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Florida Deputies To Begin Serving ICE Illegal Immigration Warrants

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A much-needed move.

Sunshine State News is reporting:

“The decision was made early this week that in Pinellas County deputies will receive formal training from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in how to properly detain illegal immigrants charged with crimes. The announcement, bearing no direct connection to the bill passed last week banning cities wishing to evade immigration laws, was crafted by the Department of Homeland Security, detailing that following training, local law enforcement will be able to arrest based on federal immigration warrants.

This new program is being instituted as a response to Obama-era policies that afforded willing municipalities or county officials to deny federal immigration laws if they chose, creating what have been dubbed “sanctuary cities.”

The program was rolled out this week in Pinellas County, where Sheriff Rob Gualtieri, flanked by Lt. Gov. Jeanette Núñez, announced that his department would be instituting the new program, with 40 of his deputies receiving the training in order to properly enforce laws involving criminal illegals.

The sheriff drew the distinction, ahead of assured complaints from various groups, that this was an issue where local law enforcement would be able to take action with illegal immigrants committing crime in our country. “There is no dilemma about people who are here illegally and committing crime — they are criminal illegals who must be removed from this country … This is entirely about public safety and law enforcement working together.”

The distinction he makes is this is not simply arresting any and all individuals who are merely an illegal alien. This new program pertains to those illegal aliens who are committing crimes. “There is no dilemma about people who are here illegally and committing crime,” explained Gualtieri. “They are criminal illegals who must be removed from this country… This is entirely about public safety and law enforcement working together.”

The program, in development for the past two years between ICE and sheriff’s organizations will give local law enforcement the ability to detain a criminal illegal for a term of 48 hours, during which they will have custody transferred to ICE officers. If that custody is not taken in the 48-hour time frame, the individuals are then to be released. Of course, even though this is a matter surrounding those with criminal charges applied to them, there are groups braying in opposition.

“This program is just the latest scheme by ICE to enlist local police in its abusive deportation agenda.” So says Lorella Praeli, the deputy national political director at the American Civil Liberties Union. “We urge local law enforcement to resist this dangerous proposal and stand by their commitment to the communities they serve,” says Praeli. This means the ACLU is suggesting that trying to remove a criminal element from the streets is not showing a commitment to the community. This is the same ACLU, recall, that issued a travel advisory warning for the entire state of Florida as a result of that recent ban on sanctuary cities passed last week.

Sheriff Gualtieri has already stifled the pearl-clutching that was expected to follow this announcement. “Sheriffs were between a rock and a hard place,”Gualtieri said. “We had to choose between releasing criminals from our jails to commit more crimes and victimize our communities, or hold these criminal illegals and risk being sued and having to pay six-figure judgments for civil rights violations.”

We’ve had to come up with these solutions because Congress has not acted to pass the laws necessary to close the gaps identified in the 2014 court decisions,” explained Sheriff Gualtieri. “And it’s obvious Congress has no will to fix anything related to illegal immigration.””

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Brian Kolfage Pushes Back Against Shep Smith’s Claims Trump Has Built No New Wall

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By Jeff Rainforth

Last Wednesday, longtime Trump antagonist & Fox News anchor, Shepard Smith, claimed that the president has built no new sections of border wall. Smith made the remark after President Trump Tweeted out a CBP video of a portion of the border wall that is under construction, stating that “The wall is going up very fast…”

The Hill reported:

“Fox News chief anchor Shepard Smith on Wednesday disputed President Trump’s recent remarks about border wall construction, saying on air that “there is no new wall.”

Smith’s remarks were in response to a tweet from the president that said the wall is “going up very fast.”

“So far, despite the president’s claims to the contrary, there is no new wall,” Smith said. “Existing barriers have been replaced. Same span. The total of repaired barrier is about 60 miles along that 2,000-mile border.”

“The president also said in the tweet that the wall is going up rapidly. It is not. As we just reported, there’s no new wall. Only replacement for walls which were in need of repair or upgrade. Those are the facts,” Smith added.”

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The problem with Smith’s claim is:

  1. There was never any wall in some of the places it is being built
  2. Trump never claimed that it was “new wall” in his Tweet, although he could have & he would have been factually correct

Brian Kolfage, who just oversaw the completion of our first section of border wall, took umbrage with Smith’s claims & those made by hosts on CNN and proceeded to dismantle them in a series of Twitter posts.

