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Montezuma Monstrosity
Local paper exposes plan

Artist's conception of Glenn Spencer's suggested relocation of camera atop
proposed 160-ft tower.
--- See video "Montezuma Monstrosity"
Glenn Spencer -- Sierra Vista Herald -- November 22, 2016    
A better idea
    Your reporter, Amanda Baillie, did an excellent job in the story "Towering Over Montezuma Pass" about plans by Customs and Border Protection to build a 160-foot camera tower in the Coronado National Monument.
    Armed with Amanda's report, I decided to look into the situation further.... [...]
    If one were to look at Google Earth, one would see that, within the range of the camera (five miles), about 30 deep monsoon washes running out of the Huachuca Mountains toward the border --- excellent places to hide from the camera.
    Amanda reported that the Border Patrol has a mobile camera truck working at the site now. I visited the site and saw that the truck includes a radar system, no doubt to help point the camera. If a new, much more expensive camera system is to replace it, has anyone asked how well the mobile system was performing?
    The new camera tower is to be 160-feet tall, although most new Border Patrol towers are about 80-feet tall. A careful study of the situation led me to conclude that the extra height is need to allow the camera to link its microwave signal to the Brian A. Terry Border Patrol station near Naco --- by peeking over a nearby hill.
    My study also revealed that there is a hill 1,500 feet south of the parking lot where the new camera is to be installed. This hill is closer to the border and 300 higher than the parking lot. It would seem to be a simple matter to place the camera on that hill, saving money and avoiding the eyesore of a 160-foot tower. It has a direct line-of-site to the Border Patrol station.
    Once again, congratulations to Amanda Baillie and the Herald for an excellent report.
    Note: The YouTube.com link in this story was updated the day the story was posted to revise the statement regarding camera views.

Glenn Spencer  
Somebody call President-elect Trump
    It's November 6th report "Towering Over Montezuma Pass" the Sierra Vista Herald exposed a plan by Customs and Border Protection to build a 160-foot tower in the Coronado National Monument. They also ran my report challenging the outrageous plan --- "A Better Idea" --- proving once again that the Herald may be the only honest newspaper in Arizona.
    The Herald story included this: "Construction work is expected to begin in late January and end in April, but the National Park Service has requested an earlier start date, stating concerns about lesser long-nosed bats, which roost in the area during the summer months."
    What is going on here? Is CBP trying to start (and fund) the project before January 20th? And why is the Park Service trying to accelerate the start date of this stupid project?
    Somebody call President-elect Trump.

December 9, 2016

News from San Diego        
Still Putting Mexico First: Chicano Park Act Passes House for Consideration as National Historic Landmark Status for La Raza Group 
Chicano park openly declares that the Southwest is the Chicanos' national homeland, to be united with Mexico.  The Republicans control both the House and the Senate.  So, they allowed this Act to go though, still pandering to La Raza.  The video below juxtaposes the House passing the Act with scenes from Chicano Park. -- Thanks for those, who contacted their congressmen.  We can still try to stop the Senate from passing it in time for Obama to sign it.  It may also be possible to kill the $250K study in the Department of Interior, which the Act commissions to determine whether Chicano Park is suitable to become a National Historic Landmark and an affiliate of the US National Park Service.  Anyone can take one look at the park and determine without spending $250K that it is not suitable......

CDC: Heroin Deaths Surpassed Firearm-Related Homicides in 2015 
The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) numbers show heroin deaths surpassed firearm-related homicides for the first time ever in 2015. -- The number of heroin deaths was 12,989 and the number of firearm-related homicides was 12,979......

National Border Patrol Council: Trump’s DHS Pick 'Appears to Be a No-Nonsense Rule of Law General'
The National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) cautiously applauded President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of retired General John Kelly as the incoming secretary of Department of Homeland Security, saying it expects the administration to work with it. -- The NBPC warned in a statement Wednesday that of all Trump’s cabinet appointees, Kelly will be under the most pressure to perform.....

Washington Times         
The wall first, then the rest   
Every new president comes to Washington with two lists. The first is a list of things he would like to do. That’s his wish list. He knows he won’t get to some of the items. Those are the things that are possible but not probable in his first four years. This is the list he keeps to himself. The second list is much shorter, the things he must get done to make everything else possible. That’s his “must-do list.”.....

December 8, 2016

Washington Examiner        
Byron York: The law already allows Donald Trump to build the wall   
There's no shortage of people telling Donald Trump he can't build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. And maybe, in the end, he won't do it. But at the moment Trump takes office, he will have the legal authority and the money he needs to get started on the wall. Yes, there will be obstacles --- what's the over/under on the number of lawsuits that will be filed trying to stop it? --- but the fact is, the law is already in place that will allow Trump to go forward......

