The Obama Administration’s Homeland Security Hypocrisy

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After years of working hard to comfort America’s terrorist enemies and erase U.S. borders, the nation’s perpetually embattled attorney general is suddenly concerned that Middle Eastern jihadists are working together to create undetectable explosives that could be used to blow up U.S. airliners.

Intelligence reports suggest Islamic terrorists in Yemen and Syria have joined forces to make the stealthy bombs and this development is “more frightening than anything I think I’ve seen as attorney general,” Eric Holder said on ABC’s “This Week.”

The collaboration between Islamist militants in the two Muslim countries is a “deadly combination” of those who have technical skills and “people who have this kind of fervor to give their lives in support of a cause that is directed at the United States and directed at its allies.”

“It’s something that gives us really extreme, extreme concern,” Holder said.

Holder’s comments come as the U.S.Department of Homeland Security announced it was ratcheting up security measures at international airports. Individuals will now be made to demonstrate that their electronic devices such as cellphones and laptop computers are not bombs by turning them on at security checkpoints.

Such measures are “prudent steps that are necessary to protect the flying public,” Holder said.

Yet while Holder pretends to be a responsible adult, at the same time evidence has surfaced that security measures have been all but suspended at U.S. airports for newly arrived illegal immigrants in the southern states.

Breitbart Texas reports that illegals are being allowed to board commercial airliners without valid ID. “The aliens who are getting released on their own recognizance are being allowed to board and travel commercial airliners by simply showing their Notice to Appear forms,” said Hector Garza, a spokesman for Local 2455 of the National Border Patrol Council. (NBPC is the labor union representing about 17,000 Border Patrol agents and support personnel assigned to that law enforcement organization.)

“This is not the CBP [Customs and Border Protection] or another federal agency renting or leasing an aircraft, these are the same planes that the American public uses for domestic travel,” said Garza.

This just adds insult to injury. Not only are we releasing unknown illegal aliens onto American streets, but we are allowing them to travel commercially using paperwork that could easily be reproduced or manipulated on any home computer. The Notice to Appear form has no photo, anyone can make one and manipulate one. They do not have any security features, no watermark, nothing. They are simply printed on standard copy paper based on the information the illegal alien says is the truth.

Added Garza:

We do not know who these people are, we often have to solely rely on who they say they are, where they say they came from, and the history they say they have. We know nothing about most of them, ICE releases them into the American public, and now they are boarding aircraft at will with a simple paper document that anyone can easily alter or reproduce themselves.

Central Americans are not the only people crossing our border and being released. Does anyone actually think that cartels and others criminal or possible terrorist organizations are not taking advantage of the fact that we are having to leave our border wide open while we reassigning the majority of our agents to process family units and minors? Of course this situation is being exploited by such threats.

NBPC Vice President Shawn Moran told Washington, D.C. radio station WMAL’s Larry  O’Connor yesterday that the ongoing invasion by illegal aliens is straining Border Patrol resources.

“We don’t normally have these large groups of people trying to surrender to us,” Moran said. “They are tying up officers in the field and we believe this is being orchestrated for the benefit of the drug cartels.”

The Border Patrol has caught plenty of illegal immigrants from countries that the U.S. regards as state sponsors of terrorism, he said, adding he is concerned that terrorists are “trying to fit in with the groups that we’re catching.”

Obama administration officials like Holder are now giving Oscar-worthy performances, posing as public servants deeply worried about the nation’s porous southern border. They are providing political cover for the president who has been trying ever since his January 2009 swearing-in to generate disorder at the border.

President Obama gave a green light to the current wave of illegal immigrants when he indicated he has no interest in enforcing U.S. immigration laws.

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Out of Control Border – Open Invitation to Terrorists

8df0455e-efb9-40e1-b03c-1d342d7d8037Does Obama Believe in Terrorism? by Kevin McCullough at Town Hall, Jul 13, 2014:

I’ve been caught asking myself the same question many times this week.

“Does our President believe in terrorism?”
No, I’m not asking if he personally believes in the use of terrorism, or the ideology of terrorism, or the effectiveness of the weapon of terrorism. Some of my critics are already condemning me for not asking that question from the start. And as well intentioned as some are who would hold those positions, I feel a need to break things down into even more succinct pieces.
Does President Obama believe in terrorism’s existence and imminence in the days we live this very minute?
Normally it would be easy to laugh off such a question from an opinion writer, but these aren’t normal days. The middle easy is burning down. Terrorists are shooting missiles at our best ally. We just turned five of the world’s worst terrorists loose in exchange for a man who got brainwashed to believe the terrorists. And then came this past week…
A source at the border patrol has informed me going back to the days of 9.11.2001, that on any given month (then) we’d have a dozen persons of middle eastern origin attempt to penetrate our southern border each month. In 2014 my source tells me that number is now regularly above a hundred. These persons look very much like all the others crossing the border, most have even learned some spanish, and like all the others they are blending in with, they climb the ladder, jump the fence, and wait for border patrol to pick them up.
This is important to understand given that in the past week–only due to diligent reporting–have we had it revealed that the executive branch of the federal government has authorized free rides for illegals to destinations of choice in the mainland of America. 300,000 “free” rides by our executive branch to people who “tell us” who they are–most days without any form of corroborating identification.
Which would be bad enough, until we learned from the stories coming out of the border that the Islamic State (formerly ISIS, an Al Qaeda faction) has made direct contact with Mexican drug cartels, and then pledged publicly to exploit our southern border. (Come to think of it, I’m pretty certain al-Baghdaddi wasn’t talking about taking a tour when he told his former captors in Iraq that he would “see them in New York.”)
So… to review we’ve got Al Qaeda ready to penetrate our southern border (if they haven’t already). They’re intent on killing us. And we may be giving them rides to anywhere in the lower 48 states.
Then came the information from the National Border Patrol Council, documenting that the same Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) that feels you up, or looks at you on naked machines at airports has been ordered to allow these aliens to fly on commercial jet-liners (no doubt at partial tax-payer expense) with nothing more than their “Notice to Appear” paper from their initial hearing when they arrive in the USA. And as long as they have these easily forged papers TSA can not ask them any further questions about identity. They are then using that form of identification to fly anywhere they wish in the country.
This loosely enforced “security” could put active members of Al Qaeda or any number of other Muslim Brotherhood groups into the heart of New York, DC, or other prime target rich environments. Almost over night, and almost undetected to the good people of America.
The President isn’t stopping the border crossings where nearly 100 for every 4000 that are coming across (and that’s the per day average) turn out to be people of middle eastern origins. The President isn’t requiring the illegal visitors to face the law and it’s Biblically acceptable enforcement. In some cases the crossers are making their initial appearances by SKYPE to a desk operation four states over. The President has instructed the border patrol to play nice and not get into confrontational situations. The President has ordered more than a quarter of a million personal rides to those who wish to meet up with relatives, friend’s, and just people that they know. And the President has not reversed the silly edict allowing anyone in the USA to fly without an ID.
In other words he’s acting as though he firmly doubts that America is being readied for another major-bigger-than-the-previous-record-setting terror attack.
But beyond that he’s actively doing as much as possible to get us as close to that possible reality.
Well he then must believe that Al Qaeda is less of a threat now than it has been in the past. He must believe that there is nothing of significance happening in the Middle East. And his 72% approval rating amongst the world’s muslim population must be because they believe “hope and change” are coming.
For if he believed that a caliphate being established was a dangerous thing, if he believed that evil people exist and are seeking our demise as we read this, and if he believed that these border policies are providing enormous holes in our security for the bad people to do what they want to do…
Then surely he’d ignore his pro-Muslim-brotherhood advisers and do what was best for the welfare of the people he swore an oath to protect.
Right?

