UPDATE: MOLE FERRETED OUT – SPY BE TOLD – THE PLOT TO BRING DOWN OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

The (click)MOLE has been identified. (click)Stefan Halper, a University of Cambridge professor, has been identified as an FBI plant in the Trump campaign, according to multiple news outlets.  (The Institute of World Politics) President Trump tweeted Friday that confirmation of an FBI plant in his campaign would become the nation’s “all time biggest political scandal.”Voa chinese Stefan Halper 8Apr10.jpg

“Reports are there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president,” Trump wrote. “It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a “hot” Fake News story. If true – all time biggest political scandal!”

The Washington Post said it received warnings from U.S. officials that revealing Halper’s identity posed a security risk.

Meanwhile, reports vary on when the FBI tapped Halper to snoop on the Trump campaign.

The New York Times reported in December that during “a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016,” Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos had disclosed to an Australian diplomat the Russians had dirt on the Clinton campaign. The Australians then tipped off the FBI, prompting the agency to launch “Crossfire Hurricane” on July 31, 2016.

(CLICK HERE)As reported earlier, the Obama White House placed a spy inside the Trump Campaign several months before the election, So far the PLANT has not been named, but known to the very individuals whose intent was to destroy Donald Trump and elect “Lock Her Up” Clinton.

This type of clandestine behavior is reminiscent of Communist countries. A Kafka novel would be the place for such a plot which is described as Kafkaesque. Franz Kafka was a writer famous for stories of bewildered individuals betrayed by an irrational and pointless society. His work, which fuses elements of realism and the fantastic, typically features isolated protagonists faced by bizarre or surrealistic predicaments and incomprehensible social-bureaucratic powers, and has been interpreted as exploring themes of alienation, existential anxiety, guilt, and absurdity. The term Kafkaesque has entered the English language to describe situations like those in his writing.Black-and-white photograph of Kafka as a young man with dark hair in a formal suit

Former Utah congressman Jason Chaffetz said Saturday that reports of an FBI informant who was placed inside the 2016 Trump campaign is “spying by the very definition.”

A New York Times report stated that the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia began in the summer of 2016 and was code-named Crossfire Hurricane.

The report also stated that “at least one government informant met several times” with Carter Page and George Papadopoulos

JUDGE THIS

Presidents come and go, but Judges go on forever and death do us part. The opportunity presenting itself to the conservative aficionado is numerous indeed. Trump is hell bent on filling vacant court positions with strict constructionists in the mold of Anton Scalia. His opportunity just rose with the appointment of  Michael Brennan.  The Senate voted Thursday to confirm Mr. Brennan to a lifetime seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ― a vacancy that Republicans prevented President Barack Obama from filling for six years.

From the mouth of Mitch McConnell: “This is my top priority in the Senate,” McConnell told conservative radio show host Hugh Hewitt last week. “By appointing and confirming these strict constructionists to the courts who are in their late 40s or early 50s … I believe we’re making a generational change in the country.”

As the month of May dissipates into June we are patiently awaiting the next Mother of All Opportunities, that being a replacement of one and maybe two Supreme Court Justices. Bader Ginsburg is slowly gasping down her last breaths and Justice Kennedy inferred that the time has come for him to step down. We can’t wait for the fisticuffs to begin.

VOLCANIC ERUPTION ABOUT TO BLOW IN WASHINGTON D.C.

Lava flow is emanating from the fissures of Kilauea destroying property along the way. Volcanic ash is raining down on the Big Island with vigor and aplomb. Although this feature of Mother Nature is intriguing to watch from a scientific perspective the violent nature of this phenomena is a sight to behold. To a religious zealot the destruction is the result of an angry god pouring forth deserved punishment.The Soputan volcano spews lava and ash during an eruption on Indonesia's Sulawesi island in January 2016.Reuters Photo

A volcano of a different sort is ready to blow in Washington D.C. – it is of the man made variety. Sometimes they are more dangerous than a natural one. What we are talking about is a FBI-CIA cabal that infiltrated the Trump campaign early on. Smoke is pouring out of the FBI building as we speak; this is a tell tale sign of more volcanic activity about to be released. From information flow leaking from the fissures atop the J. Edgar Hoover edifice warns of a violent eruption about to roar and destroy anything in its path. Stay tuned!

