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Border Arrests Surge Amid Trump’s Pledge to Decrease Illegal Crossings

Border Patrol agent makes an arrest. Photo via Border Patrol.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s pledge to prevent undocumented immigrants from entering the U.S. has hit a major snag as arrests surge along the Southwest border.

According to a new federal government report, people being arrested or denied entry along the Mexican border has increased for the seventh straight month. 

Those cases reached 39,006 in November, marking a 12% increase over October. The cases have more than doubled since April.

While it’s unclear how many undocumented immigrants are slipping into the country undetected, the number of arrests and entry denials are a good indicator of the trends in people trying to enter the U.S. illegally.

Trump has trumpeted the decline in arrests during the early months of his presidency. What’s unclear is why the numbers are rising.

Inspector General: Immigration Detention Centers Filthy, Inhumane

A overcrowded, cold detention facility in Tucson.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Several immigration detention centers are so riddled with problems that they “undermine the protection of detainees’ rights, their humane treatment, and the provision of a safe and healthy environment,” according to the Homeland Security inspector general.

Among the findings during unannounced visits were spoiled and moldy food, poor medical care and inadequate treatment of detainees, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports

Acting Inspector General John Kelly identified four detention centers with problems.

“Staff did not always treat detainees respectfully and professionally, and some facilities may have misused segregation,” the report found, adding that observers found “potentially unsafe and unhealthy detention conditions.”

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Trump Suggests Misconduct in Russia Probe, But Says He Won’t Fire Mueller

President Trump, via White House

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump echoed his lawyers’ claims Sunday that the special counsel team investigating his campaign’s ties to Russia had engaged in improper conduct, but said he has no plans to fire Robert Mueller, the leader of the quickly evolving probe.

Fielding a few questions from reporters at the White House after returning from Camp David, Trump was asked by ABC News whether he was considering canning Mueller.

“No, I’m not,” said Trump, who has repeatedly portrayed the investigation as politically motivated. “What, are you surprised?”

A lawyer for Trump’s transition team claimed this weekend that Mueller’s team obtained a large batch of e-mails from the period between the 2016 election and the Jan. 20 inauguration without the required consent from the transition team.

A spokesman for Mueller’s team rejected any wrongdoing. 

“When we have obtained emails in the course of our ongoing criminal investigation, we have secured either the account owner’s consent or appropriate criminal process,” Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller’s office, told the Washington Post

Trump said he’s not worried about the contents of the emails.

“I can’t imagine there’s anything on them, because as we said there’s no collusion,” Trump said. “There was no collusion whatsoever.”

Weekend Series on Law Enforcement History: Nixon and LBJ Talk About Death of FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover

Trump Calls FBI ‘Disgraceful,’ Then Praises the Bureau at National Academy

President Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump heaped praise and insults on the FBI on Friday, sending very mixed signals about a bureau he earlier this month had claimed was “in tatters” and “the worst in history.”

Speaking to reporters before speaking at the FBI’s National Academy, Trump called the bureau “disgraceful.”

“It’s a shame what’s happened with the FBI,’’ the president told reporters. “We’re going to rebuild the FBI, it’ll be bigger and better than ever, but it is very sad when you look at those documents, and how they’ve done that is really, really disgraceful and you have a lot of very angry people that are seeing it.”

But while speaking to more than 200 law enforcement officers who graduated from the FBI’s National Academy, Trump said, “The President of the United States has your back, 100%.”

He added: “I have so many friends that are police officers, so many people in the FBI, these are great, great people. These are really heroes to all of us.”

Trump has been at odds with the FBI over an ongoing investigation into his campaign’s inner circle and Russia. Former FBI Director James Comey said he was fired by the president for refusing to stop an investigation into Trump’s ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn.

When asked Friday whether he would pardon Flynn, who recently pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI, Trump responded, “We’ll see.”

Trump to Visit FBI Academy Following Sharp Criticism of Bureau

President Trump, via White House

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump, who boasted that the FBI is “in tatters” and “the worst in history,” will visit the bureau’s National Academy in Quantico, Va., today to speak with what could be a skeptical audience.

Trump will take part in the FBI’s graduation ceremony at a time of strained relations between the president and the bureau’s leadership.

The criticism prompted Trump’s FBI Director Christopher Wray to defend the bureau against heightening rhetoric as the special counsel investigation into Russia and the president’s aides continues to heat up.

Trump planned to visit FBI headquarters in May, but it was canceled following his firing of then-Director James come.

Border Patrol Names New Chief of San Diego Sector – Rodney S. Scott

Rodney S. Scott, new chief of the agency’s San Diego Sector. Photo via CBP.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 25-year-veteran of the U.S. Border Patrol has been named the new chief of the agency’s San Diego Sector.

During a ceremony Thursday in Coronado, Rodney S. Scott was announced as the new sector chief.

“I am honored and elated to assume command of the San Diego Sector. My goal is to provide enthusiastic leadership that empowers the men and woman of the sector to excel,” Scott said, according to the Times of San Diego. “I also look forward to building community partnerships and collaborating with area stakeholders for stronger border security and community safety.”

Scott will be responsible for more than 2,400 border agents and support staff and will provide oversight of eight border patrol stations.

Scott previously served as chief patrol agent of the El Centro Sector, deputy chief patrol agent in San Diego County, and patrol agent in charge at the Brown Field Station.

Scott launched his Border Patrol career on May 11, 1992.

Special Counsel Requests Data from Data Firm Used by Trump in Presidential Campaign

Robert Mueller, via FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team is requesting information from a data firm used by Donald Trump’s campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Mueller’s office has requested all emails from employees who worked with the campaign for data firm Cambridge Analytica. 

The company has complied with the request, which is part of the investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

The House Intelligence Committee interviewed Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix via video call earlier this week.

WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange tweeted that he was contacted by Nix before the November election.