‘Fat Leonard’ may be Venezuela bargaining chip, experts say

‘Fat Leonard’ may be Venezuela bargaining chip, experts say

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A fugitive defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard” who claims to have incriminating sex photos of U.S. Navy brass could become the latest bargaining chip in Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s efforts to win official recognition from the Biden administration, according to experts. But it’s unclear how hard the U.S. government will fight … Read more

Eyvin Hernandez case: Los Angeles attorney jailed in Venezuela begs for Biden not to forget him

Eyvin Hernandez case: Los Angeles attorney jailed in Venezuela begs for Biden not to forget him

MIAMI — A Los Angeles attorney detained in Venezuela is pleading for help from the Biden administration, saying in a jailhouse message that he feels forgotten by the U.S. government as he faces criminal charges at the hands of one of the nation’s top adversaries. Eyvin Hernandez, who has been detained for five months, describes … Read more

Officials: Navy bribery case fugitive tried to get to Russia

Officials: Navy bribery case fugitive tried to get to Russia

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Since escaping two weeks ago, officials say the fugitive Malaysian defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard” — who orchestrated one of the U.S. Navy’s largest bribery scandals — zipped between countries to find a place where he could become virtually untouchable for American authorities. It almost worked. After cutting off an ankle … Read more

Mastermind of Navy bribery scheme captured in Venezuela after escaping house arrest in San Diego

Mastermind of Navy bribery scheme captured in Venezuela after escaping house arrest in San Diego

CNN  —  Leonard Francis, the former military contractor known as “Fat Leonard” who orchestrated the largest corruption scandal in US Navy history, was arrested Tuesday morning by authorities in Venezuela at the request of the US Marshals Service, according to the agency. Francis is currently detained by authorities in Venezuela and US government officials have … Read more

US officials: Border crossings soar among Venezuelans

US officials: Border crossings soar among Venezuelans

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The number of Venezuelans taken into custody at the U.S. border with Mexico soared in August, while fewer migrants from Mexico and some Central American countries were stopped, officials said Monday. Venezuelans surpassed Guatemalans and Hondurans to become the second-largest nationality after Mexicans among migrants crossing the U.S. border illegally. U.S. … Read more

Eric Adams won’t say if he’ll sue Texas Democrat over NYC migrant buses

Eric Adams won’t say if he’ll sue Texas Democrat over NYC migrant buses

Mayor Eric Adams wouldn’t say Monday if he’ll sue to block a Democratic counterpart in Texas from sending busloads of migrants to the Big Apple. Adams refused to be pinned down one day after revealing that his “legal team is looking at legal challenges with Texas,” where Republican Gov. Greg Abbott last month began relocating … Read more

Bowser to address immigration, other issues at Conference of Mayors after migrant arrivals – WJLA

Bowser to address immigration, other issues at Conference of Mayors after migrant arrivals – WJLA

Bowser to address immigration, other issues at Conference of Mayors after migrant arrivals  WJLA

Florida’s DeSantis flies dozens of “illegal immigrants” to Martha’s Vineyard, escalating tactic against “sanctuary destinations”

Florida’s DeSantis flies dozens of “illegal immigrants” to Martha’s Vineyard, escalating tactic against “sanctuary destinations”

50 migrants relocated to Martha’s Vineyard by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis 50 migrants relocated to Martha’s Vineyard by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis 03:10 Tallahassee, Florida — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday flew two planes of immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, escalating a tactic by Republican governors to draw attention to what they consider to be the … Read more

Over 6.8 million have left Venezuela since 2014 and exodus grows | Migration News

Over 6.8 million have left Venezuela since 2014 and exodus grows | Migration News

About 6.8 million Venezuelans have left their homeland since an economic crisis took hold in earnest in 2014 for the country of some 28 million people. Most have gone to nearby nations in Latin America and the Caribbean. More than 2.4 million are in Colombia. That huge migration slowed as the pandemic cut economic opportunities … Read more