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FridaySeptember 16, 2011

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JUST IN:  75 Injured When Plane Crashes at Nevada Air Show, Multiple Casulaties Expected (VIDEO)

JUST IN:  75 Injured When Plane Crashes at Nevada Air Show, Multiple Casulaties Expected  (VIDEO)

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A plane has crashed into or in front of the grandstand at the National Championship Air Races and Air Show in Reno, Nevada resulting in at least 75 injured and ‘likely fatalities’.  A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reporting multiple casualties and critical injuries to others.  Approximately 40 people have been taken to local hospitals and the critically injured are being treated at the scene. 

The Associated Press is reporting the pilot of the P-51 Mustang plane is Jimmy Leeward who is assumed to be one of the fatalities.  The crash occurred around 4:30 p.m. MST.  The P-51 is a World War II era fighter plane.

The National Championship Air Races draws thousands of fans in September every year who observe different military and civilian planes do maneuvers. 

 


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9th Circuit Court of Appeals Issues Ruling in Favor of Day Laborer Rights

9th Circuit Court of Appeals Issues Ruling in Favor of Day Laborer Rights

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Today, in a precedent-setting 9-2 decision in favor of day laborers, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s decision in Comité de Jornaleros de Redondo Beach v. City of Redondo Beach, striking down the City of Redondo Beach’s anti-solicitation ordinance as a “facially unconstitutional restriction on speech.” Citing “well-established principles of First Amendment law,” the en banc Ninth Circuit concluded that the city’s “Ordinance fails to satisfy the narrow tailoring element of the Supreme Court’s time, place and manner test.”

The decision holds restrictions on day laborer speech unconstitutional. 

Today’s decision sets a strong precedent on day laborer rights and stands as one in a line of successful cases brought by MALDEF on behalf of the rights of day laborers in the Ninth Circuit over the last dozen years. MALDEF represents the plaintiffs, Comite de Jornaleros de Redondo Beach and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), in the case.

Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF President and General Counsel, argued the case before the 11-judge en banc panel on March 21, 2011. Today’s ruling comes as an en-banc decision – a previously ruled-upon case reheard by the panel of 11 circuit court judges – after MALDEF and co-counsel the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area successfully challenged the earlier 2-1 panel decision that upheld the ordinance.

Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), stated, “Today’s decision is an outcome of a struggle in the courts and in the streets that began in the early 90’s. The ordinances were intended to render day laborers invisible; but the struggle against these ordinances has made day laborers more visible, more powerful. For the past two decades, the ordinances have stigmatized day laborers as criminals - now they are civil rights leaders. So this victory is not just for them; it is for every American – a victory achieved by humble people for everyone.”

Lateefah Simon, Lawyers’ Committee Executive Director, stated, “This ruling should serve as a warning to other cities that seek to harass or arrest day laborers who are just trying to provide for their families.”

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Undocumented Students Turning to the Internet for Financial Help for School

Undocumented Students Turning to the Internet for Financial Help for School

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For undocumented students, it can be a struggle to pay for higher education since they are prevented from receiving federal financial aid and some states force them to pay out-of-state tuition which can be double in-state rates.

However, some students have turned to the internet for a solution, and found success in raising money for their education.

Sites like gofundme.com allow people to set up fundraisers for themselves, organizations, or causes, and that’s exactly what students are doing.

Some even go so far to blog about their lives and their daily experiences, while they hope DREAM Act legislation will pass soon, and give them the opportunity to continue their education in the U.S., the only country many of them know.

But sites like these are not without risk. By publicly announcing that they are undocumented, these students increase the risk of being detained and deported. Still, students feel say it is worth it.

Carmen Cornejo, executive director of Cadena, a group in Phoenix, AZ that advocates for passage of the DREAM Act, says this form of fundraising is “a sad reality of students having to find funding when they are so qualified, but at the same time, it’s a good sign that these students are so determined and committed to education that they are finding venues to create their own opportunities.”

Currently, at least four states have passed laws that block undocumented students from paying in-state tuition rates, while 10 have passed laws allowing undocumented students from their states to continue their education while paying in-state tuition.

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Denzel Washington to Star in “El Secreto de sus Ojos” Remake

Denzel Washington to Star in “El Secreto de sus Ojos” Remake

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American actor Denzel Washington has reportedly received an offer from director Billy Ray to star in the remake of the Argentine Oscar winner.

