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Which is better? How will we know?
Bloomberg -- July 21, 2016  
Trump's Big, Beautiful Wall. Well, Not a 'Wall,' Exactly
    The wall is the central metaphor and reflexive policy refrain of Donald Trump's campaign. The wall is national security, keeping out terrorists. The wall is immigration control, rebuffing undocumented immigrants. The wall is a crime fighter, repelling rapists and thugs. The wall is a trade barrier on cheap imports, and it's a blockade on the illegal traffic of drugs.
    In a dangerous world, Americans are safe within the wall.
    The 2016 Republican platform, adopted in Cleveland, embraces Trump's "big, beautiful, powerful wall" in all its glory. "The border wall must cover the entirety of the southern border and must be sufficient to stop both vehicular and pedestrian traffic," the platform commands. [...}
    Perhaps Republican Representative Chris Collins of New York knows where the bricks and mortar are buried. Collins was the first member of Congress to endorse Trump. He threw a lifeline to Trump at a time when other Republican officeholders were trying to sink the television star.
    What does Collins say?
    “I have called it a virtual wall,” he told the Buffalo News in May.
    That's right, a big, beautiful, powerful wall that you carry around in your iPhone. Or a pair of goggles. Or just your head.

Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol
The Border Bottom Line
    Donald Trump succeeded because he built things that made money - the bottom line. What is the bottom line for a border wall?
    The law says the job of DHS is "the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States..."
    The Republican platform says the wall must "stop both vehicular and pedestrian traffic." What about ultralight airplanes?
    Unless and until we find a way to evaluate border security in terms that make sense, we could be wasting our time --- and money.

July 19, 2016

US News         
Poll: US-Mexico border residents feel ignored, oppose wall   
Residents along the U.S.-Mexico border are feeling ignored in the midst of a U.S. presidential election in which immigration, border security and a proposed wall are being hotly debated, a poll released Monday suggests.......

July 12, 2016

Officials: Arizona Measles Outbreak Caused by Immigration Detention Center   
The nation’s largest measles outbreak may, at least in part, be caused by the refusal of federal immigration detention center workers to get vaccinations. Arizona health officials have pinpointed one detention center as the focal point of the spreading virus......

July 11, 2016

Pat Buchanan  -- Human Events -- June 13, 2006       
The Stealth Amnesty of Mike Pence   
Addressing a gathering of Hispanics last week, President Bush declared: “There are those here in Washington who say, ‘Why don’t we just find the folks and send them home.’ That ain’t gonna work.” .....

Zika virus is a risk in border regions    
Given its history of dengue outbreaks, the U.S.-Mexico borderlands region is a risk area for Zika transmission, a University of Arizona researcher says. -- In recent testimony to the Congressional House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, UA associate professor Kacey Ernst said the environment at the U.S. border with Mexico is highly suitable for the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can carry the Zika virus......

July 9, 2016

Mother Jones        
Police Groups Blame Obama, Black Lives Matter for "War on Cops"   
In the wake of Thursday's shootings in Dallas, which claimed the lives of five police officers, law enforcement organizations across the country have used social media to show their solidarity with the Dallas Police Department and the families of those who were killed or injured......

July 8, 2016

A Survey       
Immigration Letters From Around the Country  
...In the days of our funding, growing and development of this great nation, immigrants came to America to assimilate into our culture, not to remain to the culture they left behind. For example, if Hispanics had come here to assimilate they would not be waving the Mexican flag at protest rallies. --Immigrants whose culture is incompatible to the culture of the U.S. results in unrest and confrontation. -- Assimilation should be the goal of members of all minority groups. E Pluribus Unum........

July 7, 2016

Rick Oltman -- USInc.com         
Remembering Terry Anderson   
Six years ago today, July 7, 2010, America lost a beloved patriot when Terry Anderson, the “Prisoner of South Central,” passed away. Terry was best known as an immigration activist and host of The Terry Anderson Show. He pulled no punches and took no prisoners in his denunciation of the political class that he correctly deduced was wrecking America with open borders and unrestrained illegal immigration. Terry did so much to try to help our country and citizens that it seems impossible to try to list them all......

Victor Davis Hanson -- National Review      
Will California Ever Thrive Again?   
The state is sinking, and its wealthy class is full of hypocrites. There was more of the same-old, same-old California news recently. Some 62 percent of state roads have been rated poor or mediocre. There were more predications of huge cost overruns and yearly losses on high-speed rail --- before the first mile of track has been laid. One-third of Bay Area residents were polled as hoping to leave the area soon. Such pessimism is daily fare, and for good reason. -- What caused the California paradise to squander its rich natural inheritance? Excessive state regulations and expanding government, massive illegal immigration from impoverished nations, and the rise of unimaginable wealth in the tech industry and coastal retirement communities created two antithetical Californias......

