Fabiola Santiago: There's poetic justice in Biden appointing a Cuban American to lead Homeland Security
The rise of Alejandro Mayorkas may be just the feel-good story Miami needs post-election.After his Jewish parents fled Fidel Castro’s Communist takeover of Cuba in 1960, Mayorkas lived in Miami as a child. They eventually left the capital of Cuban exiles for a life in Los Angeles, but the 61-year-old hasn’t forgotten his immigrant beginnings.It was the first thing on his mind after President-elect Joe Biden announced he will nominate the Cuban American to lead the Department of Homeland Security.“When I was very young, the United States provided my family and me a place of refuge,” Mayorkas tw...
Wisconsin defendant in Gov. Whitmer kidnap plot plans to fight his extradition to Michigan
DETROIT — A Wisconsin man charged in the alleged plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is planning to challenge his extradition to Michigan, his lawyer said Wednesday.Michigan’s extradition paperwork for Brian Higgins, 52, of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, is improper because it was signed by Whitmer, the target of the alleged plot, Higgins’ lawyer argued in a court filing in advance of Wednesday’s status conference in Columbia County Circuit Court in Wisconsin.“To put it more bluntly, the requisition was signed in an official capacity by someone with a clear, undeniable conflict of interest in th...
Detroit Free Press
Border Patrol vehicle runs over and kills man in California
CALEXICO, Calif. — A man died Friday night after being run over by a Border Patrol agent’s vehicle in Calexico, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Saturday.The crash happened around 8:40 p.m. when an agent with the Calexico station was responding to a report of an illegal entry into the United States from Mexico, authorities said.Officials said the agent was unable to avoid driving over the man, who they said was lying in the road. The agent rendered aid to the man until paramedics arrived.The identity of the man and his nationality were not released.The man was transported to a...
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'Boogaloo Bois' face new charges for possession of machine guns, silencers
MINNEAPOLIS — After trying to capitalize on the civil unrest in Minneapolis this summer, two members of anti-government Boogaloo Bois attempted to sell untraceable machine guns and unregistered silencers to Hamas, an international terrorist group, to be used in attacks against United States and Israeli soldiers overseas, according to a new indictment announced by federal prosecutors in Minnesota Friday.Michael Robert Solomon, 30, and Benjamin Ryan Teeter, 22, met with an undercover FBI agent, who they believed to be a senior member of Hamas, on July 30, according to federal court documents. Th...
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Trump administration returns $3.4 million taken from ailing 9/11 FDNY program in errorWASHINGTON — The New York City Fire Department's World Trade Center Treatment Program just got its pilfered millions back from the federal government — $3,363,931.72, to be exact.That news comes from a letter sent to Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., from Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Wednesday night, finally ending a saga that began years ago with the federal government mysteriously docking payments meant to fund health care for firefighters and EMTs who got sick from serving at ground zero.Earlier this month, M...
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21 arrested by Border Patrol after boat comes ashore near San Diego
IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. — Border Patrol agents arrested 21 people in Imperial Beach after a smuggling boat came ashore early Monday morning, officials said.The panga was spotted around 3:30 a.m. at the south end of Seacoast Drive and a group of people got off and ran. Agents quickly located 13 people near the intersection of Seacoast and Encanto Avenue.More agents responded and found eight additional people near Seacoast and Cortez Avenue.The group included 14 men from Mexico, six woman from Mexico and one woman from Guatamala. All 21 were taken to a Border Patrol station for processing. Two of...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Michigan man accused in plot to kidnap Whitmer seeks get-out-of-jail card
DETROIT — A Waterford man accused of plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tried Wednesday to get out of jail on bond, arguing the alleged conspiracy was absurd and that there was no imminent threat to public officials.Kaleb Franks, 26, known as “Red Hot,” made the request two weeks after being ordered held without bond alongside four other accused co-conspirators who an FBI agent testified plotted to kidnap Whitmer and put her on trial for treason.The bond request comes three weeks after prosecutors said the FBI had thwarted a plot to violently overthrow the government as well as kidnap an...
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Ex-Homeland Security official reveals he's 'Anonymous' author who trashed Trump
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Prosecutors say they discovered bomb materials connected with Whitmer kidnap plot
LANSING, Mich. — Federal prosecutors have asked for more time to hand down grand jury indictments in their kidnapping conspiracy case involving Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, saying the recent discovery of bomb components could lead to new charges, including terror-related charges.In a court filing Monday, prosecutors asked for a 40-day extension of the time limit to seek indictments of six men charged under criminal complaints with kidnapping conspiracy.Adam Fox, arraigned in federal court in Kent County, Michigan, faces charges related to what the FBI says was a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen...
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Military, police in Washington state prepare for possible civil unrest after election
SEATTLE — As tension builds toward Election Day, law enforcement officials in Washington and elsewhere are preparing for the prospect that this year’s long, hot summer of unrest won’t end on Nov. 3, regardless of who wins the presidency.If anything, officials worry that pressure will only build in the coming weeks, faced with the possibility of a contested election, spiking gun sales and ongoing civil unrest over institutional racism and police violence, all driven by a tsunami of social media misinformation and conspiracies from the right and left, not to mention from foreign adversaries.“I c...
The Seattle Times