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MS-13 Bust in Ohio & Indiana:  On Tuesday, Federal agents arrested ten members of the "Columbus Clique,"  a branch of the brutal MS-13 gang.  Travis Fedschun of Fox News reports that three other members of the gang were arrested in Indiana and agents are looking for two others.  All of the suspects have been indicted for extortion, money laundering and illegal firearms charges.  The Justice Department estimates that there are 10,000 MS-13 members spread across 40 states, engaging in extortion of immigrant businesses, sex trafficking, and the machete and baseball-bat murders of teens, children and pregnant woman.  The President has tasked federal law enforcement with taking down the Salvadorian-based gang. 

ABA: Allow Illegals to Practice Law:   The American Bar Association House of Delegates passed a resolution Monday directing Congress to allow "undocumented" immigrants to practice law in the U.S.  Alberto Luperon of LawNewz reports that the resolution seeks to amend 8 U.S.C. 5 ยง 1621(d) to read: a state court vested with exclusive authority to regulate admission to the bar may, by rule, or other affirmation act, permit an undocumented alien seeking legal status to obtain a professional license to practice law in that jurisdiction.  California, Florida and New York have allowed illegals to represent clients before their courts.
 
Teen Drug Overdoses Spiking:  A report by the National Center for Health Statistics indicates that, for the first time in seven years, the drug overdose rate for U.S. teens is rising, increasing by nearly 20% in 2015.  Jessica Glenza of the Guardian reports that the same report found that the overdose rate from synthetic opioids for all Americans has increased six-fold since 2002, with fatal heroin overdoses tripling over the same period.  Among teens the increase in overdoses is highest for girls.  While the abuse of prescription drugs is also a serious national problem, most fentanyl and heroin is sold by drug dealers (undocumented pharmacists).  In August 2014, the drug dealer who sold heroin to fatally overdosed actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman cut a plea deal reducing his possible 25-year prison sentence, to 25 days in rehab and 5 years probation.     

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