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Long-Delayed Plans for FBI Headquarters Hits Budgetary Snag Yet Again

The FBI's current headquarters in Washington D.C.

The FBI’s current headquarters in Washington D.C.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The long-delayed plan to build a new FBI headquarters appears to have hit yet another funding snag.

The budget that Congress is set to consider this week is more than a half billion dollars short of what’s needed to build the new headquarters, and it could take another year to decide on the location, the Washington Post reports. 

Under President Obama, the plan was to build a new headquarters in the Washington D.C. suburbs for $1.4 billion. The proposed budget deal under consideration this week provides just $523 million.

But the budget deal leaves open the possibility of another $315 million to add to the $390 million previously appropriated for the project.

The GSA wants to build a new headquarters in Greenbelt, Md., Landover, Md., or Springfield, Va.

The current headquarters is too cramped and not built to accommodate new technology.

Homeland Security May Soon Tap Leader of Anti-Immigration Group As Ombudsman

immigrationBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Julie Kirchner spent a decade advocating for extreme restrictions on immigrations.

So it comes as a surprise to many that Homeland Security is  expected to name her as ombudsman to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a job that requires her to help immigrants and report abuse among government officials, Pacific Standard reports

From 2005 to 2015, Kirchner served as director of the anti-immigration group Federation for American Immigration Reform.

Pacific Standard wrote:

The ombudsman’s office at USCIS provides assistance to immigrants who run into trouble with the agency, such as immigration applications that take too long to process or applications that may have been improperly rejected. The ombudsman also prepares an annual report for Congress in which they can issue audits and policy recommendations without consulting with USCIS in advance.

As the nation’s immigration agency, USCIS handles a wide range of legal immigration matters, including applications for citizenship and green cards. The agency can also grant legal status to those in extreme circumstances, such as refugees and asylum seekers. In addition, the agency is in charge of adjudicating applications from undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children, sometimes referred to as “dreamers” or DACA recipients.

FBI Agent Lost Loaded Gun in Back of Taxi During Late Night in New York City

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent woke up Saturday morning to realize he had lost his loaded gun in the back of a cab in Brooklyn around 2 a.m., police said.

The 43-year-old agent said the .380 semiautomatic weapon was in a holster inside his pants when he hailed the taxi 7509 Third Ave., where the Salty Dog sports bar is located, the New York Post reports

The agent, who has not been identified, told police that he didn’t realize until the morning that he had lost his gun.

He told police that there were seven rounds in the gun.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the agent was under the influence when he misplaced the gun.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI Director Comey Recognized 58 People, Organizations During Community Leadership Awards

One of the recipients was Kellyann Kostyal-Larrier, the executive director of Safe Homes of Orange County.

One of the recipients was
Kellyann Kostyal-Larrier, the executive director of Safe Homes of Orange County.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey recognized 58 people and organizations nationwide for helping to build stronger, safer communities.

“This is one of the very best days in the life of this organization,” Director Comey said during the April 28 ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. “We get to recognize and thank people who made the FBI better and the country better.”

The annual Director’s Community Leadership Awards began in 1990 to highlight individuals and organizations for their efforts in combating crime. Recipients also were recognized for helping bridge the relationships between law enforcement and communities, combating the opioid epidemic and assisting victims of human trafficking, among other efforts.

Each of the FBI’s 56 field offices and the bureau’s Office of Public Affairs and the Criminal Justice Information Services Division.

FBI Agent Recovering After Being Shot While Serving Warrant in Atlanta

Avery Richard was killed by an FBI agent.

Avery Richard was killed by an FBI agent.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent is recovering after being shot while trying to serve a warrant in Atlanta on Friday.

The agent was shot while trying to serve an arrest warrant on a 32-year-old man accused of shooting a sheriff’s deputy at an outlet mall.

Avery Richard, who had been on the run for two days, was killed by FBI agents, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

The agent suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital.

Also shot was a 32-year-old woman who was with the suspect. She also had non-life-threatening injuries.

During a two-day crime spree, Richard is accused of armed robbery, stealing a car, kidnapping a woman and shooting a sheriff’s deputy, who was saved by his bulletproof vest.

President Trump Eyes Controversial Sheriff David Clarke for Homeland Security Post

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., via Twitter

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., via Twitter

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Donald Trump is considering controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. for a job with Homeland Security.

Clarke, who is a polarizing figure and longtime Trump supporter, is expected to be appointed as assistant secretary at Homeland Security’s Office of Partnership and Engagement, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.  No Senate confirmation is required for the job, which involves coordinating outreach to state and local law enforcement agencies.

Clarke is a frequent guest on Fox News and is a lightning rod for the GOP.

In 2015, Clarke participated in an NRA-backed trip to Russia, where he and others reportedly met with one of Russian President Putin’s deputies.

Border Patrol Agents Find Marijuana, Manure Stuffed into Coffin inside Hearse

Marijuana was found inside this coffin. Photo via Border Patrol.

Marijuana was found inside this coffin. Photo via Border Patrol.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents stopped a hearse and found marijuana and manure inside a closed casket over the weekend.

Instead of finding a body inside the casket, Willcox Border Patrol agents in Arizona discovered 67 pounds pounds of marijuana and manure that had been used to mask the smell.

A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling.

Agents became suspicious when the driver of the hearse gave inconsistent stories. Despite the manure, a canine sniffed out the drugs.

Border Patrol agents estimated the marijuana had a street value of more than $33,000.

About Half of Immigrants Detained by ICE Had Traffic Convictions or No Record

ICE agents, via ICE.

ICE agents, via ICE.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Shortly after President Trump took office, about half of the 675 immigrants detained across the U.S. either had no criminal convictions or had traffic violations, according to data obtained by the Washington Post. 

The records provided by congressional aides showed that 80 had been convicted of assault, two had been convicted of homicide and 57 had convictions for “dangerous drugs.”

A much larger portion – 177 – had no criminal convictions, though charges were pending for 66 of those detained. An additional 163 were convicted of traffic offenses, predominately drunken driving.

Immigration authorities dubbed the nationwide immigration roundup as Operation Cross Check.

The Post wrote:

The two-month total represents a 32 percent increase in deportation arrests over the same period last year. Most are criminals, administration officials have said. But 5,441 were not criminals, double the number of undocumented immigrants arrested for deportation a year earlier. The administration has released a detailed breakdown of the criminal records only of the raids in early February.

Trump has said that public safety threats are his top priority. Shortly after he was elected, he vowed to first deport serious criminals from the United States.