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THREE ARRESTED FOR IMPERSONATING FEDERAL AGENTS, SCAMMING IMMIGRANTS OUT OF $6 MILLION

 

 

By Jordan Damond

June 9, 2017 (San Diego) -- Three individuals, including one from East County,  were arrested July 7th for impersonating Homeland Security officers and trying to charge immigrants substantial  amounts of money in exchange for legal immigration documents that they never provided.

Two of the scam artists were ex-employees who had not worked in the Department of Homeland Security since at least 2014. They stole approximately $6,000,000 in total from over 150 victims through this scheme according to The United States Attorney’s office in San Diego.

LAWSUIT LAUNCHED AGAINST TRUMP BORDER WALL"'PROTOTYPE" CONSTRUCTION AT SAN DIEGO BORDER

 

Federal agencies refuse to provide records on environmental compliance until after wall prototypes are built, environmental group says

East County News Service

June 2, 2017 (San Diego) -- The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a formal notice of intent to sue the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection over impacts to endangered species and critical habitat from building up to 20 border-wall “prototype” designs in San Diego County. 

ZAPATEADOS: DANCES OF MEXICO IN LEMON GROVE

 

East County News Service

Shows held June 23, July 28 and August 25

June 1, 2017 (Lemon Grove)—Muevete Dance Studio in Lemon Grove (3338 Main St.) presents  a Zapateados “fundraiser” on the fourth Friday each month from June through August. These events showcase dance styles from various regions in Mexico,  showcasing talented dancers from Ballet Folklorico en Aztlan.  All shows are free, starting at 7 pm.

BORDER PATROL OFFICERS SEIZE $1.4 MILLION IN DRUGS, CAPTURE 14 FUGITIVES

 

Source: Border Patrol

May 31, 2017 (San Diego) – Over the holiday weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the ports of entry along the California border with Mexico intercepted almost 270 pounds of narcotics, valued at over $1.4 million. A total of 14 fugitives with outstanding felony warrants were also captured, including a suspect wanted for homicide.

ACTIVISTS SUGGEST A WRONGFUL DEPORTATION OF AN UNDOCUMENTED 22 YEAR-OLD COLLEGE STUDENT

 

By Rachel Williams

Public protest planned Monday in San Diego

May 22, 2017 (San Diego) -- Last Thursday the Border Patrol detained college student Claudia Rueda from Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, as she moved her mother’s car for street cleaning. Agents tried to enter the family home, but they were denied access without a warrant. Rueda, a “dreamer” who came to America as a minor, was eventually taken to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Chula Vista.

TELEMUNDO SAN DIEGO LAUNCHES JULY 1 ON LOCAL CHANNEL 20

 

Special program, “Telemundo 20, tu nuevo noticiero” airs on July 1 ahead of station’s first-ever live, local newscasts that debut on Monday, July 3 at 5 PM 

Station’s website and mobile app launch on June 1 

East County News Service

May 10, 2017 (San Diego) - The Telemundo Station Group today announced that Telemundo 20 San Diego will officially launch on Saturday, July 1 with a special 30-minute program, “Telemundo 20, tu nuevo noticiero” (“Telemundo 20, your new newscast”) at 6 PM (PT) that will feature interviews with the station’s news anchors and reporters and give local audiences a behind-the-scenes look at launch-day preparations in advance of the news team’s on-air debut on Monday, July 3. Telemundo 20 will air its first-ever weekday local newscasts, "Noticiero Telemundo 20" at 5 PM, 5:30 PM, 6 PM and 11 PM (PT) on July 3. Telemundo 20 will provide audiences in the San Diego and Baja California area in Mexico the local news, weather and sports information they need to stay informed across all platforms as well as Telemundo network entertainment programming they enjoy. 

IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY, UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS CONTRIBUTE OVER $200 MILLION IN TAXES

 

Study finds undocumented immigrants contribute $3 billion in California

Source: Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy

May 8, 2017 (San Diego) -- Undocumented immigrants contribute roughly $3 billion in taxes to California each year, over $1.5 billion of which goes to county coffers.

