Finally, the Border Patrol itself, not the Border Patrol Union, is speaking out about the unchecked flood of illegal immigrants from Central America and elsewhere crossing our border, often with help from the Mexican Government (travel permits). BP Chief Mark Morgan says the illegals are coached to say the proper buzz words so they are allowed to enter the country, then disappear. (I know where they are – Montgomery County, hanging with CASA of MD!). Morgan also publically supports a border fence saying it works in tandem with proper BP staffing and access roads. Bring it on!
“Border Patrol agents warming burritos, babysitting for illegals, chief says”
By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times – Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Border Patrol agents have been reduced to “professional child care providers” for illegal immigrants, warming burritos and babysitting the families and unaccompanied children who are surging across the border at an increasing rate, the agents’ frustrated chief told Congress on Wednesday.
Chief Mark Morgan, who was tapped to lead the agency in June, said he has had to pull hundreds of his agents from patrolling against drugs and illegal border crossers in Arizona and California and shipped them to Texas, where they would be manning what amounts to day care holding centers, stocking baby powder and placing requisition orders for baby wipes.
“Agents, one of their jobs during the day, is to make sure the burritos that are being provided are being warmed properly,” he told the Senate Homeland Security Committee.
“It really is child care professional stuff that we’re doing: clothing them, feeding them, making sure that they get the medical attention, making sure that they’re able to sleep, making sure that they get appropriate meals during the day, make sure they have snacks, that meals are warm,” he said.
Contradicting his political bosses, Chief Morgan said lax U.S. policies are encouraging the latest surge from Central America and that a tougher policy of fast deportations could cut the rate.
At the same time, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was disputing his subordinate’s read on the situation, saying the rise in illegal immigrants stems from push factors — violence and deteriorating conditions.
“Experience shows that you can build more walls and you can put more border security on the southwest border, but you’ve got to address the underlying circumstances in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador that motivate a 7-year-old child to transit the entire length of Mexico, come to the United States for a better life,” he said at a forum sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center. “Until we start addressing those underlying conditions and until we build out the alternative safe legal paths for people to come to this country, we’re going to continue to deal with this problem.”
The Obama administration has struggled to handle the surge of 68,445 people traveling as families and another 68,541 unaccompanied children — those traveling without parents — jumping the U.S. border in 2014. The numbers dipped in 2015 but surged back in fiscal year 2016, with 59,692 unaccompanied minors and a record 77,674 family members.
In October, the first month of fiscal year 2017, some 13,124 family members and 6,754 unaccompanied children were nabbed.
Some of the stories of those who have crossed are heart-rending.
Sen. Thomas R. Carper, Delaware Democrat, said he encountered a Guatemalan boy in his home state who fled with his sister after encountering a gang back home. The teenager at first resisted joining but was told someone in his family would be killed if he refused, so he joined.
He balked when he was told that his initiation would be to rape his 13-year-old sister. That was when his parents decided to send both of them to the U.S., Mr. Carper said.
“The reason why they have the kind of violence down there is in large part because of us, because of our addiction to drugs and the flow of the drugs through those nations, and to come to our borders, we send them guns and money,” he said.
Chief Morgan said those are the kinds of cases that deserve special humanitarian relief. But he said too many illegal immigrants have learned to game the U.S. system by using code words and, according to intelligence analysts, fabricating stories to gain lenient treatment. Smugglers teach the migrants what to say, Chief Morgan said.
“We know that they’re coaching individuals on specifically what to say when they come here. They just rattle off and they memorize the magic words that they need to say so they’ll fall within the statute of credible fear,” the chief said.
He said the way to stem the flow is to convince would-be migrants that they will be stopped and deported — what he called a “consequence delivery system.”
“The reality is they come to the borders and they are being released. What that does is it sends a strong message to those folks in the country that if you get to the United States border, we’re going to let you in,” he said.
He said “basically 100 percent” of the children and families his agents are catching are being released into the U.S.
Immigration policy, perhaps more than any other issue, is likely to change as President Obama hands over power to Donald Trump.
During the election campaign, Mr. Trump promised a crackdown on illegal immigrants and said he would build a border wall and make Mexico foot the bill.
Chief Morgan said fencing does help stem the flow of people and has freed up 100 agents to be deployed elsewhere in San Diego.
“Do we need more fencing? Yes. Does it work? Yes. Do we need it everywhere? No. Is it the sole answer? No. It’s part of an overall multilayered strategy,” he said. “The fence is great, but if we don’t have access roads to get to the fence, it’s not as good.”
On Wednesday, Rep. Michael T. McCaul, a Texas Republican who is advising the Trump transition team and is in the running to be homeland security secretary, said transition officials are considering using the threat of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement to force Mexico to do more to stop the surge of illegal migrants.
“I met with the Mexican ambassador, and he wanted me to send the message that we have a shared interest in securing the border,” Mr. McCaul said at the forum with Mr. Johnson. “I do think with the NAFTA discussions that will take place that there’s leverage to get them to, as Jeh mentioned, secure their southern border. It’s a choke point, geographically very small, and that would actually stop a lot of flow from Central America.”
