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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Illegal Alien Gang Members Murder Homeless Man

Police in Maryland have arrested six illegal immigrants, several of which are admitted MS-13 gang members, in connection with the death of a homeless man killed outside of a liquor store earlier this week.

Adan Salazar
July 24, 2014

Amos Milburn Jones, a 56-year-old homeless man, was beaten and stabbed to death outside of a shopping strip in Suitland, Md., early Tuesday morning, after witnesses say they saw him arguing with a girl.

From the Hyattsville Patch:
…Amos was hanging out with friends near a liquor store when he confronted a girl. An argument reportedly began, the young woman became angry and left. But, she allegedly returned with a group of men who beat Jones and then stabbed him multiple times in the chest and neck.
Yesterday, Suitland police revealed the 17-year-old female and several of the other suspects were members of the notoriously hyper-violent, multi-national gang known as Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, and that all six suspects would be charged with first degree murder.

Buried in a video report by ABC affiliate WJLA is a quick mention that all six arrested were illegal immigrants.

The brutal homicide will no doubt stoke fears that a portion of the immigrants crossing into the country illegally are indeed gang members seeking new recruits, or simply wanting to cause trouble.

Jones’ death will also further bring into question the federal government’s practice of transporting illegal immigrants from detention facilities in South Texas to various other parts of the country, including Maryland.

So far two facilities in Maryland, near Baltimore, have been approved to house illegal immigrants still waiting to be processed, according to an interactive map provided by However, the facility closest to where the homicide occurred is about 30 minutes away in Alexandria, Va.

A University of Maryland report on gangs describes MS-13 as “..known to heavily recruit school aged members between 10 years of age and up. Gang members are known to hang around middle and high schools recruiting members as young as ten-years-old in and around schools…”

“MS-13 members have access to sophisticated weapons, thus making firearms trafficking one of their many criminal enterprises,” the report states. “Despite their access to weaponry, there have been many high-profile murders and assaults in which MS-13 have used machetes to attack their victims.

“The gang is heavily involved in burglaries, auto thefts, narcotic sales, home-invasion robberies, weapons smuggling, illegal firearm sales, car-jackings, extortion, murder, rape, prostitution, assault, and witness intimidation.”

“What the people don’t realize is that it is putting their own children at risk, because these children are going to be put in schools with their children,” former Border Patrol agent Zach Taylor recently warned, labeling the illegal immigrant influx “asymmetrical warfare” designed to bring the country to its knees.


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Gaza civilians targetted under Israeli offensive...

Bryan Douebleu
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July 24, 2013

United Nations officials report that Israel has struck a UN school that was providing shelter to Gaza citizens caught in the Israeli offensive:

Days earlier a cellphone video was released depicting Gaza civilians coming under [reported] Israeli sniper fire:

Many detractors and pro-Israeli individuals dismiss this video outright. I initially held off on posting it as there are unknowns as to who was actually doing the shooting. But with the latest numbers of casualties at roughly 762 Palestinians and 32 Israelis it's quite clear that Israel is waging an offensive akin to a heavy weight boxing champion squaring off against a bantamweight... and it is the civilians that are clearly paying the price.

I've said it before and I'll say it again; all foreign lobbies (especially pro-Israeli lobbies) must be forbidden to operate within the United States. Sixty-six years later I think it's time Israel finally stands on their own and bears the benefits or consequences of its actions on its own.

If anything, let Britain deal with the mess they historically helped create.

A mother attempts to save her son after he is wounded:

There is idiots on both sides here though... the individuals that are firing rockets have done essentially nothing beneficial for their people. Again, their actions is like a moron throwing stones at a lion and then accusing the lion of being aggressive. Yet the difference here is the lion isn't simply going after the one that tossed stones at it...


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

‘Very Aggressive,’ ‘Vicious’ Illegal Alien Teen[s] Could Be Set Free by Feds

There not here to mow your lawn and send money home.
Sara Carter
The Blaze
July 22, 2014

Seventeen-year-old Jorge is a “confessed murderer” and member of the 18th Street gang.

Jose Enrique, 16, has “severe substance abuse” issues, self-mutilates, and has demonstrated “very aggressive” and “vicious” behavior.

Fifteen-year-old Pablo Alexander admitted to federal law enforcement officers that he had “murdered two rival gang members.”

