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Tot who cried during World Cup is killed

June 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Police: Tot who cried during World Cup is killed
Associated Press
June 28, 2010, 4:45PM
McALLEN — A man accused of fatally beating his 2-year-old stepdaughter in Texas because she wouldn’t stop crying as he watched a World Cup match was expected to be charged Monday with murder, police said.
Hector Castro, 27, of McAllen was arrested Saturday and scheduled to be arraigned Monday in municipal court. He told police that the toddler wouldn’t stop crying while he was watching the U.S.-Ghana game on Saturday, McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez told The McAllen Monitor.
The girl was severely beaten, and police said a screw or bolt was forced down her throat in an apparent attempt to make it look like she accidentally choked.
"There are no words for this," Rodriguez said. "It makes you want to think about doing lots of things to this guy, but he will face the criminal justice system just like everybody else."
Castro, who was in the U.S. illegally, confessed to beating the girl, Rodriguez said. The toddler suffered several cracked ribs.
Four other children who lived at Castro’s apartment in McAllen were placed into the custody of Child Protective Services, Rodriguez said. There was no word on where the child’s mother was at the time of the child’s death.
McAllen is just north of the U.S.-Mexico border at the southern tip of Texas.


The President of the United States

June 25, 2010 Leave a comment

The President of the United States

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

Thank you for the opportunity to visit with you in person during my recent trip to Washington, D.C. As you know, the issue of border security is foremost in the thoughts of many Arizonans and Americans alike, and I appreciated the chance to personally relate to you my concerns and outline my proposed solutions.

Mr. President, the need for action to secure Arizona’s border could not be clearer. Recently, my office received a number of calls from constituents concerned at reports of new sign postings in interior counties of Arizona warning residents not to access federal lands due to criminal activity associated with the border. These warnings signal to some that we have handed over portions of our border areas to illegal immigrants and drug traffickers. This is unacceptable. Instead of warning Americans to stay out of parts of our own country, we ought to be warning international lawbreakers that they will be detained and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We ought to be establishing measures to ensure that illegal traffic of any sort is kept to an absolute minimum, and that Americans are safe and secure within our own borders.

When we visited, you committed to present details, within two weeks of our meeting, regarding your plans to commit National Guard troops to the Arizona border and expend $500 million in additional funds on border security matters. You also discussed sending members of your senior staff to Arizona to discuss your plans. While I am pleased the 28th has been set for a meeting time and we have reviewed a copy of the Department of Homeland Security’s “Southwest Border Next Steps” Press Release, I am still awaiting details on National Guard deployments and how the proposed additional border security funding will specifically affect Arizona (and the other Border States). As I mentioned to you on June 3rd, it is very difficult to have much of a dialogue without specific details regarding your proposals. I strongly urge you to request your staff provide us with missing details of your proposals prior to the meeting on the 28th.

While we await the specific details of your border security plans, I wanted to take the time to reemphasize some of what I shared with you and respond further to some of what we discussed. In essence, I have proposed a four-point Border Surge strategy, as outlined in my recent letter to Senator Charles Schumer, summarized as follows:

1. National Guard Personnel and Aviation

I believe a significant number of troops operating with a legitimate mission set is an essential part of any strategy to secure the border. I appreciate your commitment of 1,200 troops and the promise that Arizona would receive the largest contingent. I am concerned, however, that more is required, such as the deployment of 6,000 personnel proposed by Senators Jon Kyl and John McCain for the entire southwestern border.

In addition, I want to make sure that these troops have legitimate missions that:

•Support federal, state and local law enforcement—all three!

•Serve as a blocking force to stop illegal crossing activities.

•Employ the troops in a way that speaks loudly to all—both north and south of the border—that the U.S. is serious about this matter.

As part of your commitment, I also hope that you order a significant increase in aviation resources supporting border security operations on the ground. After meeting and talking to various experts, I am persuaded that aviation support is critical to the effort on the ground. Any effort will fail absent the ability to coordinate ground assets from the air, particularly given the nature of much of Arizona’s border region terrain. I respectfully ask that you give serious consideration to my May 20, 2010 correspondence, which makes a very reasonable request for a reallocation of National Guard OH-58 helicopter assets in order to make a Border Surge effective. Your support of this request can make a significant difference between a winning effort versus a losing effort.