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DML on terror threat at the border:

 

Jeanine Pirro accuses Obama of implementing a “Trojan Horse” strategy:

 

Frank Gaffney speaks with Judge Jeanine Pirro about the possibility that ISIS will use the current border crisis to entering the United States:

 

Perry: Securing the border is ‘one of the highest priorities for this country from a national security standpoint’

 

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Daniel Greenfield on The Invasion on Our Southern Border – on The Glazov Gang

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This week’s special guest on The Glazov Gang was Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center who writes the blog, The Point, at Frontpagemag.com.

Daniel discussed The Invasion on Our Southern Border, unveiling the horror of Obama’s border disaster. He also discussed Israel vs. Hamas, Obama’s Iraq Throwaway, Hillary’s Rape Defense Lies, and much, much more.

Border Security and the Immigration Colander

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When you consider how many ways an alien may enter the United States it is absurd to focus all attention on just the Southwest Border of the United States that involves just four of America’s 50 states.

In point of fact, it has been estimated that 40% of the illegal aliens who are present in the United States did not run our border and evade the inspections process that is supposed to prevent the entry of aliens whose presence would be harmful to America or Americans but entered the United States through ports of entry and went on, in various ways, to violate the terms of their admission into the United States.

Furthermore, some illegal aliens gain entry into the United States by stowing away on ships, illegal disembark from ships on which they work and are referred to as “ship-jumpers” or enter without inspection from Canada.

Yet the immigration debate has disingenuously focused nearly exclusively, on the need to secure America’s Southwest Border that is supposed to separate the United States from Mexico.

Of course, given the ongoing crisis involving tens of thousands of unaccompanied minor illegal aliens, primarily from Central America, who are showing up along the Southwest Border of the United States having illegally entered the United States, it is clear that this border must be made secure.  However, it is foolhardy to not pay attention to all of the other entry points and methods of entry employed by illegal aliens.  It is no less foolish to ignore the other failings of the immigration system that enable criminals and terrorists to game the process by which visas are issued and immigration benefits are conferred upon aliens.

The easiest way to visualize the immigration system is to consider the configuration of a colander.

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines a colander thusly:

col·an·der noun \ˈkä-lən-dər, ˈkə-\

: a bowl that has many small holes and that is used for washing or draining food

Consider that each of the holes in the colander is comparable to a hole in the immigration system.  Politicians who attempt to convince us that all that is necessary as a pre-requisite for implementing Comprehensive Immigration Reform is to secure the US/Mexican border are, in essence, claiming that if you plug one hole in the bottom of a colander it could then be used as a bucket to carry water.

How preposterous is that?

If you want to use a colander as a bucket to carry water, all of the holes need to be plugged.

No less than national security and public safety hang in the balance.

Imagine that from time to time that colander is not used to carry water but a deadly liquid, that must not be released.  This is not unlike the fact that among the aliens seeking to enter the United States in violation of our laws, are terrorists and pernicious criminals with deadly intentions.

Yet the politicians are so hell-bent on passing Comprehensive Immigration Reform that they willfully ignore the other failures of the immigration system upon which national security depends.

Think back to the politicians who, in the wake of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, demanded to know “Why no one connected the dots?”  Think back to the statements frequently made that the terrorists need to get it right only once while our government needs to get it right 100% of the time.

Each hole in the colander represents a hole in the system which must get it right 100% of the time.

The concept of getting it right at all times was, and continues to be used, as justification for the continual erosion of our expectations of privacy and freedom.

This concept is used as justification for the ever more invasive search we are forced to undergo before boarding airliners.  Indeed, we generally accept these invasive searches because of our concerns about the potential that hijackers could once again take control of an airliner and use it as a de facto cruise missile.

However, there are many ways that terrorists can launch attacks inside the United States that don’t involve airliners, as we saw on May 1, 2010 when Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen who had immigrated to the United States from Pakistan and naturalized the year before he attempted to set off a car bomb, parked in highly congested “Crossroads of the World,” Times Square.

At the time of his arrest two days after the attempted attack, Shahzad was arrested as he sat on an an Emirates Airline flight waiting to take off for Dubai.  Reportedly more than a dozen of his accomplices were arrested in Pakistan.  All were reportedly acting under the direction of the Taliban.

On April 15, 2013 the Tsarnaev brothers carried out a deadly attack on the Boston Marathon.  The Tsarnaev family had been granted political asylum in the United States when they claimed “credible fear” that they could not safely return to their native Russia — that they would face persecution or worse.  No sooner had their applications for asylum been approved than they voluntarily returned to Russia.  It would certainly appear that they committed fraud in their applications.

On May 2, 2013 I was interviewed by Megyn Kelly of Fox News to discuss the immigration aspects of this case. Fox News posted a video of the interview on its website with the title: “Immigration Expert: The System Failed in Boston and Keeps on Failing.”

Our government should be as determined to keep terrorists and transnational criminals out of the United States as it is determined to prevent terrorists from gaining access to airliners.

Yet our government refuses to do what is necessary to prevent the entry of international terrorists and transnational criminals into the United States.  As a consequence we live among millions of illegal aliens who evaded the inspections process conducted at ports of entry by CBP (Customs and Border Protection) Inspectors, that is supposed to keep dangerous foreign nationals out of the United States.

Consider the first paragraph found in the preface of the The 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel:

“It is perhaps obvious to state that terrorists cannot plan and carry out attacks in the United States if they are unable to enter the country. Yet prior to September 11, while there were efforts to enhance border security, no agency of the U.S. government thought of border security as a tool in the counterterrorism arsenal. Indeed, even after 19 hijackers demonstrated the relative ease of obtaining a U.S. visa and gaining admission into the United States, border security still is not considered a cornerstone of national security policy. We believe, for reasons we discuss in the following pages, that it must be made one.”

If you doubt that our borders lack integrity, you may certainly consider the situation unfolding on the Southwest Border that has, of late, garnered such focused press coverage.  You may also consider that the United States is currently suffering from such a massive epidemic of heroin overdoses that police departments across the United States have taken to the unprecedented strategy of providing their officers with the antidote to heroin overdoses.

Heroin and cocaine are produced outside the United States.  Every gram of heroin and every gram of cocaine present in the United States represent incontrovertible evidence of a failure of border security.

It is worth noting that the proceeds from the sale of heroin and cocaine enrich the coffers of transnational criminal organizations and terrorist organizations, further endangering America and Americans.  It is worth noting that there is a direct nexus between drug use and crime- indeed, it is believed that the majority of crime, especially violent crime is connected to narcotics trafficking and the use of illegal drugs.

On July 4, 2014 NewsMax posted an article, “Rep. Michael McCaul: Military Bases Turning Into Refugee Camps” that began with the following paragraph:

Texas lawmakers have demanded that President Barack Obama finally secure the border, saying military bases are being overwhelmed as they house thousands of illegal immigrant children pouring into the United States every month.

