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NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE | Immigration hawks don’t want House Republicans to include border-security provisions in legislation addressing the influx of unaccompanied children from Central America.
That counterintuitive position stems from a fear that Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) will use a conference committee — the panel of lawmakers who work to resolve differences between House-passed and Senate-passed bills — to force the House to vote on the comprehensive immigration bill written by the Senate “Gang of Eight.”
“Any immigration policy changes that House Republicans make and send over to the Senate is conference-able with the Senate immigration plan,” Rosemary Jenks of NumbersUSA, a group that advocates for lower immigration, tells National Review Online.
An aide to House speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) says there is no chance that the House would permit Senate lawmakers to smuggle the Gang of Eight legislation into a conference committee on the supplemental funding for the border crisis.
“Boehner said a year ago we aren’t going to conference on the Senate bill,” spokesman Michael Steel says. “He has reiterated countless times since that anything we do on this topic will be step-by-step, and that certainly applies to any legislation having to do with the current humanitarian crisis on the border.”
Still, that concern has dissuaded Representative Steve King (R., Iowa) from introducing a bill to change the 2008 human-trafficking law that provides Central American children with a slower removal process than children from Mexico or Canada.
“I don’t want to see a vehicle coming out of the House that gives Harry Reid a chance to attach the Gang of Eight language to it and then send it back to the House and say, ‘We have all of these kids that are down here pouring into the United States, and we can’t fix that unless you first pass amnesty,’” King, who was working on the legislation before the July 4 recess, tells NRO.
Boehner’s assurances don’t sway King. “If leadership says that we’re not going to accept Gang of Eight, that doesn’t mean they aren’t going to accept part of it,” he says. “I think they’re soon going to be advocating for parts of it. And that would include the border-security language. It looks like that’s already emerging as part of the [Texas congresswoman] Kay Granger work group. And that language, its origins go to the Gang of Eight, before [the Corker-Hoeven amendment,]” a provision that provided more funding for border security.
TOWNHALL | Over the past two years we’ve seen numerous firearm manufacturing companies leave liberal states with new gun control laws. Maryland is the latest to state to face tough consequences for its new harsh and irrational gun control law. Beretta, a firearms company that has been in the state for decades, is headed to Tennessee with hundreds of jobs in tow.
Beretta U.S.A. announced Tuesday that company concerns over a strict gun-control law enacted in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move its weapons making out of the state to Tennessee.
The well-known gun maker said it will move to a new production facility it is building in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin that is set to open in mid-2015.
Beretta general manager Jeff Cooper said that a sweeping gun-control measure that was passed last year initially contained provisions that would have prohibited the Italian gun maker from being able to produce, store or even import into Maryland the products that the company sells around the world. While the legislation was changed to remove some of those provisions, Cooper said the possibility that such restrictions could be reinstated left the company worried about maintaining a firearm-making factory in Maryland.
“While we had originally planned to use the Tennessee facility for new equipment and for production of new product lines only, we have decided that it is more prudent from the point of view of our future welfare to move the Maryland product lines in their entirety to the new Tennessee facility,” Cooper said in a news release announcing the move.
Last year Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law extreme gun control measures despite strong objections from the public. Currently Beretta employs 400 people in Maryland. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, overall the firearms industry employs more than 200,000 people, has an economic impact of over $33 billion each year and provides the federal government with more than $4 billion in excise taxes each year.
Marine Corps General John Kelly, Head of U.S. Southern Command, Says Border Security an “Existential” Threat to the U.S. Main Stream Media Ignores Him
BY THOMAS MARTEL | Breaking a trend of abysmally PC military leadership, the head of U.S. Southern Command recently dropped a bomb on the open borders crowd. Border security is now an “existential” threat to the country, according to the commander of U.S. Southern Command,Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly. [Top General Says Mexico Border Security Now ‘Existential’ Threat to U.S., by Molly O’Toole, Defense One, July 5, 2014].
Not surprisingly, the Main Stream Media has avoided Kelly’s comments. As of this writing, only one local CBS station has reported the story. This is particularly shocking because Kelly was a subject of a long Washington Post profile after his son, a Marine lieutenant, was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010. [Lt. Gen. John Kelly, who lost son to war, says U.S. largely unaware of sacrifice, By Greg Jaffe, March 2, 2011]
Ken Cuccinelli: Fed. Government Can’t Stop Border States From Protecting Themselves From Illegal Invaders
CHQ | While rarely discussed, Article I, Section 10, Clause 3 of the Constitution states as follows: “No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, OR ENGAGE IN WAR, UNLESS ACTUALLY INVADED, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.”
The border states that are being directly invaded by illegal immigrants – Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico – may constitutionally deal with the invasion themselves, at least as it relates to attempting to stop the flow across their own borders. And there is nothing President Obama or those in Washington can do to stop any of these states, if they are determined to act.
In the article below, Governor Perry appears to be prepared to call out the National Guard to protect the borders of Texas from the worsening invasion. He has full constitutional authority to take that action. Then-Democrat Governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson, did the same thing during his term as Governor.
