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ICE Wants More Detention Cells in Minnesota

Apparently U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) foresees a demand for considerably more jail cells to house undocumented immigrants taken into custody in Minnesota.  ICE relies on a network of local detention facilities across the country to temporarily house detainees, including  several Minnesota county jails. While it's difficult to imagine Hennepin or Ramsey County stepping forward, at least one metro area county has quietly responded to ICE's request, according to the St. Cloud Times. Sherburne County is proposing to expand its jail to provide space for up to 500 immigration detainees, an increase from the 300 beds it currently provides for U.S....

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A Note on Illegal Immigration and Crime

President Trump in his State of the Union last night, once again, spoke about violent crime committed by undocumented immigrants.  And once again, skeptics afterwards were quick to point out, citing Cato Institute data in at least one instance, that they commit violent crimes at lower overall rates than the rest of the population. Let’s assume this is true, and I have no evidence to say it isn’t.  But comparing broad crime rates between undocumented immigrants and other people in the United States is only one way of grasping the issue.  Also true is that the family members of the people...

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Lack of Donations For GoFundMe Shows People Don’t Really Want the Wall

The Wall has become the epicenter of the federal government shut down but judging from the GoFundMe page dedicated to raising money for it, it doesn't seem to be much of a priority for most Americans. If each of the 63 million Trump supporters donated just $80, it would raise more than $5 billion to build the border wall. However, the GoFundMe stands at just $20 million, which is just 0.4 percent of the total cost. Only 337,194 people (0.53 percent of total number of Trump voters) have donated. This suggests that most people really don't care about the wall, or...

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Big Year for Duluth Fighter Squadron Deployed in ISIS Fight

The men and women of the 148th Fighter Wing of the Minnesota National Guard base in Duluth generally maintain a low profile.  Consequently, many of us have little idea of the unit's  contribution to our nation's security. But at the 148th's recent annual dinner, commander Col. Chris Blomquist called 2018 the squadron's toughest year on record, according to the Duluth News Tribune. In 2018, more than half of the 148th's 1000 mission-qualified members were deployed across the world and United States for up to 90 to 180 days at a time. On top of that, the Duluth base hosted President Donald Trump...

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Dayton Administration Data Breach Exposes Minnesota’s Most Vulnerable to Identity Theft

Minnesota’s most vulnerable population has been exposed to a data breach at the state agency that is supposed to guard their privacy and well-being. According to a letter mailed to Medicaid recipients on October 9th, the Department of Human Services (DHS) was hacked twice last summer. Sensitive, private information may have been compromised including name, birthdate, Social Security number, home address, telephone number, medical information, educational records, employment records, and/or financial information. ...

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Minneapolis FBI Agent Gets 4 Years in Prison for Media Leaks

The rogue ex-FBI agent from the Minneapolis field office whose personal gripes with the system outweighed his concern for national security will have four years behind bars to reevaluate his "act of conscience." Terry Albury leaked secret documents to a media outlet because of perceived mistreatment of minorities and racism at the agency. But the judge laid down the law, according to the Star Tribune. In arriving at his sentence, U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright said she considered Albury's sterling record with the FBI, as well as his "sincere" belief that he was righting injustices. But, she said that even though there...

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Weekend Shootings Last Straw for Minneapolis Craft Brewer

The wild west-style shootouts in north Minneapolis over the weekend killed four and wounded six more. But there's another side to the violence that doesn't appear on the police blotter. Residents so scared and fed up they're moving out before they become a statistic, including a business owner featured on WCCO radio. The Friday night shooting left 42-year-old Steven Fields of Richfield dead on a sidewalk and wounded three others. Another causality of the shooting - Boom Island Brewing Company - whose owner says they‘re tired of the crime and it’s time to pack up and leave. The shooting happened just a...

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Pointless Virtue Signaling In St. Louis Park

There are two kinds of policy proposals: those that are actually intended to do something about a problem, and those that everyone knows won't do any good, but are intended to show that their supporters are the "right" kind of people. These days, there are more of the latter--commonly referred to as virtue signaling--than the former. For a textbook example, check out this Star Tribune story: "St. Louis Park seeks to strengthen firearm regulations upon request from students." St. Louis Park officials are developing policies to restrict the sale of firearms in the city and regulate how police get rid of...

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Child Care Welfare Fraud: It’s Not Just Minnesota

Massive fraud in welfare programs intended to subsidize child care for low-income families has been a huge news story in Minnesota, where the scandal has centered on day care operations run by Somali immigrants. It appears that something similar is going on in Nebraska: The heads of four child care centers in Lincoln and Omaha have been indicted on a scheme involving hundreds of thousands of dollars in subsidies. Two men — Seth Mock, the owner of Mock's Loving Life Learning Center in Omaha, and Abdikadir Miji, the owner of Miji Child Care Center in Omaha — are charged with money laundering...

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St Paul Schools hire principal with an interesting resume: Misused State Funds, Drunk Driving Arrests

Superintendent Joe Gothard said in an interview that he was unaware of the audit when he picked Dutrieuille as principal of the grades K-8 Hazel Park Preparatory Academy on the East Side. Gothard said he’s since reviewed the audit and has no concerns. Besides the questionable spending, Dutrieuille faced drunk driving charges four times between 1993 and 1999. Gothard said he was unaware of Dutrieuille’s drunk driving arrests....

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