NUCLEAR DEAL WITH IRAN IMPLODES OBAMA’S LEGACY

What setting an agenda it is wise to bring the other side into negotiations. They may not want to compromise but realpolitik requires it. And Obama will not admit it, but the cause of him losing Congress and “lock her upthe election can be partly attributed to Obamacare. When the shoe is on the other foot a schism is in the realm of possibility – we are beginning to see the fissures; wider than those on the Big Island.

For instance Obamacare and the Nuclear deal with the Mullahs was a one sided affair. Obamacare was shoved down Americas throat, no negotiations with the Republicans but a quick “take this” and shove it where the sun don’t shine. We all know how Obamacare turned out – being eviscerated by the Trump administration. Its carcass lies waiting for the rest of the vultures to pick it clean. And don’t say we didn’t warn you on the Nuclear bargain. Obama didn’t go to Congress because they were dead set against it. So again the Muslim in Chief once again shoved it down our throats. And to boot he greased their skids with $150 billion. ENTER DONALD TRUMP.

 

President Trump is withdrawing the U.S. from the controversial Iran nuclear deal and imposing greater sanctions on the Middle Eastern nation, he said from the White House on May 8.

Calling the 2015 landmark accord “decaying and rotten,” Trump said the U.S. would “not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail” and promised to reinstate the highest level of sanctions on Iran. For months, Trump left open whether he would move to officially scrap the agreement or renegotiate it.

The deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), had lifted most U.S. and international sanctions on Tehran as certain restrictions were placed on Iran’s nuclear program. The historic agreement was reached by Iran and several world powers, including the U.S., in 2015 under Barack Obama’s presidency.

Top Iran official says country will up $$$ on ballistic missile program after US exit from 2015 accord. 

The Iranians are good at threats, but they now face several dangers. Their execution of increasing the magnitude of the ballistic missile program faces several challenges – Israel, U.S. Saudi Arabia and others that are waiting in the wings.

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“COME AND TAKE IT”

Trump To Cheering NRA Crowd: ‘Come And Take It’ (VIDEO)

The Battle of Gonzales was the first military engagement of the Texas Revolution. It was fought near GonzalesTexas, on October 2, 1835, between rebellious Texian settlers and a detachment of Mexican army soldiers .

In 1831, Mexican authorities gave the settlers of Gonzales a small cannon to help protect them from frequent Comanche raids. Over the next four years, the political situation in Mexico deteriorated, and in 1835 several states revolted. As the unrest spread, Colonel Domingo de Ugartechea, the commander of all Mexican troops in Texas, felt it unwise to leave the residents of Gonzales with a weapon and requested the return of the cannon.

When the initial request was refused, Ugartechea sent 100 dragoons to retrieve the cannon. The soldiers neared Gonzales on September 29, but the colonists used a variety of excuses to keep them from the town, while secretly sending messengers to request assistance from nearby communities. Within two days, up to 140 Texians gathered in Gonzales, all determined not to give up the cannon. On October 1, settlers voted to initiate a fight. Mexican soldiers opened fire as Texians approached their camp in the early hours of October 2. After several hours of desultory firing, the Mexican soldiers withdrew

TRUMP TO NUKE THE IRAN DEAL – KANYE WEST NUKES THE LIBERAL ELITE

Trump will give the Mullahs a taste of their own medicine; sending a message to the Middle East trouble maker. Our allies are bowing to the Muslim dirt for no other reason than economic. Effectively they are putting dollars ahead of truth, turning their heads to the nuclear ambitions of Tehran and the destruction of Israel. However, they don’t understand the kindling fire that has been set. Israel has no choice but to take drastic action against the ruling Revolutionary Guards. Once the button is pressed there is no return. So instead of making the world safer the Euro elite, Germany and France, have been taken on an Iranian carpet ride.

Kanye West has raised the ire of none other than Maxine Waters. “He is talking out of turn” she said.  Well take it from her, she knows what she is talking about, doesn’t she? What did he do to elicit such a berated response.  He spoke the truth and sometimes the truth hurts. Well this time the truth Kanye West escaped the Democrats’ plantation and people are losing their minds.