The article further noted:

During a Homeland Security Committee field hearing in McAllen, Texas, attended by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, McCaul said that government statistics show 70 percent of the alien children risk life and limb to get into the United States illegally because they believe they will be allowed to stay.

“The border between the U.S. and Mexico is less secure than at any point in the recent past,” Perry told the field hearing, according to the Times. “Secure this border, Mr. president. Finally, address this issue and secure this border.”

Finally it is worthwhile considering this quote attributed to Rep. Bob Goodlatte the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee:

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican, said Border Patrol agents had told GOP and Democratic lawmakers during their field trip that “the best way to stop this crisis is through deterrence,” The Washington Times reported.  “They were very clear that deterrence must be the focus and there must be an end to the so-called catch-and-release policy.”

Chairman Goodlatte is absolutely correct — effective deterrence is undoubtedly the only effective solution to the immigration crisis confronting America and Americans today.

However, thus far, precious few members of Congress are willing to go beyond the concept of securing the Southwest border to include plugging the other gaping holes in the immigration system that go well beyond the U.S./Mexican border.

“The Social Contract,” a quarterly journal, published my article, “Political Asylum: Where Compassion and National Security Intersect” in its Summer, 2013 edition, on how fraud in the political asylum program currently enables our enemies to see in America’s compassion, weakness.

On November 20, 2013, ABC News published this disconcerting article “Exclusive: US May Have Let ‘Dozens’ of Terrorists Into Country As Refugees.”

On December 1, 2013 the Huffington Post ran a worrying report: “America Is ‘Less Safe’ Than 2 Years Ago, Intelligence Committee Chairs Say”

The report focused on statements made by Senator Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Senate’s Intelligence Committee, when she was interviewed for CNN’s program, “State of the Union.”

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Let the Little Children Come Unto Me: What is Behind the Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border?

Brownsville4jpgNER,  06/17/2014, By Jerry Gordan:

This morning on Fox and Friends I watched  a segment  with Texas Governor, Rick Perry.  He  drew  attention to the spike in Central American, Syrian and other Middle Eastern illegal immigrants seeking asylum . The Washington Times quoted as saying:

That the Obama administration has dropped the ball on border security and must improve diplomatic relations with Central American nations to stem the surge of illegal immigrants trying to cross the nation’s southern border.

This president is totally and absolutely either inept, or making some decisions that are not in the interest of American citizens, particularly from the public safety standpoint.

The federal government must step up because Texas does not have the money or manpower to protect its 1,200 mile southern border.

Then Perry went on to express an abiding concern about illegal immigrants harboring possible terrorist threats:

There are a record number of illegal immigrants that are being apprehended at the border that come from countries that are home to groups that pose a threat to the United States.

These people are coming from states like Syria that have substantial connections back to terrorist regimes and terrorist operations. It is a huge problem and a great concern.

 

Last week Fox Latino there was a report on radioactive materials in Mexico stolen by armed gun men at  the National Construction Lab. They seized Cesium 37 and  americium-beryllium  that could be used for  creation of  a terrorist device. Last December some thieves in Mexico stole a vehicle with deadly Cobalt 60 virtually assuring their demise from radiation sickness. Then we recall the 2011 episode involving  a Mexican drug cartel,  Iran’s Qud Force working with an Iranian American plotting to kill the Saudi Ambassador to Washington.  The Iranian American was convicted in June 2013 to 25 years for his role in the assassination plot.

chGovernor Perry’s comments come in the face of a veritable onslaught of unaccompanied alien minors and women and small children from Central America swarming our borders. There are daily reports news stories about youngsters being warehoused, and given medical treatment. They are given bus tickets to stay with alleged relatives on the promise to show up for a Immigration court  to hear  their petition for asylum. They are threatened with physical harm by the rampant drug related murders in Central American countries like Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

The Wall Street Journal investigated the concerns expressed by Texas Governor  Perry in an article yesterday, “Migrant Surge Jams Border”.

Frustration is mounting along the Texas border as federal officials struggle to check a surge of Central Americans illegally crossing into the state—an influx critics say is being aggravated because the Obama administration is allowing more migrants, primarily women traveling with children, to be released into the U.S. pending deportation proceedings.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) hasn’t disclosed statistics on how many immigrants it has released. But the agency has confirmed that due to a shortage of detention space in Texas, it has shipped hundreds of immigrants recently apprehended in Texas to Arizona for processing, and subsequently dropped some off at bus stations there, allowing them to travel to locations around the country until they can be deported.

Texas US Democrat Congressman Henry Cuellar  was cited in the WSJ report  pointed  to the  11,000 illegals who were effectively let go in the Rio Grande Valley and other border locations.  The numbers are staggering.  The DHS has stepped up deportations from 235,093  last fiscal year, up from 151,893 four years earlier.

The major concern are those unaccompanied alien minors as the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement calls them.  The number doubled over the previous fiscal year to more than 47,017 and federal officials expect that to double to in excess of 90,000.  Last Tuesday, the Senate Appropriation Committee authorized  $2 Billion to address the problem,  a billion more than the Obama Administration requested.  The Federal government has an obligation to handle unaccompanied minors separately.

The reality is the current surge is literally swamping the Immigration Courts system used to handle asylum and deportation matters.  Currently the backlog exceeds 350,000 pending cases.

The Refugee Act of 1980 was enacted to comply with international standards for handling humanitarian refugees which meant complying with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees program.  The Act has resulting in over 3 million refugees  being settled in the US,  granting them temporary cash benefits, Medicaid eligibility and a Green Card leading to US citizenship in five years. The refugee resettlement program has been fraught with fraud especially among Somali and other African refugees. It has allowed asylum for Iraqi terrorists in Kentucky  and on April 15, 2013, the refugee  Tsarneav Brothers  from Dagestan committed the Boston Marathon Massacre. Then there are Somali émigrés who  returned to their country to fight and die for Al Shebaab, an Al Qaeda affiliate.  The current crisis in the Middle East looms large on the refugee program with the prospect of more than 20,000 Syrian refugee eligible for settlement here.

The Refugee Act is overdue for an overhaul that a number of critics have suggested requires Congressionally sponsored  Government Accountability Office audits and  special investigative hearings. The estimated administrative cost of the Refugee Resettlement program exceeds $2 billion annually, not counting the recent Senate Appropriations aimed at dealing with the influx unaccompanied alien minors.  Add to that state welfare and Medicaid costs and some immigration experts maintain that the annual costs could well exceed $10 to 12 billion annually.

The late Sen. Ted Kennedy was a sponsor of the 1980 Refugee Act.  The co-sponsor of that was then Sen. Joe Biden. Vice President Biden  was on  a trip  this week to Central American countries endeavoring to stem the tide. As the WSJ article noted one Administration official said “that they were looking at ways to “enhance”  their support to these Central American countries. Further they are urging parents to ‘think twice’ about sending children on such a dangerous journey that doesn’t result in long-term residency in the U.S.”

So who is fomenting the current humanitarian crisis on our southern border?  Ann Corcoran of Refugee Resettlement  Watch suggested in a recent article that may be the same religious groups that were behind the so-called Sanctuary Movement of the 1980’s in the Southwestern US that sent illegals across the country, “Invasion on the border: religious groups telling them to come!