Trump administration politics embolden immigrants   
This wasn’t the meeting we thought we’d be having. -- At this time last year, the National Immigrant Integration Conference announced that the country’s largest conference on immigration would be coming to Nashville in 2016. It marked the first time this important gathering would be held in the South and in a “new gateway” city......

Washington Examiner        
Immigration hawks have room for optimism after DHS pick   
Immigration hawks didn't get their first choice for secretary of homeland security when President-elect Trump nominated retired Gen. John Kelly on Wednesday, but they didn't get their least preferred option either. -- Champions of tighter immigration controls had wanted Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach but were lukewarm to hostile to House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McFaul, R-Texas. Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke was a third name that popped up in connection with the position......

The Blaze        
Report: Illegals using 'magic words' to avoid being detained by border security 
Illegal immigrants who are caught by border police or who show up to United States ports of entry are using “magic words” to avoid being deported, according to a new report. -- Washington Times correspondent Stephen Dinan explained on Fox Business Tuesday that, thanks to a 2009 policy passed by President Barack Obama, all an immigrant needs to do is show “credible fear” of returning to their home country in order to not be sent back......

LA Times         
California Senate leader proposes 'safe zones' where immigration enforcement would be barred
California would create "safe zones" prohibiting immigration enforcement on public schools, hospital and courthouse grounds under a new bill by state Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) that is sure to clash with the tough enforcement plans of President-elect Donald Trump. -- By also proposing to bar state and local law enforcement from enforcing immigration laws, De León is doubling down on the issue at a time when Trump has threatened to withhold federal funding from “sanctuary cities” that refuse to help federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents......

Immigrant who fled before Nassau deputy’s death pleads guilty to entering country illegally 
An illegal immigrant who was being chased when a Nassau County sheriff’s deputy was killed in traffic pleaded guilty Wednesday to entering the country illegally. -- Francisco Portillo-Fuentes, 26, a Salvadoran, ran across Florida 200 in Yulee ahead of Deputy Eric Oliver when Oliver was hit by an SUV and died two weeks ago......

Detroit News       
Detroit offers IDs regardless of immigration status   
The city is now issuing identification cards to give residents access to critical services they may be unable to otherwise obtain. -- The “Detroit ID” is available for Detroiters ages 14 and older, regardless of immigration or housing status, criminal record or gender identification. The card, officials say, will assist those who hold it in opening bank accounts, visiting cultural institutions and libraries as well as obtaining shopping and dining discounts at more than 100 businesses across the city......

Washington Examiner     
Illegal immigrant suspected in fatal car crash was deported eight times   
The Department of Justice said late Wednesday that a Mexican national charged this week for his role in a fatal car accident in October was an illegal immigrant who had been deported eight times. -- Miguel Angel Villasenor-Saucedo was charged in the death of two women in an accident in Louisville, Kentucky. Villasenor-Saucedo was the alleged driver of the truck, and he fled the scene......

Seattle FBI chief: We don't check immigration status   
The new head of Seattle’s FBI field office offered some perspective this week on the transition to a Donald Trump administration. -- In September, Jay Tabb took over as special agent in charge of the Seattle office. His last post was at FBI headquarters in Quantico, outside of Washington, D.C. But that doesn’t mean he’s eager to talk politics or answer questions about Donald Trump’s proposals on the campaign trail......

December 7, 2016

Police One         
UConn campus police won't enforce immigration laws   
The University of Connecticut says campus police will continue to steer clear of enforcing immigration laws. -- UConn President Susan Herbst announced Tuesday that campus police formally adopted a longstanding policy of not inquiring individuals about their immigration status, not detaining people based solely on their citizenship status and not making arrests based on warrants from federal immigration authorities......

Washington Times        
Democrats demand ‘full, categorical pardon’ for illegals, say Obama ignoring own powers   
House Democrats renewed their call for President Obama to issue a “full, categorical pardon” for illegal immigrants, saying Wednesday that he is misunderstanding the extent of his powers and he can, in fact, help out hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrant Dreamers. -- Young adults who came to the U.S. as children, the more than 740,000 Dreamers who gained tentative legal status under Mr. Obama’s 2012 deportation amnesty, are the most sympathetic figures in the debate......

OC Weekly     
Santa Ana Becomes Orange County's 1st "Sanctuary City," Moves to End ICE Jail Contract   
Santa Ana city council members celebrated a symbolic night with a unanimous vote declaring Orange County's Latino immigrant epicenter a sanctuary city. Councilwoman Michele Martinez was away on official business; Mayor-for-Life Miguel Pulido didn't bother showing up for the big moment, period. City staff noted the Mayor gave no reason for his absence. Councilman Sal Tinajero and his colleagues moved then to mark it "unexcused" ---SAVAGE!!! .....

