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Boston BLM leader and her husband hit with federal fraud, conspiracy charges

Houston Keene

Monica Cannon-Grant, a Black Lives Matter (BLM) leader in Boston, and her husband, Clark Grant, were hit with an 18-page federal indictment for fraud and conspiracy on Tuesday.

Federal authorities allege that Cannon-Grant and Grant have defrauded a large sum of donor dollars out of over $1 million in grants and donations given to their nonprofit, Violence in Boston, which aims to help violence survivors in the city.

Cannon-Grant, a prominent BLM organizer, was arrested outside of her Beantown home Tuesday and declined to comment at the courthouse after being released on personal recognizance, meaning she’ll remain free without bail but with a written promise to appear in court.

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Monica Cannon-Grant, front left, leads demonstrators as they march from Nubian Square to Boston Police headquarters, April 21, 2021, in Boston, as they celebrate the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and demand for an end to police brutality. Federal prosecutors said in a statement Tuesday, March 15, 2022 that Cannon-Grant, and her husband Clark Grant, of Taunton, Mass., have been charged in an 18-count indictment with wire fraud, conspiracy, and making false statements to a mortgage lending business. (Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via AP)

Monica Cannon-Grant, front left, leads demonstrators as they march from Nubian Square to Boston Police headquarters, April 21, 2021, in Boston, as they celebrate the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and demand for an end to police brutality. Federal prosecutors said in a statement Tuesday, March 15, 2022 that Cannon-Grant, and her husband Clark Grant, of Taunton, Mass., have been charged in an 18-count indictment with wire fraud, conspiracy, and making false statements to a mortgage lending business. (Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via AP)

The BLM activist has claimed innocence online and, under the terms of her release from Judge Judith Dein, is allowed to continue to work at her nonprofit twice a week but cannot handle the finances. She will be arraigned next week.

Prosecutors did not say how much money was allegedly taken by the couple.

Cannon-Grant’s attorney, Robert Goldstein, said “we are extremely disappointed the government rushed to judgment here” in a statement outside the courthouse.

“VIB (Violence in Boston) and Monica have been fully cooperating, and their production of records remains ongoing,” Goldstein said. “Drawing conclusions from an incomplete factual record does not represent the fair and fully informed process a citizen deserves from its government, especially someone like Monica who has worked tirelessly on behalf of her community.”

Michael Harris protests in front of the Glenn County Courthouse

Michael Harris protests in front of the Glenn County Courthouse (Matt Leach/Fox Digital)

“We remain fully confident Monica will be vindicated when a complete factual record emerges,” he continued.

Grant was arrested last October by federal agents who raided the couple’s home and was previously charged with lying on a mortgage statement and collecting pandemic unemployment benefits illegally.

The lengthy indictment alleges Cannon-Grant and her husband engaged in three different fraud schemes: lying on a mortgage application, defrauding donors and illicitly collecting approximately $1 million in pandemic-related unemployment benefits.

The couple is accused of using a $6,000 grant meant for a trip for at-risk young men for personal expenditures.

A woman holds a Black Lives Matter flag during an event in remembrance of George Floyd and to call for justice for those who lost loved ones to police violence outside the Minnesota State Capitol on May 24, 2021, in Saint Paul, Minnesota. 

A woman holds a Black Lives Matter flag during an event in remembrance of George Floyd and to call for justice for those who lost loved ones to police violence outside the Minnesota State Capitol on May 24, 2021, in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  (Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images)

According to a trip proposal, the venture was “to give these young men exposure to communities outside of the violence-riddled neighborhoods that they navigate daily.”

Instead, the pair spared no expense on a vacation, according to federal authorities, eating a meal at a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., buying merchandise at Walmart and taking visits to a nail salon among other expenditures.

Prosecutors also allege that Cannon-Grant told both the state attorney general’s office and the IRS that she took no salary from her nonprofit while paying herself $2,788 a week beginning in October 2020.

Cannon-Grant, 41, is the founder of Violence in Boston and was previously named “Bostonian of the Year” by Boston Globe Magazine. 

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Amtrak engineer cleared in trial over deadly 2015 crash

FILE- In this Wednesday, May 13, 2015, file photo, emergency personnel work at the scene of a derailment in Philadelphia of an Amtrak train headed to New York. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

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FILE- In this Wednesday, May 13, 2015, file photo, emergency personnel work at the scene of a derailment in Philadelphia of an Amtrak train headed to New York. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An Amtrak engineer was cleared of charges related to a deadly, high-speed derailment that left eight people dead and hundreds injured in Philadelphia in 2015.

The jury acquitted 38-year-old engineer Brandon Bostian of causing a catastrophe, involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment after a little more than an hour of deliberations.

Eight people died and more than 200 people were injured when the train rounded a curve at more than twice the speed limit and derailed in north Philadelphia. Amtrak agreed to pay $265 million in civil settlements to victims and their families.

Bostian’s lawyer described him as a lifelong train buff who had a perfect work record until he was distracted by people throwing rocks in the area just before the crash. Prosecutors say he acted with reckless disregard for the safety of his passengers, who were traveling from Washington to New York that Tuesday evening. The train had stopped at Philadelphia’s 30th Street station about 10 minutes earlier and was heading north.

Federal safety investigators concluded that Bostian lost what they call “situational awareness” on the track, thinking he was past an S-curve and on a straightaway when he accelerated from about 65 mph to 106 mph. In fact, he was in the middle of the S-curve, and going more than twice the speed limit. Investigators found no evidence he was impaired or using his cellphone at the time.

Amtrak settled the civil litigation with victims and their families in 2016 for $265 million, a new, higher limit set by Congress after the crash. The criminal case had a more unusual history.

Philadelphia’s top prosecutor declined to pursue criminal charges after the National Transportation and Safety Board released its findings. The state Attorney General’s Office later took the case to trial, after some victims’ families pressed for charges.

The jury had begun weighing the charges Friday morning when the judge announced around noon that an alternate would step in. The jury then began its deliberations from the start.

The jury had to decide whether Bostian sped up intentionally, knowing the risks — the threshold required for criminal negligence.

Common Pleas Judge Barbara McDermott said the juror whose sister died Thursday night came to court Friday and began deliberations before asking to be relieved.

https://local21news.com/news/nation-world/amtrak-engineer-cleared-in-trial-over-deadly-2015-crash-03-04-2022

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Brianna Kupfer’s alleged killer Shawn Smith once bit a cop, police report says

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FIRST ON FOX: Brianna Kupfer‘s alleged killer Shawn Laval Smith allegedly chomped on a cop’s hand and drew blood about one year before allegedly stabbing the 24-year-old UCLA graduate student to death in a random daylight attack in Los Angeles, Fox News Digital has learned.

After Smith, 31, allegedly vandalized a stranger’s car in Daly City, California, on Jan. 20, 2021, officers arrested him and placed him in the back of a cruiser, where he grew agitated, according to records.

Brianna Kupfer and and her alleged killer's mugshots.

Brianna Kupfer and and her alleged killer’s mugshots. ( )

“I tried to speak to him, but he was just yelling over my words and not listening,” wrote officer Jay Mulitauopele in paperwork. “Then Smith started yelling ‘I’ll kill you! I’ll kill you!'”