According to a new study from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), undocumented immigrants paid $109.8 million in taxes to San Diego County (in the form of property taxes and local sales taxes) and nearly $108.8 million in taxes to the state of California (in the form of personal income taxes and sales and excise taxes). 

PUBLIC RECORDS SOUGHT ON PROTOTYPES FOR TRUMP'S BORDER WALL: ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP SUES, ASKS IF PROTOTYPES SLATED IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY VIOLATE THE LAW

 

Source:  Center for Biological Diversity

May 3, 2017 (San Diego) -- The Center for Biological Diversity, a national nonprofit conservation organization, today filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking public records on whether planned prototypes for President Trump’s border wall in Southern California comply with laws meant to protect wildlife, people and wild places.

JUDGE BLOCKS TRUMP’S ORDER TO WITHHOLD FUNDS FROM SANCTUARY CITIES AND STATES

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 26, 2017 (San Diego) – A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order that required withholding of federal funds from sanctuary cities and states that shelter immigrants and decline to cooperate with federal authorities on deportation efforts.

U.S. TO REDESIGN GREEN CARDS AND EMPLOYMENT ID DOCUMENTS

 

East County News Service

April 19, 2017 (San Diego) -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project. USCIS will begin issuing the new cards on May 1, 2017.  Below are details, provided by the agency:

LAWSUIT TARGETS TRUMP'S BORDER WALL, ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM OVER ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS

 

East County News Service

April 19, 2017 (San Diego) -- The Center for Biological Diversity and Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva, who serves as ranking member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, sued the Trump administration this week over the proposed border wall and other border security measures, calling on federal agencies to conduct an in-depth investigation of the proposal’s environmental impacts.

DHS OIG HOTLINE TELEPHONE NUMBER HAS BEEN USED IN SCAM TO OBTAIN PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION

 

 

Source:  Department of Homeland Security

April 19, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is issuing this fraud alert to warn citizens of reports that the DHS OIG Hotline telephone number has been used recently as part of a telephone spoofing scam targeting individuals throughout the country.

MISSING BORDER ANGELS ACTIVIST HUGO CASTRO FOUND ALIVE AND INJURED

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 18, 2017 (San Diego) — Hugo Castro, a San Diego-based activist with Border Angels, has been found alive after an apparent abduction near Mexico City, Mexico’s Attorney General announced.  According to Mexico’s Attorney General, an anonymous caller tipped off a special prosecutor for disappeared persons and Castro was found on a street in the city of Tlalnepantla de Baz.

BORDER ANGELS' HUGO CASTRO MISSING IN MEXICO AMID CHILLING VIDEO APPEAL

 

By Ken Stone and Chris Stone

Reprinted from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  Border Angel volunteer coordinator Hugo Castro directs distribution of items to a Tijuana shelter for Haitians during a recent trip. Photo by Chris Stone


April 15, 2017 (San Diego) - Friends and family of migrant activist Hugo Castro fear for his life in the wake of a Facebook video in which he appeals for help on a road southeast of Mexico City.

FORMER PORTRERO RESIDENT SEEKING REVERSAL OF HOME FORFEITURE TO FEDS AFTER COURT VOIDS CONVICTIONS

 

By Mike Allen

April 11, 2017 (Potrero) – A former Potrero resident who was found guilty of smuggling illegal immigrants in 2014 had her ranch home seized by the federal government and sold at auction. But now a court has vacated, or voided, the most serious charges, so Kayla Rains seeks to have the auction funds returned to her.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: ACTOR VICTOR CROSSWAITE CONTRERAS TALKS ABOUT TWAINFEST SCRIPT COMPETITION AND DELIVERS DRAMATIC READING OF BANDITO JOAQUIN MURRIETA

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 10, 2017 (San Diego) – East County Magazine interviewed actor Victor Crosswaite Contreras,  a member of Descendants of Early San Diego.  There’s still time to enter a script-writing competition by May 31st for this year’s TwainFest in Old Town.  Scripts should bring to life an early resident of the San Diego region in the 1800s.  In our interview,  Contreras shares details –and delivers a dramatic reading of one of last year’s winning scripts, depicting famed bandito Joaquin Murrieta.

