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Secret Service Continues to Pay Ousted Deputy Director After Leadership Changes

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Members of Congress are finding little reason to begin trusting the Secret Service again after a series of blunders and employee problems.

The House Oversight and Government Reform committee discovered this week that Alvin “A.T.” Smith, who was ousted as deputy director of the agency, is still paid by the Secret Service, The Washington Post reports.  

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy testified that Smith, a 29-year veteran of the agency, is still being paid by Secret Service, even though he has been detailed within the Homeland Security to work with CBP.

“You have done, Mr. Clancy, a very good job of building trust and confidence, and it’s flushed down the toilet when I read and hear about these things. You said to us … that we’re implementing fundamental changes,” committee chairman Jason Chaffetz said. “Don’t ever come back here to Congress and tell me that you have a financial problem when you’ve got A.T. Smith on your payroll and you say you don’t have enough money. You shouldn’t have to pay for that out of your budget.”

The committee discovered another high-level agent who was forced out also is still on the payroll, working for ICE.

ICE Agent Fatally Shoots Detroit Man

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — A federal law enforcement agent shot and killed a man Monday on Detroit’s northwest side , WWJ reports.

WWJ reports that the agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), was part of a joint federal task force that was serving an armed robbery warrant in the 9500 block of Evergreen near W. Chicago around 1 p.m.

WWJ reports that Detroit  Police Chief James Craig said the ICE agent, who  shot the man, about 20, was “responding to a threat.” He did not immediately elaborate. It was unclear if the man was armed.

WWJ’s Russ McNamara reported  that Craig was “trying to calm” neighbors at the scene who were demanding answers. Craig promised a thorough investigation.

“Let us do our job. We’ll do it as quick as we can. I don’t want this to be a two, three-month (investigation),” Craig said.

 

 

One of Largest-Ever Crackdowns on Gangs Nets Nearly 1,000 Arrests

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It’s being billed as one of the largest crackdowns on gangs.

Federal agents arrested about 1,000 accused gang members across 282 cities in the past few months, The Christian Science Monitor reports. 

The six-week crackdown, “Project Wildfire,”  involved 239 gangs.

Project Wildfire is “one of the largest operations we’ve ever conducted and it’s the most successful operation we’ve conducted. The level of cooperation is typical, but the level of success is the direct result of the level of cooperation between state and local partners,” said Mike Prado, acting deputy assistant director of transnational crime and public safety in ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Feds Investigate Homeland Security Agent for Firing Weapon at Man in Parking Garage

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Feds are investigating the actions of a Homeland Security special agent who fired his agency-issued gun after he said he believed he was being carjacked in a parking garage in Wilmington, Del., Philadelphia CBS reports.

The suspected carjacker fled and was later detained.

Wilmington police said there’s not enough evidence to show the 32-year-old intended to carjack anyone.

ICE is handling the internal investigation.

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The New Nazi Hunt: War Crime Sleuths Turn to Islamist Terrorists

By Del Quentin Wilber
Bloomberg Business Week

WASHINGTON — Federal agent Frank Hunter grabbed a cup of coffee, sat down at his kitchen table and fired up his laptop computer to begin his daily hunt for modern-day war criminals.

It didn’t take him long to come across a propaganda video posted by Islamic State. Hunter watched the slick 36-minute production on YouTube, grimacing at each execution and suicide bombing. Then he methodically captured photographs of the fighters, to be uploaded into facial-recognition databases that he hopes will stop the terrorists from ever coming to the U.S.

Hunter, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, is a key player in a little-known government effort to keep war criminals and human rights violators — including those fighting in Syria or Iraq — out of this country.

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U.S. Apprehends More Migrants Who Live Outside Mexico Than Live In Border Country

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

In a dramatic shift, more migrants from countries outside of Mexico were captured crossing into the U.S., which hasn’t been seen for at least two decades, the New York Times reports. 

The annual figures published by Homeland Security show a 15% rise in total apprehensions in the 2014 fiscal year, with a total of 486,651 caught. More than 250,000 of them were not Mexican, a 68% spike over the previous year.

The increase was fueled by the surge last summer of migrants from Central America.

While Mexicans continue to cross the border more than others, the apprehension of 229,178 people last year represents a 14% decline this year.

The report also found that ICE is handling fewer deportations.

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Why ICE agents Raided a Lingerie Shop Over Kansas City Royals panties

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Raiding a lingerie shop may seem like an odd task for Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, but it’s a part of their responsibilities.

News of the underwear seizures raised some questions about the involvement of ICE.

So what prompted the raid?

IJReview reports that the panties included a trademarked logo: The Kansas City Royals’ initials and a copyrighted phase, “Take the Crown.”

The federal agency handles those issues, among many others not directly involving immigration.

Inspector General: Obama Administration Not Notified of Massive Release of Immigrants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More than 2,000 immigrants were released from jail because of budget concerns, but the Homeland Security secretary was never notified, according to a critical report from the inspector general.

The Associated Press reports that ICE also poorly planned for the influx of immigrant arrests at the Mexico border and failed to accurately track spending.

Information on the massive release was never shared in advance with political appointees or other White House officials of the implications of the budget cuts, according to the report.

The Obama administration initially denied an AP report about the release of more than 2,000 immigrants, but that’s because there was no knowledge of the situation, the report found.

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