Smith bobbed back and forth and screamed while repeatedly kicking the cruiser’s rear left door. Mulitauopele and two other officers pulled Smith from the cruiser to the ground and tried to place him in a WRAP restraint device.

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“He moved his head quickly and bit my right index finger latching on with full force,” Mulitauopele wrote in the report. “I screamed in pain.”

After removing his latex glove, the officer saw that his finger was bleeding and imprinted with Smith’s teeth marks.  Smith hurled profanities at the officers as they attempted to subdue him.

Composite of Shawn Smith's mugshots.

Composite of Shawn Smith’s mugshots.

Earlier, police had responded to a Nation’s hamburger restaurant after Smith allegedly climbed on top of a staffer’s car and violently jumped on the hood, leaving a huge dent and causing nearly $4,000 in damage, according to records.

At one point he tried to enter the fast-food franchise, but the door was blocked by a table, the victim, who did not know Smith, told responding officers.

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Police pursued the rampaging suspect to a nearby Starbucks where he was yelling at two strangers sitting outside on a bench. Smith allegedly snatched one of their cellphones, then tried to fight them as police arrived, the report says.

The suspected killer of 24-year-old UCLA grad student Brianna Kupfer appeared on surveillance video at a nearby 7-Eleven store buying a vape pen just 30 minutes after her murder.

The suspected killer of 24-year-old UCLA grad student Brianna Kupfer appeared on surveillance video at a nearby 7-Eleven store buying a vape pen just 30 minutes after her murder. (LAPD)

The career criminal, who was living in a homeless shelter in San Francisco at the time, was hit with three felonies: assault on a police officer, resisting an executive officer and vandalism. Police also recovered from him an orange flare gun with bullets, a knife and a Nintendo Switch. 

BRIANNA KUPFER’S ALLEGED KILLER SHAWN SMITH CAUGHT AFTER PEDESTRIAN CALLS 911

The South Carolina native was out on a $50,000 bond in Charleston for allegedly shooting a flare gun at a stranger’s rear car window as a toddler sat in the backseat during a road rage incident in Nov. 2019.

Due to a COVID-19 backlog of cases, he has not had a single court date since his release — but as a condition of his bond he was not allowed to leave South Carolina.

A makeshift memorial for Brianna Kupfer outside Croft House, the LA furniture store where she worked and was stabbed to death on Jan. 13.

A makeshift memorial for Brianna Kupfer outside Croft House, the LA furniture store where she worked and was stabbed to death on Jan. 13. (Fox News Digital)

Smith ultimately pleaded guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court to resisting an executive officer after serving 133 days in jail for biting the cop’s hand. He was released on probation on June 1, 2021, but failed to check in with his probation officer or provide an updated address. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest six months later, court records show.  

It’s unclear why his California contacts with law enforcement didn’t trigger Charleston’s solicitor to revoke his $50,000 bond and jail him. Solicitor Scarlet Wilson didn’t immediately return a request for comment. 

The 24-year-old was studying design as a grad student at UCLA.

The 24-year-old was studying design as a grad student at UCLA. (Todd Kupfer)

“Typically the prosecutor’s office in the sending state, in this case California, would notify the receiving state, in this case South Carolina, and the receiving state would tell them whether they intend to extradite,” said former Assistant Manhattan prosecutor Daniel Bibb.

If South Carolina requested extradition, they would have 90 days to pick him up, Bibb said. It wasn’t immediately clear if San Mateo County authorities notified the Charleston solicitor.

But a year after the assault on Mulitaupele, Smith allegedly entered Croft House, an upscale furniture store on North La Brea Avenue, and plunged a knife into Kupfer, who was working there as a design consultant.  

Police said there is no known motive for the Jan. 13 attack. After a one-week manhunt, Smith was busted in Pasadena Wednesday for the alleged slaying of the student who had dreamed of launching her own clothing line one day.

Smith has a lengthy rap sheet including at least 11 arrests in Charleston stretching back to 2010, court records show.

Michael Ruiz contributed to this report.

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Father of slain UCLA grad student blames politicians for crime spike

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EXCLUSIVE: The shattered father of a UCLA graduate student stabbed to death last week in a random daylight attack in Los Angeles blamed politicians for letting criminals run rampant.

“Crime is truly spiking, and we have a lot of criminals on the streets that shouldn’t be out,” grieving father Todd Kupfer, 60, told Fox News. 

His 24-year-old daughter, Brianna Kupfer, was murdered Thursday by a person who walked into Croft House, an upscale furniture store where she worked, and plunged a knife in her.

Brianna Kupfer, 24, who was stabbed to death Thursday in Los Angeles.

Brianna Kupfer, 24, who was stabbed to death Thursday in Los Angeles. (Todd Kupfer)

“We have a lot of politicians that somehow forgot about people and think the key to getting elected is to support the lowest rung of our society and to give them rights and somehow that’s the answer to getting votes,” Kupfer said.

Brianna Kupfer was studying design at UCLA and had been working part-time for about a year as a consultant at Croft House on North La Brea Avenue.

“She was a kind soul and always was trying to make herself better and everything around her better,” said Kupfer, fighting back tears. “She cared about people.”

The slain woman loved to sew and made a lot of her own garments by hand. 

From left to right, Todd and Lori Kupfer and their children Mikaela, Brianna, Tucker and Brandon. Brianna, 24, was stabbed to death in a random attack Jan. 13 in Los Angeles.

From left to right, Todd and Lori Kupfer and their children Mikaela, Brianna, Tucker and Brandon. Brianna, 24, was stabbed to death in a random attack Jan. 13 in Los Angeles. (Todd Kupfer)

“She liked fun clothes and thought they said something about people’s personalities,” he said. “She wanted to create a clothing line.” 

Brianna Kupfer graduated from the University of Miami before returning to California to pursue a degree at UCLA.

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“She was the kind of person we need on this Earth,” her dad said. “She was strong and vivacious.”

Kupfer grew up in the Pacific Palisades – about 3 miles north of Santa Monica –  where she lived with her father, her mother Lori, her little sister Mikaela and her brothers Tucker and Brandon.

Mikaela, 21, is gutted by her sister’s sudden and violent death, the father said. 

The Croft House in Los Angeles. Brianna Kupfer, 24, who worked at the furniture shop, was stabbed to death Thursday by a homeless man, police said.

The Croft House in Los Angeles. Brianna Kupfer, 24, who worked at the furniture shop, was stabbed to death Thursday by a homeless man, police said. (Google Maps)

“They were best friends,” Kupfer told Fox News. “She is not doing well. She’s completely broken.” 

Todd Kupfer said his daughter was an avid reader who “wasn’t glued to her phone” like many young people. She had traveled extensively – including jaunts to Australia, Indonesia, Thailand and Europe – but had more far-flung destinations she couldn’t wait to explore.

She was focused and ambitious and kept a bucket list on her phone, where she mapped out her plans, her dad said.

But those aspirations came to an abrupt and tragic end on Thursday when a man, wearing a dark hoodie, a white N-95 mask, and dark clothing, entered Croft House at about 1:50 p.m., police said.

For no reason, he stabbed her to death then fled out the backdoor into a rear alley, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Surveillance video captured him calmly strolling down the alley toward Oakwood Avenue. 

