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Tensions Simmer Between FBI, Other Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Over Handling of Crimes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has been quietly waging a turf battle with other federal law enforcement agencies for taking over violent crimes, the Wall Street Journal reports.

According to an internal memo, FBI managers are growing more frustrated with the ATF and Homeland Security for taking over cases that the bureau believes it should handle.

“The jurisdiction encroachment by the ATF continues as a disturbing concern,” the memo distributed last month said, adding that “mission creep by HSI is an issue in an alarming number of field offices.”

Thirty of the FBI’s 56 field offices reported problems with the ATF while handling cases such as human trafficking, drugs and gangs.

FBI Director James Comey doesn’t have the same frustrations, a bureau spokesman said.

“Because some FBI authorities overlap with those of other federal agencies, challenges and conflicts inevitably arise,” Michael Kortan said. “But we have always tried to resolve those conflicts in a professional and collaborative manner, throughout the field and at headquarters, and that will continue.”

Homeland Security, FBI Warn Law Enforcement to Be on Lookout for Signs of ISIS Activity

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security and the FBI have issued an alert to all law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for signs of terrorism activity, the News Center reports.

The Joint Intelligence Bulletin warns of activity from ISIS.

The FBI said there is no “specific credible threat to the U.S.,” but the public should “remain vigilant” and “report any suspicious activities to local police or the FBI.”

In the statement, the FBI stated, “We work around the clock with our partners in the law enforcement community to share and assess information.”

Homeland Security Warns about Today’s ‘National Day of Rage’ Over Ferguson Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The activist group Anonymous has hatched plans for nationwide protests in Ferguson following the shooting death of Michael Brown, and Homeland Security is worried enough to issue a warning about the potential ramifications, the Caller reports.

The group is calling for a “National Day of Rage” today.

The bulletin was issued but the Threat Management Division of the Federal Protective Service.

“Currently there is no indication that protests are expected to become violent. However, recent protests in Ferguson have resulted in violence, property damage and subsequent arrests,” the bulletin reads.

“Current civil unrest associated with the incident in Ferguson, MO, presents the potential for civil disobedience directed toward identifiable law enforcement personnel, marked law enforcement equipment and government facilities associated with law enforcement during the identified protest times and dates.”

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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Homeland Security Director: Cash for Border Protection About to Dry Up

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Funding to combat illegal immigration may be gone in less than a month, warned Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson.

Johnson is urging lawmakers to approve an emergency spending bill.

At the current rate, Johnson said funds for the U.S. Immigration Customs would dry up in the mid-August. Cash for Border Protection would be gone by mid-September.

Authorities are hoping the U.S. House can reach a compromise on the bill before the month-long August recess.

President Obama is asking for $3.7 billion in emergency spending.

Head of Homeland Security Investigations for ICE Started Career Chasing Crack Dealers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Peter Edge, who became head of Homeland Security Investigations for ICE in May, began his law enforcement career began chasing crack cocaine dealers in Newark, NJ.com wrote in a feature about Edge.

“He had a very calm demeanor,” said Robert Laurino, who worked with Edge in the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. “Nothing ever shocked Peter.”

Now Edge is responsible for more than 10,000 employees and a $2 billion budget.

“When you start out like that, nothing surprises you,” said Edge, who took over the top job in May after serving as the deputy associate executive director. “You’ve been in a situation where you don’t know what’s behind door No. 1. In this job you’re constantly dealing with problem sets that have to be solved.” Now Edge has some new threats to worry about.

“Criminal networks are increasingly sophisticated in taking advantage of the many ways in which the internet can streamline communications, financing and logistics — just as it does for legal enterprise,” Edge said.

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Border Patrol, ICE on Pace to Run Out of Money Before New Budget Year Begins

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

ICE and Border Patrol are set to run out of money if Congress doesn’t approve a $3.7 billion request for emergency funds from President Obama, the Arizona Republic reports.

ICE expects to run out of money by mid-August, while Border Patrol said it could be penniless by mid-September.

Both agencies blame the border crisis on the funding shortage.

The new budget year begins Oct. 1.

“Doing nothing is not an option,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson  told members of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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Opinion: A Lot of Blame to Go Around on Issue Surrounding Central American Immigrants

By Desert Sun Editorial Board
Desert Sun

The protests in Murrieta that turned away buses full of undocumented women and children last week is not a chapter in the long story of immigration of which to be proud.

There’s lots of blame to go around.

President Obama deserves some for over-promising the message that refugees from Central America can seek citizenship in the United States.

Congress deserves some for failing to provide the resources to secure the border and reform national immigration policy.

The Department of Homeland Security deserves some for bringing the immigrants to Murrieta’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection Station at all. This is a place where drug dealers are dealt with. There is no dorm and no dining hall. Federal officials should have known that.

Murrieta Mayor Alan Long deserves some for politicizing the event.

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