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Reality Check at HHS Exposes UAC-Gang Nexus

By Joseph J. Kolb, June 27, 2017

An article in the Washington Times last week reported what many, especially in law enforcement, already know: A significant percentage of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) from Central America have ties to gangs such as MS-13. Read more...

ICE Offensive on Long Island Against MS-13 Getting Results

By Joseph J. Kolb, June 19, 2017

Operation Matador, a major offensive against gangs, especially MS-13 on Long Island, by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and regional law enforcement task forces, has not only reaped multiple arrests, but has also confirmed what I have been discussing for the past six months — that the unabated and poorly supervised placement of unacc Read more...

In a Time of Criminal Crisis, Long Island UAC Placements on Track for Four-Year High

By Joseph J. Kolb, May 8, 2017

Despite dwindling numbers of unaccompanied minors (UACs) showing up at the southwest border, the placement of UACs by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) on MS-13 crime-plagued Long Island is on track to top a four-year high. Read more...

Long Island Police Arrest Three MS-13 Members, All in the U.S. Illegally

By Joseph J. Kolb, May 5, 2017

Gang investigators for the Nassau County, N.Y., police department on Long Island arrested three MS-13 suspects this week in connection with a recent attempted murder. Two of the suspects are brothers and all three are in the United States illegally.

At a press conference Wednesday, Nassau County Police Chief Kevin Smith said Fidel Hernandez, 23; his older brother, Jose, 26; and Miguel Urias Arguenta, 18, were taken into custody Tuesday and charged with attempted murder.

According to Smith, on Sunday the Hernandez brothers and Arguenta allegedly attacked a man with a machete and gun, but did not kill him. They are charged with attempted murder. The Hernandez brothers are also implicated in a machete attack in January where the victim also survived. Read more...

The Consequences of Ignorance: Clueless Long Islanders Protest AG Sessions

By Joseph J. Kolb, April 28, 2017

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was on Long Island today demonstrating a firm commitment to assist local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies as they work to end the MS-13 gang's stranglehold on communities such as Brentwood, N.Y.

As we’ve seen so many times with this administration, no good deed goes unpunished. As AG Sessions was talking with stakeholders trying to control the scourge of this transnational gang, which continues to be fueled by the placement of unaccompanied children (UACs) from Central America, outside the venue more than 100 demonstrators protested the Trump immigration policies. The very immigration policies that would contribute to their safety. Read more...

Is Border Security a Matter of More Manpower or Better Management?

By Joseph J. Kolb, April 27, 2017

In one of his first executive orders in January, President Trump pledged to increase the U.S. Border Patrol by adding 5,000 more agents in an attempt to better shore up the southwest border. Then a funny thing happened.

Even before the first agent was recruited as part of this initiative, apprehension numbers for the southwest border were released in February showing a 27 percent drop. Read more...

Trump, Sessions Provide a Reality Check in Identifying Cause of MS-13 Proliferation

By Joseph J. Kolb, April 19, 2017

President Donald Trump recently blamed Obama's weak immigration policy for the spread of MS-13 around the country and said he is aggressively removing them. This comment comes nearly a week after four young adults were brutally murdered in a park in Central Islip, N.Y., an area on Long Island plagued by MS-13 violence and only some 50 miles from Trump's Manhattan residence. Read more...

Yet Another Brutal MS-13 Attack Shows Need for Crackdown on UACs

By Joseph J. Kolb, April 18, 2017

When 13 members of MS-13, 10 of whom were in the country illegally, were charged in March with seven heinous murders in Suffolk County, N.Y. (including of two teenage girls), officials thought they had put a lid on the gang's stranglehold on the New York City suburbs. That optimism was short-lived with the discovery of four mutilated bodies in a park in Central Islip, another MS-13 stronghold, on April 12. Read more...

Tsunami of UACs May Be Nearing an End

By Joseph J. Kolb, April 3, 2017

The crisis of unaccompanied minors (UACs) and family units being apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol is showing signs of going from a tsunami to a steady and more manageable flow, providing cause for cautious optimism and relief for communities inundated by unaccompanied minors and the horrific crimes that have recently occurred.

Recent data released by the Border Patrol shows what may be construed as a last ditch effort by UACs to cross the border and be placed in more than a hundred communities in the United States by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). Read more...

Border Patrol Implements Much-Needed Academy Revamping

By Joseph J. Kolb, March 23, 2017

After an 11-year hiatus, a once-mandatory component of the U.S. Border Patrol academy in Artesia, N.M., is making a logical return along with a much-needed expansion of the overall curriculum. Read more...

AG Sessions Should Enhance Border Security by Improving Dismal Prosecution Rates

By Joseph J. Kolb, March 7, 2017

President Trump demonstrated his serious intent to address a problem that has been worsening for some years by signing of executive orders that officially authorized construction of a wall between the United States and Mexico, ceased the frustrating "catch and release" policy imposed on the Border Patrol by the Obama administration, and called for hiring more Border Patrol and ICE agents. For Trump's plan to work, his administration — in particular Attorney General Jeff Sessions — also needs to fix the problem of dismal prosecution rates of illegal aliens apprehended by Border Patrol. Read more...

Feds Fail Another Long Island Town with Violent El Salvadoran Immigrant Gangs

By Joseph J. Kolb, March 3, 2017

The relentless gang violence on Long Island, N.Y., fueled by the surge of youths and families from El Salvador is reaching a fever pitch that officials are confronting head-on, despite being left in the dark by federal agencies who fail to communicate new arrival trends and details on resettlement activities to local officials. Read more...

Losing Remittances Is Real Source of Mexico's Angst with Trump's Immigration Policy

By Joseph J. Kolb, February 15, 2017

Last week more than 20,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Mexico City to protest the roll-out of President Donald Trump's immigration enforcement effort. A likely Mexican presidential candidate took to the streets of Los Angeles, home to the largest illegal-immigrant population in the country, advocating for his countrymen's rights to stay in the United States. Even the Mexican government chimed in, vowing to spend millions of dollars to bolster its consulates to intentionally clog the American immigration court system.

This latter act of international intrusion in another country's functioning is Mexico's way of obfuscating that its reaction to Trump's promised immigration enforcement policy, which has already netted more than 600 criminal aliens, is not about altruism or solidarity with their countrymen who made the trek north; it's about the lucrative remittance stream that could dwindle and have a significant impact on the Mexican economy. Read more...

Survey of Salvadoran Migration Trends

By Joseph J. Kolb, December 19, 2016

A recently released survey conducted by an El Salvadoran marketing and research firm has revealed trends and attitudes among past and prospective immigrants to the United States. Read more...

ICE Relies on El Paso Migrant Shelter to Accomodate Flood of Central American Immigrants

By Joseph J. Kolb, December 14, 2016

Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas, has been a respite for immigrants for nearly 40 years, but is currently struggling to service the flood of immigrants from Central America referred to it directly by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Read more...

Border Apprehensions of Unaccompanied Alien Children Skyrocketed Ahead of Election

By Joseph J. Kolb, November 23, 2016

In the three months leading up to the presidential election, U.S. Customs and Border Protection experienced a spike in apprehensions not seen in years.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) statistics there were 46,195 apprehensions along the Southwest Border in October, the first month of FY 17. CBP hasn't seen such a spike in apprehensions since June of FY 14 when there were 57,862 apprehensions. In the three months leading up to the presidential election there were 122,744 apprehensions along the Southwest border, compared to 86,975 and 92,525 for same period in 2015 and 2014, respectively. Read more...