Brianna Kupfer

Brianna Kupfer (LinkedIn)

A customer entered the store 20 minutes later and found Brianna Kupfer dead, lying in a pool of blood, police said. 

Kupfer was alone in the store, which was unusual, her dad said. Usually, there were two employees present during business hours.

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Police Monday declined to comment on the progress of the investigation, and Todd Kupfer said he had not received any recent updates from detectives. 

The murder rate in Los Angeles has soared in recent years and violent crime has rocked even the city’s wealthiest enclaves. 

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón, a Democrat, won over voters last year with promises of sweeping criminal justice reforms that critics say put the interests of criminals before the safety of the community.

“We can’t afford to have the good constantly knocked down by the bad,” Todd Kupfer said.

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“We need to champion [my daughter] as a beacon of what’s wrong and make sure that people recognize that – because it could be their children next, and it’s just an impossible price to pay,” he said.

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Chicago To Still Go After Convicted Hate Crime Hoaxer Jussie Smollett For $130K In Police Costs

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Ryan Saavedra

The City of Chicago said last week that it will still go after convicted hate crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett, a felon, for more than $100,000 in costs incurred by the city’s police department during their investigation into the hate crime that he staged on himself.

“The City filed a civil lawsuit against Jussie Smollett to recover costs incurred by the Chicago Police Department investigating what the City believed to be Smollett’s false police reports that he was a victim of a hate crime,” the city said in a statement. “While using a different standard of proof, the jury’s finding of guilt convicting Jussie Smollett of criminal charges stemming from the incident confirms that the City was correct in bringing its civil lawsuit.”

The statement continued, “The City intends to continue to pursue its lawsuit to hold Smollett accountable for his unlawful actions and to demand that he compensate the City for costs incurred by the Chicago Police Department which took his false claims of harm seriously.”

Smollett was found guilty on Thursday of five Class 4 felonies for telling police officers and detectives myriad lies from the staged hoax that he tried to blame on purported Trump supporters. A Class 4 felony carries a maximum prison sentence of 3 years per count.

Fox News reported:

Count 1 accused him of telling responding Chicago Police Officer Muhammed Baig at around 2:45 a.m., some 45 minutes after the purported attack, that he was the victim of a hate crime. He said two attackers put a rope around his neck. Count 2 referred to Smollett telling the same officer he was a victim of a battery, describing attackers beating and pouring bleach on him.

Counts 3 and 4 stemmed from Smollett making the same claims but to a different officer, Kimberly Murray, later that morning, just before 6 a.m.

Count 5 accused Smollett of again telling Murray at around 7:15 p.m. that he was the victim of a battery. Count 6 referred to Smollett reporting on Feb. 14, 2019, to detective Robert Graves that he’d been a victim of an aggravated battery.

Speaking with reporters following the verdict, Nenye Uche, lead attorney for Smollett, said that the now-convicted felon was “100 percent confident” that he would be found innocent on appeal.

“We feel 100 percent confident that this case will be won on appeal,” Uche said. “Unfortunately, that’s not the route we wanted but sometimes that’s the route you have to take to win, especially a case where we remain 100 percent confident in our client’s innocence.”

“He’s a human being; he’s disappointed — but I will tell you this: I am very proud of him. I’m very, very proud of him,” he added. “He’s holding up very strong; he’s committed to clearing his name and he’s 100 percent confident that he’s going to get cleared by the appellate court.”

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‘If We Don’t Stop It, This Country Will Not Survive’: Chip Roy Issues Dire Warning On House Floor, (Video)

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Congressman Chip Roy of Texas gives one of the best speeches that you will ever hear from the peoples House, but you won’t hear about it because the mainstream media won’t report the truth.

It doesn’t matter if it’s Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Newsmax, they are all corrupt to the same political machines and refuse to report the truth, but we will.

Chip Roy in this 48 minute speech on the House floor addresses the issues of the out of control budget, the fact that the vaccine doesn’t stop the spread of the virus, or prevent you from getting the virus, that people are losing their jobs and their lives because of mandates.

Roy addresses the Omicron variant.

“One of the first doctors to discover the variant in South Africa said, most of patients are seeing very very mild symptoms, we’ve been able to treat these patients conservatively at home.”

On the 626th day into 15 days to slow the spread, we have had enough. The American people have had enough of being lied to and told what to do by a tyrannical government and so called experts that we should not trust.”

He even goes into the fact that doctors are being attacked for trying and using preventative medicines that are saving lives like Ivermectin, Z-Pacs, Hydroxychloroquine, and even simple antibiotics they refuse to prescribe because of criticisms.

We don’t want to have a debate on vaccine mandates, why would we want to do that? My colleagues I’d assume would not want to take a vote on vaccine mandate funding repeal. Otherwise why not have the vote, why not have the debate?”

Roy absolutely crushed this speech, I encourage all of you to watch this, it’s one of the best I’ve seen in my lifetime.

“The more and more that we turn over the decision making to a small group of people in this body, and a small group of people in the Senate, and a couple other people on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, the more and more this Republic is getting ripped apart thread by thread. And it’s happening no matter who is in the White House, and no matter who is in charge of this body.”

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Jussie Smollett convicted of staging hate crime, lying to cops

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Julius Young

Jussie Smollett has been found guilty on 5 out of 6 charges in the alleged hate crime hoax trial.

After a contentious week of witness testimony, counsel arguments and deliberation, the jury found Smollett guilty on the first five counts and he was acquitted on a sixth count, of lying to a detective in mid-February, weeks after Smollett said he was attacked.

Smollett was stoic as the jury read the verdict. The actor sat upright and stared straight ahead without showing any real emotion. 

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Judge Linn said he will order a pre-sentencing investigation and attorneys will meet via conference call to determine a date for pre-sentencing motions

The judge also said the jury will not be speaking to the media today, if they ever choose to. He is also having deputies escort them to their cars.

A LOOK AT JUSSIE SMOLLETT’S TWO-DAY EXPLOSIVE COURT TESTIMONY AS TRIAL WINDS DOWN

The 39-year-old “Empire” alum was charged with six counts of disorderly conduct related to false statements to Chicago police officers in regard to a 2019 hate crime against himself. In 2019, he claimed that two men attacked him due to his skin color and sexual orientation.

A verdict has been reached in ‘Empire’ alum Jussie Smollett's alleged hate crime hoax trial.

A verdict has been reached in ‘Empire’ alum Jussie Smollett’s alleged hate crime hoax trial. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

Since being accused of staging the attack, Smollett has maintained his innocence and said during his two-day testimony that “there was no hate crime hoax from my standpoint.”

Prosecutors, however, argued that Smollett carried out a “dry run” of the attack the day before it occurred in 2019.

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Among the surprising claims made in Smollett’s testimony was the revelation that the actor received a text from CNN’s Don Lemon, supposedly relaying information that the Chicago Police Department didn’t believe Smollett’s account of what happened.

The actor claimed to have been attacked in Chicago by two men in 2019.

The actor claimed to have been attacked in Chicago by two men in 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Additionally, he pushed back against testimonies from Bola Osundairo, one of the alleged attackers, claiming that he’d purchased drugs from the man and “made out” with him at a gay bathhouse.

Osundairo testified that he is not gay and their relationship was not sexual in nature. He also previously stated that he did not sell drugs to Smollett but merely acquired them for him.

