ABQJ | The New Mexico and Texas chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union are suing border agents and medical professionals after they subjected a U.S. citizen to a numerous invasive body cavity searches.
Named in the lawsuit filed Wednesday are two U.S. Customs and Border Protection supervising agents, two other CBP agents, as well as doctors of the University Medical Center of El Paso. The lawsuit alleges CBP agents frisked and strip-searched a woman, then delivered her in handcuffs to the hopsital, where doctors observed a bowel movement and performed rectal and vaginal probes among other exams.
The agents released the woman after six hours of searches turned up no contraband.
In the lawsuit, in which the plaintiff uses a pseudonym, Jane Doe, the ACLU says the legal action “concerns constitutional limits on the government’s ability to invade a person’s most intimate bodily spaces to search for drugs without any judicial oversight or even reasonable suspicion.”
CBP did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The lawsuit follows another case in which Deming police officers subjected a man to three enemas, two anal probes and a colonoscopy. The man had been pulled over for a routine traffic stop; no drugs were discovered during the probes.
BLOOMBERG | With an overhaul of U.S. immigration laws stalled in Congress, some states and cities are moving on their own to let people such as Maria Sanchez stay in the country.
Sanchez, 46, who sells tamales on the street in Culver City, California, was turned over to federal immigration agents last year after being rear-ended in a traffic accident. She’s now fighting to stay in the U.S. with her five children, two of them U.S. citizens, and away from the local police.
“It’s not only happening to me,” Sanchez said. “Everybody thinks this way” about the police, she said.
That thinking may soon change.
California and Connecticut next month will become the first states to limit police cooperation with federal officials seeking to deport undocumented immigrants. The changes escalate a clash with President Barack Obama’s administration that began in Democratic strongholds, including New York and Cook County, Illinois, driven by concern about the effects deportations are having in foreign-born communities.
“It’s a reflection of the new political muscle that immigrant communities have gained in states over the years,” said Muzaffar Chishti, the director of the New York office of the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute.
• Miami-Dade plans to stop paying for federal immigration detentions — Miami Herald
CAPITAL PRO | ALBANY—Governor Andrew Cuomo is asking the New York state department to create a multilingual public education campaign to make sure immigrants understand their rights.
The initiative, part of a statewide effort to protect immigrants from fraud and exploitation, should also open the New York State New Americans hotline to accept complaints against immigrant service providers, and also to increase penalties against people convicted of immigration fraud.
Cuomo’s instruction comes after he vetoed a bill to enhance protections for new immigrants and more strictly regulate immigrant assistance providers, requiring them to register with the Department of State. The measure was sponsored by Assemblyman Marcos Crespo and State Senator Ruben Diaz.
• City Sees Wave of Newcomers — Sharp Jumps in Immigrants Arriving From Mexico and China — WALL STREET JOURNAL
• China nears top spot on NYC immigration list — CAPITAL NEW YORK
• NYC Immigrant population highest in a century — NY POST
• After Years Of Steady Increase, Immigrant Deportations Are Now Down — FOX NEWS LATINO
NRO | The University of Texas’s resident “writing and photography” guru, Matt Valentine, has identified for your delectation a vexatious “new craze.”
The worrying trend, Valentine reported yesterday on Salon, is nothing less than the open carrying of firearms, and it “is more dangerous than you think.” Crazy libertarians, you see, have opened up a “new front line in the battle over gun rights and public safety in American culture,” and they are demanding the “liberty to display their guns in public rather than keep them concealed under clothing.”
Valentine’s piece is chock-full of fun predictions. In the course of 2,200 words, he contends that soon all of us “will be affected by seeing guns in our everyday environment,” he cites psychologists who are worried about “the kind of actions people are going to take,” and he expresses concern that “habituating people to guns so that they no longer perceive any threat . . . might not be prudent.” Valentine doesn’t point to any cases of people taking action, of course, but he does run through the science of the thing, which apparently reveals that carrying a gun makes one more aggressive and, also, more likely to think that things that are not guns are in fact guns. The implication is clear, if tumescent: If we introduce guns into American life, the natives will start shooting one another in public.
ALAN WALL | Some Americans are afraid to visit Mexico, given the ongoing and well-publicized drug cartel violence, but millions do still visit and aren’t victims of crime. What’s going on?
I’ve written about this issue before. It’s is not a merely academic issue for me: I take my family to visit Mexico twice a year. (For my most recent trip, click here.) We’re planning our next visit at Christmastime.
I neither encourage nor discourage Americans from visiting Mexico.But for those who go, I recommend they be well aware of where exactly they are going and what they plan to do there. The U.S. State Department website’s Mexico Travel Warning is quite informative:
Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day. More than 20 million U.S. citizens visited Mexico in 2012. …Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime that is reported in the border region and in areas along major trafficking routes.
On the other hand….
• Shootout Leaves 5 Dead At Mexican Resort Popular With U.S. Tourists — FOX NEWS LATINO
• Five Children Fatally Run Over by Fleeing Suspects in Mexico — LAHT
• Report: Vigilante Groups In Mexico Can Be Just As Deadly As Drug Cartels — FOX NEWS LATINO
Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) has a long and storied history of making outrageous, inflammatory, and just plain stupid remarks from her isolated tower of power on Capitol Hill.
Even so, few of Pelosi’s misinformed blurbs can compare to the sheer idiocy of her claim last September 22 when she declared that the “cupboard is bare” and that no further cuts to the federal budget could be countenanced.
As reported at the reference, Pelosi said the following:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Republican-led efforts to rein in government spending are pointless because there is nothing left to cut in the almost $4 trillion-a-year federal budget.
