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Tag: Illegal Immigrants

Chipotle Mexican Grill Under Federal Investigation for Hiring Illegals

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

That authentic Mexican vibe at the popular higher-end fast food chain Chipotle seems authentic for a reason… and that reason may be the authentic undocumented Mexicans working there.

According to Fox News, Chipotle is getting it from all sides, having already been targeted by the feds for hiring illegals.

Now comes this: Fox reports the company is being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission for “possible criminal securities law violations relating to our employee work authorization verification compliance and related disclosures and statements.” But that’s not all; Chipotle also said it is opening its books to the Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement arm.

A similar 2010 investigation ended in 450 Minnesotan Chipotle employees losing their jobs. Chipotle owns over 1,000 restaurants in the U.S., and before announcing the investigations, its popular stock had climbed about 40% in the past 12 months.

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Customs and Border Protection Gets New Leader

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A new leader has been named to the nation’s largest uniformed federal law enforcement agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection,  reports the website AllGov.com.

David V. Aguilar has been named the head of  the agency. The move came after after Senate Republicans refused to hold a hearing on President Barack Obama’s nomination, Alan Bersin.

Aguilar has worked on the border for 33 years, according to the news report. As of January 1, 2012, Aguilar now commands more than 20,000 border enforcement officials.

Aguilar joined the Border Patrol in June of 1978, in Laredo, Texas. He was a first line supervisor and then Assistant Patrol Agent in Charge and Patrol Agent in Charge in Laredo. From 1988 to 1996 Aguilar was a Patrol Agent in Charge for three Border Patrol Stations in Texas: Dallas, Rio Grande Valley and Brownsville. He continued moving upward in Texas and Arizona after that.

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Atty. Gen. Holder Faces Intense Heat; No Plans to Resign

 

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By CHARLIE SAVAGE
New York Times

AUSTIN, Tex. — For nearly three years, Republicans have attacked Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on national security and civil rights issues. For months, they have criticized him over a gun-trafficking investigation gone awry, with dozens of leaders calling for his resignation. Last week, more than 75 members of Congress co-sponsored a House resolution expressing “no confidence” in his leadership.

The intensifying heat on Mr. Holder comes as the Justice Department is stepping into some of the most politically divisive social issues of the day, including accusing an Arizona sheriff known for his crackdowns on illegal immigrants of racial profiling, scrutinizing new restrictions on voting in search of signs that they could lower turnout among minorities and telling judges that a law banning federal recognition of same-sex marriages is unconstitutional.

As Mr. Holder’s third year as attorney general draws to a close, no member of President Obama’s cabinet has drawn more partisan criticism. In an interview last week, Mr. Holder said he had no intention of resigning before the administration’s term was up, although he said he had made no decision about whether he would continue after 2012 should the president win re-election.

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Stretch of Calif. I-8 to Be Dedicated to Slain Border Agent

Robert Rosas Jr.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A five mile stretch along I-8 in California in the San Diego area will have signs honoring Robert Rosas Jr., a popular border patrol agent who was killed in an ambush two years ago, the San Diego Union Tribune reported.

A ceremony to unveil the signs is set for the fall, the paper reported. The memorial was cleared by the state legislature, and the National Border Patrol Council has pledged the $4,500 for the signs, the Tribune reported.

“Robert Rosas we a true hero who gave the ultimate sacrifice in safeguarding our country,” said state Sen. Joel Anderson, according to the paper.

The Tribune reported that Rosas, 30, was on patrol on the night of July 23, 2009 along the Shockey Truck Trail when he was ambushed by a group of smugglers out to rob him.

Border Agents Bust 13 Illegal Immigrants in Marine Uniforms

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The game keeps changing.

In a new twist, Border Patrol agents busted 13 illegal immigrants in California who were wearing U.S. Marines uniforms and driving in a fake military van, FOX News reported.

The station reported that the illegal immigrants were nabbed at the Campo Border Patrol Westbound I-8 checkpoint at 11 p.m. on March 14 near Pine Valley, Calif., authorities said.

The station reported that authorities discovered that the driver and passenger were Americans trying to smuggle the people in the U.S.

“This effort is an example of the lengths smugglers will go to avoid detection, and the skilled and effective police work and vigilance displayed everyday by Customs and Border Protection personnel,” the agency said in a written statement, according to FOX.

Dallas FBI Agent Set to Plead to Hiring Illegals for Deli She Owned

dallas-map1By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Dallas FBI agent who was fired after the U.S. Attorney’s Office filed charges last month claiming she hired illegal immigrants for a restaurant she owned is expected to plead guilty to the charges next week, the Dallas Morning News reports.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office filed misdemeanor charges on July 28 against agent Ann Cox, accusing her of employing six illegal immigrants from 1997 to 2008 at Schlotzsky’s restaurant Rockwall, Tex., the Dallas Morning News reported.

“While operating the deli, Cox engaged in a pattern and practice of hiring and employing aliens in the United States while knowing that they were unauthorized for such employment,” court documents stated, according to the newspaper.

Cox signed a plea agreement on July 28, the same day a criminal information was filed in U.S. District Court, according to court records. She expected to enter her plea Aug. 27 and is likely to get probation. The paper reported that her husband is  an FBI agent, but is not involved in the case.

The Dallas FBI spokesman Mark White declined comment, according to the paper.

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Non-Criminal Illegal Immigrants to be Held in Converted Hotels Instead of Jail

Better treatment, but still no cheeseburgers for room service
Better treatment, but still no cheeseburgers for room service

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — They won’t be able to order up a late night cheeseburger for room service at this Inn, but it sure beats jail.

Homeland Secretary Janet Napoloitano on Tuesday announced plans to hold illegal immigrants who haven’t committed a crime in converted hotels rather than jails, Reuters news service reported. The agency has been sharply criticized by human rights groups for the way it has treated noncriminal illegal immigrants.

“This is a system that encompasses many different types of detainees, not all of whom need to be held in prison-like circumstances,” Napolitano told a conference call, according to Reuters.

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U.S. Border Agents Fire at Vans With Illegal Immigrants; Shut Down Nation’s Busiest Border Crossing

The smuggling of illegal immigrants across the border continues to be a big big problem. This only illustrates how big it is and how brazen it can be. Frightening.

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By Richard Marosi
Los Angeles Times

The nation’s busiest border crossing was closed and declared a crime scene Tuesday after at least two U.S. agents attempted to stop smugglers from speeding through the San Ysidro Port of Entry by firing their weapons at three vans loaded with suspected illegal immigrants.

Port Director Oscar Preciado said it was the first time officials had shuttered the 24-lane border crossing to vehicular traffic since President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.

Three people in the vans suffered injuries and a person in a nearby car also was wounded in the unusually brazen smuggling attempt, U.S. authorities said. More than 70 people inside the vans were arrested.

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