2. Border Fence

In short Mr. President, we need to complete, reinforce and then maintain the border fence. In my April 6, 2010 letter to you I proposed inmate labor and other methods (i.e., purchasing instead of leasing equipment) as a means to bring down construction/maintenance costs. I certainly support efficient and effective Ports of Entry where both American and Mexican border officials can allow legal traffic and crossings. Everywhere else along the border, though, I strongly believe we must have fencing and barriers that are both substantial and monitored if the illegal crossings are to be minimized.

3. Enforce Federal Law and Appropriately Fund the Effort

The United States must be prepared to detain, prosecute and then incarcerate convicted violators of United States laws. The current “no consequences policy” has resulted in a border security failure. I appreciate your general proposal to commit additional resources, but it is very difficult for me to comment without any details. It is without doubt, though, that the current border policy will continue to fail the State of Arizona without additional resources committed to the Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel and detention facilities; prosecution; public defense; and federal prisons.

4. Reimburse States for the Additional Burden of Illegal Immigration

As I mentioned the very first time we met last year, I must continue the calls for Arizona to be reimbursed for expenses we are forced to carry because of our porous southern border. Arizona and a few other states are at a terrible disadvantage in good times, and an even worse position during bad times, because of the additional costs of illegal immigration. Just in terms of state prison costs, we estimate ongoing expenses at approximately $150 million to incarcerate criminal aliens. While substantial on its own, this figure does not include law enforcement, prosecution and defense costs, or the enormous societal costs of the criminal behavior of those who are not even legally entitled to be here.

We are hundreds of millions of dollars short of what we should receive to relieve the disproportionate law enforcement/jail/prison, health care and education burdens we face due to our porous southern border and rampant illegal immigration. It is simply unfair for the federal government to force Border State taxpayers to carry these burdens.

Immigration Reform

You shared with me your thoughts about the matter of immigration reform and I am grateful you listened to mine. As I mentioned in our meeting, the phrase “comprehensive immigration reform” is code for “amnesty” to many in Arizona and elsewhere in our Nation. Many Americans are still waiting for the reforms that were promised by the federal government in the 1980s when amnesty was granted to thousands of illegal immigrants. Until we establish a secure border, and reestablish trust with the public that our international borders are meaningful and important, and enforcement of federal immigration law is not an idle threat, any discussion of “comprehensive reform” is premature.

Let’s first block illegal entry into the United States and enforce current law, and then other discussions, including immigration reform, might then, and only then, make sense to the public. I am committed to a serious discussion of legitimate reform—but not any false front for amnesty—when the federal government halts the free flow of illegal immigrants and illegal drugs across the southwestern border.

Arizona’s Law

You also shared some concerns about a “patchwork” approach to policy. This makes sense to me, but the failure of the federal government has driven frustration levels to the point that tolerating the status quo is no longer acceptable for Arizona. From my perspective, the single most significant factor behind the passage this year of SB 1070 and HB 2162 (the follow-up bill with amendments to SB 1070) was the frustration of Arizona elected officials, and the public we serve, regarding the failure of the federal government over the years to effectively address the problem of illegal immigration.

The growing concerns over spillover violence, the increased awareness of kidnappings, the spread of drop houses in neighborhoods throughout metropolitan areas, the scourge of the drug trade and the oppressive financial burdens posed by illegal immigration—burdens even more difficult to shoulder in this economic downturn—all contributed to accelerating the public’s frustration.

I am 100% committed to fair and just enforcement of the new Arizona law. I have made it clear that civil rights will not be compromised. The first step has been educating and training law enforcement, as well as the public, on the details of the law—a step I have already ordered in Arizona.

Instead of any discussion about suing Arizona and not cooperating with the efforts of local Arizona law enforcement to address illegal immigration, the federal government should reassure Arizona (and other states) that securing the border and enforcing federal immigration laws are duties to which the federal government will make a renewed and sincere commitment.