Jacob Alexander, 17, said he had been “involved in shootings/murder attempts” and was “not sure if people died.”

The four teenagers all crossed illegally into the United States through Mexico this month before being detained by the Border Patrol in Texas. Without fear of retribution, they admitted past criminal behavior to law enforcement authorities in the United States. Their confessions were documented on an internal Department of Homeland Security “intake list” leaked to TheBlaze.

They traveled alone from Honduras and El Salvador, trying to reunite with their families living in the United States, according to the DHS document. Despite their admitted criminal histories, they will more than likely be released to family members with only “notice to appear” orders for immigration court.

None of them have been prosecuted; instead, they are being held at a temporary juvenile correctional facility located in Virginia, “until they are either released to a family member living in the U.S. or returned back to their homeland,” a federal law enforcement officer told TheBlaze.

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official told the TheBlaze that many minors with similar backgrounds are released to guardians living in the United States.

“It’s odd but they come clean on their past criminal behavior because they know nobody’s going to investigate or convict them of anything,” the ICE official said.

“Some of these crimes happened in their home country and their local authorities won’t be opening a case against them in places where murder is a daily occurrence,” the official said. “I think these kids confess because they believe we’ll know if they are lying — like we have some NSA super mindreader on them. They also know that the gang members, murderers and bad guys who arrived before them were released as well. They don’t fear us.”

ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen told TheBlaze that once minors are apprehended, it’s up to the Department of Health and Human Services’ refugee resettlement office to decide “where they should be placed, even if they are considered violent.”

A Health and Human Services spokesman could not be reached for comment.

TheBlaze is not releasing the full contents of the DHS document because the teens are minors who have not been convicted. They were housed with non-criminal children at detention facilities before being transferred to the correctional facility, and “this is a major concern for law enforcement and for the safety of the innocent and extremely young children we’re picking up,” the ICE official said.

Soldiers look at a bus that was burned with its driver in the northern outskirts of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on March 24, 2014. (ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)
The document is an indication of the number of teenage children entering the United States with gang ties or with criminal pasts. More than 57,000 unaccompanied minors have already entered the U.S. illegally since last fall, mostly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala — a number that is expected to reach more than 90,000 by the end of the year, according to Obama administration estimates.

The Obama administration last week sent the first plane carrying roughly 40 women and children back to Honduras, to show that illegals who arrive will be sent back home — an action one Department of Homeland Security official dismissed as merely a “ruse.”

“We should have been sending them home from the beginning instead of trying to hide it from the public,” the official said. “They only sent a few moms with their kids home — does the public really believe that the administration is going to deport all these children who don’t have family members with them? Or deport the ones whose family members are working illegally? It’s just not going to happen.”

‘Severe Substance Abuse,’ ‘Self-Mutilates, Very Aggressive/Vicious’

For Jose Enriques’ mother, knowing that her son made it safely to the U.S. is an answer to her prayers. Living in the shadows as a housekeeper in Virginia, she told TheBlaze she saved for months and worked double shifts to pay the first $3,000 to the “coyote,” the common term for a human trafficker, to bring her only child from Honduras. She was told another $3,000 needed to be paid after he was delivered to her.

Asked why she decided to have her son make the perilous journey now, she said it was President Barack Obama’s “new law allowing children to stay in the U.S. that gave me hope.”

“He’s all that I have and I can’t bare being apart from him anymore. Nobody understands the pain and difficulty of what I’ve had to do — nobody, only God knows,” said Maria, using a pseudonym out of fear that she could be tracked.

Her erroneous belief that Obama’s June 15, 2012 directive — which permits illegal alien children raised in the United States to remain in the country — would also apply to her son was the reason that she, like tens of thousands of other families, took the chance to bring their children into the country.

“I sent for him because after my mother died I wasn’t sure what was happening with him,” she said. “He isn’t in a gang and has no tattoos. I always warned him about staying away from the gangs — the officials there are corrupt and they beat my son so bad one time, he almost ended up in the hospital. He said, ‘Please help me mom, they beat me, they wanted to kill me.’”

Like all mothers, Maria wants to believe the best in her child, but the DHS documents indicates otherwise.