June 20, 2016

Glenn Spencer        
Trump Should Give This Speech   
Do you know what an elevator pitch is? -- An "Elevator Pitch" is a concise, carefully planned, and well-practiced description about your company that your mother should be able to understand in the time it would take to ride up an elevator.... Read More 

Foreigners Gather in Droves at Border to Illegally Enter U.S.   
Illlegal immigrants from Central American countries continue to arrive to the Mexican border city of Reynosa. Their hope is to be smuggled illegally into the U.S. by the leading criminal organization in the region known as the Gulf Cartel. -- Mexican authorities caught a group of 17 Central American individuals inside a house in the border city of Reynosa last week. Police responded to an anonymous tip of kidnapped individuals at a human stash house in the Valadeces neighborhood, information provided to Breitbart Texas by the Tamaulipas government revealed. .....

Valley Central         
Agents see increase in border crossings despite extreme heat   
Despite sweltering temperatures, Border Patrol has seen an increase in undocumented immigrants crossing the border. -- "I was getting paid 1,000 pesos a week and that wasn't enough to provide food for my family. So I came over here," said 20-year-old Eduardo Gasco, an undocumented immigrant from Guanajuato, Mexico......

Dan Abrams       
President Obama is Wrong on the Law; Trump Mostly Right On Muslim Ban   
In criticizing Donald Trump's proposal to temporarily limit entry to this country by Muslims, President Barack Obama spoke in very broad terms, suggesting that treating people any differently based upon their religion would violate “our Constitution” as well as “our values.” For example, he said: “This is a country founded on basic freedoms, including freedom of religion. We don't have religious tests here. Our founders, our Constitution, our Bill of Rights, are clear about that.”.....

June 18, 2016

Border warning signs
Yesterday Glenn Spencer alerted us to a high level of US Border Patrol presence near the Huachuca Mountains. Glenn says he just got a call from a citizen hiker who came across a "large camp" in the Huachucas. The citizen thought he was calling the US Border Patrol. -- "Something funny is going on," Spencer opined.

House nixes bid to bar illegal aliens from military   
The Republican-led House on Thursday narrowly defeated an attempt to bar young immigrants living in the country illegally to enlist in the armed forces, as opponents tied the measure to Donald Trump's presidential campaign. -- Lawmakers voted 211-210 to reject an amendment by Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., to the annual defense spending bill. He said he wanted to close what he called a "backdoor amnesty program" created by President Barack Obama without approval from Congress......

Heed Trump's Warning on Muslims   
One of Donald Trump's political skills is giving widely condemned speeches. -- His post-Orlando jeremiad fit the pattern, but the speech was a little like Wagner's music as described in the famous Mark Twain line: Not as bad as it sounds. There is something so inherently inflammatory in Trump's delivery that he could read the Gettysburg Address and some listeners would wonder how he could possibly say such a thing.....

Headless bodies found in Mexico's northwest   
The victims "were all decapitated, placed on a little-traveled dirt road," Martin Robles, deputy attorney general for northwestern Sinaloa state where the murders took place, told reporters. -- The bodies were found near the town of Rosario, located about 60 miles (100 kilometers) south of the Pacific resort of Mazatlan, he added. The area is quite close to the home turf of jailed drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, but it was not immediately clear if Guzman's notorious cartel was involved in the killings......

June 17, 2016

Border Alert   
Glenn Spencer e-mailed from the field. He reports seeing a significant number of US Border Patrol vehicles parked along Arizona Hwy 92 near the Huachuca Mountains. Spencer said this suggests a border threat is likely ongoing......

Obama imports 1 million Muslims during presidency   
The Obama Administration is on pace to issue more than a million green cards to migrants from majority-Muslim countries, according to an analysis of Department of Homeland Security data. -- A chart released by the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest Friday details the surge in immigration to the U.S. from majority-Muslim countries since President Barack Obama took office in 2009......

Obama Regime Putting American Lives at Risk   
The Obama administration continues to aid illegal immigrants after they cross the border, allowing them to take up residence throughout the states under the pretense that these persons ultimately await a deportation hearing in the offing. And despite promises that the Obama administration's immigration apparatus would focus on the criminal element, this administration is also failing to deport criminal aliens when they are released from U.S. jails......

Washington Examiner        
Sessions: 'Dictator' Obama flooding rural towns with illegals   
A chief critic of President Obama's open door immigration policies on Thursday slammed him as a "dictator" who is filling rural towns with illegal immigrants instead of turning them away at the border and telling them to enter legally......

