president ended the Kavanaugh questions by saying he’s going to rely on what the senators want to do. “I’ll be reliant on what Senator Grassley and the group decide to do.”


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