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HOUSE PASSED! Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017

Introduced in House (01/03/2017)

HR 38 – Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017

House vote final tally

Passed House vote  on 6-NOV-2017

This bill amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.

A qualified individual must: (1) be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law; (2) carry a valid photo identification document; and (3) carry a valid concealed carry permit issued by, or be eligible to carry a concealed firearm in, his or her state of residence.

Additionally, the bill specifies that a qualified individual who lawfully carries or possesses a concealed handgun in another state: (1) is not subject to the federal prohibition on possessing a firearm in a school zone, and (2) may carry or possess the concealed handgun in federally owned lands that are open to the public.

Constitutional Authority Statement

[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 1 (Tuesday, January 3, 2017)] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office

[www.gpo.gov]

By Mr. HUDSON:
H.R. 38.

Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant to the following:
The 2nd Amendment, which states that “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
[Page H47]

About Constitutional Authority Statements

On January 5, 2011, the House of Representatives adopted an amendment to House Rule XII. Rule XII, clause 7(c) requires that, to be accepted for introduction by the House Clerk, all bills (H.R.) and joint resolutions (H.J.Res.) must provide a document stating “as specifically as practicable the power or powers granted to Congress in the Constitution to enact the bill or joint resolution.”

COMMENTARY:  By M Souza

The anti-2nd Amendment Left –

Constitutional Authority Statement
[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 1 (Tuesday, January 3, 2017)] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] By Mr. HUDSON:
H.R. 38.
Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant
to the following:
The 2nd Amendment, which states that “A well regulated
militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the
right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be
infringed.”
[Page H47]

About Constitutional Authority Statements

On January 5, 2011, the House of Representatives adopted an amendment to House Rule XII. Rule XII, clause 7(c) requires that, to be accepted for introduction by the House Clerk, all bills (H.R.) and joint resolutions (H.J.Res.) must provide a document stating “as specifically as practicable the power or powers granted to Congress in the Constitution to enact the bill or joint resolution.

including the overwhelming majority of members of the Democrat Party – are frequent to extoll the righteous virtues of Federal law across all states: except in matters of Immigration and Firearms. For these two categories, federal authority doesn’t apply.

NATIONAL CONCEAL CARRY RECIPROCITY LAW

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GUNS IN AMERICA: WHAT IS NATIONAL CONCEALED CARRY RECIPROCITY?
BY MICHELE GORMAN ON 3/3/17 AT 8:18 AM
CPAC 2017: NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre: Gun Owners ‘Helped Put Trump Over The Top’ In 2016 Election

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The Senate’s No. 2 Republican this week introduced a bill that would require states that issue permits allowing gun owners to carry concealed weapons to recognize such permits from other states. In a statement on Monday, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) said his national concealed carry reciprocity bill would strengthen “both the constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and the power of states to implement laws best-suited for the folks who live there.”

North Carolina Republican Richard Hudson introduced a similar proposal in the House on January 3, the first day of the new Congress, and it now has at least 163 co-sponsors.
Related: Gun groups evaluate options after court upholds ban

House and Senate members in the past have backed national reciprocity legislation, and with Republicans controlling both Congress and the White House, it now stands a better chance of becoming law. President Donald Trump, who has publicly supported national reciprocity, took his first significant step on behalf of gun rights advocates on Tuesday—just more than a month into office—when he completed the repeal of an Obama-era rule that barred certain Social Security recipients with mental health conditions from buying guns.
Here, we break down what exactly is national concealed carry reciprocity, including what each side says about the idea.

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What Are The Concealed Carry Laws?

Every state and Washington, D.C., allows concealed carry in some form, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. And nearly every state has some restrictions on where its residents can carry the weapons, such as in bars, schools, hospitals and government buildings.

Thirty-nine states generally require a state-issued permit to carry concealed weapons in public. The remaining 11 (Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming) don’t require a state government permit. New Hampshire became the 11th just last week, when Republican Governor Chris Sununu eliminated the state’s concealed carry license requirement. (His Democratic predecessor had repeatedly vetoed the change, arguing that it threatened to weaken public safety.) Other states will also be considering so-called permitless carry during their 2017 legislative sessions.
While every state has its own permitting system, there are several standards that are more commonly used. The strongest laws, for example, require an applicant to demonstrate a justifiable need for a permit. Additionally, some states require the applicant to demonstrate some level of knowledge of firearm use or safety, among other things.
Permits vary in duration, and the renewal processes differ. Currently, the strongest state laws prevent out-of-state residents from carrying within their borders, while others limit those who may carry to individuals with permits from states that have similar requirements. Those with the weakest laws allow carrying by individuals with permits from any state.

What Do Supporters Say?

Proponents of national reciprocity say it would make concealed carry permits more like driver’s licenses. National reciprocity has been a longtime top priority of the National Rifle Association, which views it as a “commonsense solution to a real problem,” says Jennifer Baker, director of public affairs for the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. The NRA has backed both the House and the Senate versions of the legislation.