However, in theory at least, President Obama could “federalize” the Texas National Guard, i.e., call it up into federal service, at which point it effectively becomes an active duty element of our national military answerable to the President, not the Governor of Texas. But as I said earlier, if Texas is determined enough, they can use their own police, sheriffs, Texas rangers, and whatever else they’ve got aside from the National Guard, and there is truly nothing the federal government could do to stop them.
The founders gave the states tools to counter-balance a failing federal government. It sounds like Texas may finally step up, where those in Washington have failed.
As reported at the reference, the FAA has prohibited US airlines from flying into Israel:
“WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration told U.S. airlines Tuesday they are prohibited from flying to the Tel Aviv airport in Israel for 24 hours following a Hamas rocket explosion nearby.
The ban began 12:15 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, the agency said in a statement.
“Due to the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict in Israel and Gaza, all flight operations to/from Ben Gurion International Airport by U.S. operators are prohibited until further advised,” the FAA said in its notice to airlines. The rocket strike landed about 1 mile from the airport, the agency said.”
Clearly, such a ban is disruptive to Israel’s economy, while providing Hamas with encouragement and support. The ban could also be used to pressure Israel into accepting terms not in the best interests of the nation in negotiations with the terrorist Hamas.
Because the Obama administration has a history of illegally using the power of the federal government against political opponents(IRS versus conservatives), AND because the administration often appears unfavorably disposed towards Israel, a legitimate question must be posed:
Does the FAA ban signal yet another example of blatant abuse of power by Barack Obama, this time against the Jewish state?
The uproar created by the flood of illegals from Central America at the Texas border perhaps can focus our attention on a long-neglected underlying problem – we have too much due process in the immigration system and too few judges (and supporting staff) to handle it.
I am not for eliminating due process in the immigration business, far from it, but there is too much of it generally, and that is accompanied by an unwillingness by the administration to fund the due process it seems to want.
A new Center video interview with Hipolito Acosta, a retired senior U.S. immigration official, describes a successful program in which nearly 80,000 U.S.-bound migrants from Central America were intercepted in Mexico over 12-months in 2001-02. U.S. immigration agents worked with Mexican and Central American governments to repatriate the migrants and arrest smugglers. As a result, U.S. Border Patrol apprehensions of illegal crossers from Central American were reduced by 76 percent over the period. The program cost $1.6 million – but saved the U.S. government hundreds of millions of dollars in enforcement spending by preventing the illegal crossings from occurring. The Department of Homeland Security should adopt a similar program aimed at prevention and deterrence to address the current surge of illegal families and children.
On July 21, National Review Online (NRO) published an article by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), responding to criticism of the Helping Unaccompanied Minors and Alleviating National Emergency (HUMANE) Act by both the left and the right. (The HUMANE Act was filed jointly in both houses of Congress; in the Senate by Cornyn and in the House of Representatives by Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas)).
Americans have been stunned by report of the chaotic movement of tens of thousands of Central Americans across the Rio Grande. Instead of law and policies that discourage illegal immigration by arresting and deporting unauthorized border crossers, the public has learned of a system that encourages the massive influx by providing illegal crossers with permission to join family members or friends across the country. The system has turned the Border Patrol, long regarded as a formidable border barrier, into a Welcome Wagon.
The story is bizarre. But it is not unprecedented. As Congress surveys the chaotic border landscape and considers a legislative fix, it could learn a great deal from a similar situation that developed in the same part of the Texas border just nine years ago.
WHERE ARE THE ILLEGAL ALIENS AND “UNACCOMPANIED ALIEN MINORS” BEING PLACED ? | CONSERVATIVE TREEHOUSE | Using information within the TAGGS system for Health and Human Services we are able to identify the recipients for Grants specifically designated for “Unaccompanied Alien Children”, or UAC’s.
With that data, a few more search tools, some time and a little more research, we are able to identify the locations of facilities throughout the country where the HHS grants are being directed and the UAC’s are being transferred/housed. There are essentially two broad types: Residence Care, and Transitional to Foster Care Services.
From the FY 2014 HHS Grants we can identify the communities where direct HHS UAC funds have been sent. We can identify the specific facility, or the organization supporting the foster care placement. If you live in, or close to, one of the listed cities below, the UAC’s transfers are already in your community.
It should be noted that where possible we have tried to find out the number of children within the agency unit. For some it was easy, some were listed on the grants, for others it was not possible. Some are housed in Juvenile detention camps; some are in hospitals with specifically designated beds and dorms. A large percentage are/were in transitional housing during placement to foster families, and some appear to have gone directly to foster families as the transition to their permanent family takes place.
We have also included the exact amount of the HHS grant for two reasons. Number one, so that you can see how much this is costing you, the taxpayer. However, there is a more valuable secondary reason. We have identified (through extensive research) that each UAC, each individual, is estimated/evaluated at a HHS cost level of around $40,000 per grant (give or take). So if you see a grant for $2,325,000 you can divide by $40k and find out that’s about 58 (people) UAC’s in that facility or process for the quarter (3 month period), or time they are being transitioned/processed in that facility or organization.