June 16, 2016

Richard LaMountain -- News-Times         
Affirmative Action blunts cries of racism from Latinos   
Three weeks ago, two students hung a banner that proclaimed “Build a wall” --- the “wall” being Donald Trump's proposed barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border --- in a hallway of heavily-Hispanic Forest Grove High School. The response: highly-publicized, anti-banner protests by students and their supporters at FGHS and throughout the metro region....

Daily Mail        
Gun battle breaks out in front of shoppers at California strip mall as police shoot suspect dead during drugs bust   
A suspected drug trafficker was shot dead by a Homeland Security agent at a strip mall in Chula Vista, California, after an undercover operation turned violent. -- Police officers then went through each business in the busy mall and employees could be seen emerging with their hands in the air. -- A taskforce of undercover federal agents from Operation Alliance --- which targets cross -- border narcotics trafficking - had arranged a meeting with a group of suspected smugglers......

June 14, 2016

Mexico: Migrant traffickers renting buses for rapid passages 
Mexican authorities say migrant traffickers have adopted a new trick to smuggle Central American clients to the U.S. border: renting high-end tour buses. -- Mexico's Immigration Institute says it has found 102 migrants on two buses being used to whisk them across the length of the country......

Trump Asks Crucial Immigration Question: 'Why Are They Here?'   
Breitbart News presents live coverage of the aftermath of the jihadist Omar Mateen's massacre at Orlando's Pulse. One day after the largest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11, law enforcement continues to release new information on the investigation which is affecting political battles such as the 2016 presidential election and Britain's referendum on leaving the European Union......

June 13, 2016

Frank Gaffney on Orlando Terror Attack: Our Government Living 'Under Sharia' Regimen that Prevents Acknowledging Jihad Threat   
Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy Frank Gaffney told Breitbart News Sunday's Stephen K. Bannon that the U.S. government refuses to acknowledge the jihad threat facing America because it is “living under sharia” law......

Orlando mosque tied to case Hillary's State Dept. scrubbed 
When Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik massacred 14 people in San Bernardino, California, last December, newly retired Department of Homeland Security agent Philip Haney discovered that a case he developed might have prevented the attack if it had not been shut down by his agency and Hillary Clinton's State Department. -- Now, Haney tells WND that the mosque where Orlando killer Omar Mir Siddique Mateen worshiped several times a week also has a tie to that case......

The Atlantic         
Trump: Obama Was Maybe Involved in the Orlando Shooting 
In an almost entirely unprecedented moment, Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, suggested in interviews Monday morning that President Obama may have somehow been involved in Sunday's massacre in Orlando. -- Trump's suggestion came by implication, but the message is unmistakable: The president may have somehow known about or been involved in the shooting. -- “He doesn't get it or he gets it better than anybody understands --- it's one or the other and either one is unacceptable,” Trump said on Fox News. He had already called in a statement Sunday for Obama to resign from office.... NOTE: Did Trump see yesterday's ABP feature? Maybe that's where he got this idea.

Casa Grande Dispatch        
News probe supports Babeu's claims   
Dennis Valerievitch Tsoukanov, a 33-year-old Russian man, was convicted of murder after he and two others kidnapped, beat, stabbed and lit a police informant on fire. The victim lost his life. And last year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement let Tsoukanov go free in Florence. -- The reason given to Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu: Tsoukanov did not have travel documents to prove his citizenship, and therefore, he could not be deported to Russia......

CNS News         
Sessions: More Than 570 Charged, Convicted or Connected to Terror Since 9/11; Almost All Muslims 
Sen. Jeff Sessions warned Sunday that more attacks like the one on an Orlando nightclub were likely, and disclosed that more than 570 people have been “convicted or charged or connected to terrorism” since 9/11. -- The Alabama Republican, who chairs the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on immigration and the national interest, told Fox News Sunday that data it had obtained so far indicated that “about two-thirds of those people that were charged were foreign born, almost all Islamic individuals.”.....

Orlando Terrorist Worked For Firm with DHS Contracts   
Orlando Terrorist Omar Mateen was a licensed and armed security guard for a multinational security company that had the Department of Homeland Security contracts to transport illegal alien caught by US Border Patrol agents......

Washington Times        
DHS chief met twice as often with amnesty backers while crafting Obama's executive actions 
As he was crafting President Obama's executive actions on immigration, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson met repeatedly with lawmakers, advocacy groups and lawyers pushing for him to go as broad as possible in granting a deportation amnesty to illegal immigrants. -- Mr. Johnson's official calendars, obtained under an open records request by the Federation for American Immigration Reform and shown to The Washington Times, show that Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez of Illinois and fellow Democrats in Congress got about twice as many meetings as Republicans, and outside lobbying groups who supported the amnesty were repeatedly welcomed......