Listen to our interview and Joaquin Murrieta dramatic reading:  http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/sites/eastcountymagazine.org/files/audio/2017/April/Newsmaker-VictorContreras-TwainFest2017.mp3

76% OF U.S. VOTERS ARE CONCERNED OVER CLIMATE CHANGE, OPPOSITION TO WALL GROWS, BUT HEALTHCARE IS #1 CONCERN

 

East County News Service

April 7, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – A new national poll by Quinnipiac University has found that over three-fourths of American voters surveyed are concerned about climate change, more than two-thirds oppose building a wall on the Mexican border, and when asked to name the biggest problem facing America, voters’ number one answer was healthcare.

THE LOCAL JEWISH COMMUNITY OPENS ITS DOORS AFTER A REDEFINED TRAVEL BAN

 

By Rachel Williams

April 5, 2017 (San Diego) — At Temple Emanu-El, Rabbi Devorah Marcus opened their doors to support those impacted by Trump’s revised executive order, but judges in Maryland and Hawaii issued injunctions to temporarily halt the travel ban.

NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD ISSUES COMMUNITY ADVISORY ON SWEEPING NEW IMMIGRATION IMPLEMENTATION MEMOS ISSUED BY HOMELAND SECURITY

 

“DHS policies confirm that ICE can target anyone who is removable for detention and deportation, even if they fall outside of the broad ‘priorities’ of the President’s executive order.” –Community advisory issued by the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild

By Miriam Raftery

April 2, 2017 (San Diego) – The National Immigration Project (NIP) of the National Lawyers Guild has issued a Community Advisory on memos issued by the Department of Homeland Security in late February  to implement President Donald Trump’s executive orders ramping up deportation of  immigrants.  The immigration attorneys warn of sweeping changes that represent “a major shift and escalation in immigration enforcement.”

The NIP includes legal and policy analysis of key changes in immigration enforcement that “we believe will most impact community defense strategies," along with tips and suggestions for immigrations and those who assist immigrations.

CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION LAUNCHES WEBSITE LISTING DETENTION AND ARREST OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS WHO COMMITTED CRIMES

 

East County News Service

April 2, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection has unveiled a new webpage making available to the public data on apprehensions, admissibility, recidivism, and arrests of “criminal aliens” at the border. Information on the page will be expanded to include seizures of drugs, currency, and prohibited agriculture products in the coming months.

MAYOR WELLS LEADS EFFORT TO OPPOSE SANCTUARY STATE BILL, LAUNCH “SAFE CITIES” EFFORT

 

 

By Miriam Raftery and Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

March 31, 2017 (El Cajon )—El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells is leading efforts among local officials opposed to Senate Bill 54, which would declare California a sanctuary state.  Officials from several local cities joined  Wells in a press conference March 29th at the El Cajon Police Department, where about 25 protesters who support the sanctuary measure also turned out.

Opponents of SB 54 claim it would make communities less safe and put federal funds at risk.  They have launched their own website, www.mayorsforsafecities.org

Critics disagree, and one local official contends that backers of the Safe Cities website have disseminated "alternative facts"  that mislead the public on SB 54.

TRUMP’S ORDER 13769: HOW IT’S GETTING RID OF VISA HOLDERS AND IMMIGRANTS WHO HAVE NO IDEA IT EXISTS

 

By Steven Riznyk,  immigration attorney, San Diego

March 21, 2017 (San Diego) -- It is interesting to note that a lot of Green Card and visa holders are still not aware of Presidential Order 13768 as the travel ban took over the news. However, Steven Riznyk’s law firm, San Diego Biz Law, has been receiving calls from clients nationwide and worldwide who are affected by this section. They are afraid to travel, are denied entry at the border, and lose their airfares as well as vacation times. 

