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A man now identified as Charly Leundeu Keunang was sentenced to 15 years in prison in connection with a bank robbery in Thousand Oaks in 2000.
Two years before he was shot by police on Skid Row, the man now identified as Cameroonian immigrant Charly Leundeu Keunang was released from prison and was up for deportation.
But unlike other immigrants convicted of violent offenses, Keunang was not deported, but rather remained in the United States. The reasons are complicated and unusual, but Keunang is not alone among convicted persons who face ouster but wind up staying for a variety of reasons.
Defense attorney Steve Cron remembers Keunang as the man he defended 15 years ago. He especially remembers the crime, a violent bank robbery in Thousand Oaks.
“It was a takeover robbery where guns were used, and there were three people involved, and there was a high speed chase," said Cron, who back then was appointed by the court to defend the suspect who went by the name Charley Saturmin Robinet and claimed to be a French citizen. "It just struck me that if ever there were a case where someone would get deported because of a felony conviction, this would be the type of crime that would lead to deportation.”
Cron was shocked to learn this week that his former client wound up on Skid Row after his release in 2013. Criminals convicted of violent offenses typically are deported once they serve their time. But there are exceptions.
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So-called "birthing houses" cater to foreign women who wish to have their babies in the United States so they'll have U.S. citizenship. In the San Gabriel Valley city of Arcadia, police say that about a dozen small-scale operations have been discovered in three years.
The so-called "birthing houses" that federal agents searched throughout Southern California yesterday are part of what some say is a growing phenomenon.
Authorities searched apartment complexes in Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties Tuesday, where suspected "maternity tourism" operators housed women from China who were intent on delivering their babies in the United States, for a hefty fee.
In the San Gabriel Valley, cops say these operations have become relatively commonplace.
"People within the city...will call and say they have been noticing a growing number of pregnant women walking around our neighborhood, and they seem to be coming and going out of this particular residence," said Lt. Roy Nakamura with the Arcadia Police Department.
For about three years, the department has charged a detective with investigating these reports. Nakamura says that since then, cops in Arcadia alone have uncovered about a dozen small-scale operations in rental homes, housing five or six women, often Chinese nationals.
About 150 people protest fatal Skid Row LAPD shooting outside police headquarters Tuesday. The homeless man who was shot went by the name Charley Saturmin Robinet. But there are questions about his true identity, and questions about his nationality derailed efforts by U.S. officials to deport him in 2013.
House Votes To Fund DHS Until Sept. 30 — Without Immigration Curbs - NPR The House of Representatives approved a bill Tuesday that funds the Department of Homeland Security through the end of its fiscal year. The bill contained no restrictions related to immigration; earlier on, House Republicans tried to tie DHS funding to President Obama's executive immigration order in hopes of undoing it. Obama is expected to sign the legislation.
Skid Row police shooting update: ICE had ordered Robinet deported - Southern California Public Radio The homeless man killed in a recent altercation with police on Los Angeles' Skid Row went by the name Charley Saturmin Robinet. He had been convicted of bank robbery and was ordered deported in April 2013. But questions over his nationality presented problems. Plans were to deport him to France, where he claimed to be from; French officials discovered he was from Cameroon. U.S. officials said they tried to obtain travel documents from Cameroon but had no cooperation. He was released from ICE custody later that year.
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A cargo ship at the Port of Long Beach. Ports rely on Department of Homeland Security grant funding to help pay for their own security operations. Congress has yet to agree on legislation that would fund the department beyond Friday. If there is a DHS shutdown, ports and other local agencies fear some of their grant money could be held up.
House to vote on bill to fully fund Homeland Security - Washington Post The House is prepared to vote Tuesday on a bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security through the rest of the fiscal year, until the end of September. From the story: "The measure will not target President Obama's executive actions on immigration, giving Democrats what they have long demanded and potentially enraging conservatives bent on fighting the president on immigration." DHS funding has been hung up in this battle; its was set to run out after last Friday but was extended one week.
DHS funding crisis could have ripple effect on local ports - Southern California Public Radio Just as the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach recover from months of slow operations after a labor dispute, the Homeland Security budget battle in Washington threatens possible funding snags. Port officials rely on federal grant money to help pay for their security operations. If Congress fails to pass a bill to fund DHS by the end of this week and the agency goes into partial shutdown, some grant money could be held up. Other local agencies could also be affected.
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Cargo carriers at the Port of Long Beach, which along with the Port of Los Angeles is just recovering from months of slow operations following a labor dispute. Local ports are now readying themselves for a possible Department of Homeland Security shutdown. Congress has yet to agree on legislation that would fund the department beyond Friday. Port officials fear DHS grant funding that helps them pay for security could be held up.
Just as the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach recover from months of slow operations after a labor dispute, a budget battle in Washington threatens new snags.
Port officials rely on federal grant money to help pay for their security operations. But funding from the Department of Homeland Security, which disburses the grants, is hung up in a Congressional budget battle. The department is funded only through Friday. If Congress fails to pass a bill, and the agency goes into partial shutdown, some of this grant money could be held up.
“Security and maintenance systems is paid for substantially through federal grant funding," said Randy Parsons, security director for the Port of Long Beach. "And if those systems aren’t kept up and running properly, we’re at quite a disadvantage.”
These security systems include closed-circuit television and radar to track the movement of ships, he said. Federal grant money is even used to cover overtime for security personnel.