When the public sees consistent evidence of federal commitment, I am convinced the demand for state actions will wane. State and local governments have plenty to do and will be happy to stay out of border security and immigration law enforcement—along with the expenses of such work—if the federal government takes a firm and effective grip on the problem.


In closing, I want to assure you that I am looking to develop a solution, not have a standoff, with you and the federal government. Illegal immigration is a serious problem and I am sincerely committed to seeing something done to curb it. The real challenges at hand are about violent crime, huge taxpayer burdens, the rule of law and ensuring that our southern border does not become an open door for radical terrorists. Commerce with other countries is important to me and Arizonans—I truly want a vibrant and positive relationship with Sonora, other Mexican States and the rest of the world. Federal immigration law, however, must be honored and enforced, and our border must represent an effective means to help ensure our sovereignty and security.

I remain eager to receive the specific details of your proposals and to have the follow-up meeting with your senior staff. It is disappointing that we are such a short time away from the meeting and Arizona and the other Border States still are awaiting the specific details of what you are proposing. There is still time, however, to ensure the meeting next week is productive.

Finally, I want to re-extend the invitation I made to you to come to Arizona yourself, visit with families living along the southwestern border and see the situation firsthand. My prior visits to the border and the air survey of the Cochise County region have been very important to shaping my perspectives and thinking. Governor Richardson joined me for one trip and I believe you would also benefit from such an experience.

And when you do come, lunch is on me!

Yours in service to the great state of Arizona,

Janice K. Brewer


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DEA, San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department Seize $45 Million of Illegal Drugs

June 25, 2010 Leave a comment

JUN 25 – (LOS ANGELES) – Timothy J. Landrum, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Los Angeles Field Division and San Bernardino County Sheriff Rod Hoops announce the seizure of approximately 2750 pounds of cocaine, 67 pounds of methamphetamine and 38,000 pounds of marijuana following the traffic stop of a tractor-trailer in San Bernardino County, California.
The tractor-trailer was carrying a shipment of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana with an estimated street value of approximately $45 million dollars. The driver, Fernando Luevano, age 32, from Fontana, was arrested and booked at the Central Detention Center for Possession, Transportation and Sales of Narcotics. His bail is set at $5,000,000 and he is scheduled for arraignment on Friday, June 25, 2010 in Rancho Superior Court in San Bernardino, California.
“This was a brazen transportation of 40,000 pounds of drugs, more than 18 tons of drugs that could have ended up in neighborhoods throughout California,” said Timothy J. Landrum, DEA Special Agent in Charge. “This seizure will have a direct impact on the availability of these dangerous drugs in our communities.”
Sheriff Rod Hoops stated, “This is one of the largest seizures in the county and I will make every effort to continue this aggressive fight against drug traffickers entering San Bernardino County.”
On Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at approximately 11:00 a.m., the San Bernardino Sheriff’s High Intensity Criminal Interdiction Unit conducted a traffic stop on a tractor-trailer for a traffic violation while travelling eastbound on Interstate 10 in San Bernardino County. After making contact with the driver, Luevano, the deputy found that the paperwork for his load was not in order. Leuvano gave consent to search the vehicle and upon opening the trailer, the deputies noticed an overwhelming odor of marijuana. A further search of the trailer yielded 92 pallets containing thousands of heat sealed packages of illegal narcotics. Field testing of the packages yielded positive results for cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.
The DEA Riverside Office and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Narcotics Division are continuing this joint investigation.

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Common Myths and Facts Regarding Senate Bill 1070

