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Feds Quickly Cancel Plan to Start License Plate-Tracking System Following Mix Up

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Hold up, say ICE officials.

A solicitation for a company to compile a database of license plate information was canceled just a day after the Washington Post revealed the plan.

“The solicitation, which was posted without the awareness of ICE leadership, has been cancelled,” ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen told the Washington Post in a statement. “While we continue to support a range of technologies to help meet our law enforcement mission, this solicitation will be reviewed to ensure the path forward appropriately meets our operational needs.”

The technology would have allowed law enforcement to scan the tags of every vehicle to collect data.

Acting Head of ICE to Resign Friday After Just 6 Months; Gives No Explanation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

John Sandweg, a former defense attorney who became the acting head of ICE in August despite scant law enforcement experience, plans to resign Friday, Fox News reports.

Sandweg notified agency employees in a letter that he’s joining the private sector. He offered no explanation for his departure.

“Over the past several months I had the opportunity to work alongside many of you,” he wrote. “I was always amazed by your dedication and commitment to the agency and our nation. Despite the challenges we face, you continue to push on, achieving remarkable security and public safety gains for our country.”

Questions were raised at the time of his appointment because he lacked law enforcement experience to run the second-largest law enforcement agency.

Newly confirmed Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson also told employees via email about Sandweg’s departure.

“On a personal note I would like to thank John for his work as I learned about the department during my confirmation process,” Sandweg wrote.

 

Immigrants Beating Deportations at Highest Rate in More Than 20 Years, Report

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More immigrants are successfully beating deportation before a judge, according to new data, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

In fact, the success rate in court is higher than it has been for more than 20 years, according to the Transaction Records Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, which collects and studies federal prosecution records.

Since October, immigration judges rejected about half of the 42,816 deportation cases heard.

Ice defended its actions.

“ICE’s enforcement strategies and policies are designed to prioritize its resources on public safety, national security and border security threats,” said ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen. “ICE continues to focus on sensible, effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes the removal of criminal aliens and those apprehended at the border while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States.”

DEA Probe Leads to Charges Against Veteran ICE Agent in Extortion Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A veteran ICE agent is accused of accepting bribes to help smuggle illegal immigrants into the country by claiming they were witnesses to a drug investigation, CBS Miami reports.

That’s one allegation facing Special Agent Juan Martinez, who appeared in court Friday on 12 criminal counts, including extortion and bribery.

Martinez also is accused of looking the other way in exchange for expensive jewelry, airline tickets and liquor.

His attorney, Silvia Pinera-Vazquez, said the charges are false.

“We disagree with the government 100-percent. Agent Martinez has been a law enforcement agent for over 20 years. He has dutifully served his country. He denies every single paragraph of that indictment and is looking forward to a trial where is innocence will be proven,” Pinera-Vazquez said, according to CBS Miami.

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Alejandro Mayorkas Closer to Winning Confirmation for No. 2 Job at Homeland Security

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama’s pick for the No. 2 job at the Department of Homeland Security advanced to the next stage after getting approval from a Senate panel, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Now Alejandro Mayorkas, head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, needs confirmation from a majority of the Senate.

Republicans have objected to Mayorkas because of dogged allegations that he intervened in a visa program, the Los Angeles Times wrote.

If confirmed, Mayorkas would manage daily operations of Homeland Security, which includes Border Patrol, TSA and ICE.

ICE Employee Fired Over Website That Warned of Impending Race War

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An ICE officer who operates a website that warns of an impending race war has been fired, the Associated Press reports.

Ayo Kimathi, who wrote about an “unavoidable, inevitable clash with the white race,” had been on paid administrative leave for four months.

As an acquisitions officer, Kimathi, who is black, handled small businesses, the AP wrote.

In an email statement, Kimathi said he was proud of his time at the agency.

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Outspoken Black Nationalist Remains Homeland Security Employee Despite Racist Rants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Homeland Security employee who is an outspoken black nationalist who preached about the “unavoidable, inevitable clash with the white race” is still on the payroll, The Blaze reports.

Ayo Kimathi was called out in August by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups.

“(I)n order for Black people to survive the 21st century, we are going to have to kill a lot of whites – more than our christian hearts can possibly count,” the website read.

Kimathi was suspended but still is an employee of Homeland Security.

“Mr. Kimathi was placed on administrative leave on August 23. ICE does not condone any type of hateful rhetoric or advocacy of violence of any kind against anyone,” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deputy press secretary Gillian Christensen said in an email to The Blaze.

Mexican National Alleges He Was Raped While in Custody of ICE

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Mexican national said he was raped by cellmates in a Montana jail while he was waiting to be deported, the Great Falls Tribune reports.

“I want people to know what happened to me, and I want the people responsible to be punished,” Audemio Orozco-Ramirez, 40, told the Tribune through an interpreter. “I don’t want anyone else to ever have to go through what I went through.”

Orozco-Ramirez also wants his rapists to be identified and tested for STDs.

The Tribune wrote that two of Orozco-Ramirez’s cell mates were listed on the state’s sexual and violent offender database.