The California Legislature's Number One Priority Is Apparently Stopping Trump's Immigration Plans 
California lawmakers borrowed the same kind of rhetoric we’ve been hearing from Mayors Bill de Blasio and Rahm Emanuel, pledging to push back against President-elect Donald’s Trump’s immigration policies. De Blasio and Emanuel both pledged to protect illegal immigrants living in their sanctuary cities from Trump’s deportation plans. The California legislature indicated they have the same goal in their opening session this week......

Reports: Trump Selects Retired General John Kelly for DHS Head   
President-elect Donald Trump has selected retired General John F. Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security, according to reports. -- The New York Times reports that while Trump hasn’t formally offered the job to Kelly yet, he plans to announce the appointment next week, along with his choice for Secretary of State. Major Garrett at CBS News reports Kelly accepted......

The Daily Journal        
California lawmakers take aim to protect immigrants from Trump   
California lawmakers on Monday urged President-elect Donald Trump to refrain from pursuing mass deportations and introduced urgent legislation to fund immigration lawyers and help public defenders protect the state’s immigrants. -- Democratic lawmakers also passed resolutions in both chambers urging the incoming administration to uphold a program for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants in the country illegally, despite intense protests from some Republicans.-- State Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, introduced a bill to fund lawyers for immigrants in deportation proceedings, while Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, proposed helping public defenders assess the immigration consequences of criminal convictions......

David Olen Cross         
U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons: Criminal Aliens   
One of the detrimental impacts of having a significant foreign national population residing in the United States, be they legally or illegally present in the country, is crime. -- The scope and impact of foreign national crime on the U.S. citizens and residents of this country is virtually going almost unreported in mainstream news sources online, on television or in hardcopy newspapers......

Three rule-of-law issues threaten Mexico's energy reform: experts   
Three major issues with Mexico's weak rule of law threaten to foil the successful implementation of the new reforms made possible when Mexico opened its energy sector to private and foreign investment in 2013, according to a new paper from the Mexico Center at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. -- "Security, the Rule of Law and Energy Reform in Mexico" argues that the country must anticipate potential problems in three areas --- violence and organized crime, corruption and social conflict --- and resolve them before it can call energy reform a success and reap its benefits......

Washington Examiner       
Emanuel lobbies Trump to keep DACA illegals   
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel handed President-elect Trump a letter on Wednesday that urged him to extend protections provided by President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program "until Congress modernizes our immigration system.".....

Lawmaker proposes state legal help for noncitizens, as Trump adminstration draws near  
State Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, introduced a bill Monday in the state legislature that would fund legal representation for noncitizens facing deportation. -- Because immigration proceedings are considered a civil matter, those facing deportation do not have a right to a lawyer in the way that those facing criminal charges do. Hueso's bill, called the Due Process For All Act, would broaden state funding for immigration legal counsel......

December 6, 2016

Glenn Spencer       
Wanna see somethin' really dumb?
I just took this picture of a US Border Patrol vehicle parked next to a border fence in Cochise County. I took it from my back patio deck. -- There is nothing unusual about this photo except I could take the same picture any time, nigh or day, week day or weekend, holiday or not. A BP vehicle is parked a this same place 24/7. I figure it cost taxpayers about $450,000 a year to guard this one spot, and they still get by the BP --- at this very spot. For the same price I know of technology that could reliably guard 4 and 1/2 miles.

Trump may empower local police to round up immigrants   
Deputizing local police officers from around the country to enforce the nation's immigration laws is one plan being proposed to President-elect Donald Trump to fulfill his pledge to crack down on undocumented immigrants. -- The idea was on a sheet of proposals for the Department of Homeland Security that was photographed when a member of Trump's immigration transition team met with him Sunday. The list of proposals carried by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach also addressed Trump's campaign pledge to cut off the program that accepts Syrian refugees and to enhance screening of people from countries with ties to terrorism......

Amnesty Groups Fight to Hide California Gang Database From Trump
Immigration advocacy groups are asking California Attorney General Kamala Harris to “block federal access” to the database containing names of gang members in the state. -- The goal is to block access before President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in, thereby preventing his administration from seeing the names of individuals who could find themselves on a the deportation short list......

December 2, 2016

Glenn Spencer    
NHK to visit
Next week American Border Patrol will play host to a news crew from NHK, Japanese public broadcasting. It will be the third Japanese film crew to visit me on my border ranch. -- This will be the 21st such visit by a foreign news crew in the past six years. CNN dropped by for an airplane ride four years ago, but didn't want to talk about anything that I was doing --- other than flying an airplane. -- Americans must understand that our media will not cover a story that doesn't fit within their agenda.

The American private prison industry has scored another big win with the US government 
The American private prison industry just scored another big win. -- US secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said in August that his agency would review its use of private-prison operators in running immigration-detention centers, which have been criticized over inhumane conditions and abuse. That review, by the department's advisory council, will be presented Dec. 1, and it concludes with a big recommendation: that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continue using private-prison companies......