The current system, she tells Newsweek, is confusing and “a real problem for law-abiding gun owners who travel across state lines and want to exercise their Second Amendment rights.” She cites people who have been arrested for possessing their guns while they traveled or while living temporarily out of state because they weren’t aware of differing gun laws.

Baker acknowledges that there’s work to be done to pass national reciprocity in Congress. But if it gets through on Capitol Hill, she says, the NRA is confident Trump, a pro–Second Amendment president, will sign the legislation.

Not more than a week after the November election, the NRA’s leader, Wayne LaPierre, requested that Congress and Trump pass reciprocity legislation “as quickly as it can be written and signed.” A month earlier, Trump had gone on the record supporting national reciprocity, saying, “The right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway.”

He added: “A driver’s license works in every state, so it’s common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state. If we can do that for driving—which is a privilege, not a right—then surely we can do that for concealed carry, which is a right, not a privilege.”

What Do Critics Say?

Opponents argue that national reciprocity would enable the least restrictive requirements to apply to the entire country, thus undercutting the most stringent laws in some states. Although there are differences between the House and Senate versions, each has the base goal of nullifying a large number of state laws and making it difficult for law enforcement officers to determine when they can enforce their state’s laws, says Lindsay Nichols, senior attorney for the Law Center.

But Nichols says she sees obstacles to the measures becoming law, including the strength and resources of the gun violence prevention movement. And there’s also a legal argument about states’ power under the Constitution: One could argue, she says, that national reciprocity would undermine state authority.

House vs. Senate

The most significant difference between the House and Senate versions is what happens in a carrier’s home state. In Hudson’s House bill, residents would be allowed to obtain concealed carry permits from other states to use in their home states. In Cornyn’s Senate version, carriers would still have to comply with the laws of their home state.

What’s the History?

Similar bills have previously been introduced, but they have never left committee. During the last Congress, in 2015, Cornyn proposed legislation that picked up 35 co-sponsors, including some Democratic senators who are up for re-election in 2018.

For his current bill, Cornyn has at least 31 Republican co-sponsors. In addition to support from every Republican senator, Cornyn would need to gain eight Democratic votes to overcome a filibuster.

Amid lobbying by the NRA, last month four Senate Democrats and an independent—who are all up for re-election next year—sided with their Republican colleagues by voting to revoke the Obama administration gun regulation that prevented certain individuals with mental health conditions from buying firearms. This could be a sign of things to come.

THE PROBLEM: LATIN AMERICA

Why does the United States of America get criticized for  wanting to control its own immigration?

The citizens of the United States are the legitimate stakeholders of their Republic; the citizens own the country. What we decide to do within the bounds and confines of our US Constitution and our country is our own business. Our Constitution says we have the sovereign right to protect and defend our nation, and that includes securing our borders.

The Southern Border

I find it odd that virtually no scrutiny nor blame is ever placed on the governments Latin America – from the US-Mexico frontier south. I shall take the liberty and cut through the thicket so there is little chance here for you to misunderstand me: The Latin American countries that experience substantial exodus are corrupt and incompetent.

I have been to Mexico dozens of times; I have never seen a starving Mexican! Starvation simply does not exist in Mexico. Mexico has an abundance of every resource imaginable, including its hardworking and industrious people. I have never seen a beggar there either. So why are there 12 million Mexican nationals in the US?

The two ton elephant in the room everyone ignores; why is a significant portion of their citizens in the US? Incidentally, I am using Mexico  because it is the only country along the entire length of our southern border.

Mexicans do themselves a great disfavor by not openly and loudly criticizing their own government; one reason I theorize is latinos inextricably associate their country with its government. They love their country, as they should, so they feel compelled not to criticize the government. Oh, but they complain a lot about the US Government,  how it doesn’t give them a fair shake and let them work here etc. Isn’t that weird?

CREEPY FBI UNDER OBAMA-LYNCH-COMEY

Comey and known Communist Sympathizer & Muslim Apologist Jeh Johnson scheming together.

FBI Used Best Buy’s Geek Squad To Increase Secret Public Surveillance
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Luke McGarry

 

< FBI Used Best Buy’s Geek Squad To Increase Secret Public Surveillance
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Luke McGarry

Recently unsealed records reveal a much more extensive secret relationship than previously known between the FBI and Best Buy’s Geek Squad, including evidence the agency trained company technicians on law-enforcement operational tactics, shared lists of targeted citizens and, to covertly increase surveillance of the public, encouraged searches of computers even when unrelated to a customer’s request for repairs.

To sidestep the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition against warrantless invasions of private property, federal prosecutors and FBI officials have argued that Geek Squad employees accidentally find and report, for example, potential child pornography on customers’ computers without any prodding by the government. Assistant United States Attorney M. Anthony Brown last year labeled allegations of a hidden partnership as “wild speculation.” But more than a dozen summaries of FBI memoranda filed inside Orange County’s Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse this month in USA v. Mark Rettenmaier contradict the official line.

One agency communication about Geek Squad supervisor Justin Meade noted, “Agent assignments have been reviewed and are appropriate for operation of this source,” that the paid informant “continues to provide valuable information on [child pornography] matters” and has “value due to his unique or potential access to FBI priority targets or intelligence responsive to FBI national and/or local collection.”

