THE BLAZE | SIERRA VISTA, Arizona — Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels doesn’t mince words. He’s angry that local law enforcement and the citizens who call the Southwest border home have been left out of the decision making process when it comes to security and immigration reform.
Dannels has lived along the border since 1984. He remembers when the dangers from smugglers circumventing the rocky, mountainous terrain were few and far between. Now, he says, a different breed of narcotics traffickers has amassed weapons, technology and small armies of death; threatening not only the stability of Mexico but U.S. national security as well. He works closely with DEA, FBI, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement but the system is not perfect.
Sitting at a local eatery under the shadow of the Huachuca Mountains, he questioned how much time, if any, the law makers who drafted SB 774 – known as the ”Gang of Eight” bill — had actually spent on the border. Dannels, along with residents living on the Southwest border and local senior law enforcement officials told TheBlaze on a recent trip to Arizona that they were left out of the decision making process on border security. They say the Gang of Eight bill just isn’t good enough when it comes to addressing the complex security issues they deal with every day.
NRO | This morning Senator Rubio again made the argument that I mentioned the other day, that Congress needs to pass an amnesty to prevent President Obama from just amnestying all the illegals administratively without giving any enforcement in return. As he told a Florida radio station:
I believe that this president will be tempted, if nothing happens in Congress, he will be tempted to issue an executive order like he did for the DREAM Act kids a year ago, where he basically legalizes 11 million people by the sign of a pen. Now, we won’t get an E-Verify, we won’t get any border security. But he’ll legalize them.
Rubio seems to assume the president has the legal authority to do this, which he most certainly does not. But maintaining the separation of powers and preventing even more concentration of power in the First Citizen would require a Congress that zealously defends its constitutional prerogatives. Unfortunately, most members of that body are either pusillanimous Republicans or Democrats willing to cut down any law that stands in their way. The problem here isn’t even the specific strictures in the Constitution; it’s the very concept of constitutionalism itself.
• Marco Rubio: Congressional Amnesty Is Better Than Emperor Obama Decree – VDARE
• Rubio: Congress Inaction On Immigration Would Pave Way For Mass Amnesty – FOX NEWS LATINO
• Marco Rubio returns on immigration reform – POLITICO
• Rubio Spends ’60 Seconds’ On Immigration In 35-minute Speech – BREITBART
AMMO LAND | BELLEVUE, WA – You heard it straight from the horse’s mouth. Jay Carney said Obama will sign the UN Arms Trade Treaty “before the end of August…We believe it’s in the interest of the United States.”
This is very strategic timing considering Congress is on a 5 week vacation lasting thru the month of August!
These back door tactics are nothing new for the Obama Administration, which is why we are using tactics of our own to stop his anti-gun agenda. We have the home fax numbers of every Senator so while they are absent from the Capitol we can demand they must not ratify the UN Gun Treaty once Obama signs it.
We CAN stop this international treaty from reaching American soil by killing it the United States Senate. The U.S Senate must ratify an international treaty for it to be effective. They would need 67 votes to ratify the treaty. Reach every U.S. Senator at their home office; tell them you do not want this treaty in OUR United States!
WND | Democratic strategists have drafted a how-to manual on manipulating the public’s emotions toward gun control in the aftermath of a major shooting.
“A high-profile gun-violence incident temporarily draws more people into the conversation about gun violence,” asserts the guide. “We should rely on emotionally powerful language, feelings and images to bring home the terrible impact of gun violence.”
The 80-page document titled “Preventing Gun Violence Through Effective Messaging,” also urges gun-control advocates use images of frightening-looking guns and shooting scenes to make their point.
“The most powerful time to communicate is when concern and emotions are running at their peak,” the guide insists. “The debate over gun violence in America is periodically punctuated by high-profile gun violence incidents including Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, the Trayvon Martin killing, Aurora and Oak Creek. When an incident such as these attracts sustained media attention, it creates a unique climate for our communications efforts.”
Apparently, as President Obama’s former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”
DAILY CALLER | With Congress out of town for five weeks, many predicted that immigration reform would fall by the wayside, but back at home, several Republican congressmen have voiced support for a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
In discussions with constituents at town halls and in interviews with news media, several Republican members of the House have indicated a willingness to support a pathway to citizenship proposed in the Senate immigration bill that passed in June — something that had been a major sticking point as House Republicans attempted to craft their own piecemeal approach to immigration reform, after leadership opted not to take up the Senate bill.
Last week, Washington Republican Rep. Dave Reichert said in a radio interview with KVI that he would support a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people in the country illegally.