The charge is a class 4 felony that carries a prison sentence of up to three years, but experts have said if convicted, Smollett would likely be placed on probation and ordered to perform community service.

Fox News’ Matt Finn and Ruth Ravve as well as The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Jussie Smollett lawyer says they ‘100 percent’ plan to appeal guilty verdicts, ‘confident’ on reversal

Lauryn Overhultz

Jussie Smollett’s defense attorney said they will be appealing the actor’s guilty verdicts Thursday following the conclusion of the trial.

A jury found Smollett guilty of five of the six charges of disorderly conduct against him following a nearly two-week trial.

After the verdict was read, Nenye Uche told reporters Smollett was disappointed and that he is “100% innocent.” He said Smollett’s team is confident “he’s going to be cleared of all, all accusations on all charges.”

“The verdict is inconsistent,” he said during a press conference following the verdicts. “You can’t say Jussie is lying and say Jussie is not lying for the same exact incident.”

Actor Jussie Smollett, center, returns to the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, in Chicago. Smollett was convicted Thursday on five of six charges he staged an anti-gay, racist attack on himself nearly three years ago and then lied to Chicago police about it.

Actor Jussie Smollett, center, returns to the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, in Chicago. Smollett was convicted Thursday on five of six charges he staged an anti-gay, racist attack on himself nearly three years ago and then lied to Chicago police about it. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh))

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The defense attorney remained confident in the appellate system and the Illinois Supreme Court.

“We are confident in our appellate system,” Uche said. “We are confident in our Illinois Supreme Court, and we’re confident that at the end of the day, what’s out there in the news media and in the gossip forums are not going to stand a chance in court.”

Smollett's return came after the jury notified Cook County Judge James Linn that they have reached a verdict in Smollett's trial.

Smollett’s return came after the jury notified Cook County Judge James Linn that they have reached a verdict in Smollett’s trial. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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The “Empire” actor was convicted Thursday on charges he staged an anti-gay, racist attack on himself nearly three years ago and then lied to Chicago police about it.

In the courtroom as the verdict was read, Smollett stood and faced the jury, showing no visible reaction.

The jury found the 39-year-old guilty on five counts of disorderly conduct — for each separate time he was charged with lying to police in the days immediately after the alleged attack. He was acquitted on a sixth count, of lying to a detective in mid-February, weeks after Smollett said he was attacked.

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In this courtroom sketch, special prosecutor Dan Webb, left, cross examines Smollett on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, in Chicago.

In this courtroom sketch, special prosecutor Dan Webb, left, cross examines Smollett on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Cheryl Cook)

Judge Linn said he will order a pre-sentencing investigation and attorneys will meet via conference call to determine a date for pre-sentencing motions

The judge also said the jury will not be speaking to the media today, if they ever choose to. He is also having deputies escort them to their cars.

Fox News’ Julius Young and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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UPDATE: Manhunt Underway for Parents of School Shooter Who Are Missing and On the Run

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The parents of the teenager accused of killing four classmates and injuring a number of others at a Michigan high school have gone missing and now a massive man hunt is underway.

The FBI, U.S. Marshals and local police are searching for James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of Ethan Crumbley.

A prosecutor filed involuntary manslaughter charges Friday against the parents of a teen accused of killing four students at a Michigan high school, saying they failed to intervene on the day of the tragedy despite being confronted with a drawing and chilling message — “blood everywhere” — that was found at the boy’s desk.

And apparently — the parents were not under surveillance.

From the Associated Press:

School officials became concerned about the younger Crumbley on Monday, a day before the shooting, when a teacher saw him searching for ammunition on his phone, McDonald said.

Jennifer Crumbley was contacted and subsequently told her son in a text message: “Lol. I’m not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught,” according to the prosecutor.

On Tuesday, a teacher found a note on Ethan’s desk and took a photo. It was a drawing of a gun pointing at the words, “The thoughts won’t stop. Help me,” McDonald said.

There also was a drawing of a bullet, she said, with words above it: “Blood everywhere.”

Between the gun and the bullet was a person who appeared to have been shot twice and is bleeding. He also wrote, “My life is useless” and “The world is dead,” according to the prosecutor.

The school quickly had a meeting with Ethan and his parents, who were told to get him into counseling within 48 hours, McDonald said.

The Crumbleys failed to ask their son about the gun or check his backpack, McDonald said. The teen returned to class and the shooting subsequently occurred.

“The notion that a parent could read those words and also know that their son had access to a deadly weapon that they gave him is unconscionable — it’s criminal,” the prosecutor said.

Jennifer Crumbley texted her son after the shooting, saying, “Ethan, don’t do it,” McDonald said.

James Crumbley called 911 to say that a gun was missing from their home and that Ethan might be the shooter. The gun had been kept in an unlocked drawer in the parents’ bedroom, McDonald said.

That agreement with attorney Shannon Smith was sometime in the morning, McCabe said around 2 p.m. Friday.

“Our last conversation with the attorney was that she had been trying to reach them by phone and text, and they were not responding,” he said. 

McCabe said Fugitive Apprehension Team officers still were out searching for the couple as of mid-afternoon Friday. The Crumbleys own a 2021 black Kia Seltos with the license plate DQG5203 and a 2019 white Kia Soul Station Wagon with the license plate DZH8994, according to the sheriff’s office and Secretary of State records.

Thanks to our friends at ToddStarns.com and the AP for contributing to this article.

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BREAKING: Another Federal Judge Deals Blow To Biden’s Vaccine Mandate, Issues Nationwide Injunction

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A federal judge in Louisiana blocked Democrat President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for health care workers on Tuesday, issuing a nationwide injunction on Biden’s order.

The Daily Advertiser reported:

Louisiana Western District U.S. Judge Terry Doughty’s decision follows an identical ruling Monday from Missouri U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp, but Schelp’s decision only covered 10 states.

Doughty ruled on the lawsuit led by Republican Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and joined by 13 other states, but Doughty added a nationwide injunction in his ruling.

“If the executive branch is allowed to usurp the power of the legislative branch to make laws, two of the three powers conferred by our Constitution would be in the same hands,” Doughty wrote. “If human nature and history teach anything, it is that civil liberties face grave risks when governments proclaim indefinite states of emergency.”

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry praised the ruling and slammed Biden for “villainiz[ing] our healthcare heroes with his ‘jab or job’ edicts.”

“While our fight is far from over, I am pleased the Court granted preliminary relief against the President’s unconstitutional and immoral attack on not only our healthcare workers but also the access to healthcare services for our poor and elderly,” Landry said. “I will see this case through to the end – fighting every step of the way to prevent the federal government from imposing medical tyranny on our citizens and turning last year’s healthcare heroes into this year’s unemployed.”

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NOT GUILTY on all five counts!

Is Our Justice System Broken

“Texas begins building makeshift border wall with surprising material”

Illegal immigrant who posed as minor while crossing border charged with murder in Florida

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A 24-year-old Honduran immigrant who’s charged with murder in the brutal stabbing death of a Florida man had crossed the US border illegally months earlier while posing as an unaccompanied minor, an investigation by The Post found.

Yery Noel Medina Ulloa was busted Oct. 7 in Jacksonville when he was found covered in blood after allegedly killing Francisco Javier Cuellar, 46, a father of four who had taken in the immigrant who told authorities he was 17.