Other records show how Meade’s job gave him “excellent and frequent” access for “several years” to computers belonging to unwitting Best Buy customers, though agents considered him “underutilized” and wanted him “tasked” to search devices “on a more consistent basis.”

To enhance the Geek Squad role as a “tripwire” for the agency, another FBI record voiced the opinion that agents should “schedule regular meetings” with Meade “to ensure he is reporting.”

A Feb. 27, 2008, agency document memorialized plans “seeking the training of the Geek Squad Facility technicians designed to help them identify what type of files and/or images would necessitate a call to the FBI.”

Jeff Haydock, a Best Buy vice president, told OC Weekly in January there has been no arrangement with the FBI. “If we discover child pornography in the normal course of serving a computer, phone or tablet, we have an obligation to contact law enforcement,” he said, calling such policy “the right thing to do.”

But evidence demonstrates company employees routinely snooped for the agency, contemplated “writing a software program” specifically to aid the FBI in rifling through its customers’ computers without probable cause for any crime that had been committed, and were “under the direction and control of the FBI.”

Multiple agency memoranda underscore the coziness with Best Buy, including one that stated, “The Louisville Division has maintained [a] close liaison with the Greek Squad management in an effort to glean case initiations and to support the division’s Computer Intrusion and Cyber Crime programs.”
These latest revelations are the result of the work of James D. Riddet, the San Clemente-based defense attorney representing Rettenmaier. The doctor, who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology, is fighting allegations he knowingly possessed child pornography after the Geek Squad claimed it found an illicit image on a Hewlett Packard computer he left with the company for repair in 2011. U.S. Department of Justice officials filed criminal charges the following year. But the case has been in legal limbo while U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney considers Riddet’s contentions of outrageous government conduct.

In 2016, the defense lawyer claimed the FBI made Best Buy an unofficial wing of the agency by incentivizing Geek Squad employees to dig through customers’ computers, paying $500 each time they found evidence that could launch criminal cases.

There are also technical weaknesses in the agency’s pursuit of Rettenmaier. Just weeks before his arrest, federal judges ruled in a notable separate matter that child porn found on a computer’s unallocated space couldn’t be used to win a possession conviction because there is almost no way to learn who placed it there, who viewed it, or when or why it was deleted. Cynthia Kayle, a lead agent working against Rettenmaier, knew Geek Squad informants had found the image in unallocated space, which is only accessible via highly specialized computer-intrusion tools the doctor didn’t possess. Agents won a magistrate judge’s permission to advance the case by failing to advise him of those facts and falsified an official time line to hide warrantless searches, according to the defense lawyer. Brown disputes any law-enforcement wrongdoing.

But the government’s case took more blows in January. During a pretrial hearing with obnoxious FBI agents visibly angered that I’d alerted the public about their heavy-handed tactics, Riddet asked Carney to take his first look at the image found on his client’s device, pointing out the picture does not depict sex or show genitals. The lawyer then questioned agent Tracey L. Riley, who retreated from her original, case-launching stance that the image—known as “9yoJenny”—was definitely child pornography to “not exactly” child porn. Under questioning, experts for both the defense and the government testified that it’s not only possible for files from the internet to land on a computer without the owner’s knowledge, but that it also frequently happens.

Riddet wants Carney to suppress the evidence and dismiss the case. “The FBI’s internal documentation of its relationship with its informants and the correspondence between the FBI and its informants suggest a joint venture to ferret out child porn,” he told the judge on March 1. “Accordingly, Geek Squad City (GSC) is a government entity and its employees’ searches are warrantless government searches in violation of the Fourth Amendment. . . . There was a total of eight FBI informants in GSC’s data-recovery department at various times.”

Carney faces what could be a monumental ruling with nationwide implications. This Republican judge and former UCLA football player has been known to ridicule law-enforcement tactics when he considers them unethical. If he doesn’t accept Riddet’s stance and tolerates the government’s already documented abuses, a trial is tentatively scheduled to begin on June 6 in Santa Ana.

Recently unsealed records reveal a much more extensive secret relationship than previously known between the FBI and Best Buy’s Geek Squad, including evidence the agency trained company technicians on law-enforcement operational tactics, shared lists of targeted citizens and, to covertly increase surveillance of the public, encouraged searches of computers even when unrelated to a customer’s request for repairs.

To sidestep the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition against warrantless invasions of private property, federal prosecutors and FBI officials have argued that Geek Squad employees accidentally find and report, for example, potential child pornography on customers’ computers without any prodding by the government. Assistant United States Attorney M. Anthony Brown last year labeled allegations of a hidden partnership as “wild speculation.” But more than a dozen summaries of FBI memoranda filed inside Orange County’s Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse this month in USA v. Mark Rettenmaier contradict the official line.

One agency communication about Geek Squad supervisor Justin Meade noted, “Agent assignments have been reviewed and are appropriate for operation of this source,” that the paid informant “continues to provide valuable information on [child pornography] matters” and has “value due to his unique or potential access to FBI priority targets or intelligence responsive to FBI national and/or local collection.”

