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The immediate and drastic results of Prrsident Trump’s Immigration Policy –

Under President Trump, Illegal immigration across the U.S.-Mexico border has continued to fall – 67 % by March 31st, as was reported to Congress on Tuesday – well exceeding th 40% drop reported for the month of February.

This sharp decline in border crossings is attributed to President Trump’s executive orders to permit agents to do their jobs and enforce immigration laws at the Southern border and the plans to build a border wall.

Stories of ICE roundups in the interior have spread quickly to would-be illegal border crossers, diminishing the attractiveness to would-be illegal migrants.

Oregon judge accused of helping illegal immigrant escape courtroom

Diddier Pacheco Salazar, 22, faced court in Oregon on January 27 over a DUI
Judge Monica Herranz is accused of helping him leave Multnomah County Court so he wouldn’t be arrested by waiting ICE agents.

Salazar is an undocumented Mexican-born construction worker.He ended up being arrested by agents two weeks later when he returned for a further court appearance. ICE is not conducting a criminal investigation into Judge Herranz but she is being investigated internally.

Judge Herranz is on the board of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association.
A judge has been accused of helping an illegal Mexican immigrant escape a courtroom where immigration officials were waiting to arrest and possibly deport him.

Diddier Pacheco Salazar, 22, appeared before Judge Monica Herranz to plead guilty in a DUI case on January 27 in Multnomah County, Oregon.

Salazar entered the courtroom with his lawyer but never came back out again.
Diddier Pacheco Salazar (left) appeared before Judge Monica Herranz to plead guilty in a DUI case on January 27 in Multnomah County, Oregon.

Herranz is now under internal investigation after U.S. Attorney Billy Williams accused the judge of letting Salazar leave through her private entrance after staff realized immigration and customs enforcement agents were waiting for him.

Every courtroom in the Multnomah County Circuit Court has three doors – one for the public, a private judge entrance and one for inmates to be brought in from jail.

Williams told KOIN the only explanation was that Herranz – who is on the board of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association – or a member of her staff helped Salazar to leave through another door.

ICE agents brought the matter to Williams after the incident allowed Salazar to evade the immigration officials.

It occurred just days after Donald Trump signed an executive order to start building the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and to crack down on the deportation of undocumented immigrants.
Salazar entered the courtroom at Multnomah County Circuit Court (above) with his lawyer but never came back out again.
Herranz is now under internal investigation after U.S. Attorney Billy Williams accused the judge of letting Salazar leave through her private entrance.

‘I felt that it was inappropriate and delegitimizes the work of ICE agents who are out there doing their jobs,’ Williams told Fox 12.’When you’re talking about the judicial system – whether it’s federal or by state – you have an expectation that people are going to abide by the law and not take steps based on their own motivations, their own politics.’

Salazar, a Mexican-born construction worker,  was charged on January 1 with a DUI and initially pleaded not guilty.

He changed his plea at his second court appearance on January 27 in exchange for a deferred sentence and participation in a diversion program.

Salazar ended up being arrested two weeks later when he returned for another court appearance. He is currently being held in Tacoma Northwest Detention Center in Washington.

ICE agents decided not to pursue a criminal investigation against Judge Herranz, but she is being investigated internally by Chief Judge Nan Waller.
Every courtroom in the Multnomah County Circuit Court (above) has three doors – one for the public, a private judge entrance and one for inmates to be brought in from jail.


Asylum seekers fleeing US for Canada brave snow, extreme cold

Emerson (Canada) (AFP) – Farhan Ahmed hoped to find refuge in the United States after fleeing death threats in Somalia, but fear over a US crackdown on immigration sent him on another perilous journey — to Canada.

The 36-year-old was among nearly two dozen asylum seekers who braved bone-chilling cold on a February weekend to walk across the border, trudging through snow-covered prairies in the dead of night to make a claim in this country.

It was a record number of arrivals for a single weekend in the small border town of Emerson, and Canadian officials said Thursday they are bracing for more.

US President Donald Trump’s controversial ban on refugees and nationals from seven Muslim-majority nations has prompted many who had hoped for a new life in the US to flee north.

While the ban is currently on hold due to two successive defeats in federal court, Trump has warned he is weighing a new immigration order.

Among the first wave of immigrants to Canada in the wake of Trump’s measure was a two-year-old boy who reportedly begged his mother to let him to die in the snow because he could walk no further.

Two others lost their fingers to frostbite in -20 degrees Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit) temperatures when they made the same trip in December.

Wayne Pfiel works at the Emerson hotel steps from the boundary. Asylum seekers, he said, often stop here for a moment of respite after walking up to 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) from the United States, coming in to ask if they have reached Canada.