June 24, 2010 Leave a comment

June 23, 2010

While Senate Bill (S.B.) 1070, as amended by House Bill (H.B.) 2162, is characterized by many as the toughest anti-illegal immigration law in the nation, many of its opponents have mischaracterized or exaggerated its provisions.  This document seeks to correct those mischaracterizations by referring to the express provisions of S.B. 1070 and relevant federal and state case law.  All references to S.B. 1070 include the amendments made by H.B. 2162.   
1.   MYTH:  S.B. 1070 grants new powers to police officers to pull drivers over just to check their immigration status.  Police can now just come up to you for no reason and ask for papers.
FACT:  S.B. 1070 is a “secondary enforcement” law.  S.B. 1070 requires that there must first be a "lawful stop, detention or arrest made by a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency . . . in the enforcement of any other law or ordinance. . . .”  A.R.S. § 11-1051(B).   Much like enforcement of seat belt laws in many states such as Arizona – under S.B. 1070 there must first be reasonable suspicion that you are breaking some OTHER law before an officer can
ask a person about their legal status. Only then, after law enforcement officers have a “reasonable suspicion” that another law has been broken, can they inquire about immigration status – but ONLY if that individual’s behavior provides “reasonable suspicion” that the person is here illegally.   
“Reasonable Suspicion” is a well-established legal standard defined by the U.S. Supreme Court and used by law enforcement in every state and jurisdiction in the country for decades.
2.   MYTH:  S.B. 1070 requires police officers in Arizona to stop, ID and arrest anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally.
FACT: Police officers are authorized, but not required, to determine any person’s immigration status if reasonable suspicion exists as explained above.  Police officers are only required to: (1) make a "reasonable attempt" to determine a person’s immigration status (2) "when practicable" (3) but not "if the determination may hinder or obstruct an investigation."  Arizona Revised Statutes ("A.R.S.")  § 11- 1051(B).  The only absolute requirement for law enforcement officers and agencies to confirm a person’s immigration status is if they are arrested for another crime.  A.R.S. § 11-1051(B).
3.   MYTH:  S.B. 1070 will make racial profiling the law of the land in Arizona and there is the possibility of detaining or arresting someone merely on the basis of physical appearance.     
FACT: The opposite is true.  S.B. 1070 expressly prohibits racial profiling.  Per the express language of the law, police "may not consider race, color or national origin in implementing the requirements of this subsection except to the extent  permitted by the United States or Arizona Constitution."  A.R.S. § 11-1051(B).  In addition, S.B. 1070 provides that these provisions of the law “shall be implemented in a manner consistent with federal laws regulating immigration, protecting the civil rights of all persons and respecting the privileges and immunities of United States citizens."  A.R.S. § 11-1051(L).   
4.   MYTH:  S.B. 1070 is unconstitutional because it intrudes on the federal government’s power to enforce immigration laws.  Only the federal government has the authority to enforce federal immigration laws. 
FACT:  It is settled case law that states and local police may enforce criminal provisions of federal immigration law. See Gonzales v. City of Peoria (AZ), 722 F.2d 468 (9th Cir. 1983).  The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed in Gonzales v.
City of Peoria that “nothing in federal law precluded…police from enforcing the criminal provisions of the Immigration and Naturalization Act.”  It is well established that state and local police possess the inherent authority to arrest aliens
who have violated the criminal provisions of federal immigration law.  It is also important to note that S.B. 1070 expressly provides that a person’s immigration status may only be determined by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(“ICE”), U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or a law enforcement officer authorized by the federal government to verify immigration status.  A.R.S. § 11- 1051(E).
5.  MYTH:  S.B. 1070 requires police to enforce federal immigration law without providing training on how to do so.  

Governor Janice K. Brewer issued an executive order requiring the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training ("AZPost") Board to provide Arizona’s law enforcement with training on S.B. 1070 prior to it taking effect with particular emphasis on training to prevent racial profiling and other illegal practices.  Arizona Executive Order No. 2010-09.  AZPost immediately started preparations to implement that order.   
6.   MYTH:  S.B. 1070 allows citizens to sue the State or local governments if they don’t arrest enough aliens illegally present in the United States or if a police officer doesn’t inquire into every person’s immigration status.   
FACT:  Legal residents are only allowed to sue the State or a local government if it "adopts or implements a policy that limits or restricts the enforcement of federal immigration laws to less than the full extent permitted by federal law." A.R.S. § 11-1051(H).  This provision takes direct aim at cities that adopt so-called "sanctuary city" policies and not at the decisions of individual police officers.  