Corcoran cites a Border Patrol officer reflecting the comments of unaccompanied alien minors as to who told them to come here:

Cueto (Art Del Cueto, president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 2544 in Tucson) says when he asked a group of children about their motivation, they spoke of the “announcer on the radio” who encouraged them to head for the United States. Cueto says Central American radio, television, other media, and religious groups have all encouraged people to move north to the United States.

Who are those religious groups suggesting that these Central American children come here? The beneficiaries of the recent Senate emergency appropriation to take care of these children, Voluntary Agencies authorized by the federal Refugee Resettlement programs.   They are:

This surge is indicative of the Cloward Piven strategy espoused by two Columbia University social work theorists in the 1960’s. Their thesis was swamping the system would result in a crisis and force transformation to benefit the least able among us.  Thus, the voluntary agencies in the Refugee Resettlement community are simply following the Parable of Matthew 14:19 : Let the little children come unto me.   Jim Holt of the Gateway Pundit blog tells the whole story with this headline, “Obama’s Cloward Piven Strategy floods Southern US with Illegal Immigrant Children.

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Obama’s Manufactured Crisis at the Border

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On March 20, 2013, I testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the topic of “Building an Immigration System Worthy of American Values.” I concluded my prepared testimony for that hearing by saying,

Law enforcement is at its best when it creates a climate of deterrence to convince those who might be contemplating violating the law that such an effort is likely to be discovered and that if discovered, adverse consequences will result for the law violators. Current policies and statements by the administration, in my view, encourages aspiring illegal aliens around the world to head for the United States. In effect the starter’s pistol has been fired and for these folks, the finish line to this race is the border of the United States.

Back when I was an INS special agent I recall that Doris Meissner who was, at the time, the commissioner of the INS, said that the agency needed to be “customer oriented.” Unfortunately, while I agree about the need to be customer oriented what Ms. Meissner and too many politicians today seem to have forgotten is that the “customers” of the INS and of our government in general, are the citizens of the United States of America.

As bad as things were 15 months ago when I testified before that Senate hearing, things have gotten far worse. A human tidal wave of young illegal aliens is now crashing on America’s southern border each and every day. They have been spurred on by the clear messages being sent to aspiring illegal aliens from around the world that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), an agency that is charged with protecting our homeland, has been reduced to providing concierge service for aliens who violate our borders and violate our immigration laws.

It has been said that we only get one opportunity to make a first impression. Generally speaking, the first laws foreign nationals encounter when they deal with the United States are our immigration laws. The statements of the president and high-ranking members of his administration could not provide more encouragement to people from around the world that our borders and our laws do not matter.

When Congress repeatedly refused to go along with the DREAM Act, the president acted unilaterally invoking what he deemed “prosecutorial discretion” to provide hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who may be as old as 31 years of age with temporary lawful status, including employment authorization, if they claim to have entered the United States before their 16th birthday. I purposely used the term “if they claim” because these hundreds of thousands of un-inspected aliens will most likely not be interviewed nor will agents be made available to conduct investigations into the applications that they file. This is a virtual open invitation to fraud.

On June 17, 2012 Fox News Latino published my op-ed “Obama Invokes Prosecutorial Discretion to Circumvent Constitution and Congress,” in which I raised my concerns about this ill-conceived program initiated by the president to do an end-run around Congress, the legislative process and, indeed, the Constitution.

It is vital to note that the 9/11 Commission identified immigration fraud as a key tool used by terrorists to enter the United States and embed themselves in the country, yet the issue of the 9/11 Commission, its report or the companion report issued by the 9/11 Commission staff known as The 9/11 Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel, are almost never raised by politicians from either side of the political aisle.

Here is the way that the preface of the staff report on terrorist travel begins:

It is perhaps obvious to state that terrorists cannot plan and carry out attacks in the United States if they are unable to enter the country. Yet prior to September 11, while there were efforts to enhance border security, no agency of the U.S. government thought of border security as a tool in the counterterrorism arsenal. Indeed, even after 19 hijackers demonstrated the relative ease of obtaining a U.S. visa and gaining admission into the United States, border security still is not considered a cornerstone of national security policy. We believe, for reasons we discuss in the following pages, that it must be made one.

This paragraph is found on page 98 under the title “Immigration Benefits”:

Terrorists in the 1990s, as well as the September 11 hijackers, needed to find a way to stay in or embed themselves in the United States if their operational plans were to come to fruition. As already discussed, this could be accomplished legally by marrying an American citizen, achieving temporary worker status, or applying for asylum after entering. In many cases, the act of filing for an immigration benefit sufficed to permit the alien to remain in the country until the petition was adjudicated. Terrorists were free to conduct surveillance, coordinate operations, obtain and receive funding, go to school and learn English, make contacts in the United States, acquire necessary materials, and execute an attack.

While advocates for comprehensive immigration reform refer to aliens who evade the inspections process as simply being “undocumented” in an obvious attempt to minimize the true significance of how they violated our laws, the hard truth is that they are un-inspected. The term my colleagues and I used at the former INS to describe this method of entering the United States is EWI (Entry Without Inspection).

On June 3rd I was interviewed by Andrew Wilkow on his program on the Blaze TV Network about the crisis on our border created by our own government.

As I noted during my interview, no rational person would get on board an airliner if he (she) saw fellow passengers get onto that airplane after sneaking past the TSA personnel at an airport. Today, however, Americans in every town and city across this vast nation are being forced to live among unknown millions of foreign nationals who evaded a similar inspection process conducted at ports of entry.

One of the sections of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) is Title 8, United States Code, Section 1182 which enumerates the categories of aliens who are to be excluded. Among these classes are aliens who suffer from dangerous communicable diseases or extreme mental illness. Additionally, convicted felons, human rights violators, war criminals, terrorists and spies are excluded as well as aliens who would seek unlawful employment or become public charges.

While many Republican politicians may publicly decry the failures of the administration to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws, in point of fact they take no meaningful action because they also want to see a massive influx of aliens into the United States to satisfy the demands of their wealthy campaign contributors. They see the current disaster on our border as a win/win. They can make all of the statements that they want criticizing the president and yet, without lifting a finger, their contributors get what they want. Meanwhile the Republicans don’t leave any fingerprints at the “scene of the crime.”

Indeed, what is taking place is a crime, apparently violating the provisions of Title 8 USC § 1324 – Bringing in and harboring certain aliens, a section of law that is comprehended within the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The law states that it is a felony to aid, abet, encourage or induce aliens to enter our country illegally or remain in our country illegally.

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The invasion on our Southern border by child “refugees” helped defeat Eric Cantor

Screen-Shot-2014-06-09-at-12.33.37-PMRefugee  Resettlement Watch, by Ann Corcoran:

They have overplayed their hand this time.  Their strategy has back-fired.

Cantor offer to Obama: We can do something for the kids.

Who is they?  Obama, Cecilia Munoz, some in the Republican Party (Bush, Cantor, US Chamber of Commerce) and the open borders lobby including the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service*** which you know were helping spread the word throughout Mexico and Central America that the illegal alien “kids” were welcome to invade America.

And, they have squandered decades of the warm and fuzzy feelings that naive do-gooders have built up around the word “refugee.”   Earlier yesterday, as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s political death sentence was being meted out, I was struck by this article published at Human Events (hat tip Paul) on Sunday—-‘Cloward-Piven at the border‘ by John Hayward.

If you have never heard of the Cloward-Piven strategy read one of our posts on the topic from 2009 for some background.