The rapper has found himself embroiled in controversy these past few days, even more so than usual. And fans, critics and fellow celebrities have reacted quickly and forcefully, often taking him to task for what some say are remarks that fly in the face of historical facts.
Last week, West went on a Twitter tear, tweeting about his admiration of President Donald Trump, calling him “my brother” and saying they both have “dragon energy.”
The artist raised a great deal of ire when he tweeted a photo of himself wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.
He then doubled down on his comments — and his determination to be a “free thinker” — by releasing the song “Ye vs. The People” in which he spars with rapper T.I., who has been a vocal critic of Trump.

But West surpassed even his own ability to stir up the masses when on Tuesday he suggested that the enslavement of African Americans in the US was a “choice.”

“When you hear about slavery for 400 years,” he said during a TMZ interview that took place at its headquarters. “For 400 years? That sounds like a choice.”

TIME FOR A SATURDAY NIGHT MASSACRE – AND HILLARY IS NOT CHARGED

The American public is fed up! This Mueller investigation is a sham; running roughshod over innocent individuals, ruining lives and preventing a legitimate president from carrying out his duties. The fifth estate is trying to bring down a freely elected President of the United States. Something they could not do at the ballot box. Continuing the Mueller investigation is a smokescreen to bring Trump down; a coup d’etat.  Democrat collusion with the FBI and now an incestuous investigation seeks to do what “jail the bird” failed to do, win in November 2016.

So there is only one alternative here. Fire Mueller, Rosenstein, Wray and Sessions all at once. Bring in Chris Cristie as the new Attorney General to clean up the job that Session has failed to do. There will be plenty of feedback from the Democrats and their partners in the media, but Christie is a big gun who will do what Comey, Lynch and Sessions failed to do – bring the lying cheating Democrats to justice.

A RICO investigation is called for into the Clinton crime syndicate. The DNC and Clinton paid for a fake dossier in order to de-legitimize a candidate for president knowing full well that they had the backing of the insider team of Comey, Strzok and Mueller. Time for Trump to exercise the power granted to him by the Constitution.

ILLEGAL TAKEOVER BY THE DEEP STATE PLAN GONE WRONG – HEADS START TO ROLL

Not one Democrat has been charged, not even a parking ticket written. Hillary Clinton still foaming with the mouth. Huma Abedin violates United States law and not even a parking ticket. Her perv husband doing time for sexting, but no charges for federal violations. Susan Rice illegally targeted Americans through FISA. Wasserman-Schultz stamped “FIX” on Hillary takeover of the DNC. Laws broken, no charges. And the list goes on and on.

But don’t despair because one kingpin has announced his resignation from the FBI.  Andrew McCabe, who is abruptly stepping down today as the FBI’s deputy director, has been the target of criticism by President Trump. But he was also involved in an incident with the White House early last year that raised questions about whether he and the bureau were trying to damage the president.

Strzok and Page, both of whom are under scrutiny after it was revealed that the former members of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team exchanged anti-Trump texts during the 2016 presidential campaign. 

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election has been clouded by revelations that two former members of his team sent negative text messages about President Trump.

In the messages, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who were romantically involved, bash Trump and discuss concerns about being too tough on Hillary Clinton during an investigation into the use of her private email server. The pair exchanged some 50,000 text messages throughout the presidential election and first year of the Trump administration, many of them with anti-Trump sentiments.

Here’s a look at who exchanged the text messages, and who will leave the FBI.

Peter Strzok is a veteran counterintelligence agent who was assigned to both the investigation into Clinton’s personal email server and Muller’s probe into possible collusion between Trump officials and Russians during the election.

Strzok was removed from the Russia investigation after it was revealed that he exchanged anti-Trump text messages with Page, a senior FBI lawyer.

ABC first reported that Strzok left the probe and was reassigned to the human resources division in August 2017.

According to the text messages, Strzok was hesitant to join Mueller’s investigation because of his “gut sense” that there was “no big there there.”