June 11, 2016

San Francisco Moves to Open Voting to Illegals   
San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Eric Mar says the political climate is right to grant illegal immigrants the right to vote. -- While even notoriously liberal San Francisco voters have rejected past efforts to grant voting privileges to illegals, Fox News reports that Mar thinks the backlash against Donald Trump will yield a strong turn-out of Latino and anti-Trump voters to the polls to pass his proposed charter amendment......

American Thinker      
Liberal Esquire writer visits the border, comes back supporting the wall 
A little knowledge and experience go a long way. Let's hope the Trump campaign notices. Truth Revolt reports: This week on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Esquire Editor-in-Chief Jay Fielden describes sending one of his liberal journalists to the U.S.-Mexico border to find out what the locals are saying about illegal immigration. The journalist came back agreeing with Donald Trump saying, "Build that wall.".....

June 10, 2016

Washington Times         
House orders Library of Congress to maintain 'illegal alien'   
The House voted Friday to order the Library of Congress to keep using the term “illegal alien” to describe those who come to the U.S. without authorization, saying that as long as federal laws written by Congress use those terms, so should their official records-keeper. -- The library earlier this had proposed changing, saying that despite being used in law, the term had “become pejorative” and needed to be axed. Instead the library said it would use “noncitizen” to refer to illegal immigrants, and “unauthorized immigration” to refer to the broader issue......

Sessions: 'Right and Moral and Just and Biblical' to Enforce Immigration Law 
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) suggests that building a wall and enforcing immigration laws are biblical concepts. -- During his speech at the “Road to Majority” conference in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Sessions said, “the idea that nations don't set laws, establish who can and can't enter, is not biblical in my opinion.” After joking about how there was a wall built in Jerusalem, Sessions cited the Bible, but didn't specifically mention presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and his plan to build a wall along the southern border with Mexico......

'At the limit,' Mexico buckles under migrant surge to U.S.   
Mexico is struggling to stem the flow of Central American migrants traveling to the United States ahead of the U.S. presidential election, causing major concern in Washington, which is weighing sending more agents to help. -- In 2014, Mexico moved to strengthen its southern border when a surge in child migrants from Central America sparked a political crisis in the United States......

Obama Regime Putting American Lives at Risk   
The Obama administration continues to aid illegal immigrants after they cross the border, allowing them to take up residence throughout the states under the pretense that these persons ultimately await a deportation hearing in the offing. And despite promises that the Obama administration's immigration apparatus would focus on the criminal element, this administration is also failing to deport criminal aliens when they are released from U.S. jails......

Breitbart  Exclusive       
Border Patrol Agent Brutally Attacked in Arizona --- Alien Shot Dead   
A Border Patrol agent was brutally attacked by an illegal alien in the Yuma Sector on the U.S.-Mexico border on the night of June 9 and the agent responded with deadly force and killed the illegal alien. Multiple sources operating under the umbrella of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discussed the issue with Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity. The Border Patrol agency confirmed the incident to Breitbart Texas when called......

Daily Caller       
Judges Can Belong To La Raza But Not The Boy Scouts 
Donald Trump has had quite the week. Just when naysayers like Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio begrudgingly accepted the decision of a majority of Republican voters and threw some lukewarm support to the presumed nominee, Trump went and did it again, going after the judge presiding over his Trump University litigation......

Fanatically Open Borders Univision Brags It Helped Elect Obama 
Univision has placed ads around Washington, D.C. declaring “hope wasn't enough” and that “it took Univision” to elect Obama. -- Univision is the largest Spanish-speaking network in the U.S. and reaches over 94.1 million households, and it's proudly left-leaning. The wording of the ad campaign is significant: Univision views itself as a political player, not merely a transmitter of the news......

Founder of Judge Curiel's Group (Obledo): Whites Should Go Back to Europe, California To Be 'Hispanic State'   
The lawyers' association to which Judge Gonzalo Curiel belongs was co-founded by a man who publicly bragged about Hispanics taking over California and all of the state's governmental institutions–and insisted that whites should go back to Europe. The group, the California La Raza Lawyers Association, has been widely defended as “not pro-Mexican” by mainstream media outlets, though the outlets failed to report the inflammatory statements of the man listed first as a founder, Mario Obledo......

Beaverton Valley Times         
Gov. Brown should tell feds: no more Syrian refugees to Oregon   
Will some of the Syrian refugees the Obama administration is hustling through a truncated vetting process make their way to Oregon? -- In early April, the Associated Press' Khetam Malkawi reported, “the first Syrian family to be resettled in the U.S. under a speeded-up ‘surge operation' for refugees left Jordan” for Kansas City, Mo. “While the resettlement process usually takes 18 to 24 months,” Malkawi wrote, “the surge operation will reduce the time to three months.” Its purpose? To help President Barack Obama meet his goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. .....


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