Others have called police for help, and are taken to the closest border outpost, where they can file an asylum claim.

“They usually call us if they’re cold or lost, and we find them on the side of the highway,” said RCMP Corporal Paul Manaigre.

– Risky desperation –

An agreement with the US prevents asylum seekers from lodging claims in Canada if they first landed stateside, but it only applies to arrivals at border checkpoints, airports and train stations.

Rita Chahal, executive director of the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council, described a “big surge coming across the border.”

According to Canada’s Border Services Agency, numbers have roughly doubled in each of the last four years to 321 cases in fiscal 2015-2016. Since April, there have been 403 cases.

People often come from Djibouti, Ghana, Nigeria and Somalia, said Chahal, whose agency works out of a building designed by a top Canadian architect who was once himself a refugee.

The numbers are high, but the risky routes asylum seekers take are also alarming.

“They’re crossing through farmers’ fields. Many of them are getting lost,” Chahal said.

The recent arrivals, she said, tell a common story: “‘We’re afraid of what’s happening in the United States, we’re not sure what’s going to happen if I get sent back to my country.'”

Samatar Adam, 30, from Djibouti, arrived last month. Asked why he did not file a refugee claim in the US, he replied: “Donald Trump.”

He left soon after the inauguration.

“It saddens me to see refugees flee not only their country but also a safe, democratic country like the United States,” said the Immigration Partnership Winnipeg’s Hani Al-Ubeady, himself an Iraqi refugee who now helps resettle others.

“They have to take another risky journey to make it to another safe place — Canada.”

– ‘Walk north’ –

Last weekend, Brenda Piett, an Emerson volunteer emergency coordinator who also publishes the local newspaper, received a call from border agents asking for help with the overflow of asylum seekers.

Piett said she arranged to feed and house the cold, exhausted group members — many wearing wet socks — overnight at the Emerson curling rink.

The next day, they took a taxi an hour north to Winnipeg, where aid agencies helped them find shelter and legal counsel.

Ahmed of Somalia said it was a much warmer welcome than the one he received in Texas in 2014.

In the lobby of a gloomy downtown hotel where he now shares a small room with three others, he described being handcuffed and detained until his US asylum bid was heard.

New arrivals received blankets, food and housing while their cases are ongoing, according to Ahmed. The next day, he expected to be given a date for his hearing.

Ahmed told the Americans he had witnessed his father being slaughtered by a rival tribe in his hometown, and as the oldest son, he feared he would be next.

He left behind his wife and three children — the youngest born only months earlier — and traveled through nine countries before reaching the US.

A US panel rejected his claim, but he was released under supervision and allowed to work as a truck driver until his deportation could be arranged.

After Trump announced his ban, which includes Somali nationals, Ahmed said he feared imminent deportation.

“I decided to try my luck in Canada to ask for protection, because if I were deported to Somalia I would surely be killed,” he said.

Ahmed took a bus to Minneapolis, where he met a man who dropped him off at the border with instructions to “walk north.”

Ahmed said he had seen snow in the United States, “but not like this.”

“That night it was very, very cold,” he recalled. “My hands were frozen. I couldn’t feel my feet.”


Garcia de Rayos was charged with three felonies. Prosecutors said in court documents that they would seek a harsher sentence because she committed the crimes for financial gain. Because she was in the country without authorization, she was not eligible for bail.

In March 2009, just over three months after her arrest, Garcia de Rayos took a plea deal. She agreed to plead guilty to criminal impersonation. It was a Class 6 felony, the lowest class, but still a felony.

She was sentenced that same day to two years of probation and the time she had already served in jail. The hearing, according to court records, took 13 minutes.

Of the 12 people arrested, five had the charges against them dismissed without prejudice. Seven, including Garcia de Rayos, were convicted.

Probation and monitoring
Prosecutors filed charges against a woman accused of hiring the employees illegally. But that case was dropped under a settlement with the parent company of the amusement parks. Under that agreement, WaterWorld Safari agreed to close for 10 days. However, it had already stopped operating and was sold to another company.

Golfland Entertainment Centers did agree to certain measures, including using the E-Verify system to verify employees’ Social Security numbers.

The Los Angeles metro area is home to 1 million unauthorized immigrants, making it the second largest unauthorized immigrant population in the nation following New York City, with 1.2 million, according to an analysis released Thursday by the Pew Research Center. No other metro area approached a million. Five of the 20 metros with the largest unauthorized immigrant populations are in California: Los Angeles, Riverside-San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Diego and San Jose.