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Salon owner vows to appeal record human rights award against him
The $180,000 award is believed to be the second highest in the history of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario


Author of the article:Michele Mandel
Published Feb 16, 2024 • Last updated 2 days ago • 3 minute read
The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has ordered Reza "Ray" Khosravi, 62, owner of Ray Daniel Salon and Spa, to pay a former employee $180,000 for allegedly mistreating and underpaying her.
The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has ordered Reza "Ray" Khosravi, 62, owner of Ray Daniel Salon and Spa, to pay a former employee $180,000 for allegedly mistreating and underpaying her.
The owner of a Toronto hair salon chain has been ordered by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario to pay a former employee a whopping $180,000 after the refugee claimant from Iran said she was raped, sexually harassed, paid only $5 an hour and threatened if she went to police.


It’s believed to be the second highest award in HRTO history.


“(He) preyed on the applicant’s vulnerability as a newcomer to Canada,” wrote adjudicator Caroline Sand in the recent landmark ruling. “She had newly arrived in Canada, fleeing a lifetime of gender-based violence and discrimination in Iran. The applicant testified to staying at her job despite the respondents’ assaults and advances because she needed the money to support herself.”

But Reza “Ray” Khosravi, owner of Ray Daniel Salon and Spa, insists the allegations are false and vows to appeal.

“I should get another chance to defend myself,” he said.

The woman, who is only identified by initials L.N. ,told a harrowing story.

Forced into an abusive marriage in her native Iran when she was just 13, she was finally allowed to divorce and marry again. When she was 23, her second husband declared their marriage “invalid” and forced her to leave him and their nursing baby. As a single woman living alone, she was sexually harassed by a government employee who tried to enter her home with a knife. She submitted evidence of a court order against her stalker, the ruling said.



After L.N. came to Canada in March 2019, she read in a local Persian magazine about an opening for an aesthetician at Ray Daniel Salon.

She said Khosravi interviewed her in Farsi and hired her to start on April 3 for $5 an hour, cash. When she later learned about Ontario’s minimum wage, she said her boss told her no one else would employ her because she had no work permit.

During her two months of work, L.N. said Khosravi sexually assaulted her on four occasions, including two incidents of rape.

On April 23, L.N. said her boss asked her to meet him at Yonge and Finch to help pick up supplies. Instead, she said Khosravi raped her in his BMW. Two weeks later, she told the tribunal he did it again after cornering her in the salon laundry room when no one else was there.

Khosravi vehemently denies it all.

“This is all fake allegations against me,” Khosravi , 62, said when reached at his head office. “I am with ladies for so many years in this business – 36 years – and I don’t have any cases before, I never had such a case. This is just about getting money.”

The married father of two believes he hasn’t had a fair opportunity to plead his side.

According to a tribunal decision, Khosravi never responded to a May 2023 email to advise whether he planned to participate in the proceedings. When he didn’t reply, he was considered to have waived his right to be notified about upcoming dates. When he later found out, his appeal was denied.

“I missed one email and we didn’t know when to show up,” Khosravi complained.


So the hearing went ahead with just L.N. and her witnesses.

A friend testified L.N. told her about being raped but that she was too afraid to go to the police because she had no status. Her psychologist in Iran also told the tribunal that she’d disclosed what allegedly happened – though not until much later.

L.N. told the tribunal that Khosravi threatened to get her deported if she reported him. She also claimed he threatened to kill her – something she only recalled after he sued her last August for $35,000 for allegedly damaging his reputation.

After finding L.N. “honest and credible” and her witnesses believable, the adjudicator awarded her $180,000 for “egregious sexual harassment and solicitation, and a deeply damaging affront to the applicant’s dignity.

“The evidence to this effect was clear and compelling,” Sand wrote. “(Khosravi) took advantage of the applicant, with severe underpayment, escalating sexual harassment, egregious sexual assault, and threats of reprisal.”

But this “evidence” came unchallenged with Khosravi not even there.

In a court of law, these reputation-crushing allegations would be put to the test. Shouldn’t they be at the HRTO as well?

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More than 7 million migrants have entered U.S. illegally with Biden in office: Report
961,537 border encounters recorded last fiscal year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection says

Author of the article:postmedia News
Published Feb 21, 2024 • Last updated 1 day ago • 1 minute read

Analysis from Fox News showed that nearly 7.3 million migrants had illegally crossed the southwestern U.S. border during President Joe Biden’s time in office, reported the New York Post.