“El Secreto de sus Ojos,” originally from director Juan José Campanella tells the story of a lawyer that re-opens a case from his youth, when he was an amateur attorney, madly in love with his boss.

The film garnered an Academy Award in 2010 for Best Foreign Film.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Teenaged Girl in Puerto Rico Stabs 37 Classmates With Needle

LATINO BLOTTER: Teenaged Girl in Puerto Rico Stabs 37 Classmates With Needle

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A 14-year-old girl is being questioned by police and social workers to figure out why she ran through a playground stabbing other children at José de Choudens middle school.

Education Secretary Jesús Rivera Sánchez said that Tuesday, the girl ran from one kid to the next, stabbing and running, “like it was some sort of a joke.”

The frightened parents of the victims – aged 12 to 14 – were told to meet at a convention center to have their children tested for HIV and hepatitis C. As of Thursday, the Health Department was not sure if the syringe contained anything or it was contaminated in any way.

The needle-wielding girl has been suspended from school, but officials are still trying to determine why she did it.

Spokesperson for the Justice Department Fidel Rodriguez said the girl first told investigators that she found the syringe, but later admitted to stealing an unused needle from a hospital where she was visiting a relative. She said she originally snatched it to pierce her ears.

In total, she is said to have stabbed 37 children on the playground during a lunch break.

Read more at Associated Press (Washington Post) →

Don’t Miss Tonight’s 2011 ALMA Awards

Don’t Miss Tonight’s 2011 ALMA Awards

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Join hosts George Lopez and Eva Longoria for an unforgettable fiesta in celebration of the nation’s leading Latinos.

“Alma” in Spanish means “soul” – and that’s exactly what the 2011 NCLA ALMA Awards are all about. Hosted by a dynamic duo, the one-of-a-kind tribute to pioneering Latinos in television, film and music kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month. While the awards show took place last week at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, the show airs tonight at 8 P.M. EDT on NBC.

Below, the list of nominees:

Favorite Movie Actor
Antonio Banderas-You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger
Demian Bichir-A Better Life
Bobby Cannavale-Win Win
Michael Peña-Battle: Los Angeles
Danny Trejo-Machete
Favorite Movie Actress-Drama/Adventure
Jessica Alba-Machete
Penelope Cruz-Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Rosario Dawson-Unstoppable
Michelle Rodriguez-Battle: Los Angeles
Zoe Saldana-Takers
Favorite Movie Actress-Comedy/Musical
Christina Aguilera-Burlesque
Cameron Diaz-Bad Teacher
Selena Gomez-Monte Carlo
Eva Mendes-The Other Guys
Alexa Vega-From Prada to Nada
Favorite TV Series
CSI: Miami (CBS)
Desperate Housewives (ABC)
Modern Family (ABC)
Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney Channel)
Favorite TV Reality, Variety, or Comedy Personality or Act
Christina Aguilera-The Voice (NBC)
George Lopez-Lopez Tonight (TBS)
Jennifer Lopez-American Idol (FOX)
Mario Lopez-Mario Lopez: Saved By the Baby (VH1)
Cesar Millan-Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan (National Geographic Channel)
Favorite TV Actor-Leading Role
Ricardo Chavira-Desperate Housewives (ABC)
Ian Gomez-Cougar Town (ABC)
Joshua Gomez-Chuck (NBC)
James Roday-Psych (USA Network)
Adam Rodriguez-CSI: Miami (CBS)
Favorite TV Actor-Supporting Role
Oscar Nuñez-The Office (NBC)
Rico Rodriguez-Modern Family (ABC)
Michael Trevino-The Vampire Diaries (CW)
Tristan Wilds-90210 (CW)
David Zayas-Dexter (Showtime)
Favorite TV Actress-Leading Role in a Drama
Cote de Pablo-NCIS (CBS)
Eva La Rue-CSI: Miami (CBS)
Francia Raisa-The Secret Life of the American Teenager (ABC Family)
Sara Ramirez-Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
Sarah Shahi-Fairly Legal (USA Network)
Favorite TV Actress-Leading Role in a Comedy
Selena Gomez-Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney Channel)
Victoria Justice-Victorious (Nickelodeon)
Demi Lovato-Sonny With a Chance (Disney Channel)
Naya Rivera-Glee (FOX)
Sofía Vergara-Modern Family (ABC)
Favorite TV Actress-Supporting Role
Maria Canals-Barrera-Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney Channel)
Constance Marie-Switched at Birth (ABC Family)
Aubrey Plaza-Parks and Recreation (NBC)
Sarah Ramos-Parenthood (NBC)
Lauren Velez-Dexter (Showtime)
Favorite Male Music Artist
Taio Cruz
Enrique Iglesias
Bruno Mars
Ricky Martin
Pitbull
Favorite Female Music Artist
Christina Aguilera
Selena Gomez
Jennifer Lopez
Naya Rivera
Shakira

