BREAKING: Trump Declaring National Emergency On Southern Border To Get Wall Funding, McConnell Says
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By RYAN SAAVEDRA
February 14, 2019 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday that President Donald Trump will sign a spending bill to avoid another government shutdown and is declaring a national emergency to secure the funds needed to build the border wall.
"He's prepared to sign the bill, he will also be issuing a national emergency declaration at the same time," McConnell said. "And, I’ve indicated to him that I am going to support the national emergency declaration. So, for all of my colleagues: the president will sign the bill. We’ll be voting on it shortly. And, with that, I ask the chair to lay before the Senate the conference report to accompany House Joint Resolution 31."
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement: "President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action - including a national emergency - to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border. The President is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country."
"If Trump follows through, lawmakers and the White House would dodge their second partial shutdown since December, sparing about 800,000 federal workers from more financial pain," CNBC reported. "But the emergency declaration would quickly spark lawsuits challenging the president's authority, creating yet another fight over his key campaign promise."
"The emergency declaration would allow Trump to redirect funds from other parts of the government to the project without congressional approval," CNBC added. "The move could in part assuage conservative critics who argued the president should not accept the latest congressional plan, which denied him the funding he demanded for the border barrier."
"Outlined in the National Emergencies Act of 1976, the president has the authority to declare emergencies, thus unlocking certain provisions, when the country is 'threatened by crisis, exigency, or emergency circumstances' other than wars or natural disasters, a 2007 report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) explains," Fox News reported. "Some of those provisions include the ability to seize commodities or property; control production, transportation and communication; institute martial law or restrict travel, according to the report."
Democrats immediately sought to discredit Trump calling for a national emergency by suggesting that there is no "emergency" on the border, despite the hundreds of thousands of people who are apprehended every year illegally trying to enter the U.S. on the southern border.
"It’s important to note that when President declares this emergency, first of all, it’s not an emergency," Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. "The precedent that the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by the Republicans."
Last month, Trump highlighted words from Rep. Adam Schiff about Trump's ability to use a national emergency to suggest that he has the ability to use it in this circumstance.
"Congressman Adam Smith, the new Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, just stated, 'Yes, there is a provision in law that says a president can declare an emergency. It’s been done a number of times,'" Trump tweeted. "No doubt, but let’s get our deal done in Congress!"
Graham Throws in Full Support of Trump’s Wall, Gives Pelosi Ultimatum
BY KARA PENDLETON
DECEMBER 29, 2018
No one could accuse Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of being a sycophant for President Donald Trump. He doesn’t always see eye-to-eye with Trump and isn’t shy about saying so.
But sometimes he does agree with him, and when he does he is also not shy about saying so. In the midst of his tweets regarding concerns over pulling out of Syria, he put out this little doozey for the Democrats:
Some people were concerned that Trump would “cave” to Democrats over the wall. But he has stood firm and now he has Graham backing him up.
According to The Hill, the battle between the Democrats and Republicans, which has already led to a partial government shutdown, may take time to end. That is because the House “passed an amended version” of the Senate’s continuing resolution providing more than $5 billion for the border wall and security.
The bill has stalled in the Senate, where The Hill reports that it does not have the support it needs to pass. Could that change?
Graham has been a senator since 2002 and was elected to the House before that. He presumably has some influence amongst his fellow members of Congress.
With him backing the president on funding and building the wall, it is possible that others in the Senate will do so as well, if he presses them on it. His Senate biography notes that he is “one of the strongest proponents of a robust national defense.”
Graham has also tied in the wall issue with the U.S. combating terrorist attacks from radical Islam. He has made the point on Twitter that the wall is part of the fight, even if it is not the “first line of defense,” it is, nonetheless, a component of it:
So anyone in Congress who may be wishy-washy on immigration may be convinced to fund and build the wall if they have concerns about terrorist attacks against the United States. In 2015, The Washington Times reported that “Pakistanis with terrorist ties” were caught by agents while illegally attempting to cross the border.
Just weeks ago, The Daily Caller reported that since 2001, at least 15 known terrorists or individuals with ties to terrorism groups have been arrested attempting to illegally enter along the southern border. They added that those are only the confirmed cases.
They added that there are “thousands of so-called ‘special interest aliens’ — people from countries beset by terrorism — that are apprehended at the southern border on an annual basis.”
In addition to that, “at least 100 people on U.S. terror watch lists were intercepted at or on the way to the southwest between 2012 and 2017.”