The U.S. Customs and Border Protection figure came after 961,537 border encounters were recorded from the fiscal year running October to September.


Fox News said if the pace keeps up, 2024’s fiscal year will break last year’s record of 2,475,669 southwestern border encounters.



Customs and Border Protection said the total number of southwestern land border encounters since Biden assumed office in 2021 was 7,298,486.

And the total doesn’t include an estimated additional 1.8 million known “gotaways” who evaded law enforcement.

Altogether, nearly 10 million migrants had crossed into the U.S. illegally during the Biden administration.

“This unprecedented surge in illegal immigration isn’t an accident. It is the result of deliberate policy choices by the Biden administration,” Eric Ruark, director of research for Numbers USA, a non-profit that advocates for immigration restrictions, told the Post.

Despite those numbers, New York Mayor Eric Adams has a plan to give some migrant families “$10,000 each with no ID check required,” reported Wendy Patterson via her X account, @wendyp4545, on Wednesday with a screengrab of Fox News.

“Wow,” wrote X owner Elon Musk in response.
 

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Despite those numbers, New York Mayor Eric Adams has a plan to give some migrant families “$10,000 each with no ID check required,” reported Wendy Patterson via her X account, @wendyp4545, on Wednesday with a screengrab of Fox News
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Hundreds of migrants released at bus stop after San Diego runs out of aid money
Author of the article:Associated Press
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Elliot Spagat
Published Feb 23, 2024 • 5 minute read

SAN DIEGO — Hundreds of migrants were dropped off Friday at a San Diego bus stop instead of at a reception center that had been serving as a staging area because it ran out of local funding sooner than expected, showing how even the largest city on the country’s southern border is struggling to cope with the unprecedented influx of people.


Migrants who previously had a safe place to charge phones, use the bathroom, eat a meal and arrange to head elsewhere in the U.S. were now left on the street as migrant aid groups scrambled to help out as best they could with makeshift arrangements.


Border Patrol buses carrying migrants from Senegal, China, Ecuador, Guatemala and many other countries arrived outside a transit center. Migrant aid groups said they would be bused from there to a parking lot where they could charge their phones and get a ride to the airport. The vast majority planned to spend only a few hours in San Diego before taking a flight or having someone pick them up.

“Are we in San Diego?” asked Gabriel Guzman, 30, a painter from the Dominican Republic who was released after crossing the border in remote mountains on Thursday. He was told to appear in June in an immigration court in Boston, where he hopes to earn money to send home to his three children.


Abd Boudeah, of Mauritania, flew to Tijuana, Mexico, through Nicaragua and followed other migrants to an opening in the border wall, where he surrendered to agents Thursday after walking about eight hours. The former molecular engineering student said he fled persecution for being gay and planned to settle in Chicago with a cousin who had been in the U.S. for 20 years.

“I’ve dreamed about this (moment) a lot, and thank God I’m here,” Boudeah, 23, said in flawless English.

Volunteers gave instructions in English, Spanish and French to small groups, all of them single men and women. They used translation apps for other languages.

“We’re going to cross the street together and line up,” a volunteer said into his phone, which then translated it into Hindi for a group of men from India.


“Tired from the road,” Alikan Rdiyer, 31, of Kazakhstan, said in Russian as he waited for instructions to give to a friend from Los Angeles who was going to pick him up. The Border Patrol gave him a notice to appear in immigration court in August 2025 in Philadelphia — a city he hadn’t heard of.

The transit center parking lot was full of cars, giving migrants nowhere to stand, and there were no public bathrooms. A taxi driver offered a ride to San Diego International Airport for $100, double what ride-sharing apps were charging. Some migrants dispersed in the neighborhood when volunteers were unable to reach them with instructions to wait on the sidewalk.

San Diego County has given $6 million since October to SBCS, a nonprofit formerly known as South Bay Community Services, to provide phone-charging stations, food, travel advice and other services at a former elementary school. The group aimed to keep it open through March, but Thursday was its last day.


San Diego is one of many local governments that have struggled to help migrants without sacrificing key services, including New York, Chicago and Denver. Like other border cities, migrants tend to stay in San Diego less than a day before moving on, but large shelters operated by Jewish Family Service and Catholic Charities have been full for months, giving priority to families.

Nora Vargas, chair of the San Diego County board of supervisors, steadfastly supported the migrant welcome center but said the county had to pause spending as it assesses damages from catastrophic January flooding and addresses homelessness and lack of health care among its residents. “We have to be financially prudent about it,” she said.