Target couldn’t wait to applaud the enriching contributions that Latinos make to American culture and to celebrate Hispanic heritage.  Even Bullseye was on the carpet to cheer on his celeb friends!

Don’t miss Demi Lovato’s fantastic performance tonight; in the meantime, check out your favorite Latino stars posing next to Bullseye, for a photo set courtesy of http://abullseyeview.com/ Click to enlarge!

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Has Ronaldo’s Head Gotten Too Big? Partake of Our Humor

Has Ronaldo’s Head Gotten Too Big? Partake of Our Humor

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The Real Madrid star was loudly booed by Dynamo Zagreb Fans on Wednesday. His theory? “I think I am whistled at because I am handsome, rich and a great player and people are jealous of me.”

Spain’s ‘meringue’ team Real Madrid won their debut at the current Champions League 1-0 against Dinamo Zagreb which is the more likely reason Ronaldo was booed.

Often, loudly and spitefully, the stadium’s audience booed and whistled Cristiano Ronaldo, whether he had the ball, or not.

At the end of the game, and when questioned about all the verbal brouhaha he got through the 90 minutes of game play,  Ronaldo shrugged it all off with alot of bravado.

Is the meringue #10’s head gotten way too big? 

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EXTREME TRAFFICKING Brazilian Police Capture Irish Man who Swallowed $200K Worth of Cocaine

EXTREME TRAFFICKING Brazilian Police Capture Irish Man who Swallowed $200K Worth of Cocaine

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Authorities in Congonhas airport in Sao Paulo, arrested an Irish national with 72 bags of cocaine worth $200,000 inside his belly!  How did they know this?  They X-rayed him and saw it all.

The 20 year-old’s erratic behavior made police suspicious and he was detained before boarding a plane to Lisbon, with Brussels as the final destination. The unpleasant details on how the 72 bags of cocaine exited the man’s body were not released. 

The unnamed Irish suspect was arrested and faces up to 15 years of jail time. Check out the photos released by Brazilian authorities.

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Fans In All Walks of Life: Nude Sophia Vergara Photo Found During Cartel Investigation

Fans In All Walks of Life: Nude Sophia Vergara Photo Found During Cartel Investigation

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Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara has a lot of fans, and a recent drug cartel investigation revealed a few more.

Back in February, the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration seized watches, diamond jewelry, vehicles, firearms, along with Scarface memorabilia and a signed nude photograph of Ms. Vergara. The items were gathered from a number of seizers done at homes and used-car lots in the El Paso, Texas area.

Today, the family of defendant Alejandro Melendez is asking for some of the items back, saying that they were purchased before any of the alleged criminal activity.

Melendez has been allegedly linked to the Sinaloa drug cartel, which is one of Mexico’s largest and most dangerous drug traffickers. Melendez denies any association and has plead not guilty to drug conspiracy charges.

According to tax records, a used-car lot is in Melendez’s name and all the vehicles were removed. Also on the list of seized items were rings belonging to his wife that she says are hers that she had for years.

Jessica Daniela Melendez asked for the rings back saying they were hers “for over 12 years and [were] bought and paid for before the defendant’s illegal conduct.”

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Cyber Bandits Attack Mexican Government Sites, Closing Down Defense Websites

Cyber Bandits Attack Mexican Government Sites, Closing Down Defense Websites

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At least two hacking groups –Anonymous and X-ploit- were responsible for shutting down Mexico’s Public Security and Defense websites.

In the Twitter account of “OpIndependencia,” Anonymous said the website of Felipe Calderón was their next target. The hacking groups also threatened to take down the websites of Mexico’s Health Ministry, National Water Commission and National Statistics Institute site.

The hackers said they were monitoring the online activities of senators and other government officials who they say visit xxx rated websites; they threatened to publish bank accounts, cell phone transcripts and e-mail addresses of corrupt government officials.