“About half of those were stopped at the border, while the others were detained by authorities along smuggling routes in Central America and Mexico.” Graham’s point about the wall being needed to also help combat terrorism is a valid one.
When elected, members of Congress take an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States. In it, the power to “provide for the common defense” is given to them, the legislative branch. This would make it their duty, one they took an oath to do, to protect our borders.
Sen. Graham has shown he is willing to do his Constitutional duty. We have yet to see if others in Congress will do likewise.
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DONALD TRUMP SIGNS AUTHORIZATION FOR BORDER TROOPS USING LETHAL FORCE AS MIGRANT CARAVAN APPROACHES, DOCUMENT REVEALS
BY JAMES LAPORTA ON 11/21/18 AT 3:24 PM
As 400 military police officers from the U.S. Army redeployed to San Diego, the Trump administration approved the use of troops for law enforcement tasks at the southern border, stating that they are permitted to employ lethal force, according to a White House memo obtained by Newsweek.
The "decision memorandum" was signed by President Donald Trump on Tuesday and ran through Derek S. Lyons, a Harvard-educated lawyer and White House staff secretary to John Kelly, the White House chief of staff and former U.S. Marine general. The documents were obtained from a Defense Department source.
Kelly signed the memo late Tuesday authorizing U.S. service members to perform “military protective activities,” allowing service members to use “a show or use of force (including lethal force, where necessary), crowd control, temporary detention, and cursory search,” as determined by Defense Secretary James Mattis to protect agents with Customs and Border Protection (CPB).
The news of the memo was first reported by The Military Times on Wednesday morning but said the president did not sign off on the White House directive. The memo obtained by Newsweek shows Trump signed off on the order to Mattis. (You can read the full memo at the bottom of this article.)
The White House issued the memo on the same day Newsweek reported that U.S. Army North will shift roughly 400 military police officers from the port of entry in Brownsville, Texas, to the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry in San Diego over the next three days, according to a Defense Department source with knowledge of the southern border mission.
The military police officers will support Border Patrol agents as the initial wave of migrants reaches the California-Mexico border.
President Donald Trump walks off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House after returning from viewing the damage from the California wildfires, on November 18. Trump signed off on November 20 on the use of deadly force and law enforcement roles for U.S. forces stationed at the southern border. TASOS KATOPODIS-POOL/GETTY IMAGES
A spokesman for U.S. Army North told Newsweek Wednesday morning that they had not received any guidance about the White House memo as the Defense Department would be ironing out the operational particulars of the directive.
Mattis told reporters in a press gaggle at the Pentagon Wednesday that U.S. forces would not violate the Posse Comitatus Act, the 1878 federal statute that restricts the government’s ability to use the U.S. military as a police force. However, Mattis did indicate that the new authorities give U.S. forces an expanded law enforcement role to protect Border agents.
“I now have the authority to do more. Now we’ll see what she asks me to do," Mattis said Wednesday, referring to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
Earlier this month, Trump suggested he wanted to change the rules of engagement for U.S. troops and Border Patrol Agents when he spoke to reporters in the Roosevelt Room at the White House.
“Anybody throwing stones, rocks, like they did to Mexico and the Mexican military, Mexican police, where they badly hurt police and soldiers of Mexico, we will consider that a firearm,” Trump said. "We’re not going to put up with that. They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back. I told them to consider it a rifle.”
Defense Department sources speaking to Newsweek moments after Trump concluded his comments said that service members at the southern border had not received intelligence about “bad actors" contrary to the president's remarks and there had not been a change to the use of force rules that would permit service members to treat rocks as firearms.
Under federal law, U.S. troops are allowed to use deadly force in self-defense and to defend other people and property.
However, the rules governing the use of deadly force state it can be used only when “all lesser means have failed or cannot reasonably be employed,” according to a 2012 Defense Security Cooperation Agency handbook published by Public Intelligence, an online collaborative research project that publishes government documents.
“They are pushing DoD’s authority right up to the line of what is permitted without violating the restrictions of Posse Comitatus. Active duty personnel can respond in self-defense of border officials, but the perfect world does not exist in factual reality in which this subjective concept can be neatly applied to the environment of border enforcement,” said Brad Moss, a Washington, D.C. based attorney specializing in national security.
The Military Times reported that Defense officials said the language in the White House directive was carefully crafted to stay within the legal limits established under Posse Comitatus.
However, the areas most vulnerable to Posse Comitatus violations, according to Moss, are U.S. service members participating in crowd control and the detention of migrants.