The coming clash on Trump's immigration plan  
Perhaps no battle in Donald Trump's presidency will be as pitched, or public, as the coming fight over undocumented immigrants. If he pursues his stated goal of deporting 2 to 3 million undocumented immigrants, a network of pro-immigrant cities, institutions and activists is poised to make the process as visibly contentious as possible. -- Trump will have authority to deport millions. While individual cases can be contested and prolonged in immigration court --- the system is already overloaded --- lawsuits against Trump's executive powers or the implementation of his plan appear to have little chance of success......

Washington Times         
Feds halt new citizenship approvals after Obama admin's gaffe on background checks 
The government suspended naturalization ceremonies and banned officers from approving any new applications for citizenship earlier this week after realizing its background check system was broken and ineligible people may have been slipping through, a key congressman revealed Friday. -- House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, whose office was tipped off to the monumental error, said he was stunned by the problem --- and also by the fact that the administration never bothered to inform him of it......

Trump's pick to lead health agency to confront immigration   
The congressman named by Donald Trump to oversee the country's health care system would also have an impact on another top issue: immigration. -- It's an area where Georgia Republican Tom Price has been at odds with the Obama administration. -- If Price is confirmed by the Senate to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, he would head an office responsible for both resettling refugees in the United States and caring for immigrant children caught trying to cross the border on their own......

Washington Post         
GOP congressman known for immigration hardline considered for Trump Labor secretary 
Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) isn't one to play coy, at least not about a potential position in the administration of President-elect Donald Trump. -- The former mayor of Hazelton, Pa., Barletta issued a press release Tuesday about his possible appointment as Labor secretary. The Republican lawmaker is best known for introducing the first local law punishing businesses who knowingly hired undocumented immigrants......

International Business Times        
Will Donald Trump Repeal Immigration Reform In 2017? Lawmakers Prepare For DACA Battle 
As President-elect Donald Trump prepared to take control of the White House, a bipartisan group of lawmakers and activists were hurrying to create legislation to curb his promised efforts to strip immigrants of rights afforded to them by several of President Barack Obama's executive orders. -- Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., was spearheading a bill this week that would defend the rights and benefits undocumented youth receive under Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program......

The Tennessean        
Mt. Juliet commission: 'Illegal immigrants impose burdens' on city   
Mt. Juliet commissioners have declared the city will uphold federal immigration laws and does not want those who entered the country illegally living within its boundaries. -- The commission approved a proclamation earlier this week that Mt. Juliet won't be a “sanctuary city,” a term used to describe a city in the United States that uses policies to limit collaboration with federal immigration enforcement. The resolution is not enforceable legislation......

More than half of federal prosecutions are immigration-related   
According to recent federal statistics, 52 percent of all federal prosecutions relate to immigration, and that much of the problem is not necessarily coming directly from Mexico, but from people fleeing Central America. -- Federal immigration officials will set up a second temporary holding facility on the Texas border to deal with a surge in arrivals of families and unaccompanied children fleeing violence and poverty in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras......

Damning Report on Illegal-Alien Entries Now Available   
In September the media reported that the Obama administration was sitting on a damning Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report that called into question the administration's claim that as many as 81 percent of people attempting to cross the border illegally are apprehended. -- This new report, whose full text the Center for Immigration Studies has now obtained, estimates that nearly half of illegal aliens slip through the southern border undetected......

December 1, 2016

JD Supra         
DHS Announces Immigration Benefits Just Weeks Before Trump is Inaugurated 
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued a final rule related to certain employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs. The rule is set to go into effect on January 17, 2017, just days before Donald Trump's inauguration as President. The final rule is intended to conform regulations with long standing DHS practice and the statutory provisions of the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998, or AC21, which introduced a number of measures intended to better enable U.S. employers to employ and retain high skilled foreign workers who are beneficiaries of employment-based immigrant visa petitions......

New Border Patrol chief: Fence would help, but it's not the only answer   
The U.S.-Mexico border could use more fencing, but other measures are needed as well to “detect and respond to threats in our nation's border regions,” the new chief of the Border Patrol testified Wednesday. -- Chief Mark Morgan told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that after six months in the job, he recognizes that increasing border security is just one of the wide variety of issues where work still needs to be done......

Glenn Spencer    
"Kiss of Death" by Jeh by design?
I just read in Breitbart that Obama's DHS chief gave Chairman McCaul a "Kiss of Death" by complimenting him. -- "The praise for McCaul by DHS chief Jeh Johnson “should be the kiss of death in the Trump administration,” said Jessica Vaughan, the policy director at the non-partisan Center for Immigration Studies. -- Last year Secretary Johnson called Chairman McCaul's most recent border security bill, the Secure Our Borders First Act of 2015, "extreme and unworkable." -- The Secure Our Borders First Act of 2015 finally got to the point of establishing a metric for assessing border security. And, it was over the issue of a border metric that Sen. McCain withheld support for Johnson during his confirmation hearing. -- As a student of border accountability for thirteen years, I have learned that liberals and Democrats have fought with everything they have to sidetrack any attempt to establish an objective measure of operational control of the border. They might even plant the "kiss of death" on the author of a bill they hate so much. -- The Secure Our Borders First Act of 2015 would be a good place for President-elect Trump to begin to flesh out his border plan, even if he doesn't keep McCaul.