SBCS, which has come under withering criticism from some migrant advocacy groups, told the county that its services cost $1.4 million a month, said spokesperson Margie Newman Tsay. The county asked that it aim for $1 million.

“It’s not that funds ran out early, it’s that the funds were stretched as far as they could go,” Newman Tsay said.

Aid groups have given critical support to new arrivals, eliciting criticism from some quarters. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton threatened this week to sue and shut down Annunciation House, a decades-old organization that shelters migrants in El Paso. Paxton said the group might be “facilitating illegal entry to the United States.”

Ruben Garcia, Annunciation House’s director, gathered supporters at a news conference Friday to denounce Paxton’s tactics. “It is a full warning to other entities that also do the work of hospitality that they can very well be next,” he said.


SBCS said it had served 81,000 migrants in San Diego since Oct. 11. A report to the county showed it spent $750,000 on personnel through Dec. 24 and $152,000 on operating expenses, including shelter, transportation and security.

“I could have done a lot more with $6 million,” said Erika Pinheiro, executive director of Al Otro Lado, a migrant aid group that is assisting with street releases.

Vargas, who wrote President Joe Biden last week seeking support, defended SBCS’s performance and noted its previous work sheltering unaccompanied child migrants at the San Diego Convention Center in 2019.

“Nobody is perfect, especially when you’re trying to fill a gap from the federal government,” said Vargas, echoing a common view among big-city mayors.


From October to January, the Border Patrol released more than 500,000 migrants with orders to appear in immigration court. Migrant aid groups are generally able to provide temporary shelter, but street releases are not unheard of. The San Diego transit center was also the scene of large-scale releases last year.

San Diego has emerged as one of the busiest corridors for illegal crossings, with an average of 800 arrests a day in January. Many are from West Africa and Asia, with a daily average of more than 100 from China in January.

The Border Patrol told migrant aid groups to expect 350 street releases on Friday, said Pedro Rios, director of American Friends Service Committee’s U.S.-Mexico border program. The Border Patrol had no immediate comment.
 
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Despite those numbers, New York Mayor Eric Adams has a plan to give some migrant families “$10,000 each with no ID check required,” reported Wendy Patterson via her X account, @wendyp4545, on Wednesday with a screengrab of Fox News.
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Another Pakistani airline crew member goes missing after landing at Pearson
Author of the article:Kevin Connor
Published Feb 26, 2024 • Last updated 2 days ago • < 1 minute read
Another Pakistan International Airlines flight attendant has vanished after landing at Pearson, Pakistan's ARY News reported on Monday.

Another Pakistan International Airlines flight attendant has vanished after landing at Pearson International Airport, Pakistan’s ARY News reported on Monday.

The latest case marks the fifth time a Pakistani flight crew member has disappeared after landing at the airport.


Maryam Raza, a PIA flight steward, was part of the flight crew travelling from Islamabad to Pearson.

“She vanished in Toronto when the flight landed at Toronto airport with a note in her room on uniform ‘Shukria PIA’ (Thank you, PIA),” ATY News wrote.

The PIA steward was scheduled to perform her duties on the PIA flight PK 784 from Pearson — located in Mississauga — to Karachi.
 

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Police take a suspect into custody after killing of nursing student at University of Georgia
Author of the article:Associated Press
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Jeff Amy, Sharon Johnson And Jeff Martin
Published Feb 23, 2024 • Last updated 5 days ago • 5 minute read

ATHENS, Ga. — A 26-year-old man was arrested Friday in the killing of a nursing student whose body was found on the University of Georgia campus, and police said he apparently did not know the victim, he acted alone and there was no further threat to the university community.


The suspect, identified as Athens resident Jose Antonio Ibarra, was taken into custody for the death of 22-year-old Laken Hope Riley, police said. The body of the Augusta University College of Nursing student was found near running trails Thursday, launching a highly visible police investigation that centered on an apartment complex just south of there.


Video from campus security and other technology led police to Ibarra, who lived in one of the apartments, University of Georgia Police Chief Jeff Clark said in a Friday evening news conference.

The evidence authorities have gathered in the case is robust, and they believe it was a “solo act” by Ibarra, according to Clark. He also said the investigation suggests that the suspect and victim had no relationship.


“This was a crime of opportunity where he saw an individual, and bad things happened,” Clark said.

Ibarra faces charges including malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, hindering a 911 call and concealing the death of another, according to Clark. Authorities were taking him to Athens-Clarke County Jail.