Internal Border Patrol documents reviewed by The Washington Times show Mexican officials are helping some illegal immigrants reach the U.S. Thousands of Haitians who have been living in Brazil and Chile since the 2010 earthquake in their home country have streamed north this year, and Mexican authorities issue them 20-day travel permits — enough time to cross from south to north and reach the U.S. border, where they can demand asylum.
The Mexican Embassy in Washington did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday about the threat to use NAFTA to wring concessions out of the government there.
Look Who’s Back
It’s former Department of Homeland Security Secretary, the “lovely and talented” Janet Napolitano. Miss her? Janet still wants to make policy while being the University of California President. So she sent President-elect Trump a letter saying she is going to protect her illegal immigrant students on campus from possible deportation, and will continue to admit illegals to the UC universities and community colleges on equal footing with citizen students (now that is diversity). Yes, Janet is making policy, neo-Confederate policy, as the Federal government has jurisdiction over immigration, not the states.
This is the same Janet, by the way, who announced to the world some years ago that the U.S. border was secure. Actually, if the border was secure there would be no illegal immigrant students in the UC system for Janet to protect.
“Janet Napolitano vows to protect undocumented California college students”
By Jessica Chasmar – The Washington Times – Thursday, December 1, 2016
The University of California system announced Wednesday that campus police will not undertake joint efforts with any law enforcement agencies to investigate students suspected of breaking federal immigration laws.
Police officers at the UC’s 10 campuses will not contact, detain, question or arrest any individual solely on the basis of immigration status, except as required by law, the school system said in a statement.
The move comes in response to the election of Donald Trump, who has promised a widespread crackdown on illegal immigration.
“While we still do not know what policies and practices the incoming federal administration may adopt, given the many public pronouncements made during the presidential campaign and its aftermath, we felt it necessary to reaffirm that UC will act upon its deeply held conviction that all members of our community have the right to work, study and live safely and without fear at all UC locations,” UC President Janet Napolitano, the former secretary of Homeland Security under President Obama, said in a release.
Anita Casavantes Bradford, who heads UC Irvine’s Committee on Equity and Inclusion for Undocumented Students, said she was reassured by Ms. Napolitano’s statement, the Orange County Register reported.
“They are among our most talented, motivated and engaged students,” she said. “They are an important asset to our university and our communities, and I’m glad that President Napolitano has shown, through her principled statement and actions, that she also recognizes the contributions that undocumented young people and their families make to our state.”
On Tuesday, Ms. Napolitano, Cal State chancellor Timothy White and Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor-designate of California Community Colleges, sent a joint letter to Mr. Trump asking him let the students in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), or Dreamers, continue their higher education “without fear of being arrested, deported, or rounded up for just trying to learn.”
Mr. Trump has said he will terminate DACA, an executive action signed into law by President Obama in 2012 that gives undocumented students temporary legal residence and a two-year work permit. A wave of campus protests across the country are now calling for their schools to be turned into sanctuary campuses for undocumented students. As of Thursday afternoon, 440 university presidents had signed a letter supporting DACA.
Ms. Napolitano, who as secretary of Homeland Security signed DACA in 2012, wrote an op-ed for The New York Times on Wednesday defending the program.
“Dreamers, among other requirements, came to the United States as children, developed deep roots in the country and have become valuable contributors to their community. They must be in high school or have a diploma, or be a veteran, and they cannot have been convicted of a felony or major misdemeanor,” she wrote.
“Today, there are nearly three-quarters of a million Dreamers who no longer have to constantly fear an encounter with an immigration enforcement agent. Instead, they can live, study and work freely. Many are now studying at the system I lead, the University of California,” she continued.
“Some of the debate about the future of DACA suggests that it provides Dreamers an official immigration status or a pathway to citizenship. As the memorandum establishing the program made clear, this is not the case. Only Congress has the power to confer those rights,” Ms. Napolitano wrote. “Rather, the program reflects the executive branch doing what it properly does every day — making decisions about how to best use resources within the framework of existing law. There is no reason to abandon these sensible priorities now.”
How Trump Could Ruin His Presidency
By Ann Coulter
December 1, 2016, 7:00 am
Soon after Trump’s announcement speech, I said he would win the nomination and likely the election. It wasn’t that hard to predict. For anyone familiar with the Republican Party’s repeated betrayals of the American people, it was a 2-foot putt.
I issue this warning with the same certitude — in fact, for the exact same reason I knew anyone running on Trump’s platform would have unbreakable support from millions of voters.
What coalesced Trump’s base, what made his support tempered steel, was the fact that voters had been lied to, over and over again — on many things, but most smugly and repeatedly on immigration
How many times did we have to see the GOP choke? There’s 30 seconds left in the game, Republicans are down by two, they move the ball up the court, have a man in position — and, every time, the GOP would do anything to avoid taking the 3-point shot.
