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Reprint from 2013: Border Patrol- Crowd Confronts Agents

Border Patrol agents respond to a crowd one-eighth of a mile north of the U.S.-Mexico border in the Tijuana River channel. / U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo

Susan Shroder and Elizabeth AguileraContact Reporters Original Story: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sdut-border-patrol-rock-throwing-san-ysidro-2013nov25-story.html

A group of about 100 people trying to illegally cross the border Sunday near the San Ysidro port of entry threw rocks and bottles at U.S. Border Patrolagents, who responded by using pepper spray and other means to force the crowd back into Mexico, federal officials said. read on

Obama administration placed children with human traffickers, report says

January 28, 2016

The Obama administration failed to protect thousands of Central American children who have flooded across the U.S. border since 2011, leaving them vulnerable to traffickers and to abuses at the hands of government-approved caretakers, a Senate investigation has found.The Office of Refugee Resettlement, an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services, failed to do proper background checks of adults who claimed the children, allowed sponsors to take custody of multiple unrelated children, and regularly placed children in homes without visiting the locations, according to a 56-page investigative report released Thursday.And once the children left federally funded shelters, the report said, the agency permitted their adult sponsors to prevent caseworkers from providing them post-release services.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) initiated the six-month investigation after several Guatemalan teens were found in a dilapidated trailer park near Marion, Ohio, where they were being held captive by traffickers and forced to work at a local egg farm. The boys were among more than 125,000 unaccompanied minors who have surged into the United States since 2011, fleeing violence and unrest in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. read on

Browder’s Titanium

BY LLAMA

On May 11, 1999, HSBC, one of the most corrupt financial institutions of our time, announced a $10.3 billion deal to purchase Edmond Safra’s holdings including the Republic National Bank of New York and Safra’s shares in Bill Browder’s firm, Hermitage Capital. The announcement came only nine months after Russia’s economy collapsed and Browder’s firm, or rather, his clients, lost over $900 million. It was also nine months after $4.8 billion in IMF funds was deposited in an undisclosed account at Safra’s bank and well before the public became aware that that same money was dispersed and stolen through the Bank of New York, off-shore companies, and foreign financial institutions.  According to Browder’s book, he didn’t find out about the deal until he read it in the Financial Times because apparently at no point in time did someone, including his own partner, pick up the phone and tell him, “By the way, Safra is ditching you.”  Browder’s story seems absurd at best and one has to wonder if he and Safra had a falling out, if Safra was out to screw him, or vice versa.  Perhaps Safra owed some powerful people, including the Russian mafia, a lot money and had been threatened, or maybe Browder found it in his best interest to distance himself because of Safra’s suspicious and untimely death mere days before the HSBC deal closed. Whatever the case may be, before the deal was finalized in December, 1999, Browder had other things to worry about like titanium. read on

Obama’s Indonesian Lessons

When Barack Obama’s Indonesian classmates are asked to recall the boy they all called “Barry” (pronounced “Berry”), their description is unanimous: “chubby.”

He was the tall, chubby kid in Bermudas who joined their 4th grade class at the Besuki elementary school in 1970, the boy with the white mother and Indonesian stepfather who brought his own sandwiches to school (odd to a noodle-eating crowd) and, strangest of all, wrote with his left hand. read on