It wasn’t immediately known if Ibarra had an attorney who could speak on his behalf. Clark said Ibarra doesn’t have an extensive criminal history and is not a U.S. citizen, but he did not know Ibarra’s immigration status.

Riley’s body was discovered Thursday afternoon after a friend told police she had not returned from a morning run, authorities said. Officers immediately began a search and found her body in a forested area near Lake Herrick that includes trails popular with runners and walkers.


Emergency medical responders determined she died before officers found her. Clark said Friday that the cause of death was blunt force trauma, but he did not elaborate.

Riley studied at the University of Georgia through the spring of 2023 before transferring to Augusta University’s College of Nursing, according to a statement from the University of Georgia, which does not have a nursing program itself. She remained active in the sorority she joined at the University of Georgia.

Riley’s sister, Lauren Phillips, paid tribute to her Friday in an Instagram post, calling her “the best sister and my built in best friend from the very first second.”

“This isn’t fair and I will never understand it but I know you are in heaven with the man you loved most right now,” Phillips wrote. “I’m not sure how I’m going to do this but it’s all going to be for you from now on. I cannot wait to give you the biggest hug someday. I will miss and love you forever Laken.”


Riley graduated in 2020 from River Ridge High School in Woodstock, a suburb northwest of Atlanta, where she ran cross country.

“Our community and our world lost a shining light with the tragic passing of Laken,” Cherokee County schools Superintendent Brian Hightower said in a statement. “An outstanding scholar athlete, Laken inspired classmates and teachers with her love of learning and her kindness to all. We ask that the community please keep her family in their hearts.”

The area where Riley was found is near the campus’ intramural fields, and only a little farther from a large dormitory complex occupied mostly by first-year students. Officials had advised students to travel in groups and avoid the area.

Police set up a mobile command post at an apartment complex nearby, with more than a dozen officers present. At one point, officers searched a dumpster at a gas station across the street.


First-year business major Paige Soskel, who was having coffee Friday with a friend in downtown Athens, said she was stunned to think that Riley was killed during the day.

“It was kind of just surreal to think that we have friends in the sorority that she was in,” Soskel said. “And just to think that it’s somebody that people we know actually know is just scary _ that it could be anyone.”

She said she already tries to let others know where she is, including using an online tracking service. But now she’s considering further precautions, and her father sent her pepper spray.

Nate Stein, who graduated in December with a biomedical engineering degree, said he’s likely to be “on edge for a little bit.” His roommate is a frequent runner, and they often exercise in the area around the lake.


“I used to walk there every morning too, and I mean, it just feels like a very safe space,” Stein said. “It’s on campus so, like I said, it doesn’t really feel like it would ever be unsafe at all.”

The University of Georgia, which has 41,000 students, mostly in Athens, canceled classes Friday.

Augusta canceled classes at its Athens campus but said it would remain open as a gathering place for students, faculty and staff. However, the university’s campus in a strip mall appeared largely deserted in the afternoon, with an employee saying reporters were not being allowed inside.

Students at the University of Georgia were already shaken after a student was found dead in his dorm room Wednesday and an armed robbery took place in the center of campus the night of Feb. 16. University police said Thursday there was no reason to believe those incidents were connected to Riley’s death.


Murder is relatively rare in Athens with the city averaging six per year, about half Georgia’s statewide rate. But Athens-Clarke crime statistics show other types of crime with rates above the statewide average, including aggravated assault, burglary, rape and motor vehicle theft.

A similar killing in Tennessee in 2022 shocked people nationwide. Eliza Fletcher, 34, was abducted during a pre-dawn run near the University of Memphis, and her body was found days later. Cleotha Abston has pleaded not guilty to charges including first-degree murder and especially aggravated kidnapping.

A week later, thousands of people across the country “finished” Fletcher’s run in events honoring the mother of two and kindergarten teacher.
 

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Brother of suspect in nursing student’s killing had fake green card, feds say
Author of the article:Associated Press
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Published Feb 24, 2024 • 3 minute read
Ibarra was arrested on charges that included murder and kidnapping in the death of 22-year-old nursing student Laken Hope Riley in Athens, Ga.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The brother of the man charged with killing a Georgia nursing student has been accused of presenting a fake green card to police as they investigated the woman’s death, according to federal authorities.


The brothers, Jose and Diego Ibarra, are from Venezuela, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia said in a news release.


Jose Ibarra, 26, was taken into custody for the slaying of 22-year-old Laken Hope Riley on Friday, police said. University of Georgia Police Chief Jeff Clark said Jose Ibarra is not a U.S. citizen, but he did not know Ibarra’s immigration status.