These attacks come as news emerge that these hackers groups are testing a new weapon: #RefRef.

Intended to replace distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, which generally use ‘botnets’ to flood the target’s servers with requests, #RefRef executes a DDoS backwards. Instead of ordering the evil internet spirits to request the target server, #RefRef initiates a flood of processes on the target server itself.

“We don’t need bombs, bullets, rocks or guns, we only need hashtags and our voices at the top of our lungs,” wrote Anonymous on Twitter.

 

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President Adds El Salvador to Official List of Major Drug Producing Countries, Mexico Tops the List

President Adds  El Salvador to Official List of Major Drug Producing Countries, Mexico Tops the List

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Under the Foreign Relations Authorization Act (FRAA), the President is required each year to notify Congress of those countries he determines to be major illicit drug-producing countries or major drug-transit countries that “significantly affect the United States.” A country’s presence on the list does not necessarily reflect its counternarcotics efforts or its level of cooperation on illegal drug control with the United States. The designation can reflect a combination of geographic, commercial, and economic factors that allow drugs to be produced and/or trafficked through a country.

When a country on the list does not fulfill its obligations under international counternarcotics agreements and conventions, the President determines that the country has “failed demonstrably” to meet its counterdrug obligations. Such a designation can lead to sanctions. However, the President may also execute a waiver when he determines there is a vital national interest in continuing U.S. assistance. Even without such a waiver, humanitarian assistance and counternarcotics assistance may continue.

This year the President has identified 22 countries as major drug-producing or drug-transit countries: Afghanistan, the Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Burma, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela. Belize and El Salvador are new to the list this year.

Of these 22, the President has determined that three countries, Bolivia, Burma, and Venezuela, “failed demonstrably” during the last 12 months to make sufficient or meaningful efforts to adhere to the obligations they have undertaken under international counternarcotics agreements. In the cases of Bolivia and Venezuela, the President has waived possible sanctions under U.S. law, so that the United States may continue to support specific programs to benefit the Bolivian and Venezuelan people.

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Pre-Columbian Artifact Looted from Grave Returned to Belize

Pre-Columbian Artifact Looted from Grave Returned to Belize

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Nearly 75 attendees gathered at the Embassy of Belize this past weekend to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the country’s independence from England. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) added to the celebration by returning a piece of history – a pre-Columbian feasting bowl, common to northern Belize – to the Belizean government.

The z-angle pre-Columbian feasting bowl was created by Mayan Indians. It is nearly 1800 years old, dating back to 200 to 600 AD and was likely looted from a grave.

ICE HSI special agents working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recovered the bowl after conducting a search warrant on a residence in Santa Fe, N.M. This is the second time, in recent years, that ICE has returned seized cultural property to the people of Belize. In July 2006, ICE returned a collection of 39 Mayan artifacts to the Government of Belize.

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¡Felicidades! Mexico on Your 201th Year of Independence (EL Grito VIDEO Here)

¡Felicidades! Mexico on Your 201th Year of Independence (EL Grito VIDEO Here)

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Today, all of Mexico is celebrating and rejoicing its 201-year old independence from Spain.  The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, destroyed the Azteca empire while enslaving native populations and decimated indigenous tribes as they were being converted to Catholicism.  The fight for independence started in 1810 and lasted for 21 years as Mexican’s fought Spain led by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla and many other heroes of the revolution.

Mexico today is the 14th largest independent nation in the world with approximately 115 million citizens.  Recognized as much for its culture as its flora and fauna and its emerging economy.  It ranks 11th in the world for its purchasing power and is the tenth most visited country in the world with 21 million coming annually to enjoy Mexico.  As it struggles with its democratic processes and the deadly drug cartel wars it continues to move forward with change and democratically crafted solutions while keeping an eye on its role as an international world power. 

The Grito (cry for independence) sounded at midnight in Mexico City and in many other world cities with large Hispanic populations that were preceded by parades, fireworks and festivals. 

President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent their congratulations to Mexico and all its people:

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Mexico on the 201st anniversary of your independence this September 16. We join you in celebrating Mexico’s rich history and culture and to honor the many accomplishments of the Mexican people.