It is not the connection to C-P that interested me so much as it was Hayward’s use of the word “refugee” linked to something that is so obviously disgusting to the average American—invaders expecting hand outs.

These teenage migrants from mostly Central America are not refugees and by pushing that mantra Obama and others have succeeded, better than critics of the program could ever do, in sullying the word that as I said has had an aura of pure goodness about it ever since the Refugee Act of 1980 (Kennedy/Carter) was signed into law.

As various political action and education groups have built up over the years working to slow immigration into America, those groups and their leaders have stayed away from criticism of “refugees” because apparently they viewed them as untouchable and above criticism in the public mind.

I wonder will all of that change now that these illegal alien invaders are being openly called “refugees?”

Back to Cantor and what his defeat could mean…..

Read that Human Events piece in which Hayward quotes Cantor:

“I have told the president, there are some things we can work on together,” he said in the WTVR interview.

“We can work on the border security bill together, we can work on something like the kids,” he said referring to his proposal to offer some undetermined variety of amnesty to the children and youths of millions of parents who entered the country illegally.

There couldn’t have been worse timing for Cantor—as thousands of “kids” showed up on the border obviously lured by Washington establishment talk of something for the kids.

And, here is a good comment to Erick Erickson’s analysis of the Cantor defeat (the Brat victory!).  Erickson doesn’t believe it was all about immigration, but some of his readers beg to differ.  And here is one of them:

‘The Rebel’ (emphasis is mine):

Cantor supported legislation known as the KIDS Act, which would give citizenship to children brought to the country illegally. Given the flood of illegal children on our southern borders over the past two weeks, I would say that was the deciding factor.

The biggest loser tonight after Cantor has to be Jeb Bush. They were tied at the hip on amnesty and common core. It wouldn’t surprise me if he didn’t win a single primary other than FL. Let’s see if he backtracks on his messaging now.

The other loser is Obama. If he thinks he can just ramrod immigration and amnesty through on executive orders, let him try. Not only would those endangered Senate Dems be finished, but other Senate Dems within reach by Republicans could also be in trouble. This earthquake will fire up the Republican base for November.

The refugee contractor lobbyists who stood to gain millions of new “clients” will be big losers too if the Senate’s so-called comprehensive immigration reform doesn’t become law!  (By the way, as the mainstream media beats this issue, very few will understand the connection between the contractors, who will be paid to service the immigrants/refugees, amnesty, and the invasion ofunaccompanied minors, but longtime readers of RRW will.)

Here is my solution to the “humanitarian crisis” (Obama’s characterization) on the border.  Load up the planes with unaccompanied teens (83% are above the age of 14, 77% are males), fly them to their respective capitals in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, turn them over to their governments to find their families, and threaten the withdrawal of all US aid if any of them set foot in America again.   A few flights like that and the rush will end, and it will save us one hell of a lot of money besides (Obama wants over a $billion to take care of the “kids.”).

Endnote: We asked on Monday: Where is America’s sense of self preservation?  Looks like it’s in Virginia’s 7th District (for starters!).

***Be sure to see the Lutheran’s #ActOfLove campaign (for the kids) just launched two weeks ago.

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Also see:

Breitbart Texas has announced a Border Security and Public Corruption Tipline. If you have information that is in contrast to the information being released by DHS, you are encouraged to call or email Brandon Darby, Managing Director of Breitbart Texas. The number for you to call is 877-204-2033 or you can email Darby via bdarby@Breitbart.com.

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BreakingNews24, May 30, 2014, ‘Kelly File’ Exclusive: Texas Border Patrol on Brink of Collapse - Arrests on the border 2,000/day – OTM (other than Mexican) has reached 75%

 

Dennis Michael Lync, June 9, 2014, A look at the major crisis at the southern border 

 

Steven Laboe, June 8, 2014, DOJ Grants $2 Million For Immigrant Youth:

 

Also see: Review: Holder Is ‘Obama’s Enforcer’ of Racialist, Lawless DOJ Agenda

 

PJ Media, June 10, 2014, PJTV – Illegal Immigrants Being Illegally Dumped in Arizona…Illegally

 

 

 

DHS Stonewalls Congress on ‘Hands Off’ Permitting Those with Terror Ties into U.S.

U.S. Homeland Security police officers / AP

U.S. Homeland Security police officers / AP

By Adam Kredo:

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is refusing to answer Congress’ questions about the existence of a secret terrorist “hands off” list that is said to have permitted individuals with terrorist ties easy entrance into the United States.

The existence of the hands-off list was first publicized earlier this month by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), who released a cache of internal DHS emails detailing the list’s existence and a discussion about permitting an alleged member of the Muslim Brotherhood to enter the United States.

The revelation that individuals tied to terrorists were given special treatment drew outrage among lawmakers and led U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), one of the agencies involved with the list, to hold a closed-door briefing with Grassley’s staff last week, according to a senior Senate source with knowledge of the meeting.

The Washington Free Beacon has further reported that the documents are part of a larger campaign by DHS and its former head Janet Napolitano to purge the internal security records of potentially hundreds of terror suspects, allowing them to more easily travel in and out of the United States.

When questioned by Grassley’s staff last week during the closed-door briefing, CBP officials refused to answer multiple questions about the purported “hands off” list, according to Grassley spokeswoman Beth Pellett Levine.

“The briefing on Tuesday yielded next to nothing,” Levine told the Free Beacon.

CBP officials would not address the specific emails detailing the “hands-off” list and maintained that no such record existed.

CBP’s attempts to explain “the discrepancy” between the internal emails released by Grassley—which specifically mentioned the existence of such a list—and the official denials by CBP leaders were “unpersuasive,” according to Levine.

CBP officials further refused to get “into details of the case,” making it virtually impossible for the senator’s staff to get concrete answers about the controversial list.

Grassley’s staff is currently working to organize “a more detailed briefing” during which specific details of the list can be revealed, according to Levine.

When asked about the briefing Wednesday, a CBP spokesman directed the Free Beacon to DHS for comment. DHS did not respond to multiple requests seeking comment on the issue.

Read more at Free Beacon

Growing Hezbollah Presence in Southwest U.S.

Hezbollah’s ‘business relationship’ with Mexican drug cartels is a driving force behind this phenomenon.

Hezbollah - LevittBY RYAN MAURO:

Terrorism expert Matthew Levitt writes that an increasing number of U.S. prison inmates have tattoos that are pro-Hezbollah or are in Farsi, the language spoken in Iran. The claim is made in Levitt’s new book, Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God.

“Law enforcement officials across the Southwest are reporting a rise in imprisoned gang members with Farsi tattoos” and some express loyalty to Hezbollah.

His book includes an eye-opening quote from another official: “You could almost pick your city and you would probably have a [Hezbollah] presence.”

Hezbollah’s business relationship with Mexican drug cartels is seen as a driving force behind the phenomenon.

In 2009, Michael Braun, former Chief of Operations for the Drug Enforcement Agency, said that Hezbollah uses “the same criminal weapons smugglers, document traffickers and transportation experts as the drug cartels.”

In April 2010, an individual named Jamal Yousef was apprehended in New York City. During interrogation, he admitted to stealing weapons from Iraq for Hezbollah. Yousef alone knew of a Hezbollah stockpile in Mexico that included 100 M-16 assault rifles, 100 AR-15 rifles, 2500 hand grenades, C4 explosives and anti-tank weapons.

