Friday, August 24, 2012

Agents sue over work permit program - Fort Worth Star Telegram

TEXAS -- A small group of immigration agents is suing the Obama administration, saying that the agents should not be required to implement a program to grant work permits and halt the deportation of some young illegal immigrants.

The suit was filed by 10 Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and agents on Thursday in federal court in Dallas. The plaintiffs' lawyer, Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, is also an adviser to Mitt Romney.The lawsuit alleges that the program, as well as directives issued last year that require ICE officers to use broader discretion in immigration cases, violates a 1996 law that requires federal agents to put into deportation proceedings those who entered the country unlawfully. The suit alleges that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and ICE Director John Morton have caused harm by issuing directives that the agents say forces them to violate their oaths of office.The lawsuit is being funded by Numbers USA, a Virginia-based organization that advocates less immigration.-- From wire reportsSecond man charged inprostitute's deathOKLAHOMA -- Oklahoma prosecutors on Thursday charged a second man with killing a prostitute featured on HBO'S Cathouse series and three other people.Denny Edward Phillips faces six counts of first-degree murder for the 2009 shooting deaths of Brooke Phillips, 22, who had worked as a prostitute at the legal brothel Moonlite Bunny Ranch near Carson City, Nev.; Milagrous Barrera, 22; Jennifer Ermey, 25; and Casey Mark Barrientos, 32. The two additional murder charges are because Brooke Phillips and Barrera were pregnant.The victims were found inside a burning home in southwest Oklahoma City.Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said he plans to seek the death penalty.-- The Associated PressResidents view homesdestroyed by wildfireCALIFORNIA -- Twisted sheets of metal, the hulks of pickups and brick walls were all that was left of dozens of homes once sheltered by green pine and cedar trees in several Northern California communities that were the latest to feel the wrath of western wildfires.Thousands of residents of the rural communities just outside Lassen Volcanic National Park were allowed to return home after being forced to flee soon after the blaze was ignited by lightning Saturday. They surveyed the damage Thursday as others in the region prepared to leave."All our efforts are focused on keeping the fire out of the park," state fire spokesman Don Camp said Thursday.-- The Associated PressCousin cites questionsabout King drowningCALIFORNIA --One of Rodney King's close relatives said Thursday that questions remain about how he drowned in his backyard pool despite the findings in a coroner's investigation.The San Bernardino County coroner's office concluded that King died as a result of an accidental drowning after he fell into the pool in a "state of drug and alcohol-induced delirium." Toxicology tests found alcohol, marijuana, PCP and cocaine in his system when he died.But one of King's cousins, Ontresicia Averette, said that coroner's officials told her Wednesday that some of the drug traces found were in such minute amounts that they may have been remnants from previous drug use.-- Los Angeles TimesU.S., Mexico to join infighting meth labsWASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Drug Enforcement Administration and the government of Mexico are pledging increased cooperation in attacking illegal methamphetamine production.Under a newly announced agreement, the DEA and Mexico will bolster intelligence sharing and joint law enforcement training efforts.Mexico has experienced a dramatic increase in seizures of clandestine methamphetamine labs in the past two years. Last year, seizures of meth along the Southwest U.S. border totaled more than 16,000 pounds.Maribel Cervantes, the general commissioner of Mexico's federal police, says the recent increase in the production and consumption of designer drugs is both a security and a health problem that demands immediate attention by both governments.-- The Associated PressU.S., Japan discussmore missiles in AsiaWASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. is in discussions with Japan about expanding a missile defense system in Asia, the top U.S. general said Thursday.Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was commenting on a Wall Street Journal report that the U.S. is discussing positioning an early warning radar in southern Japan, supplementing one already in place in the country's north, to contain threats from North Korea and to counter China's military.The State Department, however, said the missile defense system is not directed against China.Dempsey said no decisions have been reached on expanding the radar."But it's certainly a topic of conversation because missile defense is important to both of our nations," Dempsey told reporters at the start of a meeting with his visiting Japanese counterpart, Gen. Shigeru Iwasaki, at the Pentagon.-- The Associated Press

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