Strzok, a former Army ranger, also oversaw the FBI’s interviews with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. He previously worked on investigations pertaining to Chinese and Russian espionage, according to The New York Times.

Lisa Page

A lawyer for the FBI, Lisa Page was only temporarily on Mueller’s team, but she discussed the investigation with Strzok.

Page warned Strzok via text about the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state, saying in February 2016 that she “might be our next president.”

“The last thing you need [is] going in there loaded for bear,” Page continued. “You think she’s going to remember or care that it was more [DOJ] than [FBI]?”

Page, who has “deep experience [in] money laundering and organized crime cases,” was removed from the investigation in September 2017.

Andrew McCabe

Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe announced plans to retire in 2018. He has been heavily criticized by President Trump but who is he?

A controversial figure at the FBI, deputy director Andrew McCabe was seemingly referenced by Page and Strzok in their text messages.

“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office – that there’s no way he gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” Strzok texted on Aug. 15, 2016. “It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”

Some lawmakers believed “Andy” to be a reference to McCabe.

McCabe, whose wife ran as a Democrat for a Virginia Senate seat with financial assistance from a group tied to Clinton, was a controversial figure in the bureau. He repeatedly faced criticism from Trump.

“How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?” Trump asked in a Dec. 2017 tweet.

On Jan. 29, McCabe was “removed” from his post, taking “terminal leave” until his planned retirement, Fox News reported.

Republican lawmakers ignited a firestorm late on Thursday(2/24) after  they received a classified memo that documented extensive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act click (FISA) abuse that officials described as “explosive” and “absolutely shocking.”

Sources who viewed the FISA memo told journalist Sara A. Carter that “they would not be surprised if it leads to the end of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation into President Trump and his associates.” The sources predicted that it most likely will lead to senior-level government officials at the FBI and DOJ being removed from their positions.

A senior government official who viewed the document and could only speak on the condition of anonymity, since the document is classified, told Carter:

The document shows a troubling course of conduct and we need to make the document available, so the public can see it. Once the public sees it, we can hold the people involved accountable in a number of ways … some of these people should no longer be in the government.

Another official, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that they will “get this stuff released by the end of the month.”

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who viewed the FISA memo, told Fox News that he thinks government officials are headed to prison based on the information contained in the document.

“I think that this will not end just with firings,” Gaetz said. “I believe there are people who will go to jail. You don’t get to try to undermine our country, undermine our elections, and then simply get fired.”

TIME TO RIGHT A WRONG

Back yonder the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to none other than President Obama, who by the way was an unknown quantity at that point in time, but for some reason which we all know, was the greatest sham of the century . To quote the committee, “has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.” Have you ever heard of a bunch of garbage? Obama condoned the development of nuclear weapons in North Korea. He gave Iran the key to nuclear development by the mullahs. His foreign policy decisions were the white flag ticket to the Russians, Turkey and Isis in Syria. Don’t forget the 400,000 killed in this conflict. Obama is responsible for this blood letting; there is more blood on his hands then the local butcher.

Soon we shall see the Iran agreement that Obama agreed to come full circle under President Trump. May 12 is the date to watch. Foreign policy expert, John Bolton now part of the Trump administration, is not fooled by words, but sees the action on the ground in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon as the long arm of Islamic terrorist organization known as the Revolutionary Guards spreading their hegemony across the Levant. However, he hasn’t turned a blind eye to eventual encounter Israel will have with Iran. Seal of the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution.svg

For sure we know that past is prelude; Israel took out a partially built Iranian nuclear reactor in 1981 – the same holds true for a partially built nuclear reactor site in Syria -constructed by the North Koreans. Israel cannot afford to see the spread of nuclear weapons in the Middle East. Their defense establishment has the plans and operations ready at the get go to repeat the 1981 mission. This is not hyperbole, but it will be coming to a theater near you. Russia, will not sit idly by when the conflict goes full bore, we guarantee it. Along with the destruction of Iran’s nuclear capability, Syria will suffer a destruction of their military establishment too.

Mattis: Iran-Israel clash is close, but US military focus shifts out of Syria to Iraq

The dangers we face today are the result of Obama’s White Flag, he lived in a Utopian world made up of bad actors. The hoax here is that Obama was their point man. Obama, the man of peace as the Nobel Committee designated was not one at all, but a criminal perpetrator of war.