That is the beating heart of the anger that voters felt toward the party. No one trusted Republicans to ever score when they had the ball.
It’s why Trump’s supporters stuck with him through thick and thin — his attack on war hero John McCain (he deserved it ), his mocking a disabled reporter (a lie), his lazy first debate performance (totally true), and the “Access Hollywood” tape (oh well).
After he gave that Mexican rapists speech, and never backed down, Trump’s base would have brushed off six more “Access Hollywood” tapes. All because they think Trump will take the shot.
He’d better! As the popular vote proves, we don’t have 30 seconds on the clock. It’s only three.
But if he breaks a major campaign promise, his supporters will turn on him with a blind ferocity, dwarfing their rage toward Jeb! because Trump’s is the more exquisite con. He will have duped them. And he will never, ever, ever get them back.
Most of his promises can be kept with little trouble: He will appoint good judges, cut regulations, replace Obamacare and renegotiate trade deals. In other words, he’ll do all the things any Republican president would do — plus the trade deals.
But the moment Trump attempts to make good on his central promise — to remove troublesome immigrants and give us our country back — every major institution in America will declare war on him.
Trump knows that. In his Phoenix immigration speech, he said: “To all the politicians, donors and special interests, hear these words from me and all of you today. There is only one core issue in the immigration debate, and that issue is the well-being of the American people.”
If powerful interests were not furiously opposed to Trump’s idea that immigration should benefit Americans, rather than foreigners, our immigration policies would already do so.
It will surprise consumers of American media to learn this, but every promise Trump made on immigration is already the law. Why? Because politicians know that’s what the public wants. So they pass the laws — and then refuse to enforce them.
But if Trump doesn’t appoint the sort of people capable of fulfilling his campaign promises on immigration, he will fail. He’ll be just another lying politician, and his supporters will watch in horror as rapists, terrorists and drug dealers continue living in our country.
There will be no one person to blame. No one is ever to blame in Washington. They just won’t get it done.
Then, well into the Trump presidency, some Muslim will commit a machete attack, shoot up a community center, stage a mass slaughter at a gay nightclub or bomb a marathon. There’s no question but that the terrorist attacks won’t stop — unless Trump nominates people who know what needs to be done and aren’t intimidated by testy New York Times editorials.
There will be more Americans like Kate Steinle, Grant Ronnebeck and Joshua Wilkerson killed by illegal aliens. There will be more children addicted to heroin brought in by Mexican drug cartels. There will be more parents joining the Remembrance Project.
But this time, they’ll blame Trump.
And then it will be Trump’s opponents saying, “What is wrong with our politicians, our leaders — if we can call them that. What the hell are we doing?”
If Trump betrays voters on immigration, he can have as many rallies as he wants, but Americans will say, Been there, done that — you screwed us. He will never escape the stink of broken campaign promises.
So unless Trump has another 60 million voters hiding someplace, the appointments he makes today — to State, Defense, Homeland Security, Labor, even the IRS — will determine whether he is remembered as America’s greatest president, or if the Trump name becomes a cautionary tale in American politics.
At this precise moment — not after his inauguration, not in year two of his administration, but today, as he fills his Cabinet — Trump has to decide if he’s going to be like every other Republican and throw a brick or grab the ball and score.
Whether he’s listening or not, his supporters are screaming: TRUMP! NOW! TAKE THE SHOT!!!
Grounded Aerial Surveillance Stopped 110,000 Illegals at Border
(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
By Jeffrey Rodack | Wednesday, 30 Nov 2016 01:45 PM
Surveillance flights nabbed 110,000 illegal immigrants trying to cross into the United State from Mexico, The Daily Signal reports.
The flights, operating under a program called Operation Phalanx, were shut down — at least for the rest of the year by Homeland Security — amid protests from elected officials who represent the adjacent area.
According to the Daily Signal, Operation Phalanx logged 2,800 hours of flight time in in the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo sectors in Texas since March. About 1,000 additional flight hours were reported in the Tucson, Arizona area.
The flights were credited with stopping 64,000 illegal border crossings in the Rio Grand sector and 25,000 in Laredo. Phalanx also apprehended another 21,000 people attempted to cross illegally in the Tucson area.
Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske maintained the program “provided tangible benefits to border security.”
U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas,) co-signed a letter of protest to Homeland Security along with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. John Cornyn, (R-Texas) All are trying to jumpstart the program for 2017.
The program used UH-72 helicopters flown by the National Guard. The aircrafts are equipped with night vision surveillance capabilities.
According to the Daily Signal, reports revealed more than 300,000 pounds of marijuana were also seized during the Phalanx operations.
Meanwhile, elected officials continue to be up in arms over the grounded flights, particularly Gov. Abbott, who took to Twitter to blast President Barack Obama. Obama is doing everything he can to open the border. January 20th can’t come soon enough. National Guard remains.
Brad Botwin, Director
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