7.    MYTH:  S.B. 1070 uses German Nazi and Russian Communist techniques that compelled people to turn each other in.  

FACT: S.B. 1070 does not have any provision requiring or allowing people to inform on another person’s immigration status and turn them in to the police.  Such a report would not qualify as “reasonable suspicion” for law enforcement to determine a person’s immigration status.  As acknowledged by the Los Angeles Times (April 20, 2010), this claim is unfounded because S.B. 1070 "would not require people to report suspected illegal immigrants to authorities.”
8.   MYTH:  S.B. 1070 may compel local police to ignore more serious crimes because they will be required to enforce federal immigration laws to the “full extent permitted by federal law.”  
FACT: Police officers are only required to determine a person’s immigration status "when practicable." A.R.S. § 11-1051(B). Individual police officers are not required to enforce federal immigration laws to the "full extent permitted by the law."  This provision solely applies to a law enforcement “official or agency” and not to individual police officers.  A.R.S. § 11-1051(A).  S.B. 1070 prohibits law enforcement officials and agencies from limiting or restricting the enforcement of federal immigration laws to less than the full extent permitted by federal law by adopting so-called “sanctuary city” policies.  A.R.S. § 11-1051(A).   
9.  MYTH:  S.B. 1070 authorizes Nazi-like requirements for aliens to carry their "papers".   

Federal law already requires aliens to register with the federal government and carry their documentation (e.g., "green card") pursuant to 8 United States Code §§ 1304(e) and 1306(a).  A violation of these laws is a federal misdemeanor.  S.B. 1070 makes this a concurrent state misdemeanor by mirroring these same sections of federal law.  "In addition to any violation of federal law, a person is guilty of willful failure to complete or carry an alien registration document
if the person is in violation of 8 United States Code Section 1304(e) or 1306(a)."  A.R.S. § 13-1509(A).  These federal requirements have been in place for decades.
10.  MYTH:  S.B. 1070 does nothing to address the "real" public safety threats to Arizona border violence, drug cartels and human smuggling. 

S.B. 1070 is not intended to be the single solution to Arizona’s extraordinary illegal immigration problems.  Just as the demand in the United States for illegal drugs fuels the drug traffic, the demand and tolerance of persons who are not authorized to be in Arizona fuels, in part, the human smuggling traffic.  Along with many other existing provisions of Arizona law, S.B. 1070 will serve as the best Arizona can do until the federal government fully secures our border and restores integrity to our immigration system.  These other existing statutes include the toughest employer sanctions law in the nation (including the mandatory use of E- Verify) and refusal to provide any public benefits to unauthorized aliens.

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Cartel Takes big Hit!

June 21, 2010 Leave a comment

ICE takes down billion-dollar Colombian drug trafficking organization
DTO finances its illicit empire by sending cocaine all over the globe

In Operation Pacific Rim, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), working closely with the Colombian National Police and Mexican authorities, took down a major drug trafficking organization — an industrial and transportation empire with a profit margin in the billions. The drug kingpins operating out of Colombia wrestled with a vexing problem — they made so much money from illegal narcotics trafficking that they couldn’t launder it all.

The case began when HSI and Colombian police intercepted a suspicious shipment of what was supposed to be fertilizer, but what in actuality turned out to be bundles of shrink-wrapped cash as pictured

In fact, tracking the cold hard cash is one of the specialties of ICE’s investigative directorate, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). HSI is the largest investigative agency within the Department of Homeland Security. HSI agents working with ICE Attaché offices in Bogota and elsewhere brought this giant among drug organizations to its knees. HSI began Operation Pacific Rim in September 2009 after scoring a previous victory in an investigation where they seized $41 million in Colombia and Mexico. This is often the case in federal law enforcement, with one case that tips investigators off to an even bigger fish to fry.

The case began when HSI and Colombian police intercepted a suspicious shipment of what was supposed to be fertilizer, but what in actuality turned out to be bundles of shrink-wrapped cash.

As investigators delved deeper into the case, even experienced agents marveled at the enormity and sophistication of this criminal enterprise.

"This drug trafficking organization (DTO) was a far cry from a few small-time hoodlums," said James Dinkins, HSI Executive Associate Director. "These corrupt people were involved in murder, kidnapping and other forms of violence and lawlessness, but posed as legitimate business owners. They invested in apartment complexes and office buildings, yet they still had money to hide."