Other records show how Meade’s job gave him “excellent and frequent” access for “several years” to computers belonging to unwitting Best Buy customers, though agents considered him “underutilized” and wanted him “tasked” to search devices “on a more consistent basis.”

To enhance the Geek Squad role as a “tripwire” for the agency, another FBI record voiced the opinion that agents should “schedule regular meetings” with Meade “to ensure he is reporting.”

A Feb. 27, 2008, agency document memorialized plans “seeking the training of the Geek Squad Facility technicians designed to help them identify what type of files and/or images would necessitate a call to the FBI.”

Jeff Haydock, a Best Buy vice president, told OC Weekly in January there has been no arrangement with the FBI. “If we discover child pornography in the normal course of serving a computer, phone or tablet, we have an obligation to contact law enforcement,” he said, calling such policy “the right thing to do.”

But evidence demonstrates company employees routinely snooped for the agency, contemplated “writing a software program” specifically to aid the FBI in rifling through its customers’ computers without probable cause for any crime that had been committed, and were “under the direction and control of the FBI.”
Multiple agency memoranda underscore the coziness with Best Buy, including one that stated, “The Louisville Division has maintained [a] close liaison with the Greek Squad management in an effort to glean case initiations and to support the division’s Computer Intrusion and Cyber Crime programs.”

These latest revelations are the result of the work of James D. Riddet, the San Clemente-based defense attorney representing Rettenmaier. The doctor, who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology, is fighting allegations he knowingly possessed child pornography after the Geek Squad claimed it found an illicit image on a Hewlett Packard computer he left with the company for repair in 2011. U.S. Department of Justice officials filed criminal charges the following year. But the case has been in legal limbo while U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney considers Riddet’s contentions of outrageous government conduct.

In 2016, the defense lawyer claimed the FBI made Best Buy an unofficial wing of the agency by incentivizing Geek Squad employees to dig through customers’ computers, paying $500 each time they found evidence that could launch criminal cases.

There are also technical weaknesses in the agency’s pursuit of Rettenmaier. Just weeks before his arrest, federal judges ruled in a notable separate matter that child porn found on a computer’s unallocated space couldn’t be used to win a possession conviction because there is almost no way to learn who placed it there, who viewed it, or when or why it was deleted. Cynthia Kayle, a lead agent working against Rettenmaier, knew Geek Squad informants had found the image in unallocated space, which is only accessible via highly specialized computer-intrusion tools the doctor didn’t possess. Agents won a magistrate judge’s permission to advance the case by failing to advise him of those facts and falsified an official time line to hide warrantless searches, according to the defense lawyer. Brown disputes any law-enforcement wrongdoing.

But the government’s case took more blows in January. During a pretrial hearing with obnoxious FBI agents visibly angered that I’d alerted the public about their heavy-handed tactics, Riddet asked Carney to take his first look at the image found on his client’s device, pointing out the picture does not depict sex or show genitals. The lawyer then questioned agent Tracey L. Riley, who retreated from her original, case-launching stance that the image—known as “9yoJenny”—was definitely child pornography to “not exactly” child porn. Under questioning, experts for both the defense and the government testified that it’s not only possible for files from the internet to land on a computer without the owner’s knowledge, but that it also frequently happens.

Riddet wants Carney to suppress the evidence and dismiss the case. “The FBI’s internal documentation of its relationship with its informants and the correspondence between the FBI and its informants suggest a joint venture to ferret out child porn,” he told the judge on March 1. “Accordingly, Geek Squad City (GSC) is a government entity and its employees’ searches are warrantless government searches in violation of the Fourth Amendment. . . . There was a total of eight FBI informants in GSC’s data-recovery department at various times.”

Carney faces what could be a monumental ruling with nationwide implications. This Republican judge and former UCLA football player has been known to ridicule law-enforcement tactics when he considers them unethical. If he doesn’t accept Riddet’s stance and tolerates the government’s already documented abuses, a trial is tentatively scheduled to begin on June 6 in Santa Ana.

ANOTHER LEGACY LOSS FOR MARXIST O’BUMMY

In a stunning victory for the pro-gun community, the first bill to repeal an Obama anti-gun measure is now headed to President Trump’s desk.

Earlier today, the Senate voted to overturn Barack Obama’s Social Security Gun Ban.

[The vote in the Senate was 57-43, with all Republicans voting for the repeal. They were joined by only four Democrats and one Independent. The earlier House vote was 235-180.]

The resolution, House Joint Resolution 40, now goes to the president’s desk, where Donald Trump is expected to eagerly sign it.

This action is expected to be the first of a series of pro-gun actions to be taken by Congress and the Trump administration.

The Social Security Gun Ban was pushed by Barack Obama beginning on January 4, 2016.

It was a flailing PR stunt following a terrorist shooting in which an ISIS Islamic militant shot up a gun-free community center in the gun-hating state of California.

Somehow Obama thought he could convince the country that nationalizing California’s failed laws would prevent more of the same.