Do the right thing Nobel Committee, take back Obama’s Peace Prize and awarded it to President Trump.

ALAN DERSHOWITZ WEIGHS IN

Many traditional civil libertarians have allowed their intense hatred of President Trump to erase their longstanding commitment to neutral civil liberties and equal justice for all – a dangerous move that threatens the rights of us all.

The anti-Trump forces are now so desperate to get the president convicted of a crime or impeached that they are prepared to compromise the most basic due process rights of the president and people associated with him who are caught up in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ever-widening Russia probe and a related investigation of the president’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

The Trump opponents forget an important lesson of history: compromises that weaken the legal protections of our enemies are often used as precedents to weaken the legal protections of our friends – or of ourselves. Some of President Trump’s most vocal opponents might themselves be harmed in the future by the erosion of legal protections they are advocating for the president and his associates today.

Too often, today’s fair weather civil libertarians are unwilling to give President Trump – who they regard as the devil – the same legal rights that all Americans are entitled to.

Consider the issue of criticizing Mueller. Trump opponents view any criticism or even skepticism regarding Mueller’s past conduct as illegitimate – grounded not in fact, but simply motivated by a desire to help the president stave off allegations of collusion with the Russians to win election and allegations of obstruction of justice.

But no one – including Mueller – has the right to immunity from criticism or examination of his or her past record.

Mueller has a long record. He was an assistant U.S. attorney in Boston and the head of that office’s criminal division. He was later the head of the criminal division for the Justice Department and director of the FBI. His tenure in law enforcement paralleled the most scandalous miscarriage of justice in the modern history of the Boston FBI.

While Mueller was in positions of responsibility, four innocent people were framed by the FBI in order to protect mass-murdering gangsters who were working as FBI informers while they were killing innocent people. An FBI agent who is now in prison was tipping off organized crime boss Whitey Bulger as to who might testify against him, so that these individuals could be killed. The FBI agent also tipped off Bulger about his impending arrest, allowing him to escape and remain on the lam for 16 years.

What responsibility, if any, did Robert Mueller – who was in key positions of authority and capable of preventing these horrible miscarriages of justice – have in this sordid incident? Only a thorough and objective investigation will uncover the truth.

A former member of the Massachusetts Parole Board – a liberal Democrat who also served as mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts – swears that he saw a letter from Mueller urging the denial of release for at least one of these wrongfully convicted defendants. When he went back to retrieve the letter, it was not in the file, he says.

I see no reason to doubt his credibility.

This vanishing letter – if it existed – should surprise no one, since Judge Mark Wolf (himself a former prosecutor), who conducted extensive hearings about this entire mess, found there had been “recurring irregularities” in FBI record-keeping conduct involving Bulger, including possible “FBI misconduct.” And the judge made a finding that directly references Mueller’s state of knowledge regarding the “history.”

It is therefore not beyond the realm of possibility that Mueller wrote a letter to the Parole Board that kept one or more innocent men in prison – even if such a letter is no longer in the files. If Mueller wrote such a letter without thoroughly investigating the circumstances, he surely bears some responsibility.

Moreover, it is widely believed among Boston law enforcement observers that the FBI was not really looking for Whitey Bulger during the years that Mueller was its director. It is believed that the FBI was fearful about what Bulger would disclose about his relationship with FBI agents and other law enforcement officers over the years. It took a member of the U.S. Marshals Service to find Bulger, who was hiding in plain view in Santa Monica, California.

Recently a former federal judge, who used to be a civil libertarian, rushed to Mueller’s defense, declaring “without equivocation” that Mueller “had no involvement” in the massive miscarriage of justice. Her evidence is the lack of evidence in the files.

But absence of evidence is not conclusive evidence of absence, especially in this case.

No civil libertarians should place such great trust in government files, especially in light of Judge Wolf’s findings. They should join my call for an objective investigation by the inspector general of the Justice Department before they assure the public “without equivocation” that Mueller had absolutely “no involvement.”