Mexico and the United States share nearly 2,000 miles of border, conduct more than one billion dollars in two way trade every day, and enjoy ties of culture and family that reach deep into the hearts of both our people. We are linked by shared histories, values, and opportunities. These ties of friendship guide us as we work toward common goals and interests, from improving regional security to promoting greater prosperity for all our people. Neither country can address these challenges alone, but together we can find solutions to common problems for the benefit of our hemisphere and the world.

As you gather with family, friends, and loved ones to hear the Grito de Dolores and the bells of independence ringing out in plazas from Baja California to Quintana Roo, know that the United States stands with you as a friend and partner. ¡Viva México! and best wishes for a year of peace and prosperity.


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Cameron Díaz, Bumped Down to #2 ‘Most Dangerous Celebrity’

Cameron Díaz, Bumped Down to #2 ‘Most Dangerous Celebrity’

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Actress Cameron Díaz was last years ‘Most Dangerous Celebrity’ according to cyber security company McAfee. This year’s ‘Most Dangerous Celebrity’ is supermodel Heidi Klum.

Cameron Díaz is no longer the celebrity of choice by web bandits and internet “trolls” to bait internauts into downloading malaware; spammers now prefer to use the face (or lower) of Victoria’s Secret model Heidi Klum, to distribute their viruses and other cyber nuisances.

CNN’s Piers Morgan came at a surprising number 3, in a list dominated by female celebrities in which Morgan and actor Brad Pitt on a three-way tie at #10, are the only men; also in the top 10 was Brazilian model Adriana Lima, and actresses Jessica Biel, Katherine Heigl, Mila Kunis, Anna Paquin and Scarlett Johansson.

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LATINO BLOTTER: Carlos Rios - Steals $900 in Quarters from Car Wash, Locked Up Trying to Cash In

LATINO BLOTTER: Carlos Rios - Steals $900 in Quarters from Car Wash, Locked Up Trying to Cash In

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In Waterloo, Iowa, a young man has been arrested after attempting to exchange roughly $900 in stolen quarters for cash.

The more than 3,600 quarters were reportedly stolen from a Guppies on the Go car wash in Waterloo. The theft, which was caught by the establishment’s video security system, occurred on August 12. The owner called the police and gave them the security footage.

Carlos Rios, 18, was arrested earlier this month after police received a call from a Walmart in Cedar Falls reporting that three people came in to cash hundreds of dollars in quarters.

Rios was identified and taken to Black Hawk County Jail. He claimed he was not involved in the theft at Guppies but admitted to cashing in the coins. When officers searched his home they found clothing similar to the clothing worn by the thief seen in the surveillance video.

He remains in jail on $9,500 bail, and has been charged with third-degree burglary.

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Foreign Born Gang Members in Chicago Targeted by Immigration Officials

Foreign Born Gang Members in Chicago Targeted by Immigration Officials

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Special agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), in close partnership with local law enforcement, arrested 25 individuals during a week-long operation that ended late Tuesday.

This is the latest local effort in an ongoing national ICE initiative to target foreign-born gang members.

The arrests were made as part of Operation Community Shield, a national initiative whereby ICE partners with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to target the significant public safety threat posed by transnational street gangs. Partnerships with local law enforcement agencies are essential to the success of Operation Community Shield.

The multi-agency operation was conducted Sept. 6 through 13. Arrests were made in the following Illinois communities: Aurora, Barrington, Chicago, Elgin, Joliet, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, and Romeoville. All of the 25 male Mexican nationals arrested are members or associates of the following street gangs:  Latin Kings, Vice Lords, Satan Disciples, Latin Saints, Party People, and Sureño 13. They range in age from 18 to 35.

Nearly all of those arrested (22 individuals) have criminal histories that include arrests and convictions for a wide range of crimes committed in the United States. Some of their convictions include drug possession, aggravated assault, vehicle theft, battery, and concealing a homicide.
Two were turned over to the Aurora Police Department to face state drug-related charges and are in custody at the Kane County Jail with ICE detainers. The remaining individuals are in ICE custody pending deportation.

Since the launch of Operation Community Shield in February 2005, ICE and its partners have arrested more than 23,600 gang members and associates, representing more than 1,800 different gangs.

These apprehensions include more than 11,900 criminal arrests and more than 11,600 administrative immigration arrests. Of these, more than 270 arrests were of gang leaders, and more than 8,900 of the arrested suspects had violent criminal histories. Through this initiative, ICE has also seized more than 2,300 firearms.

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FridaySeptember 16, 2011