To OOV Contributor, Dean G., for this Story.
BREITBART | a Raza President and CEO Janet Murguia said it sickened her to hear Americans against illegal immigration chanting “USA! USA!” at protests around the country.
Singling out the Murrieta demonstrators during her keynote address at La Raza’s annual conference in Los Angeles on Monday, Murguia accused them of having “cloaked their hatred in patriotism” by shouting “‘USA! USA!’ again and again.”
“It made me angry,” she said. “In fact, I was outraged.”
Murguia demanded that the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants who are currently here receive amnesty and said the road to the White House for Republicans goes through the Latino community and La Raza. She also said Republicans who want to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program or do not want to pass comprehensive amnesty legislation will not get Hispanic votes. And she repeatedly claimed that protesting illegal immigration was “un-American.”
“What we saw in Murrieta is not patriotism,” she asserted. “It is ugly, divisive, and yet another low in a debate I thought could not get much lower.”
Murguia failed to mention, however, that the number of illegal immigrant children who have unlawfully entered the country drastically spiked in the year after Obama enacted DACA in 2012. And a Pew Research report, based on data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, found that nearly 90% of these children are teenagers and not just “little kids,” as Murguia claimed nearly all of them were.
In addition, Texas state Senator Dan Patrick said there are 100,000 illegal immigrant gang members in Texas and somewhere between one in five and one in ten illegal immigrants are actually apprehended. But Murguia said it was “reprehensible” for Republicans to be concerned about disease and crime that these “little kids” may be bringing across the border.
DHS Admits Families Are Paying Smugglers to Escort ‘Unaccompanied’ Children, Making Obama Complicit in Human Trafficking Scheme
DAILY CALLER | Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson admitted at a Tuesday press conference that nearly all the roughly 50,000 Central American youths who have crossed the Texas border since October are accompanied by smugglers hired by the youth’s parents or families.
“It is our observation and our experience that almost all of of them are smuggled,” he said. ”Nobody is freelancing,” he added.
“The families are paying as much as $10,000,” he said.
Johnson’s admissions undercut the White House claim that the smuggled youths can’t be repatriated immediately, but must be protected by the 2008 Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, which automatically allows trafficked youths a chance to win a green card in court.
The White House claim has sparked a furious debate between Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress. Democrats are objecting to GOP-backed changes to the law that would make it harder for Central American young people to avoid immediate repatriation.
The act was originally designed to aid the small number of youths who are forcibly imported and abandoned in the United States by criminal groups, such as prostitution rings, said Jon Feere, the legal analyst at the Center for Immigration Studies.
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FOX NEWS | The Transportation Security Administration is strongly denying accusations that it has been allowing illegal immigrants to board American jetliners without proper identification.
The National Border Patrol Council, a union representing thousands of Border Patrol agents, accused the TSA of letting illegals board airplanes with a “Notice to Appear” document instead of a passport or official government identification card.
Union leaders said illegals were allowed to board jetliners without proper identification at airports in El Paso and Laredo, Texas. The story was first reported by Breitbart News.
“This is the dream of every terrorist in the world,” Shawn Moran, vice president of the union, told me. “There is no way of knowing who is on board the jetliners.”
Whenever illegal immigrants are processed, Moran said, they are released with a “Notice to Appear” document. He said that’s the document they are using to fly commercially in the United States.
“This is a document that could easily be forged,” Moran told me. “It is simply a computer printout with a name on it.”
He said border agents in Laredo asked the TSA why they would allow illegals to board jetliners with the “Notice to Appear” document.
“They said, ‘You guys issued it to them so we’re accepting it,’” Moran told me. “It doesn’t make sense.”
Judicial Watch, a conservative legal watchdog group, confirmed through an unnamed high-level source within the Department of Homeland Security that illegals were allowed to board jetliners in El Paso without identification.
“TSA is letting them go around security,” the source told Judicial Watch. “No picture ID, just a slip of paper.”
BREITBART | The shocking announcement that Microsoft is cutting 18,000 jobs is still sinking in. Most of those employees do not have a realistic chance of obtaining as good a job as the one they are losing.
In the United States, the number of engineering jobs has been sharply declining. In 2002 the number of electrical engineering jobs in the United States was 385,000, but despite increased demand for technology, the job total dropped to only 300,000 last year.
And that number is not even for American workers, because thousands of these jobs are soaked up by the H-1B visa racket, whereby companies like Microsoft can import and pay foreign workers less than it costs to hire an American. High-tech companies have thousands of foreign employees working on H-1B visas, who are almost like indentured servants to the company because they lose their right to be in our country if they leave their job.
Microsoft’s massive layoff makes downright ridiculous the op-ed recently published by Bill Gates and his billionaire pals, Warren Buffett and Sheldon Adelson. They and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, who financed the lobby group FWD.us, demand immediate amnesty disguised as immigration reform in order to bring in more cheap labor.