“That becomes the undefined gray line between emergency circumstances and routine border enforcement,” Moss said. "The fine print of when either such behavior is permissible needs to be fleshed out by the government in far more detail.”
“It is virtually guaranteed that the presumed good faith efforts of active duty personnel notwithstanding, there will be several repeated violations of the Posse Comitatus restrictions,” Moss added.
When asked how the U.S. military would prevent a repeat of a May 1997 incident when Marines on the border mistakenly shot and killed a teenager, Mattis said, “They’re not even carrying guns, for Christ’s sake,” according to Politico.
Mattis went on to indicate that if troops are used as an additional protective force for Border Patrol agents, military police officers will be “unarmed MPs with shields, batons, and no firearms," and that service members might detain migrants if they were "beating on a Border Patrolman and we’re in a position to stop them.”
Kelly’s signed directive said the additional authorities granted to the Defense Department were driven by “credible evidence and intelligence” indicating thousands of migrants arriving at the port of entry near Tijuana, Mexico, “may prompt incidents of violence and disorder” that could threaten border officials.
Since the announcement of troop deployments to the U.S. southern border, reports have questioned the credibility of intelligence touted by the Department of Homeland Security and the White House.
On Tuesday, Newsweek confirmed DHS was actively spying on migrants traveling to the U.S. southern border through paid undercover informants and infiltrated WhatsApp text messaging groups the caravan uses to coordinate.
The information gathered from the informants and text messages is combined with reports from DHS personnel working with the Mexican government, according to NBC News, who first reported the news.
NBC News additionally reported that over the weekend, DHS intelligence assessments indicated that a group of migrants wanted to run through the car lanes of a border crossing near San Diego, prompting CBP to shut down all northbound lanes from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. The border breakthrough by migrants never occurred.
Earlier this month, Newsweek reported that the Pentagon had not been briefed on whether there were hundreds of criminal suspects allegedly traveling with the migrant caravan.
Newsweek has been unable to determine how DHS preemptively identified at least 270 migrants with criminal backgrounds in the convoy and concluding they are ineligible to request asylum.
On the eve of Thanksgiving, roughly 5,900 active-duty troops and 2,100 National Guard forces are deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border waiting for what the president has called “an invasion.”
This article has been updated with comments from Defense Secretary James Mattis and past quotes from President Donald Trump on wanting U.S. troops to treat rocks as firearms.
Dem Rep Threatens Immigration Officers: 'You Will Not Be Safe'
BY RICK MORAN AUGUST 31, 2018
Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona sent out a charming tweet yesterday, warning immigration officials they will not be safe from prosecution once Democrats take control of the House.
Not surprisingly, the union representing ICE agents was none too pleased.
Chris Crane, the president of the National ICE Council, which represents thousands of ICE employees, accused Gallego of inciting violence against them as they “enforce the nation’s laws and keep our communities safe.”
“It should be frightening to every American that a sitting member of Congress would threaten the safety of any person and their family, and incite the public to take acts of violence against them, let alone the lives of those whose job it is to protect us and keep us safe,” Crane said in a statement.
Later came the inevitable -- and entirely insufficient -- "clarification" from Gallego:
“Government officials who violate the law or the constitution will not be immune to legal consequences,” Gallego said Thursday. “They will eventually be held accountable for their actions, even if the Trump administration is refusing to do so.”What laws have been violated? What part of the Constitution has been breached? ICE agents are enforcing the law. The fact that the previous administration refused to enforce the law is where the illegality and a violation of the Constitution occurred.
Gallego apparently based his warning on a bit of fake news from the Washington Post:
Gallego's warning was prompted by a story in The Washington Post on Wednesday that examined how the U.S. government has denied passports to Hispanics who have U.S. citizenship but are suspected of possibly having fraudulent birth certificates.In a statement to Fox News on Thursday, a State Department spokesman blasted the Washington Post report, saying passport denials in these cases have actually declined under this administration. Both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations reportedly denied passports to people delivered by midwives in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley, though the practice was hindered by a court challenge years ago.
“The facts don’t back up the Washington Post’s reporting. This is an irresponsible attempt to create division and stoke fear among American citizens while attempting to inflame tensions over immigration,” said Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman. “Under the Trump Administration, domestic passport denials for so called ‘midwife cases’ are at a 6-year low. The reporting is a political cheap shot.”