Police said they followed a trail of blood back to the victim’s home and arrested Ulloa, placing him in a juvenile detention facility.

It wasn’t until Oct. 13 that authorities learned his real identity — and his true age.

Immigrants from the southern border getting off a World Atlantic Airlines airplane and boarding charter buses at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY on October 15, 2021.

Ulloa, who turned 24 on Friday, had duped border authorities in Texas several months earlier by claiming he was a teenager named Reynel Alexander Hernandez — and even told his mom about the ruse.

“When he entered [the US] he told me, ‘Mommy, I didn’t go in with my name,’” his mother, Wendy Florencia Ulloa, told the Spanish-language Univision network. “‘I went in with the name of another person because right there at the shelter they helped me.”

President Biden reinstated the "catch and release" policy earlier in 2021.

In keeping with President Biden’s border policy on unaccompanied minors crossing the US border, Ulloa wasn’t turned away but instead placed in a shelter.

Under the "catch and release" policy, CPD can only hold illegal aliens trying to cross the border for 72 hours.

He was given a “Notice to Appear” and released, officials told The Post.

Eventually, Cuellar took Ulloa to his Jacksonville home.

“‘Mommy, he is my Uncle Frank,’” his mother said he told her on the phone. Ulloa and Cuellar are not related, despite Ulloa’s use of the moniker. “‘I live with him. But don’t worry. He treats me like a son.’”

It is not clear how Ulloa ended up in Florida after being detained in Texas — or whether he was transported by way of the Biden administration’s secret flights to resettle underage immigrants, revealed in an exclusive expose by The Post last month.

Routes for the flights included from Texas to Jacksonville, the report noted.

Officials at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Border Patrol and the Office of Refugee Resettlement did not immediately respond to inquiries about how Ulloa wound up in Florida. Immigrants from the southern border getting off a World Atlantic Airlines airplane and boarding charter buses at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY, on Oct. 15, 2021. Christopher Sadowski

An ICE spokesman confirmed that Ulloa was detained on Oct. 13, but said the agency was not involved.

Cuellar’s daughter, MaryCarmen, 18, said she knew little about the man now charged with her father’s caught-on-video slaying — but believes he was on one of the flights.

“My dad told me one day he was going to the airport, and then this guy came out of nowhere and was at work the next day,” she told The Post. “I didn’t really ask questions.”

Ulloa nonetheless moved in with Cuellar, who put him to work at the family business, the La Raza Mexican Store, she said. President Biden reinstated the “catch and release” policy earlier in 2021.Susan Walsh/AP

“My dad seemed like he was doing a favor for somebody because where [Ulloa] came from they are super poor,” she said in a phone interview.

“We feel that someone asked my dad to do it,” she said. “My dad was really compassionate like that, he would help someone who needed it.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is suing the Biden administration.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is already suing the Biden administration over its “catch and release” policy — and sources confirmed Tuesday that his office is also investigating whether Ulloa arrived in Jacksonville on one of the clandestine flights.

“This horrific crime is the latest example of how unfettered illegal migration costs Floridians’ lives,” DeSantis’ office told The Post.

“If not for the Biden Administration’s unlawful ‘catch and release’ policy, Mr. Cuellar would still be alive today. 

“Governor DeSantis is committed to doing everything in his power to keep Floridians safe. But as long as the Biden Administration persists in refusing to enforce our country’s immigration laws, Americans are at needless risk.  Under the “catch and release” policy, CPD can only hold illegal aliens trying to cross the border for 72 hours.Cedar Attanasio/AP

“How many more lives will be lost before the Biden Administration decides to uphold the law?”

Ulloa had been found wandering near a lake and covered in blood, with a trail of blood leading to Cuellar’s body in his living room, the arrest warrant showed. 

Home security cameras showed him “stabbing the victim numerous times and repeatedly hitting him with a chair,” the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office warrant said.

He called a friend to confess and even texted “that he had ‘killed Uncle Francisco,’” the warrant said. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is suing the Biden administration.Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP

According to his mother, she was told that after his arrest, “he cried and told them, ‘I killed him. I killed him.’”

Ulloa is charged with second-degree murder and is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday.

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Biden Administration Forbids Immigration Agents From Apprehending Migrants At Some Locations

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The Department of Homeland Security won’t allow immigration agents to apprehend illegal immigrants where “essential” activities or services happen, the agency announced on Wednesday.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials are prohibited from apprehending illegal immigrants around “places where children gather, disaster or emergency relief sites, and social services establishments,” according to the new directive. The guidance also applies to religious facilities and events, public events like parades or demonstrations and medical treatment facilities.

“In our pursuit of justice, including in the execution of our enforcement responsibilities, we impact people’s lives and advance our country’s well-being in the most fundamental ways,” Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement. “As a result, when conducting an enforcement action, ICE and CBP agents and officers must first examine and consider the impact of where actions might possibly take place, their effect on people, and broader societal interests.”

“We can accomplish our law enforcement mission without denying individuals access to needed medical care, children access to their schools, the displaced access to food and shelter, people of faith access to their places of worship, and more,” Mayorkas added. (RELATED: Border Patrol Agents Accused Of Whipping Migrants Haven’t Been Questioned Yet: REPORT)

For the first time, a single DHS-wide policy will guide @ICEgov and @CBP enforcement actions for protected areas, and it expands the list of protected areas to include places where children gather, disaster or emergency relief sites, and social services establishments.

— Homeland Security (@DHSgov) October 27, 2021

The DHS also stopped “mass” ICE worksite raids of illegal immigrants and announced it would instead focus on prosecuting employers, the agency announced on Oct. 12. The enforcement actions at worksites were unfair to illegal immigrants and didn’t have enough consequences for the exploitive employers who don’t adhere to legal standards, the agency said at the time.

“With today’s directive, Secretary Mayorkas has accomplished to radical left’s goal of abolishing ICE,” Federation for American Immigration Reform President Dan Stein said in a statement, according to the Associated Press News. “The agency still exists, but it has been stripped of all of its functions with regard to the enforcement of immigration laws.”

“Nearly all illegal aliens are already off-limits to enforcement due to a Sep. 30 memo, and as a result of Mayorkas’ ‘expanded and non-exhaustive list of protected areas,’ where ICE agents are permitted to do their work, the secretary has essentially nullified an entire body of constitutionally enacted laws,” Stein added.

DHS instructed immigration officials to focus on apprehending migrants with serious criminal histories over those who just illegally enter the country, according to a Sept. 30 memorandum. Immigration officials were instructed to evaluate migrants on a case-by-case basis to determine whether they are threats to the public, national security or border security.

ICE arrests fell to the lowest numbers recorded in the last decade, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday. The agency provided substantial assistance to CBP officials in Texas’ Del Rio sector, but it only made around 72,000 arrests in the fiscal year 2021 ending in September compared to 104,000 arrests during the same time frame in 2020.

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Justice Served

Texas Legislature Passes Election Integrity Bill

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The Texas legislature passed an election integrity bill on Tuesday after weeks of back-and-forth between members of both parties in the state. 

Republican Governor of Texas Greg Abbott promised to sign the bill, as well, seemingly solidifying the GOP victory. 