Luis Agustin Caicedo Velandia, also known as "Don Lucho," led this international enterprise of money launderers and drug traffickers who sent cocaine all over the globe.

Lucho earned the dubious distinction as a Consolidated Priority Organization Target (CPOT), a title law enforcement authorities use to signify narcotics traffickers who are believed to be the leaders of DTOs responsible for importing large quantities of narcotics into the United States.

"This case sends a warning to drug kingpins all over the world — they are never too big to fail," said ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton. "In fact, this case proves that the drug trafficking organizations put themselves in a double bind. The larger their network of operations and the more illegal narcotics and cash that flow from their base of operations, the more clues are out there for ICE to trace back to them."

The El Dorado Task Force of ICE’s HSI Directorate coordinated this investigation. This task force consists of 260 members from local, state and federal law enforcement, intelligence analysts and federal prosecutors. They target financial crime at all levels. Since its inception, the El Dorado Task Force has made more than 2,200 arrests and seized more than $600 million in illegal proceeds.

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June 21, 2010 Leave a comment

ICE arrests 3, detains 32 at Phoenix drop house
Aliens from 8 different countries discovered in human smuggling investigation

PHOENIX – Three Mexican citizens appeared in federal court Friday to face human smuggling charges following a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigation into a Phoenix drop house Wednesday night where agents detained 32 illegal aliens.

ICE agents conducting an investigation into a suspected human smuggling operation identified a possible drop house in the 3000 block of North 89th Avenue in Phoenix. Agents observed Samual Antonio Vasquez, an alleged human smuggler, pull into the garage driving a Pontiac Montana. Hours later, Vasquez departed the residence in a Nissan Sentra.

Agents stopped the Sentra, and inside discovered three Chinese females hiding under a blanket in the back seat. Agents arrested Vasquez, a 25-year-old citizen of Mexico, detained the Chinese aliens and returned to the drop house. Inside, agents discovered 29 additional illegal aliens from India, Ecuador, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. Two additional suspected human smugglers, Marcos Francisco-Salazar, 22, and Joaquin Santana, 27, both citizens of Mexico, were also arrested at the drop house.

"While Arizona is the busiest human smuggling corridor in the United States, it is unusual to find citizens from so many different countries in the same drop house," said Matt Allen, ICE special agent in charge of Arizona. "This is a good reminder to human smugglers that they are not welcome in our communities. We are out there looking for them, and when we find them they will be arrested and prosecuted."

So far this year, ICE and other law enforcement agencies have discovered more than 70 drop houses in Phoenix.

The three suspects made their initial appearance in federal court Friday on the human smuggling charges.

A criminal complaint is simply the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Feds investigate 40 immigrants found in SW Houston

June 16, 2010 Leave a comment


Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle
June 16, 2010, 11:58AM

Federal immigration officials are reviewing the immigration status of 40 people discovered in a southwest Houston house early this morning after a tip about gang activity led police to the house.

It is the second time this week officials have taken custody of people who appeared to be illegal immigrants being held in a Houston home.

The latest discovery was made about 12:30 a.m. at a house in the 12000 block of Fairmeadow, said Greg Palmore, a spokesman for the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

At least two of the people being questioned by ICE investigators are thought to be suspects who were holding the others at the home, but it is unclear if the group was connected to a human smuggling operation.

The people found in the house this morning are from China, Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador, Palmore said. He said they are in ICE custody and each person’s immigration status is being investigated. Of the 40, 29 are males, including two juveniles, and 11 are female, including a pregnant juvenile, Palmore said..

Officials said a tip about gang-related activity taking place at the house led Houston police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other federal law enforcement agencies to the home.

No gang-related activity was discovered. The investigation was turned over to ICE when it was determined to be an immigration-related case.

ICE officials also are investigating the case of 9 people — including a 7-year-old boy and 9-year-old girl – who were found being held against their will at a home in the 5600 block of Corl about 11:45 p.m. Monday.

Police discovered the people after one of the hostages escaped through a window and called 911. Officials said three men in that case have been charged with aggravated kidnapping.

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