Jose Enrique, who was taken into custody on July 1, has exhibited “severe substance abuse,” “self-mutilates, [and is] very aggressive [and] vicious,” the document says, though doesn’t provide additional details.

‘I Don’t Understand What the Law Means’

Nine years ago, Maria decided to board a train in Honduras known as “the Beast” with hundreds of others hoping to find a better life in the U.S. — far from the poverty, corruption and criminal gangs plaguing her homeland. Describing the horrific conditions of her journey, she recalled clinging to the top of the moving train and nearly falling off several times when she couldn’t keep her eyes open and fell asleep.

She remembered a number of young girls who had been raped and violated by strangers who preyed on the weak.

But she said the most difficult part of her journey was leaving her son, Jose Enrique, behind to be raised by her mother when he was just 6.

It is her albatross. She has not seen her son in person since she left.

She remembered that the heat while crossing the Mexican desert was unbearable. There was little water. She remembered seeing bones along the way, wondering whether they had belonged to people or animals, until she realized it was both man and animal dotting the cracked rocky earth beneath her worn-out shoes.

“I thought I was going to die,” she said. “I thought my own bones will be the only thing left of me.”

Central American migrants run to board a freight train headed north, August 4, 2013 in Arriaga, Mexico. (Getty Images)
Jose Enrique’s father left his mother when she was 19 and six months pregnant.

“I never had more children or remarried,” she said. “I came to America and I’ve been cleaning houses and working as a cleaning lady in the hotels, sending money back to my mother and son. I would always call my son and check on him; he is a good boy and I don’t believe he cuts himself or has problems with violence — I came here to give him a better life.”

Two years ago, Maria’s mother passed away.

Jose Enrique, then 14, ended up in the care of a woman who lived in her mother’s neighborhood in Honduras. Maria said she sent money every month for his care but admitted she didn’t know details about his life.

“He would say, ‘Don’t cry mom — one day we’ll reunite’,” Maria said.

‘We Are Scared to Death’

Maria said the “coyote” in charge of getting people for the trafficking operation is a woman living in the U.S.

She did not reveal the woman’s name out of fear for her life and safety.

Maria said the traffickers contacted her after her son was captured by the Border Patrol, blaming him for getting the group he was traveling with detained. She said they told her, “Your son started running after we crossed the Rio Grande and it was his fault that the whole group was captured. Because he was running, because he was stupid.”

“I don’t think they’ll come after me for the rest of the money,” Maria said. “But it does scare me. I know if my son or I go back to my country, I’ll be killed. There is nothing left for us there. We are scared to death.”

During Jose Enrique’s journey to the United States, the traffickers “stole his phone and beat him as well,” she said.

“What will happen now? Many of us are confused about the U.S. law,” Maria said. “Many of the parents are concerned about what will happen with their children. I’m so scared of him being sent back to Honduras, of him being killed.”

Law enforcement officials are more concerned with allowing criminals or  gang members,  like the young men on the DHS list provided to TheBlaze, might threaten if released.

“I understand the difficulties for families like hers, but [Jose Enrique] is violent,” the ICE official said. “What happens if her son — or one of the other minors we’ve detained — kills an innocent person, rapes them, robs them? Who then will take responsibility for allowing violent offenders and illegal aliens to stay in our country?”


It's refreshing to know there are some people that make a stand and strive to make their nation a better place instead of running away. There are many places on the planet where people are in rough economic times or facing political oppression; unless we throw our borders wide open to them all the law should be obeyed and enforced. You would be gravely mistaken to think any El Salvadoran or Mexican would willingly erode their nations borders, laws, and sovereignty.


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

California aquifers intentionally polluted by natural gas fracking...

The potential impact of waste from oil and gas drilling, including hydraulic fracturing, on drinking water has been an issue in Texas, Wyoming and, with great urgency, in California this month. Here, a jar of fracking water waste is displayed at a recycling site in Midland, Texas.

California's drought has forced farmers to rely on groundwater, even as aquifers have been intentionally polluted due to exemptions for the oil industry.

Abrahm Lustgarten
Mother Jones
July 22, 2014

California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state's drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there.

The state's Division of Oil and Gas and Geothermal Resources on July 7 issued cease and desist orders to seven energy companies warning that they may be injecting their waste into aquifers that could be a source of drinking water, and stating that their waste disposal "poses danger to life, health, property, and natural resources." The orders were first reported by the Bakersfield Californian, and the state has confirmed with ProPublica that its investigation is expanding to look at additional wells.

