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Illegal alien – with more than 20 felonies and deported five times – charged in deadly California car accident

sandra duran killed by illegal

Sandra Duran – killed by an illegal alien in California.

Keep defending those sanctuary policies, demorats.

From Fox News: An illegal immigrant, who has been deported five times, caused a collision in Southern California last month that left one woman dead, police said.

Estuardo Alvarado, 45, allegedly slammed into the the back of Sandra Duran’s car on Feb. 19 in North Hills, the LA Daily News reported Monday.

Alvarado was driving a 1999 Dodge Durango on a rain-stricken busy road when he attempted to pass other cars at a high rate of speed when he hit a parked car at a curb, police say. He struck Duran’s Toyota Camry while trying to flee the scene of the initial crash, police said.

Duran died at the scene of blunt force trauma, a medical examiner said.

Federal authorities told the newspaper that Alvarado is an illegal immigrant with a lengthy rap sheet that includes the deportations.

The 45-year-old Lakeview Terrace man was charged with five felony counts in connection to the accident, including murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said. Alvarado pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Alvarado had been on Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s radar since 1998, when he was first deported, the LA Daily News reported.

Since 1990, Alvarado has been charged with more than 20 felonies and misdemeanors, according to the paper. Some of the cases reportedly include being a felon in possession of a weapon and the sale or transport of a controlled substance.

He had been convicted or pleaded guilty to several charges, including driving under the influence and misdemeanor hit-and-run, while others had been dismissed or not prosecuted for unknown reasons.

ICE is now planning to take action against Alvarado. “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has lodged a detainer against Mr. Alvarado seeking to take him into custody if and when he is released by local authorities in order to pursue follow-up enforcement action,” authorities told the newspaper.

Alvarado is being held at the Men’s Central Jail on $2.18 million bail, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department records. His next hearing is set for March 14.

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160 arrested across southern California in immigration crackdown: 150 had criminal histories


And yet libtards are still upset with deporting illegal criminal aliens.

From CBS Los Angeles: Federal immigration officials say 160 people were arrested across the Southland over the past week during a crackdown targeting “criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants and immigration fugitives.”

The arrests took place in six counties during what U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials described as a “five-day targeted enforcement operation” that began Monday and wrapped up around noon Friday.

Of the 160 arrested, about 150 had criminal histories, while five more had either been previously deported or had “final orders of removal”. Many of those arrested had prior felony convictions for “serious or violent offenses” including child sex crimes and assault.

The arrestees – which were 95 percent male – included nationals from a dozen countries, according to ICE.

Immigration advocates said they fielded calls Thursday from immigrants and lawyers reporting raids at homes and businesses in the greater Los Angeles area, including Van Nuys, Downey, Oxnard, San Bernardino, and other cities.

Lawyer Karla Navarrete said Friday agents looking for one man arrested another who is in the country illegally but has no criminal record. Navarrete says she sought to stop the man’s deportation and was told by ICE that things had changed. She says another lawyer filed federal court papers to halt it.

Multiple reports on social media suggested similar raids were conducted in Atlanta, Austin, and other U.S. cities, but there was no immediate confirmation from federal officials.

A report released Thursday showed nearly one in five immigrants in the U.S. illegally live in either the Los Angeles or New York City metropolitan areas. The report released by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center estimates more than 2 million immigrants in the country illegally lived in the two areas in 2014.

Read the rest of the story here.

h/t Twitchy


California Agrees to Fund the Country’s First Inmate Sex-Reassignment Surgery


The murderer can finally feel complete. Don’t think I can say the same for his victim and the family members.

From Yahoo: A 57-year-old convicted killer serving a life sentence in California became the first U.S. inmate to receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery, the prisoner’s attorneys confirmed Friday to The Associated Press.

California prison officials agreed in August 2015 to pay for the surgery for Shiloh Heavenly Quine, who was convicted of first-degree murder, kidnapping and robbery for ransom and has no possibility of parole.

Quine’s case led the state to become the first to set standards that will allow other transgender to inmates apply to receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery. It also prompted a federal magistrate to require California to provide transgender female inmates housed in men’s facilities with more female-oriented items such as nightgowns, scarves and necklaces.

“For too long, institutions have ignored doctors and casually dismissed medically necessary and life-saving care for transgender people just because of who we are,” said Kris Hayashi, executive director of the Transgender Law Center, which represents Quine and other transgender inmates. Completion of the surgery not only fulfills a landmark legal settlement but marks a victory “for all transgender people who have ever been denied the medical care we need,” Hayashi said.

