Teens allegedly sex trafficked through San Bernardino County massage parlor
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by Vivian Chow
7M ago
Three suspects were charged with allegedly running a sex trafficking ring involving teen girls out of a San Bernardino County massage parlor. The trio are accused of trafficking teen girls to “engage in commercial sexual activities” at Ace Care Massage Parlor in Redlands, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The suspects were identified as: -Ji Ryang Chae, 54, a.k.a. “Chae Yu” and “BB” - The parlor’s manager and a resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado -Jasmine Dakota Beverly, 24, a.k.a. “Bbybegirl” - The manager-in-training at Ace Care. Currently lives in Costa Mesa -Earnest Akindele Team ..read more
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Biden admin moves to change Trump-era rule on green cards for those who get government aid
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by Associated Press
2y ago
The Biden administration on Thursday proposed reversing a rule that denies green cards to applicants who receive certain government benefits, one of former President Donald Trump's signature moves to limit legal immigration. The administration stopped applying the more expansive Trump-era limits in March, making the announcement more of a formality to insulate it from legal challenges. Its publication in the Federal Register in the coming days will trigger a 60-day period for public comment, followed by a final version. While the proposal has no immediate impact, it is an important s ..read more
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Homeland Security employee arrested on allegations he molested 3 girls: OCDA
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by Cameron Kiszla
2y ago
A man who works for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was arrested by the Irvine Police Department on Wednesday for allegedly molesting three young girls beginning in 2011. Irvine resident Terry Edward Keegan, 59, faces three felony charges for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14, a felony count of the continuous sexual abuse of a child, a misdemeanor charge of annoying or molesting a child under 18 and a misdemeanor charge of touching an intimate part of another person, according to a release from the Orange County District Attorney's office. Authorities allege th ..read more
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection authorized to clean up wall construction sites, close gaps
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by Associated Press
2y ago
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has been authorized to start cleaning up construction sites and close small gaps in the southern border wall nearly a year after President Joe Biden took office and ordered building to stop. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement this week that wall building projects begun by the Defense Department within the Border Patrol's sectors in California, Arizona and parts of Texas will be turned over to his agency so any safety and environmental concerns can be addressed. Work will include installing drainage systems to prevent flooding ..read more
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Biden administration rolls out plan to combat gun suicides in U.S.
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by Associated Press
2y ago
The Biden administration is rolling out a new initiative aimed at reducing suicides by gun and combating the significant increases in suicides by members of the military and veterans. The White House is announcing the new plan on Tuesday, which officials say is an unprecedented focus by the federal government on reducing the risk of suicide through awareness and training campaigns and new regulations to increase the availability of gun storage products. The plan calls for federal agencies, including the Defense Department, Homeland Security, the Justice Department, Health and Human Services, V ..read more
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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tests positive for coronavirus
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by Associated Press
2y ago
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tested positive Tuesday for COVID-19 and is isolating at home, the agency said. The secretary has been fully vaccinated and is experiencing only “mild congestion,” DHS said in a statement. The agency said he will work from home under the protocols recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention. DHS said contract tracing is being done to check for possible exposure among others. Mayorkas was with President Joe Biden Saturday at the annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the Capitol, standing on the podium between first lady ..read more
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Panga boat discovered on Ventura County's Birthday Beach; 22 apprehended
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by Tony Kurzweil, additional reporting by Nancy Fontan
2y ago
A 30-foot panga boat was discovered as it arrived on Birthday Beach in Ventura County early Monday morning. The vessel was reported to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office about 12:42 a.m. after it was initially seen floating near the coast, Capt. Hendren said. Arriving deputies found the abandoned boat and 25 life vests on the sand close to the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Deer Creek Road, Hendren said. Authorities detained 22 people, including 13 men and nine women, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson later said. All of the men and eight of the women were from Mexic ..read more
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Biden administration unveils new plan to shield young immigrants from deportation
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by Associated Press
2y ago
The Biden administration on Monday renewed efforts to shield hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to the United States as young children from deportation, the latest maneuver in a long-running drama over the policy's legality. The proposed regulation attempts to satisfy concerns of a federal judge in Houston who ruled in July that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was illegal. It takes on heightened importance as prospects for legislation have dimmed. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, an appointee of President George W. Bush, said the Obama administration ove ..read more
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States struggle to hire cybersecurity experts
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by Associated Press
2y ago
Austin Moody wanted to apply his cybersecurity skills in his home state of Michigan, teaming up with investigators for the State Police to analyze evidence and track down criminals. But the recent graduate set the idea aside after learning an unpaid internship was his only way into the Michigan agency. “I don’t know many people that can afford to take an unpaid internship, especially when it’s in such high demand in the private sector,” Moody said of fellow cybersecurity job seekers. “Unpaid internships in cyber aren’t really a thing beyond the public sector.” Hiring and keeping staff capable ..read more
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Social media platforms like WhatsApp helped lead Haitian migrants to Texas
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by Associated Press
2y ago
For the final leg of his journey from Chile to the United States, Haitian migrant Fabricio Jean followed detailed instructions sent to him via WhatsApp from his brother in New Jersey who had recently taken the route to the Texas border. His brother wired him money for the trip, then meticulously mapped it out, warning him of areas heavy with Mexican immigration officials. “You will need about 20,000 pesos (about $1,000 U.S. dollars) for the buses. You need to take this bus to this location and then take another bus,” recounted Jean, who spoke to The Associated Press after reaching the border t ..read more
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