An actual member of Hezbollah was captured in Tijuana in July 2010. His arrest was the smoking gun proof that Hezbollah is investing in building a network in Mexico.

Read more at The Clarion Fund

 

The following clip, “Radical Islamic Recruitment Inside U.S. Prisons” is from The Clarion Project film, The Third Jihad:

 

LYONS: The national security component of immigration reform

8_142013_lyonsnuah8201_s640x847By James A. Lyons:

In the various efforts to reform the U.S. immigration system, often overlooked in the debate is its impact on national security. The recent communications intercept of al Qaeda’s intent to conduct a terrorist attack or series of attacks against U.S. facilities in the Middle East and North Africa should also remind us of the likelihood of terrorist cells on American soil.

It is an acknowledged fact that since we have refused to secure our borders, we have facilitated the transit and infiltration of al Qaeda affiliated terrorists and narco-terrorists who are now living illegally in the United States. This is a serious national security issue, as manifested by the Boston Marathon bombing.

It should be equally disturbing that the Obama administration has cavalierly designated aliens — whether legal or illegal — as “customers.” According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas, these “customers” are to be “fast-tracked” to “get to yes” on their applications. What this means is that the director has instructed his staff that their job in processing applications is to “get to yes,” no matter the issue. With such a directive, national security issues are obviously ignored or bypassed.

Under current rules, the legal immigration procedures are as follows:

Applications submitted with verified proof of identity.

In-person interviews must be conducted, usually by a representative of the State Department.

Applicants must submit fingerprints, which are then checked by the FBI.

Trained adjudicators run background checks through the Treasury Enforcement Communications System, which includes immigration, criminal and intelligence databases.

If derogatory information is found based on the background check, then the case is referred to Immigration and Custom Enforcement so applicants can be further investigated, located and, if warranted, placed into removal proceedings.

While the current procedures are not perfect, they are effective under normal processing procedures. However, when U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services receives a sudden large volume of applications, as with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (President Obama’s version of the Dream Act), the following occurs:

No proof of identity is required.

No in-person interviews are conducted.

Background checks are superficial. “Hits” are not checked to determine if an arrest resulted in conviction.

Information about applicants who are denied Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival status may not be turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for removal processing.

Safeguards in the current application process are not only violated, but ignored under this accelerated process with an obvious adverse impact on national security. Will the Senate’s immigration-reform bill fix these problems, as well as President Obama’s version of the Dream Act? The short answer: Unlikely.

There are a number of major problems with the “Gang of Eight” immigration-reform bill, many of which adversely affect national security. They promise the bill will end illegal immigration with tough, new enforcement procedures. If it were only so. One of the basic problems is that the border-security enforcement “triggers” are weak and interior enforcement is basically excluded. It is a boon for illegal aliens — legal status and work permits are given before any enforcement procedures are implemented.

Read more at Washington Times

 

Dennis MIchael Lynch, Director of the films They Come to America I & II:

 

Also see:

The ‘Gang of Eight’ and Immigration Reform: ‘Bordering on a National Security Nightmare’ by Michael Cutler

With lure of religious classes, Iran seeks to recruit Latin Americans

AP -  This1995 photo shows Moshen Rabbani, former cultural attache in the Iranian Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

AP – This1995 photo shows Moshen Rabbani, former cultural attache in the Iranian Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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The Mexican law student was surprised by how easy it was to get into Iran two years ago. By merely asking questions about Islam at a party, he managed to pique the interest of Iran’s top diplomat in Mexico. Months later, he had a plane ticket and a scholarship to a mysterious school in Iran as a guest of the Islamic Republic.

Next came the start of classes and a second surprise: There were dozens of others just like him.

(Alejandro Pagni/ASSOCIATED PRESS) - Firefighters and rescue workers search through the rubble of the Buenos Aires Jewish Community center, after a car bomb rocked the building, killing 85 people, on July 18, 1994. Mohsen Rabbani, who currently runs several programs in Iran for Latin American students, was accused of the bombing.

(Alejandro Pagni/ASSOCIATED PRESS) – Firefighters and rescue workers search through the rubble of the Buenos Aires Jewish Community center, after a car bomb rocked the building, killing 85 people, on July 18, 1994. Mohsen Rabbani, who currently runs several programs in Iran for Latin American students, was accused of the bombing.

“There were 25 or 30 of us in my class, all from Latin America,” recalled the student, who was just 19 when he arrived at the small institute that styled itself an Iranian madrassa for Hispanics. “I met Colombians, Venezuelans, multiple Argentines.” Many were new Muslim converts, he said, and all were subject to an immersion course, in perfect Spanish, in what he described as “anti-Americanism and Islam.”

The student, whose first name is Carlos but who spoke on the condition that his full name not be used, left for home only three months later. But his brief Iranian adventure provides a window into an unusual outreach program by Iran, one that targets young adults from countries south of the U.S. border. In recent years, the program has brought hundreds of Latin Americans to Iran for intensive Spanish-language instruction in Iranian religion and culture, much of it supervised by a man who is wanted internationally on terrorism charges, according to U.S. officials and experts.

They describe the program as part of a larger effort by Iran to expand its influence in the Western Hemisphere by building a network of supporters and allies in America’s backyard. The initiative includes not only the recruitment of foreign students for special study inside Iran, but also direct outreach to Latin countries through the construction of mosques and cultural centers and, beginning last year, a new cable TV network that broadcasts Iranian programming in Spanish.

Regional experts say such “soft power” initiatives are mainly political, intended in particular to strengthen Tehran’s foothold in countries such as Venezuela and Ecuador, which share similar anti-American views. But in some cases, Iranian officials have sought to enlist Latin Americans for espionage and even hacking operations targeting U.S. computer systems, according to U.S. and Latin American law-enforcement and intelligence officials.

report issued in May by an Argentine prosecutor cited evidence of “local clandestine intelligence networks” organized by Iran in several South American countries. The document accused Tehran of using religious and cultural programs as cover to create a “capability to provide logistic, economic and operative support to terrorist attacks decided by the Islamic regime.”

Singled out in the report is an Iranian cleric and government official, Mohsen Rabbani, who runs several programs in Iran for Latin American students, including the one attended by Carlos. A former cultural attache in Buenos Aires, Rabbani was accused by Argentina of aiding the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in that city that killed 85 people, the country’s deadliest terrorist attack.

Read more at Washington Post

The Senate’s serial contempt

600x300x1403649799.jpg.pagespeed.ic.3n5w0HA2iDBy Frank Gaffney:

Contempt of Congress used to be a serious offense.  Those who were accused of it faced prosecution, fines and perhaps worse.

These days, we are being subjected to contempt by Congress – more specifically, by the U.S. Senate.  As it prepares to ram down our throats a seriously defective “comprehensive immigration reform” bill thrown together by the so-called “Gang of Eight” led by Sen. Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York, and several fellow travelers (notably, Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Republican Senators Bob Corker of Tennessee and John Hoeven of North Dakota), that contempt is palpable.  Let us count the ways:

O         Contempt for the national security: To be sure, what amounts to a Schumer-Corker-Hoevel amendment is ostensibly meant to fix our present border insecurity. A clue about its true purpose and character is that it has been put forward with the blessing of the Gang of Eight (rightly dubbed “the Gangsters) in the wake of their assiduous, and to date successful, efforts to prevent real fixes when they were offered in previous amendments.

