Immigration Agent Myles Kui Zhang Busted for $13,000 in Alleged Phony Overtime Claims

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Myles Kui Zhang worked at the Ziggurat (Chet Holifield Federal Building in Laguna Niguel).
A federal immigration agent who worked in the Chet Holifield Federal Building in Laguna Niguel has been charged with grand theft for allegedly making more than $13,000 worth of phony overtime claims over a nine-month period, authorities said.

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Is Jose Zarate Alvarez the Subject of "Meanness" by Cops and "Miscarriage of Justice" by OCDA?

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Were cops mean to Jose Zarate Alvarez?
Jose Zarate Alvarez received good news and bad news recently.

How do you want it, Orange County?

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Glad you're the glass half full type. The good news is the 36-year-old had charges dismissed alleging he conspired to rip off $32,000 from a Costa Mesa convenience store.

The bad news is he is facing deportation ... which, actually, some of our most loyal trolls would flop to be a bad news-good news scenario.

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Ex-Immigration Officer Get 51 Months for Taking Bribes from Cambodian Immigrants

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Billy Louis Nelms Sr.'s Veterans Administration badge.

A former Santa Ana-based immigration officer was sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for helping Cambodian immigrants legally remain in the U.S. in exchange for bribes. Billy Louis Nelms Sr., 54, of Los Angeles, had steadfastly maintained his innocence and accused the government of persecution and prejudice before his conviction this summer.

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Court: ICE Prosecutor Cheated Drug-Dealing Mexican Caught In USA Fourth Time

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth District has rebuked a federal judge and a Department of Homeland Security lawyer with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for abusing the rights of a drug dealer with a history of illegally entering the United States from Mexico.

The appeals court claims Southern California ICE attorney Nathaniel B. Walker won a fast track, guilty plea from Paul Gabriel Morales Heredia by promising a sentence of six months, but violated the deal by making "inflammatory" remarks about the defendant's criminal history to Judge Stephen V. Wilson, who reacted by increasing punishment to 21 months in prison.

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Edgar Vargas, Man Beat By Santa Ana PD on Camera, Freed From ICE by DOJ/Mostly Cleared by DA

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Officer Brian Booker with the ground and pound

The deportation of Edgar Vargas Azarte came to a screeching halt thanks to an assist from the Department of Justice (DOJ). The Santa Ana immigrant sin papeles is at home with monitor bracelets around his ankle instead of being detained by immigration authorities at Theo Lacy.

The DOJ turned the tables in his case by telling a federal judge on October 1 that they needed him for an investigation. The probe probably surrounds the beating he suffered at the hands of Santa Ana's finest.


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Down and Out With Deportees in Tijuana

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Andrew Galvin
Exterior of Casa del Migrante, Tijuana

Armando is my third interviewee of the night, the one I want to write about. Unlike some of the other deportees, he doesn't seem beaten down by his fate. He smiles a lot and exudes confidence. His black hair is pulled into a tight ponytail. He brings a lightness to our conversations that the others can't. He seems as though he'd be a fun companion for a road trip back to his home in Mexico--with me driving him there.

We're sitting in an office at Tijuana's Casa del Migrante, a shelter for working men who just got booted from the United States and are either waiting to cross the border again or wondering how to go back home to their pueblos. I'm behind a desk. Armando is in a chair, facing me.

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La Migra Picked the Wrong Family to Harass When It Raided the Costa Mesa Home of the Bravos

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Clockwise from left: Luis, Enrique, Vicky, Jessica, Daniel, unidentified cool kid
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A banner reading, "2 million 2 many, Stop deportations" hangs outside the apartment of Enrique and Vicky Bravo in Costa Mesa. It wasn't there on the morning of Sept. 18, when two men in plainclothes and black vests emblazoned with "POLICE" rang the doorbell and asked everyone to whip out their IDs.

"They said they were looking for a person named Cesar," recalls Daniel Bravo, who opened the door. He saw a picture of the mysterious Cesar; right alongside it was a grainy black-and-white shot of his older brother, Luis.

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Is Queen of the Birfers Orly Taitz Orange County's First Known Enterovirus-68 Victim?

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Orly Taitz claims she must wear a positive pressure oxygen machine mask like this.

Four sick children in Ventura and San Diego counties have been confirmed by state health officials to be the first Southern California victims of enterovirus-68, a rare respiratory virus. But could victim No. 5 reside right here in Orange County? Rancho Santa Margarita lawyer/dentist/real estate saleslady/"The Lucy Ricardo of Law"* Orly Taitz is not a child but, according to documents she filed in federal court in Texas, she likely contracted a respiratory infection from a kid in the country illegally. An this is based from a courtroom expert-for-hire who believes Taitz makes a great case for the spread of enterovirus-68 by border crossers.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Announces New Use-of-Force Review Process: Update

UPDATE: Gil Kerlikowske, U.S. Customs and Border Protection commissioner, just today announced that the agency will implement a unified, formal review process for use-of-force incidents. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson also announced a new delegation of criminal misconduct investigative authority to hold CBP personnel accountable. Representatives of the ACLU of New Mexico Regional Center for Border Rights, the Southern Border Communities Coalition, Border Action Network of Arizona and the ACLU of Texas welcomed these moves toward greater transparency but also noted there has been no disciplinary action taken for use-of-force incidents that have resulted in at least 29 deaths since 2010.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are on the move.

United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) engages in unlawful excessive use of force and lacks accountability and transparency, according to a report to the United Nations by the UC Irvine School of Law's International Justice Clinic.

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The Dream is Now, Immigration Reform Film, Screens Locally with Panel Discussions

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Davis Guggenheim's The Dream is Now launched a movement, a hashtag and a dot-org.

A documentary short calling for the repair of "America's broken immigration system" begins the first of two Sunday screenings during September in Orange County this weekend.

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