But these “Get Trump At Any Cost” partisans have rejected my call for an investigation, out of fear that it may turn up information that might tarnish the image of the Muller and weaken his investigation of President Trump. Instead, they criticize those of us who point out that Mueller was at the center of the Justice Department and FBI, while this miscarriage of justice involving the four wrongfully convicted men occurred.

All civil libertarians should want the truth about this sordid episode – and Mueller’s possible role in it – regardless of its impact, if any, on the Trump investigation. Mueller also should welcome an objective investigation, which might eliminate any doubt about his role in this travesty. But too many former civil libertarians are prepared to sacrifice civil liberties and the quest for truth on the altar of “Get Trump.”

This is all too typical of the about-face many civil libertarians have taken since Donald Trump became president. I have previously written about the ACLU’s abdication of its traditional role in challenging governmental overreaching. For the new ACLU, getting Trump trumps civil liberties.

It is ironic to see many right-wingers being the ones to criticize overreach by law enforcement, while many left-wingers now defend such overreaching. Hypocrisy and selective outrage abound, as neutral principles take a back seat.

Conservatives used to say that “a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged.” I would respond that “a liberal is a conservative who is being audited or whose kid was busted for pot.” Today a civil libertarian is a conservative whose candidate is being investigated, while a law-and-order type is a liberal who wants to see President Trump charged with a crime or impeached.

I am a liberal who did not vote for Trump, but who insists that the president’s civil liberties must be respected to protect the civil liberties of us all. Just as the first casualty of war is truth, so, too, the first casualty of hyper-partisan politics is civil liberties.

Alan M. Dershowitz is Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Harvard Law School and author of, “Trumped Up! How Criminalization of Political Differences Endangers Democracy,” which is now available. Follow Alan Dershowitz on Twitter: @AlanDersh Facebook: @AlanMDershowitz.

BORDER PATROL CATCHES A DREAMER

Montes had left his wallet in a friend’s car, so he couldn’t produce his ID or proof of his DACA status and was told by agents he couldn’t retrieve them.” First of all who leaves a wallet with DACA status in a friends car. Go to Russia, get stopped by the police without identification and you are jailed for life. Lame excuse; never had DACA status. Check the picture of his relatives home – looks like a palace. Most Americans would give their right arm to live in such a place. Supposedly he suffered a brain injury in his youth and despite those challenges, he made it through special education courses and graduated high school in 2013. We paid for it, most likely at $50,000 per year cost, say $250,000 or more. He claimed that papers signed by him were not understood; then why did he sign them? “da”. 

 He lived with his mother and a younger brother, who was born in the U.S. and, thus, is a citizen. His mother did not want to be named or reveal her immigration status. Mother is also a criminal illegal who dropped an anchor baby. This must be addressed by the Supreme Court ASAP. Believe us when we tell you that this story is not unique, but typical of the illegal scum denigrating our country. 

And his rap sheet! How many Americans have been stopped three times for driving without a license? How many Americans have been arrested for shoplifting? Very few. 

HOMELAND SECURITY

First protected DREAMer is deportedunder Trump

Federal agents ignored President Trump’s pledge to protect from deportation undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children by sending a young man back to his native Mexico, the first such documented case, a USA TODAY examination of the new administration’s immigration policies shows. Oh wait, four convictions, one for shoplifting and three motor vehicle offenses – driving without a license. We have a criminal here in the making.

Juan Manuel Montes, 23, speaks in a relative’s home in western Mexico after he was deported by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Feb. 17, 2017.

After spending an evening with his girlfriend in Calexico, Calif., on Feb. 17, Juan Manuel Montes, 23, who has lived in the U.S. since age 9, grabbed a bite and was waiting for a ride when a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer approached and started asking questions.

Montes was twice granted deportation protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created by President Barack Obama and left intact by President Trump.

Montes had left his wallet in a friend’s car, so he couldn’t produce his ID or proof of his DACA status and was told by agents he couldn’t retrieve them. Within three hours, he was back in Mexico, becoming the first undocumented immigrant with active DACA status deported by the Trump administration’s stepped-up deportation policy.