Border patrol agent killed in Texas on Sunday; Trump jumps right in with 4-letter word
November 20, 2017 | BPR Wire |
Will Racke, DCNFA U.S. Border Patrol agent died Sunday from injuries sustained while patrolling in Texas’ Big Bend sector near the U.S.-Mexico border.
AP Photo/Gregory Bull
Agent Rogelio Martinez and his partner were responding to “activity” while on patrol near Interstate 10 when both reported they had been injured and were in need of assistance, according to a statement from Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Responding agents transported both wounded to a local hospital, where Martinez passed away from his injuries. His partner remains hospitalized in serious condition, CBP said.
Officials have not released further details about what caused Martinez’s injuries or what kind of activity the agents were responding to when they were hurt. The Border Patrol’s Special Operations Group and CBP’s aviation and marine assets are searching the area for potential suspects or witnesses.
Shortly after CBP confirmed Martinez’s death, President Donald Trump said the incident showed the need for a wall along the Southwest border.
“Border Patrol Officer killed at Southern Border, another badly hurt. We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!” the president tweeted Sunday night.
Martinez, 36, of El Paso, Texas, had been a border agent since August 2013, according to the Associated Press.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke called Martinez’s death a “tragic event” and said the the administration is “fully supporting the ongoing investigation” of the incident.
“On behalf of the quarter of a million frontline officers and agents of DHS, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Agent Martinez and to the agent who is in serious condition,” she said in a statement.
The Big Bend sector is not known as one of the Border Patrol’s most active, accounting about 1 percent of the more than 61,000 apprehensions the agency made along the border from October 2016 to May.
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EXCLUSIVE: Officials Defy Trump’s Promises: 40 Miles of Border Ordered Unpatrolled
by BRANDON DARBY & ILDEFONSO ORTIZ
18 Apr 2017
U.S. Border Patrol agents are once again sounding the alarm about miles of border being left wide open and unsecured. Breitbart Texas exclusively obtained a document showing a Havre Sector Border Patrol manager knowingly issuing orders to leave 40 miles of Montana border open and unpatrolled. Obama holdovers in the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency are continuing with the same careless disregard in the Trump Administration that they did under former President Obama, according to Border Patrol agents.Breitbart Texas has the specific order that was given to the agents signed by the Obama-holdover manager. The order demands that agents on the northern border stay within one assigned zone and are not to leave that zone to patrol other zones that the agents have historically patrolled — even though there are no agents assigned to patrol the other zones. The Havre Sector has six Border Patrol stations and the order applies to one of these stations consisting of six zones. A total of 60 linear miles are covered by the one Border Patrol station in question, yet agents say that this only allows them to patrol 20 of the 60 miles of border.
When Breitbart Texas asked multiple Border Patrol agents about motives for the manager leaving such a vast swath of border unpatrolled, the agents felt that it was twofold; they blamed previous Obama-era policies and they also believed that widespread corruption exists within the Havre Sector’s upper-management.
One of the Border Patrol agents who was present when the manager gave the order spoke to Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity and said, “Criminal cartels exploit our weaknesses on a daily basis and they’re certainly going to exploit such a large area of open and unpatrolled border.” Another agent from the station told us on the same condition, “From a border security standpoint, this directive makes no sense, but there has to be a reason so I don’t think it’s a far stretch to conclude it’s due to corruption.” And yet another agent from the station speaking to us on the same condition said, “This order has to be coming from the Sector Chief and Deputy Chief Patrol Agents. They, along with the Station’s Patrol Agent in Charge and Deputy Patrol Agent in Charge, need to be immediately reassigned until a full and thorough investigation can be done into this order.”
Border Patrol Agent Brandon Judd, President of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) was appalled when he heard of this incident from agents — thereby confirming to Breitbart Texas the authenticity of the other agents’ concerns. He told Breitbart Texas that there have been more complaints filed out of the Havre sector than any other sector within recent years. Unfortunately, he says the agency has justified all of the manager’s actions. Agent Judd said anytime you have managers investigating other managers, the result is always “no cause of wrong doing found.”
Agent Judd said there must be accountability from the top down. “I believe Secretary Kelly’s constant praise of former Secretary Jeh Johnson is an endorsement of his open border policies. There are so many good managers in the Border Patrol, but when Secretary Kelly condones his predecessors failures, he opens the door for the bad managers to act like this and bring shame on the entire organization.” Agent Judd continued, “President Trump is the president of the common citizen and the choice of the rank-and-file Border Patrol Agents; unfortunately there are those highly paid career managers who want to believe they’re above everyone else — up to and including the President of the United States.”