HOUSTON CHRONICLE | A recent poll suggests Americans will consider the gun debate a pivotal point in the 2014 elections. So we wanted to explore how Americans kept the right to bear arms in the first place. As it turns out, grammar is the culprit.
Take a look at the Second Amendment:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
That little, red comma caused the Supreme Court to strike down D.C.’s ban on handguns, the country’s strictest gun control law to date.
RIGHT SIDE NEWS | The American people deserve to know the truth about gun control. Passing strict gun control laws will not make us all safer. In fact, as you Glock-Photo-by-SoCalBrandon-300x300will read about below, even a study conducted at Harvard found that the more guns a nation has the less crime it tends to have.
In other words, there is a very strong positive correlation between more guns and less crime. This is the exact opposite of what the mainstream media would have us believe, but it makes sense. You see, the reality is that criminals really, really, really don’t want to get shot. When you pass strict gun control laws, you take the fear of getting shot away and criminals tend to flourish. Just look at what is going on in America today.
The places with the highest crime rates are the major cities where strict gun control laws have been passed. In some of those cities the police are so overwhelmed that they have announced that they simply won’t even bother responding to certain kinds of crime anymore. The truth is that the government cannot protect us adequately, and that is one reason why millions of preppers are arming themselves and gun sales have been setting new records year after year
MILITARY.COM | Is sequestration making the United States vulnerable to attacks from space?
The Air Force says it can no longer afford to scan the sky for extraterrestrial threats that could doom the planet, all because of the sequester cuts Washington forced on itself when it failed to rein in the exploding national deficit.
Called the Air Force Space Surveillance System, it’s “critical” to defense, the Air Force has said. By October 1, they’ll have to pull the plug.
“AFSPC/CC has directed that the Air Force Space Surveillance System be closed and all sites vacated effective Oct. 1, 2013,” states a memo obtained by Space News allegedly from the 21st Space Wing, which controls the system.
‘This is your notice to begin preparing the sites for closure,” the memo says. “A specific list of action items will be provided as soon as it is finalized. A specific date to turn off the mission system has not been established yet, but will be provided to you immediately upon determination.”
Commander of Air Force Space Command General William Shelton announced in April that sequestration necessitated the loss of one-third of the system’s receiver sites to cold storage.
Sources at U.S. Air Force Space Command declined to confirm or deny the report.
• Dog days of summer: Bo Obama flies on Osprey to Martha’s Vineyard vacation – WASHINGTON TIMES
FOX NEWS | Accounts that U.S. border officials are facing a surge of Mexican immigrants claiming asylum by using a few key words prompted a top Republican senator to call for the pending immigration bill to be put on hold “until these abuses are ended.”
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., one of the most vocal critics of the comprehensive immigration overhaul being pushed on Capitol Hill, said the surge in asylum requests “has exposed another grave flaw” in the implementation of federal immigration law.
Documents obtained by Fox News show Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been paying for hotel rooms for dozens of recently arrived families to relieve overcrowding at processing centers in the San Diego area. Some ICE employees are working overtime and others have been asked to volunteer to work weekend shifts.
• Sen. Sessions Calls On House To Stop Asylum “abuses” – HUMAN EVENTS
• US policy handling asylum seekers at Mexican border ‘unbelievable,’ ‘mindless’ [VIDEO] – DAILY CALLER
• Mexicans: Now They Are Claiming Asylum in Droves – VDARE
• Asylum Crisis As Mexican Nationals Overwhelm System – BREITBART
CAPS | Many are the disappointments in the current congressional immigration debate. About two months ago, we learned that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) thinks that American workers just aren’t up to the task. In June, shortly after Rubio rejected a Senate amendment that would protect unionized American construction workers from illegal immigrants, an unnamed aide said:
There shouldn’t be a presumption that every American worker is a star performer. There are people who just can’t get it, can’t do it, don’t want to do it. And so you can’t obviously discuss that publicly.
Two weeks ago, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, who we thought was an ally, held a hearing about the KIDS Act, an updated version of the maligned DREAM Act which has been defeated in various versions nearly two dozen times since it was first introduced in 2001. Of Goodlatte’s eight witnesses, all supported legislation that would legalize illegal immigrant youth and allow them to enroll in colleges at reduced tuition rates.
Now U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) has teamed with Raul Labrador (R-ID) to double the proposed 200,000 total low-skilled visas included in the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, S. 744, to 400,000. Labrador practiced immigration law privately from 1995 until his election to the House in 2006.
Said Poe to The Wall Street Journal (August 2, 2013):
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