Under the soon-to-be-repealed Social Security Gun Ban, garden-variety bureaucrats could look through applications for benefits and summarily impose gun bans on law-abiding Americans, even though they had no training in medicine and no contact with the applicant.

Conditions as benign as “anxiety” could be used to strip Americans of their constitutional rights with no due process whatsoever. People receiving benefit payments through a guardian would also lose their guns.

8 YEAR SENTENCE – ILLEGAL ALIEN VOTER FRAUD

 

Grand Prairie Woman Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison For Voter Fraud
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DALLAS (CBS11) –  The family of a woman convicted of voter fraud is speaking out after a Tarrant County jury sentenced her to eight years in prison.

Prosecutors say the reason officials at the elections department in Dallas didn’t stop the voter fraud from happening is because Rosa Ortega claimed she was a citizen on her application.

Now the Tarrant County D.A.’s office is calling for those claims to be verified before handing out registration cards.

Ortega’s attorney said the mother of four will undoubtedly be deported.

“What’s going to happen to the kids? So it’s not fair,” Rosa’s uncle, Felipe Ortega said.

He points out his niece has spent almost her entire life in the U.S. Her attorney said she has a learning disability and was confused about the difference between being a citizen and a legal resident, so she thought she was allowed to vote.

“The jury didn’t believe that story. They believed that the defendant knew exactly what she was doing, and they responded accordingly,” Prosecutor Jonathan White said.

White told CBS11, when Ortega tried to register to vote in Tarrant County, she admitted she was not a citizen, so her application was rejected. When she told them she had already been voting in Dallas County, that’s when investigators started looking into her case. Defense attorney Clark Bidsall said his client’s case has been politicized and now Ortega has a difficult road ahead even after her sentence.

“Once she gets out of prison and she’s deported, does she bring her four minor children to Mexico? As a mother I think that would be a difficult choice for her,” Birdsall said.

“It’s going to be a big impact for them because now they’re going to have to go over there to visit their momma,” Felipe Ortega added.

Prosecutors said whether this case prompts elections officials to verify citizenship is an issue for the legislature. CBS11 asked Dallas elections officials to comment on the case, but they have not gotten back to us.

The jury also gave Ortega a $5,000 fine.

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Urbana man charged with living, voting in U.S. illegally
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URBANA — A Mexican national who has lived in Urbana since 2005, allegedly using a stolen identity, was arraigned Thursday on seven federal counts, including four related to voting by an illegal immigrant.

Miguel Valencia-Sandoval, 33, who allegedly had been using the identity of a Texas man named Ramiro G. Vasquez, pleaded not guilty to the charges before Magistrate Eric Long at U.S. District Court in Urbana.

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Valencia-Sandoval’s arraignment came on the same day that new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was sworn in, stressing that the nation needs a “lawful system of immigration.”

Sessions vowed to uphold immigration laws that he claimed went largely unenforced during the Obama administration. “We need to end this lawlessness that threatens the public’s safety, pulls down wages of working Americans,” he said. “If you continually go through a cycle of amnesty (for the undocumented), you undermine the respect for the law and encourage more illegal immigration into America.”

Federal authorities declined to comment on whether the voting-related charges were tied to President Donald Trump’s ongoing claims of illegal voting.

An affidavit accompanying the criminal complaint said that authorities were tipped off to Valencia-Sandoval’s real identity last August when the Piatt County sheriff’s office was informed that he had been living under Vasquez’s name for about 11 years. Valencia-Sandoval most recently has worked for an Urbana drywall contractor.

Last month, Valencia-Sandoval was arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border in Laredo, Texas, when he attempted to re-enter the country with a Texas birth certificate and state of Illinois ID card bearing the name of Ramiro Guerrora Vasquez.

During an interview with agents on Jan. 7, Valencia-Sandoval admitted, according to a federal affidavit, that he was not the true owner of the birth certificate and that in March 2005 he had purchased it from Oscar Guerrero-Vasquez — Ramiro Guerrero-Vasquez’s brother — for $50,000.

Valencia-Sandoval, who lives in the 0-to-100 block of Ivanhoe Drive, U, also admitted that he did not have Ramiro Guerrero-Vasquez’s permission to use his identity; had used the identity to live in Illinois since March 2005; had obtained driver’s licenses, bank accounts and loans for vehicles; had opened two restaurants that have since been sold; and had obtained a lawful permanent resident card for his wife.

The couple has four children, all born in the United States, said his attorneys, Tony and Evan Bruno.

He also acknowledged, the affidavit said, that he is a citizen of Mexico present in the United States without having been legally admitted or paroled.

The affidavit also noted that “fingerprint queries” showed that Valencia-Sandoval had twice before been “encountered” by authorities — it didn’t say where or when — without having been arrested.

The indictment alleges that Valencia-Sandoval made a false statement of U.S. citizenship on a passport application in April 2012. Another charge alleges he made a false claim of citizenship in order to vote in an election. Two felony charges of aggravated identity theft, one for using Vasquez’s identity to get a passport and another for using the identity to vote in an election, were part of the indictment.

Lastly, he was charged with three misdemeanor counts of voting in an election by an illegal immigrant, for having voted in general elections in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

Local federal officials acknowledge the election-related counts are unusual but declined to comment further.