In fact, as one of the most effective opponents of this legislation, rising Republican rock-star Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, noted at Red State on June 24th (http://www.redstate.com/ted_cruz/2013/06/23/latest-deal-from-the-senate-pass-amnesty-first-read-the-bill-later/), the “national security” amendment the Gangsters now profess to favor actually weakens existing border and interior security laws in a number of ways.   It also will, as a practical matter, end arrests and deportations necessary to enforce statutes relevant to illegal immigration.

At a minimum, the amendment persists in the fatal flaw inherent in the Gangsters’ initiative from the get-go:  It provides amnesty first, in the form of legal status as Registered Provisional Immigrants (RPIs), and national security second.  And there is no reason to believe that promises broken again and again in the past on the latter score will be honored this time.

O         Contempt for the Senate itself:  The order of the day is to jam through this legislation with limited opportunity to read the Gangsters’ bill, let alone seriously debate its contents.  The Schumer-Corker-Hoeven version is nearly 1200-pages long. And it amends the underlying Gang of Eight bill in myriad ways besides purportedly bracing up its now-acknowledged shortcomings on securing the border.

Two things seem to be operating behind these changes: 1) creating a false impression of that shortfalls in the underlying bill’s border and interior security provisions are being meaningfully addressed; and 2) buying swing senators’ votes by including a number of their favorite hobby-horses.

O         Contempt for the rule of law:  This legislation will reward with amnesty people who have, as their first act in the United States, broken the law to get here.  The Gang of Eight bill not only responds to such felonious conduct by giving individuals who may include terrorists, drug-dealers, human-traffickers, etc. the right to become U.S. citizens.  It also relieves them of any responsibility for having done what many did once they got here, namely broken a host of other laws, as well.

The end result will be not only to make citizens out of people we definitely do not want here.  The effect will also be to destroy the cardinal principle of equal justice under the law and, with it, our existing citizens’ confidence in their government.

O         Contempt for Republicans:  A number of GOP senators are evidently prepared to vote for this monstrosity on the grounds that, if they don’t, alienated Hispanic voters will condemn them permanently to the minority.  Actually, that will certainly be their fate if they do vote for it.

There is no persuasive evidence that Hispanic immigrants from cultures where government-dependency is the norm will align with a party that professes to revere individual responsibility and seeks to shrink the welfare state. Republicans simply can’t out-pander the Democrats in appealing to such a constituency.  What is evident, though, is that large numbers of conservatives and Republicans won’t vote for those who inflict this travesty upon our country.

O         Contempt for the American people:  The sponsors of the latest amendment clearly believe the public, their constituents included, are no wiser to the ways of Washington than when Obamacare was foisted upon us.  They contemptuously think we are too stupid to notice that once again we are being force-fed an obscenely voluminous bill, conjured up behind closed doors, with limited opportunities to read its contents before critical votes are taken and the promise that we’ll know what’s in it once it’s passed.

In his first Senate race in 1994, then-Rep. Jim Inhofe was running against a Democratic colleague, Rep. Dave McCurdy.  The latter made the strategic error of showing contempt for his constituents at some hoity-toity public event “back east,” declaring that folks in Oklahoma’s idea of quality entertainment is “sitting in a backyard with a six-pack of beer and a bug-zapper.”  In the hands of the brilliant political strategist Fred Davis, a devastating ad’s tag line ran:  “If that’s what Dave McCurdy thinks of Oklahoma, let’s show Dave what we think of him.”  In short order, the Democrat’s contemptuousness became the end of his political career.

Every Senator who votes for the Schumer-Corker-Hoeven amendment and, thereby, helps to enact what can only be correctly described as immigration deform, is on notice:  Later if not sooner, the American people will show them what we think of their serial contempt for all of us.

 

ICE AGENTS URGE SENATORS TO VOTE ‘NO’ ON IMMIGRATION BILL

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by MATTHEW BOYLE:

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) National Council president Chris Crane, an ICE agent and former marine, urged U.S. Senators on Monday morning to vote “no” on the repackaged version of the Senate “Gang of Eight” immigration bill.

In a statement provided to Breitbart News, Crane said the bill in its current form would allow criminal aliens and gang members to get amnesty and put the safety the United States at risk.

“Senator Corker–a lead sponsor of the 1,200 page amendment being voted on today–has admitted that needed interior enforcement provisions are absent,” Crane said, specifically referring to how Corker admitted–as Breitbart News detailed–that this amendment he is cosponsoring does not help fix the problems. “Senator Rubio, who promised ICE officers and Sheriffs that he would take steps to repair the bill’s provisions that gut interior enforcement, has abandoned that commitment. He directly misled law enforcement officers.”

Crane added that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a member of the Gang of Eight, admitted to ICE officers in private meetings that certain provisions in the bill would be bad for the country, but Rubio left those provisions in the version of the bill being voted on in the Senate on Monday.

“Senator Rubio left unchanged legislative provisions that he himself admitted to us in private were detrimental, flawed and must be changed,” Crane said. “Legislation written behind closed doors by handpicked special interest groups which put their political agendas and financial gains before sound and effective law and the welfare and safety of the American public. As a result, the 1,200 page substitute bill before the Senate will provide instant legalization and a path to citizenship to gang members and other dangerous criminal aliens, and handcuff ICE officers from enforcing immigration laws in the future. It provides no means of effectively enforcing visa overstays which account for almost half of the nation’s illegal immigration crisis.”

Crane said this legislation hurts law enforcement officers’ ability to enforce the laws of the country, and “empowers political appointees to further violate the law and unilaterally stop enforcement.”

“This at a time like no other in our nation’s history, in which political appointees throughout the federal government have proven to Congress their propensity for the lawless abuse of authority,” Crane said. “There is no doubt that, if passed, public safety will be endangered and massive amounts of future illegal immigration–especially visa overstays–is ensured.”

Read more at Breitbart

The ‘Gang of Eight’ and Immigration Reform: ‘Bordering on a National Security Nightmare’

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The “Gang of Eight” Can’t See Straight

February 20, 2013, by MICHAEL CUTLER:

In the wake of the recent elections, immigration has risen to the top of the list of newsworthy stories-in part pushed to that position of significance by statements made by key members of Congress and the President that “Pathways to Citizenship” must be provided to what they claim is a population of 11 million illegal aliens.

Some politicians, particularly those from the Republican Party, are being stampeded to act irrationally in a move to appeal to a segment of the American electorate, “Latino Voters.” We will address this foolhardy notion shortly.

While the Democratic Party has been most often seen as the party that was eager to enable and encourage millions of aliens, including illegal aliens, to enter the United States, the reality is that both Democrats and Republicans see significant gains to be achieved by opening America’s borders to aliens from around the world, irrespective of how they enter the United States.

What both parties have ignored is that America’s immigration laws were originally enacted to protect innocent lives and protect the jobs of American and lawful immigrant workers.

A Singular Issue

Immigration is not a single issue but is, rather, a singular issue that affects nearly every threat and challenge confronting America and Americans. The impact is arguably greatest where the issue of national security is concerned.