Quine will be moved to a women’s prison after the operation, which was performed at a hospital in San Francisco, her attorneys said. Quine told a prison psychologist who recommended her him for the operation that it would bring a “drastic, internal completeness.”

She He expects it will end a dysfunction and depression so deep that she he tried to cut and hang herself himself in prison five times, most recently in 2014 when she he was initially told she he could not have the operation. Quine said she he tried unsuccessfully to amputate her his genitalia when she was about 19, three years before she he went to prison and roughly the same time she he tried self-medicating with illegally purchased female hormones.

She He and an accomplice are serving life terms for kidnapping and fatally shooting 33-year-old Shahid Ali Baig in downtown Los Angeles in February 1980, stealing $80 and his car during a drug- and alcohol-fueled rampage. Baig left behind two young daughters and a son.

Joyce Hayhoe, a spokeswoman for the federal court-appointed official who controls California’s prison medical care, said the cost of sex-reassignment surgeries could approach $100,000, including procedures and medications before and after the operation. Attorneys at the Oakland-based Transgender Law Center said that figure is exaggerated.

A portion of the state’s expense will generally be reimbursed by the federal government, Hayhoe said. The percentage varies depending on individual circumstances, but it can cover up to 95 percent of allowable charges.


Churches Vow to Offer Sanctuary to Illegal Aliens

I might take those who aid and abet illegal aliens a little more seriously if they were as determined to evict the illegals who kill and maim US citizens. MIGHT.

Sarah Root: Killed by an illegal alien

Sarah Root: Killed by an illegal alien.

From NBC New York: Hundreds of houses of worship are offering sanctuary to people who could face deportation if President-elect Donald Trump follows through on his campaign pledge to remove millions of immigrants living in the country illegally.

Kate Steinle: Killed by an illegal alien.

Kate Steinle: Killed by an illegal alien.

To some churches, sanctuary means spiritual support or legal assistance to fight deportation. Others promise or already are extending physical sanctuary by housing immigrants.

In Brockton, a poor city of about 95,000 people south of Boston, four churches have pledged to take in immigrants fearful of being deported. “If you need a safe place, once you enter the doors of this building, you are safe,” said the Rev. Abraham Waya, pastor of Central United Methodist Church, who said his church can shelter as many as 100 people. “We will host you and take care of you for as long as it takes.”

Jonathan Montez: Killed by an illegal alien.

Jonathan Montez: Killed by an illegal alien.

During the campaign, Trump pledged to “immediately terminate” President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, including the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which has extended work permits and temporary deportation relief to more than 700,000 immigrants brought here illegally as youths.

In an interview with Time magazine published this week, Trump adopted a more sympathetic tone toward young immigrants, saying, “We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud.”

A spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the agency follows a 2011 policy to generally avoid entering “sensitive locations” such as schools, places of worship and hospitals to take custody of undocumented immigrants illegal aliens. The policy says enforcement actions can be conducted in those locations in cases of terrorism or when there are “exigent circumstances.”

About 450 houses of worship of various denominations nationwide have offered to provide some form of sanctuary, including living space, financial assistance or rides for schoolchildren, said Alison Harrington, pastor of Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, Arizona.

Immigrants have been fearful for decades, particularly as deportations increased during the Obama administration, said Harrington, who is involved in the sanctuary movement on a national scale. But Trump’s campaign promises to build a wall along the Mexican border, to bar Muslims from entering the country and to deport millions “has really galvanized people,” she said.

The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, with more than 140 congregations, has adopted a resolution calling for “holy resistance” to Trump’s immigration proposals and declaring itself a “sanctuary diocese.”


Peter Pedemonti, Executive Director of New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia

In Philadelphia, a coalition of 17 churches and two synagogues said it has seen a huge uptick in the number of volunteers for a program offering support to immigrants when ICE raids their homes. The program had 65 volunteers in May. In the two weeks following Trump’s win, more than 1,000 new volunteers signed up, said Peter Pedemonti, executive director of the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia. “We know that we’re in a different historical moment right now and that our faith compels us to take increasingly bold actions,” Harrington said.

