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Shooting Death of Police Up 78% in 2016:  Preliminary data analysis of law enforcement deaths across the U.S. reveals that the number of officers fatally shot in the line of duty is up 78% this year compared with the same period last year.  Andrea Noble of the Washington Times reports that data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund found that as of July 20, there have been 32 firearms-related deaths recorded, constituting nearly half of the 67 line-of-duty deaths reported by police agencies, while deaths from ambush-style attacks comprised 14 of the fatal shootings.  Previous data shows the number of officers fatally shot has averaged 52 a year and ambush-style killings have ranged from five in 2011 to 15 in 2014.  The "extremely troubling" data comes just weeks after eight police officers, five in Dallas and three in Baton Rouge, were assassinated in separate ambush attacks.

Estimated Prop. 47 Savings all Wrong:  In 2014, California voters were under the impression that by voting for Proposition 47, a measure that reduced crimes such as drug possession and theft from felonies to misdemeanors, there would be "a shift in emphasis from prison to rehabilitation" that would result in savings in "the low hundreds of millions," but it looks as though they have been duped.  Rachel Cohrs of the Sac Bee reports that voters believed that by approving Prop. 47, hundreds of millions of dollars would be saved, and in early 2016, their expectations were reassured by the Legislative Analyst's Office, which projected a savings of approximately $130 million in the previous year.  However, the Department of Finance calculated that, in actuality, savings came in at just $29.3 million.  Even ardent supporters of Prop. 47, such as Aqeela Sherrills, are having trouble understanding why the state started "playing with our money again."

Obama Admin Expands Illegal Immigrant Program:  The Obama administration announced Tuesday of an expansion to its immigration program, inviting thousands of Central Americans to apply for refugee status in the U.S., creating pathways beyond vulnerable children to their parents, adult siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and even caretakers.  Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times reports that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte criticized the move as "a continuation of the government-sanctioned border surge," while Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies, wonders who is paying for illegal immigrants to resettle their entire families, something "no other category of legal immigrant is allowed" to do.  Officials say the expansion could result in a "significant" surge and expect it to be a "lasting" trend.  More than 9,000 applications have been submitted and thousands have already made it through the interview stage. 

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Obama Admin Expands Illegal Immigrant Program ... parents, adult siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles ...

-- In light of the contemporary party conventions, the combination of unlawful and dictatorial actions by the coalition of courts and politicians is appalling.

E.g. "Lawsuit Forces Texas to Make It Easier for Immigrants to Get Birth Cert...NY Times -- July 24, 2016 In court, Texas did not deny its policy... Ms. Hernandez, a Mexican immigrant living in the United States illegally ... just
as she had after her first two children ...

[and mendacious]

e.g. Report: Released Criminal Aliens Committed Nearly 10 Times More Crimes Than Obama Admin. Told Congress Breitbart -- 21 Jun 2016 ...
the 30,558 criminal aliens ICE released in FY 2014 committed 13,288
additional crimes.

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