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ICE Has Released Their First Weekly List Of Crimes Committed By Undocumented People

Earlier this week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has finally released their first weekly roundup of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants. The list doesn’t include names of the people charged and convicted of crimes. Instead, it points the finger at sanctuary cities for releasing people and declining requests of detention to help ICE round up people for deportation.

According to the ICE website, the list is a part of Executive Order 13768, “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” which was signed by President Trump on Jan. 25, 2017. Critics of the list have been vocal about the similarities between ICE’s list and the lists published about Jewish people during World War II in Nazi-occupied territories in Europe.

Here’s why ICE claims you should care:


“In some cases, state or local laws, ordinances, or policies restrict or prohibit cooperation with ICE,” reads the ICE Declined Detainer Outcome Report FAQs section. “In other cases, jurisdictions choose to willfully decline ICE detainers and release criminals back into the community. The results in both cases are the same: aliens released onto the streets to potentially reoffend or harm individuals living within our communities.”

The crimes included in the list range from “liquor” to “homicide” with a couple listed as “traffic offense.” More than 140 of the immigrants included in the list come from Travis County State Jail, which is located in Austin, Texas. It is important to note that federal agents alerted judges in Texas that sweeping raids were underway as retribution for Austin’s sanctuary policies, not as part of a routine sweep as ICE publicly claimed. Out of the 206 immigrants listed, 148 are Mexican nationals. It is also important to note that not all of the people on the list have been convicted. Out of the 206 people mentioned, only 116 have been charged with a crime.

ICE and Trump have been trying to tell the American people that where there are immigrants or undocumented immigrants, there is also an increase in crime rates. However, several studies definitively disprove those claims. Furthermore, federal courts have ruled that people cannot be detained for longer than their jail sentence to comply with an immigration detainer as it is in violation of their 4th Amendment rights.

You can see the full list here.


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Five Migrant Girls Were Found Left Alone And Abandoned In The Texas Heat

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Five Migrant Girls Were Found Left Alone And Abandoned In The Texas Heat

This past March, according to El Pais, migrants crossed the Rio Grande at an all-time high not seen in the past 15 years. US government reports underlined that a total of 171,000 people arrived at the southern border of the United States in March. Eleven percent were minors who made the journey by themselves.

Reports say that this vulnerable group will continue to grow in size with recent shifts in the Biden administration child immigration policies. Five migrants girls recently found by the river recently became part of this group.

An onion farmer in Quemado recently reported that he found five migrant girls on his land.

The girls were each under the age of seven, the youngest was too small to even walk. Three of the girls are thought to be from Honduras, the other two are believed to have come from Guatemala.​ Jimmy Hobbs, the farmer who found the girls, said that he called the Border Patrol gave the children aid by giving them water and food and putting them in the shade.

“I don’t think they would have made it if I hadn’t found them,” Hobbs told US Rep. Tony Gonzalez (R-Texas) in a New York Post. “Because it got up to 103 yesterday.”

“My thoughts are that it needs to stop right now. There are going to be thousands. This is just five miles of the Rio Grande,” Hobbs’ wife added in their conversation with Gonzalez. “That’s a huge border. This is happening all up and down it. It can’t go on. It’s gonna be too hot. There’ll be a lot of deaths, a lot of suffering.” 

“It is heartbreaking to find such small children fending for themselves in the middle of nowhere,” Chief Border Patrol Agent Austin Skero II explained of the situation in an interview with ABC 7 Eyewitness News. “Unfortunately this happens far too often now. If not for our community and law enforcement partners, these little girls could have faced the more than 100-degree temperatures with no help.”

According to reports, the Customs and Border Protection stated that the five girls​ ​will be processed and placed in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.​

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

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At Least 17 Dead And Hundreds Injured Following Massive Protests Across Colombia

A massive protest movement that swept across Colombia seems to have paid off – at least in the short term – as President Ivan Duque says that he will withdrawal the controversial tax plan that sent angry protesters into the streets. However, the protests claimed at least 17 victims who died during the unrest and hundreds more were injured.

Now that the president has withdrawn the controverial bill, many are wondering what’s next and will they have to take to the streets once again.

Massive protests claimed the lives of at least 17 people and hundreds more were injured across Colombia.

Unions and other groups kicked off marches on Wednesday to demand the government of President Ivan Duque withdraw a controversial tax plan that they say unfairly targets the most vulnerable Colombians.

Isolated vandalism, clashes between police and protesters and road blockades occurred in several cities on Saturday, and riot police were deployed in the capital.

Rights organization Human Rights Watch said it had received reports of possible police abuse in Cali, and local human rights groups alleged up to 17 deaths occurred.

After a week of protests, the government has shelved the controversial plan.

Faced with the unrest, the government of President Ivan Duque on Sunday ordered the proposal be withdrawn from Congress where it was being debated. In a televised statement, he said his government would work to produce new proposals and seek consensus with other parties and organizations.

President Duque, in his statement, acknowledged “it is a moment for the protection of the most vulnerable, an invitation to build and not to hate and destroy”.

“It is a moment for all of us to work together without paltriness,” he added. “A path of consensus, of clear perceptions. And it gives us the opportunity to say clearly that there will be no increase in VAT for goods and services.”

The tax reform had been heavily criticized for punishing the middle classes at a time of economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The government introduced the bill on April 15 as a means of financing public spending. The aim was to generate $6.3 billion between 2022 and 2031 to reignite the fourth largest economy in Latin America.

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