Diego Ibarra, 29, was arrested the same day for allegedly presenting a forged U.S. permanent resident card to investigators, the local U.S. Attorney’s office said. Local police had approached Diego Ibarra, who lives in Athens, while he walked down the street because he matched the suspect’s description.

Diego Ibarra had encountered U.S. border agents in April of last year near El Paso, Texas, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. He was processed for expedited removal but claimed a “credible fear of return to Venezuela.” He was released with a pending claim for asylum.


At least 7.3 million people have fled Venezuela in the past decade during political, economic and humanitarian crises. Most settled in neighboring countries in Latin America, but many came to the United States in the past three years.

Since entering the U.S., Diego Ibarra has been arrested three times by Athens law enforcement, federal authorities said.

He was arrested in September for driving under the influence of alcohol and driving without a license, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. He was arrested in October for shoplifting and arrested in December for “failure to appear for a fingerprintable offense.”

Diego Ibarra is in state custody, federal officials said. It’s unclear if he has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.


Melissa Hodges, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, said in an email Saturday that she did not have any additional information on the immigration status of Jose Ibarra, who now faces charges that include murder and kidnapping.

Local police said Friday that Jose Ibarra, who lived in Athens, apparently did not know Riley and acted alone. Riley’s body was found near running trails Thursday, launching a highly visible police investigation that centered on an apartment complex just south of there.

Video from campus security and other technology led police to Jose Ibarra, who lived in one of the apartments, police said.

It wasn’t known if Ibarra had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

Riley’s body was discovered Thursday afternoon after a friend told police she had not returned from a morning run, authorities said. Officers immediately began a search and found her body in a forested area near Lake Herrick that includes trails popular with runners and walkers.


Emergency medical responders determined she died before officers found her. Clark, the university police chief, said Friday that the cause of death was blunt force trauma, but he did not elaborate.

Riley studied at the University of Georgia through the spring of 2023 before transferring to Augusta University’s College of Nursing, according to a statement from the University of Georgia, which does not have a nursing program itself. She remained active in the sorority she joined at the University of Georgia.



Riley’s sister, Lauren Phillips, paid tribute to her Friday in an Instagram post, calling her “the best sister and my built in best friend from the very first second.”

“This isn’t fair and I will never understand it but I know you are in heaven with the man you loved most right now,” Phillips wrote. “I’m not sure how I’m going to do this but it’s all going to be for you from now on. I cannot wait to give you the biggest hug someday. I will miss and love you forever Laken.”
 

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Is ultra-violent Venezuelan gang poised to unleash slaughter here?

Author of the article:Brad Hunter
Published Feb 26, 2024 • Last updated 3 days ago • 3 minute read

Former cop José Luis Sánchez Valera should have known better.


He fell for the classic honey trap — and got a one-way ticket to the morgue.


According to police, two young women lured the 43-year-old former Venezuelan cop to a room at La Quinta Inn Hotel and Suites in Miami with the promise of fun and frolic.

Sánchez’s body — hands and feet bound with tape — was found hours later inside his vehicle. His cause of death was listed as mechanical asphyxia and ruled a homicide.

Venezuelan immigrant Yurwin Salazar, 23, has been charged with the murder and detectives say he is a member of the Tren de Aragua — or Aragua Train.


Tren de Aragua are the new kid on the gang block and the name has been slowly seeping into police reports across the United States.

It’s expected the ruthless gangbangers will soon start slipping into Canada, whose porous border and lax rules are renowned.


“As of last year, we had been hearing reports that members of the gang had left Colombia, moving through the Darien Gap and walking all the way to the United States,” Venezuelan security expert Javier Ignacio Mayorca told The Miami Herald.

“There wasn’t much factual evidence accompanying the claim that they were already inside the United States. This case, unless proven otherwise, would be the first confirmation that this is true.”


Tren de Aragua formed about 10 years ago in economically ravaged Venezuela’s Tocoron prison. There are about 2,500 members, authorities said, with many slipping over the borders to enter Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia and Costa Rica.

It was founded by an arch-killer named Hector Guerrero, alias “Niño Guerrero,” who is now wanted by Venezuela and other Latin American nations.


Guerrero made headlines in September when 11,000 cops raided the prison and were shocked to discover a zoo, nightclub, swimming pools and a playground.

Guerrero, on the other hand, was nowhere to be found. He is now believed to be hiding in the U.S.