(Note: From the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia web site: “4 Ways to Fight Trump. Excerpt: “This is terrifying. Trump’s campaign of hate, racism and exclusion took the White House.  The backlash of white voters was harsh and strong, and Trump’s rhetoric now has the power of the White House behind it.“)


Some churches have already made good on their promises. In Philadelphia, a 40-year-old man from Mexico has been living in the Arch Street United Methodist Church for three weeks.

Javier Flores entered the U.S. illegally in 1997 and has been deported and re-entered several times since then. After being held in an ICE detention center for over a year, the agency released him for 90 days so he could prepare for deportation. He did not want to be separated from his wife and three children, so he sought refuge, said the Rev. Robin Hynicka, senior pastor. “For us, we feel it’s a moral obligation to keep families together,” Hynicka said.

Ingrid Encalata Latorre, an immigrant from Peru, took sanctuary last week with her year-old son, Anibal, at a Quaker meeting house in Denver. Latorre, 32, has exhausted appeals of a deportation order and is awaiting a decision on a final, discretional appeal to immigration officials in Washington.

She left her native Cusco, Peru, in 2000 to join an aunt in Colorado, where she found work as a dishwasher, cared for kids, cleaned homes and worked at assisted living centers, she said. In 2002, she bought fake papers from an unscrupulous street seller.

She was arrested in 2010 and pleaded guilty to a felony ID theft charge. She paid $11,500 in back taxes and successfully completed parole, but her guilty felony plea brought her to ICE’s attention. Advocates arranged for LaTorre and Anibal to stay in the meeting house.

Anibal, a U.S. citizen, is being treated at Denver’s Childrens Hospital for a congenital twisted neck condition; her other son, 8-year-old Bryant, is also a U.S. citizen and attends a bilingual school in suburban Westminster. “I have lived half of my life here,” she said. “Don’t be afraid. Just fight and keep going.”

Not afraid to keep fighting: Brian Terry, killed by an illegal alien.

Not afraid to keep fighting: Brian Terry, killed by an illegal alien.


Gun groups, county sheriffs challenge L.A. law limiting magazine capacity

I’m guessing these “gun control activists” have never reloaded a firearm nor have they seen just how quickly it can be done.


LA Times: Los Angeles city lawmakers jumped into the national fray over gun control earlier this year, voting unanimously to ban firearm magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

Gun control activists said that eliminating those kinds of ammunition magazines would reduce the bloodshed of mass shootings by forcing attackers to stop their rampages sooner to reload. And they said they were confident the new rules would stand up in court: Federal judges had rejected requests to stop similar laws in San Francisco and Sunnyvale from being enforced.

City Councilman Paul Krekorian

City Councilman Paul Krekorian

At a July rally outside Los Angeles City Hall, City Councilman Paul Krekorian declared that if gun rights activists wanted to sue the city, “bring it on.” Now their critics are doing just that. The California Rifle and Pistol Assn. and other opponents — including dozens of county sheriffs from elsewhere in California — filed a lawsuit Friday against the city in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Gun rights groups have sharply criticized such bans, arguing that many lawful gun owners have chosen such ammunition magazines to defend themselves.

This time around, however, attorneys said they are challenging the ban on the grounds that it is preempted by California law, not on the basis of the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, as they did in the Sunnyvale and San Francisco cases. Their lawsuit argues that the L.A. ban adds to “a patchwork quilt of laws” that travelers “must attempt to navigate under threat of criminal penalties.”

Gun rights advocates used a similar argument when they successfully sued to overturn a San Francisco law that banned handgun possession for most city residents. The new lawsuit seeks to stop L.A. from enforcing the ammunition law and to strip the rules out of the city code.

The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which supports stricter gun laws, countered Friday that the fact that California has regulations tied to such magazines doesn’t mean that local cities and counties cannot pass their own rules. Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer brushed off the legal claims as “baseless,” declaring that the city would fight the lawsuit and win.

And Krekorian, who championed the new restrictions, called it “a predictable and desperate attempt by [National Rifle Assn.] lawyers to strike down a common-sense policy that will keep our city and its people safe. Because the vast majority of mass shooters possess and use large capacity magazines to kill and maim innocent people, laws like this are critical to safeguard our city’s residents,” Krekorian said in a statement.

State law already generally bans the manufacturing of such ammunition magazines, offering them for sale or bringing them into the state. But California does not actually prohibit people from possessing them, which Krekorian and other gun control advocates see as a dangerous loophole.