Agent Judd said the rank-and-file Border Patrol agents have spoken with the managers at the station in question until they were blue in the face — all to no avail. “Managers who sit behind a desk and never patrol the border should never dictate operations and policy, otherwise this is what you get.”
Multiple Border Patrol agents who were present for the manager’s order to leave 40 miles of border open spoke with Breitbart Texas. They said that all Border Patrol agents who were present argued with the manager and informed him they felt the order was “illegal and was dereliction of duty.” They even argued it was contrary to the President Trump’s express wishes as set forth in the Border Security Executive Order. The agents asked for the rationale behind the order, but the manager refused to provide one, according to them.
Luckily for all of the Border Patrol agents present, a representative of the NBPC who is also an agent walked into the muster room as the order was given, and he wrote the order down verbatim, according to the agents. Not only did he document the order, but the agents claim he read it back to the manager and asked, “did I twist your words?” and the manager responded that he did not. The agent and NBPC representative had all agents present sign the documentation, and he asked the manager to also sign the order, which the manager did.
Breitbart Texas showed the handwritten and signed order we obtained to Agent Judd, and he confirmed that agents were, in fact, given this order. He pointed to the manager’s signature on the order as authentic. We provide the leaked document below. The names have been redacted to avoid any chance of revealing the exact station in the Havre Sector.
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The Thinning of the Thin Green Line
June 26, 2014
by Michael Cutler
The term “The thin blue line” is associated with law enforcement, especially the police. The phrase is based on the usual color of the police uniform and the fact that the relatively small numbers of sworn police officers is all that stands between the citizenry of towns, cities and states and criminals.
The uniforms that the members of the United States Border Patrol wear is green. Sometimes the Border Patrol has been referred to as the “Green Machine.” The mission of the United States Border Patrol is to secure America’s borders between ports of entry against the illegal entry of aliens whose presence would be harmful or dangerous to America and Americans. The idea is to make certain that aliens seeking entry into the United States are subjected to the inspections process conducted by CBP (Customs and Border Protection) Inspectors.
The guiding principle behind the inspections process is to make certain that aliens who should be excluded from the United States are prevented from entering the United States. One of the sections of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) is Title 8, United States Code, Section 1182, enumerates the categories of aliens who are to be excluded and includes aliens who suffer dangerous contagious diseases, severe mental illness and are violent, aliens who are convicted felons, human and/or narcotics traffickers, human rights violators, war criminals, spies, terrorists and aliens who would likely become public charges or work illegally therefore displacing American workers or driving down the wages and/or working conditions of American workers.
The law, incidentally, is utterly and totally blind as to race, religion and ethnicity.
While the advocates for open borders describe aliens who evade the inspections process as being “Undocumented,” in point of fact, these aliens are Un-Inspected. In fact, my colleagues and I at the former INS referred to the method of entry of aliens who evaded the vital inspections process as being EWI (Entry Without Inspection).
This is hardly inconsequential. To draw a comparison- would you, or any reasonable person be willing to board an airliner if you observed several passengers sneak past the TSA inspectors and get on the airliner you were about to board? I am very confident you would not.
Why then are we being forced, by our own government, to live among unknown millions of foreign nationals (aliens) whose true identities- including their country of citizenship, possible criminal histories and possible affiliation with criminal or terrorist organizations or medical or mental well-being is unknown and unknowable?
You should also consider that an alien who is “undocumented” has no official and reliable identity document to provide clear evidence about his (her) true identity. It may, in fact, be that this individual has such an identity document but has decided to conceal or destroy it, knowing that his name is on terror watch lists or is a wanted fugitive. The term “undocumented” is hardly as innocuous or inconsequential as the immigration anarchists would have us believe.
In addition to preventing the entry of aliens whose presence would be problematic for America and Americans, the Border Patrol is also charged with preventing the entry of contraband.
The valiant men and women of the United States Border Patrol constitutes that “Thin green line” that is all that stands between America and its citizens and international terrorists, transnational criminals and contraband and including narcotics and possibly, God forbid, a weapon of mass destruction.
Today with tens of thousands of illegal aliens charging our southwest border, Border Patrol agents have been taken off of their usual duties relating to securing our already extremely porous borders and assigned to providing concierge service to these illegal aliens, many of whom are reportedly unaccompanied minors.
I wrote about this outrageous situation in my previous commentary for Front Page Magazine that was published on June 11, 2014, “Obama’s Manufactured Crisis at the Border.”