Asked whether Valencia-Sandoval could be deported, Sharon Paul, the public information officer for the U.S. Attorney’s office said, “That’s a question for immigration.”

Valencia-Sandoval faces prison terms of between 10 years and one year for each of the counts, plus fines.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Freres is prosecuting the case, which is tentatively set for a jury trial in April before U.S. District Judge Colin Bruce.

Also Thursday, a separate indictment charged Salvador Garcia-Lund, 27, of the 1700 block of Henry Street, Champaign, with making a false statement of U.S. citizenship and aggravated identity theft in March 2016 on a passport application. He also is charged with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, an illegal immigrant, on Jan. 4.

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Gianna Jessen Asks Congress “If abortion is about women’s rights, then what were mine?”

“If abortion is about women’s rights, then what were mine?” Gianna Jessen asked a House Judiciary Committee that question today — and with good reason. Thirty-eight years ago, Jessen miraculously survived a saline abortion. This morning, she told her remarkable story to a House Judiciary Committee investigating Planned Parenthood’s practice of harvesting and selling the body parts of aborted babies — even from those that may have been born alive. Fellow abortion survivor Melissa Ohden also shared her own gripping testimony. Below are the video and transcript of Jessen’s testimony, including some photographs she submitted as evidence. Listen and weep, and pray that God ends this evil.

 

Transcript of Gianna Jessen’s Testimony to the House Judiciary Committee

Good morning,

My name is Gianna Jessen, and I would like to thank you for the opportunity to testify here today. My biological mother was seven and a half months pregnant when she went to Planned Parenthood, who advised her to have a late-term saline abortion.

Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 4.19.06 PMThis method of abortion burns the baby inside and out, blinding and suffocating the child, who is then born dead, usually within 24 hours.

Instead of dying, after 18 hours of being burned in my mother’s womb, I was delivered alive in an abortion clinic in Los Angeles on April the 6th, 1977. My medical records state: “Born alive during saline abortion” at 6 am.

Thankfully, the abortionist was not at work yet. Had he been there, he would have ended my life with strangulation, suffocation, or leaving me there to die. Instead, a nurse called an ambulance, and I was rushed to a hospital. Doctors did not expect me to live.

I did. I was later diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, which was caused by a lack of oxygen to my brain while surviving the abortion. I was never supposed to hold my head up or walk. I do. And Cerebral Palsy is a great gift to me.

I was eventually placed in foster care and later adopted. I forgive my biological mother. Within the first year after my birth, I was used as an expert witness in a case where an abortionist had been caught strangling a child to death after being born alive.

Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, said the following: “The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” – Margaret Sanger, “Woman and the New Race”

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Planned Parenthood is not ashamed of what they have done or continue to do. But we will have to give an account as a nation, before God, for our apathy and for the murder of over 50 million children in the womb. Every time we falter in courage as individuals and fail to confront this evil, I wonder how many lives have been lost in our silence, while we make sure we are lauded among men and do not offend anyone? How many children have died, and been dismembered, and their parts sold, for our ego, our convenience, and our promiscuity? How many Lamborghini’s were purchased with the blood of innocent children? The blood that cries to the Lord from the ground, like that of the blood of Abel. Not one of them is forgotten by Him.

I would ask Planned Parenthood the following questions:

If abortion is about women’s rights, then what were mine? You continuously use the argument, “If the baby is disabled, we need to terminate the pregnancy,” as if you can determine the quality of someone’s life. Is my life less valuable due to my Cerebral Palsy?

You have failed, in your arrogance and greed, to see one thing: it is often from the weakest among us that we learn wisdom – something sorely lacking in our nation today. And it is both our folly and our shame that blinds us to the beauty of adversity.

Planned Parenthood uses deception, the manipulation of language and slogans, such as “a woman’s right to choose,” to achieve their monetary aims.

I will illustrate how well they employ this technique with the following quote: “The receptivity of the masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan.” – Adolf Hitler

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We often hear that if Planned Parenthood were to be defunded, there would be a health crisis among women without the services they provide. This is absolutely false. Pregnancy resource centers are located nationwide as an option for the woman in crisis. All of their services are free and confidential, and they can be reached by texting: “HELPLINE” to 313131. There is access to vital exams for women other than Planned Parenthood. We are not a nation without options.

Planned Parenthood receives $500 million dollars of taxpayer money a year, to primarily destroy and dismember babies. Do not tell me these are not children. A heartbeat proves that. So does 4-d ultrasound. So do I, and so does the fact that they are selling human organs for profit. Do not tell me this is only a woman’s issue. It takes both a man and a woman to create a child. And to that point I wish to speak to the men listening to me: You are made for greatness, not passivity. You were born to defend women and children. Not use and abandon us, nor sit idly by while you know we are being harmed. I am asking you to be brave.

In conclusion, let me say, I am alive because of the Power of Jesus Christ alone. In Whom I live, move, and have my being. Without Him I would have nothing; with Him, I have all.