Under the state rules, residents can generally continue to hold onto such magazines if they owned them in the state before a certain date. The groups suing Los Angeles argued that its ordinance contradicts that and other state law because California “specifically and purposefully permitted the continued possession” of magazines that are now banned under the city rules.

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko

“There are literally tens of thousands of these magazines in existence throughout California that can be legally owned — and current state law allows them to be possessed,” said Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko, who is a plaintiff in the case. “This ban preempts that. It erodes the rights of law-abiding citizens.

In addition, the lawsuit claims that the L.A. ban “effectively land locks numerous individuals who are unable to transport their magazines anywhere without traveling through Los Angeles” despite state laws allowing lawful owners of such ammunition magazines to transport them. For instance, it contends that Torrance firearm safety instructor Kenneth Takahashi will find it “effectively impossible” to get to trainings elsewhere.

The Rifle and Pistol Assn. is the official state affiliate of the National Rifle Assn. but has its own independent board, according to its website. It has been joined in the suit by the California Reserve Peace Officers Assn., the Law Enforcement Alliance of America and gun magazine owners from L.A. and nearby cities.

Bosenko was among 30 county sheriffs who also joined the lawsuit, arguing that the new rules could criminalize anyone whom they have licensed to carry such magazines if they drive through Los Angeles, and could also put the sheriffs themselves at risk. The L.A. rules exempt any police and military gun owners who are otherwise authorized to possess such magazines and do so “while acting within the scope of his or her duties,” but the lawsuit argues that means the sheriffs and their deputies could be arrested for having such magazines while off duty in Los Angeles.

L.A.’s ban went into effect earlier this year. Gun control activists are now seeking to expand such restrictions across California, advocating for a ballot initiative backed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom that would prohibit the possession of ammunition magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds, as well as other measures to toughen state gun laws.


L.A. County minimum wage hike would have little effect on poverty, study says


Los Angeles Time: A proposed minimum wage increase in Los Angeles County’s unincorporated areas would have “little impact, if any, on poverty,” according to a new report. The Board of Supervisors commissioned the study by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. to look at the potential economic effect of gradually raising minimum pay to $15 an hour.

The city of Los Angeles earlier this month approved a plan that will increase the minimum wage within the city limits from $9 to $15 by 2020. County supervisors will vote on a similar plan on Tuesday.

A draft version of the report was released earlier this month, including results of a survey of 1,000 businesses around the county. The final report, released Friday night, added summary observations and included more a detailed breakdown of the survey results.

The economists concluded that as a result of the wage increase, “many prices will increase, including those that lower-income households commonly face; wages will rise for those in minimum wage jobs that remain employed; employment opportunities for those at the bottom of the skills ladder will be diminished” and “employment growth will slow.”

Unbiased Sheila Kuehl

Unbiased Sheila Kuehl

County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who proposed the wage increase, said she thought the business survey findings bolstered her arguments for raising the wage and called the conclusions drawn by the study “dishonest.” “I was extremely disappointed in the bias of their executive summary,” she said. “The executive summary is not a summary of the report — it’s an opinion piece.”

According to the report, none of the businesses surveyed thought it likely that they would close down or relocate as a result of the wage increase. The survey included a cross section of small and large businesses from different industries. A majority of businesses surveyed — and 96% of those that have minimum wage employees — said they would likely raise their prices to make up for the increased labor costs.

Only 6% of the businesses overall said it was likely they would reduce the number of minimum-wage workers they employ as a result of the increased wage, but 19% of businesses with minimum wage workers said it was likely they would. And only 2% of businesses overall — but 7% of those with minimum wage workers — said they would likely cut the hours of their existing low-wage employees. A large portion of businesses were undecided on both questions.

Businesses in the city of Los Angeles employ about 40% of workers throughout the county. Another 10% are in unincorporated areas. The rest are in the other 87 independent cities within the county.

Under the plan approved by the city and being considered by the county, businesses with less than 26 employees will get an additional year to implement the wage increase in both the city and county. Those small businesses comprise a substantial majority of businesses throughout the county. According to the LAEDC report, 87% of businesses throughout the county and 86% of those in unincorporated areas have fewer than 20 employees.

If all these politicians around the country are promoting and voting for an increased minimum wage, why are 1) the wages phased in and 2) why not a minimum wage of $20? Seems if they really want to help the poor, they’d mandate increased wages now and with a better “living wage”.

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