Monthly Archives: April 2019

Calexico Border Officers Net Almost $2.9 Million in Cocaine, Meth in One Day

By R. Mitchell – CALEXICO, Calif.  —U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico ports of entry on Saturday seized more than 370 pounds of hard narcotics valued at almost $2.9 million. At about 1 p.m. on March 30, CBP officers at the Calexico commercial inspection facility encountered a 44-year-old Mexican citizen hauling a manifested shipment of steel ...

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Six People in U.S. Charged with Providing Material Support to Terrorists

By R. Mitchell – Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, 44, of St. Louis County, Missouri, pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and one count of providing material support to terrorists. Five others were charged in the indictment. Hodzic admitted to sending approximately $10,000 in materials and cash overseas, including to another Missouri man who ...

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Pharmaceutical Companies Agree to Pay Over $122 Million to Resolve Allegations They Paid Kickbacks

By R. Mitchell – The Department of Justice today announced that three pharmaceutical companies – Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (Jazz), Lundbeck LLC (Lundbeck), and Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Alexion) – have agreed to pay a total of $122.6 million to resolve allegations that they each violated the False Claims Act by illegally paying the Medicare or Civilian Health and Medical Program (ChampVA) copays ...

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President Donald Trump’s Schedule for Thursday, April 4, 2019

By R. Mitchell – President Donald Trump will participate in a White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council Meeting Thursday morning. In the afternoon, the president will receive his daily briefing as prepared by the intelligence community. Later, President Trump will meet with the Vice Premier of China. Keep up with Trump on President Trump’s Schedule Page. President Trump’s schedule for 4/4/19 ...

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How Our Layered Missile Defense Network Protects Homeland, Deployed Forces

By David Vergun – Defense Department leaders, including Undersecretary of Defense for Policy John C. Rood and Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command; appeared before a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s strategic forces subcommittee to discuss the nation’s missile defense policies and programs. Missile defense involves detecting, ...

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Is Socialism the Issue That Will Divide the Ever Radicalizing Democratic Party?

By Amalia White – Up until the recent presidential candidate announcements, Democrats appeared extra chummy. For over two years, their anti-Trump commonality created a bandwagon wave that Democrats happily jumped on. However, with a dozen-plus candidates looking for the party’s nomination, the gloves have come off. When the Reproductive Health Act was signed into law in New York, there was ...

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ICE Arrests 280 Illegal Aliens During Execution of Federal Criminal Warrant in North Texas

By R. Mitchell – ALLEN, Texas — As part of an ongoing criminal investigation, special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executed criminal search warrants at CVE Technology Group Inc. (CVE), and four of CVE’s staffing companies. HSI arrested on administrative immigration violations more than 280 CVE company employees who were unlawfully working in ...

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Laredo Field Office Ports of Entry Continue Processing Commercial Traffic Despite Border Crisis

By R. Mitchell – LAREDO, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) Laredo Field Office (LFO) Ports of Entry continue to processes commercial shipments at the border despite the unprecedented humanitarian and border security crisis along the Southwest border. Recently, CBP’s OFO temporary re-assignment of up to 750 CBP officers who were deployed to areas being ...

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Calexico Border Agents Arrest Syrian Attempting to Sneak into U.S.

By R. Mitchell – CALEXICO, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico downtown port of entry apprehended a 46-year-old Syrian man who attempted to sneak into the United States hidden in a railcar early Friday. “This apprehension highlights the fact that none of our inspections are routine, especially when people purposely attempt to avoid the process,” ...

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New York Man Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 20 Years in Prison for Attempting to Provide and Conspiring to Provide Material Support to ISIS | OPA

By R. Mitchell – Adam Raishani, aka “Saddam Mohamed Raishani,” 32, of the Bronx, New York, was sentenced to 20 years in prison to be followed by 20 years of supervised release for attempting to provide and conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization. Assistant Attorney General for ...

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The United States Pre-Positions Humanitarian Assistance in Curaçao for the People of Venezuela

By R. Mitchell – Today, the United States is pre-positioning humanitarian aid in Curaçao for the people of Venezuela, who continue to suffer from the former Maduro regime’s corruption and gross mismanagement of the economy. With the support of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Government of Curaçao, today’s delivery contains four kits of emergency health assistance with medicines ...

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U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction

By R. Mitchell – The United States is the world’s single largest financial supporter of efforts to address humanitarian hazards from landmines and unexploded ordnance in post-conflict countries and to reduce the availability of excess, loosely-secured, or otherwise at-risk weapons and munitions. Today’s release of the 18th edition of To Walk the Earth in Safety, the Department of State’s annual ...

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Physicians Thank President Trump for Declining to Defend the Unconstitutional Affordable Care Act

By R. Mitchell – The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) has written a letter to President Trump, commending his decision not to defend the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The decision of federal district Judge Reed O’Connor in Texas v. United States is on appeal in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge O’Connor ruled that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ...

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Implementation of Phases Two and Three of Brunei’s Sharia Penal Code

By R. Mitchell – Brunei’s decision to implement Phases Two and Three of the Sharia Penal Code runs counter to its international human rights obligations, including with respect to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the Trump administration said Tuesday. “All governments have an obligation to ensure that all people can freely enjoy the universal human ...

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President Donald Trump’s Schedule for Wednesday, April 3, 2019

By R. Mitchell – President Donald Trump will receive a briefing from and have dinner with senior military leaders Wednesday evening. Keep up with Trump on President Trump’s Schedule Page. President Trump’s schedule for 4/3/19 All Times EDT 6:00 PM THE PRESIDENT is briefed by senior military leaders – Cabinet Room 7:35 PM Dinner with senior military leaders – State Dining Room White ...

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