DAY ONE – PRESIDENT TRUMP ARRESTS OBAMACARE

Trump order paves way for agencies to weaken health law
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U.S. President Donald Trump in Langley, Virginia, U.S. January 21, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

By David Morgan and Susan Cornwell

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump is ordering federal agencies to undermine Obamacare through regulatory action, a move that could weaken enforcement of the requirement for Americans to buy health coverage and give insurers leeway to drop some benefits.

Trump’s first executive order, signed hours after taking office on Friday, directs the federal government to scale back regulations, taxes and penalties under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Republican lawmakers, who are working on new legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, praised the order as showing Trump’s commitment to gutting the program and lowering steep healthcare costs they blame on the law.

Trump did not specify which parts of the program would be affected by his order, and any changes are unlikely to affect the government-funded or subsidized insurance plans covering more than 20 million people in 2017.

Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Georgia Representative Tom Price, has said there was no plan for “pulling the rug out” on millions of Americans’ healthcare as a replacement is designed.

But the scope of Trump’s order drives home the uncertainties of that process, healthcare experts said.

“The order could affect virtually anything in the law, provided it is couched as a delay in implementing the law,” said Stuart Butler, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Trump’s administration could decide to delay or not enforce the individual mandate, a requirement that Americans buy health coverage if they do not already have benefits from their employer or the government, as well as a similar requirement for employers of a certain size to insure their workers, experts said.

Others say those changes, if not handled carefully, could force insurance premiums higher and make healthcare less affordable for Americans – outcomes that Trump and Republicans say they are trying to avoid.

“The administration has to run a really fine line here,” said Dan Mendelson, chief executive of the Washington-based consulting firm Avalere Health. “They’re not going on record as saying what they’re going to do at this point.”

The administration could also alter, or fail to enforce, requirements that insurers cover a basic set of health benefits in all of their plans, from maternity and newborn care to mental health services.

“This could be a signal to the insurance industry that they could offer new products that, for example, didn’t include maternity benefits, in order to attract more sales from people who would prefer a slimmer package,” said Joe Antos of the American Enterprise Institute think tank.

‘FLEXIBILITY’ URGED

Republican Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Health Committee, said last week that Price, once confirmed, could relax requirements for U.S. states to get exemptions from the law, as well as make it easier for states to get waivers on the Medicaid health plan for low-income households.

“Allow states more flexibility to determine the essential health benefits … that’s probably the single most important step that could be taken to create a market where more insurers are likely to sell policies,” Alexander said.

His committee is one of several in the House and Senate working on repealing and replacing Obamacare.

Three of the largest health insurers – Aetna Inc, UnitedHealth Group Incand Humana Inc – have essentially pulled out of the market offering health insurance to individuals under Obamacare, citing financial losses for covering a population that was sicker than they had expected.

The remaining players include Anthem Inc, as well as insurers that specialize in administering lower-cost Medicaid plans, such as Molina Healthcare Inc.

Ana Gupte, a senior healthcare analyst at the investment bank Leerink Partners, said Trump’s executive order could reassure people in the market that Obamacare will be dismantled one way or another.

That could be positive for insurers who would no longer face the law’s health insurance tax, she said. But it could negatively impact acute-care hospitals that have seen more customers and insurers that sell policies to state Medicaid programs, which could shrink in size.

“It’s clear that Congress is looking to repeal the law and that it’s poised to happen with a replacement. This is one more avenue to make sure their agenda is executed,” Gupte said.

(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Cynthia Osterman)

ARIZONA – ARMED CITIZEN SAVES TROOPER

Good Samaritan shoots, kills man who wounded Arizona DPS trooper in struggle
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Arizona Department of Public Safety PIO Capt. Damon Cecil answers questions about a trooper being shot Jan. 12, 2017, at the scene of a rollover accident on Interstate 10 near Tonopah. Mark Henle/azcentral.com

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A DPS trooper was injured in a shooting on I-10 near Tonopah on Jan. 12, 2016 Yihyun Jeong/The Republic

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An Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper was shot, Jan. 12, 2017, at the scene of a rollover accident on Interstate 10 near Tonopah.(Photo: Mark Henle / The Republic)

A man traveling to California came to the rescue of a wounded state trooper who was struggling with the gunman who had shot him on an isolated stretch of Interstate 10, authorities said.

The man, who was with his wife, stopped his car when he came upon a rollover accident and saw the struggle, according to Col. Frank Milstead, Arizona Department of Public Safety director.

The trooper told the man he needed help, and the man returned to his car, got his gun and fired at the assailant when he refused to listen to orders to stop and back away, Milstead said.

The man who shot the trooper was dead, as was a woman who had been ejected from the vehicle, Milstead said.

Milstead said the trooper, a 27-year veteran, was in stable condition after being shot in the right shoulder and chest. His wife and other troopers were with him at the hospital where he was scheduled to undergo surgery. The trooper’s name was not immediately released.

He was going to be “OK after some recovery,” Milstead tweeted earlier Thursday.

Roberts: This is a gun story to celebrate on Interstate 10

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Milstead spoke at a Goodyear hospital where the trooper was taken, and DPS Capt. Damon Cecil provided details from the scene of the shooting, west of Tonopah and about 40 miles west of downtown Phoenix.