We have visited several border states & toured sections that only had Normandy barrier or metal posts in the ground in order to keep vehicles out. Many of the sites we toured had no pedestrian barriers, such as bollard walls.

Brian Kolfage & vehicle barrier on the border in New Mexico – Jeff Rainforth for WBTW

From one of our scouting trips: Vehicle barrier on the border – Jeff Rainforth for WBTW

Smith is wrong to say that President Trump has built “no new wall.” There wasn’t a wall in the places the government is building. Trump is absolutely putting up “new wall.”

In the meantime, We Build the Wall has constructed our first section of border wall where none existed before. We’re about to start on sections 2 & 3 soon, too. Smith should put that in his pipe & smoke it.

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Start-To-Finish: Construction Of Airman Kolfage's Border Wall

Here are more videos I shot of the construction of Airman Kolfage's border wall. Start to finish. We're building more soon. Help spread this. MSM & even FOX News are refusing to cover what we did. It's up to us to get the word out! Thank you, everyone, for your support! Donate here for projects 2 & 3! https://webuildthewall.us/donation-form/

Posted by Jeff Rainforth on Thursday, 22 August 2019

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Large Group Assaults Guard With Rocks On Border, Border Patrol Fires Pepper Balls

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This happened right in front of the border wall we just built. While I was documenting the construction of our wall, I spoke with a Border Patrol agent who said he had been “rocked” over 20 times in 11 years, and that most agents have rocks thrown at them at least once during their careers. This attack comes on the heels of four Mexican nationals firing automatic weapons at a Border Patrol marine unit.

The El Paso Times is reporting:

“U.S. Border Patrol agents fired pepper ball shots at swimmers in the Rio Grande during a confrontation Sunday evening on the El Paso-Juárez border.

A Border Patrol spokesman said agents fired the non-lethal rounds after a security guard from the International Boundary and Water Commission was allegedly assaulted by a group throwing rocks.

Juárez families regularly use that portion of the Rio Grande for recreational swimming in summers when the river is flowing with water.

The confrontation occurred as dozens of Mexican families with children were playing in the river across the border near the old Asarco site in El Paso.

A cellphone video showed at least a half-dozen Border Patrol agents on U.S. soil confronting more than a dozen swimmers in the water on the U.S. edge of the river.

The video was shared on the YouTube page of La Polaka, a tabloid news website.”

El Mexicano newspaper reported that a confrontation began when a guard told swimmers not to be crossing the middle of the river to the U.S. side. Swimmers were trying to dive from the U.S. side into the river.

Agents responded to a report by a guard for the International Boundary and Water Commission saying that he had been assaulted, Border Patrol spokesman Agent Ramiro Cordero said.

The six-minute video shows Border Patrol SUVs rushing to the scene and agents standing on land while the swimmers remain in the water. The tall metal border fence is visible a few yards behind the agents.

A Border Patrol statement said that agents encountered a large group throwing rocks and refusing to leave. When the group refused to stop, agents fired pepper balls to disperse them.

El Mexicano reported that the Border Patrol fired “rubber bullets” but the Border Patrol said that agents actually fired pepper balls.

The Border Patrol is equipped with modified paintball guns, named the Pepperball Launching Systems, that shoot balls containing pepper-spray powder.

“When they (projectiles) hit the floor or a person, it opens up and release the power and it irritates you and you leave or stop coming forward,” Cordero said.

It is unknown how many people may have been struck by pepper ball pellets, Cordero said. There were no reported injuries.

The video was filmed from a distance on the Mexico side and it is difficult to see if it filmed agents firing or anyone throwing rocks.

The swimmers dispersed and returned to the Mexican side, which is near the Casa de Adobe museum along the riverbank where Texas, Mexico and New Mexico meet.

The riverbank on that portion of the Rio Grande on the U.S. side is blocked off by tall, metal border fencing but the Mexico side include parkland accessible to the public.”

Here’s a short video of our wall being constructed.

Here's a montage of a few of the videos I shot of Airman Brian Kolfage's border wall being constructed. You can also view it on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHHmJBq-awI. More to come… 🇺🇸

Posted by Jeff Rainforth on Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Story compiled by Jeff Rainforth for We Build the Wall, Inc.

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