The reassignment of these Border Patrol agents endangers national security and public safety as well as public health. It also makes it far more likely that aliens who evade the inspections process will succeed in covertly entering the United States. As more aliens succeed in evading detection and apprehension, more aspiring illegal aliens will become encouraged and emboldened to charge our borders.
The mission of the United States Border Patrol, as noted on the official website of CBP (Customs and Border Protection) the parent agency of the Border Patrol, is as follows:
We are the guardians of our nation’s borders.
We are America’s frontline.
We safeguard the American homeland at and beyond our borders.
We protect the American public against terrorists and the instruments of terror.
We steadfastly enforce the laws of the United States while fostering our nation’s economic security through lawful international trade and travel.
We serve the American public with vigilance, integrity and professionalism.
Considering the critical significance of securing the borders of the United States, the question that has not been raised by our political leaders from either political party, however, is why on earth are Border Patrol agents being used (misused) this way?
When other countries around the world experience humanitarian crises, members of our armed forces are generally sent to those countries to lend assistance. Why then is the administration not similarly using members of the armed forces including the National Guard to deal with the humanitarian component of this crisis along our Southwest Border, thus freeing up our beleaguered Border Patrol agents?
There is an expression that says, “You can never be too safe!” Considering that our borders (and our immigration laws) is our first line of defense and last line of defense, the corollary of that statement is that our borders can never be made secure enough.
Indeed, our borders are far from secure. While the administration may try to “spin” arrest statistics of the Border Patrol to bolster claims that our borders are secure, the best metric has nothing to do with the numbers of illegal aliens claimed to have been arrested by the Border Patrol. The best metric to determine the true state of U.S. border security can be found in the price and availability of cocaine and heroin, two substances that are not produced in the United States but are smuggled into the United States from foreign countries.
Today our nation is awash in those illegal substances as evidenced by the undeniable fact that police departments across the United States are providing their members as well as other first responders with the antidote to heroin overdoses which are currently at historically high levels. Every gram of these drugs represents a failure of border security.
How much more contraband will be successfully smuggled into the United States as our Border Patrol agents are diverted from their essential mission of securing our border to change diapers and act as baby sitters and chauffeuring illegal aliens to bus terminals and airports, arguably acting in violation of the laws contained in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
Under the provisions of one of the sections of law contained in INA, Title 8 USC § 1324 – Bringing in and harboring certain aliens, it is a felony to aid, abet, encourage or induce aliens to enter our country illegally or remain in our country illegally. It is also a felony to harbor, shield from detection or transport such illegal aliens.
So-called “Sanctuary Cities” would certainly appear to be in violation of this section of law, but that is an issue for another day and another commentary.
Out of stated concerns about public safety, politicians from a number of cities and states have enacted laws to tighten up on the issuance of carry permits for personally owned weapons and concealed carry permits as well as limiting the number of rounds of ammunition that magazines used in semi-automatic handguns can hold.
The theory offered in conjunction with these laws and regulations is to keep high-capacity magazines out of the hands of those who might engage in acts of violence as we have seen in the horrific images and reports of mass shootings. Of course, this presumes that the mentally unbalanced, criminals and terrorists will carefully count the number of bullets they place in their magazines and not seek to purchase or manufacture large capacity magazines. What is never discussed is that the great majority of crimes, especially violent crimes, have a direct nexus with use of illegal drugs and violent gangs which, coincidentally, receive much of their funding from drug trafficking and related crimes. Terror organizations also derive huge sums of money from the sale of illicit drugs.
Once again, these crimes and activities are the direct result of failures of border security.
On June 11, 2014 FrontPage Magazine posted my article, “Obama’s Manufactured Crisis at the Border.”
In that article I provided this paragraph from the conclusion of my prepared testimony for the March 20, 2013 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the topic of “Building an Immigration System Worthy of American Values.”
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.
Of course when I testified before that hearing more than one year ago, no one could have imagined just how bad things would get along the Southwest border, with reverberations being felt from coast to coast and border to border.
While local, state and the federal government generally all ramp up enforcement when laws are violated, creating a deterrence against those violations of law, where violations of our borders and our immigration laws are concerned, many of our “leaders” from both political parties trip over themselves to create more incentives for aliens to violate our borders and our immigration laws. They use uncharacteristic creativity to find ways to exacerbate the situation, thereby imperiling the safety and well-being of America and Americans.
This must stop before America suffers yet another catastrophe. The clock is ticking and time, most certainly, is not on our side.