Democrats in the state are continuing to press for the federal government to intervene in state elections in an effort to push back against the efforts of Republicans to secure elections. 

“We knew we wouldn’t be able to hold off this day forever,” Representative Chris Turner, chairman of the House Democratic caucus, said in a statement on Tuesday, per The New York Times. “Now that it has come, we need the U.S. Senate to act immediately.”

Republicans, on the other hand, have pressed that the legislation is necessary to ensure that elections are secure and people trust the results. 

“It is about ensuring that all Texans trust the outcome of every election in Texas,” Republican Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said in a statement.

“Senate Bill 1 will make it easier to vote and harder to cheat,” Texas House Republican Caucus Chairman Jim Murphy said in a statement last week, noting that the bill will “go a long way in ensuring the integrity of our elections.”

The Texas House passed the legislation earlier this week, and sent it to the Senate for final debate and revisions. 

As the Texas Tribune reported on Tuesday:

The legislation establishes new ID requirements for voting by mail, enhances protections for partisan poll watchers and sets new rules, and possible criminal penalties, for those who assist voters.

It also makes it a state jail felony for local election officials to proactively distribute applications for mail-in ballots, even if they are providing them to voters who automatically qualify to vote by mail or groups helping get out the vote.

Texas Democrats famously fled the state earlier this year in an effort to block Republicans from passing specific bills. Governor Greg Abbott called a special session in order for the legislature to resume its business. A few weeks ago, enough Democrats came back to the state house in order to conduct business. 

The Texas Tribune reported at the time: 

The margin was razor thin on Thursday and it was unclear for hours before gaveling in whether Republicans had gotten enough members in the chamber to begin their work. Ultimately, 99 members voted that they were present with 49 stated absences. (The regular 100-member threshold for a quorum dropped to 99 on Thursday after San Antonio Democrat Leo Pacheco’s resignation went into effect.) The House then adjourned until 4 p.m. on Monday after referring a slew of bills to committee.

As The Daily Wire reported, GOP House Speaker Dade Phelan stated at the time, “It’s time to get back to the business of the people of Texas.  I appreciate every one of you. I’m looking forward to working with you over the coming week or two.” 

“Some Democrats were angry that some of their colleagues had returned to the chamber. Rep. Michelle Beckley, noting that Democrats Garnet Coleman, Ana Hernandez, and Armando Walle had returned, tweeted, ‘This is how Texas Democrats lose elections,’” The Daily Wire noted. 

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Appeals Court Denies Biden Plea to Block Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy

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A federal appeals court denied President Joe Biden’s plea to block the reinstatement of former President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy that kept migrants in Mexico while awaiting their asylum hearings rather than releasing them into the interior of the United States.

Last week, Trump-appointed Judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk ordered the Biden administration to reinstate the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), commonly known as Remain in Mexico, after it ended the program in June and started releasing thousands of MPP migrants into the U.S.

Biden’s DHS appealed the permanent injunction by Kacsmaryk, asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to issue a stay blocking the injunction. On Thursday, Judge Jennifer Elrod, appointed by former President George W. Bush, along with Judges Andy Oldham and Cory Wilson, both appointed by Trump, denied Biden’s request.

Elrod, Oldham, and Wilson write that DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas failed to weigh the impact on border states that ending Remain in Mexico would have. Likewise, the court asserts that Texas, in particular, is harmed by the elimination of Remain in Mexico.

The three-judge panel writes:

DHS “failed to address whether there was ‘legitimate reliance’ on” MPP. In its seven-page June 1 Memorandum, DHS does not directly mention any reliance interests, especially those of the States. The closest the June 1 Memorandum gets is a reference to “the impact [terminating MPP] could have on border management and border communities.” But the Memorandum makes clear that “border communities” do not include border states. And the vague reference to “border management” is insufficient to show specific, meaningful consideration of the States’ reliance interests. [Emphasis added]

In response, the Government concedes that it failed to consider the States’ reliance interests. But it argues that is irrelevant because “the States have no cognizable reliance interest in a discretionary program.” We reject that argument for several reasons. [Emphasis added]

As the Supreme Court explained, “[w]hen an agency changes course, … it must be cognizant that longstanding policies may have engendered serious reliance interests that must be taken into account.” Those reliance interests included states’ interests. So if the termination of DACA — a discretionary, immigration program — must consider states’ “potential reliance interests,” then so does termination of MPP. That is particularly true here because the district court found as a matter of fact — and the Government does not contest — that states like Texas face fiscal harm from the termination of MPP. [Emphasis added]

The court also found that Mayorkas’ ending of Remain in Mexico “failed to consider DHS’s prior factual findings on MPP’s benefits.”

“In its October 2019 Assessment of MPP, DHS found that ‘aliens without meritorious claims—which no longer constitute[d] a free ticket into the United States—[were] beginning to voluntarily return home,’” the New Orleans-based court writes:

DHS also found that MPP addressed the “perverse incentives” created by allowing “those with nonmeritorious claims … [to] remain in the country for lengthy periods of time.” These benefits, DHS emphasized, were a “core component” or “cornerstone” of the agency’s prior immigration policy.
[Emphasis added]

Nonetheless, the June 1 Memorandum did not expressly mention, let alone meaningfully discuss, DHS’s prior factual findings. Instead, the Secretary changed policies based on his own findings that contradict DHS’s October 2019 findings. But an agency must provide “a more detailed justification” when a “new policy rests upon factual findings that contradict those which underlay its prior policy.” The Secretary did not provide the required “more detailed justification.” This further indicates that the termination of MPP was arbitrary and capricious. [Emphasis added]

The court states that DHS, in following federal statute, “can parole an alien” into the U.S. on a case-by-case basis, can release an alien on bail or conditional parole while they await deportation proceedings, or hold them in federal custody.

“What the Government cannot do, the district court held, is simply release every alien described in § 1225 en masse into the United States,” the appellate court writes:

The Government has not pointed to a single word anywhere in the [Immigration and Nationality Act] that suggests it can do that. And the Government cannot claim an irreparable injury from being enjoined against an action that it has no statutory authorization to take. [Emphasis added]

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt first filed their lawsuit challenging Biden’s end to Remain in Mexico in April, arguing that the move spurred “a huge surge of Central American migrants, including thousands of unaccompanied minors, passing through Mexico in order to advance meritless asylum claims at the U.S. border.”

The case is Texas v. Biden, No. 21-10806 in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

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ICE confirms suspect in Shakopee slaying is an illegal immigrant

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Alexis Saborit-Viltres, the 42-year-old man who beheaded a woman in Shakopee, Minnesota last week is an illegal alien from Cuba, Alpha News has learned.

“Alexis Saborit-Viltres, 42, is a citizen of Cuba who is unlawfully present in the United States. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has not placed a detainer on Saborit-Viltres following his recent arrest for second-degree murder in Shakopee, Minnesota,” ICE spokesperson Shawn Neudauer told Alpha News Tuesday.

Neudauer confirmed that Saborit-Viltres’s criminal history includes multiple convictions in Minnesota and Louisiana for domestic abuse, DUI, and fleeing a police officer. He has pending charges for first-degree arson, first-degree criminal damage to property, and obstruction of the legal process stemming from a 2020 arrest in Scott County.