According to reports, the hyper-violent gang is an umbrella organization with members engaged in kidnapping, drug trafficking, extortion, prostitution and murder for hire.

One police report described the gang thus: “They use excessive violence to demonstrate their power. The murder of whoever betrays or does not obey orders sets an example to others.”

And now, they’re in the U.S. Next up Canada?


Valera may have been the first victim iced by the gang in the States. He will not be the last.


“A lot of these criminals have taken advantage of Venezuela’s most vulnerable people who have fled the country in the wake of economic and social chaos,” former Border Patrol agent Ammon Blair told Fox News.

“The same thing that is happening in South America is now going to start happening here in the United States in the Venezuelan migrant communities.”

Border officials have been instructed to watch for the gang’s train-symbol tattoos but some gangbangers have stopped getting the inkings because it derails their movement.

Already, Tren de Aragua is deeply feared in Colombia, Peru and Chile with torture, rape and murder being its tools of choice.

Wholesale slaughter targeting pimps and prostitutes have flooded the barrios with blood as the gang muscles in to gain control of the sex trade.

Expect a variation on that tune soon in Canada. Nothing we’ve seen indicates otherwise.

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Majority of voters support building wall along U.S.-Mexico border: Poll
Author of the article:Bloomberg News
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Christian Hall
Published Feb 26, 2024 • 1 minute read
The US Border Patrol will be forced to make operational cuts if lawmakers don't authorize funding to address the border crisis, the agency's chief has warned.
The US Border Patrol will be forced to make operational cuts if lawmakers don't authorize funding to address the border crisis, the agency's chief has warned.
A majority of Americans support building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border for the first time since Donald Trump popularized the idea during his 2016 presidential bid, according to a Monmouth University poll.


The 53% of Americans who now approve of a border wall is a significant increase from the highest level, 44%, of support it received during the years Trump was in the White House, according to the poll, released Monday.


The newly registered support for the border wall comes as both President Joe Biden and Trump are set to make separate trips to the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas on Thursday.

The poll found that concern about illegal immigration is growing, with 61% citing it as a serious problem. Some 91% of Republicans said it is a serious problem, up from 66% in 2015, according to the poll. Democrats were also more likely to cite it as a major issue: 41% now compared to 33% nine years ago.

“Illegal immigration has taken center stage as a defining issue this presidential election year. Other Monmouth polling found this to be Biden’s weakest policy area, including among his fellow Democrats,” Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a statement.

The Monmouth University poll of 902 US adults was conducted by phone Feb. 8-12. It has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.1%.
 

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Court documents shed new details in killing of nursing student at University of Georgia
Author of the article:Associated Press
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Jeff Martin
Published Feb 27, 2024 • 2 minute read
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ATLANTA (AP) — The suspect in the killing of a nursing student on the University of Georgia campus used an object as a weapon in the crime and he’s also accused of “disfiguring her skull,” according to newly filed arrest affidavits.


Jose Ibarra, who faces multiple murder and assault charges, is also accused of dragging 22-year-old Laken Riley to a secluded area on Thursday, according to one of the affidavits obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. The allegation that he dragged Riley’s body was filed to support the charge of concealing the death of another person.


Authorities have not said exactly how Riley was killed, only that her death was caused by blunt force trauma. Further details about the type of object used, or exactly how she was killed, are not included in the affidavits for arrest.

The affidavits, filed in Athens-Clarke County Superior Court, state that the crimes were committed between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thursday.

Ibarra, 26, is a Venezuelan citizen who immigration authorities say unlawfully crossed into the United States in 2022.


Riley was a nursing studen t at Augusta University’s Athens campus, after starting her college career at the much larger Athens campus of the University of Georgia. She was found dead Thursday after a roommate reported she didn’t return from a morning run in a wooded area of the University of Georgia campus near its intramural fields.

Hundreds of students and faculty members gathered Monday afternoon for a vigil for Riley organized by her sorority sisters at the University of Georgia campus. Many people cried and members of Alpha Chi Omega held carnations, a symbol of the sorority.

“Laken showed devotion with every aspect of her life,” said Chloe Mullis, president of the University of Georgia chapter of Alpha Chi Omega. “Doing things halfway just wasn’t an option. We lost one of the brightest lights that has ever been.”


Republicans including former President Donald Trump and Gov. Brian Kemp have used the killing to attack the immigration policies of President Joe Biden.