CNS News      
L.A. Mayor: 10,000 Cops Can’t Enforce Federal Immigration Law on 500,000 Illegal Aliens, Even If They Wanted To 
National Public Radio reported last week on Los Angeles’ status as a sanctuary city -- one of a number of American cities where authorities refuse to enforce federal immigration laws by allowing law enforcement to check on the legal status of residents. In that Nov. 24 interview, Mayor Eric Garcetti said it would be hard to enforce the law, even if he wanted to. -- “Wouldn't the Los Angeles police cooperate with federal law enforcement with other sorts of crimes, if you were investigating terrorism, for example, or racketeering, interstate crimes --- any number of things?” Steve Inskeep, host of “Morning Edition,” asked Garcetti......

L. A. Times       
Gov. Brown taps California's Rep. Xavier Becerra to be state's first Latino attorney general 
Gov. Jerry Brown has tapped House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles) to be the next attorney general of California. He will succeed Kamala Harris, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in November. -- Becerra, 58, has served 12 terms in Congress and was making a bid to become the ranking Democrat on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee when Brown called him unexpectedly to offer the job. -- "It's a phenomenal opportunity," Becerra said. "It means I get to be home a lot more.".....

Politicus USA       
GOP Senators Wage War Against Trump's Plan To Deport Young Undocumented Immigrants 
Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump made immigration a central issue, promising to build a wall on the southern border and deport millions of undocumented immigrants. -- As he tries to advance this agenda in the White House, it looks like he won't just be facing Democratic opposition; Republicans are starting to line up against him, too. -- According to Politico, GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake are working with Democrats to craft legislation that would prevent Trump from deporting nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants who were given protection and work permits under an executive order issued by President Obama in 2012......

The Monitor         
Feds divert funds for immigrant surge as Donna 'tent city' underway 
In another sign of federal officials preparing for an onslaught of immigrants illegally crossing into the United States, officials with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it is shifting $167 million from domestic health services to pay for the housing and care of unaccompanied minors. -- The notice sent to Congress by HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell drew a strong rebuke from U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, who said shifting funds would not have been necessary if the Obama Administration had spent money he helped appropriate last year to aid Central American countries that are the source of most of these unaccompanied minors......

SF legislation proposes city funding for immigrant legal representation   
San Francisco Supervisor David Campos today called for the city to back up its commitment to its sanctuary city policies with $5 million in funding to provide legal representation to immigrants fighting deportation. -- Campos introduced legislation today calling for a $5 million supplemental budget appropriation intended to fund 10 attorneys, five paralegals and two clerks in the public defenders office and 13 attorneys and 6 outreach staffers in nonprofits. The funds would also cover a hotline and emergency response staffing......

RGV Proud         
Immigration Advocates Gather in San Juan, Texas 
Members from immigrant communities in the RGV have launched a campaign to reject anti-immigration policies in the state. -- Dozens of people from pro-immigration groups who got together at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle, to join other cities across the state to launch, and launch the ‘Texas Together' campaign. -- The purpose of this campaign is to protect the rights of immigrant families in the state......

L.A. Times        
UC will refuse to assist federal immigration agents seeking students without legal status 
The University of California announced sweeping actions Wednesday to protect its students who came into the country illegally, saying it would refuse to assist federal immigration agents, turn over confidential records without court orders or supply information for any national registry based on race, national origin or religion. -- “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 said in a statement......

Yellow Hammer News        
Policymakers soft on illegal immigration bracing for hard times with Jeff Sessions as Attorney General 
The thought of conservative immigration enforcement under Jeff Sessions as Attorney General is making some in the liberal D.C. establishment uneasy, according to a new report in Politico. -- The publication wrote on Tuesday that Sessions' commitment to solid immigration reform and border security has long placed him at odds with peers who have been less committed to taking action. Now, his appointment could mean a ready-or-not crackdown against illegal aliens......

Glenn Spencer    
McCain fought Johnson over metrics
During his Senate confirmation hearing, Sen. McCain asked Jeh Johnson: “I want to know if you will give this committee the exact metrics that are needed sector-by-sector so that we can attain 90 percent effectiveness on the border.” -- When Johnson did not answer to his satisfaction, McCain said: “Let the record show you will not give a yes or no answer. Therefore I will not support your nomination until I get a yes answer..." -- A major element of Chairman McCaul's Secure Our Borders First Act of 2015 was the inclusion of hard metrics for assessing progress toward operational control of the border. -- In response to McCaul's plan, Secretary Jeh Johnson said it was “extreme to the point of being unworkable.” -- Are we beginning to understand that, for at least ten years, the entire fight over border security has been accountability and the liberal's effort to avoid it?