“Some people told me that they were going to deport me; others said nothing would happen,” Montes told USA TODAY in his aunt and uncle’s home in western Mexico where he’s been staying. “I thought that if I kept my nose clean nothing would happen.” He asked that the exact location of their home be withheld.

Since taking office, Trump has followed through on his campaign pledge to crack down on illegal immigration by signing executive orders to step up enforcement against the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. The new policy calls for expanding the criteria for detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants and hiring thousands of new agents.

Yet Trump declined to revoke the DACA protections Obama had granted to more than 750,000 undocumented immigrants, repeatedly saying he had a soft spot for these young people who are leading productive lives and have few, if any, ties to the countries of their birth.

“They shouldn’t be very worried,” he told ABC News in January. “I do have a big heart.”

Even so, DACA enrollees are being targeted by immigration authorities.At least 10 are in federal custody, according to United We Dream, an advocacy organization made up of DACA enrollees and other young immigrants.

The group’s advocacy director, Greisa Martinez, who has DACA protection, said Montes’ case is proof that people like herself are at risk despite what Trump said.

“We’ve seen Trump and (Department of Homeland Security Secretary) John Kelly say, ‘The DACA program is alive and well.’ We’ve seen (House Speaker) Paul Ryan look straight into the eyes of one of our members and say, ‘You have nothing to worry about,'” she said. “And then this happens.”

Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday it could not discuss Montes’ case because of the department’s privacy policy.

After USA TODAY published the story, the Department of Homeland Security — which had refused a request for comment for 24 hours — said it could not confirm details of Montes’ deportation. Spokeswoman Jenny Burke said the department had no record of him renewing his DACA status after it expired in 2015, even though Montes’ attorneys provided a copy of his work authorization card that showed his DACA status was valid through 2018.

A group of attorneys filed a lawsuit in federal court in California on Tuesday requesting that a judge force Customs and Border Protection to release details of the agent’s encounter with Montes.

Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, part of Montes’ legal team, said it has requested information for months but has gotten no response.

“Even in this administration, because of Trump’s comments about loving these people, the integrity of the government’s promises are at stake,” Hincapié said. “How does an immigrant family today know that this is not going to happen to them?”

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The shy Montes was never a poster child for the DACA program. He wasn’t his high school’s valedictorian or a prominent advocate for fellow DREAMers.

He suffered a traumatic brain injury as a child that left him with learning disabilities that meant a constant struggle to keep up in school and everyday conversations, according to Hincapié. Despite those challenges, he made it through special education courses and graduated high school in 2013. He started taking welding classes at a Southern California community college and paid for it by picking crops in California and Arizona.

He lived with his mother and a younger brother, who was born in the U.S. and, thus, is a citizen. His mother did not want to be named or reveal her immigration status.

Court records show he has four convictions: one for shoplifting in January 2016, and three for driving without a license, most recently three months ago.

Those convictions are not serious enough to disqualify him from DACA protections, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the federal agency that approves DACA applications.

Montes received renewed DACA protections in January 2016, which keeps him enrolled through 2018. That is why Montes was confused when he was approached by the federal officer in February.

“They detained me, they took me to a center, they asked me a lot of questions, and I signed a lot of papers,” he said.

Montes said he couldn’t understand anything he was signing and was not given any copies. Officers walked him to the U.S.-Mexico border and released him into Mexicali.

There, he found a friend who put him up for the night. He called another friend, who drove across the border to return his wallet and bring fresh clothes. Then things got worse.

Montes said he was jumped from behind, mugged and beaten. At that point, he decided he needed to get back home. He saw some people using a rope to climb over a section of the border wall and joined them. He was quickly captured by federal agents, questioned again and deported again.

Burke, the DHS spokeswoman, said the department had no record of Montes being arrested and deported from California as he described. Instead, it only had a record of him being caught after climbing the wall on Feb. 19.

Last week, the department suspended publishing weekly reports on cities it accused of failing to cooperate with federal deportation efforts because it acknowledged the reports had been riddled with errors.

Today, Montes has reconnected with his estranged father and works in a gas station and a tortilla mill. But he’s counting the days until he can return to the U.S. and continue building his life.

“There I worked and studied at the same time. I only had six more months to finish (my studies),” he said. “I liked it there more than here.”