ICE previously attempted to remove Saborit-Viltres to Cuba in 2012 but was unsuccessful because his home country wouldn’t approve the necessary travel documents, an ICE official explained. He was eventually released on an order of supervision.

The 2001 Supreme Court decision Zadvydas v. Davis limits the length of time under the Immigration and Nationality Act that ICE can detain noncitizens who are subject to a deportation order, the official said.

The ruling generally precludes the agency from holding noncitizens with final orders of removal for more than six months if their actual removal cannot occur in the reasonably foreseeable future. This is often due to a foreign government’s refusal to accept the repatriation of its nationals, according to the ICE official.

So when Saborit-Viltres asked to be deported during his first court appearance last week, he likely knew it couldn’t happen because his home country won’t take him back.

Saborit-Viltres faces a charge of second-degree intentional murder in the July 28 killing of 55-year-old America Mafalda Thayer. The Cuban national used a machete to execute his victim in a car in the middle of a residential intersection, a gruesome display that was witnessed and filmed by multiple bystanders.

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Biden administration cancels border wall contracts covering a 31-mile section in Texas

In a photo taken on March 28, 2021, ranch owner Tony Sandoval (67) stands before a portion of the unfinished border wall that former US president Donald Trump tried to build, near the southern Texas border city of Roma

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In a photo taken on March 28, 2021, ranch owner Tony Sandoval stands before a portion of the unfinished border wall that former US president Donald Trump tried to build, near the southern Texas border city of Roma. ED JONES/AFP via Getty Images

  • The Biden DHS is canceling two border wall contracts in the Laredo sector of the US-Mexico border.
  • After taking office in January, President Biden paused ongoing border wall construction.
  • Biden’s 2022 budget proposal allocates $1.2 billion for border infrastructure, sans wall funding.
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The Biden administration is canceling two border wall contracts in the Laredo sector of the US-Mexico border that span roughly 31 miles, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said on Friday.

Shortly after taking office in January, President Joe Biden paused border wall construction projects that were initiated by former President Donald Trump, calling for “a review of all resources appropriated or redirected to construct” the barrier.

Friday’s announcement comes after the Biden administration last month returned to the military more than $2 billion in funding that the Trump administration had diverted for border wall construction.

The Biden administration’s handling of Trump’s border wall projects has unfolded at a slower pace due to funds having been allocated through different government agencies.

The contracts for the Laredo projects planned for 31 miles of border wall to be built along the Rio Grande, funded with DHS Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations.

However, construction on the projects had not yet started, nor had land acquisition been executed.

Read more: Trouble is brewing for a Georgia county’s criminal investigation into Donald Trump

“DHS continues to review all other paused border barrier projects and is in the process of determining which projects may be necessary to address life, safety, environmental, or other remediation requirements and where to conduct environmental planning,” the DHS release said. “The Administration also continues to call on Congress to cancel remaining border wall funding and instead fund smarter border security measures, like border technology and modernization of land ports of entry, that are proven to be more effective at improving safety and security at the border.”

The Trump administration constructed roughly 450 miles of wall over four years, according to The Associated Press. However, only 52 miles of wall were built in areas where no barrier had previously existed.

The border between the US and Mexico stretches across more than 1,900 miles; some sections already had barriers prior to Trump taking office in 2017.

DHS is utilizing previously-appropriated funds to assess environmental issues that derived from previous wall construction, as well as reviewing land seizure cases to determine if those acquisitions are still necessary.

Biden’s 2022 budget proposal allocates $1.2 billion for border infrastructure, including security technology, but does not set aside funding for additional wall construction.

GOP Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas last month pledged to continue building a wall at the border, though the legality of the move is being called into question.

“Only Congress and the president can fix our broken border,” Abbott said at the time. “But in the meantime, Texas is going to do everything possible, including beginning to make arrests, to keep our community safe.”

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DOJ Drops Cases Against Five Visiting Chinese Researchers Accused Of Lying About Ties To China Military

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Jeffrey Cawood

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has reportedly dropped cases against five visiting researchers from China accused of lying about their ties to the Chinese military.

The Wall Street Journal described the move as “a major setback to a landmark effort to root out alleged Chinese intelligence gathering in the U.S.”

According to the outlet, federal prosecutors said in court documents filed late Thursday and Friday that “they would no longer pursue visa fraud and other charges against the scientists, including biomedical and cancer researchers in California and a doctoral candidate studying artificial intelligence in Indiana.”

The WSJ reported: “The academics had been arrested last July in an FBI sweep that began after another researcher, Wang Xin, acknowledged to law enforcement – as he tried to leave the U.S. – that he had lied about his military service on his visa application to boost his chances of gaining admission to the U.S., and had been tasked with bringing back some information by a supervisor.” He had worked in a lab at the University of California-San Francisco.

Dr. Juan Tang, 38, another visiting researcher at the University of California-Davis, was set to go on trial in Sacramento on Monday. After her case was formally dropped on Friday, “Tang had her GPS ankle bracelet removed, her Chinese passport returned and she headed toward a flight home to see her mother, husband and 9-year-old daughter for the first time in a year,” according to the Sacramento Bee. The outlet reported, “The motion by Assistant U.S. Attorney Heiko Coppola gave no reason for seeking the dismissal, and acting U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert declined to comment.”

According to the WSJ, “Judges had dismissed parts of the cases against Ms. Tang and another researcher in recent weeks after finding that FBI agents hadn’t properly informed them of their rights against self-incrimination when interviewing them.”

“In all of our prosecutions, the Department of Justice evaluates the merits of a case as it prepares for trial,” said DOJ spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle. “Recent developments in a handful of cases involving defendants with alleged, undisclosed ties to the People’s Liberation Army of the People’s Republic of China have prompted the Department to re-evaluate these prosecutions, and we have determined that it is now in the interest of justice to dismiss them.”

“The Department continues to place a very high priority on countering the threat posed to American research security and academic integrity by the PRC government’s agenda and policies,” Hornbuckle continued.

The other accused researchers included Chen Song, a neurologist who had been at Stanford University; Guan Lei, a researcher in artificial intelligence at UCLA; and Zhao Kaikai, an artificial intelligence doctoral student at Indiana University.

According to officials, soon after the State Department claimed to have evidence that showed Chinese consulates assisting the visiting scientists last year, more than 1,000 Chinese military-affiliated researchers left the United States.

Related: Group Trying To Convince Asians That America Is Oppressive Has Ties To Chinese State Media

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Biden’s border crisis fuels the opioid crisis

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Joe Biden’s border crisis is having deadly consequences nationwide.

Border agents apprehended 188,829 illegal immigrants last month, the most since March 2000, and as the number of people surging to the border has increased, so has the flow of lethal drugs.

For the 5th straight month, more fentanyl has been seized at the southwest border than in the corresponding months in 2018, 2019, and 2020 combined.

Enough fentanyl was seized in June 2021 to kill 238 million Americans.

That was just the fentanyl that was seized. Biden’s own Border Patrol Chief warns that cartels are “dictating” where illegal immigrants cross the border so criminals can smuggle lethal narcotics without detection.

As CBS News reports, the result is “a flood of drugs coming into this country at the US-Mexico border” with “deadly consequences” throughout the nation – reporting confirmed by law enforcement, who described a fentanyl explosion linked to Biden’s border crisis.