“The cupboard is bare. There’s no more cuts to make. It’s really important that people understand that,” Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, said in an interview broadcast Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“We cannot have cuts just for the sake of cuts.”
With a crippling 17 trillion (and growing) deficit hovering above untold future generations of Americans, it is remarkable that any reasonably-intelligent, responsible office holder would actually believe that anyone is pursuing “cuts for the sake of cuts.”
Then again, Pelosi is neither reasonably-intelligent nor responsible!
CAPS | The Senate, to no one’s surprise, easily confirmed President Obama’s personal favorite for Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Jeh Johnson, former general counsel for the Defense Department. The new DHS secretary whose nomination was approved by a 78-16 vote has neither immigration experience nor the managerial qualifications to oversee more than 200,000 employees in a turmoil-beset agency.
Critics properly accuse DHS of poor leadership, general incompetence, cost inefficiencies and, worst of all, a refusal to regularly enforce immigration law, although this last failing may be attributable to the White House. [“Jeh Johnson confirmed as Homeland Security secretary,” by Michael Memoli, Los Angeles Times, December 16, 2013]
Johnson does have one important qualification, however. He’s all in for Obama’s comprehensive immigration reform amnesty, prosecutorial discretion and deferred action for childhood arrivals, as well as any other circumventions of Congress that allow the administration to rewrite immigration law to its own liking.
Here’s a key sentence from Johnson’s letter to Senate Republicans in defense of his nomination: “I also believe that, as part of reform, we should provide an earned pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in this country.” [“DHS Nominee Jeh Johnson Defends Immigration Bill,” by Seung Min Kim, Politico.com, December 13, 2013]
DAILY CALLER | The Tea Party has had one major legislative achievement: the sequester. By 2011, the movement was able to exert enough pressure on Republicans to ensure spending cuts would be a part of the budget deal.
The Ryan-Murray budget deal kills the sequester. Still, the GOP needed to show it could avoid another government shutdown and wants to distance itself from Tea Party“extremists.”
I agree. A second shutdown would be a terrible strategy.
But ditching the sequester? Now Republicans have no real leverage to cut spending or shrink government.
For as long as Republicans have been promising to cut spending, those cuts have never come. In 2011, thanks to the Tea Party and the sequester, Republicans’ small government rhetoric finally got real.
The entire episode of the Budget Control Act, from 2011 to this week, should make clear to everyone that the only way Congress is ever going to cut spending is to put a gun to their head. The sequester was supposed to force Congress to decide to cut in a more responsible manner in a year’s time. Of course, they never did. They can’t cut, or won’t and never will. They’ve proven this time and again.
CIS | In a September 2013 report, the Pew Hispanic Center estimated that as of March 2012 there were 11.7 million illegal migrants in the United States. That number represented a slight uptick from the 11.2 million figure they had used in a June 2013 report.
There are two important basic points to be taken from the juxtaposition of these two reports, using the same methods:
1. Whether the figure is 11.7 million, 11.2, million or more or less, any legalization proposal will start with the largest number of potential amnesty beneficiaries in American immigration history, or the immigration history of any other country in the world, ever.
The logistics of registering and evaluating those who have any potentially credible claim to our compassion and understanding, even before we get to the question of the real consequences that ought to be part of any legalization assessment, is monumental. It will take several years at least before all those who are potentially eligible can register, provide documents, have their records checked, and be called in for interviews should there be any questions.
If Americans are going to be asked to support any form of legalization for any group of illegal migrants, they have a right to expect that the vetting will be done carefully, fully, and honestly.
Anything less would be a cynical abuse of American compassion.
• Complicated Inner Workings in the Amnesty Program for Crime Victims — CIS
BREITBART | Beginning January 1, all Washington, D.C. gun owners are being required to re-register any guns that were registered “between 1976 and 2010.” According to NBC Washington, this re-registration will take place every three years from this point forward.
Every three years, the Washington Metro Police Department (MPD) will send out forms requiring gun owners to verify that they “still live in the District and… still have your firearm.” The penalties for not complying with re-registration range from “a $13 fee to a $1,000 fine and one year in jail.”
When Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) pushed universal background checks earlier in the year, Breitbart News warned that the federal government would have to create a gun registry to make Manchin’s plan work. The government would have to know where every gun is and who owns it in order to know whether people are submitting to background checks or selling privately.
Similarly, the D.C. universal background check policy has led to a gun registration program for just this purpose.
Dick Heller–the D.C. resident behind the famous District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) case which struck down the handgun ban in the district–says he will sue over this re-registration requirement as well. He said this requirement punishes law abiding gun owners because “you don’t see criminals registering guns.”
FOX NEWS | About half of the raw chicken breasts in a nationwide sampling carried antibiotic-resistant “superbug” bacteria, a U.S. consumer group said on Thursday, calling for stricter limits on use of the medicines on livestock.
It could be more difficult to treat people if they became ill after eating chicken with the antibiotic-resistant bacteria, said Consumer Reports, which describes itself as the world’s largest independent product-testing organization.
The group said it tested for six types of bacteria in 316 raw chicken breasts purchased from retailers nationwide during July. Almost all of the samples contained potentially harmful bacteria, it said.
Some 49.7 percent carried a bacterium resistant to three or more antibiotics, according to the group, and 11 percent had two types of bacteria resistant to multiple drugs. Resistance was most common for the antibiotics used for growth promotion and disease treatment of poultry.
• Foster Farms salmonella outbreaks: Why didn’t USDA do more? — NBC NEWS