People don’t realize, states Steven Riznyk, how Presidential Order 13768 is affecting their family members and employees. Regrettably, and what is more surprising, states Mr Riznyk, is that a lot of visa and Green Card holders have no idea this Order is in effect, and are blindly traveling outside our borders, never to return. 

Green Card and Visa Holders are unaware that if they have a criminal record of any kind they require an approved waiver from the CIS (=immigration department) or Governor’s Pardon (for more serious offences); otherwise, they are leaving the United States, possibly never to return. Although people think that they only have a 5 or 10-year bar with certain offences, the reality is that they are not automatically allowed in after the time has elapsed; they often have to present a case. People without a valid waiver will find themselves unable to visit sick or dying relatives or otherwise travel outside the United States. 

CA LAWMAKERS PUSH STATE TO DIVEST FROM COMPANIES BUILDING TRUMP’S BORDER WALL

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 20, 2017 (Sacramento) – Assemblymembers Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego), Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), and Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) have announced legislation that would require the state’s pension funds to divest from companies involved in the construction of the president’s wall along the United States-Mexico border.

WISHING FOR A BETTER LIFE

 

Five Wishes, by Mollie Moon (Suka Press LLC, Carlsbad, California, 2017, 346 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

When you enter into freedom, possibility comes to meet you.

  • John O’Donohue

March 20, 2017 (San Diego) - Mollie Moon has escaped the cold European winters for a life in Southern California, where she lives with a bossy feline and occasional sand in her shoes, to write this fictional account of a young Latina breaking with family and cultural traditions; Five Wishes.

ORDER TO BOOST HIRING OF BORDER PATROL AGENTS AND ICE OFFICERS RAISES QUESTIONS OVER SCREENING PROCEDURES

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 15, 2017 (San Diego) - President Donald Trump’s executive order requires Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to hire 10,000 officers, including 5,000 Border Patrol agents.  But where to find qualified officers and agents is a challenge for the agency—and some proposed solutions are raising concerns.

GONZALEZ-FLETCHER BILL TO HELP DEPORTED U.S. VETERANS PASSES JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

 

AB 386 creates legal aid fund for veterans seeking to return to United States

East County News Service

March 14, 2017 (San Diego) — When immigrants signed up to serve in America’s armed forced, they were promised that they would be given expedited citizenship. But now President Trump has begun deporting these veterans.  Now, California’s Assembly Judiciary has approved a bill to establish a legal aid fund to help deported veterans.

STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION TOM TORLAKSON ASKS FEDERAL AUTHORITIES TO CLARIFY POLICY ON IMMIGRATION ACTIONS NEAR SCHOOLS

 

 

East County News Service

March 10, 2017 (Sacramento) -- State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, as part of his efforts to ensure parents and students feel safe at schools regardless of their immigration status, this week asked federal law enforcement authorities to explain if they are changing a policy that had avoided immigration actions near schools.

FREE IMMIGRATION SERVICES FILL IN THE BLANKS OF DEPORTATION PREVENTION

 

By Rachel Williams

Photo:  Enrique Morones,  Border Angels,  holds cross reading “No Olvidados”, meaning “never forget” the thousands of migrants who have died crossing the U.S.-Mexican border.

March 9, 2017 (San Diego) — Unless law enforcement has a search warrant, do not open the door. You can remain silent, Enrique Morones, executive director of Border Angels, says. On behalf of the organization, Morones educates the immigrant community of the dos and don’ts for people fearing deportation.

MEXICO OFFERS IMMIGRANTS HELP AT U.S. CONSULATES

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 6, 2017 (San Diego) – The Mexican government has announced that it is creating a network of help centers for Mexican immigrants at all consulates in the U.S.

The action aims to help Mexican citizens amid “fear and uncertainty” over President Donald Trump’s executive orders ramping up deportation and construction of a border wall, says Consul General Marcela Celorio in San Diego. 

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