Milstead said the trooper was responding to a shots-fired call at milepost 81 about 4 a.m. after a caller said a car in the freeway median had fired a shot at his vehicle.

As the trooper was heading west, he came across a rollover accident at milepost 89. The car involved was registered in Arizona.

“We believe the suspect was in the rolled-over car, but it hasn’t been confirmed,” Cecil said.

The trooper was settling down flares in the pitch dark when a gunman “ambushed” the trooper at the scene, shooting him. The wound affected the trooper’s gun hand, but the trooper continued to physically fight the man, Cecil said.

Milstead said the civilian saw a man on top of the trooper, pounding his head in the pavement, and asked if the trooper needed help.

The civilian, who also was not identified, shot the man and then used the trooper’s radio to call for help, Milstead said.

Medical helicopters flew the trooper, the gunman and the woman ejected in the rollover to the Abrazo West Campus in Goodyear.

The Buckeye Police Department also posted their wishes for the trooper’s speedy recovery on a department social-media account.

Thanks for the thoughts and prayers this morning for our Trooper that was shot. Looks like he will be okay after some recovery @Arizona_DPS

— Col. Frank Milstead (@frank_milstead) January 12, 2017
@Arizona_DPS the @BuckeyePolice wishes your Trooper a speedy recovery. We are thinking of your Troopers and family’s today.

— Buckeye Police Dept (@BuckeyePolice) January 12, 2017I-10 to remain closed as investigation continues
Law enforcement vehicles were parked outside the Abrazo West Campus in Goodyear on Jan. 12, 2017. (Photo: Alessandra Luckey/The Republic)

Officials said that nearly 100 semitrucks had to be backed out of the area as the investigation expanded.

A detour for local traffic was set up using 411th Avenue. ADOT suggested State Route 85 and Interstate 8 as alternate routes for travelers passing through the area.

Truck driver Kenny Dunn said he was driving westbound on the Interstate 10 when the traffic came to a standstill.

Dunn said an official came by his window and said, “Hang tight, it’s going to be awhile.”

He said he saw smoke coming from a rolled-over vehicle and a maroon unmarked DPS car in the middle of the freeway.

He said he learned that a DPS trooper might have been injured and shortly afterward saw a helicopter swoop in and take off. Another helicopter came and took off after 10 minutes, he said.

During this time, his truck partner, Lawrence Weakley, 40, was asleep, but Weakley was awakened by Dunn and told what had happened.

“It sounds tragic,” he said. “Officers flew by (Dunn) to respond. Everyone responded immediately. It’s overwhelming.”

Their truck was the last of nearly 100 trucks that had to be backed out of the area as investigators worked to expand the scene.

Gov. Doug Ducey issued a statement Thursday morning.

“We are so relieved to hear this brave officer is safe, and will recover,” Ducey said. “This incident is another reminder of the risks that the men and women who wake up each morning and put on the badge take for our state. A courageous officer who puts his life on the line to protect our communities — and the fast-acting first-responders whose efforts were responsible for getting him to safety, doing for this officer what our cops do for our state every day. “I urge Arizonans to join me in praying for a quick recovery for this brave officer and thanking everyone who, through their actions in real time, showed our officers exactly what Arizona means when we say: ‘You have our backs — and we will always have yours.’”
Return to azcentral.com for additional details. Includes information from Arizona Republic reporter Logan Newman.

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FLORIDA – ARMED CITIZEN SAVES DEPUTY

Guns Save Lives: Armed Passerby Saves Police Officer From Being Beaten to Death
Leah Barkoukis  | November 15, 2016
Guns Save Lives: Armed Passerby Saves Police Officer From Being Beaten to Death

Usually it’s police who come to the rescue, but for one sheriff’s deputy in Florida, it was a man with a concealed carry permit who saved his life.

The deputy tried to make a traffic stop Monday morning but instead of stopping, the driver took off, driving more than 100 miles per hour. After following the suspect onto an exit ramp, the driver got out of his car and started assaulting the deputy, identified as Dean Bardes.

Fortunately, an armed passerby came to Bardes’ rescue.

Shanta Holditch told WZVN that the suspect pulled the deputy out of his car and “just kept beating him and beating him … throwing him to the ground and punching him in all different directions.”

At that point, WINK reported, another driver got out of his car and ran to the scene. He told the suspect that he’d shoot him if he didn’t stop beating the deputy.

“[He] refused to get off the officer and the officer kept yelling, ‘shoot him, shoot him, shoot him,’ Holditch said.

When the suspect didn’t stop his attack, the third man shot him three times. The deputy was not hit. The suspect later died.

“I heard like three shots. He fell down on top of the police officer,” said a witness who would only give his last name, Smith.  “After a moment, the police officer rolled him back over, got on his mic, then rolled over back on the ground besides the guy.”

Bardes, a 12-year veteran of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, suffered only minor injuries and was released from the hospital the same day.

If the ‘good guy’ didn’t have his gun, this story could’ve ended very differently for the deputy.