Biden’s open borders agenda is aiding and abetting the flow of lethal drugs, fueling a nationwide opioid crisis, profiting criminal organizations, and costing American lives.


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Well he did want to become famous.

Biden’s 4th 0f July: DHS Promises to Bring Back to U.S. Deported Illegals

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President Joe Biden’s administration has announced a federal initiative to bring back to the United States illegal aliens who were deported for committing crimes but who are the relatives of American service members, as well as Veterans and service members who were deported after committing crimes.

On July 4th weekend, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas revealed the details of the initiative designed to bring back to the U.S. illegal alien service members, their illegal alien relatives, and Veterans who were deported after having committed crimes.

“The Department of Homeland Security recognizes the profound commitment and sacrifice that service members and their families have made to the United States of America,” Mayorkas said in a statement:

Together with our partner the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), we are committed to bringing back military service members, veterans, and their immediate family members who were unjustly removed and ensuring they receive the benefits to which they may be entitled. Today we are taking important steps to make that a reality. [Emphasis added]

DHS and the VA will work to identify deported Veterans who they say are potentially eligible for VA benefits and ensure that they, as well as their families, are provided any one of the coronavirus vaccines.

Mayorkas said he has directed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to review cases of “all eligible current and former” illegal alien service members and the immediate illegal alien relatives of service members who would be eligible under the initiative to return to the U.S.

“USCIS, ICE, and CBP will develop a rigorous, systematic approach to review the cases of individuals whose removals failed to live up to our highest values,” a DHS news release stated.

Mayorkas has billed the decades-long deportations of illegal alien Veterans, service members, and the family members of service members as “unjust removals” and is directing a DHS review of policies to prevent similar deportations in the future.

As Breitbart News reported, the Biden administration issued a DHS memo advising that illegal alien service members and their relatives should not, in most cases, be deported.

The initiative is part of a larger operation by the Biden administration to bring potentially hundreds of thousands of deported illegal aliens back to the U.S.

Last month, top DHS officials revealed to Congress that they are looking to bring potentially 35,000 deported illegal aliens back to the U.S. who were initially enrolled in the now-defunct “Remain in Mexico” program. In addition, the administration is reviewing thousands of cases of deported illegal aliens whom they claim may have been wrongly deported under former President Trump’s administration.

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Facebook is banning anyone charged (not convicted) with participating in January 6 US Capitol riot

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By Tom Parker

Facebook has revealed that it will ban anyone who’s charged in connection with the riot at the US Capitol on January 6 and may start “fact-checking” claims that the riot was staged.

In an article detailing how Alan Hostetter, a man who has been charged with obstructing official government proceedings and breaching restricted government property, was banned from Facebook and Instagram within hours of posting a video describing the January 6 riot as a “false flag” and a “fakesurrection” because he believed infiltrators were in the crowd, The Washington Post notes that:

“Facebook says that it does not allow people charged in the insurrection on the platform and that it may fact-check claims that the riot was staged.”

In the case of Hostetter, the prosecutors do not allege that he was violent or entered the Capitol building but claim that he “pushed through the area that the law enforcement officers had been blocking, moved up the stairs onto a structure erected for the Inauguration, and continued moving on to the Upper West Terrace.”

After arriving at the terrace, the indictment alleges that Hostetter declared, “The people have taken back their house. … Hundreds of thousands of patriots showed up today to take back their government!” and posted a picture of himself and co-defendant Russell Taylor on the terrace to the Instagram account of Hostetter’s non-profit – the American Phoenix Project.

Hostetter’s attorney, Bilal Essayli, argues that his client was there to lawfully protest.

“This whole thing — trying to make it sound like an insurrection or trying to block Congress — is troubling,” Essayli said. “He’s working within the legal process. He was there to support the objection to the election, which members of Congress did do. I am concerned because we are getting to a dangerous place where we’re trying to criminalize political differences.”

But under Facebook’s newly revealed policy, Hostetter and anyone else facing similar charges, will lose their Facebook and Instagram accounts before they’ve had a trial and before guilt has been established through a conviction.

By basing the policy on charges and not convictions, it appears that Facebook will also deplatform users who are charged, even if the charges are subsequently dropped or they’re acquitted at trial.

Not only has Facebook stated that it will ban users based on charges related to the January 6 riot but the potential “fact-checks,” which slash the click-through rate of posts by 95%, only appear to target specific narratives related to the US Capitol riot.

https://reclaimthenet.org/facebook-bans-us-capitol-january-6/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Illegal Alien Accused of Killing 24 Senior Citizens Escapes Death Penalty

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John Binder 30 Jun 2021

An accused illegal alien serial killer will escape the death penalty in the murder trial against him, Dallas County, Texas prosecutors revealed this week.

Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot announced that his office will not seek the death penalty against Billy Chemirmir, an illegal alien from Kenya who is accused of murdering 24 elderly Americans in Texas from April 2016 to 2018.

Instead, Cruezot said prosecutors will seek life in prison while only pursuing two of the 18 capital murder charges against Chemirmir should they win the cases. The other charges would be dismissed.

The Dallas Morning News reports:

In a statement, Creuzot’s office said he spoke with victims’ families last month and explained that he hoped to secure convictions against Chemirmir in two jury trials, each with an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole, and ask a judge to order that those sentences be served consecutively. [Emphasis added]

“In effect, there will be no chance for Mr. Chemirmir to die anywhere except in a Texas prison,” the DA’s office said. [Emphasis added]

“[The death penalty] something that’s being turned away from,” Creuzot told the families. “Society is less accepting of it.” [Emphasis added]

Chermirmir’s 24 alleged victims include:

  • 83-year-old Leah Corken
  • 82-year-old Juanita Purdy
  • 88-year-old Mary Brooks
  • 84-year-old Minnie Campbell
  • 82-year-old Ann Conklin
  • 75-year-old Rosemary Curtis
  • 85-year-old Norma French
  • 92-year-old Doris Gleason
  • 81-year-old Lu Thi Harris
  • 81-year-old Carolyn MacPhee
  • 81-year-old Miriam Nelson
  • 91-year-old Phyllis Payne
  • 94-year-old Phoebe Perry
  • 80-year-old Martha Williams
  • 82-year-old Joyce Abramowitz
  • 87-year-old Glenna Day
  • 89-year-old Solomon Spring
  • 90-year-old Doris Wasserman
  • 86-year-old Margaret White
  • 79-year-old Diana Delahunty
  • 93-year-old Mamie Dell Miya
  • 86-year-old Catherine Probst Sinclair
  • 90-year-old Marilyn Bixler
  • An 81-year-old “Jane Doe”

Breitbart News exclusively reported that Chemirmir first arrived in the U.S. on a B-2 tourist visa in July 2003. Though Chemirmir was supposed to only temporarily be in the U.S., he overstayed his visa and became an illegal alien who was eligible for deportation.

Rather than being deported, Chemirmir was able to use a loophole in the nation’s legal immigration system, allowing him to obtain a green card after marrying an American citizen. In November 2007, Chemirmir was approved for a green card.

Chemirmir had a criminal record, Breitbart News exclusively learned, including convictions for drunk driving, trespassing, assault, and obstructing a police officer. Chemirmir is currently being held in the Dallas County Jail.

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