It’s been a busy year for the US Border Patrol, with total nationwide arrests up 23% from 2015, according to a year-end report issued Friday by the Department of Homeland Security.
President Obama’s war on Latinos has been one of his administrations most important priorities.
DHS released its annual report on immigration enforcement efforts across various federal agencies, highlighting the prioritization of resources on convicted criminals, threats to national security and those who attempt to cross the border unlawfully.
US Border Patrol reported 415,816 apprehensions nationwide, compared to 337,177 in fiscal year 2015.
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What’s at risk? Among other things, the board’s recent “quickie” election rule, which speeds up the calendar for union-recognition campaigns and reduces companies’ ability to fight off the efforts through compulsory meetings and other heavy-handed tactics, including cynical use of legal challenges to delay the process. The NLRB has also been moving to make franchising corporations such as McDonald’s share responsibility for the treatment of workers by franchisees, an effort that seems likely to fade away with a quantum shift in outlook under a Trump NLRB.
But the biggest threat could be to unions themselves. For years, anti-union activists have pushed “right to work” laws — barring compulsory payment of union dues to cover the costs of bargaining and maintaining contracts — at state levels with varying degrees of success. But there’s also a movement at the federal level, which could get enough support within Congress and the Trump administration to pass.
That wouldn’t be a death knell for unions, but it would certainly make an already difficult situation even worse.
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Three rookie Miami police officers fired two days before Christmas joked in a group chat with other cops about using predominantly black neighborhoods for target practice.
“Anyone know of an indoor shooting range in Miami?” one officer asked.“Go to model city they have moving targets,” replied another.“There’s a range in Overtown on 1 and 11. Moving targets and they don’t charge,” added a third.
Officers Kevin Bergnes, Miguel Valdes and Bruce Alcin told an investigator that they were joking.
Yeah, right…just joking, ha ha ha. Enjoy your Police State.
Read the whole disgusting story in the Fresno Bee
The CIA and NSA read every email and listen to every telephone call in America. Yet according to the White House, the Russians rigged the election anyway.
So President Obama ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, closed two rural estates reportedly used by Russian spies, and slapped sanctions on two Russian intelligence organizations and other entities Thursday for their alleged role in what the White House says was a Kremlin-directed effort to interfere with the 2016 presidential race.
Everybody at the CIA and NSA have apparently kept their jobs.
Read the full story of America’s latest intelligence failure in the LA Times
The Pentagon has failed to deal with a little-noticed cascade of child abuse and neglect cases in military families in the years since America went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, a Times investigation has found.
Previously unreleased reports by the Army, Navy and Air Force reveal numerous cases where military officials knew or suspected that child abuse or neglect was occurring — but failed to intervene or to alert the Family Advocacy Program or state child welfare agencies, the Los Angeles Times found.
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For nearly six months, the public was kept in the dark as a slow-moving investigation into misconduct allegations against former City Manager Andrew Clinger proceeded. On Tuesday, the city finally released two heavily redacted reports detailing the complaints and the investigators’ findings. Here is a look at who played a role in the scandal, how council members reacted to the news and who knew what when.
Nice going Reno.
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Nice work ladies!
Women made impressive gains in capturing public offices in Nevada this year, and now represent 40 percent of the 63-member state Legislature heading into the 2017 session.
That ties Nevada with Colorado and Vermont as the states with the highest percentage of women legislators, according to Emerge Nevada, which encourages and trains Democratic women to run for office.
There are 17 women in the 42-member state Assembly and, with the recent appointment of Yvanna Cancela to the Senate, eight in the 21-member upper legislative chamber.
The total of 25 women is up from 21 in the 2015 session and 18 in the 2013 session.
Women also will soon make up 50 percent of Nevada’s six-member congressional delegation, following the historic election of Catherine Cortez Masto to the U.S. Senate and the victory by Jacky Rosen in the 3rd Congressional District in Las Vegas. They will join returning incumbent Dina Titus in Washington, D.C.
Read the whole story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal
As Strip properties prepare for more Chinese visitors, some casino employees say they are concerned they will have to forgo some tip money.
“It’s very difficult when you’re serving or relying on tips and the majority of your guests are foreign,” said Cheryl Holt, who has worked as a food server on the Strip since 2011. “They don’t tip you, or they may have a $200 meal and tip you a dollar per person.”
China has one of the fastest-growing segments of international travelers, and local tourism officials hope to capture as many of them as possible.
Chinese travelers are the highest-spending international visitor group, according to the U.S. Commercial Service, part of the Department of Commerce. But people who rely on tips will probably not directly benefit much from that spending.
A 2016 MasterCard survey found 16 percent of Chinese consumers generally leave a tip in a bar or restaurant, ranking China fourth on a list of countries surveyed in the Asia Pacific least accustomed to tipping.
Read the whole story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal
President Obama personally directed Friday that the U.S. abstain from a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity, seeing the escalation of settlement building as an increasing threat to the viability of a two-state solution to the region’s problems.
Ahead of the expected vote, Obama, who is vacationing with his family in Hawaii, convened a discussion Thursday with Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John F. Kerry and other top national security officials.
The vote was postponed, but U.S. officials continued to monitor discussions over the Egyptian-authored resolution until Friday. Obama spoke with national security advisor Susan Rice on Friday to issue his final decision.
President-elect Donald Trump’s intervention in the discussions, which included a conversation with Egypt’s president Thursday that preceded the delay in the planned vote, did not affect Obama’s calculations, deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes told reporters..
“There’s one president at a time,” he said.
The decision to allow the resolution to pass, rather than cast a veto to block it “is consistent with long-standing, bipartisan U.S. policy” opposing Israeli settlement activity, Rhodes said.
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In a surge Mexican officials are calling unprecedented, some 15,000 migrants from outside Latin America passed through Baja California this year — nearly five times the number seen in 2015.
More than a third of the detainees being held in California immigration holding centers in September were from outside Latin America, U.S. officials say.
As they traverse a circuitous and dangerous path up the spine of South America, Central America and Mexico, they have strained resources along the route and presented new challenges for securing America’s southern border.
Read the whole story in the Los Angeles Times