November 30, 2016

Washington Free Beacon        
Overwhelmed Border Patrol Agents Stuck Serving Burritos to Illegals   
Border Patrol agents are reporting that they are overwhelmed by a massive uptick in illegal immigration of unaccompanied foreign children, leaving some members of the force stuck serving food to kids and ordering various supplies such as baby wipes, according to Mark Morgan, chief of the Border Patrol, which operates within the Department of Homeland Security. -- Border agents have expressed shock at the menial tasks they've been required to perform following a massive flow of illegal immigrant children across the U.S. southern border, according to Morgan, who warned that the force is being strained as a result of this influx......

The Hill        
Graham to roll out extension of Obama immigration program (DACA)  
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Wednesday said he will offer legislation to extend a key Obama administration immigration program. -- "I'm going to introduce legislation with my Democratic colleagues and my Republican colleagues that would continue the legal status of the DACA kids," Graham told reporters. -- Pressed on details of his legislation, which he'll roll out next year, Graham said: "It's going to be basically if you have legal status today, you'll continue to have legal status.".....

Conservative Review        
Will Trump and Republicans finally shut down suicidal Somali immigration?
For years, our political leaders have learned all the wrong lessons from Israel. They spent two decades trying to localize the jihad and diminish its significance to that of a conventional land dispute between “Israelis and Palestinians.” All the while forgetting Israel was confronted with a global Jihadist threat and that they were the harbinger of what was going to come to the West. Yet, rather than tightening immigration, Europe and the United States opened the doors to the Islamic world and are now facing the same enemy Israel has faced for years, albeit without their robust security apparatus. Now, with the news of the Ohio State attack fresh in our minds, we can appreciate that much like in Israel, bombings, stabbings, and vehicular attacks have become a regular occurrence......

Glenn Spencer    
My Blue Heron
On November 8, I reported that a Great Blue Heron had been helping with population control in my huge fish pond. Well, after I stopped screaming at it, it got the idea that I wasn't a threat, so it moved right in. I took this photo this afternoon. -- I now have regular chats with it, and soon may begin eating out of my hand. -- I love living in this part of Arizona.

Patriot Fire   
Help us stop La Raza from making Chicano Park A National Historic Landmark
La Raza and leftist politicians are trying to slip the Chicano Park Preservation Act (HR 3711) through Congress and have it approved in the last days of the Obama presidency. This is an extremely anti-American, revolutionary Marxist / Mexican ultra-nationalist site, which has been funded with millions of tax dollars for decades by San Diego, California and the federal government. This bill should be laughed right out of Congress, but unfortunately both parties are taking it seriously, maybe because they think it is an ordinary park. Making it a national historic landmark would make it much harder to ever get rid of and much easier for them to obtain federal funds to maintain and expand this site. It officially associates this crazy, Mexican, ultra-nationalist site with the U.S. National Park System. This video shared here on Facebook is of Chicano Park Day from last April. -- Please call your representative and ask him to oppose HR 3711 which has been approved by the Natural Resources Committee and will be brought up for a vote in the House in the first half of December, 2016 or early January, 2017. If it passes, Obama will gladly sign it and we will be stuck with this silly Mexican, ultra-nationalist park forever. If it can at least be delayed a couple of weeks, Trump will never sign such a ridiculous bill, if he realizes what it is.

Cecilia Muñoz: 'Folks Took the Heat Off Of Congress' On Immigration Reform 
Cecilia Muñoz, senior adviser to President Barack Obama, said the failure to get an immigration reform bill through Congress is the "greatest" frustration of the administration and she suggested advocates' focus on getting executive action to protect people from deportation eased pressure on Congress to get it done. --- "Folks, I think, pivoted to this notion that the president should do what the president can do right now because we need to protect people right now," Muñoz said....

Washington Examiner        
Supreme Court hears case that could shape Trump's immigration plans 
The Supreme Court began on Wednesday hearing a case that could dramatically affect President-elect Trump's policy on immigration, just as Trump prepares to undo President Obama's immigration actions after Inauguration Day. -- The court heard oral arguments in Jennings v. Rodriguez, an immigration case from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that ruled detained illegal immigrants --- including those with criminal records --- are entitled to bond hearings with the possibility of release......

Border Patrol Chief: Assaults on Agents Have Increased 200% From Previous Year-to-Date 
During testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday, Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan stated that assaults on Border Patrol agents have year-to-date increased “200% from the previous year-to-date.” -- Morgan said the US Border Patrol is “the most assaulted federal law enforcement in the United States. More than 7,400 Border Patrol agents have been assaulted since 2006. That rose in FY 16 by 20%, and year-to-date, we're seeing an increase of assaults of 200% from the previous year-to-date. It's a dangerous job.”.....