U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement says Ibarra was detained by the Border Patrol on Sept. 8, 2022, after entering from Mexico near El Paso, Texas. He was released for further processing, according to ICE. It’s unclear if Ibarra applied for asylum.

According to ICE, Ibarra was arrested by New York police on Aug. 31 and charged with acting in a manner to injure a child less than 17 and a motor vehicle license violation. Ibarra was released before ICE could ask New York officials to hold him until immigration authorities could take him into custody, ICE said. New York officials said Sunday they had no record of the arrest.

The White House expressed condolences to Riley’s family and referred questions about the case to ICE and local law enforcement.
 

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Migrant accused of killing Laken Riley watched running path ‘all day long’
The University of Georgia nursing student was killed while she was out for a jog on campus

Author of the article:Denette Wilford
Published Feb 29, 2024 • Last updated 5 days ago • 2 minute read
Laken Riley, allegedly killed by migrant while out for a run on University of Georgia campus on Feb. 22, 2024.
Laken Riley, who was allegedly killed by a migrant while out for a run on the University of Georgia campus on Feb. 22, 2024.
A Venezuelan migrant accused of killing a Georgia nursing student reportedly watched her running path “all day long” and was “caught on camera dumping bloody clothes in trash.”


Laken Riley, 22, was found dead on the University of Georgia campus after disappearing while on a jog on Feb. 22.


The following day, Jose Antonio Ibarra, 26, was arrested at his apartment complex near the trail Riley would regularly run — and where her body was discovered.

Residents of the complex claim their security cameras captured Ibarra, who lived in the building with a handful of other migrants, disposing of evidence in the building’s dumpster, which they quickly found and turned over to police.

“He took all of the evidence,” one neighbour alleged to NewsNation’s Alex Caprariello. “He’s on camera with his bloody clothes in a bag.”

The woman added that she has seen Riley cut through the complex before to get to the running path and claimed Ibarra had likely seen the student prior to her murder because he would sit outside all day long.

“He was out here all hours of the night and day,” she claimed.



The 26-year-old has been charged in Riley’s killing with felony murder, false imprisonment, kidnapping and concealing the death of another.

Ibarra is accused of using an unknown object as a weapon to kill the Augusta University student after he allegedly snatched her.


Police said Riley died from “blunt force trauma” after being beaten and that she suffered a “disfigured skull” before she was dragged to a secluded area to hide the death.

Five months before Riley’s slaying, Ibarra was arrested in New York City and charged with “acting in a manner to injure a child less than 17 and a motor vehicle license violation,” according to ICE.



The NYPD released him before ICE could ask state officials to hold him until immigration authorities could take him into custody, the agency said.

Ibarra is believed to have crossed into El Paso, Texas, in September 2022 but was released from a detention centre due to a lack of space.
 

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Kick out alleged Chilean bandits accused of wild crime spree

Author of the article:Joe Warmington
Published Mar 04, 2024 • Last updated 1 day ago • 3 minute read
They are not Canadian citizens. They came here for from Chile recently as visitors. Send them packing.

These were allegedly the ultimate unwanted house crashers from abroad.


Accused by Durham Regional Police of trying to rob an ATM and later smashing through two backyards and into a house while trying to flee, two Chilean visitors to Canada, Alejandro Diaz and Omar Burgos Burgos, are considered innocent until proven guilty.


But one has to ask: Why wait to find out?

Why wait for an expensive, time-consuming and lengthy trial to determine if they will be found guilty or not guilty in what police alleged was Sunday night’s wild crime spree.

Just return them home now and save time and money.

Not every tourist who comes to Canada is putting money into the economy. Certainly, as the FBI warned Canada in 2019, “crime tourists” cost taxpayers more than they ever contribute.

The charges against Diaz, 28, and Burgos Burgos, 39, have not been tested in court. Diaz is charged with breaking and entering and participating in a criminal organization, while Burgos Burgos faces charges of fleeing from a peace officer, breaking and entering and participating in a criminal organization.


Meanwhile, an Ajax family was certainly not expecting visitors from Chile to allegedly drop in on them unannounced. In fact, they thought a bomb had hit their home when a car smashed into the side of their dwelling.

“The residence is still being assessed for structural integrity as the damage from the collision was significant,” said police.

And that was just the beginning of the alleged mayhem, which police say stemmed from the attempted robbery of an ATM.

Those trying to spin these alleged suspects were just poverty-stricken souls down on their luck may not garner them a lot of sympathy. These two accused are barely off the plane.

“Both males recently arrived in Canada from Chile,” said police.