Prior to World War II, the responsibility to secure America’s borders and enforce and administer immigration laws was the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Labor. Back then it was understood that the key to growing America’s middle class and, in so doing, increase the standard of living for great numbers of American citizens, was to prevent American workers from being subjected to unfair competition from large numbers of foreign workers.

This is how the “American Dream” was born.

The responsibility of enforcing and administering immigration laws was transferred to the Department of Justice during the World War II out of a concern for the potential for saboteurs, spies and subversives to seek, in one way or another, to enter the United States. The concern was that they would try to attack America and its ability to turn out all sorts of war-related goods ranging from guns, aircraft, tanks, ships and other such essential machinery of war.

The primary mission for the five branches of the United States military is to keep America’s enemies as far from her shores as possible. In a manner of speaking, this is tantamount to declaring that their mission is to secure America’s borders externally while the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) is charged with securing America’s borders from within the United States.

When the DHS fails in its mission it undermines the efforts and sacrifices of America’s military men and women to carry out their missions. Yet all too often, this is ignored by the media and our nation’s leaders.

The Gang of Eight

During the past several weeks the White House has put together a “working group” of four Democrat and four Republican senators. These eight senators have come out in favor of enacting legislation that would grant lawful status and a pathway to citizenship for the officially estimated population of 11 million illegal aliens. In reality, it is likely that should such a legislative catastrophe be foisted on the United States, it would result in the legalization of more than 30 million aliens, many of whose true identities (even their countries of citizenship), their backgrounds and their intentions would be unknown and unknowable.

These senators are:

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

Sen. John McCain, R- Ariz.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.

Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill.

They are referred to as the “Gang of Eight.” Since Democrats expect newly naturalized citizens to support their interests and vote for their candidates, it is not surprising that they would seek to enact “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” that would provide an estimated population of 11 million illegal aliens with lawful status and a pathway to United States citizenship.

These politicians are often unwilling to distinguish lawful immigrants from illegal aliens. They are not really pro-immigrant but pro-illegal alien!

To provide clarity, the difference between an immigrant and an illegal alien is comparable to the difference between a houseguest and a burglar.

Legal Vs. Illegal

Those who claim that there is no lawful way for immigrants to legally enter the United States ignore the fact that every year the United States admits more than 1.1 million lawful immigrants. This is a greater number than all of the immigrants admitted into every other country on our planet. These immigrants are provided with Alien Registration Cards that comply with the alien registration requirement of the INA that began with the Alien Registration Act of 1940. These lawful immigrants are immediately placed on the pathway to United States citizenship. The United States also admits more than 150 million non-immigrant visitors every year.

Meanwhile, the Republicans know that many of their deep-pocketed contributors are eager to witness massive numbers of foreign nationals (aliens) entering the United States. Banks are eager to move the earnings of foreign workers from the United States to their home countries, while corporations know that the entry of millions of foreign workers-both legal and illegal, drives down wages. Labor needs to be thought of as a commodity. If the demand for a commodity remains relatively constant but the supply of that commodity increases significantly, the value of that commodity will drop precipitously.

There is, indeed, much money to be made by exploiting foreign workers.

Here is a link to an article I wrote that appears in spring 2012 edition of “The Social Contract” that is entitled: “Immigration: The Modern Day Gold Rush”

During Ronald Reagan’s second term as President, in 1986, the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) was enacted. This legislation provided for the legalization of an estimated one-and-a-half million illegal aliens. However, by the time the dust settled, it turned out that between three-and-a-half and four million illegal aliens had been granted lawful status.

In order to make this “one time” amnesty program palatable to those who opposed an amnesty for illegal aliens, IRCA also contained provisions that, for the first time, would penalize employers who intentionally hired illegal aliens with fines and even criminal prosecution. While it may have sounded like a good idea, these “Employer Sanctions” provisions of IRCA were largely unenforced because, at the time, there were only about 2,000 special agents employed by the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service). They were stretched far too thin, and only a relative handful of agents were ever able to conduct employer-sanctions investigations.

Today ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), the agency that was created in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, has about 7,000 special agents. But unlike the INS, ICE enforces a far broader spectrum of law including customs laws. Many of the managers of ICE came from Legacy Customs. These bosses have little experience in enforcing immigration laws and, all too often, even less interest in the immigration laws. Even when managers at ICE are willing and motivated to enforce the immigration laws, they find that they lack the resources and, even more importantly, the backing of the administration to enforce the immigration laws.

America has 50 “Border States”

Earlier I mentioned the way that both America’s military services and DHS are charged with securing America’s borders. It is vital that the true nature of our borders be understood.

Many politicians have come to refer to California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas as being “America’s four border states.” Incredibly, the Gang of Eight have decided that none other than Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of DHS, should be given the authority to decide when America’s borders are secure so that the unknown millions of illegal aliens present in the United States can be processed for lawful status and a pathway to United States citizenship. Does anyone expect her to say that she has not done a good job of securing America’s borders? Is this the only issue that should be considered?

Read more: Family Security Matters

20080110_cutlerMichael W. Cutler, is a retired INS Senior Special Agent. His career with the INS spanned some 30 years. He has provided expert witness testimony at more than a dozen Congressional hearings, he provided testimony to the 9/11 Commission and provides expert testimony at state legislative hearings across the country and in trials where immigration is at issue.

Mr. Cutler has been named Senior Immigration Editor at AND Magazine. His commentaries and weekly video programs that focus on border security and immigration issues especially where they impact national security, community safety, the economy and a host of other issues can be found at: http://www.andmagazine.com/category/talk_border.html

Jihadists exploit Latin America to finance terror

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Latin America has experienced a possible increase in terror financing activities by radical Islamists throughout 2012.  Consider the developments that have been revealed this year:

  • In September, published reports indicated that a Hezbollah camp in Nicaragua is training 30 operatives and is laundering money.
  • The Venezuela chapter of Hezbollah is using Panama for bulk cash smuggling for follow-on transfer to Beirut.
  • Some goods, possibly even missile components, are being exported via Panama directly to Iran.
  • The use of the Venezuelan air carrier Conviasa to smuggle contraband through Africa to Europe earned it an “operational ban” from the EU in April.  Hezbollah profited from the Conviasa flights.  It is unclear whether the ban interferes with Conviasa’s African flights.
  • Cuba was listed again by the U.S. in 2012 as a state sponsor of terrorism partly for the continued safe haven Cuba provides to terrorist groups FARC and ETA.  Havana is now also letting IHH, the radical Islamist Turkish charity that has been banned by Germany for its financing of Hamas, build a mosque in Cuba.
  • A trio of Hezbollah agents in Mexico was exposed during an arrest of one operative who had previously been convicted in the U.S. for credit card fraud that funded terrorism.
  • Ecuador was blacklisted in June by FATF, the international financial watchdog, for failing to make progress against money laundering and terrorist financing.
  • In its annual report in July, the U.S. State Department said, “Brazil has not criminalized terrorist financing in a manner that is consistent with the FATF Special Recommendation II.”

Given its Western heritage and deep Catholic faith, Latin America can and should be a natural ally in the war against Islamic terror.  Its energy resources make it a natural counterweight to the oil powerhouse of the Middle East.

But this wonderful opportunity to present a united trans-American front against jihad is being jeopardized by attitudes of permissiveness, ignorance, and political correctness.  American politicians like Michelle Bachman and Connie Mack who recognize the threat are written off as know-nothing xenophobes.  But the news this year indicates that they are correct.