International Business Times        
Donald Trump Deportations Praised By Mexican Lawmaker: Immigrants Have 'Bad Reputation,' Says Iris Aguirre Borrego 
A Mexican lawmaker who helps control the nation's policy on migrants said President-elect Donald Trump is right to want to deport Mexicans from the U.S. because they have a "bad reputation." Iris Aguirre Borrego, who represents the Mexican state of Zacatecas, faced removal from the right-wing Social Encounter party for her pro-Trump remarks after many Mexicans have labeled Trump a racist for his anti-immigrant campaign rhetoric......

Report: Voters Expect Trump to Fulfill Campaign Promises, Majority Back Immigration Plans 
A majority of Americans believe that President-elect Donald Trump will keep the promises he made over the course of the campaign, a report from The Hill has revealed. -- According to a survey conducted by the Center for American Political Studies and the National Research Group, 64 per cent of Americans believe that Trump will be either “very or somewhat effective” in fulfilling the promises he made......

GOP in Congress Seeks Action on Border Security, Not Immigrants   
Republican leaders in Congress say they want to advance legislation next year to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, but they don't favor addressing the status of 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country. -- House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters Tuesday that last year's border-security proposal by House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul is a “good place to start” in talks with President-elect Donald Trump. The McCaul measure wouldn't build a wall on the border as Trump insisted he would do during his campaign......

Democrat Luis Gutierrez Threatens War If Trump Enforces Immigration Law   
There have been a lot of crazy reactions from the democrats now that Donald Trump has won the presidency but none as insane as this one from US Representative Luis Gutierrez. The s***-talking homeboy from Illinois is threatening to go to war with Trump, ICE, DHS, and the entire federal government if the next president dares to enforce our country's immigration laws by deporting illegal aliens. Did I say insane? I meant treasonous......

Glenn Spencer    
Forget Romney
In 2012 Barack Obama picked Antonio Villaraigosa to chair the Democrat National Convention. -- We argued that Mitt Romney should have run an ad that Villaraigosa has joined with the President of Mexico to kill a statute passed by the people of California that would have all but stopped illegal immigration. It was a treasonous act and Romney ignored it. -- This is just one reason that President-elect Trump should not pick Mitt Romney for any post in his administration.

November 29, 2016

Joe Guzzardi -- Noozhawk       
Don't Think Donald Trump Has Hit a Wall When It Comes to Immigration   
For years, immigration enforcement advocates have urged Congress to complete a wall along the shared U.S.-Mexico border. And for an equal number of years, the immigration lobby has asserted that it can't be done, and insisted that no wall would stop illegal immigration. -- The popular argument is that a 20-foot high wall would only increase the sales of 21-foot ladders......

Portage Daily Register         
Dems target Sessions over immigration enforcement    
President-elect Trump's transition team knew that nominating Jeff Sessions for attorney general would set off controversy. -- Democrats and their allies in the press have at key times in the past called Sessions a racist --- they're now using the Alabama senator's full name, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, to heighten the Old South effect --- and now, as they oppose Trump at nearly every turn, they've turned to race again......

NY Post        
Twice-deported immigrant allegedly tried to kill cop  
A twice-deported Jamaican hoodlum was able to sneak back illegally into the United States again --- and nearly killed a Westchester County cop, law-enforcement sources told The Post. -- Clare Greenland was busted on Nov. 9 for the attempted murder of Police Officer David Sanchez, the sources said. -- He is believed to have entered the US in the late 1980s and went on to serve prison terms for everything from assaulting a cop to auto theft and arson, according to the sources......

New Orleans Advocate        
Trump administration would face battle in changing NOPD immigration policy 
President-elect Donald Trump has said he will punish American cities that fail to cooperate with federal immigration authorities seeking to detain and deport undocumented immigrants, a stance that sets up a potential clash with local officials in New Orleans. -- But as with most campaign promises, predicting how this one ultimately may affect the city or the unknown number of immigrants who live and work in the area illegally is more complicated than simply going by what Trump said on the campaign trail......

November 28, 2016

Cartels Flood Remote Border Sector with Migrants, Overwhelm U.S. Agents   
Border Patrol agents in the remote Texas Big Bend Sector are sounding the alarm as Mexican cartels overwhelm them with illegal immigrants ahead of President-elect Trump's inauguration. The sector has very few agents assigned and has remained one of the most open and unsecured regions along the U.S.-Mexico border. -- Border Patrol Agent Shawn Moran spoke exclusively with Breitbart Texas on the matter. .....

NY Times        
Cities Vow to Fight Trump on Immigration, Even if They Lose Millions   
Here in Los Angeles, where nearly half of the city’s residents are Latino, Mayor Eric Garcetti has vowed to do everything he can to fight widespread deportations of illegal immigrants. -- In New York, with a large and diverse Latino population, Mayor Bill de Blasio has pledged not to cooperate with immigration agents. And Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago has declared that it “will always be a sanctuary city.”.....