They haven’t had time to cry, poor. Strangely, in some ways, they very well may have hit the jackpot.


In previous alleged criminal tourism operations, people come from another country, commit crimes here and hang around as long as possible.

They know that Canada has lax laws,” an FBI agent told Toronto media when Halton Regional Police said they broke up an alleged Chilean crime ring that was ravaging cities and towns.

In 2018, as reported by The Toronto Sun, Halton Police arrested 14 Chilean nationals, alleging they were behind hundreds of break-ins, resulting in the theft of $2.5-million worth of cash, jewelry and electronics.

This mass bust was helpful but did not stop future crimes from occurring. Now, Durham Regional Police are still investigating the crime spree and are hoping the public will offer tips about any accomplices that might be associated with the two accused.


To recap, police say, this all started late Sunday night with alleged attempts to break into the ATM at the Scotiabank on Westney Rd. in Ajax.

“Bank security contacted police when they observed multiple males with various tools attempting to break into the ATM,” alleged police. “Officers arrived at the bank and located a suspicious vehicle. Police attempted to block the vehicle, but it fled the area and a short pursuit was initiated.”

It got worse.

“In an attempt to flee, the suspect vehicle drove through two backyards and collided with a nearby residence.”

The alleged driver was arrested and taken to hospital with minor injuries. There were no injuries to anyone in the home. But it sure was close.

Police said they have been in touch with the Canada Border Services Agency (CSBA) about the two who are in Canada with no status that would allow them to remain. Time will tell if anything will be done to kick them out.

They don’t need to be deported because they have no standing here. Return them to Chile, since they have no rights or status here. And do it on the next available flight.

Even putting them in first-class seating would be cheaper for the taxpayer than the cost of allowing them to hang around for their day in court, upcoming dental and medical appointments, and lodging while awaiting trial in the years ahead.

They are not Canadian citizens. They came here for from Chile recently as visitors.

Send them packing.
 

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Half of Canadians think immigration is too high: Poll
The poll was conducted between Feb. 23-26

Author of the article:Jane Stevenson
Published Mar 13, 2024 • Last updated 5 days ago • 1 minute read

Half of Canadians believe there are too many immigrants coming into Canada, according to a new Leger poll.


The survey found 39% of those who think there are too many immigrants believe they are worsening the housing situation, while another 21% believe immigrants are “draining the system.”


Of those who think there is too much immigrantion, 18% fear they are taking jobs from Canadians, 10% think Canadians will become “a minority” in their own country, 8% say immigrants don’t share the same Canadian values and 4% believe criminals are being imported.

The poll was conducted Feb. 23-26 for the Association for Canadian Studies and the Metropolis Institute, which is holding an immigration conference in Montreal this week. Canada’s Liberal government announced it would limit immigrants to 500,000 annually, starting in 2026.

Conversely, among the 7% who believe Canada needs more immigration, about 37% say it’s to fill job vacancies and another 27% say it’s to prevent population decline.

The poll found 57% of Canadians making less than $40,000 annually believe immigration is too high, compared to 46% of those who make more than $100,000.

A poll with a probability sample of this size — 1,590 Canadians were surveyed — has a margin of error of 2.5%, 19 times out of 20.
 

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Half of Canadians think immigration is too high: Poll
The poll was conducted between Feb. 23-26

Author of the article:Jane Stevenson
Published Mar 13, 2024 • Last updated 5 days ago • 1 minute read

Half of Canadians believe there are too many immigrants coming into Canada, according to a new Leger poll.


The survey found 39% of those who think there are too many immigrants believe they are worsening the housing situation, while another 21% believe immigrants are “draining the system.”


Of those who think there is too much immigrantion, 18% fear they are taking jobs from Canadians, 10% think Canadians will become “a minority” in their own country, 8% say immigrants don’t share the same Canadian values and 4% believe criminals are being imported.

The poll was conducted Feb. 23-26 for the Association for Canadian Studies and the Metropolis Institute, which is holding an immigration conference in Montreal this week. Canada’s Liberal government announced it would limit immigrants to 500,000 annually, starting in 2026.

Conversely, among the 7% who believe Canada needs more immigration, about 37% say it’s to fill job vacancies and another 27% say it’s to prevent population decline.

The poll found 57% of Canadians making less than $40,000 annually believe immigration is too high, compared to 46% of those who make more than $100,000.

A poll with a probability sample of this size — 1,590 Canadians were surveyed — has a margin of error of 2.5%, 19 times out of 20.
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