The action comes as California's agriculture industry copes with a drought crisis that has emptied reservoirs and cost the state $2.2 billion this year alone. The lack of water has forced farmers across the state to supplement their water supply from underground aquifers, according to a study released this week by the University of California Davis.

The problem is that at least 100 of the state's aquifers were presumed to be useless for drinking and farming because the water was either of poor quality, or too deep underground to easily access. Years ago, the state exempted them from environmental protection and allowed the oil and gas industry to intentionally pollute them. But not all aquifers are exempted, and the system amounts to a patchwork of protected and unprotected water resources deep underground. Now, according to the cease and desist orders issued by the state, it appears that at least seven injection wells are likely pumping waste into fresh water aquifers protected by the law, and not other aquifers sacrificed by the state long ago.

"The aquifers in question with respect to the orders that have been issued are not exempt," said Ed Wilson, a spokesperson for the California Department of Conservation in an email.

A 2012 ProPublica investigation of more than 700,000 injection wells across the country found that wells were often poorly regulated and experienced high rates of failure, outcomes that were likely polluting underground water supplies that are supposed to be protected by federal law. That investigation also disclosed a little-known program overseen by the US Environmental Protection Agency that exempted more than 1,000 other drinking water aquifers from any sort of pollution protection at all, many of them in California.

Those are the aquifers at issue today. The exempted aquifers, according to documents the state filed with the US EPA in 1981 and obtained by ProPublica, were poorly defined and ambiguously outlined. They were often identified by hand-drawn lines on a map, making it difficult to know today exactly which bodies of water were supposed to be protected, and by which aspects of the governing laws. Those exemptions and documents were signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown, who also was governor in 1981.

State officials emphasized to ProPublica that they will now order water testing and monitoring at the injection well sites in question. To date, they said, they have not yet found any of the more regulated aquifers to have been contaminated.

"We do not have any direct evidence any drinking water has been affected," wrote Steve Bohlen, the state oil and gas supervisor, in a statement to ProPublica.

Bohlen said his office was acting "out of an abundance of caution," and a spokesperson said that the state became aware of the problems through a review of facilities it was conducting according to California's fracking law passed late last year, which required the state to study fracking impacts and adopt regulations to address its risks, presumably including underground disposal.

California officials have long been under fire for their injection well practices, a waste disposal program that the state runs according to federal law and under a sort of license—called "primacy"—given to it by the EPA.

For one, experts say that aquifers the states and the EPA once thought would never be needed may soon become important sources of water as the climate changes and technology reduces the cost of pumping it from deep underground and treating it for consumption. Indeed, towns in Wyoming and Texas—two states also suffering long-term droughts—are pumping, treating, then delivering drinking water to taps from aquifers which would be considered unusable under California state regulations governing the oil and gas industry.

In June 2011, the EPA conducted a review of other aspects of California's injection well program and found enforcement, testing and oversight problems so significant that the agency demanded California improve its regulations and warned that the state's authority could be revoked.

Among the issues, California and the federal government disagree about what type of water is worth protecting in the first place, with California law only protecting a fraction of the waters that the federal Safe Drinking Water Act requires.

The EPA's report, commissioned from outside consultants, also said that California regulators routinely failed to adequately examine the geology around an injection well to ensure that fluids pumped into it would not leak underground and contaminate drinking water aquifers. The report found that state inspectors often allowed injection at pressures that exceeded the capabilities of the wells and thus risked cracking the surrounding rock and spreading contaminants. Several accidents in recent years in California involved injected waste or injected steam leaking back out of abandoned wells, or blowing out of the ground and creating sinkholes, including one 2011 incident that killed an oil worker.

The exemptions and other failings, said Damon Nagami, a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council in an email, are "especially disturbing" in a state that has been keenly aware of severe water constraints for more than a century and is now suffering from a crippling drought. "Our drinking water sources must be protected and preserved for the precious resources they are, not sacrificed as a garbage dump for the oil and gas industry."

Still, three years after the EPA's report, California has not yet completed its review of its underground injection program, according to state officials. The scrutiny of the wells surrounding Bakersfield may be the start.


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