Phoenix Business Journal         
Arizona State joins other colleges in defending DACA students as Trump immigration actions loom 
Arizona State University President Michael Crow has joined other college presidents in voicing support for the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. -- That was an executive action from President Barack Obama that protected from deportation young adults and children brought illegally into the country by their immigrant families......

Fox News        
Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales has become the face of U.S. sanctuary cities   
The telegenic Hispanic mayor of the nation's oldest state capital has become a public face of "sanctuary cities" following Donald Trump's presidential victory. -- Javier Gonzales sat down with Fox and CNN anchors last week to denounce Trump's renewed vows to deport millions of immigrants and his campaign promises to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities that defy immigration authorities. Gonzales happened to be in New York for a conference on mental health care and scored a national media platform......

Conservative Review         
'Pissed off' dad of Jamiel Shaw Jr. explains how liberal immigration lies harm black Americans    
Jamiel Shaw Sr. has been fighting the lonely battle against illegal immigration since 2008, when his 17-year-old son, Jamiel Shaw Jr., was gunned down in broad daylight by illegal alien gang members in the sanctuary city of Los Angeles. It was determined at trial that Jamiel Jr., who had no criminal record or ever any history with gangs, was targeted and killed due to the color of his skin. -- The elder Shaw helped create Jamiel's Law, a proposed ordinance to deport known illegal alien gang members, and has testified before Congress multiple times on the matter......

November 27, 2016

Massive Surge of Migrants in Months Leading Up to Presidential Election 
A report issued by the Center for Immigration Studies revealed a massive surge in the numbers of illegal border crossings and apprehensions in the months leading up to the November 8 Presidential Election. -- In the month of October alone, 46,195 illegal aliens were apprehended along the entire southwestern U.S. border with Mexico, Joseph Kolb reported for the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). This was the largest single month since the massive flood of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) apprehended after crossing the border in June 2014 when 57,862 immigrants were apprehended......

Human Smuggler with Chinese Immigrants in Mexico Trying to Beat Trump's Wall   
Monterrey, NL. Mex. -- The arrival of illegal immigrants trying to desperately cross into the U.S. before the arrival of President Elect Donald J. Trump to the White House continues to take place along Mexican highways near the border with Texas where cartel linked smugglers use buses and trucks to move their cargo. -- This week, at the edge of the borders between Tamaulipas and Nuevo León, Mexican Federales pulled over a suspicious SUV with Tamaulipas license plates that was being used to move four Chinese illegal immigrants and two Salvadorans......

Border Patrol Agents Assaulted at Texas Border   
U.S. Border Patrol Agents working on the Rio Grande River were assaulted by Mexicans throwing rocks. -- While most Americans were having Thanksgiving Dinner with their families, the Border Patrol agents were at work patrolling the Rio Grande River border with Mexico in South Texas. As the agents moved along the river near Hidalgo, Texas, Mexican nationals on the Mexico side of the river began throwing rocks at the agents, according to information obtained by Breitbart Texas from U.S. Customa and Border Protection officials......

National Memo         
Without Changing A Single Law, Sessions Can Shape Tougher Immigration Policies   
Tougher immigration judges. More prosecution of low-level immigration violations. And a cutoff of some law enforcement funds to cities that don't hew to a harsher immigration policy. -- Even without changing a single law, these are some of the major changes in immigration policy that Sen. Jeff Sessions could pursue if he is confirmed as U.S. attorney general......

November 26, 2016

New York Post        
Flood of immigrants heading for US, Central American officials say 
A surge of immigrants is flooding the southwest border of the U.S., driven by fears of a crackdown under President Elect-Donald Trump. -- Human smugglers, known as coyotes, are cashing in on Trump's victory and his pledge to secure the border, Central American officials warned. -- “We're worried because we're seeing a rise in the flow of migrants leaving the country, who have been urged to leave by coyotes telling them that they have to reach the United States before Trump takes office,” Maria Andrea Matamoros, Honduras' deputy foreign minister, told Reuters......

KPBS -- San Diego         
PolitiFact California: Exploring The Facts As The State Braces For Trump's Immigration Policies 
On the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised hard-line immigration reform, including the deportation of millions of people in the country illegally upon taking office. -- California, perhaps more than any state, would feel the deep effect of those reforms. An estimated 2.3 million immigrants — more than 20 percent of the nation's 11 million total — live in the state illegally. -- Immigrants, their families, educators, immigration attorneys and state leaders are all bracing for change...... ABP Comment: The left-wing California establishment is shaking in their boots at the very idea of a Presidential Commission that would dig into and expose their horrendous misdeads that flooded the state with illegal aliens.`


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